"This day has finally arrived. I've been waiting for this for six months since it was announced in January," Mary Pierce said during an emotional speech in Newport, Rhode Island.
"Tennis has taught me so much in life. It's a great teacher. Anything you want to achieve doesn't come easy.
"The great dreams that I had in tennis...to achieve them, I always felt I gave 100 percent of myself. Dreams are like fuel, and my dream was to one day win Roland Garros.
"It was my ultimate dream in tennis and it came true. Winning the doubles with Martina Hingis was like the cherry on top..."