What do you think about the way we dress in France?
You guys are so classy. You don’t mess with fashion in France. In Paris, you can see that people really thought about what they would wear for the day. They look so pretty, they want to look nice any time they go out. Sometimes it’s too much though: they look like they are going to a wedding.
Where does your love for France come from?
I have been feeling a real connection with this country from a very young age, starting with my first years as a junior. It is close to my country: France is just a three-hour flight away from Romania, so it feels like home. There is a Latin culture here, some kind of friendliness and I like that. When I travel for tennis, I go to great places, I stay in wonderful hotels, I come across different cultures. But Paris is different, you know… For me it is the coolest place on Earth.
Does playing in Latin countries, where you feel good, have an influence on the way you play?
Totally! I won my first tournament in Bonfiglio, Italy (2008). I love Latin atmospheres and I feel better when I play in Europe. I feel calm, more relaxed. It feels like home; my friends come to see me play and it feels good to have them in the stands.