A fan favourite
Contreras fell to the clay after officially qualifying for Roland-Garros with her win over Zuger on Court 7, then led the crowd in chanting 'Viva Mexico'. She is winning matches - and winning fans - by wearing her heart on her sleeve in Paris.
The Sanchez Connection
Before Roland-Garros, Contreras did a two-week training block with former Spanish star Emilio Sanchez, focusing on her footwork on the clay.
Sanchez, a former world No.7 and a quarter-finalist in Paris in 1988, is extremely high on the 24-year-old.
“This girl, she’s almost 200 in the rankings now, she has this incredible way of working, and ethics,” Sanchez told the Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast last week. “I really hope that she makes the jump to the top-100. We’ve been working a lot on the footwork. It’s a pleasure to work with someone that is willing to work hard and to listen. This girl is amazing.”
She’s a student, an author, and a reader
Contreras obtained a degree in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt. She also wrote a novel during the pandemic.
Even when Contreras plays, she's studious. She sits at changeovers reading notes and sometimes takes out a pen to jot down her thoughts on her tennis.