“I wish I didn’t want to do it, but I was born to stay on the court and, we say, ‘to be dirty’ on the court. This is the dirty part of this sport."
Schiavone already back on the tennis scene
Well, very few would have called that Schiavone is already back on the tennis scene in the corner of a fellow Grand Slam winner.
Last week in Charleston on the green har-tru clay courts, Caroline Wozniacki surged into the final with four commanding victories, before Madison Keys held the trophy aloft with a 7-6(5) 6-3 triumph.
The 28-year-old had recruited Schiavone into her coaching camp, eager to extract the subtle intricacies of clay court tennis from the two-time finalist on Court Philippe Chatrier.
“Clay has not always been my favourite surface. I’m just trying to add a little bit of a different mindset, just kind of getting a few little tips,” said Wozniacki, hailing Schiavone’s tactical offerings having reached her first clay final since Bastad in 2017.