August 30, 1993
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Q. Lisa, you have been out on the road now for about two months.
What have you learned about professional tennis? Not necessarily
that your strokes are any better, that you are serving any better,
have you learned any subtle mental things that would make you
LISA RAYMOND: The basic thing is that mentally I needed to change
gears. I think you have to be so much stronger as a person on
and off the court, to play professional tennis. It was a very
big mental transition from playing collegiate tennis to playing
Q. Can you elaborate?
LISA RAYMOND: What I mean is every day you go out there and
play professional tennis, it's not an easy match. You have to
be 100% or at least no one is ever 100% every day. You got to
be 100% focused every time you step on the court. There is no
easy matches now. Whereas playing collegiate tennis, I could
go out there and not be-- I could go out there almost 50% and
still come off a lot of times with a decisive win. You know,
I think that my focus has to be a lot stronger now than it was
in collegiate matches.
Q. One more follow-up to that. What is different that you
didn't anticipate in the tournament when you turned pro, and maybe
what is-- what things did you anticipate that have been true?
LISA RAYMOND: I don't really think that there is anything that
I haven't anticipated. I think that the only thing, maybe, that--
like I said, I didn't think it would be such a transition from
college -- from college tennis to professional. I knew that I
was going to have to be playing a lot better tennis than I was
and be a lot more focused and, you know, on the court, but I didn't
think it would have to be such a huge difference as it has been.
Q. After Wimbledon went so good for you, you won some matches,
was it a rough shot to go to Stratton and lose off the bat as
LISA RAYMOND: It wasn't so much a shock. It was just very disappointing
to me. I think what had happened was that I think I started putting
a little too much pressure on myself. I lost first round of Stratton;
then I lost first round in L.A. and I think that in both tournaments
I was seeded and I think that, you know, I started to think about
that too much. That is something that I, you know, definitely
have stopped or at least tried to stop doing, stop putting pressure
on myself expecting so much from myself so soon.
Q. You said the reason you didn't turn pro right away is because
you needed to go to college and get a little bit more mature;
what did those two years do for you?
LISA RAYMOND: I honestly don't think that I could do this without
those two years under my belt. They just made me so much more
confident about myself, more so even off-the-court than on-the-court.
I think that that was what I needed more; more than the technical
stuff on the court. I needed those two years of maturing and
a growing up process for me off the court.
Q. Did you realize that there was an overflow crowd in the
match? Did you sense that there were kids with their heads underneath
LISA RAYMOND: I did a little bit. I love playing here in New
York. I always have, even when I played in the juniors. I have
a lot of friends here, a lot of people that I know, being from
the Philadelphia area, which is not too far away, and it is a
great feeling when I hit a winner and, you know, I see all these
faces, all these little kids and all these fans out there, even
the ones I don't even know cheering for me. That is a great feeling.
I think that, you know, a lot of times when I get into a match
and I have a crowd behind me like that, it is almost like I want
to win it just as much for them as I do for myself out there.
It is almost like I don't want to let them down either.
Q. Were you a little surprised you were on court 18 instead
of 16 or even grandstand?
LISA RAYMOND: Oh, no.
Q. You didn't deserve that?
LISA RAYMOND: I didn't expect to be -- I didn't expect to be
on a show court at all. It was great that I was on a court that
did have stands like that; but I mean, actually, I think a lot
of times the show courts are easier to play on than, say, you
know, the courts that are in the back or you know, where there
is just more hustle and bustle right around there.
Q. You talked at Wimbledon about the possibility of cracking
the top 20 by the end of the year. Now that you have been out
here for a couple of months, do you want to amend that or revise
it in any way?
LISA RAYMOND: I don't really want to say I think I can do it.
I don't want to say I think I can't. I never want to put a goal,
a ranking goal or set a ranking goal for myself because I didn't
want to put that pressure on myself. If I end the year top 20,
that is great. Obviously, that is what I am aiming for. I am
aiming for a lot higher than top 20. But if it doesn't happen
this year, you know, I am not going to say-- look at the year
and look back and say this year was a failure. I think that if
I just keep working as hard as I have been working, it is going
to happen and it is just a matter of time. As far as when that
time is going to be, I can't say, no one can say.
Q. Lisa, would you say that because you were raised and learned
to play tennis in a city that had four grasscourt clubs in the
area was some help to you when you started to play Wimbledon?
LISA RAYMOND: Actually, not really, because I have not -- I
had only played on grass, you know, I could count on one hand
the amount of times I played on grass before. So --
Q. Oh, I see.
LISA RAYMOND: -- So I was never brought up on the grass at all.
Q. Well, wasn't your first coach at Philadelphia Cricket?
LISA RAYMOND: Right, Charlie Oliver was my first coach.
Q. But he didn't play with you on grass; is that right?
LISA RAYMOND: No, the only tournament I had played on grass
was I played the Girls' 18 International Grass Courts.
Q. In Philadelphia?
LISA RAYMOND: In Philadelphia. But I mean, I would never make
it a routine and go out and play on the grass.
Q. When you worked out before Wimbledon, that was really some
of the first grass you had in a long time?
LISA RAYMOND: Right.
Q. Lisa, just quickly, playing out on court 18, is playing
outside here any different than playing outside, say, at a Wimbledon,
or anyplace else, is it in fact louder or tougher to concentrate?
LISA RAYMOND: It is-- compared to such a tournament as Wimbledon,
but I love it. I love being here with this New York crowd. You
know, like I said before, I love coming to New York playing this
tournament, you know, it is-- to compare it to Wimbledon is different
just because you know, it is so much more low-keyed there and
LISA RAYMOND: Yeah. And you know, I much rather, I mean, grant
it I love being over there. I think that is a great tournament,
but you know, I love playing here in front of these loud crowds.
Q. And the background noise didn't distract you?
LISA RAYMOND: I mean, I expected it, so.
Q. Andy Brandi said you were a little nervous today is that
LISA RAYMOND: Yeah, I was very nervous. I think, especially
the first set, a lot -- I remember couple of times I'd sit down
and couldn't even hold my cup of water. I just think I was going
to the match and knowing it was my first you know, U.S. Open,
as a professional you know, I really wanted to get this first
one under my belt, and you know, I think first win in a Grand
Slams a lot of times are ugly matches, but you know, you just
got to work through it and hopefully you know, the next match
or each match just gets better.
Q. Did the players, the other women on the tour turn pro say
at 15, 16, ever ask you what college was like; ever talk with
LISA RAYMOND: No. Never.
Q. What was college like for you?
LISA RAYMOND: I can't even think of the words. I mean, there
isn't a day that goes by that there isn't some memory that is
triggered and a smile comes to my face thinking about it, you
know, I think that is what is so great about still living in Gainesville,
you know I am always going to be a Gator, I love the football.
We are going to go to the games whenever I am home, and you know,
some of my best friends are on that team, and the tennis team,
and you know, I have got a lot of friends in Gainesville. It
is just a great place. I wouldn't trade a moment of those two
years for anything.
Q. Are you paying more attention to stamina since you turned
LISA RAYMOND: Not really. I have a conditioning program, but
you know, I think since I have turned pro, it has been the same
since then, you know, I haven't improved it over the past couple
of months but I mean, I do work out a lot and do a lot of conditioning,
Q. Increased travel doesn't bother you so much?
LISA RAYMOND: No.
Q. In a future match are you going to trying to come to the
LISA RAYMOND: Probably. Depends upon my opponent. I think
I play Zvereva or Liz Smylie. So against either, I think I am
going to definitely need to come in more, either-- I think either--
I think I stayed too much at the baseline today and hopefully
tomorrow -- or Wednesday I will be more aggressive.
Q. Thank you.
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