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August 31, 1995

Jana Novotna


Q. Jana, when is the last time you played a singles on 16? Has it been a long time.

JANA NOVOTNA: Tuesday, I played my first match there, and I like that court very much, I thought that it is a very nice court, very cozy, and quite lot of people can get in and I like that.

Q. Did you play there in recent years much or have you been outside a lot?

JANA NOVOTNA: Yes. Most of the time actually. It is -- I really have to work my way, you know, really hard. I start on the outside courts; I make my way to Center Court.

Q. I don't mean to like accuse them of lack of respect, but --


Q. -- For a player of your ranking, is that a little surprising to you that you are still working your way in from out there?

JANA NOVOTNA: No, not really. Not here at the Open, no. You know, I think they not only looking at your seeding or if you are interesting player, but I understand that if you play, you know, first round or second round matches and they expecting them to be quite easy that, you know, they rather put you in the other court and have some exciting match going on in the main courts, but, you know, sometimes it would be good to get some practice on the center court because it is quite different, really.

Q. Are the courts themselves different or is it a feeling?

JANA NOVOTNA: I found the courts, every court here at the Open is really different. The grandstand is a little slower; center court is faster. Court 16 is about the same, so -- but, you know, we got used to this over the years.

Q. Court 16 about the same as Center Court?

JANA NOVOTNA: Yes, I would say.

Q. And it is really, to me, it seems really noisy there when they have the changeovers and people walking on the aluminum--


Q. Do you notice?

JANA NOVOTNA: You do notice, yes, of course it makes you very tired and you really have to concentrate hard, but, you know, I wouldn't say it is much different on the center court. The Center Court could be really noisy too, so ... It is New York. It is not like at Wimbledon that you can hear a pin drop.

Q. How did you feel -- I mean, it looked easy.

JANA NOVOTNA: I felt very good, really. First time that I came to the Open feeling really good about my game, and I started very nicely and positively and happily and I enjoyed every point of my yesterday's match and today's match, so it has been great.

Q. Do you know who you play next?

JANA NOVOTNA: Sandrine Testud, a French girl. That should be an interesting one too.

Q. Do they tell you right after the match when and where you will play again? When will you find out?


Q. You will find out tonight?

JANA NOVOTNA: Yes. As soon as all the matches are finished.

Q. You will get about a day's warning to know where and when you play?

JANA NOVOTNA: Not really, no. If I have to play tomorrow, I only find out tonight about 6 o'clock, then, you know, you don't have that much time, but this -- still have to play doubles, so I have to be here anyway.

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