home jobs contact us
Our Clients:
Browse by Sport
Find us on ASAP sports on Facebook ASAP sports on Twitter
ASAP Sports RSS Subscribe to RSS
Click to go to
ASAP Sports e-Brochure View our


August 30, 1999

Felix Mantilla

U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, Flushing Meadows, New York

Q. Can you describe the two different problems you experienced?

FELIX MANTILLA: The beginning in was in my left leg, was here in the quadricep and was going up and I couldn't move.

Q. That was a cramp?

FELIX MANTILLA: Yeah. And after, was my right side. I had a problem in my back and the trainer, Bill, told me that it was going to my -- here (pointing to lower front right side). I couldn't move and it was here (pointing near groin area). It was unbelievable. I couldn't put my leg on the floor because it was going to the front.

Q. Your opponent seemed to suggest that you were not really hurt or it wasn't as bad as what it seemed like. Your reaction to the way he reacted?

FELIX MANTILLA: Well, I think he was very nervous because he was playing in the US Open, but that is tennis. I was cramping and I fight - fight a lot. And for that, I won the match.

Q. Was it difficult with the crowd as well that they didn't understand what was happening to you?

FELIX MANTILLA: Well, sometimes I had cramps, but today was the worst day. But, I must go to the locker because I am little bit tight now. But, I hope in the future I must stay with my doctor in Spain and speak a little bit and I think that I am much better in the future.

Q. You took your first timeout in the second game of 1-0, 15-All and according to -- I think it also helped you mentally. Do you think the same?

FELIX MANTILLA: No, I was strong mentally all the game because I was playing the fifth set in the US Open and I knew that I must fight all the game and I was cramping. But, I was still fighting all the match. I don't think that if I am cramp, I must lose the game. I was fighting and it doesn't matter if I am cramping or not.

Q. If you do a low serve over the net, isn't that a bit provocative as well to your opponent?

FELIX MANTILLA: Yeah, I think he was -- his arm was a little bit tired because he saw me that I couldn't move and he was very nervous. But, I think that I played a very great fifth set. I was playing very well. And, moving, well.

Q. You can have cramps, but on a few moments when you scored the good point, you made a fist to him. Isn't that kind of unfair play?


Q. The Open, he did the same to you.

Q. I asked him the question; not you.

Q. I answer to you as well.

Q. But, he is the player; not you.

Q. Okay, but I tell it to you as well.


Q. Yeah, I know, but I asked you the question.

FELIX MANTILLA: Repeat, please.

Q. I asked: You played a few good points; then you showed your fist in the final stage of the fifth set, isn't that a way of unfair play against a qualifier, against an unexperienced player while you were the No. 13 in the world?

FELIX MANTILLA: 12. You don't see the ranking?

Q. No. 12.

FELIX MANTILLA: Well, I think that I must do that every match I must play. I am like this. I am a player that I fight all the game and I do that with qualifier or Sampras, it doesn't matter.

Q. Also the low serve over the net, is that kind of a trick to show or let him guess how you feel, doing it on purpose?

FELIX MANTILLA: If I can serve like this, what am I to do, lose the point? I try to win the point like this.

Q. You had two different injury timeouts. Were they both for cramping?

FELIX MANTILLA: No. One was for cramping and the other one was because I had a problem in my back.

Q. Was there a time, a specific time in your career, where you realized that you could not only play on clay, but you could play very well also on faster surfaces like hard, and can you think of one point in your career where you realized that you had potential?

FELIX MANTILLA: I knew that I can play well on that surface, on hard court. I did quarterfinals in Australia. I think I come here, I only play one tournament in Boston and I am playing much better.

Q. Was Australia a turning point for you or did you know before Australia that you had the potential to play very well?

FELIX MANTILLA: No, in Australia I saw that I can play well on that surface. And, next year I am going to play more tournaments in hard court before the US Open and we will see what happens.

Q. Do the good results of the other Spanish players on faster surface also inspire you at all?

FELIX MANTILLA: Yeah, I think that if one of us can play well here, I think that the others can do well also.

End of FastScripts…

About ASAP SportsFastScripts ArchiveRecent InterviewsCaptioningUpcoming EventsContact Us
FastScripts | Events Covered | Our Clients | Other Services | ASAP in the News | Site Map | Job Opportunities | Links
ASAP Sports, Inc. | T: 1.212 385 0297