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August 29, 1997

Amanda Coetzer

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

Q. Second set a little interesting?

AMANDA COETZER: Yeah. We had a tough set. You know, I had a few chances there, a few games that I was up, just made a couple errors that I probably shouldn't have. And she was right there. You know, first set, I thought was a pretty close set, even though I won it 6-2. The points were pretty close. You know, just kind of slipped away a little bit.

Q. How confident do you feel that you can make your Grand Slam breakthrough here? You've got Monica in your bracket. How do you feel you're playing right now? Do you feel you're ready to challenge Monica and Martina?

AMANDA COETZER: Yeah. I think that's definitely the goal for me here. I'm not really looking at trying to make a Grand Slam breakthrough or reach a certain round at this Grand Slam in particular. I'm taking it match by match. You know, I'd love to have a chance to play Monica, either one of them. So I'm just looking forward to that and really trying to work myself up to that.

Q. It was mentioned this morning that you had approached the ATP about participating in the event, the Nelson Mandela Tribute in December.


Q. Was this something where you heard the guys are doing this and, "I want in"?

AMANDA COETZER: No. Gary Muller came to me. I was aware of it. I knew it was just men. Iva Majoli was going to go on safari in South Africa. It just so happened that they decided while she's there, I guess we can play a match. I know I'm there that time of year, so.

Q. This is quite a large group of pros from many different countries, integrated, black/white. What kind of significance do you think that event is going to have in South Africa?

AMANDA COETZER: I think it will have a huge significance. I'm really, really excited to be part of it. I was excited about it before I knew that there's a chance that we might play. I think it will be great. We haven't had really big tournaments down there in the past. Just the fact that it's a huge tribute to Nelson Mandela, I think is just going to make it so much more exciting, too.

Q. I just had one last question. That is, if you had your preference, if the facilities and the coaching and so forth were in place, would you prefer to be back home training rather than here?

AMANDA COETZER: Well, it's more distance, I'd say, than anything else. It's just a lot easier for me to travel out of the States, because it's so far away. I think it's hard to make that trip down there. Also just with the seasons conflicting with the way we play most of the time, I think it's a little bit tough. Even though we don't have very severe winters, a few months out of the year, while it's summer over here, I'd much rather be playing here, be in the States while it's hot than train back at home, if it's conflicting seasons.

Q. Do you hope to see, though, the further development of facilities?

AMANDA COETZER: Yeah. That would be great. Still, I think it's going to be a while before we really see any type of circuit down there. I think what would be ideal is if we had some type of circuit with Australia, that would be ideal in the future. I think that would be great. If we had something like that, I think it would really, really make tennis boost a bit.

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