June 10, 2014
B. ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA/N. Broady
5‑7, 6‑4, 6‑3
THE MODERATOR:¬† Questions, please.
Q.¬† I guess you thought you had an opportunity to win that.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah, really frustrating.¬† Definitely had some chances.¬† I played at a high level, slightly higher level than I usually do.¬† You don't get second chances as you do at the lower levels.
If you don't take the first ones, they don't come back around.¬† I think just to get the experience at this level now.¬† Game is not horrifically bad.¬† Just taking those chances while I've got them.
Q.¬† What are your plans now?¬† Playing doubles?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Me and Heather have doubles tomorrow.¬† Going to go out and practice this afternoon and get my anger out and hopefully feel better.¬† Heather had a tough one today as well.
We've got a great opportunity in the doubles.¬† It's a really tough draw.¬† All the matches are really strong this year.
But we're really looking forward playing with each other. ¬†We haven't for a while, so should be really good fun.
Q.¬† Eastbourne quallies after that?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Depending on the qualifying for Wimbledon.¬† If I do that, I probably won't play Eastbourne, as it overlaps.¬† I think they're having the meeting today for the wildcards at Wimbledon.¬† We'll see.
Q.¬† What would it mean to you to get a wildcard in Wimbledon?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Amazing.¬† Went through quallies last year and lost in the second round to Garcia, who is here this year ranked around 50, I think, and lost 6 and 6 in a really tough match.
So, yeah it would be amazing.¬† The prize money would help my tennis.¬† It would be an amazing opportunity.¬† As long as I didn't play one of the very top seeds, I fancy my chances if I serve well.
THE MODERATOR:¬† The announcement is tomorrow.
Q.¬† Is it?¬† With regards to your career at the moment, is it just a case of getting enough money together to keep going?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah, last year my doubles pretty much funded my singles.¬† I won a few ITF tournaments and won a few finals and didn't win very many singles matches.
It helped my singles as well.¬† Helps your serve, return, intensity.¬† So my doubles sort carried me through.¬† I just won a few ITF tournaments, so financially at the moment I'm okay.¬† In England I'm not having to fly everywhere, so that helps.
Q.¬† There were some comments flying around a few weeks ago ‑ Andy said it ‑ maybe some of the top players filtering some of their prize money down the scale.¬† You would be up for that, would you?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† I have no idea how they could fix it.¬† But the fact that prize money is the same as 30 years ago and the cost of living is so much higher, I don't know how they could fix that.¬† I don't have many suggestions.¬† It's not really my job to think of an idea for it.
The system is not great, and at the lower level it's impossible to fund yourself on prize money.
Q.¬† And your dad has got both of you to worry about, so I guess it's really difficult in your family situation.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah, I'm 24 years old now.¬† I don't rely on my parents for any money whatsoever.¬† I'm one of four children and my sister has a child of her own.
Yeah, just trying to pay for tennis my prize money is incredibly difficult.
Q.¬† Has it come to the point where you felt this is more effort than it's worth, or still hanging on to the dream?
NAOMI BROADY:¬† This time last year I started looking into other things I could do, because I couldn't financially fund myself at all.
Then getting into Wimbledon qualifying and winning that round, I was able to play a few more months.¬† Thankfully towards the end of last year the my results picked up, and the prize money as well.
If it wasn't for my Wimbledon wildcard last year, I couldn't be playing now.¬† Yeah, I would have stopped last year.¬† I can't financially afford to play tennis.
Q.¬† Glad you're still here.
NAOMI BROADY:¬† Yeah.
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