Age, crowd, friendly banter between legends, the menu of the day offers a very palatable selection of quotes.
Age? It’s all relative!
Q. Your opponent today, just 16, young girl.
NA LI: 16 or 17? 16? Okay. My half age, yeah (Laughter.) Yes?
Q. Did that make you feel like an old lady?
NA LI: No, I think I’m mostly young in this room, right? (Laughter.)
Some Ivanisevic and Rafter banter
Q. I notice Goran was behind your game.
PAT RAFTER: I was waiting for him to heckle me but he didn’t.
LLEYTON HEWITT: I think afterwards he heckled you.
PAT RAFTER: He gave it to me afterwards. He couldn’t believe how bad my return was.
Q. What did he say?
PAT RAFTER: He said it was F ing bad, not just bad, it was really bad. I said, Yeah. He said, You served okay, so I don’t know how he talks. He’s Croatian.
It was just fun. Goran and I have been hanging out. We played a fair few tournaments with each other in Europe. We got to spend a fair amount of time with each other. He takes the piss out of me and he thinks it’s funny.
Genie issues an invitation
Q. Atmosphere pretty good on that court with your fan club?
[NDLR: This is how they celebrated her win:]
EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Yeah, they’re amazing. I don’t know where they came from, these Australian guys. But they’re really supportive. They just come up with all these songs. It’s really cool. I think it gets the rest of the crowd really involved, as well.
They better show up to my next match.
Li stating the obvious
Q. Why was the second set much closer than the first one?
NA LI: Why?
Q. Because she got stronger or…
NA LI: This is tennis. Yeah. I mean, nobody say if you win easy first set you can win easy second set.
So that’s why we play best of three sets.