Marie-Eve Pelletier: “La Belle Marie-Eve. The Swan Song”

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***Marie-Eve comes from Repentigny By the Sea. She is 29 years old, won many national Junior titles and played Fed Cup for over 10 years for Canada. Her best WTA ranking in singles was #103 and 53 in doubles. Last March, semi retired and questioning her future, she got back in shape with the help of Kieran Foy at the National Center in Montreal  to give one last go at the tour to see how far up she could get her singles ranking back up. During her career she played Team Tennis for four years, as well as five years in France for the Racing Club and also in Holland where her team won the Championships.***

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ONcourt: How are you enjoying your farewell tour?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: I am having a great time playing better and better and able to enjoy the whole process as it is not so stressful.

ONcourt: Mentally how do you deal with your impeding retirement?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: I really enjoyed playing tennis. I am sad about this coming to an end as I really like the tour and the travel. Tennis is a real passion for me. Of course, there has to be a certain sadness in the end coming but I’m enjoying the process as I go.

ONcourt: Life after the tour, what does it hold?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: Hopefully, a nice family, not as much traveling, still some, and I would love to contribute helping young upcoming junior Canadian players. Brodcasting is also an area which I am interested in. I definitely want to stay involved in tennis.

ONcourt: To start a family you must have a partner. What are the prospects?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: Hopefully, I’ll find one, although I have a special one right now [NHL Goalie Pascal Leclaire].

ONcourt: What is it like having a relationship with another professional athlete?

Marie-Eve Pelletier: Great as we get to share exciting lifestyles and we understand the sacrifices that must be done. As well, we enjoy talking about the mental side of competition. You might know that he is seriously injured at the moment, so last year when I was waivering about competing, he encouraged me to give it one more try, since I was healthy. I hope he gets to do the same thing as well.

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