Razzano to Play French Open Despite Death of Fiancé

by Natasha Sulimoff on May 18, 2011 · 0 comments

in Grand Slams, WTA News

Virginie Razzano has confirmed that she will still play the French Open, even after the death of her fiancé, Stephane Vidal, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor nine years ago, and died on Monday, May 16.

Razzano told Tuesday’s edition of L’Equipe newspaper that 32 year-old Vidal asked her to play at the French Open, and that is why she will play. “Four or five days ago, I asked him: ‘Do you want me to go and play at Roland Garros?’,” Razzano said. “He answered: ‘Yes, you need to play.’ Because his intention is that I keep on going in my life, that I play for him and that I continue to be strong and to fight.”

“The most beautiful thing we achieved in our lives was not a match,” Razzano said. “We were a couple, but we became one person.”

Razzano added she had a “very difficult adolescence” before she met Vidal.

“It’s hard, but thanks to the strength he gave me I’m still alive,” Razzano said.

May Stephane rest in peace, and best of luck to Virginie at the French Open and in life.

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