Raquel Giscafré Stats
Born in Argentina
Resides in Cardiff, CA
Tennis playing career: Number 1 player in Argentina for 6 years. Number 13 in the world in 1975. Semifinalist of the French Open in singles and doubles. Semifinalist in the US Open in doubles and mixed doubles.
Founding member (with Billie Jean King) of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
Tennis Promoter career: Owner and CEO, Promotion Sports, Inc.
Tournament Director of professional women’s tennis events in the San Diego area since 1984. Currently Tournament Director of the Mercury Insurance Open at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, owned by Octagon.
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10 Questions for Raquel Giscafré
- If you hadn’t gone into tennis, where would you have gone in life?
Reside in Santa Fe, Argentina, probably organizing other sports like soccer.
- If you retired today, what would you do?
I would play more tennis!
- What is your favorite tennis book?
Renée Richards book “Second Serve”
- Why do you think British tennis players have such a hard time winning Grand Slams?
British tennis players are not hungry enough and the public is putting too much pressure on them.
- What is your favorite tennis tournament?
Besides the Mercury Insurance Open? It’s the US Open.
- In Pro-Tennis, if you had the power to make a historic decision, what would you change today?
I would simplify the tennis scoring system to make it easier for beginners to get into the sport of tennis.
- If you were able to start all over, what would you do different in regards to your career?
As a tennis promoter it is important to be really familiar with current computer systems and applications. I wish I had learned more about computers earlier in life.
- Are we in the USA doing the right things to develop future tennis champions?
They need to work on making tennis a top sport in the USA. The USTA is doing a good job hiring talent with knowledge, but we need more regional training centers besides the existing two.
- What can the USTA learn from other countries’ tennis associations?
I can compare it with Argentina where tennis is very popular and kids have more chances for playing all sorts of sports. There is more exposure to multi-family sports activities. In tennis we have lots of junior tournaments and a very active national organization as well as federations in the provinces.
- Who is for you the greatest tennis player of all time?
For the men: Rod Laver because he was the complete package of tennis champion and role model.
Just for tennis alone it would be Roger Federer.
For the women: Martina Navratilova.
Thank you, Raquel Giscafré.
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