Here's the translation of a short article published in L'Equipe Magazine yesterday.
The other Paris of Gaudio
From the east to the west, Paris shows too many different faces that so far, only one player has managed to win both RG and Berçy, Andre Agassi. Yesterday, Gaston Gaudio has been added to the long list of French Open winners unable to stand out from the rest at the POBP.
For the Argentinean, the post RG time has not been that glorious. Right after the triumph of his life, he had reached and lost 3 finals in a row, Bastad, Stuttgart and Kitzbuhel. What's new since then? He has only won 2 matches in more than 3 months. This wretched shame can be explained by tiredness and his going through personal hard times. His father has indeed had another heart attack, from which he has not totally recovered so far. His mother too had to deal with health troubles. Anyway, it's not been a great time for the Argentinean, though he's been so happy to walk upon the parisian ground, may it be Taraflex. "I knew that the Berçy surface would not suit me" he said after his 3 sets defeat against Feliciano Lopez. " But I went back once to RG to train (indoor), and it's been such an incredible feeling to do so. I couldn't tread the Center Court underfoot but it was the same. Well, almost the same. This time, the stands were empty." Yesterday, after his loss, Gaudio has left Berçy to go back to RG a last time before leaving the capital for good. Just to pose for the picture and to get heartened again, before next year in may 2005.
That's it. Nothing really new except his mother's health trouble. Don't know where they got this info.