Just a very quick update, because I'm really tired. Just finished answering emails after I got back.
Arnaud wasn't rude, but we didn't go up to him today.
But after the first loss, he even signed a few autographs for the kids. He was very distracted by all the noise from kids day. The show-courts aren't directly next to court 1, but you can hear about everything.
Berrer and Arnaud both didn't play very well, Berrer had more luck with the timing of his points. And he hits very hard, so it was hard for Arnaud to get the ball back. Arnaud also took some risks on important points by coming to the net. It worked well a few times, but unfortunately that was not enough.
For doubles, they played well together at first. I really liked it, cause it seemed like they were more adjusted to each other than Ram & Llodra. And they are so cute together. At one consultation before Julien's serve, Arnaud stood in front of him and Julien almost put his head on Arnaud's shoulder to be able to whisper the tactic in his ear. I didn't have my camera ready, but that was just
. At the end of the 2nd set, Julien started to hit the ball in the net a few times and then Llodra & Ram profited from that. Also in the super TB. To me it seemed like they both (and especially Julien) couldn't get the ball back over the net anymore.
But I still think they should play doubles more often.
And that Arnaud shouldn't play on kids day anymore. All this noise, kids not staying seated during the match, people using flash (!), etc... It gets too much on his nerves
He was already frustrated in training, so maybe that also had something to do with it? Julien also wasn't walking around the courts in the days before as a ray of sunshine.
And he probably didn't see the owl from 'De Fabeltjeskrant'(Le petit echo de la Forêt in French according to google) walking around. That might have cheered him up a little.