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Re: Clay season 2008

In l’Equipe today:
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LA SCOUMOUNE DE MONFILS. – Arrivé à Casablanca sur la lancée de sa victoire au Challenger de Marrakech, Gaël Monfils semblait remis sur les bons rails. L’embellie n’aura guère duré : hier, il s’est blessé dès le début de son match contre Oscar Hernandez. Il pourrait souffrir d’une micro-déchirure aux adducteurs. « Le terrain glissait et, sur un changement d’appuis, j’ai senti une décharge électrique entre l’aine et les adducteurs, raconte-t-il. J’ai eu l’impression que des fibres se déchiraient. Ensuite, la douleur n’a fait qu’augmenter. » Malgré les conseils du kiné, jamais il ne songea à abandonner (« Je ne le fais qu’en dernière extrémité ») mais disputa le reste de la partie en marchant, se contentant de balancer d’énormes « mites » en coup droit. Insuffisant, bien sûr, pour espérer retarder une issue devenue inéluctable (défaite 6-3, 6-2). Rentré dès hier soir sur Paris, Monfils passera aujourd’hui une batterie d’examens. « Je croise les doigts et je demanderai à jouer le plus tard possible à Roland- Garros. » Son programme se résume simplement : wait and see.
He means he got injured right at the beginning of the match, it felt like a tear, the trainer was telling him to retire, but he didn’t want to. The pain was bigger and bigger, though.
He went back to Paris immediately after the match and will undergo medical exams to day.

If he’s really badly injured and kept playing the week before Roland-Garros, with his history of withdrawals, after having already missed the USO and the AO, he’s just completely insane. We'll see. He was a bit of a drama queen yesterday, acting like he was in agony, so it's hard to know how bad it really was.
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he's unlucky!!
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If he doesn't play RG I will actually cry

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If he doesn't play RG I will actually cry
Me too.

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There are some news in L'Equipe today, he has 2 micro-tears of the adductors and Champion is confident he will be able to play ("Gaël Monfils souffre, selon Thierry Champion, de deux microdéchirures aux adducteurs. Son entraîneur est confiant quant à la participation à Roland-Garros de son protégé").
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Crappy draw, Clément in the 1st round is OK, but probably Jo in the 2nd round. :-/
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Crappy draw, Clément in the 1st round is OK, but probably Jo in the 2nd round. :-/
He can beat Tsonga on clay, it could be worse.

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That's not so much my problem, I'm not hoping he will get easy opponents all the time, I just don't want them to play against each other with Jo. At least not so early in the tournament. And each of them has enough "fire" to make a match exciting, so I'd prefer to see two exciting matches rather than one.

But well, it's still a long way to go with both of them being more or less injured.
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That's not so much my problem, I'm not hoping he will get easy opponents all the time, I just don't want them to play against each other with Jo. At least not so early in the tournament. And each of them has enough "fire" to make a match exciting, so I'd prefer to see two exciting matches rather than one.

But well, it's still a long way to go with both of them being more or less injured.
Yeah, I see what you mean...and they are really good friends that makes the match a little awkward.

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Yeah, I see what you mean...and they are really good friends that makes the match a little awkward.
we won't get to watch this match soon I guess...
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we won't get to watch this match soon I guess...
Yeah, poor Tsonga.

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I'm so gutted for Jo, he must be crushed, poor guy...
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BLESSÉ EN MILIEU DE SEMAINE à Casablanca, Gaël Monfils est rassuré depuis quarante-huit heures. Il disputera bien le premier tour de Roland-Garros contre Arnaud Clément. « Oui, il n’y a plus de risque de forfait, confirmait son coach, Thierry Champion. Il avait deux lésions de cinq millimètres aux ischio-jambiers droits, mais l’échographie passée vendredi a montré une nette amélioration. Gaël doit en passer une autre ce dimanche pour que le feu vert soit clair et net. Maintenant, rien ne nous dit que la blessure ne se réveillera pas s’il dispute un match dur et long. » Hier, après une première séance matinale au petit trot, Monfils a pu pousser la machine l’après-midi avec Troicki. « Il courait bien, c’est très bon signe, ajoutait Champion. On a demandé à ce qu’il ne joue que mardi, j’espère que ce sera possible. »
No risk of withdrawal anymore according to Champion. He has two 5 mm tears (hamstring muscles on the right side), but the medical exams on Friday showed it’s getting better. He’ll have another ultrasound on Sunday to be completely sure. Of course, the injury can reappear if he has to play a long, tough match.
He practiced with Troicki yesterday and was running well. They asked for a late start on Tuesday.
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Re: Clay season 2008

He plays with Ouanna again in doubles. First round against Hrbaty-HT Lee.
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Re: Clay season 2008

The mini-dreads are back:
http://videos.sport24.com/video/iLyROoafYw_G.html
He seems a bit worried because of his adductors.

But why is he talking of the benefits of a coach change in the middle of the interview?
Edit: sorry for the confusion, I listened to it again and he means Champion as his new coach and how positive it is for him.

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Third match on Chatrier tomorrow. He'll also play mixed doubles with his girlfriend. First round against Dechy/Ram.
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