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And I still don't think he refers to the MRI scan. I think he meant that procedure he took regarding putting something into the knee to help it heal (sorry, I can't quite remembered the whole thing). I read that last year when Jo injured his knee, the paper talked about Jo getting that procedure just like Gilles had earlier for his knee problem.
The only procedure I know of that Gilles ever mentionned is the infamous Zamar, a cryotherapy machine he had to wear around his leg. Jo and Gael used it too but it's nothing remotely close to a surgery. Jo had some infiltration done for his knee, basically a blood injection, which is the risky "shock" treatment to avoid having to rest for months. Clearly, Gilles didn't choose that option.


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Jo had some infiltration done for his knee, basically a blood injection, which is the risky "shock" treatment to avoid having to rest for months. Clearly, Gilles didn't choose that option.
I think he did, I'm pretty sure I read in the paper when Jo had it and they mentioned Gilles had it before. They just didn't report it when Gilles had it. Okay, maybe I shouldn't say for sure, there's always a chance that my translation machine messed thing up . Let's just assumes things always got lost in translation .
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That treatment actually consists of a series of injections extended over many months, I can't bring myself to think Gilles would call it a surgery.


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Gilles is the interview of the month in the french tennis magazine. He speaks about the him and the DCgate of course 4 pages. I'm too lazy to do the scans today
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Thanks Soulage. Nice pics. j/k

Nothing really new, even for me who hasn't followed tennis closely for weeks, but if some are still curious, let me know. :]


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soulage, thanks a lot
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His presser after the Bellucci match...

G. SIMON/T. Bellucci
6-3, 6-2
An interview with:
GILLES SIMON



THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. Well, your start was very convincing. Are you happy?
GILLES SIMON: It's not my first match on clay, but it's my first match here in this tournament, and it was good. It was a good match, 6 3, 6 2. I'm happy. It was a good fight.
I knew I had to play well because every time I dropped my level of game, he was coming back. So it was a good first round.

Q. You seemed very relaxed for your first match at 10:00 in the morning. You were in a good state of mind?
GILLES SIMON: I'm working on this (smiling). I felt good during practice lately. I knew that player could be a problem for me. But he has a style of game that adapts to mine.
I knew I could win.

Q. It's your 200th victory. Do you remember them at all?
GILLES SIMON: More or less. I remember the finals. I remember the victories against the top players more than the losses against lower ranked players, even if those losses were also useful for me to learn from.

Q. Is this 200th victory going to be a special memory for you?
GILLES SIMON: No. I played well [oops](why ooops, Gilles? you shocked that you won a match in MC ? ). It was a solid match, but nothing striking about that match.

Q. Do you remember last time you won a doubles match?
GILLES SIMON: Three years ago? I never play doubles. I don't like it.

Q. Wasn't it with Safin?
GILLES SIMON: Oh, yes, right, Safin.
But during the whole year, I didn't play a single doubles match because I had problems with my knee and it was already difficult to play the singles so I didn't play doubles. I'm not good at doubles.

Q. But don't you believe this could happen you, playing doubles?
GILLES SIMON: The only thing it brings me is to get annoyed and frustrated.
But in Estoril I will play doubles.

Q. Oh, we'll watch that.
GILLES SIMON: It's going to be quick, don't worry (smiling).


Q. For your next round, who do you think?

GILLES SIMON: Albert, because I think it's Albert. Xavier can play well, too.

Q. He has a regular clay court game?

GILLES SIMON: Yes, he's very consistent. He covers the court well. He improved his backhand a lot. He's a solid player. He won tournaments lately. He had a win against Roger last year.

Q. What did you like most in your game today?

GILLES SIMON: The beginning of my match, I was relaxed.

Q. You're imitating Federer, being so relaxed?

GILLES SIMON: He does that better than I do (smiling).
Being relaxed is not a given for everyone. Anyway, I do not have time to watch Roger play, so you can tell me if I imitate him well or not.

Q. We call you 'the guy from Nice.' What are your ties with that city?
GILLES SIMON: I have a lot of members of my family here, my grandparents, cousins. I was born here, although I didn't grow up here. My parents did. I often come back here. So it's very nice for me to play in front of my grandparents because they only see me play here and in Marseille. It's something extra to this tournament for me.
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His presser after the Bellucci match...

Q. Wasn't it with Safin?[/B]
GILLES SIMON: Oh, yes, right, Safin.
But during the whole year, I didn't play a single doubles match because I had problems with my knee and it was already difficult to play the singles so I didn't play doubles. I'm not good at doubles.

Q. For your next round, who do you think?[/B]
GILLES SIMON: Albert, because I think it's Albert. Xavier can play well, too.
Gillou - I was there watching Marat & you playing double live *beauty overloaded* and you were the better player carrying the team... Good time.

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Monte Carlo R2 Post-match Presser:

G. SIMON/A. Montanes
6-3, 6-4
An interview with:
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THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. The end of the match was very tight. Were you relieved you pulled it out? It was a good fight.
GILLES SIMON: It's better that I was able to win in two sets because it was becoming very difficult in the end. He was playing better and better. He was hitting hard. I wasn't able to do that anymore.
It was a big struggle. I'm happy I didn't have to go to 5 All.

Q. What happened at 4 1, double break? Were you tense?
GILLES SIMON: I was not tense. On the contrary, I was too relaxed. After that big fight for the first set, I thought I would win. In the beginning of the second set, I was hitting hard. At 6 3, 4 1 I overdid it. I played a loose game. He came back to 4 2. I felt angry at myself. He was being more relaxed.
I missed some opportunities of going ahead 5 2. At 4 All, I was able to save some game points. After that, it was 50/50.

Q. How can you compare this match with the first one?

GILLES SIMON: I did more things. I felt better today than the first match. I am very sorry I played that loose game. Because of this, the end of the match was tough.

Q. What can you still improve in your game on clay?
GILLES SIMON: Well, I feel good. In the beginning of the second set, I felt fully confident. I was hitting the lines with my backhand, my forehand. However, at the end of the match, I wasn't making those points anymore. He was very consistent.
Winning in two sets showed I played very solid today.

Q. Your next opponent will not be a clay court specialist.

GILLES SIMON: Well, I've seen both of them beating clay court specialists many times. They are better players, better ranked than the players I've had to play until now. I know they have different styles, but playing them on clay is not going to be easy. They certainly don't play worse than my first two opponents.
Stepanek gave me a lesson that I remember. He also had major wins on clay. He was in the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Q. Are you happy your ranking has improved? You wanted to be top 20. I think it's almost done now with this victory.

GILLES SIMON: Yes, that is important because if you're better ranked, the draw becomes easier and opens up. If I had the same ranking as GaŽl, with my two victories here I would be a lot further in the draw. So the ranking protects you and helps you to guarantee a better result in each tournament. This is the reason why I want to have a higher ranking.
However, in the end, you need to beat the best players at one stage or another. But it's easier to play them later in the tournament rather than in the first rounds. This will also be important for the French Open.
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The interview from yesterday.
It seems that it's not serious


THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. Could you first talk about the first part of the match to 5 3, set point.
GILLES SIMON: I thought I could have played better. But I was not going for my shots. Against a player like him, I have trouble relaxing. I tried a couple of things I wanted to experiment with, that I had not tried until then.

Q. What was the general idea against him?
GILLES SIMON: I wanted to hurt him with my forehand, but I found it difficult because he was playing high balls. Also two or three times I was ready to go to the net and at the last minute I hesitated and didn't go.
My offensive choices were difficult to make. At 3 All I played two loose games.

Q. What about your ankle?
GILLES SIMON: It's already better. It was tough because I hurt myself twice. Once would have been enough. First time it was at the end of the first set and I knew I needed two or three minutes before I could step on it again. That's why I asked to stop the game immediately. After I thought it would be okay because I didn't have pain anymore, but I lost my serve.
I was able to fight pretty well at the beginning of the second set, but at 40 Love I had a bad slide, I hurt myself again, and then I knew it was going to be tough.

Q. You never thought of retiring?
GILLES SIMON: Yes. But these last weeks have been tough on me. I had many losses that didn't teach me anything and were not interesting. So I asked for some tape that gradually became a real cast (smiling). I couldn't run on the right hand side. But if he served to my body, then I could return pretty well. I was happy with a few shots I made. I was disappointed I couldn't run those dropshots down.

Q. The crowd was not very happy with those dropshots. What did you think?
GILLES SIMON: I would have done the same in his position. It was not a pleasant match to play for him. As far as I'm concerned, when the ball was coming towards me, I was able to hurt him. Therefore, it was absolutely normal on his part to try the dropshots.

Q. What is the diagnosis for your ankle?
GILLES SIMON: I will see the doctor later. But it's as usual, I believe. After three or four days, it's going to be better again.

Q. Don't you believe those health problems should stop?
GILLES SIMON: Well, that's easy to say. A loss like this one today would have been interesting even if it was 1 1. I could have maybe gotten some lessons from it if I had been in good health. But the way it is, I don't learn anything. Same in Miami.

Q. The crowd was booing Murray. What do you think of that?
GILLES SIMON: Will I really have to answer? I don't know. But Andy did just what he had to do. He was trying to win the match.

Q. Did he sympathize with you at any stage?
GILLES SIMON: No. But, as I said, the match certainly wasn't pleasant for him to play. He's not going to apologize for playing a winner. That would be ridiculous. He did what he had to do. If he hadn't done that, I would have been able to hit more winners.

Q. Shouldn't you work on your body to try to prevent all those injuries?
GILLES SIMON: There's nothing much you can do for a sprained ankle. It's just bad luck. It never happened before that way. I know what to do for my back. I exercise every day to try to prevent pain. What can I do for a sprained ankle? I slid the same way a thousand times before. Why did it happen just there, I don't know. Bad luck.

Q. Generally speaking, you are playing well in this period.
GILLES SIMON: Yes, I'm playing well. But it would be nice to be able to play for longer periods without having to stop because of an injury. These past weeks I was once up 4 2, Love 40, and I thought nothing could happen to me anymore, and then I had an acute pain in my right thigh and I lost 6 4. I was absolutely furious and frustrated.
The same type of situation happened in Miami.

*GILLES SIMON*

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I thought he had a problem with his thigh in that match. God he is so unlucky with injury's poor gilless

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an article from l'ťquipe.fr after he won against Chardy: http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...at-chardy.html

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http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/...ste-of-tennis/

Our leading man, Gilles Simon, above, worked the green carpet longer than anyone else, happily obliging to speak with every single reporter and blogger (and there were plenty of us!) along his way.

TSF: Whatís been the most surprising thing about year one of fatherhood? Hardest?
Gilles Simon: Well, itís not surprising because I wanted it. [Smiling.] The mother, she is fabulous. When I have a match and the baby is crying in the night, I donít wake up, she will always do that. For me, I just have the good things during a tournament: I get to enjoy him and when I donít win a match he makes me smile because he is always happy to see [me]. I tend to forget about tennis around him.

TSF: Are you guys always traveling as a unit?
GS: We are not always together. But when we are, the mother helps me a lot ó she is very patient. I try to have them with me as much as possible, of course.

TSF: Whatís one thing you love about coming to New York?
GS: I am from Paris so shopping is not a big deal here. [Smiling.] Itís just being here. You cannot see this city anywhere else in the world. Nothing is the same. At night, sometimes it is too much for me, but itís only two weeks. I can do that. I really enjoy traveling in different parts of the world. New York? You canít find it anywhere else.
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TSF: Whatís been the most surprising thing about year one of fatherhood? Hardest?
Gilles Simon: Well, itís not surprising because I wanted it. [Smiling.] > sounds like a typical French misunderstanding of the question which results in a great answer.
The mother, she is fabulous. > awww, so sweet and I agree, she really is
For me, I just have the good things during a tournament: I get to enjoy him and when I donít win a match he makes me smile because he is always happy to see [me]. >
I tend to forget about tennis around him. > so that's the clue to him winning all these tournaments as a daddy



Wrote my comments in italic behind the answer, otherwise it would be too confusing.

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