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I had to think of you when I saw the draw, Ayane! But it always turns into a beatdown when they play each other, so I for one am not really looking forward to that match.
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They should have a feather-weight category in the ATP Gilles would beat the crap out of those U16's.
Davydenko would go on a fast diet to become number 1 in the feather-weight category, but Gilles would kick ass indeed. Just from the top of my mind, I can only think of Sela or Rochus with a similar weight...
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Hummmm Yeah ... I would love to see that match Gasquet vs Simon (mes chouchous) in the third round of Wimbly !!! I'm waiting for that since US Open 2006 ... Come on !!! He can do it ... It'll be a terrible match
Hey Ayane !!
Who would you support then ?


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Hey Ayane !!
Who would you support then ?


--> I didn't even realize you were the one playing IQT !!! At this rate, all of Gillou's fans are going to play IQT Including Fran
Oui oui, c'est bien moi qui joue à IQT (nivo quiz pr le tennis feminin, je suis une nullité lol)

OOoohh hummm ... Who would I support then? You know that's a terrible question to answer ... They are my 2 favorites players ... I don't know ... whatever the results and who's gonna win, I'll be happy anyway ... but for the rest of his tournament, I think that Richard has more chances to go far in Wimbly that Gillou (he's semifinalist last year) so ...
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Re: Grass Season 2008

Gilles will play tomorrow against Dawid Olejniczak at court 7 (that court is televised?)

1 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nicolas Kiefer (GER)[27] v. Julien Benneteau (FRA)

2 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)

3 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Dawid Olejniczak (POL) v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[28]

4 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Olga Govortsova (BLR) v. Nadia Petrova
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I don't think it's a TV court, it's not available with "Wimbledon Live".

As expected, Gilles is on the French team for Beijing - but wasn't picked to play doubles (not that Gaël is a better doubles player than Gillou...)
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...resmo_Dev.html
Simple hommes :
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Gilles Simon
Gaël Monfils

Double hommes :
Michaël Llodra - Arnaud Clément
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Gaël Monfils

There might be some changes anyway since it will be very, very close for Jo.
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Why isn't Richard Gasquet playing. I guess he chose not to play?

Allez Gilles for tomorrow.
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Yes, Richard prefers to focus on the US Open, he already announced it just after the French Open final.
Bartoli also chose not to play and isn't on the list.
The list isn't a scoop, but I guess it means the players on the list really plan to play, otherwise they would have said it like Gasquet & Bartoli.
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I don't think it's a TV court, it's not available with "Wimbledon Live".

As expected, Gilles is on the French team for Beijing - but wasn't picked to play doubles (not that Gaël is a better doubles player than Gillou...)
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2...resmo_Dev.html
Simple hommes :
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Gilles Simon
Gaël Monfils

Double hommes :
Michaël Llodra - Arnaud Clément
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Gaël Monfils

There might be some changes anyway since it will be very, very close for Jo.
Just for the somewhat interesting information : Mary Pierce will play for the French team thanks to her protected ranking (she then prevents Mauresmo from playing )
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--> C'mon guys, we all know Tsonga may NOT be in Beijing.. I feel the withdrawal coming up, I don't know why Llodra will play !!
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Re: Grass Season 2008

I thought Olejniczak was supposed to have a big serve? 5 aces, even Poussin outaced him.
That was too easy for Gilles!
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There is an audio interview on the FFT website:
http://www.fft.fr/wimbledon/2008/?id=3816
He says he played a good match, he's happy about his performance today. He wasn't broken once, which doesn't happen so often (he laughes when he says that).
He didn't know at all what to expect today. Olejniczak is... massive (and he laughes again). He was serving very hard. The break in the 1st set was a bit lucky, but from the middle of the 2nd set on, he was able to read his serve and he got his measure.
He feels well on every surface anyway, he needs to get his bearings on grass, so it was important to have an easy first round, but he's able to play well on that surface too.
Next round: another "massive" guy with Calleri. He jokes about the fact that he's playing hulking guys lately since Groth (the Australian he played last week in Nottingham) was quite a hefty fellow too.
Calleri is better on quick surfaces than on clay in his opinion because he's very powerful and doesn't move so well. It's a winnable match for him if he manages to read his serve like he did today.

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Thanks for the translation Fran and the 'grass' pic as well.

Let's hope his match against Calleri will be on a televised court on Thursday.
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In L'Equipe, but it's pretty much the same as the audio interview:
FACE À UN ADVERSAIRE au crâne rasé et aux allures de catcheur (1,91 m pour 95 kg), le fluet Gilles Simon (1,80 m ; 65 kg) a parfaitement fait le poids, s’imposant en 1 h 34’, n’ayant à sauver que deux balles de break et maîtrisant assez vite les aspects rugueux de l’offensif tennis adverse : « Il fallait être vigilant et je suis content car je n’ai presque jamais été en danger. À partir du deuxième set, j’ai vraiment pris la mesure de son service et l’ai mieux lu. Je dois continuer à essayer d’appliquer au gazon ce qui marche pour moi en indoor : ne jamais arrondir mes trajectoires, être tout le temps offensif et m’appuyer sur mon revers. Quand le jeu s’installe et qu’il ne s’agit pas que d’une bataille de service, je prends du plaisir sur cette surface. » L’objectif ? « Comme d’hab’, aller le plus loin possible. » Prochain adversaire : Agustin Calleri.

I don’t know how to translate the ‘faire le poids’ joke about their respective weights, Ted?
The journalist says Olejniczak looks like a wrestler.
Gilles means he's happy because he almost never was in danger (only had to save 2 BP). He must try to do on grass what works for him indoors: make sure he doesn’t play too ‘rounded’ shots (not sure how to say that either), take the offensive and use his backhand. When it doesn’t turn into just a serve contest, he enjoys playing on grass. The goal? As usual, to go as far as possible.
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Re: Grass Season 2008

He plays on a court with livestream!

Court 11
1 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Maria Jose Martinez sanchez (ESP) v. Sania Mirza (IND)[32]
2 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Tommy Robredo (ESP)[23] v. Tommy Haas (GER)
3 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Elena Dementieva (RUS)[5] v. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
4 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Agustin Calleri (ARG) v. Gilles Simon (FRA)[28]
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And I almost added yesterday I hoped the others would hurry up because I didn't want Gilles to be rescheduled on another court (I had a bad feeling about Dementieva and her usual 3 sets matches)!
He's playing on Court 19, no livestream.
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Re: Grass Season 2008

Allez Poussin

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The importance of being Ernests Riga Mortis


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