Well, I used to post, but nowadays I read more
Recently discovered this topic, so I'll introduce myself too.
I'm Eliane, 22 and Dutch. I live in the south part of NL, close to Germany and Belgium.
Since September I'm a European law student and in about 6 years I hope to be a lawyer. (Also the reason I don't have time to post a lot
Ok, on to Gilles... I've been following him since a few years, guess since Thierry became his coach (love him too, but never actually seen him as a player, he was top 10 in my birth year
I realised I was a fan in 2007 at the Gerry Weber Open. I was watching a first round of Santoro, really small court, so the audience sat on sort of stone stairs. I looked next to me at some point and Gilles just sat right next to me! I didn't notice him sitting down, but when I did, I was so shocked and instantly nervous that I thought I had to be a fan in order to have that reaction
Picture of that was posted here somewhere, at least a topic when there wasn't a forum for Gilles
[edit: found the post Gilles Simon's Chat Thread #1
My #1 faves are: Arno (& Bruno) Clement, Nico Lapentti and Gilles.
I also was a big fan of Dutchie Fred Hemmes Jr, but he retired for the second time last year, so don't think he's coming back again
Oh, almost forgot to say that I don't play tennis myself and also never played. I started watching tennis around 1999 - 2000 and it became more and more and I went to my first tournament in 2003 (Rotterdam). The number of tournaments I visit also became larger, first only in NL, but now also in Germany (Düsseldorf and Halle, sometimes a challenger nearby) and I've been to Marseille last year