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Gaudio on the comback trail defeated Gil to win the Tunis CH

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 03:53 PM
Not sure how many people care, but after Gaudio was showing OK signs in the recent challengers, his 2007 is over cause of an ankle problem. He might be in doubt for the start of the 2008 season.

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/07/10/02/TENNIS_Arg-Gaudio.html

GAUDIO HIT BY ANKLE INJURY

Former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio has been ruled out of the rest of the ATP season after suffering a serious ankle ligament injury.

In Napoli last week, the world No 179 was forced to retire from his match against Italy's Federico Luzzi while leading 6-1 4-6 4-3 after twisting his right ankle.

Subsequent scans revealed two of the three ligaments were torn and the 28-year-old is expected to also be ruled out of the start of next season.

"I will have the foot plastered for a month and then we'll see whether surgery is necessary," Gaudio told Argentinian TV station TyC Sports.

At least he can be at home and enjoy watching the Pumas.

alfonsojose
10-04-2007, 03:56 PM
:sad: :shrug:

freesbee
10-04-2007, 03:58 PM
Ouch :awww: I know how much that hurts, so I wish him a speedy recovery.

tangerine_dream
10-04-2007, 04:02 PM
Ouch, ankle injuries :scared: Get well, Gato.

Denaon
10-04-2007, 04:14 PM
:awww:
Too bad for him , tough times he's been through...:hug:
I hope he fully recovers, and when he comes back to tennis, I wish him the best as always...:banana:

Gato...cuidate y recuperate pronto :smooch:

Sofyaxo
10-04-2007, 04:15 PM
:o Not good, at all.

basil333
10-04-2007, 04:17 PM
Not sure how many people care, but after Gaudio was showing OK signs in the recent challengers, his 2007 is over cause of an ankle problem. He might be in doubt for the start of the 2008 season.

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/07/10/02/TENNIS_Arg-Gaudio.html

GAUDIO HIT BY ANKLE INJURY

Former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio has been ruled out of the rest of the ATP season after suffering a serious ankle ligament injury.

In Napoli last week, the world No 179 was forced to retire from his match against Italy's Federico Luzzi while leading 6-1 4-6 4-3 after twisting his right ankle.

Subsequent scans revealed two of the three ligaments were torn and the 28-year-old is expected to also be ruled out of the start of next season.

"I will have the foot plastered for a month and then we'll see whether surgery is necessary," Gaudio told Argentinian TV station TyC Sports.

At least he can be at home and enjoy watching the Pumas.

I know alot of people on MTF really care about Gaston and will be saddened to hear this news.

I wish him a full recovery - and hope he returns to the tour fit and well sometime next year.

Stay strong Gaston fans...

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 04:20 PM
He should take as long as he needs to come back and Gaston has been lucky in that before now he has never had a serious injury.

He doesn't normally retire from matches, just cause he is getting thrashed and when leading, usually that is a good sign something is up.

Dimonator133
10-04-2007, 04:23 PM
Not sure how many people care, but after Gaudio was showing OK signs in the recent challengers, his 2007 is over cause of an ankle problem.

OK signs in recent Challengers!?!??! :haha: :smash:

If you consider barely winning any matches and getting bageled by players I've never even heard of, then yeah, he was doing "OK" in recent Challengers.

I love Gaston as much as anyone - and the 2004 French was one of the greatest things ever - but he was done well before this injury.

martine2
10-04-2007, 04:24 PM
Poor Gato :awww:

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 04:28 PM
OK signs in recent Challengers!?!??! :haha: :smash:

If you consider barely winning any matches and getting bageled by players I've never even heard of, then yeah, he was doing "OK" in recent Challengers.

I love Gaston as much as anyone - and the 2004 French was one of the greatest things ever - but he was done well before this injury.

He had one bad loss against Koellerer. Well if you want to be a smart arse about it, then be my guest.

Was he in any form this year? Considering where he was coming from. He was actually winning matches in these recent challengers, so therefore it's an improvement. I forgot you might actually try and follow the Challengers, you might learn something.

Even when Gaudio was playing well he got bagelled. That is common knowledge.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 04:30 PM
He said after a month, the doctors would be able to determine whether or not surgery would be necessary. Is it possible that it would not be if 2 of 3 ligaments were torn?

I'm not an expert on human anatomy, but that just sounds really serious.

Depends on how bad the tears are? He will probably have to be operated on, but if he doesn't, then all the better.

martine2
10-04-2007, 04:39 PM
If the tears aren't too bad, they may heal without surgery by good fysiotherapy

Burrow
10-04-2007, 04:41 PM
Tearing ligaments is a bitch, i've torn ligaments in my shoulder and it is tricky.

Burrow
10-04-2007, 04:42 PM
If the tears aren't too bad, they may heal without surgery by good fysiotherapy

It can heal naturally with rest, but he will definately get physiotherapy.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 04:44 PM
It can heal naturally with rest, but he will definately get physiotherapy.

Thanks for that info, but for sure he will need plenty of rehab and physio.

The results really don't matter and never have, just hope he can get back to full health as soon as possible.

kiwi10is
10-04-2007, 05:34 PM
poor boy. Nobody deserves so much bad luck. Hope he will be fit for the clay season! That would be a good date for comeback...

~*BGT*~
10-04-2007, 05:38 PM
Ouch :awww: I know how much that hurts, so I wish him a speedy recovery.

Yeah, in March, I sprained a ligament in my left wrist, and I still have pain. What happened to him must have hurt so badly. :sad:

star
10-04-2007, 05:48 PM
[QUOTE=YayoMassa skadad;6092742]Not sure how many people care, but after Gaudio was showing OK signs in the recent challengers, his 2007 is over cause of an ankle problem. He might be in doubt for the start of the 2008 season.

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/07/10/02/TENNIS_Arg-Gaudio.html

GAUDIO HIT BY ANKLE INJURY

Former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio has been ruled out of the rest of the ATP season after suffering a serious ankle ligament injury.

In Napoli last week, the world No 179 was forced to retire from his match against Italy's Federico Luzzi while leading 6-1 4-6 4-3 after twisting his right ankle.

Subsequent scans revealed two of the three ligaments were torn and the 28-year-old is expected to also be ruled out of the start of next season.

"I will have the foot plastered for a month and then we'll see whether surgery is necessary," Gaudio told Argentinian TV station TyC Sports.

QUOTE]

Ouchie Oweee! :eek:

Dimonator133
10-04-2007, 05:57 PM
He had one bad loss against Koellerer. Well if you want to be a smart arse about it, then be my guest.

Was he in any form this year? Considering where he was coming from. He was actually winning matches in these recent challengers, so therefore it's an improvement. I forgot you might actually try and follow the Challengers, you might learn something.

Even when Gaudio was playing well he got bagelled. That is common knowledge.


haha. YOU are the one who doesn't follow Challengers. I have an ENTIRE PAGE devoted to the circuit on my website.

I suggest getting your facts straight before trying to pull fast ones on this board; I think people on here are FAIRLY knowledgeable about tennis. I wouldn't test my knowledge either, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Gaudio.

FYI. He played in Challengers almost every single week starting after the French. I'm pretty sure he never made it past the third round in any of them - he definitely hasn't since August, and the best player he lost to was Frederico Luzzi! Now if you consider that "OK," then clearly you have different estimations of Gaston than the rest of us. And no, it's not like he's been THIS terrible the entire year. I saw him win a match in the MAIN DRAW OF MIAMI earlier in 2007, and he took two sets off Hewitt at RG playing absolutely ridiculous tennis.

Come on now, bonehead. :smash:

Dimonator133
10-04-2007, 06:00 PM
and the one week he didn't play a Challenger, he tried to qualify for Sopot...

...um, he lost 6-1, 6-0 to Steve Darcis!

stebs
10-04-2007, 06:05 PM
That's a bad injury. Hopefully some time out and Gaston can get himself sorted physically, mentally and technically and come back as something resembling the player we thought we knew a few years back.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 06:06 PM
haha. YOU are the one who doesn't follow Challengers. I have an ENTIRE PAGE devoted to the circuit on my website.

I suggest getting your facts straight before trying to pull fast ones on this board; I think people on here are FAIRLY knowledgeable about tennis. I wouldn't test my knowledge either, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Gaudio.

FYI. He played in Challengers almost every single week starting after the French. I'm pretty sure he never made it past the third round in any of them - he definitely hasn't since August, and the best player he lost to was Frederico Luzzi! Now if you consider that "OK," then clearly you have different estimations of Gaston than the rest of us. And no, it's not like he's been THIS terrible the entire year. I saw him win a match in the MAIN DRAW OF MIAMI earlier in 2007, and he took two sets off Hewitt at RG playing absolutely ridiculous tennis.

Come on now, bonehead. :smash:

Played in Gstaad, Stuttgart, Umag and failed to qualify in Sopot. Those aren't Challengers as of yet are they?

He lost to Naso, Luzzi Galvani (in Italy), Koellerer (in Poland) and retired against Luzzi and Karanusic. That is 4 ATP main level events after RG and that is 6 Challengers. In other words a mix of both.

So don't try and pull a fast one and say he has played Challengers every single week after RG, when I just highlighted his activity.

Here is the problem he has not won 2 matches in a row all season on the ATP main tour without a retirement when Horna pulled up lame in Acapulco and then he beat Guzman. Yes, this suggests he was in great form all year round doesn't it?

He made the semis losing to Galvani, but you should know this.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 06:12 PM
Do all the facts and figures really matter though? You said that you love Gaudio as much as anyone Dimonator- why not just go with that and wish him a speedy recovery. It's about him getting better, more than you being right about stats.

Yes, his health, recovery and hopefully non-surgery is more important than anything else.

Lee
10-04-2007, 06:13 PM
Get well soon el gato.

I really hate to keep posting get well soon to players. *sigh*

Dimonator133
10-04-2007, 06:17 PM
as far as I know he doesn't frequent this message board.

But I do wish him a recovery and if I knew how to get in touch with him I would do so.





He was in a lot better form earlier this year than he was in losing to guys like Naso and Galvani and Darcis 0 and 1. Give me a great. And yeah, I meant after the clay-court season.

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 06:20 PM
He has been poor all year with very fleeting moments of brilliance. This doesn't matter, just hope he can return to the game.

Deboogle!.
10-04-2007, 06:20 PM
yeooowwwwch hope it turns out to be not as serious as it sounds

luxsword
10-04-2007, 06:33 PM
:awww: poor gaudio...
i do hope he won't think ofretiring though, didn't he mention it some time ago ? :awww:

Action Jackson
10-04-2007, 06:44 PM
:awww: poor gaudio...
i do hope he won't think ofretiring though, didn't he mention it some time ago ? :awww:

That was just paper talk.

ChinoRios4Ever
10-04-2007, 08:34 PM
get well soon you genius :yeah:

Baby May
10-04-2007, 09:09 PM
Poor Gaston:( I hope that he gets well soon and come back to play on his level:hug:

Duncan
10-04-2007, 10:24 PM
Are you sure he didn't tear them the moment he was losing his form? :lol:....... Kidding on.


Had ankle ligament damage myself and it's very sore. Poor guy. Wish him a speedy recovery!

DhammaTiger
10-04-2007, 11:35 PM
Poor Gaston :hug: hope he recovers fast.

ufokart
10-04-2007, 11:57 PM
This is just what he needed to finish a horrible season :o

Hope he gets well soon.

lunahielo
10-05-2007, 12:19 AM
How horrible!
I feel so sorry for him :sad: :sad:

I hope he heals well~~~It sounds very painful..poor baby.

mariyella80
10-05-2007, 12:26 AM
I thought Gaston was heading towards retirment, is this more ammunition to WANT to do so? Or is he trying to come back as a major contender on the circuit....I dont get him.....apart from his father's illness, what has him down?

avocadoe
10-05-2007, 01:22 AM
hope he heels well, poor guy...

GlennMirnyi
10-05-2007, 02:06 AM
What a shame. Get better Gaston you monster.

Burrow
10-05-2007, 02:15 AM
Thanks for that info, but for sure he will need plenty of rehab and physio.

The results really don't matter and never have, just hope he can get back to full health as soon as possible.

He is lucky he will get physio when he wants it, whereas I have to wait half a year when it could be fully heealed by then.

I hope he has one more serious attempt in 2008 and see how it goes. Cant believe he will be 30 :eek:

alelysafina
10-05-2007, 03:00 AM
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:


Get well soon Gasti :sad:

+alonso
10-05-2007, 03:09 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOO, Such a pity for Gastón! I hope that doesn't affect him THAT much, His tennis is beautiful to watch and there's a lot of ppl including me that would be pleased to watch him on action winning something big again.

Take Care! : s

Turquoise
10-05-2007, 05:27 AM
Get well soon Gaudio, and hope 2008 will bring you better results. Don't retire yet, please.

I had torn ligaments in my left ankle a couple of years ago, so I can sympathise. Physiotherapy and rest obviously helped, but I also had to convince myself psychologically to put normal pressure on my foot and walk normally after quite a while. For sportsmen, time is not a luxury and bouncing back from injuries is harder than they make it seem.

Action Jackson
10-05-2007, 06:43 AM
He is lucky he will get physio when he wants it, whereas I have to wait half a year when it could be fully heealed by then.

I hope he has one more serious attempt in 2008 and see how it goes. Cant believe he will be 30 :eek:

Yes, that's true he is fortunate that he can get intensive physio whenever he wants unless us paupers.

As bad as this injury is. At least it will give him some time to think about what he really wants to do. Because once he retires from the game, he will move onto a different sphere and do something else.

At least his football team is winning the Argentine championship and the Pumas are doing well.

Merton
10-05-2007, 07:00 AM
Too bad, hopefully it will not take too long to recover from this, Gaston needs match play on the challengers at this moment.

Action Jackson
10-05-2007, 07:48 AM
A recent update and this was translated for us by Vale.

Here are some parts of an article that appeared yesterday in La Nación:

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/EdicionIm...nota_id=949603

Doctor Javier Maquirriaín, head of the Argentine Tennis Association´s Medical Department, who is treating Gaudio, said “An operation wouldn´t have made much difference to the recovery period so Gaudio decided against it, but he´ll have to spend at least a month in plaster, with an orthopaedic plastic boot to immobilize his foot”.

“I see Gastón every day because we have to keep careful track of the evolution of his injury. Even though he´s much better than yesterday (the day before yesterday), all that area is very inflamed and we have to wait for it to go down. Now he has to wear the boot and use crutches, he can´t put any weight on that foot and he has to rest”, Maquirriain explained.

Gaudio´s hopes lie in his customary powers of recovery. Franco Davin, his coach, who had a talk with Maquirriaín yesterday and will be seeing Gaudio this morning to start to broach the subject of his future, said “He´s always had a fantastic physique and has recovered immediately, but one has to wait. We won´t be able to measure his evolution in a day, two days or a week”.

This injury forces Gaudio, suffering from loss of form, to stay away from tennis. “He will surely have to come to a decision about his future”, Davin added.

VolandriFan
10-05-2007, 07:49 AM
Recovery for third degree ligament damage is usually between 6-12 weeks, but I doubt it would be in playing shape until at least 8 weeks, that is, if he doesn't need to undergo surgery. In that case it could take even longer and he'll need to work on rehabilitating it into next season.

Gaston really didn't need this, it seemed that he'd just found some form and he'd been doing the right things to get his career back on track. I feel terribly bad for him and wouldn't be surprised, nor annoyed if he decided to throw in the towel on his career.

martine2
10-05-2007, 07:55 AM
Recovery for third degree ligament damage is usually between 6-12 weeks, but I doubt it would be in playing shape until at least 8 weeks, that is, if he doesn't need to undergo surgery. In that case it could take even longer and he'll need to work on rehabilitating it into next season.

Gaston really didn't need this, it seemed that he'd just found some form and he'd been doing the right things to get his career back on track. I feel terribly bad for him and wouldn't be surprised, nor annoyed if he decided to throw in the towel on his career.

I don't think he'll do that.
He was finding back his form and this must be a motivation now. He knows he can do it.
Most important is he takes his time now to let it fully heal, because that's very important with a ligament injury. Maybe best to take a fresh start next season.

Action Jackson
10-05-2007, 07:59 AM
I feel terribly bad for him and wouldn't be surprised, nor annoyed if he decided to throw in the towel on his career.

Not happening, there hasn't been any legit talk of retirement.

Burrow
10-05-2007, 01:34 PM
Well torn ligaments take 3 months so ive been told, but it depends if his are partially or completely torn.

and no I dont think he will retire, I expect to see Coria back next year as well.

Sommarsverige
10-05-2007, 08:05 PM
I hope Gaston will come back in 2008 and he will be more lucky than he was this year :hug:

Mateya
10-05-2007, 08:53 PM
Vamos Gaston, try one more season (2008) and if it´s a bad one, then retire :hug:

Cant believe this is the same guy who won RG 2004 :lol: ...:sad:

mylessa
10-05-2007, 09:58 PM
Oh, that's bad :( :sad:
I hope he recovers soon enough.
I've already missed him before this injury. :sad:

cobalt60
10-05-2007, 10:37 PM
Ouch. Best to GG :yeah:

Action Jackson
10-07-2007, 11:00 AM
No surgery for Gaston and this is a good thing.

enqvistfan
10-07-2007, 11:34 AM
Get well soon Gaston :hug:

NicoFan
10-07-2007, 12:06 PM
Poor GG - I hope he gets better as soon as possible. :hug:

And I hope that he doesn't decide to retire.

VolandriFan
10-07-2007, 01:07 PM
No surgery for Gaston and this is a good thing.

Oh, that's at least something. It's possible for him to be back before the Australian Open, not that he'd be playing there anyway. :)

AnitaOlea
10-07-2007, 07:22 PM
aww this sucks, get well gastón! =)

Vale
10-07-2007, 10:17 PM
I posted this translation in Gastón´s forum, but seeing all your comments I think you would like to read it so I will post it here.:)

La Nación has been publishing updates on Gastón´s injury regularly; this was Friday´s article:

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/EdicionImpresa/deportiva/nota.asp?
nota_id=950308

IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING, GAUDIO WILL CARRY ON.

Even though he´s had to face difficult times, with a loss of form that has taken him to be ranked 179°, and two torn ligaments in his right ankle, Gastón Gaudio does not give in. The tennis player from Temperley acknowledges privately that what is perhaps the most difficult season of his career has drawn to a premature close. He will not attempt to return before the end of the year, but neither will he give up fighting. His mind is already set on the coming year.

This week is uncomfortable for Gaudio in every sense of the word. The orthopaedic boot gets in the way of every movement because he cannot put any weight on his injured foot, and the required physiotherapy is very invasive because he has not had an operation on the two torn ligaments of his right ankle.

Even so the player has no intention of quitting. He´s already been talking with his coach, Franco Davin, to plan his pre-season once the ankle has healed.
And, of course, his aim for next year is to recover the level of his game to be able to feel happy on court once again.

cobalt60
10-07-2007, 11:01 PM
Nice. Beware the Gaudio backhand :yeah:

star
10-08-2007, 12:21 AM
A recent update and this was translated for us by Vale.

Here are some parts of an article that appeared yesterday in La Nación:

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/EdicionIm...nota_id=949603

Doctor Javier Maquirriaín, head of the Argentine Tennis Association´s Medical Department, who is treating Gaudio, said “An operation wouldn´t have made much difference to the recovery period so Gaudio decided against it, but he´ll have to spend at least a month in plaster, with an orthopaedic plastic boot to immobilize his foot”.

“I see Gastón every day because we have to keep careful track of the evolution of his injury. Even though he´s much better than yesterday (the day before yesterday), all that area is very inflamed and we have to wait for it to go down. Now he has to wear the boot and use crutches, he can´t put any weight on that foot and he has to rest”, Maquirriain explained.

Gaudio´s hopes lie in his customary powers of recovery. Franco Davin, his coach, who had a talk with Maquirriaín yesterday and will be seeing Gaudio this morning to start to broach the subject of his future, said “He´s always had a fantastic physique and has recovered immediately, but one has to wait. We won´t be able to measure his evolution in a day, two days or a week”.

This injury forces Gaudio, suffering from loss of form, to stay away from tennis. “He will surely have to come to a decision about his future”, Davin added.

Being on crutches must be awful. I feel bad for him. The good thing is that once he heals, he will appreciate being healthy like never before. :)

Primal
10-08-2007, 06:35 AM
Let's hope it's not that bad and won’t become the end of his carrier.
Even in his worst form he's worth watching.

VolandriFan
10-08-2007, 06:48 AM
Even in his worst form he's worth watching.

That was really nice of you to say :wavey:

Primal
10-08-2007, 06:48 AM
neither will he give up fighting. His mind is already set on the coming year.



This is the good news :yeah:

Primal
10-08-2007, 06:50 AM
That was really nice of you to say :wavey:


I don't think I count here :lol:, kind of fan of his.

martine2
10-08-2007, 10:01 AM
I don't think I count here :lol:, kind of fan of his.

:secret: Yes, you do count, because you're telling the truth ;)

Tabledott
10-10-2007, 12:39 PM
I hope GG will get better though he's getting older. I'm really a fan of him and I believe he can produce more good stuff. He was one of my favourite players ( Of course Federer is the best )

madmanfool
10-10-2007, 01:28 PM
If he could shine one more time at Roland Garros, that would be so cool..

Action Jackson
11-29-2007, 12:38 PM
Gaston has started training again and the challengers of La Serena in Chile or Miami will be when he tries to comeback and Jaite has already given him a WC to Buenos Aires.

Tabledott
11-29-2007, 12:54 PM
Go, Gaston !!!

Kolya
11-29-2007, 01:02 PM
Everything is going against El Gato...

Get well soon mate!

justClaudia
11-29-2007, 05:00 PM
Gaston has started training again and the challengers of La Serena in Chile or Miami will be when he tries to comeback and Jaite has already given him a WC to Buenos Aires.

thanks for the good news. :)

musefanatic
11-29-2007, 08:47 PM
Ah glad to know he's getting better, sounds like he's had a rough time :sad:

Alonsofz
11-29-2007, 09:09 PM
I hope he plays in La Serena :)... Vamos Gato :rocker2:!

DhammaTiger
11-29-2007, 09:38 PM
I am happy to read the good news about Gaston, hope he has a full recovery.

Action Jackson
12-07-2007, 03:19 AM
I did not do this translation, the person who did this was Vale.

It's a recent interview with him.

http://www.lanacion.com.ar/deportiva/nota.asp?nota_id=968235

Interview by Maximiliano Boso



I KNOW OF ONLY ONE WAY TO RETURN: TO BUST MY ASS TRYING

After a poor season and an injury to his right ankle, Gastón Gaudio is preparing to return to the tennis circuit; he says he took advantage of his inactivity to enjoy life outside sport, and that it also served to confirm his passion for tennis.


- Did the injury prove useful?

- “I don´t think an injury can ever be positive, but everything happens for a reason. I´ve never been injured and just at that moment this happened. Maybe I needed to come to a complete stop to say to myself: “Find out exactly what you want to do, understand what´s happening to you”, and try to come through all this feeling more relaxed for my return”.

- And what did you answer yourself?

- “I realize I want to keep on playing, I´m well. I started 15 days ago and I´m taking it slowly. I still can´t run properly because my foot hurts, but I´m training and I´m doing pretty well… It would be good to play ATP tournaments again”.

Even though he´s coming from the gym, Gastón Gaudio is carrying his racket bag, which he sets down beside him. An interview that started with him saying “Let´s do this quickly, shall we?” becomes a relaxed chat in which the guy with the topknot opens his heart. We are on the terrace of the Vilas Club, that he alternates with the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club for his pre-season training, while he tries to overcome the torn ligaments in his right ankle that put an end to his tennis season over two months ago. Pablo Pécora, his psychologist, is waiting for him at another table a few meters away.

Next Sunday Gaudio will turn 29, and his life at present is very different to the one two seasons ago, when he was a Top Ten and had just finished what he considers to have been his best year, with five titles. He still had the impetus of his unforgettable 2004 Roland Garros title playing against Guillermo Coria, and little did he imagine that today he would be ranked 182. That´s the reason for what he said at the beginning, when he said that perhaps his injury didn´t happen by chance.

- “I love tennis, I´m an enthusiast, but it isn´t the only thing that matters to me”, he explains. During this time of forced inactivity due to his injury, Gaudio has experienced loads of things unrelated to tennis.

- “Federer, Nadal... we all live for tennis. Not obsessively, but we all live for tennis because we want to do it well. For instance: we don´t play football for fear of injury, at night you can´t get plastered because you have to train next day. Although Federer and Nadal are pretty relaxed… Maybe Nadal not so much, but Federer is really calm. You can practice with him a thousand times and you have fun, he´s not at all obsessive”, he explains.

- During this time I imagine you´ve been able to do all those things you mention?

- Well, I couldn´t play football because of my injury, but I did try to have some fun because I´ve had a terrible year. To unwind, think of other things. I did the things any guy of my age does. To try to see if, with a clearer mind, one can play a bit better. I´ve still got way to go. I´ve just started the pre-season, it´s hard to come back after such a year. I´m lacking the confidence to be able to say: “I can beat anyone”. For that you need to play. But I know of only one way to return: training, busting my ass and trying to improve day by day, with perseverance. That´s what I´m doing. And then, if I can´t make it, I won´t reproach myself because I did all that was in my power”.

- After having experienced different things lately, did you have doubts about returning?

- “No, quite the contrary. I´ve been going out with my friends, I did all those things I haven´t been able to do in the past 15 years, and the truth is that I realized that I like to play tennis. I accept that I´ll have plenty of time in a couple of years not to have the responsibility of getting up early. Right now, it´s the time to play tennis”.

- Were you saturated by tennis?

- “I think so. After so many years of living with so much pressure, I think that without realizing what´s happening one´s brain gets tired. And the brain is a muscle like any other. Perhaps this time I´ve been away from it all has done me good”.

- Have you thought about how long you will continue if you don´t get results?

- “I´ll continue to play for as long as I feel like playing. If things don´t work out then surely I won´t feel like playing anymore, one thing leads to the other”.

- You don´t mind playing Challengers?

- “No, but I would like to play ATP. I want to get through the Challenger stage as quickly as possible. But it will be hard because there are players who are doing well, and they all want to beat you”.

- Are you thinking about the possibility of reaching the top ten once more, as you had said some time ago?

- “No, right now I´m thinking about getting to play ATP tournaments. Once I´ve reached that level – if I do – the situation itself will lead me to set new goals”.

- Is there any change in the Gaudio who broke rackets and shouted during matches?

- “I´m just that way, I don´t go out there with the intention of staging a play. I would like never to do it again, but I can´t control it. If I were a coach I would never recommend anyone “Ché, do this”. Sometimes it´s ridiculous, but there it is… I´m just that way. And even if I´m calm, that´s not going to change. In fact, even playing at my best I still did all that nonsense. I can´t control it”.

- Not even with the psychologist…

- “Not even with Copperfield the magician, or with anyone”.

- Did the Roland Garros final mark you and Coria?

- “It marked me for the better, because 2005 was the best year of my life. Coria played the Monte Carlo and Rome finals the next year. I don´t think Roland Garros had anything to do with our present results. They´re moments… In those days we were playing the Roland Garros final, and right now we can´t even reach the Copa Petrobras final”.

- Have you wondered what would have happened if you hadn´t won?

- “No, I´ve never thought about that… I remember that I won, that´s all, ha ha… It wouldn´t want them to take the cup away from me.

- Can you explain how important a player´s mentality is to his game?

- “It´s... I don´t know… simply check out the results, do you understand? If you want an example, look at David, at how he was playing this year and then he won two Masters Series. It´s not that he suddenly remembered how to play tennis, you can see that at that moment his mentality just had a positive click. In my case, three years ago I was playing the Roland Garros final whereas now I play in a challenger and I don´t get through a round. It´s all in the head, there´s no doubt about it. Do you see?”

- All that sort of life we talked about earlier... Does money make up for those things?

- “Money doesn´t make up for anything. Obviously it´s important, but I don´t think any player, neither David or Coria or anyone, could lose because he´s got a lot of money. That´s madness. Whoever says a thing like that has never been a sportsman. The sensation of winning Roland Garros is something no money can buy. If you asked me would I prefer to win Roland Garros and not get paid, I would say yes, obviously”.

- How is your relationship with Franco (Davin, his coach)? Yours is one of the most long-lasting relationships, if not the oldest.

- “It´s OK. It´s difficult too, you see, having fallen like this… Like in a marriage when they´re broke, when the husband doesn´t bring a dime home. They love each other, but the situation is different, arguments start because of any stupidity... Don´t you agree?”

- And?

- “One just has to have a fighting spirit, one has to continue. Especially because we´re friends, you see? I love him like a brother. We´ve lived through many things together, ours is like a marriage. I love that guy, for me he´s a genius. So sometimes things don´t work out like we would like them to, or we don´t agree on something, but in the long run you understand each other. Besides, we can´t always agree on everything, life would be dull. I bet you also argue with your wife...

Horatio Caine
12-07-2007, 08:21 AM
Thanks for the article, and I wish Gaston well. :yeah:

Haile Selassie
12-07-2007, 11:00 AM
I love the way that Gaston answer the question.

avocadoe
12-07-2007, 11:41 AM
fingers crossed for a decent comeback for Gaston...love when he's playing well and with confidance.

VolandriFan
12-07-2007, 02:04 PM
I love Gaston's comments on Franco. He's such an emotionally fuelled person and that makes him all the more likeable.

Daniel
12-08-2007, 03:48 PM
Get well soon :)

Queens.
12-10-2007, 05:49 PM
If he is confident he can beat Nadal on clay without problems :cool:

Gaston :yeah:

Action Jackson
12-27-2007, 03:49 PM
He will make a comeback at the Miami Challenger which is in the 1st week of the Aus Open.

Deboogle!.
12-27-2007, 04:30 PM
:yeah: thanks for the update :)

Johnny Groove
12-27-2007, 04:31 PM
He will make a comeback at the Miami Challenger which is in the 1st week of the Aus Open.

Really? I should go check him out down there

martine2
12-27-2007, 06:58 PM
Looking forward to him playing again :yeah:

Action Jackson
12-28-2007, 06:00 AM
Really? I should go check him out down there

Yes, he is on the list and he has a unit in Miami, though I am surprised he is playing on the green clay.

You should go there and also crazy Dani Koellerer is playing there as well.

Hewitt =Legend
12-28-2007, 09:24 AM
I just can't see Gaston ever returning back into top 50 on the back of his recent breakdown, he just seems to be lost both physically and mentally.

I hope he proves me wrong but sadly I can't see it. :sad:

basil333
12-29-2007, 11:40 PM
I just can't see Gaston ever returning back into top 50 on the back of his recent breakdown, he just seems to be lost both physically and mentally.

I hope he proves me wrong but sadly I can't see it. :sad:

he's just seen at least 2 of his friends climb back from "the point of no return" - he's seen how its done, and I read somewhere that the injury has made him realise how much he loves the game - so I expect he will return to the Top 50. - His friends will help him get there too.

stebs
12-29-2007, 11:46 PM
The problem for Gaudio is not love for the game as a whole, it is getting himself motivated for every single point of a low profile match when he knows he should be playing with the big boys. Obviously right now he is injured but I hope very much he can do that for himself when he returns.

sheeter
12-30-2007, 03:28 AM
I always feel sorry for injured players.

Xristos
12-30-2007, 04:25 AM
So Gaston is out of the AO.

Thats not good since I love watching his backhand in motion.

Action Jackson
04-19-2008, 06:23 PM
Gaston is making a comeback to the tour. He is playing in Bermuda and he plays Odesnik in the 1st round.

The results at this stage aren't important, just that his ankle is ready to go, he tried a comeback and it was way too soon and got punished for it.

Deboogle!.
04-19-2008, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the update - really hope he's healthy finally.

stebs
04-19-2008, 06:27 PM
Just have to wait and see but for sure priority is with his health.

NicoFan
04-19-2008, 06:27 PM
Hopefully he's really healthy again. :yeah:

Good luck to GG! :)

TankingTheSet
04-19-2008, 06:28 PM
It's funny because another Argentine player, Juan Monaco, also came back too soon after his ankle injury and is probably paying the price with sub-optimal results.

Action Jackson
04-19-2008, 06:29 PM
Monaco didn't tear ligaments, there is a clear difference.

Fee
04-19-2008, 06:31 PM
GWH, update your thread title. I freak a little bit every time I see this thread.

LocoPorElTenis
04-19-2008, 06:41 PM
Gaston is making a comeback to the tour. He is playing in Bermuda and he plays Odesnik in the 1st round.


Oh no, how unlucky of el Gato to draw clay legend Odesnik in the first round :sad:

Action Jackson
04-19-2008, 06:45 PM
Oh no, how unlucky of el Gato to draw clay legend Odesnik in the first round :sad:

I'd rather him lose to someone who has capability on the surface like big Odesnik than say Ginepri.

Johnny Groove
04-19-2008, 06:46 PM
I'd rather him lose to someone who has capability on the surface like big Odesnik than say Ginepri.

Odesnik will be hung over from his houston victory

Action Jackson
04-19-2008, 07:16 PM
Odesnik will be hung over from his houston victory

Did you let jcempire hack your account?

Johnny Groove
04-19-2008, 07:28 PM
Did you let jcempire hack your account?

no, MGP will beat Blake in the final. If jc has hacked my account, it would look more like this:

ODESNIKO IS CHAMP HOUSTON OF FOR SURE

TOP 50 AWAIST WAYNE OSEDNIK

Action Jackson
04-19-2008, 07:35 PM
no, MGP will beat Blake in the final. If jc has hacked my account, it would look more like this:

ODESNIKO IS CHAMP HOUSTON OF FOR SURE

TOP 50 AWAIST WAYNE OSEDNIK

Osednik should be in the DC team for Spanish tie. King and protege will be there as well.

I wish that Oscar played Gaston in the 1st round, but Osedink star of future is not easy draw, but like I said, if Gaston lost to Ginepri on clay, that would be difficult.

groundstroke
04-19-2008, 08:41 PM
Unlucky, that's his career gone then.

Caio_Brasil
04-19-2008, 09:02 PM
Vamos Gato

Merton
04-19-2008, 11:49 PM
Great to see Gaston back, the important thing is to be physically ok.

VolandriFan
04-20-2008, 12:43 AM
This is a welcome surprise. I thought he'd take some more time away from the game, but I'm not complaining.

JimmyV
04-20-2008, 01:44 AM
Nice, now he can get bageled by Odesnik.

octatennis
04-20-2008, 01:52 AM
let's see how gaston's mind is working, wish a good result in the tournament.

martine2
04-20-2008, 06:02 PM
Good to see him back :D Hope the ankle is ok and he enjoys the comeback :yeah:

Snowwy
04-20-2008, 07:52 PM
I heard he's not actually playing :shrug:

We will see.

Snowwy
04-20-2008, 07:56 PM
And two seconds after I post that, its official

http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2008/511/mds.pdf

Gaudio is out due to sickness

Jelena
04-20-2008, 09:02 PM
Thank you for the updated info. So unfortunate to hear that he is ill. :awww:
to be honest I doubt he's really ill. :tape:

Action Jackson
11-08-2008, 03:26 PM
Gaudio has been playing a series of exho matches in Santiago this week, where he lost to Luczak and Adrian Garcia. He will be playing Massu tomorrow.

He has a WC for Medellin, though I'd be lying to say it's a good idea for him to play tournaments at the moment, doesn't have the fitness base and should be sticking to exhos for this year, but he will do well to win a set at these events.

Snoo Foo
11-08-2008, 03:43 PM
ah what the hell, the worst that can happen is he'll get his ass kicked (as expected), and if he wins a set (or even, like, has a closish match), it'll be gravy. :shrug:

fast_clay
11-08-2008, 03:47 PM
hope he enjoys it... if he is coming back i guess you could say he found more demons away from the tennis court than on it... it really is a win/win situation here for gaudio after reading about the guy for a bit this year, and, i hope he sees it that way...

Jelena
11-08-2008, 03:51 PM
I hope he gets a reasonable result. Vamos Gaston!

mashamaniac
11-08-2008, 04:14 PM
ٌWell there were some rumors a few days ago that he's retired and wanted to become a commentator,how true is this??

Hendu
11-08-2008, 04:15 PM
"I'm 20 or 30 years away from playing tennis well again".

Classic Gaudio.



Just in the line of:



- "They shouldn't let me in anymore!!! Its a shame that they let me play!"

- "I didn't win, it isn't me, it's impossible."

After missing a serve, "Great!, I almost hit the serve in twice in a row."

When getting to the locker after winning RG. "I must be the worst Roland Garros winner ever".

- "What a shitty life!"

- "I'm a loser, My whole life I'm going to be a loser".

- "I want to leave!" "What I am doing here?".

- "Why don't I leave and stop making a fool of myself"

- "What a bad time I'm having here".

- "I can't play tennis this bad, man, what a shame!".

And, "I feel like a prisoner of clay" in Wimbledon.

Caio_Brasil
11-08-2008, 04:19 PM
Dale :)

Good to start getting back to competition this year to try something in 2009 :yeah:

Jelena
11-08-2008, 04:23 PM
"I'm 20 or 30 years away from playing tennis well again".

Classic Gaudio.



Just in the line of:



- "They shouldn't let me in anymore!!! Its a shame that they let me play!"

- "I didn't win, it isn't me, it's impossible."

After missing a serve, "Great!, I almost hit the serve in twice in a row."

When getting to the locker after winning RG. "I must be the worst Roland Garros winner ever".

- "What a shitty life!"

- "I'm a loser, My whole life I'm going to be a loser".

- "I want to leave!" "What I am doing here?".

- "Why don't I leave and stop making a fool of myself"

- "What a bad time I'm having here".

- "I can't play tennis this bad, man, what a shame!".

And, "I feel like a prisoner of clay" in Wimbledon.
Not really needed to quote all his depressive comments when he's just trying to come back, is it? ;)

Hendu
11-08-2008, 04:27 PM
Not really needed to quote all his depressive comments when he's just trying to come back, is it? ;)

Well... how many of the posts in MTF "are needed"? ;)

I wanted to show that his new comment is part of a historical pattern, and I find reading them funny too.

fast_clay
11-08-2008, 06:57 PM
his self loathing is just a part of his defence... as much a part of his game as him sliding backwards while ripping a cross court backhand winner from 2 metres behind the baseline...

ChinoRios4Ever
11-08-2008, 07:30 PM
Gato :worship: but losing to Adrian? :help: :tape: :spit: :haha: :bowdown:

Caio_Brasil
11-08-2008, 07:36 PM
"I'm 20 or 30 years away from playing tennis well again".

Classic Gaudio.



Just in the line of:



- "They shouldn't let me in anymore!!! Its a shame that they let me play!"

- "I didn't win, it isn't me, it's impossible."

After missing a serve, "Great!, I almost hit the serve in twice in a row."

When getting to the locker after winning RG. "I must be the worst Roland Garros winner ever".

- "What a shitty life!"

- "I'm a loser, My whole life I'm going to be a loser".

- "I want to leave!" "What I am doing here?".

- "Why don't I leave and stop making a fool of myself"

- "What a bad time I'm having here".

- "I can't play tennis this bad, man, what a shame!".

And, "I feel like a prisoner of clay" in Wimbledon.

the best one is that video of his match against Korolev in Roland Garros... what a man :lol:

"QUE MAL QUE LA ESTOY PASANDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

:rolls:

ChinoRios4Ever
11-08-2008, 07:41 PM
Yesterday he said: "QUE NIVEL ESTAMOS JUGANDO, CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

In english: "What a level we are playing, man" :rolls:

Gato 4 ever :worship:

Caio_Brasil
11-08-2008, 08:09 PM
Yesterday he said: "QUE NIVEL ESTAMOS JUGANDO, CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

In english: "What a level we are playing, man" :rolls:

Gato 4 ever :worship:

:lol:

cobalt60
11-08-2008, 08:09 PM
:lol: Good for him. Another glorious backhand back on the tour :)

Thanos
11-08-2008, 08:13 PM
baCJnE5Lmds

:haha: ive missed crazy gaudio. i think clay court tennis has suffered without him and coria playing well on tour.

Action Jackson
11-08-2008, 10:56 PM
The crazy running commentary of Gaudio is part of his personality, there are some great quotes there Hendu.

I remember when he was playing Hopman Cup and he had some foot faults. The after match interview was classic.

Q. The foot faults, we’ve got to ask you a bit about the foot faults. There were a few of them. They were annoying weren’t they?

(Gaudio) It is, but it’s fun for the crowd...............

(Gaudio) Maybe I should move the line a little bit forward.

Q. Or maybe you should move your foot a little bit back?

(Gaudio) I’m going to try with that one. I never thought about that one before.

Action Jackson
11-08-2008, 10:56 PM
Gaston lost to Massu 7-6 1-6 6-4, he had a break in the 3rd set, he has got through these matches and that's a good thing.

Snoo Foo
11-08-2008, 11:14 PM
He won a set!!!!!!!!!!

And furthermore, he won a TB!!!!!!!

Against the not-too-shabby-in-SA-challengers-this-fall Massu! :yeah:

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cobalt60
11-08-2008, 11:16 PM
The crazy running commentary of Gaudio is part of his personality, there are some great quotes there Hendu.

I remember when he was playing Hopman Cup and he had some foot faults. The after match interview was classic.

Q. The foot faults, we’ve got to ask you a bit about the foot faults. There were a few of them. They were annoying weren’t they?

(Gaudio) It is, but it’s fun for the crowd...............

(Gaudio) Maybe I should move the line a little bit forward.

Q. Or maybe you should move your foot a little bit back?

(Gaudio) I’m going to try with that one. I never thought about that one before.
:rolls:

Action Jackson
11-09-2008, 01:32 AM
Looks like Gaston saw some sense and withdrew from Medellin and has been replaced by Nico Lapentti.

azza
11-09-2008, 08:27 AM
Peter Luczak Def Gaston Gaudio 6-1 6-2.

Caio_Brasil
11-09-2008, 08:38 AM
Looks like Gaston saw some sense and withdrew from Medellin and has been replaced by Nico Lapentti.

At least the crowd won't complain. One great player replaced by another one :)

Jelena
11-09-2008, 12:07 PM
At least the crowd won't complain. One great player replaced by another one :)
Agree completely.

Queens.
11-09-2008, 11:06 PM
That match in Argentina when he was "booed" really affected him. He doesn't even want to play in his country anymore because he doesn't know how would the crowd react.

I watched most of his "best" matches in 04' and 05' as well as some of his most recent matches and he isn't playing thaaat bad. He's certainly having some troubles with his forehand but that amazing backhand is still the same. I always said it, it's all in his head because technically, his tennis is perfect :yeah:

Jorbaty
12-11-2008, 11:57 AM
Classic Gaudio quote. Can anyone translate the rest of the interview?

Gaudio is coming back next year!!

It was linked here (http://www.fuebuena.com.ar/?p=3128)

Action Jackson
12-11-2008, 12:12 PM
Gaston is playing the exho in Buenos Aires over the weekend as a replacement for LaLo.

psk
12-11-2008, 12:25 PM
He is asking for wild cars for the tournaments in Latinoamerica

alfonsojose
12-11-2008, 12:31 PM
That bulge is back :drool:

Snoo Foo
12-11-2008, 12:46 PM
El Gato gives his carrer another chance so he can have more sex, he jokes, and he's already thinking about tournaments in 2009.

The last time he played at Lawn Tennis was in the BsAs ATP in 2007.

On Wednesday afternoon, one, two, one hundred cars drive down the little street that runs alongside the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. "¿What happened, is Madonna coming? What a mess", someone joked. "No", interjected Gastón Gaudio, with the seriousness of one who isn't joking, "they knew I was coming back to play here and they are already camping out on Figueroa Alcorta. They roped off the street, it's a tremendous attraction. ¿Didn't you see the tents?".

Gaudio accepted the invitation to play the Copa Argentina, which begins tonight at 20.30, with the match between Juan Mónaco and Guillermo Cañas. Gato's (or "Gallo," as he's also been called lately) debut will be tomorrow, second in order, against José Acasuso, on the specially installed green hard court.

The 2004 Roland Garros champion is happy, as can be measured by the jokes he tosses out during his chat with Olé; in his desire to run and hit the ball the practice set he won against his pal Mariano Zabaleta, training that includes only one shout of negativity (a gutteral, unexpected "nooooo") before a break point wasted with a backhand error.

-Tuesday you turned 30. ¿Does your age hit you or you don't think about it?

-(Makes eye contact and smiles) Yes, I'm somebody else, ¿can't you tell?

-Mmm, no, ¿what should we notice?

-I've matured, now it's here, I felt the "click." At 30 I finally clicked, jaja.

-¿Click toward what?

-Now I don't have problems with anything. I've calmed down. (after a pause). Let me think about being in my 30s, it's very new. Later I'll tell you, but it's only been a short while now that I'm thinking about my future more than before.

-¿Do you have a plan for 2009 yet?

-Yes, I'll see if I start off in January or February. But the Latinamerica claycourt swing I'll do for sure. I already asked for wildcards, because my protected ranking for injury won't get me in, it's like 200...

-You haven't played since January. ¿How many times were you retired since then?

-In the first seven months I was retired, I did nothing, I was an ex-player. I kept up a little of my fitness and that's it. Then my desire came back and now I'm ready to play again. For me it's still a day to day matter.

-¿What was your main motivation for your return?

-Well... (smiles) when you're a player, you fuck more.

-(...)

-That's the truth, jaja. Now, kidding aside, I want to have fun on court, to see if this is possible, because it wasn't before [???].

-No offense, but in your case, ¿could it be that not retiring has something to do with not knowing what to do afterwards?

-Mmmm, no, no, I have some things in mind for when I quit. Also, it's not like all this time I was sitting around at home. I kept myself busy.

-Yes, but I was referring to work.

-Clearly I won't be a trainer, at least not at first, because what I really didn't like is traveling. But I'll think about what I can do, I've thought of something.

-¿Remember when you said you would study finance?

-Yes, and I still think about it.

-¿Correspondence courses?

-No, I would go to class. Like anybody else.

Snoo Foo
12-11-2008, 12:59 PM
Classic Gaudio quote. Can anyone translate the rest of the interview?

Gaudio is coming back next year!!

It was linked here (http://www.fuebuena.com.ar/?p=3128)

what a totally random thread for this to be merged into :rolleyes:

alfonsojose
12-12-2008, 01:09 AM
what a totally random thread for this to be merged into :rolleyes:

:lol: Don't try to steal attention from GWH favorite threads

Snoo Foo
12-12-2008, 01:14 AM
:lol: Don't try to steal attention from GWH favorite threads

:shrug: dude I didn't look at the whole thread, I thought it was some thread about the freakin medellin challenger...

JimmyV
12-12-2008, 02:15 AM
I love all the useless merges, especially when the forum is completely dead and no-one is posting. They should just merge all the threads together into one big thread, then refuse to let anyone post in it for fear of them saying something inappropriate.

Truc
12-12-2008, 09:05 AM
I find the merging excessive too, but at least change the thread titles then so we know there really is something new to read at the end of the thread and it's not just another random bump of a Gaudio thread without any particular reason. I opened this one just by chance.

Exponente
12-12-2008, 09:15 AM
Go Gaston today!!!!!!

avocadoe
12-12-2008, 12:07 PM
GG gogogogogo, I watched him lose 14 out of 17 points and retire to Rios at IW in 2004, I think, and still it was fun to watch...Mr. Rumple vs Mr. Sharp

Snoo Foo
12-12-2008, 12:09 PM
Oh shit I do love the allegedly. that's the spirit!

finishingmove
12-12-2008, 03:32 PM
where is the poll?

create a poll thread and merge.

Getta
12-12-2008, 05:54 PM
El Gato gives his carrer another chance so he can have more sex, he jokes, and he's already thinking about tournaments in 2009.

The last time he played at Lawn Tennis was in the BsAs ATP in 2007.

On Wednesday afternoon, one, two, one hundred cars drive down the little street that runs alongside the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis. "¿What happened, is Madonna coming? What a mess", someone joked. "No", interjected Gastón Gaudio, with the seriousness of one who isn't joking, "they knew I was coming back to play here and they are already camping out on Figueroa Alcorta. They roped off the street, it's a tremendous attraction. ¿Didn't you see the tents?".

Gaudio accepted the invitation to play the Copa Argentina, which begins tonight at 20.30, with the match between Juan Mónaco and Guillermo Cañas. Gato's (or "Gallo," as he's also been called lately) debut will be tomorrow, second in order, against José Acasuso, on the specially installed green hard court.

The 2004 Roland Garros champion is happy, as can be measured by the jokes he tosses out during his chat with Olé; in his desire to run and hit the ball the practice set he won against his pal Mariano Zabaleta, training that includes only one shout of negativity (a gutteral, unexpected "nooooo") before a break point wasted with a backhand error.

-Tuesday you turned 30. ¿Does your age hit you or you don't think about it?

-(Makes eye contact and smiles) Yes, I'm somebody else, ¿can't you tell?

-Mmm, no, ¿what should we notice?

-I've matured, now it's here, I felt the "click." At 30 I finally clicked, jaja.

-¿Click toward what?

-Now I don't have problems with anything. I've calmed down. (after a pause). Let me think about being in my 30s, it's very new. Later I'll tell you, but it's only been a short while now that I'm thinking about my future more than before.

-¿Do you have a plan for 2009 yet?

-Yes, I'll see if I start off in January or February. But the Latinamerica claycourt swing I'll do for sure. I already asked for wildcards, because my protected ranking for injury won't get me in, it's like 200...

-You haven't played since January. ¿How many times were you retired since then?

-In the first seven months I was retired, I did nothing, I was an ex-player. I kept up a little of my fitness and that's it. Then my desire came back and now I'm ready to play again. For me it's still a day to day matter.

-¿What was your main motivation for your return?

-Well... (smiles) when you're a player, you fuck more.

-(...)

-That's the truth, jaja. Now, kidding aside, I want to have fun on court, to see if this is possible, because it wasn't before [???].

-No offense, but in your case, ¿could it be that not retiring has something to do with not knowing what to do afterwards?

-Mmmm, no, no, I have some things in mind for when I quit. Also, it's not like all this time I was sitting around at home. I kept myself busy.

-Yes, but I was referring to work.

-Clearly I won't be a trainer, at least not at first, because what I really didn't like is traveling. But I'll think about what I can do, I've thought of something.

-¿Remember when you said you would study finance?

-Yes, and I still think about it.

-¿Correspondence courses?

-No, I would go to class. Like anybody else.


Thanks for the translation, Snoo. :hatoff:

Could you post the link of the original article in Spanish?

I want to read the original article. :)


EDIT: I've just found it.

http://www.ole.clarin.com/notas/2008/12/11/tenis/01820076.html

<Blue>
12-12-2008, 06:52 PM
I can't believe Gaudio is playing today and i'll be watching him (on TV)
I hope he manages to win a set, swear a little, and have fun.

lucho_coria
12-12-2008, 08:03 PM
yess , today i will be going to LAAWN TENNIS CLUB and i will see him.
Camon Gaston , you can do it against Acachucho.

Action Jackson
12-13-2008, 01:57 AM
Gaston beats Acasuso 6-4 6-3

Yes, it's an exho, just don't need silly overreactions to this.

Action Jackson
12-13-2008, 02:26 AM
It's clownish to take any exho result seriously, when there is nothing on the line.

He is back on court playing and that's good enough.

Snoo Foo
12-13-2008, 02:28 AM
yeah forrealz can't we just be happy for five minutes about the dude finally winning something without having to be scolded that it's all a sham? (yeah I know the answer, of course not, we all have to be miserable as mr. george, nobody should ever enjoy anything frivolous). at least maybe the crowd's reception tonight will at least have some residual encouraging effect.

finishingmove
12-13-2008, 02:33 AM
It's clownish to take any exho result seriously, when there is nothing on the line.

He is back on court playing and that's good enough.

are u implying that chucho might've fixed this match? :scratch:

or was gaudio doped?

basil333
12-13-2008, 12:17 PM
[silly overreaction mode ON]:aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: [/silly overreaction mode OFF]

Enjoy your celebrations Gaudio fans :) :) :)

and Hey Come on GWH - get into the spirit - you KNOW it has nothing to do with ATP and Rankings and Points and official tennis business here....

the celebratory factor here is bigger than that :woohoo:

its that your guy got back on court AND won a match!

ENJOY Gaudio fans :)

Igaarg
12-13-2008, 01:07 PM
Today he plays against Feli...and Chela vs. Monaco. It´s good to see Chela and Gaudio back in a court again

lucho_coria
12-14-2008, 03:03 AM
Gaudio def Lopez 7-6(4) 6-3 and will play the final against Monaco.

Camon Gastón.

VolandriFan
12-14-2008, 03:19 AM
Exhibition or not, he survived two matches.

kiwi10is
12-14-2008, 01:09 PM
ok exhibition but it is preparation for AO for Acasuso so he didn't came to get punished by someone like Gaudio! I am sure Gaudio played very well to beat Acasuso... very nice result!!

FiBeR
12-14-2008, 01:18 PM
Gaudio :D I saw his match against Lalo lopez..

his dropshots were really sharp, he was volleying right and moved quite well in court! He caught a couple of passing shots on the net and was steady on volleys..

Also his backhand was flawless.. which was something to highlight

He is serving like Crap.. having a lot of tossing problems (at some point he was throwing the ball up high and it was ending like.. really away from where he was and he was like chasing it all over it.. didnt look quite well)

of course this is an exhibition but considering he won 6 official games in the 2 matches he faced in this year, (6-0 6-3 or 6-3 6-0 losses on clay) and this is hardcourt, id say it was really impressive! :clap2:

Action Jackson
12-14-2008, 01:25 PM
Glad you enjoyed the match Ray.

FiBeR
12-14-2008, 01:33 PM
yeah... :D it was fun to watch..specially the tie break

i know exhos count for nothing .. but i just saw how gaston did on some "mental tests"

like..serving for staying on the first set *5-6 , and being 30-30

he handled well the long point, to go 40-30 and then clinch the game,

then went *2-0 in the TB,.. then *2-3

double faulted to go *2-4..

won the 3-4** point (lalo serving twice then) with authority (a paralel backhand winner that left lalo standing still in court)

got to *5-4 and clinched it 7-4

then went 3-0 in games in the second

i mean..yeah it is an exho but he proved he could handle pressure even at this level, which was much more people expected from him :)

of course you cant take an exho seriously.. most of all of these matches were upsets so :shrug: but still holding on the possitive part ^^

Action Jackson
12-14-2008, 01:38 PM
Gaudio said that Acasuso just come back from holidays and he hasn't played much, but he is having fun and just hope he can actually enjoy being on court, that is more important than any result.

If he wants WCs to the Latin American clay events, he'd get them, but his interviews have been good. I mean he got booed and jeered when he lost RRH and now they cheer him again.

FiBeR
12-14-2008, 01:42 PM
Ill be glad if he wins some matches in a row next season and have a good couple of upsets on his way there :)

his strokes are looking fine, which is important.. he has time to work on his serve

anyway, a win -even at exho level- should be confidence boosting for GG ..so its an all win situation for gaston at the moment

kiwi10is
12-14-2008, 04:27 PM
I mean he got booed and jeered when he lost RRH and now they cheer him again.

how terrible to boo at a player who is comming back from a serious injury and especially a player who is known for his weak confidence... they should help him and support him and welcome him back instead of destroying him... I cannot understand how someone can boo at him... :mad:

martine2
12-14-2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the report Ray :D
Let's hope this gives his confidence a boost and most important is he was enjoying it! :woohoo:

CooCooCachoo
12-14-2008, 08:58 PM
That's pretty positive news for the Gaudío fans among us :yeah:

It would have been quite sad if Gaston had left the tour with this year's losses.

Action Jackson
12-14-2008, 11:37 PM
He lost to Pico Monaco, but that's not important, he had fun out there. He might play in the Salinas Ch, though we'll see what happens with that.

GustavoM_Fan
12-15-2008, 01:13 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=7904987#post7904987

highlight videos to download from alexito thread ;)

The Freak
12-15-2008, 02:52 AM
Hope he makes a successful return...I've never seen a better one-handed backhand than his.

Snoo Foo
12-15-2008, 02:54 AM
every time I read this thread title I lol lvqtm

CyBorg
12-15-2008, 03:15 AM
Allegedly, eh? Tis no crime.:)

VolandriFan
12-15-2008, 04:07 AM
He's striking the ball pretty well. I think he'll need to work on his speed and fitness a bit. Although they're still quite good, they could be better.

Machiavelli
12-15-2008, 08:53 AM
Gaudio returning to the tour, would be amazing, Gaston demolishing Nadal, that would be a dream come true, though it is still a science-fiction scenario....

Haile Selassie
12-16-2008, 12:13 AM
He's striking the ball pretty well. I think he'll need to work on his speed and fitness a bit. Although they're still quite good, they could be better.

You forgot his serve :o

Action Jackson
12-16-2008, 12:15 AM
His serve is always going to be average.

Caralimon
12-16-2008, 04:09 AM
His serve is always going to be average.

His serve is way below average right now.

Action Jackson
01-23-2009, 04:39 AM
He has made it on the court and won 2 matches in the challenger in Chile over di Mauro and Hartfield, now plays Brzezicki in the quarters.

El Legenda
01-23-2009, 04:44 AM
hard to come back after doping and now being off the stuff.

Caio_Brasil
01-23-2009, 07:26 AM
doping, eh? when was it?

ChinoRios4Ever
01-23-2009, 06:51 PM
Gaudio doping? what?

Vale
01-23-2009, 09:41 PM
hard to come back after doping and now being off the stuff.

What, are you trying to start a rumor?:devil: You and everyone knows that isn´t true.

Action Jackson
02-15-2009, 12:20 AM
hard to come back after doping and now being off the stuff.

:wavey: Vinny Spadea

Off the Spadea mention. Well he got a WC to Buenos Aires and is going to play Gimeno-Traver.

Action Jackson
05-01-2009, 03:41 PM
Gaston thrashed Sidorenko in the quarters of Tunis 6-0 6-2. He played some solid tennis not making many cheap errors, good use of the dropshot.

Sidorenko gave Gaston rhythm, apart from the dropshots, the highlight was the Muslim prayer call over the loudspeaker as Sidorenko was about to serve.

He was toying with him at times.

Caio_Brasil
05-01-2009, 03:52 PM
Keep it going Gasty :)

He seems to be building some form, could win some matches at Paris if he gets a WC and the draw helps.

Action Jackson
05-01-2009, 03:53 PM
No footfaults either, that was the most shocking thing.

diego36arg
05-01-2009, 03:55 PM
hard to come back after doping and now being off the stuff.

cerebral doping. :haha:

martine2
05-01-2009, 08:31 PM
Good luck for the semis Gato!! :banana:

Vale
05-01-2009, 09:43 PM
Good luck for the semis Gato!! :banana:

It will be tough but today´s results are very encouraging!:D

roberthenman
05-01-2009, 09:49 PM
come on Gato :rocker:

cobalt60
05-02-2009, 01:24 AM
I love the fact he has his very own cheering thread on GM ;)

Action Jackson
05-02-2009, 02:59 PM
Gaston in the final of Tunis.

madmanfool
05-02-2009, 03:03 PM
Nieminen retired?

Johnny Groove
05-02-2009, 03:05 PM
Nieminen was getting destroyed.

Action Jackson
05-02-2009, 03:06 PM
Yes, Nieminen retired. He took a timeout at the end of the 1st set, played 2 games and then at the end of Gaston's first service game, he retired from the match.

Ilovetheblues_86
05-02-2009, 03:06 PM
Gil is gonna be a very good test for Gaudio. Gil is being a top 30 clay courter for sure.

roberthenman
05-02-2009, 03:21 PM
nice victory of Gaston :wavey:
.

Jelena
05-02-2009, 03:28 PM
Great news :) Vamos Gaston! (Though I also like Fred.)

meninosantos
05-02-2009, 03:29 PM
Great Result :D

He plays Fognini in the first round in Estoril ;)

Caralimon
05-02-2009, 05:31 PM
El Goato:yeah:

Snowwy
05-02-2009, 05:42 PM
Easy final for Gil.

alfonsojose
05-02-2009, 05:51 PM
Please, Gaston. Stop Pocahontas :drool: :yeah:

ossie
05-02-2009, 09:32 PM
Please, Gaston. Stop Pocahontas :drool: :yeah:
:haha:

Vale
05-02-2009, 10:27 PM
Vamos tomorrow, Gastón, just another step! All your fans are out in force to support you! Have fun!!! (Mustn´t forget the bananas):
:banana::banana::banana::banana::cat:

heya
05-03-2009, 12:06 AM
April 1 is today. Hope I'll fool myself and be Gaudio's slut. Coria knows what it's like.

Action Jackson
05-03-2009, 03:09 PM
He did it won in 3 sets.

Johnny Groove
05-03-2009, 03:10 PM
Gaston :worship:

Good luck in Estoril :yeah:

Nathaliia
05-03-2009, 03:12 PM
Big thing here, now both players can go to Estoril.

Ivanatis
05-03-2009, 03:12 PM
wow didn't expect this one after how easy Gil advanced in the semis and how well he has played this year

Gato will lose to Fognini now for sure.:angel:

Caio_Brasil
05-03-2009, 03:15 PM
Huge, didn't expect Gaudio to win a title this early in his comeback. Gil is actually a respectable name at clay courts nowadays, so it's even bigger.

Hope he gets a Roland Garros WC :)

Action Jackson
05-03-2009, 03:16 PM
Both Gato and Gil will take the same flight to Estoril. Think the organisers will make their matches on Tuesday.

Caio_Brasil
05-03-2009, 03:40 PM
Easy final for Gil.

Gastón disagrees.

scoobs
05-03-2009, 03:41 PM
Well done to El Gato.

See he was just waiting for the confirmation that El Mago was finally done :)

Action Jackson
05-03-2009, 03:44 PM
Maybe that retirement news helped him, scoobs is onto something here.

LEO_Legionario
05-03-2009, 03:48 PM
Easy final for Gil.

Gaudio def. Gil 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

:p:p:p:wavey:

FedFan_2007
05-03-2009, 03:57 PM
Gaudio - 2009 French Open Champion :rocker2:

Hendu
05-04-2009, 10:27 PM
"It was pretty intense. While time went by, after spending 6 or 7 months without playing, one had a routine, a goal for 14 or 15 years. From one day to the other, I didn't have it anymore.

One realizes that the every day routine wasn't that bad, and starts missing things that before seemed shitty.

Thats when I realized that I am thankful to tennis because of what it gave me and that if I wanted to do something, I had to do it now.

Its a nice challenge starting all over again. Its like demonstrating that I can be there again. Its a personal satisfaction." - G. Gaudio.

Clarin.com (http://www.clarin.com/diario/2009/05/04/um/m-01910969.htm)

Action Jackson
05-05-2009, 05:18 AM
"It was pretty intense. While time went by, after spending 6 or 7 months without playing, one had a routine, a goal for 14 or 15 years. From one day to the other, I didn't have it anymore.

One realizes that the every day routine wasn't that bad, and starts missing things that before seemed shitty.

Thats when I realized that I am thankful to tennis because of what it gave me and that if I wanted to do something, I had to do it now.

Its a nice challenge starting all over again. Its like demonstrating that I can be there again. Its a personal satisfaction." - G. Gaudio.

Clarin.com (http://www.clarin.com/diario/2009/05/04/um/m-01910969.htm)

Thanks for that Hendu, yes it's like going back to the start and we'll see what happens with him.

finishingmove
05-05-2009, 05:20 AM
See he was just waiting for the confirmation that El Mago was finally done :)

rofl

HattonWBA
05-05-2009, 06:43 AM
Excellent challenger win to beat guys like Gil and Nieminen, well done Gaudio