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Australian Open 2009

Truc
01-16-2009, 05:20 AM
His draw:

NADAL, Rafael ESP [1] v ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
SERRA, Florent FRA v KARANUSIC, Roko CRO
SCHWANK, Eduardo ARG v HAAS, Tommy GER
QUALIFIER v TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [29]
GASQUET, Richard FRA [24] v JUNQUEIRA, Diego ARG
SPADEA, Vincent USA v ISTOMIN, Denis UZB (W)
CANAS, Guillermo ARG v KIEFER, Nicolas GER
HEWITT, Lleyton AUS v GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI [13]

MONFILS, Gael FRA [12] v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ v FOGNINI, Fabio ITA
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP [17]
KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [25] v GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v ANCIC, Mario CRO
GUCCIONE, Chris AUS v DEVILDER, Nicolas FRA
ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP v SIMON, Gilles FRA [6]

It's OK. He leads 1-0 against Vassallo-Arguello (6-4 6-4 in Bucharest in 2007).

Tess Gray
01-16-2009, 08:28 AM
1st Round sounds like a good match up:)
2nd round could be tricky with Youzhny...

real_995
01-16-2009, 08:59 AM
its good draw i think the way to qf it easy i think will meet nadal in qf and kick him out again :devil::devil::devil:

lisaplenske
01-17-2009, 11:32 AM
well before thinking about a possible match against nadal,lets take one match at a time lol

wish gael the best there.No points to defend here, only win.

GO Gael:drive:

Truc
01-18-2009, 07:30 AM
An article in L'Equipe today:Monfils fait le poids

Au top physiquement, le tombeur de Nadal à Doha semble avoir toutes les cartes en main pour réussir un grand Open d’Australie. MELBOURNE – de notre envoyé spécial

GAËL MONFILS AIME GARDER ses ambitions pour lui. Pour 2009, ses objectifs resteront « secrets » le plus longtemps possible – au moins jusqu’à ce qu’il les atteigne – mais il a tout de même accepté de rectifier le tir concernant une information largement fausse donnée par l’ATP. Dans son guide officiel de la saison qui vient de débuter, l’association des joueurs professionnels attribue au 13e joueur mondial un poids de 80 kilos.

Ça, c’était quand Monfils, vingt-deux ans, n’était pas encore un homme. Ça n’est ni un ni deux ni quatre kilos qu’il faut lui rajouter mais six et demi, dont deux et demi pris le mois dernier ! « Ouais, je fais 86,5 kg, mais y’a qu’à voir, c’est pas mal de graisse », glisse-t-il ironiquement en soulevant un débardeur qui masque mal des abdos en béton. Monfils version Roger Rasheed, c’est plus costaud.

« Avant, je bossais aussi physiquement, mais c’était juste différent », analyse le Français, qui ne daignera jamais entrer dans les détails de cette fameuse préparation de décembre en Australie concoctée par l’ex-coach de Lleyton Hewitt. « C’était dur, c’était intense et c’était long, c’est tout ce que je peux dire, mais je n’ai jamais été démotivé à l’idée de continuer à bosser, même s’il y avait des trucs que je n’aimais pas faire. Ça m’a fait du bien et ça fait travailler la tête aussi. »

Rasheed précise
Mais par exemple ? Footing ? Muscu ? « Un peu de tout en fait, mais en très dur. » On avait cru comprendre. Allez monsieur Rasheed, s’il vous plaît, juste quelques précisions sur cette prépa d’enfer... « OK, on résume. C’était une prépa qui faisait que quand vous vous réveilliez le matin, vous étiez très nerveux à l’idée de ce qui vous attendait dans la journée. » Et le soir, alors, on devait trouver le sommeil très facilement ? « Non, le soir, vous étiez aussi nerveux car vous saviez ce qui vous attendait le lendemain. Voilà, je n’entrerai pas plus dans les détails. » Merci quand même, mais votre joueur, là, contre Nadal à Doha (6-4, 6-4, quand même), il a fait une sacrée impression : « Il a beaucoup gagné en confiance en lui. Je crois surtout que Gaël a compris qu’il pouvait être très dur à affronter, et ce pour n’importe qui. » Et le format des cinq sets, grâce à cette fameuse préparation intensive, ça doit bien lui convenir, non ? « En Grand Chelem, on ne sait jamais ce qui peut se passer. On en reparlera en seconde semaine si Gaël y arrive... »

Ce dont il n’est plus la peine de reparler, c’est de cette douleur au pied qui a poussé Monfils à renoncer à l’exhibition dans laquelle il était engagé à Adélaïde il y a quelques jours. « J’ai eu un peu peur parce que j’ai traîné ça depuis Doha, mais l’IRM passée jeudi a été rassurante. J’ai juste un peu de mal au début mais dès que je suis chaud, ça va. Je me sens prêt, même s’il y a quelques détails à régler, comme mon service, qui avait super bien marché à Doha et que je sens un peu moins bien ici pour l’instant. J’ai un premier tour un peu piégeux (l’Argentin Vassallo Arguello, 69e) et un deuxième qui pourrait être très dur (le vainqueur de Koubek-Youzhny). Mais je suis à Melbourne pour aller le plus loin possible. »

Avant de rêver d’un dernier carré comme à Roland-Garros, il pourrait y avoir un joli huitième de finale contre Gilles Simon, que le guide ATP donne à 69 kilos. Mais tout le monde sait que le tennis français prend du poids ces derniers temps.

JULIEN REBOULLET

Truc
01-18-2009, 07:55 AM
His ATP profile still says 80 kg, but he actually weighs 86,5 kg now (+2,5 kg in the last month alone). "But there's a lot of fat" he jokes, lifting up his shirt to show his impressive abs. :lol:
He doesn't want to talk much about what they did with Rasheed in December in Australia, just says: "I was used to do condition training already, but this time was different. It was tough, it was intense and it was long, that's all I can say. But I never lost my motivation, even though there were things I didn't like to do. It did me good and it made me think too/got my brain working."
So what did they do exactly? A lot of footings? Of muscle-development exercises? "A little bit of everything, but in a very tough way." Rasheed's answers are the same style: "It was a programme which makes sure that when you wake up in the morning, you're very nervous about what is expecting you. And at the end of the day, you're very nervous about what is expecting you the next day. That's all I can say."
"Gaël gained a lot of self-confidence. I think he has realized, above all, that he can very tough to play, for all the opponents."
Will this very intense training be an advantage for 5-setters? "We never know what can happen in a Slam. Let's talk about it again if Gaël reaches the 2nd week..."
Then Gaël talks about the problem with the foot which forced him to pull out of the Adelaide exhibition: "I was a bit scared because I've been having a problem since Doha, but the MRI on Thursday was reassuring. I just feel some pain at the beginning of the matches, but it disappears after a while. I feel ready, even if there still are some details to fix in my game like the serve, I had a very good feeling in my serve in Doha, it's not working so well here atm. My first round could be tricky and the 2nd one really tough. But I'm in Melbourne to go as far as possible."
He could meet in the 4th round G. Simon who has also gained weight and now officially weighs 69 kg according to his ATP profile. French tennis is carrying a lot of weight lately.

lisaplenske
01-18-2009, 06:12 PM
merci Fran for the article;)

2,5 kilos of muscle in one month that's impressive!

roger rasheed is a commando officer lol:p

Truc
01-20-2009, 07:35 AM
Australian articles say he's struggling with a knee injury? :confused:
I hope they just got confused by his way to always bend over when he's tired, it looked to me like he was just having trouble dealing with the heat, but I didn't see the beginning of the 3rd set.
I haven't seen anything yet on the French websites.

Koubek leads 1-0 in their h2h. He better be fit in the next round.

Truc
01-20-2009, 07:48 AM
The stats of his first round match:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day7/1109ms.html

Truc
01-20-2009, 09:02 AM
He doesn't mention any injury in his audio interview, the Australian journalists probably misunderstood his gesture on the court:
http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2009/?id=4509
It wasn't easy, but he's happy about his match. He started to "flag around" in the 3rd set, but then he was able to step up his game again and to close it out in straight sets, so he's satisfied (I completely agree, he really won the points then and was going more for his shots when he needed it).
He enjoyed the match because he managed to do what he wanted to do and what his coach wants him to do, which always feels good. There still are a few things to fix, of course.
He took a very good start, was focussing a lot on his footwork to adjust to the windy conditions, that's why he started feeling tired after 2 sets. He says he played the 2 first sets as if it was a match in 3 sets instead of 5 sets and he will learn from it for the next round. But he was feeling well at the end of the match, he doesn't sound worried at all.
And then he's asked about a possible return of Noah in Davis Cup: he's very enthusiastic, of course, Noah has already won the Davis Cup and could bring a great spirit in his opinion.

Truc
01-20-2009, 10:35 AM
« J'ai bien joué une bonne partie du match, mais je ne suis pas du tout satisfait de mon service. C'est quand même un élément important, j'ai fait mille doubles fautes aujourd'hui (Ndlr : 7 doubles fautes pour 9 aces). Je tape bien la balle, mais je ne suis pas en pleine confiance.»
I played well during a good part of the match, but I'm not happy at all with my serve and it's important. I made 1000 DF today (7 DF for 9 aces). I'm striking the ball well, but I'm not in full confidence.

lisaplenske
01-20-2009, 02:48 PM
yes he really has to serve better than he actually does.

He could have such a big serve,eall need to work on it to be more consistent

thanks Fran for the items:)

Truc
01-22-2009, 07:23 AM
Awesome news to wake up to, Gaëlou. :D
6/4, 6/4, 3/6, 6/2 in 2 hours. I only saw one set and a half, his game was not flashy, but he looked in control and like he knew what he had to do against Koubek.
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day9/1205ms.html
17 aces, 36 winners, it sounds good.

Almagro now, it's a great draw for a 3rd round:
2006 Barcelona Clay (O) N.ALMAGRO 2-6 4-6
2008 Olympic Tennis Event Hard (O) G.MONFILS 6-4 3-6 6-3

Truc
01-22-2009, 07:36 AM
On a side note, I get tons of articles again concerning Rasheed with my news feed because after the Tomic story (Tomic's dad accused Rasheed of not being a tennis coach and said Gaël should be very careful because he could find himself struggling pretty soon) Roger made this time some comments about women tennis players carrying 'excess baggage' and everybody is commenting on it. Rasheed is pretty entertaining.

"There's two things you can control in tennis -- one's your physical conditioning," said Rasheed, who labelled the serve as the other.
"I'm baffled that girls in sport, in tennis, can actually carry excess baggage.
"That means you're slower, your mind doesn't work as well, you can't recover, you can't recover off shots.
"It means you can't play the shots you want to play often enough against the better players. So you lose."
He singled out Australia's Casey Dellacqua, who crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round and has been accused of being out of shape.
"She may have had some injuries, she's had a shoulder, but that doesn't actually stop you from getting into real tip-top shape," Rasheed said.

Truc
01-22-2009, 08:55 AM
His audio interview:
http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2009/?id=4580
He's happy, it was a good match, he had a little lapse of concentration at the beginning of the 3rd set, Koubek was playing well and took his chance then, he was very solid from the baseline during the whole match. Gaël means he probably was a little too passive then and it cost him the 3rd set, but no big deal.
Koubek's shots are very flat, without much pace, they're not so easy so play.
But Gaël was serving well and played a good match in his opinion. He feels ready for the next round, it will be a big fight from the baseline, but he has one full day to get ready.
The last part of the interview is all about his muscles and the fact that he gained so much weight in a short time:
The muscles help a lot in his game (he explains it a little bit in the ES interview I posted in the Interview thread the other day, I didn't have time to translate it yet, sorry), but he needs to get used to it. It's a lot of weight to carry on the court. He thinks he is a bit slower because of that. He used to weigh 79-80 kg, now 86,5 kg (I love how he always stresses the "0,5 kg" :p), it's a big difference.
A journalist asks him if he feels like a car towing a caravan and he laughs.
It also is very hot in Melbourne, which makes it even worse, it sometimes is tough after a long rallye. But he has a good natural recovery ability.
He thinks he will lose some weight during the season anyway. He gained a lot of weight because they worked like crazy during the off-season, but he isn't working so much when he's playing tournaments and he thinks he will also "slim down" a bit playing more matches. Plus he will get used to it too, it's still new for him.

Tess Gray
01-22-2009, 12:34 PM
I saw the match. It looked a little up/down/up/down. The 3rd set wasn't very good, definitely a loss of concentration there :help: But in the 4th he stepped it up and played some great point. His serve was a lot better today:yeah:

Almagro next:) Should be a good match.:)

Thanks for the translation Fran!

soulage
01-22-2009, 06:26 PM
Amalgro is not at his best, Gael must win this one :)

Truc
01-23-2009, 08:13 AM
Nothing new in l'Equipe, except that he's told in his post-match interview Koubek complained he was pulling a show and acting as if he was tired in the 3rd set.
Gaël is not happy: "pfff... why is he looking at me to begin with? I don't even think he might see me. As for me, I don't look at him. I'm just focused on my game and 'destroying' him." And then he explains the thing with his new muscular mass and how it affects his condition sometimes.

It made me laugh because I knew Koubek had already written in his "Tagebuch" *before the match* that Gaël was certainly going to fake physical problems. :p
I don't think Gaël was faking because he is a terrible actor and it's very obvious when he's just acting. And he definitely has toned down the show with the "new boss".

Forget is very laudatory in Le Parisien about the work done with Rasheed:
http://www.leparisien.fr/abo-sports/monfils-prend-une-nouvelle-dimension-23-01-2009-384382.php

Truc
01-23-2009, 08:16 AM
First match on Hisense tonight.

lisaplenske
01-23-2009, 03:18 PM
a win in 3 would be great to be fresh against tough opponents.

I respect almagro but gael should beat him.

Allez!

Truc
01-23-2009, 04:59 PM
Not only with the prospect of the next rounds, he'll need to keep the match as short as possible imo, his condition really is suspect (I don't think he's faking because it was the same in Doha already, he was struggling physically in the 3rd set against Roddick). So if it's a long match, it will give a big advantage to Almagro.

I saw Almagro's match against Muller at the USO last year and I didn't find him that bad on HC - but still, Gaël should win. He's the big favourite for the bookies.

Truc
01-24-2009, 07:34 AM
6/4, 6/3, 7/5 in 2h10 :yeah:

I can't stand those interview transcripts, they make their English sound worse than it is:

Q. Tell us about the game. You must be happy with the match.

GAEL MONFILS: Yeah, I think I play a good game again today. I was compete hard. I think everything was great. I mean, the concentration, physically also. So I'm very happy with.

Q. You had some spectacular shots out there, throwing yourself around the court. Are you okay after all that?

GAEL MONFILS: Yeah, I'm okay. Like little tricks. But with a lot of luck. I mean, it's part of the game.

Q. Can you talk about the changes to your game since Roger Rasheed has become your coach.

GAEL MONFILS: At least a lot I try to be closer with my baseline and try to be a little bit more aggressive, and also I change a little bit my physical attitude, to be like maybe more strong.

Also I try to learn me like the concentration, the first point till the last one, and try to switch a little bit like my tactic sometime. If it's not working, change. Actually is working.

Q. How about the personal relationship between the two of you? Are you close off the court as well?

GAEL MONFILS: Yeah, yeah. I mean, like the very first contact like very close. Was when I was in Adelaide because I spend a month there with him. I meet his family. So, I mean, he's a very great guy. He's different.

On the court, he's very strong and strict, and then after he's very relaxed. I mean, he's a great man.

Q. What did you think of the challenge call at the end of the third set? Did you know what was happening?

GAEL MONFILS: I mean, I don't care about. If you want to talk, it's okay with me. I sit and relax (smiling).

Q. You had a rest?

GAEL MONFILS: Yeah.

Q. What did he say to you when he came to the net?

GAEL MONFILS: I think he tried to say, like, about my racquet, because I switch racquets. I wonder your racquets, or something like this.

Q. How did Rasheed get you to play more up front, taking the balls early, rather than taking them from the fence? What about him made you change your entire tactics compared to previous coaches?

GAEL MONFILS: Actually, it was another mentality. Also, I mean, I think I was ready to do it, change a little bit my game. I change also my racquet. So help me a little bit to do, like, a game like that.

Maybe useless energy to hit the ball to be closer. So actually, I mean, have a different way to work. Basically the message, I receive very good the message. Maybe it's the way how he pass the message to me and I receive good. Maybe this is the little change with the other one.

Q. I understand you say you are ready to make that change. Do you regret not having made it earlier?

GAEL MONFILS: I mean, I never think about the past and even in the future. If you stay in the past, in the future, you cheat on the present. It's whatever. The past is the past.
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-24/200901241232769691640.html

Truc
01-24-2009, 07:39 AM
He doesn't say anything interesting in his audio interview. He's happy about his match, means he dind't have a lapse of concentration like in the other matches (I did find him weaker in the 3rd set, Almagro just couldn't take advantage of it). He talks about Rasheed, what they did together in Adelaide. Gilles is a friend, they don't practice very often together, but they know each other so well, it will be a bit special, they can read into each other's game and attitude on the court so well. They've never played each other, just one time in the French Interclubs a few years ago and Gilles won 7-6 in the 3rd set tiebreak, so he predicts a long match.

The stats:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day11/1303ms.html
36 winners, 24 UE, 12 aces, no DF

Truc
01-24-2009, 10:16 AM
He didn't look slow at all, btw, I was really impressed by his movement yesterday (after all the talk about the new muscle mass slowing him down). His defense looked so crazy even in slow motion.

I'm afraid Gilles handles the situation (to have to face a friend in a big match) better, TBH. Gaël looked quite petrified when he played Ritchie at the AO 2 years ago, he looked weird in Bangkok against Jo too... I know Gaël has been improving so much mentally lately, but so has Gilles - and Gilles' concentration ability in this tournament has been very impressive.
On the other hand, Gaël definitely looked yesterday like he can still step up his game a lot. He gives me the impression there's more room for improvement in his game.

The odds are completely even atm, 1.85 both!

soulage
01-24-2009, 10:44 AM
Matches between frenchies are so weird so many times. I'm impressed by Gael but on the other hand Gilles is so clever, no pronostics for me i don't bet anyway lol

Truc
01-24-2009, 12:12 PM
Gilles about Gaël, it's so cute again:
Le rationnel et le fantaisiste s'entendent comme larrons en foire depuis qu'ils sont jeunes. Avec beaucoup d'affection, Gilles Simon se souvient en riant de leur première rencontre : «On est à l'Insep, il a encore ses lunettes et il me dit : "Toi, viens, on va faire un match et je vais te fourrer". Direct. Alors qu'on avait six niveaux d'écart. On avait fait un premier match, ça avait été une boucherie. Et il n'a jamais arrêté, chaque année. Contrairement à ce qu'on a pu dire sur lui, c'est un super mec. Oui, il est extravagant. Oui, il a parfois des attitudes très inattendues. Mais si tu as besoin de lui, il est toujours là. Il est hyper généreux. On a un énorme respect l'un pour l'autre et ce n'est pas de se jouer en huitièmes qui va changer quoi que ce soit.» Au Centre national d'entraînement, ils ont rêvé ensemble devant les joueurs de Roland-Garros et aujourd'hui, ils se retrouvent face à face dans une forme impeccable.
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/AUS_09_2401_H.html

It's something like:
The rational guy and the eccentric one have been as thick as thieves for a long time. Gilles Simon remembers with a laugh and a lot of affection the first time they met: "He was still wearing glasses at the time. He told me: 'Hey, you, let's play a match, I'm going to destroy you.' Just like that. Although he was six levels below me in the rankings. We played a match, it was a slaughter. Contrary to what people might say about him, he really is a great guy. Yes, he's eccentric. Yes, he sometimes does unpredictable things. But he's always there for you when you need him. He's extremely generous. We have huge respect for each other and playing each other in the 4th round won't change anything in that regard." They used to dream together watching the top players in the training center of Roland-Garros. Today it's their turn to play each other in a Slam, and both in blazing shape.

amdany
01-24-2009, 01:13 PM
now I have this image of Gael with his glasses:rolls:
thanks Fran, I hope they'll make a great match:D

Tess Gray
01-24-2009, 04:10 PM
Gael :yeah: Good match.

I liked when Nico got crazy over a call and Gael sat down in a lineswoman's chair and just started to talk to her :lol: He was like: dude wth you getting so upset about.

Next Gilles :scared: I'm really excited to see this one! Should be a great test.

real_995
01-24-2009, 04:20 PM
it hard match but i think gael will pass him

Tess Gray
01-24-2009, 04:25 PM
it hard match but i think gael will pass him

I don't know. I don't think we should underestimate Gillou. He's been playing really well the last few weeks/months. But I think Gael definitely has a realistic shot...

Truc
01-25-2009, 08:50 AM
There is a very cute article in L'Equipe today about their friendship, I posted it in the Simon forum:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=8066501&postcount=275

And Gilles also is talking about Gaël in "Le Parisien" today, it's a little bit the same, of course, but there are a few more stories:« Gaël et moi, on s’inspire l’un de l’autre »

CHAQUE FOIS qu’ils se croisent dans les allées de Melbourne Park, Gilles Simon (24 ans) et Gaël Monfils (22 ans), opposés demain en 8e de finale, tombent dans les bras l’un de l’autre. Le no 7 mondial a accepté de lever le voile sur une amitié longue de dix ans.
La première rencontre.
« A l’Insep. Il avait ses lunettes énormes. Il est arrivé devant moi en me disant : Toi, viens, on va faire un match, je vais te taper ! Bon, vu qu’on avait un grand niveau d’écart, je l’ai évidemment battu. »
Le moment le plus fort.
« C’est difficile de choisir. Il y en a eu tellement à l’Insep. A Roland-Garros, le nombre de parties de jeux vidéo qu’on a faites… incalculable ! Mais le truc le plus important, c’est que pour deux mecs qui ont grandi ensemble pendant dix années, il n’y a jamais eu de problème entre nous. »
Le plus gros fou rire.
« Il y cinq ans, au casino, lors de tournois en Egypte.On jouait en général 5 € et, d’un coup, il a pété les plombs en mettant 100 € sur le rouge à la roulette. Et, là, il n’a pas arrêté de gagner. Les croupiers étaient dingues, lui se roulait par terre, moi j’étais fou ! C’était juste un truc pas possible. »
Les désaccords.
« Quasiment aucun. Parce que Gaël est quelqu’un de très simple, hypergénéreux, qui est toujours là quand vous avez besoin de lui. Alors, oui, il y a des moments où, même moi, il m’ennuie quand il part dans un délire et que je n’arrive pas à l’en sortir ! (Rires.) Mais franchement, il ne faut surtout pas qu’il change. »
Leur secret.
« On s’adore. Il n’y a jamais eu de jalousie par rapport aux résultats de l’un ou de l’autre. On essaie de s’aider mutuellement à arriver le plus haut possible. Gaël et moi, on s’inspire l’un de l’autre. C’est tout simplement incroyable de me dire que, si je vais moins bien, ce mec-là sera toujours là pour moi. Et finalement, si jamais je dois sortir du tournoi, je serai content que ce soit lui qui accède aux quarts plutôt que n’importe quel autre joueur. »
Propos recueillis par David Opoczynski
He can't pick a special moment between them, the most important thing is that there has never been any conflict between them. Gaël is very simple and generous. He can be very annoying too when he goes crazy about something! But really, he should stay the way he is.
A funny story between them? Five years ago, they were playing tournaments in Egypt and went to the casino. They used to play 5 € and all of a sudden, Gaël staked 100 € on red. And he kept playing and wouldn't lose. The croupiers went crazy, Gaël couldn't stop laughing, it was insane. (He seems to have a talent for gambling, there were articles about Domi being fascinated by Gaël winning loads of money in the casino of Barcelona too.)
There is no jealousy between them. They get inspired by each other. That's why he's glad that if he loses today, it will be against Gaël.

Truc
01-25-2009, 08:58 AM
And there also is an article about Gaël in Le Parisien, nothing new for us, but I like the pics of him with Rasheed. It's about the fact that he prepared himself really well for Melbourne. He admits it's not always easy for him to work hard when his friends are around, so he decided to leave and spend one month 15.000 km away from them, alone with "Rodgeur" he got to know better during that month in Adelaide.

Tess Gray
01-25-2009, 12:48 PM
Gael up first on Rod Laver Arena vs Gilles :woohoo:

EDIT: thanks for the articles. I love when Gilles is talking about how he shared a room with Gael in Peking "C'était un peu l'enfer" :lol:

lisaplenske
01-25-2009, 01:03 PM
3 french mousquetaires on Rod Laver Arena tomorrow:)

Allez do your best guys!

SelvenluvJo
01-26-2009, 01:38 AM
what's matter with Gael.....

amdany
01-26-2009, 06:23 AM
what's matter with Gael.....

wrist injury, the match was awful especially in the 1st set:help::tape:,they both didn't play like they use to, in the 2nd set it was slightly better for Gael, and Gilles was better in the 3rd as well. It's at the end of the 3rd that Gael started to feel some pain on his wrist, he had a medical time out , he tried to play in the 4th set but apparently it was too painful for him to continue the match.
Gilles was soooo sorry for him, it was cute:)

real_995
01-26-2009, 06:46 AM
hard luck

Truc
01-26-2009, 06:52 AM
He says in the audio interview it was bothering him a little bit before the match already and he felt something on a serve during the match, the pain got worse and the physio said it was better to stop. He couldn't hit a FH anymore.
Tulasne (Gilles' coach) says Gaël obviously was hampered before the match already because he couldn't serve normally.

I'm still so gutted for him, this was so sad, the whole match being a nightmare (I was kind of expecting it for a match between Frenchies and because of their style of play, but it was horrible to see them embarrass themselves like that in front of everybody) and then the injury. :sobbing:

Truc
01-26-2009, 06:57 AM
I just read the GM thread, I can't believe Dahill questioned on TV the injury and said that Gaël often retires in matches. What a prick.
It was so obvious he really had a problem with the wrist. Why would he retire against an opponent who was playing utter crap? Unbelievable.

SelvenluvJo
01-26-2009, 11:02 AM
sorry ,but who is Dahill?

Truc
01-26-2009, 11:14 AM
It's a typo, sorry, I meant Darren Cahill.
An Australian tennis coach and also commentator for some TV channel, apparently.

SelvenluvJo
01-26-2009, 01:09 PM
haha,I don't know Darren Cahill neither.who cares he(or she).Hope Gael will recovery soon.

Tess Gray
01-26-2009, 02:26 PM
Man what an awfull match:sad: Really awfull play from both sides... But even more awfull cause Gael had to retire. I hope it's a matter of letting the wrist rest and that it's not a real injury.

Herdwick
01-26-2009, 02:35 PM
Just dropping in with :hug: :hug: for Gael. Didn't see the match but was pretty gutted when I saw the result. Would love to have seen a QF against Rafa. Only hope it's nothing serious.

'On s’adore. Il n’y a jamais eu de jalousie par rapport aux résultats de l’un ou de l’autre. On essaie de s’aider mutuellement à arriver le plus haut possible. Gaël et moi, on s’inspire l’un de l’autre. C’est tout simplement incroyable de me dire que, si je vais moins bien, ce mec-là sera toujours là pour moi. Et finalement, si jamais je dois sortir du tournoi, je serai content que ce soit lui qui accède aux quarts plutôt que n’importe quel autre joueur.'

:awww: Bless.

Truc
01-26-2009, 05:15 PM
He withdrew from Johannesburg:
After seeing Melbourne's top doctors and having a MRI scan it was decided that he would not be fit to play in the Johannesburg event and announced his withdrawal from the ATP World Tours SA Tennis Open.
Monfils personally contacted Ian Smith to announce his withdrawal and apologised to Smith of the situation that was out of his control.
Monfils said he was "disappointed beyond words" that he was unable to travel to South Africa and participate in the tournament.
"Gael was obviously very disappointed when he called to confirm that he would not be playing in our tournament. Gael said he had been looking forward to coming to South Africa for the first time and assured me that he planned to play in our tournament in future years," said Smith.
http://www.supersport.co.za/tennis/article.aspx?id=285785&headline=Monfils%20withdraws%20from%20SA%20Open%20

I would love to know the result of that MRI scan, I'm worried, wrist injuries can be really bad.

soulage
01-26-2009, 05:45 PM
I managed to watch the match with Eurosport VOD and so saw his face in the last games before retirement :sad: I don't remember if he had already problems with his right wrist ? Sure l'Equipe will give us some news tomorrow.

Truc
01-26-2009, 05:52 PM
He talks about his injury in this video:
http://video.lequipe.fr/video/iLyROoafJbIU.html
He had already twisted his wrist in training and the pain got worse during the match.
He doesn't sound too worried at the end when he talks about the break he will have to take now, though, he says probably 10 days before he can start practicing gently again. That was before the MRI scan, but since he already had a wrist injury in the past, maybe he can feel it's not so bad this time.

MacArthur
01-27-2009, 12:59 AM
I am terribly late, but what a strange match that was !

Still honorable run for Gaelou at the AO. Now, he absolutely needs to focus on Roland Garros. The best part of the season is coming for him.

Truc
01-31-2009, 06:24 AM
He had an MRI yesterday and nothing serious, he'll be back for Rotterdam.

amdany
01-31-2009, 09:39 AM
good news!!

lisaplenske
02-01-2009, 02:19 PM
I am terribly late, but what a strange match that was !

Still honorable run for Gaelou at the AO. Now, he absolutely needs to focus on Roland Garros. The best part of the season is coming for him.

couldnt come neither, didnt watch the match but yeah gaelou made a good run there and I have the impression he didnt have to force his talent to reach that stage of the tournament.

nadal won the australian and gael was the one who beat him just before, a shame he got injured.