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U.S. Open!

Alison
08-25-2004, 12:29 PM
Seb's seeded 12. The draw is made today sometime .

Lizan
08-25-2004, 04:41 PM
Yes this one is for Seb :)

wilma
08-25-2004, 05:36 PM
ALLEZ SEB! once again. Does it start next Monday?

Marine
08-25-2004, 08:55 PM
First round against Olivier Patience. He always plays another French in NYC :mad:

xuzizhen
08-26-2004, 05:44 AM
3/4 quart:

David Nalbandian ARG (8)
v.
Dennis van Scheppingen NED

Albert Montanes ESP
v.
Mikhail Youzhny RUS





Jeff Morrison USA
v.
Qualifier

Tomas Berdych CZE
v.
Jonas Bjorkman SWE (32)



Juan Ignacio Chela ARG (17)
v.
Qualifier

Wayne Odesnik USA
v.
David Sanchez ESP





Tommy Haas GER
v.
Davide Sanguinetti ITA

Olivier Patience FRA
v.
Sebastien Grosjean FRA (12)

Fernando Gonzalez CHI (14)
v.
Robin Soderling SWE

Nikolay Davydenko RUS
v.
Mark Philippoussis AUS





Karol Beck SVK
v.
Thierry Ascione FRA

Kristian Pless DEN
v.
Gustavo Kuerten BRA (20)



Feliciano Lopez ESP (30)
v.
Arnaud Di Pasquale FRA

Qualifier
v.
Julien Benneteau FRA





Hicham Arazi MAR
v.
Kenneth Carlsen DEN

Wayne Ferreira RSA
v.
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (4)

Lizan
08-26-2004, 11:41 AM
OMG that doesn't look good.. With Haas. Great :rolleyes:

wilma
08-26-2004, 02:50 PM
But then again, when it DOES look good he loses :rolleyes: hope he'll at least make it to the 2nd round LOL

Lizan
08-26-2004, 05:28 PM
LOL Wilma :lol:.. If he doesn't beat that Patience guy then I'm sure that even I can beat Seb, lets hope he proves me the opposite!

Marine
08-26-2004, 07:18 PM
You prevent me when you play against Seb, okay ? And sorry Lizanne, but as a dedicated and loyal fan, I'll hope your defeat of course ;) :angel:

Lizan
08-27-2004, 10:59 AM
What Marine :eek: ?? Your not gonna support me? :D

wilma
08-27-2004, 04:44 PM
LOL I would cheer for you, Lizanne ;)

Ah, and well, didn't he play a guy who was ranked about nr 999 last year and lost? And yes, I know, he was injured, but you never know how the wind blows with Seb, do you? So, I'm taking it nice and slow - let him get to 2nd round first and then we'll see :)

Lizan
08-27-2004, 11:02 PM
ooohh thanks Wilma :hug:.. At least I have one great supporter. lol..

But I hope he wins from Patience.. US Open seems to be a tough tourney for Seb.. :confused: :shrug:

wilma
08-28-2004, 09:41 AM
In fact, he only has to win two matches to equal his best performance at the US Open :eek: :rolleyes: ALLEZ SEB!!!!!!!!!

Lizan
08-28-2004, 01:06 PM
yeah :rolleyes: LOL
But what a great surprise would it be if hes going far this time.. :bounce:

My predictions:
first Patience then Haas, then Chela and then Nalbandian (unless he's still unjuried, I which case he has to play Youzhny) and the rest is for later.. :)

ubrunjensen
08-28-2004, 04:18 PM
Ah, and well, didn't he play a guy who was ranked about nr 999 last year and lost?

LOL Ma ha ha!!! :haha: You're so funny - and so right, he did play some nobody last year, with the kind of depressing result that I'm beginning to associate with him lately...

Let's hope he surprises even pessimistic me and beats Patience!

I correct myself: reaching QF in Olympics is quite a decent result. But before that? I don't want to be forced to ask: "Grosjean, who he?" by the end of the year!

Lizan
08-28-2004, 05:01 PM
Let's hope he surprises even pessimistic me and beats Patience!



He will :worship:

Marine
08-28-2004, 05:16 PM
A question I want to ask for a long time to ubrunjensen: why do you always call him "Grosjean" and not "Sebastien" ? I noticed you're the only one here. (just a question)

Peta Pan
08-29-2004, 03:36 PM
Hi everyone, I'm back :) I've been lurking around the non-tennis forum for the last few weeks and my main focus has been on the Olympics... now they are over ( :sad: ) I'm ready to give Seb more attention again :p


First round against Olivier Patience. He always plays another French in NYC :mad:

I've noticed this as well... although it's not just the US Open that it happens, it seems to be every Grand Slam!!! Most of the time he even cops another Frenchman in the 2nd round :mad:

Sammy
08-30-2004, 12:56 AM
Welcome back to the land of the ever hopefuls pjgirl!

Marine, speaking of what we prefer to call him, I have a friend who calls him "The Gros." :lol: He says, "Go the Gros!" all of the time. *laughs*
I usually call him Seb. :)

And slightly off topic, (sorry!) - at the start of this year, during the Australian Open, a local radio station thought it would be funny to make up jokes about Sebastien Grosjean. (Which was kind of good, because as far as I'm concerned, any talk about Sebastien Grosjean is good, considering he doesn't get much talk!)

One of the announcers said "He kind of Grosjean you."

:rollseyes: :lol:

Sammy - Go the Gros! :lol:

xuzizhen
08-30-2004, 06:46 AM
*lol*
My friends always pronounce" Gros-jean" like "Gros-jane" then each time i have to correct them :(
For me i prefer to call him séb:)

wilma
08-30-2004, 06:55 AM
One of the announcers said "He kind of Grosjean you."
LOL

Peta Pan
08-30-2004, 07:08 AM
LOL @ the 'he kind of Grosjean you' joke!! :p

I had to laugh at our Australian commentators during last year's Australian Open when they were trying to hard to pronounce it in a French accent that they sounded like they were going to bring up a hairball!!! :eek:

xuzizhen
08-31-2004, 03:27 AM
Men's double:Sebastien play with Paul-Henri Mathieu
Arnaud /Carraz

Marine
08-31-2004, 07:18 AM
:eek: :eek: How's possible ????????
That's weird !!!!!

Well, I love Paulo so it's not a problem but I don't understand....

wilma
08-31-2004, 08:11 AM
Doesn't Seb play today :confused:

Alison
08-31-2004, 09:25 AM
I think he does play today,I'll have to check out the order of play.

And Eurosport are actually showing the U.S Open!!!!! :eek: (allegedly :rolleyes: ,they are known to change the schedule to something like synchronised flower arranging as far as mens tennis is concerned :mad: )

Alison
08-31-2004, 02:27 PM
Nope,he plays tomorrow :rolleyes:

Peta Pan
08-31-2004, 02:58 PM
The scheduling is actually very weird. There are quite a few players not playing til the 3rd day... and there are doubles matches very early in the tournament for a grand slam - they don't usually start til the wednesday

Alison
08-31-2004, 04:43 PM
Go Seb!!

I found these GIFs and couldn't wait to use them :lol:

wilma
08-31-2004, 08:07 PM
Cool Alison :cool:

ALLEZ SEB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sphaerena
09-01-2004, 04:46 AM
hello everybody!
Yes seb play today angainst O.Patience at 11h00 (first match) on court 11 ( i don't remember very well for the court but i think it's that ;)).
I hope too that this year seb'll do better thant the past years...:p O.Patience isn't Arnaud so we can hope he win! :p

Marine
09-01-2004, 06:40 AM
HEY sphaerena, I guess you're glad for the double....lol

sphaerena
09-01-2004, 01:54 PM
oh yes!!!! it was a wonderful surprise! my two favourite players are going to play the double together.....ahhh i want to be at flushing Medow!!!!lol

Lizan
09-01-2004, 04:57 PM
7/5 first set for SEB!! :bounce:

Lizan
09-01-2004, 05:26 PM
yey 4/3 in the second set with Seb serving 30/00

wilma
09-01-2004, 06:03 PM
:rolleyes: I see he lost the 2nd set :confused:

tommy_girl
09-01-2004, 06:30 PM
just 1 more set to go

wilma
09-01-2004, 06:58 PM
Well done, Seb! :)

tommy_girl
09-01-2004, 07:08 PM
Yay SEB!!! :clap2: :clap2:

Alison
09-01-2004, 07:47 PM
Well done Seb!

Sammy
09-01-2004, 10:12 PM
I woke up this morning to the best news!

Grosjean Marches On
by Glenn Minnis
Wednesday, September 1, 2004

His nearly three-hour battle against countryman Olivier Patience notwithstanding, now comes the hard part for Sebastien Grosjean.

Grosjean, who is looking to advance beyond the third round of the Open for the first time in his career, advanced to round two, after downing Patience, 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, Wednesday in his opening-round match.

The 26-year-old Grosjean, who is the tournament's No. 12 seed, had a serve that hovered in the neighborhood of 120 mph all afternoon and the resolve of a man clearly on a mission. He grew stronger and stronger over the course of the afternoon and won 12 of the last 15 games in the match.

In his first head-to-head meeting with Olivier, Grosjean served 14 aces and tallied 64 winners but had trouble getting his first serve in play, putting in only 43 percent of his first serves.

wilma
09-02-2004, 09:51 AM
It's always the same story with Seb's first serve :rolleyes: but as long as he wins the match it's ok I guess :p thank you, Sammy.

wilma
09-02-2004, 10:31 AM
He lost in the doubles though :rolleyes:

Alison
09-02-2004, 12:36 PM
I forgot he was playing doubles :rolleyes: :o

So it's Tommy Haas next? When is the match?

grosjeanlol
09-02-2004, 01:04 PM
I think it's tomorrow his next match.. and against Haas, it's a bad news because Haas has a very good serve !!
So seb we are behind you.. Come on... you're the best in our hearts !!

xuzizhen
09-02-2004, 02:10 PM
Yes the double :(
anyway be concerntrated in single!

xuzizhen
09-02-2004, 02:16 PM
round one pics

Marine
09-02-2004, 06:43 PM
MAIS BON SANG, COUPE-LES SEB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:

sphaerena
09-02-2004, 09:27 PM
ptdrr jsuis bien d'accord ave ctoi masi on commence a s'y faire a force...:p

Lizan
09-03-2004, 11:34 AM
Seb plays at the Armstrong stadium!! At 11..

Go Sebb win!! :bounce:

Alison
09-03-2004, 01:22 PM
Good luck to Seb today :)

I won't know the score till I get back late on Sunday,we're going away for the weekend :) The sun is out,and the weather's looking great! :cool:

ALLEZ SEB! :)

Sammy
09-03-2004, 03:07 PM
Not long till he plays! Only about an hour to go! I'm sitting up tonight to 'watch' him.....via live scoreboard that is.

I so hope he makes it through to the third round. Am a bit scared by the fact he's playing Haas.

C'mon Seb!!!!!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!

wilma
09-03-2004, 04:33 PM
Aww Sammy, what time is it with you? It's only 5.30 pm here :) I have to watch Seb's match via the scoreboard as well though :(

ALLEZ SEB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sammy
09-03-2004, 04:38 PM
Hi Wilma.

It's 1.30 in the morning here!

Come on Seb!!! Don't let him beat you!

Sammy
09-03-2004, 04:47 PM
Wilma!!!!

I just turned the television channel over and on Channel 9 in Australia, they're showing the live match between Seb and Haas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm ecstatic!!!!!!!! I'm the luckiest girl alive!!!!! Gotta go....

BTW....Seb is about to lose the first set....:(

wilma
09-03-2004, 04:56 PM
Lucky you!! :) He should start playing better, though!

Sammy
09-03-2004, 05:00 PM
I know! it's horrible! so horrible!

Sammy - and our tele's all fuzzy so I can hardly make him out, let alone see the darned ball!But it's better than nothing!

Lizan
09-03-2004, 05:09 PM
Okay he's just playing baaaaadddd :sad: (I guess)

Sammy
09-03-2004, 05:12 PM
He has got to win this set!

Lizan
09-03-2004, 05:14 PM
doesn't look like it.. :confused:

Sammy
09-03-2004, 05:17 PM
He's serving better this set! 63% in as opposed to 43% the previous set. He won the last game, let's hope he keeps it up!

They just mentioned that they're going to switch to the Hewitt match when it starts.

:( Who cares about Hewitt. I want to watch Grosjean!!!

wilma
09-03-2004, 05:57 PM
The match is on here as well (Eurosport), but I've switched the tv off again. Watching it is torture. You can see Seb doesn't believe in himself. What's the point of playing the match if he feels that way :confused:

please, let me know if he's getting any better

ALLEZ SEB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!

xuzizhen
09-03-2004, 06:37 PM
4-6,4-6,6-1 and now 1-3!!! couldn't be worse!! :(

xuzizhen
09-03-2004, 06:42 PM
seb lost his last chance!! 1-4 now :(

grosjeanlol
09-03-2004, 07:45 PM
I'm really really disappointed.. What happened to our Seb !!! He was so wonderful a few years ago.. Does he have problems?????
Seb you were the best in my heart and now my heart is broken !!!

wilma
09-03-2004, 08:04 PM
Pffff :rolleyes: Well, on to the next tournament LOL

Marine
09-03-2004, 10:23 PM
Sprry, no time to translate.

"Il fait partie des tout meilleurs joueurs du circuit, a déclaré Grosjean. J'ai connu une grosse baisse de régime au service et c'est ce qui lui a permis de dicter le jeu. Paradoxalement, je suis assez content de mon match." :eek: :smash:

Le numéro un français, qui à atteint le stade des demi-finales dans les trois autres tournois du Grand chelem, reste allergique à Flushing Meadows où il n'a jamais fait mieux qu'un troisième tour en 2000.

"Je suis un peu déçu par mon été. Je n'aurais pas dû aller jouer aux Etats-Unis aussi tôt afin de me préserver. Je rentre une semaine chez moi en Floride, en espérant que les connexions aériennes ne seront pas coupées en raison de l'ouragan 'Frances'", a déclaré Grosjean.


"Ensuite, je reviendrai en France pour participer au stage préparatoire à la demi-finale de coupe Davis."

Lizan
09-03-2004, 11:19 PM
I saw the match when somewhere in the second set, and when he played that third set, oh he was playing so good.. He had many beautiful shots, and omg I thought this was a turning point in the match or so.. But then you could hear the umpire say: "painkillers for Grosjean".. A few games later I saw he took them, so there must be something going on again.

But he was looking down constantly, but when it went better in that third set he looked like he enjoyed it much more.. To bad he lost tho :sad:
I have to say I dont really mind, as US Open isn't his tournament (thats what the commentater said btw, but its true)

xuzizhen
09-04-2004, 04:18 AM
thx guys for the comfort u gave to me when seb lost ...when i 'm so sad!
Know how i fell asleep last night? by listening the british indie band" belle & sebastian" lol.

Marine
09-04-2004, 05:45 AM
Know how i fell asleep last night? by listening the british indie band" belle & sebastian" lol.

It was a french tv serie too I loved watching.... :lol:
http://cadeau.disquesoffice.ch/xl/3333290007471.jpg

wilma
09-04-2004, 07:23 AM
I just bought the dvd of the first series a few months ago!!!! My daughter and I love it, though she can't understand a word of it, of course. Where did you see this box-set Marine???!!! Where can I buy it????? I searched for a complete set on the internet for a long time (I want to have the series with that beautiful song LOL do you know which one I mean? Something with l'oiseau in it, I think) but could only find an animated version - and thankfully the first series.

xuzizhen
09-04-2004, 08:44 AM
2 audios download:

http://212.121.162.141/compteur_click/clickcpt.asp?target=www.fft.fr/evenements2004/USopen2004/audio/grosjean0309.rm

http://212.121.162.141/compteur_click/clickcpt.asp?target=www.fft.fr/evenements2004/USopen2004/audio/grosjean0109.rm

Marine
09-04-2004, 10:51 PM
I want to :smash: him !!! :fiery:
He's disapointed (a little bit) but SATISFIED of his match !!! He thinks he played quite well, but Haas is one of the best players ... :rolleyes:
It's just a summary but I'm shoked by his point of view. He was critised in "l'equipe" because they said it's not normal he's satisfied of that. (He said too he's happy of his OG !)

HE LACKS AMBITION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xuzizhen
09-05-2004, 03:39 AM
exactly!! Maybe Forget is worring about this now.

rebel
09-05-2004, 07:31 AM
Does anyone know why he needed the painkillers? The match was only played until they were ready to cross over the Lleyton match, so I didn't even get to see past the second set.

Marine, I think you are right - why is he so lacklustre?? It's depressing to watch. :rolleyes:

Marine
09-05-2004, 08:06 AM
He's stupid, je lost but he can't go back to home cos of the hurricane in florida, the commentator said seb is still in NYC !!!

zyim333
09-05-2004, 11:10 AM
Poor seb!!! He cant go back home for comfort. Was it a little bit cruel for him to see the criticizm on the papers despite the necessity. If he really had that good form to defeat the opponents, I dont think he would have been so 'satisfied' . He is trying hard to recover good state. What he needs now is understanding & support more than ever before he got when he went straight to the final of TMC 2001...

TAKE CARE, Grosjean!!!
CHEERS!!! UP UP UP!!!

Lizan
09-05-2004, 11:55 AM
Poor seb!!! He cant go back home for comfort. Was it a little bit cruel for him to see the criticizm on the papers despite the necessity. If he really had that good form to defeat the opponents, I dont think he would have been so 'satisfied' .

Yeah Stella ur so right!! I really agree with you.. :wavey:
He sure tried so I cant blame him.. And Haas is a really good player!! I knew it was going to be difficult for Seb. So I was really happy with the third set, I love to see when he's making those beautiful shots.. If he makes those beautiful shots and still loses then I cant be mad at him :) :hatoff:

Hangdog
09-05-2004, 12:06 PM
Shit! I haven’t seen Sebastien for so long, I just don’t remember when it was the last time!.. Unfortunately, I haven’t Eurosport and other local channels prefer to translate woman tennis or matches of other players but not Seb. And it’s a quite difficult to get even though Grosjean’s results.
It’s usually but not always. It was “very nice” when after Sebastien had lost all headlines of tennis news here were about this duel for two days... Of course, I have seen Sebastien again but I’m not happy about it... And about his light up face with smile after not perfect match.
I'm shoked by his point of view
Can't disagree with you, Marine.

carole
09-05-2004, 01:33 PM
i saw the match it was so hard to see him lose especially against tommy haas cos i don't like tommy haas :(
i was so sure he was going to win so yea disappointment! a lot of disappointment!
(especially cos juanqui lost too an hour later or something :()

zyim333
09-06-2004, 02:00 AM
So I was really happy with the third set, I love to see when he's making those beautiful shots.. If he makes those beautiful shots and still loses then I cant be mad at him :) :hatoff:

Same feeling with you, Lizanne. :wavey:
Those nice shots showed that he was trying hard already...

KellyluvsGrosjean
09-06-2004, 06:47 AM
Hey whassup people? :wavey: miss you guys here coz I haven't been here for almost two months... am I?

Anyways... seriously I didn't expect anything more than Round 2 before the US Open starts :p ... you know... if you have checked Sebbie's record before, you know how much he could do. I dunno what the hell was it about but just that Seb never goes well in the US Open... maybe the courts bring him bad-luck... okie just can't think of any excuse!

And yea... I think Seb is okie... dunn be mean... people... :angel:... c'mon! I think Seb had done his best, or maybe he's afraid of getting hurt again, you know, he has so many injurys with him... it's a bonus if he win a title, it's not a "must". Just that I always believe he can make something!

Alison
09-06-2004, 08:52 AM
Well,I only found out the score yesterday,but I wasn't surprised.At least he won a set :)

Hello again KellyluvsGrosjean!I wondered where you'd gone! :)

Lizan
09-14-2004, 09:47 PM
Although he only reached the second round, he's now 10th in the atp- and the entry list.. So we actually shouldn't talk like we do :)
We should be happy about him being in top 10!! :bounce:

In entry list from 13th to 10th, wow Ferrero is outside top10 :eek:

Sammy
09-15-2004, 12:26 AM
I know it's kind of 'old news' now, but I just found this article about Seb and thought to put it here....Sorry for it's length!


Hurricane on many players' minds

By Greg Garber
ESPN.com


NEW YORK -- Sebastien Grosjean, his white hat backward with the visor turned up in trademark fashion, stared at the net that had betrayed him. The Frenchman grimaced and walked slowly to the changeover chair.

His second serve had hit the net cord and fallen back for a double-fault, giving Tommy Haas a critical break of serve and, eventually, the second set -- on another net cord. Ultimately, Grosjean lost Friday's second-round match here at the U.S. Open 6-4, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

Tennis, particularly at the highest level, is a difficult sport to play if you aren't concentrating intently on the point at hand. A momentary lapse can cost you a few centimeters on a ball's trajectory -- the difference between a clean winner and a net cord.

Sebastien Grosjean
Sebastien Grosjean is concerned whether he will be able to get a flight back to Florida.
Forgive Grosjean if he wasn't fully focused on his tennis. For while the No. 12 seed was struggling with Haas, his thoughts were 1,000 miles away. His wife Marie-Pierre and children, Lola, 5, and Tom, 2, were home at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

The weather at the National Tennis Center has been glorious this week -- it was sunny and in the 80s again on Friday -- but Hurricane Frances was churning through the Bahamas and poised to deliver a direct hit to Florida's east coast. The latest reports have it arriving between Saturday night and Sunday morning. "You worry, of course," Grosjean said after his loss. "I try not to think about these things during the match. But it is hard. I call them a little while ago.

"Already, they say, it is getting windy."

If you're a tennis player, Florida is a wonderful spot to live. The weather allows outdoor training 12 months a year and it's located equidistant from California and Europe. If you wear sunscreen, say UV-30, there's only one major downside: Hurricanes. First Charley two weeks ago, now Frances.

Frances, packing 145 mile-an-hour winds, was at one time a Category 4 hurricane but has since been downgraded to Category 3 with wind gusts as high as 115 miles an hour. Still, hurricane warnings were in effect for Florida's east coast from Florida City on the southern tip, all the way up through Flagler Beach. As of late Friday, more than 2.5 million people had been evacuated.

The offices of the ATP in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., were closed Friday and officials here were bracing for the worst. The WTA Tour offices, located on the west coast in St. Petersburg, remained open.

Twelve of the 128 men in the main draw list Florida as their residence and three of them -- No. 2 seed Andy Roddick, Vince Spadea and Tommy Haas, a transplanted German -- were still alive here as of Friday afternoon. Like Grosjean, Roddick and Spadea both live in Boca Raton. Carlos Moya, the No. 3 seed who is already through to the third round, and Marat Safin both have places in the Miami area. After Todd Martin lost a first-round match in his 15th U.S. Open, he promptly retired. Unlike most players, Martin did not hurry home with his wife Amy and young son Jack; he lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, right near the ATP offices.

Mardy Fish, the United States' silver medalist in Athens, lives in Tampa -- north of Frances' forecasted path. His mother Sally, however, has a business in Vero Beach. She left the Open before her son's second-round loss on Thursday to attend to her concierge business.

Eight women in the main draw call Florida home. Most famously, Venus and Serena Williams, who share a home in Palm Beach Gardens, north of Miami. Their father Richard reportedly went home for a day to prepare his nearby home for the worst.

Jennifer Capriati
Jennifer Capriati, still alive in the Open, has a house north of Tampa.
Jennifer Capriati lives in the resort of Saddlebrook, which is north of Tampa and on the west coast. Her mother Denise, however, had Jennifer's grandmother evacuated from her home in the West Palm Beach area. Denise, who is here at the Open, considered returning to her West Palm Beach condominium, but instead asked friends to remove some of her valuable papers.

The two weeks of the U.S. Open is the busiest time of the year for Rodney Harmon, the USTA's Director of Men's Tennis. Normally, Harmon would be overseeing the qualifying for the junior boys tournament and helping to organize the boys practice schedule -- but on Friday he was in Florida. When he heard the news reports several days ago, Harmon flew home immediately. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew had obliterated the apartment he and his wife Stephanie shared in Kendall, Fla., just before the Open. It was this memory and the fact that Stephanie gave birth to twins, Savannah and Sydney, exactly two months ago Friday, that moved him to action. His sense of urgency was deepened because they were born six weeks prematurely; Savannah was a scant 3 pounds, 2 ounces and Sydney was 4 pounds, 6 ounces.

"That's your first thought, your family," Harmon said Friday. "I went to South Florida as fast as I could."

He spent Wednesday putting the shutters on all the windows of his two-story house in Miramar, which is 10 miles inland on the Dade-Broward County line north of Fort Lauderdale. And then he and his wife drove the family's two cars, a van and an SUV, north to stay with friends. "We drove to Saddlebrook, up Route 75," Harmon said. "Normally, the ride takes four hours. Yesterday it took eight hours -- and the kids were screaming the whole way."

Harmon, like everyone in Florida and a significant group at the National Tennis Center, will be watching the Weather Channel closely.

"The storm is going to cross the state," Harmon said. "It all depends which side of the wind you're on. If you're on the south side, you're OK. If you're on the north side, you're going to be hating life."

On Sunday, Harmon is scheduled to address a gathering of coaches. He was planning to run down the impressive roster of America's finest junior boys, four of whom are ranked in the world's top 10.

"I don't think I'm going to make it," Harmon said.

Dean Goldfine is the USTA's high-performance coach and served as an assistant to U.S. Olympic men's coach Patrick McEnroe in Athens. He, too, left for Florida when the hurricane was upgraded to a Category 4.

On Friday evening, Goldfine was playing golf with his son Max, nearly 3, in the yard of his Aventura home north of Miami Beach.

"It's windy, but it looks like we're going to get pretty lucky," Goldfine said. "They're saying now that we'll probably only get three to six inches and winds of 40 miles an hour or so."

Concerned about his family -- wife Jessica, daughter Emma, nearly 1, and Max -- Goldfine left the National Tennis Center Thursday morning and he was pulling down the shutters on his home -- less than a mile from the Atantic Ocean -- by mid-afternoon. There was a mandatory evacuation ordered, but Goldfine elected to stay put when the forecast brightened.

"You never know how these things are going to go," Goldfine said. "I feel like we dodged a bullet here."

Ann Hartman, of the WTA communications staff, lives one block off the water in St. Petersburg. Even though it's on the west coast of Florida, she was concerned.

"I hope there's something to go back home to," she said. "Charley was supposed to hit us and then it took a quick turn. That's why you have to pay attention."

Charlie Bricker, the relentless reporter for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, filed a 28-inch notebook featuring Mardy Fish -- at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. That's because the state's second-largest newspaper was evacuating its offices. There will be no tennis results in Saturday's Sun-Sentinel.

"This is not just a distraction," Bricker said. "This is real life, here. Grosjean's got one eye on the ball and one eye back home."

It has been a difficult few days for Grosjean. He considered putting his family on plane to Paris, where he's got a Davis Cup match in two weeks. In the end, he decided to have his family remain in Boca Raton. The Grosjean home is 10 miles inland, safe from storm surges, if not the expected high winds and a potential 10-15 inches of rain.

Two hours after his match -- some 24 hours before the storm was expected to come ashore -- Grosjean wasn't sure if he could get home to be with his wife and two small children.

"The airports, are they open?" he asked. "I would like to take a plane tonight, but I just don't know.

"There is so much I don't know."

Greg Garber is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

wilma
09-15-2004, 10:47 AM
Thanks, Sammy!