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Vlad1980
11-06-2009, 06:04 PM
I remember a match against Verdasco in rome this year, when Richard could not serve after 5-5 in first set, yet he tried his best and kept it close even though, he was serving 80 mph first serves. This is completely opposite in terms of intensity.

Puschkin
11-06-2009, 06:05 PM
I understand the judgement may be weighing on him mentally, but he is professional tennis player, he must be able to block it out, once he signed up for a tournament.
You have to be superhuman to do that consistently ! One day you manage, next day you don't, simple as that.

PinkFeatherBoa
11-06-2009, 06:07 PM
I don't like that some of you people are saying Richard should quit. This is a potentially a very big moment in Chiudi's career, let him have his well deserved moment of victory if it is to happen. Richard is fit enough to continue, so good on him for staying out there, no matter how bad he's playing/getting beaten.

Puschkin
11-06-2009, 06:11 PM
I don't like that some of you people are saying Richard should quit. This is a potentially a very big moment in Chiudi's career,
I don't give a shit if Chiudinelli has a good moment or not. Yes, I am biased. :devil:

Dini
11-06-2009, 06:12 PM
I'll look at it this way. I wouldn't like to see people retire against Gasquet because Richie is outplaying someone. :shrug: If it's not a serious injury and you're able to move and hit your strokes then play until the handshake and be a good sport.

Gretchen.
11-06-2009, 06:16 PM
:speakles: What happened?

PinkFeatherBoa
11-06-2009, 06:17 PM
I'll look at it this way. I wouldn't like to see people retire against Gasquet because Richie is outplaying someone. :shrug: If it's not a serious injury and you're able to move and hit your strokes then play until the handshake and be a good sport.

Yeah that pretty much sums it up for me.

edit: Read this back and it didn't make much sense, what I wanted to say was basically what Nadine said below.

Vlad1980
11-06-2009, 06:17 PM
You have to be superhuman to do that consistently ! One day you manage, next day you don't, simple as that.

But it is his last match of the year! How hard is it to concentrate??

well, it is over, he lost. What a gift to Chiudi.

Extremely disappointing. I was so positive after yesterday's match, but now I don't know what to expect from in the future. Whatever issues he has with his head, he better address soon.

Puschkin
11-06-2009, 06:18 PM
I don't want to talk about it. I think I will stay away from here for a while.

ImmzB
11-06-2009, 06:22 PM
Gasquet.....

We await him next year!!

icecastle
11-06-2009, 06:23 PM
Is this Richie's last match? I cant believe he lost today having watched him play against Isner just yesterday. This is unbelievable..:sobbing:

OMG, i cant wait for 2010 to start and the AO. I hope by then Richie has recovered from all the physical, emotional and mental stress of this year.

tufani
11-06-2009, 06:26 PM
Sad that this is the way the year had to end. Well, what kind of a year, that kind of an ending, I guess.

Thanks for the wonderful display against Isner.

ImmzB
11-06-2009, 06:31 PM
Next we will probaly see him in Brisbane.... as he normally goes to play in Australia b4 the Aussie Open!

Dini
11-06-2009, 06:32 PM
Yeah that pretty much sums it up for me.

Honestly, I can understand Richard not mentally consistent right now and I don't feel like it's an irreperable situation. I'm just glad this season is over for him now, as I'm sure he is. Richard. :hug:

I think there was an aspect of fatigue involved in today's match because of his win yesterday; that one was both physically and mentally exhausting. At the same time Chiudinelli didn't put a foot wrong in the first set, even if Gasquet was having elbow problems - gotta give credit where it's due.

I hope the 2010 season starts with a fresh mindset, and the memory I'll take from 2009 was my happiness caused by his amazing win yesterday. Rest up now Richie, a lot of play the last couple of months. :hug:

*Martolina*
11-06-2009, 06:50 PM
i'm very scared for tuesday
i don't want him to be disqualified for years and years :sad:
This will not be his last match, I know it but i'm so sad too..
i don't want think too much, my brain has too many bad thoughts..:smash:

ImmzB
11-06-2009, 06:57 PM
Inshallah everything will go well on Tuesday for Richard!!

*Martolina*
11-06-2009, 07:02 PM
Inshallah everything will go well on Tuesday for Richard!!
yes yes yes..
..all good!!
and it will be the perfect thing for a better 2010-start!!

Schu
11-06-2009, 08:27 PM
Well glad I missed this one.

since i didn't see it I can't really say anything but something must have been up. What a sad way to end the season. I really don't think he went into the tank (at least not on purpose). I'm sure he didn't want to end 2009 on this kind of note. If anyone has ever tanked (and sad to say I've done a few in my day) it's a really crappy feeling and I really don't think he would have wanted to end 2009 with that as his last thought - especially after how well he fought yesterday. ANd he probably didn't want to retire cuz that's a crappy feeling too, unless it is physically impossible to continue.

It's just too bad if it's ANOTHER injury. Fortunately he has time to rest - just hope it's not a year or two of rest time.

Hope everyone keeps us Richie fans posted with any news about the hearing.

Looking forward to seeing the inspired Richie in January.

Cloudygirl
11-06-2009, 09:03 PM
I think there was an aspect of fatigue involved in today's match because of his win yesterday; that one was both physically and mentally exhausting. At the same time Chiudinelli didn't put a foot wrong in the first set, even if Gasquet was having elbow problems - gotta give credit where it's due.

I hope the 2010 season starts with a fresh mindset, and the memory I'll take from 2009 was my happiness caused by his amazing win yesterday. Rest up now Richie, a lot of play the last couple of months. :hug:

^

this

tennis lover
11-06-2009, 09:45 PM
This sucks. :awww: Here's hoping 2010 is a great year for Richard (and let's face it, it can't be any worse than this year! :o )

whattheheck
11-07-2009, 12:01 AM
He could be banned for 2 years, I'm hoping not.

case
11-07-2009, 02:06 AM
This sucks. :awww: Here's hoping 2010 is a great year for Richard (and let's face it, it can't be any worse than this year! :o )

somewhere in one of my posts from 3 or 4 years ago i said exactly the same thing. i was obviously wrong. i hope you are right this time.

i really have a bad feeling. i kind of wonder if gasquet heard something. might account for today.
i am getting mad at agassi all over again.

puschkin -
come back- we kind of like having you here.;)
julie is gone, silverwhite is gone, sweet for richard is gone, you are a lasting force here:worship:

Naina
11-07-2009, 07:05 AM
That was an awful match :tape: but at least 2009 is done and dusted. I have a couple of questions regarding Tuesday because I am v nervous about it:scared:. I just wanna know how long till the panel gives the final decision and can Richie appeal that decision?

And the whole Agassi thing has me fuming too.

Good Luck Richie :hug:

Cloudygirl
11-07-2009, 10:17 AM
somewhere in one of my posts from 3 or 4 years ago i said exactly the same thing. i was obviously wrong. i hope you are right this time.

i really have a bad feeling. i kind of wonder if gasquet heard something. might account for today.
i am getting mad at agassi all over again.

puschkin -
come back- we kind of like having you here.;)
julie is gone, silverwhite is gone, sweet for richard is gone, you are a lasting force here:worship:

I had the thought that they might have had something legal they had to respond to so it was a bit of a strategic tank but I actually hope he was just shit yesterday because I can't stand tanking.

Puschkin
11-07-2009, 11:19 AM
puschkin -
come back- we kind of like having you here.;)
julie is gone, silverwhite is gone, sweet for richard is gone, you are a lasting force here:worship:

Thanks. How nice of you. :hug: I am not a quitter. I just feel a little bit worn-out. Better times will come again. YES!

Cloudygirl
11-07-2009, 11:38 AM
Thanks. How nice of you. :hug: I am not a quitter. I just feel a little bit worn-out. Better times will come again. YES!

:hug:

I think so too. He would have to fuck up pretty epically next year to have a worse year.

scmom
11-07-2009, 03:49 PM
Exactly - 2010 would have to be a total epic fail to be worse than this for Richard

The timing of the Agassi revelation could not have been worse though . I fear the tribunal will want to appear tough in light of their past failings . Let's just hope that wiser heads prevail and
they realize that 3 months is enough a punishment for this miniscule amount of cocaine - however it got there . ( And I do not believe for one second that he purposely snorted a grain of salt's worth of cocaine. -That ridiculous assumption is even less believable than the kissing defense. Who would - or even could - do that in a crowded Miami nightclub VIP section?Good lord - you could probably ingest that small amount just by scooping up your change at the bar and covering your mouth to sneeze )

~*BGT*~
11-08-2009, 10:30 PM
Am I the only one preparing for the worst? :sobbing: The ITF has upheld the one year bans for Malisse and Wickmayer. The only thing they did was fail to report their whereabouts 3 times this year. If they get one year for that, then what the heck is Richard gonna get. :scared:

Gretchen.
11-08-2009, 10:44 PM
Am I the only one preparing for the worst? :sobbing: The ITF has upheld the one year bans for Malisse and Wickmayer. The only thing they did was fail to report their whereabouts 3 times this year. If they get one year for that, then what the heck is Richard gonna get. :scared:

The whole Wickmayer and Malisse suspension fiasco is ridiculous :o It is career ending for both of them, I know Yanina is young but a whole year could totally ruin her just look at other young tennis players who have been banned for a long time and where they are now.We've come to the conclusion that the ITF is seeking a longer ban, not that they don't believe Richard about his story(though they could also think he is lying) but that he didn't serve enough time, not even 3 months.He got like what 2 months a half, so if they do give him some type of ban it should be a continuation of the previous one and should last 2 weeks which would complete the 3 months. and if that ends up starting in January would cover the first two weeks which excludes Aussie Open.If it's some time later that he has to serve out those two weeks I hope it's not during a GS but knowing them they could do that as well.It's just this is what I think will be the most fair if he does get a ban but I seriously hope he doesn't.

Lemon Custard
11-08-2009, 11:14 PM
Am I the only one preparing for the worst? :sobbing: The ITF has upheld the one year bans for Malisse and Wickmayer. The only thing they did was fail to report their whereabouts 3 times this year. If they get one year for that, then what the heck is Richard gonna get. :scared:

It may end up working in his favour.. If you think about it, he willingly submit himself to the test, has never failed one before and, as far as we know, has always notified the ITF of his whereabouts. The only thing I'm concerned about is the ATP wanting to save face after Agassi's little book selling stunt. That factor makes me particularly nervous.

RFK
11-09-2009, 06:45 PM
Hi everyone! I'm really hoping for the best but I don't know what will happen to be honest.
Fingers crossed!

*Martolina*
11-10-2009, 12:15 PM
La décision du TAS ne sera pas connue avant la fin de la semaine.
=( =( =(

Puschkin
12-07-2009, 02:00 PM
La décision du TAS ne sera pas connue avant la fin de la semaine.
=( =( =(

That week has long passed. Today it is exactly four months after the appeal was filed, and that is the timeframe within which a decision should have published.

I really wonder about the sport authorities. On one hand they demand from players to tell them where they are all through the year, but on the other hand they can't even stick to their own deadlines. :mad:

The time frame can be prolongued, though, but we have not heard that this would happen either.

Cloudygirl
12-07-2009, 05:43 PM
I know I could check but you sound more up on it than me. Is the 4 months, publication of the verdict on the website, or publication of their decision i.e. notifying parties, solicitors etc.

In which case Richard might already know?

With these arbitrations it could actually not be made public. I think the parties have to agree to make it public. It normally is made public on their website though. nothing today. I kept checking on my phone at lunch. They normally have a note on their site 24hrs at least before they publish a decision which makes me think it won't be tomorrow either.

Puschkin
12-07-2009, 05:57 PM
I know I could check but you sound more up on it than me. Is the 4 months, publication of the verdict on the website, or publication of their decision i.e. notifying parties, solicitors etc.

In which case Richard might already know?

With these arbitrations it could actually not be made public. I think the parties have to agree to make it public. It normally is made public on their website though. nothing today. I kept checking on my phone at lunch. They normally have a note on their site 24hrs at least before they publish a decision which makes me think it won't be tomorrow either.

Quote from the code: The award, a summary and/or a press release setting forth the results of the proceedings shall be made public by the CAS, unless both parties agree that they should remain confidential.

What is also interesting, the CAS adopted in October this year, i.e. when the ITF/WADA-appeal was already running, a new code of procedures, which says they have to come up with a decision within three months.

As for the announcement of the decision: They have done so recently for the German speedskater and for the Norwegian horse-rider, both hearings lasted two days. They have not done so for the Russian biathlets, whose hearing lasted only one day, like Richard's. However, I would not draw any conclusions from that.

It is well possible that Richard knows already, but I remember very well, a statement from him (or his agent) that he won't comment before the result is known and that means "Known to the public" to me.

It is weird: I am mad about the wait, but I also feel the longer it lasts the better for the outcome for Richard, just a feeling, I can't explain it.

Cloudygirl
12-07-2009, 06:02 PM
I'm just confused with what is going on with the CAS. i read in the papers that there is actually a CAS hearing for Malisse and Wickmayer this week but there has been nothing about that on their website.

Was Richard's hearing only one day? That might be a good sign it went into two days last time round didn't it so it couldn't be a complete re-hearing. That might be a good thing. I hope he is ok. Not that i want to intrude into his private life but there has been nothing in the media since the hearing and I would just look to know that he is training at least.

Puschkin
12-07-2009, 06:08 PM
I would just look to know that he is training at least.
A French poster on rgnet reported that Forget - while commenting London - said on TV that Richard is working, post de Marcelle from 25 November:

http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2278&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=75

Cloudygirl
12-07-2009, 06:15 PM
Oh thanks well that is good news at least. I do sometimes have a peep in the main forum but it's a bit scary ;)

Poor Richard I hope he doesn't get stressed easily because I'm getting stressed waiting for his judgment and it isn't even my life.

Puschkin
12-07-2009, 06:19 PM
Poor Richard I hope he doesn't get stressed easily because I'm getting stressed waiting for his judgment and it isn't even my life.
Well one thing is sure: If manages to come through all this, I will bad-rep everyone who calls him mentally weak. :devil::p

I am also suprised that we heard absolutely nothing from him. Remember, even during the waiting for the first hearing, there were pics of him watching football or that trip to Rome. Since 10 November absolutely nothing. Maybe he did follow Noah's advice after all and prepares out of France??? :eek:

Cloudygirl
12-07-2009, 06:22 PM
Is there still the last edition of that documentary before christmas? Maybe that will have something about what he's been up to.

He has competely vanished for a month which is impressive. I wonder if he is out of France.

Last question from me. Any idea what happens if CAS neglect to follow their procedure. So if they don't release a verdict in 4 months or apply for an extension is there any chance that he can just get the case chucked out due to their procedural irregularities?

Edit: interesting I just found this. If WADA appealed on August 10th (was that even in time I thought the ITF filed on the last day which was the 7th), separate of the ITF, then the CAS would have had one appeal brief filed on the 7th and one of the 10th which might mean that the 10th is the day of reckoning.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601079&sid=aQ0hE5L0DFbg

Puschkin
12-07-2009, 06:29 PM
Last question from me. Any idea what happens if CAS neglect to follow their procedure. So if they don't release a verdict in 4 months or apply for an extension is there any chance that he can just get the case chucked out due to their procedural irregularities?
A French poster had the same idea as you, post from ChusetsuDo from today.

http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2278&start=120

However, I don't think this is an option. They have to come up with something.


Edit: interesting I just found this. If WADA appealed on August 10th (was that even in time I thought the ITF filed on the last day which was the 7th), separate of the ITF, then the CAS would have had one appeal brief filed on the 7th and one of the 10th which might mean that the 10th is the day of reckoning.

Well I never understood that. Like you I always though WADA was too late. But it seems that WADA is going against Richard and the ITF, see original hearing announcement quoted below.

International Tennis Federation c. Richard
Gasquet
WADA c. International Tennis Federation &
Richard Gasquet
10 novembre 2009

Cloudygirl
12-07-2009, 06:32 PM
Well looking at the second article I just posted I'm thinking if they allowed the WADA appeal (I would love if they just chucked that out for being out of time ;) ) then we are looking at 10th December. If that article is correct. I haven't seen that posted anywhere else on the net though.

well they would have had to have leave of the tribunal I think, unless they were arguing that they received the papers late which in this instant society is a bit dubious imo.

The decision was published on the iTF's website on 15/7 and it says this

The Tribunal’s written decision with reasons is available below. Any of those parties with the right of appeal may do so within three weeks from receipt of the written decision.

3 weeks from 15th July is 5th of August, so if they didn't file until the 10th they are saying it took 5 days for them to receive the papers.

*Pauline*
12-07-2009, 08:04 PM
Since 10 November absolutely nothing. Maybe he did follow Noah's advice after all and prepares out of France??? :eek:

I just saw an article which was talking about the french swimming championships. And according to them, Richard was there with Arnaud Lagardère.

Natation – Championnat de France (Chartres)
Leveaux sacré sur 50 mètres
La rédaction - RMC.fr, le 04/12/2009

Amaury Leveaux a remporté le 50 mètres nage libre des championnats de France (21’55) en petit bassin à Chartres. Sous les yeux de Richard Gasquet et d'Arnaud Lagardère, le nouveau licencié du Team Lagardère a devancé Grégory Mallet (21’84) et Jérémy Stravius (22’01).

Cloudygirl
12-07-2009, 08:22 PM
thanks for the info. Glad to know he hasn't vanished off the face of the earth.

The appeals procedure

Award
The award shall be rendered by a majority decision, or in the absence of a majority, by
the President alone. It shall be written, dated and signed. The award shall state brief
reasons. The signature of the President shall suffice.
Before the award is signed, it shall be transmitted to the CAS Secretary General who
may make rectifications of pure form and may also draw the attention of the Panel to
fundamental issues of principle.
The Panel may decide to communicate the operative part of the award to the parties,
prior to the reasons. The award shall be enforceable from such written communication.
The award, notified by the CAS Court Office, shall be final and binding upon the
parties. It may not be challenged by way of an action for setting aside to the extent that
the parties have no domicile, habitual residence, or business establishment in
Switzerland and that they have expressly excluded all setting aside proceedings in the
arbitration agreement or in an agreement entered into subsequently, in particular at the
outset of the arbitration.
The operative part of the award shall be communicated to the parties within four
months after the filing of the statement of appeal. Such time limit may be extended by
the President of the Appeals Arbitration Division upon a reasoned request from the
President of the Panel.
The award, a summary and/or a press release setting forth the results of the
proceedings shall be made public by the CAS, unless both parties agree that they
should remain confidential

as the matters were held together but WADA filed their appeal later I do think it will probably be the 10th.

Truc
12-07-2009, 09:03 PM
I am also suprised that we heard absolutely nothing from him. Remember, even during the waiting for the first hearing, there were pics of him watching football or that trip to Rome. Since 10 November absolutely nothing. Maybe he did follow Noah's advice after all and prepares out of France??? :eek:Fabrice said in an article a few days ago that he had practiced with Richard in Paris. He didn't say anything else, it wasn't about Richard, no need to look for it - but Richard obviously is in France and training.

Puschkin
12-08-2009, 09:06 AM
Fabrice said in an article a few days ago that he had practiced with Richard in Paris. He didn't say anything else, it wasn't about Richard, no need to look for it - but Richard obviously is in France and training.

I just saw an article which was talking about the french swimming championships. And according to them, Richard was there with Arnaud Lagardère.
Thank you both. This is how it works: I just spread an idea (Richard out of France) and immediately I get contradicted :p. What a good way to get information about him. I really have not seen a line since 10 Novermber.

Cloudygirl
12-08-2009, 06:28 PM
Still nothing I wonder if there will be a press release on the site tomorrow if the statement is released on the 10th.

Puschkin
12-09-2009, 01:48 PM
from ironslot from rgnet:
http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2278&start=135

Comme cette histoire de délai me perturbe, j'ai appelé le Tribunal Arbitral à Lausanne il y a un instant et la responsable presse, fort gentille et agréable, a eu la délicatesse de me répondre et de m'autoriser à vous indiquer ceci :

Le délai a été prorogé et les arbitres travaillent pour rendre la décision avant Noël.

Voilà, donc patience à tous, il y aura peut être un joli cadeau pour Richard surtout, et pour nous tous ensuite

Gretchen.
12-09-2009, 02:18 PM
So the decision comes before Christmas, arghhh stop with the delaying!! :fiery:

Davodus
12-09-2009, 02:28 PM
How annoying, the Brisbane international starts on the 3rd of January, so they really shouldn't leave it so late!

Naina
12-09-2009, 05:14 PM
What a mess :fiery:

Cloudygirl
12-09-2009, 05:59 PM
well at least it means they are considering it carefully rather than just giving him a 2 year ban and satisfying WADA. Crappy for his season prep though. Do you think he'll play the masters france if there's no decision.

Saves me a job, I was going to pretend to be a journalist and ring up the CAS tomorrow. Got bored of knowing nothing.

*MJP*
12-09-2009, 09:33 PM
Arggg!:mad: I wish they'd hurry up with the decision already :fiery:

ImmzB
12-10-2009, 07:20 PM
Allez Richie!!

acd692
12-12-2009, 02:38 AM
:confused: any news??

Cloudygirl
12-12-2009, 08:16 AM
he might hear at the end of the week. Around the 18th.

Puschkin
12-14-2009, 05:20 PM
Richard won't play the Masters France, starting on 17 December in Toulouse. With the delay of the decision this was to be expected.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/masters-france/18230-les-groupes

Cloudygirl
12-14-2009, 06:13 PM
well I can see why Richard might not want to play but i don't see why they wouldnt want him to play. It's just an exo isnt it so nothing to do with the main tour.

acd692
12-16-2009, 02:28 AM
ok i dont want to alarm.. i hope he keeps positive
im dying to know what's gonna happen with him:(

Keijan
12-16-2009, 06:06 AM
He can't play the masters because it's specified that the players have to play more than one tournament in France and Richard only played one.
That's shooting themselves in the foot in my opinion, as they would have needed his name after the forfeits of Tsonga, Monfils and Simon...
But anyway he wouldn't have played even if he had qualified or been given an invitation.

Puschkin
12-16-2009, 06:20 AM
He can't play the masters because it's specified that the players have to play more than one tournament in France and Richard only played one.
That's shooting themselves in the foot in my opinion, as they would have needed his name after the forfeits of Tsonga, Monfils and Simon...
But anyway he wouldn't have played even if he had qualified or been given an invitation.

I feel he might have played this year, he was on the list for a long time, also on the tourney's site and the news are rather unspecific. Note that he never "withdrew", but all kinds of rules are quoted, to explain why he is not there.

It was also said he was not allowed to play, because he did not play Bercy, which is even weirder, because he had his hearing during Bercy.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/masters-france/18234-la-fede-a-cheval-sur-le-reglement
Richard Gasquet a été remplacé par Marc Gicquel dans le tableau du Masters France en fin de semaine passée. Jean-Louis Haillet, directeur de la compétition explique : "La Fédération nous a fait observer que le règlement de l'épreuve supposait de participer au tournoi de Bercy, ce que n'avait pas fait Richard Gasquet."

The director of Toulouse is quoted saying "that the federation drew his atttention to the rules requiring to play Bercy which Richard has not done."

Anyway, the tourney itself is badly scheduled, in the middle of the preparation phase for 2010 and it is not a relevant event. There are so many tourneys in France, the crowds have ample opportunities to see their players.

Keijan
12-16-2009, 10:14 AM
I had read the Bercy question somewhere too, as well as the you have to play more than one tourney one. There are all kinds of stupid rules to this tournament, the stupidest for me being that the results in all the french tournaments are comptabilised BUT the ones at Roland. Which means Gaël could very well win Roland next year, he still wouldn't be first amongst the best 8 French players on French ground :rolls: And Ouanna who made a big result in Roland isn't amongst the summoned players either, that's absolutely ridiculous, but nevermind.

Do you think Richard would still have played ? I don't think so, as the decision should fall this week, no ? I can't see him taking the risk of having to play surrounded by french journalists if comes the sentence that he's suspended. I'm currently following the developping of the Malisse/Wickmayer case, and it's so confusing and obscure. Sadly it's more than the career of a few players on the line, there are many political and economic weights too.

Anyway I don't get how Richard could be on the list for such a long time when they knew they couldn't select him because of the Bercy thing. Maybe it was a trick to attract more crowd with a well-known name, and then at the last second, woops look at that, we can't select him afterall. :rolleyes:


Anyway, the tourney itself is badly scheduled, in the middle of the preparation phase for 2010 and it is not a relevant event. There are so many tourneys in France, the crowds have ample opportunities to see their players.

Definitely badly scheduled. I'd be very surprised if during this tournament's life, they manage to get only once all the top French players to play it. But I think it's still great for the region of Toulouse which is far from the usual ATP tournaments to get to see some high-class tennis for a while (with the likes of Chardy, Bennet, Llodra, Mathieu, etc, who might not be at the very top but are still great to see live, especially for the kids in the tennis school.) So I think it's a good idea, but they should definitely change their policy, drop the masters France name and just call it exhibition with excellent french players which is what it really is in the end.

Puschkin
12-16-2009, 11:16 AM
Do you think Richard would still have played ? I don't think so, as the decision should fall this week, no ? I can't see him taking the risk of having to play surrounded by french journalists if comes the sentence that he's suspended.

I feel he would have played if the decision had been made in a positive way for him, or of he had got only a short additional suspension. Quite a good oportunity to take stock and find out where you are. As soon as the decision was delayed, I was sure, he would not participate, which is understandable enough.

I'm currently following the developping of the Malisse/Wickmayer case, and it's so confusing and obscure.

I am not as emotionally involved as with Richard, but I find it absolutely embarrassing, yes - no - yes, the situation changes every day. Besides, I think it rather odd that the sports autorities demand from players to notify about their where abouts in a precise way, when they themselves are incapable to stick to their own deadlines, the decision for Richard is already overdue....

So I think it's a good idea, but they should definitely change their policy, drop the masters France name and just call it exhibition with excellent french players which is what it really is in the end.
:yeah:

Keijan
12-16-2009, 12:39 PM
I feel he would have played if the decision had been made in a positive way for him, or of he had got only a short additional suspension. Quite a good oportunity to take stock and find out where you are. As soon as the decision was delayed, I was sure, he would not participate, which is understandable enough.

Yeah absolutely. Let's face it, the ITF is just a bunch of stupid and arrogant people who are thrilled to use the little insignifiant power they have to make people think they are actually worth of the salary they receive.



I am not as emotionally involved as with Richard, but I find it absolutely embarrassing, yes - no - yes, the situation changes every day. Besides, I think it rather odd that the sports autorities demand from players to notify about their where abouts in a precise way, when they themselves are incapable to stick to their own deadlines, the decision for Richard is already overdue....



Me neither, and that's why I can follow the case with serenity as I don't like Malisse (after the comments he made about Gilles) and I don't follow Wickmayer. I can't even imagine the torture it must be for their respective fans. I just don't get why innocent people have to go through all this just because they forgot or couldn't precise where they were going to be on a given day at a given hour. I understand the necesity of an anti-doping system, but that is just stupid totalitarism, like you are considered a criminal before doing anything. What happened to innocent until proven guilty, I wonder.

marina36
12-16-2009, 04:40 PM
From eurosport:

Gasquet saura ce jeudi

Le tribunal Arbitral du Sport donnera son verdict dans l'affaire Gasquet ce jeudi à 17h30 qui oppose le joueur à la fédération internationale dans le cadre de sa suspension pour dopage.

Tomorrow, at 5.30 pm, we will know.....

Davodus
12-16-2009, 04:48 PM
:speakles:

TAS website has it up now too

http://www.tas-cas.org/en/infogenerales.asp/4-3-3854-1092-4-1-1/5-0-1092-15-1-1/

Nervous now...

ImmzB
12-16-2009, 04:52 PM
Thanks.

Lets hope it's all good.

Gretchen.
12-16-2009, 05:34 PM
:scared: Pleeeeeeeeease be good news!

Tess Gray
12-16-2009, 05:49 PM
A ban free 2010 would be a great christmas gift Santa! :angel:

Schu
12-16-2009, 06:00 PM
:scared::scared:

Here's hoping WADA/ITF/CAS do the right thing and set Richie free!!

Man, I'm REALLY nervous! I guess he knows already as they surely will notify the parties involved before posting decision on website? I also wonder why they put up an announcement the day before they announce the decision - why don't they just post the decision and save the torture of knowing they know but not yet telling the public :shrug:

Cloudygirl
12-16-2009, 06:05 PM
oh noes I am staying over at a friends tomorrow and going to a work party and I won't have the internet. Seriously thinkng of asking someone to text me the result. But then if it's bad I will be really depressed.

PinkFeatherBoa
12-16-2009, 06:20 PM
and not before time. Here's hoping the delay favours the right decision and this is finally put to bed (as much as possible).

Damn the timing though, I'll be on a coach then and not sure of Net access at the other side. Only want to find out pre-holiday if it's good news though. :unsure:

Cloudygirl
12-16-2009, 06:26 PM
I just realised it's 4.30 my time 5.30 swiss time so do i look before I leave work and then potentially spend the party really depressed. I guess either way I can just get horrendously drunk.

PinkFeatherBoa
12-16-2009, 06:39 PM
Hope that instead you will be toasting to it all being over, Tori. :drink:

ImmzB
12-16-2009, 06:45 PM
Inshallah Richie WILL NOT BE BANNED!

Cloudygirl
12-16-2009, 06:48 PM
Richard if you ever read this I would like to point out that when I get sacked from work from being hideously drunk at the xmas party it is all your fault ;)

tennis lover
12-16-2009, 08:05 PM
:scared:

*MJP*
12-16-2009, 08:49 PM
Oh plz plz plz be good news :eek:

Gasquet maniac
12-16-2009, 09:13 PM
Please be a good news...He will not be banned.....Keep the believe

Puschkin
12-16-2009, 10:12 PM
Seriously thinkng of asking someone to text me the result.

I was about to ask the same. I wanted to listen to a special lecture tomorrow. But as it is purely voluntary, I simply will be late for it.

scmom
12-16-2009, 10:15 PM
so the wait is almost over.
I sure hope that this is good news for Richard!

Cloudygirl
12-16-2009, 10:29 PM
I was about to ask the same. I wanted to listen to a special lecture tomorrow. But as it is purely voluntary, I simply will be late for it.

well if I could guarantee being able to access it, i'd offer to text you. I've sussed now it's 4.30 my time but every website known to man is blocked on my work internet. I think unless it's on the bbc straight away i'll be trying desperately to forum from my phone. Can't even get on the times website from work.

Lemon Custard
12-17-2009, 12:40 AM
So it'll be like 3:30 in the morning for me? Fabulous. At least we will know now... finally.

Mimi
12-17-2009, 06:48 AM
sorry for my ignorance, i don't know that his case is resume again? I hope he will be all right, fingers crossed for him:angel:

Davodus
12-17-2009, 07:48 AM
There was an appeal, which is what we are gonna find the results for today.

Puschkin
12-17-2009, 08:07 AM
So it'll be like 3:30 in the morning for me? Fabulous.
:eek: This is really tough!

:scared: I am feeling like a cat on a hot tin roof.

ImmzB
12-17-2009, 01:56 PM
Just over an Hour and a half to go.

tennisfan444
12-17-2009, 02:12 PM
the wait is driving me crazy

Gasquetno.1
12-17-2009, 02:40 PM
I am so nervous :unsure:

Davodus
12-17-2009, 02:51 PM
Ditto :scared:

Jozie
12-17-2009, 02:55 PM
Fingers crossed, Richard will be competing again early next year.

Not too much longer to wait!

Gasquet maniac
12-17-2009, 02:58 PM
so nervous...30 minutes more....

Gretchen.
12-17-2009, 03:12 PM
OMG :hysteric: I woke up just in time though. :lol:

Dini
12-17-2009, 03:26 PM
http://www.tarotcollectors.com/images/emoticons/illustrations_tuzki021.gif

case
12-17-2009, 03:28 PM
how silly. just post it CAS.

:Zaz:
12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
http://www.tarotcollectors.com/images/emoticons/illustrations_tuzki021.gif

:haha: hehehe, that took the edge of my anxiousness...well for a second

Davodus
12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
THANK FUCKKKKKKKKK he is freeeee :woohoo:

case
12-17-2009, 03:29 PM
now they are saying that info doesnt exist

Gretchen.
12-17-2009, 03:30 PM
He's freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. :yippee: :sobbing:

case
12-17-2009, 03:30 PM
wow. finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
justice has prevailed.

marina36
12-17-2009, 03:30 PM
Cleared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Puschkin
12-17-2009, 03:32 PM
RICHARD GASQUET cleared by the CAS
Lausanne, 17 December 2009 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rendered its final decision in the arbitration between the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the French tennis player Richard Gasquet: the player has been exonerated from any fault or negligence and the CAS has dismissed the appeals filed by the ITF and WADA.

http://www.tas-cas.org/en/infogenerales.asp/4-3-3861-1092-4-1-1/5-0-1092-15-1-1/

:banana::banana::aparty::aparty::woohoo: I am so relieved!

~*BGT*~
12-17-2009, 03:33 PM
Smilies can't even express my joy right now so I won't even use them :)

anutam
12-17-2009, 03:33 PM
Great news!!!! :bounce:

Davodus
12-17-2009, 03:33 PM
Now I will be seeing him in 2 weeks time :cool:

Bri
12-17-2009, 03:35 PM
Now I will be seeing him in 2 weeks time :cool:


3 for me!! :)

Gasquet maniac
12-17-2009, 03:35 PM
so relieved....

:Zaz:
12-17-2009, 03:37 PM
Praise the lord - YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY :bigclap::dance::yeah::woohoo::yippee::banana: :aparty:

Awww Reesh :hug:

Farrow
12-17-2009, 03:38 PM
Phew!

I don't post here often but am a big Richie fan, and have been following this case with great interest (and many nerves!) Great news. Poor Richard, what a horrible year to suffer through no fault of his own :( Hopefully he can bounce back.

Dimitra
12-17-2009, 03:39 PM
I am so happy for this!!!

Davodus
12-17-2009, 03:40 PM
http://www.tas-cas.org/d2wfiles/document/3863/5048/0/2009.12.17%20PR.pdf interesting to read this

also, this part

The CAS did not formally annul the decision of the anti-doping tribunal considering that Richard
Gasquet did not file an appeal himself against the two and a half month ban. However, the CAS
has specified in its award that, in case of any subsequent doping infraction, the present case
should not be counted as a first doping offence.

That's really good :yeah:

duong
12-17-2009, 03:40 PM
I'm so happy for him and all of you :hug: :hug:

This is hard when you're innocent and you face such thing :sad:

After that, tennis is just some more pleasure :shrug:

tennisfan444
12-17-2009, 03:42 PM
Great News!!!!!!

Dini
12-17-2009, 03:43 PM
Phew.

http://www.tarotcollectors.com/images/emoticons/illustrations_tuzki003.gif

This shouldn't have been a case in the first place but http://www.tarotcollectors.com/images/emoticons/AddEmoticons02714.gif to the decision anyway.

Have fun all you guys who'll see him play live soon. *jealous* :awww: You know the deal, reports and pics are a MUST. :p

timafi
12-17-2009, 03:44 PM
Riri:yeah:

case
12-17-2009, 03:47 PM
http://www.tas-cas.org/d2wfiles/document/3863/5048/0/2009.12.17%20PR.pdf interesting to read this

also, this part



That's really good :yeah:

i liked that too. but i am furious at ITF and WADA. they agreed he was NOT using coke but continued on??? wtf are these people human at all?

Puschkin
12-17-2009, 03:50 PM
After the first joy: Thank you ITF and WADA for making Richard go through this. Great job. :rolleyes: If Richard is only half as mad as I am and uses this anger for work, great things will come in 2020!

ImmzB
12-17-2009, 03:52 PM
Allez Richie!

:Zaz:
12-17-2009, 03:54 PM
After the first joy: Thank you ITF and WADA for making Richard go through this. Great job. :rolleyes: If Richard is only half as mad as I am and uses this anger for work, great things will come in 2020!

A little sooner than that I hope ;) :p

Puschkin
12-17-2009, 03:58 PM
A little sooner than that I hope ;) :p
How right you are! :lol: I am so excited, I can't even type properly. :o

Gasquetno.1
12-17-2009, 04:04 PM
I am so happy right now, maybe I can finally see him in 2010 !! :D

duong
12-17-2009, 04:05 PM
After the first joy: Thank you ITF and WADA for making Richard go through this. Great job. :rolleyes: If Richard is only half as mad as I am and uses this anger for work, great things will come in 2020!

:haha: :haha:

Davodus
12-17-2009, 04:05 PM
Just as a funny aside now that this is all over, Pamela is a coke taking whore, by the look of it (not that it was ever in that much doubt)

On 24 September 2009, the public prosecutor’s department of Paris issued a communiqué
stating that the proceedings initiated by the Player on 4 June 2009 against “X” for
administration of a harmful substance to him had been closed, as no criminal offence had been
revealed. The communiqué furthermore noted that the toxicological examination carried out
on “a young lady heard during this procedure” revealed that she regularly consumed cocaine,
and that she would be subject to a therapeutic order from the public prosecutor’s department.
The “young lady heard during this procedure” was Pamela. The result of the analysis on
Pamela’s hair was that cocaine and its metabolites were found for the period from September
2008 to April 2009 inclusive, with an average concentration of 5,4 ng/mg from September to
November 2008, of 6,2 ng/mg from December 2008 to February 2009, and of 9 ng/mg in the
period March/April 2009. These concentrations of cocaine and its metabolites were, according
to the communiqué in question, within the average concentrations measured in known cocaine
users.

And she said she didn't take any, was only offered it :lol:

duong
12-17-2009, 04:11 PM
Just as a funny aside now that this is all over, Pamela is a coke taking whore, by the look of it (not that it was ever in that much doubt)

And she said she didn't take any, was only offered it :lol:

where did you find that ?

Vlad1980
12-17-2009, 04:14 PM
:):)

I am glad this finally is behind him and he can concentrate on his tennis.

Here is to great 2010!!

Davodus
12-17-2009, 04:19 PM
where did you find that ?

http://www.tas-cas.org/d2wfiles/document/3862/5048/0/Award%201926%20+%201930%20INTERNET.pdf

somewhere in that :lol:

*julie*
12-17-2009, 04:21 PM
Wow! What a relief! I know I am an eternal pessimist and whith all this Agassi stuff.... I really didn't expect this. The nightmare is over. So happy for him and all his fans. :D

duong
12-17-2009, 04:25 PM
http://www.tas-cas.org/d2wfiles/document/3862/5048/0/Award%201926%20+%201930%20INTERNET.pdf

somewhere in that :lol:

ah yes thanks a lot : I was so much moved that I didn't see that link :lol:

*Martolina*
12-17-2009, 04:27 PM
i'm too happy for talk..
finally!!:angel::angel::angel:

Davodus
12-17-2009, 04:34 PM
ah yes thanks a lot : I was so much moved that I didn't see that link :lol:

I know how that feels, when I first saw the result come up, I missed the title and tried to find the verdict only in the bit written about it :lol:

Gasquet maniac
12-17-2009, 04:50 PM
Lol, puschkin....You r gr8....

RyanKP
12-17-2009, 05:03 PM
Phew!

I don't post here often but am a big Richie fan, and have been following this case with great interest (and many nerves!) Great news. Poor Richard, what a horrible year to suffer through no fault of his own :( Hopefully he can bounce back.

You said almost exactly what I was going to! I love that the CAS decided he wasn't even slightly at fault. That's even better than the Tribunal's original decision!

but-it's-ok
12-17-2009, 05:09 PM
Great that this joyful day came at last for Richie and all his fans:dance: So happy for him and all of you guys:banana::hug:

reggie1
12-17-2009, 05:12 PM
I have been so nervous for him and can't believe it's finally over! About damned time too. I think they knew all along that they would clear him but wanted to make an example of him. I think it's disgraceful the length of time this has taken to be resolved.

duong
12-17-2009, 05:12 PM
You said almost exactly what I was going to! I love that the CAS decided he wasn't even slightly at fault. That's even better than the Tribunal's original decision!

actually the difference between the two decisions is that the Tribunal judged that the player cannot be awarded a negligence by going to a nightclub and kissing a woman, whom he doesn't know, is using cocain (more precisely they alledge that during that night, people were using cocain in the toilets :lol: )

I understand that people like case are upset at the ITF and the WADA, but I think you have to understand that this case was quite new and the problem is that tennis doesn't have a good reputation for anti-doping fighting.

Then they were very careful with quite a "political attitude".

Some people say that Gasquet was lucky comparing to Hingis : I rather think he was very unlucky about the fact of kissing Pamela, and he was unlucky for the moment when that happened (tennis institutions needing to proove their acts) ... but he was very lucky for the fact that they found a grain of unmetabolised cocain in his body :yeah:

Anyway that's life : shit happens :shrug:

duong
12-17-2009, 05:16 PM
I have been so nervous for him and can't believe it's finally over! About damned time too. I think they knew all along that they would clear him but wanted to make an example of him. I think it's disgraceful the length of time this has taken to be resolved.

Hi Reggie :) : maybe not "set an example" but be very careful about the consequences of that story on other sportsmen's cases :shrug:

it's a pity but I guess it's understandable :shrug:

and what's better ; in the end Richard is completely cleared of every accusation :yeah:

You had seen even some people didn't believe the first judgement : I guess now there will be even fewer people to say that he really had cocain :yeah:

He will feel completely free about that, not having people still calling him "Gascoke" or mentioning about that ... :rolleyes:

it's hard to live for him like that ... and I guess now he will have to suffer it far less with those two decisions :yeah:

Keijan
12-17-2009, 05:36 PM
Well I have only one thing to say : YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
:banana::banana::banana::banana::banana:
Couldn't have hoped for a better Christmas gift :D

Schu
12-17-2009, 05:39 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSS!

I was too afraid to look earlier - didn't want to start screaming at work but I couldn't wait any longer so I checked in and I almost did scream with joy when I saw it.

It's a crime RIchard has had to go through this but now that he is COMPLETLEY CLEARED (a decision better than I ever imagined) one can look back on it and say - maybe it was for the best. He now knows just how much tennis means to him, who his REAL friends are and has hopefully learned a lesson about who he hangs around with.

MERRY CHRISTMAS Richard and all his fans! Can't wait till 2010!!!

EDIT - Can't wait to see the smile on his face when he gives his first interview about the decision :D

duong
12-17-2009, 05:58 PM
Tonight he's on a French television program : some people will probably tell you about it ;)

His coach Deblicker says they are very relieved :

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20091217_191837_deblicker.html

Naina
12-17-2009, 06:04 PM
I am soooooooooo glad for him :bounce: Now i can study in peace :D Thanks everyone for your translations etc. over the course of this whole thing:)

Puschkin
12-17-2009, 06:32 PM
Wow! What a relief! I know I am an eternal pessimist and whith all this Agassi stuff.... I really didn't expect this. The nightmare is over. So happy for him and all his fans. :D

:wavey: Long time no hear and see, but great to have you back on such an important day. :hug:

Can't wait to see the smile on his face when he gives his first interview about the decision :D
He obviously did already on the French channel canal+, but I cannot recieve it and I doubt someone recorded it.

Edit: http://player.canalplus.fr/#/301805 I just watched it. He does look relieved, he is even capable of joking about his relationship with Lagardère. :D

krn81
12-17-2009, 07:02 PM
Great news for him :worship:
And probably the best Xmas present also for him.
He was invited to Le Grand journal tonight and it is already on the website
http://www.canalplus.fr/pid2174.htm
I watched the Part1 it was only on Arnaud Largardere and his group. The second part is about Richard.

ImmzB
12-17-2009, 07:07 PM
"I am totally relieved," he said. "It was a crazy story and I went through a nightmare for eight months.

"I thought I had more chances to win grand slams, to beat (Rafael) Nadal at Roland-Garros and (Roger) Federer at Wimbledon than to be tested positive/

"I am happy to be a hundred per cent cleared. It was very difficult for me, I'm glad it's over."

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12110_5777962,00.html

Gretchen.
12-17-2009, 07:18 PM
He obviously did already on the French channel canal+, but I can recieve it and I doubt someone recorded it.

Edit: http://player.canalplus.fr/#/301805 I just watched it. He does look relieved, he is even capable of joking about his relationship with Lagardère. :D

:inlove: He looks so good, :awww: Glad to see him smiling. (:

case
12-17-2009, 07:21 PM
Wow! What a relief! I know I am an eternal pessimist and whith all this Agassi stuff.... I really didn't expect this. The nightmare is over. So happy for him and all his fans. :D

julie-we missed you. hope all is fine with you and happy holidays!~

Schu
12-17-2009, 07:25 PM
http://player.canalplus.fr/#/301805[/url] I just watched it. He does look relieved, he is even capable of joking about his relationship with Lagardère. :D

MERCI! Didn't understand a word of what he said but that smile said it all. So good to see that smile and laughter back :D and him so relaxed on TV - hardly even fidgeting with anything.

~*BGT*~
12-17-2009, 07:33 PM
Phew!

I don't post here often but am a big Richie fan, and have been following this case with great interest (and many nerves!) Great news. Poor Richard, what a horrible year to suffer through no fault of his own :( Hopefully he can bounce back.

Welcome.. post more :)

Great news for him :worship:
And probably the best Xmas present also for him.
He was invited to Le Grand journal tonight and it is already on the website
http://www.canalplus.fr/pid2174.htm
I watched the Part1 it was only on Arnaud Largardere and his group. The second part is about Richard.

:inlove: He looks so good, :awww: Glad to see him smiling. (:

I know. It was so nice to see him smile :hearts:

~*BGT*~
12-17-2009, 07:34 PM
Everyone, I am in SERIOUS need of votes for the Popularity contest. Voo de Mar is killing me. :rolls: I know I won't win but I'd like for it to be somewhat competitive :)

Jozie
12-17-2009, 07:52 PM
"un pour tous, tous pour un" staying loyal to Richard through thick and thin!

Awesome... can't wait to see Richard on the court soon!

Fantastic news for all his fans. :wavey:

*MJP*
12-17-2009, 08:05 PM
YYYYAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY! I cant believe it! I was really worried he wouldnt be able to play during the Aussie summer, but finally justice has prevailed :woohoo:
Allez Richie, bring on an awesome 2010 :happy:

case
12-17-2009, 08:20 PM
Everyone, I am in SERIOUS need of votes for the Popularity contest. Voo de Mar is killing me. :rolls: I know I won't win but I'd like for it to be somewhat competitive :)

yeah the numbers dont look good :sad: but i voted for you.
i dont think i have ever read a post by voo de mar

Lemon Custard
12-17-2009, 09:35 PM
Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooohoooooooooooooooooooo*breath*oooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):)

Lemon Custard
12-17-2009, 09:57 PM
OH! And did anyone giggle, even just a little tiny bit when they read, "Mr Richard Gasquet, born on 18 June 1986, is a professional tennis player of French
nationality with residence in Switzerland (hereinafter referred to as “the Player”)"

PinkFeatherBoa
12-17-2009, 10:33 PM
I found out hours ago now and still can't get the smile from my face. Even borrowed a laptop so I could come and celebrate the news here.
So happy for him and of course all his loyal fans here. It would have been an even harder few months without everyone here to share it with. :hug: Let's hope that we and the man himself can kick this injustice in the face and go on to have a brilliant 2010 like we know he is capable! So good to watch him laughing and joking- with all that weight off his shoulders. Before this turns into an Oscar speech with me thanking everyone in sight (I'm just happy ok :p), one last mundane request- Richard, make sure you come to Rotterdam, so I can see your cute little ass on a Tennis court in person again. ;)

acd692
12-18-2009, 02:06 AM
omg i passed my finals and richie is free! THIS IS THE BEST WEEKEND EVER:)!

Puschkin
12-18-2009, 05:49 AM
MERCI! Didn't understand a word of what he said but that smile said it all. So good to see that smile and laughter back :D and him so relaxed on TV - hardly even fidgeting with anything.
What did he say at around 1.38 when everyone started laughing?

At what does Lagardère say exactly about "certain crétins" at 6.50?

Before this turns into an Oscar speech with me thanking everyone in sight (I'm just happy ok :p)
Why not? I think there is no harm to express a little pride in our loyalty. These were tough times, but sharing them made it easier. So from the bottom of my heart, thanks to all of you: :hug:

one last mundane request- Richard, make sure you come to Rotterdam, so I can see your cute little ass on a Tennis court in person again. ;)
:) CU in Monte Carlo, Richard. I still have the banner I made for this year which was not used.

Cloudygirl
12-18-2009, 06:58 AM
I may have had a few drinks in his honour last night. Well done richard, winning matches should be a breeze after this. And well done his fans i think we deserve a cheer for being a loyal bunch

Puschkin
12-18-2009, 07:30 AM
I may have had a few drinks in his honour last night. Well done richard, winning matches should be a breeze after this. And well done his fans i think we deserve a cheer for being a loyal bunch
:yeah: Come on, Richard, throw us a party. :lol:

Keijan
12-18-2009, 08:23 AM
There was just one thing I didn't like, when Lagardère says "I wanted to say also, since this is the first time that I'm with Richard on the same show, that I never slept with him" and in the confusion that ensues, Richard says "to be catalogued homosexual at 23, that's really hard." Which is borderline homophobic, let's be honest, he's lucky it wasn't registred louder, even if one of the interviewer did hear him since he went on to say something like "no need to make a fuss about it, it's not an insult and it's over." Then later in the show, when Denisot makes a mistake, Lagardère says "une gaffe partout" and I don't know how to translate that but basically "fifteen all", as meaning Richard made a mistake earlier, and I think he's hitting to this one. So that was the only problem I got.


What did he say at around 1.38 when everyone started laughing?

At what does Lagardère say exactly about "certain crétins" at 6.50?


Well Lagardère starts to mention the people who were supportive of Richard -Federer and Nadal, which I find super weird, as I never heard Federer being massively supportive, Santoro on the other hand, was. But anyway, he moves on on talking about "certains crétins" (a few dull people ?) who will "recognise themselves, but oh wait, they won't recognise themselves as it's the very definition of dull people", and that's where everyone laughs. Then he says that those stupid people just "followed the flow" by bashing Richard at the time, because it was cool to do so. He doesn't give any names but we all can think of a few ;)


edit : I can watch it again. So at 1:38, the interviewer [Michel Denisot] says "so the story is that you need to be cautious in Miami ? That's what you'll remember from all this", and he goes "yeah, the TAS said..." then gets cut by Denisot "you'll stop kissing just anyone...", Richard tries to say "I just couldn't imagine being tested positive just from a kiss". Another one says "you'll shake hands next time", and Richie says "I don't go out you know, I don't go out that much..." Keep in mind that this emission is made by people who think they are very funny and clever when they basically are not, as you can see with all the stupid jokes they make related with the coke (positive year, you were "whited", the lines, etc). :p



My fav moment from the video is when they ask him about Agassi, they're all like, (obviously talking about the drugs) : "it's so terrible, such an awesome champion, it must have been such a shock amongst the players, what do you think ?" and he goes "yeah, we totally didn't expect the wig" :rolls::rolls::rolls: I missed that sharped humor.

Keijan
12-18-2009, 08:32 AM
Btw,


Vous avez pu compter sur des soutiens dans le milieu ?

R.G. : Je peux citer Santoro, Forget et Nadal. Tous les trois m'ont fait plaisir car j'étais mal et cela fait du bien d'avoir du soutien. Là, j'ai vu que Gael (Monfils) et d'autres m'ont laissé un message. Je vais essayer de les rappeler.

(from eurosport.fr)

"Did you have support from the tour ?
I can cite Santoro, Forget and Nadal (no Fed...) The three of them were cheering me up because I was so down and having support was necessary. I just saw that Gael Monfils and a few others left me a message. I'm going to call them back."

Puschkin
12-18-2009, 08:58 AM
Which is borderline homophobic, let's be honest, he's lucky it wasn't registred louder.
I only got the "insult" after listening three times. It is so hard to follow for a foreigenr when all people talk at the same time. In his defence (I am always good at that :p) he might have wanted to stress the absurdity of it, without noting that he was on dangerous grounds.

I never heard Federer being massively supportive, Santoro on the other hand, was.
I agree. Roger just hid behind some diplomatic blablabla, while Rafa and Fabrice really stuck their head out on this. Full credit to both.

edit : I can watch it again. So at 1:38, the interviewer [Michel Denisot] says "so the story is that you need to be cautious in Miami ? That's what you'll remember from all this", and he goes "yeah, the TAS said..." then gets cut by Denisot "you'll stop kissing just anyone...", Richard tries to say "I just couldn't imagine being tested positive just from a kiss". Another one says "you'll shake hands next time", and Richie says "I don't go out you know, I don't go out that much..."
Thanks a lot.

Keijan
12-18-2009, 09:06 AM
I only got the "insult" after listening three times. It is so hard to follow for a foreigenr when all people talk at the same time. In his defence (I am always good at that ) he might have wanted to stress the absurdity of it, without noting that he was on dangerous grounds.


(I edited my post to explain more about it, I don't know if you saw.)
Yeah that's why I say it's borderline, and what I'm afraid of is people using this line against him later. He shouldn't have said "that's really hard", better to say "it was so absurd". Even if I don't doubt it was hard, because he probably got jokes or looks about it in the locker room, judging as he evolves in a male-only environment and moreover of a sport one where the views about homosexuality especially masculine are so retrogrades and medievals. I just hope a sorry sentence like this won't get him in trouble after. But that's talking to the medias, and Richard never was very at ease about it, unlike Lagardère, that's not a secret...


You're welcome for the translation, I enjoy doing it anyway :) If you need something else, I have time today :p

reggie1
12-18-2009, 09:11 AM
I think Richard's reaction regarding the whole gay thing is quite typical of an early 20's young man who is not that comfortable in his own skin. I'm sure he's not homophobic (he always strikes me as a laid back and tolerant type) but he probably just wanted to distance himself from the rumour as much as possible and thought, "this is a good opportunity". I do think an older and more confident man would just laugh the whole thing off. I do feel for him though as he must have had a tough time in the locker room. Mind you, that will probably be the next "incident", Gasquet offends the gay community! :lol:

reggie1
12-18-2009, 09:12 AM
Thanks Marion, I just read your post just as mine appeared. Great minds think alike :lol:

Puschkin
12-18-2009, 09:25 AM
I do think an older and more confident man would just laugh the whole thing off.
Like Lagardère who brought the topic up, without even being asked about it. ;)

Keijan
12-18-2009, 09:34 AM
:lol: We're definitely saying the same thing, even if you say it better :)

Mind you, that will probably be the next "incident", Gasquet offends the gay community!

Hahahahaha, the poor boy will never see the end of all that. He doesn't have to do anything, the problems will always find him, whether he's going out to party at night or texting a friend during DC or suffering from the throat before the uso :lol: But I certainly hope that whatever deamon of bad luck was satisfied enough this time and he can start to enjoy fully his long, beautiful and successful carreer :)


Like Lagardère who brought the topic up, without even being asked about it.

He definitely lost a good occasion to shut up !

reggie1
12-18-2009, 09:58 AM
Marion or Margareta, what do the interviewers say to him about his time in America, I had trouble understanding it, was it a bit embarrassing as I thought he looked awkward and embarrassed, especially when they showed the pics of him with the cheerleaders?

Keijan
12-18-2009, 10:35 AM
They don't mention the cheerleaders stuff, but it was kind of rude to show them like that while he's talking imo... then again, you can't expect much cleverness from those people.
I don't think they say much more than what I was saying earlier : about being careful in kissing random people, etc. My guess is that he's embarrassed because they're making fun at him.

duong
12-18-2009, 11:31 AM
There was just one thing I didn't like, when Lagardère says "I wanted to say also, since this is the first time that I'm with Richard on the same show, that I never slept with him" and in the confusion that ensues, Richard says "to be catalogued homosexual at 23, that's really hard." Which is borderline homophobic, let's be honest, he's lucky it wasn't registred louder, even if one of the interviewer did hear him since he went on to say something like "no need to make a fuss about it, it's not an insult and it's over."

Well I know the times when we live, where everything is interpreted in wide extents, and you really HAVE to stay very politically correct always in public conditions,

but let's be honest : imagine that you're heterosexual and people speak about your being homosexual, it's unpleasant, like anything when you're denied in your own identity actually, and also of course because people make bad jokes, you know, quite stupid ones, which are indeed homophobic, more than these Gasquet's words.

Plus Reggie said something correct about Gasquet's personality.

It's also true that I wonder how "conservative" is Gasquet's personality, as I read in an article posted by Truc, that Gasquet votes Sarkozy and "agrees with most he says".

But anyway, I don't think these words should be interpreted in this way : I think this situation is hard for ANY heterosexual, even (but less) for those who have many homosexual friends ... mostly because of bad jokes, also because it's unpleasant being denied in one's identity.



edit : I can watch it again. So at 1:38, the interviewer [Michel Denisot] says "so the story is that you need to be cautious in Miami ? That's what you'll remember from all this", and he goes "yeah, the TAS said..."

maybe he wanted to speak about what the first tribunal had said (not the TAS), that the "Winter festival" where this Sinclar's performance was held, was "notorious" to be a place where there's some drug

... which is something which, by the way, Sinclar strongly denied, very angry against Gasquet for what he and his defenders were supposed to have said about that ... whereas it was not them, but the first tribunal who accused this festival actually (but it's like everything in the media : you have to be very attentive at any word you say to stay very politically correct ... but in the meantime people always transform the words which you say :rolleyes: )

Also in this forum an American once said something like "oh you know it's Miami there's a lot of drug in Miami, he should know that"

Probably the TV animators wanted to point out that "Miami vice" image ... supposing to be funny with some rude prejudice, which is precisely the purpose of this program as Keijan said.

Probably Gasquet wanted to say that he didn't know about that :shrug: (actually even some Americans disagreed about what the latter American had said) ... to defend against that accusation/reputation.


then gets cut by Denisot "you'll stop kissing just anyone..."

actually that's an important law conclusion from this last trial : the jury says that if a player doesn't know that his "lover" is a cocain user, he cannot be accused of any negligence.


Richard tries to say "I just couldn't imagine being tested positive just from a kiss".

actually the jury also says that they didn't know it was possible ... before what the experts said, the experts from the player, but also the experts of the ITF and the AMA actually : everyone agreed about that, but it was not well-known before.


Another one says "you'll shake hands next time", and Richie says "I don't go out you know, I don't go out that much..." Keep in mind that this emission is made by people who think they are very funny and clever when they basically are not, as you can see with all the stupid jokes they make related with the coke (positive year, you were "whited", the lines, etc). :p

yes precisely ... although some are probably more realistic about what they say being clever or not ... but they just play the game :lol:

Keijan
12-18-2009, 12:16 PM
But anyway, I don't think these words should be interpreted in this way : I think this situation is hard for ANY heterosexual, even (but less) for those who have many homosexual friends ... mostly because of bad jokes, also because it's unpleasant being denied in one's identity.

If you look carefully this is exactly what I said in a latter post :

what I'm afraid of is people using this line against him later. He shouldn't have said "that's really hard", better to say "it was so absurd". Even if I don't doubt it was hard, because he probably got jokes or looks about it in the locker room, judging as he evolves in a male-only environment and moreover of a sport one where the views about homosexuality especially masculine are so retrogrades and medievals. I just hope a sorry sentence like this won't get him in trouble after.


So we agree :) I do not think Richie is homophobic. But as you said, it's unpleasant when someone calls you what you're not -besides he's probably not very familiar with the thought, but I might be second guessing him too much here. But yeah the mediatic game might turn this kind of things against him one day if he's not more careful.


although some are probably more realistic about what they say being clever or not ... but they just play the game
Yeah and that is what I loathe about this emission and medias in general : you need to play a game at all times.

reggie1
12-18-2009, 12:29 PM
Is this not a very well respected show? It just highlights how big tennis is in France. If this had happened to Andy Murray, there certainly wouldn't have been much if any tv coverage of it I don't think. It seemed to me like the programme were trying to make Richard seem like he was promiscuous and oh what a silly and naughty boy he was. Unfair in my opinion as no matter what, he didn't deserve all of this. And he IS single.

Keijan
12-18-2009, 12:42 PM
No, there wouldn't have been any tv coverage if not for this show. They are just so eager to get their hands on any information before everyone else and get to talk of all the hot subjects before the others it's getting pretty ridiculous. They were the first French show to whom Obama gave an interview and we would never hear the end of it, they were gloating about it for weeks after it happened, while everyone was like, good for you but we don't caaaare....

Getting Gasquet to do an interview with them 3 hours after the judgement was released was just a way to tell everyone, look at us, how reactive and fast we are. I don't think they really give a damn about tennis. They got Gael and Jo last year, and Agassi last week, because it was cool to be the firsts to get the French stars then the "hot subject". Gilles was supposed to be on the show but three consecutive times he got canceled so that a "hotter subject" could take his place, that just shows he's not charismatic enough for their liking.

That's a pretty pathetic alternative to traditional journalism if you want my opinion. Richard played along because it was a good opportunity for him to speak publicly, but I don't think he enjoyed that much all those sneaky remarks and stupid jokes they made, thinking to be funny and clever.


By the way, Marco Fogiel (another kind of :ras: journalist) interviewed him this morning on the Europe 1 radio, but the podcast is not up yet on the website. Still it seems he said interesting stuff, if anyone wants to read in french : http://www.welovetennis.fr/atp/18307-gfq

Puschkin
12-18-2009, 01:07 PM
if anyone wants to read in french : http://www.welovetennis.fr/atp/18307-gfq

Merci!:worship:

La prochaine fois sur Europe1, c'est pour une victoire ?
Exactement !

A Roland Garros ?
Exactement !

Next time on Europe1, it will be for a victory?
Exactly!

In Roland Garros?
Exactly!

:lol: Ok, get ready folks, he promised us to win Roland Garros, well not exactly!;)

reggie1
12-18-2009, 01:18 PM
Oh dear that will be something else they'll rip into him for :lol:
Thanks Marion for clarifying.

Puschkin
12-18-2009, 01:20 PM
Oh dear that will be something else they'll rip into him for :lol:

Or he will rip them. Since yesterday, I am big-mouthed again. ;)

duong
12-18-2009, 01:25 PM
Is this not a very well respected show?

it's an important show, yes : prime-time, not the main channel but watched a lot, yes.

"very well respected" I wouldn't say that :lol: , since the word "respected" doesn't fit this program in my opinion (even though it's not a "trash" program, rather a kind of "talk show" like Letterman or something but also with funnier parts ...), but yet, yes you're right it's quite remarkable for a tennis-player to go there.

Actually, after the first judgment, in the evening, it was even better : Gasquet was interviewed during the news program of one of the two main channels (France 2 if I remember ;) ).

As for yesterday evening, actually what happened from what I know is that Lagardere had been invited for quite a long time (and I don't think they knew that Gasquet's decision would be given yesterday ;) ), and of course they took the opportunity about Richard, who is one of the main "prospects" of Lagardere in sports.

Lagardere of course has a lot of power in the media in France, and until recently he was even an owner of a quite important share of this TV channel ;)

When someone like him wants to make his publicity on this channel, he probably gets it quite easily ;) ... and then they took the opportunity of the decision about Gasquet which was in perfect timing :lol:

As for the other French players, this TV channel (Canal+) had also made a program about them ("les mousquetaires" ) as you now from Truc's posts.

duong
12-18-2009, 01:48 PM
Another word : there is this part in the interview :

Qu'est-ce qui va rester de tout ça, faire plus gaffe ?
Je faisais déjà gaffe. D'ailleurs le tribunal a mentionné que même avec la plus grande prudence je ne pouvais pas m'attendre à être contaminé de la sorte.

"What will there be left about that, be more careful ?
I was already careful. Actually the tribunal said that even with the utmost care, I couldn't expect being contaminated this way"

I guess I had already mentioned that in a previous post.

But this morning, I also read Gachassin's interview, the director of the French federation, and I was very angry about him :

«Pour la Fédération française, c'est un vrai soulagement et pour Richard aussi je suppose. Le TAS a reconnu qu'il n'y avait aucune intention de dopage de sa part. Notre ami s'est montré imprudent. J'espère que cela va lui permettre de gagner en maturité. Il va maintenant montrer qu'il est le plus fort. Comme je suis juriste (huissier), j'ai craint qu'ils lui mettent un an (de suspension) car la première sanction de deux mois et demi ne respectait pas les règles qui disaient au miminum un an et au maximum deux ans. Cela aurait été catastrophique pour sa carrière. Je pense qu'il va en sortir plus fort. Je vais lui dire de se battre.»

He says "Our friend has been careless ... As I'm a lawyer (bailiff), I feared that they would give one year as the first sanction of 2 months and a half didn't respect the rules saying that it was a minimum 1 year and a maximum 2 years."

I was very angry :

1. because how the hell has he been careless ? because he went to a nightclub and kisses a woman ? that's a moral point of view, but nothing related with that control. Actually, the tribunal yesterday said exactly the opposite.

2. he presents himself as an "honorable lawyer" (a bailiff :rolleyes: ) and pretends knowing better than the first tribunal what is the law : actually the first tribunal had given legal explanations about that decision about the duration. It was actually possible to give less than one year if it was a non-significant negligence.

To be honest, I've never liked Gachassin, for instance the way he behaved about the moment when someone went on court during RG's final was ridiculous. And his words after the match even more (his concern should have been about the quality of the security staff in RG :rolleyes: ). From what I saw from him so far, he looks like one of those "cocks" we can often see in sports associations, who are very proud of their position and power, and think they have more abilities than they actually have.

Here again I also had quite the same impression :rolleyes:

The only way I can understand that is that he wants to put pressure on Gasquet for the future, I can understand, but his words were notably irrelevant, out of context.

duong
12-18-2009, 02:58 PM
According to an interview in "Le Parisien", Gasquet thinks he will have a new coach around march-april but he doesn't know at all who it would be. He said that they had started contacts, notably the Spanish coach Perlas, but tehy did not go far as everybody waited for the CAS's decision :

http://www.welovetennis.fr/richard-gasquet/18308-nouvel-entraineur-prochainement

ImmzB
12-18-2009, 03:46 PM
"My goal is to make it back into the top 10."

~*BGT*~
12-18-2009, 06:04 PM
My fav moment from the video is when they ask him about Agassi, they're all like, (obviously talking about the drugs) : "it's so terrible, such an awesome champion, it must have been such a shock amongst the players, what do you think ?" and he goes "yeah, we totally didn't expect the wig" :rolls::rolls::rolls: I missed that sharped humor.

:rolls: I love how much his personality comes out when he's speaking French :)

~*BGT*~
12-19-2009, 02:15 AM
Richard is in the SF. Vote for him here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=155293) :bounce:

Tess Gray
12-19-2009, 08:45 AM
Voted;)

I havent really had the time to post here yet but... :woohoo:
I'm so excited! Hopefully he can put all this behind him and start winning again:yeah:

Allez :bounce:

EDIT: that interview is great:) He looks good.

reggie1
12-19-2009, 10:03 AM
I think although we've all been checking the thread, there's been nothing really to talk about, except doom and gloom, it's so nice to see the threads buzzing again.

acd692
12-19-2009, 09:51 PM
"My goal is to make it back into the top 10."

that's my biggest wish!:D

Cloudygirl
12-19-2009, 09:57 PM
I think sod that Richard shouldn't be bothered about winning Roland and Wimby or getting in the top 10. His primary aim should be to woo back Richie21 as a fan;)

Gasquetno.1
12-19-2009, 10:03 PM
I think sod that Richard shouldn't be bothered about winning Roland and Wimby or getting in the top 10. His primary aim should be to woo back Richie21 as a fan;)

Haha that would be nice, finally Richie21 saying nice things about him !

~*BGT*~
12-20-2009, 12:29 AM
Voted;)

I havent really had the time to post here yet but... :woohoo:
I'm so excited! Hopefully he can put all this behind him and start winning again:yeah:

Allez :bounce:

EDIT: that interview is great:) He looks good.

I find it amazing the even with everything he's been through, Richie is still insanely popular. He's got more votes in his group than Nadal, del Potro, Nalbandian and even Tsonga! :eek:

Tess Gray
12-20-2009, 04:03 PM
I know! And I love how Ernests is second:rolls:

:topic: Oh and thanks so much for nominating me;) I am honored! But I don't really don't do these kinds of things. I will totally vote for you though. Bad Romance vid here we come!:D:p

~*BGT*~
12-21-2009, 05:42 AM
Tessa! You're prettier than almost all the girls entered :awww: i wish you'd reconsider, but I understand :hug: And yes, I hope I do get the chance to post my vid :lol:

reggie1
12-21-2009, 01:26 PM
What are we all meant to be voting for? Is it an MTF beauty contest?

~*BGT*~
12-21-2009, 04:02 PM
Basically, yes :lol: Jenn (sunnysmydelight) and I are in the competition :)

reggie1
12-21-2009, 09:37 PM
Blimey, although you two are both really pretty, you're still brave. There's some quite vicious people on GM.

~*BGT*~
12-22-2009, 12:55 AM
Oh trust me, this competition is going to be heavily monitored and watched. People will be getting banned if they insult us. Also, all the girls have a man of trust... someone to look out for them. I chose someone who is logged-in all the time. Johnny Blaze. He's also hot as hell :lick:

~*BGT*~
12-22-2009, 01:06 AM
Tessa, if you're worried about posting your pics in Non-Tennis, I understand. But if you're worried about being harassed or made fun of... know this: IT WILL NOT HAPPEN!!! No one is letting anyone do that. If they do, they will be automatically banned. No discussion. You can also appoint a "man of honor" to protect you while you are away. Dave would be perfect because he is in Australia, so he'll be logged-on when you're not, and you guys are already good friends. :D Please say you'll reconsider Tessa :hug:

Davodus
12-22-2009, 06:52 AM
I tried to convince her to do it ;) Maybe I'll try again today...

Puschkin
12-22-2009, 09:07 AM
Richard Gasquet: "J'avais pris presque 10 kilos"

Invité par Vincent Moscato sur RMC il y a quelques jours, Richard Gasquet a fait quelques révélations sur la difficile période qu'il a vécue à la suite de son contrôle positif à la cocaïne subi en mars dernier.

"J'avais pris 9-10 kilos quand même. Je me rappelle que je buvais beaucoup de Coca. Mais maintenant ça va, j'ai repris l'entraînement à fond pour l'année prochaine. Je sais que je reviendrai dans les 20 premiers dans la saison."

http://www.welovetennis.fr/richard-gasquet/18414-j-avais-pris-presque-10-kilos

WLT at their best again. Never short of a little gossip. :o Anyway, the 10 additional kilos seem to have gone again. ;) I can't find the interview though.

duong
12-22-2009, 09:54 AM
WLT at their best again. Never short of a little gossip. :o Anyway, the 10 additional kilos seem to have gone again. ;) I can't find the interview though.

:topic: Recently I've seen that they've been very nice with Gasquet, maybe the nicest or fairest of all, comparing to L'Equipe especially.

Clearly a reaction to what happened in the first half of the year, which cost them actually, as some of the posters (among whom Patricia and I) left partly (mainly for me) because of their extremely aggressive attitude to Gasquet ... and it may also have cost them in their relations with the "French tennis community".

Here they post an information : they are in their (good) role :shrug:

But they have posted the tribunal's deliberation in detail and without their own interpretation, which is not the usual attitude which French journalists have had :worship: , who usually were unable to understand the case, as were many forumers actually ;)

Puschkin
12-22-2009, 11:21 AM
:topic: Recently I've seen that they've been very nice with Gasquet, maybe the nicest or fairest of all, comparing to L'Equipe especially.
:topic: yep, that is true. They did much better recently. But they have a long way to go to get my forgiveness. I'll never forget their scandalous behaviour after Roland Garros 2008.

~*BGT*~
12-22-2009, 02:10 PM
What is 10 kg? About 6 pounds?

Davodus
12-22-2009, 03:04 PM
^^ about 22 pounds ;)

~*BGT*~
12-22-2009, 04:59 PM
I couldn't remember if 1 kg = 2.2 pounds or 1 pound = 2.2 kg. I guess it's the first. :lol: I need to do what you're doing Rich :lol:

reggie1
12-22-2009, 05:32 PM
Wow, that's a huge amount of weight and he was quite slight before really. I know we have all joked about his belly but he has never been big, he has quite a small frame really. What does he say about cocoa/chocolate?

Cloudygirl
12-22-2009, 06:08 PM
Vicky, I think he says he drank lots of coke. buvais = drank

I think he's been looking skinnier if anything lately so let us know your diet secrets Richie because you seem to have lost it quickly. Maybe that's why he didn't play Montreal or Cincy because he was nursing a Nalby belly.

Lemon Custard
12-22-2009, 09:17 PM
I couldn't remember if 1 kg = 2.2 pounds or 1 pound = 2.2 kg. I guess it's the first. :lol: I need to do what you're doing Rich :lol:

Yeah.. it's the first, because then people can go on the Biggest Loser and say, "I lost 10 pounds!!" and it sounds like a lot, but it's not really... :lol:

reggie1
12-23-2009, 09:18 AM
Oh thanks T, I read it too quickly (didn't understand hardly any of it) and read coca as cocoa and thought he'd been eating chocolate!

Puschkin
12-23-2009, 09:29 AM
Yeah.. it's the first, because then people can go on the Biggest Loser and say, "I lost 10 pounds!!" and it sounds like a lot, but it's not really... :lol:
He said in French 10 kilos. But I doubt it that he meant it literally, I rewatched the video from after the first ITF-court decision from July and I can't see 10 additional kilos. He may well have gained some , but I think it was more a description that he felt heavy and out of shape, which was certainly true.

Cloudygirl
12-28-2009, 04:33 PM
Bonjour à tous,
A nouveau, mon entourage et moi-même tenons à vous remercier pour votre fidélité et vos nombreux messages d’encouragement.
Aussi, nous avons été impressionnés par la qualité technique de certaines de vos contributions sur le forum.

Mes meilleurs vœux pour 2010. Je vous donne rendez-vous pour cette nouvelle saison !

Richard.

Just seen this message on Richard's website.

Gretchen.
12-28-2009, 05:05 PM
:awww: How sweet.

I wish he wrote a blog or something.

Lemon Custard
12-29-2009, 01:10 AM
:awww: How sweet.

I wish he wrote a blog or something.

Indeed!! It'd certainly encourage me to keep working on my French... :lol:

Cloudygirl
12-29-2009, 11:05 AM
I had a really freaky dream last night where Richard was playing a match against Gulbis. Except he didn't look like Richard he looked like one of my heads of department at my old work. And he was playing with a weird silver dunlop racket that was really really thin. Does that dream mean I'm getting tennis withdrawal or that I'm a little crazy. I'm not sure but I'm going with the tennis withdrawal. Roll on next week.

Davodus
12-29-2009, 12:43 PM
maybe a bit of both? ;)

EDIT: haha, I wasn't trying to be rude :angel:

PinkFeatherBoa
12-30-2009, 01:17 AM
That statement makes me want to hug him again. Can it be 2010 already please?!

Gasquet maniac
12-30-2009, 03:49 AM
It is the first one, mate...Me here need to gain more weight...I am 18 with 60 kg and height of 184 cm...~~~~~~~~

Cloudygirl
01-27-2010, 10:35 PM
Sorry I refuse to taint 2010 threads with this but I just saw this and it pissed me off royally

Richard Gasquet, who recently made it to the Wimbledon semifinals has just tested positive for cocaine. He says he was contaminated with the drug when he kissed a woman who was using it. Right. Unless the woman was covered in an inch thick layer of coke, or unless Gasquet drank about a pint of her heavily intoxicated saliva, we all know that's a lie. I'm pretty sure the committee now deliberating will come to the same conclusion.


did I miss something or is this guy a complete moron

Lemon Custard
01-27-2010, 11:20 PM
A complete EXAGGERATING moron. Yeah. Seriously, I can't wait until this is all over with. Honestly, if it's not one thing, it's another. I think the only way to stop this is to win a grand slam or something.

Jozie
01-28-2010, 05:16 AM
Sorry I refuse to taint 2010 threads with this but I just saw this and it pissed me off royally




http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201001/crystal-meth-and-cocaine-agassi-and-gasquet-the-reality-drug-use-in-

did I miss something or is this guy a complete moron

I saw the same article, and was tempted to respond to the idiot. I may still do this. What an ignorant twat. :o

Davodus
01-28-2010, 07:25 AM
What an absolute wanker. He needs to go shit in his shoes.

Lemon Custard
01-29-2010, 05:13 AM
What an absolute wanker. He needs to go shit in his shoes.

Now that's an interesting expression! I share those sentiments though!!!

icecastle
01-29-2010, 06:00 AM
:awww: How sweet.

I wish he wrote a blog or something.

a blog would be nice. :)

icecastle
01-29-2010, 06:07 AM
I saw the same article, and was tempted to respond to the idiot. I may still do this. What an ignorant twat. :o

Cant help myself so I responded. I wonder how he got accepted in UCLA.

Jozie
01-29-2010, 08:26 AM
Cant help myself so I responded. I wonder how he got accepted in UCLA.

:wavey: I responded after you too. Does this guy think we are Morons?

Just told him that using Gasquet as a case in point was distasteful......

case
01-30-2010, 03:30 AM
Cant help myself so I responded. I wonder how he got accepted in UCLA.

:haha: i couldnt help my self either. the guy was just begging to be told he was a fool. of course dumb me misspelled a couple of words including misspelling:rolleyes:
how did that jerk get to write an article in the first place?
I bet he is a condescending creep in person too.