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Early Hardcourt Season 2010

soulage
01-30-2010, 02:07 PM
Gael entered Johannesburg, Rotterdam and Marseille on hardcourt during this european winter. The draw of Jo'burg is out and it's a tournament for him if he's not injured http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/5012/mds.pdf

Truc
01-30-2010, 03:14 PM
I'm more afraid he might be in tanking mood again.
He better not, I'm still not over his tank job in Brisbane.

Gael MONFILS [1] vs Dominik HRBATY
Harel LEVY vs Josselin OUANNA
Ravel KLAASEn [WC] vs David GUEZ
Jarkko NIEMINEN vs Yen-Hsun LU [7]

Feliciano LOPEZ [3] vs Qualifier
Blaz KAVCIC vs Thierry ASCIONE
Qualifier vs Bjorn PHAU
Rik DE VOEST [WC] vs Rajeev RAM [5]

Stephane ROBERT [8] vs Brendan EVANS
Izak VAN DER MERWE [WC] vs Qualifier
Steve DARCIS vs Laurent RECOUDERC
Dustin BROWN vs Marco CHIUDINELLI [4]

Xavier MALISSE [6] vs Somdev DEVVARMAN
Thiago ALVES vs Oleksandr DOLGOPOLOV JR
Qualifier vs Ivan NAVARRO
Karol BECK vs David FERRER [2]

Tess Gray
01-30-2010, 10:43 PM
I don't really see a reason why he should be tanking. (Plus I'm pretty sure Roger is not having any of it again:lol: )

Gael vs Josselin would be nice :dance:

Truc
01-31-2010, 09:01 AM
Sure, he has no reason to tank, a unique chance to get 250 cheap points and then he doesn't need to bother with those events for a while.
But he's made a really lame effort in so many events lately, even in bigger tournaments like Shanghai or Valencia, I'm always afraid he might tank. ^^

I read Nieminen is out, but I'm not sure if it's true.
Gaël just arrived in J'burg and already gave a press conference according to his Twitter, I'm curious about the new hairstyle.

shadows
01-31-2010, 01:15 PM
I'd like to see Gael step it up in these events a lot more this year; for one thing winning is a good habit to be in, for another the knowledge that he does lose against lesser opposition just doesn't strike any fear into opponents he faces in bigger tournaments :(

Truc
01-31-2010, 06:49 PM
Monfils to entertain at SA Open

Gael Monfils, "The Great Entertainer" is here to entertain, but the colourful, charismatic Frenchman also made it clear on Sunday after his arrival in Johannesburg for the South African Open that he means business.

The R3,75-million tournament's top seed at the Montecasino event which gets underway on Monday and the 12th-ranked world tennis player said under new coach Roger Rasheed he was employing a more professional approach, concentrating on planning his matches and employing a greater degree of tact and tenacity.

"Everyone keeps telling me I have the talent to win a grand slam tournament," added the 23-year-old Frenchman, "but that I need to show more resolve and resillience on the court. Well now I've started to try and achieve this under Roger's tough training."

The imposing, 6ft 4in Monfils, nevertheless, said he had no intention of abandoning his inherant spectacular and emotional showmanship.

"That is me," he added, "and I'm not going to change what comes naturally."

Although Monfils said Rasheed had not accompanied him to South Africa because of "personal problems", the rest of his support team was here and he was geared to vie for the R600 000 winner's prize at Montecasino and what would be surprisingly for a player of his talent only his third ATP title.

The obvious favourite for appeal and ability in the South African Open, Monfils opens his programme with a first-round game against seasoned Slovakian Dominik Hrabaty, who coincidentally also reached 12th as a best world ranking - but that was a matter of six years ago.

"It's a tough opening game," said Monfils about a match the tournament organisers have provisionally planned for Tuesday night, "But it it is a good test for me to settle down and find my feet in high altitude conditions."

(...) In between the business of improving his world ranking at Montecasino, the engaging Monfils said he would like to pursue his passion for soccer by viewing the imposing World Cup Stadium at Soccer City.

As for the controversial Thierry Henry handball that earned France a place in the tournament hosted by South Africa in June and July at the expense of Ireland, Monfils said most Frenchman regarded it as "just one of those things" and an instinctive action.

"What was he to do?" asked Monfils, "gone to the referee and told him he had handballed. He might have been lynched in France had he done it." - Sapa
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=30&art_id=nw20100131151832555C149709&page_number=1

Puschkin
02-02-2010, 07:23 PM
solid start in Johannesburg! :yeah:

Truc
02-02-2010, 07:44 PM
:cool:
I could hardly follow the match with the livestream.

Top seed Gael Monfils lost the toss and first two games before unleashing his service power to crush Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-1 and reach the second round of the South African Open on Tuesday.
The 23-year Frenchman ranked 13 in the world was clearly stung by the early form of the veteran Slovak and lost just one of the remaining 13 games at the Montecasino entertainment centre in a leafy, upmarket northern suburb.
It was a floodlit match settled by serving with Monfils outstanding apart from an occasional double-fault blip while 32-year-old Hrbaty battled as his dream start swiftly transformed into a nightmare.
Long before the end of the first round tie the only issue was how long it would take Monfils to wrap up victory and the end came on 53 minutes and 36 seconds via a stinging first serve from the Switzerland-based Frenchman.
"I had a good game and hope to continue this form throughout the week as my ambition is to emulate compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and win the title," said Monfils.
"The altitude was not a big problem as I had two good days of practice and playing at night made it a little easier for me as there was less humidity," he added after a sweltering day in the South African financial capital.
Top seed Gael Monfils of France dispatched Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday to advance into the second round of the SA Tennis Open.
"I feel real good -- physically the shots were there and so was the head," said Monfils, who is ranked No. 12 in the world. "I was a bit worried about the altitude, playing so high above sea level, and I tightened my racket strings but it wasn't a problem.
"This is fast tennis because the ball travels faster at altitude. You come up to the net more. It's fun."
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1034921/1/.html
http://www.cbssports.com/tennis/story/12874739/monfils-routs-hrbaty-to-advance-in-south-africa-open

Truc
02-04-2010, 08:17 PM
6/4 7/5
This time I was able to watch and he was coming to the net and serve&volleying quite a lot in the 2nd set, it was fun. The start wasn't too bad either by his standards.

Lu now, they've never played before.

Puschkin
02-05-2010, 07:04 PM
Good Luck against wannabe-model.

MsTree
02-05-2010, 07:12 PM
6-1 6-4 :D Nice one Gael :)

Keijan
02-06-2010, 04:00 PM
Shocking tennis against LaLo, shocking attitude, shocking everything. Go take some holidays wherever you want, Gaël, and come back when you remember how to hit a bloody forehand.

real_995
02-06-2010, 05:09 PM
what a bad game for monfils especially with his return and we must stop there because no one i ever seen in my life return like this, he must talk with roger rasheed and roger must find fast solution because no way he can return like this in season.

i am sooooo angry from monfils :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

shadows
02-06-2010, 05:13 PM
stupid *facedesk*

soulage
02-06-2010, 06:43 PM
Apparently it was another black out from Gael :rolleyes: This kind of tournaments are for him.

Puschkin
02-07-2010, 09:13 AM
Shocking tennis against LaLo, shocking attitude, shocking everything. Go take some holidays wherever you want, Gaël, and come back when you remember how to hit a bloody forehand.

On GM they say an injury was involved. :(

real_995
02-09-2010, 06:13 PM
he will play tomorrow in 11:00 and monfils said in twitter he sick so expect early exit

Tess Gray
02-09-2010, 10:27 PM
We'll see how sick he is, hopefully not too sick. Allez Gael:yeah:

Puschkin
02-10-2010, 07:03 AM
We'll see how sick he is, hopefully not too sick. Allez Gael:yeah:
Are you there to watch him? :wavey:

soulage
02-10-2010, 04:52 PM
Last year he has already been sick in Rotterdam going to the bath during Nadal's match. Rotterdam doesn't suit him maybe lol

Truc
02-10-2010, 05:48 PM
His serve was a mess, 10 df!

But after what happened on Saturday :armed: :armed: :armed: , I'm nicely surprised by his fight since he isn't feeling well.

Truc
02-10-2010, 05:52 PM
Is Rasheed there, if you were in Rotterdam today, Tess?
The livestream started just after his match, we didn't see anything.

Tess Gray
02-10-2010, 09:42 PM
Are you there to watch him? :wavey:

Yep I was!

Is Rasheed there, if you were in Rotterdam today, Tess?
The livestream started just after his match, we didn't see anything.

He was there during practice on Tuesday, but I couldn't find him in the crowd today:shrug: I think I must have missed him, because I can't see why he wouldn't be there.

Truc
02-10-2010, 09:58 PM
Thanks! And how was the match then?

Tess Gray
02-10-2010, 10:27 PM
Match wasn't great, especially in the first set, very passive. He looked like he didn't have a lot of energy. After he lost the first set, he started waking up (maybe it was too early for Gael?:lol: ) He played more agressive and Rochus couldn't deal with it. The match wasn't great, but it was enough to get him through I guess :)

Truc
02-10-2010, 10:43 PM
Merci! Are you going tomorrow again? Or another day?

Tess Gray
02-10-2010, 10:51 PM
I went to the quallies during the weekend and I'm also going again on Friday. Unfortunately I can't go more because of school and work:sad: But 4 days is enough I guess:lol:

Puschkin
02-11-2010, 02:07 PM
Match wasn't great, especially in the first set, very passive.
Must have been much better today.:D

Tess Gray
02-12-2010, 12:47 PM
Must have been much better today.:D

I wan't there yesterday! :sad: I couldn't even watch it cause I had school. But I will be there tonight, so he better play good and win ;)

Tess Gray
02-12-2010, 06:55 PM
Omg you guys!! I'm here with a friend of
mine and we had like the worst seats!
All the way at the top. Here they have
this thing that they pick two people out
of the audience and they have to answer
a question. Whenn you answer the question
correct you get VIP trickets.
They picked us and
now we have like the best seats EVER.
At gael match omg!!

Sorry I'm just a little excited:woohoo:

Truc
02-12-2010, 07:31 PM
Wow, congrats! Was it a question about tennis?
You're doubly lucky, it's a great match so far.

MsTree
02-12-2010, 07:32 PM
Tess how fab!!! :D Lucky thing! :lol:
And he's waking up just in time! :)

amdany
02-12-2010, 08:46 PM
lucky you Tess!

MsTree
02-12-2010, 09:55 PM
Well it was an eventful match! Shame Gael didn't win it though! :(

Truc
02-13-2010, 11:11 AM
I hadn't read in GM yet, the thread about his match really is the proof one shouldn't give too much credit to MTF match threads to know what happened in a match. It was far from being a mug performance.
Too many ups and downs, sure, and Gaël's shot selection made me cringe more than once, but it was great to see him fight, try to mix up his game, go for his BH and put intensity into his shots after the abysmal efforts in Brisbane and J'burg.

Chamagne says in L'Equipe (http://www.gaelmonfils.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=236&p=5291#p5291) that there were a lot of positive things in this match and he's happy with Gaël's attitude against a guy who was playing well. Gaël's conclusion also is: "Well done, Micha!"

He's been complaining since the beginning of the week about the balls and says that's why he was hitting so many df, but I'm not sure about that. He's been definitely making more df since the beginning of the season, not just in Rotterdam imo.

I'm wondering why Rasheed wasn't there again, I didn't spot him against De Bakker either.

Tess Gray
02-14-2010, 05:58 PM
Maybe he decided to stay in Australia, after AO? :shrug: My friend says she saw him at practice, but maybe she was wrong. I can't imagine him being in Rotterdam, but not showing up for a QF.

Gael wrote on his twitter that he will be playing doubles with Paterne in Marseille :)

Truc
02-15-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks, it would make more sense indeed, I thought you had seen him yourself.

His draw in Marseille:
(8) BENNETEAU, Julien FRA - QUALIFIER
KUNITSYN, Igor RUS - SERRA, Florent FRA
CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA - SEPPI, Andreas ITA
BYE – (3) MONFILS, Gael FRA

(5) SIMON, Gilles FRA - ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
QUALIFIER - QUALIFIER
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL - ISTOMIN, Denis UZB
BYE – (2) TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA

5th attempt to eventually win a match in Marseille!
He plays tomorrow in doubles.

Tess Gray
02-15-2010, 09:27 PM
Just realized that I did say that I saw him myself, but yeah I didn't, sorry for the confusion ;)

5 time's a charm then Gael? Bonne chance :p!

Truc
02-17-2010, 08:01 AM
You didn't say that, it's just how it sounded. There's an article today in L'Equipe about the fact that Gaël pulled out of Acapulco for the Davis Cup and they say Rasheed is in Australia (they're still working together, Gaël called him to make his decision). I hope he's fine, it's been a while now.

Tess Gray
02-17-2010, 11:28 AM
It's also on yahoo.com now. Smart decision I think. :)

MARSEILLE, France, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Gael Monfils will not play in this month’s Acapulco tournament so he can rest before France’s Davis Cup first round tie against Germany in March.

“My coach and I have decided I should not go to Mexico even though I was a finalist there last year. I’ve played many games this year and need some rest,” Monfils told Reuters on Tuesday.

Tess Gray
02-17-2010, 09:35 PM
Gael is playing tomorrow at 18:45 CET against Seppi:)

Puschkin
02-18-2010, 09:14 AM
Gael is playing tomorrow at 18:45 CET against Seppi:)
Good luck to him. Seppi indoors shouldn't be a problem though. :)

MsTree
02-18-2010, 08:05 PM
It's another mental Gael match :lol:

Well, he got there in the end. :D

Truc
02-19-2010, 08:09 AM
It was such a terrible performance. :help:
He complains he is exhausted again. It was too hot, he had no energy, he could hear the comments of the people in the stands when he wasn't chasing down a ball, but he swears he couldn't run, etc. etc. He was trying to shorten the points, but he was missing so much, it was plain painful to watch.

The only highlight (together with the aces stats and a couple of points in the 3rd set tiebreak) was the interview just after the match, he apologized in a very cute way for having played so poorly, he kept saying that he was so lucky to go through playing like that and really wants to redeem himself today.

He says it's the reason why he pulled out of Acapulco too, he feels exhausted again.

simplet
02-19-2010, 12:23 PM
Maybe he should see a doctor or something, he seems to get tired like that a lot, and for apparently no reason?

I saw a bit of the match last night, and honestly if he really has to play like shit, I'd rather see him hit 200 km/h forehands into the stands and put volleys in the bottom of the net like he did yesterday, than what he used to do before. At least he looks like he's trying to do something. Plus he won the match in the end with a nice tiebreak.

soulage
02-19-2010, 07:18 PM
Maybe he should see a doctor or something, he seems to get tired like that a lot, and for apparently no reason?
Maybe a problem with his training session :confused: I watched the second set this evening and i was wondering whta he did before the match he looks so tired :confused: It's not a very good start this year maybe he waits the clay :angel:

Truc
02-19-2010, 07:22 PM
It's just his usual show, it's been like that since the beginning of the year.
I'm so sick of his histrionics.

soulage
02-19-2010, 07:27 PM
Yes maybe i don't watch so many of his matches this year but he plays more poorly than his usual days his stats against his second serve are ridiculous tonight :rolleyes: Well with Gael we know that a week he can be great and then plays like a normal top 50 but since 2010 has started he's not very exciting.

Truc
02-19-2010, 07:55 PM
I find hard to say anything about his game when he only puts effort into his acting performance (apart from last week, in Rotterdam he was playing normally and was beaten fair and square).
I was expecting him to lose to Julien even if he had tried tonight, I'm really not mad because of the result. But his effort was just so appalling again.

He has a serve issue, he hits a lot of df, that's all I can say about his tennis atm.

soulage
02-19-2010, 08:22 PM
he only puts effort into his acting performance
:lol: It's gael still tough to understand what's happen in his mind to know if he's really injured or if he's really tired. I hope Roger will be back for the US tournaments it could help.

Otennis
02-20-2010, 02:54 AM
Seriously watching Gael play is torch scotcher I am bailing out already at 23..can't tell what he needs to win matches and I doubt he knows!!

Truc
02-20-2010, 08:09 AM
Seriously watching Gael play is torch scotcher I am bailing out already at 23..can't tell what he needs to win matches and I doubt he knows!!What does that mean? It's not in my dictionary, I'm lost.

He said yesterday that Rasheed is feeling better and will be back in Indian Wells.

MsTree
02-20-2010, 10:00 AM
I think it might be a variation on torture :lol:
But then the beauty of Gael is to expect the unexpected, he's just as likely to suddenly start knocking seven bells out of his opponent as he is to lose interest!

He seemed to be playing to a lady in the crowd in his R2 match, maybe he was distracted :devil:

Truc
02-20-2010, 01:20 PM
It's funny you say that, I always have the feeling that the new gf sitting in the stands all the time explains for a big part his on court behaviour since the beginning of the year.

Thanks for the explanation.

Cloudygirl
02-20-2010, 01:21 PM
well if he lets that affect his game to this extent losing is what he deserves. I really thought he was being more professional at the end of last year.

Keijan
02-20-2010, 02:48 PM
I think we need to accept that Gaël is never going to behave like a normal player :lol: He's not a 18 yo up-and-comer anymore, and since he hasn't changed for a bit, he's not going to in the years he has left. Since the beginning he's been something of a free electron (?), not fitting in any category, surprising everyone by producing the best or the worst when less expected.

It's also part of his "charm", his tanks and childish way to act on the court at time and everything, even if it makes us crazy. But the day he stops having fun, he'll stop playing tennis. I mean, whatever works for him is fine with me. So I'm okay with his "let's be stupid" periods as long as he provides us with great stuff when needed. In Roland for example :) (or next week in DC :angel:)

Truc
02-20-2010, 02:50 PM
well if he lets that affect his game to this extent losing is what he deserves. I really thought he was being more professional at the end of last year.It's just my "theory", though, nobody else seems to think so (that's why I was so happy to see Lesley mention a lady).
The more common explanation is that Rasheed isn't there to make him work hard and to give him a dressing down when he acts like an idiot.
I think it's a mix of both.

Whatever the reason is, losing definitely is what he deserves atm, but it doesn't seem to bother him a lot. When you read his pressers after Johannesburg or here in Marseille, he makes it sound like he's pretty pleased with his effort! "Nothing to be ashamed of", "I gave my best effort", blablabla.

Truc
02-20-2010, 02:55 PM
I don't find it "charming" in any way.
I find his tanking absolutely unacceptable. People pay to watch that.

MsTree
02-20-2010, 03:05 PM
I've had the impression before with Gael that he's showing off to one person in the crowd but that match was the first time I was confident I had identified "the person" :lol: He was constantly looking up to where she was. It was quite sweet actually :lol:

edit - you're totally right Fran, it's not professional but it did make me smile :)

Keijan
02-20-2010, 03:12 PM
Mmm... but what would you prefer, a player who doesn't achieve anything but is regular all year and has a perfect attitude in all his matches, or a player who has high ups and very low downs but is likely to win something big ? I mean, it's the fact that he's so unpredictable and annoying at times that allows him to come out with a Bercy final or a Roland semi.

For myself I think it's not that bad that he tanks in Joburg or Marseille because those tournaments aren't that important for a player of his caliber. At the end of the careers there isn't much difference between the player who won 2 small tournaments and the one who won 6. You look at the grand slams. I don't mean it doesn't make me angry, and of course I want him to give his best in every tournaments and only lose when fighting, but he doesn't work like that.


-of course, the problem is for the people who pay to watch him tanking. Hey, I was dying watching him getting crushed by De Bakker in Maastricht :lol: I wanted to hit him on the head, alright. But I'm not even sure he does consciously.

Cloudygirl
02-20-2010, 05:18 PM
well it annoys the crap out of me (so goodness knows why I'm a fan of the inconsistent players), when players tank or just have a mental day I think hold on it's fans watching you that are paying for your career and your lifestyle and maybe you should consider that before just showing up for appearence fees.

Truc
03-10-2010, 08:04 AM
Roger FEDERER (SUI)/BYE
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs. Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG)
Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA) vs. Peter Luczak (AUS)
BYE/Marcos BAGHDATIS (CYP)

Tommy ROBREDO (ESP)/BYE
Sergiy STAKHOVSKY (UKR) vs. Wayne ODESNIK (USA)
Dudi SELA (ISR) vs. Jesse LEVINE (USA)
BYE/Radek STEPANEK (CZE)

Gael MONFILS (FRA)/BYE
Richard GASQUET (FRA) vs. Simon GREUL (GER)
QUALIFIER vs. David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
BYE/Jurgen MELZER (AUT)

Janko TIPSAREVIC (SRB)/BYE
Thiemo DE BAKKER (NED) vs. Marcos DANIEL (BRA)
QUALIFIER vs. Oscar HERNANDEZ (ESP)
BYE/Andy RODDICK (USA)

Bad draw, but IW always is practice time for Gaël anyway since he never wins a match here. I just hope his hand is fine, Rasheed is supposed to be back, finally.

Truc
03-11-2010, 10:20 AM
MONFILS, Gael (FRA)/SIMON, Gilles (FRA) - FERRER, David (ESP)/MONTANES, Albert (ESP)
Doubles tennis at its very best.

He says on Twitter that he had a good training day, so I guess the hand feels fine again. I think it's the left one anyway, he can always resort to his awesome one-handed BH in training.

julia_gu
03-11-2010, 10:32 AM
Allez~~~

Keijan
03-11-2010, 11:13 AM
Doubles tennis at its very best.


:rolls: oh, I want a stream of this match. Just for the laugh. (They really want to show how much they wanna be selected in DC, do they :p)

duong
03-11-2010, 11:49 AM
MONFILS, Gael (FRA)/SIMON, Gilles (FRA) - FERRER, David (ESP)/MONTANES, Albert (ESP)
Doubles tennis at its very best.

:haha: :haha:

Keijan
03-11-2010, 12:36 PM
The golden team indeed. Maybe they would be better off playing two matches each team on a half of the court, Gaël/Ferrer and Gilles/Montanes, and then add each team's points to get the final score :lol:

mindlight
03-11-2010, 12:47 PM
Let's hope Gael can make a good run in IW :)

Tess Gray
03-14-2010, 05:42 PM
Gael playing third match today! :yeah:

Puschkin
03-14-2010, 11:02 PM
6-1 in 26 minutes!

shadows
03-14-2010, 11:39 PM
*sigh*

Puschkin
03-14-2010, 11:48 PM
Gael lost his game completely and is throwing his raquet around in frustration.

shadows
03-14-2010, 11:59 PM
It's getting to the stage that I think I should just expect this. Maybe that way I wouldn't be so crushingly disappointed every time it happens.

Pathetic

Puschkin
03-15-2010, 12:21 AM
I think Davis Cup always takes out a lot of the players, not physically necessarily in Gael's case, but mentally.

Truc
03-15-2010, 12:37 AM
But he's been doing that for months now. Shameful performances week after week, DC or not DC.
Anyway, I'm over the stage shadows was talking about, I'm always ready for this kind of complete embarrassment.

Puschkin
03-15-2010, 12:50 AM
Anyway, I'm over the stage shadows was talking about, I'm always ready for this kind of complete embarrassment.
It was no embarassement, or not a complete one. Greul hang in after a dreadful first set and got better and better, kept being attacking though he had missed quite some volleys earlier on.

Truc
03-15-2010, 09:14 AM
His level of play definitely was an embarrassment.
I don't care about Greul, there's no excuse for Gaël's performance in the last two sets. He can't be giving his best effort and play like THAT.

Puschkin
03-15-2010, 09:40 AM
His level of play definitely was an embarrassment.
I don't care about Greul, there's no excuse for Gaël's performance in the last two sets. He can't be giving his best effort and play like THAT.

Seems as if I am more forgiving. ;)

Coming back to my DC theory. Ferrer, certainly one of the more competitive guys out there lost, too as did Cilic, Karlovic, etc. etc.

soulage
03-15-2010, 11:22 AM
Losing to Greul is not like losing to Blake :devil: Greul was finally the top player of german team :lol:
Clay season is coming we'll see if he's able to play his real game.

Keijan
03-15-2010, 02:46 PM
It's clear, they should have selected Greul for both singles and the double in DC, he already beat half the french team in two days :o
So a tournament to forget. I wanted to be angry at Gaël but his twitter is so heartbreaking, I just feel very sorry for him now :awww:

Tess Gray
03-15-2010, 04:12 PM
Didn't see it... maybe it's better that I didn't. :o Let's just forget this tournament :p

Truc
03-16-2010, 09:31 AM
In L'Equipe:
Monfils : « Je suis chaud contre moi »
Monfils s’est autodétruit dans les règles de l’art contre l’Allemand Greul, 58e. Le numéro 2 français menait 6-1, 1-0 break quand il choisit de faire l’exact contraire de ce qui marchait si bien. Il recula, laissa le terrain à Greul et se fit marcher dessus par cet attaquant aussi habile avant-hier que sa technique est moche. Après ce match foireux et foiré (1-6, 6-2, 6-3), Monfils était en colère. « Je suis à bout de nerfs. Je suis chaud contre moi. C’est un sale match, c’est nul de perdre comme ça. J’en ai plein le c… et je ne vais pas rester longtemps à vous parler. » En effet, il partit bien vite. Il rentra même à pied à son hôtel pour décompresser un peu. « Je n’avais jamais vu Gaël autant en colère contre lui après un match, disait hier son homme de confiance, Patrick Chamagne. Il n’a pas cherché la moindre excuse. Sa douleur à la main n’a rien à voir dans cette défaite. Il a juste déjoué. C’est incompréhensible qu’il ait changé de tactique alors qu’il tenait le match. On va rester ici quelques jours et travailler. »
He self-destructed in style against Greul. Up 6-1 *1-0, he decided to do the exact opposite of what was working so well, moved backwards and let Greul walk all over him. He was very angry after that big mess of a match: "I'm at the end of my tether. It was a crappy match, it sucks to lose like that. I'm pissed off and I won't stay long to talk with you." In fact, he left immediately and even walked back to the hotel to unwind a little bit. Chamagne: "I had never seen Gaël so angry at himself after a match. He didn't look for excuses. His pain in the hand has nothing to do with it. He just played in a completely wrong way. That change of tactics when he was in control of the match is beyond understanding. We're going to stay a few days here and work."

Cloudygirl
03-17-2010, 08:29 AM
We're going to stay a few days here and work."

well according to twitter he's in Vegas with his girlfriend now.

Truc
03-21-2010, 11:17 AM
Chamagne says in L'Equipe it wasn't just fun in LV, they also did a lot of condition training in the desert and they talked a lot with Roger. They're pleased he takes his defeats like a man now and doesn't start whining about some injury as soon as he loses (it's about time...), so Chamagne finds the reaction after the terrible Greul match positive in a sense - but they want him to recover a positive attitude on the court too because he didn't seem to enjoy himself at all in IW.

Tess Gray
03-22-2010, 10:53 PM
Draw for Miami is out!

Gael has a bye first round and in the second round he will be playing against either Gicguel or Schwank :) Possibly Querry third round and Djokovic in the 4th round.

Draw:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/403/mds.pdf

EDIT:
[6] RODDICK, Andy vs bye
ANDREEV, Igor vs QUALIFIER
HAJEK, Jan vs STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy
bye vs [32] BENNETEAU, Julien

[18] ROBREDO, Tommy vs bye
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri vs QUALIFIER
GREUL, Simon vs BECKER, Benjamin
bye vs [11] LJUBICIC, Ivan

[14] MONFILS, Gael vs bye
SCHWANK, Eduardo vs GICQUEL, Marc
[wc] ANCIC, Mario vs CHARDY, Jeremy
bye vs [21] QUERREY, Sam

[27] BELLUCCI, Thomaz vs bye
KRAJINOVIC, Filip vs BLAKE, James
ROCHUS, Olivier vs GASQUET, Richard
bye vs [2] DJOKOVIC, Novak
__________________

MsTree
03-23-2010, 09:41 PM
Is anyone following his Twitter? Loved his reply to Dylan about losing in the first round :devil:

Cloudygirl
03-23-2010, 10:04 PM
Yes his twitter is quite entertaining.

MsTree
03-23-2010, 10:45 PM
I only started following him in case he mentioned Gillou but now he's up there with Ed Leigh, Brian Cox, Tim Lovejoy and Calvin Harris as my fave tweeters :)

duong
03-24-2010, 12:42 AM
Monfils is out : reason wrist according to the new draw on ATP's website

real_995
03-24-2010, 12:02 PM
goodbay clay season again

Truc
03-24-2010, 04:43 PM
I only started following him in case he mentioned Gillou but now he's up there with Ed Leigh, Brian Cox, Tim Lovejoy and Calvin Harris as my fave tweeters :)I'm glad he tells about every single move he makes so I can catch bits of relevant information sometimes, but what makes it interesting to you? What do you find entertaining?

MsTree
03-24-2010, 11:18 PM
Mostly I think it's the way he talks to twitter as if he's texting a friend. "Morning twitter..."
Apart from a bit of harmless light stalking, my favourite thing about twitter is how people present themselves and what they choose to say, and Gael just chats :)

Cloudygirl
03-24-2010, 11:19 PM
Some of his replies are pretty funny. It's more entertaining that Andy Ms. I like his but it's more factual these days.

Certinfy
03-24-2010, 11:20 PM
Fucking sucks :mad:

Truc
03-25-2010, 08:53 AM
The withdrawal is precautionary. Chamagne explains in L'Equipe that it's the hand and not the wrist (still the same thing from the diving against Kohlschreiber in Davis Cup). It didn't prevent him from playing Indian Wells (Chamagne says the idea also is to stop complaining and play). But since he was still feeling something when he arrived in Miami, he underwent an MRI which showed nothing. After a training session with PHM, he complained again about it, so they called the doc in Paris who told him to withdraw if he had any doubt. But Chamagne is pretty categorical: "It can not be anything serious".

Truc
03-30-2010, 08:02 AM
He saw a doc in MC yesterday, he has a bruise behind a bone and will have a splint for 10 days, but he still hopes to play MC.
Chamagne says his mea culpa in L'Equipe, he says they should never have gone to the US and it's his (= Chamagne's) fault.

Tess Gray
03-30-2010, 01:57 PM
:( damn... will he ever stay injury free for one entire season:lol:

this is what he said on twitter btw:shrug:
The exams was good just need more days off and i should start practising very soon...
about 18 hours ago via Echofon

Puschkin
03-30-2010, 02:23 PM
10 jours d'arrêt pour Monfils

Suite à une consultation avec le docteur Lussiez à Monaco, Gaël Monfils sait désormais la cause de ses douleurs à la main ressenties depuis une chute lors de son match de Coupe Davis face à Philipp Kohlschreiber. Le Français souffre d'une contusion située derrière l'os crochu et devra observer dix jours d'arrêt, sans toucher la raquette, relate L'Equipe de ce mardi. Une attelle lui a été posée.

Source: http://www.welovetennis.fr/atp/21204-10-jours-d-arret-pour-monfils

I can't translate the medical stuff, but ten days without touching a raquet. I really hope he'll be fine for Monte Carlo.

Truc
04-08-2010, 06:11 PM
RMC says he's out of MC:
http://www.rmc.fr/editorial/107626/gael-monfils-forfait-a-monte-carlo/
Pffff...

When are you leaving, Margareta?

Puschkin
04-08-2010, 08:23 PM
RMC says he's out of MC:
:banghead: :sad:

When are you leaving, Margareta?
Saturday morning. I will just drop my luggage in my hotel in NIce and move straight on to MC, but I might miss the first qualies' matches, I expect to be at the tourney between 1.00 and 2.00pm. BTW. The weather forecast for Sunday is dreadful.

Cloudygirl
04-08-2010, 08:38 PM
:banghead: :sad:


Saturday morning. I will just drop my luggage in my hotel in NIce and move straight on to MC, but I might miss the first qualies' matches, I expect to be at the tourney between 1.00 and 2.00pm. BTW. The weather forecast for Sunday is dreadful.


Have fun!
Gutted for you that so many players are withdrawing.

Puschkin
04-08-2010, 08:45 PM
Have fun!
Gutted for you that so many players are withdrawing.

:topic: Thanks, still enough to spy upon. ;)

DanaKz
04-12-2010, 08:05 AM
I feel like striked in the head. :(

Rumors say Gael ends his relationship with Nike and he is switching to... K-Swiss!!!!

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=321808&page=2

Oh My God. K-fucking-Swiss. Look at the Sam Querrey and his idiotic clownish chequered pants. Look at Bryans. Look at Mardi Fish.

Gael in something like that? Bring me some poison please!!!!