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Puschkin
08-29-2010, 07:15 PM
http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2477

This was posted on rgnet today. Obviously a new era is beginning. Richard starts communicating with us. Questions can be posted until 12 September.

Embarrasing questions have to be avoided. Francis will be the intermediate.

*julie*
08-29-2010, 07:20 PM
Good initiative :yeah:

Cloudygirl
08-29-2010, 08:07 PM
if us non French speakers post our questions here in English would someone be so kind as to post them over there. I really wouldn't care to inflict my French on Richard or anyone else over there for that matter. They'd be very confused or do you think something could be arranged in the English forum over there Puschkin?

I'm not sure I have anything to ask him but I'm sure there are plenty of people who do who's french is as bad or worse than mine ;)

icecastle
08-29-2010, 08:14 PM
Hmmn.. I wonder if that was brought about by the recent discussions in rgnet French forum that he wasn't showing interest in his own site.. But anyway it's good news for us! :)

Puschkin
08-29-2010, 08:59 PM
Hmmn.. I wonder if that was brought about by the recent discussions in rgnet French forum that he wasn't showing interest in his own site.. But anyway it's good news for us! :)

I was wondering about that, too. And I am rather sure it was. But it was not the first time that people complained about the non-communication. I really would like to know what caused the positive reply this time.

reggie1
08-29-2010, 10:44 PM
Wow, this is a new Richie. We must all promise not to ask him questions about his choice of shirts and hair :lol: thanks Puschkin :yeah:

Cloudygirl
08-30-2010, 12:15 AM
Wow, this is a new Richie. We must all promise not to ask him questions about his choice of shirts and hair :lol: thanks Puschkin :yeah:

meh that's just mean. I wanted to beg him not to wear that shirt that looks like a crossword again.

I wonder what they class as an embarrassing question. :D


Nice of him to try to interact with fans a bit.

tennisc
08-30-2010, 01:11 PM
This is proof that he reads these sites!
Cloudygirl, my French has to be worse than yours. There is no way I could ever ask a question in French. I was also wondering what we would do if we wanted to ask him something? Could someone translate? I would just want to encourage him. I think he needs that more than anything, but who doesn't?

Grossemite
08-30-2010, 02:31 PM
This is proof that he reads these sites!

The average level of french forums is so low that I'm not surprise french players may read this one.

reggie1
08-30-2010, 03:57 PM
I could be completely wrong but in the past I've often thought he's been a bit shy and awkward with his fans and perhaps a bit scared. I know RG.net can get a bit nasty at times so maybe he's realised that the fans who have stuck by him, especially over the last couple of years when things haven't been quite so rosy, are true fans and he doesn't need to be scared of us.
T, maybe you can ask a cheeky question about whether all of his clothes are Lacoste and does he own anything other than Lacoste?! :lol:

Puschkin
08-30-2010, 06:36 PM
I could be completely wrong but in the past I've often thought he's been a bit shy and awkward with his fans.
In person he is not akward at all. :D

Cloudygirl
08-30-2010, 06:40 PM
I could be completely wrong but in the past I've often thought he's been a bit shy and awkward with his fans and perhaps a bit scared. I know RG.net can get a bit nasty at times so maybe he's realised that the fans who have stuck by him, especially over the last couple of years when things haven't been quite so rosy, are true fans and he doesn't need to be scared of us.
T, maybe you can ask a cheeky question about whether all of his clothes are Lacoste and does he own anything other than Lacoste?! :lol:

does asking if his socks and pants are lacoste constitute an embarrassing question ;)

Puschkin
08-30-2010, 06:41 PM
does asking if his socks and pants are lacoste constitute an embarrassing question ;)

I can't imagine that Francis will like that one. :p

~*BGT*~
08-30-2010, 06:44 PM
Can I ask him what his eye color is? Let's put this debate to rest forever! :rolls:

Cloudygirl
08-30-2010, 06:50 PM
that's a good plan actually ;)

Cloudygirl
08-30-2010, 07:04 PM
I noticed that people are already asking what I wanted to know about his court positioning so at least I don't have to struggle to find the french for that question.

reggie1
08-30-2010, 07:35 PM
I've never been lucky enough to see him play at a tournie much less meet him.
T, I really don't want to picture Papa G's face if you were to ask that :lol:
the eye colour one is a good one.

Cloudygirl
08-30-2010, 07:39 PM
I've never been lucky enough to see him play at a tournie much less meet him.
T, I really don't want to picture Papa G's face if you were to ask that :lol:
the eye colour one is a good one.


Perhaps I could ask if he is actually going to turn up to a tournament that I go to in the next year, or in fact in his entire career ;) :devil:

reggie1
08-30-2010, 09:15 PM
Yes, I'm sure that will go down well :lol:

~*BGT*~
09-01-2010, 04:06 AM
I'm actually doing a semester long project on company/organization labor relations and I chose the ATP. I wonder if Richie would answer a question about how the players feel about the long schedule and the abundance of hard court tournaments and how all of that affects a player's body when it comes to injuries and the longevity of his career. Getting an actual player for my program would most certainly get me a great grade! :D A translation by a native French speaker would be more than helpful. ;) :p

tennisc
09-01-2010, 05:47 PM
We really need to take advantage of this opportunity. If you haven't sent in a question yet, please do so. We want him to know that we support him and his effort to communicate with us.
You can submit questions in English on the French portion. They will be translated. Thanks very much to those of you that speak French!

cielo
09-01-2010, 07:10 PM
:) *waves*
this is what I would definitely like to know about richard :) I've actually thought about asking it for sometime now, but back then I was thinking that he might not want this one asked to him 'cause it would probably sound to him like he's being asked about something that's not his personal choice and as a fan, I don't really have a say on what he should eat, drink, etc. but...

But now, I feel like I really wanted to ask this. Okay, I know he's not a vegetarian, (how? because I read something about his fave foods, )and although I think he eats veggies, (and fruits as well) occasionally, I just feel like asking him if he doesn't have any plan to become a vegetarian?

I myself wasn't one until one day I realized that how such a diet consists mainly of veggies and fruits plus lots of whole grains gives you more energy, more strength and better endurance, plus better outward appearance!! It's great. Since then I haven't been sick for a long time. Trust me, richard. I think it would help you too. (especially with your tennis, just saying) :)

~*BGT*~
09-12-2010, 08:32 PM
I was going to post a question (last minute as always) but I didn't know I did not have a RG.net account and that it would take 24 hours to activate it. :sad:

icecastle
09-13-2010, 01:21 AM
I was going to post a question (last minute as always) but I didn't know I did not have a RG.net account and that it would take 24 hours to activate it. :sad:

What do you want to ask? I'll ask it for you.

case
09-13-2010, 01:56 AM
What do you want to ask? I'll ask it for you.

would it be rude to ask if he is seeing a sports shrink?;)

icecastle
09-13-2010, 02:04 AM
would it be rude to ask if he is seeing a sports shrink?;)

:lol: i might get a ban in there if i ask that.

case
09-13-2010, 02:07 AM
:lol: i might get a ban in there if i ask that.

:D yeah they probably have no sense of humor

~*BGT*~
09-13-2010, 04:00 AM
What do you want to ask? I'll ask it for you.

The thread is closed. :sad: But if you can post it, it's this:

Cher Richard,

Je fais un projet pour mes études universitaires et j'ai décidé d'explorer l'ATP. J'espere que vous pouviez me donner la perspective des joueurs. Qu'est ce que sont les opinions des joueurs a propos du longue programme et de l'abondance de tournois de court de durs. Comment pensent-ils de l'effet sur les corps des joueurs a propos de la longévité de leur carrières et la blessure? Est-ce qu'il est important de jouer beaucoup de tournois pour etre compétitif? Voudriez-vous preferer une programme plus courte? Voudriez-vous de plus de tournois en courts de terre battue? Moins de tournois de court durs? Une plus longue saison sur gazon? Les joueurs, croient-ils que les autorités comprennent leurs inquietudes?

Merci beaucoup, et Bonne chance pour le reste de la saison.

icecastle
09-13-2010, 04:46 AM
Im sorry Dani, i tried to post it but its locked already. :sad:

~*BGT*~
09-13-2010, 03:08 PM
Yeah. :sad: That's what I get for procrastinating. But I had the thread open Saturday night for me to post the question, but a virus shut down my entire computer. I had to pay $130 for the lady to get all the viruses out. :banghead:

silverwhite
09-13-2010, 05:05 PM
would it be rude to ask if he is seeing a sports shrink?;)

:spit:

icecastle
09-13-2010, 06:55 PM
Yeah. :sad: That's what I get for procrastinating. But I had the thread open Saturday night for me to post the question, but a virus shut down my entire computer. I had to pay $130 for the lady to get all the viruses out. :banghead:

:hug: sorry to hear that.

Puschkin
09-20-2010, 06:39 PM
The answers are vailable in French: http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2477&start=45&sid=0592006b1b89265c26c20e4dcc778de0

I'll start translating tomorrow!

teem
09-20-2010, 07:03 PM
The answers are vailable in French: http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2477&start=45&sid=0592006b1b89265c26c20e4dcc778de0

I'll start translating tomorrow!

but tomorrow is today, today on the morning, no ? :music:

tennisc
09-20-2010, 09:59 PM
Thanks, Puschkin!!!
I am looking forward to reading your translations.
I read Richard's responses already, but I know you will do a better job translating than my computer. Thanks again!

Puschkin
09-21-2010, 08:53 AM
Q&A translation - Part I:

Richard, if you had not chosen tennis (or tennis had not chosen you) would you have liked to continue your studies and what would you have chosen as profession?

I would have liked to continue my studies, but my results in tennis and the travelling put an end to that step by step. I had no special vocation, but studying would have pleased me.

What is your objective for the US Open?

As you have seen, I lost to Gael. I would have liked to go further.

Richard, do you follow the results of the younger Frenchies (Ruffin, Paire,..)?

It is very interesting to see what they do. I like to have contacts with all the players and talking to them occasionally.

What are the things you like most about tennis? The ball pounding against your racket? Smelling clay or freshly mown grass?

I like the contact of the ball with the racket. If it is bad I get crazy.

Is there a routine you do before a match? Are you superstitious? Is there something in your suit-case which you would not want to lose?

I appreciate having slept well before a match, but that does not happen often. – No particular objects.- Before the match I take care of my rackets and especially my grips.

It is probably a bit premature to ask, but have you thought about your life after tennis and if so, which profession would you chose?

I do not project myself into the future, but I’d love to open myself to the world (but not too much).

What do you expect from your fans? I am not talking about the masses in Roland Garros or about Davis Cup in France, I am talking about a first round abroad, early in the morning, on a side court with a weak and indifferent crowd. You lost the first set 6-7. Do you want that we put up the banners, are enthusiastic, make noise (being fair-play of course), chanting “Richard”? Or do you want us to stay calm in order not to disturb or nerve you?

I am receptive to encouragement before or after a game.

An “expert” commentator has said during one of your matches that your forehand develops since you arrived at the circuit, but in the wrong direction. What do you think about this view? Is there a statistic or analysis you would want us to make after the matches we can follow on TV or stream, or is there one among the ones which have already been made, which is of particular interest to you? [The poster refers to the thread “Richard’s match analysis” on rgnet].

The forehand is with many players a barometer of their game, which can go off, but for me the quality of my serve is more important, I think that my forehand is in the shadow of my backhand. – I am not too curious about my stats, I analyse my game more against my feelings.

Are you doing a special psychological /mental routine (zen, yoga….)? And do you do specific exercises before a match? In addition, as for your diet, are you following experts’ advice to adept to the challenges of sport on the highest level?

I am in regular contact with Alain Gonzalez, who knows me since my childhood; I know that I have to make a huge effort to control my respiration during matches. – I avoid excess, no sweet stuff, less coca-cola and I eat normally most of the time during tournaments. It is necessary to adept to the changes of food.

I’d like to know about a typical tennis training day – during and outside of tournaments.

During a tournament: About an hour of tennis and half an hour of gym
(muscle relaxation and abdominals), outside the tournament: 2 sessions of 2 hours tennis, 2 hours physical, 1 hour physio)

At which place in the ATP ranking would you want to finish this year?

As close as possible to nr. 10.

What prevents you from always playing “forward”? Is it a lack of confidence in your volley (which is great though)? Is this an approach you take only when things get hot? Does it depend on the opponent? Is it an advice of the coach? In brief: what prevents you from attacking all the time?

I depend a lot on the quality of my serve, and I look most of all at being regular throughout the year, to make my game more solid, in particular from the back of the court. What prevents me [from attacking] is the quality of the defence of the players on the circuit, attacking all the time is my objective, but hard to put in place.

Often when watching you play, you are very far from the baseline and the commentators don’t stop repeating that this is your “comfort” zone. We think indeed that this makes you lose points. What is your analysis on the subject and do you talk with your coach about it?

I am aware of some positioning a bit extreme, but it allows my to find my strokes and I advance when I can. It is necessary to advance, this is evident, and I work on it in all my practices with all my partners (team matches, DC, special coaches).

I would like to pose the same question…[………] With the talent you have Richard, why not moving forward, and sticking whatever it costs at the baseline?

Your analysis - as all the other on this issue - is relevant, but my objective is to develop my game forward systematically. I think I get there, but it is necessary to develop a plan B to win.

I have a simple question. I would like to know who your best friends on the tour are and if they play the same tournament as you, is it a plus?

I prefer getting along with everyone. The tension at tournaments is already very high. Too much friendship (as too much hatred) would only add to it.

How do you live […] through the numerous times of injury? What kind of discussions do you have on this issue with your “colleagues in the hospital” (Jo, Gael, Gilles)? What can your practise partners offer you? Is it a plus to practise with great players, to change often, to work a particular point with a particular player? Do you pick your practise partners or do you leave that choice to your coach?

When you are injured, it is mainly loneliness. And the plight of others does not change your own. In daily life, it is visits to IRM laboratories, radiography, which is not pleasant and these periods should in no way be considered as time off. Time off is fine and useful after great results.

It is necessary to practise with good and motivated players, and all the French partners I had during my professional career answer to this criterion of quality for themselves and respect for the practise partner. For working a particular point one can work with a player of lower level who hits the ball well. Circumstances and availability decide the choice of the partner.

Which is the area of the game which you work on most in practise? More the strong points to make them even stronger or to correct the weak points? In this respect, what is the area which you will have to improve to enter the Top 15? What is your final objective in tennis?

I have already been among the Top 15 for some years. In practise, I work on the intensity of all strokes as long as possible.

Jozie
09-21-2010, 10:59 AM
Thank you for the translations Puschkin :worship:

Interesting that he knows his 'forehand' is a shadow of his backhand, and that he rates his serve as being a more important barometer of how he is playing. He also mentions that he analyses his game according to his feelings and not the stats. How often do we see when he serves well, the rest of his game and shot selection fall into place. I know this is stating the obvious, but the quality of his service always seems to affect his confidence.

Puschkin
09-21-2010, 11:04 AM
Thank you for the translations Puschkin :worship:

Interesting that he knows his 'forehand' is a shadow of his backhand, and that he rates his serve as being a more important barometer of how he is playing.

Honestly, I don't quite grasp what he means with the FH being the "shadow" of the BH. However, the serve as indicator of the game, is exactly what I feel myself on my very very modest level.

simplet
09-21-2010, 11:21 AM
Honestly, I don't quite grasp what he means with the FH being the "shadow" of the BH. However, the serve as indicator of the game, is exactly what I feel myself on my very very modest level.

Nah he said that his forehand was "in the shadow" of his backhand, not "the shadow" of his backhand. What he means by that is that "all the lights are on his backhand" so to speak : everyone is looking at his backhand and it makes his forehand look worse than it is. I think what was interesting also in his response is that he said that the quality of his forehand depends a lot on his serve.

I find it funny that he's apparently slowly turning into a clay specialist. Maybe he could have played Bucarest or something. If you need help with some of his answers maybe I can help you Puschkin.

Puschkin
09-21-2010, 11:36 AM
If you need help with some of his answers maybe I can help you Puschkin.
Corrected!

Thanks in advance for this as I am working on part 2:

On sait que depuis que tu travailles avec ton nouveau coach, tu travailles plus le physique qu'auparavant, donc j'aurai aimé savoir à quel point tu ressentais les effets de cette préparation dans ton jeu ?


- J’ai toujours travaillé le physique, j’en ai fait peut-être un peu plus parce que j’ai eu des périodes d’interruptions quand on joue beaucoup en tournoi.

I have always worked my physique. I did a bit more of it because I had periods of interruptions if you play a lot during a tourney. :confused:

kiwialicat
09-21-2010, 11:42 AM
I wished he would have answered some more personal questions but whatever, anything is better than nothing.

It is probably a bit premature to ask, but have you thought about your life after tennis and if so, which profession would you chose?

I do not project myself into the future, but I’d love to open myself to the world (but not too much).

What do you expect from your fans? I am not talking about the masses in Roland Garros or about Davis Cup in France, I am talking about a first round abroad, early in the morning, on a side court with a weak and indifferent crowd. You lost the first set 6-7. Do you want that we put up the banners, are enthusiastic, make noise (being fair-play of course), chanting “Richard”? Or do you want us to stay calm in order not to disturb or nerve you?

I am receptive to encouragement before or after a game.

This made me laugh. He's not very chatty or forthcoming, is he?

Thanks! Puschkin

Puschkin
09-21-2010, 11:49 AM
This made me laugh. He's not very chatty or forthcoming, is he?

This was my question. Obviously he felt the need to put a damper on me. ;) But I am not that easily discouraged, though I will respect his wishes: no shouting at 15-40!:lol:

kiwialicat
09-21-2010, 11:57 AM
This was my question. Obviously he felt the need to put a damper on me. ;) But I am not that easily discouraged, though I will respect his wishes: no shouting at 15-40!:lol:

:lol: I love his answers, I find them unintentionally hilarious. I would look up some of his interviews to see if he is the same way, but I don't understand French so no real point. Could you imagine Richie on a chat show or something? :) oh the fun we could have ;)

and I'll remember not to cheer during games now.

simplet
09-21-2010, 12:03 PM
Corrected!

Thanks in advance for this as I am working on part 2:

On sait que depuis que tu travailles avec ton nouveau coach, tu travailles plus le physique qu'auparavant, donc j'aurai aimé savoir à quel point tu ressentais les effets de cette préparation dans ton jeu ?


- J’ai toujours travaillé le physique, j’en ai fait peut-être un peu plus parce que j’ai eu des périodes d’interruptions quand on joue beaucoup en tournoi.

I have always worked my physique. I did a bit more of it because I had periods of interruptions if you play a lot during a tourney. :confused:

Hum yeah that's not very clear. I'd say you translated it correctly but he probably meant to say this : "I have always worked my physique. I maybe worked a bit more on it [recently] because [before] I had periods of interruptions when I played a lot of tourneys. It's hard to play a lot and work on your condition at the same time"

Puschkin
09-21-2010, 12:46 PM
Hum yeah that's not very clear. I'd say you translated it correctly but he probably meant to say this : "I have always worked my physique. I maybe worked a bit more on it [recently] because [before] I had periods of interruptions when I played a lot of tourneys. It's hard to play a lot and work on your condition at the same time"
Thanks, that makes sense!

~*BGT*~
09-22-2010, 03:53 AM
Gosh, Richard. Answer the questions. :rolleyes:

icecastle
09-22-2010, 04:16 AM
Thank you so much Puschkin! :worship:

reggie1
09-22-2010, 07:53 AM
Thanks so much Puschkin, that must have taken you for ever, it's much appreciated by all of us :hug:
I agree that he is not forth coming or chatty and seems rather guarded and formal in his answers. We are his fans, we're not out to get him! Still, I think he's a very private person and it's just his way. I must admit I did have a chuckle over the whole working on physique thing, I love him to bits but I've always felt this was an area that needed much more work, but then what do I know?!
The thing I did find interesting (I may be Reading too much into it) were his comments about friendship on tour. Before he's always enthused about being friends with Gael and Jo and this time he seemed more reserved when asked.

Puschkin
09-22-2010, 08:13 AM
Q&A Part II:

Your travelling leads you all over the world, where would you want to spend a relaxing non-tennis holiday?

I’d love to be in the south of France.

What are your favourite 3 matches so far in which you took part as a player? Do you think you can win a GS singles title someday? If so, what is the one GS you would want to win first? Of all the active tennis players who do you consider your “favourite” a) to play against and b) to play with? You have been to different cities and countries while playing tennis. Can you please name some of your favourite cities to visit?

Haas in DC in Germany with the crowd against me, Roddick in Wimbledon, Federer in Monte Carlo. – Roland Garros, I feel I play better and better on clay. I love the cities of the GS and similarly the cities in Asia. I particularly appreciated Bombay, which is very different to other places.

Do you feel more/ less/ the same eagerness to enter a court as before the “affair”? Have you read Agassi’s biography? If yes, what do you think? When will you deliver a good beat-down to Murray in a GS? Are you still in love with PSG (Parisian foot ball club)?

There are moments in your career when it seems as if the motivation is lacking, this was not the case. This may happen when one doesn’t achieve what one is looking for, the frustration takes over. The “affair” gave me a different outlook on life in general, but my interest for tennis was very strong before. I felt more pressure, I was 17th and I found myself at 88 and I knew the difficulty to come back. - I read Agassi’s book, no comment. – As soon as possible, I hope, Murray and many others. – I love football. I have great memories playing with “Variete”. I was in touch with great players and great coaches. I am often in touch with Claude Puel. – I went often to the Parc des Princes (Paris football stadium). I was impressed with the atmosphere in the matches and the huge stadium. This is really very special. I am not that close [anymore] and at present not very interested to identify PSG’s problems.

Only one question: How is Eric Deblicker?

Eric Deblicker is fine.

What are the worst matches of your carrier at the circuit and in DC (excluded those after your comeback after the affair)? I have a very bad memory at the match against Vliegen in Roland Garros from the tie-break onwards […] You prefer with or without hat? And why the hat? – A small summary of the issues Markus wanted to improve: What are the successes and the difficulties?

Fully in line with you, Vliegen, when I stepped out of myself without any reason. Blake before the DC in Winston Salem. I started wearing a hat in my childhood as it is hot in the south of France, I kept that habit. I wear it when it is hot (+ 40°). – I have to work on my physique avoiding injuries

We know that since you worked with your new coach, you did more physical work than before. That’s why I want to know at which point you felt the effects of this preparation in your game? We are all in admiration of your backhand, but I want to know which strokes you like with other players (including retired)? Who are your best friends on the tour? Many young Frenchies are on the tour and some move on fast. Who has the biggest potential in your view? And finally: When do you think that you played the best tennis of your career?

I always worked on my physique, maybe I worked a bit more on it [recently] because I had periods of interruptions when I played a lot of tourneys [The original is not quite clear here]. It is hard to bring in line matches and physical work. – I like all the strokes of the players and the way they use them. I have the opportunity to test their efficiency when I am on the other side. – I like being with the French, Gael in his extravagance. – All of them have big potential: Eysseric, Ruffin, Mina, Mannarino…And more will show up, those I have forgotten will excuse me. – The three last sets against Roddick in Wimbledon and a match against Robredo in Stuttgart 2004.

[b]Wawrinka became a father, Simon too. I ask myself if you want – maybe not immediately – but in the future become a father too? Is this important for you in the years to come?

For the moment I feel no ambition, but in the future this is probably important.

Is your desire to win as strong now as it was earlier in your career? Greater? What keeps you motivated?

My desire to win is as great as always. My love for the game is the main reason.

Even if you go DC, will you be in Metz? [….] What is your programme?

Of course, I will be in Metz. I like this tournament and city a lot. - Tokyo, Shanghai, Montpellier, Basel, Paris.

What are your objectives for the next season? Do you think you will be able to re-enter the Top Ten?

Improve my game and return, if possible to the Top ten.

How do you feel after this US Open? How id you find your game, Are you pleased with yourself? What are your objectives for next year?

I feel satisfied for reaching the second week and unsatisfied for not having won that last match. - I am rather pleased with my level of play, but I feel I have large room for improvement. – Top Ten.

This seems to be your way of reaching out to your fans. Can we expect some more of this in the future? If so, do you have any ideas so far? It would be nice to feel appreciated of our support. – I’ve noticed that you usually train during the off season in high altitude places. Have you thought about changing this and train in places with extremely hot weather just so you can tolerate humidity much better in the future?

I have always respected and appreciated my fans, I feel maybe better the need to explain certain things than keeping them to myself. Yes, without problem. - I have not yet decided the location of my next practise.

Richard, how will you deal with all those questions?

No problem, it is my pleasure. All who support me deserve it.

Why don’t you play doubles?

I did it often. I have won doubles. What pulls me back is the fear of forcing too much on the service. But I love doubles.

At 24, ideal age for a sportsman of high level, all dreams are allowed, what are your dreams?

First to play and to win great tournaments, Roland Garros, Wimbledon.

After having read that your collaboration with Markus stopped, the obvious question is why?

It is a logistical problem. Geographic distance simply.

We know that since you were a kid, the press studied your smallest progress and disappointment. I would like to know, what value you give to the journalists’ articles, whether you read the press before or after the matches, if you are affected by it or take your distance? I want to know what you think when you lead 2-0 in a GS match- Are you relaxed telling yourself that you are safe and that there is only one left or do you think at past experiences […] and the mistakes you made in those matches? I want to know what you do after a match whatever the result. Are you excited, full of energy or do you need a rest? Do you do a debriefing with your coach?

I have read the specialised and general press for a long time, and at a certain moment, I was really deeply hurt. I don’t pay attention anymore, if it is good or bad. – I am not at all relaxed at that moment and the difficulty is not to be too tense either. – When I have lost a match, I am extremely nerved. An immediate debriefing can be painful for me.

scmom
09-22-2010, 03:49 PM
Puschkin - thanks for taking the time to translate these for those of us not fluent in french !!!
your time and effort are greatly appreciated

Schu
09-22-2010, 06:03 PM
MERCI beaucoup (my best French) Puschkin! It took me a long time just to read this, must have taken you ages to translate it!

Well glad to know that at this point Richard's ambition to get into the TOp 10 is a lot greater than to be a father :D

It was nice of him to do this even if he didn't really reveal much. Wonder what prompted this fan outreach?

tufani
09-22-2010, 07:27 PM
Thank you for translation, Margareta :hatoff:

acd692
09-23-2010, 03:29 AM
thank you for translating! i like that his main goal right now is to be back in to the top 10 :)

Puschkin
05-04-2011, 11:40 AM
Richard agreed to another questions and answers session. Questions to be posted before 20 May on this thread:

http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2664&sid=8a8172d614ad425957bee7a3e52a294f

I had mentioned this in my talk to his mother in Monte Carlo and the Webmaster from rgnet did the follow-up.

silverwhite
05-04-2011, 01:55 PM
I know what the #1 question will be :haha:

Puschkin
05-04-2011, 01:57 PM
I know what the #1 question will be :haha:
well tell us, we want to share the laughter.

silverwhite
05-04-2011, 05:19 PM
well tell us, we want to share the laughter.

If there were a way to rank words based on how often they are used in this forum, "baseline" would be one of the most highly-ranked

Schu
05-04-2011, 05:41 PM
If there were a way to rank words based on how often they are used in this forum, "baseline" would be one of the most highly-ranked

"For Suuure".

Puschkin - thanks for initiating this.

Now everyone needs to think up some really probing questions - hopefully better than ATP's "what is your favorite food" questions on its recent video.

reggie1
05-04-2011, 05:51 PM
Yeah what's your favourite colour?! :lol:

Cloudygirl
05-04-2011, 09:07 PM
maybe thats why they picked those questions perhaps they had millions of why do your torture us so and why do you play 100000000000000000000000000000 million miles behind the baseline questions from fans.

scmom
05-04-2011, 10:37 PM
great suggestion , Puschkin
so glad that they listened to you

now - questions - I am sure he is sick of the baseline one - and probably going too deep into the women's tennis and why is it not more popular question is not a good idea . He has said more than enough to land him in deep doo doo over that one
ummm - do you have or did you ever have a pet ? cat vs dog ? boxers or briefs ? what's your favorite color ? do you have any clothes that do not say Lacoste somewhere on them ? All truly irrelevant and stupid questions
Think harder
maybe what is your match day routine ? why do you always seem to get the earliest matches - do you request an early start time ? what is the routine post match if you win? if you lose ? Do you prefer to stick around a tournament site and practice with the other French players - or do you prefer to leave and go on to the next event- or travel time permitting - go home ? Does your coach scout opponents and work up a game plan for you - or do you do this in collaboration with him?
Maybe those last are a bit more likely to get a decent more than one word answer .

ImmzB
05-04-2011, 10:39 PM
Why do you wear the same kit for every tournament?

Cloudygirl
05-07-2011, 08:02 PM
Why do you wear the same kit for every tournament?

that'll be the kit that lacoste give him.

I'd quite like to know some stuff, obviously not what is your fave colour ;) ;) but stuff like what does he read etc. what are his interests outside tennis but I don't think we'd get informative answers. He always seems to be very private.

He seems to just give stock answers to most things so I'm not sure I can be bothered to ask any questions as I could write the replies myself ;)

~*BGT*~
05-12-2011, 06:49 PM
When is the last day to submit questions? I'll be upset if I missed this a second time. :fiery:

mukado
08-04-2011, 07:46 PM
Still no news ?
He had 3 Weeks off, so he had probably forget

ImmzB
09-05-2011, 10:07 PM
http://www.richardgasquet.net/V3/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2664&start=45

Thank you to Richard for answering the questions! :)
He likes the Red Polo but he will change the color for the upcoming tournaments. :lol:

Voici le premier lot de Réponses !


Puschkin :

1) On discute ici souvent sur le double. Il y a ceux qui pensent que c'est trop stressant et fatiguant de jouer simple et double dans un grand tournoi. Mais il y a d'autres qui estiment que le double peut être une sorte d'entraînement dans les conditions d'un match. Quel est ton avis?

RG : Le double c'est super si tu le joues le lundi et le simple le mardi, mais c'est dur dans la même journée ,car il est programmé souvent très tard. C’est super aussi sur une tournée, cela permet de rester dans le tournoi en cas de défaite en simple.
C'est aussi le meilleur entrainement qui existe, service, retour; première volée mais c'est trop dur sur un grand tournoi car on a besoin de récupération entre les matchs.

2) Je me souviens d'un article dans le Tennis Magazine il y a plusieurs années où Eric Deblicker nous a raconté que tu lisais pas mal de livres. Quel livre t'a donné le plus grand plaisir dernièrement?

RG : Je lis surtout des magazines politiques et dans l’avion plutôt l’Express, le Point, Nouvel observateur et Paris Match. Mes livres appréciés Diouf et Cayzac.

3 ) Comment va ta fondation?

RG : En ce qui concerne ma fondation : envoie de raquettes au Bénin et organisation avec le collège de la ville du Cap d'Agde d' un voyage à Roland Garros pour 25 adolescents en difficulté (en collaboration avec Ranstad)



mimie67 :

1) Richard, pourrais-tu, avec tes mots et ta sensibilité, nous parler de ta collaboration avec Sébastien et Piatti : votre travail commun, la confiance qui existe forcément, l'ambiance entre vous 3 et avec Llubicic que tu côtoies davantage puisque vous partagez un même entraineur.

RG : Sébastien et Ricardo sont complémentaires. Seb, l' ancien joueur que j' ai admiré étant jeune , mêmes origines géographiques et sociales. Nous aimons chambrer et rigoler. Ricardo, l' ancien sérieux et expérimenté qui rassure sur mon jeu .Les entrainements sont dirigés par Ricardo. Seb m’accompagne aux USA principalement.

RG : J’ai beaucoup discuté avec Ivan à Monaco et je le remercie d’avoir accepté ma collaboration avec Ricardo. Les entrainements sont toujours un moment dur mais la présence de telles personnalités les rendent plus faciles



Sengale :

1) Dans quelques jours débutera Roland, le tournoi le plus exigeant de la saison sur le plan physique. Que changes-tu dans ta préparation pour aborder ce tournoi (séquences d'entrainement plus longues, préparation physique spéciale, matches amicaux plus rapprochés, avec un set de plus disputé ?)


RG : Je m’entraine toujours intensément. La chance cette saison est de ne pas m’être blessé depuis la fin de l'année dernière malgré une alerte à la suite de Roland Garros
ou je me suis fait une grosse contracture ; J 'ai préféré déclarer forfait au Queens pour ne pas l' aggraver.


2 ) Les temps derniers, tu as disputé plusieurs doubles avec des partenaires variés (Ljubicic, JoW). Quelles sont tes diverses motivations pour faire le double dans un tournoi où tu es inscrit en simple : par exemple, est-ce :
- pour attendre sur place le tournoi suivant avec un enjeu autre que l'entrainement,
- parce que le sélectionneur (Guy) te demande de le faire,
- parce que tu veux retrouver un classement correct en double,
- parce que tu trouves que c'est le meilleur entrainement pour le jeu vers l'avant et la volée + smash,
- pour le plaisir de jouer en équipe,
- Autres ?

RG: J' ai en plus joué beaucoup de matchs
Toutes ces raisons sont valables et justes pour disputer le double.


ImmzB :

1) Avez-vous prévu de jouer les tournois sur terre battue après Wimbledon ou allez directement jouer aux USA et travailler avec Sébastien Grosjean ?

RG : Je vais jouer sur terre battue j’espère en coupe Davis et aux USA au mois d'aout.

2) Pourquoi avez-vous porté le même polo cette année pour tous les tournois, pensez-vous changer de couleurs ?

RG : J’aime bien ce rouge quand Lacoste en fait un. J’aime bien le porter ; Je changerai de couleur mais j'ai bien aimé celui-ci.



Spheroide :

1) La coupe Davis reste, en France, une compétition importante et suivie par un nombreux public mais nous avons l'impression que les joueurs la ressentent dès fois comme la compétition en trop au milieu des nombreuses autres, qu'en est-il franchement?


RG : bonne question .Compétition très exigeante, très belle jamais en trop bien entendu mais qu’ est-ce c' est compliqué.


2) Vous devez savoir qu'actuellement les masters 1000 sont diffusés, en France, uniquement par Orange sport, ce qui a non seulement diminué le nombre de téléspectateurs à regarder le tennis mais aussi atteint directement au porte monnaie de nombreux amateurs de tennis à la tv.
Etes vous sensible à l'impact télévisuel que peut avoir votre sport et pensez vous que ce sport devrait être plus diffusé sur des chaines accessibles à tous? (même si sébastien Grosjean est commentateur sur orange sport ).

RG : Encore une bonne question : le tennis est un sport difficile à caser dans une programmation télévisuelle, durée des matchs impossible à déterminer ainsi que plusieurs matchs à montrer. On peut craindre une overdose des chaines accessibles à tous. La chaine payante est donc une bonne solution hormis pour Roland Garros. Le changement a été très brutal. Je crois en plus qu’il faut une box Orange pour recevoir cette chaine. J’espère que le tennis sera bien traité et non considéré comme un produit d’appel dont on se débarrassera par la suite.



MAT8 :

1) Quels sont tes objectifs pour cette saison à part le classement ?

RG : Mes objectifs sont de rester dans les meilleurs mondiaux et d’améliorer mon jeu vers l’avant. Je travaille dur pour cela. La récompense serait de pouvoir participer au Master et de bien figurer à Bercy.

Goonayou :

1) Quelles sont les joueuses les plus mignonnes sur le circuit ? Lesquelles sont les plus sympas ?

RG : Ana Ivanovic. Les plus sympas virginie Razzano et Marion Bartoli


glad18 :

1) Quand tu fais un service volley, c'est toujours une décision tactique bien réfléchi ou tu le fais à l'instinct quand tu le sens bien? (On aimerait que tu en fasse plus ^^)

RG : C’est une décision tactique murement réfléchie mais qui de nos jours vu la qualité des retours n’est pas facile à pratiquer systématiquement.

2) Est-ce que tu penses pouvoir battre tout le monde quand tous tes coups répondent à la perfection??

RG : Tous les joueurs bien classés sur le circuit savent au fond d’eux-mêmes qu'ils peuvent battre tout le monde, je le pense moi aussi.

mukado
09-06-2011, 05:54 PM
1) Quelles sont les joueuses les plus mignonnes sur le circuit ? Lesquelles sont les plus sympas ?

RG : Ana Ivanovic. Les plus sympas virginie Razzano et Marion Bartoli

Happy Marion is rehabilitated. To many people in France make fun of her !

Cloudygirl
09-06-2011, 06:01 PM
did he finally answer them only took him 4 months were they really that challenging

Gagsquet
09-06-2011, 10:34 PM
I like the answer he gave to my second and last question :yeah:

silverwhite
09-07-2011, 07:05 PM
You are... Spheroide? :scratch:

case
09-07-2011, 10:44 PM
1) Quelles sont les joueuses les plus mignonnes sur le circuit ? Lesquelles sont les plus sympas ?

RG : Ana Ivanovic. Les plus sympas virginie Razzano et Marion Bartoli

Happy Marion is rehabilitated. To many people in France make fun of her !

why do they make fun of her? because she is a little chubby?

i like her. at least she looks like a real person out there -lol- not really much of an athletic look though

Schu
09-08-2011, 12:08 AM
why do they make fun of her? because she is a little chubby?

i like her. at least she looks like a real person out there -lol- not really much of an athletic look though

She does some weird stuff on court (ie. the shadow strokes) but could say the same about what MANY players do on court and apparently her training methods are a bit strange. I've heard her interviews and she sounds like a nice, friendly, intelligent person.

Impressed that Richard was thoughtful enough not to just name some of the pretty "play girls" on tour. But also telling that Richard named 2 french women, are those the only ones he knows?

So Richard doesn't go for the glitzy blondes, not surprised.

silverwhite
09-08-2011, 04:32 AM
I think he does. He seems to have a bit of a thing for Golovin too :angel:

scmom
09-08-2011, 08:22 PM
got to admit the guy has good taste
Ana I is a lovely young woman. as is Tati G. No argument there
But I would not rule out blondes as a pick for him , I have seen him for 5 years at the hotel in IW , day in - day out over the course of the event
and the only young woman I have ever seen him approach in a social setting was indeed a gorgeous blonde , with a super figure .
She just happened to be my daughter .- ( I will admit I am a proud mama - but she is a beauty )
Most of the time he spends with his coaches , and physio - all male, and the other french players - Jo , Gael , Mahut , Chardy .
The only woman who seems to have much interaction with him is his mom , who has accomanpanied him to the US a couple of times.

Puschkin
09-08-2011, 09:55 PM
Richard has answered some questions, this is the first part of the translation:

1. We often discuss here [on rgnet] about the doubles. Some think that it is too stressful and tiring to play singles and doubles in a huge tournament. Others are of the view that the doubles can be a kind of training under match conditions. What is your view?

RG: Doubles is great, if you play it on Monday and the singles on Tuesday, but it is tough to play it on the same day, as the doubles is often scheduled very late. It is also good – if you are on the tour – because it allows you to stay in the tournament in case of a defeat in singles. It is also the best possible training: service, return, first volley, but it is too tough in a huge tournament as one needs to rest during the matches.

2. I remember an article in [French] Tennis Magazine some years ago when Erick Deblicker told us that you read quite some books. Which book gave you must pleasure recently?

RG: I read particularly political magazines and on the plane rather l’Express, Le Point, Nouvel Observateur and Paris Match. Books I appreciated: Diouf and Cayzac (I have no clue what he is talking about.)

3. How is your foundation doing?

RG: Concerning the foundation: delivery of rackets to Benin and organising with the college of Cap d’Agde a journey to Roland Garros for 25 young people with problems in collaboration with Ranstad [I don’t know what or who that is].

4. Richard can you in your own words and with your sensitivity tell us about your collaboration with Sébastien and Piatti, your working together, and the confidence which exists, the atmosphere between you three and with Ljubicic with whom you get more in touch now as you share the same coach.

RG: Sébastien and Riccardo are complementary, Séb, a former player whom I admired when I was young, has the same geographic and social background. We like to tease and joke. Riccardo is the serious and experienced sage who strengthens my game. The training is directed by Riccardo. Séb accompanies me mainly in the US.

I discussed a lot with Ivan in Monaco and I am grateful to him to accept my collaboration with Riccardo. Training always has tough moments, but with such personalities around it iseasier.

5. In a few days Roland Garros will begin, the most demanding tourney for the body. What do you change in your preparation to approach this tournament (longer practise sessions, special physical build-up, more friendly matches envisaged, with one more set played)?

RG: I always train intensively. This year I was lucky not to get injured since the end of last year, in spite of an alarm after Roland Garros, where I picked up a big [muscle] tension, I preferred to retire from Queens not to make it worse.

6. Recently, you played some doubles with different partners (Ljubicic, Tsonga). What are your motivations to play doubles in a tournament where you play singles, e.g.:
- To wait for the next tourney on site with something else [to do] than practise
- because Forget asks you to do it
- because you want to obtain again a better doubles ranking
- because you think it is the best means to practise the game forward, volley and smash
- because you like playing in a team.

RG: I have not played many [doubles] matches. [Actually; I am not totally sure about this one, original: J' ai en plus joué beaucoup de matchs]. All these reasons are valuable and justified to play doubles.

7. Have you envisaged to play tourneys on clay after Wimbledon or are you directly going to the US and work with Sébastien Grosjean?

RG: I will hopefully play Davis Cup on clay and then in August in the US.

8. Why have you always worn the same Polo this year for all the tournaments, are you going to change the colour?

RG: I like this red a lot, when Lacoste makes one. I like to wear it. I will change the colour but I did like that one.

Puschkin
09-08-2011, 11:17 PM
Part 2:

1. Davis Cup remains in France an important competition and is followed by many people, but we have the impression that the players perceive it sometimes as an event too much among many others, what is it, frankly spoken?

RG: Good question, a very demanding competition, never too much noticed, but how complicated it is.

2. You must know that currently the ATP 1000 events are broadcasted in France only by Orange Sport, which has not only reduced the number of viewers watching tennis, but also affected the purse of lovers of tennis on TV. Are you sensitive to the impact this can have on the sport and do you think that tennis should be more broadcasted on channels available to all (even if Sébastien Grosjean is a commentator on orange sport?)

RG: Again a good question. Tennis is hard to schedule on television, the length of matches is difficult to forecast, and there are more matches to show [at the same time]. Pay channels are therefore a good solution apart from Roland Garros. The change has been brutal. I think, furthermore, that one needs a box to receive this channel. I hope that tennis will be treated well and not considered as cheap product one can get rid of later.

3. What are your objectives for this season apart from the ranking?

RG: My objectives are to stay among the world’s best and to improve my game forward. I work hard for that. The recompensation would be to be able to go to the Masters and to do well in Bercy.

4. Who are the prettiest female players on the circuit? And who are the most likable?

RG: Ana Ivanovic. The most likable are Virginie Razzano and Marion Bartoli.

5. When you do S/V, is it always a tactical decision, well thought over or do you do it by instinct if you feel well?

RG: This is a tactical decision carefully considered, but which is hard to apply systematically given the quality of the return these days.

6. Do you think you can beat everyone when all your strokes work at perfection?

RG: All players with a good ranking on the tour know deep down that they can beat everyone, I think so, too.

I like the last two, both the questions and the answers!

Gagsquet
09-08-2011, 11:22 PM
You are... Spheroide? :scratch:

I am the last poster.