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Has anyone been to the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris Bercy?

Sophitia36
10-05-2012, 11:09 AM
I'm thinking of buying tickets for the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. Not really sure whether it's a good idea yet, but I have to make up my mind, otherwise, there won't be anything left.

I might be in Paris the weekend before, so that's why I was thinking maybe I could stay at a friend's house for a couple of days. That would mean buying tickets for the Monday (or Tuesday but probably not).

Do you know how it works? I mean, obviously, I'd really want to see Ferru, so my question is: if I'm not lucky and he's scheduled on the Tuesday instead, will he still be there practising or something? Or does that mean it's a lottery, and the only way to make sure is to pay for both Monday and Tuesday? (I'm not sure I can afford it)

And, oh by the way, anyone else planning to go? :)

Chris Kuerten
10-05-2012, 04:01 PM
He definately won't play on Monday, since he will have a bye in the first round. I think his first round match will be on Wednesday.

Sophitia36
10-05-2012, 04:26 PM
Oh thank you! Do you know if there's a chance he'll be practising though?

Chris Kuerten
10-05-2012, 04:32 PM
Oh thank you! Do you know if there's a chance he'll be practising though?He probably will, but I don't know if you can find out when exactly.

Sophitia36
10-05-2012, 04:42 PM
I think you can't find out because they don't publish the plannings... But they do say you can access the practice sessions.

The players seeded 1 to 16 are exempted from playing the 1st round, but they are going to play 2nd round matches on the Thursday already, although most of the matches will be held on Wednesday. I don't think there's anything interesting left for Wednesday, but maybe I should try to get a Tuesday ticket...

Chris Kuerten
10-05-2012, 04:56 PM
For sure, I watched him practice in Rotterdam this year. And I didn't expect it at all, so that made it even better!

Djokovic, Murray, Federer and David all played on Wednesday last year, for what it's worth.

Edda
10-06-2012, 01:04 AM
I hope you get to see Ferru play!

iramlatif
10-06-2012, 06:43 AM
Sophitia if you go, which I do hope u r able to- please take lots of pics. We wanna see them! :)

Sophitia36
10-06-2012, 12:21 PM
Well, I'll take a couple of pics if I can, but I hate behaving like a paparazzi so I probably won't take many.

I know it's ridiculous with people who are used to being photographed all the time, but I always feel very rude taking pictures of people without asking them first. So of course I'm very bad at taking pictures of famous people.

Now I need to decide what to do about my tickets... Wednesday tickets are really more difficult to get, Tuesday tickets might still be possible. Then again I don't want to invade my friends' apartment for too long. I need to find a way to make all this work.

Sophitia36
10-06-2012, 02:15 PM
OK, I got me a Wednesday and Thursday pass! I'll try to find a way to stay in Paris for that long, or otherwise I'll just go home and come back for those two days.

Chris Kuerten
10-06-2012, 02:28 PM
OK, I got me a Wednesday and Thursday pass! I'll try to find a way to stay in Paris for that long, or otherwise I'll just go home and come back for those two days.:yeah:

Enjoy!

Sommarsverige
10-06-2012, 10:45 PM
OK, I got me a Wednesday and Thursday pass! I'll try to find a way to stay in Paris for that long, or otherwise I'll just go home and come back for those two days.

I think itīs a very good decision that you took those days! It could be very possible that Ferru is playing on both days, I think!
I never been to Paris Bercy myself, but I have some friends who went there and I think itīs difficult to watch practice (not sure if itīs even possible).
This is one of the reasons why I by far prefer outdoor tournaments, because you can always (almost) watch the practices!

Wishing you lots of fun already :)

Sophitia36
10-07-2012, 11:16 AM
On the website they say it's possible to watch the practice sessions, I think. I really hope it is possible, because that's what I really want to see! Of course by now the tickets that are available are the ones that are furthest from the court, so I'm not going to see much during the matches, I hope the practice will be the most interesting! :D
Apparently the only thing that you cannot do is know in advance where the players are practising. You have to go and look for them, and be lucky. I hope at least I'll be lucky on one of those two days. And I hope Ferru does not lose before the 3rd round, that would be a pity!

Edda
10-08-2012, 01:35 AM
I hope Ferru will be fit and healthy. Good luck in Paris!

Sophitia36
10-14-2012, 03:35 PM
Apparently, you cannot access the practice sessions. The FAQ I had been consulting must have been for the other BNP Paribas Open, the one in Indian Wells. I probably mistook that page for that of the Paris BNP Paribas Masters.

Sommarsverige
10-15-2012, 10:16 PM
Apparently, you cannot access the practice sessions. The FAQ I had been consulting must have been for the other BNP Paribas Open, the one in Indian Wells. I probably mistook that page for that of the Paris BNP Paribas Masters.

I am sorry to hear that, but that was the same some friends told me after they went to Bercy!
I am sure you will have a great time anyway and I am already looking forward to hear your report :)

I am going to Valencia on saturday and canīt wait to be there!!

Edda
10-16-2012, 02:03 AM
How exciting!

Sophitia36
10-16-2012, 04:42 PM
I am sorry to hear that, but that was the same some friends told me after they went to Bercy!
I am sure you will have a great time anyway and I am already looking forward to hear your report :)

I am going to Valencia on saturday and canīt wait to be there!!

Valencia must be really exciting! It's "his" tournament after all, I'm sure you can see plenty of him over there!

I'm not sure my report will be very exciting, the seats I have are really crappy, they're very very far from the court. I might have to buy binoculars :lol:
Unless they have some event like an autograph session with Ferru, I probably won't see much of him.

Anyway, I see this as practice for Roland-Garros :D When you're a newbie you always make mistakes, you must practice as well to become a tournament-savvy fan! :D

Chris Kuerten
10-16-2012, 05:03 PM
Valencia must be really exciting! It's "his" tournament after all, I'm sure you can see plenty of him over there!

I'm not sure my report will be very exciting, the seats I have are really crappy, they're very very far from the court. I might have to buy binoculars :lol:
Unless they have some event like an autograph session with Ferru, I probably won't see much of him.

Anyway, I see this as practice for Roland-Garros :D When you're a newbie you always make mistakes, you must practice as well to become a tournament-savvy fan! :DHopefully an autograph session won't be too much at once, you might faint!

iramlatif
10-16-2012, 06:54 PM
I am sorry to hear that, but that was the same some friends told me after they went to Bercy!
I am sure you will have a great time anyway and I am already looking forward to hear your report :)

I am going to Valencia on saturday and canīt wait to be there!!

Have a fun time Birte. Please take lots of pics :) Have fun and stay safe. (I'm only saying that because I heard Spain is having riots & it wouldn't be fun being caught in the middle of all that chaos)

And Sophitita, You have fun in Paris :) I'm looking forward to your stories.

Sommarsverige
10-16-2012, 10:43 PM
Valencia must be really exciting! It's "his" tournament after all, I'm sure you can see plenty of him over there!

I'm not sure my report will be very exciting, the seats I have are really crappy, they're very very far from the court. I might have to buy binoculars :lol:
Unless they have some event like an autograph session with Ferru, I probably won't see much of him.

Anyway, I see this as practice for Roland-Garros :D When you're a newbie you always make mistakes, you must practice as well to become a tournament-savvy fan! :D

Yes, Valencia (both the city and the tournament) are just great! I was there the last 2 years as well and I think itīs a very fan-friendly tournament.

Sophitia, I am sure your report WILL be exciting! I like to read about your feelings and everything. Itīs your first time at a tennis tournament, or? I think this is very interesting, especially to see if everything was as you expected it to be.

Ferru is normally very good at fans activities, so I would say itīs pretty Ferru could give an autograph session, crossing fingers for you!

I am sure you will love Roland Garros next year then! I personally prefer outdoor tournaments, because everything is so much easier there. Of course in Roland Garros there are always so many people and you have to queue almost everywhere, but I really like the tournament a lot!

Sommarsverige
10-16-2012, 10:46 PM
Have a fun time Birte. Please take lots of pics :) Have fun and stay safe. (I'm only saying that because I heard Spain is having riots & it wouldn't be fun being caught in the middle of all that chaos)


Thanks Iram :hug: I am sure it will be a great time and of course I will take many pics, as I always do ;)
Yes, I know about the riots, but I think itīs more in Madrid and Barcelona. The last 2 years I experienced Valencia as a very calm and beautiful city, much smaller and less tourists than in Madrid or Barcelona.
I really hope it has stayed this way.

Sophitia36
10-17-2012, 01:30 PM
Hopefully an autograph session won't be too much at once, you might faint!

LOL! No, don't worry, I won't faint. I'm not the hysterical fan type. I do faint very easily, as a matter of fact, but not in that kind of circumstances.

After all, I did meet the greatest of all my sports idols several times in real life, had a chat with him (in Italian :D), and even had coffee with him, and I did not faint!
What I tend to do when I get close to an idol of mine and become anxious, is simply stare. I don't scream, cry or faint, I just stay there and watch. Believe it or not, sometimes it actually attracts more attention (because it's weirder :lol:)

Chris Kuerten
10-17-2012, 01:55 PM
LOL! No, don't worry, I won't faint. I'm not the hysterical fan type. I do faint very easily, as a matter of fact, but not in that kind of circumstances.That must be annoying! Under which circumstances does the fainting usually happen?After all, I did meet the greatest of all my sports idols several times in real life, had a chat with him (in Italian :D), and even had coffee with him, and I did not faint!Who?What I tend to do when I get close to an idol of mine and become anxious, is simply stare. I don't scream, cry or faint, I just stay there and watch. Believe it or not, sometimes it actually attracts more attention (because it's weirder :lol:)http://s9.postimage.org/6f8b5of0v/soon_1.jpg

Sophitia36
10-17-2012, 06:09 PM
That must be annoying! Under which circumstances does the fainting usually happen?

Well... It depends; I think I really fainted about 4 times. But I've been very close to fainting a number of other times as well.

The first time, it was after having undergone anaesthetics for an operation. I fainted twice in a row during my piano lesson, my teacher was scared out of her mind! Apparently, it happens to some people.

Then, it often happens when I'm in a place that's too warm and confined. It happened once on a bus, and once on a plane. There was no specific reason. Once I almost fainted during an exam session which I was supposed to invigilate (I was tired, and it was also too warm), but I recovered.

And also, hypoglycemia makes me faint. Once I really fainted after having food poisoning (since I was so sick and could not eat, I must have had nothing left in my body to sustain me, I fainted and hurt my neck pretty badly when I fell - that was the worst). And recently, I almost fainted while queuing in a very crowded place to buy some food (we were having a very late lunch, so I guess the hypo + overcrowding + heat combination was responsible).

EDIT: And also, I forgot that one, but recently I donated blood for the first time, and I felt perfectly fine during the process, but I very nearly fainted afterwards. I was kind of expecting that one, though, and so were the nurses so it was OK.

So yeah it's quite annoying, especially when you injure yourself while falling. Otherwise, it's only embarrassing when you wake up and everyone's looking at you :eek:

Who?

A Russian cyclist called Berzin (yes I know it's weird and no ones knows him anymore apart from me - that's why it was relatively easy to meet him :D)

iramlatif
10-17-2012, 09:59 PM
:) OMG Sophitia, You really do faint a lot. I've never heard anyone fainting this much. As long as u're okay in the end! :) Can you imagine what you're going to be like if you get in within a few feet of Ferru? I saw him withing a few footsteps away from me in Monaco this year. I nearly died out of happiness. I just stood there frozen and had a big dorky smile plastered on my face. LOL Ahh he truly brings out a the "girl" in fangirl! :D

Edda
10-18-2012, 01:24 AM
Oh, Sophitia, I hope you will be okay!

Sophitia36
10-18-2012, 09:37 PM
I'll definitely be OK! I don't faint from strong emotions :D