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knight_ley
12-10-2004, 04:27 PM
Hey guys! NEELY thought of doing this, and I figured that since I just found something on his site, I'd go ahead and start the thread :wavey:

This interview was posted on his site today, and a translation for those of us unfortunate English speaking people would be great :)

How I regret not taking German in schooling now... :lol:

10.12.2004 - sport1.at
Nicolas Kiefer: ''Die familiäre Atmosphäre hat's mir angetan''

Dem österreichischen Bruder von Sport1 gab Nicolas Kiefer ein Interview.

St. Anton - Nach 2003 ist Nicolas Kiefer bereits zum zweiten Mal bei der tele.ring-Tennis-Trophy in St. Anton am Arlberg zu Gast.

Die ehemalige Nummer vier der Welt konnte sich 2004 nach zuletzt mageren Jahren wieder in die Weltspitze des Herren-Tennis zurückspielen.

Unter anderem vier Finali (Memphis, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Scottsdale) spülten ihn auf den 21. Weltranglistenplatz nach vorne. Daran konnte auch eine Handgelenksverletzung bei den US Open, die ihm den Rest der Saison kostete, nichts ändern.

Sport1 traf den 27-jährigen Deutschen in St. Anton und plauderte mit ihm über seine überraschende Leistungssteigerung, seine Vorbereitung und Ziele für nächste Saison und auch über ÖFB-Teamspieler Roman Wallner, der ihm als großer Hannover-Fan gut bekannt ist.

Sport1: Nach deinen Pech- und Seuchenjahren hast du dich 2004 ja wieder toll auf der ATP-Tour zurückgemeldet. Wie kommt diese plötzliche Leistungssteigerung?

Nicolas Kiefer: Ja, ich bin wirklich sehr zufrieden mit der vergangenen Saison. Ich habe vier Finali gespielt. Das mir gezeigt, dass ich wieder dran bin und dass ich es noch kann. Ein Grund war sicherlich, dass ich viel an meiner Fitness gearbeitet habe. Aber auch in das Spiel selber habe ich viel Zeit investiert. Es sind viele kleine Faktoren. Wie ein Puzzle, dass sich zusammensetzt. Ich habe zum Glück nicht den Kopf in den Sand gesteckt, sondern einfach hart gearbeitet. Und das ist natürlich schön, wenn man weiß, dass das Früchte trägt.

Sport1: Könnte ein Mitgrund für den Umschwung der Trainerwechsel gewesen sein? Seit Oktober 2003 trainierst du ja mit dem Schweden Thomas Hogstedt.

Kiefer: Das hat sicher auch seinen Teil dazu beigetragen. Ich verstehe mich mit ihm ausgezeichnet. Am Platz muss ich seine Vorgaben allerdings immer noch selbst umsetzen.

Sport1: Sportliches Highlight für dich war 2004 wohl trotz des knapp verloren gegangenem Finale die olympische Silbermedaille im Doppel in Athen.

Kiefer: Das war es auf alle Fälle! Am Anfang konnte ich mich zwar noch nicht richtig damit identifizieren. Zudem hatten wir es natürlich selbst in der Hand Gold zu holen, so knapp wie wir dran waren. Ich habe dann erst mit der Zeit bemerkt, wie wichtig diese Medaille war. Viele Leute habe sich mit mir über Silber gefreut. Ich habe irrsinnig viele Gratulationen auf meiner Homepage (www.nicolaskiefer.com) bekommen. Mittlerweile bin ich sehr stolz auf diese Medaille. Das Erste was ich mache, wenn ich von meinen Reisen nach Hause komme, ist, dass ich mir die Medaille anschaue. Das ist einfach ein super gutes Gefühl. Da kommen Emotionen wieder hoch.

Sport1: Wie geht's deinem Handgelenk, dass du dir bei den US Open verletzt hast und wegen dem du die restliche Saison verpasst hast?

Kiefer: Danke für die Nachfrage. Es geht schon wieder sehr gut. Es war natürlich bitter, dass ich drei Monate verpasst habe. Ich habe eine Therapie gemacht und bin seit vier, fünf Wochen wieder schmerzfrei. Vor drei Wochen habe ich in Thailand in drei verschiedenen Städten Schaukämpfe bestritten und überhaupt nichts mehr gespürt. Vor allem die Wärme (35 Grad Celsius) dort hat dem Gelenk und mir ziemlich gut getan.

Sport1: Wie schaut deine restliche Saisonvorbereitung aus?

Kiefer: Nach der Tennis-Trophy in St. Anton werde ich nach Monte Carlo fliegen, dort bis Weihnachten trainieren und versuchen die Zeit optimal zu nutzen. Die Feiertage verbringe ich dann bei meinen Eltern und meiner Freundin. Auf das freue ich mich schon sehr, da ich alle ja sonst so selten sehe.

Sport1: Reist deine Freundin nicht oft zu deinen Turnieren mit?

Kiefer: Nächstes Jahr dann schon wieder. Sie hat heuer ihr Staatsexamen fertiggemacht und dann begleitet sie mich. Das ist dann natürlich schön, wenn sie wieder mit dabei ist.

Sport1: Du bist ja schon zum zweiten Mal bei der Tennis-Trophy in St. Anton mit dabei. Anscheinend scheint's dir hier zu gefallen, oder nicht?

Kiefer: Ja, doch. Auf alle Fälle. Es ist wirklich traumhaft hier. Ich wohne in einem Super-Hotel und fühle mich hier pudelwohl. Vor allem die familiäre Atmosphäre hat's mir angetan. In Wimbledon wird unter den Spielern meist schon immer über St. Anton gesprochen. Ob man eingeladen ist und ob man kommt. Es ist einfach geil hier!

Sport1: Mit dem Skifahren konntest du dich aber noch nicht so anfreunden.

Kiefer: Das ist richtig. Das ist nicht wirklich mein Sport. Ich schau's mir zwar liebend gerne im Fernsehen an - auch Biathlon und Langlauf und so. Selbst Ski zu fahren ist aber nicht so mein Ding. Aber vielleicht geh ich es nach meiner Tennis-Karriere an.

Sport1: Wie schauen deine Ziele für die nächste Saison aus. Die Rückkehr in die Top Ten?

Kiefer: In erster Linie will ich gesund bleiben und einfach einen Schritt nach dem anderen machen. Ich will einfach Spaß am Tennis haben. Besonderes freue ich mich allerdings auf die großen Turniere - auf die Grand Slams werde ich sicher mein Augenmerk lenken.

Sport1: Dein Vertrag mit adidas ist ja diese Saison ausgelaufen. Wie schaut's mit einem neuen Ausrüstervertrag aus?

Kiefer: Es ist klar, dass der Zeitpunkt des Vertragsendes mit dem Olympia-Silber und den Erfolgen im letzten Jahr natürlich sehr günstig für mich kam. Der Vertrag ist jetzt aus und ich bin eigentlich für alle Angebote offen.

Sport1: Stichwort Daviscup: Nach dem Abstieg aus der Weltgruppe muss wohl der sofortige Wiederaufstieg das Ziel sein.

Kiefer: Klar, auf alle Fälle. Der Abstieg in der Slowakei war halt auch sehr unglücklich. Wir hatten da viel Verletzungspech. Das Duell im März gegen Südafrika ist natürlich ein Pflichtsieg für uns. Und dann geht's ja vielleicht sogar gegen Österreich. Nach St. Anton geht's dann aber leider nicht - nach Graz-Unterpremstätten sind ja dann wir wieder dran mit der Austragung. Allgemein ist aber zu sagen, dass der Daviscup für mich einen hohen Stellenwert hat. Man wir ja auch nicht jünger. Mit bald 28 Jahren bin ich jetzt aber im besten Tennis-Alter und ich traue mir und natürlich dem Team da noch viel zu.

Sport1: An deiner Mütze ist zu erkennen, dass du ein großer Hannover-Fan bist. Wie sehr geht deine Beziehung zu 96?

Kiefer: Oh ja, von Kindesbeinen an bin ich Hannover-Fanatiker. Ich kenne viele Spieler und gehe auch zu jedem Heimspiel wenn ich zu Hause bin. Ich bin sogar oft beim Training und spiele bei Übungsmatches wie 8 gegen 8 mit. Die Spieler dort fragen mich auch immer wieder, wann ich wieder komme. Sogar einen eigenen Spind in den Umkleidekabinen habe ich schon. Es macht Sportlern einfach viel Freude, wenn sie mit anderen Sportlern Kontakte pflegen.

Sport1: Hast du auch schon Österreichs Teamstürmer Roman Wallner kennengelernt?

Kiefer: Na klar! Erst vor vier Wochen oder so habe ich im gegnerischen Team gegen ihn gespielt. Ich spiele meist im offensiven Mittelfeld und da krachen wir dann schon ab und zu zusammen. Er ist ein Super-Typ! Ein ganz lieber, der noch sehr, sehr jung ist. Ich bin sicher, dass er bald seine Chance bekommen wird. Ob er sie dann auch nützt, liegt dann natürlich auch an der richtigen Einstellung.

Aus St. Anton am Arlberg berichtet Christian Frühwald


Thanks ahead of time :kiss:

Space Cowgirl
12-10-2004, 08:45 PM
Oh man! I'll give it a go! Let me get started, gimme a while cos this is long!

Mary, have you ever posted on Kiwi's site asking if an English version is being planned? I was thinking of doing so, since I'm working on the translation of Rainer's site, but I don't think I'd have time to do both id I were asked to help out

Space Cowgirl
12-10-2004, 09:42 PM
OK, here you go. It was quite straightforward, actually. Kiwi comes across so well :D

Nicolas Kiefer: "The family atmosphere appeals to me"

Nicolas Kiefer in interview with the Austrian sister (media organisation) of Sport1

St Anton - after 2003 (NB this is incorrect, it should be 2002), Nicolas is taking part at the tele.ring Tennis Trophy for the second time

The former world #4 has finally played himself back into the world elite after several poor years.

Among others, four finals (Memphis, LA, Indianapolis, Scottsdale) propelled him to the #21 spot. A wrist injury, picked up at the US Open did not affect this.

Sport1 met the 27-year-old German in St Anton and chatted with him about his surprising comeback, his preparations and goals for next season and also about the Austrian player Roman Wallner, whom he knows well from being a Hannover 96 fan.

Sport1: After the years of bad luck and other interruptions, you have made a great comeback in 2004. Where did this performance improvement come from?

NK: Yes, I am really satisfied with this season. I played in 4 finals. This showed me that I am back again and that I can still do it. One reason for sure is that I worked on my fitness. But I also invested a lot of time in the game. There are several small factors. Like the pieces of a puzzle. Fortunately I did not stick my head in the sand, rather I just worked hard. And of course it's nice to know that this has borne fruit.

Sport1: Could another reason be the change in trainer? Since October 2003 you have been working with Thomas Hogstedt.

NK: For sure that also played a part. I get on excellently with him. However on the court I am the only one responsible for implementing what I have learned from him.

Sport1: The sporting highlight of 2004 was the Olympic silver medal, despite the narrow loss in a gigantic final.

NK: It definitely was! At first I was not able to come to terms with it. We had every chance to win the gold, so close that we were :sad: . Only after a while did I realise how important this medal was. Many people celebrated with me over the silver. I got a huge amount of congratulatory messages on my homepage. Since then I have become very proud of this medal. The first thing I do when I return home from travelling is to look at it. It is simply a great feeling. It brings back those big emotions.

Sport1: How is your wrist, which you injured at the US Open, causing you to miss the rest of the season?

NK: Thank you for asking. It's fine, it's great again. Of course it was a bitter disappointment that I had to miss 3 months. I got therapy for it and have been pain-free for the past 4, 5 weeks now. 3 weeks ago in Thailand I played exhibition matches in 3 different cities and didn't feel any pain. Above all, the heat (35° C/95°F) did the joint and me good

Sport1: How does the rest of your preseason training look?

NK: After the Tennis Trophy in St Anton I will fly to Monte Carlo, train there until Christmas and try to use the time available optimally. I will spend the holidays with my parents and girlfriend. I'm looking forward to that, as I don't see them much otherwise.

Sport1: Does your girlfriend travel much to your tournaments?

NK: Next year she will more. She did her state exams this year so she will be able to accompany me. Of course it is nice if she is there with me.

Sport1: This is your second time at the Tennis Trophy in St Anton. You seem to like it here, do you not?

NK: Yes, definitely. It is really great here. I'm staying in a great hotel and feel very at ease. Above all the family atmosphere appeals to me. At Wimbledon the players are always talking about St Anton, who has been invited and who is playing. It's just brilliant here!

Sport1: You didn't take so much to the skiing.

NK: That is true. It's not really my sport. I like to watch it on tv, biathlon and Nordic skiing and suchlike. It is not my thing to actually ski myself. But maybe I'll give it a go after my tennis career ends.

Sport1: What are your goals for next season? A return to the top 10?

NK: First of all I want to remain healthy and take each day as it comes. I just want to have fun with tennis again. I especially look forward to the big tournaments - I will especially be focusing my attention on the Grand Slams.

Sport1: Your contract with Adidas runs out at the end of this season. How are things looking with a new equipment sponsor?

NK: It is clear that this has happened at a good time for me, what with the Olympic silver and the successes of the past year. The contract is finished and I am open to all offers.

Sport1: Davis Cup: after the relegation from the World Group, promotion back up must be an immediate goal.

NK: Yes of course. The relegation in Slovakia was very unfortunate. We had very bad luck with injuries. The tie against South Africa in March is naturally a must-win for us. And then maybe we could be facing Austria. Unfortunately that would not be in St Anton - it would take place in Graz-Unterpremstätten. In general it is correct to say that the Davis Cup is of big importance to me. I am not getting any younger. At nearly 28 I am at my tennis peak and have great confidence both in myself and in the team.

Sport1: From your cap it is to be seen that you are a big Hannover fan. What is your relationship to 96?

NK: Oh yes, I have been a Hannover fanatic since childhood. I know several of the players and go to every home game when I am at home. I attend a lot of their training sessions and play in training games like 8 vs 8. The players there are always asking me when I'll be back again. I even have my own locker in the changing rooms :eek: . It is always fun for a sportsman to have contact with other sports people.

Sport1: Do you know Austria's national striker, Roman Wallner?

NK: Yes of course! Only about 4 weeks ago I played in a team against him. I play as an attacking midfielder and he and I had some coming-togethers on the pitch. He's a great guy. A nice guy who is still so young. I'm sure that he will get his big chance soon. Whether he uses it depends of course on the correct attitude.

Space Cowgirl
12-10-2004, 09:47 PM
I agree with him about the hotel where he is staying in St Anton. I was staying in the hotel directly opposite it last year (also 4*, only the best for moi :lol: ) and my friend and I were in the players' hotel a few times. The bar area is great, really relaxing, and the staff are nice too. We saw a good few of the players too - Rainer ( :hearts: ), Koubek, Schalken, Patty Schnyder.
Pity he doesn't like to ski though. Rainer's an ok skier, as far as I know.
Girls, looks like you will have to bitch-slap his girlfriend out of the way to get near him next year ;) . It'll be good for him to have her around, though, IMO.

kiwiteami
12-10-2004, 10:12 PM
Thanks a lot for the translation Space Cowgirl.And don't worry ,not even his girlfriend will stand in my way! lol..but damn I think that she's way way way taller than me! lol

knight_ley
12-11-2004, 02:08 AM
Thanks a lot Space Cowgirl!!

Neely
12-11-2004, 02:10 AM
lol, very cool what Kiwi says... and of course nothing can beat a SpaceCowgirl translation ;)

With Kiwi's own locker in the locker room is really awesome :eek: ;) unbelievable :clap2:


I'm also curious with what sponsor he will appear on Tour next year. He's certainly right that the contract ended at a good time after he had a successful season, I'm sure the offers are much better than after having such a year than it would have been in 2002 or 2003. ;)

Fee
12-11-2004, 03:18 AM
oh I so want to see him next year. I think I need to get to Indian Wells and my husband will just have to forgive me for not being home on his birthday...

Neely
12-11-2004, 03:12 PM
11.12.2004 : Hinflug, Heimfahrt?
Vier Mal trat Kiwi bislang gegen den Niederländer Sjeng Schalken an. Vier Mal gewann er. Das fünfte Duell bedeutet auch die fünfte Finalteilnahme von Kiwi - heute in St. Anton (2. match nach 18 Uhr).

"Ich bin mit dem Flugzeug angereist - abreisen würde ich gerne mit einem Auto", scherzt Kiwi in Anspielung auf den Siegespreis, einen KIA Sportage-Geländewagen. Ernsthaft fügte er hinzu: "Ich dachte nicht, dass ich nach meiner langen verletzungspause schon wieder so weit bin. Jetzt habe ich die Chance, das Jahr mit einem Sieg abzuschließen. Was gibt es Schöneres?"
Looks like this did write the admin of Kiwi's site and not Kiwi himself. Basically, there's not much new info in this update, it says that Kiwi already won four times against Schalken (which I told you already) and it gives the quote that he would like leaving with a car today.

The only new thing is the last sentence where Kiwi says: "I never thought that I would play so well again after such a long injury. Now I have the chance to conclude the year with a win. Is there anything more beautiful?"

knight_ley
12-11-2004, 05:14 PM
"I never thought that I would play so well again after such a long injury. Now I have the chance to conclude the year with a win. Is there anything more beautiful?"

That is so sweet :angel:

-SaFiinsBabY-
12-11-2004, 05:32 PM
@ Space Cowgirl ... you are very good ... =)

Space Cowgirl
12-11-2004, 10:58 PM
Aw thanks for the compliments, guys! :D

Neely
12-12-2004, 03:19 PM
11.12.2004 : ''Der erste Turniersieg von Kiefer/Hogstedt''
Perfekt, eine Super-Woche. Das Jahr mit einem Sieg abzuschließen, endlich ein Finale zu gewinnen, das ist klasse. Nach 1:3 habe ich im Finale gegen Sjeng Schalken richtig aufgedreht, beim 6:3, 6:4 mein bestes Tennis im Turnierverlauf gezeigt. Ich fühle mich körperlich schon wieder auf dem Höchststand von vor meiner Verletzungspause. Spielerisch fehlt natürlich noch ein wenig.

Ein schöneres Coomeback geht eigentlich gar nicht. Die Verletzungspause war eine verdammt harte Zeit. Aber jetzt bin ich zurück. Vier Mal bin ich in diesem Jahr in einem Finale gescheitert. Endlich hat's geklappt. Es ist der erste Turniersieg in meiner Zusammenarbeit mit Thomas Hogstedt. Der bedeutet mir richtig viel, auch wenn es "nur" ein Einladungsturnier war. Heute Abend werden wir feiern.

Morgen früh möchte ich vielleicht noch ein bißchen Ski fahren, ehe es am Mittag weiter nach Monte Carlo geht. Meinen Siegespreis, den KIA Sportage, muß ich erst einmal hier stehen lassen. Vor mir liegen nun zehn Tage Training auf Hartplatz, ehe Weihnachten gefeiert wird und es am 26.12. nach Australien geht. Ich kann es kaum erwarten...

Bis bald - Euer KIWI

11.12.2004: First tournament win for Kiefer/Hogstedt
Perfect, a great week. To conclude the year with a win and winning a final after all is great. After 1:3 I was on a surge and showed my best tennis of this week in this 6:3 6:4 win. Physically, I already feel on the highest level after my injury. Play-wise is a bit still missing, of course.

A nicer comeback actually couldn't exist. The injury break was a damn hard time. But now I'm back. Four times this year, I lost in a final. But now I finally won one. It's the first tournament since working together with Thomas Hogstedt. It really means a lot for me, although it was "only" an exhibition. Tonight, we will celebrate.

Tomorrow morning, I would perhaps like to go skiing a little bit [although he said he doesn't like it too much before] before we move on to Monte Carlo. I have to leave my prize, the KIA Sportage car, behind me for now. Now I have 10 days with practise on hardcourt in front of me before Christmas will be celebrated and before I will go to Australia on December 26th. I can hardly wait for that...

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
12-12-2004, 09:52 PM
11.12.2004: First tournament win for Kiefer/Hogstedt
Perfect, a great week. To conclude the year with a win and winning a final after all is great. After 1:3 I was on a surge and showed my best tennis of this week in this 6:3 6:4 win. Physically, I already feel on the highest level after my injury. Play-wise is a bit still missing, of course.

A nicer comeback actually couldn't exist. The injury break was a damn hard time. But now I'm back. Four times this year, I lost in a final. But now I finally won one. It's the first tournament since working together with Thomas Hogstedt. It really means a lot for me, although it was "only" an exhibition. Tonight, we will celebrate.

Tomorrow morning, I would perhaps like to go skiing a little bit [although he said he doesn't like it too much before] before we move on to Monte Carlo. I have to leave my prize, the KIA Sportage car, behind me for now. Now I have 10 days with practise on hardcourt in front of me before Christmas will be celebrated and before I will go to Australia on December 26th. I can hardly wait for that...

Yours KIWI

:)

knight_ley
12-21-2004, 03:28 PM
Can anyone translate this :kiss: It was on his website this morning :)


21.12.2004 : Weihnachten mit der Familie
Zurück aus Monte Carlo für einige Tage. Weihnachten steht an. Ich werde die Feiertage mit meinen Eltern und meiner Freundin verbringen. Ganz in Ruhe. Hektik kommt schnell genug wieder auf. Schon am 2. Feiertage hebt mein Flieger ab nach Australien. Dann beginnt die neue Saison.

Im Rückblick kann ich zufrieden auf 2004 blicken. Ich habe meine Leistung wieder stabilisiert. Ich danke all jenen, die mir dabei geholfen haben.

Auch allen Fans, deren Treue und Zuspruch mir unheimlich hilft, möchte ich danken. Ich wünsche Euch schöne Weihnachten und einen guten Start ins neue Jahr.

Euer KIWI

Neely
12-21-2004, 03:55 PM
21.12.2004 : Weihnachten mit der Familie
Zurück aus Monte Carlo für einige Tage. Weihnachten steht an. Ich werde die Feiertage mit meinen Eltern und meiner Freundin verbringen. Ganz in Ruhe. Hektik kommt schnell genug wieder auf. Schon am 2. Feiertage hebt mein Flieger ab nach Australien. Dann beginnt die neue Saison.

Im Rückblick kann ich zufrieden auf 2004 blicken. Ich habe meine Leistung wieder stabilisiert. Ich danke all jenen, die mir dabei geholfen haben.

Auch allen Fans, deren Treue und Zuspruch mir unheimlich hilft, möchte ich danken. Ich wünsche Euch schöne Weihnachten und einen guten Start ins neue Jahr.

Euer KIWI

21.12.2004: Christmas with family
I'm back from Monte Carlo for a few days. Christmas is up next. I will spend the Christmas days with my parents and with my girlfriend. In peace and without hurry. There will be stress soon enough again. On the 2nd Christmas Day my plane already leave to Australia. That's the start of the new season.

In review, I can be very content about 2004. I managed to stabilize my performances again. I thank everybody who helped me for that.

I would also like to thank all fans, whose faith and encouragement helped me enormously. I wish you a merry Christmas and a good start for the new year.

Yours Kiwi.

knight_ley
12-21-2004, 04:10 PM
Thank you Neely :kiss:

Tricky_Forehand
12-21-2004, 06:52 PM
Oh man! I'll give it a go! Let me get started, gimme a while cos this is long!

Mary, have you ever posted on Kiwi's site asking if an English version is being planned? I was thinking of doing so, since I'm working on the translation of Rainer's site, but I don't think I'd have time to do both id I were asked to help out

Obviously I'm not Mary :) but I spoke to Nicolas in L.A. (in July) about making an English version of his site. He said that as soon as the German one was up and running for awhile then they would do an English version.

My personal opinion? English is his third language (French his second) and the website will take more of his time to write an English entry as well as a German version. I think that he wants to keep this as personally done as possible. I'm sure it takes time out of his rare spare time to post a journal entry so to have to write in two languages might steal more of that time.

A lot of work went into his website. Personally, I'm fine with having to use the babelfish translation. I've gotten used to it :D

kek
12-22-2004, 12:02 AM
I have posted in his message book I think a while back, if he had the time just post a few words in English in his journal entry. He could write a entry in German and then a few words in English. I don't need a whole English site.

However, Neely and Space Cadet offer great translations :) I'm just grateful that he takes the time to personally update his journal. I just hope he doesn't mind that I write my messages in English on his site :p

Fee
12-22-2004, 02:47 AM
I would also like to thank all fans, whose faith and encouragement helped me enormously. I wish you a merry Christmas and a good start for the new year.
Yours Kiwi.

You're welcome. Glad I saw you three times this past season :D

Tricky_Forehand
12-23-2004, 12:48 AM
However, Neely and Space Cadet offer great translations :) I'm just grateful that he takes the time to personally update his journal. I just hope he doesn't mind that I write my messages in English on his site :p

I highly doubt that he minds messages written in English. I post to his guestbook a couple of times a month. Besides, he doesn't acknowledge just his German-speaking supporters but all his supporters.

I respect him for updating his site as often as he does. He's not obligated to his supporters at any time but especially not the brief off-season.

When July gets here and closer to the Los Angeles tournament I will tell him that I will be there. It was doing just that, that told me that he reads all the entries in his guestbook.

If I could go to IW I would :sad: :sad:

Neely
12-27-2004, 03:33 PM
27.12.2004 : Trennung
Siebeneinhalb Jahre sind eine lange Zeit. Dann ist es plötzlich vorbei und keiner kann erklären, warum. Inga und ich haben uns über die Weihnachtstage nach einer langen, tollen Beziehung getrennt, uns aber einen weiterhin freundschaftlich, fairen Umgang versprochen. Ich habe ihr vieles zu verdanken.

KIWI

27.12.2004: Break-up
7 and a half years are a long time. Then, suddenly, it's over and nobody can explain why. Inga and me have broken up during Christmas days after a long and great relationship, but we promised each other a continued friendly and fair contact. I owe her a lot.

Kiwi

RodFan08
12-27-2004, 03:35 PM
27.12.2004: Break-up
7 and a half years are a long time. Then, suddenly, it's over and nobody can explain why. Inga and me have broken up during Christmas days after a long and great relationship, but we promised each other a continued friendly and fair contact. I owe her a lot.

Kiwi

WOW :eek: Out of the blue :eek:

knight_ley
12-27-2004, 03:54 PM
WHAT?????
He was just talking about how excited he was to have her travel with him...... I am in shock..... Wow....... :eek:

kek
12-27-2004, 06:26 PM
Wow, I'm surprised that he is mentioning this on his site, something so personal. From his tone, it seemed it was her who broke things off.

It must be horrible to go through a breakup during the holidays and knowing right around the corner tennis season is about to begin and having that on your mind.

Fee
12-27-2004, 07:08 PM
Oh no, that is just so horrible for them. Poor Nic. :hug: And why do I suddenly have a vision of him with a target on his back and every single idiot female groupie type chasing him down all over the tour next year. Those of us here going to tournaments will have to do our best to protect him from the skank squad.

knight_ley
12-27-2004, 07:45 PM
Oh no, that is just so horrible for them. Poor Nic. :hug: And why do I suddenly have a vision of him with a target on his back and every single idiot female groupie type chasing him down all over the tour next year. Those of us here going to tournaments will have to do our best to protect him from the skank squad.


Oh no. You all will have to protect him... Hopefully he doesnt get scared of girls completely before I get to see him in August :angel:

Tricky_Forehand
12-27-2004, 07:50 PM
Oh no, that is just so horrible for them. Poor Nic. :hug: And why do I suddenly have a vision of him with a target on his back and every single idiot female groupie type chasing him down all over the tour next year. Those of us here going to tournaments will have to do our best to protect him from the skank squad.

That's why it surprises me so much that he revealed this on his website. Unless he trusts his strongest supporters not to go off and act like that. He may not expect the groupies to be checking the website like that.

knight_ley
01-03-2005, 04:46 PM
can those of us who speak english get this translated? :) i love you guys!!!! :kiss:

03.01.2005 : Gelungener Jahresauftakt
Das war zum Auftakt gleich ein Mega-Programm. Sjeng Schalken, den ich ja auch in meinem letzten Match 2004, beim Finale in St. Anton, bezwungen hatte, hat mir alles abverlangt. Dann noch das Wetter: brutaler Wind, zwei Regenunterbrechungen. Spielbeginn um 21 Uhr Ortszeit, Ende um 0.45 Uhr. Hauptsache gewonnen. Habe gefightet wie ein Tier. Spielerisch hingegen war es nicht so klasse. Da muß ich mich noch besser bewegen. Aber das war mein erstes Pflichtmatch seit 4 Monaten! Nach dem Matchball ist mir ein Stein vom Herzen gefallen.

Jetzt bin ich müde und platt, will nur noch in mein Bett. Habe noch ein paar Gedanken und Ideen, die ich morgen mitteile.

Bis dann Euer KIWI

&

03.01.2005 : Danke an Adidas
Mit dem Jahreswechsel hat sich mein Outfit geändert. Nicht etwa, weil ich einem modischen Trend nachgehe, nein, mein Vertrag mit Adidas ist nach 5-jähriger Zusammenarbeit zu Ende gegangen. Es waren sportlich fünf aufregende, höchst unterschiedliche Jahre, in denen ich stets aber eine Konstante hatte: den Ausrüster. Es war eine gute Partnerschaft, für die ich mich bedanke.

KIWI

Neely
01-03-2005, 08:16 PM
03.01.2005: Successful kick-off for the new season
That was a difficult task right at the beginning. Sjeng Schalken, whom I defeated in my last 2004 match in the final of St. Anton, made it very difficult for me. And then the weather: strong winds and two rain delays. Play started at 21:00 local time, ended at 0:45. Main thing is that I won. I fighted like an animal. My play wasn't that good, I must move better. But it was my first official match since 4 months. It took a big load off my mind after the match point.
I'm tired and exhausted now, I just want to go to bed. I have a few more thoughts and ideas about that I will let you know tomorrow.

Yours Kiwi

___________________________

03.01.2005: Thank you, Adidas!
With the new year, my outfit has changed. Not because I'm following a new fashion trend, but because my contract with Adidas has expired after a five year long cooperation. It have been five exciting and very different years, in which I always had one constant: the endorsement.
It was a very good partnership for that I would like to thank.

Kiwi

knight_ley
01-03-2005, 08:38 PM
Not because I'm following a new fashion trend...

:haha: he makes me giggle sometimes....... :lol:

RodFan08
01-03-2005, 09:08 PM
:haha: he makes me giggle sometimes....... :lol:

me too lol

RodFan08
01-03-2005, 09:14 PM
So he's with Wilson now?

Neely
01-03-2005, 10:43 PM
So he's with Wilson now?
really? :confused:
and from what do you conclude that? from the pics?
_____________________

BTW, does the expression "fight like an animal" make sense in English? or how do you say when somebody was fighting intensively? I have translated it word by word from the German one and was wondering if something like that exists in English as well?

knight_ley
01-03-2005, 11:15 PM
really? :confused:
and from what do you conclude that? from the pics?
_____________________

BTW, does the expression "fight like an animal" make sense in English? or how do you say when somebody was fighting intensively? I have translated it word by word from the German one and was wondering if something like that exists in English as well?

i think she means cuz of his socks......... but i dont think he's using like Wilson clothes or else he'd have a "W" on his shirt and shorts.

and yes "fight like an animal" does make sense in english :)

Neely
01-03-2005, 11:35 PM
yeah, I'm glad that you understood it and that it didn't sound strange or ridiculous for you ;) :angel:

Yes, you're right! ah, now I see it... he is really wearing Wilson socks, you can see a part of the letters on the socks!

kek
01-04-2005, 12:12 AM
I imagine he is still sponserless or still in talks. I imagine as soon as he signs with someone, he will let us know.

kfh_9118
01-04-2005, 03:27 AM
Thanks for the translations :wavey:

RodFan08
01-04-2005, 04:49 AM
i think she means cuz of his socks......... but i dont think he's using like Wilson clothes or else he'd have a "W" on his shirt and shorts.

and yes "fight like an animal" does make sense in english :)

Yeah, I was talking about the socks:)

Tennisqueen
01-04-2005, 12:31 PM
Here his latest entry:

04.01.2005 : Asse für Tsunami-Opfer
Die Bilder gehen mir nicht aus dem Kopf. Vor wenigen Wochen bin ich mit meinem Kollegen Paradorn Srichaphan noch durch seine Heimat Thailand gereist, dieses wunscherschöne Land, habe die Gastfreundschaft der Menschen genossen und im Hotel Banyan Tree in Phuket übernachtet. Jetzt ist alles zerstört.

Noch am Unglückstag selbst habe ich versucht, Paradorn per SMS zu kontakten und nichts gehört. Inzwischen habe ich mit ihm gesprochen und ihm angeboten, zu helfen, wo ich kann. Ich möchte gerne mit ihm einen Schaukampf spielen und dadurch Einnahmen erzielen. Wir werden uns in Melbourne zusammensetzen und einen Termin suchen.

Bis dahin habe ich eine andere Aktion gestartet: Asse für die Tsunami-Opfer. Für jedes Ass, dass mir bei meinen drei Turnier-Einsätzen in Australien, also zur Zeit in Adelaide, dann in Sydney und letztlich in Melbourne, gelingt, spende ich 100 Doller. Im Spiel gegen Sjeng Schalken gelangen mir fünf Asse, die also 500 Dollar einbrachten. Diese Quote möchte ich schon gegen meinen nächsten Gegner, den Franzosen Cyril Saulnier, steigern - und natürlich noch lange im Turnier bleiben. Nun habe ich einen zweiten zwingenden Grund dafür!

Euer KIWI

knight_ley
01-04-2005, 03:32 PM
Here his latest entry:

04.01.2005 : Asse für Tsunami-Opfer
Die Bilder gehen mir nicht aus dem Kopf. Vor wenigen Wochen bin ich mit meinem Kollegen Paradorn Srichaphan noch durch seine Heimat Thailand gereist, dieses wunscherschöne Land, habe die Gastfreundschaft der Menschen genossen und im Hotel Banyan Tree in Phuket übernachtet. Jetzt ist alles zerstört.

Noch am Unglückstag selbst habe ich versucht, Paradorn per SMS zu kontakten und nichts gehört. Inzwischen habe ich mit ihm gesprochen und ihm angeboten, zu helfen, wo ich kann. Ich möchte gerne mit ihm einen Schaukampf spielen und dadurch Einnahmen erzielen. Wir werden uns in Melbourne zusammensetzen und einen Termin suchen.

Bis dahin habe ich eine andere Aktion gestartet: Asse für die Tsunami-Opfer. Für jedes Ass, dass mir bei meinen drei Turnier-Einsätzen in Australien, also zur Zeit in Adelaide, dann in Sydney und letztlich in Melbourne, gelingt, spende ich 100 Doller. Im Spiel gegen Sjeng Schalken gelangen mir fünf Asse, die also 500 Dollar einbrachten. Diese Quote möchte ich schon gegen meinen nächsten Gegner, den Franzosen Cyril Saulnier, steigern - und natürlich noch lange im Turnier bleiben. Nun habe ich einen zweiten zwingenden Grund dafür!

Euer KIWI

:angel: can someone translate? :confused: :wavey:

Boris betadvice
01-04-2005, 04:26 PM
For each ASS that with my three tournament in corroding in Australia, thus at present in Adelaide, succeeds to me then in Sydney and in the long run in Melbourne, I donate 100 Doller. In the play against Sjeng Schalken arrive to me five Asse, which brought in thus 500 dollar. I would like this ratio already approximately mine next opponent, who Cyril Saulnier is enough for Frenchmen, to increase - and naturally still in the tournament to remain. Now I have a second compelling reason for it!

knight_ley
01-04-2005, 06:17 PM
ASS? what is that? :confused:

and can someone please translate the whole entry? I'm so confused... :confused:

:hug:

Neely
01-04-2005, 06:24 PM
Ass in German means ace... for every ace Kiwi hits in Australia he wants to donate 100$ to help the people of the tsunami disaster.

I have to leave now, I will be able to translate it at earliest in four/five hours when I'm back home again.

knight_ley
01-04-2005, 06:25 PM
Ass in German means ace... for every ace Kiwi hits in Australia he wants to donate 100$ to help the people of the tsunami disaster.

I have to leave now, I will be able to translate it at earliest in four/five hours when I'm back home again.


OOOH! :lol: my friends and i were totally confused... lol... Thanks for clarifying that :)

:kiss:

RodFan08
01-04-2005, 07:28 PM
OOOH! :lol: my friends and i were totally confused... lol... Thanks for clarifying that :)

:kiss:

Yeah, I was really confused too lol
That's funny that that means something totally different in German.

knight_ley
01-04-2005, 07:39 PM
Yeah, I was really confused too lol
That's funny that that means something totally different in German.

:haha: my friend was like "what is he doing with his ass" :lol:

;)

at least we got it all straightened out!

RodFan08
01-04-2005, 09:11 PM
:haha: my friend was like "what is he doing with his ass" :lol:

:haha:

Neely
01-05-2005, 12:53 AM
here is the translation :wavey:


04.01.2005 : Aces for the Tsunami victims

I just can't get rid of all these images in my mind. Only a few weeks ago I toured with my collegue Paradorn Srichaphan around in his home country Thailand, such a beautiful country, and I enjoyed the hospitality of the people there and I stayed overnight at the hotel Banyan Tree in Phuket. Now everything is destroyed there.

Yet at the same day as all that has happened, I tried to reach Paradorn by SMS but I didn't hear anything from him in return. Meanwhile I have spoken with him and offered him to help where I can. I would like to play an exhibition with him to generate money and to help. We will fix a date together at Melbourne.

Until then, I started another campaign so far: Aces for the tsunami victims. For every ace I hit during my tournaments in Australia -now Adelaide, then Sydney and finally Melbourne, I will donate 100 Dollar. In the match against Sjeng Schalken I hit five aces for 500 Dollar. I would like to raise this value against my next opponet, the Frenchman Cyrial Saulnier - and, of course, I would like to stay in the tournament as long as possible. nächsten Gegner, den Franzosen Cyril Saulnier. Now I have another strong reason to win.

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
01-05-2005, 01:11 AM
thank you so much neely!!!!!!!!!

i am having an impossible time finding live scoring for Kiwi's match... liek a website. Do you know of any?

Neely
01-05-2005, 01:36 AM
thank you so much neely!!!!!!!!!

i am having an impossible time finding live scoring for Kiwi's match... liek a website. Do you know of any?
No, probably not. At least I don't know any.
People told me that there is no TV broadcast (until semis or final?) and the homepage also doesn't provide any scoreboard.

I think there is zero chance then that we know about the scores before final result is posted somewhere. :sad:

knight_ley
01-05-2005, 01:44 AM
No, probably not. At least I don't know any.
People told me that there is no TV broadcast (until semis or final?) and the homepage also doesn't provide any scoreboard.

I think there is zero chance then that we know about the scores before final result is posted somewhere. :sad:

:sad: I am having a tennis party to watch his numbers change :(

I think it should be the law that websites need livescoring...

Neely
01-05-2005, 01:55 AM
Sure, if somebody with knowledge installed it on the tournament homepages... then they should connect the scoreboards on the courts with the internet... or they should give the chair umpires electronic scoring devices as it's done at some tournaments.

It wouldn't have to be such a detailled scoreboard like at Grand Slams or Masters or a few other tournaments, just the scores and numbers would be enough.

There would be plenty of possibilities, but some tournaments don't have a scoreboard for years and I'm not sure when they finally would like to change this.

kfh_9118
01-05-2005, 06:35 AM
Not sure, but I think they will broadcast the SF matches here in Australia. If so, I will try to give score game by game ;)

Now, let's hope Kiwi will make it to the SF :angel:

Tricky_Forehand
01-05-2005, 09:20 AM
The computer must be the first thing he goes to after a match :lol:

05.01.2005 : Der Rhythmus kommt, das Schnitzel wartet
Erstes Turnier, zweiter Sieg. Gegen Cyril Saulnier, gegen den ich bei den US Open zuletzt gewonnen hatte, ist schon vieles besser gelaufen. Ich habe mich besser bewegt, besser zum Ball gestanden. Und das, obwohl es wieder sehr windig war. Langsam kommt die Form, kommt der Rhythmus, der mir zuletzt fehlte.

Zu meiner Chaity kommen leider nur 100 US Doller hinzu, weil mir nur ein Ass gelang. Aber ich bin weiter im Turnier, kann also weiter sammeln. Sensationell, was ich aus Deutschland hörte: Schumi gibt 10 Mio Dollar. Chapeau!

Übrigens sind wahnsinnig viele deutsche Fans hier. Wußte gar nicht, dass es eine halbe Stunde von Adelaide entfernt ein deutsches Dorf gibt. Wenn ich Zeit habe, werd ich dort mal vorbeischauen und ein schönes Schnitzel essen gehen...

KIWI

knight_ley
01-05-2005, 03:37 PM
The computer must be the first thing he goes to after a match :lol:

:lol: Neely? Can you translate? :lol:

Do you realize I would die without you translating things for us English speakers??? :hug:

Space Cowgirl
01-05-2005, 08:40 PM
:lol: Neely? Can you translate? :lol:

Do you realize I would die without you translating things for us English speakers??? :hug:


Hi all :wavey: Happy New Year! I'm back online after my Christmas break and happy that Kiwi is doing so well (now if Rainer could get his form back I'd be even happier!)

Anyway, here's the translation (and hats off to Kiwi for his "ace" idea for raising money)


5/1/05 The rhythm is coming back, the schnitzel is waiting

First tournament, second win. Against Cyril Saulner, against whom I won in the US Open, things went really well. I was moving better and was better placed playing the ball. This, despite the weather being very windy once again. Slowly my form and the rhythm, which were missing lately, are coming back again.
Alas I was only able to add $100 to my charity fund, because I only hit one ace. But I'm further on in the tournament and so can score more. Sensational news from Germany: Schumi (Michael Schumacher) has donated $10million. Hats off to him!
There is a huge amount of German fans here. I never knew that there is a German village a half-hour away from Adelaide. If I have the time, I will head up there and dine one a nice schnitzel...

knight_ley
01-05-2005, 10:05 PM
Hi all :wavey: Happy New Year! I'm back online after my Christmas break and happy that Kiwi is doing so well (now if Rainer could get his form back I'd be even happier!)

Anyway, here's the translation (and hats off to Kiwi for his "ace" idea for raising money)

thank you!!! :hug:

knight_ley
01-05-2005, 10:06 PM
Hi all :wavey: Happy New Year! I'm back online after my Christmas break and happy that Kiwi is doing so well (now if Rainer could get his form back I'd be even happier!)

Anyway, here's the translation (and hats off to Kiwi for his "ace" idea for raising money)

one question. what is Schnitzel? :confused:

Space Cowgirl
01-05-2005, 10:36 PM
Heheh, I kinda thought someone would ask that! A schnitzel is a popular dish in Germany and Austria (also known as a Wiener Schnitzel). It's simply a veal cutlet breaded and fried, usually served with French fries.

knight_ley
01-05-2005, 11:12 PM
Heheh, I kinda thought someone would ask that! A schnitzel is a popular dish in Germany and Austria (also known as a Wiener Schnitzel). It's simply a veal cutlet breaded and fried, usually served with French fries.

mmm... :)

kek
01-06-2005, 12:17 AM
Heheh, I kinda thought someone would ask that! A schnitzel is a popular dish in Germany and Austria (also known as a Wiener Schnitzel). It's simply a veal cutlet breaded and fried, usually served with French fries.


There is a local chain of resturants here in Austin, Tx, called Weiner Schnitzel. There is a lot of German settlers who settled around here in Texas and you'll find several German sounding towns nearby with lots of German food. I can eat a bratwurst wrapped in a flour tortilla (remember I'm in Texas) all day long.

Besides the food, there is a lot of German influence in central Texas with Oktoberfest and the weiner dog races, where we race daschunds. My dogs Oscar and Otto never cross the finish line ;)

Tricky_Forehand
01-07-2005, 08:26 AM
I translated the latest entry with babelfish. He mentioned something about being surprised of the reaction to his hitting aces & donating a $100/each. Is he surprised by the compliments or did someone make a negative comment?

And he is skipping Sydney :sad:

07.01.2005 : Gutes Spiel, schlechtes Spiel !?!?
Aus im Viertelfinale. Ärger. Matchball vergeigt im zweiten...

Nein, so will ich das nicht stehen lassen. Ein guter Jahresauftakt nach langer Verletzung. Zwei gute Spieler geschlagen, dem dritten mit Pech unterlegen - und das nach der langen Verletzungspause!

Ich bin noch nicht stabil, kann noch nicht konstant auf dem Niveau spielen, das ich vor meiner Verletzung hatte. Damit muß ich mich abfinden, auch wenn es mir mit meinem Ehrgeiz schwer fällt.

Ich darf nicht an die Form der US-Serie des letzten Jahres denken, sondern, wie ich vor zwölf Monaten in die Saison gestolpert bin: mit Niederlagen. Vier in Folge. Nun waren es zwei Siege. Eine ordentliche Bilanz!

Zwölf Asse halfen nicht zum Sieg über Rochus. Im Turnierverlauf gelangen mir 18 dieser Winnerschläge. Ich stocke auf 2000 Euro auf und wundere mich über manchen Eintrag hier im Gästebuch zu diesem Thema.

Ach ja. In Sydney werden keine Asse hinzukommen können. Die dreieinhalb Stunden auf dem Acker haben mich doch etwas mitgenommen. Rücken und Handgelenk schmerzen. Ich werde eine Turnierpause einlegen, trainieren und mich ordentlich auf Melbourne vorbereiten.

Ich melde mich - Euer KIWI

JMG
01-07-2005, 01:04 PM
There are a few negative comments in the GB about that.

Things like "you've earned 4,9 millions in your career and now you donate only 100 $/ace. You should donate 1000. the members of my tennisclub have donated 3500 and we are only students"

knight_ley
01-07-2005, 03:11 PM
Can someone translate that :confused:

:angel:

Neely
01-07-2005, 05:11 PM
..
07.01.2005: Good match, bad match?!
Out in quarterfinals. Anger. Match point blown in the 2nd set...

No, I want to deny that. It was a good start after long injury. I have beaten two good players and I had bad luck in the third match - and all that after a long injury break.

I'm not stable yet, I can't consisently play yet on the niveau I had before my injury. I have to deal with that, even though it's a tough pill to swallow because I'm very ambitious. I may not think of the form of the US Open Series of last year, I have to remember how I started 12 months ago: with losses. Four in a row. Now it have been two wins. This record is okay.

Twelve aces have not been enough for a victory over Rochus. I hit 18 aces in this tournament. I will round up to 2000 Euro and I'm surprised about some entries in my guestbook concerning this topic.

In Sydney no more aces will follow. The three and a half hours on the court have been a little bit too much for me. My back and wrist are hurting. I will take a litte tournament break, I will practise and do a proper preparation for Melbourne.

I will let you know - Yours Kiwi

kek
01-07-2005, 06:49 PM
There are a few negative comments in the GB about that.

Things like "you've earned 4,9 millions in your career and now you donate only 100 $/ace. You should donate 1000. the members of my tennisclub have donated 3500 and we are only students"


I'm just happy that Kiwi is doing something for the victims. Tennis athletes as a whole is at least donating. Most tennis players don't rack up the millions like most athletes and those are the ones I haven't heard them donating a cent.

For example, Michael Vick quarterback for the Falcons just signed a $130 million deal plus $37 million in bonuses. That is who I would be angry at is players like that who haven't donated a cent. I apologize if he has donated, but just using him as an example.

knight_ley
01-07-2005, 09:44 PM
..

Thanks Neely :hug:

I wonder why he is surprised by entries in his guestbook. I cannot read the German ones, but the ones in English are all very nice. I wonder if he wasn't expecting recognition :confused:

Tricky_Forehand
01-07-2005, 10:33 PM
There are a few negative comments in the GB about that.

Things like "you've earned 4,9 millions in your career and now you donate only 100 $/ace. You should donate 1000. the members of my tennisclub have donated 3500 and we are only students"

Ridiculous :rolleyes:

knight_ley
01-07-2005, 11:14 PM
There are a few negative comments in the GB about that.

Things like "you've earned 4,9 millions in your career and now you donate only 100 $/ace. You should donate 1000. the members of my tennisclub have donated 3500 and we are only students"

are you serious?? :mad: that is ridiculous. he's doing a lot more then most celebrities / athletes out there... UGH. :rolleyes:

kfh_9118
01-08-2005, 02:41 AM
so he won't play Sydney :confused: :sad:

knight_ley
01-08-2005, 03:07 AM
so he won't play Sydney :confused: :sad:

nope... he's going straight to melbourne to prep for AO...

RodFan08
01-08-2005, 04:14 AM
I'm surprised. That's a good move right? He got enough match practice- I hope :unsure:

knight_ley
01-08-2005, 05:43 AM
I'm surprised. That's a good move right? He got enough match practice- I hope :unsure:

I think it's a good move... he gets a week of some rest and some practice on the AO courts... i was surprised when he announced that he was going to go to Sydney, cuz originally he wasn't. He's just confusing the hell outta us... :lol: But I think it's a smart move... :)

Neely
01-08-2005, 11:42 AM
I wonder why he is surprised by entries in his guestbook. I cannot read the German ones, but the ones in English are all very nice. I wonder if he wasn't expecting recognition :confused:
He was negatively surprised about some entries because some people were bitching he was not giving enough.

No, it's not the English ones, he was relating to a few entries in German.

Fee
01-09-2005, 08:36 PM
Well, that's just kind of pathetic that people are writing that to him. He immediately called Paradorn and offered to do an exhibition event to raise money. He could have just sat down and written a check but by giving from every match he is keeping the subject out there for a month and getting tennis fans involved. What mean, short-sighted people they must be to criticize him for that.

Space Cowgirl
01-09-2005, 10:00 PM
Well said, Fee. Unfortunately some people always see the negative side of gestures like these from Kiwi. A lot of people here just don't like him, no matter what he does. I guess he's still carrying a bit of a bad reputation from his fallouts with Becker back ages ago

Neely
01-10-2005, 01:57 PM
10.01.2005 : T-Time mit Andre
Es ist für mich immer wieder ein besonderes Gefühl, nach Melbourne zu kommen. Seit Samstag bin ich in der Stadt, die Ausrichter meines Lieblings-Grand Slams ist. Es ist eine schöne Stadt, die ich über das Wochenende genossen habe. Denn zwei Tage habe ich Tennispause gemacht.

In der Stadt herrscht bereits dieses besondere Grand Slam-Feeling. Zumindest scheine ich es zu spüren. Es herrscht eine tolle Atmosphäre. Die Leute sind entspannt. Ich habe die zwei Tage genossen, Massagen genommen und bin ein wenig locker gelaufen. Jetzt aber ist wieder Tennis-Time. Heute habe ich erst mit meinem Coach trainiert und am Nachmittag mit Andre Agassi. Das wird mehr als nur Training. Wir haben geplaudert, Neuigkeiten ausgetauscht und diskutiert über Gott und die Welt.

Es wird warm in Melbourne. Morgen soll sogar die 40 Grad Grenze fallen. Egal, die Arbeit macht Spaß. Ich fiebere auf den Freitag hin, wenn die Auslosung stattfindet. Und dann auf den Turnierbeginn. Die körperlichen Probleme von Adelaide sind überwunden. Ich bin bereit für das erste Grand Slam-Turnier.

Euer KIWI


10.01.2005: T-Time with Andre
Coming to Melbourne is always a special feeling for me. I'm here in the city of my favourite Grand Slam since Saturday. It's a beautiful city which I enjoyed over the week-end. I've taken a break from tennis for two days.

You can already feel the special Grand Slam feeling. There is a great atmosphere. The people are relaxed. I've enjoyed the last two days, took some massages and went for some easy runs. But now is again tennis time. Today I first practised with my coach and in the afternoon with Andre Agassi. That was more than just practise. We chatted and exchanged all kind of news.

It's going to be warm in Melbourne. Tomorrow, 40 degrees celsius should be reached. I don't mind, the work is fun. I'm already waiting for Friday when the draw is going to take place. And then the tournament starts. The physical problems of Adelaide are overcome. I'm ready for the first Grand Slam tournament.

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
01-10-2005, 02:06 PM
aww :inlove:

Thank you Neely!! :hug:

Neely
01-10-2005, 02:18 PM
no problem, you're welcome! :yeah:

What I noticed, also interesting is the guestbook entry of Scott from Adelaide. "It was a pleasure driving you around for the tournament, Thomas as well."

So is this his driver from the tournament who left a comment?

At the end he says "thanks for the tickets" in German, so probably Kiwi gave him some tickets for the matches?! :)

knight_ley
01-10-2005, 04:45 PM
no problem, you're welcome! :yeah:

What I noticed, also interesting is the guestbook entry of Scott from Adelaide. "It was a pleasure driving you around for the tournament, Thomas as well."

So is this his driver from the tournament who left a comment?

At the end he says "thanks for the tickets" in German, so probably Kiwi gave him some tickets for the matches?! :)


:eek: That's awesome!!!!!!

*looks into getting a job as a driver for the USO*

;)

Tricky_Forehand
01-10-2005, 11:26 PM
At the end he says "thanks for the tickets" in German, so probably Kiwi gave him some tickets for the matches?! :)

That might have been a bad move on that guy's part. Now he might get people bugging him for tickets :sad: .

kek
01-11-2005, 12:14 AM
That might have been a bad move on that guy's part. Now he might get people bugging him for tickets :sad: .

Very sweet of him offer that guy tickets. Not the first time I've heard of him doing that. I have never been the receiving end of getting tickets but have gotten free drinks from Nicolas ;)

kek
01-11-2005, 12:17 AM
Forgot to add, why did that guy need the free tickets? If he was working the tournament driving carts, the tournament usually gives volunteers free tickets. Maybe they do things different in Australia.

Tricky_Forehand
01-11-2005, 09:14 AM
No, I know it's not the first time he did it. This isn't exactly something I want to broadcast but in short, if it wasn't for Nicolas....I wouldn't have seen his QF, SF, and Final in Los Angeles. I just don't want people to start hitting him up for tickets. I never asked for mine and never expected to get a ticket to the QF. Let alone the other two.

Neely
01-11-2005, 10:37 AM
and let's not forget that it could be something completely else... if you watch the URL enclosed to the entry you see that it leads to a sort of caring organization. So the tickets might have been not for the driver, but for some of the kids that they can watch tennis.

______________________________________

ohoh :eek: :eek: his new entry doesn't sound too good anymore :banghead:

11.01.2005: Gegner heißt Virus
Ich habe mich schon in Adelaide gefragt, was mit mir los ist. Nun weiß ich es: mein aktueller Gegner heißt Virus, gegen den kein Topspin und kein Slice hilft, sondern eher Ruhe und Erholung.

Weiß nicht, wo ich mir das verdammte Ding eingefangen habe. Weiß nur, dass ich seit letzten Freitag brutal platt bin. Die Trainingseinheit mit Andre war vielleicht der entscheidende Rückschlag, weil ich zu viel gemacht habe. Jetzt muß ich viel schlafen und versuchen schnell auf die Beine zu kommen.

Euer KIWI

11.01.2005: Virus is my opponent
After Adelaide, I already wondered what's going on with me. Now I know it: my current opponent is a virus against which no topsin or slice is a solution, but rest and recovery.

I don't have a clue where I caught this damn thing. But I know that I'm feeling brutally flat since last Friday. The practise session with Andre was maybe the deciding set-back, because I was doing too much. Now I have to sleep a lot in order to get fit again quickly.

Tricky_Forehand
01-11-2005, 10:45 AM
And just when I put in his guestbook that it sounded like he was relaxed & I was happy to hear that. He was probably so pumped to be hitting some in Melbourne that he didn't listen to his body and over did it. :sad:

Neely
01-11-2005, 11:09 AM
It's unbelievable, he just can't get rid of the viruses :sad:
Last time ge caught one it was when coming back from Thailand but he did well in St. Anton. Hopefully can he can handle it again well and maybe gets some medical support to get rid of it as soon as possible (but please take care what they give you unless you don't want to end up like Stefan Koubek :sad: ).
It really sucks if you have something in your body, even if it's just a sore throat, cough. And even more if you feel tired and flat all the day when you want to prepare for a Grand Slam.

knight_ley
01-11-2005, 08:01 PM
It's unbelievable, he just can't get rid of the viruses :sad:
Last time ge caught one it was when coming back from Thailand but he did well in St. Anton.


Maybe that means he'll win AO ;) :) :wavey: :angel:

Fee
01-11-2005, 08:55 PM
Wow, what a bummer for Nic, but hopefully he can recover within 48 hours. As for the tickets/driver issue. I've been given tickets by players that I've driven for the tournaments that I'm working at and it happens for a variety of reasons. Yes, the tournament gives volunteers some tickets, but there is usually a maximum and they are usually lousy seats. I've also been given tickets that allowed me to stay an extra day when I wasn't planning to. Players get hit up for tickets from strangers all the time and they can usually get out of it if they don't want to do it. I'm sure Nic will be fine regardless of what is in his guestbook.

Neely
01-14-2005, 05:24 PM
He has updated his homepage...

14.01.2005: Kiwi in Lebensangst: ''...und plötzlich fallen Schüsse''
So etwas habe ich im Leben nie gesehen und wünsche es meinem ärgsten Feind nicht. Wenn man manchmal so salopp daher sagt, man habe Angst um sein Leben, so war bei mir am Freitag diese Angst ganz reell!

Ich war auf dem Weg vom Vormittag Training zurück ins Hotel, als auf einmal fünf oder sechs Polizeiwagen entgegengerast kammen. Ich dachte mir nichts, stieg am Hotel aus und: auf einmal fallen Schüsse. Immer wieder peitschte ein Schuß durch die Luft. Ich wurde völlig panisch. Innerhalb weniger Sekunden war alles abgesperrt und ich konnte nicht mehr weg: weder weg mit dem Auto, noch rein ins Hotel. Nichts ging mehr.

Hunderte Menschen hetzten aus der Tiefgarage, von wo aus weitere Schüsse zu hören waren. Auf einmal kam der Wahnsinnige mit Pistole auch die Auffahrt hoch gelaufen und ich habe Schweißausbrüche bekommen. Der Typ stand zehn Meter von mir entfernt, in der rechten Hand die Knarre. Ich dachte: jetzt ist alles vorbei, der pustet dich weg. Ich hatte Angst pur!

Es war wie im Film, nur leider brutale Realität. Ich wurde von Polizisten auf mein Hotelzimmer begleitet, wo ich noch lange gezittert habe. Ich glaube, künftig schaue ich hinter jeden Baum. Völlig irre!

Ach ja, bin ja zum Tennisspielen in der Stadt. In der ersten Runde wartet der Belgier Rochus, gegen denn ich in Adelaide unterlag. So bietet sich mir schnell die Chance zur Revanche. Ich fühle mich langsam auch besser, auch wenn ich auf dem Platz noch immer die 4-monatige Pause merke. Ich hoffe es geht alles gut.

Jetzt aber danke ich erst einmal meinem Schutzengel!

Euer KIWI


14.01.2005: Kiwi in fear of life: ''... and suddenly there were shots''
I've never encountered something like that before and I wouldn't wish that my worst enemy. Sometimes you're joking "my life is in danger", but on Friday it was reality for me!

I was on my way from the morning practice back to the hotel and there have been five or six police cars coming up. I didn't mind and disembarked at the hotel and suddenly there were shots. Again and again. I paniced. Within a few seconds everything was locked up and I couldn't escape: neither by car nor going into the hotel. Nothing was possible.

Hundreds of people came out of the underground parking from where you could hear more shots. Then suddenly this crazy person with the gun came running up the drive from the underground parking and I was sweating. He was about 10 meters away, the gun in the right hand. I thought: now it's all over, he will shoot you. I was in pure agony!

It was like a movie, but unfortunately it was brutal reality. I was escorted to my hotel room by some police officers, I was still trembling for long time after that. (...)

Not to forget that I'm here for playing tennis in the city. For the 1st round I've drawn the Belgian Rochus who defeated me in Adelaide. So I'll get a fast chance for a revenge. I'm feeling slowly better, even though I'm still feeling the four months injury break. I hope everything goes well.

For now, I'm thanking my guardian angel!

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
01-14-2005, 05:53 PM
He has updated his homepage...




14.01.2005: Kiwi in fear of life: ''... and suddenly there were shots''
I've never encountered something like that before and I wouldn't wish that my worst enemy. Sometimes you're joking "my life is in danger", but on Friday it was reality for me!

I was on my way from the morning practice back to the hotel and there have been five or six police cars coming up. I didn't mind and disembarked at the hotel and suddenly there were shots. Again and again. I paniced. Within a few seconds everything was locked up and I couldn't escape: neither by car nor going into the hotel. Nothing was possible.

Hundreds of people came out of the underground parking from where you could hear more shots. Then suddenly this crazy person with the gun came running up the drive from the underground parking and I was sweating. He was about 10 meters away, the gun in the right hand. I thought: now it's all over, he will shoot you. I was in pure agony!

It was like a movie, but unfortunately it was brutal reality. I was escorted to my hotel room by some police officers, I was still trembling for long time after that. (...)

Not to forget that I'm here for playing tennis in the city. For the 1st round I've drawn the Belgian Rochus who defeated me in Adelaide. So I'll get a fast chance for a revenge. I'm feeling slowly better, even though I'm still feeling the four months injury break. I hope everything goes well.

For now, I'm thanking my guardian angel!

Yours KIWI


I am shaking just reading that. :sad: I hope he is mentally okay as well... I am just in shock still...... :sad:

Tricky_Forehand
01-14-2005, 10:56 PM
WOW :eek:

He's going to be shaky for awhile.

sol
01-14-2005, 11:02 PM
:eek: Kiwi :sad: :hug:

Neely
01-17-2005, 05:05 PM
17.01.2005: Auftakt-Niederlage kein Rückschlag
Wie im Vorjahr war gleich wieder Endstation. Gegen Olivier Rochus, der mich auch in Adelaide bezwang, hatte ich viele Chancen, so zum Beispiel im ersten Satz ein 5:2, das aber aus den Händen verloren. Ich hatte riesige Probleme, mich über lange Strecken zu konzentrieren. Es war einfach zu viel, was die letzten Tage über mich hereingebrochen war. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass mich das so lange beschäftigt.

Gegen Ende des Spiels habe ich zwar nochmals aufgedreht, aber es hat nicht gereicht. Es waren einfach zu viele Ups and Downs in meinem Spiel. Das hatte ich ja schon im Training gemerkt. Ich muß das Positive sehen: teilweise habe ich richtig gutes Tennis gespielt, mein Spiel gemacht, dieses aber eben nicht konstant genug. Aber ich bin sicher, dass das mit der Zeit und harter Arbeit wieder kommt.

Ich muß mich erinnern, was noch im August war, wie lange ich nicht gespielt habe, und Realist bleiben. Die Saison ist lange und auch diese Herausforderung nehme ich an. Dies ist eine Niederlage. Auf meinem Weg aber kein Rückschlag!

Euer KIWI

17.01.2005: First round loss is no setback
Like the previous year, I already reached my final destination in the 1st round. I had lots of chances against Olivier Rochus who already defeated me in Adelaide; for example in the first set when I was leading 5:2, but I gave this lead out of my hands again. I had enormous problems keeping up my concentration for longer stretches. It was simply too much what all has happened during the last days. I would have never thought that it could affect me such a long time.

Despite a surge towards the end of the match, it wasn't enough. There have been too many ups and downs in my game. I already noticed that in practise before. I have to see the positive: partially I played really good tennis, I played my game, but it wasn't consistent enough. But I'm sure that I can solve this with time and hard work.

I have to remember what was in August, how long I didn't play and I have to stay realistic. The season is long and I will accept this challenge. This was one loss. But it's not a setback on my way.

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
01-17-2005, 06:13 PM
I'm glad to see that it is not getting him down... :)

Space Cowgirl
01-17-2005, 08:24 PM
Awww, Kiwi :hug:
He's got the right attitude, the year is long yet, plenty to look forward to

kfh_9118
01-18-2005, 12:17 PM
he's definitely right, he needs to work hard on that concentration issue, esp. when he is leading in the match.

glad to hear that he stays positive and wasn't affected much by the lost.

Neely
01-18-2005, 02:02 PM
glad to hear that he stays positive and wasn't affected much by the lost.
at least he is writing that! :)
but I also hope it's true and that he doesn't lose faith in himself and all his goals... but on the other hand, I also think that he is in good hands with Thomas :yeah: ... hopefully :scared:

Neely
01-29-2005, 01:26 PM
Kiwi was seen at an icehockey match of the Hannover Scorpions yesterday
On Sunday evening, Kiwi will be playing a fundraising soccer tournament.

So he's really very active at the moment, I hope he doesn't get injured when playing soccer then... :eek: :banghead:

knight_ley
01-29-2005, 03:18 PM
I'm happy he's out and about, but yeah I hope he doesn't get too active and hurt himself.... :scared:

Neely
01-30-2005, 12:41 PM
30.01.2005 : 10 Years after: Kiwi morgen in Wolfsburg
Es war 1995: in der zweiten Runde des ATP-Challengers von Wolfsburg spielt Nicolas Kiefer gegen den Dänen Frederik Fetterlein, der eine Woche zuvor den großen Stefan Edberg bezwungen hatte. Kiwi verliert und ist dennoch zufrieden, weil er auf der "Tour" angekommen ist.

Anläßlich des zehnjährigen Jubiläums kommt Kiwi am morgigen Montag (19 Uhr) wieder in den Tennisclub Grüngold in die Wolfsburger Röntgenstrasse, um im Rahmen des Challengers ein Exhibition gegen einen noch zu ermittelnden Spieler des Vereins auszutragen.

Karten für das Turnier, die dann auch für die Abendveranstaltung gelten, sind für 8 Euro zu erwerben. Kiwi zur Aktion: "Ich brauche Matchpraxis und habe immer noch gute Kontakte zu Grüngold Wolfsburg."
30.1.2005: 10 years after: Kiwi in Wolfsburg tomorrow
It was in 1995: in the 2nd round of the ATP Chellenger in Wolfsburg Kiwi was playing against the Dane Frederik Fetterlein who has beaten one week ago the big Stefan Edberg. Kiwi lost but was nevertheless content because he arrived on the "Tour" now.

Due to this 10 year anniversary, Kiwi is coming tomorrow, on Monday, 7pm, back to the tennis club Grüngold in Wolfsburg to play an exhibition match tournament against a yet unknown player of the club.

Tickets which will be valid for the whole evening session are available for 8 Euro. Kiwi: "I need match practise and I'm still holding good contacts to Grüngold Wolfsburg."

knight_ley
01-30-2005, 05:31 PM
That's sweet.... :smooch:

JMG
01-30-2005, 10:57 PM
His opponent will be Lars Burgsmüller! :eek:

Neely
01-30-2005, 11:51 PM
His opponent will be Lars Burgsmüller! :eek:
very surprising!!

Why is this in Wolfsburg and not anywhere near me? :mad: :banghead:
:tears:

athie
01-31-2005, 06:50 PM
I would love to be there right NOW!!!!
Gooo larsie!!! :devil:

RodFan08
01-31-2005, 09:57 PM
Any one know if there gonna be any pic from this tornament? I'd luv to see Kiwi in those soccer shorts:)

Neely
01-31-2005, 11:24 PM
no, I haven't seen anything from him playing soccer there
and I don't think that we will ever get to see something about that... :shrug:

the only thing I know is that Kiwi won the exhibition with Lars today in Wolfsburg (they played one set)

athie
02-01-2005, 12:02 AM
Mr Consistency strikes again :rolleyes:
Nice one kiwi! Neely did you listen to the interview?

Neely
02-01-2005, 01:14 AM
Neely did you listen to the interview?
no, I didn't. I wanted to record it with the simple Windows Audiorecorder and trusted that it would work but when I wanted to play it I got to hear nothing because the record settings for the source were not set correctly :o :banghead:

knight_ley
02-01-2005, 03:36 AM
Mr Consistency strikes again :rolleyes:
Nice one kiwi! Neely did you listen to the interview?


is the interview online?? :confused:

Neely
02-01-2005, 08:53 AM
is the interview online?? :confused:
let's say it was online. On the homepage of the Wolfsburg Challenger I have read that will broadcast a radio talkshow from the tournament. I posted this in Rainer's thread because they said that Dirk Hordorff would be a guest there... and you could have listend to it online via a Real Player stream.

athie
02-01-2005, 01:52 PM
Spoke to them (press guys in Wolfsburg) this morning and they told me the guy I needed to speak to was busy but he’d call me back. Not heard anything yet but I’ll let you know.
As Neely said, kiwi won. They only played 1 set and it was a tiebreak apparently. They said kiwi was great with the fans to turned up to watch him play, signed a ton of autographs and chatted to them for ages!
He’s such a great sport and unlike some players doesn’t adopt a clinical relationship with his fans :worship:

knight_ley
02-01-2005, 03:44 PM
Spoke to them (press guys in Wolfsburg) this morning and they told me the guy I needed to speak to was busy but he’d call me back. Not heard anything yet but I’ll let you know.
As Neely said, kiwi won. They only played 1 set and it was a tiebreak apparently. They said kiwi was great with the fans to turned up to watch him play, signed a ton of autographs and chatted to them for ages!
He’s such a great sport and unlike some players doesn’t adopt a clinical relationship with his fans :worship:


that is great to hear :yeah: :angel:

knight_ley
02-01-2005, 04:06 PM
Can someone please translate this for us? :hug:

01.02.2005 : Ökonomischer Turnierplan
Es war eine schöne Veranstaltung, gestern Abend bei Grün Gold Wolfsburg. Gemeinsam mit Lars Burgsmüller habe ich ein "verschärftes Training" durchgezogen, das mir selbst viel Spaß gemacht hat. Den Zuschauern, die sehr zahlreich erschienen waren, scheint es auch gefallen zu haben. Die Atmosphäre jedenfalls hat gestimmt.

Aber das hatte ich auch nie in Zweifel gezogen. Immerhin kenne ich den Klub seit meiner Jugendzeit, in der ich hier viele Turniere gespielt habe. Jetzt aber war es eine Einheit auf dem Weg zurück in die Tour-Szene. Am Freitag fliege ich nach Marseille. Die Woche drauf spiele ich in Rotterdam, dann in Dubai und dann schon ist Daviscup in Südafrika.

Meine Turnierplanung habe ich in diesem Jahr auch unter okonomischen Gesichtspunkten vorgenommen. War ich vor einem Jahr zu der Zeit in den USA, so nutze ich nun die europäischen Turnierangebote, um auch ein paar Flugstunden einzusparen, die unnötige Kraft kosten, welche mir dann am Jahresende fehlen könnte.

Marseille habe ich noch nie gespielt. Rotterdam ist hoch besetzt und somit ein richtiger Gradmesser, wo ich stehe. Und in Dubai habe ich immerhin 2000 den Turniersieg gefeiert.

Ich hoffe, ich werde wieder Anlaß zum Feiern bekommen.

Euer KIWI

Thanks!!!!!!! :smooch:

Neely
02-01-2005, 05:21 PM
01.02.2005: Ökonomischer Turnierplan
Es war eine schöne Veranstaltung, gestern Abend bei Grün Gold Wolfsburg. Gemeinsam mit Lars Burgsmüller habe ich ein "verschärftes Training" durchgezogen, das mir selbst viel Spaß gemacht hat. Den Zuschauern, die sehr zahlreich erschienen waren, scheint es auch gefallen zu haben. Die Atmosphäre jedenfalls hat gestimmt.

Aber das hatte ich auch nie in Zweifel gezogen. Immerhin kenne ich den Klub seit meiner Jugendzeit, in der ich hier viele Turniere gespielt habe. Jetzt aber war es eine Einheit auf dem Weg zurück in die Tour-Szene. Am Freitag fliege ich nach Marseille. Die Woche drauf spiele ich in Rotterdam, dann in Dubai und dann schon ist Daviscup in Südafrika.

Meine Turnierplanung habe ich in diesem Jahr auch unter okonomischen Gesichtspunkten vorgenommen. War ich vor einem Jahr zu der Zeit in den USA, so nutze ich nun die europäischen Turnierangebote, um auch ein paar Flugstunden einzusparen, die unnötige Kraft kosten, welche mir dann am Jahresende fehlen könnte.

Marseille habe ich noch nie gespielt. Rotterdam ist hoch besetzt und somit ein richtiger Gradmesser, wo ich stehe. Und in Dubai habe ich immerhin 2000 den Turniersieg gefeiert.

Ich hoffe, ich werde wieder Anlaß zum Feiern bekommen.

Euer KIWI
01.02.2005: Economic tournament schedule
It was a nice event yesterday evening at Grün Gold Wolfsburg. Together with Lars Burgsmüller I've done an "aggravated practice session", which was very fun for myself. And it seemed as if the many spectators who have been there were also pleased. The atmosphere was great.

But I never thought it was going to be otherwise. After all, I know this club since my junior time where I played lots of tournaments there. But now it was a practise unit on my way back to the Tour. I'll go by plane to Marseille on Friday. The week after, I'm playing in Rotterdam and then in Dubai and then the Davis Cup in South Africa already arrived.

My tournament schedule was also considering economic factors. While I was in the USA one year ago, I'm going to play the European Tournaments this year to save a few flying hours which always take away a bit energy that I could miss at the end of the year.

I never played Marseille so far. Rotterdam is a very high quality tournament and therefore a good indicator of my current performance. And in Dubai I could celebrate the tournament win in 2000.

I hope I will again have a reason to celebrate.

Yours Kiwi.

knight_ley
02-01-2005, 05:53 PM
01.02.2005: Economic tournament schedule
It was a nice event yesterday evening at Grün Gold Wolfsburg. Together with Lars Burgsmüller I've done an "aggravated practice session", which was very fun for myself. And it seemed as if the many spectators who have been there were also pleased. The atmosphere was great.

But I never thought it was going to be otherwise. After all, I know this club since my junior time where I played lots of tournaments there. But now it was a practise unit on my way back to the Tour. I'll go by plane to Marseille on Friday. The week after, I'm playing in Rotterdam and then in Dubai and then the Davis Cup in South Africa already arrived.

My tournament schedule was also considering economic factors. While I was in the USA one year ago, I'm going to play the European Tournaments this year to save a few flying hours which always take away a bit energy that I could miss at the end of the year.

I never played Marseille so far. Rotterdam is a very high quality tournament and therefore a good indicator of my current performance. And in Dubai I could celebrate the tournament win in 2000.

I hope I will again have a reason to celebrate.

Yours Kiwi.

We all hope we'll have a reason to celebrate again :angel:

athie
02-01-2005, 11:08 PM
Thanks as always Neely :hug:
I was hoping for a little more info in his update about his match with Lars last night tho even tho it was for fun! :D

Neely
02-01-2005, 11:38 PM
I couldn't find more details about the match on the Wolfsburg homepage either :shrug:

knight_ley
02-08-2005, 10:55 PM
Could someone translate his newest update ?? :hug:

08.02.2005 : Die Krümmel-, statt die Kuchentaktik
Ganz ehrlich: das hatte ich nicht erwartet. Da hatte ich geglaubt, in einer besseren Verfassung zu sein. Aber immer wieder erhält man als Rekonvaleszent den Knüppel vor den Kopf, wenn man zu schnell wieder glaubt, die alte Fitness erreicht zu haben. 3:6, 2:6 gegen Karol Beck. Raus in Marseille.

Es geht ja nicht nur um die Physis. Ein erfolgreiches Tennisspiel setzt sich aus so vielen Nuancen zusammen. Und da fehlen mir zur Zeit einfach zu viele. Ich habe es ja schon in Melbourne festgestellt: Es wird ein hartes Stück Arbeit, bis ich wieder da bin, wo ich im Herbst herausgerissen wurde. Aber das ist eine Herausforderung, der ich mich stelle.

Ich muß mich wieder darauf besinnen, mit Kleinigkeiten zufrieden zu sein. Step by Step: nicht gleich erfolgshungrig auf das größte Stück des Kuchens stürzen. Viele Krümmel können ja auch satt machen...

Ich komme wieder. Aber ich muß Geduld haben. Am Freitag geht es weiter nach Rotterdam.

Euer KIWI

:hug:

Neely
02-09-2005, 01:28 AM
08.02.2005:
Honestly: I never awaited this. I thought that I'm in better shape now. But always if you think too quickly that you are back to your old fitness you get knocked back down to earth. 3:6 2:6 against Karol Beck, out in Marseille 1st round.

And it's not only the physical part. Successful tennis game consists of many little factors, and currently, I'm missing too many. I already noticed that in Melbourne. It's going to be a hard piece of work to get back there where I was torn out in autumn. That's a challenge I am willing to take.

I must find back to be content with little things first. Step by step: not immediately the biggest piece of the cake. Lots of small crumbs will also do it...

I'm coming back. I must have patience. I'm heading to Rotterdam on Friday.

Yours Kiwi.

_____________________________________



some parts are quite untranslatable... didn't know how to say for that in English, but you should understand the meaning of the rest ;)

knight_ley
02-09-2005, 02:06 AM
08.02.2005:
Honestly: I never awaited this. I thought that I'm in better shape now. But always if you think too quickly that you are back to your old fitness you get knocked back down to earth. 3:6 2:6 against Karol Beck, out in Marseille 1st round.

And it's not only the physical part. Successful tennis game consists of many little factors, and currently, I'm missing too many. I already noticed that in Melbourne. It's going to be a hard piece of work to get back there where I was torn out in autumn. That's a challenge I am willing to take.

I must find back to be content with little things first. Step by step: not immediately the biggest piece of the cake. Lots of small crumbs will also do it...

I'm coming back. I must have patience. I'm heading to Rotterdam on Friday.

Yours Kiwi.

_____________________________________



some parts are quite untranslatable... didn't know how to say for that in English, but you should understand the meaning of the rest ;)


thank you :kiss:

Neely
02-14-2005, 02:11 PM
14.02.2005 : Wird Henman wieder zum Wendepunkt?
Den Tag werde ich nie vergessen. US Open 2004, Achtelfinale. Mein Spiel gegen Tim Henman. Ich bin heute noch davon überzeugt, dass ich das Spiel gewonnen hätte. Aber bei 2:2 Sätzen und 0:3 im Fünften mußte ich wegen einer schweren Armverletzung aufgeben. Es war das jähe Ende meines Traums vom Masters. Ich war auf einem sehr guten Weg.

Was folgte, war eine lange Pause, dann harte Reha mit Eiskammer und vielen anderen Folteraktionen mehr. Seit Ende letzten Jahres spiele ich zwar wieder, habe aber bis heute noch nicht wieder meinen Rhythmus gefunden. Es fehlen Nuancen, die aber im Spitzensport schon entscheidend sind.

Morgen sehe ich Tim wieder. Wir stehen uns zum zehnten Mal gegenüber. Sechs Mal hat er bislang gewonnen. Jede Niederlage tut weh. Aber die letzte war besonders schmerzhaft. Vielleicht gelingt mir gegen ihn wieder die Wende zum Guten...

Euer KIWI
14.02.2005: Is Henman going to be the turning point again?
I will never forget this day. US Open 2004, round of last 16. My match against Tim Henman. I'm still convinced today that I would have won this match. But at 2 sets all, and down 0:3 in the fifth set I had to retire because of my wrist injury. It was a horrible ending for my dream about the Masters Cup. I was on a very good way.

A long break with tough rehab and lots of other tortures followed. Since the end of last year I'm playing again but I didn't find yet my rhythm until today. Only little details are missing, but that's already deciding in pro sports.

Tomorrow I'm going to see Tim again. We will play the 10th match against each other. He won six times so far. Every defeat is painful, but especially the last one. Maybe I can get get the turning point to good times against him...

Yours KIWI

Space Cowgirl
02-14-2005, 08:26 PM
Good luck tomorrow, Kiwi, hope you do better than your countryman did tonight!

Neely
02-16-2005, 01:25 AM
15.02.2005 : Sportliche Niederlage
5:7, 4:6: nach dem ersten Spiel war für Nicolas Kiefer das Turnier in Rotterdam beendet. Tim Henman erwies sich im zehnten Duell zum siebten Mal als zu stark, ließ nicht ein Break zu. Während Kiwi schlechte Erinnerungen an das letzte Aufeinandertreffen hat, als er im fünften Satz des Achtelfinals der US Open wegen seiner Armverletzung aufgeben mußte, wurde ihm dieses Mal durchweg eine gute Leistung bestätigt. Am Ende aber stand erneut eine Erstrunden-Niederlage und das Ende von Rotterdam. In der kommenden Woche schlägt Kiwi in Dubai auf.
15.02.2005: Sporting loss
5:7, 4:6: After the first match the tournament in Rotter for Nicolas Kiefer was over. Tim Henman proved to be too strong for the 7th time in ten meetings, he didn't allow a single break. Whereas Kiwi still has bad memories about the last match of the US Open where he had to retire because of his arm injury, this time he was confirmed a good performance. But at the end, there was another first round loss and the end in Rotterdam. Next week, Kiwi is serving in Dubai.

-----------------------------

Maybe Kiwi writes soon a few words himself, too.

NiciSunflower
02-16-2005, 02:03 PM
At least we can hope to see Kiwi playing in Dubai, for it's broadcasted on Eurosport. :)

Tennisqueen
02-22-2005, 01:39 PM
Here his latest entry:

22.02.2005 : "Ich wette - aber nur im Fußball!"
Gestern Abend bei der ARD: Da berichtet "Report aus München" über einen angeblichen Wettskandal im Tennis. Ein Zeuge wird "vernommen". Sorry, ich finde das langsam alles übertrieben. Ich weiß nichts davon, sollte eigentlich auch interviewt werden, habe das aber abgelehnt. Nicht, weil ich dazu nichts sagen will, sondern, weil ich dazu nichts sagen kann.

Ich wette auch, okay, aber nur im Fußball. Ich hoffe, das reicht als Statement für alle Sensations-Gierigen, die nach dem TV-Bericht gestern nun eine neue Schlagzeile wittern. Von mir nicht.

Euer KIWI

Neely
02-22-2005, 03:05 PM
Does already the whole world know about the soccer betting scandal in Germany where a referee and others fixed several games for the East European betting mafia?
Now, according to a report of a TV magazine yesterday, it's not only restricted to soccer, but also on tennis. Kiwi is referring to that report in his latest entry.
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22.02.2005: "I bet - but only on soccer"
Yesterday evening on ARD: "Report aus München" was reporting about an alleged tennis betting scandal. A witness was being heard. Sorry, but I think that is all exaggerated now. I should be also interviewed, but I don't know anything about that and therefore I rejected the interview. Not because I didn't want to say anything, but because I don't have anything to set about that.

I'm also betting, okay, but only on soccer. I hope that's enough for all the ones craving for sensations who are looking for new headlines after this report yesterday. But not from me.

Yours KIWI

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Neely
02-22-2005, 03:10 PM
For the German people who missed this report yesterday, myself included, there is the whole report in written form from the homepage.

They are saying that their informant and witness "an international top player" who wants to remain anonymous because he even was threatened on his life if he says something.

Schwarze Schafe im weißen Sport -Manipulationsvorwürfe im TennisAutoren : Mike Lingenfelser und Nick Golüke

Ein Sport, der Helden hervorgebracht hat. Ehrliche Einzelkämpfer, hart erarbeitete Erfolge – eine saubere Sache. Doch auch der „weiße Sport“ hat schwarze Schafe. Nach Fußball steht jetzt Tennis im Verdacht. Nach den Recherchen von report München sollen auch hier Spiele verschoben werden. Wir treffen uns mit einem internationalen Spitzenspieler. Er besteht darauf, unerkannt zu bleiben. Sogar Morddrohungen hat es in der Wettszene schon gegeben. Unser Kronzeuge tut das, was nicht sein darf. Er wettet auf die eigene Niederlage. Er erzählt:

„Man geht ins Internet, sieht seinen Namen, was ja oft genug vorkommt. Du weißt, du kannst nicht 100prozentig spielen oder du hast einen Termin in den nächsten Tagen wo anders, und dann überlegst du dir das ganz genau, ob es sich lohnen würde. Und wenn es sich lohnt, dann machst du es einfach, nimmst das Geld mit. Und wenn es sich nicht lohnen würde, dann probierst du, zu spielen.“

Schieben und Tricksen – sogar in Absprache mit dem Gegner. Der Tennisprofi sagt hierzu:

„Es ist konkret abgelaufen, dass ich verletzt gewesen bin, auf dem Turnier gesagt habe, dass ich nicht durchspielen kann, mich dann mit meinem Gegner zusammengesetzt habe, gesagt habe, wie das Match ausgeht vom Satzverlauf her, er ein paar Freunde angerufen hat, ich ein paar Freunde angerufen habe und wir dann auf eine Drei-Satz-Niederlage gesetzt haben. (...) Der Wettgewinn war zwischen fünf und sechstausend Euro.“

report München ist auf einem großen Turnier in Rotterdam – die meisten Spieler wollen sich vor der Kamera nicht äußern. Nur die deutsche Tennis-Nachwuchshoffnung Björn Phau (PLatz 112 der Weltrangliste) hilft uns bei der Recherche. Manipulationen kann er nicht bestätigen, Gerüchte hat er aber auch schon gehört. Denn gerade in der Einzelsportart Tennis, scheint das Tricksen technisch leicht zu sein. Er erklärt:

„Tennis ist halt ein Sport, bei dem es um Nuancen geht. Und wenn man den Ball ein wenig zu weit hinten trifft, macht man halt einen Fehler. Gut, das passiert halt. Man macht halt sehr viele leichte Fehler. Tennis lebt halt davon, wer die meisten unforced errors macht, der verliert. Und wenn man da halt ein paar mehr einstreuen kann, dann verliert man auch.“

Es sind eher die kleinen Turniere, abseits der Medienöffentlichkeit, auf denen solche Tricks angewendet werden können. Bei Top-Veranstaltungen wie in Rotterdam ist der Betrug dagegen unwahrscheinlich: Das Preisgeld ist hier hoch, es geht um viele Weltranglistenpunkte. Der Profizocker Christian Plenz verdient seinen Lebensunterhalt damit, acht Stunden am Tag auf Tennisspieler zu setzten, mit Hilfe von Statistikprogrammen. Ihm fällt sofort auf, wenn auf dem Wettmarkt Unregelmäßigkeiten auftauchen: etwa dadurch dass plötzlich hohe Summen auf einen Außenseiter gesetzt werden. Wettprofi Christian Plenz sagt:

„Lyon 2003 Kafelnikow gegen Vicente ist das krasseste Beispiel. Da ist der Kurs am Wettmarkt für Vicente so stark eingebrochen, dass er vom Außenseiter zum klaren Favoriten mutiert ist am Wettmarkt. Und die Entwicklung verstärkt wurde, wahrscheinlich auch von Leuten, die versucht haben, auf diesen Zug aufzuspringen; dass die eben gedacht haben, dass was manipuliert ist.“

Superstar Kafelnikow verlor tatsächlich das Spiel gegen den zuvor lange sieglosen Spanier Vicente. Der Verband der Tennisprofis ATP startet damals eine Untersuchung gegen Kafelnikow. Doch es konnten ihm keinerlei Verstrickungen in die Wettszene nachgewiesen werden. War alles nur ein böses Gerücht, weil der Russe nicht nur auf dem Tennisplatz ein „Spieler“ war?
Wie ernst die ATP die Gefahr von Wettmanipulationen nimmt, zeigt ihr drastischer Strafkatalog: Weder ein Spieler noch eine Person aus seinem Umfeld darf auf Tennis wetten. 100.000 Dollar Strafe für Spieler plus lebenslange Sperre drohen. Die ATP arbeitet dabei mit Ermittlungsbehörden und Wettbüros zusammen. Horst Klosterkemper von ATP Europa erzählt:

„Ich habe vom Cricket gehört, das weiß kein Mensch, was da für Wetten abgeschlossen werden. Und da kommen natürlich jetzt auch Wettfirmen ins Tennis rein, die hier auch ihr Geschäft suchen. Deshalb: Wenn wir sehen, dass das ein zunehmender Markt ist, muss man die Regeln umso strikter machen, damit es eben nicht irgendwann zu einem Fall kommt.“

Offiziell wurde noch nie ein Spieler von der ATP überführt. Wir gehen weiter auf Spurensuche und fragen nach, beim langjährigen Davis-Cup-Kapitän Niki Pilic:

„Ja, ich denke, dass sicher ist, dass ein paar Funktionäre den Job schnell wechseln, weil wahrscheinlich haben die ein paar Informationen gehabt, die sie nicht gesagt haben. Und was ich gehört habe, sind ein paar Funktionäre weg von der ATP. Es wurde nicht gesagt für was und warum, aber sie sind nicht mehr da.“

Frage report München: „Aufgrund von Manipulationsgeschichten?“

Antwort Niki Pilic: „Ja.“

ATP-Europachef Klosterkemper kann diese Behauptung nicht bestätigen. Betrügern im Tennis auf die Schliche zu kommen, ist äußerst schwierig. Das bestätigt auch unser Tennisprofi:

„Das wickelt man so ab, dass man eben zwei Freunde zuhause hat, denen man in dem Punkt vollstens vertraut. Ich kenne ja auch den Wetteinsatz, den sie machen, ich habe auch Zugriff auf ihre Wettkonten. Von daher weiß ich immer, wie viel Geld im Spiel ist. Und ich glaube, dass von meinen Freunden, die dadurch ja auch Geld verdienen, mich niemand übers Ohr hauen würde, weil sie sonst Geld verlieren würden.“

Auch die Mittelsmänner sind schwer zu greifen. Denn viele Wetten werden in der Grauzone illegaler Wettbüros abgeschlossen. Und im Kampf gegen sie, ist der Staat überfordert. Das belegt ein vertraulicher Bericht vom Landeskriminalamt Bayern, der report München vorliegt. Darin bemerken die Ermittler ernüchtert:

„dass die Problematik trotz zahlreicher Ermittlungsverfahren nach wie vor besteht und lediglich auf hohem Niveau stagniert. Die Glückspielszene scheint durch die bisherigen Maßnahmen nicht beeinträchtigt zu werden.“

Was bleibt, ist nur noch der Appell an die Moral. Patrick Kühnen, Deutscher Daviscup-Kapitän, sieht diesen darin:

„Den Spielern gewisse Werte auch zu vermitteln. Und im Zuge einer Entwicklung eines junges Spielers eben Dinge mit auf den Weg zu geben, dass Tennis eben auch ein sehr traditioneller Sport ist, gewisse Werte auch dazugehören, wie eben Fairplay und Respekt gegenüber dem Gegner. Das ist, glaube ich, die Aufgabe eines Trainers.“

Der unbekannt bleibende Tennisprofi sagt:

„Von der Moral her ist es vielleicht verwerflich, aber ich meine, das gibt’s in jedem Bereich, gibt es eine Art, wie man am einfachsten Geld verdienen kann. Und ich glaube, jeder gute Geschäftsmann macht das: Umso mehr Geld er verdienen kann, umso mehr nimmt er mit.“

Einer hat ausgepackt. Was kommt noch?

knight_ley
02-22-2005, 05:42 PM
scandalous.

Neely
02-22-2005, 06:12 PM
22.02.2005: SIEG! Kiwi bezwingt Safin
Jaa... 7:6, 6:4. SIEG! Das war wichtig. Ich hatte mich in den vergangenen Wochen Stück für Stück verbessert, hatte mich immer besser gefühlt. Nur in Ergebnis hatte es sich nicht ausgedrückt. Dafür nun in Dubai. Ein Sieg gegen Marat Safin hat Bedeutung. Es war ein harter Kampf und ein großer Schritt in die richtige Richtung. Ich habe mutig agiert und der Mut ist belohnt worden. Das gibt Selbstvertrauen, zählt aber morgen schon nicht mehr. Dann heißt es: neuer Tag, neuer Fight. Ich bin bereit!

Euer KIWI

Yeees... 7:6 6:4. VICTORY!! That was important. I have improved step by step better during the last weeks, felt better and better. But the results didn't express that. But now in Dubai. A win over Marat Safin has a value. It was a hard fight and a big step going to the right direction. I played bravely and it got rewarded. That is giving confidence, but it doesn't mean anything tomorrow already. Then it is: a new day, a new fight. I am ready!

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
02-22-2005, 06:19 PM
Yay!!!

kfh_9118
02-23-2005, 01:44 AM
:woohoo:

Hope he gets his confidence back now ;)

Neely
02-24-2005, 12:49 AM
23.02.2005: Arbeitssieg - aber wichtig!
Gestern die Nummer 1, heute die Nummer 92 - da hatte ich Probleme, den Rhythmus zu finden. Ich stand falsch zum Ball, war unkonzentriert und habe schlecht reagiert. Immer wieder habe ich Hyung-Taik Lee ins Spiel verholfen. Sogar im 3. Satz hatte er ein Break vor. Doch dann habe ich mit harter Arbeit den Spieß noch umgedreht.

Morgen spiele ich nun Doppel, leider nicht mit Rainer Schüttler - was im Hinblick auf den Daviscup sicherlich nicht schlecht gewesen wäre. So gehe ich mit dem Tschechen Tomas Berdych auf den Acker und im Einzel wartet am Freitag im Viertelfinale dann der Spanier Tommy Robredo. Ich verspreche, dass ich wie ein Stier kämpfen werde...

Euer KIWI

23.02.2005: Working win - but important!
Yesterday the #1, today #92 - I had problems to find my rhythm. I didn't move well to the balls, I was unconcentrated and I reacted badly. Again and again I helped Hyung-Taik Lee into the match. Even in the third set he was break ahead. But I could turn it around with hard work.

Tomorrow I will play doulbes, unfortunately not with Rainer Schüttler - what wouldn't have been bad at all considering the upcoming Davis Cup. So I'm going with the Czech Tomas Berdych on the court and in singles the Spaniard Tommy Robredo is waiting on Friday. I promise to fight like a bull...

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
02-24-2005, 12:53 AM
great job :yeah: thanks a lot! :kiss:

Neely
02-24-2005, 02:20 PM
24.02.2005: Kiwi am Rochusclub dabei
Als erster deutscher Spieler hat Nicolas Kiefer seine Teilnahme am ARAG World Team Cup vom 15. bis 21. Mai 2005 erklärt, wie die Turnierleitung heute mitgeteilt hat. Für Kiwi wird es der sechste Auftritt im Düsseldorfer Rochusclub.

24.02.2005: Kiwi commits to Rochusclub
As first German player, Nicolas Kiefer commited to the ARAG World Team Cup, being played from 15th to 21st May 2005, as the tournament reported. It's going to be the sixth time Kiwi is playing at the Rochusclub of Düsseldorf.

knight_ley
02-24-2005, 11:52 PM
24.02.2005: Kiwi commits to Rochusclub
As first German player, Nicolas Kiefer commited to the ARAG World Team Cup, being played from 15th to 21st May 2005, as the tournament reported. It's going to be the sixth time Kiwi is playing at the Rochusclub of Düsseldorf.

awesome :yeah: thanks!!!

Fee
02-25-2005, 03:34 AM
Hey everyone!
Haven't been here in a while, between my week spent in San Jose and the 'stuff' I'm dealing with at work. Glad to see these posts from Nic in the last few weeks and very encouraged by his wins this week. I am very anxious to see him in Indian Wells, and hope that I have the time to pull him aside and have a decent conversation. For some reason, I feel the urge to hug him about 8 times and say, 'okay this hug is for your injury, and this hug is for....' and so on. I'll let you know what happens. :D

Neely
02-25-2005, 07:22 PM
I'll let you know what happens. :D
Yes, please do this and tell him that there are much more people who would like to hug him ;) :yeah:

Neely
02-25-2005, 07:29 PM
25.02.2005 : Enttäuscht trotz ''guter Woche''
Im Viertelfinale von Dubai war für Kiwi Schluss: 4:6, 4:6 gegen Tommy Robredo und im ersten Moment war die Enttäuschung groß. Diese aber wurde schnell verdrängt von Zuversicht: "Ich hatte eine gute Woche und die Nummer 1 geschlagen. Endlich habe ich wieder mutig agiert. So muß ich weitermachen und darf mich nicht zurücklehnen. Ich habe vielleicht 50 Prozent meines Leistungspotentials erreicht. Aber ich will mehr. Ich will oben angreifen. Auf dem Weg dorthin ist mir in Dubai ein großer Schritt gelungen."
25.02.2005: Disappointed despite "good week"
In the quarterfinal of Dubai was final destination for Kiwi: He lost 4:6 4:6 against Tommy Robredo and in the first moment the disappointment was big. But soon it was replaced by optimisim: "I had a good week and have beaten the #1. Finally I played bravely again. I have to continue like that, I mustn't lay back now. Maybe I reached 50 percent of my potential. But I want more. I want to conquer the top. And I did a big step in Dubai."

knight_ley
02-25-2005, 08:34 PM
I'm glad he is thinking positively. He did have a great week despite this loss. Keep it up Kiwi :yeah:

Fee
02-26-2005, 03:22 AM
that's an excellent post from Nic. thanks for translating again Neely.

(and should I give him a list of the people who want to hug him? :D )

knight_ley
02-26-2005, 05:05 AM
that's an excellent post from Nic. thanks for translating again Neely.

(and should I give him a list of the people who want to hug him? :D )


:lol: i'm on the list! ;)

Tennisqueen
02-26-2005, 10:14 AM
:lol: i'm on the list! ;)
me2 :D

Space Cowgirl
02-26-2005, 07:01 PM
Add me too, Fee (even though Rainer is higher up on my list!), just because he needs a hug :)

urbanjae
02-27-2005, 12:51 AM
that's an excellent post from Nic. thanks for translating again Neely.

(and should I give him a list of the people who want to hug him? :D )

I wanna hug Kiwi too ... :hug: ;)

Fee
02-27-2005, 02:59 AM
I was kind of kidding... Hey were those messages ever given to him Australia? Should we do another round that I can give him in Indian Wells?

Neely
02-27-2005, 06:23 PM
Hey were those messages ever given to him Australia? Should we do another round that I can give him in Indian Wells?
No, because Henry couldn't reach him as planned because Kiwi wanted to leave the court as soon as possible after the loss to Rochus.
You could give him the messages in Indian Wells and say "Well, originally this was supposed to be given to you in January at the Australian Open... so don't be surprised if all people wish you good luck for Australia" :lol:

Neely
02-27-2005, 06:30 PM
27.02.2005 : Daviscup-Zeit
Ist das eine geile Stadt. Dieser Eindruck setzte sich sofort fest, nachdem ich Johannesburg erreicht hatte. Da mir aber in diesen Tagen zum Sight Seeing nicht viel Zeit bleiben wird, ist jetzt schon klar, dass ich hierher nochmnals zurückkommen werden.

In Dubai war für mich nach dem Doppel-Halbfinale Schluß. Blöderweise bin ich im Spiel noch umgeknickt, doch darf mich das im Daviscup nicht behindern. Ich melde mich.

Euer KIWI
27.02.2005: It's Davis Cup time
It's a def city. This impression was immediately present after I reached Johannesburg. As I won't have much time left for Sight Seeing these days, it's quite plain to me that I will come back there once again.

In lost the doubles semifinal in Dubai. Unfortunately I twisted my ankle in this match but this may not handicap me in Davis Cup. I'm coming back to you again.

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
02-27-2005, 07:35 PM
HE TWISTED HIS ANKLE NOW? Kiwi....... please stay healthy for us... :angel:

Neely
02-27-2005, 07:51 PM
I think nothing severe or else his message would read differently, I guess.

Tricky_Forehand
02-28-2005, 07:14 PM
24.02.2005: Kiwi commits to Rochusclub
As first German player, Nicolas Kiefer commited to the ARAG World Team Cup, being played from 15th to 21st May 2005, as the tournament reported. It's going to be the sixth time Kiwi is playing at the Rochusclub of Düsseldorf.

Cool!!! :yeah:

Is it known yet who else has committed for the German team?

Neely
03-03-2005, 02:22 AM
02.03.2005 : Wir MÜSSEN das schaffen!
Freitag um 15 Uhr geht das Daviscup-Match gegen Südafrika los. Ich gehe als Erster auf den Court, beginne gegen Wesley Moodie. Ich habe noch nie gegen ihn gespielt, werde aber mit höchster Konzentration zur Sache gehen. Daviscup hat seine eigenen Gesetze. Aber Fakt ist: ich will ein 1:0 vorlegen, damit Tommy der Druck genommen wird. Wir haben uns den Sieg fest vorgenommen. Wir müssen gewinnen. Ich will zurück in die Weltgruppe. Denn dort gehören wir hin!

Unser schärfster Gegner schlummert in unserem Unterbewußtsein: wir dürfen den Gegner nicht unterschätzen. Ich freue mich tierisch darauf, wieder für Deutschland spielen zu dürfen!

Das Training verlief bislang reibungslos und gut. Seit Dubai habe ich einen Gang höher geschaltet, bin auch im Training mal ans Limit gegangen, weil ich meine Grenzen wieder austesten muß. Die Höhe von ca. 1800 Meter kommt mir durchaus entgegen.

Also fiebere ich dem Freitag entgegen. Morgen gibts noch ein lockeres Training, am Nachmittag dann entspannen und dann geht's los...

Euer KIWI

02.03.2005: We MUST win that!
The Davis Cup tie against South Africa starts Friday at 15:00. I'm first against Wesley Moodie. I never played against him, but I will go into this match with the highest concentration. Davis Cup has its own laws, but I will make a 1:0 lead to take some pressure off Tommy. Winning this tie is our firm goal. We have to win. I want to be back in the World Group. Because there is our place.

Our biggest enemy is in our subconscious mind: we may not underestimate our opponent. I'm happy as hell to play for Germany again!

The practise so far was good and without problems. Since Dubai I switched one gear higher, also went in the practise to my limits becaues I have to start testing my limits again. The altitude of about 1800 meters is fine for me.

I'm awaiting Friday now. Tomorrow a light practise, relaxing the afternoon and then it starts.

Yours KIWI

knight_ley
03-03-2005, 02:52 AM
thanks neely! :yeah: he sounds great! very optimistic and positive! :woohoo:

Fee
03-03-2005, 03:24 AM
Wow, that's a wonderful post from Nic. Moodie can be tough or he can be horrible, so I hope that Nic can stay patient and get through this match. Go Deutschland!

NiciSunflower
03-03-2005, 04:33 PM
Hi guys!

I've just found an interview with Kiwi on sport1.de I'll post it here, if it has been posted somewhere else already then just don't mind.

Unfortunately I won't be able to post the translation within the next few hours, coz I have to work on my "Examensarbeit"... I can tell you, it's annoying at the moment to work on linguistic aspects of chat room communication...

Anyway, I'll post the translation later, as soon as I'm done with my chat room research. Nevertheless, if someone has already done a translation or has enough time to do one, please go ahead :)



Sport1: Sie sind am Samstag in Dubai beim Doppel unglücklich umgeknickt. Wie schlimm ist die Verletzung?

Nicolas Kiefer: Es war einfach ärgerlich. Das Doppel ist wegen Regens verschoben worden und wir mussten abends zweimal spielen. Da war ich vielleicht schon etwas müde und hab mich nicht richtig konzentriert, da passiert so etwas eben. Ich habe hier tolle Behandlung, daher ist alles wieder wunderbar. Ich habe am Montag einmal locker trainiert und seit Dienstag wieder zweimal. Ich werde für das ganze Wochenende wieder fit sein.

Sport1: Bei den US Open 2004 waren Sie auf dem Weg nach oben und wurden von einem Handbruch gestoppt. Wie haben Sie das verkraftet?

Kiefer: Es ist hart, wenn man so eine schwere Zeit hat, alles wieder aufzubauen. Man fängt nicht wieder bei null an, aber bei 20 oder 30 Prozent. Ich hatte schon diverse Verletzungen, aber diese habe ich am besten verkraftet. Ich habe mir eine längere Auszeit genommen. Sonst war ich immer zu ehrgeizig und habe zu früh angefangen. Das war das erste Mal, dass ich besser auf meinen Körper gehört habe. Für mich war das so etwas wie ein Sieg, ich habe meinen inneren Schweinehund endlich mal besiegt. Jetzt habe ich eher meinen Verstand benutzt.

Sport1: Nach der langen Pause verlief der Start in die neue Saison etwas holprig mit u. a. drei Erstrundenniederlagen. Wo steht Ihr Tennis im Moment?

Kiefer: Von der körperlichen Fitness her fühle ich mich sehr gut, vom Tennis her bin ich vielleicht bei 50 oder 60 Prozent. Ich merke, dass ich manchmal noch nicht richtig zum Ball stehe, zu spät dran bin oder der Abstand zum Ball noch nicht richtig stimmt. Aber das sind Sachen, die sich geben, wenn man Matches spielt. Ich kann mich auf keinen Fall mit der Zeit bei den US Open und davor vergleichen. Aber ich bin auf dem besten Wege dahin.

Sport1: In Dubai haben Sie mit Marat Safin den frischgebackenen Australian-Open-Sieger geschlagen. War der Sieg eine Art Initialzündung?

Kiefer: Ja, das war es bestimmt. Es hat mir wieder viel Selbstvertrauen gegeben. Es war ein riesiger Schritt nach vorne, weil er mir gezeigt hat, dass ich mithalten kann, obwohl ich nicht mein bestes Tennis spiele. Letztendlich ist es entscheidend, dass ich weitermache und mich nicht darauf ausruhe. So ein Sieg gegen Safin ist schön und gut, aber es geht weiter. Der Erfolg macht einfach süchtig. Mich hat die Sucht wieder gepackt, das Feuer und die Emotionen sind wieder da. Das bin ich, damit kann ich mich identifizieren.

Sport1: Bei der letzten Davis-Cup-Partie im September waren Sie zum Zuschauen verdammt. Sind Sie deshalb jetzt besonders heiß, wieder zu spielen?

Kiefer: Auf jeden Fall. Letztes Mal konnte ich nur durch anfeuern helfen, jetzt kann ich mit meinem Spiel dabei helfen, dass wir wieder den Schritt Richtung Weltgruppe machen. Der Davis Cup kommt für mich zum richtigen Zeitpunkt. Für mich ist es etwas Schönes, hier geht es um die Mannschaft, man spielt für Deutschland. Das Gefühl vermisst man, wenn sonst alleine auf der Tour ist. Das gibt noch mal einen zusätzlichen Kick.

Sport1: Ist es schwerer sich zu motivieren, wenn es "nur" gegen Südafrika geht und nicht gegen die großen Tennis-Nationen?

Kiefer: Die Motivation sollte genauso sein, wie bei jedem anderen Match. Unser Ziel ist, die Grundlage zu schaffen, für die Relegation im September. Wir müssen die Jungs aus Südafrika trotzdem ernst nehmen. Wayne Ferreira spielt wieder mit und sie haben ein gutes Doppel. Das darf man nicht unterschätzen. Aber man muss trotzdem sagen: Wenn wir aufsteigen wollen, müssen wir gegen solche Mannschaften gewinnen. Unsere Chancen auf den Sieg stehen gut.

Sport1: Wird der Erfolg besonders davon abhängen, ob Ferreira spielen wird oder nicht oder wer mit der Höhenluft am besten zurecht kommt?

Kiefer: Ich glaube nicht. Wayne ist immer gefährlich, man darf ihn nicht unterschätzen. Aber er hat seit den US Open kein Match bestritten. Es sind schon andere Bedingungen hier, man merkt die Höhenluft, die Bälle fliegen alle etwas mehr. Man merkt es auch am eigenen Körper: Man ist schneller außer Atem, dafür schläft man hier aber auch besser. Man muss einfach härter bespannen, dann sollte das kein Problem sein.

Sport1: Rechnen Sie neben dem Einzel auch mit einem Einsatz im Doppel?

Kiefer: Ich gehe davon aus, dass ich an allen drei Tagen spiele. Fit genug bin ich und meinem Spiel kann es nur zugute kommen. Letztendlich wird es davon abhängen, wie lange wir am Freitag spielen und wie es steht. Ich würde mich schon freuen, wenn ich drei Punkte für Deutschland holen kann.

NiciSunflower
03-03-2005, 05:45 PM
Here you go, I think it's not that good, coz I did it next to my research things, so I didn't take enough time to do it properly. So please don't mind mistakes. ;)

Nici


Sport1: You have twisted your ankle during the doubles in Dubai on Saturday. How bad is the injury?

Kiwi: It's been annoying. The double had been delayed due to rain and we had to play twice in the evening. I might have been a little bit tired by then and didn't really concentrate, sth like that can happen. I get great treatment here, therefore everything is wonderful again. I've trained once on Monday and twice a day since Tuesday. I'll be fit again for the whole weekend.

Sport1: At the USO 04 you were on the way to the top and stopped by breaking your wrist. How did you manage that?

Kiwi: It's difficult to build up everything again when you're having such hard times. I've had several injuries, but I coped best with this one. I took quite a time off. So far I had always been too ambitious and started too early. This was the first time that I listened to my body. That was some kind of victory for me, I've overcome my baser instincts (does that make any sense in English, not sure about the translation...). Now I've rather used my brains.

Sport1: After the long break the start of the new season was a little bit bumpy with three first round losses among others. Where's your tennis at the moment?

Kiwi: Concerning physical fitness I feel very good, when it comes to tennis it's perhaps at 50 or 60%. Sometimes I notice standing wrong at the ball, or being late or the distance between me and the ball is bad. But these are aspects that don't come up when playing matches. In any case I can't compare myself with my shape at the USO or the time before that . But I'm on the best way to that shape.

Sport1: In Dubai you defeated the recently crowned AUSO champion Marat Safin. Was that kind of a booster?

Kiwi: Yes, it definitely was. It gave a lot of confidence to me. It was a huge step because it [the victory] showed me that I can keep up, although not playing my best tennis. In the end it's crucial, that I keep on working and instead of resting on my laurels. A victory over Safin is fine, but it's going on. Success just is addictive. I am totally gripped by that addiction, the fire and the emotions are there once again. That's me, that's what I can identify with.

Sport1: At the last Davis-Cup-Tie in September you were doomed to watch. Are you wild about playing again because of that?

Kiwi: Definitely. Last time I could only help by cheering, and now I can help with my game to take the step towards the world group. Davis Cup comes at the right spot for me. For me it's sth great, it's about the team, you play for Germany. You miss that feeling when you're alone on the tour. This gets you an additional kick.

Sport1: Is it more difficult to motivate yourself when it's "only" against South Africa and not against the big tennis nations?

Kiwi: The motivation should be the same as in any other match. It's our aim to lay the foundations for the relegation in September. But we have to take the guys from South Africa seriously. Wayne Ferreira is playing again and they have a good double team. One mustn't underrate that. But one has to say: If we want to be in the world group again we have to defeat those teams. The odds are in our favour.

Sport1: Will a victory be linked to Ferreira playing or not, or to who can cope best with the mountain air?

Kiwi: I don't think so. Wayne's always dangerous, you mustn't underestimate him. But he hasn't played a match since the USO. The conditions are quite different here, you notice the mountain air, the balls tend to fly a little bit more. You even recognize it at your own body: You're out of breath more quickly, but you sleep better here. You just have to string harder, then there shouldn't be any problems.

Sport1: Do you count on being in the doubles in addition to the singles?

Kiwi: I think that I play on all three days. I'm fit enough and it can only be good for my game. In the end it will depend on how long we're playing on Friday. I would definitely be glad if I can get three points for Germany.

Fee
03-03-2005, 08:14 PM
Thank you so much for translating this excellent article (and yes, baser instincts makes perfect sense in English :D).

knight_ley
03-03-2005, 10:39 PM
thanks for translating that!!!!! :yeah:

Neely
03-04-2005, 05:46 PM
04.03.2005 : Ein hartes Stück Arbeit, aber ein gutes Omen
Ein hartes Stück Arbeit war das, das Kiwi im Auftakteinzel der Daviscup-Begegnung gegen Südafrika in Johannesburg verrichten musste. Wesley Moodie erwies sich als harter Brocken, der bis kurz vor Ende des dritten Satzes kaum einen Servicefehler machte und über 75 Prozent der ersten Aufschläge ins Feld brachte.

Doch Kiwi blieb ruhig. Man merkte ihm an, dass er immer an seine Chance glaubte. So konnte Moodie nicht durchspielen… Mit dem Gewinn des zweiten Tie Breaks war die Wende geschafft, der Weg zum Fünf-Satz-Sieg und damit zur 1:0-Führung frei.

Ein gutes Omen? Auch in seinem ersten Daviscup-Spiel, im April 1998 in Bremen, ebenfalls gegen Südafrika, damals aber gegen Grant Stafford, lag Kiwi 0:2-Sätze zurück, gewann 3:2 und legte damit den Grundstein zum 5:0-Gesamtsieg.

04.03.05: A hard piece of work, but a good omen
That was really hard work what Kiwi had to get done in the first rubber of the Davis Cup tie against South Africa in Johannesburg. Wesley Moodie was a very hard opponent who almost didn't miss a serve until the end of the third set and whose 1st serve was more than 75 percent.

But Kiwi remained quiet. You could see that he always believed in his chance. Moodie couldn't continue playing like that the whole match long... The turning point was reached by winning the third set tiebreak which was the way to leading 1-0 now in the tie.´

A good omen? In his first Davis Cup match against South Africa in April 1998 in Bremen, against Grant Stafford, Kiwi was also down 0-2 sets, won 3-2 in the end and Germany went on winning the tie 5-0.

knight_ley
03-05-2005, 02:05 AM
04.03.05: A hard piece of work, but a good omen
That was really hard work what Kiwi had to get done in the first rubber of the Davis Cup tie against South Africa in Johannesburg. Wesley Moodie was a very hard opponent who almost didn't miss a serve until the end of the third set and whose 1st serve was more than 75 percent.

But Kiwi remained quiet. You could see that he always believed in his chance. Moodie couldn't continue playing like that the whole match long... The turning point was reached by winning the third set tiebreak which was the way to leading 1-0 now in the tie.´

A good omen? In his first Davis Cup match against South Africa in April 1998 in Bremen, against Grant Stafford, Kiwi was also down 0-2 sets, won 3-2 in the end and Germany went on winning the tie 5-0.

Thanks!!!!!! :yeah:

Neely
03-07-2005, 12:47 AM
06.03.2005 : Kiwi mußte wegen Armproblemen passen
Zu gerne hätte Nicolas Kiefer den "Sack zugemacht." Am liebsten schon am Samstag mit Rainer Schüttler im Doppel. Dafür verdrängte er auch, dass ihn sein rechtes Handgelenk wieder etwas schmerzte. Im Verlauf des Doppels steigerte sich das so, dass er am Ende kaum noch einen Volley richtig nehmen konnte. Man sah es deutlich beim Matchball.

"Deshalb habe ich den Teamchef gebeten, mich am Sonntag pausieren zu lassen. Shaker war frisch und deshalb sicherlich die bessere Wahl." Es ging gut. Deutschland gewann das Daviscup-Match in Südafrika. "Das ist der Grundstein für den Wiederaufstieg, für die Rückkehr in die Liga, in die wir gehören." Jetzt aber geht es erst einmal nach Indian Wells.

06.03.2005: Kiwi had to take a break due to arm problems
Nicolas Kiefer would have loved to clinch the victory. Preferably on Saturday in the doubles together with Rainer Schüttler. For this doubles he tried to forget about that he felt again a little pain in his right wrist. During the doubles the pain increased and he could hardly properly play a volley anymore. You could clearly see this on match point.

"That's why I have requested the team captain to give me a break on Sunday. Shaker was fresh and was therefore the better choice." It went well. Germany won the Davis Cup tie in South Africa. That's the basement for returning to the World Group, the level where we belong." But first, Indian Wells is next.

Neely
03-13-2005, 06:27 PM
13.03.2005: Novum im 9. Profijahr
"Das ist mir ja in meiner Profizeit noch nie passiert", bekannte Nicolas Kiefer. 6:0, 6:0 hatte er den Armenier Saris Sargsian geschlagen und somit einen perfekten Auftakt in Indian Wells hingelegt. Perfekt? "Es war sehr gut. Aber zufrieden darf man nie sein. Es gibt immer etwas zu verbessern. Ich habe sehr konzentriert gespielt, von der Grundlinie teilweise wieder richtig agressiv. So stelle ich mir das vor. Ein solches Ergebnis ist schon ein geiles Gefühl."
Dennoch ging er unmittelbar nach dem Match mit seinem Trainer Thomas Hogstedt nochmals auf den Trainingsplatz. Denn die nächste Aufgabe ist deutlich größer. Es wartet French Open Sieger Gaston Gaudio aus Argentinien.

13.03.2005: A novelty after 9 years of being pro
"That never happened in my pro career so far", Nicolas Kiefer admitted. He had beaten the Armenian Sargis Sargsian 6:0 6:0 for a perfect start in Indian Wells. Perfect? "It was very good. But you may never be satisfied. There is always something to improve. I played very concentrated, partially I was really agressive again from the baseline. That's how it should be. Such a result is a good feeling." Nevertheless, right after the match he went back to the practise court with his coach Thomas Hogstedt. Because the next task is much more difficult. The French Open Champion Gaston Gaudio from Argentina is waiting.

knight_ley
03-13-2005, 08:38 PM
thanks!!!!!!!!!!! :hug:

Tricky_Forehand
03-13-2005, 09:50 PM
Has it been awhile since Kiwi made a personal entry? I don't think I've seen one signed by him in a couple weeks. I think he will have plenty to write after this week.

<<Mary>> I read about the tourneys you'll be going to. I'm stuck with just L.A. so I'm hoping that remains in his schedule :). No injuries!! :angel:

knight_ley
03-14-2005, 12:50 AM
Has it been awhile since Kiwi made a personal entry? I don't think I've seen one signed by him in a couple weeks. I think he will have plenty to write after this week.

<<Mary>> I read about the tourneys you'll be going to. I'm stuck with just L.A. so I'm hoping that remains in his schedule :). No injuries!! :angel:


I am going to Montreal with a bunch of my friends, so that'll be great. I've never been there before :) And I'm going to the US Open, but I do that every year so that's not anything new ;)

And Legg Mason is a little more than an hour from my house, and one of my friends is going to go down to that one for like a day trip, so I'll probably end up doing that too... :lol: It's so sad that that one is so close to me and I've never gone before... So far only Americans have committed for that one though :rolleyes: I want some spaniards, germans and croatians ;) :yeah:

Neely
03-15-2005, 10:03 AM
15.03.2005: So kann es weiter gehen
Auf das 6:0, 6:0 ließ Kiwi ein 6:3, 6:1 folgen. Wer nun aber fragt, ob es sich hier um ein Challenger Turnier handelt, auf das sich der Deutsche verirrt habe, dem sei entgegnet, dass es um eines der höchstdotiertesten Turniere der Welt geht. Und der Gegner in der 3.Runde war kein Geringerer als der amtierende French Open Sieger Gaston Gaudio aus Argentinien.

Zu Beginn des Spiels lieferten sich beide einen harten Kampf. 1:1, 0:40 bei Aufschlag Kiefer war vielleicht schon der Knackpunkt: "Ich habe das Ding gedreht, angressiv gespielt, mir wieder viel zugetraut und auch riskiert, dabei aber nie die Kontrolle verloren", so die Spieler-Analyse.

Nun wartet mit David Nalvandian ein weiterer Argentinier im Achtelfinale. Die Bilanz der Beiden gleicht jener gegen die bisherigen Gegner vor dem jeweiligen Match: 0:0

15.03.2005: It can continue like that
A 6:3 6:1 win followed the 6:0 6:0. If you think now that Kiwi got astray on a Challenger tournament you should be reminded that this is one of the biggest tournaments of the World. And his opponent was no less than the reigning French Open Champion Gaston Gaudio from Argentina.

At the beginning of the match, both had a good fight. 1:1, 0:40 on serve Kiefer was perhaps the turning point already: "I have turned it around, played agressively, I had confidence in myself and risked, but always without losing control", so Kiwi's analyse.

Now with David Nalbandian in the round of last 16 another Argentinian is waiting for Kiwi. The h2h between both is 0:0, just like against all the opponents he faced so far.

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Well, lets hope he can make it 1:0 in his favour like against the other two he has played so far, but Nalbandian is much stronger than Gaudio or Sargsian. This will be the real test now for sure.

Tricky_Forehand
03-15-2005, 10:20 AM
Kiwi vs. David is a sort of dream match-up for me and I am almost sure there will be no TV coverage :sad: :mad:

I can't believe this will be the first time that they've ever played against each other professionally. :eek:

I'm still missing Kiwi's personal entries. That was the best part of his site. Wonder if he's been without proper access.

Neely
03-15-2005, 10:27 AM
I have currently the feeling that Kiwi's two wins so far were too clear somehow and you may not forget that Sargsian was crap for months and that Gaudio also didn't seem to be 100%.
I just hope that I don't get to see an awful surprise in the match against Nalbandian :o :banghead: He is clearly the best opponent so far.

Yes, his personal entries are missing since longer time. I don't think he has any troubles getting access. This shouldn't be the case anywhere at a tournament in a country like the US and therefore if you wanted to get internet access, you should be able to get one IMO.

Maybe he currently isn't in the mood for updating or -what would be even better- he is toooo concentrated and focused to think about anything else than tennis at the moment :angel: ;)

JMG
03-15-2005, 12:55 PM
15.03.2005: It can continue like that

Now with David Nalbandian in the round of last 16 another Argentinian is waiting for Kiwi. The h2h between both is 0:0, just like against all the opponents he faced so far.



Yes, I think the h2h was 0-0 in his 6 last matches against Lee, Robredo, Moodie, Sargsian, Gaudio and Nalbandian. :eek:

knight_ley
03-16-2005, 11:48 PM
16.03.2005 : Wunderbares Tennis
Das Viertelfinale beim Masters in Indian Wells ist erreicht, der Gegner wird noch ermittelt: entweder Roger Federer oder Ivan Ljubicic. "Lieber wäre mir Roger. Weil er ist der Top-Guy des Tennis. Ihn muß ich schlagen, um auf meinem Weg weiterzukommen", so Nicolas Kiefer. Und sein Trainer Thomas Hogstedt ist optimistisch: "Wenn Kiwi so fortfährt, kann er jeden schlagen."

Immerhin war David Nalbandian der zweite Top 10-Player, den Kiwi aus dem Turnier warf, jedoch der erste richtig harte Brocken - auf dem Papier. Auf dem Court hingegen dominierte Kiwi so wie in den beiden vorausgegangenen Matches auch: "Ich dachte nicht, dass ich schon wieder so weit bin. Der Sieg über Safin in Dubai und das harte Daviscup-Spiel haben mich gestärkt." Thomas Hogstedt sagte es plakativ: "Das war wunderbares Tennis. Deutlicher hätte er nicht auftrumpfen können. Kiwi sprüht regelrecht vor Selbstvertrauen."


Neely, can you translate this for us? Thanks! :hug:

Neely
03-16-2005, 11:52 PM
16.03.2005: Wunderbares Tennis
Das Viertelfinale beim Masters in Indian Wells ist erreicht, der Gegner wird noch ermittelt: entweder Roger Federer oder Ivan Ljubicic. "Lieber wäre mir Roger. Weil er ist der Top-Guy des Tennis. Ihn muß ich schlagen, um auf meinem Weg weiterzukommen", so Nicolas Kiefer. Und sein Trainer Thomas Hogstedt ist optimistisch: "Wenn Kiwi so fortfährt, kann er jeden schlagen."

Immerhin war David Nalbandian der zweite Top 10-Player, den Kiwi aus dem Turnier warf, jedoch der erste richtig harte Brocken - auf dem Papier. Auf dem Court hingegen dominierte Kiwi so wie in den beiden vorausgegangenen Matches auch: "Ich dachte nicht, dass ich schon wieder so weit bin. Der Sieg über Safin in Dubai und das harte Daviscup-Spiel haben mich gestärkt." Thomas Hogstedt sagte es plakativ: "Das war wunderbares Tennis. Deutlicher hätte er nicht auftrumpfen können. Kiwi sprüht regelrecht vor Selbstvertrauen."

16.03.2005: Wonderful tennis
The Quarterfinal of the Indian Wells TMS is reached, the opponent is yet to be determined: either Roger Federer or Ivan Ljubicic. "I would prefer Roger. He's the top guy of tennis. I must beat him to make a further step on my way", said Nicolas Kiefer. And his coach Thomas Hogstedt is optimistic: "If Kiwi continues like that, he can beat everybody."

After all, David Nalbandian was the 2nd Top 10 player that was beaten by Kiwi, but the first real tough one - at least on the paper. Anyway, on the court Kiwi dominated like during the previous two matches, too. "I didn't think that I'm already that far. The win against Safin in Dubai and the Davis Cup victory strengthened me." Thomas Hogstedt said it strikingly: "That was wonderful tennis. He couldn't have done it more impressively. Kiwi is bubbling over with confidence."

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Yes, it really looks as if he doesn't update himself anymore since quite about two weeks already :sad: ... but I'll tell you something: I don't fucking care as long as he is playing like that :angel: :p

knight_ley
03-17-2005, 12:55 AM
Yes, it really looks as if he doesn't update himself anymore since quite about two weeks already :sad: ... but I'll tell you something: I don't fucking care as long as he is playing like that :angel: :p


Thanks hun!!!!!!!! :smooch:

And I couldn't agree with your comment more!!! :p

Fee
03-17-2005, 08:31 AM
Man I wish I was still there! But I'm very grateful that I got to see him play Sargsian, he was right on in that match and it was fun to watch. Maybe I'll see him on TV since he's playing Roger. Go Nic!

Tricky_Forehand
03-17-2005, 09:22 AM
Yes, it really looks as if he doesn't update himself anymore since quite about two weeks already :sad: ... but I'll tell you something: I don't fucking care as long as he is playing like that :angel: :p

I just thought it gave his website that personal touch is all :shrug:

I am certainly liking his confidence level though.

knight_ley
03-17-2005, 02:21 PM
Man I wish I was still there! But I'm very grateful that I got to see him play Sargsian, he was right on in that match and it was fun to watch. Maybe I'll see him on TV since he's playing Roger. Go Nic!

We don't get to see it :sad: ESPN and ESPN2 are'nt showing it :mad:

Neely
03-17-2005, 04:04 PM
We don't get to see it :sad: ESPN and ESPN2 are'nt showing it :mad:
:( :sad:

Neely
03-18-2005, 11:40 AM
18.03.2005: Kiwi, der Wadenbeißer
Auch nach der Niederlage, dem 4:6, 1:6 gegen Roger Federer, dem anerkannt Besten der Tenniswelt, verlor Nicolas Kiefer weder Optimismus noch Aggressivität. "Ich bin wieder fast da, wo ich vor meiner Verletzung stand. Aber ich werde hart weiterackern, um noch ein Stück voran zu kommen."

Sein Trainer Thomas Hogstedt hatte ja verlautet: "Wenn Kiwi ein Jahr ohne Verletzungen durchkommt, ist er sicher beim Masters."

Kiwi berichtete nach der Niederlage: "Es sollte nicht so sein. Ich hatte einen Blitzstart, konnte gleich breaken, mußte aber sofort meinen Aufschlag abgegeben. Der 1. Satz war brutal eng. Mit einem unmenschlichen Rückhand kurz cross Passierball gewann Roger den Satz. Dieser Ball hat gezeigt, warum er die Nummer 1 ist: weil er in den entscheidenden Situationen einen drauf legt. Ich hatte meine Chancen. Ich habe ihn gefordert."

Im zweiten Satz aber ließ die Gegenwehr nach. "Da wurde ich überrollt." Dennoch bleibt Zufriedenheit nach dem Turnier: Ich habe zwei Top 10-Leute geschlagen und muß weiter aggressiv arbeiten. Ich bin fast wieder der Alte - Kiwi, der Wadenbeißer! Ich gebe keinen Ball verloren, nur so kann ich wieder oben mitmischen, um die ganz Großen - Federer, Agassi, Roddick, Coria - zu schlagen, muß ich noch ein Pfund drauflegen."

Jetzt geht es weiter nach Miami. Dort wird erst einmal Erholung und Regeration auf dem Programm stehen und ab Anfang nächster Woche dann wieder Training.


18.03.2005: Kiwi, der Wadenbeißer
Also after the defeat by Roger Federer, the generally regarded best tennis player of the world, Nicolas Kiefer didn't lose optimism nor aggressivity. "I'm almost again there where I was before my injury."

His coach Thomas Hogstedt said: "If Kiwi can go through a year without injuries, he is for sure at the Masters."

Kiwi reported after the loss: "It shouldn't be like that. I had a quick start, could break immediately, but then I had to drop my serve right on the next opportunity. The 1st set was brutally close. With an unhuman backhand cross passing shot Roger won the set. This ball showed why he is the number 1: because he can increase his level in the deciding moments. I had my chances. I challenged him."

But in the 2nd set, the resistence faded. "I was rolled then." Still the contentment after the tournamant was present: "I have beaten two top 10 players and I have to continue working aggressively. I'm almost the old one - Kiwi, der Wadenbeißer! I don't give up on any ball, I can only get to the top with that attitude. In order to beat the big ones - Federer, Agassi, Roddick, Coria - I yet have to improve a few levels."

Now it's going to Miami. First there will be recovery and regeneration and beginning next week practice will be picked up again.

Fee
03-18-2005, 06:55 PM
Thank you Neely. I just love this optimism from him. He might be in the Top 25 on Monday and that would be very awesome.

:yippee:

Neely
03-21-2005, 02:31 PM
21.03.2005: Hartes Training mit Walt Landers und guter Laune

Heute Morgen hat der Blick aufs Ranking schon wieder etwas mehr Spass gemacht. Dank Indian Wells ging es ja ein erhebliches Stück nach oben. Doch auch das darf nur eine Zwischenstation sein. Dafür werde ich hart arbeiten.

Gestern habe ich hier in Miami wieder mit leichtem Training begonnen. Ab heute geht es normal los: täglich zwei Einheiten auf dem Platz und eine im Fitnessbereich. In den nächsten Wochen wird mich wieder "Fitness-Guru" Walt Landers betreuen. Er wird mich auf die kommenden Aufgaben gut einstellen. Mit ihm habe ich ja schon einmal eine Periode, vor ca. eineinhalb Jahren in den Staaten gearbeitet. Das hat mir damals so gut getan, dass ich jetzt - als ich hörte, dass er zeitlich zur Verfügung steht - gleich zugepackt.

Da ich höre, dass auch 96 wieder gewinnen kann und auch in Deutschland die Sonne scheint, ist ja alles perfekt. Es grüßt somit ein bestens gelaunter KIWI

21.03.2005: Good mood and hard practice with Walt Landers

Today morning the look on the new rankings was more enjoyable for me. Thanks to Indian Wells, my ranking went up quite a bit. But this may be only an intermediate station. I will work hard for that.

Yesterday I began with some easy practice in Miami. Today it will start normal: daily two units on the court and one fitness unit. During the next weeks I will be working together with "fitness guru" Walt Landers. He will prepare me for the upcoming tasks. I was working together with him already about one and a half year ago in the USA. That was very important for me and so I engaged him immediately when I heard that he is available.

I have heard that 96 still can win and that also in Germany the sun is shining. Perfect. Kind regards, a happy Kiwi!

knight_ley
03-21-2005, 04:57 PM
21.03.2005: Good mood and hard practice with Walt Landers

Today morning the look on the new rankings was more enjoyable for me. Thanks to Indian Wells, my ranking went up quite a bit. But this may be only an intermediate station. I will work hard for that.

Yesterday I began with some easy practice in Miami. Today it will start normal: daily two units on the court and one fitness unit. During the next weeks I will be working together with "fitness guru" Walt Landers. He will prepare me for the upcoming tasks. I was working together with him already about one and a half year ago in the USA. That was very important for me and so I engaged him immediately when I heard that he is available.

I have heard that 96 still can win and that also in Germany the sun is shining. Perfect. Kind regards, a happy Kiwi!


:bigclap: A message from Kiwi!!!!! :woohoo:

kek
03-22-2005, 12:04 AM
IW was very good on his rankings indeed. Does anyone remember what his highest entry ATP entry ranking was last year? Right now he is 24 and I was wondering if he was ever higher than that last year. Thanks.

Tricky_Forehand
03-22-2005, 12:08 AM
24 is the highest that he's been in awhile :clap2:

Good to see that he's still visiting his own site ;). Have to go write a message soon.

Fee
03-22-2005, 01:46 AM
Walt Landers is a bit of a nut, but he knows his stuff and it will be good for Nic to work out with him a little bit. He sounds upbeat and optimistic and I really like hearing that.

kek
03-22-2005, 03:09 AM
24 is the highest that he's been in awhile :clap2:

Good to see that he's still visiting his own site ;). Have to go write a message soon.


Thanks Katherine. I couldn't remember how high he went last year in the entry. I knew the champions race he was possible Houston bound before the injury, which sucked because I would have seen him there :mad:

Neely
03-22-2005, 10:39 AM
IW was very good on his rankings indeed. Does anyone remember what his highest entry ATP entry ranking was last year? Right now he is 24 and I was wondering if he was ever higher than that last year. Thanks.
He was higher than that last year, ranked #17 in late October/early November for a few weeks.

Tricky_Forehand
03-23-2005, 10:28 PM
:o I had forgot about that till I read your post. Haas was the one who knocked him out of that #17 spot.

Neely
03-27-2005, 01:02 PM
27.03.2005 : Ein faules Ei und dennoch frohe Ostern!
Das war nichts. Nein, gar nichts. Pünktlich zu Ostern war das ein richtig faules Ei, das ich mir da selbst ins Nest gelegt habe. Glückwunsch an meinen Landsmann Florian Mayer zum Sieg. Aber ehrlich: das war eher meine Niederlage.

Habe ich in den letzten Tagen zu viel trainiert? Nein, das glaube ich nicht. Auch wenn ich körperlich im Match völlig platt war. Wir hatten einige Fitness-Einheiten eingefügt, die mir auf lange Distanz viel bringen werden. Kurzfristig waren sie ganz offensichtlich nicht förderlich. Ich hatte keine Energie, keine Power. Aber ich bleibe dabei: ich gehe meinen Weg konsequent.

Ich werde aus diesem Match lernen, jetzt aber direkt nach Deutschland fliegen und erst einmal abschalten. Dann gilt es, die Sandplatz-Saison vorzubereiten. Denn auch auf diesem Belag, auf dem ich vergangenes Jahr nicht so arg viel Erfolg hatte, soll es besser werden. Das verspricht Euch

Kiwi, der Wühler und wünscht frohe Ostern!

27.03.2005: Happy Easter.... despite a rotten egg!
That was nothing. Nothing at all. Exactly on time for Easter, I layed a rotten egg in my own nest. Congratulations to my compatriot Florian Mayer for this win. But honestly: I was rather my loss.

Did I practice too much in the last days? No, I don't think so. But in this match I was physically completely down. We did a few fitness units that will pay off in long-term. Currently, they obviously haven't been good. I had no energy, no power. But I stick to that: I have to my way consequently.

I have to learn from this match, but now I will go back directly to Germany for a break. And then, the next task will be preparing for the claycourt season. I didn't have so much success on this surface last year, so this has to improve. That's promising

Kiwi, "der Wühler".... who wishes you a Happy Easter!


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well, considering the big amount of frigging claycourts we have all over in Germany, I think he shouldn't have difficulties to find some courts for practice while he is back in Germany ;)

Just too sad that his stay in Miami is already over so soon :sobbing:
That would have been cool to know that he still has a bit of business in Miami, playing a 3rd round, a 4th round.... :sad:

knight_ley
03-27-2005, 03:52 PM
He leaves Miami tomorrow... :(

What does "der Wühler" mean?

Tricky_Forehand
03-28-2005, 08:36 AM
:lol: at the "rotten egg" statement

He mentions that he had no energy. He had that problem in Miami last year (although he had gotten farther then) but it was also understanadable because he had been doing well in the States but also, by all accounts, was really ready to get back to Europe.

I'm wondering, if subconsciously, his mind and body was ready to head home even though he thought that he had it in him. I hope that this week back at home will be good for him and he kicks ass on the dirt!! :D

kek
03-28-2005, 11:50 AM
:lol: at the "rotten egg" statement

He mentions that he had no energy. He had that problem in Miami last year (although he had gotten farther then) but it was also understanadable because he had been doing well in the States but also, by all accounts, was really ready to get back to Europe.

I'm wondering, if subconsciously, his mind and body was ready to head home even though he thought that he had it in him. I hope that this week back at home will be good for him and he kicks ass on the dirt!! :D


I was wondering the same thing. It seem to me that he wanted to head home. Plus, he didn't choose to play doubles which I thought was odd since he played doubles in IW last week. Looks to me he didn't want to stay any longer than he needed too.

Neely
03-28-2005, 03:54 PM
What does "der Wühler" mean?
That's somebody/something that is digging deep to get something. I think Kiwi wrote this to indicate he is still working despite this loss. With the clayseason coming it could be also very well seen in a reference to clay because normally don't say "wühlen" on a hardcourt/grasscourt.

Tricky_Forehand
03-29-2005, 08:37 AM
I was wondering the same thing. It seem to me that he wanted to head home. Plus, he didn't choose to play doubles which I thought was odd since he played doubles in IW last week. Looks to me he didn't want to stay any longer than he needed too.

I agree 100%. He's never made it a secret that he's not big on staying long in the States. Similar to NoNo (unless he has changed in recent years). I just think with him getting the blahs at the same time and tourney as last year is a bit ironic. Well, wherever he is, I do hope he can relax.

Neely
03-29-2005, 09:36 PM
:lol: at the "rotten egg" statement
I hope it came over correctly through the translation. "Rotten egg" is a literally translated expression from German language which Kiwi used in this context expressing that his performance was a really bad surprise for Easter.

Due to the circumstances that Kiwi uses words, expressions, sayings in Germans that are difficult to translate or not directly translatable at all, I can't guarantee that everything of the English version makes perfectly sense for an English native speaker. Some things might occassionally read strangely, others can't be always translated word by word.

Tricky_Forehand
03-29-2005, 10:52 PM
It came across fine, Neely. I knew what it meant.

Neely
04-05-2005, 05:19 PM
05.04.2005: Die Socken qualmen
25 Grad, Sonnenschein. Ich gönne mir einen Teller Nudeln auf der Hotel-Terasse, sitze hier in kurzen Hosen. Urlaub? Oh je, nein. Pause zwischen zwei ultraharten Trainingseinheiten.

Monte Carlo - Trainingslager oder auch Turniervorbereitung. Angela Bern vom SID hat es sehr gut beschrieben (nachzulesen unter dem Link weiter unten im Pressearchiv):

Morgens Tennis bis die Socken qualmen und rot gefärbt sind vom Sand. Das Feuer lodert in mir. Ich freue mich auf den Teil der Saison, der im Vorjahr ja ziemlich in die Hose ging. Nachmittags bin ich im Stadion des AS Monaco anzutreffen. Nicht zum Fußballspiel, sondern zur Laufeinheit. Walt Landers, der kleine Quälgeist und große Fitness-Guru, nimmt mich gnadenlos ran.

Ich weiß, wofür ich es tue. Ich hoffe, es zahlt sich aus!

Euer KIWI

05.04.2005: My socks are smoking
25 degrees, sunshine. I'm having a plate with noodles on the terrace of the hotel, sitting here in shorts. Holidays? Oh no. A break between two ultrahard practise units.

Monte Carlo - training camp or tournament preparation. Angela Bern of SID described it very well (you can read her report following the link to my press archive)

In the morning tennis until my socks are smoking and red from the clay. The fire is burning inside of me. I'm looking forward to this part of the season that was a complete flop the previous year. In the afternoon, you can meet in the stadium of AS Monaco. Not for a football game, but rather for a running unit. Walt Landers, this little nettler and big fitness guru, is merciless to me.

I know for what I'm doing that. I hope it pays off.

Yours KIWI

kiwiteami
04-05-2005, 09:25 PM
Oh no,he is not with Walt Landers..again! In Miami,he was days and almost each nights with him.In the morning he was waiting for him in his car cause Walt wasn,t staying at the same hotel.Even when i went to wish him happy easter and just before he left,Walt was clued to his ass and he said to me happy easter and I was like..whatever! He was behind me during the match and he was screaming louder than me. He even asked me during the match what was Nicolas doing..like I know,you're his fitness coach nOT ME! I have NO CLUE what he,s doing with him..but I just hope it works! :eek:

Neely
04-05-2005, 09:29 PM
but I just hope it works!
So do I, Kiwi swears on Walt Lander's methods it seems. Kiwi said Walt Landers did him good when he worked with him together already at the end of 2003 and he hopes that his fitness training will pay off for him again this season.

kek
04-06-2005, 12:28 AM
Oh no,he is not with Walt Landers..again! In Miami,he was days and almost each nights with him.In the morning he was waiting for him in his car cause Walt wasn,t staying at the same hotel.Even when i went to wish him happy easter and just before he left,Walt was clued to his ass and he said to me happy easter and I was like..whatever! He was behind me during the match and he was screaming louder than me. He even asked me during the match what was Nicolas doing..like I know,you're his fitness coach nOT ME! I have NO CLUE what he,s doing with him..but I just hope it works! :eek:


Well if I had someone on my payroll, I would want him to be around joined to my hip or not. Walt is there to do his job preparing Kiwi physically for the claycourt season and beyond. Apparently, Nicolas has a high regard for him and if he helps his game and ranking, I'm all for it.

From his last journal entry he seems excited and has the "fire" in him to do well this clay season compared to last year. I like reading him being positive. Now he has a good coach in Thomas, a fitness coach and all he needs now is a mental strength coach ;) I'm there for that job to get him mentally strong. Oh if I had been able to speak to him (or kick him ;) )during Wimbledon last year I would have. I personally saw the biggest melt down mentally in that match. It was a very sad and I was mad that he made me wait through 3 rain delays in cold weather to see him lose a 2 set and a break lead :mad: If we get Kiwi mentally strong, we have a top 10 ranking in no time!

Tricky_Forehand
04-06-2005, 01:04 AM
To see Kiwi be as mentally strong as he was when he was getting far in tourneys last year would be awesome!! I'm right back in that cautious zone of not knowing what Kiwi is going to be playing that day.

I'm glad that he sounds so fired up for this part of the year. It would be a bonus, for me as a supporter, to have Kiwi do well on clay because that is my favorite surface :)

knight_ley
04-06-2005, 02:32 PM
To see Kiwi be as mentally strong as he was when he was getting far in tourneys last year would be awesome!! I'm right back in that cautious zone of not knowing what Kiwi is going to be playing that day.

I'm glad that he sounds so fired up for this part of the year. It would be a bonus, for me as a supporter, to have Kiwi do well on clay because that is my favorite surface :)


I agree. To see Kiwi do great on clay would be fantastic cuz it is also my favorite surface.... Hopefully all this practice and training on it will give us a better year than last ;) :yeah:

:kiss:

Fee
04-06-2005, 06:43 PM
I met Walt in LA, I think it was 2002. He has worked with a lot of players before and most of them swear by his methods. I've also been told he has the best hands and a massage from Walt can cure all kinds of muscle soreness. The problem is that he is very intense and can drive the players a bit crazy after a while (he and Marat were like match and gasoline). I think his arrangement with Nic is short term, just to get him in shape so that he can stay consistent this year, which would be good considering all the points he has to defend this summer.

Gee Kiwiteami, how did you see Nic so often in Miami? Were you hiding behind the plants and such so that you could report back to us? :D

kiwiteami
04-06-2005, 10:53 PM
Very funny Fee..lol.no it's just that we were staying at the same hotel and he went to breakfast early at the same place as me.We were in the same elevators..and the same car at some point but like I said I like to keep Kiwi's private life..private.And it was funny cause everywhere,even during the music festival next to our hotel where more than 5000 people were,we ran into each other at a place and we were like..god..always coincidences.I told him that I was nOT stalking him..lol..and he was like..well me too and we laughed.It was weird because it was everywhere,but like I said it is his personal life! Well the nicest thing that he said to me is that during that week,he has been learning french better thanks to me..lol

Fee
04-07-2005, 03:28 AM
I remember, you are one of those crazy people who gets up early. I'm usually trying to grab items from the breakfast bar as the staff is trying to put it away! Glad you had a good time on your trip, just wish Nic had played a few more matches in Miami. Well, on to the next one!

kiwiteami
04-08-2005, 01:12 AM
I remember, you are one of those crazy people who gets up early. I'm usually trying to grab items from the breakfast bar as the staff is trying to put it away! Glad you had a good time on your trip, just wish Nic had played a few more matches in Miami. Well, on to the next one!

Well actually Fee,I saw him more in Miami than Indian Wells.And that was like,6 or 7 times per day and I got to know him outside the tennis world which was very nice.He is just adorable and a real gentleman and, after what I saw concerning other tennis players,well,they are not all like him.

Neely
04-10-2005, 07:54 PM
10.04.2005: Zum 7. Mal gegen Rainer
Monte Carlo - sicherlich das mondänste Sandplatz-Turnier der Welt. In diesem Jahr aber ist die Stimmung in der Stadt verständlicherweise gedrückt. Der Tod von Fürst Rainier hat einen Nebel über die Cote d'Azur gelegt. Die Parties werden - wenn sie überhaupt stattfinden - sehr gedämpft ausfallen.

Der Sport aber geht weiter. ich treffe in der ersten Runde auf Rainer Schüttler. Zum 7. Mal stehen wir uns gegenüber - für wen wird es das "verflixte 7. Mal"? Bislang haben wir nur auf Hartplatz und auf Rasen gegeneinander gespielt. Es ist da erste Duell auf Sand. Ich brenne darauf!

Euer KIWI
10.04.2005: 7th match-up with Rainer
Monte Carlo - sure the most glamorous claycourt tournament of the world. But in this year the spirit will be a bit sad because of the death of Prince Rainier. The parties will be a bit smaller - if they take place at all.

But the sport continues. I'm meeting Rainer Schüttler in the first round. For the 7th time - but for whom is it going to be the "damned 7th time"? So far we have only played on hardcourt and grass against each other. That's the first match on clay. I'm eager to play.

Yours KIWI

Tricky_Forehand
04-10-2005, 08:45 PM
I didn't realize that it was the first meeting on clay. Rainer's not having the best results so maybe this will be neutral ground :)

Neely
04-13-2005, 10:52 PM
13.04.2005 : Jammern hilft nicht
Was soll ich sagen? Soll ich jammern, lamentieren, fluchen? Nein, das mache ich vielleicht später im stillen Kämmerlein. Natürlich wird dann der Frust in mir hochsteigen. Aber erst einmal bin ich stolz auf mein Sandplatzspiel. Denn ich habe den French Open Sieger richtig gefordert, habe wirklich gut gespielt. Wir haben gut gespielt - beide. Die in den letzten Wochen erarbeitete Fitness hat mir sehr geholfen. Doch dann kam eben das Pech: ein blöder Schritt, es zieht im Oberschenkel. Das war's.

Ich werde morgen nach Hause fliegen und zur Kernspin-Thomographie gehen. Ein kleiner Riß ist fühlbar. Hoffe, dass es nichts richtig Schlimmes ist. Warten wir ab. Ich bin heiß auf die rote Asche...

Euer KIWI

13.04.2005: Lamenting doesn't help
What should I say? Should I whine, lament, curse? No, maybe I'm doing that later when I'm alone. Of course, the frustration will soar in myself later. But first of all, I'm really proud of my claycourt game. Because I challenged the French Open Champ quite a lot, I have played really well. We both played well. The new fitness that I gained in the last weeks helped me a lot here. But then I ran into some bad luck: one stupid step and I felt it in my thigh. That was it.

I will fly home tomorrow and get an MRI done. I can feel a little tear. I hope it's nothing more severe. Let's wait and see. I'm hot for the red dirt...

Yours KIWI

kiwifan80
04-13-2005, 11:30 PM
Hope it's not too bad, Get Well Soon Kiwi!!!!!

Neely
04-16-2005, 04:10 PM
15.04.2005: Die Eiskammer ruft...
Zurück aus Monte Carlo und direkt zum Arzt. Das "Urteil": ein kleiner Faserriß mit geringen Einblutungen am vorderen Muskel des linken Oberschenkels. Jetzt wird an der Genesung gearbeitet. Denn das Spiel auf der roten Asche hat mir so viel Spaß wie lange nicht bereitet. Ich habe gesehen, dass ich mich auch auf diesem Belag vor niemand verstecken muß. Also will ich schnell zurück.

Doch zuvor steht wieder viel Kälte auf dem Programm. Eisbehandlungen, ja zurück in die Eiskammer, die meinem rechten Arm schon so gut geholfen hat. Am Montag geht's dann wieder zum Arzt um festzustellen wie der Heilungsprozeß verläuft. Zum Glück steht ja nächste Woche kein Turnier auf meinem Programm. In Rom möchte ich wieder angreifen.

Training ist jetzt erst einmal für Oberkörper und Arme angesagt. Langeweile wird keine aufkommen. Mein kleiner Quälgeist Walt Landers ist an meiner Seite...

Euer KIWI

15.04.2005: The ice chamber is calling...

Back from Monte Carlo and immediately to the doctor. The result: A small torn mucle fibre with some little bleeding in the front of the left thigh. I will work on recovery. The game on clay was since long time never again such a fun for me like that. I have seen that I don't have to hide from anybody on this surface. That's why I want back as soon as possible.

But first I have to go through cold times again. Ice treatments, back into the ice chamber, which already helped my right arm very well. On Monday I will go to the doctor's again to see how the healing is progressing. Fortunately, I have no tournament on the schedule for next week. I would like to be back for Rome.

So long I will do some practice for me upper body and arms. I won't be bored though. Walt Landers is always at my side...

Yours KIWI

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so he's going back again into the freezer! :eek:

kiwifan80
04-16-2005, 06:15 PM
Thanx again for the update Neely!!!!!!!!
So basically Kiwi's gonna be frozen alive........................... again !!!!!!!!!!! I still don't really understanding how that works(does anybody?)

Fee
04-16-2005, 06:24 PM
Well, what I remember from my exercise physiology/athletic training courses, it may not actually work. External heat and cold is only thought to penetrate the layers of skin, fat, and muscle so much. Would be interesting to see the technical information about this treatment because I don't see how putting your entire body in a freezer heals one small part of it. Some parts of medicine seem to rely on faith not science, for instance you can show people study after study after study that echinacea doesn't work, but people will still swear by it and waste their money. Wonder if I can track anything down.......

knight_ley
04-16-2005, 06:44 PM
are you kidding me? :rolleyes: at least he hopefully won't be missing any tournaments he planned on going to........

Neely
04-16-2005, 07:21 PM
Putting your complete body in a freezer is said to activate "healing hormones" (how do you say that? I don't know :shrug: ) and endorphines, which either (should?) help to advance healing, reduce pain or increase the well-feeling for the whole body. Also whole tenicity is reduced. And last but not least, cold is always anti-inflammatory and good for such kinds of injuries, and that's what Kiwi seems to need, (even though he could also achieve that by local cooling)

It's also common treatment for people with bone and joint problems, especially rheumatism. That's what Kiwi needed last year when he had this fissure in his wrist after US Open.

Kiwi always said it's just for three minutes and not longer. Much more or much less time will either not be good or not be effective enough.

kiwifan80
04-17-2005, 05:39 PM
Thanks for the info

Fee
04-17-2005, 05:49 PM
Thanks for the description Neely. I am still quite skeptical about this, but I can't be bothered to do any research on it. Whatever gets Nic back on court in a reasonable amount of time will just have to do.

Neely
04-18-2005, 05:15 PM
On his homepage it is announced that Kiwi won the prediction for the football games this weekend on his friend's homepage, Fredi Bobic.

At least something for him, as he shouldn't be too happy about that Hannover lost the home game by a goal in the 90th minute to Bayern Munich last weekend.

JMG
04-21-2005, 06:52 PM
Kiefer plays a charity doubles match on Sunday.

He pairs up with the president of Hannover96 Martin Kind against the soccer-players Nebosja Krupnikovic and Steven Cherundolo. The proceeds will go to a children's hospital.

Neely
04-21-2005, 11:07 PM
Very nice, good news! At least something...

Good that you told us, JMG...

Neely
05-02-2005, 12:27 AM
01.05.2005 : Freue mich auf Tommy
Bravo. Applaus. Lassen wir den Jungs, die das Gästebuch hier auf der Page zerhackt haben, noch eine Weile ihren Spaß. Morgen wir es repariert. Mein Web-Techniker aalt sich wohl auch gerade in der Sonne...

Das tue ich nicht. Ich freue mich auf das Duell mit Tommy Haas in Rom. Er war zuletzt in einer guten Form, zeigte die in München. Somit liegt die Favoritenrolle bei ihm. Für mich muß in Rom gelten, nach der Verletzungspause wieder Anschluss zu finden und Spielpraxis zu erlangen. Ich erwarte bei diesem Turnier nicht viel von mir.

Fit bin ich wieder und heiß. Ich habe in Monte Carlo bis zu meiner Verletzung gut gespielt und möchte daran anschließen. Spätestens in Hamburg. Vielleiht aber doch auch schon in Rom!?!

Euer KIWI

01.05.2005: Looking forward to Tommy
Bravo. Applause. We will let the guys who hacked the guestbook on the page have their fun for a while. Tomorrow it is going to be fixed. My webpage technician is probably also lying in the sun currently...

I'm not going to do that. But I'm looking forward to the duell with Tommy Haas in Rome. He was lately in some great form, he showed that in Munich. Therefore the role of the favourite is going to be with him. As for myself, I must try to find some contact and match experience again after this break. I don't expect much from me in this tournament.

I'm fit again and hot to compete again. I have played well in Monte Carlo until my injury and I would like to connect on that. At latest in Hamburg. But maybe even already in Rome!?!

Yours KIWI

Neely
05-02-2005, 12:30 AM
I've seen his guestbook problems earlier this evening, but I don't see them anymore as of now. So maybe it got already fixed, quicker than Kiwi himself thought ;)

And concerning getting back into form... the earlier, the better! :angel: :)

knight_ley
05-02-2005, 01:36 AM
Thanks Neely!!!!!! :hug:

kek
05-02-2005, 01:52 AM
01.05.2005: Looking forward to Tommy
Bravo. Applause. We will let the guys who hacked the guestbook on the page have their fun for a while. Tomorrow it is going to be fixed. My webpage technician is probably also lying in the sun currently...

I'm not going to do that. But I'm looking forward to the duell with Tommy Haas in Rome. He was lately in some great form, he showed that in Munich. Therefore the role of the favourite is going to be with him. As for myself, I must try to find some contact and match experience again after this break. I don't expect much from me in this tournament.

I'm fit again and hot to compete again. I have played well in Monte Carlo until my injury and I would like to connect on that. At latest in Hamburg. But maybe even already in Rome!?!

Yours KIWI


Now that's postitive thinking :rolleyes:

NiciSunflower
05-02-2005, 06:40 PM
Now that's postitive thinking :rolleyes:
That's what I was thinking as well :awww:

Tennisqueen
05-02-2005, 07:08 PM
I think he is/was in a bad mood....maybe because of the guestbook... :confused:

Tricky_Forehand
05-03-2005, 07:31 AM
Geez, I don't visit the GB for a few days again and something happens :p .

I'm trying to be positive about today's match but I just don't see him getting past Tommy :sad: . I'm hoping that he proves me wrong though. I do expect it to be close :D

Neely
05-03-2005, 06:03 PM
03.05.2005: Das hatte ich wirklich nicht erwartet...
Der Start in Rom ist mir richtig gut gelungen. Große Hoffnungen hatte ich nämlich nicht, als ich die Reise antrat. Nach der Verletzungspause wollte ich einfach wieder Anschluß finden und die Form zurückgewinnen, die ich bis zum Spielabbruch gegen French Open-Sieger Gaudio in Monte Carlo gezeigt hatte.

Dann hatte ich noch überlegt, mal am Petersdom vorbei zu laufen. Villeicht würde der neue Papst ja gerade aus seinem Fenster winken...

Und nun gleich das... Tommy ist ja nicht irgendwer, war in München gerade im Halbfinale. Aber mir ist alles sehr gut gelungen, obwohl ich natürlich genau gesehen habe, woran es noch mangelt. Zum Beispiel der Aufschlag benötigt noch etwas Training, insgesamt war ich deutlich schlechter als in Monte Carlo. Aber wichtig: die Verletzung ist gut verheilt.

Jetzt aber freue ich mich über den Erfolg und wende mich der 2. Runde gegen Guillermo Coria zu. Das wird richtig schwer. Im letzten Jahr hat er mir in drei Duellen keine Chance gelassen. Aber ich werde fighten - das verspricht

Euer "Rocky" KIWI

03.05.2005: I really haven't expected that...
The start in Rome was a really good one. Because I didn't have big hopes when travelling there. After my injury break I simply would connection again and regain the form that I had until the retirement against RG Champion Gaudio in Monte Carlo.

I also thought that I maybe should walk by at the Saint Peter's Basilica. Could have been that the new Pope is waving out of the window right then...

And now that... Tommy is certainly not anybody, he was just in the semifinal in Munich. But managed everything pretty well, although I have seen where I have weaknesses, too. That's for example the service, it needs some more practise. Under the bottom line I was clearly worse than in Monte Carlo. Important: the injury healed well.

For now I'm happy with the win and I'm thinking about the 2nd round against Guillermo Coria. That is going to be very difficult. Last year he didn't give me any chance in three meetings. But I'm going to fight, I'll promise

Yours "Rocky" KIWI

Tricky_Forehand
05-03-2005, 06:16 PM
I like how he signed this one off :lol:

kek
05-03-2005, 06:38 PM
Good he needs to fight :devil: and not assume you are going to lose before you even play the match.

Coria could be tired after 3 set win so Nicolas should take his chances. Coria's serve is weaker now due to surgery so be a good returner Nicolas needs return well. Speaking of serve, he is right about working on it. 7 df's is way too high in one 2 set match.

Hopefully, the tennis channel will have it live.

Neely
05-04-2005, 04:19 PM
04.05.2005: Wer kennt nicht das Spiel ''Mühle''?
Für 10.30 Uhr hatte der Papst zu einer Audienz eingeladen. Die hätte ich vielleicht annehmen sollen. Stattdessen ließ ich mich verprügeln... Die Beschreibung meines Spiels gegen Coria ist nämlich ganz kurz: Keine Chance!

Es war das Spiel "Katz' und Maus". Oder ich könnte mein Gefühl auf dem Platz auch mit jenem Spielstein im Brettspiel "Mühle" vergleichen, der ständig gefangen ist, wohin er sich auch bewegt.

Ich bin gesund, das Bein ist wieder fit und ich schaue optimistisch nach vorne. Jetzt freue ich mich auf Hamburg!

Euer KIWI

04.05.2005: Who doesn't know the game "Mill"?
At 10:30 the Pope invited for an audience. Maybe I should have taken this invitation. But instead of that, I took a beating... the description of the match against Coria is very short: No chance!

It was like cats a mice. Or I could also compare my feeling on the court with a token of the board game "Mill", that is always stuck up, no matter where it moves to.

I'm healthy, the leg is fit again and I'm looking forward optimistically. I'm looking forward to Hamburg.

Yours KIWI

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Any maybe somebody can tell me how you call this board game "Mühle" in English. It's one of the oldest board games in the world and it is played by two players and at the beginning each player alternately places a total of 9 (or more?) pieces. And the goal must be to prevent your opponent to make a row of three straight. If one players gets such a row, he may take off a piece of his opponent from the board.
Somebody knows what I mean?

NiciSunflower
05-04-2005, 04:41 PM
Nine Men's Morris, I think. But probably our English native speakers know more. :)

Space Cowgirl
05-04-2005, 09:20 PM
Sorry Neely, I don't recognise this game!

Maybe Kiwi should have gone and met the Pope instead of getting an ass-whupping from Coria ;)

athie
05-04-2005, 10:17 PM
Mühle - also known as 'Mill' - been around for centuries.

The Mill Game with Nine Counters
Play takes place on the 24 points where the lines meet. Each of two players take turns placing a counter on any empty point. When all 18 counters have been used, players take turns moving one counter at each turn to the next empty point along a line. Jumping is not permitted. Each player tries to make a row of three counters of the same color along any straight line. This is called a "mill". A player who makes a mill then can remove one of the opponent's counters from the board - if it is not part of an opponent's "mill". When there are no longer any counters on the board that are not part of a "mill", a player may then take a counter from an opponent's "mill". Counters taken from the board cannot be used again in that game. The loser is one who only has two counters on the board or is blocked from moving.

:hug:

knight_ley
05-04-2005, 10:50 PM
I have never even heard of that game :lol:

athie
05-04-2005, 11:19 PM
OI simpleternity :hug: are you implying Im centuries old? :lol:

knight_ley
05-05-2005, 12:53 AM
OI simpleternity :hug: are you implying Im centuries old? :lol:


:lol: no i just never heard of it.... it's nothing personal ;)

Neely
05-05-2005, 11:19 AM
Wow cool.... so it is simply called "Mill" or -what sounds a bit more difficult- "Nine Men's Morris" :yeah: ... I'm going to edit in "Mill" ;)

Neely
05-09-2005, 03:50 PM
09.05.2005 : Winterzeit
Zwei Shirts übereinander konnten die Kälte kaum abhalten. Ich habe gefroren und das heißt nicht, dass ich nichts zu tun gehabt hätte. Das Spiel gegen Philip Kohlschreiber war nicht leicht. Es ist nie einfach gegen einen Landsmann. Aber es hat höllidsch Spaß gemacht, am Kids Day vor so vielen Kindern zu spielen. Ich bin froh, nach Minte carlo und Rom auch in Hamburg die Auftakthürde überstanden zu haben.

09.05.2005: Wintertime
Even two shirts couldn't prevent the cold. I felt very cold and this didn't mean I had nothing to do. The match against Philip Kohlschreiber was not easy. It's never easy against a compatriot. But it was also fun to play in front of so many children on Kids Day. I'm happy being over the first hurdle again after Monte Carlo and Rome.

Neely
05-11-2005, 10:56 PM
11.05.2005: Heimvorteil?
In der zweiten Runde hat es also auch mich erwischt. Ich habe alles versucht, habe mein Herz auf dem Platz gelassen. Doch um gegen Sebastian Grosjean zu gewinnen, standen auch die äußeren Einflüsse dagegen.

Es war so bitterkalt, dass der Schiri Handschuhe trug. Und bei manch einer Entscheidung konnte man den Eindruck gewinnen, sein Blick sei eingefroren... Ich habe mir im dritten Satz heißen Pfefferminztee bringen lassen, um ein wenig aufzuwärmen. Um 22.28 Uhr war der Spuk vorbei.

Mein Wunsch war es ja, am Nachmittag zu spielen, als es noch deutlich wärmer war. Von der Turnierdirektion wurde mir das auch zugesagt. Dann aber stand ich für den Abend auf dem Schedule. In anderen Ländern genießen die "Gastgeber" sicherlich einen größeren Heimvorteil. Ich bin traurig und enttäuscht, dass mir als letztem Deutschen im Einzelfeld nicht wenigstens ein bißchen entgegen gekommen wurde. Ich werde mir dazu meine Gedanken machen...

Somit findet der Einzel-Wettbewerb nun ohne deutsche Beteiligung statt. Ich hätte den Fans gerne noch mehr geboten.

Euer KIWI

11.05.2005: Home Court Advantage?

In the 2nd round I happened for me also. I tried everything, I left my heart on the court. But to win against Sebastien Grosjean, the general conditions were a bit against me, too.

It was that cold; the chair umpire was wearing gloves. And on some of his decisions, you could have thought that his view was also frozen. I let me bring some peppermint tea during the third set, to warm up a little. At 22:28 the whole spook was over.

My wish was, to play in the afternoon, as it was still clearly warmer. The tournament office agreed with me on that, but later I was for the evening on the schedule. In other countries, the "hosts" certainly enjoy a little bit more of a homecourt advantage. I'm sad and disappointed that they didn't accomodate my wish; I was the last German in the singles maindraw. I will make my thoughts about that...

Now the singles competition is moving on without any German player left. I would have enjoyed to give the fans a little more.

Yours KIWI

Neely
05-20-2005, 10:51 AM
20.05.2005 : Kiwi, der Fan
Heute bin ich nur Fan. Von Tommy Haas, Florian Mayer und Alex Waske. Die drei Kollegen werden das schon richten. Denn ich habe bereits vor Turnierbeginn gesagt: ich will ins Finale.

Ich pausiere heute, weil mir meine Nackenmuskulatur zu schaffen macht. Aber ich habe vollstes Vertrauen zu Florian, auch wenn es gegen die Spanier richtig schwer wird - egal, wer von uns auf dem Platz steht.

Der Auftritt gestern bei Stefan Raab hat viel Spaß gemacht. Der Typ ist schon ziemlich crazy, aber positiv. Für mich war es eine Ehre im 96-Trikot einzulaufen. Morgen kann ein toller Tag werden: wir im Finale in Düsseldorf und 96, wenn sie in Berlin dreifach punkten. Sorry, Fredi, aber wir wollen noch in den UI Cup...

Euer KIWI

20.05.2005: Kiwi, the fan
Today I'm only participating as fan. Of Tommy Haas, Florian Mayer and Alexander Waske. They will get the job done. I hope so because I said before the touronament: I want into the final.

I'm passing today, because my neck musculature is troubling me. But I have full confidence in Florian even though it is going to be a difficult task against the Spaniards - no matter who of us would be on the court.

The appearance yesterday at Stefan Raab's show was a lot of fun. This guy is indeed rather crazy, but in a positive manner. It was an honour for me to go there with the 96 jersey. Tomorrow is going to be a great day: we in the finals and 96 is going to get three points in Berlin. Sorry Fredi, but we still want to clinch the UI Cup rankings...

Yours KIWI


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LOL, well I think that Fredi isn't too happy hearing about that announcement and hopes that Kiwi is wrong with this prediction, because it would be at his own team's expense what would mean they had to miss the Champions League :lol:

Neely
05-21-2005, 12:25 AM
20.05.2005: Finale!
Glückwunsch an die Jungs! 2:1 gegen Spanien, das ist ein echtes Ausrufezeichen. Und die richtige Antwort nach der harschen Kritik von Hamburg. Super, wie Florian Mayer, unser Youngster, das Ding gedreht hat. Jetzt geht es im Finale gegen Argentinien. Das Erfolgsteam von heute wird nicht verändert. Ich finde das gut so. Flo hat es verdient, nach der Leistung heute. Und für mich und meine Nackenmuskulatur ist die weitere Ruhe gut. Ich werde wieder Fan sein und mich heißer brüllen.

Wer hätte uns das vor einer Woche zugetraut?

KIWI

20.05.2005: Final!
Congrats to the guys! 2:1 against Spain, that's a good exclamation mark. And also the right answer for the harsh critics from Hamburg. Very great how Florian Mayer, our youngster, turned around this match. Now on to the final against Argentina. The successful team from today won't be changed for tomorrow. I think that's good. Flo did earn it after his performance today. And for me and my neck some more rest is good. I will be fan again and will lose my voice on cheering.

Who would have thought that and had still trust in us after last week?

KIWI

Neely
05-21-2005, 09:28 PM
21.05.2005: WELTMEISTER!!!
Wer hätte uns das zugetraut? Nach der Katastrophenwoche in Hamburg. Nach der Rundum-Schelte. Jetzt sind wir Weltmeister. Ein geiles Gefühl. Endlich Gold, nach Silber bei den Olympischen Spielen. Für mich, im Finale der World Team Cup gegen Argentinien 100%-Fan von Tommy Haas, Florian Mayer und Alex Waske, ist es nach 1998 der zweite Titel. Ein bißchen stolz bin ich auf uns schon! Ich hoffe, das gute Teamergebnis gibt uns Rückenwind für Paris. Dort geht die Fahrt noch heute hin. Mein Erstrundenspiel ist am Dienstag.

KIWI

21.05.2005: WORLD CHAMPION!!!
Who would have thought that? After this dismal week in Hamburg. After the big criticism. Now we are World Champion. Simply a terrific feeling. Finally it is Gold, after Silver at the Olympic Games. I was 100% fan of Tommy Haas, Florian Mayer and Alex Waske against Argentina and it was already my 2nd team title at this tournament after 1998. I'm quite proud of us! I hope that this good team result will push us for Paris. I'm going there yet today. My first round match is on Tuesday.

KIWI

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simply great! :worship:

kiwifan80
05-22-2005, 04:15 PM
Great to hear :)

Neely
05-24-2005, 09:43 PM
24.05.2005 : Kiwi mit French Open-Auftakt zufrieden
Der Auftakt bei den French Open in Paris ist Nicolas Kiefer gelungen. Er feierte einen glatten Dreisatz-Erfolg über den Kroaten Ivo Karlovic. Sein Urteil: "Ich habe solide und konzentriert gespielt und keine unnötigen Kräfte vergeudet. Ich bin zufrieden." Sein nächster Gegner ist der Franzose Arnaud Clement, ein echter Sandplatz-Spezialist, gegen den die Bilanz mit 3:1 positiv ist. Aber Kiwi warnt: "Arnaud gibt keinen Punkt verloren. Das wird ein hartes Stück Arbeit."

24.05.2005: Kiwi is satisfied with his French Open begin
The first match of Nicolas Kiefer at the French Open was successful. He had a straight set win over the Croat Ivo Karlovic. His statement: "I played solidly and concentratedly without wasting any not needed energy. I'm satisfied." His next opponent is the Frenchman Arnaud Clement, a true claycourt specialist, against whom Kiwi has a positive h2h with 3:1. But Kiwi is careful: "Arnaud does not give up on any point. That's going to be a hard piece of work."


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hmmmm, the person who put up this update, probably Kiwi's homepage admin, is throwing in an interesting opinion when declaring somebody like Clement a "true claycourt specialist" :lol: Seriously now, despite Clement lost both of his matches in Düsseldorf last week he did play well for his standards on clay, but if Clement qualifies as a "true claycourt specialist" while running heavily negative records on clay over his whole career and doing much better on faster surfaces, you could as much say of almost anybody else that he is a true claycourt specialist. :p

The thing that really makes Clement dangerous is that he has lots of more game, talent and ability than his current ranking is able to represent (because he had huge problems last season) AND it's never easy to play against a home crowd favourite (I'm quite sure Kiwi won't play this match on court 8 or somewhere like that, but on the three bigger courts I hope).

Neely
05-29-2005, 03:38 PM
29.05.2005 : ...bis zur letzten Patrone!
Ich beginne, Gefallen am Sand zu finden. Achtelfinale bei den French Open - Hand auf's Herz: wer hätte mir das vor Turnierbeginn zugetraut? Gegen Igor war das wieder mehr als nur harte Arbeit. Ab Mitte des ersten Satzes spielte ich unter Schmerzen. Ich hatte mir einen Nerv im Nacken eingeklemmt und war froh, als endlich abgebrochen wurde. Während des gesamten Matches hatte ich Schmerztabletten gefuttert. Auch nach dem Spiel konnte trotz umfassender Behandlung das Prblem nicht behoben werden. Meine Muskulatur war zu hart. Die Nacht war grausam. Ich hatte vielleicht vier Stunden Schlaf. Zum Glück ging es heute Vormittag schnell.

Egal - auch wenn es mir morgen nicht besser geht. Das ist ein Grand Slam. Hier kämpfe ich bis zur letzten Patrone. Danke jedenfalls für Eure Unterstützung.

Euer KIWI

29.05.2005: ... until the end!
I'm starting to like the play on clay. Round of last 16 at the French Open, who would have thought that before the tournament? Against Igor it was again a piece of hard work. Since midway the first set I played under pain. I had a jammed nerve and pain in the neck and therefore I was glad when the match was finally suspended. I've eaten pain killers the whole match. Also after the match this problem could not be solved despite extensive treatment. My musculature was too hard. The night was awful. I maybe had a total of four hours of sleep. Fortunately it all went quickly today.

Doesn't matter - even when I'm not better tomorrow. It's a Grand Slam and here I have to fight until the end. In any case, thanks for your support.

Yours KIWI


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Tricky_Forehand
05-29-2005, 07:08 PM
I hope his neck feels better before he plays Willy...

Even he sounds shocked at doing so well on clay so now I don't feel bad for what I said in the other thread :)

I'm glad that he's still reading everyone's messages in his GB :D

kek
05-29-2005, 07:35 PM
I'm glad that he's still reading everyone's messages in his GB :D

me too :D For some strange feeling, I think it helps him get through these matches. I know it words from people who he has never met and not close to him, but if one post from me helps him, I'd be happy.

Neely
05-29-2005, 08:20 PM
I have no idea what you can do about such a problem with a nerve in your neck. I've never had something like that, but that sounds as if this could be a big bitch to you if you have that. Especially when you have to move your head, while serving, or while focusing overhead balls. Since he finished the match early and had the whole afternoon off now, maybe he used the time and got help from a chiropractor or a neurologist. Maybe they cannot do anything about that in short time?!

Tennisqueen
05-29-2005, 09:36 PM
I have no idea what you can do about such a problem with a nerve in your neck. I've never had something like that, but that sounds as if this could be a big bitch to you if you have that. Especially when you have to move your head, while serving, or while focusing overhead balls. Since he finished the match early and had the whole afternoon off now, maybe he used the time and got help from a chiropractor or a neurologist. Maybe they cannot do anything about that in short time?!
I've the same problem like Kiwi. Every action with the neck, it aches. Sometimes, the doc can help, but often it doesn't work because of the musculature which is very uptight... :(

knight_ley
05-29-2005, 10:52 PM
i hope he gets better :hug: i have faith in our kiwi :angel: