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Aphex
12-15-2004, 11:27 AM
WG 05 R1: Fra-Swe He he Wilander has already started the trash talk.

Wilander is not intimidated by the clay

France has chosen clay as a surface for the DC tie vs. Sweden this spring which will be played indoors.

-They rather choose a surface that suits us badly than one that suits them the best, says DC captain Mats Wilander to SVT Sport.

-Their best player, Grosjean, isn't comfortable on clay. But they're afraid of "Pim-pim" Johansson and the fast game of Söderling, says the former clay-court specialist, and he admits his coaching is at its best on clay.

-On clay it's more about waiting for the right opportunity. Me, I went for doing as few mistakes as possible instead of pushing for a deciding shot, says Wilander modestly.

Hoping for a change of generations

Wilander counts in the six players he has to work with. Five of which ranked among the top 60: Joachim Johansson(16), Jonas Björkman(47), Thomas Johansson(48), Robin Söderling(50) and Thomas Enqvist(59), furthermore rising star Michael Ryderstedt.

But Wilander isn't quiet about his dream scenario.

-I hope Söderling and "Pim-pim" will take over now. They could play well on clay. Söderling was good in Båstad(semifinals) and away they don't have to feel the pressure.

None of the players will have the opportunity to practise on clay before the tie. But Wilander is optimistic:

-I guess the French think they will have an easier time readjusting their game to clay. But I'm not sure about that, I think it's a 50/50 chance. And serving is still an important element and in that area we're probably the stronger part.

The tie is played in Strasbourg March 4-6

http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=21318&a=303031

http://svt.se/content/1/c6/30/30/31/wilander_press_411_prb.jpg

Björki
12-15-2004, 11:30 AM
I am not that happy with clay.
Anyway I hope the Swedes will beat France anyway.
Kom Igen Sverige :banana:

Action Jackson
12-15-2004, 11:31 AM
Interesting comments by Wilander, but even a man of his considerable skill on the claycourt tactics is going to have problems trying to coach these indoor hard/carpet bash and bang players like Pim Pim and Soderling to a victory here.

I wonder who the French will play with, but at least Mats will try and liven up the tie.

Aphex
12-15-2004, 11:33 AM
Funny stuff about Grosjean there :lol:
And all the rankings are wrong.

Action Jackson
12-15-2004, 11:35 AM
Grosjean he has made the semis twice at RG. I mean I wonder who the second singles player will be. Yes, the rankings are out of synch, it will be funny seeing PimPim play on clay and Soderling allegedly has an allergy to all clay that is not Swedish.

Aphex
12-15-2004, 11:35 AM
Interesting comments by Wilander, but even a man of his considerable skill on the claycourt tactics is going to have problems trying to coach these indoor hard/carpet bash and bang players like Pim Pim and Soderling to a victory here.

I wonder who the French will play with, but at least Mats will try and liven up the tie.

For once I believe more in Söderling this time. If Wilander can keep him calm then he can do pretty good. But then again France has plenty of pretty good clay-court players.

Action Jackson
12-15-2004, 11:37 AM
For once I believe more in Söderling this time. If Wilander can keep him calm then he can do pretty good. But then again France has plenty of pretty good clay-court players.

If they can't play well on clay tactically with Mats, then there are some problems.

Aphex
12-15-2004, 11:46 AM
"None of the players will have the opportunity to practise on clay before the tie."
Well, it's not like it's against the law to go play a couple of tournies in Latin America.

Aphex
12-15-2004, 11:48 AM
:lol: Here's Mats from the week of the draw.

Sweden drew France in DC

Unseeded Sweden drew France in the first round of DC. The tie will be played March 4-6 next year. France has home-court advantage.

- It feels a bit like France's days of glory are over, says a pretty content DC captain Mats Wilander.
The victor will meet the winner of the Russia- Chile tie.

Last time Sweden met France in DC was in the final in Malmö 1996. The French won that tie after Nicklas Kulti lost the deciding rubber in a five set thriller against Arnaud Boetsch.

Björki
12-15-2004, 12:39 PM
Last time Sweden met France in DC was in the final in Malmö 1996. The French won that tie after Nicklas Kulti lost the deciding rubber in a five set thriller against Arnaud Boetsch.
that was so terrible. I felt so sorry for Kulti.

enqvistfan
12-31-2004, 07:16 PM
With other French fans of the Swedish team, we'll be in Strasbourg to support the Swedish team. So, I hope we'll spend a nice time there with a victory of Sweden.

Valérie
http://www.thomasenqvist.com

Go ENQVIST !!!!

Aphex
01-26-2005, 09:12 AM
Mats stated in an interview yesterday Sweden's team will probably be Joachim and Thomas Johansson in singles, Björkman/Aspelin in doubles.

Sommarsverige
01-28-2005, 09:17 PM
I think Simon would really deserve to play!
He had so great results the last weeks ;)

Lindsayfan
02-11-2005, 05:59 PM
france on clay is still dangerous. i think they'll win. allez la france! ;)

grosjeanlol
02-12-2005, 12:01 PM
I'm for france of course !!
Come on FRANCE !! We will be there for you !!!!

Marine
02-13-2005, 07:50 PM
France has the bad habit to lose on clay at home... :mad: (2 lost finals on clay in Nice then in Paris...)
Moreover the players play so badly since the last year... Sebastien is always injured, he's not at his top, Arnaud doesn't win 2 matches in a row, PHM neither. Santoro/LLodra are not brillant neither.
I don't see how I could be positive. And Johannson and Soderling play very well so...

Eric68
02-16-2005, 02:34 PM
Did someone know which player will compose the french team??
I am quite sure we will have some surprise after Captain Forget announce his choice..

Marine
02-16-2005, 06:53 PM
Not sure at all, Eric... Forget has his preferences.

Eric68
02-17-2005, 06:28 AM
Yes I know that, but if you look the lasts results of the french players, Grosjean isn't in a good shape, santoro is just back from an injury, clement doesn't play well these last time, Llodra doesn't play well either in single....

I would see "Paulo" Mathieu, for sure because he his the best french player on clay,Llodra and santoro for the double and clement plus someone like Monfils or Haehnel as sparring partner, or if next week preparation training camp goes well one of these 2 players can also play in single!!!

Björki
02-17-2005, 07:27 AM
anyone also can't see the daviscup.org site?
I just get a white page.

Kristen
02-17-2005, 11:54 AM
www.daviscup.com should work instead.
Whenever i tried the . org address it wouldnt work either. Dunno what's going on there.

:hug::worship: Mats, for his continued, wonderful, decision-making in DC!!!
Siiimonnnn...Siiimonnnn Assspeliinnnnn.....

Sommarsverige
02-18-2005, 10:53 PM
Simon :bigclap:

Björki
02-19-2005, 08:09 AM
thx Kristen. Simon is back?! would be great :)

Aleksa's Laydee
02-20-2005, 08:40 AM
oh god clay :lol:

enqvistfan
02-20-2005, 10:18 AM
I'm for france of course !!
Come on FRANCE !! We will be there for you !!!!

Good luck to France LOL LOL especially with their great results the last few weeks LOL LOL LOL Only Saulnier made a good result and he's not sure to be in the team cause he doesn't have any experience with Davis Cup.

Well, we'll be at least 7 in Strasbourg cheering for Sweden !!!!

Kom Igen Sverige !!! Allez la Sučde !!! Go Sweden !!!

Valérie

grosjeanlol
02-20-2005, 12:11 PM
I know that french players havn't good results, but when you are in a team and especially in the french team you can do anything !! See Paul-Henri mathieu !! Against Moya !! And on clay !! We will be there for the team : 230 people in Blue !!!!!!
Go FRANCE !!!!!!

enqvistfan
02-20-2005, 03:26 PM
Yes, the problem is that French players don't have the best team but they always win.

I understand now, why it's so difficult to have tickets. If 230 tickets are given to the French supporters !!!! Then, it's tough for the others to get one ticket.

The best team will win and it will be Sweden...and I'm sure Grosjean won't be there, he always has something

TheBoiledEgg
02-20-2005, 03:48 PM
Heja Sverige !!!!!!!!!

but even the most optimistic Swedish fans can only hope for a 1-4 loss.
I cant see a point coming in singles :lol:

where is the likes of Magnus Norman, Magnus Gustafsson and Magnus Larsson these
days ??

I take it you need to be called Magnus to like clay :lol:

Sommarsverige
02-20-2005, 04:47 PM
I also miss the 3 Magnus a lot and especially Magnus Norman,
but I am sure that the Swedes have a great chance to beat France
and I am also sure that Pim Pim and Robin will improve their game on clay.
So we will see how the result of this DC match will be, but I am very sure that the Swedish team will win ;)

Marine
02-20-2005, 08:24 PM
Yes, the problem is that French players don't have the best team but they always win.

I understand now, why it's so difficult to have tickets. If 230 tickets are given to the French supporters !!!! Then, it's tough for the others to get one ticket.

The best team will win and it will be Sweden...and I'm sure Grosjean won't be there, he always has something

On peut ętre pour une autre équipe (męme si j'ai franchement bcp de mal ā comprendre) mais de lā ā se moquer des joueurs franįais, c'est petit.

Choupi
02-21-2005, 07:17 PM
Keep cool Marine... ;)

Latest news, Gaël Monfils has officially announced he had been contacted by captain Guy Forget to join the team, as the 5th man. He'll take part to the Geneva training session. Thierry Champion, his coach has confirmed the info. And as far as I know, Sébastien hasn't stopped repeating that he wanted to play within the last 4 days...He says he's fit and wants to defend his chances...The official team composition will be given tomorrow to the international Federation.

Last detail: I'll be in the stands to cheer for our little Frenchies...but as I'm a nice and fairplay person, let me wish good luck to the Swedish players.

Sommarsverige
02-21-2005, 07:21 PM
Keep cool Marine... ;)

Latest news, Gaël Monfils has officially announced he had been contacted by captain Guy Forget to join the team, as the 5th man. He'll take part to the Geneva training session. Thierry Champion, his coach has confirmed the info. And as far as I know, Sébastien hasn't stopped repeating that he wanted to play within the last 4 days...He says he's fit and wants to defend his chances...The official team composition will be given tomorrow to the international Federation.

Last detail: I'll be in the stands to cheer for our little Frenchies...but as I'm a nice and fairplay person, let me wish good luck to the Swedish players.

Thank you Choupi ;) But I am sure we will agree on who should win the match Argentina - Czech Republic, or? :)

Choupi
02-21-2005, 07:29 PM
Thank you Choupi ;) But I am sure we will agree on who should win the match Argentina - Czech Republic, or? :)
Definitely yes! ;) But you have to know that if Sweden wasn't facing France, I would cheer for them. That's the one and only case in which I can't cheer for them... :angel:

Aphex
02-22-2005, 05:24 AM
:o http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/sport/did_9194215.asp

Sw. #1 Joachim "pim-pim" Johansson is out of Fra-Swe DC tie because of a right shoulder injury. He needs to rest for at least four weeks. Looks like it's going to be ToJo and Söderling in singles for Sweden.

Björki
02-22-2005, 05:30 AM
Thanx Ashie. That are really bad news, poor Pim Pim :(

Marine
02-22-2005, 11:36 AM
It will help us, even if I always regret when the best players are not there.

The french team is officiel: Grosjean, Mathieu, Clement, Llodra, Monfils.

Choupi
02-22-2005, 11:52 AM
Great team...but no Fabrice. It was a joy for me to finally get to meet him... :sad:

enqvistfan
02-22-2005, 06:10 PM
On peut ętre pour une autre équipe (męme si j'ai franchement bcp de mal ā comprendre) mais de lā ā se moquer des joueurs franįais, c'est petit.

Désolée Marine, mais Grosjean a toujours quelque chose et c'est la vérité !! Le fait qu'il soit sélectionné, ce n'est déjā pas juste surtout lorsque tu vois que Saulnier, a fait une finale derničrement męme si ce n'était pas sur terre. Et Grosjean est peut-ętre un des joueurs que je tolčre chez les Frenchies avec Mathieu, donc ce n'est pas pour me moquer. Aprčs, si tu as du mal ā comprendre que je supporte la Sučde, je m'en moque royalement. Ils se la pčtent un peu moins que les frenchies, c'est tout, et je ne suis pas la seule ā le penser.

Val

enqvistfan
02-22-2005, 06:13 PM
Last detail: I'll be in the stands to cheer for our little Frenchies...but as I'm a nice and fairplay person, let me wish good luck to the Swedish players.

Choupi : I'll be in the stands as well. I'm also a nice and fair-play person don't worry :)
Let the best team wins right ?

Val

Choupi
02-22-2005, 08:33 PM
Choupi : I'll be in the stands as well. I'm also a nice and fair-play person don't worry :)
Let the best team wins right ?

Val
Thanks for the precision Val...we'll meet there maybe. :)

Choupi
02-22-2005, 08:37 PM
Some excerpts of Forget's declarations after the official announcement. Source: AFP, translated by me.

"I think that it's with those players that we have the more chances to win, because they have a great motivation, they're waiting for revenge and they have experience."

About the fact that Santoro hasn't been selected..."Fabrice hasn't played much in the previous months because of numerous injuries. He's lacking results and marks. But it isn't impossible that he comes back in the future"

Aphex
02-23-2005, 12:05 AM
So this is the current Swedish five man squad: T.Johansson, Söderling, Björkman, Aspelin, Ryderstedt.

Aphex
02-23-2005, 04:54 AM
Is this true?
"Fabrice Santoro was kicked out from the french DC team yesterday. Reason: he plays doubles with Jonas Björkman this week.
-It's so stupid it's comical, says Jonas to SvD.
..."(from todays SvD paper edition)

enqvistfan
02-23-2005, 06:54 AM
Is this true?
"Fabrice Santoro was kicked out from the french DC team yesterday. Reason: he plays doubles with Jonas Björkman this week.
-It's so stupid it's comical, says Jonas to SvD.
..."(from todays SvD paper edition)

The problem with Santoro is that he had (and maybe still has) some problems with Forget, so any excuse is good to kick out him from the French Team, It's sad for the team cause with Llodra, they make one of the best team in the world. Well, it's good for the Swedes :)

Val

Björki
02-23-2005, 07:01 AM
Is this true?
"Fabrice Santoro was kicked out from the french DC team yesterday. Reason: he plays doubles with Jonas Björkman this week.
-It's so stupid it's comical, says Jonas to SvD.
..."(from todays SvD paper edition)
that can't be true?!!! :eek:

Choupi
02-23-2005, 07:47 AM
Is this true?
"Fabrice Santoro was kicked out from the french DC team yesterday. Reason: he plays doubles with Jonas Björkman this week.
-It's so stupid it's comical, says Jonas to SvD.
..."(from todays SvD paper edition)
I highly doubt this to be true...Yes, Guy and Fabrice don't have the best relations, and they probably never will...but Forget is a guy who is too respectfull of every player, especially Jonas, to be mad at Fabrice because of this double partnership. I'm convinced that's another crappy gossip made to have ppl talk about it... :o

Marine
02-23-2005, 07:03 PM
I highly doubt this to be true...Yes, Guy and Fabrice don't have the best relations, and they probably never will...but Forget is a guy who is too respectfull of every player, especially Jonas, to be mad at Fabrice because of this double partnership. I'm convinced that's another crappy gossip made to have ppl talk about it... :o

I agree ! I like a lot l'Equipe but sometimes they exagerate !
Forget is not an idiot. ;)

Allez les gars, passez au dessus de tout įa, įa n'en vaut pas la peine, montrez-nous votre esprit d'equipe et votre combativité ! :yippee: :kiss:

smucav
02-23-2005, 07:23 PM
SANTORO STUNNED BY CUP OMISSION (http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=international_feed/05/02/23/TENNIS_Fra-France_Santoro.html)

Choupi
02-23-2005, 07:36 PM
Ah...Fabrice, you're a geezer. A sage. I know you're boiling inside but you won't express it...Now I know why we are twins! :devil:

Kristen
02-24-2005, 01:50 AM
:haha: how old are we... five!?
Very amusing to read... Fabrice...sleeping with the enemy...so to speak :tape: *tries to avert causing bjorkman rumours*

Aphex
02-25-2005, 05:52 AM
:eek: :o Robin Sderling out of Fra-Swe due to foot-injury. He needs an operation.



Come on Mats. You know what to do. Bench the clay amateurs. You and Jocke Nyström should pick up the rackets and take care of both singles and doubles.

Action Jackson
02-25-2005, 05:57 AM
:eek: :o Robin Sderling out of Fra-Swe due to foot-injury. He needs an operation.

Come on Mats. You know what to do. Bench the clay amateurs. You and Jocke Nyström should pick up the rackets and take care of both singles and doubles.

:haha: :haha: :haha: that would be fantastic if they came out and played. Maybe they could get Gusten as a reserve and they could show these clowns how it's done.

I have to start our norden thread soon in non-tennis and check out the link as well.

Choupi
02-25-2005, 06:36 AM
Come on Mats. You know what to do. Bench the clay amateurs. You and Jocke Nyström should pick up the rackets and take care of both singles and doubles.
How I'd love to witness that... :)

TheBoiledEgg
02-25-2005, 01:53 PM
Mats and Nystrom has a better chance of winning than any of the current Swedish guys on clay, they'd be lucky to win 3 or 4 games per set.

Aphex
02-25-2005, 03:19 PM
Thomas Enqvist will now play second singles for Sweden.

Choupi
02-25-2005, 04:24 PM
It's sad about Pim Pim and Robin being out because of injuries. And it is all the more when I read in French press that some well-known sport journalists I won't name here dare making fun of the fact that the Swedish team will be composed only by 30 year-old or so players...absurd and childish! :o

Aphex
02-25-2005, 05:58 PM
Links please, Choupi. Believe it or not I can read French pretty decently ;) . Shame I can't do the other three things, speak, hear and write it :rolleyes:

TheBoiledEgg
02-25-2005, 06:03 PM
why couldnt France pick indoor carpet :p
Heja Tompa :banana: but :help:

Aphex
02-25-2005, 06:14 PM
No, I think indoor hard would've been the absolutely best :p

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 06:26 PM
Thomas Enqvist will now play second singles for Sweden.

Someone is happy here :) :) Thomas will have his fan club to support him !!
You are right Choupi, French journalists are stupid. I suppose that it's the newspaper "L'équipe" who wrote that ?

Val
who is happy tonight :)

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 06:31 PM
Links please, Choupi. Believe it or not I can read French pretty decently ;) . Shame I can't do the other three things, speak, hear and write it :rolleyes:


http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/050225/4/5zzv.html

It's from yahoo.fr. Yes, the French journalists are stupid, I confirm. We'll see on monday...

French journalists forgot that thomas defeated Pioline and Boetsch in Malmö in 1996. He's still dangerous against French players.

Val

Marine
02-25-2005, 06:57 PM
http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/050225/4/5zzv.html

It's from yahoo.fr. Yes, the French journalists are stupid, I confirm. We'll see on monday...

French journalists forgot that thomas defeated Pioline and Boetsch in Malmö in 1996. He's still dangerous against French players.

Val

Clement beat him in RG 2 years ago.
I wonder if his g/f (if it's still the same...) will cheer Thomas or his opponents, after all she's french :lol:

Aphex
02-25-2005, 07:30 PM
http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/050225/4/5zzv.html

It's from yahoo.fr. Yes, the French journalists are stupid, I confirm. We'll see on monday...

French journalists forgot that thomas defeated Pioline and Boetsch in Malmö in 1996. He's still dangerous against French players.

Val :confused:
Is this one rude or what's wrong? I probably don't get the finer points or something...

Aphex
02-25-2005, 07:31 PM
Aha, now I get it.

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 07:48 PM
Clement beat him in RG 2 years ago.
I wonder if his g/f (if it's still the same...) will cheer Thomas or his opponents, after all she's french :lol:

Well, I don't think you have to refer to this match Marine. Clement is not a reference at the moment. Enqvist's gf is still French yes. I have no doubt that she'll support her man. Don't be so nasty Marine LOL LOL

Marine
02-25-2005, 07:57 PM
Enqvist is not a reference neither, since a while, Val, sorry. :)

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 08:04 PM
Enqvist is not a reference neither, since a while, Val, sorry. :)

But, he still plays good against top players or when there's a big event. So, we'll see.. :)

Marine
02-25-2005, 08:14 PM
Wait and see ;)

(mais cela dit j'aime bien enqvist !)

Choupi
02-25-2005, 08:27 PM
Sorry for coming so late Aphex...yes, it was on the yahoo site that I've read about those stupid comments...and I've also heard some jerks on the radio too...As if they know sthg to tennis! :rolleyes:

In 1 week time, we'll be in the middle of the action. Can't believe I'll be there...been waiting for that opportunity for so long now... :p

So Aphex, you can read French, but not speak, hear or write it. Strange. I've got trouble picturing sbdy understanding a language without being able to speak or write it a little...

Aphex
02-25-2005, 08:30 PM
Sorry for coming so late Aphex...yes, it was on the yahoo site that I've read about those stupid comments...and I've also heard some jerks on the radio too...As if they know sthg to tennis! :rolleyes:

In 1 week time, we'll be in the middle of the action. Can't believe I'll be there...been waiting for that opportunity for so long now... :p

So Aphex, you can read French, but not speak, hear or write it. Strange. I've got trouble picturing sbdy understanding a language without being able to speak or write it a little... A little I can manage. A very little...

Sommarsverige
02-25-2005, 08:36 PM
The best to make the stupid journalists quite would be a 5:0 of the "old and rusty" Swedish guys. Would be interested what they write then...
Of course, this is not the best team for the Swedes, but I am sure they will win though..

Heja Sverige.... ;)

But I also like the idea of Mats and Jocke playing, and Gusten would be great as well. There have been so many great clay players, I wish they could come back! :)

Choupi
02-25-2005, 08:47 PM
Hehehe! Put Mats on the court and I cheer for Sweden... ;) :p

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 09:06 PM
Choupi : Yes, Mats on the court, it would be great. It's thanks of him that I discovered tennis !!! With Edberg also, but not on clay !!
I've been waiting for that moment for so long as well. I wanted to go to Malmö in 1996 but couldn't be there. So, I'm waiting for the revenge :)
About the journalists, I'm waiting for the comments of France Television. I'm not very optimistic.

Marine : we'll become friends if you like Thomas :) I'll forget everything you said :)

Well, can't wait for next week-end. It's going to be fun, the atmosphere will be great. We'll come back here to give our feelings...

Val

Marine
02-25-2005, 09:18 PM
I'll forget everything you said :)

Val

Ehhh, I didn't say nothing of nasty...or at least, not more you said about your countrymen ! :o :D

Sommarsverige
02-25-2005, 09:20 PM
You are so lucky that you will go to watch this match :)
I would also love to go, and I am a bit sad that I did not decide to go with you, Val, cos I have holidays from next wednesday on, but now it´s too late :( So I am so much hoping that the Swedes will win!

Val and Choupi: please tell us everything and Val, please take a lot of pics of the Swedes ;) I guess Choupi will take pics of the French team mainly, or?

Choupi
02-25-2005, 09:25 PM
No need to worry...I'll tell everything. Well, everything that can appear on a board of course! ;) But you know, I only go for the doubles...I'll watch the rest on tv...As for the pics, I'll shoot as much both teams! :) Any preferences before I go?

Choupi
02-25-2005, 09:27 PM
About the journalists, I'm waiting for the comments of France Television. I'm not very optimistic.
Val, you know what, when I happen to watch tennis on France Television, the sound of my tv is off! :devil:

Sommarsverige
02-25-2005, 09:31 PM
No need to worry...I'll tell everything. Well, everything that can appear on a board of course! ;) But you know, I only go for the doubles...I'll watch the rest on tv...As for the pics, I'll shoot as much both teams! :) Any preferences before I go?

My preference is the Swedish doubles ;) I guess Jonas and Simon will play and I like both of them a lot.
If you are interested, I have also some Gaston pics... ;)

Marine
02-25-2005, 09:33 PM
Val, you know what, when I happen to watch tennis on France Television, the sound of my tv is off! :devil:

Arnaud Boetsch is a very good commentator. (Like Fortegt but of course he won't comment...)
ahhh, about arnaud Boetsch...very good memories of him.... :angel:

Choupi
02-25-2005, 09:36 PM
My preference is the Swedish doubles ;) I guess Jonas and Simon will play and I like both of them a lot.
If you are interested, I have also some Gaston pics... ;)
What a nice coincidence! I go for the doubles...if you are nice maybe... ;)
Yes Jonas and Simon are to play the doubles. I'll shoot them like they have never been before... :p

Where did you take your Gaston's pics? Stuttgart? Kitzbühel? Elsewhere?

Sommarsverige
02-25-2005, 09:42 PM
What a nice coincidence! I go for the doubles...if you are nice maybe... ;)
Yes Jonas and Simon are to play the doubles. I'll shoot them like they have never been before... :p

Where did you take your Gaston's pics? Stuttgart? Kitzbühel? Elsewhere?


:lol: But don´t confuse them, they have to concentrate on tennis... ;)

My Gaston pics are from Kitzbuehel, Båstad, Duesseldorf and Hamburg 2004
and Duesseldorf 2003!

Choupi
02-25-2005, 09:43 PM
Arnaud Boetsch is a very good commentator. (Like Fortegt but of course he won't comment...)
ahhh, about arnaud Boetsch...very good memories of him.... :angel:
Of course Marine, comments on France Television are made also by former players, as Arnaud, Guy, Cédric or Henry. But what spoils everything is that they are usually associated to 3 ppl that I simply can't bear listening to...I name Michel Drey, Lionel Chamoulaud and even Jean-Paul Loth. They're so boring...And the interviews, when they are made by Nelson, they're wonderful. When they are lead by that blondy Valérie Pérez, I must force myself to keep on watching, because what the players will say will be more interesting than some of her stupid questions...

Choupi
02-25-2005, 09:47 PM
:lol: But don´t confuse them, they have to concentrate on tennis... ;)
Don't worry. I'll act like a pro...they won't notice me! :angel:
My Gaston pics are from Kitzbuehel, Båstad, Duesseldorf and Hamburg 2004
and Duesseldorf 2003!
Haven't I already had the opportunity to see some of them on the MZabaleta fan page? Tells me sthg...

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 09:48 PM
Ehhh, I didn't say nothing of nasty...or at least, not more you said about your countrymen ! :o :D

Personally, it's forgotten Marine :)
Yes, Boetsch is a good commentator

Birte : I thought that you'd come as it's not so far from Germany. We have two German who will come with us. I hope that someday, we'll finally go to a tournament together. I plan to go to Stockholm open this year. I saw Simon and Jonas played, in Malmö when they played against Russia. The double will be very interesting.

Choupie : I think France TV and Eurosport have the best commentators LOL Don't know if you have Sport +, but I prefer the commentators of that channel

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 09:53 PM
Of course Marine, comments on France Television are made also by former players, as Arnaud, Guy, Cédric or Henry. But what spoils everything is that they are usually associated to 3 ppl that I simply can't bear listening to...I name Michel Drey, Lionel Chamoulaud and even Jean-Paul Loth. They're so boring...And the interviews, when they are made by Nelson, they're wonderful. When they are lead by that blondy Valérie Pérez, I must force myself to keep on watching, because what the players will say will be more interesting than some of her stupid questions...


I absolutely agree with you Choupi. Drey, Chamoulaud and Loth are the dream team of France TV LOL Hopefully there's Nelson. Valérie Pérez, i can"t stand her. Terrible her interviews in Roland-Garros. Poor players !!!

Val

Choupi
02-25-2005, 09:55 PM
Choupie : I think France TV and Eurosport have the best commentators LOL Don't know if you have Sport +, but I prefer the commentators of that channel
I have France Television, Eurosport, Sport + and Paris Premičre with Patrice Dominguez. I only hate France Television's commentaries. Well, most of the time, sounds a bit less dreadfull that way! :angel:

enqvistfan
02-25-2005, 10:04 PM
you forgot Herve Duthu on Eurosport, I can't stand him. Yes, Paris Premiere broadcasts some tennis. I forgot them

Action Jackson
02-26-2005, 03:29 AM
Hehehe! Put Mats on the court and I cheer for Sweden... ;) :p

As you should.

Action Jackson
02-26-2005, 07:22 AM
Mats and Nystrom has a better chance of winning than any of the current Swedish guys on clay, they'd be lucky to win 3 or 4 games per set.

The sad thing about this comment is that I agree with it.

Choupi
02-26-2005, 07:39 AM
As you should.
Come on, I have already stated it somewhere else...weren't they playing my Frenchies, I would cheer for the Swedish guys. :)

Action Jackson
02-26-2005, 07:51 AM
Come on, I have already stated it somewhere else...weren't they playing my Frenchies, I would cheer for the Swedish guys. :)

Just remember you have to get a photo with Mats and Jocke.

Choupi
02-26-2005, 08:08 AM
Just remember you have to get a photo with Mats and Jocke.
I won't forget. But it won't be that easy I'm afraid... :confused:
I may sound silly but who's Jocke?

Action Jackson
02-26-2005, 08:09 AM
I won't forget. But it won't be that easy I'm afraid... :confused:
I may sound silly but who's Jocke?

Are you saying Wilander is as popular as Yannick Noah in France?

Jocke is Joakim Nyström.

Choupi
02-26-2005, 08:20 AM
Are you saying Wilander is as popular as Yannick Noah in France?

Jocke is Joakim Nyström.
Well among true tennis fans, yes. Mats is a legend. So approaching him will be tough. But I'll do everything possible.

I was supposing that Jocke was for some Joakim, but couldn't understand, as Pim Pim won't be there.

Action Jackson
02-26-2005, 08:24 AM
Well among true tennis fans, yes. Mats is a legend. So approaching him will be tough. But I'll do everything possible.

I was supposing that Jocke was for some Joakim, but couldn't understand, as Pim Pim won't be there.

Yes, true tennis fans appreciate Wilander. Timing is the key, but since you are such a fan it would be bad if you couldn't. It's in Metz well you might have to hang around town for quite some time. :p

Choupi
02-26-2005, 08:30 AM
Yes, true tennis fans appreciate Wilander. Timing is the key, but since you are such a fan it would be bad if you couldn't. It's in Metz well you might have to hang around town for quite some time. :p
It's in Strasbourg. And I have eventually planned to go there during the week. But nothing's sure for now...weather conditions will be determining. Worse conditions are announced for the beginning of the week... :confused:

Action Jackson
02-26-2005, 08:34 AM
It's in Strasbourg. And I have eventually planned to go there during the week. But nothing's sure for now...weather conditions will be determining. Worse conditions are announced for the beginning of the week... :confused:

Thanks for correcting me I knew it wasn't far from you, and Strasbourg is a bit closer than Metz or is it? Good luck with it anyway.

Marine
02-26-2005, 08:54 AM
Of course Marine, comments on France Television are made also by former players, as Arnaud, Guy, Cédric or Henry. But what spoils everything is that they are usually associated to 3 ppl that I simply can't bear listening to...I name Michel Drey, Lionel Chamoulaud and even Jean-Paul Loth. They're so boring...And the interviews, when they are made by Nelson, they're wonderful. When they are lead by that blondy Valérie Pérez, I must force myself to keep on watching, because what the players will say will be more interesting than some of her stupid questions...

Well, I can't bear Loth, Drey and "grande bouche" (Perez) But I like Chamoulaud a lot, I don't know why.
Pioline was a crap, but Forget is perfect, I like when he gives some anecdots, and (but some people might do not like that) he gives his favorites when he comments.

Marine
02-26-2005, 08:58 AM
I add that I hate commentars of eurosport, and those of sport + are not very good neither.
They're boring, never enthousiast, even if the match is great. And I especially hate Herve Duthu for several reasons !
I prefer commentaros who exagerate, like Patrick Montel at athletics..lol

Choupi
02-26-2005, 09:09 AM
Thanks for correcting me I knew it wasn't far from you, and Strasbourg is a bit closer than Metz or is it? Good luck with it anyway.
Well, either Strasbourg or Metz, both are very close. About 45 minutes by car, when all goes perfectly! :devil: Thanks for the wishes. :)

Choupi
02-26-2005, 09:12 AM
Yes Marine, Patrick Montel is a great guy. He isn't ashamed to express the way he feels about a race or a result...I like it much. I especially appreciated his overreaction when Hicham El Guerouj won that olympic title he was missing. I thought he was about to shed some tears with him! :) It's true that this was so emotional... :p

Marine
02-26-2005, 09:25 AM
Yeah, this evening of august, everybody was morrocan ! lol
Montel gives his fellings, that's good, and that's what I reproach to the commentatros of eurosport. They speak technic, that's all.
And Dthu, I don't like him because he always critized my favorites. He never likes Sampras, he said he's more boring than n'importe quel autre joueur, and he wasn't that good for tennis... :eek:
I know he thinks the same of Federer.
:mad:

enqvistfan
02-26-2005, 06:59 PM
Are you saying Wilander is as popular as Yannick Noah in France?

Jocke is Joakim Nyström.

Wilander is very popular in France I think. He's my big idol so I hope I'll have the opportunity to speak with him. I kept a mag cover I had of him from 1987 (Figaro Magazine), just to make him sign on it. So, I hope I'll succeed it. I know someone who asked him a pic last year in Stockholm and it was ok.

Noah now is a star as a singer but still popular as a tennisplayer and as a man . I have to say that he succeeded his new carreer. I have never been a fan of him but I listened his last albums and it was very good.

Val

Choupi
02-27-2005, 06:54 AM
Wilander is very popular in France I think. He's my big idol so I hope I'll have the opportunity to speak with him. I kept a mag cover I had of him from 1987 (Figaro Magazine), just to make him sign on it. So, I hope I'll succeed it. I know someone who asked him a pic last year in Stockholm and it was ok.

Noah now is a star as a singer but still popular as a tennisplayer and as a man . I have to say that he succeeded his new carreer. I have never been a fan of him but I listened his last albums and it was very good.

Val
That should be rather easy to spot you Val...I shall look for a girl, walking behind Mats, with some Figaro from 1987 in her hands... ;)
Yes, for the photos, I know Mat is very cool and friendly..I know he accepts every time he's asked. It's just that approaching him will be tough.

And Noah, it's real fun to see all those very young fans of his at his concerts, opening wide eyes when they discover he was a tennis player and that he won RG. :rolleyes:

enqvistfan
02-27-2005, 07:34 AM
I don't think it will be so tough to approach Mats. The Swedes, in general, are very easy to approach. So, I think you should try at the players' entrance, I don't know where it is but we'll search. Yes, with the cover of the Figaro Mag LOL, he'll be surprised if he sees the cover.

Val

Action Jackson
02-27-2005, 07:38 AM
It depends on who the player is, but Mats is usually very good with fans.

Choupi
02-27-2005, 07:41 AM
I don't think it will be so tough to approach Mats. The Swedes, in general, are very easy to approach. So, I think you should try at the players' entrance, I don't know where it is but we'll search. Yes, with the cover of the Figaro Mag LOL, he'll be surprised if he sees the cover.

Val
I'll have no pb finding where it is. I'll go there with Ataxie, another MTFer. She's from Strasbourg and she's a fan of basket. And the Rhenus Hall is the place where she is used to seeing matches... :)

Choupi
02-27-2005, 07:43 AM
It depends on who the player is, but Mats is usually very good with fans.
That's one of the great reasons why he is so appreciated. Anyway, next week, at this time, I hope I'll be able to show you the happy outcome of my quest for pics with him and the others.

Choupi
02-27-2005, 10:47 AM
Guy Forget, when he's asked about what he thinks France's chances are to win...

- Quel est pour vous le pourcentage de chances de qualification de l'équipe de France ?
- Ce sont des statistiques que les journalistes adorent ! Je crois que les Suédois sont un peu plus forts que nous sur le papier, mais on joue devant notre public. Ils ont peut-ętre 60% de chances, et nous 40%. Mais en trčs peu de temps, cela peut s'inverser.

-How high do you rate the Qualification chances for French team?
-Those are stats that journalists are keen on! I think that Swedes are a little bit stronger than us on the paper, but we're gonna play in front of our country men. They may have 60% chances, and we 40%. But all this can turn the other way round in a short time.

Those words were previous to the announcement of Pim Pim and Robin's respective retirements. It would be interesting to ask the same question now...

enqvistfan
02-27-2005, 02:24 PM
I'll have no pb finding where it is. I'll go there with Ataxie, another MTFer. She's from Strasbourg and she's a fan of basket. And the Rhenus Hall is the place where she is used to seeing matches... :)

And where is the players' entrance ? :)

Thank you in advance :)

Choupi
02-27-2005, 02:31 PM
And where is the players' entrance ? :)

Thank you in advance :)
Next time I have contact with Ataxie, I ask her. :)

enqvistfan
02-27-2005, 03:51 PM
Thanks Choupie :) I suppose that the place is not so big. If it's like Paris/Bercy, we can find easily the entrance.
There's an interview of Mats in Stade 2

Choupi
02-27-2005, 04:57 PM
Yes Val, I've seen the report about the training session in Geneva, as well as the short interview with Mats. Here is what I want to keep in mind. Nothing really new in fact...

Clément has said that he felt they (the experienced DC players) had a great responsiblity today in relation to Gaël the newcomer. He said that it is important that they show what DC really represents for them and that this tradition doesn't die with them out of the team.

Forget has been asked about the 2 retirements of Pim Pim and Robin, and he replied, with a sweet smile, that the fact that for once that the injuries were touching the others, it wasn't meant to displease him...

Grosjean is still uncertain in his game, because of his injury. But he adds that it's getting better every day. He's gaining in confidence.

So, that implies that the players for the singles will certainly be Mathieu, maybe Grosjean if he keeps on feeling good, or Llodra, who is in the doubles with Arnaud anyway.

Concerning the short interview of Mats, he reminded us about the famous match point he had asked to play again in his semi in RG in 82. He said he's no saint to have done so, that everybody would have done so...(I doubt!!!) He thought that he decently couldn't be declared the winner of a match in which he had not won the match point.
He talked about his lost final against Yannick, in 83. He said that it's been the worst experience that could happen to him, facing a French player in front of the French crowd in RG. He also pointed out that he was proud to have witnessed the victory of a French guy in RG, because it was a great moment in French tennis history. He has added that this final against Yannick had contributed to get them close to each other for life, and that Yannick had been the one to advice him to become DC captain. He has followed his example and doesn't regret his choice.

Hangdog
02-27-2005, 05:49 PM
And what about television that has live translations of this FRA-SWE DC? French, Swedish, International... I'm going to check if that's possible here to watch it, but I want to know what channels to look for.

Heja... emm, allez France!! lol

enqvistfan
02-27-2005, 06:25 PM
In France, it will be broadcasted on France Television. In Sweden, maybe on SVT ? The Swedes can confirm. In the US, I think the Tennis Channel will broadcast.

Val

Choupi
02-27-2005, 06:35 PM
In France you'll have, as Val has said, France Television (France 2 and France 3) as well as Sport+. And what is interesting is that on Friday, the 1st match will be broadcasted by France Television and the 2nd one by Sport+. So, no way to miss anything.

Sommarsverige
02-27-2005, 08:48 PM
In Sweden, SVT24 will broadcast all the matches :)

@Val
Thanks again that I wasn´t too late for Tompas birthday project ;)
Have so much fun!

TheBoiledEgg
02-28-2005, 02:23 AM
France vs Sweden is the live match on Sky Sports ( in UK)
would have been fascinating on another surface or with Swedes at home.

hope they can still do it.

Action Jackson
02-28-2005, 02:28 AM
I'm only cheering for the Swedes cause of the Wilander and Nyström combination.

Choupi
02-28-2005, 05:25 AM
Don't worry. There are ppl to cheer for the other ones... ;) And as I've already said, wouldn't it be my Frenchies, I'd cheer for Sweden.

Björki
02-28-2005, 10:25 AM
Kom Igen Sverige :bounce:

Choupi
02-28-2005, 11:07 AM
Allez la France! ;)

LESAK
02-28-2005, 11:08 AM
C´mon Sweden!!

Pina
02-28-2005, 11:27 AM
:bigclap:Kom Igen Sverige:bigclap:

Marine
02-28-2005, 11:36 AM
:bounce: Allez Sebastien, Paul-Henri, Arnaud and Mickael :bounce:

Aphex
02-28-2005, 02:39 PM
:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=21318&a=342703

"Joachim "Pim-pim" Johansson's injury wasn't as bad as it first seemed. Now he's even in the mix for play in the DC tie vs. France this weekend.

-Since Pim-pim's shoulder feels much better now, he's here competing for a spot on the team, says DC captain Mats Wilander.

The only one missing now is Robin Söderling, otherwise Wilander has positive problems when selecting a squad for the tie against France.

-No one can be sure of his spot on the team, says Wilander"

enqvistfan
02-28-2005, 02:54 PM
I'm happy for Pim Pim but I hope Thomas will play. Well, this week, they practrice together, so we'll have more news very soon.

Val

hanir
02-28-2005, 02:57 PM
Sweden will win without Pim Pim. Grosjean sucks these days

Choupi
02-28-2005, 04:29 PM
:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=21318&a=342703

"Joachim "Pim-pim" Johansson's injury wasn't as bad as it first seemed. Now he's even in the mix for play in the DC tie vs. France this weekend.

-Since Pim-pim's shoulder feels much better now, he's here competing for a spot on the team, says DC captain Mats Wilander.

The only one missing now is Robin Söderling, otherwise Wilander has positive problems when selecting a squad for the tie against France.

-No one can be sure of his spot on the team, says Wilander"
I know I'm gonna make friends here...but I'm happy that Pim Pim will finally get a chance to play...it makes things all the more interesting. :)

Choupi
02-28-2005, 05:00 PM
Link to the short article on l'Equipe.fr concerning the fact that Pim Pim could play...For those who can read French! ;)

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/20050228_182451_01.html

enqvistfan
02-28-2005, 05:42 PM
Yes, with Pim Pim, it will be more difficult for France to win !!! To be serious, I think that if he doesn't want to be out for the clay season, he should have a rest to avoid a serious injury with his shoulder. He has to think that he has the clay season afterwards. And, I watched Pim Pim on clay, last year in Paris(yes, it was last year and Pim Pim was not THE Pim Pim we know), but he's not a reference at all. I think he can be beaten on clay by one of the french players :(. It's not only with his big serve that he can win the match. I like Pim Pim a lot but I hope that he won't play. Well, I think Mats will choose the team on thursday. I think he has the choice. The practrices will be very interesting this week and I would have liked to be there....

Aphex
02-28-2005, 05:44 PM
;) Thx Choupi. I mean merci. See I can write some French.

enqvistfan
02-28-2005, 06:11 PM
http://www.getty-images.com


Then, go to sports, type Davis Cup in Strasbourg, you'll have pics of the practrices with French and Swedes (mainly pics of Wilander). But for the French supporters, there are pics of Clement, Llodra

Marine
02-28-2005, 06:20 PM
Merci !!!

Marine
02-28-2005, 06:23 PM
Ils ont l'air de bien s'entendre franįais et suedois... je prefere įa.
:)

Sommarsverige
02-28-2005, 06:40 PM
For me, it is great news that Pim Pim maybe can play!
But I hope that he is really fit and won´t risk anything.
I am still hoping that we will see a much better Pim Pim this claycourt
season compared to last year.

Anyway, KOM IGEN SVERIGE!!!!! ;)

Laure
02-28-2005, 06:40 PM
Ils ont l'air de bien s'entendre franįais et suedois... je prefere įa.
:)

Je pense qu'il n'y a que les supporters qui ne s'entendent pas tout le temps et qui s'emportent parfois.

enqvistfan
02-28-2005, 06:57 PM
For me, it is great news that Pim Pim maybe can play!
But I hope that he is really fit and won´t risk anything.
I am still hoping that we will see a much better Pim Pim this claycourt
season compared to last year.

Anyway, KOM IGEN SVERIGE!!!!! ;)

I think Mats will choose the players in the best shape. Of course, it's a good news to see Pim Pim back but not now LOL LOL (You understand me, Birte, I hope). I think Pim Pim has increased his level on clay and Mats will give him good advices as he's a master on clay.

Valérie
who is very stressy these days....
KOM IGEN Thomas Enqvist !!!

enqvistfan
02-28-2005, 07:00 PM
Je pense qu'il n'y a que les supporters qui ne s'entendent pas tout le temps et qui s'emportent parfois.

Exactly :) Sometimes the fans are too enthusiastic (it's my case) but it's not nasty. In Tennis, I think the fans are correct. It's not like in football.

Val

TheBoiledEgg
02-28-2005, 07:20 PM
Pim Pim 76 76 76 :banana: :)
small hope for Sweden :yeah: :D

Choupi
02-28-2005, 07:37 PM
;) Thx Choupi. I mean merci. See I can write some French.
De rien, I mean de nada, ahem, you're welcome! ;)

Choupi
03-01-2005, 09:12 AM
Here's a link to a short video that shows how the Rhenus Hall, which usually welcomes basketball matches, has been turned into a clay tennis court...sorry, the comments are in French.

http://www.alsace.france3.fr/common/playerVideo.php

Marine
03-01-2005, 01:50 PM
Ni pics of the players in the video ? Because it doesn't wirk for me...

Choupi
03-01-2005, 03:57 PM
Sorry Marine, but the link works for me... :confused: Anyway, no, there are no players in the clip. It's just totally technical stuff to show how a Hall which is welcoming basketball matches, is turned into a clay tennis court. :)

Aleksa's Laydee
03-01-2005, 04:16 PM
awesome stuff bout pim!

Aphex
03-02-2005, 02:44 PM
http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/sport/did_9249079.asp
I'm working on a translation of this article.
http://www.svd.se/images/ettan2005/050301/Enqvist_339.jpg

Aphex
03-02-2005, 03:56 PM
Here it is:

Sweden will have to trust in "the old DC fellows".

STRASBOURG It should have been the young guns' tie. But now the odds are high that Sweden will have to trust in "the old fellows".
-Davis Cup is always as fun and it was no hesitations for me to be here when they called me, says 31 years old Thomas Enqvist about this weekend's away tie against France.

Swedish tennis has this year mostly been about 22 year old "Pim-pim" and two years younger Robin Söderling and the ill-matched duo was supposed to pull the weight now as well. Thomas shouldn't have been here at all and was asked only after the withdrawals of the country's latest array of tennis stars.

-I was in USA preparing for Indian Wells, so if I look to my own good, this comes as an interruption in my planning. But the good of the team takes precedence, says the Stockholm native, who instead of working on his hardcourt form now must try to find his rythm on clay.

That's not your favourite surface, is it?
-No, but I still think it plays pretty well for me. The ball bounces up pretty nicely and it suits me well, says Thomas who has only experienced clay indoors in his loss against Jevgenij Kafelnikov in the tie away vs. Russia three years ago.
-That court was darn awful compared to this one which so far holds up very well, says Thomas about the unusually quick indoor clay surface which suits the Swedes better than the usually slower regular clay.

The court is set in a ware-house looking building with a capacity of 6000 spectators which is situated a couple of lobs from the EU Parliament.
Until only a day ago it was decided Thomas and namesake Johansson, would play the singles, and it was ecually firm the doubles pair would be Jonas Björkman, soon to be 33, and Simon Aspelin, 30.

Although nothing is irrevocably set yet with "Pim-pim" back in the mix, everything points towards Captain Mats Wilander keeping the quartet intact.
If not, loyal team-player Thomas Enqvist could have flied in from his American training camp completely unnecessarily.
-If that's the case, then I'll have to take it. It would feel weird if I was picked to play for another reason than me playing so well I earned the spot.
Without "Pim-pim" the team would be one of the most experienced ones Sweden has had in many years despite taking into account Simon Aspelin's single DC effort.

Enqvist made his DC debut already 10 years ago and played in the final against France the year after. However few people remember he played great and defeated Arnaud Boetch as well as Cedric Pioline, whereas more people remember "cramping" Nicklas Kulti ( :mad: ) losing despite having matchpoints against Boetch in the decider.
-That day is one of the best memories from my career. The ups and downs and the drama and Nicklas tremendous match, that was completely amazing. Although we were disappointed by the loss, we were also proud of being part of the great event it turned out to be, says Enqvist.

Jonas Arnesen

Action Jackson
03-02-2005, 03:59 PM
Thanks for the translation Aphex and our friend Kulti. :mad:

Choupi
03-02-2005, 04:04 PM
Thanks for the article and the translation Aphex. :)

If Enqvist turns out to have interrupted his training session in the US for nothing, that will leave some trace. Even if he says the contrary. Anyway, we'll know more tomorrow, when captains will officially announce who'll play.
3 days left...I just can't wait now! :p

Aphex
03-02-2005, 04:12 PM
You're welcome :wavey: .

I go see if the three other national papers have written anything. They usually only care about the majors and tournament wins, but you never know...

Aphex
03-02-2005, 04:24 PM
http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=672&a=385181&previousRenderType=1
This one is pretty good. I might translate it later.

And this is unrelated, but still chockingly good for me. http://expressen.se/index.jsp?a=249138
The most despicable Swedish tabloid finally does something good. They're starting a sport TV channel which will air all Masters series, 15 other ATP events, and several WTA tournaments. :eek: :bigclap: :hatoff: :banana:

Action Jackson
03-02-2005, 04:26 PM
http://www.dn.se/DNet/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=672&a=385181&previousRenderType=1
This one is pretty good. I might translate it later.

And this is unrelated, but still chockingly good for me. http://expressen.se/index.jsp?a=249138
The most despicable Swedish tabloid finally does something good. They're starting a sport TV channel which will air all Masters series, 15 other ATP events, and several WTA tournaments. :eek: :bigclap: :hatoff: :banana:

I might have to use this info in the isbjörn thread that I am going to start now.

Choupi
03-02-2005, 04:36 PM
Thanks Aphex. Great news about the sport chanel. :)

I've also found some stuff...

http://www.alsace.france3.fr/info/8666654-fr.php

It's an article about French impressions, dated today. If you go and click on "Les équipes ont pris possession du Hall Rhenus" you'll have a short clip showing you the 2 teams practising, with also some excerpts of the press conference. I attach the pic.

Here are my translations of the quotes (yes, that's in French!)

Forget: Joachim Johansson's participation (initially announced retired) changes everything. He's one of the best world players and we'll have to play our best tennis to go through this 1st round[...]
Game conditions here are perfect. The place is big and nice, and it's up to us to show worth of it.[...]
A new team is in construction, composed by young players and more experienced ones. We're at the doorstep of a brand new adventure.[...]
About Grosjean's physical condition...all lights are on green concerning his thigh
Grosjean: I'm not far from being back 100%. I've got 2 days left to give it all and gain in confidence.

Björki
03-03-2005, 12:01 PM
Le programme prévisionnel

Vendredi 4 mars :
A partir de 13 heures, les deux premiers simples au meilleur des cinq sets

- Paul-Henri Mathieu c. Joachim Johansson (Sue)
- Sébastien Grosjean c. Thomas Johansson (Sue)

Samedi 5 mars :
A partir de 14h15, présentation officielle des deux équipes, suivie ā 14h30 du double au meilleur des cinq sets

- A. Clément / M. LLodra c. S. Aspelin (Sue) / T. Bjorkman (Sue)

Dimanche 6 mars :
A partir de 13 heures, les deux premiers simples au meilleur des cinq sets (sauf si le sort de la rencontre est scellé)

- Sébastien Grosjean c. Joachim Johansson (Sue)
- Paul-Henri Mathieu c. Thomas Johansson (Sue)

TheBoiledEgg
03-03-2005, 03:08 PM
choke boy up 1st for France

Heja PimPim :D :)

Aphex
03-03-2005, 03:14 PM
3-2 for Sweden come Sunday!

Choupi
03-03-2005, 03:44 PM
Same score but for the frog eaters... ;)

Marine
03-03-2005, 06:41 PM
Same score but for the frog eaters... ;)

Let's be positive :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
03-03-2005, 07:01 PM
GO PIM GO THOMAS!! :woohoo:

dbnumberone
03-04-2005, 06:56 AM
well, I'm in on pim on vcash but p-h on a pretty good size real bet, so go p-h - better's remorse, i want to take it back but can't! Either way, here's to a great day to you all - db

Tricky_Forehand
03-04-2005, 08:28 AM
I was going to try and stay up to follow live score but it's not going to happen :sad:

Have to get up early to finish papers that I've been procrastinating on and are due on Saturday...

So...Allez Seb!!! & Allez France!!! Let me see a lead of 2-0 when I get up :yeah:

Choupi
03-04-2005, 09:27 AM
Let's be positive :yeah:
As always... :)

Action Jackson
03-04-2005, 09:32 AM
I don't know how to go for.

A choker- Paulo and indoor buffoon Pim Pim, so I'll go for the umpire in that match and allez Seb in the second.

Björki
03-04-2005, 10:22 AM
Kom Igen Sverige :banana:

Kristen
03-04-2005, 10:53 AM
buffoon... a word I would probably reserve for Jarkko but going for the ump might be a good idea. I'm rather pissed at the Argentine that did the Jurgen match ;) Though Norm did a good job :yeah:

Auf gehts ( :sad: ) Sverige! All my hopes are with you now...as Austria is pretty much over with :sad: Kom igen Jonas!

Action Jackson
03-04-2005, 10:54 AM
buffoon... a word I would probably reserve for Jarkko but going for the ump might be a good idea. I'm rather pissed at the Argentine that did the Jurgen match ;) Though Norm did a good job :yeah:

Auf gehts ( :sad: ) Sverige! All my hopes are with you now...as Austria is pretty much over with :sad: Kom igen Jonas!

PimPim is a cool guy with a great coach but he is a clay pigeon though.

Choupi
03-04-2005, 11:08 AM
No need to tell you who I'm cheering for....Mats of course! But he doesn't play so I root for my little frenchies. Allez les gars. :)

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:12 AM
lets go PIM PIM!!

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:13 AM
looking goood in blue and yellow joachim :lol: hold now :D

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:15 AM
great love game joachim!!

JankoJanko
03-04-2005, 11:18 AM
Can You give link to livescore?

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:22 AM
kom igen joachim

Choupi
03-04-2005, 11:23 AM
Live scores can be found here. The comments are in French...sorry! ;)

http://sports.fr/fr/tennis/davis/direct2.html

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:24 AM
Can You give link to livescore?

i have it on tv but livescore is at www.daviscup.com

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:24 AM
shit bp down

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:24 AM
noooooooooooo he got broken 1-3*

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:29 AM
what a bh what a break!!! :D:D:D

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:37 AM
joachim :mad:

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 11:38 AM
JJ still raw on the dirt - bit unreasonable to think he can win this match, it will take time to learn :D

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 11:41 AM
kom igen joachim please!

Björki
03-04-2005, 11:45 AM
kom igen Pim Pim :bounce:

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 11:54 AM
bjorki - wayno all the way :rocker2: - i shook his hand after he won his match :)

dB_
03-04-2005, 11:54 AM
Cmom Pimmy!!

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 11:55 AM
They are showing the Tojo match live here on Swedish National Channel...i can update you with the scores if you wish ;)

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 11:57 AM
They are showing the Tojo match live here on Swedish National Channel...i can update you with the scores if you wish ;)


it will be painful viewing for you mate ;)

dB_
03-04-2005, 11:57 AM
sky are showing here too :D

dB_
03-04-2005, 11:58 AM
pimpim injured? or just struggling with clay

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 12:00 PM
pimpim injured? or just struggling with clay

the latter

Pina
03-04-2005, 12:01 PM
They are showing the Tojo match live here on Swedish National Channel...i can update you with the scores if you wish ;)

Which Johansson is playing? Live score says it's JoJo :confused:
Whats wrong with Pim Pim? his 1st serve is only 25% in set 2. :mad:

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:03 PM
jojo losing 6-3 1-1

BP atm :S

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:04 PM
nice save :P

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:04 PM
it will be painful viewing for you mate ;)
So you think that Grosjean will take this for sure? I'd like to put some on him then..if i get BG guarantee on it that is :aplot:

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:05 PM
Which Johansson is playing? Live score says it's JoJo :confused:
Whats wrong with Pim Pim? his 1st serve is only 25% in set 2. :mad:


It's Thomas Johansson. Later on.

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:06 PM
@MalmöKrampan :wavey:
are u watching Pim Pim?

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:06 PM
actually its jojo

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:07 PM
doh.. broken :sad: :sad:

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:07 PM
Pim Pim 3-6 1-2* :(
Kom Igen

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:07 PM
actually its jojo


LOL..yes Pimi is playing now. I was thinking about Thomas match later on...

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:09 PM
BG have you been at your DC tie today?

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:12 PM
they are also showin PIM PIMs match!

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:13 PM
LOL..yes Pimi is playing now. I was thinking about Thomas match later on...

lol sorry :wavey:

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:14 PM
Pim with too many UEs.. :(

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:14 PM
3-1 :<

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:15 PM
Pim with too many UEs.. :(
:(

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 12:15 PM
So you think that Grosjean will take this for sure? I'd like to put some on him then..if i get BG guarantee on it that is :aplot:


:p

the guarantee is forthcoming - i give it the BG seal of approval :D

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 12:16 PM
BG have you been at your DC tie today?

yep watched hewitt and wayno ( :rocker2: ) nail teh austrians

also congratulated wayno personally on his scottsdale performance after he beat melzer :)

TheBoiledEgg
03-04-2005, 12:16 PM
PimPim winning on clay :rolls:
even Rusedski will clean him up........ thats the sad part.

PimPim is great to watch but on clay he's effect is the same as a used condom :o

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:17 PM
also congratulated wayno personally on his scottsdale performance after he beat melzer :)
Nice of you :) He was probably very happy.

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:18 PM
The french crowd is cheering when Pim Pim made DF...

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:20 PM
The french crowd is cheering when Pim Pim made DF...
:devil:
any chance Pim Pim can break back? how is
Mathieu playing?

Scotso
03-04-2005, 12:25 PM
Allez Paulo :D

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:25 PM
Mathi looks like a winner now..Pim Pim is making to many UEs and doesn't want long duels. I think that Pim Pim's shoulder injury is still bothering him..

TheBoiledEgg
03-04-2005, 12:26 PM
Mathieu *5-2 in 2nd

there's always hope when Choke boy is playing :o
but i cant see it.

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:27 PM
damn that match is probably over :(

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 12:27 PM
bye bye JJ :wavey:

Choupi
03-04-2005, 12:28 PM
Allez Paulo, take that 1st point home...

Five
03-04-2005, 12:29 PM
:eek::eek:
Joachim :help:
Hes crappier than Youzhny to day :o:o:o

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:31 PM
Pim Pim breaks back...3*-5

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:32 PM
Pim Pim double fault 30-15

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:33 PM
Great volley PIM! 40-15

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:34 PM
Pim Pim 4-5*

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:37 PM
30-0 :(

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:37 PM
Kom Igen Pim Pim. we need this match
:bounce:

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:38 PM
Great forehand by Mathieu..40-0

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 12:38 PM
allez mathieu :D

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:38 PM
Net by Mathieu...40-15

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:40 PM
40-40

COME ON PIMPIM!!!! :D

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:40 PM
DEUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:40 PM
Mathieu is sooooo nervous.........

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 12:40 PM
COME ON BREAK HIM!!!

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:41 PM
doh.. adv mat

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 12:41 PM
damn sp

Pina
03-04-2005, 12:41 PM
come on Pim Pim!!!!!!!!!

dB_
03-04-2005, 12:41 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:42 PM
Mathieu takes it..

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 12:42 PM
DAMN!!!

MalmöKrampan
03-04-2005, 12:43 PM
Pim Pim is playing a bit better now. His backhand seems to be working good also. Let's hope for the best in third.

bad gambler
03-04-2005, 12:43 PM
rock on mathieu :rocker2:

nakadashi
03-04-2005, 12:44 PM
CUMMON MATHIEU SEND THAT FREAK BACK HOME, HE AIN SUITED FOR CLAY

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:46 PM
allez mathieu :D
:smash: :)

Björki
03-04-2005, 12:46 PM
kom igen Pim Pim

nsepre94
03-04-2005, 12:48 PM
YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS PHM!!!!! You are more more better than Pim pim on clay!!!!!!!!!!

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 12:50 PM
kom igen joachim

Scotso
03-04-2005, 12:55 PM
Allez Paulo, keep going :D

Pina
03-04-2005, 12:57 PM
Seems like Pim Pim is playing better now...hopefully I'm right on this:rain:

nsepre94
03-04-2005, 12:58 PM
:wavey: :angel: :worship: PAULO!! PAULO! PAULO!!!!! :wavey:
2/2

nsepre94
03-04-2005, 12:58 PM
0/15!!! come on PHM!

Aleksa's Laydee
03-04-2005, 12:58 PM
kom igen joachim!!

nsepre94
03-04-2005, 12:59 PM
0/30

nsepre94
03-04-2005, 12:59 PM
0/40 :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: