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*julie*
09-17-2005, 09:20 PM
Even if he defeated Paulo in the quarters :( I think he deserves a thread as he reaches his first final... :)
He beat Pavel in the semis 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-3 :yeah:
And he will play Andreev in the final.
Good luck Florent :worship:

silverwhite
09-18-2005, 05:29 AM
I shan't congratulate him until I get over him beating Paulo. Hmph!


:lol:

delsa
09-18-2005, 08:12 AM
Yeah... He'd better win because if Paulo was beaten just for THAT...:mad:
So...Good luck in the final! ;)

marineseb37
09-18-2005, 10:12 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FLORENT!

Papakori
09-18-2005, 02:47 PM
Well done on his win the tournament!

I♥PsY@Mus!c
09-18-2005, 03:45 PM
Congratulations! :D

~EMiLiTA~
09-18-2005, 03:49 PM
congrats for his first title...a good win for him! always nice to see a new player win his first title! :)

Sandra
09-18-2005, 07:38 PM
Flo was amizing today everything was amzing today :D ...only if Paul would've been there :sad:...anyway I just want to say that Flo is a great guy and of court he is such a sweetie :D

marineseb37
09-18-2005, 07:58 PM
I am too content for Florent Serra, it deserved this victory!

*julie*
09-18-2005, 08:18 PM
:eek: He won!
Honestly, I didn't expect him to win. He had already won Pavel (in RG) so I knew he could beat him in the semis but now Andreev in a final!!! That's a great win. Congrats Florent :woohoo:
He has great results this season. Go on like this Florent :worship:

delsa
09-18-2005, 09:09 PM
WD Florent! :yeah:

silverwhite
09-18-2005, 11:45 PM
Congrats, Florent! :D I forgive him for beating Paulo now. :lol:

Chloe le Bopper
09-19-2005, 05:15 AM
Serra for life!

Nathaliia
09-20-2005, 01:07 PM
Florent is :Yeaaah: . Just have had an interview with him. I hope he wins today ehhh I promised him to shout "Allez Florent" on the match hahah hopefully I won't have any other task for that time.

I write things from the Szczecin challenger in the tournament's thread.

Sandra
09-22-2005, 08:57 PM
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/rids/20050918/i/r2925658606.jpg?
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/rids/20050918/i/r78094224.jpg?
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20050918/capt.xvg10309181715.romania_tennis_bcr_open
:worship:

delsa
09-22-2005, 11:37 PM
From the ATP website:

Indesit ATP Race Update
Florent Serra won his first ATP title in Bucharest. Prior to this week, the Frenchman had never passed the second round at an ATP level event.Serra moved up 24 spots to No. 82 in the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race.
:tape:

Hangdog
09-25-2005, 08:37 AM
Congratulate Serra with this victory and want to ask a question. Who he is? LOL Well, I just want to know some special facts about him. Maybe somebody (like Nathaliia?..) has met him or has read something etc. Seems this guy is almost the only French who is going to visit my land in the last months of this year...

Sandra
09-25-2005, 09:59 AM
I met him too :p....Special facts about him :hmmm he doesnt speak English very good and it is a really nice guy..I mean he will talk to you take as many pics as you want,always happy and always smiling :D I like him a lot.
Is Paulo going to play in Russia too?:confused:

*julie*
09-25-2005, 12:56 PM
Here is an article published in L'équipe magazine (saturday's special issue):

La perf de la semaine
A 24 ans, Florent Serra a remporté, dimanche dernier à Bucarest, son premier titre sur le grand circuit. Par José Barroso

Pas de résultats chez les jeunes
Contrairement aux champions français découverts souvent dès la classe biberon, Serra n'a aucune référence chez les juniors (seulement un Roland Garros disputé en 1999, défaite au 2nd tour). Il a suivi une scolarité classique dans sa Gironde natale, conclue à 18 ans par un bac ES. Remarqué par la fédé, il a alors rejoint le centre national d'entraînement à Roland Garros, où il est toujours basé, coaché aujourd'hui par Jérôme Potier.

Des difficultés avec le haut niveau
Jusque-là, le grand circuit ne lui avait pas réussi. Avant Bucarest, il n'y avait disputé que onze tournois, et son meilleur résultat était un 2ème tour. Il a davantage frequenté l'anonyme circuit Challenger (tournois de 2ème catégorie), où il a remproté deux titres cette année. "Même si ce n'est pas le même niveau, ça m'a beaucoup aidé pour ma finale à Bucarest, j'avais déjà l'expérience d'une finale", explique-t-il. Après son titre, il a d'ailleurs filé vers Szczecin (Pologne) où il joue cette semaine en Challenger.

Une année de haut vol
Passé pro en 2000, il a stagné plusieurs années entre le 200è et le 300è rang mondial. Au début de l'année, il pointait encore à la 213è place. Mais, depuis, il s'est envolé: premiers matchs gagnés en Grand Chelem (à Roland Garros puis à l'US Open) premières victoires en Challenger (Mexico, Rimini), et maintenant premier titre sur le circuit ATP. Les fruits d'une "grosse préparation physique" l'hiver dernier et d'un credo simple sur le court: "Cette année, je me suis dit: je donne tout, à chaque instant." Le voilà 58ème à l'ATP.

Un coup de pouce libérateur
Il est le premier à l'admettre: à Bucarest, il a eu "beaucoup de chance". Au 1er tour, il a sauvé 3 balles de match face au Roumain Victor Crivoi (318ème ATP). Totalement libéré, lui habituellement si anxieux repart avec la coupe six jours et cinq matchs plus tard. Un juste retour des choses: l'an dernier, à Roland Garros, il s'était incliné au premier tour, 9-7 au 5ème set, après avoir laissé filé neuf balles de match. :eek:

Des rêves cachés
Modeste, il ne confait jusque-là que son ambition d' "entrer dans le top 100 et gagner un Challenger". Maintenant qu'il a tteind et dépassé ces objectifs, à lui de prouver que son épopée roumaine n'était pas qu'un coup de chance. D'ici la fin de la saison, il dispute Moscou et St-Petersbourg, et les qualifs de Madrid et Bercy (à moins qu'il bénéficie d'une wild-card). Et il ose annoncer ses deux plus beaux rêves: "Aller loin à Roland Garros et jouer en Coupe Davis".


Here is the translation (sorry but I couldn't translate some bits ;) )

The performance of the week
At 24, Florent Serra won, last Sunday in Bucarest, his first title in the ATP tour. By José Barroso

No results in the junior circuit
Unlike all the French champions revealed at a very young age (classe biberon??? :baby: ) Serra has no reference in the junior tour (he only played Roland Garros in 1999 and was defeated in the 2nd round). He had a classic schooling in Gironde (his motherland) and left school at 18 after a "baccalauréat" (= english GCEA levels) in economic and social sciences. Noticed by the federation, he then joined the national center of training in Roland Garros, where he still is, coached by Jerôme Potier.

Difficulties with the high-level
Until then, he didn't succeed in the ATP tour. Before Bucarest, he only had played 11 ATP tournaments and his best result was a 2nd round. He patronized more the anonymous challenger tour where he won 2 titles this year. "Even if it's not the same level, il helped me a lot for my final in Bucarest, I had already played finals" he explains. After his final, he then went to Szczecin (Poland) where he plays, this week, a challenger.

A "taking flight" (haut-vol???) 2005
He turned pro in 2000 but stayed for several years between the 200th and the 300th ranking. At the beginning of the year, he was still at the 213th rank. But, since then, he has taken wing: 1st win in Grand Slam (in Roland Garros and then at the US Open), first wins in Challengers (Mexico, Rimini) and now 1st ATP title. The fruits of a "big fitness training" last winter and an easy creed on court: "This year, I have told myself: I give all, at every instant." Now, he is 58th at the ATP.

A liberating "coup de pouce" ( :confused: )
He is the first one to admit it: in Bucarest, he has been "very lucky". In the 1st round, he saved 3 match points against Victor Crivoi (Romanian ranked 318th). Totally liberated, while he is usually so anxious, he left with the cup six days and 5 matches later. Just a little revenge ( :confused: I couldn't translate literally) over his misfortune in Roland Garros, last year, where he was defeated in the 5th set (9-7) after having wasted 9 match points.

Hidden dreams
Humble, his ambition until then was to "enter the top 100 and win a challenger". Now that he has reached and surpassed this objectives, he has to prove his romanian epic was not just a lucky break. From now to the ed of the season, he will play Moscow, St-Petersbourg and the qualies of Madrid and Bercy (unless he gets a WC). And he dares to confess that his most 2 beautiful dreams are "to go far in Roland Garros and to play in the Davis Cup team".

Well! That was long! I feel tired now ;)

delsa
09-25-2005, 01:24 PM
Thx for the article and translation, Julie! :yeah:
Here are some pics of Florent during his Quarterfinal against Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS at the Pekao Open/ Szczecin Challenger in Poland from the official site of the tourney... (http://pekaoopen.pl/2005/) (The draw (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/448/mds.pdf) )

He (5) lost in Semifinal against Alberto Martin ESP (2) 3-6/6-3/6-4. ;)

He'll play in Palermo now.

Edit: Here's a lil' video interview (http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/IMG/asx/arton15.asx) after his first ever victory in a Slam at the R1 of RG 2005 (another shy guy...)

Sandra
09-25-2005, 06:35 PM
Thnks Julie and Delsa :hug:
Good luck Flo in Palermo..maybe win your second title there ;)

Sandra
09-25-2005, 07:31 PM
fisrt round against Sanguinetti probably on Tuesday ;)

*julie*
09-25-2005, 07:41 PM
He will play Sanguinetti.
Good luck Florent :worship:

delsa
09-27-2005, 03:38 PM
(8)D Sanguinetti (ITA) d F Serra (FRA) 67(10) 61 62

Apparently, he played relatively well in the first set and lead 5-1 then got tight or something so he let Sanguinetti come back and was pushed to a tie-break where he had 4/5 or so MPs for him and 1/2 against him but eventually won it 12-10.
Then it seems he completely self-destructed from what's been said :shrug: , plus Sanguinetti is in good form now despite his 33 years and played well...
Croat123 said in the scores thread that it was a very bad match on Serra's part and i think he was able to watch it on Sportitalia.
Anyway, it's a good lesson (he's having the same problems he had before his little breakthrough and he mustn't let them come back...) and he was the underdog so...
Next? ;)

*julie*
09-27-2005, 04:10 PM
That's sad...:sad:
The thing is yesterday I wanted to bet on him on this match and I've just realized that I made a mistake and I bet on Sanguinetti... :o So, you can blame me... I jinxed him!

Sandra
09-27-2005, 05:31 PM
I am sad :sad: I wanted him to win so badly....:sad:

Nathaliia
09-27-2005, 10:00 PM
don't cry girls.... i finally translated my article - delsa it's for you :hug:

Florent Serra

The Frenchman participating in Pekao Open 2005 and seeded 5 is a winner of Bucharest ATP tournament last week. Unfortunately, we couldn't find him on courts for a long time, because he looks like a... tennis player.

Dark hair with gel, suntun on the face, stylish track-suit – these are the accessories without which every guest of our challenger, who has the self esteem, is ashamed to show up. Serra is keeping the style as well, but it had to turn out. Supplied with a picture of a smiled guy in a rugby T-shirt, I started doing the research. Hostesses after seeing this handsome person on a pic, started to panic. It could be any player sitting in players' lounge that time. At least, one of them revealed with unsure face and breaking the sacrifice with which he was clicking in the non-available yet in Poland mobile phone. It was Serra. The person, who in 1st round in Bucharest saved 3 matchballs against Romanian qualifyier and then defeated Filippo Volandri, Paul Henri Mathieu, Andrei Pavel and Igor Andreev. “Oh my God, it's me!” - he shouted after seeing his portrait. “So why in rugby T-shirt?” - I asked. “Because I like”. “To play?”. “No, to watch”.

Serra must like even more the national coaching program, because thankfully to it he has the money for competiting in tournaments, coaching guaranteed, just like the sparrings with the world's top – though there are quite a few Frenchmen in the top 100. Tennis players participating in the program are shown by the federation and added to different groups of advance. Each group works with their coach, however during the travels it may happen, that another person is looking after the players. “These rotations are important, we still learn the new things from the new specialists” - explains Serra. Himself, he recently has prepared to starts with very talented 19 y.o. Richard Gasquet. “Before the US Open we trained together in our base in Paris. I can't say we are friends or something, but for sure we like each other, so I don't complain I had to spent so much time with him” - adds the Frenchman. He also says, what he's working on now: being aggressive in strokes and regular from the baseline.

Before Serra was taken under the wings of caring mother-federation in Paris, he finished the highschool in his home city, Bordeaux (“It's famous of wine” - like I didn't know this!). He tried to continue studies as a correspondence student of a course “English, Spanish”, but he wasn't able to manage with linking all his duties. “Here you must travel, some hotels, there you have a practise session, you have to play and above you are hanging the books and homework. But I passed the first year (he underlined this sentence three times – redaction's add-one.). But my English is very, very bad” - he said being unnecessarily humble, maybe counting that would I deny it, what I did anyway. In Serra's opinion, education developes your personality. It can develop also through travelling. In the context of won not a long time ago challenger in Rimini, comes the question to compare overhyped, in many people's opinion, Italian town with French Cote d'Azur. “I won't be talking bad things about Rimini, I won there though, so I like everything there, but Nice and St. Tropez are...” - here he tried to use the right word, he didn't find it, so he just showed his thumb up.

Serra (aged 24) visits Poland for the third time. Before, in Wrocław challenger, he met the sympathy of not completely sober man, who during Serra's match against Tabara kept on shouting: Hello, Serra!”. The player admits it was very nice and he's happy the man was supporting him. It's true, in fact, the man after reaching the state of “higher levitation” could have shouted “Hello Tabara” as well. Our hero can say “Wrocław” in quite original way. Phonetic inscription is: “Rokloł”. With Szczecin he doesn't deal any better: “Szesin”. In a good mood, I asked if he could say “W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie i Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie”. Serra said of course, he could, and then he changed the topic.

Nathaliia
09-27-2005, 10:05 PM
Congratulate Serra with this victory and want to ask a question. Who he is? LOL Well, I just want to know some special facts about him. Maybe somebody (like Nathaliia?..) has met him or has read something etc. Seems this guy is almost the only French who is going to visit my land in the last months of this year...
i feel to be called-out ;). Julie translated a good article and I added mine, hope it helps. The basic info is on atptennis.com website ;). Hopefully you'll meet him in Russia. He' s a very, very nice person. His English isn't bad, really... he's only ashamed of using it like many Frenchmen, I think. It's necessary to calm him down and then it flows..

Sandra
09-28-2005, 07:29 PM
i feel to be called-out ;). Julie translated a good article and I added mine, hope it helps. The basic info is on atptennis.com website ;). Hopefully you'll meet him in Russia. He' s a very, very nice person. His English isn't bad, really... he's only ashamed of using it like many Frenchmen, I think. It's necessary to calm him down and then it flows..
Did i say it is bad.If i did i am sorry..it is very sweet he was a bit excited when i went and talked to him cause he just reached his first atp final ;)

Oh Nathii..in the first round of Bucharest he beat Victor Crivoi who had a wild card,he didnt play qualies ;)

Sandra
09-28-2005, 07:46 PM
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/flo_face.jpg
His pic with me :p I cut myself coz i look horrible :o Flo is very cute :)

*julie*
09-28-2005, 07:47 PM
Nice article Nathaliia :yeah:
You are a great journalist ;)

Thanks for the pic Sandra :)

Btw, I thought he and Gasquet were friends as I have seen several times Richard attending a Florent's match. Maybe it was only national support.

chicky841
09-29-2005, 02:45 AM
i think they are friends. he was at his match against hewitt, at rogers cup this year.

Sandra
09-29-2005, 05:19 PM
I have seen lots of players attending lots of matches i doubt they are friends with about everyone...or maybe they are :rolleyes:

Nathaliia
09-29-2005, 06:48 PM
yes, it was national support. they are not close friends. i asked very clearly about it and got a very clear answer.

i'm glad to hear you liked my article ;) kisses

Nathaliia
09-29-2005, 06:49 PM
Sandee great pic ;)

lol it was him who told me that guy was a Q !!!!!!!!!!

delsa
09-29-2005, 07:20 PM
Thanks Nathaliia! :hug: Glad to see the suggestions were of some use to you. Great article. :yeah: I liked to read how was the beginning of your encounter in GM, that was pretty funny. :lol:

Sandra
09-29-2005, 08:31 PM
:confused: I dont get it :confused:

Nathaliia
09-29-2005, 09:06 PM
Oh Nathii..in the first round of Bucharest he beat Victor Crivoi who had a wild card,he didnt play qualies ;)
Florent said that guy DID play quallies and stupid me, I believed him... (I'm a bad, bad journalist :p). The same was when one older journalist, very much into French tennis said, Serra saved 5 matchpoints and Florent said he saved only 3 matchpoints. I believed the player in such case :lol:.

Hangdog
09-30-2005, 06:05 AM
Thanks a lot to everybody for the info! :worship:
And the most surpising thing for me was this one:
(this week rankings)
53 Mathieu, Paul-Henri (FRA)
54 Serra, Florent (FRA) :eek:
Seems he is a really interesting person and it would be nice to meet him... And if so he will be the first tennis player I met having already some info about lol.

Sandra
09-30-2005, 07:05 PM
Thanks a lot to everybody for the info! :worship:
And the most surpising thing for me was this one:
(this week rankings)
53 Mathieu, Paul-Henri (FRA)
54 Serra, Florent (FRA) :eek:
Seems he is a really interesting person and it would be nice to meet him... And if so he will be the first tennis player I met having already some info about lol.
And 52 is Chela i guess ...so my 3 fave players in Bucharest are ranked in a row :lol: Tho that is not the order i liked them ;)

Sandra
09-30-2005, 07:07 PM
Florent said that guy DID play quallies and stupid me, I believed him... (I'm a bad, bad journalist :p). The same was when one older journalist, very much into French tennis said, Serra saved 5 matchpoints and Florent said he saved only 3 matchpoints. I believed the player in such case :lol:.
There were only 3..i wasnt at that match but people say one of them was weierd and they say Crivoi shouldve won it and the whole match and stupid guy that was presenting the winner on Sunday had to remind that point :mad: I really good mad instead of hailing him the reminded one stupid point which they say and i dont belive ( coz i know Romanians) was out :o

Nathaliia
09-30-2005, 07:56 PM
hehe ;) happens. he had a flight on a wings of luck ;) in fact Serra was saying something about luck...

in Szczecin he didn't have one... => he was saving 1st mp against Martin after long rally hitting the line. during the second, one s2pid person shouted "VAMOS" and Flo just didn't move to one ball. the umpire said it was over...

blaaah... i didn't see that moment cause i was writing some stuff about Calleri but later my friend Emilia told me and she helped me in writing that match report.

Nathaliia
10-01-2005, 12:54 AM
ahh and i forgot to add, he confirmed being bit spoiled by his parents as he's the only child
i asked so are your parents especially now proud of you when you won Bucharest?
and he said no, they are proud kinda all the time but they want smth bigger! lol i know how the be the only child.... ehhh you'll never please your parents...

Sandra
10-03-2005, 08:57 PM
:confused: I dont get it :confused:
I finally did :lol:

Sandra
10-03-2005, 09:07 PM
Did i post this :angel:
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/rids/20050918/i/r78094224.jpg?

Sandra
10-08-2005, 08:33 PM
MAIN DRAW

(1)Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) vs Daniele Bracciali (ITA)
Jan Hernych (CZE) vs Florent Serra (FRA)
Arnaud Clement (FRA) vs Robin Vik (CZE)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (7)Igor Andreev (RUS)

(3)Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs Qualifier
Paul Goldstein (USA) vs Qualifier
Kenneth Carlsen (DEN) vs (WC)Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)
Razvan Sabau (ROM) vs (8)Filippo Volandri (ITA)

(3)Nicolas Kiefer (GER) vs Alexander Popp (GER)
Florian Mayer (GER) vs Lars Burgsmuller (GER)
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs (WC)Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
(WC)Evgeniy Kirilov (RUS) vs (4)Max Mirny (BLR)

(3)Greg Rusedski (GBR) vs Michael Lodra (FRA)
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs Qualifier
Andrei Pavel (ROM) vs Qualifier
Cyril Saulnier (FRA) vs (2)Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)

Sandra
10-08-2005, 08:33 PM
For Kremlin Cup :)
Very unlucky Flo :sad: The best of luck to him :D

Nathaliia
10-08-2005, 08:46 PM
he can make it to the second round ;) and later... we'll see :yeah:

Nathaliia
10-08-2005, 08:47 PM
Hernych is a defensive player from what i saw live... 1,5 year ago... i don't remember seeing him on telly later. Flo is aggressive but needs to work on being regular. i really think he should win the first match ;)

Sandra
10-08-2005, 09:32 PM
And the whole tournemnet....;) i know i am just dreaming :angel:

delsa
10-15-2005, 10:40 PM
Madrid quallies first round:

Florent Serra d. Óscar Burrieza 6-2 6-4 :)

Sunday Quallies OOP and Scores:

Madrid Arena
Matches Start At: 1:30 PM

Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) vs Younes EL AYNAOUI (MAR)
followed by
Agustin CALLERI (ARG) vs Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ (ESP)
followed by
Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) vs Alberto MARTIN (ESP)


Pista Alcala
Matches Start At:12:00 NOON

Florent SERRA (FRA) vs Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO) :eek: :scared: :help:
followed by
Christophe ROCHUS (BEL) vs Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
followed by
Tomas ZIB (CZE) vs Razvan SABAU (ROM)

Mara_M
10-15-2005, 10:42 PM
hmm...allez flo:aplot:

delsa
10-16-2005, 03:32 PM
As expected: Serra - Karlovic (2)6/7, 4/6
No Madrid MS. Back to Bordeaux! :(

Sandra
10-17-2005, 06:04 PM
:sad: Flo you...:smash:

Mara_M
10-22-2005, 10:00 AM
:hug:sandee

delsa
10-22-2005, 04:22 PM
St. Petersburg Open - Main Draw

(1) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v. DLOUHY, Lukas CZE
GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA v. BURGSMULLER, Lars GER
(WC) DAVLETSHIN, Vadim RUS v. MELZER, Jurgen AUT
GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo (ESP) v. (5) KIEFER, Nicolas GER

(4) YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS v. BECK, Karol SVK
(WC) KUNITSYN, Igor RUS v. SAULNIER, Cyril FRA
SERRA, Florent FRA v. Q1 ()
VIK, Robin CZE v. (6) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

(8) VERDASCO, Fernando ESP v. (WC) PHILIPPOUSSIS, Mark AUS
Q2 () v. MONACO, Juan ARG
POPP, Alexander GER v. Q3 ()
CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN v. (3) MIRNYI, Max BLR

(7) RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR v. TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
MINAR, Ivo CZE v. KIM, Kevin USA
Q4 () v. PAVEL, Andrei ROM
KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER v. (2) JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE

;)

Hangdog
10-22-2005, 05:37 PM
SERRA, Florent FRA v. Q1 ()


I hope that Q1 won't be Jan Frone Andersen or Stian Boretti... Or I'll be there in a very confused situation because I spent all the day today in a company of these Norwegian guys and their coach but also had a very nice talk to Serra and said him he can count on my support :rolleyes: .

delsa
10-22-2005, 06:11 PM
I hope that Q1 won't be Jan Frone Andersen or Stian Boretti... Or I'll be there in a very confused situation because I spent all the day today in a company of these Norwegian guys and their coach but also had a very nice talk to Serra and said him he can count on my support :rolleyes: .

Oooops. :o

I'm sure they'll understand your situation if that happens.
Or maybe you won't be in that awkward situation. Even better. ;)

Glad to hear you were able to talk with Florent. If you can do it again could you please ask him the questions i PMed you? :worship:

I can't wait to read your report about your days @ the St. Petersburg Open (which rulezzzzz, you're right. :yeah: ) that you told you wanted to post.
But if you're really tired, we can wait.

*julie*
10-23-2005, 09:31 PM
I hope that Q1 won't be Jan Frone Andersen or Stian Boretti... Or I'll be there in a very confused situation because I spent all the day today in a company of these Norwegian guys and their coach but also had a very nice talk to Serra and said him he can count on my support :rolleyes: .

He will play Bjorkman in the first round; so I guess you will be able to cheer him... ;)

First Court

15:00


Serra (FRA)
vs.
Q Bjorkman (SWE)

then

Q Vanek (CZE)
vs.
Pavel (ROM)

Allez Florent!!! :worship:

Hangdog
10-23-2005, 10:23 PM
He will play Bjorkman in the first round; so I guess you will be able to cheer him... ;)

Aha, my poor norwegians lost... :sad: Both... So, yeah, Serra plays Bjorkman now. Although who has said I like Jonas less? He was the first man I talked to in Swedish :cool: But well, okej, I'll support there mostly Serra. A couple of "heja Jonas, kom igen" won't change the situation I hope lol. I haven't seen Bjorkman today but he won his match absolutely easily 6-0 6-1. And contrariwise, Florent seemed very tired today.
Allez Florent, tiens bon mon garçon! *the rehearsal starts lol* :bounce:

Delsa, I'll try to ask your question to Serra as soon as it'll be possible. And what a pity you didn't said me what do you exactly want to know about Mirnyi - I spent a half of the day in several meters from Max...

Yoel and co.
10-24-2005, 09:58 AM
Hi all :wavey:

Does anyone know why did he prefer to go to Russia instead of Lyon?

*julie*
10-24-2005, 10:15 AM
Hi all :wavey:

Does anyone know why did he prefer to go to Russia instead of Lyon?

:wavey: Hi Yoel!
I have no idea. That's what I wonder too... :shrug:

delsa
10-24-2005, 10:25 AM
Hi all :wavey:

Does anyone know why did he prefer to go to Russia instead of Lyon?

Because of the cut or something like that i heard (last direct entry in Moscow is Alexander Popp with a ranking just inside top 250 while in Lyon it's Santoro who's inside the Top 100...). Maybe when he entered he didn't want to go through the quallies or something. :shrug:
Actually i don't really know. Because he's ranked 54th (higher than Mathieu who's 57th for ex...) so... :confused:

I think he just liked the idea of going to Russia, maybe. ;)

Yoel and co.
10-24-2005, 10:55 AM
Well, kind of weird but I guess he does whats good for him :)

delsa
10-24-2005, 01:54 PM
Well, kind of weird but I guess he does whats good for him :)
Thank you for cheering him a little in the Scores thread, Yoel. :hug:

Florent Serra (FRA) d (Q) Jonas Björkman (SWE) 67 63 64 ;)

Next: Robin Vik (CZE) who beat (6) Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 64 64 :eek:

Yoel and co.
10-24-2005, 02:56 PM
Thank you for cheering him a little in the Scores thread, Yoel. :hug:

Florent Serra (FRA) d (Q) Jonas Björkman (SWE) 67 63 64 ;)

Next: Robin Vik (CZE) who beat (6) Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 64 64 :eek:

You're welcome although I must confess that I did this mainly because I had a bet on him ;)

Papakori
10-24-2005, 03:29 PM
wellll done flo on beating Jonas :)
Good luck against Vik!

Sandra
10-24-2005, 06:48 PM
Well done Flo! I am really happy about it,i just told my friend i feel like he won an other tournament :lol: Great win :yeah: ( dont ask why i am so excited about it dunno either :srugh: ) Good luck againt Vik :bounce: Beat Robin ;)

delsa
10-24-2005, 06:52 PM
Delsa, I'll try to ask your question to Serra as soon as it'll be possible. And what a pity you didn't said me what do you exactly want to know about Mirnyi - I spent a half of the day in several meters from Max...
Yep. :banghead: What a pity and how stupid of me!
And now that he was upset by Carlsen i guess that it will be even harder for you to speak to him... Does he play in doubles? :confused:

Sandra
10-24-2005, 07:13 PM
I hope that Q1 won't be Jan Frone Andersen or Stian Boretti... Or I'll be there in a very confused situation because I spent all the day today in a company of these Norwegian guys and their coach but also had a very nice talk to Serra and said him he can count on my support :rolleyes: .
Can you give him something from me too?Please :aplot:

Hangdog
10-24-2005, 07:17 PM
Can you give him something from me too?Please :aplot:

I can everything LOL. What do you want to give him? =)

Sandra
10-24-2005, 07:22 PM
I'll send you a pm ;)

*julie*
10-26-2005, 02:42 PM
He's gonna play Robin Vik soon. Good luck Florent :worship: Reach the quarters!!!

Nathaliia
10-26-2005, 03:03 PM
I hope that Q1 won't be Jan Frone Andersen or Stian Boretti... Or I'll be there in a very confused situation because I spent all the day today in a company of these Norwegian guys and their coach but also had a very nice talk to Serra and said him he can count on my support :rolleyes: .
sorry for this terrible off topic (btw i'm sure you're having great time in St Petersburg and i'm goddamn jealous no matter i'll be in Aachen nxt week) but wasn't their coach Polish by any chance? i know one great great coach who worked with the Swedish stars but the Norwegians gave him a good offer to build up the local tennis and he agreed. but i dunno if he's still working there!

delsa
10-26-2005, 05:16 PM
Robin Vik (CZE) df. Florent Serra (FRA) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 ...

Sandra
10-26-2005, 05:49 PM
:bigcry: Serra :smash:

Nathaliia
10-26-2005, 06:58 PM
bad Vik. he gets on my nerves since i first saw him in 2004 in wroclaw :(

Hangdog
10-27-2005, 09:52 AM
sorry for this terrible off topic (btw i'm sure you're having great time in St Petersburg and i'm goddamn jealous no matter i'll be in Aachen nxt week) but wasn't their coach Polish by any chance? i know one great great coach who worked with the Swedish stars but the Norwegians gave him a good offer to build up the local tennis and he agreed. but i dunno if he's still working there!
I'll answer but little bit late, ok? Anyway I don't think he is Polish, at least i talked to him in Norwegian...

Hangdog
10-27-2005, 09:57 AM
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
Yesterday I was too sad, angry, mad and tired to write anything. Now I have some minutes and the first thing I want to write is about that Serra-Vik match. So listen. Vik did everything good, it wan’t his fault. Florent did everything great and he had to win. I sat there and cheered Florent and the crowd was also on his side. BUT there were several men who came to the tribune (the game was on the first court – quite a little one) and sat behind me and a little bit higher. They all bet on Robin Vik although they didn’t even know his name, they called him Roberto, they didn’t know anything about tennis either. Those dudes began to shout many stupid things about frogeaters and other stuff – in Russian... But they did it so loud then I think those on the central court could hear them sometimes. And that was the beginning only. Then one of those idiots began to shout “out” during the games, when the ball was in game! The umpire – another idiot, pardon – gave to those russians two warnings and... nothing more!!! Those bastards continued to make their monkey business... There was the beginning of the third set when those asses created another absolutely awful feature. When Flo served the idiots started to make any stupid sounds – seneezing, barking, sizzling etc. That was wrong even for me who just sat and supported Serra and I can imagine how wrong it was for Florent... Finally I decided to wait the end of the current game then stand up and begin to argue with umpire. Seriously. But I thought there was 4-3 but really don’t know why there were 5-4 Vik led and began to serve. So even me had a bad luck... And the umpire, by the way, did two mistakes in the first set – but Florent didn’t become mad, he just looked at umpire and said “be more carefull!”. So well... the result of the match you know. The only thing in my head was “I hate russians”. Florent and his coach were quite lost themselfes and agreed about russians and “trop fou”. And fortunately I’m writing this story now when I’m quite calm, not yesterday when I was absolutely mad – then you’ll see only “merde, putain, trop fou, trop grave, suck, f**k them all and [censored]” – I even don’t remember when else I was so angry like yesterday.
:angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:
http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/9815/rotationofpa26002727wn.th.jpg (http://img461.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rotationofpa26002727wn.jpg)

*julie*
10-27-2005, 10:14 AM
Thanks for your report Irina :)
Indeed what happened is terrible... :mad: I imagine I would have got mad too. These kind of people don't deserve to attend tennis matches. But anyway... :rolleyes:
I hope you will enjoy the rest of the tournament... ;)

delsa
10-27-2005, 02:24 PM
:fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: Thanks God i wasn't here i would have gone completely mad since even lesser incidents can make me become a fury often unluckily sometimes for the better. It would have been a certain scandal on my part. Damn those stupid ignorant loud and xenophobic betters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has nothing to do with them being Russians Irina. This could have happened anyywhere in this fuc**** world, that's got all to do with them being those stupid ignorant loud and xenophobic betters that they are...
Good lesson. Keep the chin high. Next time he'll use the anger coming back from this to trash Vik so severly he'll be afraid to face him again even if the poor Vik din't have anything to do with this. But there's a win against him to take back...
Let's school your next opponent and use this feeling well.

Thank you for the report Irina. ;)

Sandra
10-27-2005, 05:42 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
Yesterday I was too sad, angry, mad and tired to write anything. Now I have some minutes and the first thing I want to write is about that Serra-Vik match. So listen. Vik did everything good, it wan’t his fault. Florent did everything great and he had to win. I sat there and cheered Florent and the crowd was also on his side. BUT there were several men who came to the tribune (the game was on the first court – quite a little one) and sat behind me and a little bit higher. They all bet on Robin Vik although they didn’t even know his name, they called him Roberto, they didn’t know anything about tennis either. Those dudes began to shout many stupid things about frogeaters and other stuff – in Russian... But they did it so loud then I think those on the central court could hear them sometimes. And that was the beginning only. Then one of those idiots began to shout “out” during the games, when the ball was in game! The umpire – another idiot, pardon – gave to those russians two warnings and... nothing more!!! Those bastards continued to make their monkey business... There was the beginning of the third set when those asses created another absolutely awful feature. When Flo served the idiots started to make any stupid sounds – seneezing, barking, sizzling etc. That was wrong even for me who just sat and supported Serra and I can imagine how wrong it was for Florent... Finally I decided to wait the end of the current game then stand up and begin to argue with umpire. Seriously. But I thought there was 4-3 but really don’t know why there were 5-4 Vik led and began to serve. So even me had a bad luck... And the umpire, by the way, did two mistakes in the first set – but Florent didn’t become mad, he just looked at umpire and said “be more carefull!”. So well... the result of the match you know. The only thing in my head was “I hate russians”. Florent and his coach were quite lost themselfes and agreed about russians and “trop fou”. And fortunately I’m writing this story now when I’m quite calm, not yesterday when I was absolutely mad – then you’ll see only “merde, putain, trop fou, trop grave, suck, f**k them all and [censored]” – I even don’t remember when else I was so angry like yesterday.
:angel: :angel: :angel: :angel:
http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/9815/rotationofpa26002727wn.th.jpg (http://img461.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rotationofpa26002727wn.jpg)You told me that last night..really i hate them,i wish i were there to :tape:....when was the pic taken?after the match?He seems sad :sad:

Nathaliia
10-27-2005, 07:50 PM
thanks for report Irina :yeah:
sorry for this kind of people that's so bad...
and as about the coach... well THE MY COACH speaks polish, swedish, norwegian, english (that's what i know) like home tongues so ... hehe...
but i guess they are having more than just one coach in norway ;)

flo on the pics looks with this funny face like always ;) :yeah: :wavey:

Sandra
10-28-2005, 08:33 PM
flo on the pics looks with this funny face like always ;) :yeah: :wavey:I still think he looks very sad :sad:

Hangdog
10-29-2005, 12:44 AM
The photo was taken right after the end of his last match so sure he was very sad that moment.

But at least he's already had a good luck in Bercy gotten a WC and a qualifier for the first round. Allez Florent vas y defonce toi!

To Nathaliia. The photo of the coach: http://menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=68096 . Well, if your coach speaks Norwegian like the mother tongue (and Swedish is a very close to Norwegian language) then it could be him. Anyway he has worked with two Norwegian best players and has done it well, has been also very responsible. But I'm absolutely not sure if he is their coach yet. Because some my mates met these Norwegian players in a club and they told they were broken with their coach and he went back to Norway and they staied in Petersburg (this case was after both players lost their qualy matches). So don't not the end of the story...

Nathaliia
10-29-2005, 02:11 PM
The photo was taken right after the end of his last match so sure he was very sad that moment.

But at least he's already had a good luck in Bercy gotten a WC and a qualifier for the first round. Allez Florent vas y defonce toi!

To Nathaliia. The photo of the coach: http://menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=68096 . Well, if your coach speaks Norwegian like the mother tongue (and Swedish is a very close to Norwegian language) then it could be him. Anyway he has worked with two Norwegian best players and has done it well, has been also very responsible. But I'm absolutely not sure if he is their coach yet. Because some my mates met these Norwegian players in a club and they told they were broken with their coach and he went back to Norway and they staied in Petersburg (this case was after both players lost their qualy matches). So don't not the end of the story...
No, it's not him, but big thanks for the pic and bothering :wavey:. It might mean he travels with one Swedish guy I'm expected to meet in Aachen, but looking at his 1st round opponent I highly doubt if he's gonna stay there until Thursday when I come heh ;).

And good luck to Flo in Paris :yeah:

Papakori
10-29-2005, 02:33 PM
Good luck Flo!

I go on Monday and I hope to see him :)

Sandra
10-29-2005, 09:03 PM
Good luck Flo pleeez win some mathces.
BTW Does anyone know if he can speak a bit of italian?

Nathaliia
10-29-2005, 10:39 PM
He speaks a bit Spanish. I don't know anything about Italian.

Sandra
10-30-2005, 04:48 PM
Thanks anyway Nathii :hug:

*julie*
10-31-2005, 09:01 AM
(7) GAUDIO, Gaston/Bye
NIEMINEN, Jarkko v. (WC) SANTORO, Fabrice
(Q) LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU v. VERDASCO, Fernando
Bye/(12) GINEPRI, Robby
(13) FERRERO, Juan Carlos/Bye
(LL) WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI v. (WC) SERRA, Florent
BERDYCH, Tomas v. NOVAK, Jiri
Bye/(2) CORIA, Guillermo

Florent plays against Warwinka (Lucky Looser) today in the first round. Good Luck Flo. :worship:

At least this time there won't be the 2 annoying men in the crowd... :p

*julie*
10-31-2005, 02:54 PM
He lost 6-3 6-4 :sad:
In the 1st set Warwinka played really good and broke him early in the set. In the 2nd Florent rised his level of game but at 4*-2 15-30 the empire didn't announce a ball who was clearly out from Warwinka :mad: and then Flo couldn't save the 2 BP... :sad: That's sad that he didn't manage to keep focused cos he could have make it.
Congrats to Stan though. Well done.

Hangdog
10-31-2005, 03:21 PM
Merci pour l'info Julie!:hug: So bad luck with umpires again?..
But what have you done Flo!!!!.. :tears: This week his ranking was 51th and he had such an excellent chance to finish his year in top50!.. :banghead: Florent......... :awww:

Sandra
10-31-2005, 06:37 PM
I think he could play one more challanger this year to finnish in top 50 :confused: Too bad for the loss but i just felt he wasnt going to do it :sad: I told Irina last night he will lose...i hate when i am right :smash:

Hangdog
10-31-2005, 07:05 PM
Sandra, be so kind to predict something better next time lol. Well, it would be nice if he plays something else this year although not sure in that fact...

Anyway there are some pictures of our dear loser...

Sandra
10-31-2005, 08:09 PM
Thnks Irina :hug:
And i will try to predict good resaults as well ;) it worcked uring the AO but not now :sad:

MullerGasquetFan
11-01-2005, 01:36 AM
Nice try Florent! You'll get them next time! Hopefully!

*julie*
11-01-2005, 11:15 PM
From l'équipe:

Florent Serra: "J'étais relativement tendu. Et le fait qu'il m'ait pris à la gorge ne m'a pas aidé à me libérer. Au second set, j'ai senti qu'il ya vait quelque chose à faire quand j'ai réussi à mener 4-1. J'imposais mon jeu. Mais, sur la fin, je n'ai pas osé avancer et j'ai fait des fautes. Je me suis tendu, j'ai reculé alors qu'il fallait que je continue à imposer mon rythme. Il faut que j'arrive à être plus entreprenant. Je peux faire mieux, même si je n'ai pas autant de confiance en indoor que sur les surfaces extérieures. Cela dit, jouer comme ça devant les spectateurs français, ça restera un super souvenir. J'aurais évidemment préféré ne pas conclure la saison comme ça, mais je suis content d'avoir connu l'ambiance sur ce central. C'est une belle expérience. Terminer à Bercy, ça n'était même pas dans mon esprit en début d'année. Cette saison a été géniale. J'ai tout connu, des petits challengers, aux Master Series. En début d'année prochaine, je vais intégrer le tableau de l'Open d'Australie et ceux des tournois sud-américains. C'est super. Je suis content, je suis encore jeune!".


Sorry, it's not the best translation ever :o , but I did it quiclky ;)
"I was rather tense. And the fact that he played so well from the very beginning of the match, didn't help me to relax. In the second set, I felt I could do something when I managed to lead 4-1. I was imposing my game. But, at the end, I didn't dare to advance and I made some errors. I tensed, I moved back while I should have kept imposing my rythm. I have to be more active. I can do better, even if I am not as confident in indoors as on outside courts. Anyway, playing like this in front of the french crowd will remain a great memory. Obviously, I would have prefered not ending my season like this, but I am happy to have known the atmosphere of the central court. It's a beautiful experience. Ending with Bercy was not even in my mind at the beginning of the year. This season has been great. I have known everything, from small chellengers to Masters Series. Next year, I will enter the draw of the Australian Open as well as some clay tournaments in South America. That's great. I am confident, I am still young!"

MullerGasquetFan
11-01-2005, 11:28 PM
I'm so glad Florent has such a positive attitude! He deserves the best! He has plenty of time to improve and maybe reach the top 50 or top 10! :) He will do even better next year now that he has the experience! I hope he comes to Houston for the U.S Men's Clay Court Championships so I can watch him! :bowdown:

Nathaliia
11-02-2005, 08:58 AM
"I am still young" haha this sentence killed me ;) and i thought me coming to 20 y.o. is old :banana:

Good luck Florent in your next season oh this guy is terrific and with good attitude! :yeah:

Sandra
11-02-2005, 06:29 PM
I am confident, I am still young!":yeah: I liked the way this sounded cant wait to see him next year in both tournies in Romania :)

Sandra
11-09-2005, 06:26 PM
Does anyone know if he will play anything this year?

Nathaliia
11-09-2005, 07:02 PM
no no... he won't...
but maybe anyone knows about the exhibitions in France :confused:

Sandee nice to see you back :hug:

Sandra
11-10-2005, 08:26 AM
So he wont be in top 50 this year will he?:sad:

Nice to be back nathii :hug:

MullerGasquetFan
11-17-2005, 01:32 AM
Yes, he finished #50 in the entry rankings.

Hangdog
11-19-2005, 05:43 PM
From l'équipe:

Florent Serra: "J'étais relativement tendu. Et le fait qu'il m'ait pris à la gorge ne m'a pas aidé à me libérer. Au second set, j'ai senti qu'il ya vait quelque chose à faire quand j'ai réussi à mener 4-1. J'imposais mon jeu. Mais, sur la fin, je n'ai pas osé avancer et j'ai fait des fautes. Je me suis tendu, j'ai reculé alors qu'il fallait que je continue à imposer mon rythme. Il faut que j'arrive à être plus entreprenant. Je peux faire mieux, même si je n'ai pas autant de confiance en indoor que sur les surfaces extérieures. Cela dit, jouer comme ça devant les spectateurs français, ça restera un super souvenir. J'aurais évidemment préféré ne pas conclure la saison comme ça, mais je suis content d'avoir connu l'ambiance sur ce central. C'est une belle expérience. Terminer à Bercy, ça n'était même pas dans mon esprit en début d'année. Cette saison a été géniale. J'ai tout connu, des petits challengers, aux Master Series. En début d'année prochaine, je vais intégrer le tableau de l'Open d'Australie et ceux des tournois sud-américains. C'est super. Je suis content, je suis encore jeune!".


Sorry, it's not the best translation ever :o , but I did it quiclky ;)
"I was rather tense. And the fact that he played so well from the very beginning of the match, didn't help me to relax. In the second set, I felt I could do something when I managed to lead 4-1. I was imposing my game. But, at the end, I didn't dare to advance and I made some errors. I tensed, I moved back while I should have kept imposing my rythm. I have to be more active. I can do better, even if I am not as confident in indoors as on outside courts. Anyway, playing like this in front of the french crowd will remain a great memory. Obviously, I would have prefered not ending my season like this, but I am happy to have known the atmosphere of the central court. It's a beautiful experience. Ending with Bercy was not even in my mind at the beginning of the year. This season has been great. I have known everything, from small chellengers to Masters Series. Next year, I will enter the draw of the Australian Open as well as some clay tournaments in South America. That's great. I am confident, I am still young!"

I love this kind of interviews :) . When player says "Yes, I was wrong, I had to do it better, I did stupid mistakes, I must improve myself" etc (and I'm always a bit angry of another kind of interviews, that is usual for Clement for example, it's like "Oh I lost... But my rival was so great today, he did anything too perfect, his game is so excellent..." :rolleyes: ). So yes, Florent, you're still young and that's great! Work on! ;)

And why I see here no celebrations? :( Isn't it just great that Florent finishes his season in top50 when he began from the third hundred? :cool: Anyway my dream is realized, Serra is in top50 and I'm happy :angel: !

And there is an interesting French phenomenon... There are three players who strated this season being out of top100 and finished it in top50. I mean Richard, Gael and Florent. Is it just a conjuction or something more?.. :confused:

Truc
12-20-2005, 06:39 AM
There is a nice article about Florent in "Libération" today:
Tennis. Ce Bordelais, 50e mondial, a remporté cette année le tournoi de Bucarest.
L'invisible ascension de Florent Serra
par Michaël HAJDENBERG
QUOTIDIEN : mardi 20 décembre 2005
Bordeaux de notre correspondant
http://www.liberation.fr/page.php?Article=346183

Ils sont trois Français à avoir remporté, cette année, un tournoi ATP. L'ultratalentueux Richard Gasquet (16e mondial), le bondissant Gaël Monfils (31e) et... Florent Serra. Ce tennisman méconnu de bientôt 25 ans, né à Bordeaux, aujourd'hui 5e joueur français et 50e au classement mondial depuis novembre, a triomphé en septembre à Bucarest (Roumanie). Jusque-là, il faisait partie de ces joueurs qui naviguent tant bien que mal entre les 150e et 250e places mondiales, sans jamais franchir le cap. Il y est enfin parvenu. Mais sans vraiment savoir pourquoi. «C'est dans la tête», dit-il.

Incapacité à gagner. En 1999, à 18 ans, Serra est 250e mondial. Pas mal pour un jeunot. Mais cinq ans plus tard, en 2004, il en est toujours au même point. Pas de blessure, juste une incapacité à gagner les matchs à sa portée. Serra parcourt les tournois «challengers», y franchit généralement quelques tours, gagne 300 euros par semaine. «De quoi manger et faire mon métier». La Fédération française l'appuie, lui paie entraîneur et billet d'avion jusqu'à ses 21 ans, et continue de l'aider par la suite. «C'était nécessaire. Pour se payer un coach privé, il faut compter autour de 50 000 euros par an, en plus des dédommagements de frais.» Serra fait donc partie d'un groupe qui reverse 8 % de ses gains à la fédération : «Les étrangers doivent partir dans le privé ou dans des académies. Ils nous envient ce système.» Qui permet de persévérer quand on n'a pas le talent d'un Gasquet.

Serra a passé son bac, commencé la fac. Mais avoir une tête bien faite n'empêche pas de se la prendre. «A une époque, j'étais complexé de ne pas avoir fait de sport-études. Ensuite, je me suis demandé pourquoi je stagnais. Puis, quand je suis entré dans les 100, j'ai cru que je ne pourrais pas m'y maintenir.» Chaque étape est une nouvelle épreuve. A Roland-Garros en 2004, il obtient neuf balles de match face à Vince Spadea au premier tour. Toutes gâchées. «A cette époque, Florent parlait, se plaignait, racontait sa vie entre les points. Ce jour-là, on aurait pu écrire un livre avec ce qu'il disait», se souvient Jérôme Potier, son entraîneur. Florent Serra en convient, malgré son apparence très calme. «Il faut être dedans, en match comme à l'entraînement. On peut toujours se trouver des excuses sur les balles, le cordeur, la fatigue, l'arbre qui fait de l'ombre sur le court. Mais maintenant, j'essaie d'être à fond. Parce qu'entre un joueur classé 250e et un joueur classé 30e il n'y a que des petits détails. Toujours dans la tête.» Son idole s'appelle pourtant Marat Safin, pas vraiment un modèle de self-control. «Oui mais Safin non plus n'a pas un palmarès à la hauteur de son potentiel, explique Jérôme Potier. Sauf qu'avec le talent qu'il a ça se voit moins.»

Début 2005, Florent Serra gagne deux tournois challengers, ce qui lui fait prendre confiance. A Montréal, il passe le premier tour face à l'Australien Lleyton Hewitt, tête de série n° 2, qui abandonne sur blessure. En Grand Chelem, à Roland-Garros comme à l'US Open, il ne franchit pas le cap des 32es de finale (deuxième tour). Puis vient la folle semaine de Bucarest (11 au 18 septembre). Il sauve trois balles de match au premier tour face au joueur local Victor Crivoi. Passé «à deux centimètres de la défaite», il se lâche et élimine successivement Paul-Henri Mathieu en quart de finale, le Roumain Andrei Pavel en demi-finale et le Russe Igor Andreev (6-3, 6-4) en finale, sur terre battue. Une véritable référence.

Différence. «Aujourd'hui, je tape plus fort dans la balle. Et ce n'est pas une question de muscles.» Selon Serra, le mental représente «35 % du tennis», le «savoir jouer», 50 %. Mais c'est sur les 15 % restants, le physique, qu'il fait souvent la différence. «Il peut courir des heures en tapant toujours aussi fort, confie son coach. Il n'y en a pas beaucoup qui ont sa caisse, qui s'entraînent aussi sérieusement que lui, qui font leurs quatre heures quotidiennes autant à fond.»

Serra a pris son courage comme son revers, à deux mains. De quoi, accessoirement, passer d'un 30 mètres carrés à Boulogne à 65 mètres carrés à Issy-les-Moulineaux. Mais c'est surtout au classement qu'il espère progresser : «Avant, je savais faire, mais je n'osais pas. Au moment d'attaquer, je me disais "si ça se peut, je vais avoir une volée chiante derrière". Maintenant, je fonce, je prends la balle de plus en plus tôt et sans me poser de questions.» Que sera Serra, qui a terminé l'année avec un bilan en parfait équilibre : onze victoires et onze défaites.

Hangdog
12-20-2005, 05:40 PM
Yes, the article is definetely nice. Grand merci, Truc! :)
And there is the most suitable name: "L'invisible ascension de Florent Serra"...
«Il peut courir des heures en tapant toujours aussi fort, confie son coach. Il n'y en a pas beaucoup qui ont sa caisse, qui s'entraînent aussi sérieusement que lui, qui font leurs quatre heures quotidiennes autant à fond.»
:) It's Flo!

Also want to add that Florent, 50e mondial, begins his season 2006 in Australia:

Next Generation Hardcourts Adelaide, Australia - Jan. 2-8
Sydney International Sydney, Australia - Jan. 9-15
Australian Open Melbourne, Australia - Jan. 16-29

Hangdog
12-23-2005, 09:40 PM
Some news about Florent (if somebody except me is interested).
Flo flies to Australia on 26th of December. He's done his quite a long preparation to the new season in Val-Thorens and also in the training center of Roland Garros. In Australia Florent will be accompied by Rodolphe Gilbert.
Another news is that he's changed his equipment sponsor to Asics.

Hope I didn't lie too much... Anyway original French text is this one:
Florent s'envole le 26 Décembre pour l'Australie. Après s'être longuement préparé en stage à Val-Thorens ainsi qu'au centre d'entrainement de Roland Garros, Florent jouera plusieurs tournois pour préparer l'Open de Australie. Le premier sera te tornoi d'Adelaide à partir du 2 Janvier 2006. C'est Rodolphe Gilbert qui accompagnera Florent lors de cette tournée Australienne. Anoter le changement d'équipementier de Florent. Il sera désormais habille par Asics.

Nathaliia
12-23-2005, 10:01 PM
I'm interested. Thank you very much :wavey:

*julie*
12-23-2005, 10:11 PM
Of course you are not alone in this thread :hug:
Good luck to Flo and Paulo in Adelaide :worship:

Btw, Bjorndalen is great but I support Raphael Poiré ;)

Hangdog
12-23-2005, 10:22 PM
I'm not alone, I'm not alone! LOL Nathaliia, *julie* :hug:

Any ideas who is that Rodolphe Gilbert? According "Libération" his coach is still Jérôme Potier.
Anyway seems Flo has had a really good preparation to the new season in that hardworking style I like. So we can count on good results in January :cool:.

Bjorndalen is great
:angel: didn't expect to hear it here... Julie =))))
Raph is a great man too, no doubt. But Ole Einar is just perfect =).

Nathaliia
12-24-2005, 11:45 AM
Ole Einar is the best :angel: He's been my favourite along with Frode Andresen (and Polish Tomasz Sikora of course) since I've been a little child! But no one can be compared to Ole Einar... maybe only Federer :D

Sophie2000
12-25-2005, 11:42 PM
Any ideas who is that Rodolphe Gilbert? According "Libération" his coach is still Jérôme Potier.


Rodolphe Gilbert was a French player
12/12/68
Career High ATP Ranking - Singles: 61
Career High ATP Ranking - Doubles: 50
Doubles ATP titles: 2

Pixie
12-27-2005, 09:38 PM
Rodolphe Gilbert was a French player
12/12/68
Career High ATP Ranking - Singles: 61
Career High ATP Ranking - Doubles: 50
Doubles ATP titles: 2

who defeated Becker in RG 93 and was the unluky-loser of the french DC's defeat against India the same year

Hangdog
12-27-2005, 09:49 PM
Thanks a lot for the info, Sophie and Pixie! :) And his current occupation is something around tennis too?

Ole Einar is the best :angel:
The best quote ever on this forums :worship:
Frode is a great man too, and there are several fans of Tomasz and even of some other not so wellknown Polish biathlets in Russia. My respect to you Nathii, have you seen OEB in Lillehammer '94?

Pixie
12-28-2005, 05:38 PM
Thanks a lot for the info, Sophie and Pixie! :) And his current occupation is something around tennis too?



I assume that he wants to do a soft transition from professional to coach. In 2005, he was still playing small tournaments but only in France and had lightened his tennis planning.

Nathaliia
12-28-2005, 06:35 PM
Thanks a lot for the info, Sophie and Pixie! :) And his current occupation is something around tennis too?


The best quote ever on this forums :worship:
Frode is a great man too, and there are several fans of Tomasz and even of some other not so wellknown Polish biathlets in Russia. My respect to you Nathii, have you seen OEB in Lillehammer '94?
I was watching Olympics then, but I don't remember much except from the figure skating dance by great Russian skaters. I remember it was the best rock'n'roll ever.
I don't like figure skating anymore because it's terribly corrupted and also Poland isn't doing well.
The first time when I really remember biathlon event was when Sikora took the gold medal in World Champs at 20 km run.
We are having quite an off-topic here :angel:

Hangdog
12-28-2005, 08:44 PM
:wavey: one more time thanks a lot to Pixie, it's very nice to have such an expert here =).

Nathaliia, Serra has to be happy that OEB's name is mentioned in his topic :p Well, okej, I'm sorry for that offtopic but it was a subject I can talk about forever. :cool:

Pixie
12-29-2005, 03:49 PM
:wavey: one more time thanks a lot to Pixie, it's very nice to have such an expert here =).


I can't say that I am an expert but thanks :) Actually, this guy has done several times the tournament of my little town and it's not difficult to speak with them when they come.

Sandra
01-01-2006, 10:25 PM
The Adelaide draw

Hewitt (1) vs. Hernych
Kohlschrieber vs. Guccione WC
Q. vs. Murray
Calleri vs. Berdych (6)

Ancic (4) vs. Clement
Luczak vs. Malisse
Pashanski vs. Seppi
Blake (5) vs. Martin

Nieminen (7) vs. Mathieu
Mayer vs. Monaco
Q. Vs. Serra
Melzner vs. Robredo (3)

Chela (8)vs. Karlovic
q. vs. Carlsen
Spedea vs. Philippoussis (WC)
q vs. Hrbaty (2)

Sandra
01-01-2006, 10:26 PM
And i am so happy he is playing doubles with Paulo :banana:

Hangdog
01-02-2006, 01:35 PM
January 3rd
COURT 2 (11.00 AM) :

Seppi vs Pashanski
Knowle/Melzer vs Aspelin/Haggard
Serra (FRA) vs (Q)Llodra (FRA)

Hmm... Crazy Micka against calm Flo. It has to be a very interesting match :).

Sandra
01-02-2006, 03:51 PM
Oh good luck against Llodra :)

Hangdog
01-03-2006, 04:55 AM
F Serra (FRA) d (Q)M Llodra (FRA) 36 31 Ret.
Go Florent and the best luck against (3)Robredo!

But Mickael... :sad: don't know what's up with him and what will be with his doubles match with Arnaud :scared:

*julie*
01-03-2006, 09:44 AM
Any news about why Mika withdrew? :confused: I hope it's not serious.
Anyway, good luck Flo against Robredo. :worship:

Sandra
01-03-2006, 10:33 AM
Oh Alleeeeeeeeez Flo :bounce:

Hangdog
01-04-2006, 08:03 AM
F Serra (FRA) d (3)T Robredo (ESP) 76(4) 36 63 :p
You're a great man, Flo! :hug:

Next opponent is (7)J Nieminen (FIN). Anyway Serra has not the worst draw. Go Florent! The best luck against Jarkko now.

UPD: was too glad that forgot to add details.

Robredo served for the opener at 5-4 but was broken to love before the set was decided in a tiebreak which went Serra’s way. Robredo found his length in the second set but was again on the back foot early in the decider. Serra sealed the win with an impressive shot down the line on his first match point.
Robredo fell earlier than expected.

The unseeded Frenchman said he hoped this kind of form would continue throughout the new season.

"It was a very good victory for me," he said "I was very happy to play a player in the top 20, a player like Tommy on Centre Court. I’m very happy to be here and happy with my game. My backhand and forehand from the baseline felt good.

"Before Roland Garros I would like to be around 30 or 35, but it won’t be easy." :yeah:
And new Asics seems to be not bad too.

P.S. And yes... Hrbaty/Levinsky d Mathieu/Serra 76(4) 75 Very close scores, good.

Sandra
01-04-2006, 10:51 AM
Flo :worship: Adelaide is yours now ;) :yeah:

MullerGasquetFan
01-04-2006, 11:43 PM
Way to Go Flo! I knew you could do it!!!!!!!

Nathaliia
01-05-2006, 02:43 PM
Flo :eek:

Hangdog
01-06-2006, 01:53 AM
:D
Florent Serra (FRA) d [7] Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 6-4 6-7(4) 6-2 :woohoo: :woohoo:

willrock
01-06-2006, 09:23 AM
:woohoo:
Great win for Flo :eek:
Reaching the SF of the first tournament of the year is very promising :)
I like this guy :yeah:

Sandra
01-06-2006, 02:43 PM
Flo :worship:

Hangdog
01-06-2006, 04:57 PM
Semifinal is tomorrow:

CENTER COURT 1.30 pm
Florent Serra vs Dominik Hrbaty

Frenchman Florent Serra advanced to the semifinals on the strength of his second consecutive upset victory, a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 win over seventh seed Jarkko Nieminen. After knocking out third-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the quarterfinals, Serra upset Nieminen, crediting off-season fitness work as the key to the latest win.

"I spent a lot of time working on my fitness in November and December and it is paying off," he said. "Now I have beaten two players in the Top 30 and I'm very happy."

Serra had his chance to close out the match in the second set, but couldn't convert a match point against Nieminen's serve in the 12th game. " I think he played that game very well, but after that in the third set I knew I had to relax and be aggressive and physically I felt very good."

Serra was also happy with his serving throughout the match which saw him produce a first serve percentage of 64 percent and four aces. (stolen from Nieminen's topic)

Yeah, for him it's important to have no special problems with the serve. And hey, have you seen the photos from the match? Both players were in the same T-shirts, almost the same caps and just in shorts of different colours =))

Flying Frenchman Serra is closing on his second ATP final after an error-ridden match that produced seven service breaks.

Serra, who faces Hrbaty today for the first time in his career, must be more consistent to trouble the fit Slovak baseliner.

"He has a great return and I have to be careful," Serra said. "I played mostly Challengers last year, so this is new. I have to relax and enjoy it." (from "Herald Sun")

Ok, relax, enjoy and go Flying Flo! The best luck against Dominator.

Kristen
01-06-2006, 08:36 PM
From his match against Tommy Robredo. His English was so cute! It's adorable when people apologise for their english, but he expressed himself really well! Sorry they're a bit blurry...still getting used to my new digital camera :tape: :wavey:

Hangdog
01-07-2006, 03:42 AM
Coooooooooooooooooooool :woohoo: :p :p
Florent Serra (FRA) d [2] Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) 6-3 6-3
Seems Flo's had a great time relaxing in such a manner...

Kristen :yeah: and one more time thanks. Don't worry, Serra's photos still is an exclusive thing so they can't be bad.

*julie*
01-07-2006, 04:41 AM
:woohoo: He is in final. He beat Hrbaty 6-3 6-3
Well done Flo!!! Good luck for the final :worship:

Edit: I had not seen your post Hangdog but anyway... I am really happy :bounce:

Hangdog
01-07-2006, 09:37 AM
Edit: I had not seen your post Hangdog but anyway... I am really happy :bounce:
Either am I lol :hug:

ADELAIDE FINAL
2nd match after doubles final, about 3pm of local time
Xavier Malisse vs Florent Serra

As it was said in French press - anyway Florent will have career's highest ranking at Monday's morning. Goooo Flo! You know what to do, the best luck against Malisse.

About previous great match.
Serra played an aggressive, shot-laden brand of tennis to flummox Hrbaty, who looked devoid of his usual rhythm all match.

There were early signs that world No.18 Hrbaty was not at his peak as Serra broke in the first game of the afternoon before adding two more service breaks to take the opening set.

Another breach of his serve at the start of the second set left Hrbaty in a similar situation to the one he had faced against Mark Philippoussis in round two.

However there was no comeback this time as Serra withstood a challenge on his serve at 4-2 and 5-3 before closing it out on his second match point. (from "The Age")

Post-match words:

"I tried to play aggressively and hit my shots against him and I think he had a few troubles with his ball toss because of the wind," said Serra, "the more I play the good players the more I learn."

"I am very happy of course," said Serra. "After my first title in Bucharest we practice very hard in France. It’s the first tournament of the year and it’s completely different to Europe. It’s 30 degrees and we arrived six days before the tournament (to prepare)".

"I’m very happy with my game to be aggressive, to go to the net and I hope tomorrow will be ok."

Malisse about his tomorrow's rival:

"He (Serra) played unbelievable hitting the ball really well (today). Once you get to the final it’s anybody’s game. Just a little bit of luck maybe and whoever is playing better that day. I know he’s playing very well and he’s beaten a lot of good guys this week."

Via
01-08-2006, 05:47 AM
congrats he just won adelaide! how impressive, a frenchie with a good solid head ;) apart from the tennis skills.

... and can make a speech in english in a mad hurry too, wow :worship:

Fergie
01-08-2006, 05:48 AM
Congrats Flo! :yeah:

Marine
01-08-2006, 07:50 AM
... and can make a speech in english in a mad hurry too, wow :worship:

:lol:
Let's hope he'll make a final of grand slam.

silverwhite
01-08-2006, 08:06 AM
Florent :yippee:

Hangdog
01-08-2006, 08:31 AM
congrats he just won adelaide! how impressive, a frenchie with a good solid head ;) apart from the tennis skills.

... and can make a speech in english in a mad hurry too, wow :worship:
When I had bad tennis tastes? lol :p It was clear this man can do a lot.
So this time victory also was as easy as the scores? What about his serve? It's a very important component of his game, seems it was great during all the tournament.

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM38725.7927492014
Flying Frenchman Florent Serra, the winner of Adelaide 2006

French surprise packet Florent Serra rushed to a 6-3 6-4 victory over Belgian Xavier Malisse in the Adelaide International final on Sunday.

World No.49 Serra banked his second ATP tour title - he also won in Bucharest in September 2005 - on a enervatingly hot afternoon at Memorial Drive.

Serra's determination, best exemplified by his saving of a perfect six from six break points during the final, proved too much for Malisse, who was distracted by a blister and some close line calls.

Favoured pre-match to win a second career title, Malisse held 0-40 in the first game of the final but was unable to convert, and after a succession of comfortable service retentions it was Serra who skipped away.

Helped by some loose strokes from Malisse, the Frenchman broke for 5-3 and proceeded to close out the set.

Steep temperatures had neither player in the mood for a long match, and Malisse's low percentage approach gifted his tighter opponent a steady stream of unforced errors.

Sensing his chance, Serra broke then consolidated for 4-2, a lead he maintained until the finish despite a scare serving for the match.

"I'm very happy to win this week with people like Lleyton in the field," Serra said. "Adelaide was where I played my first ATP tournament (in 2003) so I'm very happy to win here."

"I felt good going into the match but I knew it would be a very difficult match against Xavier because he won his last two matches very easily."

"I won my first ATP tournament in Bucharest at the end of the season and I thought I did it one time so I was more relaxed. I tried to stay concentrated on my game, to hit the ball strongly and play my game and I felt very good."

"My serve helped me a lot today and especially in the first game where I was 0-40 down."

"I'm very happy to win against players like Hrbaty and Robredo but now I have to improve and I hope it will continue."

Thank you Florent for this victory! :worship: *I wonder what will be his ranking tomorrow* Let's continue! Though it won't be easy... at all.

Sydney Main Draw (ha-ha... :rolleyes: ):

GASQUET, Richard FRA (4) vs ANDREEV, Igor RUS
MALISSE, Xavier BEL vs LUCZAK, Peter AUS (WC)
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs SERRA, Florent FRA :rolleyes:
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS vs ROBREDO, Tommy ESP (6)

Ome
01-08-2006, 09:39 AM
As I like (almost) every French players, I would like to say.... Congratulation to Flo :D and goodluck for the rest of the year :yeah:

WinterDreams
01-08-2006, 11:13 AM
:bigclap: :clap2: Great job! Congratulations!!! :clap2: :bigclap:

*julie*
01-08-2006, 07:03 PM
Bravo Florent!!! :worship:
What a great way to start 2006! :yeah:
I think from now, other players are going to fear him and they will be right... :devil:

Hangdog
01-09-2006, 03:31 AM
Found out an interview, very nice one, dated January 4th: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/serra_adelaide3.WMA. When he speaks without cameras, microphones and journalists around his English is much more better =). But in all this hell he does it great too, with such a nice French accent!
http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/323/ffmflo21ap.jpg
http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/9066/565402949vs.jpghttp://img393.imageshack.us/img393/8184/565402955cf.jpg
Seems he likes Australia a lot. So, Florent, have the best luck in Sydney and Melbourne. Allez Flo!

Another great news: this week Florent's ranking position is 38th!!

Sandra
01-10-2006, 08:50 AM
Flo :worship: Adelaide is yours now ;) :yeah:
Told you :p
Flo :worship:

He also beat Santoro in Sydney forst round :woohoo:

Via
01-12-2006, 11:36 PM
hey FYI florent gets david ferrer in the AO draw. well if he must get a seed, this is not too bad.

*julie*
01-13-2006, 12:32 AM
hey FYI florent gets david ferrer in the AO draw. well if he must get a seed, this is not too bad.
Yes! It could have been worse.
In the second round, it could be a Qualif. or Bracciali.
Allez Flo! :worship:

Nathaliia
01-13-2006, 01:46 AM
i think he has a chance ;)

*julie*
01-15-2006, 12:57 AM
He plays tomorrow.
Court 7 Start Time 11.00 AM


Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Florent Serra (FRA)
vs. David Ferrer (ESP)[11]
I hope he will do it! The 2nd round could be easier.
Allez Flo! :worship:

Sandra
01-15-2006, 06:29 PM
He can do it.Allez ;).

*julie*
01-16-2006, 03:36 AM
He lost 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-4 :bigcry: I only followed the 1st set in the scoreboard!

*julie*
01-27-2006, 03:37 PM
Florent withdrew from Zagreb. I have no idea why... :confused:

Sandra
01-30-2006, 08:23 AM
:sad:

Kristen
02-18-2006, 02:51 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/kristen4382/2006%201-Adelaide/Serra01.jpg Another, from my SLR. (Adelaide 2006)

Hangdog
02-18-2006, 09:09 PM
Thank you Kristen for one more good photo!

Florent withdrew from Zagreb. I have no idea why... :confused:

Despite he was in the entry list he wasn’t going to play in Zagreb. He decided to go to South America and play there on clay until Masters in USA. I think that’s because his main aim of the season is RG so he needs to practise on clay more.

He lost in the first round of Buenos Aires to Calleri 0/6 4/6 but inspite of that he’s satisfied and thinks the hard work he’s done since early lose in AO was right (perhaps he just let himself to do some experiments in that match). It’s very important, maybe even the most important thing, - that he is sure in himself and the things he does :yeah:. It’s great that his mentality becomes stronger. Continue in the same spirit, Florent! :bounce:

Hangdog
02-28-2006, 07:15 PM
Seems Florent can’t get on with the weather conditions of South America :sad:. I don’t know why it happens, but maybe it’s logically :tape:. During his professional career he’s played several challengers in S. America and he had 5 losses in the 1st round (in 2003, 3 times in 2004, one more in 2005). On other side he played in a quarterfinal in 2003 and even won Mexico City challenger in 2005. And last year Florent won on clay almost 3 times more matches than he lost :cool:. So I don’t actually know what happens with this guy now, after such a great beginning of the season :confused:.

Anyway the last tournaments in the recap look the next way. Flo (with his 37th ranking position) loses in the first round of Buenos Aires to Calleri (96th of the race) 0-6 4-6 and then retires from the second round of doubles due to acute allergy :sad:. Last week he plays in Brazil, wins with a supreme effort the first round against Dlouhy (140) 6-3 2-6 6-4 and then loses to Monaco (71) 1-6 1-6 :rolleyes:. And sure there is a loss in the first round of doubles. I’ve got the info that Florent was slack and not so active in his matches and that the Europeans just aren't dealing with the South American humidity at all. Although Florent’s countrymate and doubles partner Patience felt himself quite comfortably and lost in the semis only :rolleyes:.

After all, yesterday Florent lost his first match in Mexico against Marin (103, Q) 4-6 7-6(4) 4-6... :( Sure he tried hard but something really goes wrong... And that’s very sad :sad:. Tonight he plays a doubles match in a couple with Vicente (who played in doubles semis 2 weeks ago) against wild carded Mexican couple.

And not everything is so sad! Today it’s Florent’s 25th birthday :D :bdaycake:. Bon anniversaire Flo :aparty:! Still young, still full of energy and ambitions. Allez! :hug:

A couple of pictures from the last matches:
http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/8831/serra2202066db.th.jpg (http://img214.imageshack.us/my.php?image=serra2202066db.jpg) http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/4960/serra11jq.th.jpg (http://img214.imageshack.us/my.php?image=serra11jq.jpg)

*julie*
02-28-2006, 08:07 PM
I confess that I didn't really follow his results in South America. :o
So, thank you for the updates Irina :)

Happy Birthday Flo :drink :bdaycake: :aparty:

And good luck for the coming MS!

~EMiLiTA~
03-01-2006, 10:42 AM
yes, i have been following his results in south america...and they haven't been good at all! it is a shame for him, since he started the year off so well in adelaide but after that, it's just gone downhill. maybe he would have been better off doing the european tournaments, i don't know :shrug:

let's hope his luck changes at the US masters tournaments!!

bonne chance aujourd'hui en double!! et oui, bon anniversaire aussi!

Hangdog
03-01-2006, 06:07 PM
I'm glad he won his birthday match, he really deserved it :). Serra/Vicente def. (WC)Echagaray/Gallardo Valles (whom?.. :confused: ) 6-3 7-6(2).

Next match I guess is tomorrow, so Florent still has time to continue practising on his favorite clay. Though Masters and exchanges of the surface and climate should be useful for him. Let's hope.

Nice to see Flo is not forgotten ;). Salut les filles! lol

Yes, maybe it's a shame after such a great start of the season and reaching top 40 not being able to go through 2nd or even 1st round of tounaments losing to guys from the second hundred... But I have no doubts he's doing everything that is possible - and the real results have to come. *somewhen in the end of May :angel: *

UPD (for the history): Starace/Volandri d Serra/Vicente 76(4) 63. A tough match it was though.

Nathaliia
03-10-2006, 09:14 AM
Flo, find your shape. It is needed :fiery:

~EMiLiTA~
03-10-2006, 12:25 PM
he plays kohlschreiber first up in indian wells :scared:

bonne chance! :)

Hangdog
03-10-2006, 02:15 PM
Thanks for the updates! I've been pretty busy last time...

Well, Flo has not an easy draw at all. But if he wins two first rounds I think it can be a bit easier later... The meeting with Kohlschreiber is already today.

Allez Florent, tu peux le faire! :bounce:

Hangdog
03-10-2006, 07:47 PM
Non, il ne pouvait le faire... :bigcry: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :bigcry:

P. Kohlschreiber def. F. Serra 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 :banghead: :sad: Florent is last person who deserved to lose in the first round... :sad: But don't give up, Flo! :hug:

~EMiLiTA~
03-11-2006, 09:24 AM
quel dommage :sad:

he's not playing doubles either...hopefully he has better luck in miami...

Hangdog
03-14-2006, 06:02 PM
Hopefully he plays a good challenger before Miami. Whatever result he'll there have I do respect and support this his decision of asking for a WC right after his early loss in Indian Wells :yeah:.

He, (1)(WC)Florent Serra :), plays his first round of Sunrise today (7PM of local time or something like that... anyway for me it'll already be a morning of the next day, so I hope Flo's going to wish me a "good morning" by his result) against his mate Olli Patience (not the best draw but there is no another one). Also they play together in doubles - as usually last weeks.

There is no more news yet. The best luck to you, Florent. You do need it :hug:. According the statistics of the last match he had no huge problems with his serve - just the extremely low percent of realization of break points. The unforced errors weren't shown... I guess it was a number of them better-not-to-show :rolleyes:. So all these details prove the soul thing: everything is only in your hands, or I'd better say in your head, Florent, - you have nothing to lose, just relax like you like and play your game like you can :wavey:. Allez! ;)

Hangdog
03-15-2006, 03:20 AM
OUI! Thank you so much Florent!

(1)(WC)Florent Serra (FRA) d. Olivier Patience (FRA) 6-4 6-4
(but it's not official yet... :scratch: ). Anyway I hope it's true - and then the next opponent is Jiri Vanek.

Hangdog
03-15-2006, 05:45 PM
Yeah, fortunately the result is true :) and here is the story:

The tournament’s top seed Florent Serra (ATP ranking 38) faced fellow Frenchman Olivier Patience in the marquee night match Monday. They’ve known each other, and practiced together since they were 15 – so they know each other’s games. Serra, who has had an erratic few weeks – lost in the first round of the Pacific Life Open (to Phillip Kohlschreiber) and was glad to get a few more matches under his belt before the Nasdaq-100 Open later this month. Serra said he had lost some confidence – but in Monday night’s match he felt it coming back.

“I tried to be aggressive, to go to the net,” Serra said. “And I have to practice tomorrow, to continue to be aggressive. Today my first serve was not very, very good sometimes. When I have the opportunity I have to go to the net and to put pressure on my opponent.”
One signature Serra shot worked well throughout the match – a deadly dropper that won him the game on his serve at 4-3, setting him up for a 6-4, 6-4 straight set win.

http://www.sunrisetennis.com/home/images/2006/florent_serra/Florent_Serra2_low.jpg

Today they (with Patience) play doubles match against Tursunov and his unknown playmate. Allez les gars! Florent, be aggressive and confident! And everything will be well.

Hangdog
03-17-2006, 06:03 PM
About Florent's last adventures.

- about the WC
''I haven't played good in a month, so instead of sitting 10 days waiting for NASDAQ, I can play matches at this Challenger and gain confidence,'' Serra said. "It is the perfect situation.''

- story of the last match
It was another picture-perfect afternoon at Sunrise Tennis Club – but top seed Florent Serra wasn’t enjoying the scenery in his match against Jiri Vanek. The first set went to Serra 6-3; then Vanek turned the favor, winning the second 6-3. In the third – things got interesting.

Vanek broke Serra to go up 3-2; then consolidated the break. After a couple of holds, Serra serving at advantage – he played a beautiful drop shot and Vanek’s lob fell long. At 5-4 on Vanek’s serve, Serra had two game points; but the game went to deuce twice. On Serra’s ad, Vanek approached the net and Serra ripped a clean backhand winner, tieing up the match at 5-5.

“After I broke him finally in the third set, I was 5-3 leading and then I started to be a little nervous,” Vanek said. “That was the point where he started to
play good again. And he broke me back, then it was five-all, and it was a fight again.”

Serra held at 5-all, then Vanek held at love to get to the tie break. “He was a little bit up after he broke me back – he was leading 6-5, and he was battling like he was in the match again. I said like I have to keep my serve going into the tie break – tie breaks are always about luck a little bit. I make two or three good serves in the tie break and that helped me a lot.”

On Vanek’s second match point, Serra lost footing lunging for a volley and Vanek won the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).

Head-to-head, Serra has won two of three times they’ve played – and Serra is currently about 53 ranking positions higher than Vanek – but Vanek says “Now, the tennis it’s like, everybody can beat everybody – it’s no different if I beat first seed or eighth seed, because it’s a good draw here, you have good guys here. So you have to go step by step to the next match.”

Well... :rolleyes: He was quite close to get back his confidence. But lost again. *sigh* Good luck, don't give up Flo!

Hangdog
03-21-2006, 08:44 PM
Florent's part of Miami draw:

SIMON, Gilles FRA v SERRA, Florent FRA
Bye v (12) GASQUET, Richard FRA

Not the worst thing that could happen, IMO. Yes, maybe it's not so bad for Flo to play against his countrymates - will see. Anyway, despite anything, I count on Flo! :) Allez Florent, the best luck to you!

Hangdog
03-22-2006, 06:45 PM
Good start! :)
F Serra (FRA) d G Simon (FRA) 62 64

Though Gilles, according statistics, was on Flo's level or even better in some components (more aces-winners and less errors). And 47% of the first serve is pretty poor number for Florent. But the result is done anyway.

So the next opponent is Gasquet, it should be very interesting match I suppose. The best luck to you, Flo, allez!! It's time to come back.

Hangdog
03-25-2006, 03:27 AM
Yeah, finally there is a fest on Florent's street! The match lasted for hours (about 3 I guess) because of some strange technical or whatever else problems but finished the next way:

F Serra (FRA) d (12)R Gasquet (FRA) 76 63 :D :devil: :p Sorry for Richard and his fans of course... But Flo!!!! :yeah:

So yes, as it was possible to expect for a good case, Flo has gone two his countrymates and now he faces Ancic. Sure it doesn't look easy at all and moreover it's not exactly that Florent is really back to his best tennis - but anyway Mario has had some troubles himself in the match against Kim just now losing him a game 2-6. On the other hand, seems the stats is right and Flo realised 2 of 3 break points he got against Gasquet, did it also the same well in the first match, and it can be a good odd for him in the future, too.

Allez Florent, have the best luck!

And, by the way, there is a couple Grosjean/Serra in doubles main draw :angel:. Unbelievable... Mais allez les gars!

Via
03-25-2006, 03:53 AM
i just know that you won't be asleep ;) ;)

great result for florent... and bad for richard :shrug:

the sunrise challenger has done him good.

Hangdog
03-25-2006, 06:54 PM
:lol: Well, I’d like to tell an exciting story about how much I worried about mon garçon Florent that I just couldn’t do anything during the day, was mentally with him and prayed for his good match, and then I couldn’t leave the screen of my PC and certainly couldn’t sleep... But unfortunately I can’t tell stories of this sort because, frankly speaking, I had a usual busy day and a very good calm night until about 6am when I woke up, opened my eyes and decided to observe the latest news. I know, it’s such a fall in your eyes... :o but I promise to follow (to try at least) Arnaud’s match today ;). And I believe in him even against Federer :rolleyes: lol.

Coming back to the main topic of this thread I’ve just thought what a duet of two the most calm players of the tour it’ll be – Grosjean/Serra I mean. Especially in the match against a couple that includes such a crazy guy like my countryman Marat is. If it happens, of course.

~EMiLiTA~
03-26-2006, 09:32 AM
this is definitely cool for him...looks like Sunrise did help him!!

hope he can continue! (even though he's playing mario who i also like :banghead: )

allez Flo! :banana:

*julie*
03-27-2006, 03:25 PM
He lost to Ancic 6-7 7-6 6-2. :sad:
But he won his double with Seb against Safin and Philipoussis! :D

Here are some pics I took before his match against Gasquet.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/FS452.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v610/lili979/FS453.jpg

It was very painful for me to watch this match cos I was hoping Richard to win this. He has so much points to defend and is actually in a difficult situation but anyway... During the match some french people asked me if they could sit next to me so I answered them in french "oui, biensur!" Then, we talked a little bit and actually, they were Florent's parents. They are very nice.

I also saw Florent's 1st round against Gilles Simon and Guy Forget and all the staff of the DC were in the crowd. I was thinking about Flo's interview in which he said his deepest dream was to be in the DC team... Maybe it will come soon. (I really doubt PHM and Monfils will be in the team this time because of their poor results!)

Hangdog
03-27-2006, 07:52 PM
Julie! :hug: :bigclap: I was close to begin thinking Florent’s become invisible... Three rounds of a big tournament and there were no photos or interviews anywhere :rolleyes:.

Well, actually I supposed Florent to be absolutely exhausted after his so tight battle against Ancic so I was surprised to see frenchies won in doubles and in 2 sets even. But there is no doubt Florent is such a responsible guy and he just couldn’t let Sebastien down. A very good quality for a Davis Cup player ;). I saw a guy from the staff of French DC team on some photo and, yes, it’s logically they observed the current possibilities of their players. And Guy told good words about Flo even after his AO match. But I’m not sure it’s the best time now to pick him up to the team. Though yeah, Micka against Safin + Flo against Davydenko = France in the semis :p.

I don’t have a definite opinion about the match against Mario. On one hand, I’m sad because Florent found what to contrast to Mario’s serve and confident game. Maybe he had a lack of good luck, but anyway he had not a bad chance to win and not to be stopped in the 3rd round. On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget Serra is a sort of a newbie at the big tournaments and against so great rivals – only a year ago he played almost nothing except challengers, so now he’s on the way of getting an experience – just remember his worlds from Adelaide when he told how glad he is playing against so great guys.

Thank you very much, Julie, for your story, hope you had a great time at the tournament! I guess how not easy it was for you to watch Florent’s match against Richard... And that’s funny you sat next to Florent’s parents there, I’ve heard they’re very nice people but it’s a big surprise for me they went with him to America.

All the best to Florent for his next singles matches, time will show where he’s going to play them. And I hope Seb/Flo will have a good match against Bryans, allez les gars!!!!

Nathaliia
03-28-2006, 05:53 AM
thank you Julie :wavey:

*julie*
03-28-2006, 01:25 PM
Flo will be in the DC team against Russia.

From l'équipe.fr

Guy Forget, capitaine des Bleus en Coupe Davis, a choisi de garder la même équipe qu'au premier tour face à l'Allemagne, à savoir Richard Gasquet, Sébastien Grosjean en simple et Arnaud Clément et Michaël Llodra en double. Florent Serra voit son beau parcours à Miami et ses progrès depuis un an récompensés avec une entrée dans le groupe comme cinquième homme. Les Tricolores rencontreront les Russes, qui devraient voir le retour de Marat Safin dans leur groupe, du 7 au 9 avril à Pau (surface rapide).

Interview of Guy Forget:

Guy Forget, avez-vous eu des doutes sur cette sélection ?
«Je dirais un peu facilement qu'on ne change pas une équipe qui gagne. Tous les joueurs sont bons en ce moment et certains sont même plutôt mieux qu'il y a un mois. Le cinquième joueur sera Florent Serra. Il est 38 ou 39e à l'ATP, il a bien joué à Miami et il a bien joué depuis le début de saison. Il mérite de tenter l'aventure. Paul-Henri Mathieu, qui était cinquième homme la dernière fois, n'est pas là cette fois. Mais il est très proche, tout comme Gaël Monfils, qui manque juste un peu de confiance en ce moment.

I guess Flo will be very happy ;)

Via
03-28-2006, 10:06 PM
should have guessed his upcoming dc selection when seb suddenly got partnered with him in doubles! :) french partnerships are seldom coincidences.

~EMiLiTA~
03-29-2006, 10:25 AM
great news for him!! félicitations Flo!!

Hangdog
03-31-2006, 06:41 PM
I just love this article, so nice words!

Florent Serra, un rêve de petit garçon

Appelé pour la première fois en équipe de France de Coupe Davis, le Bordelais Florent Serra a expliqué savourer «comme un petit garçon» sa sélection par le capitaine Guy Forget.

Il sera remplaçant pour le quart de finale France-Russie, qui aura lieu à Pau du 7 au 9 avril prochain.
«Je suis super content, c'est un rêve de petit garçon qui se réalise», a déclaré Florent Serra, 25 ans, à Reuters. :angel:

«Quand on est petit, on rêve de jouer à Roland Garros, de jouer sur des grands courts et aussi de jouer en Coupe Davis, donc aujourd'hui, je suis super heureux. Cela me fait très plaisir et me touche énormément». :angel: :angel:

«Maintenant, j'ai vraiment hâte d'y être, de goûter l'ambiance et de voir comment cela se passe.» Vainqueur de son premier titre à Bucarest en 2005, le sociétaire de la Villa Primrose avait récidivé en tout début de saison 2006, en s'imposant en finale du tournoi d'Adélaïde.

Au Masters Series de Miami, tournoi où Guy Forget peaufinait sa sélection, Serra a atteint le 3e tour, ne s'inclinant qu'après un match très disputé face au Croate Mario Ancic (7-6 6-7 6-2).

«Cette sélection est, je pense, le résultat de mon début de saison et aussi de mes performances de l'année dernière», a commenté Serra.

«Maintenant, cela va être à moi de bien me préparer, mais je suis sûr que cela va bien se passer, notamment avec les autres joueurs. En Coupe Davis, il y a tout un entourage qui est là pour nous aider à nous intégrer au mieux et à gérer la pression». C'est au restaurant des joueurs de Miami que Florent Serra a appris sa sélection.

«Guy est venu me voir et m'a demandé qu'on se parle cinq minutes. Il m'a dit qu'il comptait sur moi et qu'il fallait que je sois également prêt à jouer car on ne sait jamais ce qui peut arriver».

Le capitaine de l'équipe de France aura également pu juger des qualités de joueur de double de Florent Serra puisqu'à Miami il était engagé aux côtés de Sébastien Grosjean.

Les deux hommes ont été battus au deuxième tour par les frères Bryan, numéro un mondiaux de la spécialité, après avoir sorti la paire composée de l'ex-numéro un mondial russe Marat Safin et l'Australien Mark Philippoussis, ancien finaliste de l'US Open et de Wimbledon. (Reuters | Le Matin)
I’m also so happy for him and hope this is just a beginning :)

Sandra
04-04-2006, 08:13 AM
:D

Hangdog
04-21-2006, 07:47 PM
I've thought to make a short summary of last Florent's affairs since I wasn't able to observe everything in the right time...

So. Flo seemed to have a great time during DC tie against Russia practicing in a great company and loudly cheering his mates from the bench ;). The last thing looked especially nice because I haven't seen him reacting so actively on empire's decisions even when he plays some important match himself.
http://img119.imageshack.us/img119/7395/florentserra4ar.jpg

Next week he practised in the same great company (what a good choice :yeah: ) again. The only difference is that it was in Aix-en-Provence, on the clay courts.
http://img397.imageshack.us/img397/4544/dsc024631kw.jpg

And this week we could see the results of his work in Monaco. He played his first match against Srichaphan who has never been an easy rival. And so even despite the fine looking scores 6-1 7-5 I bet the match was pretty tough.
http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/8158/r26468758305wh.jpg

The next his match was the last one for Monaco tourney but Flo can be proud of it anyway. Here is the story:
http://img420.imageshack.us/img420/7175/041906n024gs.jpg
Serra y a cru.
Florent Serra a bien failli faire tomber la tête de série numéro 4, le Croate Ivan Ljubicic. Le Français avait pourtant bien entamé la rencontre, en remportant le premier set 6-4. Mais Ljubicic a pris le meilleur dans la seconde manche (6-3) , et les deux hommes se sont alors engagés dans un troisème set très serré. Serra a malheureusement lâché au plus mauvais moment, concédant son service à 5-5 pour s'incliner finalement 7-5. A ce niveau, c'est souvent l'expérience qui fait la différence, et Serra pourra nourrir quelques regrets.

The next step has to be participating at Casablanka tournament next week where he's likely to be the 1st seed. :cool:
EDIT: now it's unlikely because he is out. Maybe he's right because there was no possibility to play against higher-ranked players - the thing he usually likes...

~EMiLiTA~
04-22-2006, 05:16 AM
thanks for the update!!

unfortunately, he's pulled out of casablanca :sad: but i don't know why! :shrug:

hope he's ok!! i think he's down for munich the following week...

Hangdog
04-22-2006, 05:23 AM
lol I was editing my post adding there that news in the same time you was writing your comment lol Don't know maybe he wasn't going to play there like it was with Zagreb - though he was in the entry list almost till the very end.
I guess he just doesn't want to leave Europe now. And if so he's right then.

willrock
04-30-2006, 10:09 AM
Flo was drawn Soderling in the first round of Munich.
It will be tough. Good luck Flo! :bounce:

Hangdog
05-02-2006, 03:41 AM
Yes, Florent has got not the best draw there in Munich but I hope it won’t be too tough for him. According his results Soderling seems to play not bad at all on clay – but not awfully great, too. Moreover it’ll be his first match after recovering from an injury so I think he wouldn’t play too aggressive.

Court 13
Matches Start At 1:00 PM
Florent SERRA (FRA) vs Robin SODERLING (SWE)

I love Germans, they didn’t mention Flo is the list of favorites where they included almost everybody, even Youzhny and Srichaphan (who plays doubles together with Florent, on Wednesday I suppose), and they put Flo’s match on the court 13…
Ok, will see. Allez Florent!!!! Bonne chance a toi. :bounce:

Hangdog
05-03-2006, 02:43 AM
Well,… there was one more lose in a very close match: 7-6(8) 5-7 4-6.
Now two singles losers Florent and Paradorn are going to try they last chance and play doubles against two good German players. Well, better luck to the international couple. Maybe they’ll improve they’ve come to Munich not hanging out at clubs only – like this picture shows (isn’t it Florent there in a light shirt near… Haas?).

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/709/daily0205060002upflo1hd.jpg

Anyway they are even on the central court today:

Centre Court Match Start at 12:00

Robin Soderling vs Kristof Vliegen
Alexander Waske vs Jarkko Nieminen
Jan Hernych vs Philipp Kohlschreiber
Michael Kolhmann/Rainer Schuettler vs Florent Serra/Paradorn Srichapan

UPD for the info: Michael Kolhmann/Rainer Schuettler def. Florent Serra/Paradorn Srichapan 6-1 3-6 12-10.

Hangdog
05-08-2006, 08:14 PM
Now it's time of Masters in Rome - and Florent has already gone through the first round beating Blake(7) 6-4 7-6(3) :p
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/3169/l19035322vg.jpg
Next victim is Ancic... I hope.

The best of luck to Flo, allez!!!

silverwhite
05-11-2006, 06:38 AM
I think Flo caught Paulo's disease... :help:

willrock
05-15-2006, 12:16 PM
:woohoo:
Flo defeated Berdych in the first round of Hamburg 64 06 75 :yeah:

~EMiLiTA~
05-15-2006, 12:29 PM
that's a great win for him! i was a bit worried with that bagel, but great to see he was able to regroup! good luck against robredo in the next round :scared:

willrock
05-17-2006, 09:17 AM
Allez Flo against Robredo! :bounce:

~EMiLiTA~
05-17-2006, 09:28 AM
yes! the match has just started...hope he can do well!!!

~EMiLiTA~
05-17-2006, 12:07 PM
he lost 6-3 3-6 2-6 :bigcry:

*julie*
05-25-2006, 09:38 AM
Interview from L'équipe.fr:


«SE FAIRE ENCORE PLUS PLAISIR»
Par Sophie DORGAN

Ses résultats sont inversement proportionnels à sa notoriété. Depuis près d'un an, Florent Serra multiplie les bons résultats et pointe désormais à la 44e place mondiale. Toujours modeste, le Bordelais ne fait pas de bruit mais mérite d'être écouté et surtout respecté pour son jeu très polyvalent et en constante progression.


Entre sérénité, calme et agressivité

«Florent Serra, vous avez bien joué à Hambourg en étant le seul joueur à prendre un set à Tommy Robredo. Comment avez-vous vécu ce début de saison sur terre battue ?
J'ai bénéficié de quelques matches supplémentaires sur terre battue par rapport aux autres joueurs grâce à ma tournée en Amérique du Sud même si cela n'a pas été la meilleure tournée que je puisse réaliser. C'est quand même positif, car j'ai obtenu ma sélection en Coupe Davis. Les résultats, c'est bien, mais je garde un petit goût amer sur les matches contre Ljubicic (défaite 7-5 au 3e), où je manque encore un peu de calme, de sérénité et de régularité, également face à Ancic, où j'ai obtenu deux balles de match sur lesquelles je ne peux pas faire grand-chose. Contre Robredo, je suis le seul à lui avoir pris un set, je mène le match vraiment bien. J'ai très bien joué pendant un set et demi. Puis j'ai baissé en intensité, ce n'était pas physique, c'était un peu dans la tête, j'aurai dû me bouger un peu plus quand j'ai vu qu'il reprenait un peu le dessus. J'essaie de trouver du calme et de la sérénité tout en gardant l'agressivité, ce n'est pas facile de trouver ce juste milieu. Mais ce type de match montre que j'ai le niveau et qu'il n'y a pas de raison que cela se passe mal à partir de dimanche prochain.

Vous êtes toujours très critique envers vous-même. Est-ce votre manière d'avancer ou un manque de confiance en vous ?
Je pense que je manque encore de confiance en moi. Rodolphe (Gilbert, son entraîneur) me dit que les autres me craignent vachement parce qu'ils ont vu ce que je pouvais faire, mais je ne m'en rends pas tout à fait compte. En termes de niveau de jeu, j'ai vu ce dont j'étais capable, mais je me dis "est-ce que je vais pouvoir le garder tout le temps". Tout le monde me dit que oui, qu'il n'y a pas de raison, que je joue vraiment très bien. C'est vrai que je manque un peu de confiance en moi. Mais je ne pense pas être trop critique. Sur mes derniers matches, il y a beaucoup de positif à retirer. J'essaie de trouver cette attitude entre la sérénité et le calme, avoir du détachement par rapport à l'événement et en même temps garder de l'agressivité. J'ai un peu de mal à le trouver et je pense que sur des grands matches comme la semaine prochaine, pour tenir la distance face à des Argentins et des rencontres en cinq sets, c'est comme cela que je vais y arriver. Ce n'est pas en étant tendu et crispé pendant deux sets parce que cela diminue l'autonomie. Je pense que je vais finir par y arriver.

Votre première sélection en Coupe Davis contre la Russie contribue-t-elle à vous donner confiance ?
C'était une expérience magique. Je me suis dit : "Guy Forget a confiance en moi, je joue bien au tennis et il n'y a pas de raison pour que je ne me maintienne pas à ce niveau". Ce week-end était magique, j'ai failli être dans les quatre, mais pour une première fois, c'était bien de voir comment cela se passe. Mais j'étais prêt à jouer et je me suis aperçu que je pouvais aussi très bien jouer en indoor et sur surface rapide lors de tous les entraînements. Il faut donc continuer à travailler et surtout maintenant trouver la bonne distance par rapport à l'événement. Se mettre moins de pression et se faire encore plus plaisir.


SES MATCHES REFERENCES
«C'est vrai que j'ai joué très peu de matches en cinq sets. J'ai joué contre Ferrer à l'Australian Open, je pratiquais un très bon tennis mais j'étais encore un peu crispé et j'ai lâché un peu plus vite que lui physiquement. Sur les matches en cinq sets, il y a eu Spadea il y a deux ans à Roland-Garros. C'est un mauvais souvenir, j'avais eu des balles de match pour mon premier tournoi du Grand Chelem dans le tableau. Mais je me suis aperçu que je pouvais tenir 4h45 ou 5h00 sans problèmes. Mes autres repères se situent surtout sur des matches en deux sets comme Ljubicic (défaite 7-5 au 3e) à Monte-Carlo, Ancic (défaite après deux balles de match à Rome) et Robredo que j'avais battu en début d'année et un bon match contre Blake à Rome.»


SES IMAGES DE ROLAND-GARROS
«L'an dernier, j'étais directement dans le tableau avec ma wild-card. Mais j'ai joué plusieurs fois les qualifications. Là, je vais être directement dans le tableau, alors on se voit tout de suite jouer sur un beau court, le Central, contre un très bon joueur et avec du public. Ce sont les images qu'on se fait de Roland-Garros.»

~EMiLiTA~
06-11-2006, 01:28 PM
florent plays marat safin in the first round of halle...tough first round...but should be a cool match!!!! i like both players!

tennisculture
06-15-2006, 09:20 AM
I continue with some photos again... :)

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/1655/portraitan.jpg

http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/5241/service14h.jpg

http://img154.imageshack.us/img154/7476/service2lu.jpg

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/7631/service3ep.jpg

http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/4949/retourqg.jpg

silverwhite
06-21-2006, 05:16 PM
He beat Robredo 6-1 3-6 6-4 :D

InfiniteSadness
06-21-2006, 05:20 PM
Yeah!

Great result! :D

Good luck for the next round.

willrock
06-21-2006, 05:49 PM
Another good win for Flo :yeah:
Well done :clap2:
He can go further in this tournament! Allez :bounce:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
06-21-2006, 07:36 PM
Seems it was a tough match! :eek: Congrats to him! :)

~EMiLiTA~
06-22-2006, 09:57 AM
great win for him!! i had a feeling he would beat Robredo because he beat him in Adelaide too, which was a more similar surface than the Hamburg clay

willrock
06-22-2006, 04:40 PM
Flo defeated JCFerrero 63 67 63 :banana:
He's in SF against Hernych :D
Carry on like this Flo!!!

rrfnpump
07-19-2006, 01:28 PM
2006 Stuttgart

willrock
08-17-2006, 03:02 PM
After defeating Julien Benneteau and Djokovic in straight sets, Flo is in the 3rd round of MS Cincinnati. Tonight he will face Robredo, whom he has already beaten twice this year! Allez Flo :rocker2:
(the match should be broadcast live on Sport + :) )

JBdV
08-17-2006, 08:29 PM
Allez Flo!!

willrock
08-28-2006, 12:45 PM
Flo joue contre Roddick sur le Court Arthur Ashe au 1er tour de l'US Open c pa cool comme tableau mais je suis sur qu'il va jouer comme si il n'avait rien a perdre et il pourrait pourquoi pas créer une petite surprise. Gagner un set serait déja bien.
Allez Flo :rocker2:

Hangdog
08-29-2006, 05:05 AM
Flo a malheureusement perdu contre Roddick, oui... 6/2 6/1 6/3 :sad: Mais il joue le double avec Simon. Allez!

Danielafrenchfan, merci beaucoup!! :yeah:

JBdV
08-29-2006, 10:39 AM
:sad: It was a terrible draw for Flo

willrock
09-15-2006, 08:09 PM
Flo essaie cette semaine de défendre son titre acquis l'an dernier a Bucarest. Et pour l'instant ça se passe bien, il a battu Vassalo Arguello et Mayer en 2 sets. Demain en demis, il sera opposé a Volandri qu'il avait battu l'année dernière au 2e tour du meme tournoi. Pourvu que l'histoire se répète :aplot:
Allez Flo :D

Aleka
09-21-2006, 11:53 AM
pics from bcr open

http://www.sendspace.com/file/jnmbi2
Florent Serra

other player pics in my blog :) any problems with the link just pm me :kiss:

Sandra
09-27-2006, 07:59 PM
Thank you :kiss: Allez Flo :worship:

Truc
10-27-2006, 10:59 AM
*bump*
Potier's opinion about Florent today in L'Équipe:
«SERRA, ILS SONT PLUSIEURS DANS SA TÊTE»
Vainqueur de deux tournois ATP dans sa carrière, Florent Serra a atteint son meilleur classement cette saison avec une 36e place en juin. Pour convaincre son élève, Jérôme Potier a choisi la méthode forte : «Je lui dis : "je vais te casser la gueule si tu ne fais pas ça". Il y a un moment c'est ce qu'on finit par lui dire pour qu'il le fasse. Florent Serra, ils sont plusieurs dans sa tête, il faut tous les connaître. C'est très dur parce qu'il peut être incroyablement bon et complètement "débile". A Metz, il gagne ses deux premiers matches grâce à des qualités tennistiques et de combattant incroyables en ayant des attitudes de super pro et à côté de cela, je le vois avoir des attitudes de "débile". Il est monté 36e et il peut faire beaucoup mieux. Quand il est dans sa bulle, dans son match, il fait des trucs incroyables. Il suffit qu'il y ait un truc qui vienne se coincer dans la tête, il se focalise dessus et s'est terminé. S'il est obnubilé par le jeu et le match, il peut être très bon. C'est un paradoxe. S'il arrive à gommer ses errances, on va en faire un très très bon joueur.»http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/BERCY_POTIER_1006.html

Potier uses "strong-arm methods" with Florent: "I tell him: 'I'm going to smash your face in if you don't do it!' :lol: After a while, that's what you have to tell him to make him do something. There are several persons in Florent Serra's head and you must know all of them. It's very hard because he can be incredibly good or completely 'stupid'. In Metz, he won his first two matches by displaying great tennis skills and a great fight and acting like a super pro. But sometimes, he just has 'moronic' attitudes. He already was #36 and he can be much better than that. When he's in his element, in his match, he shows incredible stuff. But when only one thing 'sticks' in his mind, he will focus on that and it's over then. When he's obsessed by the game and by the match, he is very good. It's paradoxical. If he manages to get rid of those erratic moments, we will make a very, very good player out of him."

Chelem
12-29-2006, 09:01 AM
Coucou !
J'ai vu Florent à plusieurs reprises en novembre-décembre.
Je suis allée à Bordeaux suivre les rencontres du Championnats de France par équipe.
Villa Primrose reste en 1ère division. :)

Voici quelques photos que j'ai prises :
http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/6043/0ba2.jpg
Pour le double, Florent jouait avec Younes El Aynaoui.

Chelem
01-05-2007, 07:57 AM
Florent était le tenant du titre à Adelaide... je suis déçue qu'il n'est pas pu se qualifier pour les huitièmes... il a dû abandonner dans son dernier match (phase de poule) face à Gilles Simon.
(Flo avait battu Joachim Johansson lors du premier match. C'est Joachim Johansson qui est qualifié pour les huitièmes.)

La chaleur aura eu raison de Florent qui s'est battu jusqu'au bout la nuit dernière avant d'abandonner. Les 39°c en plein milieu de l'après midi et les efforts consentis pendant tout le match face à Gilles Simon, son ami, ont obligé "Flo" à l'abandon alors qu'il venait de débreaker dans la dernière manche. Le mal de ventre était trop important pour aller au bout

Hangdog
01-05-2007, 01:42 PM
Merci beaucoup pour la photo et l’info :)
Oui, c'est vraiment triste qu'il n'est pas pu se qualifier pour les huitièmes, surtout après son titre de l'année dernière... Mais il est toujours très fort en début d'année. J'éspère qu'il est ok.
Allez Flo!

Truc
01-05-2007, 03:34 PM
Florent clearly is against the RR system too, here's what he said after his match against Simon (quotes from L'Équipe):

"So, did you enjoy the show? He didn't have anything to lose and as for me, knowing that, I was tense. I fully understand Gilles tried to win the match. It means 20 points for the ranking, 2 000 dollars, it isn't nothing. He did what he had to do, but with a 'relaxation' he wouldn't have had in a normal match." (« Alors, vous avez apprécié le spectacle ? Il n’avait rien à perdre, et moi, le sachant, j’étais tendu. Je comprends très bien que Gilles ait joué pour gagner. Il y a 20 points de classement et 2 000 dollars en jeu, ce n’est pas rien. Il a fait ce qu’il avait à faire, mais avec un relâchement qu’il n’aurait pas eu dans un match normal. »)

Gilles' reaction:
"Of course I have thought of giving him the victory. However, I know Florent for 5 years now and I've never seen him play as badly as in the first set. This round robin system is rotten. I really hope the ATP understood they have to stop this." (« Bien sûr, l’idée de lui donner le match m’a traversé l’esprit. En tout cas, depuis cinq ans que je connais Florent, je ne l’avais jamais vu jouer aussi mal qu’au premier set. Ce système de poules est pourri. J’espère vraiment que l’ATP a compris qu’il fallait l’arrêter. »)

delsa
01-15-2007, 06:11 PM
Aussie Open, R1. He beat Nicolas Devilder (Fra) 7-5 6-2 6-4 (:yeah:) and he'll meat S. Querrey (Usa, WC) who beat José Acasuso (Arg) 6-7(2) 6-4 6-1 6-3 next.

~EMiLiTA~
01-26-2007, 12:42 AM
qqs photos de Flo que j'ai prises à l'Aus Open..

delsa
02-17-2007, 01:18 PM
From Aloïs Beust's page, a few pics from tours in South America, North Africa, some training camps etc... with several players (Florent Serra, Thierry Ascione, Jérôme Haehnel, Olivier Ramos, Olivier Patience, Éric Prodon, Jean-Christophe Faurel etc...)

http://alois.beust.googlepages.com/tournoisdivers

Sandra
02-20-2007, 07:26 AM
Oh thanks for the pics. :D Also Mr Thierry in them :hearts:

Flo lost yday (again :mad: !!!) to Novak Djokovic in the 1st round of Rotterdam. :sad:

delsa
02-28-2007, 04:15 PM
Marco, Younès and Florent in Dubaï "enjoying an Arabian night" ;)

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/9443/younsmarcoflorentduba20nq5.jpg

Sandra
03-01-2007, 04:14 PM
So cute. :D

~EMiLiTA~
03-01-2007, 11:55 PM
So cute. :D

hehe yeah

btw Sandra, is that Gael Garcia Bernal in your avatar? i love him :hearts:

Truc
03-07-2007, 08:13 AM
His autoportrait on Tennis Zoom:
As-tu un surnom
La Serre.

Ton plus grand rêve de tennis
Gagner Roland Garros et la coupe Davis.

Ton plus grand souvenir de tennis
Ma victoire à Bucarest.

Si tu n’avais pas été joueur
Journaliste sportif ou kiné.

Ce que tu préfères dans ta carrière de joueur (voyages…)
Découvrir d'autres pays.

Ce que tu détestes
L'attente dans les aéroports, le décalage horaire.

Ta plus grande qualité
Il y en a beaucoup (rires) ! L'humilité.

La qualité que tu admires chez les autres
La franchise.

Ton plus gros défaut
J'en ai beaucoup aussi !

Le défaut que tu détestes chez les autres
L'hypocrisie.

Ton meilleur coup tennistique
Tous ! Non, je dirais le coup droit.

Le plus mauvais
Le chope de revers.

Ton plat préféré
Le magret de canard.

Ta boisson préférée
Le vin rouge, c'est la base !

Acteur préféré
Louis de Funès.

Film
La Guerre des étoiles.

Chanteur, groupe de musique
Dave Matthews Band et Pink Floyd.

Animal préféré
Le dauphin.

Voiture préférée
Aston Martin.

Un endroit rêvé pour des vacances
Les Seychelles ou les Maldives.

Ville préférée
Bordeaux.

Pays préféré
La France.

Tournoi préféré
Roland Garros, Bercy et Lyon.

Occupation préférée en dehors du tennis
Lire, jouer au foot.http://www.tenniszoom.com/autoportrait/florent_serra.html

~EMiLiTA~
03-07-2007, 12:59 PM
thanks Truc...it's interesting to read stuff like that about players!

JBdV
03-22-2007, 03:45 PM
Florent won his 1st round at Miami against Chris Guccione 6-7 (6) 7-6 (8) 6-4 (saving 2 match points in the 2nd set TB) to set up a rematch against James Blake, who beat him at the same stage at Indian Wells. Good luck Flo!

~EMiLiTA~
03-23-2007, 12:44 AM
so unfair he has to play Blake in the 2nd round again :( well, if Ju could beat him, maybe Flo can too!

*julie*
03-23-2007, 07:23 PM
Flo won 7-6 2-6 6-3 :woohoo:
I really didn't expect him to defeat Blake again. Well done! :)

Ome
03-23-2007, 07:42 PM
Blake is going to hate the Frenchies right now! :lol:

:woohoo: Flo :rocker2:

JBdV
03-23-2007, 08:42 PM
He won another 10-8 tiebreak! Nice fighting spirit :yeah:

silverwhite
03-24-2007, 12:54 AM
:banana:

~EMiLiTA~
03-24-2007, 12:57 AM
woohoo!! he did it :yeah:

Ome
03-24-2007, 02:24 PM
March 23, 2007

Florent Serra

KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you remember your last win over a Top 10 player?
FLORENT SERRA: Oh, it was a long time ago. No, against a Top 10 player? No, I don't remember. I think it was Monte-Carlo. I beat last year Robredo, Blake on clay court in Monaco, and Berdych, but everything was in May. I beat Robredo on grass court, and that's all.

Q. Did you change your game after the last time you played James?
FLORENT SERRA: I don't think I changed on my game, but I tried to be concentrate, focus on my first serve. It was a good percentage. Last week in Indian Wells it was not so good, and it was a tough match, also.
But I think that I played very good today. My return is better, also, and when I have a good return I can concentrate on my game on the baseline and try to sit stronger on the ball.
I try to go to the net more, to the backhand of James, and I think it's a good match for me. Also mistakes and it's better, of course.

Q. Was it difficult to finish? Here you've got a matchpoint, he serves an ace, then you have to sit down for ten minutes.
FLORENT SERRA: Yeah, for three minutes -- I don't know what's happened with his wrist, but maybe cramp. Yeah, it was on his serve, you know, matchpoint, and the opening serve is not easy. Ace in the T, so...
On my serve I was tight, but he give me two forehand, and everything okay.

Q. You mentioned James' backhand. Did you sense he was struggling a little bit hitting aggressive shots with it?
FLORENT SERRA: On his backhand you mean?

Q. Yes.
FLORENT SERRA: Yeah, because his forehand is very strong. When he turns around his backhand and hit strong in the ball it's very difficult for me. I have to be very down on my legs and to be quick.
But I try to put some spin to play high on his backhand, and he gave me some balls short and then tried to go to the net.
On my serve I tried to serve, also, and keep his backhand, and I think it helped me a little bit.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports....

Truc
03-24-2007, 05:19 PM
And in L'Équipe today:
Serra casse la baraque
Le Girondin a dégommé hier James Blake à la régulière et a mis fin à des semaines de disette.

ROULEMENTS DE TAMBOUR… On ouvre la petite porte de la grande salle d’interviews et là, subito, Florent Serra ralentit et se pose des questions. « Attendez, il va y avoir qui, là-dedans ? Il y a du monde ? Ah ouais, ça veut dire que je vais devoir aussi parler anglais. » Et comment, mon cher ! Hier, c’était votre quart d’heure de célébrité comme l’avait un jour décrit Andy Warhol. Tout le monde voulait un mot de vous, un son, et même une poignée de main. C’est ainsi que Serra secoua la pogne de quelques pontes de la presse spécialisée américaine, dont Bud Collins, l’homme aux pantalons aux couleurs qui font mal aux yeux, en tête. Il s’en sortit fort bien dans la langue de Sampras et la presse locale lui trouva une « bonne tête ». Auparavant, elle lui avait trouvé un très joli bras et de très bonnes jambes. Non mais, il n’aurait plus manqué que ça ! Le gars Serra venait tout de même de causer hier la première grosse secousse dans le tableau, éjectant proprement James Blake, numéro 8 mondial (7-6, 2-6, 6-3 en deux heures pile). Ça a fait du barouf ici. D’abord, parce que Blake est américain et que sa bobine trône sur pas mal d’affiches dans toute la ville. Ensuite, parce qu’à Indian Wells, voilà quinze jours, c’était déjà un de ces garnements de Frenchies, Julien Benneteau, qui avait poussé le chouchou dans le fossé dès le troisième tour. Dans le rôle du « faire-valoir », Blake se pose là, en ce moment. Ces dernières semaines, l’Américain peine à retrouver le niveau qui l’avait hissé en finale du dernier Masters et la mention de cette coïncidence (Benneteau-Serra) ne lui arracha hier qu’un vague rictus, mi-poli mi-fulminant. Mais il ne traîna pas des pieds pour reconnaître que « Serra méritait de gagner » et qu’il l’avait trouvé « très solide nerveusement dans chacun des moments clés du match ». Adressée à Serra, la remarque n’est pas anodine.
Les petits papiers
Depuis toujours, le Girondin, vingt six ans et 64e mondial, mène un combat intérieur contre des nerfs qui parfois le mettent en boule et en péril. Sa façon de ne pas nier cette plaie et, surtout, de gagner mois après mois du terrain sur cette fragilité donne une idée de l’esprit du garçon. Dur au mal et vrai gentil, Serra avait déjà prouvé sa tendance « je-ne-lâche-jamais » au premier tour en se tirant indemne du tir aux pigeons mené par le géant australien Chris Guccione. Il avait reçu un paquet d’aces et de services de mammouth, n’avait pas bronché et avait sauvé deux balles de match et sa peau. Exemplaire. Hier, il rivalisa à la frappe, les yeux dans les yeux, avec la sulfateuse Blake. Ce n’est déjà pas mince. Mais, surtout, il fut impeccable au service (73 % de premières balles) et très habile dans son plan. « J’avais perdu contre lui à Indian Wells ce mois-ci (6-3, 7-6) pour ne pas avoir assez bien servi ni bien retourné. Là, en plus, je l’ai énormément gêné en jouant bombé sur son revers. » Avec juste ce qu’il faut d’agressivité, de la vitesse à revendre, et hop ! le tour était joué. Enfin… Il y eut quand même un passage délicat au deuxième set. « Je m’en veux parce que j’attaque trop cool cette manche. J’ai gagné le tie-break, O.K., mais je ne dois pas me ramollir pour autant. Parce que là, ça chiffre vite. Faut que je fasse attention. » Il y eut enfin ce finish bizarre : Blake qui effaça une balle de match sur un ace, se fit mal au poignet droit (« une crampe », dira l’Américain) sur ce coup et réclama le kiné pour dix minutes. On en a connu qui auraient cogité face à ce contretemps à l’instant crucial. On en connaît qui auraient pu sentir la moutarde monter à leurs naseaux. Pas Serra, pas hier. « Non, là, il ne s’est rien passé dans ma tête, assura-t-il. Je n’ai pas pensé à une quelconque embrouille de sa part, j’étais serein, je crois. » Il faut croire, oui.
Le héros du jour, qui affrontera au prochain tour le vainqueur du match Safin-Lopez, voulait surtout voir dans sa belle histoire floridienne (balles de match écartées, Blake épinglé…) la preuve qu’une roue finit toujours par tourner. Car, jusque-là, la saison de Serra n’avait pas encore décollé. Il n’avait plus dépassé le mur du deuxième tour depuis le tournoi de Metz, en octobre dernier, et il était temps que ça cesse. « Cette année, j’avais eu des balles de set contre Baghdatis (Zagreb) ou Djokovic (Rotterdam) mais ça coinçait. L’an passé, j’avais battu des top 10 (Blake, déjà, et Robredo), on me disait d’être patient, que ça reviendrait. Mais bon… c’est dur. » Pour ne pas se laisser entraîner vers le fond, Serra a donc consulté ses fameuses petites fiches mémo qu’il tient avec son coach, Rodolphe Gilbert, depuis quelques mois. Dessus, il note des bonnes choses à refaire, des mauvaises à éviter. « C’est tout simple, des phrases clés quim’aident à me recadrer. Je les lis parfois pendant les matches mais pas aujourd’hui (hier). » Sur son pense-bête, il pourra ajouter que, oui, les roues tournent.
FRÉDÉRIC BERNÈS

Truc
05-15-2007, 04:20 PM
*bump*

I saw Flo's matches in the qualies of Hamburg, the first one was not too pretty, but I was impressed by his match against Horna. He drove Horna completely nuts, Horna was in rage, screaming and destroying his rackets, and then on the other side of the net Flo with his Charles Denner look, looking half asleep, constantly muttering "Putain!" "Merde!" "Fait chier, là!", but playing so well and clever, we really had a good laugh. :lol: One of my favourite matches. He is very fun to watch when his game is on.

Truc
05-15-2007, 04:21 PM
But I see he's already playing again against Ljubo, I hope he won't get too tired. I don't get why they don't give the qualifiers a little bit more time and schedule them for Monday and Tuesday in a row while other guys haven't started the tournament yet...

Ome
05-15-2007, 04:34 PM
*bump*

I saw Flo's matches in the qualies of Hamburg, the first one was not too pretty, but I was impressed by his match against Horna. He drove Horna completely nuts, Horna was in rage, screaming and destroying his rackets, and then on the other side of the net Flo with his Charles Denner look, looking half asleep, constantly muttering "Putain!" "Merde!" "Fait chier, là!", but playing so well and clever, we really had a good laugh. :lol: One of my favourite matches. He is very fun to watch when his game is on.

You got to see Seb, Paulo and Flo!! Now I envy you :p
I always love Flo's sleepy look :lol: Adorable :angel:

I went out after he won the 1st set... and now it's going to 3rd :scared:

lilibel13
05-28-2007, 06:56 PM
many pics of gilles giquel and florent serraby corrinne dubreuil ENJOY LOOL ^^
http://www.corinnedubreuil.com/GALERIES/3BOYS-MIAMI2007/index.html

tt boy
05-29-2007, 07:39 PM
6-3 6-0 6-2:worship: :worship:

KathyK
05-29-2007, 07:47 PM
:bigclap: Flo won his 1st round match 6-3 6-0 6-2, what a score!
Concerning Corinne Dubreuil's photos, I think Flo has the most beautiful body:hearts: , French tv should follow him in the rest rooms ;)

delsa
06-01-2007, 05:50 PM
Florent & Aurélie Vedy beat Elena Vesnina (RUS) & Jonathan Erlich (ISR) 6-3 2-6 1-0(9) :cool:

Papakori
06-02-2007, 08:16 PM
Some pictures I took from Roland Garros :D

Papakori
06-03-2007, 07:22 PM
one more ;)

Truc
06-25-2007, 04:35 PM
*bump*
Merci Florent, I was so hoping for this when so many people here in Germany seemed sure King Kohli would win that one pretty easily. :clap2:
They showed the match on German TV, but hard to say anything about Flo's game, he didn't have to do much, Kohli was crap.

Peya or Tipsarevic in the next round.