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Gambillfan's Report of Paris on Monday :) Pictures will be added soon!

Papakori
11-01-2005, 08:31 AM
Here is my report :wavey:

I travelled to the Paris Masters with my friend, her little sister and my parents who are both big tenis fans. I arrived to the Bercy at about 9'o clock and we looked for somewhere to park and parked underneath the Novotel hotel next to the Arena. I had seen the Arena in pictures and I think it looked really interesting. We had to wait for ages for the door to open and while I was waiting, I saw Florent Serra get out of his car and walk off somewhere and Novak Djokovic leaving his hotel with his coach. I am only going on Monday so I hoped to see my favourites like Stan and Florent because I knew they were playing eachother and I really wished to see the match, hoping it was scheduled for today. Finally, the doors opened and my impressions were the place looked quite old, but I didn't really mind, I just hoped I could see good matches!
I purchased my programme off a seller and my first choice of matches was between Rusedski vs Seppi or Vliegen vs Rochus. I decided on Rusedski vs Seppi on Centre Court but would make sure to go to Court 1 afterwards in hope of seeing Jiri play. I thought Centre Court was HUGE and I really liked the huge screen above which showed the score. I thought it was quite American. Rusedski vs Seppi was not very exciting, I think there were quite a few errors and it wasn't very fun to watch. I was glad Rusedski won though because I like Rusedski and hope him to have lots of success :). Greg won by the score of 6-3 6-4 and afterwards spoke to a presenter on court in French. I never knew Greg spoke French before but I guess I should have guessed he would because of his Canadian Background. At the end of the match there were girls with big gun things and they fired objects into the crowd - I think it was either T-Shirts or Towels.
My friend and I then started to walk around looking for Court 1 but we could not find it. Along the way, we saw a sign which mentioned that said that there would be signing sessions with Stepanek, Davydenko, Hrbaty and Ferrero. We continued walking around the full circle of the stadium but couldn't find it so we went to ask a Steward person outside one of the gates. He told us it was opposite Gate P and down some stairs which confused me because I couldn't see any signs indicating so. So I walked down some stairs to get there and I found lots of people queing outside and someone overheard me and my friend talking about Jiri and told us he had already played. I was a bit suspicious but I decided to mount the stairs and walk up to Centre Court to watch Lopez vs Malisse. I am glad I didn't miss that one! Well it started with Malisse playing well I think. He took a break and won the set 6-4. But in the second set Lopez fought back and started to play better and the level of play was good with Lopez taking the match all the distance by winning it 7-6 to 2 in the tiebreak. Then I was asked to escort my friend and her little sister to see Radek at the signing session and wait to see Nikolay. I was a bit :( because the match was getting good but since I do like Radek, I went and queued up at the back of the line despite people joining in from the sides and I got to see Radek and obtain his autograph. My friend and her little sister then went to queue to meet Nikolay but I sprinted back to watch a bit of the match before having to go again to meet them. :( Nikolay was late but signed for lots of people. I just managed to get in time to see the controversial part of the game! :yippee: They were 3-3 and Malisse was facing a break point and kept arguing with the umpire. He recieved a warning but kept arguing so Lopez was given a point. The crowd also refused to settle down and kept cheering at Lopez's errors. I was quite unhappy with that because I like Lopez! :) After the match though Lopez was a good sport and he did mention that he couldn't understand the crowd but I was just glad he won :)
Next was what I hoped to be the match of the day... Wawrinka vs Serra. My friend thought Stan was good looking before the tournament but had never seen him play before so she said she would cheer for him. Flo looked quite nervous and Wawrinka played well, getting off to a great start leading something like 3-0. Serra then won his first game and the crowd went crazy but Stan won the first set 6-3. My friend had left before to see Hrbaty at another signing session but nothing could make me leave my seat. In the second set, Florent was playing brilliantly to take a good lead of something like 3-0 I think :confused: and then Stan fell and limped back to the chair and called a trainer. I thought it would be a long time out so I just went to see how my friends were doing and I saw them with Hrbaty and took a few photos of Dominik as he is a favourite and started to queue for Ferrero, my friend promised to give her postcard she would be given of Ferrero to me but I don't like Ferrero so I sprinted as fast as my legs would carry me back to my seat. It appeared now that Wawrinka was playing well again and I think he was strapped up as well but I can't be too sure and he wasn't limping. From the 3-0 lead Serra had, he could only win one more game as Wawrinka won 6-3 6-4. My parents think Wawrinka maybe was not playing fairly but I would not hear of it. At the end of the match, Stan played tennis against a girl.
I decided to watch the Pavel vs Haas match. I felt so tired from my early start (5:30 am) in the morning that I could barely keep my eyes open. Pavel had a strong lead of something like 4-0 and then Haas called the trainer during break to see to his back. Haas then played really, really well with a good comeback to win the set in a tight tie break. I decided to stretch my legs quickly by just walking around the top of the stadium to wake me up so I could follow the match more attentively. There were lots of Romanian support for Andrei and lots of support for Haas. Andrei started to get quite emotional and he threw his racquet. Haas then kept playing well to win 7-6 (6) 6-4. Afterwards I decided to see if Courts 1 or 2 were open but they weren't so I watched the first set of Sanguinetti vs Mathieu which Sanguinetti won 7-5 and we all decided to take the 4 hour drive back home. I really wish I could have seen Sanguinetti vs Mathieu to the end as it seemed a good match though :)
I also have photographs to share, I don't think I have much because there was a sign saying no photos but I took some anyway :P I will probably have them for tomorrow. I hope you all enjoyed reading my report :)

Sorry if I have gotten any facts wrong or you didn't enjoy it :wavey:

CooCooCachoo
11-01-2005, 08:46 AM
Thank you ;)

~EMiLiTA~
11-01-2005, 09:33 AM
thanks gambillfan! tournament reports are always welcome!! :yeah:

Tatanka
11-01-2005, 09:36 AM
Very interesting report,thanks very much!!

delsa
11-01-2005, 09:41 AM
The reason why Malisse had a second warning was because he throwed a ball at the crowd next to him. The public didn't understand that. I saw it because i was in the part of the arena behind him (behind him serving) when he returned to his chair (not on the side, ...U alley) but i think the other parts of the stadium didn't see it maybe.
The chair umpire could have explained it. That would have prevented from the misunderstanding and the booing of the public thinking he made a mistake or was unfair. He just had to warn him. That's the rule.

Galaxystorm
11-01-2005, 09:49 AM
I was a bit suspicious but I decided to mount the stairs and walk up to Centre Court to watch Lopez vs Malisse. I am glad I didn't miss that one! Well it started with Malisse playing well I think. He took a break and won the set 6-4. But in the second set Lopez fought back and started to play better and the level of play was good with Lopez taking the match all the distance by winning it 7-6 to 2 in the tiebreak. Then I was asked to escort my friend and her little sister to see Radek at the signing session and wait to see Nikolay. I was a bit :( because the match was getting good but since I do like Radek, I went and queued up at the back of the line despite people joining in from the sides and I got to see Radek and obtain his autograph. My friend and her little sister then went to queue to meet Nikolay but I sprinted back to watch a bit of the match before having to go again to meet them. :( Nikolay was late but signed for lots of people. I just managed to get in time to see the controversial part of the game! :yippee: They were 3-3 and Malisse was facing a break point and kept arguing with the umpire. He recieved a warning but kept arguing so Lopez was given a point. The crowd also refused to settle down and kept cheering at Lopez's errors. I was quite unhappy with that because I like Lopez! :) After the match though Lopez was a good sport and he did mention that he couldn't understand the crowd but I was just glad he won :)

It seems the new about he's a closed friend of Nadal has arrived to Paris-Bercy and as the crowd can't slag Nadal off this time since he hasn't gone to Paris then Feliciano will receive all the love :rolleyes:

To be Nadal's friend has advantages and disadvantages , and Feliciano should know it ..

By the way, the crowd also sang " Gasquettttttttttt Gasquettttttttttt " like in the Match Nadal-Malisse in Roland Garros ? :retard: :silly:

delsa
11-01-2005, 10:02 AM
It seems the new about he's a closed friend of Nadal has arrived to Paris-Bercy and as the crowd can't slag Nadal off this time since he hasn't gone to Paris then Feliciano will receive all the love :rolleyes:

To be Nadal's friend has advantages and disadvantages , and Feliciano should know it ..

By the way, the crowd also sang " Gasquettttttttttt Gasquettttttttttt " like in the Match Nadal-Malisse in Roland Garros ? :retard: :silly:
Stop saying bullshit please. :rolleyes:

They didn't know about anything. The stadium was very divised in who to support before and even after the incident but the booers were the most heard (:rolleyes: ). Many ppl were supporting Feliciano Lopez. The supporters were responding to each others. That was a bit bothering because they never stopped on time to let the player serve in silence. yhey always wanted to have the last scream. ("Allez Malisse! Allez Lopez! Allez Malisse! Allez Lopez" etc... :rolleyes: ). And when nhe was interviewed and said he was not responsible for the warning those who supported him (many more than at the start after this incident even me when i'm far from being his fan to say the least :eek: ) could at last make themselves heard and we cheered very loudly for a long time and he waved at us and it was over...
They just can't help it. they think it's part of the "Paris crowd charm" or something to be very temperamental so when some start booing they all do it (even the journalists play on this spreading the myth of the temperamental Parisian crowd and reporting all the tense heated moments of the previous editions of the tournaments etc... :rolleyes: ).
And it was not only in this match. There it was just longer. but they were the linesjudge and the umpire booed in all the matches a bit. "A match without some tension and boos is not a succeeded match" is a bit the mentality/mindset here... :rolleyes:
And they don't have the same meaning as for the Anglo-Saxons it seems. They're not despising or to slag a player. They're to express "we're the boss here. We have an impact on this match and we're going to be temperamental and loud to put pressure on you. We make the law. ". It's part of the "demonstration mentality"... :rolleyes: That's pathetic but looking at it as an observer, i think that's a bit the same thing that make them flock to hit the streets blocking everything for the stupidest reasons...That's a bit the same feeling in their head it seems.
They're often targeting the umpire, refs, linesjudge...When a player argue they generally back him booing the umpire...
They should get that what's part of its "charm" or particularity or whatever it is, is to have a crowd often very into a match and wanting to have an impact on it, being a "third man" on the court but not the booing... :mad:
This is getting out of control. But for the restof the time, the atmosphere was just FANTASTIC. If only they could use the voice they use to boo to make it even better.

Galaxystorm
11-01-2005, 10:19 AM
Stop saying bullshit please. :rolleyes:


Obviously when i said that Feliciano was booed because of he was Nadal's friend was just a ironic joke , because i can't still understand why there is hostility in France towards some spanish players wheh i think Monfils was treated well in Madrid without being booed ....


I didn't understand crowd's hostility towards Nadal in the French Open when the crowd during the seven matches was always against Nadal although his opponent weren't french .

Nadal had never had a bad behaviour over there since he had never been playing Roland Garros, then this hostility from the first day i seemed a lack of respect, and i'm not gonna talk about the shameful incident in the match Grosjean-Nadal because it was moving and it isn't necessary to comment more about it , but we can talk about why during the match Malisse-Nadal the crowd was chanting Gasquet's name when this player wasn't on court . It was psychological war or it was lack of sports education ?? ( Remember that Nadal was winning in that match and his next opponet was Gasquet )

What i can't really understand is why when the umpire took a decision ( Grosejan-Nadal or Malisse-Feliciano's match ) the crowd booed one of the two players insted of booing only the umpire ..:silly:

Saumon
11-01-2005, 10:24 AM
btw Gambillfan, I saw "your" Stan at both of the Rochus brothers matches yesterday ;) he's quite goodlooking :angel: ;)

delsa
11-01-2005, 10:43 AM
Like you i don't understand. :shrug:
But i don't think the crowd were against him in all his 7 matches. I don't think that's true Galaxystorm. You're clearly exagerating.
At first maybe but in each matches he won them over. And they were quite enthousiastic for his extra terrestrial shots, weren't they?
Nadal is always respectful.
I personnally, despite watching the match on tv, wouldn't have known for the "Gasquet" shouting in his match against Malisse if it was not for the journalist reporting this. And that's the only thing that sticked. Because during that match there were also some "Rafael"s competing with the "Xavier"s in the crowd but of course the controversial part is more interesting. The journalists are accomplice of all this habits of the crowds...Shame on them. they help things get heated...But i think that's true they did that though. Why? To play a "psychological game"?


What i can't really understand is why when the umpire took a decision ( Grosejan-Nadal or Malisse-Feliciano's match ) the crowd booed one of the two players insted of booing only the umpire ..:silly:

As for that. That was horrible but it only lasted 2 games after that exactly and it's always like that sadly. Once an incident like that happen when the umpire tries to show authority stupidly (without explaining anything even if he's right ) and the crowd don't like that and wants to punish him, show they are the boss , heads get hot and there is always some stupid persons in the public to boo one of the players... :rolleyes:
But even if the others are there trying to silence them (hushhhhh! hush!!!! ) I have experienced it many times in a crowd. You can't do anything. Once they start they are always the most heard and that's so frustrating...And ppl say :"the crowd are booing." whereas that's those stupid guys booing over our voices.
But it was soon over fortunately and then only the umpire was booed (which is still stupid but more understandable btw... :rolleyes: ).
That was the same yesterday. So frustrating...You've got those having their heads in their hands in shame, those trying to silence those stupid guys and them booing even louder and insulting you...I still remeber that girl cozy between her bf and father and me alone with a small group of children shouting at them to stop that they were stupid etc...and we were insulted...I hated that. :fiery: And they were just watching the rest of the time in silence their hands on their ears when the rest of the ppl were trying to make the most noise possible to support one of the guy, applaud shots etc...when they should have been aplauding, or supporting or whatever but for that shit they were all booing...
And those are often the same who can't stand ppl like me cheering loudly. They tell us our place is in a football stadium but they are the one who should go there since they show passion at doing bad things, spreading hate and booing...
Those are often the poshest, snobest ones contrary of what is believed and spreaded. The "populace type crowd" (even if it's a stereotype so that's nbot great but i couldn't find better) are the loudest but most of the time, the most fair-play... We are fair-play, they aren't. :mad: That's only us that they should let enter in an arena.

Scotso
11-01-2005, 01:25 PM
Glad you had fun! :wavey: :)

Papakori
11-01-2005, 01:43 PM
btw Gambillfan, I saw "your" Stan at both of the Rochus brothers matches yesterday ;) he's quite goodlooking :angel: ;)

He certainly isn't "mine" cos I am a guy :D I just enjoy watching Stan and following him. Thanks for telling me that he was at the Rochus Brother's matches. :)

mandoura
11-01-2005, 02:05 PM
Great report. Thanks.

chewy
11-02-2005, 02:04 AM
thz thomas, tournie reports r always interesting to read.
sounds like u were not only enjoyin d matches but also training for ur nxt race, running n sprinting all over d place. haha

enqvistfan
11-02-2005, 05:14 AM
thanks a lot Gambillfan :) I was also there re-lived those moments.

alelysafina
11-02-2005, 05:20 AM
Nice report :yeah:

Thanks :)