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01-13-2006, 06:12 AM
OMG EVERYONE (literally every player i want to see) IS IN THE TOP HALF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not good........

Seb plays Phillipousis first round. I think it could be tough...fingers crossed it wont be on Rod Laver Arena!!

Others in his quarter: Chela, JC Ferrero, Arnaud vs Paulo :eek: and...Guillermo.

Arnaud, Seb, Guille and JC all in the same quarter- what are the odds!!!

This is the WORST draw i have ever seen.

01-13-2006, 01:49 PM
It doesn't look good does it ? :rolleyes:

01-13-2006, 04:59 PM
Who made this draw ???????? :sad:

01-13-2006, 06:04 PM
Who made this draw ???????? :sad:

french are used to dreadful draw for AO :mad: :sad:

01-15-2006, 01:26 AM
This is the WORST draw i have ever seen.

me too
:( :( :( :(

01-15-2006, 06:00 AM
Sebs playing on Tuesday. I hope he doesnt get Rod Laver!

01-16-2006, 07:36 PM
Sebs playing on Tuesday. I hope he doesnt get Rod Laver!

He does :sad: It means you won't see him.
He plays in night session, in last match I think.
Allez Seb !

Interview video of eurosport. -> mms://

01-17-2006, 11:44 AM
He Won!!!!! :woohoo:

01-17-2006, 12:23 PM
Pic from first round~~

01-17-2006, 02:06 PM
that's miracle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seb has to work hard for the nu baby - he has to pay more and more now... hehehe

Seb allez!

01-17-2006, 03:28 PM
LOL Kelly I hope he thinks that :)

I saw the match!! It was a very good match, he seems to be in good shape!! I'm happy he won, AND that I saw him before I leave :bounce:

I was surpised that he won THAT easy (6/4 6/2 6/3).. I thought it was going to be tough, with Philipoussis' big serve and all, but his serve was going perfect and his returns were great.. Well done!!

01-17-2006, 06:35 PM
i'm so glad to find out that he won, stupid espn said they were going to show this match and of course they didn't i'm so pissed, i was really looking forward to this one. oh well yay seb! :yippee:

01-17-2006, 06:49 PM
The ONLY good news of the day, thank you seb. :yeah:

01-17-2006, 06:54 PM
Julian Knowle AUT (12)
Jurgen Melzer AUT (12)
Richard Gasquet FRA
Sebastien Grosjean FRA

Seb with Richard, that's weird...well. Not as good as with arnaud, but it's interesting.

01-18-2006, 04:08 AM
Rachael and I were at the match against Mark!!!

Seb didnt play all that special, do you think Lizanne?? Mark just played really really badly. Dont get my wrong, Seb played well but he didnt have to do much because mark was just making so many errors. Seb SERVED and RETURNED very very well tho...was very proud :D

He plays Monaco (argentinian) next round.

01-18-2006, 08:26 PM
Allez Seb !!! You can focus on singles now you lost in double :D

01-19-2006, 07:56 AM
He played well today!!! It was like 35 degrees or something, it was SOOOO hot but i think he has a chance against Guillermo!!!

It's going to be the BEST match on Saturday....

01-19-2006, 08:05 AM
Report from Thursday 19th jan 06:

Rachael and I saw Seb practising at 11am (I missed some of Guille's match for it!) and Rachael talked to Seb's American coach! SHe asked him to sign something but he goes 'oh no i dont sign anything...i probably dont even know who i am!! You'll look back on the autograph later are be like...who is that?!!!' Lol but we're making contacts...hahah

THen we went to his match later in the was SOOOOO hot!! There were quite a few French fans there (counted 5 flags including ours) and he had a lot of support which was good to see!!! It was SOOOOOOOOO felt like it was 40 degrees out there, so i hope it didnt take too much out of Seb.

He played well.... serving well and returning well but he's not doing anything too special...but then again maybe its because he hasnt been challenged yet.

I saw the first two sets of Guillermo's match, and although Guille is making heaps and heaps more unforced errors than Seb and isnt serving as well....i have a feeling that Guillle may be able to beat Seb. I dont know why but i just think that Guille is playing better although hes had a lot more court time. We'll will be the best match, im really looking forward to it!!!

We got some photos so they will be posted eventually....

01-19-2006, 01:13 PM
Good luck against Coria!
You can do it Seb ;)

01-19-2006, 05:46 PM
....i have a feeling that Guillle may be able to beat Seb. I dont know why but i just think that Guille is playing better although hes had a lot more court time. We'll will be the best match, im really looking forward to it!!!

Please may be wrong Esther ! I hate this guy. arghhhhhh :mad:

I couldn't stand a loss vs him. Ah noooo !!
I saw his last set vs Monaco, he plaed well. Saw some french people with french flags they were very supporting.
Esther, just a question, you didn't have a brown top ?? lol

01-20-2006, 12:58 AM
I was wearing a black singlet?? We had two flags because Prazz had one too...and we were sitting along the baseline. There were two french ppl calling out from behind us....did you see us?!

01-20-2006, 08:48 AM
Hi Esther,

Thanks for your report. I hope you're wrong about Coria. If Seb beats him, then I think he's got a good chance of making it to the semi's. :)

I went on Wednesday, unfortunately he wasn't playing singles that day - only doubles - but I did get to see him training with James Blake!!! Also watched Clement/Llodra beat Kohlschreiber/Mayer in the doubles.

Michael Llodra is an absolute honey. What a friendly guy! He was so nice to my girls - we were sitting directly behind him and Clement and they cheered for them throughout the entire match and before and after the match told them 'Good luck boys' and 'Well done'.. He always said thankyou to them when they said that. :) Plus the girls were wearing french colors. :) I am a good influence on my girls. hehe. He acknowledged their support by specifically giving them a towel each and then signed them for them. :) The towels have got zinc cream on them from where he's wiped his face. :) I told him 'Good luck for the next round' and he said 'thankyou'.

I also spoke to Brad Stine (that's his name right?) *laughs*
My oldest also got Arnaud Clement's evian drink bottle - much to her excitement - but don't ask how she got it!!! *grins* There's a little bit of water left in the bottom of it....she calls it backwash. hehe. She's got a 'crush' on Clement - she 'discovered' him through my 'interest' in Grosjean. *grins*

I am waiting to see what the schedule of play is for tomorrow (Saturday). If Grosjean's playingon an outside court then I'm seriously considering going. :) I live 3 hours from Melbourne Park and don't drive so it's a bit thing to go there for me and girls. Hopefully he's playing outside! And not at night!

01-20-2006, 08:51 AM
we'll be there tomorrow- hope you can make it!

01-20-2006, 10:44 AM
Last time he played Coria was in 2004 on hardcourt.. He lost but he won one set :bounce: :).. Yeah youre right Esther, he's playing well (good serve and return) but nothing special YET!!! I very much hope hes going to win!!! Go Sebbbbb I will stay up and watch it tonight, although hes not playing on Rod Lavel ARena, but I have to stay up anyway (for Mischa Krajicek)!!

01-20-2006, 11:08 AM
Yep. I'm going. What the heck. :)

He's first on in Vodafone Arena. Then Clement/Llodra are playing on Show court 2 - 3rd match of the day.

Have a great day Esther and co. And here's hoping Seb does as well!!!


01-20-2006, 08:07 PM
A great article in Le Parisien today.

Depuis son arrivé à Melbourne, SB respire la joie de vivre. Détendu, le marseillais est tout à tour blagueur et chambreur, glisse volontiers un commentaire sur l'OM, son club fétiche. Sur le court, il transpire la joie de jouer retrouvée. Rien à voir avec le Grosjean fantomatique de la fin 2004.
"Vous trouvé que j'ai retrouvé l'enthousiasme de mes 20 ans, c'est ça hein ?" lance-t-il tout sourire peu après avoir rendu une copie impeccable face à Juan Monaco hier au 2ème tour.
"Des Australiens mettaient de l'ambiance dans les tribunes. Il y avait vachement de monde, des drapeaux, des visages pleins de prends énormement de plaisir et ça donne envie de bien jouer. J'ai d'ailleurs souvent bien joué ici, comme à wimbledon."
Next match against Coria..." des inquiétudes sur un match en 5 sets ? J'espère bien gagner en 3 sets".

wowww :eek:
I've never read such a positive article before, seb looks very very happy, he enjoys playing here, and seems to love the fact people cheered him at his match against Monaco. He jokesetc...I'm not used to read that about seb.

Esther that's the moment to meet him, he seems happy of the support of some people ! ;)

I'm going to see the match. :angel:

01-20-2006, 10:05 PM
have fun all those who are going today (guess you're all out of the door by now) and don't forget to put a few cheers in for arnaud/mika!!! :D

i hope to see the seb/guille match too but fat chance that won't show martiiiina :rolleyes:

01-21-2006, 02:14 AM
He won !!! :bigclap: Not a great match, but the most important is he won.

I didn't know he was going to play Paulo in 1/8 :bigcry:

Horrible match in perspective but well, I'll cheer him though.

01-21-2006, 02:17 AM
capture match grosjean vs coria
congratulations sebastien

01-21-2006, 02:19 AM
more capture match grosjean vs coria

01-21-2006, 02:28 AM
Well done Seb :D I only saw the 4th set and he kind of scared in his last service games with his DF but he did it.

Sorry, next round I will cheer for Paulo... :sad: But, I think Seb will be the favorite.
Good luck to both of them ;)

01-21-2006, 04:59 AM
keep it going seb!! :bigclap:

01-21-2006, 05:38 AM
Congrats Séb!
Good luck against Paulo ;)

01-21-2006, 06:20 AM
Well done Seb :)

I only saw the end of the 1st set and all of the second set before Eurosport went to a womens match :mad: . But I'm sort of glad I didn't stay up and see the scores for the 3rd ! Good result in the end though :D

01-21-2006, 07:11 AM
hey...Seb HAS seen our flag after all ;)

01-21-2006, 07:13 AM
He played so well today, the best ive seen so far. I thought GUILLE was a sure bet...i really felt sorry for him. They are lucky they played in the morning reached 41 degrees today, the players must be SOOO fit to play in this weather its crazy!!!

Fingers crossed Seb vs Paulo will be a night match or i wont see it!!! I think Seb should thrash Paulo easily....

01-21-2006, 12:13 PM
I think Seb should thrash Paulo easily....

You said the same about Coria yesterday...he could beat

01-21-2006, 12:36 PM
I was really impressed :worship: !!!!!!!! He was soooooo cool!!!!! He was playing great!! I'm very happy about the match!!

01-21-2006, 01:24 PM
His forehand...incredible !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek: :)

01-21-2006, 01:28 PM
Friends to Become Brief Enemies
by Andrew Wu
Saturday, 21 January, 2006

France will have a representative in the quarter-finals of Australian Open 2006 after Sebastien Grosjean and Paul-Henri Mathieu overcame sweltering heat at Melbourne Park to set up a fourth-round clash.

As temperatures soared into the mid 30s on the way to a top of 40, Grosjean outlasted 2004 French Open runner-up Guillermo Coria in four sets, while Mathieu won two tie-breaks on his way to a straight-sets victory over Peruvian Luis Horna.

The pair joins veteran compatriot Fabrice Santoro in the fourth-round, making France the only nation to have three men left in the round of 16.

While the French have not had a male Grand Slam winner since Yannick Noah triumphed in his home major in 1983, their showing thus far at Melbourne Park is evidence of the great depth of their male playing ranks.

France has nine men ranked in the top 100, and boasted 11 players in the men's draw which, along with Spain, is more than any other nation.

"There's many French players at the beginning of the tournament, plus a few guys who qualify," said Grosjean. "It's great to see many, many players, especially from France, doing well here."

Mathieu said the depth in French tennis was beneficial to the nation's hopes in the Davis Cup, a competition it has won three times in the past 15 years.

"It's good for us. We hope we have more players in the top 30. We look forward to it," Mathieu said.

While Mathieu and Grosjean are good friends, the pair has not played against each other before and both agree that they will enter their fourth-round clash with mixed emotions.

"It's going to be tough for sure," said Mathieu, the world No.47. "It's never easy to play a friend but it's going to be a nice match."

Grosjean added: "It's going to be strange but you have to deal with it."

Unlike Mathieu, who will be gunning for his first Grand Slam quarter-finals berth, Grosjean has been a semi-finalist at three of the four majors - missing out only at the US Open - and Melbourne Park is one of his favourite venues.

"I like to play here. It's the first major of the year," the world No.28 said. "I did well in the past. It's a great condition. I like the atmosphere here. I like the people who come and watch."

For Mathieu, even if he doesn't beat his friend, he will still leave Melbourne Park in good spirits.

"It's exciting because one Frenchman is going to be in the quarters so it's good for us."

01-21-2006, 01:30 PM
3 round pics here

01-21-2006, 01:33 PM
and everything else!!!!!! :eek:
There was nothing that wasnt good!! :worship:

01-21-2006, 01:36 PM
I wonder what he was talking about with the ball boys :D..

01-21-2006, 01:54 PM
I wonder what he was talking about with the ball boys :D..

It was so funny to see seb talking (and smiling) , even if I didn't know who was the person he was speaking to... but seb was joking or something like that it was great to see. :hearts:

Esther, who was there in the french clan ????

01-21-2006, 02:47 PM (

This lady doesn't seem to think Seb's too funny.
He obviously thinks he is.... :sport:

01-21-2006, 03:11 PM
He thinks she is... lol

01-21-2006, 06:55 PM
hey...Seb HAS seen our flag after all ;)

""Des Australiens mettaient de l'ambiance dans les tribunes. Il y avait vachement de monde, des drapeaux, des visages pleins de prends énormement de plaisir et ça donne envie de bien jouer. "

He's sensible to the flags esther !!! lol

01-21-2006, 09:14 PM
just came here to say CONGRATULATIONS SEB!!!

i think he is adorable and im soo pleased that he beated Guillermo Coria who i couldnt dislike more xD
i wishh him all the luck on his next match!

keep it up sebastian!!!

01-22-2006, 06:33 AM
Can't believe Seb survives with bad draws!

another photo. this is interesting! :D

01-22-2006, 07:45 AM
I cant remember Seb talking to the lines must have when Guille was getting his finger strapped and we couldnt see our baseline side because Vodafone Arena is REALLY badly designed!

Marine- French clan? What french clan? And what do u mean 'sensible' to the flags?? lol

01-22-2006, 08:00 AM
He - and Paul Henri - plays on Margaret Court Arena tomorrow, not before's the third match of the day, after two doubles matches.

Is anyone going?

I'd better check what the weather's going to be like. Don't want to get there and the extreme heat policy's happening again.

Good Luck Seb!

richard gasquet
01-22-2006, 10:52 AM
Good luck sebastien to this 4rd round against paul henri.Great level of play! :)

01-22-2006, 04:31 PM
Video eurosport

01-23-2006, 11:07 AM
1/8 final

01-23-2006, 04:00 PM
This is beautiful!!! Xie xie li la zi zhen!
Seb was so lovely!!!

And I am so happy with today's match! I was looking at the scoreboard all the time- and my professor was talking about news values and attribution... jejejejeeeeee... :worship:

I am so happy with his effort today. I think Seb is very confident thru-out the whole tournament. HE'S BACK! :D


01-23-2006, 05:29 PM
I am so happy Seb will play wednesday I will watch the whole match :yippee: :bounce: :p

01-23-2006, 08:33 PM
i wasnt there but Rach said Seb was in a really bad mood yesterday...u wouldnt be able to tell from those happy photos tho!!!

Yayayay quarters against Kiefer!!!! Does neone know anything about him?!

01-23-2006, 09:08 PM
Allez Seb!!! You can do it! :)
Reach the semies :worship:

01-23-2006, 09:25 PM
Great performance so far - keep it going Seb!

01-24-2006, 06:21 AM
i wasnt there but Rach said Seb was in a really bad mood yesterday...u wouldnt be able to tell from those happy photos tho!!!

Yayayay quarters against Kiefer!!!! Does neone know anything about him?!

It seemed like he was flat in the beginning of the match, not as much smiling etc but judging from the photos above his mood changed.
I was lucky enough to be front row centre right behind Seb, so I was cheering and yelling big time. Just before match point (when everyone was yelling like crazy) I yelled out "quarter finals baby!!!". It was a brilliant moment. :worship:

Sammy were you at the doubles match? I think I may have seen you there.

01-24-2006, 02:32 PM
Kiefer vs Seb...
Their head-to-head record is 2-3 (Kiefer-Seb); and the last singles match they played was 2005, Seb defeated Kiefer.

In year 2002 Seb and Kiefer won a doubles title in Los Angeles. I think they know each other quite well coz they played a few doubles matches in the past few years~!

01-24-2006, 06:19 PM
Video stade 2

01-24-2006, 08:49 PM

Sébastien Grosjean s'est qualifié pour son 9eme quart de finale en grand chelem. POurquoi ?

"Une ambiance qui le décoiffe".
Coach du Français depuis décembre 2004, Brad Stine vit son 5eme grand chelem avec lui. "C'est évident, Seb n'est pas le même dans ces tounois-là. Le fait qu'il retrouve les autres Français et Françaises (ehh yes he uses to play in cards with Amélie ! lol) l'aide à être détendu et de bonne humeur".Grosjean adore l'atmosphere qui se dégage des grand chelems. "En fait c'est un ensemble de choses. C'est là que s'écrit l'histoire du tennis. Je me souviens que quand j'etais petit, Roland Garros, c'était dix heures de télé non stop ! C'est ce qui m'a donné envie de faire du tennis.
L'Australie semble décupler cet enthousiasme: "Il y a toujours eu de grands joueurs dans ce pays et en plus les Australiens adorent le sport. Les fans ici sont parfaits :angel: . Ils encouragent leurs joueurs, mais dans un bon état d'esprit. Et puis il y a les supporteurs suédois, les Grecs etc... ça crée une ambiance incroyable". ;)

01-24-2006, 09:45 PM
HAHA "PERFECT"!!!!!!!!!!!!! He loves australia....:)

"A great atmosphere"

This is the 5th Grand Slam quarter final that Brad Stine has experienced since coaching Seb in December 2004.

"Seb isn't the same player during Grand Slams. The fact that theres a lot of other French players here really helps him, lets him relax and puts him in his good spirits."

Grosjean loves the atmosphere of the grand slams.

"Its a combination of things. It's making tennis history. I remember when i was little, they used to play Roland Garros on tv non stop for 10 hours! That made me want to play tennis."

Australia seems to fuel his enthusiasm.

"There are always so many big players in this country and plus, Australians love their sport. Here, the fans are perfect. They support their players, but in good spirit. And then theres the Swedish fans, the creates an incredible atmosphere.

01-25-2006, 04:13 AM
:sad: HE LOST!!!! :sad:
HE WAS ALMOST THERE but............. :sad:
AGGGGrRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The total points Seb won was more than Kiefer's but...

3-6, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4, 6-8.........................................

Poor Seb..........................!!! :sad: :sad:

01-25-2006, 04:28 AM
Seb :sad:
The only thing I can say for the moment, is I hate Kiefer's attitude. :(

01-25-2006, 04:38 AM
I was on the edge of my seat the entire time with this match. Seb may not have 'officially' won, but in my opinion - and it seems the opinion of many of those here at MTF - Seb was clearly the winner.

Seb should be very well of the way he's played this Open. It's obvious to all that he is a different - better - player than what he was a year ago. He seems more focused. More energetic. Faster. Skillful.

Yet one thing hasn't changed, and it's the one thing I admire in him above all else. His attitude and his composure. :)

ALLEZ SEB! We all have complete and utter confidence that you will continue to play !!excellent!! tennis for the rest of 2006.

*blows kiss*


01-25-2006, 05:34 AM
Seb :sad:
The only thing I can say for the moment, is I hate Kiefer's attitude. :(

Sure, Kiefer won the match which made him the better player - but Seb was (and will always be) the better man. :angel:

01-25-2006, 07:43 AM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

4 hours without sleeping to watch the match, then 2 hours without sleeping cos of match's result. Too sad...

Seb won more points than his opponent. :sad:
He made greater shots.
He was smarter.
He has the best supporters in the stadium.

I can't believe it, I can't...

01-25-2006, 08:05 AM
cruel match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01-25-2006, 08:26 AM
It won't be easy but Seb will have the possibility to take his revenge in Germany in 2 weeks (davis cup).

01-25-2006, 09:15 AM
Q. Was that the toughest five sets you've played?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: I don't know, but one of the toughest, yeah, for sure. Almost five hours and, you know, many rallies. It was tough physically.

But I just felt a little bit tired like maybe last two or three games. I mean, it was a pretty good game.

Q. That last set was 1 hour and 36 minutes. What was it like physically and mentally?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: Mentally it was tough because I had twice the break in the fifth. Especially after winning, you know, 7‑6 the fourth, you know, I'm a little bit disappointed the way I serve in the fifth set.

Q. Can you explain what happened when you called for the referee after he threw his racquet. What happened?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: Yeah, I don't know. I didn't know you are allowed to throw your racquet when you play, so I ask the referee. He said he has to go with the call of the umpire. And the umpire said I hit the ball.

But it doesn't matter. I mean, he was on the way to the volley. If, you know, a ball drop from my pocket, I mean, we replay the point, or even the hat. Anything happen on the court, we replay the point. But didn't happen like that. He gave the point right away.

Q. Were you asking for a let?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: Yeah. I mean, a let. At least a let. I mean, I think I deserve a let and we play the point. I mean, that's the minimum. And after, maybe he has to give me the point because he's not allowed to throw his racquet, you know, if the point is not over.

Q. Nicolas said he was expecting to lose the point.

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: Yeah, but it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if he's expecting to lose the point or win the point. You can't throw the racquet?

Q. Did the racquet end up on your side of the net?


Q. You went on to hold serve in that game. Did it have any kind of effect on you?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: Not really. Not really. Because I still focused even after that bad decision, I think. You know, I hold. I had two game points in 7‑6 after.

Q. Did Nicolas apologize to you after?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: I don't know. Not in the locker room for sure, no.

Q. He made reference in his press conference to being a friend of yours, good friends. Is that the way?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: The referee is a friend of mine? Not really, no.

Q. No, Kiefer said he was a friend of yours. Do you still feel that way after what happened during the match today?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: I mean, "friend" is a big word, I think. No, I think I was a little bit disappointed in, you know, the way he throw the racquet, you know, on such a big point. So even if he was expecting to lose the point, I mean, that's not the way it is.

But I stay focused in the game, you know, try to forget this point.

Q. Was it a case of you felt that you were getting very tired in the last set that swung the match away from you in the end? How did you see the pivotal points?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: No, I had many chances in the fifth, for sure. But he's good returner, so is tough to hold, especially when you break early in the set. But after, he was a bit better at the end.

Q. The stats were on your side, but you lost the match. How do you feel about that?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: I didn't see the stats, so I can't tell you about that. At the end, you know, when you win 8‑6 in the fifth, it doesn't really matter, the stat.

01-25-2006, 09:30 AM
Q. Did Nicolas apologize to you after?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: I don't know. Not in the locker room for sure, no.

Q. He made reference in his press conference to being a friend of yours, good friends. Is that the way?

SEBASTIEN GROSJEAN: The referee is a friend of mine? Not really, no.

:haha: great lines

seb is so subtle.

01-25-2006, 10:32 AM
Thanks for posting the interview Marine.

Laughing about Seb's mixup with 'reference' and 'referee'. :)

Bring on the next match I say!!!!

01-25-2006, 12:46 PM
Thanks heaps for posting the interview Marine.
There were snippets from it this evening on Channel 10 (Sydney) - sports tonight programme. Kiefer was blaming "tension" and "heat" on his conduct and said that he and Seb were friends. They then cut to Seb saying what he said in the interview about not really being friends. :p

01-25-2006, 12:46 PM
Seb :sad:

01-25-2006, 01:15 PM
Seb's popularity's ranking has increased cos of Kiefer's racket... a little consolation. Poeple noticed seb is a nice boy.

01-25-2006, 02:11 PM
Video of eurosport.
Click on "plein écran"

He summarizes the match, comes back on the "racket throw" etc...
He finishes by syaing he's very motived for the DC, whatever the player he will play, Kiefer of another player... I hope it means he will play.

01-25-2006, 02:27 PM
xyz!@#$P*(&^$ !? :eek:

Why the referee is Seb's friend?!


Is someone challenging the credibility of the game?

zyx!@#P*&#$^{)Zabc!!! :(

I'd say I am disappointed with the incident. I thought Seb and Kiefer are good friends- altho throwing racquet may not mean any unkind wmotion towards Seb but... I dunno. Forgive me if you are Kiefer's fan... :o

01-25-2006, 02:30 PM
:sad: this result makes me so sad, i was dying for seb vs. roger(my two faves would have been so much fun). and i'm so angry at kiefer, what he did was just plain wrong and mean. why does he have to be such an ass:mad: if i ever meet him i'll be sure to let him know it too. :ras:

01-25-2006, 04:14 PM

seriously after looking at the photos I realized what was going on, so bad... :sad:

01-25-2006, 04:16 PM
And more photos~

Seb vs Fed... maybe we have to wait until Wimbledon! :wavey:

01-25-2006, 04:35 PM
Seb vs Fed... maybe we have to wait until Wimbledon! :wavey:
i'd love that! too bad andy keeps getting in seb's way. :(

01-25-2006, 04:35 PM
I'm not a fan of Seb [altho he does play pretty flashy tennis!] but I was hoping that he w beat Kiwi in the QF. Kiwi s not have gotten away w the "antics" that he constantly uses to throw off and annoy players. I feel for Seb. Quel dommage. :sad:

01-25-2006, 07:34 PM
Seb's popularity's ranking has increased cos of Kiefer's racket... a little consolation. Poeple noticed seb is a nice boy.

lol un grand mal pour un petit bien hein... :rolleyes:

01-25-2006, 08:03 PM
seb's reaction a front of this UFO...,1020,569633,00.jpg

01-25-2006, 08:27 PM
hey! haven't posted in a while but anyway..

I thought the quarter final was good and kiefer played well- although of course i'm hoping he'll get a thrashing from Fed! I think Seb did so well and hopefully he can keep up this form for the French Open. Who would have thought that he'd be so close to getting to the semi finals here after the year he's had.. I think Kiefer likes Seb- not so much of the shouting and evil stares in comparison with the chela match

01-25-2006, 11:32 PM
thanks for the interview marine and for the photos, Kelly!!!!

I dont have much to say......

Except that I love Seb and that press conference is SOOOO funny!!!

He's had a good tournament...hope he can continue his form for DC!!! :)

01-25-2006, 11:57 PM
that racquet should be confiscated and displayed permanently at the aus open hall of shame. dirty tricks should not be encouraged whether or not someone got away with it.

01-26-2006, 07:51 AM
oh yeah...and Kiefer's a dickhead.

01-26-2006, 05:32 PM
L'equipe today.

« EST-CE LA DÉFAITE la plus cruelle de votre carrière ?

– Non. Même si c’est très dur de perdre 8-6 au cinquième…

– Comment avez-vous vécu ce match marathon ?

– Le match ne s’est pas joué à grand-chose. Je n’ai pas très bien débuté. Mais je m’en veux surtout de lui avoir donné bêtement le premier jeu du troisième set, où je mène pourtant 40-15. C’est un set que j’aurais pu remporter. Après, je fais deux fois le break au quatrième et je me fais remonter. Pareil au cinquième, où je mène 2-0, puis 4-3 service à suivre… Chaque fois que j’ai été devant, je n’ai pas réussi à l’enfoncer. Je n’ai pas assez bien servi pour le faire douter.

– Le service a-t-il été la cause de votre défaite ?

– Je n’ai pas assez gratté de points gratuits, j’ai manqué de régularité. Comme il retourne très bien, j’ai dû un peu trop forcer au service. Lui a bien mieux servi que moi, surtout au cinquième set. Quand un match est serré, c’est ce qui fait la différence. Mais, dans l’ensemble, je n’ai rien à me reprocher.

– C’était dur, physiquement, sur la fin ?

– Surtout dans les deux ou trois derniers jeux. J’aurais préféré un tie-break ! (Il sourit.) En fait, c’est plus une fatigue générale, pas mal de courbatures… C’est pour ça que j’ai raté deux jeux de retour en fin de match. Mais j’ai quand même réussi à jouer jusqu’au bout. Comme les échanges se jouaient essentiellement dans les diagonales, le match n’a pas été extrêmement éprouvant.

– Comment peut-on perdre un match en étant meilleur que son adversaire dans presque tous les domaines (points gagnants, fautes directes, pourcentage de première balle, etc.) ?

– Le set que j’ai gagné 6-0 fausse toutes les données. Comme les autres ont été accrochés, ça fait la différence.

– Avez-vous été choqué par l’incident du jet de raquette ?

– Il ne disputait quand même pas un match de club ! Qu’il l’ait fait exprès ou pas, ça ne se fait pas. À mon sens, la décision du juge-arbitre est très mauvaise. Il l’a prise très rapidement et il s’est trompé.

– Que vous a-t-il dit sur le terrain ?

– Que le jet de raquette ne m’avait pas gêné, que j’avais déjà joué ma volée… Mais bon, la raquette atterrit quand même de mon côté ! C’est la première fois de ma vie que je vois une raquette voler sur un terrain ! Moi, je ne jette pas ma raquette en cours d’échange.

– Kiefer a dit qu’il avait été lui aussi très surpris par la décision, qu’il s’attendait à perdre le point…

– Peut-être, mais je ne crois pas qu’il ait pensé une seule seconde à remettre deux balles. Résultat : j’ai perdu le point alors que j’aurais dû, au minimum, le rejouer.

« Le point négatif

a été le service »

– Il régnait un mauvais esprit sur le terrain ?

– Non. Il y a juste eu cette décision, assez dommageable. Il y a eu des erreurs d’arbitrage, mais des deux côtés. L’incident ne m’a pas gêné plus que ça.

– Vous n’aviez pas de contentieux avec Kiefer ?

– Non. Vous savez, on peut être agressif sans pour autant être désagréable.

– Cette histoire vous donnera une motivation supplémentaire pour la Coupe Davis ?

– Il n’y a pas besoin d’un incident comme celui d’aujourd’hui pour trouver de la motivation en Coupe Davis.

– Quelles satisfactions retirez-vous de cet Open d’Australie ?

– Il y a eu de bonnes victoires. Mais ce n’est pas le plus important. L’essentiel, c’est d’avoir retrouvé du plaisir et un très bon niveau. C’est idéal pour lancer la saison. C’est agréable de repartir d’ici avec un bon fonds de jeu. À moi de me servir de cet acquis pour les prochains tournois.

– Pensez-vous être revenu tout près de votre meilleur niveau ?

– Sur ce que j’ai montré ici, je n’en suis pas loin. Le problème, c’est qu’on oublie comment on jouait avant ! (Il sourit.) Au niveau des sensations, je me sentais vraiment bien. Le point négatif a été le service. Mais c’est un coup que je peux travailler facilement.

– Vous avez retrouvé le plaisir de jouer ?

– Oui, celui de me retrouver dans un Grand Chelem, devant du public… Celui aussi de jouer en variant beaucoup plus que je le faisais avant, de frapper très fort en coup droit…

– Aujourd’hui, vous auriez pu devenir le premier Français depuis le début de l’ère open à avoir disputé cinq demi-finales en Grand Chelem…

– Ma carrière n’est pas finie. Mais, plus qu’une cinquième demie, je voudrais surtout disputer une finale de Grand Chelem. J’ai envie de voir un peu plus loin. »


01-26-2006, 11:13 PM

Is this the cruellest defeat of your career?
- No, but its hard to lose 8-6 in the fifth.

How did you find your match overall?
- It wasnt anything special, I didn't begin very well. I shouldn't have lost the first game in the 3rd set as i led 40-15...It was a game i could have won. Then I broke twice in the 4th set and i was able to fight back a bit. But then in the fifth set where i led 2-0 and then 4-3 to serve, i wasnt able to take advantage and stay ahead. Theres no doubt that I could have served better too.

Was your serving the main reason you lost?
- I didnt play well on the big points and i wasn't consistent. He returned well. He served better than me too, especially in the 5th set. When it was close, that made all the difference.

Was it hard at the end, physically?
– Yeah, especially in the last 2 or 3 games. I would have preferred a tiebreak! (smiles) In fact, it was a pretty tiring match overall, there were a lot of ralleys. Thats why i couldnt take advantage of my lead at the end of the match. But i played until the end. Most of the ralleys were crosscourt really, so the match wasnt exactly testing.

How did you lose the match when you were beating Kiefer in every domain? (points won, unforced errors, 1st serve percentage etc)
- It was because i won the second set 6-0. Because the others were close, that made it different.

Were you shocked by the racquet incident?
Whether he did it deliberately or not doesnt make a difference. The umpire's decision was taken too quickly and it was a bad one. He was wrong.

What did you say on the court?
- The throwing of the racquet didnt really affect my volley, but thats irrelevant...the racquet was thrown onto my side of the court!!! Thats the first time in my career when thats happened. I know i wouldn't do it.

Kiefer said that he was surprised by the decision, he was ready to lose the point.
- Maybe, but i dont believe that he thought that we would have played two more balls. In the end, i lost the point that we should have, at least, replayed.

Did the incident create a bad spirit on the court?
- No, it was just a bad decision. It was a shame. There were bad calls, but on both sides. The incident didnt bother me more than that.

Werent you questioning Kiefer's behaviour?
– No. You know, you can be agressive without being nasty.

Does this give you greater motivation for the DC?
- You dont need an incident like this to motivate you for something like the davis cup.

What can you take away from this Australian Open?
There were some really good victories. But more importantly, I think its my state of mind at the moment and that im really enjoying playing again- at a good level as well. Its the best way to start the season. Its good to leave this tournament happy with the way my game is going.

Do you think youre back to your best form?From what i've shown in the previous 2 weeks, i dont think im far from it. But the problem is i dont remember what my best form was like before!! (smiles) But i feel good. The only negative is my serve. But its something i can work on easily.

And youve found your love for the game again?
Yeah, to return to a grand slam in front of the public...I like that im varying my game more that i used to and Im very happy with the strength of my forehand.

Today, you could have been the first French player since the beginning of the Australian Open to have played 5 semi finals in a grand slam...
My career isnt fininshed yet. But what i'd love to do, is play in a grand slam final. I really need to go that step further.

01-27-2006, 01:15 AM
Thanks so much Marine and Esther for the interview we have all been wanting to read!!

When Seb retires from tennis he should consider a career as a diplomat or something.


Looking forward to seeing Kiefer going down in a ball of flames :devil:
(I can't be so diplomatic myself!!!)

01-27-2006, 09:53 AM
Is there anywhere on the net to see the post QF press conference with Grosjean?

01-29-2006, 09:37 PM
its on page 5 of this thread, Marine posted it

01-30-2006, 12:59 PM
Thanks, but I was wondering if there was anywhere you could actually see it (you could listen to it on the official Australian Open site, but none of the British channels actually showed it). :)