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Ask Me Questions About RG :D [Went there for Qualies & Monday + Tuesday]

CooCooCachoo
05-31-2006, 07:45 AM
:bigwave:

Bonjour!

So last week Monday I went to Roland Garros for the first time ever. I took the Eurolines coach as it is so cheap :lol: €25 return ticket :aparty: I am not complaining ;) I arrived at around 6-ish the following morning and had to wait for three hours in the cold city of Paris for Jean [ToyBoy] & Greg [^bibi^] to arrive. Then we went to the hotel in Saint Denis, and to the tennis :aparty: It was a lot of fun, saw many many players and took so many photos :eek: For those you will have to wait a while, as I have an analog camera and I need to get the films developed (and need to get the money to get them developed first) and then get the photos scanned. But they will come :D



So I started with a report (see below), but this will take too much time to complete, so just ask me any questions about any players and any matches. I will have photos of the following players, if I remember correctly:



ATP:



Acasuso, Jose

Adaktusson, Jacob

Almagro, Nicolas

Armando, Hugo

Arthurs, Wayne

Aspelin, Simon

Benneteau, Julien

Berdych, Tomas

Berlocq, Carlos

Berrer, Michael

Bhupathi, Mahesh

Björkman, Jonas

Blake, James

Blake, Thomas

Bogdanovic, Alex

Bogomolov Jr., Alex

Bozoljac, Ilia

Bryan, Mike (or is it Bob? :lol: :p)

Burgsmüller, Lars

Cakl, Tomas

Capdeville, Paul

Cermak, Frantisek

Charpentier, Marcelo

Chela, Juan Ignacio

Cilic, Marin

Cipolla, Flavio

Crivoi, Victor

Daniel, Marcos

Darcis, Steve

Del Potro, Juan Martin

Djokovic, Novak

Dlouhy, Lukas

Eitzinger, Rainer

Falla, Alejandro

Ferrer, David

Fraile, Gorka

Gabashvili, Teimuraz

Galimberti, Giorgio

Garcia, Martin

Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo

Gaudio, Gaston

Gimelstob, Justin

Ginepri, Robby

Gonzalez, Fernando

Gonzalez, Maximo

Hajek, Jan

Hanley, Paul

Hartfield, Diego

Healey, Nathan

Hernandez, Oscar

Hernych, Jan

Hrbaty, Dominik

Johansson, Thomas

Karanusic, Roko

Kim, Kevin

Kindlmann, Dieter

Knowle, Julian

Kohlschreiber, Philipp

Korolev, Evgueni

Kubot, Lukasz

Lammer, Michael

Levy, Harel

Ljubicic, Ivan

Lopez, Feliciano

Mahut, Nicolas

Malisse, Xavier

Mannarino, Adrian

Marach, Oliver

Mathieu, Paul-Henri

Mayer, Florian

Mazarakis, Vasilis

Melzer, Jürgen

Mirnyi, Max

Monaco, Juan

Montañes, Albert

Montcourt, Mathieu

Moodie, Wesley

Moya, Carlos

Muller, Gilles

Nadal, Rafael

Nieminen, Jarkko

Norman, Dick

Novak, Jiri

Ouanna, Josselin

Pashanski, Boris

Patience, Olivier

Phau, Björn

Pless, Kristian

Prpic, Filip

Ramirez Hidalgo, Ruben

Recouderc, Laurent

Robredo, Tommy

Rochus, Christophe

Rochus, Olivier

Roitman, Sergio

Rojer, Jean-Julien

Rusedski, Greg

Russell, Michael

Sabau, Razvan

Safin, Marat

Sanguinetti, Davide

Saretta, Flavio

Saulnier, Cyril

Schüttler, Rainer

Sela, Dudi

Silva, Julio

Simon, Gilles

Sluiter, Raemon

Snobel, Pavel

Söderling, Robin

Spadea, Vince

Stepanek, Radek

Tipsarevic, Janko

Tuksar, Sasa

Tursunov, Dmitry

Ullyett, Kevin

Van Gemerden, Melle

Vassallo Arguello, Martin

Ventura, Santiago

Vicente, Fernando

Vik, Robin

Vizner, Pavel

Vliegen, Kristof

Volandri, Filippo

Wawrinka, Stanislas

Witten, Jesse

Zabaleta, Mariano

Zib, Tomas

Zimonjic, Nenad



WTA:

Amanmuradova, Akgul

Andrieux, Mailyne

Ani, Maret

Antypina, Olga

Argeri, Maria Jose

Arvidsson, Sofia

Asagoe, Shinobu

Azarenka, Viktoria

Baltacha, Elena

Bardina, Vasilisa

Benesova, Iveta

Beygelzimer, Yulia

Birnerova, Eva

Black, Cara

Blahotova, Olga

Brandi, Kristina

Bremond, Séverine

Brianti, Alberta

Brunel, Diana

Bychkova, Ekaterina

Camerin, Maria Elena

Castano, Catalina

Castellvi, Vilmarie

Cetkovska, Petra

Chakvetadze, Anna

Chan, Chin-Wei

Cornet, Alizé

Czink, Melinda

Dabek, Tiffany

Daniilidou, Eleni

Dementieva, Elena

Diaz-Oliva, Mariana

Domachowska, Marta

Drake, Maureen

Dulko, Gisela

Dushevina, Vera

Erakovic, Marina

Ferguson, Sophie

Fernandez, Clarisa

Frazier, Amy

Gagliardi, Emmanuelle

Gallovits, Edina

Garbin, Tathiana

Golovin, Tatiana

Grandin, Natalie

Granville, Laura

Gullickson, Carly

Hampton, Jamie

Hantuchova, Daniela

Haring, Florence

Harkleroad, Ashley

Henke, Vanessa

Hénin-Hardenne, Justine

Hisamatsu, Shiho

Hradecka, Lucie

Hsieh, Su-Wei

Husarova, Janette

Jackson, Jamea

Jankovic, Jelena

Jugic-Salkic, Mervana

Kanepi, Kaia

Keothavong, Anne

King, Vania

Kirilenko, Maria

Kix, Daniela

Kostanic, Jelena

Koukalova, Klara

Kremer, Anne

Krizan, Tina

Kucova, Zuzana

Kutuzova, Viktoriya

Kuznetsova, Svetlana

Laine, Emma

Li, Na

Li, Ting

Likhovtseva, Elena

Lisjak, Ivana

Loit, Emilie

Martinez Granados, Conchita

Mattek, Bethanie

Medina Garrigues, Anabel

Meusburger, Yvonne

Mirza, Sania

Molik, Alicia

Morigami, Akiko

Müller, Martina

Nagy, Kyra

Nakamura, Aiko

Nociarova, Dominika

Nooni, Hanna

Okamoto, Seiko

Ondraskova, Zuzana

Oprandi, Romina

Osterloh, Lilia

Parra Santonja, Arantxa

Pastikova, Michaela

Peng, Shuai

Pennetta, Flavia

Perianu, Anda

Perry, Shenay

Peschke, Kveta

Petrova, Nadia

Pironkova, Tzvetana

Pous Tio, Laura

Poutchkova, Olga

Pratt, Nicole

Razzano, Virginie

Rezai, Aravane

Rodionova, Anastassia

Rolle, Ahsha

Rousseau, Capucine

Ruano Pascual, Virginia

Saeki, Miho

Safarova, Lucie

Safina, Dinara

Sakowicz, Joanna

Salerni, Maria Emilia

Sanchez Lorenzo, Maria

Santangelo, Mara

Sassi, Valentina

Savchuk, Olga

Savransky, Yevgenia

Schnyder, Patty

Schruff, Julia

Sequera, Milagros

Serra Zanetti, Antonella

Sfar, Selima

Skavronskaia, Lioudmila

Smashnova, Anna

Srebotnik, Katarina

Sromova, Hana

Stosur, Samantha

Strycova, Barbora

Stubbs, Rennae

Sucha, Martina

Sun, Tiantian

Szavay, Agnes

Tamaëla, Elise

Tu, Meilen

Uberoi, Neha

Uberoi, Shikha

Vaidisova, Nicole

Vakulenko, Julia

Vanc, Andreea

Védy, Aurélie

Vento-Kabchi, Maria

Vesnina, Elena

Vierin, Nathalie

Vinci, Roberta

Voskoboeva, Galina

Washington, Mashona

Wörle, Kathrin

Wozniak, Aleksandra

Yan, Zi

Yuan, Meng

Zheng, Jie

Zvonareva, Vera



And some players I did not recognize :lol: :smash:

CooCooCachoo
05-31-2006, 07:45 AM
Tuesday [Qualies]:

Because the others arrived a bit late and because we had to go to the hotel, we missed some hours of play, but not too much.

Evgueni Korolev RUS [32] beat Giorgio Galimberti ITA | 4-6 6-2 6-4
I had seen Evgueni in Groningen, 2004 and he really impressed me. I could see he was immensely talented and would be big. This year, he has delivered somewhat and I thought he was a sure bet to qualify. Thus, I was very surprised to find him trailing against veteran Galimberti. Giorgio played well, rather passionately too, but could not keep it up. It was not as much Korolev stepping it up, but Galimberti starting to make more mistakes. Still, a solid Korolev proved too much for the Italian, who became increasingly frustrated with himself.

Tomas Cakl CZE beat Victor Crivoi ROM | 7-6 (8) 7-5
Yes, I like Korolev. But the real reason I was watching the match was that it would be followed by Tomas Cakl against Victor Crivoi. I find Crivoi extremely attractive, in a geeky way:drool: Cakl, on the other hand, looks horrible, with his two huge earrings. He resembles a tramp. I remember, however, how he completely crushed Björkman in Rotterdam a few years ago. Cakl played so well, that I knew it could be tough for Victor. In Rotterdam that year, by the way, I ran into Cakl anywhere and everywhere I went; he is my stalker :eek: Anyways, Victor just came to Paris with great confidence, having reached the final of the strong Zagreb Challenger, crushing out to Elsner in three sets in a surprise final. Even though he only barely scraped his ass in the qualifying draw, I thought he was one of the stronger players in the draw. In the match, however, he failed to really deliver and he fell prey to Cakl’s slightly more aggressive baseline game. The Czech must have been pretty annoyed with us as we were cheering for Victor with my Romanian flag :lol: He deserved the win though, leaving a clearly disheartened Victor. I saw Victor again the next day and he was feeling better :D I wished him a happy birthday, as it was to come later that week. I hope he celebrated it in style.



Santiago Ventura ESP beat Jacob Adaktusson SWE | 6-3 6-2

Did not see much of this match, but Adaktusson sucks and should not be in a Grand Slam Qualifying Draw. I have no idea how his ranking was high enough. Ventura is a claycourt specialist, but a fallen one at it. He did not really impress, but anyone would have defeated Adaktusson.



Rainer Eitzinger AUT beat Michael Berrer GER [13] | 7-5 7-6 (5)

Such long games and rallies at this one :eek: It was on the court adjacent to the one Victor was playing on, so I did not really pay attention to it, but it was clear that the players were really equally strong. Surprised to see Eitzinger pull out the win though, as he did not strike me as a strong claycourt player when I saw him in Rotterdam earlier this year (where he lost to Michi Lammer). No hard feelings here as there was a friendly handshake at the net.



Dudi Sela ISR beat Lukasz Kubot POL [15] | 7-5 4-6 6-3

I like Lukasz. He has a really interesting game and he just screams GAY to me :lol: At least he was not wearing his pink shirt that day, if I remember correctly. Only saw part of the final set in which Sela was considerably stronger. He has such a nice game to watch! Obviously not at all suited to clay, as he loves to go to the net and tries to, like Lukasz, avoid dazzling topspin-laden baseline rallies. He really won me over with his game, even though I was sad to see Lukasz lose.



Saw plenty of players practise too, but I do not recall much of this :p There simply were so many players around these days! Also wanted to watch many players that I did not get to see, like Mannarino, Del Potro, Sa, Vico, Hartfield, Delgado (what a loss :help: :o), Armando, Vahaly, Delic, Köllerer, Van Lottum, Rojer (saw a little bit only), Kunitsyn, Dancevic, Balleret :(



Wednesday [Qualies]:



Today I arrived in time for play to start, at 9 AM :eek: So early! Had to go in the packed Parisian metro, which is no fun at that time, as it feels like a genuine sauna. Just like the previous day, there were so many matches and players I wanted to watch, with conflicting scheduling and practise sessions further complicating things. Wanting to watch Elise Tamaëla or Meilen Tu first, I found myself watching Neha and Shikha Uberoi practise instead. They are just lovely :inlove: Especially Neha :D



Marcelo Charpentier ARG beat Alex Bogdanovic GBR [19] | 5-7 6-4 7-5

Saw only the last few games of this. A very pumped up Charpentier was the clear crowd favourite, as the French kids were scanting his name. He was being supported by Mariana Diaz-Oliva, whereas Alex had support from Anne Keothavong, who had lost her match earlier but did not seem upset. Nice long rallies in a match that saw Charpentier fall and get a bruised elbow, while continuing the match with a bleeding elbow. The match ended in a striptease of Charpentier, who gained many new fans that day, as the kids kept shouting his name and all wanted his autograph. Then he ran, shirtless, to the locker room :lol:

So, for the rest please just ask me!

Toppu
05-31-2006, 04:03 PM
Thanks.. that's very nice report.

FSRteam
05-31-2006, 04:08 PM
Lammer match?

FSRteam
05-31-2006, 04:08 PM
Lammer match, please

CooCooCachoo
05-31-2006, 04:24 PM
Lammer match?

Well I did not see him against Bopanna as we arrived late. And when he played against Melle, I was on the adjacent court to watch Shikha Uberoi I think. What I saw was that he could not trouble Melle at all on his service games and that he would get in trouble himself only a few times, but those few times would lose Michi the set and thus the match :sad: He was not very hapy with the loss. I also think he remembered me from Rotterdam :lol:

FSRteam
05-31-2006, 04:31 PM
Thanks for the info!

Are you a fan fof all the swiss players?
I saw you write quite often in the swiss section?

Kristen
06-01-2006, 04:30 AM
Did you get to see much of Oli? (I know. Very predictable girl I am...) But, I'm curious to know if you saw him in training or a match. Also very glad to read that bit about Eitzinger. He seems to be a lovely guy. :wavey:

Björki
06-01-2006, 07:03 AM
where are your photos? :D

Peta Pan
06-01-2006, 11:08 AM
Peggy... he doesn't have digital. You'll have to wait for him to get them developped and scanned ;)

Martijn :D I notice you have listed Ivan and Jarkko even thought you didn't think you would see them :D I'm very excited about that :p

Also I hope you went well with your new camera and the shots turned out well :yeah:

CooCooCachoo
06-01-2006, 04:33 PM
Peggy... he doesn't have digital. You'll have to wait for him to get them developped and scanned ;)

Martijn :D I notice you have listed Ivan and Jarkko even thought you didn't think you would see them :D I'm very excited about that :p

Also I hope you went well with your new camera and the shots turned out well :yeah:

I hope so too :scared:

And I only saw Ivan and Jarkko practise :)

CooCooCachoo
06-01-2006, 04:34 PM
Hey, thanks for the report. :D And any news/info about Robredo would be most welcome. :angel:

Could not see his match :fiery: It was on Sunday! The one day I did not go :( Well, of course I did not go to any tennis after Tuesday.

Anyways, I saw him practise with Nadal and the court was so packed! Everyone wanted to see Rafa :rolleyes: Tommy seemed to be doing well and was enjoying himself :D Not much to say, but of course I took photos!

CooCooCachoo
06-01-2006, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the info!

Are you a fan fof all the swiss players?
I saw you write quite often in the swiss section?

Fan of Chiudinelli mostly :bounce: :worship:

Also like JC Scherrer (a lot), Michi Lammer, Kratochvil :sad:, George Bastl, Ivo Heuberger, Roger :)

Not a fan of Allegro or Wawrinka (or Rosset) and don't know others.

CooCooCachoo
06-01-2006, 04:36 PM
Did you get to see much of Oli? (I know. Very predictable girl I am...) But, I'm curious to know if you saw him in training or a match. Also very glad to read that bit about Eitzinger. He seems to be a lovely guy. :wavey:

A few games. Showed that Philipp is just the better player :shrug: But Oli was not bad; good serve I thought. Was quite frustated though and the match had only just started!

silverwhite
06-01-2006, 04:37 PM
Was Paulo nice this time? :ras:

CooCooCachoo
06-01-2006, 04:43 PM
Was Paulo nice this time? :ras:

I don't know :)

I forgot I also have photos of Alexander Peya.

silverwhite
06-01-2006, 04:45 PM
You took photos of him secretly? :bolt:

CooCooCachoo
06-01-2006, 04:46 PM
You took photos of him secretly? :bolt:

While he was on court :ras: