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Marine
01-27-2004, 07:11 PM
New diary

Bonjour à tous

Je viens d'arriver à Genève aujourd'hui. Difficile de retrouver le froid et même la neige, c'est surprenant. Comme vous pouvez le savoir, je suis assez déçu de ma tournée Australienne. J'ai vraiment accusé le coup au lendemain de ma défaite contre Davydenco au premier tour de l'Open d'Australie. Aujourd'hui, avec plus de recul je me dis que cette défaite, dans manière dont le sénario du match s'est déroulé, était plutôt prévisible.

Blessé en fin de saison et contraint de ne pas participer à l'Open de Paris Bercy, j'ai retardé au maximum le début de ma préparation hivernale. Ce retard a été très délicat à gérer, l'organisation était différente des années précédentes. Personnellement, j'ai besoin de m'entrainer très durement sur le plan physique pour me sentir à l'aise dans mes frappes de balles. Dès lors que j'ai le froncier nécéssaire, passer plusieurs jours à frapper la balle devient un régal. On sent une certaine marge qui émerge. J'adore cette sensation et c'est ce qu'il m'a manqué dans ce début de saison je pense : Une marge physique.

Comme je vous le disais dans mon précédent journal, je suis parti à Adelaïde souffrant d'une contracture à la cuisse. Plusieurs jours sans taper, je suis entré dans le tournois dans des conditions très particulières. A Sydney, même si j'atteinds les 1/4 de finale, je perds contre Hewitt en trois sets sans avoir le sentiment de faire un gros match. Physiquement, j'étais constemment dans la peur de me reblesser, cela à même été très limite avant mon départ pour Melbourne et l'Open d'Australie. La encore, j'ai dû réduire ma quantité d'entrainement.


Open d'Australie : Ce fameux match qui tourne mal. Un cauchemard. Le mal de ventre qui me prend au beau milieu du troisième set. Je ne pense pas avoir mangé quelque chose de mauvais. Cela venait de la fatigue physique qui s'est faite sentir de cette manière. Quelques fois on a des contractures, et d'autres fois mal au ventre ou ailleurs, c'est comme cela il faut faire avec ! D'ailleur au cinquième set je ne ressens plus rien. C'était donc très bizarre. Mieux préparé, je n'aurai jamais ressenti une chose pareil, j'en suis persuadé.

Aujourd'hui, je regarde devant. J'ai quelques jours pour travailler très durement en vue de la Coupe Davis à Metz. C'est encore un bel évènement qui donne toujours une motivation très particulière. Se retrouver ensemble est toujours très agréable. Guy prendra comme à son habitude les décisions les meilleurs pour l'équipe et notre victoire dans ce premier tour. J'espère d'ailleur que vous viendrez très nombreux, c'est toujours très agréable de se sentir porter par le public, mais je sais que l'on peut vous faire confiance pour cela !

Voila, je vais vous laisser car je suis vraiment fatigué par le voyage et le décalage horaire. Et puis je dois être en forme pour l'entrainement dès mercredi.

Je vous remercie pour tout votre soutien que vous m'avez adressé durant cette tournée Australienne qui s'achève.

merci

Arnaud


Without Seb (probably) and Fabrice, Arnaud is sure to play in Metz...

Lindsayfan
01-27-2004, 07:23 PM
he would have played in singles also with Seb and Fab in.neway it's nice to read of him :)

Via
01-27-2004, 09:03 PM
thanx marine!!!

so..... he blames his physical condition, instead of his mental condition ;)

esther
01-28-2004, 10:03 PM
Hi everyone,
i just came back to Geneva today. Its hard to come back to the cold and snow, it's a little shocking at first. As you know, i'm a bit disapointed with my australian open. It was only the day after when i understood my stupid behaviour (whyyyyyyy did i ask him what had happened *ashamed*. But now that i look back on it...the way the match went along i guess it wasn't that surprising.

Injured at the end of the season which mean i couldnt play at Bercy, i trained hard during winter. It was different to most other years because i usually didnt start it so early. Personaly, i need to train hard physically to be able to train well tennis wise.

LIke i said in my previous journal, i left for Adelaide with a bit of pain in my thigh. A few days after that i went into the tournament in quite different conditions. In sydney i reached the quarters and i lost to Hewitt but i think i played a big match. Physically i was scared i'd aggrevate an injury so i coudlnt play to my maximum before Melbourne. So i couldn't train at my best there either.

Australian Open: the famous match which turned sour. was a nightmare. I had a stomach ache in the middle of the third set. I think i ate something bad. Then i started to get fatigued..then felt sick too so it wasnt easy to play with that! But in the fifth set, i didnt feel any of that anymore. Was pretty weird. I was better prepared but i couldnt pull it off.

So now im looking ahead. I have a few days to work hard for the DC. It's a great event which brings out a certain motivation in all the players. To be together with the other guys is great. Guy will have to make some decisions for the team to ensure we are at our best for the first round. I hope that you will come and support us and knwo the public is behind us, but i dont have any doubt that you will do that!

So i have to go because im tired from the jet lag. And hoepfully i'll be right for training on wednesday.

I thank you for your support which was given to me during my australian tournament.
thank you,
Arnaud

esther
01-28-2004, 10:04 PM
fernando verdasco got sick around the same time so they could have eaten the same thing or something. talk about bad luck

Via
01-28-2004, 10:50 PM
ooooo...... arnaud was indeed stretching his thighs at the other bench chair in sydney (me and kat and another girl were sitting on one, so arnaud was forced to use the other, lol...)

esther
01-29-2004, 01:03 AM
lol?!!

Via
01-29-2004, 07:28 AM
gosh it does read funny now that i read it again.....

i certainly didnt mean i sat on one of arnaud's thighs....lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!

he did some of his exercises on a bench chair... but not the one closest to him bc.... it was occupied by crazy fans ;)

esther
01-30-2004, 12:18 AM
LOL i was thinking...

Via
01-30-2004, 02:42 AM
come to *think* of it, why not........it'd be good exercise for him ;)

irishface
01-30-2004, 03:55 PM
Many thanks Marine, and Esther for your translation. Poor Nono.

Sitting on one of Arnaud's thighs? Hmmmm. :lick:

See - I give him one second of sympathy and then I'm back to perving. I'm such a tart. ;)

Via
01-30-2004, 08:54 PM
yes....... should've taken a pic of his thigh stretching.... *sigh* blame it on the other girls. if irish was there, we would be running around arnaud to capture the best angle... ;)

esther
01-31-2004, 08:12 AM
LOL
see ur real thoughts are finally surfacing Via...while Kat was probably sitting there all embarased and blushing you were thinking about sitting on his thighs!! LOL

michelleg
01-31-2004, 06:00 PM
You are all too tame. I was thinking more about sitting square on BOTH thighs...

Via
01-31-2004, 11:36 PM
lol.....

can't you tell that arnaud felt quite safe alone on that court..... he knew he wouldn't be sexually assaulted by those three girls ;)

michelleg
02-01-2004, 12:46 AM
As I am sure he did. Had they not had the appearance of sweet, innocent youth, Coach Remi would have been getting their phone numbers.

irishface
02-03-2004, 02:44 PM
:lol: Via you're right. I have no shame when it comes to taking pics of Nono. I'm too shy to have a conversation with him, but I'll take pics of him bending over any day!

Michelle, too right about Remi. :rolleyes: LOL

Edit - damn, I should proof read my posts.

Via
02-03-2004, 09:27 PM
hmm.....i think a stalking partnership between esther and irish would be a good one.... i could just be tagging along..... lol

coach remi....hmmm.... that's something to think about before i decide to change my style... attracting the wrong people !!

Via
05-01-2004, 11:14 PM
well ... think i'll rescue this thread just to talk about some latest arnaud news.

he's in the aix challenger final to play santoro, according to the atp website draw list. now that's a good boy, and should please his tribe lol.......

esther
05-02-2004, 11:56 AM
ALLEZ ARNAUD!!!!! but i'm scared about how he's going to go at Rome...He's got a shocking draw and he'll be all tired out :sad:

haha yeah u have GOT to come to aus open, irish!!!

michelleg
05-02-2004, 04:20 PM
Allez, Arnaud!

OK French girls, beware....because I am officially coming to Paris once again. I have business in Paris on the 24th and 25th, but am coming early to go to Benny Berthet day :) I've a home rented in Boulogne-Billancourt and will be arriving on the 21st!!! I look forward to meeting up, am meeting with Mel and Caro as well, so pm me so we can all meet!!!!!!!!!!

Via
05-02-2004, 10:52 PM
arnaud....... yeah right he'll be tired, and he even lost to santoro in the aix final (am i always the last to know? :mad: )

just hope that he'll get past the first round... he lost when he played ljubicic last time but that was on hard court?

michelle........ my turn to give you a :p face.... why is your business always at the right place at the right time??? do you have boat trips again this time? lol

michelleg
05-03-2004, 01:21 AM
Ahhhh the joys of international real estate......I am meeting with a French developer to sign a contract to rep them in the United States. Its taken me longer than I had liked to get where I am in this business, but bit by bit, the perks are now coming.

As for the boat trips, my project here happens to include over 40 boat slips with Gulf of Mexico access in addition to some very lovely residential real estate. Couple that with two large retail/restaurant sites and that pretty much comprises that project. Hence, we have a boat tour of the marina slips for potential buyers :-) Don't particularly care for that element, though, as I happen to get seasick very easily.

Some things just happen at the right times. I also have a London/Madrid trip coming up in June that gives me three days at Wimbledon as well. So if I want to do the Grand Slam in a year, I now have to find some way to do business in Oz....<<thinks>> I have a few months lead time to work that deal.....

Via
05-03-2004, 06:08 AM
lol...... aussie property is coming down at the moment, but it might be worthwhile for american investors to come and check things out! there always happen to be good investment opportunities near where the tennis tournaments are, i don't know why!!! ;)

Via
05-04-2004, 10:16 PM
arnaud has lost against ljubicic in a 3rd set tie-break in rome. :sad:

he'd better break this first-round jinx in hamburg..... steph are you there??? lol

esther
05-05-2004, 07:27 AM
awwww
when is he going to get over his first round/second round TMS jinx?!!!!!!!!! especially when he needs as much match practise as he can get before RG!!!
:sad:

*sigh* oh well...

Marine
05-05-2004, 09:08 PM
read in l'equipe

Arnaud Clément se montra incapable de maîtriser son agacement visible du début à la fin du match. Désagréable avec les ramasseurs de balle, peu amène avec son adversaire et avec l'arbitre, il donne l'impression depuis quelques semaines de ne plus savoir très bien pourquoi il joue au tennis, ni quels sont ses objectifs. La proximité de RG devrait lui ouvrir les yeux.

:fiery:

No comment...

Via
05-06-2004, 02:18 AM
*sigh* i always have a comment.....

he's pretty much lost it at the moment :mad:

irishface
05-06-2004, 12:10 PM
Picking on the ball kids AGAIN?!?!?!?!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhh!!!!

:sad: Thanks Marine.


Did we all see Nono meeting the Pope?

Lindsayfan
05-06-2004, 02:58 PM
omg he's so damn lucky...i'd give anything to meet the Pope in person :)

irishface
05-06-2004, 04:10 PM
There were a whole bunch of players.

http://www.telecomitaliamasters.federtennis.it/_masters/news_detail.asp?GIORNO=&CAMPO=1&PAGE=1&TABLE=M&ID=170&dSEARCH=&wSEARCH=

I'd love to meet him too, Vale. Arnaud looks pretty happy about it. That's one to tell the grandkids about. :)

Marine
05-06-2004, 04:12 PM
Wahooo... it was a big moment for Arnaud ...if only JPII could has inspired him with wisdom :rolleyes:

Marine
05-06-2004, 04:53 PM
giocatori James Blake, Bob Bryan, Arnaud Clement, Robert Ginepri, Nicolas Lapentii, David Nalbandian e Martin Rodriguez oggi hanno assistito in Vaticano, come graditi ospiti, alla messa mattutina del Santo Padre. I giocatori, dopo la cerimonia, sono stati ricevuti personalmente da Giovanni Paolo II.

I understood !!! ;)

michelleg
05-06-2004, 05:16 PM
The look in his eyes is so softly happy and genuine. I haven't seen that look in his eyes for some time.

Perhaps this will divinely inspire Nono, I just hope that he hasn't lost all his self-confidence and will to fight.

Allez, Nono!

Marine
05-06-2004, 07:59 PM
In l'equipe today: (lol)

Maudit le mardi, mais béni le mercredi ! Après avoir subi sa quatrième défaite de l'année en masters series, Arnaud Clément a reçu hier matin à l'issue de la messe matinale donnée au Vatican, la bénédiction papale en compagnie d'autres joueurs parmi lesquels Nalbandian, Lapenti, Ginepri, chapelet à la main, Blake et Bob Bryan.
"Que dire si ce n'est qu'on se sent humble. Humble et privilégié aussi. Parce qu'on est joueur de tennis et que le tournoi organise cette visite, on bénéficie de ce dont rêvent des millions de gens qui ont peut-être encore plus la foi que moi."
Faut-il y voir un rapport de cause à effet, Clément avait retrouvé hier sa bonne humeur habituelle. lol

irishface
05-06-2004, 08:31 PM
LOL Merci Marine.

Via
05-06-2004, 11:21 PM
aaaaaaaahhhh... the kind of privilege that comes with being a celebrity. you have access to all people and places that ordinary people can only dream about.

not that i am keen myself to meet santo padre, but i can understand the rest of you.

Marine
05-07-2004, 03:49 PM
oh you know, I'm catholic but I'm not a fan at all of the Pope ! But I suppose it's very weird to meet him.

esther
05-08-2004, 12:59 AM
LOOOOL i cant believe he met the pope!!!!!!!!!!!!

and...i cant believe he's up to his old tricks again and trying to get mad at everything else just because he cant PLAY!!!! He's gotta get back to being more professional and stop going crazy at the ballkids and umps or he's not going ANYWHERE this year!!!!

someone knock some sense into him will they!! Poor man is probably really frustrated but picking on the ballkids and disputing line calls wont get him newhere

irishface
05-08-2004, 03:23 PM
LOL! Marine, I'm not catholic and I'd like to meet him. I'll take your place, ok? ;)


Esther, you're so right. I can't believe he's doing this stuff either. He's got so much potential.....

*puts hand up* I volunteer to knock some sense into him! (Or bang, or whatever. :p ) Shall I have a word at Wimbledon?

michelleg
05-08-2004, 04:10 PM
LOL At Irish's offer to <bang> some sense into little Nono. I'd offer to help over at RG, but I promised to behave this trip.

Is Xanax or Zoloft banned under the anti-doping rules? If not, maybe that might help.... He's worse than me when I'm PMSing!!!!

Via
05-09-2004, 12:58 AM
for all his misfortunes, arnaud is still ranked #28..... makes you wonder what the rest of the bunch has been up to.

in hamburg he's due to meet luis horna in the first round, and then coria. i think getting past the first round will be a BIG achievement.....

in the meantime, i am stuck with this avatar.... i'm still too disgusted with arnaud to have anything to do with him at this moment

Marine
05-09-2004, 06:44 PM
A pic in Aix the last week, I didn't know Arnaud played with his brother in double. ;)

http://www.opensaintevictoire.fr/photos/DSC_8988.jpg

irishface
05-09-2004, 07:23 PM
Thank you Marine! Why is it sometimes Bruno looks just like Arnaud and then sometimes.... NOT AT ALL? :unsure:

Good point Via! If Nono can be ranked 28th with so little focus it doesn't say much for the rankings. Geez-oh. Show up and you'll make it into the top 50, looks like.

Via
05-09-2004, 11:32 PM
hmm... bruno has a (worrying) lack of hair in this pic....

lol irish i suppose arnaud didn't too much for the first few months last year so he can slack off again this year. however he'll be putting himself under a lot of pressure in the remaining months.....

Tricky_Forehand
05-10-2004, 02:08 AM
A pic in Aix the last week, I didn't know Arnaud played with his brother in double. ;)



Bruno's a cutie ;)

I really hope that he can win in straights tomorrow. Go Arnaud!! :bounce:

michelleg
05-10-2004, 02:47 PM
Arnaud lost to Horna 3 and 2. I'm calling for a coaching change....

What is going on with him???????

Marine
05-10-2004, 04:33 PM
Tout va bien.... :rolleyes:

When I'll go to RG, they (seb/arnaud)'ll be already out for a long time !

Tricky_Forehand
05-10-2004, 06:07 PM
Arnaud lost to Horna 3 and 2. I'm calling for a coaching change....

What is going on with him???????

Same question I'm asking. I would suggest attitude issues but he seems to have an attitude even when he's winning. Lack of motivation for some strange reason?

:sad: :sad: :sad:

Via
05-10-2004, 10:31 PM
thanks guys, i couldn't even find the score on those regular tennis sites. too unimportant...

maybe he's devoting himself to one and only one cause this year - davis cup. oh, and the olympics too. problem is, if one plays like sh!t the rest of the year, how does one find the right form at the right time ?? :rolleyes:

Via
05-10-2004, 10:35 PM
well since france isn't playing in the world team cup, i suppose the next stop for arnaud and seb is roland garros, right? lol....... arnaud has practically blown all his chances in each and every clay lead-up tourney this year

Marine
05-11-2004, 06:23 PM
Arnaud and Seb played in double...they lost in the first round !! :rolleyes:

irishface
05-11-2004, 08:08 PM
Nono's going to need more than a papal blessing to do well at RG this year. He'll need an intervention from the Lord himself. :rolleyes: I worry about him. I really do.

Marine
05-11-2004, 08:21 PM
I'll post tomorrow something I read in l'equipe today about arnaud's spirit. Scaring...

Marine
05-12-2004, 07:11 AM
L'equipe, yesterday:

Déboussolé par son manque de sensations, Arnaud Clément a réédité sa "performance" romaine, tant sur le fond (refus de tenir compte des contraintes de la terre battue) que sur la forme. Tete basse, bras ballants, il se focalisa une nouvelle fois sur le trvail des ramasseurs de balle...le sien ne fut pourtant pas exempt de reproches.
"Je ne sens absolument rien. C'est le néant absolu. Je ne sais absolument pas où la belle va aller, j'ai l'impression que le balle va être faute à chaque coup de raquette".
Son bilan 2004 en grand chelemen et en masters series se passe de commentaire: 6 matches, 6 défaites...
"Considérons que RG constitue le départ de ma saison...", trouva-til la force de plaisanter. Il lui reste 13 jours pour retrouver ses vertus guerrières et un peu d'humilité.

:eek: :confused:

It's time to find again motivation !! RG is in 2 weeks !! If he plays as badly as he did in MC, Rome and Hamburg, the crowd won't be nice with him...

esther
05-12-2004, 09:33 AM
ugh someone needs to do somethign about those two (arnaud and seb)...theyre not getting any younger and they arent goign to keep up their rankings if this continues!!!! I wanted arnaud to get back into the top 20 this year but maybe he doesnt deserve it :sad:

michelleg
05-12-2004, 03:22 PM
As allergic as he is to Americans, I will still be cheering for him in Paris although I don't think that would mean much to him :(

Marine, when will you be at RG?

Marine
05-12-2004, 04:05 PM
I answered you on MP.
No, he's not allergic to Americans. It's not because he doesn't want to live here he's allergic. :confused:

michelleg
05-12-2004, 07:17 PM
<<will go back and check the messages>>

I was just kidding, I know he thinks of me as a flake :) I do feel horrible for him, don't know how he will find his self-confidence again. Such fatalism isn't good for the soul.

michelleg
05-12-2004, 07:20 PM
:( just checked, Marine....nothing there...

Via
05-12-2004, 11:45 PM
well i hope the presence of michelle and marine will do him some good at RG, lol!!!!!!!!......

esther
05-14-2004, 02:21 AM
yeah marine and michelle!!!!! do SOMETHING to get him past the first round at least!!!

irishface
05-16-2004, 02:52 PM
Thanks for the article Marine. I wish you had better news from him, though. ;) Ahhhh, Nono! So sad. What am I going to do with you, huh? :rolleyes:

Michelle, he's cool with Americans, just doesn't like your country much :rolls: Kidding.

Via
05-20-2004, 11:22 PM
arnaud is seeded (!!!!) at RG at #32.... just scrape through. hope that will bring him some luck.... if he gets one or two easy opponents in the draw. just don't lose first round again, please!!!

Via
05-20-2004, 11:39 PM
has anyone tried to watch videos on the RG site? (or any other tennis site for that matter) i still use a dial-up connection so i choose the 56k option... but as is usual for my video experience, the image is very jerky, sometimes doesn't move (while the sound is going on) and stops a few times to wait for 'communications'. unless i am really desperate to see that video, i dont know why i should be bothered.

esther
05-22-2004, 07:04 AM
*sigh* i'll be very very surprised if he gets past 3rd round..and i havnet even seen the draw yet. will they play doubles?

stephB
05-23-2004, 01:09 PM
hey all! i´m back from my trip to hamburg and düsseldorf :) nearly frozen. it was sooooooo cold and rainy in hamburg. brrrr

Marine
05-23-2004, 09:26 PM
It's new: now Arnaud has a "thread" on the forum of his site, where he'll come writting himself his diaries etc... COOOLL :)


Bonjour à tous,

je suis vraiment ravis de vous retrouver sur mon site durant toute la quinzaine de Roland. Je essayer au mieux, chaque jour, de vous raconter en détail mes journées en direct du tournois.

Et oui, demain, c'est déjà le premier tour pour moi. Comme vous le savez depuis deux jours maintenant, je joue contre Fabrice. J'ai vraiment été dégouté lorsque je l'ai appris. C'est toujours énervant de jouer un Français, d'autant plus à Roland Garros. Enfin il faut faire avec, on a pas le choix...

Ma journée d'aujourd'hui est plutôt tranquille, j'ai voulu me préserver et me reposer pour être au top demain. J'ai tapé la balle tôt ce matin puis je me suis fait masser.
Cet après midi, j'ai maté un DVD tranquille. "Le Velo" de Ghislain Lambert
" ! Franchement j'adore ce film, il me fait bien marrer... mais ce n'était pas la première fois que je le voyais.

La je suis en train de peindre ! eh ouaiiiih !!
Je peinds mes chaussures "Converse" !
voila, donc je vais finir la journée très tranquillement. Demain, j'ai mon échauffement de prévu pour 10h30 à Roland. Ensuite, ce sera la grande attente vers le moment du combat !

A demain !
bises à tous et toutes...

Arnaud C.

Via
05-23-2004, 11:10 PM
merci beaucoup!!!

i hope he gets to write his RG diaries for a few more days lol.....

there isn't yet any draw info for men's doubles, nor mixed

Via
05-23-2004, 11:28 PM
hi steph! i hope you weren't too disappointed by arnaud in hamburg!!! (coz i was)

prazz_m
05-24-2004, 07:23 AM
OH MY GODDDDDDD ARNAUD'S PAINTINGGGGG....
HE'S PAINTING....
OH MY GODD...
DOES HE NOT REALISE HE'S NOT BEEN PLAYING SO WELL RECENTLY AND THAT MAYBE HE SHOULD BE A BIT MORE FOCUSED ON TENNIS....OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDD

stephB
05-24-2004, 11:12 AM
hi steph! i hope you weren't too disappointed by arnaud in hamburg!!! (coz i was)
well, it was sad that he lost that early. in the first round nearly all french guys lost. that was really terrrible. but although it was a great week.

Via
05-24-2004, 10:42 PM
hmm... there must've been some good matches, i'm sure

monday's pics:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_v0524_gallerie23.jpg

also at getty's:
http://cache.****************/comp/50892384.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=B84D4F1548A4F56E01554C8C5C760E3BA9C30E9B9B11 4CE8
http://cache.****************/comp/50892156.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=B84D4F1548A4F56E0D9366C1DB0DB7C6A9C30E9B9B11 4CE8
http://cache.****************/comp/50892216.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=B84D4F1548A4F56E18890407FC8A800AA9C30E9B9B11 4CE8

irishface
05-25-2004, 11:52 PM
Thanks Marine. A quick translation >>>

Hello everyone, I am really delighted to see you on my site during the RG fortnight. I'll try my best everyday to relate to you in detail my days in the tournament. And yes, tomorrow, this already is the first round for me. As you have known for the past two days, I play against Fabrice. I really was disgusted when I found out. It is always irritating to play another Frenchman, so much more at Roland Garros. But I have to do it, I have no choice...... My day today was rather quiet, I wanted to preserve myself and to rest to be at my best tomorrow. I practised early this morning then I went to Mass. This afternoon, I watched a DVD. "The Velo" ("The Bicycle") by Ghislain Lambert! Frankly, I love this film, it has done me good to laugh... but this is not the first time that I watched it. I am painting! eh ouaiiiih!! I paint my shoes "Converses"! voila, therefore I will finish the day very quietly. Tomorrow, I have my warm up at 10h30. Next, the big wait for the moment of combat! Until tomorrow! kisses to all ... Arnaud C.

___________

I can't believe he's painting. I think he's trying to impress me. :eek:


I've put all the RG piccies I could find in my gallery, also Anne-Claire very kindly sent me her drop dead gorgeous pics!

http://img41.photobucket.com/albums/v126/arnaudclement/ROLAND%20GARROS/2004/

Via
05-26-2004, 05:58 AM
i can't believe he's painting.... his shoes :eek:

thanks irish, it's always a treat to have you here :D

and what lovely pics anne-claire has got !!!! she had an agreement to swap pics with me... guess she isn't interested in mine anymore :sad:

irishface
05-26-2004, 02:37 PM
Awww, shucks. :)

We used to have to draw crappy old shoes and stuff in art at school. When I think about it, it's amazing I stuck with it. LOL I've never been able to paint, though. Maybe Arnaud can give me some help? ;)

Via
05-27-2004, 12:49 AM
lol... that's another idea for nono fans... i should go look for some old drawings of shoes, boots etc and ask him to sign for me

thought seb's the one with a shoe fetish ??? gee those frenchmen..... :eek:

saw a bit of how arnaud lost to fabrice in the RG highlights ... it surely didn't look like any love lost at the net in the end...

Tricky_Forehand
05-27-2004, 02:49 AM
saw a bit of how arnaud lost to fabrice in the RG highlights ... it surely didn't look like any love lost at the net in the end...

That's what I thought. I think that NoNo would've preferred meeting him with a punch :lol:

irishface
05-27-2004, 05:04 PM
That's what I thought. I think that NoNo would've preferred meeting him with a punch :lol:


I'd have paid cold, hard cash to see that. :lol:

Marine
06-05-2004, 07:59 PM
In l'equipe magazine there are some accounts made by some mothers of sportmen (it's mother's day tomorrow)
There is a touching article about Arnaud made by his mum.
It's long, I put the most interesting.

Arnaud Clement a un hibou tatoué sur la peau, symbole, dans la mythologie grecque, de la force melée à la sagesse. La force pure, il l'exprime sur le court, la sagesse, elle lui fut expliquée Marie-Michelle, mere omispresente, catechiste au college du sacre coeur d'Aix en Provence: "un homme, pour etre equilibré, doit savoir nourrir son corps son intelligence et sa spiritualité. A Rome, Arnaud a recontré le Pape. Il a demandé à être baptisé en 5eme. J'ai toujours dit à mes enfants: "la religion, c'est comme l'entrainement, si on ne donne pas un peu de son temps à l'eglise, on oublie l'essentiel"
...
"Arnaud aime qu'on le regarde et qu'on l'aime. Au début je m'occupais de tout, je le suivais partout. Les entraineurs en avaient assez de me voir ! Certains pensaient qu'Arnaud ne pourrait pas sortit seule du circuit pro car il avait toujours été trop dans les jupes de sa mere. Mais j'avais l'impression d'etre la seule à pouvoir l'aider, le proteger."
Sa vois se fait plus basse au moment d'evoquer la raison essentielle de son omnipresence qui les lie: "Tout petit, Arnaud a été gravement malade. On ne savait pas s'il allait s'en sortir. Pendant un an , je n'ai pas erreté de le surveiller. Une infirmière m'a dit: "Vous ne pouvez plus rien faire pour lui, il n'y a que lui qui puisse se battre pour sa vie". Quand votre enfant a un anet qu'on vous dit ça, c'est traumatisant. Arnaud a survécu. Je ne sais pas s'il a survécu parce qu'il était fort ou s'il est fort maintenant parce qu'il a vaincu sa maladie".
Elle dit que son lool glamour et ses "shows" sur le court ne sont que des paravents qui cachent sa nature timise, sobre et classique. Et que le plus grand bonheur qu'il lui a fait, au delà de sa finale en australie, ce fut un jour de 98 a toulouse. "ce jour là il jouait contre sebastien grosjean, à la fin du match, devant tout le monde il a pris le micro et a dit: "avant toute chose, bon anniversaire a ma maman". J'etais en larmes. Pour ce mot il a vaincu sa timidité, c'était enorme pour moi".
...

Touching account.
I didn't know arnaud had been very sick when he was a baby. Now I understand why he's always as brought up by his mother.

Tricky_Forehand
06-05-2004, 09:26 PM
I'd have paid cold, hard cash to see that. :lol:

:lol: same here

esther
06-05-2004, 11:37 PM
omg that is soo sweet...i cant believe he almost died as a baby!! just when we thought we knew everything there was to know about him...;)

thats interesting i thought he was baptised as a baby, not when he was already that old.

Via
06-06-2004, 01:00 AM
....

want me to feel sorry for that racquet smashing, kids bashing, spoilt little mummy's boy called nono ?? :devil:

alright now, don't cry, silly baby :p

go play some tennis... he usually wants revenge after a bad disappointment. that usually means grass, after roland garros.

esther
06-06-2004, 06:42 AM
lol via

Via
06-06-2004, 11:53 PM
esther - exams aren't over any time soon? :D

arnaud will play german wildcard waske in the first round. he's also entered the doubles with russian youzhny (no other frenchie in sight) guess the good old foe will do for now...

esther
06-07-2004, 03:31 AM
i've got exams this week then a French SAC the week after...u dont have sacs in sydney tho do u...its like a small exam thing that actually counts towards the ENTER score. Scary

neway Youzhny hey?!! intttteresting...

stephB
06-07-2004, 10:02 AM
i like it very much that arnaud will play with mikhail. i never expect both together. so great :) good luck for both...

irishface
06-07-2004, 03:19 PM
A million thanks for sharing that Marine! :tears: Such a sweet story.


edit - quick translation -

Arnaud Clement has an owl tattooed on his skin. Owls are symbolic of strength with wisdom in Greek mythology. The strength, he expresses on the court, wisdom, it was explained to him by Marie-Michelle, his omnipresent mother, catechist with the College of the Sacred Heart of Aix in Provence: "a man, in order to be balanced, must nourish his body, his intelligence and his spirituality. In Rome, Arnaud met the Pope. He asked to be baptized at 5. I always said to my children: "religion is like training, if you do not give a little of your time to the church, you forget the basics"...

"Arnaud likes that he is looked at and that he is liked. In the beginning I dealt with everything, I followed him everywhere. The trainers had enough of me! Some thought that Arnaud could not go alone on the pro circuit because he had always been tied to his mother's apron strings. But I felt that I was the only one able to help him, the protector." She recalls the essential reason of her constant presence which binds them: "When he was very small, Arnaud was seriously ill. We didn't know if he was going to make it. For one year, I did not leave him. One of the nurses said to me: "You can't do any more for him, only he can fight for his life". When your child has that and that is said to you, it is traumatising. Arnaud survived. I do not know if he survived because he was strong or if he is extremely strong now because he overcame his disease ".

She says that his glamour and his "shows" on the court are only the folding screens which hide his timid, sober and traditional nature. And that his greatest happiness, beyond the final in Australia, was one day in 98 in Toulouse. "this day he played against sebastien grosjean, at the end of the match, in front of everyone he took the microphone and said: "first of all, happy birthday to my mum". I was in tears. In these words he overcame his shyness, it was enormous for me ".



Nono beat Alex Waske 6-1, 6-4 (I think) :p

Via
06-07-2004, 11:15 PM
thanks irish... you got the right smiley, it's such a tear-jerker :rolleyes: not something i go for .......

he'll meet popp in the next round, (i think too?)

Marine
06-09-2004, 06:20 PM
Arnaud beat Popp 7/6 6/2. In the next round...Federer !

Via
06-10-2004, 12:12 AM
it's good to hear arnaud's progressing well on grass. but he probably doesn't expect to upset federer.

esther
06-10-2004, 04:01 AM
is it just me or is arnaud getting really dodgy draws lately

Marine
06-10-2004, 07:42 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2004/halle_wednesday.asp

little audio itw (english or something like that...lol)
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/clement_halle3.WMA

stephB
06-10-2004, 11:54 AM
its really hard to understand him. haha

Marine
06-10-2004, 05:14 PM
and on this one ?
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/clement_halle1.WMA

(the woman seems to be lol)

stephB
06-11-2004, 10:44 AM
his english is soooooo bad *g*

Marine
06-11-2004, 11:42 AM
At least I understand ! If only everybody could speak like him... :o

stephB
06-11-2004, 02:37 PM
hehe. do you really wish that???? *lol*

Marine
06-11-2004, 07:23 PM
Yes I do. :D

Rogi beat him 6/3 7/5. It's not a bad result I think.
On this pic:

"pffffffff...Harry Potter is really too strong......."
http://cache.****************/comp/50950356.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=D5C980AC33A3561501C6B1195838A8ADA9C30E9B9B11 4CE8

Via
06-11-2004, 11:28 PM
there are so few guys getting up for the grass season. i notice that both arnaud and seb were in the quarters of two separate tourneys this week, though arnaud has now lost.

i would expect them to get through a few rounds again in wimbledon if the draw isn't too bad... hmmm. no wonder they are popular with brits :lol:

Via
06-11-2004, 11:32 PM
i can't link to marine's arnaud pic? but yahoo's got plenty of frenchies this week, here's one

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040611/capt.bie11206111826.germany_tennis_gerry_weber_ope n_bie112.jpg

Via
06-11-2004, 11:41 PM
did he say he enjoy a lot to play on grass??? lol

thanks marine for the interview links !!! :worship:

zyim333
06-12-2004, 01:33 AM
that is this one ,via
thanks marine and via!

esther
06-13-2004, 04:09 AM
lol i cant believe they interviewed him ...his english is absolutely gorgeous! so cute

what is your objective for the tournament? ummhmmmm.....
lol how funnny

Marine
06-14-2004, 08:24 PM
He wrote a message on his forum

Bonjour à tous,

Mon premier tournois sur gazon vient de s'achever contre Roger Federer. Ce tournois de Halle m'a apporté pas mal de satifactions dans la mesure ou mon jeu s'est avéré bien en place. Même si mon service m'a joué quelques tours dans mon premier match, j'ai trouvé une bonne vitesse de croisière par la suite. Contre Roger, j'ai fait une bonne partie. Je me sens vraiment très très bien physiquement, si les matchs durent, je sais que je peux être la et c'est vraiment quelque chose d'essentiel pour moi.

Aujourd'hui je suis à Genève ou je suis revenu pour passer quelques examens médicaux car je ressens une légère douleur à la cuisse. Je pense rien de très grave mais je préfère contrôler et donc prévenir une éventuelle blessure.

Dès lundi je suis en Hollande pour mon dernier tournoi de préparation en vue de Wimbledon. J'espère pouvoir y défendre pleinement mes chances et surtout renouveler mes bonnes performances des années précédentes.

Je vous remercie tous et toutes pour votre extraordinaire soutien lors de Roland Garros. Cela m'a beaucoup réconforté de vous sentir avec moi... Je vous remercie donc vraiment pour tous les messages qui m'ont sincèrement très touchés.

@ bientôt avant Wimbledon !

bises

Arnaud

Via
06-14-2004, 11:43 PM
thanks marine!! (and what about all that missing pete thing? ;)

arnaud will play ivo karlovic... the tallest guy on tour? who took care of hewitt in wimbledon last year? that'll be a fun match to watch...

MissPovaFan
06-14-2004, 11:46 PM
It should be quite a good match Id say but Id go for a Clement win myself.

Marine
06-15-2004, 06:53 PM
Arnaud beat the giant 7/6 6/7 6/3 ! :)

Via
06-15-2004, 10:49 PM
THANKS marine.......... yahoo got it the other way round, i thought arnaud had lost !!!!! :(

now he'll get a dutchman whose name i can hardly spell :)

Via
06-17-2004, 12:06 AM
arnaud is not seeded at wimbly.... fingers crossed he'll be drawn in the same section as a seeded claycourter !!

stephB
06-17-2004, 01:27 PM
Arnaud beat the giant 7/6 6/7 6/3 ! :)
was a great match. today he has to play vs. van scheppingen. last match on CC. hopefully it will stop raining soon!!!!!! i hate that.its so cold

Via
06-17-2004, 11:25 PM
this is the first (or two) round that arnaud is looking at, for wimbly:

Arnaud Clement, France, vs. Joachim Johansson, Sweden

Qualifier, vs. Mardy Fish, United States (14)

*fingers crossed this johansson isn't too good on grass*

btw he seemed to have beaten the dutchman (but don't trust yahoo)

stephB
06-18-2004, 07:05 PM
yes. arnaud won yesterday. but dennis had to give up. today it was raining so he will play his next much tomorrow (saturday). and hey, camille is there. saw her yesterday :)

MissPovaFan
06-18-2004, 07:30 PM
Arnaud Clement was due to face Guillermo Coria in the quarter-final at Rosmalen today but it looks like it will now be played tomorrow due to rain.

Via
06-18-2004, 11:32 PM
steph you're at the tournament?? or you saw them on tv?

esther
06-19-2004, 01:59 AM
hmm should be an interesting match against Guille!!! which i could see it. I hope that thigh injury he mentioned isnt too serious...he said it wasnt but hopefully it wont flare up next week!!! Allez Arnaud against Guille!! Ugh but remember what happened last year...does he never learn....he does well in the lead up tournaments like Halle and this one and then dies at wimby coz he's too tired!!! If he gets past joachim's serve ...i reckno that match against fish will be tough

stephB
06-19-2004, 11:24 AM
steph you're at the tournament?? or you saw them on tv?
saw them at the tournament... :) it´s raining again...........

stephB
06-19-2004, 11:45 AM
the rain stopped. 5-1 coria :(
oh, and i forgot to tell you that arnaud is there with his brother :)

Marine
06-19-2004, 04:59 PM
Well, stupid arnaud lost 6/2 7/5...! :mad:

I read this report on irish's forum..(usually arnaud's behaviour makes me crazy, but today, ummm it's different ;) )

"Arnaud lost, the match was very bad....the most important thing of the match is arnaud s tantrum against romano grilloti he said '' don t tell anything you re so bad'' then he had a very big explanation with Coria, never saw this in a tennis match they were both arguing, Arnaud was so angry, so nothing special to say, now we are waiting for"

(arnaud is so delicate when he speaks english)

Via
06-19-2004, 11:57 PM
that sounds horrible..... like they spent more time fighting with words than with tennis balls !!!!

the strange thing is, coria now finds himself in a grass tourney final lol......... that would make up for the roland garros loss ;) either him or llodra winning will be one big surprise.

steph lucky you... do you have any extra to add to that match report?

stephB
06-20-2004, 07:28 PM
no.
but something about the first round match. it was quite funny. he was keeping up a quite big piece of the grass to the umpire (also grilotti) and the audience . till they changed it...and he complained a lot of times about the loud music in the VIP-tent next to the court. grilotti had to contact them all the time. all people were laughing.
thats arnaud!!!!!! *lol*
in the match against van scheppingen didnt happen anything exciting except dennis had to give up......and the next days....rain rain rain.......

Via
06-20-2004, 11:40 PM
:lol: he just can't stop clowning around. it's ok as long as he's winning, but...... he should take care when to stop, and not make a fool of himself :(

anyway arnaud is playing again on monday, he's got an outside court on 17 and he may not be too pleased with that. just hope that his tantrums aren't going to carry over. may some loyal fans like irish be there to support him..... *pray*

stephB
06-21-2004, 11:08 AM
i think there will be people that support him! :)

esther
06-22-2004, 08:33 AM
his match got postponed...but omg arnaud will never change will he!!! u'd think age would make him more ...sane and throw less tantrums but i guess not....

*sigh* why does he let stuf like that get to him still!!! He dropped 9 spots on the rankings to 47!! FOURTY SEVEN!!! hE'LL BE out of the top 50 before he knows it *cries*

Via
06-23-2004, 12:12 AM
arnaud's lost to joakim johannsson.... i wonder what's the deal this time. i hope someone will tell me that he's well and truly beaten by a better player.

maybe he needs a sports psychiatrist too :(

stephB
06-23-2004, 12:48 PM
i dont know why he has quite good results in the two weeks before and in wimby he looses in the first round........

michelleg
06-23-2004, 05:24 PM
Via, I agree. Maybe since he and Gaudio both seem to have a dislike for Coria in common, they could perhaps share a shrink?

Its done wonders for Gaston, it could really change Nono's game. I wish he would at least consider it. He's got to do something different.....

Via
06-24-2004, 12:38 AM
michelle you can read minds? lol... i was indeed thinking of gaudio. was it *that* obvious??? :lol:

i'm not greedy, not hoping for a grand slam for nono.... just winning a few more matches when he should!

Marine
06-24-2004, 09:02 AM
He girls, you definitly have more humour than the other arnaud's fans !
On his forum, I said the same, that he was going to win the grand slam this year (ok, and I also added now he was more famous for his look than for his results, like Anna K...) and everybody insulted me, saying my message was disgraceful, that I'm not a true fan, blablabla... :rolleyes:

Via
06-25-2004, 12:01 AM
poor marine.... it isn't easy to be honest, is it? lol

well i still adore arnaud and i know he can do better than this... he's been behaving badly and that doesn't help his game. i want him to do better, that's all!

lol.... he's won two tourneys and been to a slam final so he's slightly better off than anna ;) though i don't see any female enrique coming over to sweep him away ;) ;)

you must understand that arnaud is supposed to check out his own forum sometimes, so it's definitely not alright to be blasphemous over there..... :lol: you never know, some girls might live in hope that by licking his boots, they would score higher with him...

ok i've been way too honest this time, till later.....

michelleg
06-25-2004, 03:30 AM
Marine, I agree with you about being honest. Its very difficult for some people to take their "idols" off a pedestal. I find it utterly amazing and somewhat frightening that people will worship athletes, entertainers etc., to such an extent that they can't understand a bit of lighthearted criticism.

Pfft, you know you are a fan, they all just need to get a life/grow up.

Via
07-04-2004, 12:03 AM
hi !!!!! (back from the dead)

is there any news at all for arnaud? is he taking a month off (like me lol...)

esther
07-04-2004, 04:07 AM
via!!! :wavey:
how have u been?
nope no news about arnaud lol he's not playign next week i dont think

Marine
07-04-2004, 09:19 PM
He's on holiday.

Via
07-04-2004, 11:54 PM
see, told you.... maybe we're together on holiday but i'm not telling you :lol:

irishface
07-05-2004, 09:28 AM
Here's my report from Wimby. I didn't take any pics at all, but my mates took a couple. You can see them here (http://img41.photobucket.com/albums/v126/arnaudclement/WIMBLEDON/2004/).

Via - Court 19 is one of the larger outside courts, about as big as I've ever seen Nono play a first round match on at Wimby. He didn't even deserve to be on a court that big, because there were many empty seats.

Nono's head - I think in one of the articles I translated he said that he had gone to a psychologist for a while but it didn't work because he's a private person and couldn't open up. So now he talks to Remi about stuff. :rolleyes: I'll find the exact quote later...

edit - "Certain technicians think that the role of the psychologists is not useful, saying that when the physique and the technique are there, a player is well in his head. What do you think about it? –
I cannot generalize, but it is completely my case. At one time, I saw a psychologist. The problem is that I am unable to trust somebody whom I do not know; inevitably, as it is wanted as it is effective, it is necessary to tackle personal subjects, to confide. And that it is impossible. For me, the psychologist was a stranger, and at the end of a ½ hour, I understood. However, I have the impression nevertheless that there are things in me and that it is necessary to sort that. I do it with my trainer, we are together all year round and there I have trust."

Marine, you're a great fan. If others want to sit back and watch him get worse instead of better, fine for them. Don't stop being honest, please!


Monday

Queued from about 6.30am for a ground pass. The sun was cracking the chuckies and we had high hopes for a good day of tennis despite the forecast. Went down to the practice courts first and saw a little bit of Sébastien practising. At the end he was kind enough to come over and sign my book. I didn’t have a chance to say anything but “merci” because it was busy and I knew he would be playing shortly. The clouds started to roll in at 12 noon just in time for start of play. :( Watched a bit of Jose Acasuso vs. Stefan Koubek. Jose was cute, curly haired (almost hedgehoggy) and playing better than I’ve ever seen him play on grass (ok, so when I’ve seen him before he’s been completely shite, but I’m trying to be kind). Cat texted me to say that she’d seen Nono and I went down to the practice courts to see if he was there, but he must have been out already on an outside court, because he wasn’t there. Went back to watch Jose. Ended up sitting along the bench from one of Koubek’s mates (manager, I think) who kept staring at me in a slightly alarming fashion. Trotted over to court three to wait for the chicks to finish so we could watch Séb. Sadly Jose's form dropped as soon as Dee departed and the heavens opened. *sigh* Rain in tennis world is just plain wrong! The rest of the day was mostly waiting around. Covers on and off, actual weather conditions seemed to mean nothing. If only everyone could have been as quick and tidy as Roger. Sue picked a good ‘un there. Gave up and went home early. A disappointing day since I had really wanted to see Séb and Carlos. After a bit of Wimbledon landlady drama (this is Wimbledon fortnight, dear) and lot of Euro 2004 footballing drama (Roooneyay!), we were all off to bed.

Tuesday

Queued same time, same place, same weather, same ticket. Went down to the practice courts where Marat and Nono were practicing on courts next to each other. Peter Lundgren and Remi were talking to each other a little in French (Peter’s French is about as good as mine, I reckon), and when Richard Gasquet and coach came along later there was a bit of banter too, especially with the cute ball girl who was a little nervous of Marat.
At the end of practice Marat came over and sat on the ground right in front of me. Shame he wasn’t the guy I wanted – he ran around the long way. Pah! Two years in a row he’s avoided me. The little bastard. I’m lovely, so I am. All genres of totty kiss and cuddle me! Least he can do is sign a bloody book. Grrrrrrrrrrr! But I went to his match anyway, in the hope that I might get it signed at the end. Nono was generally well behaved, and even managed a wee smile and laugh with les ramasseurs des balles! He did at one point look like he was thinking about smacking one of them, but that was only because the kid nearly took his head off and he had to jump out of the way. He glared at the kid, but he didn’t say anything, so that’s a marked improvement.
Nono didn’t play as badly as the score might suggest. He always takes a little while to get warmed up, and by the second set he was playing alright-ish. He had a few break points but didn’t manage to convert them. :sad: Joachim has a massive serve and all his service games were like target practice. Nono did well to return anything. It was a tough draw and Johansson played much better than the little curmudgeon. No other explanation for the loss, except perhaps that he seemed to be having a spot of bother with his pants. More than a few times he had to pull them out of his crack (graphic enough? You said you wanted details…) which led certain spectators (no names) to believe that he was wearing Milly’s instead of his own. She’s bound to be a sensible white cotton girl so it could have been an early morning rummage in the laundry basket sort of mix up and nothing kinky. Pim-Pim had black ones on, if you’re interested. Sorry, I digress…..back to the match....
Nono got a little sarcastic at one of the line calls and escaped without a CV – “you think that was good? You think that was in? ok *shrugs* It was in.” *gives a little clap* - there had been a few dodgy calls, but I thought this one was good. Sorry Nono. The third set went to a tb, and I hadn’t given up on him, especially since he decided that was the right moment to give me a wee flash of his NEW TATTOO. Do you think he heard I was into TT tatts? ;) I couldn’t see what it was, but it takes up a large area on the small of his back. When he flicks up his shirt you can see it peeking out from his waistband.
Nono had more by way of crowd support and was definitely using it to pump himself up, but in the end it didn’t do him much good. Many of the French fans left before the end of the match. :sad: He lost to Johansson in straight sets, crap for him and crap for me because I was certain he wouldn’t sign my book. It’s the one time I reckon a player is perfectly entitled to put their head down and ignore a fan, but I really wanted to get both autographs and I decided it was worth a shot. Cat and I waylaid him (not nearly as fun as it sounds) and he stopped for me. I showed him the book, he signed it and I said (in French) thank you very much and that I was very sorry (In French). He ran off before I had time to give him the things I had brought for him and Camille. I wasn’t going to bother him anymore, but I’d come so far already I took the chance. I ran after him, gave it to him (again, not as fun as it sounds) and said (in French) that it was a little present for him. He didn’t stop, but he looked at me, took the pressie and in the sweetest, softest, saddest voice he said “ahhhhh, merci. Merci beaucoup” *THUD* It was the worst possible time to talk to him and ask him for anything, and he’d have had every right to tell me to piss off and leave him alone, but he was polite and accommodating and cute as a button. And I managed to form normal sentences in front of him! In French! (did I mention that already?) It could have been a horrible day, but he turned it around for me. Aww, bless. :)
The day was finished off nicely with a couple of sets of Tommy R. Caught up with Dee who had been to see Marat implode (“Amigo, do not do this. You are starting to piss me off”) on Court 2 with Sue, while A&S were over with Nicolas Massu (Chi, Chi, Chi, Le, Le, Le, Viva Chile!) on court 10. My cousin had tix for No.1 and he popped down to see me, but there was no time to chat as Tommy has added a new noise to his repertoire. The covers came on about 5.30pm and after a bit of waiting around it was time to go home.

Wednesday

“May I have your attention please, ladies and gentlemen … Thank you for your patience. The latest reports from the London Weather Centre indicate that the clear, dry spells we have been expecting are almost here and that the showers we are experiencing will pass. Unfortunately, play is not expected to begin until

1pm…
2.30pm…
3.30pm…
4.30pm…

on any courts. Once again, thank you for your patience. We must remain optimistic.”

You might think a day of sitting in the pissing rain with no tennis would put a dampener (pardon the pun) on a day in Tennis World, but the wimbybabblers can make the best of any situation. The trick is to position yourself where you can see an endless stream of TT passing your way and the hours fly in. :)

So with no tennis to report, just a few general observations -

Mohammed Lahyani is the cheeriest man in TW.
Hundee Roddick ignores you when you shout “baaaa” at him.
….But Robby Ginepri turns around. Go figure.
Séb is waaaaay teenier than Nono.
Some people are interested in JMG for his tennis! No, really!
Despite being Grand Slam Champion and surrounded by security, Roger still has time to stop for our Sue. Aw! :)
Wimbledon landladies are all tightfisted bitches.
Blokes in Brumbies shirts are easily scared by wee Scottish people in kagouls. Pah! I thought Aussies were tough!
I can sleep sitting upright.
The Dog and Fox is much less fun in the rain, but still has talent.
Small, noisy American children who do not understand the rules of tennis should not be allowed into the All England. And neither should their parents. :(
You need to take out a bank loan to buy a round of Pimms. Thanks to Cat’s dad!
Hernan smokes a lot. Or is smokin’. One or the other. ;)

esther
07-08-2004, 08:48 AM
see, told you.... maybe we're together on holiday but i'm not telling you :lol:

hahaha u wish

esther
07-08-2004, 08:53 AM
thanks for the report irish!!!
congrats on speaking french...u have a lot more guts than i would! i would have loved to see ur reaction after he accepted ur present with that 'merci beaucoup!'. bet u still dream about it! hehe

ooh new tat huh?!!! i'll have to check it out for myself next year! :D LOL at ur observations too.

Anne-Claire
07-08-2004, 10:55 AM
he complained a lot of times about the loud music in the VIP-tent next to the court. grilotti had to contact them all the time. all people were laughing.
thats arnaud!!!!!! *lol*.....

Hello,

Just wanted to add thats it's true that arnaud gets annoyed for some minor stuff but i must admit that i went to some other tournaments before, and this VIP tents suck, they re drinking and chatting all around the court very loudly, there is no silence at all even during the game! actually Arnaud was not the only player to complain about this during the whole week.....even worse that the loud music at the USO!! LOL So sometimes he s right! ;o) and sometimes not of course lol

Via
07-09-2004, 01:44 AM
ooohh... i've been away for a few days and there's more arnaud news here!!! thanks so much, irish and anne-claire!

thanks for the very lively report, irish...so WHAT did you give arnaud, that melted his heart? ;)

anne-claire i had tried to email you a few months ago but hadn't heard from you!!!! i was just about to organise a few things to send to you... i'll try to message you again

Anne-Claire
07-09-2004, 11:15 AM
Hello Via,

Seems that your email didn't manage to cross the cyberspace and reach my box LOL , it doesn't matter!! hope you're fine!!

Dunno if you have my new address in Caen??

see ya

AC;o)

Via
07-10-2004, 12:10 AM
i've sent you a private message!!! please check :wavey:

stephB
07-11-2004, 11:55 AM
Hello,

Just wanted to add thats it's true that arnaud gets annoyed for some minor stuff but i must admit that i went to some other tournaments before, and this VIP tents suck, they re drinking and chatting all around the court very loudly, there is no silence at all even during the game! actually Arnaud was not the only player to complain about this during the whole week.....even worse that the loud music at the USO!! LOL So sometimes he s right! ;o) and sometimes not of course lol

hey, sure he is mostly right! in s´hertogenbosch there is always noise....it also gets on the nerves of the audience who sits and wants to watch the matches... :)

Anne-Claire
07-11-2004, 11:55 PM
Yes you're right, even the audience was annoyed by the noise and this is not common ;o) But anyway, except this little "désagrement" this is a nice small tournament! the place to go to see and speak with nono very easily!!

Marine
07-12-2004, 04:14 PM
Anne Claire, could you show us the pic you put on protennisline...and that could explain why Arnaud has so many problems with his tennis for a few months (you know...his tennispartner in st-herto ! lol)
Thanks

Anne-Claire
07-13-2004, 11:10 AM
Anne Claire, could you show us the pic you put on protennisline...and that could explain why Arnaud has so many problems with his tennis for a few months (you know...his tennispartner in st-herto ! lol)
Thanks


LOL unfortunately, i don't think Camille as a sparring partner one day is the reason of bad results of an entire year.......I personnaly think that it's time for Arnaud to change bad hair coach as we really can't say that this association has been very successful since the beginning.....let's see what he's gonna decide for the next season!!

Marine
07-13-2004, 12:02 PM
I was joking about camille of course..lol
And yes, you're right, I think Rémis is more a friend than a good coach. He shares him with Dip, it's not good. Moreover, he's not a specialist of the technic, and I'm sure Arnaud "néglige" this part of his game. He could improve in some parts if his tennis. We know endurance is his first quality but..
But as we know, the french players prefer having a coach-friend than a coach/trainer.

Anne-Claire
07-13-2004, 03:34 PM
I know you were joking LOL, Camille had some difficulties to return Arnaud's serve though!! Yes, he needs a BIG changement, because these year's results have been........;(( Moreover, i don't really appreciate Remi, dunno really why because i don't know him personnaly but don't know just a question of attitud!! Arnaud if you read this (yes i'm dreaming lol) Please take Emmanuel PLanque, never met such a nice coach!!!!!;o))

Marine
07-13-2004, 03:41 PM
but don't know just a question of attitud!!
Peut-être le côté frimeur en ce qui me concerne, son côté fêtard et la clope également...enfin bon je le connais pas...lol

michelleg
07-13-2004, 06:12 PM
Emmanuel????? MDR. Vraiment, il est trop genial.

I'll email you, A-C!

Just saw that "bad hair coach" comment and can't stop laughing. So is there a way to say that appropriately in French? (There's a great phrase in English, but it involves the use of an expletive.)

Anne-Claire
07-13-2004, 09:31 PM
Peut-être le côté frimeur en ce qui me concerne, son côté fêtard et la clope également...enfin bon je le connais pas...lol


exact, la preuve!!

Check in it:

http://www.nordlb-open.de/Bilderalbum/Bilderuebersicht.aspx?album=26


do you recognize some frenchies faces?

Enjoy!!

PS: Michelle, i enjoyed reading your mail LOLOL still thinking about a french expression for this terrible bad hair day of our "beloved" Remi!!LOL

Just an attempt:
ok so Michelle if you see remi around in Washington don't forget to say to him :

you have the choice :

"elle est belle ta moumoute"

"as tu des problemes capillaires"

" c est un mauvais jour pour tes cheveux, n est ce pas?" it's too hard to find a translation....LOL

Sure he will never watch you with the same eyes after that...LOLOL


Ciao

AC;o)

michelleg
07-13-2004, 09:38 PM
Ahhhh the lovely Dippy piccies <<sigh>>

A-C, I'm having difficulties with thinking of Remi as "beloved." That would imply that I actually like or enjoy him. Maybe "bemusing" is a better word, as he does amuse me from time to time (aside from irritating me...)

Now who here has Olivier Patience pics for me??? (hope you're laughing over there, A-C...they just keep getting younger, darnit.) Just kidding, I'll take some in Washington.

P.S. The phrase here is "hair fu*&" Does that translate in French?

Marine
07-13-2004, 09:41 PM
First reaction: :eek:
Second reaction: :rolleyes:

Thanks a lot for these pics, and yes... frime, fete and clopes suit him pretty well...

Anne-Claire
07-13-2004, 09:49 PM
Ahhhh the lovely Dippy piccies <<sigh>>

A-C, I'm having difficulties with thinking of Remi as "beloved." That would imply that I actually like or enjoy him. Maybe "bemusing" is a better word, as he does amuse me from time to time (aside from irritating me...)

Now who here has Olivier Patience pics for me??? (hope you're laughing over there, A-C...they just keep getting younger, darnit.) Just kidding, I'll take some in Washington.

P.S. The phrase here is "hair fu*&" Does that translate in French?


sorry no translation for "hair f***" but i'm still thinking about translation!! If any frenchies have an idea?

I know that beloved wasn't the right word but in France we can say it in an ironical way...LOL Poor Remi, not sure he's gonna manage to sleep this night, too many girls are talking about him tonight,no?lol however, i do LIKE "bemusing", and it will be the new word for define Remi with bad hair coach of course! Not sure i ve already told you, there were making a TV report about the opening of a strip club in Paris ( Pink paradise in Paris or something like that, it's the same concept as the Hustler club)ok, and guess who was sitting "incognito" with friends.........the bemusing Remi....!!!! that's obvious He actually needs a woman.....LOL

PS: i'll email you back tomorrow Michelle!! THX, i'm still laughing!!

Marine
07-13-2004, 09:54 PM
sorry no translation for "hair f***" but i'm still thinking about translation!! If any frenchies have an idea?

I know that beloved wasn't the right word but in France we can say it in an ironical way...LOL Poor Remi, not sure he's gonna manage to sleep this night, too many girls are talking about him tonight,no?lol however, i do LIKE "bemusing", and it will be the new word for define Remi with bad hair coach of course! Not sure i ve already told you, there were making a TV report about the opening of a strip club in Paris ( Pink paradise in Paris or something like that, it's the same concept as the Hustler club)ok, and guess who was sitting "incognito" with friends.........the bemusing Remi....!!!! that's obvious He actually needs a woman.....LOL

PS: i'll email you back tomorrow Michelle!! THX, i'm still laughing!!

au pink paradise ??!!! :eek:
Et dire qu'il a semble t-il une copine nommée cécile depuis un bon bout de temps...la pauvre... cocue de chez cocue j'imagine

Anne-Claire
07-13-2004, 10:01 PM
au pink paradise ??!!! :eek:
Et dire qu'il a semble t-il une copine nommée cécile depuis un bon bout de temps...la pauvre... cocue de chez cocue j'imagine


Oups Marine, never heard about him having a GF called Cecile for ages.....maybe she's hidding somewhere......an other question to ask him in Washington Michelle..: where is Remi's GF?

Michelle, i saw some nice pics of Benet' this week end when he was at "la bodega" but i just forgot to steal the pics from her PC to show you, but i secretely gather the information she gives me.........ah ah ah!!!! You have to wait until tomorrow...LOL

Marine
07-13-2004, 10:07 PM
oops... :tape:
LOL

If only Forget could coach Arnaud, it would put us at ease, he's serious... :)

Anne-Claire
07-13-2004, 10:11 PM
Me, i'm still cheering on Emmanuel for being nono's new coach.......Michelle, i though of a cute nick name: my little teddy bear ? LOL is it the right name?

Marine
07-13-2004, 10:18 PM
I can't say, I don't know him.

Via
07-13-2004, 11:33 PM
hmmm.... bemusing, lol...

i can only hope that i'll hear some positive news about arnaud, instead of some whereabouts of remi :rolleyes:

don't think i know in detail about remi's misdemeanors but he doesn't look very nice to me that's all :lol: and it's true, there are hardly any results since arnaud started working with him.

michelleg
07-14-2004, 10:42 AM
How cute, A-C, teddy bear is very sweet and adorable nickname...

Pretty Julien pics? I am at the edge of my seat waiting. He demolished Flip yesterday :) He's just tooooooo adorable.

Too funny about Remi and the Pink Paradise, quel bouffon. I had heard that he had a girlfriend, but had never seen any proof of her existence (not sure who on this planet would put up with a boyfriend like that..) He was with a girl in Miami, Marco said it was his girlfriend, so maybe that was the one...

I don't think Remi will be in Washington, though, as Dip isn't in the main draw yet and will be playing Sopot the week before.

Marine
07-16-2004, 10:36 AM
I found pics which aren't new -RG 2003-

France2/3 likes filming the players in the change room beofre/after their matches...
It's a tv cap of Arnaud, just before his match against Coutelot, I remember they showed them before their match, Nicolas was training (cycling)while Arnaud was hyper relax and smiling on this seat, the difference was funny...
http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/2003/vd27.jpg

I put this one, even if I don't like it... (after the match)
http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/2003/vd01.jpg http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/2003/vd05.jpg

The other pics, golf in Paris before RG.
http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/page1.htm http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/page1.htm

Marine
07-16-2004, 10:38 AM
I try again
http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/2003/vd12.jpg
http://membres.lycos.fr/zefts/Clement/2003/vd13.jpg

Via
07-16-2004, 11:48 PM
merci beaucoup marine!!!!!!! keeping arnaud 'in our sight' while he's away :worship:

irishface
07-19-2004, 07:50 PM
Thanks Marine. Lovely pics.

I think everyone knows I'm not a fan of Remi! I'd like Nono to get a new coach and achieve some better results, but then again, I'd like Nono to do a lot of things and so far he hasn't taken me up on any of my offers.... ;)

"as tu des problemes capillaires" :lol:

esther
07-23-2004, 10:52 AM
lol arnaud keeps *those* pics coming doesnt he!

irishface
07-31-2004, 09:43 PM
I don't know what the latest news on Nono's foot is, but he's currently in the draw for Cincy.

http://www.cincytennis.com/1009/common/download_redirector.asp?file=http://www.masters-series.com/posting/2004/422/MDS.pdf

Whether or not he stays there is another matter.

Via
07-31-2004, 11:45 PM
and having drawn ferrero too! strange ... guess he isn't quite saving himself for athens.

Via
08-02-2004, 12:05 AM
as expected :cool: arnaud needs practice coming back from the summer break... he's partnering seb in doubles at cinci, and will play schuettler/youzhny.

Via
08-04-2004, 07:02 AM
(7)J Ferrero (ESP) d A Clement (FRA) 64 64

..... and no one wanted to know?? :sad:

Via
08-04-2004, 07:03 AM
Schuettler/Youzhny d Clement/Grosjean 67(4) 64 62

Jim Jones
08-05-2004, 11:14 PM
What's up with all of these french players injuring themselves, Mathieu, Di Paquale, Boutter, Golmard and my main man Monfils. Mathieu who has come back is playing well. I hope Monfils when he gets better will be inspired by the good play of his pal Tsonga.

Via
08-06-2004, 06:15 AM
it's a very quiet board here......... the players aren't turning up and neither are the fans!

i know it's probably best to look up nono's official site for his (injury) news but i can't be bothered with working out le francais.

esther
08-16-2004, 07:55 AM
sorry havent been around, school and everythign else is getting the better of me.
i havent forgotten bout my frenchies tho, hope they do well in Athens!

Via
08-17-2004, 01:01 AM
hehe esther year 11 isn't quite the same as before is it??? when you get to uni i suppose all hell will break loose lol........

i can't really spend much time following tennis either, fortunately there isn't any tennis to follow as far as aussies are concerned lol lol lol :lol:

irishface
08-23-2004, 08:07 PM
I have too many guys, too many sports! Nono needs a bit more va va voom to keep my attention. I don't want to upset anyone, but sometimes I feeel like I'm just waiting around for him to retire. I don't see his heart in it, you know? I really don't want him to, but I hate seeing him like this - long gaps between tourneys, out in the first or second round, mystery ailments. It's so sad. I hope he can make some progress at the USO.

ALLEZ ARNAUD!

Marine
08-23-2004, 08:33 PM
I have too many guys, too many sports! Nono needs a bit more va va voom to keep my attention. I don't want to upset anyone, but sometimes I feeel like I'm just waiting around for him to retire. I don't see his heart in it, you know? I really don't want him to, but I hate seeing him like this - long gaps between tourneys, out in the first or second round, mystery ailments. It's so sad. I hope he can make some progress at the USO.

ALLEZ ARNAUD!

Sometimes he makes me mad, I'm frustrated, disapointed etc... but I guess it's normal, and it happens when you support a sportman, there are periods where it's difficult but..I say "i guess" because i was not used to that with Pete Sampras of course ! LOL

Via
08-24-2004, 12:12 AM
irish you won't upset anyone here, this is not the official nono board :lol:

however i must point out that, compared to my previous experience (supporting marcelo rios) things aren't that bad with arnaud! it hasn't gotten that sad yet.....

a worrying thing is that he isn't getting any younger... if you look at someone like michael chang, who's also small and thrived on running on court.... once chang was past 26 the legs just seemed to go. then the results went with the legs.

i just hope that with arnaud things will be a bit different. i don't think he has any intention to retire yet??

Marine
08-25-2004, 06:56 PM
Arnaud will give news on his forum at the end of the week.

Via
08-26-2004, 12:00 AM
thx... hope that means he'll have arrived in new york

Marine
08-30-2004, 02:38 PM
Arnaud posted a message on his forum, I don't have time to translate fpr the moment, sorry, I'll try to make it later.


Petit coucou depuis l'USopen ou je m'entraine depuis plusieurs jours déjà. Il fait assez beau ici mais le temps est très humide et ils annoncent de la pluie pour le début de la semaine. Cela annonce un début d'US Open un peu agité !

Pour en revenir aux JO, je suis rentré frustré par rapport aux matchs que j'ai réalisés la-bas. Je me sentais vraiment prêt mais chaque rencontre n'a pas tourné en mon avantage. Avec Seb on perd de très peu et en simple, le match se joue dans le premier set. C'est donc décevant car j'avais vraiment envie de bien faire la-bas mais c'est la dure loi du sport et du tennis.
Point positif, l'ambiance. C'était vraiment génial de se retrouver à un tel évènement et de cottoyer d'autres sportifs venus d'horrizons tellement différents. J'ai vraiment vécu des moments inoubliables... Je m'en souviendrai toute ma vie.

Pour l'USOPEN, j'ai envie de bien faire. Je me sens très bien physiquement, mon jeu est en place. Pas de bobos ! Mon premier tour contre Arthurs sera délicat et contre ce type de joueur, le sort de la rencontre dépend bien souvent de leur qualité de jeu et de service. On verra bien donc !

voila, je tiens une nouvelle fois à vous remercier pour tous les messages que vous m'avez adressés pendant le J.O et je reviens très bientôt vous donner de mes nouvelles...

bises à tous et toutes

Arnaud

Marine
08-30-2004, 08:22 PM
Plz, can I ask you a service ? Can someone corrige ALL my faults, I need to be corrected in my translations, only solution to improve a little bit. Thank you in advance. :)

Hello from NYC where I've been trained for a few days. Good weather but rainf is annonced for the beginning of the week, it risks of beeing a agitated US open.

To come back to the OG, I went back very frustated by my matchs. I felt really ready but every match didn't turn in my advantage. With Seb we lost by a very close score and in single, all has played in the first set. So it's disapointing because I really wanted to do well here but it's like that, it's the hard rule of sport.
Positive point: the atmosphere. It was really great to be at such a great event and to meet other sportmen who come from so different sports. I lived unforgettable moments, I will remember for ever.
For the us open I want to do well. I feel good physically, my game is okay. No harm ! My first round vs Arthurs will be delicate, vs this kind of player, the lot of the match depends often of the quality of his serve. So wait and see.
Thank again for your supporting messages blablabla arnaud's always polite...lol

Marine
08-30-2004, 10:52 PM
I hope Arnaud didn't lose too much energy to watch Camille's match (I' am so so disguted for her, she deserved a billion to win :mad: )
I hope too the won' t make the same score...

irishface
08-30-2004, 11:12 PM
Thanks Marine. Good to hear some news from the little fella. Your English doesn't really need correcting. Such little mistakes!

Hello from NYC where I've been training for a few days. Good weather but rain is forecast for the beginning of the week, it risks being an agitated (maybe "restless" or "disruptive", would be better) US open.
Going back to the OG, I came back feeling very frustated by my matches. I felt really ready but every match didn't turn in my advantage (doesn't sound right - "no matches turned to my advantage"). With Seb we lost by a very close score and in singles, all has played in the first set (I don't know...." the game was over in the first set" ???). So it's disapointing because I really wanted to do well here but it's like that, it's the hard rule of sport.
Positive point: the atmosphere. It was really great to be at such a great event and to meet other sportmen who come from so different sports. I lived unforgettable moments (makes sense but you'd probably more likely say "I had unforgettable experiences"), I will remember for ever.
For the us open I want to do well. I feel good physically, my game is okay. No harm ! (Nae wurries ;)) My first round vs Arthurs will be delicate, vs this kind of player, a lot of the match often depends on the quality of his serve. So we'll wait and see.

Thanks again for your supporting messages

irishface
08-30-2004, 11:16 PM
Via. :) I know I can speak my mind here. Don't really mean he'll retire soon, just that I'm waiting for it....like he's never going to peak again. All
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Via
08-31-2004, 01:33 AM
merci beaucoup pour les translations... it's fantastic to get irish's crown english version (hehehehehe) but marine has a great style of writing (including the 'arnauds always polite' bit)

well...... everyone goes downhill... but some do get a second wind. as long as he stays injury free. and the mind, well, stays focused <-- seems harder to do

Marine
08-31-2004, 05:49 PM
THE NEWS THAT EVERYBODY WAS EXPECTING FOR A LONG TIME.... lol

Arnaud, Dip and Rémi SPLIT UP :)

They decided together that it was time to separate after 3 years of association. They 're still friends.
Dip will work with his best friend Simon Viot and Arnaud found another coach but he prefers not saying a his name for the moment.
(ohh I wonder who is !!!! I know it's not possible but the best person would be Forget !!!)




=)L'équipe a annoncé aujourd'hui que la Lacadémie formée par Arnaud, Dip' et leur coach Remi Barbarin "fermait" ses portes!

"on se sépare tres bons copains, précise barbarin. Mais on a tous estimé qu'on arrivait au bout d'un cycle de 3 ans et qu'on avait fait le tour de la question."

Donc apres l'US Open Dip' travaillera avec son mailleur ami, classé 1/6: Simon Viot.

Et Arnaud quittera Rémi à la fin de la saison...il lui a déjà choisit un successeur dont il prefere, pour l'intant, ne pas dévoiler l'identité.

Via
08-31-2004, 11:48 PM
hurrah good news indeed!!!!!!!!!!!

whoever the new coach, i hope both arnauds will be getting a brand new start at long last :yeah:

is guy actually available as a coach for anyone? isn't he busy enough with looking after both men and women teams........

esther
09-02-2004, 09:20 AM
I don't want to upset anyone, but sometimes I feeel like I'm just waiting around for him to retire.
i know what you mean, i know as soon as he retires i'll be so upset and regret all these days of neglect and miss him but its like hes fading away you know? its like hes just been dragged out and soon enough so many first round losses (after what like 3 years) have GOT to make you think about ur future sooner or later

esther
09-02-2004, 09:23 AM
ooh thats good news about the coach thing.
is it just me, or does Arnaud speak really well? like...dunno how to explain it but i think Guy and him speak really proper and stuf. *shrugs* lol

Marine
09-02-2004, 06:39 PM
is it just me, or does Arnaud speak really well? like...dunno how to explain it but i think Guy and him speak really proper and stuf. *shrugs* lol

Comment ça ? In oral ? Surprsining you noticed it !! But yes they speak well, I agree. But Arnaud is able to speak very well, and to speak very "cool" (u know, young language)

Via
09-03-2004, 12:58 AM
which means, i can learn proper french from arnaud??? lol

il est un type super :p

i'm not that worried about the downhill phase... i've followed players through that enough times :lol: there are some more dignified exits, and not so glam ones. but i don't think arnaud is ready to go yet, even with the losses this year. he can still hang around a bit more.... have a few more good victories.

Marine
09-09-2004, 08:24 PM
Via, you can say he's super but "complètement givré" too... (expression who represents him very well)

He has got a second tatoo for a few months, a big one on the back (personly I don't like at all !) and the big question for 2 days on his forum is to know what it represent..it's a mystere.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/arnaudclement/MISCELLANEOUS/Cecilec.jpg

Marine
09-09-2004, 08:30 PM
According to his webmaster -but he's not sure at all, it might represent... the "montagne Saint-Victoire", the famous little montain near Aix, the symbol of the town, and very known cos painted a billion times by Paul Cézanne.
Very crazy idea, but possible with Arnaud... :rolleyes: :lol:

Via
09-10-2004, 12:02 AM
what crazy tourney that provides car seats for players on court??????? lol i hope they gave him a safety belt when the going got rough.

complètement givré???? really? is that how he appears if he speaks proper french??

and... what a smooth pink back he's got :hearts:

esther
09-11-2004, 06:16 AM
not in speaking, i mean yeah like proper french?! like i dunno its obvious when someone speaks english well or not with how they use grammar and stuf and i thought it was similar to the way Guy and Arnaud speak...like Arnaud speaks in a 'cool' way but at the same time its quite eloquent at the same time? i dunno hard to explain lol *shrugs* just a thought

Marine
09-11-2004, 09:35 PM
I see, I see Esther ;)
And I agree.

esther
09-12-2004, 01:01 AM
thanks marine :)

esther
09-12-2004, 01:55 AM
arnaud and Paulo are playing in Romania...but i cant see Seb's name anywhere, wheres he playing next?!

Marine
09-12-2004, 06:38 AM
Plays with his children at home... :o:
He said he was going to rest (he's sooo tired after his great summer :rolleyes: ) a few days then to go back to Paris to practice for DC. No tournament.
(but just a question...is he sure he will be selectionned ???? He doesn't deserve it a lot)

Via
09-12-2004, 11:49 PM
Plays with his children at home... :o:


:lol:

Dip is also playing in romania. it's just what these guys should be doing, when they need to play into better form. davis cup won't start until later in the week after.

nono plays qualifier, Dip plays Daniel Elsner, paulo plays albert costa.

oh and richard is playing in the qualies!

and tickets are free up to including thursday :eek:

esther
09-13-2004, 09:15 AM
ooooh TICKETS ARE FREE?!!!
lets go lets go!!! via u can pay for my air ticket ;)

Via
09-13-2004, 11:40 PM
arnaud is playing this guy....

Arnaud Clement FRA
vs.
Novak Djokovic SCG

yeah the tickets are bit of a problem, aren't they.... it's not like romania is in new zealand. but at least, i would imagine, the hotels don't charge as much as paris or london.

michelleg
09-14-2004, 03:57 PM
What in tarnation is up with that boy???? HE LOST!?!

Via
09-15-2004, 12:52 AM
yeah the only frenchie who lost in romania :explode:

Marine
09-18-2004, 11:10 AM
Arnaud's new coach is..... Bruno Clément.Eh yeah... family team.
No comment.

kukka
09-18-2004, 01:06 PM
Just what I thought. Bruno... :rolleyes: Well, I hope their teamwork will be successful. At least in Rosmalen it was nice (and funny) watching them practice together. :lol:

Elina :umbrella:

esther
09-19-2004, 07:15 AM
omg
whyyyyyyy is he getting his brother to coach him *sigh*

Marine
09-20-2004, 04:42 AM
Imagine them on the practice court..."Arnaud, listen to my advices and do what I say otherwise I'll tell it to daddy and mummy !" :lol:

Via
09-20-2004, 11:50 PM
oh dear...

another parallel between arnaud and michael chang :rolleyes:

chang had often been criticised for using his brother as coach.

maybe some brothers can maintain a strictly professional relationship... or maybe bruno is an excellent coach (so where are his successful pupils?) but my guess is, arnaud just doesn't want to be disciplined..... :p

michelleg
09-21-2004, 11:01 PM
Maybe its because the brother works for free? Not like Nono is pulling in the big bucks these days, its pretty hard to finance a traveling coach when you're losing in the first round... (hope that didn't sound too harsh, was just meant to be matter-of-factish)

Via
09-21-2004, 11:32 PM
good reasoning michelle.... but isn't a coach a longer term investment? the one who helps to get him out of the hole? is it a sign that nono thinks his best days are over (so no need to afford the best)???

if you ask me i would think that prolonging the playing life is a key factor at this stage of the career........

i still think he's just being plain silly, but go nono, prove me wrong!

(btw is dip getting a cheaper coach?? that remi guy is high maintenance, lol.......)

Marine
09-22-2004, 06:28 AM
I don't think it's a financial choice, just "affectif".
He's very close with his brother, and Bruno just got his official diplom of trainer.
Maybe Arnaud thinks his brother is the best person to understand him (remember he doesn't like to entrust to a stranger).
Maybe he needs to be at ease with his coach to play good... (yeah my argument is quite stupid that's true for everybody ! But still more for him)
Well, anyway I'm sceptical about this choice of course, I would have preferes a experimented coach of top nivel but it's like that.

(I think he should have an american coach, these people are better to make improve players mentally but I know it's out of question with Arnaud :rolleyes: )

Via
09-23-2004, 12:59 AM
well at least he can't fire his brother as a brother, so theoretically bruno can be brutally honest with nono.

on the other hand, bruno is too close to look at things objectively for his brother... his head might be just as messed up when things don't go right, lol...

marine, you think americans are better with fixing heads??? :tape:

esther
09-23-2004, 01:10 AM
i guess only time and results will tell us how it goes but i think most of us will be very surprised if this will suddenly motivate arnaud or improve his game greatly...*shrugs* we'll see, i hope they prove us wrong!

michelleg
09-23-2004, 02:55 AM
*offers to take Nono under her wing for coaching services*

requires no cash, just the chance to meet Olivier Patience :)

irishface
09-23-2004, 11:32 PM
When I heard this I went "oh shit". I don't see how this is the best thing for Nono. No offense to Bruno, but I don't think he's the best man for the job. I really hope he proves me wrong. Michelle, that's what Sally said, about the money. I didn't consider it, myself, but it sort of makes sense. Marine - I too thought about Arnaud needing someone he can confide in. I hope Bruno, being the elder, is used to kicking his little bro up the behind when he messes up. :)

Can someone tell me why he would want to wait a couple of weeks before announcing this? Is it something to do with Bruno finishing his studies?

Via, tell me more about Nono needing disciplined. :p I may be just the woman he's after. ;)

Via
09-23-2004, 11:42 PM
oh well in a way we are all prejudiced against a guy who hasn't been given a chance to prove himself and his worth to nono. maybe nono knows it better .....

i'm sure if michelle and irish offer themselves for free, nono will gladly take up their services too ;) all in the family now.........lol

Marine
09-24-2004, 08:21 PM
Good pics of arnaud/seb on this link (thanks Irish :) )

http://www.sportfiles.com/photogallery/clement/IW2004-2.htm

esther
09-25-2004, 01:45 AM
aww theyre cute photos!!
thanks marine and irish

Via
09-26-2004, 01:13 AM
thanks!! in one of the pics they look like they're dancing (champion waltz????????? lol, liz would love the laugh) http://www.sportfiles.com/photogallery/clement/IW04-62-26.jpg

they've scanned those pics somewhat blurry, but the photographer definitely had a centre court courtside view... *ai* when can i find someone to pull some strings for me......

irishface
09-26-2004, 08:20 PM
Mmmmm. Look at Seb's tushie. :p

This one is my fave

http://www.sportfiles.com/photogallery/clement/IW04-28-31.jpg

Marine
09-26-2004, 08:48 PM
I prefer him now (with shorter hair :drool: )

Via
09-27-2004, 12:13 AM
Mmmmm. Look at Seb's tushie. :p



tushie?? i don't use the word but i can guess... :rolls:

good to :hearts: :lick: :drool: on a good nono pic while we (and he) are down

vamos_guille
09-27-2004, 03:03 PM
you can watch the lacoste video here =>http://www.lacoste.fr/ => avertisind=>image campagn=>the movie=>the movie

stephB
09-27-2004, 06:57 PM
does he really ended to work with remí???????????????????????????
i saw arnaud practise with bruno. and it seemed to work really really well!

irishface
09-27-2004, 10:01 PM
tushie?? i don't use the word but i can guess...

It's a slang word for..... uhhhhh......hat ;) I'm fooling no one, I know.

Marine
09-29-2004, 06:21 AM
Arnaud plays this week a challenger, in Grenoble.
He plays today against N.Mahut. (I'll tll you how he will have played, my cousin goes at the tournament today ;) )

Via
09-29-2004, 11:48 PM
so how's arnaud yesterday?

i thought he'd be lazing around for the next tourney, while licking his wounds from dc..... i suppose he realises he needs more fitness and match play. ideally i'd rather him play a tour level tourney..... doesn't matter how many little challengers he wins with his left hand, it isn't the same kind of competition.

or maybe it's another sign that he's aiming low now :(

Marine
09-30-2004, 04:47 AM
Eugg...u know what...Arnaud lost !!!!!! 6/4 6/2 against Nicolas Mahut in the first round of A CHALLENGER.
No comment.

If someone had to stop his season sooner to make a break, it should have been him, not Seb. :sad:

Via
09-30-2004, 05:35 AM
well that's the latest lowest low :( ......... although meeting a guy like mahut in the first round, it can't just be any tiny challenger.

i can't imagine how low his confidence level must be right now... yup he simply deserves to be exiled to a foreign country and hide away :devil: he doesn't make any money any way constantly losing in first rounds

michelleg
09-30-2004, 06:42 PM
So now he's losing in the first round of Challenger events?

Pauvre Nono :-( But what the heck is going on with him??????? There has to be something, this is just getting sadder and sadder. Will he even be offered a wildcard for Bercy at this rate?

Via
09-30-2004, 11:30 PM
hmmm i haven't started thinking about that, but yeah... he may have to qualify for sydney next january at this rate!

is he just missing seb, or what... you know, they are tied by the umbilical cord ;)

one thing that MUST NOT happen.... just don't get fat (typical of players going downhill)

esther
10-02-2004, 04:01 AM
you can watch the lacoste video here =>http://www.lacoste.fr/ => avertisind=>image campagn=>the movie=>the movie

thanks for that, but i think most of us have cn it unless theres a new one? thanks neway :)

Via
10-02-2004, 06:31 AM
according to the lyon thread.... (i can't even be bothered to check it out myself, lol) this is arnaud's draw first round:

LJUBICIC,Ivan CRO - WC CLEMENT,Arnaud FRA

i have to use marine's usual - NO COMMENT :rolleyes:

michelleg
10-02-2004, 09:31 PM
well that's the latest lowest low :( ......... although meeting a guy like mahut in the first round, it can't just be any tiny challenger.

i can't imagine how low his confidence level must be right now... yup he simply deserves to be exiled to a foreign country and hide away :devil: he doesn't make any money any way constantly losing in first rounds


So can you arrange for him to be exiled here? He can give private tennis lessons to old ladies like me....

Sorry, had to interject some humour, as its getting rather depressing in the Arnaud threads!

Via
10-03-2004, 12:25 AM
:lol:

when arnaud retires we can all move into the same retirement village.... in exile on some french island.... how does that sound, fellow old lady?? ;)

michelleg
10-03-2004, 02:21 PM
Which island? It better be warm in the winter, I've a delicate nature, you know.

I'm so there with you, Via. Think he'd mind having two little old ladies tend to his every whim? :devil:

Lindsayfan
10-03-2004, 05:26 PM
michelle, i've taken some dip and mutis pics for you. u can find them in palermo's forum (campionati internazionali di sicilia).

michelleg
10-04-2004, 01:01 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship:
je t'adore!!!!!!

merci boucoup!!!

stephB
10-04-2004, 04:00 PM
can anybody help me? has anybody been at the tournament in metz and can tell me a little bit about it????

Marine
10-04-2004, 04:38 PM
I never have been there sorry, but what do you want to know about the tournament ?
I just can give you the link of the official site: http://www.opendemoselle.com/

Marine
10-04-2004, 08:18 PM
Just for info...Arnaud just has lost in the first round in Lyon (where he was finalist the last year !) 6/4 7/6 against Ljubicic. The contrary would have been surprising I guess.
If I could advice him, I would say him to stop tennis until 2005, like Seb, not to play tennis at all during 1 month, then to start again to practice in november, in order to be ready in january.
If I was his coach (Bruno, si tu me lis... ) I would say these things.(and some others)

Via
10-04-2004, 11:23 PM
without those lyon points, i'll dread to see his ranking next week..... and metz will be another serious test.

if he's healthy and wanting to play, it's hard to tell him to go on holidays.... but the vicious circle has to be broken somehow....

what some other things would you say to him? ;)

stephB
10-05-2004, 05:04 PM
I never have been there sorry, but what do you want to know about the tournament ?
I just can give you the link of the official site: http://www.opendemoselle.com/
thanks alot but that doesnt help me. because first i dont understand any word and second there are not the information i want to have like e.g. can you watch the practise????

Marine
10-05-2004, 05:41 PM
I dunno if it's possible to watch practice sessions...I can ask to french fans who were there the last year if you want..

stephB
10-05-2004, 07:20 PM
oh yes please do that! that would be really really great. when can you ask?

Via
10-05-2004, 11:20 PM
hmm i always wonder whether there are so many indoor practice courts, enough for every one? just curious too..

Via
10-06-2004, 12:51 AM
by my rough estimate, arnaud will drop to around #90 in entry ranking next monday, after both metz's and lyon's points drop off (last year they were played a week earlier)

it's imperative that he makes up for some in metz next week, and in basel too, if he can't make madrid and bercy. otherwise, there will be a lot of qualifying to do next year! :(

sorry correction: he isn't even on basel's entry list. unless he plays qualies, or gets a wildcard from bercy, arnaud can join seb for the long break after next week!!! :zzz:

Marine
10-06-2004, 06:17 AM
No Via, the next week, je'll be in the 100... it's official.