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Fab Back In His Home Country - Open de Moselle - Metz, France 10/2-8, 2006

09-16-2006, 05:13 AM
I thought that since Choupi is going to get to go to this Tournament I would get the thread up now. And this way she can use it to tell us all about the Tournament :D

09-16-2006, 05:52 AM
Ohh, you're going to nave a great time Choupi! :bounce: tournaments are great! especially when your favorites are playing there. :D

It's a bit early to get excited about it, 2 more weeks before even the draw is announced. But still. :)

09-16-2006, 07:52 AM
Well yes, I'll be there. I'll go on Wednesday, and then on Saturday & Sunday. The only sad point I see is that Wednesday is Kid's Day. No pb with that. But they just don't allow access to other public before 5pm. So I just hope I get to see the right matches from that time on, and that Fab isn't scheduled before. I'll keep you all updated as soon as I have other infos. :)

09-16-2006, 10:45 AM
:bounce: It`s closer! :bounce:

09-30-2006, 04:47 PM
Fab will be playing doubles with Richard :banana:

They face Mutis/Patience in the first round :)

09-30-2006, 05:42 PM
And he's playing Paulo in the 1st round. :tears:

09-30-2006, 05:50 PM
Paulo's been awful recently :help:

09-30-2006, 05:51 PM
Maybe yes. But he's always liked playing in France, and playing Fabrice is certainly something he must be looking forward to.

09-30-2006, 06:38 PM
Erm, no. Paulo is like an inferior Safin in so many ways (he's a superior :silly: though) and I don't think he enjoys playing Fabrice. :o

09-30-2006, 06:40 PM
I know this is Fabrice's forum, but I can't help adding that Paulo may enjoy playing in France but his worst chokes took place there. RG 2002 against Agassi, RG 2005 against Canas and of course, DC 2002. :o :o

09-30-2006, 07:14 PM
I know this is Fabrice's forum, but I can't help adding that Paulo may enjoy playing in France but his worst chokes took place there. RG 2002 against Agassi, RG 2005 against Canas and of course, DC 2002. :o :o
True. He's got demons to fight. Hence why playing in France is something he enjoys and against Fabrice, this is gonna be a real challenge. Paulo likes it. The saddest is that I like both players, but Fabrice having less opportunities than Paulo, considering his age, I pick him in this match.

09-30-2006, 07:35 PM
I like both players too so at least one of them will proceed to the next round. :shrug:

09-30-2006, 11:16 PM
And he's playing Paulo in the 1st round. :tears:


Erm, no. Paulo is like an inferior Safin in so many ways (he's a superior :silly: though) and I don't think he enjoys playing Fabrice. :o

Sorry, I know it`s not suposed to be funny...., but it`s hilarious.....

I like both :sad:

10-01-2006, 06:40 PM
First time here..

Allez Fabrice ¡

10-02-2006, 12:08 PM
Welcome along Argentiantennis!! :)

Fab & Richard will play today.


Thierry ASCIONE (FRA) v Olivier MUTIS (FRA)

6:00pm CET
Richard GASQUET (FRA) / Fabrice SANTORO (FRA) v Olivier MUTIS (FRA) / Olivier PATIENCE (FRA)

10-02-2006, 12:30 PM
allez Fabrice :bounce:

10-02-2006, 05:21 PM
I know Fab hasn't played his doubles match yet but here's tomorrow's OOP:

Court central

Début des matchs : 11h00.

Dominik HRBATY (SVK) vs Cyril SAULNIER (FRA)
Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) vs Novak DJOKOVIC (SCG)
Fabrice SANTORO (FRA) vs Paul-Henri MATHIEU (FRA)
Arnaud CLEMENT (FRA) vs Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)

10-02-2006, 07:36 PM
Richard and Fabrice won 7-5 6-2 :yeah:

Fabrice Fan
10-02-2006, 07:39 PM
Fab and Richard have won in Doubles today! Off to a great start!!! :woohoo:

10-03-2006, 04:00 PM
Well, the singles story is already over. Fab lost to Paulo 4/6 7/5 4/6. Go for the doubles now with Richard!!

Fabrice Fan
10-03-2006, 06:02 PM
I was sorry to hear that Fab has already lost in Singles...but best of luck in Doubles Fab and Richard! :)

10-03-2006, 07:40 PM
Fab. :( Fought back so well (against a choking PHM :o) in the second but lost his 3-0 lead in the final set.

10-03-2006, 07:52 PM
Fab sorry for the Singles :sad: But lets go for the Doubles Title :)

10-05-2006, 03:19 PM
There was an interview of Fab in Le Républicain Lorrain -local newspaper here- that had been done right at the beginning of the event. Here's the translation I made. Sorry, it comes a bit late but I was pretty busy.

From Le Républicain Lorrain, Tuesday Oct. 2nd. 2006:

I Don't Look Beyond 2007

Fabrice Santoro ready to bedazzle the Arênes. For one of his last shows. At 34, the French magician refuses the concept of the season that will be too much.

RL:The Open de Moselle announces the beginning of the last part of the season. What are your plans?
FS: This is a great time of the year. We play indoors, we can forget about the strong heat. That's also the opportunity to play in France. In front of our fellows. Without the restraint of having to trip for it. I'm really motivated. I'm just out of some big training period. 2 weeks of work with 3 or 4 hours of hard work per day.

RL: How's been your season so far?
FS: I've had a good beginning. Quality matches. My rankings are ok: 50th in singles, 10th in doubles. As time goes by, it gets harder to keep that level in the rankings.

RL: You're over 15 years in your career. Is the pleasure still the same?
FS: It's there, yes. I've got a unique game which generally doesn't leave people indifferent. Most of the time, some of them tell me very nice words. That's moving.

RL: One word on your 1st round match against Paul Henri Mathieu. Is he the kind of opponent that suits you?
FS: It's gonna be tough. Very tough. Paulo is solid on clay as well as on hard. He's not easy to move. And also, he's French......French tennis level is such that we have little chance to avoid each other. That's a good thing for our sport.

RL: How have you decided to play doubles associated to Richard?
FS: We've always told each other that we're gonna play together one day. That was the right time here, as my usual partner (Nenad Zimonjic) isn't present. Richard, he's a cool and healthy guy.

RL: Do you have things in common?
FS: When it comes to our personality, yes. We 've both been raised in the same kind of family background, outside big cities. Like him, I've remained pretty close to my parents. But the comparisons stop here. He's got a much more mature game than I had at this age!!

RL: Will we get to see Fabrice Santoro back next year at the Arênes?
FS: I think so. For the rest, I don't look beyond. I have that principle that one needs to provide a lot of efforts to do the things right, do one's job the best possible, be "watcheable". I don't know if I'm gonna be ready for all that after 2007.

RL: What will your last challenges look like?
FS: Get good results in GSs. In singles as well as doubles. And winning a title in an inferior category event, that's not impossible I think....

Fabrice Fan
10-05-2006, 05:42 PM
Thank you sooooooooo much for the translation of this interview Choupi!!! :D I'm very excited to hear that Fab is planning on playing in 2007.
I hope he will be able to play even longer....but even just one more year will be great. Now my only dilemma will be...Will it be possible for me to attend IW again in 2007??? I certainly hope so!

10-06-2006, 02:58 AM
Yes Choupi thanks for the translation of the article :D We would be lost without you :) And I'm glad that Fab and Richie have teamed up for the Doubles. I really like both of them so it is good they are winning in Doubles :yippee:

10-07-2006, 04:50 AM
Fab and Richie are in the Doubles' Semi-Finals so they have done well together :D

10-07-2006, 06:40 AM
Yes, they have done very well. And I've heard Boutter commentating matches yesterday, and he said, talking about Fab & Richard, that this pair was a pleasure to watch, and that they complete themselves perfectly. They also made fun of the age difference between the 2. Let's say that Fab started to play on some important level when Richard was born. :tape: I hope they have a good match against the N°1 seeded team.

10-07-2006, 02:02 PM
They reached the doubles final! :woohoo:

Fabrice Fan
10-07-2006, 04:29 PM
Yippee Fab and Richard!!! :)

10-07-2006, 11:21 PM
:woohoo: Fab and Richie in the Doubles' Final :D

10-08-2006, 07:24 AM
Yes they won and yes, they absolutely deserve to be there. I admit I was, like many other ppl around, curious to see how those 2 were pairing together. And I haven't been disappointed. Many times, Fab gave advice to Richard, like he was giving him a lesson. Saying "a little bit more on the left", or "don't try this if..." The teacher Fab taught Richard how to defeat the fave team on the paper!! :p

Well, I arrived at the place pretty early as I really didn't wanna miss anything, so I've seen the whole match. The match has been really balanced. And nobody could say who was fave, seeing them play. The 1st set has been won by the Poles. They made the difference on a couple of points, and it's been enough. But the whole crowd was there for Richie & Fab, and they pushed them the best they could. 2nd set as tight as the 1st one, also ending on a tiebreak, but this time, Fab's experience talked, if that makes sense. The match tiebreak -as there is no 3rd set for doubles- has been hard for the nerves. As Richie and Fab began really bad, with a 4/1 lead against them. But again, Fab's experience combined to Richie's talent finally allowed them to come back and take that match.

In the stands, you could see Deblicker sitting with Richard's father, Laurent Raymond -Fab's coach- and Marc Gicquel.

At the end of the match, when Fab was signing autographs for the kids, I came to him and handed him my big French flag. When he saw it, he looked impressed -yes, it IS indeed big!! He, of course, signed it and I told him I was hoping it would bring them luck for the final, and that it would be there in the stands. To which he simply replied, with a smile, "I hope so...."

10-08-2006, 07:49 AM
Thanks for the report, Choupi! :worship:

Another fright in the superset TB. They were 1-4 down in their QF match too. :help: :o

I noticed that Richard's serve got broken more often than Fabrice's serve. What was the problem? :o

10-08-2006, 09:39 AM
No particular pb with Richard's serve SW. It's just that the team they were playing is a good team and very aggressive in return. I suppose that Fab's can put more effect in his serve than Richard, which avoided him to be broken as much. Don't worry.

10-08-2006, 10:54 AM
I'm not worried. Just puzzled because I thought Richard serving + Fab at the net would be easier for them than Fab serving + Richard at the net. :lol:

10-08-2006, 05:33 PM
They won 3-6 6-1 11-9 saving 6 MPs at 3-9 in the superset TB. :speakles:

Fabrice Fan
10-08-2006, 05:44 PM
What an excellent report Choupi! :D Thank you so much for telling us about the Match. :cool: It sounds like Fab's experience made a lot of difference, they really seem to be a good partnering. I think it's neat that you got your huge French flag signed by Fab too! ;)

Fabrice Fan
10-08-2006, 05:50 PM
They have won!!!!!! Congratulations Fab and Richard! :bounce:

10-08-2006, 08:16 PM
OMG!!!!! :eek: It's several hours now that the final is over and I'm home for some time but I'm still under that incredible shock of all those MPs saved. Woohoo!!But, let's begin with the beginning.

We have had to wait a bit because Melzer needed, and of course, deserved his break, after his lost singles final. So, a part of the crowd has moved out of the place, and some didn't come back. Poor beings. They've missed something. Sad for them. ;) Anyway, when Fab & Richie entered the court, you can easily imagine the ovation they received. And they appreciated. The mood was relaxed. The players seemed ok. But Melzer/Knowle is a very good doubles team, used to work together for long now, so the 1st set has been pretty tough for our 2 Frenchies. Richard seemed a bit tense as he made some errors he didn't do yesterday. But Fab kept relaxed. You could see that even if they had lost the 1st set, he was still confident. And there have been some funny moments too. For instance, on Fab's serve, Carlos Bernardes called his serve "let" twice in a row. The pb is that we all had seen that the ball didn't absolutely touch the net. Anyway, Fab looked at Carlos and said "Carlos, don't you need glasses, do you?" :lol: And even Melzer and Knowle played that little game, as on the following point, Knowle's ball touched the net. And he immediately addressed Bernardes, saying " hey, this one touched it, have you got it?" The 2nd set turned out right for our 2 boys, as they could volley better than in the 1st set, and their opponents seemed to have some low time. So, here comes the match tiebreak. Things got worse from the very beginning. The Austrians found their good 1st serves back and Richard made some bad mistakes at the worst moment. Which quickly led to that incredible situation of Melzer/Knowle having 6 MPs -leading 9-3. The atmosphere in the stands was electric. And this is where Fab the Magician came into action. He made some great passingshots only him knows how they come that way. Richard felt stronger straight and also made some great points. We were all standing up in the stands. Even officials, along the fence, couldn't stand still. Boutter was jumping!! :eek: Our guys erased those 6 MPs, and confirmed the 1st one they got as soon as they could. The whole crowd exploded. Both Fab & Richie looked so happy to have made it that way.

In their speeches, they both said that it had been a great experience and that they might do it again in some other events. :yeah:

Fabrice Fan
10-08-2006, 08:57 PM
Thank you so much for that report Choupi! :bowdown: How exciting! You report so well, I was honestly on the edge of my seat reading it. :D Fab is such a crack up, the part about Carlos needing glasses made me :lol:. Well, I must say that your report was the next best thing to actually being there myself! :) I'm happy that you got to experience it. ;) It would be :cool: if Fab and Richie teamed up again!

10-08-2006, 09:57 PM
Choupi thanks so much for your great reporting as always :D And how lucky you were to have been there :) And you got to speak with Fab plus an autograph :yippee: And they won :woohoo: I would like to see Fab and Richie together more. I know Fab has a regular Doubles' partner, but I think he could be a big help to Richie.

10-09-2006, 04:31 AM
Sure Fab can and will be a good help for Richie in doubles. There's a lot of respect between them and a great admiration from Richard.

Action Jackson
10-09-2006, 07:53 AM
Fantastic report and great to see Santoro guide one of the youngsters around the court and as for Gasquet, there aren't many better teachers than the magic dwarf.

10-09-2006, 02:03 PM
Thanks for the report, Choupi! What a great time you had, sounds very exciting. :D
It'll be great if we will see them together again sometime.

10-09-2006, 05:59 PM
Some highlights of the final in this local tv news. Go to around 12min. And enjoy.


10-09-2006, 06:28 PM
Nous sommes désolés, la page que vous cherchez sur france3.fr n'existe plus ou a été déplacée. :(

10-09-2006, 06:36 PM
Nvm, I got it. I clicked on the 17.20 Lorraine link. :p http://jt.france3.fr/

This is the direct link: http://publicite.francetv.fr/pub-france3-lca.asx

10-09-2006, 07:01 PM
That's weird because that was working for me. :shrug: Anyway, the important is that you could see them play. :)

10-10-2006, 02:24 AM
It links to "http://jt.france3.fr/regions/popup.p...video_number=0" so I think it doesn't work because of the "..." :scratch:

It's the Lorraine 17 20 news though, no? :p

10-10-2006, 06:48 AM
Yes, it's the 19/20 news Lorraine. :)