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16681
10-20-2006, 02:20 AM
If anyone find any news stories, etc. about Kristof you can post them here.

baico
11-10-2006, 01:35 PM
Kristof is playing the AXA Belgian Masters, you can follow him by www.tennisinfo.be on this event starting on saturday :)

16681
11-14-2006, 06:28 PM
Kristof is playing the AXA Belgian Masters, you can follow him by www.tennisinfo.be on this event starting on saturday :)
Thanks :D It took me a while to get back in here so I'm late on receiving the news, but I'm glad you put it in here :)

Nymeria
12-08-2006, 09:38 AM
For those who speak Dutch, I found this interview on the internet, on tennisinfo.be (http://www.tennisinfo.be/nieuws/2967/Kristof+Vliegen+de+Belgische+nummer+1.html). I'm too lazy to translate it now, maybe another time :)


Kristof Vliegen, de Belgische nummer 1 05-12-2006
Kristof Vliegen, de Belgische nummer 1 Kristof Vliegen sloot 2006 af als beste Belgische man. Hij maakte in 2006 een sterke opmars. Tennisinfo.be vroeg hem wat 2006 voor hem bracht en hetgeen hij in 2007 graag wil realiseren.

Dag Kristof. Proficiat met je overwinning (in de finale van de Tennis Oostende Prestige nvdr.), en nu een aantal dagen vakantie?

Ik heb al vakantie gehad, ik heb al terug getraind, maar nog niet getennist, enkel wat conditietraining. Woensdag vertrek ik naar de Dominicaanse Republiek, waar ik ook wat aan mijn conditie ga werken zodat ik aangepast ben aan de warmte zoals in Australië. Na een week kom ik terug naar huis en beginnen de trainingen al vollebak.

Deugdoende vakantie gehad dan de voorbije dagen?

Ik had veel verplichtingen de laatste dagen: de interclub in Frankrijk, conditietrainingen en de verhuis ook nog. Heel verschillende dingen maar het was wel druk. Ik heb heel weinig tijd gehad voor mijn vriendin, maar de komende weken komt daar verandering in.

Op de website van de ATP-tour staat er een filmpje van een Players Party. Amuseer je je daar of is dat verplichte nummertje?

Een hele goede vraag, want ik weet welk filmpje dat is (lacht). Het was de eerste keer in mijn leven dat ik naar zo'n Players Party ben geweest. De spelers worden er verplicht aanwezig te zijn. Roger Federer moet daar een half uur aanwezig zijn om eigenlijk alleen maar een acte de présence te geven. Ik ben daar naar toe moeten gaan omdat de organisatie van de US Open daarom vroeg, omdat ik revelatie van het jaar was volgens de ATP. Als ik daar dan ben, probeer ik wat fun te maken en ik heb mij er ook goed geamuseerd. Het werd gehouden de vrijdagavond voor de Grand Slam begon, er is volgens mij niemand die avond voor 2u naar huis gegaan.

Is dit typisch voor de US Open z'on feestjes, of durft de organisatie van een andere Grand Slam dat ook inrichten?

Ik heb er eigenlijk geen idee van, ik heb nog maar ééntje gedaan. Ik weet dat er Players Partys zijn, maar daar hou ik mij niet mee bezig. In New York was het toeval omdat ik toen al in NY zat. Het is een leuke bedoening, je kan de spelers en speelsters eens op een andere manier bekijken. Het hoort er gewoon bij.

Woensdag heb je gevoetbald. Hoe viel dat mee?

Ahja! Dat had ik deze week ook nog gedaan. Ik was het zelfs al vergeten. Vorig jaar hebben we daar moeten spelen tegen Tubeke zelf op dat moment. Dat was toen moeilijk, maar nu tegen die ... laat ons zeggen ‘oude krabbers’ (hilariteit), neen, dat mag ik eigenlijk niet zeggen. Tegen deze mannen (de ex-Rode Duivels van Mexico ’86) was dat echt heel leuk. Voor de kinderen probeerden we er echt iets moois van te maken, en dat is volgens mij goed gelukt. Ik heb de eerste 45 minuten gespeeld. Van de middenvelders, Zetterberg en Walem kreeg ik mooie passen in de voet, dus veel moest ik eigenlijk niet doen. Onze snelheid tegen de tegenstanders heeft ons wel geholpen. De snelle mannen hadden we vooraan gezet : Malisse, ik en Olivier Rochus. Met onze snelheid probeerden we wat balvaardig over te komen.

Is het toeval dat tennissers ook goed overweg kunnen met een bal op een voetbalveld?

Ja, dat denk ik wel. Persoonlijk heb ik mij al veel bezig gehouden met voetbal. Ik ben supporter van Racing Genk en ben daar altijd met vrienden. In mijn tennisbag zit ook altijd een klein balletje om daarmee te voetballen.

We zagen dat je vandaag veel dropshots gebruikte. Was dit voor het amusement of de nieuwe taktiek?

Dat is geen nieuwe taktiek, dat is een taktiek die ik al jaren probeer uit te voeren. Mijn forehand en mijn dropshot zijn normaal mijn sterkste punten en die probeer ik te gebruiken. Voor de meeste mensen komt een dropshot over als show, zoals ik het hier een aantal keer uitvoerde, maar voor mij is het voor een vast patroon in mijn spel.

Waar start je 2007?

Ik start in Doha. Daarna de tornooien van Auckland en Melbourne. Daarna weet ik nog niet waar ik zal spelen.

Wat zijn je doelstellingen voor 2007?

Ik wil zeker de tweede week van een Grand Slam halen. Op welke ondergrond dat zal zijn, daarmee moet ik niet mee bezig zijn. Gewoon tweede week Grand Slam halen is voor mij het belangrijkste.

Welke ondergrond leent het best voor je spel?

Op sommige ondergronden gaat mijn spel wat beter. Buiten heb ik een paar keer halve finales gespeeld, binnen een paar keer halve finales, op gras ook halve finale en finale op gravel.

Welk deel van je spel kan je nog verbeteren?

Ik denk dat alles nog kan verbeteren. Persoonlijk denk ik dan dat als ik zo verder doe, het dan veel beter zal gaan in de toekomst. Door te trainen zullen mijn slagen ook beter worden. Het moet alleen nog wat constanter.

Veel succes Kristof en geniet van je vakantie!




There are questions about the past weeks, player parties, his goals and schedule in 2007 and some more.

16681
12-14-2006, 05:30 AM
Well I don't read or speak Dutch so I hope you have sometime to do some translating :) That's the only down side to liking players from other countries when the only language I know is English :sad:

Nymeria
12-14-2006, 09:05 AM
I will try to translate it for you then, but is it ok if I wait till the weekend? :)

Nymeria
12-14-2006, 09:06 AM
And about liking players from other countries... understanding Kristof's articles seems fine for me, even while I don't live in his country :p And I'm lucky with being able to read German as well, so I can understand articles about my Swiss. I only get probs with those south americans who belong to my faves :p Oh and of course with Finnish, but I hardly read articles about Jarkko :shrug:

16681
12-15-2006, 04:40 AM
I will try to translate it for you then, but is it ok if I wait till the weekend? :)
Sure just whenever you can find the time to do the translation :) I know it takes time to translate anything so I really appreciate your offer to translate :D And you are so lucky to have command of more than one language :cool:

Nymeria
12-15-2006, 08:12 AM
Sure just whenever you can find the time to do the translation :) I know it takes time to translate anything so I really appreciate your offer to translate :D And you are so lucky to have command of more than one language :cool:

I am not sure if I will have time this weekend, but as I have no work this saturday I might be able to translate stuff. Tho I also want to buy a new digicam, but have to ask my dad if he wants to come with me to Germany then. (read: this city in Germany I want to go to is only 45-60 minutes from where I live :p)

I'm happy with living in a country where we speak a language which isn't often spoken in the world, as then you have to be able to learn more languages. At secondary school we had English, French and German. (don't speak any French tho :p)

Nymeria
12-15-2006, 06:46 PM
Sorry, my english was really crap today, but I did do my best to make a good translation fo this interview. :)


Kristof Vliegen, ended 2006 as best Belgian man. He made a big jump in 2006. Tennisinfo.be asked him what 2006 has brought him and what he would like to reach in 2007.

Hello Kristof. Congratulations with your win (in the final of Oostende Exhibition), will you have some days of holiday now?

I have had my holiday already, I’ve been back on training, but didn’t play tennis yet, just some condition training. Wednesday I will leave to the Dominican Republic, where I’ll also work a bit on my condition, so I’ll be used to the warm weather as in Australia. After that I will come back home and will start 100% training again.

Did you have a good holiday the past days?

I had quite some obligation the past days: the interclub in France, condition training, moving to a new house. Quite different things, but it was quite busy. I didn’t have a lot of time for my girlfriend, but there will come a change in that the coming weeks.

At the www.atptour.com there is a lil film of a Players Party. Did you have fun there, or was it a obligation?

That is a good question, as I know which lil film you mean. (laughs) For me it was the first time to visit such Players Party. The players are obligated to be there. Roger Federer had to be there for about half an hour, actually only for an “acte de présence’. I had to go there because the organization of the US Open asked me, because the ATP says I am the revelation (is that the English word? :unsure: ) of the year. When I am there, I try to have fun and I had fun there. It was held the fridaynight before the Grand Slam started and I don’t think anyone left before 2am.

Is this typical for the US Open, such parties? Or does the organization of any other Grand Slam dare to schedule them?

I actually have no idea about that, I have only done one. I know there are Players Parties, but I don’t pay attention to that. It just happened that I was in New York already. It si nice, you can see the other players in a different way. It just belongs to tennis.

You played soccer on Wednesday. How was that?!

Ah yes! I’ve done that this week as well. I even had totally forgotten about it. Last year we had to play versus Tubeke. That was hard, but now we had to play old men (red. The ex-Red Devils of Mexico 86), this was definitely fun! For the kids we really tried to make something nice of it and I think that worked out well. I played the first 45 minutes. I did get some nice passes from the midfielders, Zetterberg and Walem, but I didn’t have to do a lot. What helped us is that we are quick. The fast men had we put in the first line: Malisse, me and Olivier Rochus. With this we tried to show some good game.

Is it coincidence that tennis players can also play well with a ball on a soccer field?

Yes I think so. Personally I have always been into soccer. I am a supporter of Racing Genk and I often go there with my friends. In my tennisbag is always a small ball to play soccer with.

Today we saw you using a lot of drop shots. Was this amusement or a new tactic?

That is no new tactic, it is something I’ve been trying to use for a few years. My forehand and my drop shot are usually my strongest points and I try to use them. For a lot of people a drop shot is seen as show, especially the way I played them here, but for me it’s common in my game

Where will you start in 2007?

I will start in Doha, after that the tournaments of Auckland and Melbourne. I have no idea yet where I will play after those tournament.

What are your goals for 2007?

I definitely want to reach the second week of a Grand Slam. On which surface, I am not thinking about it. Just reaching the second week of a Grand Slam is most important for me.

Which surface is best for your game?

At some surfaces, my game is better. I have played a few semi finals outdoor, indoor and on grass and I’ve played a final on clay.

Which part of your game can be improved?

I think everything can be improved. Personally I think that if I go further like this, it will go better in the future. By having trainings, my shots will improve. But it has to be more constant.

Good luck Kristof and enjoy your holiday!

16681
12-15-2006, 07:55 PM
Wow thanks for the translation that was a great article on Kristof :D I tried once to learn French, but I didn't learn a thing :sad:

Nymeria
12-16-2006, 10:46 AM
Wow thanks for the translation that was a great article on Kristof :D I tried once to learn French, but I didn't learn a thing :sad:

I think it's hard to study a language when you've to do it on yourself :) I'm happy I did have languages at school

Nymeria
12-16-2006, 10:52 AM
Some more news about Kristof, this time it's coming from the teletext of Belgian channel named één. www.één.be

He will have a new condition trainer in 2007, named Eric Lambert, who's new in tennis, but used to assist basketbalteams before. And he will have Lotto as new clothsponsor. He talked again about his goals in 2007: "I want to continue as in 2006, and with this confidence out of 2006, I should be able to reach the 2nd week of a GS in 2007. Next to that I would like to keep Belgium in the world group of Davis Cup." and he would like to keep his game full of variety and fun :)

linus
12-16-2006, 11:45 AM
thanks for the translation :yippee:

i like his goals... :aplot:

glad he has something new in tennis (Eric) :p

Q: who is his girlfriend, i didnt know this before :p

Nymeria
12-16-2006, 07:49 PM
I have no idea, didn't know he had a gf until I read the interview :p

Truc
12-16-2006, 08:06 PM
:wavey: I didn't know Kristof has his own forum!
I don't know where to post this, I hope it's the right thread:

Kristof played today in the French team Championships.
Unfortunately, he lost his both matches (he had MP against C. Rochus, but lost in the TB of the 3rd set and he also lost in doubles with Galvani).
But his team is qualified for the final, so he will play again tomorrow - probably against Gasquet since he's #1 of his team.
There is a thread about the event here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=4561278
(Yes, I'm the only person interested in this event, as you can see by reading the thread. :lol: )

Nymeria
12-16-2006, 09:59 PM
thanks for the news Truc :) Sad that he lost, but nice that his team is in final anyway.

linus
12-17-2006, 02:00 AM
I have no idea, didn't know he had a gf until I read the interview :p
yep. at first i doubted myself whether he was saying "he hasnt enough time to find a girlfriend" (see, how i wouldnt like him to have a gf :devil: ) but my judgement told me he did mean he has one :sobbing:

in my eyes, he is just so young that... :aplot:

anyway, leave the sadness to myself. wish Kristof happy from love story :angel:

linus
12-17-2006, 02:02 AM
:wavey: I didn't know Kristof has his own forum!
I don't know where to post this, I hope it's the right thread
....
thank you so much :hug:

Nymeria
12-17-2006, 06:55 AM
yep. at first i doubted myself whether he was saying "he hasnt enough time to find a girlfriend" (see, how i wouldnt like him to have a gf :devil: ) but my judgement told me he did mean he has one :sobbing:

in my eyes, he is just so young that... :aplot:

anyway, leave the sadness to myself. wish Kristof happy from love story :angel:
I have to disappoint you, it indeed said he has one. It's ok for me, I wasn't too much interested in him, just think he's a funny guy :) :p

linus
12-17-2006, 08:54 AM
i just didnt hide my little greed for first reaction :aplot:

now it has been a truth to me already :lol:

16681
12-18-2006, 02:57 AM
:wavey: I didn't know Kristof has his own forum!
I don't know where to post this, I hope it's the right thread:

Kristof played today in the French team Championships.
Unfortunately, he lost his both matches (he had MP against C. Rochus, but lost in the TB of the 3rd set and he also lost in doubles with Galvani).
But his team is qualified for the final, so he will play again tomorrow - probably against Gasquet since he's #1 of his team.
There is a thread about the event here: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=4561278
(Yes, I'm the only person interested in this event, as you can see by reading the thread. :lol: )
Hi Truc :wavey: Thanks so much for posting the information :D This is indeed the place where your post belongs. And I would appreciate it if you would help spread the word that Kristof does indeed have his own Forum :)