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The Grass is Always Greener on Gilou's Court - 2011

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Kezzi
05-30-2011, 11:38 PM
The grass season thread is already here while Gilou can enjoy some quality time with his family and friends.

:cheerleader: Allez Gilles! :cheerleader: at
06-12 June: Queens #12
12-18 June: ?
20-3 June/July: Wimbledon #19

lalaland
05-31-2011, 01:56 AM
:yeah: Kezzi. Great title.

Hopefully he does well enough in Queen's to get prepared, more importantly is a good draw (please, tennis god). He's currently at 16, so the chance of him remaining at 16 for seeding and actually ends up as 16th seed is quite high. However, looking at the players at 17-24th ranked (DelPo and Nalby :scared:), I think 9-16 ranked players maybe easier to play against at the moment :lol:. And lots of dangerous floaters, Dr Ivo/Isner to name a few... ah, well, we'll see.

Allez Gilles, hopes he mows the lawn/wipes the floor ;) with the competition .

Silver.
05-31-2011, 12:01 PM
Love the thread title Kezzi! :) I hope it brings him luck ;) I'm with you lala, kind draws would be lovely!

My favourite time of the tennis year :D I may even be going to Wimbledon this year if i'm lucky! :D I would go to queens too but it's right in the middle of my final exams :sad: it's hard knowing all my favourites will be playing just two hours away and I can't go, it's tempting, but i really shouldn't. (Like lala I have never seen Gilles irl :p) I won't be moaning about tv coverage with these tourneys though :woohoo:

Allez Gilles!! Let's start with a title!! .. too much to ask? :p

Tutu
05-31-2011, 11:01 PM
I'm going to Eastbourne, so I'm praying he takes a wildcard or something.

MsTree
06-01-2011, 11:16 PM
Allez Kezzi for starting the thread and Allez Gilles! :D

moi1227
06-03-2011, 05:01 PM
great title :worship:

Scotso
06-04-2011, 12:02 AM
I love watching Wimbledon on TV, I just don't always like the guys that seem to do the best on it. :p

Hopefully Gilles can make a deep run this year.

Silver.
06-04-2011, 05:35 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2011/311/mds.pdf

Draw for Queens is up. Gilles pulled a dangerous floater in the third round - Delpo!! :sad: It's a really strong draw so I guess nothing would have been easy.
Possible second round meeting with Gulbis, shouldn't be a problem..
I love it when Gilles gets byes :p
Allez Gillou!

Silver.
06-04-2011, 08:48 PM
[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) bye
Qualifier - Somdev Devvarman (IND)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) - Go Soeda (JPN)
Ryan Sweeting (USA) - [16] Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)

[10] Michael Llodra (FRA) - Jaroslav Pospisil (CZE)
Julien Benneteau (FRA) - Daniel Brands (GER)
Michael Berrer (GER) - [WC] Ryan Harrison (USA)
[5] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) bye

[4] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) bye
[WC] Daniel Cox (GBR) - [WC] James Ward (GBR)
Rainer Schuettler (GER) - Qualifier
Kei Nishikori (JPN) - [13] Sam Querrey (USA)

[12] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) - Denis Istomin (UZB)
Alex Jr. Bogomolov (USA) - Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) - Ernests Gulbis (LAT)
[6] Gilles Simon (FRA) bye


Gilles' half of the draw.

MsTree
06-04-2011, 08:54 PM
Such a strong field! :eek:
Allez Gilles! :D

Gillouthe best
06-04-2011, 10:24 PM
Delpo usually struggles on grass, but you never know, if gilles is motivated i see him at qf or sf

misty1
06-05-2011, 01:28 AM
id like to see him and adrian in the 2nd round..as much as it means adrian would have to beat ernests and i do hate that part..

but adrian likes the grass right? so it could be an interesting match

Gillouthe best
06-05-2011, 09:13 AM
About Mannarino in grass, i dont think he is very good on grass, in 2010 he has Q3 in Wimbledon as best result( l. to Huta Galung) and SF in Nottingham CH(l. to Berankis). In 2009 qualified to Wimbly and lost in R1 and advanced to Q3 in Queens and QF in Nottingham. I think it should be a routine win for Gilles, but Mannarino is french, and Gilles struggles against them, but he defeated Chardy last week in RG.

Silver.
06-05-2011, 11:30 AM
Offtopic: why does Gilles seem to struggle when playing people from his own country? :confused:

Silver.
06-06-2011, 04:45 PM
Just been watching Queens, cameras have been on Murray on the practise courts and Gillou is on the one behind. Seems to be sharing a court with Delpo, Stepanek and Turnsunov (i think) plus all their coaches...crowded court!! He looked happy :p

MsTree
06-06-2011, 06:51 PM
OOh was that on Eurosport Silver? I've been recording - can you mind when about it was?

Silver.
06-06-2011, 07:53 PM
I know it was just before the Nishikori/Querrey match, but I was watching BBC2. They might have still shown it on ES though :)

MsTree
06-06-2011, 08:22 PM
Nah they didn't :( There was a clip of Andy practising but it didn't show the courts around :(

misty1
06-07-2011, 04:58 PM
so it'll be adrian mannarino for gilles in the 2nd round

Bobble
06-07-2011, 06:01 PM
^ will anyone be able to record & upload this match if it gets on an appropriate court??

MsTree
06-07-2011, 06:37 PM
I'll be at work but I'll be recording Eurosport and I have a pal recording BBC so if the match is shown, between us we should have it.

Gillouthe best
06-07-2011, 07:03 PM
Allez Gilles, defeat Mannarino and play well. Also if he gets past Delpo the draw is open, the QF would be against Ward or Querrey, which comes in a terrible form. Wawa was upsetted by Ward

Silver.
06-07-2011, 09:23 PM
Grrr, Gillou 4th on court 1. No stream. Ah well, good luck to him against the young frenchie, Mannarino has been a bit variable lately, I think a Gulbis win, however, isn't that threatening :p. But we shall see, Allez!!

MsTree
06-07-2011, 09:25 PM
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2011/311/op.pdf
Gilles is 4th match on court 1. Wonder if it'll be on TV, it's scheduled for the same time as Del Potro's match :(

lalaland
06-07-2011, 09:27 PM
Battle of the light-weights ;). Adrian same height as Gilles and 4kg lighter according to his ATP bio.

Too bad no stream, I would love to see these 2. Flyboy said Adrian is a good grass player, I have no idea cos I never saw him play on grass. Anyhow, Allez Gilles!

Silver.
06-07-2011, 10:01 PM
I'm pretty sure they don't even have cameras on court 1, i've only ever seen centre court matches, but i may be wrong :confused:

misty1
06-08-2011, 01:12 AM
i agree with filo V. that adrian has the game to be very good on grass..given gillou's habit of struggeling with frenchmen this could be a dangerous match for him if adrian plays well

Bobble
06-08-2011, 04:16 AM
I think this is an amazing matchup on a fast surface, it's a real shame there is no stream.

Silver.
06-08-2011, 04:14 PM
Another rain delay. They're still only on the first match on court 1, Gilles may not be able to finish his match today depending on the length of the others.

Edit: it appears his match has been moved to court 2, he is on after Nalby

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 04:50 PM
i dont think Mannarino is thinner than Gilles, ATP sometimes does bad the weight and height sometimes

lalaland
06-08-2011, 06:53 PM
Nalby won his match, so Gilles will start probably in like 15 mins.

Allez Gilles. Hope he'll have a good start for grass season.

MsTree
06-08-2011, 06:53 PM
That's Nalby's match finished. Allez Gilles! :D Wish we could watch! :(

lalaland
06-08-2011, 07:16 PM
Broken already, down a break at 1-2. Typical Gilles Simon start :p

Silver.
06-08-2011, 07:21 PM
This is just the norm now isn't it. Oh gillou :facepalm: haha.

lalaland
06-08-2011, 07:22 PM
2 breaks down. Uh oh, things not looking good.

lalaland
06-08-2011, 07:27 PM
I want to think Adrian is playing well, cos Gilles is not that bad on grass, eventhough he's always slow to get out of the gate. He got a break back. Now hold then. C'mon Gilles.

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 07:34 PM
2-5

MsTree
06-08-2011, 07:37 PM
It's a breakfest :lol: 3-5, hold now Gillou!!!

Silver.
06-08-2011, 07:38 PM
Adrian has lost his two previous tournaments against Rufin and then Bohli, but beat Gulbis comfortably. I have seen him play brilliantly though (Ferrer 6-0 set). Everyone was slating Gulbis for another loss, but who knows, Mannarino may be great on grass. This is the difficulty with no streams. It's Gilles first match back on grass, whereas Adrian has had a match, plus he's a French compatriot - not a good combo.

Has anyone kept up with the breaks, I haven't been watching the SB and i'm really confused! Haha.

Silver.
06-08-2011, 07:44 PM
So 2-5 to 5-5 then? Good fight!

lalaland
06-08-2011, 07:44 PM
He's back on serve :D. What a break fest :p. Now, please hold, Gillou.

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 07:44 PM
This is our Gilles, fighting back from 2-5 and 2 breaks, he has saved 2 SP on Adri's serve

Silver.
06-08-2011, 07:49 PM
6-5, Allez!!! :D

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 07:49 PM
He holds, saving a BP

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 07:52 PM
Tb

misty1
06-08-2011, 07:54 PM
i was away did gillou save the set points or did adrian waste them?

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 08:00 PM
7-6(4), great, he come back from 2-5, saving 2 SP to finish off in the tie. Key has been Mannarino percentage on 2nd serve,5/18

lalaland
06-08-2011, 08:00 PM
i was away did gillou save the set points or did adrian waste them?

no stream, no one knows what happened there.

Silver.
06-08-2011, 08:01 PM
Good fight, perhaps Gilles needed time to find his grass feet. Now keep it up!

MsTree
06-08-2011, 08:01 PM
Woop woop! :woohoo: Allez Gilles! :D

Silver.
06-08-2011, 08:04 PM
woah he broke!? I keep taking my eyes off the SB. Anyone know the score of that game?

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 08:30 PM
3-3

Silver.
06-08-2011, 08:31 PM
Yes he broke *4-3, now holdddd

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 08:32 PM
Break, 4-3 and serve, now gilles hold

Silver.
06-08-2011, 08:42 PM
A point hasn't been played for a while, it may have been suspended.

edit: evidently not, just my dodgy internet :lol:

lalaland
06-08-2011, 08:47 PM
not much light left, he better holds to keep this set going. Allez Gilles.

lalaland
06-08-2011, 08:53 PM
the match disappear from scoreboard, what the hell does that mean?
Gilles has already started serving that game, they couldn't have suspended it during play.

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 08:56 PM
Saved another 2 SP

Silver.
06-08-2011, 08:59 PM
Mines still up lala. Gilles facing BP :unsure:
Deuce
BP again!
Deuce
Game point
Deuce (DF) :rolleyes:
BP :o
Deuce :lol:
BP

Set Mannarino. :mad:

Gillouthe best
06-08-2011, 08:59 PM
Damn, Gilles, 4-6

MsTree
06-08-2011, 09:00 PM
Play suspended :(

Silver.
06-08-2011, 09:01 PM
Match suspended. Hmm. Seems pretty tight, hopefully Gilles comes out and finishes it quickly tomorrow although he's not a very good starter lately.

Cloudygirl
06-08-2011, 09:01 PM
oh for Fs sake Gilou :(

lalaland
06-08-2011, 09:16 PM
Geez Gilles.:banghead:

He better not start so slow tomorrow. And with this kind of serving, there's no way he can beat anyone but someone who can't hold just like him :o.

misty1
06-08-2011, 09:19 PM
and so his trouble with countryman continues heh? lol

well..if he starts the way he did today he's screwed, you wouldnt think adrian would let something like 5-2 slip twice(if it gets there)

lalaland
06-08-2011, 09:22 PM
Adrian was leading 2 breaks up and lost the 1st set, Gilles was up a break twice and lost the 2nd set. On 2nd thought, he probably doesn't need to jump out of the gate tomorrow :p. j/k :lol:

lalaland
06-08-2011, 09:28 PM
OOP tomorrow.

His R2 match is 2nd match on Court 2, and then the winner will play DelPo 3rd match on court 1, not before 3pm. Which just means whoever wins won't even need to warmup for his R3.

misty1
06-08-2011, 09:32 PM
what the hell kind of fucked up scheduling is that? if the winner is going to have to play twice then they should be on some court first

lalaland
06-08-2011, 09:34 PM
It's like a tradition that they don't start a day with a suspended match, it's always going to be scheduled the 2nd match. I imagine the logic is that the condition needs to be as similar as the day before and so the ground needs to be already played on when they restart their match? I don't know, I'm just guessing.

DelPo has a double match to play after his R3 match, so they have to schedule the R2 and R3 match as close as it is right now. However, it's not necessarily a disadvantage. They have to warmup for a match anyway, so just see it as a warmup session which happens to be a best of 1 real match ;).

Silver.
06-08-2011, 09:45 PM
Urgh. Not even televised if he beats Adrian. And I do not have high hopes for him against Delpo, if he gets there. Guess i'll have to wait two weeks to see Gilles on TV :sad: :p

Kezzi
06-08-2011, 10:37 PM
It's like a tradition that they don't start a day with a suspended match, it's always going to be scheduled the 2nd match. I imagine the logic is that the condition needs to be as similar as the day before and so the ground needs to be already played on when they restart their match? I don't know, I'm just guessing.
I don't think they have any logic. :cuckoo: Last year when I was there, they stopped the Clément/Mahut double because of darkness on Monday night. Then they rescheduled it at the end of the next day again. Of course it rained all day, so they rescheduled to Wednesday evening. Arnaud told me he wasn't even going to show up that day, cause there was rain predicted again. So in the end we couldn't see the end of it, we left on Wednesday and they finished the match Thursday. :rolleyes:

lalaland
06-08-2011, 10:56 PM
I don't think they have any logic. :cuckoo: Last year when I was there, they stopped the Clément/Mahut double because of darkness on Monday night. Then they rescheduled it at the end of the next day again. Of course it rained all day, so they rescheduled to Wednesday evening. Arnaud told me he wasn't even going to show up that day, cause there was rain predicted again. So in the end we couldn't see the end of it, we left on Wednesday and they finished the match Thursday. :rolleyes:

oh, ok.
Why do I even think tournament ppl think logically :p :lol:.
Well, it may not even be a tradition then ;). I was perplexed when they scheduled those unfinished match as 3rd match of the day during RG, it's like going against tradition, if tradition exists.

Silver.
06-08-2011, 10:59 PM
According to someone who have seen this match at London, Gilles was really nervous and frustrated by a lot of things...
The state of the grass, Nadal speaking after his match at the near court, plus he wanted to stop the play at 4-4 in the second set (discussed with the umpire 10 min, sitting down) whereas Adrian still wanted to play...
Hopefully, it will be OK tomorrow.

Thanks for this report. I wondered why there was a pause at 4-4. It's a shame Gilles couldn't persuade them to stop then. I've never been to queens, can't imagine what court 2 is like, i don't think they schedule many matches on it though.

lalaland
06-08-2011, 11:07 PM
Yes, thanks news-tennis83 for the report.

Nice to know Gilles' at his usual cranky self :p. and this is a joke, not a criticism
Okay, maybe I'm actually a little bit mad at Gilles, I kinda knew that he must be arguing about the light when it paused so long after each service game. He really shouldn't have let things get to him like that. Then again, it's probably hard if he can't see and they won't let him stop, :hug: Gilles. Well, it's okay, you can still do it, Gilles. Hopefully no rain tomorrow.

FlameOn
06-09-2011, 01:38 PM
Allez Gilles. :scared:

misty1
06-09-2011, 02:22 PM
0-40

not the way to start

30-40, 2 saved

broken off a 2nd serve

misty1
06-09-2011, 02:27 PM
3-0 mannarino

darkboy
06-09-2011, 02:29 PM
Gillou retired :confused:

misty1
06-09-2011, 02:30 PM
oh crap..i wonder what for

Kezzi
06-09-2011, 02:48 PM
Oh no, what could be wrong? :eek: :sadface:

Silver.
06-09-2011, 02:55 PM
:sad: I hope he's okay for Wimby. Someone mentioned he had a medical timeout in the match last night. Poor Gilles, I guess we'll have to wait for a press release to find out what's wrong. Hope it's not anything serious

misty1
06-09-2011, 04:00 PM
according to someone in the gm he had back problems

MsTree
06-09-2011, 06:21 PM
:sad: As long as it's not the knee again!

lalaland
06-09-2011, 06:29 PM
As long as he's good for Wimby.

:hug: Gilles. It's a back problem, he took a MTO for the back the nite before, L'Equipe confirmed.

Kezzi
06-09-2011, 07:46 PM
Hope he gets well soon. :awww: :hug:

Tutu
06-09-2011, 09:59 PM
:sad: As long as it's not the knee again!
Back is pretty much the worst thing though. I hope it's just a muscular irritation and nothing more.

Casp83
06-10-2011, 01:05 PM
Back is pretty much the worst thing though. I hope it's just a muscular irritation and nothing more.

Nothing serious apparently.
He will be OK for Wimbledon.

misty1
06-10-2011, 01:07 PM
good to hear :)

moi1227
06-10-2011, 11:47 PM
really hope so

lalaland
06-11-2011, 01:39 AM
read it on L'Equipe...he said he just needs some rest and he should be fine for Wimby, and he'll play a couple of exo matches next week to get ready, sth like that.

lalaland
06-11-2011, 05:12 AM
This is the exo that he's scheduled to participate next week, he played this exo also in 2009.

http://www.theboodles.com/tennis-players/

Silver.
06-11-2011, 09:37 PM
I got excited then and though Stoke Park was actually in Stoke! In which case it's not too far from me. But I was wrong and it's way down south, further than London. I could have gone if I didn't have exams, maybe next year. (I didn't even know this exho existed in the uk!)

If anyone's interested the OOP is up already:
MATCH 1 - 14.30 START:
Sam Querrey (USA) v Gael Monfils (FRA)

MATCH 2: To follow
David Nalbandian (ARG) v Gilles Simon (FRA)

MATCH 3: To follow
Richard Gasqust v To be confirmed

FlameOn
06-12-2011, 12:43 AM
Good he'll be fine for Wimbly. :awww:

Gillouthe best
06-12-2011, 11:26 AM
well, nalby is a good opponen

MsTree
06-12-2011, 11:41 AM
Well, looks like we might have a forum representative at Boodles - hope she wins a F&M hamper to go with her tickets! :D Well done Tori! :woohoo:

Kezzi
06-12-2011, 01:10 PM
Tori is there? :D Have fun!!! :hug:

Scotso
06-13-2011, 01:32 AM
I want.

lalaland
06-13-2011, 06:09 PM
Gilles was on the OOP for the 14th when I checked the site yesterday. But he's not on the OOP anymore. Maybe he pulled out? Not good, I hope his back is okay for next week. :sad:

http://www.theboodles.com/information/order-of-play.html

Silver.
06-13-2011, 07:20 PM
Oh no! Not a good sign :sad: Hope he is okay

lalaland
06-14-2011, 11:23 PM
Well, he's now on OOP for tomorrow:

Order of Play
15 Jun 2011
Match 1 - 14.30 Start:
Gilles Simon (FRA) v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Match 2:
David Ferrer (ESP) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Match 3:
Alexander Dolgopolov (UKR) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)


Ok, I guess I don't usually pay attention to exo so I don't know if this is the norm, but it's funny that they keep changing the OOP and then the players. Now Dolgo is here since he lost so early in Eastbourne. Why don't they just say whoever feels like a practice will show up and play, would be fun for the fans to guess who will show up for the day ;).

Gillouthe best
06-15-2011, 06:52 AM
Allez Gilles, even its an exko

Silver.
06-15-2011, 12:05 PM
Well, he's now on OOP for tomorrow:

Order of Play
15 Jun 2011
Match 1 - 14.30 Start:
Gilles Simon (FRA) v Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Match 2:
David Ferrer (ESP) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
Match 3:
Alexander Dolgopolov (UKR) v Viktor Troicki (SRB)


Ok, I guess I don't usually pay attention to exo so I don't know if this is the norm, but it's funny that they keep changing the OOP and then the players. Now Dolgo is here since he lost so early in Eastbourne. Why don't they just say whoever feels like a practice will show up and play, would be fun for the fans to guess who will show up for the day ;).

I never pay attention either :p does seem a bit odd, i'm just relieved he's back! Really worried that his injury had got worse.

The seedings for Wimby are out:
1 Rafael NADAL (ESP) [1]
2 Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [2]
3 Roger FEDERER (SUI) [3]
4 Andy MURRAY (GBR) [4]
5 Robin SODERLING (SWE) [5]
6 Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) [6]
7 David FERRER (ESP) [7]
8 Andy RODDICK (USA) [8]
9 Gael MONFILS (FRA) [9]
10 Mardy FISH (USA) [10]
11 Jurgen MELZER (AUT) [11]
12 Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) [12]
13 Viktor TROICKI (SRB) [13]
14 Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) [14]
15 Gilles SIMON (FRA) [15]
16 Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) [16]
17 Richard GASQUET (FRA) [17]
18 Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS) [18]
19 Michael LLODRA (FRA) [19]
20 Florian MAYER (GER) [20]

I think this is his highest ranking in a slam since US open 09. Let's pray for a kind draw!! :)

Silver.
06-15-2011, 04:05 PM
There's a stream!? :eek:

...and he's getting hammered. Don't know how the score went in the first. Set down, 4-0 down :rolleyes: Delpo serving.

Silver.
06-15-2011, 04:08 PM
6-4 in the first. Hmm. Lots of UE's. Hopefully he can get a game on the board :unsure:

Gillouthe best
06-15-2011, 04:09 PM
6-4 or 6-0

Silver.
06-15-2011, 04:10 PM
He got it ;) 40-0 and raises his hands in triumph! :lol: Laughing with the crowd :)

Silver.
06-15-2011, 04:11 PM
6-4 in the first Gillouthebest. 5-1 in the second now.

Gillouthe best
06-15-2011, 04:14 PM
ok

Gillouthe best
06-15-2011, 04:14 PM
and is he seeming to be injured

Gillouthe best
06-15-2011, 04:15 PM
6-4,6-1

Silver.
06-15-2011, 04:17 PM
6-4, 6-1. Would have been nice for a more competitive match I guess, I have no idea how seriously these are taken :p

The interviewer at the end told Gilles he had a big fan in the stands (some girl kept screaming). Gilles said yes and took the mic and i think he said "thankyou very much for the support, it would have been zero without you so thanks!" :haha: (I would have supported you Gilles if I could have gone!!!) :p

Silver.
06-15-2011, 04:18 PM
I only saw two games, he looked fine and was joking a bit :) so seemed in good spirits (despite the result!)

Kezzi
06-15-2011, 05:06 PM
6-4, 6-1. Would have been nice for a more competitive match I guess, I have no idea how seriously these are taken :p

The interviewer at the end told Gilles he had a big fan in the stands (some girl kept screaming). Gilles said yes and took the mic and i think he said "thankyou very much for the support, it would have been zero without you so thanks!" :haha: (I would have supported you Gilles if I could have gone!!!) :p
:haha:
Tori, was that you? ;) :p

lalaland
06-15-2011, 06:47 PM
I saw the whole match, although I'm half asleep watching :p. The second set is all him, UEs left right and center. He didn't seem to move well. I don't think it's any physical issue, just not used to the grass yet or not quite in sync, shanked a few routine FH on far right corner, could just be the bounce, or the spin of DelPo, or could be just Gilles, perhaps concentration a little off, don't know. Overall the result not too concerning, however, he better up his intensity a little even in practice just to gear up for Wimby, just 4 days away.

Silver.
06-15-2011, 09:00 PM
Gillou down to play Nole tomorrow at 2:30pm, could be another short one :devil:

Haha only joking ;) Good luck Gilles, the more match practice the better.

MsTree
06-15-2011, 09:46 PM
I just saw he was playing Nole - :eek:!!!
Rose from Nole's forum is going, I've begged her to take pics :)

Kezzi
06-15-2011, 10:16 PM
I just saw he was playing Nole - :eek:!!!
Rose from Nole's forum is going, I've begged her to take pics :)
On my way to spam her as well on FB. :lol:

Cloudygirl
06-15-2011, 10:30 PM
no it wasnt me I was in the opposite stand. There were a band of I think slightly drunken ladies cheering rather loudly for him so I didn't think he needed me to add to that.

He was squeaking at himself like a girl when he made some really bad misses which made me pmsl, doing a lot of muttering to himself and saying no a lot lol. Tutu yawned the whole way through the match I've never seen him look so disinterested.

After the match he was talking on the practice court and I could have taken more pictures but he looked quite grumpy and I felt it was a bit intrusive so I didn't but I took a few from a distance with the zoom ;). He wasn't moving very well and wasn't moving Del Po around. He didn't seem to be getting down to the ball very well and his timing was off. I don't know whether he was a bit stiff. He was kind of doing some stretches to his one leg after the match so I don't know whether he felt a bit tight.

will post some pictures (although I warn you I'm a wicked bad photographer) at some point before the weekend.

MsTree
06-15-2011, 10:36 PM
Thanks for the report Tori, even though it's not all good news! Hope you enjoyed your day! :)

lalaland
06-15-2011, 10:55 PM
Tutu yawned the whole way through the match I've never seen him look so disinterested.


:lol: he better not let Gilles saw him yawning :p, I bet Mr. Grumpy won't like that.

Thanks for the report. Will u be going again tomorrow for Gilles and Nole's match?

Hopefully it will be a better match from him tomorrow. I didn't have the volume on this morning when I watched, didn't know that he was squeaking at himself. lol, so at least he's mad for playing like crap.

Cloudygirl
06-15-2011, 10:59 PM
nope I won tickets which is why I was there today. I don't think I'd pay to see an exo. It was a very very nice place though really nice venue.

I had a great time.

I would have preferred to go yesterday (espec as at the time I thought Gilles and Richard were playing as that was the original oop) but they emailed me really late and I only picked up the email from the club at 5 on monday to say did I want tues tickets or wed and that was too late for tues because of work.

But still had fun today and obviously because they changed the oop I wouldn't have seen Gilles yesterday.

He wasn't really mad at himself he was yelling at his shots in a really funny way not like the way he normally mumbles to himself in a match. I think he was quite amused about how crap he was playing. It was after the match he looked a bit grumpy to me although he always seems to give me a look of doom so maybe I'm just paranoid. Anyway I thought better not bother him. He wasn't grumpy during the match.

lalaland
06-15-2011, 11:06 PM
I think he was quite amused about how crap he was playing.

That's kind of fun to see. :D

You won ticket? oh you are so lucky. Glad you had a good time.

Cloudygirl
06-15-2011, 11:12 PM
Yup I won tickets on twitter. I'm normally the most unlucky person ever so I was quite impressed with myself. So it only cost me half a tank of petrol which isn't too bad at all.

Not quite so impressed on the way home tonight when the rain was really bad and visibility was awful - a lorry pulled over into my lane on the motorway and I had to swerve into the fast lane. Bashed my horn and put my foot down and luckily the driver in that lane realised and braked. Missed him just about but I was shaking like a leaf.

Then got stuck in traffic behind an accident and went past a car that was really trashed and that shook me up again because it could so easily have been mine. Such a near miss.

Other than that really brilliant day though and feeling very lucky to be home in one piece.

To be fair Juan's serve was wicked good today. not sure whether he was just having a good day but it appeared to have improved massively since I last saw him live. I don't really like his style of play but it's so interesting seeing how hard he hits the ball. How the heck does he hit it in????!!!

lalaland
06-15-2011, 11:23 PM
Y

Not quite so impressed on the way home tonight when the rain was really bad and visibility was awful - a lorry pulled over into my lane on the motorway and I had to swerve into the fast lane. Bashed my horn and put my foot down and luckily the driver in that lane realised and braked. Missed him just about but I was shaking like a leaf.

Then got stuck in traffic behind an accident and went past a car that was really trashed and that shook me up again because it could so easily have been mine. Such a near miss.

Other than that really brilliant day though and feeling very lucky to be home in one piece.


:hug:
Glad you made home safely.

Cloudygirl
06-15-2011, 11:28 PM
So am I, am clearly having a lucky week I should buy a lottery ticket.

lalaland
06-16-2011, 05:05 AM
from Tennis.com...

Even on a persistently drizzly day like today, the spectators are here to be entertained, punctuating points with the popping of champagne corks and encouraging the players indiscriminately. For the players, however, the shadow of Wimbledon looms large. Even practice seems a little bit more serious, or at least strategic, than usual; Ferrer plays an intense practice set, Simon tries to work on his return off Troicki’s first serve (it goes better after the Serbian starts calling it for him), del Potro hits nothing but serves and forehands fed to him by coach Franco Davin for half an hour, then sits down for a long, serious conversation.

As play begins, it’s far from a hit-and-giggle; the consensus seems to be to compete pretty seriously for at least a set and a half, then relax into entertaining once the outcome looks inevitable. Del Potro and Simon, first up, both seem to be focusing on polishing their serves and—in del Potro’s case—volleys; the Argentine looks in better shape than Simon, whose lower back is taped and isn’t stretching himself any more than necessary. It’s not until the Argentine is a set and a break up that levity really enters the proceedings—del Potro hitting a between-the-legs volley (and winning the point), Simon mock-pleading with the crowd to cheer for him, then blowing a kiss when they do. “Without you it would have been six-love,” he announces to a particular group of women in the stands after del Potro wins, 6-4, 6-1, earning a gale of horsey laughter.

http://tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=12638&zoneid=9

Well, hopefully that taping at the back is precautionary. Hopefully he'll be 100% by next week when his first match starts.

Silver.
06-16-2011, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the report cloudy-girl, glad you got home okay! Thanks for that article too lalaland :) hope Gilles gets better quickly.

Gillouthe best
06-16-2011, 03:12 PM
Gilles playing bad losing 0-4, lost 2 close games on his service in both he had 2 games points

Silver.
06-16-2011, 03:31 PM
Anyone know the score in the first? Pretty bad from Gilles, he's stretching his leg at the changeovers.

Gillouthe best
06-16-2011, 03:43 PM
6-1 and 6-2, he is injured, no dobt about it

Silver.
06-16-2011, 03:49 PM
1 and 2 :p Well it was Nole, lets face it. Didn't see the whole thing, he may just be playing it safe before Wimby that's why his not moving as normally, i don't know.

lalaland
06-16-2011, 08:13 PM
I think Nole was very good and Gilles was not, hence the scoreline. Clearly, Nole is in another class as compares to Gilles at the moment. And I'm afraid that his 2 matches showed a discouraging picture of his current form. Ah well, we'll see.

Just hope for a good draw tomorrow.

Silver.
06-17-2011, 11:50 AM
Gilles quarter:
[1]Nadal v Russell
Andujar v Sweeting
Muller v Haas
Fognini v [31]Raonic
[24]Del Potro v [Q/LL]
Rochus v [Q/LL]
Gil v Sela
[Q/LL] v [15]Simon

[10]Fish v Granollers
Kohlschreiber v Istomin
Haase v Riba
Stepanek v [21]Verdasco
[25]Chela v [Q/LL]
Young v Bogomolov Jr.
[Q/LL] v Benneteau
Volandri v [6]Berdych

So Q/LL first round, gil/sela second then Delpo third :facepalm: and he gets past that, Nadal fourth :facepalm:

Well we've just seen Gilles against Delpo on grass, didn't dent him, but I guess it was an exho. I don't have high hopes for this Wimby, plus Gilles doesn't seem 100%. :sad: :sad:

darkboy
06-17-2011, 12:50 PM
The best he can do is a fourth round.
Although I highly doubt it :/

Anyway, good luck Gilles!

Gillouthe best
06-17-2011, 01:03 PM
I think Gilles is playing crap, if he was 100 he could defeat Delpo on grass, because the argentinian is crap on grass

MsTree
06-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Pretty fierce draw! Oh well, allez Gilles!

Gillouthe best
06-17-2011, 04:55 PM
Well, advancing to R3 and not losing points is fairly easy, but seeing his current phisyc and tennis form, it could be a struggle

soulage
06-18-2011, 10:48 AM
little words by Tulasne in lequipe today as they did a review of all the best french players.Tulasne seems optimistic. Against Djoko he wasn't moving at 100 % due to the wet court.

Gillouthe best
06-19-2011, 12:29 PM
Well, he meets countrymen Roger-Vasselin, one of the easiest he could get

Gillouthe best
06-19-2011, 12:33 PM
I saw Edouard season, biggest win is against Machado(96) and RRH(98). On grass lost in R1 in Nottingham CH and in QF in Nottinghmam-2. Not a big deal, i think

FlameOn
06-19-2011, 01:23 PM
Allez! :cheer:

MsTree
06-19-2011, 02:21 PM
Don't think he's on a TV court though :(

Silver.
06-19-2011, 04:39 PM
Ohhhh they're not televising Court 4 :( I know someone going, they have CC tickets but I'll try and persuade them to go watch Gilles and take pics! Haha

moi1227
06-19-2011, 10:59 PM
well I really hope that the whole Wimbledon but first of all tomorrow will be seccussful for Gillou! And for me too.. Taking my last exams (:help:), but my fingers will be crossed like all the time! :) Allez Gillou!:cheerleader:

Silver.
06-20-2011, 02:17 PM
Lopez match has finished, Gilles will probably be on court soon. Allez!! :cheerleader:

MsTree
06-20-2011, 02:25 PM
Definitely not on BBC interactive anyway. :(
Allez Gilles! I'll just have to follow you on this terrible new scoreboard instead :o

MsTree
06-20-2011, 02:35 PM
Broken already :(

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 02:35 PM
Break from Edouard, 2-1 serve

MsTree
06-20-2011, 02:43 PM
Back on serve 3-3 :) Allez!!!

misty1
06-20-2011, 02:44 PM
i need him to win here to help with the sting of kohli's loss to istomin

MsTree
06-20-2011, 02:53 PM
Broken again :( ERV serving for the set :(

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 02:53 PM
WTF Gilles? come on allez

Silver.
06-20-2011, 02:54 PM
No! :( come on Gilles!!!

(34% first serve!? :unsure:)

MsTree
06-20-2011, 02:57 PM
ERV takes first set 6-4 :( Come on Gillou!!!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 03:01 PM
The SB is so terrible!

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 03:02 PM
Gilles men, start speeding up, hope back problems are not getting the best of his serve. BTW, Gilles is decent in UE's/W ratio, 10 winners and only 5 unforced,.

misty1
06-20-2011, 03:14 PM
this sucks

Silver.
06-20-2011, 03:38 PM
0-30 at 4-5 come on Gillessss!!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 03:40 PM
15-40 two BP. Go go go!

MsTree
06-20-2011, 03:40 PM
1 set all! Allez!!! :D

Silver.
06-20-2011, 03:40 PM
YES! :woohoo: Gilles takes the second set 6-4! Allez! :bigclap:

misty1
06-20-2011, 03:44 PM
0-30 to open this set

misty1
06-20-2011, 03:44 PM
2 break points now:mad:

misty1
06-20-2011, 03:47 PM
0-30 and 15-40 but he holds

good job :)

Silver.
06-20-2011, 03:49 PM
Break up, missed that, what did he break to?

misty1
06-20-2011, 03:56 PM
maybe to love?

im not sure, he had 0-40 and then i looked away for a bit and he'd broken..wasn't to long so i'd assume he broke at love

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:08 PM
Not sure either, the scoreboard's making firefox freeze :o
4-2 Gillou. Come on!!!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:13 PM
BP at 30-40, and SP

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:16 PM
ERV holds. Gilles serving for the set 5-3, 15-0. Hold your nerve.

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:19 PM
3rd set 6-3! :D

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 04:21 PM
i went to study with Gilles being a set down, now i do a break and find he is 2 sets to 1 up. Was he in danger of losing 2nd set?

misty1
06-20-2011, 04:21 PM
one more gillou!

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:24 PM
We now have an insider on Court 4, she's risked her life v Del Potro's security guards to be there! :lol: So at least we'll get a 4th set report. :)

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:25 PM
We now have an insider on Court 4, she's risked her life v Del Potro's security guards to be there! :lol: So at least we'll get a 4th set report. :)

Oooh good! :D

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:26 PM
He's putaining, lots of muttering from Tori
Scoobs just asked her if there was any tenting :haha:

misty1
06-20-2011, 04:26 PM
oh crap, he just got broken

come on gilles! break back and avoid one of those 5th sets!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:46 PM
Allez Gilles, finish it in four!

misty1
06-20-2011, 04:49 PM
come on gilles hold here!

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:50 PM
No he's clearly very unexcited by his crap level of play :lol:

It's raining :(

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:52 PM
He just landed on his arse and had a rant :lol:

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:52 PM
haha :p

oh no, well play is continuing at the moment. Finish it quick Gilles!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:53 PM
3 break points!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 04:54 PM
ERV saves all 3

Gilles has hit 43 winners, sounds pretty high :confused:

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:57 PM
Gilles is proper ranting today

Wasted 5 BPs and virtual MPs in this game! Here's the sixth...

misty1
06-20-2011, 04:58 PM
damn gilles:mad:

wasting all those chances and the opportunity to finish things before the match is delayed

MsTree
06-20-2011, 04:59 PM
Oh FFS!!!! 6BPs wasted... Come on Gilles, hold it together here!!!

Silver.
06-20-2011, 05:03 PM
Shit, rain delay!! I don't know if this will be good or bad for him in the mood he's in! Hopefully he can have good long rant at himself in the locker room and come out and break...

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 05:07 PM
Score atm is 4-5,40-30 no?

MsTree
06-20-2011, 05:35 PM
Forescast is for rain for an hour / hour and a half :(

Silver.
06-20-2011, 05:51 PM
Score atm is 4-5,40-30 no?

Yep :)

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 06:00 PM
thanks

lalaland
06-20-2011, 06:48 PM
how long has it been since play suspended? it's been like 2 hrs. Any chance that they can resume play today? C'mon rain, give us a break :(.

lalaland
06-20-2011, 07:12 PM
ESPN3 said all play canceled for the day :mad:

Silver.
06-20-2011, 07:22 PM
19:15: Breaking news Play abandoned for the day on the all the outside courts. The announcement has come from the referee’s office.

*sigh* this was in GM. How annoying :(

Gillouthe best
06-20-2011, 07:32 PM
Nooooo

TennisFan2012
06-20-2011, 08:05 PM
ESPN3 said all play canceled for the day :mad:

Except the covered Center Court, of course. Lucky for Murray.

lalaland
06-20-2011, 08:06 PM
His match resumes tomorrow 2nd match after a ladies' single, hopefully the ladies will be quick and he'll finish his in 4 by end of tomorrow ;) (heard the forecast ain't that good tomorrow either). Allez Gilles.

lalaland
06-20-2011, 08:09 PM
Except the covered Center Court, of course. Lucky for Murray.

Yes, I forgot to type the word "all outside courts". I hope ppl who's been watching Murray on TV didn't turn it off thinking that it was cancelled :p.

Murray's been considerate, knowing that all other matches were cancelled, he lost the first set to prolong the match so we all got to watch more tennis :).

MsTree
06-20-2011, 08:21 PM
:lol: More lucky for the 17k people who have paid good money to watch tennis!

But utterly shit that his match isn't on the big screen on Murray Mound - due to "health and safety" reasons!!! :confused:

Cloudygirl
06-20-2011, 09:16 PM
I hope he puts his happy hat on tomorrow. he was so moody mt frechis crap but i made out some of it. There were some frenchies by me in fits of laughter. He wante# to stop because of the rain before the umpire and had a rant and tutu was making hand gestures to try to get him to shut up. In the end he marched to his chair and wouldn't play then it got suspended. I get his concern with his knee but he was a bit crazy today I heard someone in the crowd say they thought he lost the plot. It was an absolute mugfest

lalaland
06-20-2011, 09:52 PM
Thanks Tori, for your report.

Gilles' been very grumpy these days, even for his standard. Don't know what's going on with him, I suspect he's a bit burnt out. I doubt he'll be in any better mood tomorrow though if weather continues to be crappy as his mood. Honestly, I won't feel all that surprise if he doesn't last long in this tournament. But I do think if he loses quickly, may not be a bad thing, at least it will get him some more rest physically and more importantly, mentally. Then again, the match is in his grasp, he better don't let go of it tomorrow ;).

Silver.
06-20-2011, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the report :p

Can't help but laugh at the descriptions of him being grumpy. :lol: i'm already not expecting much from this tourney, as long as he doesn't go out R1. I think he just needs to sort himself out mentally, i'm sure he did an interview a while back saying he felt he can't push any further or something, that always worried me.

Cloudygirl
06-21-2011, 01:06 AM
I think he's just frustrated with his own tennis but being so vocal about it doesn't seem to help him at all he just misses more.

I will upload some more pics later although they are all shitty and blurry but I think this one pretty much summed up his afternoon.

FlameOn
06-21-2011, 04:31 AM
Struggling too much with a nobody. :mad: Good luck tonight Gillou, make it quick! :p

lalaland
06-21-2011, 05:36 AM
I think he's just frustrated with his own tennis but being so vocal about it doesn't seem to help him at all he just misses more.

I will upload some more pics later although they are all shitty and blurry but I think this one pretty much summed up his afternoon.

Thanks for the pic.

Ah, yes. Picture tells a thousand words, your picture is loud and clear. :hug: Gilles
He played like crap for the past few matches, I'm not sure he can get over his own frustration any time soon. But I do hope that he sleeps well tonite and maybe he'll stay calm tomorrow and finish the match with a better attitude.

Kezzi
06-21-2011, 08:59 AM
I hope so too, looking at that pic I just want to :hug: him and tell him every thing's going to be ok. :awww:

Cloudygirl
06-21-2011, 09:49 AM
I hope so too, looking at that pic I just want to :hug: him and tell him every thing's going to be ok. :awww:

If you'd seen him you would have been too scared to hug him lol. I was going to take a picture of him when he was down on his ass and he gave me a really filthy look so I didn't dare ;)

Kezzi
06-21-2011, 10:39 AM
So far I have never gotten a glare of doom from him, one that I know off at least, cause when I'm taking pics I just snap away and notice the looks later on. :p
It does sound scary, but I'd still hug him. I guess his mother taught him to be nice to girls. :angel:

Cloudygirl
06-21-2011, 10:44 AM
he's just very expressive. His body language was very don't piss me off yesterday.

Just hope he pulls out the win today he should not be losing that match. Gilles does look very huggable bless him.

Silver.
06-21-2011, 12:23 PM
Can't wait to witness a glare of doom myself one day ;) hahaha

Cloudygirl
06-21-2011, 12:30 PM
well the look wasn't solely at me there were a few of us my side taking pictures and we got the look collectively lol.

Silver.
06-21-2011, 12:48 PM
:p glare of doom aside I would just love to see him in person one day :) hopefully he gets into the top 8 so I can see him at the WTF! (I wish! :rolleyes:) good luck to him today, I think he'll do it but he starts every match slowly lately I think it will be in five! Allez!

misty1
06-21-2011, 01:11 PM
yea, unfortunately i think he's going to get broken right of the bat and then he'll have to finish in 5

Gillouthe best
06-21-2011, 02:08 PM
gilles about to start

Gillouthe best
06-21-2011, 02:21 PM
5-6, holded

Silver.
06-21-2011, 02:22 PM
The scoreboards confusing me :( have they started? Any score yet?

Gillouthe best
06-21-2011, 02:31 PM
Yeah, Gilles has won, 4-6,6-4,6-3,7-6, in the tie break it was 1 or 2

Silver.
06-21-2011, 02:32 PM
:bigclap: woohoo, onto round 2!! :)

misty1
06-21-2011, 02:33 PM
hurray for no slow start!

i was totally expecting him to be broken

Cloudygirl
06-21-2011, 02:34 PM
thank goodness for that

lalaland
06-21-2011, 02:42 PM
thank goodness for that

Amen.

What a relief that he got thru this in 4. :D

Kezzi
06-21-2011, 03:14 PM
Amen.

What a relief that he got thru this in 4. :D
+1 :D

FlameOn
06-21-2011, 03:52 PM
Allez! :woohoo:

MsTree
06-21-2011, 09:30 PM
Well done Gillou! :D
Court 17 tomorrow, 3rd match, wonder if that'll be televised? Maybe ESPN3 has it Lala, do you know?

Silver.
06-21-2011, 09:33 PM
Pretty sure they don't have cameras on court 17, it's one of the tiny ones :sad: I want to see him on TV so he'd better win! :p He can beat Chela easily...if he wants to.

MsTree
06-21-2011, 09:35 PM
I know you meant Sela :hug: ;)

lalaland
06-21-2011, 09:46 PM
Well done Gillou! :D
Court 17 tomorrow, 3rd match, wonder if that'll be televised? Maybe ESPN3 has it Lala, do you know?

ESPN3 has court 17 :D. 3rd match of the day is probably the time when I drive to work, which means I'll tape it when the replay becomes available at the end of the day ;).
Hope he wins. Allez Gilles.

MsTree
06-21-2011, 09:49 PM
Yay!!! Finally we'll get to see Gilles!!! :woohoo: OK so it'll be scoreboard only till you upload it but it'll do for me. Cheers Lala! :hug:

Silver.
06-21-2011, 10:11 PM
Oh yay what a nice surprise! Wimbledon has totally ruined my last A Level exam :facepalm: there's just so much tennis. Thanks MsTree, a slight confusion there :lol: Thanks Lala that will be great :D

Although, if there are cameras, why can't BBC stream it :confused:

lalaland
06-21-2011, 10:29 PM
His itw on L'Equipe:

«J'étais très inquiet avant d'entrer sur le court, j'avais beaucoup de mal à me projeter en vainqueur. Ce match m'encourage beaucoup, j'ai l'impression que j'en sors plus fort. Ma préparation n'a pas été terrible, a-t-il reconnu. Avec mon mal de dos (qui l'a contraint à l'abandon contre Adrian Mannarino, au Queen's, ndlr) et la pluie, je ne me suis jamais entraîné plus d'une heure par jour. Malheureusement, je ne suis pas Federer ou Nadal. Si je ne suis pas à 100%, ça signifie souvent billet d'avion le soir même. J'arrivais un peu "en short" sur ce match alors qu'Edouard était en rythme (...) Mon prochain adversaire est très talentueux et très à l'aise sur cette surface. J'aurai l'avantage au service et au retour mais lorsque l'échange sera lancé, ce sera difficile».

MsTree
06-21-2011, 10:29 PM
The BBC only have 6 interactive stream through satellite, ESPN have ?9? not terribly sure but I know they have a couple more. There might well be a dodgy stream available live though? My boss (I love my boss) has given me tomorrow off - although with the forecast we might not see his match till Thursday :o

lalaland
06-21-2011, 10:44 PM
The BBC only have 6 interactive stream through satellite, ESPN have ?9? not terribly sure but I know they have a couple more. There might well be a dodgy stream available live though? My boss (I love my boss) has given me tomorrow off - although with the forecast we might not see his match till Thursday :o

Oh, what a nice boss you have, Les.
Well, my boss was nice too, I got monday off but turned out that I could have just gone to work since his match monday wasn't televised. Now I can't ask for another day off :tears:

ESPN3 has fantastic coverage, 9 out of 19 courts, CC, 1-3, 12,14,16-18, all the more annoying that Gilles' first match wasn't on any one of them :(.

Cloudygirl
06-21-2011, 10:49 PM
I didn't think court 17 had cameras on it either.

Is that a new thing?

lalaland
06-21-2011, 11:01 PM
Not sure if it's a new thing or not. They always do cover those big number courts, but I didn't realize there's 9 courts they covered, I thought it's only 7, until Les mentioned it and I went up to ESPN3 to count.

lalaland
06-22-2011, 12:15 AM
There's this article:
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/gilles-simon-happy-with-first-round-win/story-e6frf9if-1226079672334

Gilles Simon happy with first-round win
Gilles Simon
From: News Limited newspapers
June 22, 2011 8:04AM

FRENCH tennis star Gilles Simon writes for us after his first-round win at the All England Tennis Club.
(what does it mean he writes for them? is he blogging on Aussie paper now? :lol:

TURNING up at any grand slam, but especially Wimbledon, knowing you are short of practice and matches is not ideal. A back injury from playing the ATP World Tour event at Queen's Club, followed by London's summer rain meant I went into my first-round match here with not enough practice.

I couldn't practice more than an hour every day so when you play a slam, you know you need to be ready to play 3-4-5 sets and you always want to practice more before a tournament.

It worried me that I didn't practice a lot before the tournament - it was far less than what I wanted, and I must admit before the match started, I felt like I was not ready.

Going into a first-round match is not a feeling that I like very much because maybe the very top players can afford to play the first match not 100 per cent. They manage to win it and improve every match. For me, unfortunately, when I'm not playing 100 per cent, I miss most of the time, and then I have to take the plane back home in the night.

So I was a little bit worried before and finally I think I played a very good match against Eduoard Roger-Vasselin, one of my French compatriots. The match started on Monday but because of the rain it meant that we had to come back and finish the match today.

Rain delays can be very frustrating but we were lucky that our match was scheduled late in the afternoon, so when it started raining, we knew it would be raining for all the night. When we came off I did my normal post match routine and then waited for the announcement that there would be no more play. As soon as I heard it, I was out of the club in a flash.

During the match, I played good tennis. The intensity was not always perfect but I had very good moments.

I know Eduoard and I know he is a very good player on grass. I knew he had played a lot of matches in qualifying and he won all of them - more than me coming into the tournament.

I knew it was going to be very hard because he is confident and he's playing his best tennis. For me, I knew it was going to be very hard.

Winning this match with a very light preparation is a very good result.

Most players don't like to look ahead into the draw, but I've always done that. I don't know why, but I always do - so I know what is coming.

If I win my next match against Dudi Sela, I'd get to play Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round and Rafa Nadal in the fourth round but given that I have those two in my draw, I didn't look any further than that!

I know every match is going to be very hard to win, so for now I will just to try to focus on Dudi.

We are the same generation and I know he is a very good player. He can play very good tennis from the baseline.

The only good news for me is that he's not serving only aces. He has a big serve.

I think I will have the advantage on the first two shots but if we have to play longer on the baseline, he is capable of amazing tennis.

He's a good mover, he can hit winners so I think my serve is going to be important in this match.

Silver.
06-22-2011, 12:36 AM
He's writing for an Aussie newspaper? :confused: :lol:

If Gille's match somehow has to finish on Thursday (unlikely) then we shall have a first hand report! Haha, well not exactly. My parents are going and if he's playing i'm forcing them to go take pics :)

MsTree
06-22-2011, 03:08 PM
Nooooooo!!!! Schedule change, Gilles v Sela now 2nd match on court 19 :o Not televised according to Lala's list :( :( :(

Cloudygirl
06-22-2011, 03:09 PM
Court 19 is def not televised. It'll get his match done though hopefully which is a good thing. He needs that day of rest between matches.

Silver.
06-22-2011, 03:11 PM
Oh dear. The court has been changed to 19 :( no watching Gillou after all :sad: can anyone remember the OOP for court 17? I don't get why they would have switched it. OOP now is..
Court 17: WTA [32]Pironkova/Matric then Schuettler/Lopez then WTA [14]Pavlyuchenkova/Petrova
Court 19: WTA Hercog/Larsson then Gilles then WTA doubles.

He's seeded 15 for crying out loud, what does it take to get on a court with cameras :mad:

MsTree
06-22-2011, 03:18 PM
The old OOP for court 17 was Pironkova v Martic / Scheuttler v Lopez / Sela v Gillou / Marino v Vinci.
Hercog v Larsson was originally scheduled for 19 followed by loads of doubles, I reckon they've cancelled most of the doubs to try to get through the singles.

Silver.
06-22-2011, 03:45 PM
Yeah, it's fair enough i guess, at least Gilles will almost definitely going to finish his match today which is good :)

MsTree
06-22-2011, 05:28 PM
The ladies are into a third set. Dark clouds gathering apparently :(

lalaland
06-22-2011, 05:36 PM
Damnit. Was looking forward to see him in action. :mad:
Now that we don't get to see the match, please at least let him play and finish his match today.

Cloudygirl
06-22-2011, 05:37 PM
I hope he gets on and gets finished. it was spotting with rain at the end of Richard's match.

MsTree
06-22-2011, 06:31 PM
1 game all. At least he didn't get broken first game today! :lol: Allez! :D

Gillouthe best
06-22-2011, 06:37 PM
2-2

MsTree
06-22-2011, 06:38 PM
He got broken 5th game instead.:tape: 2-3. Come on Gillou!

Gillouthe best
06-22-2011, 06:39 PM
broken to love, typical Gilles Simon

Gillouthe best
06-22-2011, 06:46 PM
He breaks straight back, 4-3 for him

MsTree
06-22-2011, 06:48 PM
:lol: Even more typical Gillou then :)