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Via
10-25-2004, 12:00 AM
arnaud has drawn julian benneteau first round and will play on monday!!!

the frenchies are invading this year... llodra, paulo etc are also here. expect some doubles partnerships...

Hangdog
10-25-2004, 07:39 PM
The biggest greetings from St.Petersburg!
Today I was on courts, especially at 15.00 on central court with french flag and hopes of Arnaud’s victory. But the result was 4:6 6:1 4:6.. In some aspects this match reminded me last year’s match between Sebastien and Alex Korretja. At second set Arnaud was a bit more concentrate and so won, other time of their play was stabile but Julian was better and lucky. After match he traditionally threw tennis balls for fans ... especially in area around my french flag but I at that moment thought only about to meet Arnaud and didn’t see these balls that almost hit me =)) Anyway Arnaud went away too fast from court and faster then from sportsmen’s zone... Poor guy! But I wish to meet him tomorrow when he’ll play in doubles with Llodra on second court (final match of day, it’ll start ~7.00 pm).
Allez Arnaud and Michael!!

Via
10-25-2004, 11:35 PM
:sad:

thanks for the report hangdog!!! i'm sorry to hear you had to brave those balls yet still not fast enough for arnaud (but knowing his speed.....) better luck on tuesday!!!!!

:( if arnaud keeps on losing first rounds, he may consider becoming a doubles specialist lol....

michelleg
10-26-2004, 12:36 AM
Sorry, can't be sad about that loss given my affinities toward Julien.

stephB
10-26-2004, 11:13 AM
guys i wanted to ask if you all are sure that he doesnt work with remi anymore??? i saw them together in metz the whole week. no bruno...

michelleg
10-26-2004, 04:31 PM
I think Remi gets the boot at the end of 2004, whence Bruno will take over.

Maybe that will help, who knows.

Via
10-27-2004, 12:05 AM
arnaud/llodra got through the first round.... llodra also through in the singles but paulo went out. at least arnaud has the doubles to make the russian trip worthwhile.

yes i think michelle is right about remi's tenure.... if i remember correctly what that article said... it goes to show what an amicable parting it is, with such a long notice :lol:

Hangdog
10-27-2004, 10:48 AM
arnaud/llodra got through the first round.... llodra also through in the singles but paulo went out. at least arnaud has the doubles to make the russian trip worthwhile.

Yeahhhhhhhh!!!!! Oui!!!!
I was there yesterday. Firstly about Paulo (he and Micka played at the same time but I was on 2nd court with Paulo). Well, Korretja beats french again.. I'll never forget last year match between him and Grosjean!.. Hehe, so it would be nice to watch Alex in next round against Karlovic :p I saw Karlovic-Hrbaty and it seemed impossible for Dominic to beat Ivo whose serve is just killer. Thereto Alex had yesterday difficulty with Paulo's serve. And more: Paulo coughed during match and it seemed that he isn't in good health; one interesting moment: when the judge of tne match wasn't sure about Paulo's serve: court or out, he asked Alex about it and he answered that it was court.. Respect.

And now about Clement/Llodra in doubles. Yeah, it was absolutely perfect!!!! There were also 3 french people so guys had active support :) , played just fantastic and won!! So then I got their autographs (it was very nice when Arnaud moved some fans and went right to me to accurately signed on flag=). But then they went out, Micka arrived to athlets zone and Arnaud waited him between free and athlets zones talking to french woman. Lucky I had a good contact with guardman so then I went to this duo and got a picture with Arnaud.. poor guy was absolutely wet!.. Also I talked to them but don't remember what about... Shit, my awful French! Hope, next time I'll be more lucky in this aspect, and it would be better to speak English I think.

So everything was cool and so fantastic day I had only last year when I met Seb, but that story is more tragic because he lost that day.. Yesterday Clement/Llodra were winners so good luck, ALLEZ GUYS!!
P.S. French players are the best! :D

Marine
10-27-2004, 01:01 PM
Thank you hangdog for your comments and for supporting the frenchies !
Glad to see yoy had a nice day. :worship:
I'll hope it will be good for me too on next tuesday in Bercy (only problem, for the moment Arnaud has no wildcard ! :mad: )

A little pic of Julien Benneteau for someone who needs some "réconfort", she knows who is. :)
http://www.fft.fr/news/photos2004/benneteau2610.jpg

stephB
10-27-2004, 01:08 PM
I think Remi gets the boot at the end of 2004, whence Bruno will take over.
Maybe that will help, who knows.
really unbelievable. cannot imagine that they will quit... :( i was so sure that i misunderstood the thing with remi when i saw him in metz but now... :(
but thanks michelle! now i know i didnt misunderstand anything

michelleg
10-27-2004, 01:38 PM
A little pic of Julien Benneteau for someone who needs some "réconfort", she knows who is. :)
http://www.fft.fr/news/photos2004/benneteau2610.jpg


<<sigh>> :sad: He's just adorable....

Thanks Marine, you brought me a little sunshine today. :worship: Il gagne contre Gilles!

Via
10-27-2004, 11:46 PM
thanks for the report hangdog!!! arnaud and the other frenchies must be glad to have so much support in st petersburg... you don't live there do you?

yup i know the embarrassment of trying to speak french to the frenchies... unless you think you're pretty good at french, better stick to english ;)

Yeahhhhhhhh!!!!! Oui!!!!
I was there yesterday. Firstly about Paulo (he and Micka played at the same time but I was on 2nd court with Paulo). Well, Korretja beats french again.. I'll never forget last year match between him and Grosjean!.. Hehe, so it would be nice to watch Alex in next round against Karlovic :p I saw Karlovic-Hrbaty and it seemed impossible for Dominic to beat Ivo whose serve is just killer. Thereto Alex had yesterday difficulty with Paulo's serve. And more: Paulo coughed during match and it seemed that he isn't in good health; one interesting moment: when the judge of tne match wasn't sure about Paulo's serve: court or out, he asked Alex about it and he answered that it was court.. Respect.

And now about Clement/Llodra in doubles. Yeah, it was absolutely perfect!!!! There were also 3 french people so guys had active support :) , played just fantastic and won!! So then I got their autographs (it was very nice when Arnaud moved some fans and went right to me to accurately signed on flag=). But then they went out, Micka arrived to athlets zone and Arnaud waited him between free and athlets zones talking to french woman. Lucky I had a good contact with guardman so then I went to this duo and got a picture with Arnaud.. poor guy was absolutely wet!.. Also I talked to them but don't remember what about... Shit, my awful French! Hope, next time I'll be more lucky in this aspect, and it would be better to speak English I think.

So everything was cool and so fantastic day I had only last year when I met Seb, but that story is more tragic because he lost that day.. Yesterday Clement/Llodra were winners so good luck, ALLEZ GUYS!!
P.S. French players are the best! :D

Marine
10-28-2004, 05:31 PM
The same problem for me in english, that's why I don't try
(if you knew my difficulties to ask one stamp in a shop in Dublin... :mad:

result double: arnaud and micka won their match, they reach the...i dunno which round ! lol

Hangdog
10-28-2004, 09:52 PM
Heia!.. Salut & congratulations!!!! I just haven’t enough words, emotions only... Today it was ... I can’t describe it! I can’t believe.. if it really was or ?.. Oh, mein Gott! Well, try to keep calm.
So the story is next. I came this day 28.10 to SCC at 1pm (first matches began at 3pm). Firstly, I watched a part of match between Safin and Labadze and our heads of government. Then I went to 2nd court to watch if somebody trains there and... there were Arnaud, Micka, their coaches (what a nice guys!! I want the same cool coach!! Although my coach is also just “gold” and unique...) and 3 other athletes who had gone out soon. So for about 30 minutes I was there with french guys only! Once I helped them with balls =) And after this training I walked with Arnaud and talk to him... Via, thank you very much for you words about stick to English. At first, I didn’t receive it seriously because I know this fact “you think you're pretty good at french” and always practise it but I thought that in my case it’s impossible to be pretty good at French. And it’s really so. Situation is (or perhaps was?.. now I’m not sure=) next: French is my 4th foreign language after English, German and Norwegian, but I have never learnt it!!.. only have wanted. But when I was the summer traditionally in sport lager, between trainings there was nothing to do so I usually read books and when I had read all of them I read French students book... Only read but never learnt anything. So at Autumn I have nothing remembered. But followed by Via’s recommendation all words that I remembered in French variant I said in French, other in English.. And everything was fantastic! So I asked Arnaud about Sebastien. He said that he wasn’t sure if Seb really was going to play in Rotterdam and next year at all.... But also Arnaud said that Seb was really at home with his family and everything was good with him, he was ok. Arnaud told about Sebastien with a part of sorrow but not so sad and convinced me that Seb was happy and everything would be good. Also he said he was looking forward to wild card in Bercy. And he enjoys St. Petersburg and will come here next year if it’ll be possible. Well, then I watched nice match Karlovic – Korretja but before the beginning og 2nd set I went to support Micka in his match against Kohlman in singles. And there I met again Arnaud with his coach! So I joined to them and we supported Micka together. Then i talked some more to Arnaud (until he said “see you!”=) And he has really seen me again on his match in doubles when I joined to their coaches with my flag and had just fantastic time enjoiing their perfect playing manner. After match I has congratulated (in French yet!) all 4 frenches with victory =) Yeahhhh!!
Now Michael and Cyril in ¼ final, and Clement/Llodra in ½ final!!!!!!!!!!!
ALLLLLEEEEEEZ GARS!!!!!!

...in st petersburg... you don't live there do you?
Why not? Saint-Petersburg is my favorite city and one of the most beautiful places in the world!!!! But really and fortunately (because of ecology and lots other aspects)I live in SPb's suburb in 20 km from the city (officially it's also a part of SPb).

Via
10-28-2004, 11:48 PM
aaaaahh.... i'd say anything, english french or chinese, if i could get arnaud to spend that much time talking to me!!! .... what a great time you've had !!!! :worship:

i really am not qualified to give any sort of advice on what people should say to the frenchies, but thank you for your high regard, hangdog :unsure: lol

and sorry about the st petersburg remark... see i'm no good at flags, i thought you're german! *find somewhere to hide*

marine: well what other choice did you have? ;) Could you ask for a stamp in dublin, in french.... (poor marine. it's hard to describe stamp with body language)

Via
10-28-2004, 11:54 PM
the news about seb is really not good... i hope for seb's fans that he simply isn't telling arnaud about his future plans! (like he did keep news away from arnaud in the past)

michelleg
10-29-2004, 03:02 AM
My strip in Miami was just a hoot. <<waving>> I'm hoooooome and at work again.


Hangdog, your experience sounds entirely marvelous. If it weren't for my sunny skies and 85F temperatures, I might be wishing I could switch places with you!!! However, I wouldn't sit too close to Remi, you might catch the cooties. I shouldn't be so hard on the coach, he is about to join the ranks of the unemployed...

And to quote the infamous twisted poster on MTF...."anymore pics???" Especially Benneteau pics.

Hangdog
10-29-2004, 04:56 AM
Friday morning is now and I've decided to skip again my lectures (but not training, fortunately =) I have trained already this day early morning) but go to courts to support Cyril, Michael and Julien because all of them and especially 2 the last have a really difficult matches today against our nervous and conceited, very popular here Safin and Youzhny (yes, I respect them but nothing more).
Michelleg, at the moment I have only one picture of Julien, not so perfect (all interesting photos from 36 that I have after 2 first days in printable version I'm going to scan at weekends and put on forum). But he plays today so it's possible I think to get more pics.
ALLEZ Français!!!! "Allons enfants de la Patrie, le jour de gloire est arrivé!..."
Good luck!

Hangdog
10-29-2004, 05:06 AM
Yes, Via.. and Marine, by the way I have already said Arnaud about french fans who waits also like he self for wild card on next week tournament =)) ;-)

Marine
10-29-2004, 07:42 AM
Good girl :D :clap2:

Marine
10-29-2004, 08:38 AM
So I asked Arnaud about Sebastien. He said that he wasn’t sure if Seb really was going to play in Rotterdam and next year at all.... But also Arnaud said that Seb was really at home with his family and everything was good with him, he was ok. Arnaud told about Sebastien with a part of sorrow but not so sad and convinced me that Seb was happy and everything would be good.

:eek: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Via
10-29-2004, 11:33 PM
llodra is into the semis.... does he still have time left for the doubles with arnaud?? lol... only last january in adelaide did he have to insist to me that he could play singles :lol:

hangdog you don't like you local heroes either? :D you fit right in here ;) (marine is french so she's exempted lol)

Hangdog
10-30-2004, 06:00 AM
Hey-hey!!
I haven't enough time so only the most important things.
First, Micka is the best in singles!! =)) To beat Safin.. it's always very difficult anyway! But Marat was so nervous and had not the best mood so by the end of the match the most of people supported Llodra.
And about Arnaud-Michael in doubles: (www.spbopen.ru) "Llodra-Clement are in the finals. French duet Llodra-Clement are already in the doubles’ finals. Their opponents Youzhny/Mirnyi had to withdraw from the tournament due to Mirnyi’s knee injury".
Now I have to go out. I want to visit again training of our french guys.
ALLEZ LLODRA, YOU'RE THE BEST IN SINGLES!!!!
ALLLLLLLEEEEEEEZ ARNAUD&MICKA IN DOUBLES, HAVE A VERY GOOD TRAINING TODAY!! =))

stephB
10-30-2004, 11:35 AM
again in final??????????? how great!

Hangdog
10-30-2004, 08:01 PM
Today I came to SCC with hope to meet Arnaud and Michael on their training. There wasn’t Micka but Arnaud trained with Dominik (it was a great idea I think). Here I can repeat that Arnaud has a really good coach!! I’ve seen many coaches in real in different situations these days but Arnaud’s, Micka’s and perhaps Korretja’s are the best.
Well, when I walked with Arnaud after training I asked him about Llodra, and Clement said about good Michael’s form and that he had to win... Interesting that when I talked to french coaches after match Llodra-Beck and asked them about their future rivals in doubles they predicted Knowles-Zimonjic. So all their predictions didn’t become truth and I don’t want to think about tomorrow’s winner. “Will live – will see”,- says russian byword. By the way, Arnaud asked me where’s my flag today (I went to competitions after my training and didn’t get it with me... I’ve regretted about it!! Sorry.. )... I promised that tomorrow my flag will be with me, exactly. I don’t think about next.. and the last here this year!.. match but I saw today that Clement play not worth than Hrbaty and I’m going to support french guys more that it’s possible!
Marchons France!!!!! Allez gars!!!!!

Via
10-31-2004, 12:23 AM
i think you owned arnaud clement this week, hangdog :worship:

.....and you really can own arnaud's coach too very shortly.... he should be up for grabs and there isn't any known competition with you ;) ;)

anyway...allez les gars 'frenchies' in doubles on sunday!!!

prazz_m
10-31-2004, 04:05 AM
hey guys
i haven't been around much but just wanted a post a quick message of horror:
I THINK THE UGLY BLONDE GOATEE THING IS BACK
check out this picture (from st petersburg autograph session) and let me know what you think...i could be wrong! (hope so)
http://www.atptennis.com/en/media/insiderpics/2004/stpete_autos.jpg

bye

Marine
10-31-2004, 10:53 AM
By the way, Arnaud asked me where’s my flag today (I went to competitions after my training and didn’t get it with me... I’ve regretted about it!! Sorry.. )...

He notices all, Arnaud, and he's requiring :lol:

Marine
10-31-2004, 03:08 PM
Doubles - Final
(2)Llodra/Clement d Hrbaty/Levinsky 63 62

Very good news for me:
at first, they won.
Secondly, they're still in Russia, it means they probably won't play tomorrow, so they'll play on tuesday...the day I go to Bercy :)

Marine
10-31-2004, 03:29 PM
hey guys
i haven't been around much but just wanted a post a quick message of horror:
I THINK THE UGLY BLONDE GOATEE THING IS BACK
check out this picture (from st petersburg autograph session) and let me know what you think...i could be wrong! (hope so)
http://www.atptennis.com/en/media/insiderpics/2004/stpete_autos.jpg

bye


I think you're right Why does he insist So much to look ugly ?? why ? :mad:
ughhh...I don't want to be spiteful, but, do you think the pic shows the look of a guy who understands all the guy a front of him tells ? ... :tape:
He seems to do that with a good grace, he loves .... :o

Hangdog
11-01-2004, 02:24 AM
Hey!..
.... can’t say anything ....
Oui, they won, but they flew and perhaps I'll have no chance to meet them again... The state (fettle) is the same when your one really best friend is leaving your forever. Yeah,.. 10 days ago I can't imagine that I can be so crazy.
So yesterday it was unrepeatable day. They had nice training with football at first, after that I met them and give them my best wishes =) Then it was the match and they won!!!! Just fantastic!.. After flowers ceremony I met coaches and french girl (was she Arnaud's wife? I'm not sure): flowers, hugs, kisses - as always. After some minutes Micka joined us and Arnaud gave autographs for everybody =)))) But at the end I congratulated him personally. So then they arrived with their bags and cups, I got some more pictures with winners and they w e n t o u t.
Happy end :clap2:

Marine
11-01-2004, 08:58 AM
Ehhh Hangdog, I hope you'll post your pics here :)
You seem to be a very dedicated fan, it's great, please come often here, it's desert for a few weeks, we need more people !

michelleg
11-01-2004, 01:23 PM
I'm not quite sure if he is aware of his resemblance to Willie Nelson when sporting that evil goatee....aiiiieeee, please shave that awful thing OFF, Nono!!!!!!

Via
11-01-2004, 10:18 PM
:bigclap: hangdog

arnaud.. whatever..... is still so terribly cute :hearts:

Hangdog
11-03-2004, 11:01 PM
Well, it's not very nice but the most of my pics are still in camera, sorry.. There is link to photos of quarterfinal match Saulnier-Beck with some good pictures of Cyril: http://spbopen.ru/eng/about/draws/photo--26-singles.html
And two my pictures of Arnaud (26th Oct) are below. On the first there is a moment when I met him for the first time, on the second there are Arnaud and Micka's coach.

Hangdog
11-10-2004, 10:01 PM
I'm again here: now with the most of my photos.
So:
-first picture: Cyril Saulnier after his last match
-second: Julien after his last match too... is was impossible to get good picture because he was sad and angry. But it's very nice to see him near Seb :)
-third: :worship: the icon... the jewellery... It's Seb's T-shirt from that FANTASTIC match of final-2002

Hangdog
11-10-2004, 10:11 PM
- from one the matches
- flowers ceremony... yes, it was one of the greatest moment of that week
- coaches (and a russian journalist) after victory

Hangdog
11-10-2004, 10:17 PM
and...

Hangdog
11-10-2004, 10:29 PM
And my favorite picture. Arnaud with my flowers :D Oui, I remember this moment!.. :smooch:
And this is the last photo..

Marine
11-11-2004, 07:10 AM
thankxxxxxxxxxx hangdog your pics are great. :worship:
You're so dedicated !!! :D

kukka
11-11-2004, 09:48 AM
Thanks for the pics, Hangdog! They're fantastic! :) The players were lucky to have you there to support them. ;)

Elina :umbrella:

michelleg
11-11-2004, 02:39 PM
Thanks for the lovely Julien pic, he looks lovely even when sad and upset....(and could I think of a million ways to console the poor boy.) You look adorable with Nono!!!!!

Nice to see that Remi still can't seem to get a good haircut.

Via
11-11-2004, 09:11 PM
didn't that arnaud look smugged ?? :lol: what a lucky guy, getting flowers from loyal fans...

hangdog you should be awarded fan of the month (yes, since the site officiel can't be bothered these days.......) :hug: