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LilyRoseAva
05-15-2005, 07:01 PM
Hamburg, 14 May 2005



Press Conference with RICHARD GASQUET

Gasquet vs. Rochus 6:1, 6:1





Q: Congratulations. It must be a wonderful feeling to get into a Masters Series final?

A: I speak really bad in English (laughs). Yes, I am so happy to be in the final in Hamburg. It’s incredible. For me to play a final against Federer it’s a dream.



Q: It must be a dream for an 18 year old to go into a final against a player with such quality and class and have a winning record against him.

A: Yes I won in Monte Carlo but it was an upset for me. He is the favourite tomorrow, but I will play a great match tomorrow. I will do my best and we will see. But I will be very happy to be in the final.



Q: Has it been difficult to play seven matches and do you feel tired?

A: Yes, I was tired, but Rochus was more tired, I think. Tomorrow I will forget that because it’s the final. It’s very important to play a final against Federer for me. I will play a great match.



Q: What are your memories of the match in Monte Carlo?

A: An incredible match. I am thinking all days about this match. It was incredible to win against him. I don’t realize it today. But tomorrow I have to play another match against him. But I’m not the favourite. So, I will play a great match and I’m happy to be in the finals. It’s a great result for me.



Q: Does it help that you have had 3 matches that have gone reasonably quickly?

A: Yes, it was quick, but I played great tennis. It’s incredible to win three matches like this. I have energy for tomorrow I think.



Q: Because that’s going to be important for the best of five.

A: Yes it’s really important. It’s difficult for me to play five sets. But it will be great. I will have a lot experience after this match.



Q: How many 5 set matches have you played?

A: One but it was on grass court not on clay. I think it’s difficult for me.



Q: Do you like this court because it’s usually regarded as very slow?

A: Yes, it’s slow. But I like this court because it’s slow, I can play good tennis on this court. When I play good, I can play on every court I think.



Q: The weather forecast suggests that it might be cooler tomorrow, maybe a little rain which will make it even slower. Will that help you?

A: Yes, I think because if it’s slow it will be good for me. I think Federer doesn’t like slow courts. I don’t know. I prefer to play him on a slow court.



Q: Is clay your best surface?

A: No, I don’t know because I can play on hard court, grass. I don’t know.

deflori
05-15-2005, 07:13 PM
Thx,and the last sentence is important to me....
Nice to hear that,and thats right - exactly like that
:)

Marine
05-15-2005, 07:21 PM
The famous report of stade 2: ;)


The quality is not that good.

http://stade2.france2.fr/video/stade2h_20050515.asx (amelie mauresmo and richard)
http://stade2.france2.fr/video/stade2g_20050515.asx

silverwhite
05-15-2005, 07:31 PM
I can just feel the expectations they have of him. :scared:

deflori
05-15-2005, 07:41 PM
haha,the first one is made so funny with the speechblisters,hihi,thx & danke!

Marine
05-15-2005, 07:41 PM
I can just feel the expectations they have of him. :scared:

We can be anxious yes !!! Amelie, Richard, same problem: pression...and they're the favorites :help:

Lilly112233
05-15-2005, 10:14 PM
Hey, here is the one of Hamburg, after federer! can someone translate the last part?? i mean the france part!! Thanks a lot!!
http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/rm/Richard_Gasquet,15,1.ram

tennisgirl19
05-15-2005, 11:36 PM
Thanks for interviews!!! I am going to go watch the videos now. I won't understand much with the French, but the eye pleasure shall be lovely!

Eiffel
05-16-2005, 02:07 PM
Just writed an article about him in Chinese :hug:

Love him so much :kiss:

RogiFan88
05-16-2005, 02:51 PM
voici un article sur Richard d'un journal suisse-francais:

Tennis: A une semaine de Roland-Garros, la métamorphose de Richard Gasquet

PARIS (ATP) - Le jeune Français Richard Gasquet, en accédant lundi à la 32e place au classement ATP de tennis alors qu'il n'était encore que 152e début avril, va aborder Roland-Garros dans une semaine avec le statut tout frais de trouble-fête potentiel.
AFP AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE.
11:21 16.05.05

Finaliste dimanche du Masters Series de Hambourg (Allemagne) face au N.1 mondial, le Suisse Roger Federer, qu'il avait battu un mois auparavant en quarts de finale à Monte-Carlo, mais qui cette fois-ci a laissé parler son rang, Gasquet est en passe de détrôner Sébastien Grosjean de son statut de premier Français.

Grosjean, 24e mondial, a passé deux tours à Hambourg, pendant que son jeune compatriote (19 ans le 18 juin), issu des qualifications, se débarrassait tranquillement de ses adversaires pour atteindre la finale.

"Lors de ma semaine à Hambourg, j'ai gagné beaucoup de confiance pour Roland-Garros" où il est désormais assuré d'être tête de série, a d'ailleurs confié Gasquet après la finale dimanche.

Ancien N.1 mondial juniors (en 2002) comme cinq autres Français avant lui (Thierry Tulasne, Guy Forget, Sébastien Grosjean, Arnaud Di Pasquale et Gaël Monfils), il a en effet réalisé dans le nord de l'Allemagne le meilleur résultat de sa jeune carrière.

Elle lui a permis de faire un nouveau bond au classement mondial, après celui enregistré (40 places de gagnées) après son parcours monégasque mi-avril, et d'éviter de passer désormais par les qualifications.

Professionnel depuis 2002, son palmarès comporte dorénavant, outre sa place de finaliste à Hambourg, une première pour lui dans un Masters Series, une place de demi-finaliste à Monte-Carlo, de finaliste à Metz (France) en 2004 et sept victoires en challenger (2e division de l'ATP), dont Naples et Barletta sur la terre battue italienne cette saison.

Le Biterrois, un peu "tendre" lors de ses deux premières années chez les professionnels, durant lesquelles il avait alternativement déçu et émerveillé ses supporteurs, a mûri, comme il le dit lui-même.

"Il y a un an je n'aurais peut-être pas remporté ce match. Mais j'ai gagné en expérience et en maturité. J'ai beaucoup mûri. Et désormais, je me bagarre", avait-il déclaré peu après sa victoire sur le Russe Nikolay Davydenko (N.10), en huitièmes de finale à Monte-Carlo.

Son éclosion tant attendue constitue pour le tennis national un immense soulagement après un océan de désillusions.

D'autant plus que chez les dames, Amélie Mauresmo, "coachée mentalement" par Yannick Noah, a remporté dimanche le Masters Series de Rome et se présente elle aussi pleine de sérénité avant le rendez-vous parisien.

La terre battue, sur laquelle Gasquet réalise ses meilleures performances, et où seuls Federer, l'Espagnol Rafael Nadal et l'Américain Andre Agassi l'ont battu cette saison en 29 rencontres, devrait lui permettre de remporter bientôt son premier titre sur le circuit.

Même si pour cela Roland-Garros 2005 viendra sans doute encore un peu trop tôt.

Le classement ATP au 16 mai:
1. Roger Federer (SUI) 6605 pts
2. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 3935
3. Andy Roddick (USA) 3590
4. Marat Safin (RUS) 3065
5. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2600
6. Gaston Gaudio (ARG) 2440
7. Andre Agassi (USA) 2275
8. Tim Henman (GBR) 2195 (+1)
9. Guillermo Coria (ARG) 2040 (-1)
10. Guillermo Canas (ARG) 1745
11. David Nalbandian (ARG) 1685
12. Joachim Johansson (SUE) 1625
13. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 1505 (+7)
14. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) 1465 (-1)
15. Carlos Moya (ESP) 1430 (-1)
16. Tommy Robredo (ESP) 1415
17. Radek Stepanek (TCH) 1415 (-2)
18. Dominik Hrbaty (SVQ) 1371
19. Mario Ancic (CRO) 1315 (+2)
20. Thomas Johansson (SUE) 1313 (-1)
...
24. Sébastien Grosjean (FRA) 1200 (+3)
32. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 1050 (+24)
49. Cyril Saulnier (FRA) 763
51. Fabrice Santoro (FRA) 757 (-1)
52. Mickäel Llodra (FRA) 756 (-1)
67. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 574 (-1)
80. Gaël Monfils (FRA) 496 (+1)
84. Jérôme Haehnel (FRA) 476 (+4)
85. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 474 (-1)
102. Jean-René Lisnard (FRA) 419 (-3)
108. Arnaud Clément (FRA) 406 (+1)
112. Antony Dupuis (FRA) 388
116. Gilles Simon (FRA) 368 (-2)
117. Grégory Carraz (FRA) 363
http://www.lematin.ch/nwmatinhome/nwmatinheadsport.html?newsaction=detailcateg&idnews=afp.com%3A20050516%3A050516112110.lzn5kdwg% 3A1&newscateg=2&newssubcateg=0&newsnb=&status=

tennisgirl19
05-16-2005, 08:45 PM
Thanks!

RogiFan88
05-19-2005, 06:13 PM
Here's a poll fr L'Equipe, 16mai05:

Richard Gasquet, atteindra-t-il au moins les demi-finales, cette annee a RG?

Will RGasquet reach at least the SF this year at RG?

What does everyone think?

Marine
05-19-2005, 06:44 PM
Here's a poll fr L'Equipe, 16mai05:

Richard Gasquet, atteindra-t-il au moins les demi-finales, cette annee a RG?

Will RGasquet reach at least the SF this year at RG?

What does everyone think?


Ohh non pas L'Equipe non plus !!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
Si meme eux s'y mettent !! On sait ce que ça donne chaque année avec Mauresmo, eh ben, sans vouloir être pessimiste, ça pourrait tres bien arriver à Richard. Il reste fragile et peut très bien tomber au 1er tour alors de grâce laissons-le tranquille et arrêtons de tirer des plans sur la comette !

richard gasquet
05-19-2005, 06:46 PM
Semi final???

it would be great if he reach the second week I think.He is still young, doesnt need such pressure. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

FRENCH MEDIAS :o :o

*julie*
05-19-2005, 06:49 PM
:confused: I have to know the draw to answer that. I can't wait until tomorrow.

:worship: (Once again please god! don't put mathieu against gasquet in the 1st round!) :worship:

Marine
05-19-2005, 07:25 PM
I'm afraid, as usually.
Afraid to see horrible first rounds like seb/arnaud etc...

tennisgirl19
05-19-2005, 11:55 PM
Depending on the draw of course but realistically I dont think Richard will get to the semi-finals.
I'm just hoping to get out of the 1st round for now.

tennisgirl19
05-19-2005, 11:56 PM
Btw, I really want Richard to prove me wrong :wavey:

lizabeth..*
05-20-2005, 02:25 AM
I'd be happy with the 3rd round for Richie (providing the draw is ok)...and then anything beyond that will be wonderfull!!

Waaahhh why do I have to work...I want to see him play next week :sad:

silverwhite
05-20-2005, 03:26 AM
:confused: I have to know the draw to answer that. I can't wait until tomorrow.

:worship: (Once again please god! don't put mathieu against gasquet in the 1st round!) :worship:

I would actually love to see that match. :lol: But not in the first round! :fiery: Maybe in the final. :angel:

Marine
05-20-2005, 07:42 PM
Interview eurosport
http://www.eurosport.fr/home/pages/v4/l3/multimedia_lng3.shtml

delsa
05-20-2005, 09:32 PM
There was a subject about him at the end of today's French Tv News...
http://jt.france2.fr/20h/

*M*
05-21-2005, 12:31 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5205-1620818,00.html

Prodigious Gasquet has talent to make it to summit
From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in Paris

THERE is abundant fantasy in his style of play, but only now that Richard Gasquet has been shaken from his illusion of innocence is he offering France a realistic prospect of becoming its men’s singles champion. Considering that the 18-year-old has played a mere six best-of-five set grand-slam matches — two more than Rafael Nadal, the “favourite” — the ask is akin to leaping over the Eiffel Tower in one bound.

Twice in the past six weeks on clay, Gasquet has played Roger Federer, the world No 1, beating him in the grand manner in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Open before succumbing six days ago in the Hamburg Masters final, a match that the Swiss knew he dare not lose. Maybe it was just as well for Gasquet that the result was as it was — imagine the fervent surges in speculation had he beaten again the player few can beat once.

Gasquet has had to deal with the quirky nature of fame since he was pictured, aged 9, on the front cover of Tennis Magazine, tagged the great French hope. Two months before his 16th birthday, he defeated Franco Squillari, the 2000 French Open semi-finalist from Argentina, in Monaco and the predictions seemed well-placed. Adolescence was not easy. His form came and went and after disqualification for tossing his racket and narrowly missing a line judge during qualifying for the US Open last year, he came to his senses.

“I was destroyed,” he said. “When you act like an idiot, you don’t do the right things, you don’t practise well, you lose matches. It is a vicious circle. I came back to France and decided to return to zero; I went to the federation and asked Eric Deblicker (an astute coach) to help me. He made things clear.

“When I got to 18, I needed an extra eye on me, rather than just my father’s. He had made me very strong, very young, but he knew I needed something different. Had I been with Eric 18 months ago, I’m not sure it would have worked. Now it is right.”

Gasquet also spoke to Alain González, the father of his best friend, who deals with adolescents and their problems. “You get to 18 and you can become a little lost in your mind,” Gasquet said. “I found I couldn’t get to the end of matches, my energy was poor and players found that out. It was difficult for me to be a warrior at 17. He (González) asked if I was ready to give tennis 100 per cent because I was in a haze, as many are at that age. I said I was convinced it was what I wanted to do. I had to be strong, to be professional.

“A lot of people think I’m old, that I’m 20 already, but I’m only 18. I made a lot of mistakes last year, but I had the right to do that because I was young. The other players see that I’m not a fantasist any more, that I’m not going to give up. I am arriving in Paris hypermotivated to do well.”

tennisgirl19
05-21-2005, 02:23 AM
Thanks for the article *M*, I really loved it! I might just say one of the best Richard article I have read in a long time. :worship:

linus
05-21-2005, 08:13 AM
:singer: :singer: what richard said in this article moved me. i think it can help us to be closer to his mind. and what he said is right, for marat safin has said like as''not to put too much pressure on his shoulders'' and ''he needs to play more matches on the court and make him stronger and the most important thing now for him is to get a win title''
i think richard can, he has gotten ready ,right? :drive: :drive: :bigwave:

tennisgirl19
05-21-2005, 03:58 PM
:singer: :singer: what richard said in this article moved me. i think it can help us to be closer to his mind. and what he said is right, for marat safin has said like as''not to put too much pressure on his shoulders'' and ''he needs to play more matches on the court and make him stronger and the most important thing now for him is to get a win title''
i think richard can, he has gotten ready ,right? :drive: :drive: :bigwave:

I agree :wavey:

tennisgirl19
05-21-2005, 10:55 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2005-04-22/200504221114195422650.html

Nadal-Gasquet: it's game on (again)!
By Benjamin Waldbaum
Friday, April 22, 2005

Born on 3rd and 18th June 1986 respectively, Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet both epitomise the precocity of youth. Indeed, Nadal’s rise to prominence has been nothing short of meteoric. Ranked 235th in the world at the end of 2002 after a haul of six Futures titles, he had soared to 45th one year later, courtesy of victories against the likes of Carlos Moya, Albert Costa, and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Then, in 2004, the Majorcan well and truly "exploded". After winning his first title at Sopot, he went on to impress during Spain’s Davis Cup triumph, chipping in with a point against Andy Roddick in the final.

This year, Nadal is continuing where he left off. Capable of slugging it out from the baseline all afternoon and generating phenomenal topspin, this clay court specialist with the doggedness of Lleyton Hewitt proceeded to win his second and third titles at Costa do Sauipe (Brazil) and Acapulco (Mexico), before reaching the final of the Miami Masters Series, where he twice came within two points of defeating Roger Federer.

"Discouraged"

His flawless trajectory seems to have spurred on Richard Gasquet, who had originally been the first of the two to shine at senior level when he became the youngest player to win a match on the circuit since Tommy Ho in 1988. At the age of 15 and 10 months, Gasquet beat former Roland-Garros semi-finalist, Franco Squillari, in the first round of the Monte-Carlo tournament. After becoming junior world champion that year, the prodigy from Sérignan was subsequently plagued by inconsistency. Having been 93rd in the world ranking at the end of 2003, he had slipped to 109th a year later, despite a first-ever final on the senior circuit, at the Moselle Open. In midsummer, Gasquet seemed to fall victim to an attack of self-doubt, making the news mainly for giving up in the first round of the Bronx Challenger due to "discouragement" and being disqualified for throwing his racket in the first round of the US Open qualifiers.

Federer the victim

Taken in hand by Eric Deblicker in October 2004, Gasquet soon rediscovered his direction, despite a season truncated by a bout of chicken pox. After two Challenger titles, Richard qualified for the final stages at Monte-Carlo, three years after making his resounding debut there. He proceeded to draw plaudits for his progress in terms of attitude and control of matches. His powerful right arm, one of the most impressive in tennis, brought him wins over Nikolay Davydenko, ranked 15th in the world, and, most notably, the world number 1, Roger Federer, after surviving three match points during a breathtaking encounter. All those who witnessed it are unlikely to forget the unfeasible "backhand passing shot down the line" played by Gasquet on the point that enabled him to become only the second player, after Marat Safin, to fell Federer in 2005.

Six years later…

Gasquet consequently earned himself a semi-final at Monte-Carlo against Nadal, victor in the quarter-finals over reigning Roland-Garros champion, Gaston Gaudio 6/3, 6/0! And the contrast of styles presented by the two youngsters made for a superb spectacle. On one side, the Frenchman sought to impose his attacking game, while on the other, the Spaniard covered an incredible amount of ground. Physically the stronger, it was Nadal who eventually prevailed, going on to clinch his first Masters Series title the following day against the title-holder, Guillermo Coria. Now one of the favourites for The French Open, the Spaniard has climbed to 2nd place in the ATP 2005 Race, where Gasquet occupies 47th position. While he is not yet at the same level as his rival, the Frenchman is catching up fast, and at Monte-Carlo, it was he who worried Nadal most, before losing out narrowly, 6/7, 6/4, 6/3. A glance back at the stats shows that, at their first meeting in the 1999 quarter-finals of the "Petit As" Under 14 tournament, it was Gasquet who beat Nadal in a match consisting of exactly the same number of games as in Monte-Carlo (6/7, 6/3, 6/4). Six years on, the struggle is still just as tight, and it’s surely only just beginning... which can only be good news for tennis.

Daniela_CABJ
05-22-2005, 04:24 AM
This is from Solo Tenis magazine from Argentina. It talks about when Richard won against Federer...

tennisgirl19
05-22-2005, 03:41 PM
Thanks for the scan!!

Marine
05-23-2005, 05:22 PM
Video interview just after his match

http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/index.php3

silverwhite
05-23-2005, 05:28 PM
Was that Guy Forget? :lol:

Marine
05-23-2005, 05:50 PM
The interviewer is our famous Nelson Monfort, but Guy Forget talked to Richard (the voice you can hear is ones)

Questionned about his idoles, Richard answered "Sampras...Guy in davis cup", so the ther commentator said "ohh crawler ! lol" then Richard "No no it's true..." lol

silverwhite
05-23-2005, 06:16 PM
The interviewer is our famous Nelson Monfort, but Guy Forget talked to Richard (the voice you can hear is ones)

Questionned about his idoles, Richard answered "Sampras...Guy in davis cup", so the ther commentator said "ohh crawler ! lol" then Richard "No no it's true..." lol

I sort of got that part. :lol:

linus
05-23-2005, 06:17 PM
which kind can tell me whether there is something interesting in this interview? richard's voice sounds like sporty, but it is good and his smile is so so wonderful, thks to marine ^_^

delsa
05-23-2005, 07:17 PM
:eek: Hey all the recent Richard videos are there even the one from the Tv news! Good job France 2! :worship:

tennisgirl19
05-23-2005, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the video. In my opinion, Richard's voice is sexy. The again I have a thing for guys with accents(particualy French accents) so I guess you can't go by me. lol :haha:

:cool:

tennisgirl19
05-24-2005, 01:35 AM
Post Match Interview- 1st round

Q. After your great week in Hamburg where you made the final against Federer, you came here of course with a lot of confidence. What is your realistic goal here in Paris? How far can you go?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) How far can I go? Well, I want to win the second round, absolutely. It's difficult because all the players have nothing to lose against me. I'm seeded. But I want to go at least to the third round. The third round will be very tough. I know I can win the second round if I'm really good. After that, there will be Nadal. This is a big match. I'm not sure I'm going to win.

I already hope to win the second round.

Q. Did you know Bracciali? What do you think about his way to play?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) I knew him already because I lost against him two years ago, but it was different then. Of course, he's very dangerous. He hits the ball very early. For me, it's very difficult to play against a player hitting the ball so early and taking his chances. He was serving very well.

He had the pressure. He was hitting and I was defending. I'm not used to that. It was difficult. He played very good, and I really tried to fight until the end. After I was able to pick up my game, and at the end of the match I played very well ‑ fortunately for me.

Q. Are you looking ahead at all to the fight you might have with Nadal?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) Of course, when I saw the draw, I was already thinking about it. It's fabulous here in the French Open to imagine that. He's a very nice guy, and I love his game.

But before that, I have to win on Wednesday, and it's not easy. I will have to be solid and physical. But I do hope I will have the opportunity to play against Nadal, of course.

Q. How do you feel about all the media attention you're getting here in your home country?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) It's true that there are a lot of expectations on me, and I played well recently, so it's not obvious for me. This is the reason why you're playing tennis, because you want to have people with you. When you go onto the court, you want to have a big crowd in a great tournament. It's absolutely great to have those conditions now.

Having the pressure means that people are talking about tennis. It's good for the tennis. And they're happy when I win.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.

Q. I felt you were tense in the beginning of the match. Was it an impression or was it true?

RICHARD GASQUET: It was true. At 6‑3, I was not feeling good. It was not easy in the beginning because he was playing well and I was far from my best level, so I tried to fight back and do my best. I knew that at one point he would go down a little bit, and that's what happened.

So during the third and fourth set, I played very well. I had a high level of game. I had better topspin and was able to win many points that way. I was very happy with the way I finished off the match.

Q. How do you explain that in the beginning of the match you were tense?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, I had good results behind me from Hamburg. I really wanted to continue here, so I put myself pressure for this match. There were many people. It was the French Open. It was not an easy match. I tried to move my legs. I'm very happy I pulled out from this match after beginning the match in an awful way. The way I finished the match was beautiful because otherwise I'm not sure I would have won.

Q. At the end of the first and beginning of the second, did you have a letdown?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, I was seeing that around me everybody was panicking. It was difficult for me. I saw my coach and my father putting on faces (smiling). For me, it was very bad. I was not feeling good. I can't say otherwise. But then I started fighting and I played better and better. He went down a little bit, so I enjoyed myself a little bit from then on. I was very pleased to win.

Q. We saw you making gestures of joy more than against Federer. It means this first victory in a Grand Slam was very important?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, it was a very important victory. It was very important to me to win the first round in the French Open. I was almost as happy as when I beat Federer in Monte‑Carlo, although it was a very good victory then.

Still I started the match very badly this time. When I lost 6‑3, when he had breakpoints, I was in a very bad situation. I was able to turn it around for me. I was very pleased with that.

Q. We have the feeling the first game of the second set was very important when you saved the two breakpoints. Maybe you were more relaxed afterwards. >

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, I was more relaxed because I knew I had to win that second set absolutely, and I should not be down a break from the beginning because he was serving well, so it would make things difficult.

After, during the third and fourth, I was able to play beautiful shots. I was very pleased with those beautiful shots.

Q. Is it more impressive to play in the French Open rather than Federer in Monte‑Carlo?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, it's more impressive here because it's the biggest tournament in the world. It's different from other tournaments. I was more tense here than in the final in Hamburg or in Monte‑Carlo. Here is very special.

Q. You are the same age as Nadal. Normally you would play against him in the third round. How can you define his personality, his tennis?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, first of all, both of us will have to win our next match. It's not sure he'll win. I'm not sure I'm going to win. He's an exceptional player. He plays very good tennis. He has no weaknesses, almost none. There's nothing else to say. To win against him, you have to be at your top level. It's a big match.

I have beautiful memories when I played against him last time, so playing against him will be nice. He's very, very strong.

Daniela_CABJ
05-24-2005, 03:06 AM
Thank you Marine for the video and tennisgirl19 for the interview! :)

delsa
05-24-2005, 04:40 PM
Thanks for the video. In my opinion, Richard's voice is sexy. The again I have a thing for guys with accents(particualy French accents) so I guess you can't go by me. lol :haha:
:cool:
What you may not know is that Richard has an accent when he speaks French too since he comes from the south of France he has this lilting (is that the correct term??? hope i can rely on my Harrap's dictionnary) accent that makes us imagine the sunny lands of the "Midi"...

Marine
05-24-2005, 05:18 PM
What you may not know is that Richard has an accent when he speaks French too since he comes from the south of France he has this lilting (is that the correct term??? hope i can rely on my Harrap's dictionnary) accent that makes us imagine the sunny lands of the "Midi"...

Exactly ;)
He'a the accent of the south. It sounds more "rugby" than "tennis" for me, cos our french rugbymen come from the south and always speak with the accent ! lol

delsa
05-24-2005, 07:31 PM
Exactly ;)
He'a the accent of the south. It sounds more "rugby" than "tennis" for me, cos our french rugbymen come from the south and always speak with the accent ! lol

Yeah he comes from the region of rugby but too bad he's loosing his beautiful accent growing up and maybe because he went to Paris too and travels so much...He doesn't get to speak with people of the Languedoc that much now... :sad: But he still have the most pronunced accent of all the French tennismen... ;)

tennisgirl19
05-24-2005, 09:08 PM
Interesting accent information. I would of never guessed, but thanks for that!!!
Whatever his accent is, I like. lol

P.S. When you said litling all I think of is an Irish brogue (being that I'm Irish). You know the Irish lilt? Lol All I thought of was Richard speaking with an Irish brogue. lol ugh, nevermind I'm rambling

delsa
05-24-2005, 09:22 PM
Interesting accent information. I would of never guessed, but thanks for that!!!
Whatever his accent is, I like. lol

P.S. When you said litling all I think of is an Irish brogue (being that I'm Irish). You know the Irish lilt? Lol All I thought of was Richard speaking with an Irish brogue. lol ugh, nevermind I'm rambling

:eek: It must not be the right word! lol! Is singing/ singy accent an existing English expression? Please can any French speaker help? How would you translate "chantant"? :confused:

Daniela_CABJ
05-25-2005, 02:30 AM
Chantant = singer

delsa
05-25-2005, 04:17 AM
Chantant = singer
I think it is chanteur = singer...But thank you! :smooch:

silverwhite
05-25-2005, 02:38 PM
:eek: It must not be the right word! lol! Is singing/ singy accent an existing English expression? Please can any French speaker help? How would you translate "chantant"? :confused:

Singing, I think. ;)

tennisgirl19
05-25-2005, 08:00 PM
I understand what you mean now about the chantant. I just learned a word in French :woohoo: lol

tennisgirl19
05-25-2005, 08:10 PM
Post Match Interview- 2nd Round

Q. What was the difference between the first and third set? What were the problems for you in the second set? The first and third set went so smooth and easy, then the second set you had to play a tiebreak.

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) What is clear is that I had to break at 4‑3. It was a very good set. I was very focused. Everything was going fine. Then when I did not finish on my breakpoints, I felt very frustrated. I had two very bad moments from 2‑2 to 5‑All. I was lucky that I won in the end. It really improved my game.

Q. What do you think about the Nadal thing, if you're going to play against him in the next round?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) I will need to play fantastically if I want to win against Nadal because he's a great player. I will need to be extremely focused, to be in very good physical shape. It will have to be the perfect match on my side because otherwise I will not win.

But if I lose, it's not a drama. I know if this is the case it's going to be a great match because we will be on the central court. But we'll have to wait first and see if he wins. If he does, it will certainly be a fantastic match for both of us, and I hope to win.

Q. How would you characterize Nadal's game?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) He's running everywhere, all over the court. He's hitting very hard. He doesn't make any errors. He doesn't give you any points. Some players do, but he doesn't. It's zero mistakes.

I can hit harder than he does, but it's not easy to move him on the court. He's got a very good mental state and a very good physical state. He's very good, especially on clay. I will have to make a fantastic match if I want to win over him.

Q. Are you going to practice with a left‑hander tomorrow?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) No. I'm playing doubles with Gael tomorrow, but I know how to play Nadal. I've played against him. I know what to do and I know how to beat him. I will not try to train with a lefty tomorrow. I don't need that to play against Nadal.

Q. The French audience loves you and are very happy you're a strong player, but on the other hand they have high expectations. Does this bother you or put you under any pressure?

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) Well, I'm very pleased that I won on the Suzanne Lenglen court and the central court. It's the first time I was on the central court, and it's not obvious. It's true that I try not to be worried too much. It gives me a lot of confidence to play already on the central court. After a few matches on the central court, I will certainly feel better.

Q. Obviously, there have always been teenagers that have made an impact on the tournament. I'm wondering if you're surprised by you, Nadal, Berdych, a lot of these guys that are young and having success.

RICHARD GASQUET: (In French.) What is exactly the question? It's true there are many young players. Nadal is certainly the best. I don't know whether there has ever been somebody as good as him in teenagers, fifth in the ranking, 18. There's Gael and other players in other countries. But I think it's very good for tennis at large. It's good in France to have new blood coming into the tennis. I think it's a good thing for the sport.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

Q. Do you enjoy playing with all this pressure from the audience?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, it's a great pleasure. There's a lot of tension before you start. But if you win a match like this in the central court, it's fantastic with the stands full of people. It was a bit hard today, but I did play quite well and I had great pleasure playing with such a great audience.

Q. Was the match today the sort of match that gives you more confidence before playing Nadal?

RICHARD GASQUET: We will have to wait until Nadal actually wins today (smiling). I'm pretty sure he will, but let's wait.

I think my tennis is good. I have played well in Hamburg, and I will have to raise my level to play him. It's good to have two matches before that.

Q. What sort of lesson do you take from the last time you met him?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, my tennis was good, but I was far too tired to win over him. He returned impossible shots. I was very tired. I was very tired. But I'm still very proud of the match I played against him. I will have to improve for the day after tomorrow.

Q. Do you feel relief because during the first two rounds everybody was expecting you, saying you were a favorite? There was a lot of expectation. Do you feel a bit of relief now?

RICHARD GASQUET: I'm very pleased, very relieved that I won these two rounds against good opponents. It was not all that easy. Now it's a very big match awaiting me. I'm not necessarily the favorite. It's fantastic to play against Nadal. If I can win over Nadal, that would be absolutely fabulous.

Q. You knew that this match was in the offing for the third round. Was it a problem?

RICHARD GASQUET: No. I'm delighted to play in Roland Garros on Suzanne Lenglen. I didn't think too much. I knew the third round would be a difficult match. Before that, two difficult matches.

Q. Do you remember the last time you played him?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, I do. I do. He was running all over the place. He's still like that. It's a very hard opponent.

Q. Were you surprised the first time?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes. I knew him already, I knew his tennis was fantastic. But it was incredible to see how much energy he had. He was 14 at the time, remember.

Q. You nearly played doubles together, but he was injured. How do you think you're going to feel to play against somebody that is a friend after all?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, it's different from playing against another countryman. It's very special for me to play against Nadal because we've always been compared. But it's still different from playing against another French player. I think it's special for him, too.

Q. How did you feel today as compared with the first round? You were a bit calmer, no?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes. It was not familiar, playing for the first time in the central court. At one point I had problems and I had to really be focused on my game. I tried my best to remain absolutely collected. During the first round, it was different. I was in a different situation.

Q. On central court, it's a bit difficult to find your bearings, no?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, yes. It's a big court and you have the wind that really gives you problems on the central court.

Q. You mentioned these cases of comparison between you and Nadal. Do you find it heavy?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, thank God there's only one Nadal because otherwise it would be difficult to play on the circuit. But it's no problem. I'm a young player, as well. No, no, the fact that people compare the both of us doesn't create any problems for me.

Q. The forecast for Friday is that it's going to be very hot on Friday. Is that a good thing for you?

RICHARD GASQUET: It's good for me. It's good for me. Today was very fast. Compared with Hamburg, for instance, it was very different, especially playing for the first time on the central court. If Friday is good weather with a lot of sun, it's going to be fantastic on central court.

Marine
05-25-2005, 09:07 PM
The beginning of that video could interest you...Richie in the locker room after his match...
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/index.php3?date=2005/05/25&id_article=38

+ 2 others ones
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/index.php3?date=2005/05/25&id_article=36
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/index.php3?date=2005/05/25&id_article=37

tennisgirl19
05-25-2005, 09:34 PM
oOoo Nice :inlove:

delsa
05-25-2005, 10:49 PM
This one is nice too: http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/index.php3?date=2005/05/23&id_article=31

tennisgirl19
05-25-2005, 11:52 PM
Very, very nice. Great thing to see before bed :hearts:

Daniela_CABJ
05-26-2005, 02:43 AM
why does he have to speak so fast?!?!?!?! I had to play the videos three times to understand him :(

thanks for the links! :)

tennisgirl19
05-26-2005, 08:25 PM
I watched the videos today in school and they were amazing. Thanks everyone.
Even my friends has to stop what they were doing when he stood up with the towel on. lol

Richard :inlove:

Cindy19
05-27-2005, 03:23 AM
For me, English and Franch are all very very difficult to understand...

tennisgirl19
05-27-2005, 07:31 PM
Post-Match Interview

Q. Were you bothered by the high balls?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes. What really bothered me is that he is physically stronger than I am. For instance, he resisted much better than I could with the heat and long rallies. The lift was a real problem.

Q. Do you think that with the heat the balls were bouncing much higher and, therefore, you had to hit them at a higher point than you are used to?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, that's true, and it didn't help me. But on top of that, the heat was really a problem. I had a problem to resist the heat during three sets. I found it very hard today. It's got nothing to do with the surface, it's got little to do with his tennis, but it's very difficult to be 100% with such heat.

Q. Why did you feel very tired?

RICHARD GASQUET: Middle of the second set, it was very hot. I was thinking, "Two and a half sets more," or, "Three sets more," and it was awful.

In the various tournaments I played before, the first two rounds, that didn't help me. He was physically stronger than I am. I have a lot to work on.

Q. Do you think if you work on it, you can be at the same level physically?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, we have the same age. I think he's much more mature than I am physically. I haven't worked so much on my physical shape. We are the same age and I feel like a junior player and he's like a senior player. He is there 100% physically, which is not my case. I am not ready for such a situation.

Q. Do you think that he's the only one to return the sort of shots that he was returning?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, yes. You have the feeling he's never tired. He's always there. He's running all over the place. It's very hard for the opponent.

Q. At the end of the second you called Bernard. What was the problem?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, I was sure, because I knew I couldn't start again if I stopped too long. It's lack of habit on my side. It would have been very hard if I had stopped too long.

Q. Have you done that before?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, it was total emergency, I tell you. It was an emergency.

Q. What was your mental state when you started the match, when you got to the court?

RICHARD GASQUET: I felt well, and I'm very happy with the tennis I've played for the last couple of months. Even if I lost today, I really enjoyed playing a big match on the central court. It has given me an idea of what I'm still missing.

I'm very happy with my last two months of tennis. I know it was difficult. I had to struggle on the court.

Q. You said that probably he could resist pressure more than you could.

RICHARD GASQUET: No, no, no. Not at all. The pressure wasn't the problem. It's purely physical. I didn't have any problem with the pressure or the tension.

Q. Since you were below him, don't you think you should not have played doubles?

RICHARD GASQUET: No, there was no problem yesterday. I didn't waste a lot of energy yesterday.

Q. Can you tell us what was your tactic in your mind before the match, and when did you realize that you could not really implement the tactic?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, I know that I could move towards the net, but I could not physically keep the same game of serve and then net and back and forth. I just couldn't hold the rhythm. The more the match went on, the more difficult it was.

Q. The fact that you played against him in Monte‑Carlo, did that help?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes and no. No, not really. I know exactly how he plays, but you can know how the opponent is playing and that might not give you the weapons to win.

Q. Talking about your serve, your first serve was not as good as it was in Monte‑Carlo, for instance. Do you agree?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes. The heat again. The heat again. And it's very difficult to give all the energy in your first serve and then to carry on with the same intensity. I found it very difficult.

It was not possible for me today. I could not physically.

Q. What sort of memories are you going to keep from this Roland Garros?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, I was a bit stressed before the first round. I was hoping to do my best. I'm very happy that I went to the third round. I lost against Nadal ‑ no shame to that.

I've been working the last couple of months only, but I had a break for two or three months, which didn't help. During the last couple of months, or two months which I worked, I think I played quite good tennis. So we'll see for the future.

Q. How do you see the Nadal‑Grosjean match?

RICHARD GASQUET: Well, he will run to the net, but it's going to be a difficult match.

Q. Are you going to rest now?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, a few days. Just probably until I go to the grass tennis, to England.

Q. What do you have in mind?

RICHARD GASQUET: Queen's, Nottingham and Wimbledon.

Q. Do you like that surface?

RICHARD GASQUET: Yes, no problem. It's a good surface for me. I can serve, volley. I can play on grass very well, just as well as on clay. It's well adjusted to my game.

Q. Do you intend to watch the match, Grosjean‑Nadal?

RICHARD GASQUET: No tennis. I've had my share for this time. Maybe I will watch it on television.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. It was a very hot day and the court was very fast and hard. He hits with such heavy topspin. Even at your height, was it difficult to hit the shots you wanted because the ball was constantly up around your shoulders?

RICHARD GASQUET: (Translated from French.) I'm not very tall myself, so it was very difficult for me. The height was really a problem. It was a really quick court today. Especially on the backhand, I had to face balls that were bouncing very high. I have problems with people that are better physically than I am. I have a great difficulty facing the rhythm.

Q. Your best moment was perhaps early in the second set when you broke back and hit two very strong backhand winners. What was your confidence level at that point?

RICHARD GASQUET: (Translated from French.) Well, yes, these were two fantastic backhands and I won a number of points there. But I knew it was going to be difficult to repeat such a success. It was the fruit of a lot of effort.

I knew after that, my energy would go down, which was the case.

Q. Of course this is a very big crowd. The crowd was excited even two days ago when this match was joined. How much did you feel the crowd today on the court, and did it help you at all?

RICHARD GASQUET: (Translated from French.) Yes, they did support me a lot. I was trying my best, but it was not easy. It was hot, and I found it extremely difficult. I could feel that he was much better physically than I was. I would have liked a court where the tennis would have been less fast and with less heat. I mean, that was the main problem. I would have loved to have given a better show to the public.

The Nadal one is very lovely also so might as well post it. He's so complimentary of Richard. I love the last question about what he said to Richard at net. So sweet :bounce:



Q. Was it easier than you expected?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) Of course. Before the match, I can't think I won 6‑4, 6‑3, 6‑2, no? I think Gasquet and me, we have pression, and I think the pression ‑‑

(In Spanish.) I'll say it in Spanish or else I'll get in trouble. Pressure affected us both, and I think probably, with everything that has been said, he had more pressure than me.

(In English.) And I think I play really good today, no?

Q. Back to the final point of the second set where you had to make a difficult backhand shot with your back to the net. Can you describe it in your own words?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) I don't know. Is very important point. I can won the point, and that is very important, because I can won the second set, no? When I won the second set, the match is better for me, no?

Q. How difficult was it?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) I don't know. All points is difficult. This one is difficult for the point and is difficult for the moment, no?

Q. At the end of the match when you congratulated Gasquet, you put your arm around him and spoke to him. Could you tell us what you told Gasquet?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English) No. I ask him if he have any problem, any physical problem, because I see you a little bit tired. So he say to me, "No, I am okay. You play very well. Very good luck for the rest of tournament," no? We speak a little bit.

Q. In English, French or Spanish?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) In English (smiling). In my best English.

Q. How much did it make it easier for you that you were able to break him the first time he served in each set?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) Yeah, that's important because to begin the match with breaks is important for the ‑‑ ("tranquilita") to be calm.

Q. Now that you've had this first time Grand Slam meeting, the two of you, there will be more over the years, what is your feelings about the future of your rivalry?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) I don't know. I don't think so. Only Gasquet and me in the tour? We have lots of players ‑ Federer, Coria, Hewitt, not only this one, no? Normally in the next years, it's come back a lot of players, too, no? We not only have Gasquet and me.

Q. It was very hot today. The courts were very fast and hard.

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) Better for me, I think.

Q. How much more bounce did you get from the ball with your topspin today?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) Yeah, I think the weather is better for me because I can ‑‑ the ball is when touch, bounces, is go good up, and that is important for me, no? For my game, that very important.

THE MODERATOR: Any other English or French?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) No!

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Spanish.

Q. Now that it's all over, this comparison with Gasquet, do you think there's another player who can be a rival of yours?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, as I say, I don't think that you should have a rivalry with one player because there are many players. There's no one special player to be your rival. I mean, I'm not the best person to compare myself with anyone. I think I'm just a player among others, and I try to play as best as I can. There's nothing else.

I mean, we all try to play our best tennis. I don't think there's a rivalry between two players specifically. I think we're all rivals. We all want to win.

Q. I want to ask you, what about those pants you wear? Do you wear them because you like them or because you're paid a lot of money to wear them?

RAFAEL NADAL: Neither reason.

Q. But why do you wear these long pants? They're really strange. Where did you get the idea? Do you think they'll be allowed in Wimbledon?

RAFAEL NADAL: But those trousers are white.

Q. One woman tried to dress in white and it was a problem.

RAFAEL NADAL: 50 years ago, everybody wore those types of pants.

Q. But not today. Don't you think it would be better to play with shorts?

RAFAEL NADAL: No. I've been playing with these pants for some time. Nike decided I should wear them. Actually, I feel perfectly all right in them.

Q. And you've been winning a number of matches in them.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, that's not an excuse. I'm not going to start saying I've won or lost for reasons of heat or pants. I think these pants are extremely comfortable. I feel perfectly at ease. I don't think they're any different from shorts.

Q. This is a marketing idea by Nike?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, but I like them.

Q. Do you think there's been too much talk and too much written on this match beforehand?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I think that probably there's been a sort of rivalry made up between myself and Gasquet, and I don't think that it exists. I think we're two young players. Obviously here in France, there's much talk about their very good players. I think probably he's going to be very soon in the Top 10.

We both try to play as best we can. There's been a lot of talk. Possibly he's been affected by the pressure as I have. The fact that he was playing at home was possibly an extra pressure for him. That might have affected him and favored me.

Q. You started your first victory with an excellent score, but you've been improving your tennis since.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, the fact that I won today, I'm of course delighted. This was not an easy match in any way. Of course I'm delighted with my game today in spite of all the pressure and everything that was being said about the match.

Q. What do you think made the difference in the end between you and him?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think I was feeling quite strong out there on court. I think it was very difficult for him to make the point. We had very high shots, and a lot of players have problems with that. Gasquet is one of the best players on the tour.

But the fact that the clay was very dry today, the bounce was rather high, this might have been a problem for him. Because of these high shots, he might have lost a few points. That might have helped me dominate in this match, make him run around. This favored me.

Q. Today you've probably overcome a great hurdle. Is this a new tournament that's beginning?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I must say it was a difficult match. Well, I felt quite well previously, with Malisse in particular, but I was probably thinking too much about this particular match. After that I'll just take it one match at a time.

Each match is a different story. I'm improving my game day after day. I'll try to do my best. I know that in any case as time goes on in the tournament, the matches will get more difficult and I could lose at any time. It's not because I've won this match that everything is done. I'm very happy with my game, but I'm very aware of the fact that I can lose any time.

Q. Is there anything in your life that has affected you, some special place, when you were very young?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, Roland Garros is a very important tournament for me. It's one of the most important in the year, and I would love to play well here. But I don't remember anything that struck me especially. I've watched a lot of finals here since I was a kid, but I don't remember anything special. There was Courier, Corretja with Moya, Berasategui, there was Bruguera. I remember a number of finals I watched here, but nothing special. I've come here to try to do my own game and to get my own name on the list.

Q. Would you bet on a final Nadal‑Federer?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it can't be the final. Of course, the important thing is to reach the semifinal, which it would be against Federer. But I still have a few matches to get through. I don't like to think too far ahead. I don't even know about the next match. Is it Stepanek? Are they in the fifth set? Did Grosjean win? They're still playing? Is there a break?

Q. Federer was asked what he thought about the video, the cameras, for the replay.

RAFAEL NADAL: And he said he didn't like them, didn't he?

Q. Yes.

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, personally, I don't see why not. I think it's a novelty. It's interesting to be able to ask the linesmen to show me what happened exactly. I think it can be an interesting innovation. But I think it's also possible that you can only do it three times during a set, because otherwise we'd be doing it all the time.

Q. 5‑4, Love‑30, you were serving. Of course, the crowd was all for Gasquet. How did you face the difficult points?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I had a similar situation in Monte‑Carlo. I was leading, then I lost a set, and in the end I lost the tiebreak. This time it was beginning to look pretty much the same. I was calm. I think I saved a few important points at Love‑30.

The first set was, of course, very important because there were difficult things, long rallies. I think this was actually good for me; it was important for me to win that first set.

Q. A comment about the crowd. Was it what you expected? Did you like it? Was it positive to have so many people with so many expectations around this match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I thought it was lovely. They obviously supported Gasquet. It's perfectly normal, of course. That, I completely understand. But there was never any lack of respect. I think that was wonderful.

I would like to actually thank the crowd for their wonderful participation.

Q. You spoke to Gasquet at the end of the match. What did you say to him?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, now I'm going to be able to say it in Spanish. It's easier for me. I asked him whether he had a physical problem because I saw that he was rather tired at the end of the match. In spite of having lost three sets to love, he said nothing was wrong with him, that I'd played very well, wished me good luck. I congratulated him for his recent successes. He wished me good luck for the rest of the tournament.

We do get on very well. There's no problem between us. We're good friends.

Aleksa's Laydee
05-27-2005, 07:39 PM
Q. At the end of the match when you congratulated Gasquet, you put your arm around him and spoke to him. Could you tell us what you told Gasquet?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English) No. I ask him if he have any problem, any physical problem, because I see you a little bit tired. So he say to me, "No, I am okay. You play very well. Very good luck for the rest of tournament," no? We speak a little bit.

Q. In English, French or Spanish?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) In English (smiling). In my best English.

Q. You spoke to Gasquet at the end of the match. What did you say to him?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, now I'm going to be able to say it in Spanish. It's easier for me. I asked him whether he had a physical problem because I saw that he was rather tired at the end of the match. In spite of having lost three sets to love, he said nothing was wrong with him, that I'd played very well, wished me good luck. I congratulated him for his recent successes. He wished me good luck for the rest of the tournament.

We do get on very well. There's no problem between us. We're good friends.

aaawwwwwww how cute!!!

linus
05-28-2005, 04:05 AM
they are both the good guys. i like them so much.
match has been over, but the tennis is continuing, let's wait to see!

Cindy19
05-28-2005, 04:48 AM
i watched the match from the third set, and the TV repoter said: Rafa 2 sets advance..." i didn't believe that... and my called me and said( she is Rafa's fan):" hey, dear, your honey will lost the game, i'm sure!"
i was very very angry.
one match it doesn't mean anything!!!

silverwhite
05-28-2005, 06:14 AM
I hate to admit it, but I'm beginning to like Nadal. He seems like a genuinely nice person and has a great sense of humour (in front of the press at least :p ).

Cindy19
05-28-2005, 07:48 AM
now i'm looking forward that Nada against Roger... and i think nada will be the new king.

deflori
05-28-2005, 12:13 PM
Dont know if this was posted before,but a nice portrait
http://roland-garros.france2.fr/touteslesvideos/index.php3?date=2005/05/20&id_article=8

rabbit_boi_313
05-28-2005, 12:47 PM
Richard :sad:
well better luck next time :wavey: :worship:

tennisgirl19
05-28-2005, 07:35 PM
Nice Rafa photo! Really cute drawing.

And yes, Nadal does seem like such a nice guy. He seemed very real and genuine which I liked. I hope he wins the entire thing now!

Thanks for the link :bounce:

Marine
05-28-2005, 07:36 PM
I hate to admit it, but I'm beginning to like Nadal. He seems like a genuinely nice person and has a great sense of humour (in front of the press at least :p ).

But he will play Seb, I know I'll hate him still a bit more tomorrow evening :mad:

tennisgirl19
05-28-2005, 07:47 PM
But he will play Seb, I know I'll hate him still a bit more tomorrow evening :mad:

lol, ESPN actaully showed parts of his 3rd round match when they had time to fill. I was impressed for a change.

Daniela_CABJ
05-29-2005, 01:43 AM
Rafa seems a really cool guy, he's been nice when he was here in Argentina :)

tennisgirl19
05-30-2005, 01:06 AM
oh, Daniele did you met Rafa when he was in Argentina?

Daniela_CABJ
05-30-2005, 02:10 AM
my friend and I went only to see him... we said "this is a huge oportunity to see him, we don't know if he's coming back again"... Rafa played against Potito Starace and won easily, after the match we went to him close and there were a lot of kids, and he stopped and signed for everyone, and he's been really nice to the press too. :)
That day was great cause we also saw Carlos Moya training with Juan Monaco.

Cindy19
05-30-2005, 03:02 AM
Rafa said to a Chinese reporter:"i can speak a little Chinese"
i don't know is that true, but this seems that he is a really genius haha

angelical
05-30-2005, 04:46 AM
Post-Match Interview

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English) No. I ask him if he have any problem, any physical problem, because I see you a little bit tired. So he say to me, "No, I am okay. You play very well. Very good luck for the rest of tournament," no? We speak a little bit.

Q. In English, French or Spanish?

RAFAEL NADAL: (In English.) In English (smiling). In my best English.


I don't know who's seen the video that goes with this interview but Rafi is absolutely adorable when he said the "in my best English" part lol

angelical
05-30-2005, 04:52 AM
What you may not know is that Richard has an accent when he speaks French too since he comes from the south of France he has this lilting (is that the correct term??? hope i can rely on my Harrap's dictionnary) accent that makes us imagine the sunny lands of the "Midi"...
I speak French - well I like to say I do, lol. Put it this way, my spoken French isn't as strong as I'd like it to be so big big thanks for all those French interviews because I use them for some practice too, lol.

Even though I know about the languedoc I can't really hear the difference (sorry if I've offended anyone) :p

Rugby is a massive sport where I'm from (NZ) so if Richard ever decides to give up tennis for rugby, he'll be very welcome here! hehe. (although rugby's such a rough game but at least there'd be tons of coverage)

cyberllo
05-30-2005, 06:18 AM
richard lose the game,I am so sad.He is so qute guy,I like him so much,I will always suport him

Cindy19
05-30-2005, 10:26 AM
hey, girl, come on don't be sad
he will win agian let us cheer for him

tennisgirl19
05-30-2005, 07:57 PM
Rugby is a massive sport where I'm from (NZ) so if Richard ever decides to give up tennis for rugby, he'll be very welcome here! hehe. (although rugby's such a rough game but at least there'd be tons of coverage)

He would play the 5/8 position of course just like Daniel Carter, lol and yes that part of the video is soo cute. lol

Looking forward to Queen's Club, Hopefully Richard will get a good draw!

lizabeth..*
05-30-2005, 11:25 PM
Rugby is a massive sport where I'm from (NZ) so if Richard ever decides to give up tennis for rugby, he'll be very welcome here! hehe. (although rugby's such a rough game but at least there'd be tons of coverage)

A fellow Kiwi?! Bless...(Yes, I am actually from NZ :lol: ) Where abouts are you from?! And Sinead.....you know about Dan Carter?! :eek: (or did I mention him in one of my emails?! *lol*) That man is sex on legs and a wonderful wonderful wonderful player...so happy the Crusaders won on the weekend.

(P.S - I'm obsessed with rugby...wahahaha)

Cindy19
05-31-2005, 05:39 AM
rugby? i know nothing about that. oh... is there a team named REd socks in America?? and i think i know a story about this team...

i like football, haha

angelical
05-31-2005, 09:14 AM
A fellow Kiwi?! Bless...(Yes, I am actually from NZ :lol: ) Where abouts are you from?! And Sinead.....you know about Dan Carter?! :eek: (or did I mention him in one of my emails?! *lol*) That man is sex on legs and a wonderful wonderful wonderful player...so happy the Crusaders won on the weekend.

(P.S - I'm obsessed with rugby...wahahaha)
So do you acknowledge yourself as a kiwi? I can imagine all the flack you'd cop in Oz for that lol. I'm from Auckland.

Mmm... Dan Carter! Oh yeah, go the Crusaders! Yeah, I'm from Auckland but I'm cheering on the Crusaders lol. I only become obsessed with rugby when the All Blacks are playing in the bigger international tournaments (like the World Cup) and at times I'll take a bit of interest in the Super 12

Marine
05-31-2005, 06:04 PM
Richard is a big fan of rugby as he precided in an interview before RG.

Ehh Liz, Jonah Lomu was at RG the last week, he was interviewed by our journalist ! He impresses me so much :eek: LOL

delsa
05-31-2005, 06:43 PM
:sad: Richard is a big fan of rugby as he precided in an interview before RG.

Ehh Liz, Jonah Lomu was at RG the last week, he was interviewed by our journalist ! He impresses me so much :eek: LOL

Yeah but his hometown team Beziers leaves the top 16 for the pro D2...he must be sad for them :sad: ...since i even read in an article that he used to train with the Serignan or Beziers team (don't remember which one exactly) for his physical exercises...so he must actually know a few players of the Beziers team. And in the region where he comes from rugby is a "religion" and a big part of the regional culture so...he must have rugby in his heart as an "héraultais"...
I love rugby too and i'm for the Stade toulousain (from Toulouse, France) the first team ever to be European champions for the third time!... :worship:
The French rugby team tour in South Africa and Australia begins in two weeks and i can't wait. I look forward to the exciting matches we're going to see even if the 'cockerells" loose...Madagascar used to be a fast improving new nation of rugby but everything has stopped since there have been political problems there but they are rebuilding...In the meantime i support the French team...since i live there...
I love football too like everyone that has a little bit of European blood in his veins (basically like "everybody" i'm tempted to say since it's almost the first sport everywhere except in North America and in the Pacific so...) it's a true "religion" here they love it so much and take it so (too much sometimes...) seriously except in the South of France where rugby is the first sport...
But Madagascar don't even have a football team: very depressing... :sad:
And yes Marine: Jonah Lomu, one of the best rugby player in the world was at RG!! He is such a great person. :worship:
Wow! that was a long post! :eek: That's what happens when someone brings me to the subject of rugby... :p

Marine
05-31-2005, 07:37 PM
I know Richard trained with "le stade français" (paris rugby club) 2 years ago.
And he supports PSG in football.

delsa
05-31-2005, 07:52 PM
I know Richard trained with "le stade français" (paris rugby club) 2 years ago.
And he supports PSG in football.
Oh! betrayer! lol (i guess he trained with the SF because he was missing the rugby atmosphere so much in Paris and it's more fun to work out with other people because working out sucks but he said many times that he supported Beziers (of course...how wouldn't he?) and followed their results and many commentators mentioned it during some of his matches...I know why you think he supports PSG (this group where he's supposed to have posted messages under the name richardpsg, right? :lol: Really it's evident that it was not him posting... :rolleyes: but i think he may like this team) :)

Marine
05-31-2005, 08:00 PM
I know why you think he supports PSG (this group where he's supposed to have posted messages under the name richardpsg, right? :lol: Really it's evident that it was not him posting... :rolleyes: but i think he may like this team) :)

I didn't think to that... he said it several times, the last time in an itw 2 weeks ago, he uses to go to parc des princes when he can, he lives just next the stadium (so... nest to RG )

*julie*
05-31-2005, 08:00 PM
:sad:

Yeah but his hometown team Beziers leaves the top 16 for the pro D2...he must be sad for them :sad: ...since i even read in an article that he used to train with the Serignan or Beziers team (don't remember which one exactly) for his physical exercises...so he must actually know a few of the Beziers team. And in the region where he comes from rugby is a "religion" and a big part of the regional culture so...he must have rugby in his heart as an "héraultais"...


True that Rugby is a religion in Languedoc. (I must be the exception cos I am not really keen on Rugby!!!)

Btw, I don't know if he will be really affected by Beziers leaving the top 16. :rolleyes: I don't remember where I saw that pic where he was wearing the shirt of the Stade Français. So probably, he supports Paris.

He betrayed his motherland!!! :fiery:

;)

Marine
05-31-2005, 08:02 PM
True that Rugby is a religion in Languedoc. (I must be the exception cos I am not really keen on Rugby!!!)

Btw, I don't know if he will be really affected by Beziers leaving the top 16. :rolleyes: I don't remember where I saw that pic where he was wearing the shirt of the Stade Français. So probably, he supports Paris.

He betrayed his motherland!!! :fiery:

;)

ehhh it's couragious of him to admit his support for PSG and Le stade Français, people prefer generally to make fun of their supporters :rolleyes:

delsa
05-31-2005, 08:23 PM
He doesn't support SF but likes them and know their players since he's part of the Paris Jean Bouin structure he's seeing them a lot...and Guazzini offered him the SF jersey it was written somewhere (i must find this article...) that he was wearing at the draw in Metz (that's the pic you're talking about...). So he supports PSG...no problem for me...but really in rugby that's Beziers, i'm sure of it. Of course Herault is not in the heart of the "Ovalie" since it's not (clearly) in the South-West (but still some people think it is so...) but really you are an "exception" julie i think... :lol: ;) And there's Toulon in the South-East (the RCT will be in the top 14 again next season and their stadium (Mayol) which has one of the hottest atmosphere of all will be one of the best venues next year!!!) who steals the show...so Beziers is not the most appreciated team...
So many posts on this subject! lol!

*julie*
05-31-2005, 08:48 PM
Yes! And now people laugh at the Beziers team a lot cos it was a brilliant and legendary team (many titles) and from the day the city invested in this expensive stadium, the team collapsed.

No more good results and a magnificient stadium which is always empty... :rolleyes:

delsa
05-31-2005, 08:59 PM
Yeah! Like a friend's grandpa says: " le grand Beziers c'était quelque chose" but he's 82...that alone says a lot about the fact that Beziers hasn't been good since a long long time... :lol:
But aren't we going a bit off topic here? (I know i kind of started all this but i think we should refocus, no?...)
Sorry about this. I hope we aren't annoying anyone...

tennisgirl19
05-31-2005, 09:21 PM
A fellow Kiwi?! Bless...(Yes, I am actually from NZ :lol: ) Where abouts are you from?! And Sinead.....you know about Dan Carter?! :eek: (or did I mention him in one of my emails?! *lol*) That man is sex on legs and a wonderful wonderful wonderful player...so happy the Crusaders won on the weekend.

(P.S - I'm obsessed with rugby...wahahaha)

I only know about Daniel Carter from Jean(angelical) because I know that's she a fan of him and we were talking about him the other day with the 5/8 position. I've seen plenty of photos of him too.
As you can tell I have no nothing about rugby (since it isn't big here at all, does the US even have a rugby team?). All I know is that I like looking at some photos I've seen of the players, hehe.
The whole rugby talk is so confusing. I have no idea what's going on but it doesn't bother me. I am getting educated in other sports. lol

:)

tennisgirl19
05-31-2005, 09:22 PM
btw, one more thing I read an article on Richard about having a flat nose and a straight back which would make it perfect for rugby what does that even mean??

Here is the quote from it:
"Gasquet was born in Beziers, a southern French town better known for its rugby team than its tennis players, and the tall teenager would not look out of place in the second row with his flat nose, straight back and bullish neck."

*julie*
05-31-2005, 09:32 PM
Sorry I am not good enough in english!
I didn't understand the "he would not look out of place" :scratch:

delsa
05-31-2005, 10:20 PM
It means they think he has the body shape close to those of the second rows (who are on the second row in the scrum ,numbers 4 and 5...) but it's false since they are really "big" compared to him and he doesn't have a flat nose ( let alone one like an "old experienced already many times hurt" (lol does it even mean something?) second row nose...).
Yes the USA have a rugby team that fought really well the last time the French went touring North America...(last summer...) and they are making progress very quickly (that's what was said at that time by the press at least).
Julie i think it means :" il pourrait avoir sa place" (ne fais pas attention à la négation) or "il n'aurait pas l'air ridicule au milieu de/ en deuxième ligne..." (avec une tournure franchouillarde...).
It's really kind of you tg19 to react the way you do but i really think we (especially me...sorry about that again) got a bit carried away there...I think i'll stop now.

*julie*
05-31-2005, 11:05 PM
Thank you Delsa for the translation.
Then, I really disagree with this article. IMO he doesn't look like a rugbyman.



It's really kind of you tg19 to react the way you do but i really think we (especially me...sorry about that again) got a bit carried away there...I think i'll stop now.

I did it too. Sorry for that tennisgirl. ;) We were very off topic.

lizabeth..*
06-01-2005, 12:27 AM
So do you acknowledge yourself as a kiwi? I can imagine all the flack you'd cop in Oz for that lol. I'm from Auckland.

Mmm... Dan Carter! Oh yeah, go the Crusaders! Yeah, I'm from Auckland but I'm cheering on the Crusaders lol. I only become obsessed with rugby when the All Blacks are playing in the bigger international tournaments (like the World Cup) and at times I'll take a bit of interest in the Super 12

Sorry to head off track again :lol: I do consider my self kiwi but I don't tend to get too much thrown at me for it...I used to live in Auckland too :)

tennisgirl19
06-01-2005, 01:57 AM
Thanks for so much Delsa for explaining what that means. Of course I am still not 100 percent sure of everything rugby, but I believe I understand what you mean. So when they said "flat" nose they meant that a lot of the players break their noses often which causes it to become flat and since they believe he already has a flat nose he would be fit in perfectly? Stange if I am understanding that correctly. And that's great the US has a rugby team that is doing well. Its not popular here at all. If you ask most people they would probably have no idea what the sport is even about. I prefer it to American football from what I've seen of of it thus far. (A lot of people here if they talk about it relate it to American football)

You really don't have to aplogize for getting off topic. Its not big deal, and now I am even talking about rugby and I know hardly anything about it. lol Sometimes off topic things are good! It keeps a board/thread alive :cool:

tennisgirl19
06-01-2005, 01:58 AM
btw *juile* are the players called rugbymen like you said in your post. I mean is that an official name for them? Just a bit curious b/c I like the way that sounds. hehe

*julie*
06-01-2005, 09:01 AM
Well I didn't pay attention to my sentence and "rugbyman" must sound very strange in english...:lol:
We also call the tennis players "tennismen" sometimes instead of "joueurs de tennis" because it is shorter I think.
But I don't really know if the french academy is happy with this "franglais"!!!

tennisgirl19
06-01-2005, 08:59 PM
Aww tennismen are soo cute too. I love that!! Its like an endearing nickname sort of thing (well I mean its sounds like that to me anyway, lol)

Franglish? LOL :haha: I always heard of Spanglish but never Franglish. But it makes sense if there is a term for a combination of English and Spanish,why shouldn't there be one for English and French

Cindy19
06-02-2005, 01:50 AM
Spanglish? A film?

angelical
06-02-2005, 08:56 AM
Franglish? LOL :haha: I always heard of Spanglish but never Franglish. But it makes sense if there is a term for a combination of English and Spanish,why shouldn't there be one for English and French
Franglish? Frenglish? that's what I speak! LOL :haha:

linus
06-02-2005, 01:12 PM
i wanna post some from interview with marat safin in which safin tells something about his opinions on our richard and nadal, but i have no time recently, now let us see, i think marat likes richard very much ^_^

“ Q. Most people seem to be tipping Nadal, but you've seen Gasquet at Monte‑Carlo. What can you see in his game that's so special?

MARAT SAFIN: He's typical French player. He has beautiful technique, good serve. He can do everything. He can volley. He can play on the baseline.

And Nadal is little bit ‑‑ he's incredible player from the baseline. Doesn't miss one ball. He fights every single point. He doesn't have any huge weapons, but he is there all the time, he is consistent, he is fighting and he gonna be there forever.

Gasquet is more of a ‑‑ let's put it this way, more ‑‑ a nicer player, like nice technique, you know. Just beautiful. It's nice to watch him.

But Nadal, he's pretty good in the head. Mentally, he's really good. ”

Marine
06-02-2005, 04:19 PM
Nice guy this Marat :yeah:

richard gasquet
06-02-2005, 05:48 PM
thats why I like(like many others lol) so much marat :) he is so cool and humble. :yeah: :worship:

thanks for the interview ;)

tennisgirl19
06-02-2005, 09:03 PM
Yes, Cindy Spanglish was a film. Thanks for reminding me of that

Great Marat interview. Gosh, he's even cooler in my book now! :drool:

Cindy19
06-03-2005, 01:40 AM
Have you seen this film? i saw it, it's funny.

Richard Gasquet-----haha, a nice name!

Daniela_CABJ
06-03-2005, 04:02 AM
Marat Safin's a great guy, I always have fun when I'm watching his interviews :)

Cindy19
06-03-2005, 12:22 PM
yeah!!!!
in fact Marat is my fav player, i like his temper( how to spell that?)
i like to see that he break his racket...he is to sex!!!!!!

tennisgirl19
06-04-2005, 02:27 AM
Nope I have never seen Spanglish.

Marat is a riot on (and off) the court. Watching him you won't know what will happen next and that's what I love about him. He brings excitment to the game and probably makes a lot of non-tennis fans actaully interested in b/c they want to see what he will do next( ex: dropping of the shorts last :haha: I loved that)

linus
06-04-2005, 03:40 AM
so happy but sometimes with a lot of sadness when we who in love with him think of marat ^_^

and i am so happy to hear that here you all like him too, in my opinion, richard has some same characters with marat's, they are both nice to watch, lovely, nice plays on the court and espical and more more more.....

Cindy19
06-04-2005, 07:34 AM
in fact, i want to tell you something about myself, i'm a girl, but i think some times i like marat very much. you know, i mean my bad temper...and that's the reason why i like marat...

skeiji
06-04-2005, 11:05 AM
here's an Article from deuce magazine, i don't know if you 've seen it :D


who do you love
From DEUCE

France boasts tow of the ATP's hottest young stars in formar world junior no.1s gael monfils and Richard Gasquet.……Angelique Winogradsly, wife of gasquet's former coach Eric Winogtadsly, talks up the 18-year-old, who in 2002 won his first atp match at 15 years,10 months.


Richard Gasquet
By Angelique Winogradsky


I know Richard because my husband was his coach for nearly two years. He's kind, very shy ,but when you know him, he's funny.he likes to joke around. He's got so much talent, he's a genius on the tennis court.

It's ture that he's had a lot of pressure from a very young age and it's always been a distraction. But he has never become pretentious; He's always remained reserved and taken success with a lot of humility. From that point of view, he's remarkable.

He dose feel the expectations, though, and it's not always easy for him when you go on the court with that in the back of your mind. He's got so much talent that one day soon he'll make his mark on the atp circuit. It's a question of maturity. Mybe he's not quite ready yet. We must remember that he's still only 18 and is already ranked in the top 150.

linus
06-04-2005, 11:25 AM
:worship: :worship: thanks to skeiji,

the article is so wonderful, what the lady said is so familiar with what i think about our richard,

yeah, nice funny shy talented humor

let our le petit prince mature by his rhythm :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

delsa
06-04-2005, 11:46 AM
I like your avatar very much skeiji! ;) Those Bernard Chenez humoristic drawings are really cute! lol: "Je rigole! Je rigole!" :lol:

tennisgirl19
06-04-2005, 04:58 PM
Thanks a lot for the article! I think it describes him perfectly. Too bad that its talks about him when he was 150 in the world not like now when he is 31st!!!
Great though!!! I love it!!
I have the Deuce Issue from last year with Andy on the cover. I want to subscribe to this year's but haven't had the chance.

Marine
06-04-2005, 07:35 PM
Richard was at nadal/federer's match yesterday...I didn't see him but I read it in L'equipe, he was expecting to see this match "I won't miss a match like that !", and Roger was his favorite :sad:

delsa
06-04-2005, 07:40 PM
His favorite to win it not necessarely his favorite the way you meant it Marine... ;) I read this little article too. It was more of pronostic than a hope or something.

Marine
06-04-2005, 08:10 PM
Yes of course, it means he thought Federer was going to win. But I think he was his favorite in another way...he loves Roger's game, and I suppose he's quite jealous (officieusement) of Nadal, everybody uses to compare them. :)

delsa
06-04-2005, 10:34 PM
I don't think so. He's not the kind at all to be jealous. He always answers he's more surprised than anything else when people compare them because they don't have the same style of play at all and because they've got such different personalities (Nadal's flashy Gasquet is shy and low key etc...), different social backgrounds (Nadal's from a rich family that is accustomed to fame in professional sport since his uncle was a very famous football player whereas Gasquet comes from a lower middle class family from a very small south of France village with his two parents being tennis teachers...) and everything...What he admits not to like is the fact that people always refer to Nadal when speaking to him and try to build a rivalry between them because for him there is no rivalry at all and he doesn't want to play the medias' game and says that he'll take his time to progress even if many people put all these expectations on him. He repeated many times "I won't follow them there. I'm like i am that's what i learned during my horrible last year and i'll make with that." and blah blah. It was in an interview/article he gave to L'Equipe like two months ago (and in a recent Eurosport video interview...). There are so many articles that should be in this thread that aren't...It will need a lot of research if we want to put them there...

tennisgirl19
06-05-2005, 02:35 AM
Great post Delsa.

There is no rivarly(yet). The media only wants their to be a rivalry to there will be some excitement in the next few years. They only comapre to each other since they are the same age. Its great to see Richard not fallling into the media's trap. I have so much respect for him for doing that.

Daniela_CABJ
06-05-2005, 03:47 AM
skeiji, thanks for article! :)

Delsa, I agree with you! but press sometimes (all the time) makes that kind of things...
you can't compare things that are not similar, that's what I Think.

linus
06-05-2005, 05:30 AM
right! you r right, me too ^_^

richard can get better and better, but must follow his own rhythm, not others'.

i will wait to see that happens, not worry at all

in my eyes, he has done so wonderfully from the year beginning, he is our prince, good!

silverwhite
06-05-2005, 06:24 AM
they don't have the same style of play at all and because they've got such different personalities (Nadal's flashy Gasquet is shy and low key etc...), social background (Nadal's from a rich family that is accustomed to fame in professional sport since his uncle was a very famous football player whereas Gasquet comes from a lower middle class family from a very small south of France village with his two parents being tennis teachers...) and everything...

Those are some very good points. It's funny because Nadal has the flashier personality while Richard has the flashier game.

Cindy19
06-05-2005, 07:03 AM
tonight, i hope nadal will win the game, because Federer always wins the championship, he makes the match so boring.

delsa
06-05-2005, 07:18 AM
tonight, i hope nadal will win the game, because Federer always wins the championship, he makes the match so boring.
I hope Nadal will win Roland Garros and won't do a "Coria" too because he really deserves it and it's bad for tennis and the RG tournament image if there's a hold-up by the outsider in the final two years in a row...So VAMOS RAFA!! :) :D ;)

Marine
06-05-2005, 08:36 AM
he makes the match so boring.

:eek: :eek: :eek: :tape:

tennisgirl19
06-05-2005, 07:37 PM
Well, Rafa won!!! :woohoo: I couldn't be any happier! I was in tears :bigcry: Vamos Rafa~!

Grass season is here! Go Richard!

Marine
06-05-2005, 08:58 PM
I was almost in tears when Federer lost in semi, and really annoyed not to see a 5th set today. :o

delsa
06-05-2005, 09:10 PM
I was really happy with Rafa's win!!! He makes a great Roland Garros champion and with his difficult run he deserved to win. And he's the king of clay! And he's the fourth youngest RG winner too!! Congratulations to him but although he can play on many surfaces it'll be another harder story on grass for him...But well done Rafa!!! :worship:

Cindy19
06-07-2005, 01:05 AM
Hey Marine, i mean that Federer is too big too great and nobody can defeat him. he is the king, i just want to see some new face...so i'm gald that rafa's won. somebody said that there two kind of peoples in tennis now, one is Federer and other is someone want to defeat him.

tennisgirl19
06-07-2005, 01:18 AM
18/05 14h37 - Tennis, Davis Cup

Forget thinks of Gasquet

Guy Forget made it clear that it could convene Richard Gasquet for the next match of the team of France out of Davis Cut against Russia.

In a press conference which took place in Paris, Tuesday, the captain of the team of France, Guy Forget, declared that the good recent performances of Richard Gasquet could enable him to be selected for the next match of Davis Cut against Russia " Richard surely will belong to the voyage to Moscow if it continues to make us dream ", has it says. This match proceeding on beaten ground, Biterrois has all its chances to be called.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.hardmicro-fr.net/modules/actualite_sportive/article.php%3Fstoryid%3D262&prev=/search%3Fq%3Drichard%2Bgasquet%2Barticles%26hl%3De n%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26c2coff%3D1

Daniela_CABJ
06-07-2005, 04:37 AM
he's gonna be on the team for sure...! he deserves it :)

Cindy19
06-07-2005, 11:48 AM
i know that there are some troubls between Coria and Gaudio in their team, i don't know is that true

Lbyf
06-07-2005, 01:40 PM
That'll be great if he comes to Russia.I'm gonna to see these matches and I hope to see him playing alive!

silverwhite
06-07-2005, 01:43 PM
That'll be great if he comes to Russia.I'm gonna to see these matches and I hope to see him playing alive!

Which side will you be cheering for? :p

Lbyf
06-07-2005, 01:49 PM
Oh, that's a very difficult question, actually I don't know. I think I'll cheer for a good tennis, but if Richard plays I'll try to support him.

Daniela_CABJ
06-07-2005, 02:34 PM
i know that there are some troubls between Coria and Gaudio in their team, i don't know is that true

they never got along... If i have to choose I'm on Gaudio's side, lol, but everything's ok... they don't get along, but they're not gonna kill each other (at least I hope so)... Gaudio didn't play last time in Davis Cup because he got injured, and I don't think he's gonna play now cause he hates grass...

tennisgirl19
06-07-2005, 09:00 PM
I also think Richard is going to get chosen to play. Its going to be his first time. How exciting!!! Going against Marat and Nikolay(tough one).

I'm on Gaudio's side too. I actually don't like Coria. Gaston is my favorite Argentine player.

Cindy19
06-08-2005, 06:27 AM
Oh Yeah!!!! you know why? because I'm on Gaudio's side too. haha!!! it is kinda cool!
like you tennisgirl, Gaston is my favorite Argentine player too, i really hope i can see him this year in shanghai

linus
06-08-2005, 07:45 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: i have been rocked for a long time, from i knew russia will meet france in davis cup after the round 1, for i like them both so much, so much :mad: :mad: :mad:

marat, kolya, youzh, igor, i like them all, paulo, gro, of course richard, i like them the same, what can i do, i don't know, never know :sad: :sad: :sad:

the meet must run into my eyes, i will be very sad and most nervous and now marat has a serious knee hurt, it makes me sadder

how to do it? how to? no answer, never :mad: :mad: :o

linus
06-08-2005, 07:54 AM
then for my gato, i have less worry, watch him play on the court, i feel so enjoyful, he always brings me much happiness and enthusiasm. sometimes his characters and behaviors will remind me of marat and paulo :devil: :devil: :devil:

i think coria has some trouble not only with our gato but also with other agentine players. this year's ARAG world cup, they had so much complain on coria, i felt it is worse, and from the pics taken there, they looked not friendly as germans :confused: :confused: :confused:

oh, it is nothing, as gato said, professional players has few friends in the tennis circle, but he prefers to moya and marat :angel: :angel: :angel:

tennisgirl19
06-08-2005, 09:50 PM
Yes I remember all the stories now from the World Team Cup. I remember reading some quotes and it was some pretty juicy things.

girL_
06-09-2005, 11:23 AM
if he comes to play in Russia I'll have to be torn in two parts. one of them will be cheering for Russia (naturally)
the other one will be completely into Richy)))

linus
06-09-2005, 06:41 PM
after he defeated mario, the report from REUTERS:

{Tenth seed Gasquet, who has never progressed beyond the first round at Queen's before, took a significant pre-Wimbledon scalp to show he can translate his impressive claycourt form on to the slicker surface.

The 18-year-old, who reached the Hamburg Masters final last month, edged the first set against 2004 Wimbledon semi-finalist Ancic.

After a second set lapse Gasquet dominated the decider to set up a quarter-final against either Briton Greg Rusedski or Czech Radek Stepanek. }

silverwhite
06-09-2005, 06:53 PM
The tournament never interviews Richard. It's always just the top players and of course, the Brits. :o

delsa
06-09-2005, 07:00 PM
The tournament never interviews Richard. It's always just the top players and of course, the Brits. :o
Maybe that's just because of his bad English... :o

richard gasquet
06-09-2005, 07:14 PM
perhaps if he reach the semis they will transcript an interview :rolleyes:

or perhaps he will have to reach the finale?? :o

delsa
06-09-2005, 07:30 PM
From Reuters:
SLICK GASQUET

Roddick hopes this week to emulate Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe who both won a hat-trick of Stella Artois titles. He will play either French seventh seed Sebastien Grosjean, whom he beat in each of the last two Queen's finals, or American James Blake in the last eight.

Tenth seed Gasquet, who has never progressed beyond the first round at Queen's, took a significant pre-Wimbledon scalp to show he can translate his impressive claycourt form on to the slicker surface.

The 18-year-old, who reached the Hamburg Masters final last month, edged the first set against Ancic.

After a second set lapse Gasquet dominated the decider to set up a quarter-final against fourth-seeded Czech Radek Stepanek who downed Briton Greg Rusedski 6-3 7-6.

"It was hard but I recovered well in the third set," said Gasquet.

This is the only bit of what he said after his match that we're going to know about... :o :rolleyes:

lizabeth..*
06-09-2005, 11:20 PM
Maybe that's just because of his bad English... :o

Bad English...or not English? ;)

tennisgirl19
06-10-2005, 12:20 AM
Thanks for the article :angel:

silverwhite
06-10-2005, 04:55 AM
"It was hard but I recovered well in the third set," said Gasquet.

This is the only bit of what he said after his match that we're going to know about... :o :rolleyes:

We get ONE quote! :woohoo: :lol:

delsa
06-10-2005, 07:55 AM
We get ONE quote! :woohoo: :lol:
Exactly what i thought seeing this! :lol: Hopefully we'll get two next time... :o

linus
06-10-2005, 11:02 AM
^_^, then we ll get three, four~~~

till the day we get so huge words, we ll be shocked~~~~~ :devil: :devil: :devil:

delsa
06-10-2005, 05:00 PM
To cheer me up after Richie's defeat today (and because we don't have a single interview from the Queen's... :( ) i rewatched these press conferences in Hamburg where he spoke in English (if we can call it like that... :lol: ) and god it was so funny and touching: he seemed to be really frustrated not to be able to say all he wanted with all the big sighs he heaved and the faces he was putting...And French journalists (and himself! : the guy doesn't take himself too seriously that's good... ;) ) were making fun of it! :lol: ...
"Je suis nul putain! C'est ridicule." laughing and the interpretor: "Mais non t'assures..."and "C'est pitoyable putain!"..."J'ai l'anglais d'un...hum... togolais!..." "Mais c'est déjà pas mal, non? Y'a du progrès quand même..." :lol: :haha: :rolls:
These quotes are already cult!

I hope to hear more of his cute broken English (and big French accent... ;) ) and of his comments about it in the future! lol!

http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/rm/Richard_Gasquet,14,1.ram

http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/rm/Richard_Gasquet,15,1.ram

Thank you Richie for the big laughs i had! ;)

silverwhite
06-10-2005, 05:21 PM
It's not that bad actually. His English beats my French any day. (Je pense que j'ai raté le DELF :o ) :haha:

silverwhite
06-10-2005, 05:28 PM
The first link didn't work, BTW. :confused:

Marine
06-10-2005, 06:06 PM
It's not that bad actually. His English beats my French any day. (Je pense que j'ai raté le DELF :o ) :haha:

But Richard travels a lot, he should be able to speal english now !!
And english is the universal language !
French is not useful...

*julie*
06-10-2005, 06:33 PM
The first link didn't work, BTW. :confused:

It didn't work for me aswell. :shrug:
I wish I could have seen this. Your quotes are so funny Delsa...

I liked so much the "y en a qui se foutent de ma gueule, c'est horrible..." in the press conference after Hambourg's final :haha:

Marine
06-10-2005, 06:52 PM
It didn't work for me aswell. :shrug:
I wish I could have seen this. Your quotes are so funny Delsa...

I liked so much the "y en a qui se foutent de ma gueule, c'est horrible..." in the press conference after Hambourg's final :haha:

Where did you listent to that ?? Hamburg's site ??

*julie*
06-10-2005, 07:04 PM
Where did you listent to that ?? Hamburg's site ??

Yes. On this link: http://62.201.170.1/livescoring/pc/rm/Richard_Gasquet,15,1.ram

silverwhite
06-10-2005, 07:33 PM
But Richard travels a lot, he should be able to speal english now !!
And english is the universal language !
French is not useful...

I really like the language. :p I'm really terrible at it though. My DELF oral examiner kept looking at her watch, which was a testament to how bad I was. :o

My French teacher likes to say, "French is a beautiful language. Please do not destroy it." whenever someone pronounces something wrongly. :lol:

Marine
06-10-2005, 07:41 PM
OMG TERRIBLEEEEE :haha:
That's so funny, I thought Arnaud was not beatable but ummmm...maybe Richard beats him !!! LOL
I love "ils s'foutent de ma gueule" and "explique j'vais pas savoir le dire en englais ça" !!! OOHH Richard please improve ur english !!! That's pathetic
(well mine is not better but I have excuses :p )

tennisgirl19
06-10-2005, 08:22 PM
I love those Hamburg audio/video clips!! :inlove:

Daniela_CABJ
06-10-2005, 08:31 PM
:lol: That's so funny :rolls:

we shouldn't be laughing!!! we're so mean :rolleyes:

delsa
06-10-2005, 11:03 PM
The first link didn't work, BTW. :confused:

I tested the first link i posted and it doesn't work for me too! :( And i don't know why or how to solve the problem... So here you can find the video in the middle of the page (it 's a thread about Richard from a Chinese tennis board wich Skeiji posted many links to everywhere :p...). I knew there would be at least a little something about this video somewhere in those 117 pages (!! :eek: ). What are you talking about with your Chinese friends Skeiji?!... :eek: ;) BTW thank you for making us able to know about this board...even though i don't understand Chinese...it turned out being useful.

Here's the link:

http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/newsdetail.asp?page=52&id=803612&posts=&dp=&lp=

And Atenea: it's not mean... We're just kindly laughing about his attempts (which are not so bad) at speaking English...But we could stop now...maybe you're right... ;)

linus
06-11-2005, 04:00 AM
o~~~~ the video made me so sad, he is just a boy, why ask him so long time ? when heared him, i felt upset,

richard, take it easy, time is around you, you can,you go~~~

angelical
06-11-2005, 09:39 AM
Thanks for posting.. those clips were so cute. His English is way better than my French (and I don't even want to admit how long I've been taking French).

Cindy19
06-11-2005, 02:01 PM
:lol: That's so funny :rolls:

we shouldn't be laughing!!! we're so mean :rolleyes:
mean girls haha, just like that film :angel:

tennisgirl19
06-11-2005, 03:18 PM
Its okay to laugh since we are laughing with him not at him.
:haha:

richard gasquet
06-11-2005, 06:07 PM
on the french newspaper l'Equipe today(try to resume for you)

they said that richard was in agony, he had since the begining of the queens tournament a serious tooth pain, he took many medecine to calm the pain but during the match against stepanek it was unbearable for him, the pain was too intense, he ask for the doctor in the first set.He said that he was tired because he didnt sleep with this pain, he got some accumulation of tiredness, if he was in good form he said that he would have win this match.

He come back to paris yesterday at night and has to meet his dentist to care him.He is not sure to play nottingham next week because of the surgery, he wants to be ready for wimbledon ant the rest of his season, he plans to play davis cup after wimbledon and 5 others tournaments on hard court in America.

Well not really good news :sad: but hope he will get better for wimbledon.

take care richard.

Marine
06-11-2005, 07:31 PM
on the french newspaper l'Equipe today(try to resume for you)

they said that richard was in agony, he had since the begining of the queens tournament a serious tooth pain, he took many medecine to calm the pain but during the match against stepanek it was unbearable for him, the pain was too intense, he ask for the doctor in the first set.He said that he was tired because he didnt sleep with this pain, he got some accumulation of tiredness, if he was in good form he said that he would have win this match.

He come back to paris yesterday at night and has to meet his dentist to care him.He is not sure to play nottingham next week because of the surgery, he wants to be ready for wimbledon ant the rest of his season, he plans to play davis cup after wimbledon and 5 others tournaments on hard court in America.

Well not really good news :sad: but hope he will get better for wimbledon.

take care richard.

Ohhh Richard :eek: :rolleyes:
C'est les dents de sagesse ??? Si oui, ils nous aura tout fait avec la varicelle...faut bien que jeunesse se fasse mais quand meme ! :mad:

(merci pour les news j'ai pas acheté l'equie aujourd"hui )

Daniela_CABJ
06-11-2005, 08:37 PM
Its okay to laugh since we are laughing with him not at him.
:haha:

That's so Homer Simpson :lol:

richard gasquet
06-11-2005, 08:45 PM
Ohhh Richard :eek: :rolleyes:
C'est les dents de sagesse ??? Si oui, ils nous aura tout fait avec la varicelle...faut bien que jeunesse se fasse mais quand meme ! :mad:

(merci pour les news j'ai pas acheté l'equie aujourd"hui )

Clair lol!n'empêche ça doit pas etre marrant pour lui, le pauvre :unsure:

*julie*
06-11-2005, 09:56 PM
Well once again he's very unlucky... He could have beat Stepanek for sure without this toothache. I hope he will recover soon.


Here's the link:

http://www.tennis.com.cn/bbs/newsdetail.asp?page=52&id=803612&posts=&dp=&lp=

And Atenea: it's not mean... We're just kindly laughing about his attempts (which are not so bad) at speaking English...But we could stop now...maybe you're right... ;)

Thanks for the link Delsa!
Very funny! That's not mean at all to laugh because Richard is laughing at himself too. Seeing his words, he seems to have a good sense of humour. ;)

angelical
06-12-2005, 12:11 AM
Its okay to laugh since we are laughing with him not at him.
:haha:
Well put Sinéad... lol. We're laughing with him. Ah, it's good to know Richard doesn't take himself too seriously... :p

tennisgirl19
06-12-2005, 02:01 AM
That's Homer Simpson? I've never watched the show (maybe once) but I'll take your word for it! :cool:

Poor unlucky Richard, :bigcry: Will he ever get a break?

Lilly112233
06-13-2005, 02:22 PM
"Je suis nul putain! C'est ridicule." laughing and the interpretor: "Mais non t'assures..."and "C'est pitoyable putain!"..."J'ai l'anglais d'un...hum... togolais!..." "Mais c'est déjà pas mal, non? Y'a du progrès quand même..."

y en a qui se foutent de ma gueule, c'est horrible..."
explique j'vais pas savoir le dire en englais ça"

Can someone translate it please, because i don´t understand a single word.... Thanks!!

*julie*
06-13-2005, 07:43 PM
"Je suis nul putain! C'est ridicule." laughing and the interpretor: "Mais non t'assures..."and "C'est pitoyable putain!"..."J'ai l'anglais d'un...hum... togolais!..." "Mais c'est déjà pas mal, non? Y'a du progrès quand même..."

y en a qui se foutent de ma gueule, c'est horrible..."
explique j'vais pas savoir le dire en englais ça"

Can someone translate it please, because i don´t understand a single word.... Thanks!!

Here is a translation:
"I am f***ing hopeless! That's ridiculous."
"Oh no you manage allright"
"That's f***ing pitiful" "I speak english like a ...hum... togolais!..." (don't know this word in english : people from Togo???)
"That's not so bad, is it? There's still progress..."

"People are laughing at me, that's horrible..."
"Translate it. I won't be able to say this in english"

:rolleyes: I hope that's correct.
@ Delsa: feel free to correct mistakes ;)

delsa
06-13-2005, 08:15 PM
:rolleyes: I hope that's correct.
@ Delsa: feel free to correct mistakes ;)
Why me? :shrug: :bolt: I find your translation perfect except I wouldn't have said "Peolple are laughing at me..." But something like: "I know some people that would /must be laughing at me right now..." since he says "y'en a qui...". Maybe he is refering to some in particular? :confused:

*julie*
06-13-2005, 09:03 PM
Why me? :shrug: :bolt:
Cos imo you speak a very good english as well as a fluent french! :shrug:

Everytime I read your posts I am like "oh she's right!" (especially the ones about Paulo)
I can't find my words to express myself and then you say exactly my thoughts.

Btw i agree with your translation of "y en a qui...". :yeah:

delsa
06-13-2005, 09:38 PM
Cos imo you speak a very good english as well as a fluent french! :shrug:

Everytime I read your posts I am like "oh she's right!" (especially the ones about Paulo)
I can't find my words to express myself and then you say exactly my thoughts.

Btw i agree with your translation of "y en a qui...". :yeah:
thank you but i don't really speak a good English it's just that i dare to post even if i know i'll make plenty of mistakes and sometimes (ok...very often :p ) i make up expressions that don't even exist in English and i sound ridiculous... :lol: but that's ok...i can live with that and as we say "le ridicule ne tue pas..." ;)
as long as what i try to say is close to being understandable for the most part...

tennisgirl19
06-15-2005, 07:09 PM
Gasquet ends Marray's challenge

Home interest in the Nottingham Open ended on Wednesday when Jonathan Marray, the last remaining Briton, was despatched 6-4 6-1 by Richard Gasquet.
Marray broke the Frenchman in the first game but was overpowered by Gasquet's groundstrokes as the match progressed.

The fourth seed broke back twice in the first set then exploited Marray's faltering serve to dominate the second.

Clay court specialist Gasquet took 62 minutes to make the last eight and said "I'm getting more confident on grass."

Meanwhile, Marray knows he has to improve if he is to get beyond next week's opening round at Wimbledon for the first time.

I didn't serve well against Gasquet and I have got to serve better than that if I am going to stand a chance (at Wimbledon)


The British number nine blew three match points against Karol Beck of Slovakia before losing 10-8 in the final set in SW19 last year.

But on the basis of this performance he admitted he has got to sharpen up his serve.

"I didn't serve well against Gasquet and I have got to serve better than that if I am going to stand a chance (at Wimbledon)," he said.

"I've had a dodgy six months and another dodgy day here. But I am hoping to get a decent draw at Wimbledon and then hopefully at least one win."

However, Marray believes Gasquet could do well at the All England Championships if he maintains his recent form.


Richard is one of the top players in the world at the moment," Gasquet said.

"His game may not be ideally suited to grass, but I think he could do well at Wimbledon if he keeps playing like this."

--- http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4096988.stm

Doesn't Richard seem a big arrogant talking about himself in the 3rd person like that and saying he is one of the best in the world?? :haha: That's a hilarious typo that BBC had. Someone who hates Richard would read that as use it against him. :lol:
Funny article :haha:

silverwhite
06-15-2005, 07:12 PM
:haha: Hilarious!

But nice of Jonny to say those things about Richard. :)

tennisgirl19
06-15-2005, 07:19 PM
Here is a Richard Wimbledon Bio from BBC. They have one for each seed.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41223000/jpg/_41223199_gasquet_getty_270.jpg
Born: 18/6/86
Nationality: French
Seeded: 27
World ranking: 27
Wimbledon best:
1st round (2004)
Recent record:
2004: 1st round
2003: N/A
2002: N/A

27. Richard Gasquet

The 19-year-old Frenchman has enjoyed a sensational couple of months, overshadowed only by his contemporary Rafael Nadal.

Like the Spaniard, Gasquet had long been touted as a potential Grand Slam champion before finally starting to realise that promise in 2005.

The breakthrough was a dramatic win over Roger Federer in Monte Carlo that catapulted Gasquet into the limelight.

He went on to lose to Nadal in the final, to Andre Agassi in Rome and to Federer in the final of the Hamburg Masters.

That hugely impressive run on clay came to an end against Nadal, yet again, at the French Open.

Whether Gasquet is quite ready to transfer his game to grass is doubtful.

His big shot is a truly exceptional backhand that already bears comparison with any in the game on clay, but the heavy topspin used may not suit SW19.

However, none of the big names would relish a potential third-round clash with the teenager from Beziers.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4613749.stm

delsa
06-15-2005, 07:25 PM
Clay court specialist ( < :rolleyes: ) Gasquet took 62 minutes to make the last eight and said "I'm getting more confident on grass."

"His game may not be ideally suited to grass, but I think he could do well at Wimbledon if he keeps playing like this."

These are the important bits of the article... ;) Richard should play against more Brits so that we'll have more articles, reports and wow! :eek: three quotes! ... :lol: (not more so far but that's getting better...) and a few compliments / nice overstatements about Richard like this one... :lol: (But Marray wasn't going to say that he was beaten by a bad player, was he?... :devil: )

delsa
06-15-2005, 07:28 PM
He went on to lose to Nadal in the final < :rolleyes: , to Andre Agassi in Rome and to Federer in the final of the Hamburg Masters.

So many typos from BBC SPORTS...

tennisgirl19
06-15-2005, 07:34 PM
Wow, I just skimmed the seeding one. I didn't realize that mistake either. You think they would check their facts before posting? Of course not :lol:

I agree, Richard needs to play (and beat) more Brits so we can have more news. And very good point that Marray wouldn't want to say he lost to a bad player. I would love to see a player come out and say that :haha: "I lost today to a really bad player. His ranking is like 70th in the world and his forehand is horrible. Have you seen it?" :haha:

*julie*
06-15-2005, 07:40 PM
Yes and this one:


Clay court specialist Gasquet took 62 minutes to make the last eight and said "I'm getting more confident on grass."



Since when he is a clay court specialist :confused:
Nadal, Coria, Gaudio,.... are but Richard is not imo. He can play in every surfaces. He said it enough in interviews.
So, I hope he will show them he can do well in every surfaces ;)

delsa
06-15-2005, 08:07 PM
Yes and this one:


Since when he is a clay court specialist :confused:
Nadal, Coria, Gaudio,.... are but Richard is not imo. He can play in every surfaces. He said it enough in interviews.
So, I hope he will show them he can do well in every surfaces ;)
And above all he prooved it by playing a final on hardcourt in Metz, a quarter final at the Queen's, winning many Challengers on hardcourt and clay, plus all the good results he had on clay that everybody know about... ;)
Saying grass is not is best surface is ok since it may be true but saying he's a claycourt specialist is clearly false: i don't know how he'd manage in front of one of the claycourt specialists on clay. It'd be very hard because he's not at their level but maybe clay is his best/favorite surface...

tennisgirl19
06-15-2005, 11:50 PM
Gasquet: "He's a good player on grass so it was tough at the beginning but I got better as the match went on. I feel like my game is getting better on grass and I think I can play very well on this surface and I'm looking forward to Wimbledon."

On being seeded for Wimbledon: "It's great to be seeded for Wimbledon. It means that I will avoid playing someone like Federer in the early rounds."

More and more quotes everyday!

:bounce:

tennisgirl19
06-16-2005, 12:39 AM
"El francés Richard Gasquet - en la foto-, en tanto, debutó con una victoria sobre el checo Tomas Zib por 7-6(0), 6-2, en 1 hora y 8 minutos. El juvenil galo tuvo seis saques directos y un 83% en puntos con el primer servicio.

En Nottingham, en tanto, Richard Gasquet accedió a cuartos de final al vencer al wild card local Jonathan Murray."

--ATP in Espanol

My translation: Meanwhile,the French Richard Gasquet, in the photo, debuted with a victory over the Chezck Thomas Zib 7-6(0), 6-2 in one hour 8 minutes. The young French had six aces and won 83% of point on the first service.

Meanwhile in Nottingham Richard Gasquet advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over local wild card Jonathan Marray"

Don't mind me, but I have a big Spanish exam on Friday so this is good practice for me. And its about Richard so :bounce: lol

linus
06-16-2005, 01:42 AM
i am so happy to see the quotes from richard, more often like those from marat, they are so funny and not same as others' http://bestsmileys.com/lol/1.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/lol/1.gif

silverwhite
06-16-2005, 06:23 AM
More quotes :eek:

http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/05/06/16/TENNIS_Nottingham_Marray.html

Gasquet - one of only three men to beat world number one Roger Federer this year - said: "I am now getting more confidence on grass and I know now that I can play serve and volley.

"I have to play more matches to be as good as I can be on the surface but I have reached two quarter-finals now so it is a very good time for me."

tennisgirl19
06-16-2005, 12:36 PM
Nice, thanks :hug:

richard gasquet
06-16-2005, 03:44 PM
richard beat paradorn srichapan 6-3 4-6 6-0 :)

he reach the second semi finale of the year after Monte Carlo :angel:

well done! :yeah:

*julie*
06-16-2005, 03:47 PM
he reach the second semi finale of the year after Monte Carlo :angel:



The 3rd with Hamburg ;)

richard gasquet
06-16-2005, 04:16 PM
The 3rd with Hamburg ;)

bien vu! :worship:

forgot it :D

tennisgirl19
06-16-2005, 05:26 PM
Gasquet beats champion Srichaphan
by the BBC

French teenager Richard Gasquet ended Paradorn Srichaphan's defence of his Nottingham Open title on Thursday.
The 18-year-old Frenchman boosted his grass-court credentials with an impressive 6-3 4-6 6-0 victory to reach the semi-finals.

Gasquet will play Taylor Dent next after Thomas Johansson withdrew from the match through injury.

In the other quarter-finals, Ivo Karlovic faces Olivier Rochus, and Max Mirnyi takes on Kenneth Carlsen.

Dent was leading 6-3 and 1-0 with a break when Johansson pulled out of their encounter.

Johansson had been had been visibly irritated by two line calls that went against him in the first set.

"I'm good friends with Thomas but it's an unspoken rule that you don't expect guys to change the calls," said Dent.

"I've played Thomas many times and had many bad calls go against me, so if he was expecting it, his expectations were misplaced."

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40633000/jpg/_40633892_gasquet_pa_203.jpg

delsa
06-16-2005, 06:00 PM
Loads of articles today...

RANKINGS BOOST FOR GASQUET from www.sportinglife.com

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Gasquet - through to last four. (Getty Images)

Richard Gasquet moved into the semi-finals of the 10tele.com Open in Nottingham on Thursday and confirmed his status as the new French number one.

Gasquet's 6-3 4-6 6-0 win over defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan means he will overtake countryman Sebastien Grosjean in the new ATP Tour rankings next week.

The 18-year-old admitted: "I am so happy to be number one in France because I have dreaming of this since I was a child."

"But I think France deserves better than to have a number one who is ranked only around 25 in the world."

Gasquet, who also reached the quarter-finals at Queen's Club last week, insists he is beginning to enjoy playing on his least familiar surface.

And he proved his point in the manner of his victory over Srichaphan which gives him a strong chance of celebrating his 19th birthday on Saturday with his first Tour title.

Gasquet made light of cold and blustery conditions to make a fine start, holding serve comfortably through the first set after an early break of his Thai opponent's serve.

Srichaphan, eager to hang onto the title he had claimed over Thomas Johansson last year, fought back to level the match but appeared troubled by a shoulder injury.

Despite the urgings of the home crowd, Srichaphan was not able to maintain the level required to combat the sublime shot-making of his opponent.

Gasquet's play was a joy to watch at times in the final set as he raced into the last four in style.

Gasquet, the former world junior number one, added: "I played well on grass against Mario Ancic last week but I played even better today."

"I am happy to be in the semi-finals on a grass court and it would be a great performance for me to get into the final here."

Srichaphan, who has been handed a tough Wimbledon first round draw against Marat Safin, paid tribute to his opponent.

Srichaphan said: "Today I had a chance but I didn't take it and Richard is definitely the man to watch for this tournament.

"He is young, fresh and confident and he has a great talent. He made it kind of tough for me out there today."


Taylor Dent will play Gasquet in the semi-finals after opponent Thomas Johansson withdrew through injury early in the second set of their last-eight match.

Dent was leading 6-3 and 1-0 with a break when Johansson - who missed the whole of the 2003 season with a knee injury - abruptly pulled out.

The Swede had been visibly irritated by two line calls which went against him in the first set, and never sufficiently recovered his poise.

Dent admitted the second call in question was bad but refused to take responsibility for not coming to Johansson's aid.

Dent said: "I'm good friends with Thomas but it's an unspoken rule that you don't expect guys to change the calls.

"I've played Thomas many times and had many bad calls go against me, so if he was expecting it, his expectations were misplaced.''

tennisgirl19
06-16-2005, 09:14 PM
Thanks Delsa :hug:

Here is something from the ATP Site:

Richard Gasquet thwarted Paradorn Srichaphan's title defense at the 10tele.com Open in Nottingham on Thursday 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. With the win, Gasquet will become the No. 1 player in France, overtaking Sebastien Grosjean, when Monday's rankings are released.

Gasquet won the match emphatically, taking six consecutive games while losing only nine points throughout in the third set. The fast-rising 18-year-old next faces Taylor Dent in the semifinals

Gasquet: "I really played a great match today. Getting to the semifinals is a great feeling. I came into this week without any expectations, just hoping to get some matches before Wimbledon, so it's a great feeling."

On becoming the No.1 French player: "It's a great feeling to be No.1 in France. But you know I hope that Sebasien [Grosjean] wins a lot more matches and gets up the rankings too. It's great to be No.1 in France but I'm still only around 25 in the rankings. France deserves better."

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/gasquet_nottingham3.jpg

tennisgirl19
06-16-2005, 09:55 PM
Gasquet On The Boil

World no.27, Richard Gasquet of France, who also happens to be the
No.27 seed for Wimbledon next week, served up the strongest warning yet to his rivals at The 10tele.com Open today that he's serious about winning his first ATP title here before heading to Wimbledon next week.

Today, the eighteen year-old from Beziers, confidently swept aside the defending singles champion in a solid display of tennis that thrilled the packed centre court.

After the Frenchman took the first set 6-3, his opponent, Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand, briefly rallied to win the second set 6-4. Clearly, the 2002 Thai of the Year had no intention of lightly being relieved of the title he fought so hard to win on the same grass court last year. However, ultimately Srichaphan was no match for an inspired Gasquet who lost only nine points en route to winning the final set 6-0.

Tomorrow, the Frenchman will play the first grass court semi-final of his career. Based on this performance, Gasquet's first round opponent at Wimbledon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, will need to be firing on all cylinders to stop the rising French star who has clearly set his sights firmly on the top.

For his part, the defending champion was gracious in defeat. "Gasquet is hitting the ball well and moving well. It was tough for me out there, particularly losing 6-0 in the third. He's playing well and hopefully he can keep it going into the next round. He's the one to watch for this tournament."

His opponent, smiling broadly after reaching the semi-finals said: "I played the third set incredibly – it was a perfect third set and now I have real confidence playing on the grass. Yes, I can win this tournament because I'm now in the semi-final. Yes, I hope to win here. It would be great."

richard gasquet
06-16-2005, 10:03 PM
I like richard being so confident.He seems really "cool" about the way he play since he come back from his chicken illness(dont remember the english name lol :D )

good luck for the next match against dent.

thank you tennisgirl for the interview ;)

delsa
06-16-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks Delsa :hug:

You're welcome and you should be the one thanked because you always do all the job posting articles, pics, stats and all: so THANK YOU TENNISGIRL19! :worship: :hug:

His opponent, smiling broadly after reaching the semi-finals said: "I played the third set incredibly – it was a perfect third set and now I have real confidence playing on the grass. Yes, I can win this tournament because I'm now in the semi-final. Yes, I hope to win here. It would be great."
This is a bold comment from Richie...
But Richard always smiles broadly that's just how he is so they shouldn't try to manipulate this and misinterpret it as a sign of overconfidence or arrogance...
I see them coming with the way they put it... :rolleyes:

tennisgirl19
06-17-2005, 02:19 AM
Your welcome also! :banana:

I really love that quote from Richard. I don't find it arrogant then again I am a fan of his so maybe that's why. He's getting better with his sound bites!

Allez Richard!

prazz_m
06-17-2005, 09:50 AM
i bring good news!! many of you seem to desperately counting quotes in his articles - well i bring you something better than a quote...an audio interview!!!! (yes i know it's not as good as a video but i'm absolutely stoked because it's in ENGLISH) haha

website address is: http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/gasquet_nottingham3.wma

it is just after he beat marray (?) i think (?)

enjoy

girL_
06-17-2005, 03:49 PM
thanx everybody for great articles and interviews... awww his english sounds sooooooo sweet:)))
I'm sooo miserable I don't have a chance to see him playing in nottingham... damn Russian tvcannels, no coverage for this torunament, only ordina open in Holland!!!

silverwhite
06-17-2005, 05:38 PM
New article on the Nottingham site: :)

http://nottingham.lta.org.uk/News/050617Day5Gasquet.htm

Inspired Gasquet On Course To Win
Richard Gasquet who turns 19 on Saturday, firmly claimed his place in the final when in just over an hour he overcame the American Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-2 on centre court here this afternoon.

The smiling Frenchman now has the chance to become the youngest winner in the 11 year history of The 10tele.com Open and to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen, Sebastien Grosjean and Cedric Pioline who lifted the title in 2000 and 1999 respectively.

"Being in the final is a great birthday present," said the French teenager.

"I hope to win this final to make it an even better birthday."

"I'm getting better and better each match, I played a solid match today and it was good to beat Dent as he is a good grasscourt player."

Gasquet 's opponent will be the 8th seed Max Mirnyi of Belarus who has quietly and confidently earned his passage into the final with a semi-final victory over 7th seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium. Rochus edged out the gargantuan figure of Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in their quarter-final yesterday.

[17.06.05 Report By Colin Hutchison]

silverwhite
06-17-2005, 06:31 PM
Another article.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Tennis/News/2005/06/17/1093012-ap.html

Richard Gasquet and Max Mirnyi advance to finals at Nottingham

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) - Richard Gasquet reached the final at the 10tele.com Open on Friday after beating Taylor Dent of the United States 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Gasquet, who turns 19 on Saturday and will be playing in his third ATP final, will face Max Mirnyi of Belarus. The Frenchman has never won an ATP title. "My returning was incredible today and while it is a great birthday present for me to be in the final, it will be even better for me if I can win," Gasquet said.

"My party must wait until I get back to Paris because I believe I can have a great Wimbledon too," Gasquet added. "I have played a lot of matches on grass and it was very good for me to beat a player as good as Dent on this surface."

Gasquet broke Dent in the first game and again twice in succession at the start of the second set. Dent was then warned for an audible obscenity.

Gasquet had to save only one break point against his serve in the match.

Mirnyi beat seventh-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-4, 7-5. Mirnyi had 17 aces, while Rochus had zero.

"I believe I am now in the position to establish myself and this is a payoff for all the work I have put in," Mirnyi said. "It was good to win but I did not feel I played as well as I have earlier this week because I was favourite and put a bit of pressure on myself."

Gasquet has never played the eighth-seeded Mirnyi, whose only ATP title came in 2003.

richard gasquet
06-17-2005, 07:01 PM
Another article.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Tennis/News/2005/06/17/1093012-ap.html

Richard Gasquet and Max Mirnyi advance to finals at Nottingham

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) - Richard Gasquet reached the final at the 10tele.com Open on Friday after beating Taylor Dent of the United States 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Gasquet, who turns 19 on Saturday and will be playing in his third ATP final, will face Max Mirnyi of Belarus. The Frenchman has never won an ATP title. "My returning was incredible today and while it is a great birthday present for me to be in the final, it will be even better for me if I can win," Gasquet said.

"My party must wait until I get back to Paris because I believe I can have a great Wimbledon too," Gasquet added. "I have played a lot of matches on grass and it was very good for me to beat a player as good as Dent on this surface."

Gasquet broke Dent in the first game and again twice in succession at the start of the second set. Dent was then warned for an audible obscenity.

Gasquet had to save only one break point against his serve in the match.

Mirnyi beat seventh-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-4, 7-5. Mirnyi had 17 aces, while Rochus had zero.

"I believe I am now in the position to establish myself and this is a payoff for all the work I have put in," Mirnyi said. "It was good to win but I did not feel I played as well as I have earlier this week because I was favourite and put a bit of pressure on myself."

Gasquet has never played the eighth-seeded Mirnyi, whose only ATP title came in 2003. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

journalists dont make well their job :o

richard met mirnyi last year in the last round of the qualies in the Paris Master Serie.Richard lost in straight sets whereas he had opportunities to beat him.It was a very close match and I think richard evolve since this match, he is not the same in his game,got much confidence, and its a finale, "his finale" because it will be his birthday, he will want to win it really so I would say richard in 3.

Allez richard :)

silverwhite
06-17-2005, 07:26 PM
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

journalists dont make well their job :o

richard met mirnyi last year in the last round of the qualies in the Paris Master Serie.Richard lost in straight sets whereas he had opportunities to beat him.It was a very close match and I think richard evolve since this match, he is not the same in his game,got much confidence, and its a finale, "his finale" because it will be his birthday, he will want to win it really so I would say richard in 3.

Allez richard :)

It was in the qualifying rounds, so unless they were Richard fans, they wouldn't know. It's not in the ATP records. :p

Richard lost in 2 TBs, if I remember correctly, didn't he?

tennisgirl19
06-17-2005, 07:49 PM
Gasquet: "I returned very well today. I think that was the key of the match, I barely missed a return. It's hard to explain when it's like that. Everything worked great today. It was the perfect match."

On his grass court form: "I knew I could play well on grass but I'm just happy to get getting so many good results on it."

On his birthday on Saturday: "It's great to be in the final on my birthday but it would be an even better birthday present if I can win tomorrow. It would a dream to win my first title on my 19th birthday."
--Atp Site

Richard Gasquet and Max 'The Beast' Mirnyi posted straight set wins on Friday to move into the final of the 10tele.com Open in Nottingham. Gasquet dispatched Taylor Dent while Mirnyi defeated Olivier Rochus. The two players will appear in their second ATP final this season.

The fourth seeded Gasquet, who will replace Sebastien Grosjean as the French No. 1 when the INDESIT ATP Ranking is released Monday, defeated No. 5 seed Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-2 in one hour, 10 minutes.

The fast-rising 18-year-old won 84% first serve points and was never broken. He broke Dent three times including the first game of match. In the second set, Gasquet stormed to a 4-0 lead and held on for the win.

On his way to the final, Gasquet also defeated Tomas Zib, Jonathan Marray and defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan. He will try to win his first career ATP title on his 19th birthday Saturday against the No. 8 seed Max Mirnyi. He lost to Roger Federer at the ATP Masters-Series Hamburg in his only other final appearance this year.

Max Mirnyi fired 17 aces in his 6-4, 7-5 win over Belgian Olivier Rochus. Mirnyi never faced a break point while converting two of three break point opportunities

The Beast served exceptionally, winning 85% of first serve points with a 78% first serve percentage. He only missed five first serves in second set and never double defaulted.

Mirnyi will try to claim his first ATP title of the season. He lost his only final appearance to Kenneth Carlsen in Memphis earlier this year, but avenged the loss in the quarterfinals here on Wednesday. He also defeated Sargis Sargisian and Hyung-Taik Lee in the opening rounds.

tennisgirl19
06-17-2005, 07:50 PM
The qualies match with Max was so close. I remember Richard had set points in each of the two sets and blew it. I can't remember the scores (I know that the 1st set went to a tiebreak and the second one either a tiebreak or 7-5 I think). It was really close.

Allez Richard :woohoo:

tennisgirl19
06-17-2005, 11:20 PM
Tennis-Teenager Gasquet into first grass final
By Alison Wildey, Reuters

NOTTINGHAM, England, June 17 (Reuters) - French teenager Richard Gasquet reached his third ATP final and his first on grass with a 6-4 6-2 semi-final win over fifth seed Taylor Dent at the Nottingham Open on Friday.

Gasquet's performance this week will make him his country's number one, overtaking Sebastien Grosjean, when the new rankings are released on Monday, the opening day of Wimbledon.

Gasquet, who turns 19 on Saturday, broke Dent in the opening game after the American serve-volley specialist double-faulted for the second time.

Dent, 24, a semi-finalist here last year, struggled with his serve and grew increasingly frustrated throughout the match.

Fourth seed Gasquet took the first game of the second set with his fifth break point and the match was over as a contest when the teenager broke again for a 3-0 lead.

His opponent in Saturday's final will be eighth seed Max Mirnyi of Belarus, who beat Belgium's Olivier Rochus 6-4 7-5.

BIRTHDAY PRESENT

"Being in the final is a great birthday present," Gasquet told reporters. "I hope to win to make it an even better birthday."

Gasquet, who hit the headlines when he beat world number one Roger Federer in Monte Carlo in April, has grown in confidence on grass.

He reached the quarter-finals at Queens Club in London last week and is seeded 27th for Wimbledon where he will hope to improve on last year's performance when he lost in the first round.

A baseline player, Gasquet was not afraid to come to the net against Dent, who won the Newport title on grass in 2002.

"I'm getting better and better each match. I played a solid match today and it was good to beat Dent as he is a good grasscourt player," Gasquet said.

"My return was good today. That was the key to the match as his service pushes you," added Gasquet, who defeated defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarter-finals.

Gasquet has previously reached the ATP finals in Metz in 2004 and Hamburg earlier this year.

The second semi-final between Mirnyi and crowd favourite Rochus went with serve until the 10th game of the first set. Mirnyi, who is better known as a doubles player, relied heavily on his serve, hitting 17 aces in the match.

The 1.95 metre Belarussian booked his place in the final with the first break point of the second set, returning a Rochus smash that the Belgian could only watch as it flew past him.

Mirnyi, whose only ATP singles title came in Rotterdam in 2003, beat Gasquet at the Paris Open last year and said he thought he would start slight favourite against the young Frenchman.

"I'd like to be putting myself as favourite as far as being more experienced, but at the same time Richard has had some great results this year and been playing great tennis," Mirnyi said.

"I beat him last year in Paris and would like to extend that run."

delsa
06-18-2005, 03:14 AM
There is a new audio clip of Richard's interview, this time in French, after his SF win over Dent on the atp site:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/gasquet_nottingham5.wma

linus
06-18-2005, 06:11 AM
though i know french so so so little, but i can get something happy, thanks:);)

Cindy19
06-18-2005, 06:18 AM
haha...i need a french teacher now...

dismey
06-18-2005, 09:39 AM
haha...i need a french teacher now...

I have no knowledge in French, too :tears:
I need a french teacher also, but my mum wont give me money to pay for one. :( She thinks i should focus on my study, and she says"no silly thoughts plz!!".......

dismey
06-18-2005, 09:45 AM
lucyflory writes "Next week, Richard will be heading to SW19 for the third Grand Slam of the year - Wimbledon. Richard has been showing some fine form on grass this June, so will confident about his chances of doing well at this prestigious tournament...



In the first round Richard, who is seeded 27, has been drawn against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. The two have never played before. Gasquet is seeded to meet rival, Rafael Nadal in the third round. Yesterday, British commentator, Mark Petchy, after looking at the draw, tipped Gasquet to make it to the semifinals of Wimbledon!

Richard will play his opening match on Tuesday at Wimbledon.
"

Have you read this????

I love that commentator and I want to give him a big kiss for his insight!! :banana:

richard gasquet
06-18-2005, 02:28 PM
It was in the qualifying rounds, so unless they were Richard fans, they wouldn't know. It's not in the ATP records. :p

Richard lost in 2 TBs, if I remember correctly, didn't he?

lol silverwhite but what about professionalism???they should know everything about richard because he will be the real player to watch this year and for the next years :D :angel: ;)

silverwhite
06-18-2005, 02:46 PM
lol silverwhite but what about professionalism???they should know everything about richard because he will be the real player to watch this year and for the next years :D :angel: ;)

:lol:

delsa
06-18-2005, 02:46 PM
lol silverwhite but what about professionalism???they should know everything about richard because he will be the real player to watch this year and for the next years :D :angel: ;)
True but among many others... ;)

Aleksa's Laydee
06-18-2005, 03:40 PM
Birthday Boy Gasquet Claims Title
France is this afternoon celebrating its third winner of The 10tele.com Open title after 19 year-old Richard Gasquet, the No.4 seed won the first ATP title of his career on the grass courts of The City of Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Gasquet, who turned 19 today, now follows in the footsteps of his fellow countryman, Sebastien Grosjean, who five years ago also won the first grass court title of his career in Nottingham. In 1999, the Cedric Pioline defeated Kevin Ullyett (Zimbabwe) to become the first French winner of the tournament.

Currently ranked 27th in the world and as the 27th seed for Wimbledon, 2005 has seen Gasquet enjoy his best season since he turned professional in 2002. One of only three players to have defeated world no.1 Roger Federer (Switzerland) this year, Gasquet is now certain to rise still higher up the rankings next week to become the no.1 player in France.

However, after today's performance on grass courts that have been highly praised by players, it's likely that The 10tele.com Open will be the first of many more ATP titles destined to be claimed by the prodigious talent from Beziers.

Prior to their finals match today, Mirnyi and Gasquet had encountered each other only once on court. At the Paris Open in 2004, Max 'The Beast' Mirnyi narrowly defeated the Frenchman 7-6(9), 7-5 in the first round of a tournament played on carpet. Today, it would be very different as Max Mirnyi traded shots with an inspired Gasquet.

A capacity 3,304 centre court crowd were treated to a brilliant display of tennis by the young Gasquet. The Frenchman, watched by an audience that included a sizeable French media corps, took the first game of the match on serve and then broke Mirnyi's first service game of the match to lead 2-0 within 15 minutes.

Gasquet went on to record a double break in the first set with a series of stunning backhand and forehand shots down the line that must have left Mirnyi wondering if his opponent was the same player he defeated six months ago in Paris.

Within 40 minutes, Gasquet had taken the first set 6-2. The birthday boy was on track to enjoy a very special 19th birthday. Perhaps he was inspired by the knowledge that the likes of Swedish tennis legend, Bjorn Borg (1974-1975) at Roland Garros and former world no.1 Andy Roddick have both celebrated birthdays during tournaments they have won.

In the second set, 6ft 5 Mirnyi thundered across several powerful serves but it was Gasquet who retained his composure against the quiet man from Belarus who throughout this week has been noted for his ice cool demeanour. Gasquet was soon up 4-1 in the second set and mentally preparing for a momentous first ever ATP career victory; a statistic clearly not lost on the appreciative audience.

At 5-2 up, Mirnyi briefly came back to take the next game but the seemingly inevitable result was realised a game later when Gasquet, 5-3 and 40-0 up served for the match. After a fault on his first serve, Gasquet made no mistake with the second and moments later stood with his arms outstretched above his head as he secured the first ever ATP victory of his career. He had lost just one point on his serve in the second set and took just one hour and three minutes to win the match 6-2, 6-3.

During the presentation ceremony, Mirnyi was gracious in defeat, even initiating the crowds singing of a rendition of happy birthday.
Shortly thereafter, a birthday cake was brought onto centre court and as the tournaments youngest ever singles winner briefly swapped his treasured trophy with a birthday cake for the benefit of photographers, a broadly smiling Richard Gasquet was savouring every moment of what will always be a very memorable 19th birthday.

After telling the crowd that as the newly crowned champion of The 10tele.com Open he looked forward to returning to Nottingham next year, Gasquet told the press corps: "When I'm back in Paris after Wimbledon I will celebrate my win and my birthday.

"It's good for me to win this tournament – I played well and I'm very happy to have won my first title." Asked about his hopes for next week at Wimbledon and a potential third round meeting with Rafael Nadal (Spain), Gasquet said; "I don't know how far I can now go at Wimbledon … we will see. I have a lot of confidence now. The newly crowned singles champion of The 10tele.com Open added: "I want to return next year to defend my first ever 10tele.com Open title."

After explaining that his cut finger was obtained by opening a can of tennis balls, a gracious Max Mirnyi simply said: "He has got better since we last played. From my point of view I was not able to play like I would have hoped to. He (Gasquet) made good contact with the ball, he served well and there was good variety to his game. It's now a unique and special moment for him. Good luck to him."

After the prize ceremony on centre court, Patrick Hughesman, tournament director, highlighted the success of a tournament that celebrated its 11th year this week. "In perfect weather, a capacity centre court crowd has watched a gripping 10tele.com Open singles final between two of the most exciting players on the circuit.

"It has been a fitting finale for a fantastic tournament and I very much look forward to 19th June 2006 when many of the stars of world tennis will once again be battling hard on the superb grass courts at The 10tele.com Open."

The doubles final is now being contended between top seeds Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Todd Perry of Australia vs. the 2nd seeds and Israeli pair of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

Next year, The 10tele.com Open will take place between 19th and 24th June 2006

:bigwave:

tennisgirl19
06-18-2005, 04:02 PM
Amazing article :cool: I love how it described everything that happened. Alright my turn now,

Gasquet Triumphs on 19th Birthday
---From the ATP Site


French prodigy Richard Gasquet celebrated his 19 th birthday in style on Saturday, capturing his first career ATP title at the 10tele.com Open in Nottingham. Gasquet, competing in his third career final (Metz 2004, Hamburg 2005) defeated No.8 seed Max Mirnyi 6-2, 6-3, in 1 hour, 3 minutes.

Gasquet improved with each match this week and looked at ease on the grass as he tamed Mirnyi’s powerful serve and volley game with relative ease, breaking his opponent three times throughout the match and never facing a break point. The Frenchman only lost one point on his serve in the second set.

Gasquet fired four aces during the match and becomes the youngest ever winner of the 10tele.com Open.

The win completes a remarkable week for Gasquet who will overtake Sebastien Grosjean and become the No.1 French player in the INDESIT ATP Entry Rankings when Monday’s standings are released.

Nottingham was also where Grosjean captured his first career title, back in 2000. At the time, Grosjean was coached by Gasquet’s current coach Eric Deblicker.

Gasquet joins Cedric Pioline (1999) and Grosjean (2000) as the only Frenchmen to have won this title.

Gasquet earns 35 INDESIT ATP 2005 Race points and € 44,100. En route to the title he defeated Tomas Zib, Jonathan Marray, defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan, Taylor Dent and Mirnyi.

Gasquet improves to an impressive 20-5 at ATP level this year and continues to shine in 2005. The 19-year-old also captured two Challenger titles, in Barletta (d. Di Mauro) and Napoli (d. Starace), Italy.

Gasquet made his ATP debut in 2002 AMS Hamburg when, at 15 years, 10 months, he became the youngest player ever to qualify for an ATP Masters Series event. He defeated Franco Squillari to become the youngest player to win an ATP match since Tommy Ho at Rye Brooke, N.Y. in August 1988.

Mirnyi, particularly gracious in defeat, orchestrated a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in his on-court speech following his loss as a packed crowd joined in.

Mirnyi is now 23-15 in 2005 and is now 0-2 in ATP finals in 2005 (Memphis, l. to Carlsen). He was bidding for his second career ATP title (Rotterdam 2003).
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WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Gasquet: “I’m so happy to have won my first tournament. It’s a very special moment for me, especially to win on my birthday.

“I’m getting used to grass more and more and starting to play as well on grass as I was on clay. It’s great for me to win my first title on grass, I didn’t think I could do that at the start of the week. It’s very satisfying to know that I can play as well on grass as on clay.”

“I feel great before Wimbledon. It’s great to be the No.1 in France and I’ll go to Wimbledon with a lot of confidence. I’ll give it my best and we’ll see what happens.

Mirnyi: “Getting to the finals is a positive and getting a lot of grass court matches is always great. At the same time I’m happy for our new upcoming player Richard Gasquet to come and win this title on his birthday. I’ll analyze and move on, next week is another week and I’ll look to improve on this week.”

On Wimbledon next: “I like that I’ve played a good amount of matches in the last two weeks. Wimbledon is a new tournament starting on Monday and I have to do everything it takes to win my first round match in order to be able to continue further into the draw. I feel I’m as well prepared as in the past and maybe better so we’ll see.”

A few mistakes from the ATP site. Not good :rolleyes:

delsa
06-18-2005, 04:12 PM
Amazing article :cool:
True! Thank you for posting it tg19! :worship:

Gasquet made his ATP debut in 2002 AMS Hamburg when, at 15 years, 10 months, he became the youngest player ever to qualify for an ATP Masters Series event. He defeated Franco Squillari to become the youngest player to win an ATP match since Tommy Ho at Rye Brooke, N.Y. in August 1988.
:rolleyes:

Mirnyi: “Getting to the finals is a positive and getting a lot of grass court matches is always great. At the same time I’m happy for our new upcoming player Richard Gasquet to come and win this title on his birthday. I’ll analyze and move on, next week is another week and I’ll look to improve on this week.”
Max is definitely one of the player who has the more class! I've never seen someone this gracious in defeat in tennis since a long time! :worship:

I like how Richie handled the questions about Wimbledon... Best attitude and reaction he could have had...;)
The only regret i have is that none of the articles have a mention of Richard's speech...

tennisgirl19
06-18-2005, 04:17 PM
Gasquet marks birthday with title
by the BBC

Fourth seed Richard Gasquet marked his 19th birthday with his first ATP tour title as he beat Max Mirnyi 6-2 6-3 in the Nottingham Open final.
The Frenchman took charge with an early break of serve and never looked back.

Mirnyi, however, was troubled by a hand injury, but Gasquet did not let breaks for treatment upset his concentration.

Clay-court specialist Gasquet said: "It is great for me to prove I can play on the surface and now I believe I can go a long way at Wimbledon next week."

There we go again with the clay-court specialist..... I won't say anything

deflori
06-18-2005, 04:27 PM
What a win!
Big Congratz to Richyboy - hope he is not too tired before wimbledon now,but i dont think so,its not clay;)
ALLEZ :worship:

delsa
06-18-2005, 04:29 PM
There we go again with the clay-court specialist..... I won't say anything
:rolleyes: Let's start to ignore it from now on... It'll be better for our nerves... :devil: ;)

delsa
06-18-2005, 05:46 PM
With new articles come new quotes (we're spoiled rotten... :devil: ):

Gasquet turns 19, wins first title from sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Richard Gasquet won his first ATP Tour title Saturday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Max Mirnyi in the 10tele.com Open.

The Frenchman took control from the outset, breaking in his first service game. Mirnyi called for an injury break between sets to treat his hand, but it didn't affect Gasquet's concentration.

Gasquet, celebrating his 19th birthday, was given a cake during the presentation ceremony. Mirnyi led the crowd in a rendition of Happy Birthday.

"If you had told me at the start of this year that I would win my first tournament on grass, I would not have expected it," Gasquet said. "It is great for me to prove I can play on the surface and now I believe I can go a long way at Wimbledon next week."

Gasquet is seeded 27th at Wimbledon and plays Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round. He could meet Rafael Nadal -- the Spanish teenager who won the French Open earlier this month -- in the third round.

His projected path could set up a semifinal match with Andy Roddick, and a final with two-time defending champion Roger Federer.

Mirnyi was gracious in defeat. (so much...)

"Richard has played a good match and he deserved to win," Mirnyi said. "My injury was just another of those obstacles which are put in your way sometimes and which you have got to try to overcome."

tennisgirl19
06-18-2005, 07:20 PM
More quotes, Amazing!!

I love how far they go with his projected path. I am just trying to get through round 1 and they are talking about a semi with Andy (which would be very nice)

delsa
06-19-2005, 02:43 PM
There is a video available in the net of a little bit of Richard's match : just go straight away to 22min 45s of this video (after the advert at the beginning...) of a short little week-end edition of the TV news where there was a short (logic...) subject on Richard's win...
Just after his subject there is one about the French rugby team that managed to get a draw in their first test match of their South Hemisphere summer tour against South Africa in Durban in a splendid match full of beautiful attacking rugby and it made me think that Richard must know it and be happy about it... ;) This match was played during his own match against Mirnyi but maybe he's seen a recap of it since England is a country where rugby is followed and really loved too (even if they must be all focused on the Lions tour now...) so he could have seen it on an English channel...
Just a little thought... ;)
Here's the video: http://jt.france3.fr/1920/main.php3?jt=1&taille=1

marifline
06-19-2005, 03:01 PM
Nothing on l'Equipe TV :mad: , I'm just waiting for stade 2 today

tennisgirl19
06-19-2005, 03:44 PM
:hug: Delsa, thanks!

delsa
06-19-2005, 03:45 PM
Nothing on l'Equipe TV :mad: , I'm just waiting for stade 2 today
Me too. Don't you think that it's a shame this match could be seen everywhere around the world for those having the cable and everything. And in France nobody even with the cable or the satellite could see it? Pathetic... :rolleyes: I'm sure i'd been able to see it if i'd live in my homeland Madagascar (one of the poorest country in the world...)!...That speaks for itself...
Why the French medias did that?
Maybe they didn't want to cover it because they assume French people really don't like to see tennis on grass? They'd be surprised... :rolleyes:
Or maybe they thought it would put pressure on Richard from them if there was a massive support and expectations for him to do well in Wimbly after that and so after beeing so criticized for once they decided to let him alone and be discreet about the subject...
I don't know. I'm just speculating too much but that's really something i don't understand...So irritating... :mad:

delsa
06-19-2005, 04:00 PM
:hug: Delsa, thanks!
You're welcome... ;)

marifline
06-19-2005, 06:00 PM
Me too. Don't you think that it's a shame this match could be seen everywhere around the world for those having the cable and everything. And in France nobody even with the cable or the satellite could see it? Pathetic... :rolleyes: I'm sure i'd been able to see it if i'd live in my homeland Madagascar (one of the poorest country in the world...)!...That speaks for itself...
Why the French medias did that?
Maybe they didn't want to cover it because they assume French people really don't like to see tennis on grass? They'd be surprised... :rolleyes:
Or maybe they thought it would put pressure on Richard from them if there was a massive support and expectations for him to do well in Wimbly after that and so after beeing so criticized for once they decided to let him alone and be discreet about the subject...
I don't know. I'm just speculating too much but that's really something i don't understand...So irritating... :mad:

Anyway, in France there's not a whole, correct, GOOD media coverage of tennis.. whatever the surface, or the importance of the tournament...for example Wimbledon Men Tournament will be brodcasted on Canal + :mad: I have Sport + but not Canal +..I just don't care about the Women ( on sport +) We need a miracle..a french in final perhaps to make French TV brodcast Wimbly on public channels...
Fr TV just brodcast RG, Davis Cup and a little bit of Paris Bercy... :rolleyes:
You need cable to watch the others and especially Sport + for Men tennis ( others : eurosport, Paris Première..)
Et c'est pas terminé !!! What make me MAD is the way they brodcast tournaments the juste DIDN'T show the Ordina Open semis, though there was Mika...nimporte quoi !!!

Bref... ils ne savent pas diffuser le tennis en france...

Marine
06-19-2005, 08:37 PM
Short interview in english (15th june)

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/gasquet_nottingham3.wma

my firsteuuuu..... buteuuu .... :tape: :lol: (ughhh some people who already heart my english -Via, Esther- could make fun of me too :unsure: )

tennisgirl19
06-20-2005, 12:21 AM
I love that interview :kiss:

Daniela_CABJ
06-20-2005, 05:12 AM
Short interview in english (15th june)

http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/gasquet_nottingham3.wma

my firsteuuuu..... buteuuu .... :tape: :lol: (ughhh some people who already heart my english -Via, Esther- could make fun of me too :unsure: )

:lol: :rolls:

his pronunciation of the word "after" is so cute

delsa
06-20-2005, 08:20 AM
The stade 2 video about Richard is the 6th from the top ;):

http://stade2.france2.fr/

linus
06-20-2005, 08:59 AM
thank u delsa, i have watched it carefully;);)

yea, richard is cute, and sunny, and more confident:):)

and in this video, i saw his three opponent, chaphan on grass, and federer on clay, but the other on clay is marat?? i think be him but not sure

and thanks u all for the urls

linus
06-20-2005, 09:09 AM
and i have downloaded it by http://stade2.france2.fr/video/stade2f_20050619.asx

tennisgirl19
06-20-2005, 12:32 PM
Thanks for that. I'm going to watch it now!

silverwhite
06-21-2005, 06:48 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/reports/2005-06-21/200506211119373588280.html

Lovely article. :D

tennisgirl19
06-21-2005, 09:35 PM
Amazing article :hug:

Gasquet Gallops? I love that. They love their alliterations these sports writers. :haha:

delsa
06-21-2005, 09:49 PM
An interview of Richard after is match in French that i tried to translate. He was asked more questions but they summed the whole interview in those three questions and answers that's why the Richard's answers part seems slightly off topic sometimes...

Que pensez-vous de votre performance ?
Richard Gasquet : "J'ai fait un beau match. Il fallait récupérer après Nottingham. Après avoir gagné un titre, ce n'est pas évident de repartir. Il a bien joué lui aussi. Ca a été un match de très haut niveau. J'ai très bien servi, j'ai tout bien fait. Il tapait fort des deux côtés et il ne ratait pas beaucoup. Il fallait être solide aujourd'hui. J'ai été très solide sur les balles de break. Je ne me suis pas énervé quand le mec a bien joué avec de la réussite. C'est ça qui est important. J'ai été bien là, bien concentré, j'ai fait de beaux coups, ça a été un beau match. J'étais un peu fatigué. J'ai fait pas mal de service-volée pour essayer d'abréger les échanges. Sur le deuxième set, je n'ai pas baissé, mais il a vraiment bien joué. Il n'y avait rien à dire."

What do you think about your performance today?
RG: "I played a good match. I had to recover after Nottingham. After winning a title it is not easy to start off again. He played really well too. It was a match of a high level: lots of winners, beautiful shots from both of us... I served well and did everything pretty well too. He hit the ball hard from both sides and didn't miss much. I had to be solid today because of that. And i was on the break points. I didn't loose my temper when he played incredibly well with a lot of success and a bit of luck. That's what is important. I stayed there, focused and made a few great shots. It was a great match. And i was a little bit tired. I did quite a lot of serve and volley to shorten the points. I didn't lower my level in the second set but he really played well. There is nothing else to say."

Est-ce que votre place de nouveau N.1 français a changé quelque chose ?
R. G. : "Honnêtement non, ça n'a pas changé grand chose. Etre premier français, c'est sympa, je ne peux pas dire le contraire, mais c'est vraiment le classement ATP qui prédomine. L'effet, c'est plutôt d'être 20e mondial. C'est un très beau classement pour moi. Tous les joueurs m'ont félicité, plus pour le tournoi que j'ai gagné que pour la place de N.1."

Did your place of French number one change something?
RG: "Honnestly, no. It didn't change a lot of things. Being the French number one player is nice, i can't say the contrary, but it is really the ATP rankings that prevails. The thing that has an effect is to be at the 20th spot now. It's a great ranking for me. (after being asked how the French player reacted...) All the French players congratulated me more for my first title than for the French N.1 spot."

Quels sont vos objectifs pour la suite du tournoi et de la saison ?
R. G. : "J'ai confiance en mon jeu. Je sais que je peux faire un bon Wimbledon. J'ai déjà gagné un premier tour pas facile aujourd'hui. Au deuxième tour, ce sera un qualifié (le Belge Gilles Elseneer), un gars qui n'aura rien à perdre, ça ne sera pas facile. Pour la suite de la saison, c'est de continuer à jouer, à prendre du plaisir et à travailler physiquement. En enchaînant les tournois, je travaille mon physique, c'est très bien pour moi. Le Masters, c'est très haut. Au début de l'année, j'étais 152e mondial. Il faudrait faire de très gros résultats. Ce n'est pas facile de tenir sur la longueur."

What are your objectives for the rest of the tournament and for the rest of the season?
RG: "I am confident in my game. I know i can have a great run at Wimbledon. I already won a tough first round here. In the second round, i'll play against a qualifier [Belgian Gilles Elseneer], a guy who won't have anything to loose so it won't be easy. For the rest of the season, my goal is to keep playing, enjoy myself playing tennis, work on my physical shape...Thinking this way worked well for me so far. By playing lots of tournament in a row i work on my endurance too. It's important for me. (after being asked about the Masters in Shanghai...) The Masters are very far from reach. At the beginning of the year i was ranked 152nd. I would have to have big results [if i wanted to play them]. It is not easy to keep on the distance.(???)"

Maybe other French speakers will want to change a few things... :shrug: (i adapted expressions to English or modified them a little bit to make what he meant more understandable...)

Marine
06-21-2005, 10:04 PM
Maybe other French speakers will want to change a few things... :shrug:


:lol: J'en serais bien incapable !
Ca me parait excellent, t'es bilingue ?

marifline
06-21-2005, 10:04 PM
ou est ce qu'on pt avoir l'article complet ?

delsa
06-21-2005, 10:08 PM
ou est ce qu'on pt avoir l'article complet ?
Je sais pas je l'ai pris sur un autre forum tel quel... :confused: Et pourtant j'ai cherché la source mais sinon j'ai vu que son interview audio sur le site de la FFT pour Wimbledon avait quelques ressemblances... ;)

marifline
06-21-2005, 10:09 PM
Je sais pas je l'ai pris sur un autre forum tel quel... :confused: Et pourtant j'ai cherché la source mais sinon j'ai vu que son interview audio sur le site de la FFT pour Wimbledon avait quelques ressemblances... ;)

ok mci ;)

delsa
06-21-2005, 10:10 PM
:lol: J'en serais bien incapable !
Ca me parait excellent, t'es bilingue ?
Jamais de la vie! :lol: Et même moi je sais déjà qu'il y des trucs louches et pleins de fautes dans ma trado...mais bon...

marifline
06-21-2005, 10:12 PM
Fabrice Santoro said Richard could hope to be in the Masters... :worship:
in his audio ITW here (http://www.fft.fr/wimbledon2005/default.asp?page=4#), Richard said he didn't want to play Nadal in 3rd round...