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08-04-2005, 09:59 PM
Inzerillo+Botti+Eysseric+...+... = La relève??? :shrug:

From left to right: Kevin Botti, Jérôme Inzerillo, Jonathan Eysseric winners of the 2005 16&U European Winter Cup

Same team without Botti replaced by Stéphane Piro (in the red shirt) with their coach Aloïs Beust in the middle, winners of the 2005 Jean Borotra/ 16&U European Summer Cup

This group/team of young players (especially Inzerillo) is quite successful in the juniors individually and together. They just won the Jean Borotra Cup/ 16 & Under Boys European Summer Cup two days ago after winning the 2005 16&U European Winter Cup before for France for a record nineth time (in the Final round Stéphane Piro replaced Kevin Botti who was there in the Qualification phase but then sustained a back injury...). They made France win this summer Cup for the sixth time (in 1981, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2005). The same team ( without Botti but with other promissing talents Slilam, Allouch and Michon...) was also the winner of both the 14&U European Winter Cup and Summer Cup in 2004 (Copa del Sol).
We know that (especially for French players it seems...:tape: ) results at the junior level doesn't imply anything for their progression and how they'll do in the pro tour if they ever get there but still that made me think that we could have a 'Young Hopes Thread' dedicated to all of them here...
So if you follow the juniors a little bit, feel free to post here especially if you had the chance to see them play live for exemple! It's always interesting to follow young promising players and see how they evolve...

To begin with, a few pics of the team taken during the qualifying phase of their group, D, (held in Cartagena, Spain for their group...other groups qualification matches were held in different countries...). All these guys from the South (well Botti's from the Alps but...) were coached by the always smiling, potbellied Alsacian (like "Paulo" Mathieu...) Aloïs Beust (to lead this turbulent bunch to victory under the direction of someone blessed with the well-known and praised «Franco-Germanic» sence of order i presume...). And the final round was held in Le Touquet, France (go to www.tenniseurope.org in the Junior section to get more informations).

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More pics at this link: http://josecelda.free.fr/gallery/category.php

Then some informations (so hard to find...) and other pics (just click for the links to them...) about those who compose this team and after i'll try to post more about as much players as possible ...

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Jérôme « so-called potentially better than Gasquet » Inzerillo
-Their (http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/1861/inzerillo01035ad.jpg) number (http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5502/tiredinze5sr.jpg) one (http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/710/inzerilloopendistresavril20050.jpg) Jérôme (http://img107.imageshack.us/img107/703/ortobello0tu.jpg) Inzerillo (http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/5589/dscn69093uv.jpg) won the 2004 14&U European Championships individually and in doubles with fellow Frenchman and friend Slilam (http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/62/inzerilloslilam3xw.jpg) who he had beat in the final to win the individual title. And he was the runner-up in the 2005 16&U European Championships ( lost (http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/5631/ortobello10hf.jpg) in (http://img57.imageshack.us/img57/8365/ortebello22ly.jpg) the (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/5750/ortobello35fc.jpg) hard-fought (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/8796/ortobello42ni.jpg) tight (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/1637/ortobello55zt.jpg) final (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/2879/ortobello60fy.jpg) match (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/2657/ortobello74ff.jpg) (at least in the first set... :p i needed enough words to put all the links to the pics...)against (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/9531/ortobello88hi.jpg) the (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/4684/ortobello93hp.jpg) almost (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/9459/ortobello107uo.jpg) unknown (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/3606/ortobello116vf.jpg) Slovakian (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/8671/ortobello123an.jpg) talent (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/6904/ortobello134jn.jpg) Martin (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/9738/ortobello148pc.jpg) Klizan (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/6893/ortobello159fa.jpg) who (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/4890/ortobello163kq.jpg) he (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/5672/ortobello174wg.jpg) beat (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/5760/ortobello186ue.jpg) 7/6(2), 7-5 just a few days later in his singles match of the quarterfinal of the European "team" Cup this time). He also won the French Individual Junior Boys Championships in the 13/14 years old category in 2004 beating Eysseric in the final (the year Alizé Cornet won the Girls' one (the one who made her "breakthrough" honoring her WC winning her first round match in RG 2005...) (http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1678/074px.jpg)) and the «team» one too the same year. He also won a few other junior tournaments. The guy has quite an impressive junior «palmarès» so far both in singles and in doubles (http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/653/double6kz.jpg) ...
-Birthdate: February 15th 1990, in Rognac
-Started at age 6
-Right-handed, very nice one-handed backhand
-1m78 (5'83''), 65kg (143.3 lbs) (he'd better get taller and heavier...)
-Coaching: Bernard Fritz (and Hervé Gauvain) in one of the «Pôle(s) France» at the "CREPS" PACA in Boulouris (http://www.mjspaca.jeunesse-sports.gouv.fr/cr083/).
(Explanation from their site:Le pôle France Tennis de Boulouris fait partie des centres fédéraux de Tennis en collaboration avec le Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports (autres centres: Poitiers, Reims, Insep à Paris). Sous la conduite de deux entraîneurs, Hervé Gauvain et Bernard Fritz (et Jean Sengès comme entraîneur physique), Boulouris accueille 8 Jeunes Joueurs venus de différentes régions de France. Ces jeunes joueurs sont tous scolarisés avec des horaires aménagés leur permettant de pratiquer leur sport tous les jours à partir de 14 heures. Un programme annuel est préparé dès la rentrée scolaire de Septembre qui comporte des périodes d'entraînement ainsi qu'un accompagnement sur les différentes compétitions auxquelles ils participent.
= The "Pôle France Tennis" of Boulouris is one of the FFT centers created in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport (other centers in Poitiers, Reims, and the Insep in Paris). Under the direction of two coach: one from the Federation, Hervé Gauvain and Bernard Fritz (with Jean Sengès as a physical trainer), Boulouris welcomes 8 young players from many different regions of France. These young players are all provided education with special timetables/ schedules which allow them to practice their sport every day from 2:00 pm till the end of the day. An yearly programm is prepared for each of them which includes periods of training and a close support/accompaniment with them in the different competitions in which they'll participate during the year. It means they're kind of part time students: they train half of the day and spend the other half on the court practicing, playing, training etc... And their schedule is adapted when they participate in competitions...)
-Club: Country Club Aixois (http://www.club.fft.fr/country.club.aixois/) (where Arnaud Clément learned tennis...)
-Favorite surface: clay (even if many think that, with his game, he can play on every surfaces...)
-Favorite shot: Forehand
-Least favorite shot: the volley
-Favorite male player: Marat safin (says he likes Roger Federer and Clément a lot too)
-Favorite female player: Amelie mauresmo (and Justine Henin-Hardenne)
-He thinks he has work on /to progress with his serve and his forehand first and of course in all the other departments of the game and , according to him, his strong points are his volley, his backhand and his mental. (Weird that he thinks he's a good volleyer but that volley is his least favorite shot and that a shot he thinks he still have to work on: his FH is his favorite... :scratch: ). He moves very well on the court, is fast.
-Personal infos:
Has a 19 year old brother
-Like/Hobbies: Playstation and music
-Don't like: To do his homeworks...he he (then he'd better succeed in tennis because if not...)
-Highest rankings:
2005 #7 ETA B16
2004 #1 ETA 14&U
2003 #8 ETA B14
(I'll add their French rankings and its evolution later if that interests someone... :confused: )

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Jonathan « i've been playing tennis since i could walk » Eysseric
-Jonathan (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/8902/067rt.jpg) Eysseric (http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/199/019355qi.jpg), born (http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/3339/019378sr.jpg) May (http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/91/108zg.jpg), 27th (http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/4577/eyssericcarthagne25xf.jpg) 1990 (http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/8200/eysseric3ql.jpg) in (http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/2931/eysseric3at.jpg) Saint Germain-en-Laye (http://img324.imageshack.us/img324/9082/eysseric20jonathan4wz.jpg)
-Left-handed, two-handed backhand
-1m80 (5'9''), 67kg (147.7 lbs), the guy has strong legs
He says he started as soon as when he was one year old (son of a tennis coach managing a "Tennis Etude" (http://www.tennisetude.com) (where children can keep a scolarity and practice too, he wrote a book about how to train children etc... and bla bla bla...You get the picture, don't you?...) but other sources speak about a more realistic age: 4 years old...
-Coaching: Didier Eysseric (father) plus Gauvain and Fritz
He's in Boulouris too with Inzerillo and some others.
He has a great powerful leftie forehand and he's a risks taker kind of player on the court.
-Club: US Cagnes-sur-Mer (http://www.uscagnestennis.org/)
-He says he likes all surfaces.
-He thinks his strong points are his forehand and the fact that he has a complete game.
-His main weakness is his fitness (http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/3484/fatigue1da.jpg) (still runs out of gas in long matches...and he's the kind not to know saving his energy during a match, he puts too much in his shots...). He moves very well on the court too, is quite fast...
-Personal infos:
Has two brothers (http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/2448/familleeysseric9qv.jpg): Florian (http://img324.imageshack.us/img324/2892/eyssericflorian1ob.jpg) , 8 years old, and Benjamin (http://img324.imageshack.us/img324/1126/eysseric20benjamin9uz.jpg) , 11 years old, both playing tennis too and...a dog named Slicé (http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/1576/slice0tl.jpg) ! :p :lol:
-Personal Interests: Music & Playstation
-Favorite male player: Guillermo Coria
-Favorite female player: Mauresmo (http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/9259/eyssericetmauresmogenve4rs.jpg) (i think that's only because she helped him through her action with the foundation of Phil Collins, "Little dreams" and because she's his hometown hero (they're born in the same place) like Inzerillo with Clément...)
-Even if it's less impressive than Inzerillo's or Botti's, he's got a good «palmarès» both in singles and in doubles.

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The one in white

Kevin "i'm already the old one" Botti
-Kevin (http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/8629/bottiorangebowl044pd.jpg) Botti (http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/5135/bottiorangebowl0421pu.jpg) is (http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/8276/bottiinzerillofinal8rp.jpg) one (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/6290/bottisurterre0ko.jpg) year (http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/6782/bottiauxchamptsdefr1wn.jpg) older (http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/945/bottitmsmaller5vi.jpg) (born January, 14th 1989 in «Savoie», don't know his exact hometown...)
-Started at age 8
-He's not very tall...
-Club: TC Aix-les-Bains (http://perso.wanadoo.fr/tennisclub.aix/index.htm)
-I suppose hardcourt is his best surface since he won a lot of stuff on it (most of his wins, i think...) and even beat Inzerillo in a final on it...
-Coaching: Lionel Calderini
-Formation: He trains at the «INSEP» in Paris (it's not the "CNE" in Roland-Garros, this is different...)
-He had very good results: Orange Bowl 2004 winner etc... (just have a look at his profile at juniortennis dot com...)
-Highest rankings:
2005 #3 ETA B16
2005 #66 ITF B18
2004 #8 ETA B16
2004 #6 ETA B14
2003 #22 ETA 14U
(sorry: i couldn't find a lot of informations about him...that's because he's not close enough to the federation it seems and that's from it that i get most of my informations on the junior players through all of their many sites...)

I'll post some more infos about other players of this 89/90 generation later but that's a a start...;) And i may post in other countries sections of MTF as well about other "young hopes"...

08-04-2005, 11:53 PM
delsa :hug:
Grand merci pour l'info!
Everything (and everybody you've written about) is so interesting (and even in English!..)! :) Well, as for me... I want to know the future of my tenniscountry, the names of players who'll be ready soon to defend their county on tennis court. Looking forward to continue of your story about players! ;)

08-05-2005, 12:11 AM
delsa :hug:
Grand merci pour l'info!
Everything (and everybody you've written about) is so interesting (and even in English!..)! :) Well, as for me... I want to know the future of my tenniscountry, the names of players who'll be ready soon to defend their county on tennis court. Looking forward to continue of your story about players! ;)
I'll try to look for what's next for Russian men's tennis and make a post about it in the Russian section of MTF... ;) If you find something on Russian sites, please tell me (since i can't read cyrillic caracters...)!

08-05-2005, 12:22 AM
LOL Really I'm not very interested in Russian, especially men's, tennis, you have to remember that... But I'll also try to look for some info, at least I have to know the situation in the country I live in also. Do you need something special? And by the way, if you need to read some in cyrillic encording you can always ask me, feel free...

08-05-2005, 10:52 AM
I saw the news on l'equipe tv. That's great to see there are young talents. Congrats to them.
Hopefully, these young talents won't collapse once they will be on the pro tour (as it is often the case with french tennis players).

Jérôme « so-called potentially better than Gasquet » Inzerillo

:eek: That must be something seeing how precautious Gasquet was in term of technique...

08-05-2005, 01:00 PM
:lol: C'mon Irina! Aren't you even curious to know who could be the next "Tzar" of Russian tennis, the next Marat Safin (if anybody could ever replace him...)? ;) I, for one, am very curious and interested about this and about the promising youngsters in many other countries too, those who'll make tomorrow's tennis...

:eek: That must be something seeing how precautious Gasquet was in term of technique...

Yeah, i know. I don't know if so-called junior tennis specialists or journalists aren't getting to much ahead of things and carried away there (i read this comparison in an article from the Mayor of Aix on the state of "aixois" tennis and heard or read other ppl say similar things about him...). I haven't seen him play so i can't tell if it's serious stuff or too much enthousiasm for little, "much ado about nothing"... At least i hope he won't "do a Gasquet" if he becomes a pro and be very overhyped , have one result and then won't stand the pressure and fall (for a while at least...)... But he seems to have more self-belief than Gasquet had and to handle the pressure better and i read that, learning the lesson from the early Gasquet flop, the FFT and journalists try to leave the young players alone a bit more now (and very few ppl care about them and junior tennis in general anyway so...) and their close circles (families, coaches etc...) try to protect them more from all of this so a buzz hasn't created around them yet. That's all you can read about them anyway... They're not very well-known at all as Gasquet was at their age (for exemple, when they announced their victories they just spoke of the team not even mentioning the different players' names whereas Gasquet was pretty much put in the spotlight...).

Did you had the chance to see some young players play live, Julie? Like Slilam, Michon, Sidorenko, Allouch, Piro etc... I'd like to know more about their style etc... That would be nice to have reports. Ore do you know people who had this chance and could talk about it maybe? Eysseric and Inzerillo are from your region, aren't they (PACA)? ;)

08-05-2005, 03:27 PM
Did you had the chance to see some young players play live, Julie? Like Slilam, Michon, Sidorenko, Allouch, Piro etc... I'd like to know more about their style etc... That would be nice to have reports. Ore do you know people who had this chance and could talk about it maybe? Eysseric and Inzerillo are from your region, aren't they (PACA)? ;)

No sorry I have never had the chance to see them play. I've just seen the report on l'équipe tv about their win.
I am from Languedoc Roussillon and not PACA. I go to the MonteCarlo MS cause my sister lives in Nice but except this I don't have much opportunities to see live matches... :sad:

08-05-2005, 03:31 PM
Btw, that's a good thing that media don't really pay attention to them. They learnt the lesson from the past. No more pressure on the youngs!!! :angel:

08-24-2005, 01:52 PM
I didn't have the time to add other recent infos etc... here let alone do other "searches" on all the numerous juniors and "cadets" or follow their results etc...from every countries possible as i'd like to do but i'll try later...There are a lot of things happening in the world of junior tennis right now...
Here's an article from itftennis.com for a start:

World Junior Tennis Finals 2005 - Final Day
The final day of play at TK Prostejov saw France lift the boys' trophy after defeating Argentina, while Russia beat Japan to win the girls’ event.

The much-anticipated boy’s final kicked off with Argentine Guido Andreozzi taking on Constantin Belot of France. Andreozzi broke the French serve twice in the first set and was able to hold his nerve and hold serve to win 62. Belot has been France’s most consistent player this week, but looked like he had nothing left to give as the Buenos Airean played some quality tennis and cruised to a 50 lead in the second. At that point Andreozzi could have been forgiven for assuming that the finish line was not far off. However, Belot did not lose faith, and staged an incredible comeback, saving two match points along the way, to bring the score back to 54. With Andreozzi again serving for the match, the tension was rising, as the balance of play seemed to have shifted in favour of the French. Belot then saved three more match points before finally succumbing to the Argentine, who took the match 62 64.

The other singles match was between Juan Vazquez from Argentina and French number one Adrien Puget. Puget found himself a break up, serving for the first set at 53. Facing two set points, Vazquez placed a forehand winner down the line and watched Puget serve two double faults to throw away the game. However, Vazquez was unable to hold the crucial service game that ensued, and Puget took the set 63. Puget’s game became plagued with double faults in the second set, and Vazquez broke twice to take a 41 lead over his opponent. The French boy, however, slowed down his game, cut out the unforced errors and was able to level the match at 5 games apiece. Suddenly Vazquez found himself serving at 56 to stay in the match. The difference in style between Puget, who took time to compose himself between points, and Vazquez, who thrives on a fast pace game, was more unsettling for the Argentine, who saved one of three match points before serving a double fault handing victory to Puget.

The atmosphere was electric during the final doubles match. Vazquez was joined by Nicolas Pastor against Puget and Belot. The French took the first set 63, with a single break of serve. A series breaks in the middle of the second set eventually left Argentina serving for the set at 53. Then, in an interesting turnaround, the French broke twice in succession to reverse the situation and serve for the championships. Match point arrived quickly and the game was won when Pastor tried to lob the two French boys at the net, but his shot lacked depth and Puget smashed the ball past both his opponents to claim the title.

In the girls’ final, top seed Russia faced Japan. The Asian team have been the surprise of the week and saw of tough opposition to make the last two. Unfortunately the tie did not live up to expectations, as the Russians Elena Kulikova and Anastasia Pavlychenkova raised their games for the occasion. The first match on court was between Kulikova and Chihiro Takayama. The Russian quickly got into her stride and quickly took a 40 lead in the opening set. Then, at 51, Takayama managed to save four set points before finally losing. The second set saw a more positive performance from Takayama and after some great rallies the girls were tied at 66. The tiebreak was one Takayama will want to forget. She failed to pick up a single point as Kulikova took the set and the match.

Pavlychenkova took just 42 minutes to beat Kurumi Nara. The Russian girl powered through eight consecutive games before the Nara finally got on the scoreboard. Any hopes of a comeback from the Japanese camp were then dashed, as Pavlyuchenkova ran away with the set, taking the match 60 61. A disappointing end for the Japanese but an impressive performance from the top seeds. Marta Sirotkina then joined Pavlyuchenkova in the doubles against Nara and Misaki Doi, a match which the Russians won 62 62 to emphasise their dominace of the tie.

In the girls’ play-off for third place, Croatian Indire Akiki beat Masa Gegan of Slovenia 62 63 before her compatriot Petra Martic came from a set down to secure victory for the Croatians beating Polona Hercog, 36 63 64. The doubles match was not played for medical reasons. Third place in the boys’ event went to Australia, who beat USA. Aussie Jake Eames defeated Blake Davis in straight sets, 63 63, and then Mark Verryth beat Chase Buchanan 64 63, leaving top-seeded USA outside the medal-finishing positions.

Today also saw some tough matches in the fight against finishing bottom. In the girls’ the crucial tie was between Algeria and the Republic of Korea. Korean Yun-Hee Kim beat Samara Amour in two sets, 60 63 before Yasmine Alkema levelled the tie with a 62 46 63 win over So-Yeon Kim. The Koreans then won the doubles match 62 62 in just over an hour to leave the Africans rooted to the bottom of the table. The boys’ battle for 15th was between Portugal and South Africa, and it was the Europeans who picked up their first win of the week. Miguel Almeida beat Grant Ive 16 62 63 and Martim Trueva was the eventual victor over James Munro after a titanic battle that ended 36 76(7) 76(4).

In the day’s other matches Chile’s girls beat Ecuador 3-0 to finish 13th and the boys from Bulgaria overcame Mexico after winning both singles matches. The doubles was not played but the Bulgarians had done enough to claim 13th spot.

The finals were immediately followed by the awards ceremony on Centre Court. There were speeches from prominent local figures, both from the TK Prostejov and the Czech Tennis Association. The ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti also offered some words of congratulations to players and organisers before presenting the winners with their trophies.


08-25-2005, 09:25 AM
A few pics (they look weird... :rolleyes: ) from their photo gallery at www.itftennis.com/juniors/...
Adrien Puget was seeded 10th and a quarterfinalist of the 2005 14&U Boys European Indivual Championships. He was defeated 6-4, 6-1 by the number one seed, the Czech Radim Urbanek.
Constantin Belot and him, seeded 6th, were defeated in the doubles semifinal of the championships by the Lituanian pair (8) Grigelis/Pinko 6-3, 7-6(11). ;)

08-25-2005, 09:46 AM
Both Jérémy Chardy (seeded 5th) and Kevin Botti (#71, will have to qualify...) will take part in this year's US Open Junior.
Good luck to them! :yeah:
2005 US Open Junior Boys' Acceptance List (http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_8582_original.PDF)

08-28-2005, 09:51 AM
Clermont-Ferrand Junior Tournament
Dates : 22 Aug to 28 Aug 2005
Venue : Stade Clermontois Tennis Club, Clermont-Ferrand, France (http://www.tennis.stadeclermontois.com)
Grade : Grade 4
Surface : Clay

http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/sportlich/c060.gif Jérôme just won it! http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/sportlich/c065.gif Not too bad for a 15 years old! He (3) beat the Belarusian Kyril Karbatsiuk (2) in the final 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
He won the doubles tournament with Stéphane Piro too (whom he beat in the semi-final...).
Stéphane Piro was seeded 1. Nassim Slilam (seeded 7th) played in this tournament too but lost in the first round... :o The poor guy's not too well lately...

Here are all the complete results (pdfs on megaupload.com):
Clermont-Ferrand ITF tourny singles results (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=29Q4V119)
Clermont-Ferrand ITF tourny doubles results (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=29MXJ9S9)
Or you can have it on the Clermont-Ferrand tennis club website by clicking on "Tournoi ITF" too when there (link to it above)... ;) There are a few pics there too (i only recognized Piro...Don't know who the others are...:shrug: Do you?).

2005 French Junior Championships.
I'll make a longer post about that later but an almost unknown, Guillaume Rufin, provoked the surprise of these last French Junior Championships in the 15-16 years old category which were held at the beginning of August by not less than... winning them upsetting Inzerillo en route in the semis and defeating Piro in the final...I'll talk about what Slilam, Sapene, Botti and co did at these Championships too later...

Again, the Piro/Inzerillo pair won the French Junior Championships this year in a very tight final (score: 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(!)... ). It's the third time they win it together (but in different age categories...)! If anybody dares to say it's monotonous, he'll hear about me... :devil:

And Sidorenko (one of this year's semifinalist of the 18&U Boys European Individual Junior Championships...) won the title in the 17-18 years old category. Winning the title for the third time! :eek: ( We are in a weird period where in each generation there are dominations by a few ppl who really outclass the others; it's quite rare in juniors there and happened only with a few players before...like Santoro, Gasquet etc...). Again. don't get a bad impression about junior tennis because of that. It's not monotony but domination, my friends... :devil: There's a huge nuance there...(If you think the contrary you must be one of these ppl who hate "The Boss" only because "he wins too much" even if his game is almost always "poetry in motion"... :rolleyes: ). Hehe...

Now it's time for Jérôme to snatch at least a few wins in Futures...

Voilà! :D

09-20-2005, 09:09 PM
Scans of recent articles about various Junior team competitions and the 2005 French junior Championships and their Boys winners in the 15-16 and 17-18 categories: Stéphane Piro and Alexandre Sidorenko (i didn't post closer scans of all the pics because there is only one "exclusivity" the others being easily "findable" (doesn't exist, right?) on the FFT page about the last Champs...). ;)
Maybe i'll find someone who'll agree to translate them with me. As always, i'm begging... :o
This is becoming too much of a monologue...

For the Futures, Sidorenko tried (it was even a Challenger that he played i think) and it was not too bad but Inzérillo will wait a few months before playing again or something like that. I didn't really understand what his plan was.

09-20-2005, 09:19 PM
Those articles speak a little about the surprising Guillaume Rufin and Yannick Thivant.
Link to the 2005 French Chapionships' page: http://www.fft.fr/championnat_de_france_2005/default.asp?page=3

Boys 17-18 years old Singles Draw (
Boys 17-18 years old Doubles Draw (
Boys 15-16 years old Singles Draw (
Boys 15-16 years old Doubles Draw (
Boys 13-14 years old Singles Draw (
Boys 13-14 years old Doubles Draw (

09-22-2005, 11:00 PM
I really didn't understand anything that was said about him...:rolleyes:
Inzé played the quallies of the French Future in Plaisir this week and lost in the first round against 7. CHARROIN, Olivier (FRA) (who made it to the MD and played a three sets match against Jo Jo (Tsonga) last week) 6/3 3/6 6/3. Not too bad. But he could go further at least once, that would be great. Not his first early elimination but it's getting better and better, more and more tight against better players. He's learning at his rythm. ;)
Alexandre "Sacha" Sidorenko plays in this Plaisir Future in doubles with K. Spencer of GB and they're in the semis (!). They won their first match against the 2-seeded pair J. AUCKLAND, James (GBR) /CHILDS, Lee (GBR) without playing because the late had sustained a back injury in his match against his double partner before in the tournament (in R1) though...
The draws and everything here: http://www.ti.fft.fr/EvMenu.asp?CodeEvent=051150&NumDraw=3 :p

09-24-2005, 10:36 AM
Well Sidorenko and Spencer lost 7/6(4) 6/4 to JUNAID / MARX in Semifinal but it's not too bad. ;)

09-29-2005, 07:54 AM
I will soon make a post about Stéphane Piro, Kévin Botti, and Inzé playing in the Junior DC taking place right now in Barcelona and about Alex Sidorenko winning a few matches...;)
Plus about the others maybe too.

10-02-2005, 06:11 PM
They did it. :worship: This golden group won the Junior Davis Cup today (the French girls were the runner-ups in the Fed Cup Jr against Poland in the final...Well done very talented promising Polish sisters! :yeah: I hope Nathaliia is happy about this...). This doesn't mean anything since it's junior level and everything is different after. But that's still great. And it's the story of a great "aventure" of three/four boys and their coach, of a bunch of friends... to make it sirupy, so...that's bigger than tennis and even if you don't care about junior tennis or promising young French players or even tennis that's still cool. ;)
(i'm good at hyping things up when they're pretty much insignifiant, no?...:lol: )

Here's first an article from the ITF site about it then i'll try to do better...:p

France and Poland Score Cup Success
02 Oct 2005 - Barcelona - Eleanor Preston

France are champions of the 2005 Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Poland are winners of the 2005 Junior Fed Cup after both teams scored gritty wins on a gripping final day of competition at Barcelona’s Polo Club.

Poland’s sister act of Urszula and Agnieszka Radwanska won both singles rubbers in a tight final with France, beating Estelle Guisard and Alizé Cornet to notch up a first Junior Fed Cup trophy for their country.

France needed two tough three-setters to get past the Czech Republic in an equally tense encounter, with Jérôme Inzerillo and Kévin Botti both coming from a set down to beat Roman Jebavy and Michael Konecny. The French players, who were top seeds in Barcelona, also won the European Winter Cup under-16 competition and are unbeaten as a team this year.

“I’m so proud of my players,” said team captain Aloïs Beust after celebrating with his delighted squad on court. They’ve played very well. It’s been a very, very long road and this is an incredibly tough competition, very long and lots of hours on court. This team has a wonderful spirit because they’ve played together all year, they’ve been through a lot together and they’ve become good friends. That’s what is so great about these competitions – it allows them to form strong bonds with each other. It paid off today.”

Beust must have wondered if his team’s unbeaten run was coming to an end when Inzerillo went a break down in the first set against Jebavy. Inzerillo hit back though and the Czech, who received treatment for a stomach injury mid-way through the second set, faded to give France a 57 64 61 win and a 1-0 lead in the tie.

The pressure was on France again when Botti dropped the first set in what was a compelling match against Konecny but French resilience came through once more for Botti to come back to win 46 63 62. He threw his racket in the air in joyful celebration before being engulfed by his captain and team-mates, as well as the French girls’ team.

“We’ve played the Czechs twice this year and they are very, very good fighters,” said Beust. “This is the first time in all our matches against them that it hasn’t gone down to the doubles.”

The matches were nearly as close in Poland’s win over France in the Junior Fed Cup final, though both Radwanska sisters managed to win in straight sets. Urszula beat Guisard 62 61, while Agnieszka, the reigning girls’ Wimbledon champion, battled hard to beat Cornet 76 63.

“That was definitely her toughest match since she won Wimbledon,” said team captain – and the girls’ father – Robert Radwanska. “Cornet played very well and she’s a very good player. Agnieszka had to save a set-point in the first set and that was definitely a massive point. The girls’ mum and I are really proud of them both.”

The sisters, along with team-mate Maksymiliana Wandel, celebrated their victory in unique style - by donning Barcelona soccer shirts and buying themselves an ice-cream!

10-02-2005, 06:28 PM
Now some pics from the ITF site's gallery again...;)
1-Kévin Botti
2-Jérôme Inzerillo
3-Inzé again
4-The boys' team
5-The boys' and girls' teams (what were the girls doing here? :retard: )
6-If you look very closely , you'll see Stéphane Piro's face between the girls' team's coach one and Aloïs' and behind the French queue there is Botti...(maybe you'll need a lens...LOL)

10-02-2005, 08:56 PM
Another article and another last photo from the ITF site's juniors section again:

France and Poland Win Silverware But Teamwork Triumphs in Barcelona
02 Oct 2005 - Barcelona - Eleanor Preston

France and Poland took the honours after a gruelling week of competition at the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and the Junior Fed Cup finals at the Polo Club in Barcelona but the ITF’s premier junior team competition was about more than just trophies.

Both under-16 competitions are designed to promote the team ethos and help players learn the benefits of playing together with a common goal – the very thing that make the fully-fledged versions of Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Fed Cup so compelling for players and fans alike.

France’s victory over the Czech Republic in the Junior Davis Cup final was a case in point, for it was borne from a strong collective will, fostered under team captain Aloïs Beust. During both singles matches – won by Jérôme Inzerillo and Kévin Botti respectively – the air around the Polo Club’s centre court was filled with French voices cheering on their team-mates. No-one who watched the collective embrace once Botti had beaten Michael Konecny to take the vital second singles rubber would have doubted what the competition meant to all of those who travelled to Barcelona.

Poland’s victorious Junior Fed Cup team had a unique spirit due to the fact that both key players and the team captain all came from the same family. Sisters Agnieszka (elder) and Urszula Radwanska won the crucial two singles points while their father and captain Robert Radwanski looked on. Their mother, Marta, was forced to bite her nails in the stands, alongside third player Maksymiliana Wandel.

“It’s fun to be in a team with your sister but sometimes it’s hard too,” admitted Urszula, whose sister Agnieszka also happens to be the reigning girls’ Wimbledon champion. “Sometimes we fight; sometimes we are friends. That’s the way it is with sisters. I think it’s very hard for our mum to watch, especially as our dad is often a bit nervous! I think it’s hard for him to be a dad and a captain at the same time.”

The formats of both competitions, which begin with four round robin ties apiece before moving into the semi-finals and play-off phases, means every team has something to play for right up until the last day and there are incentives on offer even for those who don’t win the silverware.

Teams that finished in the top three of Junior Davis Cup (France, Czech Republic and Ecuador) and Junior Fed Cup (Poland, France and Czech Republic) received 16-and-under team competition feed-up exempt positions for their players - effectively a free pass into junior tournaments next season.

There was lots of motivation for those battling for the lower placings too. Thailand finished in the 16th and final position of the Junior Davis Cup and therefore Asia will have one less place in the qualifying rounds for the 2006 competition. South Africa’s finish in 16th spot in the Junior Fed Cup means Africa will lose a qualifying place for that competition in 2006.

Even those players who left Barcelona without the feeling the triumph enjoyed by the victors at least had the consolation of a week full of gruelling but fascinating matches and having experienced the thrill and passion of international team competition.

10-12-2005, 10:35 PM
Scans of a small article on the Junior DC and FC in the November 2005 issue of Fr Tennis Mag'. ;)

Article TM Jr DC and FC 1 (http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/8625/articlecoupedavisjunior15ef.jpg)
Article TM Jr DC and FD 2 (http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/4672/articlecoupedavisetfedcupjunio.jpg)
Fr Jr DC and FC Teams Pic (http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/6572/jrfedcupandjrdaviscupteams6mz.jpg)
Fr Jr DC Team Pic (http://img447.imageshack.us/img447/6954/coupedavisjunior14rt.jpg)

10-13-2005, 05:11 PM
Thanks for all the good work Delsa :hug:
I also read in Tennis Mag that Jérôme Inzerillo and Alizé Cornet have joined the "team Lagardere" in a structure for the juniors in Nice (Sophia Antipolis). That's impressive... Soon, french players will no longer need the FFT...

10-22-2005, 05:24 PM
Thanks for all the good work Delsa :hug:
I also read in Tennis Mag that Jérôme Inzerillo and Alizé Cornet have joined the "team Lagardere" in a structure for the juniors in Nice (Sophia Antipolis). That's impressive... Soon, french players will no longer need the FFT...

You're welcome Julie. :hug:
Sorry if i didn't answer you later but, first, i didn't really have the time latelyand ,second, before that i took the time to enjoy the fact that somebody else than me had posted in this thread... :o

Where in Tennis Mag' could it be read? :confused:
Isn't it a bit concerning rather than impressive actually? What's the goal of this Lagardère guy? :scratch:
I've read many things about this but i still don't get how there wouldn't be some kind of competition/rivalry between him, "his project" (which is? btw) and the fft. :shrug:

10-22-2005, 05:36 PM
Here's an article from Tennis Week (an American? magazine about tennis) that i found on Rg.net but it was taken from another board apparently.
Anyway it's an interesting read. It has the great quality of explaining many things about the French development program (even if there are some false stuff and some things missed...) and of already be in English! That way we won't need to explain everything and moreover in English which is even more difficult! http://www.cheesebuerger.de/images/smilie/froehlich/d010.gif
Some corrections will be enough. :)

They don't speak enough about it's many defaults/weak points. They try to make it look like some kind of very selective, paternalistic thing. They caricaturate a lot but otherwise that article is ok. ;)

Throughout this year, Tennis Week is examining the player development efforts of various countries worldwide, including those with a long history of great players and those hoping to establish a tradition that future generations will admire and uphold. This is the fourth installment in the series.

En Garde
The French have player development down to a system that can’t be beat
By Whit Sheppard

Tennis Week print magazine
May 24, 2005
Pgs 38-43

Perhaps it’s only fitting that, in a nation that reveres engineering acumen (think the TGV high-speed train, the Eiffel Tower, Airbus’ new twin-deck A380 plane) as much as the cultivation of things that contribute to la joie de vivre (think the 35-hour work week, up to 500 different kinds of cheese, some of the world’s best wine and foie gras), the French tennis development program is a highly-structured, carefully-plotted system that continues to give France an influence in the tennis world beyond the sum of its various parts.

In a nation of nearly 60 million inhabitants, one without a native-born Grand Slam champion since Yannick Noah beat Sweden’s Mats Wilander to capture Roland Garros in 1983 (2000 Roland Garros winner and naturalized Frenchwoman Mary Pierce was born in Montreal), the French system of identifying, training, and supporting junior players from age 7 onward continues to deliver results envied by all but a few tennis-playing nations.

In the ATP’s latest Indesit Entry Rankings (as of May 9), 10 French players were in the Top 100, lead by former Top 10 player Sebastien Grosjean at No. 27. Only Spain, with 15 players in the Top 100, and Argentina, also with 10, can claim equivalent or greater depth on the men’s side. The United States, with a population five times greater than France, currently sports seven of the world’s Top 100 men, led by third-ranked Andy Roddick.

Add to the mix for France three Davis Cup titles since 1991 and two more appearances in the Davis Cup finals, and you get a sense of the efficacy of the French development program on the men’s side.

The French women have fared almost as well, with eight Top 100 players in the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, including three in the Top 20 (No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 16 Nathalie Dechy, and No. 19 Tatiana Golovin) and two Fed Cup titles and a runner-up trophy since 1997.

The seat of power in French tennis is situated a stone’s throw from Court Centrale at Roland Garros in leafy western Paris, in the offices of the Federation Francaise de Tennis (FFT), the Gallic equivalent of the United States Tennis Association. The 20-acre site also houses the CNE, or National Training Center, where the most promising French juniors are trained, housed, and funded by the federation.

Among current French tour players, Grosjean (who was shown the door by the federation at one point because of his lack of height), Dechy, Mauresmo,rising player Gael Monfils, Nicolas Escude, Fabrice Santoro, Michael Llodra and Emilie Loit are alums of the FFT’s development regime. Players such as Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, and Nathalie Tauziat have also benefited to some degree from the federation’s support.

The continued success of the French in international team competition begs two important questions: To what do the French owe their great success in Davis Cup and Fed Cup, and why have they so far not been able to achieve equivalent success in Grand Slam singles play?

Eric Deblicker, longtime director of the high-level French men’s development program and, since September 2004, Gasquet’s full-time coach, has this to say about the disparity between team and individual results among the French players:

“Davis Cup is very important in France and has been ever since we beat the Americans in Lyon in 1991,” says Deblicker, emphasizing recent history, without the intent of ignoring the Davis Cup success of the Four Musketeers, whose 1927 triumph against the United States inspired the construction of Roland Garros. “The spirit of the team is the major factor. It’s a priority for French players to play for France. With Davis Cup, our players don’t play tournaments the week before, as the team gathers to train and eat together straight through the tie. They’re very happy to work together and everyone is behind the captain (former Top 10 player Guy Forget).”

As for producing another French Grand Slam tournament winner, Deblicker says, “We are trying to fix this challenge for our young players like Mathieu, Gasquet, and Monfils. We have to instill this mentality in them and our first priority is to win at Roland Garros, as it’s our home court.”

Ironically, it has been the emergence in recent years of Roland Garros on the world tennis stage, from an afterthought behind the US Open and Wimbledon to a must-watch, must-visit Grand Slam event, that has helped fill the FFT’s coffers with the vital cash that helps fund the development of French junior players. The tournament generates an estimated $35 million to $40 million per year.

Former French tour player Georges Goven, who heads the federation’s high-level women’s development program, remembers when times were different. “The money that comes in from Roland Garros is key,” says Goven. “With it, we can afford to put very capable people in the right places in France.

“Forty years ago we had only five or six people paid and working full-time for the federation,” Goven adds, crediting former FFT and ITF President Philippe Chatrier, for whom Court Central was renamed in 2001, as the originator of the development program in the early ’70s. “Now we’re more like a mid-sized business, with around 300 people on the payroll.”

The road to a coveted place at the CNE or INSEP, the National Institute of Sport and Physical Education, where the most talented 16- to 18-year-old boys train before coming over to the CNE at age 19, is an arduous one that somewhat mimics the French higher education system. In that crucible, pools of thousands of prospective students are whittled down through a series of concours nationaux, or nationwide entry exams, to gain entrance to France’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. Entering classes of 100-400 are the norm at these specialized Grandes Ecoles, which out-Ivy the Ivies with their stringent selection process.

The tennis version of this paper chase typically begins at age 7, when each of France’s 2,500 or so tennis clubs are encouraged to select two or three gifted players ages 7-10 and provide them with special group and individual instruction. Anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 players make this first cut-off and enter the national system.

The next step is to winnow this group down to the 160 or so players (girls 10-12 and boys 11-13) who are regionally selected to make it to the next level, the Avenir National, by coaches empowered and monitored by the FFT in Paris. The objective at this stage is to continue the players’ formation while identifying which players will move forward under the auspices of the federation to the penultimate level in the system, Les Poles France.

Next, only 12-16 of the most promising girls (ages 13-15) are chosen to continue their training at either the CNE in Paris or a similar center in Toulouse, in the southwest of France. A total of roughly 30 junior boys (ages 14-15) go through equivalent training at one of three regional centers.

Only after having passed through these three preliminary stages to the most promising French juniors get their tickets punched for the high-level training in the Groupes Espoirs at INSEP or the National Training Center (CNE).

Casting a glance at the progression of current French tour players through the national development system, three of the four native-born French players to have reached a Grand Slam tournament final since Henri Leconte did so in 1988 at Roland Garros – Arnaud Clement (2001 Australian Open), Cedric Pioline (1993 US Open, 1997 Wimbledon), and Nathalie Tauziat (1998 Wimbledon) – accomplished their success largely independent of the FFT’s development program. (The fourth, Mauresmo, was runner-up at the 1999 Australian Open).

Gasquet, named ITF World Junior Champion in 2002 after winning the French and US Open junior titles, is a good example of the buffet approach to the development offered by the FFT. Originally coached by his father, a teaching pro, Gasquet entered the system at the Groupes Espoirs level in 2002. He spent one year training at the CNE at Roland Garros before receiving private coaching, subsidized by the federation for another year, for a total of two years in the program.

Developing patience from the baseline has reaped dividends in 2005 for the 18-year-old Frenchman, whose ranking has climbed to No. 56 after winning two consecutive clay court challengers in Italy before bouncing world No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the recent ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo.

“We’ve never had a player so young and so talented at 12, 13 years old (as Gasquet),” says outgoing National Technical Director Jean-Claude Massias, who, after a nine-year run as the FFT’s national technical director, is ceding his place to Patrice Dominguez. “He was truly better than all the others there. But he lost a couple of years. There was a lot of pressure on him, his father protected him a lot and he didn’t do what was necessary with the physical plan or train as much as we advised him to.

“I’m not surprised at his recent results,” Massias continues, “but we were quite worried a year or so ago, has he was not progressing well, was defaulting matches and looked unhappy on the court. Having great talent doesn’t always ensure that a player becomes a great player and we were worried about Richard.”

It wasn’t until Gasquet began working intensively with Deblicker, with whom he initially came into contact while training at the CNE, that his results began to approximate his considerable talent.

Says Massias, “I’m only surprised that it (Gasquet’s strong results) happened so soon after starting to work with Eric [Deblicker].”

Adds Deblicker, “Richard was like a lot of very talented players. He wanted to finish points after two or three shots. But he was playing the wrong way. We’ve worked with him on extending rallies until he has better positioned himself to go for a winner.”

The shy Gasquet, who speaks with a bit of a stammer and can’t be described as an eager media subject, has even learned to handle off-court notoriety and show a sense of humor as well. Appearing recently on a French chat show, one of Gasquet’s fellow guests was a noted porn actress. He said afterward, “It was a bit embarrassing. I’d never met anyone who did that job before.”

Monfils, 18, has seen his star on the ascension after compiling at 31-2 match record and winning three of the four 2004 junior Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon). With a current ranking of 81, the lanky all-courter has delivered similiarly impressive results on the men’s tour in 2005, opening the year with a win over defending Roland Garros champion and world No. 6 Gaston Gaudio in Qatar, advancing with a wildcard to the round of 16 at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami and beating crafty French veteran Fabrice Santoro to win his first title on the men’s circuit in early May at a challenger event on clay in Tunisia.

Monfils was identified as a player of promise at age 11 and passed successively through all levels of the national development system with the exception of the final rung of the ladder, Les Groupes Espoirs. The FFT, in fact, encouraged him to skip the last step, deeming him ready for the big time and matching him up with former pro Thierry Champion as his coach.

The success of the French program ensures that the pipeline continues churning out another generation of talented French players after Gasquet, Monfils, and 19th-ranked women’s player Golovin, who teamed with Gasquet to win the mixed doubles at Roland Garros last year. Male contenders include hard-serving Jo-Wilifred Tsonga, the 2003 US Open boy’s singles champion and the world’s No. 2 junior that year; Gilles Simon, a 20-year-old ranked just outside the Top 100 who finished 2004 with a string of French futures wins; and Josselin Ouanna, who was runner-up to Monfils in the 2004 Australian Open boy’s singles. On the women’s side, 14-year-old Gracia Radovanovic, runner-up this year in the prestigious Les Petits As tournament, and 18-year-old Aravane Rezai, who has won three women’s circuit events since last October, are two players who bear watching.

With a solid organization, a war chest of cash and continued popularity of tennis in France (second only to soccer in the number of participants nationwide), the French tennis development system shows no signs of slowing down. It seems almost as inevitable as another bumper crop of Burgandy or Beaujolais that French players will continue to flourish on the world stage and one day break through to give L’Héxagone the Grand Slam champion to succeed Noah that it so craves.

Whit Sheppard is a Paris-based sportswriter. He has written for the Houston Chronice, the Tampa Tribune, and the Buenos Aires Herald, among others. This is his first entry for Tennis Week.

10-22-2005, 05:46 PM
And here's the translation (thanks to the poster litchis on Rg.net's forum) for those who speak better French than English here. I took the initiative to cut his comments because they were disturbing , in the middle of the translation... :o

Tout au long de cette année, Tennis Week examinera les moyens de formation des joueurs mis au point dans différents pays du monde dont certains pays possèdant une longue tradition de grands joueurset ceux espèrant établir une tradition que les génération futures admireront chercher à imiter. C'est le quatrième volet de notre série d'études.

En Garde
La formation du joueur de tennis chez les Français repose sur un système bien huilé imbattable.
De Whit Sheppard

Tennis Week Magazine
du 24 mai 2005
pages 38 à 43

Peut-être n'est-ce qu'appoprié pour une nation qui vénère l'acuité et la finesse dans le domaine du génie industriel, de l'ingénérie (pensez au TGV, à la Tour Eiffel, au nouvel Airbus A380 à deux niveaux...) autant que la culture de ce qui contribue à entretenir la joie de vivre (pensez cette fois-ci à la semaine de 35 heures, jusqu'aux 500 formes différentes de fromages que compte ce pays,à quelques uns des meilleurs des vins au monde et au foie gras...), le sytème de formation à la française est très structuré et minutieusement imaginé pour permettre à la France de continuer à avoir une grande influence dans le monde du tennis dans sa totalité bien que ne faisant pas bonne figure dans certains de ses domaines-clés.

Dans une nation qui compte presque 60 millions d'habitants, sans natif du pays ayant gagné de tournoi du Grand Chelem depuis que Yannick Noah a battu le Suèdois Mats Wilander pour s'adjuger le titre de Roland Garros en 1983 (la vainqueure de Roland Garros 2000, Mary Pierce a été naturalisée française mais est née à Montréal), le système de détection, d'entraînement et d'encadrement des jeunes joueurs dès l'âge de sept ans puis d'année en année continue de produire des résultats enviés par toutes les nations du tennis à l'exception d'une poignée de mieux lotis.

Dans le dernier classement technique Indesit (celui du 9 mai), 10 joueurs français faisaient parti du Top 100, menés par l'ancien joueur du Top 10 Sébastien Grosjean à la 27ème place. Seules l'Espagne, avec 15 joueurs dans le Top 100 et l'Argentine, qui en compte également 10, peuvent une profondeur équivalente ou meilleure de joueurs masculins au meilleur niveau. Les Etats-Unis et leur population cinq fois supérieure à celle de la France, ne présentent actuellement que sept des 100 meilleurs joueurs mondiaux masculins avec à leur tête Andy Roddick à la troisième place du classement.

Ajoutez-y les trois titres de la France en Coupe Davis depuis 1991 (1991, 1996, 2001) ainsi que deux finales (1999, 2002), et vous avez déjà une petite idée de l'efficacité du sytème de formation français du côtés des messieurs.

Les joueuses françaises se sont débrouillées presque aussi bien avec huit d'entre elles dans le Top 100 du classement WTA Sony Ericssonn, dont trois dans le Top 20 (Amélie Mauresmo N°3, Nathalie Dechy N°16, Tatiana Golovin N°19) au jour d'aujourd'hui et comptant deux titres en Fed Cup et une place de vice-championnes depuis 1997.

Le siège des pouvoirs du tennis français est situé à deux pas du Court Central de Roland Garros dans un quartier verdoyant de l'Ouest parisien, dans les bureaux de la Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT), l'équivalent gaulois de l'USTA (United States Tennis Association). Le site de 20 acres acueille aussi le CNE ou Centre National d' Entraînement, où la plupart des Juniors français sont entraînés, logés, financés par la fédération.

Parmi les joueurs français actuellement sur le circuit, Grosjean (qui s'est vu demandé de prendre la porte par la fédération il fut un temps à cause de sa petite taille) Dechy, Mauresmo, la star montante Gaël Monfils, Nicolas Escudé, Fabrice santoro, Michaël Llodra et Emile Loit ont été formé dans le giron fédéral. D'autres joueurs comme Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu et Nathalie Tauziat ont également bénéficié à un certain niveau du support de la fédération.

La poursuite du succès des Français dans les compétitions internationales par équique fait que deux questions s'imposent: A quoi les Français doivent leurs grands succès en Coupe davis et en Fed Cup, et pourquoi ne semblent-ils pas capables d'arriver au même succès en individuel dans les Grands Chelems?

Eric Deblicker, depuis longtemp à la tête du programme français de formation au haut niveau des jeunes joueurs du côté masculin, et, depuis septembre 2004, entraîneur de Gasquet à plein temps, a ceci à dire à propos de cette disparité entre les résultats individuels et collectifs des joueurs français:

"La Coupe Davis revet une importance particulière en France et cela depuis que nous avons battu les Américains à Lyon en 1991", éclaire-t-il, mettant l'accent sur l'histoire récente, mais sans l'intention d'ignorer le succès en Coupe Davis des quatre Mousquetaires, dont le triomphe en 1927 contre les etats-Unis fut à l'origine de la construction de Roland-Garros. "L'esprit de corps au sein de notre équipe est un des facteurs majeurs de ces succès. C'est une priorité pour les joueurs français de jouer pour la france à un moment de leur carrière. Lors de la Coupe Davis, nos joueurs ne participent à aucun tournoi la semaine qui précède une rencontre, puisque l'équipe se rassemble pour s'entraîner et vivre ensemble directement jusqu'à la rencontre. Ils sont heureux de travailler ensemble et tout le monde est derrière le capitaine (l'ancien joueur du Top 10, Guy Forget)"

Quant au développement d'un futur vainqueur d'un tournoi du Grand Chelem, Deblicker explique: "Nous essayons de faire relever ce défi que nous nous sommes donné à nos jeunes joueurs comme Mathieu, Gasquet et Monfils. Nous devons instiller en eux cette mentalité et notre priorité est de les voir gagner à Roland Garros sachant que ce court c'est notre chez nous."

Ironiquement, c'est l'émergence sur la scène tennistique internationale du tournoi de Roland Garros, passés du statut de second couteau derrière l'Us Open et Wimbledon à celui d'événement incontournable du circuit des levées du Grand Chelem à voir et à visiter, qui a aidé à remplir les caisses de la FFT avec les indispensables fonds permettant de financer le programme de formation des jeunes joueurs français. Le tournoi génère une somme estimée entre 30 et 40 millions de dollars US chaque année.

L'ancien joueur Georges Goven, qui est à la tête du département de formation des joueuses au haut niveau, se rappelle qu'anciennement les temps étaient différents: "L'argent qui entre maintenant du fait de roland Garros est la clé." dit-il. "C'est grâce à cet argent que nous pouvons nous permettre d'installer des gens très compétents aux bons postes en France."

"Il y a quarante ans de cela, il n'y avait que cinq ou six salariés employés à plein temps à la fédération" ajoute-t-il, reconnaissant le rôle de l'ancien président de la FFT et de l'ITF Philippe Chatrier, pour lequel le Court central fut renomé en 2001, en tant qu'instigateur du programme de formation au tout début des années soixante-dix. "Maintenant, nous correspondons plus à une PME avec environ 300 personnes au boulot chez nous."

La route qui mène jusqu'à une place très convoitée au CNE ou à l'INSEP, Institut National du Sport et de l'Education Physique, où s'entraînent les plus talentueux des jeunes garçons âgés entre 16 et 18 ans avant de gagner le CNE à 19 ans, est ardue et imite, dans une certaine mesure, les échelons de la voie royale des études supérieures du système éducatif français. Dans ce creuset, des groupes de milliers d'aspirants étudiants sont soumis à une sélection draconienne, triés sur le volets par des concours nationaux afin de gagner leur droit d'entrée dans l'une de ces prestigieuses institutions de formation supérieure. Entrer dans une classe de 100 à 400 élèves est la norme dans ces Grandes Ecoles spécialisées, qui surpassent notre Ivy League par leur processus de sélection si rigoureusement strictes.

La version tennistique de ce rallye-paper commence traditionalement à 7 ans, quand chacun des environs 2.500 clubs de tennis que comptent la france sont encouragés à selectionner deux ou trois joueurs doués âgés entre 7 et 10 ans et leur offrir une instruction particulière collectivement et individuellement. Partout, entre 4000 et 6000 jeunes joueurs parviennent à faire parti de cette sélection et entre dans le système national.

L'étape suivante est la "vannure" de ce groupe à seulement à peu près 160 joueurs, bons grains séparés d'avec l'ivraie...(des filles de 10-12 ans et des garçons de 11-13 ans) qui sont choisis au niveau régional pour tenter d'atteindre le niveau supérieur: le pôle Avenir National gèré par des entraîneurs mis en fonction et contrôlés par la FFT depuis Paris. L'objectif à ce stade, est de poursuivre la formation de ces jeunes tout en identifiant ceux qui vont aller plus loin sous les auspices de la fédération jusqu'à l'avant-dernier des niveaux de ce système: les Pôles France.

Ensuite, seules 12/16 des jeunes joueuses les plus prometteuses (âgées entre 13 et 15 ans) sont présentis pour parfaire leur formation dans l'un des centres d'entraînement qui leur est ouvert: soit le CNE à Paris ou un centre similaire à Toulouse dans le Sud-Ouest de la France. Un total approchant la trentaine de jeunes garçons (âgés entre 14 et 15 ans) passe par le même entraînement dans l'un des trois centres régionaux mis en place à cet égard.

Ce n'est qu'uniquement après être passés par ces trois étapes préliminaires que les Juniors français les plus prometteurs obtiennent leur billet pour les centres d'entraînement au haut niveau dans les Groupes Espoirs de l'INSEP ou du Centre National d'Entraînement (CNE).

En jettant un rapide coup d'oeuil sur la progression des joueurs français étant passé par le système national de formation, évoluant sur le circuit actuellement, trois des quatres joueurs nés en France à avoir atteint une finale en Grand Chelem depuis Leconte en 1988 à Roland Garros – Arnaud Clément (à l'Open d'Australie en 2001), Cédric Pioline (à l'US Open en 1993, à Wimbledon en 1997), Nathalie Tauziat (à Wimbledon en 1998) – ont accomplis ces succès en ayant évolué largement indépendemment du système de formation de la FFT. (La quatrième, Amélie Mauresmo, a été vice-championne à l'Open d'Australie en 1999)

Gasquet, qui a est devenu le Champion du monde Junior ITF en 220 après avoir remporté les titres des Internationaux de France et des Etats-Unis Junior, est un bon exemple de l'"approche buffet" que le système de formation de la FFT permet d'offrir à certains. D'abord entraîné par son père, un professeur de tennis,mais toujours scruté attentivement par la fédération attendant son heure de loin, Gasquet a intégré le système au niveau des Groupes Espoirs en 2002. Il a alors passé un an à s'entraîner au CNE à Roland-Garros avant de recevoir un entraînement privé et personnalisé fournit par la fédération pour une année de plus et un total de deux ans dans son programme.

Apprendre à développer sa patience du fond du court a porté ses fruits en 2005 pour le Français de 18 ans, dont le classement a atteint la 56ème place mondiale après avoir remporté deux titres consécutifs en Challengers sur terre battue en Italie puis avoir explosé Federer au niveau des quarts de finale du récent tournoi Masters Series de Monte-Carlo.

"Nous n'avions jamais eu un joueur aussi jeune et aussi talentueux à 12, 13 ans (comme l'était Gasquet)" affirme l'ancien Directeur Technique National Jean-Claude Massias, qui après neuf ans à occuper cette fonction du sommet de la FFT, cède sa place à Patrice Dominguez. "Il était vraiment un cran au dessus des autres autour de lui. Mais il a perdu quelques années. Il y avait beaucoup de pression sur lui, son père le protègeait beaucoup et n'a pas fait ce qu'il était nécessaire de planifier ni de travailler au niveau physique comme nous le lui avions conseiller."

"Je ne suis pas surpris de ses récents résultats." continue Massias "mais nous étions très inquiets par rapport à lui il y a à peu près un an, vu qu'il ne progressait pas bien, balançait des matches et ne semblait pas heureux sur le court. Possèder beaucoup de talent n'assure pas que l'on deviendra un grand joueur du coup nous étions inquiets pour Richard."

Massias précise: " Je suis seulement surpris que ça (les bons résultats de Gasquet) soit arrivé si rapidement après qu'il ait commencé à travailler avec Eric [Deblicker]."

Deblicker ajoute: " Richard était comme beaucoup de joueurs très tentueux. Il voulait finir les points après deux ou trois frappes. Mais il jouait de la mauvaise façon. Avec lui, nous avons travaillé à apprendre à rallonger les rallies jusqu'à ce qu'il soit dans une assez bonne position pour tenter un coup gagnant."

Le timide Gasquet, qui parle avec un lèger bégaiement et ne peut pas être décrit comme un gars passioné et avide d'attention médiatique, a même appris à gèrer les retombées de sa notoriété hors court et à manifester un certain sens de l'humour. Récemment apparu dans une émission de télévision française, une des autres invitées sur le plateau était une fameuse actrice de pornographie. Il a alors déclaré après l'enregistrement: "C'était un peu embarrassant. Je n'avais encore jamais rencontré quelqu'un qui faisait ce métier."

Monfils, 18 ans, a vu son statut de star sur l'ascension après avoir empilé un bilan record de 31-2 matches en ratio victoires-défaites et gagné trois des quatres tournoi du Grand Chelem chez les Juniors (Open d'Australie, Roland Garros et Wimbledon). Avec un classement actuel à la 81ème place, ce joeur multi-surface à l'aspect eflanqué a lui aussi eu des résultats également impressionants sur le circuit masculin en 2005, débutant son année avec une victoire sur le tenant du titre de Roland Garros 2004 et numéro 6 mondial Gaston Gaudio au Quatar, bénéficiant d'une Wild card et se hissant jusqu'aux seizièmes de finale aux Masters Series de Miami, venant à bout du vétéran truqueur Fabrice Santoro et gagnant son premier titre sur le circuit masculin début mai au tournoi Challenger de Tunis sur terre battue.

Monfils a été détecté comme un joueur à fort potentiel à l'âge de 11 ans et a par conséquent eu affaire à tous les échelons du système de formation national à l'exception du dernier barreau de l'échelle, les Groupes Espoirs. C'est même la FFT qui l'a encouragé à sauter cette dernière étape, le sentant prêt à faire le saut chez les pros et le pairant avec l'ancien joueur professionnel Thierry Champion comme entraîneur.

Le succès du modèle de formation à la française assure que la source continue à déverser une autre génération de talents français après Gasquet, Monfils et la 19ème mondiale Golovin qui a fait équipe avec Gasquet pour gagner Roland Garros en double mixte l'année dernière. La listes des postulants masculins comprend aussi le gros serveur Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, vainqueur de l'US Open Junior en 2003 et deuxième mondial au niveau Junior la même année, Gilles Simon, un jeune joueur de 20 ans classé juste hors du Top 100 qui a finit 2004 par une série de victoires dans des Futures français et Josselin Ouanna qui était le vice-champion de L'Open d'Australie Junior en 2004 face à Monfils. Du côtés féminin, la jeune Gracia Radovanovic, vice-championne cette année au prestigieux tournoi des Petits As, et Aravane Rezai, 18 ans qui a gagné trois petits tournois du circuit féminin depuis octobre dernier sont deux joueuses qu'il vaut la peine de surveiller.

Avec une organisation solide, une battaille d'argent et de popularité persistante du tennis en France (deuxième sport derrière le football en terme de pratiquants sur tout le territoire), le modèle de formation français ne présente aucun signe de ralentissement. Cela semble presque aussi inévitable que l'assurance de voir arriver chaque année un autre cru de Bourgogne et de Beaujolais que les joueurs français vont continuer à faire leur appariton sur la scène tennistique internationale et jusqu'à un jour exploser et donner à L'Héxagone le champion vainqueur de Grand Chelem pour succèder à Noah qu'il attend tant.

Whit Sheppard est un journaliste sportif basé à Paris. Il a entre autres écrit pour le Houston Chronicle, le Tampa Tribune et le Buenos Aires Herald. Ceci est sa première contribution à la rédaction de Tennis Week.

10-23-2005, 11:31 AM
Where in Tennis Mag' could it be read? :confused:
Isn't it a bit concerning rather than impressive actually? What's the goal of this Lagardère guy? :scratch:
I've read many things about this but i still don't get how there wouldn't be some kind of competition/rivalry between him, "his project" (which is? btw) and the fft. :shrug:

It's in the last pages if I remember well in a little corner (écrit en rouge).
I find it a little concerning too. That's why I said that soon the FFT will be useless. Lagardere says that he wants to help in the development of french tennis but the best way for him to do that would be to help directly the FFT instead of creating private structures only for some players. I am sure there will be 'political' troubles between him and the fft in the coming years.
And I don't understand what is the goal of Lagardere either. :confused:

01-29-2006, 04:03 PM
Alexandre Sidorenko won the Australian Open Junior! :D

Link to the thread started by Silverwhite about this in GM: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=67501&page=1&pp=15 (http://)

07-25-2006, 09:48 AM
Well, so far Eysseric's lead the new team which has retained the Winter Cup, won and made the final two 2 or 3 tournaments i think...

Inzé is in some kind of slump after having suffered injuries.

Vincent Sapène is now making some noise...

Botti. I don't know about him.

Same for Piro, Slilam etc...but i must admit i didn't search a lot to say the least...

How come nobody takes care of this thread? :sad:

I'll have to bump it in the future and post the updates when i'll have time... :p

07-25-2006, 11:28 AM
:yeah: Thanks for all the great work Delsa! :worship: :worship: :worship:

08-12-2006, 06:57 PM
Woaow!!!!!! :eek:



Photo: Marie-Thérèse Brühwiler

2006 European Junior Championships - 18 & Under Boys

Sixteen-year old Jonathan Eysseric of France won his first European Junior Championships title in Klosters, Switzerland, with a 7-6 6-4 win over fourth seed Dusan Lojda (CZE). The second seed, who dropped just one set during the tournament, raced through the first set tie-break without the loss of a point and never looked back. The win consolidates Eysseric's position in the ITF Junior Ranking top ten (3), and is his biggest individual title to date.


:yeah: Thanks for all the great work Delsa! :worship: :worship: :worship:
You're welcome. :hug:

08-12-2006, 07:24 PM
Well done :yeah:

08-12-2006, 08:12 PM
Well done :yeah:
Silverwhite! :D


Next i'll post some pics if i have time...

I work in a "Paul" bakery/kiosk for the summer and i have to wear a stupid uniform and a stupid "toque"... :rolleyes:

08-12-2006, 09:29 PM
Eysseric and Suarez Navarro Crowned European Champions

31 Jul 2006 - Helen McFetridge

Jonathan Eysseric of France and Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro were crowned European Champions in Klosters, Switzerland on Sunday, the first European Individual title for each of them.

Eysseric, seeded two, has had spectacular results in his first full year on the ITF Junior Circuit. Already in 2006 he has won the Grade A Italian Open and been runner-up in the Gerdau Cup and the Asuncion Bowl, both Grade 1, as well as the Grade 2 French Riviera International Junior Open. He was the youngest player in the European Championships draw, having just turned 16 at the end of May, but he sailed through to the semi-finals without dropping a set. There he faced fourteenth seed Ruben Bemelmans (BEL), who was in good form having won the Grade 1 German Junior Open just two weeks before. The Belgian got off to the better start, taking the first set 64, but Eysseric came back to take the next two 63 63 and book his place in the final.

In the final he faced the vastly more experienced Czech player Dusan Lojda, seeded four. In contrast to Eysseric, Lojda has been playing the ITF Junior Circuit since 2002. He also had a smooth path to the semi-finals, with Wimbledon runner-up Marcin Gawron (POL) able to garner just three games from him in the quarters. In the semis, unseeded Milan Zekic (SCG), ranked 907, surprised the Czech by taking the first set, but Lojda composed himself to win the next two 61 64.

The final was a close-fought encounter, with Eysseric taking the first set on a tie-break. The second set was almost as tight, but the French player edged it 64 to take the title.

The girls’ final featured two players who play the vast majority of their tennis at the senior level. France’s Yulia Fedossova, seeded five, and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, the sixth seed, have rarely been seen on the ITF Junior Circuit but their WTA rankings of 259 and 327 respectively meant the other players knew they were both a force to be reckoned with.

Fedossova breezed through to the final, with only top seed Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROM) able to come close to her, that in the quarter-finals. In the semis she destroyed fourth seed Evgenia Rodina (RUS) 62 60 to set up the final with Suarez Navarro. In contrast, the Spaniard had been taken to three sets in both the quarter- and semi-finals, by third seed Sorana-Mihaela Cirstea (ROM) and second seed Alizé Cornet (FRA) respectively. This final was also a close one, with the first set going to a tie-break which Suarez Navarro took by seven points to five. The second also went down to the wire, with the Spaniard eventually clinching it 75.

Fedossova gained some consolation when she teamed up with Cornet to take the doubles title with a 46 61 63 win over Russian pair Evgenia Rodina and Alexandra Panova. The boys’ doubles was won by Croatians Nikola Mektic and Antonio Veic, who defeated Milan Zekic and Arsenile Zlatanovic od Serbia 62 64.



08-13-2006, 01:02 AM
Silverwhite! :D


Next i'll post some pics if i have time...

I work in a "Paul" bakery/kiosk for the summer and i have to wear a stupid uniform and a stupid "toque"... :rolleyes:


Well, I wear a uniform to school everyday :p

08-13-2006, 02:09 AM

Well, I wear a uniform to school everyday :p

I used to as well when i was in "collège" (not the equivalent of the anglo-saxon college...) and then in high school... :p

And i kinda liked it.

But this is really bad. All white and unconfortable, ridiculous etc...The whole package... :(

Another article in French this time...

01/08 - 17h57
Championnats d'Europe : Eysseric à toute vitesse

À Klosters, Jonathan Eysseric est devenu le quatrième Français vainqueur du Championnat d'Europe des 18 ans et moins. Le tout à seulement 16 ans. Youlia Fedossova a, elle, atteint la finale.

"Cette fois, j'ai eu droit à la Marseillaise rien que pour moi. D'habitude, je l'entendais lors de nos succès avec l'équipe de France." Consacré à plusieurs reprises par équipes en Europe (Copa del Sol 2004, Winter Cup 2005 et 2006, Coupe Borotra 2005), Jonathan Eysseric a connu le 30 juillet le bonheur d'un premier titre continental individuel dans les montagnes suisses.

"Il explose"

En finale, le gaucher, qui s'appuie sur une frappe très lourde notamment en coup droit, a pris le meilleur 7/6, 6/4 sur le Tchèque Dusan Lojda, déjà 620ème mondial ATP. En demi-finales, il avait cédé son seul set du tournoi face au Belge Ruben Bemelmans (6/4, 3/6, 6/3). "Après un départ difficile dû en partie à l'altitude, Jonathan a très bien joué, appréciait Guillaume Marx, le capitaine français. En demi-finales et en finale, il est mal parti, mais il a su redresser la barre. Il mérite sa victoire. Le voici 3ème junior mondial. Un cadet aussi bien classé, c'est rare. Il explose dans sa catégorie."

La saison 2006 d'Eysseric est en effet un modèle de constance. Finaliste de trois tournois juniors, il s'est imposé pour la première fois dans la catégorie à Milan en remportant les Internationaux d'Italie. Passé un peu à côté à Roland-Garros, où il chuta au 2ème tour, "Jonne", comme on le surnomme, a préparé le rendez-vous européen sur le circuit "pro". "J'y ai pris mes deux premiers points ATP, racontait-il. Depuis le printemps, j'ai le sentiment d'avoir encore progressé. Je me suis aguerri sur le circuit ATP. Comme le niveau est plus élevé, je suis devenu plus rigoureux."

"Devenir n°1 mondial junior"

Quatrième champion continental français après Sébastien Grosjean (1995), Arnaud Di Pasquale (1997) et Éric Prodon (1999), Eysseric est assurément le plus jeune à triompher chez les juniors, lui qui a fêté ses 16 ans le 27 mai [ :eek: ]. "Mon but est désormais de devenir n°1 mondial junior, annonçait le joueur de l'US Cagnes-sur-Mer. Si je gagne l'Open du Canada et l'US Open juniors, je peux revenir à 50 points du n°1, Thiemo De Bakker, qui ne doit pas faire la tournée américaine. Pour ça, je pars en Floride avec toute ma famille après la Galéa pour m'entraîner chez Bollettieri." Sacré programme.

Toujours à Klosters, Youlia Fedossova n'a pas été loin de l'imiter chez les filles, mais elle est tombée en finale face à l'Espagnole Carla Suarez Navarro (7/6, 7/5). La championne d'Europe avait auparavant stoppé le parcours d'Alizé Cornet en demi-finales (6/4, 2/6, 6/4). Youlia et Alizé, qui va consacrer son mois d'août à la préparation du… bac, se sont rattrapées en remportant le double face aux Russes Alexandra Panova et Evgenia Rodina 4/6, 6/1, 6/3. "C'était une bonne semaine, reconnaissait Pierre Bouteyre, le capitaine. Elles sont tombées contre une Espagnole talentueuse, aguerrie et 326ème mondiale. Les conditions, avec une balle qui tournait encore plus en altitude, lui ont bien convenu."

Slilam et Inzerillo, le destin des quarts

En 16 ans et moins, Nassim Slilam et Jérôme Inzerillo ont chuté en quarts à Orbetello. Récent gagnant du Derby Cadets, Slilam est tombé contre le futur finaliste, le Portugais Gastao Elias (4/6, 6/4, 6/4). Vice-champion d'Europe de la catégorie l'an passé, Inzerillo a été contraint à l'abandon face au futur vainqueur. Une blessure à la cheville l'a stoppé alors qu'il était à égalité 5-5 dans le premier set contre le Néerlandais Tim Van Terheyden [Another injury... :( ]. En revanche, à Chieti Scalo, Adeline Goncalves et Gracia Radovanovic sont tombées respectivement en huitièmes de finale et au deuxième tour.

En 14 ans et moins, à Ostrava, Romain Arneodo et Marie Menacer avaient, elle, chuté au troisième tour, et Gianni Mina, lui, cédé au deuxième. Chloé Babet avait en revanche atteint les quarts de finale à Ostrava, en République Tchèque. Trois semaines plus tôt, elle était devenue championne d'Europe par équipes à San Remo. À quand la consécration individuelle ? Il faut demander à Jonathan Eysseric.


08-31-2006, 01:34 PM
Well some old articles/reports new to this thread from the ITF's site archives...Better late than never.

First, reports on Eysseric's victory at the Italian Open with pictures. I'll have to post some things i have in store for so long on Sapène, Slilam and an interview of Inzé later...

There are some nice new pics on the Eysseric's "family site" (that's actually the one of the Tennis étude they manage...) that i linked to in one of the first posts (Tennis Étude (http://www.tennisetude.com/)) .

And both Inzé (http://www.jeromeinzerillo.com/) (soon to be opened) and Eysseric (http://www.jonathaneysseric.com/) (currently under construction) are to have an official site apparently, the spaces are already reserved at least. But it was the same for Gaël (http://www.gaelmonfils.com/) for years and i still haven"t seen it so...Now after so much times they've finally opened a forum and after so many promisses, they have to precise that it's the last one (lol) "The site will definitely open on the 1st of September!" :p ...Wait and see...
II won't get my hopes up and anyway even if that's pretty meaningless, that's better for them to keep a low profile publicly imho so no site today is better...

De Bakker shocked in Italian Open first round

23 May 2006 - Helen McFetridge

Top seed and heavy pre-tournament favourite Thiemo de Bakker was knocked out on the first day of the Italian Open, a 63 62 loser to Dylan Sessagesimi of Switzerland. 16-year-old Sessagesimi won two tournaments at the end of last year, but his 2006 has been largely unsuccessful up to now with just three matches won in eight tournaments played. It looks as though the Swiss could be coming into form at just the right time. For de Bakker, who brought an incredible 26-1 record in 2006 with him to Milan, this defeat is a shock from which he will have to recover quickly as he goes after his first Grand Slam title in Paris.

Second seed in the boys’ event, Nicolas Santos of Brazil, was made to struggle by fellow South American Roberto Maytin (VEN), eventually coming through 86 in the third set. Several seeds did not manage to make it through to round two, among them fifth seeded Romanian Petre-Alexandre Luncanu, a 63 06 75 loser to Colombia’s Alejandro Gonzalez. Other seeds to fall included number seven Sho Aida (JPN), who went down in straight sets to Ricardo Urzua of Chile, and number 14 Pavel Chekhov (RUS). Chekhov scored one of the best wins of his career in Milan last year when he defeated Donald Young in the first round, but this year the tables were turned as he was upset by 15-year-old Jonathan Eysseric of France. Eysseric has reached three clay court finals this year on the ITF junior circuit, including two Grade 1s, and he could well benefit from the removal of de Bakker from the top section of the draw.


Girls top seeds progress

25 May 2006 - Faye Andrews


Kellen Damico (USA) and Nicolas Santos (BRA) join Luka Belic and Roman Jebavy as the only seeds left in the boys' singles draw. No.2 seed Santos saw off Jamie Hunt in straight sets 64 64. Damico did not enjoy quite as straightfoward a victory, losing the second set in the tiebreak, after sprinting through the first set 60 against Andrej (SVK). However, the American pulled himself together and wrapped up the match 62 in the third.

Jonathan Eysseric from France has been showing good form on the ITF Junior Circuit in 2006 and continued with a win overJapan's Fumiaki Kita 61 62. Eysseric will now take on giant slayer Dylan Sessagesimi, who put out No.1 seed Thiemo de Bakker in the first round.


Top Seeds Remain On Course In Milan

26 May 2006 - ITF - James Harrisson


The boys’ draw, by contrast, has only three seeds remaining in the last eight. Second seed Nicolas Santos from Brazil remains title favourite after winning 64 75 over Estonian Jaak Poldma. The world number five from Sao Paolo has won three high-ranking ITF Junior events in South America but has yet to register a tournament victory outside his home continent. Victory here would further boost his world ranking and improve his seeding at Junior Roland Garros, which starts on June 3rd. In the quarterfinals Santos faces Japanese Kei Nishikori, who made it through after his opponent, Antonio Veic (CRO), was forced to retire while trailing in the deciding set, with the score at 75 06 43.

Fourth seed Croatian Luka Belic, booked his place in the last eight with a victory over big-serving American Kellen Damico, 64 64, and must now play Nikola Mektic (CRO), while Roman Jebavy (CZE) beat Peter Lucassen (NED) in three sets, 64 36 61 and will now face Lebanese Bassam Beidas.

Also through is Jonathan Eysseric of France, who came through a tough match against Swiss Dylan Sessagesimi. After sharing the first two sets, which both went to a tiebreak, it was Esseric who broke early in the third and went on to win 67(6) 76(2) 62. His next opponent is Brazilian Joao Silva, who cruised through his match against Valentin Dimov (BUL), 61 60.

Eysseric and Olaru triumph in Milan

30 May 2006 - Faye Andrews

France’s Jonathan Eysseric and Romania’s Raluca-Ioana Olaru took centre stage in Milan with victory in the boys’ and girls’ singles at the Italian Junior Open in Milan.

The boys’ singles draw was decimated early in the week, only four seeds made it through to the third round. Pre tournament favourite and top seed, Thiemo de Bakker (NED) succumbed in the first round to Dylan Sessagesmi (SUI), leaving the top half of the draw wide open. In the bottom half No.2 seed Nicolas Santos (BRA) looked like he might take advantage of de Bakker’s demise, making it through to the quarterfinals. However Japan’s Kei Nishikori put an end to the second seeds hopes 61 63.

Eysseric had to fight hard for his first Grade A victory, following a tough third round win over Sessagesmi 67(6) 76(2) 62, the French boy then battled pas Luka Belic (CRO) in the semifinals 76(4) 57 97 before meeting Nishikori in the final.

In the final Eysseric made a great start taking the first set 61. Nishikori upped his game in the second set but was unable to stop the French boy wrapping up the match 64 in perfect preparation for his home Grand Slam, Roland Garros.

The girls’ draw provided fewer surprises than the boys’ but did give a good indication of player’s form going into Roland Garros. Top seed Pavlyuchenkova looked on course for another victory, easing through the early rounds, but was stopped in the semis by No.4 seed Sorana Mihaela Cirstea from Romanian. No.2 Olaru made it an all Romanian final, en route overcoming Khystyna Antoniychuk (UKR) in a three set battle in the quarterfinal 63 57 63 before dashing home hopes of victory by squeezing past Corinna Dentoni (ITA) 57 64 64.

In the all-Romanian final both girls gave it their all, Olaru taking the first set 62 before Cirstea levelled with the second set 63. Without either player prepared to give an inch it could have been Olaru’s experience on the big occasions, she was last year’s Roland Garros runner-up, which saw her through to victory 86 in the third. Olaru will be hoping to be able to repeat this victory in Paris, in order to erase memories of last years defeat.

Cirstea gained some revenge in the doubles, alongside partner Alexandra Panova (RUS) she defeated Olaru and partner Amina Rakhim (KAZ) in the final 75 64. The boys’ doubles was won by Roman Jebavy (CZE) and Hans Podlipnik Castillo (CHI), who defeated Americans Jamie Hunt and Nathanial Schnugg in the final 63 26 64.

And the pics from the ITF that go along with the reports. :wavey:

(his little bros are sooooo cute.... :baby: :hearts: )

08-31-2006, 02:23 PM
Jonathan :yeah:

08-31-2006, 05:55 PM
Alexandre Sidorenko won the future of Blois this last June...;)

Many pictures of him, a few of Vincent Sapène, Jérôme Inzerillo, Jonathan Eysseric, both on and off-court, a "gazette" of the tourny, and all the draws etc...there : http://www.aajbtennis.com/18.html.

08-31-2006, 06:27 PM
2006 US Open Junior Boys' Singles Draw : http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/bs/bsdraw.pdf

2006 US Open Junior Boys' Doubles Draw : http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/bd/bddraw.pdf

08-31-2006, 07:22 PM
Alexandre Sidorenko won the future of Blois this last June...;)

Yeah, I know. We followed that in his thread. :p

08-31-2006, 08:11 PM
Yeah, I know. We followed that in his thread. :p
So that's one less to follow here since he has his own thread...Thank you for taking a bit of the work off my back! :p

I know i'm very late...But i had good reasons. :angel:

Here are some of the nice pictures i mentioned from the Tennis études' site which is full of it. I only put there the "team" ones. Eysseric's fan or followers just have not to be lazy and to go in the site's galleries if they want more!

They're all from the Borotra Cup (European Summer Championships) 2005 final phase (qualification phase was in Spain for them) in France (Le Touquet i think it was...) except the two last one which are from the Winter Cup (Winter European Championships, hence the snow lol) 2005 final phase in the Czech Republic...

Then there are some interview videos i should hunt for. I think there was one of Adrien Puget or Axel Michon, one of those Eyserric retained this year's Winter Cup with... I'm too lazy to do it now but well...They'll be there one day lol I already posted a lot for one day.

08-31-2006, 08:16 PM
Are there any videos of Eysseric playing? :scratch:

08-31-2006, 08:29 PM
Are there any videos of Eysseric playing? :scratch:
Well, he didn't have the good idea to win any French championships in any age category ( :p ) so...normally no. (But maybe from somewhere else, who knows...:shrug: )

Sometimes they show a bit of the other finalist, but unless i'm mistaken, i remember that when he lost to Inzé in 2004 i think it was, the vid didn't show him, sadly...I'd like to see it if such a vid existed. And of some of the others too if possible.

But one can get reports here and there of some of his matches and the impressions those who could see him play had...

I'll have to put this vid here btw...Oh God, so much to do...

08-31-2006, 10:32 PM
So, speaking of vids...

I forgot that the French Championships had happened despite me not following them for once... :p

Kevin Botti won in the 17-18 years old category. Here is the site of the 2006 Championships (= results, summaries, audio and vids, pics, match reports etc...etc...) : http://www.fft.fr/championnat_de_france_2006/?id=1715.

And here's the page where you'll find a video interview of Botti in the middle of a few clips of him playing. Why do they always have to use weird music backgrounds? :rolleyes: (There are also those of the other winners Guillaume Rufin, Romain Arneodo, Thomas Gély) : http://www.fft.fr/championnat_de_france_2006/?inc=vainqueurs-2006.htm

This video of Botti can help completing his profile. He's apparently from Chambéry (i didn't know where in Savoie he was born). He's from a family of handball players (there's a club in Chambéry where the great Jackson Richardson is playing btw) and at some time he had to choose between both sports and stopped handball. He only played tennis for fun at first and took handball more seriously but then he started being good at tennis and appreciating it and he don't regret the choice he's made at all...He supports AS Saint-Étienne. lol Good club to support. Very good supporters they have in the first sense of the term not one of the kind we see today in some other clubs...etc etc etc...He arrived completely relaxed at those Championships since he never do good there and was convinced he wouldn't play well once again, he also arrived fresher physically than the previous times and not too much thinking about it so that's maybe why he did well in his opinion... etc etc etc...I think that's pretty much it.

Here is the "archives" section with links to all the previous Championships' sites : http://www.fft.fr/championnat_de_france_2006/?id=1731

That's where i found videos of the previous winners Alexandre Sidorenko (both in 2004 and 2005, respectively in the 15-16 and 17-18 age categories), Constantin Belot (no Axel Michon or Adrien Puget as i wrongly said but i know why i made the mistake: because Belot and Puget won something together and i can't regognize one from the other lol), and Stéphane Piro who's still waiting for his presentation on this thread btw... :o

And the video i was mentioning, which is very poor, was the one of Inzé, when he won in 2004 against Eysseric in the final, that can be seen here : http://www.fft.fr/evenements2004/championnatDeFrance/base/audio.html.

Now that's it for at least three months lol...:lol:

09-01-2006, 02:02 PM
BTW, Sidorenko also won in the 13-14 category in 2002 :eek: (Monfils won in the 15-16 one that same year) : http://www.fft.fr/evenements2002/Championnat-France-2002/FrameChampionnat.html

Total domination of his generation from Sidorenko. lol
The other guys must be pissed of with him.

09-01-2006, 02:12 PM
Hopefully, he'll start to achieve better results on the tour :o

09-02-2006, 10:06 PM
Hopefully, he'll start to achieve better results on the tour :o
I took my time to answer because i can't make my mind between too "loan" words of English from French both seeming as appropriate which are:

Touché and Déjà vu...


09-02-2006, 10:57 PM
Adrian Mannarino :rocker:

09-03-2006, 01:25 AM
Touché and Déjà vu...


I agree with this one especially :tape:

09-04-2006, 05:52 PM
2006 US Open Junior Boys' Singles Draw : http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/bs/bsdraw.pdf

2006 US Open Junior Boys' Doubles Draw : http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/bd/bddraw.pdf

Eysseric [2] is playing right now on court 15 against Jamie Hunt (USA).

So far 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 with a break. Bad start but well, he seems to be back on track.

09-04-2006, 05:54 PM
I agree with this one especially :tape:
Now that you mention it, i struggle to understand how i could have a hard time to choose... :ignore:

09-04-2006, 06:24 PM
Eysseric won 4-6 6-3 6-2 :yeah:

09-04-2006, 07:58 PM

He seemed to have quite a few problems on serve though :o

09-04-2006, 08:00 PM
Just realised that he's the only French junior in the draw. :eek:

09-04-2006, 09:34 PM
Just realised that he's the only French junior in the draw. :eek:
Yep. Alizé Cornet is sitting her baccalauréat like other young French sportsmen (normaly in june but they ask for it to be postponed to september for them because of RG in her case or the other things they participate to at the time) so no representant in the girls' draw. And the other guys have no real motivation for coming here. It's far and they have other way to progress or so they think or were told anyway unlike him who wants to keep his current momentum and try to get the #1 spot and even went to train a bit at Bollettieri's alongside Mary Pierce for better preparation.

Just one thought. There's the same number of Madagascan and French players in the draw. That's a big thing for me! :o

09-04-2006, 09:37 PM

He seemed to have quite a few problems on serve though :o
You were able to get stats? :eek:

If so, lucky you!

09-04-2006, 09:40 PM
Eysseric won 4-6 6-3 6-2 :yeah:
Next opponent : his doubles partner ( :lol: ) Philipp Bester (CAN) who disposed quite easily, it seems, of Roberto Bautista (ESP) 6-3, 6-4.

09-04-2006, 11:27 PM
You were able to get stats? :eek:

If so, lucky you!

No. I sort of followed the scores while following the other matches. :p

09-05-2006, 05:59 AM
Bester is a tough draw!

09-05-2006, 12:14 PM
No. I sort of followed the scores while following the other matches. :p
Then lucky you because you could follow the scores. :p

Bester is a tough draw!

I know. And considering how their respective first matches went...:tape:

Court 10 11:00 AM

1. Jr. Boys' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Philip Bester (CAN) vs. Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)[2]

Not Before 1:00 PM
2. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Maret Ani (EST) / Meilen Tu (USA) vs. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) / Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

followed by

3. Women's Champions - 1st Rnd.
Jana Novotna (CZE) vs. Magdalena Maleeva (BUL)

4. Jr. Boys' Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Ricardo Urzua (CHI) / Jose Roberto Velasco (BOL) vs. Philip Bester (CAN)[4] / Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)[4]

Playing against each other in the morning, and together in the evening on the same court... :devil:

09-05-2006, 05:14 PM
He beat Bester 6-3 2-6 6-4 :yeah:

09-07-2006, 06:06 PM
He won 6-3 7-5. Into the QFs. :bounce:

09-07-2006, 06:19 PM
He won 6-3 7-5. Into the QFs. :bounce:
:yeah: He's doing good, beating mostly players who are 1 or 2 years older than him.

09-08-2006, 10:35 AM
Don't get carried away. Next round will be another story. First seaded player he faces (Luka Belic [9] CRO). That's the first time Eysseric gets this far in a Slam => no experience. He lost in doubles with Bester. Maybe a blessing in disguise. Same with the fact that he had to fight more to reach this point than Belic, he's already used to it and maybe more ready to face that again (if not too tired out...). Good luck to him.

Eysseric's old man takes care of the news on the TÉ's site and posts some short reports of his son's match among them. That way we learn that Bester (Jr RG finalist) i's not only Jonathan's doubles partner but also his roommate during this USO...That his last match was really weird and that he managed to win despite not playing good and came back from behind at 4-2 in the 2nd set during which Konecny couldn't put a ball in the court to save his life, that a ballboy vomited on the court etc...and things like that. :p


09-08-2006, 08:05 PM
He lost the 1st set 6-4 :(

09-08-2006, 08:24 PM
He lost 6-4 6-4 :sad:

09-09-2006, 01:08 AM
Delsa was right :o :help:

09-09-2006, 01:33 PM
I think he's doing OK considering he's currently the youngest player in the juniors top 25, according to the ITF juniors website. But of course Delsa is right, we should not get carried away...You only have to look at the difference between the Juniors Grand Slam winners list and Men's Grand Slam winners list of the past 10 years...One has many French players, the other none :o

09-09-2006, 04:01 PM
Konecny was still a good victory :ras:

09-09-2006, 05:58 PM
I don't think we should get too carried away with junior results anyway. There have been quite a few French Junior #1s and that doesn't mean anything. :shrug:

09-09-2006, 08:28 PM
True. I mean even Paulo won a junior Grand Slam :haha:
Sometimes it doesn't quite work out for successful juniors (Arnaud Di Pasquale :sad: ) but sometimes it does: Grosjean and Mauresmo were junior number 1's I think... And of course so was a certain Roger Federer :lol:

10-01-2006, 08:17 PM
Kevin Botti, Nysan Tan and Boris Obama

10-04-2006, 05:36 PM
hey...do u have any idea who the 2 guyz in the right are?what are their names?:D

10-08-2006, 07:51 PM
I think Jérôme Inzerillo and Jonathan Eysseric

10-09-2006, 09:07 AM
I think Jérôme Inzerillo and Jonathan Eysseric

tnx.they r cute :p

10-20-2006, 06:49 PM
that's jerome inzerillo and stephane piro.
the first one is cute but the second one is horrible in reality

10-21-2006, 02:02 PM
Jonathan Eysseric is through to the 2nd round of Lyon qualies after beating Kostro 6-4 6-1 :yeah:

10-22-2006, 02:13 PM
Eysseric lost 6-1 3-6 7-6(5) to Cyril Saulnier. A pity because he managed to overcome his nerves after the first set but still lost in a tight TB. :sad:

10-22-2006, 06:31 PM
Jonathan :sad: :sad:
I have some pics if you want... ;)

10-22-2006, 08:19 PM
Post them here please! :p :bounce:

10-22-2006, 09:07 PM
that's jerome inzerillo and stephane piro.
the first one is cute but the second one is horrible in reality

Why did you said that the second one is horrible in reality ??? You're right Jerome is cute ;)

10-29-2006, 08:45 PM
Jonathan in Lyon
Single against Saulnier
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Double with Sauliner :rolleyes: (my pics are not great ^^ sorry)
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10-29-2006, 09:00 PM
Thanks, Juan Carlos! :p

I think he was the one sitting with Sidorenko behind Deblicker and Forget during Gasquet vs Safin. :lol:

10-29-2006, 09:05 PM
I think he was the one sitting with Sidorenko behind Deblicker and Forget during Gasquet vs Safin. :lol:
Yes, I saw him ! ;)

01-04-2007, 03:12 PM
=> Eysseric's official site is now up (!). http://www.jonathaneysseric.com.

=> He won in the doubles with Kellen Damico (USA) in the Casablanca Junior Cup.

=> And lost in the QF against Albot of Moldavia. He was suffering from gastro-enteritis (and even in doubles it was his partner who had been a tad below on their previous matches who stepped up, raised his level of play and made up for Jonathan's innacuracies...), and made 22 UEs in 52 points just in the 1st set. With 7 DFs, only 5 winners, 2 aces and 3 unreturnable serves... Dreadful stats... Despite the coming of a doctor on the court for him, things didn't improve and he deservedly lost.

=> He'll still end up being the Junior number one come 7 January since Klizan, who's only ahead of him of just a little bit more than a point, wont go to Costa Rica where he had won the doubles so he'll lose points.

=> Right now, Eysseric's "on holydays".

=> His program :

-8 January 2007: Trafalgar Tournament ITF Grade 1 , Australia
-15 January: Nottinghill Tournament ITF Grade 1, Australia
-22 January: ITF Grand Slam , Australia
-29 January: Feucherolles Tournament ATP Future, France
-5 February: Bressuire Tournament ATP Future, France
-12 February: rest

=> Sources : both his official site and his family's Tennis Étude's site.

=> Another youngster is talked about currently : Laurent Rochette.

There. It's the end of the Young Hopes news! :wavey:

01-04-2007, 03:14 PM
Another junior French #1. Will he buck the trend? :rolls:

01-04-2007, 03:31 PM
Another junior French #1. Will he buck the trend? :rolls:

Why dont you just shut up? :p :wavey:

01-04-2007, 03:35 PM
Why dont you just shut up? :p :wavey:

They can shut me up by proving their worth on the senior tour :p

01-04-2007, 03:41 PM
About that, Arnaud Di Pasquale is officially retiring from tennis...:o

01-04-2007, 03:45 PM
I saw that too. :awww:

01-04-2007, 03:59 PM
About that, Arnaud Di Pasquale is officially retiring from tennis...:o

The poor Dip was soooo jinxed! Always injured. Still, he retires with an Olympic medal... :sad:

01-17-2007, 08:46 PM
Good day for Jonathan. Two victory in singles, one in doubles in Nottinghill.

Long day since many matches were rescheduled because of the heat yesterday.

His run so far :

=> R1 singles, 01/14: Beat his double partner Dylan Sessagessimi (Switzerland) [Kévin Botti's ill and can't partner him, Sessagessimi and him already wona doubles title in Bratislava] 6-1, 6-1
=> R1 doubles, 01/15: Beat two Americans with Sessagessimi 7/5, 6/4; Eysseric behaved badly towards the umpire apparently, even though the reporter notices that she was completely off on that day...
=> R2, R3 singles, 01/17: Beat Rundkart (Indonesia) 6-3, 6-1; Beat Dimov (Bulgaria) 7-6, 6-4
=> R2 doubles, 01/17: Won 6-0, 6-4 with Sessagessimi

Tomorrow morning, he'll play the Australian Bylan Klein in the 1/4 final of the singles and then he'll play with Sessagessimi in the 1/4 final of the doubles against Konecny & Martin (C. Republic).


Mercredi 17 janvier : 2ème tour Victoire contre l'indonésien Rundkart et 1/8ème finale Victoire contre le Bulgare Dimov

La programmation de mardi a été annulé à la mi journée à cause de la chaleur qui atteignait 50° C. Malgré l'attente toute la journée, la chaleur n'a pas baissé. Demain Jonathan joue son simple à 9h, puis son deuxième si il gagne vers 12h et enfin son deuxième tour du double vers 15h. Dure journée, mais qui reste compromise car la chaleur devrait être pire demain...

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11830 (cliquer sur main draw boys Nottinghill)

Victoire éclatante ce matin contre Rundkart en 1h de jeu 6/3 6/1 avec 81% de 1er service, 6 aces et 16 services gagnants, 31 coups gagnants pour 25 fautes. Jonathan n' a laissé aucune chance à son adversaire du matin.

Victoire dans la douleur cet après midi face au Bulgare Dimov 7/6 6/4 avec 54% de 1er service, 1 ace et 17 services gagnants, 45 coups gagnants pour 37 fautes. Jonathan s'est appuyé pour gagner sur un esprit combatif, une bonne maîtrise du match en sauvant des balles de jeu entre autre par des services gagnants et surtout une bonne seconde balle.

En double, demi heure après ils ont gagnés avec Dylan 6/0 6/4

Demain, Jonathan joue en simple en quart de finale du simple contre l'Australien Klein le matin et en quart de finale du double contre une forte équipe Konecny & Martin

Martin Klizan will soon become the number one again... They are so close in the rankings... It will be a cat & mouse game...

01-17-2007, 08:49 PM
Nassim Slilam is hurt at one aductor, Kévin Botti is suffering from his shoulder...

01-17-2007, 10:10 PM
I hope he keeps it up. :yeah:

01-19-2007, 01:24 AM
I hope he keeps it up. :yeah:

He did it at least for one round! :)

QF singles, 01/18 : Eysseric (Fra) bt. Klein (Aus) 7-6, 6-2
QF doubles, 01/18 : Sessagessimi (Sui) & Eysseric (Fra) bt. Konecny (C. Rep) & Martin (Slovakia) 6-2, 6-3

Next in singles : left-handed and talented Konecny (C.Rep) that he beat in the US Open last year. Very tough match in perspective.

Next in doubles : Rundkart (Ind) & Berankis.


Jeudi 18 janvier : Victoire en 1/4 Finale du simple contre Klein 7/6 6/2 et 1/4 Finale du double contre Konecny & Martin 6/2 6/3

Il a fallu à Jonathan à peu près 2h pour se débarasser de l'antipathique Australien Klein sur le score de 7/6 6/2. En effet ce dernier a chambré Jonathan pendant tout le match ce qui a pour but, et je m'en réjoui, de garder Jonathan concentré, en colère, jusqu'à la balle de match. Mais ce fut dur avant que l'Australien ne lâche prise (à 7/6 3/2) car ce dernier dispose d'une 1ère balle et d'un coup droit très puissants. Les stats de Jonathan /Klein : % 1er service 55/67, Aces 5/7, Services gagnants 8/8, doubles fautes 4/6, coups gagnants 41/30, fautes 25/35, points marqués 46/37. Jonathan retrouvera en demi finale demain matin le gaucher Konecny qu'il avait battu à l'US Open et se sera un match évidemment dur....

Plus tard dans l'après midi, Jonathan et Dylan ont gagné, écrasé l'une des meilleures équipes de double sur le circuit junior le tchèque Konecny et le slovaque Martin sur le score sans appel de 6/2 6/3. Ils joueront demain en demi finale la paire Rundkart et Bérankis (qui font partis du team de l'ITF).

01-19-2007, 01:41 AM
Wow. Very nice stats. 41 winners to 25 UEs. :yeah:

01-19-2007, 10:45 AM
-8 January 2007: Trafalgar Tournament ITF Grade 1 , Australia
-15 January: Nottinghill Tournament ITF Grade 1, Australia

:o I think that was rather Traralgon...


Good news. He's in final of the singles after beating Konecny 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). It was a tough match played under the rain, he saved 5 SPs in the 2nd.

Malgre la pluie Jonathan a reussi a se qualifier pour la finale en battant le tcheque Konecny 6/4 7/6 dans un match dur. Jonathan est mene 3/0 puis 5/3 au second puis sauve quatre balles de set avant d'en sauver une cinquieme au tie break pour conclure 8 points a 6. Le match est presque parfait a part que de peur de prendre un passing shot Jonathan a hesite de trop sur balles courtes adverses. Il en a conscience et s'est le plus important........

Desole pour les accents clavier australien

Normally the double match should be over too but we're awaiting the report. :angel:

01-19-2007, 11:17 AM

Now win the title! :banana:

01-20-2007, 03:48 AM
He's in the doubles final as well :banana:

01-20-2007, 09:54 AM
Go Jonathan

01-21-2007, 05:33 AM
He won :banana:

The doubles final was cancelled :o

01-21-2007, 04:32 PM
Jonathan :yeah: Good luck to him at the AO now.

01-21-2007, 06:46 PM
The double final is cancelled due to rain.

Jonathan plays on Monday vs Peraklat Siriluethaiwattana (THA)
and Kévin Botti vs Rupesh Roy (IND)

they also play double Jonathan with Dylan Sessagesimi (SUI) vs. Graeme Dyce (GBR) and Harri Heliovaara (FIN)
and Kévin Botti with Nassim Slilam another French player vs Soong-Jae Cho (KOR) andYong-Kyo Lim (KOR)

01-22-2007, 12:49 PM
Jon and Kevin both won their singles but lost their doubles. :p

01-23-2007, 02:45 AM
Boys' Singles 2nd Round :

Kévin Botti (FRA) def. Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

(Stats (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day13/6208ms.html))

Next : Ricardas Berankis (LTU) [10]

Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) [2] def. Joel Lindner (AUS) 6-3, 6-4

(Stats (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day13/6216ms.html))

Next : Daniel-Alejandro Lopez (ITA) [13]


01-23-2007, 04:54 AM
Good win for Kevin there, against a youngster with a lot of potential. :yeah:

The 3rd round will be tough for both of them since they'll have to play seeded players. :unsure:

01-24-2007, 11:46 AM
AO Boys' Singles 3rd Round :

As expected, Ricardas Berankis (LTU) [10] def. Kévin Botti (FRA) 7-5, 6-4

And Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) [2] def. Daniel Alejandro Lopez (ITA) [13] 7-6(3), 7-6(2)

Close score and the stats (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day14/6308ms.html) confirm this... Bad day for the fundamentals...But the mental and the victory is here (in two sets but 2 hours...).

Next : Yan Bai (CHN) [12]

The very tall Baî reached the final in Taralgon. Careful. Today many favorites were outed... Martin Klizan, Mateo Trevisan, Michal Konecny, Luncanu...


01-24-2007, 12:59 PM
Eysseric's really impressive!

01-24-2007, 02:52 PM
Yan Bai will be very dangerous. If I'm not wrong, he beat Klizan last week. :confused:

01-24-2007, 02:53 PM
Eysseric's really impressive!

Maybe it's better for him to do badly in juniors. :tape: ;)

01-24-2007, 08:47 PM
Maybe it's better for him to do badly in juniors. :tape: ;)

You have a great knowledge of french tennis :lol: :yeah:
I agree.

01-25-2007, 02:51 AM
Audio interviews of Kévin and Jon there : http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/?id=2284. :cool:

Since JuniorTennis dot Com is supposed to stop being on free access soon, i'll have to hurry to post all the pics they have on here...

01-25-2007, 06:33 AM
Very comprehensive win by Jon today :eek:

01-25-2007, 11:28 AM
Serie of 10 victories without droping a set for Jon...

Boys' Singles - Qtr. Finals :

Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) [2] def. Yan Bai (CHN) [12] 6-2, 6-3

(Match Stats (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day15/6404ms.html))

Next : Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) [8]

A few pics from today and yesterday : http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/album_23/, http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/album_25/

Things get serious now. Best of luck. :)

01-25-2007, 06:18 PM
Maybe it's better for him to do badly in juniors. :tape: ;)

:lol: So true... :tape:

Anyway, Good luck for the semie Jon :worship:

01-26-2007, 12:04 AM
http://yelims3.free.fr/Jesuis/Photographe01.gif Corinne Dubreuil (http://www.tenniszoom.com/temoignage/c_dubreuil.html) took a few pics featuring Kévin and Boris Obama in her photo report on the Youth Tennis Section of the INSEP (where Botti and Obama are studying)... => http://www.corinnedubreuil.com/GALERIES/INSEP%20SECTION%20TENNIS/index.html

And a few other on Alizé Cornet's blog (when they had a training day together at Jean Bouin)...

Plus a backstage pic from 2006's French Championships with Eysseric. ;)

01-26-2007, 12:47 AM
And here's the serie of pics she took during last year's Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup's Final Phases in Barcelona...http://yelims.free.fr/Sourires/sourire116.gif

(It seems Piro cut his hair while in Barcelona... Was it Aloïs Beust who did it? Knowing the joker he is, that could explain the result...:rolls: )

01-26-2007, 01:52 AM
All the pics from JuniorTennis dot Com of Slilam and Inzerillo...http://yelims3.free.fr/Jesuis/Photographe02.gif

01-26-2007, 01:54 AM
And the rest...

01-26-2007, 02:10 AM
What JT.Com have of Stéphane Piro (Slilam's on 1 pic), Marc Baghdadi and Axel Michon...;)

01-26-2007, 02:28 AM
JT.Com's pics of Botti... Sorry if some had already been posted...

01-26-2007, 02:41 AM
...The rest + Samuel Sanford & Jérémy Touil...

01-26-2007, 03:01 AM
Eysseric and Boris Obama...

01-26-2007, 03:16 AM
Boris Obama and Mahar Zeidan...And that's it at last! http://yelims3.free.fr/Hopital/Hopital22.gif

How come they have all those pics of youngsters who are "unknown" while some others who are making more noise haven't got a gallery?...

01-26-2007, 04:26 AM
Jon just beat Fabbiano 6-4, 6-1. He'll play the final (maybe on the Rod Laver apparently ;) ) against the local Brydan Klein who beat Berankis 6-1, 6-4...

(Match Stats (http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day16/6502ms.html))


Could you please revenge Lofo, Jon?...:devil:

01-26-2007, 07:18 AM
Jon :yeah:

I knew he's a left-hander but I didn't know there are a few more among the French juniors :eek:

01-26-2007, 07:11 PM
Jonathan :yeah: Now win the final!

01-26-2007, 07:20 PM
Jonathan :yeah: Now win the final!

I think it will be a very disputed match and in a weird atmosphere on top of that. Especially when taking into account the scenario of their encounter of last week and the attitude Klein allegedly had (cf. post #95, confirmed by Jon's last audio interview : http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/?id=2382)...:tape:

If it's true, "Shut his mouth, Jon!"... :rocker2:

01-27-2007, 06:25 AM
I think it will be a very disputed match and in a weird atmosphere on top of that. Especially when taking into account the scenario of their encounter of last week and the attitude Klein allegedly had (cf. post #95, confirmed by Jon's last audio interview : http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/?id=2382)...:tape:

If it's true, "Shut his mouth, Jon!"... :rocker2:

Indeed, Klein doesn't look very friendly...
Jon lost the first set 6-2 :sad:

Allez Jon!

01-27-2007, 06:53 AM
eurosport is showing the junior final between jonathan and klein

Will you be able to upload a few games? Please? :p

01-27-2007, 06:55 AM
Jon does look older than 16 :p

01-27-2007, 07:07 AM
only if jonathan wins :p

He's down a break in the third :sad:

You could upload the second set. :p :angel:

01-27-2007, 07:17 AM
Lost the last 6 games :smash:

01-27-2007, 09:05 AM
I wonder if he felt pressured because he knew he was on TV. :tape:

01-27-2007, 11:17 AM
Thanks, Esther! :D

I'm not sure about the others but I'll only watch the second set. :o

01-27-2007, 12:23 PM
I wonder if he felt pressured because he knew he was on TV. :tape:

I think it was a mix of everything. The fact that he was the favorite as the current n°1, plus as he had beat Klein in two sets 3 weeks ago in an horrible match atmosphere, because he was younger, the fact that he was playing a local player being supported by the whole crowd, because of the court etc...everything...

Let's hope he will be able to learn from this. There's more lessons to take from failure than success...And since the juniors are only about learning...

I can't wait to be able to see the match DanielaFrenchFan...And thank you for the vid you already posted. ;)

BTW, very nice to hear that he's not bitter at all, that he's first goal now is too ameliorate his ATP ranking and that he'll only play 4 junior tournaments apparently so that defending his n°1 junior place isn't really his priority...http://www.fft.fr/open-australie/2007/?id=2284 :)

Very nice Australian tour this year, Jon! :yeah:

Next Bressuire Future and then maybe Marseille's quallies hopefully (WC needed)...

Frédéric Verdier, commentator on Eurosport would have wanted Alizé Cornet to comment the final with him but unfortunately she was on her plane back to France so finally it was Nicolas Escudé who accompanied him in commenting...

Jonathan said to Pat Rafter's ear that he had been his idol growing up to which he answered "Thank you"... :lol:

And last anecdote, Jonathan wasn't really at ease with the Hawk-Eye, all his challenges went against him...

Nice English for a 16-year-old! Better than Richard's...:o

01-27-2007, 01:14 PM
he deserves his own thread now, no ?

Maybe, yes. :p

01-27-2007, 01:24 PM
You're joking ? It's a bit early for that !

01-27-2007, 02:33 PM
Chardy and Sidorenko got their own threads but they won junior Grand Slams. :p

01-28-2007, 04:20 PM
Jérôme Inzerillo doesn't manage to qualify in Futures on his part...:tape:

02-05-2007, 12:06 AM
Australian Open Preview

18 Jan 2007 - Helen McFetridge


The boys’ event looks set to be even more open than the girls’, with very little to separate the top few. Roland Garros champion Martin Klizan (SVK) and Jonathan Eysseric (FRA), winner of the Italian Open and European Championships in 2006, have already switched places at the top of the junior rankings twice this year. Klizan, currently world number one, has not reached a final since his surprise Roland Garros win, but as the only player in the draw to have won a Grand Slam his experience could prove crucial. Eysseric has also struggled to get beyond the quarters at his last few tournaments, but is currently still going strong at Nottinghill so may be finding his best form again at the right time.

The only other player in the draw to have won a Grade A title is Orange Bowl champion Alex Luncanu of Romania. The world number five is capable of defeating anyone in the world: he won the Yucatan Cup in 2005 by defeating the world’s top two players Donald Young and Marin Cilic back to back, and at last year’s Orange Bowl again beat the top two seeds, Young and Nicolas Santos, in the semis and final. However, the Romanian is not the most consistent performer on the junior circuit, as he showed when losing in the third round at Nottinghill this week.

World number three Roman Jebavy (CZE) has started the year in impressive fashion, winning the title at Traralgon. Jebavy was a quarter-finalist at last year’s US Open and could be ready to make his Grand Slam breakthrough in Melbourne.

Australia provided the runner-up in last year’s boys’ singles in Nick Lindahl, and this year they have another player capable of going that far. World number six Greg Jones lost in the third round at Traralgon to runner-up Yan Bai (CHN) and is currently at the semi-final stage in Nottinghill. Jones ended 2006 by winning two consecutive tournaments and is another player who seems to be coming into form at the right time. As is Asian Champion Bai, who followed up his final appearance at Traralgon with a defeat of Klizan at Nottinghill before being forced to retire from his quarter-final match.

Tomic and Holland take home advantage

22 Jan 2007 - Melbourne, Australia - Eleanor Preston

Related Audio : An Interview with Jonathan Esseryric (MP3 format) (http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/IO_24363_mp3.MP3)


“I would probably say seven out of 10,” said Tomic, who will play France’s former Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas hero Kévin Botti in round two. “I was a bit shaky with my groundstrokes; I guess that was a bit of tightness but hopefully I can let that go for the next match.”



Botti topples Tomic in Melbourne

23 Jan 2007 - Melbourne, Australia - Eleanor Preston

France’s Kévin Botti scored Tuesday’s biggest upset in the Australian Open juniors by knocking out much fancied 14-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic in the second round. Botti, who was instrumental in France’s 2005 Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas victory, had far too much experience for Tomic, particularly in the match’s tighter moments.

“I think it could have been easier for me because of all this pressure he is under but I thought he played very well so maybe he is used to all of the pressure,” said Botti, after his 62 46 63 victory over the Queenslander.

“There is a lot of expectation and pressure on him but then I was nervous too. I was impressed with the fact that he always smiled and never seemed nervous about the crowd. That’s a very good sign for a young player like that. I am more experienced than him but then maybe sometimes it is better to be young like him. This is a big win for me because I’ve never been to the third round of a grand slam before and every win here is a good win.”

France has a great tradition of success at the Junior Australian Open, which has seen four French boys become champion in the last decade – Julien Jeanpierre, Clément Morel, Gaël Monfils and, last year, Alexandre Sidorenko. “It doesn’t give me more confidence to see those French names there but knowing they have won makes me realise that I can do it too,” said Botti, who plays 10th-seeded Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in the third round.

Botti’s compatriot, second seed Jonathan Eysseric, was also amongst Tuesday’s winners. He beat Australia’s Joel Linder 6-3, 6-4 to set up a third round meeting with Italy’s Daniel-Alejandro Lopez, seeded 13th.


Klein KOs Klizan

24 Jan 2007 - Melbourne, Australia - Eleanor Preston

A trio of Australians sent shockwaves through the junior Australian Open tournament at Melbourne Park on Wednesday by knocking out three of the more fancied contenders in the boys’ draw.

Brydon Klein began the trend by knocking out the tournament’s second seed, reigning junior Roland Garros champion Martin Klizan of Slovakia 62 67 61. Klein will take on fellow Australian (and ITF Juniors' resident blogger) Greg Jones in the quarterfinals to ensure that the home nation will have at least one player in the last four. Jones knocked out Italy’s ninth seed Matteo Trevisan 64 36 60. John-Patrick Smith completed the set of giant-killing Australians by beating fourth seed Petru-Alexandru Luncanu 76 64 setting up a quarterfinal against Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano.

“It was a big win. Klizan had a big year in 2006 and he’s a good player, but I went out there thinking that I was going to win because you always have to think positive,” said 17-year-old Klein, who hails from the Western Australian city of Perth. “I played well. I let it slip a little bit in the second set but I ended up coming out on top in the end. I was really happy about that. I got a bit angry in the second set but I don’t think it affected me. Even though I got upset I think I did a good job managing my emotions. I got angry, got back onto the next point and bounced back to play a really good third set. I can use that fire and I can play well when I get angry but I still think I play my best tennis when I’m relaxed so I like to try and control myself if I can.”

Klein said the Australian players receive a lift from playing at Melbourne Park, especially since the junior event is traditionally very well supported by Australian tennis fans, who seem to relish the chance to see the stars of the future performing at one of the sports most famous venues. “It’s a good feeling,” said Klein. “I played here last year too and it’s good getting the crowd behind you. It’s always a home advantage. Other players get a bit frustrated when everyone is barracking for you but it’s a really good feeling when you a winning. The crowd enjoys it and you enjoy it.”

Second seed Jonathan Eysseric avoided being amongst the upsets, but he was made to work hard by Daniel-Alejandro Lopez of Italy, eventually coming through 76 76. Eysseric will play Yan Bai of China next. Czech third seed Roman Jebavy was too strong of Japan’s Hiroko Moriya, beating him 63 63 and will play Ricardas Berankis for a place in the last four.


Pavlyuchenkova and Cornet face off in final four

25 Jan 2007 - Melbourne, Australia - Eleanor Preston


On the boys’ side, Klein was delighted with his progress at his home grand slam but said that he was expecting a tough encounter against Berankis, who is part of the ITF’s Development Team. “I played him this time last year but he wasn’t really into the seniors, I won but I was really impressed with him,” said Klein. “He was a good little player then but he’s obviously come on a lot since then. The home crowd will definitely help. It helped me through my first few matches when I was nervous – it helped me get up early. Obviously today they were a bit neutral but they should help me for the rest of the tournament”

Klein beat good friend and fellow Australian Greg Jones in their quarter-final. “It was difficult. He’s one of my best mates and I’ve travelled with him a lot,” admitted Klein, who hails from the Western Australian city of Perth. “It can sometimes get a bit fiery on court because we’re mates. He was a bit upset afterwards but I’m sure he’ll be okay tomorrow.”

Klein and Eysseric bid for glory in Melbourne

26 Jan 2007 - Melbourne, Australia - Eleanor Preston

Australian Brydan Klein and Frenchman Jonathan Eysseric will meet in the Australian Open boys’ final on Saturday, knowing that a début junior grand slam title is within reach. [...]

Klein earned his place in his home junior grand slam final with a 61 64 semifinal victory over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who is a member of the ITF’s Development Team. Eysseric booked his berth in the final by coming through a bruising encounter with talented Italian Thomas Fabbiano 64 61.

“It’s never comfortable when you are playing a semifinal,” said Klein. “At the end of the first set I was comfortable because he was a bit nervous but I knew I had to tighten things up for second set because anything can happen once the scoreboard goes to nil-all again at the start of a new set. Towards the end I got a bit tight because I knew how close I was to the final and I really wanted to get there.” Klein was saved from his bout of nerves by his trusty serve, a weapon which has won him countless free points during his progress through the draw. “A few of the Australian guys have reliable serves. I probably hit it a bit bigger than some of the European guys who rely on their groundstrokes a little bit more,” he said.

Klein and Eysseric met at the Australian Open warm-up event in Nottinghill last week but, though Eysseric won through that encounter, but the French teenager denied that it would give him any advantage when they meet on the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday afternoon. “I think this will be a tough match to play him in Australia, in the Rod Laver Arena. I think we are both favourites so it should be a good match. It’s unbelievable for me in juniors to have the experience of playing there but even if it was on court 20 I would try my best.”

Eysseric says he is most pleased with his consistency this week in Melbourne. “This is good for me because last year I played well one week and then I lost in the first match the next week. I’m happy that I won last week and I am in the final this week,” said Eysseric, who is being supported by his manager and his father Didier. “My mum didn’t come because it’s expensive to come with my brothers but she watches the match on the internet. She gets nervous. It was four in the morning when I played here so she has had no sleep but she didn’t mind!”


Klein and Pavlyuchenkova majestic in Melbourne

27 Jan 2007 - Melbourne, Australia - Eleanor Preston

Australian Brydan Klein and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are this year’s Australian Open junior champions after two entertaining singles finals at Melbourne Park. Klein took his debut junior grand slam title with a 62 46 61 win over France’s Jonathan Eysseric in the prestigious Rod Laver Arena. [...]

Seventeen-year-old Klein was in tears as he accepted his trophy from his childhood hero Patrick Rafter and Australian doubles legend Todd Woodbridge in front of a sizeable crowd on Melbourne Park’s 15,000-seater centre court. “I went over to my mum and dad and my mum was crying and that kind of started me off,” said Klein, whose parents had travelled from Perth to watch him. “First of all, I was excited. It's obviously a great opportunity. Before the match I was really nervous, not really knowing what to expect going out there, not knowing how many people were going to be out there. But as soon as I played the first point, the nerves went because the crowd was totally on my side. That’s why I got off to a good start.”

Sixteen-year-old Eysseric, the tournament’s second seed, looked a little overawed by playing the biggest match of his junior career on one of tennis’ most famous courts. “I think he was pretty nervous to start with because he missed a few easy forehands in the first game,” said Klein. “I think he came back in the second set and played better tennis than the first set. I had to lift my game for the third, and I thought I did.”


Sports - Open d'Australie : Jonathan Eysseric battu en finale juniors

REUTERS : samedi 27 janvier 2007

MELBOURNE (Reuters). Le Français Jonathan Eysseric, 16 ans, a échoué samedi à Melbourne en finale du tournoi juniors, en s'inclinant 6-2 4-6 6-1 face à l'Australien Brydan Klein.

Pour la deuxième fois dans l'histoire des tournois du Grand Chelem, cette finale a eu pour cadre le central, en l'occurrence la Rod Laver Arena.

"Je suis déçu, a dit Jonathan Eysseric. J'ai eu du mal à trouver mes repères sur ce court immense. Mais il (Klein) a fait un gros match, bravo à lui".

"C'est une bonne initiative de programmer notre finale sur le central", a estimé le Français. "L'autre avantage, c'est que mon match a pu être diffusé à la télé en France. Ça a permis à ma mère d'être moins stressée que sur Internet !".

Eysseric a indiqué qu'il comptait disputer des tournois seniors, à commencer par le Future de Bressuire puis, peut-être, les qualifications de l'Open 13 à Marseille.

"Je vais retrouver les Juniors à Roland-Garros. Si je joue bien, j'espère décrocher la place de numéro un à la fin de l'année", a-t-il déclaré.

Malgré cette défaite, Jonathan Eysseric, qui réside à Grasse et s'entraîne à Sophia Antipolis au sein du Team Lagardère, conserve sa place de numéro un mondial.

Cinq joueurs français avaient auparavant inscrit leur nom au palmarès : Georges Goven (1965), Julien Jeanpierre (1998), Clément Morel (2002), Gaël Monfils (2004) et Alexandre Sidorenko (2006).

All the FFT pics and those from the ITF by Corinne Dubreuil, plus old ones from the Casablanca Cup doubles win with Kellen Damico.




02-05-2007, 12:13 AM
Pics of last year's Galéa Cup (European Summer Cup for the 17-18 i think) in La Rochelle with Sidorenko, Botti and Eysseric (http://fandefederer.spaces.live.com/PersonalSpace.aspx?_c11_PhotoAlbum_spaHandler=TWlj cm9zb2Z0LlNwYWNlcy5XZWIuUGFydHMuUGhvdG9BbGJ1bS5GdW xsTW9kZUNvbnRyb2xsZXI%24&_c11_PhotoAlbum_spaFolderID=cns!D843152B04707554!3 60&_c=PhotoAlbum)

And the main draw for the Future of Bressuire :

(1)Thierry Ascione (FRA) vs (q)
(q) vs Philip Stolt (USA)
Rabie Chaki (MAR) vs Komlavi Loglo (TOG)
(q) vs (8)Laurent Recouderc (FRA)
(4)Gary Lugassy (FRA) vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
(q) vs Ludwig Pellerin (FRA)
Jeroen Masson (BEL) vs Dusan Karol (CZE)
Martin Vacek (CZE) vs (5)Jean-Francois Bachelot (FRA)
(7)Julian Reister (GER) vs Alexandre Renard (FRA)
(q) vs (q)
(WC)Julien Gely (FRA) vs (SE)Nicolas Renavand (FRA)
(q)vs (3)(q)Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
(6)Daniel Munoz De La Nava (ESP) vs Aisam Qureshi (PAK)
(WC)Jonathan eysseric (FRA) vs (WC)Charly Villeneuve (FRA)
Valentin Sanon (CIV) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN)
(WC)Josselin Ouanna (FRA) vs (2)Benjamin Balleret (MON)

Inzerillo and Michon lost in the first round of the quallies, in 3 sets for the latter. Hopefully Eysseric will get one set.

02-07-2007, 09:31 AM
Future of Bressuire - 1st Round :

(WC) Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) d. (WC) Charly Villeneuve (FRA) 6/4 7/6(4)

Next : (6) Daniel Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) # 315 @ ATP

(The draw : http://www.ti.fft.fr/EvMenu.asp?CodeEvent=0611292995)


02-09-2007, 01:04 AM
Future of Bressuire - 2nd Round :

(6) Daniel Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) d. (WC) Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) 7-6(4) 6-3

As expected the first seeded player would mean the end. Nice 1st set though. See you in Marseille quallies hopefully. ;)

02-09-2007, 01:33 AM

02-10-2007, 01:13 PM
Jonathan beat Juska in the 1st round of Marseille qualies 6-4 6-3 :D

02-11-2007, 09:59 AM
He beat Alex Sidorenko 6-4 6-4 :eek: :D

02-11-2007, 07:52 PM
He beat Alex Sidorenko 6-4 6-4 :eek: :D

:sad: / :)

Anyway, the news... He trained with Mahut just after his arrival in Marseille. He'll now face Saulnier who beat him in the quallies of Lyon last year in a very tight 3-setter. He's also Saulnier's doubles partner there so they'll have to play together just 2 hours after having played against each others... :p

02-12-2007, 12:46 PM
He lost to Saulnier 6-7(6) 6-7(5) :sobbing:

He led *4-1 in the 2nd set TB. :help: :sad: :awww:

02-14-2007, 09:53 AM
It's the second time he lost a very tight match against Saulnier. He's getting close.

Anyway, according to his website he's been given WCs to the MD of the Challengers of Besançon and Cherbourg. It's really a luxury so he'd better honour them.

02-14-2007, 11:26 PM
Tennis Europe Winter Cups

http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/6117/europeanwintercupit2.th.jpg (http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=europeanwintercupit2.jpg)

European Winter Cup (16 & Under) :

Qualifying Rounds

Zone C in Cholet (FRA) - 9-11 February | Website (http://www.jfcholet.com/)
Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg and Slovak Republic

[1] Julien Obry
[2] Adrien Puget
[3] Joachim Sternbach

Useful links :

TennisEurope.Org's page on the event (http://www.tenniseurope.org/JuniorTennis/TennisEuropeWinterCupsbyHEAD-B16.aspx)
Zone C's Draw (http://www.tenniseurope.org/PDF/junior/Winter%20Cups/2007/Draws/B16/C-Cholet.pdf)
The 3 Days Results on the FFT Site (http://www.tj.fft.fr/EvMenuJ.asp?CodeEvent=0612112010)

European Winter Cup (14 & Under) :

Qualifying Rounds

Zone B in Correggio (ITA) - 9-11 February | Website (http://www.circolotenniscorreggio.net/)
Croatia, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Romania

[1] Cédric Commin
[2] Loïc Gaydon
[3] Sébastien Boltz

Useful links :

TennisEurope.Org's page on the event (http://www.tenniseurope.org/JuniorTennis/TennisEuropeWinterCupsbyHEAD-B14.aspx)
Zone B's Draw (http://www.tenniseurope.org/PDF/junior/Winter%20Cups/2007/Draws/B14/B-Correggio.pdf)
Day 1 Results (http://www.tenniseurope.org/PDF/junior/Winter%20Cups/2007/Draws/B14/B-Fri.pdf)
Day 2 Results (http://www.tenniseurope.org/PDF/junior/Winter%20Cups/2007/Draws/B14/B-Sat.pdf)
Day 3 Results (http://www.tenniseurope.org/PDF/junior/Winter%20Cups/2007/Draws/B14/B-Sun.pdf)

02-17-2007, 11:45 AM
Nice pics of many of the youngsters in various training camps (mostly in La Bresse, in the Vosges) , at several international comps etc... on Aloïs Beust (youngsters' trainer/coach)'s webpage.

Here => http://alois.beust.googlepages.com/homepagedeal


02-17-2007, 06:59 PM
Besançon Challenger - Main Draw :

(1) Nicolas MAHUT (FRA) - Jean-Christophe FAUREL (FRA)
(SE) Frederic NIEMEYER (CAN) - Mathieu MONTCOURT (FRA)
Frederico GIL (POR) - (7) Dick NORMAN (BEL)

(3) Alexander PEYA (AUT) - Richard BLOOMFIELD (GBR)
Kenneth CARLSEN (DEN) - Tomas CAKL (CZE)
Federico LUZZI (ITA) - Qualifier
Sam WARBURG (USA) - (6) Ernest GULBIS (LAT)

(5) Ivan NAVARRO-PASTOR (ESP) - Qualifier
David GUEZ (FRA) - Lamine OUAHAB (ALG)
Michal MERTINAK (SVK) - (WC) Jonathan EYSSERIC (FRA)
(WC) Thierry ASCIONE (FRA) - (4) Werner ESCHAUER (AUT)

Qualifier - (WC) Jérémy CHARDY (FRA)
Qualifier - (WC) Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
Marin CILIC (CRO) - (2) Davide SANGUINETTI (ITA)


02-18-2007, 12:24 AM
Tough draw :scared:

02-18-2007, 09:45 AM
last game + speech jonathan (i will post the complete match later)


he deserves his own thread now, no ?

Yes i think and jonathan it's ma new "chouchou" durant cette open 13 j'ai (on parce que j'étais ac des copines) un coup de foudre pr lui so ....And he is really cute:angel:

02-18-2007, 11:12 AM
That makes me remember... What about the uploading of the rest of the AO final, Claire? Is everything ok? Could we help you in anything? :shrug:

02-18-2007, 02:57 PM
I wouldn't mind just watching the second set. :p :o

02-18-2007, 04:32 PM
no it's ok i will post it :D
but when, i don't know
j'ai la flemme :o

Do the second set first, please. The other two sets are not important. :lol: :p

02-28-2007, 06:50 PM
News on Axel Michon and Stéphane Piro.

Piro and Glushko victorious at Argentina Bowl
27 Feb 2007 - Helen McFetridge

France’s Stéphane Piro started his 2007 in style by winning the Grade 2 Argentina Bowl at the weekend for the first title of his junior career. Piro, seeded five and ranked 77 going into the tournament, had ended 2006 by reaching the semi finals of the Grade 1 Yucatan Cup and the two-month break from junior competition didn’t appear to affect him as he reached the last four without dropping a set. There he faced second seed Ricardo Urzua Rivera (CHI), winner of the previous week’s Copa Milo and one of the form players on the South American circuit. The Chilean took the first set 64, but Piro hit back and came through 75 in the third.

Piro’s final opponent was another Chilean, eighth seed Rodrigo Perez Appel. Perez Appel had taken advantage of top seed Graeme Dyce (GBR)’s defeat in his opening match to reach his first Grade 2 final, and he made the better start as he took the first set in a tie-break. Again, however, Piro came back to force a decider, which he took 64 to claim the title and move his ranking up to a career high of 34.

It was a double victory for Piro, as he teamed up with compatriot Axel Michon to win the doubles with a narrow 36 64 76(5) final victory over British pair Daniel Evans and David Rice.

He, Inzé and Michon are playing in the Uruguay Bowl this week. He's the only one still in course.

02-28-2007, 10:18 PM
What's happening to "more talented than Gasquet" Inzerillo? :o

02-28-2007, 10:31 PM
More talented than Richard ---> Impossible!!

02-28-2007, 10:52 PM
What's happening to "more talented than Gasquet" Inzerillo? :o

From what i get he was stopped in his progression by injuries and now he's really really struggling to come back... Drawning. :o Things like that go fast :tape: He used to be the national number one in his age category... "a long time ago"... He's also not at ease apparently. He's left his home to train in the CNE (he had always refused that the years before), Eysseric is on the roads well taken care of by his family, i don't know if his friend Slilam is with him though... Anyway, things aren't doing well...

BTW, it was "so-called potentially better than Gasquet" :p

03-01-2007, 12:09 AM
More talented than Richard ---> Impossible!!

See post #1 :lol:

From what i get he was stopped in his progression by injuries and now he's really really struggling to come back... Drawning. :o Things like that go fast :tape: He used to be the national number one in his age category... "a long time ago"... He's also not at ease apparently. He's left his home to train in the CNE (he had always refused that the years before), Eysseric is on the roads well taken care of by his family, i don't know if his friend Slilam is with him though... Anyway, things aren't doing well...

BTW, it was "so-called potentially better than Gasquet" :p

That's unfortunate... :awww:

CNE? :confused:

03-01-2007, 07:26 AM
CNE? :confused:

These French speaking people, they will never understand that we are lost with their acronyms.;)

BTW: I was about to ask the same thing. Ever since I read this famous line, (potentially or not ;)) I had the name engraved in my brain.

03-01-2007, 09:33 AM
CNE = centre national d'entrainement (à Roland Garros)

:D thanks.

He's left his home to train in the CNE (he had always refused that the years before)...

I can easily understand that all those southern boys are reluctant to go to grey Paris, particularly in winter. ;) But that seems a necessary sacrifice.

03-03-2007, 09:16 AM
They don't have to go there. Like Cornet, Slilam (he was supposed to enter but he's not in their "Espoirs" list) and Eysseric if his results were attractive i suppose he could train in Sophia Antipolis (near Nice) with Lagardère...

Anyway, i get confused with all these training places myself... :scratch:

And many players train under different structures... Like Kévin Botti because he wanted to continue studying (not by correspondence courses) as well so he was supposed to stay at the INSEP (Institut National du Sport et de l'Éducation Physique, not specialized in tennis at all) till August 2007 but he's apparently now in Nice too after a bad injury, problems of motivation etc...he wanted a new start... And well, the Sport Études (another structure offering that possibility) didn't please them (Slilam was in Reims then Poitiers then the INSEP it seems :timebomb:, Eysseric and Inzé used to be in Boulouris etc...)? The most important is that they find a system in which they'll feel good.

Well, Piro is in the SF in Uruguay, he's dragged Inzé to the semis in doubles too ( :lol: ) and they're all supposed (plus Botti) to play in the Banana Bowl after apparently.

03-03-2007, 09:52 AM
Well, Piro is in the SF in Uruguay, he's dragged Inzé to the semis in doubles too ( :lol: ) and they're all supposed (plus Botti) to play in the Banana Bowl after apparently.

He's in the final. :rocker:

Not sure about doubles. :confused:

03-03-2007, 12:38 PM
BTW, it was "so-called potentially better than Gasquet" :p

That description seemed like a lot of pressure to live up to so early in his career...Shame about the injuries :sad: But he's still young, hopefully he can find his feet soon again and continue his progression :)

03-03-2007, 04:04 PM
He's in the final. :rocker:

Where did you get the info? :scratch:

Anyway, well done! Two consecutive finals after a long break from competition. He's rampant right now :yeah:

03-04-2007, 02:13 PM
That description seemed like a lot of pressure to live up to so early in his career...
:topic: If this description - which is not that widely known - creates a lot of pressure, then you get an idea what Tennis-Magazine did to Richard. :o A burden, he stills carries around.

03-04-2007, 10:02 PM
Piro def Rice 6-0 7-5 in the final for his second consecutive title. :yeah:

He and Inze lost in the doubles semis though. :o

03-06-2007, 09:25 PM
Michon, Slilam and Piro are in the 3rd round at the Asuncion Bowl, Inzé lost in the 2nd round. Michon and Slilam are also playing doubles.


03-07-2007, 10:15 PM
Nassim & Stéphane in the QFs. If they both go through they could meet in SF. :p

03-09-2007, 12:08 PM
Slilam lost against Urzua, Piro won against Cox (apparently it was the 3rd time they met in this SAm tour) and he'll meet Urzua in SF.

03-10-2007, 01:35 AM
Piro's in the final AGAIN. :lol:

I think it's time for him to play some Futures/Challengers. He's 18 this year so he really should be making his transition to the senior tour. :shrug:

03-12-2007, 08:29 AM
Well, he was finally beaten by Evans 7-6, 7-5 if i remember well but there are continuing the tour and he could do as well as before hopefully.

So far, no matter what happens it will have been a very good tour : 2 tournament wins, 1 final in singles, 1 win in doubles... ;)

03-12-2007, 01:22 PM
I still think he's old enough to move on to play futures/challengers :shrug:

03-15-2007, 07:29 AM
I still think he's old enough to move on to play futures/challengers :shrug:

Definitely. In completely agree with you. Even last year it was the time already. Now it's high time. He's already 17. But i think they made him play those because he was coming back to competition after a long stop. ;)

He meet Evans again in the 1st round of the Banana Bowl after their final last week and this time he won 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

Michon and Slilam lost (in 3), Inzé against the n°1 seed as well, Botti wen through.

03-20-2007, 06:43 PM
Well, another (lost) final there ^ for Piro. ;)

03-21-2007, 01:14 AM
any news about eyseric?

03-21-2007, 04:27 PM
any news about eyseric?

Yep, in his thread (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=96117&page=7). ;) And here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5055335&postcount=93) are the last news. Challengers in Morocco cancelled but he's training on clay at home & physically as well. He'll go either in Zaragoza or in Rome next to play a Future.

News from Brazil :

Play Underway at the Copa Gerdau
20 Mar 2007 - ITF - James Harrisson

Day one at the Grade A Copa Gerdau saw most seeded players win safely through to round two. However, the day was not without incident as eighth seed Johnny Hamui (USA) crashed out of the boys’ event following a straight sets defeat to France’s Nassim Slilam, 64 63.

Argentine Ignacio Martire, currently ranked 183 in the world, came from a set down against Chilean thirteenth seed Cristian Saavedra to win 36 64 63. Martire is playing in his first Grade A event this week and could face top seed Roman Jebavy (CZE) in round three. The other seed to lose on the opening day of the boys’ event was Romania’s Alin-Mihai Constantin, who lost 75 61 to Serbian Ilija Vucic.

Third seed Guillermo Rivera Aranguiz (CHI) was made to work hard against wildcard Bernardo Dias (BRA) before winning in three sets, 61 46 62; while Rupesh Roy (IND), seeded six), Mateusz Kecki (USA, seeded nine), and Patricio Alvarado (ECU, seeded ten) all went through with straight sets victories.

Michon, Piro and Inzé ( :eek: ) went through as well. But Botti (seeded 16) was defeated by Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 6-4 6-4.

The singles draw (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100014653&event=1100083332)

The doubles draw (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/tournaments/drawsheetbyround.asp?tournament=1100014653&event=1100083333)

Michon's partnering Ben Zvi (ISR), Botti's with Kosler (CZE) [7], Slilam with Souza (POR) and Inzé & Piro are playing together again. Last time they did they won the whole thing...

And the news => here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=5066938#post5066938). Apparently many matches have been played on covered courts because of the rain.

Apparently that's like a fifth GS on clay for the juniors, isn't it? In terms of points in the final at least... No?

03-24-2007, 06:12 PM
Copa Gerdau Semi-finals:
(2)Fernando Romboli (BRA) d. (4)Stéphane Piro (FRA) 6/4 6/2

The home boy was too tough an obstacle. But nice run again, and in a Grade A this time.

03-24-2007, 06:59 PM
Seems a long time since he last lost before the final. :lol:

03-25-2007, 11:33 PM
Saint-Brieuc challenger draw :

Main Draw (Singles):

Kristian Pless (DEN, 1) - Josselin Ouanna (FRA, WC)
Joseph Sirianni (AUS) - Grega Zemlja (SLO)
Victor Ionita (ROU) - Q/LL
Vincent Sapène (FRA, WC) - Dieter Kindlmann (GER, 7)

Roko Karanusic (CRO, 3) - Jan Vacek (CZE)
Mikhail Ledovskikh (RUS) - Jean-Christophe Faurel (FRA)
Q/LL - Gary Lugassy (FRA)
Uros Vico (ITA) - Jérôme Haehnel (FRA, 5)

Farrukh Dustov (UZB, 6) - Alan Mackin (GBR)
Cyril Saulnier (FRA) - Alexei Kedriouk (KAZ)
Matthias Bachinger (GER) - Jan Mertl (CZE, 4)

Denis Istomin (UZB, 8) - Maximo Gonzalez (ARG)
Bastian Knittel (GER) - Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Lars Burgsmuller (GER) - Brian Wilson (USA)
Q/LL - Christophe Rochus (BEL, 2, WC)

04-10-2007, 12:07 PM
Botti (#1507, LL) lost to Vincent Millot (#532) 4 & 1 in Grasse

Piro was offered a WC just like Eysseric. He's facing Julien Gely (#713) in the 1st round.

The draw (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2007/342/mds.pdf)

04-10-2007, 06:21 PM
He went through beating Gély 7-5, 6-2 in 1h44. :yeah:
All the match's stats, there => http://www.ti.fft.fr/EvMenu.asp?CodeEvent=0611290678&NumMatch=2030

04-12-2007, 05:11 PM
He lost to Oleksandr Dolgopolov jr. UKR [2] today but gave a good fight. 6-4, 2-6, 3-6.

Match Stats (http://www.ti.fft.fr/EvMenu.asp?CodeEvent=0611290678&NumMatch=2015)

He'll have an ATP ranking next week i suppose.

04-24-2007, 06:35 PM
Quaterfinal in Istres : http://open-istres.nuxit.net/fileadmin/user_upload/tableaux/Draw_Boys_Singles_Main_Draw.pdf

And final with Inzé in doubles : http://open-istres.nuxit.net/fileadmin/user_upload/tableaux/Draw_Boys_Doubles_Main_Draw.pdf

They are in Beaulieu this week. ;)

04-27-2007, 03:24 PM
Morgan Z started a thread about this guy Benoît Paire who won the Open d'Istres and the Open du Cap d'Aïl and who had hardly played (according to his ITF profile) before?

Who is he? :confused:

Benoît PAIRE est le récent vainqueur surprise du tounoi ITF Juniors de Cap d’Ail. Il joue son deuxième tour à Istres où tout le monde l’attend. Va t-il réussir à se qualifier pour les quarts de finale et peut-être affronter Stéphane Piro ? Le sort du match d’aujourd’hui en décidera. Voici le portrait de Benoît :


Prénom : Benoît
Né le : 8 mai 1989
Club : ASPTT Montpellier
Classement : - 2/6
Coup préféré : L’amortie
Qualités en match : je m’accroche bien en match et j’ai un bon touché de balle
Sponsor : Wilson
Entraineurs : Fabien Lefaucheu, Regis Lavergne et Charles Auffray
Joueur préféré : Marat Safin
Joueuse préférée : Paty Schnyder
Palmarès : Vainqueur la semaine dernière à Cap d’Ail, Vainqueur à Bressuire en 12 ans simple et double.
Objectif de la saison : Passer - 15 et faire Roland Garros Juniors
Avis sur le tournoi : Il fait très chaud, un peu de vent. Il y a une bonne organisation et la sympathie des gens de Provence
J’aime : l’OM, les sundae de Mc Do et les filles !
J’aime pas : le PSG, c’est déjà assez !
Anecdote : Allez l’OM, je suis un supporter passionné !


05-26-2007, 04:32 PM
Piro through to Quarterfinals but Pervak Defeated in Milan

The one major upset of the day was provided by Bojana Jovanovski, who defeated second seed Ksenia Pervak. Pervak’s early form had been consistent with two straight set victories, and whilst her third round match began in the same way, Jovanovski battled from a set down to prevail 3-6 7-6 6-4. The victory has earned her a quarterfinal tie against eighth seed Cindy Chala. More significantly it has removed yet another contender as Pivovarova moves closer to a final place. Pivovarova overcame sixteenth seed Moore 7-6 2-6 6-2 and will face sixth seed Irina Begu in the tie of the round.

Tamaryn Hendler, one of the younger contenders for the title has also proceeded to the quartfinals, defeating twelfth seed Rodionova in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. Hendler will face Klaudia Boczova. Boczova defeated another of the tournaments young sensations, Larcher de Brito, 6-1 7-5.

Elsewhere, ninth seed Mrdeza defeated seventh seed Kucova despite a terrible first set, 0-6 6-4 7-6 and will now meet Roxana Vaideanu.

In the boys singles, the only seeded player to fall came from the match between Stephane Piro and Henrique Cunha, with the second seeded Piro winning comfortably, 6-2 6-2. Piro as been consistently excellent on his preferred surface this year, with several semi-final and final appearances.

Meanwhile, third seed Kellen Damico defeated Patricio Alvarado 6-4 6-4 and Uladzimir Ignatik also won 6-3 6-4 against Thomas Schoorel. Rhyne Williams battled his way back from a set down to defeat Goran Rozic 5-7 6-2 6-0. His next opponent will be Italian Matteo Trevisan. As the last Italian in the draw, Trevisan carries the local support into the tie against Williams. The final quarterfinal pairing is an unseeded affair, with Daniel Lopez defeating Damian Hume 6-2 6-2, in order to face Gastao Elias.

Still partering the slumping Inzé in doubles.

05-28-2007, 06:13 PM

He lost the final to Trevisan who is now the #1 7-5, 2-6, 1-6 ;)

They reached the QFs in doubles.

06-03-2007, 11:06 AM
RG Junior - Boys Singles Draw

Matteo Trevisan ITA (1) c. Christopher Rungkat INA
Graeme Dyce GBR c. Kittipong Wachiramanowong THA

Axel Michon FRA c. Andrew Thomas AUS
Damian Hume RSA c. Ricardo Urzua-Rivera CHI (14)

Stephen Donald AUS (9) c. Andrei Karatchenia BLR
Bence Gyula Toth HUN c. Evgeny Donskoy RUS

Johnny Hamui USA c. Cesar Ramirez MEX
Alexis Klegou FRA (Q) c. Roman Jebavy CZE (7)

Stéphane Piro FRA (3) c. Eugen Brazdil SVK
Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan CHI c. Patricio Alvarado ECU

Thomas Schoorel NED c. Brendan Mckenzie AUS
Vladimir Karusevich RUS c. Rhyne Williams USA (13)

Petru-Alexandru Luncanu ROU (11) c. Daniel Evans GBR
Guillaume Rufin FRA c. Janez Semrajc SLO

Henrique Cunha BRA c. Mateusz Kecki USA
Alejandro Gonzalez COL c. Greg Jones AUS (5)

Brydan Klein AUS (6) c. Antoine Féret FRA
Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana THA c. Radu Albot MDA

Andrej Martin SVK c. Kévin Botti FRA
Roy Bruggeling NED c. Kellen Damico USA (10)

Guillermo Rivera CHI (16) c. Benoît Paire FRA
Dragos Cristian Mirtea ROU c. Gastão Elias POR

Nysan Tan FRA c. Aljaz Bedene SLO
Daniel Cox GBR c. Fernando Romboli BRA (4)

John-Patrick Smith AUS ( 8 ) c. Silvio Dadic CRO
Jérôme Inzerillo FRA c. David Rice GBR

Austin Krajicek USA c. Soong-Jae Cho KOR
Hsien-Yin Peng TPE c. Vladimir Ignatic BLR (12)

Ricardas Berankis LTU (15) c. Rupesh Roy IND
Nassim Slilam FRA c. Bernard Tomic AUS

Danila Arsenov RUS c. Thomas Fabbiano ITA
Lofo Ramiaramanan MAD c. Jonathan Eysseric FRA (2)

06-03-2007, 12:17 PM
Kevin Botti just won his first round 6-3 7-6 against Martin. :)

And Inzerillo won as well against Rice 6-2 6-4 :D

06-03-2007, 01:57 PM
Not a bad win for slumping Inzé :lol:

06-04-2007, 04:56 PM
Not a bad win for slumping Inzé :lol:

Not bad indeed.
R2 : Jérôme Inzerillo df. John-Patrick Smith (AUS)[8] 6-4 7-6(3) :eek:
And this Benoît Paire keeps surprising. R1 : df. Guillermo Rivera (CHI)[16] 6-7(2) 6-2 7-5 :bolt:
R1 : Bernard Tomic (AUS) df. Nassim Slilam (FRA) 2-6 6-4 6-2
R2 : Stéphane Piro (FRA) [3] df. Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan (CHI) 6-3 7-5
R1 : Aljaz Bedene (SLO) df. Nysan Tan (FRA) 6-2 2-6 6-3
R2 : Kellen Damico (USA) [10] df. Kévin Botti (FRA) 6-1 6-1
R2 : Petru-Alexandru Luncanu (ROU) [11] df. Guillaume Rufin (FRA) 6-0, 6-1
R1 : Roman Jebavy (CZE) [7] df. Alexis Klegou (FRA) 6-4 7-5
R1 : Brydan Klein (AUS) [6] df. Antoine Féret (FRA) 6-2 4-6 6-1
R1 : Andrew Thomas (AUS) df. Axel Michon (FRA) 6-2 6-7(9) 6-2

07-15-2007, 11:18 AM
Benoît Paire will play the final of the Future of Bourg-en-Bresse against Prodon.

07-17-2007, 07:42 PM
Paire won the Future :yeah:

He lost in the first round this week to Eysseric though. :p

07-20-2007, 07:56 AM
BTW: What is the "better BH than Gasquet" doing? Falling into oblivion? :p

07-20-2007, 08:52 AM
"More talented" than Gasquet. Not "better BH". ;)

07-20-2007, 09:01 AM
"More talented" than Gasquet. Not "better BH". ;)
Ókay, okay. That was my mistaken heretics. ;) But what is he doing?

07-20-2007, 09:04 AM
No idea. You're giving him too much flak just because of one phrase a journalist wrote. :o

07-20-2007, 09:12 AM
No idea. You're giving him too much flak just because of one phrase a journalist wrote. :o

The journalist has seen him play (I hope), I haven't, but from pics, he does have the classic French flamboyance which I like. :D

07-20-2007, 10:10 AM
Probably another headcase in the making :o

07-20-2007, 10:57 AM
Probably another headcase in the making :o

BTW. Look at post 165, a certain Silverwhite posed the same question as I did. :haha:

07-20-2007, 11:15 AM
BTW: What is the "better BH than Gasquet" doing? Falling into oblivion? :p

You're talking about Inzerillo I guess. He was playing this week a junior tournament in... Austria and had to retire don't know why. Jerome has had a lot of injuries these last two years and confidence crisis it seems. I've never seen him play but of course the comparison with Gasquet meant nothing, coming from journalists who generally overreacts :shrug:

07-20-2007, 11:21 AM
You're talking about Inzerillo I guess. He was playing this week a junior tournament in... Austria and had to retire don't know why. Jerome has had a lot of injuries these last two years and confidence crisis it seems. I've never seen him play but of course the comparison with Gasquet meant nothing, coming from journalists who generally overreacts :shrug:

I do look like an idiot, :o . But please give me an advance note when you know about playing him or other juniors in my own country, I might go and have a look to see whether the journalists are right or wrong. ;) Injuries at that age are however not that surprising, those boys are still growing and therefore vulnerable.

07-20-2007, 11:30 AM
I do look like an idiot, :o . But please give me an advance note when you know about playing him or other juniors in my own country, I might go and have a look to see whether the journalists are right or wrong. ;) Injuries at that age are however not that surprising, those boys are still growing and therefore vulnerable.

I just found it a funny coincidence :) These kind of tournaments aren't well-known and I just saw it yesterday. ;)

As about Inzerillo, well injuries are still quite a problem but some like PHM had to endure these kind of things. More important, the way he fell down in about 3 years is quite an issue, mostly because that's the years these youngsters are maturing their games and show potential as future professionals. Hope the better for him though.

07-20-2007, 11:37 AM
I just found it a funny coincidence :) These kind of tournaments aren't well-known and I just saw it yesterday. ;)

I am even more confused. I just did a little Internet search and found out that the European Junior Championships (18 and under) are taking place in Bad Gastein, a rather famous Austrian mountain resort, but they start tomorrow. :confused:

07-20-2007, 03:31 PM
BTW. Look at post 165, a certain Silverwhite posed the same question as I did. :haha:

Except that my quote was more accurate. ;)

07-25-2007, 08:19 AM

Had I known this before. :mad: at myself.

07-27-2007, 06:11 PM
i will be @ french championships 15-16 and 17-18 next month @ Roland Garros!
you will find my fotos on www.tennisphotos.org

08-09-2007, 09:03 AM
Piro, Eysseric and Inzerillo defended the European Summer Cups trophy. :bounce:

For each tie, it seems that Piro and Eysseric played singles and it was Eysseric/Inzerillo in doubles. The team won all their matches except for one Piro defeat.

08-21-2007, 07:44 AM
French 17-18 championships: SF pics on http://www.fft.fr/championnats-de-france/2007/?id=2855

08-27-2007, 11:02 AM
Fotos from European Junior Championships - 16 & Under
Julien Obry
Adrien Puget

09-03-2007, 04:08 PM
Inzé beat Gigounon 6-2 6-1 :yeah:

09-03-2007, 06:36 PM
And Piro beat Maytin 6-1 6-4.

So Eysseric, Inzérillo and Piro are all through. :yeah:

09-03-2007, 08:51 PM
Jon and Inzé won their first round doubles match 7-6 6-2. I forgot the score in the TB but it was loooooooong and each team had several SPs. :lol:

09-04-2007, 02:28 PM
Thanks a lot for the pics Tanya! :worship: :hug:

09-04-2007, 06:33 PM
Eysseric and Piro both lost today :help:

09-05-2007, 07:51 PM
Inzé lost in singles but he and Jon won their second round doubles match 4-6 6-2 6-3 :yeah:

09-06-2007, 02:30 PM
Jerome Inzerillo... my future favorite :worship:

BTW, is this the him? :rolls:


09-06-2007, 08:25 PM
Jon and Inzé into the semis with a 6-3 6-0 win :yeah:

09-07-2007, 03:21 PM
I've only heard of Eysseric among the players of the first post, I guess I'm a bad tennis fan. :lol: :D

09-07-2007, 03:55 PM
I only learnt about all of them from this thread. :p

09-07-2007, 04:11 PM
I thought you knew everything about the Frenchies, so disappointing. :(

Kidding. :p

09-07-2007, 04:20 PM
The less one knows about them the better :o

09-07-2007, 04:32 PM
So true.
Paulo and Richie won't last forever, the new upcoming top French choker is probably among those young hopes. :D :tape:

09-07-2007, 04:34 PM
New generation of chokers :rocker2:

We'll wait and see if anyone can live up to Paulo's high standards :rolls:

09-07-2007, 04:38 PM
Leave Paulo out of this :ras:
He's the greatest. Period.

I've been doing some serious research on Jérôme and I like the guy so he deserves a place in my avatar :rolls:

09-07-2007, 04:41 PM
Serious research? Do share :p

And do you have any clips of him playing? :lol:

09-07-2007, 04:48 PM
By serious I mean I have been looking at all of Inzerillo's results on ITF site and some French blogs :lol:

And he likes football, Playstation and music... doesn't get much better than that :rolls:

No video, unfortunately. Just a nice word from my former coach and brother :yeah:

09-07-2007, 04:49 PM
I fear Paulo is in a league of his own, no one will ever match his 'greatness'. :sad: :lol: :unsure:

09-07-2007, 04:50 PM
Leave Paulo out of this :ras:
He's the greatest. Period.

I've been doing some serious research on Jérôme and I like the guy so he deserves a place in my avatar :rolls:
lol, I didn't see your post I swear. :p
Yeah he's the greatest. :D

09-07-2007, 04:55 PM
By serious I mean I have been looking at all of Inzerillo's results on ITF site and some French blogs :lol:

And he likes football, Playstation and music... doesn't get much better than that :rolls:

No video, unfortunately. Just a nice word from my former coach and brother :yeah:

They've watched him play? :confused:

09-07-2007, 04:56 PM
I fear Paulo is in a league of his own, no one will ever match his 'greatness'. :sad: :lol: :unsure:

Paulo is the G(C)OAT :worship:

09-07-2007, 04:59 PM
They've watched him play? :confused:

Yeah, Key Biscayne last year. They both get together in Florida for Orange Bowl every year. My coach is paid to be there actually :lol:

There's a video after all, but it was way back from 2003 :p

09-07-2007, 05:01 PM
lol, I didn't see your post I swear. :p
Yeah he's the greatest. :D

I'm so proud of him :yippee: :lol:

09-07-2007, 05:01 PM
Yeah, Key Biscayne last year. They both get together in Florida for Orange Bowl every year. My coach is paid to be there actually :lol:

There's a video after all, but it was way back from 2003 :p

Ah. What did they say about him? :p

Where? :p

09-07-2007, 05:08 PM
Ah. What did they say about him? :p

Where? :p

My coach liked him since he has a thing for one-handed BH :lol: Also said he was not afraid to come to the net, very aggressive but he lost in that match.

My brother said he wouldn't bet on this guy. Too aggressive for French player :lol:

Here: http://www.lespetitsprinces.com/video/index.html

09-07-2007, 05:09 PM
My coach liked him since he has a thing for one-handed BH :lol: Also said he was not afraid to come to the net, very aggressive but he lost in that match.

My brother said he wouldn't bet on this guy. Too aggressive for French player :lol:

Here: http://www.lespetitsprinces.com/video/index.html

Sounds like someone that I would enjoy watching. :p

French players are usually quite aggressive. :scratch:


09-07-2007, 05:17 PM
Sounds like someone that I would enjoy watching. :p

French players are usually quite aggressive. :scratch:


According to my sources, they said Jérome was being aggressive all the time. Even from the start of the match, he made load of UEs... I think my brother meant too aggressive for French's mental strength. Adding a bit of pressure, those aggressiveness might turn to a collection of UEs :p

Anyway, my coach said that it was just junior tennis. The boys usually play that way and they'll learn to minimize their error and learn more about timing... I should know :lol:

My brother is a betting moron, just ignore what he said :lol:

09-07-2007, 11:38 PM
Jon and Inzé are in the final after upsetting the #1 seeds 7-6 6-4 :D

Maybe they'll become doubles specialists :rolls:

09-07-2007, 11:41 PM

BTW, what do you think about the "New Gasquet"? :rolls:

09-07-2007, 11:50 PM
I don't know. The video didn't load. I hope they give him a WC in Bercy and he draws a top seed :rolls:

09-07-2007, 11:52 PM
So you didn't watch my Jerome :awww:
I hope he draws Richard :haha:

09-07-2007, 11:56 PM
His FH is as nice as Richard's :silly:

09-07-2007, 11:58 PM
And what a WTA score :rolls:

09-08-2007, 12:02 AM
His FH is as nice as Richard's :silly:
Can't wait to see the two meet :devil:

And what a WTA score :rolls:
What did you expect when two Frenchies playing each other? :p

09-08-2007, 12:07 AM
Why did they stay 154915112 m. behind the baseline? :silly:

09-08-2007, 10:03 PM
US Open 2007 Jr. Boys' Doubles - Finals

[6]Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)/Jerome Inzerillo (FRA)[6] def Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-2 6-4