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tennisstar059
09-28-2003, 11:43 AM
salut a tous!
haha i will be going to the grand prix de lyon ATP tournament which starts (qualifying) either friday october 3 or saturday october 4...i will only be there until monday night, but wanted to know if anyone is planning on going...it might be fun to meet up and put a name to all these faces that post messages here....am hoping to see remi (arnaud's coach) and catch up too :)...so anyone who is interested feel free to respond! im a 19 year old university student in london by the way...cheers!
alexandra

esther
10-01-2003, 02:53 AM
wish i was going...but no. lol
have fun and take heaps of photos!

Marine
10-06-2003, 04:10 PM
(thanks irish...)

(Interview before l'open de moselle)

-Arnaud Clément, comment avez-vous abordé la saison indoor qui vient de commencer?
«En étant très motivé. J'ai commencé tardivement ma saison en raison de ma blessure (NDLR: poignet) et j'ai mis un petit peu de temps avant de retrouver mon meilleur niveau. J'ai été relativement régulier tout au long de la saison mais, par contre, je n'ai pas fait beaucoup de choses très excitantes et, même si j'ai bien joué par exemple sur gazon, ces résultats n'étaient pas en rapport avec les objectifs que je m'étais fixés. C'est pour cela que j'ai abordé cette dernière ligne droite en étant très motivé. J'avais envie de faire un gros truc et j'y croyais, parce que mon jeu est parfaitement adapté aux conditions que l'on retrouve en salle».
-Lyon vous a souvent réussi. Etes-vous content de retrouver ce tournoi?
«Oui, bien sûr! Lyon restera toujours particulier pour moi puisque c'est, à ce jour, le seul titre que j'ai remporté, toutes catégories du circuit confondues! Mais si j'aime venir à Lyon, ce n'est pas uniquement pour cette raison. Lyon, c'est une salle fantastique où il y a toujours une ambiance magique, où les Français sont toujours hyper-soutenus. C'est très excitant et motivant de jouer dans ces conditions-là. Et puis, je ne cache pas que je suis fier de voir mon nom figurer sur les banderolles, au pied du dernier niveau, à côté de ceux de joueurs prestigieux comme Sampras, par exemple».
-Attendez-vous avec impatience d'apporter un petit frère à ce titre que vous avez conquis en 2000 (1)?
«Oui, c'est clair. Ça me manque. Sans être prétentieux, je suis conscient du niveau de jeu que je peux développer et je pense avoir vraiment la capacité de remporter des tournois. Alors, c'est vrai, cela me fait un peu mal de voir que mon compteur reste bloqué. Et puis, j'avoue que j'ai envie de revivre cette sensation si particulière du moment où on lève la coupe quand on vient de remporter un titre».
-Vous avez connu une saison assez bizarre, avec beaucoup de deuxièmes tours et quelques gros matches, notamment contre Hewitt à Hambourg. On a vraiment l'impression que vous aimez ces grands rendez-vous...
«C'est vrai que j'ai multiplié les matches accrochés au deuxième tour, ce genre de rencontres qui peuvent ouvrir de belles perspectives si on les gagne. Il ne me manque pas grand-chose...».
-Pour franchir une étape, on peut penser qu'il va falloir remporter ces matches-là...
«Absolument. Et j'avoue que c'était relativement frustrant d'être stoppé en milieu de semaine après avoir souvent bien joué».
-Comment avez-vous vécu votre forfait, la veille de la finale de la coupe Davis 2002, et les quatre mois d'inactivité qui ont suivi?
«Déclarer forfait était dur, mais logique. Ensuite, cette blessure n'était pas évidente à gérer parce que je n'avais jamais été blessé aussi longtemps. Mais j'ai relativisé, parce que je n'étais pas écarté des courts aussi longtemps que Dip (NDLR: Arnaud Di Pasquale, opéré d'une hernie discale) ou Jérôme Golmard et elle m'a vraiment fait prendre conscience à quel point j'adore ce que je fais».
-Que vous apporte Rémi Barbarin, qui n'avait aucune expérience en tant que coach quand il est devenu votre entraîneur?
«Quand nous avons décidé de faire cette expérience à trois, avec Rémi et Dip, je ne me suis pas dit que je le prenais parce qu'il était mon copain. Pour moi, Rémi, c'est quelqu'un qui a d'énormes connnaissances au niveau de la préparation physique et, aujourd'hui, le tennis est très dur physiquement. Sachant que je ne peux pas jouer si je ne suis pas bien physiquement, j'attendais énormément de lui. Et je ne suis pas déçu, parce que Rémi est, dans ce domaine, très très performant. Ensuite, il a quand même le BE2, a cotoyé de très nombreux joueurs au CNE et a beaucoup appris lors des campagnes qu'il a pu faire en coupe Davis (NDLR: Rémi Barbarin est l'ancien kiné de l'équipe de France). Alors, certes, il ne connaissait pas la vie du circuit, mais il s'est adapté très vite et, aujourd'hui, il me connaît très bien. Notre collaboration n'a pas été évidente au départ, parce que nous avons tous les deux un caractère très fort. Mais chacun a apporté à l'autre et, aujourd'hui, tout se passe très bien».
-Comment voulez-vous faire évoluer votre jeu?
«Je pense qu'il est très très complet. Même si je suis évidemment perfectible dans de très nombreux domaines, je peux bien jouer sur toutes les surfaces et, à la limite, ce qui est difficile quand on sait à-peu-près tout faire, c'est de choisir les bons coups au bon moment. Quand on a un jeu stéréotypé, on ne se pose pas de questions. Moi, mon jeu est peut-être parfois un peu trop classique et il faudrait sans doute que je retrouve un peu de cette folie que j'avais avant. Tout en gardant, évidemment, des axes importants...».
-D'un autre côté, cette palette très large de coups que vous avez en votre possession complique très sérieusement la tâche de vos adversaires...
«C'est clair. Je pense que lorsque je suis en forme et que mon jeu est bien en place je peux être dangereux face à énormément de types de joueurs. Quand je suis bien, il n'y a pas un joueur qui doit me faire peur».
-Vous êtes déjà monté dans le top 10. Pensez-vous pouvoir y revenir?
«Aujourd'hui, je me trouve meilleur. Mon niveau moyen est supérieur à celui des années précédentes et le but est d'être le plus stable possible tout au long de la saison pour franchir plus facilement un cap de temps en temps. Alors, pour répondre à votre question, je ne vois pas pourquoi je ne pourrais pas revenir dans le top 10...».
-Y-a-t-il un malaise en coupe Davis?
«Oui, il y a un petit malaise... Il y a des discussions qui doivent avoir lieu entre certains joueurs et le capitaine. Il y a des choses qui se sont passées, que je ne cautionne pas du tout, que je ne trouve pas bien, et j'en ai d'ailleurs parlé aux protagonistes.. Ce qui me dérange, c'est que je pense que le malaise n'est pas profond. Les petits écarts qu'il y a eu ne vont pas dans le bon sens et je pense que tout cela peut très vite s'arranger, à condition de ne pas tout exposer au monde entier. Ce serait tellement dommage que ça ne s'arrange pas...».

Marine
10-06-2003, 06:14 PM
ummm...in english it's better I guess ( thanks Irish !!)

Arnaud Clément, how did you approach the season indoor which has just started?

"While being very motivated, I began my season late because of my injury (note: wrist) and I took a little bit of time before finding the right level. I was relatively consistent throughout the season but, on the other hand, I did not do many very exciting things and, even if I played well for example on grass, these results were not in connection with the objectives that I had fixed for myself. It is because of that, that I approached this last stretch being very motivated. I wanted to do something big and I believed in it, because my play is adapted perfectly to the conditions which one finds here ". -


Lyon often made a success of you. Are you glad to play this tournament?

"Yes, of course! Lyon will always be special for me since it is, to date, the only title that I have won! But if I like to come to Lyon, it is not solely for this reason. Lyon, it is a fantastic place where there is always a magical environment, where the French people are always reliable. It is very exciting and motivating to play under these conditions. And also, I do not hide that I am proud to see my name being reproduced on the banners, beside those of prestigious players like Sampras, for example ". -


Do you wait impatiently for this season to bring another title?

"Yes, it is clear. I miss that. Without being pretentious, I am conscious of the level of play that I can develop and I think I really have the capacity to win tournaments. Then, it is true, it seems, badly so that my number remains blocked. And then, I acknowledge that I want to relive that particular feeling of the moment when the trophy is raised when one has just win a title ". -


You have had a rather odd season, with many second round losses and some big matches, in particular against Hewitt in Hamburg. One has really the impression that you enjoy these great appointments...

"It is true that I multiplied the matches lost in the second round, these kind of meetings which can open beautiful prospects if they are won. I do not miss big things... ". -

You reach a stage, where you think that these matches should be won...

"Absolutely. And I acknowledge that it was relatively frustrating to be stopped in middle of week after having often played well ". -


How did you cope with your forfit, the day before of the finale of the Davis Cup 2002, and the four months of inactivity which followed?

"To declare forfit was hard, but logical. Then, this injury was not obvious to manage because I hadn't been injured in a long time. But it is relative, because I was not isolated from the courts as long a time as Dip ((note: Arnaud Di Pasquale, operated on a slipped disc) or Jerome Golmard and it really made me become aware at that point that I adore what I do ". -


What brings Remi Barbarin to you, who did not have any experience as a coach when he became your trainer?

"When we decided to make this experiment with us three, with Remi and Dip, I did not say to myself that I took this opportunity because he was my buddy. For me, Remi is somebody who has enormous knowledge on the level of the physical preparation and, today, tennis is very hard physically. Knowing that I cannot play if I am not well physically, I needed his help enormously. And I am not disappointed, because Remi is, in this field, very very strong. Then, he has the BE2 nevertheless, mixed with very many players to the CNE and learned much at the time of the Davis Cup campaigns (note: Remi Barbarin previously was the physiotherapist of the French team). Then, certainly, he did not know what life was like on the circuit, but he adapted very quickly and, today, he knows me very well. Our collaboration was not obvious at the beginning, because we both have a very strong character. But we bring a lot out of each other today, everything is going very well ". -


How do you want to evolve your play?

"I think that it is very very complete. Even if I am obviously in need of perfecting in very many fields, I can well to play on all surfaces, but with limits - it is difficult when one can approximately do everything, it is choosing the right shots at the right time. When one has a stereotyped play, one does not question it. Me, my play is perhaps sometimes a little too traditional and it would undoubtedly be necessary that I find a little madness which I lack. While keeping, obviously, the important aspects... ". -


On the other hand, there is a very broad pallet of shots which you have in your possession, which very seriously complicates the task of your adversaries...

"It is clear. I think that when I am in form and that my play is good, from there I can be dangerous against many types of players. When I am well, there is not a player who frightens me ". -


You have previously been in the top 10. Do you think you are able to return?

"Today, I am better. My level is higher than that of the previous years and the goal is to be as stable as possible throughout the season to pass through the rounds more easily from time to time. Then, to answer your question, I do not see why I could not return to the top 10... ". -


Is there a depression surrounding the Davis Cup from here?

"Yes, there is a slight depression... There are discussions which must take place between certain players and the captain. There are things that happened, that I do not support at all, that I do not find well, and I spoke to the protagonists about it. What disturbs me, is I think that the depression is not that deep. The small variations that there are do not make common sense and I think that it can all be very quickly sorted, with the proviso of not exposing it to the whole world. It would be a pity not to sort it out... ".

Lindsayfan
10-06-2003, 07:01 PM
arnaud :inlove: :worship:

esther
10-07-2003, 04:25 AM
:) thanks irish and marine

irishface
10-07-2003, 05:47 PM
No problemo. Sorry for the mistakes. I was in a hurry. :)

esther
10-08-2003, 04:34 AM
Clement/Grosjean d Black/Ullyett 75 62
:D :D :D

Lindsayfan
10-08-2003, 07:21 AM
Clement/Grosjean d Black/Ullyett 75 62
:D :D :D

:eek: :clap2:

Santoro b. Safin once again :rolleyes:

Marine
10-08-2003, 12:27 PM
why " :rolleyes: " ?

lizabeth..*
10-08-2003, 01:24 PM
Now Now Vale....not someting to be clapping about *broken heart*

She rolled her eyes Marine because for some reason Marat can never beat Fabrice.....head to head is 7-1....

My poor Marat......:sad:

Lindsayfan
10-08-2003, 07:25 PM
yes i rolled eyes cos marat cant win a match this year and that's sad.and also cos he had to play santoro again and u know i dislike santoro right now..LOL :devil:

esther
10-08-2003, 11:42 PM
arnaud beat saretta and is playing second round at 8:30 :)

seb pulled out. am depressed. Guillermo, Ferri AND Seb are all injured. what a bitch

lizabeth..*
10-09-2003, 04:18 AM
A few.....inspirational words from the boys....

Mathieu: "My physical condition let me down today. I had difficulty in adjusting my footwork. He didn't give me any chances to get back into the match. This is my fifth straight week. My arm is hurting a little bit, particularly when serving. I am thinking about taking a week off before Paris. I am planning to play Basel and Paris. Barky has always been my main objective of the year."

"My month of September was more or less my year right there. It gave me the chance to win some matches at last. It also meant that I managed to cut my losses, because at one point I was wondering if I would be ranked at 200 at the end of the year. It has been frustrating because I was so impatient to play a full season in 2003."

Right now, I am raveling without a coach. I think I am one of the very few French players who could work with a foreign coach, probably because of my time spent in the US, and I would appreciate the different approach it would bring."

************

Grosjean: "I first twisted my ankle in Tokyo during my quarterfinal match. I was able to carry on playing then. I came here expecting to be match fit, but the ankle was just getting worse. I actually injured the ankle two years ago and tore two ligaments. Ever since, I’ve had to be really cautious with my ankle.”

“I will try to play Madrid if I can, but hopefully I will be able to play St. Petersburg to defend my title. It’s a real disappointment not to do better here. I always find it special to play well.”

************



"I need to get used to surface here. I was well concentrated during the match and I know that it's tough to play the exact same level from one week to the next."

"Once you get into the quarterfinals, it's always possible to win a tournament. So tomorrow will be a big match. These last few tournaments are huge for me because I only had three really good results this year."

About Vicente
"He's someone to take seriously and can be dangerous, even on this surface which might not be his best.”

Lindsayfan
10-09-2003, 07:13 AM
Paulo :sad: :sad:
Seb,get well soon! :)
keep it going,Arnaud! :yeah:

esther
10-09-2003, 08:01 AM
lol yeah what vale said....

Lindsayfan
10-09-2003, 08:12 PM
Arnaud beat Vicente 6-1 6-4 :yeah: c'mon boy,go and win ur second tourney in a row! :cool:

Marine
10-09-2003, 08:29 PM
Euhhh :unsure: ...you really think he can win 2 tounaments in a row...? lol

http://www.fft.fr/evenements2003/Lyon-2003/journal/index.html

esther
10-10-2003, 05:42 AM
heheh well he's on a roll, good luck in quarters Arnaud!!! Will play Arazi n/b 7pm. Go ARRNAAUUUUDD :D :D

esther
10-10-2003, 05:44 AM
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20031009/sge.nac78.091003183949.photo00.default-384x280.jpg

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20031008/sge.mqc11.081003195523.photo00.default-272x384.jpg

esther
10-10-2003, 05:45 AM
glad to see the orange is back! :) ;)

esther
10-10-2003, 06:27 AM
->> - IN LYON… ROBBY GINEPRI, NICOLAS MAHUT, THOMAS ENQVIST, MARDY FISH and JULIEN BENNETEAU kicked off this week's off-court activities in Lyon with a little champagne happy hour on Sunday, serving up a few glasses of the famous bubbly Möet & Chandon to the many French journalists covering this event. There was also fine art in the air in this refined city along the Rhone, as RAFAEL NADAL, ARNAUD CLEMENT, FABRICE SANTORO, GINEPRI and ENQVIST all painted for a cause. Benefitting the children of the Yannick Noah Foundation, all five ATP stars painted their own art canvasses, which were then put on display in the VIP area and auctioned off. That wasn't all that was done for children by the organizers in Lyon. On Wednesday afternoon, former champion IVAN LJUBICIC joined recent Metz doubles champion JULIEN BENNETEAU in making a visit to the Hopital Neuro-Cardio de Lyon, to deliver t-shirts, balls, ATP pins and some smiles to children being treated in the hospital…Tennis fans around Lyon have been hearing invitations to come out and watch the action directly from the players this week. PARADORN SRICHAPHAN, RAINER SCHUETTLER, ARNAUD CLEMENT and PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU all taped radio spots before the tournament, promoting the event to the French public…On Thursday, American MARDY FISH was present for the trophy ceremony of the "Junior Grand Prix" held for players from several different elementary schools around Lyon. Fish presented the trophies to the schools alongside Lyon's Director of Sport from the mayor's office and Salt Lake Olympic gold medalist Marina Anissina, who together with partner Gwendal Peizerat won the ice dancing competition at the 2002 Winter Games…Later on Thursday evening, Möet & Chandon sponsored the annual "Most Fashionable" and "Most Popular" player awards for the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon. MARAT SAFIN was voted Most Popular, with PARADORN SRICHAPHAN Most Fashionable. Each player was presented with a magnum of the famous French champagne and toasted the occasion. "I was very proud to be voted most popular," said Marat Safin. "But Paradorn is better than me - he got the most fashionable." (For various pix from Lyon, log on to www.atptennis.com/en/media/insiderpics/)

Lindsayfan
10-10-2003, 02:31 PM
OMG i luv Anissina's pic with Mardy,he's so cute! :inlove:

Lindsayfan
10-10-2003, 02:32 PM
...and mahut is really horrible! :o :p

Marine
10-10-2003, 07:29 PM
Mahut is horrible, but Mardy too...

ARNAUD WON 6/3 6/4 AND IS IN SEMI !!!!!!!!!! :worship:
I'm happy for him, and for me, cos it means tomorrow i'll see his match at eurosport ! :hearts:

Marine
10-11-2003, 08:18 PM
ARNAUD WON 6/2 6/3 AND IS IN FINALLLLLLLL !! :worship: :bounce:
He played very very very well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy !!!!

(yahoo sport)
"Battre Paradorn en livrant un match quasi parfait, c'est fantastique, a commenté Arnaud Clément. Je pense que mon jeu le gêne naturellement. Sur mes neuf derniers matches, un seul est allé en trois sets, ça me préserve physiquement."
"Le fait de jouer en France, et plus particulièrement à Lyon, me motive énormément. Plus on gagne de matches, plus on a envie d'en gagner. J'ai encore très faim pour dimanche. Mon deuxième titre, j'ai mis trois ans à l'attendre. J'espère que le troisième, je le gagnerai demain, ça fera moins d'écart !"
En finale, Arnaud Clément s'attend à une partie difficile face à Schüttler, qui reste sur la même série de victoires.
"Rainer effectue une grande saison. Il est 6e mondial, il a atteint la finale à l'Open d'Australie en début d'année. Il sera dur à manoeuvrer. Il s'accroche énormément. C'est comme les Allemands en foot, on croit les tenir et ils vous mettent une tête de raccroc à la 90e minute et ça fait 1-0." ( :lol: It's exactly what my brother said after the match ! LOL)

Marine
10-11-2003, 08:22 PM
From ATP:

Clement: "I played pretty much a perfect match today. I played good tactics and good tennis. I've been playing well the past two weeks and this was just an accumulation of matches and confidence.
"Physically I feel fine. I've only had one three-setter during this streak [of wins] so that should be no problem.
"I'm really feeling motivated at the moment, not just in matches with this great French crowd but also in practice and training."
about facing Schuettler
"Rainer is No. 6 in the world and he's had a great season. I don't know what the outcome will be tomorrow, but I do know that it will be a tough match either way. He hits hard from the back of the court and moves really well."


Srichaphan: "I think he played great. He's moving well. I tried to move him from side-to-side but he was so quick and mixed it up really well.
Hopefully I'll be back, I love playing in front of this public."

Lindsayfan
10-11-2003, 10:17 PM
arnaud :bounce: :worship:

paradorn :sad:

Lindsayfan
10-11-2003, 10:19 PM
Mahut is horrible, but Mardy too...




Mardy is cute and the nicest guy out there! :worship: :angel:

esther
10-12-2003, 01:29 AM
Arnaud!!!!!
*in disbelief*

Its so strange Arnaud played the same ppl as Seb last week in the semis and final...isnt that weird...neway GOOD LUCK ARNAUD IN FINAL!!!!!!!!!
Do what paulo did and win two tournaments in a row before the end of the year!!

esther
10-12-2003, 01:34 AM
green and yellow...

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20031011/sge.npz51.111003171605.photo00.default-384x306.jpg


blue and white...
http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/reuters_ids/20031011/i/1422476268.jpg

esther
10-12-2003, 01:35 AM
lol looks liek someone took the same picture and just adjusted the colours hehehe

esther
10-12-2003, 01:37 AM
dont think this is new but...
http://www.eurosport.fr/imgbk/TENNIS/ALL/big_MD-I121257.jpg

esther
10-12-2003, 02:00 AM
Clément comme Mathieu ?
Il faut croire que les Français aiment bien l’automne. En effet, l’an passé c’est Paul-Henri Mathieu qui était en grande forme à cette période et qui avait successivement remporté les tournois ATP de Moscou et de Lyon. Arnaud Clément aura la possibilité d’effectuer un autre doublé demain dimanche s’il remporte le tournoi de Lyon, puisqu’il s’est imposé la semaine passée à Metz. Pour arriver en finale, le Français a dû se débarrasser de la tête de série n°3, le Thaïlandais Paradorn Srichaphan qui avait sorti Fabrice Santoro en quart de finale. L’Aixois remportait aisément le premier set 6/2 mais avait plus de mal à conclure le match, un peu trop contracté. Il prenait tout de même une deuxième fois le service du Thaïlandais et s’imposait 6/3 à sa troisième balle de match. Il rencontrera en finale un autre homme en forme, vainqueur à Tokyo la semaine passée, l’Allemand Schuettler, tombeur du Russe Youzhny en trois sets 6/3 3/6 7/5.

esther
10-12-2003, 02:01 AM
http://www.fft.fr/evenements2003/Lyon-2003/sons/clement11a.ram

http://www.fft.fr/evenements2003/Lyon-2003/sons/clement11b.ram

http://www.fft.fr/evenements2003/Lyon-2003/sons/barbarin.ram

Marine
10-12-2003, 05:43 PM
:sad::sad::sad:
That's all I can say today...

A pic...Arnaud 2003=Arnaud 2001 in Melbourne ! And he is finalist..

http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Titres/Media/1210_lyon_afp.jpg

Marine
10-12-2003, 06:36 PM
From ATP:

Clement: "Physically Rainer Schuettler is a giant, he's quick in his legs, imposing and a great counterpuncher. During the match I never let down but he played the match of the week and it also seemed logical that he came out victorious."

"What I'm proud of is that I kept up my level of play from last week [in Metz]. And I won four matches this week, two of them playing well and two of them while not playing so well. It's a good sign to win matches when you aren't playing your best.

"Playing in France these past two weeks has been fantastic. Of course it motivates you. It will be a big test for me to see how I respond in Madrid next week when I am not playing in France and to stay at my best level of tennis."

Lindsayfan
10-12-2003, 07:52 PM
arnaud lost first set just for 2 stupid mistakes on 6-5.til 6-5 he was playing good.in second set there was no story...arnaud pulled off a fight but it was useless. :sad: :sad:

*horrible day for me..my fave lost (or i should say "he didnt fight at all") at the Cycling World Champs and an unknown won it.puafff*

stephB
10-12-2003, 08:30 PM
i think rainer isnt unknown. but of course he is not know the best. our poor arnaud :(

Marine
10-12-2003, 08:35 PM
I think Vale speaks about cycling, and not about Schuttler.

esther
10-13-2003, 01:33 AM
*sigh* well i totally agree with everything you said in the Lyon thread, Marine...i used to really like Schuettler and i think winning these tournaments he has proved he deserves a TMS spot but you DO NOT BEAT SEB AND ARNAUD IN CONSEQUETIVE WEEK FINALS AND GET AWAY WITH IT!! *cries*

Is there any video of the speeches by any chance? thats SO CUTE how he looked the same as AO 2001 again..and the speech on the piece of paper!! how cute

Neway...i think we should be VERY VERY VERY proud of Arnaud!!!!!! 9 consesquetive wins...most EVER for our arnaud :inlove:

hopefully he can carry it onto Madrid...

esther
10-13-2003, 01:43 AM
no photos?!

Lee
10-13-2003, 04:57 AM
:sad::sad::sad:
That's all I can say today...

A pic...Arnaud 2003=Arnaud 2001 in Melbourne ! And he is finalist..

http://www.lequipe.fr/Xml/Tennis/Titres/Media/1210_lyon_afp.jpg

:o Didn't notice Arnaud shaved his goatee after Metz until this pic!

lizabeth..*
10-13-2003, 05:11 AM
Hmmmmm I have to say....That trophy looks MUCH better in Paulos hands.....

Shittler you evil twit

esther
10-13-2003, 06:17 AM
whats with all the ugly trophies btw...loool poor arnaud :(

tennisstar059
10-13-2003, 02:06 PM
hey all

haha glad to see the original topic i posted garnered so many replies..;..haha though the original message (an invitation to join me or meet up with me at the tourney) was lost and became a forum for talk about the latest results....well anything that generates interest is great by me! i had FABULOUS time i ended up meeting up with remi (arnaud's coach) because i stayed 3 out of the 6 nights at the Bellecour Hotel...where the players were staying and we went out for drinks a few times...not so many because as the week went on and arnaud looked to be doing better and better the time went to training with arnaud...i met him himself and he was very nice...verrry focused on trying to win another tournament....ive learned now from past experiences to keep my social activities to myself...suffice to say i enjoyed myself immensely in meeting other players at the hotel.....I TOOK PICTURES!!!! im trying to figure out if i can get them online (they arent digital but i thiiink i can scan them) of everythnig from the tournament play to me posiing with players on the courts, to me having fun with remi, bennetau, kafelnikov (he is SOOOOOO much nicer than people make him out to be), olivier & christophe rochus (and their coach) and i was reallly incredibly honored to get to be introduced to alex correjta (at the annual sunday night players party) by way of remi and i respect him so much as a player and as a person....funny he (and not others who most people would consider reallllly of celebrity-like status) was the only person who i got star struck by....i just think he's such an incredibly good role model on and off the court....anyways im hoping to also go to the tennis masters series in paris so if anyone is thiiiinking they might be there then too, maybe something could work out! good luck to everyone in the madrid masters tourney!
-ciao, ali

Lindsayfan
10-13-2003, 06:08 PM
hi ali,all the pics r really appreciated so if u can post them here,it would be great! :yeah:

michelleg
10-14-2003, 01:19 PM
Ali, not to worry about posting your social activities, as there are others out there in "tennisland" who have had similar experiences and can totally relate (especially when it comes to the beloved Remi, lol, but thats another story in and of itself!) Glad to hear it was a fabulous trip. Will you be in Bercy by any chance?

Marine
10-14-2003, 05:41 PM
I forgot to say, but...Rémi has a new hair cut !! And he is much better like that !

michelleg
10-14-2003, 05:53 PM
Guess I will see it in Bercy, but do share...what did he do to it? Did he get rid of the Elvis pouf? lol

lizabeth..*
10-14-2003, 11:26 PM
Ali,
Nice to see you had a good time. You can get your photos on here, all you need to do is attach them, so if you can get them scanned they would be much appreciated! :)

P.S - Im really sorry about being nasty over the whole Remi, Mario thing, but it so hard to figure out what is true and what is absolute bull on the net these days! Hope you understand!!

esther
10-15-2003, 06:03 AM
*looking forward to photos*

tennisstar059
10-15-2003, 09:30 AM
michelg,

haha dooooo tell about your remi experiences!!!!! back in washington i got the feeling that he perhaps did this routinely (welcome to the world of the men's tour: different city every week, perhaps a different girl too), vs. mario, who insisted i know that he didnt do that....that he didnt find a different girl every week (he's 19....trying to figure out if he was reallllly naive because he was so young, or because he was at that testosterone-pumping age where he's even worse than remi ;) )...i got my pictures back this morning and will go about trying to scan them (not easy....i m studying at a castle in the middle of NOWHERE in england but im gonna try and get to a library in a local town with a scanner....be paaatient please :) )

bye for now! hope everyone is enjoying the madrid tourney.....arnaud and yevgeny (kafelnikov, after last weeks meeting, is my new favorite player!!! sooooooo nice!) lost first round tho :(

stephB
10-15-2003, 12:57 PM
maybe arnaud was to tired to play a good tourney this week :(

michelleg
10-15-2003, 06:59 PM
Ali,

I, too, met him at a player party...but I was not the one with him. Tell you what....let's meet up in Paris and have a little coffee and we can swap stories about French tennis coaches, lol.

Email me: mgroenings@hotmail.com and I will let you know my itinerary so we can meet up at the tennis or at the pub/cafe.

Michelle

irishface
10-17-2003, 11:31 PM
MICHELLE! :wavey:

michelleg
10-18-2003, 12:04 AM
:worship: IRISH!!! :hatoff:

Marine
10-18-2003, 08:33 PM
Michelle, who is on your avatar ?

michelleg
10-19-2003, 01:49 PM
DiP. I took the pics of him at Delray this year before he left for Scottsdale. He's my favorite :sad: He's had far too many injuries...not fair at all, since he has so much talent! Hopefully he'll be back on the tour in 04.

Marine
10-19-2003, 05:38 PM
Yes, he is not lucky, Dip ! I hope he'll come back in 2004.

esther
10-23-2003, 08:00 AM
There was also fine art in the air in this refined city along the Rhone, as RAFAEL NADAL, ARNAUD CLEMENT, FABRICE SANTORO, GINEPRI and ENQVIST all painted for a cause. Benefitting the children of the Yannick Noah Foundation, all five ATP stars painted their own art canvasses, which were then put on display in the VIP area and auctioned off. That wasn't all that was done for children by the organizers in Lyon. On Wednesday afternoon, former champion IVAN LJUBICIC joined recent Metz doubles champion JULIEN BENNETEAU in making a visit to the Hopital Neuro-Cardio de Lyon, to deliver t-shirts, balls, ATP pins and some smiles to children being treated in the hospital…

how sweet

star
10-27-2003, 04:13 AM
I'm probably way behind. I did not know that Tarik was now coaching Gasquet! I like Gasquet's backhand. He's a young player who's had a lot of expectation heaped on him, but I hope he does well in the future.

Gasquet - Gaudio
Young French teenage sensation Richard Gasquet will try to honour his wild card for his first participation here. Gasquet, ranked 95th in the word and coached by Tarik Benhabiles, will face the tricky Argentinean Gaston Gaudio. Gasquet's talent is unquestionable but his confidence is fragile, a weakness that can force his game to dip alarmingly when he looses confidence in a match.

lizabeth..*
10-27-2003, 04:47 AM
Oooooohhhh thank you for that star....

Yes...this match is going to be interesting

*don't choak Richie...don't choak*