BERCY [Archive] -


10-24-2003, 10:20 PM
First round:

Seb - bye (Henman at the second round !)
Paulo - qualif
Arnaud (?) - Spadea
Richard - Gaudio

10-25-2003, 08:50 AM
Everything looks on track for our Paulo vs Richie final Marine!!! All Richard has to do is get past Gaudio, Robredo, Roddick and Paulo has to get past Scrichapan and Ferrero :rolleyes:

10-25-2003, 11:09 AM's not won in advancen liz ! :rolleyes:

10-25-2003, 02:05 PM
*sigh* If only it was won in advance...would save me alot of trips to the hospital :p

10-25-2003, 03:20 PM
horrible draw for all my faves,puaaffff@ Eunice Barber or whatever she's called :mad: :p

neway Bercy is our boys's tourney so I'm sure they'll give 200% in order to win some matches! ;)

10-25-2003, 05:50 PM
I hope, I hope vale...but in l'equipe today, they said, it will be the first time paulo will come back on this court where he has so sad memories...:sad:

10-25-2003, 09:42 PM
everyone has sad memories in Bercy :sad:
he'll get over it,i'm sure of that.

10-26-2003, 01:55 AM
Mixed feelings from bercy right here....teee heeee
umm yeah...I reckon Paulo would have put that behind him now....*heres HOPING* Im more pissed off about Richard having to play Gaudio tho....*sigh*
Your right Vale...HORRIBLE draw

10-26-2003, 04:32 AM
really have lost interest in paris but andy must lose early!!

10-26-2003, 08:23 PM
Andy was the guest of stade 2 this evening, he seemed to be motived, so, let's wait...

LIZ in the "Journal du dimanche", there was a big article about Paulo, a nice article (not very original but nice), so I translated (I tried to translate :unsure: )

"Mathieu after the eclypse"

His look is the same as in autumm 2002, when he won Moscow and Lyon: gentle and haunsted at once, with a point of anxiety, indelible, in the eye. A look that reveals his fragility. PHM lived a nightmarish year 2003.
Ranked 76th,is spite a totten year, he succeeded to limit the damages with his final in Palermo and a semi in Moscow.
"It was a catastroph, an infernal spiral. On the court, I was saying to myself "today maybe i'm going to find again my game", and more i was thinking to that, less it was working".
Summer was still worse " After Wylby, I didn't really what to do, I did sleepless nights, I was thinking tennis everytime, I was sad into my passion".
In Halle, he retierd against his crual winner of davsi cup, YOuzhny, in Cincinnatti, he lost against Arazi, coached by T. Champion, whi had left him one month before.
After 9 defreats in the first round, PHM thinks "negative".
"I thought to the challengs, a real jungle !". Without coach, he reaches his first quarter of the year in Bucharestn then flies to Germany to reach , in taxi, 2h30 after, a small tounament in POland. A moment full of distress, in dead of night, that he passed to phone with his parents.
"He lived an exceptionnal year 2002", says Guy Forget. HIs 2 victories on the tour, and the final of davis cup showed him in which was going look like his carrier (??). After all these emotions, maybe Paulo came back too soon at the competition".
"I can"t be satisfied to be 76 th ranked, but,with the passing time, I' proud of me. It was hard after all these defeats, but everytime, I started working again thr following day, even when I was alone".
"When he will win a grand slam, and I'm sure he will one day, it will be thanks to his loss against Youzhny", says Forget.
When we recall the davis cup in Bercy, Paul Henri says "It's the biggest memory of my life", but even so, admits 'In Moscow this year, they organied a ceremony on the court about the davis cup, then showed pics on the geant screen: it really gave me a pain in the butt !". :mad:
"Paulo has nothing to reproach himself with this match. He ws brave. At his age, I wouldn't had done less well", says the french captain.
"Tha davis cup is very important, but it was less worse than the year I juts have lived. I know I'll have the occasion the play again in davis cup. Anyway, I consider I represent France every week on the tour..".

One year ago, Paul Henri Mathieu was dreaming of the place of N°1. He never precised when he wanted to reach it. At only 22, he still can dream, he has all a carrier a front of him.

A comment: :inlove: !!!!!!!!

10-26-2003, 08:29 PM
:eek: :eek: :rolleyes: ...I just have read again my translation...shame on me ! :awww:

10-26-2003, 09:10 PM
"When he will win a grand slam, and I'm sure he will one day, it will be thanks to his loss against Youzhny", says Forget.

:eek: I luv Paulo,u know...but Guy's comments r maybe a little bit exagerated?! :confused:
neway i hope it will become true... :angel:

10-26-2003, 09:12 PM
plz Marine keep posting everything u find out!it's really appreciated!
thanks! :kiss:

Paulo in practising

10-26-2003, 09:28 PM
And ur pic is appreciated too ! :hearts:
Guy...euh...he wants paulo finds again confidence I think...

10-26-2003, 09:31 PM
WAHAHAHAHA photos and articles....I love you girls.....

Marine will you be going to Bercy tomorrow or later in the week?!

I think I am actually going to get to see Richie play again......*giddy*

10-26-2003, 09:33 PM
tomorrow will be a great day on tv: Richie and Paulo! :woohoo:

*praying they show Guy in the crowd*

10-26-2003, 09:38 PM
Mmmmmm I know!!!
Im just hoping I can stay up long enough.....Been having problems sleeping lately so hopefully the problem continues for tonight!!! LOL

Yaaaayyy such a happy day.....must go and study now :rolleyes:

10-26-2003, 09:43 PM
Ahhhh nooooo
Australia has gone forward an hour and France has gone back an hour.....UGH its 10 hrs time difference now...thats a bitch!!! *sigh*

10-26-2003, 09:50 PM
It's easier for us (in Europe) to chat the evening with you , but more difficult the day... :rolleyes:

No, I don't go to Bercy tomorrow...just on Thursday, and I'm saying to myself that I won't see any of my favs ! :sad: They will lose before...

10-27-2003, 11:21 AM
Arnaud withdraw ....
I am so so so can't imagine...

10-27-2003, 01:18 PM
I'm really sorry, Marine! I'm sad for Nono. And I'm sad for all the fans who were hoping to see him. :crying2:

Ce BNP Paribas Masters 2003 se disputera malheureusement sans Arnaud Clément. L'Aixois a officialisé son forfait, en raison d'une blessure à la cuisse droite, au quadriceps. Il sera remplacé dans le grand tableau par le lucky-loser Dominik Hrbaty.

Ce forfait était à craindre. Arnaud Clément avait en effet abandonné la semaine dernière au deuxième tour à Bâle, face à l'Argentin David Nalbandian. Touché au quadriceps droit, "La Clé" a fait un essai dimanche en espérant un miracle. Il tenait évidemment à tenter sa chance dans un tournoi qui lui tient à coeur, mais le corps médical l'a ramené à la raison.
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This BNP Paribas Masters 2003 will unfortunately dispute without Arnaud Clément. The Inhabitant of Aix officialized his forfeit, because of an injury to the right thigh, the quadriceps. He will be replaced in the draw by the lucky-loser Dominik Hrbaty.

This forfeit was expected. Arnaud Clément had indeed retired last week in the second round in Basle, against the Argentinian David Nalbandian. Hurt in the right quadriceps, "La Clé" carried out a test Sunday, hoping for a miracle. He obviously made a point of trying his chance at a tournament that is very dear to his heart, but the medical profession made him see reason.

10-27-2003, 03:33 PM

I'm going to forget 2003 quickly.
I wait for Seb, then I stop with tennis until the australian, 2004 can't be worse than this bloody year .

10-27-2003, 05:40 PM
In spite of y total disappointment after paulo's defeat, I watched richard's match, and now, i am still more disapointed and disguted bu tennis !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You have to know that Richard played very well, I was very impressed !
He was leading 3/1 in the second set !
Then, he got 6 match points in the tier break !!!!!!!
Then, he lost 6/4 in the 3th set...

Realy, this evening, I am in a terrible state ! I'va a headache, I am tired, I'm fed up with these Frenchies who are not able to finish a match !!!
That'll teach me, to support players who don't have mental !:mad:
I don't choose the good players...

Hopefully for my mental health, The season is finished, i need a rest...nomore tennis before 2004.

10-27-2003, 05:46 PM
Marine,i'm so sorry for you that u r going to Bercy on thursday and u might not see any of ur faves. :sad:
But but...why did u take tickets for thursday when u know how crappy r french players these times? :p
apart from seb,the other ur faves werent included into seeds so u should have known that arnaud,paulo had to play their first round on monday or tuesday!neway dont think i'm bashing you,i luv you girl..i'm just desgusted by richie and pissed off by paulo. :mad:

and where is Guy?! I saw him barely once...puafff :rolleyes:

10-27-2003, 05:54 PM
You're right vale, they're craps !!!!
But it's not interesting neither to go to Bercy the first day, just to see them, to lose !
They don't deserve my presence ! :(

As regards Guy, I saw him, or rather, just caught sight of him in the box, they didn't warch him at tv !!

10-27-2003, 08:29 PM
Paulo's interview

Vous avez eu trois balles de set à 5-4 dans le premier set pour finalement perdre les dix points suivants. Que s’est-il passé ? Est-ce encore le démon de Bercy ?
Je ne savais même pas que j’avais perdu dix points d’affilée. Cela n’a rien à voir avec les démons de Bercy. Dès le début, je n’ai pas très bien joué. J’ai l’impression que je suis passé à côté du match. En jouant mal, ce n’est pas facile de gagner.

Thierry Champion, votre ancien coach, a trouvé bon votre début de match…
Je ne suis pas trop du même avis. Je ne pense pas avoir réussi mon début de match. J’ai essayé mais je pense que ce n’était pas très bon aujourd’hui. Je suis loin de mon meilleur niveau.

Quelles étaient vos sensations sur le court ?
Je pense que pour tous les joueurs, c’est agréable de venir ici puisque c’est l’un des plus beaux courts indoor. C’est toujours agréable de se retrouver sur le central de Bercy où on voudrait tout le temps bien jouer. Mais parfois on ne peut pas…

Votre saison est désormais terminée. Pouvez-vous nous faire un rapide bilan ? Quelle note vous mettriez-vous ?
C’est dur de se donner une note. Si en début d’année on m’avait dit : « Tu vas te retrouver 80eme », c’aurait été une catastrophe. C’est vrai que j’ai fait une année pourrie même si je m’en suis bien sorti sur la fin malgré tout ce qu’il m’est arrivé. Mais, en une année, c’est comme si j’avais vécu dix ans. Je suis passé par tous les états.

Que voulez-vous changer pour l’année prochaine ?
Déjà avoir un entraîneur ! (NDLR : PHM n’a pas d’entraîneur attitré en ce moment)

Avez-vous des pistes ?
Non, mais bientôt tout sera réglé. Je pense… Seul, je me suis débrouillé en rabotant à droite à gauche et j’ai beaucoup travaillé mon physique. C’est comme cela que je m’en suis sorti en fin d’année. Mais j’ai encore beaucoup de boulot.

Retenez-vous une leçon particulière à cette année difficile ?
Il en existe quinze !

Quelle est alors la principale ?
Il y en a tellement. Tous les mois, il y en avait deux ou trois qui apparaissaient. Selon moi, mes blessures aux abdominaux ont été le plus dur à gérer. Je suis un joueur qui mise beaucoup sur la confiance et en cas de pépins physiques, c’est dur de retrouver le niveau. Ensuite, j’étais seul. C’était dur à vivre…

Justement, c’est peut-être ça qu’il faut retenir : quand on est dans le pétrin, on est souvent seul.
Oui, vous le savez tous et cela ne s’applique pas qu’à moi. Je pense que je ne m’en suis pas trop mal sorti. C’est dur mais peut-être que dans dix ans, je me dirai que ce que j’ai fait était super. Même si aujourd’hui, je suis très déçu d’avoir vécu une telle saison.

10-27-2003, 11:33 PM
HHHmmmmmmmm I am saddened by their performance too....still have to watch Paulo's match but I know from what I saw last night he was playing pathetically...and I only saw the first 3 games *sigh*

Richard tho....whilst he did have 6 points I am nothing but impressed by him....had he played that match earlier this year it would have been over just as quick as it had started....his game has most definately improved from when I saw him in Janurary and his physical form is much stronger.... this is just a taste of things to come.....he didnt lose the match cos he is crap - he lost it due to lack of "big" match experience and being able to close it out is daunting...its just to bad that one of those 18 aces couldnt seal it for him.

Next year will be better.....

10-27-2003, 11:34 PM
Uuuhhhmmmm will someone please be kind enough to tell me what Paulo said in his interview?! lol

10-28-2003, 09:34 AM
shortly,he said that he played poorly yesterday and far from his best level. he said also that he had a horrible year,that if at the beginning of the year someone told him "u'll be n.80 in the world at the end of 2003" he would have answered "are u joking?".
"this year was like I've lived for 10 years..." dunno how to explain means that he feels like he's 10 years older after this year (after all the bad experiences he went tru).
then he said the first thing he's going to do is to find a coach.

10-28-2003, 12:47 PM
Fuc.... president !!!!!!!!!!
In l'equipe, it's written, about Paulo:
Guéri apparemment de ses lésions abdominales, il se dit désormais de trouver un coach au plus vite. Le président Bimes lui a refusé le même muxe qu'à Grosjean, en ne lui accordant pas le droit de prendre un entraineur fédéral.
And why ?? :fiery: I really don't undrestand why Paulo can't choose a FFT's coach, what is the problem ??? It's unfair !! He has to find a good coach and this crappy president doesn't help him !

10-28-2003, 12:48 PM
Sorry..."luxe" and not "muxe".

10-28-2003, 01:10 PM
"Arnaud on holiday" (L'equipe)

Après avoir fait un test hier matin (monday) à Bercy, Arnaud Clément a pris la décision de se retirer du tournoi. Souffrant d'une lésion musculaire à la cuisse droite depuis son abandon contre Nalbandian à Bales la semaine dernière, le numéro 2 français souffre toujours en dépit d'un week-end de repos complet.
" La douleur est toujors là, dès que je prends appui sur ma jambe droite, j'ai mal, et je ne veux pas risquer d'aggraver la blessure, disait-il hier avant de quitter le POPB. Ca aurait été ridicule d'insisiter et d'offrir un spectacle pitoyable au public. Certains peuvent jouer avec ce genre de blessure en bluffant, mais avec mon type de jeu, je ne peux rien faire si je ne suis pas à 100%. C'est d'autant plus rageant que je sentais super bien la balle, je me régalais à l'entrainement et jouer dans cette salle superbe, où l'ambiance a évolué en bien ces dernières années, ça m'exitait beaucoup. Je vais maintenant partir en vacances, au moins 2 ou 3 semaines, dont une avec Camille (son amie) quelque part au soleil".

Good holiday Arnaud and come back in good form in januar ! :kiss:

10-28-2003, 02:49 PM
Thanks Marine. I hope Nono (and Camille) have a nice holiday.

Edit - a rough translation -
After going through tests yesterday morning (monday) at Bercy, Arnaud Clément made the decision to withdraw from the tournament. Suffering from a muscular strain to the right thigh since his retirement against Nalbandian last week, the number 2 Frenchman constantly suffered during the weekend in spite of complete rest "the pain is always there, as soon as I put any weight on my right leg, I feel it badly, and I do not want to worsen the wound", he said yesterday before leaving the POPB. "It would have been ridiculous to insist (to play) and to put on a pathetic show for the public. Some can play with this kind of injury while bluffing, but with my type of game, I can't do it if I am not at 100%. It is all the more angering that I felt I was hitting the ball well, I was treated to training and playing in this superb court, where the atmosphere has developed well these last years, that excited me very much. Now I will go on holiday, for at least 2 or 3 weeks, including one with Camille (his girlfriend) somewhere sunny ".

I didn't see Richard's match, but from what I heard he gave it away. (?) I never know what kind of defeats are worse, the ones where they get pounded - or the ones where they come really close to winning. :rolleyes:

10-28-2003, 10:23 PM
omg, Camille is a very, very lucky girl. Imagine going somewhere sunny *with* Arnaud... :drool:

10-29-2003, 04:23 AM
damn her
is she even still playing? shes was ranked like 4000th last time i checked

10-29-2003, 07:09 AM
damn her
is she even still playing? shes was ranked like 4000th last time i checked

:lol: it's a jaleous girl who speaks !
She's like 200th, and she just has won a tournament the last week...

10-30-2003, 10:02 PM
marine,could u write a little report on ur day in Bercy,plz? thanks! :kiss:

11-01-2003, 12:11 AM
:lol: it's a jaleous girl who speaks !
She's like 200th, and she just has won a tournament the last week...

lol shhhhh
200th?!!! in my world thats considered pretty crap

11-01-2003, 12:11 AM
marine!! what happened in bercy?!

11-01-2003, 04:06 PM
Lindsayfan, I tried to get pics of Guy for you, but the sightings were all in the evening (he looks like the Michelin Man in his down parka!) Sorry.

Paris was a blast, spotted Nono once, not looking particularly well. He definately needs a bit of sun, as he was looking rather pallid and tired.

Saw lots of South American and Spanish boys. I caught the Gasquet-Gaudio match. Richard put up quite a fight and had such wonderful support from the spectators, but Gaston pulled it out (I thought it was going to be a blowout, actually.)

But I now have another Frenchie to follow: Julien Benneteau. Not only does he look like DiP, he plays like him as well!!!!! I look forward to seeing him play more often.

Who here can tell me the name of Llodra's coach? Just wondering.

11-01-2003, 11:05 PM
what you mean by saying that Guy looks like the Michelin Man? :confused:
could u post here all the pix of french players u took?thanks!

11-02-2003, 03:32 AM
*coughs* Michelle.....Extremely jealous of you right go to see Richie in the flesh *sigh*

11-02-2003, 02:40 PM
He's got a great game, just needs a little more mental toughness. I enjoyed watching his game but have to admit that Gaston had my attentions.... However, I still can't get the Allez Richard songs out of my head...what amazing crowd support!

Not to be jealous, as I prefer Julien when it comes to young Frenchies anyway ;)

And Lindsayfan, I sadly have NO pics of French tennis players, but will have some copies from my friend once she gets her film developed. Promise to take more come Miami... And the Michelin Man was our little joke, as Guy's parka (all puffy) kind of made him look like the Michelin Man. It was far funnier in the cafe after a bottle of Veuve, though.

11-02-2003, 04:19 PM
:lol:'s true, I saw too his parka ! lol

11-02-2003, 04:22 PM
However, I still can't get the Allez Richard songs out of my head...what amazing crowd support!

I miss that !!! If only i would had come wednesday ! :sad:

11-02-2003, 06:22 PM
what's a parka? :confused:

11-02-2003, 09:12 PM

11-02-2003, 09:51 PM
Not to be jealous, as I prefer Julien when it comes to young Frenchies anyway ;) you mean Julien Gely or am I totaly off the track here?! lol

11-02-2003, 11:01 PM
Too funny, Marine :p mdr here...I'm glad that someone else thought it was humorous, as I thought it was champagne induced madness.

To answer Lindsayfan's question, a parka is a down-filled coat which has the innate ability to render its wearer into a shapeless blob. Haven't worn one since I lived in Chicago, though!

And Julien refers to the beautiful Julien Benneteau, who happens to resemble Arnaud DiPasquale (if one has had an armagnac or two, but who's counting???) somewhat in physicality, mostly has the same game as DiP. He's a cutie. Hope he will be in Miami next year!

11-02-2003, 11:28 PM
I thought it was champagne induced madness

u mean that Guy was drunk? :eek: or it was you to be drunk? :p

11-02-2003, 11:29 PM you mean Julien Gely

Liz,u r totally obsessed with this guy :p :kiss:

11-03-2003, 01:30 AM
u mean that Guy was drunk? or it was you to be drunk?

It is always safe to presume in these situations, that it is Michelle who was drunk. :drink: :lol:

damn her
is she even still playing? shes was ranked like 4000th last time i checked


All "Camille is sh*te at tennis" jokes can be sent to me at Thank you.

11-03-2003, 09:08 AM
Liz,u r totally obsessed with this guy :p :kiss:

Obsessed???? Me?!!!!!!!!!! ;)

Michelle I didn't think it would be Mr Gely you were talking about.....Just guess I got excited cos someone else knew who he was!!! LOL

11-03-2003, 04:50 PM
All "Camille is sh*te at tennis" jokes can be sent to me at Thank you.

Special dedicace for esther ans irish... :lol::lol:

11-03-2003, 07:52 PM
to see the pic Marine has posted,click on the link but delete the IMG code or it wont work :)

11-03-2003, 08:10 PM

She looks like Martina Navratilova there. So not a good look. :rolls:

11-03-2003, 08:22 PM
LOL irish! :p I dont blame u for being jealous,I'm jealous too of u know who.. :angel:

11-04-2003, 12:38 AM
LMFAO Marine you are evil!! ;)

11-04-2003, 07:25 PM
Vale is evil too, Liz, cos she said me if she sees a pic like that with paulo, she'll send me it ! :eek:
Seriously, i think i will be a very nice girl right now ! Don't want see an horror !! :ignore:

11-04-2003, 09:57 PM

Well maybe you would enjoy this picture Marine...not tennis I know (sorry ppl) but I don't think I will be catching you on MSN anytime here you go. I laughed so hard when I saw it!!!

11-04-2003, 09:58 PM

Well maybe you would enjoy this picture Marine...not tennis I know (sorry ppl) but I don't think I will be catching you on MSN anytime here you go. I laughed so hard when I saw it!!!

He looks like a criminal

11-04-2003, 10:03 PM
who the hell is this man? :eek:

11-05-2003, 02:52 AM
Vale....he plays for the French rugby team....his name is Frederic Michelak...usually he is better looking

This photo is just as bad as the one on Paulo's ATP profile...lmfao

11-05-2003, 05:40 AM

In this report, he's cuter !

11-06-2003, 07:11 AM
lol @ paulo's profile pic
ahhh no...the word was convict wasnt liz? LOL

11-06-2003, 07:21 AM
Arrr yes....convict...SHUT UP lol

11-06-2003, 04:18 PM
French rugbymen love sydney beach ! lol ...

11-06-2003, 07:26 PM
<<booking tickets to Oz>>

I am so there.

11-06-2003, 11:45 PM
That's it you come and swim at my beach.....

(So what if I have to fill a blow up pool with water and surround it by sand.....It's the thought that counts)

11-07-2003, 10:56 PM
hehehe convict
ok i'll be quiet now *runs off*

11-07-2003, 11:07 PM
this pic is for you,Liz! :) it's totally off topic but I know u'll appreciate it! ;) :p

11-08-2003, 01:32 AM
Christ all mighty :eek:

Are you trying to kill me here Vale?! :lol:
Verrryyyy beautiful pic, thanking you...Haven't seen him in soooo long...hasn't changed one bit ;)

11-08-2003, 07:02 AM
Who is ?

11-08-2003, 10:52 AM
Yeah it is Angel...... :)

Marine he is a singer from a band called 'Blue' you might know them I don't know?!

11-08-2003, 11:55 AM
BLUE ROCKS! (just bought their new cd..!) ;)

11-10-2003, 10:06 AM is the Paulo look alike.....He is older now of course ;)

11-16-2003, 05:27 PM
He looks like a criminal

Aw, Michalak! My friend sent me an OBSCENE naked piccie of him. Sadly, I deleted it. But even if I hadn't, it would be too rude to post here! :p Why, why, why could he not do the business for me today!?!?!? :hysteric::hysteric::hysteric: I wanted a AUS/France final!!!!!

Now I will have to hope and pray that Gorgeous George and the Wallabies win for me. :inlove:

Sorry. No more rugby talk. I'm all done. :tape:

11-16-2003, 05:32 PM
Yeah it is Angel...... :)

Marine he is a singer from a band called 'Blue' you might know them I don't know?!

OK, Still :topic:. Ooops.

Liz + Vale - I didn't know Blue were popular outside of the UK. Lee? Really? :unsure: