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Seb's 2004 season

wilma
11-07-2003, 02:11 PM
People, lets get serious and discuss Seb's 2004 season. What should be his points of improvement to end next years' season in higher race position?

wilma
11-07-2003, 02:17 PM
and I'll post a reply immediately just to make the number of my posts double digits (hurrah!!!).

I think first of all that he could show a bit more initiative, play a bit more aggressive. Sometimes it seems as if he's just hanging on and waiting for the other player's mistakes.

ubrunjensen
11-07-2003, 03:56 PM
It's probably not possible, but any chance he could reduce the injuries? They seem to haunt him, keep coming back to upset his schedule. I'm not a coach, don't really know how or what he can improve, but maybe the problem is more a mental one? Sometimes he seems to hold back in really important matches, as if he's too tense or nervous to play his game - at Queen's I suppose it could have been the previous injuries, but he actually looked a bit shaky, as if he couldn't quite believe that he'd made it to the final. He who hesitates loses - just my opinion. And to wait for the other's mistakes is really the worst and the dumbest thing to do! He should aim to stay in control of the match. That said I really think he has improved his serve already.

ubrunjensen
11-07-2003, 03:57 PM
By the way, does anyone know what tournaments he will play next year, apart from the Grand Slams?

Marine
11-07-2003, 04:04 PM
I've just a beginning of answer to ur question, with an interview of his coach (sorry, not in english).

03 novembre 2003


Thierry Tulasne, quel bilan tirez-vous de la saison de Sébastien ?
- On a fait le bilan ensemble et on s’est dit qu’on venait de vivre une année positive dans la mesure où Sébastien termine dans les dix premiers mondiaux. C’est honorable, surtout quand on sait qu’il a joué diminué à Roland-Garros et à l’US Open. Il a en plus raté quatre Masters Series. Alors terminer 10e dans ces conditions est positif. S’il n’avait pas connu ses pépins physiques, il aurait gagné sa place pour le Masters. Je trouve qu’il a progressé dans son jeu, notamment techniquement. L’objectif au début de l’année était d’améliorer son jeu vers l’avant, son service et d’aller plus souvent à la volée. C’est ce qu’il a fait, tout en améliorant également son revers. Physiquement, il est aujourd’hui plus puissant du haut du corps. Maintenant, il faut continuer ce travail pour qu’il puisse jouer une saison entière sans la moindre blessure.

Pour vous, quels sont les temps forts de sa saison ?
- Sans hésitation, l'Open d'Australie et Wimbledon. Il a très bien joué sur ces deux tournois du grand chelem. Malheureusement, il n’a pas gagné de titres cette année. Il s’est arrêté deux fois en finale, au Queen’s et à Tokyo, mais il lui a manqué un petit quelque chose pour gravir la dernière marche. En tout cas, nous avons pris énormément de plaisir à passer l’année ensemble. On s’entend bien, il y a une confiance réciproque, un respect mutuel et chaque journée passée ensemble était très agréable. C’est pour ça que nous sommes très contents de continuer notre route ensemble.

Finalement, terminer 10eme mondial en ayant connu des blessures et des passages à vide est plutôt encourageant pour 2004.
- Tout à fait. Et aujourd’hui, Sébastien en a encore plus conscience qu’avant. Il sait qu’il est capable de rivaliser avec les meilleurs mondiaux. Maintenant, tout est lié à son physique. S’il arrivait à faire une saison sans se blesser, je pense qu’il aurait la confiance qui lui a manqué en cette fin de saison pour mieux jouer les points importants. Ça a été son problème sur les trois derniers tournois et ça lui a peut-être coûté sa place au Masters de Houston.

Pour la première fois depuis 2000, Sébastien va avoir devant lui deux mois pour préparer la saison à venir… (il coupe)
- Il va pouvoir souffler. Pendant trois semaines, il ne va quasiment pas toucher à sa raquette. C’est très important de décompresser avant de se remettre au travail. Je lui ai toutefois demandé de s’entretenir chaque jour physiquement. Il a une heure de sport à son programme. Après, il s’organise comme il veut. Il peut faire du vélo, du foot, de la natation. Du moment qu’il se bouge un peu, je suis en phase avec lui. Après ses vacances, nous attaquerons une préparation de six semaines à Boca Raton.

Contrairement aux années précédentes, Sébastien effectuera sa rentrée à l’occasion du tournoi de Doha. Pourquoi ?
- Ce tournoi a été avancé, il débute le 05 janvier. Comme il aura eu une longue coupure, il sera d’attaque pour ce tournoi qui est le plus important des trois tournois disputés au cours de cette semaine. La semaine suivante, on enchaînera avec le tournoi exhibition de Kooyong pour jouer ensuite l’Open d’Australie. Il y aura après la Coupe Davis, Rotterdam et Marseille.

Après l’US Open, Sébastien avait émis le souhait de faire l’impasse sur le 2eme tour de la Coupe Davis afin de mieux préparer Roland-Garros. Sa rencontre avec Guy Forget à Bercy l’a fait changer d’avis…
- Il a tout remis à plat avec Guy et les joueurs de l’équipe de France. Il a de nouveau envie de partager des choses avec tous ses gens. Par contre, il ne jouera que s’il se sent prêt physiquement. Par exemple, en cas de finale à l’Open d’Australie, il peut très bien demander de jouer un match sur deux au 1er tour de la Coupe Davis. Mais ça, c’est à Seb et à Guy de s’arranger. Une chose est sûre, il veut aujourd’hui continuer l’aventure.

D’autant plus que Guy Forget compte énormément sur lui, il veut en faire le leader de l’équipe de France.
- Tout à fait. Avec Guy Forget, Seb est le deuxième patron de l’équipe de France. Il se rend bien compte qu’il a aujourd’hui un rôle important à tenir dans le tennis français. C’est le leader et il veut montrer l’exemple.

La dernière chose avant de vous quitter, que peut-on vous souhaiter pour 2004 ?
- Que les blessures épargnent Sébastien. Il pourra ainsi faire une saison complète, ce qui lui permettra, je pense, d’aller loin sur un grand chelem et pourquoi pas d’en gagner un.

Marine
11-07-2003, 04:06 PM
...Doha, Kooyong, Rotterdam, Marseille, first round davis cup...

ubrunjensen
11-07-2003, 04:23 PM
Thanks for the information, Marine, but what's happening with Kooyong Classic? It doesn't show up on the list of ATP tournaments on the ATP site. I know it's in Melbourne and that Agassi sort of exterminated Grosjean in this year's final. Can you tell me more about it?

esther
11-08-2003, 12:26 AM
Kooyong is like 2 seconds from my school and Spain's going to be traning there next next week before Davis cup...i will have some stalking to do hehehe

but i've never being before. i was close to going last year but my parents were being tight so i couldnt...but its a round robin tournament and its EXHIBITION so thats why its not an 'atp' tournament...they dont get any Race poitns from it, its purely just match practise.

obviously the injury thing is the biggest problem. maybe along with motviation some of the time *rolls eyes* but they say that every year and theyre obviously trying to arrange his schedule so it reduces the risk of him having to take that time around RG-Wimby off coz of injury but like theyve experienced in the last few years its not that easy...

hopefully the whole not playign DC round two will make a difference because we all know how well he can play without injury and who knows what will happen next year if he can avoid them!!!!!!

ubrunjensen
11-08-2003, 09:55 AM
So that's the explanation. Always wondered why I couldn't find it anywhere on ATP lists. So he didn't really make it to 3 finals, did he, as Kooyong is just for practise...still, he must have beaten a few players to earn the right to get whipped by Agassi! Let's hope he stays injury-free next year and makes it to Masters!

wilma
11-08-2003, 10:13 AM
I agree with you Ulla, about the mental problems (seemed the same in his semi final at Wimbledon. Maybe he should hire a mental coach (yuk).
And the aggressive playing style is maybe just not in line with his character (bless him).

Maybe he should pick his tournaments more selectively to stay injury free.

Thank you Marine for the Thierry Tulasne interview. I will have to decipher it first, though.

esther
11-09-2003, 12:10 AM
with the wimby semi final...as shattered as i was about that, mark did really play too well

about kooyong... he would have LOST to malisse, but luckily malisse retired...he played a great match against Philippousis (i was watching that last night :D ) and played a crap match against Agassi

Lizan
11-09-2003, 01:46 PM
What I always notice is that he always makes so many mistakes at the most important points. I can get soooo frusterated and sooo angry.. But I don't know if you can work on that, it's maybe the mental thing you guys mentioned..

Service is going pretty well the last few times. You can really see that he's working really hard on that..
The thing he really has to work on is his backhand.. Players who play against him, always attack his backhand, because he has a forehand that's really amazing and everybody knows that, so they attack his backhand and I think that it's not his strongest thing. So yeah that's what I think.

So Seb is coming to Rotterdam, sooooo cool. I'll go there this year, I hope he won't get injured and will make it to the quarters then!!
Esther so funny you gonna stalk Seb :lol:.. If I was there I would help ya..

esther
11-10-2003, 09:15 AM
ooh lizan u havent seen half of it
me and liz have a whole list...should update that

1) FRENCHIE AIRBRUSHED TUTUS

2) Liz will have "i'm with jesus --->" written over her top and will get photo with Nico...will be very pleasant surprise for him for his return i'm sure.

3) Kidnap juniors

4) Get a 'Little Spanish Flea' ringtone and make it go off during JC match

5) Get JC to jig LOL

6) Liz will ask Richie for 4some...or will narrow it down to 3some so we can say 'menage a trois'

7) Ask Roger if we can borrow his cow

8) Give cow to mario

9) Pretend its our bdays and get people to either a) say happy birthday or b) just sign happy bday or better still c) sing us happy bday in english or prefered language

10) Kill Thierry Champion

*~*~Then there is the boring normal stuff...~*~*

11) Get Passing Potes signed

12) Go to qualifying - for Joachim and Vinciguerra maybe- and hopefully see heaps of ppl training.

13) Maybe we'll get time in our busy schedule to do some match watching?? ie Arnaud, Seb, Paulo, Coria, Richie, JC, Marat, Mario, Carlos, Rafy, Nico, James, Younes and juniors...including Jo Jo...and if you drug me first...Andy.

ADDED IN:
14) Buy Seb shampoo and shorts

15) Buy Arnaud a razor and headband

16) Play 'Infatuation' for guille...and LIZ will shimmy LOL

17) Get chips for Arnaud

18) Nutella Crepes for Paulo

19) Buy pimple and face cream for Ferrero

20) Take Paulo to Aix

esther
11-10-2003, 09:17 AM
maybe i shouldnt have posted that on such a public site
lool

ubrunjensen
11-10-2003, 09:21 AM
You really do some serious planning when you decide to stalk poor innocent people! Wish I were there with you...would be prepared to do all sorts of silly stuff to make Grosjean, Ferrero, Coria & Nalbandian take notice!

wilma
11-10-2003, 09:55 AM
that's quite a busy schedule you've got there esther. are you going like the full two weeks!? wish i could be there though.

esther
11-10-2003, 10:12 AM
Wish I were there with you...would be prepared to do all sorts of silly stuff to make Grosjean, Ferrero, Coria & Nalbandian take notice!

yes but nalbandian is on the hit list

no i'm not going for the whole two weeks...my parenst are really mean and i wouldnt be allowed to...but like i said in another thread i'm hoping to go for qualifying, one day in the first week and one day in the second week :D

Lizan
11-10-2003, 06:02 PM
hehe Esther, good planning.. But i don't know if you gonna make it all in just two days.. But you have to tell me all about it when you have done all those things.. It must be hilarious!!!!

wilma
11-13-2003, 01:51 PM
found this on the internet:

The name of Sebastien incorporates a potential aptitude for concentration and patient, logical thought along mechanical or scientific lines. You tend to prefer to follow normal routine rather than cope with the disruption and uncertainty entailed in trying something new. You gravitate to situations where you have stability and the opportunity to make slow step-by-step progress, preferably in a technical field. Procrastination and lack of self-confidence may restrict your success.

well, that explains everything then

wilma
11-13-2003, 01:55 PM
and to make things complete:

The name of Seb creates a very aggressive and independent nature, one with big ambitions, giving you original, progressive, large-scale ideas, salesmanship and promotional ability as well as the excellent business judgment which enables you to gain the financial accumulation to which you feel entitled. You have a versatile, restless nature, and could do any job well, although you would not like to do menial tasks. You are seldom satisfied and are always seeking something new.

well... i don't know; better not believe in these ancient kabbalistic numerology teachings

ubrunjensen
11-13-2003, 03:49 PM
Where exactly did you find this? I know you shouldn't believe in this stuff, but it's fun to read about, and for years I've been interested in reading in tarotcards. Got my first deck of tarotcards from a university friend who knew how to do it, and he taught me how to interpret the cards. It's great fun if you are careful not to believe your life's going to be exactly what the cards tell you.
Poor Grosjean! Maybe he should change his name? Or just drop Sébastien and call himself Seb all the time?

wilma
11-13-2003, 03:57 PM
hey Ulla, I don't believe this! which tarot packs do you use? I have Rider and the Marseille. Did a tarot course once, but the teacher was a very fuzzy lady, so i didn't pick up much. I like to lay the cards though; makes me feel like an old gipsy woman. I can't interpret them really.
Maybe we should tell Seb's fortune...
i will have to search for the site again where i found this (was sth with kabbalah)

ubrunjensen
11-13-2003, 04:16 PM
Yes! I knew I couldn't be the only one...
I have three different decks: a King Arthur one (which I hate! A good friend gave it to me, but the drawings are just awful, all in pansy pastelshades and people looking like early 1980's models!), the Oswald Wirth deck (that I never use coz I don't like their look, also got it as a present) and finally the Aleister Crowley's (my first deck, from a friend who loved to hear her fortunes). I use the Aleister Crowley, but learned how to interpret the tarot with the Mythic Tarot. They are plain ugly, in my opinion, but they closely follow the Greek myths and that made it easier for me to remember which card meant what.
When you say the Rider Tarot, do you mean the Rider-Waite? They're lovely and very much in tune with the year 1910.
I don't really believe the tarot cards can tell your future - but I still buy books about how to read them! And usually I make a New Year's spread for some of my friends every New Year. It's fun as long as they don't dictate your life.

wilma
11-13-2003, 04:17 PM
Ulla, the site is: www.kabalarians.com

ubrunjensen
11-13-2003, 04:19 PM
Would be SO MUCH FUN to read Grosjean's future! Unfortunately we can't do that becoz it would require him to participate in the ritual, he has to pick the cards himself in order to make it real...

wilma
11-13-2003, 04:23 PM
yes i mean rider-waite. i first got the marseille as a present, but on the course i was the only one who used that deck. fuzzy lady had also never worked with the marseille deck (strange, i thought it was a very important basic deck), so i bought the rider set then. i have two or three (very cheap) books. i don't believe in this stuff, but i like the air of mystery surrounding it.

ubrunjensen
11-13-2003, 04:27 PM
Thank you, Wilma, this is fun! The scary thing is that I actually think their description of my name hits the mark very well! I prefer to work at my own speed and with no pressure...

ubrunjensen
11-13-2003, 04:32 PM
Precisely! When I was taught how to lay a spread my friend used to light black candles and lay the cards on a special black cloth while playing sort of Celtic mood music! And we always did it late at night.
Ups! This is getting like a thread for tarots, maybe I should try and remember it's really about Grosjean!

wilma
11-13-2003, 04:48 PM
hmmmmm, the description to my name is rather accurate as well. what does that mean for poor sebastien?!?

ubrunjensen
11-13-2003, 04:55 PM
Don't care to think about it coz it would probably mean that he will NEVER win a Grand Slam or Masters or become world number one! And that's just too sad for words! Besides, remember, we don't really believe in this stuff!