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arnaud and the australian open...

Marine
01-17-2004, 05:41 PM
from yahoo sport:

"Arnaud Clément heureux de retrouver l'Open d'Australie"



MELBOURNE (AP) - "L'Open d'Australie n'est évident pour personne, voilà pourquoi il s'agit du Grand Chelem comprenant le plus grand nombre de surprises." Dixit Arnaud Clément, blessé et absent du rendez-vous de Melbourne l'an dernier, qui se réjouit de retrouver dès la semaine prochaine cette épreuve si particulière.

Pour Clément, âgé de 26 ans, l'Open n'est vraiment pas un tournoi comme les autres. Et s'il s'y sent si bien, c'est probablement parce que se mélangent dans sa tête le plaisir du lieu, un art de vivre tout en décontraction où le sport joue un rôle moteur, et aussi quelques souvenirs tennistiques. Clément, en effet, avait disputé contre toute attente la finale du tournoi sur le central de Melbourne Park en 2001.

Aucun Français dans l'ère Open (depuis 1968) n'a pu faire aussi bien. Après sa défaite en finale face à Andre Agassi, le Français avait lâché: "Ce sera peut-être la seule finale de Grand Chelem que je jouerai de ma vie!"

Trois ans plus tard qu'en pense-t-il? "Ça c'est produit une fois et je crois être meilleur actuellement qu'en 2001. Donc pourquoi pas? Mais il existe certains champions -des mecs comme (Roger) Federer, comme (Andre) Agassi, un (Juan Carlos) Ferrero sur la terre battue- qui sont dans une autre catégorie. Le jour où ils sont au 'top', ils sont supérieurs à tout le monde. Et s'ils se rencontrent entre eux, ça donne des rencontres de légendes comme celles entre Agassi et Pete Sampras."

"S'il l'on croise un type pareil -et c'est en Grand Chelem qu'il risque d'être le plus dangereux- alors il ne te reste qu'à reconnaître: 'Bravo, tu m'as battu et il n'y a rien à dire'."

Clément avoue avoir eu de la chance en 2001, aussi bien dans le tirage que lors de son quart de finale contre Yevgeni Kafelnikov et de sa demi-finale contre Sébastien Grosjean, des duels à rebondissements où Clément s'était montré très opportuniste: "Et physiquement, j'étais alors assez monstrueux!"

En 2003, blessé, l'Aixois a d'abord perdu les deux premiers mois de sa saison puis vu son bel élan de fin d'année (victoire à Metz et finale à Lyon) coupé, une nouvelle blessure l'empêchant de s'aligner à Bercy: "Mais 3 finales dont une gagnée et terminer 31e mondial malgré 2-3 mois de gâchés, je me dis que ce n'était pas une mauvaise année."

Ce progrès lui a-t-il donné des idées pour 2004? "J'ai envie de me balader dans les 20 premiers (mondiaux) et voir si je ne peux pas aller plus haut. Et je voudrais gagner deux tournois."

Aucune finale de Coupe Davis n'étant venu couper leur repos et leur préparation hivernale, certains Français semblent requinqués. C'est le cas de Nicolas Escudé, revenu après six mois d'absence et une opération à la hanche pour remporter le tournoi du Qatar. Et aussi de Michael Llodra, qui s'est débarrassé de son étiquette de spécialiste du double pour atteindre la finale du simple à Adelaïde.

"Ce qu'a fait 'Scud' est assez étonnant, mais il y a des joueurs qui sentent la balle plus naturellement que d'autres", a souligné Clément. "Seb aussi est capable de pareils coups. Et Jérôme Golmard aussi l'a fait. Et vous savez, les Français sont nombreux. Il y a pratiquement toujours un d'entre nous qui joue bien !" .

GO ARNAUD, HAVE FUN IN MELBOURNE ! :bounce:
You have loyal fans here...

Via
01-17-2004, 08:23 PM
thanx marine!!! :)

esther
01-18-2004, 02:34 AM
he does have loyal fans doesnt he?!! i'm glad you used the word 'loyal' and not somethign else hehe

Arnaud is happy to be in Australia

MELBOURNE (AP) - The Australia Open is the most 'open' of all the grand slams, which is why there are always so many surprises. Arnaud Clément, injured and absent last year, is back next week to Melbourne to see how he goes this time around.

For Clément, 26 years old, The australian open isn't like any other. He loves this laid-back country and has many fond memories here. Clément, actually, played the final of this tournament on centre court in 2001.

No other French player in the Open era (since 1968) has done as well. After his loss against Andre, the Frenchie said, "I will may be the only final i reach in a grand slam that i will play in my life!!"

So, what does he think 3 years later? "I think i'm playing better than how i was 3 years ao. So why not? But there are some guys like Federer, like Agassi, a Ferrero on clay- they are in a league of their own. When they are playing well, they are 'superior', they are above everyoen else. And if they play each other, they have great matches which are similar to legendary matches betwen AGassi and Sampras."


Clément admits to being lucky in 2001, although having to play Kafel in the quarters and Seb in the semis. He fought hard and played well and according to Arnaud himself, 'physically, i was in great shape!!"

In 2003, injured, the man from Aix lost the first two months of the year but had a successful end of season (victory in Metz and final at Lyon) . "Three finals in which i won one and ending 31st in the world after not having played 2 months of the year, i dont think i've had such bad year at all."

How does he think he'll go in 2004? "I want to finish in the top 20 and see if i can go even better if i do that. I would like to win 2 tournaments also."

With the absence of a Davis Cup final appearance last year, the French palyers took advantage of the time off and this has paid off. Nicolas Escude came back after having 6 months off due to injury and won the Qatar tournament two weeks ago. Llodra also reached the final of Adelaide.


"What's amazing about 'Scud' is that he is one of those players who hits the ball so naturally...he finds it so much easier than most other players. Seb is one of those players who can hit any shot. Jerome Golmard can too. And you know, there are a lot of Frenchies around at the moment. There's practically always at least of us who is doing well!"

esther
01-18-2004, 02:59 AM
Marine- i've been REALLY lazy and having been checking French sites AT all this year and i dont know when i'll get back to doing that ...so lazy...so please post any articles!!! Thanks :)

CooCooCachoo
01-18-2004, 08:05 AM
Well, I hope Arnaud does well in Melbourne! He is one of the best players on tour, in my opinion!

Marine
01-18-2004, 08:27 AM
Marine- i've been REALLY lazy and having been checking French sites AT all this year and i dont know when i'll get back to doing that ...so lazy...so please post any articles!!! Thanks :)

I just put them , don't feel obliged to read and translate them ! :p
But i'm going to stop, ok...

irishface
01-18-2004, 04:55 PM
Thanks Marine and Esther.

I hope he wins those two tourneys he's looking for. Allez Arnaud!

Via
01-18-2004, 10:43 PM
arnaud is playing davydenko right now..... 1st set is on serve.... ALLEZ ARNAUD!!!!!!!! :)

Marine
01-18-2004, 11:54 PM
i'm watching, arnaud leads 2sets 0 .

Via
01-19-2004, 12:03 AM
yes, and camille plays on the next court too :)

i gotta go now.... good luck to arnaud and all other frenchies!!!!!

irishface
01-19-2004, 01:47 AM
7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 1-5????

The little grumpy one is trying to prove Via and me wrong after we were talking about how good he is at five setters. :banghead:

I'm disgusted. He better have bloody good excuse for this.

irishface
01-19-2004, 01:56 AM
Last set 2-6.

:rolleyes:

xuzizhen
01-19-2004, 02:23 AM
5555555555

Via
01-19-2004, 03:43 AM
WHAT HAPPENNEDDDDD???????? :eek:

i left home thinking that the match was in the bag!!!! (guess arnaud must have thought the same)

:fiery:
:shout:
:sad:

Marine
01-19-2004, 05:27 AM
i stoped to watch at the 4th set, i was too disguted !!!!!!!
it seems he has troubles, i don't know why, but big problems !!!
:sad: :sad: :sad:

I AM SO SAD, he was playing so well before going to the toilets....

ESther , I SEW YOU AT TV !!!!!!!!!
with ur tutu, ur french flad and ur digital cam' ! lol

Via
01-19-2004, 05:41 AM
esther i hope u didnt do nething to arnaud in the toilet!!... lol

tell us all about it......

CooCooCachoo
01-19-2004, 08:01 AM
OK Arnaud won't like the AO that much anymore after this.. Ugh! This is really sad and I hadn't expected it either, since Davydenko hadn't been doing too well.

esther
01-19-2004, 09:35 AM
i stoped to watch at the 4th set, i was too disguted !!!!!!!
it seems he has troubles, i don't know why, but big problems !!!
:sad: :sad: :sad:

I AM SO SAD, he was playing so well before going to the toilets....

ESther , I SEW YOU AT TV !!!!!!!!!
with ur tutu, ur french flad and ur digital cam' ! lol

LLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL
I WAS ON FRENCH TV?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

esther
01-19-2004, 09:35 AM
esther i hope u didnt do nething to arnaud in the toilet!!... lol

tell us all about it......

*sigh*
i dont want to talk about the match
was depressing
go seb
lol

esther
01-19-2004, 09:36 AM
I just put them , don't feel obliged to read and translate them ! :p
But i'm going to stop, ok...

no dont stop posting them please coz i never check sites nemore so i need to see whats going on from here...

esther
01-19-2004, 09:37 AM
i stoped to watch at the 4th set, i was too disguted !!!!!!!
it seems he has troubles, i don't know why, but big problems !!!
:sad: :sad: :sad:

I AM SO SAD, he was playing so well before going to the toilets....

ESther , I SEW YOU AT TV !!!!!!!!!
with ur tutu, ur french flad and ur digital cam' ! lol

HOW LONG WAS IN ON TV FOR?!! DETAILS PLEASE...how much of seb's match did u see?! it was a great match.

ohhhhh u mean ARNAUDS MATCH...
details please oh how exciting...did you tape it?
did i look really angry?! coz i was so mad from the third set on
did you see Rebel next to me?

CooCooCachoo
01-19-2004, 11:21 AM
Lol did you get anyone to tape the match so you can watch yourself? ;)

michelleg
01-19-2004, 01:46 PM
Did you have anyone take pics of you in your tutu??

WTF is up with Nono??? Let's blame his loser coach for it.

Marine
01-19-2004, 02:19 PM
http://s3.invisionfree.com/French_Musketeers/index.php?showtopic=31&st=0&#entry484738

michelleg
01-19-2004, 08:17 PM
Mrc bcp, Marine...its been hard to keep up with all of these boards lately...

Via
01-19-2004, 08:53 PM
i don't think arnaud's match was broadcast anywhere in australia (although i hadn't thought of trying cable tv at the time) so esther couldn't have taped it.

how about marine sending a tape, together with champagne or whatever she has to send for losing her bet?? ;)

esther
01-20-2004, 09:02 AM
the match wouldnt have been on tv...but wait for maybe highlites at the end of the tournament of pyscho fans? LOL

esther
01-20-2004, 09:04 AM
so marine u didnt tape it?! and answer my questions!!

Via
01-22-2004, 06:18 AM
arnaud has won his other first round, phew.....

Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Arnaud Clement (FRA)
def. Harel Levy (ISR)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
6/7(3) 6/4 6/1

esther
01-22-2004, 06:47 AM
yay for arnaud
prazz will be back to see their next match on saturday (if my mum doesnt murder me first) so i am going to prove i didnt lie about the book!!

Via
01-22-2004, 07:05 AM
lucky u........ u have seen arnaud soooo many times this week *jealous*

the last time he signed my book, he lost the match straight afterwards ;p

esther
01-22-2004, 09:17 AM
ugh we've got people over and theyre all...'why are you going so much blah blah blah youre going to get burnt why dont u just watch it on tv?!"

soooooo annoying people just do NOT understand!! lol *sigh* neway yeah i've cn arnaud but at least he doesnt think youre a freak, Via....he's always going to remember you as the first Australian person he has seen to have Passing Potes!! Seb should have thought the same about me and rebel but he wasnt too excited so has probably forgotten lol

Via
01-22-2004, 08:37 PM
are u burnt too, esther?? lol.... my face now has uneven dark patches so much so that i will have to use foundation if i need to be presentable lol..

haha..... it's pretty hard to compare what impressions we have left on arnaud, or would that be none at all?? if you are freakish then i am creepy !!!! :devil: don't know what he prefers more......

but i am sure when there are TWO passing potes books presented to him on saturday by you and prazz, that will guarantee another good day ;)

Via
01-22-2004, 08:41 PM
but wait....... its today???

court 6
3.Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd. Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Arnaud Clement (FRA)
vs. Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)[2]
Max Mirnyi (BLR)[2]

Via
01-23-2004, 08:40 PM
arnaud out of the aus open this year: :sad:

Julien Benneteau FRA
Arnaud Clement FRA 7(7) 4 4
Mahesh Bhupathi IND (2)
Max Mirnyi BLR (2) 6(4) 6 6

esther
01-26-2004, 09:57 AM
are u burnt too, esther?? lol.... my face now has uneven dark patches so much so that i will have to use foundation if i need to be presentable lol..

haha..... it's pretty hard to compare what impressions we have left on arnaud, or would that be none at all?? if you are freakish then i am creepy !!!! :devil: don't know what he prefers more......

but i am sure when there are TWO passing potes books presented to him on saturday by you and prazz, that will guarantee another good day ;)

Yeah i've got these disgusting dark patches on my face too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have never used foundation IN MY LIFE...i've never wanted to but i think i will have to after this

LOL @ don't know what he prefers more...

Yeah ...he was pretty impressed by us BOTH having Passing Potes...read my report from Friday...he said hello to me!!! *felt so loved*