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07-13-2008 09:57 AM
Kezzi
Re: Grass season 2008

I guess that if Arno's has the same idea of holiday as I have, he would have got plenty of holidays the last years
I work all of my summer holiday except for 1 week and I also work during my school on the days that I don't have to go
Tennistournaments always feel like miniholidays to me, because you're in your own country, but it's very different at the grounds than outside with all those foreign people
07-12-2008 08:14 PM
Hangdog
Re: Grass season 2008

A big family holiday?
I suppose Micka should first of all take a proper care of all his injuries to be well prepared for the Beijing action.

As for the holiday, there was an interview some 10 days ago (sorry if I doublepost it, I might miss some of the previous posts ) where Arnaud mentioned that when he had hard times and had to play Challengers he believed that maybe he should go on holidays instead - to find back an ability to enjoy his game. And he added that he actually hadn't got "bonnes vacances" for 1.5 years! That makes me thinking that we have a different idea of what holiday is...
07-10-2008 03:02 PM
Marine
Re: Grass season 2008

in his last interview, micka said he uses to go on holiday with arnaud, so maybe...
but micka isn't supposed to still be on holiday ! he lost early in wimbledon, went earlier on holiday, now he should be back at work to prepare the hard season...
07-10-2008 02:07 PM
sandy83S
Re: Grass season 2008

my best friend heard this morning at the radio " europe1" they spoke about the Olympic Games and the qualification of Arnaud and Mika for the double in tennis

and the journalist added that for the moment they benefitted from a few days of holidays with also Nolwenn! I don't know if they left on holiday all together! Maybe, before the Olympic Games they go to practise on the beach!
07-09-2008 07:56 AM
Kezzi
Re: Grass season 2008

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Originally Posted by sandy83S View Post
my brother returned yesterday evening from Wimbledon, He would have liked to see the match Federer/Nadal but his plane was yesterday after midday!

He spent 15 days enthralling, and he really appreciated to see Arnaud in a better form, playing a tennis of better quality and to take again confidence! Now my brother also spent a good moment looking at Bruno and Nolwenn who are certainly supporters out of gold!!!!

Nolwenn seems really well to hear with the 2 brothers "Clément", and she seems well to know the play of Arnaud;
(at the same time considering she was already with him in Roland Garros in 2007, I don't know if they already were together but they were quite close, and after I saw with the master of Paris Bercy in November, and she very also concentrated on the match this day )

My brother could spoken a little in Cédric Pioline and trainer of R Gasquet! they are spoken tennis, coaching; etc… He took councils them for his coaching !
I agree!

Maybe she'll be at Bercy again, my sister and I would like to go
We were planning a city trip to Paris around that time, so hopefully we can go to the tournament too.
07-09-2008 07:53 AM
Kezzi
Re: Grass season 2008

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Originally Posted by Via View Post
let's hope so, he certainly needs to be a lot better than what he had been before wimbly, for the doubles to work well in beijing, his other dream
I hope Nolwenn joins him, she is such a good supporter that I think she should stop singing and travel fulltime with Arno and Bruno

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aahhh it's not the same not getting to the semis, even if they are both 'sure loss'... the ranking points are a lot more! (even if they don't care about the extra money)
I really wanted Arno to get to the semis! Apart from ranking points and money, there would be someone beautiful to look at in semis

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it's amazing how some posters here thought he's more keen to go on holidays than to play wimbly! it hasn't turned out all that bad
In Rosmalen I already got the idea that Arno was excited to play Wimbly, he was just so happy and motivated. I'm happy we saw that at the matches in Londen too.

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i was also looking at livescores what could you expect, of course tv showed the womens semis.
I was at work, but I had permission to watch the scoreboard. Just to be safe I asked my manager, because otherwise I might have to close it when someone found out

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i am -6.0 in one eye, and -4.75 in another (that's why i've always been a bit amused by all that fuss about arnaud's sight problems)
Yeah, if he can do well without glasses there's nothing to make a fuss
I really didn't know he doesn't really have to wear glasses. But I think he should keep wearing them, I can see the ball much better when wearing sunglasses, so I expect it's the same for Arno And they look cool
07-07-2008 08:22 PM
soulage
Re: Grass season 2008

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Originally Posted by Via View Post
i am -6.0 in one eye, and -4.75 in another (that's why i've always been a bit amused by all that fuss about arnaud's sight problems)
On the website of his sponsor Oakley, the reason of the glasses is explained if some people are interested
Quote:
In tennis, little things can have a big impact. Whether a ball is going to be on the line or out can be the difference between winning and losing. About ten years ago, my mom started telling me that I wasn’t always hitting the ball in the middle of my racket. She thought I had a problem with my eyes — and I did. An Oakley rep working in France brought me some product to try out and a ton of knowledge on their performance benefits. Suddenly, my big problem had a simple solution.
http://oakley.com/visionaries/arnaud_clement
07-07-2008 02:27 PM
sandy83S
Re: Grass season 2008

my brother returned yesterday evening from Wimbledon, He would have liked to see the match Federer/Nadal but his plane was yesterday after midday!

He spent 15 days enthralling, and he really appreciated to see Arnaud in a better form, playing a tennis of better quality and to take again confidence! Now my brother also spent a good moment looking at Bruno and Nolwenn who are certainly supporters out of gold!!!!

Nolwenn seems really well to hear with the 2 brothers "Clément", and she seems well to know the play of Arnaud;
(at the same time considering she was already with him in Roland Garros in 2007, I don't know if they already were together but they were quite close, and after I saw with the master of Paris Bercy in November, and she very also concentrated on the match this day )

My brother could spoken a little in Cédric Pioline and trainer of R Gasquet! they are spoken tennis, coaching; etc… He took councils them for his coaching !
07-04-2008 01:04 AM
Via
Re: Grass season 2008

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Originally Posted by soulage View Post
He thinks this tournament and this match will help him for the end of the season ( we hope also )
let's hope so, he certainly needs to be a lot better than what he had been before wimbly, for the doubles to work well in beijing, his other dream

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Originally Posted by soulage View Post
We all know that he would have lost against Nadal but reach the semi-final was the "little dream"
aahhh it's not the same not getting to the semis, even if they are both 'sure loss'... the ranking points are a lot more! (even if they don't care about the extra money)

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Originally Posted by sandy83S View Post
Arnaud made a beautiful tournament, he can largely be to trust of him and like G Forget said if he continues thus he can return in the 30e better

thanks arnaud for this Wimbledon and good holidays now
it's amazing how some posters here thought he's more keen to go on holidays than to play wimbly! it hasn't turned out all that bad

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Originally Posted by Kezzi View Post
I always thought Arno was wearing contacts during practice Didn't know his prescription was that low he can play well without the glasses.
If I don't wear contacts or glasses I would probably see the ball at the moment when it hit my face
Maybe that's a little exaggerated, I have -3,25

Thanks everyone for the interviews and reports I was at work today, so I only saw livescores. I found that tiebreak in the 3rd very impressive!
i was also looking at livescores what could you expect, of course tv showed the womens semis.

i am -6.0 in one eye, and -4.75 in another (that's why i've always been a bit amused by all that fuss about arnaud's sight problems)
07-03-2008 10:00 PM
cesca
Re: Grass season 2008

I have never tried contacts either Arnaud so yay for the glasses-wearing crowd

It was a really entertaining match and I'm disappointed that he didn't win- especially with matchpoint but nevermind, he was the best looking

(Have wandered over from the Gasquet forum lol)
07-03-2008 09:44 PM
Marine
Re: Grass season 2008


I wasn't at home to watch the match but followed by sms.
It was a drama match, maybe it was better I didn't see, I would have been more disapointed a front of my tv, I would have not survived to his missed match point.

I listened to his audio itw, he was very disapointed cos he was so close from a semi final.

Anyway, yesterday, there was a great french colony in the stands to support him: Bruno, Nolwenn and 3 french golfers who are in london for the british open. All supported him loudly ! lol
07-03-2008 08:30 PM
soulage
Re: Grass season 2008

The video of the interview to hear Arnaud in English

http://mfile.akamai.com/25457/wmv/wi...072008_500.wmv
07-03-2008 07:47 PM
Kezzi
Re: Grass season 2008

I always thought Arno was wearing contacts during practice Didn't know his prescription was that low he can play well without the glasses.
If I don't wear contacts or glasses I would probably see the ball at the moment when it hit my face
Maybe that's a little exaggerated, I have -3,25

Thanks everyone for the interviews and reports I was at work today, so I only saw livescores. I found that tiebreak in the 3rd very impressive!
07-03-2008 07:20 PM
soulage
Re: Grass season 2008

On l'equipe website in french
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Arnaud CLEMENT (battu par Rainer Schüttler) : «Si c'était à refaire, je frapperais peut-être un peu plus vite la balle de match, un peu plus fort, sur le deuxième échange. Il fait un coup droit boisé, qui retombe au milieu du court. C'est un coup difficile à jouer parce qu'il est inattendu. Sur cette balle-là, j'aurais pu faire autre chose. Je n'ai sans doute pas joué la bonne zone. J'ai joué le pire des coups, milieu de court, juste pour qu'il puisse se décaler à la bonne vitesse. Mais n'est-ce pas normal à ce moment-là d'être un peu tendu? C'est mon regret... A ce niveau-là, à l'idée d'entrer en demi-finale d'un Grand Chelem, aucun adversaire ne t'offre rien. Au troisième set, même à 6-0 contre moi au tie-break, je n'ai jamais pensé que le set était perdu. Ce qui est extrêmement dommage, c'est cette double faute. Je veux lui trouver le revers et je la sors. En quart de Grand Chelem, tu n'as pas le droit de lâcher dans la tête, ne serait-ce un micro-instant. J'ai eu le mérite de m'accrocher. C'est le seul truc sur lequel je n'ai aucun regret. Il y a eu des moments tendus, avec des sets qui se sont joués à un ou deux points, et ce score qui se tenait tout le temps. On a rarement fait nos jeux de service facilement. Aujourd'hui, c'est la déception qui l'emporte. Demain, est-ce que ce ne sera pas différent ? Sincèrement, je n'en sais rien. Il y a des défaites qui m'ont fait plus mal que celle là.»
07-03-2008 06:56 PM
soulage
Re: Grass season 2008

He was just interviewed on Canal + ! He looked quite tired

He thinks that's it was 10 days very good " le meilleur tournoi depuis 100 ans " lol even if tenniscally it was not always fantastic but he was good mentally even if today he didn't really well negociate the match ball but for him Schuettler had well played the point

He thinks this tournament and this match will help him for the end of the season ( we hope also )


This is the end of the grass season 2008

Interview from the official website :

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Players
A. Clement Interview - 3 July

Thursday, 3 July 2008

R. SCHUETTLER bt A. Clément 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 8-6

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Arnaud Clément.

Q. Tough match for you, but you must have appreciated the experience: five hours plus, pretty good crowd support.

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: Interesting question. It was a fantastic match today. But when you are so close to win the match, quarterfinal in a Grand Slam, you have a match point, you have a chance on this match point, and you finally lost the match, when you're just out of the court 15 minutes, it's tough to say.

Yeah, it's a fantastic moment today. It's just a little bit hard for the moment.

Q. What were you feeling as you walked off, waved to the crowd?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I don't know. I just think I have just nothing in my head for few minutes.

Q. Tell me about what happened when the rain started falling for the final time.

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: When the rain start, they put the plastic on the court, and we went to the locker room (smiling).

No, nothing special. It wasn't Wimbledon for the 10 first days. We didn't have rain delay, so we had two today. You know, it's a little bit special when it's 6-All, 40-All. It's okay, nothing special about that.

Q. Rainer seemed to think you played two points too long.

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I don't think so. Maybe; maybe not. It's very tough to say exactly when we have to stop.

Q. Did you ever have an experience like saving six set points consecutively in the tiebreak?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: And made a double-fault at 6-All. Never (smiling).

Q. Do you think Rainer has much of a chance against Rafael Nadal tomorrow?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I really, really don't care now about the chance of Rainer tomorrow. It's a good guy. It's a very good player. He played a very good match today against me.

But I don't know if he have one chance or if he have a lot. I just lost. About the match of tomorrow, I really, really don't care.

Q. You guys normally exchange pleasantries at the net after every game. After a game like that, is there a special word between you because you played such a long match?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I think we have a lot of - there is a lot of respect between us. I just said, Very good match, Rainer, and good luck.

But it's not about the words. It's just in the eyes, the respect. You can see it in the eyes. In a few words, it's tough. Maybe we can talk about this in a few weeks. But just after the match, we cannot stay 15 minutes on the court, Yeah, good first set.

No, we have a lot of respect. Honestly, I'm happy for him, because it's a very good guy. And that's it.

Q. If you could change one thing, take one thing back, turn it out differently, besides the match point?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: Just the match point. I had the chance to hit the ball a little bit quickly, a little bit faster, and I didn't. I didn't. He took his chance and he did a winner, so just the second shot on this point.

Q. In the final rain break, did what happen to you against Santoro come into your mind?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No. It was completely different. It was at 5-All. It was because of the night. It's just 45 minutes or one hour. It's completely different when you have all night to think about. No.

Q. Do you just feel completely drained and emotionally gone at the moment?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No, no, not really. Not really. Physically it was tough today. Mentally, too. But, no, I'm not.

Q. Have you got a special plan for the semifinal, special plan in your approach?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No. I was just focused on my match today. Maybe if I did this match point I can think about the match of tomorrow. But I'm not playing tomorrow, so it's not really interesting.

Q. Do you always wear your glasses?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No. I have a little prescription, so I'm playing with when I can during the match. No, I'm not practicing with it.

Q. On a day like today, there were a lot of people taking their glasses on and off, getting cloud and sun. Is that ever troubling for you with the glasses?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No, not really. I think it's just better for me to play with my prescriptions is all.

Q. Why those instead of contacts?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: I never tried so I don't know.

Q. Pretty close to being the longest Wimbledon match ever. Do you think that will mean something to you in time to come?

ARNAUD CLÉMENT: No, I never - no. It was the longest match against Santoro in Paris. I lost it, more than six hours. When you lost a match like this, you really don't care about, Yeah, it's the longest match ever.

It's not an interesting record. The record of Federer is a little bit more interesting.
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