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09-23-2008 07:35 PM
tedlesurfeur
Re: Clay season 2008

Quote:
Originally Posted by Truc View Post
I always have the impression he's ambivalent about it too.
In every other interview he says he doesn't care about the media and doesn't want to be famouse, etc. And I believe him when he says that.
But he stresses often enough that lower ranked players get more recognition than him. He's a very proud guy and it obviously bugs him. I remember De Chaunac posting a pic of him with Gilles last year in his "Tennis Magazine" blog about the Challenger tour with the caption "A pic of Gilles Simon because he complains Tennis Magazine never talks about him".
Journalists also often say he's extremely open towards the media and so talkative - to the point that he accepts requests like this "behind the scenes" article in Roland-Garros which was a bit too much for my liking. So he also does everything to be more present in the media.
I'll ask him, hein Fran ? Prépare d'autres questions. ha ha

Fran, I gave you a WC to play Beijing this week. I care about your career, you haven't played in a while
09-23-2008 06:13 PM
Truc
Re: Clay season 2008

I always have the impression he's ambivalent about it too.
In every other interview he says he doesn't care about the media and doesn't want to be famouse, etc. And I believe him when he says that.
But he stresses often enough that lower ranked players get more recognition than him. He's a very proud guy and it obviously bugs him. I remember De Chaunac posting a pic of him with Gilles last year in his "Tennis Magazine" blog about the Challenger tour with the caption "A pic of Gilles Simon because he complains Tennis Magazine never talks about him".
Journalists also often say he's extremely open towards the media and so talkative - to the point that he accepts requests like this "behind the scenes" article in Roland-Garros which was a bit too much for my liking. So he also does everything to be more present in the media.
09-23-2008 06:07 PM
Truc
Re: Clay season 2008

Which Mathieu? PHM?

That's the usual story on MTF, the Gulbistards certainly feel the same with Ernie and Jess with "Pants", etc. - and I do with Gilles in a way, even if I was only a late adopter compared to many of you guys.
I find this feeling quite strong with Gilles since it's part of his charm to be underrated, discreet, not flashy if you don't make the effort to follow him a little bit to get what is interesting about him and his game, etc.

I have mixed feelings about this. On the other hand, since I also write quite a lot in French blogs/groups about him, it can be depressing when hardly anybody comments or reacts or seems to care at all.
I think his MTF forum is OK in that regard. He has a fanbase, so it's not too "dreary", but it's not too huge either.
09-23-2008 04:53 PM
Scotso
Re: Clay season 2008

Yes. I'm an early adopter of most players, and I hate it when they get tons of other fans.

Good example, I was Mathieu's first fan here, but when he got really famous I stopped caring.
09-23-2008 02:36 PM
tedlesurfeur
Re: Clay season 2008

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Originally Posted by soulage View Post
To be known in France it's better playing Davis Cup. Next year he could be titular but with Gasquet/Tsonga/Monfils it's difficult to make a team especially with the perpective of the doubles.

He also need to go far in a Grand Slam or in a "big" tournament, his semi-final in Toronto with a win against Federer really helped his notoriety for exemple.
I don't care about him being famous. I actually would like it to stay this way Does anyone share the same feeling ?
09-15-2008 03:59 PM
2moretogo
Re: Clay season 2008

Congrats to Gilles!!! I too am a little worried about the TMC hype, but it's all good.
09-15-2008 03:57 PM
but-it's-ok
Re: Clay season 2008

Congratulations Gilles, on defending your title I've been an admirer now I'm a fan
09-15-2008 12:02 PM
soulage
Re: Clay season 2008

To be known in France it's better playing Davis Cup. Next year he could be titular but with Gasquet/Tsonga/Monfils it's difficult to make a team especially with the perpective of the doubles.

He also need to go far in a Grand Slam or in a "big" tournament, his semi-final in Toronto with a win against Federer really helped his notoriety for exemple.
09-15-2008 10:43 AM
jitterbug
Re: Clay season 2008

'The anti-hero' good call!
09-15-2008 10:12 AM
Truc
Re: Clay season 2008

I wish the journalists would stop writing about Shanghai because as delighted as I am about his success, we here know his chances to make it to Shanghai are very slim and when he is most probably not going to make it, people who don't follow tennis so closely are going to say he's a loser. But well, it's nice to see him get some recognition.

Here is a translation of a few parts to give you an idea, it's just old stuff for most of us, but I like the Libération style - and we also have some new people in the Simon forum:
"The jackpot question: who is the French tennis player with the best chances to qualify for the Masters Cup in Shanghai atm? A few clues: it isn't Jo-Wilfried «Tsunami» Tsonga. Nor Gaël «Sliderman» Monfils. Nor Richard «the Mozart of French tennis» Gasquet. So?"
"Seeing Simon in Shanghai would be wonderful and delightfully ironic. Every month the French tennis is having a new star (once Tsonga, once Gasquet, once Monfils), but seems to overlook this surprising player. The nice run of Gilles Simon, the anti-hero of French tennis, has always happened on the sly.
Two years ago, Simon had just entered the top 50 and his coach Rodolphe Gilbert was saying to Libération: "He's a player nobody has really believed in because of his build and of his atypical game. Everytime he has reached a new stage in his career, people have been telling us for years now: 'It's great for him to make it that far. But well, he won't make it further.' He's still reaching new stages though."
And he's reached even more since then. Still in the background. He's used to. In an interview for l'Equipe in January, he said: "People are really surprised when I tell them I'm ranked #30 in the world. There's something which doesn't quite fit there. They say: 'Oh really, 30th in the world, and how come I don't know you? Do you also play tournaments like Roland-Garros? You know Gaël Monfils? Do you think you might be able to beat him one day?' I answer: 'Well, actually, I'm better ranked than him at the moment...' You say to yourself then that if you were hoping to become famouse playing tennis, it's not looking good for you."
Why this relative anonymity? Simon, now coached by T. Tulasne, isn't a showman like Monfils and Tsonga. He hasn't been stamped "budding genius" like Gasquet. He doesn't belong to the Lagardère Team which is so great at singing the praise of its protégés. He also has a baffling game, for the opponent and for the crowd: this beanpole (1,80 m and 65 kg) is a master in giving matches a wrong pace, lulling the opponent into sleep before stunning him with a DTL winner." Etc.
09-15-2008 09:25 AM
Truc
Re: Clay season 2008

An article in Libération too about "the anti-hero of French tennis":
Quote:
Gilles Simon poursuit son ascension silencieuse

Questions à mille euros : quel joueur français apparaît ce matin le mieux placé pour participer au Masters de Shanghai, cette fête de fin d’année du tennis qui réunira les huit meilleurs joueurs de l’année ? Indice : ce n’est ni Jo-Wilfried «Tsunami» Tsonga, ni Gaël «Sliderman» Monfils, ni Richard «le Mozart du tennis français» Gasquet. Alors ? En battant sèchement Carlos Moya en finale du tournoi de Bucarest, hier, Gilles Simon a conservé son titre conquis en 2007, remporté un troisième tournoi en 2008 (après Casablanca et Indianapolis) et confirmé sa superbe saison. Le jeune Niçois, 23 ans, n’a eu besoin que de deux sets (6/3, 6/4) pour battre l’ex-numéro 1 mondial espagnol qui avait puni Gasquet en demi-finale samedi.

Antihéros. «C’est sans contestation mon meilleur match de la semaine. J’ai très bien joué. Et j’ai eu l’impression cette semaine que mes adversaires devaient très bien jouer pour avoir une chance.» Au plan du classement, Simon, qui pointait à la 17e place mondiale avant Bucarest, fait une bonne opération qui lui a valu hier plusieurs questions sur ses chances de terminer dans le top 8 et de décrocher un billet inattendu pour Shanghai. «Je crois que je serai 11e au classement de la Race demain, disait-il hier. Alors, forcément, j’y pense automatiquement, même s’il reste encore deux Masters Series d’ici là. Mais je ne me mets aucune pression à ce niveau-là, puisque ce n’était pas un de mes objectifs au début de la saison.» Voir Simon à Shanghai serait magnifique et délicieusement ironique. Le tennis français se trouve chaque mois une nouvelle star (un coup Tsonga, un coup Gasquet, un coup Monfils) mais ne semble pas voir ce joueur étonnant. La belle trajectoire que trace Gilles Simon, antihéros du tennis français, s’est toujours faite en catimini.

Il y a deux ans, Simon venait d’entrer dans le top 50, et son entraîneur d’alors, Rodolphe Gilbert, confiait à Libération : «C’est un joueur en qui personne n’a jamais vraiment cru en raison de son physique, de son jeu atypique. A chaque étape de sa carrière, depuis des années, on a entendu des gens dire : "C’est bien qu’il ait fait cela, mais bon, il n’ira pas plus haut." Sauf qu’avec le temps il passe des caps.» Des caps, Simon en a encore passé depuis, mais il a fini par se faire à cette ombre qui l’escorte partout. Dans un entretien accordé à l’Equipe début janvier, alors qu’il pointait au 30e rang mondial, il racontait : «Ce qui surprend le plus les gens, c’est quand je leur dis que je suis 30e mondial. Là, il y a un truc qui ne va pas. Ils disent : "Ah ouais, 30e mondial, et comment ça se fait que je ne vous connais pas ? Mais vous jouez Roland-Garros, et tout ? Alors vous connaissez Gaël Monfils, donc ? Vous pensez que vous avez une chance de le battre ?" Je leur dis : "Euh, mais en fait, là, je suis mieux classé que lui…" Dans ces moments-là, tu te dis que, si tu joues pour la renommée, c’est plutôt mal barré.»

Echalas. Comment expliquer cet anonymat relatif ? Simon, désormais coaché par Thierry Tulasne, n’est pas showman comme peuvent l’être Monfils ou Tsonga. Il n’a pas été estampillé génie en herbe comme Gasquet, il n’appartient pas non plus à l’écurie Lagardère qui a le chic pour faire mousser ses protégés. Il promène aussi un jeu désarçonnant, tant pour l’adversaire que pour le public : cet échalas (1,80 m et guère plus de 65 kilos) est un champion du faux rythme, capable d’endormir l’adversaire avant de l’estourbir d’une accélération long de ligne. Simon se caractérise aussi par un jeu de défense de crevard, tout en pouvant enfin compter sur une première balle de service qui claque fort et juste (hier, face à Moya, Simon a gagné 93 % des points sur sa première balle). Mais Simon, qui a gagné cinq des six finales qu’il a jouées sur le circuit, a surtout montré depuis un an une grande solidité mentale. En juillet à Toronto, il avait atteint la première demi-finale de sa carrière en Masters Series après avoir battu Roger Federer au deuxième tour.
http://www.liberation.fr/actualite/sports/351931.FR.php
09-15-2008 08:18 AM
Truc
Re: Clay season 2008

In L'Equipe today:
Quote:
Hat-trick pour Simon
Le Français a conservé son titre hier face à Moya (6-3, 6-4) pour sa troisième couronne de l’année.

DANS SA BOUCHE, ça paraît simple : « J’étais serein, solide. Je maîtrisais. Un break dans chaque set. » Quand même, Moya, ancien numéro 1 mondial, ancien vainqueur de Roland-Garros, avec sa grosse patate en coup droit… « Justement, je l’ai défié dans la filière coup droit. Et quand il en sortait long de ligne, je contre-attaquais en revers. » Comme un symbole, c’est sur un revers gagnant que Simon a remporté son quarantième match de l’année (20 défaites) et son troisième titre après ceux de Casablanca (terre) et Indianapolis (dur). En deux ans, le Niçois de naissance, grandi en Île-de- France et désormais exilé en Suisse, a porté son total de titres à cinq. Cinq, c’est aussi son rang dans le classement des Français les plus titrés de l’ère open. « Cinq, ajoute son entraîneur Thierry Tulasne, c’est aussi le nombre de finales consécutives qu’il vient de remporter. » Il avait perdu la première face à Almagro à Valence en 2006 mais, depuis ce loupé initial, il est infernal en finale. « Et ça, c’est important », reprend« Tutu ».Même si, tête de série no 2, il n’a fait que rester à sa place dès lors que le numéro 1 – Richard Gasquet – avait coincé en demi-finales (battu par Moya). « Je n’ai fait que tenir mon rang », dit-il spontanément. Mais il y a eu la manière : « J’ai fait beaucoup de coups gagnants. Je ne suis pas resté derrière ma ligne. Je suis allé vers l’avant. » Moya n’a pu que constater les dégâts : « Les conditions avaient changé, rendant les balles plus lourdes. J’avais du mal à le bouger, mais c’est un type dur à battre. » Revenait en mémoire cette remarque faite à Toronto par Federer, sorti par le Français à la surprise générale : « On a l’impression qu’il ne se déplace pas vite, mais ce n’est qu’une impression. »
Tulasne : « Deux chances sur dix pour le Masters »
Adoubé par le maître, alors numéro 1 mondial, Simon avait fait définitivement sa rentrée dans le gotha des potentiels tops 10. Un statut que son élimination par Del Potro au troisième tour à Flushing Meadows n’avait pas remis en question. Avec ce revers relatif, le Masters s’éloignait. « Je ne vais pas me polariser là-dessus, reprend l’intéressé quand on l’amène sur le chemin de Shanghai. Ce n’était pas un objectif du début de saison. Je n’ai aucune raison de me mettre la pression. » C’est la décompression qui est à l’ordre du jour avec cette coupure de deux semaines (reprise à Metz le 29 septembre). « Ne rien faire pendant une bonne semaine et reprendre ensuite en douceur, confirme-t-il. J’en ai besoin. Même si je suis rarement blessé, j’ai quand même, comme tout le monde, pas mal de douleurs à gérer. » Il attribue cette immunité aux grandes blessures à « un ensemble de choses dont la façon de jouer, l’entretien physique et bien sûr la chance. » Il est loin le temps du Gillou qui fuyait le kiné après les matches. « Trois titres en une année, c’est exceptionnel pour un Français, note Thierry Tulasne qui est l’un des quatre autres Tricolores à avoir réussi cet exploit. C’est le fruit de beaucoup d’investissement. Et notamment de la FFT qui m’a détaché auprès de Gilles. Merci au DTN Patrice Dominguez d’y avoir cru et de nous avoir donné tous les moyens pour son épanouissement. Dans presque tous les tournois, Gilles peut bénéficier d’un kiné ou d’un préparateur physique. » Cette machine bien entretenue peut encore surprendre. « Il a deux chances sur dix d’accrocher le Masters, estime “Tutu”, mais il faudra qu’il fasse un exploit dans l’un des deux derniers Masters Series. » Pour l’heure, il pointe à la 12e place du classement de l’année à 48 points de la huitième. Et on jurerait que la saga Simon n’est pas close pour cette année.
PASCAL COVILLE
When you listen to him, it sounds easy: "I was calm, solid. I was in control. One break in each set." Still, it was Moya, former world number 1, with his huge FH... "I defied him on the FH side, precisely. And when he was playing down the line to escape, I was counter-attacking with my BH." He symbolically closed out with another BH winner his 40th win of the year (20 defeats) to win the 5th title of his career.
5 also is his rank in the ranking of the French players with the most titles in the open era (together with Pioline, Tulasne and Gasquet, behind Noah - 23, Forget - 11, Leconte - 9 and Santoro - 6).
Tulasne: "5 also is the number of finals he has won in a row". He had a rough start in Valencia in 2006 against Almagro, but has been on fire in finals since then. Tutu: "And that's important."
Gilles: "I've only played up to my rank here." But he did it in style. "I was hitting a lot of winners. I wasn't waiting behind my baseline. I was coming forward."
Moya could only acknowledge the damage: "It was hard for me to move him, he's a tough player to beat." It reminds of Fed's comment in Toronto: "It looks like he isn't moving fast. But it's just an impression."
His defeat to Del Potro at the USO has not compromised his chance to make it to the top 10 at one point, but it has compromised his chances to qualify for the Masters Cup. "I'm not going to focus on that anyway, Gilles says when people start asking questions about Shanghai. It wasn't a goal for me this season. I have no reason to put myself under pressure."
His agenda now: "I won't do anything during one week at least and then I will start practicing again gently. I need it. Even if I'm rarely injured, I have a lot of pains to deal with, like everybody else."
Why is he rarely injured? "For different reasons. The way I play, the physical training and it's also a question of luck, of course." The time when Gillou was avoiding the physio after his matches is definitely over. Tulasne: "Winning 3 titles in one year is exceptional for a French player. It's the result of much investment. In particular from the FFT who assigned me to work with him full-time. Thanks to Patrice Dominguez who believed in us and gave us all we needed. Gilles has a physio or a condition trainer with him on almost every tournament."
This "well-maintained machine" might surprise us again this year. Tutu: "He has 2 chances out of 10 to qualify for the Masters. But it would need a feat in one of the last two Masters Series."
09-14-2008 11:57 PM
TMJordan
Re: Clay season 2008

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Originally Posted by TMJordan View Post
Good luck defending your title, Gilles
09-14-2008 08:41 PM
Pepi.
Re: Clay season 2008

congrats gilles

09-14-2008 06:18 PM
jitterbug
Re: Clay season 2008

I hope he'll do well at the Australian Open - I will channel my inner Fran and be a faithful Poussin supporter
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