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09-11-2010 10:16 PM
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Gilles met up with the Davis Cup team on sat and the team will travel to Lyon together on sunday, according to this

And if I didn't misunderstand this, his name got mentioned for WC in Metz? Since he's playing DC next week, it almost makes sense then to go to Metz after Lyon. He's at 41, he needs to be at 38 (or 37 if Haas entered with protected ranking) to make direct Entry of Bercy, Metz the last tourney he can gain positions for Bercy entry, but he will need to make final to gain pt. And if he's not playing Bangkok, then he needs to gain a lot of pts to avoid dropping out off top 50 after Bangkok... Metz WCs to be announce next thurs if anyone's interested. Too bad he's in such a struggle in ranking, so much is at stake, he just can't afford to take any time off to spend with his family, but I'm sure they will understand and be there for him.


No Metz, it seems, false alarm, my bad.


Gilles' going to Metz afterall. He got a WC.
09-06-2010 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by anastasia_ew View Post
sorry if i offended any one . i never wanted to be mean...i am happy for them!
That's OK I actually love the fact that Carine is older, because I'm older than Gilles too! 5 years is nothing, anyway - I admit it would be a bit weird if she was about 65 years old... though love works in funny ways!
09-06-2010 10:27 AM
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sorry if i offended any one . i never wanted to be mean...i am happy for them!
09-05-2010 07:06 PM
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unfortunately, that's what we got here, unless one of you francophone can be an and do us translation .
09-05-2010 07:03 PM
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these translations are hopeless.

If Guy Forget was selected for the semi-final Davis Cup against Argentina (17-19 September, Lyon), Simon will he instead wanted to make a forehand or reu-reverse?
rather free, but hopefuly it makes more sense:
If Guy Forget selects him for DC, Simon will prefer listening to bababab (nonsense word, uttered by babies, "areu" in French) or hitting FH and BHs?
09-05-2010 06:51 PM
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Google translation:

Dad, it is very Nadal?
Gilles Simon can not lose tomorrow: or he beats the world number 1, or he goes to see his son, born three days ago.

FROM SEVENTY-TWELVE hours The Clash ensures the bank of his life of Gilles Simon. Should I Stay or Should I Go? Which can be translated as, if you will, by: but what am I doing here? Thursday morning, Gilles Simon was crying because of two phrases he had not expected so soon. On the phone, his beloved Carine said: "I waste waters. I'm in maternity. "This is no Concorde and we regret that no one in this world was to invent the damn teleportation. In short, given the distances, Simon can not make a Pavel (*). He will see the first photo of the mug of his son while he trains, mobile in the pocket of the shorts, deep in Flushing Meadows. It was not expected at all in his dreams, that. "I wanted so badly be at the born with Carine and see Timothy. Four weeks earlier, it's really bad luck. With Carine, it was obviously asked the question a thousand times. What do I do? I go where I left? Anyone in my situation would have been uncomfortable. And Simon is stuck. Listen Timothy, Dad was away on business in New York. He returned soon. It will tell you that you had one day when he won his first match after being two sets to one lead. And it was then the seventh French to beat a seed in USOpen. If you do not like tennis, it will make you a nice leg. Otherwise, here is what your father said of his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber, the thirty-first world (4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours 45 minutes). "Before, even during the game, I do not know if I want to win or not. At first I had trouble concentrating. Do I still wanted to win more for the baby? Uh, not really. In three days, he should not hit on what is happening. I think especially of Carine. I would say that there was less motivation. (Laughter). The hardest part, it has been to decide if I really wanted to win. When I learned that yes, it was the beginning of the fifth set. I really scored two very good sets last. I ran well, I served very well and my attack went high. And I did not say a word in a match in five sets, which had never happened. As I was not going to be sad to lose, I'm very relaxed. "Daddy, daddy cool.

and then a photo of his holding that little T
Gilles Simon does not know if he will be able to beat Rafael Nadal today. But he knows what he will bring back a souvenir to his newborn: This cute little t-shirt symbol "U.S. Open" it presents with emotion at the press.

"If I see my child when he was ten days, I'll have the bowls"

When his US Open stop, it will perhaps make a choice. Corneille, choice. If Guy Forget was selected for the semi-final Davis Cup against Argentina (17-19 September, Lyon), Simon will he instead wanted to make a forehand or reu-reverse? "The arrival of the baby changes all my life. At the same time, I'll have to get used to. If he selects me, I will talk to Guy. In the meantime, here

Oh, and in case if anyone didn't know, the Pavel reference. Pavel drove home from RG to Germany in between his matches to attend his kid's birth.
(he was lucky then that he and his wife were in the same continent when that happened).
09-05-2010 06:44 PM
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Hope I'm not overwhelming anyone by posting the same story in different version of press, but this one is the version that appears on L'Equipe, the paper version.

Dis papa, il est fort Nadal ?
Gilles Simon ne peut pas perdre demain : soit il bat le numéro 1 mondial, soit il rentre voir son fils, né il y a trois jours.

DEPUIS SOIXANTE-DOUZE heures, The Clash assure la ban de son de la vie de Gilles Simon. Should I Stay or Should I Go ? Qu’on peut traduire aussi, si on veut, par : mais qu’est-ce que je fous là ? Jeudi matin, Gilles Simon a pleuré à cause de deux phrases qu’il n’attendait pas si tôt. Au téléphone, sa chérie Carine lui dit : « Je perds les eaux. Je suis à la maternité. » C’est là qu’on regrette le Concorde et que personne dans ce bas monde n’a été fichu d’inventer la télétransportation. Bref, vu les distances, Simon ne pourra pas faire une Pavel (*). Il verra la première photo de la bouille de son fils alors qu’il s’entraîne, portable dans la poche du short, au fin fond de Flushing Meadows. C’était pas du tout prévu dans ses rêves, ça. « Je voulais tellement être avec Carine et voir naître Timothée. Quatre semaines d’avance, c’est vraiment pas de bol. Avec Carine, on s’est évidemment posé mille fois la question. Qu’est-ce que je fais ? Je rentre ou je reste ? N’importe qui dans ma situation aurait été mal à l’aise. » Et Simon est resté. Écoute Timothée, papa est en voyage d’affaires à New York. Il rentre bientôt. Il te racontera que tu n’avais qu’un jour quand il a gagné son premier match après avoir été mené deux sets à un. Et qu’il était alors le septième Français à battre une tête de série dans cetUSOpen. Si tu n’aimes pas le tennis, ça te fera une belle jambe. Sinon, voici ce que ton père a dit de son match contre Philipp Kohlschreiber, trente et unième mondial (4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 en 2 h 45). « Avant, et même pendant le match, je ne savais pas si j’avais envie de gagner ou non. Au début, j’ai eu du mal à me concentrer. Est-ce que je voulais encore plus gagner pour le bébé ? Euh, pas vraiment. À trois jours, il ne doit pas percuter sur ce qui se passe. Je pense surtout à Carine. Je dirais même qu’il y avait moins de motivation. (Sourires). Le plus dur, ç’a été de décider si je voulais vraiment gagner. Quand j’ai su que oui, c’était au début du cinquième set. J’ai vraiment réussi deux très bons derniers sets. Je courais bien, je servais très bien et mes attaques partaient fort. Et je n’ai pas dit un mot dans un match en cinq sets, ce qui n’a jamais dû m’arriver. Comme je n’allais pas être triste de perdre, j’ai joué extrêmement relâché. » Daddy, daddy cool.

can't put the photo in, but it's that pic of him holding that baby cloth
(PhotoNicolas Luttiau/ L’Équipe) FLUSHING MEADOWS ( États-Unis), SALLE DE CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE, VENDREDI. – Gilles Simon ne sait pas s’il sera en mesure de battre Rafael Nadal, aujourd’hui. Mais il sait ce qu’il ramènera en souvenir à son nouveau-né : ce mignon petit tee-shirt siglé « US Open » qu’il présente avec émotion à la presse.

« Si je ne vois mon enfant que quand il a dix jours, j’aurai les boules »
Quand son USOpen s’arrêtera, il faudra peut-être encore faire un choix. Cornélien, le choix. Si Guy Forget le sélectionne pour la demi-finale de Coupe Davis contre l’Argentine (17-19 septembre, à Lyon), Simon aura-t-il plutôt envie de faire areu areu ou coup droit-revers ? « L’arrivée du bébé change toute ma vie. En même temps, il va falloir que je m’y habitue. S’il me sélectionne, j’en discuterai avec Guy. » En attendant, voilà
09-05-2010 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by anastasia_ew View Post
Is it true that Carine Lauret is 30? She's a bit old for him...
they love each other, that's not good enough for you?... certainly good enough for him.

Actually, we don't know much about Carine, she and Gilles don't live their lives in front of the public eyes, they are very private ppl and we respect that (hence, I'm against having a thread that focus on his private life, that seems so intrusive). That being said, we talked about them occasionally mostly when we saw her around in tournament or if he talks about her. I can't speak for the others here, but I like her a lot, she seems sweet and they seem perfect for each other. So I take offense if posters don't show respect for her.
09-05-2010 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by anastasia_ew View Post
She's a bit old for him...
09-05-2010 01:20 PM
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oh come on, noone would bat an eyelid if he was 5 years older than her. There is no too old these days. If they are happy then thats fab for both of them.
09-05-2010 12:31 PM
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Carine is older than him, yes. And I didn't read the rulebook on how old is too old, surely if they're happy together then nothing else matters?
09-05-2010 12:28 PM
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Is it true that Carine Lauret is 30? She's a bit old for him...
09-05-2010 12:14 AM
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Ohhh Gillou must feel miserable... I would have felt miserable

Congratulations to both of them
09-04-2010 10:38 PM
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The New Year Times wrote about him
Pretty much all we already knew, still nice to read it one more time .

Win or Lose, Gilles Simon Is Absolutely Fabulous
(damn right )
Published: September 4, 2010

Resurgent after a year of injuries and doubt, Gilles Simon has put himself back into the third round of the United States Open, where he will face No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

“If I win, it’s fabulous,” Simon said. “And if I lose, it’s even more fabulous.”

If that sounds like a misquote, it is not. Simon became a father for the first time Thursday, but his son, Timothée, was born in France, four weeks early. With his companion, Carine, going into labor unexpectedly, there was no time for Simon to stick to the plan and get back to France in time to assist with the birth.

“That’s where the Concorde was a great thing,” he said, looking subdued on Friday night, even though he had just beaten 29th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber in five sets.

But the Concorde, the supersonic plane that once shuttled passengers between Paris and New York in less than four hours, is no longer in service, and so Simon, at the urging of his family, decided to play on.

“It’s been rough; anybody in this situation would have felt ill at ease,” he said. “In any case, I couldn’t have been there. When I fell asleep on Wednesday, there was no sign, and the next day, I get a call to tell me: ‘My water broke. I’m at the maternity ward.’

“I couldn’t have made it in time.”

Nadal, informed of Simon’s predicament, joked that he would be happy to buy Simon a ticket back to France before their match. But Simon, however torn, appears committed to playing out his hand in New York.

It is the downside of the nomadic life of a tennis professional but also a reflection of where Simon finds himself at this sensitive stage of his career. Little more than a year ago, he was on the way up after reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the 2009 Australian Open.

In 2008, he had beaten Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, making use of his fine tennis brain, silken footwork and counterpunching style to climb into the top 10 and even take part in the ATP Tour’s elite year-end championships, reserved for the top eight men in the game.

But the second half of Simon’s 2009 season was spoiled by a knee injury, and the same problem forced him to take two more extended breaks from competition this year. But his results since Wimbledon, where he reached the third round, have been encouraging and include a victory over Andy Roddick in Washington.

Though Simon is now No. 42 in the world, his game and health finally appear headed in the right direction.

“I think if not for all he’s been through, he would have left the tournament,” Remi Barbarin said. “But he’s worked so hard to come back.”

Barbarin, who coaches the French player Michael Llodra, was one of several Frenchmen here who dined with Simon on Thursday night at the restaurant Tout-Va-Bien, which translates to All Is Well. That was hardly the way Simon was feeling that night, or when he took the court against Kohlschreiber on Friday.

“I simply told myself that if I lose the match, it would not affect me in the least,” Simon said. “It was difficult to find the motivation. On the court, my concentration wasn’t there all the time. In the end, I enjoyed myself quite a bit because I was really loose out there. I didn’t say a word for five sets, which has never happened before. In the end, it actually allowed me to play a very good match, particularly at the end.”

An even better match (particularly at the end) will presumably be required if Simon is to prolong his quandary by beating Nadal. Simon’s lone victory over Nadal came on an indoor hardcourt in the semifinals of the Masters Series event in Madrid in 2008, when Nadal was struggling after pushing himself to the French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic titles.

In Simon’s three other matches with Nadal, he has not won a set, and it was Nadal who stopped him at the Australian Open in 2009, winning, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5, despite Simon’s multiple attempts to shift tactics and rhythm.

“Tactically very interesting,” Federer said at the time.

Making it interesting this time could be even more of a challenge, with Nadal never more eager to win this tournament and Simon pulled in two directions.

“I’ll try everything, and if I lose, frankly it’s normal,” he said. “I just hope they let us play early, because the planes for Paris are at night, and if it doesn’t go well, I really wouldn’t want to miss that plane.”
09-04-2010 05:26 AM
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Itw after second round, from L'Equipe.

Simon : «Un match particulier»
Après sa victoire contre Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gilles Simon avait un sentiment ambivalent : rejoindre son fils et sa compagne ou gagner son match.

« Gilles Simon, comment avez-vous vécu ce match ?

C'était un match particulier. Cela n'a pas été évident de simplement savoir si j'avais envie de gagner le match ou non. Ces derniers jours ont été assez difficiles avec une énorme déception de ne pas pouvoir assister à la naissance. J'aurais vraiment aimé qu'il n'arrive pas autant en avance. Quatre semaines en avance, ce n'est pas de bol. Je me suis réveillé avec ce sentiment bizarre. J'en ai parlé avec mes proches pour savoir quoi faire. Ce n'était pas facile et à l'arrivée, j'ai réussi à jouer un bon match.

Existe-il une motivation supplémentaire avec la naissance de votre enfant ?

Pas vraiment. Je dirais même qu'il pourrait y avoir un peu moins de motivation (sourires), mais il y a beaucoup de relâchement. Je me disais simplement que si je perdais ce match, cela n'allait pas m'affecter du tout. C'était difficile de trouver la motivation. Sur le terrain, ma concentration n'était pas toujours là. Finalement, j'ai pris pas mal de plaisir parce que j'ai joué extrêmement relâché. Je n'ai pas dit un mot en cinq sets, ce qui n'a jamais dû m'arriver (sourires). A l'arrivée, cela me permet de faire un très bon match avec une très bonne fin de rencontre.

C'est un choix cornélien...

Ce n'est pas évident. N'importe qui dans cette situation serait un peu mal à l'aise. De toute façon, je ne pouvais pas être là-bas. Quand je me suis endormi, il n'y avait aucun signe et le lendemain, on m'a appelé pour me dire : « Je perds les eaux, je suis à la maternité ». Je ne pouvais pas y être à temps. Maintenant j'ai un match très compliqué au prochain tour, je vais essayer de faire ce que je peux. Si je gagne, c'est fabuleux. Si je perds, c'est encore plus fabuleux (sourires).

Comment appréhendez-vous votre prochain tour contre Rafael Nadal ?

J'aime bien l'affronter car il y a du combat physique. Pour moi, c'est le meilleur joueur du monde parce qu'il joue le mieux du fond du court. Je suis toujours un peu réfractaire au niveau du service. J'aime bien perdre parce que mon adversaire joue mieux du fond (sourires). Contre lui, c'est à peu près toujours le cas. Ce sont des matches agréables à jouer, des gros combats. J'ai parfois réussi à l'inquiéter. On sait que tous les points sont durs à gagner contre lui et quand on a des occasions, il ne faut pas les laisser. C'est difficile de le battre. Je vais essayer de gagner. Rafa, c'est comme les enfants, tu le bats deux fois dans ta vie (rires). Je vais tout faire pour gagner, mais si je perds tant pis, ce n'est pas grave.» - Recueilli par S.D., à New-York


I guess I should just post the google translate too then:

Simon: "A special match"
After his win against Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gilles Simon had an ambivalent feeling: join his son and his girlfriend or win his match.

"Gilles Simon, how did you feel about this game?
It was a special match. It was not clear just whether I want to win the match or not. These days have been pretty difficult with a huge disappointment not to attend the birth . I really would have liked it if not that much in advance. Four weeks in advance, this is not luck. I woke up with this weird feeling. I talked with my relatives to know what to do. It was not easy and at the finish, I managed to play a good game.

Are there any extra motivation with the birth of your child?

Not really. I would say that there might be a little less motivation (smiles), but there are plenty of relaxation. I was just saying that if I lost this match, it would not affect me at all. It was hard to find motivation. On the court, my concentration was not always there. Finally, I took a lot of fun because I'm very relaxed. I did not say a word in five sets, which has never had me, (smiles) so true. On arrival, it allows me to do a very good game with very good late in the game.

It's a tough choice ...
It is not clear. Anyone in this situation would be a bit uncomfortable. Anyway, I could not be there. When I'm asleep, there was no sign and the next day they called me and said: "I waste waters, I am in maternity. I could not be there on time. Now I have a very complicated game to the next round, I'll try to do what I can". If I win, it's fabulous. If I lose, it's even more fabulous (smiles).

How do you approach your next round against Rafael Nadal?

I like the deal because there is physical combat. For me, this is the best player in the world because he plays the best from the baseline. I'm still a bit resistant to the service level. I like to lose if because my opponent played better from the bottom (smiles). Against him is almost always the case. They are fun to play games, big fights. Sometimes, I worry him. We know that all points are hard to win against him and when we have opportunities, do not let them. It's hard to beat. I will try to win. Rafa, like children, you beat him twice in your life (laughs). I will do everything to win, but if I lose too bad, it's not serious. "- Collected by EA, in New York
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