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03-17-2009 07:20 AM
Re: 2009 Davis Cup

In L'Equipe today:
Coupe Davis : pour une meilleure communication
À BIEN ÉCOUTER Monfils, il apparaît qu’il n’a pas aimé certains commentaires ayant pu le faire passer pour le « vilain petit canard » de l’équipe de France de Coupe Davis du fait de son arrivée tardive au rassemblement sans préparation adéquate après son passage par le tournoi d’Acapulco. Content d’avoir participé à sa manière avec les copains, il se défend en évoquant un certain sens du sacrifice pour avoir honoré une convocation tout en sachant pertinemment qu’il allait être remplaçant. Dans le clan du joueur, qui a longtemps entretenu des relations plutôt fraîches avec le capitaine, on soutient que Monfils a alerté Forget durant l’Open d’Australie sur son inscription au tournoi d’Acapulco précédant la semaine de Coupe Davis. Le capitaine aurait validé l’option sans rechigner (« vas-y à fond &#187. Dans ces conditions, un deal aurait pu être passé selon eux : si Monfils perdait tôt, il rejoignait l’équipe ; s’il allait loin dans le tableau, il était exempté d’équipe de France pour pouvoir rester sur le continent américain et préparer Indian Wells. Au final, la multiplication de non-dits et l’absence de messages clairs ont alimenté un imbroglio qui n’a servi à personne. Morale de l’histoire ? Qu’une communication plus franche s’établisse d’urgence entre Guy Forget et certains de ses joueurs.
The Monfils clan insists Forget was informed about the Acapulco move and agreed with it without making too much fuss. They could have done a deal: if Gaël lost early in Acapulco, he would join the others in Ostrava; if he made it far, he would be "exempt" from the Davis Cup for this time and could stay in America to get ready for IW (that's what I've been thinking since the beginning!) But all the unspoken things between them and the lack of clear messages ended up in a tangle which harmed everybody. The moral of the story: the communication between Forget and some of his players really needs to be more straightforward.
03-07-2009 12:03 PM
Re: 2009 Davis Cup

I asked on the FFT website, they answered there aren't any pics of the dinner because there were no photographers.
03-06-2009 05:18 PM
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Sorry, I meant the pics of the dinner day, the ones where they were outside. GaŽl was looking so grumpy. No I didn't see any dinner pics ever, maybe they'll surface later
03-06-2009 05:12 PM
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Oh, where did you see pics of the dinner? I've been waiting for those pics all the time, last year's pics were so great!
03-06-2009 05:03 PM
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Exactly Fran! And he was chatting and joking with Forget when Jo was warming up, so definitely no hard feelings between them. I'm relieved, I was a bit afraid after the dinner pics.
03-06-2009 04:43 PM
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The shots of Gaël cheering in the stands have been a highlight of this tie so far! He's looking awesome, he's outshining the whole French bench. And his sad face when Gilles lost was so cute.
03-06-2009 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Truc View Post
The journalist in L'Equipe also pokes fun at Forget for his overdramatic tone when he was asked about GaŽl yesterday ("un vťritable dťchirement", etc.) I had the same reaction yesterday, we all knew he was going to kick GaŽl out of the team, but he made it sound like a Cornelian tragedy. I know he did it with good intentions, but it was funny. He seems a bit afraid to hurt GaŽl - we know since 2007 at the latest he can have "visceral" reactions on this DC issue.
I can totally imagine his face when saying that
03-06-2009 07:39 AM
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The journalist in L'Equipe also pokes fun at Forget for his overdramatic tone when he was asked about GaŽl yesterday ("un vťritable dťchirement", etc.) I had the same reaction yesterday, we all knew he was going to kick GaŽl out of the team, but he made it sound like a Cornelian tragedy. I know he did it with good intentions, but it was funny. He seems a bit afraid to hurt GaŽl - we know since 2007 at the latest he can have "visceral" reactions on this DC issue.
03-06-2009 06:23 AM
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It seems Gaël really had trouble adjusting to the surface (L'Equipe writes today that Gilles was teasing him in training - "it's not Acapulco anymore here!") The journalist who saw the guys in training really sounds fine with the decision.
My only concern is Gilles' form. Forget had to decide between Gilles and Gaël. If Gilles still struggles, I mean he could have tried Gaël as a "wildcard trump" with his big serve. But that's not Forget's style to gamble like that. And Gilles seems to be playing better again.

Gaël practiced a lot yesterday, strangely enough Forget & Roux used the time slot reserved for the French team to practice with Gaël in the morning (the others felt ready and didn't want to play) and Gaël asked Roux during the draw ceremony to go practicing again. A way to avoid a bitter moment for him and also for Roux&Forget to show Gaël they don't ignore him even if he won't play this time.
03-05-2009 04:52 PM
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If they lose because Jo or Gillou are too tired on sunday or because of the doubles, I'll personally kick Forget in the ***
03-05-2009 03:57 PM
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Yep, and it's a beautiful name in Vietnamese, it means "truthful" (or "bamboo", depending on the accents, but "my" Truc means "truthful").

Forget : "Gaël est à 100% derrière ses potes "

Guy, difficile de faire ton choix...

C'est une des sélections des plus difficiles que j ai eu à effectuer. En fait, la plus difficile. J ai la chance d'avoir ce groupe de garçons qui ont un immense talent. En plus ils sont tous en forme. En grande forme tennistique puisqu'ils ont tous eu de très bons résultats. Pas de pépins physiques en plus. Ce qui est nouveau. Et j'ai dû faire des choix. Gaël revient d'une finale sur terre battue à Acapulco et pourtant Gaël reste sur la touche. C'est dur, il mérite autant que Gilles d'être sur le terrain en simple. Et j'espère que Gilles qui est son pote remportera son point et Jo aussi.

Quelle a été la réaction de Gaël ?

Il aime trop ses copains et il aime trop la Coupe Davis pour manifester quoi que ce soit. Je pense qu'il a dû être un peu touché parce que c'est un champion. Il a légitimement l'envie de jouer pour cette compétition. Maintenant il me l'a dit : il est derrière ses copains à 100 %. C'est un garçon sensible et intelligent.

Qu'est-ce qui a motivé ta décision ?

Gilles et Jo vont crescendo dans leur préparation depuis le début. La surface est tout de même très spéciale. Et Gaël en arrivant un peu plus tard d'Acapulco la connaît moins bien. J'ai pensé que Gilles et Jo etaient les mieux armés pour battre ces joueurs tchèques.

Forget says it was his toughest decision ever (not sure it's true ) since Gaël is coming from a final, not injured and he will stay on the bench. It's tough, he deserved as much as Gilles to play in singles.
Gaël has probably been a bit affected because he really wants to play DC. But he told Forget he will support his friends at 100%.
Gilles and Jo have been continuously improving in training since the beginning of the week. The surface is a bit special, Gaël isn't used to it as well as the others. Forget thought Gilles and Jo have a better chance to win those matches.

Jo says they will try to win their matches now so Gaël gets a chance to play the next tie and maybe it will be the opposite then and he will cheer for Gaël from the bench:
- On pense bien sûr à Gaël (Monfils), votre ami. Comment a-t-il pris sa non sélection ?
- Gaël est un grand champion. Il sait faire la part des choses. Il sait aussi qu’on va tout faire pour lui permettre de jouer la prochaine rencontre. Si on passe ce tour, il sera susceptible de jouer, comme nous tous. Peut-être qu’ici à Ostrava, je pourrai lui donner une victoire pour qu’il puisse jouer la prochaine rencontre, où moi, je regarderai sur le banc. »
03-05-2009 03:08 PM
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no problem for the off-topic , it's interesting since I was pronouncing it in french lol, so the "real Truc" is vietnamese?
03-05-2009 08:38 AM
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Hahaha yes, and quite revealing too... Anyway : Cam on em Truc ! (assuming you're younger than me)

sorry for the off-topic, guys
03-05-2009 08:08 AM
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Yes, at least that's how I pronounce it.
(I wanted to answer "yes" in Vietnamese, but I don't even know how to say that, it's annoying there is no simple word for "yes" and "no" in that language!)
03-05-2009 06:42 AM
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Thanks Tchuk ! (c'est bien comme ça que ça se prononce, n''est-ce pas ?)
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