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12-04-2010 06:23 PM
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Have you got some news about Seb? Is he with his french friends for the Davis Cup?
10-24-2010 07:51 PM
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They lost in the super tiebreak.
10-24-2010 07:47 PM
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WooHoo! I hope they win!
10-24-2010 12:36 PM
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They are in final vs Renavand/Herbert. Their draw has been really easy and a win would be great

10-20-2010 07:46 PM
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they won 64 62 Seb looks as if he has gained weight or maybe it's to be near Nico who is really thin

10-17-2010 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by soulage View Post
draw is out and they will face Dancevic Bozoljac two big servers.
Thanks for the information!
10-17-2010 12:27 PM
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draw is out and they will face Dancevic Bozoljac two big servers.
10-17-2010 11:34 AM
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Seb will play the doubles with Nico Mahut in Orleans The draw should be out soon.

A l’occasion du 6ème Open d’Orléans, Sébastien Grosjean et Nicolas Mahut se sont associés pour participer à l’épreuve de double.
Sébastien Grosjean, tout jeune retraité, ambassadeur de l’Open d’Orléans, a décidé de reprendre la raquette le temps du tournoi de double.
Finaliste l’an dernier associé à Olivier PATIENCE, Sébastien sera aux côtés, cette fois-ci, de l’un des meilleurs joueurs français de la discipline, Nicolas Mahut.
L’Angevin, actuel N°160 mondial, est un habitué de l’Open d’Orléans pour avoir été finaliste en simple en 2005 et vainqueur en 2008.
Mondialement connu et reconnu suite à son match historique au 1er tour de Wimbledon, cette année, face à l’américain John Isner: 11H05, 183 jeux sur 3 jours, Nicolas Mahut aura à cœur de montrer son meilleur visage au public Orléanais.
Cette équipe inédite ne manquera pas d’être l’une des attractions du 6ème Open d’Orléans.
07-18-2010 04:59 PM
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thank you so much and good luck Seb.
07-16-2010 08:05 AM
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The summary of the last part:
When he's asked to grade the highlights of his career, he answers that the Bercy title would come first. Then the win over Agassi in the RG QF in 2001. The journalist mentions the presence of Clinton in the crowd and Seb replies that he really couldn't care less about that story and it's just a media thing - there is a discrepancy between what the media say and his own perception.
Then the Davis Cup wins, of course the final in Australia was great, but he has a soft spot for the win over the USA in the SF in RG in 2002. They lost the final in Bercy, but it still was a very strong memory, because of the spirit in the group.

The journalist notices he didn't mention his first big final in Miami in 1999 and his SF in Melbourne. Seb says that those are defeats in his mind and hence not so great. He also wouldn't mention his SF in Wimbledon in 2003 and 2004 for the very same reason. No comparison with the emotions he had in RG or in DC. Sure, the match against Arnaud was very special because it was against his best friend. But it isn't his biggest emotion - not only because he lost, but because he's experienced even bigger things.

His best match ever in his opinion: people often talk about his QF in Melbourne in 2001 against Moya (he won 6-1 6-4 6-2). It's weird because he doesn't have such amazing memories of the match. Maybe because he was so into it. He rather remembers a QF against Agassi in Houston in 2005. He won the last two sets 6-1 6-2 making only one unforced error in those two sets and hitting pretty much only winners. Agassi told him afterwards that he was playing even better than in RG.

The biggest regret: to not have won a Slam, obviously. He did everything to achieve it.
But he would have signed immediately for this kind of career when he was young. So few people were believing in him back then. He was lucky to work with the right people at the right moment, Fritz and Deblicker in particular.

Then he talks about the fact that he was fired from the INSEP at the age of 17 because he was too short, how tough it was, but it also was a motivation for him to prove them wrong, etc.

His reputation of being a bit lazy: he sounds really annoyed by it because it's completely wrong, he was working so hard, he was one of the first players to have a big structure around him with a coach, a condition trainer, a physio. This wrong image probably comes from the fact that people talked more about his talent. But it's deceptive. The same thing happens with Fed, people only talk about his technique. But Fed also is an incredible athlete, he makes it look easy because he has such an awesome footwork. With Nadal, it's the other way around, people only mention his physical strength and underestimate his talent, which is huge. One side always overshadows the other.

The journalist says people will always remember him for his awesome touch on his FH side. He says it's funny because his BH used to be his main strength when he was young, actually. He was more reliable and had more power with his BH. He was missing so much with his FH. But he was able to stabilize it with the passing years and it became his main weapon indeed.

The last question is about the comparison between the Sampras-Agassi and the Fed-Nadal eras. He says that the Fed-Nadal finals are awesome, but he thinks that the other players were stronger at the time of Sampras and Agassi, which also is the reason why Fed-Nadal played so many finals.

If there's one point in particular which is more interesting for you and you'd like to have an exact translation of what he says, just ask.
07-15-2010 09:45 PM
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Thanks for the elaboration. I do hope he works with tournaments. I remember overhearing him talking at IW about issues that he had with some stops on the tour, namely, Indian Wells. I think that would be an excellent role for him, and would keep him involved with the game.
07-15-2010 05:47 PM
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I just re-read the first part, here are a few other things he says:
When he started his career, he thought he woudn't still be playing at the age of 30. He thought he would be fed up with that way of life, all the sacrifices it means, etc. In fact, he didn't play much longer because of his injuries, but he never had this feeling of being fed up, he loves tennis way too much.
He doesn't sound very bitter about the way his career ended, it's normal to go downhill, etc.

He sounds more bitter about the treatment he has gotten from the media during his career. He now understands he wasn't giving to the media what they were expecting from the French number 1. But he just wasn't feeling like doing this stuff back then. He was afraid to spread himself too thin, he also wanted to protect himself and his family.
But it isn't only his fault. The media could have been more generous with him too. Like when he won Bercy in 2001 and qualified for the Masters Cup and he didn't even make the cover of the French Tennis Magazine. He says he had a grudge against them, he felt like media only were talking about him to report his injuries and not his achievements. "If you like somebody, you're going to write a beautiful story about him. If you don't like him that much, you'll write an average story."
The journalist retorts that the media did like him, but it seemed Seb didn't like them, Seb says it's wrong, etc.

He will probably keep doing commentary for a French TV channel, all the more since the channel he was working with during RG bought the TV rights of the M1000 events.
He talks about his foundation, why he picked this cause, etc. I think you already know all this?
He would also like to organize a tournament, he's already working for the Saint-Rémy Challenger with Bernard Fritz. He could imagine working for another Challenger or maybe an ATP event. But he doesn't want to work as a coach.

That's just the first part - then he talks about his career, his biggest matches in his opinion, his disagreements with the French tennis association when he was fired because he wasn't tall enough, his image of not being a hardworker, etc.
07-15-2010 05:08 PM
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Here's the full interview:
07-15-2010 04:43 PM
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Well it makes sense for him to stop playing. I wholeheartedly agree that he needs a better farewell, so hopefully he will play doubles at Bercy. Thanks for the update.
07-15-2010 01:25 PM
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Thanks for the info!

It's very hard to find anything about Seb these days...
I'm glad his shoulder has recovered, but very sad that he can no longer play on the main tour.
It would indeed have been interesting to know if he would play doubles.
I haven't seen this article anywhere.

Thanks again - always nice to hear about Seb!
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