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Marine 11-04-2005 07:34 PM

Santoro candidate...
 
....in Davis Cup 2006.

Santoro candidat

Vendredi, lors d'une conférence de presse en marge du tournoi de Paris-Bercy, Fabrice Santoro s'est porté candidat pour la campagne 2006 de Coupe Davis où il se verrait bien disputer le double. A 33 ans, le Français n'a plus été sélectionné en équipe de France depuis l'automne 2004.




Associé à son pote Mickaël Llodra, le Toulonnais a perdu en double jeudi contre la paire Black-Ullyett (6-2, 6-4). Une sortie par la petite porte pour les compères qui ont annoncé le mois dernier la fin de leur fructueuse collaboration. Ils tenteront de finir en beauté au Masters de Shanghai en novembre. A 25 ans, Llodra va maintenant se concentrer sur le simple tandis que Santoro va lui continuer à jouer sur les deux tableaux, en simple et en double, une spécialité où il excelle. Il fera désormais équipe avec le Serbe Nenad Zimonjic.

Mardi soir s'était tenue à Bercy une réunion Coupe Davis à laquelle Santoro n'avait pas été convié. Le Français avait alors annoncé qu'il s'exprimerait sur le sujet. Il s'est déclaré prêt à être sélectionné. «Je sais par rapport à ce que je vis sur le terrain que, malgré l'âge, je suis compétitif. Je ne pense pas me tromper en disant que l'équipe de France serait plus forte avec moi que sans moi.» Depuis un quart de finale perdu contre la Suisse en 2003 (lancé pour jouer le cinquième match décisif, le Français avait été balayé par Roger Federer 6-1, 6-0, 6-2), un malaise existait entre lui et d'autres membres de l'équipe.

Cette saison, la France a battu la Suède (3-2) au premier tour et s'est inclinée en quarts de finale contre la Russie (3-2). Dans les deux cas, Mickaël Llodra et Arnaud Clément ont remporté le point du double. La dernière apparition de Santoro date de septembre 2004, lors d'une demi-finale perdue contre l'Espagne. Il s'était incliné dans le deuxième simple contre Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Santoro a déclaré qu'il voulait faire profiter les jeunes, Richard Gasquet et Gaël Monfils, futurs piliers du groupe, de son expérience. «Au-delà de la fierté de porter les couleurs de la France, j'ai besoin de transmettre ce que j'ai appris en 17 ans de carrière.» Il a indiqué qu'il rencontrerait le capitaine Guy Forget à la fin du mois. En février, La France se déplacera en Allemagne au premier tour du Groupe mondial de la Coupe Davis 2006.

delsa 11-06-2005 07:28 PM

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I heard about this. Good luck to Guy Forget with the headaches he'll have trying to make his selections...:unsure: ;)

Marine 11-06-2005 08:48 PM

Re: Santoro candidate...
 
Yes. :awww:
I'm sure Forget doesn't want to selectionate him again. But he has some pression.
Personly, I'm divided on the question... Santoro's comme back should mean Arnaud's eviction :sad:
But I have to admit Santoro is the best in double, he deserves to play, he has experience, he's motived, he loves this competition... and I like his game, his personality on the court, he looks a nice guy.

marifline 11-07-2005 03:56 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Marine
Yes. :awww:
I'm sure Forget doesn't want to selectionate him again. But he has some pression.
Personly, I'm divided on the question... Santoro's comme back should mean Arnaud's eviction :sad:
But I have to admit Santoro is the best in double, he deserves to play, he has experience, he's motived, he loves this competition... and I like his game, his personality on the court, he looks a nice guy.

He's a nie guy..and it's so funny to see how he make become cmad the others guys...

*julie* 11-08-2005 06:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Marine
Yes. :awww:
Santoro's comme back should mean Arnaud's eviction :sad:

Or Paulo's :shrug:
I really wonder who will play for the DC???
For sure Richard and Gael will be in the team (if they are injury free) and ... Seb if he wants to play. Then for the double... :confused:
Who do you think will be in the team?

Kezzi 11-11-2005 02:30 PM

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I hope that Arnaud, Seb and Fabrice will be in the team :D . And hopefully they'll play against Holland in the second round :bounce:

Does anyone already know something about the location in Germany?

Marine 11-11-2005 02:32 PM

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ehhh kezzi, is it Bruno Clément on ur avatar ? lol

Kezzi 11-11-2005 08:56 PM

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Yeah, it is :D . I just love him, I think he's really nice and his trainings with Arnaud are really funny, at least the ones I saw ;) . And I think he is also a good coach, besides just being funny :p .

He's also in my sig, but I don't think you've seen him there. The :worship: Funs :worship: part is dedicated to him :) .

16681 01-18-2006 10:42 PM

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I really didn't know where to put this? But many of us have been trying to get Santoro his own Forum. So far we have had no luck, but we are still trying :) And Santoro is doing so well at the AO :cool:

16681 01-20-2006 03:33 PM

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Again I didn't know where to put this so I'm putting it in here. I'm glad Santoro is doing so well at the AO :) But we still haven't been able to get him a Forum :sad:

Marine 01-20-2006 07:00 PM

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He's just magic. I would have loved to see his match.
Allezzz Fabrice :yippee: :music:

I♥PsY@Mus!c 01-20-2006 07:02 PM

Re: Santoro candidate...
 
How could he play that nice lob? :eek:
Watching his tennis = feel relaxed ;)

*julie* 01-20-2006 10:39 PM

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A video interview from Magic Fab here: http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/open-d-australie/2006/

Bravo Fabrice! :worship:

delsa 01-22-2006 08:18 PM

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I didn't know where to put this: a nice article about Fabrice.

Quote:

Santoro wears his art on his sleeve
By Jake Niall
January 21, 2006
In The Age

IF YOU’RE actually interested in tennis, as opposed to ogling Russian babes or their on-court ensembles, then as Molly Meldrum used to say, do yourself a favour and check out Fabrice Santoro today.

French Fabrice is more character actor than one of the tour’s leading men. The part he plays is of the quirky, independent artist. Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg were machines. Roger Federer is both artist and machine. But Santoro is solely an artist and, as such, has never seriously challenged — much less raged against — the machines in the matches that count.

In 54 grand slam appearances, Santoro has never been beyond the fourth round — a yield that is somewhat disappointing considering he has been ranked as high as No.17, has been on the tour longer than anyone bar Andre Agassi (since 1988) and has a repertoire of shots that are entirely his own.

He is much admired by the tennis cognoscenti because, in a game that grows ever more uniform, Santoro dares to play his own risky way and to defy the bland bash and crash, backcourt orthodoxy.

He plays two-handed on both sides, hits a strange slice forehand and, most eccentric of all, he hits the ball softly, relying on placement, control and surprise instead of ruthless power. His zen style infuriates the temperamental Marat Safin, who has a negative win-loss record against Santoro.

On Friday, when he outlasted eighth seed Gaston Gaudio, Santoro used a different racquet at each end — employing “very loose” strings into the wind, and a tightly-strung racquet with the wind. He often hits drop shots on return of serve, the very definition of low-percentage tennis.

While there is no one remotely like him on the circuit and little prospect of imitators, Santoro’s slomo groundstrokes recall the Czech aesthete, Miloslav Mecir, who was fortunate to play at a time when power was less absolute and managed to make a couple of grand slam finals.

Santoro is often asked why he’s still playing — the assumption being that one needs a good, non-financial reason to be playing tennis at 33. “I play tennis now, it’s because I like to be on the court, I like to work, I like the fight, and I know that I’m still a pretty good player,’’ he says. Tennis is his art — and craft.

But he’s also hanging around in the hope that the dusk of his career can deliver a grand finale, that he can surpass that unflattering record and make the quarter-finals of those four-times-a-year tournaments that define players.

“I want to play to try to do something better than I did in grand slams, and this Australian Open I have a good chance. I’ve never been better than the fourth round,” he told The Sunday Age. “If I could go to the quarter-finals for the first time in my career, it would be wonderful.”

Standing between Santoro and the grandest achievement of his career is one of those ubiquitous clay-loving Spanish baseliners. David Ferrer, the tournament’s 11th seed, was a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros last year and, should he match that effort here, might sneak into the top 10.

Ferrer clearly likes the combination of searing heat and sticky rubber courts, because his third round, straight-sets dismissal of Mario Ancic ranks as one of the most authoritative performances of the tournament to date.

Ancic, remember, won Croatia the Davis Cup and has that most novel distinction of being the last man to defeat Roger Federer at Wimbledon (in his 2002 debut).

So, Ferrer has serious form. Santoro, who lost their one close encounter in Montreal last year, describes his opponent thus: “He’s a great player ... he’s strong on both sides, you know, he makes you run. Backcourt, not a huge serve, but good enough to be ready for the second shot. He will be one more tough opponent for me.”

Santoro welcomes the prospect of a closed roof in today’s diabolical heat, having endured four hours in nearly-but-not-quite-extreme heat on Friday, when he unexpectedly surged after dropping the third and fourth sets and losing his serve early in the fifth.

It was a canny victory that owed much to Santoro’s decision to, in effect, give up on the fourth set and conserve energy for the fifth. During the breaks he covered his head in plastic bags filled with ice. “Normally I put them on my neck, but today I feel like my head was too hot,” he explained.

Santoro intends to keep playing this year and in 2007, having just hired a new coach. He says he owes his unconventional style to his father, Marcel, an ex-soccer goalie. And like many artistes, Santoro takes pride in his non-conformity.

“I’m very happy he teached me this because it gives me this peculiarity, my difference with the other players. “I’m very happy to play a different game. Most of the guys are playing the same tennis today. So when I’m on the court, people like it, or they hate it, but they have an opinion about my game.”

“I want to play to try to do something better than I did in grand slams, and this Australian Open I have a good chance. I’ve never been better than the fourth round,” he told The Sunday Age. “If I could go to the quarter-finals for the first time in my career, it would be wonderful.”

Standing between Santoro and the grandest achievement of his career is one of those ubiquitous clay-loving Spanish baseliners. David Ferrer, the tournament’s 11th seed, was a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros last year and, should he match that effort here, might sneak into the top 10.

Ferrer clearly likes the combination of searing heat and sticky rubber courts, because his third round, straight-sets dismissal of Mario Ancic ranks as one of the most authoritative performances of the tournament to date.

Ancic, remember, won Croatia the Davis Cup and has that most novel distinction of being the last man to defeat Roger Federer at Wimbledon (in his 2002 debut).

So, Ferrer has serious form. Santoro, who lost their one close encounter in Montreal last year, describes his opponent thus: “He’s a great player ... he’s strong on both sides, you know, he makes you run. Backcourt, not a huge serve, but good enough to be ready for the second shot. He will be one more tough opponent for me.”

Santoro welcomes the prospect of a closed roof in today’s diabolical heat, having endured four hours in nearly-but-not-quite-extreme heat on Friday, when he unexpectedly surged after dropping the third and fourth sets and losing his serve early in the fifth.

It was a canny victory that owed much to Santoro’s decision to, in effect, give up on the fourth set and conserve energy for the fifth. During the breaks he covered his head in plastic bags filled with ice. “Normally I put them on my neck, but today I feel like my head was too hot,” he explained.

Santoro intends to keep playing this year and in 2007, having just hired a new coach. He says he owes his unconventional style to his father, Marcel, an ex-soccer goalie. And like many artistes, Santoro takes pride in his non-conformity.

“I’m very happy he teached me this because it gives me this peculiarity, my difference with the other players. “I’m very happy to play a different game. Most of the guys are playing the same tennis today. So when I’m on the court, people like it, or they hate it, but they have an opinion about my game.”

16681 01-22-2006 11:11 PM

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A great article. Thanks for posting. And Santoro really does need a Forum. He is still winning at the AO :)


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