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Old 12-21-2009, 12:53 PM   #263
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He says he will never get completely rid of the groin injury that hampered him this year, he will always have to play through the pain from time to time, but he's very careful now.
Then a few things about the collaboration with his new coach, it doesn't change much for him.
He didn't stop after Bercy because he had been injured during a long part of the season. While everybody was tired and fed up, he was feeling fresh and eager to play and that's why he kept playing (the Interclubs, the Masters France...)
But he has to be careful because the next season will be tough since he is going to play both in singles and doubles.
It was a really tough decision to split with Arnaud and to play with Ram, he felt physically sick at the prospect of telling Arnaud about it. But they often didn't make the cut anymore with Arnaud, hence this choice. And Ram is a great friend of him too (they reached the Wimbledon juniors final together).
He thinks that playing doubles is good for his game and for his state of mind. He isn't a hardworker, he isn't too fond of training, he loves the game.
He has no special goals for 2010. He doesn't care much about his ranking anymore. His main goal is to play well in the French events.
And he would like to have a great run in a Slam at least once in his career, something like a SF. He now feels mature enough to do it. Wimbledon looks like his best chance, but on the other hand, he has never won 2 matches there. He's always been injured or has had tough draws. He might skip 1-2 tournaments in order to arrive in great shape in Wimbledon.
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