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Old 03-06-2010, 01:14 PM   #121
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Gael, put away your mobile, otherwise L'Equipe will doubt your commitment tomorrow
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Old 03-06-2010, 01:31 PM   #122
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I bet checking on the rugby if it's on
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I bet checking on the rugby if it's on
I never read that Gael was into rugby, though.
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No rugby this weekend. Facebook or maybe a poker cash table
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Default Re: Davis Cup 2010: France against Germany

I meant for Richard's benefit.

Richard hopefully knows never to use his mobile at a Davis Cup match ever again.

French crowd is pretty quiet today.
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I meant for Richard's benefit.
I know!

And Gilles talkative as ever.

The score is a little flatttery for the French team. After a poor start the Germans played well, but got no reward.
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I havent seen Richie and Gael, did they leave?
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well Jo has just appeared maybe they have gone for a hit.
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Gillou is either chatting or eating every time the camera catches him
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Kohlschreiber and volleys.

Edit: Momentum change and as usual French crowds getting silent when things get rough. I 'll never get that!

Edit 2: The Frenchies got it done in the end. I found Benneteau was playing really well and Kohli ws the weakest of the four, one or the other spectacular winner does not change that, his volleying was poor throughout.
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:15 PM   #131
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I am back So it was awesome, we were so happy with the result. Bennet and Mika were on fire during the first set, it didn't look like it was going to be a real match and we felt bad for the German team. Then the German stepped it up, the French team began to miss, and as always it goes very fast in one way or the other in doubles the third set was gone. But it was all the time great quality tennis, doubles are so enjoyable to watch. Mika was impressive and Julien made some absolutely fantastic shots, if he could play like this on a regular basis and in singles, no doubt imo that he would rise up to top 20 permanently.

He was getting all fired-up in the end, asking the crowd for help, I was a bit afraid that he was starting to lose his focus -but daddy Mika was there to hold him down and the joy when they won was priceless.

A cute moment too was when Mika missed a volley for a few millimeters and it ended in the net, and Julien who was close to it jumped to help the ball go on the other side of the net. But it didn't work and he was all pouting

They make a great double team, really. Mika was strong all the time, except during one or two serve games towards the end, and helped Julien through his less-good moments like a good partner. I know I regularly say that Mika should be kicked off the team so the young guns more deserving can play -but to be honest, he's the best, strongest and most experienced double player that we have, regardless of the rankings. I think that he should keep playing as long as we don't have a real double team around. If only Jo and Richard could play together more often, or maybe Richard and Julien, as I can't see Gilles or Gaël able to win a double match in less than 10 years of practice


I'm sorry this is a lot of unorganized rambling.
About the guys on the bench, Gilles was chatting to anyone close enough to hear him, commenting every shots or god knows what Gaël disappeared for a good half of the doubles. When he came back, Gilles gave him another big hug, patting on the shoulder and neck, messing with his hair and grinning like they hadn't seen each other in three years It's such a shame that both of them just can't play doubles, not mentionning together, because the getting along part would be perfect. From where I was I couldn't see Richard well because he was hidden by the umpire chair, but towards the end he was getting a lot into the match, standing up and cheering after every points, etc. Jo was the most into it, he was singing along with the fans, very nice to see.


Oh, another thing is that when we arrived at 1:30pm, Gilles and Richard were practicing together on another court without seats. I took a few pics from the window, I'll post them on their forums when I can.


The best part was the end, as usual : the team of 4 and Forget got on the court with the flag, and everyone began to cheer for them, but Mika dragged Gilles by the wrist to get him to come with them (Gilles didn't want to at first and was trying to hold back) and Gaël did the same with Richard, so they were the 7 of them dancing with the flag. I can't help but being very optimistic about our chances this year because of this great team spirit

Pics to come when I sort them out, but they won't be as good as my first ones because I had a much worse seat.



ps : thanks everyone for the good reps on my reports and pics posts, if you like them I will try to do one more tomorrow.

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Yes Kohli has been poor this week-end and some great backhands didn't change his quite poor level of play.
For me the best thing of that WE has been the team spirit it's a long time we haven't seen that. Everything was clear for this tie we'll see for the next one if there are some players who can pretend for the spots maybe some deceptions could change the spirit. Bennet/Llodra has been OK so it could be the team. The other good thing is the choice of surface and the place I mean playing the spaniards on clay would have been awful but outdoor harcourt we have al our chances. It's after Wimbledon or i'm wrong ?
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It's the weekend after Wimbledon, yes
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Thanks for the report - I was wondering if you were going on Sunday too, I would be pissed if I were you to not have live rubbers tomorrow and to get to see Greul and Kas.

I so wish we could have seen Gaël & Gilles playing doubles together for France at the Olympics. They were a bit overshadowed in the media by Clément-Llodra. I would pay to see this match, with the France outfit.
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Thanks for the report and the lovely pics Keijan.
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