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Old 09-27-2009, 10:08 AM   #166
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I just wasted one hour of my life, the show was worse than ever. They hardly let him say anything, they all have no clue of tennis, the jokes are pathetic... Who listens to this voluntarily and what is he doing there?

He sounds a bit sick, he has a very hoarse voice, but that was on last Monday.
He doesn't say anything new about the knee. When they ask him if the idea is to play the season to the end and wait for the off-season for a possible surgery, he answers there definitely is no surgery talk.
Being a "featherweight" is an advantage for his kind of injury, it's not too tough on his knee to keep playing, he can deal with it.

When he's asked about Forget, he says it's not his fault if they didn't do very well this year and Forget will obviously remain DC captain.

A listener asks him why they always lose in the 4th round in Slams even when they are the favorites on paper. He answers people in France only hear of the French players and don't realize the opponents are very strong too, same as in Davis Cup. For example in the Jo-Gonzo match at the US Open, he doesn't read much what people write, but if people said that Jo clearly was the favourite, it definitely wasn't that obvious to him. If you look at the Race, Gonzo was ahead of Jo, he's made a Slam semi already this year, it was definitely a 50-50 story and hence not a shocking defeat.

Another listener says it's always a pleasure to listen to Gilles and they should take him on the team of the radio show. The host of the show: "no way, he's way too expensive for us, he's already earned over 3.000.000 $ prize money" - Gilles: "Oh really? " He sounds sincerely surprised and delighted to hear that, it's quite cute - but not worth listening to the whole crap.

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Old 09-27-2009, 10:50 AM   #167
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Aw Fran
Thanks for reporting back to us what he said.

Off topic a bit but I remember reading somewhere (maybe not here) someone complaining about French players living abroad so they don't have to pay tax in France on their winnings - well Greg Rudseki said recently that it was only their sponsorship money and endorsements that they pay tax on in the country where they live, and their tournament winnings are taxed at the rate of the country the tournament is played in. So the winner of Wimbledon would be taxed at the UK higher rate, which used to be 50%, I think it's 40% now - I've never earned enough to be sure of this I thought it was quite an interesting snippet and not what I took the situation to be.
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Old 11-19-2009, 03:47 PM   #168
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I don't know where to post this - and maybe it was already posted since it's old news:

He is also supposed to play the Adelaide exho (with Leconte ^^) the week before the AO:
http://www.worldtennischallenge.com/...sChallenge.htm
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:02 PM   #169
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Happy birthday Fran

Just got in and switched on the TV - only to see lovely Gillou smiling back at me on the ATP Tour uncovered programme - I'll catch the rerun later and upload it
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Happy birthday Fran, hope you had a great one. And happy belated birthday to you Les.
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Joyeux Anniversaire Fran!

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Oh thank you (je suis quadragénaire, gloups)!

Tulasne gives some news of Gilles in l'Equipe today. He got a phone call of the ATP yesterday in the afternoon to be 2nd alternate in London since Gaël isn't sure at all anymore and Tulasne says it was a heartbreak for him to decline. 4 more weeks of complete rest to go, he will undergo new tests then and he's supposed to resume the training on the 20th of December. He has already crossed Brisbane off his schedule, but still plans on playing that Adelaide thingie and then the AO.
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I'm not sure I wanted to hear that! Next year Gillou!
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Sexy turned them down too? He's ahead of Gilles, I didn't think Sexy would not want to go, he's not even injured. Sorry Les, but anyhow, you never get to see the 2nd alternate anyway, I don't recall seeing Kiefer at all last year.
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He didn't play but he was in the crowd! I could've taken stalking to a whole new level!
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Sexy is even ahead of Gaël! But he wants to focus on the Davis Cup final.
The surprising one to me was Cilic, he is ahead of Gilles and I thought that he would come as an European.

We got to see the alternates more the year Ancic was there, they even had their own videos on the ATP website.
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They have videos for the alternates? Wow, I didn't realize. Would have like watching that Ancic one.
I just thought they don't show them cos I didn't see Kiwi at all last year. Poor Kiwi, he was taking it (for being there) so seriously too.

Ah sorry Les . he'll be there in London next year ready to be stalked .
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Here's a video of Mario as an alternate:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV62Q50Df1U

We got to see Mario and Tomas quite a lot when they were alternates a couple of years ago, they even posed in their Chinese outfits.
But we don't see them much anymore (or they only show the alternates when they are "marketable"?)

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Well I think Tsonga is pretty marketable.
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Maybe they can't show the alternates because they don't know who's gonna show? It sounds like Jo is still not in London yet and of course the 2nd alternate is not yet committed. Last year, from what they said, Sexy was vacationing already when they called him and he got to Shanghai quite last minute and w/o his luggage or sth, I guess must be the same for Kiwi then since he's ranked even lower than Sexy and probably got the call even later? I found it quite annoying that for a prestigious event like the YEC (or WTF if you prefer ), the guys are so reluctant to participate. The injured I can understand, and I know the alternates more often than not don't get to play, but still. Just go there and pocket like $50K and watch some tennis is not so hard, is it? And if they don't get to play, they can just think of it as a paid vacation .
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