I just remembered he's playing the Düsseldorf thing... But that doesn't count, it's a completely useless event.
I hope his current results on clay won't deter him from playing Hamburg. :-/ It was a surprise last year when he played Indianapolis instead of the European clay events, he used to play every possible event on clay, Sopot, Bucharest, etc.
"Le tournoi du Queen's est un très beau tournoi, historique qui plus est. Tout le monde veut jouer au Queen's un jour. L'herbe est une bonne surface pour mon jeu, et j'attends cette partie de la saison avec impatience. Mon jeu se décline bien sur herbe. Certains des meilleurs joueurs du monde seront présents, mais je veux gagner le tournoi !"
He wants to play at least one time in his life in Queens. Maybe next year he will come back to play grass in Germany.
But is he good on grass? I was not expecting him good on that surface specially with not a huge service...
"Not a huge serve" and no netgame, his match against Richard last year was painful!
TBH, I'm always surprised when the guys choose to play in Halle because the courts there are dreadful after 2 days whereas they still look beautiful in London even for the final. It isn't a big issue for Gilles since he has never won a match in Halle , but I'm sure London is a better choice if he wants to have a decent grass season this year.
Last year he played Warsaw on clay during the week of Halle-Queen's.
Really? I thought it was Bastad the players love so much. But maybe Halle too. I don't doubt the organization is nice, it's in Germany.
Llodra said last year after one of his matches that he knows why Fed is unbeaten in Halle: it takes Federer's talent to be able to play on this court, the most rotten one he has ever seen ("le court sur herbe le plus pourri que je connaisse").
I don't think I'll go to Stuttgart, I'm just glad because it seriously increases the chances he plays Hamburg the next week (sorry Ali, I know I already saw him in Madrid...) and more generally because I was afraid he would be sick of clay. Which would be a pity.
Phew, he still likes clay, he entered Stuttgart after Wimbledon!
For real ??
The only thing that comes to mind is that he perhaps thinks that entry list on clay tournaments after wimbly are likely to be weak and hence, it will be easier for him to gather points there. Or is he overtly frustrated by his clay season and want to give it another shot?
Anyway glad for you if you get another chance to stalk him
Le Poussin! Faithfully ignoring the haters since 1995.
I figured he would have either been fed up with clay and transitioned to the hardcourt season after Wimbledon and played Indy - or to follow up with a few clay tourneys and then transition for the Masters Series 1000 hardcourt events. If he is actually going to play Indy after Stuttgart, switching surfaces so rapidly seems like an odd choice. The grass to clay isn't an issue but the clay to hardcourt is another story.
If he doesn't play Indy it actually takes some pressure off of me. Since it's a small tournament, I'm sure there would have been ample opportunity to talk to him. And, of course, because I'm willing to embarrass myself, I would have planned to talk to him. In fact, if given the opportunity I would force myself to talk to him in French. I'm a 'do it right and do it big' person, so that would be the ultimate way for me to force myself to get over my fear of speaking French with French-speaking people
don't worry sweetie if Gillou is reading MTF he should be prepared for you