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Old 01-10-2009, 10:35 AM   #16
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this is basically the story of the day... the opponent's balls always got in, while our nono was running a second slow after the ball.

ps. that's it for me, tomorrow is rest day
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I hope you see more exciting matches

I followed until 1-4, the double break indeed and at that moment he must have served only 3 or 4 first serve in that cases it tough to hold your serve I watched the stats this morning ad yes it seems that he didn't exist on Peter's serve He has only 43% of first serve, against Andy it was not fabulous on serve but on game it was very well but not today apparently. Well it was a long trip from Doha so I hope he won't draw Murray in AO first round lol The double draw of Sydney is out and as bruno said no doubes this week.
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it was just a poor, poor match. arnaud made peter luczak look like andy roddick today i never knew it was so hard to return peter's serves.

i don't know how jet-lagged he was, but he must be different player from doha, or he just wasn't trying.

i asked the guy sitting with bruno, if arnaud is playing doubles... he asked bruno for me, and bruno uttered a lot of stuff lol basically it's a no. they may be staying on for two days... something like that.

Maybe you'll get to see them training? If they are staying for two days

Why didn't you ask Bruno?
When I see Bruno somewhere around, Federer could sit next to him and I propably won't notice it
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i asked the guy sitting with bruno, if arnaud is playing doubles... he asked bruno for me, and bruno uttered a lot of stuff lol basically it's a no. they may be staying on for two days... something like that.
So was it the guy in sunglasses from the photo you posted on your blog? He has "Lagardère" sign on his back, and it increases his chances to be mister Zimbler. How was his English? I think the real Zimbler might have spent a while in the US.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:02 AM   #20
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i'm amazed at your detective work... is this guy so curious? i wouldn't be bothered so much

the guy's english was good enough to understand me but he did not speak much. or maybe he could speak a lot but was worried that i only spoke chinese (or russian)

kezzi i spoke to this guy because he looked friendly or perhaps he even smiled at me lol

bruno was in a lousy mood immediately after the match as you can imagine.

if i see him again should i directly call out for 'mr zimbler'? that would solve our big mystery! lol

ps. one thing that struck me (finally) during and after that match, was that the clement brothers, both of them, aren't all that good at controlling their emotions...
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This is Zimbler:
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Or should I delete my post and let Via call out for "Mr Zimbler!" everytime she spots a coach with the Lagardère sign at the tournament venue?

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Thanks Françoise! No, don't do this, please, otherwise Via will be bashing me until the end of time

So I assume it's a different guy. And I've never seen him before. It seems that the actual stuff of Team Lagardère is quite more various than those few guys mentioned on their website.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:53 PM   #24
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i'm amazed at your detective work... is this guy so curious? i wouldn't be bothered so much

the guy's english was good enough to understand me but he did not speak much. or maybe he could speak a lot but was worried that i only spoke chinese (or russian)

kezzi i spoke to this guy because he looked friendly or perhaps he even smiled at me lol

bruno was in a lousy mood immediately after the match as you can imagine.

if i see him again should i directly call out for 'mr zimbler'? that would solve our big mystery! lol

ps. one thing that struck me (finally) during and after that match, was that the clement brothers, both of them, aren't all that good at controlling their emotions...
Friendly looking is always good Maybe I just miss the voice in my head that keeps repeating "Don't bother him!", because I always asked Bruno things I wanted to know, win or lose Usually in NL when they leave the venue, they're not coming back after a loss, so I just hope they won't get angry

Or go sit as close as you can and talk about him loud enough for him to hear If he turns around, you'll know

What do you mean with controlling their emotions?
After a lost match I always think they look very sad. And on court, well, I think "ballkids" is enough to say

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:53 AM   #25
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i was at the tournament for half a day today, but i didn't see arnaud/bruno around. maybe they've joined a 2-days city sightseeing tour

i did (and so did kristen) seem to see the shadows of fabrice santoro here and there... he isn't playing i don't think, but he's just around....

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thank you for saving me from the embaressment ... that guy might think i was french-mad or even trying to chat him up

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What do you mean with controlling their emotions?
After a lost match I always think they look very sad. And on court, well, I think "ballkids" is enough to say

BTW: I love your blog posts! You have good comments to go with the pics!
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well it seems to me that arnaud got so frustrated when not playing well, he couldn't stay cool and devise some sort of a plan b... in other words, his emotions are getting in the way of him doing things smarter and playing better.

he didn't give too much sh!t to the ballkids on saturday... he just challenged a lot of line calls, really unnecessarily and holding up play. once he distracted luczak enough to (i felt) cause him to double fault. but justice prevailed when two serves later, luczak served a big ace to him

(btw luczak didn't end up qualifying... so much for the new 'andy roddick')
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A bit of embarrassment is part of the fun at tennis tournaments!
But I remember Paulo had already exposed you as "french-mad" a couple of years ago.

They show Santoro in the video about the players' party in Sydney, so he's definitely there. He said he would take a good friend of his with him for his last Australian tour, maybe he wanted him to show Sydney too.

Sorry for all the stuff. Thanks again for all the pics and reports!
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But I remember Paulo had already exposed you as "french-mad" a couple of years ago.

They show Santoro in the video about the players' party in Sydney, so he's definitely there. He said he would take a good friend of his with him for his last Australian tour, maybe he wanted him to show Sydney too.

Sorry for all the stuff. Thanks again for all the pics and reports!
truc - thanks for correcting my spelling too.

no arnaud sighting yesterday (tuesday) so i'm sure he's going to melbourne (or gone, by now)

santoro was definitely still in sydney yesterday, as i caught him with nico devilder on a practice shirt... all guys there were shirtless they went on so long with their drills, that i gave up asking for an autograph.
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My friend texted me that she saw Arno and Bruno in Melbourne, but didn't get a chance to talk to them. So they are in Melbourne since yesterday (European time )
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melbourne's draw is out:

Stakhovsky vs Clement first round

anyone knows more about this guy? at least he's not seeded

if he gets to 2nd round, likely to meet verdasco... i won't look further than that lol
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For me it's a little bit tricky first round. He won Zagreb last year whereas he was LL He really improved last year and did 1/4 in Doha this year and even if didn't see him some people said that's he played quite well there and it's not a spanish who plays only on clay lol But of course it's winnable for Arnaud especially in a best of five. Arnaud can win this if he makes a serious match with few UE and anyway it's the kind of match you must win if you want to come back in top #50

Well, sure we won't have tv coverage of this match
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