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Old 03-05-2009, 06:34 AM   #16
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An article in Le Parisien today, "The team spirit according to Simon":
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L’esprit de groupe selon Simon
D’UN CÔTÉ l’hôtel Atom, un Dbon bloc bleu pâle et gris au non-charme vieillissant. De l’autre la CEZ Arena, antre grisâtre des hockeyeurs du HC Vítkovice transformé en salle de tennis. C’est sur ce petit périmètre de gaieté que les Bleus préparent depuis lundi leur premier tour de Coupe Davis face à la République tchèque. Dans la bonne humeur. Surtout pour le numéro un tricolore, Gilles Simon, 24 ans, qui s’apprête, sauf surprise, à célébrer demain face à Tomas Berdych sa première sélection en équipe de France.
« Ne pas se cacher et s’appuyer sur les autres »
« Cette compétition est vraiment particulière, sourit le récent demi-finaliste à Dubaï. Même si le tennisman est obligatoirement à la base individualiste, tu te retrouves dans une situation où ton sort importe peu par rapport à celui de l’équipe. » Pour Simon, on naît joueur de Coupe Davis. Ou on ne l’est pas. « Je ne pense pas que l’esprit de groupe se travaille, poursuit le numéro huit mondial. C’est naturel. Les meilleurs joueurs de Coupe Davis n’ont pas forcément été les meilleurs tout court. Quelqu’un comme Scud (NDLR : Nicolas Escudé, vainqueur du point décisif lors de la finale contre l’Australie en 2001), tu n’as qu’à faire un foot avec lui pour voir que le truc d’équipe, ça le passionne. Ce n’était pas le mec qui avait le niveau de jeu pour rivaliser à l’année avec tous ceux qu’il a battus en Coupe Davis. Le niveau, il l’avait le jour J et ce n’est pas un hasard. Pour moi, l’esprit de groupe, c’est ne pas se cacher, s’appuyer sur les autres quand ça ne va pas et tenir les autres quand ça va bien. Ce week-end, nous allons savoir si nous sommes capables de ça ou pas. »
Malgré la plongée dans l’inconnu et ses interrogations sur sa gestion de la pression — « la tension peut paralyser ou motiver, et je ne peux rien savoir avant d’être sur le court » —, Simon garde confiance. En effet — outre le regard complice de Thierry Tulasne, son entraîneur, dans les tribunes et les mots du capitaine Forget sur le banc —, il sait qu’il peut compter sur le soutien de ses potes Tsonga, Monfils ou Gasquet. « J’ai avant tout besoin de sincérité, lâche-t-il. On se connaît tellement… J’ai juste envie que cela se passe bien, sans coup fourré ou polémique. Et je sais que, là, il n’y en aura pas. »
Dans sa peau de leader « arithmétique » du groupe, le demi-finaliste du Masters 2008 n’envie pas Gasquet, son prédécesseur au poste. « Quand tu débarques comme Richard en tant que numéro un et que tu dois jouer avec des joueurs d’une autre génération qui te voient arriver comme un extraterrestre, et avec lesquels tu ne communiques pas naturellement, c’est autrement difficile, résume Simon. Là, numéro un, deux ou trois, peu importe. L’essentiel, c’est la gagne. Si je colle trois sets à Berdych sur un nuage et qu’on perd la rencontre 4-1, qu’est-ce que j’en aurais à f…de ma victoire ? »
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:41 AM   #17
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All the articles insist Ostrava is absolutely gloomy, it sounds terrible. Forget also joked yesterday in his interview about the awesome time they have after the training sessions, it must be really bad because Forget isn't the sarcastic kind of guy.

Gilles says in the article that team spirit isn't something one can work on and develop in his opinion, it's an "inborn", natural thing. The best Davis Cup players are not the best players. Look at Escudé, you just need to play football once with him to get his passion for team events. He wasn't able to compete with the top players all over the year, but he was able to step up his game when he was playing DC.
Team spirit means for Gilles: not hide, lean on the others when things go wrong and support them in return when they need it. "We will see this week-end if we are able of that or not."
He has no idea yet how he will deal with the pressure, he says it can petrify him or motivate him, he will only know once on the court. But he's confident because he can rely on the presence of Tulasne in the stands, on Forget on the chair and above all on the support of his friends Jo, Gaël and Richard. "What I need the most is honesty. We know each other so well... I just want everything to go off smoothly, without any underhand tricks or polemic. And I know there won't be any."
He is the number 1 on paper and doesn't envy Richard for what he went through the past few years in DC. When you arrive as the number 1 in a team with players of another generation who are looking at you as if you were an extra-terrestrial and you are not naturally communicating with, it's much tougher. Being number 1, 2 or 3 doesn't matter this time. The only important thing is to win the tie. "If I play out of my mind on Friday and beat Berdych 3 sets to 0, but we lose 4-1, I won't give a damn about my win!"

The part about Richard is funny.

He sounds really confident to play, but we will have the confirmation at 11am.
I posted the other news about DC in the DC thread, as usual.

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Old 03-05-2009, 10:26 AM   #18
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It's confirmed, he plays the 1st match tomorrow.
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:30 AM   #19
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It's confirmed, he plays the 1st match tomorrow.
Yay!
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:34 AM   #20
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Thanks Fran! That'll be a proud moment for all Gillou fans (assuming he lives up to expectations of course!) So that's presumably 2.30 CET (1.30 GMT)? Allez Gillou et Allez France!
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Here's the tie information in full

http://www.daviscup.com/ties/tie.asp?tie=100012235
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And the head-to-head: Simon 2 - 1 Berdych

2008 Sydney Hard R16 Berdych 7-6(3) 6-2
2006 ATP Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay R32 Simon 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-4
2006 Australian Open Hard R64 Simon 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-2
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Bonne chance Gillou et France! ALLEZ!
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Somebody said last time it is going to be USA-Switzerland.

French TV will show FRA-CZE on France 4 (Friday), France 2 (Saturday, so not so interesting for the Simon forum!) and France 3 (Sunday, only if the tie isn't over yet). Unfortunately I don't get France 4 here, does anybody know a livestream for it?
La bande annonce de France 4 annonce que cela sera aussi en simultané sur le site de France 4. Je ne sais pas si c'est seulement le live scrore ou les images et je ne sais pas si on peut capter ce qui passe sur le site de france 4 à l'étranger ?
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La bande annonce de France 4 annonce que cela sera aussi en simultané sur le site de France 4. Je ne sais pas si c'est seulement le live scrore ou les images et je ne sais pas si on peut capter ce qui passe sur le site de france 4 à l'étranger ?
Merci. That would be so great, at least if I can see it in Belgium too. I have France 1 and 2 on tv, but not 4 So let's hope they will actually livestream it on the website too
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Yes, I saw that too and I wondered exactly the same (what does "en simultané" mean exactly?) Any livestream would be great, but I would definitely prefer a "France 4" livestream because they have interviews of the staff, the other players, etc. It will be on "Sport+" too in France, but since it's a pay channel, I thought we had a better chance to find a "France 4" one.

Gilles doesn't say anything special in his audio interview.

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The website http://fr.wwitv.com/ has 84 French channels but not France 4
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Try this maybe http://www.adsltv.org/ The channel is in but i don't know if it works
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No, it doesn't work for me (or it works, but not for France 4). It's crazy, "France 4" is a free public channel, I don't know why it's so hard to find livestreams of it.
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It's not really a popular channel in France.
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