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Old 03-05-2009, 05:05 PM   #31
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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.
This website gave a list of some tv channels you can get only if you subscribe to free box and some others French internet providers. Otherwise, from outside France you can see only the web tv and France television is not inside. So probably we have to see from another source, maybe the bet website will show it, but at the moment I only saw for Spain - Serbia.
It will be really annoying if we can't find a link.
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It's confirmed, he plays the 1st match tomorrow.
I'm working so I'll miss it
On the off chance that anyone does find a working stream can someone cap it?
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I won't be able to watch either but that's probably for the best Will stick to the thought that fast indoors isn't Berdych's cup of tea either (and hope for Gilles to get a new haircut by tomorrow )
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wow myP2P.eu offers a stream for tomorrow:
http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?ma...44&part=sports

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Day 1 - Two Singles :

: World Group 2009 - 1st Round :
: Cez Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic :

1.Tomas Berdych vs Gilles Simon

2.Radek Stepanek vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
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That means I'm going to watch 2 livestreams at one time (France and Serbia) + Belgium-Poland on tv
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That means I'm going to watch 2 livestreams at one time (France and Serbia) + Belgium-Poland on tv
same except i will be watching USA vs Switzerland(even though i assume it will be very one sided) on tv.
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Since I was talking about it in the other thread, here is an article (in French, sorry) after his first win over Berdych in Melbourne in 2006, when Tomas sounded so annoyed by Gilles' game. Of course Gilles' game has changed a lot since then and the surface won't be the same:
http://gilles-simon.over-blog.com/article-19066786.html

I made a very, very short summary in English here (I see I said Gilles is impassive now in the court, maybe he has changed again a little bit or I hadn't seen him play often enough at the time):
http://www.menstennisforums.com/show...0&postcount=11

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Hey guys just found this thread now. Good luck to Gilles and the rest of team France! I'm hopeful for a good tie and a good result for France with Gilles doing his best and hopefully his tennis will be good quality
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wow myP2P.eu offers a stream for tomorrow:
http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?ma...44&part=sports
Amazing - thanks Yavor! Let's hope it works! I will *certainly* be watching if so, and shouting my support at the computer! (a Gillou-fest beats GB vs Ukraine hands down, anyday!)
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The first person to get a link working can post here tomorrow. I'll catch a little bit of it. I'll be watching Ukraine/GBR until that starts and then I'll try and catch an hour of Gilles' match. I'm interested to see what outfits Adidas have got him and Jo for DC. I doubt he'll be wearing his white one if he's been training in it
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The article in L'Equipe today:
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Le numéro 1 français fête sa première sélection en débutant face à Berdych. Stressé ? Non.

« ÇA BRÛLE, HEIN ? » Gilles Simon interpelle Gaël Monfils, partenaire d’entraînement en souffrance après une glissade sur l’abrasif tapis en Taraflex de la Cez Arena. « Ah, c’est qu’on n’est plus à Acapulco, là ! » Chambreur, le numéro 1 français raille une victime en recherche de repères après sa difficile transition de Mexico à République tchèque. Et l’on voudrait que Simon, le légendaire Fontenaisien gonflé à l’assurance, soit dépassé par l’événement ? Affaissé ? Entortillé ? Inhibé ? Bien dans ses baskets et avide de nouveaux défis, le voilà qui se fond avec naturel dans ce nouvel environnement. La légende colporte déjà que le blanc bec (de la Coupe Davis) n’hésite pas non plus à deviser sur la stratégie des rencontres en cinq matches avec Forget, son capitaine au très long cours. Parce qu’il est comme ça, qu’il ne changera pas et que son dernier pied de nez – première titularisation en tant que numéro 1 français – interpelle plus les autres que lui. « Pour moi, c’est anecdotique. Numéro 1 ou numéro 2 en Coupe Davis, on joue de toute façon les mêmes adversaires dans le week-end. Il n’y a pas de leader dans l’équipe, et pas de besoin qu’il y en ait. On a chacun notre façon de faire et on est tous plus ou moins vierges d’expérience. Personne n’a de leçons à donner aux autres ! »
Tout bien considéré, la petite différence du Simon « Daviscupman » serait à dénicher dans ce discours égalitariste. Orgueilleux, oui. Égocentrique, bien sûr. Posture de premier de la classe, parfois. Mais pas à Ostrava.
« L’ambiance, j’adore ! »
« En Coupe Davis, il faut bien laisser son ego au vestiaire, dit-il. Pour moi, la démonstration parfaite de ce qu’est cette compétition, c’est la finale de la France en Australie en 2001. Ou comment les Australiens, avec deux des meilleurs joueurs du monde (Rafter et Hewitt), avaient perdu par excès d’orgueil face à une équipe solidaire. Une équipe, c’est avoir énormément d’honnêteté vis-à-vis de tout le monde. La Coupe Davis, c’est très simple, il faut envoyer les meilleurs sur le terrain. Et moi, je ne suis pas du genre à y aller à tout prix. Berdych et Stepanek savent que même s’ils ne sont pas bien, ils y vont quand même. Nous, on a la chance d’avoir quatre bons joueurs qui se tiennent de très près. Celui qui se sent bien, il prend la responsabilité d’y aller. Sinon, non. »
Rassurons ses fans : cette fois-ci, Simon s’est senti de représenter l’armada des potes. S’il ronchonnait sur ce fonds de jeu en jachère ces derniers temps, il a trouvé matière à réconfort durant le stage. « Ça m’a rassuré, mais en même temps, j’en étais persuadé. Il me fallait simplement trois ou quatre jours d’entraînement. Il fallait juste trouver le temps de le faire. En tournois, même en ayant l’impression de ne pas bien jouer, je réussissais à passer des tours, mais en ayant chaque fois du mal à laisser partir les coups. Un genre de cercle vicieux auquel la coupure amis fin. » Requinqué, il va donc enfin tester la problématique des premières dans le sulfureux chaudron de la Coupe . « L’ambiance, j’adore ! C’est le spectacle, c’est ce qui sauve certains matches pourris de L 1, et même si j’ai toute la Tchéquie contre moi, je m’en fous, tant que ça reste respectueux. »
Reste cette inaliénable embûche, décryptée par Guy Forget : « La vraie difficulté en Coupe Davis, c’est que tu as un vrai sentiment de culpabilité quand tu n’arrives pas à être à la hauteur. L’expérience, c’est ça, passer au-delà. » Et là, Simon n’a aucune référence. « C’est la seule chose que je ne contrôlerai pas et que je vais découvrir : comment c’est quand on ne joue pas pour soi. »
Mais comme il a toujours tout appris très vite, son coach privé Thierry Tulasne évitait de s’inquiéter pour le déniaisement. « Le piège de la Coupe Davis, c’est que tu es porté par le groupe la semaine pour subitement te retrouver tout seul. Dans ce contexte, Gilles devra simplement être lui. Et le staff devra rester le plus naturel possible, ne pas en faire trop en l’encourageant, sauf dans les moments chauds. Gilles n’aime pas qu’on se lève sur chaque point. C’est quelqu’un qui a beaucoup de recul. » Et qui n’en aura jamais eu autant besoin pour son baptême du feu.
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He was teasing Gaël a lot in training when Gaël was trying to slide on the Taraflex ("ah, it's not Acapulco here!") and is looking really cool and not stressed at all. Not his style to be inhibited because it is his DC debut. People say he's also having big discussions with Forget about the strategy in 5 sets matches. That's how he is, he won't change and his last joke (to be number 1 for his first nomination in DC) is more a problem for the others than for him. Number 1 or number 2, that's trivial for him in Davis Cup, there is no leader in the team and they don't need any either. Everybody has his own way to deal with the situation and they all lack experience in a way. "Nobody should be giving lessons to the others."
He stresses one has to leave his ego in the locker rooms in Davis Cup, which is quite unusual for him since he's very proud and self-centred, the journalist stresses that a lot. The 2001 final France-Australia is the perfect illustration of DC in his opinion. The Aussies had two of the best players in the world (Rafter and Hewitt), but committed the sin of pride against a team which was sticking together. Playing in a team requires a lot of honesty towards everybody. The rule is simple in DC: the best ones have to play. He's not the kind of guy who wants to play at all costs. Unlike Berdych and Stepanek, who have to play, they have the choice in the French team. "The one who has a good feeling should take responsibility and go out there. Otherwise, don't."
And his fans don't need to worry: Simon has a good feeling. He was grouching about his game lately, but the week of training has reassured him. "But I knew it. I just needed 3 or 4 days of training. I just needed to find the time to do it." Which was not possible as long as he was playing tournaments. "It was kind of a vicious circle."
Tough to play such a tricky away tie for his debut in DC, but he says he loves it when there is a special atmosphere. He makes again a comparison with football :-/ and says that a great atmosphere can save matches wich are very boring in other respects. "Even if I have the whole country against me, I don't care, as long as it isn't disrespectful."
Forget says the real problem in DC is that players feel guilty when they don't play well. And Gilles has no experience of that. "That's the only thing I don't know yet and I will experience now: how it feels not to play for oneself".
But he is a fast learner and Tulasne isn't worried. DC can be tricky, though, in Thierry's opinion as you're with the group during the whole week and when the match starts, you're completely alone again. He also says the staff has to be careful not to overdo it by cheering for Gilles because he doesn't like it when people stand up after every point. (Monsieur has his desiderata, as usual, Tulasne must be briefing everybody right now!)

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My French is really gonna improve here Thanks, it's a nice read...as far as I understood it They really seem to be a good group. Before, I had the impression that the French team played like individuals. But maybe that's just because I wasn't really 'in' it enough. They have a good team and they seem to be very motivated. Allez!

Oh and a translation Now I can read it again.
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You're welcome, but it's not a translation at all, just a summary to give the gist of it for people who don't speak French.
Feel free to complete it, I just picked a few points.

And this is the first page in L'Equipe today:
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