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Old 11-12-2009, 05:55 PM   #181
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Too bad.. Would have loved the "insight"!
Hehe, same thing, it would have been fun, lol
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I wanted Lars Graff to be the chair umpire yesterday...
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Me too, should've been Graff.
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Would have been nice for me to get a photo of MY fairy godmother, Aunty Denise, with my Big Pixie for posterity. Would have made me very, very happy. But, wasn't to be ... big shame, especially after she'd flown out to Paris to see our boy on such a special occasion.

There ye go. Would have been really nice for her too.

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Marat didn't forget to say goodbye to Rafa:


It's just before the 2 minute mark.
Gee, how observant!
I have watched so many times and finally was able to catch it.
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I was just thinking today that I am SO GLAD Marat came back for another year (even if it wasn't so hot). Imagine if that bad loss to Monaco at Bercy last year was his final match ever... Marat was so glum after that match. The match against Del Potro was so much better.

The "bye-bye tour" seemed to help me accept his retirement - I'm not sad. But I'll probably be crying like a baby when the AO TV coverage starts next year.



Thanks for posting that video, Saumon. Seeing a shirtless Marat smacking Rafa's butt just made my day!
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why did I choose to study in a boarding school...

a friend told me score by SMS, and I received 207 messages during the match against Delpo...

let's say bye bye to Marat, see you in HongKong in January next year...
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Hey Hello

Got back from Paris last night, had a fab time, but by golly gosh was it emotional. Will sort out some pics I took, and write a little account later, if people want to hear??? Pics are pretty crappy, cos to be honest, when faced with Marat in the flesh, I couldn't stop shaking, shameful, embarrassing, annoying (and some expletives come to mind), ah well I have the memory.
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Got back from Paris last night, had a fab time, but by golly gosh was it emotional. Will sort out some pics I took, and write a little account later, if people want to hear??? Pics are pretty crappy, cos to be honest, when faced with Marat in the flesh, I couldn't stop shaking, shameful, embarrassing, annoying (and some expletives come to mind), ah well I have the memory.
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Hey Hello Got back from Paris last night, had a fab time, but by golly gosh was it emotional. Will sort out some pics I took, and write a little account later, if people want to hear??? Pics are pretty crappy, cos to be honest, when faced with Marat in the flesh, I couldn't stop shaking, shameful, embarrassing, annoying (and some expletives come to mind), ah well I have the memory.
Mia, lovely to see you back, hope you're not totally spent by your adventure? Am looking forward to hearing every last detail!
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Mia, hello! I am very pleased that we managed to meet Marat and looking forward to your stories and pictures.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:54 PM   #194
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I shall do this in two sections, and add pictures to the piccys thread, unless revelent

Well I was a live tennis virgin, and who better to lose your 'virginity' too and what better place. There is something poetic about seeing him for the first time, in his final tournament. Talk about being a late starter, just to take the metaphor one stage further

Watched Seppi/Kohlschreiber, little interest, Berdych/Millot, a little better, PHM/Troiki, improved again, and watched
Jim Chardy come on court for his doubles, but decided to save myself for Safi, and went for a wander and an assiette
des frites. On my wander to the Seine, saw Carlos Bernardes leaving and in my concentration of lighting a cigarette, I
practically walked slap bang into Mohamed Lahyani. I giggled nervously, he smiled, and strode off to the VIP entrance, as I retreated to my plebby entrance.

I was in slightly different seats to my Matinee seats, but pretty good. Infact inspired choice, as when the players were called Safi was right there, all two metres of him, about two metres away. I had been told that I would be amazed by his height in person, but that didn't strike me so much as his commanding presence. And his amble, which I think is adorable.

The light show started, flashing lights all over the court lines, and then a countdown, par example




I was pretty surprised at how empty the stadium was, considering the event, or what the event potentially could have been. Maybe the French public were confident enough that this wasn't it, there was a moment that Cedric Pioline was brought to the sidelnes, as Ascione had his shot. Pioline disappeared sharpish though, much to my relief. Not that I have an issue with Pioline you understand, I just knew what it meant.

The crowd was pretty pro-Ascione, and only a small group of us cheering Marat I felt. My neighbour kept yelling "Allez
Thierry" which was fine, I suppose, but the sheer volume, Lord! And then his damn wife, shouting out during Marats ball toss, I could have garroted her. I moved into my empty brothers seat eventually, as it pissed me off too much. The patriotism got more intense when Les Bleus entered the stadium, and in my seats, I was three seats behind Thierry Henry.

As for the match my pa described it well, a fine swordsman playing an agricultural worker!

There was a group of people infront of me, (and Thierry) who Marat seemed to be having a chat and laugh with during the match and at the end as he was leaving had some hugs and more laughs with them. (No women in the group, for those who it concerns. Although blondes elsewhere) These are them:


After the emotional rollercoaster, I couldn't take Grosjean, so left for the day. But not before stopping at the Billetiaire to ask about tickets for Wednesday. Sold out!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Turned up on Tuesday, saw Kolya, Jim Chardy, Nando Verdasco, bit of Rafa's doubles, but was spent before the evening
session, so went for some Paris nightlife instead.

Part deux coming..............

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Old 11-14-2009, 12:10 AM   #195
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Round 2

Turned up bright and early on Wednesday morning, to lurk for ticket scouts to pounce on, literally and metaphorically I should add that the other mornings I had gone I was always offered tickets outside the gates, so I felt semi confident this plan might work, although it being public holiday I was dubious when I saw others standing with signs asking for tickets After many cigarettes and a looooooooooooot of shivering I finally was beckoned down an alley, and offered a ticket, for four times its face value. So I had one minute of ummming and ahhhhing, and decided that it was worth it. I would have felt wretched sitting five minutes away in a cafe watching it on TV, I mean watching Marat was sole purpose of visit. So I paid the man, and left my parents and went inside, calling them to tell them the ticket was legit. There was a tense moment, as I went through the scanning process

Seat was in the rafters on a balcony, with the birds. Seriously, three birds flew around the stadium, quite bizarre. Sat in a daze through Djoko, (not a fan) should have been on Sortie Neuf (the smoking section) instead, but instead I missed Marat walking on court as I was too busy chuffing away on a cigarette. (Smoking really is bad for you, I do sound like a real chainy too, I ain't so bad)

Caught the warm up though. Marat seemed on good form, cheerful, and was bemused by the mexican wave during one of the change overs, I had a pic of his bemused face, but its all blurry. Shame.

Thank God for the second set, and my heart was in my mouth during the 9th of the third. But it was a grand last match, and there was some classic Safin, BHDTL, strong serves, playful volleys. And then it was over. Forever.

I was holding it together as everyone came on court, and were it not for the video montage, I think I would have kept my composure. Instead my neigbours were subjected to this sobbing, and in my torment and distress I lost my shoe over the edge of the balcony. So after he had walked out of sight, I hobbled down the stairs, rocking from one heeled foot to one bare, with a face resembling Alice Cooper, with the mascara trails down my face. And explaining to the steward through a breaking voice, that my shoe was in the more expensive part of the stadium, and no I didn't want to get into posh seating, I just wanted my god damn shoe, and no this facial appearance was not normal. It kinda took the edge of my emotion, so I was grateful, kinda.

I loved the tournament, and I always love Paris, my only wish is that life had not got in the way of me seeing Safin sooner.

But I know I am luckier than some in that I got to witness him live, and see him in his last professional appearance. I hope this little report does not make some of you sadder than you were previously, 'grief is the price we pay for love'

Et C'est tout.

P.S Sorry so long. I wanted to be thorough, although it seems waffley. oooops
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