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Old 07-30-2010, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default Hot Stuff! Let's fire up for 2010 US/fall hard court season

Okay, here we go!

I'm changing my mindset, I'm a jinx no more, my luck has change...And who needs luck when you have skills , Gilles surely doesn't . He will get back to form this summer season on hard court!!!

The first summer destination, Washington DC next week: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/418/mds.pdf

Can't say I like this draw, bye and qualifier , the combination I hate, and then Roddick...
No fear, Gilles is full of motivation and ambition, he will try his best to do the maximum on his best surface .

ALLEZ!

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Old 07-30-2010, 08:48 PM   #2
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I was about to suggest you another title: Out of the Euro pan into the US fire.
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:59 AM   #3
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He will face the winner of Nishikori/Kunitsyn in his opening match in R2. Allez!
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Looking around for news, I saw some fans blogging their visits to D.C...

http://achangeofends.blogspot.com/20...-tomorrow.html
Gilles Simon did not seem at all happy with his practice this afternoon. If I knew any French obscenities, I'm betting that's what I was hearing from Simon's side of the court.
I bet Nat is rolling his eyes right about now . Gilles needs a chill pill even in practice.

This one is a much better read
http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/6917
Gilles Simon was on the practice courts for quite a while. Surprisingly, he looks much stronger in person and his game is much more explosive standing 15 feet away. The camera does not do him justice. He was friendly and personable taking ten photos with fans and stopping to sign autographs. With each photo, he didn’t just stand there like most players. He reached his hand around and practically gave each person a hug. He is a hugger, ladies! This warms my heart. Girls got giddy around him, men stood staring in confusion, and I was happily enjoying viewing a former top 10-er in person.

Thanks for sharing, fans.
I wonder if Scotty is going there and if he'll stop by to tell us all about it?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:15 AM   #5
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Did he cut his hair ?
Pics on that Twitter account http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg688/sca...=640&ysize=640



The hard will be better than the clay for sure and it would be nice if he could keep a seed spot for USO.
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Surprisingly, he looks much stronger in person
I was just thinking that from the photo - has he bulked up a bit? Hard to tell... (I think he has had a hair cut, too, though thankfully it's still not too short!)

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With each photo, he didn’t just stand there like most players. He reached his hand around and practically gave each person a hug. He is a hugger, ladies!
Why aren't I in Washington?!

Allez Gilles for a great hard-court season! Don't like the draw very much but as we've seen it doesn't really matter who's on the other side of the net at the moment - Gilles has his work cut out playing himself...
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http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/418/op.pdf

He plays Kunitsyn in the last match on Grandstand. Allez Gilles!!!
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I bet Nat is rolling his eyes right about now . Gilles needs a chill pill even in practice.
Nah, I'm still on the athletics train and no other sport will spoil this moment.
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Looking around for news, I saw some fans blogging their visits to D.C...

http://achangeofends.blogspot.com/20...-tomorrow.html
Gilles Simon did not seem at all happy with his practice this afternoon. If I knew any French obscenities, I'm betting that's what I was hearing from Simon's side of the court.
I bet Nat is rolling his eyes right about now . Gilles needs a chill pill even in practice.

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that A Change of Ends is my blog and I'm so glad that you took a minute to check it out. I agree, my posts are usually a little more thought out. This weekend's posts were probably better tweets than blog entries. I was just excited to get something up there about my trip. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that my newest entry has a link to my pictures from this weekend. There are a few from Gilles' practice session.

I hope you guys will keep reading!

Thanks,

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Hi Andrea! Nice pics! And Stan looks great in that cut off t-shirt
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Nah, I'm still on the athletics train and no other sport will spoil this moment.
Great. Stay there, so he won't get on your nerve . Will let you know when Gilles starts winning, soon .
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Hi! I just wanted to let you know that A Change of Ends is my blog and I'm so glad that you took a minute to check it out. I agree, my posts are usually a little more thought out. This weekend's posts were probably better tweets than blog entries. I was just excited to get something up there about my trip. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that my newest entry has a link to my pictures from this weekend. There are a few from Gilles' practice session.

I hope you guys will keep reading!

Thanks,

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Thank you so much, the pics and the especially the Fun Facts.

BTW, I said Nat rolling his eyes only because he hates that grumpy Gilles, especially when Gilles' whining even in practice, just want to make it clear that I wasn't saying he rolls his eyes at the blog. Gilles' been really grumpy these days, so we are used to that.

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Gilles beat Kunitsyn 61 62 in 52 mins. Only 43% 1st serve, well, get the job done anyway. So next is Roddick. Wonder if Gilles still find him intimidating? Hope not. He'll have to serve super good to beat player with good serve, ie Duckie. Well, at least it will be on center court and we'll have stream, not sure if it's a good thing or not .

Allez Gilles, good luck next round.

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OK, I just got back from L-M. I saw the first set of Simon-Kunitsyn and then met friends who wanted to see a different match. Gilles played beautifully. His shots were smooth, fast, and low, and his movement was very good. The serve was very tough when it was in. I don't understand how someone so slight can generate so much power! He looked much better than either Roddick or Verdasco did today, but the top players often raise their games when the competition is better. So yes, IMHO, he has a very good chance against Roddick, esp. if he serves better than he did today.
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Allez! Thanks for the report Squotis
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