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Old 07-06-2005, 01:14 AM   #1
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RUSSIA v FRANCE
Venue: Moscow, Russia (clay – indoors)

Russia
Nikolay Davydenko
Mikhail Youzhny
Igor Andreev
Tiemuraz Gabashvili
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev

France
Arnaud Clement
Richard Gasquet
Michael Llodra
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Captain: Guy Forget

good luck to france.... and the likely doubles combination of arnaud/mika !!!
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Not able to think tennis now, cos "in mourning" for Paris2012.
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Not able to think tennis now, cos "in mourning" for Paris2012.
Poor Marine... I can't imagine how you feel...I'm tired and sad myself now after having been around devastated people all day...
C'est pas si grave...Paris s'en remettra...Ne sois pas si triste...
Comme tu l'a toi-même conseillé à un moment: garde la positive attitude!!!
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Merci delsa. J'y croyais à fond, et ce qui m'écoeure c'est la façon dont londres a gagné. Et ce qui me dégoute le plus c'est qu'il y avait un énorme engouement ici, plus de 80 % de Français etaient pour, contre 60% en Angleterre. Ca me laisse le goute amer d'un hold up, d'une certaine injustice que je vais avoir du mal à digérer en tant que fan de sport en général.


C'est énorme la déception qu'il peut y avoir ce soir, j'imaginais pas que les gens seraient aussi tristes. Et les sportifs comme Laura Flessel m'ont ému avec leurs larmes

J'en profite pour ajouter que Delanoe est génial, il s'est laché sur france 2, il a réussi à me faire rire avec son franc parler et son ironie ! Il aurait mérité ces jeux il 'est bien démené.

Allez, j'espere que les anglais auront la pluie tout au long de ces JO, que ça va retarder les compets et tout et tout...
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Let's speak about exciting things again, ok?
All the first pics of the French team preparing for the tie and other informations about it that weren't already mentioned (there is a lot more in the press file about the tie but these are the only ones that could be of any reel interest to us, i think...) ...
I would have put pictures of the Russian team too but i don't know where to find them...Does anyone know where i could find some?





ENTRAÎNEURS - TRAINERS/COACHES
Patrice Hagelaeur and Rodolphe Gilbert

PREPARATEUR PHYSIQUE - PHYSICAL TRAINER
Paul Quetin

KINESITHERAPEUTES - PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Christophe Ceccaldi and Patrick Bordier

MEDECIN - DOCTOR
Bernard Montalvan

CORDEUR - STRINGER
Jean-Jacques Poupon

COORDINATEUR - COORDINATOR
Guillaume Raoux

LE SITE -THE VENUE
Stade Olympique de Moscou
16, Olympiyskiy Prospect
129090 Moscou (Russie)
Capacité : 11 400 places
Surface : Terre battue couverte

Moscow's Olympic Stadium
16, Olympiyskiy Prospect
129090 Moscow (Russia)
Capacity: 11 400 seats
Surface: indoor clay

LE TIRAGE AU SORT - THE DRAW
Le tirage au sort des matches sera effectué comme le veut la tradition la veille de la rencontre, soit le jeudi 14 juillet 2005, à 13 heures, sur le lieu même de la rencontre, au centre de presse du Stade olympique.

The draw will be done, as the tradition wants it, on the eve of the tie, so on the Thursday, July 14th 2005 at 2:00 pm, in the venue of the tie: in the Olympic Stadium' press center.
(It will be the French national day/fest! Is it a sign? )

LES ARBITRES - THE UMPIRES
Juge-arbitre: Mike MORRISSEY (GBR)
Arbitres : Enric MOLINA (ESP) et Damian STEINER (ARG)

LES BALLES - THE BALLS (easy one... )
La rencontre sera disputée avec des balles "Roland-Garros", fabriquées par Major Sport, les mêmes que celles utilisées lors des Internationaux de France.

The tie will be played with "Roland Garros" balls, made by Major Sport, the same that those used for the French Open.

PROGRAMME PRÉVISIONNEL - PREVISION OF THE PROGRAM

Vendredi 15 juillet
A partir de 12 h 45 (10 h 45, heure française) : présentation officielle des deux équipes suivie à partir de
13 heures (11 heures, heure française) des deux premiers simples disputés au meilleur des cinq manches.

Friday, July 15th
From 12:45 (10:45 am French (GMT +1) time): official presentation of the two teams followed by,
from 13:00 pm (11:00 am, French (GMT+1) time) the two first singles played at the best of five sets.

Samedi 16 juillet
A partir de 13 h 15 (11 h 15, heure française) : cérémonie du double, suivie, à partir de 13 h 30 (11 h 30, heure française), du double disputé au meilleur des cinq manches.

Saturday, July 16th
From 13:15 (11:15 am, French (GMT+1) time): Doubles presentation ceremony, followed by,
from 13:30 (11:30 am, French (GMT+1) time), the doubles played at the best of five sets.

Dimanche 17 juillet 2005
A partir de 13 heures (11 heures, heure française) : les deux derniers simples disputés au meilleur des cinq manches (sauf si le sort de la rencontre est déjà scellé).

Sunday, July 17th 2005
From 13:00 (11:00 , French (GMT+1) time) : the two last singles played at the best of five sets (except if the winner of the tie is already known)

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marine.... i thought of you immediately when i heard the news about the olympics last night, i swear!

thanks delsa for posting and translating the latest news!
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Merci for the news of French team, delsa. I'm verrry happy that everything's ok with the team (except Sebastien but that's his problems ).

Now I'll try to observe the situation of russians. So at the moment the team (I can't write "our team"... what's mine team of these two?..) is next: Nikolay DAVYDENKO, Igor ANDREEV, Mikhail YOUZHNY, Teimuraz GABASHVILI. Let's look. The first number is Davydenko... He didn't finish his match against Bjorkman in second round of Wimbledon. Then he was going to have an operation but didn't have it. And on 5th of July in Gstaad he didn't finish again his match against Sargsian when he leads 6-1 1-0. After match Nicolay said: "I'm going to have a medical checkup so then it'll become clear how serious my injury is. So I'll have 5-days rest. I hope that'll be enough to recover self to DC tie with France". So he's still in the team but his participation is a very big question. Next is Andreev (he's instead of Safin). He got an injury during his Wimbledon's match against Roddick and this week he lost in first round to Lopez in 2 sets 5-7 3-6. Youzhny got a serious injury in April. But since that time he has had no good matches . Now he's in second round in Båstad. And Gabashvili's ranking is somewhere is 200th. In case of no Davydenko 4th in russian tream will be Konstantin Kravchuk, who is in 3rd hundred of ATP players...
Don't you think that this story is like it was in first round France-Sweden?.. Then swedes got back their strongest players... But I don't think it's possible for Russia. Ruefully.
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im so sorry about london getting the Olympics, Marine. Thats so true, the way they got it was so stupid and unfair!!!
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Merci for the news of French team, delsa. I'm verrry happy that everything's ok with the team (except Sebastien but that's his problems ).

Now I'll try to observe the situation of russians. So at the moment the team (I can't write "our team"... what's mine team of these two?..) is next: Nikolay DAVYDENKO, Igor ANDREEV, Mikhail YOUZHNY, Teimuraz GABASHVILI. Let's look. The first number is Davydenko... He didn't finish his match against Bjorkman in second round of Wimbledon. Then he was going to have an operation but didn't have it. And on 5th of July in Gstaad he didn't finish again his match against Sargsian when he leads 6-1 1-0. After match Nicolay said: "I'm going to have a medical checkup so then it'll become clear how serious my injury is. So I'll have 5-days rest. I hope that'll be enough to recover self to DC tie with France". So he's still in the team but his participation is a very big question. Next is Andreev (he's instead of Safin). He got an injury during his Wimbledon's match against Roddick and this week he lost in first round to Lopez in 2 sets 5-7 3-6. Youzhny got a serious injury in April. But since that time he has had no good matches . Now he's in second round in Båstad. And Gabashvili's ranking is somewhere is 200th. In case of no Davydenko 4th in russian tream will be Konstantin Kravchuk, who is in 3rd hundred of ATP players...
Don't you think that this story is like it was in first round France-Sweden?.. Then swedes got back their strongest players... But I don't think it's possible for Russia. Ruefully.
This whole thing is a total mess! Poor Russians...
I don't know why but i think Davydenko will be able to play...

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Another news (Will it be over one day? ) this time concerning the french team
Gael Monfils has withdrawn from Bastad. No reason given.

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Tennis - ATP - Baastad : Monfils abandonne


Le Français Gaël Monfils a été contraint mercredi à l'abandon dans son match contre l'Espagnol Tommy Robredo (6-4, 4-2).
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The whole interview of Guy Forget from fft.fr.

Forget : ''Une nouvelle équipe, jeune et ambitieuse''

En l’absence de Sébastien Grosjean, forfait, le capitaine tricolore a ouvert sa sélection au tout nouveau numéro 1 français, Richard Gasquet, qui fera à Moscou sa première apparition sous le maillot "bleu", et à Gaël Monfils.


A leurs côtés, figurent les habitués de l’équipe de France que sont Paul-Henri Mathieu – le héros de Strasbourg contre la Suède au premier tour –, Michaël Llodra et Arnaud Clément. Même si la tâche de ses joueurs s’annonce particulièrement délicate face à une formation russe probablement au complet, Guy Forget aborde ce quart de finale avec beaucoup d’envie et d’impatience. Persuadé du bon coup à jouer…

Guy, quels joueurs avez-vous sélectionnés ?
Par ordre de classement, j’ai retenu Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Michaël Llodra et Arnaud Clément. Et j’ai pris Gaël Monfils comme cinquième joueur.

Pouvez-vous expliquer les raisons de votre choix ?
La nouveauté, c’est bien sûr Richard Gasquet, qui s’est imposé de par ses résultats. Sa sélection est indiscutable. Pour les autres, cela va un peu dans la continuité. "Paulo" (Mathieu) nous avait quasiment qualifiés contre la Suède en réalisant un week-end parfait. "Mika" (Llodra) et Arnaud (Clément) avaient réalisé un super double à Strasbourg ; c’est une très bonne équipe et aujourd’hui, ils ont de bonnes chances de figurer à nouveau en double. Quant à Monfils, au même titre que Richard, il représente l’avenir et la jeunesse. C’est le futur qui se prépare. C’est bien aussi de s’appuyer sur quelqu’un comme lui. C’est une nouvelle équipe, jeune et ambitieuse. J’ai hâte de tous les retrouver.

"Un coup dur pour l'équipe de France"
Sébastien Grosjean a déclaré forfait pour ce quart de finale. Comment l’avez-vous appris ?
J’ai vu Sébastien après sa défaite contre Andy Roddick à Wimbledon. On a pris un petit-déjeuner ensemble et c’est là qu’il m’a annoncé qu’il déclarait forfait. C’est un coup dur pour l’équipe de France. Maintenant, tant pis, d’autres vont en profiter. Cela fait une place à prendre pour d’autres joueurs qui, je l’espère, vont se distinguer. Même si notre équipe va être un peu moins forte sur le papier, je crois que la victoire est toujours possible. Je suis concentré sur cette rencontre, j’y pense depuis qu’on a battu la Suède. J’essaie de ne pas trop me focaliser sur le forfait de Sébastien, même si effectivement c’est un coup dur.

Quelles raisons vous a-t-il données ?
Celles qu’il a dites dans la presse ! Il a envie de faire un break. Il est fatigué mentalement et il souhaite se retrouver en famille, en vacances. Quand un joueur tient ce genre de propos, c’est qu’il y a des choses plus importantes pour lui et qu’il n’est pas en état de jouer. Quelles que soient les raisons, qu’elles soient physiques ou psychologiques, cela ne change rien. J’ai quasiment toujours eu en équipe de France, en Coupe Davis comme en Fed Cup, des garçons et des filles qui étaient prêts à venir "en stop". Sébastien a toujours été un des plus fidèles lieutenants de l’équipe. Là, malheureusement, ce n’est pas le cas. J’espère que ce n’est qu’une péripétie.

"Je suis déçu de ne pas avoir Sébastien"

Vous a-t-il déçu ?
J’aime beaucoup Sébastien. Alors oui, je suis déçu parce que j’aurais aimé passer encore un peu de temps avec lui et l’aider, s’il avait joué, à faire un bon match. Je suis donc déçu de ne pas l’avoir, de ne pas pouvoir vivre cette aventure avec lui. Maintenant, il y aura peut-être d’autres rendez-vous. En attendant, je préfère penser aux autres, à ceux qui seront là et qui vont se défoncer.

Quelle a été la réaction des autres joueurs par rapport à ce forfait ?
Quand Sébastien me l’a annoncé, je lui ai dit d’appeler la presse pour s’exprimer là-dessus et surtout d’appeler ses copains, ce qu’il a fait dans la demi-heure qui a suivi. Je ne sais pas trop comment ils ont réagi. Et si certains sont un peu déçus, tant pis. C’est l’occasion pour eux d’avoir aussi l’opportunité de jouer. Ils n’ont qu’à en profiter.

"Des calendriers très chargés et des joueurs fatigués"

Amélie Mauresmo avait déclaré forfait pour la phase finale de la Fed Cup l’an passé. C’est maintenant au tour de Sébastien Grosjean en Coupe Davis. Ces épreuves ne semblent donc pas être la priorité des leaders du tennis français. Cela vous inquiète-t-il pour l’avenir ?
On a des calendriers très chargés et les joueurs sont fatigués. Il faut peut-être arriver à trouver un moyen d’alléger un peu la Coupe Davis et de trouver une formule plus attrayante en Fed Cup. Malgré tout, en tant qu’ancien joueur et en tant que sélectionneur, je pense que jouer en équipe de France doit prendre le pas sur tout le reste. Pour moi, il y a les quatre tournois du Grand Chelem et après il y a la Coupe Davis et la Fed Cup. Tout le reste, ce ne sont que des tournois de préparation pour gagner ces épreuves-là. Après, il y a les calendriers, l’argent, d’autres paramètres qui influent dans une carrière.

Imaginez-vous des joueurs de football refuser une sélection en équipe de France ?
Cela s’est vu. Eric Cantona avait dit, si mes souvenirs sont bons, qu’il n’irait pas en équipe de France. Nicolas Anelka, également, avait dit qu’il faudrait que Jacques Santini le supplie pour qu’il vienne en équipe de France ; une phrase un peu malheureuse. Mais je pense que dans les sports d’équipe, ce n’est pas envisageable. Celui qui fait ça se grille à tout jamais. Ce n’est pas comparable avec le tennis, c’est forcément un peu différent.

"Gasquet est l'un des deux meilleurs Français en simple"

Le forfait de Sébastien Grosjean réduit votre marge de manœuvre…
Il la réduit et il la simplifie en même temps ! Il a dit à la presse qu’il n’avait pas envie d’être là sans être bien. S’il doit venir sans avoir envie de travailler, ni de se bagarrer, je préfère qu’il aille en vacances. Je sais que ceux qui seront là vont être à 200 %. Ils ont les capacités physiques et techniques pour relever le défi et pourquoi pas gagner.

Cette rencontre va marquer les débuts de Richard Gasquet en Coupe Davis ? Qu’avez-vous pensé de son extraordinaire ascension ?
Elle ne m’a pas étonné. Disons qu’il a explosé d’un coup. Comme un bouchon de champagne ! C’est surprenant parce que c’est soudain. Mais ses progrès étaient une question de mois. A partir du moment où il allait être beaucoup plus structuré dans son jeu, mieux dans sa tête, il allait vraiment franchir un cap. Il en a déjà franchi un gros et aujourd’hui, c’est probablement le ou l’un des deux meilleurs joueurs français en simple.

''Richard a les qualités pour devenir un grand joueur de Coupe Davis.''

Le connaissez-vous bien personnellement ?
Pas intimement, mais oui assez bien.

Selon vous, a-t-il les qualités pour devenir un grand joueur de Coupe Davis ?
Oh oui, tout à fait !

Ne craignez-vous pas que la pression si particulière à la Coupe Davis soit trop difficile à gérer pour lui ?
Non, la pression, il la connaît. Il la côtoie quand il est à Roland-Garros ou à Wimbledon. C’est quelque chose qu’on doit gérer mais dans lequel on peut aussi progresser. Cela fait partie de son apprentissage. Et c’est sûrement mieux pour lui de débuter à l’étranger plutôt qu’en France.

"Je fonctionne sur des critères concrets"

Depuis combien de temps aviez-vous envie de le sélectionner ?
Je ne fonctionne pas par envie, par rapport à l’éventuel potentiel d’un joueur. Je fonctionne à travers des choix basés sur des critères concrets, comme les résultats, la forme du moment… Moi, ce qui m’intéresse, c’est l’efficacité d’un joueur, et pas son potentiel éventuel.

De son côté, Arnaud Clément vit une période un peu délicate en terme de confiance. Pensez-vous que la Coupe Davis puisse le relancer ?
Aujourd’hui, c’est sûr, il est loin derrière les autres en simple. Maintenant, en double, je sais qu’il est présent. Il a très bien joué, il est capable de se transcender sur une rencontre comme celle-là.

"Surpris de jouer en salle"

Durant un mois, les joueurs ont évolué sur gazon. Quelle est la bonne méthode pour se réadapter à la terre battue en un minimum de temps ?
Il faut y passer du temps ! On se retrouve d’ailleurs dès jeudi matin à Paris, en espérant que les Russes n’en fassent pas autant ! Il va falloir privilégier les frappes de fond du court, retrouver les glissades, les coups d’attente, les coups d’attaque et la transition de l’un à l’autre.

Le choix de la terre battue vous a-t-il surpris ?
Non. Ce qui m’a surpris, c’est que les Russes aient choisi de jouer en salle. Je pensais qu’ils allaient vouloir jouer plutôt dehors. Il peut faire 35° à cette époque à Moscou… Mais concernant la terre, ils ont Davydenko qui a bien joué à Roland-Garros et Safin qui joue très bien aussi sur cette surface. C’est plutôt le choix du gazon qui m’aurait surpris plus qu’autre chose !

"35% de chances"

Eprouvez-vous un sentiment de revanche par rapport à cette équipe russe, concernant la finale 2002 perdue à Bercy ?
Non. On a perdu à la régulière en 2002 et on a une occasion de les battre chez eux. C’est un beau challenge, c’est tout. On a déjà gagné face à eux, puis perdu. C’est la même chose en Fed Cup. En tout cas, on va vraiment là-bas avec une grande motivation, une grande détermination.

Vous allez quand même vous retrouver face à une grosse équipe russe… en principe.
En principe, oui !

La présence conjuguée de Safin et Davydenko change-t-elle votre approche de la rencontre ?
Non, ça ne change rien du tout. On s’attend à jouer l’équipe la plus forte possible.

Quelles sont les chances de l’équipe de France ?
Avec leur meilleure équipe, je dirais 35 %. Sinon, je ne sais pas. On y va pour battre Safin et Davydenko. D’ailleurs, on peut les battre à la régulière. On sait que la barre est placée très haut, mais c’est à nous de nous transcender pour la passer.


It's interesting that the french team starts to practice together whereas for the russians it's still a bit "messy":
Safin withdrew from the team.
Youzhny is still in Bastad where he beat Haenel and Vinciguerra (tight match 4/6 7/6 7/5)
Davydenko??? He withdrew from Gstaad.
Andreev was defeated by F. Lopez (not really a clay specialist) on the first round of Gstaad.
For these reasons I think it will be more than 35%.

Btw, it's good that Guy Forget doesn't pay attention to all the russian news and prepares his team to play a tough match.
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We should change the title of this thread to DC russia vs. france, no? Since it takes place in Moscow...

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For these reasons I think it will be more than 35%.

Btw, it's good that Guy Forget doesn't pay attention to all the russian news and prepares his team to play a tough match.
Well, the last time the two teams met the Russian perparation was a bit "messier" than the French team's one but that didn't prevented them from winning the tie So don't be so sure about it...

And as always, Forget don't pay attention to this kind of things (as he already did at that time, in 2002...when he was asked about it ...) and focuses on his boys... That's the best attitude to have in that situation... He prepares them to face the toughest Russian team.

I think the selection of Andreev instead of Safin could turn up to be a blessing in disguise for the Russian team because he'll be very motivated, wanting to proove he deserves his selection and after his recent first rounds defeats, even if he's not in top form he'll be better physically than Safin would have been, and he's a big threat on clay...Add to that the crowd behind him and you have a very dangerous opponent in him...

Don't underestimate Youzhny too... and the "DC effect" that can work on the Russians too (not only the French... ) especially since they play at home, in front of their crowd...

I don't know what to think about Davydenko since he's injured but if he recovers he'll be the biggest threat...

And i don't know about the two other Russian players but that's what is scary... It's never good not to know anything about one player... That's where the biggest upsets can happen...And Teimuraz Gabashvili can play on clay it seems since he made it to the final of the Barcelona Challenger this year...

I didn't want to post the interview because now it just begs for a translation and i hadn't the courage to translate it but it's good you posted it... I'll try to translate it and it will be easier now because many articles in English have some bits of it translated like this one from Sporting Life :

FORGET HAILS GASQUET PROGRESS

France's Davis Cup captain Guy Forget has backed Richard Gasquet after calling him up for the first time for the quarter-final clash against Russia.

The 19-year-old was included in the four-man squad on Tuesday, while Arnaud Clement, Michael Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu are also set to feature in the Moscow tie from July 15-17.

Fellow French prodigy Gael Monfils will be the reserve for the second consecutive time.

Gasquet, who became French number one ahead of Sebastien Grosjean in June, is expected to play the singles alongside Mathieu, while Clement and Llodra will take care of the doubles.

The youngster reached the final of the claycourt Masters Series in April, following his victory over world number one Roger Federer.

He was later defeated in the final by soon-to-be French Open winner Rafael Nadal.

He also lost to Federer in the final of the Hamburg Masters Series in May before winning his first trophy at at Nottingham in June.

He reached the last 16 at Wimbledon before stumbling against Argentinian David Nalbandian.

Forget said: "Richard is the new element in our Davis Cup team.

"He imposed himself after his good results and his selection is undisputable.

"His extraordinary progression in the past few months did not surprise me. He exploded like the cork of a champagne bottle.

"He is probably the best or one of the best French players when it comes to singles," added Forget.

Grosjean meanwhile turned down the national team because of fatigue after his exploits at Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals only to be beaten in five sets by eventual runner-up Andy Roddick of the USA.

"Sebastien is tired mentally and needs to be with his family," added Forget in L'Equipe.

"It means he is not in the right state to play and tennis is not the most important thing for him right now."

France, who defeated Sweden 3-2 earlier this year, could face an easier round than expected as Russian number one Marat Safin has pulled out of the clash with a knee injury.

Last time both teams met in a Davis Cup tie was in the final of the 2002 event in Paris' Bercy arena, where France had lost 3-2 in the fifth rubber.

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Please forgive me if there are some things that don't make sense...

Forget: "A new young and ambitious team."

Guy, which players did you select?
By order of their ranking, i retained Richard Gasquet, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Michaël Llodra and Arnaud Clément. And i choosed Gaël Monfils as the fifth player.

Can you explain the reasons of your choice?
The new element is of course Richard Gasquet who imposed himself after his good results. His selection is undisputable. For the others, it goes rather in the continuity. "Paulo" (Mathieu) almost qualified us on his own against Sweden achieving a perfect week-end. "Mika" (Llodra) and Arnaud (Clément) realised a wonderful doubles in Strasbourg; they're a very good team and today they have good chances of playing the doubles again. As for Gaël Monfils, like Richard he represents the future and the youth. It's in preparation of the future. It's also good to rely on someone like him. It's a new young and ambitious team. I can't wait to be with them all again.

"A big blow for the French team"

Sébastien Grosjean withdrew for this quarter final. How did you learn it?
I saw Sébastien after his defeat against Andy Roddick in Wimbledon. We had breakfast together and that's when he announced to me that he withdrew. It's a big blow fot the French team. Now, never mind, others will took advantage of it. It leaves a place to take for other players, who, i hope, will distinguish themselves. Even if our team will be a little less strong on paper now, i think victory is still possible for us. I'm focused on this encounter, i have been thinking about it since we beat Sweden. I try not to focus too much on Sébastien's withdrawal even if it is indeed a big blow for us.

What reasons did he put forward to you?
Those he spoke about in the press! He want to have a break. He is tired mentally and needs to be with his family, in holydays. When a player deliver that kind of speech, it means he is not in the right state to play and tennis is not the most important thing for him right now. Whatever the reasons, wether they're physical or mental doesn't change anything. I always had in the French team, wether in the Davis Cup or in the Fed cup, boys and girls who were ready to come by hitchhicking if it was needed. Seb always was one of our most faithful pilars in the team. Today, it is not the case, unluckily. I hope it's only a mishap.

"I'm disappointed not to have sébastien with us"

Did he disappoint you?
I like Sébastien a lot. So yes, i'm disappointed because i would have liked to spend more time with him and help him if he had played to do a good match. So i'm disappointed not to have him with us, not to be able to live this adventure with him. Now, there may be other opportunities to do that again with him. Meanwhile, i prefer to think about the others, those who will be there and who will surpass themselves.

What was the other players' reaction to this withdrawal?
When Sébastien announced it to me i told him to call the press to explain himself on it and above all to call his friends, which he did in the half hour immediately after. I don't really know how they reacted. And too bad if some are a little disappointed but it's the opportunity for them to play too. They just have to take advantage of it/seize it.

"Too full schedules and over-tired players"

Amélie Mauresmo withdrew before the finals of the Fed Cup last year. Now it's Sébastien Grosjean's turn in the Davis Cup. This competitions don't seem to be the priority of the French tennis leaders. Does it worry you for the future?
We have very full schedules so the players are tired. Maybe we should find a way to lighten up the Davis Cup and find a more attractive formula for the Fed Cup. Despite all this, i think that playing in the French team must stay more important than anything else for them. For me, there are the four Grand Slam tournaments, then just behind the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup. All the rest are only tournaments of preparation to win these six competitons. Then, we must of course bear in mind that there is the schedules, the money, and other parameters that can have an effect on career choices too.

"Gasquet is one of the best French players in singles"

The withdrawal of Sébastien Grosjean reduce your margin of choice...
Yes but it simplifies it all the same! He said to the press that he didn't want to come here without feeling well. If he was to come without wanting to work and to fight, i prefer him to be in holydays. I know that those who will be there will be at 200%. They have the physical and technical capabilities to take up the challenge and why not to win.

This tie will be Richard Gasquet's debuts in the Davis Cup. What did you thought about his extraordinary progression?
It did not surprise me. Let's say that he exploded like the cork of a champagne bottle. It's only surprising because it's sudden. But his progresses were to be made in a few of months. When he would have been more structured in his game, better in his head, it was bound that he would get over his old difficulties and reach a new level. He has already made a step forward today and he's now probably the best or one of the two best French players when it comes to singles.

"Richard has all it takes to become a great Davis Cup player."

Do you know him well personnaly?
Not intimately but yes pretty well.

Do you think he has what it takes to become a great Davis Cup player?
Yes! Absolutely!

Don't you fear that the pressure so particular to the Davis Cupd will be hard to handle for him?
No. He knows how to deal with the pressure. He has pressure at Roland-Garros, in Wimbledon...It's something that you must learn to deal with but also in wich/because of wich you can progress. It's a part of what he has to learn. And it's maybe better for him to make his debut abroad than in France.

"I base my choices on concrete, objective criteria"

Since when do you want to select him?
I don't base my decision on who i want to select or on a player's potential. I function with choices based on concrete criteria like a player's recent results, current form... What interest me is the efficiency of a player (to win and bring points) not his possible potential.

On the other side, Arnaud Clément lives through a difficult time in terms of his confidence. Do you think that the Davis Cup could boost him?
Today, he's for sure far behind in singles. Now, in the doubles, i know i can count on him. He already played really well the last time. He's capable of transcending himself (... ...) for an encounter like this one.

"Surprise to play indoor"

During one month, the players evolved on grass. What is the good method to readapt to the clay in a minimum of time?
You have to spend a lot of time! For that matter, we will gather together again as soon as Thursday morning to start training hoping that the Russians won't do the same thing! We will have to work in priority on (too many technical terms for me... ) les frappes de fond du court, retrouver les glissades, les coups d’attente, les coups d’attaque et la transition de l’un à l’autre.

Did the choice of clay made by the Russian team surprised you?
No. What surprised me was that the Russians choosed to play indoors. I thought that they'll prefer to play outside. It can be 35°C in Moscow at that time of the year. But, as for the clay, they have Davydenko who had a great run in Roland-Garros and Safin who enjoys this surface. I would be more surprised if they had chosen grass!

"35% of chances"

Do you have a feeling of revenge towards this Russian team because of the 2002 final lost in Bercy?
No. We lost regularly ( like fairly... ) in 2002 and we now have an opportunity to beat them at (their) home. It's a great challenge, that's all. We already won against them then we lost. It's the same thing in Fed Cup. Anyway, we really come there with a huge desire to do well, a lot of motivation and resolution.

In theory, you'll face a very tough Russian team...
In theory, yes!

Does the possible presence of both Safin and Davydenko change your approach of this encounter?
No. It doesn't change anything at all. We expect to play the tougher team possible anyway.

How do you estimates the French team's chances?
With their best team, i'd say 35%. If not, i don't know. We go there to try to beat Safin and Davydenko in our mind anyway. And we can beat them. We know the level is really high but it's up to us to surpass ourselves to reach it.

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I love the way Forget sees his sport. He's in love with sport in general, with tennis, he takes davis cup to heart. He's a great man and the players can be happy to have him as captain.

I remember his words he said to the crowd after the crual defeat in 2002, I was in tears...
"On nous parle souvent de recette magique, cette recette, c'est l'amitié entre nous tous. Si on arrive à garder ça, je vous garantis que l'on en gagnera d'autres et contre des équipes encore plus fortes..."
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ohhh thanks so much for all the news, and the translations!!!!

yes this is a french musketeer forum, so in every instance, wherever the game is played, france comes first lol

the russians do sound like a hobbling team... but you don't know how serious the injuries are, some can recover quite quickly (like hewitt breaking two ribs, then back to play in a month? )

for the french, though guy won't admit it, the biggest risk is actually their highest ranked dc debutant... richard. dc is a different game, and he is untested... it's hard to predict how he'll play. and guy hasn't worked with him before, has he?
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