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Old 07-05-2005, 11:59 AM   #16
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It's been announced that the fifth player will be Gaël Monfils because Santoro is still injured... It's great! So Richard won't be the only young player in the team, they're friends too and moreover Gaël has already had a little DC experience against Sweden...
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yea? delsa? right, i think gael need to play DC too, you are right, they both go, will not feel lonely, o, i cant wait to see

but kolya has quit his match today, even if he won so easily, and i think his injury is so bad now and the russians maybe need to adjust their plan, omg
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ooh gael a scary player!
player who can hit an 88mph ace followed by a 135mph ace the next ball
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OoO things are getting interested

Tired Grosjean out of France team


Sebastien Grosjean has dropped out of France's squad to face Russia in the Davis Cup later this month.
The world number 35 has asked captain Guy Forget not to consider him for the quarter-final clash because of fatigue.

Richard Gasquet, Arnaud Clement, Mickael Llodra, Paul-Henri Mathieu and reserve Gael Monfils make up the squad.

Russia will be led by Marat Safin, but there are doubts over Nikolay Davydenko, who pulled out of the Gstaad event this week with a wrist injury.
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ooh gael a scary player!
player who can hit an 88mph ace followed by a 135mph ace the next ball
Gaël is like that, a bit restless, inconsistent, passionate too... He needs to learn to play with more brain and less heart and less power...I think he will...But he'll never be a finesse player like Gasquet for exemple, it seems looking at him today. You gotta love diversity in tennis styles!

From Richard's official site:

Coupe Davis : Avec Gasquet et Mathieu

Guy Forget, le capitaine de l'équipe de France de Coupe Davis, a dévoilé sa sélection pour affronter la Russie en quarts de finale, du 15 au 17 juillet à Moscou. Richard Gasquet, le jeune N°1 français, a été sélectionné pour la première fois suite à une année pleine de promesses. Il rejoint ainsi Arnaud Clément, Mickaël Llodra et Paul-Henri Mathieu. Fabrice Santoro, pilier du double et partenaire sur le circuit de Llodra, n'a pas été appelé.
«Sa sélection est indiscutable», a commenté Guy Forget en parlant de Gasquet. «Il a explosé d'un coup comme un bouchon de champagne. Aujourd'hui, c'est probablement le ou l'un des deux meilleurs joueurs français en simple» a-t-il ajouté, laissant entendre que le Biterrois allait disputer les simples aux côtés sans doute de Paul-Henri Mathieu (23 ans, 56e mondial), décisif contre la Suède avec deux victoires au premier tour. Arnaud Clément (117e), «loin derrière les autres en simple mais capable de se transcender sur une rencontre comme celle-là» selon Forget, et le spécialiste Mickaël Llodra devraient disputer le double.

A 27 ans, Clément est le doyen de cette «nouvelle équipe jeune et ambitieuse». Gaël Monfils (18 ans, 67e mondial), l'autre grand espoir du tennis tricolore, sera quant à lui remplaçant. «Au même titre que Richard (Gasquet, 19 ans), il représente l'avenir et la jeunesse», a souligné Forget.

Sébastien Grosjean, le récent numéro 2 français, avait décidé de décliner la sélection après le tournoi de Wimbledon où il avait été éliminé en quart de finale par l'Américain Andy Roddick en cinq sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3). Il avait alors évoqué la fatigue. «C'est un coup dur mais même si notre équipe va être un peu moins forte sur le papier, la victoire est toujours possible» ajoute Forget qui évalue à «35%» les chances tricolores. Face à Safin et Davydenko (4e et 7e joueurs mondiaux), «on sait que la barre est placée très haut, mais c'est à nous de nous transcender pour la passer», a-t-il conclu.

Source : L'Equipe.fr

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Davis Cup: With Gasquet and Mathieu

Guy Forget, captain of the French Davis Cup team revealed his selection of players to face Russia in the quarter finals which will take place in Moscow from July 15th to 17th. Richard Gasquet, the young French number one was selected for the first time following a year full of promises. That way he join Arnaud Clément, Mickaël Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu. Fabrice Santoro, pilar of the doubles and Llodra's partner on the tour wasn't called.

"His selection is unquestionable", Guy Forget commented speaking of Gasquet. "He made a sudden breakthrough exploding like a champagne cork. (< at Guy and his figures of speech...) Today he's probably the best or one of the two best French players in single." (< that says a lot about the state of the French team... ) he added, understanding that the "Bitterois" (< guy from Beziers) was going to play the singles next to Paul-Henri Mathieu (23 years old, ranked 56th ), decisive against Sweden with two victories in the first round tie. Arnaud Clément (ranked 117th), "far behind in the single but able to transcend himself (i'm sure it's not proper english but well... ) for an encounter like this one" according to Forget, and the doubles specialist Mickaël Llodra should play the doubles.

At 27 years old, Clément is the oldest member of "this new young and ambitious team". As for Gaël Monfils (18 years old, ranked 67th), the other big hope of the "tricolore" tennis, he will be a reserve player. "Like Richard (Gasquet, 19 years old), he represents future and youth." Forget underlined.

Sébastien Grosjean, the recent French number two, decided to decline the selection after Wimbledon where he was eliminated in the quarter finals by the American Andy roddick in five sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3). He put forward his tiredness. "It is a blow for us, but even if our team is a little less strong on paper now, victory is still possible for us." added Forget who estimates the "tricolores"'chances at "35%". Against Safin and Davydenko (ranked 4th and 7th), "we know that the level is put really high but it's up to us to transcend ourselves (again, i know it doesn't mean anything in English... ) and reach it." he concluded.

Source: L'Equipe.fr

And the FFT site says Richard and PHM have begun training with Patrice Hageleuer today.

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I should have posted those from the start. It would have been easier...

Gasquet leads French Davis Cup challenge against Russia
Tuesday July 5, 08:45 PM

PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) - Richard Gasquet will spearhead France in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Russia later this month in Moscow.
The 19-year-old overtook Sebastien Grosjean as the French number one after winning his first ATP title in Nottingham last month before reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon.

"He is undisputable in the team," said captain Guy Forget. "He has all it takes to become a great Davis Cup player."

The world number 17 has been picked alongside Arnaud Clement, doubles specialist Michael Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu.

With exhausted Grosjean out of the team after his Wimbledon quarter-final exit against eventual runner-up Andy Roddick, Gael Monfils has been named as a replacement.

The tie to be played indoors on clay on July 15-17 is a repeat of the 2002 final that was won by Russia. France were last champions in 2001.

From Sporting Life:

GASQUET HANDED DAVIS CUP CALL

France Davis Cup captain Guy Forget has called up promising youngster Richard Gasquet for Les Bleus' quarter-final against Russia in Moscow.

The 19-year-old talent joins Arnaud Clement, Michael Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu in the team while other 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.

Grosjean, meanwhile, turned down the opportunity to compete in the competition, choosing instead to concentrate on Wimbledon, where he was beaten in the quarter-finals by Andy Roddick.

The last time both teams met in the Davis Cup was in the final of the 2002 event in Paris' Bercy arena where France lost 3-2.

Weary Grosjean out of France Davis Cup team
Tue Jul 5, 7:24 AM ET

PARIS (AFP) - France must face Marat Safin's Russia in their Davis Cup quarter-final on July 15-17 in Moscow without Sebastien Grosjean.

The Wimbledon quarter-finalist asked captain Guy Forget not to call him up because of fatigue.

New French No 1 Richard Gasquet, 19, who lost to Argentina's David Nalbandian in the Wimbledon quarter-finals after winning Nottingham, leads the team with Arnaud Clement, Mickael Llodra, Paul-Henri Mathieu and, as travelling reserve, Gael Monfils, another 19-year-old.

Fabrice Santoro, Llodra's doubles partner on the ATP circuit, is again overlooked.

Gasquet lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal of Spain on the Roland Garros clay in May.

"His selection was unquestionable," said Forget.

"Gasquet and Monfils represent the future of French tennis."

Australian Open champion Safin will lead Russia despite a knee injury.

French Open semi-finalist Nikolay Davydenko, 2002 Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny, Igor Andreev and newcomer Teimuraz Gabashvili are also in the tie on clay at Moscow's Olympic arena.

Safin has been troubled by his left knee for the last two months and even considered surgery before deciding to carry on.

A wrist injury forced Davydenko to default from his Wimbledon second round match against Jonas Bjorkman.

The Moscow tie will be the first meeting between the two nations since Russia edged France 3-2 to clinch their first Davis Cup in Paris in 2002 when Youzhny came from two sets down to beat Mathieu in the deciding fifth rubber

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Thanks Delsa

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Yeah, thanks a lot for the articles !
Without Seb and Fabrice, it's a bit weird but it's really good for Richard though. I'm sure he'll blow us away for his first participation (and with the Russian players injured, it'll be easier ). And Guy Forget is totally right when saying "Gasquet and Monfils represent the future of French tennis". Especially Richard.
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hope to see now marat has out russian teams surely, i think france will win now
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damn, this whole DC thing is becoming a true mess... personally, even after these 'hot discussions' and 'breaking news' I'm not sure about the Russian team. In the morning they announce Safin's in, in the evening he's not, the next day Davydenko quits tournament because of an injury, and everything's lifted in the air again.
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This is becoming like a soap opera. Who will be the next to go?

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Yeah. All this is puzzling... ...

From the FFT site's DC page:



And the caption: ©FFT/CS
Ce mardi matin, Richard Gasquet a débuté le premier stage de sa carrière en équipe de France de Coupe Davis en tapant la balle avec Paul-Henri Mathieu sous le regard de Patrice Hagelauer.

This Tuesday morning (it was yesterday...) , Richard Gasquet started the first "stage" of his carreer in the French DC team "hiting the ball" with PHM under the look of Patrice Hagelauer...

Richard looks focused and commited (and already tired... )...
And Guy Forget already has to bear journalists sticking to him like leeches... Poor him...

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Thanks delsa. I know a certain girl who'll be to see his boys practising together...
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The photos come out as X's for me
I'll check our the site later

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From:FFT,
http://www.fft.fr/cd2005/Russie-Fran...ult.asp?ID=687

Gasquet : ''Un rêve qui se réalise''

(07/07) - A 19 ans, le nouveau numéro 1 français va effectuer ses premiers pas en Coupe Davis à l’occasion du quart de finale contre la Russie à Moscou. Des débuts très attendus pour le jeune prodige, métamorphosé depuis le début de l’année, qui croit fermement en les chances de l’équipe de France.


Quelle différence y a-t-il entre le Richard Gasquet de cette année et celui de l’an dernier ?
J’ai un an de plus, tout simplement ! J’ai remis en question tout ce que j’ai pu faire l’an dernier, même si j’avais réalisé une belle saison en 2004, avec une demi-finale et une finale sur le circuit principal (NDLR : demi-finale à Buenos Aires et finale à Metz). Cette année, je me suis beaucoup, beaucoup entraîné. En fait, la varicelle que j’ai contractée en début de saison m’a permis de me poser les bonnes questions et de revenir avec énormément d’envie. Après, tout s’est enchaîné et s’est super bien passé. Mais je ne peux pas mettre le doigt sur un truc précis qui expliquerait mes bons résultats.

Mais quand même, cette varicelle n’est-elle pas arrivée au plus mauvais moment ?
Il est certain que si je n’avais pas attrapé la varicelle, mes bons résultats seraient arrivés plus tôt, car je jouais déjà très bien en décembre dernier. Cette varicelle, ce n’était vraiment pas de chance. Elle m’a coûté trois mois d’absence.

"J'ai pris consience de certaines choses"

Comment expliquez-vous votre éclosion ?
Je savais que j’avais le niveau tennistique, mais j’ai pris conscience de certaines choses…

Lesquelles ?
L’envie de gagner, de se battre, de se donner à fond à tous les entraînements. Je me suis préparé avec beaucoup d’application. Et comme je joue bien au tennis, les deux ingrédients réunis ont fait que les résultats ont suivi. Mon attitude en match a également beaucoup évolué.

Mais y a-t-il eu un déclic précis ?
Non, c’est plus une continuité. Après le match contre Federer à Monte-Carlo (NDLR : en quarts de finale, Gasquet avait battu Federer 6-7 6-2 7-6), j’ai compris pas mal de choses et notamment que je pouvais battre énormément de joueurs. Mais ça n’a pas été vraiment un déclic. Je me remets en question tous les jours.

"J'ai un capital confiance que je n'avais pas"

Quelle différence existe-t-il lorsque vous entrez sur un court aujourd’hui par rapport à la saison dernière ?
Simplement, quel que soit le joueur qui se trouve en face, j’entre sur le court pour gagner. L’année dernière, je pouvais être confronté à des grands joueurs sans penser pouvoir gagner. Aujourd’hui, ce n’est plus le cas. J’ai un capital confiance que je n’avais pas dans le passé.

Que vous apporte Eric Deblicker par rapport aux différents entraîneurs que vous avez connus dans le passé ?
Il m’apporte beaucoup de calme et d’expérience. C’est quelqu’un qui a entraîné de nombreux joueurs et qui les a fait gagner. On parle aussi beaucoup de ce que je dois faire sur le court.

Avez-vous la sensation d’avoir mûri ?
Oui, c’est sûr, j’ai beaucoup appris ces deux dernières années. Et aujourd’hui, je sais ce que je dois faire sur le court, quelle que soit la situation dans laquelle je me trouve. A 19 ans, je commence à avoir pas mal d’expérience, ce qui est très important.

"La relation avec les autres Français est au beau fixe"

Le recul pris par votre père, qui était jusqu’à il y a quelques mois très présent à vos côtés, a-t-il changé quelque chose ?
Non. C’est vrai que mon père ne voyage plus du tout avec moi. C’est une décision que nous avons prise avec Eric, mais c’est venu de manière assez naturelle.

Quelles relations entretenez-vous avec les joueurs français ?
Ce sont tous de bons copains. C’est sympa, car depuis que j’évolue sur le circuit principal, soit un an et demi maintenant, la relation avec les autres Français est au beau fixe. Et je n’ai pas davantage de copains depuis que je gagne !

De quel joueur vous sentez-vous le plus proche ?
Je m’entends bien avec les joueurs de mon club, le Paris Jean-Bouin, comme « Paulo » (Paul-Henri Mathieu) ou Gaël (Monfils).

"Je n'imaginais pas être 17e mondial"

Espériez-vous une sélection en équipe de France après votre début d’année difficile ?
Oui, j’espérais participer à une rencontre de Coupe Davis. Par contre, je n’imaginais pas être 17e joueur mondial.

Est-ce un rêve d’enfant qui se réalise ?
Complètement ! C’est une compétition que l’on a envie de gagner un jour.

A vos yeux, que représente la Coupe Davis exactement ?
Pour moi, la Coupe Davis, c’est 1991 (NDLR : la victoire de la France face aux Etats-Unis à Lyon) et 1996 (NDLR : la victoire de la France face à la Suède à Malmö). C’est l’esprit d’équipe, c’est partager des moments uniques avec les copains, avec le public. Jouer une rencontre de Coupe Davis, c’est fabuleux et j’espère que je la gagnerai un jour.

"Je me doutais de ma sélection"

Quelle relation entretenez-vous avec Guy Forget ?
Ma relation avec Guy est très bonne. On ne se connaît pas très bien, mais suffisamment pour dire que tout se passera bien.

Guy Forget vous avait-il parlé de la Coupe Davis auparavant ?
Non, jamais.

Comment avez-vous appris votre convocation ?
J’ai reçu un coup de fil de Guy en fin de semaine dernière. Mais je n’étais pas très surpris car je me doutais de ma sélection.

"Le souvenir ? La finale 2002"

Appréciez-vous d’avoir quelqu’un sur la chaise lorsque vous jouez ?
Oui, ça ne me dérange pas du tout.

Disputer votre première rencontre en Bleu à l’extérieur vous enlève-t-il de la pression ?
Je suis surtout content d’être dans l’équipe. Jouer à l’extérieur ou à la maison ne change rien pour moi.

Quel est pour vous LE souvenir de Coupe Davis qui vous revient à l’esprit ?
Ce sont surtout les rencontres auxquelles j’ai pu assister, comme la finale à Bercy en 2002 ou la demi-finale cette même année à Roland-Garros. Sinon, j’ai le souvenir d’avoir regardé la finale de 1999. Avant, j’étais trop jeune.

"Toutes les surfaces me conviennent"

La Coupe Davis faisait-elle partie de vos objectifs en début de saison ?
Je ne me suis pas fixé d’objectif en début de saison, mais je suis bien sûr content d’y être.

Le choix de la terre battue doit vous faire plaisir…
Non, pas spécialement car je peux bien jouer sur toutes les surfaces. Je m’en fous complètement car toutes les surfaces me conviennent.

Quelles seront les clefs du succès à Moscou ?
Il faudra tout simplement très bien jouer et avoir une grosse envie. Mais à ce sujet, je n’ai pas de doute.

(Propos recueillis par Eli Weinstein)

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