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Old 06-22-2008, 01:19 AM   #256
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Truc- thank you so much for the translation!! I am so looking forward to reading the rest! Thank you also to Soulage for posting the scan
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Here are the parts about the staff and the family (it's not the original order):

The staff
Thierry Champion (41 years old, his coach from 2004 to 2006 and since the end of 2007 again): I have great respect for Thierry, I thank him everytime I can.
The first training with him was very hard. We were playing indoors and he was spitting on the court. I kicked him out and told him: we can tear the contract to pieces right away. We had a discussion and moved on. Hes never lacked respect for me since then. Actually, hes very well bred. No matter if I am angry or happy about him, there is a real communication between us now. It used to be more of a monologue.

Rmi Barbarin (37 years old, physical trainer): Our relationship grows gradually. Hes one of the people who figure me out the best.
I saw him for the first time in 2003 in Roland-Garros. He was the sparring-partner of Arnaud Clment whom I was coaching at the time. He was a beanpole, pretty relaxed. Arnaud asked me: whos that Martian? One year later, Thierry Champion asked me to join him to coach Gal. I thought he had an amazing potential, humanly and technically. One could immediately feel that he needed a structure around him. It can be tough for one person alone. With a two-person team, it was easier to show him which direction he had to go.

Philippe Manicom (41 years old, acupuncturist): We had a great feeling from the very first moment with Philippe. He belongs to the family now.
One week before Roland-Garros, I didnt know them yet, I got a phone call of the father, Rufin. Gal was injured, might have to pull out of the French Open. I jumped straight on a plane. Like Rufin and Gal, Im a Guada, Im coming from the Abymes and my father lived in the Moule. I'm having 2-3 sessions every day with Gal. Im a specialist in very old therapeutics like the moxibustion, the burning of medicinal plants on painful areas and articulations.

Stphanie Champion (32 years old, press attach): I like her a lot, she helps me in private matters. She also has the perspective of a mother.
Hes kind of our baby. Hes very endearing, very strong physically and very fragile at the same time. Hes very nice, very generous, always ready to help. He gave us a puppy dog. A golden retriever. He had bought it and couldnt take care of it anymore. We took it to us 7 months ago. Gal named it Sparky.

The family: It feels good to have my clan with me. It gives a great energy.
Big family meeting in Roland-Garros. Rufin and Sylvette are separated since Gal was at the Insep [the French Institute of Sport], but they always get back together to cheer for their son. lodie and David, the cousins from Poitiers, Nicole, the aunt from Bobigny, are there too with their tchim rd Gal tee-shirts (which means hang in there in creole). Theyre here every year for Roland-Garros, Gal says smiling. I dont see them much the rest of the time. I dont even see my parents much
Sylvette and Rufin have been very close to their son lately though. I spent ten days with him in March when he was in California, Sylvette says. He had been out of the tour for 7 months and hes really grumpy when hes injured, hes bored. I had a feeling that he needed me. And his father was bringing him his breakfast in person during Roland-Garros. When he was at the Insep already, I was bringing him his dinner every night. Pasta, rice, products from the islands he likes, dombrs, ignams. The food at the Insep was terrible
Rufin was the first coach of his son. He made him start playing tennis at the age of 4 and has never given up. Gal was a hardworker. He was training with Richard Warmoes at the TC XII next to the Bois de Vincennes on Wednesday. But he also wanted to play on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday or else he was crying. Tennis was his dope. And not only tennis. He could never stand still, Sylvette remembers. When he was 6 years old, he was able to spend 8 hours on the tennis court if nobody was stopping him. Foot, volley, judo, basket He even took piano lessons at the Conservatoire.
First separation at the age of 14 when he enters the tennis school of Reims. I made the trip from Paris almost every day because Gal wanted me to be there, Rufin says. Then he went to the Insep.
My parents are so cool with me. They advise me, theyre still young, they mean everything to me, Gal says. I cant separate them. My father is from the Guadeloupe, my mother from the Martinique, but its the same for me. I listen to them a lot. Heres a piece of advice from papa to his son then: He still needs to make efforts. Gal should have an healthier life and also better watch his circle of friends. Since hes nice, everybody is taking advantage of him. No other tennis player has so many people around him.

Next: the friends - he has many of them!
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Truc, fortunately that you are there for the fans of Gael in the whole world, You're the best !
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I agree with Bullibule! Trus- you are the best!! Cant wait to hear about his friends!!
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In Beijing, he will play doubles with Tsonga (if Tsonga plays of course)

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La slection :
Simple hommes :
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Paul-Henri Mathieu
Gilles Simon
Gal Monfils

Double hommes :
Michal Llodra - Arnaud Clment
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - Gal Monfils
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Thank you Soulage, good news.

Which are the selection criteria for the doubles ? Because I know that Gael isn't even classified in double contrary to Mathieu or Simon.

But good news !
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They just need to be qualified in singles to be eligible for the doubles competition in Beijing.
They all are hopeless in doubles except Jo, so I guess Jo made the decision and he picked Gaël because he's his friend.

I so hope Jo will make it to Beijing. I know everybody thinks it's crazy, but I'm all for it. He seems to want it so badly.
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I hope too, in more I want too to see him playing with Gael!

Two great hopes of French tennis units.

And then he deserves it, after all his wounds.
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Oh ouah!!!!Thx for the scan , and the translation you rock guy
Well this is a scan of the article of l'quipe of today (well sorry in advance it's a bad scan but i m really lazy to do it again lol )

Well they don't say sth important except what he got and the medical staff of team lagardere doesn't really approuv that gael had an acunpuncturist because he see less the staff and in short they said that gael come to them just when he had injury...
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:46 PM   #265
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Sorry, I had not seen your post. I also put the article on the GM.com forum if people want to run it through an online translator (http://www.gaelmonfils.com/Forum/vie...3170b671ae6762) But yes, that's about the idea, they complain about Manicom...

Better late than never, sorry - the friends!

Émilie Chartier, 26 years old: Émilie is my best friend. She always finds the right words to cheer me up.
“I know him since he’s 17 years old. We met during a dinner, we immediately hit it off together and we haven’t parted ways since then. We phone almost every day. He feels it if I’m stressed. I wouldn’t have passed my driving license if he was not there. It was my 4th attempt, I was panicking and I didn’t want to get out of my bed on that day. He told me on the phone ‘Émi, you’re going there! Now!’ Thank you Gaël.”

The new friends: Vince and his ‘gang’ have been there in difficult times, when I was injured, doubting, they’ve always steered me in the right direction.
Nabil Khouri, 21 years old, former student at a cinema highschool:
“I had already seen him at the Jean-Bouin club, but we really met via my friend Richard Gasquet. I followed Gaël on a few tournaments then, out of curiosity. We went to Miami, then Munich, Rome. I love he is so relaxed. He never hides his feelings, he’s very open. It gave him a great energy to be back with Thierry Champion. He likes having a lot of people around him. He looks up at us during his matches, we give him strength.”

Vincent Déprez, 23 years old, computer graphics artist:
“We met because he wanted to put special doors on his Polo GTI and I knew where he could get them. He still has his Polo at home, in Switzerland. He isn’t a big-time gambler in general. He doesn’t drink alcohol, he never has. Even if he had won Roland-Garros, he wouldn’t have drunk champagne. We party for him, we do all the bad things he can’t do. We've been playing golf quite a lot lately. He started with me after Miami. I’m better than him, so I thrash him.”

Alban Djinovic, 21 years old, soccer player:
“I met him at his home in Boulogne, we played poker together, Nabil and Vincent were there too, and he stripped me of all my money. I’m living next to him, not far from the Porte Saint-Cloud. He comes to see me play with my club (Sannois-Saint-Gratien). We sometimes play football in his flat. It’s not common to have such a caliber and not let it go to one’s head. I was hoarse from shouting too much during his matches in Roland-Garros. He told me after his quarter of final against Ferrer: ‘I was hearing only you all the time”. He calls me ‘Patrick Bruel’ (a French singer and poker player with a hoarse voice).”

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Le Carré (the Square – his 3 best friends, they all are students and 21-22 years old): We have similar taste with LaParse, we go crazy over the same things, basketball, video games… LaBaze is like a brother to me. I’ve done so much bullshit with him. Ventu is my best friend. He will always be there for me and I will always be there for him.

Le Carré (an invention of LaBaze and LaMonf) is a circle. The circle of the closest and oldest friends.
“I met Gaël for the 1st time at the age of 11, at the Maurice Ravel school in the 20th arrondissement [it’s a rather popular arrondissement of Paris], Xavier Elbaz remembers. I was more the intellectual, he was the opposite [I’m just guessing here, I don’t understand myself what he says…] The intellect and the body. He was shorter than me at the time, very slim, with big glasses. He was always running. It was all about tennis-tennis-tennis. I’ve never been jealous of his success, we were not playing at the same level at all. Then I went to another school, he left for Reims, we were not in touch anymore. I saw him again when he played the Juniors event of Roland-Garros. He had grown 50 cm, had no glasses anymore. We’ve always been in contact since then.”
Alexandre Venturino has been another side of the square since he played a team event together with Gaël for the Paris Jean-Bouin club at the age of 15. “We played 2-3 doubles matches together, he bawled me out a little bit. I was impressed, he was much better than we were, he already had his picture in Tennis Mag. I’m one of the few people he was calling all the time when he was playing Juniors tournaments. I’ve followed him on many tournaments on the tour, in Monte-Carlo for example. He suggested I should go with him for the American tour this summer. It will be fun, but it must be quite boring to do that all the time, training, match, dinner, going to bed… We understand why he’s sometimes wondering, doubting. He grew up too quickly.” Being LaMonf’s best friend is no picnic: “He sometimes has hairbrained ideas, he can call me at midnight because he wants me to burn a CD for him. A lot of American TV series, Lost, Las Vegas, Entourage…”
4th component: LaParse. Guillaume Parsegny wasn’t in Roland this year: “I’m studying in England. I met Gaël at Jean-Bouin, I was on the basketball team, he saw me one day with a ball and we went for a match. I play forward. He would be a great guard, his first step can be really dangerous.”
LaMonf, LaBaze, Ventu, LaParse: the Square was born. “It was heart-warming to see Gaël put on our shirt after his quarter of final against Ferrer, LaParse says. Gaël knows where he’s coming from, he knows his real values. Xavier was ready to pick me up with his car if he had made it to the final. I had an important exam on the next day, but I would have given it up.”

Here's the pic of the shirt:

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Awww nice to see that Monfils is getting a lot of press after his run at RG!!

And thanks so much Truc for everything really!!!
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Champion's wife said after Roland that she got tons of requests from the media, but was declining everything because they wanted Gaël to stay focussed, so it didn't go overboard. And most people only care about tennis during the French Open anyway, the buzz was just for a short time.
But I still found it quite impressive, I saw him in a lot of non sports-related media.

He also was FHM's "Man of the month".
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Thank you Truc

In which newspaper did you read the remarks of Champion's wife?
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Here's an article from the Sunday edition of L'Equipe after his semi-final (she says at the end she's got "15 000 requests"):
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