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Old 07-05-2008, 12:15 PM   #271
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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"):
Thank you very much Truc , I had already read this one, I thought that you spoke about a article more recent.
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According to l'Equipe, he works no more with Champion and Barbarin

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Gaël Monfils ne s'entraînera plus sous la houlette de Thierry Champion et du préparateur physique Rémi Barbarin. Quelques mois après être revenu dans le Team Lagardère, "La Monf" a décidé de se séparer des deux hommes, et se débrouillera seul pour le tournoi de Bastad, qui commence lundi. Selon Xavier Moreau, responsable du Team Lagardère, le joueur de 22 ans a des exigences incompatibles avec son maintien dans la structure d'entraînement. (Avec AFP)
It's written that he'll probably go alone in Bastad and that according to Xavier Moreau, project manager of Team Sports Lagardere, Gael's demands were incompatible with his remaining in the structure of training in Paris.

It always happen something with Gael !

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Thank you for the news Soulage, and well, that is bad! However he works well with Champion and Barbarin, can be that there was a problem following his withdraw in Wimbledon? I know that some doctors of the TEAM Lagardere didn't understand the withdraw of Gael. That is really bad
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Not really his withdrawal, but all this Manicom BS. Great move from Rufin Monfils to call Manicom out of the blue a few days before Roland-Garros, it was very helpful. (Papa Monfils is totally going on my nerves, so I have to blame him. )
That said, I can't stand the Team Lagardère either and I won't cry if he leaves that "powder keg". But I kind of liked Champion and especially Barbarin.

Here's the article in L'Equipe:
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Monfils-Champion, c’est fini
Le demi-finaliste de Roland-Garros a décidé de quitter son coach et de renoncer à la structure mise en place au Team Lagardère.
DEPUIS VENDREDI soir, Thierry Champion n’est plus le coach de Gaël Monfils. Le demi-finaliste du dernier Roland-Garros l’a annoncé personnellement à son entraîneur, quelques heures après avoir eu un entretien avec Arnaud Lagardère. Par là-même, il quitte la structure mise en place autour de lui au Team Lagardère, qu’il avait réintégré en novembre dernier après avoir passé quelques mois aux États-Unis chez Tarik Benhabilès. Bizarre autant qu’étrange ? Pas tant que ça, si l’on dévide le fil des relations qui liait les deux parties depuis le tournoi de Roland-Garros. Introduit dans l’entourage de Monfils par son père, Rufin, l’acupuncteur Philippe Manicom avait progressivement pris une place de plus en plus importante dans la vie quotidienne du joueur. « J’avais commencé à sentir des trucs dès que Gaël s’est mis à gagner des matches à Roland, explique Champion. C’est un peu la rançon du succès : de plus en plus de gens rôdaient autour de lui. Mais, à un moment donné, c’est lui qui prend les décisions. Sur et en dehors du terrain. Voilà, il a fait son choix… On l’accepte, même si on se demande ce que l’on peut bien se reprocher… »
Après avoir pris quelques jours de repos à Barcelone, Monfils était réapparu sur le circuit lors du tournoi de Nottingham. Même s’il y atteignit les demi-finales (battu par le futur vainqueur, Ivo Karlovic), il devint vite patent que ses rapports avec le duo Champion (coach)-Barbarin (préparateur physique) étaient de jour en jour plus distanciés. Si l’on excepte les quelques heures qui couraient de son échauffement du matin au débriefing qui suivait ses matches, le joueur passait ainsi le minimum de temps avec ses entraîneurs. Il leur préférait la compagnie de Manicom, avec qui il discutait parfois en créole, excluant ainsi de facto toute forme de communication. Victime d’une tendinite à l’épaule durant Nottingham, Monfils déclara ensuite forfait pour Wimbledon. De ce renoncement surgirent encore des analyses discordantes. Entre la structure médicale du Team Lagardère (qui l’estimait apte à jouer) et Manicom (qui appuyait ce forfait), c’est peu dire que le courant ne passait pas… Christophe Gaillard, son ostéopathe particulier, apprit ainsi sa défection plus d’une heure après l’annonce officielle de son retrait ! D’où le désir du duo Champion-Barbarin de clarifier la situation au sortir de Wimbledon. Depuis dix jours, de réunions en coups de fil, Monfils a pris le temps de mûrir sa décision. Selon un communiqué publié hier par Xavier Moreau, le responsable du Team Lagardère, « le joueur avait des exigences incompatibles avec son maintien dans notre structure ».
Champion : « Je m’y attendais un peu »
Il suffit de lire entre les lignes pour comprendre que Monfils, injoignable hier, a privilégié ses relations avec Philippe Manicom à la poursuite de son travail avec Champion. L’un était en effet exclusif de l’autre. « Honnêtement, je m’y attendais un peu, reconnaît Champion. Je respecte la décision de Gaël et je ne la commenterai pas. Mais je sentais que son avenir allait changer. Quand il est revenu chez Lagardère, il était blessé, à la fois physiquement et moralement. Il fallait être patient, et tout le monde, y compris le corps médical, a passé beaucoup de temps à discuter avec lui pour le remettre en selle. Je crois que le travail a été fait et bien fait. Quand il a repris la compétition et que les résultats tardaient à venir, on était peinard. Peu de gens croyaient en lui. Et puis, durant Roland, d’autres personnes se sont greffées sur son entourage… C’est devenu plus difficile pour nous. »
Le souhait de Champion est de poursuivre son travail chez Lagardère. Celui de Monfils pourrait être de retourner s’installer aux États-Unis. Chez Benhabilès ? Peut-être, même si les propositions ne devraient pas manquer pour un joueur qui s’est pourtant séparé cinq fois de son entraîneur en vingt-deux mois (Champion un première fois en septembre 2006, puis Pier Gauthier, Olivier Delaitre, Tarik Benhabilès et à nouveau Champion !). En attendant, sauf changement de dernière minute, il devrait se rendre seul au tournoi de Bastad, qui débute demain, en Suède. À moins qu’il décide, au vu des circonstances, de rayer cette compétition de son programme.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:17 AM   #275
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Gaël had a discussion with Arnaud Lagardère on Friday and then told Champion he's going to leave.
Champion: "I had a feeling as soon as Gaël started to win some matches in Roland. It's the price of the success. More and more people were hanging around him. At one point, he has to make the decisions. On the court and off the court. He made his choice... We accept it, even though we're wondering what we made wrong..."
In Nottingham he saw Champion-Barbarin only during the training and was spending most of his time with Manicom (they speak creole together, which rules out any communication with Champion and Barbarin then.)
Then the withdrawal in Wimbledon made very obvious that there were serious problems between the Lagardère medical staff (they thought he was able to play) and Manicom (who was supporting his decision). His official physio was informed of his decision one hour after he had told it to the press.
Champion and Barbarin were eager to clear the situation. And after ten days of discussions and phone calls, he made his choice. Moreau: "He has some demands which were incompatible with him remaining in the Team."
It was impossible to contact Gaël yesterday, but he obviously gave Manicom the edge over Champion. Both were exclusive.
Champion: "I was expecting it a little bit, to be honest. I respect Gaël's decision and I won't comment on it. But I could feel his future was going to change. When he came back to Lagardère, he was injured, physically and mentally. One had to be patient and everybody, the medical staff too, spent a lot of time talking with him to give him a boost. I think we did a good job. When he started playing tournaments again and was not winning, we were left in peace. Only few people believed in him. But other people came on top of everything during Roland-Garros... It became harder for us then."
Champion wants to keep working in the Team Lagardère, Gaël might go back to the States. Benhabilès again? Maybe. He will probably have a lot of other propositions anyway despite of his permanent coach changes (5 times in 22 months). In the meantime, he'll go alone to Bastad, unless he decides to pull out in last minute given the circumstances.
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well, I heard the news this morning and I was it's kinda surprising actually because Champion and Barbarin were doing a great job IMO. But, well what do I know? good luck in Bastad Gael!!!
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who is this manacom exactly?

He's not a coach or even a former tennis player so why gael decided to stop his collaboration with champion/barbarin in a real structure such as lagardere team?
this sounds so weird,is this guy a kind of "gourou" or something?
Well gael is an adult ,he will face consequences of this decision.
Hopefully he wont fall again in the same slump that he was in for many months last year.
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My coffee almost went down the wrong way when I saw "Monfils à confesse" on the first page of L'Equipe today!
It's not very interesting, but I'm glad he spoke at least this time because he didn't after his other changes of coach and it was so annoying to have everybody speaking for him.
Here's the interview:
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MONFILS, L’AUTODEFENSE
Critiqué après son récent divorce d’avec Thierry Champion, le Français s’explique sur les raisons de son choix.
Porte d’Auteuil, 17 heures, hier. Le court Philippe-Chatrier n’est pas loin, et Gaël Monfils, demi-finaliste du dernier Roland-Garros, débarque à la brasserie « Le Murat » accompagné de son kiné, Philippe Manicom. C’est là que son nouveau chargé de communication, Dominique Cordier, a arrangé le rendez-vous voulu par le joueur. Samedi dernier, on apprenait que Monfils, vingt et un ans et trente et unième mondial, plaquait Thierry Champion et la structure Lagardère avec. Encore un changement de coach, se disait-on. De lui-même, Monfils a compris qu’une mise au point sur sa situation floue serait la bienvenue. Ouvrez les guillemets.

« POURQUOI VOUS ÊTES-VOUS séparé de Thierry Champion et du Team Lagardère ?
– En premier, j’ai arrêté avec Thierry et Rémi (Barbarin, son préparateur physique). Ensuite, comme dans la structure il n’y avait pas un coach de libre, j’ai dit à Arnaud (Lagardère) que j’avais des vues vers l’extérieur. Et naturellement, je suis parti.
– Qu’est-ce qui n’allait plus avec Champion ?
– Il y a eu des incompréhensions, un malaise s’était installé, c’était tendu. Après notre discussion à Wimbledon, j’ai compris que c’était cassé. J’ai lu que j’avais demandé des choses démesurées et incompatibles avec le fonctionnement du Team et qu’on m’avait donc mis dehors. Que je choisisse mon coach, c’est démesuré ? Que je demande à travailler avec mon kiné, c’est démesuré ?
– Justement, il semble que la présence à vos côtés, depuis Roland-Garros, du kiné et acupuncteur Philippe Manicom ait posé problème…
– Mais de quoi on parle ?
– Le Team Lagardère dispose de son propre staff médical et il ne voyait peut-être pas d’un bon oeil de vous laisser avec quelqu’un qu’il ne pouvait pas “contrôler”.
– C’est bizarre. Quand j’ai fait la demi-finale à Roland-Garros, ça ne gênait personne que Philippe soit là. Et après, bim ! On l’a traité comme un bouc émissaire. Après mon forfait à Wimbledon, ça a été scandaleux. Philippe s’est fait descendre. Il y avait un clan qui disait que je pouvais jouer et l’autre non. Comme j’ai dit “non”, on a dit que j’étais sous l’influence de Philippe. J’avais mal à l’épaule et on ne joue pas si on a mal. Personne n’a le droit de commenter ma décision, personne ! Trop de gens ont parlé pour moi. Et ça, j’ai pas aimé !
– Que vous apporte Philippe Manicom que vous n’aviez pas avant ?
– Premier point : je n’ai plus peur de me blesser depuis qu’il s’occupe de moi. Deuxième point : c’est une personne que mon père m’a présentée pour m’aiguiller. Ils sont en contact permanent et Philippe me rassure, me protège. J’ai entendu parler d’une histoire comme quoi il pourrait me charger. Jamais il ne m’a demandé de prendre des produits. Monpère ne va pas me mettre dans les mains d’un gars dangereux. Il n’est pas fou, mon père ! Mes parents ont quand même fait une contre-enquête sur Philippe et ils n’ont rien trouvé.
– Est-ce qu’en vous rapprochant de lui, vous ne vous êtes pas éloigné de Thierry Champion ?
– Je ne sais pas. Mais je veux remercier le Team et Thierry. Je ne suis pas un ingrat.
– Après Champion “première époque” , vous avez travaillé avec Pier Gauthier, puis Olivier Delaître, puis Tarik Benhabilès, puis de nouveau Champion. Tout ça en deux ans (lire par ailleurs). Et voilà que vous allez encore changer de coach. Pourquoi cette instabilité ?
– Présenté comme ça, c’est péjoratif. Ça me fait passer pour le mec capricieux qui pratique le coaching “ Kleenex ”. Et c’est faux ! Chacun de mes coaches m’a apporté un truc extraordinaire. Chaque fois que je changeais, c’était pour aller chercher plus haut. Et cette fois, c’est pareil. Je ne quitte jamais pour quitter. Je ne me suis jamais trompé et jamais je n’ai eu un seul regret. C’était toujours la bonne personne au bon moment.
– Mais comprenez-vous qu’un mois après avoir atteint les demi-finales de Roland-Garros, ce divorce puisse interpeller ?
– Oui, certains doivent se dire :“Ça y est, on l’a encore perdu”. Y en a même qui pensent que je m’en fous d’être champion ou pas. Souvent, les gens parlent pour moi, et moi je me tais. J’ai décidé qu’il fallait que ça change, et c’est pour ça qu’on est là aujourd’hui. Je veux qu’on arrête de croire que je suis une marionnette. Je sais ce que je fais. Alors, quand j’entends que je suis un gosse ingérable, que je suis un branleur qui fout en l’air sa carrière, que je suis influençable, ça me scotche. Mon but ultime, c’est d’être un très grand joueur de tennis.
– Pensez-vous que vous devrez à l’avenir vous stabiliser avec un coach pour devenir plus performant ?
– Écoutez : depuis que je suis jeune, j’ai été habitué à changer sans arrêt de coach, et ça ne m’a pas si mal réussi. J’ai commencé avec mon père puis je suis allé avec Richard Warmoes, puis à la FFT, puis avec Luigi Borfiga, puis Guillaume Marx puis Olivier Delaître. Le changement ne me fait pas peur.
– Lundi, vous avez déclaré forfait à Bastad. Quel était le problème ?
– Je me suis fait une entorse à la cheville gauche en m’entraînant, là-bas en Suède, lundi matin. En courant pour relever une amortie, mon pied s’est pris dans un trou et ça a twisté. J’espère vraiment reprendre à Toronto dans deux semaines.
– Et comment va l’épaule qui vous avait poussé à renoncer à Wimbledon…
– De mieux en mieux. Je n’ai pas encore pu servir à fond, mais je n’en suis pas loin.
– Savez-vous qui sera votre prochain entraîneur ?
– J’ai plusieurs pistes : des neuves et des anciennes. Je ne resterai pas mille ans avec la personne mais je sais que le choix que je vais faire sera le bon. Je veux être performant à Toronto, Cincinnati, l’US Open et, surtout, être au taquet aux Jeux. Ça, c’est un rêve.
– Quel serait le portrait-robot de ce coach ?
– Quelqu’un qui a la gnaque, qui croit en moi, à mes possibilités d’aller très haut. Quelqu’un qui me mène à la dure. Il me faut un meneur d’hommes. Avec un discours bien rock.
– Est-ce qu’il pourrait ne pas être français ?
– Oui, ça se peut.
– Brad Gilbert ?
– Oui, j’y ai pensé. Mais il y en a d’autres. Au moins deux autres coaches étrangers, mais je préfère ne pas donner de nom maintenant.
– Tout le monde est persuadé que vous allez retourner avec Tarik Benhabilès…
– Ce qui est bien, c’est qu’on se connaît déjà. Je l’adore mais pour l’instant, rien n’est tranché. Je réfléchis. »
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Just a summary of the first questions for now because I have to work, I'll translate the rest later:

He comes to the interview in a restaurant in Paris with Manicom. His new agent Dominique Cordier organized this interview because Gaël wanted it.
Why did you part ways with Champion and the Team Lagardère?
- First, I split with Thierry and Rémi (Champion & Barbarin). As there wasn't any free coach available anymore in the Team, I told Arnaud (Lagardère) that I had external views. And very naturally, I left.
What wasn't working anymore with Champion?
- There was an incomprehension, I was feeling uneasy, it was tense. I understood after the discussion we had in Wimbledon that something was broken. I've read I had excessive demandings which were not compatible with the way the Team is working and that I was dismissed. To choose my coach, that's excessive? To want to work with my physio, that's excessive?
That's the point, it seems that the presence of Manicom has been a problem...
- But what are we talking about here?
The Team Lagardère has its own medical staff and maybe wasn't viewing in a favourable light the fact that you were working with somebody they couldn't "control".
- That's strange. Philippe wasn't bothering anybody when I made the semi-final in Roland-Garros. And afterwards, bim! He was treated like a scapegoat. It was scandalous after my withdrawal in Wimbledon. Philippe was shot down. There was a clan saying I could play and the other clan saying I shouldn't. Since I said "I won't", people assumed I was under Philippe's control. My shoulder was hurting and one shouldn't play in pain. Nobody is allowed to comment on my decision, nobody! Too many people have spoken for me. And I didn't like that!

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And the rough translation of the 2nd part:

What does Manicom give to you you hadn't before?
- 1. I'm not afraid anymore to get injured since he started to take care of me. 2. He was introduced to me by my father to give me a direction. They're always in touch and Philippe is putting my mind at ease, he's protecting me. I heard people say he might give doping substances to me. He never told me to take anything. My father isn't going to bring me into the hands of a dangerous guy. He isn't crazy! My parents ordered a counter-inquiry about Philippe, though, and they didn't find anything.
Don't you think that getting closer to him made you drift away from Champion?
- I don't know. But I'd like to thank the Team and Thierry. I'm not an ungrateful person.
After your first collaboration with Champion, you worked with Pier Gauthier, then Olivier Delaître, then Tarik Benhabilès, then back to Champion. All this in 2 years. And now you're going to change again. Why this unsteadiness?
- It is derogatory to put it like that. It makes me look like a capricious person who throws coaches away like tissues. And it's not true! Each coach has been an extraordinary plus for me. Everytime I've changed, I was aiming at even more. And it's the same this time again. I never leave just for the sake of leaving people. I've never made errors and I've never had any regrets. It always was the right person for me at the right time.
But do you understand that this divorce might be of concern one month after having reached the semi-final of Roland-Garros?
- Yes, some people must think: 'That's it, we've lost him again'. Some people even think I don't care about being a champion. People often speak for me and I used to keep quiet. I've decided this had to change and that's why we're here today. I don't want people to think anymore that I'm a puppet. I know what I'm doing. I'm stunned when I hear people say I'm an unmanageable kid, a lazy swine who is ruining his career and is easily influenced. My ultimate goal is to become a really great tennis player.
Don't you think you'll have to settle down with a coach to improve?
- Listen: I'm young, I'm used to change coaches all the time and I've been doing quite well so far. I started with my father, then Richard Warmoes, then the FFT, then Luigi Borfiga, then Guillaume Marx, then Olivier Delaître. I'm not afraid to change.
You pulled out of Bastad on Monday. What was the problem?
- I sprained my left ankle in training in Sweden on Monday morning. I was running to get a dropshot, my foot got stuck in a hole and I twisted my ankle. I really hope I'll be able to play in Toronto in 2 weeks.
And how is your shoulder which forced you to pull out of Wimbledon?
- It's doing better and better. I still can't serve at 100%, but not far away anymore.
Do you know who is going to be your next coach?
- I have different possibilities: some new ones and some old ones. I won't stay for 1000 years with that person, but I know I'll make the right choice. I want to play well in Toronto, Cincy, the USO and especially at the Olympics. That is a dream.
Which is the profile of this coach?
- Somebody with a lot of energy, who believes in me, in my ability to go very far. Somebody who is leading me the hard way. I need a leader. Whose views really rock.
Is it possible he won't be French?
- Yes, that's a possibility.
Brad Gilbert?
- Yes, I have thought of him. But there are other options too. At least two other foreign coaches. But I prefer not to give any name yet.
Everybody is sure you'll go back to Benhabilès...
- The good thing is that we already know each other. I love him, but I haven't taken any decision so far. I'm thinking about it.
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Ce mec a quand même de sérieux soucis... ça tourne pas rond. Alors qu'on le croyait devenu plus raisonnable et mûr depuis sa demi-finale, alors qu'on pensait qu'il avait appris de ses erreurs, eh ben non, il remet ça et vire son staff...
Je sais pas si son égo est démesuré, s'il a tendance à prendre très vite la grosse tête, à vouloir toujours mieux, à se trouver trop fort pour se traîner Champion et Barbarin comme entraîneurs, mais ça craint... Champion a dégagé Paulo comme un malpropre pour être avec Gael, quel gachis !
Maintenant, les noms annoncés, Benhablies, Brad Gilbert...ça changera rien à son problème. Il faudrait déjà qu'il change d'entourage ! Qu'il consulte aussi éventuellement...
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Oooh Gael... the coaching carousel again. He has to do what makes him feel comfortable.
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Ce mec a quand même de sérieux soucis... ça tourne pas rond. Alors qu'on le croyait devenu plus raisonnable et mûr depuis sa demi-finale, alors qu'on pensait qu'il avait appris de ses erreurs, eh ben non, il remet ça et vire son staff...
Je sais pas si son égo est démesuré, s'il a tendance à prendre très vite la grosse tête, à vouloir toujours mieux, à se trouver trop fort pour se traîner Champion et Barbarin comme entraîneurs, mais ça craint... Champion a dégagé Paulo comme un malpropre pour être avec Gael, quel gachis !
Maintenant, les noms annoncés, Benhablies, Brad Gilbert...ça changera rien à son problème. Il faudrait déjà qu'il change d'entourage ! Qu'il consulte aussi éventuellement...
Mdrrr je veut bien le prendrer en consultation alors....lol
Well he semms to like to change ways to find his way, golovin do the same , she is really "familly affair" so maybe he listens to often his family...But poor champion....(Paul maby laugh at this situatuion...)
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