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Old 02-03-2007, 10:59 AM   #106
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"Je suis dťÁu, je pensais Ítre sťlectionnť."

But, but... He had said the contrary before the selection...
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Yes, I know. On the other hand, I think he said that last time before Seb got injured. I also thought for a while he had a real chance to be in the team with all the other guys being injured, I can understand he was hoping to be picked this time.

Anyway, here's an attempt of a translation (not sure for the title, I don’t know how to say "ça me gonfle" in English!):
“It’s getting on my wick…”
At the exhibition of the Petits As last year, Santoro was crying because he hadn’t been picked in the DC team against Germany. This year, it was Gaël’s turn to brood over his “exclusion”. Still without a coach, Guy Forget’s “mal-aimé” (?) expressed his confusion/helplessness.
How are you feeling about the fact that you were not picked for the DC?
- I’m disappointed, I thought I would be in the team. But well, I’m not. No worries, I’m getting used to it. Even though I’m not playing at my best, I’m not playing that bad. But he doesn’t pick me. That’s it. If he had chosen me at least as the 5th player, I would have trained with the rest of the group. I would have loved to be part of it. Guy had another opinion. I respect him, but it’s a bit tough.
You’re on the list of the substitutes, if something happens…
- Yes, what does that mean? It’s pretty terrible. Only for the singles, just in case a guy gets injured. I have to live with it, but I’m a bit sceptical.
What do you mean?
- Maybe we’ll have to take a decision some day concerning the Davis Cup.
You consider giving up?
- All these things leave their mark. They remain. It sucks. I feel like I’m in the French team without being part of it. It’s OK for this time. But maybe it'll get on my wick.
Do you feel a problem with Guy Forget?
- I don’t think so. When we see each other, everything is fine. I respect him. But he doesn’t choose me. He doesn’t pick me. Well, I try to relativize, Federer isn’t playing in Davis Cup either. You can make a career without playing DC…
And for the rest, are you still in search of a new coach?
- It’s very hard. Actually, I realize there are not many options. There aren’t so many people! I won’t find a coach so easily. I’m watching, I’m taking my time, I shouldn’t rush it, even if I have to play a few tournaments alone first, although it’s not the best thing to do. As for Delaître, I had some demands he couldn’t meet.
How are you training then at the moment?
- I’m alone, I’m going everywhere, I’m playing with anybody who wants to play with me… After the Australian Open, Olivier (Delaître) helped me for one week in Luxemburg. Then I was in Geneva with Fab (Santoro) and a few Swiss guys. Yesterday, I was at the CNE in Roland-Garros with Jo (Tsonga).
It’s not so great, is it?
- All this is making me stronger. A lot of people are speaking ill of me. But I know what I’m doing and I’m training hard. »

That was my first thought by reading yesterday that he’s still without a coach. The story with the DC wouldn’t be so bad if it gave him more time to settle everything with a new coach. But since he doesn’t have a coach, it would have been perfect for him to be in the team. Forget knows this and he really isn’t trying to make things easier either… I know it’s Gael’s fault if he's alone, but the guy obviously needs some help at the moment!

Of course, saying all this to L'Équipe won't help for the next selection.

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Old 02-04-2007, 01:52 PM   #108
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Of course, saying all this to L'…quipe won't help for the next selection.
You bet...
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Well, Gael always tends to overreact and to talk too much, Forget should be used to it by now.
But Forget answers in "L'Équipe" and it looks like it won't be so tragic after all, he seems to understand the reaction, his interview really is OK, I like it much more than the first interview after the selection (je ne prends que 4 gars, c'est plus simple, j'ai aucune raison de penser que l'un d'eux va se blesser, patati patata):
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La bande des quatre, Richard Gasquet, Sébastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clément et Michaël Llodra, se retrouve avec bonheur pour le premier tour de Coupe Davis face à la Roumanie à partir de vendredi à Clermont-Ferrand. Le moral est au beau fixe et les pépins physiques de Sébastien Grosjean sont oubliés. Avant de partir en Auvergne, Guy Forget est revenu, dimanche à Roland-Garros, sur la déception de Gaël Monfils concernant sa non-sélection et le capitaine a évoqué l'erreur à éviter face à une formation beaucoup plus faible sur le papier : «La principale erreur qu'on pourrait commettre est de relâcher l'attention et d'être trop confiant»

«Guy Forget, comment réagissez-vous face à la déception exprimée par Gaël Monfils sur sa non-sélection ?
Je trouve sa réaction normale et plutôt bonne. C'est l'inverse qui m'aurait étonné. Gaël Monfils a réagi à chaud, de manière spontanée, mais je pense qu'il y a d'autres joueurs qui auraient pu avoir les mêmes remarques de manière légitime. Je pense à Marc Gicquel ou à Julien Benneteau, beaucoup de garçons peuvent prétendre à une sélection. J'attends une petite chose supplémentaire de la part de Gaël, c'est qu'il gagne un peu plus de matches. Je compte beaucoup sur lui dans les semaines et les mois à venir, mais j'attends encore des choses un peu plus concrètes de sa part, je le lui ai dit. Je ne sais pas s'il est surpris à ce point, je lui parle régulièrement, j'ai confiance en Gaël, c'est un garçon qui a beaucoup de potentiel. Mais aujourd'hui, il faut un peu plus que ça, il est très jeune, il a tout l'avenir devant lui. J'ai aujourd'hui deux voire trois excellents joueurs de simple. Il y en a vraiment deux qui sont indiscutables.

Vous auriez pu l'appeler en tant que cinquième homme ?
Le rôle du cinquième homme n'est pas simple à gérer au niveau des courts d'entraînement. Mais j'ai dit à Gaël (Monfils) et à Julien (Benneteau) de se tenir prêt au cas où. On est à Clermont-Ferrand, à moins de 400 km de Paris, ils peuvent venir à tout moment s'il y a le moindre problème. Mais une sélection se mérite sur ses résultats, sur sa constance sur les dernières semaines ou les derniers mois. Je pense que cette sélection-là est vraiment logique, il ne faut pas que Gaël ou les autres prennent cette non-sélection comme une sanction, cela n'en est pas une au contraire. La porte est grande ouverte à tous les joueurs et mon seul intérêt est que l'équipe gagne. Je l'ai félicité sur son Open d'Australie parce que cela faisait des semaines voire des mois qu'on ne l'avait pas vu sous ce visage là. J'ai vu deux bons matches de la part de Gaël et cela m'a fait très plaisir mais il y a des garçons qui sont là, qui ont été plus constants et je n'aime pas faire des essais ou des tests sur des matches comme cela. Je ne me vois pas dire à Sébastien Grosjean : "je vais faire un essai, je vais faire jouer Gaël Monfils". En termes de rendement, je ne veux pas prendre le moindre risque.

Le sélectionner était peut-être un moyen de le recadrer ?
Le rôle de l'équipe de France n'est pas de cadrer un joueur. Ce sont des joueurs professionnels, on les récupère pendant une dizaine de jours, mais chacun a un encadrement. Ils sont avec des préparateurs, des psychologues, des kinés, etc, chacun se prépare. Je crois que Gaël a besoin de ce point de vue de retrouver une cellule. Il lui manque d'être cadré. On ne peut pas avec le staff résoudre les problèmes d'un joueur d'un coup de baguette magique. Maintenant je crois que cela peut aller très vite pour Gaël, il a montré de très bonnes choses en Australie.
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http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/20070204_201427Dev.html
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Yep, thanks God he chose to play tha whole thing down... For now.

Please Gaël, don't fall in this trap next time! He's a sensationalist journalists' fave. They're always putting the mic in front of his mouth and he talks, talks, talks... He tells every single thing going through his head and on his heart on the instant. Not wise...
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Oh, I'm glad he speaks his mind and isn't "langue de bois", that's one of the reasons why I like him! That was very Gael.
I'm relieved Forget reacts like that to the interview because I was a bit afraid of the consequences, but it doesn't make Forget's decisions and poor "communication" unquestionable, so it's still OK for me if a player publicly says how he felt about it.

And I don't mind some drama anyway, look at my avatar.

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Well i like that too (completely the opposite of Richard in that aspect to say the least... ) but i think that sometimes it's getting too much and well, dangerous for him.
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L'Équipe today:
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Monfils déboussolé
Ou comment le plus déroutant des espoirs français n'arrive pas à intégrer l'équipe de Coupe Davis. - FRANCK RAMELLA (avec D. B.)

TITRE DE LA SAGA virtuelle de Monfils au pays du tennis : seul contre tous. Sous-titrage : attention, l'attachant héros n'est ni délaissé ni exécré. Drôle d'histoire. Celle d'un garnement bénéficiant de tout sauf de l'essentiel: un coach et un jeu établi et secondé par un aréopage déroutant de conseillers trop divers pour une prise de décisions rationnelles. Sous le tutorat du Team Lagardère, le parrainage d'IMG, la protection d'un avocat (Didier Poulmer) ou l'assistance d'un gestionnaire de biens officieusement... préparateur physique (Patrick Chamagne), la garde fournie et rapprochée de Gaël Monfils oscille entre l'institutionnel rassurant et le délicat mélange des genres.

Papillonnant dans cette structure élargie, l'électron libre Monfils parade en tenue de camouflage. Trop tôt happé par la lumière de la gloire, trop tôt confronté aux pièges des confirmations, l'apprenti star, comme si tout cela n'était pas encore assez compliqué, semble prendre plaisir à vouloir dérouter ses interlocuteurs. Tour à tour mythomane tout feu tout flamme et garçon sage, acteur effréné de séances pantagruéliques d'entraînement avant de mettre la pédale douce, Monfils manie les paradoxes en payant le prix de sa dégaine un peu foldingue. Qui peut se targuer de comprendre Gaël Monfils et ses aspirations ? « Moi, j'ai le sentiment de ne pas le connaître, et j'en ai pourtant envie, soupire Patrice Hagelauer, entraîneur de l'équipe de Coupe Davis et cadre du Team Lagargère. Et, quand on a du mal à saisir, on a du mal à aider. Il se rapproche de ceux qui le caressent dans le sens du poil et s'éloignent de ceux qui veulent vraiment l'aider, quitte à lui tenir un discours dur. Mais ça, ça le gêne, comme si une demande de rigueur allait empiéter sur sa liberté. Gaël est insaisissable, il prend systématiquement le contre-pied. Cet hiver, on lui dit d'aller s'entraîner dans notre base à Sophia-Antipolis. Il dit oui et le lendemain on apprend qu'il part en Floride à l'académie Bollettieri. Une autre fois, il doit venir avec nous et il file aussitôt à la montagne avec Chamagne... Parfois, il manque de respect vis-à-vis des gens. Barbarin et Champion (l'ancien duo qui le coachait) ont longtemps dû accepter l'inacceptable avant de se faire jeter. Pier Gauthier (coach furtif d'octobre à janvier) s'est fait balancer comme un Kleenex. Gaël joue souvent à la victime, mais il se trompe. »

Et quand l'attractif lascar, bourré de talent et showman mondialement reconnu, se fait courtiser par un milliardaire américain, l'affaire ingérable prend alors des contours encore plus tortueux... Depuis plus d'un an, en effet, Norman Canter, mécène de Renaissance Tennis et boss de Tarik Benhabilès, fait un forcing effréné auprès de Monfils.

Et il n'est pas interdit de penser que les propositions mirobolantes (4 millions de dollars !) pour l'attirer aux Bahamas puis à Key Biscayne ont pu déstabiliser un garçon en recherche de rêve américain. « Quand j'ai débarqué là-dedans, raconte ainsi Pier Gauthier, j'ai bien vu qu'il n'était pas apte à travailler. Trop d'appels du pied, trop de monde qui tourne autour. Gaël est attachant, mais il est perdu au milieu de tout ça. Il a oublié l'essentiel, qui est d'abord de gagner avant de penser aux contrats. »

À mi-chemin entre deux continents, peut-être aveuglé par son irrépressible besoin d'espace et de liberté, Gaël Monfils a donc fini par creuser malgré lui un petit fossé d'incompréhension avec le monde du tennis français et notamment Guy Forget, qui refuse encore de lui tendre la main. On aurait pu imaginer un capitaine de Coupe Davis porté par la volonté de redynamiser un membre éminent de la relève un peu perdu en ce moment à chercher seul des partenaires d'entraînement. Mais le sélectionneur a préféré l'option d'une sélection sans remplaçant. « J'attends de Gaël qu'il gagne un petit peu plus de matches. Je compte sur lui dans les semaines à venir, j'ai confiance en lui. Mais le rôle de l'équipe de France n'est pas de recadrer. Chacun se prépare à sa manière. On ne peut pas avec Hagel (Hagelauer) résoudre d'un coup de baguette magique tous les problèmes d'un joueur. Gaël a besoin de retrouver une cellule et d'être cadré. Mais je pense que ça peut aller très vite dans le bon sens pour lui. »

Pour l'heure, épaulé par le Team Lagardère - « On le soutient à mort » , dit-on là-bas -, couvé par Patrice Dominguez, le DTN qui l'appelle tous les jours, Monfils prospecte tous azimuts vers des horizons variés. Entre autres, les noms de Jean-Paul Damit (le premier entraîneur de Baghdatis), Olivier Delaitre, Thierry Tulasne ou l'académie Bollettieri ont circulé. Obstiné dans son refus de précipiter sa décision, il s'est entraîné la semaine dernière à Roland-Garros à sa manière ; face à lui, son père ou des copains de passage n'ayant jamais touché une raquette de leur vie lui lançaient des balles piochées dans un panier.
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Here is a sort of translation/summary, but it's too difficult for my limited English (and I don't have much time right now). The article is interesting, it's too bad I can't translate it properly, I'm not even sure it always makes sense in English:

Monfils disorientated
Why the most disconcerting of the French hopes can’t get into the Davis Cup team.
THE TITLE OF Monfils’ virtual saga in the world of tennis: Alone against the world. Sub-title: don’t get it wrong, the attaching hero isn’t deserted or hated. It’s a strange story. The story of a “hellion” who has everything but the most important thing, a coach and a settled game, and who is assisted by a disconcerting group of advisers, too heterogeneous to take rational decisions – the Team Lagardère, IMG, a lawyer (Didier Poulmer) and an administrator who also is his unofficial physical trainer (Patrick Chamagne).

[Then some blabla about the fact that he's been hyped so early and that he likes to disconcert: sometimes mythomaniac and overexcited, sometimes a good boy, sometimes training like crazy, sometimes loving an easy time... He loves the paradox. Who understands Gaël Monfils?]
“I have the feeling that I don’t know him, although I’d love to, says Patrice Hagelauer, trainer of the Davis Cup team and member of the Team Lagardère. And when you don’t get something, it’s hard to help. He gets closer to the people who “rub him up in the right way” and moves away from the people who really want to help him, even if they have some harsh words. That annoys him, as if asking him for more strictness would restrain his freedom. Gaël is elusive, he always does exactly the opposite of what you say. This winter, we told him to practice in our camp in Sophia-Antipolis. He says yes and one day later, we hear he’s going to the Bollettieri Academy in Florida. Or he says he’s coming with us and then he leaves for a trip in the mountains with Chamagne… He sometimes is disrespectful to other people. Barbarin and Champion (who were coaching him last year) had to accept unacceptable things during a long time before they were dumped. Pier Gauthier was thrown away like a Kleenex.. Gaël often plays the victim, but he’s wrong [or he's deluding himself? I'm not sure about the meaning of the French sentence here].”

And everything gets even worse when the talented and internationally famous showman has an American millionaire paying court to him. For more than one year now, Norman Canter, from Renaissance Tennis and boss of Tarik Benhabilès, has been piling on the pressure.
The fabulous deals Gaël was offered (4 millions dollars!) to go to the Bahamas and then to Key Biscaine must have been destabilizing for a guy who is dreaming of America. “I saw from the beginning he wasn’t able to work, Pier Gauthier says. Too many people around him. Gaël is a nice guy, but he’s lost in the middle of all this. He has forgotten the most important thing, which is to win matches before thinking of contracts.”

[Blabla about the fact that Forget didn't pick him in DC. Forget’s comment:]
“I’m expecting from Gaël that he wins some more matches. I’m counting on him in the weeks to come, I trust him. But the French team isn’t the right place to “restructure” somebody. Everybody is getting ready on his own way. With Hagelauer, we can’t solve all the problems of a player just like that. Gaël needs to find a structure. But I think things can change very fast for him and in the right way.”

Meanwhile, with the help of the Team Lagardère – “we are totally with him” -, cocooned by Patrice Dominguez who calls him every day, Monfils is canvassing everywhere. Some names were in talk: Jean-Paul Damit (Baghdatis’ first coach), Olivier Delaitre, Thierry Tulasne or the Bollettieri Academy. Stubbornly refusing to rush anything, he was training last week in Roland-Garros his own way, with his father or with buddies of his who had never grabbed a racket in their whole life.

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It will obviously take some time for him to mature and to sort out all the distractions and become properly focused, but it will happen. When it does, I have no doubt that he will do very well.
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Erm... Rascal isn't the best translation for "garnement" i'm afraid...

But thank you very much for all the good work
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Hence the "...", it comes from my little Robert&Collins like all the terms in "...", I don't know how to say that in English?

Gael answered yesterday in L'Équipe (the article was interesting, but Hagelauer's statements were indeed pretty harsh, at least the way they quoted him):
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MONFILS PRÉCISE.
Suite à l'article paru dans notre édition d'hier sous le titre « Monfils déboussolé », le joueur français a tenu à réagir : « Il est faux et injuste de dire que je manque de respect vis-à-vis des coaches que j'ai eus et ceux qui disent ça devraient se renseigner avant de dire ça. Je ne suis pas dans le trou. Simplement, suite à différentes blessures, je n'ai pas pu énormément jouer depuis Wimbledon. Je n'ai juste pas de coach. Je n'arrive pas à trouver un type qui me convienne avec qui je veux me lancer dans l'aventure. Ce n'est pas si simple... »
It's wrong and unfair to say he is disrespectful with his coaches (people should know what they are talking about before making this kind of statements). He's not lost, just he hasn't played much since Wimbledon because of all his injuries and he doesn't have a coach, that's all. It's not that simple to find somebody.

(I understand he wasn't happy about Hagelauer's comments, but if he starts answering in L'Équipe to every negative article about him, this is never going to end...)

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Thank you Truc for the articles and of course the translations.

I really love Gael, but until he decides to take his future by the reigns and listen to some outside advice, then I am afraid that it will continue to be up and down.

Right now, I think he is trying to get a handle on his life and trying to control everything, but unfortunately is leaving things to waste side.

Cheer up Monfils! Continue to train hard and keep your objectives in prespective.
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:58 PM   #119
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And an entry about Gael in the blog "Grand Chelem":
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A donf la Monf ?

La famille du tennis est un petit monde, un vrai microcosme. Pas étonnant donc que le sujet qui fasse jaser en ce moment après les frasques de Papa Rezaï c’est l’avenir de Gaël Monfils. L’égérie de Nike en France est au centre de toutes les préoccupations. Inutile de dire également que malgré son caractère, beaucoup d’entraîneurs, de directeur d’académie ou de team aimeraient s’attacher les services de la Monf.

Gaël Monfils a du talent, un physique hors du commun et une vraie attitude de «winner» lorsqu’il est en forme, un vrai «gladiateur». D’ailleurs, son duel face Marcos Bagdhatis à l’Open d’Australie était assez démonstratif du potentiel du français bien que son adversaire tendu comme jamais n’a pas joué à son «vrai» niveau. «Gael, faut qu’il bosse et qu’il f…sa gueule » nous a confié en «off» un des grands spécialistes du tennis tricolore, voila une attaque supplémentaire qui étaye la thèse du joueur en dilettante, non bosseur, qui n’en fait qu’à sa tête. Alors, comment faire le tri, et bien tout simplement comme d’habitude en regardant le palmarès actuel de ce jeune homme de 21 ans. A ce jour, Gaël Monfils est 52e à l’ATP, il a un titre dans sa besace pour quatre finales jouées. C’est peu, et pas assez, mais c’est loin d’être catastrophique. Alors quand dans le quotidien l’Equipe de ce jeudi 15 Avril, Monfils balance à propos de Patrice Hagelauer : «T’es qui toi, T’es trop con », il faut pas qu’il oublie que Patrice a amené Yannick Noah au titre de Roland Garros avec une technique certes rudimentaire mais avec un physique et une stratégie presque implacables. Les paroles de Gaël doivent donc plus être analysées comme un cri de cœur, un petit ras le bol, qu’une attaque en personnelle. En revanche, une chose est claire, si tous ses entraînements ressemblent à celui effectué sous mes yeux (quelle chance !) ce dimanche à Marseille, et bien là oui, Gaël faut que tu bosses !
http://www.typepad.com/t/trackback/16151576

Gael is a big discussion topic at the moment in France, a lot of coaches or academy directors would like to work with him despite of his character. One of the persons in charge of the French tennis told the blogger in Marseille that Gael should shut up and start working. He should especially tone it down when he insults Hagelauer and remember that Hagelauer was coaching Noah when he won RG and knows what he is talking about. But the blogger means these attacks against Hagel are more a sign of dissatisfaction, not to take too seriously.
However, he watched Gael's training in Marseille on Sunday and says he has indeed a lot of work to do!

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It's really put bluntly there but i must admit i pretty much share the opinion of the bloger on this...

C'mon Gaël, get back on track on all levels.
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