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Old 10-31-2003, 08:05 PM   #1
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Pics taken on last monday in Bercy, with Simelise.
She won a concours, and met Arnaud, who gave him his racket.
Her report is very long, but in short...Arnaud is very nice. lol




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"Tout a commencé le dimanche 26 Octobre au matin, lorsque je suis sorti du métro et que je me suis trouvée nez à nez avec cet immense batiment qui est le palais omnisport de Paris Bercy! J'avais rendez vous avec Sylvain à 12h30 mais pour être sur d'être à l'heure j'y était à 12h. Mon coeur battait déjà à 180 à l'heure car je ne cessais de penser à ce que j'allais vivre dans quelques heures.
Puis Sylvain est arrivé et là je me suis dit : "ça y est j'y suis vraiment, tout est vrai tu ne rêves pas". Heureusement, Sylvain m'a mis de suite à l'aise car la pression était déjà trés forte. On est parti chercher ma place, et la quelle surprise quand j'ai vu que c'était une place V.I.P .Cette place me donnait acces aux coulisses, me permettait de rentrer par l'entrée des joueurs et d'accéder à la zone réservée du tournois! Cela commençait déja trés fort ! Dès ce moment là j'ai su que j'allais vivre quelque chose de trés intense, riche en émotions .

La place VIP entre les mains, arpentant les couloirs du POPB, à l'intèrieur c'est un véritable labyrinthe, mais c'est trés agréable car l'on croise les joueurs. Dimanche était réservé aux qualifications sur les courts 1 et 2 et aux entrainements sur le central. Nous sommes donc allés avec Sylvain sur le court numéro 1 assister au match qui opposait Mahut à Hrbaty, c'était un super match. Le moment que je retiendrais est celui où le téléphone de Sylvain a sonné. C'était Arnaud qui appelait pour nous prévenir qu'il était disponible pour me remettre sa raquette. Mon coeur a fait trois tours, le moment tant attendu était tout proche, j'allais enfin rencontrer celui que je révais depuis très longtemps de rencontrer et ainsi réaliser mon plus grand rêve. Nous avons attendu la fin du match de Mahut (qui je rappelle s'est imposé 7/6,5/7,6/1). Psychologiquement, j'étais déjà ailleur même si cette fin de match avec la victoire d'un français était déjà très bien. Une fois le match terminé, nous sommes allés rejoindre notre Nono national.

Quand nous sommes arrivés, Arnaud n'était pas encore là alors nous avons attendu dans le couloir qui mène à l'espace de détente des joueurs. Soudain, j'étais tournée quand il est arrivé avec sa raquette à la main et son grand sourir qui nous fait toutes tomber! Là, comme, je me sentais pas bien, mon coeur battait la chamade et le mot est faible! Après quelques rapides présentations, nous sommes partis sur le court central pour la remise de la raquette. Une fois sur place, il m'a dédicacé sa raquette et me la remise en main propre devant un paparazi qui nous prenait en photo .Il m'a dédicacé "passing potes", j'ai fais quelques photos avec lui, il m'a offert une grosse balle qu'il m'a dédicacé sans même que je ne lui demande et puis nous avons parlé un peu de sa cuisse et du tournoi. L'ambiance était super détendue. La rencontre a durée presque plus d'une demi heure, j'était trés heureuse car je ne pensais pas qu'il resterait aussi longtemps avec moi et parler comme cela. Je me suis épatée toute seule de rester assez à l'aise devant lui ! Arnaud est vraiment génial, tel que je me l'imaginais, sympa, proche des fans, bon vivant...(je m'arrete là car la liste serait trop longue, il est bourré de qualités!!!).

Puis en apprenant que j'étais là aussi lundi et que je n'avais pas de place il est allé m'en chercher une de lui même (je ne lui ai rien demandé, de toute façon je n'aurai jamais osé). Cette fois encore j'ai eu droit à une place VIP mais pas n'importe laquelle...Une place offerte par Arnaud lui même !!!!
Ensuite j'ai pensé à remettre à Arnaud le livre d'Or que Maria m'avait envoyé par courrier. Arnaud l'a pris dans ses mains et l'a tout de suite ouvert ! Il était très impressionné par tous les messages, les photos et par la qualité du livre. Il semblait vraiment ému que les fans aient pensés de faire une chose pareil. Il est resté presque 10 minutes à le feuilleter, souriant à chaque photos de lui se rappelant de quelques annecdotes. Il m'a ensuite dit de vraiment remercier tout le monde pour cela et que ce livre lui faisait très plaisir...
Je venais de passer plus d'une demi heure avec Arnaud, une dernière petite bise (sur les DEUX joues en plus(lol!!)) et le voilà reparti. Aprés cela je ne savais plus ou j'étais, le moment que j'attendais avec impatience depuis deux semaines venait de se terminer et il s'était encore mieux passé que tout ce que j'aurai pu espérer. Mon rêve venait de se réaliser. Cela a été et restera le plus beau souvenir de ma vie. J'ai aussi pu parler à Séb et lui faire dédicacer le livre. Paul Henri Mathieu était aussi à l'entrainement pendant la rencontre.

Le lundi a été tout aussi formidable. J'ai pu assister à des matches, encore aux premières loges, Stepanek-Carraz, Costa-Zabaleta, Arazi-Mathieu, Gasquet-Gaudio, Mirnyi-Santoro, Gonzales-Blake, c'était génial même si on a perdu 2 français!! Les deux plus beaux matches ont été ceux de Paulo et de Richard, ils m'ont vraiment fais vibrer, j'étais trés stressée et quand ils ont perdu trés déçue. Ma place était derrière la famille de Paulo et à coté de la famille de Richard! La journée s'est achevée vers 22h30."
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OMG
*jjjjeeeeeeaaaaalllllooooooousssssssssss*!!!!!!!!! !!!!!
but she sounds nice lol
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thanks for that and the pics, marine.
omg i'm so jealous
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so nice of arnaud. but i cannot understand the french story think i have to learn also french
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so nice of arnaud. but i cannot understand the french story think i have to learn also french

Steph - I will translate it tomorrow....today.....uh.....MONDAY. It's a bit late where I am right now.
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so lucky!!!!!! I'm so jealous!!!!!!
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irishface. that is so nice. but dont hurry i can wait
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i would but i'm busy at the moment too!! sorry steph
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Sorry, I'm busy too, and my english is not good enough, I prefer a english-speaking pax translates...
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alrighty i'll do it
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"It all started on Sunday morning, 26th October, when I took the metro and I found myself face to face with a huge building- ‘le palais omnisport de Paris Bercy!’ I had planned to meet avec Sylvain at 12:30 but I was there at midday. My heart was beating really fast and I couldn’t stop thinking about what was about to happen in a few hours time.

Then, Sylvain arrived and said to me, ‘you aren’t dreaming, this is really going to happen.” Luckily, Sylvain made me relax a bit coz I was feeling really tense. We left to find where we were supposed to be and I was surprised to see that it was a VIP area. It gave me access to all the restricted areas. It was already making me feel like I was dreaming!

Walking through the corridors of the POPB, the inside is really like a labyrinth, but its good. Sunday is for the qualifying matches on courts 1 and 2, with training done on Centre. So we went with Sylvain onto court 1 to watch the match between Mahut and Hrbaty. It was a great match.

Then the moment came. Sylvain’s phone rang. It was Arnaud who was calling to tell us that he could give me his racquet (?). My heart was really racing, it was actually about to happen- I was about to meet the person I have been longing to meet for ages. We waited until the end of the match, which Mahut won (7/6,5/7,6/1). Once it had finished, we left to go meet Arnaud.

When we arrived, Arnaud wasn’t there yet so we waited in the corridor which led to the players lounge. Suddenly, I was turned around and there was Arnaud with his racquet and a huge smile on his face! I wasn’t feeling too great, my heart was racing and I was speechless!!! After a few quick introductions of ourselves, we left for centre court.

Once we got there, he signed his racquet and put it in front of me to take a photo. He signed a copy of Passing Potes for me and a few photos were taken. He gave me a huge ball that he had signed without me even asking and we talked about his thigh and the tournament. The mood was really relaxed. The meeting lasted about half an hour, I was really happy because I didn’t think the he would stay for that long to talk to me like that. I was left all alone to talk to him!! Arnaud is truly really nice, so much like how I had imagined…nice…close to fans…really lively…(I’ll stop there but I could go on forever!)

Then when I told him that I would be there Monday and that I hadn’t bought a ticket yet, he went to get me one ( I didn’t ask him to!). The ticket was a VIP one again and on top of that, it was given to me by arnaud himself! Then I gave him the ‘Golden book’ that Maria had sent me. Arnaud took it and opened it there and then! He was really impressed by all the messages, the photos and by the quality of the book. He seemed really touched by all the fans and al that they had done. He looked through it for about 10 minutes smiling at all the photos of himself (lol) and told me a few anecdotes. He then told me he would love to thank everyone for doing that and he really loved the book…

So after about an hour with Arnaud, a last kiss on the check and then it was goodbye. I had just experienced something that I was waiting for for two weeks and it had just finished. It was better than I would have ever expected. My dream had come true. That was truly the best day of my life. I was also able to talk to Seb and get him to autograph the book. Paul Henri Mathieu was also there during the training at the time.

Monday was also fantastic. I went to matches between: Stepanek-Carraz, Costa-Zabaleta, Arazi-Mathieu, Gasquet-Gaudio, Mirnyi-Santoro, Gonzales-Blake…it was great even though two frenchies lost!! The two best matches were the ones between Paulo and Richie. I was really stressed out during those matches and when they lost I was really disappointed. I was sitting behind Richie’s family and next to Paulo’s family!!! I left at 10:30pm.
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Paulos family??!!! Richards familyy??!!!!
PHOTOS?! LOL
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liz,it's only ME to take lots of pics,stalk players,take photos also of family,coaches etc! ppl just watch,give a look,take few pics,1 autograph and stop!
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