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Old 11-15-2007, 07:32 PM   #811
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where do they get the guts to ask these questions!
They have the guts to ask insulting questions because they remain anonymous in the transcripts. I would like to see the ATP include the press members' names and credentials and list them before each question is asked (for instance, instead of "Q:" we see "Bud Collins, Boston Globe:"). That way the person who asks the dumb question will be held accountable.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:35 PM   #812
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Nadal was told today that a poll on the official site said that the Chinese fans believe Nole will be a bigger threat to Fed in the next three years than he will, and asked him what he thought of that
Nole and Rafa have the best pressers in regards to each other. My very favorite was the one at the French in 2006 when djokobitch said he was in control of a match he was losing. THe look on Raf's face was PRICELESS.
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Nole and Rafa have the best pressers in regards to each other. My very favorite was the one at the French in 2006 when djokobitch said he was in control of a match he was losing. THe look on Raf's face was PRICELESS.
That was one of the clips that made me feel very warm toward Rafa

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Nadal was told today that a poll on the official site said that the Chinese fans believe Nole will be a bigger threat to Fed in the next three years than he will, and asked him what he thought of that
What was his answer to that?
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:48 PM   #815
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What was his answer to that?

Well, that's the sort of question he loves because he gets to talk about how there are so many unbelievable players blah blah and how he must try his best keep improve. There's a link to a video of the presser in rafa's forum.
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Yes, I have to admit that Chinese journalists do make stupid stupid questions. We've already heard a lot this week. And unfortunately there will be more.
This week I spent a lot of time in the interview room, taking photos. I really felt shame at some questions pulled by our journalists...but what can I do?
We really have some problems in our education. Those young guys study English, but they don't know how to communicate with people, even though some of them may get good points at tests like TOFEL. And the bigger problem is that they don't know how to respect others. They don't need to have guts to ask insulting questions, simply because they don't know those questions are insulting at all.
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And from accounts in the press rooms in China, is it seems like sometimes the questions go through three languages at times, instead of one or two. All of that which can add to the misinterpretation and subsequent fear of being misinterpreted by Gasquet. I do think it can be fun to get to know about players’ personalities- but that does not mean we need or should know everything about their personal life.
Exactly.

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November 11, 2007

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Q. What do you think about the punishment for betting, nine months without playing? Do you think that's fair for the players?

RICHARD GASQUET: Spanish tennis is incredible. They are better than French guys now, yeah. A lot of Spanish player won Roland Garros. Ferrero, Moya, Nadal. It's incredible for Spanish tennis. We are working. We are trying to play like them.
As for the comment about him looking for a chinese girl, I guess it was a poor attempt to be funny. Even in french he often flops... so imagine in english...
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:55 PM   #818
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Well, that's the sort of question he loves because he gets to talk about how there are so many unbelievable players blah blah and how he must try his best keep improve. There's a link to a video of the presser in rafa's forum.
I found the link. Thanks. He really does go blah blah
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:53 PM   #819
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Exactly.

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Richard Gasquet

SHANGHAI, CHINA

Q. What do you think about the punishment for betting, nine months without playing? Do you think that's fair for the players?

RICHARD GASQUET: Spanish tennis is incredible. They are better than French guys now, yeah. A lot of Spanish player won Roland Garros. Ferrero, Moya, Nadal. It's incredible for Spanish tennis. We are working. We are trying to play like them.
As for the comment about him looking for a chinese girl, I guess it was a poor attempt to be funny. Even in french he often flops... so imagine in english...
I'm french and even I can't see how he could have thought the question was about spanish player
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Okay- this exchange after today's match was just odd:

Q: Now your matches are finished. Do you still have any plan to go around the city maybe with your uncle or your girlfriend?

RICHARD GASQUET: My uncle? No. My girlfriend, no. I have no girlfriend, so I will try to find one, one Chinese girl. Why not? Why not? I lost 6 1, 6 1. It will be very hard for me tonight. I'm ready to lose, you know.

Q: Who is the girl watching your match with your uncle?

RICHARD GASQUET: Not my girl. I don't know. Not my girl, for sure. No, no, no, I have just friends. Men friends, but I'm not gay.
If he needs to say he isn't homosexual, it means that he is !!
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If he needs to say he isn't homosexual, it means that he is !!
I hope you were just joking. You'd be amazed at what happens when the lights are on you, and what a person feels compelled to say under intense fire from people who don't know a thing about who you really are.
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I'm french and even I can't see how he could have thought the question was about spanish player
Well, I think he rather didn't want to comment about the betting incident and just answered a (none-exitstent) question to get across the point, without responding with the "No comment!"-answer.
Either that or they screwd up with the transscript.
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Please. After all the fuss over the gay affairs rumours, he's bound to be determined to be unambiguous when he says anything that could lead to those kinds of assumptions. Doesn't mean anything.
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I'm french and even I can't see how he could have thought the question was about spanish player
It sounds a bit far-fetched. Could have been an error with the transcript? It happens.

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