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Old 09-30-2008, 08:06 AM   #76
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In Le Républicain Lorrain:
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Baghdatis reprend son envol
Après s'être promené dans les rues messines, Marcos Baghdatis passe aux choses sérieuses, aujourd'hui, contre Ivo Karlovic. Pour un nouveau départ.

Le tube de Katy Perry résonne dans la berline allemande, Marcos Baghdatis reprend les paroles de I kissed a girl. Aux côtés de sa compagne, la Luxembourgeoise Mandy Minella qui, comme lui, joue au tennis (340e mondial au classement WTA), le Chypriote, détendu, part à la visite de Metz, entre deux entraînements, sous les objectifs des photographes. La gare, la cathédrale, les bords de la Moselle, le finaliste des Internationaux d'Australie 2007 apprécie. « C'est le jeu, c'est notre métier. Quand on le fait avec des gens sympa, comme ici, c'est agréable. Mais, parfois, c'est, comment dire, chiant : on nous prend pour des objets », raconte le natif de Limassol, qui se plaît à arpenter les rues messines.
Après la balade et la découverte de quelques bonnes tables, Marcos Baghdatis se replonge dans la compétition, aujourd'hui. Face à un client sérieux : Ivo Karlovic, la tête de série n°1. « Ce n'est pas un match facile, il sert bien. Il va falloir trouver la solution... » Fini, le bon temps. « Le stress monte un petit peu, avoue le Chypriote. Même si je commence à avoir un peu d'expérience. » Sa blessure au poignet oubliée, Marcos Baghdatis se sent à nouveau en pleine possession de ses moyens physiques pour attaquer une saison indoor au cours de laquelle il aura des points à défendre, notamment à Bercy où il avait atteint le dernier carré il y a un an. « C'est l'un de mes meilleurs souvenirs au niveau de l'émotion. J'adore l'ambiance à Paris ! » Où il se sent comme chez lui.
Retombé à la 42e place du classement ATP après s'être hissé dans le top dix en 2006, l'ancien protégé de Guillaume Peyre remonte progressivement la pente. « Je sais comment repartir de zéro, je l'ai déjà fait », affirme sereinement ce charmant garçon, résolu à renouer au plus vite avec la victoire. « Mon objectif est de gagner des matches pour emmagasiner de la confiance en vue de l'année prochaine », lance Marcos Baghdatis, qui compte à peine vingt-trois matches à son compteur en 2008.
Le meilleur, il l'espère, est encore devant lui. Comme les Jeux, par exemple. S'il a dû renoncer à aller à Pékin à cause de cette blessure au poignet, Marcos Baghdatis rêve d'une « médaille olympique plutôt que d'un titre en Grand Chelem ». Un exploit qu'aucun de ses compatriotes n'a réalisé jusque-là. D'ici à Londres 2012, l'ancien pensionnaire de l'Académie parisienne de Mouratoglou a le temps de reconquérir le devant de la scène. « Je n'ai que vingt-trois ans... »
Maxime RODHAIN.
He visits the city of Metz with Mandy and poses for the photographers. He means it's part of his job. When people are nice, like here, it's fun. Sometimes it sucks and he feels treated like an object.
He's starting to feel a bit nervous about his 1st round match. He feels completely fit, but he'll have a lot of points to defend during the indoor season since he reached the semi in Bercy. "One of my best memories. I love the atmosphere in Paris!" He feels like home there.
Once in the top 10, he's now ranked #42, but sounds serene. "I know how to start from the scratch again. I've already done it."
Winning an Olympic medal is a bigger dream for him than winning a Grand Slam title. He would be the first Cypriot to do it. He's got time to achieve it. "I'm only 23 years old..."
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:04 AM   #77
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And in Le Républicain Lorrain today:
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Enfant, vous faisiez quoi : lecture, sport, télévision ? «Je faisais du sport, on n'avait pas la télé à la maison. J'étais tout le temps dehors avec copains pour jouer au foot.»
Un endroit où passer les vacances ? «Aujourd'hui, quand j'ai du temps libre, je vais voir ma copine ou mes parents. On a tellement une vie de dingue que je préfère aller voir les gens que j'aime.»
Quelle boisson pour s'amuser ou fêter un événement ? «Du Chivas : la boisson énergétique de l'équipe chypriote de Coupe Davis.»
Un surnom ? «Grosse tête de bœuf... ou Tarzan.»
Avez-vous des manies ou tics particuliers ? «Je me ronge les ongles.»
Plutôt brunes ou blondes ? «Celles qui ont du caractère.»
Le meilleur souvenir en tennis ? «Ma finale, l'année dernière, aux Internationaux d'Australie.»
Un homme important pour vous ? «Une femme, je dirais ma mère.»
Ce que vous aimez le moins dans le monde ? «La guerre.»
La question à laquelle vous n'aimez pas répondre ? «Quand tu va jouer Federer ou Nadal et que l'on te demande si tu n'as pas l'impression qu'il est au-dessus de toi. Si tu le crains, tu ne rentres pas sur le court, non ?»
As a kid, were you more: doing sports, reading or watching TV? Sports, we had no TV at home. I was spending all my time outside with my friends playing football.
A place to go on holiday? When I have some free time today, I spend it with my gf or my parents. Our life is so crazy that I prefer to go to the people I love.
A drink to have fun or celebrate something? Chivas: the energizing drink of the cypriot Davis Cup team.
Nickname? “Grosse tête de boeuf” (big ox head? I don’t know how to translate that!)… or Tarzan.
Do you have odd habits? I bite my nails.
Blondes or brunettes? Girls with character.
Your best memory in tennis? My final at the Australian Open last year (sic).
An important man for you? My mother, I would say my mother.
What do you dislike the most in the world? War.
The question you don't like to answer? When you’re going to play against Federer or Nadal and you’re asked if you feel like they’re a level above you. If you’re afraid of them, you won’t even step on the court, will you?
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And in Le Républicain Lorrain today:As a kid, were you more: doing sports, reading or watching TV? Sports, we had no TV at home. I was spending all my time outside with my friends playing football.
A place to go on holiday? When I have some free time today, I spend it with my gf or my parents. Our life is so crazy that I prefer to go to the people I love.
A drink to have fun or celebrate something? Chivas: the energizing drink of the cypriot Davis Cup team.
Nickname? “Grosse tête de boeuf” (big ox head? I don’t know how to translate that!)… or Tarzan.
Do you have odd habits? I bite my nails.
Blondes or brunettes? Girls with character.
Your best memory in tennis? My final at the Australian Open last year (sic).
An important man for you? My mother, I would say my mother.
What do you dislike the most in the world? War.
The question you don't like to answer? When you’re going to play against Federer or Nadal and you’re asked if you feel like they’re a level above you. If you’re afraid of them, you won’t even step on the court, will you?
especially at the last answer.

Also thanks for posting the picture Fran. You have such a beautiful country
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Old 11-16-2008, 12:55 AM   #79
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Baghdatis is switching academies!
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Αλλάζει ακαδημία ο Μάρκος;
Σάββατο, 15 Νοέμβριος 2008 19:12 Νέα των Ανδρών

O Μάρκος Παγδατής μετά την αναγκαστική του απόσυρση από το BNP Paribas Masters, λόγω τραυματισμού, πέρασε ένα μήνα δοκιμαστικά στην Lagardere Academy στο Παρίσι.

Με το τέλος της περιόδου αυτή, ο Μάρκος θα αποφασίσει εάν θα φύγει από την Mouratoglou Tennis Academy για την Lagardere Academy, που είναι εταίροι της Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy στη Florida.

Παρόλο που ο Μάρκος δεν είναι 100% εντάξει με την πλάτη του, αυτό δεν τον εμποδίζει να προπονείται κανονικά.


this article can be found on the front page of tennisnews.gr
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I don't understand the greek but I suppose it deals with the fact that he could join Lagardere team ? To be honest I will be quite surprised if it was true but maybe after all, Lagardere Team have annonced some surprises.
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I was looking for an English version, but I couldn't find one. Getta sent me a PM saying that there was an english version on marcos's website, but i couldn't find it. I searched google news and i couldn't find it. sorry
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I don't understand the greek but I suppose it deals with the fact that he could join Lagardere team ? To be honest I will be quite surprised if it was true but maybe after all, Lagardere Team have annonced some surprises.
Especially for you.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/atp/9415-...team-lagardere

Baghdatis au Team Lagardère ?
Par Jérémy Alen, lundi 17 novembre 2008 à 10:37

D'après nos informations, il semblerait que Marcos Bagdhatis soit tout prêt de rejoindre le Team Lagardère. Alors qu'il a vécu une saison difficile, le Chypriote aurait visiblement décidé de changer d'horizon. La date d''officialisation de sa venue dans le Team n'est pas connue à ce jour.
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Thanks. It's exactly by this article I learned about this rumour with Lagardere Team and I suppose the greek article is the same and there is few understandable words in the greek one.
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I was looking for an English version, but I couldn't find one. Getta sent me a PM saying that there was an english version on marcos's website, but i couldn't find it. I searched google news and i couldn't find it. sorry
It was there until yesterday. Fortunately, I saved it. I'll post it here.

"Since playing his last event of the season at the BNP Paribas Masters, where he was forced to concede due to injury in the third set against Sam Querrey, Marcos is on a one-month trial at the Lagardere Academy in Paris.

After completing the one-month trial, Marcos will decide if he would like to transfer to the Lagardere Academy, which is a partner of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, and leave his former Mouratoglou Tennis Academy.

During the final part of the ATP season, Marcos struggled with a back injury that first surfaced in Metz. The good news is that, while his back is not 100%, he is doing well and his back is not holding him back from his tennis practice and physical conditioning."

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^^Thanks, Getta.
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Hagealauer from Lagardere Team annonces that it should be offcial very soon. They are still discussing but normally Marcos should join Lagardere. Waiting the official annonce now.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/atp/9434-...el-pour-marcos
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I already posted it in GM, but I'm not sure everybody reads that thread:
It's in L'Equipe too today, it's official with the Team Lagardère and he will be coached by Olivier Soulès there. So no Lundgren anymore.

(I've lost track of the players Soulès has already coached with the usual musical chairs in French tennis, I just remember he was working with Llodra and Mahut not long ago.)

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It is official. Marcos will work with Olivier Soules, according to christos' website, tennisnews.gr. Here is the article:
Ο Olivier Soules, πρώην προπονητής του Nicolas Mahut, θα είναι ο νέος προπονητής του Μάρκου Παγδατή. Ο Μάρκος μετά από τις πολλές ατυχίες του στο 2008 από τραυματισμούς, έχει επενδύσει πάνω σον Olivier Soules για μια ανάκαμψη.


Ο Μάρκος ξεκίνησε από το Νο 16 στην αρχή του 2008 για να τερματίσει στο Νο 99 στο τέλος του χρόνου μετά από τραυματισμούς στον καρπό και στην πλάτη.


Καλή επιτυχία Μάρκο.
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go Baggy fans

vote for him in favourite player contest

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=134895
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http://tennisnews.gr/index.php?optio...-28&Itemid=116
^An article about Baghdatis. Basically it says that he thinks he can be world number 1, and that he got a WC for Brisbane, and that he is good enough to be number1 by the end of 2009. That would be great if he could do that
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