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Old 05-01-2007, 11:17 PM   #46
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Thanks for the news he must be annoyed with that end..
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Any news about who Fabrice will team up with now since Nenad should play together with Nestor?

(I don't understand either how it works for the Masters when they change a team in the middle of the year, can they still qualify for the Masters then?)
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I don't know how it works. But I'd be surprised if they could keep on playing to qualify for the MastersCup, after they changed partners. As it is the team which plays to qualify, and that the team is new. Does that make sense?

So, that means Rome is the last event they play together with Nenad?
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Sad that they split up team, I really liked the Nenad & Fab combination!!

Dunno if Rome will be their last event together... Nestor and Nenad will be playing for the 1st time together in Wimbledon... so maybe nenad and fab will play RG..

Curious to know with which players Fab is gonna play till the end of the season...
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Im also wonder that.. why the slipt up¿
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They will stop playing together after wimbledon.
The reason for it is that Nenad needs somebody who is every week at a tourney and Fabrice sometimes needs a little bit time for himself and the family as we all know.
I wanted to let you know this and that Fabrice doesn´t have a new partner yet. But we don´t have to worry: "He will find somebody"(quote Nenad).

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Thanks for the infos Manja. Yes, sure Fab will find another partner. Not sure who yet, but he's said to be willing to play with Frenchies, so let's wait & see.
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With frenchies!!! Yeah!!! I have a lot of proposals first of all Benneteau..
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« VOIR JOUER FABRICE SANTORO a toujours été un enchantement. La finesse, le sens tactique, l’intelligence de jeu, cela représente l’essence même du tennis. Sa défaite m’a rendu triste. Pas seulement parce qu’il a perdu mais parce que j’ai confusément la désagréable impression que son style de jeu est désormais dans un processus d’extinction. Son élimination d’hier n’a rien à voir avec l’âge. Et ce n’est pas non plus un problème physique. C’est une affaire de génération tennistique. Le jeu a tellement évolué – et dans un sens dont vous devinerez sans peine qu’il ne me plaît guère ! – que la manière de jouer de Fabrice se heurte aujourd’hui immanquablement à un mur infranchissable dès lors que son adversaire réalise le match quasiment parfait, comme ce fut hier le cas pour Chela dans les trois derniers sets. Dans la première manche, Santoro a réussi à faire prévaloir son style et ce n’est pas un hasard s’il a fini par la gagner. Mais, dès que Chela a joué à un niveau nettement supérieur, qu’il n’a pratiquement plus fait de fautes et qu’il n’a plus frappé que des coups gagnants, Fabrice s’est retrouvé sans solutions. La seule eut été de répondre coup pour coup. Mais ce n’est pas son tennis, ça ne l’a jamais été et ça ne le sera jamais. J’ai connu ce genre de situation, moi aussi, vers la fin de ma carrière, quand une première vague de cogneurs a déferlé. Contre n’importe lequel d’entre eux, s’il n’était pas dans un de ses meilleurs jours, j’avais les armes pour me défendre, voire pour m’imposer. Mais, s’il était en état de grâce, je n’avais aucune solution. Comme Fabrice hier après le premier set contre Chela. J’imagine aisément quelle a pu être sa frustration, car je me souviens très bien que, dans des conditions similaires, c’était aussi le premier sentiment qui me traversait l’esprit. Ne pas avoir la possibilité d’exprimer son jeu et son savoir-faire, c’est la pire des choses qui puisse arriver à un joueur de tennis. Aujourd’hui, de plus en plus de joueurs peuvent frapper des coups gagnants de n’importe où. Et c’est ce qui m’interpelle le plus dans l’évolution du jeu : quelle option opposer à quelqu’un qui frappe comme un malade et qui rentre tout ? Quel espace reste-t-il au jeu, à la finesse, à la tactique, à la manoeuvre, à la réflexion, à la jubilation d’un point bien construit, au plaisir de se sortir d’une situation compromise grâce à ses neurones, bref, à tout ce qui fait la beauté du tennis ? C’est une évolution qui m’inquiète pour l’avenir de ce sport, car elle est dangereuse. Santoro fait partie de ces joueurs qui ont tout au long deleur carrière rendu le jeu plus intéressant. Malheureusement, dans le jeu moderne, je le vois aussi comme une espèce en voie de disparition. »
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Finally, an interview in English

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The Biofile: The Fabrice Santoro Interview
By Scoop Malinowski
07/16/2007

Fabrice Santoro is a doctor who specializes in spins and performs his clinical surgery on court. The 34-year-old Frenchman's dazzling array of spins, slices and soft shots can be magical sight for fans and pose maddening problems for opponents.

Santoro varies the spin, speed, height and depth on his shots and is a master of making opponents hit off-balance shots from awkward positions on the court. He dispatched fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in straight sets on Sunday to capture the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title on the historic grass courts of Newport. It was Santoro's first singles title in five years and the fifth of his career.

"Yes, it's frustrating to play him," said top-ranked Roger Federer, who has beaten Santoro in eight of their 10 meetings. "It's got something to do with his game, but also all the missed opportunities. The strange thing is he's a righty, but he plays his forehand like a lefty. When you come to net, he'll never give you an easy shot."

Santoro is a player fellow pros love watching — provided they're not playing him. A master of misdirection, the man nicknamed "the magician" makes clean shots disappear and has vanquished some of the top talents in tennis. Santoro has beaten Australian Open champion Marat Safin seven times in nine meetings and is 3-4 lifetime against 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras.

An accomplished doubles player, Santoro and partner Michael Llodra captured consecutive Australian Open doubles championships in 2003-2004.

The man who plays old school tennis owns an extensive collection of vintage racquets and dreams of someday opening his own tennis museum.

Santoro sat down with Tennis Week.com contributor Scoop Malinowski to reveal that his first job was calling the lines rather than hitting them, that another touch artist, John McEnroe, remains his tennis hero and why he regards Yevgeny Kafelnikov as the toughest player he's ever faced.

Status: Currently ranked No. 43, Santoro has scored career victories over Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Sebastien Grosjean, David Nalbandian, Tommy Haas, Nicolas Kiefer, Carlos Moya and Patrick Rafter.

Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 160 pounds.

Born On: December 9th, 1972 in Tahiti.

Childhood Hero: "John McEnroe, for sure."

Hobbies/Interests: "Now I like to spend most of my time with my wife and my daughter because I miss them a lot when I'm on the Tour. And for the rest of the time, I listen to a lot of music, the French music. I have a passion, which is to stay busy. Building a home, trying to build a home in the south of France takes a lot of time."

Early Tennis Memory: "McEnroe-Lendl final of the French Open, 1984. Devastation because I remember I was pushing a lot behind John and I remember I was very disappointed after the match. Because I knew it was a big chance for him to win the French (McEnroe led two sets to none before falling, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5). And I was very, very disappointed."

Favorite Movie: "Nikita."

Musical Tastes: "Jean-Jacques Goldman, French singer Frances Cabrel."

First Job: "Umpire. I was 12 or 13. Usam Club. I was on the chair for a couple of matches, to earn some pickup money, a couple of dollars."

First Car: "Was a white Lada, very cheap car."

Pre-Match Feeling: "In general, I'm stressed. Very stressed. And when I'm like this, I know I'm going to play well. I need the stress to feel good."

Favorite Meal: "Indian."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Chocolate."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Probably when we won the Davis Cup final in Australia (2001)."

Most Painful Moment: "Hmmm (pause)...when I was not on the team for the Davis Cup final in 1991 (which France won against USA in Lyon. Fabrice recorded two Davis Cup semifinal wins vs. Yugoslavia to help France reach that final)."

Closest Tennis Friends: "It's tough to answer. I would say there are many, many people I respect a lot and pretty close to. But my best friend is not on the Tour."

Funniest Players: "On the court or off the court? Off...(pause)...I have to pick a Frenchman because it's tough for me to understand the humor in different languages. So...I have to say my doubles partner (Michael Llodra).

Toughest Competitor: "Kafelnikov was best for me. (Why?) Because he has the answers for every question I ask him on the court. Because when I'm on the other side of the net he has every shot to cause me trouble."

Funny Tennis Memory: "McEnroe, when he became crazy on the court. A couple of times he was pretty tough on the umpire. And that part of his character, as a young kid, I really appreciate (smiles)."

Childhood Dream: "My career is more than I ever dreamed. I was trying when I was young — to be a professional tennis player. And I said, Maybe I can be on the Tour for three, four or five years. And I'm there for 16 years. So it's more than the first dream."

People Qualities Most Admired: "Honesty — that's the first one. Honest — that's more important for me...on the court, out of the court, and every part of the life."

Family: Wife, Chrislaure; daughter, Djenae.
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No, it looks like an old interview to me. They often "recycle" old biofiles on Tennis Week when a player wins a title. (He's been on the tour for more than 16 years, for example.)
But thanks for posting it, Tangy, it was new to me.
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Oh, OK. I saw that the article was written recently and assumed... Just wishful thinking.
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An interview in Le Journal du Dimanche, mostly about the fact that he also joins the Team Lagardère...
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Santoro: "Je voulais quelque chose de différent"
Par Philippe CHASSEPOT - Le Journal du Dimanche

Longtemps solitaire, Fabrice Santoro s'est engagé vendredi après-midi avec le Team Lagardère, qui enregistre aussi le retour de Gaël Monfils. A bientôt 35 ans (le 9 décembre) et à quelques semaines de battre le record de participations en Grand Chelem (62 en Australie), le 37e joueur mondial explique au JDD les raisons de ce choix.

Pourquoi changer de cap à presque 35 ans ?
Je cherchais un nouveau mode de fonctionnement. Je voulais goûter à quelque chose de très pointu et de différent, moi qui ai toujours fonctionné dans mon coin. Il était hors de question que je prépare 2008 tout seul. J'ai discuté avec Arnaud Lagardère (propriétaire du JDD), qui m'a présenté tout ce qu'il pouvait mettre en oeuvre pour moi : la vidéo, la recherche, l'accompagnement... Mon entraîneur Lionel Zimbler, qui a travaillé avec Cyril Saulnier et que je connais depuis longtemps, rejoint le Team avec moi.

Pour quelle durée vous êtes-vous engagé ?
On commence une relation. On part sur l'objectif olympique de Pékin 2008 et puis on verra.

Bénéficierez-vous aussi d'un suivi personnalisé au niveau physique ?
Non. Dans ce domaine-là, je n'ai pas besoin d'une structure particulière. Je m'appuierai sur la recherche et leurs installations à Jean-Bouin. Mais le physique est une partie de mon job que j'aime faire seul. C'est une prise en charge qui me plaît.

Pour vous, est-ce aussi une manière de préparer l'après-tennis ?
Si j'intègre cette structure, c'est parce que je joue à un très bon niveau. Et avant d'avoir 35 ans, je suis surtout 37e mondial. On insiste beaucoup plus sur le 35 que le 37 ! Même s'il n'y a que deux chiffres d'écart, je préfère personnellement insister sur 37...

Avez-vous prévenu Christian Bîmes, le président de la FFT, avec lequel vous avez une relation privilégiée ?
Oui, je lui en ai parlé. J'ai toujours eu une excellente relation avec Christian et la fédération, qui joue toujours un rôle important pour la formation et reste une excellente passerelle pour le haut niveau. Aujourd'hui, j'intègre la structure d'Arnaud Lagardère, mais je ne travaille pas contre Christian Bîmes.

Gasquet?: "Je prends mon pied en le regardant"

A mots couverts, la FFT regrette pourtant la "fuite des cerveaux" vers cette structure privée...

Si j'avais pu bénéficier d'une telle structure à 18 ans au lieu de 35, ma carrière aurait peut-être été différente. Arnaud Lagardère est un vrai passionné, il n'y a pas d'autre mot. Je ne veux pas entrer dans des considérations économiques ou patriotiques, mais en France, nous avons la chance d'avoir François Pinault qui est passionné d'art, et Arnaud Lagardère qui est passionné de sport. C'est une aubaine pour le tennis. Si on a quinze joueurs français dans le top 100, c'est sûrement lié à son arrivée.

Le Team Lagardère vient d'enlever son coach (Thierry Champion) à Paul-Henri Mathieu pour le donner à Gaël Monfils. Drôle de méthode, non ?
Il y avait une forte demande de la part de Gaël pour retrouver Thierry Champion et Rémy Barbarin, qui l'avaient conduit au 23e rang mondial. Gaël a ensuite butiné à droite à gauche, puis il s'est rendu compte que la meilleure structure pour lui, c'était celle-là. J'espère que Paul-Henri trouvera très vite une solution de rechange. Je suis d'ailleurs sûr que le Team lui fera une proposition dans les prochains jours. Et s'il veut faire la tournée australienne avec nous, je lui tendrai les bras sans souci.

Ça vous agace de ne pas pouvoir répondre à une interview sans évoquer votre retraite ou la Coupe Davis ?
(Il rigole) Vous oubliez un troisième sujet: Richard Gasquet... Concernant la Coupe Davis: je suis un tennisman français à la disposition de mon pays. Ce sera comme ça jusqu'à la fin de ma carrière, je ne peux pas dire mieux. Mais il y a aujourd'hui un éventail très large pour bâtir l'équipe de France.

Guy Forget a annoncé dans Le Parisien qu'il arrêterait probablement en 2009. Sa succession vous intéresse ?
Encore une question que vous me posez parce que j'ai 35 ans... Oui, le capitanat m'intéresse, mais pas avant 2010. Je serai joueur en 2008, peut-être en 2009, et on ne peut pas passer de joueur à capitaine en quelques mois. J'aurai besoin de faire un break. Parmi mes envies, il y aura certainement d'être capitaine un jour. Mais en 2010 ou 2015, je ne sais vraiment pas quand. Aujourd'hui, je n'y pense pas.

Et Gasquet, donc ?
Il y a beaucoup de similitudes dans nos parcours: on a le même environnement familial, on était tous les deux précoces, on a été critiqués très jeunes. Il est arrivé à un niveau que je n'ai jamais atteint. Je prends mon pied en le regardant.

Il a souvent évoqué ses craintes de ne pas réussir. S'en est-il ouvert à vous ?
La peur est quasiment toujours liée à l'envie de réussir. Si tu as peur de mourir, c'est que tu as envie de vivre, c'est pareil. Richard a pris des coups très jeune, il encaisse mieux les chocs aujourd'hui. Il est même très fort mentalement pour un joueur de 21 ans. En France, on prend souvent comme modèles des joueurs hors normes. Quand on voit Hewitt ou Nadal, à 17 ans, serrer le poing et donner le meilleur d'eux-mêmes quand ils ont 20 000 personnes contre eux, ça me file des frissons. Mais ces gars-là ne sont pas normaux, ce sont des extraterrestres. Richard et Gaël sont davantage normaux.

L'extension de Roland-Garros est d'actualité. Qu'en pensez-vous ?
Le tournoi a besoin d'évoluer. Mais j'ai peur que le projet actuel, ce soit reculer pour mieux sauter. Le tournoi a besoin de vingt ou trente hectares, contre moins de huit actuellement, parce que les autres Grand Chelem ont déjà les moyens de grandir et de dépasser leurs vingt hectares actuels. Roland-Garros a besoin de voir à long terme, et pas à cinq ou dix ans. Mieux vaut chercher dès maintenant un grand espace disponible ailleurs. Peut-être à la place d'un hippodrome...
He says he's always worked on his own and wanted to try something else. He will be coached by Lionel Zimbler. A lot of blabla about the facilities with the Team Lagardère and how great it is and if he had had something like that when he was 18 years old, maybe his career would have been different, etc.
He would be interested in the job of Davis Cup captain, but not before 2010 anyway (Forget gave an interview yesterday and said he will stop after 2009).
The rest isn't new, he's always asked the same stuff, about the DC, Gasquet...

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