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Old 05-03-2008, 12:11 AM   #76
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Thanks, as usual, for the update Truc!
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Well, I had no news, it was more to apologize for the possibly wrong informations about him skipping the clay season - but that's really what he said in L'Equipe a couple of weeks ago!
Maybe he also changed his mind to follow his "protégé" Gasquet.

He is in the Rome main draw, plays Seppi in the 1st round.
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In L'Equipe today:
SANTORO S’EST CRU AILLEURS. – Battu par Andreas Seppi (6-4, 6-2) sur un centralarrosé presque en permanence par la pluie, Fabrice Santoro n’en revenait pas... Comme Mahut, il s’est cru à Hambourg : « Ces conditions étaient les pires pour mon jeu. Je ne pouvais pas faire service- volée, pas attaquer en revers long de ligne sans me faire planter.C’est peut-être le premier match depuis dix ans où je n’ai pas frappé une volée. » Conscient de ses actuelles limites sur terre battue, Santoro va aller jouer la semaine prochaine à Bordeaux plutôt qu’au Masters Series de Hambourg, puis se préparer à Roland- Garros, afin d’y gagner un tour. Auparavant, il épaulera ici Richard Gasquet en double : « Si nous parvenions à passer un, deux ou trois tours, ça lui permettrait d’arriver à Hambourg dans de meilleures conditions. » Mais pas question pour lui de changer son programme pour autant.
He says it felt like Hamburg because of the rain (they all say that... ), it might be the first time since 10 years he doesn't volley at all during a whole match.
He’s going to play the Challenger of Bordeaux next week instead of Hamburg and then he will get ready for the French Open (the goal: win one match).
And he will stay in Rome this week to play in doubles with Richard, hoping they will win a couple of matches because it would help Richard to arrive in Hamburg in a better state of mind.
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Thanks Truc! I wish it were easier to know what Fab was going to do in advance. As you said, at first it sounded as if he would skip the clay court season...Maybe HE doesn't even know that much in advance what he will do. My point really is about the whole Indian Wells vs Miami thing. At first it sounded like he would play IW, then he's been playing Miami instead! I sooooo would love to see him play in person again, but either IW or Miami would be a huge trip for me. Airfare, hotel, rental car....the whole thing! To guess wrong, and end up at the tournament he doesn't end up attending, would stink. And it's not like a person can wait until a week or two before the event to make plans. The close hotels are full by then, and last minute plane tickets and car rentals always cost more. Oh well, it's just that I would very much like to see him again! He is so fun to watch and such a nice person! Appreciate the update Truc.
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Is this Fabrice's last FO for his career? This is his last year on the tour, correct? I thought I read that somewhere. And if it is true, my heart breaks.
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Is this Fabrice's last FO for his career? This is his last year on the tour, correct? I thought I read that somewhere. And if it is true, my heart breaks.
its not correct....santoro will decide after Paris Bercy if he will play next year again or not
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Oh good. I hope he wants to play in 2009. He's so fun!
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'Magician' dreams of Centre Court as stage for one last trick

Fabrice Santoro may have recently broken the record for Grand Slam appearances, yet, as he tells Paul Newman, the unpredictable French veteran still longs to grace Wimbledon's showpiece in a singles match

Monday, 16 June 2008


Fabrice Santoro has been on the men's tennis circuit for 20 years and has played 19 of the 23 world No 1s


Fabrice Santoro knows that the end of his remarkable career is fast approaching but, as he prepares for the start of Wimbledon next Monday, the 35-year-old Frenchman has one more wish. "My dream is still to play a singles match on Centre Court," he said. "I've only ever played doubles on Centre Court. Maybe it will happen this year. I've asked the Wimbledon referee and he says that if we have a chance we'll do it."

Santoro has achieved so much since making his professional debut 863 matches and 20 years ago – his first match was against Luke Jensen at a Challenger event in Cherbourg – that he might consider an appearance on Centre Court as a fitting way to bow out. For many months now he has been fending off questions about retirement. "I haven't decided yet, but it will be pretty soon," he said. "There's a big chance I'll retire by the end of the year."

There are, after all, few records left for Santoro to break. In this year's Australian Open he overtook Andre Agassi's mark for the most appearances at Grand Slam events in the Open era when he played in his 62nd major, dating back to his first French Open in 1989. He last missed a Grand Slam event, Wimbledon, in 1998, with next week's tournament his 40th successive appearance at a major.

Since the world rankings were launched in 1973 there have been 23 world No 1s and Santoro has played 19 of them, including Jimmy Connors (who lost in Vienna in 1992), Ivan Lendl (who won in Nice in 1993) and Mats Wilander (who lost at Roland Garros in 1991). The only world No 1s he never played were Ilie Nastase, John Newcombe, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Santoro also featured in the longest match in history when he beat Arnaud Clément 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 16-14 after six hours and 33 minutes in the 2004 French Open.

Without ever reaching the world's top 10, Santoro has been a model of consistency and fitness, having never dropped out of the top 100 since February 1997. He has won five singles tournaments and enjoyed even more success in doubles, winning 24, including Grand Slam crowns in Australia in 2003 and 2004.

Thoughts of retirement may have been reinforced by crushing defeats at this year's two Grand Slam events – in Melbourne, Santoro won only three games against Roger Federer and in Paris he won just one against David Ferrer – that have helped push his world ranking down to No 52. Nevertheless, those performances ran against the grain, for, like the best wines from his homeland, Santoro has generally improved with age. He reached his highest ranking of No 17 in 2001.

"When I was 24 I was very close to quitting," he recalled. "I didn't feel I was progressing and I wasn't having fun on the court. I think I became a better player because I got to understand my game and my opponents' game better. I also got to understand my body better. I started to appreciate better what I could and couldn't do.

"I think I've been lucky to have played most of my best tennis late in my career. It can be hard if you start off very strong and then you have trouble maintaining that high level. When I was 25 I was still improving and when I was 30 I was still improving. Even now I still feel I'm playing at a high level."

Born in Tahiti, where his parents were working, Santoro was a top junior and played in his first senior final when he was only 17. His most recent final was in Newport, Rhode Island last year, when he claimed his only singles title on grass. A keen student of the game, Santoro said: "That was the only time I played at Newport. I'd heard about the Hall of Fame and I've always been very interested in the history of tennis, so I wanted to see it."

One of the reasons for Santoro's success has been his unique playing style, which opponents can find impossible to fathom. Pete Sampras famously labelled him "The Magician", a tribute to his unpredictable use of spins, lobs and drop shots.

Andy Murray is one of several who say that Santoro is their favourite player. "It was very kind of Andy," Santoro said. "He's also a player that I enjoy watching. He's a very smart player and I like the way he moves. I prefer players like that rather than the players who just rely on their power."

The most remarkable shot is his double-fisted forehand, which he started playing as a boy when his father gave him a large racket. "When I started hitting some balls against the wall the racket was too heavy for me, so it felt natural to hit the ball two-handed," he said.

"A coach tried to get me to change to play single-handed when I was 11 or 12 but I didn't want to. I've never wanted to change. I don't think playing single-handed would have made me a better player. Playing double-handed on both sides is one of the things that makes me different to other players and they can find it hard to cope with."

The French and Australian Opens are Santoro's two favourite tournaments, while he rates his five-set victory over Marat Safin at Roland Garros in 2001 as the best match he has ever played. He considers Federer the best player he has faced, though chasing Agassi's Grand Slam record became a big incentive. "Agassi is one of the greatest players ever and I have huge respect for him," Santoro said. "Being in front of him on this list is the only way that I could ever be ahead of him."

In recent times Santoro has found the hard work needed to remain at the top increasingly demanding. "You just can't take three or four days off because your body is painful and stiff when you start working again," he said. "I love to play matches and I love being on the court as much as I ever did, but I don't like the travelling so much. I'd rather be with my family and friends, at home and sleeping in my own bed."

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/t...ck-847859.html
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:40 AM   #84
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Not very interesting, but here's a short interview from the French FHM:

The biggest prick you've ever met on a tennis court? Berdych. In 2006 in Wimbledon he was horrible: making fun of my game, firing me when I was standing at the net and when I was about to serve for the match, he asked for a toilet break which lasted for ever. I lost and it almost ended up with a fight.
The biggest pain ever on a tennis court? Cramps all over the body, complete exhaustion after a big fight. But I love testing my limits...
The biggest shame? My serve was very weak at the beginning of my career and I was making a lot of df. People were booing me in RG... A nightmare.
The biggest party after a win? DC 2001 in Melbourne. A lot of rubbish.
The biggest "blues"? DC 2003 in Toulouse against Federer. I played with an injury, it was a beatdown.
The sportsman you admire the most (other than in tennis)? Zidane. The person and the sportsman. And his last action didn't change anything. We're no robots.
The sport you're the best at (other than tennis)? When I was 10 years old, I was eligible in two "sports schools": football and tennis. But I can't stand the contact with other people!
The most beautiful sportswoman? Sharapova is very overrated. I like Kirilenko or Ivanovic who also happens to be an adorable person.
Adidas or Nike? Lacoste, for 28 years now.
PES or GTA? I don't know what it is.
Porsche or Volvo? Porsche. In Switzerland I have an Aston Martin DB9 and a Range Rover Sport.
The TV show you never miss? None. I prefer to read or surf on the Net. The first thing I do every morning is to check the website of Le Figaro (it's a conservative French newspaper).
Your first prize money? I'm not materialistic at all. I appreciate living comfortably, but the only things I really care about are my tropheys. Including the DC one!
The person you admire the most (outside of sports)? Charismatic people like Nelson Mandela or the Dalai Lama.

(Just a simplified translation, as usual.)
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Thanks so much for the translation Truc!
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that sounds like that he will end his career at the end of the year
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He said again yesterday he hasn't taken a decision yet.
Ça veut dire qu’on ne vous reverra pas à Wimbledon ?
– Si je rejoue ici l’an prochain, de toute façon, ça voudra dire que je ne fais pas une saison pleine. Dix ou douze tournois maximum. Mais en ce qui concerne le moment de ma retraite, je n’ai toujours pas de réponse. »

(If he keeps playing next year, he'll play only a dozen of tournaments at best. But he can't answer the question about his retirement yet, he still doesn't know.)
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Here's the whole interview, but maybe there is an interview in English?
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« ALORS, ÇA VALAIT le coup d’attendre pour jouer sur ce court-là ?
– C’était aussi bien que je l’imaginais. J’ai essayé de profiter de chaque instant. Le trajet du vestiaire vers le court est vraiment marqué d’Histoire. On prend conscience de ce qui s’y est passé depuis plus d’un siècle.
– Maintenant que vous avez joué sur chaque court central des quatre tournois du Grand Chelem, pouvez- vous les comparer en quelques mots ?
– Ici, à Wimbledon c’est donc l’Histoire. A Roland, c’est le public qui a toujours été derrière moi. A New York, je pense aux sessions de nuit, qui sont inégalables au niveau de l’ambiance. Enfin, à Melbourne, chaque fois que j’entrais sur la Rod Laver Arena (le Central de l’Open d’Australie), je pensais que quelque chose de bien pouvait arriver car c’est làbas que j’ai réalisé beaucoup de mes plus grandes performances. Je pense à la Coupe Davis ou à mon seul quart en Grand Chelem.
C’est un privilège d’avoir connu tout ça ?
– J’ai le sentiment d’avoir été extrêmement gâté ces derniers temps. En dix mois, j’ai joué sur ces quatre courts-là ; contre un Américain à l’US Open (Blake en session de nuit), contre le roi à Melbourne (Federer), contre Ferrer sur le central de Roland et contre le héros local ici. Franchement, ça ressemble à un jubilé.
– Ça veut dire qu’on ne vous reverra pas à Wimbledon ?
– Si je rejoue ici l’an prochain, de toute façon, ça voudra dire que je ne fais pas une saison pleine. Dix ou douze tournois maximum. Mais en ce qui concerne le moment de ma retraite, je n’ai toujours pas de réponse. »
He means he was lucky to play his last 4 matches in Grand Slams on the Center Court: Blake in a night session in NY, "the King" in Melbourne, Ferrer in Paris and here the local hero. Wimbledon was impressive, it was as great as he was hoping, he tried to enjoy every single moment.
He's asked to compare the 4 Grand Slams. Wimbledon: history. Roland: the crowd behind him. USO: nothing can compare with the atmosphere of the NY night sessions. Melbourne: when he enters the Center Court, he always thinks something great might happen to him because he had his best results there (CD and his only quarter of final).

Sorry for the quick summary, I'm in a hurry, but that's the gist of it.
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Thanks Truc! I hope we have him for one more year!
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