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Old 05-08-2009, 11:27 AM   #106
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Fabrice will be the guest of the tv show Vivement Dimanche on sunday 24th May.

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Fabrice will be the guest of the tv show Vivement Dimanche on sunday 24th May.

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Old 05-20-2009, 11:14 AM   #108
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Magician Santoro ready for final act in Paris

Wednesday May 20 2009

*French Open farewell for Santoro
*Frenchman to make his 67th grand-slam appearance
*Much-admired Santoro happy to be different

By Chrystel Boulet-Euchin

BORDEAUX, France, May 20 (Reuters)

Fabrice Santoro, nicknamed the Magician for his habit of mystifying bigger and stronger opponents, is proudly preparing to open his bag of tricks for his 20th and final French Open show.
The Frenchman, who will retire at the end of the year, will extend his record of appearances at grand-slam events to 67 in the May 24-June 7 claycourt tournament.
"Last Roland Garros, last year on the circuit, there is that feeling that a page is being turned and an immense satisfaction to have done 20 of them," the 36-year-old Santoro told Reuters in an interview. "I never dreamed I would get that far."
Santoro stands 1.77 metres tall and weighs 74 kg but has floored many more powerful players courtesy of his resilience and tennis intelligence,
He is full of great French Open memories but knows which one he cherishes the most.
It was in 2001 on Centre Court, a third-round match against towering Russian Marat Safin, then the world number two.
Santoro, leading two sets to one and understandably feeling tired, gave away the fourth set, which the Russian won 6-0, before bouncing back in the fifth, taking it 6-1 to score a memorable victory.
"I was too tired and I realised after two points that I couldn't do anything, that I had to rest," Santoro said about his surprising tactics in the fourth set of that match.
"I knew letting the set go was the best solution but I wasn't sure of anything."
PAINFUL MEMORY
There are also a few bad memories from the tournament for the Tahiti-born player, the most painful being a first-round exit to lightly regarded Japanese player Shuzo Matsuoka in 1993.
"I was world number 21 then and playing extremely well but on the day I played an awful match because I couldn't handle the stress," Santoro said. "I don't feel that pressure any more today."
Santoro's French Open history dates back to 1989, when he entered the main tournament for the first time and also won the junior title as a 16-year-old.
One of the few major players on the men's circuit to hit both shots double-handed, Santoro has won many admirers over the years for his finesse and sense of strategy.
"I keep bumping into people who tell me to carry on but in my head it's clear, I'm stopping," he said.
Among his fans are Andy Murray, who often describes Santoro as his favourite player, as well as Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, the man responsible for Santoro's nickname of the Magician.
"It pleases me," Santoro said of Murray's admiration of his style. "It's funny because Andy was born in 1987 and was just a toddler when I won the French Open junior title."
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Being different was not easy at first but now Santoro is proud of not being just another hard-hitting machine.
"At the start of my career people were saying I was atypical as a player and I took it as a reproach but today I don't want to be typical, from the same mould as everyone," he said.
"I feel extremely lucky and privileged," he added. "After the age of 30, I experienced the best years in my career, scoring my best results and earning more recognition, but behind all that are thousands of hours of work and a great will to succeed."
For his final French Open, Santoro has been careful not to set the bar too high.
"The goal, ideally, is to move past the first round and lose after having played a great match," he said. "The absolute nightmare would be to play a bad match."
Once out of the tournament, he will follow the progress of the others and, as a man who rates elegance over power, hope that Federer will win his battle with Rafael Nadal to triumph in Paris at last.
"If he (Federer) does it, I'll be at least as happy as he will be," Santoro said.

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Carnet de Paris: Adieu, c'est fini

Am Abend zuvor, im ersten Teil seines letzten Spiels im Stade Roland-Garros, sass Fabrice Santoro während der Seitenwechsel ein wenig traurig auf seinem Stuhl. Die Ärmel seines schwarzen Pullovers hatte er zum Schutz gegen die Kälte um den Hals geschlungen; der Wind pfiff, und die letzten Strahlen der Sonne wärmten nicht mehr. Was ihm zu schaffen machte, war nicht die Idee, dass dies vielleicht nach 20 Jahren sein letztes Spiel am French Open sein würde. Er grämte sich vielmehr, weil er unter diesen Bedingungen nichts von seiner Kunst zeigen konnte. Der Wind hat kein Herz für Zaubertricks.

Aber man macht sich nicht in 20 Jahren als kleiner Mann in diesem grossen Geschäft einen Namen und heimst nicht bei allen Konkurrenten Lob und Bewunderung ein, wenn man alles mit sich geschehen lässt. Als Santoro zwei Sätze verloren hatte, stürmte er auf Gedeih oder Verderb ans Netz, gewann den dritten Satz, und mit dieser Verlängerung bescherte er sich den kleinen Rest einer Fortsetzung am nächsten Tag. Bei Sonnenschein. Vor vollbesetzten Rängen. Das war endlich die passende Kulisse für den Abschied. Es wurden noch einmal ein paar gute Minuten. Als der letzte Ball im Spiel war, dachte er mit ein bisschen Wehmut daran, dass ein Kapitel seines Lebens nun unwiderruflich zu Ende ging. Nie mehr Roland-Garros; adieu, c'est fini.

Aber es flossen keine Tränen. Es war ein stiller, freundlicher Abschied, 20 Jahre nach dem ersten Auftritt des kleinen Franzosen an diesem Turnier. Er wird noch bis zum Ende des Jahres weiterspielen, und er freut sich vor allem auf die nächsten letzten Bälle in Wimbledon. Aber in Paris ist er nun am Ziel. Das Publikum skandierte noch ein paar Mal seinen Namen, die Kinder quietschten «Fabriiice, Fabriiice». Die Leute werden die Erinnerung an ihn pflegen, denn so verrückt, verzinkt und unberechenbar wie er spielt heute keiner mehr. Und er wird seine Erinnerungen an dieses Turnier pflegen, das ihm in all den Jahren ans Herz gewachsen ist.

Hinterher erzählte er von seinen Lieblingsplätzen im Stade Roland-Garros. Und von einem ganz besonderen Weg. «Du verlässt die Umkleidekabine, biegst rechts ab, steigst die Treppe rauf und betrittst den Court Central. Da ist niemand, hinter dem du dich verstecken könntest, du bist allein. Und damit musst du leben.» Es tönt, als müsste man sich fürchten vor diesem Gefühl, aber das ist nur die halbe Wahrheit. Es war Furcht und Glück zugleich, und das hat Santoro geliebt.

Source: http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/sport/...1.2637040.html


That’s the end: Good-bye!

The evening before, during the first part of his last match in Roland Garros, Fabrice Santoro sat a bid sad in his chair during the changeovers. He had put the sleeves of his black pullover around his neck to protect against the cold; the wind hurled and the last sun rays did not warm anymore, What troubled him was not the idea that this would be his last match at the French Open. What grieved him was the fact that he could not show his art under these circumstances. The wind has no heart for magic tricks.

But one does not fight for a reputation as a small man in this huge business earning the admiration of all opponents, if one allows everything to happen. After Santoro had lost two sets, he stormed to the net without compromise, won the third set and earned a prolongation on the next day – under a shining sun. This was the appropriate environment for a farewell. There were some good minutes. When the last ball was in play, he thought with a little nostalgic feeling that a chapter of his life was coming to its end. Defintely. No more Roland Garros, that’s the end, good-bye.

But there were no tears. It was a quiet and friendly farewell, 20 years after the first appearance of the small Frenchman at this tournament. He will continue to play till the end of the year and he looks forward to the last balls in Wimbledon. But in Paris, his mission is fulfilled. The crowd chanted his name, the kids queaked „Fabriiiiiiice, Fabriiiiiiiice“. People will cultivate their memories, as nobody plays as crazy, as tricky and as unpredictable as he did anymore. And he will cultivate his memories about this tournament which got close to his heart during all those years.

Afterwards he talked about his favourite spots in Roland Garros. And about a very special „road“: you leave the locker rooms, turn right, mount the stairs and you enter the center court. There is nobody behind whom you could hide. You are alone. And you have to live with it.“ It sounds, as if one has to fear such a feeling. But this is only a half-truth. It was fear and happiness at the same time, and Santoro had loved it.

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After reading the news in l'equipe more things in the local press. Lagardere sells the tournament of Metz and some people like Fabrice & Boutter wants to buy it to try to maintain it in Metz and for Fab it could one of his activities post carreer. http://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/fr...e-tournoi.html & http://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/fr...du-credit.html & http://www.republicain-lorrain.fr/fr...e-de-choc.html

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Le champion français qui vient de fêter son vingtième Roland-Garros et qui détient le record de participations dans les tournois du Grand chelem, veut aider l’Open de Moselle à grandir. Il apporte un soutien sans faille.
Pourquoi s’engager dans l’aventure mosellane ?
« Ma principale raison est l’amitié. Je connais Julien (Boutter) depuis de nombreuses saisons, nous avons disputé beaucoup de tournois ensemble, en double, et je suis également, proche d’Yvon Gérard (ancien directeur du tournoi, aujourd’hui membre influent) depuis dix ans. »
Et l’épreuve en elle-même ?
« J’ai appris qu’elle pouvait s’installer ailleurs. Pas question de voir agoniser ce tournoi que j’aime beaucoup, auquel j’ai souvent participé avec notamment des victoires en doubles. J’ai eu tout de suite l’envie de m’impliquer. »
Une façon de rendre au tennis ce qu’il vous a apporté ?
« Oui, participer à l’Open de Moselle arrive à un bon moment de ma vie professionnelle puisque je quitterai les courts fin 2009. Je suis en train de prendre un virage important. Toute mon existence a tourné autour de cette petite balle, c’est grâce à elle que j’en suis là. Dans le cadre de ma reconversion, il est logique que je reste dans le tennis. »
Que pensez-vous de ce tournoi organisé aux Arènes de Metz ?
« Il me tient à cœur car bien organisé et apprécié des joueurs. Le tournoi est maintenant bien installé dans le paysage sportif et il doit encore se développer. L’open de Moselle ne demande qu’à grandir. »
On sait que Djokovic s’est approprié le rendez-vous de Belgrade mais voir un Français prendre part dans un tournoi de l’Hexagone est assez rare !
« Effectivement, je pense que c’est une première mais si je prends une retraite sportive, je ne pars pas en retraite classique ! Le tennis m’a tout apporté. Comme vous l’avez précisé, il est normal que je lui rende ce qu’il m’a donné. Et mettre un pied dans l’événementiel constitue une expérience qui cadre avec ma nouvelle vie. Parce que ce je crois en l’Open de Moselle. Il peut et doit grandir. »
En septembre 2009, le tournoi lorrain risque d’avoir une saveur particulière pour Fabrice Santoro…
« Oui, je serai à Metz dans trois mois et si notre projet prend tournure, l’Open deviendra alors vraiment différent. »
Julien Boutter et vous : les joueurs sont aux affaires !
« C’est chouette de se retrouver ainsi. J’ai connu des moments importants avec lui. Ce n’est pas banal de remporter des victoires et des tournois avec un partenaire. Ensuite, la vie nous a séparés mais on se rapproche toujours de quelqu’un avec qui on a vécu des choses fortes. »
Dans l’équipe de l’Open de Moselle, vous êtes un argument de poids…
« Je connais du monde. On va essayer de convaincre ces personnes, de réunir nos forces ! »
Actuellement, vous êtes en Angleterre pour la saison sur herbe. Toujours des ambitions à votre âge ?
« Cette surface est plus facile pour moi que la terre battue. J’espère gagner quelques matches à Wimbledon…»
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A 20-Year Career That Bridged Tennis Eras

By JOHN BRANCH
Published: July 7, 2009

NEWPORT, R.I. — There is no mention of Fabrice Santoro at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. But during the Hall of Fame championships on the grass courts here, Santoro still likes to walk through the museum and reminisce.


Fabrice Santoro has played 20 of the 24 players who have been No. 1 in the ATP rankings.

“You have to come here and visit to know more about your sport, your life,” he said.

He stopped at a display detailing the Grand Slam championships. No man in history has played in more of them than Santoro, now 36 and in the final year of a two-decade career that served as a bridge between eras.

“I played him,” Santoro said, pointing to a photograph of Jimmy Connors. Then, seeing other familiar faces, he continued. “And him. And him. And him.”

The upcoming United States Open would be Santoro’s 69th major championship; his first was the 1989 French Open. Another way to view his longevity: Of the 24 players who have been ranked No. 1 in the ATP rankings, which began in 1973, Santoro played 20, beating most at least once.

The only top-ranked players that Santoro never played were Ilie Nastase, John Newcombe, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. The first three were basically retired before Santoro turned 10.

Born in Tahiti and raised in southern France, Santoro is best known for his ability to wield a racket with two hands with flair, which led Pete Sampras to dub him the “magician,” a nickname that stuck and that Santoro wears proudly. Santoro was 6 when he first swung a heavy racket with two hands, the left above the right, on both forehands and backhands. Thirty years later, he is finishing a book, planned for release in France later this year, tentatively titled “A Deux Mains” (“With Two Hands”).

Less noticed but more remarkable about Santoro, perhaps, is the consistency that allowed him to finish among the top 65 players at the end of 17 seasons.

Santoro peaked at No. 17 in June 2001. This week, he is 34th, his best since 2004.

“It’s lower than my age,” Santoro noted with a gap-toothed smile.

Still, he will retire this fall, he said, to spend less time on planes and in hotels and more time with his 8-year-old daughter, Djenae. He is admittedly tempted, however, to play in the Australian Open in January. It would make him the first man to play Grand Slam events in four different decades.

Santoro made his first appearance at Newport in 2007. Arriving late with Djenae from Wimbledon, the first stop was to check out the 12,000-square-foot museum and its 20,000-piece collection. Santoro won the tournament — Djenae put the trophy in her bedroom — then won it again last year, pushing his career singles victory total to six. He was the only player over 30 to win in 2008.

Now the fan favorite, Santoro did not get a chance Tuesday to extend his unbeaten singles streak in Newport to 10 because his match against Italy’s Flavio Cipolla was rained out before he took the court.

On Monday, as Santoro won a doubles match alongside his countryman Nicolas Mahut, he returned one shot behind his back. A drop shot landed so softly that the ball barely bounced. He foiled opponents with wickedly spun second serves. He chased one shot onto an adjacent court, where he stopped and shook hands with the players there, eliciting laughter.

Santoro seems, in so many ways, a throwback to a time before the muscle-bound, grimace-faced era of today.

“Every time I go onto the court I have fun,” Santoro said. “So the best way to have fun is to do some original things. It is better for me when the crowd enjoys it.”

Most opponents have struggled with his unusual arsenal, like a slicing forehand. (If he could hit a screaming, top-spinning forehand like so many top players, Santoro said, he would have reached the top 10.)

He stayed near the top of the game, if never among the elite. He has made it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event just once (the 2006 Australian Open, although he has two doubles and two mixed-doubles titles), but has beaten 17 of the 20 top-ranked players that he has played.

The only ones he did not beat were Ivan Lendl (0-1), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (0-6) and — so far — Rafael Nadal (0-1).

But he was 7-2 against Marat Safin, 3-3 against Andre Agassi and 3-4 against Sampras. He beat Roger Federer two of the first three times they met, but has lost the past eight meetings.

Santoro knows these marks off the top of his head. He also knows that he played (and won) the longest match in history — 6 hours 33 minutes over two days against France’s Arnaud Clement in the first round of the 2004 French Open. And, despite a winning record, he has more losses than anyone. “Yes, I have this record, too,” he said.

The breadth and depth of the competition that Santoro faced over 20 years is splattered throughout the Hall of Fame.

“I’m nothing compared to these players,” he said.

But he contemplated his own corner of history.

“Connors was born in 1952, and Nadal in ’86, I think,” Santoro said. “It’s 34 years between them.”

He thought for a moment and let out a “phew.” Finally, it seemed, he had even impressed himself.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/sp...tennis.html?em
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Thrill list: Tennis
Posted: Thursday July 9, 2009
by Jon Wertheim

These lists are not mere compilations of all-time bests in their respective sports but all-time bests at quickening the pulse and evoking a visceral response from those fortunate enough to have witnessed their artistry.

10. Evonne Goolagong
The two-time Wimbledon champ was a graceful, fluid player with an elegant game and unparalleled court coverage. As for her famed "walkabouts" -- inexplicable lapses in concentration -- they may have cut against her legacy, but they only added to the must-see unpredictability.

9. Pancho Gonzalez
A self-taught player, Gonzalez never lost his outsider sensibilities. McEnroe before McEnroe was hip, Gonzalez polarized fans and alienated most of his colleagues. But man, could he play. Even watching a grainy video from the '50s, it's hard not to marvel at his smooth athleticism and liquid strokes. It was Gussie Moran, a female player who toured with Gonzalez, who famously likened him to "God patrolling his personal heaven."

8. Andre Agassi
Agassi was a rock star while Pete Sampras, for all his winning, could never quite capture the public imagination. For two decades, Agassi simply had "it," a rare combination of style and substance. As a fan remarked the day Agassi played his last match: "I would pay to watch that guy hit a ball against a wall. And I don't even like tennis that much."

7. Mansour Bahrami
He was blessed with both an artist's instinct and a preposterous amount of native talent. The source of sorcery is no mystery: During his prime years, tennis was banned in his native Iran; so he improvised, playing with implements like dustpans and Ping-Pong paddles. (If you can maneuver a ball with a dustpan, you can do it with a racket.) Monsieur Mansour escaped to France in the mid-'80s and, while his prime years were squandered, he's been thrilling fans at exhibitions and seniors' events ever since.

6. Venus and Serena Williams
As a rule, we try not to conflate the two siblings, but we'll do it here. For as many times as we've heard the narrative, this remains the most amazing story in sports. Imagine if Tiger Woods had a comparably talented sibling. Plenty is made of the sisters' athleticism, but their instincts and unrivaled fighting spirit serve them just as well. And no player has moved more gracefully on grass than Venus.

5. Justine Henin
The petite Belgian had one of the most complete games in the sport's history. Her zinging one-handed backhand inspired the drooling but it was a diversified portfolio of shots (and competitive fire) that enabled her to win seven major titles. A shame she's not still out there.

4. John McEnroe
Like most geniuses, he marched (if that's even the right tense) to a beat that few others heard. But what a joy to watch Mac. The improvisation, the volleying, the lefty game -- and if it came with a tantrum, so much the better.

3. Roger Federer
A stylist's stylist, he is capable of hitting every shot in the book -- and a good many that aren't in the annotated appendix. Everyone has a favorite Federer "wow" shot (here's ours). At a time when tennis was dismissed as a robotic ace-a-thon, Federer came along and, funny, you don't hear that critique anymore.

2. Suzanne Lenglen
Though she played her last match in the 1930s, what fun she must have been. Every image depicts Lenglen floating in midair, elegantly brushing the ball, her skirt trailing behind her like a rudder as she won Olympic gold medals, Wimbledon titles and dozens of other tournaments. Nicknamed "La Divine" (The Divine) by the French press, Lenglen was a diva before it became all but an occupational requirement in women's tennis. (She gets bonus points for her habit of sipping cognac on changeovers.)

1. Fabrice Santoro
Not for nothing is this creative Frenchman nicknamed the Magician. Though he stands under 6 feet and serves with less wattage than most women, he's made a career (and countless fans) slicing and dicing, lobbing and dinking, playing tennis with a unique perspective. This, alas, is the 36-year-old's last year on tour. So catch him while you can.
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His book A deux Mains should be published in october http://www.francesoir.fr/sport/2009/...e-Santoro.html
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There is an interview in L'Equipe today, he talks about his special relationship with Richard - but he doesn't want to become his coach, he's too fed up with travelling ("No, no, no, because I'm selfish!")
A journalist tried last time to encourage him to keep playing after Bercy saying that if he plays the Australian Open, he would be the first one to have played the tournament in four different decades - but he has made his decision and will stop after Bercy.
As for his plans after his career, he will promote his book which he loved writing, he likes working as a consultant too like he already does for a French radio (Europe 1), he'll play exhos to stay in touch with the people, together with Julien Boutter he's trying to buy up the Metz tournament, he also is part of the Lagardère management and he's producing a 26 minutes report about how to end one's career for high level sportsmen.

I can't make a proper screenshot, sorry. There will surely be excerpts on the French websites today. The title is "Richard, my little brother" (it's also the title of the chapter about Richard in his book).

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There is an interview in L'Equipe today, he talks about his special relationship with Richard - but he doesn't want to become his coach, he's too fed up with travelling ("No, no, no, because I'm selfish!")
We'll see. I don't see him refusing, when things get really to the point.

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I can't make a proper screenshot, sorry. There will surely be excerpts on the French websites today. The title is "Richard, my little brother" (it's also the title of the chapter about Richard in his book).
Thanks. I only saw that today, and I missed in while I was in France. And what is worse: I did not see it posted anywhere.
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Ah, te revoilà enfin! Willkommen zurück!
I had completely forgotten about the interview then, sorry, I think I still have it.
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The journalist doesn't completely believe it either, judging by her "OK, let's admit you don't want to become his coach, what could you do then to help him?"
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Fabrice Santoro exprime son attachement à Richard Gasquet, dont il ne souhaite pas devenir le coach pour autant.

À la veille d'affronter l'Italien Potito Starace (92e) au premier tour, Fabrice Santoro disputait hier le double au côté de Jérémy Chardy. Mais on croise rarement le vétéran sans apercevoir Richard Gasquet et Éric Deblicker dans son sillage. Le trio s'est préparé dans le secret, avant d'arriver ici il y a déjà une semaine. Alors, Santoro, coach de Gasquet ? À la question comme à d'autres, plus personnelles, le doyen du circuit, trente-six ans, a répondu en jouant franc-jeu hier sur le campus de l'université de Yale où se dispute le dernier tournoi préparatoire à l'US Open. NEW HAVEN - (USA) de notre envoyée spéciale

« VOUS ÊTES quarante-quatrième mondial cette semaine, est-ce le reflet de votre niveau actuel ?
- Oui. J'ai un programme allégé. J'ai trouvé un bon équilibre en réduisant le nombre de tournois, j'ai gagné en fraîcheur. Et, avec l'expérience, le manque de compétition ne me fait pas paniquer comme cela ferait paniquer un jeune joueur. J'arrive assez vite à relancer la machine.
- Richard Gasquet et vous êtes inséparables ici. Qu'est-ce qui a fait que vous vous êtes rapproché de lui dès le début de la "crise" ?
- Pour Richard, j'étais là bien avant la crise. Dès qu'il a commencé à s'entraîner la première fois avec Deblicker, je me suis rapproché. J'apportais mon œil de joueur. Ça a continué avec Guillaume Peyre. Lorsque cette crise est arrivée, il était hors de question que je ne prenne pas sa défense. Je l'ai appelé tout de suite. On est restés proches. Je n'ai jamais cru en cette histoire.
- Il y avait de la cocaïne dans ses urines quand même...
- Cela ne veut pas dire qu'il en avait pris. Moi, je pensais : "Pendant que tous les journalistes se déchaînent, il y a un mec tout seul en train de pleurer entre quatre murs." On a beaucoup parlé. Cela nous a rapprochés encore davantage.
- Au point de vous entraîner ensemble...
- Oui, parce qu'au départ, je devais venir plus tard à New York. Je suis venu plus tôt pour le rejoindre, à deux heures de Manhattan, à Long Island, sur une idée d'Éric. Nous étions tous les trois. On a bien bossé. Après, je suis venu ici parce que j'avais envie d'être présent pour son match de reprise, en qualifs.
- C'est plus que de l'amitié, ça !
- Non, ce n'est que de l'amitié pour moi. Je n'ai pas un rôle de coach. Je lui donne mon avis s'il me le demande. J'ai surtout essayé de me mettre à sa place. J'ai parfois été secoué dans ma carrière, mais jamais aussi violemment que ça.
- Du bon copain, à la fois sparring-partner et conseiller, au coach, il n'y a qu'un pas, non ?
- Il est immense ! Si c'est pour repartir sur la route, autant que je joue ! Non, je ne suis pas coach. J'aimerais transmettre, mais j'arrête parce que je n'en peux plus de voyager !

« Je suis égoïste ! »

- Ce que vous ne faites pas pour vous, vous pourriez le faire pour un ami ?

- Non, non, non parce que je suis égoïste ! Il y a trop de moments sur un tournoi où je me dis : "Mais qu'est-ce que je fais là ?" Je joue avec le sourire, c'est la récréation, mais, physiquement, j'ai davantage de douleurs, je suis moins sérieux, je fais sauter des massages en fin de journée. Ce n'est pas malin, mais c'est juste que ça fait trente ans que je fais ça.
- Admettons que vous ne voulez pas être le coach de Richard. Que pouvez-vous faire pour l'aider concrètement ?
- Lui donner du temps. Il aurait pu arrêter deux ans sans avoir vécu ça, ça aurait été plus facile que d'arrêter trois mois en ayant vécu ce qu'il a vécu. Il a passé des semaines à ne pas dormir. Il s'est retrouvé beaucoup plus médiatisé que lorsqu'il était septième mondial et qualifié pour le Masters. Ça a dépassé complètement le cadre du sport et, compte tenu de son caractère introverti et de son manque d'assurance. c'est super dur. Alors, on parle librement, on se dit tout. Je ne suis pas demandeur, tout ce qu'on se dit reste entre nous, je reste un petit peu en dehors et j'aime bien ce rôle de grand frère. D'ailleurs, dans mon livre (*), le chapitre sur Richard s'appelle : "Richard, mon petit frère !"
- Si vous ne devenez pas coach, qu'allez-vous faire pour vous occuper ?
- Je me suis régalé sur mon bouquin. Je vais en faire la promo après plus de trois-cents heures de travail. Consultant sur Europe 1, c'est bien aussi. Je ferai des exhibs pour le contact avec le public. Avec des copains, dont Julien Boutter, on essaie de racheter le tournoi de Metz, de trouver des fonds et de vivre une aventure humaine. Je fais également partie du management chez Lagardère. Et puis, je produis moi-même un 26-minutes sur comment un sportif met fin à sa carrière.
- Vous disputerez votre dernier match à Bercy. Ça devrait se terminer en apothéose ?
- Oui, ou en flop, mais peu importe, ça fait une histoire quand même. La fin de trente ans de ma vie. Mais j'arrête d'en parler parce que plus je le répète, moins je suis crédible. Il y a un journaliste qui essaie de me tenter en me disant que si je joue l'Open d'Australie 2010, je serai le seul joueur à avoir participé au tournoi sur quatre décennies ! Je n'y avais pas pensé à celle-là !
- Et alors, du coup ?
- Non ! Pour moi, j'arrête ! »

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I had completely forgotten about the interview then, sorry, I think I still have it.
1000 merci. You are outright wonderful. I will skip Roger-del Potro for a while and read it.
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"Outright wonderful" is a bit exaggerated for an article.

Looks like a huge media week for Fabrice to promote his book!
His fansite says he will be the guest of "Thé ou Café" and of Ruquier on France 2, I just saw that he will also have his "Nonobstant" on France Inter on Thursday (maybe a bit more content than "On n'est pas couchés")... Probably a lot more things, busy week to come for the French Santorotards.
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Fabrice must be happy of all these lights on him

The cover of his book



And the promotional argument of Hachette Edition about the book http://www.hachette-litteratures.com...00frameset.htm
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