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Old 09-22-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default Indoor Season 2008

It begins by Metz where he received a WC (thanks to Julien Boutter) In the local newspaper there is an interview where he doesn't deal with his adductors and seems in a good fit:

http://actu.republicain-lorrain.fr/i...show/id/144916


A LA UNE TENNIS. Clément : « Motivé comme jamais »


Le trentenaire, pilier du tennis français, a reçu un petit coup de pouce des organisateurs messins ! Arnaud Clément, le fidèle, participera à son sixième Open de Moselle grâce à une invitation. Personne ne se plaindra de la présence du premier vainqueur de l'épreuve.



• Heureux, on suppose, de cette wild card…
« Franchement, oui ! Je voulais absolument venir à Metz, et j'aurais disputé les qualifications si le jour même (le samedi) il n'y avait eu le mariage de mon frère. Je n'aurais donc pas pu venir. »
• On revient sur votre saison, à la fois moyenne au niveau du classement et pourtant riche en émotions.
« Oui, comme à Wimbledon. Sans ce tournoi, mon année n'aurait pas été pareille. Il m'a sauvé 2008 par le résultat (quart de finale, balles de match pour les demi), par la confiance et l'envie qu'il m'a redonnées. Je joue au tennis pour vivre ce genre de choses, préférant ces émotions ponctuelles à un parcours régulier mais plat. »
• Les JO de Pékin sont à ranger dans cette catégorie ?
« Hélas… Une grosse déception (quart de finale en double avec Llodra). Je ne l'ai toujours pas digérée, ça prendra du temps. Au-delà de la manière, des adversaires, c'est le fait d'avoir servi à 4-3 dans le troisième set puis pour le match sans réussir à gagner ces Jeux. Alors qu'en double, c'est généralement plus facile. Les boules. Etre à deux points d'une médaille ! Oui, les grosses boules. Etre si proche d'un tel podium est l'occasion de ta vie… Et moi, je l'ai manquée. J'y repense sans cesse, en jouant, en m'entraînant. »
• Ce duel olympique s'est avéré palpitant quand même, avec de l'intensité et de la longueur !
« Entre nous, je m'en fous de finir à 22-20 dans le cinquième set. On se rappelle du match important que l'on a loupé. »
• Une cruelle désillusion à même de vous amener à lâcher le tennis ?
« Ah, non ! Aucun doute. Je compte bien repartir en 2009, avec plein de motivation. Physiquement, je ne suis pas trop mal. Pas de signe d'essoufflement. A trente ans, je suis là et je suis bien. Prêt à finir en trombe l'année avec ces tournois en France. »

« De plus en plus relevé »

• Justement, le tableau de l'Open de Moselle vous inspire-t-il ?
« Relevé. Comme chaque année, ce n'est pas une info. De plus en plus relevé d'ailleurs (il rit), j'ai bien fait de gagner la première fois (en 2003) ! »
• La Clé a-t-elle une chance ?
« Le tableau peut s'ouvrir, on ne sait jamais. On peut avoir la grande forme pendant une semaine. Seulement, à Metz, on est sûr d'une chose : il faudra être au taquet dès la première minute du premier match. Car on rencontre obligatoirement du bon très vite. Mais à l'Open de Moselle, j'ai plus ma chance qu'ailleurs. »
• Pourquoi ?
« J'adore venir à Metz. Tout me plaît. L'environnement, la ville, le public, j'y ai beaucoup de potes, même les personnes de l'hôtel ont un petit mot sympa pour moi. Ce sont des détails mais ils comptent. Ils aident à vous sentir bien. Alors, évidemment, vos chances sont plus grandes qu'ailleurs de faire un truc ici, bien que ce ne soit pas une garantie ! »
• Aux Arènes, on vous verra en simple et en double ?
« Oui, avec Micka. On est tenant du titre, non ? C'est vrai qu'en 2008, cela s'est mal goupillé avec nos blessures respectives mais je ne suis pas inquiet sur notre niveau de jeu… »

A translation :
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Happy of this WC, we suppose ...
"Honestly, yes! I absolutely wanted to come to Metz and I would have play the qualies but the same day (Saturday) there is my brother's wedding. So I couldn't come. "
• Coming back on your season, an average level in ranking but again full in emotions.
"Yes, as at Wimbledon. Without this tournament, my year wouldn't have be the same. It saves 2008 by this result (quarter-final and match ball for semi-final), by the confidence and the desire that's it gived me. I play tennis for living this kind of thing, preferring these emotions to a more consistent but flat season. "
• The Beijing Olympics are to be placed in this category?
"Unfortunately ... A big disappointment (quarter-finals in doubles with Llodra). I didn't digested, it will take time. Beyond the way,the opponents, it's have serve at 4-3 in the third set and then for the match without managing to win these games. While in double, it is usually easier. I piss off. Being at two points of a medal! Yes, I piss off. Being so close to a podium is the opportunity of your life ... And I've missed. I think everytime, playing, training. "
• This Olympic duel has been exciting anyway, with the intensity and the duration!
"Between us, I really don't care to finish at 22-20 in the fifth set. We remember only the important match that we missed. "
• A cruel disillusion which can lead you to stop with tennis?
"Oh, no! No doubt about that. I look in 2009 with plenty of motivation. Physically, I'm not too bad. No sign of abating. Thirty years I'm here and I'm good. Ready to finish the year with these tournaments in France. "

"More and more high"

• The draw of the Open de Moselle inspires you ?
"High level. As every year, this is not a news. Increasingly high indeed laughs) I have done well to win the first time (in 2003)! "
• La Clé gets a chance?
"The draw can open, you never know. You could be in a great shape for a week. But in Metz, you're sure of one thing: you've to be ready from the first minute of the first match. As you necessarily play good players very quickly. But in the Open de Moselle, I have more luck than elsewhere. "
• Why?
"I love coming to Metz. I like everything . The environment, city, crowd, I have many friends, even people from the hotel have a nice word to me. These are details, but they count. They help you to feel good. So, obviously, your chances are greater than elsewhere to do something here, although this is not a guarantee! "
• In the Arenes, we will see you single and double?
"Yes, with Micka. We are the helder of the title, no? It is true that in 2008 it was badly with our respective injuries but I'm not worried about our level of play ... "
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:32 PM   #2
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thanks for this article and also the translation, soulage!!

So, Bruno's wedding is this Saturday, anyone have the details on that? Where, etc.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:53 PM   #3
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Around aix en provence I suppose.
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another french lesson...

Oui, les grosses boules.
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Very elegant.

Arnaud likes re-invent french expressions when he doesn't find them as meaningful.
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Thanks for translating the interview!

And Bruno's wedding on saturday
I would love to send a card or something, but I don't know where to send it. I guess it will not arrive with just Bruno Clement, Aix en Provence
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metz draws are out -

single: vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel (who is not a wildcard so must be ranked higher than him)

doubles: vs MATHIEU, Julien / MUTIS, Olivier (who are wildcards, while arnaud/mika are #2 seeds)

will play doubles first on monday.
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Thanks for translating the interview!

And Bruno's wedding on saturday
I would love to send a card or something, but I don't know where to send it. I guess it will not arrive with just Bruno Clement, Aix en Provence
any pics?

expect arnaud and nolwenn to have shown up in their glamourous outfits again, and stealing some limelight
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metz draws are out -

single: vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel (who is not a wildcard so must be ranked higher than him)

doubles: vs MATHIEU, Julien / MUTIS, Olivier (who are wildcards, while arnaud/mika are #2 seeds)

will play doubles first on monday.
Arnaud will play against a qualified first round
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Arnaud will play against a qualified first round
And it's Rick De Voest, he avoids the french qualifiers.
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any pics?

expect arnaud and nolwenn to have shown up in their glamourous outfits again, and stealing some limelight
I didn't see any yet, but this week I'm too busy to look for them
Think I will google a few hours this weekend

Ofcourse, but I'm sure Bruno and his wife were the most beautiful people there
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They won their double first round 6-4 / 6-4. Arnaud will play De Voest Wednesday .
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And here is the come back
De Voest actually is a perfect first round for a tournament like Metz.
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I'm not too happy with Arnaud playing against Rik in the first round. I've seen Rik play live couple of times this year and I kinda like him. Well, hopefully it will be a good match and I'm still supporting more for Arnaud than Rik.

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