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The Gilles Simon Appreciation Thread

by The Nameless One (U1984770) 18 October 2008
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Post your tributes to the man who had the guts to save tennis today. Gilles, I may have said some things in the past, called you certain unflattering names, but never ever again; Gilles Simon the fans of real tennis all over the world, I included, are forever in debt to you and salute you on this memorable day.
Here's to Gilles Simon bubbly

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posted Mar 8, 2009

"But FFS don't lay all the blame at me."

I'm laying the blame on Gilles Simon. But you should have thought of that before talking him up if you didn't want to get stick.

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Mar 8, 2009

Blame Forget for picking him then, spam his email/internet site or the FFT. If you were so sure that Gillou would mess up anyway, why back the team ?

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posted Mar 8, 2009

How could Forget not have picked him when he is world number 8 in the world. A lot was expected of him and I fell into believing the hype over him, thinking he would at least maybe beat Berdych, but he flopped big time and showed he is not worthy of the expectation upon him.

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Mar 8, 2009

Good of you to admit you were wrong then ok

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posted Mar 8, 2009

I also blame Monfils for going to Acapulco and not arriving in Ostrava until Tuesday, effectively ruling himself out from Forget's plans.
He seems to be the kind of guy who thrives on playing in a big atmosphere, like Tsonga, he would be well suited to DC. Simon is less of a showman, more of a quiet type.
Sure a few people have to be accountable when the team with 3 top 10 players muck this up in round 1, but it's primarily Simon who is to blame for performing so badly. Couldn't even serve the 3rd set out today when Stepa looked to be tiring.

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Mar 8, 2009

Well like I said, I didn't see a moment of his match, but if you're right and he couldn't serve out and his body language and demeanour was **** etc etc, then it's uncharacrteristic of him. I'm sure he'll be big enough to admit afterwards if he can't handle the pressure.

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posted Mar 8, 2009

He looked pretty inconsolable at the end. He knows he didn't deliver what was expected of the team's number 1 (even if he isn't really the true number 1) and a world number 8.

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Mar 8, 2009

Just a c**p weekend all round then. The true test of his character will be bouncing back from this disappointment, and I hope he does. But i'm genuinelly sorry for the bet mate, I wanted that to go long almost as much as you did.

By the way, were Stepa's 'games' affecting him during the match ?

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posted Mar 8, 2009

I saw the 3rd set only, Stepa didn't have to use any antics, although he looked to be tiring at the end, so no doubt the old MTO trick would have been used if it had gone beyond.
It's just his tennis and his serve in particular that bothered Simon.

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comment by Bourne (U3020163)

posted Mar 8, 2009

Okay, Gillou's usually a pretty handy returner of serve too erm

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