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Thursday, August 3, 2006   
 
Ça va?

I’m sad to tell everyone that this is my last blog post.

Today was an easy day for me. Since I didn’t play any matches I just had to get some practice done to be ready for Toronto.

Last night something funny happened while we (Arnaud, Bruno and I) were eating dinner. As true Frenchmen, at a French restaurant, we ordered a bottle of wine. We asked for a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 1998. After the waiter served us we realized he had brought a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 2003. We were shocked by the fact that the waiter didn’t even bother to let us know that they were out of Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 and gave us something else… very strange.

This morning I did some conditioning. When I am on the road, my fitness coach sends me a program that I have to follow. Today I had to do an interval running training. I basically had to run fast for a certain period of time and then slow down for 30 seconds (sometimes more). Then quick again and then slow… many times. It’s a good cardio work out. After that I also did some abs.

In the afternoon, I warmed up Arnaud, and also practiced with Paradorn Srichaphan for one hour and a half. We hit for 30 minutes from the baseline and then played a set, which I won 6-3! Allez!

After practice, a quick shower and a good massage! Arnaud played his third round match today against Hrbaty and I was there to support him as you can see in the picture (I’m the guy in an orange shirt).

After Arnaud’s match we played scribble at the player’s lounge. It was very tough because it was in English. It would be much easier if it were in French…

Now I need to go back to the hotel and pack my bags to be set for my trip tomorrow morning.

Oh, I forgot to mention that my wife loved the flowers I sent to her yesterday. Now I feel much more relaxed….

It was fun to blog on atpworldtour.com this week.

Wish me luck in Toronto.

A tout,
Sebastien

 
Wednesday, August 2, 2006  
 
Hello from very hot and humid Washington D.C.!

I have to confess that I’m a little upset at the moment… I just lost US$4 to Bruno (Arnaud’s brother) in backgammon. I like to play backgammon… but I enjoy much more when I win.

Last night, after doing one more blog post I watched the end of Arnaud’s match. Then Bruno, Arnaud and I went back to the hotel to have dinner. We had something to eat at the bar and after that played a small poker tournament with Julien Benneteau. Poker is fun… but the best part of yesterday’s game was that I won US$30!!!

This morning I woke up around 10:00am and had my usual breakfast. Then I went to the mall with Arnaud and Bruno. We were looking for some watches but I couldn’t find the one I wanted, so I ended up not buying anything.

After having lunch at the mall we went back to the hotel and then to the site to get some practice done before our doubles match. Yes, yes, yes we lost! What a great week for me!!! Went 0-2. I’m just kidding. We played really well but they played even better so congratulations for them.

Tonight we are going to have dinner at a French restaurant.

Last but not least (actually this is the most important thing about today's blog) is that I today is my wife’s birthday. Joyeux Anniversaire Marie-Pierre!!!

I did sent some flowers to her… let’s just hope that she liked it!

Tomorrow I will do my last blog post as I will be leaving to Toronto Friday morning.

A bientot
Sebastien

 
Tuesday, August 1, 2006  
 
Hello everybody,

Yesterday afternoon, after leaving the site where I did my first post of this blog, I went back to the hotel and then headed to the mall to do some shopping and also watch a movie.

Initially I wanted to watch ‘Miami Vice’, however when I got there it was too late so I ended up watching ‘Superman’ which turned to be a pretty good movie.

The cab driver that drove me back to the hotel was from Lebanon. I started talking with him and found out that he had just been released from jail after spending ‘behind the bars’. To be honest, I didn’t want to know many details why did he end up in jail. I’m pretty sure he must have done something pretty bad to end up arrested. Back in the hotel I had dinner with Arnaud’s brother Bruno.

This morning, after having a good breakfast at the hotel, I went to the site to warm up with Arnaud (Clement). We hit for about 45 minutes and then headed back to the hotel to rest a little bit.

In my free time I enjoy watching movies and listening to music. In the afternoon I watched a clinic with Tiger Woods at the Golf Channel. I’m not a very good golfer myself, but I do enjoy watching the majors on television.

I also started watching “Meet Joe Black” but couldn’t see it until the end because I needed to get back to the club.

I don’t have any rituals before my matches. I like to go to the training room and get a good warm up before jumping on the court. As you can see in the picture, Marat Safin was at the training room with me getting ready for his match. Marat just loves to talk about cars! He must have some pretty cool cars himself!

Today I lost my first round match against Wesley Moodie. I think it was a tough match for me because this is my first tournament since Wimbledon. I didn’t play bad but I do need to play some matches before I can be at my best. Wesley is a tough guy to play against, especially in a first round, because he doesn’t give you much pace. But of course I give lots of credit to him who did play well today to beat me.

Tomorrow I play doubles with Arnaud. I will also be practicing sometime during the day to get ready for next week. I’m planning on visiting a museum as well, but I will decide which one tomorrow morning.

Thanks for reading my blog and log on again tomorrow for some more.
Sebastien

 
 
Monday, July 31, 2006  
 
Ça va everyone,

I will be writing this week’s atpworldtour.com Blog. I’m looking forward to telling you guys everything about my week... hope you can enjoy reading it!

I arrived in Washington D.C. on Saturday afternoon. As some of you might know I live in Boca Raton, Florida (USA), so it was a short trip.

I chose Boca Raton because as my new hometown for a few reasons. First, when I was a kid I used to travel to the United States to play junior tournaments and ended up really enjoying Florida. Second, I had and still have many friends here. Third, the weather is good thorough the year. Fourth, there are always some good players to practice with.

I currently practice at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy which soon will turn into the USTA Tennis Competition Training Center.

During the last couple days in Washington I practiced with Wesley Moodie and Arnaud Clement. This afternoon I was scheduled to practice with Andre Agassi but we had to cancel it because we both of us play first round matches tomorrow and we had already practiced once today.

Yesterday I played a Pro-Am for the Washington Tennis Education Foundation. Paradorn Srichaphan, Jean Rene Lisnard and a few other players were also there. It took us one hour and a half to get to the club because the driver couldn’t find the site.

This year I didn’t bring anyone from my family with me. My wife, two daughters and my son stayed in Boca Raton because soon classes start. They just came back from Marseille, France, where they spent the last one-month and a half. Last year I brought one of my daughters to DC. We really had a good time visiting the White House and many other attractions in this beautiful town.

Arnaud Clement, my best friend in the circuit and also my son’s godfather, will play doubles with me this week. We played doubles together a lot a couple years back and decided to play this event and the European indoor season, which starts after the US Open.

The weather is very hot and humid in D.C., which helps me to prepare for the upcoming tournaments, as both Cincinnati and New York (US Open) are very hot and humid cities.

Please log on again tomorrow afternoon, as I will do a post after my first round match.

A bientôt,

Sebastien

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