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raquel
Jun 6th, 2005, 06:53 PM
This was in Jon Wertheim's column today :

41. The best press conference last week came not from a player but from Christian Bimes, head of the French Federation. In a de facto State of the Union address, Bimes -- how to put this?-- julienned few words.

Assessing the play of the French players, he noted, "I would like to end by saying that we were disappointed by what Amelie Mauresmo did because, once again, she was not able to face the pressure." (We're waiting for the day a USTA executive makes that kind of a harsh assessment about, say, Mardy Fish.)

Amelie didn't handle the pressure too well as we know. I wonder if she ever will be able to hold it together and win a Slam. However I think Bimes coming out and singling Amelie out for criticism is harsh. Amelie became the first French woman to reach number 1 and she's just about always (I think she pulled out of the Fed Cup final last year) made herself available for Fed Cup and Olympics. Of course they want to see her do well at RG because she is French but she is out there playing for herself, she is not out there playing for the Federation. Amelie has every right to be disappointed but for Bimes to come out and say the Federation are disappointed in her for not living up to their expectations is not fair on Amelie. He should have kept that private.

If he is that disappointed in her I wonder how he would feel if Amelie said she wouldn't play Fed Cup then if she's considered such a disappointment. I am sure he would realise then she is the team's biggest asset.

auntie janie
Jun 6th, 2005, 06:57 PM
Now we know WHY she feels so much pressure! That's awful of him to say that in public. :p

forever_rafter
Jun 6th, 2005, 06:59 PM
What a dickhead

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 6th, 2005, 07:01 PM
Like Venus says "no one ever won a match from the stands"

suzie
Jun 6th, 2005, 07:47 PM
First of all, I'd like to see Christian Bimes' statements myself... Many times reporters take sentences out of their context and create big issues out of nothing. IF he really said that, it's not really nice of him. Amélie deserves his personnal and professional respect... IF he said that, then he showed BIG disrespect for her, both as a person and as a player... :rolleyes:

Paneru
Jun 6th, 2005, 07:48 PM
Like Venus says "no one ever won a match from the stands"

Although to hear them speak you'd
swear they had! ;)

Tylane
Jun 6th, 2005, 08:46 PM
I'm shoked. It's not his role to say that !! And we know he doesn't like Amelie's friends: Forget and Noah.

kabuki
Jun 6th, 2005, 08:48 PM
What an asshole! Amelie should defect somewhere and then win it. :lol:

LefandePatty
Jun 6th, 2005, 08:59 PM
he's :tape:

Justineladivine
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:01 PM
I'm shoked. It's not his role to say that !! And we know he doesn't like Amelie's friends: Forget and Noah.

Doesn't he? Could you tell us more about it? I mean both Noah and Forget have been successful coaching the French for Davis Cup or Fed Cup finals, haven't they? So how can he have a beef with them? That said, if he really put it like that, I mean if his statement hasn't been altered or taken out of context, then the guy obviously has a problem. This is totally out of place.

griffin
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:02 PM
I'm shoked. It's not his role to say that !! And we know he doesn't like Amelie's friends: Forget and Noah.

Bingo. Politics.

And he's a complete fucking dickhead. (maybe if she felt more support and less pressure? obtuse little paper jockey)

RVD
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:09 PM
Assessing the play of the French players, he noted, "I would like to end by saying that we were disappointed by what Amelie Mauresmo did because, once again, she was not able to face the pressure."That was totally uncalled for. It's as if he's taking this loss personally. I'm not a fan of Amelie's, but she doesn't deserve such a callous statement. She's still an elite player and has a damn good game. Instead of making such statement, maybe Mr. Bimes should invest all of his time and effort in fashioning the best French players that he can find. THEN maybe he can make such statements. What a bum! :fiery:

JPrince
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:23 PM
Bimes is an ass - 'nuff said!

*Jool*
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:32 PM
He's a twat . I never liked him . Who are the ones to put pressure on Amélie's arms ? This kind of ppl and their high expectations on her... :rolleyes:

manu32
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:38 PM
France is france.....

forget was an awful commentator on france 2 ....look at the forums.france2.fr.......
c'est l'hallali contre ce mec.....

je pense que c'est du racisme anti mary pierce et que bimes n'a pas digéré que pierce soit meilleure que mauresmo.....mais ce fut la réalité pourtant.....et mauresmo et bimes ont plein de choses en commun......

la bise au pharmacien......

manu32
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:47 PM
sorry "griffin".....but you can't understand.........si tu veux qu'on discute en français,je t'expliquerais les tenants et les aboutissants et le pourquoi de tout celà.....si tu comprends le français,ce dont je doute profondément (understatment or litote....)......et que tu laisses tomber ta panoplie de chef ou dictateur (très mauvaise consonnance en démocratie)........

DEETHELICK
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:47 PM
Thats a cruel thing to say. Until he plays in RG, feels the pressure in France and still wins the title, he shouldn't point fingers.

Poor Amelie, hopefully she will rise above this and move on. Better things await you! :)

shap_half
Jun 6th, 2005, 10:16 PM
This is exactly the kid of attitude that makes it almost impossible for Amelie to win a slam.

Denise4925
Jun 6th, 2005, 10:24 PM
That's really harsh and unnecessary. I wouldn't blame Amelie for not wanting to play Fed Cup.

vertigo
Jun 6th, 2005, 11:40 PM
Well how Rude and totally unhelpful. He needs a good kick in the shins.... :devil:

Alfie
Jun 6th, 2005, 11:44 PM
Well how Rude and totally unhelpful. He needs a good kick in the shins.... :devil:

Really? I was thinking a kick in the crotch would be more appropriate. :devil: No wonder Amelie hasn't won a GS yet with her immense talent. With supporters like Bimes it's no surprise Amelie chokes under the weight of all that pressure.

Shenanigans
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:42 AM
He's a dickhead, she still is the French No.1, led her country to fed cup victory and gained an Olympic Silver medal for her country, but no Silver probably wasn't good enough for him she has to get the gold.

Lapin
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:22 AM
:rolleyes: @ Christian Bimes.

Perhaps he only follows the progress of French tennis players, and doesn't realise that Ana Ivanovic is one of the best 'up and coming' players on the WTA tour this year.... ;)

Seriously though, what does he hope to achieve by making a comment like that? :( Poor Amélie, really not what she needs!

switz
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:29 AM
Maybe it is what she needs. I'm not saying it's deserved or appropriate for him to say it but I kind of feel Amelie shows up all scared of losing because she doesn't want to let the fans down etc but maybe if she gets adequately pissed off and really gets her fire going she could use it to play better tennis at RG. She used to be such an imposing figure on court in her breakthrough period of 99/00 but increasingly i see her losing that due to her constant cracking under pressure when she has a chance to win really big matches.

Also she should stop playing the Italian Open.

MinnyGophers
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:36 AM
gee... with supporters like that, i really wonder why she hasn't won RG yet :rolleyes:
but yeah maybe it is what she needs... the French love her to bits, so maybe they need to start hating on her for her to start getting it on

Linnie
Jun 7th, 2005, 03:55 AM
Bimes :rolleyes: :ras:

~ The Leopard ~
Jun 7th, 2005, 06:24 AM
:rolleyes:

alexusjonesfan
Jun 7th, 2005, 06:29 AM
:rolleyes:

I was expecting :toothy: :p

Wombat
Jun 7th, 2005, 06:30 AM
He may be hoping that such a statement may turn Amelie on?
I'm not defending him, just a guess

Bette_Midler
Jun 7th, 2005, 06:35 AM
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:


Allez Momo !!!!

PointBlank
Jun 7th, 2005, 07:02 AM
Ugh. :rolleyes:.

wateva
Jun 7th, 2005, 07:16 AM
:lol: how straightforward can he be! we know that but he didn't have to voice it out loud! poor momo...

akosijepoy
Jun 7th, 2005, 07:34 AM
that's unfair of them...amelie works hard and trains hard to be where she is at right now...it's not an easy job...cut her some slack

Slumpsova
Jun 7th, 2005, 08:30 AM
he's so stupid saying that :rolleyes:

it's shame. Amelie should change nationality. maybe Russia :p

swiss
Jun 7th, 2005, 09:08 AM
Bîmes est le roi des cons et Manu 32 le fou du roi :devil:

rien de nouveau sous le soleil :rolleyes:
allez Amé :drool:

rottweily
Jun 7th, 2005, 09:17 AM
That will certainly help her :rolleyes:

"Sluggy"
Jun 7th, 2005, 10:05 AM
I am starting to believe now, after having lived already 4+ years in France, that by and large, the French are Ruder, more selfish and uncaring than people from many many countries. The shame on this stupid ungrateful person

wateva
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:26 PM
i'm really appalled by the french crowd. their behaviour is so unruly that if i was the umpire, i would just suspend the match. esp. during the nadal and grosjean match. :retard: i hope paris doesn't get the bid for olympics 2012. if their french favourites loses, i wonder what will happen... :rolleyes:

alfonsojose
Jun 7th, 2005, 03:18 PM
he's so stupid saying that :rolleyes:

it's shame. Amelie should change nationality. maybe Russia :p
Amelia Mauresmova :hearts: i love it

swiss
Jun 7th, 2005, 03:47 PM
I am starting to believe now, after having lived already 4+ years in France, that by and large, the French are Ruder, more selfish and uncaring than people from many many countries. The shame on this stupid ungrateful person

and me I 'm living abroad (i 'm french, and neither proud nor ashamed of) for a long time and people are the same everywhere :rolleyes:
sometimes more polite in switzerland :drool:
more than parisian waiters for exemple but ... that an extrem example :lol:

depend on how you see or want to see them :devil:
generalities are so reducing

Albireo
Jun 8th, 2005, 01:02 AM
This is also a slap at Mary Pierce. It's the equivalent of saying that Pierce isn't "French enough"-- instead of being pleased that a French player got to the final, he's grousing that a "real" French player didn't make it.

This guy and the Belgian sports minister should have their heads banged together. Repeatedly.

jojoseph
Jun 8th, 2005, 01:37 AM
what an ass

p1
Jun 8th, 2005, 02:22 AM
..

turt
Jun 8th, 2005, 10:38 AM
I am starting to believe now, after having lived already 4+ years in France, that by and large, the French are Ruder, more selfish and uncaring than people from many many countries. The shame on this stupid ungrateful person
You mean, Christian Bîmes or manu32? :lol: