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Sam L
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:18 AM
I know it's still about 3 months away but I'm excited at this prospect. When Martina goes back to Roland Garros, how will they respond?

It's been 5 years since the last time she played there.

I remember Martina used to look miserable playing there in 2000-01. They gave her so much trouble still.

I really hope she's treated as a sentimental favourite.

Thoughts?

creep
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:20 AM
Burning down the Swiss embassy.

Vincent
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:25 AM
Burning down the Swiss embassy.
:lol: That's too violent.

They would applause. :D :bigclap: :clap2: :yeah:

Sam L
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:31 AM
Burning down the Swiss embassy.
You are so funny creep. :lol: :hug:

creep
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:34 AM
You are so funny creep. :lol: :hug:

Funny though. I was thinking this myself. Wonder what the reaction will be like? There's bound to be some booing from the crowd when she walks on court, but I think it will be mickey-taking to begin with. What happens later will be interesting when Hingis gets further into the tournament (it's hard to see why she shouldn't do well the way she playing and the way most of the others are too).

And when she knocks Momo out the competition! :eek: :)

Chrissie-fan
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:35 AM
Nothing as unpredictable as a French Open crowd, but I think they will support her this time. During her first career she was perceived as gifted but cocky and arrogant, and for some strange reason they had a problem with that. :shrug: I don't know if they have changed their minds about that, but now she's also the great player from the past fighting against all odds to make her mark again, and it looks like she's succeeding. And since she's been away for so long, people are realizing what they have missed. I think this time Martina will be a sentimental fave, and most will root for her as long as she doesn't play Mauresmo.

lolo21
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:41 AM
Nothing as unpredictable as a French Open crowd, but I think they will support her this time. During her first career she was perceived as gifted but cocky and arrogant, and for some strange reason they had a problem with that. :shrug: I don't know if they have changed their minds about that, but now she's also the great player from the past fighting against all odds to make her mark again, and it looks like she's succeeding. And since she's been away for so long, people are realizing what they have missed. I think this time Martina will be a sentimental fave, and most will root for her as long as she doesn't play Mauresmo.

yeah i agree with you :)

it also seems Martina is now more relax and mature than before ,she doesn t seem to be the little girl who used to cry everytime the things didn t go in her way.....and the french crowd will see that.

Solitaire
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:45 AM
They'll applaud for her but after a few wins I'm sure they'll be back to their ornery selves.

hingis-seles
Feb 12th, 2006, 11:53 AM
The more she wins, the louder the boos will get.

creep
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:01 PM
:lol: It's the FRENCH!!!! They boo everybody, even their own.

Chrissie-fan
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:02 PM
The more she wins, the louder the boos will get.
Well, if you're right I hope those boos will set a new world record for loudness. :lol: Actually, it would be a dream come true to see Martina in her speech after the final take the microphone with one hand, raise her middle finger of the other hand and shout out:"In your face you motherfuckers!!!!!!!!" :angel: ;)

Bezz
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:05 PM
I dont think they will be especially appreciative that she is back, probably just get on her back the minute she looks at a line twice.

Meesh
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:05 PM
It's hard predict the french crowd but I agree w/ others... they will clap at first and then my QF's it could turn ugly.

smiler
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:05 PM
The same way they respond to everyone....., BOOO! :lol:

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:06 PM
Well, if you're right I hope those boos will set a new world record for loudness. :lol: Actually, it would be a dream come true to see Martina in her speech after the final take the microphone with one hand, raise her middle finger of the other hand and shout out:"In your face you motherfuckers!!!!!!!!" :angel: ;)
now that would be a sight id love to see :bounce: :lol: :kiss:

Maryamator
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:08 PM
hmmm... no idea

thrust
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:34 PM
I am sure they will welcome her back. For her immature unsportsman behavior she was properly booed. She had the match won, threw a childish tantrum which turned the match around. I do believe she is much more mature now to act so childish. Her game, if at it^s near best, will be greatly appreciated by the FO crowd, which is not totally French. I am sure there were many Germans also booing her that fateful day.

M&M
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:42 PM
i think she will b warm welcomed...

Kart
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:45 PM
If Martina behaves herself and doesn't play a French player then I'm sure they'll treat her well.

Volcana
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:49 PM
This isn't the big-mouthed, know-nothing 17 year old champ who was all talent and no maturity. Hingis will say all the right things about being back, and about wanting to win that slam more than any other, because she hasn't, and toss in some nice stuff about Amelie and Mary, and voila! The crowd will love her. Until she actually plays a Frenchwoman, anyway.

Bubba08
Feb 12th, 2006, 12:53 PM
:lol: It's the FRENCH!!!! They boo everybody, even their own.
:rolleyes: No, we don't :ras: :lol:

Wiggly
Feb 12th, 2006, 01:36 PM
They day she will beats a French, watch out (if it's Pierce or Mauresmo, I will hear their boo's here :tape: ).

Babolatpro880
Feb 12th, 2006, 01:49 PM
She will of course be ranked number 33, not get a seed, and play Mauresmo in the first round.

Imagine the crowd then?

meyerpl
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Blow cigarette smoke in her face and pretend they don't speak English?

jj74
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Well it seems that Martina isn't the spoiled girl she was anymore, and right now she is a former champion trying to comeback, not the nº1 of the world, so i expected a warm support from the french crowd

booa
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:17 PM
Blow cigarette smoke in her face and pretend they don't speak English?
taggle :rolleyes:

Wsisters45
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:22 PM
They'll cheer her when she walks out and once she questions a call, she's public enemy #1 again.

Fantastic
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:29 PM
Whatever they do to her, I know that Martina will handle herself with grace and dignity in response. Besides, not all French people hate Martina, so I'm positive that there will be cheers from French fans who have been eagerly anticipating her return to Paris. :)

Mother_Marjorie
Feb 12th, 2006, 02:39 PM
I think they will be cordial towards Martina Hingis. She has now turned into an instant underdog which the French love!

creep
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:35 PM
They day she will beats a French, watch out (if it's Pierce or Mauresmo, I will hear their boo's here :tape: ).

Pierce French!? ;)

The Pro
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:44 PM
I dont think they will be especially appreciative that she is back, probably just get on her back the minute she looks at a line twice.

Yeah my thoughts, it'll be all sweetness and light, then they'll remember how clever they think they all are and boo her when she points at some chalk.

Players change, but crowds never do.

meyerpl
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:49 PM
Pierce French!? ;)
I just love her charming French accent! :drool:

She's as French as French fries. :kiss:

Shenanigans
Feb 12th, 2006, 03:53 PM
They will treat her like everyone else if she does anything to piss them off she will get booed but it is easy to piss off, unlike some of the posters on this board, I don't think most spectators will give a f*** what happened 7 years ago.

jamesuk
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:17 PM
What do the typical French posters here think ofthecrowds at Wimbledon? Too reserved? Too respectful, too boring? What are the perceptions?

I normally criticise evrything regardless of its country of origin, but in this case I do feel a petty smugnness that our crowds are "better" than the French!!!!!

I wonder how the players REALLY feel about the crowds of each country, whether they actually give a damn about them at all. If I were a player I would have a hard timeNOT sticking my finger up at them...imagine, insulting thousands of people all at once!! The players contain themselves pretty well all things considered.

souam
Feb 12th, 2006, 07:29 PM
Our players often says that they've got a feeling that Wimbledon is some kind of Mecca of tennis and there is a long history of French players doing very well there from Lenglen, Cochet, Borotra etc so that's great...But that they feel a bit ill at ease there...It's known as a bit "too uptight". Wimbledon is liked here but not really because of the crowd, more because of its history, the general atmosphere, grass-court tennis, still European touch of our neighbours etc...

I know Grosjean likes the Aussie Open crowd a lot. Same for many other players.

Most of them like (and dread too) how crazy a match can get in Paris where the crowd is behaving like 'the boss', expressing absolutely everything they feel from boredom, anger, incredulity, passion etc...Some say can be sometimes pissed some days or enthousiastic about the very 'cyclotimique', childlish, very temperamental and expressive crowd but that's the game. And RG wouldn't be RG without it.
The RG crowd is something the organizers are proud of here generally, the articles even put the emphasis on it and exagerate its behaviour...(same for Bercy...'Pioline pointed the middle finger at the crowd in a match that will be remembered in the history of the Paris-Bercy Masters...' and things like that...).

Of course most of them get say that's the Slam which make them 'get the shivers'...

Dahveed
Feb 12th, 2006, 08:36 PM
What do the typical French posters here think ofthecrowds at Wimbledon? Too reserved? Too respectful, too boring? What are the perceptions?

I normally criticise evrything regardless of its country of origin, but in this case I do feel a petty smugnness that our crowds are "better" than the French!!!!!

I wonder how the players REALLY feel about the crowds of each country, whether they actually give a damn about them at all. If I were a player I would have a hard timeNOT sticking my finger up at them...imagine, insulting thousands of people all at once!! The players contain themselves pretty well all things considered.

I'm a typical French poster (as you called it) and i've been to Wimbledon several times as i live in London. I never found the UK crowd too reserved or boring. They just seem to be real connoisseurs and respectful to the players, game and the atmosphere there is surely different than any other tournaments i've attended.

I've never been to Roland Garros, so it's hard to compare. Of course when i was in France i'd watch my TV and cheer and boo Martina like mad back in 1999 (ok i was a Steffi fan and 7 years younger ;)) and i've been to Paris Bercy twice where i found *some* youngsters in the crowd to be very disrespectful and annoying. Those people come to the tournaments not giving a shit about who's playing as they are just there 'to have fun' and act like jerks - some behaviour i've never witnessed in Wimbledon.

But then again, it's like comparing Paris and London. Paris=French=overexcited London=British=reserved. It's a cliché but knowing both cities, i really feel it's not far from the truth.

Anyhoo, i don't know how the French will react to Martina but i have a feeling she will be the attraction of this year's RG (as well as Amélie and Mary being real favourites for the title) and people in France will love to see a rivalry (revenge?) with Amélie. In any case, i can't wait to see that! We'll certainly get to see some great tennis!