A player of taste, and a great server, you love the quick points and charging the net. Truly, you are made for the grass...
...This is what you told everyone for years to justify the fact that your ranking never changed. And that it doesn't reflect your true level.
...The smell of freshly-mown grass means something to you.
...For you, the season begins on June 15th and ends on July 15th
...Once Wimbledon is over, you impatiently wait for the beginning of Queen's. A year later.
...And the return of all-white outfits.
...Besides, in your wardrobe, that's all you have.
...You love short exchanges.
...Bad bounces are your friends.
...You rely a lot on your first serve.
...Moreover, when you lose it, you don't have much besides.
...So you go up on the second one, because the volley is your best friend. In any case, you strive to still believe it.
...When you were a kid, you were drawing white lines and service boxes in your garden.
...Now your son is called Goran. But you hesitated between Greg and Tim for a long time.
...You often hurt your elbows.
...In football, you were always the 'keeper.
...You understand Pete Sampras when he says that he hates clay. You never really mastered the art of sliding either.
...Indeed, your ankle still remembers your last attempt.
...You really don't appreciate long rallies because you've never seen the need for top-spin.
...For you the chip and charge is a doctrine; a way of life.
...Besides, you know that the grass of Wimbledon is no longer what it used to be. Nadal won on it.
...You're one of the few to believe that Michael Llodra should have had a better career. Just like Wayne Arthurs.
... Richard Loncraine's Wimbledon is your favourite movie.
…And Paul Bettany is your favourite actor. Like you, he doesn't know how to play tennis, but he makes it to in the final of Wimbledon and ends up with Kirsten Dunst.
…You always love to specify that the tournament is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
...The longest-ever match came on the fastest surface - you like this paradox.
...The only Spanish player that you like is called Feliciano Lopez.
...You only play with Slazenger balls.
...You know how to spell 's-Hertogenbosch.
By Antoine Mestres, with Jérémy Francisco