21-24 Oct '04
Gregory Gaultier on his week in Budapest

Hi Framboise,

How are you ? Here is some news from the Hungarian Open…

When I came back from the States, I felt a bit tired. On top of which I didn’t feel right over there, I was not playing well, it was all a bit worrying really.

I was quite happy to spend a bit of time in France to recover before starting the Hungarian Open.

As Renan [Lavigne] already mentioned, the tournament was extremely well organised, and the superb glass court was probably the best I've ever played on.

Two days before the tournament, I trained twice with Jonathan Power, to try and get some rhythm.

First round, I had to play Renan, I won 3/0, but the match was really close indeed, from start to finish. Luck played its part in me taking the second game, and I thought the 3rd would never finish. I had to work pretty hard…

In the quarters, I was meeting Nick Matthew, who won our last two meetings, and it was time for me to put the record straight!

Once again, the match was extremely hard from start to finish. I cracked up a bit physically in the third, he was up 2/1, but I found my second wind, and was able to take the initiative again.

I had to play very tight, very often, he was expecting me to cross court in order to attack with his lethal forehand volley.

Every time he would bring me forward, I had to cross court wide and hit very hard to prevent him from volleying, that's how I succeeded to fix him a few times. And I had to give it all in the 5th to make the difference…

In the semis, I played Adrian Grant. The match was a bit up and down, except for the first two games, which were solid enough. I won the 3rd easily, he took the 4th, (I have to admit I let that one go a bit, to try and recover).

In the 5th, the rallies were very tiring, when he would bring me forward, he would try and guess my fixations. He counterattacked with some super shots, and I had to keep on the rallies until he got weaker physically. Another very tiring match.

In the final, I then played against Jon, who had won all his matches in three. I knew I had a slight chance, as I do know his game better now.

The first game was close, even if the score doesn’t say that much, 11/6, where the rallies were of high intensity, using the four corners.

In the second, I slowed down the pace, got a game ball, but couldn’t seize the opportunity.

In the last game, again I got two game balls, I was working him hard combining lobs and drops, he was starting to suffer a bit, but he didn’t let go, and finally got the match.

Nevertheless, I was mighty proud to get to the final, I got some of my confidence back, and I hope that I’ll do well at the British Open next week…

See you soon,   
Greg Gaultier

The glass court in Budapest


En Français

Nissan Hungarian Open 2004
1st Round
Thu 21st
Fri 22nd
Sat 23rd
Sun 24th
[1] Amr Shabana (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 8/11, 11/8 (58m)
[Q] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
Amr Shabana
7/11, 11/9, 5/11, 11/7, 11/10(3-1) (76m)
Adrian Grant
Adrian Grant

11/9, 9/11, 11/3, 2/11, 11/7 (69m)

Gregory Gaultier

Gregory Gaultier

11/6, 11/10 (2-0), 11/10 (2-0) (56m)

Jonathon Power

[8] Adrian Grant (Eng)
10/11(5-3), 11/8, 11/5, 11/7
[Q] Peter Barker (Eng)
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/5, 11/8, 5/11, 11/2 (47m)
Mark Chaloner (Eng)
Nick Matthew
11/4, 6/11, 7/11, 11/3, 11/7 (79m)
Gregory Gaultier
[5] Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
11/4, 11/9, 11/8 (49m)
Renan Lavigne (Fra)
[Q] Shahier Razik (Can)
11/6, 11/8, 11/1 (29m)
[6] Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
Anthony Ricketts
11/6, 11/10, 11/4 (34m)
Olli Tuominen
Anthony Ricketts

11/10 (2-0), 11/8, 11/9 (49m)

Jonathon Power

Olli Tuominen (Fin)
6/11, 11/10, 11/2, 11/4
[4] Joe Kneipp (Aus)
[Q] Ben Garner (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 5/11, 11/5 (35m)
[7] Mohammed Abbas (Egy)
Mohammed Abbas
11/5, 11/8, 11/9 (26m)
Jonathon Power
Marton Szaboky (Hun)
11/3, 11/2, 11/2 (15m)
[2] Jonathon Power (Can)