Mon super public au TEDx HEC Montréal

TEDx HEC Montreal - Isabelle Chrun

I had the honor to give a TED talk at the first edition of TEDx HEC Montréal. To those who are not familiar with the concept, take a look at the tips given to all TED Conference speakers:

The TED Commandments
1. Dream big. Strive to create the best talk you have ever given. Do something the audience will remember forever. Share an idea that could change the world.
2. Show us the real you. Share your passions, your dreams … and also your fears. Be vulnerable. Speak of failure as well as success.
3. Make the complex plain. Don’t try to dazzle intellectually. Don’t speak in abstractions. Explain! Give examples. Tell stories. Be specific.
4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!
5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Don’t boast. It’s the surest way to switch everyone off.
6. No selling from the stage! Unless we have specifically asked you to, do not talk about your company or organization.
7. Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticize. Controversy energizes! Enthusiastic endorsement is powerful!
8. Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. But if the choice is between reading or rambling, then read!
9. End your talk on time. Doing otherwise is to steal time from the people that follow you. We won’t allow it.
10. Rehearse your talk in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

Please allow me to switch to French so that I can thank my public profusely.

Je ne trouve pas de mots qui puissent décrire ma reconnaissance envers le soutien immense de mon entourage. Avouer ma nervosité serait un euphémisme de mon stress réellement vécu pour cette journée. Mes amis avaient des attentes, et je ne voulais les décevoir.

Attentes pour le TEDx HEC Montréal

Au moment où je monte sur scène, le public m’offre un accueil chaleureux. Il y a un g33k dans la salle qui a su remarquer que je n’avais pas encore évolué au iPad 2. La raison est simple, mon iPad a une valeur très émotionnelle.

TEDx HEC Montréal - Isabelle Chrun - Attentes du public

Je débute en tentant de tromper la foule avec mon accent asiatique prononcé. Mes amis dans la salle ont failli ruiner la blague :)

TEDx HEC Montreal - Sens de l'humour d'Isabelle Chrun

Après ce moment de détente, nous retournons aux choses sérieuses. Lorsque je demande un “temps mort”, le public délaisse leur téléphone intelligent pour m’accorder toute leur attention.

TEDx HEC Montreal - Attention du public sur Isabelle Chrun

Le public partage mes points de réflexion.

TEDx HEC Montreal - Le public partage les points de réflexion d'Isabelle Chrun

Le temps est écoulé. J’espère que le public ait apprécié. Merci encore de m’avoir écoutée.

TEDx HECMontreal - Commentaires du public sur la présentation d'Isabelle Chrun

TEDx HEC Montréal

‘Happy Endings’ Is Ingeniously Funny

Happy Endings off to a great start.

Happy Endings off to a great startI know what you are thinking, why would we want another Friends rip-off? Yes, Happy Endings is another TV series about six friends hanging out, but it is more than that.

It felt like a breath of fresh air to watch a fast pace comedy among all the reality shows out there. With Happy Endings, you won’t see the jokes coming, they’ll take you by surprise like a guy in roller-blades crashing your wedding. The punch lines delivery rhythm is on fast forward.

Unlike in How I Met Your Mother, where I am truly fond of only one character (Neil Patrick Harris’), I fell for four of the six Happy Endings‘ characters right away. The show succeeded to efficiently introduce the posse within the pilot’s first three minutes. By the first scenes, you get a clear idea about who you are dealing with:

Dave: the wedding douche YouTube sensation whose fiance left him at the altar
Alex: the fiance who left Dave at the altar to get white trash tourist braids
Jane: a wannabe desperate housewife, but way not ready (and way too cool for the suburbs if you want my opinion)
Brad: Jane’s husband, chill black of the group who doesn’t read emails labeled “URGENT party deeds”
Penny: single girl who is doing everything to find the future father of her future kids Haley, Madison and McKenzie
Max: gay and chubby who finds a “stereotypically flamboyant cartoonish Sex and the City gay” offensive

They managed to cast an “Excellence in Theatre” award winner, the girl next door Elisha Cuthbert from 24, a superb comedienne from the final two seasons of Scrubs, two Saturday Night Live alumni and a guy who played a Young Hollywood Douchebag in Californication. Can you guess who’s playing who?

If you are a TV nerd, you will recognize the wittiness of the script writers and directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Arrested Development or Community rings a bell?). Check out some memorable quotes from the pilot.

Happy Endings quotes

“Huge game changer, HUGE” -Max

“Do you know how hard it is to get slut off egyptian cotton?” -Jane

“M’am? I’m gonna go and bawl my eyes out and then I will be back to physically fight you” -Penny

“This cleanse is brutal. I lost 11 pounds… today.” -Brad

“Well, that’s what happen when you drink vodka on a stomach full of cabbage juice” -Brad

“Nice work Al, you are the Michael Jordan of destroying friendships” -Dave

“I’m 30, and I’m Catholic and I’mma die alone in a light-up Christmas sweater talking to a menagerie of parrots” -Penny

So tune in on ABC Wednesday nights 10|9c


p.s: Me falling for another witty TV show gives me a feeling of déjà vu… I hope this show won’t get cancelled

Campagnes créatives de marketing relationnel

Le marketing relationnel a beaucoup évolué au fil des temps. Voici quelques campagnes créatives que j’ai collectionnées durant mes surfs sur le Web. Quelles sont vos préférées?

4320 LA/SYD
Company: Droga5 Australia, Client: V Australia, Award: Yellow Pencil

Canon – Photochains
This integrated campaign, created by Leo Burnett Sydney, is designed to create a new form of social networking, based on sharing the inspiration behind photographs.

The Eternal Moonwalk
Studio Brussel

Support Scent
How do you show support for someone who can’t see? Clemenger BBDO Melbourne has answered this question by turning traditional charity marketing on its head and creating a fragrance.

When it came to developing an innovative way to generate support for the blind and vision impaired, the creative team considered it vital that the solution didn’t inadvertently exclude them. Anything that appealed to people’s sight, such as a ribbon or wristband, would only add to the problem. Instead they decided to create something that appealed to another sense entirely – smell.”

IKEA – Facebook showroom

Young Director Award by CFP-E/Shots: Drama Queen

Samsung: Mobile Shakedown
The phones are going down in this new Samsung digital campaign, promoting the B2100 phone out of Swedish agency From Stockholm With Love.

Samsung Mobile Shakedown

The new Shakedown site points live cameras on a table covered with 70 phones and features special call in number. Visitors are invited to dial that number, along with the number displayed on the phone of their choice, and if they can get it to vibrate off the table, the B2100 is theirs.

Child soldiers
The use of child soldiers is common in many countries. Our client Ohne Rüstung Leben (Life Without Weapons) wanted to raise attention about this problem and to collect more donations.

Life Without Weapons - Child Soldiers

The idea: Original looking military draft notices are being sent out to families with small children (8-14 years, selected by an address provider). The children are ordered to perform military service, including suicide missions and rapes.

Ten Lies That Can Stop You From Pursuing Your Dream

I stumbled upon this interesting article and wanted to share it with all my friends who are pursuing their dream (and also with all those “liars” who might stop us for reaching success)


Unfortunately, just before you take your first step on the righteous journey to pursue your dreams, people around you, even the ones who deeply care for you, will give you awful advice. It’s not because they have evil intentions. It’s because they don’t understand the big picture—what your dreams, passions, and life goals mean to you. They don’t understand that, to you, the reward is worth the risk.

So they try to protect you by shielding you from the possibility of failure, which, in effect, also shields you from the possibility of making your dreams a reality.

As our friend Steve Jobs says:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Here are ten ill-advised tips (lies) people will likely tell you when you decide to pursue your dreams and the reasons why they are dreadfully mistaken:

1. You can follow your dreams someday, but right now you need to buckle down and be responsible.

Someday? When is ”someday”? “Someday” is not a day at all. It’s a foggy generalization of a time that will likely never come. Today is the only day guaranteed to you. Today is the only day you can begin to make a difference in your life. And pursuing your dreams is what life is all about. So don’t be irresponsible. Don’t wait until “someday.” Make today the first day of the rest of your new life.

2. You’re totally screwed if it doesn’t work out.

Wrong! This is a giant, lame load of BS. You’re not even close to being screwed. In fact, the worst case scenario is that things don’t work out and you have to go back to doing exactly what you are doing right now.

3. It’s safer to stay at your day job.

Sure, I suppose. But you know what’s even safer than that? Going home, locking yourself in your bedroom, and never, ever coming out. And just like that, you will have flushed your entire life and your dreams down the toilet. Remember, safer doesn’t always mean better.

4. That’s impossible!

It’s only impossible if you never do anything about it. The reason certain things seem impossible is simply because nobody has achieved them yet. But this doesn’t mean that with your help these things won’t become possible in the future. If you truly dedicate yourself to an end result, almost anything is possible. You just have to want it bad enough.

5. Only a lucky few “make it.”

That’s because those lucky few got off their rear ends and did something about it! They had the drive, determination, and willpower that you have right now. You can be one of them. It’s up to you, and only you.

6. You might fail. And failing is bad.

Failures are simply stepping stones to success. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something: win–win. The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake. If you can’t handle failure, then you can’t handle success either.

7. You don’t have access to the right resources.

It’s not about having the right resources; it’s about exploiting the resources you do have access to. Stevie Wonder couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has twenty-five Grammy Awards to prove it. Get it?

8. You need more money saved before you can take the first step.

You don’t need more money. You need a plan. You need a budget. Eliminate ALL the nonessential costs in your life. If pursuing your dream requires you to leave your day job, figure out the absolute minimum amount of income that you realistically require to live. Studying those who have succeeded with similar ventures also helps. But above all, take baby steps. Don’t be foolish and assume that you must have a certain amount of money saved right now, or that you must quit your day job today in order to pursue your dreams. Instead, ask yourself, “What actions can I take right now with the money and resources I have right now that will bring me closer to desired goal?”

9. You don’t need any help. It’s smarter to go after it alone.

You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you hang with the wrong people, they will negatively affect you. But if you hang with the right people, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone. Find your tribe and work together to make a difference in all of your lives.

10. That sounds like a lot of hard work.

You’re darn right it does! But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. I think success in life hinges on one key point: finding hard work you love doing. As long as you remain true to yourself and follow your own interests, values, and dreams, you can find success through passion. Perhaps most importantly, you won’t wake up a few years from now working in a career field you despise, wondering, How the heck am I going to do this for the next thirty years? So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop. You’re onto something big. Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions and dreams.

Disregard these misguided bits of nonsense and you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling your dreams. Now get out there and make a splash!


Source: Ten Lies You’ll Hear Before Pursuing Your Dream

62nd Primetime Emmys 2010 – Gleeful Intro

A true TV lover doesn’t miss an awards show and especially not the intro.

This year’s Primetime Emmys kicked off with a fun skit featuring host Jimmy Fallon and my favorite TV people. Awesome Jane Lynch and her Glee co-stars’ appearance was a no-brainer. The musical and television phenomenon did garner 19 Emmys nominations, more than any other show. I was happy to see that witty writer Tina Fey was also included in the opening. And what to say about handsome Jon Hamm? Don’t we all love him? Drama or comedy, he can bring it.

My Amazing Friends Helped Me Win an iPad!

Right now, I should be focusing on correcting papers for my Professor, but I have to take a minute to THANK, with all my heart, my amazing friends who helped me win an iPad!
Asian Geek's iPad

I’m the luckiest ASIAN GEEK on the planet, because while I was studying, playing silly sports with other funky Carabins (that was legen… dary), watching Glee, organizing a surprise for V-DAWG B.A.A (our athlete of the year), partying at my graduate prom in Mont-Tremblant, etc. dozens of friends were voting for me! (take a look at the Gifiniti iPad contest results)

Tell me, how would you like to celebrate? A huge GEEK party? Perhaps where you can come play with my iPad? ^.^ I’ll keep you posted for my victory lap. Stay tuned!

Again, thank you, merci, gracias, 多谢, danke

Cycling to success with Louis Garneau

Some say you have to suffer to be beautiful. Others think that you have to suffer before becoming successful.

From a cyclist’s point of view, pain is not a choice, it remains in the equation win or lose. How frustrating can it be to lose a race even though you have survived all that trouble? The president founder of Louis Garneau, who has been involved with cycling his entire life, believes that there are benefits from those lost races. This is how Louis Garneau believes we need to suffer in order to succeed. It is a matter of how one can resist to pain.

Louis Garneau

His vision of victory underlines the importance in losing. Every time someone congratulates him for his 150 won races, he replies that he also lost 500 races. Louis Garneau says that we need to lose from time to time, because a person who always win is somehow dangerous.

To his eyes, cycling is not only a sport, but also a lesson of survival. Athletes have to manage their water, their food, their energy and the unpredictable weather to last those excruciating kilometers. Not only they have to plan their resources, but they also have to compete against 200 other cyclists.

M. Garneau’s cycling intuition helped him face the imponderables in business to reach an audience of millions worldwide through quality products. Amazingly, this president doesn’t come from a business school, he is rather an arts passionate. I suppose his creative side surely contributed a lot to the innovative products that exceed expectations. Louis Garneau’s competitive advantage resides in their top notch cycling gear. This product-driven company holds the number 1 spot in Japan. It also provides the equipment to several professional cycling teams around the globe.

Of course, creativity can’t be the sole reason to his impressive achievement. This leader knows how essential it is to surround oneself with the best people. Success in business hinges on one key point: finding the best team. It is crucial to rub elbows with persons who are smarter than yourself. The president founder also brought up the value of a healthy company. Spinning lessons are available to motivate employees to stay in shape, which is coherent to the company’s philosophy.

To sum up, M. Garneau admits that the fear of losing forced him to react. His company will continue to grow as long as he keeps his cyclist’s state of mind “it is the best who will win”

Web Strategy – my little notepad

Most of you web-savvy people are probably cognizant of the impact Internet has on marketing strategies. Obviously, to stay in the loop, everyone should be seeking for new knowledge.

The Happening Marketing delegation of HEC Montréal asked me to give a conference about the latest web trends. You can imagine my nervousness. Facing an obscene amount of new social networks, web tools, blogs that are popping out on a daily basis, multiplied by the fact that they are evolving at a furious speed, the temptation to run was fierce.

Nonetheless, I managed to stay calm enough to open the doors of the wonderful world of web strategy to those bright undergraduate students of HEC Montréal (who will clearly perform at their academic case competition :)

Here is my notepad where I have collected some statistics and figures from numerous references on the web for them.

Because it is always a work in progress, may I ask for your thoughts? Share with us the references you rely upon regarding this industry, what blogs do you read on a regular basis to stay up to date?

Vancouver 2010 – Let The Olympic Games Begin

So this is it! My country, Canada is hosting the world and the Olympics (for the third time). Did you watch the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games? So much to say, eh?

Regardless the cauldron mechanical malfunction and the absence of a Jamaican bobsleigh team, let’s focus today on Okanagan poet Shane Koyczan’s work. Do you agree with his definition of Canadians? Are we more? Which part of the poem moved you the most?

We Are More by Shane Koyczan

When defining Canada
you might list some statistics
you might mention our tallest building
or biggest lake
you might shake a tree in the fall
and call a red leaf Canada
you might rattle off some celebrities
might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie
might even mention the fact that we’ve got a few
Barenaked Ladies
or that we made these crazy things
like zippers
electric cars
and washing machines

when defining Canada
it seems the world’s anthem has been
“been there done that”
and maybe that’s where we used to be at
it’s true
we’ve done and we’ve been
we’ve seen
all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine
and turned into theme parks

but when defining Canada
don’t forget to mention that we have set sparks
we are not just fishing stories
about the one that got away
we do more than sit around and say “eh?”
and yes
we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One
who inspired little number nines
and little number ninety-nines
but we’re more than just hockey and fishing lines
off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes

and some say what defines us
is something as simple as please and thank you
and as for you’re welcome
well we say that too
but we are more
than genteel or civilized
we are an idea in the process
of being realized
we are young
we are cultures strung together
then woven into a tapestry
and the design
is what makes us more
than the sum total of our history

we are an experiment going right for a change
with influences that range from a to zed
and yes we say zed instead of zee
we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy
we dream so big that there are those
who would call our ambition an industry
because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow
we do more than grow wheat and brew beer
we are vineyards of good year after good year
we reforest what we clear
because we believe in generations beyond our own
knowing now that so many of us
have grown past what used to be

we can stand here today
filled with all the hope people have
when they say things like “someday”
someday we’ll be great
someday we’ll be this
or that
someday we’ll be at a point
when someday was yesterday
and all of our aspirations will pay the way
for those who on that day
look towards tomorrow
and still they say someday
we will reach the goals we set
and we will get interest on our inspiration

because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks
more than backpacks and hiking trails
we are hammers and nails building bridges
towards those who are willing to walk across
we are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss
we are not the see-through gloss or glamour
of those who clamour for the failings of others
we are fathers brothers sisters and mothers
uncles and nephews aunts and nieces
we are cousins
we are found missing puzzle pieces
we are families with room at the table for newcomers
we are more than summers and winters
more than on and off seasons

we are the reasons people have for wanting to stay
because we are more than what we say or do
we live to get past what we go through
and learn who we are
we are students
students who study the studiousness of studying
so we know what as well as why
we don’t have all the answers
but we try
and the effort is what makes us more
we don’t all know what it is in life we’re looking for

so keep exploring
go far and wide
or go inside but go deep
go deep
as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss
and suddenly there was this location scout
trying to figure some way out
to get inside you
because you’ve been through hell and high water
and you went deep
keep exploring
because we are more
than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
we are more than hills to ski
or countryside ponds to skate

we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can’t wait
we are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes
a country that is all the ways you choose to live
a land that can give you variety
because we are choices
we are millions upon millions of voices shouting
“keep exploring… we are more”

we are the surprise the world has in store for you
it’s true
Canada is the “what” in “what’s new?”
so don’t say “been there done that”
unless you’ve sat on the sidewalk
while chalk artists draw still lifes
on the concrete of a kid in the street
beatboxing to Neil Young for fun
don’t say you’ve been there done that
unless you’ve been here doing it
let this country be your first-aid kit
for all the times you get sick of the same old same old
let us be the story told to your friends
and when that story ends
leave chapters for the next time you’ll come back
next time pack for all the things
you didn’t pack for the first time
but don’t let your luggage define your travels
each life unravels differently
and experiences are what make up
the colours of our tapestry

we are the true north
strong and free
and what’s more
is that we didn’t just say it
we made it be.

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

This time of the year arrived once again. It’s a time when I look back at what I have done in the last year. To help me remember the highlights of 2009, I have created a photo album with endearing moments caught on camera.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

How do I enjoy life?
Simple: I get in the entour✭ge of amazing peeps and live their rich and famous life ^^
Again, thank you all for making me a better person.

Marat Safin and Ai Sugiyama Hang Up their Tennis Racket

To put it euphemistically, I’d say 2009 was an interesting tennis year. Roger Federer made history, Serena Williams shout at a line judge, Andre Agassi confessed he used crystal meth, Robin Soderling upsetted Rafael Nadal on clay, Andy Roddick stepped up on Wimbledon’s turf, Kim Clijsters made a stunning comeback at the U.S. Open, etc.

Notwithstanding, I would like to dedicate this blog post for two of my favorites who are hanging up their racket this season, Marat Safin and Ai Sugiyama.

No matter how many tantrums this tall, dark and handsome Russian tennis player has thrown on the court, we all find Marat Safin impossible to resist. In 2000, when he pummeled Pete Sampras in the U.S. Open Final, the world believed that the young man could be No. 1 for several years to come. However, Marat Safin spent 13 seasons chasing after that success everyone predicted for him without […] Continue Reading…

What I Learned from Billionaire Stephen Jarislowsky

Let’s admit it, we all want to be rich. Why some succeed while others fail? Do we have to be an utterly relentless businessman/businesswoman in order to thrive in this consumption-focused world? That’s what I was hoping to learn from Stephen Jarislowsky, a Canadian billionaire investor and philanthropist.

Generally speaking, it seems that most self-made millionaires have dealt with important challenges before finding the road to success:

Born in Germany, M. Jarislowsky emigrated to the United States,
studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University,
served the US Army,
studied Japanese at the University of Chicago before serving in counter-intelligence in Japan after the war,
got a MBA degree at Harvard Business School,
worked as an engineer for Alcan Aluminium,
started Jarislowsky, Fraser & Company Limited.

Today, he is Chairman and CEO and former President of Jarislowsky, Fraser, which he built into one of the largest and most successful investment management firms in Canada, managing assets of over $40 billion. […] Continue Reading…


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Glee is Bringing Sexy Back to TV

Oi! I am declaring at this moment that I have another favorite TV show and it is called ‘glee’. I just don’t know where to start. It is a quandary to decide whether it is the cheerleading coach’s daunting quotes*, the hottie professor who stars in a boys band, or the tremendous talent of McKinley High School’s glee club that threw me off my chair when I discovered this TV show. I order you to go through this awe-inspiring new comedy series. Get a sneak peak with this extended trailer.

‘Glee’ just started a few episodes ago and is already collecting marvelous critics. I believe that all high school kids should take the time to watch this series. They will initially feel the urge to dance and sing their heart out, and will also eventually accept that it is OK to be different.

Indeed, in addition to the superbly choreographed music […] Continue Reading…

Neil Patrick Harris and the Emmys

So the US Open ended with an unexpected scenario (a.k.a Juan Martin Del Potro dethroned Roger Federer). Who would take on the responsibility to entertain me now? As ironic it can be, I am a challenge-driven athlete who just love relaxing in front of my TV shows.

Every year, the Emmys not only award the most talented in the industry but also kick-off the new TV season. Have you seen how wonderfully the athletic yet luminous Neil Patrick Harris hosted that night? On his opening act, he convinced me to “Put Down the Remote”

Even Jon Stewart praised him during his acceptance speech right on stage. Let me tell you that Neil Patrick Harris deserves all those kind words. His career did survive both child stardom and coming out. And how many persons agree with me that ‘How I Met Your Mother’ wouldn’t be the same without him as Barney?

Regarding the […] Continue Reading…

It Must Be Love @US Open

Since my magical match at the Rexall Centre, I wondered if I could top my month of August where I met so many Montreal Rogers Cup’s stars and where I won the National University Tennis Championships? Fortunately to satisfy my hunger for tennis, one of the greatest event, the US Open, was on the menu of September. Tennis devotees from all around the world waited for this season’s last show, where anything could happen.

And “anything” actually happened. Where to begin? How about upsets were all over the place? Thanks to 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, brackets busters affected the women’s top draw. To our dismay, the two Andy’s didn’t reach the semis. Also, according to Serena Williams’ t-shirt, you can’t spell dynasty without “nasty”. Could we add “You can’t threat a line judge without a tennis racket and a ball”?

Furthermore, what a men’s epic final! Who would have thought that after […] Continue Reading…

CARABINS Wins the University National Tennis Championships!

Toronto held the first edition of the University and College National Tennis Championships. The Carabins of Université de Montréal (my team) had to face University of Victoria, University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University at the Rexall Center York University.

During each face-off, 11 matches are played:

3 men’s singles
3 women’s singles
2 men’s doubles
2 women’s doubles
1 mixed doubles

For the last confrontation, after 10 matches against Simon Fraser University, the score was tied at 5-5. Therefore, the mixed doubles was going to be the decisive match. Being a “money player”, I couldn’t imagine a better scenario to conclude this University Canadian championships. It was my last official match as a Carabins, and on the top of that, I had the honor to perform at the Rexall Center during the Rogers Cup. My mixed doubles partner David Trudeau and I accepted the challenge. We gave everything we got. I believe that it is […] Continue Reading…

Carabins Tennis Training for the Canadian Championship

The big week has arrived, the Carabins tennis team of Université de Montréal is going to Toronto to compete for the Canadian championships at the Rexall Center York University (Yes! we’ll play at the same time as the Women Rogers Cup). I am proud of my teammates, we all have been training hard these past months for the most important competition of the year. I believe we all gain a lot of endurance by playing tennis with this weather…

In order to play in that high heat, I wear a white cap, I put sunscreen and I bring a lot of water. Training when it feels like 40 degrees Celsius is a good way to sweat my French Fries fat :P

Let’s see if the Carabins will win the Canadian Championship, wish us luck. And wish me luck as I will get in the entourage of those tennis divas when […] Continue Reading…

Can You Beat My 170 km/h Tennis Serve?

At the Montreal Rogers Cup, there is this stand where we can measure the speed of our tennis serve. I am disappointed that on that day, I couldn’t serve faster than 104 mph (167 km/h). I don’t want to make up excuses here, but you have to agree with me that I would serve better with my own racket and gear (i.e. shoes)…

Well anyway, that’s what I’ve been telling myself :) I believe that on a good day, I can serve faster than what you will see here

So, how about you guys? How fast is your tennis serve?

Bob Bryan Gave Me His Adidas Cap!

Because Bob and Mike Bryan were so cool when I chatted with them after their practice on Tuesday, I went hunting some tickets for their first game at the Montreal Rogers Masters. At first, I was pessimist, because I knew it was sold out for Thursday’s night session on Center Court since King Federer was playing. Fortunately in the morning, when I looked at the order of play, jubilant I was when I realized the Bryan brothers will play on Court Banque Nationale! It took me no time to call and buy my tickets (row C, behind the players bench :)

I arrived at Stade Uniprix one hour before the matches so that I can show around the site to Hugo (his first time at the prestigious Rogers Cup event). As soon as we enter, there was this cart going by us, it was Bob and Mike Bryan. I shout […] Continue Reading…

Andy Murray Rises Above Rafael Nadal for ATP No. 2

With his win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga today at the Montreal Masters semi-finals, Andy Murray guarantees he will reach the ATP World Tour No. 2 spot over Rafael Nadal. The Scot will in this way bust the four-year Federer-Nadal supremacy.

Throughout this past week, Murray has been magnificent. He didn’t even drop a single set until now. Let’s see if Juan Martin Del Potro can shake the new No. 2 tomorrow at the finals of the Montreal Rogers Cup.

Top 8 Fight at the Montreal Masters Quarterfinals

Since the ATP rankings existed in 1973, it is the first time that we witness the top eight ranked reach the quarterfinals of a tournament. Today’s match-ups feature tennis stars from eight different countries

No. 1 Roger Federer (Switzerland) VS No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
No. 2 Rafael Nadal (Spain) VS No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina)
No. 3 Andy Murray (England) VS No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)
No. 4 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) VS No. 5 Andy Roddick (USA)
Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro made it to the Final Four. Here are some salient facts:
– If Murray gets to the finals, he would move to No. 2 spot in the ATP rankings.
– Although he only served for 23% on his first serve in the second set, Tsonga brilliantly came back from two breaks in the third set.
– Roddick dropped 226 km/h bombs and won 8/11 net points.
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David Ferrer and Tommy Haas Forfeited in Montreal’s 2nd Round

Long-awaited singles return of Rafael Nadal attracted thousands of spectators. The Montreal Rogers Cup 2009 even sold tickets for “stand-up places”. Unfortunately, the crowd just got 36 minutes of Nadal’s action, since his opponent David Ferrer retired due to a knee injury. I suspect David to have trained too much in the past days, I saw him spend so many hours on the practice courts.

Simultaneously, Fernando Gonzalez and Tommy Haas gave the public a solid first set on Court Banque Nationale. It went to a tie break. However, Tommy had to give up because of his hand, apparently we could see his flesh…

All the tickets holders must have been so disappointed. Luckily for me, I didn’t attend that evening session, I needed a little break (I’ve already been there on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). Some of my friends who were there were sooooo pissed*

*Olibou, I’m sorry, don’t be […] Continue Reading…

Igor Andreev Training at Montreal Rogers Cup

I have spent a lot of time around the practice courts of Stade Uniprix. During this ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal, one of the players that I have noticed is Igor Andreev. He trained for hours on the courts and he impressed me with his hard work.

Don’t we like Igor Andreev’s forehand? Moreover, I also love how his Under Armour gear fits him so well :)
Imagine how happy I was when Igor Andreev accepted to take a picture with me!

Frederic Niemeyer’s Last Match in Montreal: Roger Federer

I will always remember the time when Frederic Niemeyer came to play at the tennis courts where I spent several summers as a kid. Parc Bon-Pasteur used to have a cool turf surface with a bit of sand. Frederic probably wanted to prepare for the grass season. At that time, I asked him to autograph a tennis ball that I still keep in my bedroom.

During this year’s Montreal Rogers Cup, I met him again so I asked for a picture with him. It was some hours before his match against Roger Federer. Frederic smiled when a guy told him “You will beat Roger tonight!” I guess he knows he won’t beat the King. Being eliminated by the Swiss Maestro is nevertheless a honorable way to exit. The beloved Canadian announced that he will retire at the end of the season, so it was his last appearance in Montreal…

Merci Frederic! […] Continue Reading…

Travis Parrott: Tennis, Blog, Guitar Hero

Tennis players don’t enjoy rain, because unlike some other sports (like soccer), we just can’t (well we shouldn’t) play on slippery courts. During this late afternoon, as Travis Parrott arrives on court 3 to practice with his doubles partner Filip Polasek, the rain started pouring down. They didn’t even have the time to take out their racket that they had to go back on their cart and return to the locker room.

However, because I was following Travis’ blog and tweets I just couldn’t let him go without talking to him. So I called his name and told him that he still owes me a can of Wimbledon balls. That is when he walked towards me and took a picture with me. I felt bad that he kinda missed his ride back (the cart took off without him), but I was more than glad to get an opportunity to chat […] Continue Reading…

Bob and Mike Bryan’s Music Band

Not only they are the best doubles team in the world, but these cute twins also perform on music stages. FYI: the will be launching soon.

Meanwhile, I had the opportunity to watch Bob and Mike practice on the courts of Stade Uniprix at the Montreal Rogers Cup today. After a solid training, they were kind enough to give out autographs and take pictures with their fans. As you can see, I was among the lucky ones.

By the way, can you tell the difference between these twin brothers? Here’s how I do it:

– Bob Bryan is the lefty who is tweeting

– Mike Bryan is the right-handed who promised me a gift if I manage to get tickets and go watch their game on Thursday ^_^

Does anyone have a spare ticket for me? I need a lucky charm for my Canadian Championship next week in Toronto (Yes, I’ll be playing […] Continue Reading…

Glamorous Monday Night at the Montreal Rogers Cup

Like I said in my previous post (Safin, Monfils, Simon, Dancevic on Centre Court in Montreal), I was lucky enough to be invited in the Platinum Club Center Court Box. Needless to say how ecstatic I was to enjoy the show from the second row. I even wore my green Adidas Originals Tournament Edition dress (you know, in case the players see me hehe).

Ranked 13th, Gael Monfils defeated former World No. 1 Marat Safin 6-2 3-6 6-4. I love watching these two players. Monfils knew when to get the crowd involved after winning some crucial points. On the other hand, even though he was 47% on his first serve, the Russian managed to take the second set. A stroke worth of mention is Safin’s backhand. I mean WOW, the acceleration of his forearms on his swing is impressive.

Oh yeah, Marat did lose his patience for some time during the […] Continue Reading…