Some Tweets from other Pro’s during the match:
Watching Monfils v Simon.One has a leg problem and can’t run much or serve and the other has a hand problem and can’t serve or play forehand
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A Good article on 14 year old Sara Tomic (I think you can figure out who her brother is):
Eyeing the future: Sara Tomic wins her first-round juniors match on Saturday. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
IF SARA Tomic is less ambitious than her big brother, she doesn’t have much catching up to do. She has big ideas: to become the best player in the world, to win grand slam tournaments, to win more of them than Bernard does. Trouble is, she’s still only 14. ”That’s still the plan and I’ll get there,” she said. ”I want to get there so fast, but I have to slow down. It takes time, a lot of dedication, hard work.”
She’s off to a good start. Tomic made it to the quarter-finals of a tournament in Traralgon last week and yesterday won her first-round juniors match at the Open, dropping the first set but talking herself through it. She was pleased she found a way, that she had believed in herself, but soon afterwards her thoughts had turned to something else: getting up into Bernard’s box to watch him play Roger Federer.
A further look at the Top 50 Men according to Matt Cronin’s tennisreporters.net. The previous article featured players 1-5. Here we look at players 6-10 on the Men’s side. Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic and Richard Gasquet. Here are few excerpts from the article on players 6-10.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: I feel much the same way about Tsonga that I do about Berdych: here’s a man with a huge game, who actually moves better than the Czech and is more sure handed at the net, but who consistently comes up short against the Big 4. Look at his Slam year: a fantastic five-set win over Wawrinka at Roland Garros, flowed up by four amazing sets in front of the home crowd against Djokovic, and then a fast fade in the fifth. At Wimbledon he scored two hearty four-set wins over Fish and Kohlschreiber and then watched Murray pick him apart in the semis. And those were his two better Slams.
Big Jo has now hired a coach, Roger Rasheed, who is a serious man who will likely attempt to impose some discipline on him on court and off. Maybe that’s all Jo needs, although an improved backhand and return of serve would surely help, too.
Juan Martin Del Potro: When asked in Argentina the other day whether Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro had the goods to become No. 1, Roger Federer answered in the affirmative. But what was he supposed to say with DelPo sitting right next to him and 400 Argentine journalists in the room? ‘No at best he’ll reach No. 3?’ Frankly, trying to come back from wrist surgery on your playing arm is a frightening prospect. It also has to scare DelPo that he began to have trouble with his other wrist (left) last summer. So he scored a couple of wins over Federer in the fall, which was impressive, but he also took three straight losses to Djokovic after upsetting him for the Olympic bronze medal. Yes JMDP has a killer forehand, moves better than any 6-feet-6 player ever, has a pretty big first serve and a consistent backhand, but the man has yet to win Masters Series, or reach a Slam final since he came back in late 2010. Sure he could accomplish both those things in theory, but I want to see it happen first before I agree with Federer.
Read the whole article – HERE
The Bryans, the top-ranked doubles team, have not lost a Davis Cup match since 2008. They were rarely troubled against a French pair that struggled to find any rhythm on the clay at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
“We were ready for a dogfight,” Bob Bryan said. “I thought we did a great job of not letting the crowd get too loud.”
CLICK HERE for complete article (AP)
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@Tennisreporters (Matt Cronin)
Fun stat: US Davis Cup Capt Jim Courier was 7-1 v French Capt Guy Froget while on ATP. Last time played was 95 Davis, Courier wins 61 62 62
Bob Bryan – On Facebook
It was a good day. There’s no better feeling than winning for your teammates and country. We look forward to getting behind John and Ryan tomorrow to try to get to 3 points. Go USA! -Bob
Say what you want about Djokovic – he’s always been great around kids. Whether it’s his work with UNICEF, or spending time with the ball boys or in this case, the Australian Open Kids Day celebration with Kim Clijsters, he always seems to genuinely enjoy himself and he always seems to want every kid to enjoy himself too. Get the full story HERE
The “Tennis Grandstand” Blog has published an article on the best Tennis GIFS of 2011. Here is a sampling. Most of the GIFS are animated.
ANDY RODDICK SAYS HE HIT THE BEST SHOT EVER
MONFIS AND TSONGA DANCING
THE PETKO DANCE (Co Staring Agnieszka Radwanska)
RAFA EVEN MAKES FALLING DOWN LOOK COOL
See them all at Tennis Grandstand – CLICK HERE
See Roddick’s Amazing Shot HERE
Every player gets frustrated on the court. Accordingly, every player seems to have developed his or her own signature move to deal with said frustration. Andy Murray starts yanking things. Maria Sharapova looks forlorn. Andy Roddick and retired former world No. 1 Marat Safin, among others, destroy rackets. Serena Williams, well, I’m going to leave that alone.
But Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is well on his way to trademarking his own “I’m about to lose my mind” move: the Tsonga Chomp.
OK, yeah, I don’t like “Tsonga Chomp” either. Help me come up with a better name for what’s going on here. Because it’s awesome.
For more pictures visit the Sports Illustrated Blog “Beyond the Baseline” – CLICK HERE
From Sport’s Illustrated‘s “Beyond the Baseline” Blog
At the end of the day, tennis is a sport and sport is about competition. The gladiatorial battle between two players armed with nothing more than a racket and two cans of balls should be enough to keep any fan entertained. The level of tennis being played by the pros these days is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
But there are a small group of players who seem to be able to elevate the game beyond just the competition. They are players who, regardless of the stakes, can whip a crowd into a frenzy and create an unforgettable moment. They have displayed time and time again that if you spend a couple of hours with them, they will endeavor to show you something you have never seen before.
Here are five players you just have to watch regardless of who they’re playing, where they’re playing or when they’re playing.
It doesn’t get more unorthodox than the man they call “The Dog.” From his quick-fire service motion to his almost two-handed slice backhand, his game looks different from anyone else’s on Tour. He combines imaginative shot making with the courage (stupidity?) to try to pull off ridiculous shots when he sees an opening. When it works, his game is a revelation, as it was when he shocked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Robin Soderling at the Australian Open this year. When it doesn’t work, he tends to get overpowered and runs himself out of the match by going for too much.
But his game is so interesting to watch regardless of whether he’s winning or losing. You know you bring something new and unique to the game when the media plan their viewing schedules around where you land in the order of play. Dolgopolov has that back-room buzz. Even those who have been around the game for years line up to watch him.
2. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Tsonga uses his athleticism, but, unlike the other Frenchman on the list, he doesn’t flaunt it. And he still does it all with that French flair that is so endearing coming from a quiet guy who’s built like a running back.
Everyone was forced to take notice when he demolished Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2008, flashing a game that was equal parts power, speed and touch. Want to see a leaping smash? Jo’s your man. Want to see some touch? How about a tweener-drop. Want to see him do a little jig to try to distract Roger Federer? Been there.
The soft-spoken Frenchman loves the crowd and he thrives on the stage as an underdog (his two wins over Federer this year attest to that). Granted, you never know which Tsonga will show up on any given day. When he gets distracted and starts wallowing in negativity, it can all be about as entertaining as a train wreck. But like Dolgopolov (though for different reasons), Tsonga’s game — an explosive mix of size, speed and agility — just looks and sounds different from everyone else’s.
For the whole article and all the video’s CLICK HERE
The remaining players are Gael Monfils, Francesca Sciovone and Novak Djokovic
This is from the Men’s Tennis Forum.
I am talking about players like
and you can name some more if you want. Which player you feel out of these or any other other contender would surprise us or live to your expectation and win a grandslam in near future. It may be in 2013 or 2014, but you would bank on this player to win a grandslam.
My opinion – Andy Murray, Ryan Harrison, Milos Raonic
Add your two cents at the Men’s Tennis Forum.
- Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
- Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
- Andy Murray – Sore arm
- Mardy Fish – Heel
- Tomas Berdych – Shoulder
- Robin Soderling – Wrist – he has announced he will travel to NYC
- Jo Wilfried Tsonga – Arm. Ultrasound showed no muscle tear after he withdrew in Montreal.
- Andy Roddick – Recently pulled out of Montreal with an oblique but played in Cincinnati.
- Milos Raonic – Recovering from hip surgery
- David Ferrer – Recovering from hairline fracture in left hand
- Tommy Robredo – Withdrawn – Ongoing groin issues
- Sam Querrey – Withdrawn – Recovering from elbow surgery (spurs)
- Juan Carlos Ferrero – Recovering from multiple injuries
Womens injuries so far:
- Serena Williams – Aggravation of toe injury
- Andrea Petkovic – Torn meniscus
- Kim Clijsters – Withdrawn – Abdominal muscle tear
- Venus Williams – Recovering from virus
From the Posting at “The Tennis Times”