Tipsarevic has enjoyed the support of French manufacturer Tecnifibre for many years and when his racket sponsor approached him with the idea of the 28-year-old mentoring some of the younger players on its books he jumped at the chance.
Tecnifibre, based just outside Paris, has long been associated with its role in developing talent. Its tagline is ‘Leading the Next Generation’ and it has a number of the world’s leading juniors on its touring team. The project has seen Tipsarevic hook up with a handful of Tecnifibre’s youngsters at different tournaments throughout the 2012 ATP calendar, spending time on the practice court, helping them with technique, tactics, training tips and trying to improve their attitude towards life as a tennis professional. So far, the Belgrade-born star has spent time with American junior world No.6 Mitchell Krueger in Indian Wells in March, Armel Rancezot from France at the Monte Carlo Masters in April and the 2010 Junior Wimbledon champion Marton Fucsovics at the ATP 250 event in Gstaad, Switzerland, during the summer.
“I’ve enjoyed it very, very, very much,” says Tipsarevic. “Each tournament I share my experience on tour with a different junior coming from a different country. They become my sparing partners, my mates for a week. We always exchange our email addresses afterwards to remain in touch. They know they can always contact me if they need anything.”
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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
This is the first of a two part series on wildcards based on posting in the “Heavy Topspin” blog. “Heavy Topspin” is a great blog.
On October 24th they posted an article called “What Grega Zemlja Can Tell Us About American Tennis”
So who is Grega Zemlja?
Zemlja – a 26 year old Slovenian is currently the 50th ranked player in the world but don’t go looking for him in the Australian Open draw – he lost in the qualifiers. Not in the French Open draw either – again lost in the qualifiers. Wimbledon – beat Josh Godall of Great Britain in 4 sets and lost to Fernando Verdasco in 4 sets in the second round. So for most of the year Zemlja was not exactly a top tennis player. His ranking at the start of the year was 116th and he went into Wimbledon ranked 142nd. At Newport, Zemlja lost in the first round to Rajeev Ram. This is where the story takes a turn. He played in 3 Challenger Tournaments in China and won 2 of them and went into the U.S. Open as a qualifier. He beat Christian Harrison in the first round of Qualifiers and Yannick Mertens in the last round of Qualifiers. Grega got to the Round of 32 in the Main Draw where he lost in straight sets to Janko Tipsarevic. Next up, a Challenger in Istanbul where he got to the Semi’s. Lost in the Qualifiers in Bejing and Shanghai. Then it was on to the Erste Bank Open in Vienna – an ATP World Tour 250 event where he had to qualify, due to his ranking. He started out with a win over #60 Xavier Malisse, then Matthew Ebden (#120), then 20th ranked Tommy Haas and on to a rematch with Janko Tipsarevic – #9 in the world. This time it was Zemlja who came out on top. He lost in the finals to #8 Juan Martin Del Potro.
In his entire career Zemlja has received exactly one wildcard and that was into a Challenger event. By contrast, Donald Young has already received 27 wildcards. Most of those were given to him by Patrick McEnroe, who himself got 37 wildcards throughout his career. Almost 20% of all wildcards given out to the current top 200 players were given to 7 Americans while Janko Tipsarevic got no wildcards before his 25th birthday (Djokovic and Ferrer got 1).
The author has a proposal:
… a version of how Zemlja got into Wimbledon. He won the Nottingham challenger two weeks previous, and the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis Association) wasn’t going to give away all the free spots to Brits. The Slovenian was a deserving up-and-comer, even though he doesn’t play under the right flag.
Perhaps every Slam and Masters event should reserve a spot for the winner of a corresponding challenger. Or every tournament with a 48-or-bigger draw should be required to hand at least one wild card to a non-national.
Read the whole article – HERE
A follow up posting was titled “How much do Wildcards Matter?”
In that article, the author looks at Jack Sock (American) and Diego Sebastian Schwartzman of Argentina.
– To get a sense of the effect, let’s take a look at Jack Sock, the most gifted recipient of wild cards in 2012. He entered seven tour-level events this year, all on free passes. (He was also wildcarded into another three challengers and the Cincinnati Masters qualifying draw.) If you take away the wild cards, he would’ve played a couple of challengers, some qualifying draws for US 250s, leaving him to fill most of his calendar with futures.
As it is, Sock has boosted his ranking from 381 to 164 in a single year, earning $137,000 along the way. About half of that comes from his third-round showing at the US Open, which required him to beat Florian Mayer (who retired) and Flavio Cipolla, not a particularly tall order (as it were). Another $27,000 came entirely from first-round losses–tournaments that he didn’t earn his way into, and where he failed to win a match.
– In terms of on-court performance, Schwartzman may well have had a better 2012 than Sock did. The Argentine won six Futures events on the South American clay, and he added another four doubles titles at that level. He wasn’t nearly as successful at the next level, going 5-10 in Challenger and ATP qualifiying matches. Perhaps he was a bit worn down from his 49 Futures singles matches this year.
It’s an open question whether Sock or Schwartzman had the more impressive year. Some might prefer the American’s challenger title and handful of top-100 scalps; others would prefer Schwartzman’s 30-match winning streak at the Futures level.
But here’s the kicker: While Sock made $137,000 and raised his ranking to #164, Schwartzman made $17,000 and is currently ranked #245. By showing up at the Indian Wells Masters and losing in the first round, Sock made about as much money as Schwartzman did by winning six tournaments.
The most telling point in the article was actually in the comments:
Yet again, Murphy’s law strikes! Last week Sock sagged 4 places to 159, while Schwartzman soared 60 places to 173. So they are now just 14 places apart. Of course, Schwartzman’s sudden success was largely due to winning Buenos Aires (90 points, $10,800) after disappointing performances at Campinas, San Juan, and Villa Allende. Previously in August he had won the Argentine F20, F21 and F22 tournaments in succession for a total haul of 54 points and $3,900! Although their ranking was lower, his opponents in those tournaments don’t seem to me that less formidable than those he beat in Buenos Aires.
In the medium to long term, I expect Schwartzman to be more successful than Sock. He has had to fight – ferociously and tenaciously – for his success, and he has earned every single point in a tough uphill battle.
Read the whole article – HERE
Look for the follow up article in this blog.
- Del Potro beats Zemlja to win 12th title at Vienna (miamiherald.com)
In a candid interview world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic talks about growing up in war-torn Serbia, his limitations and his views on Indian tennis
Posted On Saturday, January 07, 2012 at 09:02:53 AM
Chennai: Janko Tipsarevic is nothing like most players on the Tour. He reads philosophy, which, with all due respect to athletes, is pretty rare. German philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, and Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky form his reading list. They also find a place in ink on his body. But let’s skip that. The ATP rep says he doesn’t like talking about that.
Growing up in war-torn Yugoslavia, perhaps? “I don’t think I am going to give you a sad story about my family not having any money and being poor,” the world number nine says. Hmmm… next question. “By the way, all of that is true.”
Tipsarevic was one of the first players to come up after a drought of athletes, among other things, that hit the country in the last decade of the 20th century. “Tennis, when I was growing up in Serbia was completely dead. You know, war, bad politicians,” he says. The last known tennis player from the country was Slobodan Zivojinovic, who now also heads the Serbian tennis federation.
“There was no one to guide me, to tell me what should I do, except for my father, who was a physical education professor in high school,” he talks of his father Pavel.
It was in a Belgrade swimming pool that Tipsarevic practiced his tennis, while a few, including Novak Djokovic, he says, moved to other countries to practice. “Novak went to, I think, Germany, Ana Ivanovic went to Switzerland, some went to America but I stayed back,” the 27-year-old says.
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And by the way, he wears glasses while playing because those are prescription lenses and not sunglasses he wears for fun. One learns it the hard way. Another thing he doesn’t like being asked. The ATP rep was a little late to inform about that.
For the whole interview – CLICK HERE
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.
He’s unseeded and he’s in the round of 16. So who is he. Here is a little background on Janko Tipsarevic. Janko started the year ranked 49th and is currently ranked 20th, although that will go up after the U.S.Open. At last year’s U.S. Open he reached the round of 32 with a win over, then #9, Andy Roddick before losing to Gael Monfils.
September 3rd, 2011 from “Tennis-X” Blog
Janko Tipsarevic: My Year-End Goal Is Top 20, Then Attack Top 10 Next Year
by Tom Gainey
Janko Tipsarevic is putting together another fine US Open run. Last year, the likeable little man with a big man’s game, upset Andy Roddick to reach the third round. Today, Janko has gone one better earning a berth into the fourth round when Tomas Berdych retired because of a shoulder injury.
Tipsarevic is currently ranked a career-high No. 20, a ranking he’s achieved with a little attitude adjustment.
“I just feel that my attitude, which is the main thing, off court and on court is different this year,” he said. “Apart from this year I was always playing the sport just to enjoy the time being on tour winning points, winning money and all that. But this year I just set up my goal to be top 20 at the end of the year. Things are starting to come around. You know, I was obviously lucky today because Tomas retired, but, you know, even if he didn’t, I still feel that I had a chance to win, you know. But, yeah, again, I’m not saying that this is my time. I’m just saying that I’m playing well. I’m fit, I’m healthy, and I’m ready too all the way.”
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Novak Djokovic on WhoSay
DjokerNoleNovak Djokovic – August 30th
- US Open 2011: Janko Tipsarevic through after Tomas Berdych retires (guardian.co.uk)
- Notes: Tipsarevic reaches his best Grand Slam round (cbssports.com)
- Berdych Is Added to List of Retirements (straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com)