Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Return to Form, A Surprise, And Davis Cup

by Savannah

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Maria Kirilenko is one of those players who, when she is on, you ask yourself how she hasn't won more titles. It's part of what makes tennis such a fascinating sport to watch in my opinion. You need grit and guts in order to get the glory. It's never good when a tennis player becomes known for being a "babe" and not for her game.

Kirilenko always fights though. She doesn't scream and yell, yowl or go through the histrionics some players use to get on fans radar. It's good to see her back in the winners circle.

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A couple of years ago Mona Barthel of Germany was being talked about as the woman who would help resurrect women's tennis in Germany. Maybe it was too much too soon for her and she seemed lost on court.

Leave it to the WTA to hold a Premier event after a Slam. Did anyone seriously expect Venus Williams to play? Francesca Schiavone was given a wild card into Qualifying and crashed out in the first round. As for Petra Kvitova I think it's time for concern. She also needed a wild card and was seeded second in the Main Draw. She lost to Stefanie Voegele in her first match. She's holding onto the Top Ten at #8 but is she circling the bowl? It's hard being the hunted instead of the hunter as the French Wise Woman Marion Bartoli said.

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Back in Thailand the ageless one Kimiko Date-Krumm teamed up with Casey Dellacqua to take the doubles title.

In Paris the team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci romped to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Liezel Huber.

Davis Cup

Despite the US Davis Cup team's installation of the tennis equivalent of an ice skating rink it took dogged play by Sam Querrey to defeat Tiago Alves of Brazil in the fifth rubber of their tie played in Jacksonville, Florida.

Usually there is some drama over where the next tie will be played but the decision had already been made. The US Team will face Serbia in Boise, Idaho.
There was already some grumbling about the sparse crowds in Jacksonville. I hope the ITF knows that the spring thaw comes late to the Rocky Mountains. I'm just saying. Oh, and that the Serbian team will not be bothered by a super fast court.

With no real drama coming out of Jacksonville there was a lot of interest in the tie between Canada and defending champions Spain. None of Spain's top players would be there and yet there was still a chance that the Spanish team would find a way to win. The Canadians were determined to prove that against the C team from Spain they could pull off what would still be an upset. When the smoke cleared they had.

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Canada will face Italy in the next round.

Davis Cup Results

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

CANADA defeated SPAIN 3-2
Venue: Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)

Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Albert Ramos (ESP) 67(5) 64 64 64
Frank Dancevic (CAN) d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 61 62 62
Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) d. Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 46 64 67(4) 63 62
Milos Raonic (CAN) d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 64 62
Albert Ramos (ESP) d. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 75 64

ITALY defeated CROATIA 3-2
Venue: Palavela, Turin, ITA (clay – indoor)

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 61 67(6) 46 63 62
Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 62 67(2) 64 64
Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Marin Cilic/Ivan Dodig (CRO) 36 61 63 76(11)
Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 63 63 75
Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Ivan Dodig (CRO) 46 64 64 64

SERBIA defeated BELGIUM 3-2
Venue: Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, BEL (clay – indoor)

Viktor Troicki (SRB) d. David Goffin (BEL) 16 36 76(5) 64 64
Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 63 62 62
Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) d. Ruben Bemelmans/Steve Darcis (BEL) 64 64 57 64
David Goffin (BEL) d. Boris Pashanski (SRB) 64 26 62
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) 62 64

USA defeated BRAZIL 3-2
Venue: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, USA (hard – indoor)

Sam Querrey (USA) d. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 63 64 64
John Isner (USA) d. Thiago Alves (BRA) 63 76(4) 63
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Mike Bryan/Bob Bryan (USA) 76(6) 67(7) 64 36 63
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) d. John Isner (USA) 26 64 67(7) 64 63
Sam Querrey (USA) d. Thiago Alves (BRA) 46 63 64 76(3)

FRANCE defeated ISRAEL 5-0
Venue: Kindarena, Rouen, FRA (hard – indoor)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) 63 63 46 75
Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 62 62
Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Jonathan Erlich/Dudi Sela (ISR) 76(3) 61 60
Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Noam Okun (ISR) 63 76(5)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Amir Weintraub (ISR) 64 63

ARGENTINA defeated GERMANY 5-0
Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 36 75 62 46 4-5 ret. (left hamstring)
Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Florian Mayer (GER) 67(4) 63 63 64
David Nalbandian/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d. Tobias Kamke/Christopher Kas (GER) 61 64 57 62
Juan Monaco (ARG) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 64 76(2)
Carlos Berlocq (ARG) d. Christopher Kas (GER) 62 64

KAZAKHSTAN defeated AUSTRIA 3-1
Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(2) 63 76(5)
Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 76(4) 63 62
Julian Knowle/Alexander Peya (AUT) d. Andrey Golubev/Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) 76(5) 63 76(3)
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 46 63 64 62
Evgeny Korolev (KAZ) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) not played

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2
Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Lukas Rosol (CZE) 64 63 64
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 63 62 67(5) 61
Tomas Berdych/ Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Marco Chiudinelli/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 57 64 67(3) 2422
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 63 64 36 76(5)
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) d. Jiri Vesely (CZE) 06 63 61

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

URUGUAY defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3-1
Venue: Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club, Montevideo, URU (clay – outdoor)

Marcel Felder (URU) d. Roberto Cid (DOM) 63 63 62
Jose Hernandez (DOM) d. Martin Cuevas (URU) 64 61 63
Ariel Behar/Marcel Felder (URU) d. Henry Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 64 63
Marcel Felder (URU) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 36 63 57 62
Martin Cuevas (URU) v Roberto Cid (DOM)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

MEXICO defeated PUERTO RICO 4-1
Venue: Palmas Athletic Club, Humacao, PUR (hard – outdoor)

Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Alex Llompart (PUR) 76(7) 63 76(4)
Daniel Garza (MEX) d. Christian Garay (PUR) 62 60 63
Daniel Garza/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) d. Gilberto Alvarez/Alex Llompart (PUR) 64 67(4) 61 36 86
Daniel Garza (MEX) d. Alex Llompart (PUR) 75 63
Christian Garay (PUR) d. Lucas Gomez (MEX) 63 64

EL SALVADOR defeated BARBADOS 4-1
Venue: Maya Country Club, Santa Tecla, ESA (clay – outdoor)

Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Darian King (BAR) 63 67(1) 62 64
Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Anthony Marshall (BAR) 61 61 61
Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Darian King/Russell Moseley (BAR) 26 63 64 62
Darian King (BAR) d. Alejandro Gonzalez (ESA) 61 62
Rafael Arevalo (ESA) d. Seanon Williams (BAR) 62 62

VENEZUELA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1
Venue: Centro Nacional de Tenis, Caracas, VEN (hard – outdoor)

David Souto (VEN) d. Sebastien Vidal (GUA) 62 61 76(5)
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 75 36 61
Luis David Martinez/David Souto (VEN) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa/Sebastien Vidal (GUA) 75 75 64
Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Piero Luisi (VEN) 63 76(6)
Ricardo Rodriguez (VEN) v Andres Bucaro (GUA)

PERU defeated HAITI 5-0
Venue: Club Lawn Tennis de la Exposicion, Lima, PER (clay – outdoor)

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Hillel Rousseau (HAI) 62 62 60
Mauricio Echazu (PER) d. Olivier Sajous (HAI) 64 63 75
Duilio Beretta/Sergio Galdos (PER) d. Joel Allen/Olivier Sajous (HAI) 76(5) 64 64
Sergio Galdos (PER) d. Olivier Sajous (HAI) 62 36 63
Brian Panta (PER) d. Hillel Rousseau (HAI) 61 60

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

AUSTRALIA defeated CHINESE TAIPEI 5-0
Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung City, TPE (hard – outdoor)

Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) 64 64 64
Matthew Ebden (AUS) d. Chen Ti (TPE) 63 64 75
Chris Guccione/Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d. Lee Hsin-Han/Peng Hsien-Yin (TPE) 76(6) 64 62
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) d. Chen Ti (TPE) 76(5) 63
Matthew Ebden (AUS) d. Yang Tsung-Hua (TPE) 61 62

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 4-1
Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan, UZB (clay – indoor)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Wu Di (CHN) 46 46 76(4) 75 62
Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 46 76(8) 64 36 64
Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Zhang Ze (CHN) 63 76(4) 63
Sarvar Ikramov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 63 75
Wu Di (CHN) d. Temur Ismailov (UZB) 60 62

KOREA, REPUBLIC defeated INDIA 4-1
Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, IND (hard – outdoor)

Cho Min Hyeok (KOR) d. Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) 61 60 61
Jeong Suk-Young (KOR) d. Vijayant Malik (IND) 64 75 30 ret. (cramping)
Leander Paes/Purav Raja (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu/Nam Ji Sung (KOR) 64 76(5) 62
Jeong Suk-Young (KOR) d. Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan (IND) 64 64 62
Nam Ji Sung (KOR) d. Vijayant Malik (IND) 62 64

JAPAN defeated INDONESIA 5-0
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

Tatsuma Ito (JPN) d. Christopher Rungkat (INA) 62 62 64
Go Soeda (JPN) d. Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA) 60 60 61
Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) d. Christopher Rungkat/Elbert Sie (INA) 64 57 26 75 62
Yuichi Sugita (JPN) d. Christopher Rungkat (INA) 61 63
Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) d. Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA) 61 63

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II FIRST ROUND

NEW ZEALAND defeated LEBANON 5-0
Venue: Albany Tennis Park, Auckland, NZL (hard – indoor)

Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Michael Massih (LIB) 61 61 60
Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Karim Alayli (LIB) 62 61 60
Marcus Daniell/Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine/Karim Alayli (LIB) 61 61 61
Daniel King-Turner (NZL) d. Ibrahim Abou Chahine (LIB) 60 61
Artem Sitak (NZL) d. Michael Massih (LIB) 60 60

PAKISTAN defeated SRI LANKA 3-2
Venue: Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, SRI (clay – outdoor)

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 46 61 42 ret. (cramping)
Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Aisam Qureshi (PAK) 76(3) 75 76(3)
Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Harshana Godamanna/Rajeev Rajapakse (SRI) 62 67(0) 26 63 62
Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 64 63 64
Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajah (SRI) 62 36 63 63

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1
Venue: Kuwait Tennis Federation Centre, Meshref, KUW (hard – outdoor)

Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 61 61 46 46 64
Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) d. Kittiphong Wachiramanowong (THA) 64 76(7) 36 36 61
Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb/Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) 36 63 76(6) 76(4)
Danai Udomchoke (THA) d. Abdullah Maqdas (KUW) 26 30 ret. (left foot)
Pruchya Isaro (THA) d. Nasser Al Obaidly (KUW) 62 61

PHILIPPINES defeated SYRIA 3-2
Venue: Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Lapu-Lapu, PHI (clay – outdoor)

Johnny Arcilla (PHI) d. Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR) 64 57 61 62
Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Marc Abdelnour (SYR) 64 76(1) 62
Ruben Gonzales/Treat Conrad Huey (PHI) d. Marc Abdelnour/Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR) 60 63 26 62
Issam Haitham Taweel (SYR) d. Vicente Elberto Anasta (PHI) 67(8) 61 64
Marc Abdelnour (SYR) d. Treat Huey (PHI) 76(2) 62

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I FIRST ROUND

POLAND defeated SLOVENIA 3-2
Venue: Centennial Hall, Wroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 63 63 75
Lukasz Kubot (POL) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 63 63 60
Blaz Kavcic/Grega Zemlja (SLO) d. Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) 63 26 62 46 1311
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 76(4) 63 63
Tomislav Ternar (SLO) d. Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) 46 75 75

ROMANIA defeated DENMARK 5-0
Venue: Sala Sporturilor "Horia Demian", Cluj Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

Marius Copil (ROU) d. Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 63 76(7) 64
Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Martin Pedersen (DEN) 62 76(3) 46 46 62
Florin Mergea/Horia Tecau (ROU) d. Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 76(3) 62 64
Adrian Ungur (ROU) d. Thomas Kromann (DEN) 63 64
Marius Copil (ROU) d. Christoffer Konigsfeldt (DEN) 64 63

UKRAINE defeated SLOVAK REPUBLIC 3-2
Venue: TC Premier, Kremenchug, UKR (hard – indoor)

Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Andrej Martin (SVK) 62 62 75
Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 57 76(5) 64
Filip Polasek/Igor Zelenay (SVK) d. Alexandr Dolgopolov/Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(4) 76(3) 63
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) d. Lukas Lacko (SVK) 36 63 62 61
Illya Marchenko (UKR) d. Andrej Martin (SVK) 75 76(5) 64

EUROPE/AFRICA GROUP II FIRST ROUND

FINLAND defeated BULGARIA 3-2
Venue: Tennis Hall "Sofia'', Sofia, BUL (hard – indoor)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 61 61 60
Micke Kontinen (FIN) d. Alexander Lazov (BUL) 76(4) 63 64
Harri Heliovaara/Henri Kontinen (FIN) d. Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kuzmanov (BUL) 75 61 46 26 64
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Micke Kontinen (FIN) 60 63 61
Harri Heliovaara (FIN) d. Alexander Lazov (BUL) 46 76(4) 64 63

IRELAND defeated ESTONIA 3-2
Venue: David Lloyd Riverview, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

James McGee (IRL) d. Jaan Kononov (EST) 60 61 63
Vladimir Ivanov (EST) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 62 63 76(3)
Sam Barry/James McGee (IRL) d. Vladimir Ivanov/Marek Marksoo (EST) 64 63 36 36 97
Vladimir Ivanov (EST) d. James McGee (IRL) 64 63 16 46 61
Sam Barry (IRL) d. Marek Marksoo (EST) 62 61 63

LATVIA defeated TUNISIA 3-0
Venue: Cité Nationale Sportive, El Menzah, TUN (hard – outdoor)

Andis Juska (LAT) d. Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) 76(7) 63 60
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) d. Slim Hamza (TUN) 61 62 60
Ernests Gulbis/Andis Juska (LAT) d. Slim Hamza/Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) 76(6) 26 63 64
Mohamed Haythem Abid (TUN) v Ernests Gulbis (LAT) not played (rain)
Slim Hamza (TUN) v Andis Juska (LAT) not played (rain)

MONACO defeated BELARUS 3-1
Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, MON (clay – outdoor)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 67(6) 61 63 63
Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) d. Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) 64 64 60
Benjamin Balleret/Guillaume Couillard (MON) d. Max Mirnyi/Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) 76(3) 46 46 76(5) 62
Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 63 36 76(9) 64
Jean-Rene Lisnard (MON) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) not played

MOLDOVA defeated HUNGARY 3-2
Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (hard – indoor)

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 36 63 64 64
Radu Albot (MDA) d. Viktor Filipenko (HUN) 61 63 63
Marton Fucsovics/Levente Godry (HUN) d. Radu Albot/Andrei Ciumac (MDA) 63 62 62
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) d. Radu Albot (MDA) 16 64 61 61
Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Viktor Filipenko (HUN) 46 63 64 76(4)

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated LUXEMBOURG 4-1
Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall, Sarajevo, BIH (hard – indoor)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 64 64 60
Aldin Setkic (BIH) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 60 63
Tomislav Brkic/Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Laurent Bram/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 61 63 63
Ugo Nastasi (LUX) d. Nerman Fatic (BIH) 46 64 61
Aldin Setkic (BIH) d. Laurent Bram (LUX) 63 61

LITHUANIA defeated CYPRUS 4-1
Venue: Siauliu Arena, Siauliai, LTU (hard – indoor)

Dovydas Sakinis (LTU) d. Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 62 62 16 63
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 61 64 60
Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) d. Ricardas Berankis/ Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) 75 36 36 64 64
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Soteris Hadjistyllis (CYP) 63 62 61
Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) d. Christos Hadjigeorgiou (CYP) 63 63

PORTUGAL defeated BENIN 5-0
Venue: Club Internacional de Football, Lisbon, POR (clay – indoor)

Joao Sousa (POR) d. Loic Didavi (BEN) 61 63 60
Pedro Sousa (POR) d. Alexis Klegou (BEN) 46 61 64 62
Joao Sousa/Pedro Sousa (POR) d. Loic Didavi/Alexis Klegou (BEN) 62 61 61
Rui Machado (POR) d. Alexis Klegou (BEN) 26 62 60
Andre Gaspar Murta (POR) d. Tunde Segodo (BEN) 61 62

End Notes

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This is Jerzy Janowicz. He's the latest sensation on the ATP tour. He made some interesting comments to an Italian magazine.

"Djokovic is fake, he is showing off, acting"
"Federer wants to be above everything. In this context there might be something unnatural in him, hard to feel he is one of us (players)"

Thanks to @Rob_pal for the human translation especially of his comments about Federer. For the original please go HERE

It's going to be interesting to see his draws going forward.

An Update on Janowicz and his comments

There were a lot of issues regarding JJ's comments on the ATP tour and it's stars. It was thought that the the original interview was in Italian. It was actually in Polish so the translation from that language to Italian to English led to the "wtf" moments for many of us.

Fortunately @emmilkaa translated from Polish and sent it to @juanjo_sports.
Here is that translation.




Slightly different no?

6 comments:

vw said...

Yikes. Look for Djok and Fed to deliver massive revenge. LOL

TennisAce said...

Savannah, Kvitova did not lose to Voegele. She lost to Mladenovic. Kirilenko has one of the worst shriek/grunt on the WTA. Give a listen next time.

I was told a long time ago. A rolling stone gathers no moss. Those who make a lot of noise on the ATP are never the ones who are doing what is best for players. Consider that Fed's stance has always been about negotiating in the boardroom for the benefit of players. Fed is 31, does JJ expect him to mingle in the players' lounge with everyone else?

Neither Venus or Serena hang around the locker room. Not quite sure what to make of that. Does that mean something is wrong with them? No, it just means that unlike everyone else on Tour they have their own thing to do.

Some of these players as soon as someone puts a microphone in front of them they just open their mouths and spew nonsense.

Savannah said...

Tennis Ace you are right. Kvitova defeated Voegele in the second round and lost to Mladenovich in the quarter finals.

What JJ seems to be saying is that the lower ranked players appreciated the millionaires taking a stance when they could've simply stayed silent like Federer did. What have the results of Federer's "boardroom" negotiating stance been? The only beneficiary is Federer himself. That is how Brad Drewett ended up CEO. With Drewett's illness there will be a new head. Federer wants nothing that will upset the status quo. Justin Gimelstob I tell ya.

And yeah no matter how you feel about his comments JJ is going to find himself with some very interesting draws going forward.

TennisAce said...

I think tennis is filled with too much innuendoes and rumours, especially about what Federer is doing. Frankly the man keeps getting voted President of the ATP Players Council. How the dickens does he get to be president of the Council that reps players if not for players voting for him and if he is not negotiating in the best interests of the players.

Case in point, the new increases was supposed to be for the top players only. Fed's stance has always been that it is the rank and file members who should be getting more money. He never came out on a soapbox and did his work, he did it behind the scenes.

JJ sounds like Sergei and Simon and Davydenko before him. If these guys don't think Federer is doing a good job as a player representative, then don't vote for him then.

vw said...

Tennis Ace
Regarding Venus in the locker room. I know someone who works in the Cincy locker room during tourneys. She said Venus usually just sits there and reads the Bible. I always knew there was a reason I liked her!

TennisAce said...

See I knew there was a reason I loved her as well. I do that when I go to work and sometimes during the days when I feel like everything is spiralling out of control, I just open my Bible and read it as well. I actually have a Woman's Bible and it has prayers in it specifically for women. Very empowering.