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Delpo To Play Bangkok, US Open & Be a Unicorn, Probably.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 23, 2010

I thought that getting absolutely no information on Delpo’s probable return to the tour was bad. But the morass of contradictory rumours going around of late is possibly worse.

So today, it was announced that Delpo would play the Thailand Open starting September 24th. (That’s the week after the Davis Cup semi-final which he may or may not be being a unicorn in or around, or not.) It was announced, not entirely coincidentally, by the Thailand Open.

“I am looking forward to playing the PTT Thailand Open on my return from injury,” said Del Potro.

“I really enjoyed myself on my last visit to Bangkok and hope for good results at this year’s tournament.”

source

So Siam is going to be the witness of the ultimate test of wristular fitness (which thrills me more than any muddy old river or reclining Buddha). It seems plausible enough, given that Delpo had already said that he wanted to be healthy to play in the Davis Cup semi-final or maybe sooner. And the tournament, after all, would have no reason whatsoever to exaggerate the chances of this happening.

But wait! Delpo’s still on the provisional entry list for the US Open. Despite the fact that it’s customary in this kind of situation for players to remain on such a list until shortly before the tournament when they know for sure whether or not they will be able to play, this somehow segued into Delpo being ‘expected’ to play the US Open. When this met with consternation from the intertennisfanpunditnetosphere, the USTA rather huffily backed up its statement by insisting that Delpo was already hitting, according to spokesman Tim Curry. Although this contradicts Delpo’s comments last week that he would only return to the courts after a couple of weeks of strengthening work, the USTA apparently had the information from a member of Delpo’s team.

The only comment I can find is from Ugo Colombini, Delpo’s agent, who said “Del Potro is working and hopefully he will be back soon.” Admittedly I haven’t turned over any every stone, but assuming this is the comment that the USTA is referring to as their source, it seems a bit nebulous to justify this much fuss – unless there’s been a mistranslation somewhere, or the USTA genuinely took ‘working’ as synonymous with ‘hitting’, or, you know, wanted to milk some publicity out of the situation without any particular regard for the player, his fans or the facts.

Am I being too harsh? Probably. I’m sure the USTA had really good reasons for saying what they did and nobody forced the intertennisfanpunditnetosphere to jump on it like they did, after all. Also, I’m 90% sure they’re full of crap and should shut up. (Unless spokesman Tim Curry is actually  Tim Curry, in which case all is forgiven, and no, I haven’t seen your tambourine.) We’ll see. But while it seems to be popular to indict Delpo and his team for their lack of communication, I really don’t know if that’s the issue here. Is it that inconceivable that there isn’t a definite return date because he simply doesn’t know when he’ll be able to come back? He hasn’t hit a ball since May. He hasn’t played a match since January. And I don’t care how encouraging his doctor’s reports allegedly were, there’s absolutely no way to know if the wrist will hold up until he actually starts practicing again. What exactly is he supposed to communicate? And wearing as this uncertainty is for the tour and his fans, I’m fairly sure it’s a lot, lot worse for Delpo. I’m sure that he’d love to attempt to defend his US Open title. I’m sure he’d love to play for Argentina against France. I’m equally sure that he has no way to know at this point whether or not he will definitively be able to, or what risks and rewards might potentially be associated with doing so, or whether he’ll be able to play in 2010 at all. And that sucks, but it’s the way it is. So can we just slightly leave him alone to find out?

Anyway. Jorge from FueBuena tweeted earlier that he had spoken to a member of Delpo’s team and confirmed that Delpo wasn’t hitting yet, which was backed up by GRIP magazine and accords with what Delpo said last week. And frankly I would trust their information much further than I could throw the entire USTA right now – and I’m fuelled with anger (and wine). Whatever Delpo’s situation is right now, I hope that all this crap isn’t making it worse.

He’ll come back when he comes back. Unhelpful but true, in the best koan tradition. 

In the meantime, reality is what you make of it.

End transmission.

P.S. USTA – to quote C. J. Cregg, “Shut up. You’re annoying.”

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One Night in Bangkok

Posted by gauloises1 on October 5, 2009

A good day for my faves of today! Gilles Simon beat Viktor Troicki 75 63 for his first title of the season. Allez late surge!

troicki viktor bangkok thailad open final

Today, the part of Viktor will be played by Ricky Groves.

gilles simon bangkok thailand open final

The Roaring Gilles, by Middleton and Dekker. Coming soon to a Jacobean theatre near you.

viktor troicki bangkok thailand open trophy final

If he isn’t wearing eye-makeup, I’m jealous.

gilles simon trophy thailand open bangkok final

This is Gilles’ version of happiness.

gilles simon bangkok trophy thailand open final

simon troicki trophy bangkok thailand open final

gilles simon thailand open bangkok final

And a bow on top.

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Sunday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

Bangkok

Center (from 1 p.m.)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez / Mischa Zverev vs. Eric Butorac / Rajeev Ram
Viktor Troicki vs. Gilles Simon (NB 3 p.m.)

Beijing (WTA main draw, ATP qualifying)

Center (from 11.00hrs)
1. Ji Chun-Mei vs. Lucie Safarova
2. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Zheng Jie
3. Dinara Safina vs. Roberta Vinci
4. Kaia Kanepi vs. Serena Williams
5. Elena Dementieva vs. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Peng Shuai

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sorana Cirstea vs. Vera Zvonareva
2. Maria Kirilenko vs. Kateryna Bondarenko
3. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Marion Bartoli
4. María José Martínez Sánchez vs. Caroline Wozniacki
5. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Lu Jingjing (NB 19.00hrs)

Court 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Mayer vs. de Chaunac
2. ATP: Fognini vs. Dlouhy
3. Zhang Shuai vs. Iveta Benesova

Court 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Virginie Razzano
2. Urszula Radwanska vs. Patty Schnyder
3. Jans/Rosolska vs. Errani/Pennetta (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Bondarenko/Bondarenko vs. King/Petrova

Court 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Vesnina vs. Melinda Czink
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Victoria Azarenka
3. Shahar Peer vs. Ekaterina Makarova

Court 8 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Young vs. Kubot
2. ATP: Ginepri vs. Llodra
3. Pavlyuchenkova/Wickmayer vs. Dushevina/Rodionova (NB 13.00hrs)
4. Chuang/Raymond vs. Han/Ji

Kuala Lumpur

Centre (from 2.30 p.m.)
Mariusz Frystenberg / Marcin Matkowski vs. Ignor Kunitsyn / Jaroslav Levinsky
Nikolay Davydenko vs. Fernando Verdasco (NB 3.45 p.m.)

Tokyo qualifying here.

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Bangkok: What the Hell, Jo?

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

No defense of his title for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as he lost in the semis to Viktor Troicki, 16 62 63. I didn’t see the match so I can’t say what happened (I hate the Asian swing, I feel so bloody uninformative). But it does mean pictures of Sad Jo, which do things to me.

tsonga jo-wilfried thailand open bangkok

tsonga jo-wilfried bangkok thailand open

Great stuff for Troicki though, who’s now 2-0 up on Jo. I never know quite how to feel about Viktor Troicki. He’s yummy, obviously (longest eyelashes on the ATP tour, I’m quite sure of that), and when he’s on he’s got a great game, but I’ve seen too many abrupt retirements and temper tantrums to quite be a fan. Although kudos for the salute to the crowd. That’s Nolesque.

troicki viktor bangkok thailand open

Incidentally, does anybody know what the deal is with the guy next to him? He seems to have been at virtually every match, dressed in ridiculous get-ups, leading the cheers somewhat indiscriminately. Oh well. I salute him as a fellow manic tennis fan.

So it won’t be an all-French final, but it will be at least demi-French, as Gilles Simon beat Jurgen Melzer 64 76(3). This will be Gilles’ first final of the year, I believe; nominally a happy occasion, not that you’d know it from these photos.

gilles simon bangkok thailand open

gilles simon bangkok thailand open

Oh Gilles. Why so serious?

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Saturday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 3, 2009

Bangkok

bangkok oop

Beijing

(WTA/ATP qualifying & WTA first round)

Center (from 11.00hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Han Xinyun
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Czink/U.Radwanska vs. Yan/Zheng (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Kuznetsova/Safina vs. Craybas/Glatch
5. Vera Dushevina vs. Venus Williams (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Agnes Szavay vs. Alona Bondarenko

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Urszula Radwanska vs. Tatiana Poutchek (Singles Q Final)
2. Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Sun Shengnan (Singles Q Final)
3. Ji Chun-Mei vs. Angela Haynes (Singles Q Final)
4. Aravane Rezai vs. Aleksandra Wozniak
5. Sun/Sun vs. Kudryavtseva/Makarova (NB 19.00hrs)

Court 4 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Melinda Czink vs. Galina Voskoboeva (Singles Q Final)
2. Alexa Glatch vs. Olga Govortsova (Singles Q Final)
3. Grandin/Kops-Jones vs. Benesova/Voskoboeva (NB 14.00hrs)

Court 5 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Kamil Capkovic vs. Lukasz Kubot
2. Lukas Dlouhy vs. Brendan Evans
3. Sybille Bammer vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Court 7 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Shao-Xuan Zeng vs. Sebastian De Chaunac
2. Feliciano Lopez vs. Donald Young
3. Shahar Peer vs. Vania King (Singles Q Final)

Court 8 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Florian Mayer vs. Michael Yani
2. Robby Ginepri vs. Ze Zhang
3. Kateryna Bondarenko vs. Chanelle Scheepers (Singles Q Final)

Court 9 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Fabio Fognini vs. Tsung-Hua Yang
2. Ivo Klec vs. Michael Llodra
3. Nuria Llagostera Vives vs. Alla Kudryavtseva (Singles Q Final)

Kuala Lumpur

kuala lumpur oop

Tokyo

WTA

Center (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Maria Sharapova vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Doubles Final: Kleybanova/Schiavone vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama

ATP (qualifying)

tokyo oop

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Bangkok: Were the Annoying Couple in ‘The Beach’ French?

Posted by gauloises1 on October 2, 2009

Just wondering if it’s something about French people and Thailand. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon are both in the semis but needed three sets to make it. I didn’t see Gilles’ match, but Jo was definitely looking a bit end-of-season-y against Chiudinelli. Unsurprising, really; when was the last time he managed to play a full season like this? Still, they both won and they looked hot.

jo-wilfried tsonga bangkok thailand open

gilles2

gilles simon bangkok thailand open

Bonjour.

Jo will be facing Viktor Troicki, who upset eighth seed John Isner in a result that made me go ‘oh’, and Gilles will apparently have to beat at least six Jurgen Melzers.

jurgen melzer bangkok thailand open

Basically my worst nightmare.

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) 67(7) 63 64
[2] G Simon (FRA) d E Korolev (RUS) 46 63 64
[6] J Melzer (AUT) d A Beck (GER) 64 62
[4] V Troicki (SRB) d [8] J Isner (USA) 76(3) 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d [3] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 67(2) 63 10-7

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Friday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on October 2, 2009

Tokyo

Center (from 12.00hrs)
1. Li Na vs. Jelena Jankovic
2. Maria Sharapova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
3. Dulko/Petrova vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama
4. Black/Huber vs. Kleybanova/Schiavone

Bangkok

bangkok oop

Kuala Lumpur

kuala lumpur oop

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Bangkok: Bish Bash Bosh

Posted by gauloises1 on October 2, 2009

So what was the craic in Bangkok today? Well, I only saw the first set of the Tsonga-Gulbis match, and that honestly was enough power tennis to last for about a year.

ernests gulbis thailand open bangkok tsonga

Gulbis actually won the first set 7-3 in the tiebreak, but the margins were so narrow between the two. It’s so odd whenever I get the chance to see Ernie play these days. He really seems to have no concept of playing anything other than flat out and hitting the ball as hard as he can (Tsonga obviously being no slouch in that department either). It was spectacular stuff and the crowd were lapping it up, which was great to see – the Bangkok crowds seem so into their tennis. And yet oddly I had no doubt whatsoever that I would come home to find that Jo had won in three. I just don’t know what to think about Ernie, really. Do you think that he needs to add more dimensions to his game, learn to play more strategically, or is it simply a case of executing his current WHAM! BAM! KABLAMMO! game more consistently? Answers on a postcard. He has such talent.

Anyway, have a picture of Jo looking pretty.

jo-wilfried tsonga bangkok thailand open gulbis

Quarterfinals it is then for the defending champion. Joining him there is second seed Gilles Simon, who’ll face Evgeny Korolev; eighth seed John Isner, who’s taking on Viktor Troicki (bit of a shock for Viktor, who’ll essentially be facing himself but much much taller), and Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Beck. Yawn. As for Jo, he’ll face Marco Chiudinelli after the latter beat Marat Safin (no stranger to WHAM! BAM! KABLAMMO! tennis himself).

marat safin thailand open bangkok chiudinelli

marat safin thailand open bangkok chiudinelli

marat safin bangkok thailand open chiudinelli

Aaaand the Marat Safin Farewell Tour of Failure rolls on. Well done to Chiudinelli though, who I’ve suddenly become aware of.

chiudinelli

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d E Gulbis (LAT) 67(3) 76(4) 76(2)
[2] G Simon (FRA) d K Kim (USA) 62 62
[8] J Isner (USA) d M Zverev (GER) 76(5) 64
A Beck (GER) d [LL] D Young (USA) 61 67(3) 64
[Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) d M Safin (RUS) 63 76(4)
E Korolev (RUS) d R Ginepri (USA) 61 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) d M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) 62 46 10-3
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d R Hutchins (GBR) / H Tecau (ROU) 26 64 10-6
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M Zverev (GER) d M Safin (RUS) / G Simon (FRA) 62 63
F Santoro (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d B Becker (GER) / L Mayer (ARG) 57 61 10-6

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Thursday’s OOP

Posted by gauloises1 on September 30, 2009

Tokyo

Center (from 10.30hrs)
1. Stosur/Stubbs vs. Kleybanova/Schiavone (tbc)
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Marion Bartoli (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Hantuchova/Sugiyama vs. Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual
4. Iveta Benesova vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 14.30hrs)
5. Victoria Azarenka vs. Li Na (NB 17.00hrs)
6. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska

Bangkok

bangkok oop

Kuala Lumpur

kuala lumpur oop

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OK, Stop It Now, Kuala Lumpur

Posted by gauloises1 on September 30, 2009

Seriously, pretty much every photo that comes out of the Proton Malaysian Open (or whatever) is just cracking me up. I mean, this is how they have chosen to sum up Kolya’s 63 76(4) win over Taylor Dent:

kolya

Is it me or does Kolya look like he’s just about to nail the photographer? (With the ball, is what I mean. Obviously.) Anyway, he won. And so did a number of other people, including Gasquet, Soderling, and Youzhny.

youzhny2

Taking his time to make it into the winner’s circle was Gael Monfils, who beat Istomin 76(3) 76(2) and told a harrowing tale of planes, trains and automobiles. He did not, however, address the minor issue of what he’s done to his hair.

la monfla monf2

Is it me, or does he instantly look about five years younger and not in a good way?

Bangkok can’t compete, anyway, it was boring today. Horseface and Nose Job lost. That is all the news of interest.

Kuala Lumpur

Singles – Second Round
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) d [WC] T Dent (USA) 63 76(4)
[3] R Soderling (SWE) d [Q] B Evans (USA) 61 61
M Youzhny (RUS) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) 62 63

Singles – First Round
[5] G Monfils (FRA) d D Istomin (UZB) 76(3) 76(2)
R Gasquet (FRA) d V Crivoi (ROU) 61 62
S Greul (GER) d C Rochus (BEL) 64 36 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
I Kunitsyn (RUS) / J Levinsky (CZE) d [WC] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 26 76(4) 13-11

Doubles – First Round
M Elgin (RUS) / F Moser (GER) d [2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 64 46 10-8
[3] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) 76(6) 64
M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) d [WC] J Johansson (SWE) / Y Si (MAS) 61 57 10-3

Bangkok

Singles – Second Round
[4] V Troicki (SRB) d T Bellucci (BRA) 63 76(4)
[6] J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 64 62

Singles – First Round
K Kim (USA) d R Schuettler (GER) 64 64
M Zverev (GER) d L Mayer (ARG) 57 63 63

Doubles – First Round
F Santoro (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d [1] T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK) 63 67(9) 10-7
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d [2] L Dlouhy (CZE) / D Skoch (CZE) 46 63 10-5
M Kohlmann (GER) / A Peya (AUT) d [WC] P Srichaphan (THA) / D Udomchoke (THA) 26 61 10-6
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M Zverev (GER) d A Beck (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) 64 36 10-8

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