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Does the Pope Know About This?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 9, 2010

After that miserable news, how about some random Davis Cup doubles to cheer you up? Enter Simone Bolelli and Potito Starace, who clinched their zonal group tie against the Netherlands in four sets in the doubles today.



Between you and your god.

Update: Further Italian awesomeness courtesy of Flavia Pennetta’s doubles win with Gisela Dulko in Rome …

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Introducing Mr and Mrs Bols

Posted by gauloises1 on August 9, 2009

Remember Simone Bolelli? He got married.

mr and mrs bols

mr and mrs bols2

The happy couple.


Hands off, girls, he’s married.

mrs bols

Mrs Bols (Ximena Fleitas) in her natural environment.

Many happy returns of the day. Or whatever.


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RG Day Five-and-Three Set Warriors

Posted by gauloises1 on May 28, 2009

I’m giving today’s five set warrior award to Jeremy Chardy, who beat Simone Bolelli 62 63 46 46 61.

bols butt chardy

Basically because he’s pretty.


What the hell do I know, anyway? I didn’t see any of the matches.

Oh, and the three set award goes to … meh, Melinda Czink, for her win over bad mama Sybille Bammer.


Come on, how much recognition does she get?

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RG Day Two: Five-and-Three Set Warriors

Posted by gauloises1 on May 25, 2009

So today’s Five Set Warrior award goes to Italian Simone Bolelli, who beat seeded Tomas Berdych in five sets, 64 64 57 46 63.

From what I saw, he was playing brilliantly and did really well to close out the win after Berdych battled his way back in to the match. Good man.


Not many men can play a killer forehand and proffer an invisible tray of canapes at one and the same time.

The following were disqualified on the basis of dislike/indifference/it being completely unncessary for them to go to five sets: Massu, Wawrinka, Machado and Lopez (who appears to have nicked my Elf’s trick of tucking up his shorts to receive. Yeah, I saw you.)

On the women’s side, I’m giving it to Marion Bartoli, who battled from first to last to subdue countrywoman Pauline Parmentier in three sets, 36 61 63. It was a match that was a lot tighter than the scoreline suggests. In fact, I’ve never seen Marion so desperate to win and so nervous – and that’s not just a function of the fact that she’s the most haunted-looking player on tour.


Clearly feeling the ‘French curse’ and facing an opponent who was playing the best I’ve ever seen her, Marion battled through. Go girl.

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Rome Results: Madness, Madness, Madness

Posted by gauloises1 on April 29, 2009

Damp, soggy madness too, which as we all know is the worst kind.

So there was rain, and then there was more rain, and then there was darkness. But in amongst all of that, some matches did finish, frequently in insane fashion. Nole played a tight first set against Montanes and then followed it up with a bagel; Kohlschreiber dropped the first set and then won 1 and 0 over Bolelli, who it turns out is quite attractive when you can’t see his face.


Querrey was bounced by local favourite Seppi after being a set and a break up, Lopez beat the lovely Bellucci, and Paul-Henri Mathieu took a set off David Ferrer before the match was postponed due to darkness. The match of the day was definitely Robredo vs. Safin, as everyone’s favourite TOTAL IDIOT managed to lose after being 6-2, 4-1, 30-0 up.



Robredo had this to say:

“He was leading 6-2, 4-1, 30-0 with serve, which is nearly the end of the match,” said Robredo. “But suddenly I just won a couple of points and then I could break him in that game. Then he was serving 5-4 and I saw that the first point he did a double fault, so I did my best all the time and finally I broke him and won the tiebreak, which was really close.

“Obviously when I won the second set I thought that it was my time right now, because I know Marat. When things like that happen to him, maybe sometimes it’s tough for him to keep playing the same level.”

Oh, Marat. Fine if he’s not that into the tour any more, this being his swan song and all, but he doesn’t even seem to be going out there and enjoying himself. He’s going out there and suffering. Seemingly deliberately. The man is a riddle inside a mystery shrouded in an enigma, wrapped in tanned Russian brawn.

The other big shocks of the day were Mardy Fish beating Igor Andreev in three, and Ernests Gulbis upsetting Nicolas Almagro 36 76(5) 62. I didn’t see this one, so I can’t say whether it was Nico playing badly or Ernie playing well, but still, it’s a great win for him. I wish I didn’t think he’s just going to lose in the second round anyway. Get. A. Coach.

Singles – Second Round
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d A Montanes (ESP) 76(5) 60
[4] A Murray (GBR) vs [Q] J Monaco (ARG) – postponed to Wednesday
C Rochus (BEL) vs [15] M Cilic (CRO) – postponed to Wednesday

Singles – First Round
[12] F Gonzalez (CHI) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 61
[13] T Robredo (ESP) d M Safin (RUS) 26 76(5) 62
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d S Bolelli (ITA) 46 61 60
R Soderling (SWE) d M Granollers (ESP) 63 60
[Q] M Zverev (GER) d T Berdych (CZE) 46 62 75
F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] T Bellucci (BRA) 64 62
J Melzer (AUT) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 62 63
M Fish (USA) d I Andreev (RUS) 63 46 76(2)
A Seppi (ITA) d S Querrey (USA) 36 64 63
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d J Acasuso (ARG) 63 64
[Q] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 64
E Gulbis (LAT) d N Almagro (ESP) 36 76(5) 62
[WC] F Fognini (ITA) d [WC] F Volandri (ITA) 67(3) 61 76(4)
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs R Gasquet (FRA) – postponed to Wednesday
P Mathieu (FRA) vs [11] D Ferrer (ESP) 63 01 – to finish Wednesday
[16] R Stepanek (CZE) vs F Serra (FRA) 56 – to finish Wednesday

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