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The Chavgates Have Opened.

Posted by gauloises1 on June 28, 2010

Victor Hanescu exited the championships in controversial circumstances on Friday, retiring when 0-3 down to Daniel Brands and subsequently being fined for unsportsmanlike conduct (spitting at spectators) and lack of effort.

I was watching on TV, and this is what I saw: after leading two sets to love, Hanescu lost a third-set tiebreak to some excellent tennis from Brands. He called the trainer and received treatment for a leg injury, but seemed really rattled throughout the fourth set (which Brands deservedly won). As he was stepping up to serve to begin the fifth, he approached the umpire and complained about something, mentioning his injury, and was subsequently broken to love. After Brands held, Victor yelled at a section of the crowd quite viciously (he did spit towards them) and then totally tanked his service game, standing on the line to deliberately get foot-faulted. After he’d been broken to love again, he left abruptly after shaking Brands’ hand. Very soon afterwards, tournament referee Andrew Jarret requested a recording of the match, and then news broke that four spectators had been arrested.

This is The Guardian‘s account:

Hanescu, who was fined $15,000 (£10,000) yesterday, spat towards the crowd and walked off court when he was leading Daniel Brands, of Germany, 3-0 in the fifth set on Friday. Hanescu apologised in a statement yesterday, saying: “I lost my control briefly in the fifth set after another insult from someone in the crowd. I should never have done that but I am human and I made a mistake.”

A statement by the All England Club said: “Following a review, Victor Hanescu has been fined $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct and a further $7,500 for not using best efforts at the conclusion of the match. No further comment will be made by the referee or the chair umpire.”

Hanescu could yet be charged by police with common assault if it is found he did spit and hit a member of the public.

The four young men were in a seated area of the court when they allegedly began abusing Hanescu. He complained to the umpire and became frustrated when the group were allowed to continue their tirade.

After being ejected by stewards, they watched from the standing area above the court where their heckling continued.

One witness said: “He was receiving treatment [for a leg problem] and there were four guys standing on the walkway high up and they started getting personal, calling him a ‘loser’ and ‘weak’.

“That was just after he’d finished his treatment and was waiting to serve, and that really rattled him because he dropped the ball. The whole crowd gasped because everybody felt it was wrong. You could see the guys had been drinking.”

The match continued until Hanescu reached boiling point. The witness said: “Just a few minutes later there was another incident. He was serving again and something happened – I didn’t hear it, but that’s when he turned to a different section of the crowd. He began to shout. He looked really, really angry.

“He started to walk towards the crowd and then he shouted: ‘Fuck you.’ And I could see this big bit of spit fly out of his mouth towards the crowd. I saw it clear as day, sort of looping up into the air.

“An American guy stood up and said: ‘What are you doing? You can’t spit at the crowd!’

“Then he continued to serve and hit his balls long to get his game over. He just walked up, shook his opponent’s hand and walked off. It was unbelievable.”

Other eyewitness accounts alledge that the spectators in question called Hanescu a ‘gypsy’ and were making noise during his serves.

While there’s no question that Hanescu behaved badly, both in berating the crowd and tanking his last service game, nor any question that he should be held accountable for his behaviour, I felt just watching the match on TV that the umpire’s handling of the situation left a lot to be desired. Those fans should have been removed, not just from the match but from the grounds. If that wasn’t possible, it would at least have been good to have seen the umpire (I think it was Gerry Armstrong) talking to Hanescu and explaining it wasn’t happening. Instead, it seemed like the umpire buried his head in the sand and left Hanescu feeling completely isolated.

I’m not condoning what Victor did at all, but this sort of thing should not happen at Wimbledon. I’ve always been proud of the respect that the players and the game get from the crowd in SW19; yes, they’re typically well-lubricated by the end of the day and yes, there’s a lot of barracking that goes on, but it is unfailingly courteous and takes place within the boundaries of polite spectatorship. The fact that players at Wimbledon can expect to be well treated and watched by spectators who more or less understand how to behave during a tennis match has always been one of the things that makes the tournament special, and I frankly am totally in favour of expelling anyone from the grounds who doesn’t adhere to a certain basic code of conduct. There’s no doubt that Hanescu should have handled it much better than he did – but he shouldn’t have had to handle it at all.

Just my opinion.

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Stan’s the Man, Sam Not So Much

Posted by gauloises1 on April 12, 2010

Stanislas Wawrinka d. Victor Hanescu, 62 63

If you like that sort of thing.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet teamed up last week to make a fool of me, with Gasquet losing a three-set quarterfinal to Victor Hanescu when I picked him for the title and Stan crushing Hanescu in the final when I specifically didn’t. Ah well. Can’t win any of them them all. Well done to Stan.

Speaking of Hanescu, I found his unrelentingly serious ATP Uncovered adorable:

Juan Ignacio Chela d. Sam Querrey, 57 64 63

Hmmm. I know I had a pretty busy weekend, what with inventing sci-fi themed cocktails and trying to keep my unco-operative cat alive and everything, but … Chela? Winning? Is that still a thing? Was that ever a thing? I rather thought Sam Querrey had this one sewn up after he finally defeated everybody’s least favourite player, Wayne Odesnik, in the semis:

Querrey reportedly said “I refuse to lose to that guy”, and refuse to lose he did. So … what happened in the final? Anyone?

All joking aside, that’s a startlingly good run from Chela. A cursory glance at his playing record suggests that the last time he won consecutive main draw matches was in Kitzbuhel last year. So something major must have been working for him this week.

Meanwhile, props to another Argy, Horacio Zeballos, for reaching the semi-finals and defeating Gonzo along the way:

Love it.

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Party! (Like You Fell Through a Hole in Time)

Posted by gauloises1 on January 3, 2010

The Hopman Cup player’s party. Surprisingly respectable ensembles.

I feel like I’ve seen this photo 97,503 times before.

The caption says this is Yaroslava Shvedova. I shall take the caption’s word for it.

The ghost of champions past.

When did Pat Cash become tennis’ creepy barfly?

Team Romania are rapidly becoming my favourites. Look at them, manfully working the Dracula/Bride Of look.

Well played, Laura. Not sure about the dress, but she looks adorable.

I don’t care what anyone says; Andy Murray is hot.

Just because Jez’s choice of footwear is making me giggle.

Melanie and her BFG.

In the interests of self-preservation, I’ve decided to enjoy Sabine’s fashion sense rather than despair at it.

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Two Bears Fighting Over a Pineapple

Posted by gauloises1 on January 2, 2010

Come to Romania, ladies and gentlemen, where wild animals will steal your fruit and they have some quite good tennis players. Sixth-seeded Team Romania upset the Australians in both senses of the word in the first session of the Hopman Cup to take an early lead in Group A.

Sam Stosur looked to be well in charge of her match against Sorana Cirstea, outplaying the Romanian to take the first set 63, but Cirstea’s tenacity paid off in the second set and Stosur eventually wobbled just enough to give up the match. Lleyton Hewitt evened things up by coming from behind to beat Victor Hanescu 36 63 76(2), but the visitors took the mixed 75 61 and the tie with it.

 And they’re so cute. Get in.

Spain-U.S.A tonight.

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Paris Day One: Marat’s Career. Still Not Over.

Posted by gauloises1 on November 10, 2009

Marat Safin survives for at least one more match at his last tournament. He was up against French qualifier Thierry Ascione, but it obviously wasn’t devoid of drama; a brain cramp in the second set took them into a decider and Marat had to save three match points with aces before taking the final tiebreak 7-3.

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That means Marat will face Delpo in the second round in what is known as a ‘no-win scenario’. Either Delpo gets to be the guy who ends Marat’s career, or (in the more likely scenario, given that Delpo hasn’t won a match since the US Open), Marat wins and it’s no more Delpo till London. Sigh.

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PEHK’s erratic form continues as he fell to Andreas Seppi in straight sets, and Victor Hanescu went out after a great match against Albert Montanes; Hanescu had break point after break point in the third set but couldn’t convert, and Montanes stepped it up significantly in the tiebreak. Hanescu even attempted serving underarm after going about a zillion match points down (and won the point), but he couldn’t forestall the inevitable. And John Isner overcame a tough challenge from Alejandro Falla, saving three match points to advance.

Singles – First Round
A Seppi (ITA) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d P Cuevas (URU) 76(3) 64
T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] V Millot (FRA) 63 76(4)
[Q] L Kubot (POL) d A Beck (GER) 64 36 64
V Troicki (SRB) d P Mathieu (FRA) 76(4) 30 ret. (right calf)
A Montanes (ESP) d V Hanescu (ROU) 36 63 76(3)
J Isner (USA) d [Q] A Falla (COL) 46 76(10) 75 – saved 3 M.P.
[WC] M Safin (RUS) d [Q] T Ascione (FRA) 64 46 76(3) – saved 3 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
S Aspelin (SWE) / P Hanley (AUS) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 64 36 10-7
[WC] A Clement (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) 36 61 10-4
J Benneteau (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d J Coetzee (RSA) / M Melo (BRA) 63 64

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Hopman Cup Lineup Increasingly Marvy

Posted by gauloises1 on October 4, 2009

If they would just hold the damn thing in a part of the world that’s in a civilised timezone, it would be the best tournament ever. Because get this: in addition to Hewitt and Stosur for Australia and Andreev and Dementieva for Russia, Romania will be represented in the 2010 Hopman Cup by Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu, while Sabine Lisicki will be returning and this time accompanied by Philipp Kohlschreiber. I also seem to have missed the news that Melanie Oudin and John Isner will be representing for the U.S.A.

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I am completely stoked about this. In case you’ve missed the memo, my love for Licky is rapidly reaching Momo proportions (and when will she play Hopman Cup with Kuznetsova and win the whole damn thing for Eurasia, eh?). And I’m anything but unfond of Sorana and Melanie Oudin as well. There’s a little less wattage for me on the male side, but they’re all fun players capable of great tennis. And there are three more teams to be confirmed. Can’t wait!

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Tuesday ATP Results: Hanescu, Andreev Upset

Posted by gauloises1 on September 23, 2009

We lost the first and fourth seeds in Bucharest today, with local favourite (and top seed) Victor Hanescu falling to Oscar Hernandez and Igor Andreev going down to qualifier Santiago Ventura, both in straight sets. In happier news, Pico progressed smoothly, beating Brazil’s Jan Silva 62 64, and only needs two more wins to beat Tommy Robredo for most wins on clay in 2009. Oh, and fellow Tandilese Gonzo to the Max beat Olivier Rochus 64 in the third.

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In Metz, Richard Gasquet had a testing time of it against Michael Berrer but won in the third-set tiebreak, while the older Frenchies suffered, Santoro losing to Christophe Rochus and Clement falling to Tipsarevic. And check out this adorable Double Vision blog courtesy of Booty and Hutch. Seriously. I am loving this whole Double Vision business.

Bucharest

Singles – First Round
O Hernandez (ESP) d [1] V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 64
[2] N Almagro (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) 64 63
[3] J Monaco (ARG) d [Q] J Silva (BRA) 62 64
[Q] S Ventura (ESP) d [4] I Andreev (RUS) 64 61
[5] A Montanes (ESP) d P Starace (ITA) 64 62
[6] D Koellerer (AUT) d [Q] F Volandri (ITA) 26 75 63
R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) d [7] A Seppi (ITA) 64 64
[Q] P Riba (ESP) d F Gil (POR) 75 57 62
[WC] M Copil (ROU) d V Crivoi (ROU) 63 62
A Martin (ESP) d F Serra (FRA) 46 60 64
M Gonzalez (ARG) d O Rochus (BEL) 67(4) 61 64
F Fognini (ITA) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 16 64 63
S Greul (GER) leads S Darcis (BEL) 75 11 – match suspended (darkness)

Doubles – First Round
[2] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d J Cerretani (USA) / L Zovko (CRO) 63 60
[3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Rojer (AHO) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 46 63 10-4
D Koellerer (AUT) / J Levinsky (CZE) d M Gonzalez (ARG) / I Zelenay (SVK) 63 62

Metz

Singles – First Round
C Rochus (BEL) d [5] F Santoro (FRA) 06 64 76(3)
E Korolev (RUS) d [6] B Becker (GER) 62 63
[8] I Ljubicic (CRO) d [Q] S de Chaunac (FRA) 46 61 76(1)
M Gicquel (FRA) d [Q] R Valent (SUI) 63 61
D Istomin (UZB) d A Golubev (KAZ) 62 64
[Q] T Ascione (FRA) d A Mannarino (FRA) 76(5) 64
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d [LL] A Clement (FRA) 64 64
R Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 63 26 76(5)

Doubles – First Round
[2] R Hutchins (GBR) / J Kerr (AUS) d [ALT] E Korolev (RUS) / D Sitak (RUS) 46 60 10-4
R Schuettler (GER) / M Zverev (GER) d [4] E Butorac (USA) / S Lipsky (USA) 64 64
P Marx (GER) / B Phau (GER) d A Golubev (KAZ) / A Motti (ITA) 67(4) 62 10-6

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ATP Sunday Titlists: Pico Wins. Only Yoking.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009

Robin Soderling d. Juan Monaco 63 76(4)

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Not awfully much to say about this, really. Pico fought hard, and actually had his chances against a clearly nervous Robin, but in the end he was simply outhit. On the other hand, it provided some Pico-in-pain pictures, which are, oh, my third favourite kind of Pico pictures (to be bumped down to fourth should any full frontal nude ones surface).

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Robin is the first Swede to win the title in nine years, which – not being British – the Swedes apparently feel constitutes some sort of ‘dry spell’. Lightweights. Well done to him.

Singles – Final
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d J Monaco (ARG) 63 76(4)

Doubles – Final
[3] J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) 16 63 10-7

Jeremy Chardy d. Victor Hanescu 16 63 64

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In a match that is certain to have made at least one person I know spaff her pants, Jezza came back from a set down to beat Hanescu, which is particularly impressive after his double duty yesterday. It’s his first ATP tour title, and it’s always nice to see someone break their duck. Well done, boyo. Sorry, garcon.

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Singles – Final
J Chardy (FRA) d [4] V Hanescu (ROU) 16 63 64

Doubles – Final
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 64

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Saturday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 19, 2009

It’ll be Pico-Soderling in the Bastad final after the Andreas Vinciguerra fairytale came to an end at the hands of Robin Soderling. Vinciguerra hasn’t won the first set of a single one of his matches this week, but Soderling was the first to stop the second-set comeback in its tracks, winning the tiebreak 8-6.

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It’ll be interesting to see whether Vinciguerra can keep this career resurgence going away from his home tournament. I’m betting no, but it’s been a great week for someone who was tennistically (thank you, Bambi) down and out. The other semifinal saw Pico beat Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2 in a performance critics are characterising as “fucking awesome”. Pico came out fired up and broke Tommy in the first game, and Robredo simply never recovered. He was flat, listless and every time he did manage to play a good point, Pico played a better one. He only held serve once in the entire match. I’d have felt a bit sorry for him if Pico hadn’t been looking so, well, hot.

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In Stuttgart, Victor Hanescu survived a tough match with the suddenly bizarrely dangerous Fabio Fognini to advance to his first final of the year. He’ll meet Jeremy Chardy, who defeated Mischa Zverev and then came back to school Nicholas Kiefer. Excellent double duty, although he does seem to have been replaced by his evil mirrorverse double at some point. Seriously, what’s with the beard?

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Bastad

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) 61 76(6)
J Monaco (ARG) d [3] T Robredo (ESP) 60 62

Stuttgart

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d F Fognini (ITA) 63 67(4) 62
J Chardy (FRA) d N Kiefer (GER) 63 75

Singles – Quarter-finals
N Kiefer (GER) d [Q] L Kubot (POL) 62 61
J Chardy (FRA) d M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) d [1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 64 75
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [2] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Melo (BRA) 36 62 10-4

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Friday ATP Results: Bastad, Stuttgart

Posted by gauloises1 on July 18, 2009

And we have most of our semifinalists!

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Give it up for Andreas Vinciguerra, ranked 460 in the world. He thrilled the home crowds with a three-set victory over fourth seed Jurgen Melzer. Who would have thought Sweden would have had two homeboys in the semis, as Rob Soderling out-thwacked Nicholas Almagro? Tommy Robredo dismissed my man Teimuraz 64 60 – grrr – and the match of the day (at least from my perspective) turned out to a bit of a damp squib. Fernando Verdasco was listless and struggling from the beginning with a tight right calf muscle, presumably the result of exhaustion after having played fourteen sets in Davis Cup and an epic match with ol’ Krazy Koellerer the previous day. It actually would have been over much quicker, had not Pico gone inexplicably soft in the head seeing how much Verdasco was struggling and started hitting the ball right back to him. Ah well. I’m sure Nando will be fully recovered and ruining my life in no time at all.

The biggest shock of the day was Fabio Fognini – who has eerily grown to resemble Ming the Merciless – defeating second seed Nikolay Davydenko in three sets.

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Fabs played a solid match, but it was fairly dreadful stuff from Kolya, who just couldn’t find his range with any consistency. Hanescu beat Sidorenko in straight sets, but sadly rain interrupted play, so the winner of Kiefer-Kubot and Zverev-Chardy will presumably have to play two matches. Tough stuff.

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Bastad

Singles – Quarter-finals
J Monaco (ARG) d [1] F Verdasco (ESP) 61 31 ret. (right calf)
[2] R Soderling (SWE) d [5] N Almagro (ESP) 75 63
[3] T Robredo (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 60
[WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) d [4] J Melzer (AUT) 26 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] J Levinsky (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d N Almagro (ESP) / S Ventura (ESP) 64 67(5) 10-7
R Lindstedt (SWE) / R Soderling (SWE) d [4] M Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 76(7)

Stuttgart

Singles – Quarter-finals
F Fognini (ITA) d [2] N Davydenko (RUS) 61 36 75
[4] V Hanescu (ROU) d [LL] A Sidorenko (FRA) 76(2) 64
N Kiefer (GER) vs [Q] L Kubot (POL) – play suspended due to rain
M Zverev (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Kubot (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / H Tecau (ROU) – play suspended due to rain

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d I Navarro (ESP) / G Simon (FRA) 62 60

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