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Carcinoma I Lives Up To Name

Posted by gauloises1 on May 22, 2009

So Mario Ancic is definitely out of the French Open.


Seriously. I’m so sick of reading words to this effect.

Just please be healthy for the Davis Cup tie with the U.S., Mario.


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Ivanovic Out of French Open?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 20, 2009

The defending Roland Garros champion may not be able to play this year due to the knee inflammation that kept her out of Madrid, according to coach Craig Cardon:

“I am not sure she is even going to be able to play at the French Open because of this knee injury,” Cardon said, before adding, “I know her confidence is still pretty high and her level of play is good enough for Ana to win it again.”

Don’t panic, Ana fans.

Sounds to me like Cardon’s just playing the expectations game, trying to make it seem as if it’s a miracle Ana’s playing at all to take the pressure off her to defend.

I’m on to you, Cardon.

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The Withdrawal Method: Isner Out, Monfils Doubtful

Posted by gauloises1 on May 20, 2009

According to Tennis Week, John Isner has been forced to withdraw from the French Open because he has mono.


Isner won the play-off for the USTA’s reciprocal wildcard. It’s likely now that another competitor in the play-off will take the wildcard.

I’m no Izzy fan – quite the reverse – but every Mario fan knows how much mono can suck. Hope it’s a mild case and he gets well soon.

Speaking of Mario, I’m also hearing he may not be playing.

And as for La Monf, after losing to Baghdatis in straight sets at the Guinot Mary Cohr today – his first match after returning from injury – his participation is also in doubt.

“If I had to decide today, the answer would be no… I’ll make my decision at the last minute.”

This sucks.

EDIT: Forgot Dmitry Tursunov, he’s out with a heel injury. Or was that being a heel? Either way, no Dima for you.

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French Like It's Open

Posted by gauloises1 on May 20, 2009

So, much like C Note at Forty Deuce, I’m regarding the French Open with mingled excitement and horror. Not just because Rafa’s going to win the whole thing again, but because I’m going to be attempting to blog about it. And frankly, little piddly 250 tournaments practically kill me. How am I going to cope with a Grand Slam?

Oh, right … doing it half-assed. I remember now.

In that spirit, check out this quiz on ESPN for your clay IQ. If you score more than 1, you’re eligible to read this piece on storylines to watch out for at Roland Garros.

It’s not a bad list … but it doesn’t cover half the questions I have:

  • Can Juan Martin del Potro break through to a Slam semi? I think he can. Obviously depending to some extent on the draw. But then, I’ve been fantasising over the thought of him beating Rafa at Roland Garros for a long time, so I’m clearly delusional
  • How will Andy Murray do? Because speaking for my people in Britland, some of us genuinely expect him to win the whole thing
  • Will Marin Cilic finally put together a good run on clay?
  • Who the hell is going to win on the women’s side? How up for this is Serena? Will Kuznetsova’s recent resurgence continue, or just fade away? I don’t expect Azarenka to do too much, but what about up-and-comer Sabine Lisicki, or Wozniacki? One of the two of them has to be ready for a Slam breakthrough …
  • Forget the Americans, what about the Frenchies? Is Gael Monfils in any shape to repeat last year’s run? Can slumpers Simon and Cornet pull it together for the home crowds? And what about Momo? WHAT ABOUT MOMO?
  • And most importantly, who the hell do I know who’s going who can twat me regular updates about what’s going on?!

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Sabine Lisicki Hospitalised, Out of French Open?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 19, 2009

Did you guys know that Sabine was hospitalised last week with severe abdominal pains? Because I certainly didn’t.

Anyway, apparently appendicitis has been ruled out and she may still be able to compete at Roland Garros.


Get well soon, Sabine. We like you.

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Nishikori Out of French Open

Posted by gauloises1 on May 19, 2009

Kei Nishikori has withdrawn from Roland Garros due to his persistent elbow injury.



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Roland Garros to Copy Wimbledon, Get Roof

Posted by gauloises1 on May 13, 2009

So apparently, the French Open has chosen an architect to design its retractable roof over Philip Chatrier.

The architect in question is Marc Mimram, who is apparently “well known as the designer of the overpass that connects France and Germany across the Rhine River in Strasbourg”. Sounds ideal.

The roof is to be ready in 2011 and will probably look nothing like this:


This is so typical of the French.

They’re always copying us.

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Bambi Back for Roland Garros?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 13, 2009

According to, Gael Monfils will be playing the 1er Masters Guinot-Mary-Cohr exo in Paris next week … suggesting that he’ll be playing the French Open.


Allez, Bambi.

Hope you’ve got your knees/elbows/brain sorted out.

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Quick Hits: Tomic Receives French Open Wildcard

Posted by gauloises1 on May 5, 2009

So the Atomic B will be rocking Roland Garros, apparently. Instead of holding a wildcard playoff as is the custom, Tennis Australia skipped the whole tedious process and just gave them to whoever the hell they wanted: Bernard Tomic and Olivia Rogowska, who’s apparently a thing.


I bet he somehow manages to beat Potito Starace again. Because that’s how the Potito peels.

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Quick Hits: Isner Wins WC for Roland Garros

Posted by gauloises1 on May 1, 2009

The USTA’s French Open wild card play-off has been concluded, and in a totally unsurprising result, No. 1 seed John Isner is the lucky winner, defeating Jesse Levine 76(2) 64 64.

But more importantly, a rollicking good time was had by all.


Well done to Grandpa John. I hope he loses in the first round.

More info here.

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