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‘Den Bosch: Because I Did Promise.

Posted by gauloises1 on June 14, 2010

And because whitelinefervor will visit his wrath upon me if I don’t … all hail Henri Kontinen, who beat Dustin Brown of the Jam planet in ‘den Bosch today. That’s HenKon’s first match since April after he *mumbled* his *mumble* and his first non-Davis Cup ATP main draw win of 2010. Hooray.

Because there are no photos, have one of HenKon bonding with an ostrich.

(More HenKon tomfoolery here.)

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Decision 2010: The People Have Mumbled

Posted by gauloises1 on May 7, 2010

Just under 24 hours. Exactly 1,000 votes counted. People I didn’t even know read this blog weighing in hilariously in the comments. Probable, I’m not going to lie, massive corruption. One candidate breaking through the fourth wall to campaign for himself. And at the end of all things, one man is left standing.

Well … sort of.

With 25.8% of the vote … David Ferrer!

And with 25.9% of the vote … Henri Kontinen!

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe what we have here is a hung blog.

So … what do we do? Declare a second, special run-off election? Disband the blog? Set fire to everything and run around in our knickers for a bit? I say no. As the unelected, autocratic head of state here, I’m going to broker a compromise that will hopefully be acceptable to everyone. Yes, I’m Gauloises1. And basically, I rule.

So I suggest the following. I love HenKon dearly, but is he really ready to carry the weight of New Balls, Please at this tender stage in his development? I say no. So I’m declaring David Ferrer the official New Balls, Please interim ultrafave until the return of Delpo. Tagline and all. But I will also commit to obsessive, downright nauseating coverage of HenKon, because frankly, he deserves it.

Does this seem like a good compromise?


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Decision 2010: Who Gets Your Vote?

Posted by gauloises1 on May 6, 2010

Update: Please note that polls will stay open until midnight GMT tonight, in the grand electoral tradition. There’s still time to campaign …

So. It’s time to face up to the elephant in the room. Even the most optimistic estimates acknowledge that we are facing a long, barren summer/autumn/winter/future without Delpo on the tour, and whatever news we do get about him is likely to be depressing. It’s also true that, for some inexplicable reason, Delpo has become the main mascot, poster-boy and raison d’etre of New Balls, Please. He’s our tagline. He’s the majority of my posts. And while it’s safe to say that this will always be the case, now that the first shock of the news has worn off and the reality of Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Davis Cup and almost certainly the US Open without him is sinking in, the mind turns inevitably to coping strategies. Not for me personally; enough drinking will almost certainly take care of that. For this increasingly sporadic blog of mine.

Henceforth, I propose the following: the immediate adoption of an interim ultrafave as the stand-in recipient of my most obsessive blogging attention. I’ll do my best to watch his matches and rhapsodise about them or bewail them at length; I’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest news about him, no matter how trivial; and I won’t let a week go by without posting new (or old but suitably appealing) photos, no matter how specious the excuse. I’ll even change the tagline of the blog to reflect the shift in focus. And in the spirit of election day in Great Britain (I get excited about voting, OK?), I thought I would make this a democratic decision and hold a poll. Obviously whoever it is will probably get dumped like yesterday’s empties when Delpo comes back, but in the meantime … You, the reader (there may only be one of you these days), will decide.

So, without further ado, I present to you my shortlist for the stand-in mascot of New Balls, Please.

Marin Cilic

Pros: basically Delpo, but a bit less good (but with two working wrists); I blog about him all the time anyway; a specious excuse to talk about Delpo; much adorable Goran-age is implied, if not necessary; a nice line in deadpan; excellent hugger; did I mention the Goran-age?

Cons: frustratingly inconsistent; once climbed over a fence to avoid me (OK, it was a small fence so it was more of a step, but still); hugging technique very much dependent on the recipient.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: If you’re reading this, he’s already lost. Or he’s winning really well. What week is this?!”

David Ferrer

Pros: friend to the animals; well-established Davis Cup warrior, thus making it less annoying when Spain inevitably win; besties with Boss in an adorable fashion; prone to ripping off his clothes; he’s so adorable it’s even bearable when he beats Murray; yummy tummy; rumoured to be a smoker, which we like.

Cons: depressingly often found next to Rafa holding a small plate.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: Tightly locked inside David Ferrer’s punishment box.” 

Tomas Berdych

Pros: he’s really quite attractive; has a token comedy resemblance to a maniacal liver-eating serial killer; card-carrying Davis Cup warrior; often does well enough to justify frequent bloggage.

Cons: I’ve been anywhere between ambivalent and downright mean about him in the past, thus risking increasing my well-established (and deserved) reputation for fickleness; only known bromance is with Steps; frequent discussion of his sandwich-avoiding girlfriend will also probably be necessary; he may find out about me and eat my liver.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: Feeding the masses on Lucie Safarova’s leftovers.”

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Pros: he owns Valencia, and you too; can wear this hat and still somehow be hot; proven to improve with age; living dinosaur, in a good way; looks amazing in a suit.

Cons: kind of old, so we might see a lot of this; I already blog a lot about him already.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: We know who our daddy is.”

Thomaz Bellucci

Pros: Provides both hot and hilarious photoage; gets noticeably and suspiciously more attractive and less nasal with each off-season; sometimes wins stuff.

Cons: Not that much actual news about him, so I would have to make it up find some.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: Nobody nose Bellucci like we do.”

Henri Kontinen

Pros: former Wimbledon boys’ champion trying to make it on the tour, offering you a unique chance to get in on the next big thing very, very early; prolific tweeter; supplies a lot of his own cute photographs; well-established bromance potential.

Cons: would force me to blog a lot about Challengers and Futures and such; potential massive loss of investment if he isn’t, after all, the next big or even a thing.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: In three years’ time, we’ll look amazingly prescient. Maybe.”

Ernests Gulbis

Pros: Starting to capitalise on his huge talent (not a euphemism); hilarious press conferences; never dull.

Cons: Inconsistency, prostitutes and taking lateness to a whole new level.

Suggested tagline:New Balls, Please: Where we’d do Ernests Gulbis for free.”

So those are the candidates – but only you can decide. Please cast your vote, and then elaborate on your choice/suggest alternative taglines/ let me know who should have been on the shortlist and why in the comments. Remember: destiny is in your hands.

(Please note that I’m going to do what I want regardless of your vote, just as soon as I’ve figured out what it is I want. I did say this was inspired by the UK’s general election.)

Posted in david ferrer, ernests gulbis, henri kontinen, juan carlos ferrero, thomaz bellucci, tomas berdych | Tagged: , , , , , | 77 Comments »

Stockholm, Moscow: Hengor Go Down. Not In a Good Way.

Posted by gauloises1 on October 21, 2009

Bad news for cute boys and the girls who love them; Henri Kontinen and Grigor Dmitrov both lost their first round matches at the Stockholm Open today. Grigor got just two games off Jarkko Nieminen, and HenKon lost two tight sets to fellow qualifier Michael Berrer. Ah well, at least they can console each other. Hopefully in some way that involves staying away from ladies of the evening/policewomen disguised as such.

grigor dmitrov stockholm open first round

henri kontinen stockholm open first round

Also, HenKon, WTF is with that bandana? To paraphrase IRTTY, please stop raiding Clement’s armoire. And in a seamless segue, Clement himself won his first ATP match in like five months, beating fifth seed Andreas Beck 62 64. Oh – and Nose Job won. Always a cause for minor celebration.

The Kremlin Cup also chugs along, losing a mere three seeds, two at the hands of American journeymen. Wayne Odesnik saved one match point on the way to defeating second seed Victor Hanescu, who seems to be a bit burned out judging by his recent results, and Robby Ginepri defeated the Artist Formerly Known as a Top Player, Igor Andreev. Whatever.


Singles – First Round
W Odesnik (USA) d [2] V Hanescu (ROU) 57 75 64 – saved 1 M.P.
R Ginepri (USA) d [4] I Andreev (RUS) 63 67(9) 76(1)
[6] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d D Koellerer (AUT) 64 63
[7] F Santoro (FRA) d [WC] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 46 62 62
A Golubev (KAZ) d [8] M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 75 63
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] M Biryukov (RUS) 60 62
[Q] M Kukushkin (KAZ) d F Fognini (ITA) 64 57 64
C Rochus (BEL) d M Gicquel (FRA) 75 ret. (sore throat)
M Granollers (ESP) d [Q] N Kiefer (GER) 64 10 ret. (lower back pain)

Doubles – First Round
[1] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d F Santoro (FRA) / M Youzhny (RUS) 76(6) 75
[2] E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d I Kunitsyn (RUS) / M Safin (RUS) 62 64


Singles – First Round
[Q] A Clement (FRA) d [5] A Beck (GER) 64 62
[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [Q] H Kontinen (FIN) 75 76(7)
T Bellucci (BRA) d [Q] F Nielsen (DEN) 76(6) 63
O Rochus (BEL) d [WC] A Vinciguerra (SWE) 63 62
R Kendrick (USA) d O Hernandez (ESP) 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) 60 62
A Seppi (ITA) d V Crivoi (ROU) 64 61 

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Soares (BRA) / K Ullyett (ZIM) d [WC] P Brydolf (SWE) / A Siljestrom (SWE) 76(1) 63
[3] J Kerr (AUS) / T Parrott (USA) d M Melo (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 62 61
B Becker (GER) / D Skoch (CZE) d L Arnold Ker (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 60 76(3)
F Lopez (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / P Luczak (AUS) 75 63

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Stockholm, Moscow: Give It Up For My Boys

Posted by gauloises1 on October 20, 2009

Still a bit way behind with this whole tennis thing and frankly am only blogging now because I’m too nervous about stuff I have going on tomorrow to sleep. But still! Tournaments are happening! Tennis is being played! Prostitutes are being solicited!

Fairly good day for my guys in Stockholm today. Two seeds are out already; Benjamin Becker at the hands of compatriot Simon Greul, and Albert Montanes at the hands of a certain Horseface. Well done indeed. The Pimback continues as Joachim Johansson beat Luczak, and Pico had a scare against Jan Hernych (who came fairly close to beating JMDP in Montreal, if memory serves) but survived, as the beautiful should.

juan monaco stockholm open

And give it up for HenKon, the very lovely Henri Kontinen, who beat the seventh seed Marco Crugnola to qualify into the main draw. This boy is the future of ATP adorableness, I’m telling you. Unless he turns out to be one of the johns.

henri kontinen stockholm open qualifying

Routine stuff in Moscow at the Kremlin Cup today. Homeboys Mikhail Youzhny and Teimuraz Gabashvili posted wins. I am happy about this.


Singles – First Round
[3] M Youzhny (RUS) d H Zeballos (ARG) 61 76(5)
[5] P Cuevas (URU) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 62
T Gabashvili (RUS) d K Beck (SVK) 36 64 64
P Starace (ITA) d [WC] E Donskoy (RUS) 63 63

Doubles – First Round 
A Golubev (KAZ) / E Korolev (RUS) d [4] R Hutchins (GBR) / H Tecau (ROU) 76(4) 26 10-8
M Vassallo Arguello (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] I Belyaev (RUS) / P Davydenko (RUS) 61 63


 Singles – First Round
[4] J Monaco (ARG) d J Hernych (CZE) 62 57 75
S Greul (GER) d [6] B Becker (GER) 26 63 75
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d A Martin (ESP) 63 62
L Mayer (ARG) d [7] A Montanes (ESP) 64 63
[WC] J Johansson (SWE) d P Luczak (AUS) 75 62 

Doubles – First Round
[4] J Coetzee (RSA) / S Huss (AUS) d [WC] H Kontinen (FIN) / J Nieminen (FIN) 26 63 10-6

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Happy Birthday, HenKon

Posted by gauloises1 on June 20, 2009

Just taking a moment to wish happy birthday to Henri Kontinen, one half of YFB’s mascot slash pairing, Hengor …

Sadly Henri won’t be celebrating with just-good-friend Grigor Dmitrov, as he’s playing a Challenger in Norway.


We love you, HenKon. Wishing you some good results soon.

(pic via HenKon’s twitter)

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Hengor Go Down in Greece

Posted by gauloises1 on April 28, 2009

So both Henri Kontinen and Grigor Dimitrov lost their first round matches in the Aegean Tennis Cup today.


Grigor lost 6-2, 6-3 to Becker. No, not that one, the other one.


Henkon lost 6-4, 6-4 to Stadler.

Bad luck boys. Go to the beach or something. Or do whatever two teenage boys do in Greece.

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Henri Kontinen and Grigor Dimitrov: Greek Love

Posted by gauloises1 on April 28, 2009

Hengor are competing in the Aegean Tennis Cup challenger tournament this week and have their respective first matches tomorrow.

Henri will be taking on Simon Stadler in the first match of the day, while Grigor has another tough draw against Benjamin “the other B.” Becker last thing.

Why does everyone want to keep them apart?! They’re so star-crossed.

I just hope one of them stays in the tournament long enough to beat the crap out of Alex Bogdanovic. Of course, that would require Boggo to actually win a few matches himself, so that looks unlikely.



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Henri Kontinen and Grigor Dimitrov: my new crush

Posted by gauloises1 on April 26, 2009

How cute is this? Hengor on a buggy:

Henri Kontinen and Grigor Dimitrov buggy

They’re like the tennis History Boys!

Could you die? I mean, seriously. Speaking for everyone who is me, I may be dead.

Henri Kontinen is of course last year’s Wimbledon boys’ finalist – he lost to, yes, Grigor Dimitrov. And I just became a fan of both.

(via Henkon’s twitter)

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