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ATP Week Now: Monte Carlo

Posted by gauloises1 on April 13, 2010

Draw here.

Top seeds: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Youzhny, Ivan Ljubicic

The tournament’s already well underway (sorry), with a full day’s play producing no real upsets but a few heart/loinwarming results, notably courtesy of Nalby, Pico and Boss who all notched up straight sets wins:

Boss! What happened to your awesome conquistador beard?!

Tomas Berdych overcame the windy conditions for a good win against Feliciano Lopez, Gasquet battled to a three-set victory over Dolgopolov Jr. (or O-Dog, as I understand he’s known), and Thomaz Bellucci sadly fell to Philipp Kohlschreiber.

See you in Barcelona, Nose Job.

Full Results

Singles – First Round
[9] J Ferrero (ESP) d [Q] M Granollers (ESP) 60 63
[10] T Berdych (CZE) d F Lopez (ESP) 63 61
[11] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] P Luczak (AUS) 62 64
[14] J Monaco (ARG) d [Q] J Nieminen (FIN) 75 75
D Nalbandian (ARG) d A Beck (GER) 63 61
[WC] R Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 46 62
[Q] A Golubev (KAZ) d J Chardy (FRA) 62 76(2)
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] O Dolgopolov Jr. (UKR) 64 57 62
N Almagro (ESP) d S Greul (GER) 36 75 62
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Bellucci (BRA) 26 63 76(3)
E Gulbis (LAT) d M Chiudinelli (SUI) 63 62
P Petzschner (GER) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 26 62
B Becker (GER) d [WC] B Tomic (AUS) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
N Djokovic (SRB) / V Troicki (SRB) d T Bellucci (BRA) / A Montanes (ESP) 61 75
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d J Knowle (AUT) / A Ram (ISR) 63 36 10-3
[WC] R Hutchins (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) d F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 61 75

Today’s OOP brought to you by the best of British tennis.

OOP

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[4] M Cilic (CRO) vs I Andreev (RUS)
J Benneteau (FRA) vs [6] F Verdasco (ESP)
[5] J Tsonga (FRA) vs N Almagro (ESP)
[10] T Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] R Gasquet (FRA)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs N Almagro (ESP) / I Ljubicic (CRO)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[15] J Melzer (AUT) vs P Mathieu (FRA)
F Fognini (ITA) vs M Llodra (FRA)
V Troicki (SRB) vs L Kubot (POL)
A Montanes (ESP) vs [16] M Baghdatis (CYP)
[5] M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:30 am
F Serra (FRA) vs S Robert (FRA)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [13] S Wawrinka (SUI)
M Cilic (CRO) / C Kas (GER) vs J Melzer (AUT) / M Youzhny (RUS) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 9 start 11:30 am
[Q] T de Bakker (NED) vs E Schwank (ARG)
[12] T Robredo (ESP) vs H Zeballos (ARG)

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Take It Off! No, Seriously.

Posted by gauloises1 on January 22, 2010

Andy. Andy, Andy, Andy. Oh, Andy Murray.

No matter how much snark you have to endure for your lack of a tan (you’re more tanned than I am, by the way), it’s still better than seeing this much sweat.

Take it off, or Hutch isn’t going to want to molest you any more.

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“Yeah, But That Sucks So Much Also.”

Posted by gauloises1 on September 24, 2009

I know I mentioned this already, but this Doubles Vision video blog from Metz with Ross Hutchins and Eric Butorac is just the cutest thing. Love it.

Hutch is such a sweet little sex kitten.

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D Cup Saturday: Everybody Else

Posted by gauloises1 on September 20, 2009

Well, the two semifinals may have been clinched, but pretty much everybody else in the World Group is doing their best to keep it interesting. Apart from Serbia, who have now beaten Uzbekistan 3-0 to stay in the World Group, courtesy of Zimonjic and Tipsarevic, a maiden doubles pairing who beat Istomin and and Dustov 62 63 62

nenad janko

Such soft, shiny hair …

Despite the best efforts of Melo and Sa, the Lapentti bros, Nico and Giovanni, gave Ecuador a 2-1 lead over Brazil with a five-set doubles victory. I’m torn on this one. There’s hotties on both sides of the net, but Nico says he might not retire if Ecuador stay in the World Group, and I do love me some Nico …

lapenttis

Italy pulled off a bit of a shock today after Federer was benched for the doubles, leading Wawrinka and Chiudinelli to fly the flag.

wawrinka chiudinelli

They have consequently learned an important lesson: underestimate Potito Starace at your peril. The weaselly one teamed up with Simone Bolelli to nick the doubles rubber 64 62 76(3).

bolelli starace2

Of course, one of them will have to beat Roger Federer to win the tie, but whatever. Enjoy your moment, guys. Also looking good in blue were Les Bleus, ably represented by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra, who beat Thiemo de Bakker and Igor Sijsling in four sets 63 36 76 64.

llodra

Llodra nearly comes a cropper.

llodra tsonga2

TENNIS-DAVIS-NED-FRA

Not sure if they’re playing or celebrating, to be honest. Either works.

Sweden also notched up a 2-1 lead, with Soderling and Lindstedt beating Hanescu and Horia Tecau (apparently a thing) in straight sets to give them the edge after Hanescu’s victory over Vinciguerra yesterday.

soderling lindstedt

The Ukraine managed to pull a point back, beating Belgium in the doubles for 2-1, and Austria are currently a break up in the first set of the doubles match with Chile, which they need to win to stay in the World Group.

In “I dream of the World Group but could never get there”, Great Britain are facing an uphill struggle against Poland. Yeah … Poland. Murray, who continues to struggle with his wrist injury, stepped up for the doubles with Ross Hutchins, but they lost to Frystenberg and Matkowski 75 36 63 62. This basically means Poland are going to win, unless Dan Evans – ranked 302 in the world – can somehow win a match tomorrow. Which will not happen. Bugger it.

muzz hutch

Says it all.

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Oh My God, No

Posted by gauloises1 on August 19, 2009

According to the Bryan bros’ twitter, Andy Murray will be featured rapping a verse on their forthcoming album.

andy raps

It’s Hutch lying amid the tangled sheets like a porn star that really makes this art.

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Entourage. Now With Go-Karting and Ice Baths.

Posted by gauloises1 on July 14, 2009

Apparently – and I cannot stop chortling – the makers of Entourage want Andy Murray to make a cameo appearance.

entourage_01

Murray of course outed himself as a fan of the show (and Will Ferrell) at least year’s U.S. Open, and reportedly the show’s producers return the favour.

Entourage creator, executive producer and head writer Doug Ellin told the Record that, since then, they had been rooting for him to do well and cheering him on atWimbledon this summer.

And Doug said that they would love to have the tennis star join sporting legends, such as swimmer Michael Phelps and basketball star LeBron James, by guesting on the show. […]

Doug said: “We were all watching the US Open and it was insane when he talked about Entourage.

“We’ve all become big fans and are always supporting him.

“When Andy said that this was his favourite show and he was so pleased to see the guys there, that meant a lot to us.”

Even though Andy lost to an American, Andy Roddick, atWimbledon, Doug said the Entourage cast were supporting the Scot. “I was rooting for him at Wimbledon real hard, and I wish he had won”, he said.

 Now I must admit I’ve never watched Entourage.

But if it doesn’t have room for this sort of action, I can’t imagine why not.

team murray

Hutch getting it in the face goes with everything.

(photo via andymurray.com)

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Just Another Day For You and Me in Paradise

Posted by gauloises1 on June 12, 2009

I can’t believe I’ve been exiled from paradise. No more Queens until next year. Well, there’ll be none of this working crap next year. I’m taking the whole week off! Remind me to write a “save holiday days” note to myself … Meh, I’ll probably be unemployed by then.

So today I had Centre Court tickets (no acess to free bar land today). I rocked up just as Blake won the first set against Querrey and popped in to see the second.

centre blake

It was a fun set, although it did nothing to remove my first impressions of Sam Querrey … that he just shouldn’t be a tennis player, from the way he looks. He’s a stegosaurus to Juan Carlos’ velociraptor. He has the face of a yokel from Minnesota or Oklahoma or some place like that; he stumbles and lumbers and takes huge cuts at the ball; and yet, he’s really good … It’s a puzzle. I like it.

I had the feeling he’d lose the third set, so I popped off for the first of many beers and then took a wander out to the practice courts. My mind’s going terribly blank about who I actually saw, but I know I spent some time watching Frederico Gil perform hilarious fitness exercises with his trainer.

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Jamie Murray was out there practicing with partner-of-the-week Jonathan Erlich and we also spotted Colin Fleming, one half (the hot half) of the duo who took out the Bryans. Janko Tipsarevic was practicing one court up, so we nipped up to get a closer look.

tipsy

I went across the way to see who was there and found Melo. He was waiting to use a court, but there was really no-one else around and it was a bit awkward, like he was waiting for me to ask him for his autograph or something. He jogged around in slow circles right in front of me, which I enjoyed watching. Then I turned around to find Mikhail Youzhny a couple of feet away. He really is quite gorgeous. I’d never noticed. His eyes are stunning. I came back a little later to watch a bit of his practice.

youzhny

Next it was over to Court 9, where we got front row seats for a doubles match between Benneteau/Llodra and Hutchins/Huss which had been carried over from Wednesday. Benneteau/Llodra won fairly easily, but there were lots of fun points and some antics. We clapped loudly and obnoxiously for the Frenchies (and Rachael made sex noises) which earned us lots and lots of eye contact.

benneteau llodra

benneteau llodra2

Afterwards, Llodra was loitering in the exit … waiting for somebody … probably us 🙂 However we spent too long debating whether or not we should go over and he left. Not that we were done with Michael Llodra. Oh no.

We went to go and watch some more of Tipsy practicing – he teased us by getting his shirt half off. His hitting partner was gorgeous too and very fun, although none of us could identify him. We tried to get a picture with Tipsy after he finished, but he escaped us. Did walk past Ivan Ljubicic, wearing a bright blue tracksuit and a very grumpy expression. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not natural to have a cranium that huge.

We headed off for a beer, stopped to light a cigarette (well, I did) and suddenly spotted a pair of white-shorted buttocks staring at us from the nearest practice court.

llodra

Who owns these cheeky plums?

llodra2

Michael bloody Llodra, again!

… The upshot of which was that a large portion of the afternoon was spent smoking and staring through the fence at Llodra arranging himself in a variety of mildly sexually suggestive positions, in between looking over at us. The tease.

Enjoyable as that was, I very much wanted to see Roddick-Hewitt, so we headed off to Centre, running into Youzhny (again) and vlogger Travis Parrott on the way. As I’m sure you saw, the match was delayed by a security alert. Lleyton and A-Rod spent the whole delay leaning on the net, chatting very amicably with each other. Once things got under way, the tennis was absolutely cracking – the best match I’ve seen at Queens this week. Hewitt had his chances, but Roddick was just that little bit tougher – and with the sense that he had plenty left in the tank, too.

The sunburn incurred watching that was reaching slightly unbearable proportions, so after it was over I took a break for another beer and managed to miss the entire first set of Simon-Youzhny. Popped back in to Centre for the second, when the sun had thankfully gone down a little. I’d never seen Gilles play before, and it’s astonishing the palpable difference in the power of his shots compared to someone like Roddick. He played well in the second set, but completely collapsed in the third; he looked like he just gave up, which was very sad to see. Then I received word that Melo and Sa were playing Karlovic and Lovko on court 9, so I hustled over there for the super tie-break when Youzhny was leading 4-1 in the third.

melo sa

Steve Ulrich was standing right behind me watching the end of the match, so I tried to take a sneaky picture of him. He saw and was not impressed:

steve ulrich

0-40.

After that match finished, suddenly the only tennis going on was Jamie Murray and Jonathan Erlich on Court 1 against Coetzee and Kerr (NB: names may not be accurate). What seemed like the entire viewing population stampeded over there to try to get in, despite the fact that Murray and Erlich were a set down, and in fact went 3-0 down while we were queuing to get in.

murray erlich

It was pretty terrible, and yet … hilarious in a tragic sort of way. If nothing else, the last few games did provide me with perhaps my most precious memory of the day (apart from Llodra’s ass); a pathetic Erlich flub into the net off one of the weakest second serves in history that had to be seen to be believed. Seriously, I could have done better, and my hand-eye co-ordination is so bad that I hit a rubbish truck on my driving test. I’m just saying.

And so my second and final day at Queens for this year ended on an appropriately tragicomic, Brits-failing note. Roll on next year, I say. ROLL ON.

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Tuesdays with Murray

Posted by gauloises1 on June 11, 2009

So did I mention I went to Queens on Tuesday? I did?

In my defence, this was the first live tennis I’d actually been to since Wimbledon 2007 and I was totally over-excited – so much so that I forgot to bring a camera and was reduced to using my phone camera. So I apologise for the bad quality of the photos, but they’re mainly to prove I’m not making all of this up … I was also for most of the day one or more of the following: stressed, hysterical, shy, over-stimulated, drunk, drunker and very drunk. So don’t expect any quality stalkage or match analysis either.

One of the reasons I was so stressed was that I didn’t actually know which tickets I was going to have until I got there, which made it difficult to plan ahead. As it happened, they were Centre Court tickets and not half bad:

centre court

We sat here to watch all of Boss-Grosjean – although sadly the Big John had to retire – the second set of Roddick-Vliegen and bits of Monfils-Golubev. Tiny bits. Roddick-Vliegen was OK; A-Rod is such a fun player to watch, diving and rolling and all sorts, and Vliegen was playing to the crowd a little. Roddick does let the crowd bother him though; several times he turned and motioned the section of seats where I and Tennis Neophyte Friend were sitting to be quiet. I hope it didn’t have anything to do with me trying to explain the scoring system to TNF in a stage whisper. A drunk stage whisper (we’d had a couple of beers by this point).

The best/worst thing about these seats is that we were directly opposite the balcony outside the players’ lounge/whatever, which filled up with random as the day progressed, but during JCF-Grosjean was like a voyeur’s paradise. I saw Marat stomping past a couple of times; Grigor Dimitrov (who is striking even from that distance) with Lundgren; Gabashvili play-hugging Lopez, who was wearing an idiotic red hat and returned to watch Ferrero a little later; Paul-Henri Mathieu watching the whole thing – I thought to support Grosjean, but possibly to check out Ferrero, his next-round opponent. (Obviously he should have paid more attention). Oh, and John Lloyd and BBC sexpot Andrew Castle wandering back and forth.

We also spent quite a bit of time in the car park outside Court 1. There’s a spot where you can watch one end of the court:

ernie

 It’s also a great place for player-spotting as they all come and go. At various stages I saw British no-hoper James Ward (he once took a set off Marat Safin, you know), Sam Querrey (who is ENORMOUS), Ivo Karlovic (who kindly took a picture with me and my friend, who asked him to stoop down: he said “I never do that”), and Gael Monfils waiting for a car at the end of the day. Robby Ginepri stood watching Fish for a good five minutes before anyone asked him for a photo (which I took for a nice Japanese girl).

robby

Robby no-mates.

monfils

Gael, his friends and his enormous clown feet. Love him.

There’s also Court 9, which we never actually sat on, but did stop in to watch at various points and from various angles; on the other side of Court 10, we watched some of Koellerer-Benneteau, at least until Koellerer shouted in a frightening manner in our general direction.

koellerer

Maybe he wanted his ball back …

Speaking of balls, we also took in some Court 9 action from the other side, stepping out from the tunnel to watch a little Darcis-Capdeville (I never actually saw Capdeville, but there was some loud swearing coming from the other end which I assume was him). A ball actually came off Darcis’ frame and hit me, so I promptly hid it in my handbag and looked innocent when he came looking for it:

darcis

I steal your ball, Steve Darcis. I STEAL IT AWAY.

Just along from this bit, there’s a tiny gap in the curtains you can use to spy on the practice courts while you’re trying to get through the crowds to the bar. I took full advantage of said gap to perv on Marat and Grigor Dimitrov, who were hitting together on the top practice court, to the best of my ability.

grigor lundgren

Grigor’s striking, even from a distance …

marat

Marat. He missed one forehand and threw his racquet. I’m serious.

You see where those people are standing to watch? This was the scene of my first meeting with TW’s Rachael. I nipped down to see who was there and suddenly found an embarrassment of riches: Gael Monfils hitting on the far left …

monfils mystery man

Unidentified ass in foreground.

Hutchins and some other people on the near left …

hutch ass

Now this I know to be Hutchins ass.

On the right court nearest to us, Frederico Gil and Andreas Seppi were both hitting with, er, people we didn’t recognise (Seppi’s hitting partner, who was hot, has been tentatively identified as Colin Fleming), while on the far right court, Murray was hitting with Gilles Simon.

seppi gil murray

Seppi, Gil, Murray.

In fact, Rachael and I were standing in the only free spot (actually IN the entrance to the court), so at various points Daniel Nestor, the Bryan brothers, Hutchins, Gil, Baghdatis and Mahut literally had to squeeze past one or both of us. I felt a little sorry for them, actually. It must suck to have to fight your way through crowds of fans ooh-ing and cooing at Murray and completely oblivious to you. (Rachael and I knew who they were, of course. But we were pretending to be cool. Actually, Rachael was just being cool.)

It had an odd sequel, actually. As Murray was leaving the court, everybody rushed up to the other end of the alley to get a picture. We decided (being, as aforesaid, cool) to stay where we were, wait for Seppi to finish and get Rachael a picture with him. However, our plans were frustrated by the fact that he blatantly saw us waiting and chose to leave a different way.

But just as we were lamenting this fact, Murray came down the path towards us with the security guards holding all the people who’d rushed up to see him. We were literally blocking the path, and the upshot was that I took a picture of him with Rachael … who hates him. She’ll tell you he was grumpy about it, I think he was quite nice. I will say that he is quite a specimen in person. Seriously, he’s hot.

After this, TNF and I got a little distracted by being given press passes and access to a free bar (NEVER give me access to a free bar), so tennis viewing from that point on was sporadic at best, I’ll be honest. However, we did race out when we got a text from Rachael, telling us that Cilic’s doubles with Ljubicic had been moved to Court 10 – which you can get right next to.

marin ivan

THIS close.

He was adorably serious and grumpy about the whole thing. I fell in love. More in love. Also, he isn’t quite as skinny as he looks on teevee, and he has a nice stomach. A *really* nice stomach, even if he’s crap at doubles …

There were only about 20 people watching, it was a nice way to finish off the day. Well, finish off the tennis-watching part of it and get back to the free bar, anyway …

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