July 30, 2011
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After choking away the lead against Alex Bogomolov Jr, Thomaz Bellucci played a game of “stating the obvious” in the following presser;
“You cannot lose such a match, leading 6-4 *4-3.”
No, you can’t. Yet you just did.
At this point I have fully come to accept that Thomaz is a mental midget, and though he is undoubtedly talented, his brain, or lack thereof will always hold him back. But it’s one thing to choke to the unbeaten Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Madrid masters, and it’s another thing altogether to choke to the great Alex Bogomolomolov in the quarters of a lowly 250 event. Poor eff.
July 29, 2011
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Before her loss to Serena in the second round of Stanford, Maria Kirilenko was on song in the press room discussing a variety of different topics, including how Dushevina ruined Dementieva’s attempt at throwing the bouquet of flowers to her.
But my favourite quote?
“The first time I played her I was 16 and it was at the French Open… I was up 4-2 in the third set and lost 6-4 in the third set. I was small. I also wasn’t even thinking about anything – I just went out there and played. I have to do the same thing this time, just not think about it. I’ve seen video of my matches back then and my face was always so serious and focused – I think I’m still like that.”
You think? Don’t worry Maria, you are definitely still like that.
July 20, 2011
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After his disappointing 6-2 4-6 7-6(5) loss to Marsel Ilhan yesterday in Stuttgart, Philipp Petszchner created a bit of drama in the press room as he refused to answer any questions relating to the match, instead pointedly rambling on about his favourite football team Hamburger SV;
We are speechless, what was that?
Petzschner: “I hope that HSV has established the right team for the season and that they make the Uefa Cup. “
What was the match ball?
Petzschner: “Yes, we have a lot of newbies and therefore it is a difficult situation. Yes, uh, but I just hope that people will pursue such as Mancienne and Bruma, and creates the HSV the Uefa Cup next season.
The golf round has been more fun than the game today, right?
Petzschner: “Golf was good. Hamburg is a beautiful city. It was an honor to be allowed to play on the court.
Because no further comments were, Petzschner took the word again. “Then, if no more questions are to soccer, I go again.” He said it and disappeared.
He was, of course, completely crucified by German newspapers and sport publications for this stunt, and rightly so – they’re only doing their jobs and it’s immature to take his frustration out on them. But still, I can’t deny that I found it quite funny.
July 19, 2011
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Today, Slovakian sport website Dennik Sport published an interview with Petra Kvitova’s fitness coach Jozef Ivanko. He spoke mostly about his work with Petra, but one of the interesting things was him discussing his relationship with none other than Mr Wozniacki.
After Wimbledon 2011 Piotr sent me a text message, because he knows my contract is ending at the end of the year. He got ready a fantastic project. It would be global Carolina Wozniacki Academy, He wants me to be part of it. Main donor would be Roman Abramovich and an Arab Sheikh. From every continent they would take talents from 14-18 years. The Academy would be situated 3 month in Europe, 3 months in Dubai and 3 months in China. The main goal is to make a champion for Rio de Janiero in 2016.
WAIT, so immediately after Petra wins her first slam (before Wozniacki), Piotr is sending texts to her fitness coach, attempting to bribe him away from Petra before she can renew his contract? Not that it isn’t to be completely expected of Piotr Wozniacki, but it’s so shady, so unethical – so Piotr.
It’s cute that the Ivanko actually seems to think that Piotr contacted him because of his pedigree and ability, but sadly there are most likely ulterior motives behind Piotr targeting, of all the successful fitness coaches in the world, the coach of who is probably now her biggest rival.
And don’t even get me started on the whole Roman Abramovic and “Arab sheikh” part of it. Not only is it probably complete BS, but clearly Karolina’s penchant for namedropping clearly runs in the family.
July 15, 2011
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They may have famously played football together during their rain-delayed Montreal semifinal, but when asked about Wozniacki in an interview with sport-express, Sveta wasn’t about to go easy on her rival.
“With all due respect, I can’t really call Wozniacki a number one. Yes, she has topped the rankings so she deserves it but it’s a tough question. She is one of those players who are extremely consistent but lack something remarkable in their game. Much like Safina and Jankovic. You just can’t lump them with the likes of Serena, Henin or Clijsters.”
Most of Wozniacki’s criticism over the last year has come from the media and fans, but now even a fellow player is getting in on the fun? I have only one word to say to that; Deammmmmm.
(Translation via @AnnaK_4ever)
July 14, 2011
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Last week we heard that Gael Monfils decided split with his long-term coach Roger Rasheed, instead choosing to strengthen relations with his fitness coach Patrick Chamangne. Speaking to the French press after Monfils’ announcement Chamagne was very candid about his belief in Gael as a player. He said;
“Our aim is that he qualifies for the Masters Cup. [...] There is only one Nadal, but I think Gael has greater potential than Nadal.”
Now there is having confidence in a player, and then there’s just complete and utter delusion. I’m pretty sure this comes under the latter. Of course potential is subjective and everyone seems to have their own definition and interpretation – blah blah blah – but at the end of the day both players are the same age yet Nadal’s potential has taken him to 10 slams and counting, while Monfils has one solitary semi-final on his record.
Considering Gael is now 25, it is completely useless for people (and I’m not just talking about this Chamagne guy) to sit there talking about what he can achieve while he’s making a fool out of himself, losing to Victor Hanescu in the first round of a 250 event – it’s about going out and achieving it.