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Thomaz Bellucci vs. Brazilian Tennis Federation… Ready, set… fight!

So apparently Thomaz Bellucci has been involved in some drama with his tennis federation in recent weeks and months. Seems like it has all come to a hea dover the last few weeks;

“Actually there’s a lot going on with him (Bellucci) here in Brazilian tennis scenario. He gave a polemic interview last week saying that the country has no good coaches except for Larri Passos and João Zwetsch, also that former players don’t do anything for the national tennis to grow. Then he fires his coach Zwetsch in the following days and receives some harsh answers from important people of Brazilian tennis.

It was made a really big deal of it, now he has to handle it. Carlos Alberto Kirmayr, former player, coach of Gabriela Sabatini when she was numer 1 in the world and now working with women’s tennis said he was an “irresponsible child” and that he should start practicing volleys instead of giving press conferences.”

And that, my friends, is what you call the shit hitting the fan. I guess if he isn’t getting any support in his home country then it would be best to look abroad for coaching. He recently joined the Adidas team so maybe he could look into joining the Adidas Development Program or something. He’s such a talented player, so lets hope that these problems don’t spill over into 2011.

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Djokovic withdraws, Andy Murray takes a wildcard into Los Angeles, plus Gstaad Main Draw

World number two Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Farmers Classic citing undisclosed personal reasons. Luckily for the tournament, Andy Murray agreed to take up a wildcard into the Main Draw in the eleventh hour. Los Angeles also marks the return of young star Ernests Gulbis who was forced to withdraw from the French Open and then sit out of Wimbledon with a Hamstring tear.

[1WC] Andy Murray (GBR) bye
Qualifier - Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Karol Beck (SVK) - Alejandro Falla (COL)
Lukas Lacko (SVK) - [5] Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

[4] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bye
Xavier Malisse (BEL) - Dudi Sela (ISR)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) - [WC] James Blake (USA)
Benjamin Becker (GER) - [8] Mardy Fish (USA)

[6] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) - Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Qualifier - Qualifier
Kristof Vliegen (BEL) - [WC] Ryan Sweeting (USA)
[3] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bye

[7] Horacio Zeballos (ARG) - Rainer Schuettler (GER)
Qualifier - Robby Ginepri (USA)
[SE] Kevin Anderson (RSA) - Illya Marchenko (UKR)
[2] Sam Querrey (USA) bye

Interesting draw here.  On paper, the possible Murray-Gulbis quarterfinal matchup must be considered the highlight of the draw as the Latvian was in such great form before he got injured. However, Gabashvili and Falla are also two capable players - Gabashvili taking out Roddick in Roland Garros and Falla serving for the match against Federer in the first round of Wimbledon so it definitely isn’t a certainty. Out of the bottom half both Baghdatis and Querrey have a great chance of moving through to the semi-finals as the draw is quite top-heavy.

And onto the Gstaad Main Draw:

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[1] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) - Evgeny Korolev (KAZ)
[WC] Alexander Sadecky (SUI) - Qualifier
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) - Qualifier
Frederico Gil (POR) - [5] Tommy Robredo (ESP)

[4] Albert Montanes (ESP) - Pere Riba-Madrid (ESP)
Denis Istomin (UZB) - Qualifier
Daniel Brands (GER) - Peter Luczak (AUS)
Qualifier - [7] Richard Gasquet (FRA)

[6] Victor Hanescu (ROU) - Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
[WC] Agustin Velotti (ARG) - Andreas Beck (GER)
Igor Andreev (RUS) - Florent Serra (FRA)
Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) - [3] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

[8] Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) - Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Thiago Alves (BRA) - Jarkko Nieminen (FIN)
Dustin Brown (JAM) - [WC] Michael Lammer (SUI)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) - [2] Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

The possible semi-final matchups of Youzhny vs. Gasquet and Bellucci vs. Almagro are intruiging to say the least. Gasquet returns after a brief injury spell as well as Andreev also returning to competition. There was a rumour that Andreev was even considering retirement by the end of the year but hopefully that isn’t the case. Life for FootFault wouldn’t be the same without the great mixed-doubles team of Andreev and Kirilenko.

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ATP 250 and WTA International week number three

Portoroz looked to be in a crisis yesterday as #1 seed Jelena Jankovic was forced to retire after doing her best Golovin impression on her ankle. However, now the semi final lineup is made up of a former top 5 player, the young Slowenian home favourite and another 19 year old rising star.

The match between Hercog and Chakvetadze is definitely one to watch

Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. (Q) Anastasiya Yakimova (BLR) 62 26 61
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 62
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) d. (6) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 26 63 75
(7) Polona Hercog (SLO) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 75 75

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Krunic/Jankovic must be mentioned. Though it was expected, it’s still sad to see the team of Krunkovic forced to withdraw from the tournament.

Bad Gastein

(2) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 60 64
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. (8) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 75 64
Julia Goerges (GER) d. Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) 64 67(4) 64
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (WC) Patricia Mayr (AUT) 62 67(5) 61

So much to discuss – the resurgence of Cornet, Meusburger defying the odds as usual, Julia Goerges finding some consistency and Bacsinszky rounding off the semi-final lineup. Based on recent form though, this is Goerges’ tournament to lose.

And onto the ATP:

German Open:

[3] J Melzer (AUT) d P Starace (ITA) 64 61
F Mayer (GER) d [6] J Ferrero (ESP) 67(3) 62 63
A Seppi (ITA) d [7] T Bellucci (BRA) 76(0) 57 75
A Golubev (KAZ) d D Istomin (UZB) 64 61

The Ferrero result isn’t too surprising though – Mayer has been in pretty decent form recently and he has always been a fairly good player. Coupled with the fact that Mayer is playing front of his home crowd this week and it actually seems quite logical.

Atlanta is the last ATP 250 event on this week and the guys are on currently playing. Yesterday Hewitt lost in straight sets to Lacko, but so far today there have been no such surprises with gentle giants Jisner and Anderson cruising through to the semis. There are still two matches left to play – Roddick vs Malisse and Dent vs Fish. Two interesting matchups there, but both Roddick and Fish should come through unscathed.

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