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Here are some interesting things that the top tennis players and coaches in the
world said:

“I would so like to be Lenny Kravitz.”
– Roger Federer.-

“Sometimes, actually, I see myself a little bit in him sometimes, you know,
talking to his coach, you know, yelling a couple of negative words towards the box,
which it’s good to see I’m not the only one.”
– Tommy Haas on Andy Murray.-

“I would honestly rather lose to the same guy twice than lose to two different guys.
I think if I lost to two different players I would think I wasn’t playing well, but with one
guy I can think ‘OK, this guy is on a roll’. It’s just easier to digest.”
-Roger Federer on his losses to Guillermo Canas this year at
Indian Wells and Miami.-

“For me it’s something that doesn’t quite fit into the schedule. It’s going to be
real tough to go from Houston all the way over to Monte Carlo, then come
back just for a week or two to train for Rome. For the Americans, that tournament
has never been exactly the easiest one in the schedule. I’m not going to be able
to make it to that one.”
– James Blake on skipping the Masters Series Monte Carlo.-

I wore that to a sixth-grade dance.”
-Robby Ginepri on Vince Spadea’s outfit in Miami.-

“I hope guys don’t go into it already beaten. That happened when Pete was around.
Guys definitely in the locker room felt like, a match against Pete Sampras,
it was time to book your flight for the next day.”
– James Blake on the intimidation factor against players facing Roger Federer.-

“The good thing about him is that he doesn’t do anything special but he wins
most of his matches easily. That means that he’s good.
– Carlos Moya on Andy Murray.-

“It’s like a book. It’s the first chapter. You don’t know what’s in the middle and
you don’t know what’s in the end. That’s what the coolest thing is. Andy has an
opportunity to make an incredible book.”
– Brad Gilbert on coaching Andy Murray after coaching Andre Agassi and
Andy Roddick.-

“The Argentineans practice on the court for two hours a day, then they must
practice in front of a mirror for two more hour saying ‘I’m not guilty.'”
– Vince Spadea on the Argentines on the men’s tour and drug testing.-

“A great coach can lead you to a place where you don’t need him any more.”
– Andre Agassi on Brad Gilbert.-

(via thetennischannel)


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Andy Roddick plans to see some of his favourite bands in London to make sure he hits
the right notes at Wimbledon after claiming a record-equalling fourth Artois
Championships title at Queen’s Club in London yesterday.

The second-seeded American came from a set down to overcome Frenchman Nicolas
Mahut 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 to match the achievements of Boris Becker, John McEnroe and
Lleyton Hewitt, who have also won four times here.

Roddick is expected to be one of the main challengers to reigning champion Roger
Federer at Wimbledon, but his thoughts are already turning to live music as he contemplates a week in London before the third Grand Slam event of the year.
Two of his favourite bands, Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumkins, are playing in
London this week.

Roddick also praised his opponent Mahut, whose world ranking of 106 means he
will have to try to qualify for Wimbledon by playing at Roehampton, beginning
today against Noam Okun of Israel. The American has seen enough quality in the
25-year-old, who beat French Open champion and last year’s beaten Wimbledon
finalist Rafael Nadal as well as Ivan Ljubicic, Arnaud Clement and Jonas Bjorkman,
to believe he can be a surprise contender at Wimbledon.

(source: scotsman)

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Richard Gasquet began the defence of his Nottingham Open title on Monday by beating Vincent Spadea of the United States 6-3, 6-4.

The top-seeded Frenchman,is seeking a third consecutive title at Nottingham, a grass-court warmup for Wimbledon.

Gasquet fought back after dropping his serve early in the first set and was rarely troubled afterwards to advance to the second round.

Gasquet lost in the first round of the grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, last Tuesday.

Also in the first round, Sebastien Grosjean of France beat fifth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-4, and Gilles Simon of France defeated Andrei Pavel of Romania 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Rain suspended play later in the day with Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain leading Alex Bogdanovic of Britain.

The match between Wawrinka and Karlovic was postponed.

(source: IOL)

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Belgium’s Xavier Malisse has been forced to withdraw from this year’s Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.
The world number 31 was a semi-finalist in 2002. His place in the draw is taken by Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei.

Malisse has won two ATP Tour titles this season but has been dogged by a right wrist problem.

Austrian world number 35 Jurgen Melzer is out for unspecified reasons and is replaced Germany’s Michael Berrer.

Paradorn Srichaphan and Jose Acasuso have already pulled out of the tournament, which starts on 25 June.

(source: BBC)

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Britain’s Alex Bogdanovic got to within two points of causing a major upset before losing to world number five Andy Roddick at the Artois Championships.
Bogdanovic, 23, was two points from victory in the second set tie-break when Roddick made a successful appeal to Hawk-Eye over a line call.
The American went on to take the tie-break and eventually came through 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

To read the comments both Roddick and Bogdanovic made about the game visit:


Alex was born in Belgrade on May 22nd 1984. When he was 8, his parents fled war-torn Yugoslavia to seek a better life in Britain. At school, Alex was persuaded by a tennis mad best friend, to take up the game. He started playing regularly on the international junior tour in 1999, competing against players like Mario Ancic, Marcos Baghdatis and Richard Gasquet who have gone on to reach the world’s top 20.

To find out more about Alex Bogdanovic visit his webpage at:


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Andy Murray may leave the decision over his Wimbledon participation until the weekend before the tournament begins.
Murray pulled out of the French Open and this week’s Artois Championships at Queen’s Club after damaging his wrist in the Hamburg Masters last month.

Murray has been in practice in the last 10 days, but he actually needs to play agaist somebody to decide whether he is fit or not. This is what he said:

“I’m not going into a match at Wimbledon without having played two or three sets of a practice match as hard as I can. If I’m ready for Wimbledon then great but if not I’ll get ready for the American hard court stretch.”

He injured his wrist during his match against Filippo Volandri in the first round of the Hamburg Masters on 15 May.
Though Murray did not break any bones, his wrist was inflamed and he was forced to wear a cast.

Meanwhile, five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg believes the nation’s expectations should not be too high should Murray play, all because Murray was injured and it is hard to come back from an injury.
Borg, who won five Wimbledon titles in a row between 1976 and 1980, believes the young Scot has the potential to win a major title next year.
He added that he likes Andy’s game and that he does not have any weaknesses and he can play on all kinds of surfaces.

Borg also ruled out the chances of former British number one Tim Henman, who was knocked out of Queen’s on Tuesday by wild card Marin Cilic.

He said: “Tim has done a lot for British tennis. He’s seen his best years, let’s face it. I wish him the best of luck at Wimbledon but I don’t think we should have too high expectations on Tim at Wimbledon.”

(source: BBC

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“On Saturday morning I went over to a BBC station to chat up with a local fox by name of Gabby Logan. Weird name, I agree, but I had fun nonetheless. The only downside is that she is married… Her loss, I say! Her loss!”

This is what Dmitry Tursunov said about staring in Gabby Logan’s show on BBC Radio on his Website. (www.dmitrytursunov.com)

Dmitry Tursunov is popular almost as much for his tales on tour as his results on the court. He writes a blog on atptennis.com which is very popular, right side by side with Federer’s and Nadal’s.

The 24-year-old, who is making his fourth appearance at The Queen’s Club having reached the quarterfinals last year before losing to Britain’s Tim Henman, talked to Logan about dancing in the shower, his knowledge of all things Scottish, and the presenter’s rugby playing husband… Anyway he entertained the public very much.

To read the whole interview visit artoischampionship.

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