4.03: J who wrote in below earlier in the day was right! Ernests Gulbis was a no-show! Mathieu Rodrigues, ATP 410 who turned 24 today, knocked up with the ball-kids, waited for 15 minutes while the crowd sang “’appy burssday” (with a French accent) and then strolled into the second round. He was an alternate – i.e. he was only here because other higher-ranked players did not sign up for qualifying – and now he is only two sets away from making it into the main draw. Poor show from Gulbis though – a no-show like that won’t enhance his already somewhat flaky reputation. A poor end to a poor season for such a talented young man.
Ouahab also defaulted his match (illness). Strange that no one signed in for the alternate spots. Normally there are a lot of doubles players or low ranked local players who would like to earn 875 Euros just for taking the court.