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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

He hasn't played a tournament for quite a few weeks now. I wonder what he plans to do?

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

He's in the New Orleans draw, playing Kuznetsov in the first round. A solid, but beatable opponent for Fritz. It would be a confidence boosting win if he could make it through that match.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

And he does it

5-7 6-4 7-6. This has to be one of the best wins of his career, and I'm proud that Fritz kept fighting after the first set.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Great job, Fritzy - let's hope he can continue this good form.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

He has his second round match against Sweeting, another good opponent and possible scalp

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

So he lost in the second round in New Orleans, but he's doing well this week at Lubbock, into the quarters after a a straight-sets win over Szumanski.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Yet another win, this time over Ram 7-6 3-6 7-5. It's so great to see him coming through these tight sets and matches now, it's impressive that his mental strength is improving so drastically. He will play Smeets in the semis.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Here's an article I found after the New Orleans Challenger event.

Rain wreaks havoc with tennis tourney
Kuznetsov's match tied at a set apiece before weather delay

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
By Kyle Whitfield


Mother Nature had a different plan for 12 matches scheduled for Tuesday at the Bruno & Bruno Trial Lawyers Men's $50,000 Challenger.

Two rain delays at the University Tennis Center at UNO forced officials to postpone the matches, which will resume today at 10 a.m.

Three matches were finished Tuesday, but one of the most competitive matches, between Russian Fritz Wolmarans and Alex Kuznetsov of the United States, was suspended.

Wolmarans, the tournament's No. 7 seed, and No. 8 Kuznetsov were tied at one set apiece before the rain arrived. Kuznetsov is the No. 186-ranked player in the world.

"Today's been just really difficult just with the lightning, the weather and the wind going on and off all the time," Wolmarans said. "It's tough to get a good rhythm going, but it's the same for both players."

Wolmarans said neither player has any distinct advantage because of the rain. Before the match was suspended, Wolmarans won the first set 7-5 and dropped the second 4-6.

"The only good thing is if you're losing and you have time to reflect on the match," he said. "But we're tied, so it's basically the same for both guys."

Wolmarans' visit to New Orleans for the tournament is his first, but he maintains he will not fall for the party atmosphere just yet.

"Tonight we'll take it easy -- just rest up and make sure I'm ready and fresh for tomorrow," he said. "Hopefully when the tournament is done we can go party."

Wolmarans described his opponent, Kuznetsov, as "a good baseliner" who also has a strong return game.

"I've just got to focus on my strengths and not worry too much what he does," Wolmarans said. "My strengths are serving well and looking to attack the short ball."

To make up for lost time because of rain, promoter Leif Olsson said the tournament will change in two ways.

"One is we'll expand the number of courts we had initially planned to use," he said. "Then we're going to also play later on in the evening."

Tuesday's matches were officially called off around 5:20 p.m.

"The rain started probably around noon today, and it took us about an hour to get the rain over with and about 45 minutes to dry the courts," Olsson said. "We got probably about 40 minutes of play in, and then the next shower came in."

The tournament is scheduled to continue through Sunday. Monica Seles and Martina Navratilova will play an exhibition Friday at New Orleans Arena at 7:30 p.m. Singer Theresa Andersson will perform after the match. Tickets for the exhibition start at $30 and include entrance to the concert.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

New career high ranking this week- 401 in singles and one off his best doubles ranking at 439.

Interesting fact is that in ATP matches, Fritz is:
4-1 in singles
4-0 in doubles

He needs to qualify for some tour events soon

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

This week Fritz is playing in Tulsa, and he'll be up against Kim in the first round.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Bad weather has once again interrupted the OOP, so he should finally start his first round match later today.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Wolmarans d. Kim 6-4 6-1. He'll play Isner today and that will be the real test. I don't expect anything from this match other than him trying his hardest.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Wolmarans d. Isner 7-5 6-4

That's a nice win under any circumstance. In the QFs, he'll play Jesse Levine, who he should be able to take out easily if playing well.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Battered Isner, Allez Fritz! I posted some info about DC for SA next year, in the SA thread and also in Jeff's thread, as Fritz will likely be making up the team.

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Re: THE OFFICIAL--- Fritz Wolmarans (RSA) ---- Thread

Career high ranking of 361 this week. He has some futures points to defend in November, but should be able to better them in challengers, which he'll have direct entry into all now.

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