Awful draw for Grigio, unfortunately I think he has no chances, Maximo Gonzalez, Delbonis and Muñoz de la Nava are all great claycourters. Maximo didn't achieve great results lately but has a lot of experience. Delbonis and Muñoz are playing well lately, my countryman is in the best moment of his career and close to enter to Top 100.
Hope Laurynas at least can give some fight, 1st round tomorrow, 2nd match on Court 2 (1st match begins at 10 am local time)
Anyway he will probably have a very hard match on R3 against Muñoz de la Nava. We'll see what Grigio can do, but I'm really surprised and happy with this results
Laurynas, let's start from clay and RG. How do you feel after Paris?
I'm good, the last tournament went better than we expected. I wasn't optimistic about the RG, you know what were my results on clay, I couldn't find my game on this surface. However, at the RG I played two nice matches. It's a pitty that the last one went not so well. The last opponent wasn't the strongest one, just I couldn't find and play my game. I couldn't relax, probably that's why my game had no success.
Now I'm at home in Italy. I was planing to play the first challenger in Nottingham but we decided to stay one week at home and to practise here. The reason is that after this week a very long marathon of tournaments is waiting for me.
My plans: Nottingham 2 CH, Wimbledon; then I go to America and there: Winnetka CH, Newport ATP, Binghampton CH or Atlanta ATP, Los Angeles ATP or Lexington CH, Vancouver CH, Aptos CH or Toronto ATP. Later we'll see, it will depend on the results in these tournaments.
Are you looking forward to playing on grass?
I haven't played much on grass but most of those matches were quite good. I can say for sure that I like playing on grass better than on clay.
Lost to Duclos 6-3 6-1. Disappointing to see how badly he's playing at the moment. I liked his game and thought he had a chance of breaking into the top 100 this year but it doesn't seem to be happening for him.