Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Northern California.
Re: What's Happened to Jan Michael Gambill??
What the hell? I swear to you I have not been able to get on this site at all today, not once, until just now. How weird is that?
Anyway, what's wrong with JMG? Hmmmm. To start, his current ranking is 93 or so. He took two big rankings hits this year, not defending his finalist points at Doha back in January and not defending his Delray title the first week in March. He lost another 85 points last week by not defending a QF at Madrid. So that sucks.
As for him, he is physically fit, for the most part, but he does suffer from occasional shin splints. He played with leg pain all of last year and it seriously affected his movement, which has always been a little bit suspect I guess. He played a nearly perfect match in the first round at Wimbledon and I thought that would carry him well through the summer, but he just never got it together. Then he had that scary breathing problem at Indy (since diagnosed and treated...). Geoff Grant told me it looked like he was lacking in confidence after the Washington DC tournament, but I heard from other people that he did seem to put up a decent fight against Tursunov in Long Island and even Joachim J at the USO. He's been doing okay since then on the Asian swing and such. He plays Pim Pim Thursday night in Stockholm, tough match with that crowd.
For his career overall, his game, while powerful, does have its limitations. He is two-handed on both sides, which limits his reach and he doesn't have the footspeed to make up for it. He has a pretty decent serve and it gets him out of trouble sometimes, but if you get into his head he'll start making mistakes on it. He hits flat, and while I love his backhand and think he has decent groundies, he has a tendency to overhit an awful lot. He doesn't come to the net enough (working on that, depending on the condition of his legs). It's true that the game may be passing him by at this point, but I think he still has a few decent years left in him, and he can probably get back into the top 50 or so because he is absolutely one of the hardest working players out there.
Personally, JMG had a lot of changes this year - left his agency, his Jaguar contract ended, a few personal things, and he's working with a new coach lately (Scott Humphries). Stockholm is his last tournament this season and I know he is looking forward to going home, then a fairly long vacation in Hawaii. Then back to work to get ready for next year and much better results (I hope).
But then again, what do I know?
Best twitter posts of the epic match:
@dougrobson - Whoever is supplying Mahut with hair gel needs to ink a sponsorship deal now.
@Wimbledon - FYI, with @Wimbledon live scoring devices, please add 50 to the games in the fifth set of the Isner v Mahut match.
@HolterMedia - Nice to see that a three-day test has come to tennis here @wimbledon.
Andy wearring Crocs, courtesy of Smitty8