Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
If Julien Benneteau does not play with lucidity, he'll soon be out of the Top 100
Never mind Roddick, Coria, El Bombardero or even Cousin Vinny, the real ranking loser from Miami is certain to be the Frenchman, who had this great run at the tournament last year:
Miami AMS, FL, U.S.A.
Tennis Masters Series, 3/22/2004, O, Hard , Draw: 96
R128 Morrison, Jeff (USA ) 112 6-3 2-6 7-5
R64 Fish, Mardy (USA ) 23 6-4 6-4
R32 Ljubicic, Ivan (CRO ) 26 7-6(3) 6-1
R16 Coria, Guillermo (ARG ) 17 6-7(3) 6-2 5-7
He was giving Coria a thrashing on hardcourt when he lead 5-2 in the final set and through a combination of nerves and injury problems, lost the last five games. Afterwards he said in his interview, "I did not play with lucidity", to which one journalist responded with sheepish but commendable honesty, "It's a very good word that we in America don't understand."
Benneteau is ranked 80 in the world at present and has a less than impressive 1-6 record on the ATP tour this year (those six losses having come consecutively since the second round of Adelaide). Can he get off to a winning start in this year's event against the new bagel boy of the moment, the Sarge?
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.