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Americans snub Monte-Carlo

There is a total of 1 american (Spadea) at the Monte-Carlo TMS this year. What are your view on this ?

All of the following could have entered either in the main draw or the qualie draw :

3 Roddick, Andy
10 Agassi, Andre
23 Spadea, Vincent
33 Dent, Taylor
54 Fish, Mardy
63 Kim, Kevin
68 Ginepri, Robby
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123 Gambill, Jan-Michael
130 Gimelstob, Justin
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Re: Americans snub Monte-Carlo

roddick once again chickened out and is playing in houston
i don't care how much that idiot matress dude has helped him, the duck has to start playing "real" tournaments. a clay court season comprised of houston, sanit polten, and rg (and he'd probably want to skip that too ) is ridiculous for a play who thinks he deserves to be at the top of the game
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Re: Americans snub Monte-Carlo

They have been doing this for years, it's not unusual.

Agassi hasn't played Monte Carlo for a very long time. I remember when Costa schooled him in 96 and he has hardly been back since.

Spadea was the only one who played last year for memory.

Kim and Ginepri would have to have qualified and they wouldn't have got direct entry into the event, so they didn't take the qualies option and stayed in the challengers or preparing for the 2nd greatest clay event in the world.

“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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roddick once again chickened out and is playing in houston
i don't care how much that idiot matress dude has helped him, the duck has to start playing "real" tournaments. a clay court season comprised of houston, sanit polten, and rg (and he'd probably want to skip that too ) is ridiculous for a play who thinks he deserves to be at the top of the game
I don't think he'll skip RG, but if he does he won't play saint poelten
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Re: Americans snub Monte-Carlo

I donīt think itīs significant. Itīs not a snub, at least its not meant to be offensive.
The clay court season is long and hard and they canīt play all the tournaments.
Roddick doesnīt like clay really and iīm sure it canīt be nice for him coming to Europe and having all the europeans sneering down at him for his lack of claycourt prowess. He is at least playing in Houston (where iīm sure Americans will appreciate watching him), and not pulling a new show,(what many of the south americans and spaniards do at wimbledon.)
As for Agassi, well heīs Agassi, he can do what he wants!
Still, I thought all top ten players had to enter TMS.
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Re: Americans snub Monte-Carlo

Billy, that is a weak excuse if ever was one, it's a snub and nothing but. If it was hardcourt, they'd be there.

Just like the South American and Spanish players should play the TMS events and the Slams unless they are genuinely injured, then the Americans should turn up and play on clay. The pseudo-American Haas is fit and well and isn't playing here either

“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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And what's the television schedule in America for this event?
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Well done to Vince Spadea for playing at the biggest event rather than avoid it and wait for a smaller event in his own country. He'll probably still get snubbed for any Davis Cup on European clay.
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I donīt believe that the American players are snubbing the tournament. Maybe my excuse is weak in your opinion, but there is another tournament in Houston and Roddick can play that if he wishes.
As for Agassi, I canīt explain his absence. But he misses lots of tournies, doesnīt he?
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None of the Americans has a hope in hell of winning the title so it's eminently sensible to stay away.
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Re: Americans snub Monte-Carlo

I have to laugh at the idea of cheese-eating surrender monkey Europeans sneering at Roddick's lack of claycourt prowess. The French crowds love him, did you hear the crowd support for him when he went deep in Paris-Bercy a couple of years ago? And I've read match reports from RG that say the crowd were always backing him, in complete contrast to the spastic-shouting, geranium-smashing Hewitt for whom their loathing is long-established. They were rooting for him in Rome too, but were understandably unimpressed by his effort against Canas last year.

The bare facts are, to improve your game on a tough surface you have to play the best on that surface at the highest level of competition. Skipping Monte Carlo for the second straight year is one more step in the retrogression of Roddick on clay from the great European form he displayed in 2002, when he beat decent claycourters like Gonzalez and Pavel and put together some good results at all three TMS events.

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I donīt believe that the American players are snubbing the tournament. Maybe my excuse is weak in your opinion, but there is another tournament in Houston and Roddick can play that if he wishes.
As for Agassi, I canīt explain his absence. But he misses lots of tournies, doesnīt he?
You are deluding yourself that this isn't a snub. Considering Monte Carlo is the closest of the Euro tournaments in conditions to Paris, two he is a top player and top players play the TMS events that's the bottom line and he doesn't have the guts to play there and you are cracking jokes if you think hiding and playing in Houston will benefit him in the long run.

Agassi in his younger days doesn't play here or Hamburg, he doesn't like the organisers.

“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I think Agassi is the only one who has a good excuse considering his age. And like Billy says he can do what he wants.
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I think Agassi is the only one who has a good excuse considering his age. And like Billy says he can do what he wants.
Maybe now, but not before.

“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Last year Jan Mike told me he didn't like MC anyway. Probably playing outside of a Masters Series purely to get some confidence and results.

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