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US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

Athens 2004 was a great moment, and he'll always be an Olympics gold medalist!!! And proud that he got to go to the Olympics again, and given his poor year, that he did well to win a match and kept up with Fat Dave for a set.

But I have to be honest...I'm glad the Olympics is over. Time for Nico to move on and figure out what he'll do for the rest of his career.

In 8 days, I'll see him in my beloved New York City!!! Can't wait to see him...

Hopefully, for his sake, and not being mean, but the next couple of months are critical in order to keep his career in singles going.

First, he's gotten figure out this coach thing during the US Open. He's screwed around with the coaching issue for too long. First having Pato for too long and then going coachless for too long. Every coach will be in NY - he's got to start the discussion process and get things going before he goes back to the challenger circuit, where obviously good coaches aren't hanging around.

IMO, he'll never be a top 50 player again. That ship has sailed becasue he's going to be 29 in October, and he's made such bad decisions the last couple of years that he'll never recover from that. In order to be a top player again, he had to make good decisions a year, 1 1/2 years ago.

But I really believe that he can be a 60-70 ranked player again, where he can get into all the Slams, IW and Miami, and smaller tournaments without having to qualify. He won't get into the MD's of the other Masters Series events, but he could try to qualify.

But in order to do that he has to hire a great coach that will help him on clay and hardcourts. And then fight fight fight fight fight fight fight and claw his way to wins. No more using no confidence as an excuse for losses. No more any excuses for losing.

Because if he doesn't start winning now in singles, at the end of the year, he's going to have to decide whether he's going to keep going on as a challenger journeyman or whether to try the doubles route.

Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed for the next couple of months. I do think he still has game...he's just got to make some good decisions and get his head together.

And as usual this is all just my humble opinion.

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! The Start Of The Rest Of His Career....

I love your humble opinions, Nicofan! I happen to agree with most of them.
So sad to see Nico go, though.
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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

I am sad to see Nico go too. But I get tired of all the press on the Olympics. And so much pressure.

And thanks. I don't think many people here enjoy my humble opinions though.

And Kid said my title is a bit dramatic. So I changed it. But in my defense, what I meant was that after he won the gold in 2004, it seemed like all the pressure to live up to the expectations that came from winning the gold was just too much for him. Not that I wouldn't have wanted to see him win the gold in 2004. But it took over everything. And now, it's over, and time to move on, and figure out what he needs to do for the rest of his career.

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

NicoFan what a long post to initiate this thread and like Juliet said, I agree almost with everything, I'm also tired to see him losing and making those bad decisions, finally the olympics are over, the pressure since Athens was too much so hopefully this can make the real change that we are expecting, we need a change because we can't take this anymore and because we want the best for him

You should start interviewing coaches meanwhile he practices NF then you could tell him who are the best options for him

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

I agree with most of your post too Nicofan , although I hope you are wrong about him being able to get back in the top 50 if he makes the right choices now. He will finally be rid of that title and all the pressure from it. He did a decent job at Bejing and now its time to improve on that.

Best of Luck in NYC Nico!!! (and please let Nicofan take a LOT of pictures of you )

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

I will definitely take lots and lots of pictures!!! Hopefully I can watch at least one practice and one match.

And I hope he can get back into the top 50, but it's going to be tough enough getting back into the top 100. He's got to change everything just to do that. His coach, his mental game, and despite what he says, his game.
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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

too bad Nico still in Beijing

i don't know till when he will stay there

he will have trouble with the jetlag in NY

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too bad Nico still in Beijing

i don't know till when he will stay there

he will have trouble with the jetlag in NY
I know... I don't know what he could be possibly thinking (as usual). The US Open is always his best Slam. He needs to get there, and start practicing on the courts there. And if there is no one there, he can go up to New Haven and practice there - same type of courts at the Pilot Pen.

Another bad decision...

Maybe like Kid said, I can start interviewing coaches for him. Since obviously he's in no rush to do it.

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I told you NF, we need to move since he doesn't seem to be moving at all

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

He better start moving , because if I find him a coach, he'll be on hardcourts with an American coach (and he would be in the Americas 80% of the year and only travel to Europe for the clay season and in the Fall for the indoor hard).

Ahhhhh to dreammmmm....

And it is a dream because he obviously hates us here - we can't get him to leave Europe and now he won't leave Beijing to come here. I don't understand - he's always sooooo happy when he's here - especially in Miami - and has lots of people he knows watching him. But he never comes here and always runs to leave. Well I do know why - I know it's the hardcourts...

We need to build clay courts for Nico!!!

(Although I've always felt that IW and Miami should be clay - it fits into the areas better than hardcourts and hey it's supposed to be clay season during those times...)

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

I think Larri Passos is avaiable!
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No, not Larri!

I want a hardcourt coach.
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who cares?!?! he wouldn't choose Larri either

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Re: US OPEN: Time To Move On!!! Hopefully A New Beginning...

For some reason I thought that qualifying began on Wednesday - it doesn't - it begins on Tuesday.

Good thing that I checked.

So THREE more days, and I'll see Nico.
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For some reason I thought that qualifying began on Wednesday - it doesn't - it begins on Tuesday.

Good thing that I checked.

So THREE more days, and I'll see Nico.
Nicofan!!!! You are too lucky for words

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