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Re: Jan Michael Gambill
Saw this today in tennisreporters.net
Gambill looking for resurrection
By Sandra Harwitt, Special to TennisReporters.net
Back in 2001, Jan-Michael Gambill was comfortably sitting at No. 14 in the world on the ATP computer. Nowadays, Gambill is struggling to rekindle the form that led him to be an integral part of the ATP’s original “New Balls, Please” campaign, where they introduced the public to the young stars they expected to make a big splash.
The 27-year-old Gambill has won three titles in his career: '99 Scottsdale, '01 and '03 Delray Beach. After an iffy season at best in 2004 – he reached four quarterfinals but for the first time since 1998 failed to reach a final – Gambill was hoping for a fresh start here at the Australian Open.
Unfortunately, Gambill was unable to negotiate past Japanese qualifier Takao Suzuki, the No. 203 player in the world, losing the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
“I have been working very hard to try and get my game back on track,” Gambill told TennisReporters.net after his defeat. “Obviously, I was not playing that well, but I played a couple of good matches coming in here and I’ve been practicing very well. I feel like I’m starting to play decent tennis. I feel 100% I can get back to playing the way I used to so I’m not going to let this be a negative for me.”
For some around the game, one of Gambill’s biggest flaws has been sticking by his father, Chuck, as his coach instead of branching out to hear a different voice analyze his game. But Gambill remains loyal to dad and was off to discuss the match after his interview with TR.net.
His parting words were to offer an explanation as to why he keeps on keeping on. “I want to prove to myself that I can get back up there,” Gambill said. “Playing tennis can be fun and not fun, but it’s what I do and I love to do it. I want to give it my best. You know, you can play sports now until you’re 35 as Andre [Agassi] has shown us.”