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~Let's forget this crappy year and move on to 2009 ~

So, let's forget clay and grass (and then clay again!) and move onto the USO Series and the Summer Hard Court season, my favorite part of the season (mainly because I don't have to wake up at 5:00 AM to catch live tennis. ) Here's his schedule:

July 21: Canada Masters (2007 result: 2nd round)
July 28: Cincy Masters (2007 result: 2nd round)
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Aug 25: US Open (2007 result: 2nd round)

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I know he's not playing the Olympics, but is there any word that he might play LA or DC instead? He's not defending anything really and could rack up some major points.

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I know he's not playing the Olympics, but is there any word that he might play LA or DC instead? He's not defending anything really and could rack up some major points.
I was thinking the same thing. With half the tour in Bejing he's not going to get a better chance. But he is going to have to go back to being aggresive grass court Richie instead of passive clay court Richie who stands in outer space to hit the ball or it won't matter who he plays.

Not to start rumors but someone on GM posted that they heard the ESPN commentators during WImbledon say that Richard was going to have corrective knee surgery for the cyst during the US hardcourt season. Has anyone heard anything about that? I think someone heard incorrectly or the goofy commentators on ESPN got things confused.
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I was thinking the same thing. With half the tour in Bejing he's not going to get a better chance. But he is going to have to go back to being aggresive grass court Richie instead of passive clay court Richie who stands in outer space to hit the ball or it won't matter who he plays.

Not to start rumors but someone on GM posted that they heard the ESPN commentators during WImbledon say that Richard was going to have corrective knee surgery for the cyst during the US hardcourt season. Has anyone heard anything about that? I think someone heard incorrectly or the goofy commentators on ESPN got things confused.
I'll answer my own question - just read his comments after the final and he said he was hoping to play well in CIncy and Toronto; they are Masters and "it's importnat to me." We hope you play well too Richie.
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I know he's not playing the Olympics, but is there any word that he might play LA or DC instead? He's not defending anything really and could rack up some major points.
The official entry deadlines for both tourneys have expired and he is not the entry lists. It seems more likely that some tough prepratory weeks will be on the agenda.

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Re: ~*~Hitting the pavement: Summer 2008 Hard Court Thread ~*~

Thanks Danielle for making a thread instead of me. I've been busy. But I watched his final. Even though he lost, I hope this would boost him up in the summer season.
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No problem Mia. I'm just really excited to start the summer HC season; it's the best time of the year for me. No school and tennis on while I'm not sleeping.

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I can't wait to see Andy and Richard

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Good luck Richard in Toronto.

Hope he gets a decent draw and allez for the first 2 rounds (I'd like him to be in the tournament when I get back from abroad).
Looking forward to the hardcourt season and hope Toronto will bring back plenty of good memories for Richard!

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I hope he can have a good summer season. Obviously he doesn't have much to defend so there isn't much pressure on him. It seems weird to have such a big gap between the masters and the US Open. Maybe he'll look into getting a WC for one of the tournaments in between? If not, 4 weeks of hardcore training will do him good I suppose.

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It seems weird to have such a big gap between the masters and the US Open. Maybe he'll look into getting a WC for one of the tournaments in between? If not, 4 weeks of hardcore training will do him good I suppose.
Playing one of those tournaments would be a good way to pick up some points while most of the "good" players are at the Olympics. Bet he goes back to France cuz I don't think he's crazy about the U.S. and that is a very long time to be on the road with no tournaments. But he really needs to get acclimated to the heat/humidity for the USO and a few weeks sweating it out in the US would get him in tough shape. And I'd be more than happy to "entertain" him during those weeks he is away from home

Looking forward to another Toronto like 2006. Anyone know when he is getting to Toronto?
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Re: ~*~Hitting the pavement: Summer 2008 Hard Court Thread ~*~

I think Washington DC would be a good option because he'll get a week off after Cincy and have a week off before the USO. So he won't have to spend too much time in the US when he isn't playing, it would be much more worthwhile than going back to France. But we'll see, as you said he'll probably spend a bit of time at home. I still can't believe he isn't playing the Olympics.

I have no idea but hopefully soon!

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That'd be great of he played DC; Andy and Safin are there.

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Toronto next week

When do they announce the draw, tomorrow?
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When do they announce the draw, tomorrow?
Saturday, 2.00 pm (local time)

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