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sigh, that was a dissapointing bit of news to wake up to
Yes indeed Jo please get it together for next week.
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Disappointing, but I think not that surprising in the end. He always got trouble with big servers and it's a come back tournament, he needs to find his pace. Not to mention that he already has two ATP 250 in the pocket for this year, so it's not like he badly needs another good result in a 250. I think Montreal will be another story
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Sadly, it was a 500 and a 500 is more than welcome if he wants to be at the master.
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It's a 500 ? Oups sorry, I couldn't guess that judging by the field It's a bit more worrying then, for sure. He could definitely use those points, considering he has nothing to defend this month.
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more than disappointing, that's an annoying loss against less talented player.

He better train harder than that and be ready for montreal

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I think I shall just assume that having had a couple of dissapointing performances of late that just means Jo's about ready to win one of these next 2 masters, that or he's going to take the USO
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Good Luck in montreal Jo.
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He plays the winner of Schuettler/serra in the second round and Gilles in the next one (if it goes well for the two of them). Then it's Federer.

I honestly don't know what we should expect of this tournament : just one win or at least a quarter final ?
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A nice article in french from a canadian source it seems :

Une attitude décontractée. Une tuque sur la tête, même lors d'une belle journée d'été. Une voix mielleuse. Une gueule de star. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga le séducteur est à Montréal, prêt à se faire de nouveaux fans.

Le meilleur joueur français, révélé lors de sa finale à l'Open d'Australie en 2008, fera son premier contact avec le public montréalais cette semaine à la Coupe Rogers, où il est septième tête de série. «Ce n'est pas mon premier tournoi ici car j'ai joué deux ans de suite à Repentigny chez les juniors», corrige Tsonga, l'un des joueurs les plus populaires sur le circuit masculin.Arrivé à Montréal vendredi, Tsonga s'entraîne depuis deux jours au stade Uniprix. «Je trouve ça vraiment chaleureux comme endroit, dit-il. Je me sens à la maison. J'adore Montréal même si l'accent me fait un peu rire»

Le Français de 24 ans avoue jouer généralement mieux quand il se sent appuyé par la foule. L'automne dernier, il avait gagné le Masters de Paris devant ses partisans. Cette année, il a gagné l'un de ses deux titres sol français, à Marseille. «C'est vraiment un plus pour moi d'avoir le soutien de la foule, dit-il. C'est un plaisir qui est très important pour moi. Je ne sais pas si je vais avoir le support de la foule cette semaine, mais je vais essayer de faire du beau jeu pour avoir ce support»

Tsonga fait partie de cette nouvelle génération de joueurs qui a redonné au tennis français ses lettres de noblesse. Actuellement, la France compte trois joueurs dans le top 15: Gilles Simon, Gaël Monfils et lui, qui ont tous appris leur tennis à l'Institut national du sport et de l'éducation physique (INSEP) sous la direction de Louis Borfiga, aujourd'hui vice-président du développement de l'élite de Tennis Canada. «Le système français est très performant, dit Tsonga. Nous sommes recrutés assez tôt. En France, on peut jouer au tennis même si on n'en a pas les moyens financiers. Le système français profite du talent dans toutes les classes sociales.»


Le numéro un français a d'ailleurs vu sa conférence de presse interrompue par son ami Gaël Monfils, qui le taquinait en criant son nom derrière la porte. «Nous sommes assez proches, dit Tsonga. Nous avons traversé toutes les étapes de notre jeunesse ensemble. Ça crée des liens.»

Septième tête de série de la Coupe Rogers, Tsonga dispose d'un laissez-passer au premier tour. Mardi ou mercredi, il affrontera le gagnant du match entre son compatriote Florent Serra et le vétéran allemand Rainer Schuettler. Le numéro un français est largement favori pour l'emporter, mais il traverse une période difficile depuis quelques mois. Il n'a pas atteint les quarts de finale d'un tournoi depuis le Masters de Miami, en mars. Mercredi à Washington, il s'est incliné à son premier match contre l'Américain John Isner, un puissant serveur. Il était pourtant troisième tête de série dans la capitale américaine. «C'était compliqué, dit-il. (Quand on joue contre un gros serveur), il faut être bon et ne pas rater dans les points importants. Des fois, certaines balles nous paraissent anodines, mais ce n'est pas le cas.»


Gael screaming Jo's name behind the door

He confirms his difficulties with the big servers by the way. Maybe a way to work on his concentration.
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I just came across it and was going to post it. Here's the link:
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/ten...ontrealais.php

I had to look up the word "tuque". He wears a wool bonnet in the middle of the summer?! Or is my dictionary wrong?
He says he loves Montreal, it's a very 'warm' place, it feels like at home, except for the accent which makes him laugh. He often plays better when he feels the support of the crowd. He doesn't know yet if the Montreal crowd will support him, but he will try to show some nice tennis to deserve their support.
Then some talk about the Tsonga-Simon-Monfils generation. Jo says the French system is very efficient because they're "recruited" at a very young age already. And from all the social classes, it's possible to play tennis even if you're not rich.
And as an illustration, his press conference is disturbed by Gaël screaming his name behind the door.
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thanks Truc...

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Re: The Summer Tour Thread 2009

Jo playing doubles today with Mika, second on Court 9. They're playing against Ferrer and Robredo. Good luck guys!

http://www.rogerscup.com/men/english..._aug_10_09.pdf
(Time difference with Montreal is 6 hours earlier compared to CET.)
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Jo and Mika lost (6)6-7 6-1 8-10 shame!
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I just came across it and was going to post it. Here's the link:
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/ten...ontrealais.php

I had to look up the word "tuque". He wears a wool bonnet in the middle of the summer?! Or is my dictionary wrong?
Yes, he does wear such a hat, as I saw him leaving the Washington site wearing it after his loss to Isner. He was headed straight for the exit with his head down. Bonnet is not a word an American would use, but it's exactly right! It's sort of a jamaican-type/Scottish tam/beret/bonnet thingy!
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Order of play for tomorrow :

Mercredi 12 aout 2009

Court Central
Matchs Commencent a 11h
Rainer Schuttler(GER) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)


In english :

First match on center court, 11H00 local time.
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