I took the liberty of opening this thread since Benoit does not seem to be around. Let it bring good luck and at least one title to Jo!
According to his website, Jo will play 3 tournaments in Asia.
28.09.2009 Thailand Open - Bangkok Thailand
05.10.2009 Japan Open - Tokyo Japan
12.10.2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 - Shanghai China
09-27-2009, 04:48 PM
Jo is the number one seed and has a first round bye in Bangkok.
 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs BYE
[WC] DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND vs GULBIS, Ernests LAT
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
SAFIN, Marat RUS vs  PETZSCHNER, Philipp GER
 TROICKI, Viktor SRB vs BYE
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
ZVEREV, Mischa GER vs MAYER, Leonardo ARG
[WC] WACHIRAMANOWONG, Kittipong THA vs  ISNER, John USA
 MELZER, Jurgen AUT vs DANIEL, Marcos BRA
QUALIFIER vs BECKER, Benjamin GER
BECK, Andreas GER vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs QUERREY, Sam USA
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA vs KOROLEV, Evgeny RUS
GINEPRI, Robby USA vs [WC] UDOMCHOKE, Danai THA
KIM, Kevin USA vs SCHUETTLER, Rainer GER
BYE vs SIMON, Gilles FRA
09-27-2009, 05:36 PM
Yes 1 title should be doable:yeah:Allez :)
09-28-2009, 01:41 AM
Sorry for the trouble, Bashak. I am quite busy these days :)
I am all for the title at Bangkok but there is a potential semi against Isner around the corner that is making me nervous
Did anyone else notice how they took the liberty to write down the masters in london on his schedule, even if he is far from being qualified there ?
At least with the number of tournament that he is playing in the two monthes coming and with that little "bévue", we know what his objectives are for this end of season.
As for me, I hope that the confidence gained from the dc tie will boost him enough to win at least one of the two masters remaining. I don't care much for the london event, but some big wins against many top players are really needed for the next season.
Allez Jo !
09-28-2009, 11:57 AM
I know! I saw the London Finals on his schedule and thought to myself "well, way to get ahead of yourself team Tsonga!" I guess they are confident he'll either defend Paris or win Shanghai. He has to defend Bangkok as well. He must be counting on mediocre performances from fellow players, too. As far as I know Jo has the highest number of points to lose before the end of the season. And frankly, with Soderling, Gonzalez and Verdasco in competition it is going to be very tough... I also don't care too much about the finals but it would be nice to see him play.
Yeah, he saved the day in the Netherlands but I didn't expect any less from him. I seriously hope between the north american summer tourneys and now Jo and Eric have outlined a plan against big servers, studied and mastered it because if he has big goals to reach, those 2m-tall guys are always going to be an obstacle.
Best of luck in Bangkok!
09-30-2009, 04:06 PM
Good luck :D
09-30-2009, 07:39 PM
I hope he does make the London finals as I have tickets :bounce:
09-30-2009, 10:13 PM
That's so cool V!:D You should get to see amazing tennis whether Jo is there or not;)
How are you?:hug:
10-01-2009, 01:07 PM
I hope he does make the London finals as I have tickets :bounce:
Lucky you :D
I hope you have loads of fun :yeah:
10-01-2009, 05:20 PM
Good win against Gulbis, Jo :)
10-01-2009, 07:13 PM
Good win indeed!:)
10-01-2009, 07:36 PM
Very good match :yeah:
10-01-2009, 10:13 PM
crazy scoreline. allez jo! he's playing marco chiudinelli next who I love and I think is the best looking swiss on tour.
btw, jo and fabrice also won their doubles match!
have fun for all of us at the london finals reggie!
10-02-2009, 12:17 PM
Jo is playing Marco at 2pm CET :bounce: And there will be a livestream on Bet:yeah:
10-02-2009, 03:20 PM
jo having to fight hard once again against chiudinelli:o
6-7 6-3 *4-3
10-02-2009, 03:22 PM
Whatever happened to the stream, just went dead both on betting sites and otherwise. Allez Jo, one more game
10-02-2009, 03:39 PM
he won finishing on a forehand winner dtl after having faced a bp at 5-4
he finally won it 6-7 6-3 6-4
It was very laborious and if he ll face the style of player he hates to play
isner perhaps even more annoying than karlovic and we all know how jo lost to that kind of players so we'll see(go troiki)
allez jo,play your best in semi finale!
10-02-2009, 04:17 PM
Yay Jo! Please win this!
Marco :hug: Did anyone record the match, I couldn't watch it. :(
10-02-2009, 06:51 PM
Not so good match from my point of view today, but allez Jo against Troicki !
10-03-2009, 10:36 AM
:bigcry: what's going on?
10-03-2009, 11:05 AM
Oh my, what happened. I thought Troicki was a better option since he's not too fond of big servers
10-05-2009, 06:25 AM
Jo looked deadly tired. Very slow, slack and like bloodless. I am a very boried abiut his future, he really need to defend his rating - but he looks like he really need vacation, not tournament in London - may be he is so exhausted because he never played whole season before?
His Japan Open draw looks tough: Misha Zverev in first round. Of cource Mischa is not the best tennisplayer in the world but he can beat this Tsonga's shadow we've seen in Troicki match. Or may be it will be Gasquet.
I am soooo pessimistic now.
10-06-2009, 10:21 PM
Jo won his doubles match with Wawa 62 64.
There are 8(!) centercourt matches scheduled for tomorrow and Jo is nr 6! Allez :D
10-07-2009, 09:16 AM
Jo is next in line after the current match of Richard against Petzschner (again!).
I follow it with Justin on ATDHE, but it's an horrible stream if anyone has anything safer, I am thanking you in advance. :)
10-07-2009, 09:17 AM
The japanese commentators are hilarious :haha:
10-07-2009, 10:07 AM
The japanese commentators are hilarious :haha:
Do you understand japanese ? What are they saying ? :lol:
My stream died :( It'd better be back for Jo !
10-07-2009, 10:15 AM
I am not an academic japanese speaker, so I can say just by experience (a very little one at that). I just thought it was funny how they were overexerting themselves on every good shots of richard and overanalysing everyone of his serves.
Yeah, now we are waiting for jo's match and jo's stream
10-07-2009, 10:31 AM
We are stuck with the scoreboard. Already a break up for Zverev. :sad:
10-07-2009, 10:34 AM
Break back for Jo, good.
10-07-2009, 10:37 AM
No good :( Wery tough on Jo's serve...
10-07-2009, 10:38 AM
Thank you Jo for keeping your serve.
10-07-2009, 10:42 AM
As I see Jo have a lot of problems with his serve. Looks like he has no serve at all...
10-07-2009, 10:52 AM
70% of first serve till now. Not too bad. It's more the 64% of first serve won which is unusual.
This serve game seemt to be a lot easier. Maybe, he wasn't serving very fast.
10-07-2009, 10:58 AM
70% of points won on first serve now and an easy game. The problem with the serve seems to be solved now. But he needs to crack on Zverev's serve now.
Allez Jo, break him now !
10-07-2009, 10:58 AM
70% of first serve till now. Not too bad. It's more the 64% of first serve won which is unusual.
This serve game seemt to be a lot easier. Maybe, he wasn't serving very fast.
Yes, I am talking not about percents but about quality:
Usually it is very hard to take his serve but in Troicki's match (2&3 sets) and now deuce is most useful word for umpire.
10-07-2009, 10:58 AM
Don't miss now !
10-07-2009, 10:59 AM
Oh come on JO! You had 3 set balls!
10-07-2009, 11:02 AM
Thanks God, he did it. 4 setbslls.
10-07-2009, 11:02 AM
First set Jo: 6/4
The toughest is yet to come though.
His problem right now is a fatigue one. He needs to win this match quickly if he wants to go far at Tokyo. And he has many point to take in the 500 category.
10-07-2009, 11:13 AM
Even if he go through this - Richard is very good now... :(
10-07-2009, 11:17 AM
I am not worried for the eventual match against Richard. If jo is fit and determined, I don't think Richard has what it takes at the moment for troubling him. Eventhough, OK, it's a big if.
10-07-2009, 11:33 AM
Ok, hold that service game and finishes it, Jo !
10-07-2009, 11:36 AM
10-07-2009, 11:38 AM
Done ! 6/4, 6/3
A good match to come with Richard/Jo. I give Jo favourite with the form and the surface advantage. Anyway, the draw seems open for either of them after that match.
May the better player on the day win !
10-07-2009, 11:44 AM
:bounce: Let's hope we'll have a stream for Richard/Jo ;)
10-07-2009, 07:12 PM
Congrats Jo! I hope he plays Gasquet at a reasonable hour. Could somebody post the link to the livestream if we get one? I searched everything today but I couldn't find anything and gave up.
10-07-2009, 08:29 PM
He's playing 4th on CC.
10-08-2009, 10:45 AM
Great! :) He won.
10-08-2009, 10:48 AM
A win for Jo against Richard, in three sets. Really poor match from both players in comparison with what they can do.
I thought Tokyo was played indoor and I thought wrong. The wind pretty much killed the match, I think.
Overall, Jo played average, borderline mediocre, most of the match and Richard played his inconsistent but promissing self since his return in the first set. In the second and third set, it's a combination of a little adaptation to the wind and a up of consistency from Jo, and a disatrous play from Richard who gives the match to Jo.
It feels like a little revenge for the match in Rome this year, which were somewhat a little like that one.
10-08-2009, 11:03 AM
The lamest match of the year :rolls: About 3DF a game by both players, not to mention all the UEs from both sides. I was suffering with them. A good thing that the match ended because they weren't far from just calling it a tie and leave together to share some tea :lol:
So who's next :bounce:
10-08-2009, 11:17 AM
I didn't have much time lately for tennis so I missed out on much of Bangkok, but I caught a bit of Jo's match with Richie today ^^
Gulbis up next, could be tricky but Jo should roll on through
10-08-2009, 12:39 PM
Thanks for the match analysis, guys. I'm just glad that Jo came through in the end, he's often struggled against Richard in the past.
One never knows which Gulbis will turn up - I just hope Jo finds decent first serve percentage and adapts well to the conditions. Good luck! Let's go all the way to London!
10-08-2009, 04:31 PM
Well an ugly win, but a win nevertheless ;)
Jo is playing Ernsts tomorrow, 4th on CC :dance:
Oh and he lost his doubles match btw, 10-8 in the Super TB:(
10-08-2009, 11:12 PM
The roof was closed for three days because of torrential rains, and was opened just yesterday despite some typhoon warnings.
"The conditions were terrible. It was dangerous. I saw the (advertising) board start to move and thought ‘Woah!’ You never know what can happen", said Tsonga after the match.
Two solids servers today, so that was for the one the more consistent on his serve and the sonner able to read the opponent's one. Jo started to return better at the end of the second set and that gave him the match.
It's a nice series of wins in three sets that he is doing at the moment to find some confidence to return bad situations. I think it's a good thing if he can learn one thing or two there, because its two losses in the hard slams where in that kinds of matches this year.
10-09-2009, 10:12 AM
I agree MacArthur, perhaps this recent run of come from behind victories will help him digging out those big matches when he's behind at the GS level.
It was a pretty decent match I thought, Gulbis was obviously playing well but Jo held it together and took advantages of his opportunities when they came ^^
10-09-2009, 10:13 AM
I had the pleasure to watch end of second set and third set. At 4-4 in second set, things were looking tight and grim, but Gulbis very obligingly broke himself ;) and took the match to a decider. From then on, I could see Jo's determination to assert himself, and he did just that. Well done!
I must say I was impressed with Jo in that match. He was returning well, even off Gulbis' big first serves, and that shows that he's working to improve that aspect of his game. It was obvious that his right upper arm was bothering him (you could see the taping) but this did not deter him from hitting huge first serves and going for his shots. He went to the net with great effect, and his athleticism, as always, was a joy to watch. :yeah:
The lower half of the draw is the more challenging - if he can get past winner of Wawrinka/Monfils in semis, he has a great chance of winning this tournament. Hope that the arm would not be an issue, or at least he can find a way to work through the pain without inflicting further damage. Good luck, Jo!
10-09-2009, 12:03 PM
I couldn't see the match, but I can't wait for the Gael one :D Good job, semies again :yeah:
Does anyone know what Jo needs to do in order to more or less stay in touch for London ? Like if he wins Tokyo, does he still need to win one of the two remaining masters ?
10-09-2009, 12:09 PM
If he wins Tokyo, he is going to be at more or less 150-200 points behind the first accessit to London. So he should after do very well in the two remaining masters to conquer and conserve one of the two remaining places.
10-09-2009, 12:34 PM
Thanks ! What does 200 points represent exactly ? A quarter or a semi in a masters ?
Of course it will also depends on his direct concurrents.
(Aren't there still three places remaining ?)
10-09-2009, 01:04 PM
In theory, yes, three places. But I don't see Roddick not qualified.
10-10-2009, 06:57 AM
Here is the part about Jo in the article in L'Equipe today, which I found quite good again: "Tsonga and Monfils are two tired samurais this week. They both have a trick to not lose."
Les rois du plan B
Rivaux en demi-finales, Tsonga et Monfils sont en ce moment deux samouraïs fatigués. Alors, pour ne pas perdre, ils ont chacun leur truc.
CETTE SEMAINE, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ressemble moins que d’habitude à Cassius Clay. Il navigue plutôt entre Petit Scarabée, moine shaolin et gros Bouddha. Zen, soyons zen. Est-ce que c’est l’Asie qui lui fait ça ? Non, c’est plutôt la fatigue, avec un grand F. Le colosse a laissé beaucoup de plumes depuis l’été américain. Et, en arrivant à Tokyo, il a d’abord fait l’Hibernatus. « J’ai passé les trois premiers jours au lit. Je dormais, je regardais vite fait un épisode de Prison Break et je me rendormais. Le décalage horaire (celui vers l’Asie est le pire à gérer), l’adrénaline, la pression… » Tsonga tire la langue, mais Tsonga n’a toujours pas perdu. Tsonga a aussi réduit au minimum toute sa routine d’étirements et d’exercices préventifs contre la blessure. Chez lui, grand cassé du passé, ce n’est pas rien. Il a remplacé ça par quelque chose de plus spirituel. « Contre Gasquet (jeudi), il y avait le typhon (hier, le typhon Mélor s’était calmé). Contre Gulbis (victoire 4-6, 6-4, 6-3), c’était des premières balles à 210 km/h qui m’arrivaient dessus. Les deux fois, j’ai perdu le premier set. Souvent, mon défaut, c’est que je ne trouve pas normal d’être mené et je m’excite. Je me bats contre deux mecs : l’autre et moi-même. À la fin, généralement, je perds. Là, pas un mot, j’ai tenu mes nerfs. Zen. » Chacun sait pourtant que son jeu se nourrit d’énergie pour grandir et grandir. Il a toujours construit ses plus belles réussites debout sur un volcan. Faut que ça sprinte, faut que ça crie, faut que ça saute. Mais ce n’est pas obligatoire. « Avant cette saison, Jo fonctionnait sur un schéma particulier : il était blessé puis il revenait à fond, il se reblessait et ainsi de suite. Tout marchait à l’adrénaline, explique son coach, Éric Winogradsky. Cette année, il n’a pas été blessé. Or, on ne tient pas sur l’adrénaline du 1er janvier au 31 décembre. Jo devait s’adapter. Contre Gulbis, il n’a jamais montré à l’autre qu’il était fatigué ou frustré. C’était un mur. » Un mur de patience, surtout. Tsonga n’a vu la queue de sa première balle de break qu’à la toute fin du deuxième set. C’était tellement la fin que c’était une balle de set. Soudain, le fauve sortit de la cage. En deux minutes, Tsonga avait changé le match. Son troisième set allait être royal. « Stoïque plutôt », corrigeat-il. « Quand on a peu de punch, il faut savoir l’utiliser juste au bon moment, quand ça compte, complimentait “Wino”. Et ça, c’est difficile. » Gulbis, quatre-vingt-dix-huitième mondial, trouva dès lors moins difficile d’arroser dans tous les coins. Et si possible de toutes ses forces.
Pendant que Tsonga ne pensait qu’au stoïcisme, Monfils, lui, discutait tactico-tactique. (...)
10-10-2009, 07:38 AM
Thanks so much for this article, Truc. Very interesting.
Long time no see in this part of the board :)
At least we won't have any crisis between Jojotards and Monfiltards ( ? ).
I'll be happy with whoever won that match :)
10-10-2009, 07:41 AM
S and V Gael is coming to us :lol:
10-10-2009, 07:50 AM
Judging from this beginning, I think it's going to be tough for Gael. Jo is doing a great job at cutting Gael from his time.
10-10-2009, 08:08 AM
Very impressive first set from Jo, he's neutralised quite a lot of Gael's options
10-10-2009, 08:09 AM
First set Jo, 6/3.
Frankly, it's a matter of second shots, the first shot after the serve. Jo is very agressive on that one and cuts Gael the time he needs to counter him. Gael needs to step up a lot in agressivity if he wants to stand a chance. He needs to get a hang on serve Jo too obviously.
10-10-2009, 08:17 AM
Here's the "translation" of the article - I hope Bernès will cover Shanghai too, his articles are so funny and spot on at the same time:
This week, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks less like Cassius Clay than he usually does. More like "Grasshopper", the Shaolin monk, and a big Buddha. Zen, just be zen. The giant has expended a lot of energy since the American summer. When he arrived in Tokyo, he first turned into Hibernatus. "I spent the first 3 days in bed. I was sleeping, woke up to watch an episode of Prison Break and got back to sleep. The jetlag (trips to Asia are the trickiest ones), the adrenalin, the pressure." Tsonga's tongue is hanging out, but he's still alive. Tsonga has also reduced to a minimum his routine of stretching exercises and injury prevention. It means a lot, given his history. He replaced it by something more spiritual. "Against Gasquet, there was the typhoon. Against Gulbis, the first serves at 210 km/h. In both matches I lost the first set. My problem often is that I think it's not normal to lag behind and I get all worked up then. I fight with two guys: the opponent and myself. And I usually end up losing. This time, I kept quiet, I had my nerves under control. Zen." As everybody knows, his game is living on energy. His greatest wins have grown on volcanos. He needs to sprint, to scream, to jump. But that's not compulsory. "Jo had a certain pattern until this season, Wino explains. He was injured, then came back at 100%, then got injured again, etc. Everything was based on adrenalin. This year he hasn't been injured. And it's not possible to rely on adrenalin from the 1st of January to the 31st of December. Jo had to adjust. He never signalled against Gulbis that he was tired or frustrated. He was like a wall." A wall of patience. He had to wait for the very end of the 2nd set to see his first BP. It was so late in the set that the BP also was a SP. The wildcat pounced on his prey all of a sudden. Two minutes later, Tsonga had turned around the match. The 3rd set was kingly. "More stoic", he says. "When you don't have a lot of energy/punch, you have to use it when it matters", Wino praises him. "And that's not easy." Gulbis found it easier to spray UE all over the court from then on. As hard as he could.
While Tsonga was talking about stoicism, Monfils was discussing tactics. (...)
10-10-2009, 08:36 AM
Tough one for Gael, 6/3, 6/3 in 55 minutes. Poor one.
On the other hand, Jo was very, very impressive today.
10-10-2009, 09:11 AM
Great Job! I thought this would take 3 sets as well, but he seems to have found a quicker way. Thanks for the zen article. The jetlag must be hard on him.
10-10-2009, 10:57 AM
:bigclap: Great job. Now get the title please:D:p
10-10-2009, 11:22 AM
Did you all watch Youzhny today? He was on FIRE save for a couple of games in the 2nd set. I hope Jo has it in him to patiently go for his shots.
Also, Shaghai draw is out. I don't feel good about this at all. He's in the bottom quarter of the top half. The big name in the other quarter is Rafa.
(From the ATP bracket challenge page with my predictions.)
10-10-2009, 12:07 PM
This article is priceless :rolls: Thanks a lot !
Il navigue plutôt entre Petit Scarabée, moine shaolin et gros Bouddha. Zen, soyons zen.
I think I'm going to put that line as my signature :worship:
10-11-2009, 06:15 AM
Jo just won the first set 6-3 ^_^
10-11-2009, 06:57 AM
Tokyo Champion :worship: London coming closer ;)
10-11-2009, 07:23 AM
Great match, Great week and great Jo today. :)
The toughest, tough, is yet to come in Shangaï.
10-11-2009, 08:46 AM
Well Done Jo :worship:
Have a good good good tournament in shangai :yeah:
10-11-2009, 10:27 AM
10-11-2009, 06:05 PM
Very good performance during whole tournament.
Good Luck in Shanghai :)
10-11-2009, 06:40 PM
Good Job Jo! you deserve it!
10-11-2009, 06:48 PM
He's become more consistant lately. Congrats
10-12-2009, 04:49 AM
Congratulations Jo! :hatoff:
10-12-2009, 05:21 AM
luck in shanghai
10-12-2009, 11:56 AM
In l'équipe this morning :)
« Je n’ai que ça dans la tête »
JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, vainqueur hier de Youzhny en finale (6-3, 6-3), s’est replacé dans la course au Masters.
Comment Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a-t-il fêté le plus gros tournoi gagné par un Français cette année ? Une sushi-partie ? Une saké-bamboula ? « Non, on file à l’hôtel faire sa valise et on se dépêche d’arriver à l’aéroport de Tokyo pour sauter dans le dernier avion pour Shanghai, à 19 h 30. » Dit comme ça, c’est tout de suite moins funky. « Mais si ! Je vais danser dans l’avion ! Ce que je compte vraiment faire, c’est boire une bonne bière en Chine ce soir. Je suis un bon vivant. Hors de question de ne pas fêter ma victoire. » Avant de dire sayonara à Tokyo, Tsonga a fait le point sur son principal projet du moment, qui s’appelle : « Masters, ou comment y retourner ? » Facile, il n’a qu’à faire comme l’an dernier et ça ira. Donc, gagner un des deux Masters 1000 qui restent, Shanghai ou Paris-Bercy. Les deux, c’est bien aussi. Vainqueur à Tokyo, Tsonga a déjà comblé une bonne partie de son retard (voir par ailleurs). Mais il reste encore du chemin. Tsonga aime les missions difficiles. En voilà une qui se pose là.
de notre envoyé spécial
« EN GAGNANT ICI, c’est tout bonus en vue du Masters (Londres, 22-29 novembre). Mais, il y a encore huit jours, cette mission n’était-elle pas impossible ?
– Impossible, je ne sais pas ce que ça veut dire. C’est un coup de poker et, moi, j’adore ça. Il y a une ou deux semaines, la course au Masters ne me titillait pas trop. Mais, maintenant, je n’ai que ça dans la tête.
– Qu’est-ce qu’il faudrait pour que ça marche ?
– C’est exactement le scénario de l’année dernière. (Tsonga s’était qualifié en s’imposant à Bercy.) Je pars de derrière, je suis le chasseur. Faut que je fasse péter un gros truc à Shanghai ou à Bercy parce que je vois bien que les Söderling, Verdasco ou Davydenko scorent en ce moment. Je suis dos au mur et j’aime ça. Si jamais j’arrive à Bercy avec la possibilité d’aller au Masters, ça va être génial. La salle va être chaude bouillante et moi avec. Ça m’excite rien que d’y penser.
– Cette semaine, pendant que vous étiez à Tokyo, avez-vous suivi de près ce que faisaient Söderling, Gonzalez et Davydenko à Pékin ?
– C’est tout juste si je ne priais pas pour qu’ils perdent à chaque match. (Rire.) La bonne nouvelle, c’est que, grâce à Tokyo, je vais leur “coller au cul”.
– À votre calendrier, il reste quatre tournois avant le Masters. Shanghai cette semaine, Lyon (ATP 250), Valence (ATP 500) et Paris-Bercy (ATP Masters 1000). Dans l’optique du Masters, Lyon ne peut rien vous apporter, vu que vous avez déjà fait le plein dans la catégorie des tournois 250 (*). Allez-vous y renoncer ?
– Si je zappe Lyon, on va dire : “Quoi ! C’est un scandale, il est numéro 1 français et il snobe les tournois français.” Si j’y vais et que je rate le Masters faute de fraîcheur, on dira après : “Mais pourquoi n’a-t-il pas fait sauter Lyon pour arriver au taquet à Bercy ?” On la connaît, l’histoire… Pour l’instant, je joue Lyon. Gagner là-bas, ça compte pour moi. Et puis ça peut me permettre de rester dans le rythme.
– Vous êtes arrivé à Tokyo en tirant la langue. Comment se fait-il que vous ayez fini le tournoi comme un obus ?
– J’ai fait des choix. Mes trois premiers jours, je n’ai fait que dormir. Tokyo, pour moi, ce n’était que l’hôtel. (Aucun message subliminal pour les fans du groupe Tokyo Hotel.) Je voulais refaire du jus. Mes premiers matches ici n’ont pas été folichons, mais je ne me suis pas pris la tête. J’ai fait gaffe à ne pas brûler d’énergie en râlant parce que je tapais moyennement, que j’étais un poil lent ou que mes matches étaient longs. (Il a perdu le premier set contre Gasquet et Gulbis.) Après, en demi-finales et en finale, j’ai retrouvé du peps. Et, là, ça jouait bien.
« Ma saison
m’a déçu »
– Pensez-vous avoir progressé cette année ?
– Non, je n’ai pas progressé. Tennistiquement, je ne suis pas meilleur. On va dire que j’ai confirmé que j’étais le leader en France et que j’avais ma place dans le top 8 mondial. (Il est 7e.) Sinon, je trouve ma saison un peu décevante. Moi, en tout cas, elle m’a déçu.
– D’où vient cette déception ?
– J’ai bien réfléchi à tout ça : cette année, je voulais jouer une saison entière, à fond et sans blessure. Ma première. Je touche du bois, mais je pense que je vais y arriver. Et qu’est-ce qu’on remarque ? Que je n’ai pas spécialement progressé des masses dans le jeu et qu’en Grand Chelem j’ai calé chaque fois au moment où ça devait basculer. Quand c’était LE moment, je n’ai pas su devenir un autre.
– Avez-vous identifié le problème ?
– Pas assez de fraîcheur. L’an prochain, au lieu de vingt-cinq cette saison, je jouerai dix-neuf ou vingt tournois maximum.
– Regrettez-vous d’avoir tant joué cette année ?
– Mais non ! Justement pas. Je n’ai pas progressé dans le jeu, mais j’ai progressé ailleurs et ce n’est pas moins important. J’ai appris énormément sur la gestion d’une saison, sur comment mon corps réagissait à tel ou tel moment et j’ai compris pas mal de choses sur une des raisons qui font que Federer et Nadal sont aussi forts. Rafa et Roger, ils n’enchaînent jamais trop les tournois. Leur programme est pensé et repensé pour ne jamais faire un tournoi s’ils sont un peu en sous-régime. Moi, je veux être bientôt dans le top 5. Donc je dois m’inspirer de ça.
« Je sens
qu’on va gagner
la Coupe Davis »
– À quels moments vous êtes-vous senti dans le rouge cette saison ?
– Indian Wells, Cincinnati et Bangkok. Indian Wells et Bangkok, ça coïncide avec la Coupe Davis, qui pompe beaucoup d’adrénaline. Cincinnati, c’était après ma demi-finale à Montréal. J’avais pas mal donné. Je remarque par exemple que Federer ne joue pas (en fait, il dispute les barrages) en Coupe Davis, même quand il n’est pas blessé. Attention, il fait ce qu’il veut. Je respecte. Mais, si Ribéry ou moi, on ne vient pas en équipe de France alors qu’on n’est pas blessé, est-ce qu’on ne va pas nous tomber dessus ?
– Doit-on comprendre qu’à l’avenir vous pourriez zapper la Coupe Davis au profit de votre propre boutique ?
– Ça, jamais ! D’abord, une sélection pour son pays, ça ne se refuse pas. Ensuite, je suis persuadé qu’on va la gagner bientôt. Je le sens.
– Avez-vous déjà acté des modifications à votre programme en vue de l’année prochaine ?
– Oui. Je ne ferai pas la tournée australienne en janvier. Je jouerai une exhibition à Abu Dhabi, le tournoi de Doha puis l’exhibition à Kooyong juste avant l’Open d’Australie. J’ai envie de faire une préparation énorme cet hiver pour arriver comme un avion à l’Open d’Australie. »
(*) Seulement les deux meilleurs tournois 250 sont pris en compte dans le classement de la Race. Or Tsonga en déjà remporté deux en 2009, à Johannesburg et à Marseille. En revanche, les quatre meilleurs tournois 500 sont comptabilisés et, comme le Français n’a engrangé des points qu’à Tokyo (500) et à Rotterdam (90), il pourra virtuellement en gagner 500 supplémentaires à Valence.
Tenir… et flinguer
de notre envoyé spécial
APRÈS SON CHEF-D’ŒUVRE contre Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a procédé autrement hier. Après les deux premiers jeux de service du Manceau, Mikhaïl Youzhny avait déjà marqué plus de points au retour que Monfils à la fin de sa demi-finale (7 contre 6). À 1-1, Tsonga allait chasser d’un gros coup droit la seule balle de break qui le nargua hier. Mais, avec son revers slicé, le Russe, 49e mondial, continuait d’enquiquiner le Français et même le contrait si besoin était. Soudain, à 3-3, Big Jo changea de musique. On passa soudain au rock et Youzhny ne put suivre. Il marqua un point (un ace) quand Tsonga en engloutit douze (6-3). Le set suivant allait fonctionner sur le même principe. À 3-3, Youzhny se fit rentrer dedans sur son service et le perdit. D’un coup d’un seul, Tsonga avait accéléré. Une montée, des retours punchés, ça faisait break. « Au milieu de chaque set, il m’a mis la pression et je n’ai pas réussi à le contenir, observait Youzhny. Après, il était simplement trop bon pour moi. » Cette finale, disputée à toit ouvert, dura une heure et neuf minutes. « En plus, j’ai fini sur une volée et je trouve ça top ! », se félicitait Tsonga. Il avait trouvé tout aussi top de frapper un ace sur seconde balle à 197 km/h à 40-40 au tout début du second set. Cette saison, il en est à trois titres sur trois continents (Johannesburg, Marseille et Tokyo). Ça aussi, c’est top. – F. Be.
Wino : "Jo is right but..."
« Jo a raison mais… »
de notre envoyé spécial
ÉRIC WINOGRADSKY partage le raisonnement de son joueur quand il parle d’un réaménagement nécessaire de son calendrier l’année prochaine. Mais coach Wino n’est pas d’accord quand Tsonga dit n’avoir pas spécialement progressé tennistiquement cette saison. « Sur la programmation, Jo a complètement raison. Mais, quand il dit qu’il n’a pas progressé, je suis plus mesuré. Jo est tellement perfectionniste qu’il n’a peut-être pas envie de se jeter des fleurs. Or il sait faire plus de choses aujourd’hui qu’il y a un an. Ou, plutôt, il savait les faire, mais il les fait mieux. Je pense surtout au jeu de transition entre la défense et l’attaque. Avec son revers slicé, il temporise de mieux en mieux avant d’attaquer d’un coup sec. Il se sert davantage de son coup droit bombé pour revenir dans le terrain et attaquer. Entre ce que son chip de revers est aujourd’hui et ce qu’il était il y a un an, y a pas photo. On le travaille depuis longtemps à l’entraînement, soit au panier soit en opposition. Son changement de raquette au printemps a aidé : celle-ci est moins raide et rend plus les effets. Jo a par ailleurs raison d’insister sur tous les acquis périphériques de cette saison. C’est capital. Si tout va bien, il jouera en 2010 sa première saison complète et sans blessure sur le circuit. N’oubliez pas qu’il n’a que deux ans et demi de circuit derrière lui. Cette année, en expérience, il a énormément appris. Lui et moi tenions à ce qu’il joue les trois jours de suite en Coupe Davis à Maastricht s’il y avait besoin. Dans son apprentissage, c’était très important. Les meilleurs l’ont fait. Assumer son statut de leader, jouer trois matches de suite sous pression, il en a chié, mais il va en tirer des certitudes. La prochaine étape sera de jouer son premier match en cinq sets. » – F. Be.
About the masters :
Masters : encore 140 points
GRÂCE À SA VICTOIRE à Tokyo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a dépassé Nikolay Davydenko, passant de la onzième à la dixième place de la Race (qualificative pour le Masters, elle ne prend en compte que les résultats de l’année 2009). Surtout, le Français a ramené de 595 à 140 points son retard sur le huitième et dernier qualifié virtuel, Fernando Gonzalez (rappelons qu’une victoire en Masters 1000 rapporte 1 000 points). Voici le classement des postulants aux deux dernières places, sachant que Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray et Del Potro sont déjà assurés d’effectuer le voyage à Londres (22-29 novembre) et que Roddick a 99 % de chances de se qualifier : 7. Verdasco (3 020 points) ; 8. Gonzalez (2 690) ; 9. Söderling (2 640) ; 10. Tsonga (2 550) ; 11. Davydenko (2 495) ; 12. Robredo (1 950) ; 13. Simon (1 935)…
and the drawing :
Breaking news : earthquake in TOKYO
Jo : woops ! I'm so sorry :-(
crowd : don't worry about it, we're used to it here
crowd 2 : ... but that's still impressive
Just for the quote which read : Mirror, my sweet mirror, tell me who is the prettiest :rolls:
I'm working on the translation .
10-12-2009, 02:34 PM
It's a great interview
Thanks so much for it, Marion :)
10-12-2009, 03:02 PM
My translation, sorry for the mistakes, I can't think straight :lol:
Tsonga, soleil devant (Tsonga, sun ahead, but with a play of words : Japan is called pays du soleil levant in french, meaning country of the rising sun. The joke is replacing levant (rising) by devant (ahead))
« I think about it night and day »
How did JWT celebrate the biggest tournament won by a Frenchman this season ? A sushi-party ? A saké-bamboula ? « No, you run back to the hotel to pack and you hurry to the Tokyo airport so you can catch the last plane to Shanghai, at 7:30 pm. » Said like that, it’s immediatly less funky. « But it is ! I’m going to dance in the plane ! What I really want to do is to drink a good beer in China tonight. I like to live. Not celebrating my victory is out of question. » Before saying sayonara to Tokyo, Tsonga mentions his biggest project in course, entitled « Masters, or how to get back there ? » Easy, he just needs to do what he did last year and everything will go perfectly fine ! Which means winning one of the two remaining masters 1000, Shanghai or Bercy. Both will work too. Winner in Tokyo with 500 points, Tsonga already caught up with his direct opponents for London. But there is still a long way to go. Tsonga likes difficult missions. Here is one.
-Eight days ago, wasn’t the dream of going back to London an impossible dream to achieve ? It’s now at your reach ?
-Impossible, I don’t know what it means. It’s a poker game and I’m loving it. Last week, I didn’t give the Masters much thoughts. But today, I’m thinking about it day and night.
- What would you need to go ?
-It’s exactly last year’s scenario. I’m coming from behind, I’m the hunter. I need to make a big result at Shanghai or Bercy because I can see very well that the likes of Söderling, Verdasco and Davydenko are scoring right now. I have my back to the wall and I like it. If I come to Bercy with a good chance to go to London, it will be amazing. The crowd will be crazy and so will I. I’m excited just thinking about it.
-This week, while you were in Tokyo, did you follow closely the results of Söderling, Gonzales or Davydenko in Beijing ?
-Actually I was praying every day that they would lose the next match. (laughter) Kidding ! The good news is that thanks to Tokyo, I’m going to « stick to their arses » (:o he does say that ! not my fault.)
-You still have 4 tournaments before London : Shanghai, Lyon (250), Valence (500), and Bercy. Lyon can’t bring anything to you for the Masters because you already won 2 ATP250. Are you going to retire ?
-If I’m dogging Lyon, they’re going to say « what ! it’s a scandal, he’s the number 1 in France and he’s snobing the French tournaments. » If I’m going and I don’t qualify for the Masters because I’m not fresh enough, they will go « but why didn’t he skip Lyon so he could be rested in Bercy ? » We all know the story… for now, I’m playing Lyon. It means a lot for me to win matches there. Plus it can help me to stay in the rhythm.
-You arrived in Tokyo exhausted. How did you manage to end the tournament like a rocket ?
-I made choices. The first three days, I was basically only sleeping. Tokyo, for me, was only the hotel. (no subliminal message to the Tokyo Hotel fans.) I needed to gain back energy. My first matches here were pretty poor, but I didn’t think too much about it. I paid attention as to not burning energy by complaining because I wasn’t hitting good, that I was slow or that my matches were long. After that, in semi and in the final, I found energy back. And I was playing good.
« My season was disappointing »
-Do you feel like you progressed this year ?
-No I did not. Tennistically, I’m not better. You can say I more or less confirmed I was a leader in France and I had my seat in the top 8. But my season was disappointing to me.
-Where does this deception come from ?
-I thought a lot about it : this year I wanted to play a full season, without any injury. My first one. But what do we notice ? That I didn’t progress that much in the game and that in Slams I was always unable to be strong when it mattered. When it was THE moment to do it, I couldn’t become another player.
-Did you identify the problem ?
-Not enough freshness. Next year, instead of playing 25 tournaments, I won’t play more than 19 or 20.
-Are you regretting playing so much this year ?
-No, that’s exactly the opposite. I didn’t progress in the pure game, but I progressed elsewhere and it’s not less important. I learnt a lot about handling a season, about how my body was reacting to this or that. I also understood one of the reasons which makes that Rafa and Roger are so strong. They never play too many tournaments without resting. Their schedule is thought and rethought because of the way their bodies are reacting. I want to break into the top 5, so I have to inspire myself of that.
« I know we will soon win the Davis Cup. »
-When did you feel like your body was in the red this season ?
-Indian Wells, Cincinnati and Bangkok. IW and Bangkok were just after a DC week end, which always asks for a lot of energy. Cinci was after my semi in Montréal, I had given a lot of energy away. I notice for example that Federer doesn’t play (except for the play-offs) in DC, even when he’s not injured. Be careful, he does what he wants, I’m respecting that. But if Ribéry or I don’t come in the french team while we’re not injured, won’t we get killed by everyone ?
-Do we have to understand that in the future you could refuse a DC selection because of your single career ?
-Absolutely never ! You don’t refuse a selection for your country. Plus I’m certain that we’re going to win the DC soon. I feel it. I want to be part of that.
-Have you already thought of any modifications of your schedule of next year, compared to this year ?
-Yes. I won’t play the australian tournaments in January. I’ll play an exhibition at Abu Dhabi, Doha’s tournament then the Kooyong exhibition before the AO. I want to make an enormous preparation this winter to arrive like a rocket at the AO.
Wino basically says that Jo is right when he says he should slow down on the calendar and play less tournaments than this year, but he’s wrong or elusive when he says he didn’t make progress technically. He thinks he now knows how to do things much better than last year, and that his sliced backhand has nothing to do with what it was ten months ago. His racquet is better too : it’s now softer and takes better the effects. Plus he gained experience (he’s only really be on tour for 2 years and a half). He wanted to play the three days of DC, it was very important, because playing three matchs under pressure, assuming his leader status, it was a lot harder than what it looked, but he’s going to take a lot of confidence in it. Next step will be to play his first fifth setters. (he really never played one ? :eek: or does he mean just in DC ?)
I don't know if I shall post this somewhere else, like in the Articles thread ? He's not talking that much about Tokyo after all :shrug:
10-12-2009, 03:06 PM
Crap, I forgot about the article of the final :banghead: Working on it now ! And the last article is just about Jo's points for the Masters, and about his direct opponents.
10-12-2009, 03:27 PM
:worship: Merci Mion! (and yes I think you should also post this in the articles thread)
10-13-2009, 06:15 AM
Hey guys! I'm on the business trip and didn't know Jo's fial match's result because of plane travel and jetlag. I am sure you became calm after two days of happiness but for me this feeling is fresh! Jo won new title!!!! Hurrah!!!!!
10-13-2009, 01:50 PM
Glad you had a nice surprise when you got back DanaKz ^^
Jo is up 3rd on grandstand tomorrow vs Zeng. I'd presume he'll roll through it and then we'll have the important match vs Soderling :)
10-13-2009, 03:01 PM
Jo is playing third on the grandstand of shanghai tomorrow.
Decent match. Looked a bit sluggish. Way too many errors than usual, but opponent was no bunny. He's got to trust that backhand a little more and not run around every single one of them. The backhand slice needs some work too.
Jo and Julien trounced Nestor/Zimonjic 6-3 6-4. They also had breakpoints to break for the match.
10-14-2009, 04:14 PM
I'm actually more impressed by the doubles win now!:eek:
10-14-2009, 09:42 PM
Impressive indeed :eek: Good job guys!
I really hope you beat Soderling tomorrow :ras: I REEEEEEALLY dont like him:lol: But he is a pretty big server and we all know how well Jo does against big servers..:unsure:
10-15-2009, 04:47 AM
Good win for Jo. EVery round counts in his quest for the London finals. Verdasco has given him a slight breather for now, but Soderling and Gonzalez are very much alive. I'm surprised though, why he's wasting energy playing doubles - given that he's admitted to being fatigued last week.
10-15-2009, 08:46 AM
Alright Jo, time to get this done!
10-15-2009, 09:33 AM
Ok, Jo, if you have learnt anything from these last weeks, show us how it's time to get back in the match !
10-15-2009, 09:33 AM
I would like to officially declare that first set complete bullshit. Nice clownery from the umpires, very good job guys :worship:
10-15-2009, 09:39 AM
Not good .__.
That was a shocking linecall in the first set, the umpire didn't have many options after Jo didn't hear the score sadly D:
I just hope Jo gets his head back together and can get back into this match
10-15-2009, 09:42 AM
I wonder how you can miss such a ball. The linejudge is right in front of the line, the ball is coming in a straight line and hits bang on the line, half of the ball was on the line according to the hawk-eye...
10-15-2009, 09:45 AM
That was a sad, a sad, sad, sad Jo :devil:
10-15-2009, 09:48 AM
THAT'S what you call a sorry excuse of a match.
By the way, it was not an error of the linejudge, it was a massive fail of overrule from the umpire.
10-15-2009, 09:56 AM
It was a much easier call for the linejudge with it coming straight down the line than it would have been for the umpire to overrule on the far side. That said, I'd have trusted a guy like Lahyani (screw Steiner) to make the right call ¬__¬
Jo's sort of melted D:
10-15-2009, 09:59 AM
He needs to get grip over himself. This attitude is terrible. If I had a shot for every time he ran around a backhand, I'd have no liver by now.
Seriously, Jo? Forehand from the extreme Ad side? And what's up with hitting backhand slices from the net? The backhand is not *that* terrible.
10-15-2009, 10:06 AM
He is exhausted, that's all there is to it. It's all his fault though with his schedule and all the double matches he is playing.
One week of rest now, skip Lyon or not, but there is still two very important tournaments to come with Valencia and Bercy. 1500 points to take is enough to go to the master.
10-15-2009, 10:17 AM
say goodbye to London:confused:
10-15-2009, 10:35 AM
Self-destruction from Jo. :mad: Yes, he was robbed of that line call and I agree completely that the umpire should have overruled - it was right under his nose. But, Jo has got to learn to move on. Everyone has suffered horrendous decisions from officials, but the players with stronger mental fortitude find a way to put it behind them and do their utmost to win. Instead, he was practically throwing his toys out of the pram after that call. I didn't mind the racquet-breaking - this produced positive energizing response from him, albeit short-lived - but I was disappointed with the negative attitude, bordering on petulance.
Those mis-firing forehands, insecurity about his backhand (which is not as bad as he thinks) were signs of fatigue - both mentally and physically. Maybe he would have gone to lose anyway given how well Soderling was playing but next time, I'd like him to take a look at the bigger picture (London qualification) and trust in himself and his amazing abilities instead of blaming external factors. And if he loses, having tried his best, then fair enough.
Anyway, I wish him good rest and recovery and look forward to seeing him re-energized once more.
10-15-2009, 10:37 AM
Agreed about the scheduling fail. Doubles was an overkill.
But I also think he needs a plan B for days when his serve/forehand are not working. He's gotten a lot more patient lately, but has ways to go in slugging out a win even on his not so better days.
Stats from today's match.
10-15-2009, 11:28 AM
only 13 winners??? I also see some poor serving. I am pretty bummed that he lost, I was hoping to find out he won in three sets :sad: I don't think top 8 is a realistic goal at this point. Other than Roddick, I see Davydenko and Soderling making it. Jo would pretty much have to win paris and go very deep in the other 500 in spain. Is he seriously going to play Lyon?
10-15-2009, 12:35 PM
Well, everyone is showing signs of fatigue and in some cases, harbouring injuries towards the end of the season. If Jo forfeits Lyon and gives himself that extra rest, he's good enough and strong enough to blow away the field once again in Paris. There will be plenty of motivation there - the phenomenal crowd support and the chance, however small, for qualification to London. I haven't given up on him yet - just a little disappointed right now at his touch of immaturity in the Soderling match. When Jo is on, he's unstoppable and maybe, as his fan, I expect so much from him because he's simply that good and exciting to watch.
10-15-2009, 04:42 PM
On a side note Jo and Julien won their doubles match, beat the czech/slovak pair 3-6 6-4 10-7. I have no idea how to pronounce their names: CERMAK, Frantisek (CZE)/MERTINAK, Michal (SVK). They are in the semifinals where they will face Bhupati/Knowles! Jo has gone further than the Bryans :o
10-16-2009, 10:38 AM
Well, look who is in the doubles final!
The #3 seeds broke back and leveled the 1st set, saved a few more bps on the way to a TB, but Jo and Julien were too strong there getting a mini-break in the very first point.
They broke them again twice in the next set, 2nd time for the 7-6(2) 6-2 win.
They've beaten 3 established doubles teams so far and could face a tough 4th team who took out the Bryans in the final.
10-16-2009, 10:42 AM
oh my god jo and julien in the final:D I think Julien is trying to secure his place in the davis cup team as the doubles alternate!
10-18-2009, 08:22 AM
6-2 6-4 great job I luv u Jo,thanks julien
10-18-2009, 08:38 AM
:haha: They won! Masters series doubles title! I can't stop smiling. Go Jo & Julien!
10-18-2009, 12:12 PM
congrats to them :dance:
10-18-2009, 01:20 PM
Great ! :)
10-19-2009, 05:11 AM
Wow! What a fantastic record he has in finals - both singles and doubles. :worship: Congrats Jo! Now go rest please!