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DeccyB123
03-06-2005, 05:03 AM
Go Chris! :bounce:

Just saw him play Alexander Peya today in the Davis Cup tie. Chris played so well, he didn't let Peya into the match.

C.Guccione (AUS) def. A.Peya (AUT) 6-3,6-4

Quote: 'I wasn't 6 foot 6 when I was eight'
Chris Guccione after being asked why he chose tennis over Australian Rules Football.

Kristen
03-06-2005, 07:53 AM
Yeah he seems like a good guy. Aside from denying my Austrians a point in the tie :lol: But that's ok. I'm happy with how everything went :yeah: (aside from 5-0. I had a great time!) I don't know if I took any/many pics of the aussies... but if i find any I'll post them here ^_^

Kristen.

Kristen
05-15-2005, 04:06 AM
http://www.sport1.at/coremedia/pics/29/09/17/8x424x300x1,property=original.jpg That's attractive :cool: :lol:
Chris at DC against Peya.

DeccyB123
05-15-2005, 06:56 AM
:haha:

DeccyB123
05-21-2005, 10:30 AM
Chris just beat Dick Norman in the final round of Qualifying for Roland Garros.

Guccione (AUS) def. Norman (GBR): 6-4 6-2 :woohoo:

There''s a very good chance that Chris could play another Qualifier in the 1st round. :bounce:

DeccyB123
05-23-2005, 06:36 AM
He's drawn Santiago Ventura, which is great news! :banana:

Petey_Pan
05-23-2005, 11:43 PM
Good luck tonight Chris! :worship:

DeccyB123
05-24-2005, 10:33 PM
Guccione (AUS) def. Ventura (ESP): 6-3 2-6 6-1 3-6 6-2 :woohoo:

DeccyB123
06-06-2005, 10:43 PM
Guccione through to the second round in Queens:

Guccione (AUS) def. Vliegen (BEL): 7-6 3-6 6-4

Lisbeth
11-28-2005, 04:52 AM
Chris Guccione has received a wildcard into the AO 2006 main draw :yeah:

Lisbeth
01-09-2006, 02:59 AM
Chris beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round at Sydney :yeah:

bad gambler
01-10-2006, 02:00 AM
great effort by Gooch yesterday, his serve was simply :eek:

chewy
02-12-2006, 06:15 PM
great win in davis cup, job well done chris :yeah:

DeccyB123
02-12-2006, 07:10 PM
Good Work Chris! :clap2:

star
02-12-2006, 08:43 PM
:bigclap: Chris

Lisbeth
02-12-2006, 10:44 PM
:yippee:

bad gambler
02-12-2006, 10:46 PM
:yeah:

Björki
02-13-2006, 07:05 PM
:yeah:

Kristen
02-23-2006, 09:14 AM
Besancon Challenger this week
http://www.tmi.fft.fr/atp.besancon/photos/2006/mercredi22/images/IMG_3273.jpg

DeccyB123
03-08-2006, 09:08 AM
Indian Wells Qualifying:

Ivo Minar (CZE) v. Chris Guccione (AUS)
Harel Levy (ISR) v. Vasilis Mazarakis (GRE)

Get past Minar, and he has a good shot here! :bounce:

DeccyB123
03-08-2006, 08:14 PM
Guccione wins 6-3 7-6 :woohoo:

Well Done Chris! Just one more match! :bounce:

robrulz5
03-09-2006, 04:50 AM
A good win. Hopefully he can win his next one as well!

star
03-09-2006, 02:41 PM
I watched the first set yesterday, and I'll go to his match today.

DeccyB123
03-09-2006, 08:57 PM
Guccione loses 6-7 3-6 :sad:

Bad Luck Chris!

robrulz5
03-09-2006, 09:56 PM
Ah, bad luck.

bad gambler
03-09-2006, 10:17 PM
Gooch :shrug:

star
03-10-2006, 01:48 AM
I watched the match today. Peter L. was there watching too. I thought that was nice.

Anyway, Chris has big man problems on wicked low balls, and his opponent fed him as many as he could. Also Chris has trouble controlling that big forehand and it goes out by miles sometimes -- and way too many times. Chris had a break early on, but when he lost the break, it seemed to break his spirit a bit as well. The tiebreak was a disaster.

Also it seems to me, Chris could be in better shape.

bad gambler
04-07-2006, 10:48 AM
Great win gooch :bigclap:

star
04-07-2006, 11:35 AM
Audio Interview Related Audio
Australia leads as Guccione wins in five
Chris Guccione (AUS) was in unfamiliar territory when he walked on court for the first rubber for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie against Belarus. The Australian – playing in just his third tie - had never opened a tie and was facing Max Mirnyi (BLR), a veteran of 30 Davis Cup ties for Belarus.

After three hours and 41 minutes, Guccione had scored the biggest win of his life as he defeated Mirnyi 76(4) 36 75 36 64 in a see-saw battle made tougher by the windy conditions. In doing so, he put Australia a step towards maintaining it's amazing record of not being beaten at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club for 60 years.

Biggest career win for Australian

“It’s definitely the biggest win of my career; I had a great win in Switzerland, a big win in Switzerland, but to do it in front of my family and friends it couldn’t be any bigger,” said Guccione, who won the deciding rubber in the first round tie against Switzerland in February.

“It was a bit different to Geneva because if I had lost there we would have been back in the qualifying rounds, but the pressure was still on in this one being in my home town and home country. I was really nervous at the start, but pretty happy that went away and I hit some good balls out there.”

The first set went with serve all the way to the tiebreak when Mirnyi opened up a 4- 1 lead before Guccione worked his way back into contention, reeling off six consecutive points to win the set. Mirnyi struck back pretty quickly by breaking serve in the first game of the second set and then broke once more to level the match at 1-1.

Mirnyi fights back

In the third set the shoe was on the other foot as Mirnyi started the set and dropped his serve immediately, but when the Australian was serving for the set at 5-4 a brilliant topspin lob from the Belarusian gave him a break point and then he levelled the set when Guccione sent a forehand long.

Many thought Mirnyi’s experience would kick in at this point, but Guccione showed great maturity to break again and then serve out the set. Mirnyi then came forging back to level the match at 2-2, finishing things off on his third set point with a service winner.

There was a break each mid-way through the fifth set but with Mirnyi trying to stay in the match and make it 5-5, he faltered with a double fault. Guccione sent a forehand down the line to bring up match point and on the next point Mirnyi netted a forehand volley to give Australia that first rubber.

“We’re a little disappointed, you guys (Australians) are so happy, Chris Guccione is a new hero, isn’t that what Davis Cup is all about,” said Mirnyi. “Sure it’s a disappointment. Being number one for the team and playing the number two, you are expected to win every time, at least the numbers say so, but game wise, it was a very tough match up and Chris played some good points at a time and it was very difficult.”

star
04-07-2006, 12:02 PM
Guccione grinds out win

April 7, 2006 - 2:05PM

Chris Guccione has continued his brilliant Davis Cup form to give Australia the early advantage in its quarter-final tie with Belarus.

Playing inspired tennis in front of his home-city crowd in the first tie at Kooyong since 1993, Guccione made a mockery of the world rankings to squeeze out a thrilling 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 7-5 3-6 6-4 victory over Belarussian No.1 Max Mirnyi.

At 168th in the world, Guccione is 117 spots behind Mirnyi but not for the first time in his career the 20-year-old produced the goods when it mattered.

Guccione became the first Australian in 10 years to win a live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup tie when he overpowered Switzerland's George Bastle in February.

He had only won one match in three Challenger events since that watershed result and entered today's encounter as a clear underdog against a more-experienced rival boasting career wins over the likes of world No.1s Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt.

Guccione, though, has also accounted for a former world No.1, twice upsetting Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Sydney International, and it was clear from the outset he meant business against Mirnyi.

Pitting two of the biggest servers in world tennis against each other, there were no breaks in the opening set and Guccione showed great poise to recover from 4-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the set in 51 minutes.

Guccione suffered a mental lapse to drop his opening service game of the second set and was broken for a second time as Mirnyi levelled the match at a set apiece.

It was Mirnyi's turn to concede an early break in the third but Guccione returned the favour when he failed to serve out the set at
5-4.

The 20-year-old shook off the disappointment to immediately break back, forcing Mirnyi into error with clever variety from the back of the court.

Guccione didn't need a third invitation to close out the set, going 2-1 up when Mirnyi meekly netted a service return.

The Belarussian achieved the only service break of the fourth set in the fourth game to push the marathon match into a fifth and deciding set.

The two traded early services breaks in the fifth before Guccione finally prevailed after three hours and 41 minutes when Mirnyi lost his nerve and serve for a second time in the set, netting a volley on match point.

Lleyton Hewitt was next on court for Australia, the world No.12 taking on the 457th-ranked Vladimir Voltchkov.

Success for Hewitt would put Australia in control of the three-day tie as it chases a semi-final berth against either defending champion Croatia or Argentina in September.

star
04-07-2006, 12:06 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/04/07/0407tennis_gucc2_wideweb__470x303,0.jpg

GermanBoy
04-09-2006, 08:30 PM
I admit being a Chris Guccione fan. :D It needed some time but I finally got there. :p Normally red heads are hideous but Chris is not bad looking...

http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,3600,5135117,00.jpg

Nice body! :drool:

Lisbeth
04-10-2006, 12:14 AM
Chris has been awesome in Davis Cup this year :worship:

ae wowww
05-14-2006, 01:12 PM
Chris has been practicing at Sutton this week: his schedule was quite amusing--

arrived with 2 rackets, nothing else, pumped weights straight away, went to greasy cafe for lunch, then chatted inside for about 30 mins w coaches etc, then went straight into boosting the serves, then left :lol:

GermanBoy
05-16-2006, 04:09 AM
Chris has been practicing at Sutton this week: his schedule was quite amusing--

arrived with 2 rackets, nothing else, pumped weights straight away, went to greasy cafe for lunch, then chatted inside for about 30 mins w coaches etc, then went straight into boosting the serves, then left :lol:

Did you observe him all the time? :eek: :p

GustavoM_Fan
09-20-2006, 01:09 AM
Why he did`nt come to DC in Argentina?? I know he is playing Lubbock.
But he was the Australian DC hero this year.................... :)

DeccyB123
09-20-2006, 02:05 PM
its crap isnt it?

They chose to play the Poo instead, but I think Chris deserved the spot...

aussie_fan
09-24-2006, 08:43 AM
its crap isnt it?

They chose to play the Poo instead, but I think Chris deserved the spot...

you're kidding me right.

The results that chris that he has been having are just plain poor, really besides the davis cup, he's played crap.

Mark had much more of a chance of doing anything this weekend than Chris did.

aussie_fan
10-09-2006, 08:22 AM
Guccione def. Canas in the final of a challenger tournament in ecuadour.

:woohoo:

Hopefully these results keep coming.

aussie_fan
10-16-2006, 08:35 AM
Chris has won his second challenger tournament in a row, winning columbia. Now a much harder $75k for him this week, would be great if he can contiune this streak.

the_natural
10-23-2006, 10:59 AM
you're kidding me right.

The results that chris that he has been having are just plain poor, really besides the davis cup, he's played crap.

Mark had much more of a chance of doing anything this weekend than Chris did.

Yeh but more importantly chris is still young, he had trouble is his first match against Warwinka in Switzerland from the pressure, it woulda been like sending a lamb to the slaughter with that horrible argentinian crowd (especially against Nalbandian!!!!!!!!)

star
12-31-2006, 05:58 PM
nice first round win for Chris!

Matchu
01-04-2007, 11:52 PM
Guccione Unlocks key to consistancy

4 January, AAP - Laconic lefty Chris Guccione believes his 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) upset of Arnaud Clement in the Adelaide International may have unlocked the elusive consistency he requires to become a force on the world stage.

Always potentially destructive due to his booming serve and wrong-footing variety, Guccione has never before managed to string together top level performances as he has done at a boiling hot Memorial Drive this week.

That he has reached a first ATP quarter-final the day after Mark Philippoussis' umpteenth breakdown also suggests he might just be the man to aid Lleyton Hewitt in the fight for a sport that has been flagging for some time down under.

Ranked 153 in the world, Guccione has previously excelled for Australia in the Davis Cup and has also registered a pair of wins over Juan Carlos Ferrero, but this was the first time he had defeated three top 100 players in succession - Amer Delic, Benjamin Becker and now French veteran Clement.

Understanding the need to develop during a year spent mainly on the challenger circuit, Guccione spent much of 2006 at the AIS, doing just about anything but hitting a tennis ball.

"I made some improvements, I had a pretty tough season physically, I didn't hit a lot of balls, I was doing physical training and working on my leg strength," he said.

"So that helps me get down to my volleys and also movement on the baseline."

Reaching Adelaide in excellent shape, it was now simply a matter of getting the results, something he has done without dropping a set - raising hopes that Guccione can be an influential figure at the Australian Open, where he has just been given a wildcard.

"I wasn't sure I had it (the wildcard), I haven't been told, now that I know I can completely focus on here and then Sydney next week," he said.

"Hopefully I can carry this form into Sydney and the Aussie Open - I think I can do some damage if I play this well."

Clement would wearily agree after falling foul of Guccione's precision serving, 11 aces and 40 of 50 first serve points won in a match that neared two hours in length.


Well done Chris making Quarters of Adelaide thats a personal best. Hopefully he can get over the line against Gasquet and good luck in the doubles too with Wayne.

Matchu
01-05-2007, 04:25 AM
Couple of pics of Guccione
http://aycu20.webshots.com/image/7539/2003874014036894040_rs.jpg

http://aycu38.webshots.com/image/8197/2002741208834953710_rs.jpg

http://aycu02.webshots.com/image/8961/2003626638236605919_rs.jpg

:clap2: Congrats on semis in Adelaide.

Matchu
01-05-2007, 06:19 AM
Guccione into Adelaide semis

January 05, 2007 CHRIS Guccione served up 22 aces as he defeated No.2 seed Richard Gasquet 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) this afternoon to claim a place in the semi-finals of the Adelaide International at Memorial Drive.

Having given up a 5-0 lead inside the first 12 minutes of the match, Guccione found his feet and blasted serve after serve down the middle to frustrate his Frenchman opponent.

The Australian delivered three aces in the third set tiebreaker alone, the last of which gave him arguably the most significant win of his career to date over Gasquet, a player often touted as the next superstar of the game.

Guccione had previously demonstrated his complete calm during the key moments of a match in a pair of crucial Davis Cup victories and in his trio of wins this week.

"I don't think I've got flustered ever," Guccione said.

"That's not what I do, so inside I was a bit annoyed and wanted to change something, but he was just hitting winners from everywhere.

"It was a good sign to serve that well on the big points.

"Most of the break points he had, I either hit an ace or came up with a good shot, and in the tiebreak he barely got a look-in on my serve."

The semi-final berth should put Guccione into the top 120 in the world, while a tournament victory would have him on the verge of breaking into the top 100 for the first time.

Such a ranking would allow him into the main draw of most ATP events and all the grand slams, creating numerous opportunities to grow into exactly the sort of player Australia so desperately needs.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said Guccione's win today confirmed his belief that the player belonged in the very best company.

"Terrific result for him," Fitzgerald said.

"It looks to me like he believes he should be on the court with them, which is a real mental stepping stone.

"Chris has improved gradually.

"He hasn't been the type of guy who's made giant steps, but I believe, and so does he, I think, that this is where he belongs and this is his time."

Guccione's win provided much needed good cheer for Australia the day after Lleyton Hewitt subsided to a surprising three set-loss to Russian baseliner Igor Kunitsyn.

The first man through to the semis was No.1 seed Novak Djokovic, who recovered a service break in each set to register a slogging 6-4 7-5 win over Paul Goldstein from the US.



Well done Gooch breaking into top 100 would be a big acheivement so would winning Adelaide.

star
01-06-2007, 02:37 PM
Goochie!! I hoe he wins the title. It will be difficult but I think he can do it.

Thanks everyone for the pics and the articles.

aussie_fan
01-07-2007, 12:46 AM
i hope he wins as well but i think he will struggle to get a set. I'm just glad that his game has improved so much over the summer

Anne Cheng
01-07-2007, 05:05 AM
hello every Austrailian friends!

I think I will be a Chris's supporter,I like his skill very much.
What a pity!Chris lost the Adelaide game.He had good chance to beat Novak.

Matchu
01-22-2007, 11:30 AM
a pic I took of the Gooch at the 2007 Australian Open in his first match against Olivier Rochus.

http://aycu29.webshots.com/image/7028/2002110436224642266_rs.jpg

OZTENNIS
02-20-2007, 05:39 AM
Guccione lost R1 Memphis to Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-7(4), 3-6.

Thought he had a good shot in this match. I think he will struggle until Wimbledon.

aussie_fan
02-21-2007, 05:45 AM
Yeah, that result really disappointed me, thought he had a good chance to do well this week, i just want him in the top 100 so he is sure of spots in RG and Wimby, no one will be wanting to be playing Guccione at Wimby.

Matchu
02-21-2007, 10:16 AM
Gooch will next play in qualifying for Indian Wells.

Matchu
02-24-2007, 09:57 PM
Guccione won his first round qualifying in Las Vegas 7-6(2) 6-4 against Brian Wilson(USA) next up is Wesley Moodie.

aussie_fan
02-25-2007, 12:46 AM
Really does need to beat moodie to qualify, don't want another bad result here.

Matchu
02-25-2007, 06:42 AM
If Guccione can make Quarterfinals of Las Vegas then he would be just on the verge of making top 100 depending on others results. If he makes semis he will be around the mid 80's. Come on Gooch I think he will make Round Robin stage at least.

OZTENNIS
02-26-2007, 05:55 AM
lost final rd quallies 7-6 3rd set tb typical!

Matchu
02-26-2007, 06:21 AM
lost final rd quallies 7-6 3rd set tb typical!


Doesnt matter he got given LL(lucky loser) and is in the main draw anyway, he is in a much better position now then he would have been if he had have beaten moodie. Feliciano Lopez instead of Gustavo Keurten, and the round robin he will be put in is one of the easiest too. Possible Guccione Hewitt Quarterfinal.

Matchu
02-26-2007, 08:37 PM
Gooch lost his MDE to Lopez 6-4 3-6 7-6(6), Chris had two match points and one on his serve! I dont know what happened maybe he was crushed under the pressure. But good luck for next week in Indian Wells Qualifying Chris. Guccione's ranking will go to about 108 after this week.

Matchu
03-09-2007, 11:37 AM
Chris has qualified for Indian Wells and will face Feliciano Lopez tommorow. Well done Chris I think he will get past his first round and play Andy Roddick in the next. If Gooch can get into the thrid round he will be in the top 100 how exciting.

aussie_fan
03-09-2007, 11:39 AM
Hopefully no choking this time around, chris can win this first round match-up if he can keep his serve going well, would really like to see how Chris goes against Andy if he gets there.

aussie_fan
03-10-2007, 03:38 AM
Chris lost to Lopez 6-2, 7-6(6), don't know if he had set points in that second set, he probably did. Missed out on a nightime matchup with Andy Roddick, would of love to see that.

Oh well, I think it's a Colombian challenger next week, a $125k one and he should be one of the top seeds, really needs to take this oppurnity and win it. Not sure if he's going to try and quailfy for Miami :confused:

aussie_fan
03-10-2007, 03:47 AM
He's on the Miami qualifying list.

Voo de Mar
03-10-2007, 03:52 AM
Chris lost to Lopez 6-2, 7-6(6), don't know if he had set points in that second set, he probably did. Missed out on a nightime matchup with Andy Roddick, would of love to see that.



He hadn't set points. In the tie-break weren't any mini-breaks till 6:6. Chris have to do it something with his tie-breaks. Player like he can be in Top 30, maybe even in Top 20 but his tie-break percentage must approximate at least 60 %.

aussie_fan
03-10-2007, 03:59 AM
He hadn't set points. In the tie-break weren't any mini-breaks until 6:6.

Ok, thanks for that, it's hard not to just assume it with a couple of his past results over the last month or so. Noticed in the stats, he didn't have one bp for the whole match, fairly disappointing.

Voo de Mar
03-10-2007, 04:10 AM
Ok, thanks for that, it's hard not to just assume it with a couple of his past results over the last month or so. Noticed in the stats, he didn't have one bp for the whole match, fairly disappointing.

All his results are fairly disappointing after very good start of the year in Adelaide :o

Matchu
03-15-2007, 08:38 AM
Chris has qualified for the Sunrise challenger and made it past the first round, hopefully he can make it to the semi finals so he will be close to top 100.

Matchu
03-15-2007, 10:20 PM
Guccione has won his second round at Sunrise against the number 3 seed Gicquel he may play Karlovic in the Quarterfinals what a match. Hopefully he gets through and will be extremely close to top 100 if not already in.
Come on Gucci!

Voo de Mar
03-15-2007, 10:32 PM
Guccione is 6-0 in tie-breaks in Sunrise - this is the key for him :yeah:

aussie_fan
03-17-2007, 01:05 AM
He lost 6-2, 7-6

He's still got a bit to do to make the top 100 i think, i remmeber looking at it and he'll probably go to about 106 or 107 after this.

Matchu
03-17-2007, 04:32 AM
He lost 6-2, 7-6

He's still got a bit to do to make the top 100 i think, i remmeber looking at it and he'll probably go to about 106 or 107 after this.

I heard he's moving to about 102, in that case he just needs to do get into the Quarters in Mexico to make top 100.

Matchu
03-19-2007, 09:16 PM
Guccione is currently at a career high ranking of 103 and has beaten Nathan Healey in the first round qualifying at Miami, he will now face Falla to qualify. Come On Gucci you got this.

aussie_fan
03-20-2007, 08:09 PM
He won 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 Well Done Chris!

Matchu
03-22-2007, 02:34 AM
Chris lost first round Miami 7-6(6) 6-7(8) 4-6 and had two match points! one on his serve too. Next he will play challenger in Mexico. Hope he makes top 100 after a good result in Mexico, he is the number 3 seed.

Matchu
03-22-2007, 05:22 AM
Guccione has absoleutely no points for 5 weeks to defend!!!!! surely he will get into the top 100 and around the 70's before Roland Garros. He is playing the next 3 weeks in challengers in Mexico, I just looked at where he would go if he won all 3 challengers he will go to about 58 in the world, lol i know it wont happen just intresting to see the position he could be in a month.

aussie_fan
03-22-2007, 06:55 AM
Guccione has absoleutely no points for 5 weeks to defend!!!!! surely he will get into the top 100 and around the 70's before Roland Garros. He is playing the next 3 weeks in challengers in Mexico, I just looked at where he would go if he won all 3 challengers he will go to about 58 in the world, lol i know it wont happen just intresting to see the position he could be in a month.

Pfft, i doubt it, he'll probably just choke mps again in the first round :help:

Really f***ed up today, 3 times in 2 months, to choke mps (2 or more), there just has to be something wrong with him mentally, it shouldn't be happening consistancy like this. Really fed up of these losses, Blake would of been a good test for him to seee where he's at.

Voo de Mar
03-22-2007, 08:18 AM
Really f***ed up today, 3 times in 2 months, to choke mps (2 or more), there just has to be something wrong with him mentally, it shouldn't be happening consistancy like this. Really fed up of these losses, Blake would of been a good test for him to seee where he's at.

:sad: Lost three matches in two months after wasting MPs... Maybe he wants to make a new ugly record :smash:

Matchu
03-30-2007, 06:58 AM
Chris is going to move into the top 100! after his second round win in Mexico. So exciting, hopefully he can win the tournament.

aussie_fan
03-30-2007, 12:28 PM
Chris is going to move into the top 100! after his second round win in Mexico. So exciting, hopefully he can win the tournament.

Chris :) Very happy for him, just hope he can keep going in this mexican challenger.

OZTENNIS
03-31-2007, 07:13 AM
Chris :) Very happy for him, just hope he can keep going in this mexican challenger.

He lost in 3 sets in the quarter finals to Delgado 6-7, 6-3, 6-1

Not a bad effort, should debut in the top 100 now :worship: and about time too :D

aussie_fan
03-31-2007, 09:08 AM
He lost in 3 sets in the quarter finals to Delgado 6-7, 6-3, 6-1

Not a bad effort, should debut in the top 100 now :worship: and about time too :D

He's limped his way to the top 100, another disappointing result, the amount of Mp's he given away in matches. Maybe i'm expecting too much out of him because there really isn't anyone to put my hopes on at the moment but they haven't been great results since adelaide.

Still, i'm very happy that he's going to make the top 100, just a week or two french open cut-off as well, making MD of RG and Wimby is crucial for him.

OZTENNIS
03-31-2007, 08:53 PM
Hoepfully with a good draw at Wimbledon he can wreak some havoc (ala Karlovic or Ivanisevic)

aussie_fan
04-01-2007, 08:11 AM
Hoepfully with a good draw at Wimbledon he can wreak some havoc (ala Karlovic or Ivanisevic)

that's exactly what i'm hoping for.

TankingTheSet
04-20-2007, 07:24 PM
Looks like Chris is taking a break, he pulled out of the Barcelona qualifying draw (where he should have been direct entry into the main draw if entered on time) and is not in any ATP or challenger entry-lists for the next month.
Honestly I don't think his record in the last few months was poor, he played a lot of qualifying matches with plenty of decent wins but it didn't help his ranking much. Hopefully he will recover in time for Roland Garros.

TankingTheSet
04-25-2007, 04:25 AM
He is back to play Rome (Italy) Challenger on starting on 30 April and Rijeka the next week (both small clay challlengers).

Michael_21
04-27-2007, 05:10 PM
hopfully he can get like a 3rd round oat the french and then be a big suprise at wimbledon and make like a qf or something that would be great :D

TankingTheSet
04-29-2007, 02:25 AM
He seems to be able to use his serve on all surfaces, his back-to-back clay challenger titles in South America in the autumn defeating Canas in one of the finals is a pretty amazing piece of form. If he is fit he should be able to win a few matches in these upcoming challengers.

aussie_fan
04-30-2007, 05:51 AM
let's pray for no more choking now. :o

Hope he has a good week this week after his little break, noticed he slotted back in at NO.98 at this week and back in the top 100.

TankingTheSet
04-30-2007, 06:46 PM
Guccione def. Sijsling 7-6(1) 3-6 7-6(6)

Looks like a close escape...
Note that Chris is defending semi-final points in this tournament from last year so if he loses earlier he will drop in the rankings.

aussie_fan
05-02-2007, 08:37 AM
Yeah, a bit closer than wanted, just have to hope he was a little rusty having not played for a few weeks, even though he shouldn't be.

I'm hoping he can a east defend his points here this week, that would help.

TankingTheSet
05-02-2007, 07:39 PM
Crivoi def. Guccione 7-6(6) 6-3

Although Crivoi isn't a bad player, it looks like Chris was forced to compete in Rome to defend his points while still lacking fitness...wouldn't expect much for a while from him now.

He does have a virtually guaranteed entry to Roland Garros main draw so he can do what he wants.

OZTENNIS
05-04-2007, 07:24 AM
Disappointing but typical :rolleyes:

After a great start to the year, I don't see him going much further than top 95 in the short term

aussie_fan
05-04-2007, 11:54 AM
Disappointing but typical :rolleyes:

After a great start to the year, I don't see him going much further than top 95 in the short term

yeah, sadly, i'm thinking the same thing. The start of the year brought up so much hope. Thi week's effort was a joke.

aussie_fan
05-08-2007, 07:26 AM
Well, an even better performance this week, out first round, losing 6-4, 6-4 as the no.1 seed. I'm really confused with this bad form.

TankingTheSet
05-12-2007, 12:14 AM
Looking at the tournament drawsheets the two recent losses perhaps don't plot as badly as it looks at first sight -- Crivoi reached the final in Rome and Balleret is on fire in the Rijeka tournament. Certainly his draws could have been a lot easier.

zizz
05-12-2007, 03:43 PM
Didn't Ballaret lose 1/4 final? No treally fire, just a good draw.. Gooch needs to step it up

TankingTheSet
05-14-2007, 10:36 PM
He withdrew from San Remo challenger but is in the entry-list for Portschach ATP next week, maybe he plays qualifying there. In any case he is guaranteed a main draw spot at Roland Garros. He will have to either get fit or turn around his form to make an impact there.

OZTENNIS
05-15-2007, 08:29 AM
don't hold ur breath :rolleyes:

the_natural
05-15-2007, 11:56 AM
U guys keep saying lack of fitness, do u mean that hes never improved his fitness to be at a top 50 level (or at least to win on clay), or that somethin happened which caused him to lose some conditioning??

I really think he has more potential than any other aussie on tour right now, hes pretty young but hes got the deadliest serve in the game cos of his height and being a lefty, and hes got so much power, I really think if he got into awesome shape maybe got someone like a gil reyes to work him like a horse he would be in the top 20 and would kill on grass :) he had some pretty good volleys too.

Does he play doubles?? With someone like him youd want him playing as much as possible and doubles will really help that return and the volleys but the legs have got to be super strong for someone his size.

TankingTheSet
05-17-2007, 01:28 AM
I think he may have overextended hiimself a bit around March, what some activitity sheets don't show is that he played a lot of qualifying matches during that time-frame, at one point during Indian Wells and Sunrise Challenger he played 9 matches in as many days winning 7 of them. Maybe he has been carrying some kind (minor?) injury as a result.

To his advantage his ranking is sufficiently high to gain direct entry into a number upcoming tournaments, including Roland Garros, Queens and Wimbledon, so he won't have to play a lot of qualifying matches.

the_natural
05-17-2007, 09:53 AM
I think he may have overextended hiimself a bit around March, what some activitity sheets don't show is that he played a lot of qualifying matches during that time-frame, at one point during Indian Wells and Sunrise Challenger he played 9 matches in as many days winning 7 of them. Maybe he has been carrying some kind (minor?) injury as a result.

To his advantage his ranking is sufficiently high to gain direct entry into a number upcoming tournaments, including Roland Garros, Queens and Wimbledon, so he won't have to play a lot of qualifying matches.

Fox sports said that Guccione got in cos of 2 guys pulling out (kiefer and someone else), and thats why hes in at RG :confused:

zizz
05-17-2007, 10:06 AM
U guys keep saying lack of fitness, do u mean that hes never improved his fitness to be at a top 50 level (or at least to win on clay), or that somethin happened which caused him to lose some conditioning??

I really think he has more potential than any other aussie on tour right now, hes pretty young but hes got the deadliest serve in the game cos of his height and being a lefty, and hes got so much power, I really think if he got into awesome shape maybe got someone like a gil reyes to work him like a horse he would be in the top 20 and would kill on grass :) he had some pretty good volleys too.

Does he play doubles?? With someone like him youd want him playing as much as possible and doubles will really help that return and the volleys but the legs have got to be super strong for someone his size.


You have to understand that a big guy like gooch is more likely to carry injuries if he push too hard. It is a lot of body to be moving around a tennis court. Especially on clay where a 3 setter can go for over 3-4 hours. I agree that on grass he can do some damage and on altitude courts. But he needs to improve his ground strokes and not rely so much on his serve, cause as it is now, when his serve breaks down, so does his whole game. I dont agree with that he has the most chance of the aussies to get to the top 50, I think he has a good chance, but so does Luczak. Atleast thats what all the players on the tour think. Haas- Rochus- Agassi even Wilander has said that about him. He just needs the support which he is now getting from the AIS just like gooch has been getting all his life..

Good luck all aussies

OZTENNIS
05-20-2007, 02:28 AM
I don;t think Guccione needs AIS backing. I mean, look at Casey Dellacqua. She has basically no help from TA (no coach, manager etc), isn't part of the AIS squad (despite reaching and exceding criteria) and isn't, as yet, a permanent fixture in the Fed Cup team. Against the odds, casey has achieved a career high wta mark of 117.

On the other hand, Guccione has cruised through the junior ranks, and has had AIS backing for at least 4 years. He is now firmly entrenched in the Davis Cup team, so why not let the AIS go??? There are others out there who work just as hard (if not harder) and have just as much talent, that get no help at all...

Oh and by the way, i'd love to see Guccione play Luczak in R1 at Roland Garros, with Luczak winning easily...

the_natural
05-20-2007, 10:33 AM
You have to understand that a big guy like gooch is more likely to carry injuries if he push too hard. It is a lot of body to be moving around a tennis court. Especially on clay where a 3 setter can go for over 3-4 hours. I agree that on grass he can do some damage and on altitude courts. But he needs to improve his ground strokes and not rely so much on his serve, cause as it is now, when his serve breaks down, so does his whole game. I dont agree with that he has the most chance of the aussies to get to the top 50, I think he has a good chance, but so does Luczak. Atleast thats what all the players on the tour think. Haas- Rochus- Agassi even Wilander has said that about him. He just needs the support which he is now getting from the AIS just like gooch has been getting all his life..

Good luck all aussies

I had high hopes for luczak for the clay court season after last years Aussie but he got injured didnt he?? i like his demeanor, but I just said i thought he gucci had a better chance cos hes got a huge game, I mean look at KARLOVIC, that guys prob the perfect example, he just has a serve really and hes a worse mover than Guc, and hes right handed too, but he comes into net and plays alotta doubles and hes ok (better than roddick) at net, plus his groundies arent as good as Gucci's so thats why i thought hed have a better chance of crackin the top 50 than the other guys, if he learns to play more like Ivo, no baseline points on his first and possibly even his second serve, try and come in on opponents serve. But it is tough being brought up as a baseliner

But yeh peter has a better chance of makin it if hes more dedicated cos hes not as injury prone and hes better from the baseline, better mover, i just think Chris has aloooottt of potential in the hands of a great coach and trainer.

BTW could u gimme those quotes by Agassi and WILANDER, I cant believe guys like that would know anythin about our aussies!!!!

zizz
05-20-2007, 11:55 AM
I had high hopes for luczak for the clay court season after last years Aussie but he got injured didnt he?? i like his demeanor, but I just said i thought he gucci had a better chance cos hes got a huge game, I mean look at KARLOVIC, that guys prob the perfect example, he just has a serve really and hes a worse mover than Guc, and hes right handed too, but he comes into net and plays alotta doubles and hes ok (better than roddick) at net, plus his groundies arent as good as Gucci's so thats why i thought hed have a better chance of crackin the top 50 than the other guys, if he learns to play more like Ivo, no baseline points on his first and possibly even his second serve, try and come in on opponents serve. But it is tough being brought up as a baseliner

But yeh peter has a better chance of makin it if hes more dedicated cos hes not as injury prone and hes better from the baseline, better mover, i just think Chris has aloooottt of potential in the hands of a great coach and trainer.

BTW could u gimme those quotes by Agassi and WILANDER, I cant believe guys like that would know anythin about our aussies!!!!


Wilander did comentary for Eurosport at the 2006 Aussie Open where he rated different players and their game after and before matches, that's when he commented on peter's game. Peter has also practised with the swedish guys in Bastad which is near where he and his wife (to be I think) lives.
Agassi said it after his mathc against Pete at Queens 2005 where agassi had a close escape. As we all know Rochus said it after their matchup at 06 aussie open.

I agree that Gooch can have agreat career, but as I mentioned I don't think he is the only one. But he does have a huge game.

Lets hope they dont play eachother at the French and that they can both do some damage. That is what Australian tennis needs. And to shut all nasty reporters up that there is no talent in Oz tennis.

zizz
05-20-2007, 03:00 PM
I don;t think Guccione needs AIS backing. I mean, look at Casey Dellacqua. She has basically no help from TA (no coach, manager etc), isn't part of the AIS squad (despite reaching and exceding criteria) and isn't, as yet, a permanent fixture in the Fed Cup team. Against the odds, casey has achieved a career high wta mark of 117.

On the other hand, Guccione has cruised through the junior ranks, and has had AIS backing for at least 4 years. He is now firmly entrenched in the Davis Cup team, so why not let the AIS go??? There are others out there who work just as hard (if not harder) and have just as much talent, that get no help at all...

Oh and by the way, i'd love to see Guccione play Luczak in R1 at Roland Garros, with Luczak winning easily...


Where did you get the information that Casey isn't part of the AIS? Casey has been travellling without a coach and without the support of TA in the past but is since the begining of this year part of the AIS. As is Alun Jones, Peter Luczak.

Good luck to Chris and Pete at the French. lets hope they DON'T play eachother!!

OZTENNIS
05-21-2007, 06:38 AM
Where did you get the information that Casey isn't part of the AIS? Casey has been travellling without a coach and without the support of TA in the past but is since the begining of this year part of the AIS. As is Alun Jones, Peter Luczak.

Good luck to Chris and Pete at the French. lets hope they DON'T play eachother!!

Tennis Australia listed AIS sponsored players on their website earlier this year. Casey wasn't mentioned as an AIS scholarship holder...Emily Hewson and Christina Wheeler are part time scholarship holders, and Jess Moore, Alenka Hubacek and Alison Bai are full time scholarship holders.

zizz
05-21-2007, 08:39 AM
Tennis Australia listed AIS sponsored players on their website earlier this year. Casey wasn't mentioned as an AIS scholarship holder...Emily Hewson and Christina Wheeler are part time scholarship holders, and Jess Moore, Alenka Hubacek and Alison Bai are full time scholarship holders.

I am telling you Casey is Part of the AIS. trust me.

the below quote is from the AIS website http://www.ais.org.au/news/index.asp
"AIS athletes, Peter Luczak and Casey Dellacqua have been announced as the recipients of the French Open main draw wildcards under the reciprocal agreement between Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation.

These wildcards have been awarded in recognition of the excellent results that both players have recorded over the past few months. These include a singles title win for Peter at the Mas Palomas Challenger in Spain and a singles final for Casey at the US$50,000 event in Fukuoka, Japan. Casey also reached the doubles semifinal with fellow AIS athlete, Emily Hewson."

ozfan44
05-21-2007, 12:10 PM
Casey is an AIS Scholarship holder I can also confirm that, she told me herself! :wavey:

Fire up gooch!

TankingTheSet
05-26-2007, 08:51 PM
He plays Economidis in the first round, a challenger-level player who obviously hit some decent form in qualifying. His shape needs to have improved from a few weeks ago to have a chance to win. The slow and wet conditions may not help him either.

the_natural
05-28-2007, 08:18 AM
Yeh hes screwed... No offence, its just that its soo wet and cold even if Gooch were in great shape he still won win with these conditions and it doesnt look like its gonna clear up and become hot and dry like last year

OZTENNIS
06-01-2007, 09:27 PM
Gooch lost 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1

Another poor loss :o

Good luck on the grass

OZTENNIS
06-01-2007, 09:28 PM
Oh and I;m glad to hear Casey's in the AIS (even though I don't have my facts straight :o)

TankingTheSet
06-05-2007, 04:49 PM
Defeated Joshua Goodall in Surbiton challenger (grass) first round, 7-6 6-4.
Would have been really bad if he had lost this though.

aussie_fan
06-06-2007, 07:36 AM
good win first up, hopefully more of these scoreline for this grass court season, not exactly sure who he has in the second round.

zizz
06-06-2007, 08:34 PM
Gooch plays Bastl 2nd round. He should beat him, so let's keep our fingers crossed that he does.

OZTENNIS
06-07-2007, 07:56 AM
My fingers are crossed!!

TankingTheSet
06-07-2007, 06:28 PM
Easy win in the 2nd round against Bastl. Looking more promising now for Chris, I think his RG loss to Economidis wasn't as bad as it looked (opponent playing well) and his form/fitness has improved just in time for the grass season. Remember he has direct entry into Queens as well next week which is a great help.

TankingTheSet
06-08-2007, 07:10 PM
Defeated Bloomfield in three sets, but now faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semis. This is a very difficult match, Tsonga is in great form and all set to make an impact on the grass courts. I expect Tsonga to win although that would not be a disgrace to Chris.

Consigliere
06-08-2007, 10:44 PM
have some faith

aussie_fan
06-09-2007, 06:39 AM
Hopefully Chris can win this semi.

TankingTheSet
06-09-2007, 01:09 PM
He's got a huge advantage, Tsonga is playing Queens qualliess simultaneously and has already played a match there this morning!

TankingTheSet
06-09-2007, 03:17 PM
It appears that Tsonga has won in three sets, despite already playing a three setter against Goodall at Queens before that...

Tsonga is good though, and he will now play his third match of the day at Queens.
Still don't think ít's a disgrace for Chris.

aussie_fan
06-09-2007, 04:58 PM
It appears that Tsonga has won in three sets, despite already playing a three setter against Goodall at Queens before that...

Tsonga is good though, and he will now play his third match of the day at Queens.
Still don't think ít's a disgrace for Chris.

I haven't seen tsonga but i'm assuming he's a big server? disappointing loss for chris, would of been nice to he had of finished it of after the first set.

TankingTheSet
06-09-2007, 06:02 PM
Tsonga is the player who played Roddick in the first round of the Aussie Open, 6-7(18) 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3 to Roddick, he showed his ability there. Fairly big server I believe but also decent groundstrokes.

aussie_fan
06-10-2007, 07:09 AM
Tsonga is the player who played Roddick in the first round of the Aussie Open, 6-7(18) 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3 to Roddick, he showed his ability there. Fairly big server I believe but also decent groundstrokes.

yeah, i didn't get to see that match. Sounds like he has some talent.

Guccione has Seppi in the 1st round of Queens

TankingTheSet
06-11-2007, 10:30 PM
After defeating Seppi I think it's starting to look like he got out of of the slump and is playing well again.

aussie_fan
06-14-2007, 06:13 AM
Guccione lost 6-4, 6-4. I was hoping for a little bit better from him this week.

the_natural
06-14-2007, 11:34 PM
It appears that Tsonga has won in three sets, despite already playing a three setter against Goodall at Queens before that...

Tsonga is good though, and he will now play his third match of the day at Queens.
Still don't think ít's a disgrace for Chris.

Yeh hes a good player, he took at hewitt with his big serve and his power game, but I think hes more driven than Gooche, if gooche got in shape and worked real hard on his return game, slice and transition game he'd be top 50 right now (at the least), I wonder if hes ever watched any of his matches and seen how Incredibly frustrating he is to his opponents. A left is tough enough, a big server is tough enough, a big net player who is almost impassable is tough enough (Even if he has sh!t volleys as evidenced by Ivo Karlovic), mix all 3 with a great knifing slice (ivos slices are bricks) and an at least average return (again somethin ivo doesnt have but gooch is not too bad at), and the reasonably good volleys...

I just hope his coach sees that, instead of trying to make another andy roddick (i.e. a big guy who lacks endurance, trying to out-rally clay courters)

TankingTheSet
06-17-2007, 08:35 PM
Beaten by Jamie Baker (GBR) in the final round of qualifying for Nottingham, in three sets. I think Baker is not bad on grass but not a good looking result.

aussie_fan
06-18-2007, 11:18 AM
I know Jamie Baker can play on grass and would of had a home advantage but there is no way chris should be losing matches like this on grass. Disgraceful, losing a set 6-1 shouldn't happen.

Hopefully he plays better next week.

Voo de Mar
06-18-2007, 12:24 PM
Maybe he plays in the main draw as a lucky loser? :shrug:

TankingTheSet
06-26-2007, 02:36 AM
May not be the easiest match against Bogdanovic tomorrow -- actually I think Boggo will dominate the rallies and may win, and I have gone against Chris as one of my selections... :rolleyes:

TankingTheSet
06-27-2007, 12:20 AM
How wrong I was! Solid looking win there, I think he has a pretty shot at Davydenko next round.

aussie_fan
06-27-2007, 04:00 AM
Don't worry, this result completely surprised me as well. Nice to see a good result like this from chris. I think the match against Davydenko will be interesting, hopefully chris can play well.

TankingTheSet
07-11-2007, 08:26 PM
A disappointing result at Newport where there were obviously chances for him given the weak field. Look at the likes of Dick Norman making a run there.

Matchu
07-14-2007, 05:28 AM
Although Chris was not able to win a match at Newport he will move to about 85 at the start of next week. Next week he is playing in LA and has Marat Safin first round, what a match! Gooch could win if he serves well and Marat has a bit of a breakdown.

azza
07-14-2007, 05:39 AM
Chris wont win poor guy

aussie_fan
07-14-2007, 09:21 AM
Chris would have to hope marat has an absolutecrazy day to have a hope winning, sadly i can't see it happening.

Bingerz
07-17-2007, 04:57 AM
Gucc broke early in the first, but got broken back and lost the first 6 3. He just broke Safin at 3 2 and then got broken straight away, its now 4 3 Gucc on serve 2nd set

aussie_fan
07-17-2007, 07:20 AM
Yet again he loses a tight match. :o

At the end of the year he's going to be looking back at this year and just think what could of been.

Bingerz
07-17-2007, 11:33 AM
Well....it is unfortunate but i think he may make the 3rd rd of the US open, draw dependent of course. I hope to here some good results in the lead up as well

eureka
08-04-2007, 11:09 PM
Chris just lost the semi of the $75,000 Challenger in Spain to Verdasco (41) 5-7 4-6 (40 points) Great Effort!:worship: Alan Jones has made the final on the other side. Brilliant:worship: :worship:

Timbo
08-08-2007, 07:03 PM
I don't really understand why Gooch was playing on clay in Italy this week. He seems to be sticking a pin in the globe and playing wherever it ends up. To go from hardcourt in the US to hardcourts in Spain, then clay in Italy, then back to the states seems really pointless...and explains why he lost to a journeyman dirtballer this week. Surely it would have made more sense to stay on the hard stuff in the states/canada...even if he didn't want to play qualies for the big events, there are plenty of challengers at this time of year:confused:

the_natural
08-11-2007, 07:34 AM
I don't really understand why Gooch was playing on clay in Italy this week. He seems to be sticking a pin in the globe and playing wherever it ends up. To go from hardcourt in the US to hardcourts in Spain, then clay in Italy, then back to the states seems really pointless...and explains why he lost to a journeyman dirtballer this week. Surely it would have made more sense to stay on the hard stuff in the states/canada...even if he didn't want to play qualies for the big events, there are plenty of challengers at this time of year:confused:

POssibly money and maybe thats the only place he could qualify or something? then again could be the coach wants to improve his fitness or something weird like that

aussie_fan
08-11-2007, 10:31 AM
I don't really understand why Gooch was playing on clay in Italy this week. He seems to be sticking a pin in the globe and playing wherever it ends up. To go from hardcourt in the US to hardcourts in Spain, then clay in Italy, then back to the states seems really pointless...and explains why he lost to a journeyman dirtballer this week. Surely it would have made more sense to stay on the hard stuff in the states/canada...even if he didn't want to play qualies for the big events, there are plenty of challengers at this time of year:confused:

agreed, this is what his schdule has been since Wimbledon

Newport (Grass)
Los Angeles (Hard)
Austria (Clay)
Spain (Hard)
Italy (Clay)

How in the hell is he meant to get settled on a surface with a schdeule like that? Espically jumping from europe to america back to europe in a couple of weeks. Just plain stupid.

OZTENNIS
08-11-2007, 09:39 PM
I agree...What the?

Hopefully he goes back to the States now and is half ready by the time the US Open comes around

TankingTheSet
08-19-2007, 12:14 AM
He beat veteran doubles specialist Cermak in the first round qualifying in New Haven in a tight match, then lost in the evening to talented Kevin Anderson. Not a good result, although the morning match could have tired him.

DeccyB123
08-21-2007, 01:16 PM
Its sad that hes losing a lot of close ones but as he keeps improving i think we will find hes on the winning side of a lot of matches next year. Its just like the footy, hes still developing and maybe trying to improve his clay form to get more of an all round game... Its seems smart that while hes young he should try to improve on all surfaces to better his game for the future ... we gotta remember hes still young

'08 should be a big year for Gucc :yeah:

Timbo
08-21-2007, 09:42 PM
True...Chris is going to follow a similar path to Wayne Arthurs and others with a similar game and won't really get going til his mid 20s. I just hope he has the mental strength to stay with it until he makes the breakthrough. In fact, Wayne-o is someone I'd like to see helping Chris at some point, especially with his serve. Chris has got a huge delivery but it's not a devestating weapon yet...his ball toss can be a bit low and his motion too quick...Arthurs - one of the greatest servers of the past 20 years - had the perfect action and rarely went for pure pace like Chris often does...he could be a perfect mentor on how to get the most from your serve without trying too hard.

aussie_fan
08-22-2007, 11:50 AM
Well, he's going to have quite a bit of points to defend from the South American challengers he won last year in a couple of months, then there is there all those Adeliade points he has to defend, unless he decides to play awesoem tennis he has really stuffed his chance for a much higher ranking.

DeccyB123
08-22-2007, 12:41 PM
he really does need a breakthrough at a grand slam to get himself going... hes not taking his chances at the big tournies yet... he needs a good run at the us open or next year at the aus open...

OZTENNIS
08-23-2007, 04:49 AM
Guccione drew 18-year old American wildcard, Donald Young, in the first round. I tip Guccione to win in four sets

Timbo
08-23-2007, 10:11 AM
I have a bad feeling about this one for Chris...I only hope he can blow Young off court. The youngster's had better results recently than Chris, beating Delic and pushing Davydenko all the way. I hope the US media whip up a bit of a frenzy and put the Young kiddie under some more pressure.

DeccyB123
08-28-2007, 11:39 AM
ridiculous loss for the gucc and one he certainly didnt need... shoulda beaten young... :shrug:

the_natural
08-30-2007, 02:09 AM
Yeh hes never gonna live up to his potential, u watch him play and he just doesnt seem to want it enough. He looks like hed be content to win one average atp title in his career and be less prominent and less succesful than arthurs. Im guessing that all he really wants is to make enough money to earn a living, occassionally push top players and then win some DC matches with being part of a winning DC team as his major dream (and thats only possible because hes got such good back up in lleyton and the rising stars). It was pitiful to watch, he doesnt even know what hes doing on the court.

OZTENNIS
09-23-2007, 09:43 PM
Chris lost the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup tie against Serbia to Noak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 7-6. Although it seems close (I didn't watch the match) I can guess the break down. Chris served well but lacked any penetration on his groundstrokes and made unforced errors when he went for winners. He volleyed okay but was resigned to the fact the ball had passed him even though it was within reach. And he simply doesn't move well enough to cause Djokovic too many problems

aussie_fan
09-24-2007, 03:23 AM
Chris lost the fourth rubber of the Davis Cup tie against Serbia to Noak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 7-6. Although it seems close (I didn't watch the match) I can guess the break down. Chris served well but lacked any penetration on his groundstrokes and made unforced errors when he went for winners. He volleyed okay but was resigned to the fact the ball had passed him even though it was within reach. And he simply doesn't move well enough to cause Djokovic too many problems

yeah, he just went for some wrong shots at wrong times during points and until he learns to play points a lot better, he's not going to improve his ranking. he should of won that 3rd set, played great to get it to 5-2 in the TB but at 5-4 really should of hit a better volley than he did. It was a decent effort from chris, considering his results lately.

TankingTheSet
09-28-2007, 01:25 AM
He is on a three week expedition to South America playing three challengers on clay at altitude starting next week. Last year he had amazing results there winning two challengers back-to-back and beating Canas. Needless to say even if he does well here he is not likely to stay in the top-100 because he has so many points to defend.

It seems the altitude really helps his serve being unreturnable.

aussie_fan
09-28-2007, 02:59 AM
Yeah, i can't see him being in top 100 after the south american tournaments, it's a real shame because he had a great chance to help boost his ranking. Hopefully he can pick up his form (he played decent against djokovic) and win these south american tournaments, otherwise he's screwed.

OZTENNIS
10-03-2007, 09:53 PM
The Gooch won his first match in Columbia 7-6(5), 6-2...

Here's hoping he can have some more wins and keep a place in the top 100

aussie_fan
10-04-2007, 12:36 AM
Hope he can keep winning, he really needs it.

OZTENNIS
10-04-2007, 01:26 AM
And Gooch won his second round match also, 7-6, 6-2 :)

Into the quarter finals :)

OZTENNIS
10-06-2007, 12:50 AM
The Gooch won his quarter final 6-4, 6-3, meaning he hasn't lost a set in making the semi finals. It seems like he's in good form, hopefully he can keep it up.

TankingTheSet
10-07-2007, 12:34 AM
Final against Eduardo Schwank, a very good start to his campaign. I think the draw has been kind with his opponents coming off marathon matches while Chris has cruised through in straight sets. It will be a tough ask to keep this up until next week (which he needs to do to keep his ranking), but winning tournaments is nice anyway (his last win was in this very same tournament which was a week earlier last year).

aussie_fan
10-07-2007, 09:24 AM
Hopefully he can win this final, he needs it.

aussie_fan
10-08-2007, 04:23 AM
he lost, he needed that, would of been able to limit the damage a bit.

TankingTheSet
10-15-2007, 01:11 AM
While he hasn't been able to duplicate the results of last year he has at least won a few matches and put some points on the book (F + SF). The draws have been pretty favourable for him, it doesn't look too bad in Bogota either for a few wins (a tired Giovanni Lapentti first up).

aussie_fan
10-15-2007, 04:28 AM
He's dropped down to 107, i'm really scared at what his ranking is going to be after adeliade next year.

TankingTheSet
10-19-2007, 11:48 PM
It is starting to look better with Chris making the SF in the higher ranked Bogota challenger this week, and he is also again favourably treated by the draw with his opponent in the SF having to play a late or delayed match on Friday or Saturday. I think he could actually return to the top-100 if he reaches the final.

aussie_fan
10-20-2007, 07:43 AM
It is starting to look better with Chris making the SF in the higher ranked Bogota challenger this week, and he is also again favourably treated by the draw with his opponent in the SF having to play a late or delayed match on Friday or Saturday. I think he could actually return to the top-100 if he reaches the final.

he really needs to make the final here. Come on Chris.

TankingTheSet
10-22-2007, 02:04 AM
Well he did lose in the SF to the Daniel, the tournament winner. Overall though he didn't do badly, he may get some confidence from winning ten matches in three weeks. Also his season basically ended here last year so he may still return to the top-100 with one or two results. After Adelaide that will be over though.

aussie_fan
11-05-2007, 12:55 PM
Well, somehow he's sneaked into top 100 again at no.100 so hopefully he can keep that ranking so maybe he can get directly into AO.

Matchu
11-22-2007, 09:27 AM
Well Chris has been able to win his first two rounds in Malaysia where there are lots of points on offer, he's already back in the top 100 but if and this is a big if Chris can somehow win this challenger he will only have 20 points to defend in Adelaide and should he win one match at Sydney and one at the Aussie Open he will be well in the top 100.

He's also playing in Brisbane next week and should play in Tasmania the week after so he should be able to accumalate 20 points from those challengers.

I know this scenario is very unlikely but I'm hopeful for Chris...

In a perfect world Chris would win this challenger and one of the two Australian ones in the next two weeks, then make quarters at Adelaide and win one or two matches in Sydney then win one match at the Australian Open. (it won't happen)

OZTENNIS
12-13-2007, 09:56 PM
The Gooch only made the quarters in Brisbane, and withdrew from Burnie.

But he has been awarded a wildcard for the Next Generation Adelaide International

scotthongkong
12-22-2007, 02:13 PM
I wish him every success in Adelaide as we all need him to replicate his feats of last year.

Lisbeth
01-10-2008, 09:14 PM
Chris is having a great week in Sydney! Good luck in the semi today :)

Slicevolley26
01-10-2008, 11:13 PM
Chris is doing really well this week, let's hope the momentum continues over to the Aus Open.

christopherhello
01-11-2008, 07:25 AM
Guccione has improved his volleying drastically over the off-season and his return of serve. The change between Gucci before the off season and after is drastic. He has become more patient with his game notably using the slice as a means of getting into a rally and smacking the ball at the right time and going to the net on the return of serve at times. Ive never seen him so patient. There is room for improvement but he's in form. GL in final against Tusurnov. Make sure u continue this run.

aussie_fan
01-11-2008, 01:32 PM
Good Luck in the final Chris

Bingerz
01-11-2008, 10:24 PM
Against Berdych on Thursday. He is getting there the Gooch

http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/9079/dsc00055smallth7.jpg

Huntress555
01-12-2008, 05:17 AM
Cool pic, not long to go now :D!

OZTENNIS
01-13-2008, 08:37 PM
Great effort by Chris in Sydney...hopefully he can do well at the Aussie

the_natural
01-20-2008, 11:31 PM
Good work chris, it was tough though with all that pressure, this is his major prob though, a guy who returns enough serves to allow him to just cruise through, and then in the baseline rallies he was able to keep it going long enough to make chris run and fall to error.

I have 2 major probs, 1: why was chris taught to use a western grip forehand? Unless he was a really late bloomer with his height, then the person who taught him that was a total idiot, cos if you know a kid will be very big and tall you should teach em a more eastern grip on the forehand so they dont have a major weakness with low balls, Look at Tomas Berdych, a very flat hitter, Now hes very tall and thats why hes not badly effected by the high topspin shots (same with chris) and cos hes such a flat hitter hes also not too badly bothered by the lower shots.

Its too late for Chris to change now but it woulda really helped him to be more of an attacking 1-2 punch player. Also I hope Chris Integrates the slice backhand into his game more often so that he will chip and charge on the opponents serve more often, and just come to net more with the slice backhand in general, just because id like to see him copy karlovics game, hes young enough for so that he can make that his playing style without looking like an idiot the way roddick does (cos hes got no court sense up there since he was playin behind the baseline for so many years).

scotthongkong
01-25-2008, 12:39 PM
Chris was brilliant in Sydney. Lets use that form as our gauge as heads off to conquer the top the top 50.

tennisrulzmate
02-01-2008, 07:24 AM
The Gooch has to win the Guangzhou Challenger to confirm that he can play in the upper echelon on a consistent basis not on a one off- i.e. Adelaide and Sydney

scotthongkong
02-02-2008, 04:16 AM
Chris is into the semi finals of the 50k challenger here in China but he has been far from convincing. I think one of the problems is that the weather is absolutely horrific. It is snowing! Many many people(over 750 000!) are stranded at the Guangzhou railway station trying to get to their relatives homes for Chinese New Year. I should distribute a few Aussie flags and usher them over to the tennis stdium.

DeccyB123
02-02-2008, 05:26 AM
Chris is into the semi finals of the 50k challenger here in China but he has been far from convincing. I think one of the problems is that the weather is absolutely horrific. It is snowing! Many many people(over 750 000!) are stranded at the Guangzhou railway station trying to get to their relatives homes for Chinese New Year. I should distribute a few Aussie flags and usher them over to the tennis stdium.
What time is his match today? Has it started yet?

tennisrulzmate
02-02-2008, 07:01 AM
Guccione lost

Matchu
02-02-2008, 11:32 PM
This result in China ensures Chris will stay in the top 100 until at least the start of june and thats if he doesn't win any matches at all! This means Chris will once again make the cut for Roland Garros.

DeccyB123
02-02-2008, 11:53 PM
This result in China ensures Chris will stay in the top 100 until at least the start of june and thats if he doesn't win any matches at all! This means Chris will once again make the cut for Roland Garros.
More concerned about Wimbledon. He may make the RG main draw but doing well there will be tough for him. But oh well at least he's there!

tennisrulzmate
02-03-2008, 12:25 AM
Guccione likes clay cos he has a longer backswing. Since the ball is travelling slower he is able to put some pace on the ball and adjust his backswing

DeccyB123
02-03-2008, 12:44 AM
Yeah fair enough it just hampers his biggest weapon in his serve tho but yeah he's no mug on clay.

~EMiLiTA~
02-03-2008, 04:14 AM
Hey all, a bit late, but here is a pic of Chris from AO. You can see all my pics on my website (http://www.geocities.com/atp_chica) :)

scotthongkong
02-10-2008, 10:36 AM
Good win for Chris in the Davis Cup. He is dealing with the pressure and the expectation well.

Consigliere
02-19-2008, 01:44 PM
awesome, guuc got an LL and plays andy r1 at sap open.

huge match for chris.

aussie_fan
02-20-2008, 02:02 AM
i would love to see him win, can't see it happening though. Good Luck Chris

Voo de Mar
02-20-2008, 02:08 AM
Great 1st round match up for Chris. He has nothing to lose. The tactics is straight: good serve and high concentration in the tie-breaks. Roddick isn't a master of tight tie-breaks when an opponent serves well.

tennisrulz92
02-20-2008, 03:36 AM
Guccione knows he can knock off Roddick as shown in Sydney this year and Adelaide last year. However, can he bring that consistency into this match?

tennisrulz92
02-26-2008, 12:43 AM
I hope Guccione can keep the Sydney(2008) and Adelaide (2007) in mid season. Gccione wins 76 76. I reckon he will have a great percentage of tiebreaker wins.

aussie_fan
02-26-2008, 01:46 AM
hopefully he can keep the wins coming, he needs it.

Matchu
02-26-2008, 09:40 AM
The Gooch is on the verge of making the transition from challenger to ATP, if the Gooch can win this next match then he should stay around the 95 mark until October! and thats if he doesn't win another match (not including Wimbledon result), if you take wimbledon into account then he would stay at about the 110 mark until October if he doesn't win another match until then which is quite remarkable if you think about it. Theres a big block where the Gooch has next to no points to defend which in retrospect from this years perspective a very big oppurtunity to possibly crack top 50.

He's in a far better position than Luczak and I expect him to pass Looch very soon. So don't be too suprised if the Gooch plays davis cup playoffs this year.

Also I just realised the Gooch may even possibly make the cut for the olympics haha.

Rae777
02-28-2008, 05:54 AM
Good luck against Johansson. Its possible!

tennisrulz92
02-28-2008, 07:59 AM
U sure got that right

aussie_fan
02-28-2008, 08:21 AM
The Gooch is on the verge of making the transition from challenger to ATP, if the Gooch can win this next match then he should stay around the 95 mark until October! and thats if he doesn't win another match (not including Wimbledon result), if you take wimbledon into account then he would stay at about the 110 mark until October if he doesn't win another match until then which is quite remarkable if you think about it. Theres a big block where the Gooch has next to no points to defend which in retrospect from this years perspective a very big oppurtunity to possibly crack top 50.

He's in a far better position than Luczak and I expect him to pass Looch very soon. So don't be too suprised if the Gooch plays davis cup playoffs this year.

Also I just realised the Gooch may even possibly make the cut for the olympics haha.

I wouldn't be too confident on him, i mean we were in the same situation last year and he did almost nothing for the rest of the year, just that 2nd round at wimby and a couple of decent challenger result (a couple semis here and there). He's always going to be inconsistant and with the way he pplay there will always be day where he loses to players a lot lower than him. I beilieve top 50 is a good possibilty too if he works hard and get the results he should get. Beating Thomas Johannsson would be huge tonmorrow if he managed to pull it off.

tennisrulz92
02-28-2008, 09:14 PM
guccione pulled off a remarkable win against Johannson 6-3 6-4

Timbo
02-28-2008, 10:28 PM
even if he loses his next one he'll go close to sneaking into the top 70 with this result. But on this form, there's nothing to stop him going all the way here....except Soderling, who's playing as good as anyone on the planet right now

bad gambler
02-28-2008, 11:08 PM
guccione pulled off a remarkable win against Johannson 6-3 6-4

Even more amazing to see he didn't even need TB's to win :eek:

Nice going Gooch :D

aussie_fan
02-29-2008, 12:52 AM
Well Done Chris, a grest result for his confidence, hopefully he can contiune on with it. :worship:

Rae777
02-29-2008, 04:32 AM
Great win Chris

scotthongkong
03-01-2008, 01:04 PM
Unfortunately he lost today to Stepanek...second set score 6/1 which was not great but his efforts last week against Roddick as a lucky loser must have inspired confidence. Good work. Keep it going.

Timbo
03-03-2008, 10:32 AM
Gooch is up to 70th in the rankings. He only has 80 odd points to defend between now and the French. Surely he can string some results together at one of the Masters Series events and get into the top 50 before Wimbeldon

tennisrulz92
03-03-2008, 10:41 PM
Another 5 points to Guccione through qualifying in Vegas. Great Aussie contingent in Vegas. Hewitt (defending chanpion), Luczak and Guccione. Interesting how they do in the tournament.

Timbo
03-03-2008, 11:12 PM
Top work Gooch and Looch...fingers crossed for a good draw. They'll either have great luck and draw Melzer or Hanescu with Canas the top seed in their quarter...or bad luck and draw Llodra or Soderling with Gonzo and Baghdadtis lurking. :scared:

aussie_fan
03-04-2008, 02:31 AM
Top 3 aussies in the one tournament, nice to see. Just waiting on where they are place din the draw. guccione supposedly was serving for the match and lost his serve only to get it straight back again to win the match. Nice to see mentally for him.

Timbo
03-04-2008, 10:32 AM
Couldn't have turned out better for them: Looch drew Soderling who's now withdrawn to be replaced by Zverev...and Gooch has drawn Hanescu, who he should really beat.

Voo de Mar
03-04-2008, 10:36 AM
Hi guys :)
What do youn know about Guccione's matches in non-ATP tournaments this year? Did he save match points against P.King and N.Okun?

scotthongkong
03-04-2008, 11:52 AM
Both very winnable! Good to see the guys going well unlike the girls!

tennisrulz92
03-04-2008, 07:29 PM
Another 15 points to his ranking, win against Hanescu. Good result. Gucc is winning thos long tight matches, shows his great mentality on the court

Timbo
03-04-2008, 09:32 PM
Canas next, who's seriously short on match practice and form. Another QF would be a huge boost going into the Masters Series events that he may also have to qualify for. This is a great chance for Gooch to make a breakthrough and face Hewitt in the semis

aussie_fan
03-04-2008, 10:03 PM
I think Chris is about 10th on the entry list at both the masters series events so he'll have to qualify.

Nice win this morning, Chris.

Consigliere
03-04-2008, 11:37 PM
chris will be seeded at the next australian open.

put the mortage on it.

scotthongkong
03-05-2008, 02:06 PM
Yes! Exciting times for Aussie mens tennis. Lindahl and Sirianni are in form too!

aussie_fan
03-05-2008, 11:00 PM
he lost 6-2, 7-5. Disappointing, good luck in IW.

Timbo
03-06-2008, 06:09 AM
A shocker from Gooch. 57% first serve percentage, only 8 aces and he let Canas have 14 break points. You can't expect to win anything playing like that. He had 8 break points himself and only managed one.

aussie_fan
03-06-2008, 08:50 AM
A shocker from Gooch. 57% first serve percentage, only 8 aces and he let Canas have 14 break points. You can't expect to win anything playing like that. He had 8 break points himself and only managed one.

He's going to need to get that first serve higher if he's going to win against ganas. That 8 break point ones is terrible, chris needs to take those opportunities.

DeccyB123
03-11-2008, 08:57 AM
Tough luck for Gooch and Pete missing the main draw at Indian Wells. Here's hoping they pull through quallies...

chris.hello92
03-11-2008, 10:23 AM
Pacific Life Open- Q1 Chris Guccione (AUS,WR:70) vs Brendan Evans (USA,WR:211)

aussie_fan
03-11-2008, 11:27 PM
he lost 7-6, 6-3

Terrible result

Slicevolley26
03-12-2008, 07:22 AM
That loss... :o

Timbo
03-12-2008, 08:59 AM
all four Aussies losing in the 1st round of quallies has to be a new low :(

Consigliere
03-12-2008, 09:26 AM
oh well onto the next week.

hopefully gooch does well at sunrise.

aussie_fan
03-12-2008, 12:04 PM
all four Aussies losing in the 1st round of quallies has to be a new low :(

that's the really disappointing thing. Chris needs to be winning these sorts of matches.

Consigliere
03-12-2008, 02:55 PM
does anybody know anything about the guy he played.

maybe he's a gun.

Timbo
03-14-2008, 08:45 AM
He lost to Brendan Evans, who's a journeyman at best. Gooch's returning was pretty bad. Evans only had two break points, but he on them both.

Consigliere
03-14-2008, 02:48 PM
he has to win sunrise or at least go close.

chris.hello92
03-19-2008, 01:18 AM
Nice upset win against Marc Gicquel (Fra) 76 62

TankingTheSet
03-22-2008, 02:58 AM
Nice win over Gonzalez in Sunrise 5-7 6-4 6-4, adding to a nice list of top player scalps. Remember this tournament has a better field than many ATP tourneys because it's a warm-up for Miami. He will play Robin Haase in the SF which I think is winnable.

Looking ahead to Miami conditions should be similar (both tournaments are in Florida) so if he retains his form he can do well there also.

Edit: He will most likely have to qualify for Miami which starts on Monday so he could be tired, not an ideal schedule.

aussie_fan
03-22-2008, 04:39 AM
This should give him confidence, a win like that. Hope he can keep going here, if he wins here in sunrise then he might be a bit tired for miami but picking the points would be worth it. Very tough challenger to play in.

Rae777
03-22-2008, 10:27 AM
Great win over Gonzales

aussie_fan
03-26-2008, 04:25 AM
lost ins emis of sunrise and then another disappointing qualies performance losing in th efinal round at miami, would of liked him to qualify for one of these TMS events here.

Timbo
03-26-2008, 05:19 PM
He may get in as a lucky loser...he's the 2nd highest seed to go out in the final round of qualies...he needs two to withdraw

Timbo
03-26-2008, 07:03 PM
Haas has pulled out, replaced by Garcia-Lopez. Gooch will be in next if someone else pulls out. C'mon Gooch, kick someone in the kneecap!

scotthongkong
03-29-2008, 08:00 AM
Chris should be o.k I reckon. He is playing very inconsistently at the moment. The lost to Evans was shocking the win over Gonzales awesome.

TankingTheSet
04-09-2008, 11:19 PM
Davis Cup next week in Townsville, Australia, indoor hard against a poor Thailand.

Looks like he isn't in a hurry to play on clay, not playing in the weeks after I think.

Edit: The earliest entry I can find is Casablanca on 18 May.

aussie_fan
04-10-2008, 02:59 AM
Yeah, i haven't seen him on a list for a few weeks there, don't know what he's thinking, could play a couple of ATP clay events with chris' ranking.

Matchu
04-11-2008, 05:29 AM
Guccione beats Udomchoke 6-7(3) 7-6(6) 4-6 7-6(6) 7-5 and saved three match points in the fourth tie break. Impressive come from behind victory by the Gooch and should give him a lot of confidence. This should mean Australia win with the Gooch likely to play Doubles with Paul Hanley tommorow. Hes taking a few weeks off after the davis cup tie, not sure exactly why but could be another fitness training block like december last year. No points to defend until June on Grass, After June/July where he has 109 points to defend he has literally no points to defend until October. Even if the Gooch doesnt win any matches between now and October he is still guarunteed to be around the 100 mark which almost guaruntees entry into most ATP events. I expect the Gooch to go all out and play lots of ATP tournaments throughout the year and I believe he will be in the top 35 at the end of September.

chris.chan92
04-19-2008, 05:00 AM
Is Guccione taking part in the clay season leading up to FO?

aussie_fan
04-29-2008, 04:39 AM
Anyone know the exact reasoning for the month's break, i asssume he is gunning for a big grass court season. he's only playing casbalanca and RG as far as clay events go.

Matchu
04-29-2008, 08:36 AM
Anyone know the exact reasoning for the month's break, i asssume he is gunning for a big grass court season. he's only playing casbalanca and RG as far as clay events go.

He is not on a break per say, he is in Canberra at the AIS training on the newly built clay courts preparing for Casa and RG. He will probably play Queens and Nottingham after the French and then back to Wimbledon. I think the US series is his big chance to do really really well. If the Gooch can stay in the top 50 on the ATP race Australia will probably qualify for the World team Cup and we may be back in the world Group of Davis Cup, and on top of all of that Todd Reid's back!

A little off topic but all Aussie.

aussie_fan
04-29-2008, 01:15 PM
bit pointless to train on clay if you're only playing 2 tournaments, i understand it though, bigger chances will come during the grass court season and during the us hard court season providing he works hard enough.