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James a Paris!

05-16-2005, 06:24 PM
The RG Qualifying draw is out and James plays fellow American Cecil Mamiit. Great draw for James as Mamiit has really been struggling recently. Then he would play either Kendrick or Labadze - another winnable match for James for sure.

Go James! Qualify!

05-16-2005, 06:26 PM
Yay james, good luck in qualifying, you can do it!!! :bounce:

05-16-2005, 06:26 PM
2 pics in general board !

05-16-2005, 11:21 PM
Good luck James! :bounce:

05-17-2005, 04:00 PM
James beat Mamiit 6-4 7-6(2) :D He'll play Labadze, who beat Kendrick in 3 sets. Go James!

05-17-2005, 04:21 PM
Boy, I bet that Kendrick-Labadze match was a real pleasure to watch (not...)

:yippee: James!

05-17-2005, 04:39 PM
WAY TO GO JAMES!!!! :bigclap: :woohoo: I hope he beat Labadze.

05-17-2005, 04:45 PM
Boy, I bet that Kendrick-Labadze match was a real pleasure to watch (not...)

:yippee: James!:haha: i bet it was.

And Mahut lost today so in the third/final round, James Svarc (WHO) or Cakl. Qualifying is a real possibility for him!

05-17-2005, 08:47 PM
According to the RG Site, James is the big draw in qualifying :D
Blake in the limelight

Eagerly awaited by the fans, James Blake, seeded 13 in the world only two years ago, overcame his compatriot Cecil Mamiit (6/4, 7/6). But the American's performance remained unconvincing, despite it being his 11th straight win after triumphs in back-to-back Challenger tournaments in the US.

Undoubtedly the biggest draw of the men's qualifying tournament, Blake next meets the unpredictable Georgian Irakli Labadze.

05-18-2005, 02:24 AM
go james you can take out labadze!! :hug:

05-18-2005, 04:26 AM
put a few donuts on the side of the court (oh, excuse me, croissants) and a bottle of beer, that will distract him...

05-18-2005, 01:34 PM
Fee!!!!! :haha:

05-18-2005, 03:10 PM
put a few donuts on the side of the court (oh, excuse me, croissants) and a bottle of beer, that will distract him...
:lol: yes this is a great idea. according to this guy in the scoring thread, it's best not to have breakfast(don't ask me why)....so that tasty breakfast should really screw labadze. :D

05-19-2005, 02:54 PM
James won the 1st set 6-3!!!!!

05-19-2005, 03:57 PM
James beat Labadze 6-3 5-7 6-4!!!!

05-19-2005, 05:17 PM
James, you should not have lost a set to LABADZE LOL

Anyway. Go!!!! Qualify!

05-20-2005, 01:54 AM
Obviously James did not listen to my croissant and beer diversion plan. Next match he just has to win on pure talent. Go Jimmy Jam!

Clara Bow
05-20-2005, 04:13 AM
Who is his next opponent?

Go, James, go!

05-20-2005, 04:32 AM
Cakl from the Czech Republic. I know absolutely nothing about him lol.

05-20-2005, 07:02 AM
Cakl is in the top 200. These are his results this year, which includes a nice run on the clay in Bermuda earlier this year and a nice first round win against 28th ranked Kenneth Carlsen at the Estoril, Portugal tournament:


C'mon James!

05-21-2005, 12:04 AM
james :yippee:

05-21-2005, 12:06 AM
James, you should not have lost a set to LABADZE LOL

Anyway. Go!!!! Qualify!

He's lost six to him in career ATP meetings. ;)

05-21-2005, 12:41 AM
Someone in the SteveG forum figured out that Blake is the 3rd highest ranked player yet to qualify (after Dupuis & Bracciali), so with three lucky loser spots available, he's in regardless of whether he wins or loses on Saturday.

But he should win anyway. :)

05-21-2005, 12:47 AM

But he could use the rankings points with a win. it'll bump him up a few more spots in the rankings.

05-21-2005, 02:14 AM
I wish they'd broadcast the qualies online for a small fee. I know they'd make a profit doing that.

05-21-2005, 02:40 AM
Winning becoming old hat to Blake, who's on verge of qualifying
By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer

May 20, 2005

PARIS · James Blake was happy enough after his 12th consecutive victory to give away a sweatband, but he waved off the French teenager who pointed admiringly at his baseball cap.

"Oh, no. You can't have my lucky hat," Blake said as he strode away from Court 7 late Thursday afternoon with a second-round qualifying win over Irakli Labadze of Georgia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

"I usually wear a headband, but I had this hat on a couple weeks ago and won with it, and I've been wearing it ever since," Blake said. "You know how superstitious athletes are."

He has worn the hat whether it's sunny or overcast. He also hasn't washed it and acknowledged that it's getting a bit gamy. "Mom definitely wouldn't be proud of this one," he said.

A win today over No. 229 Tomas Cakl of the Czech Republic puts the former Harvard All-American into the main draw of the French Open, which begins Monday.

"That would be a first. I've never qualified for a Grand Slam before," Blake said.

None of the victories in his streak have been in regular ATP events. He won two Challengers in a row, in Mississippi and New York, and defeated fellow American Cecil Mamiit and Labadze here.

Blake is one of four American men in the final round of qualifying, along with Matias Boeker of Deerfield Beach, Brian Vahaly of Atlanta and Hugo Armando of Miami. Meilen Tu of Porter Ranch, Calif., and Lindsay Lee-Waters of Dunwoody, Ga., reached the final round of women's qualifying. The tournament draw is today.

Hewitt, Dent withdraw

Lleyton Hewitt, No. 2 in the world, and No. 30 Taylor Dent of Newport Beach, Calif., withdrew from the French because of injuries. Hewitt damaged two ribs when he fell at his Sydney home this month, his coach, Roger Rasheed, told Australia's Daily Telegraph. Dent has a sprained ankle from his quarterfinal loss to Andre Agassi at Key Biscayne.
Copyright © 2005, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

05-21-2005, 04:01 PM
James beat Cakl 2-6 6-1 6-1! Nice comeback, considering he didn't have to win to make the main draw. By winning, though, James picks up a few more valuable rankings points that put him closer to the top 120!

Now let's hope he doesn't draw one of the very hard spots :awww: :scared:

05-21-2005, 04:04 PM
WAY TO GO JAMES!!! I'm so proud of him. He really has played well these last couple of weeks, and I hope he gets a good draw.

05-21-2005, 04:41 PM
The qualifiers have been placed and lucky for James he was placed in that bottom quarter of the draw against another qualifier, Tenconi from Italy. So it'll be a tough match for James but not like Agassi or Federer would've been :lol:

Go James!

05-21-2005, 04:56 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2005-05-21/200505211116673599588.htmlQualies: Blake leads cosmopolitan contingent
By Guillaume Baraise
Saturday, May 21, 2005

The 19 men and 13 women who have battled through to the French Open via the qualifiers come from nations far and wide. Most are unknown except to the hardcore tennis fan, but one or two big names, James Blake included, are back from injury, and aiming high.

Curiously no Argentinean men and no Russian women made it through this year's qualifiers. As a result, the two dominant nations of the men's and women's tournaments in 2004 will need to rely on their original quota of players. That is a surprise in itself, and not the only one to have come out of this year's qualies.

Czech Republic provided the largest number of women's qualifiers this year. Three of the thirteen women to earn their spot in the tournament proper hail from the Eastern European country. Lucie Safarova scraped through on a lucky-loser ticket after Serena Williams' late withdrawal, while compatriots Eva Birnerova and Libuse Prusova took the more conventional route. As for the men, no nation saw more than two of its players secure a spot in the tournament proper.

Among the more notable qualifiers is Petra Mandula, quarter-finalist here in 2001. The Hungarian looked comfortable in all three of her matches, even if Belgium's Els Callens pushed her hard on Saturday (6/3, 7/6).

Blake, Nieminen, Vicente: forces to be reckoned with

A French Open semi-finalist just two years ago, Argentina's Clarisa Fernandez fought gamely to secure safe passage. 27-year-old Meilen Tu will be looking to use her experience in the first round proper, while at just 17, Michaella Krajicek will be out to make a (first) name for herself. Wimbledon champion Richard's half-sister is definitely one to watch.

The men look particularly strong this year. Kristof Vliegen (Belgium), Novak Djokovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) and Dudi Sela (Israel) are all exciting prospects. Spaniards Fernando Vicente and Daniel Gimeno-Traver join the legion of Iberian clay-court specialists.

Then there are the returnees from injury. American James Blake, fresh from two triumphs on clay in Challenger tournaments back home, should not be taken lightly. Jarkko Nieminen is another former French Open seed on the way back and Antony Dupuis another talent who at the age of 32 will be hoping for big things on his return.

All will take strength from the exploits of such former qualifiers as Filip Dewulf, a semi-finalist in 1997, and Marat Safin, who beat Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi before falling in the fourth round in 1998.


05-21-2005, 06:28 PM
I really hope that James makes to at least the third round. It would be great to have a strong showing from all the Americans.

05-21-2005, 08:52 PM
Good luck, James :bigclap: Become of those "dangerous floaters" :devil: :lol:

05-21-2005, 11:26 PM
congrats james, good luck!!! :yippee:

05-22-2005, 04:47 PM
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-bricker22may22,0,1453516.column?coll=sfla-sports-utility-tennisJames Blake, who is right-handed, wears a wristband on his left hand but not his right, unless it's very hot, because it holds a loose-fitting silver bracelet in place while he's playing. He got the bracelet in 2003 from his parents, Thomas and Betty, on the last Christmas they spent together. Thomas died of cancer last year. "This bracelet never comes off," Blake said. ...

05-24-2005, 12:48 PM

Blake continues courageous comeback
By Andrew Bogush
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

James Blake has put a horrific year behind him to battle back, through qualifying, into the first round of the French Open. Taking only the positives from a year that he "wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy," the 25-year-old American is fit again, and playing tennis with a whole new perspective.

Once the leader of the pack of young American men not named Andy Roddick, a freak on-court accident, the death of his father and a crippling infection, all within a few months of 2004, derailed the career. But two Challenger circuit clay court titles earlier this month and a strong week of qualifying here in Paris might mean Blake is finally rediscovering his form.

"Coming into the Open, I have a lot of confidence," Blake told RolandGarros.com last week. "I've won 10 matches in a row. [They were] Challengers, but it feels good to win on any level." Nothing felt good for Blake, however, beginning last May.

Practising with fellow American Robby Ginepri at the Rome Masters Series, Blake tripped while charging the net and fell into the post head-first, breaking his neck. Only a last second turn of the head kept Blake from being paralyzed, according to his doctors.

"It ended up being the best thing that happened to me all year," Blake admits because, on July 3, his father Thomas lost his battle with stomach cancer. "I got to spend those last six weeks at home with my father."

Thomas Blake's last wish was to have James play in July's event in Newport, Rhode Island, which he did, losing in the second round. Shortly thereafter, Blake started feeling pain in his ear and face. Diagnosed with Zoster, a stress-induced viral infection, he suffered through blurred vision, dizziness and paralysis to the left side of face. He missed the rest of 2004.

"Just trying to do everything normal was the challenge for me then," Blake says. After two weeks of drug treatment, Blake had to sit and wait for the virus to fade away.

He returned to the court at the start of this year, falling in the first round in Auckland to Fernando Gonzalez and to Lleyton Hewitt in round two of the Australian Open. Except for a quarterfinal appearance in Scottsdale, Blake struggled on American hard-courts through February and March. On the clay, though, of Tunica and Forest Hills (New York) earlier this month, his game took off.

"I'm playing with a little less pressure because I feel like I have a different perspective on the court," Blake says. "I feel like I can survive without tennis and that actually, I think, is going to come in handy."

His strong play continued here at Roland Garros last week with an impressive run through qualifying, although that was strange territory for Blake.

"You've already been there," he says, referring to the early portion of his career when he had to qualify for most tournaments. "You've already seen what it's like on the other side. It's kind of another mental challenge."

Blake hopes to stay in good form when his 2005 French Open begins later today on Court 14 against fellow qualifier Tomas Telconi of Italy.

"To be healthy again, to be playing, I have a new perspective on just being healthy," Blake says. "I know now my career is finite and I'm trying to make the most of it while I can."

05-24-2005, 03:38 PM
James becomes the first American male to win a match at 2005 Roland Garros!! He beat Tenconi 6-2 6-4 7-6(8)!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

He served for the match at 5-4 in the third and got broken back then had 4 MPs in the TB, 2 on his own serve then finally finished on his 5th MP, 3rd on own serve

plus, 35 valuable rankings points, too!!! :bounce:

ESPN is gonna have him in the studio!

05-24-2005, 03:43 PM
James becomes the first American male to win a match at 2005 Roland Garros!! He beat Tenconi 6-2 6-4 7-6(8)!!!!!!!!! :woohoo:

He served for the match at 5-4 in the third and got broken back then had 4 MPs in the TB, 2 on his own serve then finally finished on his 5th MP, 3rd on own serve

plus, 35 valuable rankings points, too!!! :bounce:

ESPN is gonna have him in the studio!
Thank god for some good news today! Well done, James :woohoo:

2005 will mark James' reawakening :D

05-24-2005, 03:45 PM
He plays Wawrinka next, who upset Massu. I think this will be a very tough match for James. But, this is all gravy for him now. :bounce:

05-24-2005, 04:29 PM
He's won 14 matches in a row, on clay. Clearly he's a favorite to win it all now, no?

05-24-2005, 05:16 PM
He was just up in the ESPN studio for a while! He is SO articulate. One of the best-spoken guys on the tour IMO. and his smile, GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's just so happy to be playing it's wonderful to see him talking about it.

He seems to know that Wawrinka will be a tough uphill battle, but that's ok. And it's cute that he's really gonna try to use his mom to try to get a WC into Wimby. I don't think he'll succeed but hey might as well try lol.

05-24-2005, 06:22 PM
saw james on espn too, he's so cute and sweet. i hope he keeps up the good work, he can do it!! :yippee:

05-24-2005, 06:47 PM
Hmmm, perhaps we should start a write-in campaign to get that WC for Wimbly. He is definitely a beautiful man, but I am not fond of the facial hair. Bad James, bad!

I'm so pleased for him, I smile just thinking about it. :D

05-24-2005, 08:56 PM
Chris from James's quasi-officially unofficially official site made a video (http://www.jamesblaketennis.com/05images/jbvid.wmv) of James on ESPN :D

and really nice stuff from the tennis.com blog
Tuesday, May 24, 8:30 P.M. (2:30 P.M. EDT)

One of the Good Guys

Jon Levey, blogging for TennisWorld from Paris, writes:

In all my talk about Americans playing in Paris I neglected to mention the one who became the first male to make it to the second round—James Blake. My bad, James.

He beat Tomas Tenconi 6-2, 6-4, 7-6, and it’s great to see Blake back winning matches at Slams again after a nightmarish 2004. In just one year Blake broke a vertebra in his neck colliding with a net post, contracted a virus which paralyzed one side of his face and affected his senses, and his father, Thomas, passed away. His time away from the court has caused his ranking to plummet, so he started playing Challengers again and had to make it to the main draw at Roland Garros the old-fashioned way—he qualified.

This is what he said during his post-match presser:

I think a lot of people, having been in the Top 25 or so and going back to qualies, might kind of look down on it and think they’re too good. I never thought I was too good for any of those qualifiers. I could have lost any one of those matches. I could have lost any of the matches I played in the Challengers in the last few weeks.

I met Blake a couple of years ago at a pre–U.S. Open party. He still had his dreadlocks, a modeling contract, and his face was plastered all over American Express ads. He was pretty much at his hottest. Yet he couldn’t have been more level-headed, gracious, and approachable.

The party was full of pretty people (that’s why I was invited) and some model/actress type wanted to “get to know” Blake a bit better. She was gorgeous and Blake’s agent wanted to get her number for James. Yet he declined. It wasn’t that James had no interest; it’s just that he’s too classy for such a forced setup with someone only attracted to his celebrity. Personally, I thought he was either nuts or too sober, but he’s a mature guy and, with what’s happened to him recently, he’s got perspective beyond his years. Read this, from the press conference:

I just feel a little more calm on the court in knowing that life goes on without tennis. I know a lot of people think that’s a bad attitude for a pro athlete to have, but I think it works for me. I don’t have to be thinking about tennis 24 hours a day. I don’t know if that sounds like a 35-year-old instead of a 25-year-old, but I just feel like I have grown up a little bit, and that will help me in the future on the court, I think.

After Blake moved on to the second round, two more Americans—Andy Roddick and Vince Spadea—joined him. Roddick had little trouble dispatching Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, and Spadea had a surprising win over 2002 French champion Albert Costa. So even though we did lose our elder statesman in Agassi, three of our own still marched on.

That’s it for me today. The weather is supposed to heat up and I’m sure the action will too, as tomorrow brings the start of what you’ve all been waiting for—doubles.

Until tomorrow.

05-24-2005, 09:46 PM
The party was full of pretty people (that’s why I was invited) and some model/actress type wanted to “get to know” Blake a bit better. She was gorgeous and Blake’s agent wanted to get her number for James. Yet he declined. It wasn’t that James had no interest; it’s just that he’s too classy for such a forced setup with someone only attracted to his celebrity. Personally, I thought he was either nuts or too sober, but he’s a mature guy and, with what’s happened to him recently, he’s got perspective beyond his years.
he was holding out for me..... :hearts:

05-24-2005, 10:00 PM
I love to read these descriptions of James. He has definitely been the toughest nut to crack for me, so to speak. He kind of gives me the hello nod now, but he's so very private. I ran into his coach at IW and we had a brief chat. I'm not retiring from tournaments until I get a hug from James, it is my only remaining goal :lol:

05-25-2005, 02:56 AM
Hmmm, perhaps we should start a write-in campaign to get that WC for Wimbly. He is definitely a beautiful man, but I am not fond of the facial hair. Bad James, bad!

I'm so pleased for him, I smile just thinking about it. :D

The beard needs to go! I do not approve. :(

I do approve of the tennis results, however. ;) :banana:

05-25-2005, 09:20 AM
The beard needs to go! I do not approve. :(
Q...er...i like it :o With the cap and the facial hair he looks like he mean business ;)

I do approve of the tennis results, however. ;) :banana:
:rocker2: He was talking really positive after his match yesterday :)
It was very :cool: to see him, especially when he doesn't get much coverage here :(

Aleksa's Laydee
05-25-2005, 04:18 PM
i saw james in RG, hes a cool guy...piccies to come soon ;)

05-25-2005, 04:56 PM
Hey ! I'm new on the board and I'm a great JB fan :)
If James wins tomorrow, I might see him saturday..
Anyway here r pix taken by french fans :cool:

05-25-2005, 05:28 PM
the beard is ok, although i prefer him clean shaven. i know for sure that i'm glad to see he's done away with the stupid headband! :bowdown: bald with the headband is just all kinds of wrong...

05-26-2005, 03:12 AM
Another nice article :)
For James Blake, the Triumph Is Showing Up
New York Times

VISITORS to Roland Garros are greeted by oversize posters of a fashionably dressed young man in a sophisticated pose. Meet Gael Monfils. At another location, visitors are greeted by an oversize poster of another dapper young man. Meet Richard Gasquet. Monfils and Gasquet, both 18, represent the future of French tennis and are part of a strong wave of up-and-coming European players.

You will not see a poster of James Blake at the French Open.

In the rush to push and proclaim the next phenom, a new generation of young players may not know how long and how hard the road can be.

Blake is not sure he knew when he was 18.

He knows now, at 25. He has endured insults, personal loss and injury. He has come back and, with Andy Roddick, now carries the flag for the United States men.

Many first heard of James Blake because of an incident during his second-round match at the 2001 United States Open.

Blake, a wild-card entry ranked 95th, was leading the heavily favored Lleyton Hewitt by two sets to one.

During a changeover, Hewitt, an Australian, remarked to the chair umpire about the similarity between Blake, who is African-American, and an African-American linesman who had called a foot fault on Hewitt. An investigation found no conclusive evidence that Hewitt's remarks had racial overtones.

After the match, Blake passed off Hewitt's comment as coming in the heat of competition. Blake had lost the match in five sets but won the larger battle of image, becoming known as a man of manners and restraint.

What upset Blake was that the episode overshadowed his performance.

"It's disappointing to me that people have forgotten that I was beating him," Blake recalled yesterday as he sat in the players' lounge at Roland Garros.

He and Hewitt have moved on.

"We're the same way a lot of players are on the Tour," Blake said. "We're acquaintances. We see each other in the locker room, exchange pleasantries. We don't sit around, talk and laugh."

The 2001 United States Open was the beginning of a grueling stretch for Blake, a trial by fire that many young players have not had to contend with.

Last May, during a practice session in Rome, Blake tripped chasing a ball near the net. He slammed his head into the metal post and broke a vertebra in his neck, causing him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon. His father, Thomas, who was found to have stomach cancer in 2003, died last July.

Thomas Blake had a tremendous influence on his son, teaching him the game and stressing the value of education. When Blake had to choose between going to the University of North Carolina on a scholarship or going to Harvard, his father told him not to let money be a consideration. Blake chose Harvard, where he became an all-American.

A week after his father died, Blake could not move the left side of his face and had a rash on his head. The diagnosis was shingles. After three weeks, he regained movement in his facial muscles, but still experienced blurred vision and the occasional loss of equilibrium. He missed the United States Open and played sparingly the rest of the season.

But Blake returned to action in January, losing to Hewitt in the first round of the Australian Open. Blake advanced to the second round at Roland Garros by defeating Tomas Tenconi of Italy, and is scheduled to play Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland today.

"For me to do well here would mean a whole lot," Blake said, referring to the clay surface. "That means whatever else I've overcome, this means I've overcome players who have grown up on this stuff and I haven't.

"It's interesting to be known for the things I've endured. I hope they know me a lot more because I've also had some success on the tennis court."

With Andre Agassi fading, United States men's tennis is overmatched by European young guns. Monfils lost in the first round, too, but Gasquet and 18-year-old Rafael Nadal of Spain will meet in the third round.

Blake is the oldest of an inconsistent group of young Americans. Taylor Dent is 24, Mardy Fish is 23 and Marty Ginepri is 22.

Blake has lessons to teach the younger players he coaches as part of Harlem Junior Tennis. He obviously knows about the lows, but he has had enough success to know the dangers of losing the hunger to improve.

"You have a breakthrough year; the endorsements start coming in," Blake said. "There are demands on your time; you have more things than tennis on your mind. You maybe think that you deserve that spot, that you don't have to earn it again. In actuality, every year you have to earn that spot. You get complacent. I went through that, and it eventually made me better."

There is a buzz here around the emerging young legs, but there is a lot to be said for perseverance. Blake is a testament to that.

Next year, a poster of Blake should greet visitors at Roland Garros gates, a reminder to the game's young guns that the road is very long, and very hard.

05-26-2005, 04:07 AM
Thanks Cecilia, very nice photos. Welcome to the board. That looks like Bobby Reynolds and Brian Baker standing on the court with James. They all seem to be having fun together.

Now Jimmy Jam, win your match tomorrow please. :D

05-26-2005, 03:27 PM
Too bad James lost today. :sad: He had a really good chance to get to the third round. But I wonder how his fitness is? When I left the house this morning, he looked winded.

Hey Fee, I saw this post of yours in GM:
For some reason that I absolutely cannot explain, Jo-Wilifred Tsonga reminds of Taylor Dent. It's kind of disturbing.

And I just want to tell you that you're not alone. I immediately thought of Taylor when I saw Tsonga, too. Physically, they are very similar.

I like Tsonga :yeah: I hope he does well for France because I'm sick of the Monfils hype already.

05-26-2005, 04:34 PM
Glad to know that I am not alone in the Tsonga-Dent thing.

I am very pleased for James, and what he has accomplished in the last few weeks. I'm also very excited for the next few weeks of grass. I think that James feels comfortable in England and that may help him to get good results there. I think he's doing the same thing as JMG - Surbiton Challenger, Queens Qualies (unless they are still in Surb), then Wimby qualies (unless James gets that WC).

Go James! (but you are NOT allowed to beat JMG, sorry).

05-26-2005, 07:04 PM
poor James :sad:

All those matches just really caught up to him.

As much as he needs the points, he needs to rest. Isn't Surbiton NEXT WEEK? No, he needs some real time off, a full week off. He deserves it. 15 matches in a month is probably as much, if not more, than he has ever played. Some of them were very tough matches too. No, he's gotta take time off.

05-26-2005, 07:27 PM
Glad to see that they r some Jo fans here :p
He's so nice, I think he looks like a teddy :)
I saw him in Paris winning against Ancic :)
So mad that he lost against Andy :sad:
And I'm sad for the James loss too :sad:

05-26-2005, 08:26 PM
aww james, it's ok :hug:. good job on everything that you've done over the past few weeks. i missed his interview on espn, what exactly did he say happened out there?

05-26-2005, 08:50 PM
He just ran out of gas. He could feel cramps coming on and he just had nothing left. He hadn't played that much tennis in SO long, since over a year ago he had barely played matches here and there, so it's totally understandable. But that's really why he's gotta take a week off!

05-26-2005, 10:02 PM
Surbiton starts on Tuesday, so he would still have a few days off. I think he would be okay playing there. I think both he and Andy would be wise to get to England sooner rather than later, and not fly back to the States. Why deal with the jet lag when they can just kick back in London for a few days, sleep in, do some sightseeing, get a massage, visit my cousins, have a beer, play some pool, visit my aunt, meet the Queen, and start hitting on the grass a little bit. Perhaps they can take JanMike out on his birthday, drag Mardy, Robby, and Taylor along too.

05-26-2005, 10:32 PM
I guess, but he just looked awful in the ESPN Studio today. He just totally ran out of gas all of a sudden. Plus, did he get into Surbiton directly? I haven't even been following that and last I saw he was on the ALT list? I'll go check it out after I post this. Anyway. playing is good for him in some respects but quite bad for him in others IMO. I really think he needs a full week off. But if he does play, I wish the best for him!

Wrong forum, but I'd bet everything I own Andy is already on a plane back to Texas.

05-27-2005, 02:10 AM
James really did try hard and especially after being out for so long. :sad:

05-27-2005, 03:03 AM
Well I would like to come too! Sorry for James today but he gave it his all and didn't quit. God I like this guy. Fee you need to break through to him and get a hug. Then pass it around.

Aye aye Captain! Will try, that's for sure.

James just needs two more players to withdraw and he's in directly to Surbiton. If he has to qualify, I say skip it. That would be too much tennis. He already has to qualify for Queens, so that could end up being his week off, which would be good. I agree he looked exhausted today in that interview, but a short plane trip and he could be getting spoiled by assorted family members, sleeping in, etc, etc. I just think that could be very relaxing for him.

05-27-2005, 03:27 AM
oh ok. that will probably happen. plus they might clear the SE spots too. I dunno, I mean I guess he would know if he's up to playing. they mentioned today during his match that part of the reason he suddenly got SO tired was that the Zoster might not be *completely* gone from his system yet. If that's the case, he should be really careful. But if he feels up to it and people tell him it's ok, I guess he should do it. He deserves to be happy right now and anything that makes him happy, he should do.

In better news, PMac says James's good clay play put him in the running for the 2nd DC spot in September :)

05-27-2005, 08:56 AM
Does Zoster ever really go away, or does it lie dormant until something happens to make it flare up? Perhaps I should read up a little bit.

I'm okay with whichever decision he makes because he has a solid track record of doing right by himself. He entered Surbiton 3 weeks ago when he had no idea how much he would play on clay. He has until Sunday morning to withdraw (draw at noon), no penalties since he wasn't on the original acceptance list. I think my preference for seeing him play there stems from the fact that JMG seems to do better with lots of matches in him, so I wonder if some of the other guys are like that too. And I can just imagine James arriving in England at some relatives house and they are offering him a cup of tea and some huge plate of food when he's barely 4 feet inside the door (that's what happens to me most of the time :lol: ).

05-27-2005, 04:43 PM
Looks like James has withdrawn from Surbiton, so maybe he did go home, or maybe he just decided to hang out with family then head to Queens early to practice there. He probably went home.

05-27-2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks Sue, our resident MD :hug: They were suggesting yesterday that he might still be experiencing some of the effects of it for as long as a year. And it hasn't been a year yet so he's probably just playing it safe.

The American guys seem to like to go back to America whenever they have time even if it's just for a few days. If he takes a few good days of rest and gets to London on Wednesday or so, he should be ok. Plus, James deserves it, he played a ton of matches and did awesome and got his ranking up great, etc. And Queens is smaller so all these guys will be there with each other and can hopefully hang out they can all help one another. It'll be good, James will be fine. I can just feel it :)