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The "Peter Luczak" Cheering Thread!

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Slammin'Schalken:)
01-18-2003, 05:13 PM
A place to cheer for Peter Luczak!
Go baby! ;)

Wojtek
01-18-2003, 06:18 PM
Peter was born in Poland , Warsaw .

Good luck Luczak .

In Poland it's Piotr £uczak :D:D

Slammin'Schalken:)
01-25-2003, 02:19 PM
Born Aug. 31, 1979 ... parents are Kris and Eva Luczak ... has two sisters, Ola and Agnes ... enjoys golfing, snowboarding, skiing and fishing ...

Tryphon
02-02-2003, 11:52 AM
www.peterluczak.protennisline.com

http://www.protennisline.com/peterluczak/images/austopenreports/4.jpg

Slammin'Schalken:)
02-02-2003, 04:03 PM
Cool..thanks ;)

Slammin'Schalken:)
02-06-2003, 08:36 PM
Freeman USTA Challenger
Joplin, MO, USA
February 3-9, 2003
Hard (Indoor) - $50,000

Singles
Seeds: (cut: Emin Agaev - 259)
1. Brian Vahaly
2. Jack Brasington
3. Peter Luczak
4. Alex Bogomolov
5. Vasilis Mazarakis
6. Tuomas Ketola
7. Rik de Voest
8. Eric Taino

1st Round
(3)Peter Luczak (AUS) d. (WC)Jeremy Blandin (FRA) 7-5 6-3 :)

2nd Round
(3)Peter Luczak (AUS) vs Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)

GO Peter! :D

Slammin'Schalken:)
02-09-2003, 06:07 PM
Second Round
(3)Peter Luczak (AUS) d. Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 6-0 7-6(4)

Quarterfinals
(3)Peter Luczak (AUS) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-1 6-4

Semifinals
Kevin Kim (USA) d. (3)Peter Luczak (AUS) 7-5 6-2

Nicky2002
07-17-2003, 07:43 AM
He's a victorian, isn't he?

Go Peter!

____________________
Yeah, I love Tim "Tam"

azza
07-30-2003, 06:25 AM
Pete Lost in Washington :mad:

DeccyB123
02-04-2005, 10:54 AM
Luczak did well in Vina del Mar.

He beat Moraru, Eschauer and Blanco all in straight sets to qualify and then came up against the number 2 seed Fernando Gonzalez. He lost in a very tight 3 setter 3-6, 7-5, 4-6.

I thought this effort was worth a mention.

DeccyB123
02-08-2005, 04:35 AM
Woo Hoo! :D Peter just fought his way through the qualifying (again) and into the main draw in Buenos Aires. First up, Carlos Moya.

Tough, but not invincible, considering how Moya went out of this year's Aus Open.

Lisbeth
02-08-2005, 05:18 AM
Good luck to him :)

Jogy
02-16-2005, 05:05 PM
has beated Gonzalez!!!
Good for him!! :)

DeccyB123
02-18-2005, 07:40 AM
Pete's in the Semi's in Brasil. Go Pete! :worship:

1st Round: P Luczak (AUS) def. Fernando Gonzalez 3-6 6-3 7-5
2nd Round: P Luczak (AUS) def. A Sa (BRA) 3-6 6-3 6-0
Quarter Finals: P Luczak (AUS) def. E Massa (ARG) 1-6 7-5 6-1

khyber
02-18-2005, 02:49 PM
Its always great to have a player come out of "nowhere." I hope he does really well and makes the final. If its against Mello, then I will have a real problem.

thelma
02-19-2005, 10:05 PM
He lost to Beto :sad:

Great tournament, anyway! :yeah:

marion147
04-06-2005, 02:14 PM
he is playing in casablanca.

ozfan44
04-12-2005, 03:18 AM
Pete pushing for a french open wildcard beat sjeng schalken 1-6 7-6 7-6 in qualies r1 at monte carlo but then lost 6-0 6-2 to gasquet who seems to have the wood over pete hope for a better result and draw in the next few weeks!

DeccyB123
04-12-2005, 03:26 AM
Very Sad when i saw he lost that easily :sad:

DeccyB123
04-12-2005, 03:27 AM
I hope he gets that wildcard, he's had a tough time having to fight through all those quallies!

alex.2812
04-13-2005, 06:39 AM
it would be great if he could get a WC for french open. he deserves it cos he is the australian who has the best results on clay this year. hopefully they won't give it to phillipoussis or reid.

DeccyB123
04-15-2005, 05:19 AM
it would be great if he could get a WC for french open. he deserves it cos he is the australian who has the best results on clay this year. hopefully they won't give it to phillipoussis or reid.
definitely not phillipoussis, or reid!

luck has it that they'll probably give it to poo though :sad:

DeccyB123
04-16-2005, 07:35 AM
:haha: Unlucky Quallies draw in Monte-Carlo Peter playing Gasquet.

THE GUY BEAT FEDERER!!! :haha:

Next week in Barcelona here's his part of the Quallie Draw:

(7) Peter Luczak AUS vs. Teimuraz Gabashvili RUS
(WC) Roberto Velilla ESP vs. (14) Daniel Elsner GER

He should win through to the main draw, although how good is this Elsner? Anyone know?

DeccyB123
04-17-2005, 05:31 AM
Teimuraz Gabashvili def. (7) Peter Luczak 7-6(10): 6-3 1-6 7-6(10)

Noooo! Bad Luck Peter!

alex.2812
04-17-2005, 08:17 AM
poor guy! i'm disapointed! did he have matchpoints?

DeccyB123
04-23-2005, 12:14 AM
Luczak is in the Qualifying in Munich. Here's his part of the draw:

Jean-Rene Lisnard (1) v Werner Eschauer
Lars Uebel v Jan Frode Anderson
Dudi Sela v Sebastien De Chaunac
Philipp Petzschner v Peter Luczak (7)

Main competition looks like Lisnard, but Peter can take him. As for match points last week, I don't know :sad: , I asked but nobody seemed to know.

DeccyB123
04-25-2005, 05:44 AM
Peter's won his first two Quallies matches :woohoo:

R1- Peter Luczak (7) def. Philipp Petzschner: 6-1 6-0
R2- Peter Luczak (7) def. Sebastien De Chaunac: 7-6(0) 7-6(3)
R3- Peter Luczak (7) vs. Jean-Rene Lisnard (1)

Good Luck Peter!!!

DeccyB123
04-25-2005, 06:08 AM
I've also noticed that a big tournement here and he could make it onto the Qualifying Lists for Roma and Hamburg! C'mon Peter, make the main draw!

DeccyB123
04-26-2005, 06:20 AM
Luczak to play Lisnard 10:00am (Munich Time) on Court 13! :bounce:

Yesterday there was a rain delay :rain: .

Lisbeth
04-26-2005, 06:28 AM
Cool thread :)

Good luck Peter - would be great to see him make qualies at some big tournaments :)

DeccyB123
04-26-2005, 06:41 AM
BIG NEWS! :bounce:

I just found out that Arthurs and Luczak are playing doubles together in Munich (two of my faves :) ).

Arthurs (AUS)/Luczak (AUS) vs. Koenig (RSA)/Vico (ITA)

This match is on Court 13 at about 2pm (Munich Time). Check the OOP here (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/posting/2005/308/op.pdf).

I can't see them losing this. :bounce:

DeccyB123
04-26-2005, 11:42 AM
Peter Luczak (AUS) def. Jean-Rene Lisnard (FRA): 6-1 6-4

Good Luck in the Main Draw, Peter! :)

DeccyB123
04-26-2005, 10:34 PM
Arthurs (AUS)/Luczak (AUS) def. Koenig (RSA)/Vito (ITA): 7-6 6-3

3 from 3, today has been a good day. :)

:woohoo:

DeccyB123
04-27-2005, 08:20 AM
Florian Mayer (GER) vs. Peter Luczak (AUS)

Centre Court ( :woohoo: ) at 2pm (Munich Time)

alex.2812
04-27-2005, 01:20 PM
6/2 for mayer in the first set
6/3 for luczak in the second!

DeccyB123
04-27-2005, 10:37 PM
Peter Won!!! :woohoo:

Peter Luczak (AUS) def. Florian Mayer (GER) 3-6 6-3 6-2

Next up Nalbandian! :boxing:

Lisbeth
04-28-2005, 08:23 AM
Hey that's great! :yippee:

Kristen
04-28-2005, 08:39 AM
I admit...of the two matches I've watched of Peter...where he's played (and lost to) two of my favourite guys, I was cheering against him :o (T.Johansson in Melbourne, Nieminen in Sydney years ago)

But, he seems like a pretty good guy, good attitude... Uhh, are there any Nathan Healey fans around!?

DeccyB123
04-28-2005, 08:47 AM
I like Nathan Healey, from what I saw at the Australian Open. Where's he been playing lately?

Kristen
04-28-2005, 10:29 AM
I don't know :o
:lol: Just curious because I also liked what I saw at the Aus Open. His temper drives me nuts but he's got a couple of more important things going for him:
-Ability (in tennis, and ability to successfully wear a sleeveless shirt)

hehe... *:o*

DeccyB123
04-28-2005, 10:32 PM
David Nalbandian (ARG) def Peter Luczak (AUS): 6-2 6-2

Bad Luck Peter, Good Tournament!

DeccyB123
04-30-2005, 02:38 AM
From the BMW Open Pics (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=35356) Thread! Thanx to Neely for these great photo's!

Luczak

http://img214.echo.cx/img214/1702/qsam0163peterluczak7xx.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0163peterluczak7xx.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/6347/qsam0180peterluczak9wm.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0180peterluczak9wm.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/6237/qsam0182peterluczak0is.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0182peterluczak0is.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/8195/qsam0184peterluczak3gs.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0184peterluczak3gs.jpg)
http://img214.echo.cx/img214/8070/qsam0183peterluczak2sx.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0183peterluczak2sx.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/1406/qsam0160peterluczak6pk.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0160peterluczak6pk.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/4408/qsam0161peterluczak5tp.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=qsam0161peterluczak5tp.jpg)

Luczak/Arthurs

http://img214.echo.cx/img214/4509/dien0094peterluczak0ix.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=dien0094peterluczak0ix.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/5064/dien0095waynearthurs9gt.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=dien0095waynearthurs9gt.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/4091/dien0107arthursluczak4tw.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=dien0107arthursluczak4tw.jpg)http://img214.echo.cx/img214/3324/dien0113waynearthurs0ru.th.jpg (http://img214.echo.cx/my.php?image=dien0113waynearthurs0ru.jpg)

azza
04-30-2005, 06:46 AM
Nice pics go Pete!!

azza
04-30-2005, 06:49 AM
Nathan has been in couple of events 2 Us Futures Ptahetic results :o then a GRB Challenger losing in R1 1-6 7-6 1-6

So Nathan is goign backwards :(

DeccyB123
04-30-2005, 06:51 AM
Nathan has been in couple of events 2 Us Futures Ptahetic results :o then a GRB Challenger losing in R1 1-6 7-6 1-6

So Nathan is goign backwards :(
Who's Nathan? His brother?

alex.2812
05-06-2005, 05:26 PM
he got a WC for french open!!!!!!!!! :worship: :)

DeccyB123
05-06-2005, 11:46 PM
:woohoo: Thanx for the info :woohoo:

DeccyB123
05-09-2005, 07:01 AM
Prague Challenger (Peter's quarter of the draw):

(5) Raemon Sluiter (NED) vs. Giovanni Lapentti (ECU)
Peter Luczak (AUS) vs. Julien Benneteau (FRA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs. Qualfier
Qualfier vs. (2) Jan Hernych (CZE)

This is a great challenger field :bounce: .

A really tough draw so if Peter can go far here it will really help his tennis. Sluiter and Lapentti are in form and Hernych and Benneteau are both good players.

DeccyB123
05-21-2005, 02:43 AM
WC in the French :woohoo: ! Drawing Robredo is tough though.

(15)Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs. (WC) Peter Luczak (AUS)
Qualifier vs. Jean-René Lisnard (FRA)
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) vs. David Sanchez (ESP)
Scott Draper (AUS) vs. (19) Thomas Johansson (SWE)
(32) Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) vs. Karol Beck (SVK)
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) vs. Jan Hernych (CZE)
Thomas Enqvist (SWE) vs. Qualifier
Raemon Sluiter (NED) vs. (3) Marat Safin (RUS)

Really tough draw! Go Peter! :bounce:

alex.2812
05-22-2005, 06:07 PM
hard 1st round

Petey_Pan
05-24-2005, 11:35 AM
Pete just won the first set 6-4!!!!!!! :worship: plz keep it goin!

DeccyB123
05-24-2005, 01:29 PM
Peter! :sad: A formidable performance but you always want your guy to win.

Tommy Robredo (ESP) def. Peter Luczak (AUS): 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3

Did well with a tough draw :clap2:

alex.2812
06-08-2005, 09:37 AM
a good result after his loss at RG: he reached semis at Prostejov Challenger, defeating Saretta and Dlouhly, losing only against Nieminem (who had beatent Agassi at RG)
good job!

Kristen
07-13-2005, 01:07 PM
Sorry, posting them as images didn't work. So, here they are. 2 pictures of Peter training at Homebush on Tuesday :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55280
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=55278

Kristen
07-14-2005, 08:30 AM
He was hitting with Guccione today. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. He was so keen to be out there, motivating his teammates and hitting the ball quite well IMO. I got a photo taken with him, and as usual I spoke before I thought:
K "Peter, would you mind if I had a photo with you?
P "Sure" *we both put our bags down
K "Good luck... I'm actually going for Argentina, but I hope you are able to play"
P "Thanks... what are you doing that for!?" *sounding somewhat alarmed, amused*
K "Ohh... well, you know how, with Lleyton you're either a fan or you're not? I'm not :) If he was ranked a couple of hundred places lower...maybe!"
He laughed, and was then hassled by other fans :) Quite charming!

DeccyB123
07-14-2005, 10:11 AM
Going for Argentina? :eek:

Kristen
07-14-2005, 01:27 PM
Sure am. But don't worry, I like half the aussie team. The half that are in your signature :) My feelings for Lleyton are pretty intense, lol and it's nice to give the visitors some support :lol: (Yes, I'm a bit strange ;))

Lisbeth
07-18-2005, 01:53 AM
:yeah: Peter was great against Coria yesterday in the dead rubber! Hopefully he'll gain a bit of confidence from it :D

Anyway, I'm fully converted to being a Luczak fan because he's on the Aussie team to just being a Luczak fan :)

Jogy
07-19-2005, 01:02 PM
I hope Luczak enjoyed his time with Australia and that it is no too bad for him to have lost and with bad behaviour from Hewitt.

Good that Peter made Davis Cup single match! :worship:

Nathaliia
08-24-2005, 09:03 PM
Peter in Sopot:
http://nathaliia.myphotoalbum.com/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album02&id=f19

Lisbeth
08-25-2005, 01:19 AM
:yeah: Peter is through to the second round of USO qualies! Good luck Peter!

whosnext
08-27-2005, 03:01 AM
He is now through to the main draw :)
Well done Peter! Keep it up.

Lisbeth
08-27-2005, 02:37 PM
:woohoo: well done!

Peter has drawn Tommy Haas first round so it will be a tough match but well done to him :)

Murkofan
08-27-2005, 05:19 PM
Peter :bounce:

Murkofan
08-29-2005, 08:50 PM
Peter is up a set and a break against Haas! :D

Keep it up Peter :bounce:

Murkofan
08-29-2005, 11:10 PM
Jinxed him :o

Oh well, good fight anyway!

Lisbeth
08-29-2005, 11:10 PM
Well he didn't manage to pull out a massive upset but well done to Peter for playing a great match :)

Hopefully his ranking will improve a little so he can get this kind of experience regularly :)

Murkofan
08-30-2005, 03:14 AM
And he did get a nice little chunk of change out of it :p

Lisbeth
10-05-2005, 01:11 AM
Peter has qualified for the main draw at Metz :cool:

Good luck in the first round!

Lisbeth
10-05-2005, 10:47 PM
And he won the first round :yeah:

Good luck against Soderling :)

bad gambler
10-06-2005, 07:31 AM
damn soders will be tough :unsure:

Lisbeth
10-31-2005, 05:35 AM
http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/article.aspx?id=4&articleid=ArticleID2005102812936&pageId=1084&HandlerId=1

October 28 - The Queensland leg of the Kia Pro Tour is primed for an exciting conclusion with the US$25,000 ATP challenger – the men’s Kia International in Caloundra – commencing with qualifying on Saturday 29 October and main draw on Monday 31 October.


The Kia Pro Tour attracts Australia’s best up-and-coming talent and international contenders who are seeking the invaluable ranking points, prize money and competition experience on offer.


Australian players competing at Caloundra have an additional incentive to perform their best. A main draw singles wildcard into Australian Open 2006 is on offer to the most successful male player from all the Kia Pro Tour futures and challenger tournaments in 2005 (14 tournaments in total, including six from last season’s Tour and eight from the current one). Currently leading the men’s race is 20-year-old Victorian Chris Guccione, followed by Queenslander Robert Smeets.


The highest ranked player in the Caloundra main draw is Greek Vasilis Mazarakis at 115 in the world. A regular competitor on the Tour in Australia, this year Mazarakis won two challengers in Dresden, Germany and Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina and three futures tournaments in Doha, New Zealand and Beaumaris, Victoria.


Australian Davis Cup player Peter Luczak, aged 26, is the second highest ranked player in the draw at 159. Luczak made his Davis Cup playing debut in July against Argentina when he went down 6-3 7-6(11) to Guillermo Coria in an entertaining match.

He achieved a semifinal appearance at the ATP Tour event Costa Do Sauipe in Brazil in February and narrowly lost in the first round of the Australian Open after pushing former champion Thomas Johnasson of Sweden to five sets.

Two Queenslanders are in contention for the title: 22-year-old Marc Kimmich (ranked 226) who was the stand-out performer of the Kia Pro Tour last season and has contested a series of American challengers recently, and Robert Smeets, aged 19 and ranked 233, already a two-time title winner on the Kia Pro Tour this season.


Other top international title prospects include American John Paul Fruttero (199) who this year won a challenger in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and a futures tournament in Guatemala, and Victor Bruthans (238) of the Slovak Republic, a finalist in the Togliatti challenger in Russia and a futures tournament in Kuwait.

The player field at the Kia International in Caloundra is truly international with main draw entrants from countries such as Germany, Slovak Republic, Mexico, USA, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Romania and Serbia.


The Kia International in Caloundra is being held at the Caloundra Tennis Club, corner Arthur Street and Bowman Road, Caloundra. Qualifying for the tournament will take place from Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 October, and main draw action will run from Monday 31 October – Sunday 6 November.


Kia International in Caloundra: main draw playing list (as at 19 October)

(Rankings as at 10 October)
Vasilis Mazarakis, GRE, 115
Peter Luczak, VIC, 159
John Paul Fruttero, USA, 199
Marc Kimmich, QLD, 226
Robert Smeets, QLD, 233
Victor Bruthans, SVK, 238
Lesley Joseph, USA, 296
Aleksandar Vlaski, SCG, 303
Alun Jones, ACT, 325
Mark Nielsen, NZL, 343
Go Soeda, JPN, 347
Ivo Klec, GER, 348
Horia Tecau, ROM, 359
Luke Bourgeois, NSW, 370
Grega Zemlja, SLO, 395
Adam Feeney, NSW, 418
Norikazu Sugiyama, JPN, 428
Jan Masik, CZE, 459
Zeljko Krajan, CRO, 466
Maximilian Abel, GER, 492
Frederik Nielsen, DEN, 505
Juan-Manuel Elizondo, MEX 517

DeccyB123
01-14-2006, 08:47 AM
:woohoo: I'm going to the Aus Open on Tuesday, and that's when Peter plays. :woohoo:

rrfnpump
01-14-2006, 12:11 PM
Go Peter :D :kiss:
get some wins in Melbourne

Lisbeth
01-15-2006, 06:20 AM
:woohoo: I'm going to the Aus Open on Tuesday, and that's when Peter plays. :woohoo:

:woohoo: please give him a great big "c'mon" for us :D

DeccyB123
01-15-2006, 07:30 AM
I will :)

Action Jackson
01-15-2006, 07:44 AM
He has a big chance to win some rounds here and just hope when he gets into a good position, that he can take advantage of it.

Lisbeth
01-17-2006, 03:16 AM
Hooray for Peter winning the first round at AO :D

rrfnpump
01-17-2006, 07:29 AM
Peter :D ;)
nice win

DeccyB123
01-18-2006, 08:01 AM
Great Match! Great Win!

He played well, has a little trouble with his ball toss though... :)

bad gambler
01-18-2006, 10:34 PM
lucky plays Ollie rocus today :unsure:


c'mon lucky :rocker2:

DeccyB123
01-19-2006, 12:09 AM
Just dropped the first set in a tie-break, 7-6. :( :(

Lisbeth
01-19-2006, 02:29 AM
67 64 61 67 61

:woohoo: Peter!

DeccyB123
01-19-2006, 05:03 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Björki
01-19-2006, 05:51 AM
well done Peter :yeah:

rrfnpump
01-19-2006, 06:59 AM
:eek: :yeah: :D
very good win, Peter!

but he has to work on his ball tossing
he missed a lot

rrfnpump
01-21-2006, 07:58 AM
Peter lost to Tommy Haas in 4 sets
but he played a good match :)
things are looking good for the future :D

Lisbeth
01-21-2006, 11:16 AM
Yes he did us proud :yeah:

This result should be good for his ranking!!

DeccyB123
01-31-2006, 12:07 AM
Luczak's new ranking: 116 (up 23 spots from 139) :bounce:

Only bad thing is he's got to consolidate this performance next year. :unsure:

rrfnpump
01-31-2006, 06:37 AM
Only bad thing is he's got to consolidate this performance next year. :unsure:

:lol: I wouldnt worry about that yet!
still many points to gain in 2006 - Top100 here we go

rrfnpump
02-10-2006, 05:35 PM
Peter won his match against Michael Lammer 16 63 60 63
quite good win as it was played on clay which is not his favourite surface

its 1-1 between Australia and Switzerland

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060210/capt.ge10402101425.switzerland_tennis_cup_davis__g e104.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060210/capt.ge30202101530.switzerland_tennis_davis_cup_ge 302.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060210/capt.ge10602101533.switzerland_tennis_cup_davis__g e106.jpg

Kristen
02-10-2006, 10:15 PM
Fantastic win. He looks so patriotic in his green and gold. I hope he was wearing a decent pair of socks, unlike the infamous blue socks,... Gaudio's style :lol:

bad gambler
02-10-2006, 10:17 PM
Peter won his match against Michael Lammer 16 63 60 63
quite good win as it was played on clay which is not his favourite surface

its 1-1 between Australia and Switzerland



it is actually his favourite surface :)

rrfnpump
02-11-2006, 07:34 AM
it is actually his favourite surface :)

fast courts suits him so much better

Kristen
02-11-2006, 12:06 PM
This is completely unrelated... but kind of amusing... Alex Popp's favourite surface was clay :lol:

Go Peter! Come on Aussie, Come on.. .come on! (Same goes for our cricket team, Gilly especially ;))

DeccyB123
02-11-2006, 07:51 PM
2-1 :bounce:

ClaycourtaZzZz.
02-11-2006, 09:39 PM
it was a great match!:worship: If he plays like he did on friday, he can easily beat Stan! Where's he going to play next?

I♥PsY@Mus!c
02-12-2006, 09:50 AM
For my bets sake,win the match against Stan! :rocker:

chewy
02-12-2006, 01:06 PM
c'mon LUCZAK!! U can win this!!:yeah:

chewy
02-12-2006, 04:10 PM
bummer :awww:
even though luczak lost arguably the biggest match of his career so far, im very proud of his whole game, his attitude on court, his fighting spirit, everything! especially when he fight to win the 3rd set tiebreaker :cool:
So kudos to u luczak! :hatoff:

the new fav aussie player for me! no doubt

Lisbeth
02-12-2006, 10:46 PM
A great tie for Peter :yeah:

Eléa
02-13-2006, 07:42 AM
I took some pics of Peter yesterday during his match against Wawrinka, you can find them (in the middle of others ) HERE (http://eléa.fotopic.net/c859281.html)
It was great to see Peter playing in live :)

Action Jackson
02-13-2006, 07:44 AM
fast courts suits him so much better

No they dont. Clay is his favourite surface and was able to get that straight from the man himself.

I am so happy for him and he played well in tie and great that he was part of a successful team.

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
02-15-2006, 11:39 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/pix-perso/9639456f.jpg


:bigwave:

useless fact
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order,
as does arsenious, meaning "containing arsenic."

Lisbeth
02-15-2006, 10:17 PM
Nice pic, thanks :)

cindygermanier
02-17-2006, 07:51 PM
Peter lost 3/6 7/5 6/4 (jeff Morrison)

rrfnpump
02-17-2006, 08:20 PM
thats a pretty bad loss considering his form in the last weeks
hope he can regroup in the next tournament

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
02-28-2006, 02:02 PM
Peter Luczak is a LL in Las Vegas, he replaced Tommy Haas. Good Luck to him!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/pix-perso/d2a8dd37.jpg



Darling Peter Luczak against Sargis Sargsian
during their first round match at the Tennis Channel Open
at Darling Tennis Centre February 27, 2006 in
Las Vegas, Nevada :angel: *will-you-marry-me-tonight?*


:bigwave:

rrfnpump
02-28-2006, 02:06 PM
take your chance, Peter!!

DeccyB123
03-01-2006, 10:35 AM
Tursunov is a great notch in Peter's belt. :yeah:

Good Win Peter! :woohoo:

rrfnpump
03-01-2006, 12:02 PM
thats a very good win for Peter
I didnt expect it :)

rrfnpump
03-03-2006, 09:38 AM
Peter :sad:
lost 46 64 46 to Xavier Malisse

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060303/capt.2b35f60bac874307a6fec6445a5ff51d.las_vegas_te nnis_nvjh106.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060303/capt.49e59f5291a141b2bdb2e6d43e46c777.las_vegas_te nnis_nvjh110.jpg

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/oly_full.56916131cb023_tennis_ch_op.jpg

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/getty/oly_full.56916131cb019_tennis_ch_op.jpg

bad gambler
03-03-2006, 10:29 AM
luczak and malisse have played some pretty close matches already this year

Action Jackson
03-03-2006, 10:31 AM
luczak and malisse have played some pretty close matches already this year

3 times they have played this year. Peter needs to capitalise on these opportunities, the thing is as long as he is near the #104 mark by RG time, then all is good.

DeccyB123
03-08-2006, 09:06 AM
Indian Wells Qualifying:

Paul Capdeville (CHI) v. Nenad Zimonjic (SCG)
Rik De Voest (RSA) v. Peter Luczak (AUS)

Paul Capdeville looks the main worry for Peter, as he's been strong this year.

Good Luck Peter! :bounce:

cindygermanier
03-09-2006, 02:45 PM
PETER LOST 64 16 76 :sad:

rrfnpump
03-09-2006, 03:52 PM
that was soooo winnable :sad:

rrfnpump
03-16-2006, 03:42 PM
Peter plays 100k Sunrise Challenger this week
defeated (wc)Rainer Schuettler 64 64

now plays against second seed Dima Tursunov

bad gambler
03-27-2006, 11:55 AM
A little birdie told me Luczak is going to be a dad soon :)

Now that he hasn't been selected for Australia for the DC tie against Belarus he will spend the next couple of weeks in Sweden with his girlfriend before starting to prepare for the claycourt season.

Björki
03-27-2006, 12:02 PM
It's not new :D his very pregnant girlfriend was in Geneva with him.
Is she Swedish? I just wonder why he spend the next couple of weeks there.

bad gambler
03-27-2006, 11:09 PM
It's not new :D his very pregnant girlfriend was in Geneva with him.
Is she Swedish? I just wonder why he spend the next couple of weeks there.


lol i don't think many people were meant to know that his gf was pregnant :p

yes she is swedish

rrfnpump
04-15-2006, 06:14 PM
is Peter a daddy now? :D :)

he plays Monte Carlo qualifying
got first seed Novak Djokovic :(

good luck, Peter :cool:

DeccyB123
04-15-2006, 10:24 PM
He pulled out of MC qualifying...

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
04-23-2006, 06:47 PM
Greetings Australian fans! :hatoff: please.... someone knows if Baby's baby's born? thankx***

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
04-28-2006, 08:27 PM
Peter Luczak and his fiancee Katarina Queckfeldt are expecting their first child on June 7. :woohoo:

rrfnpump
06-19-2006, 06:56 PM
Wimbledon qualies

Peter Luczak (AUS)[24] d. Nicolas Thomann (FRA) 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4

phew :)

Nathy
06-22-2006, 01:10 PM
Good luck in Wimby Peter :yeah: (I like him since I saw him live in the DC tie Switzerland vs Australia^^)

ozfan44
07-13-2006, 02:55 PM
Well done Pete for qualifying this week!

Eclectic Goddess
07-24-2006, 02:08 PM
Peter Luczak def I. Minar, 6/1, 3/6, 6/1

Good job, Peter!

aussie_fan
07-26-2006, 07:37 AM
Lost 7-6, 7-5. Had set points in that first set as well. was a good effort to qualify and get through a round though.

Björki
08-04-2006, 06:31 AM
some photos of Peter I took in Båstad.
Nice haircut imho :D

Eclectic Goddess
08-04-2006, 04:49 PM
Anybody know if Peter is going to continue to play qualifiers for the rest of the summer series? I'm really hoping to see him in Cincinnati.

Action Jackson
08-25-2006, 04:18 AM
I hate Luczak's haircut personally.

Yes, he is a father now and it's a little boy.

He is in the last round of qualies after defeating Younes and Soeda Go in straight sets and will now play Mike Russell for a spot in the MD.

rrfnpump
08-26-2006, 07:51 AM
Peter didnt qualify for USO Main Draw :(
wasted MP in qualy round against Russell :( :(

aussie_fan
08-26-2006, 10:19 AM
peter really did choke that. Should of qualfied.

Action Jackson
08-26-2006, 10:19 AM
peter really did choke that. Should of qualfied.

He didn't choke, Russell hit a running forehand winner,

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-09-2006, 10:50 PM
thank you for the pics Björki, I like them :worship: pls someone knows the name of his *li'l* boy?

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
09-18-2006, 08:33 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v473/pix-perso/luczakfamily.jpg

it's Peter, Katarina and their baby... Sebastian :hug: :hug: awww cute, no? :p

Photo: Christian Törnqvist

Björki
09-19-2006, 05:37 AM
Nice one. where was it taken?

Aleka
09-21-2006, 11:18 AM
Pics from BCR Open Romania :D If there is any problem with the download PM me :) For other player pics visit my blog :kiss:

http://www.sendspace.com/file/mtmxdm
Peter Luczak

Action Jackson
10-07-2006, 09:42 AM
Peter defeated the Dane Frederik Nielsen 4-6 6-3 6-3 to win his first round qualie match in Stockholm.

Action Jackson
10-07-2006, 09:47 AM
From Interlaken's above post.

http://hd.se/sporten/2006/07/12/kaer...rde_peter_till

This was written during the Swedish Open, but here is the translation.

Love took him to Helsingborg

The same as Ervin Eleskovic and Filip Prpic, Peter Luczak lost in the deciding set of the first round in the Swedish Open. Thus there are no Helsingborgers left in the tournament.

Name: Peter Luczak
Born: 31 august 1979
Profession: Tennis Player
Family: Wife Katarina and 5 week old son Sebastian. ( now a few months old)
Residence: Flat in central Helsingborg, a serve away from Knutpunkten.
World Ranking: 154
Merits: Was ranked 2 number in Australia and debuted in live matches against Switzerland in Davis Cup and is 1-1 in matches. He has played in 4 Grand Slam tournaments.

Tennis Peter Luczak and Helsingborg?
Yes, so here it is. Australia's second best tennis player lives in central Helsinborg since last spring. It was love that lead him there and now Helsingborg is his base for 9 months of the year. " A wonderful city. Beautiful and just big enough" says Peter.

His wife Katarina and she is there of course with 5 week old son Sebastian. He spends time in the pram while mother and father take a walk in the the pastoral Båstad environment. The pair met at a tournament in Munich in April last spring where Katarina was there working in the players lounge and the meeting resulted in Helsingborg being endowed with a player of international class.

"I hope I can be among the top 100", says Peter who is now ranked 154th.
In the spring and early summer he has trained mostly with Filip Prpic at the Påsjö court or in Ramlösa with Ervin Eleskovic, Calle Bergman and Jonas Berg have sparred. And on the way to Mörarp to visit his mother and sister in law.

However Helsingborg TK can not count on some big reinforecements for the top division league tennis in November and December. Peter says "We will live in Melbourne between November and January. The climate and preparation for the Australian Open are more suitable."

The Helsingborg newcomer qualified for the Swedish Open with wins against Daniel Kumlin and Pablo Figueroa. Since then Peter also in the last round he won against the competent claycourt specialist from Spain Oscar Hernandez.
"It's the first time I have visited Båstad. I had heard a lot of good things about the tournament and had high expectations, but they have surpassed. Everything is perfect here.

His debut in the Swedish Open happened yesterday when Peter met Agustin Calleri 54th in the world and one of the many skillful claycourt players from Argentina. Luczak surprisingly took the first set 6-3, but was chanceless losing 6-1 6-2.

"Calleri played better and better and deserved the win", commented Luczak.

On Friday he was on the way to Stuttgart and then tournaments in Kitzbühel and the Polish town Sopot, then off to the other side in Atlanta. Then he will attempt to qualify for US Open which he did in 2005. At the Australian Open for three consecutive years he has got a wildcard and this year he made the third round. It indicates that there is a very skillful tennis player who has based themselves in Sweden.

A high point in the autumn of course is also the Davis Cup semi final against Argentina in Buenos Aires. The ranking shows that the Helsingborg newcomer is a natural for the Australian team (too bad he missed out).

"Davis Cup is huge in Australia. But it is of course among the toughest matches to play on clay in Argentina". says Peter

Björki
10-07-2006, 09:53 AM
Stockholm Open quali

Peter Luczak def Frederik Nielsen 4-6 6-3 6-3 :rocker2:

ufokart
10-28-2006, 04:25 AM
Does anyone know what will be the next tournament Peter plays?

Except for his run at the Australian open earlier this year, he hasn't done much :sad:

Action Jackson
11-14-2006, 07:18 AM
Does anyone know what will be the next tournament Peter plays?

Except for his run at the Australian open earlier this year, he hasn't done much :sad:

Peter is back in Australia now and is playing the Caloundra Challenger which is a 25k event and he won in 2005, though it will be harder for him this time around.

He won his 1st round match against Groth in straight sets 6-2 6-4 and now plays Baccanello in the 2nd round.

Action Jackson
11-16-2006, 09:05 AM
Peter won his 2nd round match in 3 sets 6-4 6-7(10) 6-3 and now plays Swede Brunström who defeated the Gooch and it's a good chance to defend his title here.

Action Jackson
11-17-2006, 09:26 AM
Peter won in straight sets 7-6 (5) 6-2 over Brunström and now plays the WC Coelho in the semis.

Heja Peter win this event again.

Action Jackson
11-18-2006, 04:51 AM
Another straight sets win for Luczak and he plays Lu in the final.

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
11-18-2006, 10:07 AM
From Interlaken's above post.

http://hd.se/sporten/2006/07/12/kaer...rde_peter_till

This was written during the Swedish Open, but here is the translation.

Love took him to Helsingborg

.../...

thank you very much for translation GWH :cool: it was nice to read some news about Peter

Action Jackson
11-18-2006, 10:13 AM
thank you very much for translation GWH :cool: it was nice to read some news about Peter

Not a problem at all. He is a good guy and it was fun to translate the article and just hope he wins the final of the Challenger.

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
11-18-2006, 10:15 AM
Another straight sets win for Luczak and he plays Lu in the final.

hope he can win the tournament... title & prize-money, since he has to feed his family :) Allez Peter! :yippee:

Action Jackson
11-18-2006, 10:26 AM
hope he can win the tournament... title & prize-money, since he has to feed his family :) Allez Peter! :yippee:

Yes, there is that for sure. I just want him to do as well as he can.

Action Jackson
11-19-2006, 06:07 AM
Lu defeated Luczak 6-3 6-1 and too bad he couldn't defend his title, just hope he can build for the future.

TNX1.0E6TOPCA
11-19-2006, 09:24 AM
awww :sad: ... anyway good luck Peter Luczak :angel: next season! :bigclap: and it was a great year for him... becoming a dad it counts in a life :angel:

Action Jackson
11-19-2006, 11:31 AM
(1)Danai Udomchoke (THA) vs Adam Feeney (AUS)
(Q)Johan Brunstrom (SWE) vs (Q)Sebastian Rieschick (GER)
Luke Bourgeois (AUS) vs Grega Zemlja (SLO)
(8)Ivo Klec (SVK) vs Marc Kimmich (AUS)

(4)Jean Christophe Faurel (FRA) vs John Paul Fruttero (USA)
Colin Ebelthite (AUS) vs (Q))Phil Stolt (USA)
Julien Jeanpierre (FRA) vs Lars Uebel (GER)
(7)Peter Luczak (AUS) vs Andrew Coelho (AUS)

(5)Nathan Healey (AUS) vs Brydan Klein (AUS)
Paul Baccanello (AUS) vs Nick Monroe (USA)
Alun Jones (AUS) vs Joseph Sirianni (AUS)
(3)Alexander Peya (AUS) vs Shannon Nettle (AUS)

(6)Go Soeda (JPN) vs Mathias Bachinger (GER)
Robert Smeets (AUS) vs Adam Chadaj (POL)
Nick Lindahl (AUS) vs (Q)Daniel Brands (GER)
(2)Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Miles Armstrong (AUS)

aussie_fan
11-20-2006, 06:24 AM
Well done peter on making the final, hopefully he goes one better this week.

Action Jackson
11-20-2006, 06:31 AM
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3709315

Relaxed Luczak chases title

12.11.2006

BY JON TUXWORTH

DEFENDING Caloundra ATP Challenger champion Peter Luczak was Australia’s feel-good story of the Australian Tennis Open in January this year.

We cheered when he beat highly-fancied Belgian Olivier Rochus in the second round. We cheered when he took a set off German Tommy Haas in the third round.

“Every match was great,” Luczak reflects. “In the second match against Rochus I had a section of the crowd made up of the fanatics, and at every change of ends I’d watch what they were doing. It kept me relaxed.”

Ten months on, the 27-year-old is just feeling good. He has married his Swedish sweetheart Katarina and is a devoted father to five-month-old son Sebastian.

“It’s been great, I wake up each morning with a big smile on my face when I see the little guy,” he said.

While the start of the year was highly successful on court for Luczak, things didn’t quite go to plan the last five months overseas. He hopes to make amends by retaining his title at the Caloundra tournament, which begins tomorrow.

“I’ve been away from Australia all year, so it’s nice to come back and feel at home. I like the courts here at Caloundra and the tournament’s run great. It almost feels like a holiday.”

The world number 187 is under no illusions about the task that awaits him this week to retain his title, with the draw including eight of the top ten Australians.

He has prepared by spending the last two weeks relaxing in his hometown of Melbourne and running the sand dunes near his sister’s beach house.

While his personal life has undergone some major changes, so too has his appearance. The trademark ponytail that was his signature at the Aussie Open has been ditched for a more responsible-looking ‘do.

“I got my hair cut when the little guy came. I thought it’s enough of the long hair, it’s time to be a dad now, so it got the chop,” he grinned.

In the first day of qualifying yesterday, Caloundra’s Marc Kimmich accounted for Joel Lindner 6-1 7-6 (6), while Kawana’s Sean Fyfe went down to American Phil Stolt 6-2 6-4.

Action Jackson
11-20-2006, 06:34 AM
http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3710320

Two visits, two wins for Lu at Caloundra

20.11.2006

By PAUL MUNNINGS
WITH his mum watching on, Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu yesterday continued his love affair with Caloundra by winning the Kia International Challenger title for the second time.

Yet to lose a singles match at the Caloundra Tennis Club, Lu breezed past crowd favourite Peter Luczak 6-3 6-1 in 64 minutes to enhance his chances of a quick move back into the top 100 in the world – a place he occupied just six months ago.

Now ranked 122nd, and the second seed for the first leg of the Sunshine Coast Challenger double, Lu reeled off six games straight in the second set to end Luczak’s title defence.

The 23-year-old was victorious at Caloundra in 2004 but didn't play last year's event due to injury.

"I played one of my best matches for the year today," Lu said.

"For sure, this is the best tournament in my life because I've won two times."

While most of the capacity Caloundra crowd would have liked a repeat Luczak victory, Lu had his mum on his side.

She rarely travels to watch her son play, but went with him to Korea earlier this month and is with him for his two-week stay on the Sunshine Coast.

"She's a little bit tired," joked Lu, who is known to his English-speaking ATP Tour mates as "Randy".

"Next year she might not have too much time to travel."

The travel won't be an issue this week with Lu again the No.2 seed for the Kawana Challenger tournament, with Thailand's Danai Udomchoke, who is up to a career-high ranking of No.80, the top seed.

Australian Davis Cup squad members Wayne Arthurs and Chris Guccione have withdrawn from the Kawana event, which starts today, with both citing injury.

Luczak (No.7) and Caloundra quarter-finalist Nathan Healey (No.5) will be the seeded Australians.

After missing out in yesterday's final, Luczak was heading for the beach and some much-needed rest.

The key moments in his defeat came early in the second set when the 27-year-old from Melbourne couldn’t convert two break points to take a 2-1 lead, smacking both returns into the net, and then was broken to love in his service next game.

"It's always disappointing to play a final and get killed like that," Luczak said.

"I tried everything I could but he was hitting the ball so good and so cleanly.

"Next week is my last tournament of the year so I'll be trying to make it a good one hopefully."

Action Jackson
11-20-2006, 12:04 PM
http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/long-hard-road-to-the-top-in-tennis/2006/01/13/1137118971724.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Long, hard road to the top in tennis
January 14, 2006

While the top-ranked players live in opulence, for others on the way up life is darkened by cheap hotels, tortuous bus rides and cheap air fares. World No. 144 Peter Luczak tells what it takes to make it to the professional tennis circuit.

NO. 144 is not a stratospheric world ranking, but it does mean that Peter Luczak qualifies for more comfortable digs when he dances around a tennis court. It was not always so.

The life of a tennis journeyman is one darkened by cheap hotels, tortuous bus rides and — if he hits the jackpot — a cheap air fare as he takes his first, tentative steps on the pro circuit. Luczak remembers his first six months on the satellite tennis circuit during a break from college in the United States — where he had a tennis scholarship.

Small towns were a speciality and there was a bonus if you got a billet with a local family. Redding, California; Joplin, Missouri; Waco, Texas. "Yes, they have a tournament there," he says. "I think it was quite well run.

"You'd get a little bit scared when you'd come in at night to those towns, though. The Greyhound bus stations always used to be in the ghetto area. I remember one place called the Nash Hotel. It was a nightmare, pretty much everyone in there was a drug addict."

Scoring a bed for the night could turn out to be as competitive as playing a tennis match. "About five or six guys usually shared a room. At night we'd do the rock, paper scissors to see who would get a bed.

"The rules were, if you won (the tennis) that day you qualified to play. If you lost that day, you were automatically sleeping on the floor — you could not even qualify for the rock, paper, scissors game."

Five years on, Luczak, who has a wildcard to play in the Australian Open next week, is in more salubrious quarters. It's not five-star, but he is renting a comfortable apartment in Richmond with his friend, Stephen Huss, the doubles specialist who won an unlikely Wimbledon title last year.

At 26, Luczak has yet to win any titles. He achieved his best result in February last year, reaching the semi-final in an Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour event in Brazil. For that he achieved a lofty ranking of 110.

"That was great — I was on top of the world," Luczak says. "Every year, I've slowly got better. At the end of 2003, I was 170. Then in 2004, I was about 150. At the start I made bigger leaps. Now, I'm slightly improving my rankings … My goal is to be in the top 100 this year."

Twenty-six. For many people, that's the age you are getting started. Finished university, first serious job. More than a few of your peers are probably still living at home — you are part of a famously postponed generation.

At 26 on the tennis circuit, you are entering the mature phase of your career. Almost an old man of tennis: make or break time. World No. 1 Roger Federer is 25. Australian Lleyton Hewitt is 24. American Andy Roddick is 23. "I am a late bloomer," says Luczak, who started out hitting nets down the street in suburban Mulgrave, where he grew up.

Luczak's route was the familiar Aussie one: McDonald's Cup, the state junior squad in his early teens … Then he flunked out. Dropped from the state team before his mid-teens after a slump.

He was sustained, however, by supportive parents — the opposite of the pushy, tennis-parent kind, he says. His parents, Eva and Kris, left Warsaw in 1980 when he was nine months old. They were determined to give their children every opportunity, even if that meant his mother had to work for a time as cleaner in a city hotel and his father, an engineer, took a job as a courier driver. "Dad was always driving me to tournaments and encouraging me, but if I didn't want to play he was fine. Both my parents were pretty sporty. My older sister and I were pretty competitive with each other, and we'd go and play tennis after school."

An inner calm, perhaps modelled on his childhood tennis hero Mats Wilander, also helped shape Luczak's attitudes to life and sport. Early failure was not a setback. "I just loved the way Wilander played. He was always very calm on the court. I just liked his attitude."

His Swedish partner, Katarina, is expecting their first child and he is feeling buoyant as he approaches another Open campaign. It will be his sixth go. In the last two attempts he did not get past the first round. In 2003, he went as far as the third — a career highlight.

Last year, despite, his best-ever ranking, he did not progress much in the US or French opens either. As a clay court specialist, he did not qualify for Wimbledon. Grass remains anathema — but despite the tennis nay-sayers, his age is not a problem.

"Age is almost irrelevant," Luczak says. "It's how you are feeling, how you are enjoying it and how you are motivated. I know I am 26, but I still feel like I am new and young and eager to get out there.

"I have a baby on the way, and I am really motivated now. I am working extra hard in the gym and in the tennis court."

At 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 on Wednesday, it was universally acknowledged that Luczak had fluffed it. He seemed poised to claim a quarter-final berth in the Sydney International — indeed, there were two match points his way — but he was vanquished by Igor Andreev, ranked 26th in the world.

He lacks the killer instinct, some of his critics — and even friends — say. "A lot of guys say I'm too nice, 'you need to get a bit of aggro in you'."

Whether it's world rankings or scores at the end of hard-fought matches, Luczak always inhabits a numbers game. He picks a mix of satellite and more senior tournaments year-round to get the right calculus of earnings — to make a living — and ATP points — to advance in the tennis rankings.

"It's a strategic game, you need to mix up challengers (lesser matches) and ATP tournaments. In challengers there is less money but it's easier to win points to inch up the rankings," he says.

"Right now I've got about 300 ATP points. Lleyton probably has about 3000 or 4000 and Federer has got about 5000 points."

Although he is a regular practice partner for Hewitt and played the Davis Cup last year (another close loss), Luczak is a pragmatist. He does not cast himself as a giant killer on the tennis circuit. He knows the depth of the talent.

"You'd obviously love to be No. 1. Realistically, I don't see myself as No. 1.

"I'd say guys in the top 10 are in a class of their own — especially Roger Federer and Lleyton. But between the ranking of 10 and 150, there can be upsets."

With his wildcard, he will be looking for that upset now.

Back in January 2001, he was fighting for his tennis credentials at the Australian Open qualifying round — his debut at a Grand Slam. "I remember I started off well," recalls Luczak. "I won the first set, lost the second one and it was starting to get dark — it was 9pm or 9.30pm but it was a good atmosphere as I had a lot of friends and family there. I ended up losing 8-6 in the third set."

It was the first taste of a big tournament. This time, he was not staying in a cheap hotel but with his parents at the family home.

At the tennis, everything was a revelation, including the camaraderie of the locker room."You could get free deodorants and shampoos. You could get free drinks out of the fridge and you could get massages and there were cars picking you up, dropping you to and from the courts.

"My parents were driving me in. People were telling me 'why are you driving in, you can get a lift'. I don't think I found that out until after I lost. But I learnt quite quickly after that."

The next year, after deferring his studies in finance (there are still two semesters to go before he gets a degree), there was a summons to be a practice partner for the David Cup round played in Argentina.

"The first day I go there, we went to this expensive restaurant and Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said: 'Have whatever you want.' I was ordering the cheapest thing on the menu, though. I didn't realise at the end of the night they pay for it. After that, I was getting the steaks."

To date, Luczak's career earnings are $US250,000 ($A333,000). It's not enough to have the mansions and expensive sports cars his friend Lleyton commands, but it's enough for steak dinners, decent digs and the general expenses of life on the circuit. For the past two years, Luczak has also employed a personal coach, although that relationship recently ended amicably. He also has sponsors who help him out by providing tennis attire — he goes through a pair of shoes a week — and equipment.

While his family and friends will come to cheer him next week, there are no tennis groupies who will flock to his court. "Guys around my ranking wouldn't see too many groupies," laughs Luczak. "I think in Japan there was one lady who was a bit keen on me. When I was catching the bus to the airport, she was trying to give me a box of chocolates."

MILESTONES PETER LUCZAK

AGE 26
PARENTS migrated to Australia from Poland in 1980

BORN Warsaw

EDUCATED Mazenod College, Mulgrave, and Fresno State University, California

OCCUPATION tennis player; turned professional in May 2001; current world ranking 144, reached 110 last March

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS include third round of the Australian Open in 2003 and 2006 and semi-finalist in an ATP tour event in Brazil 2005.

PARTNER Katarina Queckfeldt, events manager; expecting their first child in June

BASED in Australia and Sweden

Footnotes:

Luczak is ranked 170 now.

Action Jackson
12-30-2006, 03:12 PM
Peter got a WC to Adelaide and he is playing in the farcical Round Robin, he plays Vassallo Arguello to make into one of the groups.

If he wins, then he plays in this group.

RRG2
HRBATY, Dominik [5]
GOLDSTEIN, Paul
ME1

bad gambler
12-30-2006, 06:59 PM
c'mon Pete, no excuses today not to beat Vassallo Arguello

Action Jackson
12-31-2006, 05:02 AM
Peter defeated Vassallo 6-3 6-4 and now he is the group with Hrbaty and Goldstein.

Do your best big man.

aussie_fan
12-31-2006, 05:11 AM
well done, peter. Hopefully he can try and pull off a upset or two in RR

aussie_fan
01-01-2007, 03:24 AM
Peter had a great win today over Hrbaty and now has to beat Paul goldstein to make the quarters.

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 05:49 AM
Come on Peter, beat Goldstein he isn't much and it's a winnable match for sure.

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 08:23 AM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20998123-2722,00.html

Luczak win lifts Open wildcard chances

AAP
January 01, 2007

AUSTRALIAN Peter Luczak started the new year with a fighting, upset win against fifth seed Dominik Hrbaty 7-6 6-3 at the Adelaide International tennis tournament today.

The Victorian fought hard to overcome his Slovakian opponent in his first round robin match at Memorial Drive after trailing 5-2 in the first set.

Hrbaty failed to convert a set point at 5-3 after Luczak had a bit of luck with a forehand mishit falling inside the baseline.

The 166th ranked Australian steadied his game and serve, sending down four aces to stay in the set and force a tie break.

He only needed one set point to take the tie break nine points to seven.

In the second, Luczak continued to dominate from the baseline while six double faults destroyed Hrbaty's serving confidence.

Luczak said the win was a great start in the lead up to the Australian Open and the tournament's new round robin format might have been the reason for his lack of nerves.

This tournament is the first time the ATP tour has tried a new system with a field of 32 players that includes an initial elimination round followed by eight three player pools and a finals knock-out series.

"The pressure was off me and I could go out there and enjoy it," he said.

"Even in the tie break when I was down six points to four, I had some strange feeling that I was not getting tight.

"It is good to know that you at least have two matches either way."

Luczak said while he hoped the win might earn him a wildcard into the Open later this month, his eyes were firmly set on a spot in the Australian Davis Cup team.

"For me the Davis Cup is the most important (event) and I just love that sort of atmosphere and playing for your country is magnificent," he said.

"Wayne Arthurs is probably not too far away from retiring so there is definitely a chance that one of us guys hopefully can be a regular member of the team."

Luczak will play American Paul Goldstein in his second and final pool match on Wednesday

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 02:11 PM
Full article below, just took the relevant links to Peter.


http://www.theage.com.au/news/tennis/luczak-fixed-on-davis-cup/2007/01/01/1167500062873.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Luczak fixed on Davis Cup

WHILE Peter Luczak recently spent 10 days practising at Lleyton Hewitt's Sydney home, it is for Davis Cup duty that Luczak hopes the pair will combine next. Luczak yesterday strengthened his selection case by surprising fifth seed Dominik Hrbaty at the Adelaide International, while Hewitt's doubles experiment with Paul Hanley ended with defeat but not discouragement.

After beating 21st-ranked Hrbaty for the second-best win of his career, Luczak admitted the ambition that burns brightly is a regular place in Australia's Davis Cup team.

Having trailed 2-5 in the first set and saved a set point in the next game when a shanked forehand lobbed in the baseline corner, Luczak prevailed 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 against Hrbaty. Only in Brazil two years ago, when he upset then world No. 17 Fernando Gonzalez, has the Polish-born Victorian claimed a higher-ranked scalp.

At 27, he is now the father to baby Sebastian, the personal highlight of a mixed professional year that included a thrilling first-round Davis Cup victory for Australia in Switzerland last February. He missed almost four months for illness and family reasons, and a lean run home was highlighted by a finals appearance at the Caloundra Challenger in November.

"I had an up-and-down year — a great start to the year, and the last six months haven't been too good at all, but I've still been happy. It's a big time in my life right now with the little guy … and hopefully, 2007 will bring some more good results."

Luczak knows more of the same will enhance his chances of snaring the one Australian Open wildcard still floating once Tennis Australia's remaining discretionary invitations are sent — almost certainly — to Philippoussis and Guccione. But he is trying not to let that prospect distract him, and nor does he have any grumble with the continuing generosity of tournament directors towards Philippoussis.

"A wildcard is just a bonus. So I don't think there's too much resentment. (Philippoussis) has been top 10 in the world, he's won a couple of Davis Cups for Australia and he looks like he's been working hard."

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 02:13 PM
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,21000471-12428,00.html


Livewire Luczak

AUSSIE battler Peter Luczak pulled off one of the finest wins of his career, rolling tournament No. 5 seed Dominik Hrbaty in straight sets at the Next Generation Adelaide International at Memorial Drive then looked to bigger things yesterday.

Ranked No. 166 in the world, the Victorian outplayed the 2004 Adelaide champion to win 7-6, 6-3 over the world No. 21.

Luczak - whose biggest ATP scalp is Chile's No. 1 Fernando Gonzalez when ranked No. 17 in February 2005 - admitted it was a significant win but he said his main focus this year was to anchor a regular David Cup berth.

"For me that's the most important thing. I put Davis Cup in front of anything," said Luczak, who reached the semi-finals at Costa do Sauipe after upsetting Gonzalez. "I love playing the Australian Open, I'm from Melbourne, but for me Davis Cup is most important. I love that sort of atmosphere and playing for your country is just magnificent.

"The way Tennis Australia is now, I think Wayne Arthurs is not too far away from retiring so there's definitely a chance for one of us guys to hopefully be a regular in the team."

Luczak played a key role in elevating Australia to the Davis Cup quarter finals last year with a first-rubber win against Michael Lammer of Switzerland. He reached the third round of the Australian Open but illness and the arrival of his first child spelled a frustrating end to 2006.

With yesterday's encouraging result over the former world No. 12 in mind, Luczak, 27, is eyeing a happier new year.

"It's not often I get to play guys ranked that high. I normally need a wildcard to get in one of these tournaments to play," Luczak said. "The pressure was off me and I could just go out there and enjoy it."

The Polish-born right-hander did just that after recovering from 2-5 down and holding off set point in the opening set after losing five consecutive games.

Action Jackson
01-01-2007, 02:20 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/wbTENNISluczak_wideweb__470x2990.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y18/svein_sveynsson/0534815900.jpg

rrfnpump
01-01-2007, 02:33 PM
great win, Peter :D ;)

bad gambler
01-02-2007, 06:49 PM
Good to see Luczak start the season well

Goldstein is defintiely a winnable match - a QF here would be good to see

aussie_fan
01-03-2007, 02:17 AM
he lost 7-6 (8)- 6-1

Really wasted oppurnity there.

Matchu
01-08-2007, 12:11 PM
I think Luczak is starting realise he can play with top 50 players and beat them! Now that he has been given a wildcard into the Aus Open he can focus on performing there and he will have to if he wants to play DC in belgium, it's looking like Guccione will play second to Hewitt and regualr Arthurs and Hanley for doubles. He must perform at the Aus Open it could be his only GS that he plays in this year.

Action Jackson
03-08-2007, 05:36 AM
Luczak is in the quarters of the Salinas challenger and starts the long road to trying to build up his ranking again.

He defeated Mello and Massa in straight sets and now has to play Lorenzi in the quarters for a place in the semis.

azza
03-26-2007, 02:05 AM
Peter :sad: really dropping down the rankings at what about 250's :sad: plays some Morocon Quallie at the Morocco 25K no excuse here for a loss and gain 5 valuable points which he needs

OZTENNIS
03-27-2007, 06:19 AM
seems like 'looch' is on his way out

OZTENNIS
03-31-2007, 07:21 AM
haha, when we write him off, he goes on and makes the semis in morocco with 3 great wins

Action Jackson
03-31-2007, 06:09 PM
Luczak has won the Fes Challenger by beating Schukin in the final 6/2 6/7(3) 7/6(1).

Well done Peter.

http://www.sportmarocweb.com/fes2007/TABLEAUX.htm

OZTENNIS
03-31-2007, 08:51 PM
Wow, just when we start to think he's on the downward spiral he wins his first ATP Challenger Tournament title for the year!!

Congratulations Peter!! Get that ranking back up mate

rrfnpump
03-31-2007, 09:51 PM
well done, Peter :) :yeah:
good fight here in the final

hope to see more of him in the next weeks

aussie_fan
04-01-2007, 08:17 AM
Well Done Peter! great result for him.

Action Jackson
04-19-2007, 05:57 AM
Luczak is still on his Moroccan adventure and playing in Marrakech.

He qualified for the MD and had a good win against Berlocq 6-4 1-6 6-3 and now plays Greul in the next round in a very winnable match for him.

OZTENNIS
04-19-2007, 08:50 PM
Luczak won both his 2nd Rd and Q/F matches to make S/F!!

aussie_fan
04-19-2007, 09:15 PM
Great result for peter

Lisbeth
04-19-2007, 11:44 PM
:yeah: :)

Action Jackson
04-20-2007, 06:07 AM
Peter smashed Greul 6-3 6-0 and then took out the very talented Cilic 3-6 6-3 6-4 and now plays Vassallo Arguello in the semis.

Action Jackson
04-21-2007, 09:20 AM
Peter won 6-2 2-1 ret against Vassallo Arguello and now plays big Younes in the final. Even if he loses, it's still been a good week for him.

OZTENNIS
04-21-2007, 09:29 PM
He lost 6-2, 6-4...

Back up to about No.160 on the new rankings though

aussie_fan
04-22-2007, 03:55 AM
It was still a great week for peter.

Does anyone know where he's going next?

ozfan44
04-22-2007, 07:01 AM
Ostrava Week Beginning April 30th

aussie_fan
04-23-2007, 08:34 AM
Thanks :)

He's jumped to 161 in the rankings.

zizz
05-01-2007, 05:24 PM
Peter won his 1st rd match in Ostrava challenger. Well done. Hopefully he can take this home and once again start climbing the rankings to that precious top 100!
And finally take his well deserved and about time spot in the DC team. He is by far the best clay court player in Australia.

Go all the Aussies!!

Action Jackson
05-03-2007, 10:52 AM
Peter won in straight sets over Ionita and is now in the quarters.

OZTENNIS
05-04-2007, 07:19 AM
Good work Peter...

He should get the FO MD WC...

Action Jackson
05-05-2007, 03:25 PM
Ulihrach def Luczak 36 64 76, that's a very tough loss, but he is showing some good form.

As for a WC to RG for Luczak, just hope he doesn't get ill, like last time.

aussie_fan
05-06-2007, 04:50 AM
yeah, close loss but it's been great to see some of the results he has been getting lately.

Action Jackson
05-07-2007, 09:41 AM
Peter has now moved up to 149 and there are a couple more challengers that have some big points and would like to see him keep on improving.

flip_fan
05-07-2007, 11:01 AM
awesome effort from peter hopefully things keep going his way. Does Australia still get a WC for the French? I think Peter deserves it, if he gets a good draw and grinds his way through a couple rounds, he could sneak into the top100 by june.

christopherhello
05-08-2007, 10:17 AM
luczak in hot form keep it up
i remember the good old days were he defeated gaston gaudion on clay
keep it up luczak

Action Jackson
05-08-2007, 10:22 AM
luczak in hot form keep it up
i remember the good old days were he defeated gaston gaudion on clay
keep it up luczak

What are you talking about, they have never played?

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=gaudio&player2=luczak

Action Jackson
05-10-2007, 10:49 AM
Luczak is playing a 25K Challenger in the Canaries. He beat Baccanello after he retired at 3-0 and Checa-Calvo in straight sets.

He now plays Pashanski in the QFs, he needs to beat this prick again and he has a big chance of making the final here.

christopherhello
05-11-2007, 03:28 AM
His in the semis of the Open Cedaga Maspalomas
defeating P.Bashanski 6-4 7-6 (3)

Luczak in hot form on clay

Action Jackson
05-11-2007, 05:02 AM
Yes, Luczak knocked out the racist and now plays Ruiz-Cadenas. Hope he can win that one, but either Ventura or Andujar is the favourite in this one.

zizz
05-12-2007, 02:49 PM
Peter saved 5 match points and won 6-7 6-3 7-5

On his way to that RG WC, common Australia, surely they can't give it to anyone else..

Keep it up Luczak:worship:

zizz
05-12-2007, 03:05 PM
oh another thing, I think he will go to around 129 in the ranking depending on how the list shifts...Let's hope for a good spot.

TankingTheSet
05-12-2007, 10:48 PM
Extremely good win for Luczak today, Ventura is in great form and much better than his ranking suggests. At this level Luczak would be able to win matches in ATP tournaments if he had the chance to play them.

Matchu
05-13-2007, 12:32 AM
Let's hope Peter can carry this good clay court form into Roland Garros and get through a couple of rounds. At this rate he will be playing main draw US Open. Hopefully he will get into Top 100 soon and actually do something unlike someone (Guccione).

aussie_fan
05-13-2007, 04:08 AM
Great win for Peter, he's in incredible form.

FO WC should be guarnteed for him.

Action Jackson
05-13-2007, 04:33 AM
Funny how once he is winning people want to know about him, but nevertheless he is showing some good form at the moment and he has always worked hard, but the top 100 is still a big step away.

Matchu
05-13-2007, 07:25 AM
Luczak Likely to get Wildcard
13th of May 2007

With the French Open vastly approaching Australia's Peter Luczak is gunning for the one wildcard that is reserved for an Australian.

The French Federation of tennis and Tennis Australia have an agreement that ensures one woman and one man from Australia or France will play in the foreign slam and vice versa.

Luczak, who is currently ranked 149 in the world has won his second challenger of the year in Spain, the first coming in Morocco.

Victiorian Luczak is set to jump fellow aussie Mark Philippoussis in the rankings which will bring him to the third highest ranked Australian on the tour.

Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt both of which have already secured a place in Roland Garros are the two higher countrymen of Luczak.

A decision on who will receive the wildcard will be made shortly before qualification gets underway, although Luczak's outstanding last month and a half on clay has led him to two titles, a runner up and a semifinal to his credit.

I think Luczak will get it I mean who else is going to

Action Jackson
05-14-2007, 06:28 AM
If Luczak doesn't get the WC for RG, then it's nothing short of a disgrace. Lets be honest, he has been out there working his arse off and getting the results at the moment.

He has withdrawn from the San Remo Challenger and that's a good move.

OZTENNIS
05-15-2007, 08:27 AM
luczak got the fo wc :) well deserved too...

now for a kind draw

bad gambler
05-15-2007, 12:12 PM
Hopefully he can make most of the opportunity

azza
05-16-2007, 11:32 AM
i hope he gets Guccione first up i really want him to wollop that guy

OZTENNIS
05-17-2007, 10:41 AM
i hope he gets Guccione first up i really want him to wollop that guy

Now that would be interesting :eek:

BTW I'd go for Luczak

zizz
05-17-2007, 01:49 PM
There are some really nice photos of Peter and his son on the tennis australia website, also a really cute photo of Sebastian (peters son) and Peters coach, Shannon Nettle.

www.tennis.com.au

they can be found on the main page, if you scroll down to where they show latest photos.

Action Jackson
05-19-2007, 05:00 AM
Nettle has given up playing the game it seems and good that Looch got his WC and the only right decision.

OZTENNIS
05-20-2007, 02:13 AM
Wow, the whole Peter Luczak - Shannon Nettle arrangement is working really well then...

Do u think Luczak will crack top 100 this year?

zizz
05-23-2007, 06:36 PM
Let's hope he cracks the top 100 this year! Fingers crossed for the French Open!

zizz
05-23-2007, 07:08 PM
Here is an article from Australian newspaper "The Age"

Michael Coulter
May 20, 2007

PETER Luczak is happy to admit he's not your average Australian tennis player. It's not that he doesn't enjoy talking footy or playing cards with the lads, but that he relishes the surface that Australians have been raised to fear and despise — the red earth of Europe's claycourts.

Luczak has been in sparkling form on the clay Challengers circuit, making at least the semi-finals of his past three tournaments and lifting his ranking to 128 in the world. His results were rewarded last week with a wildcard into the French Open.

"I'm very excited," Luczak said from Sweden, where he lives with his wife, Katarina, and son, Sebastian. "If you'd asked me a couple of months ago I would have said I had no chance, so it's a really good thing."

The 27-year-old Luczak was born in Warsaw but learned his trade on the en tout cas courts of Melbourne, which he believes gave him a feel for the style of game required on clay.

"In the past you'd see an Australian in the draw, you'd go yes, unreal, I get to play the Aussie on the clay. But we're trying to change that around," Luczak said. "I guess clay's probably my favourite surface and I feel most comfortable on it. It just suits my game style. I've got a pretty heavy forehand and it gives me a bit more time to set up.

"I like it when you can be in a match. I don't mind when they go for more than three hours, I try to use my fitness as one of my strengths. Also on clay you never feel you're out of a match, even if you're two breaks down, you can work back into a match. On a fast hardcourt you're a break down and it can be curtains."

This will be Luczak's second time in the main draw at Roland Garros and he is hopeful of bettering his first-round loss in 2005. Having said that, he knows a lot depends on the draw, with the ultimate nightmare being a round-one match against Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Regardless of what happens next week, Luczak's motivation is as strong as ever and he believes he has his best chance yet to break into the top 100 in the next few months.

Part of that is due to a spot in the Australian Institute of Tennis program in London and the advantage of having a travelling coach, and part due to a settled domestic scene and the change in perspective that comes with fatherhood. "You know that when you're on the tennis court it's not the end of the world if you lose the match," he said.

"You're probably a bit more relaxed, but at the same time you're pretty motivated to do well for the little bugger.

"I was a little bit unlucky last year. I was playing some pretty good tennis but I got pneumonia at this time last year and was out of action for a couple of months, then me and my wife had a baby as well.

"Now everything's sort of come together. The coaching's definitely helped — for me it's just the motivation, having someone there. Sometimes when you're in a place on your own in the middle of nowhere, it's tough to get fired up and into a match. If things are going wrong it gets a little bit tough, you just want to get out of there.

"Having a base in Europe does make a difference. I try to play most of my tennis on the clay, and before I'd come over for … even six months, and it's not easy just living out of a suitcase. If you're travelling for six months, the last three or four weeks you're just so mentally drained there's no point playing tournaments.

"Right now I'm really motivated. I love playing tennis and I love competing in tournaments and it keeps me going. I get texts from mates saying 'you're one lucky bastard to be playing tennis while we're grinding away in the office'. It's sometimes good to get those and realise how lucky you are."

zizz
05-25-2007, 07:11 PM
Peter has drawn Swede Jonas Björkman 1st rd French Open. Not so bad, hopefully he can make it to the next round.

Action Jackson
05-26-2007, 08:02 PM
Bjorkman is the perfect opponent for him and just hope he takes his chances.

TankingTheSet
05-29-2007, 11:06 PM
Lost from 2-0 up in sets, must be a demoralising blow to Peter.

Lisbeth
05-29-2007, 11:48 PM
:sad:

aussie_fan
05-30-2007, 05:15 AM
That loss is absolutey heartbreaking, had of he won he would given himself a huge chance to do really well here and get himself closer to that top 100. I think he's playing a couple of clay court challengers before wimby quailies, hopefully he can go well in those.

Action Jackson
05-30-2007, 05:20 AM
Blown chance by Luczak for sure, that last set was strange as well losing 6-1. He is one of the fittest guys around, so it must have been a mental breakdown.

aussie_fan
05-30-2007, 05:53 AM
That loss is absolutey heartbreaking, had of he won he would given himself a huge chance to do really well here and get himself closer to that top 100. I think he's playing a couple of clay court challengers before wimby quailies, hopefully he can go well in those.

just looked at the entry list for wimby quailies and he's not even on it! He's skipping, disappointing.

Action Jackson
05-30-2007, 05:56 AM
just looked at the entry list for wimby quailies and he's not even on it! He's skipping, disappointing.

Not at all. It's smart and a practical decision to do so.

aussie_fan
05-30-2007, 09:34 AM
Not at all. It's smart and a practical decision to do so.

It might be, but i just hate when players skip Wimby quailies because they don't like grass. The fact that the chance to try and qualify for a grand slam should be enough reason to try.

I agree it makes sense but it's still disappointing that he's not trying.

Action Jackson
05-30-2007, 09:59 AM
It might be, but i just hate when players skip Wimby quailies because they don't like grass. The fact that the chance to try and qualify for a grand slam should be enough reason to try.

I agree it makes sense but it's still disappointing that he's not trying.

Think about it. RG is the Slam apart from the AO is the one he has the best chance of doing the best in, so all his energies were focused on this goal, but he fucked up.

He can't play every week and the challengers are the best chance for him to get into the top 100. If he turned up to play Wimbledon qualies it would be a waste of time on the overall scheme of things.

aussie_fan
05-30-2007, 10:43 AM
Think about it. RG is the Slam apart from the AO is the one he has the best chance of doing the best in, so all his energies were focused on this goal, but he fucked up.

He can't play every week and the challengers are the best chance for him to get into the top 100. If he turned up to play Wimbledon qualies it would be a waste of time on the overall scheme of things.

i agree with you that it's the sensible thing to do but i don't know, if i was a tennis player and i was in luzcak's position, to just give myself a chance to qualify for Wimby would be just enough to go and try, it's not like it's too out of the way or anything. I would rank trying to get into a gs higher than my ranking, that's not very smart though.

His main goal is top 100 so he's doing everything right. He's making the right choice, no question. It's just my love for Wimby, i guess, trying to get as many aussies possible in, even though it would of been an incredibly tough ask.

Action Jackson
05-30-2007, 10:47 AM
i agree with you that it's the sensible thing to do but i don't know, if i was a tennis player and i was in luzcak's position, to just give myself a chance to qualify for Wimby would be just enough to go and try, it's not like it's too out of the way or anything. I would rank trying to get into a gs higher than my ranking, that's not very smart though.

His main goal is top 100 so he's doing everything right. He's making the right choice, no question. It's just my love for Wimby, i guess, trying to get as many aussies possible in, even though it would of been an incredibly tough ask.

Well Luczak hates playing on grass, he always has and he always will and if he got in direct then he'd play, if not, then no real point in him playing Wimbledon, though of course it would be good if he played, but understandable as to why he didn't.

The break will be good for him and then there are the summer clay events and as well and he will try and qualify for those mixed in with some challengers.

His main goal should be now direct entry into the Aus Open for 2008.

zizz
05-31-2007, 12:46 PM
Blown chance by Luczak for sure, that last set was strange as well losing 6-1. He is one of the fittest guys around, so it must have been a mental breakdown.

Being there and watching the match it was very dissapointing. He lost complete concentration after winning the 2 first sets. Almost as if he thought he had already won. And when then Bjorkman stepped up his game, Luczak seemed to find it hard to find his focus again. But this is what it is all about, getting to play these big matches and getting used to 5 setters and playing the big arenas. Give it a few more months and I think we can see luczak doing some damage on the ATP tour and not only at challenger level.

zizz
06-05-2007, 07:52 PM
Peter won against Victor Crivoi in Furth Challenger. Hopefully moving a step closer to US open maindraw

Action Jackson
06-06-2007, 06:11 AM
Being there and watching the match it was very dissapointing. He lost complete concentration after winning the 2 first sets. Almost as if he thought he had already won. And when then Bjorkman stepped up his game, Luczak seemed to find it hard to find his focus again. But this is what it is all about, getting to play these big matches and getting used to 5 setters and playing the big arenas. Give it a few more months and I think we can see luczak doing some damage on the ATP tour and not only at challenger level.

He said he already thought about being in the 2nd round before finishing the job and then it was too late for him. He has played enough big matches and 5 setters at the Aus Open, but he is too nice on court sometimes and has failed to take chances when they have been on offer.

I have watched enough of Luczak to know what the main problems with his game are. I think you are overrating him saying he can do damage on the tour level, he can win some matches, but damage isn't something he is capable of. His main goal will be top 100 at the end of the year and he should be able to achieve this barring injury or illness.

zizz
06-06-2007, 07:53 PM
He said he already thought about being in the 2nd round before finishing the job and then it was too late for him. He has played enough big matches and 5 setters at the Aus Open, but he is too nice on court sometimes and has failed to take chances when they have been on offer.

I have watched enough of Luczak to know what the main problems with his game are. I think you are overrating him saying he can do damage on the tour level, he can win some matches, but damage isn't something he is capable of. His main goal will be top 100 at the end of the year and he should be able to achieve this barring injury or illness.

Dear GeorgeWHitler
It is nice to see that you possess such insight and knowledge about his game that you know best.. And what would you say that those main problems are? That he is too nice on court sometimes, true. That he loses focus, also true. I am not saying that he will be the next big thing, but most players aren't and it is funny that you know better than other players on the tour that rate him as a top 50 player. Working at many tournaments around europe and the states I hear what players say about eachother and they rate him. Peter has already reached a semi final beating Gonzales on the way. What is it about you that makes you know better? And what do you consider damage? I believe that Luczak can do well on the ATP tour, by that I don't mean that he will win tournament after tournament, but I mean that he will be a player who maybe wouldn't be your first pick to play. He has a some great wins in his career and I believe that there are many to come. Remember that Wayne Arthurs for an example played for over 10 years, being in the top 50 for a long time, but didn't win a single title all thise years until almost at the end of his career. Luczaks best play comes out on slow to medium slow surfaces, both hardcourt and clay, and when all is right I don't see why he can't do damage. But thank you for taking the chair of god almighty and informing me of his capability.

Have fun supporting a player you don't believe in all the way!

Action Jackson
06-07-2007, 03:19 AM
Dear GeorgeWHitler
It is nice to see that you possess such insight and knowledge about his game that you know best.. And what would you say that those main problems are? That he is too nice on court sometimes, true. That he loses focus, also true. I am not saying that he will be the next big thing, but most players aren't and it is funny that you know better than other players on the tour that rate him as a top 50 player.

I back my judgement and if he makes the top 50, then that would be a fantastic achievement and I for one would be very happy and proud of him, if he did it and it won't be through a lack of effort, but he needs to show some results on the main tour and some decent events before I'd consider revising my call. At the same time there are players that have overachieved in relation to ability, doesn't always mean it's going to be the case.

Working at many tournaments around europe and the states I hear what players say about eachother and they rate him. Peter has already reached a semi final beating Gonzales on the way. What is it about you that makes you know better? And what do you consider damage? I believe that Luczak can do well on the ATP tour, by that I don't mean that he will win tournament after tournament, but I mean that he will be a player who maybe wouldn't be your first pick to play. He has a some great wins in his career and I believe that there are many to come.

Yes, I know about that Costa do Sauipe result and that was one result. It takes more than one result and he hasn't been able to build on that for a variety of reasons.

You are the one who started the damage thing, not me, so it's irrelevant what I think is damage? If Peter can be ranked in between 60-100, then he has done very well and he should be able to get into most of the events he wants, but would require a few semis and quarters at tour level or keep winning challengers, it's not easy to make that consistent transition, but since you work at all these events, then you'd know this.

Remember that Wayne Arthurs for an example played for over 10 years, being in the top 50 for a long time, but didn't win a single title all thise years until almost at the end of his career. Luczaks best play comes out on slow to medium slow surfaces, both hardcourt and clay, and when all is right I don't see why he can't do damage. But thank you for taking the chair of god almighty and informing me of his capability.

Different kinds of players, different circumstances with Arthurs and Luczak, especially in relation to their games. If you wanted to make a comparison then why didn't you use Michael Russell or Oscar Hernandez instead? These guys game wise and mentality wise have more in common with Luczak and have had their best results at relatively late ages and this is something Peter is capable of doing.

I think I know what his best surface is and how he plans his schedule around playing on clay and Luczak could take heed from Hernandez who has been winning matches on tour in addition to challengers at the start of the year. he is as capable as him, but not everything works out as it should or how we'd like it to be.

Why the need to tell me that you worked at all these events? By this admission I could say most tennis journalists do a good job, just cause they cover tennis, when that's not the case. Leave it out and just type your opinions.



Have fun supporting a player you don't believe in all the way!

Who was here doing translations of articles and when Luczak was going crap? That's right, facts are I am realistic when it comes to players that I like. If they get good results then that's a bonus, if not, doesn't mean I am going to stop supporting them.

OZTENNIS
06-07-2007, 08:04 AM
I agree with GeorgeWHitler. Peter is doing some smart scheduling. By skipping Wimbledon, Luczak is hoping to (and IMO will) improve his ranking enough to gain direct entrance into the main draw of the US Open...a tournament at which he could consolidate his ranking. Good thinking Looch!!

zizz
06-07-2007, 08:19 AM
True, Arthurs and Luczak are two very different players but with one thing in common and that is that they both make their best results on one surface, Arthurs grass and Luczak clay (and slow hardcourt)
Funny you mention Hernandez who Peter have beaten on clay, only just last year if memory serves me right. Unlucky that Peter lost to russel last year of qualies, a match I was wathing. Russel have done a great job and he is a great work horse. Don't have a great oppinion of hi Oscar, sorry, no the biggest fan.
Anyway, i base some of my opinions on watching a lot of tennis matches at the tournements I have worked at for the last few years, you like you build your opinions on what ever, I actually don't care. You can have your opinion, I just think it's funny how you always attack people and firmly seem to believe that you know the best about every player.

Reagrding the result on Making sami's and following it up. Well afterwards he made 2nd round Munich losing to Nalbandian, after that he made a couple of 2nd round losses. 2st round in FO wfter takikng a set of Robredo. But you know him so well so surely you know of his results.
Over n' out
Zizz

Action Jackson
06-08-2007, 05:49 AM
True, Arthurs and Luczak are two very different players but with one thing in common and that is that they both make their best results on one surface, Arthurs grass and Luczak clay (and slow hardcourt)

Arthurs did very well with his limited game and got the most out of his abilities and if Luczak does the same at the end, then that is a success.

Funny you mention Hernandez who Peter have beaten on clay, only just last year if memory serves me right. Unlucky that Peter lost to russel last year of qualies, a match I was wathing. Russel have done a great job and he is a great work horse. Don't have a great oppinion of hi Oscar, sorry, no the biggest fan.

You don't have to like Hernandez, but the facts speak for themselves. Hernandez started the year at 141 and has shown through hard work and persistence he is now around 55 in just over 6 months and with virtually nothing to defend he should make the top 50 at the age of 29. Confidence and a lack of confidence are both very contagious things.

This shows that it's possible for Luczak to get that high as long as he believes he can, has an injury free run and also that he has to win matches on the main tour as Hernandez and Russell have done after having challenger success. I have my doubts he will make the top 50 and expressed so.

Anyway, i base some of my opinions on watching a lot of tennis matches at the tournements I have worked at for the last few years, you like you build your opinions on what ever, I actually don't care. You can have your opinion, I just think it's funny how you always attack people and firmly seem to believe that you know the best about every player.

I don't feel the need to go around saying what I do or don't do within the tennis world, no need for it. Ok, tell me where I am wrong at the moment with Luczak in concern to his game? Since you think I don't seem to have a clue. Having a different exchange of ideas is fun, but got have something behind it besides hyperbole.

Reagrding the result on Making sami's and following it up. Well afterwards he made 2nd round Munich losing to Nalbandian, after that he made a couple of 2nd round losses. 2st round in FO wfter takikng a set of Robredo. But you know him so well so surely you know of his results.

See Hernandez example above of what backing up results means.

zizz
06-08-2007, 08:35 AM
Arthurs did very well with his limited game and got the most out of his abilities and if Luczak does the same at the end, then that is a success.



You don't have to like Hernandez, but the facts speak for themselves. Hernandez started the year at 141 and has shown through hard work and persistence he is now around 55 in just over 6 months and with virtually nothing to defend he should make the top 50 at the age of 29. Confidence and a lack of confidence are both very contagious things.

This shows that it's possible for Luczak to get that high as long as he believes he can, has an injury free run and also that he has to win matches on the main tour as Hernandez and Russell have done after having challenger success. I have my doubts he will make the top 50 and expressed so.



I don't feel the need to go around saying what I do or don't do within the tennis world, no need for it. Ok, tell me where I am wrong at the moment with Luczak in concern to his game? Since you think I don't seem to have a clue. Having a different exchange of ideas is fun, but got have something behind it besides hyperbole.



See Hernandez example above of what backing up results means.


You have such a bad attitude, I know that I am not the only one who thinks so. But what ever.
Hernandez results for 2007

CH Chile 1st rd loss
CH Chile SF
Vina ATP RR 1 win 1 loss in RR
Florianapolis CH Win
Acapulco ATP 2nd Rd
CH Italy 1/4
CH Italy S
Valencia ATP 1st rd
Barcelona ATP 1/4
Rome MAsters 2nd rd
Hamburg Masters 2nd rd
And now a good result in French. A good result. He has not always backed up his good results, but if he can do it, why can't Luczak now, But you never answer anyones questions but your own.

Peters challenger results aren't much different this year QF, S, F W W. But really I don't care, cause I don't want to spend more time discussing with someone who thinks they are above everyone anyway.
Great that Pete has the support of you, you are obviously very passionate about tennis. Too bad you are as passionate about yourself aswell.

Have a nice weekend.

Action Jackson
06-10-2007, 07:13 AM
You have such a bad attitude, I know that I am not the only one who thinks so. But what ever.
Hernandez results for 2007

CH Chile 1st rd loss
CH Chile SF
Vina ATP RR 1 win 1 loss in RR
Florianapolis CH Win
Acapulco ATP 2nd Rd
CH Italy 1/4
CH Italy S
Valencia ATP 1st rd
Barcelona ATP 1/4
Rome MAsters 2nd rd
Hamburg Masters 2nd rd
And now a good result in French. A good result. He has not always backed up his good results, but if he can do it, why can't Luczak now, But you never answer anyones questions but your own.

Peters challenger results aren't much different this year QF, S, F W W. But really I don't care, cause I don't want to spend more time discussing with someone who thinks they are above everyone anyway.
Great that Pete has the support of you, you are obviously very passionate about tennis. Too bad you are as passionate about yourself aswell.

Have a nice weekend.

First of all I don't give a fuck what people think of me. Some people like me and others don't, that is life, next point.

Don't waste your time, then talking to me then, but you can't leave it alone can you? You still want to miss the point?

I will explain it for you in simple terms. I am not saying Hernandez is better than Luczak, just that what Hernandez has done this year is something Luczak can look at and take some inspiration from the fact that guys like he and Russell have done very well at this age, then why can't he, and yes this is the 3rd time I have said that, but you have missed it again and again.

Who qualified for Masters events, who won matches after qualifying for these events? Who won matches at Slams, this is what I want see Luczak being able to do in the near future, but he hasn't done it yet, has he?

To expand on this, if Luczak wins in Furth he won't be too far outside the top 100 and considering where he came from, this is an outstanding achievement. Like I said I want to see him winning matches on the main tour and not be like a Pashanski or a Berlocq having huge success at challenger level and not making the next step.

Action Jackson
06-10-2007, 07:32 AM
Back onto a more important subject is that Peter has made the final of the Fürth Challenger.

He defeated Mertinak 6-1 6-7 6-4 and then he gave Berrer a beatdown 6-3 6-1 and will play the promising Italian Fognini, just keep up the good work and he is number 1 seed in Bytom as well.

Action Jackson
06-10-2007, 07:32 AM
Bytom MD

Peter Luczak AUS [1] vs. Dawid Olejniczak POL [WC]
Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr. UKR vs. Qualifier
Michal Przysiezny POL vs. Nick Lindahl AUS
Andis Juska LAT vs. Christophe Rochus BEL [5]

Boris Pashanski SRB [4] vs. Franco Ferreiro BRA
Diego Junqueira ARG vs. Grega Zemlja SLO
Andre Ghem BRA vs. Qualifier
Mateusz Szmigiel POL [WC] vs. Santiago Ventura ESP [8]

Paolo Lorenzi ITA [7] vs. Rogerio Dutra Silva BRA
Marc Fornell ESP vs. Brian Dabul ARG
Fabio Fognini ITA vs. Alexandre Sidorenko FRA
Mariusz Fyrstenberg POL [WC] vs. Julio Silva BRA [3]

Daniel Köllerer AUT [6] vs. Hugo Armando USA
Grzegorz Panfil POL [WC] vs. Simone Vagnozzi ITA
Qualifier vs. Viktor Troicki SRB
Qualifier vs. Bruno Echagaray MEX [2]

TankingTheSet
06-10-2007, 03:10 PM
With the win at Fuerth he is now closing in on the top-100 at about 105th place.

His best challenger win this year, the field was pretty good here.

Action Jackson
06-11-2007, 03:13 AM
Yes, Peter has reached a career high of 105 and the promised land isn't too far away of the top 100.

Good luck in Bytom.

aussie_fan
06-11-2007, 06:01 AM
Great week at furth, to bump up his ranking to 105 is a huge help. Hopefully, another good week in poland this week.

Action Jackson
06-13-2007, 04:06 AM
Peter won his 1st round match in Bytom comfortably 7-5 6-1 and will now play Menendez in the next round.

christopherhello
06-14-2007, 11:31 AM
wat result does Luczak need in Bytome to crack the Top 100 and maybe leapfrog Guccione?

zizz
06-14-2007, 12:34 PM
to get into top 100 he needs another 50 points, so he really needs to win in Bytom, but he has the 2 challengers in Kazakhstan to work with aswell. Main thing is the he get's into 100 before the cut of US open.