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2007

rfs1999
01-01-2007, 05:05 PM
Any news about this year?

Fee
01-02-2007, 03:22 AM
He hasn't given up on playing tennis again. The last time we spoke about his shoulder was a week or so before Christmas and at that time he was planning to give the Waikoloa Challenger a try at the end of January and see how that went. I spoke to him verrry briefly on Saturday, but he's got a cold right now and wasn't really in the mood to talk much. He is coaching and giving lessons at the Holua Tennis resort in Hawaii, in the meantime. :)

rfs1999
01-02-2007, 04:22 AM
Wow How do we get a lesson?

Fee
01-02-2007, 05:19 AM
Go to Hawaii, call and make an appointment, write a check for about $150. Bring your racquet and tennis clothes.

ae wowww
01-27-2007, 11:05 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2007/499/mde.pdf

Jan-Mike has a WC into Delray Beach. He is playing in the Main Draw Elimination Round, so a win would put him through to the RR. He plays Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia. A win would not only be an obvious boost, but also guarantee him at least 2 matches in the RR. However, I am just hoping he plays and feels good, injury-free.

Deboogle!.
01-27-2007, 02:29 PM
:eek: Good luck to him!

ae wowww
01-28-2007, 09:32 AM
JMG also got a WC into doubles, with Rainer Schuettler. They play Simon Greul and Kevin Kim, a very winnable match IMO.

Fee
01-28-2007, 10:29 AM
thanks for the update AE. Fingers crossed for him.

ae wowww
01-28-2007, 11:23 AM
http://pechterphoto.ndedit.com/imagebank/flex/dot/medium/pechterphoto/domain/07DelrayITC/Pre%20Event/740_FriJan26Pre-event_07ITC_Nmd.jpg

A nice photo from a few days before the tournament - I guess JM arrived in plenty of time..

Björki
01-28-2007, 11:31 AM
good luck to JMG.

ae wowww
01-28-2007, 08:02 PM
6-7, 4-6 unfortunately - but nonetheless a valiant comeback in my opinion. JMG had his chances, and broke his opponent once. He unfortunately hit a DF to give his opponent match point, and couldn't hang in there any longer. Good effort buddy, hopefully he and Rainer can do well in the doubles!

Fee
01-29-2007, 03:22 AM
Thanks for the info. I hope he gives himself credit for this effort. He did a fine job in his first full match on tour since last August, and I hope that this is the first of many matches in 2007 (but he'll have better results next time).

On to the Doubles! :)

Fee
01-30-2007, 05:56 AM
Posted on Mon, Jan. 29, 2007


DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gabashvili defeats Gambill at Delray Beach ITC
Despite being eliminated by Telmuraz Gabashvili, Jan-Michael Gambill said `I gave my all and I had fun.'
BY SANDRA HARWITT
Special to The Miami Herald

In the past, Delray Beach has been a lucky location for Jan-Michael Gambill.

At one time, the 29-year-old Gambill was considered a potential tour titan, someone who had the capability of doing great things on a tennis court, not to mention being considered a tour heartthrob.

He certainly showed signs of success when he reached a career-high ranking of No. 14 in 2001, and captured two of his three career titles here at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in 2001 and 2003.

But during the past few years the now No. 687-ranked Gambill has been hampered with severe right shoulder tendinitis, an ailment for which numerous MRIs have indicated there is no surgical solution.

On Sunday, Gambill nearly created another serendipitous Delray moment for himself, but eventually fell short to Russian Telmuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the main draw elimination round, part of the 32-player round-robin format the tournament adopted this year.

Gambil has played little tennis of late, only taking to the court for five matches last year. He played in two Challenger events -- Waikola, Hawaii, in January and Binghamton, N.Y., in August -- and reached the third round of his sole ATP tournament appearance in Washington, D.C. last July.

The fact that people have questioned why he's attempting to continue playing comes as no surprise to him.

''I would ask those people why not, and I would ask those people if they've ever been in my shoes?'' Gambill said. ``No is the answer. I love this game and I love to play, and I had a great time on the court.''

Tournament Director Mark Baron is not one of the skeptics who question Gambill's desire to keep playing.

Having always been a soft touch when it comes to fulfilling players' wishes, especially players who have been loyal to his event, Baron granted Gambill's request for a wild card last week.

''I can't thank Mark Baron enough for giving me the opportunity to play this event,'' Gambill said. ``You never really deserve anything and I don't expect anything. He had a little faith in me. Unfortunately, I didn't win but I gave my all and I had fun.''

Gambill's hope is for his shoulder to feel good enough to give him a few more turns on the pro tour, and he remains convinced he is still tour-level talent.

He also has decided to jump-start his retirement plans, recently starting the small tennis academy he dreamed of for the future at his home in Kona, Hawaii.

''It's part of one of the things I wanted to do when I wasn't playing anymore anyway,'' he said. ``I figured since I'm not doing anything, I might as well start doing something now.''

In other play, Romanian Andre Pavel won his main draw elimination round match 6-3, 1-0 when Ilia Bozoljac of Serbia retired with gastroenteritis.

RESULTS

At Delray Beach Tennis Center

Delray Beach

Qualifying: Jesse Levine d. Michael Lammer 7-5, 6-0; Scoville Jenkins d. Frederic Niemeyer 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2; Dusan Vemic d. Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4; Sergiy Stakhovsky d. Hugo Armando 6-4, 6-3.

Main Draw Elimination Round: Andrei Pavel d. Ilia Bozoljac, 6-3, retired; Telmuraz Gabashvili, d. Jan-Michael Gambill, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.






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ae wowww
01-30-2007, 07:41 PM
Yes boys :D They won 62 46 14-12 (match TB), obviously facing several match points in the breaker, they were also 0-3 in the TB to start with so did very well to recover. First pair through to QF.

ae wowww
01-31-2007, 06:53 AM
Yes boys :D They won 62 46 14-12 (match TB), obviously facing several match points in the breaker, they were also 0-3 in the TB to start with so did very well to recover. First pair through to QF.

They play the winner of Auckland/Huss [4] and Delic/Kendrick in the QF. Probably play Thursday.

ae wowww
01-31-2007, 05:14 PM
http://pechterphoto.ndedit.com/imagebank/flex/dot/medium/pechterphoto/domain/07DelrayITC/Charity%20Tennis%20Ball%20%26%20Players%20Party/2103_TennisBall_07ITC_Nmd.jpg

From the Ball in Delray.. Glad he is enjoying himself too!

ae wowww
01-31-2007, 05:18 PM
http://pechterphoto.ndedit.com/imagebank/flex/dot/medium/pechterphoto/domain/07DelrayITC/Day%202%20Sunday/3659_SunMnDrawQuaFinl_07ITC_Nmd.jpg

http://pechterphoto.ndedit.com/imagebank/flex/dot/medium/pechterphoto/domain/07DelrayITC/Day%202%20Sunday/3988_SunMnDrawQuaFinl_07ITC_Nmd.jpg

Singles: R1 vs Gabashvili

Fee
02-02-2007, 04:44 AM
Well they lost their doubles match to Auckland/Huss 5-7, 7-6(2), 17-15. Here's an article from his singles match, kind of similar to the last one I posted.

Gambill remains upbeat despite loss in first round

By Charles Elmore
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Monday, January 29, 2007

DELRAY BEACH — Two-time champion Jan-Michael Gambill saved two match points, but a seven-month injury layoff caught up with him in the opening round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Sunday.

Gambill has been teaching tennis to kids in a small academy in Hawaii as he struggles with shoulder problems. Flashes of his Delray Beach mojo flickered on a windy stadium court, but Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili ultimately prevailed 7-6 (3), 6-4.

"Honestly, I've been only practicing for a week," said Gambill, 29. "I just started serving when I got here. I was entirely in that match, and I enjoyed very much being out there."

The tendinitis in his right shoulder cannot be corrected by surgery and may well force his eventual retirement, Gambill admitted. Still, ranked 687th in the world, he was grateful to accept a wild card to a tournament that has accounted for two of his three career titles.

In the final game, Gambill ripped a forehand winner and an ace to save two match points, but sailed a forehand long on the third.

That sends Gabashvili to the first round-robin segment at a tournament on U.S soil, where eight groups will be made of three players each. He will face Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Kristian Pless of Denmark in succession, and the player with the best record in the trio moves on to the quarterfinals. The final eight players play a traditional format to determine the champion.

"I like it because now I get to play two more matches," Gabashvili said. "My movement and my timing were not good today, and this gives more time to get it going."

Romania's Andrei Pavel also entered the round robin when Ilia Bozoljac of Serbia retired with stomach troubles as Pavel led 6-3, 1-0.

On center court at 11 a.m. today, 6-foot-6 Californian Sam Querrey will pick on somebody his own size, the equally tall Konstantinos Economidis of Greece.

At 7 p.m., Vince Spadea of Boca Raton squares off with Germany's Simon Greul. That's followed by Benjamin Becker, the German who sent Andre Agassi into retirement last year, against Kevin Kim of Newport Coast, Calif. The winners of those matches all enter the round-robin phase.

Meanwhile, University of Florida freshman Jesse Levine of Boca Raton played his way into the main draw of an ATP Tour event for the second time. Levine ran away from No. 291-ranked Michael Lammer of Switzerland in a qualifying match Sunday, 7-5, 6-0.

"I was definitely feeling a little nervous because I had never played in a stadium that big before," said Levine, ranked No. 505. "I was more focused in the second set. I don't think I missed too many serve returns."

Gator teammate Ryan Sweeting of Fort Lauderdale meets Michael Russell in the first round, probably on Tuesday. Russell has been delayed by playing in the final at a tournament in Hawaii.

In other qualifying action, Atlanta's Scoville Jenkins picked up his service-return game when it mattered to take down Frederic Niemeyer of Canada, 6- 7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-2.

"I missed two months last year with surgery on my wrist, and I'm starting to feel a little better on the court," said Jenkins, 20.

Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave.

Dates: Through Sunday

Field: 32 players.

Prize money: $416,000

Directions: From I-95, go east on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, stadium on left

Tickets and information: (561) 330-6000

On the Web: www.YellowTennisBall.com ROUND-ROBIN GROUPS

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2007/01/29/a1c_delray_0129.html

Kurthi
02-23-2007, 11:50 PM
Does anybody know if Jan-Mike will be playing in Indian Wells?

Kurthi

Fee
02-24-2007, 01:59 AM
He is on the alternate list for the qualie draw, but I don't think he has decided if he will go yet. The list will probably drop enough for him to get in, so he'll probably make a decision about it soon.

Fee
03-06-2007, 05:12 AM
Jan-Michael is now in the entry list for qualies and is on his way to Indian Wells. :woohoo: I just hope he plays well once he gets there. :)

Sean.J.S.
03-07-2007, 09:47 PM
Jan-Michael lost 6-4 6-4 to Canas. Not bad though.

Fee
04-03-2007, 05:54 PM
Jan-Michael got a wildcard to the Houston tournament. The draw will be made some time on Friday. :)

Fee
04-07-2007, 03:23 AM
Jan-Mike will play Juan Monaco (the 8th seed) in the first round. Yike.

Fee
04-10-2007, 04:36 AM
Monaco def JMG 7-5, 6-4. JMG is in the doubles draw with David Martin and it looks like they will play on Wednesday.

great graf
04-11-2007, 04:42 PM
not a bad score considering jmg doesnt like clay and his lack of match play.

rfs1999
04-11-2007, 09:24 PM
Good that he's playing!

alfonsojose
04-13-2007, 06:14 PM
JMG :hug:

Fee
04-18-2007, 01:39 AM
Gambill was dealt a body blow
By LZ Granderson
Page 2

New balls please.

Those three words -- racy, if your mind is in the gutter -- anchored an ATP campaign launched back in 2000, designed to attract interest in men's tennis -- which was being overshadowed by the Williams sisters.

Classy? No. Effective? Definitely.

I stumbled across those old ads, which featured a group of up-and-coming players, a couple weeks ago. And my eyes were immediately drawn to two players in particular -- a then-18-year-old Roger Federer and one Jan-Michael Gambill, the lone American featured.

Talk about two ships passing in the night.

Since that campaign, Federer has elbowed his way amongst the all-time greats, while Gambill's gone from "the future of American tennis" -- which Pete Sampras once called him -- to the No. 668-ranked player in the world.

A career full of promise was derailed by injuries: chronic back pain, followed by severe shin splints, followed by an ailing shoulder. With each new affliction, Gambill would overcompensate when playing matches, which inevitably caused a new injury.

Few things in sports are tougher to watch than a promising athlete being betrayed by his body. We saw it with Bill Walton, Ken Griffey Jr. and Grant Hill.

No one knows if Gambill was destined for greatness. But what is clear is that he was cruelly robbed of his chance to try.

The truly ironic thing about Gambill's injuries is that, at the height of his popularity, no one in his sport appeared to have a better body to work with. At 6-3 and 200 pounds, Gambill was the Matthew McConaughey of tennis -- ripped and perpetually shirtless.

He had a contract with one of the top modeling agencies in the country. Sports Illustrated for Women included him in its swimsuit issue. And People named him to its "50 Most Beautiful" list.

But Gambill was more than just guy-candy. He was a very good player.

Utilizing a booming serve and excellent court movement, Gambill won three singles titles and five doubles titles, reaching No. 14 in the world rankings and beating some of the game's greats along the way -- including Sampras, Andre Agassi and even his "Balls" mate Federer.

Between his good looks and rapidly improving game, Gambill should've become one of the most sought-after athletes in the country. But as an old college friend once told me, potential rain don't grow no crop. And so today the 29-year-old is trying to find a place in a sport that has since moved on without him.

"I'm not bitter," Gambill says. "I have nothing to be bitter about. Tennis has been very good to me. I mean, sometimes I think about what could've been, but you can't spend too much time thinking about that because that's in the past.

"Climbing back to where I was will be difficult. I have to be able to go and grind just like I did when I first started. The question is, is my game there? I believe my game is, but at the same time I have to prove it. And it's been hard."

For sure.

This past weekend Gambill lost in the opening round of the U.S. Clay Court Tennis Championships in Houston. He also lost in the first round of his previous event. Gambill only played in three singles tournaments in 2006, and he was forced to retire due to injury in two of them.

With a game more suited for grass and hard courts, Gambill plans to skip the heart of the clay season in favor of rest and preparation. He'll also use this time to work at the Gambill Tennis Academy, which he founded with his father and coach, Chuck, in Hawaii. Since turning pro in 1996, Gambill has earned over $3.6 million, but most of that came during the good times. In tennis, if you don't win, you don't make much -- and if you don't play, you don't make anything. Between singles and doubles, Gambill's made only $11,350 this season. So his tennis academy not only allows him to pass along his knowledge, it also help pays the bills.

"The school is something I wanted to do after I got done playing," Gambill said. "I didn't think I'd be looking at the end of my career like this, but who does?

"The strange thing for me is I was going to the gym two hours a day to make sure those things didn't happen to me. But I've done a lot and have seen a lot of the world. So if this is the way it's supposed to go, then that's the way it goes."

Gambill has a lot of peace about where he is right now. But I'll always be restless at the thought of where he could be.


LZ Granderson is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and host of the ESPN360 talk show "Game Night." LZ can be reached at l_granderson@yahoo.com.


http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=granderson/070417

Fee
07-05-2007, 06:38 PM
Jan-Michael returns to court tonight with the Houston Wranglers to play World Team Tennis. Live Scoring is available at www.wtt.com.

forever federer
07-15-2007, 07:49 PM
hi,how did jmg do??anyone know?thanks.

Fee
07-16-2007, 08:29 PM
He's doing okay. I saw him play last week and he's just not consistent yet (not surprising considering how little he has played in the last year). His serve is improving and he's getting his placement/pace back, but his groundstrokes are not as clean as they used to be. He had a good win over Dusan Vemic on Saturday night, and I think he might be getting back into his groove now. His results should improve for the rest of the season, but the team is so far in the hole, they have no chance of making the playoffs.

forever federer
07-17-2007, 04:03 PM
thanks fee.im happy hes back on the match court,have you got any recent pics from team tennis?

Fee
07-17-2007, 04:44 PM
Yeah I took some pictures of him when I saw him, but at first glance they were all blurry (not enough light). I'll look through them again later and see if there is anything that I can post here.

forever federer
07-21-2007, 05:29 AM
thanks fee,do you know if hes gonna be playing hard court tournies this summer?i miss him.

Fee
07-22-2007, 05:25 AM
He hopes to play the qualifying at Washington DC, Montreal, Cincy, and the USO. After that, he wasn't sure.

Fee
07-28-2007, 03:45 AM
Jan-Michael will play Wayne Odesnik in the LeggMason Qualifying draw, Saturday at approximately 3 pm Eastern time (or so). Go Jan-Mike! :)

Albop
07-28-2007, 03:51 AM
Go JMG :D

forever federer
08-14-2007, 07:22 AM
any results???????????

Fee
08-14-2007, 12:36 PM
He retired from his qualifying match in Montreal with a back injury, so he is resting this week to get ready for the US Open qualifying.

Kurthi
11-20-2007, 12:31 AM
Does anybody know if Jan-Mike will be playing next year?

Or will he retire?

Thanx.

Kurthi

Veronique
12-28-2007, 03:11 PM
Vote for a D Young forum here http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=6347275#post6347275

Fee
12-28-2007, 07:43 PM
Does anybody know if Jan-Mike will be playing next year?

Or will he retire?

Thanx.

Kurthi

He hasnt decided yet. He is working on healing his back injury, and hoping to get back on tour. I'll let you know when there is any news.