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Why is Lleyton not playing in Monteo Carlo?

lleytonfan!
04-16-2007, 02:21 AM
and what is his future schedule?

Snowwy
04-16-2007, 02:24 AM
He still has a back injury and he plans to be back for Rome.

Whistleway
04-16-2007, 02:25 AM
What abt Arod and Blake?

lleytonfan!
04-16-2007, 02:29 AM
He still has a back injury and he plans to be back for Rome.

Ok, thanks. :)

lleytonfan!
04-16-2007, 02:30 AM
What abt Arod and Blake?

Yes, that's agood point too.

Snowwy
04-16-2007, 02:31 AM
Roddick has a hamstring problem that caused him to miss Houston
Link[ http://www.andyroddick.com/2991/passing-monte-carlo/ ]

James Blake will be playing Rome and Im not sure why hes not at MC other than hes American.

Link [ http://www.jamesblaketennis.com/jb%20pages/news.htm ]

Deboogle!.
04-16-2007, 04:15 AM
James Blake will be playing Rome and Im not sure why hes not at MC other than hes American.

Link [ http://www.jamesblaketennis.com/jb%20pages/news.htm ] http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=42176

Q. Sounds like you're not playing Monte-Carlo. How does that happen?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, for me it's something that doesn't quite fit into the schedule. It's going to be real tough to go from Houston all the way over to Monte-Carlo, then come back just for a week or two to train for Rome.
For the Americans, that tournament has never been exactly the easiest one in the schedule. I'm not going to be able to make it to that one.

Q. Any sanctions for not doing that, because it's a mandatory event?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, I think I'll get a zero pointer. I'll lose my chance to get points there. I believe there's a way that you're allowed to miss one and not get fined. This will be the one I miss.

tangerine_dream
04-16-2007, 04:32 AM
Q. Any sanctions for not doing that, because it's a mandatory event?
JAMES BLAKE: Well, I think I'll get a zero pointer. I'll lose my chance to get points there. I believe there's a way that you're allowed to miss one and not get fined. This will be the one I miss.
What's the rule if he pulls up injured for a future masters event? He'll need a few doctor's notes to avoid the fine, right?

Deboogle!.
04-16-2007, 05:20 AM
I don't know off the top of my head, but yea I believe he'd need a medical excuse to avoid a fine.

here's the rulebook http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/players/ATP_Rulebook2007.pdf I tried to look it up but as usual adobe locked up my computer and i don't feel like staying up to mess with it right now :p

Bobby
04-16-2007, 01:31 PM
What's Blake's problem? Surely Monte Carlo would fit his schedule if he would take the clay season seriously. Why would he have to go back home between Monte Carlo and Rome? I suppose he could stay in Europe and practise.

I'm sick of hearing this "it's a difficult tournament for the Americans". There are so many players who don't have a single tournament played in their home country. But you don't hear the complaining and missing the big events.

Finally, was the Houston absolutely necessary tournament to play...

Ad Wim
04-16-2007, 01:33 PM
What's Blake's problem? Surely Monte Carlo would fit his schedule if he would take the clay season seriously. Why would he have to go back home between Monte Carlo and Rome? I suppose he could stay in Europe and practise.

I'm sick of hearing this "it's a difficult tournament for the Americans". There are so many players who don't have a single tournament played in their home country. But you don't hear the complaining and missing the big events.

Finally, was the Houston absolutely necessary tournament to play...
:worship:

Yappa
04-16-2007, 01:39 PM
He still has a back injury and he plans to be back for Rome.

Too bad, I hoped to see him in Hamburg again.

Snowwy
04-16-2007, 02:12 PM
Finally, was the Houston absolutely necessary tournament to play...

Hes American so its nice to see him play in his home tournaments. Im sure you would be singing a different tune if Nieminen missed Cincinnati because he was playing in a trounament in Finland the week before.

jayjay
04-16-2007, 02:19 PM
What's Blake's problem? Surely Monte Carlo would fit his schedule if he would take the clay season seriously.

Clay doesn't take James Blake seriously, so in that respect it's no surprise he doesn't take clay seriously.

Kolya
04-16-2007, 02:49 PM
Blake is a whinger.

Deboogle!.
04-16-2007, 03:02 PM
What's Blake's problem? Surely Monte Carlo would fit his schedule if he would take the clay season seriously. Why would he have to go back home between Monte Carlo and Rome? I suppose he could stay in Europe and practise.

I'm sick of hearing this "it's a difficult tournament for the Americans". There are so many players who don't have a single tournament played in their home country. But you don't hear the complaining and missing the big events.

Finally, was the Houston absolutely necessary tournament to play...I said this in James's forum and I believe it makes sense. and I want to preface by saying that I don't necessarily agree with them skipping it, but I understand it.

As for Houston. For them, yes the tournament is absolutely necessary because they all have a history there. It's an important tournament to them and they're not the only ones who put special tournaments first sometimes. maybe they shouldn't, but it's hard to fault them for simply being loyal to a tournament that was really good for them.

I think they kind of have this feeling like, they've just played this very long season in the US with the indoor tourneys, Davis Cup (twice), the 2 Masters events, and they'll all play Houston (or wherever it goes next year), so by then, they've played so many weeks in a row that they're tired. And going overseas for that one event, and then going back, just to have 2 more weeks off before Rome, it just seems like a whole lot of extra stuff to do. I mean most of the other top guys took some time off right after AO, somewhere around there.

So i mean, it makes sense. They get like 2 solid weeks off after playing on clay a little bit to rest, recover from their long spring, practice a lot on clay, and prepare mentally. It really does make sense. It'd be nice if like Monte Carlo were one week later, so the guys could have a week off after the US claycourt champs, then they just stay overseas the whole time - but honestly, the US guys seem to be such homebodies, asking them to stay overseas from like late April to essentially early July after Wimbledon is a very big ask. So for these guys and with the current schedule, it pretty much makes sense for them to skip it.

scoobs
04-16-2007, 03:04 PM
Federer does it too sometimes - he played Basel last year almost certainly knowing it was at the expense of Paris, as it turned out to be. A lot of players do this and it's not necessarily a bad thing.

Jimnik
04-16-2007, 03:30 PM
If Houston was replaced in the schedule by another European clay tournament, would the Americans still skip Monte-Carlo?

cobalt60
04-16-2007, 04:09 PM
I keep having deja sue here. I have to assume the players and their respective coaches/trainers/advisors are doing what they feel is best for them. End of story for me. South Americans skip one continent's season, North Americans skip another. Whatever.