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JMG in 2008 (Team Tennis schedule in post #34)

01-08-2008, 03:33 AM
Hey everyone
I just had a fairly long chat with JMG and he is healthy, his back and shoulder are okay, and he is coming back!

His first event will be the Miami Challenger beginning on January 14th, on green clay. He was given a wildcard and he was happy to accept it. I'll post the draw on Saturday evening, and let you know if he is able to find a doubles partner.


01-08-2008, 08:21 AM
I'm glad to hear it. I thought he retired, but he is not.
Let's go, JAN-MIKE!!!

01-08-2008, 09:09 AM
good luck Jan-Mike :)

01-10-2008, 05:28 AM
YAY! Awesome news Fee. Thanks! :D

01-13-2008, 01:23 AM
Here is the link to the main draw. I'll let you know when I hear back from him about the doubles draw and his match schedule.

01-16-2008, 04:24 AM
Eric Prodon def JMG 6-4, 6-4.

He will play doubles with Alex Bogomolov on Wednesday, last match of the afternoon.

01-16-2008, 06:02 PM
Do you know if he is coming back full-time Fee, or will he gradually try to work his way back into a full schedule?

01-16-2008, 06:07 PM
I don't know what his definite plans are yet. He didn't really know either, he just wanted to see what happened here and then go from there. I haven't spoken to him since he played, but if I get any news from him (which I hope to), I'll put it here. :)

01-16-2008, 10:15 PM
JMG and Alex Bogomolov lost their doubles match today 4-6, 5-7.

I did speak to JMG and he said he was pain free after the match yesterday, just the usual 'soreness'. He would like to play the Waikoloa Challenger, but they have not given him a wildcard yet and he doesn't have any ranking or points to enter it directly. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

01-23-2008, 06:04 PM
Well, I've been lazy... JMG is playing doubles only in the Waikoloa Challenger in Hawaii (not too far from his house actually). He and his partner Brad Lum-Tucker won their first match yesterday 7-6(2), 6-1. Their next match should be Thursday or Friday.

01-26-2008, 12:53 AM
Lipsky/Martin def JMG/Brad Lum-Tucker 6-4, 7-6.

The Dallas Challenger has given JMG a main draw wildcard and his first match will be Tuesday evening. The tournament website is and they will do regular updates and post videos and such during the tournament. Please stop by their site and take a look. :)

01-26-2008, 02:46 PM
I wish Jan-Michael every success in his comeback. Let's hope to see him in Melbourne this time next year!

01-26-2008, 05:58 PM
We believe in you, Jan-Mike...

01-26-2008, 08:13 PM
Will he be on the ATP tour anytime this year, or is that too far off?

01-27-2008, 12:42 AM
That's the goal. He will play wherever he can get wildcards until he gets points and a ranking again.

01-27-2008, 05:33 AM
He faces Bendikt Dorsch in first round in Dallas.

01-28-2008, 08:39 PM
He's also in the Doubles draw and he will play his first match tonight. He is scheduled for the main court, so it should be shown on the online stream at the tournament website,

01-28-2008, 09:01 PM
He's also in the Doubles draw and he will play his first match tonight. He is scheduled for the main court, so it should be shown on the online stream at the tournament website,

What time does he play?! :bounce:

Fee what happened to your old board? I used to post on it sometimes, this was couple years ago (Swirl) You probs don't remeber me though, i didn't post regular. Was it or something? Do you not have that site anymore and just use this one?

01-28-2008, 09:59 PM
Good luck Jan-Mike :dance:

01-28-2008, 10:07 PM
Jan-Mike's doubles match just got moved to Wednesday since the schedule was backed up (and he only just arrived in Dallas). He will play his first round single match tomorrow.

Swirl, janmiketennis is no more, but is still there. Right now its just a forum, but when he decides he wants a site again, we'll switch it over. :)

ae wowww
01-30-2008, 05:53 PM
Shame JM lost, but really glad he is back! Fingers crossed for him.

01-31-2008, 10:14 PM
Dallas Results:

Dorsch def JMG 7-5, 6-2
Dorsch/Phau def JMG/Jesse Witten 6-4, 6-7(4), 12-10.

Archived video of singles match and interview:

Archived video of doubles match:

02-12-2008, 07:18 AM
What about his next tournament??? Where's he playing?

02-12-2008, 06:49 PM
He's scheduled to play the qualifying tournament in San Jose this weekend. Thanks for the reminder, I update my forum and forget to update this thread sometimes.

02-16-2008, 05:02 PM
JanMike is playing the San Jose qualies right at this moment. There's no live scoring, but I'll try to post the score here as soon as I get it.

02-16-2008, 06:54 PM
JMG def Lester Cook, 6-3, 7-6.

ae wowww
02-16-2008, 07:47 PM
Very pleased to see the result, well done JMG! As long as he is fit, all is good!

02-17-2008, 12:47 AM
He won a singles match for the first time since 2006! :eek:


02-17-2008, 02:59 AM
Sam Warburg def JMG 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 6-3.

JanMike got a doubles wildcard (with Sam actually) so he will be in San Jose for a few more days. Here's the draw.

02-17-2008, 05:08 PM
Good to see he won a match and was close to win the second.

02-19-2008, 12:50 AM
Go, Sexy :drool:

02-19-2008, 01:52 AM
Oopsie, forgot to update. JMG and Sam are going to play their first doubles match in about 8 minutes. Live scoring at :lol:

02-20-2008, 08:44 AM
holla! vamos!!!

04-01-2008, 11:45 PM
Jan-Mike has signed on to play World Team Tennis again this summer, he was drafted by the Boston Lobsters today. Here is their schedule:

July 3
Boston Lobsters @ New York Sportimes 1:00 PM

July 6
Boston Lobsters @ New York Buzz 7:00 PM

July 7
Delaware Smash @ Boston Lobsters 7:00 PM

July 8
Boston Lobsters @ Washington Kastles Serena Williams (WSH) 7:00 PM

July 10
Philadelphia Freedoms @ Boston Lobsters Venus Williams (PHL) 7:00 PM

July 12
New York Buzz @ Boston Lobsters 7:00 PM

July 13
New York Sportimes @ Boston Lobsters 4:00 PM

July 14
Boston Lobsters @ Kansas City Explorers 7:05 PM

July 16
Springfield Lasers @ Boston Lobsters Martina Navratilova (BOS) 7:00 PM

July 17
Boston Lobsters @ Philadelphia Freedoms 7:30 PM

July 18
Washington Kastles @ Boston Lobsters 7:00 PM

July 19
Newport Beach Breakers @ Boston Lobsters Martina Navratilova (BOS) 7:00 PM

July 21
Boston Lobsters @ Newport Beach Breakers Martina Navratilova (BOS) 7:00 PM

July 22
Boston Lobsters @ Sacramento Capitals 7:30 PM

July 24-27 WTT Championship Weekend in Roseville, Calif.

04-02-2008, 10:20 AM
Is he going to play ATP???

04-02-2008, 06:30 PM
He's scheduled to play the Puerto Rico Challenger next week, but he has not made the final decision yet. He has no ranking and no points, so he can only play events that give him wildcards.

04-25-2008, 11:17 PM
Jan-Michael is playing an exhibition tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina this week. Here's an article about him from the local paper:

Article published Apr 25, 2008

Gambill ousted from Invitational
Seasoned pro came to Spartanburg for relaxing atmosphere

By Matt Cobbs
Published: Friday, April 25, 2008 | Updated: 2:35 pm

Jan-Michael Gambill had never been to either of the Carolinas prior to being invited to this week’s Country Club of Spartanburg Pro Tennis Invitational.

That’s saying something for an accomplished and well-traveled player like Gambill. He’s ascended to as high as No. 14 in the world rankings and defeated “pretty much everybody you can name in the world.”

That list includes Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Gambill, 30, is on the back end of his playing career. Nagging injuries have slowed — but never kept — him down. He arrived in Spartanburg hoping for a few days of solid play and fun.

“I like this atmosphere. It’s friendly,” said Gambill, who’s played for the U.S. Davis Cup team. “It’s a completely different atmosphere from a regular ATP tour event … just a nice place to get a few matches in and play some good tennis.”

His visit ended up being shorter than expected. After defeating Adam Thompson 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 32 Thursday morning, Gambill was ousted in the afternoon by Marcus Sarstrand, 7-6, 6-3.

Sarstrand, a finalist in last year’s event, plays Andreas Siljestrom at 9 a.m. today.

Gambill was concerned having to play two matches in one day. And, in fact, a recurring back injury flared up after his win against Thompson. But, again, he had a plan for the week, regardless of how many matches he won.

“To be honest, there’s not as much on the line here as an ATP tour event,” Gambill said. “Here if you lose, there are a couple open bars and some great parties to go.”

That’s Gambill in a nutshell. Though tennis has always been his occupation, it’s never defined every aspect of his life.

Gambill is as well known for his good looks as he is for his two-handed forehand — a rarity for a professional tennis player. He’s done some modeling and was once selected as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.”

But that’s not all.

Gambill also collects Jaguar automobiles, lives in Hawaii and is a self-proclaimed Star Trek addict, or “Trekkie.” He’s a close friend of William Shatner and plans to pursue an acting career.

“I’m going out to Los Angeles next month to try to pursue (acting) more seriously,” Gambill said. “I’ve studied it a bit and been on the set of a few different things. But I’ve never given it 100 percent.”

He hopes to sit in on a taping of his favorite show “Boston Legal” — Shatner is one of the main stars.

A native of Spokane, Wash., Gambill also spent time living in Maui growing up. He knew then that he wanted to make Hawaii his home some day. Because of his success in tennis and elsewhere, he was able to make that dream a reality within the past few years.

“I always knew I wanted to live there, and it finally happened,” Gambill said. “I liked the vibe and culture. It’s all become very important to me. It’s a totally different place to live than anywhere in the United States.”

Gambill began playing tennis when he was 5 years old. He modeled his game after former American stars Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. He turned pro in 1996 and experienced the highlight of his career two years later, defeating Agassi in the quarterfinals of a Masters Series event in Indian Wells, Calif.

“I ended up reaching the semis and making the top 100 (in the rankings) for the first time,” Gambill said. “I played (Agassi) very tough a couple weeks before. It was a big deal, facing him in front of a packed house. Just a magical moment and probably still my best one.”

Gambill, a three-time winner on the ATP tour, wants to continue playing full-time for a couple more years — providing his body will allow it. He’s had nagging problems with his shoulders, shin and back.

“I’ve done a lot of good things, and I’d like to keep playing some more,” Gambill said. “I’m definitely a perfectionist in life. I’d rather not be (playing) than be out there at 90 percent. That’s not going to win you matches against guys like Federer and (Andy) Roddick.”

More information
Tough day for higher seeds
Thursday proved to be a tough day for the top seeds in the Country Club of Spartanburg Pro Tennis Invitational.
University of Tennessee standout Robert Cameron upset Justin Gimelstob, 6-3, 7-5. Gimelstob, the No. 1 seed, was the 1998 Australian Open and French Open mixed doubles champion — playing alongside Venus Williams in each.
Second seed Jan-Michael Gambill, a former top 20-ranked player, lost to Marcus Sarstrand, 7-6, 6-3.
Third seed Taylor Dent, a four-time ATP winner, withdrew from the tournament with a back injury. Dent won his morning match against Greenville’s John Chesworth (6-7, 6-2, 7-6) but had to pull out during his afternoon match when his back flared up.
Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, needed three sets but got the win against Gregory Beers (3-6, 6-2, 6-0) in the evening’s feature match.
Cash plays Cameron at 10 a.m. today.
— Matt Cobbs/Staff
Parking: Fans planning to attend should park in the designated lot adjacent to the main country club building.

Thursday's results
Round of 32
Jan Michael Gambill (2) d. Adam Thompson, 6-2, 6-1
Alexander Reichel d. Freddy Azucey, 7-6(0), 6-2
Gregory Beers d. Chris Waters, 6-2, 6-2
Taylor Dent (3) d. John Chesworth, 6-7(0), 6-2, 7-6(2)
Brett Ross d. Adam Fass, 7-6(4), 6-2
Todd Widom (6) d. Milan Pokrajac, 6-3, 7-5
Raian Luchici d. Jhonson Garcia, 6-3, 6-3
Scott Oudsema d. Eduardo Rincon, 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5
Victor Estrella (5) d. Deigo Sist, 6-1, 6-1
Julio Peralta d. Oren Montevassel, 6-1, 6-2
Ryler DeHeart (4) d. Evgeny Slesarev, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
W. Brad Pomeroy d. Nathan Healey, 7-6(1), 6-0
Andres Siljestrom d. Artem Sitak, (7) 6-3, 6-2
Marcus Sarstrand d. G.D. Jones
Robert Cameron d. Justin Gimelstob, (1) 6-2, 7-5

Round of 16
Sarstrand d. Gambill (2), 7-6(6), 6-2
Ross d. Dent, (3) 2-1 retired
Widom d. Luchici, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
Estrella d. Oudsema, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
DeHeart d. Peralta, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2
Siljestrom d. Pomeroy, 6-4, 6-4
Pat Cash (8) d. Beers, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
Cameron d. Reichel, 6-4, 7-5

10K Futures Qualifier
05-18-2008, 07:10 PM
seeing him get the wild card in dallas was good he will make a come back

05-28-2008, 07:43 PM

Gambill to play in YC tennis tourney
May 24, 2008 - 11:40PM


Jan-Michael Gambill, who has been ranked as high as 14th in the world, has received a main draw wild card entry into the $50,000 Sunset Moulding-Yuba City Racquet & Health Club Challenger tennis tournament.

The wild card designation allows Gambill direct acceptance into the 32-player main draw. In addition, up to 32 players will compete in the qualifying tournament June 1-2 to win a spot in the main draw.

Gambill's career includes 32 Grand Slam appearances as a singles player and 19 as a doubles player. He has recorded wins over Roger Federer, Carlos Moyà, Mark Philippoussis, Lleyton Hewitt, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

In 2000, Gambill reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Sampras. Gambill has won three singles titles, and five doubles titles, including one with Andy Roddick. He has earned approximately $3.60 million in is career.

With 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit, of which the Yuba City Challenger is a part of, is the pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals.

Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money as well as valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.

Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, James Blake, Justine Henin, Nicole Vaidisova, Andy Murray, David Nalbandian and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The USTA Pro Circuit is world-class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide — an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.

Admission to the qualifying tournament June 1-2 is free. The main draw play begins June 3. Admission that day through June 6 is free to the general public, courtesy of title sponsor, Sunset Moulding Company and the Morrison family.

Session passes for main draw play on June 7-8 are $10. All-event passes are available for an additional charge and include admittance to all sessions of play and several dinners and a Sunday finals brunch. For information, call the Yuba City Racquet Club at 673-6900 or visit

And before he does that, he will do a benefit here to help out a nearby club:

06-02-2008, 01:08 PM
He faces Sam Groth in round 1 there!

06-04-2008, 07:07 AM
Jan Mike def. Sam Groth 6-3 6-7 6-4:worship:

06-04-2008, 07:09 AM
It was AWESOME. It was like the old JMG from years ago, booming serves, ripping returns, solid groundstrokes, just EVERYTHING seemed to be working until he got nervous closing it out, but I don't care. HE WON!!!! For the first time since August 8, 2006. AND, he broke the curse of losing matches when I'm there and that's even better. The best birthday present he could give himself.

Happy Birthday JMG. :) :hug:

06-04-2008, 08:29 AM
He plays Lester Cook next, whom he has already beaten this year, as I think, in some qualifying tournament!

06-05-2008, 05:52 AM
He won his doubles match today as well. He had some very unpretty moments with his serve and some of his groundstrokes early on, but he worked it out and finished the match playing better than he started. I'm pretty optimistic about his next singles match.

08-10-2008, 02:55 AM
I've never posted in Gambill's thread before but I thought I'd make an appearance to say that Jan-Michael is playing some sort of exhibition with Gimelstob 15 minutes from my house tomorrow and I got free tickets! :dance:

I don't know much about him but I'm not going to pass up this chance to watch tennis so close to my hometown, which is in the middle of nowhere :rolls:

Hopefully I'll have some pictures and/or a report to share soon! :)



08-10-2008, 04:02 AM
Oh hallelujah! I was thinking about that event today and wondering if I would hear anything about it from anyone. They did some part of it today, I think there was a clinic and a pro-am or something, maybe a dinner?

Have a GREAT time, wear sunscreen and take a hat. Make sure you have your camera and something for both of them to sign (let me know if you want photos, I can give you good pictures of both of them). Don't be afraid to talk to either of them, they are both usually really good to fans, tell them both I said to be nice to you. :)

08-10-2008, 02:17 PM
Oh hallelujah! I was thinking about that event today and wondering if I would hear anything about it from anyone. They did some part of it today, I think there was a clinic and a pro-am or something, maybe a dinner?

Have a GREAT time, wear sunscreen and take a hat. Make sure you have your camera and something for both of them to sign (let me know if you want photos, I can give you good pictures of both of them). Don't be afraid to talk to either of them, they are both usually really good to fans, tell them both I said to be nice to you. :)

Yeah, there was a clinic. A couple of my friends went to it but I was on vacation until Friday night so I didn't know about it until it was over. As it is I was lucky my friend had free tickets to offer me. :lol: Oh and those same friends that went to the clinic are going to be ballgirls at the event. They said the clinic was great.

I'll definitely have my camera and hopefully I'll get to talk to them! I've gone to the USO 4 times but since I've always been so much younger than all the players so I'm always scared to talk to them - the only autograph I have is Isner's :rolls: But this opportunity, at such a small venue, I won't miss it. :) Also, I am a year older than I was the last time I saw live tennis so maybe they won't think I'm some freakish tennis-obsessed teeny-bopper. Even if I still am a teenager. :p

08-10-2008, 11:21 PM
I just got home and I had a great time!! I got some autographs and a picture with Gimelstob but unfortunately no autograph from Jan-Michael. :sad: He was hardest to get to :lol: I'll give a short report when I post my pictures, hopefully today or tomorrow. :)

08-10-2008, 11:35 PM
Oh that's a bummer, but you got 1 of 2 so that's good. Why was JMG so popular? Did he take off his shirt? :lol:

Feel free to put them in Justin's thread as well, if you don't mind. Looking forward to your report and photos. Thanks. :)

08-10-2008, 11:45 PM
I just popped into Justin's forum to say I'd be back with pictures and a report. ;) I'm afraid you'll have more to read there than here - Gambill kind of vanished when the rest of the players were just hanging around. :scratch: He was a crowd favorite though, even with the shirt on (it was pretty chilly outside) ;)

08-13-2008, 04:38 AM
Neenah, did you go inside when it started to rain and watch the rest of the event in there? JMG called me today and I asked him why he didn't sign much and he said 'what?! I signed for ages.' He was there for all of the events, on both days, including the dinner Sunday night. Did you leave early?

08-13-2008, 11:06 PM
Neenah, did you go inside when it started to rain and watch the rest of the event in there? JMG called me today and I asked him why he didn't sign much and he said 'what?! I signed for ages.' He was there for all of the events, on both days, including the dinner Sunday night. Did you leave early?

I stayed for the whole tennis part on Sunday, even the indoor part. I guess I wasn't looking hard enough for him. :o Although I didn't go to the clinic on Saturday or the dinner on Sunday. I guess that's why I didn't see him as much. I don't want to make it seem like he wasn't accessible to fans. When I did pass by him once he made eye contact and smiled. :) And I know two people who went to the clinic and they got pictures with him and I heard he was very nice.

Also, there was a line to get Gimelstob's autograph so that made it much easier for him. There was no "official" autograph signing for Gambill.

As for the pictures, I'm working on them, very sorry :tape: I have quite a lot though!

08-14-2008, 03:39 AM
I've posted my pictures and a report in the picture thread. :)

08-14-2008, 04:12 AM
Thanks Neenah. I think JMG was a bit concerned that someone who wanted a photo or whatever missed him for whatever reason. He especially tries to always be there for any one that I mention to him (in advance), but I didn't have time to tell him that you were a general tennis fan and not one of his specifically. No worries, you'll see him next time. :)

08-14-2008, 02:08 PM
Sounds like a great guy, good with fans. :yeah: