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MacArthur
03-18-2009, 09:08 AM
This is his official calendar, coming from his official website :

Avril :

> Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Monaco) – Du 11 au 19 Avril (1000 ? )
> Open Sabadell Atlántico 2008 (Barcelone) – Du 20 au 27 avril (500)

Mai :

> Internazionali BNL d'Italia (Rome) – Du 28 Avril au 4 Mai (1000)
> Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open (Madrid) – Du 10 au 17 Mai (1000)
> ARAG ATP World Team Championship (Dusseldorf) – 17 Mai (250 ? )

> Roland Garros (Paris) – 24 Mai au 7 Juin (GS)

The problem is that he isn't on the entry list in Monte Carlo, so maybe a WC or an error :confused: .

He seems to be playing all the 1000, one 500 and the arag machinchose for whatever the weird reasons he is there :confused: .

It would be his first full clay season on the pro tour, so good luck, Jo :worship:

SelvenluvJo
03-18-2009, 11:23 AM
ARAG ATP World Team Championship,it has none score?

Tess Gray
03-18-2009, 03:58 PM
:woohoo: Finally a full claycourt season:D Can't wait to see him play Roland Garros!

Keijan
03-18-2009, 04:04 PM
:bowdown: okay I'm begging you Jo, DON'T get injured during this clay season (let's start slowly, then we can ask for a whole year.)

DanaKz
03-19-2009, 08:43 AM
Oh god. Good luck Jo!

MacArthur
03-21-2009, 12:28 PM
OK, we have some explanations about the Monte Carlo problem in l'équipe today. It's confirmed that he isn't playing there this year, except for one case : if he loses early in Miami, he will ask a WC at Monte Carlo. The reason is that he badly needs some rest after playing so much in the beginning of the season.

reggie1
03-21-2009, 04:43 PM
Oh thanks Benoit, Monte carlo looks like such a glamourous tournament (it's Gasquet's favourite) so it's a shame that Jo won't be there to soak up some of that atmosphere. I miss Jo already.

Bashak
03-21-2009, 05:00 PM
I wasn't sure what the Dusseldorf tournament was, so I looked it up a bit. It is on clay, which is good. The tournament's official site has pretty much no english content. Here's what I gathered from the pictures:

Gilles has also committed to play this tourney along with Jo. Guy Forget will be their team captain. I'm guessing since this is also a team format, they are trying to get pseudo davis cup experience. I also think they need a 3rd team member given Gilles' non-existent doubles skills.

The tourney does not award any ranking points as far as I know. (I checked Soderling and Lindstedt's ranking breakdowns and both guys have 0 atp ranking points for World Team Championship and Sweden won it last year)

France won it in 1986. The team was: Guy Forget, Henri Leconte, Thierry Tulasne and Eric Deblicker. :)
http://www.arag-world-team-cup.com/global/dbimages/big/011208_180344_sieger86.jpg

DanaKz
04-02-2009, 06:42 AM
So, spring hard season is over and it's time to move to new place:)

Jo will not play Monte-Carlo? :sad: Monaco is so close to France, it is almost your home Jo! (and we all know how good Jo is when he is playing for home public)
But if Jo needs rest... He knows better what is good for him.

lisaplenske
04-02-2009, 08:50 AM
well you know better not risk an injury or something cause his body needs rest
Monte carlo is in france but clay season is hard and long.
So lets go slowly.
He needs to adapt on playing on clay.
Good luck to him. He'll have some other occasions to play in front of homecrowd.Hopefully roland garros.:)

Eimear O'Mahony
04-02-2009, 11:27 AM
Hey guys just got pointed in this direction (thanks Danakz) seeing as he got to the quarters in Miami I think its safe to assume he won't be asking for the Monte Carlo WC then? Still, it'll be good to see him play a full season on clay and I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing himself and Gilles (alongside Gael hopefully? That's just wishful thinking on my part though!) in the world team cup

Bashak
04-05-2009, 06:11 PM
It turns out, The World Team Championships will award points for the first time this year. (Special thanks to Truc for the info)

The tourney does not award any ranking points as far as I know. (I checked Soderling and Lindstedt's ranking breakdowns and both guys have 0 atp ranking points for World Team Championship and Sweden won it last year)

Tess Gray
04-06-2009, 07:50 AM
Cool! :bounce: It'd be cool to see them play together:D

jmf07
04-07-2009, 11:17 AM
Hopefully he can get through the claycourt season without any major injuries and can have some good performances. Would be great to see him do well at RG.

SelvenluvJo
04-07-2009, 03:15 PM
Hopefully he can get through the claycourt season without any major injuries and can have some good performances. Would be great to see him do well at RG.

thank you very much:worship::angel:

Tess Gray
04-07-2009, 05:54 PM
Hopefully he can get through the claycourt season without any major injuries and can have some good performances. Would be great to see him do well at RG.

Preferably without any injuries at all!:lol:

jmf07
04-10-2009, 01:42 AM
Preferably without any injuries at all!:lol:

:lol:. That would be better.

krn81
04-17-2009, 03:24 PM
Jo withdraws from Barcelona, he has small pain in one knee

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090417_163343_tsonga-renonce.html
Les soucis s'enchaînent dans le camp français en ce moment. Après la déception de Monte-Carlo, c'est au tour de Jo-Wilfried Tsonga de donner de quoi s'inquiéter un peu. Le Français est en effet, comme Gaël Monfils, forfait pour le tournoi de Barcelone la semaine prochaine. Il souffre d'une douleur au genou droit. Richard Gasquet, lui, y sera bien, son épaule droite allant apparemment bien mieux.

Tsonga, qui s'entraîne à Genève, a ressenti une gêne mais pour l'instant il n'y a rien d'alarmant et il devrait donc finalement faire sa rentrée au Masters 1000 de Rome si tout va bien. Vainqueur de deux tournois depuis le début de la saison, à Johannesburg et Marseille, le 11e mondial avait renoncé à disputer le tournoi de Monte-Carlo, dans le souci de préserver son physique. Contacté, son agent Morgan Menahem confirme que pour le moment il n'y a pas de raison de s'inquiéter. «Jo n'ira pas à Barcelone, il a ressenti une petite duoleur au genou droit à l'entraînement et préfère ne pas prendre de risque. Il n'y a rien d'alarmant. Il va passer un week-end tranquille et après on verra. pour le moment il est toujours prévu d'enchaîner Rome, Madrid et Düsseldorf.»

Bad beginning for french tennis on clay this year :sad:

Tess Gray
04-17-2009, 05:29 PM
:( Very bad start indeed Karine. But the article says it's just a minor injury and it's more out of precaution so let's hope that's true. And that the knee will be better after some rest.

JBdV
04-17-2009, 08:32 PM
:( Hope it is just precautionary indeed and that he will be fine for Rome.

Bashak
04-17-2009, 08:49 PM
:eek: I sure hope the injury is minor. Get well soon Jo!

SelvenluvJo
04-18-2009, 05:25 AM
knee injury once again....pray for Jo.....http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/images/frown.gif

simplet
04-18-2009, 05:08 PM
Another day, another good news... At least it sounds like he'll avoid "major" injuries for now, so that's something to cheer for, I guess.

PinkFeatherBoa
04-18-2009, 06:01 PM
JoWi. :awww: So hope he's ready to play by Rome.

DanaKz
04-19-2009, 10:28 AM
Oh god... Another injury:sad::scared:

Truc
04-20-2009, 09:28 PM
He was training in Roland-Garros today, Dominguez says it's good he had one more free week after having played so much and doesn't sound worried.
http://www.20minutes.fr/article/320977/Sport-Les-tennismen-francais-deja-a-Roland-Garros.php

MacArthur
04-21-2009, 05:53 AM
Thanks for the news, Truc !

I expect five incredible weeks to come :)

SelvenluvJo
04-21-2009, 02:05 PM
thanks Truc

MacArthur
04-25-2009, 11:32 AM
Here is Jo's quarter at Rome :

1] NADAL, Rafael ESP vs BYE
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs QUERREY, Sam USA
SODERLING, Robin SWE vs GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP
QUALIFIER vs [14] BLAKE, James USA

[9] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA vs GASQUET, Richard FRA
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs GULBIS, Ernests LAT
FISH, Mardy USA vs ANDREEV, Igor RUS
BYE vs [8] VERDASCO, Fernando ESP

It's quite epic for a return after a three weeks pause !

Sorry for all the gasquetaires around here, but I am a hundred percent behind Jo for this first match.

Keijan
04-25-2009, 12:11 PM
Jo against Richie in first round..... :banghead:

Gulbis hasn't been doing great lately... I'm thinking Almagro as a possible second round opponent for Jo. Then, either Andreev or Verdasco who are :help: on clay :sad: not to mention Rafa ! For a return after 4 years without clay...

But one match at a time :rocker2:

amdany
04-25-2009, 01:44 PM
good luck Jo :rocker2:

Bashak
04-25-2009, 05:56 PM
:ras: bad bad draw. this better not be the tourney where richie decides to step it up. Good Luck Jo! I'm so excited to watch Jo on clay. Only good thing about the 1st round match up is I'm pretty certain it will be televised on french national tv and I'll most likely find a livestream.

Cloudygirl
04-25-2009, 06:04 PM
:ras: bad bad draw. this better not be the tourney where richie decides to step it up. Good Luck Jo! I'm so excited to watch Jo on clay. Only good thing about the 1st round match up is I'm pretty certain it will be televised on french national tv and I'll most likely find a livestream.

Yup please let there be alive stream and it be on late enough for me to watch it

amdany
04-25-2009, 06:47 PM
Yup please let there be alive stream and it be on late enough for me to watch it

same here :fingers crossed:

reggie1
04-25-2009, 09:01 PM
Two of my faves up against each other first round! :(

Turquoise
04-27-2009, 04:28 AM
It seems like I've waited forever to see Jo play on clay. Tough first round match against Gasquet, it will be interesting to see how well he adapts to the surface. Win or lose, there's still time to look ahead to the big prize: Roland Garros. Good luck Jo! Just do your best, any win is a bonus (so many points to be gained on clay and grass), and any loss a learning experience.

DanaKz
04-27-2009, 05:09 AM
Good luck Jo...
I wish he had another draw... :(
But come on: at least he is playing!

reggie1
04-27-2009, 08:07 AM
:ras: bad bad draw. this better not be the tourney where richie decides to step it up.
OMG, that made me chuckle as a fan of Richie's aswell as Jo's :worship::lol:

Eimear O'Mahony
04-27-2009, 12:05 PM
I've got really mixed feelings about this match. I really don't know who I want to win. I think I'm just going to sit back, relax and not really mind who wins ... although I have a SLIGHT preference for Richie I must admit because I would like to see him get back to his best and yet I love Jo too!!! I'm so :confused: :lol:

jmf07
04-27-2009, 01:58 PM
Hopefully Jo can play well against Gasquet. A good start with a doubles win.

DanaKz
04-28-2009, 12:28 PM
Rain, rain, rain. I HATE rain - when will we see Jo? I miss him so much!:(

Bashak
04-28-2009, 02:08 PM
:) I like Richard, too. But not as much as Jo. :p I don't particularly want Jo to completely destroy Richie, but you know, a win in straight sets would be nice. I mean, poor boy lost to Christophe Rochus last time, something's definitely not going for him lately. I hope he starts playing better next week. :angel:
OMG, that made me chuckle as a fan of Richie's aswell as Jo's :worship::lol:

Bashak
04-28-2009, 09:07 PM
hmm, it appears Jo-Richie match has not even started. I wonder if it is postponed to tomorrow.

reggie1
04-28-2009, 09:15 PM
I think it will be Bashak. I just saw the end of Fish and Andreev and OMG, it was so gloomy on court, really low light and about 4 spectators! Hardly a great atmosphere for any player to play in. It's such a shame as this tournie has been a real wash out weather wise.

Bashak
04-28-2009, 09:17 PM
Ok, according to the official Rome tournement website, Jo's match is not cancelled yet, the doubles match on the same court originally scheduled to be played after Jo-Richard is cancelled. Fognini-Volandri match is currently on that court and so far it's 5-5 in the first set. Per favore attractive italian guys, hurry it up a little. I really wanted to watch this.

Bashak
04-28-2009, 09:22 PM
Oh that's just awful, no spectators? I won't have a chance to watch if he plays tomorrow morning :sad:

I think it will be Bashak. I just saw the end of Fish and Andreev and OMG, it was so gloomy on court, really low light and about 4 spectators! Hardly a great atmosphere for any player to play in. It's such a shame as this tournie has been a real wash out weather wise.

reggie1
04-28-2009, 09:28 PM
Oh, they probably won't be on until midnight at least then. Is this a court where there is a livestream do you know Bashak?

Bashak
04-28-2009, 09:54 PM
yes, I'm watching it on bet365, I registered a while back to watch livestreams. I didn't pay anything and it didn't require credit card info. just email address.
however check out channelsurfing and atdhe, too. they have links too. those links kept freezing on me. i'm guessing it's because of my incompetent internet service provider. so you might get a good stream without having to register.

Oh, they probably won't be on until midnight at least then. Is this a court where there is a livestream do you know Bashak?

Bashak
04-28-2009, 10:05 PM
italian guys are one set each... their third set has just begun. :smash: i still don't know if the match is cancelled.

simplet
04-28-2009, 10:46 PM
italian guys are one set each... their third set has just begun. :smash: i still don't know if the match is cancelled.

Yeah the match is canceled for tonight. They're sheduled for tomorrow at 1PM on court 1. And th winner plays again on the same day against Gulbis...

Bashak
04-28-2009, 10:57 PM
this is just heart-breaking, look at tomorrow's schedule:

CAMPO 1
Starting At: 1:00 PM
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
Mardy FISH (USA) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Fabio FOGNINI (ITA) or Filippo VOLANDRI (ITA)
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) or Richard GASQUET (FRA) vs Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) or
Ernests GULBIS (LAT)

DanaKz
04-29-2009, 04:25 AM
this is just heart-breaking, look at tomorrow's schedule:

CAMPO 1
Starting At: 1:00 PM
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) vs Richard GASQUET (FRA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
Mardy FISH (USA) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)
Gilles SIMON (FRA) vs Fabio FOGNINI (ITA) or Filippo VOLANDRI (ITA)
Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA) or Richard GASQUET (FRA) vs Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) or
Ernests GULBIS (LAT)

Two matches in one day? Oh no, it's joke, it's cannot be true.

Keijan
04-29-2009, 07:34 AM
:banghead:
And there is only two matches in between ? So at the very most, 4 hours to rest ? Couldn't they at least made the winner play on center court in the night session ?
The only good part is that it'll probably rain today too so they might have the second match postponed to tomorrow.

Turquoise
04-29-2009, 08:23 AM
This is awful! All that nervous tension and stress waiting in vain to play, and now the winner has to play 2 matches on the same day with barely enough rest. Most players have completed their first round matches and Jo and Richard appear to be severely handicapped. However, they are pros and accept such conditions. I wish both of them mental fortitude and physical strength, and all the best to whoever makes it through (hopefully Jo).

reggie1
04-29-2009, 01:13 PM
Poor Jo (crowd were bloody awful too). He wasn't himself today.

SelvenluvJo
04-29-2009, 01:17 PM
anyway, do not need play 2 matches in one day

PinkFeatherBoa
04-29-2009, 01:32 PM
JoWi :hug:, this match deserved better than 1st round.

tufani
04-29-2009, 01:47 PM
http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/3452/f7a0c50110e3.jpghttp://img235.imageshack.us/img235/8276/0284586b4751.jpg

Keijan
04-29-2009, 02:04 PM
:sobbing:

DanaKz
04-29-2009, 02:42 PM
:(
4 breakpoitns in first set - and Jo didn't make one of them! That looks soooo no good...:( :o
Then - awful playing on TB.
WTF?
It was not our Jo-Willy.
Aliens substituded him with someone from planet where nobody knows tennis.:o

reggie1
04-29-2009, 02:48 PM
I didn't know whether to post this or not (I did mention it on Richard's boards but none of the others heard it but they were watching on livestreams I think) but the crowd were terrible from what I could see. I was watching on Sky tv and some of the crowd were whistling and making ape noises when Jo was about to serve. He actually turned to the crowd at one point almost as if to ask them to stop it. That kind of thing disgusts me. I think that is what got to Jo today and I wonder if he will mention it in any interviews.

DanaKz
04-29-2009, 02:53 PM
I didn't know whether to post this or not (I did mention it on Richard's boards but none of the others heard it but they were watching on livestreams I think) but the crowd were terrible from what I could see. I was watching on Sky tv and some of the crowd were whistling and making ape noises when Jo was about to serve. He actually turned to the crowd at one point almost as if to ask them to stop it. That kind of thing disgusts me. I think that is what got to Jo today and I wonder if he will mention it in any interviews.

I want to say something... something abusive!!!!
These idiots are animals! No, they worse then animals - animals never do like that :mad:

Keijan
04-29-2009, 03:12 PM
Ah, I did hear when he said to the crowd "c'est bon là, arrêtez !" (stop now !) but I didn't know why he was saying that :shrug: really Vicky, that's terrible :( They need to get themselves a life !

They'll probably ask Jo about it in the press conf. It's really sad to see things like that nowadays, especially in tennis which has been kind of spared by that until recently, with the golliwog comment :sad:

MacArthur
04-29-2009, 04:07 PM
It was clearly a poor match, tennisticaly speaking from Jo, but not a so poor match for a come-back on a surface he lacks experience on. He needs to win a match or two in the next tourney and to complete it in the ARAG thingy and it's all good for RG.
It's not really a surprise, we know he is a diesel, he needs some matches to go at full speed. He was also not very confortable in his movements. He just needs some time, I think.

For the crowds, I can't confirm for sure on the "racists" demeanor, cause I shut up the sound of my TV (I can't bear to listen to Guillaume Roux, the guy is a terrible commentator with nothing to say). But Jo was clearly displeased by the constant noise they were making and more or less gave the match up to Gasquet at the end because of it.

Bashak
04-29-2009, 05:05 PM
:sobbing: what happened? 40 unforced errors in the second? looks horrible. Also Richie has more net points won than Jo. What's up with that? Good win for Richie but I did not see it coming at all with Richie's recent ridiculous performance. And of course, I did not get to watch it, stupid rain.
I hope to watch him play in the championship thing, it better be televised.

Turquoise
04-30-2009, 04:18 AM
I'm not worried about this loss. It's Jo's first match on clay since his unfortunate withdrawal at Cassablanca last year. He needs more time to get used to the surface and its specific conditions. Richard Gasquet is a tricky first round opponent and knows Jo's game very well. Had he been allocated a lesser-ranked opponent in the first round, his attacking game might have paid more dividends and given him more confidence for the next rounds. Tough luck, but good learning experience nevertheless. He and Winogradsky will have a better idea on what areas to work on.

He definitely needs more competitive matches on clay before RG (training practices won't be much help), hence it would be a good idea to request a wild card next week at Estoril, Munich or Belgrade.

SelvenluvJo
04-30-2009, 04:14 PM
I heard that they do not held a news conference after the match,because the franch journalists didn't apply for it.

they thought any of them would apply for it ,but actually no one did....

Naina
05-01-2009, 04:31 AM
I didn't know whether to post this or not (I did mention it on Richard's boards but none of the others heard it but they were watching on livestreams I think) but the crowd were terrible from what I could see. I was watching on Sky tv and some of the crowd were whistling and making ape noises when Jo was about to serve. He actually turned to the crowd at one point almost as if to ask them to stop it. That kind of thing disgusts me. I think that is what got to Jo today and I wonder if he will mention it in any interviews.

That is despicable. It shouldt be allowed in any place but more so in Sport:mad:

Is Jo playing next week??? Or is going to play madrid nxt?

SelvenluvJo
05-01-2009, 06:36 AM
That is despicable. It shouldt be allowed in any place but more so in Sport:mad:

Is Jo playing next week??? Or is going to play madrid nxt?

going to play Madrid is the plan

Tess Gray
05-08-2009, 06:20 PM
SO FINALLY Madrid is here in a few days :worship: I hope he plays well because I can;t wait to see him. I kinda missed him!:awww::lol:

Allez :bounce:

amdany
05-08-2009, 06:28 PM
the draw is out, he's playing Marat in the 1st round (:sobbing:)
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/1536/mds.pdf

Tess Gray
05-08-2009, 06:31 PM
:sobbing: OMG... let's hope Marat has one of his brainfarts:D :unsure:

Jo's quarter:

[3] Djokovic vs BYE
Hernandez vs Vassallo Arguello
Seppi vs Q
Querrey vs [15] Stepanek

[9] Tsonga vs Safin
Ljubicic vs Q
Mathieu vs Q
BYE vs [8] Simon

MacArthur
05-08-2009, 08:00 PM
It's a nice draw I think. Safin, Lyubicic, gillou or Paulo are good players to make his rythm.

One or two wins would already be a great enough. That's all he needs at the moment.

Bashak
05-08-2009, 10:17 PM
:sobbing: safin first round? this is not good, marat has not been playing well for so long he might just get sick of losing and give his all to this first round match.

other than the first round his section looks good. Ljubo and PHM should not be any trouble. Once again, possible Djokovic match in QF but let's see what happens one day at a time.

also, if he were only ranked 1 place higher, he would've gotten a bye in the first round. :sad:

Good luck Jo!:wavey:

SelvenluvJo
05-08-2009, 11:37 PM
I just want to say that is a good draw if on hard surface....hahaha,however it's clay,let's see what will happened

Naina
05-09-2009, 04:50 AM
What a horrid draw :(
Good luck Jo.

reggie1
05-10-2009, 12:17 PM
After the news about Richard, it's nice to take refuge in here. Best of luck Jo.

Tess Gray
05-10-2009, 06:53 PM
Definitely Vicky:sad:

Okay so does anyone know the OOP for tomorrow? I tried to find it but for some reason I couldn't? I guess it's because there are still matches going on as we speak. I hope he plays tomorrow :bounce:

krn81
05-10-2009, 08:12 PM
he will play third in the main court tomorrow
http://www.atpworldtour.com/tennis/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/1/posting/2009/1536/op.pdf
I wanted to see this but i will miss it as i will be at work :sad:

Keijan
05-10-2009, 08:31 PM
:banana: fantastic, just when I can see it ! I'm really looking forward to that match :D

Turquoise
05-11-2009, 10:44 AM
Fascinating 1st round against Safin, I hope we get a good contest. I do have a soft spot for Safin but for the greater good, I want Jo to win because he is so motivated and focused with the goal to win the whole tournament, and not just a couple of matches. With Safin, he wins matches he should be losing, and loses matches he should be winning (so erratic and unpredictable) and next thing you know, he's out too soon. Allez Jo!

reggie1
05-11-2009, 12:29 PM
I'm watching Jo now :bounce::banana:

Tess Gray
05-11-2009, 01:53 PM
Jo-Wi :bounce: 6-4 7-5 to beat Marat :yeah:

Shame I only got to see the last two games:lol: But I liked seeing him again. It's been ages it feels like!

reggie1
05-11-2009, 01:55 PM
I didn't get to see all of the match but from what I did see, Jo played well, Safin wasn't as bad as people on GM are saying. Jo's hair has got longer (looks really nice) and he seems to have a new tatoo on his leg or it's some elaborate strapping, either way I have never noticed it before :lol: it's like 2 black stripes. Well done and Allez Jo :bounce:

MacArthur
05-11-2009, 01:58 PM
Good first win on clay !

amdany
05-11-2009, 02:38 PM
Congrats Jo!!

SelvenluvJo
05-11-2009, 02:39 PM
good job Jo,good luck next

Keijan
05-11-2009, 02:51 PM
I think it's only strapping Vicky :lol: I don't want him to end up covered in tattoos like Gael :help:
The hair looks lovely :lol:

I didn't see much either but it's good to see him through :D who is he up against now ?

SelvenluvJo
05-11-2009, 03:16 PM
Ljubicic is next

Gretchen.
05-11-2009, 03:29 PM
I didn't get to see all of the match but from what I did see, Jo played well, Safin wasn't as bad as people on GM are saying. Jo's hair has got longer (looks really nice) and he seems to have a new tatoo on his leg or it's some elaborate strapping, either way I have never noticed it before :lol: it's like 2 black stripes. Well done and Allez Jo :bounce:

Yeah it's a big strap :lol: When I saw him in Miami I though the same thing but when I zoomed in with my camera you could tell it was a strap ;)

Dini
05-11-2009, 04:22 PM
Good match Jo :yeah: Allez :rocker2:

Naina
05-11-2009, 04:58 PM
Good Solid performance. Court seemed to suit his style of play :D
Good Luck in the next match.

Bashak
05-11-2009, 07:24 PM
Congrats Jo! Boo me I didn't get to watch the match. But a win in straights is always good! I must go look at the pictures now to see what's up wşth his hair.

reggie1
05-11-2009, 08:31 PM
Congrats Jo! Boo me I didn't get to watch the match. But a win in straights is always good! I must go look at the pictures now to see what's up wşth his hair.
It's nice Bashak, I think you will like :lol: Hair police says :yeah:

reggie1
05-11-2009, 08:33 PM
I think it's only strapping Vicky :lol: I don't want him to end up covered in tattoos like Gael :help:
The hair looks lovely :lol:



Yeah it's a big strap :lol: When I saw him in Miami I though the same thing but when I zoomed in with my camera you could tell it was a strap ;)
:lol::o:o:o:o Not a tattoo then?! :lol:

PinkFeatherBoa
05-11-2009, 08:48 PM
Good match today JoWi, made me smile a little, on a day when I didn't think tennis would make me smile.

It really is good to see he is finally "off and running" on the clay- I hope he can get on a good run here, the slight altitude does seem to benefit aggressive players, which was nice to see.

OMG girls, just saw your discussion on JoWi's strapping. :rolls: That would be one heck of a weird tattoo!

MacArthur
05-11-2009, 09:07 PM
He plays tomorow again in fourth match on the second stadium, around something like 15H00 local time (16H00 french time, I think).

It's against Lyubicic obviously and it's going to be a good match like in australia I hope.

Bashak
05-11-2009, 09:38 PM
Yes, I like the hair. The buzz cut gives him a somewhat bad-ass look. I kind of wonder how he would look with much longer hair now...
It's nice Bashak, I think you will like :lol: Hair police says :yeah:

I think I will be able to watch his match tomorrow provided it's late enough. If not, Good Luck Jo!:p

Turquoise
05-12-2009, 03:54 AM
Good, solid match from Jo. Well done! Safin actually played quite well, and I was applauding both players when each made a nice shot. Like the nice gesture when they shook hands at the end :hug:

Jo stepped up to the plate when it really counted at the tail-end of each set. Really pleased with his performance – this is a preamble of better things to come, I hope. Good luck against Ljubicic.

DanaKz
05-12-2009, 06:42 AM
Well done Jo! :)

Naina
05-12-2009, 08:10 AM
Yes, I like the hair. The buzz cut gives him a somewhat bad-ass look. I kind of wonder how he would look with much longer hair now...


I think I will be able to watch his match tomorrow provided it's late enough. If not, Good Luck Jo!:p

I like the bad ass look:devil:
Dont like the hair much. good Luck against Ljubo :bounce:
. just out of curiousity how many tatoos does gael have?

Bashak
05-12-2009, 09:42 AM
I like the bad ass look:devil:
Dont like the hair much.

I don't mind the bad-ass look, he has a great bone structure and can probably pull off all kinds of hairstyles. But I prefer the more boyish, cuddly look longer hair gives him. Actually, I don't care much for his hair. As long as he's healty and playing, he can support a Verdasco mohawk and I will not be bothered.

I was curious and I looked up older pictures of him with much longer hair from the very first link on the pictures thread. They are adorable! Granted, he was younger but still very cute.
example:

http://frenchballs.loco-web.com/tsonga/photos/alb-2006-lille/medium/0033.jpg

Dini
05-12-2009, 12:28 PM
Good luck against Ljuba Truba Jo! :bounce:

Just out-ace him kthanx :kiss:

Bashak
05-12-2009, 04:16 PM
Jo's playing against Ljubicic as of now and he is one set down :sad:
But he just broke in the second so I am still very confident he will win this.
Allez Jo!

Bashak
05-12-2009, 04:18 PM
I just started watching so I don't know how he played in the first set. Did anyone see the first set?

krn81
05-12-2009, 04:43 PM
I just saw the end of the first set, he already lost his serve.
The clay court looks awful :help:

amdany
05-12-2009, 05:12 PM
:sad:

Dini
05-12-2009, 05:14 PM
Clay is just not your thing Jo. :hug:

Bashak
05-12-2009, 05:16 PM
:sobbing:
He was up 5-3 in the second and was serving for the set. Then I had to go away from the screen. I was assuming to catch the third. I come back only to see it's over:sad:

I saw Jo scraping his knee pretty bad in the replays at the end. He also fell down his shirt was all clay red.

:bigcry:

simplet
05-12-2009, 06:30 PM
I saw most of the match and it was pretty weird. In the first he was a bit heavy and slow, making some mistakes, and couldn't touch Llubo's serve. Then I saw the second set until 3-1 for him, and he was playing awesomely, very aggressive but with more safety. I came back to see him serving for the match at 5-3, and he was spraying balls all over the place and into the net, I don't really know why.

Maybe something is wrong wiith him again, because from time to time he touched hs knee, and a few times he kind of "crumbled" upon impact with the ball, with a big "HAN", though he seems to do that a lot when I see him play, I don't know what that means :shrug:.

Let's hope he'll have some good matches next week before RG, but Lluba was pretty good I must say, especially on serve.

reggie1
05-12-2009, 06:37 PM
Jo lost, what a crap week this has been so far! :mad: never mind Jo, we all still love you, Lubo can still be a tricky competitor who can turn it on when he wants to.

SelvenluvJo
05-13-2009, 01:45 AM
Clay is just not your thing Jo. :hug:

:worship:

Turquoise
05-13-2009, 06:53 AM
It was a case of experience versus exhuberance, and experience won.

Jo’s aggressive style is commendable; however he needs to be more patient at times and not over-force the issue at crucial moments. He succumbed to a flurry of unforced errors when serving at 5-3, and failed to capitalise on several breakpoint opportunities, notably at 3-0 which would have given him a comfortable double break. Identifying and punishing his opponent’s weaknesses can be as, if not more, effective than concentrating on his own strengths. For example, it was perplexing why he kept serving to Ljubicic’s backhand on the ad side despite being stung time and time again on the returns? :help:

In the final analysis, Jo’s lack of competitive matches on clay was patently obvious. There are real positives in his game and we haven’t seen yet how good he can be on clay. Hopefully, he will be able to work himself into the RG draw, as he will meet weaker opponents in initial rounds and and can use the best of five set format to get himself back into a winning position when he’s down. Not to forget the phenomenal home support on which he thrives ;) I sincerely hope to see him give the best of himself there and succeed – I’ll be behind him all the way. All the best Jo!

krn81
05-13-2009, 09:31 AM
His interview after the match:
http://www.welovetennis.fr/jo-tsonga/11726-jo-wilfried-tsonga-apres-sa-defaite-contre-ivan-ljubicic

My best part:
Les courts de la Caja Magica…
Je n’ai pas le droit de dire du mal de l’ATP (sourire)…

The courts of Caja Magica?
Jo: I am not allowed to say bad things about the ATP (smile)

The best answer a player could give I like it :lol:

Turquoise
05-13-2009, 10:14 AM
Thanks krn81 for the post match interview. I have a little bit of time on my hands, I will translate shortly.

Turquoise
05-13-2009, 11:37 AM
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - "Je suis dans le bon timing"

Jo gave the impression of serenity in the press conference following his defeat against Ljubicic.

The match

Today, I felt as good as yesterday. The opponent was simply better. Regarding the first set, I have nothing to reproach myself for. In the second set, I served for the set … and unfortunately, I did not manage this service game properly. Normally, in this type of situation, I am serene. This time, no. The next time, I will apply myself to doing better. What disappointed me today, is that I could not go further in the tournament. I have regrets, of course. But to be frank, it’s not really the priority in my season. I will simply try to do better next time.


A worthy opponent

Overall, Ivan played very well. Returned very well, on the baseline : I only have to say « well done ! » I expected that, in view of what he already showed at the Australian Open. He’s a good match player, and he’s playing better and better recently.


The incident with the cameras

I went to serve for the second set, it was an important moment, I was concentrated. Nervous. And when, at the moment where you toss the ball, you hear « clac clac clac… » it’s annoying ! You tell them the first time. You explain to them that they can take plenty of photos throughout the match, when you’re leading 15-0 or 40-0 for example… But, at important moments…. (sighs) Briefly, they start again just after, and then … You repeat a second time. At this moment, frankly, this drives you nuts ! It ‘s painful… On one hand, it’s also my fault. I have to remain focused. But, frankly, I wish they would sometimes have more tact when the guy is ultra concentrated.


Leg problem ?

I don’t lean well on left leg. It’s a technical problem, but I feel absolutely no pain. It’s been a while since I’ve been doing this…


Positive attitude

I could have done much better… But I can’t win all the time ! It ‘s twice in a row now that I lose early, but in a sense, it’s a good thing : I will re-assess myself, be philosophical about it. I continue my journey, and hope to arrive at Roland with maximum confidence.


The courts of Caja Magica…

I am not allowed to say anything bad about the ATP (smiles)…


Dans les starts pour Roland ** not sure of this expression

Although I did not make it today, I feel ready to attack 3 set matches. Despite all the running I did, I felt at the end of the match that I could do so for another 3 hours !


Countdown before the French Open ?

I am not an accountant, not to the nearest cent (laughter). I have the feeling my timing is good. *NB: sorry, can't find the right context here


World Team Cup : ideal preparation for Roland Garros ?

Knowing that we will play minimum three matches, that’s good. That’s what is needed. But I can’t say that there’s an « ideal » way of preparing. The important thing is to play on clay before arriving at Roland Garros. To perform well in the match. To be ready.


Is it enough to have played only 3 matches on clay 10 days before Roland Garros ?

It’s not a lot. But if that’s something to talk about, that’s cool… (smile)


Nadal dethroned at Porte d’Auteuil : a plausible scenario ?

Why not ? And what if he has a little sprain ? (laughter) (Obviously, I don’t wish that on him) He plays very well, and it will be difficult, it’s true. But, if I’m playing in a tournament, it’s with the intention of winning it. I aspire for the title !

Truc
05-13-2009, 12:25 PM
just out of curiousity how many tatoos does gael have?One of each wrist, but they're pretty big.

I didn't see much of Jo in Madrid because I left before his match on Monday and on Tuesday I had to leave for the airport after 3 games already, so I just saw him get broken. Plus the battery of my camera died at the beginning of his match, so I couldn't take any pics either, I just have a few:
http://picasaweb.google.de/Trucsdetennis/TennisMadrid2
I saw him practice with Troicki in the morning and he was looking good, smiling, I didn't notice anything wrong with him. It was quite obvious by watching him in training last year in Hamburg that something was wrong with him, he was looking in better spirits in Madrid (I know the comparison is weird, but Hamburg is the last time I saw him in person).

I love his answer about the Caja Magica too! But he's definitely oversensitive with things happening around him in matches, the ballkids, the photographers, people talking in the crowd... It's true one can hear the photographers a lot in Madrid because the stadium is so damn empty and any little sound starts resonating in it, but it's crazy Jo can't get over it.

Truc
05-13-2009, 12:26 PM
I hadn't seen your post, Turquoise, thanks a lot!
"dans les starts" means "in the starting blocks".

amdany
05-13-2009, 06:37 PM
I didn't know you went to the tournament Fran, just hop you had a blast!!

darkdesigns
05-15-2009, 07:27 PM
Tsonga is one of my favorite players and I am rooting for him to get deep in the French Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Profile (http://www.allsportspeople.com/tennis/people/Jo-Wilfried_Tsonga)

MacArthur
05-17-2009, 03:38 AM
Just a little recall to my fellow jojotards : Jo is playing today at 12H30 (france time) against vincigerra in the ARAG world team cup.

Bet365 is streaming this match it seems, but if you have other streams, share with us of course.

He will play at least three matches there before Rg, three matches to find his rythm on clay. Allez Jo !

Truc
05-17-2009, 07:10 AM
www.tennislive.tv has awesome livestreams, but I'm not sure it will work outside of Germany.
They will probably have the matches on demand, though, they always do.
So far they only have a short video about the "open day event" yesterday, you can spot Jo practicing with Jim, but really just a few seconds:
http://www.tennislive.tv/turniere/arag-world-team-cup/arag-world-team-cup-impressionen-tag-der-offenen-tuer

I took a look at the German media, but nothing interesting so far. Jo said they want to win, which I doubt! The final will be on Sunday, I can't believe they want to be back in Paris on Monday only when Roland-Garros has already started.
It's such an odd event, the last round always is a "qui perd gagne" story because the top players want to go to Paris as soon as possible.

amdany
05-17-2009, 07:53 AM
waw Sunday...silly me, I was hoping to finally see Jo at B.Berthet on Saturday...

Truc
05-17-2009, 08:04 AM
Sorry, j'ai tout décalé d'un jour dans mon post! The final is on Saturday, but doesn't RG have a Sunday start again?

amdany
05-17-2009, 10:23 AM
si ça commence Dimanche mais moi j'y vais Samedi seulement pour B.Berthet donc j'espérais que Jo soit là...

Naina
05-17-2009, 10:33 AM
Rg starts on Sunday but normally a pretty limited order of play :shrug:

my guess is if france reach the finals here then they play on tuesday (hopefully):)

Bashak
05-17-2009, 12:39 PM
Jo is scheduled to play at 14:45 (Dusseldorf time) on bet365.
The match before his, Querrey v Schuettler just finished, so he should be up soon.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v Andreas Vinciguerra
After Jo, Gilles Simon v Robin Söderling.

Bashak
05-17-2009, 12:56 PM
Ok, Jo's match is about to start now. They're warming up. pretty good stream form bet365.

MacArthur
05-17-2009, 01:19 PM
Bad start : too much UEs. Already one break for Vinciguerra who seems to be a classic claycourter.

Bashak
05-17-2009, 02:05 PM
Jo lost the first set 64. But since the beginning of the second, he seems to play better. He broke once, leading 3-1. AND he also showed a few of his fabulous tricks. plus a serve at 201km/h. Fingers crossed!

simplet
05-17-2009, 02:09 PM
I'm only watching since 1-1 in the second or something, but Jo is looking pretty good here, sharp and even pretty fast. Did he wake up since the first set or was the swedish guy very good?

MacArthur
05-17-2009, 02:40 PM
He was terrible in the first, even if the swedish was playing pretty good (1 UE in the first 5 games !).

Now he is frustrated by his footplay and his unability to close the match once and for all. But I think it's just a matter of time.

The poor wino has the ears in pieces :haha:

MacArthur
05-17-2009, 02:41 PM
He is playing really good on his service game, but he needs two other matches like this one to catch his rythm for good for RG, I reckon.

MacArthur
05-17-2009, 02:43 PM
His return games have been quite poor though for the moment.

Bashak
05-17-2009, 03:07 PM
Jo won: 46 63 64. :D
I think it took him about 45 minutes to find rhythm and get into winning zone today. I also don't think Vinciguerra was exceptionally good. I think Jo needs more match practice on clay.
I wonder if he'll play doubles? Ok, I'm off to watch Nadal-Federer now.

Tess Gray
05-17-2009, 03:57 PM
Okay I watched the match and in the first set he made like 22 UE's :eek: But in the 2nd only 7, so he definitely started playing better:lol:

Naina
05-17-2009, 05:48 PM
I havent heard of vinciguerra so dont know of losing to him is a good thing or not. glad though that he won :D Will he plays doubles with chardy or will Gillou?

Tess Gray
05-17-2009, 08:29 PM
He is now around nr 650 I think?:lol: So losing to him would have been pretty pathetic. But he was once like top 30 before all the injuries came along.

I dont know who will play the doubles:shrug: I cant seem to find it on the website either. All I know is they are third up on CC ;)

Monday, 2009-05-18, Begin: 13:00pm
Center Court: 1
GER Kohlschreiber vs USA Ginepri
GER / Doppel vs USA / Doppel
FRA / Doppel vs SWE / Doppel

MacArthur
05-19-2009, 05:28 PM
Don't forget, peeps : Jo is playing tomorrow at 13H00 against Kohlschreiber (my spelling is doubtful).

The double will be played at 17H00 on the same court, after the double between americans and swedish.

Keijan
05-19-2009, 05:35 PM
It's a perfect spelling :) thanks for the info ;)

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 11:21 AM
Usual bad start of the match for Jo, one break for Kohli and 2/0 for him.

Take your time, Jo, and tone down the UEs !

Allez Jo ! (2/1)

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 11:26 AM
Break back : 2/2 :)

Some clever points do the trick.

Bashak
05-20-2009, 11:28 AM
Allez Jo! 2-2 in first set and both already broke once.

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 11:32 AM
3/2 Jo

Kohli is returning really well and Jo is a little too fast coming to the net. But his serve is clicking good and I like his agressive tactique.

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 11:39 AM
5/3 for Kohli

Too much volleys missed and still a little doubtful on his movement on clay.

Bashak
05-20-2009, 11:42 AM
Jo's broken again. pretty good net play by Kohli here. Come on Jo, bounce back!

Bashak
05-20-2009, 11:43 AM
I think my stream is lagging a bit.

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 11:54 AM
Break back, Jo : 5/5

This is becoming the WTA match now :haha:

Bashak
05-20-2009, 11:56 AM
phew..
5-5, very long game on Kohli's serve but Jo broke back on 3rd breakpoint, (Kohli double-faulted)

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 11:58 AM
Don't worry Bashak. It was a mistake from me (a prediction mistake :haha:). It was at 4/3 for Kohli.

Jo is in it now, 6/5 for him.

Bashak
05-20-2009, 12:01 PM
:haha: normally I would think Jo should completely destroy Kohlschreiber, I wonder if it is Jo's lack of comfort on clay or is Kohli playing with more confidence on home soil?
6-6
Tiebreak.

simplet
05-20-2009, 12:05 PM
What a dropshot. I mean WOW

edit : and what was THAT?!

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 12:09 PM
First set, Jo 7/6

Some great points and horrible tiebreaker for Kohli.

Keijan
05-20-2009, 12:12 PM
That lob he put back in the court ! :haha:
Gilles et Chardy sont morts de rire, excellent :rolls:

simplet
05-20-2009, 12:14 PM
First set, Jo 7/6

Some great points and horrible tiebreaker for Kohli.

By great points you mean absolutely unbelievable, right? My livestream had a moment of weakness just at the moment of that passing shot, and I honestly thought the point was over and that the ball had gone past him, I couldn't believe what happened when I suddenly saw kohli leaping to try to get the ball. I had to wait for the replay to even understand what had happened. He played an angled top-spin passing-shot from one meter behind the baseline, coming back from the net, behind the back and holding his racket upside down. I don't think i've ever seen that, EVER.

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 12:18 PM
It was great, yeah :haha:

It's cool that Jo is working some magic again, clay court or not.

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 12:45 PM
Aweful gestion of the second set from Jo and one set all now.

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 01:01 PM
Still in course : 2/1 for Jo.

It could be a good test in stamina before RG.

He really needs to work on his slice and on all his shots next to the ground. He makes way too many UEs on them atm.

Keijan
05-20-2009, 01:07 PM
Some great moments but all those UE :help: Kohli has some great shots too, he's always a pleasure to watch -but not against Jo !
I'm a bit worried about the trainer being called for the knee :/
The double team will probably be Simon/Chardy, no ?

MacArthur
05-20-2009, 01:26 PM
Jo lost : 6/7, 6/3, 6/3

It's anecdotic, but his match was way too erratic, so many ups and downs and lack of consistency.

Well only one match before RG now.

That's not looking really good.

Bashak
05-20-2009, 01:32 PM
:o Well-deserved win for Kohlschreiber. He seems to have raised his level since the last time I watched him play, which was I think Australian Open against Santoro.
Jo, :hug:. I think Jo needs some tuning up. His backhands were sloppy, he was late to get to the ball on many occasions. I believe he won the first set by pure luck, too.
I didn't think Simon would play the double but, since it's irrelevant now, he might play for match practice.

simplet
05-20-2009, 02:03 PM
I think kohlschreiber is pretty good on clay now. I've seen a bit of a match he played against almagro, I think that was in Madrid, and he was really dominating. Still, I think Jo could have done better...

MacArthur
05-21-2009, 11:22 AM
Last match of the world team cup for Jo this year, against Ginepri.

It would be good to gain some confidence before RG, or at least some practice.

Bashak
05-21-2009, 12:35 PM
I can't watch the match due to technical problems but Jo is a set down :down: against Ginepri. He broke twice in the second. 36 30 so far. Good luck Jo!

MacArthur
05-21-2009, 12:38 PM
The first set was horrible crap, Bashak. So you weren't missing anything.

Jo is a little better atm, but Ginepri is playing atrocious too.

If you like UEs fest and occasional good points, this match is for you.

MacArthur
05-21-2009, 12:41 PM
I am watching Jo and wino at the interlaps and it's terrible :haha:

Jo is like unreachable. Wino is whispering tenderly some advice and Jo is daydreaming far away. :haha:

MacArthur
05-21-2009, 01:39 PM
At least, he found some form :)

Good third set : first a return to the basis with the good ol' moonball plan : "defend hard, defend sure, make him sweat". Second, some tentative gameplan, some controlled agression and some good winners.

It's not the craziest match I've ever seen Jo played, but it's sweet to find him a little happier on court (particularly after having watched Gilles "galère") :)

Bashak
05-21-2009, 01:44 PM
Sounds like story of Jo on clay in 2009 to me :o
I see he managed to win, good news. I can't say I am genuinely excited about a win over Ginepri, but hey, I'll desperately cheer for what I get: :bigclap:


The first set was horrible crap, Bashak. So you weren't missing anything.

Jo is a little better atm, but Ginepri is playing atrocious too.

If you like UEs fest and occasional good points, this match is for you.

SelvenluvJo
05-21-2009, 01:47 PM
clay pls pass by as soon as possible ^^

Bashak
05-21-2009, 02:06 PM
I'm glad to hear Jo has found form. Too bad Gilles lost again, poor guy can't seem to get a break. I am actually amazed he accomplished so much with his fragile-looking physique. I wonder if France has a chance to play any more matches, I doubt it but if they did it would be good for experience. I'm not sure about the format of Düsseldorf.
Fingers crossed for Paris now. I hope the french crowd gives him the excellent support he feeds on.

Bashak
05-21-2009, 02:15 PM
Guys, I made 50 vcash by betting on Jo-Ginepri. I was the ONLY mtf poster to place a bet on either player. I guess nobody cared :haha:

MacArthur
05-22-2009, 10:19 AM
Jo's draw at RG :

[5] DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG v LLODRA, Michael FRA
TROICKI, Viktor SRB v [Q]
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA v VASSALLO ARGUELLO, Martin ARG
[Q] v [25] ANDREEV, Igor RUS

[21] TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v ROCHUS, Christophe BEL
BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP v MONACO, Juan ARG
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA v [9] TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA

Tough one.

SelvenluvJo
05-22-2009, 10:31 AM
horrible draw...god bless him....

Bashak
05-22-2009, 10:45 AM
Eventhough I think it could have been a lot worse and I would only worry about possible a Juan Monaco in the first 3 rounds, now that Benneteau has won more matches on clay than Jo, I am going to look at the draw one match at a time and be content if he goes past 1st round. Good Luck Jo!

MacArthur
05-22-2009, 11:05 AM
Bennet is a tricky opponent for Jo (he has already lost one time against him on hard last year), and a trickier one at RG where he had some really good results : something like one quarter final and a 1/8 final last year, that's telling something.

So has you said, one match at a time is a good approach.

DanaKz
05-22-2009, 11:22 AM
:scared:Oh my, how unlucky Jo is!!!!:crying2:

donna karen
05-22-2009, 11:30 AM
Hey guys havn;t posted in a while;got married and its a fuull time job.Benneteau sure can play a 5 setter.Gudluk Jo.

Turquoise
05-22-2009, 11:43 AM
Congratulations donna karen! I wish you love and happiness in your married life.

As for Jo, Benneteau will be a good first test. Hope he finds that extra gear, work himself into form and anything is possible. Good luck!

RGK
05-22-2009, 12:34 PM
Monaco in the 2nd round. WOW

oranges
05-22-2009, 03:24 PM
Well, the 2nd round is very tricky, but the 1st and 3rd are not that bad. I'd prefer if he had Roddick's quarter, but no such luck ;) Good luck Jo.

Eimear O'Mahony
05-22-2009, 09:09 PM
It isn't the best draw but you've got to beat the best to win right? Hopefully Jo will do us proud. Allez Jo Willy!!!

Naina
05-23-2009, 08:54 AM
good luck Jo. I cannot wait for RG to start.:D

Tess Gray
05-23-2009, 10:28 AM
Hey guys havn;t posted in a while;got married and its a fuull time job.Benneteau sure can play a 5 setter.Gudluk Jo.

Congratulations!:D


Jo :yeah::bounce: I'm really excited for RG, I hope you can prove everybody that you CAN play on clay:lol:

Bashak
05-26-2009, 06:19 AM
Jo is playing the 3rd match on Chatrier today. I expect the Serbs to quickly win in straight sets so he won't have to wait too long. Good Luck! And all you Parisians, if you go to the match please tell us how it was.:)

Day 3: Tuesday, 26 May
CHATRIER
11:00 Start
1 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jelena Jankovic (SRB)[5] v. Petra Cetkovska (CZE)
followed by
2 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) v. Novak Djokovic (SRB)[4]
3 Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Julien Benneteau (FRA) v. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)[9]

reggie1
05-26-2009, 04:36 PM
I've not had much chance to see RG as it's half term here (it's a bit unfair of me to make my kids stay in and watch hours of tennis! :lol:) but best of luck Jo for later.

amdany
05-26-2009, 05:40 PM
:banana: :banana:

oranges
05-26-2009, 06:03 PM
:rocker: Monaco will be tougher, but nothing Jo can't beat

MacArthur
05-26-2009, 06:10 PM
Tough match, tough win, but good one for the tournament.

It was a little "Spaniard Jo" today, with a lot of forehands. A good strategy for him.

I reckon that many naysayers in GM are going to be surprised thursday with his match against Monaco. :)

Tess Gray
05-26-2009, 07:55 PM
Nice win Jo!:)

Did you guys see that smash he did on SP in (i think) the third set?:lol: Pretty awesome:worship:

DanaKz
05-27-2009, 04:47 AM
Did you guys see that smash he did on SP in (i think) the third set?:lol: Pretty awesome:worship:

Oh yeah! :rocker: It was work of genius - I squealed like piglet when I saw it.
Stylish! :worship:

Turquoise
05-27-2009, 05:15 AM
Great start by Jo! And that slam-dunk smash – that was Jo at his uninhibited, explosive best! :worship:

I felt bad for Benneteau as he had done so well to reach the finals in Austria as a lucky loser last week and was playing well - this was a cruel draw for him. Still, the most important thing is that Jo won his first match at RG :banana: Juan Monaco is going to be one tough cookie in the second round. As long as Jo keeps his head, doesn't become too impetuous at key moments, he should progress to the third round and give the discerning French crowd thrills galore.

Naina
05-27-2009, 05:45 PM
Jo vs Pico Third up Suzanne Lenglen

Allez :bounce:

Bashak
05-28-2009, 03:12 PM
Oh no, I see bicycles instead of Jo's match on my tv! I am listening on the radio now but looking for a stream.

oranges
05-28-2009, 03:26 PM
Oh no, I see bicycles instead of Jo's match on my tv! I am listening on the radio now but looking for a stream.

I've seen it on one of the links on adthe, but the tennis channel stream is much better

http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0053.gif It's a tight one, but Jo takes the first set 7:5

Bashak
05-28-2009, 03:40 PM
tennis channel is not available and all the links are dead for me tough luck... but I'm glad Jo won the first set!

oranges
05-28-2009, 04:43 PM
2:1 up, one more to go, allez :rocker2:

oranges
05-28-2009, 05:41 PM
:worship: Congrats Jo, great victory

Bashak
05-28-2009, 05:54 PM
Great match! TV was back and I got to watch the last two sets. This is a very important victory for Jo. He took way too many chances with the drop shot. Monster forehands in the thirsd set. Amazing final point, as well. Congrats Jo!

SelvenluvJo
05-28-2009, 06:02 PM
OMG,speechless,very very goooooood!!!

oranges
05-28-2009, 06:05 PM
Yeah, drop shots need some work in general and he had some ups and downs, but all that said http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0053.gif great play and great victory :lol:

Bashak
05-28-2009, 06:23 PM
Jo will play Christophe Rochus in the third round. Rochus has been playing well lately. The guy can surely move around. Because of the extreme size difference and Jo's adidas zipper shirt, this match-up reminded me of an Olivier Rochus - Marat Safin grand slam match some years ago. Olivier was 30 cm shorter than Marat, I remember it was a very entertaining match that Safin won, but it was very close.

According to the ATP website Jo is 27 cm taller and 22 kg heavier than Christophe Rochus. :D

amdany
05-28-2009, 06:31 PM
Yeah, drop shots need some work in general and he had some ups and downs, but all that said http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/party/party0053.gif great play and great victory :lol:

your smiley is great :lol:
great victory Jo :banana:, good luck in the next round big guy!

amdany
05-28-2009, 06:33 PM
Jo will play Christophe Rochus in the third round. Rochus has been playing well lately. The guy can surely move around. Because of the extreme size difference and Jo's adidas zipper shirt, this match-up reminded me of an Olivier Rochus - Marat Safin grand slam match some years ago. Olivier was 30 cm shorter than Marat, I remember it was a very entertaining match that Safin won, but it was very close.

According to the ATP website Jo is 27 cm taller and 22 kg heavier than Christophe Rochus. :D

I remember that match, it was great!!:worship:

oranges
05-28-2009, 06:36 PM
Rochus is 160 cm? LOL, kicker serves on both 1st and 2nd to jump over him then ;)

MacArthur
05-28-2009, 06:38 PM
Yooooooohoooooooooooo

Great match !

Allez Jo against Rochus. :)

Tess Gray
05-28-2009, 06:38 PM
Jo:yeah: very entertaining match!

Does anyone know what the line on his shirt meant? I thought it was "bienvenue lou?" but im not sure.

Bashak
05-28-2009, 06:46 PM
oops! I looked it up wrong of course, he's 170 cm, so this makes Jo17 cm taller, which is still a lot. sorry :o

Rochus is 160 cm? LOL, kicker serves on both 1st and 2nd to jump over him then ;)

amdany
05-28-2009, 06:48 PM
Jo:yeah: very entertaining match!

Does anyone know what the line on his shirt meant? I thought it was "bienvenue lou?" but im not sure.

His agent Morgan Menahem?(spelling?) had a baby and he was just saying welcome to the baby :D

Bashak
05-28-2009, 06:50 PM
Yes, I was wondering about that, too. Does he have a newborn nephew?

Jo:yeah: very entertaining match!

Does anyone know what the line on his shirt meant? I thought it was "bienvenue lou?" but im not sure.

Bashak
05-28-2009, 06:52 PM
That is really sweet, sounds exactly like something Jo would do :)

His agent Morgan Menahem?(spelling?) had a baby and he was just saying welcome to the baby :D

oranges
05-28-2009, 06:54 PM
oops! I looked it up wrong of course, he's 170 cm, so this makes Jo17 cm taller, which is still a lot. sorry :o

That's still tiny, so I stand by my strategy :lol:

krn81
05-28-2009, 07:03 PM
Great win for Jo :worship:

He still did not play yet a match in 5 sets in his career.

Now Rochus, hope jo will stop him who just beat French players so far in this tournament.

The moment of the tee shirt was really sweet :)

Tess Gray
05-28-2009, 07:07 PM
Yes, I was wondering about that, too. Does he have a newborn nephew?

Yeah that was the first thing I was thinking.

His agent Morgan Menahem?(spelling?) had a baby and he was just saying welcome to the baby :D

Ah thats so cute:D

Bashak
05-28-2009, 07:41 PM
That's still tiny, so I stand by my strategy :lol:

:lol: that is a hilarious strategy. I don't think he can produce a fraction of Jo's power but the tiny man is quick!

reggie1
05-28-2009, 08:23 PM
I saw most of today's match and it was a great performance by Jo. Monaco may be 68th in the world but he is top 20 on clay so this was an important win for Jo-Jo. Everybody said the handshake was really warm (I missed the last set!), the bit about the baby was really cute and could Jo have a new girlie in his life? Somebody said there was a cute brunette sittng next to his coach?

Pepi.
05-28-2009, 09:23 PM
oh my God.
this match was epic, just love Jo more and more. what a fight he gave in the last set :bowdown:
keep it up, and lets expect the unexpect at RG :D

Allez!!

DanaKz
05-29-2009, 04:30 AM
That was amazing!:rocker2:

Turquoise
05-29-2009, 06:00 AM
Well done Jo :worship:

This match against Monaco was a great test for him. Monaco is a clay specialist: resilient, fast and tactically sound on clay. Jo is proving that he can transfer his aggressive playing style on this surface and succeed. When he serves well and dictates with his forehand, he is superb. Monaco did make him play too many backhands, whilst camping in his own backhand corner hitting forehands at will. It's clear that all his opponents will employ a similar strategy, in which case Jo will have to try to get to his forehand more - especially on his opponent's weaker second serves instead of pushing backhands in the middle of the court and being dictated to. One of the commentators kept saying he wished Jo would hit backhands down the line more - he can do that, but it's not a natural shot like Safin's, so really, he should play to his strengths (serve,forehand) as much as possible. Anyway, just observations on my part - Jo and his coach know what are the best tactics he needs to use.

Good luck against Rochus. I have more positive feelings about this next encounter. It's wonderful that he's made it this far and showing that yes, he can actually play on clay. Good job!

Bashak
05-29-2009, 08:05 AM
I forgot to write last night because of all the excitement: Did anyone else see Jo kiss the ball before he served when he had match point on his serve or did I imagine it? :lol:

oranges
05-29-2009, 05:44 PM
Jo plays the 3rd match on Chatrier, after two ladies matches

PinkFeatherBoa
05-30-2009, 12:17 AM
I've been neglecting the JoWi forum oops... I did see most of the Monaco match, that was truly an entertaining contest. Hope JoWi can continue to play like that and spring some more surprise results on his weakest surface. Showed so much heart in that Final Tiebreak, was very pleased.

Looking forward to watching him tomorrow, allez Jo. :yeah:

oranges
05-30-2009, 03:42 PM
Total annihilation of Rochus. I'm all psyched for the match with del Potro.

MacArthur
05-30-2009, 03:59 PM
Great match from Jo.

I see a lot of negative opinions already on this match, but I think we should not dismissed by any means what Jo has done today. The major reason is that Jo didn't destroyed Rochus only by poqwer, it was mostly a great technical match. I am particularly amazed by the quality of his topspin and his perfect grasping of the timing to make a winner on clay. His movement was great too.
It's also interesting to note that Jo always had a very difficult time till now to play with the wind and he was perfect on this plan in the three matches he played.

Now I beleive he's fully prepared to make a hell for every opponent he will have for the rest of the tournament.

I am going to take some risks but Jo will beat D-Pot easily on monday :)

Tess Gray
05-30-2009, 04:07 PM
Well the match was pretty bad because of how Rochus was playing. He looked like he didn't want to be there from the moment he stepped onto the court. But that doesn't take away from the fact that Jo played pretty good and his forhand was just :worship:. Also I feel he was coping really well with the circumstances on court (wind etc)

I think he can beat JMDP. I think in 4 sets.

oranges
05-30-2009, 04:19 PM
Well the match was pretty bad because of how Rochus was playing. He looked like he didn't want to be there from the moment he stepped onto the court. But that doesn't take away from the fact that

I was about to say something similar. I think it's embarrassing for Rochus to play 3rd round in a GS on a center court and not bother to run down balls, or even more comically, when he hit a drop shot and behaved as if he won a point. Jo naturally made it in time and hit a winner :lol: The result was never in question IMO and Jo played great, but it would have been more interesting if the other guy tried his best.

I think he can beat JMDP. I think in 4 sets.


Ditto, I'm counting on him coming in a tux for a presser ;)

krn81
05-30-2009, 04:58 PM
And he has a good opportunity in the draw if he beat Del Potro as Djoko is out :eek:

Bashak
05-30-2009, 08:31 PM
Good Job Jo! I couldn't watch the match but I see that the scoreline is brutal. I hope he plays well against Del Potro.

amdany
05-31-2009, 05:12 PM
Jo will be 3rd on Centre Court tomorrow after Serena and Roger

Naina
05-31-2009, 06:01 PM
Allez Jo :bonce:
Please salvage the french open and dont let roger win it.
:offtopic: but poor Rafa :sad:.

Tess Gray
05-31-2009, 07:57 PM
Allez Jo :bounce: I really feel like he can beat Delpo.

jmf07
06-01-2009, 05:08 AM
Good luck Jo. He has already improved so much on the clay in the space of a few weeks.

DanaKz
06-01-2009, 05:48 AM
Oh God, it will be the toughest match he ever had on this RG...

Turquoise
06-01-2009, 06:27 AM
Jo, truly magnificent achievement on a surface that's not meant to favour him. :worship: I am deliriously happy at what he's done so far. Del Potro will of course be his toughest test, but Jo can do this... Feed off the crowd's energy, just believe that he can win and anything is possible. Besides, I want another showdown with Federer in the semi-finals :devil:

Good luck today Jo! I'm so very proud of you! This is your time, the stars are aligned, you are the star.

reggie1
06-01-2009, 12:16 PM
Best of luck Jo, we are all rooting for you :yeah:

garnetti
06-01-2009, 01:20 PM
where can I watch online? the channel surfing links aren't very good

*Raine
06-01-2009, 01:52 PM
Allez Jo!!!

Can I cheer here? He's my fourth favorite player. :D

oranges
06-01-2009, 02:01 PM
Have they started? It's not showing on SB?

oranges
06-01-2009, 02:27 PM
Slow start, allez Jo :rocker2:

amdany
06-01-2009, 02:45 PM
very slow start :(, he lost the 1st set, wake up Jo please!

*Raine
06-01-2009, 02:57 PM
Still sleeping :sad:

*Raine
06-01-2009, 03:11 PM
Keep it up Jo!!

amdany
06-01-2009, 03:24 PM
this isn't looking good at all :sad:

amdany
06-01-2009, 03:30 PM
he's still leading on this set, but doesn't play good I think

1set all but it was a close one phew...

edit: 3rd set: he's not there physically :sad: and he's making too much UEs

*Raine
06-01-2009, 03:40 PM
Well I hope he'll be more pumped up now. :D

Keijan
06-01-2009, 04:15 PM
Jo en perdition :help:

amdany
06-01-2009, 04:20 PM
Jo en perdition :help:

totale :help:

Aurelien
06-01-2009, 04:42 PM
Sait on jamais... un miracle n'est pas à exclure. Mais en cas de 5ème ça risque d'être très dur physiquement pour Jo

Keijan
06-01-2009, 04:51 PM
Break in the fourth for Delpo, 5-4... :sobbing:

amdany
06-01-2009, 04:53 PM
it's over :sad: Jo was never in the match to be honest but credit to Del Potro: he played incredibly well!!
good run for Jo anyway :hug: we're proud of you!

oranges
06-01-2009, 04:55 PM
:sad: Well good run anyway. Onto to the more exciting grass season