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2012 Schedule and Ranking

lalaland
11-16-2011, 06:23 PM
About time to start a new thread for next year, that's thinking ahead ;). Okay, it's not, just that I saw news of him committing to Montpellier next year, that's the week before Davis Cup in Vancouver, which I suppose he will also be going regardless of whether he gets to play. Also heard that Kooyong is talking to him, which is strange since I would think he will try to defend his Sydney title. But then, it's just talk, we'll find out if he's on Sydney's list in about 2 weeks time. But anyway, here we goes, schedule for the next year.

Wonder what his goal is for 2012, back to Top 10, I hope. And what his schedule would be like? Will he be more sensible and not to sign up for so many tournaments? He was out in first match in 9 of the tournaments this year, if he only played the rest 18 tournaments, he would have gotten the same amount of points :p. Well, okay, I know it doesn't work that way, he needs to play a lot to get into his groove, since he's a notoriously slow starter (both tournaments he won, he lost R1 the week before). But still, I think he played too much this year and burned himself out at the end (it's not just the amount of matches he played, but a lot of traveling weeks after week plus a lot of losing to deal with that are exhausting too). Tutu said they will re-think their schedule next year, so I hope they actually do and make out a more sensible one.

Sorry for the essay...just really feel like wondering out loud the questions I have in the past few weeks. So schedule, I will add the one that has announced of his commitment...


2012

01/02 - 01/08: ATP 250 - Brisbane. Lost SF to Dolgopolov. Rank 12.
01/09 - 01/15: -
01/16 - 01/29: Grand Slam - Australian Open. Lost R2 to Benneteau. Rank 12.
01/30 - 02/05: ATP 250 - Montpellier. Lost SF to Monfils. Rank 12.
02/10 - 02/12: -
02/13 - 02/19: ATP 250 - Brazil Open. Lost R2 to Nalbandian. Rank 12.
02/20 - 02/26: ATP 250 - Buenos Aires. Lost R2 to Berlocq. Rank 13.
02/27 - 03/04: ATP 500 - Acapulco. Lost R1 to Berlocq. Rank 13.
03/05 - 03/18: ATP 1000 - Indian Wells. Lost QF to Isner. Rank 13.
03/19 - 04/01: ATP 1000 - Miami. Lost R4 to Murray. Rank 13.
04/06 - 04/08: Davis Cup - France/USA.
04/09 - 04/15: -
04/16 - 04/22: ATP 1000 - Monte Carlo. Lost SF to Rafa. Rank 12.
04/23 - 04/29: ATP 250 - Bucharest - Won Title. Rank 11/Race 12
04/30 - 05/06: -
05/07 - 05/13: ATP 1000 - Madrid - Lost R3 to Tipsy. Rank 12/Race 13.
05/14 - 05/20: ATP 1000 - Rome - Lost R3 to Ferrer. Rank 12/Race 11.
05/21 - 05/27: ATP 250 - Nice - Lost SF to Almagro. Rank 12/Race 11.
05/28 - 06/10: Grand Slam - Roland Garros - Lost R3 to Wawrinka. Rank 13/Race 11
06/11 - 06/17: ATP 250 - London - Lost R2 to Bolelli. Rank 13/Race 11
06/18 - 06/24: -Boodles (Exo)
06/25 - 07/08: Grand Slam - Wimbledon - Lost R2 to Malisse. Rank 12/Race 11
07/09 - 07/15: -
07/16 - 07/22: ATP 500 - Hamburg - Lost R2 to Haas. Rank 14/Race 13
07/23 - 07/29: -
07/28 - 08/05: London - Olympics - Lost R3 to Del Potro. Rank 14/Race 13
08/06 - 08/12: ATP 1000 - Toronto - Lost R2 to Haas. Rank 14/Race 16
08/13 - 08/19: ATP 1000 - Cincinnati - Withdraw. Rank 17/Race 17
08/20 - 08/25: -
08/27 - 09/09: Grand Slam - US Open - Lost R3 to Fish. Rank 20/Race 17
09/10 - 09/16: -
09/17 - 09/23: -
09/24 - 09/30: ATP 250 - Bangkok - Lost F to Gasquet. Rank 18/Race 16
10/01 - 10/07: ATP 500 - Tokyo - Lost R1 to Tipsarevic. Rank 18/Race 16
10/08 - 10/14: ATP 1000 - Shanghai - Lost R2 to Dolgo. Rank 19/Race 17
10/15 - 10/21: -
10/22 - 10/28: ATP 500 - Valencia - Lost R2 to Granollers. Rank 20/Race 18
10/29 - 11/04: ATP 1000 - Bercy - Lost SF to Janowicz. Season end ranking: 16

lalaland
11-16-2011, 06:26 PM
Montpellier:

http://www.sports.fr/cmc/scanner/tennis/201146/open-sud-avec-monfils-gasquet-et-simon_417985.html?popup

Kooyong (in Oct), there's a little paragraph at the end mentioning who's in talk for the tourney, but that's like a month ago.

http://www.aamiclassic.com.au/news.php?view=50

Updates:
According to Le Parisien (thanks to Soulage for posting the article), Gilles is going to play Brisbane and Kooyong. So I guess he's not defending Sydney, which is probably sensible choice to take it easy the week before a slam and concentrate on the important one in Melbourne.
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=11507783&postcount=112

Gillouthe best
11-23-2011, 04:32 PM
Gilles is the 2nd seed on Brisbane, after Murray. The other seeds are Dolgopolov, F.Mayer, Nishikori, Stepanek, Anderson and Melzer.

MsTree
11-23-2011, 06:39 PM
Looking forward to the new season! ALLEZ!!! :D

Gillouthe best
11-23-2011, 07:13 PM
We need a thread for the beggining of the year(Oz), don't we?

moi1227
11-23-2011, 08:08 PM
new year, new opportunities :yeah:

Silver.
11-23-2011, 11:03 PM
I'm feeling skeptical about the new year. I think Gilles will have to be very lucky/work his ass off to crack the top ten. I hope he maintains a top 15 position, I would be satisfied with that :) Allez Gillou!

soulage
11-30-2011, 06:04 PM
He will do the south american clay season ? He'll play brasil Open after DC http://esportes.r7.com/esportes-olimpicos/noticias/gilles-simon-confirma-presenca-no-brasil-open-de-2012-20111129.html

Maybe he plays only in Brasil and come back in Europe :confused:

Gillouthe best
11-30-2011, 06:15 PM
So, he skips Rotterdam? I think it's a good decision, he doesn't play that good on Rotterdam. I hope he plays Marseille and Dubai though

Kezzi
11-30-2011, 06:21 PM
Skipping Rotterdam? :eek:
But I probably will go to Marseille anyway :)

lalaland
11-30-2011, 06:27 PM
Thanks Soulage, for the news.

That's interesting. Well, I guess Vancouver is closer to Costa do SauŪpe than to Rotterdam, only barely though. But if he's only playing Brazil and go back to Marseille, then it's kinda silly to play 1 clay tournament in between indoor hardcourt tourneys. I always find the S.A. clay swing awkward in terms of timing. Not sure if I agree with this schedule. Oh well.

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ooops, my bad, thought I read about sth changes at the Brazil Open, so it's in Sao Paulo next year, plays indoor, not sure if it's still clay though.
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=11507705&postcount=1

lalaland
11-30-2011, 06:29 PM
We need a thread for the beggining of the year(Oz), don't we?

Yes we do. Please do start one.

Gillouthe best
12-02-2011, 05:44 AM
Gilles just comitted to Acapulco, so i assume he"ll play the whole claycourt swing :eek:

lalaland
12-02-2011, 07:16 PM
So he found some new confidence on clay and decide to ride on it? Interesting.

According to this http://www.tenisnews.com.br/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=43913, he is indeed going to play the full S.A. clay swing. Maybe he realizes that S.A. is the only continent he hasn't win a title and try to accomplish that ;). Oh well, so that's the change of schedule? same amount of tournaments, just different route? in fact, it's more tournaments since he doesn't usually play the week after Oz and now he's playing Montpellier before DC...Okay :rolleyes:



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I just updated the schedule and I guess I see the logic now, he's not going home after Vancouver, just stay in South/North America until April. Wow, poor guy. Then again, he could have play the American HC, why the clay swing? Well, okay, I must have a little bias against clay, just that despite his win in Hamburg, I still think he's a better HC player than clay. And the American HCs should be a better preparation for IW & Mia. Oh well!

Gillouthe best
12-02-2011, 07:50 PM
Wow, Gilles is going to play a lot this year, incredible. I also think that going to San Jose, Memphis. etc... would have been better.

soulage
12-03-2011, 04:01 PM
It's rare to see a french player player all the south american season. He will be trained for RG :cool: I'm found his schedule quite tough for a father so i assume Carine and his boy will travel with him ;)

lalaland
12-05-2011, 04:36 AM
I'm found his schedule quite tough for a father so i assume Carine and his boy will travel with him ;)

I hope so, he plays better when his boy comes to the tournaments ;).

Kezzi
12-05-2011, 10:54 AM
I hope so, he plays better when his boy comes to the tournaments ;).
+1
Hopefully lots of high fives again. :D :hearts:

Gillouthe best
02-01-2012, 05:55 AM
Gilles will play doubles with Chardy in Sao Paulo.

mike s.
03-20-2012, 06:02 AM
I was just looking at the race for the Olympics rankings and thought it was interesting that Gilles is currently at 14th, and is the third ranked Frenchman. Indian Wells helped distance himself even further from Benneteau and Gasquet who are now around 600-700 points behind him. Thank goodness those Hamburg points are after the cut-off because otherwise it would be really tight for that fourth spot. As it stands right now, Benneteau, not Gasquet, would get the 4th spot, although I would expect that to change by the time the claycourt season is over.

lalaland
03-20-2012, 09:08 PM
His start of 2012 so far is actually not too far off from 2011, although it doesn't really feel that way at all. He accumulated 450 pts from Jan up to IW 2011, and 425 from same number of tournaments in 2012. He totally sucked in Feb of both years, very consistent in that time frame :p. IW was a much needed boost of points and spirit.

Puschkin
04-02-2012, 06:26 PM
Gael gave wo for DC, Gilles might be called.

http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/243335/forget-consulte-pour-remplacer-monfils/

Gillouthe best
04-02-2012, 06:32 PM
Gilles had an IRM? :eek:

lalaland
04-02-2012, 07:09 PM
Gilles, just say no and send this picture of your back to Guy.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6095/7030203807_c3e3570c22_z.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12314934@N06/7030203807/sizes/z/in/photostream/


This disclaimer is to state that the above is my personal opinion, not representing anyone else :p.
Don't you just love that tape job :lol:

mike s.
04-02-2012, 07:35 PM
I hope Gilles won't play if he just had a MRI, he needs rest right now for his back.

It sounds like Gasquet will likely be called up anyway but I want Gilles mentally and physically fit for the clay court season. I worry if he's called up that only bad things can happen for him mentally and physically.

Kezzi
04-02-2012, 07:43 PM
I saw on twitter is that Gilles is confirmed...
https://twitter.com/ycochennec/status/186892618117029888
:unsure:

Gillouthe best
04-02-2012, 07:44 PM
Finally Gilles is Forget pick: http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Simon-remplace-monfils/274589, I don't like it much, I just hope he is fit if not it's a stupid thing to do.

lalaland
04-02-2012, 07:48 PM
Finally Gilles is Forget pick: http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Simon-remplace-monfils/274589, I don't like it much, I just hope he is fit if not it's a stupid thing to do.

FFS, can't he just leave Gilles alone? Why didn't Gilles say no? :mad: Your back just called and asked why you torturing him.

Ok. Whatever, with Gilles' bad record on clay just a month ago and with his current back problem still lingering, and Forget still pick Gilles over Richard, :confused: I must say, I give up on Forget, completely.

Cloudygirl
04-02-2012, 09:26 PM
Love that Richard fans are going oh no pick Gilles and Gilles fans are going crap pick Richard.

lalaland
04-02-2012, 10:06 PM
lol. I'm sure both fan base felt that DC has ruined their player, so who would want them to go into the fire again. It's too bad that Gilles is still a sucker for DC, or that he can't refuse bcos of fearing of losing his Olympics spot. Either that or he's too stupid to not trying harder to rest his back, which seems to bother him every other tournament if not more often.

mike s.
04-02-2012, 10:32 PM
I just really hope he's not hurt, I think he can handle it mentally because it can't be worse than it's been. However, the worst thing he can do for the Olympics is mess up his back and miss the claycourt season. I am concerned but hopefully Gilles and Thierry know what they're doing.

lalaland
04-02-2012, 11:14 PM
hopefully Gilles and Thierry know what they're doing.

well, hope so, although he also insisted that he knew what he was doing while dragging that knee injury into a year-long of suffering :tape:

Puschkin
04-03-2012, 07:02 AM
lol. I'm sure both fan base felt that DC has ruined their player, so who would want them to go into the fire again.

But this is so true, FOR BOTH. And the French media have their share in that. They just keep telling all the time that both have a bad DC-record, which is of course true, but one also has to consider the opposition they faced:

Richard played his heart out in gruelling matches against the likes of Safin, Youzhny and Davydenko year after year between 2005 and 2007
Gilles lost to guys like Ferrer, Djokovic, Berdych, Melzer

while the percieved French Davis Cup hero Joe Wilfried Tsonga only once beat a Top 20 player- Stepanek in 2008. When the great Joe had to play his only match against a Top 10 guy, Nadal last year, he made six games.

Having said that, I am not sure that Gilles will have to play on Friday, it may well be Benneteau, sacrificed like in Canada. And Gilles might well score the decisive point against Harrison on Sunday, unless Forget comes up with Llodra again. :haha:

mike s.
04-03-2012, 02:23 PM
Some good news: Forget said at the press conference that Gilles told him the MRI came back negative and his back is fine so hopefully he can be 100% for the claycourt season.

Kezzi
04-03-2012, 05:25 PM
Gilles is training with Nico Mahut:
https://twitter.com/fftennis/status/187228272285859840

lalaland
04-03-2012, 10:28 PM
Some good news: Forget said at the press conference that Gilles told him the MRI came back negative and his back is fine so hopefully he can be 100% for the claycourt season.

It's good news, although I didn't really think he has some torn muscle or anything, just a back spasm is quite enough to make playing tennis hell. But still, it's good to know that he thinks he has no trouble playing 5 set matches. His ailing back though, is probably the reason why he was serving 14% the first set in that Murray's match. I just read about Forget's interview, and he cited that Richard has injury and can't go. Oh well, I guess if Gilles is willing then...I totally don't mind if he just sits there the whole weekend not playing, but then, I don't think Gilles would like it though. I bet he rather goes in and loses then sit at the bench the entire weekend.

So I guess now we should just look at the bright side...we'll get great pics ;), and since he's so close to his hometown, he gets to see his friends and family, and gets some early practice on clay to prepare for Monte Carlo.

Gillouthe best
04-04-2012, 06:39 AM
Yes, the positive thing is that without match practice he does awful on his first clay tournament ( eg. 2009, when he lost to Beck in MC), but when he plays something before like last year Casablanca he does better.

MsTree
04-04-2012, 05:39 PM
I'm away to support GB in Davis Cup so if this gets broadcast anywhere can someone capture it? :) Allez!

soulage
04-04-2012, 05:58 PM
http://www.rmcsport.fr/editorial/243963/simon-en-pole-a-monte-carlo/

I love this anecdote Gilles today puts his socks on the wrong side and said it was to take care of his back and reveals that during IW it was Karine who put on his socks

lalaland
04-04-2012, 06:15 PM
Sadly, Tennis Channel is broadcasting DC (I was hoping that ESPN would). Oh well, I'm sure there'll be stream *fingers crossed*. I will try recording the stream, Les.

Thanks Soulage for the news.
:lol: I'm glad Karine was there in IW, or Gilles would have gone to court without socks :p.


Oh, and he arrived last nite to training, after traveling all day (because a lot of delay at the airport due to the strike), managed to practice a bit with Mahut here. There is also an itw http://video.lequipe.fr/video/tennis-golf/tennis-coupe-davis-simon-je-me-sens-bien/?sig=3a53a1510f9s . Don't know what he said, he just looked very cheerful there :rolleyes:. I guess he's happy to be there, even though we aren't :p. Don't know what Mahut did behind his back at 1:42, :lol:, Nico is such a character, love him.

training video:
53lIqf5rfeY

mike s.
04-04-2012, 08:36 PM
Sadly, Tennis Channel is broadcasting DC (I was hoping that ESPN would). Oh well, I'm sure there'll be stream *fingers crossed*. I will try recording the stream, Les.

Thanks Soulage for the news.
:lol: I'm glad Karine was there in IW, or Gilles would have gone to court without socks :p.


Oh, and he arrived last nite to training, after traveling all day (because a lot of delay at the airport due to the strike), managed to practice a bit with Mahut here. There is also an itw http://video.lequipe.fr/video/tennis-golf/tennis-coupe-davis-simon-je-me-sens-bien/?sig=3a53a1510f9s . Don't know what he said, he just looked very cheerful there :rolleyes:. I guess he's happy to be there, even though we aren't :p. Don't know what Mahut did behind his back at 1:42, :lol:, Nico is such a character, love him.

training video:
53lIqf5rfeY

I think the USTA is streaming the matches for free on their website so you should be able to watch there.

lalaland
04-04-2012, 08:58 PM
I think the USTA is streaming the matches for free on their website so you should be able to watch there.

they stream? how nice. Thanks for letting me know.

Kezzi
04-04-2012, 09:41 PM
Oh, and he arrived last nite to training, after traveling all day (because a lot of delay at the airport due to the strike), managed to practice a bit with Mahut here. There is also an itw http://video.lequipe.fr/video/tennis-golf/tennis-coupe-davis-simon-je-me-sens-bien/?sig=3a53a1510f9s . Don't know what he said, he just looked very cheerful there :rolleyes:. I guess he's happy to be there, even though we aren't :p. Don't know what Mahut did behind his back at 1:42, :lol:, Nico is such a character, love him.

training video:
53lIqf5rfeY
I love Nico too, can't wait to start struggling through his book with my poor French. :p

I'm curious to find out who Gilles' fave is for captain, does anyone who speaks French know if he said anything about it in this video? Since I read in the Arnaud forum that the players apparently made their picks already.

lalaland
04-11-2012, 12:14 AM
Gilles signed up for Nice, which means he'll play non-stop Madrid/Rome/Nice/Roland Garros :facepalm:. Well, I figure he can't avoid Nice forever, it's his hometown tournament and so he'll have to succumb to pressure of playing there sooner or later :p. Ah well, so this year it is.

Despite the dismal result on clay so far, I can't wait for Gilles' clay season to start :o. 6 tournaments that will likely determine his fate for Olympics. Allez Gilles!

mike s.
04-11-2012, 02:30 AM
Gilles signed up for Nice, which means he'll play non-stop Madrid/Rome/Nice/Roland Garros :facepalm:. Well, I figure he can't avoid Nice forever, it's his hometown tournament and so he'll have to succumb to pressure of playing there sooner or later :p. Ah well, so this year it is.

Despite the dismal result on clay so far, I can't wait for Gilles' clay season to start :o. 6 tournaments that will likely determine his fate for Olympics. Allez Gilles!

I think he plays better with matches so I'm not too upset as long as he's not injured. Plus, it gives him more chances to get points for the Olympics.

ib4mtf
04-11-2012, 12:24 PM
He also plays Bucharest ... ;-)

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Tournaments/Bucharest.aspx

lalaland
04-11-2012, 05:11 PM
I think he plays better with matches so I'm not too upset as long as he's not injured. Plus, it gives him more chances to get points for the Olympics.

I agree with the first part, he plays better with more matches. Well, as long as he doesn't win Nice :p (Winners of past 2 years lost R1 in RG in long 5 sets). Point-wise, winning a tournament is still better than a R4 in a slam, but he really needs good performance in RG to boost his stock. I still think the week before slam should be a practice week on the slam ground. But I'm sure he knows best to schedule himself, we'll see how that turns out for him.

mike s.
04-22-2012, 12:14 AM
Gilles should be 13th in the race and 12th in the rankings after this week unless I'm miscalculating something. There was a huge gap between the top 11 and the rest so he still has a ways to go to get to the top 10. Unfortunately, unless he performs at the level he showed this week he likely won't make the top 10 until the end of the year where he did so poorly last year and can make up a lot of ground.

He also sealed the deal with the Olympics in my opinion. He created some big distance with Gasquet and with the horrible luck for Benneteau, there's no realistic way he won't be selected.

lalaland
04-22-2012, 01:01 AM
http://live-tennis.eu/race this site said he's 14th on the race, but only 5 pts behind Tipsy, so close enough.

If he can maintain his health, then I think he will maintain his form. He said he's encouraged by this match, although he said he squandered BP chances because he didn't play freely (I supposed he means he's hesitant). He always said that he needs this kind of big matches to build confidence, he still couldn't handle the big points well yet. But he's definitely building up some now.

And I agree with Olympics, there's really no way he won't go, as long as he stays healthy (fingers crossed for that). If he can stay at 12, he won't need to draw the top 4 in Round of 16 in the next 2 masters and RG. Although staying at 12 won't be easy, Almagro is playing one extra tourney then Gilles, and that's Barcelona, potentially, he can get a lot of points. Otherwise, Gilles just need to keep pace with Nico. Monaco is sadly out of the picture at the moment, Gael only plays the next 2 masters, so he also needs to keep pace with Gael. Well, this week is a big boost, now he is at least in a favorable position to get that very important 12th seeding in RG. I just hope that his back won't act up.

sammy01
04-22-2012, 01:52 AM
he needs to just keep playing like he has done this week, if he does he will be picking up points all over the place. i'm confident he can make the top 10 again

mike s.
05-03-2012, 04:14 PM
Gilles entered Queens Club, I assume/hope that will be his only warm-up tournament. He's playing a lot and will need some rest.

sammy01
05-04-2012, 04:51 PM
might have to go to queens then this year!

Kezzi
05-04-2012, 06:13 PM
I am so jealous of that draw in queens :(

lalaland
05-09-2012, 12:49 AM
Gilles entered Queens Club, I assume/hope that will be his only warm-up tournament.

It is.
Not on any entry list of the week before Wimby. I assume he'll play that exhibition tournament for warmup, as he always does.

lalaland
06-01-2012, 04:15 AM
Boodles is on 19th - 23rd June 2012, it's the exo before Wimbledon.


http://www.theboodles.com/

Djokovic Returns to The Boodles

Novak Djokovic will keep his winning Wimbledon formula by returning to The Boodles tournament at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire ahead of this year’s Championships.

The World No.1 played at The Boodles last year and just over two weeks later he lifted his first Wimbledon trophy. Now Djokovic has chosen to return to the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event to prepare for the defence of his Wimbledon title.

"I enjoy playing at Stoke Park and look forward to preparing the defence of my Wimbledon title at The Boodles," said Djokovic.

Djokovic’s Davis Cup team-mate and World No.8 Janko Tisparevic, former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, John Isner, Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Stanislas Wawrinka, Aleksander Dolgopolov and Gilles Simon are the other top players confirmed to play at The Boodles 2012.

In addition to Djokovic, other major names are expected to come to The Boodles for one-off exhibition matches as they put the finishing touches to their Wimbledon preparations. Last year Andy Murray and the Bryan Brothers were among those who played matches at The Boodles.

“We’re thrilled that Novak is coming back to The Boodles for the seventh consecutive year and we hope the formula for him like it did last year,” said Patricio Apey, The Boodles Tournament Director and Founder. “Players love the relaxed atmosphere at The Boodles and our courts are Wimbledon standard so they know it’s great preparation for the Championships.”

Confirmed players for The Boodles 2012:

Novak Djokovic
Juan Martin Del Potro
John Isner
Janko Tipsarevic
Marin Cilic
Stanislas Wawrinka
Aleksander Dolgopolov
Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon

lalaland
06-05-2012, 10:01 PM
Regarding Queen's, he's playing double with Roger-Vasselin.

More for his schedule:
He's defending Hamburg, as expected. It seems Hamburg is the only tournament he plays between Wimby and Olympics (only 3 weeks in between). It's probably not easy to go from grass to clay and back to grass. I hope he goes to the Olympics Opening Ceremony ;) (assuming he's playing the O)

mike s.
06-06-2012, 03:46 PM
Regarding Queen's, he's playing double with Roger-Vasselin.

More for his schedule:
He's defending Hamburg, as expected. It seems Hamburg is the only tournament he plays between Wimby and Olympics (only 3 weeks in between). It's probably not easy to go from grass to clay and back to grass. I hope he goes to the Olympics Opening Ceremony ;) (assuming he's playing the O)

I'm sure he'll play the Olympics, he doesn't like the long stay in the U.S. anyway so I can't think of any reason not to play and he has to be selected. I'm surprised he hasn't been asked about it in any interviews though that I've seen.

While grass, clay, grass isn't good preparation he almost has to defend the title in Hamburg, it's his highest point total on the calendar.

lalaland
09-05-2012, 06:27 AM
Gilles' next tournament is Bangkok, and that's if he can recover well enough from the shoulder problem. He has 3 weeks. If I understand correctly, infiltration works to speed up the regeneration of tissues...

His ranking unfortunately has dropped down to 20 after USO and 21 if Roddick somehow manages to get to SF, which I of course think it's not possible (no disrespect to Roddick but a huge Nole fan I am). Which means things will get really tough from now on, like he won't be seeded for Tokyo nor Shanghai unless there's numerous w/d. Still, his race pts is at around 17, and he has about 200 pts more than the 20th player in the Race. So his goal, for sure, is to keep that ranking, or possibly try to move back up to top 15. But anyway, he has about 5 tournaments remained (if things turn out as planned), so plenty of time to catch up, as long as his body cooperates.

Gillouthe best
09-05-2012, 08:47 AM
All the guys behind him before the US series ( Dolgopolov, Kohlschreiber, Gasquet, Raonic, Wawrinka...) got into form while Gilles got injured :sad:, and in consequence he is dropping ranking places.

mike s.
09-05-2012, 02:04 PM
Unfortunately because many of the top guys missed out this summer, the 10-20 ranked guys all picked up a lot of points in their absence and moved up the rankings. They likely won't be able to defend these points next year but it will be tough for Gilles to keep up in the next 12 months because he lost out on all these points this summer. That being said, even though he dropped to 20th, he's still really close to 4 or 5 guys in front of him so one good tournament and he's back to number 15 or 16. If Gilles can get his serve back, indoor hardcourts are usually good for him except for last year so I am hopeful he can make up some ground in the fall.

mike s.
09-05-2012, 02:05 PM
Gilles' next tournament is Bangkok, and that's if he can recover well enough from the shoulder problem. He has 3 weeks. If I understand correctly, infiltration works to speed up the regeneration of tissues...

His ranking unfortunately has dropped down to 20 after USO and 21 if Roddick somehow manages to get to SF, which I of course think it's not possible (no disrespect to Roddick but a huge Nole fan I am). Which means things will get really tough from now on, like he won't be seeded for Tokyo nor Shanghai unless there's numerous w/d. Still, his race pts is at around 17, and he has about 200 pts more than the 20th player in the Race. So his goal, for sure, is to keep that ranking, or possibly try to move back up to top 15. But anyway, he has about 5 tournaments remained (if things turn out as planned), so plenty of time to catch up, as long as his body cooperates.

He'll probably end up seeded for Shanghai, I have a feeling at least 3-4 guys in the top 20 will miss.

lalaland
09-05-2012, 06:01 PM
Unfortunately because many of the top guys missed out this summer, the 10-20 ranked guys all picked up a lot of points in their absence and moved up the rankings. They likely won't be able to defend these points next year but it will be tough for Gilles to keep up in the next 12 months because he lost out on all these points this summer. That being said, even though he dropped to 20th, he's still really close to 4 or 5 guys in front of him so one good tournament and he's back to number 15 or 16. If Gilles can get his serve back, indoor hardcourts are usually good for him except for last year so I am hopeful he can make up some ground in the fall.

That's a good point.
I was so looking forward to this US summer bcos Gilles has always done well (except 2010 after he came back from knee injury) and the field was wide open. But sadly the shoulder strike, and he got left behind :(.

He'll probably end up seeded for Shanghai, I have a feeling at least 3-4 guys in the top 20 will miss.
You think so? I think Rafa and Fed are the likely w/d. But the rest seems healthy enough. It will be good if he somehow get a seed, otherwise, for all his luck lately, he could get Murray in the first round.

Gillouthe best
09-06-2012, 09:23 AM
He's not playing on the Vienna/ Moscow/ Stockholm week, it would be good for his ranking if he plays there, because the entry lists there are weak, but I think that if he loses early in Tokyo/Shangai he would ask for a WC.

lalaland
11-04-2012, 06:45 PM
This is the year-end report card. I always keep track of numbers cos numbers tell a thousand pictures. Thought I'll just share with you guys in case you are also a number person like me. The 2nd chart is the breakdown of the ranking points.


2012 W L
Slam 6 4
1000 17 8
OG/DC 3 2
500 2 4
250 15 7
Total 43 25
TB 9 13



Player Total Slam 1000 500 250 Title Clay Grass Hard Total
1 Djoko 11420 5120 5350 950 0 5 2580 990 7850 11420
2 Federer 9465 3800 3765 1750 150 6 2080 2600 4785 9465
3 Murray 7600 4280 1750 1320 250 3 720 1950 4930 7600
4 Nadal 6795 3245 2810 650 90 4 4740 45 2010 6795
5 Ferrer 6030 2160 1775 1595 500 7 2605 610 2815 6030
6 Berdych 4405 1270 1995 490 650 2 1320 10 3075 4405
7 DelPo 4080 1260 1180 1140 500 4 1060 520 2500 4080
8 Tsonga 3490 1305 1090 445 650 2 865 720 1905 3490
9 Tipsy 2990 720 1325 145 800 1 1290 90 1610 2990
10 Gasquet 2515 720 1035 315 445 1 600 180 1735 2515
11 Almagro 2515 810 550 355 800 2 1695 90 730 2515
12 Monaco 2430 290 695 545 900 4 1520 90 820 2430
13 Raonic 2380 405 640 835 500 2 325 45 2010 2380
14 Isner 2215 235 1160 170 650 2 420 260 1535 2215
15 Cilic 2210 630 660 270 650 2 815 430 965 2210
16 Simon 2165 270 1225 0 670 1 970 45 1150 2165
17 Wawa 1900 460 945 270 225 0 900 10 990 1900
18 Dolgo 1855 235 535 845 240 1 380 45 1430 1855
19 Nishi 1830 540 425 775 90 1 180 225 1425 1830
20 Kohli 1770 765 245 90 670 1 555 450 765 1770
21 Haas 1695 170 455 600 470 1 525 250 920 1695
22 Querrey 1650 235 525 360 530 1 180 180 1290 1650


Gilles actually earns the same number of ranking point this year as last year. But this year, he started at ranking 12 down to 16, compares to last year he went up from 41 to 12. So yes, it's a bit of a disappointing year. He completely failed in all ATP500 but did very well in ATP1000 (2 SF, 1 QF). And of course the most disappointing is the slam performance. Hopefully, he'll do better next year.


A disclaimer here, for the other players who's ranking pts included Davis Cup points, I didn't want to bother looking up at DC's record to determine what surface those ranking pts was earned on, so I based them on my memory, which is not very good, so there maybe some discrepancy there but I figure the number is not big enough to screw up the picture. And if you like studying numbers and found mistakes, do let me know.

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P.S. I just remembered that this year's rule was a little more relax than last year, he counted 5 ATP250 instead of max 3 last year. If I based the pts on last year's rule, he would have only 2100 pts (O.G. 70 pts & Hamburg 45 pts in place of the 2 90s from Brisbane & Nice), which would have made his pt total in 2012 just a little less than 2011, still not too bad.

mike s.
11-05-2012, 06:18 PM
This is the year-end report card. I always keep track of numbers cos numbers tell a thousand pictures. Thought I'll just share with you guys in case you are also a number person like me. The 2nd chart is the breakdown of the ranking points.


2012 W L
Slam 6 4
1000 17 8
OG/DC 3 2
500 2 4
250 15 7
Total 43 25
TB 9 13



Player Total Slam 1000 500 250 Title Clay Grass Hard Total
1 Djoko 11420 5120 5350 950 0 5 2580 990 7850 11420
2 Federer 9465 3800 3765 1750 150 6 2080 2600 4785 9465
3 Murray 7600 4280 1750 1320 250 3 720 1950 4930 7600
4 Nadal 6795 3245 2810 650 90 4 4740 45 2010 6795
5 Ferrer 6030 2160 1775 1595 500 7 2605 610 2815 6030
6 Berdych 4405 1270 1995 490 650 2 1320 10 3075 4405
7 DelPo 4080 1260 1180 1140 500 4 1060 520 2500 4080
8 Tsonga 3490 1305 1090 445 650 2 865 720 1905 3490
9 Tipsy 2990 720 1325 145 800 1 1290 90 1610 2990
10 Gasquet 2515 720 1035 315 445 1 600 180 1735 2515
11 Almagro 2515 810 550 355 800 2 1695 90 730 2515
12 Monaco 2430 290 695 545 900 4 1520 90 820 2430
13 Raonic 2380 405 640 835 500 2 325 45 2010 2380
14 Isner 2215 235 1160 170 650 2 420 260 1535 2215
15 Cilic 2210 630 660 270 650 2 815 430 965 2210
16 Simon 2165 270 1225 0 670 1 970 45 1150 2165
17 Wawa 1900 460 945 270 225 0 900 10 990 1900
18 Dolgo 1855 235 535 845 240 1 380 45 1430 1855
19 Nishi 1830 540 425 775 90 1 180 225 1425 1830
20 Kohli 1770 765 245 90 670 1 555 450 765 1770
21 Haas 1695 170 455 600 470 1 525 250 920 1695
22 Querrey 1650 235 525 360 530 1 180 180 1290 1650


Gilles actually earns the same number of ranking point this year as last year. But this year, he started at ranking 12 down to 16, compares to last year he went up from 41 to 12. So yes, it's a bit of a disappointing year. He completely failed in all ATP500 but did very well in ATP1000 (2 SF, 1 QF). And of course the most disappointing is the slam performance. Hopefully, he'll do better next year.


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A disclaimer here, for the other players who's ranking pts included Davis Cup points, I didn't want to bother looking up at DC's record to determine what surface those ranking pts was earned on, so I based them on my memory, which is not very good, so there maybe some discrepancy there but I figure the number is not big enough to screw up the picture. And if you like studying numbers and found mistakes, do let me know.

Thanks so much! It confirms what we assumed that he was really hurt by the 500 events and the majors. I think the Australian Open should be his best major based on surface so hopefully he can do much better there this year. He would have made the year-end masters if it was just based on Masters series events.

Gillouthe best
11-05-2012, 07:37 PM
Next year he should try his best on 500 events, they give useful points, a SF is like a QF on a Masters 1000, and of course play better on Slams.

lalaland
11-05-2012, 08:00 PM
Itís a little puzzling why he did so badly in ATP500 this year, theorically itís easier draw than those ATP1000s. But anyway, he did make up those lost ATP500 pts by doing well in ATP1000. Last year, he had 695 ATP1000 pts and 590 ATP500 pts, that is 1285 pts, compares to 1225 ATP1000 pts this year. So itís pretty good. However, he really needs to do better in slams, not only for the pts, but slam results weight so much more in perception. And as Mike said, Aussie is really his best slam surface, he ought to do better in 2013.

Gillouthe best
11-18-2012, 07:38 AM
Don't know where to say this, but he lost to PHM & Zemlja on Interclubs ( he lost vs zemlja after being 5-1 up in the 3rd set :o) , and defeated Bozoljac losing a set, so pretty bad performance :lol:

Gillouthe best
12-02-2012, 02:58 PM
Heīs playing an exho in Argentina, Copa Peugeot (will be playing with Monaco & Verdasco on hia group, and Dolgo, Almagro & Nalbandian on the other one). It will start on Friday the 7th.

Gillouthe best
12-09-2012, 08:25 AM
He defeated Berlocq, but got trashed by Monaco, 62 62.

lalaland
12-09-2012, 09:52 PM
Watched both matches on stream.
1st match against Berlocq, good match to watch. Score 6/7, 6/4, 6/1. W/UE Gilles is 23/11 and Berlocq 21/13. I think he may have triggered some shoulder problem here though, either this or that his shoulder issue is still lingering because he started flexing his right shoulder couple of games into the match. 1st serve is 46% or 48%. I may not like his exo location choice, but I think playing exo is in itself a great way to train. He often said the things he did in practice, he couldnít do it in matches. This exo match is great, he came to the net often, take his opportunity and was offensive through out the match. Itís the kind I wish he can play every match. And itís a serious match, I mean, they arenít just having fun out there.

2nd match against Monaco, not so good to watch. 6/2. 6/2. W/UE Gilles is 9/16, Monaco 10/10. His 1st serve is weak and not precise, and only 44%. Not much to say about this match except that heís just plain bad, the only good thing is that it was done rather quickly.

He also played at Hungary before Buenos Aires, there goes my theory of him vacationing in SA :rolleyes:...He beat Tipsy 6/4 6/4. Soulage posted a news in the DC thread that the French DC team will have a boot camp on the 18th and 19th. FUN!