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Week 14: Tallahassee, Florida

Björki
03-16-2005, 09:58 AM
1 Bjorkman, Jonas SWE 89 :bounce:
2 Moodie, Wesley RSA 116
3 Gambill, Jan-Michael USA 122
4 Heuberger, Ivo SUI 126
5 Elseneer, Gilles BEL 128
6 van Scheppingen, Dennis NED 131
7 Gimelstob, Justin USA 135
8 Peya, Alexander AUT 139
9 Goldstein, Paul USA 158
10 Suzuki, Takao JPN 168
11 Weiner, Glenn USA 170
12 Bogdanovic, Alex GBR 171
13 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 172
14 Bastl, George SUI 175
15 Kunitsyn, Igor RUS 179
16 Wang, Yeu-Tzuoo TPE 181
17 Brzezicki, Juan Pablo ARG 183
18 Reynolds, Bobby USA 187
19 Marach, Oliver AUT 188
20 Baker, Brian USA 193
21 Kendrick, Robert USA 195
22 Parmar, Arvind GBR 205
23 (SE)
24 (SE)
25 (WC)
26 (WC)
27 (WC)
28 (WC)
29 (Q)
30 (Q)
31 (Q)
32 (Q)

Alternates
1. Udomchoke, Danai THA 207
2. Reid, Todd AUS 208
3. Mamiit, Cecil USA 229
4. Berrer, Michael GER 230
5. Vahaly, Brian USA 233
6. Adaktusson, Jacob SWE @236
7. Todero, Nicolas ARG 248
8. Boeker, Matias USA 249
9. Niemeyer, Frederic CAN 252
10. Stakhovsky, Sergiy UKR 254
11. Levy, Harel ISR 260
12. Cakl, Tomas CZE 266
13. Golmard, Jerome FRA 269
14. Alves, Thiago BRA 271
15. Mergea, Florin ROM 274

CooCooCachoo
03-16-2005, 11:52 AM
Forza:

Ivo
Dennis
George
Igor
Juan Pablo

ae wowww
03-29-2005, 08:13 AM
I love the tournament's online entry list-its a pdf of a piece of paper thats been scanned :lol:

http://www.tallahasseechallenger.com/pdf/TallahasseeEntryList2005.pdf

Do they have an early entry list for the dubs here yet?

ae wowww
03-29-2005, 06:41 PM
Please help me out ^ ^

:| Thanks

Fee
03-30-2005, 05:58 AM
I don't think Challengers do advance entry lists.

Here's the first update:

Tallahassee CH (2 SE spots to be cleared)
OUT: Baker, Kunitsyn, Y-T.Wang (and Udomchoke, Berrer, Adaktusson from ALT)
IN: Reid, Mamiit, Vahaly
NEXT: Todero, Boeker, Niemeyer, Stakhovsky, Levy, Cakl, Golmard, Alves

ae wowww
03-30-2005, 08:42 AM
Okay Fee, thanks :)

CooCooCachoo
03-30-2005, 09:10 AM
Igor out :crying2:
Brian in :D

Aleksa's Laydee
03-30-2005, 10:15 PM
Gooooooooooooo JONAS, jan mike and ALEX!!! :banana:

ae wowww
03-31-2005, 09:37 PM
Quallies draw?

Fee
04-02-2005, 04:31 AM
Here you go, it's half empty for some reason.

http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2005/692/qs.pdf

Scotso
04-02-2005, 03:36 PM
Why does Baker keep withdrawing from events :mad:

Scotso
04-02-2005, 03:37 PM
good luck:

Frederic Niemeyer :D
Mihail Zverev :D
Luis Manuel Flores :D

Fee
04-02-2005, 05:42 PM
Don't know what's up with Brian Baker these days. The main draw will be here

http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2005/692/mds.pdf

(1)BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE v.CLOER, Mat USA
MARACH, Oliver AUT v. (Q)TAINO, Eric USA

BRZEZICKI, Juan Pablo ARG v. (WC) JENKINS, Scoville USA
REYNOLDS, Bobby USAv. (5) GIMELSTOB, Justin USA

(4)HEUBERGER, Ivo SUI v. (Q)NIEMEYER, Frederic CAN
TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA v. MAMIIT, Cecil USA

BOEKER, Matias USA v. WEINER, Glenn USA
(WC) RAM, Rajeev USA v. (8) VAN SCHEPPINGEN, Dennis NED

(6) PEYA, Alexander AUT v. KENDRICK, Robert USA
BOGDANOVIC, Alex GBR v. ELSENEER, Gilles BEL

SUZUKI, Takao JPN v. (WC) FRUTTERO, John Paul USA
(Q)GOFFI, Josh BRA v. (3) GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA

(7)GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA v. PARMAR, Arvind GBR
(Q)HODGE, Bo, v. REID, Todd AUS

TODERO, Nicolas ARG v. VAHALY, Brian USA
BASTL, George SUI v. (2)MOODIE, Wesley RSA

Aleksa's Laydee
04-02-2005, 11:50 PM
not elseneer again.. :fiery: bloody fixed draws :fiery:

Bolivero
04-03-2005, 10:07 AM
No Ramon :sad:

Scotso
04-03-2005, 04:08 PM
The main draw is up ;)

so is Jonas going to play doubles? :lol:

Good luck Paul!!!! :bounce:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-03-2005, 07:00 PM
:lol: hopefully with alex...omg that would be truely AWESOME!!

Fee
04-03-2005, 09:00 PM
Doubles draw... (very happy to see the Barker Brothers playing. I'd like to see them on the tour soon).

(1)HUSS, Stephen AUS/MERKLEIN, Mark BAH v.
Bye

COUPE, Brandon USA/TORRES, Marcio BRA v.
BOGDANOVIC, Alex GBR/NIEMEYER, Frederic CAN

(3)BRZEZICKI, Juan Pablo ARG/MARACH, Oliver AUT v.
DRAGICEVIC, Goran USA/ PEHAR, Mirko USA

BOEKER, Matias USA/HODGE, Bo USA v.
RAM, Rajeev USA/REYNOLDS, Bobby USA


BARKER, Richard GBR/BARKER, William GBR
KENDRICK, Robert USA/WEINER, Glenn USA

(WC)GROSLIMOND, Jeff USA/WESTERHOF, Christopher RSA v.
(4)ELSENEER, Gilles BEL/MOODIE, Wesley RSA

FRUTTERO, John Paul USA/GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA v.
(WC)ABOUGZIR, Ytai USA/CLOER, Mat USA

MAMIIT, Cecil USA/TAINO, Eric USA v.
(2)LINDSTEDT, Robert SWE/PEYA, Alexander AUT

Aleksa's Laydee
04-03-2005, 09:38 PM
you know the barkers...i didnt even know of them :lol: :o

Goooooooo Alex and er...Freddie :D

TOP100
04-03-2005, 09:40 PM
Go GW.

A 1st Round Singles win would make for a nice change. ;)

And Dub's with RK,that's cool. :D

Fee
04-03-2005, 11:06 PM
First heard of the Barkers a few years ago in Houston. They are going to university there and I think they will try to make it on the tour when they have finished their degrees. I hope they make it, would be good for English tennis and for Doubles as well.

Best wishes to:
(1)BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE
(WC) JENKINS, Scoville USA
REYNOLDS, Bobby USA v. (5) GIMELSTOB, Justin USA (tough call, either way is okay)
WEINER, Glenn USA
(WC) FRUTTERO, John Paul USA
(3) GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA (please do well here, please...)
(7)GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
VAHALY, Brian USA

Hmm, I've got a lot of guys to watch in this draw...

FRUTTERO, John Paul USA/GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA
this should be a fun doubles team since they are friends. Hope they do well here.

Scotso
04-04-2005, 04:17 AM
are they twins?

Kristen
04-04-2005, 04:53 AM
Igor :sad:
Go Jonas + Oliver!!!
Fingers crossed for a second round match, where I may have to become Marach_Girl for a short time :tape:

ae wowww
04-04-2005, 07:58 AM
GOOD FORTUNE:
BOGDANOVIC, Alex GBR/NIEMEYER, Frederic CAN
FRUTTERO, John Paul USA/GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA
BARKER, Richard GBR/BARKER, William GBR (these guys have their own thread in player forums but no-one seems to have posted :)

CooCooCachoo
04-04-2005, 12:10 PM
Gooooooo (In doubles):

Stephen & Mark
Juan Pablo & Oliver

CooCooCachoo
04-04-2005, 12:11 PM
Gooooo (In singles):

Juan Pablo
Ivo
Dennis
Jan-Michael
Brian
George
RSA

CooCooCachoo
04-04-2005, 12:11 PM
And :rolleyes: at Jean-Julien and Mihail for not qualifying :sad:

Scotso
04-04-2005, 06:50 PM
Frederic qualified :banana:

Mihail, Luis :(

Fee
04-04-2005, 07:36 PM
are they twins?

No, Jan-Michael and John Paul are not twins, they just both have long names.










I'm kidding. Yes, I think the Barker Brothers are twins.... :D

TOP100
04-04-2005, 09:53 PM
Fee

I didn't even know Glenn was in Leon/Mexico last week. :confused:
Then today for the first time I see he made the Final. :eek:

My boy's a Champ. :worship: ;)

Fee
04-04-2005, 10:33 PM
I just saw that myself. How excellent for him. I should send him a text or an email or something. Hope he has a good week in Tallahassee too.

Did I tell you about the excellent pictures I thought I took of him in Indian Wells? I was snapping away happily on my brother's camera for TWO DAYS until the counter went up to 40 shots and I got suspicious. Opened the camera, no film. My brother usually gives me the camera with film in it, and when I picked it up the counter was already on 8 so I just thought there was film in it again (what camera counter advances without film in it?). All those lovely photos (Glenn, Haas, JMG, Kiefer, etc) never existed. Man I was peeved. I hope to buy my own camera this summer, possibly a digital SLR (ooo, fancy).

Tricky_Forehand
04-04-2005, 10:54 PM
Go:

Jonas
Robert
Brian
George

Robert/Glenn
J.P./Jan-Mike (J.P. needs a strong Doubles partner so this should be a good team)

Deboogle!.
04-05-2005, 12:40 AM
HOLY SHIT THE BARKER TWINS ARE PLAYING A CHALLENGER????????????

sorry, I'm slow.

OMG!

I posted in your thread, ae.....

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm kidding. Yes, I think the Barker Brothers are twins.... :D

In all my excitement over seeing the Barkers giving the tour a try, I missed this. Yes, they are twins. both lefties.

VERY Smart guys. Fee, they already graduated from Rice... they were in my class;) (but not in my dorm, so I didn't know them:() Very well-liked, very popular all across campus, and got VERY good grades (which is NOT easy to do at Rice). They both won all kinds of awards and graduated with honors.

My only regret is not "discovering" them before the end of our senior year. I only got to see them play once, and it was singles... but they were playing at the same time and the seating was in between their courts so we kept looking back and forth, back and forth, seeing each of them kick ass at the same time :haha: But damn, I'm mad at myself :smash: I really hope they make it!

Fee
04-05-2005, 02:35 AM
Okay, just called the tournament for the JPF/JMG result and the guy actually snickered when I asked for it, as he was telling me that it was over in less than hour (6-3, 6-0). Hope JPF/JMG had fun, they could end up playing each other in the 2nd rnd of singles. The OOP is up now, looks like almost everyone plays singles tomorrow.

http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2005/692/op.pdf

Thanks for the info Deb, I'll keep an eye out for the Barkers.

Tricky_Forehand
04-05-2005, 03:10 AM
Surprised that it was that easy...J.P. normally likes to make things difficult no matter who his partner is :)

Deboogle!.
04-05-2005, 04:09 AM
Yay Brian won!!

You're welcome, Fee. I really practically squealed when I read all this about the Barkers. Such good guys, and I really liked their games from what I saw of them playing singles. And their record was just ridiculous. I think they were undefeated (or something damn close to it) in NCAA play as a team in the 03-04 season and were ranked 1 or 2 in the country, at least at some point. I remember thinking they're kinda small, thin guys and it would be tough for them on tour, but I guess as a team, that doesn't matter as much as some of the other stuff. But I'm so thrilled they're going to give it a go. At least they have good educations to fall back on if it doesn't work out - they seem like the kind of guys who will be successful at something, no matter what it is they end up doing :D

Fee
04-05-2005, 06:43 AM
Hmmm, perhaps I'll write to Justin and see if he will take a look at them and tell me what he thinks of their potential. Richard is 265 and William is 405 (both career high marks) in the ATP doubles rankings this week, so they are playing Futures and Challengers now and getting decent results. If they don't get a WC for Nottingham this summer, it will be a crime.

Man, I wish I was in Tallahassee this week.... {Give me your credit card Deb :D}

Scotso
04-05-2005, 06:52 AM
Any pictures of these twins?

Tricky_Forehand
04-05-2005, 07:20 AM
Brian :yeah:

Robert :)

For tomorrow:

Go George!!! :bounce:

Björki
04-05-2005, 08:24 AM
Kom Igen Bjösse :bounce:

CooCooCachoo
04-05-2005, 08:46 AM
Any pictures of these twins?

http://www.itatennis.com/EventsResults/DoublesofYear.JPG

Deboogle!.
04-05-2005, 03:36 PM
Man, I wish I was in Tallahassee this week.... {Give me your credit card Deb :D}

HAHA Don't I wish..... mine's about to explode :sad:

there might be some pics of them at www.riceowls.com somewhere... but maybe not, since they've graduated....

Aleksa's Laydee
04-05-2005, 08:40 PM
Good Luck Jonas (god i hope you won alex :scared: )

jezzaUK
04-05-2005, 09:27 PM
Can't find any results, but tomorrows OOP shows Elseneer and not Alex; Goldstein not Parmar. :(

Aleksa's Laydee
04-05-2005, 09:44 PM
oh for god sake brits :fiery:

Aleksa's Laydee
04-05-2005, 09:45 PM
Can't find any results, but tomorrows OOP shows Elseneer and not Alex; Goldstein not Parmar. :(
wheres tomorrows OOP?

Count Zero
04-05-2005, 09:52 PM
atp website

Count Zero
04-05-2005, 10:00 PM
i hear (not 100% confirmed) it was 3 sets again, al getting 1st on TB.

da-do
04-05-2005, 10:20 PM
we will see results tomorow,I see,talahesilesi,fuck

Aleksa's Laydee
04-05-2005, 11:33 PM
argggggggggg alex!!!

Fee
04-05-2005, 11:48 PM
Tournament phone number: (850) 894-0461 for anyone too impatient for them to update the site each evening. I called for the two results I needed personally (sorry I can't get more, but this is the MOST expensive time of day for me).

JMG def Goffi 7-6(7-4), 6-4 and Suzuki def Fruterro 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(9).

Aleksa's Laydee
04-06-2005, 12:07 AM
im not impatient...im british and in a different time zone :lol:

Fee
04-06-2005, 01:33 AM
:D. I meant for any US people, I know you can't make a transatlantic call for Challenger results. I'll put them all here by the time you get up in the morning.

jole
04-06-2005, 01:59 AM
(q)Eric Taino (USA) d. Oliver Marach (AUT) 6-2 7-5
(8)Dennis van Scheppingen (NED) d. (WC)Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-1 7-6(6)
Robert Kendrick (USA) d. (6)Alexander Peya (AUT) 6-2 7-5
Brian Vahaly (USA) d. Nicolas Todero (ARG) 6-4 6-2

mad1town
04-06-2005, 03:00 AM
Rajeev Ram seems like such a waste...if he would ever give 100% effort for a full match he might actually win once in while. When you watch him in person (when he is playing hard) he has a nice game...very smooth volleys, nice serve...solid ground strokes....but most of the time he doesn't seem to want to put the effort into actually moving too fast to get to any balls.

ftd999
04-06-2005, 04:00 AM
:D. I meant for any US people, I know you can't make a transatlantic call for Challenger results. I'll put them all here by the time you get up in the morning.

I don't remember the exact scores but:

Bjorkman d. Cloer 4 and 4
Brzezicki d. Jenkins something like 7-5 in the third
Gimelstob d. Reynolds something like 0 and 4
Tsonga d. Mamit in a very tight match, 6-4 in the third I think
Niemeyer won in three sets
Boeker won fairly easily, I think 3 and 2 or so
Goldstein won easily, I think 1 and 4 or so.
Elseneer d. Bogdanovic in a tight three setter, I think 6-4 in third.
Reid won easily 1 and 1
I believe Bastl beat Moodie in three sets, I think something like 6-2 or 6-3 in the third.
Fee's already posted regarding Gambill and Suzuki

:)

slavna
04-06-2005, 04:04 AM
J.Bjorkman - Cloer M. 6:4 6:4
Brzezicki J.P. - Jenkins S. 4:6 6:0 6:4
Reynolds B. - Gimelstob J. 1:6 4:6
Niemeyer F. - Heuberger I. 6:1 5:7 6:4
Tsonga J.W. - Mamiit C. 7:6 4:6 6:4
Weiner G. - Boeker M. 3:6 1:6
Elseneer G. - Bogdanovic A. 6:7 6:4 6:3
Suzuki T. - Fruttero J.P. 6:3 4:6 7:6
Gambill J.M. - Goffi J. 7:6 6:4
Goldstein P. - Parmar A. 6:1 6:4
Reid T. - Hodge B. 6:1 6:1
Bastl G. - Moodie W. 4:6 7:6 6:1

Fee
04-06-2005, 04:27 AM
Thank you both for the information and scores.

Jonas :D
Scoville :sad:
Justin :D (Bobby :sad: )
Glenn :sad:
JPF :sad: (but you're still in Dubs)
Goldie :D :D

slavna
04-06-2005, 04:34 AM
:)

Scotso
04-06-2005, 06:49 AM
Fred, Todd :D

Paul :D :hearts:

Björki
04-06-2005, 06:58 AM
way to go Jonas :bounce:

Tricky_Forehand
04-06-2005, 07:46 AM
George :bounce: :bounce:

The man is on a mission :D

For tomorrow:

Robert :yeah:
Brian vs. George :shrug: *Torn. If I was to go with length that I've liked a guy...it would be George but Brian needs a good tourney just as bad. George has done very well lately. :banghead: *

Robert/Glenn :yeah:

DUlrich1227
04-06-2005, 11:48 PM
just called the desk for an update..

Jonas had to retire he was down 3-6,0-1

Gambill down a break 4-5

Luvthief
04-06-2005, 11:58 PM
Anybody knows Justin Gimelstob's score, please?

Deboogle!.
04-07-2005, 12:05 AM
According to Brian Vahaly's site, he won his match against George Bastl 6-4 7-6 and will play Todd Reid in the QF...

Luvthief
04-07-2005, 12:07 AM
According to Brian Vahaly's site, he won his match against George Bastl 6-4 7-6 and will play Todd Reid in the QF...

Thank you for this update, and good luck to Brian in the QF.

Still longing to hear Justin Gimelstob's result. :)

DUlrich1227
04-07-2005, 12:13 AM
just an fyi GAMBIL 4-6 ,3-4 DOWN A brk

i gues he will never be able to beat Suzuki

Luvthief
04-07-2005, 12:22 AM
just an fyi GAMBIL 4-6 ,3-4 DOWN A brk

i gues he will never be able to beat Suzuki

Suzuki's rolling, like he should.

Luvthief
04-07-2005, 12:46 AM
From tomorrow's OOP I concur that Justin won. So did Rob Kendrick.
Does any one know the exact score?

Deboogle!.
04-07-2005, 01:01 AM
holy crap, the Barkers won!!!!! :woohoo:

Fee
04-07-2005, 01:44 AM
I am very pleased for the Barkers and Brian Vahaly, but I am just heartbroken for JMG (4-6, 3-6). It does seem like Suzuki has his number, for whatever reason. :sad:

Tricky_Forehand
04-07-2005, 03:41 AM
Brian :yeah:

George :sad: But he still put up a fight :)

Jonas :sad:

No news about either of Robert's matches?

Deboogle!.
04-07-2005, 03:50 AM
Well the Barkers played Robert and Glenn in doubles and they're on the OP for tomorrow, so I guess they won :D:D:D:D:D:D

Fee
04-07-2005, 05:56 AM
Eric Taino def Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 1-0 ret
Gimelstob def Brzezicki 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Niemeyer def Tsonga 6-2, 1-0 ret
Van Scheppingen def Boeker 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Kendrick def Elseneer 6-4, 6-2
Suzuki def Gambill 6-4, 6-3
Reid def Goldstein 6-3, 6-4 :sad:
Vahaly def Bastl 6-4, 7-6(2)

Doubles

Huss/Merklein def Bogdanovic/Niemeyer 6-2, 6-4
Dragicevic/Pehar def Boeker/Hodge 6-3, 6-3
Barker/Barker def Kendrick/Weiner 6-3, 6-4
Lindstedt/Peya def Mamit/Taino 6-4, 6-2

Björki
04-07-2005, 06:40 AM
anyone know what happend to Jonas?

Tricky_Forehand
04-07-2005, 07:26 AM
Bjorki: The .pdf said that Jonas retired due to fatigue :shrug:

Robert!! :yeah: 3 match win streak!! :bounce: Been a LONG time it seems since his last QF. Now the question is if he is mentally strong enough to keep it up :D.

Robert/Glenn :sad:

I am really hoping that Brian can find himself in a SF tomorrow :bounce:

Scotso
04-07-2005, 07:39 AM
Fred, Todd :)

Paul :crying2:

Björki
04-07-2005, 07:45 AM
Bjorki: The .pdf said that Jonas retired due to fatigue :shrug:
Thanks!

Aleksa's Laydee
04-07-2005, 10:32 AM
what a baaaaaaaaaaaad day for me all round...Jonas, Jan-Mike and Alex/Fred :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
04-07-2005, 03:36 PM
Siobhan, the Barkers are British, you can support them :p

Fee
04-07-2005, 05:33 PM
Posted on Thu, Apr. 07, 2005

Niemeyer advances to quarters at Challenger

By St. Clair Murraine
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER


Frederic Niemeyer had an easier route to the quarterfinals of the USTA Tallahassee Challenger than seventh-seeded Paul Goldstein, who didn't get that far.

A few hours after Goldstein was upset in two sets Wednesday, Niemeyer got an unexpected pass to the next round when French teenage sensation Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired in the second set.

Tsonga, who eliminated defending champion Cecil Mamiit in a tough three-set match Tuesday, retired with back pain.

From the start it was obvious that Tsonga wasn't right. His serve, which was the fastest (144mph) fired in an ATP match last year when he played in the French Open, wasn't there.

Later in the day, the tournament also lost top seed Jonas Bjorkman and third-seeded Jan-Michael Gambill. Bjorkman was forced to retire while trailing Eric Taino 6-3, 1-0, and Gambill was stunned by Takao Suzuki 6-4, 6-3.

Bjorkman said he was suffering from flu-like symptoms and couldn't continue, wheezing as he left the court. Bjorkman, ranked 60th in the world and a recent winner of the Nasdaq-100 Open doubles title with partner Max Mirnyi, became the fourth seed to drop out of the tournament.

Goldstein was the first seeded player to fall Wednesday, bowing out with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Todd Reid.

Fifth-seeded Justin Gimelstob took a hard-fought, three-set win over Juan Pablo Brzezicki, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Niemeyer's win over Tsonga puts him in today's quarterfinals against No.8 seed Dennis Van Scheppingen, who rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Matias Boeker.

Tsonga looked lethargic while dropping the first set 6-1 on the hard court at Forestmeadows. He retired immediately after he lost the first game of the second set.

"No one likes to win like this, but I'll take it," said Niemeyer, a seven-year pro who is playing in the tournament as a qualifier. "I didn't have to work that hard today. If I have to play through the week, it'll be a lot of matches, so it's welcomed."

Tsonga showed signs that he might have been the surprise of the weeklong tournament when he eliminated Mamiit. But the booming serve he used to pull off the upset a day earlier over the defending champion wasn't a factor against Niemeyer.

"You have to be strong physically to play good," said Tsonga, 19. "Today was difficult because I couldn't move."

He held serve only once in the first set and didn't win his first game until Niemeyer took a 3-0 lead. Twice during the set, he was within a point of taking games that Niemeyer eventually won by rallying from a 30-0 deficit.

But Niemeyer stuck to his countering attack, suspecting that something wasn't right with Tsonga.

"I knew, but I was trying to get my focus on, and it's tough to play when a guy is playing slowly and relaxed," he said. "You now something is obviously wrong. I thought he was going to give it a try, but it's not fun when you're hurt and trying to play."

Strong mid-afternoon winds added to Tsonga's troubles. He repeatedly hesitated on his serves to let the wind subside, but when the ball was in play, his groundstrokes were errant.

Tsonga came into the tournament with impressive credentials. He was the world's second-ranked junior in the 18s when he turned pro 14 months ago. Tsonga caused a stir when he scored his biggest victory over Carlos Moya, who was ranked in the top10, just a few months after turning pro.

Wednesday's loss in the Challenger - a stop on the ATP Challenger Series - came after he won Torneo Internacional Challenger Fila 2005 in Leon, Mexico, on Sunday.

"I tried to play, but just couldn't do it," Tsonga said. "I'm disappointed (because) I came here to play."

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Contact St. Clair Murraine at (850) 599-2317 or scmurraine@tallahassee.com.

Aleksa's Laydee
04-07-2005, 10:10 PM
aaww jonas :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
04-08-2005, 12:49 AM
According to Brian Vahaly's site, he beat Todd Reid when Reid retired at 3-2 in the first with some kind of injury and that he plays Kendrick tomorrow in the SF so I guess Robert won his QF match also.

Tricky_Forehand
04-08-2005, 12:52 AM
Robert :bounce: :bounce:

Brian :yeah:

Only now I'm in the same rooting problem that I was in Brian's rnd of 16 :p . Wish this was the Final.

Fee
04-08-2005, 01:55 AM
Gimelstob def Taino 7-6, 6-4 :yippee:

Tricky_Forehand
04-09-2005, 03:43 AM
Brian's website says that he def. Robert 6-4 6-4

Sort of a :bounce: :woohoo: :sad: moment for me

I'm SO excited for Brian but would have hoped for a tighter match from Robert.

Brian's site says he will play Gimelstob in the Final

Go Brian!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Scotso
04-09-2005, 04:24 AM
Then Fred lost :sad:

Deboogle!.
04-09-2005, 04:25 AM
WOW this must be Brian's best result in a while. Gosh, I really hope all his injury problems are past him.

Fee
04-09-2005, 05:36 PM
Singles:
(5) Justin Gimelstob (USA) def. Frederic Niemeyer (CAN) 6-4, 6-3
:woohoo: :woohoo:
Brian Vahaly (USA) def. Robert Kendrick (USA) 6-4, 6-4
:yippee: :yippee:

I'm so pleased with these results, I don't think I care which one of them wins the final. :D

Doubles:

(2) Alexander Peya (AUT)/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) def.(4) Gilles Elseneer (BEL)/Wesley Moodie (RSA) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)

Goran Dragicevic (USA)/Mirko Pehar (USA) def. (1) Stephen Huss(AUS)/Mark Merklein (BAH) 6-4, 7-5

Deboogle!.
04-09-2005, 09:00 PM
According to the drawsheet at the ATP Site, Brian won the title beating Justin 6-4 6-0 :eek:

I'm thrilled for Brian... he'd been in a pretty awful slump. I really hope this helps his confidence and that he can stay injury-free!!!!!!!!!

Peya/Lindstedt won the dubs.

Tricky_Forehand
04-09-2005, 10:01 PM
:woohoo: :aparty: :woohoo: :aparty:

I guess I'll have to write him a congratulatory email. He doesn't reply to me anymore but at least I know that he reads his email from his supporters judging by his journal entries.

An extra :woohoo: for the bagel!!!

Scotso
04-09-2005, 10:34 PM
Congrats tall-guy-that-looks-short-on-TV ;)

Deboogle!.
04-09-2005, 11:05 PM
Really? I thought he looked kinda short in person too lol...

Anyway, this looks like one of his best results since 2003 when he had those flukey runs at IW and stuff.... I really hope this is a sign of a turnaround for him. He's just such a nice guy, he deserves some good luck.

Tricky_Forehand
04-09-2005, 11:54 PM
Brian strikes me as someone who might be lying about his height on his profile ;). I've spoken to him a few times and I just don't see him as 6'0 :scratch:

Alex is taller than him and he is between 5'8-5'10

Deboogle!.
04-10-2005, 12:27 AM
i'm VERY short, so everyone seems tall to me. I only say Brian once, and it was a practice, so I was relatively close to him. I just remember thinking specifically that he was shorter than I thought he'd be.

:shrug: doesn't matter, this win is just so great for him. I just hope he can go to Bermuda and do decently there and actually build some momentum.

Fee
04-10-2005, 12:36 AM
According to the drawsheet at the ATP Site, Brian won the title beating Justin 6-4 6-0 :eek:

I'm thrilled for Brian... he'd been in a pretty awful slump. I really hope this helps his confidence and that he can stay injury-free!!!!!!!!!

Wow, that is an excellent result for Brian and I am very pleased for him. In Justin's case, I'm a bit perplexed by that second set score. I hope he didn't go diving for some volley and screw up his hand again, as I've seen him do so many times. He's still getting free points right now, since he has nothing to defend until June, so I hope the nut can stay healthy.

Thanks for posting this Deb! :D

Fee
04-10-2005, 12:37 AM
Brian is definitely less than 6 feet tall. I'd guess 5'8, 5'9 tops.

Scotso
04-10-2005, 03:02 AM
Oh then my eyes aren't going bad. When I saw him on TV they said he was over 6 feet, and I remember thinking that he looks a lot like a midget to be that tall.

Deboogle!.
04-10-2005, 03:18 AM
Here's the article from the tournament website. it sounds like Brian played really well. It's so nice to hear that he's feeling good physically!!!!!
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VAHALY WINS SINGLES, PEYA & LINDSTEDT TAKE DOUBLES AT TALLAHASSEE CHALLENGER

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five days of competition at the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger saw only one seeded singles player remaining and a lone doubles tandem for Saturday’s finals. When it was all said and done only the seeded doubles team would survive at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex as an upset highlighted the singles match up.

The singles match featured a repeat of the championships bout from three year’s ago as fifth-seeded Justin Gimelstob of the United States took on fellow American Brian Vahaly. Vahaly won the only prior contest between the two 7-6 (5), 6-4 during the 2002 Tallahassee event and prevailed once again, winning 6-4, 6-0.

With a 2-1 advantage after holding his second serve, Vahaly got an opening when he broke Gimelstob to go up 3-1 in the match. Gimelstob was up 40-15 before Vahaly won three straight points and held off two more game points before taking the point. His lead would be short lived as Gimelstob broke back in the next game then held serve to tie the bout at three. The two held serve with Vahaly catching another break up 5-4 as he broke Gimelstob again to win the set 6-4.

As hard as the first set was to win, the second was just the opposite as Vahaly cruised through the second stanza to claim the third victory of his career. Vahaly broke Gimelstob three times in the second stanza for the 6-4, 6-0 victory.

“That’s some of the best tennis I’ve played in a while, I’m really happy with the way I played this week,” Vahaly said. “I came up with some great shots today and I’m in great shape physically. If you’re feeling good, you can hit winners like that.”

Commencing the final day of play was the championship of the doubles draw. The lone remaining seed Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Austria’s Alexander Peya took on American’s Mirko Pehar and Goran Dragicevic, who had upset a pair of seeded teams to get into the finals.

In the opening set, both teams held their first two services games. Neither team had the advantage until the fifth game when Lindstedt and Peya broke Pehar to go up 3-2. Lindstedt held serve then the duo broke Dragicevic for a 5-2 lead. Peya held his serve to give the No. 2 seed the opening stanza.

The second set wouldn’t see its first momentum swing until it was ten games in as both teams held serve each of their first five times. Lindstedt and Peya caught a break at five games apiece when Dragicevic double faulted on his serve to give the two seed a 6-5 advantage. Peya held serve once again to win the championships.

Ranked 196th in the world, this is just the second time Lindstedt and Peya have played together. Their only other outing was at the Challenger stop in Bermuda last year where they advanced to the semifinals.

Singles – Championship
Brian Vahaly (USA) def. (5) Justin Gimelstob (USA) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles - Championship
(2) Alexander Peya (AUT)/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) def. Mirko Pehar (USA)/Goran Dragicevic (USA) 6-2, 7-5