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Old 12-04-2009, 05:36 AM   #16
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I did notice that the SA Tennis Open have for a while been promoting Monfils and Ferrer as the top seeds on TV adverts, so Jo won't be defending his title in South Africa. Pity, as I'm still procrastinating about visiting South Africa for the first time and he's the perfect reason to do so.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:31 AM   #17
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Rotterdam Are you going, Tess ?
Isn't there anything the week of the 1st February ? That's when I have holidays
I hope so! If my work can give me time off

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I didn't book my ticket yet but I plan to go there on the 1st of January so we'll see
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Jo was supposed to play in Toulouse, beginning next week, but his name is not on the player list anymore. anyone knows why?
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Jo was supposed to play in Toulouse, beginning next week, but his name is not on the player list anymore. anyone knows why?
Masters? I have read on russian tennis site that Joe withdrawed, don't know why.
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Masters? I have read on russian tennis site that Joe withdrawed, don't know why.
yes Masters France. i'm guessing it might be because of his wrist but i don't know..
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:25 PM   #21
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Is Toulose like a challenger tournament? Why would Jo play that?
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:24 PM   #22
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Is Toulose like a challenger tournament? Why would Jo play that?


no, it's not a challenger tournament! it's like the Masters in London, but with only the 8 best french players. real name is Masters France, it's only the 2nd year this is happening in France. it's great for us to be able to see our best tennis player, but it's during the off season (17/20 december), so i'm not sure it's that great for players...
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on second thought i have to correct myself : it's not really the 8 best french players, it's the ones who did the best in french tournament during the past year
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Exactly, and to be more precise, all the results in the ATP French tournaments (Metz, Lyon, Bercy, Marseille, I think I'm forgetting one ?) are comptabilised except Roland. Which is so but again everything is about this competition. It's one year old, last year Simon had won it but neither Jo nor Monfils nor Gasquet had participated.

This year, Jo being french number 1 should have played it but he retired, same as Simon and Monfils, and Gasquet wasn't qualified because he only played 1 french tourney. So it's played between Chardy, Llodra, Benneteau, Mathieu, Ascione, Guez, Gicquel and Clément.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:07 AM   #25
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Very intersting! Thanks.
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Old 12-19-2009, 12:14 PM   #26
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This is his calendar according to his official website :

31/12/09 au 02/01/2010 Abu Dhabi


04/01/2010 Qatar ExxonMobil Open - Doha


11/01/2010 Medibank International - Sydney


18/01/2010 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Melbourne


08/02/2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament - Rotterdam

15/02/2010 Open 13 - Marseille


22/02/2010 Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubaï


So no Kooyong and Sydney instead. He was saying at the end of last year that he had played too much, but he chooses to do the same number of tournament this year :?

Nevertheless, I just hope we won't see the back problem at the AO this year, to kick well enough this year
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:35 PM   #27
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Did you hear about this? This is huge!

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Tsonga Signs With Babolat for 2010

December 19, 2009

It was announced today that Frenchman and current world No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has signed a new racket deal with French manufacturer Babolat.

Tsonga, who was previously signed to Wilson rackets, will debut his Babolat frame at next month’s Australian Open.

Tsonga’s career highlights have included reaching the finals in Australia (2008) and winning the Paris Masters 1000 event in 2008.

More soon…
http://tennisconnected.com/home/2009/12/19/tsonga-signs-with-babolat-for-2010/

I'd love it if one of you could look for more info in the French newspapers/websites.
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:34 PM   #28
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Wow! Didn't expect that to happen!
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:08 PM   #29
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French article from welovetennis which confirms this info :

La célèbre marque Babolat a annoncé la signature d’un contrat de partenariat – raquette, cordage et accessoires – avec Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 10ème joueur mondial, à partir du 1er janvier 2010. Le numéro 1 Français était jusqu'alors équipé par Wilson.

Voici les déclarations des principaux intéressés de cette annonce.

Eric Babolat, Président-Directeur général de Babolat : "Parce que nous sommes une marque française qui compte parmi les leaders mondiaux en raquettes et cordages de tennis, nous sommes particulièrement fiers d’accueillir, au sein de notre Team de joueurs, un joueur français du Top 10 mondial. Nous avons en commun un même esprit de compétition et une même passion. Nos valeurs nous rapprochent."

Jean-Christophe Verborg, responsable de la compétition chez Babolat : "Nous sommes très heureux que Jo-Wilfried ait choisi Babolat. C’est un joueur très sympathique et extrêmement charismatique. Avec son arrivée dans le Team, il renforce de façon notoire la visibilité de Babolat aux premières places du classement ATP : Rafael Nadal (Esp) n°2, Andy Roddick (USA) n°7, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FR) n°10, Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) n°11."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga : "Je suis très content de jouer à partir de la saison prochaine avec les raquettes et les cordages Babolat, et je suis également très fier de ce partenariat avec une marque française dont je partage les valeurs."

Really nothing to translate, apart from this : Jo will play with a Babolat next year
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OK from the commentary in welovetennis, it's an old thing. He tested the APD model at the beginning of 2009 and found it very good, so he changed for the Kobra of wilson which wasn't as good, but the nearest one. So he waited for the end of his contract with Wilson and here is Babolat. So it isn't (only) a money thing, more like a regularisation.
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