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Old 04-16-2011, 10:24 PM   #3871
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Tuning Up for the Tune-Ups
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This has been the mellow Monte Carlo. It used to be that the heart of the season began to beat right around now, but this time the tournament almost feels like a one-off, a clay tune-up for the more significant clay tune-ups to come, with the French Open way out there on the horizon.

You can chalk it up to a phenomenon previously unknown in tennis, something called the Novak Djokovic Effect. It’s akin to the John McEnroe Effect, and in more recent years to the Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal Effect: At certain points in time, the absence of any of these players from a tournament would have robbed it of a good deal of its urgency right from the start. Without them, an event didn’t quite matter, or matter nearly as much as it did with them. It’s a measure of how far Djokovic in 2011 has come that he has reached that status. Too bad, too: He was forced to choose between his two home tournaments, one in Monaco and the other in Belgrade. It’s been a little weird to hear about him practicing on the courts at the MCCC this week, but skipping this one and, hopefully, living long enough to fight in Paris was the right decision.

Along with the Djokovic effect, we’ve also suffered from the Incredible Shrinking Masters, that annual moment when we go from the Slam-like, dual-gender, 96-draw events in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne to a relatively sleepy 56 men at a country club. It’s about as close to the leisurely days of the game’s amateur era as we get today. But there are upsides to everything, right? The fewer players, the more individual attention we can give to the ones whom we do get to see. Which leads to thoughts, and questions, and the hazards of trying to answer them.
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You can chalk it up to a phenomenon previously unknown in tennis, something called the Novak Djokovic Effect.
Interesting. I can't wait to see him play on clay.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:10 PM   #3874
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Thx tangy!! I don't think this magazine is sold here though...
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Well, this Monte Carlo thing is a bit weird. Apart from money, glam and glitz (and many of top players living here), atp put a Masters just a fortnight after the big focusing on hardcourt.

A bit as if you asked 100 m racers to compete in a 800 m three days after the World Championships with a kind of All rounds Olympics Medal as a goal.

Only the spaniards top-spinners are ready in MC, so I can understand Nole sparing strengths to be fit later on.

The feeling something is missing in MC is (for us) because of Nole out but also because most of the players are not here with top clay skills.
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CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH

A charity football game, featuring tennis stars in Serbia Open team and celebrities in the Stars team, will take place on Saturday, April 23, at 2pm, as one of many activities at the Serbia Open 2011 tennis tournament.

It will be a match in which a win won’t have significance, but a great desire and big heart of participants to help those in need.

Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic with the Serbia Open team and Savo Milosevic, Vlade Divac, Dragan Jovanovic, Bata Mirkovic, Ivan Tomic, Nenad Jestrovic, with the team of Stars will try to gather all people of good will and help the National association of parents of children with cancer (NURDOR) in order to raise funds for a project intended to support families of children suffering from cancer.

Fun for kids: Kids Day

Union of Tennis Professionals of Serbia will organise programme for the youngest – Kids Day, on April 23, 2011, starting at 3pm.

Tennis 10s, a part of the ITF's 'Tennis Play and Stay' campaign, will be presented during the Kids Day. The programme is designed to increase participation among the 10-and-under age group, to make tennis easier and more fun for children, and to ensure that competition at this age is appropriate.

Children will have opportunity to play real tennis and have fun.

Andrijana Tasic and Nemanja Oliveric, Bosko Buha theatre actors, will be hosts!

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The latest Distante collection will be presented at the fashion show starting at 9pm.
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[1] DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB v. BYE
QUALIFIER v. RAMIREZ HIDALGO, Ruben ESP
KAMKE, Tobias GER v. KAVCIC, Blaz SLO
MELLO, Ricardo BRA v. ISNER, John USA [5]

[3] GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP v. BYE
KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ v. DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND
ZVEREV, Mischa GER v. SELA, Dudi ISR
NISHIKORI, Kei JPN v. TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB [7]

[8] MONACO, Juan ARG v. LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
[WC] GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI v. QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER v. BERRER, Michael GER
BYE v. 24 MONTANES, Albert ESP [4]

[6/WC] GULBIS, Ernests LAT v. MARCHENKO, Illya UKR
VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA v. [WC] LAJOVIC, Dusan SRB
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP v. QUALIFIER
BYE v. TROICKI, Viktor [2]

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Not a very strong field, but all the better for Nole to keep that winning streak. It will be good practice and he will keep rested.
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...and finally Troicki on the other side of the draw
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...and finally Troicki on the other side of the draw
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Don't worry, Troicki is not getting anywhere, they'll meet in the finals..
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That would be rather hilarious. The darkest side of me wants to see it happen.
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I'm not underestimating anyone. Let's hope that Nole's first clay tournament will be successful!
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He should breeze through this one

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