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He hasn't given up on playing tennis again. The last time we spoke about his shoulder was a week or so before Christmas and at that time he was planning to give the Waikoloa Challenger a try at the end of January and see how that went. I spoke to him verrry briefly on Saturday, but he's got a cold right now and wasn't really in the mood to talk much. He is coaching and giving lessons at the Holua Tennis resort in Hawaii, in the meantime. :)
 

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Go to Hawaii, call and make an appointment, write a check for about $150. Bring your racquet and tennis clothes.
 

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http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2007/499/mde.pdf

Jan-Mike has a WC into Delray Beach. He is playing in the Main Draw Elimination Round, so a win would put him through to the RR. He plays Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia. A win would not only be an obvious boost, but also guarantee him at least 2 matches in the RR. However, I am just hoping he plays and feels good, injury-free.
 

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JMG also got a WC into doubles, with Rainer Schuettler. They play Simon Greul and Kevin Kim, a very winnable match IMO.
 

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thanks for the update AE. Fingers crossed for him.
 

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A nice photo from a few days before the tournament - I guess JM arrived in plenty of time..
 

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6-7, 4-6 unfortunately - but nonetheless a valiant comeback in my opinion. JMG had his chances, and broke his opponent once. He unfortunately hit a DF to give his opponent match point, and couldn't hang in there any longer. Good effort buddy, hopefully he and Rainer can do well in the doubles!
 

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Thanks for the info. I hope he gives himself credit for this effort. He did a fine job in his first full match on tour since last August, and I hope that this is the first of many matches in 2007 (but he'll have better results next time).

On to the Doubles! :)
 

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Posted on Mon, Jan. 29, 2007


DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gabashvili defeats Gambill at Delray Beach ITC
Despite being eliminated by Telmuraz Gabashvili, Jan-Michael Gambill said `I gave my all and I had fun.'
BY SANDRA HARWITT
Special to The Miami Herald

In the past, Delray Beach has been a lucky location for Jan-Michael Gambill.

At one time, the 29-year-old Gambill was considered a potential tour titan, someone who had the capability of doing great things on a tennis court, not to mention being considered a tour heartthrob.

He certainly showed signs of success when he reached a career-high ranking of No. 14 in 2001, and captured two of his three career titles here at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in 2001 and 2003.

But during the past few years the now No. 687-ranked Gambill has been hampered with severe right shoulder tendinitis, an ailment for which numerous MRIs have indicated there is no surgical solution.

On Sunday, Gambill nearly created another serendipitous Delray moment for himself, but eventually fell short to Russian Telmuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the main draw elimination round, part of the 32-player round-robin format the tournament adopted this year.

Gambil has played little tennis of late, only taking to the court for five matches last year. He played in two Challenger events -- Waikola, Hawaii, in January and Binghamton, N.Y., in August -- and reached the third round of his sole ATP tournament appearance in Washington, D.C. last July.

The fact that people have questioned why he's attempting to continue playing comes as no surprise to him.

''I would ask those people why not, and I would ask those people if they've ever been in my shoes?'' Gambill said. ``No is the answer. I love this game and I love to play, and I had a great time on the court.''

Tournament Director Mark Baron is not one of the skeptics who question Gambill's desire to keep playing.

Having always been a soft touch when it comes to fulfilling players' wishes, especially players who have been loyal to his event, Baron granted Gambill's request for a wild card last week.

''I can't thank Mark Baron enough for giving me the opportunity to play this event,'' Gambill said. ``You never really deserve anything and I don't expect anything. He had a little faith in me. Unfortunately, I didn't win but I gave my all and I had fun.''

Gambill's hope is for his shoulder to feel good enough to give him a few more turns on the pro tour, and he remains convinced he is still tour-level talent.

He also has decided to jump-start his retirement plans, recently starting the small tennis academy he dreamed of for the future at his home in Kona, Hawaii.

''It's part of one of the things I wanted to do when I wasn't playing anymore anyway,'' he said. ``I figured since I'm not doing anything, I might as well start doing something now.''

In other play, Romanian Andre Pavel won his main draw elimination round match 6-3, 1-0 when Ilia Bozoljac of Serbia retired with gastroenteritis.

RESULTS

At Delray Beach Tennis Center

Delray Beach

Qualifying: Jesse Levine d. Michael Lammer 7-5, 6-0; Scoville Jenkins d. Frederic Niemeyer 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2; Dusan Vemic d. Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-4; Sergiy Stakhovsky d. Hugo Armando 6-4, 6-3.

Main Draw Elimination Round: Andrei Pavel d. Ilia Bozoljac, 6-3, retired; Telmuraz Gabashvili, d. Jan-Michael Gambill, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.






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Yes boys :D They won 62 46 14-12 (match TB), obviously facing several match points in the breaker, they were also 0-3 in the TB to start with so did very well to recover. First pair through to QF.
 

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Yes boys :D They won 62 46 14-12 (match TB), obviously facing several match points in the breaker, they were also 0-3 in the TB to start with so did very well to recover. First pair through to QF.
They play the winner of Auckland/Huss [4] and Delic/Kendrick in the QF. Probably play Thursday.
 

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From the Ball in Delray.. Glad he is enjoying himself too!
 

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Singles: R1 vs Gabashvili
 

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Well they lost their doubles match to Auckland/Huss 5-7, 7-6(2), 17-15. Here's an article from his singles match, kind of similar to the last one I posted.

Gambill remains upbeat despite loss in first round

By Charles Elmore
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Monday, January 29, 2007

DELRAY BEACH — Two-time champion Jan-Michael Gambill saved two match points, but a seven-month injury layoff caught up with him in the opening round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Sunday.

Gambill has been teaching tennis to kids in a small academy in Hawaii as he struggles with shoulder problems. Flashes of his Delray Beach mojo flickered on a windy stadium court, but Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili ultimately prevailed 7-6 (3), 6-4.

"Honestly, I've been only practicing for a week," said Gambill, 29. "I just started serving when I got here. I was entirely in that match, and I enjoyed very much being out there."

The tendinitis in his right shoulder cannot be corrected by surgery and may well force his eventual retirement, Gambill admitted. Still, ranked 687th in the world, he was grateful to accept a wild card to a tournament that has accounted for two of his three career titles.

In the final game, Gambill ripped a forehand winner and an ace to save two match points, but sailed a forehand long on the third.

That sends Gabashvili to the first round-robin segment at a tournament on U.S soil, where eight groups will be made of three players each. He will face Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Kristian Pless of Denmark in succession, and the player with the best record in the trio moves on to the quarterfinals. The final eight players play a traditional format to determine the champion.

"I like it because now I get to play two more matches," Gabashvili said. "My movement and my timing were not good today, and this gives more time to get it going."

Romania's Andrei Pavel also entered the round robin when Ilia Bozoljac of Serbia retired with stomach troubles as Pavel led 6-3, 1-0.

On center court at 11 a.m. today, 6-foot-6 Californian Sam Querrey will pick on somebody his own size, the equally tall Konstantinos Economidis of Greece.

At 7 p.m., Vince Spadea of Boca Raton squares off with Germany's Simon Greul. That's followed by Benjamin Becker, the German who sent Andre Agassi into retirement last year, against Kevin Kim of Newport Coast, Calif. The winners of those matches all enter the round-robin phase.

Meanwhile, University of Florida freshman Jesse Levine of Boca Raton played his way into the main draw of an ATP Tour event for the second time. Levine ran away from No. 291-ranked Michael Lammer of Switzerland in a qualifying match Sunday, 7-5, 6-0.

"I was definitely feeling a little nervous because I had never played in a stadium that big before," said Levine, ranked No. 505. "I was more focused in the second set. I don't think I missed too many serve returns."

Gator teammate Ryan Sweeting of Fort Lauderdale meets Michael Russell in the first round, probably on Tuesday. Russell has been delayed by playing in the final at a tournament in Hawaii.

In other qualifying action, Atlanta's Scoville Jenkins picked up his service-return game when it mattered to take down Frederic Niemeyer of Canada, 6- 7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-2.

"I missed two months last year with surgery on my wrist, and I'm starting to feel a little better on the court," said Jenkins, 20.

Where: Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W. Atlantic Ave.

Dates: Through Sunday

Field: 32 players.

Prize money: $416,000

Directions: From I-95, go east on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, stadium on left

Tickets and information: (561) 330-6000

On the Web: www.YellowTennisBall.com ROUND-ROBIN GROUPS

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2007/01/29/a1c_delray_0129.html
 

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He is on the alternate list for the qualie draw, but I don't think he has decided if he will go yet. The list will probably drop enough for him to get in, so he'll probably make a decision about it soon.
 
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