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TWITTER FILES: Gael Monfils Surges Past Marcos Baghdatis To Enter Quarter Finals In Dubai

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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US OPEN SERIES W&S OPEN: Blake Opens Cincinnati Quest With A Win Over Baghdatis

Monday, August 15, 2011

American James Blake during post-match interview

James Blake, a Cincinnati singles finalist in ’07 and an ’02 doubles titlist with Todd Martin, defeated Marcos Baghdatis in a rematch of their Wimbledon first round meeting. The veteran Blake, who’s been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world back in ‘06, advanced to the second round 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

For Blake, the win over Baghdatis allowed him to exact revenge after suffering a loss to the Cypriot at Wimbledon earlier this summer. In that match, the Baghdatis won 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 4-6 6-4.

Blake cited increased confidence as one factor in the role reversal this time around.
The American continued that the court surface attributed to the positive result. "Since I lost to [Baghdatis] at Wimbledon, I’ve been playing well," he said. "I feel really good about being back on the hard courts. The summer swing is always my favorite part of the year; it’s where I have my most success."

Up next for the American will be the winner between the No. 14 seed and 2011 Sydney finalist Viktor Troicki and Fabio Fognini, who’s currently enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 64. Earlier this year, the Italian advanced to the quarterfinals at the French Open in his best ever showing at a major.

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THE END OF WIMBLEDON DAY 2: Photos And Results

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

(L-R) Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France OUT, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France ADVANCED, Serena Williams, USA ADVANCED, James Blake, USA OUT, and Heather Watson , GBR MATCH POSTPONED

Serena Williams, USA (7) defeated Aravane Rezai, FRA
6-3, 3-6, 6-1

"I'm not a crier," said Serena Williams.

 "I didn't expect to have any emotions," she said. "But it was definitely so emotional for me because, you know, throughout the last 12 months I've been through a lot of things that you guys don't even know about. It's just been a long, arduous road. To stand up still is pretty awesome.

"This was probably the most emotional I've gotten after a match. I think my first time, maybe, was when I won the US Open way back in '99. I think I got a little emotional then. But this was Centre Court; defending champion and it's Wimbledon. It doesn't get bigger than this."

"I don't think I played well," she said. "I could have done a lot of things. I had a lot of unforced errors. But it was all about going out there and doing what I could under a lot of pressure."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA (12)  defeated Go Soeda, JPN
6-3, 77-64, 6-2

James Blake, USA defeated by Marcos Baghdatis, CYP (32)
4-6, 2-6, 77-65, 6-4, 4-6

Asked if he thought this loss signaled the consideration of retirement, Blake responded, "That's going to be a decision that's going to take longer than one match, and I wouldn't want to make it within an hour, two hours, or even a day of a loss, especially because your head isn't where it's supposed to be at that time."

"I've lost over the years, probably, about a couple of hundred matches, and I'd say out of 200, about 198 of them I probably thought I should retire right after those losses.  But I'd come back the next day ready to play and ready to get better. I'm thinking this one will be the same."

Stephanie Foretz Gacon, FRA defeated by Andrea Petkovic, GER (11)
3-6, 4-6

Heather Watson, GBR and her Mom Michelle.

Heather Watson, GBR vs. Mathilde Johansson, FRA
Match postponed until Wednesday - Day 3

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Wimbledon Day 2: Round 1 Continues - Includes Blake vs. Baghdatis

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

(L-R) Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, Serena Williams, USA, James Blake, USA, and Heather Watson, GBR


Serena Williams, USA (7) vs. Aravane Rezai, FRA

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA (12)  vs. Go Soeda, JPN

James Blake, USA vs. Marcos Baghdatis, CYP (32)

Heather Watson, GBR vs. Mathilde Johansson, FRA

Stephanie Foretz Gacon, FRA vs. Andrea Petkovic, GER (11)

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LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC: James Blake's Return To DC For The Classic Announced

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

James Blake, USA
 We are pleased to announce that James Blake will return to the Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by GEICO in 2011. Blake, the 2002 champion and 2005 runner-up, earned the first of his 10 ATP singles titles at the 2002 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, upsetting top-seeded Andre Agassi in the semifinals..  Blake reached the final again in 2005, where he fell to three-time champion Andy Roddick.

The former Harvard star was the top-ranked American in 2006, reaching a career-high of No. 4 in the world, but has been plagued by injuries in recent years.  Blake’s tennis career has seen many setbacks, including scoliosis, fractured vertebrae, and the loss of his father to cancer. Despite these challenges, Blake has excelled both on the court and off, becoming a role model for young players. His book, “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” documents both the challenges and successes of his career.  For his efforts in the community, his fellow players recognized him with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in 2008.  
Blake’s addition to the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic further strengthens an already competitive field.  Several of the game's marquee players (as previously announced), including world No. 10 Mardy Fish, No. 11 Andy Roddick, No. 15 Viktor Troicki of Serbia, Sam Querrey and John Isner, 2010 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus), former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and Canada's rising star Milos Raonic - have committed to play in the 2011 Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by GEICO.

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Mixed Bag In Rotterdam: Monfils Sick And Tweeting, Blake Ousted And Tsonga Withdraws

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Gael Monfils vs. Olivier Rochus 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis TournamentGael Monfils, France
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At the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, fourth-seeded Gael Monfils of France was up half the night prior to round one play feeling ill and took his plight to Twitter where he tweeted his pain. In spite of his ill feelings, he still managed to defeat Belgian Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the second round.

In the aftermath, speculation arose that Monfils should be wary of giving constant updates as it could be used by gamblers.

In his press conference Monfils stated, "I love to play tennis but I don't think about it much off the court. I'm a 23-year-old person. What we do off court with Twitter or Facebook, it's private life. I don't even know all of the rules of tennis, I just play."

Monfils had six breaks over Rochus in the one hour 43 minutes match setting up a rematch against Dutch player Thiemo de Bakker who previously beat him in a Davis Cup match.

I felt so-so on court," said Monfils, now 4-2 in his third Rotterdam appearance.

"He played well in the first set, I was trying to get into the match. I took more risks to try for the win. I stayed calm and found a solution.

"I certainly didn't feel 100 percent, I tried to train last night but felt a fever. It was a big change from South Africa and 30 Celsius to minus-five here. I'm still sick but I hope to wake up better each day."

Black Tennis Pro's James Blake vs. Marcos Baghdatis 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis TournamentJames Blake, USA

American James Blake's stay in Rotterdam was cut very short by Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis who defeated Blake in the first round 6-4, 6-2.

Post match Baghdatis stated, "I was really happy with the way I started the match, very solid." "James didn't play the best match, hitting a few more unforced errors than normal but I stayed concentrated, served well and it was enough for the victory so I am very happy. It's hard to play against somebody going for so many winners like James was today, but I moved well and made some great passing shots at important moments."

Black Tennis Pro's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Injury Withdrawal from ABN AMRO World Tennis TournamentJo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew from the tournament because of a stomach muscle injury.

Tsonga stated on his website, "The problem started in the fourth round of the Australian Open against Nicolas Almagro."

"It bothered me in the quarter-final against Novak Djokovic and in the semi-final against (eventual winner) Roger Federer. I hope I'll be able to go back to training next week without serving."

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Tsonga's Maiden Win At The French Open Requires A Tie

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
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PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga downed fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to record his maiden win at the French Open on Tuesday and celebrated the occasion by wearing a tie to his post-match news conference.

"This is my first victory here. I celebrate this victory like this," a beaming Tsonga told reporters while showing off his navy blue tie.

"I wanted to come in a tuxedo ... but my sponsor didn't really want me to. Now I've found a solution."

Asked if he would wear a bow tie if he ended up winning the tournament, Tsonga responded: "If I win, I will wear whatever you want but not a G-string."

Tsonga, who lost in straight sets to Andy Roddick in his only appearance at Roland Garros in 2005, prevailed after two hours 43 minutes on a windswept Centre Court.

The 2008 Australian Open finalist will next face Argentine Juan Monaco, who breezed past Cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-2 6-4.

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Short Of A Miracle, No Monfils At Roland Garros

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Black Tennis Pro's Gael Monfils Roland GarrosGael Monfils, France
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France, May 20 (Reuters)
- Gael Monfils was on the verge of withdrawing from the French Open on Wednesday because of a knee injury, he said. "If I had to decide today, the answer would be no," the world number 11, who reached the semi-finals at Roland-Garros last year, told a news conference after losing 6-4 6-0 to Marcos Baghdatis in an exhibition game.

"I clench my teeth but my knee is still hurting. I'll make my decision at the last minute. I have six days left as I have asked to play on Tuesday. I still believe a miracle will happen," he added.

According to French federation doctor Bernard Montalvan, the 22-year-old Monfils suffers from an inflammation of the kneecap which could require surgery and a long period of rehabilitation.

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