View Full Version : Wake up, Labadze!

02-23-2005, 02:55 PM
Irakli Labadze is such an enormous talent (GREAT serve, moves well for a big man, good hand) but he simply doesn't care about winning tennis matches. According to my ex-coach, who coached Irakli briefly last spring at Indian Wells, Labadze is conceited and irrational on and off the court. He is also a regular pot smoker.

Seriously, Labadze has everything it takes to be a top 10 player. He needs to get his mind right and earn some respect for Georgia. Labadze is currently involved with a betting scandal - he was accused of intentionally losing to Julian Knowle in a first-round match. This is definately NOT COOL. Wake up, pothead!

Aykhan Mammadov
02-23-2005, 04:07 PM
Lee, present him an alarm-watches.

Also advise 1973 Wimbledon finalist another well-known tennis-player from Georgia Alex Metreveli to become his coach.

02-23-2005, 04:09 PM
Interesting info. Agree he has worlds of talent, whats his nickname..The Freak or something like that. He's not in shape thats for sure. He's one of those guys who can take a set off anybody in the world, but probably capable of losing a set to anybody in the world as well.

02-23-2005, 04:28 PM
He needs to get into shape, i remember he faced Roddick in the first round of the Australian open and he actually took Roddick to a tiebreak but then in the 3rd set, Roddick hit a shot and Labadze ran it down but instead of returning to the middle of the court he sat down.

02-23-2005, 04:29 PM
Here's a recent article on Labadze.

Austrian court issues summons to Georgian player in betting probe
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Georgian tennis player Irakli Labadze has been asked to appear in an Austrian court as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing.

A court in Korneuburg, a town outside Vienna, issued a subpoena for Labadze to offer sworn testimony about his first-round loss to Austria's Julian Knowle at last year's Raiffeisen Grand Prix in St. Poelten.

Knowle, an unseeded doubles specialist, beat the fourth-seeded Labadze 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

02-23-2005, 05:19 PM
I was at Memphis last week and he was walking around at least at 230 pounds. He could be great. He is blowing his chance.

02-23-2005, 07:34 PM
if he was in the wrestling team maybe....

02-24-2005, 10:11 AM
I've always felt that Labadze was pushed in to the wrong sport. He looks more like a wrestler.

Andy Hewitt
02-24-2005, 10:39 AM
i know that guy, i was gettin high with him on a trip to Slovakia!

02-24-2005, 11:09 AM
Here are some observations about Labadze (and Gerome Golmard) from SJ a couple weeks ago. I had the good fortune of being able to hang out at the practice facility (3 indoor courts, no public allowed) and watch the pros practice.
I was watching a couple guys practice (I was sitting on one of their chairs since they weren't using them) and someone approaches from the side and sits down next to me. I glance over and see these huge legs, huge *** and huge stomach. It is Labadze. Dude is huge. His practice partner (whom I did not recognize but later learned was Jerome Golmard) showed up and they started hitting. Labadze hits an amazing ball, just crushes it with tons of spin. Problem is, when Golmard started moving him around Labadze started missing. A coach watching told me If IL lost 30 lbs he would be a consistent top 30 guy. The coach said IL has no motivation because his father is very wealthy. Laziest player the coach has ever seen he said.
When IL was warming up his serve he was hitting it so hard even the pros on the adjascent court stopped and watched. Golmard was jumping out of the way of some balls that were 10 ft long! So they start a practice set and IL, while missing when he had to move a lot, was still kicking Golmard's ***. Golmard (a former top 25 player who tried to qualify in SJ), after shanking a shot walked over to the cement wall and just crushed his Babolot against it. Then calmly walks to his bag and pulls out another racket. Minute later he double faults and SMASH!, there goes another racket. The coach says, 'watch he's gonna double fault again. What the f*ck is he doing here anyway, he's made his money, he should be home in France'.
So what happens? Yep, another double fault. He winds up to crush his third racket but stops, walks over to his chair and sits down, head in hands, never saying a word. I'm standing 5 feet away watching an aging pro melt down completely. It was painful to watch and I felt really bad for him.
Then Labadze did something very nice. He left for a minute, comes back and sits down to Golmard who was just sitting there staring at his smashed rackets. Labadze says, 'I go out to bathroom to take a sheet you know, and 10 feet away I say oh no this smell is going to kill me! Worst smell ever yet I have to sheet. What am I going to do? So I hold my nose and go inside!'
He goes on telling his funny sheet story trying to cheer up his friend. It made me laugh.
I notced the following week in Memphis Golmard did not play the qualies. I hope he went home.

02-24-2005, 12:42 PM
Great story, NORCAL! Yeah I hope Labadze gets his act together. I didn't know his dad was rich


pound cat
02-25-2005, 07:34 AM
Here's the rest of the match fixing accusation (eurosport, Feb 25)

Unheralded Austrian Julian Knowle upset the fourth seed 7/5 4/6 6/2.

A man, identified by prosecutors as a friend of Labadze's, Martin Fuehrer, sued a betting company in Korneuburg, Austria after it refused to pay out on a $23,000 winning bet against the Georgian.


The betting company claims to have evidence that Fuehrer knew that Labadze was going to lose.

His agent denies all:

"Irakli could earn a lot more money... by winning two or three rounds in St Poelten. These accusations are complete nonsense," Stephan Wechselberger told the Associated Press news agency.

Labadze is not the only one upset at the claim.

"This was actually one of the best matches I played in 2004 and everyone who was present could tell that I won deservedly," an irate Knowle told the AP.

"Any other claims are rubbish."

02-26-2005, 03:39 AM
Great story, NORCAL! Yeah I hope Labadze gets his act together. I didn't know his dad was rich Word. Awesome story. I see that he lost to Golmard in the first round of the US Open this past year.

I remember seeing this dude play against Henman on TV, at Indian Wells, and thinking he hit a really mean ball. The atp site shows that he played like total crap after that. His ranking's going to plummet in a couple of weeks.

Why do they call him Freak? Temper? Fat? Talent?