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Tnsguy25
04-12-2009, 11:44 AM
Isn't that sad for American men's tennis? Both Roddick, Blake, and Fish are all in the Top 30 and would directly make the main draw and Querrey made the QFs last year, but none are entered.

Serendipitous
04-12-2009, 11:46 AM
That's really sad. American players should get over their distaste for clay. You don't see Spaniards complaining about hard courts.....

Cyan
04-12-2009, 11:50 AM
Good for them. But isn't Querrey decent on clay?

LuckyR
04-12-2009, 11:52 AM
I don't get it. Not taking the opportunity to get paid for essentially taking a vacation in Monte Carlo? Those are some beautiful courts.

Tnsguy25
04-12-2009, 11:54 AM
I know, Monaco is gorgeous

jamesblakefan#1
04-12-2009, 03:04 PM
Isn't that sad for American men's tennis? Both Roddick, Blake, and Fish are all in the Top 30 and would directly make the main draw and Querrey made the QFs last year, but none are entered.

They're all at Roddick's wedding, at least Fish and Blake are.

I agree, the American players need to start playing a serious clay court schedule. Not just the MS events, but the smaller events as well. I'd have no problem if guys came over straight after Australia and played some on clay.

Mungo73
04-12-2009, 03:47 PM
it is a boycott to prince albert of monaco, they cant stand a bald older man getting hotter girls than them

Nadalfan89
04-12-2009, 03:50 PM
Heh I dont think pro tennis players really care about vacationing in a pretty spot anymore. They vacation for a living.

Nanshiki
04-12-2009, 04:10 PM
That's really sad. American players should get over their distaste for clay. You don't see Spaniards complaining about hard courts.....

Yes you do. Rafa was *****ing about how long the hard court season was.

jamesblakefan#1
04-12-2009, 04:12 PM
Yes you do. Rafa was *****ing about how long the hard court season was.

Yeah, but that's more because it's been hard for his body over his career, not because he sucks on it like the americans suck on clay, so they choose to avoid it unless they're forced to play on it.

Mungo73
04-12-2009, 04:13 PM
Yes you do. Rafa was *****ing about how long the hard court season was.

because its too long, duh?

but he plays hardcourt tourneys, he doesnt stay at home with a blonde bimbo!

tkramer15
04-12-2009, 06:45 PM
It's been quite awhile since the top Americans ventured to Monte Carlo. Timing/scheduling is the biggest culprit. Roddick, Blake, Fish, etc. simply don't want to bother flying to Europe for Monte Carlo (and probably suffer an early round loss), fly back home, and then have to return to Europe two weeks later for Rome. There used to be more time between the end of Miami and Monte Carlo, which gave the Americans or players who don't favor clay more of an incentive to make the trip. Recently, only one week has separated the Miami final and the start of Monte Carlo. Combine that with the fact that a number of Americans, or guys like Haas and Hewitt who now call the U.S. home for a large part of the year, played in Houston right after Miami and there's no way any of them are going to make the trip to Monaco.

It's obvious that the Americans would rather just play Rome and/or Madrid for their French Open preparation. I'm not saying that I agree with this strategy, but it's clearly what those guys have decided to do over the years. I don't really think they care all that much about how they perform at the French or on clay in general. They'd rather save their energy and resources for Wimbledon and the summer hard court season. Guys like Roddick and Blake will make the trip to Rome, hope to win a couple of matches, and then head to Paris with pretty much the same goal.

tacou
04-12-2009, 06:54 PM
bimbo? c/mon no need to get all personal.

why isn't querry playing? did he fail to qualify or something? He really should try to defend some of those points.

simi
04-13-2009, 08:32 AM
That's really sad. American players should get over their distaste for clay. You don't see Spaniards complaining about hard courts.....

Well . . . they sure complained about the grass at Wimbledon, and look what that's like now!

clayman2000
04-13-2009, 08:36 AM
Well . . . they sure complained about the grass at Wimbledon, and look what that's like now!
Well actually, most Spaniards (except Nadal) play on clay before Wimbledon. At least the Americans show up for clay

jamesblakefan#1
04-13-2009, 10:39 AM
It's been quite awhile since the top Americans ventured to Monte Carlo. Timing/scheduling is the biggest culprit. Roddick, Blake, Fish, etc. simply don't want to bother flying to Europe for Monte Carlo (and probably suffer an early round loss), fly back home, and then have to return to Europe two weeks later for Rome. There used to be more time between the end of Miami and Monte Carlo, which gave the Americans or players who don't favor clay more of an incentive to make the trip. Recently, only one week has separated the Miami final and the start of Monte Carlo. Combine that with the fact that a number of Americans, or guys like Haas and Hewitt who now call the U.S. home for a large part of the year, played in Houston right after Miami and there's no way any of them are going to make the trip to Monaco.

It's obvious that the Americans would rather just play Rome and/or Madrid for their French Open preparation. I'm not saying that I agree with this strategy, but it's clearly what those guys have decided to do over the years. I don't really think they care all that much about how they perform at the French or on clay in general. They'd rather save their energy and resources for Wimbledon and the summer hard court season. Guys like Roddick and Blake will make the trip to Rome, hope to win a couple of matches, and then head to Paris with pretty much the same goal.

Well, shouldn't these guys be rich enough to be able to stay somewhere over in Europe, like a motel or something? I mean, Querry made the QF last year in Monte Carlo, took a set off of Nadal in Davis Cup, you telling me that if he went over there and seriously worked on clay, he couldn't at least get a Rof16 at the French?

Cesc Fabregas
04-13-2009, 10:41 AM
Its a poor showing from Blake, Roddick and Fish infact its pretty pathetic.

jamesblakefan#1
04-13-2009, 10:56 AM
Its a poor showing from Blake, Roddick and Fish infact its pretty pathetic.

This is what they're doing instead.

http://deadspin.com/5208832/andy-roddick-will-marry-brooklyn-decker-next-weekend-deucebag-says-update

theduh
04-13-2009, 11:19 AM
Not really surprised that they are the only American in the draw. American's hadn't had a real success on red clay aside from Agassi.

Cesc Fabregas
04-13-2009, 11:45 AM
This is what they're doing instead.

http://deadspin.com/5208832/andy-roddick-will-marry-brooklyn-decker-next-weekend-deucebag-says-update

He didn't need to plan it this week he knew full well Monte Carlo was this week.

Topaz
04-13-2009, 11:52 AM
Well, shouldn't these guys be rich enough to be able to stay somewhere over in Europe, like a motel or something? I mean, Querry made the QF last year in Monte Carlo, took a set off of Nadal in Davis Cup, you telling me that if he went over there and seriously worked on clay, he couldn't at least get a Rof16 at the French?

That's the point...after the clay season they go right into the grass tournaments with no break. The American guys have always said that they don't play Monaco because they want more time at home before being away for so such a long stretch of time(until June basically).

They do go over and work hard...you're ignorant if you think they do not...they just choose tournaments (like Rome and Madrid) that are closer to the French Open.

Similarly, after Wimbledon, many European players will take their time before heading to North America for the hard court swing and the USOpen, which keeps them here until late August.

Cesc Fabregas
04-13-2009, 11:56 AM
There was a break between Australia and the next tournment Roddick could have gotten married then.

Topaz
04-13-2009, 11:58 AM
Maybe Roddick and his fiance wanted to get married when it suited them and their families best, and not when it suited the posters on this board.

Cesc Fabregas
04-13-2009, 11:59 AM
Maybe Roddick and his fiance wanted to get married when it suited them and their families best, and not when it suited the posters on this board.

The guy is a top 10 player he should be involved in Master Series events unless he is injured he had plenty of time to get married before.

mcutilize
04-13-2009, 12:00 PM
Maybe Roddick and his fiance wanted to get married when it suited them and their families best, and not when it suited the posters on this board.

thats a kiler

theduh
04-13-2009, 12:30 PM
The guy is a top 10 player he should be involved in Master Series events unless he is injured he had plenty of time to get married before.

But Monte Carlo is a non-mandatory masters isn't?

veroniquem
04-13-2009, 12:32 PM
But Monte Carlo is a non-mandatory masters isn't?
Yes, it is. And it counts as a 500 tournament even though you win 1000 points if you win it and it belongs to the master shield category. Weird status :shock:

theduh
04-13-2009, 12:38 PM
Yes, it is. And it counts as a 500 tournament even though you win 1000 points if you win it and it belongs to the master shield category. Weird status :shock:

Really? if so that is really weird.

NickC
04-13-2009, 02:13 PM
Yes, it is. And it counts as a 500 tournament even though you win 1000 points if you win it and it belongs to the master shield category. Weird status :shock:

Really? That is odd. They call it a 500 tourney, it counts as a 500 tourney, yet if you win, you get 1000 points, and the prize money amount and payment structure follows the 1000 tourneys? Bizzare. And to top it off, if you win, you get a Masters Shield? Strangest thing I've heard in a while...

adlis
04-13-2009, 04:56 PM
Well actually, most Spaniards (except Nadal) play on clay before Wimbledon. At least the Americans show up for clay

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tkramer15
04-14-2009, 08:29 AM
I'm not saying I fully agree with the Americans' strategy of only showing up for Rome and maybe Hamburg (now Madrid) before the French Open, but I really can't blame them for trying to manage their schedules. While I'm sure they would love to make a greater impact at the French Open, they don't want to sacrifice their energy for Wimbledon or the summer hard court events, where they've historically done much better. The tennis season is so long and more demanding now than ever before, and I think the players realize that they have to pick their spots and build in some "rest" periods. Unfortunately, the Americans' view this period after Indian Wells and Miami as one of those "rest" periods.

NotSoSuper
04-14-2009, 08:32 AM
Im really disappointed Querrey isnt playing.. I think he has a future on clay

devila
04-14-2009, 01:03 PM
Querrey stinks on all surfaces. Blake's intellectually and physically an overrated joke.
Roddick, undeniably, is the biggest underachiever and destroyer of tennis.
I don't care what he does for Davis Cup loser team members and fund-raising foundations.
None of the non-Americans throw away their reputations and tournaments for loser people. Gasquet's the only one who avoided Davis Cup. Even Roddick kissed his a-cheeks, and gave up Wimbledon for, yet, another arrogant Federer celebration.

Nadal_Freak
04-14-2009, 07:49 PM
Weak of the Americans to skip this tournament. Can't handle the grind. Weak.

wyutani
04-14-2009, 07:51 PM
resting for roland garros, great strategic move.

Nadal_Freak
04-14-2009, 07:52 PM
resting for roland garros, great strategic move.
Resting for first round exit. :D

jamesblakefan#1
04-14-2009, 07:57 PM
resting for roland garros, great strategic move.

Yeah, if the same strategy to supposedly "rest" for Roland Garros hasn't gotten Roddick or Blake past the 3rd round, don't you think they'd want a little extra preparation?

wyutani
04-14-2009, 07:59 PM
Yeah, if the same strategy to supposedly "rest" for Roland Garros hasn't gotten Roddick or Blake past the 3rd round, don't you think they'd want a little extra preparation?

nah i assume they prefer practicing alone, with no one watching. for example, if they played in monte carlo, they know theyre gonna lose the 1st round, maybe 2nd, morale will be all time low.

so i say, its pshychological rather than physical.

jamesblakefan#1
04-14-2009, 08:21 PM
nah i assume they prefer practicing alone, with no one watching. for example, if they played in monte carlo, they know theyre gonna lose the 1st round, maybe 2nd, morale will be all time low.

so i say, its pshychological rather than physical.

Roddick made it to the SF of Rome last year, Blake the QF. So the record shows that if they actually took it seriously, they may get better results. We just had it 2 years ago where every American went out in the 1st of the FO. Is that really the face we want for American tennis?

fluffy Beaver
04-14-2009, 09:20 PM
He didn't need to plan it this week he knew full well Monte Carlo was this week.

Ya, cause you know, a tennis tourney is more important than ones marriage and future. Forget a nice spring time wedding....geeze some people are so selfish.

tintin
04-15-2009, 08:26 AM
They do go over and work hard...you're ignorant if you think they do not...they just choose tournaments (like Rome and Madrid) that are closer to the French Open.

Similarly, after Wimbledon, many European players will take their time before heading to North America for the hard court swing and the USOpen, which keeps them here until late August.

working hard?more whinning;puffing and running which has not proven to reward any of them if you can't lift the trophy,beating the best players:roll:

I don't hear Europeans working "hard" for a bloody month.In fact they need a couple days to get used to the surface and they actually beat the likes of Roddick and Blake;you know those hard court specialists in their own backyard year after year

Del Potro took Roddick down in the finals last year didn't he after Roddick was 2 "injured" to play in Paris and was bounced by none other than Tipsarevic at Wimbledon...in the THIRD round:roll:
nice try:roll::lol:

tangerine
04-15-2009, 08:59 AM
Isn't that sad for American men's tennis? Both Roddick, Blake, and Fish are all in the Top 30 and would directly make the main draw and Querrey made the QFs last year, but none are entered.
Ahhh, the putrid smell of the yearly whine from non-interested parties who suddenly act like it's a tragedy that Americans don't play MC.

Monte Carlo is not a required event, hence no reason for the Americans to play. Even Federer took a wild card at the last minute.

The boys will show up in Europe later on to start their clay campaigns in Barcelona/Rome, like they've been doing for the past seven years.

Not that you really care, you were just looking for an excuse to complain.

That's the point...after the clay season they go right into the grass tournaments with no break. The American guys have always said that they don't play Monaco because they want more time at home before being away for so such a long stretch of time(until June basically).

They do go over and work hard...you're ignorant if you think they do not...they just choose tournaments (like Rome and Madrid) that are closer to the French Open.

Similarly, after Wimbledon, many European players will take their time before heading to North America for the hard court swing and the USOpen, which keeps them here until late August.
Please stop making sense. TW posters can't process it.