Tsonga Hurt - Pulls out of Davis Cup vs. US

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  1. JRstriker12

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  2. TNT16

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    That IS a bummer - but looking at the team which France is fielding now, what happened to Benneteau?
     
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  3. WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis

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    I would have really liked to see Tsonga back in action, comparative play against his phenomenal run at the Australian Open. Schade!
     
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    what a shame, France seemed like it had a really strong davis cup team this year.
     
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  5. Babb

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    Tsonga is hurt... again? I don't particularly like the guy that much but I genuinely feel sorry for him...
     
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    Just what is it about his game that makes him so injury prone?
     
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    Nothing really its not like he runs that much to make it hard on his body, some guys are just more injury prone and thats it, if anything his fitness but that is said to have improved so we'll see I guess
     
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    It only seems to be a week of rest. Hopefully he'll be back in action after that.

    Pls Keep us posted on how it goes.
     
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    Since its a knee injury he could have been doing a lot of deep squats, or maybe a lot of sprints or other running work.
    He could have twisted it or something, sometimes all it takes is one bad move....
     
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    This news is personally devastating for me, It upsets me to the core. Knowing how many injuries he has had and what he has been through. Suddenly finding some form and almost breaking the top 10 and now another injury set back. I hope it's not that serious but it's still a ligament tear , it'll be a month at least. :( THIS SUCKS!
     
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    If its only for a week then it is nothing serious.
     
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    That sucks, but PH Matheu is not push over. I will be at the tie, and am looking forward to some great tennis.
     
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    Typical Tsonga. He trash-talks team USA then decides to quit because he knows he'll have to face Roddick, who loves to rumble. :lol: ;)
     
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    That's what I was looking forward to, a Tsonga/Roddick rumble would have been classic! IIRC - Tsonga almost booted Andy from the AO about 2 years ago - Roddick was not happy and barely scraped through. There was a lot of trash talking in that match. I also wanted to see a Blake/Tsonga match up

    Too bad for the French team - they had a greater chance of winning with him on the team.
     
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    I was very much looking forward to that match. In my mind the winner would prove a lot and the trash talk and history, well that was just a spice. I am dissapointed.

    On the Tsonga's injury, I hope it's not much because I want the guy back. I am sure he would prove to inconsistant for his ranking although right after the AO I predicted he deserves a top 10 place easily.
     
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    I forgot about his trash talking. I think he also said, recently, the US should respect them... (paraphrased)

    What does a chicken in french- Bawk bawk bawk....He is definelty no Le Coq...
     
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    Bad news for France. They really needed Tsonga.
     
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    and now gasquet as well
    im glad i didn't buy tickets with all the top players bailing out last minute
    i hope the us destroys france
     
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    Now Gasquet is also out. With a blister. The French invented the white flag, didn't they?

    USA is no country for delicate French sissy boys. ;)
     
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    No Gasquet either, wow!! This is starting to sound like a blowout.

    PHM might win a match against Blake, but this may be the only win for France.
     
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    the only hope for france is to win doubles and for blake to lose it upstairs
     
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    Blister is probably on the palm of his hand. Davis Cup is a joke.
     
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    Ha ha. 5-0 USA. Santoro should be called to rescue, old man has guts.
     
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  24. JRstriker12

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    Well he was the guy who ducked Donald Young ;)

    Wow - out with a blister? I guess he know they wouldn't win without tsonga and decided to chill in his posh apartment instead.

    Hmmmmm.... Maybe the problem is that only the US and Russia take this competition seriously?
     
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    Looks like Winston-Salem is a good luck charm for the US, opposing players seem to get injured there(Nadal & Ferrer pulled out before last year's QF tie there)
     
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    Hm.. Let me consider. Maybe the problem with the French guys is that .. hm ..


    They are French ? Oh yep, I got it now.

    No wonder brits and pulling jokes on them for a millenium.
     
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    Last time he played with a blister(s) was in RG and Cincy last year. He did not win a set against Vliegen at RG and retired after first set against Hewitt in Cincy. If you can't be at 100% in DC, at least give other players a chance.
     
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    wow, this sucks, i was really looking forward to watching him play

    looks like the frenchers will be getting an ass whipping
     
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    Davis Cup Notebook
    COMPILED BY JOHN DELONG
    Thursday, April 10, 2008
    http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/S...55242393&path=!sports!tennis!&s=1037645509511

    U.S. team is pleased with playing surface

    ■ The U.S. team members are smiling about the speed of the indoor hardcourt surface they will play on this weekend at Joel Coliseum in their quarterfinal tie against France.

    It’s at least as fast as the surface that the U.S. played on when it beat Russia in the 2007 Davis Cup final in Portland. And according to Mike Bryan, it’s significantly faster than the surface here last April when the U.S. beat Spain.

    “This is 10-15 percent faster than that court against Spain, and that was a quick court,” Bryan said. “So I’ll tell you, this is fast, fast, really fast. Probably the fastest court you’re going to see all year. They don’t make courts like this on the tour.

    “You know, grass is actually slower.”

    The U.S. thrives on fast indoor hardcourt surfaces because it plays to Andy Roddick’s serve and James Blake’s aggressive, gambling style.

    “This court is perfect for James,” Bryan said. “This is James’ favorite surface, and that’s why we picked it. He grew up on an indoor court, and he likes the ball to skid through the court, and his ball just takes off. After seeing him play in Portland we said, ‘We’re going to pick that same court from the finals.’ And Andy’s going to be unbreakable.

    “You hit a decisive shot on this court, and the point’s going to end pretty quick. You’ve got to play aggressive and you’ve got to play first-strike tennis. This is definitely going to be rocket tennis, especially when Andy plays. You’re going to see a lot of free points. Each serve’s going to be unreturnable. It’s not coming back.”

    Captain Patrick McEnroe said he was happy with the surface from the moment he tested it in Baltimore two weeks ago.

    “It’s fast,” McEnroe said. “Obviously, part of it is to cater to our guys in singles, and part of it is to make it a little tougher on them, too. They like to take some pretty big swings on the ball, and they like to have a little time to hit their shots. Hopefully, they won’t have that here. The idea is to make them a little more uncomfortable and us a little more comfortable. But we’ll know by the weekend how it comes out.”

    And the draw:

    R1 - A.RODDICK (USA) v M.LLODRA (FRA)
    R2 - J.BLAKE (USA) v P.MATHIEU (FRA)
    R3 - B.BRYAN / M.BRYAN (USA) v A.CLEMENT / M.LLODRA (FRA)
    R4 - A.RODDICK (USA) v P.MATHIEU (FRA)
    R5 - J.BLAKE (USA) v M.LLODRA (FRA)
     
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  30. vive le beau jeu !

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    damned ! it sucks that gasquet also withdrew, like tsonga... :?
    it was a promising tie, but now it looks like a piece of cake.

    i didn't realize that last year's QF against spain was also in winston-salem.
    is there something wrong with this town ? is it a horrible place that makes all these players withdraw ?! ;)
     
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    I'm going tomorrow and I'm so dissapointed about Tsonga and Gasquet....this is going to be my third Davis Cup Tie and I have yet to see a competitive one. ( USA- Belarus, USA - Spain and now USA-France ) Players really do not care, the competition is so watered down.....ohh well...suck it up and go watch some tennis at least.
     
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  32. vive le beau jeu !

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    i understand your disappointement... let's hope you have at least some good matches this week-end !
     
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    I just want the matches on Sunday to mean something.....that's it. I believe it all depends on what P. Mathieu does. I remember watching him at the US Open when he played Sarge Sargsian from Armenia...that match was a classic 5 setter with incredible shot making in the end...hopefully he can play up to par. The Winston Salem environment is great, 14,000 people, packed house and LOUD, VERY LOUD !!!! the fans can really intimidate the visiting team. Anyways, I'll report after Friday...at least I got to get my picture taken last Saturday with the original Davis Cup, that was cool.

    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=190512
     
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    The French players are a bunch of p***ss. A blister?????
     
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    I hope we gonna make it even if our top players are injured! I also wanted to see a roddick/tsonga match. It's really disapointing to hear that It won't happen.
    Apparently tsonga just needs to rest for a week.
    Go llodra!

    allez la france!
     
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    I'm so disappointed too. This is my first Davis Cup and I was hyped about a Roddick/Tsonga match or even a Blake/Gasquet. This sucks, but I will get to see some tennis. I guess something is better than none at all.
     
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  37. Mathieu matches are DEFINITELY worth going to... he can hit some amazing shots. Check out MONTREAL 2007 NADAL v MATHIEU ... wow, what shotmaking... but he lost! :shock:
     
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  38. BreakPoint

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    Didn't Gasquet also pull out of the US Open last year because he had a cold?

    I know what people say about the French and their quickness to surrender is just a stereotype but this is ridiculous.
     
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  39. tacou

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    gasquet folding too, what's up with the french? no dedication.

    how can you pull out two days in advance with blisters?
     
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  40. futuretoptenner

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    Okay HOLD YOUR FRIGIN HORSES PEOPLE Tsonga had good reason to pull out, he's damaged and even torn a ligament in his right knee. I think that is justification for him enough, I don't know about Gasquet but don't put all the apples in one basket! (Yeah, I used that in the wrong context!) Mathieu is an awesome player and Clement,Llodra will be no walkover. I still think it will be close but I think USA will take it 3-2 now.
     
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  41. JRstriker12

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    The US is playing on super quick courts - it will be more like 5-0 if Roddick and Blake play both rubbers.

    Maybe 3-2 if the US wins the first three rubbers then lets the Bryan Bros play singles.
     
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    I never said anything about Tsonga.. but gasqueer pulling out becasue of a blister, come on!
     
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  43. JRstriker12

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    Hold on? WTF??? Gasquet Played?????

    -Caution - don't click the link unless you want to know the score.

    http://www.tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=125434

    In a concluding singles match that had no bearing on the outcome, James Blake (played) Richard Gasquet......
     
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  44. coloskier

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    They pulled out because they knew they had no chance on a very fast court and did not want to suffer the embarrassment. (Just kidding)
     
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    Didn't matter, Blake beat Gasquet anyway. It is amazing how quickly Gasquet can fall asleep in the middle of a match.
     
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    Was Santoro ever considered to play in this Davis cup tie? If not, I'm curious to know why.

    I thought it was good for the US team that Santoro didn't play. Both Roddick and Blake are ranked higher but every time either plays Santoro, I get the feeling it is not a sure win.
     
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  47. JRstriker12

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    Well, besides being lower ranked than all the other alternates. Frabrice does not have a great record against Blake (4-1 blake). And has a losing record vs. Roddick even though they only met 3 times (2-1 Roddick). the Santoro/Blake matches are always entertaining, but Blake usually pulls it out in the end.

    Santoro vs. Blake: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/default.asp?playernum1=B676&playernum2=S424

    Santoro vs. Roddick: http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/default.asp?playernum1=S424&playernum2=R485
     
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  48. coloskier

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    4 levels of French Emergency Preparedness

    1. Run
    2. Hide
    3. Surrender
    4. Collaborate
     
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  49. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    Is there any word on Tsonga's injury? If he tore a ligament, I'd suspect a longer recovery period than one week. Let's hope he can keep fit for the clay season. It would be a shame to lose such a charismatic talent for a significant period of time.
     
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  50. Steve F.

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    No, no one ever reported it was ligament damage, except in this thread it seems. He's got a damaged meniscus in his right knee. That's not a ligament tear, but it's damage to the donut shaped cartilage that acts like a shock absorber in the joint. It's unclear if there's a tear or if its badly bruised. He's going to meet with knee specialists now to figure out what to do next; surgery hasn't been ruled out, though obviously, that would set him back a couple months. If you read French, check out lequipe.fr.
     
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