Break Points: February 6, 2014

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Notable results:

  • Montpellier 2R: Albano Olivetti d. Nikolay Davydenko, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-5
  • Montpellier 2R: Marc Giquel d. Gilles Simon, 7-6(4), 6-3

News and Links:

Rafael Nadal announced that he’s withdrawn from Buenos Aires via a YouTube video, citing a stomach virus.

Paul Wachter took a look at the Futures tour for Grantland:

“For the better part of the last two years, I’ve been a Futures player,” Jung says. “You’re grinding away for a few points, and you pretty much need to win the tournaments to cover your expenses. This coming year is going to be a big one for me, because I’m trying to get out of the Futures tour and play more Challengers and ATP events.” To do that, he’ll need to break into the top 200. “If I have to play another full year of Futures, I’ll probably stop,” he says.

Jung is only 24 years old, probably still a few years from his athletic peak. But it doesn’t make much sense to stick around the Futures tour too long. “If you you’re still playing at 27, 28 and you haven’t graduated out, it’s a hard life and you’re never going to make any money,” says Brad Gilbert, a former top-five player who has coached Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray. In recent years, Gilbert says, the competition in tennis’s lower levels has improved dramatically, making it more difficult to advance. interviewed Dustin Brown.

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