Break Points: June 12, 2013

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Today’s notable results:

  • Queen’s Club: Lleyton Hewitt d. Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-3
  • Queen’s Club: Daniel Evans d. Jarkko Nieminen, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4
  • Halle: Mikhail Youzhny d. Kei Nishikori, 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3
  • Birmingham: Daniela Hantuchova d. Laura Robson 6-3, 6-4
  • Birmingham: Alla Kudryavtseva d. Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-3

News and Links:

Be sure and check out today’s tennis GIFs of the day, featuring Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov, Mirka Federer facepalming, and more.

This translation of an in-depth L’Equipe interview with Rafael Nadal from after his Roland Garros win is a great read. (Thanks to @ayshaqureshi for the link.)

Deadspin obtained an absolutely insane staff email from Tennis Channel CEO Ken Solomon. Here’s an excerpt:

“And finally, of all things to say there is not sufficient evidence of discrimination? Even Ray Charles could see the shameful way they treat those they do not own. Conjuring this impossible justification…that there isn’t sufficient evidence to support this and every other painful and brutal discrimination complaint is like looking at a building engulfed in flames and asking “what fire” ??? It’s like being raped for a decade by a brutal captor, finally winning in a long and painful public court trial (while you can’t get work because of your Scarlett Letter), and then on appeal years later from a pre-decided Mad Hatter of a court asking you, the victim, to produce a video to prove that it ever happened. Forget the scars, bruises and painful clarity with which everyone knows that your story is simply 100% true, where is your proof dear Alice???”

There are rumors flying around that Jerzy Janowicz may be dating Marta Domachowska. Tennis Alternative has the scoop.

Bernard Tomic fielded questions about his coaching situation after losing to Benjamin Becker in his first round match at the Queen’s Club. (I laughed a little bit at “Thomas who?”):

Q. Your dad was obviously back in your corner today. Did that help you at all?
BERNARD TOMIC: I didn’t see him, to be honest. I didn’t look at anything. I wasn’t looking anywhere. Funny you spotted him and I didn’t. Well, that’s interesting.

Q. Have you made any changes to your setup, your coaching staff?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. Got my best friend working with me now. He’s a good mate of mine in Monaco. It’s gone good. We will try and see how it goes. Yeah, good first match on grass. I’m happy the way I played. You know, lucky I’m not feeling the leg and I’m getting closer to Wimbledon.

Q. You said you didn’t know your dad was there. Did you expect him to be here today?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. I expected him to be here. I knew he was at my hotel. I saw my dad in the morning. I had breakfast with him. But, you know, it was 50/50 whether he was going to come. I didn’t really know he was there today. I wasn’t really looking. Wasn’t really something I was focusing on.

Q. When you said you made changes in your setup in terms of what’s happening in Monaco, is that with your management or coaching or… 
BERNARD TOMIC: No, that’s just with myself. Yeah, just working with my friend now. Good to have a good relationship with him and my trainer. It’s very good. And also my hitting partner that’s working with me is very good. So I’ve got a good team.

Q. Can we just clarify with the hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, is that who you’re referring to?
BERNARD TOMIC: Thomas who?

Q. Drouet. 
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, that’s a good question. No, it’s not him. It’s another bloke, good friend of mine also from here.

The latest installment in the Rafa/Juan Monaco bromance:

Tennis on Twitter:

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut had a nice Twitter exchange about Wimbledon.

I really like this picture:

Our favorite British tennis journo celebrated Andy Murray’s return:

Tomas Berdych continued his Twitter domination:

I played tennis early this morning, and tweeted about my troubles. These two responses came within seconds of each other. Poor Grigor.

Amy can be spotted on a tennis court in the Philadelphia area, shanking backhand volleys.

One Response

  1. Master Ace
    Master Ace June 13, 2013 at 8:21 am |

    Been a while since I have seen Domachowska name has been mentioned. ESPN2 was glowing about Domachowska in the past when she played a Williams Sister at AO but promptly got pummeled by one of them(think it was S Williams)

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