Bernard Tomic is in trouble again.
Police were called on Monday to a Surfers Paradise hotel early in the morning after two men were seen fighting in a spa, one trying to strangle the other near the edge of a balcony. Apparently Tomic asked police if they knew who he was when they attended the scene. Read more
After Radek Stepanek predictably toppled Donald Young it was left to John Isner and Gael Monfils to fight it out for the final spot in the Washington finals. Isner was the favourite heading in despite Monfils’ higher ranking because of his huge serve and Gael’s tendency to have significant mid-match form fluctuations. It was an inspired Monfils who saved a match point and then went on to win the third set tie break to book a place in the finals with the 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win over the home crowd favourite. Read more
- In a totally bizarre third set Christina McHale had a 5-0 only to lose the set and the match 9-7 to Sara Errani, after two hours and 51 minutes. Christina said later she paniced… How you can panic when you’re that far ahead I don’t know.
Choke… there I said it. Read more
In possibly the strangest reason for retirement that I have ever heard coming from from Gael Monfils camp, it turns out that when he retired today against Juan Monaco he was suffering from an allergic reaction to cheese!
Apparently somehow some cheese made it into Gael’s food and he was physically sick before and after the match. He was down 2-6, 0-3 to Pico when he retired.
etirement down 6-2, 3-0 to Juan Monaco in Madrid was due to an allergic reaction to cheese. He complained of dizziness and blurred vision during the match.
“I only had a little bit, not on purpose, certainly. I ate some pasta and it was in that. But once it’s in my body, I can’t do anything.” – Gael Monfils
“Gael suffered from an allergic reaction prior to his match,due to dizzy spells and vomiting wasn’t able to compete yesterday.Eyes on next wk” – Roger Rasheed (coach)
The crowd were subdued, seemingly unmoved by the names in front of them; Gael Monfils and Lleyton Hewitt. Monfils had won his last few matches against Hewitt but it was the Australian who drew first blood, breaking to take a 5-3 lead before serving the set out comfortably.
Interestingly Monfils’ coach, Roger Rasheed used to coach Lleyton, and had educated his charge well, Gael seeming to have a very specific game plan. It worked well in the second set, with Gael having the advantage of serving first, keeping up with Hewitt and creating a tight tie break that could have gone either way, both players having set points. Ultimately it was Hewitt who showed he had more guts, taking the tie break 11-9 as Gael tried to slide desperately to retrieve a ball, almost doing the splits into the net.
Throughout the match almost every time Gael tried to put on a show for the crowd, leaping, sliding and throwing his body around, Lleyton punished him for doing so. Monfils paying the price for balls that sat up high instead of falling dead as the surface became progressively harder as the grass wore away under the hot sun shine.
In the third set Hewitt had led 4-1 with a break of serve before Monfils made a comeback despite starting to limp occasionally after an awkward slide. A loud cry of “Allez!” followed a beautiful down the line forehand that gave Gael break point on Hewitt’s serve at 4 all. Some gutsy play from Hewitt that saw him play dangerously close to the line got him out of trouble.
A double fault on match point was all Hewitt needed to make it through to the fourth round with a 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 scoreline.