Quantcast
nodot nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase
August 4, 2009

Subscribe to Match Reports

Pro Tennis Showcase Archive

Player Profile Index (Men)
Player Profile Index (Women)

Contact Tennis Server

Tennis Server
HOME PAGE

Do You Want To Be A Better Tennis Player?

Then Sign Up For A Free Subscription to the Tennis Server INTERACTIVE
E-mail Newsletter!

You will join 25,000 other subscribers in receiving news of updates to the Tennis Server along with monthly tennis tips from tennis pro Tom Veneziano that won't be found on the web site.
 
Best of all, it is free!

Player Profiles:
 
Top Pros (Women)
tennis ball Serena Williams
tennis ball Maria Sharapova
tennis ball Simona Halep
tennis ball Petra Kvitova
tennis ball Ana Ivanovic
tennis ball Agnieszka Radwanska
tennis ball Eugenie Bouchard
tennis ball Caroline Wozniacki
tennis ball Angelique Kerber
tennis ball Dominika Cibulkova
 ... more profiles
 
Top Pros (Men)
tennis ball Novak Djokovic
tennis ball Roger Federer
tennis ball Rafael Nadal
tennis ball Stanislas Wawrinka
tennis ball Kei Nishikori
tennis ball Andy Murray
tennis ball Tomas Berdych
tennis ball Milos Raonic
tennis ball Marin Cilic
tennis ball David Ferrer
 ... more profiles
 
Tennis Features Icon TENNIS FEATURES:

BETWEEN THE LINES - Ray Bowers takes an analytical and sometimes controversial look at the ATP/WTA professional tour.
 
PRO TENNIS SHOWCASE - Tennis match reports and photography from around the world.
 
TURBO TENNIS - Ron Waite turbocharges your tennis game with tennis tips, strategic considerations, training and practice regimens, and mental mindsets and exercises.
 
TENNIS ANYONE? - USPTA Pro John Mills' quick player tip.
 
WILD CARDS - Each month a guest column by a new writer.
 
TENNIS SET - Jani Macari Pallis, Ph.D. looks at tennis science, engineering and technology.
 
MORTAL TENNIS - Greg Moran's tennis archive on how regular humans can play better tennis.
 
MENTAL EQUIPMENT - Explore the mental side of the game with Dr. John Murray.
 
TENNIS WARRIOR - Tom Veneziano's Tennis Warrior archive.
 
HARDSCRABBLE SCRAMBLE - USPTA pro Mike Whittington's player tip archive.
 
TENNIS EQUIPMENT TIPS.

Tennis Community Icon TENNIS COMMUNITY:


Tennis Book, DVD, and Video Index
 
Tennis Server Match Reports
 
Editor's Letter
 
Become a Tennis Server Sponsor

Explore The Tennis Net Icon EXPLORE THE TENNIS NET:

Pro Tennis Calendar & Event Links
 
Tennis News and Live Tennis Scores
 
Tennis Links on the Web
 
nodot
Pro Tennis Showcase Banner
 
Green Dot
 
Tennis Warehouse Logo
 
Green Dot

 
nodot
2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Washington, DC, USA - August 4, 2009
Editorial by Jane Voigt.

Photography by Pablo Sanfrancisco.

 

Jane Voigt Photo
Jane Voigt

Wild Cards and Qualifiers Win in DC
 
August 4, 2009 -- Veteran doubles player Kevin Ullyett and his young partner Bruno Soares were supposed to beat the wildcard Aussie team of Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione this afternoon at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, but they didn't. Marin Cilic, the #6 seed, certainly was pegged for the victory tonight, but didn't win either. His opponent qualifier Somdev Devvarman, a University of Virginia graduate, took the lanky Croat down in the first upset of the tournament. Finally, Frenchman Sebastien De Chaunac, another qualifier, put Denis Istomin on a train to Montreal after that switch up win. De Chaunac is currently ranked #181 whereas Istomin is ranked #67.
 
Was the full moon to blame? Probably not, but let's not count out the metaphysical aspects of tennis just yet.
 
The doubles win by Hewitt and Guccione came down to one point. It swung the match around as assuredly as night follows day. Ullyett and Soares won the first set 6/4, on a break of serve from Hewitt. The second set was tighter. When Ullyett served to stay in the set, Hewitt flicked a forehand down the line. It skidded off the doubles sideline for a winner. Hewitt and Guccione took the set 7/5.
 
The tiebreak was Ullyett's and Soares's. However, in the end the Aussie's got a bit lucky with favorable line calls and good hands. The score: 12/10. They owe that win to the shot in the second set by Hewitt.
 
Something has to be said about Kevin Ullyett. Even though he didn't come out on top this afternoon, the man has to be recognized for his brilliance as a doubles player. In his 20th year of competition, he was the best player on the court. Guccione served with more power. Hewitt has more notoriety -- a Grand Slam champion. Bruno Soares remained Ullyett's newest partner, fifteen years younger than the native Zimbabwean.
 
Kevin Ullyett is a Grand Slam champion, too. He won the 2001 doubles title at the U. S. Open with fellow countryman Wayne Black; and, in 2005 they won the Australian Open by defeating the Bryan brothers.
 
His skill with a tennis ball is formidable. Everything he did on court today was thoughtful and necessary. He has a masterful serve, flawless groundstrokes, and touch shots as light as feathers. However, it was his placement of the ball, the spin he used, and his intuition that made him stand out. In that sense his departure, along with his brilliant study Brazilian Bruno Soares, is a loss for the tournament.
 
At 37 years of age Kevin Ullyett has no intention of retiring from the game he loves. He misses his wife and two children while he travels and they stay at home in London. As he said in a recent article posted on the ATP web site, "I'm going to play as long as I feel I can compete and enjoy it. There are worse ways to make a living."
 
Another veteran passed through to the second round today: Juan Carlos Ferrero by defeating lucky loser Nicolas Lapentti 64 67 (5) 60. Two days ago, the Spaniard played in the final at UMag in Croatia. He lost what reads badly -- 60 61 -- to Nikolay Davydenko. No matter. What does matter is that UMag is a clay court tournament... slow red clay.
 
Since Sunday, Ferrero flew across the Atlantic Ocean, which gobbled up nine hours of backward looking time, landed in a hot sticky Washington D. C., and finally tried to get some sleep. Maybe after all these years on tour he has acclimated to international travel and can adjust to changes in times zones, whether forward or backward.
 
However, the adjustment from clay to hard court tennis can be tricky. Yesterday, Mikhail Youzhny took three sets to defeat Robert Kendrick. Youzhny had also played in Croatia. He admitted afterward that he needed all three sets to steady himself, judge the ball's bounce and correct his timing.
 
Juan Carlos was in the same boat this evening. He came in the match with a winning record over Lapentti -- 6 and 2. After Lapentti took the second set, the match seemed even. However, Lapentti had nothing left. His percentages on first and second service points won fell drastically. You cannot give someone like Ferrero that much leeway.
 
Nicolas Lapentti hardly made a sound throughout the match, though, which was noticeable. His silent manner contrasts with the grunts and groans that come from many of his pro peers. He didn't scream 'come on' after winning a point or game. He didn't mutter to himself when his technique proved miserable. The only sound that came from his side of the court was the boom that echoed from his racquet as he cracked a serve or forehand drive. We hope to hear from the Ecuadorian in the near future.
 
Marin Cilic and Somdev Devvarman met once before their match this evening -- in the final of the Chennai Open in Indian last February. Cilic won that match 64 76 (3). But it took them two hours to finish it. This is the work of Somdev Devvarman, another qualifier, who balanced their head-to-head record with a win over Cilic 75 64 in just less than two hours.
 
Devvarman retrieved every ball... every ball, and kept it in play until Cilic went for a winner and more often than not came up with an error. Devvarman's serve has improved since he played here last year, which made a difference tonight. However, Marin Cilic is ranked #15 and Devvarman is ranked #153.
 
The last match Marin Cilic played before Legg Mason was Davis Cup quarterfinals, which was staged on red clay in Croatia. His transition was not as smooth as Ferrero's and Youzhny's transition to hard court tennis. Cilic was not happy with himself tonight, either. His head dropped after every disappointing shot. He shuffled from one side of the court to the other, knowing that he might not have enough in him to counter the relentlessness of the Indian NCAA champ. Too many balls to hit. Not enough energy to change strategy. And certainly not enough energy to grind out a win.
 
Speaking of energy, tomorrow's matches will have plenty. Fans have been awaiting the entrance of Andy Roddick and they will be primed as the American faces Benjamin Becker, who defeated Robby Ginepri today 76 (3) 67 (1) 76 (4). Juan Carlos Ferrero will face countryman Tommy Robredo, in his first-ever appearance at the William H. G. FitzGerald Tennis Center. Robin Soderling and Jo Wilfred-Tsonga are also scheduled for Wednesday.
 

 
[Q] Somdev Devvarman (IND)d [6] Marin Cilic (CRO) [blue shirt] 75 64
 
Tennis - Somdev Devvarman
Tennis - Marin Cilic
Tennis - Marin Cilic
Tennis - Somdev Devvarman
Tennis - Marin Cilic
Tennis - Marin Cilic
Tennis - Somdev Devvarman

 
 
Benjamin Becker (GER) d Robbie Ginepri (USA) [blue and yellow shirt] 76(3) 67(1) 76(4)
 
Tennis - Robbie Ginepri
Tennis - Benjamin Becker
Tennis - Robbie Ginepri
Tennis - Benjamin Becker
Tennis - Robbie Ginepri
Tennis - Benjamin Becker
Tennis - Robbie Ginepri
Tennis - Benjamin Becker
Tennis - Robbie Ginepri
Tennis - Benjamin Becker
Tennis - Robbie Ginepri

 
 
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[white headband] d [LL] Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) 64 67(5) 60
 
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti
Tennis - Juan Carlos Ferrero
Tennis - Nicolas Lapentti

 
 
[8] Tomas Berdych (CZE) [black shirt] d Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 62 76(6)
 
Tennis - Tomas Berdych
Tennis - Ernests Gulbis
Tennis - Tomas Berdych
Tennis - Ernests Gulbis
Tennis - Tomas Berdych
Tennis - Ernests Gulbis
Tennis - Tomas Berdych
Tennis - Ernests Gulbis
Tennis - Ernests Gulbis
Tennis - Tomas Berdych
Tennis - Ernests Gulbis
Tennis - Tomas Berdych

 
Earlier Columns from this Event:
 
August 3, 2009 Legg Mason Coverage: Legg Mason Tennis Classic Joins Top 20
 

Green DotGreen DotGreen Dot

Player Profile Index (Men) | Pro Tennis Showcase Archive | Player Profile Index (Women)

SUBSCRIBE TO THE TENNIS SERVER PHOTO FEED

join our mailing list
* indicates required

All Tennis Server photography is copyrighted by the photographer and/or the Tennis Server, and all rights are reserved. You may not copy these images without permission. While you are welcome to create hyperlinks to Tennis Server web pages, you may not embed these images into other web pages or blogs without permission. To request permission, please use this contact form. Please be sure to clearly indicate exactly which photograph(s) you are requesting permission to use, as terms and conditions will vary depending on the photographer and the photograph.


 

nodot
nodot
Google
Web tennisserver.com
nodot nodot
The Tennis Server
Ticket Exchange

Your Source for tickets to professional tennis & golf events.
 
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Tennis Tickets 11/7-11/14
 
Davis Cup Finals: France vs Switzerland Tennis Tickets 11/21
 
Chris Evert Pro-Celeb Tennis Classic Tickets 11/22-11/23
 
2015 BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells 3/11-3/22
 
2015 Miami Open Tennis Tickets 3/23-4/5
 
2015 US Open Tennis Tickets 8/31-9/13
 

 

Tennis MindGame

 
Popular Tennis books:
 
Smart Tennis by John Murray
 
Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis-Lessons from a Master by Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison
 
The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance by Jeff Greenwald
 
The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey
 
Most Recent Articles:
 
December 15, 2014 Between The Lines: Player of the Year 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
Tennis Warrior: The Racket-Back Myth by Tom Veneziano.
 
November 2014 Tennis Anyone: Coil by John Mills.
 
November 2014 Turbo Tennis: Double Your Pleasure by Ron Waite.
 
November 11, 2014 Between The Lines: Woman of the Year 2014 by Ray Bowers.
 
October 2014 Wild Cards: Roger Rolls Through 300; Serena Wins First Championship In Cincinnati by Vince Barr.
 
Tennis Warrior: Five Powerful Tennis Concepts by Tom Veneziano.
 
October 2014 Tennis Anyone: Why Can I Not Poach? by John Mills.
 
October 2014 Turbo Tennis: Momentum Revisited by Ron Waite.
 
August 2014 Wild Cards: The Tennis Round Table: Interviews With Jim Courier, Todd Martin & Mark Philippoussis in Arizona by Vince Barr.
 

 

 

 

 
 
Featured events in the Tennis Server Ticket Exchanges:
 
  Featured Tickets:
BNP Paribas Open Tickets Indian Wells CA Tennis Garden
Miami Open Tennis Tickets Miami Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
 

  Featured Tickets:
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 9 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 10 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 11 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters
Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Tennis Tickets Session 12 W&SFG Cincy Mason OH Lindner Family Center Financial Group Masters

  Featured Tickets:
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 16 Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 15 Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 14 Men's Third Round Women's Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 13 Men's Third Round Women's Fourth Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona
US Open Tennis Tickets Session 12 Third Round New York City NYC NY Flushing Meadows Corona

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 9 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 2nd Round Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 10 Tickets Miami Men's Singles 2nd Round Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 11 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 12 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles 3rd Round Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center

  Featured Tickets:
Sony Open Tennis Session 17 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles & Doubles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 18 Tickets Miami Men's & Women's Singles & Doubles Quarterfinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 19 Tickets Miami Women's Semifinals Men's Singles Quarterfinals Men's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center
Sony Open Tennis Session 20 Tickets Miami Women's Semifinals Men's Singles Quarterfinals Men's Doubles Semifinals Key Biscayne FL Crandon Park Center

 
 
"Tennis Server" is a registered trademark and "Tennis Server INTERACTIVE" is a trademark of Tennis Server. All original material and graphics on the Tennis Server are copyrighted 1994 - by Tennis Server and its sponsors and contributors. Please do not reproduce without permission.

 

Tennis Server
Cliff Kurtzman
Editor-in-chief
2323 Clear Lake City Boulevard
Suite 180-139
Houston, Texas 77062-8120
Phone: (281) 480-6300
Fax: (281) 480-7715
Online Contact Form
How to support Tennis Server as a Sponsor/Advertiser
Tennis Server Privacy Policy