Sunday, March 15, 2009

Face Of The Day


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Gael Monfils of France disputes a call while playing John Isner during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden March 15, 2009 in Indian Wells, California.

15 comments:

dapxin said...

was that enhanced in anyway?

or its the realtime untouched cam-shot?

Terrific.

Damián said...

Monfils needs more education. It´s not doing well for him to be so cocky, as for Tsonga (this guy is disgusting, sorry)

Craig Hickman said...

Damian, would you care to explain your comment a bit more please?

Craig Hickman said...

dapxin, that's a realtime untouched cam-shot.

tangerine said...

Somebody over at MTF made an interesting comment about Monfils:

"Has Monfils ever won a point after diving/falling over/sliding then doing the splits then falling over? Why does he keep doing that? He plays like a grinder/fighter, he looks like a fighter, he acts like a fighter and yet he never fights. It's like how he rushes everywhere like a madman only to end up offering an easy put-away volley way over the net in the middle of the court. Why even chase the ball if you're not going to try to do anything with it? I really don't get him."

And that seems to sum up Monfils at this point. He's been running in place for over a year now. I'm not seeing him make any changes or adjustments or even improvements to his game. Who's his coach? Does he have one?

HoiHa said...

Craig I suspect (hope?) Damian might be referring also to Tsonga's behaviour at the end of last year in Shanghai when he blamed the ballboys and girls for his loss to Davydenko. I soured on him a bit after this too - I quote from his presser after the match:

"When I ask my towel, my towel didn't come. When I ask for a ball, the ball didn't come. That's it. Sometimes you are tired and you play a long point and you say you want your towel and the guy look, I don't know, somewhere around ... Sometimes I have to take my towel alone. So for me it's maybe 10 meters more. But if you count at the end of the match, it's like one kilometer."

Craig Hickman said...

Did he mistreat the ball kids or just point fingers in his presser?

Damián said...

Hi friends, sorry for my concise comment above, and my grammatical errors. This is my point: Tsonga´s attitude on the court is terribly hateful for me. His exaggerated gestures, his way to look at the oponent after points... I think all that show distracts him from being a better player. I´m thinking about his 2008 Pacific Open match against Nadal just to give an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECRevAzAhH8&feature=PlayList&p=CCE6CE566DD9C1CF&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=40

dapxin said...

We should be a tad careful how much we read into the characters of these chaps, simply 'cos they happen to be on our TVs.

Everyone isnt supposed be a a model in the characteristic build of Nadal.

We are who we are irrespective of who is watching.

Damián said...

Please, see what french tennis fans said yesterday of Tsonga´s behaviour after his defeat against Andreev:

http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090316_233906_gasquet-surclasse.html

Craig Hickman said...

The first time Andy played Tsonga he took a lot of heat for some staredowns and attitude directed toward his younger opponent.

At the time, I remember clearly Roddick saying after the match that Tsonga started it.

I remember as clearly, though, their hug at the net at the end of the match.

It seems to me that often, on court posturing between the players is part of the cock fight, if you will, and they don't hold it against each other unless it crosses a line (spitting, namecalling, etc...).

I don't mind boys behind boys as long as there's a limit.

MMT said...

Damián, there were no comments that I could find on that page? Could you post a new link or summarize?

MMT said...

Tangerine, I agree with that point 100%. Among his many deficiencies as a player (and nearly unbearable histrionics) Monfils' biggest problem is his footwork.

People talk about how fast he is around the court, but movement is about footwork, not footspeed. I'm sure he's faster than Nadal and Federer in a straight line race, but how often do players start the point with a drop shot?

It's about footwork, and it all that slipping and sliding is just masking his terrible footwork.
If you notice Nadal's footwork on clay versus on grass, it's completely different. On clay he slides into his shots when he can, and after his shots when he has to, but on grass, he takes little steps all over the court, and his movement is excellent. The same with Federer.

Monfils' footwork (and Tsonga's at times for that matter, but not nearly as much as Monfils) is so bad that he slides after his shots on hard courts - what's the gain in that? You don't stop faster, which is the key to getting in position for the next shot, you can't generate any pace on the shot in that position, so your committed to defending, and I'm quite certain that all his injuries are down to this reckless style of play.

I love the way Tsonga plays in general, particularly when he brings his full arsenal, but the one missing piece that makes him an outsider on anything other than hard courts is footwork.

Monfils is, in my view, a lost cause.

Damián said...

Sorry MMT, there seems to be some problem with the comments on the link although it were more than 200... Well, much of them criticized Tsonga´s lack of humility and complained about his so-called arrogance.
I wanna say that I don´t hate Tsonga (and here I´m with the second comment of "dapxin"), it´s simply his attitude... Why being so cocky if you have so much work to do with your tennis? I can understand some kind of arrogance by Federer, an impressively talented athlete... but Tsonga?

MMT said...

Damián - I'm going to apologize in advance (if you're french) for generalizing about the French.
But they do seem to have a love hate relationship with all of their sporting stars with the exceptions of Zidane and Noah, who seem to walk on the Seine.

Just take a look at the abuse that poor guy Henri Leconte used to take at the French Open. Never known as the toughest mentally, I'm sure his own fans jumping on his back didn't help all those years when he actually had a chance to win.

I think they've come a long way in terms of supporting their tennis players and they seem to love Tsonga when he's winning no matter what he does. But just like Leconte, let him flounder in Paris a couple of years, and let's just see if they'll be so forgiving. I doubt it.

The one thing they seem to resent the most is people who take themselves a little too seriously, or thinkg too highly of themselves, which Tsonga deftly avoids outside the tennis court.

Their love affair with Noah seems to stem from giving the French two things they wanted for 30 and 60 years; a French French Open champion and a Davis Cup. As far as I can tell, that man could probably run for president and win.

Thoughts?