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Scoop, Dunny Brown is Playing Today in Delray Qualis!!


Are you aware of this? Tennis-Prose.com’s favorite player, the dred-locked, slash-and-burn playing style of the lanky Jamaican-German, who always asks the ball kids for the ball he just served an ace with, is playing Ryan Sweeting today in the Delray qualis. Also, DYoung is playing Alex Bogey in today’s qualis. But what I would give to be in Delray today, sitting courtside to watch Brown and Sweeting do battle. I haven’t seen Brown play since he beat Querrey in Newport a couple of years ago.

Also of note, Scoop: Monfils has pulled out, but there’s still a quality draw with Nishikori, Dolgopolov (who’s having another sketchy year, losing to Matosevic in Memphis), Kevin Anderson and IzQuer (I’ve morphed these two guys into the same person thinking they might have better results this way). Bummed I don’t see Rhyne Williams in draw, but looking forward to catching Sock’s first rounder on Monday.

Also of note: Johnny Mac took out Pat Cash last night, but lurking in the draw are both Moya and Phillipoussis. Scoop, do you think at this stage JMac can take out either one or both? Interesting that in Delray, the seniors with JMac often generate more pizzaz than the main event.

Finally, are you going to be in NYC for the Nadal/Del Potro match at MSG with a little side dish of Williams/Vika? Will you come down from balmy Florida for this event?

And how annoying is Ashley Harkleroad on Tennis Channel? I hear the network is not doing well, cutting employee hours and still not televising full events in the U.S. But there’s something Valley girlish vapid about Ashley’s voice, a little catch, a kind of presumption that leads her to call Azarenka “Vika” all the time like she’s her best friend. But then, she is Playboy’s Ashley so I guess TC looked at it as a way of bumping up the numbers.

9 comments

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · February 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Brown lost to Sweeting, DY lost today also. Reynolds is still alive vs. Berankis tomorrow. Dolgo plays tomorrow at 6:30. Looking good for tomorrow. Mac will probably lose to Moya in the final. I like Harkleroad as a commentator, she bring s breath of fresh air, nice voice, yeah she’s new at it but I think she’s doing a very good job as a rookie, she shares memories of her matches, which I wish more commentator would do more if, and she breaks down the match well. Not really hard to breakdown womens tennis nowadays but I like what Harkleroad brings to the table. She’s a nice diversion from Morariu and Shriver types who can be overly serious, Harkleroad is playful at times, like with Haber who she gelled nicely with. Tennis Channel is struggling they even posted a wrong result on the ticker a couple of weeks ago. No complaints about Jessica Vilchis though, or is it Vealcheese )

  • loreley · February 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Are you guys in Delray Beach already?

    Ernests Gulbis battled through Qualifying.

    He had good matches in Rotterdam & Marseille. But I guess it’s not easy to adjust to hot & humid conditions in such a short time.

  • Mitch · February 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    based on his results, Gulbis seems to be playing a lot better than his ranking right now. I think he’ll at least crack the top 50 again this year.

  • Dan markowitz · February 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Lorely. I write this from the Delray press room. It’s the first night of the tourney and Scoop and I will be sitting court side for Dolgopolov v Dodig and Querry v Russell. Scoop saw Gulbis squeak through the third set of his final quali match with Molchanov. I saw him shooting baskets in the gym here afterward and he’s got a pretty nice shot. Interesting that a guy that won this event now has to quali.

    We were watching Harry play a practice match with Lu and not look like he was doing too well. In person, Harry is a wide shouldered bloke. He’s dropped to No. 76. Gulbis will play Blake tomorrow in First Round.

  • loreley · February 26, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Dan, thank you for the informations.

    I noticed that Gulbis struggled with Molchanov. Like I said, it can’t be easy for him to adjust in such a short time.

    Gulbis had to play Qualies, because his ranking is too low for the main draw. The wildcards went to US-players. I have to say they are different in France. Ernests got a wildcard for Marseille, beside of the fact that they have a lot of own players.

    Gulbis claims he plays better basketball than tennis ;) His grandfather was a basketball Champion.

  • Dan markowitz · February 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Let me assure you, Lorely, Gulbid does not play hoops as well as he does tennis. He has the kind of shot that isn’t fluid and like all bad shooters–he looked alright though– he pushes the ball rather than shoots it with his legs. That being said, I played with Scoop yesterday and I had a hard time dealing with the humidity so I wouldn’t doubt Gulbis wouldn’t feel it, too. Gulbis has lost a lot of weight and was quoted saying, “Some guys (in the top 100 ahead of Gulbis at 109), I’m sorry, with respect, can’t play tennis.”

    Ernest’s hasn’t gotten past the 2nd round in his last 17 slams. That’s quite an indictment. But he believes his best is yet to come because now he says he’s actually enjoying playing something he never did enjoy before. But he’s 24, not too late by any stretch. He’s got the 33 year old Blake today. Lets see what he can do with the hard hitting Connetictian. Gulbis is like a poor man’s Dolgopov, who dropped nine games in a row and was beaten last night by Dodig.

  • Amanda · February 26, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Looking forward to reading your commentary on the Gulbis/Blake match today – and hopefully on the press room afterward. :)

    By the way, I can’t believe they scheduled Kei to play today after just arriving from Memphis!

  • loreley · February 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Thank you, Dan.

    I can imagine that the humidity played a huge part in his match yesterday.

    But it seems he had enough energy left to make some bold statements ;)

    Gulbis has to motivate himself more then other guys. No parents who pushed him like crazy when he was a kid. No country with tennis tradition for support. I have the impression he tries to push himself with such statements. He started to work harder since he is with Bresnik. Lets hope it pays off for him. Tennis needs guys like him, it became pretty boring.

  • Harold · February 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Sorry Lorely,

    Bpdo’s comments on Gulbis comments

    “I was really getting pissed to see who’s in the top 100. There are some guys who—I don’t know who they are. Some guys, I’m sorry, with respect—they can’t play tennis. I don’t know how they got into the top 100.”—Ernests Gulbis, to the Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov.

    Oh boy, where do you start with this one? When Gulbis says “with respect,” he’s just like the person who prefaces something he’s dying to say with the words, “I hate to say this, but. . .”

    However, let’s focus on something that may be more positive, perhaps even fruitful. After all, this is a callow, pampered 24-year-old we’re talking about. His comment is less a criticism of those unfortunate, anonymous (at least to Gulbis) souls he decries than a confession of just how little he understands about his profession and its basic mandates—which are to work hard, compete well, and take nothing for granted.

    Gulbis has not worked very hard; his guilt in this is somewhat mitigated by the fact that unlike some of his peers, he’ll be the first to ‘fess up in that regard.

    Gulbis has not competed well, at least on a day-in, day-out basis. He’s lucky he’s a tennis player, and not an infantryman. He’d be long dead if he were.

    Gulbis takes a lot for granted.

    Call these shortcomings the fruit of a volatile, inborn, and—one hopes—unconscious sense of entitlement. After all, the Latvian lad’s father is a fabulously successful investment banker, and his mother is a theater actress. This leaves him somewhat insulated from the reality most of his fellow pros face, and helps explain why his ranking has plummeted from a career-high of No. 21 (Feb. 2011) to his present No. 109. But it’s troubling that his only real response has been to blame the less gifted for their success, and to essentially proclaim, “What, me worry?”

    As Gulbis went on to say, “I want to play maybe five more years and do the best I can. My goal is to really win something big.”

    Unless Gulbis is careful, by the time those five years are up, that “something big” could be the Campinas Challenger.

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