Tennis-X Notes: Agassi v Henman at Queens

Posted on June 11, 2006

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Will Jimmy Connors coach Andy Roddick? Will Brad Gilbert coach Andy Murray? If the two Andy's offer up enough dough they will. Until then, it's all (still) talk...There have been nine retirements on the men's side at the French Open, one shy of the Slam record set by the US Open...The last five women's French finals have been straight sets...Andre Agassi will face Tim Henman on grass next week in the first round at Queen's...Roger Federer has never lost in a Slam final, 7-and-0...From the Rafael Nadal blog: "Here I am dictating my blog, which as you know gets written in English and then gets translated back into Spanish. Don't ask me why we do it like this!...I did see Roger [Federer] (Saturday). He practiced after me. When he was going on court I was signing autographs so all we did was exchange looks and say 'hello.' I can also say that I was forwarded a message by [Ivan] Ljubicic. It was nice to receive it. The message said something like 'Don't get me wrong. I would like Federer to win because I have a closer friendship with him, but that's it.'...In this picture below you can see me here with a ATP staffer who I have been told is someone who knows a lot of about tennis and is a genius of stats and his name is Greg ["The Remorseless Eating Machine" Sharko]. I have also been told by other people at the ATP that work with me that he is a great guy. This picture of Greg is also a tribute to the other staff who we don't see."...Is there any doubt that the only thing keeping Justine Henin-Hardenne from the No. 1 ranking over the past two years have been her frequent injuries? It is hers for the taking...Andy Roddick blogging on his website: "Self Chuck of the Week -- I have seen some guys walking around with man purses here in London...anything bigger than a money clip or a wallet is to be left to your girlfriend/wife...and just so we are clear you should not be able to throw your "wallet" over a shoulder...if you have a man purse, the wall is waiting. Butthead of the week -- Kevin Federline...he really did nothing out of the ordinary, but let's be honest. this was inevitable." -- Man purse, kind of on the same level as the golf visor...Alex, sorry you got screwed by the men's governing body's carrot-and-stick routine with the visa and are banished back to England. We'll miss your explanations as to why the World Cup is important...Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic and Novak Djokovic have pulled from Queen's with injuries...From the ITF: "Emiliano Massa earned himself a place in Roland Garros history by becoming the first Argentine to win the junior doubles title twice. Last year Massa, who says his ambition is to win the Roland Garros men's title, joined forces with fellow Argentine Leonardo Mayer to take the 2005 junior doubles trophy. This time around, he teamed up with Japan's Kei Nishikori to beat Russians Artur Chernov and Valery Rudnev 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova joined up with Canada's Sharon Fichman on a noisy Court 2 to win the girls doubles title with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. It marked the second junior doubles grand slam of the year for the duo, who won the Australian Open title January."...From Reuters: "Switzerland's players will have at least one world-beater cheering them on as they begin their World Cup campaign against France on Tuesday with tennis player Roger Federer hoping to be at the match. World number one Federer, who plays Spain's Rafael Nadal in Sunday's French Open final, is planning to fly from next week's Halle tournament to the Stuttgart game, said Swiss officials. "It will be great if he does come because he can definitely be a role model for our team," Switzerland goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuehler said on Saturday. "When you look at his calmness on the court and his style, I think it's something that us footballers can all learn from."