French Open Notes: Rain Coming, Guga Exits
HAM PASSES ON – Original ATP CEO Hamilton Jordan, also a political strategist behind Jimmy Carter’s successful 1976 run to the White House, died at his Atlanta home last Tuesday at the age of 63. Jordan led the formation of the ATP men’s professional tennis circuit in the late 1980s, with the ATP taking over governance of the tour from the Men’s Tennis Council after a player boycott. Jordan, who died from mesothelioma, had previously survived two types of cancer after his service to Carter. He and his wife, a pediatric oncology nurse, founded a camp for children with cancer — Camp Sunshine in Decatur, Georgia.
MISC: The number of times Rafael Nadal has lost in the first round at a Grand Slam is zero…Nadal’s opponent, Thomaz Berlluci, has won 20 his last 21 matches on the clay courts. And he’s from Brazil…Gustavo Kuerten officially retired from the singles circuit following a three-set loss Sunday to Paul-Henri Matheiu. After the match Kuerten was given a layer of the stadium court. Kuerten will play doubles now with good friend Sebastien Grosjean…Roger Federer’s last first-round loss at a French Open was at Roland Garros to Luis Horna in 2003…Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will miss 12-16 weeks after surgery this week to repair a knee injury…The weather remains unpredictably rainy the next few days in Paris…James Blake’s win over Rainer Schuettler already put the U.S. ahead of their win total a year ago, which was zero…This clay season only, Rafael Nadal and Denis Gremelmayr have taken sets off both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic…Rafael Nadal is 21-0 at Roland Garros…Thomaz Berlucci is playing in his first career Grand Slam match…Richard Gasquet has reached the 4th round or better at all the Slams expect for the French Open…Guillermo Coria, who is playing Roland Garros for the first time since 2005, blew two match points in his epic loss to Gaston Gaudio in the 2004 French Open final…Mario Ancic is only 24. Seems like he should be 27…Rafael Nadal turns 22 on June 3.
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