Jerzy Janowicz Says What’s Happening To Polish Tennis Is “Magical”
by Tom Gainey | July 1st, 2013, 4:30 pm
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There are three Poles in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year, and among the biggest is the towering Jerzy Janowicz who joins 2012 finalist Agnieszka Radwanska and his next opponent and compatriot Lukasz Kubot.

“Yeah, it’s unbelievable what is going on right now,” Janowicz said. “We have this moment two players in quarterfinal in men’s draw. Maybe in a few minutes we’ll have a woman in the quarterfinals. I think this is by far the best what possibly could happen to Polish tennis.”

The 22-year-old Janowicz reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by coming back on lefty Jurgen Melzer in five sets. Kubot also needed five sets to beat another lefty, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

“We are good friends,” said about Kubot. “We are Davis Cup team from two years, so we know each other pretty well.

“We are just happy. I congratulate him. I think both we are happy because what is going on right now. I mean, is magical.”

Their quarterfinal assures a first Polish semifinalist at a Grand Slam in the history of the sport.

Janowicz first broke through last fall at the Paris Indoors where he reached the finals. Now he’s making an even bigger imprint this week in London.


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11 Comments for Jerzy Janowicz Says What’s Happening To Polish Tennis Is “Magical”

RZ Says:

Also, I think Lisicki is Polish too (though she plays for Germany of course).


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

JJ is very talented with a big game,and im sure hes destined for big things,yet for some reason theres something inside me that cannot seem to warm to him,the way i can with Kei,Bernie,Grigor,Milos and the rest of the up and comers.


Wog boy Says:

RZ,

Her parents are Polish, I think she was born in Germany. I like the way how english speaking commentators pronounce her family name, wrong way:)
Also if you listen Danish Wozniacki and her they always speak Polish, never Danish.


Wog boy Says:

“and her father”


M Says:

TXHC, I’m with you. He seems a little thuggish to me (though that tendency seems to have calmed down at least a little since the infamous “How many times??” incident).


Michael Says:

Tennis Fans got a glimpse of his fire power at the Paris Masters and he has slowly and confidently strode along up in the rankings. Now although he says that Grass is not to his liking, I feel his game suits Grass court more than the other courts since he has this blazing serve in his arterial and he is a flat hitter. On his day, he can upset any top player. He is still 24 and got the time to develop into a top quality player. I see a huge potential in him to be in the top five soon. This Wimbledon has provided the gate way to him to discover that he has got the game to take him to the sky.


grendel Says:

“Thuggish”?

If Isner or Raonic crashes a ball, they do it without expression. Janowicz will hit the same ball and derive pleasure, satisfaction, vindication or relief – depending on how it’s been going – and will let everyone know all about it. In short, Raonic and Isner are like emotional icebergs, whilst Janowicz lays it all out on the line, the good and the bad. Sometimes, this emotional candour can work against him. Thus when he broke Melzer in the 4th set, his roars of approval clearly got under the Austrian prima donna’s skin.

Melzer, who had been gloomily going through the motions in the manner of one who feels he has been unfairly victimised, suddenly woke up, brought to fore his very considerable skills, and each step to his immediate break back was accompanied by a little roar (he doesn’t have the vocal equipment for a decent roar) and much pointed looking at the Pole.

Janowicz showed what a ready learner he is, not just in the matter of specific tennis skills (though there too) and, for the most part, kept quiet as he progressed to his win. Then, it was all too much for him, however, and the pressure boiler simply exploded.

I think people warm to Janowicz, those who do warm to him that is, because he is refreshing. There is a kind of innocence about him. Whether he is being good or whether he is being bad.

And his tennis is elemental. That in itself warms you up, when it’s working, anyway.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel fair enough,i accept thats probably me with the problem not him,and i suppose its quite refreshing to see a player with a dont give an eff attitude rather than been a yes man all the time.


grendel Says:

I don’t think “problem” comes into it. Matters of taste are always personal and can hardly be right or wrong. By the way, I don’t know that I would describe Janowicz as having a “don’t give an eff attitude”. That’s an attitude Tomic attempts to convey, whilst all he is doing in reality is showing how immature he is. Having said that, I think Tomic is improving. Agassi was a bit like that, you know, when he was new to the tour. Full of his own brilliance and stuff everyone else. He turned full circle, didn’t he. I suspect Tomic will only manage a half turn.

No, Janowicz cares deeply but he is, shall we say, prepared to take short cuts to gain his goals.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Grendel taken on board maybe im been a bit harsh,it will be interesting to see which one of these youngsters will be the 1st to make that big breakthrough in the future.


andrea Says:

this is indeed a great time for tennis….lots of new names breaking out. women’s tennis in particular has really geared up from a couple of years ago. i love the drop shot this guy does. overused? yes, but still, great touch.

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