ATP Barcelona Blog — Day 4; Bryans Turn 30, Tursunov’s Ship Sails
by Staff | May 1st, 2008, 4:15 pm

By Jill Neuharth

The warming trend continues in Barcelona as the tennis heats up. First match of the day featured a pair of doubles pros, Jeff Coetzee of South Africa and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe against Andy Murray and Ross Hutchins of Great Britain.
For those of who just did a double take (no pun intended), so did I. We’re all familiar with Andy Murray for sure but Ross Hutchins? To be honest I’ve see this guy around all week and I thought he was a coach or a trainer. Regardless of his status, the two gents from Southern Africa (yes that is where Zimbabwe is), shut down the colonizers in straight sets. The duo, the last scheduled doubles team to play, now has to face the only doubles team yet to play, Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle. The Swedish-Austrian team was scheduled to play Martin and Lopez yesterday, but the match was a walkover due to the withdrawal of Lopez with stomach injuries. Must be nice coming to an event and not playing until Thursday or Friday. Tough life huh?

On court 1, Juan Ignacio Chela finally was able to put a damper on Ernests Gulbis. The 19-year-old Gulbis, on fire for several weeks, almost defeating eventual Miami champion Nikolay Davydenko the second round of the Sony Ericsson going 6-3, 6-7 6-7, was finally shut down by the No. 37-ranked Chela. Simultaneously Spaniards David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo shut down South Americans Nicolas Lapentti and Guillermo Canas to advance to the next round.

Mario Ancic, the wildcard who polished off seeded Andy Murray, was finally sent home by Nicolas Almagro, as was Feliciano Lopez by Nadal of course. Final Spaniard Albert Montanes closed out Mikhail Kukushkin to complete the Spanish menu.

All hands on deck, “calling Dmitry Tursunov. Your ship has sailed!” German Gremelmayr, who ridded the event of the last American, James Blake, has now set Tursunov adrift in a 6-4, 6-0 match.

Last but not least, the Bryans, shut down the South American doubles team of Chela-Cuevas 6-1, 6-2. What a nice present for the boys who turn 30 this week. Wonder if all the teenybopper Bryan fans are aware the boys are growing up. Oh well, another set of twins is on the rise, the Ratiwatanas from Thailand!

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7 Comments for ATP Barcelona Blog — Day 4; Bryans Turn 30, Tursunov’s Ship Sails

Rod Edwards Says:

Hey Man,

There’s a lot of shutting down going on.

Why not try it on yourself or get a little more creative?

ged Says:

and what exactly is the pun in “double take”?? is ‘take’ a technical tennis term of some sort?

and in the last paragraph, why is there a comma after “the Bryans”?

aarontennis Says:

man this is one of the best articles I ever read. I love all the “shut downs”, and the no pun intended was hilarious. LAME

alex Says:

If this is all about nitpicking today:-

Rod: ‘Hey Man’, Jill sounds like a female to me. I think maybe ‘try it on yourself’ should be ‘try it yourself’

Ged: Sentences beginning with ‘and’ and no capitals? Not sure how correct that is.

PJ Says:

Wow, I thought the Bryans were younger. I didn’t realize they were turning 30 already.

Jill Says:

Good thing I have thick skin or I might have had to crawl under a rock and cry after some of these comments. The pun in double take was that I was talking about a doubles match. It was meant as a joke. I have no idea why there is a comma after Bryans in the last paragraph. I probably had written something else there and then rewrote part of it. As I mentioned in another post, editing is not my forte. I can do a decent job of it but not immediately after I have written a piece. I am finally reading these here for the first time and I am about to join ya’ll with the harsh comments. I usually write long travel features so I have plenty of time to go back and edit. I wrote this in a busy hotel lobby with people stopping by to read over my shoulder every five minutes. This is not such a good thing when they happen to be the current subject matter. You should have seen what I originally wrote about some of these guys. I’ll concede on the “shut down thing”. I usually make a point not to repeat myself. So it was an off day. If you hate it, then don’t read it. Just keep in mind, I’m a girl and a blond, so the fact that I can spell my own name should be impressive enough:)

Paula Says:

Well another blondie here…….before you all start….english is not my first lenguage, so please accept some mistakes of my part…..

But what I think you all are missing is that she writes a pretty good blog every day, you can almost imagine sitting there yourself!


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