ATP/WTA Previews: Simon, Isner at Nice; Geneva, Strasbourg, Nurnberg
by Staff | May 18th, 2015, 1:33 am

Nice, France; Surface: clay
Gilles Simon, John Isner, Ernests Gulbis, Leonardo Mayer, Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Juan Monaco

Floaters: Sam Querrey

Notes: Gulbis is defending the Nice title (d. Federico Delbonis) then a Roland Garros semifinal…Gulbis is 1-11 win-loss this year…(8) Monaco could start against Querrey…Wildcards went to France’s Maxime Hamou and Lucas Pouille, and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis…Withdrawing from the tournament were Simone Bolelli, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Martin Klizan, and Diego Schwartzman…Gulbis (2015) is the lone returning champ in the field.

Geneva, Switzerland; Surface: clay

Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Pablo Andujar, Benjamin Becker, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Joao Sousa, Marcos Baghdatis, Mikhail Youzhny

Floaters: Yen-Hsun Lu, Lukas Rosol

Notes: The Geneva Open returns to the Swiss city for the first time since 1991, relocating from Dusseldorf…The homeboy Wawrinka heads the field…Wildcards went to Cilic, Russian Andrey Rublev and Serbian Janko Tipsarevic…Pulling from the event were Steve Darcis, Marcel Granollers, Vasek Pospisil and Radek Stepanek…The dream first-round match-up is happening with Joao Souza vs. (6) Joao Sousa…(1) Wawrinka has an interesting opener against the Lu-Rosol winner.

Strasbourg, France; Surface: clay

Seeds: Madison Keys, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, Alize Cornet, Zarina Diyas, Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Brengle, Mona Barthel

Floaters: Christina McHale, Monica Puig

Notes: Interesting starts for (1) Keys vs. fellow American McHale, and the flagging (3) Stosur vs. the comer Puig…Wildcards went to Jankovic, Virginie Razzano, Francesca Schiavone and Stosur…Notable pulls from the tournament were Julia Goerges, Daniela Hantuchova, Kaia Kanepi, and Peng Shuai…Puig is the defending champion, in last year’s final defeating Spain’s Silvia Soler Espinosa…Returning former champs in the field are  Puig (2014), Cornet (2013), and Schiavone (2012).

Nurnberg, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Karin Knapp, Kurumi Nara, Carina Witthoft

Floaters: none

Notes: Wildcards went to Germans Anna-Lena Friedsam, Antonia Lottner and Tatjana Maria…Withdrawing from the event were Alexandra Dulgheru, Daria Gavrilova, Marina Erakovic and Kirsten Flipkens…In last year’s final Eugenie Bouchard beat Karolina Pliskova…No former champions are in the field.


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32 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Simon, Isner at Nice; Geneva, Strasbourg, Nurnberg

jalep Says:

Exciting battle I’m following on flashscore now is Cilic v Rublev. Geneva…

Rublev is a break up on Cilic. It’s 3-2 Rublev. But will attempt to hold serve to make it to 4-2

Come on kid! He did it held for 4-2…

jalep Says:

Surely, Marin won’t allow the 17 yr.old upstart to get a set….

jalep Says:

Nice schedule for Wednesday, May 20:

Kyrgios v Thiem
Pouille v L. Mayer
Dolgopolov v Gulbis (winner: Nice 2014)
Simon v Duckworth
Coric v Gianni. Mina. ( Mina a 23 yr.old Frenchie. Ranked 269.

Lajovic v Carrena- Busta.

jalep Says:

Omg. Andrey Rublev takes the 1st set 6-4!

I’m guessing the 6’2″ bean pole thin took Marin by surprise and will right the ship but it will take 3 sets. :D

jalep Says:

Meanwhile, in Nice, the last match of the day just finished:

Monaco d Querry. 63 6-1


On serve in set 2, 1-1 Rublev v Cilic

jalep Says:

Qualification rounds are in full swing for Roland Garros.

A.Zveŕev made it through his 1st match. Keeping track os New Kids, as I do.

That’s all from me…just in case any tennis-xers. we’re interested in the happenings in Geneva and Nice ;)

Back to work.

jalep Says:

So in beautiful Geneva tomorrow it will be:

Wawrinka v Rosol.
Andujar v Mannarino
Ramos v Benjamin Becker
J. Melzer. v Sousa (POR)

And the draw looks like a predictable final between Wawrinka and Cilic. Both could use the win for confidence going into Roland Garros.

The Rubles kid put up a good fight in the 2nd set tie break- was up a mini-break from the start but missed his chance for a huge win by mere inches. In the end appears that he lost his fight, unable to keep pace with US Open champion.

46 76 61 Cilic

jalep Says:

Thought my version of Geneva schedule looked thin. Forgot to mention

Kuznetsev v Delbonis.
Bellucci v Istomin.

;) officially my own private thread on tennis-x where I talk to myself.

MMT Says:

Have you ever seen that Rublev play? It’s hilarious – he looks crazy, acts crazy, he plays crazy – but boy can that kid hit a tennis ball? If he grows some hair on his chest, he could turn out to be a heck of a player.

jalep Says:

Alright Wednesday update for Geneva and Nice:

Bellucci d Istomin
Delbonis d Kuznetsov.
Andujar D Mannarino

Wawrinka v Rosol just got underway. 2-2 on serve

Becker v Ramos upcoming. ..

Nice, France
Thiem d Kyrigos
Lajovic d Carreno-Busta

Gulbis v Dolgopolov
It appears that Gulbis has the match under control:
7-5 4-6 4-0 in the 3rd set…but you never know…

Simon v Duckworth says ‘Cancelled’ Flashscore doesn’t say why. Will look into it

jalep Says:

Update Gulbis has matchpoints ..drumroll please. .
and Dog refused a bagel. Gulbis to serve for the match. More drama.

Coric v Mina. On serve in 2nd set.

jalep Says:

Gulbis d Dolgopolov 75 46 61

Meanwhile in Geneva…
Wawrinka takes 1st set 64

Coric is a break up on Gianni Mina…local boy
And Coric held serve 5-2

jane Says:

disappointed to see kyrgios had to retire against theim. :/

and wow, gulbis won a match?!!! he must be “gearing up” for a run at the french open again.

jalep Says:

Go Stan!
Go Borna!

jalep Says:

Update on Simon in Nice: he apparently withdrew. Duckworth is set to play lucky loser Frenchman, Quentin Halys.

Borna Coric wins his match! 76 62. Bon chance to him next match in Nice.

Wawrinka can’t break the Rosol serve yet in the 2nd set 2-3 Wawrinka.

jalep Says:

Oh goodness!

Hi jane :D

And I see MMT. was here…will get back to him in a minute.

Wathing WTA scores at the moment. ..

jalep Says:

Watching not wathing…I don’t have a lisp.

In Nuremberg Germany:

Lisicki is trailing Arruabarrena. She lost 1st set 6-2 to the Spanish player

Putintseva. V Bertens. Bertens (NED) leads 3-2

jalep Says:

Wawrinka could lose this…it feels
Lost 2nd set to Rosol 64

In Strasbourg, France
Keys d Lucic-Baroni. Go Madison!
Vesnina d Cornet. 36 60 63

Mladenovic v Riske is on. Mladenovic leads 76. 2nd ser underway.

jalep Says:


Just started following Andrey Rublev during Miami when the 17 yr.old won a main atp draw match there and watched his next match v Isner! Lol. What a mismatch, I was thinking! Turns out the kid is actually 6’2″. Couldn’t tell it v Isner. Rublev looked like he was maybe 14!

Love watching his tennis. Think he is intense and entertaining!

jalep Says:

Wawrinka d Rosol 64 36 63

So that’s all from me for atp matches. Thanks for popping by. Sorry Kyrigos lost :(

jalep Says:

To jane^^

jalep Says:

Wta matches are slogging along in Nurnberg. For some reason.

In Strasbourg:

Mladenovic d Riske 76 62

Last match is on…
Schiavone v Razzano

Margot Says:

I’ve seen Rublev play too. Heck at first I thought he was a ball kid!
He’s gr8 tho!

jalep Says:

Margot! welcome to my personal tennis-x thread :D

Rublev had a matchpoint v Cilic. Kid missed his chance but he is great fun to watch, has has very good serve, a whip of a forehand, a winning mentality – got to watch his match v Cilic last night- recorded it.

He simply appeared and played like he would win all the way to the 2nd set disappointing tie break. The 3rd set he was smiling muttering to himself; i think quite charming. But Marin had raised his level that last set and was serving bombs. Good experience for Andrey.

Margot Says:

Hi jalep, I’ve noticed in 9/10 cases the more experienced player wins the tie break.

jalep Says:

Found out from ATP site that Simon withdrew with a “neck injury,” which doesn’t sound good. Neck injuries freak me out because I have a few myself and know how long it can take to feel better.

Nice Quarterfinals

Isner v Lajovic
Thiem v his good buddy Ernests Gulbis ;)
Monaco v L. Mayer
Coric v either Duckworth or Halys (don’t recognize the name) Match is taking its time…

Margot Says:

Goodness, I wonder how Gilles did that?

jalep Says:

Ya, I dunno Margot :/

Strasbourg Quarterfinals WTA
Keys v Mladenovic
Stosur v Tomljanovic
Jankovic v Stephens

Vesnina v Razzano or Schiavone – another match taking a long time.

jalep Says:

Nuremberg Quarterfinals

Arruabarrena d Lisicki 62 67 76, So…

Arruabarrena v Witthoeft
Bertens v Knapp
Vinci v Nara
Kerber v Doi

Emily Says:

Didn’t have the sound on, but there was an issue b/w Rosol and Stan in the 2nd set. This guy needs to change his attitude, b/c it’s unpleasant to watch him constantly irritate people. So glad to see Stan send him packing

jalep Says:

Hi Emily…

Gets lonely living in the present on tennis-x.

Been at home today with no live tv coverage, just watching Flashscore, so I have not seen the Wawrinka – Rosol match but I will see the delayed recorded match on Tennis Channel later today. Interested to see what Rosol was on about now??

Geneva Quarterfinals apparently have been messed up by weather and interruptions? Anyway, they are not into the Quarterfinals just yet.

as of now the schedule for Thursday isn’t out.

Ramos v Becker didn’t finish

Bellucci v Ramos or Becker (guess someone will play two times tomorrow?)

Cilic v Giraldo
Andujar v Sousa (POR)
Wawrinka v Delbonis


In Nice Duckworth did win his match.
Coric v Duckworth…

…and, interestingly, didn’t realize Thiem leads Gublis h2h 2-0. Thought is was the other way around.

jalep Says:

Just watched the Wawrinka v Rosol match.


Think I missed the issue you mention in the 2nd set but I did take a distracting call during that set.

Overall, thought it was a high level of tennis from both – particularly good from Stan in the 3rd set. Good to see.

Hope tennis-x creates a new thread for present Atp & Wta quarterfinals, semi’s, etc…

I’m aware that I’m an oddball tennis fan.

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