The Last Word – March 19, 2014

DelPo out of Miami

He tried a doubles match at Indian Wells and while he looked okay, he said he felt pain in his left wrist and pulled out of the singles.

Now, Juan Martin del Potro is out of the doubles in Miami.

That’s a lot of tournaments and although he made the decision to try rehab over wrist surgery (having done it on his right, dominant wrist, he knows all about how tough it was to get back), clearly that doesn’t seem to be effective.


How’s that new stick working out?

Marcos Zugasti (@marcos_z) reports on Twitter that Santiago Giraldo is trying out a new Wilson stick in Miami – a PS 6.1 95 with a 16 x 19 string bed.

Unfortunately for Giraldo, he had his night stadium match in the bag against repeat-wild-card-recipient Marcos Baghdatis – leading 5-2 with two breaks, serving for the match at 30-0.

Santiago Giraldo had his match in hand ... until ...

Santiago Giraldo had his match in hand … until …

And he lost.

In the end, Giraldo was looking as though he might toss the thing. But he didn’t. Just as you would always be on your best behaviour with your new girlfriend. But in the end, perhaps he just couldn’t trust that new stick enough to get over the hump, as Baghdatis turned into a wall and Giraldo just made mistake after mistake.

Awfully unfortunate timing for him; we’ll see if that new stick survives to the next tournament, because Giraldo has been known to ditch sticks before (from the 2010 U.S. Open, when the offender was a Babolat). That fence is really, really high, by the way.




Head, and shoulder, knees and … TOE!

When Jürgen Melzer planned to return to action in Acapulco – then suddenly pulled out of doubles, and singles, and Indian Wells, it was natural to assume that his shoulder, which had kept him out after surgery since the previous October, simply wasn’t ready.

Oh, my aching toe! Jurgen Melzer had to have surgery on an ingrown toenail, further postponing his 2014 debut.

Oh, my aching toe! Jurgen Melzer had to have surgery on an ingrown toenail, further postponing his 2014 debut.

But on his blog, doubles specialist Robert Lindstedt, who was originally supposed to play dubs with Melzer this year (and ended up playing with Lukasz Kubot at the Australian Open instead – and won the damn thing), reports that this wasn’t the problem at all.

It’s a lot more lame than that.

“When the (Acapulco) draw came out I wasn’t really surprised. Jürgen texted me before we both flew out that we would play each other in Acapulco. And he was right. I sent him a text as soon as the draw came out saying I refused to believe it. And what is also hard to believe is his bad luck this year. His shoulder is finally good and fit. But when he got down here he started having problem with an ingrown toenail, which he now needs surgery for so he flew back to Austria. Unbelievable really. I told him he should stay away from me because I really seem to be bad luck for him.”


New Nike from Serena?

It doesn’t seem to be on the websites for sale yet, but you’d have to think this is what Serena Williams might pull out for her Miami debut Tuesday.


Williams is featured in a Vanity Fair photo spread this month about influential women and, knowing the issue would come out around Miami time, people do think of these things.

If so, it’s a definite upgrade on just about everything Nike has put out this season, which has all been pretty awful. Serena has rarely put a foot wrong, Nike-wise, in recent years.

UPDATE: Serena came out vs. Yaroslava Shvedova Thursday in this little number.


Maybe Wimbledon for the white?

(Screengrabs: tennisTV)


Watson pulls an Abanda

This is not good news for Brit Heather Watson.


We remember local Montreal prospect Françoise Abanda being forced into doing the same thing, at the junior Fed Cup in Mexico a couple of years ago. She ended up missing most of 2013 with a shoulder issue, although she didn’t have surgery and is doing really well right now.


Tennis babies

Could Elena Vesnina be ANY cuter?


(From Twitter)

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