Birthday project / projet d’anniversaire

Hi there, and thanks so much for reading! We’d like you to invite you for a new project, because we’re approaching the end of the year. This means, in a bit more than 2 months, it’s Nico’s birthday again. He’ll turn 33 on january 21st, 2015.

We’ve got an idea this year of making him a magazine, so he has something to read at the Australian Open next year. Would you like to join us in that? Do you have a nice story, a birthday wish, a photo or something else that you would like to be in this magazine? Don’t hestitate and send it to us! You can send it to nicomahutfans@gmail.com

Also, if you want more information, you’re more than welcome to send an e-mail or to ask on twitter @nicomahutfans . We won’t be in Melbourne ourselves, but we have a man that we can trust, who’ll give the present to Nico himself.

If you want to participate with a birthdaywish or picture or story, you’ve got untill december 15th 2014 to send your messages. This gives us time to make the present, and to get it delivered to the person who’ll give it to Nico.

Hopefully many people will join, and if you know other fans, tell them too please! :)

Thanks so much!

Bonsoir à tous!
Merci beaucoup pour lire ce blog. Nous aimerions vous inviter pour un nouveau projet, pour l’anniversaire de Nico, l’an prochaine. Il a 33 ans, le 21 janvier prochain.

Nous avons une idée cette année de lui faire un magazine, avec beaucoup de messages pour lire. Vous souhaitez nous rejoindre? Vous avez une belle histoire, un message d’anniversaire, une photo ou autre chose que vous aimeriez être dans ce magazine ? N’hésitez pas! Vous pouvez l’envoyer à nicomahutfans@gmail.com . Si vous souhaitez plus d’informations, vous êtes plus que bienvenu d’envoyer un e-mail ou à poser sur twitter @nicomahutfans. Nous ne serons pas à Melbourne nous-mêmes, mais nous avons un homme, qui va faire le cadeau aux Nico lui-même.

Si vous souhaitez participer avec un message ou d’image, vous avez jusqu’au 15 décembre 2014 pour envoyer vos messages. Cela nous donne le temps de faire le cadeau.

Nous espèrons que beaucoup de gens va rejoindre et si vous connaissez d’autres fans, leur dire aussi s’il vous plaît ! :)

Merci beaucoup!

Nico ends 2014 with the doublestitle in Mouilleron

The week in Mouilleron has had a good end for Nico, when he lifted the doublestrophy with partner Pierre-Hughes Herbert last sunday. In the final they played the german team of Tobias Kamke and Philipp Marx, who were defeated in straight sets: 6-3 6-4. A little while before it was PH too who lifted the singles trophy, when he won the final over Marsel Ilhan.

During the whole doublestournament, Nico and Pierre-Hugues have never been in troubles, all went nice and smooth in their matches.
First round: 6-1 6-3 over Albot/Hanescu
Quarterfinal:  6-4 6-0 over Guez/Millot
Semifinal: 6-3 62 over Bemelmans/Desein
Final: 6-3 6-4 over Kamke/Marx

For singles, it was less succesfull than last year, when Nico made it to the final here. He won his first round match in 3 sets from Gregoire Jacq: 6-4 4-6 6-1. It seems that Jacq wasn’t playing the high level anymore that he had in the first two sets, making it very difficult for Nico.
In the second round was the opponent Victor Hanescu. The first set ended in a tiebreak, unfortunately won by Hanescu. In the second set was a break for the Rumanian enough to win the match: 7-6 6-4. Nico kept fighting whole match, but Hanescu was too strong for him, unfortunately.

But let the doublestitle remind us of a great week in Mouilleron, for the last tournament of 2014. It’s a promising point of start, for the 2015 doublesteam that these two will be. Here’s some images of Nico during the week in Mouilleron, from both singles and doubles. The first three are from the first match against Gregoire Jacq.

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Then a few from the doublesmatch on wednesday, against Guez/Millot. Easy match for the two of them. ;)

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Then from the second match against Victor Hanescu.

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And last some more doubles photos, with the ones with the trophy being the best of the week of course. :)

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Succesfull start of Mouilleron-le-Captif

The last tournament of the year started yesterday with a very succesfull doublesmatch of Nicolas and his partner for 2015, Pierre-Hughes Herbert. They’re first seeds in doubles in Mouilleron-le-Captif this week and played against the duo Albot/Hanescu in their first round. Nico and Pierre had a great win, in 54 minutes they took the match with 6-1 6-3. We got sent some pictures from this, many thanks to Marianne for that. ;)

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In singles is Nico the sixth seed of the tournament. He plays tonight not before 6.30 pm against Gregoire Jacq, who is worlds number 779 at the moment. All the best to him, hopefully he’ll do as great (or better) as last year.

And the rankings are updated again. We find our man back on spot 118. This is because he lost the points of the second round Bercy from last year. The points from the runner up position in Mouilleron-le-Captif are gone already too, because this tournament is a bit later in the year than last year.

Some photos from Paris Masters doubles

This years Paris Masters tournament didn’t turn out so good for Nico. He lost in the qualifications first round, and the same happened in the doubles tournament. Nico played with Pierre-Hughes Herbert, with who he will play in 2015 too.

Here are some photos of the doubles in Bercy earlier this week.

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And one last photo of Nico watching some tennis himself.
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See you next year Nico! ;)

No luck in qualifications Basel and Paris: wildcard for doubles with Herbert in Bercy

Luck is not with Nico the last few weeks, as he was playing qualifications in Basel last week, and this weekend in Paris. We recieved some pictures from last weekend in Basel, so let’s look back shortly on both weekends. In Basel he started against Victor Estrella-Burgos, and won the match in one hour and 15 minutes. Especially the serve seemed to be effective in this match. Nico hit 12 aces, and won 93 percent of the first serves here. In the next round it was Gastao Elias from Portugal who was on the other side of the net. In a very fast first set it was 6-1 for Elias, but Nico stayed focussed and won the second set in a tiebreak. Nico had many chances on the Elias serve this set, 8 breakpoints, but only was able to use one of them, to make a much needed rebreak. The set finished in a tiebreak, that went with 7-2 to Nico. The third set was the same as the second set, with a break and a rebreak all the way to a tiebreak. Elias was the first one to have a matchpoint, but Nico saved it. Then Nico had a matchpoint himself, that he lost after a long rally. Elias then had two matchpoints again, and managed to win the match after 2 hours and 42 minutes. An unbelievable close end of a cruel match, and no qualification for the maindraw in Basel.

The BNP Paribas Masters announced thursday that Nico got a wildcard for the qualification tournament this year. He played Denis Istomin in the first round yesterday. The two played a very long match, with a tiebreak in the first set. Istomin took this tiebreak, with 7-4. In the second set, it was Istomin who made the break first. Nico had one chance to break back for 5-5, but unfortunately could not convert his breakpoint. Istomin then finally held his serve and won the match with 7-6 6-4. But what a fight from Nico, he can be proud of himself for the fighting spirit shown in this match.

Nico plays doubles with the young Pierre-Hugues Herbert this tournament, the duo got a wildcard for the tournament. Herbert will be Nico’s partner for doubles for 2015 too!

We recieved some photo’s today from Nico’s matches in Basel, so here are some images from the first and second round match of Basel. Enjoy! first

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And some from the second round against Gaston Elias.

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Many thanks to Renee Korpel for making and sending us these photo’s to use on the blog. All copyrights are hers.

 

The road to the final in Rennes

The challenger in Rennes is over for yet another year. Unfortunately wasn’t Nico be able to defend his title with succs. But to make it to the final for the second year in row is definately not a bad performance. Steve Darcis played a very good final, and got the win in straight sets 6-2 6-4.

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But before this final happened, a lot of other matches were played this week. Nico started with a first round match against Gregoire Burquier, who was defeated in straight sets: 6-4 6-4. (see the first photo. All photo’s, except the last one, from the Rennes challenger facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Open-de-Rennes-Internationaux-de-tennis-masculin/321373768144?sk=timeline )

In the next round waited Tobias Kamke, the german who was eight seeded in Rennes last week. Again no problems here for Nico, he advanced to the quarterfinals in another straight sets win: 7-6 6-3.

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The quarterfinal was a very special match, because this tournament was the last professional tournament of Marc Gicquel. He played in Mons doubles with Nico, with a title as end result. This week it was Nico who ended the professional carreer of Marc, by winning their quarterfinal match with 6-2 6-4. Here is a link to the video with the matchpoint and a sumary of the ceremony followed after this matchpoint. http://youtu.be/jHf2obXy_SQ

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In the semifinal was Nico opposite to the guy who surprised everyone, the 19-year old Enzo Couacoud. He played friday the match of his life to defeat Robin Haase in 3 sets, two of them tiebreaks. Unfortunately it was too much for this young guy to play so soon again, and he had to retire from the semifinal, when Nico was leading with 3-0.

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This was the road to the final, with a match against Steve Darcis. Darcis played the weekend before against David Goffin in the Mons final, and was for the second week in a row in another final. In fact same with Nico too, only the doublesfinal in Mons and now the singlesfinal. Darcis was the stronger one today, playing very solid to take the match with 6-2 6-4. It gives good hope though for the weeks to come, ending with the last master event of the year in Paris.

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(photo from Nico’s official facebook site, because the Rennes site didn’t have a photo of the singles finalists and their flowers)

The result in Rennes does have a little consequence though, Nico loses a few spots on the rankings again, and is now on 108. (102 last week). But, no matter the rankings, they’re just a number. The person doesn’t change, and he’s still our number one. ALLEZ!!

 

 

 

Mons gives Nico his 19th challenger doubles title

Nico has won last week another title in doubles, with partner Marc Gicquel. They won in the Mons doublesfinal over the first seeds Julian Knowle and Andre Begemann with 6-3 6-4. It was the crown on a great doublestournament, in which they didn’t lose one set.

Nico has won in his carreer some more titles in challengers, here’s a list of all his challenger titles so far. 11 in singles and 19 in doubles:

Singles:
2003: Manchester challenger (G)
2004: Valladolid challenger (H)
2006: Besancon challenger (H), Cherbourg challenger (IH), Kyoto challenger (Carpet)
2008: Orléans challenger (IH)
2010: Cherbourg Challenger (IH), Orléans challenger (IH)
2011: Courmayeur challenger (IH)
2013: Rennes challenger (IH)
2014: Saint Rémy challenger (H)

Doubles:
2000: Contrexeville challenger (Clay, with Benneteau)
2001: Andrezieux challenger (IH, with Benneteau)
2002: Lubeck challenger (Carpet, with Carraz)
2003: Bristol challenger (G, with Bachelot), Bronx challengr (H, with Benneteau), St. Jean de Luz (IH, with Benneteau)
2004: Manchester challenger (G, with Bachelot), Valladolid challenger (H, with Bachelot)
2005: Orléans challenger (IH, with Benneteau), Grenoble challenger (IH, with Benneteau)
2006: Andrezieux challenger (IH, with Benneteau), San Remo challenger (Clay, with Benneteau)
2009: Segovia challenger (H, with Roger Vasselin)
2010: Cherbourg challenger (IH, with Roger-Vasselin), Sarajevo challenger (IH, with Roger-Vasselin), Johannesburg challenger (H, with Zovko), Bordeaux challenger (Clay, with Roger-Vasselin)
2011: Courmayeur challenger (IH, with Gicquel)
2014: Mons Challenger (IH, with Gicquel)

This week, Nico defends his singles title in Rennes. He had a nice win yesterday, winning in straight sets over Gregoire Burquier, a match with 6 aces and not one single double fault. That gives good hope for tomorrow, because then waits Tobias Kamke. They never played eachother before, the only time planned was a walkover for Nico. Kamke is currently ranked 98, which is four spots higher than Nico. Let’s see what happens tomorrow. ALLEZ NICO!!

Mons is next after early loss in Orléans

6-3 6-4. These are the sets that Ruben Bemelmans played wednesday evening against Nico, to win their third meeting. Nico was up a break early in the first set, but Ruben broke him back, followed by a second break to win the set.

In the second set, it was Bemelmans again who made the first and only break of the set. In every servicegame, the Belgian pushed Nico very hard. Nico kept fighting hard, created 3 breakpoints (even one in the last game) but was unable to convert them into a break. In one hour and 21 minutes, Ruben Bemelmans won the match, and secured his spot in the second round. Nico didn’t play doubles this week, so this was a very short performance in Orléans. The facebooksite of the tournament does a great job with updatig, here are some photos from Nico’s match against Ruben Bemelmans.

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To end this post with, here’s an interview with Nico, done in Orléans. http://youtu.be/VaYf2sCGp7A Enjoy!

Let’s look forward to the next tournament, which is in Mons, Belgium. Always with you, Nico!

Nico plays the challenger tour these weeks: Orléans, Mons, Rennes.

A new week has begun and it’s time to look forward to the next few weeks. This week we find Nico on spot 105 in the ATP singlesrankings, 12 places lower than last week. This is because he lost the points from last years semifinal place in Metz.

This week participates Nico in the challenger of Orléans, where he will play the first round match against Ruben Bemelmans. Ruben is currently number 180 of the world.  They played eachother two times before on challenger level, both meetings were won by Nico. (Rennes last year, and Courmayeur in 2011, both 3 set matches). An eventual second round would be against the winner of Norbert Gombos and Andreas Beck. There’s no doubles  for this week, so Nico can concentrate on his singlesrun only.

After this week, there’s two more challengers to come. Next week in Mons, Belgium and the week after in Rennes, France. This couple of weeks there’s room to win points. In Orléans reached Nico last year to the second round and he had to skip Mons after that because he got a light injury. Only in Rennes is he defending champion, with 125 rankingpoints and the title to defend.

Good luck Nico, let’s have some good results the next few weeks in the challengers! ;)