Looking back on 2014: july – december

The second half of the year started off in july with Nico once again being a defending champion, this time in Newport. Again he was stopped in the quarterfinal singles, by Sam Groth. Nico teamed up with Sergiy Stakhovsky in doubles, they reached untill the semifinals. The rest of the month was to have some well deserved holidays, before preparing the North American hardcourt season of august.

Toronto and Cincinnati were on the august schedule, with both first round exits in singles. Only in Canada was he playing doubles, a first round bye for him and Mika, and in the second round were Tecau and Rojer too strong for the two frenchmen. Winston Salem was the tournament that brought Nico a very good win in singles over spaniard Tommy Robredo, ranked 19 in the world. Very good to see Nico win some matches, with the US Open coming up. In doubles, he teamed up with Robin Haase, they reached till the quarterfinals.

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Then all ended for that month on the courts of Flushing Meadows. In the last grand slam of the year. Nico played one singlesmatch, against Thomas Bellucci, and in doubles it all ended before it had hardly began. Michael Llodra got injured in his singlesmatch, and had to retire from doubles too. This is also where the goal of the World Tour Finals must have ended. Nico and Mika gave a WO for the second round doubles.

Due to this early exit in New York Nico went to play in september a challenger in France, in Saint-Rémy. Playing only the singles tournament, he made it all the way to the final, and lifted the trophy in the end. Marc Gicquel accompanied Nico as coach this tournament. After this, the switch to indoor was made with the 250 tournament in Metz, a place where Nico has done great in the past. Unfortunately he didn’t play doubles this year, because Roger-Vasselin couldn’t play. In singles was Jeremy Chardy a bit stronger, winning over Nico with 6-7 5-7.
After Metz, the september challengers of Orléans and Mons were on the program, with not much luck in singles, but Nico and his partner Marc Gicquel raised the doubles trophy in Mons, in Marcs last professional tournament of his carreer.

Then in oktober was Nico in Rennes, where he defended his title of last year. Unfortunately not another title, but finalist is a great result too. From Rennes, he went to Basel, to play the qualifying event. The first round went well, winning in straight sets over Estrella-Burgos, but in the second round Nico lost in 3 sets to Gastao Elias. Due to his rankings, Nico played in Paris the qualy event too with a wildcard from the organistation. He lost to world number 55 Denis Istomin in the first round. The doublestournament was the first time this year playing with Pierre Hugues-Herbert, his new partner for 2015. Butorac and Klaasen were too strong for Nico and Pierre, winning in two tiebreak sets.

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But all was forgotten the first week of november, when the two frenchmen lifted the doublestrophy in the challenger of Mouilleron le Captif. Nico lost in singles in the second round to Victor hanescu, but as the tournament ‘ambassador’ he was there still till the end to win the doublestrophy on sunday.

This was the last tournament of the year for Nico, but he played several days of the french interclubs for Tennisclub de Paris. Last year they lifted the trophy in the final weekend, this year they ended up as finalists, and was tennsiclub Sarcelles the winner of the french competition.

That was a quick review of 2014, now let’s get ready for 2015! Nico starts the year in Brisbane. Let’s see if there’s a surprise doubles coming up again….

Allez Nico!! Bonne fin de l’année pour toi! :))

Looking back on 2014: january – june

Now that 2015 is approaching fast, let’s have one look back on the year of 2014. All the ups and downs, the victories and painful defeats, everything that makes a tennisseason a tennisseason.

The year started off in january with an incredible experience for Nico, as he was asked to play doubles with Federer in Brisbane. In singles he won over Sijsling in round one, but lost to Chardy in the second round. With Roger, he made it to the semifinals in doubles, losing to colombians Farah and Cabal. In Sydney he teamed up with Mika Llodra, but they went out in round 1. As we all know, they came back very strong in Melbourne, making it all the way to the semifinals, where they lost to the later winners Lindstedt/Kubot. They had very good wins over Peya/Soares and Paes/Stepanek. In singles, Nico played a great five set match against Australian Mathew Ebden, with Ebden winning in 5 sets.

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Nico took his great shape back to Europe, to have some great results in the indoor season in february. With Marc Gicquel he played the doublesfinal in Montpellier. Great achievement, if you realise he had to give up against Mathieu due to illness in singles. The week after, in Rotterdam, Nico won his first ATP 500 title in doubles, next to Mika Llodra. Singles brought him to the second round, and the week after in Marseille, he even made it all the way to quarterfinals, before losing to world number 23 Ernests Gulbis.

March was reserved for the two Masters events on American grounds, in Indian Wells and Miami. The singles tournaments didn’t bring much luck, both first round losses, but in doubles it went a lot better. Nico reached till the QF in Indian Wells with Tsonga, and in Miami to SF with Mika Llodra. Both tournaments ended against the Bryan Brothers, a duo that has bothered Nico more often this year… ;)

In april the tour went back to Europe with the clay tournaments leading up to Roland Garros. Monte Carlo gave Nico his first Masters win of the year, against Dominic Thiem. Unfortunately it was Almagro who was stronger in the secnd round. The other tournament in april was Bucharest, but again not much luck on clay there. Nico lost against Mathieu in singles on a very slow claycourt, and in doubles the first seeds Tecau/Rojer won over Nico and Adrian Mannarino.

The month of may was not very succesfull either, Madrid and Rome had no succes in singles, and neither in doubles. Due to the ranking, both tournaments had a bye for the first round doubles, but in both tournaments was the second round the end. In Madrid he partnered with Llodra and the week after in Rome with Roger-Vasselin.
The second grand slam of the year was less succesfull than Australia. Here too was a first round loss in singles (4 sets against Mikhail Kukushkin), and a third round retirement in doubles. Michael Llodra had to give up with back problems in the third round against later winners Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin.

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June is always a happy month when the grass season is there. The first grass tournament was in London, in Queens. Second round in singles and first round in doubles (with Tsonga) was the result for this tournament. For the first time in his carreer was Nico defending champion, the week after in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He made it to the quarterfinal, where Bautista-Agut was stronger than him, and won in 3 sets. There was no doubles this tournament, because Benoit Paire decided not to play doubles.
Wimbledon had it’s magic, especially in doubles, because Nico partnered with Mika again, and they worked on their goal to make it to the World Tour Finals in november. They were stopped in the semifinals, again by the Bryan Brothers. And again it was the back of Michael Llodra, who bothered him in a match. In singles played Nico a four set match against Marcel Granollers, unfortunately he lost it, but we have to remember the way how Nico came back to win the third set in tiebreak. Let’s take that with us to the grass in 2015. ;)

July – december to follow in the next post.

A few more days to send in your messages

Hi everyone,

Many thanks to those who have sent messages for the birthday project, but we’d still like to recieve more messages. So if you like Nicolas Mahut and if you have a wish for him don’t hestitate and send it to nicomahutfans@gmail.com. It can be anything, a short message, a picture, or more pictures, it only has to fit on A4 paper.

Getting the present ready won’t take as long as we thought, so you still have 10 more days to send in your things. Please do it before december 25th, then it can be included!

Merci beaucoup, and stay tuned for a summery of 2014. ;)

Tennisclub de Paris in the semifinals of the french league

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(photo from the twitter acount of Marco Chiudinelli)

Nico is this year again part of the equipe from Tennisclub de Paris, participating in the highest french league. The poulefase has finished this weekend, and the club from Paris are first in the poule A. The road to the final weekend went like this:

Saturday, november 15th: they couldn’t play on the court of Satc Hainaut, so they got the advantage of 4 matches, while the opponents got a -1.
Wednesday, november 19th: 3/3 vs TC Bressuire. Nico lost in singles to Thiemo de Bakker (7-5 2-6 3-6) but won his doublesmatch with Tristan Lamasine (6-4 7-5)
Saturday, november 22nd: 5/1 vs TC Strasbourg. Nico lost his singles (1-6 4-6) but won with Marc Gicquel in doubles (6-3 7-6).
Wednesday, november 26th: 4/2 vs Quimperle Tennis club. Nico won two points this meeting, 6-3 6-7 6-1 over Grega Zemlja in singles and in doubles with Gicquel 6-3 7-6 over Zemlja/Emmrich.
Saturday, november 29th: 3/3 vs Sarcelles AAS Tennis. Nico played only singles and won his match with 7-5 6-4 over Jeremy Chardy.

These results make Tennisclub de Paris end first in the poule, and they have qualified for the final weekend, together with Sarcelles.

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The semifinals will be played on december 6th and the final a day later on december 7th, on the courts of Sarcelles AAS Tennis. It’s not known yet who the opponents will be on saturday, because this will be done with a draw. It’s either Legarder Paris Racing or Dijon TC (who ended 1 and 2 in poule B).

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.