Now that Nico is enjoying some well deserved holidays to recharge his batteries, let’s look back on the last week on the grass.
Nico had a second title to defend, the week after Wimbledon. Last year he won the title in singles, and in doubles too with fellow frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin. This year it ended in singles like it ended in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Nico lost in the quarterfinals of Newport to Australian Sam Groth in straight sets: 3-6 4-6. In the first round he won over Facundo Arguello, 7-6 6-4, in the second round over Luke Saville with 6-4 6-2. This quarterfinal means 45 rankingpoints, and that’s a loss of 205 points, compared to the tournament win last year. We find Nico back on spot 87, which is 28 places lower than last week. It might be difficult now to enter some of the tournaments to come.
According to an article/interview in french newspaper l’Equipe, Nico travels to Toronto for his next tournament. He will play in the qualifying event, which starts on august 1st. Last year he didn’t play in Canada, so here’s the opportunity to win some rankingpoints again. He’ll also enter the doublestournament there with Mika Llodra, to work on their year end goal of World Tour Finals. After Toronto, it’s Cincinnati (also qualifications and doubles), Winston Salem and US Open to conclude the American hard court summer. Nico will play the tournament of Winston Salem in the maindraw for sure (defends 2nd round there), and the same with US Open (lost in first round last year).
Less than two weeks untill we can enjoy Nico’s game again, bring on the hardcourts! Allez!