Next week is the Open de Caen, in which Nico will participate (from 8-11 december). With his ranking, he won’t play on the first day of the tournament, but will debut on monday, december 9th. In fact, he starts in the QF. Nico plays the winner of the match between Belgian David Goffin and Mathieu Rodrigues. Here is the schedule of this part of the tournament.
First there’s something to look forward to this weekend, the exhibition match in Trélazé. With a bit of luck you’ll get pictures from the event, as team Nico Mahut fans will travel to this place to check out the match between Nico Mahut and Mika Llodra. Stay tuned!
Four out of five days interclubs tennis are played in France, and it looks very good for Nico’s club, Tennisclub de Paris. They won yesterdays meeting with ASTPP Metz with 4-2, with one of those points won by Nico in a 3 set match against Michael Berrer. A replay of the Mouilleron final, this time won by Nico: 6-3 3-6 7-6. This saturday, november 30, they will play at home again, against Villa Primrose. At this moment, TCP are in the semifinals, on december 14th because they are first in their poule. Villa Primrose are last in the poule, with 5 points out of 4 days of action.
In other news, the Sydney list has come out yesterday and Nico is first alternate on this list. So this probably means he will be in by the time that the tournament is played. So, the month of january is known now: Brisbane, Sydney and Australian Open.
Nico did not play this weekend, so there’s nothing to say about the matches of TCP. The club won the meeting against Boulogne-Billancourt though with 5-1, and they lead their pool at the moment. Apparently did Nico feel a pain in the thigh when practicing on friday, so he didn’t play saturday. Hopefully he plays the next meeting, which will be on wednesday. According to the tweets, this wasn’t sure yesterday.
When strolling on the ATP website, my eye was caught by a name on the reliability list, look for yourself on the picture attached. Nico’s the eighth most reliable player of this year, having performed great with 17 won matches against 7 losses. Of course, the two titles of this season are helpfull too. 2013 was the year of 204 aces, an average of 60 percent first serves in, saving 68 percent of the breakpoints and using 48 percent of his own chances on the others’ serve. Also, Nico won 88 percent of his servicegames, and 23 percent of the returngames. Not bad at all, don’t u think? Let’s keep it up in the next season.
Sorry for the high amount of numbers in this post, hopefully there’s some news this wednesday, depending if Nico can play for TCP. Plus, next week we’ve got the Sydney and Auckland lists coming out, so hopefully Nico will be playing one of those two tournaments too, after Brisbane.
Today I saw an image with the entrancelist for Brisbane, and Nico is on the list!! So the year starts in december, in Australia! Great news, that’s in 6 weeks already. Furthermore, yesterday appeared an article in french that Nico will be teaming up with Mika Llodra in 2014, who plays his last year on the tour next year. More excellent news on this tuesday evening. (Roger-Vasselin and Benneteau are another french doublesteam for next year.)
The off season is already boring me, but at least there’s something to look forward to in those weeks without tennis! Nico will be playing 3 days of the Championnats par équipes. Saturday 23rd, wednesday 27th and saturday 30th of november he will play matches for his club Tennis club de Paris. Those days start at 1 pm, and the entrance is free for everybody. If they end up in the semifinals after 5 days of tennis, they play semifinals and/or finals on december 14th and 15th in Marcq-en-Baroeul.
The team has the following names for the club matches. Teamcaptains are Thierry Champion and Jérôme Haehnel. Players: Gilles Simon, Julien Benneteau, Benoit Paire , Nicolas Mahut, Michal Przysiezny, Marc Gicquel, Jonathan Dasnieres de Veigy, Marco Chiudinelli, Antoine Benneteau and Enzo Couacaud. The first day was last saturday and this ended in 3-3 against TC Bressuire. Tomorrow is the second day, away against TC Lille.
To be continued these weeks!
It’s the part of the season to look back on what has happened this year, and also to look forward for the year to come. While Nico was enjoying the beach in Mauritius, organisers in France were planning their exhibition events. I mentioned before that Nico is playing an exhibition match against Mika Llodra on december 7th in Trélazé, and the event on december 19th with Monfils, Paire, Nico and Benneteau. Now it’s confirmed too that Nico will appear in Caen, from december 8th till december 11th. Also with Mika Llodra, Benoit Paire, Richard Gasquet and Paul Henri Mathieu. More information can be found on their website http://www.open-de-caen.com/index.html and on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/OPEN-DE-CAEN/131376730214870
So this makes Nico’s december schedule so far :
Dec 7th: Trélazé exhibition match at 18.30 with Mika Llodra
Dec 8-11th: Open de Caen
Dec 19th: Tennis 4 Pau (http://www.tennis4pau.fr/)
Before I forget, Nico is closing the year as number 50 of the ATP rankinglist! Ain’t that amazing news? What a year it has been, fighting whole the way back from 240 in the top 50, making it to the Roland Garros doubles final, winning 2 ATP singles titles, an ATP doublestitle, winning the Rennes challenger, making it to semis singles and doubles final in Metz and to the final in Mouilleron-le-captif. Wow, and maybe I forgot something, but this is just what I write by heart.
And remember, if you have a birthday message for Nico, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org The first messages are there already, keep them coming! Deadline to send in messages is december 14th.
In case you’d like to see Nico play against Mika Llodra, here’s the link to the website to buy your tickets. Tickets are only 12 euro’s so why not go there? The exhibition starts at 18.30 pm local time.
Je suis désolé que mon français n’est pas bon mais j’ai une idee pour un cadeau pour l’anniversaire de Nico en janvier. Je voudrais faire un livre avec messages d’anniversaire, messages de soutenir et photos. J’ai besoin de autres fans de participer, pour collecter messages. Vous souhaitez joindre aussi ? S’il vous plaît écrivez-moi: email@example.com ou en twitter: @nicomahutfans
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Un gran merci!