Logically, on the first half of 2015 follows the second half, from july till november. And again a part of the season to look back to filled with pride.
July brought Nico back to Queens for the second time of the year, to play for the french Davis cup team in their quarterfinals meeting against Great-Britain. Nico played the doublesmatch with Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga against the Murray brothers, a match they unfortunately lost.
August wasn’t that special, but Nico played qualifications in both Montreal and Cincinnati. In both events he won two matches to make it to the maindraw, but lost eventually in the first round. Same with doubles, there was nothing special happening. After Cincinnati, Nico focussed on playing singles, by going to Winston-Salem.
The last Grand Slam of the year turned out to be a great event, Nico and Pierre-Hugues won their first doubles grand slam title. Only in the second round they faced matchpoints and were close to a defeat, all the other matches were done in straight sets. What a great way to end the US Open!
September brought the brand new Grand Slam champions back to France, to play the tournament of Metz. Nico lost to Tsonga in the quarterfinals, but not without snatching the first set. Of course there were doubles too, Pierre-Hugues and Nico made it all the way to the final, where they ended up as runner-ups against Kubot/Roger-Vasselin after losing in the matchtiebreak; 6-2 3-6 7-10.
Because the duo works for their ranking, eyes on world Tour Finals and on the Olympics in Rio in 2016, was Asia the destination in oktober. First the tournament of Tokyo, followed by the Master event of Shanghai. In Tokyo they reached till the quarterfinals, and in Shanghai they gave a walkover for the quarterfinals, because Pierre-Hugues was injured.
All the hard work this year wasn’t for nothing, the two french guys qualified for the big event in the O2, The world Tour Finals. Together with the masters event in Paris, were that the last two events for Nico in november. The masters in Paris weren’t too succesfull unfortunately, (with a first round loss in both singles and doubles.
The first ever performance in London was overshadowed by the attacks in Paris, on the friday before the event. Nico and Pierre-Hugues played their first match on monday, which gave them a little bit more time to get back to the tennis. With a beautiful gesture of Pray for Paris on their shirts, they paid an hommage to the victims. The first match against Dodig and Melo ended in a loss, but they didn’t play bad.
Two days later they got the win against Zimonjic/Matkovski, and this gave them chances to qualify for the semifinals on saturday. Unfortunately they needed a win, and weren’t able to get that, but all the time they kept fighting, which was great to see.
The World Tour Finals was the last event for Nico for this year, even though he played a bit for his Tennisclub de Paris and some padel event in Rennes. It’s the holidays season now, before it all starts over again in Brisbane next year.