Nico plays in Tokyo this week

Tokyo is the current tournament where Nico is playing. For singles, he lost in the final qualifying round to American Austin Krajicek with 4-6 4-6. In doubles it’s a diferent thing, Nico and Pierre-Hugues are the second seeds in the japanese capital, behind the Bryan Brothers.

The first round is played tomorrow (not before 6pm local time, which is 11am France time) on center court against wildcard team of Austiin Krajicek and Yasutaka Uchiyama. In case of a win, they will play the occasional doublesteam of Gilles Simon and Aisam Qureshi, who are already in the quarterfinals.

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(On the picture, Nico in Tokyo with the other french players and his coach Gabi. From Nico’s official facebook site).

No title in Metz, still a good week for Nico

Due to slow wifi connection last week, it was impossible to write a blog update daily, but Nico had another good week last week. In singles he made it to the quarterfinals, giving an awesome fight to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 3 sets. In doubles he was runner up with PH Herbert, losing the final in super tiebreak to the second seeds Roger-Vasselin and Kubot.

Nico showed great tennis in his individual matches. In the first round he was too strong for Federico Delbonis: 6-2 7-5. In the second round, he dismissed fellow frenchman Adrian Mannarino in three sets (6-4 6-7 6-3), to set up a quarterfinal against Tsonga. Nico has never won an atp match over Tsonga, but this time he came really close. It was Nico who won the first set, in the tiebreak. Unfortunately Tsonga won the second one, breaking Nico twice for a 6-3 set. Nico kept his cool and played very strong untill the end of the set, but eventually got nervous and Tsonga broke him for the win: 6-7 6-3 7-5.



But with reaching the quarterfinals there, Nico can be very proud of the way he played that week in singles. It was enough to rise 4 spots in the rankings again, to number 63.

Metz had the honour of having the US Open champions as first seeds in their tournament. Together with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, it was another excellent week for Nicolas in doubles. They won 3 matches in the first event after winning the US Open. There were wins over Stakhovsky/Marach (the only straight set win with 6-3 6-4), in the quarterinfals over Guccione/Sa (4-6 6-4 10-3) and in the semifinals over Butorac/Lipsky (6-4 4-6 10-3). Those two supertiebreaks were played  very well by the both frenchies. Unfortunately the last tiebreak of the tournament went the wrong way. Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Lukasz Kubot won the final with 2-6 6-3 10-7.

Still it’s another good week, with important points to add to the rankings, while working on their place for the Olympics in Rio next year.

Here are some pictures of Nicolas in Metz last week (from the facebook Moselle Open, taken by Arnaud Briand). His next tournaments are Tokyo and Shanghai, also to work on the rankings with the road to Rio.





Nico plays in Metz this week

A new week has begun and a new tournament for Nico too. It’s the week of Moselle Open, in Metz. This is a tournament that Nico has won in doubles 3 times in the past. He lifted the trophy in 2003 with Julien Benneteau, in 2004 with Arnaud Clement and in 2012 with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Nico also made it to the semifinals in singles 2 times here, in 2007 (lost to Tommy Robredo) and in 2013 (lost to Gilles Simon). Safe to say that there must be a lot of good memories in that city.

This years campaign will begin in singles against Federico Delbonis, who was part of the Argentinian Davis cup team in and against Belgium this weekend. Delbonis is only 2 places higher ranked than Nico, so this promises to be a close match. If Nico wins this match, he can face one of the seeded players in the next round; Adrian Mannarino, the 7th seed in Metz.

Of course are the brand new US Open champions both here too, as first seeded team in the doublestournament. The tournament starts tomorrow for Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues, because they’re planned as last match in the evening session. Tomorrows opponents are Oliver Marach and Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Bonne chance Nico!

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(Practice picture made by Natasha Riha)

Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues are first time Grand Slam champions

Remember the old website of Nico? It had a list of goals that he wants to reach in his career. He is building on that list, winning a singles title has happened already a couple of times, and now the goal of winning a Grand Slam in doubles can be ticked off too! Nico is a Grand Slam champion, together with Pierre-Hugues Herbert after winning the US Open.

It’s been a dream end of this years North-American hardcourt season, winning the doublestournament of the last grand slam of the year. Six matches they played together, six times they won together. All started on wednesday in the first week, when they easily won over Estrella-Burgos/Duran with 6-3 6-4.

The next round was a lot more complicated, because there were many errors in that match for the french doublesteam. Luckily they won the match, but it took them two and a half hours to take the third set tie-break. The second set went to Pavic/Venus with 11-9 in the tiebreak, and they also made a quick break in the final set. Luckily, Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues kept their cool and served their way trough the set, to force another tiebreak. Pierre-Hugues celebrated the win on his knees on the court, you could see how relieved they were to reach the next round; .

In the third match, they won quite easy over the seventh seeds from Spain, Granollers/Lopez. The two frenchmen played an excellent match, giving no breakchances to the opponents, serving very well and taking their opportunities when they could. No energy was spilled in this match, that lasted a bit more than an hour.

The quarterfinal was played in the second week, again on a stadium that was a bit bigger than the one before. Again they faced a seeded team, the third seeds this time, and again it was a good victory for the french team. Tecau/Rojer couldn’t do much, and saw Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues hit 41 winning shots in the straight set win. The returns went well too and another victory was a fact in one and a half hour of play.


Logically, on a quarterfinal follows a semifinal, this time on the same court again as the match before, on the Louis Armstrong stadium. In this match, according to the stats, were especially the volleys working very well for Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues. They scored many points with that. In general, they scored a bit more points in the servicegames and had on the returns more winners too in this straight set win: 7-5 6-2.

And then the big final, the second Grand Slam final of the year for the couple that started working together only at the end of last year. From the beginning they played a very solid match on a not even half filled Arthur Ashe stadium. Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues won 87 percent of their first serve points, and created 7 breakchances. Only 2 of them were used, but it was enough to win both sets with 6-4 6-4, in a bit more than over an hour.



Oh, the happiness of both players when they celebrated the victory, the roar of Pierre-Hugues and the fall on the ground of Nicolas, with the hands before the face. They did it, they won their first Grand Slam together in New York! Less than a year after they started working together, they already won one of the biggest prizes they could win. And more, they also are on the road to play the year end World Tour Finals in London, because they’re now the 5th team in the race to London. Plus, there are Olympics coming up in 2016, and Nico has said that this is one of his goals too.

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Enjoy the images of the happy guys with their trophy (all pictures from, and for those who like to see it once more, here are the stats of all 6 doubles matches. Check them out if you want:

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Winston Salem last stop before US Open

We’re in the middle of the North American swing, now that Nico is in Winston Salem. The last few weeks he was  competing in Cincinnati and in Montreal. It weren’t the most succesfull weeks on the hardcourts, but Nico does have some matches under the belt leading to the US Open.

In Montreal started the week with qualifications, where Nico was the first seeded in the qualification draw. He won over an alternate from Canada, named Isade Juneau with 6-1 7-5. This match was followed by a last round qualifying against Ernests Gulbis, which was a great fight but unfortunately Nico didn’t win it: 7-6 5-7 3-6.
It came as a big surprise that Nico still was allowed to play in the maindraw, because he was last minute Lucky Loser for Richard Gasquet who couldn’t play due to injury. Nico played against Jeremy chardy, who won in straight sets: 6-1 7-5.

The doublestournament in Montreal began with a first round bye. The spanish duo of Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco were the opponents in the second round, and they got the win in the supertiebreak, winning 7-6 6-7 10-4.

In Cincinnati started the tournament with qualifications for the singlesdraw, which happened in two matches. In the 1st round Q he won in straight sets over American Frances Tiafoe: 6-3 6-2. The dfin
final round Q: 6-2 6-4 over another American Steve Johnson.

In the maindraw waited another American, a young player called Jared Donaldson. The match started on monday, but was stopped for rain/darkness when Nico was down 1-4 in the final set. Nico couldn’t turn around the match in the next day and lost in 3 sets: 5-7 7-6 2-6.
Of course there were doubles too in Cincinnati with Pierre-Hugues. In the first round they were too strong for the fellow french team of Gilles Simon and Adrian Mannarino with 6-3 6-2 in less than an hour. The end was in round 2, with a big fight against Rohan Bopanna and Florian Mergea.  Nico and Pierre-Hugues had to bow in the supertiebreak: 6-1 6-7 11-13.

Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues are now both in Winston Salem, but there are no doubles this week. it’s the last event before the US Open, and the last possibility to get some match rythm. Nico is directly into the maindraw, where he plays today against a player from Kazakhstan, Mikhail Kukushkin (ATP 54).

Bonne chance Nico!

Two more titles after the 2015 grass season

With another grass season over, the palmares of Nicolas has grown with a few more titles. He won the singles title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch again, all the way from qualifying, and was the strongest with Pierre-Hugues Herbert on the grass in Queens a few weeks later.

His total amount of singlestitles is now 3, all on grass. And there are nine doublestitles on ATP level behind his name. Here’s a short overview of all Nico’s ATP titles of his carreer so far.

ATP singles titles:
2013: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Newport
2015: ‘s-Hertogenbosch

ATP doubles titles:
2003: Metz
2004: Metz
2009: Lyon
2012: Metz, Marseille, Montpellier
2013: Newport
2014: Rotterdam
2015: Queens

To conclude, a few images from Nicolas when he won his singles title this year on the grass of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.





Flashback to Wimbledon 2015

We’re in a short summerbreak, before the North American hardcourt swing starts for Nicolas. He’s scheduled to play the Rogers Cup for his first tournament, starting on august 10 of this year. Sorry for the delays on here, but during Wimbledon it was simply impossible to be online to post things, but no worries, we’ve got a bunch of pictures for you from London.

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Wimbledon this year began with the wildcard for singles. In the first match was our champion scheduled to play against Serbian Filip Krajinovic. Nico got the win in 4 sets: 7-6 6-4 3-6 7-5. He was treated on his thigh in this match, having it taped by the trainer.



On wednesday began the doublestournament, with 37 degrees in the British capital. Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues had to do a lot of work to defeat the Spanish couple of Almagro and Menendez-Maceiras in 2 hours and 41 minutes: 1-6 7-6 6-3 4-6 6-3.

The singlesdraw was not so lucky for Nico, because in his second round he got to play Tomas Berdych. The match went in straight sets to Berdych, although Nico didn’t play a bad match. Berdych was simply too good: 6-1 6-4 6-4. There was a day of rest on friday, before the second round in doubles was played on the saturday. This time it were the experienced players Gilles Muller and Aisam Qureshi who were sent home: 6-7 7-6 6-4 6-4 in exact 3 hours of play.


Wimbledon was this year sooner over than the year before, because in the third round was the duo of Matkowski/Zimonjic too strong for Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues.  The final result was 7-6 3-6 7-5 6-1. Because of last years semifinal with Mika Llodra, Nico has lost a lot of points in the doublesrankings, and is now number 22 of the world. In the race to London, Nicolas and Pierre-Hugues are 9th as a team.

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Flashback on Davis Cup: 17-19 july 2015 in London

It’s the week after Davis Cup, and we can look back on the second selection for Nico in the French Davis cup team.

Nico was one of the first team meambers to go to Queens to start the practice on the grasscourts there. It was only weeks ago that He and Pierre-Hugues had won the doublestournament there during the Queens tournament. During the week, he and Jo practiced together, but thursday at the draw was Nico announced as the man to play doubles with Richard Gasquet.


These are two pictures taken during one of the practice days, when Nico practiced with Jo Wilfriend Tsonga.

Tennis - Great Britain v France - Davis Cup World Group Quarter Final - Queen’s Club, London - 15/7/15 France's Nicolas Mahut and Jo Wilfried Tsonga during practice Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic

Tennis - Great Britain v France - Davis Cup World Group Quarter Final - Queen’s Club, London - 15/7/15 France's Nicolas Mahut and Jo Wilfried Tsonga during practice Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic

Friday started the tie with France winning the first point. Gilles Simon won in straight sets over Britains James Ward, giving them the lead in the tie with this strong performance: 6-4 6-4 6-1. Great Britain equalised the score, later that afternoon with Andy Murray taking the win over Jo Wilfried Tsonga: 7-5 7-6 6-2.



Saturday it was Nico’s turn to make the appearance in the french kit, with Jo Wilfried Tsonga as teammate to fight for the third point of the tie. The first set was for the french team, but the Brits came back in the match, and won the next 3 sets: 4-6 6-3 7-6 6-1. A real pity that the level of play from the French dropped after set 1, and never came back for the rest of the match. The disappointment was visible on the French faces, as they were 1-2 behind after day 2. It was all or nothing for the last matchday for them.




The sunday was planned with Andy Murray taking on Gilles Simon for the 4th point, followed by Jo wilfried Tsonga vs James Ward for the last point of this quarterfinal. Gilles Simon played a great match, even won the first set, untill he slipped and seemed to have hurt his knee with the fall. He seemed to be able to continue, played great rallies against Murray, but the second fall, and a hurt ankle pretty much ended the French hopes for a win. In the fourth set wasn’t Gilles able to move any more, and Andy could win the match in four sets: 4-6 7-6 6-3 6-0.

Great Britain won over France, and the fifth rubber wasn’t played anymore. It’s the Brits who take on Australia in the semifinals in september. France will be back in the worldgroup of 2016, the draw for next year will be made in september.

Grass season in full swing, Wimbledon coming up!

First of all, very sorry for the lack of updates on the blog last few weeks. We’ll definately try to update it more again for the rest of the year. It has been an amazing few weeks on the grass so far, and we are only halfway the season. Nico was the winner in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in singles and runner up in doubles with Pierre-Hugues. The week after that, the two went one step further to catch their first ATP title together by winning the doubles tournament of Queens.

This week was the week of qualifications for the greenest of all Grand Slams, Wimbledon.Nico has been given a wildcard, but his doublespartner had to qualify for the maindraw, which he did succesfully. The draw for the singles and both doubles tournament are made yesterday.

Nico plays his first round against Filip Krajinovic from Serbia. Krajinovic is currently number 121 of the world. In the round after, Nico can play against the winner of Jeremy Chardy and Tomas Berdych. But before this can happen, there’s the first round first, and this should be played on tuesday. The tophalf starts on monday and the bottomhalf, including Nico, on tuesday.

The doublesdraw was made too, and it should not be too difficult for Nico and Pierre-Hugues in their first round match. They play the spanish couple of Almagro and Menendez-Maceiras.

More pictures of the previous grass events will be added too, and we’ll be in Wimbledon live, so stay tuned for grass tennis plctures on this place soon.

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