Pics of Gilles Simon and Viktor Troicki practising together on Friday.

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Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz is having the week of his life.

The unknown Polish qualifier, who ended 2011 ranked 221 and is now 69, beat 5 top 20 players: Philipp Kohlschreiber (19), Marin Cilic (15), Andy Murray (3), Janko Tipsarevic (9) and Gilles Simon (20) to reach the first ATP tournament final of his career.

For the title, Janowicz will square off against fourth seed David Ferrer who defeated wild card Michael Llodra in semis.

Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz

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Jerzy Janowicz

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Paris Bercy poster

This Bercy tournament must look like an Halloween nightmare for new Director Guy Forget.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and crowd favorite Gael Monfils pulled out of the tournament.
Novak Djokovic crashed out in his first match, losing to Sam Querrey in the second round and 2011 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to David Ferrer in quarterfinals.

No player outside the big four has won a Masters 1000 tournament since Robin Soderling took the Paris Bercy title in 2010. This will change this week.

So, who’s gonna win:

– 5th ranked David Ferrer?
Gilles Simon (18) who beat Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarters?
Jerzy Janowicz (69), the giant killer, who defeated Kohlscheiber, Cilic, Murray and Tipsarevic to reach the semifinals?
– wild card Michael Llodra (129), semifinalist here in 2010?

A little suggestion for Forget and the Bercy organisators: no player on next year’s poster.

On Wednesday 22nd August in New York City, adidas brought some of the city’s biggest tennis fans together for an experience they will never forget. The day started off at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club where a gift for each of them was waiting when they opened their lockers.

They were then met on court by one of the worlds leading coaches in Mats Merkel. Mats is part of the adidas Player Development programme and has coached some of leading players including Jo Tsonga. He was aided by US rising star and 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Champion Jack Sock as the kids showed off their skills on court.

Adidas Served by the Best

The next part of their surprise was a trip to the Manhattan adidas Performance Store where they were greeted by an expectant crowd. All anyone knew was that there was some filming taking place and that the kids were part of a new video by the brand.

As they were waiting little did they know that some of the sports biggest stars were waiting for them in the wings. Fernando Verdasco, the world number 26, came out first dressed as a ‘Team adidas’ staff member to measure their feet as the final part of the surprise came to life.

adidas Served by the Best

Fernando Verdasco enjoyed his time in staff uniform; “It was such a fun day to be part of. I have not worked in a store and it was a very different experience. When I spoke to the kids they were so happy to see us and had a great day. There were smiles all round!”

Next up was Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian star brought out new adiZero Feather II shoes for them to try on and spent some time chatting to the star struck youngsters. To top it off, French star Gilles Simon walked up and give them a hand picking out new clothing for them to take home from the latest tennis line.

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Here is our Best and Worst of June 2012. (Read here our Best and Worst of Roland Garros 2012).

Best:

Tamira Paszek:
5-3 down in the third set, she saved 5 championships point to win her first title since 2010, defeating Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, in Eastbourne. A few days later, she upset former number one Caroline Wozniacki in the first round at Wimbledon 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 in an encounter lasting 3 hours and 12 minutes.
After an easy second round win over Alizé Cornet, she defeated Yanina Wickmayer in another gruelling match 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in two hours and 40 minutes

Kim Clijsters:
Last Wimbledon for Kim who beat Jelena Jankovic, Andrea Hlavackova and Vera Zvonareva. Next opponent: Angelique Kerber.

Sania Mirza‘s reaction to the Indian Olympic team mess:

“As an Indian woman belonging to the 21st century, what I find disillusioning is the humiliating manner in which I was put up as a bait to try and pacify one of the disgruntled stalwarts of Indian tennis.”

“While I feel honored and privileged to have been chosen to partner Leander Paes, the manner and timing of the announcement wreaks of male chauvinism where a two time Grand Slam champion, who has been India’s number 1 women’s tennis player for almost a decade in singles and doubles is offered in compensation to partner one of the feuding champions purely in order to lure him into accepting to play with a men’s player he does not wish to play with! This kind of blatant humiliation of Indian womanhood needs to be condemned even if it comes from the highest controlling body of tennis in our country.”
Well said.

Tommy Haas:
German veteran Tommy Haas beat Roger Federer in Halle to capture his 13th career title, its first since 2009.

Andy Roddick:
Roddick ended a 16 months title drought by winning his 31th career title in Eastbourne. He entered the event as a wild card after losing his opening match at Queen’s Club the week before, a defeat that stretched his losing streak to six matches dating to mid-March.

Arnaud Clément:
Arnaud Clément is France new Davis Cup captain. He was hired to replace Guy Forget, who resigned after 14 seasons in charge.

Arnaud Clément

The WTA says NO to grunting, finally!
The WTA is developing a “sport-wide plan” to keep future players from grunting by educating them and instituting rule changes. USA Today reported the plan includes developing a device for umpires to measure grunting during matches, and a rule to set limits on how much noise is acceptable.

Maria Sharapova

ATP says NO to blue clay:
ATP President Brad Drewett has announced blue clay courts will not be allowed at tour events next season.
He said that while the new color, in place of the traditional red clay, “may have offered better visibility on television, there were clearly issues with the quality of the courts in Madrid this year, which were not acceptable.”

Tournament winners:

Bad Gastein: Alizé Cornet
Birmingham: Melanie Oudin
‘s-Hertogenbosch: Nadia Petrova, David Ferrer
Queen’s: Marin Cilic
Halle: Tommy Haas
Eastbourne: Tamira Paszek, Andy Roddick

Worst:

David Nalbandian: disqualified at Queen’s and ousted by Tipsarevic in the first round at Wimbledon.

Venus Williams:
For the first time since her debut appearance at the All England Club 15 years ago, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams failed to get past the first round of Wimbledon. She was beaten by doubles specialist Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-1.
I must say I don’t get why she keeps playing. Perhaps retirement is the best option right now.

Gilles Simon:
He totally has the right to express what he thinks about women’s tennis and equal money, but offence people and say stupid thing like there was 20 spectators attending the women’s Rome final, it’s simply stupid.

I really liked Bartoli‘s reaction:

He should wake up earlier (to have a practice court)

and Sloane Stephens comments:

“Whatever he says means nothing to me. He hit me with a ball when I was ball kid for the first time. He hit me right in my chest because he lost a point and set he turned around and slammed the ball and it hit me,”

Stephens told a small group of U.S. reporters.

“Whatever he says, that means nothing to me. We had discussion about it on the court last year because he was trying to kick me off the practice court in Estoril and I’m like dude you don’t have this court. His coach was nice and he asked me, ‘Why don’t you like him?’ and I said because when I was 10 he hit me with the ball and he didn’t even say sorry and kind of walked off. So I was like, ‘I don’t like him.”

And for all of you who have no idea who Simon is, that’s him:

2012 French Open adidas outfits

Flavia Pennetta:
The first seed eliminated at Wimbledon was No. 16 Flavia Pennetta, who fell 6-4, 6-3 to fellow Italian Camila Giorgi. With the recent achievements of Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone, nobody remembers that in 2009, she became the first female Italian player to reach the top 10.

The whole Indian olympic team mess, Paes, Bhupathi and co: none of them deserve a medal