In order of temporal occurrence, as per the day-old tradition:
At the day’s outset, it was Singapouring (sorry, it’s been a long day), but once action began, it proceeded thusly: Dimitry Tursunov beat Ivo Minar like an egg. “Great success!!!” was his two-word, three exclamation point twatted reaction. Fair enough. Well, the Czech Repub’s #6 may have been beaten (hint: Minar), but its #7 went through like a champ, as Dusan Lojda took out Marco Crugnola. And I don’t mean to dinner. But I do mean 6-2 7-5.
Meanwhile, James Ward’s winless 2011 proceeded winlessly with a tough 7-5 0-6 5-7 loss to my favorite Italian (besides Francesca Schiavone, of course), Matteo Viola. A shame the Minar bros couldn’t match up against the Viola bros in doubles here, on account that neither set of siblings is playing doubles here. Regardless, I think the Minars should branch off and form their own pro-sibling circuit, just so they can call it the Minar Tour. (Sorry. Long day disclaimer still in effect.)
The Mailman John Millman sent Sergei Bubka crashing to the mat in a decidedly 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-2ular fashion. Wildcard Karan Rastogi vilified the vilifier, 6-1 3-6 6-4 over Brydan Klein. Fourth seed Alexander Kudryavtsev was understandably upset. I’d be upset too if I’d just lost 1&2 to Flavia Cipolla anywhere outside of Noumea. And the dream run of Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana was cut short by the exact same score, 1&2&out to Somdev Millionaire. Will I ever get to write about Peerakiat again? If there’s any justice in the world, I will. (Tip: this mean’s that I likely won’t).
Continues to crack my shit up. If I’m ever constipated, clearly all I have to do is think of Reunion Island. Our friends at Shank Tennis alerted us to the hilarity of some of the qualifying player photos. This one’s my fave:
Once again, the greatest tennis player/blogger who ever did live, Mr. Harri Heliovaara, gives us the flavor of the Reunion Island scene. About his doubles match, which he won 6-0 6-1 with Mathieu Rodrigues: “I guess the opponents do not have much to play professional tennis in recent years, when they did not even know the…no-ad system.” HAHAHAHA! As he tends to do, he took some nice pictures of the club, like so:
Seventh seed Vincent Millot managed to lose to Swissy Alexander Sedecky (the patron saint of my twitter feed, if you must know) 5-7 2-6:
Moon Over Sadecky
But the big winner of the day had to be 36 year-old Mark Sibilla of France, who padded his 1/8 career ITF record (including Futures) by winning his first round match and
scamming pocketing a nifty 9 ATP points for his “efforts”. This will send the now-unranked player soaring into Top Thousand, well surpassing his previous career high of 1,184. Once again: well done, Reunion. *slow clap*
I’ll leave you with the wise words of young tennis sage Heliovaara to summarize: “This (event) has now become…unusual when (main draw) players…withdrew and hardly anyone wanted to go to reach a difficult Reunion. Florida played in the Futures this week 128 qualifiers, but the Challenger was not enough players in the first division. I can say than that huhhuh!” I can say than that, too, Harri: HUHHUH!