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Update on the Futures/Future

So look, people.  It’s no secret, and there’s no need to pussyfoot around it.  Let’s just get it right out there in the open: I’ve been horribly remiss in not giving you any updates from the Futures tour this week, it’s true.  But here are my excuses: 1) the Sao Paulo Challenger has completely overshadowed the Brazil F2 Futures tourney in Salvador, even though Salvador is Brazil’s capital of happiness; b) I’m moving to Florida, duh, and such things require preparation that may limit my coverage and/or output; iii) though it may take place in Brazil’s happiness capital, the $10K Brazil F2 has an extremely watered-down field and didn’t really merit coverage until this weekend.

I mean, I know my job here is to chronicle and celebrate and all, but with only 11 Top Thousand players in the Salvador field, and an 8th seeded player ranked #658 in the world, well… it’s hard to get inspired about day-to-day coverage until the weekend, I admit.  But I will now, OK? 

So, in a tournament where the top 3 seeds are the only ones in the Top 400, and the rest of the field is outside the Top 500, it should come as no surprise that the top seeds are the ones who made it to the final weekend, no?  For me, the tournament started on Saturday, as it was almost predestined that #1 Eladio Ribeiro Neto (ATP #317), #2 Andre Begemann (#348), #3 Andre Miele (#398) and #4 Thales Turini (#530) would make it through to the final four.

Three Brazilians, two Andres and one German (Begemann).  But who would win out of them?  The answer may surprise you! 

Well, the semifinals may not surprise you, as top-seeded Ribeiro continued his dominance over 4th seed Turini, 7-6(3) 7-5, for his third win in three tries in this inter-Brazilian affair.  The 21 year-old Turini has yet to win a set over his 25 year-old countryman.  But second seeded Begemann had a tougher time against the third seed Miele, eking out a close 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 win and evening their head-to-head at one apiece in this inter-Andre affair.  

But in the finals?  Surprise!  The second seed (Begemann, for those hard of memory) upset the 1st (Ribeiro-Neto, ditto), 1-6 6-4 6-4 to take the Salvador da Bahia title.  The win indicates a profound change in fortunes for the 26 year-old German, who just five months ago was at a career high #166 in the world, after reaching the semifinals at the Nottingham Challenger (l. Go Soeda) and almost making the main draw at Wimbledon.  He also partnered Dustin Brown to a dubs final at the Cairo Challenger and won the Zagreb Challenger championship teamed up with Matt Ebden.  But then, after a retirement in Round 2 of the Winnetka Challenger, the former Pepperdine standout went 1/15 for the rest of the year, his ranking plummeting almost 200 places. 

So, to say that this was a surprise result would actually be a bit of an understatement, I’d say.  Talk about turning over a new leaf in the new year! 

The Begemann Gets Paid

Meanwhile, in Plantation, Florida, the $10K USA F1 Futures are underway with a lot of interesting stories already (and the main draw hasn’t even begun).  Not the least of which is the return of Wayne Odesnik, the self-proclaimed “American Nadal” (he’s a lefty, he likes clay, just go with it), from a slashed-in-half two-year drug suspension, his penalty reduced due to the ongoing “Substantial Assistance” he’s been providing to the ITF (Code Name: Whistleblower).  I’m not big on moralizing/judging, so I’ll steer clear of L’affaire Odesnik for now, and will just note that it’s happening.

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Brazil F38 Wrap-Up – Romboli Rolls To Fourth Futures Title

Do you, like me, bemoan the fact that everything is closed on Christmas Day? Well, let me tell you something. We’re wrong. Not everything is closed on Christmas Day. Certainly not the freakin’ Tenis Clube de Sorocaba, where the 10K Brazil F38 Futures is played.

You certainly won’t hear Fernando Romboli or Thales Turini moaning about it. They were working.

In case you haven’t pieced it out yourself by now, the finals of the 10K Brazil F38 took place on Christmas Day between second-seeded Fernando Romboli and sixth-seeded Thales Turini, both of Brazil.

If you’re too lazy to click on my previous Romboli profile, then I’ll repeat the important bits here: “the 21-year-old Romboli had gone into last week’s final with an 0-3 head-to-head record against the 25-year-old Kirche, only to make like Donner and blitz him 6-1 6-0 in the final. I’ll be interested to see whether that result was an anomaly, or if the former #3 world junior – who had wins over people like Roberto Bautista-Agut, Thomas Schoorel, Benoit Paire and Grigor Dimitrov – has finally turned a corner against his older foe. Can Romboli finish off his 48 win, 19 loss season (so far) with a 2nd consecutive tournament victory and reach the 50-win plateau?” Actually, that’s all of it, so no real need to click (and my apologies if you did).

And, of course, the title of this article is the ultimate spoiler. “ Can Romboli finish off his 48 win, 19 loss season (so far) with a 2nd consecutive tournament victory and reach the 50-win plateau?” YES HE CAN! And did, with great style and (if Jason Goodall had been there to watch, he probably would’ve said) with considerable aplomb. Romboli cruised in the final 6-2 6-1 over Turini, pocketing $1300 of Christmas cash.

Fernando Romboli – your Sorocabo Brazil F38 Futures Champion

“I spent Christmas night at the hotel with my family. We had dinner at 21:30 and was asleep and just thinking about the game. But it’s part, so tennis is, no dates. Today I had a great gift and reward for the work they’ve been doing,” said Romboli, according to this Google-translated article.

I’m actually quite pleased to see his game suddenly taking hold on the pro circuit, although I’m not supposed to admit it. Next stop for the man from Rio: Christmas lunch with his family today, and then tomorrow he starts preparation for Monday’s Brazil F1 match! No rest for the wicked, I guess. Or the people who have to work on Christmas.

(note: F1 preview coming (very) soon!)

Brazil F38 Futures Update!

The words “travel” and “travail” are formed from the same root because, back when their etymology was fresh, it was once a horrific pain in the ass to travel anywhere of length (traveling of width wasn’t nearly as difficult). Now it’s just a mild pain in the ass, comparatively. But back before technology had somewhat tamed our poor, defenseless planet, before one could jet or ride somewhere, way back when/then… only soldiers or slaves usually deigned to travel any distance, because you might get killed by Nature or Huns or something equally as terrifying as Nature and Huns (though that is hard to fathom, I know).

All of which leads me to this trivia question for you (answer at bottom of this article):

Q: How many non-Brazilians made it into the 2nd Round of the Brazil F38 Futures event in Sorocaba? Did you get it right? (Note: only the answer “Brazilch” is correct. Answers like “zero” or “none” will not be accepted.) Regardless, the point of this whole pointless exercise is that no travelers made it out the first round in Sorocaba alive. Granted, this stat is less impressive when one learns that only three foreigners made the trip in the first place, but still: now only homegrown homeboys (and homemen) are left; to the Brazilians go the spoils!

So, what’s happening among the about-to-be-spoiled Brazilians, you ask? Fantastic question! Really, no, it is. You should be quite pleased with yourself. That’s what this whole article is for – to answer that fantastic question of yours. Do read on.

Well, to start with, 7th seed Danilo Ferraz is seeing dimishing returns in his tennistical journey of late, posting consecutive SF, SF, QF, and R1 showings in Futures 34, 36, 37 and 38. He lost to Charles Costa (no relation) (to anyone) in the first round. And third-seeded Rodrigo Guidolin was the only other seed to not make the quarterfinals. He lost to a person who had never posted an ITF-recorded win at any level (juniors or pros) before, Luiz-Guilherme Deneka (who promptly lost in the next round, of course). Way to go, Rodrigo! It says in his bio that he enjoys going to the cinema, so at least he’s got more time to do that now.

In the quarters, 6th seed Thales Turini continued his Streak of Recent Relative Hotness, defeating top-seed Daniel Silva 6-2 6-2 and extending his record to 12/3 in his previous 15 matches. He’ll meet Deneka-defeater Ricardo Siggia, the 8th seed, in the semis. But all of that is academic, because I think the winner of this tournament will emerge from the other QF, which is a rematch of last week’s final. That’s right: it’s Leonardo Kirche vs. Fernando Romboli, The Revenge!

Pictured: Andre Miele and Fernando Romboli, who apparently won something once

If you’ll recall (and you probably won’t, because I didn’t write about it), the 21-year-old Romboli had gone into last week’s final with an 0-3 head-to-head record against the 25-year-old Kirche, only to make like Donner and blitz him 6-1 6-0 in the final. I’ll be interested to see whether that result was an anomaly, or if the former #3 world junior – who had wins over people like Roberto Bautista-Agut, Thomas Schoorel, Benoit Paire and Grigor Dimitrov – has finally turned a corner against his older foe.  Can Romboli finish off his 48 win, 19 loss season (so far) with a 2nd consecutive tournament victory and reach the 50-win plateau? Watch this space for more. Or, alternatively, go and enjoy your holiday. I’ll probably be here when you get back.

A: Brazilch

Long Overdue Brazil Update

My neglect of the Brazil F37 Futures this week has been borderline criminal, and for this I profusely apologize. As compensation and atonement, I have made sure the title of this article is a tennis-related acronym (LOB U!). Or does that just make it worse?

Either way, a 10K event was played in Guarulhos, Brazil – a suburb of Sao Paulo but also a city in its own right. The top-seed was Facundo Bagnis, but he pulled out before the event, no doubt exhausted from his F36 victory in Aracatuba the week before.

So that left 22 year-old 315th-ranked  Daniel Silva of Brazil to carry the top-seed torch, but the left-hander was singed in the semis by a man 364 days his junior, former doubles partner Fernando Romboli (also of Brazil). It was Romboli’s second win over his compatriot in seven tries at the pro level (and first in four meetings this year).

It may surprise you, perhaps, that the erstwhile doubles pair has faced off so many times already, despite the relative youth of the combatants. But such is the case for a lot of players on the Brazilian Futures circuit.  To start with, Brazil has played host to 37 Futures events so far this year – besides Spain (40 weeks), it’s the country host with the most (and USA gets the bronze with 31). Heck, they’re even playing one this week (and they’re the only place in the world that is).

And, as has been documented elsewhere, the life of a player outside the Top 200 is such that they can’t exactly continent hop to another circuit/event whenever the need arises. Travel within the continent also yields limited returns in South America, as there tend to be fewer tourney-rich countries in the immediate vicinity. A player on the Spanish Futures tour can always grab a train ticket and hit up one of the events in Italy (which has 30), France (20), Germany (18), or chunnel their way into one of Great Britain’s 17 competitions. For a Brazilian player, the next-best, nearest option would be Argentina (not so near), as they have 22. After that, the pickings get slimmer: Chile has nine, Venezuela has six, etc.

My point here is: until such time as a Brazilian player achieves fiscal independence – whether by sponsorship, funding, or individual results (often a symbiotic combination) – they have to play each other a whole lot, OK?  Anyway, that was one hell of a digression. We now return you to our regularly scheduled tournament…

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