Google Down the Line!: The Frenchies get fried at Indian Wells, leave Jeremy to pick up the pieces

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Frenchies get fried at Indian Wells, leave Jeremy to pick up the pieces

It was a French massacre at Indian Wells yesterday.

Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, and Paul-Henri Mathieu were all unceremoniously booted from the year's first Masters 1000 tourney in straight sets within hours of each other.

Sneaky Simon continued his bad run of form as he fell to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 7-6 (3); Jo-Willy was shocked by Russian Igor Andreev 7-5, 6-4; Reeshard fell to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2; and Paul-Henri was stopped by Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2. Gael Monfils, Florent Serra, Olivier Patience, Julien Benneteau, Michael Llodra, Nicolas Devilder, and Marc Gicquel have already been knocked out of the tourney.

Maybe it's a hangover for their country's poor showing in Davis Cup's opening tie where they were defeated by the Czech Republic 3-2 and where Sneaky Simon failed to win either of his rubbers. Or maybe some of them have been too distracted by some off-court Frenchie lovin'. I'm thinking the boys could use a strong leader right now - Sneaky's clearly not up to the task.

Whatever the case, the French will now have to rest their hopes on Jeremy Chardy who will face Spaniard David Ferrer for a spot in the quarterfinals.

(images via getty)


  1. Maybe Simon to begin should clip his soon-to-be hairy(afro) situation that might just be clouding his mind. As for dear Reeshard, it's getting really frustrating seeing him getting dumped out early in a tournie time and time again. I think he should plant himself on the baseline instead of looping halfcourt balls from far behind the baseline. Although I have to say that Fernie was really on fire so poor Reeshard had a hard time dealing with the constant onslaught. Same goes for Mathieu, Andy was just too good.

  2. At least this gives the snails around Indian Wells some relief!

  3. Dang it Rich! You make it impossible for me to live in denial lol. How am I supposed to pretend that these defeats never happened if you post about them?

    You can make it up to me by posting pictures of my future husband #3.(;

  4. anon: good breakdown, for sure some of the losses were to be expected based on the matchups. i'm also getting concerned about sneaky's form right now and more importantly his mental state. he may need to take a break and clear the head. reeshard, well, he's just being reeshard i suppose which is to say not good enough.

    T.O.: wouldn't be if I was there, i like me some escargot. yums.

    sara: sorry to say it but it wasn't me - it was their crappy playing! don't shoot the messenger, eh, blogger!!

  5. Ugh, add Chardy to the pile. I.W.= death to frenchies.


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