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Your Call, Aug. 20 08/20/2008 - 10:52 AM

Smallyourcall_5 Mornin', everyone. I'm going out to the US Open qualies today, to pick up my credentials and poke around a little. Not much more to add for now, except to say that I'll be posting later in the day, and expect to bump into some of you out at the BJKNTC this afternoon. Tomorrow, we have the US Open official draw ceremony, and then Friday I'll be back out at Flushing Meadow. Enjoy today's tennis action and comment on it here. Also, keep your eyes open for Thursday's Deuce Club posts, where I'm going to ask those of you who will be attending the US Open, and may want to hook up with fellow TWibe membere, to make yourselves know.


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Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 03:50 PM

Gotcha, Sher. Despite outward appearances, I like agreeing with people more than disagreeing. Sometimes it can't be helped, however.

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 03:50 PM

Am I just being a hater or is Bolt's double gold escapades a bit suspicious?

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 03:51 PM

Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. :

My take has always been innocent until proven guilty. BUT I do agree with you about the effort and the ease with which he won both sprints in a world class field. Especially his 100 m win, was very Ben Johnson'ish!

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:52 PM

"I really feel the more problems are with Paes than Bhupathi."
I take it you are a fan of Bhupathi?
Like I've been saying, different fans, different opinions.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 03:52 PM

Oh, nuts. Dr Ivo loses the first set. Shockingly, in a tiebreaker.

Come on! Croatian comeback!

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 03:53 PM

Thanks Subhadeep. I'm still smarting over my defense of Marion Jones. Once all the tests come in, then I'll celebrate.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 03:53 PM

Ivo's on a 2 TB losing streak. What has the world come to?

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 03:55 PM

Veruca Salt: Once bitten, twice shy, eh?

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 03:55 PM

Avid, what news!!!

A few short years ago I was ruing the fact that the gaming establishment had not jumped on the chance to franchise tennis, so much so that it was the feature of an article I wrote for TW. And now you bring the best news this side of a lottery win.

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 03:56 PM

Sam: Yeah. Something like that. Marion really hurt a sista!!

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 03:57 PM

greenhopper :

Not really a bigger fan of Bhupathi than Paes and to be honest like Paes' game more than Bhupathi being always an attacking serve-volley game lover person. But its not just Bhupathi. It seems everyone seems to have problems with Paes. Have you followed the complaint filing of the entire team against Paes in the Davis Cup team and he stepping down finally as captain?

Also during their peak time he would selfishly dump Bhupathi at critical tournaments to pursue his singles effort. Now if Paes was a Federer I could understand but at certain stage of his career I am sure he understood how much damage he could do in the singles with his very lack lustre power and efforts on his serve game.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 03:59 PM

Ivo breaks ... now come on, snap that Slovak like a rotten twig!

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 04:02 PM

Kenneth - I like to be the bearer of glad tidings LOL. Even though I am poor at gaming may be this will help me considering EA is just in my backyard LOL. may be I should look for a job there solely for the is purpose ;-)

Grant - Dunno if the Nadal tennis on DS was made by EA

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 04:02 PM

Sam :

its not like once bitten but more like 10 times bitten. I was a BIG fan of track and field BUT in recent times so many cases of doping really makes one question the whole section of small distance sprinting. Same goes for Tour De France, once declared the epitome of sports challenges is now like how many have got caught in doping!

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 04:03 PM

"Grant - Dunno if the Nadal tennis on DS was made by EA"

I don't think so, EA is rarely so dismal.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 04:05 PM

EA: Please, please, name the franchise after Nadal, and give him the cover!!!

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:06 PM

greenhopper: I have to agree with Subhadeep here. Not sure - but I remember reading on the newspapers back then that Paes wanted to have the upper hand over Bhupathi (kindaa superiority complex of being a better player/senior pro).

Subhadeep: Excellent post @ 3:49. and yes - Rafa deserves the praise as well for taking the responsibility (as a Top Player) to show up @ Olympics and fighting tooth and nail.

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 04:07 PM

"I was a BIG fan of track and field BUT in recent times so many cases of doping really makes one question the whole section of small distance sprinting. Same goes for Tour De France, once declared the epitome of sports challenges is now like how many have got caught in doping!"

See also baseball and of course every sport that Dick Pound takes an interest in killing my enjoyment of :(

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 04:08 PM

Russ - LOL

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 04:09 PM

"EA: Please, please, name the franchise after Nadal, and give him the cover!!!"

No, they should name it Madden Tennis.

Posted by malimeda 08/20/2008 at 04:09 PM

"How to pronounce Adje?"

As mentioned before, it is AJDE (not adje).

It's Serbian (as well as Croatian) equivalent of "come on". And it is a more colloqial version of the linguistically proper HAJDE (similar to HOUSE and its Cockney version 'OUSE).

The pronounciation of Serbo-Croatian words is phonetic, i.e. each and every letter is always pronounced as its corresponding sound.

Therefore, AJDE is pronounced something like /AYDE/, or sound by sound: A in AYE, Y in YELL, D in DART, E in END.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 04:09 PM

>>But its not just Bhupathi. It seems everyone seems to have problems with Paes. Have you followed the complaint filing of the entire team against Paes in the Davis Cup team and he stepping down finally as captain?>Also during their peak time he would selfishly dump Bhupathi at critical tournaments to pursue his singles effort. Now if Paes was a Federer I could understand>very lack lustre power and efforts on his serve game.<<
Can I buy you a few DVDs of his matches?

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 04:10 PM

Avid, I have tennis games from way back on the first Nintendo and later the Super Nintendo. I'm a huge gamer, and I've been waiting for a superb tennis translation to give Madden a run for his money. But the latest offering, Virtual Tennis 3 on the PS3 is a great game for the discount shelf.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 04:10 PM

"I don't think so, EA is rarely so dismal."

Grant - I thought so too because I know a few folks working in EA here in Vancouver and I know they do good stuff although the work very long hours too.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 04:10 PM

Russ: I thought that curse only applied to Madden football?

Subhadeep: Interesting info regarding Paes - I wasn't aware of those issues. Too bad, he's a lot of fun to watch in doubles.
Regarding track and field - I don't follow it that closely, but there does seem to be reason to be skeptical.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 04:12 PM

** But its not just Bhupathi. It seems everyone seems to have problems with Paes. **

Have you followed the complaint filing of the entire team against Paes in the Davis Cup team and he stepping down finally as captain?

**Also during their peak time he would selfishly dump Bhupathi at critical tournaments to pursue his singles effort. Now if Paes was a Federer I could understand. **
Are you saying anyone not named Federer should not consider a singles career *seriously*? His short lived singles career included a win over Pete Sampras (not a George Bastl kind of win, mind you).

**very lack lustre power and efforts on his serve game.**
Can I buy you a few DVDs of his matches?

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 04:12 PM

Kenneth - Now you are seriously tempting me ;-) Add gaming to my TW addiction and you have 24 hours of ... ;-)

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 04:13 PM

malimedia, thanks -- even though I didn't ask the question I have been curious about the pronounciation

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 04:13 PM

Okay, sorry for the multiple posts.. but typepad is acting weird today.

**Have you followed the complaint filing of the entire team against Paes in the Davis Cup team and he stepping down finally as captain?**

Did you know Bhupathi was one of the four who complained ?
Also, did you care to read Paes' reasoning? The man knows a thing or two about commitment!

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 04:14 PM

My gaming is restricted solely to Diner Dash 3: Hometown Hero.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 04:15 PM

Grant, AVS, Sam: Woah. Easily solved. Name the franchise Madden Tennis and put Nadal on the cover. Everyone's happy.

Posted by Joanne 08/20/2008 at 04:15 PM

ron: re Frank Dancevic...I was curious so did some poking around. It seems he is not playing. He is not on the player list on the USOpen website (click on the players tab & select "players by country"). It does appear to be up to date with the other canadians.

I couldn't find any information about why he is not playing though. Current ATP ranking is 147.

Posted by rudy3 08/20/2008 at 04:16 PM

"Am I just being a hater or is Bolt's double gold escapades a bit suspicious?"

I guess you and I are sipping the same haterade...its hard to NOT go there when i watch him lope across the finish line in WR time.


See what all the druggies did to their sport. Really is a shame.

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 04:16 PM

Riiiight, Russ -- world peace next ;-)

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:17 PM

simple but great idea, Russ!

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 04:18 PM

Veruca, I recommend at least 3 hours a day of PS3 or Xbox2. Cures insanity, I swear.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 04:18 PM

** Not sure - but I remember reading on the newspapers back then that Paes wanted to have the upper hand over Bhupathi (kindaa superiority complex of being a better player/senior pro). **

Not sure, are you now?
Right, that's my cue to leave.

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 04:18 PM

"Grant, AVS, Sam: Woah. Easily solved. Name the franchise Madden Tennis and put Nadal on the cover. Everyone's happy."

For the Special Edition they could also include a special edition of Sports Illustrated with Rafa on the cover, as well as an adorable Rafa doll and collectible Rafa pins.

Posted by Ruth 08/20/2008 at 04:19 PM

Sher: I am not sure which of MY ill-timed discussions you are referring to since it's probably been more than a year since my self-imposed moratorium on discussing on this board (or elsewhere) the perennial GOAT topic, the topic which usually requires a clear-eyed look at comparative depths of competition. At that time, I said that I'd rather talk about the GOHT (greatest of his/her time), and I have held to that decision.

I do, however, remember the discussion to which Ros referred, and my 12:37 comment definitely alluded to it and others that have ensued here. Such discussions make me wonder if I'm a horrible fan because I can't and don't get riled up when people point to the "weak" circumstances under which my newest fave, Kuznetsova (she replaced Monica in my special circle) won her one Slam (no Williamses, no Henin, no Clijsters, if I remember correctly). I love Kuzy, and no one can take away her USO title, AND the facts are the facts, right?

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 04:21 PM

greenhopper :

Oh c'mon! I did not mean to say if you are not talented like Federer then you should not play singles. I just took that as a name. One win over Sampras : that kind of win many player has like recently Simon over Federer. Simon is ranked at a point to which Paes never even came close to. Ramesh Krishnan beat Wilander too in his falling years and he has a far better resume in singles.

See if tennis was a match based on touch and atheltism at net then Paes would be a top 5 player in singles. One reference is semi final 1st set against Agassi in 96 Olympics in Atlanta. That one set was scintillating tennis. If you can get that DVD somewhere thats one to have for enjoying over and over.

My statement is that here he had a chance to be one of the best doubles team ever. Reached all 4 GS finals in one year and won 3 of them. From there they literally go to another good team with other players and trying to play for team India in Asian games, Olympics, Davis Cup.

AND yes I have followed most of these developments, albeit via newspaper and have to go by what news and media says. If it was just Bhupathi having problem then I can understand. But young players like Bopanna, Prakash Amritraj, etc. all having problems makes me believe that they all have a point.

Posted by Sher 08/20/2008 at 04:22 PM

Ruth, I'm only refering to the same comment you specified and the one Rosangel elaborated on, nothing personal. I have to leave right now, and thus don't have time for a more thoughtful reply to the rest of your last comment.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:25 PM

greenhopper: That's why I was trying not to be harsh on Leander. Because, we know how media play with the words and circumstances, don't we? But, I definitely reading some reports stating the rift (I guess in 2001?) between the duo possibly due to some egoistic acts by Paes and his father.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:26 PM

* remember reading

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 04:26 PM

Grant:

Yeah, hand out a Rafa doll with pins just when there are an unrivalled number of confused and angry Federer fans out there. Go on. See what happens ...

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 04:28 PM

*clinks glasses of haterade with rudy3*

Kenneth-I'm afraid of Xbox and all of that. If I get those, I may never leave my house again and wind up on CNN as the woman who became stuck to her couch.

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 04:32 PM

"Yeah, hand out a Rafa doll with pins just when there are an unrivalled number of confused and angry Federer fans out there. Go on. See what happens ..."

My heavens, I hadn't considered that! That could be a disaster!

Ok, scratch the doll, they should include a picture of Rafa and the Big Book of Gypsy Curses. How could that go wrong?


Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 04:35 PM

LOL Salt, those boxes aren't anything to be afraid of. If you can brave the TW waters, I think you'd do just fine with an Xbox.

Yeah, count me in the number of doubters who think something's up with the Jamaicans. I mean, they're ALL breaking WR's??? Maybe, maybe not.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 04:35 PM

"Ok, scratch the doll, they should include a picture of Rafa and the Big Book of Gypsy Curses."

Throw in some locks of Rafa's hair, couple of toenail clippings, some chicken feet and a mandrake root and I'm sold.

Posted by afwu1216(momo for USO O8!! 08/20/2008 at 04:35 PM

Is anyone else here wishing David Ferrer loses early at the Open and drops out of the top 10? Or at least the top 5? To me, he has no talent and no weapons and the most annyoing grunt. Any other thoughts?

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 04:37 PM

"Yeah, hand out a Rafa doll with pins just when there are an unrivalled number of confused and angry Federer fans out there. Go on. See what happens ..."

Not much. They would need towel fluff from Tommy Haas' last used towel, A pinch of Dima's chest hair, one bitter tear from Juan Carlos Ferrero, and a drop of foot sweat from Robin Soderling before anything would happen.

Posted by marcela 08/20/2008 at 04:37 PM

thanks C Note and malimeda!! AJDE, I'll remember that!!

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 04:37 PM

afwu16:

Oh, give the guy a break, he was locked in a punishment box and fed on bread and water!

Frankly, I think he's doing pretty well, considering.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 04:38 PM

Veruca Salt:

Now that's a scavenger hunt I could stand to go on.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 04:39 PM

"the most annyoing grunt. Any other thoughts?"

I think Tipsarevic has a more annoying grunt.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 04:40 PM

10. Unification of tennis's three main governing bodies.
- This is the dumbest one of 'em all. The problem is actually that we have these three governing bodies to begin with? Why the hell should they have the power to make a few events mandatory or not? Why should a good player be left out of the loop just because he or she refuses to join one of these bureaucracies that are supposed to benefit the players? I say more power to the players themselves; unification of the three bodies will give them even more power. Centralization almost always is a bad step, and this one isn't an exception.

9. Ranking bonus for players who play doubles.
- Interesting suggestion, though I'll point out that the doubles have their own rankings and points.

8. 25 percent increase to the field size for all non-major doubles tournaments.
- Don't like this one. I'm opposed to having so many tourneys to begin with 'cause the last thing the players need is more playing time than today's already tight schedule demands. Get back to me after the ATP-WTA-ITF trio gets rid of the ligament-unfriendly hard courts.

7. All grand slam finals, except juniors, should be best-of-five sets.
- Sure, if you wanna put even more physical strains on the female players' bodies. The ATP made the right decision by limiting all the tourneys but the Grand Slams to best-of-three sets. Not sure why the WTA would wanna reverse that.

6. Allow coaching from the coaches boxes.
- You mean they don't already do?

5. Enforcement of 20-second service rule.
- I've said before that I don't think the rule should be there at all. Most players are considerate and respectful enough to not take too much time to serve. But if we're gonna implement the rule at all 20 secs seem a reasonable choice.

4. Forfeit of prize money for people who play injured and withdraw during the first round.
- Do players get anything close to "prize money" if they withdraw during the 1st round? Anyway, let each tourney set its own rules. Don't give this power to the Holy Trinity of the ATP, WTA, and ITF.

3. Defending champion in every tournament automatically invited the following year.
- So we should go back to the antediluvian pre-Open era? Why should anyone get a free pass just because of his/her record from the previous year?

2. No more wild cards to players ranked outside of the top 200 to grand slams to pad host participation in the first round.
- The one wild card of significance I can think of is Goran's for the 2001 Wimby. And... what? Does anyone really care about this wild-card stuff?

1. No more final-set tiebreakers.
- I personally agree. Final-set TBs are a big anticlimax for me. But again let each tourney set its own rules. No meddling from the Holy Trinity in this matter.

So gotta say not a terribly good set of recommendations. But like Tennis Fan said they were good food for thought.


So NP your saying status quo everything is perfect?

Baseball has only one governing body. It would give uniformity to the sport. I think there should be players and former players involved as well as non player for a balance.


Have a uniform ranking system including doubles would encourage doubles play. However, from what I am reading here no care all that much about doubles right?

As far as hard court causing injuries, I think the governing bodies should invest in research of new materials that are equivalent to hardcourts but have some give to protect against injury, sensors, embedded in the court, that also can tell if balls are in or out and foot faults as Haweye, while excellent, has been shown to not always be accurate because it is computer modeling and not an acutal placement.

The women can play five sets at the majors, just like the men. I think form quarters on would be good. They would just have to get in better shape.

Make coaching legal. Maybe even having time outs. And a 20 second clock just like basketball. I wonder what that would do to Nadal's game?

I guess I agree on the wild card. A wild card is not a wild card if you cannot put anyone you want in.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:41 PM

as always - Amen, Sam! with the suffix *among the men* ;-)

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 04:41 PM

"the most annyoing grunt. Any other thoughts?"

I vote Daveydenko. It's like a drawn out.."heeeeeeeeeeaaaah".

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 04:42 PM

Arun: Agree with that qualifier. ;-)

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 04:42 PM

Subhadeep:
Like I said, that was not a George Bastl win.
http://tinyurl.com/63c5q2
Note, it was in a Davis cup match.

And since you repeatedly bring up FOUR not ONE player has a problem with Paes, Bopanna trained in Bhupathi's academy. So does Sania. Bopanna & Amritraj and the other young 'uns are pretty good friends with Bhupathi. See how can you spin it either way?

Arun: They were on and off a few times in 2000-2001. So which "egoistic act" are you talking about? I'm not denying there were bruised egos involved, and given the information we get has gone through a good media spin, you cannot really speculate the reasons for the split.

And with that, am really done on this topic.

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 04:44 PM

Awfu, wow you're pretty tough on the tour's best legs. And wonderlust Feliciano Lopez's grunt makes me see red. Sorry Flo fans.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 04:44 PM

Arun: I take that back - no qualifier needed since I said "more", not "most" ;-)

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 04:45 PM

Was kinda disappointed that Somdev Devvarman not only did not get a wild card for USO main draw he did not even get a wild card for USO qualifiers.

This is the 2 time NCAA singles champion, won a few challenger tournaments, did pretty well in the DC tournament and not even a wild card for the USO qualifier is kinda harsh.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 04:46 PM

I don't understand these calls for on-court coaching. Why?! They should crack down harder on coaching from the stands if anything. Surely one of the things that's great about tennis is seeing an individual player figure it out, adjust and react on their own on the court.

Posted by Kenneth 08/20/2008 at 04:48 PM

Surface sensors is the brightest idea all day. If a pool can have it, surely a court can.

Posted by Subhadeep 08/20/2008 at 04:52 PM

gauloises : I agree with you but its literally impossible. Are you going to throw out Yuri since he took out a banana and started eating it? The onus is on the players. People talk of sportsmanship and have been taking it out like on Gonzo for his Blake match BUT they are hardly ever critical of all these small acts of unsportsmanship that are carried out by lots of players : signaling from stands, fake injury time out, bouncing ball, not just many times BUT the variation in the number of bounces, etc. etc. etc.

One case here I am OK with is Nadal taking his time. He takes time and gets called for it sometimes BUT he always takes the same time so the opponent really knows the routine and thats OK by me. Yes I do agree that if the rule is there then it needs to be implemented. But against Nadal I think players like it I think that he takes time since playing against him you would want those breaks in between points anyways!

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 04:52 PM

OK. So, since I'm prone to posting my food cravings, may I just say that I'm satisfying my pasta craving from the other day? Fresh tomato sauce, lots of garlic and pepper with italian sausage. YUM. :)

Also, to add to the Paes/Bhupathi discussion in a thoroughly superfical way...they are both SO cute! :)

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:53 PM

I figured it out immediately, Sam! That's why I regret the inability to delete the old posts here.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 04:54 PM

Dr Ivo well behind in the third set. Nuts. NUTS I SAY.

But Hott Sauce won against Ivo Minor, so not a total wash-out.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 04:55 PM

Arun: Me too!

Tari: Damn you for making me hungry late in the workday. ;-)

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 04:58 PM

greenhopper: No speculations on my own - but, the report mentioned something like, after one of their differences at that time, when calls were made from Bhupathi's side to reconcile, Papa Paes answered bluntly saying that Leander doesn't need the help of anybody else to shine at the International Level , and he can do that by himself with his own talent! Again, a local newspaper - so they could come up with a script as they like..

*serves some cool drinks to gh*

Posted by siggy still waxing 08/20/2008 at 04:59 PM

Ruth, if you are still here... totally agreed re: shoe-filling AND the vinegar part! That's what I meant about Rog mixing up the, ahem, insouciance and humility! Not that I am accusing Rafa of disingenuous self-effacement buuuttt... he's just sooo gosh darned humble, win or lose, I kinda get impatient. Roger makes me think of donatello's david... the way young David is looking down at his own "self," lost in wonder at his own burgeoning, hmmph, manhood, if you will! there's nothing self-effacing about david's sense of wonder at his own fabulousness, and I just looooovvvve that! would that do as... vinegar? ;)

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 05:01 PM

cirstea/niculescu just beat schnyder/dekmeijere in straight sets . . . .. good result seeing as patty and her partner (i can't spell it again) beat black/huber in the 1st round!!

although i don't understand why monica niculescu is playing doubles with cirstea when she usually plays with her sister gabriela??!!!!!

. . . . . . oh just found the answer . . . . although monica is a year younger at 21 her ranking has gone up this year . . . . ..while gabriella . .. .despite winning some ITF's with monica and doing decent in singles has gone DOWN!!!!!
she doesn't even have a singles ranking now!!!!

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:02 PM

Sher: World Peace? Easy... Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros Champion, 2009.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:05 PM

gauloises: I've had one since Monte Carlo. Turns out it's just a big fat pin cushion after all. With nicely striated shoulders. Voodoo schmoodo.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 05:06 PM

Arun: There's too much politics involved here. Its not just the players, their parents, a coach/trainer, trainees from their camps and a ton of others, I don't know/don't want to know, were involved.
From what I have read, and I've read quite a lot on this, its another case of the media sensationalizing this story, which happens to put the Paes family as culprit.

Gawd, did I say I was done? Please stop pulling me into this trap.
Thanks for the cool ones :-)

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 05:08 PM

Russ @ 5:05. It was Nivea that screwed up your voodoo doll, remember?

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 05:08 PM

*releases the trap*

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 05:10 PM

afternoon all.

Tari, your lunch sounds delicious! minus the sausage for me, but mmm pasta. i think i know what i'm making for dinner tonight!

yay i see andreev's through to the QFs! and seppi. ooh and marin and hott sauce are through too. hurrah!

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:10 PM

greenhopper: I vaguely remember that. Forgive me, I've been kicked in the groin so many times since then, it's difficult to remember why my testicles are still swelling.

Posted by naughty T 08/20/2008 at 05:11 PM

Considering the WTA has just ended their stupid experiment with on court coaching the call for the men to now allow it seems a little bizarre. I know it is one of those floggable dead ponies but tennis is indeed a mental game. If you can't do it on your own you are not doing it.
I say hear hear to instant disqualification to players receiving coaching from the stands.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 05:12 PM

"lots of garlic"

Tari: Guess you're not going out on a date tonight? ;-)

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 05:14 PM

jeez, that 434 ranked qualifier is battling through the seeds in New Haven. has anyone ever seen his face?
he better not try anything funny with the surviver of the Italian face-offs.


like how naughty pops up a minute after Russ talks about swollen balls.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:14 PM

afwu1216: Most annoying grunt? Hands down, Rafa wins that one. Can't decide whether he's in the throes of orgasm or having his left leg amputated with nothing but a swig of vodka and a bullet. In either situation, though, I'd still pick him to win.

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 05:15 PM

Haha, Sam. :) Let's just say that somebody better like garlic. ;-)Sorry about the hungry stuff! YUM, though.

*tosses Russ the ol' TW icepack*

Posted by Veruca Salt: I hate the IT Dept. 08/20/2008 at 05:16 PM

"Can't decide whether he's in the throes of orgasm or having his left leg amputated with nothing but a swig of vodka and a bullet."

*fans herself*

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 05:17 PM

"I've been kicked in the groin so many times since then, it's difficult to remember why my testicles are still swelling. "

Russ: May I suggest wearing a cup?

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 05:17 PM

i hope i'm not slated for this . . . .but i was a fan of the on-court coaching!

i agree with all the player only being able to win stuff, etc.
but if oncourt coaching could improve the quality of a tennis match then i am all for it!!

on the WTA . . .certain players just can lose it for a moment mentally in a match and the opponent just rolls through . . . . thats where i think oncourt coaching helps as the coach can help the player refocus on what they need to do . . . and i've seen it happen before!!!!

so if oncourt coaching can turn a 6-3 6-1 drubbing into a threehour match . . . . i'm all for it!!!!!

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:23 PM

Pre-emptive: No more testicular references from me today. Sorry if that offended anyone's sensibilities.

Sam: Those kicks have had so much heavy topspin, they've been finding their way around the cup. Luckily they have a small target.

Tari: No, you keep the ice pack. I'll take these for the team.

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 05:23 PM

russ . . . . i prefer your first thought on rafa's grunt!!!!!YAY

*drools . . . .. .a lot*

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 05:25 PM

Hilarious, Russ. You're a trooper.

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 05:25 PM

Russ: Not offended, but I'm starting to feel sympathy pain.

Posted by C Note 08/20/2008 at 05:25 PM

Jacko -- I'm with you re on court coaching. I didn't mind it. And in the very few instances where the mic actually was able to pick up what was being said it was very interesting. Specifically I recall Sven talking to Ana after she dropped the second set of her match with Razzano in Sydney, and the Joyce talking to Maria at Amelia Island. It was interesting and kind of fun. You got to see the players' personalities a little bit.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:26 PM

Jacko: Now you know that everytime you have thoughts like that, God kills a puppy, right? Either God or Matt Zemek.

Posted by Arun (Go Smiley Fed) 08/20/2008 at 05:26 PM

*repeating the part of my 1:34 post directed @ Russ*

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 05:27 PM

Just kidding Matt.. ;) Typepad was too quick for me.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 05:27 PM

Russ - LMAO at almost all of your posts
I think you're best thing that happened to TW

Rachael - who is that qualifier? and who did he beat?

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 05:29 PM

noooo . . . .it's a tough balance!!!!

nadal . . .. . or puppies!!!!!

i technically know which to choose . . .. . . .but rafa . . . .. !!!!!

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 05:31 PM

Rachael - were you referring to Luka Gregorc, who had the temerity to put out Dr Ivo?

Could anyone pick this guy out of a lineup? A lineup of Czech tennis players, even?

Posted by Lisa 08/20/2008 at 05:32 PM

poking my head in. Hi all!

Posted by Lisa 08/20/2008 at 05:34 PM

Sam, Tari, Matt: what are we going to do about Fed?????

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