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The Deuce Club, 12.18 12/18/2008 - 5:00 PM

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By Jackie, TW Social Director

Have we all recovered from Monday's party? I'm still reeling from all of that water-drinking and Bûche de Noël-eating. That was some shindig! I'm really pleased so many of you showed up and am already looking forward to doing it again next year.

The fun isn't over just yet, though. Don't forget that we still have the TW Awards, which Pete and I are thinking of announcing the last week of the month. Please continue to send your nominations here (including your pick for Poster of the Year - one male and one female). We're also moving forward with our contest to name TW's new Poet Laureate and will have more information on the rules shortly.

Wrapping up business matters, don't forget to check out our TennisWorld > Real World Facebook group, if you haven't already. Every week, I get new requests to join, so clearly these weekly announcements aren't all for naught!

Today's Deuce Club topic comes not from the mind of your Social Director but from that of the TWibe's own gauloises!

The past few weeks, we tennis fans have enjoyed looking back at the season that was ... but as January draws near, it's only right that we begin to look ahead to 2009. It's in that spirit that gauloises came up with the idea to create our tennis "wish lists" for 2009! And the timing couldn't be better, since Christmas is exactly a week away.

Sure, it's been a while since most of us have made an actual Christmas wish list - or has it? C'mon, you know you've told everyone about how much you want that brand spankin' new iPhone or those Stuart Weitzman boots. So, this should be a piece of cake.

Before I solicit your thoughts, though, it's only right that I share the lovely gauloises's list, considering this is her brainchild and all. Enjoy - and try not too fall down from laughing, as I did!

Mario_small 1) Murray to play Federer in the final of a slam, and win.
2) Crazy Elf to stay in the top 10. Maybe win a Masters or two, make the semis of a Slam. I'm not greedy.
3) A Channel Slam for Federer. (It could happen!)
4) Baby Owl to beat Rafa again, because that was fun.
5) Mario to stay away from mono, jet skis, barbells, and lepers; somehow stay healthy; and make a surprise run to the Wimbledon final, where he will play in hotpants.
6) Ernests to, for the love of God, STOP choking away matches that are entirely there for the winning, get his ranking up, and continue being adorable.
7) JJ to win a Slam.
8) Davis Cup redemption for the Argies!
9) Marin to have a banner year and make the WTF, where I will cheer him on.
10) Great Britain to get a second player into the ATP and WTA top 100. (Yeah, that one's just pure madness. But I can dream ... )

Reference: Crazy Elf = del Potro, Baby Owl = Simon. (That gauloises loves her nicknames.)

I didn't have time to finalize my own wish list, but I do know it would at least include the following:

1) TMF to win his 14th Grand Slam, tying Sampras's record ... only to then break it by also winning his 15th. Which Slams? Doesn't matter to me!  (gauloises's #3 also works.)
2) Gilles "Babydaddy" Simon to continue to make his presence known - but remain obscure enough to where I can have him all to myself on those practice courts in Indian Wells and Cincinnati.
3) Gasquet, Nalbandian, and Ferrer to remember what it's like to, you know, win. Wait - and Kuznetsova.

Now it's your turn. Tell us what you'd like Santa to bring you for the 2009 tennis season. (For those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, replace "Santa" with "the mailman" or some other such entity who comes bearing gifts.)

Maybe Master Ace can keep track of whose wishes actually come true. Doesn't that sound like fun, MA?


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Posted by rafadoc 12/18/2008 at 07:21 PM

GH: Word on your #10...come on Daveed.

rudy3-lol...

pink sweater/shirt/polo (off court)=fabulous
pink tenniswear=not fabulous

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 07:23 PM

greenhopper, No. 5 ain't gonna happen. Pistol said he'll show up only for the breakage, not the equaling. And even then only if he feels like it :)....perhaps an appearance fee is in order.

Posted by greenhopper 12/18/2008 at 07:25 PM

sun-dried tomato on a pesto bagel would be great. thanks.

rudy3, according to DtL, this is the outfit he's rumored to wear in AO: http://tinyurl.com/4bl8jx

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/18/2008 at 07:25 PM

rudy 3 i totally agree with you lol!


Ruth thanks so much,she has really found her niche,she is doing a international communications and media degree,next year she will become a graduate,gee i still remember her first day at school,she told me,mum i can walk through the gate myself,see you in the afternoon!

Posted by sblily 12/18/2008 at 07:27 PM

ESPN is running an interesting article/Outside the Lines episode re: Alexandra Stevenson and her daddy (Dr. J): http://tinyurl.com/3qykxd

Apologies if this has already been posted!

Posted by rafadoc 12/18/2008 at 07:32 PM

From C Note's blog...these are Rafa and Fed's AO digs...but we will see, no?

http://tinyurl.com/4ue285

Posted by rafadoc 12/18/2008 at 07:34 PM

AM-great story! Time flies, doesn't it? You have obviously done a great job with her-congrats again!

Posted by rafadoc 12/18/2008 at 07:35 PM

Okay...talking to myself again! lol...check back later:)

Posted by greenhopper 12/18/2008 at 07:35 PM

Pspace, here's why:
- They're good buddies now and send text messages to each other.
- Pete said he would go if its in NY or London, and wants to be a part of the moment.
- He's doing a lot of exhibitions these days.. so travelling is not an issue.

stop waking me up, will ya ?

Posted by greenhopper 12/18/2008 at 07:36 PM

Congrats to you and Briony, aussiemarg. Good stuff.

Posted by sblily 12/18/2008 at 07:49 PM

My wishlist (in no particular order, after #1):

1) Rafa wins the French and a hardcourt Slam
2) Fed wins a Slam (Ordinarily, I would root for him to break Sampras' record, but wishes #1 and 7 preclude it)
3) Vee defends Wimbledon
4) Serena wins a Slam or two and continues to bring the WTF-ness with regularity.
5) JJ wins her first Slam in a whirlwind of glitter
6) Marat and Nole go to the Adidas training center in Vegas to receive the Gil Reyes treatment. Thus invigorated, Nole lets a little of that chip fall off his shoulder (but not completely -- some swagger is good) and gets back to playing his game and
7) Marat wins another Slam.
8) Coria becomes relevant again
9) Ditto for Gaudio
10) Roddick gets back into the Top 4 or 5.
11) Ferru, my adorable lumbering, glowering, headcase gets his groove back
12) Spain repeats as DC champs. The hero of the finals? Why, Ferru, of course. :D

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 07:59 PM

Hiya eveyone

Hope you have all been well.

Congrats to Birony am on her results.

My wish list:

Argies to win DC
Pico and Willy to play doubles
Pico to win a couple of tournaments
Willy just win a god damn match
Lopez and Verdasco to win a doubles major
Ana to get to the Oz final so we can all perve on Verdasco
Dinara to win a major
Italy or Russia to win Hopman Cup
Kuzzy to get her mojo back
Vera to stop crying

That's all of it for now

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 07:59 PM

Apparently, we're responsible for the "bad" schedule in tennis:

"""
...Starting the year with a major championship brings near-immediate gratification to impatient fans who suffer from tennis withdrawal during the offseason. Especially now, when every Grand Slam represents a chance for Federer to tie Pete Sampras' record, the majors are particularly compelling. It might not be easy to play a schedule with majors from January to September, but the best athletes produce quality tennis on all surfaces, in all conditions -- and all throughout the year.
"""

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=3776250&name=tennis

Posted by Arun 12/18/2008 at 08:00 PM

*waves to sblily(Wheeeeeeeeeeee) and AA*

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 08:02 PM

Waving back madly to Arun.

Posted by Vie 12/18/2008 at 08:07 PM

My wishlist:

1. Rafa - be healthy, continue improving and win 2 Slams preferably, FO and Wimbledon.
2. Rafa - a HC slam final
3. Simon, Murray, Roddick, Nole to win a HC Slam/ Word Tour Final
4. Federer to get his wish of 14

Posted by sblily 12/18/2008 at 08:13 PM

Hey Arun!

*slaps forehead* Can't believe I left Dinara off my wishlist! May she win a Slam in '09.

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 08:22 PM

Is everybody on another thread.

Posted by aussiemarg{rafa nadal,no 1 player,long may he reign} 12/18/2008 at 08:23 PM

aa good you hear from you again,yes very proud of Briony,also will send you a email

well i am off to see Burmease cat breeder.check later,keep wishing,though somestimes as they say.,

Be careful what you wish for!

Posted by gauloises 12/18/2008 at 08:24 PM

It amazes me how few wishes I have for the WTA.

Maybe Vika to live up to her potential. And it would be nice to see Venus defend Wimbledon. She's becoming synonymous with Wimbledon for me. And after all, it's the love of her life.

Posted by mina 12/18/2008 at 08:24 PM

hello Twibe

here's my list:

1) Rafa's successful defense of FO and Wimbledon (sorry Maha)
2) Rafa gets a harcourt slam (yes, i'm a greedy KAD LOL)
3) Dina, MaSha and JJ each get Slam
4) Owl to win his first Masters and maybe even get to his first Slam Semi/Final
5) Elf to move up to at least numero cinco, winning his first Masters while at it...
6) Successful defense of DC title by my precious Armada
7) Djokovic to reach the final of a non-hardcourt Major
8) AI to get a winning streak, somewhere... same goes for Kuz
9) Super Kei cracks the top 20 (yes, that's the Asian girl in me)
10) Rafa stays healthy through out the season (yeah, i know you had that coming guys LOL)

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 08:24 PM

My wishlist:

1) Nalby to be happy, healthy, injury-free, back in the top 10 and finds a good coach.

2) Nalby to win a Slam (I don't give a hoot which one, I just need one for my sanity)

3) Nalby to win a masters series or two, storm WTF and ends the season on a high note.

4) DC for Argentina before doom's day.

5) Marat to bring sexy back and wins a slam.

6) Ferru to get his ass back in the top 5 and lose that self-destructive attitude.

7) Igor to break into the top 10 and win a masters series.

8) Gonzo to run deep in the Slams and light up my world with his glorious smile again.

9) Nole to defend his AO title, get his good old self back and leave mum and dad at home.

10) Pico to stay healthy and injury-free and win a couple of tournaments wearing that awesome blue sleeveless shirt.

11) Mandy to win a Slam and get a tan.

12) Bolelli to have a solid season, be Italy's numero uno and raise his eyebrow and smile while Binaghi's head explodes.

13) Tsonga to stay healthy, injury-free, repeat his AO run and stay in the top 10.

14) El Gato and El Mago to make a comeback. Oh yeah let the crazy out.

Posted by CL 12/18/2008 at 08:24 PM

1.) Fed wins Wimbledon
2.-10.) Same as above.

(Although if a Fed FO win snuck in there somewhere around #7 it wouldn't break my heart either.)

And, since, like Spinal Tap, I reserve the right to take it "to 11," some really exciting tennis and lots of it on US TELEVISION fer cryin' out loud.

Posted by gauloises 12/18/2008 at 08:26 PM

Nancy, your list rocks.

I second loads of it. Particularly the parts about Gonzo and Pico's blue shirt.

Posted by mina 12/18/2008 at 08:30 PM

ohh, i forgot to add this to my wishlist:

Rafa sticks to the sleeveless shirts...i wanted to torch that orange and blue monstrosity he wore to USO AA kid's day... LOL

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 08:31 PM

Mmmm Gonzo's smile, what a wonderful thought for the day.

Hey Nancy and Gauloises nice to get tto chat to you, although I have my 5 year old nephew here in about 15 mins. I am babysitting for a couple of hours. I don't really have the energy for that but I am sure i will survive.

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 08:32 PM

Mmmm Gonzo's smile, what a wonderful thought for the day.

Hey Nancy and Gauloises nice to get tto chat to you, although I have my 5 year old nephew here in about 15 mins. I am babysitting for a couple of hours. I don't really have the energy for that but I am sure i will survive.

Posted by gauloises 12/18/2008 at 08:36 PM

Oh, Gonzo. Every time I think about seeing him in the opening ceremonies carrying the flag and beaming from ear to ear ... oh, a little ray of sunshine for my cold and frozen heart.

I also remember an anecdote from the BBC's live text at Wimbledon where they talked about him throwing his trainers in a bin after he lost, and I don't know why I find that adorable, but I do.

Hey AA, hope you're feeling OK.

Got to go to sleep now ... unfeasibly large amounts of work to be done on the morrow.

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 08:42 PM

Glad you approve, G.
Sweet dreams my dear.

Hey Angel, how are you feeling?

Posted by Arun 12/18/2008 at 08:44 PM

AA: I would like Gumbar and Sehwag to do well in the 2nd test also. And in your part of the world, you have the World's top 2 Test teams having a go at each other.. Lucky you!!

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 08:49 PM

Here is a long and rather interesting looking GOAT analysis. Haven't had time to think through all the metrics, but it's notable for the amount of effort put in:

http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=503656

Posted by rudy3 12/18/2008 at 08:53 PM

Besides Rafa winning RO in a sleeveless, nonpink shirt, I wish:

1. That Justin Gimelstob and Vince Spadea would get on the same bus out of town that ETienne is leaving on. These guys wrote the book on ugly American.
2. That Roddick would win USO. Is there any other player whose career was more shot in the butt by TMF than him.
3. That Rafa retains the #1 ranking, and that Nike comes to their senses and removes the stupid polos from his on court gear.
4. That ESPN returns to carry IW, Miami & now London. Fox sucks.
5. That something exciting happens to the snoozefest that is the WTA. If Venus and Serena were not around, really who would even care about the woman's game. Can you say WNBA?
6. That the prettiest duo to play the sport, Feli and Nando, continue to keep their brains free of hair gel, and carry their DC heroics onto the tour.
7. That ESPN does have as good a job as USA has done for the USO. And that CBS will leave us alone, once and for all. I like tennis, not promos for CSI and How I Met Your Mother.
8. That Rafa will stay healthy and happy.
9. That we fans will continue to love the sport, even though the ATP has a stupid logo on the net.

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 08:55 PM

Nancy

I am feeling a bit tired, no energy and my taste buds have completely gone other than that I am doing fantastic.

I have my sister running out the door to go to a interview and being a complete stresshead.

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 08:56 PM

Nancy

I am feeling a bit tired, no energy and my taste buds have completely gone other than that I am doing fantastic.

I have my sister running out the door to go to a interview and being a complete stresshead.

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 09:01 PM

Why do I keep double posting?

Arun - I don't get any coverage of the Indian's test matches but yes I hope Gumbar keeps his good form up.

The first test against South Africa is playing in my city this week and if I was feeling a bit better I would of gone along but spending a day in the sun is a bit daunting.

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 09:05 PM

Oh Angel, sorry hun. Hope you'll feel better soon.
Good luck to your sister in her interview.


"2. That Roddick would win USO. Is there any other player whose career was more shot in the butt by TMF than him."

LOL Rudy3, so true. Totally forgot to add Andy to my wishlist, I'd love to see him win USO too or any Slam.

Ruth - I applaud your post @ 6:32 PM

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 09:07 PM

I hope that Roddick continues his good form in his interviews.

Ok folks I need to entertain my nephew as I haven't spent time with him in months.

Nancy go and get some sleep when are you starting your job.

Posted by Aussie Angel (Willy please play better in 2009 so you can get back on the DC team) 12/18/2008 at 09:07 PM

I hope that Roddick continues his good form in his interviews.

Ok folks I need to entertain my nephew as I haven't spent time with him in months.

Nancy go and get some sleep when are you starting your job.

Posted by Arun 12/18/2008 at 09:14 PM

> Is there any other player whose career was more shot in the butt by TMF than him.

Lleyton Hewitt!


Pspace: That article is easily the GOAT among all the articles discussing the GOAT (that I've read so far)! Clearly shows why Rod Laver is the God of Tennis..

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 09:15 PM

Angel - Please what job? I'm not sure when I'll start or if I'm even gonna start. It's a hilarious and a depressing story at the same time. Will tell you about it later.

Posted by NP 12/18/2008 at 09:24 PM

Pspace, I remember reading that analysis a few months ago and I must say I wasn't convinced. Yes, stats should inform a large part of the GOAT debate, but not all of it. Almost all tennis experts of the older generation (including Jack Kramer himself) would agree that Budge is a notch above Rosewall, and likewise the reasonable bunch of us would say Sampras is above Lendl and Connors.

This is why the level of competition, for one, makes the GOAT issue such a conundrum. Just read what Lee said about his ranking of Sampras:

It’s actually very good considering the legends he was competing against. Sampras’ results in finishing number one six years in a row shows his greatness as a player. It was a tremendous accomplishment against tennis superstars like Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Lleyton Hewitt, Michael Chang, Gustavo Kuerten, Goran Ivanisevic, Patrick Rafter and Jim Courier.

I'll refrain from mentioning Fed's competition for once. :)

Posted by NP 12/18/2008 at 09:28 PM

One more thing: Did Raymond Lee bother to edit his article? His style leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 09:35 PM

Arun - Let's take the slams only in account; Fed's betean Roddick in the following:
Wimby 03 semi
Wimby 04 final
Wimby 05 final
USO 06 final
AO 07 semi
USO 07 quarter

he's beaten Hewitt in the following:
AO 04 R16
Wimby 04 quarter
USO 04 final
Wimby 05 semi
USO 05 semi
Wimby 08 R16

I don't know, it was forked for both sure but I feel it was more forked for Andy than Hewitt.
Man, looking at how many times Andy was close to win Wimby, I so desperately want him to win it now ( at first, I was kinda hoping Marat will win it, just for the irony..."grass is for cows" and all that).

Posted by Black Matt 12/18/2008 at 09:37 PM

1. Andy Roddick wins a slam. Any slam. Wimbledon is probably too much to hope for, but I'd love to see him win the AO. But again, any slam.

2. Roger Federer DOESN'T tie Sampras's record. As you can see as this is far below number 1, it's not crucial for me, and it's nothing against Roger. Sampras is just my favorite player of all time, so I want him to keep the record, though I know it's not going to happen. But I would happily exchange this one for #1.

Posted by Black Matt 12/18/2008 at 09:37 PM

1. Andy Roddick wins a slam. Any slam. Wimbledon is probably too much to hope for, but I'd love to see him win the AO. But again, any slam.

2. Roger Federer DOESN'T tie Sampras's record. As you can see as this is far below number 1, it's not crucial for me, and it's nothing against Roger. Sampras is just my favorite player of all time, so I want him to keep the record, though I know it's not going to happen. But I would happily exchange this one for #1.

Posted by Jenni 12/18/2008 at 09:48 PM

Nancy, I like your list but no.more.crazy. I can't take anymore of the whackadoo, and you know it's my achilles heel. Especially if they're under 5'10".

Posted by Arun 12/18/2008 at 09:53 PM

Nancy: I agree about how close Andy was winning to Wimby. I was also thinking about the long-standing mental scar left on a player. But, when you hold a 7-2 head_to_head against a player, and suddenly get bageled 4 times (and bread-sticked once) in 3 slam meetings (in the same year - 2004) by *that* player, it would hurt more right? Add to that the TMC'04 final (and RR) defeat. In the very next year (by this time Hewitt was back among the Top 3 in the world) he was beaten in IW Final plus Wimby and USO SFs by Federer, again. But, it's true that Roddick too has been more unfortunate over the years - but I like the fact that Roddick shrugs off the criticisms and always tries his best.

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 10:02 PM

LMAO Jenni, I know. I really do.
My list gets Jenni's and Gauloises' approval. Historical day.

Arun - Good point about Hewitt, never looked at it that way.
Sucks for both of them anyway.

Hmm this got me thinking, what a peaceful/lovely/amazing/joyful/kick-ass year I'd have if Rafa and Roger take a break and go relax in another planet for a while.

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 10:05 PM

NP, yeah, I'd agree there. It's just that he has a pretty decent metrics, which can inform a decision. Yeah, the quality of competition is the biggest conundrum. Sampras collected his Slams over a long period, so he was bound to interact with multiple champs.

Federer's came in a bunch. I guess the main rivals other than Nadal are Agassi (older but perhaps not much worse), Hewitt and Roddick. Now the question is whether this seems like a weaker era because of what Fed or independently. It's definitely a question mark if not an asterisk.

Fed came at a time where surfaces were slowed down, and people were understanding the new strings. He basically figured out how to use these factors to his advantage. The new generation (Nadal, Djokovic, and Muzz) seem to have an intuitive grasp of this, since they grew up with the new strings. The next couple of years will let us form a better picture of him.

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 10:21 PM

""what a peaceful/lovely/amazing/joyful/kick-ass year I'd have if Rafa and Roger take a break and go relax in another planet for a while.""

How about boring/lame/gunless/cardiganless/goatless year? :)

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:22 PM

I can get on board with nancy's list. At least the top 10 of it.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:23 PM

No. 9 actually would be remarkable for nole.

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 10:27 PM

Does this end the debate on Hottest of All Time?

http://cowbell.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83423e30253ef0105367e527b970b-pi

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 10:28 PM

Oh boo. I come back to see that a certain Mr. Fed seems to have taken a bit of a beating. Or maybe I just read all the wrong posts.

Great lists, everyone! I say we try to keep track of our own "wishes" and see if our 2008 naughtiness/niceness had anything to do with them coming to fruition. ;)

Posted by Marian (walks in boxers on the court) 12/18/2008 at 10:31 PM

Hi everyone :)

AM: By the way you described the DC Madrid game against Roddick, I would have thought that you'd prefer it over RG final. Besides I was asking between those two games, not tournaments :)

Pspace: The way I try to smash my BH at times is not too different then your own words here:

"Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 @ 3:13 PM

Yeah ptenis. Btw, I think Fed unveiled a new shot this year, for bh above the shoulder. Basically, he does a takeback slightly above the waist and tries to bunt/flick the ball."

Jewell, da nada and btw:
- How come you ask for Mozart (Roger) and not Beethoven (Rafa)? :)
- I do own many classical music CDs, I'll look it up also, but I guess you wanted MP3...

Everybody has great lists (Rosangel, Nancie, Vie, etc), but I'm mind in mind with what Vanessa had as third:

1. Rafa to stay healthy
2. Roger to get healthy (and such have time to train properly and get in shape)
3. Nole to be more consistent (again).
4. Nalby and Marat to get on top of the world at least once
5. Andy Murray, Gilles Simon and Tsonga to not forget how great can they be
6. Gulbis to find his consistency and get to the top
7. Have wonderful surprises from the likes of Cilic, Tipsarovic, etc
8. All my friends, family and TW players/athletes to continue to enjoy this sport, again healthy!

Good night !

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 10:34 PM

hehe Pspace, I was talking about MY perfect year. I like to imagine good stuff like that happening so...sue me.:)

Ptenis - you can get on board with the top 10 of my list? that's awesome dude, you made my day.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:35 PM

Hey, half of it is about NFD and one's about Marat. So what's not to like.

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 10:37 PM

Fancy Nancy!

Posted by roadrunnerz 12/18/2008 at 10:39 PM


I want:

Rafa to win the Australian Open.
Roger to take Wimby and the French, and the new slam record.
Andy Roddick to have a huge comeback and take the US Open.

It's wishful thinking, but that's what I really want in my stocking. :-)

Posted by greenhopper 12/18/2008 at 10:39 PM

http://tinyurl.com/3mwh8d
!!

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 10:40 PM

Tangent: We're supposed to have a COLOSSAL winter storm overnight. I'm nervous ... and sort of excited. Not gonna lie. ;)

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:41 PM

Holy Bepa!!

Posted by Jenni 12/18/2008 at 10:43 PM

Bepa is stealth-hott. You don't really see it at first, then it sneaks up on you and BAM!

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 10:43 PM

Nancy, meet my attorney:

http://cowbell.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83423e30253ef0105365ff309970b-pi

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 10:43 PM

Auntie Jackie! hehehe Fancy Nancy, I like that.
Hey, where is the rest of your list?

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 10:43 PM

She looks like an odd mix of Keri Russell and Vanessa Hudgens there ... or I'm blind.

Posted by Arun 12/18/2008 at 10:45 PM

I usually don't take part in the GOAT arguments. But I had a few things to say here.


"It was a tremendous accomplishment against tennis superstars like Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Lleyton Hewitt, Michael Chang, Gustavo Kuerten, Goran Ivanisevic, Patrick Rafter and Jim Courier."

From that article, I don't think some of these players should really be mentioned in the Sampras era. I want to know when an era truly begins/ends, before categorizing the "competition" as weak or strong. For example, Lleyton Hewitt and Edberg simply didn't belong to the Sampras era - Edberg was (nearly) past his prime when Sampras became the Pistol Pete (i.e., became World #1 and started winning the biggies and other tournaments regularly). Hewitt was a baby during the original Sampras era (to Hewitt's credit he dominated the players during his own era, though it was short-lived). Chang was okay but doesn't really belong to the category of the other superstars being mentioned there; he was pwned by the other players mentioned there in the big matches. Also, I think Kafelnikov is a better candidate to be included in the Sampras era than Kuerten (whose only good performances/victories came on clay until mid-2000, except that memorable Miami final earlier that year). Most importantly, during Sampras's prime Agassi was simply wayyy too inconsistent to be considered a tough opponent for Sampras, except for 2 years (1995 and 1999). Agassi won 2 titles in 93, 3 in 96, 5 in 98 and no titles in 97 (hampered by injuries).


NP: As you know I'm a Sampras fan and a Federer KAD; FWIW though, players like Bjorkman and Rusedski were occupying the Top 5 singles slots in 1997 - I leave it to you to judge about the *competition* during that year. ;-)


Pspace: Good points @ 10:05..

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:46 PM

I see the keri russell thing. Dunno who Hudgens is.

Pspace, who is that?


Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 10:48 PM

ptenis, It's from a hilarious piece by C Note:

http://tinyurl.com/4ucv3f

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:49 PM

As Bismarck would say
Jajajaja

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 10:50 PM

Fancy Nancy, I never finished it. Thinking of what I want is so hard! I need to work on that ...

Besides, I'm probably asking too much with my list as is. ;)

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 10:50 PM

Pspace - Cool. Meet mine http://tinyurl.com/3rmdq4

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:51 PM

I am guessing Super Mario.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:52 PM

damn!
Neither one of you is gonna pick an actual lawyer?

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 10:53 PM

LOL, ptenisnet!

I'll take Mario.

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 10:53 PM

"I'm probably asking too much with my list as is. ;)"

You're some how mocking me with that wink, right?
You did see me list, no?

Posted by Arun 12/18/2008 at 10:54 PM

Those attorneys look as if they are ready to start performing.

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 10:55 PM

Nancy, Yikes! It now boils down to choice of judge. I nominate:

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0eKy10ub4N0mE/340x.jpg

Now, the question is whether he is straight? If so, you might want to protest.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 10:55 PM

And that's how jackie stayed out of prolonged litigations

Posted by greenhopper 12/18/2008 at 10:56 PM

Someone mentioned Mario ?
http://i40.tinypic.com/20h51sm.jpg

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 11:02 PM

oh...in all that hotness I forgot...what's the case?

Posted by FoT 12/18/2008 at 11:08 PM

My wishes:

1. Roger to come out strong in 2009 at the beginning and win all his exhibition matches to get his confidence back so he can win the AO without losing a set to tie Pete's 14th slam.

2. Roger to be on a high from the AO that he continues the string and helps Swiss win DC against the US (sorry guys... but I'm more of a Roger fan than a 'davis cup' fan).

3. Roger to finally get the monkey off his back by breaking Pete's slam record at - where else - the French Open! I would prefer that he play Nadal and beat him 6-3 6-1 6-0 (if possible). But we Federer fans would be so happy that we would even settle for a 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-7 8-6 victory! As long as he wins the thing, I really wouldn't care what the score would be.

4. Then I want Roger to get his Wimbledon crown back.

5. Then why not cap off a historical year, even by Roger's stance, by winning a grand slam and his 6th straight U.S. Open. What a year that would be for us Federer fans!

6. And on top of that...I wouldn't mind if a few Masters titles were won as well as Basel, and the Year End Championship. Of course if Roger does as well as I want him to do, he'll get that #1 ranking back where it belongs! *smile*

Man...If these things happen, I would be in 7th heaven and what a 2009 to remember!

Posted by greenhopper 12/18/2008 at 11:11 PM

Nole and Ana are not friends for nothing..

----
Ana Ivanovic and her team are working on bringing a WTA tournament to Ana’s hometown of Belgrade in Serbia.

The tournament could begin October 12th, 2009 in Belgrade Arena and could replace the $220,000 Linz event.
----
http://tinyurl.com/4puu33

Posted by Ryan 12/18/2008 at 11:17 PM

GO COLTS!!!!!!

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 11:22 PM

Cheers FoT! I'll take even half of what you wished for.

Posted by NP 12/18/2008 at 11:22 PM

Pspace, good to see a Fed KAD at least acknowledge the possibility that his competition wasn't the most demanding faced by a champion of his caliber. Agreed that the next few years will give us a better idea of his place in tennis history.

Arun, will respond later tonite.

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 11:23 PM

Pspace - Really you're underestimating the powers of Marat. I'd nominate her though http://tinyurl.com/3eet6t

Wait, you forgot? ofcourse you did, she's baking your bread topless for goodness sake, that causes memory loss and well, other stuff too but let's not get to that.

Posted by ptenisnet 12/18/2008 at 11:24 PM

Is that alves?

you go colts!!!

Posted by Sam 12/18/2008 at 11:25 PM

Congrats Ryan - another comeback win for the Colts!!

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 11:26 PM

Nancy, sure. A cutie by my side and one in front of me. I don't really care what it's about any more.

Posted by Pspace 12/18/2008 at 11:27 PM

Yeah! Colts! Peyton for President!

Posted by Nancy 12/18/2008 at 11:32 PM

LOL Pspace...oh well, we'll have to resume tomorrow.
Goodnight all.

Posted by Jackie 12/18/2008 at 11:43 PM

Goodnight, Nancy!

It's awfully quiet tonight ... anyone want to play a game or something? ;)

Posted by ralph 12/18/2008 at 11:49 PM

FoT

Ditto!

Posted by rg.nadal 12/18/2008 at 11:50 PM

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas.

I have been a very good person this whole year and so i think its time
for you to reward me for my good behavior. Without further delay, here
is my list:

1. Apple Mac laptop (17 inch)
2. Sony Ericsson Xperia mobile
3. P Diddy's new perfume- I am King
4. Tickets for the Australian Open 2009.
5. A car with chauffeur (any car would do)
6. the 2009 Man Booker Prize. I could be persuaded to accept a
nomination in the top 6, if not a win.

Merry Christmas Once Again,

Much Love,

rg.nadal

Posted by rg.nadal 12/18/2008 at 11:55 PM

Santa:
here is my tennis wishlist:

1. Rafa winning a hardcourt slam/slams
2. JJ wins a slam
3. Venus wins either the AO or FO
4. Maria stays fit
5. Murray does well and reaches more finals and may be win a slam (not beat Rafa in the process)
6. Roger inches closer to no.15
7. Andy Roddick improves his dress sense.
8. Nole overcomes his breathing problems
9. Clijsters makes a comeback and wins the US Open
10. Anna Chakvetadze recovers her form

regards,
rg.nadal

Posted by rafadoc 12/18/2008 at 11:56 PM

Gosh rg.nadal...if I had the power I would grant your every wish:) Hopefully Santa is listening...or reading TW.

Posted by rg.nadal 12/19/2008 at 12:01 AM

rafadoc: Thanks. You referring to my tennis list or the personal one or both? :-)

Posted by jb (Countdown to 2009 begins..) 12/19/2008 at 12:06 AM

mhm - think i'll need to figure out my wish list... which is fairly obvious, being that i'm, well, me.

1. fed to take oz.
2. If fed can't take oz, then andy r pulease.
3. Fed to take the french.. then trot to wimby and make the channel slam.
4. hewitt to reach at least the semis of all 4 slams.
5. Baggie to overcome his back issues, take at least 1 masters.
6. Marat to get back to the top 10.
7. Jelena to take oz.
8. Maria to come back... with no shoulder issues!
9. Murray to back up this year's performance.
10. The winner of the US/Swiss Davis cup match to take the cup.
11. If the us/swiss can't take DC, then the Argies pulease.
12. Champagne. lots of champagne!

Posted by Jackie 12/19/2008 at 12:17 AM

jb! How are you? And fabulous list - totally with you on most.

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