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The Deuce Club, 12.11 12/11/2009 - 5:00 PM

By Jackie Roe, TW Social Director

Hi there, TWibe! Are y'all going through tennis withdrawal yet? I hope not - and I promise sticking around TW will mitigate those symptoms.

While I said I'd be sharing my ATP Award winners this week, I've decided to push it back until next Friday, considering today's Deuce Club is jam-packed as is. Plus, this means I can reminisce about the past season for another week. Anything to hold me over until the 2010 season starts up, right?

I'm still accepting TW Award nominations, so make sure to send those my way if you haven't already! Remember that these awards recognize TWibe members for their unique contributions to this community. We traditionally hand out a Poster of the Year award, so don't forget to include your picks for both male and female PotY in your submission. I had been asking that you send your ideas to my Tennis.com e-mail address, but it was brought to my attention that the account isn't working. While I get that sorted out, use the e-mail behind my moniker in blue instead, and I apologize if your e-mails got bounced back (please resend if that was the case!).

675202 It's that time of the year again - when all thoughts turn to the holiday season and shopping malls become our second home on the weekends as we seek to fulfill our loved ones' gift wishes. As the years pass, the holidays become less about what we want and more about what others want, and making sure they get just that. A good thing, no doubt ... but would it be so terrible if we took a timeout and allowed ourselves to make our own wish lists, like we did as kids?

Okay, so maybe that's a little silly. But not where tennis is concerned, I say!

Last year at this time, the lovely and impossibly witty gauloises came up with the idea to create tennis wish lists (click here to see the post), and as it went over so well, I figured we might as well give it a go again this year! What would you like to see happen during the 2010 tennis season?

Of course, we can't do this without our fearless wish list-making leader; I've asked gauloises to evaluate her old wish list and provide us with a new one for 2010 to get us started. Take it away, g!

Funny how the vast majority of my wishes for 2009 now appear optimistic to the point of delusion, even the ones that came true. I shall review them briefly and bitterly (it’s my métier).
 
1) Murray to play Federer in the final of a slam, and win. – Ha! As if. Although if it hadn’t been for that meddling Andy Roddick, or that pesky Verdasco, or that nosy butt-rubbing Gonzo, or that upstart Marin … okay, I’m depressing myself.
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. – Well, he still doesn’t have a Masters title, but I think we can let that slide under the circumstances.
3) A Channel Slam for Federer. (It could happen!) – And for my next trick, my race of atomic supermen will conquer the world.
4) Baby Owl to beat Rafa again, because that was fun. – Again, a bitter "ha." The closest Gilles got to beating Rafa in 2009 was having slightly less debilitating knee problems.
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. – Once, twice and thrice "ha." Instead he missed most of the year with various ailments, cut off his hair, did a law internship, and started dressing like he’d joined a cult. But I did spend a lot of time mentally dressing him 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. – Oh, how naïve I was. If only I’d gone for more attainable goals, like remembering to attend matches, or not getting arrested for solicitation.
7) JJ to win a Slam. – This in no way happened. But at least Dinara took the heat off her a bit. Sigh.
8) Davis Cup redemption for the Argies! – All together now … ha! Although we did get a consoling Elf cuddling a shirtless Pico, which I’ll take.
9) Marin to have a banner year and make the WTF, where I will cheer him on. – Possibly making the WTF was a tad ambitious, but he did finally make a Slam quarterfinal. I demand more next year.
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.) – Great Britain's ATP No. 2: Alex Bogdanovic, #164. On the WTA side, it's a bit more promising: Elena Baltacha at #85, Katie O'Brien at #89, and Keo hanging in at #99 despite a severe knee injury. Not to mention our new junior girl's US Open champion, Heather Watson (and she's a Delpo fan too). You go, girls!
 
Optimistic, wasn’t I? Ah, those halcyon days back at the end of 2008, when all manner of wonderful things seemed possible. The iron bit into my soul at some point, though – during the fifth set of Verdasco’s defeat of Murray at the Australian Open, perhaps, or possibly between the first and second bagels dished out to Delpo in the AO quarterfinals. Although there’s been great stuff in 2009, I end it as a sadder, wiser woman, no longer daring to hope for the seemingly miraculous to occur, in the full knowledge that it won’t, or if it does I will have changed my mind and won’t want it any more. And hence I face 2010 with altogether more modest wishes …
 
90583295 1) Juan Martin del Potro to stay alive. - You know, I get that there’s probably going to be a slump. I get that the achievements of 2009 will probably not be immediately replicated. I’m prepared for the pressure to get to him and a loss of confidence and injuries and a general case of the Anas. So I’m going to stick with the basic minimum I can expect from this year and then everything else will come as a beautiful bonus. Just don’t die, Delpo. Just. Don’t. Die.
2) A healthier ATP. – On a similar theme, and I know this is an impossible dream, but wouldn’t it be lovely if we had a year where, say, none of the top 10 were forced to miss a Slam through injury or illness? Just a thought.
3) Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic to win a Slam. – I’m not asking for both. Just give me one of my guys holding up a big, shiny trophy somewhere.
4) Victoria Azarenka to crack the top five and make the semifinals of a Slam. – I still believe.
5) Marin Cilic to learn to string wins together, make the top 10 and play the WTFs. – It has to happen. He’s got Goran and Bob Brett, the ultimate tennistical (TM La Monf) odd couple, on his side!
6) One more year of the greatness of Fernando Gonzalez. – Whether it’s epic five-setters (see: vs. Gasquet at the AO, Ferrero at Wimbledon), smashing racquets and handing them to charmed spectators (vs. Tsonga at the USO), collapsing melodramatically on the court (vs. Delpo in Washington) or expressing his displeasure with a line call through the medium of his backside (vs. Soderling at the French), Gonzo can be relied upon to light up the dullest day.
7) The triumphant return of a healthy David Nalbandian. – I want the big man back, kicking butt and taking names. If said butt-kicking and name-taking could help the Argies win a Davis Cup tie or two, then so be it.
8) My girl Sabine Lisicki to crack the top 10. – I have almost no hope for this one. Managing to go uninjured for five minutes might help.
9) Mario Ancic to play, like, one actual match somewhere. – Preferably somewhere near me, so I can finally see my hero live. One more shining moment at Wimbledon? Please?!
10) A classic WTA singles final in a Slam. - Or at least one that goes three sets.

Loved the list, gauloises! I say by this time next year you'll be proclaiming yourself a prophet. (And if it happens, guess I'll be able to call myself one, too?)

Now it's time for the rest of you to share your wish lists! What do you hope to happen in the 2010 tennis season? On court or off, realistic or pie-in-the-sky, feel free to go in whatever direction you want with your lists. Can't wait to see 'em, and have a warm and restful weekend!

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Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:08 PM

Well if David Nalbandian could just win one GS title before he retires

That would make my day full stop

In my eyes he should have had a least 2 by now.

Posted by Diane(Atlanta) 12/11/2009 at 07:09 PM

Tiger says that he will take an indefinite leave from golf, it'sall so sad.

Posted by observer 12/11/2009 at 07:11 PM

Wish List:

1. Calendar year GS for Federer. But, realistically, I think 2 of the 4 would be nice. Oddly, if he could only get 1 I want it to be the FO so he will have one them all at least 2x.

2. Henin AO to start her comeback right / Wimbledon to complete career GS.

3. Sharapova FO to complete career GS / + USO.

4. Wickmayer to be unbanned and not miss any slams because of her punishment.

5. Azarenka in Top 5.

6. Gilles and Marin to win a few tournies.

Posted by linz 12/11/2009 at 07:12 PM

oooh AM, I would LOVE for Nalby to win a slam too. At least get to a final (has he ever been to a GS final? I think the closest he's gotten is the semis, but I also think I'm wrong...)

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 12/11/2009 at 07:13 PM

Nalby made the Wimbledon final before.

Seeing him at the end of a Slam would be amazing, but I don't want to jinx it by hoping for it. Anyway, it's the Davis Cup that really matters to the big man.

Posted by linz 12/11/2009 at 07:14 PM

Oooh, and how could I forget to mention that I want Dinara to win a slam in 2010 VERY badly!!!!

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:15 PM

I believe that last year I tried to wish for negative things
and that came back to bite me

bad things happened to my favorites
so this year I am only thinking positive

I am not going to wish that Federer would lose like I did last year .
I am going with the positive things. I shall try a positive spin this time around.- like how about JMDP would wax and get two eyebrows ! That Mardy Fish would get real socks for Xmas ? That Andy Roddick will get a shirt that fits him. That Rafa returns Hott Sauce's hair product for all photo shoots and never again has the look he was sporting in the official photo for the WTF this year . That no "16 " jacket makes an appearance this year . ( hmmm - bordering on negative - but whatthe heck) .

mean , mean , mean - but these are positive, right ?

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 12/11/2009 at 07:18 PM

He does sometimes have two eyebrows :)

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:19 PM

Gauloises,

LOL! In that case, yeah...Fedal have had their share..their era.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:19 PM

Well for me every player dreams of winning a GS title

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:20 PM

I also wish that Marin Cilic would eat a sandwich or eight
I hope Santa puts food in his stocking
That boy looks like he needs to run around in the shower to get wet

and from the side , his physique resembles a putter

more Tiger news - I fear he may never really recover from this shattered image
just goes to show you , we only know what they want us to know about them

before this past week , all I knew about Tiger was he was a great golfer, and he went to Stanford briefly and he was married with two children. Now - we know too much

But I am getting a laugh out of one of the mistresses who is incensed that he was cheating on HER - give me a break - like she has some moral high ground to comment from .

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:22 PM

gauloises - yes , sometimes LOL!
so maybe I will wish for a standing appointment with his aesthetician - to keep things that way

Posted by Master Ace 12/11/2009 at 07:22 PM

"I just detest Nick Satan beyond the power of a thousand suns"

Satan = Saban

Beth,
Be nice to my home state coach. Still upset that he took a share of the title while at LSU in 2004 winning the BCS portion?


Wish WTA list for 2010:
*Competitive Slam finals unlike 2009 when the best match was a Slam SF(Elena vs Serena 2009 Wimbledon)
*Victoria and/or Caroline(for the Fanboys sake) somehow win a Slam which is unlikely due to the Williams Sisters, Belgian ladies, and Maria.
*Serbian ladies being competitive on a weekly basis especially Ana
*Most of all, health of all ladies even though Dinara back is an issue.

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:23 PM

Also,

I would wish for one match (not GS) between Dimitrov and Federer.

And please, tennis Gods...do not put Soderling in Federer's half in GS..one of these days, Federer is going to get it from him.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 12/11/2009 at 07:23 PM

Oh, I dream of watching Marin eating a pie ... Preferably one I've baked for him.

Of course I'd have to learn to bake first. That's the big obstacle standing in the way of this plan.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:24 PM

Beth I hear you

This year and my predications

Just Blah,Blah,Blah.


Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 07:25 PM

Ahhh! More work drama. Sorry for disappearing - and now I have to head home ...

Will be back soon-ish!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:26 PM

Just heard on our radio that Tiger is taking time off from the game

Sorry I dont feel sorry for him one bit

My heart goes out to his wife and children

He is a sublime golfer thats it.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 12/11/2009 at 07:26 PM

Aw, I like Delpo's many imperfections. Gives him character.

Ha, ladyjulia, you really think so? Eventually Soderling should win one just by the laws of averages, but I'd be very surprised if it happened on a Slam. OTOH, I'm very surprised on average about six times a day.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 12/11/2009 at 07:28 PM

Dmitrov-Federer would be nice ... in fact I'd just like lots of Grisha all over the shop.

And HenKon, of course. A banner year for HenKon very nearly made this list.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:29 PM

I shall wish that gauloises learns to bake - just so she can feed Marin :)

my christmas list is getting long - and it started out so simple

Master Ace - no , will not take it easy on Saban ( Satan) and not peeved because of the shared title . For me - in my household - that was a decent compromise that made all sides of our home happy , sort of
I detest that after winning said title - he dumped LSU faster than a bad prom date for the NFL - then jilted them almost as quickly on his return to college coaching with his tail between his legs . I am not a fan of the follow the money philosophy in coaching - jumping from team to team . Show some loyalty - build a connection with your fans - build a program -( I understand the show me the money thing , but hey - if you win and build a great program - the money will come . Ask Mack Brown )
I imagine that the folks in Cincinnati are feeling that way about Kelly right now - and that the West Virginia faithful are smiling just a wee bit over Rodriguez failures at Michigan .

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:33 PM

Gauloises,

Well, Soderling nearly took Federer to a fifth set at USO..this was when Federer was playing quite well.

It won't happen on grass or clay...i think it will most likely be HC.

I can't say the same about Roddick.

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:36 PM

Tiger Woods seems to take his marriage seriously now. He could have saved himself all this trouble.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:37 PM

ladyjulia Hoping that Roddicks knee injury is ok now

It will be interesting to see how he goes at the Brisbane Internaional where he is the top seed.

Posted by Master Ace 12/11/2009 at 07:38 PM

Beth,
Players at Cincinnati were very upset with Kelly going to Notre Dame saying that they made the plays that the coach called. Understand feeling about Saban leaving but so far, Alabama "loves" him especially after 2 unbeaten regular seasons in a row.

Posted by gauloises (unrepentant FOOP) 12/11/2009 at 07:38 PM

I suppose it depends on whether Robin can keep up the form he's had this year - he'll need to build on it, actually.

I really hope he does, he's been so great to watch in 2009.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:38 PM

ladyjulia Sometimes Leopards never change their spots.

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:40 PM

I think its good he used his website instead of Oprah to say sorry. His statement says he wants to ask for forgiveness and it may not be possible to repair the damage he has done, but he wants to try.

I think its a good decision on his part to write on his website instead of a tv show.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:41 PM

Well for me Actions speak louder than words

Tiger has lost his credibilty in more ways than one

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:43 PM

Master Ace - I read about those kids at Cincinnati . I just feel so bad for them . Their coach leaving them like that -and on the eve of their banquet and what should be their biggest triumph . Real shame

Just be careful trusting Saban - I see him and I think snake in the grass .
He is certainly a great college coach - and Alabama's team is probably a heavy favorite for the title . But I would not trust him as far as I could throw him . He could leave you as easily as he did LSU , if a big offer comes along . You just never know .
But that is sort of the nature with coaches anyway

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:43 PM

AM,

But Tiger wouldn't leave Golf unless he really wanted to repair his marriage, no?

Leaving your career is a huge thing..esp. when you are ranked No.1. He could have done this soul-searching years ago and saved his family all that anguish..but now that its done, its best to try and repair it.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/11/2009 at 07:45 PM

Hi Jackie, and everyone,

My wish list is very small and greedy:

For Rafa to get fit and well and stay that way.

For Rafa to win all four GS, but if not, to win the AO (which will make Aussiemarg sob and me along with her!)

To bagel that Swede a few times along the way.

Also, if he can't win all 4 GS, maybe David Ferrer could have one.

For Dinara to heed her doctor's advice and, if fit in time, win the FO or even Wimbledon. (Yes I know it's a tall order!)

For Britain to find some top twenty men, besides Andy Murray.

There, I said it was small and greedy!

Posted by TennisTarkheena (T-minus 94 DAYS!!!) 12/11/2009 at 07:46 PM

Master Ace what chance do you think your boy Ingram has of walking away with the Heisman tomorrow? I'm hoping it goes to anyone whose position does not start with a Q (my vote is for Suh personally)

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:48 PM

I hope for the sake of those two little children , that Tiger can repair his image to some extent.
Can you imagine when they are old enough to understand- how those little kids will feel if that is what they hear about their dad ?

He really should have thought about that earlier and acted accordingly .
I think his earning power is seriously diminished. Because for sure he made more money in endorsements than he did winning golf tournaments.
If Michael Phelps lost a bundle for one photo of a bong hit - this guy is going to lose much , much more .

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:48 PM

Ladyjulia Well he dosent need the money thats for sure

I really dont know How he can repair it quite frankly

How could you ever trust the man again,I know I couldnt

Trust is the basis for any relationship.Gee my hubby used to work away 6 months at a time on a ship with all men.I never had to question when he was in port what he was doing.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:49 PM

Actually I would love to see Suh win the thing - but I don't think he will
lots of pundits are picking Toby Gerhart of Stanford - he is certainly very deserving , IMO

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:54 PM

Lynne I am loving your list lol!

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:54 PM

AM - I totally understand about the trust thing
I think it would be hard - but forgiving one "transgression " might be doable

But this - with the multiple mistresses , and in virtually every city around the globe
I don't think I could ever , ever forgive that

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/11/2009 at 07:55 PM

Oh and just one last wish for Andy Roddick to be fit and well again.

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 07:55 PM

AM,

I dunno...his statement sounds sincere enough..he says he wants to focus on being a better husband,father and person.

Being No.1 in the world and giving it up cannot be easy, unless he hates the sport. If he is giving it up, it seems he wants to genuinely try.

It won't be fair to Elin..but for hte sake of the children, it seems fair to give the marriage another chance. It would be very hard for Elin though..she may not be able to trust his friends/agent etc in addition to him.

Posted by Coby 12/11/2009 at 07:56 PM

Beth,

I'd love to see Gerhart (or Suh) win it also; I really like the way Toby Gerhart plays . . . old school. Suh certainly the best at his position, by far.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 07:59 PM

ladyjulia Well if Elin can see past his many transgressions

She is a strong woman thats all I can say

Anyway at the end of the day its a very private matter

What works for them and their children is the most important thing.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 07:59 PM

ladyjulia - I see where you are coming from
and yes , it is good to try to save the marriage and the family

but let's face it - this guy has sounded "sincere " since he first appeared on the scene.
He had a carefully crafted public image - that has turned out to be a lie
Now - I am not so sure that I can believe this new found "sincerity"

If I am struggling , and I don't know the man - imagine how his poor wife feels

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 12/11/2009 at 08:04 PM

If I were Elin, I wouldn't want Tiger anymore.

This isn't as if he has been unfaithful to her just with one woman - its hoards of them. Just my opinion.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 08:05 PM

Coby - until last Saturday - I had never seen Suh play
and I was blown away
Singlehandedly ( well with a bit of really crummy clock management ) he almost derailed Texas and their bid for a championship . He was incredibly impressive. But I think he will have to be content with every possible defensive player award known to man .

Gerhart has been really good all year. Every game a 100 yard game . And that in the deepest conference in the nation this year ( Sorry Master Ace - but other than the top 3 or 4 the SEC has not been all that this year :P )
And to make it all even more impressive - Gerhart is taking 21 hours of college courses at Stanford . And not underwater basket weaving and folk dance . His course load is pretty intimidating - with high level math and physics figuring in there . So , if I had a vote - he would get it .

Posted by Master Ace 12/11/2009 at 08:12 PM

TennisTarkheena,
Ingram chances of winning is pretty good per stiffarmtrophy.com but Suh and Gerhart are picking up steam. Local media is not thrilled with ESPN is hyping up Suh to win it as it reminds them of Woodson winning over Manning years ago.

Posted by Coby 12/11/2009 at 08:13 PM

Beth,

You read my mind on pretty much everything you said. I was just thinking that Gerhart had also taken a very heavy course load this Fall. Also, he had some of his biggest games against the best opponents on their schedule.

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 08:15 PM

True..I wonder if Elin has even read anything from the tabloids. I would think half of it is not true...but that still puts the # of women at 6.

Still, the alternative is an extremely messy divorce. As Tiger says in his statement, the damage may be irreparable..and a temporary tryout to mitigate the circumstances may only be a short term solution. But, atleast its one solution to try out.

Yeah, but Elin must be going through hell and it definitely won't get any easier for her for the rest of her life.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 08:23 PM

Coby - great minds :)

But , I think any of the young men nominated for the Heisman this year could be awarded the trophy and it would not be a travesty. They have all had great games at one point in the season . McCoy against A&M , Ingram against Florida , Tebow against those high school teams they played , and then Gerhart and Suh .
I just hope against hope it is not Tebow
I am really over him .

Posted by Master Ace 12/11/2009 at 08:23 PM

Beth,
Pac 10 has been pretty good this year led by the Ducks who ran left and right against the controversial Trojans. Now, the SEC has 10 out of 12 going to a bowl which is over 80% while the Pac 10 may make 60% depending on a Navy win over Army tomorrow.

Posted by ladyjulia 12/11/2009 at 08:25 PM

Ah...Bill Simmons at ESPN nailed it correctly..this is Dec 10th and it seems to be playing out the way he predicted it:

"Q: Tiger is getting absolutely crushed by the media. Do you think he responds by going in full "eff you" mode this season on the tour? Over/under on three majors?
-- Jake, Miami

SG: Best sports question in a long time. Here's my prediction …

1. Tiger finally responds publicly, plays the apology/addiction card to a tee, then disappears for a few months. He stays married and goes to counseling. His wife stays with him for now. So do his sponsors.

2. Tiger returns in February in what will invariably be the biggest sports "comeback" since Jordan returned to the Bulls in March 1995.

3. In the words of T.J. Lavin, I think he kills it. Great athletes have a way of channeling their emotions into a specific game, fight or match."

It seems to be playing out like this.

Posted by Master Ace 12/11/2009 at 08:25 PM

"Tebow against those high school teams they played "

Beth,
Quit being cruel on the best player ever to play college football in the toughest conference in America but I do agree that he will not win the Heisman tomorrow. ESPN, per our local media, is wanting Suh to win.

Posted by TennisTarkheena (T-minus 94 DAYS!!!) 12/11/2009 at 08:31 PM

Beth I second your opinion of Tebow - my biggest question for the 2010 NFL season is "when will the catfight btn Tebow and Favre occur?" They can't both be the media's darlings and one crier is WAY MORE than enough for the NFL.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 08:32 PM

Master Ace - no can do - mean girl by nature :)
and Tebow leading Florida towards crushing Charlotte Southern and Florida International is not worthy of any awards
In fact , I don't think those games should count toward a BCS berth either . But that is just my two cents

as for the Pac 10 vs SEC - I was only quoting Kirk Herbstreit - analyst and longtime SEC supporter ( even though he played elsewhere )
He gave the nod to the Pac 10 this year - as the most competitive - top to bottom
Of course , you do have to take out Washington State - but hey, you guys have Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Kentucky :)

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 08:33 PM

Back!

Oh man, and somehow we got on the Tiger subject. Blood pressure rising ... ;)

Posted by Arun 12/11/2009 at 08:34 PM

Thanks for that, ladyjulia...

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 08:35 PM

Tebow is a great college player . I am not convinced he can be an NFL quarterback just yet -
Like Vince Young , he is going to have to change his style of play to be effective there .
He has the talent , and certainly is a fighter and a good leader of his teams . But I tend to think he is just the right man for Urban Meyer's system - not necessarily the one for the NFL .

Posted by Bismarck 12/11/2009 at 08:38 PM

ahoy TW.
lovely - but doomed? ;)- wishlist for 2010, gauloises. i´m on board with more or less all of it. (some of your 2009 wishes were rather... uhm... controversial in this neck of the woods)

don´t think i should bother to make my own tennistical wishlist for ´10 after the grand failure that was the ´09 edition.

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 08:40 PM

BISSY! It's been foreverrrr.

What were your '09 wishes? Refresh me memory ...

Posted by Master Ace 12/11/2009 at 08:40 PM

"as for the Pac 10 vs SEC - I was only quoting Kirk Herbstreit - analyst and longtime SEC supporter"

Beth,
Kirk is more of a Pac 10 supporter especially USC. Agree about Tebow and his chances of playing QB in the NFL. I say Tebow play 5 years then be an assistant coach under Mayer at Florida. By the way, Kentucky record is better than UCLA.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 08:41 PM

Hey Bissy good to see you

Been too long

Posted by Bismarck 12/11/2009 at 08:47 PM

hey you lot.
i don´t remember it verbatim Jackie (i once checked back and was appalled by how silly those wishes were and how utterly off the resulting reality).
good things for masha & JJ, nadal to defend the FO and YE#1, stuff like that. so... yeah. the less we talk about it.

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 08:49 PM

MA - are you sure about that ? are we listening to the same Herbstreit?
I know he loves SC - but other than the Trojans ,he has never been too big on the rest of the Pac 10
at least not lately

that UCLA is even bowl eligible is a complete travesty
They have been awful this year.

oh well - at least we agree on Tebow and his NFL prospects
He would probably make a great coach .

Posted by beth 12/11/2009 at 08:49 PM

got to go for a while
dinner and Xmas card addressing awaits

night all !

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 08:49 PM

HA, Bissy. Fair enough. So it's all up from here? :)

I was just talking to Jenni the other day about college football. How I know nothing and am always so dazed and confused...

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 08:51 PM

Bye, beth! Thanks for playing! And make sure to come back if you're bored. :)

Posted by M&M 12/11/2009 at 08:53 PM

Wish for 2010, Nadal to stay healthy!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 08:55 PM

M&M

Hear,Hear!!!!!!!!!!!

No more injuries.He has had too many.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 08:57 PM

Beth see you.I sent out all my Chrissie cards early this year.Thought I was smart.Then I am getting ones from people I forgot lol!

Posted by Bismarck 12/11/2009 at 08:58 PM

*So it's all up from here? :)*

sadly, that is a common misconception. it *always* can get worse, no matter how awful it has already been. ;)
besides, i´m not even saying that 2009 was a complete wash. it had its moments even for me. many even. but not gonna lie, everything got tainted by what happened in the summer.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 12/11/2009 at 08:59 PM

Off the top of my head:

For Rafa, I'd like:
- health, happiness, confidence and "colm"
- RG and USO titles
- saner scheduling
- better-fitting shorts
- no further widening of the center part :/

For Nole:
- Wimbledon
- nice threads from Tacchini
- saner scheduling

For Vee and Serena
- health
- World domination, but if that's not a possibility, I'll take Wimbledon and the AO for Vee and the USO, Miami, and the YEC for Serena

For Dinara:
- self-confidence
- a consistent serve
- RG
- a healthier r/ship with her coach

As for the others...
- For Hott Sauce: Belief, a few big wins over the top 5, and a Masters or slam title
- For Kolya, a slam, a long-term endorsement deal, and fangirls/wannabe groupies who will give him at least a "small part of famous"
- Another DC for Spain
- For Ferru, a return to the top 10
- For Nalby, health, motivation, and a return to the top 5
- For Roddick, a slam, any slam

Now, off to actually read the previous posts!

Posted by C Note 12/11/2009 at 09:01 PM

What up, Deuce Club. Looks like the gang's all here.

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:04 PM

Good pep talk, Bissy. ;)

sblily! And C Note! Happy!

Loved the Kolya wish. And the Ferru one!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 09:05 PM

Hey C Note

Good to see you

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:06 PM

C Note, how goes life? And by the by, I assume you'll be at IW again, yeah?

Posted by C Note 12/11/2009 at 09:10 PM

Life is...interesting. I'll leave it at that for now. Let's just say that much like my favorite WTAer, I am very much looking forward to 2010.

And one of the reasons why is of course, Indian Wells. Or the Oracle Open as I will be calling it now. I'm very excited. Will probably go the middle weekend (F-M, probably). I very much look forward to snapping pics of you snapping pics of Gilles.

So meta.

Posted by C Note 12/11/2009 at 09:13 PM

My wish list off the top of my head:

1. Nole or Muzz win a Slam.
2. Ana to get back into the Top 10
3. Italy/Serbia Fed Cup Final.
4. Rafa retakes the French and completes the career Slam in New York.
5. Please, Dinara, smile.
6. For Justine's quest for Wimby to crash and burn.
7. Masha makes a Slam final.
8. For Sods to peter out.
9. For Jo to be healthy and get to the top 6.
10. For FeVer to beat Fed.

I don't think I'm asking for much here.

Posted by ericinphilly 12/11/2009 at 09:13 PM

evening all!!
i havent posted much before but i love wish lists, lol. so, this is what i want to happen in tennis 2010.
1. I hope the Williams sisters stay healthy and dont play as much doubles as last year to focus on slams.
2.Venus wins her 6th Wimbledon title in 2010. and her 7th in 2011, 8th in 2012 and 9th in 2013. tough i know but i would love to see her to at least tie martina record of 9.
3. Serena to win elusive 2nd French open.
4. hoping for better finals, or at least three setters
5. hope Venus does better at the AO, FO then she has, maybe even win the USO.
6. Rafa to win his 5th FO title. and if not the AO then Wimbledon
7. Nole to win his 2nd Grand Slam
8. Jmaes Blake to stick around a little longer and get farther into some slams.
9. @ pete. more rafa v federer slam finals lol.

Posted by ericinphilly 12/11/2009 at 09:13 PM

evening all!!
i havent posted much before but i love wish lists, lol. so, this is what i want to happen in tennis 2010.
1. I hope the Williams sisters stay healthy and dont play as much doubles as last year to focus on slams.
2.Venus wins her 6th Wimbledon title in 2010. and her 7th in 2011, 8th in 2012 and 9th in 2013. tough i know but i would love to see her to at least tie martina record of 9.
3. Serena to win elusive 2nd French open.
4. hoping for better finals, or at least three setters
5. hope Venus does better at the AO, FO then she has, maybe even win the USO.
6. Rafa to win his 5th FO title. and if not the AO then Wimbledon
7. Nole to win his 2nd Grand Slam
8. Jmaes Blake to stick around a little longer and get farther into some slams.
9. @ pete. more rafa v federer slam finals lol.

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:15 PM

AHAHAHAHA, C Note! I've shown your photos to many a friend. We all agree they were the best ones to come out of that trip. ;)

And I, too, am looking forward to the new year. In fact, it can't come soon enough.

Posted by ericinphilly 12/11/2009 at 09:15 PM

oops. sorry for second post lol

Posted by ericinphilly 12/11/2009 at 09:15 PM

oops. sorry for second post lol

Posted by C Note 12/11/2009 at 09:15 PM

Oh, and hey AM! Apologies for my rudeness.

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:16 PM

Hi there, ericinphilly! So glad you decided to join us. :)

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:16 PM

And you're apparently a fan of double posting. ;)

Posted by Arun 12/11/2009 at 09:16 PM

Hi, sblily and C Note.

Posted by SilentP 12/11/2009 at 09:16 PM

Hello twibe. Not staying for long as I need to get to bed (it's 2.10am!)

I can't believe the season's over already. I remember being really excited about what 2009 would hold in January and now we're looking forward to 2010. (Don't even get me started on the end of the decade, how did the noughties pass so quickly?)

Some wishes for 2010

Nadal to be healthy, strong and back to his best for the whole year (Bit of a big ask)
More Fedal matches. I know this isn't everyones idea of fun, but I love it when they play each other and it's a shame they only played twice in 2009.
Andy Murray to relax more and win a slam so he can at least get some pressure off him. I think he's feeling the heat.
Novak to not be so hard on himself during matches.
ARod to win another slam.
And for the women to stop screaming. Drives. Me. Mad.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 12/11/2009 at 09:18 PM

6. For Justine's quest for Wimby to crash and burn.
~~~~

Bwahahaha! I could just hear your voice saying this.

ericinphilly - Good wishlist (well, other than the bit about Blake). :)

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:19 PM

SilentP! Glad you stopped by, even if just for a moment.

As for your wishes - AMEN. Especially that last one. ;)

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 12/11/2009 at 09:21 PM

Hey Arun! How's life?

Posted by ericinphilly 12/11/2009 at 09:22 PM

@ jackie: thanks for the introduction. have been lurking but decided today i would say hi lol.
hows everything going for all today?
it's crazy cold here in philly..and i hate the cold weather. would love to be in australia or island right now lol...

Posted by C Note 12/11/2009 at 09:24 PM

Since I've started podcasting I've received a lot of "I can *totally* hear you saying that!" comments.

It's creepy.

;)

Hey Arun.

Posted by ericinphilly 12/11/2009 at 09:24 PM

sbilly: thanks. per blake: he might not have long to go before he retires. love to see him go out on a blaze of glory lol.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 09:25 PM

C Note Well Ana is enjoying herself it seems cheering Adam Scott as he plays another golf tournament on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.Not too many photos of Adam but plenty of Anna.

Posted by Arun 12/11/2009 at 09:25 PM

Not too bad, sblily(Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!).
Doing something new. somewhat challenging.
Things have changed a bit though. And the off-season is boring. somewhat.
how about yourself?

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 09:31 PM

I really want to see Miss Vee reclaim her Wimby title for 2010

Justine v Miss Vee? mmmmmmm.

Posted by Jackie 12/11/2009 at 09:31 PM

eric (can I leave out the "inphilly" part? I'm lazy), it's FUHREEEZING here in the Chi too. Anytime I'm not typing, I'm rubbing my hands to stay warm! Hate winters!

Posted by C Note 12/11/2009 at 09:31 PM

I've seen the pics, AM. The girl can't dress herself to save her life but good for her. They seem happy. And if Ana's happy, I'm happy.

Jeez, can I *not* sound creepy?

Don't answer that.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/11/2009 at 09:33 PM

I have grave doubts Safina's back injury will be fixed in time for the AO.She just pulled out of Brisbane,she is due to play Sydney.Seeing they are just days apart.I feel she will withdraw there to.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeeee!!!) 12/11/2009 at 09:35 PM

Arun - New and somewhat challenging? Sounds intriguing.

I'm doing well. I've been a bit busier than I'd like, and things on the job front are up in the air as usual, but overall I can't complain too much. Some people have real problems, y'know?

C Note - Heh.

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