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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] 12/12/2009 at 04:37 PM

Coby Just Margaret

Where do you chat to her,which blog?

Posted by Coby 12/12/2009 at 04:40 PM

AM, you have to know the secret code word before I can tell you that!! ;)

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 04:42 PM

Coby What secret word code

You could e mail me

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 04:43 PM

Coby I am not Blue anymore pfft.

Posted by Coby 12/12/2009 at 04:44 PM

AM, well get yourself in "blue" and I'll do that

Posted by Coby 12/12/2009 at 04:45 PM

Think you just need to sign out and then sign back in

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 04:45 PM

Coby Holy Hell that could take the next decade

I was blue,then when this new site came up I turned black again

What gives? I am not computer savvy at all.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 04:46 PM

Coby Ok I will do that

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Summer In Oz 12/12/2009 at 04:52 PM

I dont think I am Blue.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 04:53 PM

Well i did what you said? maybe I did it wrong

I loved myself in Blue.pfft.

Posted by Coby 12/12/2009 at 04:54 PM

Might be because you changed your moniker . . . sign in with the name you were using

Posted by Coby 12/12/2009 at 04:55 PM

AM, not sure . . . that worked for me.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 05:02 PM

Coby Well that dosent work for me at all.pfft.

Just tell Bec Hi and come on here

When I ever turn blue you can e mail me ok lol!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 06:18 PM

Reading Sunday papers here in Oz

I see our spokes person on just about everything and anything? yes you guessed it Pat Cash has come out and told

Serena Williams to put a sock in it?

Gee Pat I wish you would put a Sock in your mouth 24/7

Give it a rest will you.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 06:20 PM

Chris Guccione wont be trying out for a w/card for the AO he has a Achilles injury.

Posted by Kwaku (formerly Kofi) 12/12/2009 at 06:47 PM

My wish list:
1.- All players healthy.
2.- Rafa back to top form.
3.- Some Fedal finals.
4.- Some Fedal 'wars'.
5.- New site rule to respect not only posters, but also players and common sense.
6.- No pagination.
7.- A new rising super-star of historic proportions (not just 'some new blood', mind you, but someone with the potential to challenge the combined records of Pete, Fed, Nadal, etc. -and even the 'girls')
8.- A worthy rival for him.
9.- Much more grass and some more clay.
10.- Tennis to stay drug-free.
11.- Tennis back to top-popular sport in USA & world.
12.- Spain to win DC again.

Posted by Cotton Jack 12/12/2009 at 07:03 PM

I'm very glad I don't have to repect players.

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 12/12/2009 at 07:29 PM

Kwaku, your wish list is stellar. It's everything i'd wish for too.

I seem to be roaming from thread to thread trying to find where the action is. There doesn't seem to be any at the moment.

The background shades of blue and gray on this new format seem washed out to me, but I can see it's a cleaner "look."

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Back onboard the Crazy Elf Train) 12/12/2009 at 08:09 PM

Hellooo how come the site has changed? And does it work better. Annie are you still here. Thank you for your email, I started an email to you yestereday whilst I was meant to babysit but ended up going to see Fleetwood Mac with my sister as her partner ended up being too tired so I didn't get to finish the email. BTW the concert was friggin awesome.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Back onboard the Crazy Elf Train) 12/12/2009 at 08:12 PM

I love the pic of Gonzo, my wish list. Willy to play some half decent tennis and at least crack the top 100. Elf not to have a meltdown. Dinara to finally win a friggin GS and Flavia to make the YEC.

Posted by Jackie 12/12/2009 at 08:13 PM

Annie, dear, you still around? Wondering if you still planning on re-sending those awards ...

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 12/12/2009 at 08:17 PM

AA Hi, I too like this new look site

Except I cant turn Blue.Pfft.

I love Fleetwood Mac glad to see you enjoyed it

Yes Safina was on my wish list

To win any GS title next year,I dont care which one

Posted by Annie (Vamos Heavenly Creature) 12/12/2009 at 08:18 PM

Jackie, i DID resend them last night. you know what? my ms office isn't working properly and you said your tennis.com social director address wasn't working either?

Posted by Jackie 12/12/2009 at 08:21 PM

*were still planning

I shouldn't eat and type at the same time.

Yes, yes, my Tennis.com e-mail isn't working for whatever reason, so don't use that one! Use this: rasslinpriestess@hotmail.com. That's the e-mail behind my name in blue ... but now I'm not blue anymore, so guess I need to spell it out. ;)

Thanks again, dear. Many apologies for the trouble.

Posted by Ruth 12/12/2009 at 08:37 PM

My apologies if this has already been posted...but I just read on Matt Cronin's site that Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO and 3rrd richest American, has purchased 100% of Indian Wells! Wonder if Pete Sampras and BJK and all the other old investors made a profit on their investment.

And, more important, I wonder if there'll be any changes in the people who've been running the tournament for years -- Charlie Passarll (sp?0 et al.

Posted by Monica 12/12/2009 at 08:49 PM

Gosh, I'm a Fed fan but i really hope they all achieve the best that they can do this year. but ugh not against Fed. silly, i know, but i really do feel bad for so many of them when they lose. ugh, hopefull this makes sense!

Posted by Princess of Darkness 12/12/2009 at 10:11 PM

Strange my sign in name has changed to Princess of Darkness. How do I get my blue moniker back.

I wish for Argentina to win DC or at least make the final. Nalbandian to have a successful comeback.

AM Agree I don't care what GS Dinara wins. I don't think it will be the AO if her back is still playing up.

Posted by Jenni 12/12/2009 at 10:27 PM

Ange, Nalby won 6-1 6-2 in his comeback exho match over Massu. He'll play Gaudio in the final.

My wish list?

1. No more Fedal wars. Ever.
2. Ferru to win a title next year, preferably Valencia.
3. Dinara to finally win a GS.
4. Bepa to have another epic meltdown.
5. Flavia to make a GS final.

If any one of these comes true (besides #4, which is kind of a given), I'll be a happy camper.

Posted by Jackie 12/12/2009 at 10:34 PM

Jenni, you forgot:

6. Apologize to Max Mirnyi for accidentally assaulting/sexually harassing him with a pen cap.

;)

Posted by Jackie 12/12/2009 at 10:34 PM

Hmm, not really a wish. More like a "to do."

Posted by wilson75 12/13/2009 at 12:06 AM

My ultimate dream would be for Roger to win all GS but I know that's not possible so instead I wish for:

Roger to be in all 4 GS finals again
Roger to win AO (it's been two years!) and to repeat as RG champ
More Fedal finals
Rafa to win USO
Murray-hype to go way

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/13/2009 at 01:47 AM

Morning, everyone. :)

oh good heavens...changes...eek!

Posted by Red 1.7.17.287⁺ = Legacy Solidified 12/13/2009 at 02:12 AM

Thought I had the wring site for a minute there.
Back in blue I hope.

Posted by Red 1.7.17.287⁺ = Legacy Solidified 12/13/2009 at 02:13 AM

make that wrong not wring

Posted by Angel of the Surf (Back onboard the Crazy Elf Train) 12/13/2009 at 03:22 AM

Jewell I like the new site and now I am back to my old moniker but in black. Jenni thanks for the info on Nalby, gosh Nancy will be so happy.

Jackie I had to re-read your post on Miryni. I wish I could go to the Auckland tournie as a few of my favs are playing there.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 12/13/2009 at 03:42 AM

Hi Angel! It's not that I don't like it, but it's all new and strange, I need to get used to it. :) How's your weekend going?

Posted by Kwaku (formerly Kofi) 12/13/2009 at 04:47 AM

Cotton Jack: you are right. I should have omitted the 'rule enforced' part for the sake of freedom of speech, my wish just being 'people respecting people', full stop.

Posted by Kwaku (formerly Kofi) 12/13/2009 at 05:49 AM

In 15 minutes Juan Carlos Ferrero, world no. 23, DC champion and former world no. 1, will face Nicolás Almagro, world no. 26 and Youzhny skull breaker, at the final of the Masters Tenis Bilbao, a non-ATP tourney held 5 minutes-on-foot away from my home! Sorry to give you envy (?), guys, but I doubt you can get a stream of it. I saw all their previous matches live, and I predict a great match with a clear winner --Almagro.

Posted by just a note 12/13/2009 at 08:02 AM

Kwaku, have a wonderful time!!

I love JCF;))

Posted by just a note 12/13/2009 at 08:27 AM

Ok, last two wishes (yes I'm slow - but steady;)) -

9. For all screaming to stop: some WTA players, J-Block, Sam Q’s group, and whoever else feels the need to scream and yell.
10. For gabriella valentina to return. Her intelligence and sense of humor always drew me in and I miss her muchly;)). And for all posters to stay with TW through thick and thin (ignoring any hurtful comments) so as to continue providing depth and joy to my tennis addiction;)). Yes, this is selfish but I think we'd all reap the benefits;)).


Posted by yello fuzzy 12/13/2009 at 10:33 AM

helllloooo
My wish list
del Potro dominance
Davydenko to play with the same fire and accuracy that won him the YEC
Rafa returns to his old self, bulked up, sleeveless,tight capris, back playing fearless tennis( and no pink ...ever again!)
Serena, just shut up and play...love her but all the negativity surrounding her is pretty stifling
Roddick, gets another slam
Tsonga, Tsonga, Tsonga!
Champagne Kimmie winning the French
A Justine vs Venus Wimbledon final
Rafa or Roger vs Nole or Verdasco or Tsonga or Davydenko or Monfils for the French (any of those combos would be great for me)
Safina finally getting over the hump and winning a slam
less injuries !
Nole coming out strong and winning the AO, overcoming heat exhaustion,shortness of breath ,blisters, dehydration, and cramps, in a 7 hour marathon match played in sweltering heat on the hottest day in the history of the tournament.He battles through to victory too tired to pound his chest, silencing all his critics. Unfortunately it takes him 6 months to recover and he fails to win a another title the rest of the year

Posted by TennisFan 12/13/2009 at 11:39 PM

1. Federer to continue his amazing GrandSlam semis run.
2. AO: Federer to reclaim AO, with another classic Fedal final. If not Federer, then Djokovic, preferably beating Nadal in revenge of Madrid semi!
3. FO: If Federer reaches the final and faces Nadal, wish Federer wins this time, to silence his critics. If Federer falls before final, wish Nadal to reclaim FO, preferably teaching Soderling a lesson on the way!
4. Wimbledon: If Federer beats Nadal in FO final, Nadal should beat Federer in Wimbledon final! Else, wish Federer to continue his run at Wimbledon like Sampras used to do.
5. USOpen: Nadal complete his career Grand Slam. Else Roddick or Djokovic to win USOpen.
6. Justin Henin repeat a Kim Clijsters in some Grand Slam!
7. Rise of Oudin, Azarenka and some Asian player.
8. Comeback of Ivanovic, Sharapova and Nalbandian.
9. Hewitt retires on a high.
10. Better matches overall, tighter competitions, fewer injuries and more fun!

Posted by Hina 12/14/2009 at 02:15 AM

good to know that I'm not alone in having my heart broken over unfulfilled wishes :-)

Amen to Gulbis not choking matches and David the Nalbadian staging a successful comeback. On Delpo - the whole year everyone was questioning his attitude and mental toughness - and look what he did at Flushing Meadows. So I'll be more optimistic abt his 2010 chances. Seeing Djoker, AM & Delpo struggle to win a GS is also an indirect tribute to the PHENOMENAL achievements of the Fed-Rafa era (now Im talking like it's ended already!)

I also hope to see more of Oudin and Radwanska (I was impressed with the latter when I saw her battle Jankovic but she seems to be happy being in the top 20's).

Can't wait for AO to begin!

Posted by Master Ace 12/14/2009 at 08:29 AM

Hina,
Radwanska is at 10 but she does not have enough offensive firepower to climb deeper into the Top 10 and most important than that is winning a Slam. Her best chance would be at the French as she has nice strokes and is very crafty.

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