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In Charleston in Pain 04/18/2010 - 9:25 AM

Dinara

by Bobby Chintapalli, TW Contributing Editor

Remember when you didn’t need a medical degree to talk about tennis? When bandages weren’t a girl’s best friend? When tennis player Dinara Safina actually played tennis? Those were the good, old days, weren’t they? Long ago my journalism professors discouraged starting an article with a question, so I suspect they would have advised against starting with four. Yet I can’t think of starting an article on a topic chock full of questions any other way. And while we’re at it here’s another one: What on earth is going on?

Pulling Out

Certainly not tennis for players who retired from the Family Circle Cup in Charleston this week. What can I say about poor Caroline Wozniacki and that fall in her semifinal match against Vera Zvonareva yesterday that you didn’t see played and replayed on TV a million times? Ouch!

Olga Govortsova retired with a left knee injury and Ayumi Morita and Elena Vesnina with a left adductor strain. Marion Bartoli pulled out with a condition that won’t make us pull out a medical dictionary though it might make us raise an eyebrow – dizziness. Victoria Azarenka, before she flew to Chicago then Rome and tweeted desperately to everyone for a flight to anywhere, pulled out of Charleston with a left hamstring injury she got in Marbella.

Other players also not playing much tennis include those who withdrew before the tournament even began:

- Sybille Bammer (Achilles injury)
- Kateryna Bondarenko (Left knee injury)
- Dominika Cibulkova (Right hip strain)
- Casey Dellacqua (Right foot injury)
- Alisa Kleybanova (Plantar fasciitis)
- Viktoriya Kutuzova (Back injury)
- Sabine Lisicki (Left ankle injury)
- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Foot injury)
- Maria Sharapova (Right elbow injury)
- Serena Williams (Left knee injury)

And the tennis players who are “lucky” enough to play tennis, aren’t lucky enough to do so without bandages. Watching matches at the event for four days I saw only two or three players who weren’t wearing bandages at some point. They could be to aid recovery, prevent injury or just provide “support” – the point is, these days they’re always there. Singles finalist Vera Zvonareva still wears an ankle brace a year after injuring her right ankle in a horrible fall at this tournament last year (though she said yesterday she feels like she’s finally fully recovered); she eventually ended up getting surgery and tumbling out of the Top 20. And the other finalist, Sam Stosur, casually mentioned that she sprained her ankle last week.

Figuring It Out

So what is going on? Well, a few veteran players have some ideas.

Patty Schnyder, who turned pro 16 years ago, pointed to the greater depth of the game: “[The] competition is really tough. The top level maybe it’s the same, but it’s like the density between 10 and 40, 50 that’s really improved a lot in the women’s game. So you don’t get many free rounds and easy rounds to warm up. You really have to be sharp… in the very first match… that takes a lot of energy.”

Nadia Petrova, who turned pro 11 years ago, cited the increase in power and the number of tournaments played: “First of all, the level of game is getting higher. It’s getting more powerful, and you really have to push yourself further in the matches, and that creates some kind of injuries. But then a lot of girls are playing way too many tournaments and they just don’t have enough time to get the body some rest and work on some fitness so they stay stronger.”

Vera Zvonareva, who turned pro 10 years ago, thought scheduling was part of the problem: “The schedule is very tough for players. Right now it’s pretty much the same schedule for everybody, but everyone is different. Everybody has different level of fitness, different bodies, different results, different amount of matches that they played in the previous weeks. So it is very difficult to manage and schedule it. And sometimes you’re forced to play a lot of events when you’re tired, and that’s most of the times when injuries are coming, when your body is not fresh.”

Another possibility may be the length of the off season. Tennis’s off season seems rather short compared to other sports. Surely there are other factors too.

But if something doesn’t change, that can’t be good for these young, young players, fans or the game both love.


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Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 04:53 PM

Master Ace So? that dosent mean that my other favs cant win as well.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 05:04 PM

I have always been of the opinion that is a player takes the court he/she is deemed to be fit.

As a Rafa fan I have always said his match scheduling was the most important factor.Though he played on regardless at times and pushed himself to the limit hence the amount of time he has had off the tour.I am making no excuses for him.

With Roger he too has had injury woes.He played on with the effects of mono quite frankly I dont know how he did it,being a long time sufferer myself.His back played up soo bad in that game against Murray I wished he did retire.To his credit he did not.Back injuries are tricky things.You can rest it and things seem to be fine and it can again play up.Yu could see in games with his serve it still wasnt right.Though he has seemed to get over that hump.

I think as fans we dont like to see our fav players with any long term injuries.I suppose bringing up this injuires time amd time again is like a broken record at times.Though I dont think fans really offer these as "excuses".Just my take on things.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 04/20/2010 at 05:19 PM

Ausssiemarg:

El León de la Copa Hopman will be back in Australia in less than a year.

Do not despair.

Glory will soon be his.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 05:22 PM

Manuel That was cruel and you know it.I have no intention of waiting 1 year.I might be dead by then.

Posted by crazyone 04/20/2010 at 05:33 PM

msf (and Mr. X if you're around), I have a question for you: Is Nadal Catalan? I know he speaks Catalan, so I assumed he was...but he supports Real Madrid, right? A friend of mine (who is not Spanish) is a big Real Madrid fan and he said no Catalunians would support Real Madrid due to all the history (he went into how Franco meddled in Real Madrid-FC Barcelona matches, which I never knew before)...so is Nadal just an exception, or do Mallorcans not really subscribe to Catalunian autonomy?

Posted by Master Ace 04/20/2010 at 05:37 PM

Barcelona Order of Play for Wednesday:

4:30 AM - Hewitt, Tsonga, Gulbis vs Chardy and Lopez scheduled
8:35 AM - Granollers vs Ferrer, Ferrero and Gasquet vs Verdasco scheduled

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 04/20/2010 at 05:45 PM

Good evening all,

Well, I think injuries are a very pertinent topic at the moment with so many players being out injured. That is not to say that I approve of anyone saying that player A beat player B because player B was carrying an injury. We all know which players are injured so it is more tactful not to mention it at all.

I'm afraid that I've nevery whole heartedly subscribed to the belief that if a player takes the court for a match then he is "fit." Some are just fitter than others, just IMO.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 05:48 PM

Lynne Well to me if a player takes the court regardless if they are carrying a niggling injury and all players do from time to time that are fit enough to play.Its their call period.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 04/20/2010 at 05:54 PM

crazyone:

If Spaniards had their way, there would be about 40 million separate autonomous communities in Spain.

Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (of which Mallorca is a part) are separate autonomous communities.


I speak neither Catalan nor Mallorquin, but my understanding is that Mallorquin is a version of Catalan. I don't know if those who speak Mallorquin generally consider that to be the case.

I don't know how relations between residents of Mallorca and Barcelona are and have been over the centuries.

So, I don't know how unusual it is for a Mallorcan to support Real Madrid instead of Barcelona.

Mallorca has its own first division futbol/soccer club, Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, which isn't extremely good and sometimes spends time in the second division.

So, a Mallorcan might develop a dislike for the Barcelona futbol team and end up rooting for Real Madrid because it is the team in Spain that has had the most success against Barcelona.

Rafa's Uncle Miguel played for Barcelona for many years, which might lead one to think that Rafa would be predisposed to support Barcelona above all others.

Why he doesn't, I don't know.

Posted by Lynne (Rafalite) 04/20/2010 at 06:00 PM

aussiemarg: It's just a case of we'll have to agree to disagree. I understand your point of view, I just have reservations that's all.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 06:30 PM

Lynne No worries.

Posted by Tic 04/20/2010 at 07:19 PM

About that Real Madrid - Barcelona fandom: browsing RM sites I just happened to bump into this pic that might explain it.
http://i40.tinypic.com/2nqz0nc.jpg

From L to R: Uncle Rafael, Rafa and his father Sebastian, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, watching Real win. Rafa is on the phone with his third uncle Miguel Angel (Barca supporter), singing to him a celebratory/derogatory fan song to rub it in.

Looks like 4 Nadal brothers are divided two against two in supporting these bitter rival teams, Rafa's father being Real's fan, so his son took fandom from him going together to watch games since he was in diapers.

Posted by John 04/20/2010 at 07:29 PM

Very smart decision from Nadal

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=5023&zoneid=4

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 07:52 PM

John May I say Not before time lol!

Good to see the scheduling next year with a week off.I am sure Rafa will play in Barcelona given all is well.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 04/20/2010 at 08:25 PM

Howdy doodee

Are we still posting here? Off to check overnight scores.

Posted by Arun 04/20/2010 at 08:28 PM

Fed and Nadal in Rome'06 in TTC... Excellent tennis going on.

Posted by chicklet 04/20/2010 at 08:39 PM

So jealous of everyone who gets to watch the "Nadal on clay" marathon right now.
Considering that basic cable is already out of my budget right now, TTC is definitely out of the question.

Posted by Arun 04/20/2010 at 08:47 PM

You can try using veetle, chicklet. It's free to download on veetle.com..

Posted by chicklet 04/20/2010 at 08:50 PM

Arun - How safe is veetle? I have basic virus protection, but I usually try to avoid downloading and streams if possible.
A new computer is also not in the budget :)

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 08:52 PM

Arun I have that match on tape

Though with veetle I am a bit wary

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 04/20/2010 at 08:53 PM

AM sorry about Tommy's loss in Barca, wonder what happen.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 08:57 PM

AA I believe he retired? trying to get some info

He did play with Granola Bar in the doubles.I wonder if he will continue?

Do you think with Pico losing in MC and now Barcelona early,should he be playing on

Posted by chicklet 04/20/2010 at 09:01 PM

Also sad to see Pico go out early. How long is he planning to delay surgery for his injury?

Posted by Arun 04/20/2010 at 09:01 PM

It's reliable afaik, chicklet.

Nice, AM. I have the highlights but not the full-match. It's good to notice certain things, the ups and downs, how does the player A return the second serve in that point, how does he serve/approach_the_point in this situation (especially when I don't have to worry about the result!) that I have not been able to do using the highlights package.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 09:04 PM

Arun LOL!! its always nice to go back and watch a match that is very tight and blow a sigh of relief knowing that you fav has won.I often watch Wimby 08 for the same reasons lol!

Posted by Arun 04/20/2010 at 09:12 PM

"and blow a sigh of relief knowing that you fav has won."
Well. I don't have that privilege right now, AM. ;) I was truly pissed off for nearly a week or so, after the match was over. But I have to say I have gotten over it, over time. This is an astounding match. One of those few Fedal matches which I like despite Fed losing it.

Posted by crazyone 04/20/2010 at 09:25 PM

Arun, you're a better person than me. I wasn't watching the MS matches at that point in time, but I can't handle watching the close matches between Fed and Rafa that Fed lost, esp. on clay. I still don't want to think about that Hamburg '08 final, it drives me NUTS. And I felt like vomiting for a week after the AO final...


Posted by Arun 04/20/2010 at 09:30 PM

Hamburg'08 was a total shocker, crazyone. Nadal's RG'08 form aside, I think that French Open was lost by Federer in Hamburg.
Agree re AO'09. Still, I can watch the first 4 sets of AO'09 anytime (if I can neglect the total brain cramp on 15627 BPs in the 3rd set).

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 09:32 PM

CI and Arun You both crack me up!

I must say I have never thought of vomiting though I have come close to jumping off something.

Posted by crazyone 04/20/2010 at 09:37 PM

Arun, there was a lot of brain crampage throughout the AO on key points in the other sets as well...I remember some nice stuff in the first set. Argh.

I remember even Nadal was shocked by the Hamburg final, the way the first set went...

Posted by chicklet 04/20/2010 at 09:37 PM

I'm totally with you crazyone. The close loses of a fav are tough to take. I have never been able to rewatch Wimby07. I really thought that was the closest Rafa would ever get to winning Wimbledon.
Even after 08, I still can't even sit through the highlights.

Posted by random roger 04/20/2010 at 09:43 PM

Roger Federer- "I've only played once in Barcelona, it was way back and I lost to Sergi Brugera when he was coming back and I had a terrible match there and I think I never came back." lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQdclOmp5nw

Posted by Tim (Year of Red Rogie ) 04/20/2010 at 10:00 PM

well from readin this thread so far its like this: now that Rafa is back on a winning track-- and somehow winning ONE title over Spanish Davis Cuppers has turned every journo and writer into a dithering fan gurl and virtually called him a lock for RG, as if the last 11 months never happened, but THATS another story-- I DO hope his enthusiastic fans here can drop the knees and endless woe over them, it truly always comes across that any loss is attributed to knees, as if he cant reproduce the French Open final 08 in every match, there MUST be something wrong with his body...

and please, Id lOVE to do a search of knees vs. mono and see which word has been posted about more, it would be NO contest!

the knees are fine, period, let's retire the K word and talk about tennis, moonballs and the rest!

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 04/20/2010 at 10:05 PM

Hi just back from a meeting, I think Pico should bite the bullet and have the surgery done now. He is going to lose all the points he gained last year plus his confidence. Besides anyway his mate Delpo is back in Argentina so they can do recover together. I am going to try and find out a little bit more about his injuy.

Posted by Tim (Year of Red Rogie ) 04/20/2010 at 10:07 PM

the best part of Rome 06 is the last half where Fed wins the 4th 6-2 and goes up 4-1 in the fifth, he beat the kind of clay to a bloody pulp for a long stretch, it was glorious to watch...

Posted by ack 04/20/2010 at 10:07 PM

Wow! I finally finished reading the great GOAT debate over on Tignor's thread. Pages and pages of really good arguments. And I still don't have the answer especially about Lendl vs McEnroe. (Of course Borg was my guy and I swore off tennis for a while after he quit.)
I guess we all have our favorites and we all will skew the statistics to support our GOAT contender.

I also watched the Coria vs Nadal match from last night and am DVRing tonight's Fed vs. Rafa match. Unbelievable stuff from the clay warriors. Great fighting spirit!

So I just dropped by to say that I am really happy in my little tennis world at the moment. So much great tennis going on out there whether its 2005 Rome or 2010 Monte Carlo. Vamos to all and to all a good night!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 10:12 PM

AA Yes he has lost those points he needed to defend.I think he should just have the surgery now and get it over with.

Posted by Angel of the Surf (The Youz for the top 10) 04/20/2010 at 10:21 PM

AM I have just read that Tommy retired due to a back injury.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 10:23 PM

AA Thanks.I have been doing other things.Didnt get a chance to find out as yet.I wonder if he will still play doubles.

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 10:27 PM

Yawn. So the village idiots have been trotting out the same old dumb fallacies to sell their pin-up boy as the one and only GOAT. What else is new.

On to the important stuff. Is any1 watching the NBA Playoffs? MA?

Posted by imjimmy 04/20/2010 at 10:50 PM

""he beat the king of clay to a bloody pulp for a long stretch, ""

"Cub" of clay is more like it. Nadal was 19 at that time.
The king of clay was in 2008 when he trashed Fed @ RG by 1,3 and 0.

Posted by Master Ace 04/20/2010 at 10:54 PM

Venus Watch

Sloane Stephens or Julia Cohen will fill Venus slot in case she can go per Mary Jo on a local TV station interview. Local station say we can know the answer to the question before they go off the air at 11:35 PM EST.

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 10:56 PM

Well, I guess neither MA or Lock is around. I really need to find a suitable b-ball forum.

imjimmy, not sure where that quote is referring to. The '06 Rome final?

Posted by imjimmy 04/20/2010 at 11:00 PM

NP: See Tim's post at 10:07 PM.

Posted by Master Ace 04/20/2010 at 11:01 PM

NP,
Saw that missed dunk by Durant at close range and Farmer burned them with a 3 and forced the Thunder to lower the sound and call time out.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 11:04 PM

Master Ace Will Safina have protected ranking seeing there isnt any definite return to the tour as yet.

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 11:06 PM

MA, you know when D-Wade will become a free agent? Miami was beyond pitiful tonite. D did everything he could, but it still wasn't enough. It's really puzzling why D keeps suffering like this. He should either demand they get him a strong 2nd guy or think about switching teams.

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 11:09 PM

imjimmy, just did. Not that there was any such need. :)

MA, Artest shut Durant out cold in the last game. Think he could pull it off again?

Posted by Master Ace 04/20/2010 at 11:10 PM

NP,
Wade is a free agent after this year along with James and Anthony. Did you see where Durant made 756 free throws which is the most since a guy called Jordan?

Aussiemarg,
Safina will be able to use her protective ranking to play any tournament after she has been out for a while. As of today, the answer is no since she last played in January and matter of fact, she is still ranked 3rd.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 11:12 PM

Master Ace Thanks.It just seems longer to me.

Posted by Master Ace 04/20/2010 at 11:12 PM

26-18 Lakers.

Good Night TWibe as the day job calls for me to get some much needed rest.

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 11:14 PM

MA, I did. Interesting that Durant has been relatively cold from the line in this series. Must be the 1st-playoff jitters. Nite.

Posted by John 04/20/2010 at 11:15 PM

Nadal still was 18 in Roma 06

Posted by Simonetta 04/20/2010 at 11:24 PM

John, Nadal was almost 20 in Roma 06

Posted by John 04/20/2010 at 11:26 PM

2-6 in the fourth set but then.......7-6 and the winner was..... the King of clay!!! (one more time) and the crowd said Rafa, Rafa, Rafa, Rafa!!!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 11:29 PM

Congrats to the Lakers

Was Kobe playing or was he being his usual generous soul and sitting on the side line

I must say Le Bron was on fire in his game the other day

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/20/2010 at 11:35 PM

I'm probably the most ardent Rogie fan in my neck of the woods.

I RRReally, RRReally like him. Sometimes, when he's playing RRReally, RRReally well, he gets me, uh I can't say it.

Federbear is playing so well.

He is totally kicking the beast's tushie.

I bet Federbear wins the fifth set 24 points to zero.

Go Federbear.

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 11:35 PM

AM, the Lakers-Thunder game is still on. As for LeBron, yeah, that was the best performance I've seen this postseason so far, I must say.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 11:44 PM

NP oops that was just a ongoing score then.

Posted by John 04/20/2010 at 11:45 PM

Simonetta you're right, he was 19 and he won MC before and later RG, sooooo young!!! incredible.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 11:50 PM

I have the game on now live

Lakers down by 2 points.Of course that means nothing.

What are the fans shouting out I cant make it out

Posted by NP 04/20/2010 at 11:52 PM

AM, are you watching a TV broadcast or a stream?

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 04/20/2010 at 11:56 PM

NP TV broadcast of course.On Euro sport channel.The panel are now discussing the Lakers new defense thingy.

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:02 AM

AM, gotcha. Was wondering if enough Aussies follow the NBA at all.

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:03 AM

Rogie didn't win all 24 points in the fifth set.

But he just broke the the Spaniard.

Rogie to win 6-1 in the fifth.

Rogie going to show who is best on clay.

And Rogie is so much handsomer than Omar Sharif.

Rogie could be a much better actor if he only wanted.

Go Federbear.

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:12 AM

Rogie just survived two break points.

Rogie goes up 4-1.

Stop the match.

Nadal has no chance.

Great victory, Federbear.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:16 AM

NP We do have our own league in Australia.Though not as big of course in the USA

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:18 AM

Wow Kobe what a point

2 shots now to get six

I dont like that Lakers player with the blonde shaven hair though

61 Lakers to 57

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:20 AM

Federbear just let the callow youngster have another game.

Your generosity is one of the many reasons I love you Rogie.

You don't want to let that young boy feel bad, even if he is so snotty.

Go Rogie.

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:22 AM

AM, I know. Do the women have their own league as well?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:23 AM

NP Yes.Lauren Jackson used to play but did go overseas to play in America.

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:23 AM

AM, that player with the dyed hair is Ron Artest. Crazy dude, but a great defender and a very streaky shooter.

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:24 AM

Federbear was up 40-30, then he let Nadal win the game.

Way to make the match even more exciting for the fans.

You are so sweet, Rogie.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:25 AM

NP He looks scary to me.Maybe that is his agenda.

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:27 AM

AM, I know who Lauren Jackson is. I don't follow the WNBA at all, but I believe she's one of the best female hoopsters active today, if not the very best.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:27 AM

I quite like Pau

Posted by crazyone 04/21/2010 at 12:32 AM

AM, do you like him because he's friends with Rafa? ;)

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:33 AM

Wow.

Federbear just let monkeyface have another game.

Rogerbear. You are too generous.

Love you Rogie.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:33 AM

CI Apart from that he is a good player lol!

I think playing the organ is soo lame in a basketball game though

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:34 AM

AM, that's just Ron Artest being himself. Dude's alright, but I'd like him more if he started making more shots, like he used to.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:35 AM

Kobe is such a nice person he just congratulated another opponent

The man is a saint in my book

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:38 AM

AM, were you watching a separate clip? Who did he congratulate?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:38 AM

Would someone kill the organ player please

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:40 AM

NP A player in blue,cause he just did a good shot

Kobe is having a sit down now.What a guy letting other people gets some goals

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:43 AM

AM, I can't tell whether you're just acting or expressing your genuine admiration. :)

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:45 AM

Rogie, why do you keep letting Snotty Boy win games?

Generous to a fault you are.

Love you Rogie.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:45 AM

Phil Jackson said they werent going to use Kobe straight off in the 4th

What is he doing on court then

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:47 AM

NP Please?? I dont like organ music in basketball games Period.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:48 AM

Okay Kobe is off now that didnt last lon g

73 all get him back on the court

Phil is a nutcase.

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:49 AM

AM, I meant re: Kobe.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:50 AM

NP Why are half the Lakers players carrying injuries? that guy who took Kobes place has a injured shoulder.

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:51 AM

NP I admire all athletes regardless of what sport they play ok

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 12:52 AM

Hell Tiger Woods golf caddy earns over a million dollars a year.He lives in New Zealand.

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:54 AM

Match point for Rogie.

Yay, Rogie.

Oh, NO! Why did you hit it long?

Another match point for Rogie.

Now you have him.

Oh No.

How can they give the point to Nadal?

The ball was way inside the doubles alley.

This is unfair.

Still ove you Rogie.

Posted by RogerFebeRRRergetsmewet 04/21/2010 at 12:56 AM

Rogie:

That's so nice of you to let Monkeyface get into a tiebreaker.

Now hammer him Federbear.

A teddybear and a killer.

You're the best, Rogie.

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 12:58 AM

AM, I think you're talking about recent injuries. Bynum, the center, just came back from a prolonged injury for the playoffs. Kobe's still nursing a finger injury. Hope he'll finally get surgery at the end of this season.

Posted by imjimmy 04/21/2010 at 12:58 AM

That was some incredible tennis from Nadal. He has such a limited game in 2006 (weak backhand, a super slow serve), but the clutch play is amazing. He's also super aggressive with his forehand on big points. And he's FAST.. blindingly fast. Faster and more explosive than he is today. He compensates for his limited game by speed and a big heart.

Posted by susan 04/21/2010 at 01:03 AM

i just found this

nadal poised to take over no. 1 (the math is just getting too confusing...).

http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/18354.html

AM thought you would like this.

(by the way, i noticed in the deuce club post that you shared my sentiment about that four-letter word that begins with A )

ok off my bum and to lunch...

Posted by NP 04/21/2010 at 01:04 AM

Dang, Durant is making some tough shots tonite. Thank Gawd Kobe has come alive in the 2nd half.

imjimmy, you still watching the Rome final on TC?

Posted by Aussiemarg,Madame President,Rafa Just Do It 04/21/2010 at 01:04 AM

Just saw a glimpse of Jack Nicholson in the crowd

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