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

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


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Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 06:38 PM

tennisesq. I have no memory of that. Really? Well that sounds like more fun.
Brad Gilbert would be a must on the tour, perhaps as guest coach. He could be given special envoy status to swoop in and give profane coaching advice.
fun

Posted by Sam 08/20/2008 at 06:39 PM

"give profane coaching advice"

All of a sudden I'm in favor of on-court coaching ...

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 06:39 PM

Nancy: Very good question. He did play well, didn't he? My curiosity is now piqued...

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 06:40 PM

I don't follow WTA so didn't see any live coaching, but one clip I saw was just Ivanovic crying into a towel because she was about to lose and her coach was at her knees whipering to her.

my reaction was just - WTF.. she got herself in this position, she should get herself out.
surely before a match her coach can tell her what to do if she finds herself down?

I think it's trying too hard to add another fan-friendly element.
the only people who should have a say in it are players. if the majority want it, they get it. if they don't, good, because I don't want it on the ATP.

although it'd be far more interesting if a player just used it to psyche out their opponent. like, call out their coach, then just play noughts and crosses with him for the allotted time.

Posted by Tari 08/20/2008 at 06:40 PM

LOL, you guys. Thanks!

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 06:41 PM

avid sports fan: 5:55 p.m.

Thanks for the link to the gamezone and their prediction for the USO. I know it's only a video game but methinks I like.

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 06:44 PM

aaaaaaah just scrolled back and found the sam post.
sorry to have been so Vague..err


Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 06:45 PM

alrite TWibe .. . . . . bedtime beckons!!!!

good nite all!!!

oh b4 i go is dani playin today??? if she is . . . . go Dani Hantuchova!!!!!!

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 06:45 PM

gauloises: Not to be pedantic, but you did say they SHOULD crack down harder on coaching from the stands. But I understand you just wanted to express your opinion. I'm fine with that.

nT: How can I throw my morning mojo in your face when you have already made it disappear? :) And actually I'm trying to be individualistic myself. I don't see why the ATP or the WTA should prohibit on-court coaching if the player wants to consult his/her coach in the middle of a match. In fact I'd call that part of "the human struggle with oneself."

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 06:46 PM

oh b4 i go is dani playin today???

She plays tonight.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 06:47 PM

I don't believe in predictions from anyone, but it's a fun game to play.

Man, a My Name Is Luka reference? Haven't heard that song in years. Isn't it, "I LIVE upstairs from you," not, I LOVE upstairs from you?" :)

Posted by Jacko (Private Detective) 08/20/2008 at 06:47 PM

well then come on dani . . .. .2008 new haven champ!!!!!

allrite this is defo goodnite!!!!!!!!

Posted by afwu1216(momo for USO O8!! 08/20/2008 at 06:48 PM

Jacko:

Yes, she is playing tonite. May I ask where you live?

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 06:48 PM

"Pre-emptive: No more testicular references from me today. "
"I want to kick that dude in the Go Nads!"

Not cool, Grey Metallic one.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 06:49 PM

Russ - yeah he did... MY GOD they come out of no where, beat Nalbandian and then die.I hate them all.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 06:50 PM

"french skeleton aka Chardy "

Nancy - LOL I Me thinks Gael fits that description better

ron - ;-) Of course you likes it LOL Me thinks Xbox wants to make big money if that happens and wants to take EA out of business

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 06:51 PM

G'night Gumshoe.

Kind of hard to be with yourself when someone else is there, NP. Well... maybe not for you... but for we mere mortals.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeee!!!) 08/20/2008 at 06:53 PM

LOL at this item from the ticker:

British cyclist Jamie Staff talks about this chance encounter with Rafael Nadal while doing laundry in the athletes' village. "I was in the laundry and I realized I was standing right next to Nadal," said Staff. "I didn't bother him but he was shoving all his colours and whites in together. I really wanted to say, 'Dude, you're going to have a nightmare with that. You can't just put the whole bag in - there are reds in with whites'. But what can you do?"

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 06:53 PM

Rachael: 6:40 p.m.

I'm with you on the coaching issue. First and foremost of it's just the WTA doing it and not the ATP it only adds sexist fuel to arguments about differences in the women's game like playing best out of three sets rather than best of of five sets, etc. All it does is make people thing women need extra help more than the men do.

Aside from that factor, the magic of tennis has alwways been for me anyway, that mental one-on-one aspect of the game. Two warrior out there all alone doing battle, depending on no one but themselves.

Besides, from what I have seen this past year on the women's tour, they already get plenty of coaching from the stands! Wish they'd clamp down on that.

Posted by Silvery Grey Metallic Russ (453.OSU_EVAS) 08/20/2008 at 06:53 PM

Nancy: From nowhere the come out of, and nowhere they return to.

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 06:55 PM

aaaaah Sbilly that will explain the orange pro Tibet headbands.
ok .. .Clearly gran still does the laundry back on the island

Posted by tennisesq. 08/20/2008 at 06:55 PM

Russ, =)

naughty T,
Here's the clip. Some people claim Joyce almost called Serena the B-word. He says, "you gotta believe you're gonna beat this [pause] girl . . . I almost slipped up there." You be the judge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyVtCgxkei4&feature=related

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 06:56 PM

Isn't it "gray" and not "grey"? Maybe not, because NP hasn't thrown a dictionary reference to that one yet.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 06:56 PM

avid: 6:50 p.m.

Of course. It's all about the magic dollar. And, the thing is, they WILL make tons of money if that's how it turns out. Don't you just love the capitalistic market??

It's amazing when one thinks about just how much money is made and how many people's lives depend on these top players doing well. Even in markets the players have nothing to do with like video games.

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 06:59 PM

tennisesq. too too funny.
thanks for that.

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 07:00 PM

"I really wanted to say, 'Dude, you're going to have a nightmare with that. You can't just put the whole bag in - there are reds in with whites'."

hehehehe. rafa's just conserving water by doing the entire load in one go :P

on-court coaching: i don't agree with it. i dunno, i find it's part of tennis's charm that players have to dig themselves out of whatever hole they get themselves in, with no one's help. it just never made sense to me when all this time there hasn't been on court coaching other than at DC.

Posted by tennisesq. 08/20/2008 at 07:00 PM

ron,
Yes! love = live. There are many more typos where that came from.

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 07:01 PM

greenhopper
either either neither neither.


Posted by Rosangel 08/20/2008 at 07:01 PM

OK - I have a question to ask. I'm doing TW's Your Call posts for the next few days - and I am intending to exchange the couch potato for a few classic photos, as I did in some headline posts last year. In the run up to the US Open, I'd like to make the pictures of "US Open Classic moments". So, would anyone like to nominate their personal classic moments at the US Open in previous years? I can't promise to use all of them - it partly depends on suitable pictures being found, and partly on available time. But I'd love to know what they are.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 07:02 PM

"I really wanted to say, 'Dude, you're going to have a nightmare with that. You can't just put the whole bag in - there are reds in with whites'."

Rafa doing his own laundry. I am impressed. Maybe that is why his arms are so 'developed'.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:02 PM

Did anyone watch the USO preview video with Justin and Pete on the homepage? Was that done before the medal matches were played? It must have been because they talk about Rafa winning the FO and Wimby but not the Olympics.


I have to admit, as a die-hard Rafanut, I have always been nervous watching him on the HCs but what little coverage I was able to get in the wee hours of the morning was quite a nice surprise for me. I haven't seen Rafa move that well and seem in such control of things on HC before as he was, especially in the semi=final match with Gonzo.

It started in Toronto and I thought maybe it was just because of his high from winning Wimby, but watching him move around the court in Beijing really made me feel so positive about his chances in NY. Last year I had to watch his matches with one hand over my eyes and was constantly watching his every move physically to make sure he wasn't hurting.

I don't think there will that problem this year. He looks fitter than ever and not tired at all. Mini Happy Dance.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeee!!!) 08/20/2008 at 07:03 PM

D'oh. Looked back at yesterday's thread and realized malimeda's already posted about laundry-impaired Rafa. :)

tennisesq - Ah, I love that clip of Joyce/Sharpie. I remember watching that match and trying to figure out if Serena'd heard the comment; as Sharpie didn't get shanked at the post-match handshake at the net, I assumed that the answer to that question was "no."

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 07:03 PM

Ros: safin winning :) i dunno if it's a "classic" moment but any time safin held up a trophy is classic to me.

Posted by TMF Rules - Beijing Gold Medalist - Whoo Hoo Celebrate 08/20/2008 at 07:03 PM

Hello everyone: As a Jamaican I have been reading through the comments here. Usain Bolt has always been fast. There is a national championships for high school boys and girls in Jamaica every year and he ran exceptionally well in those championships. At the Caribbean Level, he was Junior Carifta Champion, he was the youngest Junior World Champion, at the age of 15 years old. He has always been like this. He had bad coaches early on in his career who pushed him too far too fast. We in Jamaica have always known that he was fast and we always knew that he had the potential for greatness. The rest of the world is just now catching on. I will put my neck on the block and say this: HE IS CLEAN. If you google him, you will see that he has always been in pursuit of excellence. We are one proud nation for this Olympics and right now our country is celebrating, as a matter of fact the whole Caribbean is celebrating right now. This is just an amazing achievement for us.

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

tennisesq: 7:00 p.m.

LOL! I actually like, "I love upstairs from you." Gives you all kinds of neat visuals about your upstairs neighbours eh?

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 07:05 PM

well i will miss the old potato but anything from the winner of 2007, 2006,2005,2004
will do just fine even though he did it all against rubbish opposition

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 07:05 PM

Rosangel: The Serena catsuit is an indelible image in my mind.
Sampras' last USO win. The Capriati/Henin three setter.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:07 PM

Rosangel: 7:01 p.m.

Would Andre's great quarter-final match with Blake in '05 count? I think maybe the moment at the net at the end of the match when the two embrace was classic.

Posted by Christopher 08/20/2008 at 07:07 PM

Rosangel-- Todd Martin slapping fans' hands early in the morning after coming back to beat Moya (right?) in the 5th.

Another request: skip the photo of Connors with the yellow racket and his pelvis thrust out in the Krickstein match. We've all seen enough of it.

Posted by tennisesq. 08/20/2008 at 07:08 PM

sblily,
Maybe Serena did hear that comment. Serena did go on to win 5 straight games and win the third set 6-1. =) So I think a shanking did occur. =)

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:08 PM

Rosangel:

How about the moment Monica and Steffi took the court in the '96 USO final. The first time they played after her comeback. Or the hug at the net at the end of the match too. You could just see so much in both their eyes, especially Steffi.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 07:09 PM

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/players/3930

so apparently the french skeleton only played 3 tournaments this year!!! i think he is only teasing us...he is playing tennis just for kicks

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:09 PM

Rosangel:

How about the moment Monica and Steffi took the court in the '96 USO final. The first time they played after her comeback. Or the hug at the net at the end of the match too. You could just see so much in both their eyes, especially Steffi.

And I also loved it when Andy won his lone USO title. The way he held the trophy afterwards was adorable.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 07:11 PM

Hantuchova/Govortsova match is up.

Cornet up 2-0 in the third.

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 07:11 PM

Rosangel-
Definitely Sampras' last USO win against Agassi was the moment for me.

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 07:12 PM

my futile suggestion is good ol' Good Andy earning his One Slam Wonder status

http://i36.tinypic.com/6tokue.jpg

http://i34.tinypic.com/xbz2c4.jpg

Posted by tennisesq. 08/20/2008 at 07:12 PM

sblily,
yikes, one to many smiley faces in there.

ron,
I didn't even notice the typo. I never really paid attention to the lyrics of that song. Apparently it's about child abuse.

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 07:14 PM

of course Rusty giving a huge Come On! would be a good thing.

Posted by Tim ($4.38 spent on Starbucks today) 08/20/2008 at 07:14 PM

do I need to show up and play peacekeeper yet again? you crazy kids...

on a cheery note to Nadal fans, Rafa has truly made it big--he's shown up on the gossip blogs, one asking "Are Rafa's butt msucles too big?"

such are the spoils that come with the No. 1 ranking! :)

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeee!!!) 08/20/2008 at 07:15 PM

Re: USO photo suggestions --
- Serena winning her first USO or the catsuit
- Sampras winning his last USO
- Safin in '00 (though, on second thought, this might be more depressing than anything else)
- Roddick and his post-victory tearing at face and rending of garments

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 07:15 PM

" safin winning :) i dunno if it's a "classic" moment but any time safin held up a trophy is classic to me."

OH YES! i'm totally with Harini on this one, Rosangel.

Posted by Ruth 08/20/2008 at 07:15 PM

siggy: That example of a touch of vinegar in your earlier post is perfect.

Re: the suggested changes in tennis, I don't want the women to play 3/5's in the finals of Slams or any time. At least, the writer of the article knew that the WTA had tried 3/5 finals once (for the YEC tourney) and abandoned them because they added NOTHING to the women's game.

On the other hand, I would accept during-the-match coaching (which I really don't like) for the WTA only if the ATP also adopted that kind of coaching. To simplify, I accept difference/allowances having to do with the physical differences between men and women, but I reject anything that would imply that women need more mental or emotional support during a match than men do.

Posted by Rosangel 08/20/2008 at 07:16 PM

I'm sorry you'll miss the "old potato", naughty T. No need for too much paranoia, though. There's no conspiracy. We haven't turned him into chips or anything - he'll be back:)

Some nice ideas coming so far.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 07:20 PM

oh Marat, i'll do anything to have a moment like this again
http://tinyurl.com/6nozb4

Posted by Grant 08/20/2008 at 07:21 PM

Re: U.S. Open photos -
George Costanza covered in ice cream.

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 07:21 PM

aw Nancy LOL! i would like to see chardy play more, thought the kid was cute. at least i think it was chardy. it was the French Open, there were lots of random french wild cards and qualies i'd never heard of!

"And I also loved it when Andy won his lone USO title. The way he held the trophy afterwards was adorable."

i agree, ron. i didn't watch the final that year (or maybe i did?), but he looked like the little boy who finally got his christmas present in that photo.

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:21 PM

tennisesq: 7:12 p.m.

Yeah, it's a pretty heavy song, and so was the video that went with it.

Posted by gauloises 08/20/2008 at 07:22 PM

Nancy:

As usual, you and I are in complete agreement.

*wipes eyes - fans self*

Posted by Tim ($4.38 spent on Starbucks today) 08/20/2008 at 07:22 PM

Ros, duh, Federer over Agassi, in his last Slam final with New Yorker's calling for Swiss blood! i always liked that blue outfit of Fed's the best, too...

how about the Goolagong-King 74 final, one of the best women's finals in Open history?

oh chuck it...how about four pics of Roger with all four Open trophies, since you know, no man since the 20s has won FOUR OPENS IN A ROW...and probably no man will ever do it again, i guess til Fed wins his 5th in a row...

:)

just a thought...

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 07:23 PM

LOL Grant.

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 07:23 PM

can't resist posting two more.

this photo provides a fun "guess if he just won or lost" game
http://i35.tinypic.com/24wu5up.jpg

http://i33.tinypic.com/2wrp05t.jpg
if anyone has looked better kissing a trophy I will eat it

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:23 PM

Tim: 7:14 p.m.

No kidding? Now that's a whole new kind of pressure to deal with! His butt muscles are too big? Somehow I don't think that's something Rafa will spend too much time worrying about, but you have to love those gossip sites.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 07:25 PM

"Re: the suggested changes in tennis, I don't want the women to play 3/5's in the finals of Slams or any time. At least, the writer of the article knew that the WTA had tried 3/5 finals once (for the YEC tourney) and abandoned them because they added NOTHING to the women's game."

ruth: YEC - I can see why it would not add anything to the game, this is really not that important of an event (However, it should be - but that is another long discussion). At slams it would. These are the most important events. As far as physcial diffence, women would be playing women not men. So what does the physcial difference between men and women matter?

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:25 PM

Tim:

Hahahaha. The gossip sites are really turning up the heat eh? Rafa's butt muscles are too big? Somehow I think that's a pressure that the new #1 can handle.

Posted by sblily (Wheeeeeeee!!!) 08/20/2008 at 07:26 PM

Awww, Rachael - the first pic in your 7:23 makes me sad. I'd love to see Andy get back on track at the USO (Well, as long it doesn't mean him beating Rafa, Marat, Nalby, Ferru . . . .lol)

Posted by ron 08/20/2008 at 07:27 PM

Man, somehow my posts keep getting frozen and then when I make a new one the old one pops up. I'm really not senile, honest. :)

Posted by C Note 08/20/2008 at 07:30 PM

tennisesq -- I love that clip just for Maria's reaction. She totally starts laughing.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 07:30 PM

Harini - to me he is not cute, he beats Nalby so therefore he is obnoxious and i hate him....hmmmmm ofcourse with this theory, all the ATP players are obnoxious.
seriously though, if you beat my guy the least you can do is have the decency to continue playing

Gauloises - who are your favs? I think we got the same list
that is trouble.

Posted by Tim ($4.38 spent on Starbucks today) 08/20/2008 at 07:31 PM

of course the pic they show is of Rafa firmly grabbing the seat of his tight pirates, and giving them a tug! basically it's that the guy is the only tennis player who can pull off wearing tight clothes, but they are a bit TOO tight, no?

the boy has no idea what he's in for :)

I cant wait to throw Fed a cupcake tomorrow! which Fed kids are having buckets of GEs during the Open?

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 07:32 PM

Corent up 5-1 in the third, looks like she is going to do it.

Posted by Al 08/20/2008 at 07:32 PM

Rosangel
The USO '01 final between Venus and Serena as it was the first Grand Slam final between siblings in more than a century, the first major women's final televised in prime time and the first Grand Slam singles final between two black players.

Posted by Tennis Fan 08/20/2008 at 07:36 PM

Cornet wins!

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 07:38 PM

LOL Nancy. well hopefully he'll get his comeuppance.

ooh and that pic of marat...looooooove. so adorable and so so young and happy. where has that marat gone? i hope he comes back for this year's USO!!!

Posted by Tim ($4.38 spent on Starbucks today) 08/20/2008 at 07:39 PM

ron, the Rafa kids know they can always can count on me to bring the latest Rafa news and photos to their attention, no worries!

Im sending out an SOS to mici, we need your coaching wisdom and sassy spirit about now, chime in please! never has TW seen such fireworks as in the days mici was going wild back in the day ... the Mama Lions cries were heard around the world lol

Posted by NP 08/20/2008 at 07:42 PM

Tennis Fan,

Of course no sport--no human activity, in fact--is wholly individualistic or collective. That's a truism, really. But surely you do recognize that tennis is a more "individual" sport than, say, baseball or basketball. And I must again disagree with you that individuals need to cooperate for the collective good. Actually, individuals can and do contribute to the collective good by fulfilling THEIR OWN needs and wants. That's the whole notion behind today's laissez-faire capitalism: Leave people alone, and they actually do more for the market and society than they would under a centralized system. And I think it's served us pretty well, more so than the various half-baked economic systems that clueless intellectuals have cooked up in the past and the present.

BTW note that I'm not objecting to the existence of the governing bodies themselves. Of course there must be somebody (or some bodies, in this case) that can set rules. But this somebody should not tell the players what to do when it has no direct effect on the other players, nor should they have the power to forbid a player from participating in a tourney just because he/she has refused to join them.

And the centralization is only going to make the problem worse. You see, when you have one governing body one mistake they make messes everything up 'cause there's no other body to prevent or correct it. That's why the Founding Fathers (American--not sure if you're a Yankee) established the three branches of government, and that's why federalism has worked so well in the U.S. 'cause each state is allowed to set its own rules and experiment with a policy that might not be the best for the other states.

Ditto with tennis. Just take the on-court coaching the WTA allowed for a short period. I don't agree with their decision to yank it instead of trying to correct it, but here the WTA experimented with a failed policy that the ATP didn't have to implement themselves. This is just one reason why it's good to have separate governing bodies; there's less room for error.

And I actually agree with you that JJ deserves the ranking points she got, though I'm not sure how that's relevant to our discussion. But adding ranking points for doubles is different from gathering more points by playing more tourneys: The former relates to, well, doubles while the latter still is achieved by playing in singles. If this doubles bonus ranking system is implemented then surely not a small number of fans will complain that some players are artificially inflating their singles rankings by playing doubles, and this time I'll agree with those who object. And again I don't wanna put more physical strains on the players than their already demanding schedules call for. You should go ahead with this policy only if you wanna see the already short professional life spans of today's players even more shortened.

As for the 5-set requirements for women, there actually is a reason why that's a bad idea: Women aren't as physically gifted as men. But I won't complain if you can convince the majority of female players to go at it for five sets on hot, humid days when the Slam events generally take place. If not then you should be able to convince me and others that women will be able to handle it just as well as men, and that making the women more prone to injury is necessary for our enjoyment.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 07:44 PM

oh Harini - i'm DONE hoping for things that will never happen.
I just want him along with all my favs to have a good run there.

Though, i'd sell my kidney to see this mouth kissing the USO trophy
http://tinyurl.com/6xlgkn

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 07:45 PM

Ms. Scary shoulders is up a break on Dani.
4-3.

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 07:51 PM

greenhopper - LOL who the heck is Ms. Scary shoulders?

Posted by piyush sharma, canada 08/20/2008 at 07:52 PM

It is time for the No 2, fedex to win the US open ; law of averages; but joker and nadal and murray are tough guys;

fedex cant be no 1 anymore ; unless he is a champion in adversity ; he is not ; luck cannot favor him always ;

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 07:53 PM

Nancy - Oh no please don't be done hoping :) And I don't want you selling your kidney LOL

Posted by Master Ace 08/20/2008 at 07:54 PM

Rosangel,
Super Saturday from 1984 with any of the following:

Lendl d. Cash 3-6,6-3,6-4,6-7,7-6
Navratilova d. Evert-Lloyd 4-6,6-4,6-4
McEnroe d. Connors 6-4,4-6,7-5,4-6,6-3

Posted by Ruth 08/20/2008 at 07:55 PM

Ros: Since we're celebrating the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Open Era, how about some pix from the first year of the era?

naughtyT: The stuff at the end of your 7:05 is the kind of exaggerated (and uncalled for) nonsense that can be a real turnoff. But I'm sure that you thought it was hilarious, so...LOL!

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 07:55 PM

if Good Andy ain't getting his good hands on that trophy any time soon I want it to go to someone completely random. yer Andreev/Berdych/Verdascos of the world. for a bit of fun.
and of course, young Nalbandian and Safin.

and christ, I'd honestly love to see the breakdown if Stepanek won.

suck on that, tennis.

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 07:55 PM

i agree Nancy. as long as Marat and Ferru put up a good run at the USO, i'll be happy. i'm still praying Marat wins the title, but we'll see.
it would be nice if Rafa sweeps the USO too but i dunno, i see him getting into the second week but not winning the title.
i really have no predictions to make. one, 'cos i'm awful at them and two 'cos i think the title is going to be up for grabs for anyone, really. djoko, fed, rafa, murray (sorry Rachael), and the dark horses, marat, roddick, ferru, nalby. it's just going to be crazy.

i can't wait!

Posted by harini 08/20/2008 at 07:57 PM

"and christ, I'd honestly love to see the breakdown if Stepanek won.
suck on that, tennis."

OMG the world would go mad.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 07:58 PM

Avid :)
Ok, if i kept hoping and things go wrong i'll throw my depression all over you instead of Rachael and Jackie...though, lucky you, i don't have your email.

Posted by piyush sharma, canada 08/20/2008 at 07:59 PM

the federer inside out forehand is better than joker's or nadal's inside out forehand ; but fedex has put on weight

Posted by greenhopper 08/20/2008 at 08:01 PM

avid :)
Olga Govortsova = Scary Shoulders
You should see her.
She takes the first set 6-3.

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 08:04 PM

Rachael - LMAO
i TOTALLY agree (not about stepanek though)

"it would be nice if Rafa sweeps the USO too"

Harini - that's what i see happening, i don't want it to happen though (no offence Rafa fans, i'm just dying to see someone else winning big) and i'll honestly be over the moom if Djokovic pulls this one off...YES, i'm a Nole fan. AJDE!

Posted by piyush sharma, canada 08/20/2008 at 08:05 PM

nadal is too tired for the us open q; joker is primed; even fedex is well rested ; murray is not ready for a grand slam yet;

final : joker vs fedex ; joker wins

Posted by piyush sharma, canada 08/20/2008 at 08:06 PM

fedex might win the us open

Posted by Tim ($6.56 at Starbies today) 08/20/2008 at 08:06 PM

Federer is the champion of luck and he's put on weight and .. ! ? ! ?

I am constantly astonished and amused and shudder head to toe with every post, plyush...sheer genius, those Fed insights, and can you skip the glass and just pass that bottle youre sippin on, please ?

Posted by Nancy 08/20/2008 at 08:06 PM

moom!! ugh. ofcourse it was supposed to be moon. damnit!

Posted by Chiconinja 08/20/2008 at 08:07 PM

Rosangel,

Is it too soon to put Andre during his last US Open?
Maybe Sampras in that quarters against Corretja?

Posted by naughty T, Lisboa Portugal 08/20/2008 at 08:08 PM

Rachael, I love that first pic of Andy.. it's so WTF? I just won?
cute.
Randomness would be good but not to Worm like proportions.

phew about the Spud Rosangel.. especially as i am mainly a low carb kind of guy.


Posted by Lisa 08/20/2008 at 08:11 PM

Hey Ros, did you get my e-mail?

Posted by Rachael 08/20/2008 at 08:13 PM

I think if Andy won this year he'd pull his skin off and/or slip into a coma.
I sure as hell will.

Posted by aussiemarg(lowner of legs unwrapped) 08/20/2008 at 08:14 PM

good morning/night guys, is it safe to come on, i hear roar the roar of someone familiar,mmm guess who that could be?

Posted by avid sports fan 08/20/2008 at 08:14 PM

Nancy - I'll fire you an email now and then you can throw my depression all over me :) I am up to the task although I ain't got scary shoulders like Olga ;-)

greenhopper - them shoulders must really be scary ;-) I will go and search. I saw some scary shoulders too in the Olympics, I think it was the Spanish girl that played against Jie Zheng can't remember though ;-)

Posted by Chiconinja 08/20/2008 at 08:15 PM

Sampras VS Agassi from 1990.

That was Pete's first right? Plus, we get to see those Agassi outfits again!

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