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Davis Cup Wrap 09/21/2009 - 12:00 PM

By Pete Bodo

It was a great weekend for heroes, if not for Andy Murray, whose Great Britain Davis Cup squad went down in stinky flames to Poland in - get this - Group I zonal competition. And at home, no less.

That's right, Murray and company weren't even fighting for the privilege of remaining in the World Group, as were so many marquee names this weekend; they're wallowing down in the zonal pits and it's fair to ask, can you get there (WG) from here? Or, at what point is Murray entitled to throw up his hands and walk away from the Davis Cup mess, much like Roger Federer did some years ago, grumbling: Get me someone, anyone who can play this stupid game!

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While the importance of Davis Cup remains an issue among some fans and the media persists in ignoring this all-around terrific competition, the nations of the world continue to field increasingly formidable squads and produce sometimes insanely competitive and/or dramatic ties. How about Nicolas Lapentti, at the mind-blowing age of 33, leading Ecuador into the elite World Group fold by playing two best-of-five singles and a doubles over three  consecutive days, on clay, to lead his squad past Brazil - in Brazil?

Meet Nico Lapentti, Davis Cup MVP of this week. We're not taking questions.

Lapentti won his Day One singles i handily but, playing alongside his brother Giovanni, he had to grind out fives sets to help secure the doubles. Thus, in the scripted meeting of No. 1s, Lapentti played the fourth, potentially clinching rubber against Brazilian no. 1 Marcos Daniel. Long story short: Lapentti won it, 8-6 in the fifth

And this is what Lapentti said in the wake of his great effort: “It is one of the most special moments of my life. I really couldn’t believe when the match finished, because it was so up and down. I was very tired after the first two sets but this is the beauty of Davis Cup, the energy of a team and the energy of a country."

Come on, sports editors and broadcasters of the USA, give it up for Davis Cup. How about a little love? And yes, I'll keep saying it until I'm blue in the face, even though I'm already blue in the face. Davis Cup is, along with the four Grand Slam events, an absolutely critical crown jewel of the game. And there's nothing wrong with the format; Davis Cup has had a player-commitment problem, not a format problem.

But as an increasing number of players from formerly off-the-radar nations contend at majors (Djokovic is a great example; Federer would have been one, too, if only he weren't playing tennis for different stakes than everyone else) and earn big reputations by winning them, the status of Davis Cup will continue to grow. One net-gain for tennis in this period of relative weakness in the US is that the indifference of the media here is not an embarrassment for Davis Cup, nor does anyone else in the world give a hoot about our general attitude toward the competition. The decline of talent in the US has boosted Davis Cup worldwide.

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And consider this: Roger Federer played the key role in keeping Switzerland in the World Group. Chile, France, Serbia, India, Sweden and Ecuador - a mix of tennis powers and game outsiders - will join the Swiss. We had some very big names in the breech with the embarrassment of relegation to the Davis Cup minors (in some nations, that's considered a scandal) at stake.The key players who stepped up for their nations included Lapentti, Nicolas Massu (Chile), Somdev Devvarman (India), Robin Soderling (Sweden), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France). Serbia didn't even feel obliged to play Novak Djokovic - which just shows how far that small nation has advanced in the tennis food chain. It's still a  laundry list of familiar names, if you know that Lapentti was once in the top 10, Massu an Olympic Games singles gold medalist, and Devvarman a two-time NCAA champion. You probably know about that Federer guy, too.

And you've got the love the plain-jane but information rich Davis Cup website of the ITF. It's not nearly as slick and "now" as the ATP or WTA sites, but it's incomparably easier to navigate and just feels like a real, no-nonsense, tennis nut's site.

Of course, it was a lost weekend for Andy Murray; Great Britain now drops back another league, to Group II.But hey - they're probably still dancing in the streets in Cracow.

PS - Treat this as the Your Call post for today.


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Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/21/2009 at 11:47 PM

Rafadoc Well I havent paid for A reserve seating at Rod Laver for nothing lol!

Last time I saw Rafa play in Melbourne was at that unnamed s/final against Tsonga.Still have the occasional night mare about that match.

Posted by VC 09/21/2009 at 11:48 PM

I'm looking forward to Henin's comeback. I have to admit I didn't particularly appreciate her before (I was a little bitter about her RG success given that Federer with a similar style of game kept coming up short), but she'd be a great addition to the WTA. In fact, if she's fit, I'm confident that she'll take apart most of the players in the top 10, who are a bit one-dimensional.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/21/2009 at 11:49 PM

Carol Well done I am writing that down now.

Short and sweet and to the point as well.

Posted by crazyone 09/21/2009 at 11:49 PM

VC: I worry because this guy has been coaching Safin in the last few years...where his results have been head-scratching to say the least.

As for India, I think they would deal with Israel the best by far, since it's the team with the weakest individual players. It's not a stretch to imagine Somdev beating Sela or Levy, and India has a good doubles pairing if Bhups/Paes are healthy. But I have a harder time seeing him beat say, Berdych.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/21/2009 at 11:50 PM

At least Justine can play on clay

If nothing else I wait for her return at RG.

Posted by Carol (Rafa will be back later) 09/21/2009 at 11:50 PM

Good night rafadoc. I'm going to sleep now, tomorrow I've a lot of work
Good night all

Posted by VC 09/21/2009 at 11:51 PM

aussiemarg : He strikes the ball so beautifully, and moves pretty well also. He is a joy to watch. I will look out for all his matches that I can catch in the future.

Posted by VC 09/21/2009 at 11:56 PM

crazyone : Safin's level of fitness and commitment has been questionable lately, I'm hoping Gulbis gets his act together like Federer did when he teamed up with Lundgren and Paganini, he has all the talent in the world...

As for the DC draw, bring on Israel then! ;-)
Irrespective of who we draw, if Paes/Bhupathi are fit, I'll make us favourites for the doubles tie, they may hate each other, but I'm sure they'll put it aside for one last taste of DC glory.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/21/2009 at 11:57 PM

VC He has the game to be in the top 10 for sure.

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/21/2009 at 11:57 PM

I've had the pleasure/honour of seeing (Drama) Queen Justine live in full flight. It's a thing of beauty. I imagine Fed would be something like that. Can't wait to see her back.

Posted by The Past 09/21/2009 at 11:59 PM

2006 Davis Cup Swiss vs Serbia

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Posted by manuelsantanafan 09/22/2009 at 12:02 AM

Amazing that these NFL commentators/analysts get paid for uttering such inanities.

They are yapping that Miami lost to Indy despite "doing everything right."

Far from everything right.

First, the tackling of the Miami defensive backs is an abomination. Not even college level.

Second, Pennington has trouble getting the ball in the end zone. Other QBs get TDs where Pennington only gets FGs.

Third, Pennington't clock management on the last drive was the worst I ever have seen in an NFL game.

Furthermore, Pennington's play action fakes when Miami had no timeouts and there was less than a minute on the clock were total wastes of time.

Amazing.

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:05 AM

MSF, We're they triple teaming Wayne or somethin'? 'cos Clark had like 183 yards...damn...he didn't do anything like that when I had him on my fantasy team last year.

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:08 AM

Ummm...we're = were. The abominable apostrophe should be banished from the language.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:09 AM

Pspace You are not NP in disguise are you

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 12:10 AM

Pspace : She even had no problems with the high-kicking one-handed BH on clay, the one that gave Fed so much trouble...

I recently watched the highlights of that Capriati-Henin USO 2003 semi, breath-taking stuff.

Posted by crazyone 09/22/2009 at 12:12 AM

VC: but was she really dealing with anything close to Nadal's topspin?

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:14 AM

AM, why do you ask? ;-)

VC, really? Do you have examples of high kicking backhands, which I can youtube? I recall we were having a discussion about the difference between Fed's classical and Henin's extreme bh grip. The latter being suited to higher balls. But, we couldn't really think of any1 in the WTA who hits that big topspin...maybe Momo...but there really is no Rafa equivalent.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 12:15 AM

The apostrophe is just as abominable as the Abominable Snowman.

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 12:16 AM

crazyone : Well, no, but I remember her being far more comfortable with shoulder-height backhands than Fed.

In fact, I don't remember her having any exploitable weaknesses on clay where the importance of having a great serve is diminished...

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:16 AM

Pspace The vocab thingy lol!

Rafa's heavy top spin f/hand is "alone",point being he can also add side spin to it as well.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:17 AM

Np I see you are Right on Cue

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 12:19 AM

AM, 24/7.

Posted by manuelsantanafan 09/22/2009 at 12:20 AM

PSpace:

On Clark's 80 yard TD, he broke a tackle that any NFL caliber DB should make, and ran another 30 yards.

Of course Manning is great, but a lot of Indy's yardage was catch, broken/missed tackles, run.

Parcells must have been throwing fits up in his box.

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 12:23 AM

Pspace : No, I was just speaking from my not-so-reliable memory. Interesting about her grip being more suited to handle high backhands than Fed's, I remember her taking those higher balls across her body and ripping them crosscourt, while Fed would invariably hit a rather feeble short reply that Nadal could pounce on. I also got the feeling that Fed prefers a more side-on stance while hitting his backhand compared to Henin, is that also due to the difference in grips?

Posted by manuelsantanafan 09/22/2009 at 12:23 AM

Of course, I'm somewhat annoyed tonite by the Red Sox middle relievers.

Red Sox lead 8-2 and, due mostly to inept middle relievers, lose to the anemic KC Royals.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:23 AM

Leave my New York Giants alone

Manning is a God as far as I am concerned

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:30 AM

VC, not sure about the relationship between stance and grip. I was watching a video of tips from Djokovic, and he said he likes the closed stance more while going DTL and the open stance while going CC on bh. That makes sense to me.

I think Stan, for example, plays a bit more open with the same grip as Fed.

Basically, I think with a (very) closed stance, if you wanna hit extreme CC, you have to either time it very well or use a lot of wrist action. Anyways, I haven't really seen any1 come close to anything resembling "handling" Rafa's topspin on clay with a 1hbh. C'est impossible. Tall guy like Guga might've had some chance...pity we didn't get to see that matchup.

Posted by greenhopper 09/22/2009 at 12:32 AM

"The abominable apostrophe should be banished from the language."

This is what happens when you over-use it.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:34 AM

GH LOL!

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 12:36 AM

Pspace, think Vilas and Muster also could've pulled it off with modern sticks and strings.

Posted by Shannon 09/22/2009 at 12:36 AM

Somdev came back from two sets down to Rik De Voest in Africa to win his singles which guarentee's India in the world group. Well done Buji!

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:37 AM

hoppie, hehe, did u catch the premiere of Casa Medico? So so, I thought....hope he doesn't turn into a nice guy all of a sudden.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:40 AM

Well Pspace over the last couple of years

TW has become General Hospital Tennis Style in many ways

Not just with Rafa.

Posted by greenhopper 09/22/2009 at 12:40 AM

I'm watching it right now. Very disappointing.

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:41 AM

NP, not sure if I would rate Muster much higher than Federer. I mean, Rafa's topspin really hasn't been seen before...and Fed's 1hbh is pretty much about as good as it comes technically. Muster is prolly stronger than him, but Fed has more flair. I'd call them about even on clay. Never seen Vilas play.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:44 AM

Vilas would probably get the you know what with Rafa

He hasnt really got over the fact Rafa passed his record wins on clay

By the way Vilas needs a new stylist ASAP

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 12:45 AM

AM, that's true. We've been through a mono epidemic, a back problem that causes fluctuations in service motion that can be registered only by the keenest of observers, the knees (some tendinitis is more superior than others), and ze abs. Throw in Nalby's hip, Murray's flu and wrist, Nole's heat exhaustion, assorted Tsonga pains, Ana's thumb (?), one-legged Venus, ... *tired*

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:46 AM

My dream match up would be Rafa v Borg

Posted by crazyone 09/22/2009 at 12:49 AM

aussiemarg, whom would you root for in such a matchup?

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 12:53 AM

Crazyone Borg.I think in his prime he had a better serve than Rafa,also he is fitter in a physical way.

Though I would love to see the handling of the top spin f/hands

Posted by Ade 09/22/2009 at 12:53 AM

I get dizzy watching the WTA retire, come back, retire, come back, retire, come back, retire, come back. As a woman, it's a little embarrassing because you don't see it on the Men's side. It's kind of like a "cop out" to me. Like they can't handle the pressure and have to "retire". Then it's back again, like a yo-yo. Also when you tell the whole world you absolutely will not change you mind, then you change it a little over a year later, makes you loose a lot of credibility. So what if you go through a slump and your rankings go down for a bit? Look at someone like Venus, she went through a slump but she hung in there. I give her credit for that. Now she's back on top where she belongs. At least she didn't have to "retire". True champions know they will have their periods of down time. True champions know they will climb back. Henin may have a few trophys but is she really a true champion who can hang in there? Or will she retire once more after realizing she can't sustain a number 1 ranking? Will be interesting to see.

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 12:55 AM

Interesting insights, Pspace. I agree that Guga and Muster would have been more comfortable with the high topspin attack than Fed. Still think a solid double-hander has a much better chance though, Del Potro vs. Rafa on clay should be an interesting matchup if the big man doesn't get sucked into the rallies like Djokovic does. He also probably possesses more firepower than Nole at the moment.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 12:57 AM

Pspace, Muster had ridiculous upper-body strength. (Not unlike Vilas, BTW.) I still remember a comment I read the other day that said not only did he have no trouble returning high-flying balls with his 1HBH, he seemed to return 'em with even more topspin. And let's not overlook his defense. He was prolly the best defensive CCer before Rafa came along.

I'd def put peak Muster above peak Fed on clay. In fact he, Courier and Guga are the 3 CCers of the '90s that I'd rank above Fed. I'd put Bruguera and Fed even on clay, and Fed over Kafelnikov and Moya.

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 01:02 AM

VC, yeah, I think del Potro has some potential against Rafa on clay. Would need to see him take out a healthy Rafa first...but I get up for that match.

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 01:03 AM

NP : I would definitely rate Bruguera over Fed on clay, if only for the reason that he has two RG titles. I tend to give more weightage to career records and it's impossible to rate a one-time RG champion over a two-time one, IMO.

Muster is an interesting case, he probably had the technical tools to have much more success at RG than he actually did, but he was a notorious underachiever on the big stage and lost to Rafter, Stich etc. The one year he actually won it, he was near unplayable but his overall record at RG is nowhere near as good as Federer's.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:04 AM

The Elf would not want to get into rallies with Rafa on clay full stop.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 01:04 AM

BTW Vilas had great hands @ the net. See 4 yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCRI5j9oytA

Posted by crazyone 09/22/2009 at 01:05 AM

*I would definitely rate Bruguera over Fed on clay, if only for the reason that he has two RG titles. I tend to give more weightage to career records and it's impossible to rate a one-time RG champion over a two-time one, IMO.*

yes and no. Even if this year's RG hadn't happened, or say if Fed had lost to Rafa in the finals, would you really rate Albert Costa above him on clay? Check Costa's record at RG and the masters series and compare it to Fed's...other than the RG win, Fed's is far far superior to Costa's.

Posted by crazyone 09/22/2009 at 01:06 AM

*The Elf would not want to get into rallies with Rafa on clay full stop.*

My feeling is that the Elf may not need to get into rallies.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 01:09 AM

Morning, everyone. :)

I could see del Potro taking out Rafa on clay, too, if he plays the way he did last week.

But then everyone laughs at me and my frazzling usually, so what do I know? ;-)

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 01:10 AM

One match I would like to see is Fed vs Courier on clay. While you'd have to rate Jim higher in terms of accomplishments, I think Rog would've matched up very well against him. Exo time!!! Enough of Pistol Pete...let's see some other match ups ;-).

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:11 AM

Well it will be interesting to see RG next year

Rafa 100% fit is a different opposition.

The Elf's lateral movement isnt great,even in their recent tie on h/court Rafa had him out of position.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:12 AM

Please a fast h/court surface to a medium pace clay surface

Chalk and Cheese.

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 01:13 AM

Well, crazyone, we can get into the what-ifs but I'm a firm believer that you have to go with what actually happened rather than what could have happened except in the most blatantly obvious cases... If Fed had ended up without an RG title, there would be a reason why that happened, and now that he does, he deserves it full-stop.

Albert Costa... hmm.. that's a tough one, but Gaudio's the only RG winner I would have stuck my neck out to claim as inferior to Fed on clay prior to RG '09, of course, now that he has won it, it puts him legitimately over plenty of one-time champions.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:17 AM

Well our sports news radio is all over the Justine Henin comeback

Apparently she is having a press conference on Tuesday?

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 01:17 AM

*reliving Fed's RG win*

*fist pump*

Oh yeaaaaah!!!

Need to defend it once. 2010 baby. I'm on the crazy Fed train for RG.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 01:19 AM

VC, I'm not ranking 'em based on their achievements per se, but their peak form. I don't rate Bruguera over Fed mainly 'cause of his playing style. Sergei was basically a retriever who chose to run around the court rather than dictate play, though he had the goods to be an aggressive counterpuncher. The guy actually could volley with the best of 'em, but think JMac said something like, "What's the point of having a good volley if you're not willing to use it?"

And yeah, Muster did underachieve at RG, but those 2 losses call for some context. Muster hated S&Vers and generally didn't do so well against 'em, hence the loss to Rafter. And Stich was an all-surface threat and one of the game's biggest underachievers who could take out any1 on a given day, and one of the very few who could hang with Muster from the baseline. I didn't see that particular match between Stich and Muster, but from what I've read he apparently was in superb form on that day. He just couldn't muster up (pun intended) the same form in the final.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 01:20 AM

I don't think you can get rid of your Fed-rooting really, Spacie. :)

All these injuries...I hope Rafa is even playing in 2010. *irrational gloom* But I still feel cheated out of a classic RG Fedal final so I hope they contest it then. :)

Posted by crazyone 09/22/2009 at 01:21 AM

VC: yeah, I'm not saying you can credit Fed with an RG win before he actually got one, but if you look at Costa's record: one win and one SF (and two QFs) at RG, one win at Hamburg (in which Corretja retired with an injury), and one final each at Monte Carlo and Rome and can say that that's a better clay record than pre RG 2009 Fed's, I don't know what to say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Costa

I mean, Fed had 4 finals, 1 SF, 4 Hamburg titles, one Madrid final, a Rome final, a couple of MC finals, a Hamburg final.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:22 AM

Well I would like to bring up Agassi and his defense on clay as well.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:28 AM

Pspace Quick to jump off the Murray bandwagon

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 01:28 AM

crazyone : I remember he overcame Kuerten, Corretja and Ferrero for his RG title so you have to factor that in. Fed's MS record and overall consistency is much better, that's all one can say...

NP : Fair enough, but pinning down that elusive creature called peak form is very tricky.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:29 AM

When Roger is on his game he is the no 2 clay court player for sure.No argument at all.His record speaks for itself.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 01:31 AM

What does anyone think of Murray's chances on clay next year?

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 01:33 AM

I think Fed has rarely played his best clay-court tennis at RG which is a bit of a shame as that is what people tend to remember. He played much better stuff in the build-up events, particularly Hamburg in his younger years, but I don't think he has ever truly gotten comfortable with the conditions at RG.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:35 AM

Rogers clay game is best suited to Hamburg,hence his great records there.The bounce at RG is what he finds difficult at times
especially when he faces Rafa.

Posted by VC 09/22/2009 at 01:40 AM

jewell : I have never watched Murray play on clay so I'm not really sure, but I see no reason why he couldn't succeed if he can move well.. Still, at the moment you'd have to rate the top 2, Djokovic and Del Potro's chances higher.

aussiemarg : Sometimes we have a tendency of running away from things that we don't like doing (well, atleast I do) and Fed is definitely not one of those people when it comes to persevering at RG.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 01:41 AM

My CB sez Muzz will have a better clay season than his clueless detractors predict next yr.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:47 AM

NP I see its making predications for 2010 now

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 01:47 AM

'Tis a Target CB, AM.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 01:50 AM

I don't trust your CB, NP. :)

I thought Murray had a pretty good clay season last year considering his previous record, but I always think he should be able to do better...can't think of a reason why not. Serve less important, movement, retrieving - he ought to do well on the surface. I expect there's something I just can't think of though.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 01:52 AM

Jewell Murray needs to improve is overall movement on the clay

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 01:53 AM

"I don't trust your CB, NP. :)"

Of course not. That's why you live in the Land of Oz!

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 01:56 AM

yeah...now I'm remembering things he's said himself about his movement on clay.

Oz is a very satisfactory habitation, full of colour and life...I like it here. :) Plus practically everyone I like has been consigned to the place with me, so, it's all good. :)

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 01:59 AM

That'll change once they finish setting up a Bellevue over there.

Posted by rg.nadal 09/22/2009 at 02:02 AM

Hola all!
So today is about we waiting for Henin's announcement?

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:03 AM

Jewell I am waiting for the Child Labour thingy

Gee he is a bit slow today

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:05 AM

Rg Nadal, Hola

Indeed apparently the news is she will be holding a press conference on Tuesday?

Big news here in Oz,especially on our sports radio program

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:05 AM

Finally got all the African capitals right. U think U know 'em all, but you realize you don't once you try to spell 'em out:

http://www.sporcle.com/games/africacapitals.php

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 02:06 AM

What's a Bellevue?

Hello rg! I'm afraid I'm totally meh about the prospect of Justine coming back...or I was, the more hoopla there is, the more I am moving towards actual "Just go away!"

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:08 AM

Hola back, rg. And if you wanna make that the topic of today, sure. I'll join in after the announcement has taken place.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:09 AM

j, this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellevue_Hospital_Center

Posted by rg.nadal 09/22/2009 at 02:10 AM

AM: Can't wait. Good that Rafa withdrew from the Thailand Open.

jewell: Her site or her representatives did not make any comment about it. Wonder why?

Posted by Pspace (Elf of DecoTurf) 09/22/2009 at 02:11 AM

jewell, hehe, why would I want to get rid of my Fed rooting? Fave of all time. But, I'm mainly interested in him defending RG...don't really care about much else.

Will be rooting for others at other slams. As for Muzz's chances on clay, oh I dunno...pick a number and multiply it by zero ;-). He ain't gonna win RG next year. It will be interesting to see when he's able to come into his own on clay...prolly take him a couple more years. But, I could see him getting as far as SF next year.

'nite all.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:11 AM

NP I dont like the reference to that link at all

I hope you arent referring that Jewell needs some help in that area

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 02:13 AM

Hey, if Oz has "socialised" healthcare, I'm never leaving. ;-)

just teasing you, Spacie, I love your Fed-rooting. :) Night!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:14 AM

Rg Nadal Well Rafa has a ruptured ab muscle,I dont know how he played at all in the US OPEN

Doctors gave him more invasive scans,he will need more rest and physio.

Its about time he listened top his body and stop playing through these injuries.

Actually I am mad with him.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:15 AM

AM, that was just me bragging. I beat y'all on the GS trivia, and now I've got y'all beat on geography, 2. Muhahahahahaha!

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:15 AM

Jewell No love for Belgium at all.

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:16 AM

History is what its all about NP

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:17 AM

"Hey, if Oz has "socialised" healthcare, I'm never leaving. ;-)"

That's why you belong in a Bellevue.

Posted by rg.nadal 09/22/2009 at 02:18 AM

AM: May be Rafa should just focus on slams and some Masters series events.

jewell: I did not know that Britain lost to Poland. I thought that they would win comfortably! Sorry about that

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 02:18 AM

I quite like Kim, AM...I just didn't ever warm to Justine.

Posted by susan 09/22/2009 at 02:19 AM

for language nerds only
there is a blog called apostropheabuse.com
"links and visuals illustrating an orthographic pet peeve"
the writer actually has more than 1,500 RSS subscribers. geez..
the only good use of this might be for a 12-step programme for perpetual abusers. i wonder if there is blog devoted entirely to links and visuals of racquet abusers.

i like davis cup; adds another dimension to the game, although that murray pic should never be used in promos. the sense of hopelessness is almost palpable.

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:20 AM

AM, GS trivia = history. And see if U can ace this:

http://www.sporcle.com/games/presidents.php

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 02:22 AM

Cheers, rg! I knew we would lose after we lost to Ukraine. Haven't caught up with the papers yet but I think we could say that the climate is somewhat critical. :)

Well, thankfully there'll *be* a Bellevue in Oz to help me with all my issues, won't there?

We should probably not get into this discussion online though, NP...I know, I started it. :) I feel strongly about it, joking aside.

Posted by jewell - Make tea, not war. 09/22/2009 at 02:25 AM

I mean, you can never over-estimate the ability of British teams to lose winnable ties or matches in any sport, really. *gloom*

Posted by aussiemarg [Madame President in Comma Rehab for 2009] 09/22/2009 at 02:30 AM

Np I feel bragging isnt a very endearing quality

Posted by NP 09/22/2009 at 02:31 AM

Oz = Bellevue.

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