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The Butler Did It

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Insults my favourite guys, hmm.. how about we make the US open for US players only? Here's the article. Maybe he needs to take up tennis


The US Open kicked off Monday, bringing excitement - and fans - to Flushing for the first time this year. And, yes, that was a dig at this borough's professional baseball team.

Yes, the grounds of the National Tennis Center were buzzing for opening day of the final leg of tennis' Grand Slam. And on the courts were some of the most noticeable names in the sport. On the women's side there were Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams while Andre Agassi, Todd Martin and Fabrice Santoro played.

Fabrice Santoro? Who's that guy?

Or how about Nicolas Kiefer, Igor Andreev, Paul-Henri Mathieu? They all played, too.

But don't fret. On Tuesday Alex Lopez Moron, Shinobu Asagooe, Joachim Johansson and Ivo Heuberger all took the court.

Huh?

That's the sorry state of men's tennis these days - when you need a pronunciation guide and a headshot to try to figure out who is featured.

It hasn't always been like this. No, just a few years ago the men's tour was bursting with personality, with charisma. There was John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier as well as a long-haired Agassi.

But now the only recognizable players on the men's tour, at least to the casual fan, are Agassi, Andy Roddick and perhaps James Blake. Knock those three guys out in the first week and you have the possibility of the always exciting Alexander Popp/Jurgen Melzer final on Sept. 12.

The women? Well, they're a different story. You have the Williams sisters - Venus and Serena - as well as their always-controversial father, Richard. There's Capriati, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova, Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova and recent gold medal-winner and top-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Don't get me wrong, I actually love the Open. I've been to about 10 tournaments, first working as a stockboy through high school and now covering it as a member of the media. Sure, I've never had to pay for a ticket or take out a loan to buy a burger and a beer, but I love the pulse of the crowd, especially at night. I'd put watching a fifth set under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium up against any other moment in all of sports.

I've been fortunate enough to watch some of the best matches in Open history - I was in the upper deck for the Patrick McEnroe/Jimmy Connors first-round clash in 1991, as well as the Connors/Aaron Krickstein Labor Day battle the same year. Although it only went four sets, I was fortunate enough to witness the Sampras/Agassi match three years ago where neither player lost serve once in the four-set thriller.

Now the biggest thrill of the tournament comes when it rains and those classic matches are shown on the big screens throughout the grounds and to those watching at home.

What's even sadder is how those who run the tournament continue to depend on McEnroe. Last year they had him play Boris Becker before the women's final and this year they're honoring the Douglaston native with an on-court ceremony. It seems whenever they are looking for some excitement, they bring out old Johnny Mac again and again and again.

Why the change? There's a bevy of reasons. The players today with their light aluminum rackets hit the ball faster than a Roger Clemens' fastball. As a result, most of the men's players sit on the baseline, smacking the ball back and forth until someone makes an error. The days of the beauty of the serve and volley game - a game that the aforementioned McEnroe played brilliantly - are almost extinct.

Bring back the wood racket, try and build up some rivalries and please bring back the drop shot in the men's game. This way I won't have to do a rain dance to watch some really great tennis.

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God im sick of all these ppl stuck in the past. Apparently if Americans arent playing then nothing's interesting
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I am constantly amazed at the number of ingorant jackasses who write about tennis who obviously no clue as to what they are talking about. It is just shamefully disrespectful. This guy isn't even saying anything new...he is just borrowing 3 year old arguements. And the women are better how??? He doesn't even say anything about them to back up his arguement.

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. As a result, most of the men's players sit on the baseline, smacking the ball back and forth until someone makes an error.
Uh yeah...this guy has obviously never watched Roger Federer...well it appears from his pathetic piece of trite scribbling that he has never heard of him.
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Bemoaning the casual fan, maybe he needs to visit the other Slams, then again they might be out of his insular little mind.
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It's to be expected from the US media!


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Why am I surprised that this is an American article?
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gee, that article was kinda rude to the non-american players
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But now the only recognizable players on the men's tour, at least to the casual fan, are Agassi, Andy Roddick and perhaps James Blake.
Oh, poor man. He does'nt recognizes any of the three GS winners this year. Blake who hardly played this year is recognizable.

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Don't get me wrong, I actually love the Open. I've been to about 10 tournaments, first working as a stockboy through high school and now covering it as a member of the media.
And I suppose, all the 10 tournaments are from US Open series.

Dustbin stuff, simply.

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errr yes well done mate... you know what your talking about how did you get the write profressionally?!?!

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Lalitha get real. Bjorkman GIRL... not man.. is saying in america those players would be more accessible, and recognisable... jeez
While disrepecting anyone else that isn't American? This guy has lived up to the low standards I expect from journalists.
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I guess he failed Geography at school. I'm going to email him.his editors. I wouldnt let such rubbish be posted. It would be an embarrassment to the company.
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I guess he failed Geography at school. I'm going to email him.his editors. I wouldnt let such rubbish be posted. It would be an embarrassment to the company.
He didn't take geography at school, it shows that any muppet can be a journalist. If I submitted that in a high school class, it would be told to be re-submitted.
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That article is so absurd that it's hilarious. Kournikova? A Popp/Melzer final? I really can't believe that it was intended to be taken as anything either than fluff crap meant for a few giggles.

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Troll journalists now, this just gets better.
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Being a journalist myself I need to say something about this. I guess all this guy is trying to do is to provoke reactions like yours. That's what (some) journalists do, putting some oil on a fire that maybe isn't even there. He would be a good writer for the gossip media!

I guess he's just feeling frustrated that his fellow countrymen don't rule tennis anymore like they did in the old days, with Sampras, McEnroe, Connors. European and South-American players have closed the gap. I guess he only sees what he wants to see. Sad.

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