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Welcome to the Post-Australian Open Apocalypse

After two weeks of thrilling men's and women's matches at the Australian Open, get ready for the wasteland that is the post-Grand Slam week.

Going against the grain is the WTA stop in Tokyo, where four WTA Championships qualifiers from last year compete in Lindsay Davenport, Maria "Grunt-o-rama" Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Dementieva, and the WTA stop in Pattaya (Thailand) features the return of former No. 1 Martina Hingis after a nearly 2-1/2 year hiatus from competitive play.

Three ATP stops bring the ugly with top seeds Gaston Gaudio (Vina del Mar), Vince Spadea (Delray Beach), and Andrei Pavel (Milan).

French Open Champ Gaudio Takes to the Dirt at ATP Vina Del Mar

A last-minute wildcard by current French Open holder Gaston Gaudio ups the ante this week on the dirt in Vina del Mar, Chile, with the Argentine joined among the seeds by Chilean Olympic hero Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez, Italy's Filippo Volandri, Spaniard Dave Ferrer, a regiment of the Argentine Dirt Army in Mariano Zabaleta, Jose Acasuso and Agustin Calleri, and another Italian in riser "You Say" Potito Starace.

Vina Del Mar begins a month-long claycourt swing on the ATP calendar with additional events in Buenos Aires, Costa do Sauipe (Brazil), and Acapulco.

Tough opening round match-ups are (6) Acasuso vs. Olivier "All We Need is Just a Little" Patience, comer Juan Monaco vs. Mariano Puerta in an old-vs.-new all-unseeded all-

Argentine match-up, (7) Calleri vs. Spanish grinder Alex Calatrava, (3) Volandri vs. Spain's Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez, (5) Zabaleta vs. former contender Nicolas Lapentti, and (WC) Alex Corretja vs. Nicolas Almagro in an all-ESP.

In last year's final the No. 5-seeded Gonzo beat No. 2-seeded three-time French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten 7-5, 6-4.

Former champs in the field this year are Gonzo (2004,'02) and Spaniard David Sanchez (2003).

Spadea Leads American-Heavy Field at ATP Delray Beach

Vince Spadea will try and avenge his upset in last year's Delray Beach final to unseeded Brazilian Ricardo Mello "Yello" as the American tops the seeds this week at the Milennium Tennis Championships.

"Anytime you get that close to winning a title and then don't, it's sort of a bittersweet ending," Spadea told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "It was great to make it to the finals because I hadn't been that far in the Delray tournament. But it's no secret I want to win my hometown tournament for the first time."

Spadea is joined on the hardcourts among the seeded players by Jiri Novak who makes his 2005 debut, Xavier "X-Man" Malisse, Frenchman Cyril Saulnier, Mello, the unpredictable Irakli "Freak Show" Labadze, Dane Kenneth Carlsen, and American Kevin Kim.

First-round matches of note in Delray are (1) Spadea vs. Hugo Armando in an all-American, James Blake vs. a qualifier, ( Kim vs. Canadian No. 1 (an oxymoron?) Frank "You Can" Dancevic, (3) X-Man vs. Jeff "Baby Krajicek" Morrison, (6) Freak Show vs. American Glenn "I.C." Weiner, (4) Saulnier vs. the struggling Jan-Mike Gambill, and (2) Novak vs. former NCAA champ Amer Delic.

Former champs in the field are Mello (2004) and Gambill (2003,'01).

Pavel Heads Middling Field at ATP Milan

Last-minute wildcard Andrei Pavel heads a decidedly bland field this week at the Internazionali di Lombardia in Milan, joined by seeds Ivan Ljubicic and Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic of Croatia, bouncing Czech Radek Stepanek, Swede Robin Soderling, former top German Rainer "Shine" Schuettler, Slovak Karol Beck, and Belarus' Max "The Beast" Mirnyi.

The field has to be shockingly depressing for local Italian fans, with Milan's history including former No. 1 winners Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Bjorn Borg.

First round matches of interest are teen wildcard Gael "Force" Monfils vs. Julien "United Colors of" Benneteau in an all-French, (5) Soderling vs. Arnaud Clement, "Dr." Ivo Karlovic vs. Fabrice "The Original Magician" Santoro in a fascinating all-unseeded match-up, and (2) Ljubicic vs. Thomas Enqvist.

In last year's all-unseeded final, Frenchman Antony Dupuis edged Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic 6-4, 6-7(12), 7-6(5).

Returning champs in the field are Dupuis (2004) and Davide Sanguinetti (2002).

Davenport, Sharapova Headline Strong WTA Tokyo Field

While Martina Hingis will grab some headlines this week in Pattaya (Thailand) with her return to competitive play, the money event this week is in Tokyo, led by four qualifiers at last year's WTA Championships in Australian Open runner-up Lindsay Davenport, Oz semifinalist Maria "Grunt-o-rama" Sharapova, US Open holder Svetlana Kuznetsova, and another Russian in Elena Dementieva.

The top four seeds benefit from a bye in the opening round, key for Davenport who was also a doubles runner-up in Melbourne and will enjoy taking it easy in Tokyo for a couple days before a second-round encounter with either Saori Obata or (WC) Miho Saeki, both of Japan.

Also among the seeded are Japanese No. 1 Ai Sugiyama, Russian Elena Likhovtseva, Serb Jelena Jankovic, and Slovak Daniela Hantuchova.

No real first-round matches of interest in Tokyo, with only four unseeded players within the Top 50 on the WTA Rankings.

The four-time winner Davenport (1998,'01,'03-04) is the lone returning champ in this year's field. In last year's final the No. 2-seeded Davenport steamrolled unseeded Maggie Maleeva 6-4, 6-1.

Hingis Makes Return This Week at WTA Pattaya

Russian Vera "The Crying Game" Zvonareva heads the anemic Tier IV field this week at the Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya, with No. 39-ranked Marion "Roly Poly" Bartoli as the No. 2 seed, but the real story in Thailand is the return of former No. 1 Martina Hingis.

The winner of 40 career singles titles returns after an almost 2-1/2 year layoff due to a foot injury. After originally saying her appearance at the event was a one-off for charity, Hingis now says she is testing the waters for a return to the WTA Tour.

"As a competitor and athlete, I always want to win. But I hope my body will last and hold up and help me to come through," said the 24-year-old Hingis. "You miss being out there in a Grand Slam final and not be able to compete. It's a big difference between staying on court and commenting for TV. I miss it a lot."

Hingis will donate her prize money in Pattaya to charity, and also plans visit to the tsunami-battered island of Phuket.

"I saw news in Switzerland every day about the natural disaster," Hingis said. "It was very unfortunate. I came here to play tennis and hopefully to make people feel better."

Joining Zvonareva and Bartoli among the seeds in Pattaya are former Wimbledon champ Conchita Martinez (who has nearly dropped out of the Top 50), American Mashona "Little Sis" Washington, Puerto Rican Kristina Brandi, Poland's Marta Domachowska, German Anna Lena Groenefeld, and Spanish doubles specialist Virginia Ruano Pascual.

Hingis opens against German Marlene Weingartner, who she beat in straight sets in both their career meetings.

Another un-seed of note is No. 100+ ranked Jelena Dokic in her 2005 debut, facing Luxembourg's Anne "Kosmo" Kremer.

In last year's stadium-emptying all-unseeded all-Slovak final, Henrieta Nagyova defeated Lubomira Kurhajcova 6-4, 6-2.

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Marat Safin on coach Peter "Supersize" Lundgren: "I never believed in myself until I started working with him. We worked really hard. We communicate really well. He understood who I am and I understood what he wants from me. (The results) are continuing to come. He makes me believe that I can be a good player, and I don't have so much doubt about myself, about my tennis. He's a great person and a great coach."
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When Monday's rankings are released you will see an Australian in the men's and women's Top 10 for the first time in 21 years. Can you name the last two? Without looking them up?
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Dear Brad Gilbert: Please secure a coaching job by the French Open so you can bid adieu to ESPN's commentary team. Thanks. For those inquiring, MaliVai Washington was canned by ESPN, replaced by Gilbert...
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The 2005 Australian Open was Dick Enberg's first (and hopefully last) time in Australia
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From The Australian earlier last week: "Donald Young is the talk of this week's Australian Open junior tournament. He is 15, has all the shots, a sponsorship with Nike, and is managed by IMG. He had yesterday's match against an older, bigger and stronger Croation kid well in hand. He was on his way to his first Grand Slam semi-final and as far as anyone could tell, a brilliant professional career. Yet he was not impressed. With every missed serve or wide shot, he screwed his face in anguish and considered hurling his racquet. A couple of times he did. The match was being played in a non-air-conditioned, indoor practice centre, which on this blazing hot day in Melbourne must have felt like playing in a greenhouse. "It is so much freakin' hotter in here than it is out there," he exclaimed between points, questioning the wisdom of moving the match indoors under the tournament's heat policy. Behind the court, fanning herself from the heat, Illona Young also tried to cool her son. "Come on, baby," she cooed. "MOM...PLEASE!!"
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Dear Brad Gilbert: Please secure a coaching job by the French Open so you can bid adieu to ESPN's commentary team. Thanks.
Ok everybody: why don’t you like BG? Seriously?
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Because he is an annoying prick who thinks he knows everything.

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i dont have aproblem with brad gilbert but i think people dont like him cuz he was andys coach
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i dont have aproblem with brad gilbert but i think people dont like him cuz he was andys coach
Nope, just because he was a prick, just ask David Wheaton, he would agree with me.

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Blah, I can't stand that man. Listening to him do commentary is just so...

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Haha, Jeff "Baby-Krajicek" Morrison. Who writes this, some University of Florida alumni?
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Ok everybody: why don’t you like BG? Seriously?
Thelma, after the first day of coverage I thought I wouldn't like him. I thought he would use a lot of cliches, nick names, and be over the top without substance. But, as the tournament went on I liked the way he talked about the mens' and womens' games and the individual players. I have more respect for his knowledge of the current status of tennis right now.

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QUOTES AND BARBS...
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Former No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, longing for the days of the old Soviet hammer and sickle, says Mother Russia needs to curtail its junior program which is losing players to American colleges: "The Australian Open success of Marat Safin and his high world ratings is not the reason for Russian tennis officials to be off guard. They should think of who is going to represent the Russian team at the Davis Cup and other major competitions. Unfortunately, many young talented players who started training on our courts later go abroad, especially to American colleges. We lose sight of many talents. I was lucky in my young days because I had an opportunity to use everything, which the sport organization, including the tennis (federation), could offer in the country at that time. As a member of the Soviet youth team, I was entitled to a free court, inventory, the assistance of a coach and foreign sport trips." And a free loaf of bread and a space heater for your apartment
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Marion "Roly Poly" Bartoli retired from the WTA Pattaya City event Wednesday with a severe abdominal illness, taken from the court in a wheelchair, while Jelena Dokic's 2005 debut went south when a groin strain forced her to retire
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Word is that Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale has secured a World Team Tennis franchise for Houston, which will feature -- drumroll please -- Mrs. Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf. Payback from Andre for blowing off the Masters Cup alternate position in Houston last November at Mattress Mac's event? Get ready for the Mr. vs. Mrs. Agassi confrontation when Houston faces Sacremento during the WTT season
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Greg Rusedski on playing Davis Cup, even with Tim Henman bailing on the squad: "I realized that I still enjoy Davis Cup and it's something I've always been passionate about. I like playing in a team. I've got many fond memories and many times when I've played well in Davis Cup it's really helped my game. I've been working with a lot of the youngsters and it made me think that I still want to be part of this team and I still want to help out as much as I can. In the end it was an easy decision. My body feels really good, better than it's ever felt, and you can still fit Davis Cup in without it affecting any of the major championships. I don't see a problem at all." "Grinning" Greg, the Brit patriot -- that's a backhanded slap to you Tim, Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, and others bailing on Davis Cup duties
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Wow, that Martina Hingis comeback was a thriller, we'll have to do that again sometime -- way to compete. Hopefully Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne or Anna Kournikova can put forth a better effort later this year...You really can't beat this clip from SPORTSbyBROOKS: "TennisReporters.net reports that Jennifer Capriati is apparently dating a porn star named Dale DeBone. A source told the website that 'indeed the two are dating,' but did not reveal how they met. Some of DeBone's *credits* include: 'Analgeddon #2,' 'Ass Freaks #2,' 'Anal Driller #4,' and the artistic triumph, 'I Cream On Genie.'" Thank you Jen, things were getting a little post-Aussie Open dull around here, the check is in the mail as always...Boris Becker has signed on with sports management firm IMG
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Thanks Thelma!

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"TennisReporters.net reports that Jennifer Capriati is apparently dating a porn star named Dale DeBone. A source told the website that 'indeed the two are dating,' but did not reveal how they met. Some of DeBone's *credits* include: 'Analgeddon #2,' 'Ass Freaks #2,' 'Anal Driller #4,' and the artistic triumph, 'I Cream On Genie.'" Thank you Jen, things were getting a little post-Aussie Open dull around here, the check is in the mail as always...Boris Becker has signed on with sports management firm IMG "


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Here's a headline you don't see too often, from Australia's The Advocate: "Future bright for Australian tennis"; Australian legend Neale Fraser lays it out: "We are indeed lucky to have Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik at the top of the rankings and you either have that or a lot of others ranked lower. But I'd much rather have us winning Davis Cups like a few years back and grand slams and Federation Cups than have 10 players ranked in the Top 50 to 100 and not participate in such events. Tennis here is in a healthy situation
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Todd (Reid) has had a lot of encouragement but also a lot of bad luck. But I think he just needs to work a little harder, while Chris ("Penthouse" Guccione) is also an immense talent. He is a typical country boy and needs to make up his mind if he really wants to be a tennis player and maybe apply himself a bit more."
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The depth-challenged Australian Davis Cup team may have to yank Scott Draper off the golf course for their upcoming tie, with Mark Philippoussis injured and youngster Todd Reid struggling with his form
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Tim Henman has withdrawn from next week's ATP stop in Marseille with an ongoing back injury: "My back didn't react particularly well to my matches in Australia or the flight home, and it's been problematic ever since," Henman said on his website. "Recently it's been really stiff and I haven't been able to train or practice properly, which has been really frustrating. I've had a couple of consultations with specialists since I first experienced the problem but I felt the time was right to seek further help. I've been told that my condition is basically just down to wear and tear so there's not much I can do in terms of trying to rectify it completely. It's very much a case of trying to improve my body core stability and being much more aware of my posture both on and off the court. I've been given a number of strengthening exercises that I need to add to my daily routine. Unfortunately, given the fact that I haven't been able to train or practice properly I feel it would be foolish to try and get back on court next week in Marseille. However, I'm hopeful that if things go well I'll be able to play in Rotterdam the week after, but it's still going to be very much a case of taking it day by day in the very short term to see how my back reacts and responds to the program I've been given."
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Congrats to the ATP Delray Beach website for their mid-week redesign that no longer includes a results link
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Ouch, the Associated Press Friday reported in error that "(Lindsay) Davenport will next face Daniela Hantuchova, who beat U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-0, 6-2." Kuzy won that one, even the score is wrong, ouch...15-year-old junior No. 1 "The" Donald Young has received a wildcard for the ATP San Jose event
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According to FOX Sports: "Safety concerns may rule out next week's Buenos Aires stop on the ATP calendar. Local authorities closed down the central court overnight after it failed to meet safety regulations. Authorities found that the centre court, at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, was not adapted to host the expected 6000 daily spectators. One stand was found to be covered by a flammable material, while no study had been carried out to ensure that the ground could hold a metal stand with 1200 spectators. Electric lighting and fire safety regulations do not meet regulations."
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Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev says Maria Sharapova and Anastasia Myskina have agreed to play together on the Russian Fed Cup team: "We have talked it over with Maria Sharapova's father. We solved this problem last December. There is no conflict between Myskina and Sharapova, Anastasia is ready to be on the same team with Maria."
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what the hell is with all those nicknames?

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Lleyton Hewitt's run at the Australian Open title resulted in a huge television audience for the Sunday final around the world. Seven Network, the host Australian broadcaster, pulled in a national average of 4.04 million viewers, drawing roughly 800,000 more views than the top rated show of 2004 in Australia (Australian Idol -- The Final Verdict). During the coverage of the final the audience peaked at 4.87 million. In the United States, ESPN2 drew over 1 million viewers for it's live and re-air of the match. Live coverage of the final drew 266,000 viewers despite a 3:30 a.m. start time. The tape-delayed broadcast of the match drew an audience of 830,000 on Sunday afternoon. During the course of the Australian Open, ESPN2 added 35 hours of coverage to bring its total to 111 hours during the fortnight
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Following his Australian Open win last week, Marat Safin obliged the media by conducting interviews for over two hours before finally wrapping up around 1:45 a.m. He then celebrated his second career Grand Slam win with his girlfriend Dasha, coach Peter Lundgren, former players Mats Wilander and Joakim Nystrom, and a host of friends who flew in from Moscow. He caught just four hours of sleep before heading out for a photo shoot with his trophy for the international media
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Former Italian No. 1 Andrea Gaudenzi is working in Milan this week in the tournament director's office and as a commentator for both Sport Italia and Eurosport. The 31-year-old Gaudenzi, once ranked No. 18 in the world, played his last match in July 2003 just after graduating from Law School in Italy. "After stopping my professional career, I did an MBA in Monaco which I finished with full marks in July 2004. Now I am busy with my company, managing Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini and commentating for TV," Gaudenzi said. "I played professional tennis for 13 years, it was a wonderful experience, this is like my second life."...According to the industry whisper, Andre Agassi is a 90% go to play in the next Davis Cup tie for the U.S. So will he still take the giant oil-cash guarantee to play the million-dollar Dubai tournament the week before?
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Since the only U.S. tennis you're getting from ESPN this month is the U.S. Davis Cup weekend, here's a sneak peek at The Tennis Channel's line-up for February: The Davis Cup story (premiers on 2/4), this week's semifinals and finals from ATP Delray Beach and Vina del Mar, the Andy Roddick Charity Jam (premiers on 2/7), Thurs.-Sun. coverage next week at ATP San Jose, semifinal and final coverage next week at Buenos Aires on the dirt, the WTA Paris final, ATP Memphis coverage Wed.-Sun., ATP Costa de Sauipe (Brazil) semifinals and final, the WTA Antwerp final, the Andy Roddick-led Serving Tsunami Relief exhibition from Houston, WTA Doha and ATP Scottsdale Thurs.-Sun. coverage, and ATP Acapulco semifinals and final. Unless like us you're without The Tennis Channel on Comcast, you're a happy puppy. Sign the contract Comcast!
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The ATP's world headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., located on the outskirts of Super Bowl host city Jacksonville, is hosting the Taste of the NFL, which last year raised $820,000. How unappetizing does that sound, ever wonder what the NFL tastes like? We haven't. The money raised was distributed to select programs of America's Second Harvest, as well as hunger-relief agencies in each of the 31 NFL cities. Giant marquees have been erected over the grass, clay and hardcourts at the ATP Tennis Club (drilling tent holes in the middle of the hardcourts, who the hell authorized that?) to cater for the 3,100 guests of the Taste of the NFL. All tickets -- ranging from $400 to $600 and $10,000 for corporate tables -- have been sold. Born at Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis in 1992, Taste of the NFL brings together leading chefs from each of the 31 NFL cities plus a current or retired NFL player from each city. During the past 13 years the event has raised $5.3 million for hunger-relief groups
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Pat Cash, currently playing an exhibition in South Africa: "It is more relaxed. We tend to have a bit of a laugh over line calls rather than going crazy about them. The big difference is that we are a little bit slower than we used to be. We still hit the ball hard, even harder than we used to do when necessary. This is a result of the technology."
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At the Masters Series-Indian Wells this year the men's final will move back to best-of-five sets...From The Age: "Newly-engaged couple Bec Cartwright and Lleyton Hewitt have sold their story to a magazine, according to a newspaper report. A source close to the couple said the deal would be worth tens of thousands of dollars. A New Idea representative would not comment on any possible agreement. "I have no information about that at the moment," she said...Rival magazines have allegedly started bidding for the first set shots of Ms. Cartwright's diamond engagement ring. The ring was reportedly bought for $200,000 from Tiffany's Jewellers in Melbourne's Collins Street during the Australian Open."
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The ever-entertaining Vince "Vincenzo Rollin' in the Benzo" Spadea after beating fellow American Kevin Kim in three sets at the ATP stop in Delray Beach: "It was really unfortunate for me that I didn't capitalize on the match points. I was starting to become emotionally and physically confused. I needed a couple minutes to regroup."
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