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Absent Stars Are Taking the Steam Out of Series

Absent Stars Are Taking the Steam Out of Series
By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer

It appears that the so-called "Hottest Reality Series" of summer just got a little too real.

People are not showing up for work, phoning in at the last minute with suspect excuses or spending so much time on other projects, they can't pay attention to their day jobs, and one thing is clear after three weeks: Tennis, indeed, has begun to mirror real life in this year's U.S. Open series.

It was supposed to feature the top players, creating story lines and subplots to elevate interest in the tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 29. But tennis' Real World has had plenty of vacancies.

Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi have taken turns playing tournaments but have yet to appear at the same time or even in the same city. Roger Federer and his luggage may show up later this month in Cincinnati.

Maria Sharapova, Australian Open champion Serena Williams, French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne and defending champion Lindsay Davenport all withdrew from this week's $1.3-million Acura Classic in Carlsbad because of injuries.

Instead of playing this week or at the JPMorgan Chase Open next week in Carson, Venus Williams is flying to Stockholm, Sweden for a $140,000 Tier IV event next week. Davenport, hindered by a back injury, is considered doubtful through the whole U.S. Open series.
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I've barely watched any of the coverage...it's not that interesting at the moment. I'll just wait for the Masters Series to begin.

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dont bother to mention his injury i c. see how there're making out its his fault and like he isnt bothered with it. fucking twat. anway we new most of the top players werent gonna play and they knew that as wel, so y make it a big deal?
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well there's no disputing that the series isn't exciting yet. cincinnati will change that, barring any major withdrawals. per plan it would be the first tournament of the series where there is some real competition
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well there's no disputing that the series isn't exciting yet. cincinnati will change that, barring any major withdrawals. per plan it would be the first tournament of the series where there is some real competition
Montreal should be exciting too- even though Roger and Safin will not be there unfortunately. I would definately consider Hewitt to be "real competition" on the hard courts and I think he is supposed to be there. I'll be anxious to see how Nadal kicks off his hard court season. This looks to be the tournament where most of the world's top players (outside of Roddick, Agassi, Henman ,etc.) will make their US Open Series debut and I'm looking forward to it.

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dont bother to mention his injury i c. see how there're making out its his fault and like he isnt bothered with it. fucking twat. anway we new most of the top players werent gonna play and they knew that as wel, so y make it a big deal?
i dont see anyting in that article thats maliciously against federer so lay off. Would you have preferred if they played up the injury like its life or death!

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Montreal should be exciting too- even though Roger and Safin will not be there unfortunately. I would definately consider Hewitt to be "real competition" on the hard courts and I think he is supposed to be there. I'll be anxious to see how Nadal kicks off his hard court season. This looks to be the tournament where most of the world's top players (outside of Roddick, Agassi, Henman ,etc.) will make their US Open Series debut and I'm looking forward to it.
um................. i thought safin was going to montreal!

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It really is dull. But to blame Roger, give me a break.



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You heard it first here, a couple of weeks back. US Open Series bites !!
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i dont see anyting in that article thats maliciously against federer so lay off. Would you have preferred if they played up the injury like its life or death!
well shes is potraying federer in a negative way. the whole article is negative and she fails to mention important statements. quoting "Roger Federer and his luggage may show up later this month in Cincinnati." she is trying to illustrate that roger is not bothered and shes implying that he should be there for the series. she definately fails to mention that he is injuryed and iam pretty certain that she did that intentionaly to give the indication that he aint bothered. the writer knew when she wrote this article that federer was going to play cincy, but for some reason she decides to say "federer may show up" when he had previously said he would be. its almost shes sayin federer will play cincy if he can be fucked. she also says that top players are suppose to play the series, when every1 new they wouldnt,(including herself and the directors) mayb a couple of top 20 players. shes just puts a whole negative vibe on the article and on the players for no reason. just having a dig. dont know y shes upset though, makes it alot easier for roddick to rack up a few shabby tournys.
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well shes is potraying federer in a negative way. the whole article is negative and she fails to mention important statements. quoting "Roger Federer and his luggage may show up later this month in Cincinnati." she is trying to illustrate that roger is not bothered and shes implying that he should be there for the series. she definately fails to mention that he is injuryed and iam pretty certain that she did that intentionaly to give the indication that he aint bothered. the writer knew when she wrote this article that federer was going to play cincy, but for some reason she decides to say "federer may show up" when he had previously said he would be. its almost shes sayin federer will play cincy if he can be fucked. she also says that top players are suppose to play the series, when every1 new they wouldnt,(including herself and the directors) mayb a couple of top 20 players. shes just puts a whole negative vibe on the article and on the players for no reason. just having a dig. dont know y shes upset though, makes it alot easier for roddick to rack up a few shabby tournys.
you had me until the last sentence which reduced your post into a pointless rod-bashing entry.

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I wouldn't call the U.S. Open Series a total failure. What exactly are its goals? Is it trying to attract the top players to play in these minor American tournaments? I hope not, because that ain't gonna work. The amount of possible bonus money just isn't enough to entice guys like Coria and Nadal to miss the last few clay tournaments of the season, nor is it enough to entice Roger Federer to play and risk making his injury worse.

So what is the goal? It's just a marketing tool. It's geared toward the people who call themselves tennis fans, but who still think the Andy Roddick is the no. 1 player in the world. These people don't realize that we really aren't getting much more coverage than before, and they're gullible enough to think that the players give a damn about the U.S. Open Series. Basically, the USTA promotes the U.S. Open Series like it's a really big deal, and casual fans are more likely to tune in.

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you had me until the last sentence which reduced your post into a pointless rod-bashing entry.
im not bashing roddick.i honest believe it will be good for roddick to wrap up sum wins, boost his confidence b4 us,but im not gonna lie the tournys are shabby depth wise but any tourny win will boast any players confidecne and thats what roddick needs. n i said it will make it easier for roddick, without top players being there, to boast his confidence because it obviously will be easier if top players arent there. the same for federer,hewit,safin,nadal.anyone.
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I wouldn't call the U.S. Open Series a total failure. What exactly are its goals? Is it trying to attract the top players to play in these minor American tournaments? I hope not, because that ain't gonna work. The amount of possible bonus money just isn't enough to entice guys like Coria and Nadal to miss the last few clay tournaments of the season, nor is it enough to entice Roger Federer to play and risk making his injury worse.

So what is the goal? It's just a marketing tool. It's geared toward the people who call themselves tennis fans, but who still think the Andy Roddick is the no. 1 player in the world. These people don't realize that we really aren't getting much more coverage than before, and they're gullible enough to think that the players give a damn about the U.S. Open Series. Basically, the USTA promotes the U.S. Open Series like it's a really big deal, and casual fans are more likely to tune in.
yeah it hasnt been a failure because top players arent playing. the aim is to increase tv ratings and the popularity of tennis. is just this atricle which is implying that the top players arent doing their duties,which is stupid because u cant expect them to play so many tournys in a row at low keyed events.
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the US Open Series
designed to falsely inflate US players ranks so that casual fans think they are better than they actually are.

A "oh look, Ginepri is #2"
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