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60 Minutes proves that James Blake has replaced ARo as US Golden Boy...

Anyone catch the 60 minutes piece? Nothing really new if you watch tennis. Trots out the "James Blake Story" as well as...

A) James has many friends on the tour, Lleyton Hewitt not being one of them... (for those who never heard of Hewitt, this shows he's a villian...)

B) James got his early bad temper from watching JMac (why does JMac always seem to appear in every tennis piece on every player)...

C) He has no problem being a role model in the way of Arthur Ashe (as some other notable athletes would care less to do...)

Only three interesting items:

1) His coach said James' shaving his head may have cost him endorsements.

2) He really hasn't talked to his mother about his new girlfriend. Mike Wallace relates that his mother thinks she's "a dime a dozen" (my words)...

3) ARo, former Golden Boy, makes supporting role when Mike Wallace asks him "So how good is James Blake really?" ARo had this look about him like "why aren't I being interviewed by you?" instead of being jumped on by Tennis Magazine

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Re: 60 Minutes proves that James Blake has replaced ARo as US Golden Boy...

Wow....if James's endorsements were affected by his shaved head, then his stock just rose with this interview.

Talk to the hand because the ears don't hear you.
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My impressions are much as yours. I'd not seen Lleyton in action in this bout of bad behavior. He should have known better but probably did not realize what a very touchy issue this is over here in the US.


I thought Andy sounded pretty sour too. The stubble didn't lighten his appearance.

I really liked Blake's positive attitude to dealing with adversity. It is a lesson and example for us all to follow.
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Re: 60 Minutes proves that James Blake has replaced ARo as US Golden Boy...

What does the show say about Lleyton Hewitt? Everyone seems to enjoy getting the boot into Lleyton.
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What does the show say about Lleyton Hewitt? Everyone seems to enjoy getting the boot into Lleyton.
I like Lleyton, but he didn't realize he doomed himself forever with the American media by insinuating to the ump that a black linesman was ruling in favor of Blake because "look at them and see what they have in common".

Now everytime Blake (or Hewitt) gets media attention they'll will roll out the footage (as they did here) or mention it in the newspapers.

But then...any publicity is good publicity. He's probably better known than Federer.

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What does the show say about Lleyton Hewitt? Everyone seems to enjoy getting the boot into Lleyton.
That was when he accused the umpire and linesman as having a racial bias in their line calls. (Think I have this right). It was a silly and objectionable thing to say.

Apart from things like this, I am mostly a Lleyton fan and think he had a run of bad luck this last year with the main saving grace of getting married.
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I like Lleyton, but he didn't realize he doomed himself forever with the American media by insinuating to the ump that a black linesman was ruling in favor of Blake because "look at them and see what they have in common".

Now everytime Blake (or Hewitt) gets media attention they'll will roll at the footage (as they did here) or mention it in the newspapers.
Maybe my memory is wrong, but I think I remember at Wimbledon around 1980 period when McEnroe and Fleming were playing doubles against the Amritraj brothers and McEnroe insinuated the same about an asian line official showing bias. I think this is the thread.

http://sify.com/sports/tennis/interv...p?cid=13049206

Anyway hostile crowds usually improve Lleytons play; In Davis Cup he has had incredible wins against hostile crowds on away ties.

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Maybe my memory is wrong, but I think I remember at Wimbledon around 1980 period when McEnroe and Fleming were playing doubles against the Amritraj brothers and McEnroe insinuated the same about an asian line official showing bias.
Hmmm. I knew heard that one. If it's true, you know JMac will never mention it, although the Hewitt incident comes up often.
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Re: 60 Minutes proves that James Blake has replaced ARo as US Golden Boy...

Blake and Hewitt also took part in a heated match in this year's Australian Open. They had some discussions during the match about bad calls. I read somewhere that Blake bumped into Chela after this match, and Chela would be Hewitt's next opponent (the match with the spitting incident), and Blake said something like: "Please, win this match for me."

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Re: 60 Minutes proves that James Blake has replaced ARo as US Golden Boy...

who cares, i mean in US there is like 24 tennis fans.
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Blake and Hewitt also took part in a heated match in this year's Australian Open. They had some discussions during the match about bad calls. I read somewhere that Blake bumped into Chela after this match, and Chela would be Hewitt's next opponent (the match with the spitting incident), and Blake said something like: "Please, win this match for me."
I felt Chela was let off lightly for his conduct.
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Maybe my memory is wrong, but I think I remember at Wimbledon around 1980 period when McEnroe and Fleming were playing doubles against the Amritraj brothers and McEnroe insinuated the same about an asian line official showing bias. I think this is the thread.

http://sify.com/sports/tennis/interv...p?cid=13049206
Thanks, nice interview. Despite everything, he had the grace to say what great tennis JMac played at the time.
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Re: 60 Minutes proves that James Blake has replaced ARo as US Golden Boy...

James Blake is much more talented than ARod, for these reasons:

1). He's a far superior shot maker.
2). His backhand is light years ahead of Roddick's.
3). His serve is a mighty big weapon.
4). His forehand rarely breaks down, except well, when he starts to win.

In my opinion, the dilemma here seems to be in James' head and has little to do with his game, such a talent should cleary be ranked in the Top 5 if the likes of Andy Roddick are masquerading around as legitimate competition in such prestigious tournaments as Wimbledon.

Why can't Blake just get it together ? What's wrong ? Well, maybe I should give him a break, but I just find it a pity that aside from his backhand (well improved) there is nothing tactically wrong with his game. He has matured as a player, I don't care what anyone says - He aside from Agassi is the best American player, Roddick only has a no quit attitude and a monster serve, without 1 of the 2 we'd be talking about him matching up with players on a challenger circuit near you.

Wanna talk about choke, Andre Agassi V. Blake (USO 2005) is right next to the word in Webster's Dictionary. Come on James, I used to be down on him for his poor strategic play, but have since retracted those statements and thoughts, he is a mighty fine player.
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I felt Chela was let off lightly for his conduct.
Hmm.. I don't know about that. I agree that Chela should have controlled his emotions better, but it's not easy when there's a guy on the other side of the net shouting cowardly in your face every time you make an unforced error.

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James Blake is much more talented than ARod, for these reasons:

1). He's a far superior shot maker.
2). His backhand is light years ahead of Roddick's.
3). His serve is a mighty big weapon.
4). His forehand rarely breaks down, except well, when he starts to win.

In my opinion, the dilemma here seems to be in James' head and has little to do with his game, such a talent should cleary be ranked in the Top 5 if the likes of Andy Roddick are masquerading around as legitimate competition in such prestigious tournaments as Wimbledon.

Why can't Blake just get it together ? What's wrong ? Well, maybe I should give him a break, but I just find it a pity that aside from his backhand (well improved) there is nothing tactically wrong with his game. He has matured as a player, I don't care what anyone says - He aside from Agassi is the best American player, Roddick only has a no quit attitude and a monster serve, without 1 of the 2 we'd be talking about him matching up with players on a challenger circuit near you.

Wanna talk about choke, Andre Agassi V. Blake (USO 2005) is right next to the word in Webster's Dictionary. Come on James, I used to be down on him for his poor strategic play, but have since retracted those statements and thoughts, he is a mighty fine player.
Until Blake gets over wanting to be everyones "friend" and be ready to kick some butt and take a few names he will never rise much above the teens IMO.

BTW is it true his mother said the girl he's seeing is a "dime a dozen"? That's cold. I hope she realizes that when you make it obvious to your kids you don't like whoever they're seeing the "love" grows deeper.
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