Ferrero's progression endangers box office - MensTennisForums.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Red face Ferrero's progression endangers box office

This is quite amusing if you don't take it too seriously....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/mai...29/ixtenn.html

Ferrero's progression endangers box office
By Martin Johnson
(Filed: 29/01/2004)



The Australian Open has a long tradition of ending up with a men's finalist who doesn't so much make you want to mortgage the house for a Centre Court ticket, as prompt you to draw the curtains if he was playing on your back lawn.



The last three finals have featured Arnaud Clement, Thomas Johansson, and Rainer Schuettler, and far from requiring a beard and dark glasses to avoid being recognised in a Melbourne restaurant, they're more likely to have been mistaken for the waiter.

And this year, the ticket touts are starting to develop another nervous tic ahead of tomorrow's second semi-final. Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain may be the No 3 seed here, but he is instant death at the box office, and one reason he's crept through more or less un-noticed is that the order of play committee have done everything to keep him away from Centre Court.

They'd have had a marginal preference for Hicham Arazi of Morocco in yesterday's quarter-final, even though, in terms of crowd support, Ferrero looked to have put more bums on seats. Well, one to be precise. From our vantage point in the press box, we counted two Spanish flags (minature variety) compared to a swarthy-looking bloke, seated just behind the players' guest box, wearing a Fez.

Ferrero has a glamorous enough name, but while he might sound like a Formula One racing car, his game is more - how can we put it? - Ford Mondeo. The last Spaniard who could remotely be called exciting was Manuel Santana, who won Wimbledon in 1966, but he was a bit of a freak. On the clay courts of Spain, most players approach the net as though it has 10,000 volts running through it.

Ferrero ran away with the opening set against a fellow baseliner, but any suggestion that this was a matadorial performance had to be set against the fact he was flashing his cape against nothing more dangerous than a Jersey Friesian. However, while Arazi did eventually get going, the Moroccan could not convert enough of his opportunities to keep alive his chances of becoming the worst dressed player ever to win a Grand Slam.

Arazi's T-shirt could have come straight from the Army and Navy Stores, although at least it wasn't a vest. The sleeveless look is becoming more and more vogue amongst the men, some of whom are apparently booking themselves into the tournament's complimentary hair and beauty salon to have their armpits waxed. The salon's therapists also report that one or two have asked for their eyelashes to be coloured, although it would be a surprise if Ferrero would ever volunteer to draw attention to himself by having his lashes dyed in the red and yellow of his national flag. When he left the court yesterday, he managed to sign several dozen autographs in approximately one and a half seconds, which is quite an achievement for someone with a name like Juan Carlos Ferrero. Even his signature - if that's how you can describe a cursory slash with a felt tip - is unrecognisable.

However, if students of Australian Open history fear that Ferrero's advance to the final is more or less inevitable, the fact that the outrageously talented Roger Federer now stands in his way provides a glimmer of hope that he's gone as far as he's going to. Federer's beaten opponent last night was a reminder that Wimbledon has also had its share of barely recognisable finalists, although David Nalbandian has moved a long way up in both the tennis and the glamour rankings since losing to Lleyton Hewitt in 2002.

Federer versus Nalbandian was billed as clash of styles, whereas in fact it was much more a clash of hairstyles. Federer's bun clearly conceils a mane of old English sheepdog proportions when he unclips it in the shower, whereas Nalbandian favours the swept back David Beckham style, complete with the miniature pony tail.

There was no sign of a coloured eyelash on either Federer or Nalbandian, but had it not been for the power, athleticism, and high standard of tennis, you might almost have mistaken it for a ladies singles. Come to think of it, with all these male tennis players booking into hair and beauty salons for waxes, facials and manicures, these days it's just about the only way you can tell.

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 12:59 AM
Registered User
 
MisterQ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 17,115
                     
Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

MisterQ is offline  
post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Mister Q, why is it that you "hate" Ferrero anyways? Aside from this thread, you've done a few things that indicate he gets under your skin... your sudden love of Arazi, for example.

Is it because he's "boring" and whines a lot?

I can see why people find it boring. And he does whine too much.

But anybody who likes Andre's game but considers Ferrero's "boring", doesn't make any sense

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:03 AM
Registered User
 
Sjengster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Age: 30
Posts: 11,359
                     
Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

I must say Becca, after all your largely justified complaints about the ignoring of Ferrero I'm impressed that you weren't annoyed at this - I mean he may be understated, but he ain't no Thomas Johansson, is he? Still, I suppose it was written with a decidedly humorous bent, even though I could do without someone else jinxing Federer by suggesting he's just going to roll through the semi. I'm not taking anything for granted until the match is over.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
Sjengster is offline  
post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:04 AM
country flag Leo
Registered User
 
Leo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Age: 27
Posts: 8,280
                     
Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Good writer. 'Twas funny.

/ / / /
Djokovic.
\ \ \ \
Coric.
/ / / / /
Youzhny.
\ \ \ \
Del Potro.
/ / / /
Paire.
\ \ \ \
Ferrero.
Leo is online now  
post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sjengster
I must say Becca, after all your largely justified complaints about the ignoring of Ferrero I'm impressed that you weren't annoyed at this - I mean he may be understated, but he ain't no Thomas Johansson, is he? Still, I suppose it was written with a decidedly humorous bent, even though I could do without someone else jinxing Federer by suggesting he's just going to roll through the semi. I'm not taking anything for granted until the match is over.
I found it rather amusing because it was so over the top... throwing him in with TJ and Clement? Hee!

And really, how could I get upset at an article that has this line:

Federer versus Nalbandian was billed as clash of styles, whereas in fact it was much more a clash of hairstyles.

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #7 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:09 AM
Registered User
 
MisterQ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 17,115
                     
Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Quote:
Originally Posted by Queen Rebecca
Mister Q, why is it that you "hate" Ferrero anyways? Aside from this thread, you've done a few things that indicate he gets under your skin... your sudden love of Arazi, for example.

Is it because he's "boring" and whines a lot?

I can see why people find it boring. And he does whine too much.

But anybody who likes Andre's game but considers Ferrero's "boring", doesn't make any sense
I don't know why, Rebecca. I do find him boring. I don't actually "hate" him -- he seems like a very decent and admirable fellow --- but I always find myself cheering for the other guy!

It must be a personality issue.

I have also considered the issue about Ferrero and Agassi. Can't explain that one. One thrills me and the other doesn't, even though they are superficially quite similar.

Regarding Arazi, I have always enjoyed his game, but it's true, that love sure did blossom yesterday.
MisterQ is offline  
post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Re: Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Quote:
Originally Posted by MisterQ
I don't know why, Rebecca. I do find him boring. I don't actually "hate" him -- he seems like a very decent and admirable fellow --- but I always find myself cheering for the other guy!

It must be a personality issue.

I have also considered the issue about Ferrero and Agassi. Can't explain that one. One thrills me and the other doesn't, even though they are superficially quite similar.

Regarding Arazi, I have always enjoyed his game, but it's true, that love sure did blossom yesterday.
Oh, I understand. Sort of like how I can bring myself to root for Dent, but bitch and bitch about Roddick's game.. which has more dimensions than Dent's does

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #9 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:10 AM
Registered User
 
Sjengster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Age: 30
Posts: 11,359
                     
Re: Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Good job it was a jokey article, because if it had been a serious one and still produced incredibly hackneyed and moronic statement like "On the clay courts of Spain, most players approach the net as though it has 10, 000 volts running through it", then men's tennis would be in trouble due to its media coverage again. This though, is the "puckish" Aussie sense of humour at work (that's what McEnroe said in his autobiography about Pat Cash after having lost to him).

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
Sjengster is offline  
post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:11 AM
Registered User
 
the cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 4,625
                     
That article is being unfair to Ferrero. The laconic Swedes have been successful and popular at the Australian Open for 2 decades. Why can't Ferrero and the Spanish men be accepted like the Swedes were? Ferrero is a pure tennis player and athlete who thrives on his great consistency and conditioning to make him a tremendous tennis player.

Egalite!
the cat is offline  
post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:13 AM
Registered User
 
TennisLurker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Buenos Aires
Posts: 3,763
                     
Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Or Sjengster who likes Krajicek and dislikes Roddick.


I miss: Ivan Lendl, Korda, Novak, Bruguera, Rios, Kucera, Courier, Mantilla, Costa, Santoro and Ferreira.

Good luck to:

Gaudio, Murray, Florian Mayer, Chela, Nalbandian, Radek Stepanek, Volandri, Youzhny and Verdasco.

NICOLAS ALMAGRO IS AN EXOTIC BEAUTY
TennisLurker is offline  
post #12 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Re: Re: Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sjengster
Good job it was a jokey article, because if it had been a serious one and still produced incredibly hackneyed and moronic statement like "On the clay courts of Spain, most players approach the net as though it has 10, 000 volts running through it", then men's tennis would be in trouble due to its media coverage again. This though, is the "puckish" Aussie sense of humour at work (that's what McEnroe said in his autobiography about Pat Cash after having lost to him).
I found the comment about how there were no exciting Spanish players sort of funny too

About the net thing... yes, it's a good thing the article was a joke Does anybody remember how Nadal came into net more than Ancic in their Wimbledon match?

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:15 AM
Registered User
 
Sjengster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Age: 30
Posts: 11,359
                     
Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Yes, I should probably edit that signature now that he's retired... still, I will always be eternally grateful to him for providing a small moment of light amid the enormity of darkness that was Sampras' domination of Wimbledon. Besides, call me hypocritical if you will, but big servers who follow their serves to the net are far more interesting than those who whack aces and hammer away from the baseline, Krajicek had great touch at the net as well as a terrific serve.

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
Sjengster is offline  
post #14 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:17 AM
Registered User
 
Sjengster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Age: 30
Posts: 11,359
                     
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Quote:
Originally Posted by Queen Rebecca
I found the comment about how there were no exciting Spanish players sort of funny too

About the net thing... yes, it's a good thing the article was a joke Does anybody remember how Nadal came into net more than Ancic in their Wimbledon match?
Seriously? I'm sure he can play at net, but if Ancic on grass is coming in less than his opponent... well, no wonder he lost so comfortably. Him staying back could have something to do with the quality of Nadal's returns of course. Pity Somerset's Lee Childs choked away the third set and the match miserably against him...

The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?

ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.
Sjengster is offline  
post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-29-2004, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ferrero's progression endangers box office

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sjengster
Seriously? I'm sure he can play at net, but if Ancic on grass is coming in less than his opponent... well, no wonder he lost so comfortably. Him staying back could have something to do with the quality of Nadal's returns of course. Pity Somerset's Lee Childs choked away the third set and the match miserably against him...
Ah, yes. It's a shame that the overwhelming favourite in the second round didnt' manage to seal the deal

To be honest, I'm not sure if I was being serious. My memory tells me that he came in as much if not more than Ancic... but this was a year ago, so if somebody brings up stats that are completely the opposite, I will not be surprised

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome