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In the spotlight - Scoobs

At what point did you realise that you were homosexual?

At what age did you come out of the closet?

What do you do for a living?

Did you feel honoured when you were made a moderator, being in the company of a giant like RagingMug?

X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing?

David Hume or John Locke?

Ant or Dec?

I'll put the same question to you as I did to Jenni. What do you think has been the greatest contribution to the world, whether it be a concept or an invention?

'Nous nous tournons vers l’Écosse pour trouver toutes nos idées sur la civilisation' - Voltaire
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1) Who would be a good choice as the new ATP president?
2) Who will win the GS tournaments in 2009?
3) When did you start watching tennis?
4) Which match do you consider as best of all time?
5) What would you like to see improve on MTF?
6) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most?
7) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?
8) What are you most proud of?
9) Do you think there's a chance we get to see it within the next years that a homosexual tennisplayer finds the courage to admit it in public?
10) Which vices do you have?
11) What are your best and worst characteristic traits?
12) What’s your philosophy of life?
13) What's your best childhood memory?
14) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
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- is there any choices you have made lately that you would change if you could?
- what 3 bands can you not stand?
- if you had to give up your favorite food forever, what is the minimum amount of money you would demand in return?
- do you sing in the car when you think nobody is looking?
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Re: In the spotlight - Scoobs

what does it feel like to be one of the most respected users of the biggest tennis board out there?

do you feel british or english? or both?

what's your favorite sport apart from tennis?

what did you like about becker? what didn't you like? game AND personality please.

do you believe murray is going to get britain the davis cup during his career?

in 2003, if you remember, what did you think were the chances of roger reigning supreme in the coming years?

in your opinion, is abramovitch going to dump chelsea some time soon?
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...and what is it with you and scooby doo? (i take it "scoobs" comes from the dog, right?)
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Why do you like Nadal?
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How 'gifted' are you (in inches)?



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At what point did you realise that you were homosexual?
Right let's see what we have here.

There wasn't one particular point. I had, what, looking back, I would now describe as childhood crushes on men. When I got to around the age of 12 or 13, around there anyway, I started to become dimly aware of my differences with other people, my friends, and so on - I suppose like everyone does - you know what adolescence is like - you wish you were taller, or better at sports like your friend is, or whatever. I started to realise that, while my friends were becoming interested in girls and sex, I was becoming interested in my friends Though I was in denial for a long time, and I didn't really come to accept what I was and what it meant until I was about 16 and leaving school.

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At what age did you come out of the closet?
I was 18 when I came out, I told my sister and my mum first. They weren't terribly surprised, which made it something of an anti-climax

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What do you do for a living?
I do IT project analysis and development. It's dull at times but I do work from home most of the time so it has its perks.

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Did you feel honoured when you were made a moderator?
No. I felt anticipation like you do whenever you do something new. It's been an interesting experience.

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X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing?
Neither. Reality TV shows bore me witless.

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David Hume or John Locke?
John Locke

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Ant or Dec?
In what sense? I used to find both of them cute but with all the personality of a damp flannel.

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I'll put the same question to you as I did to Jenni. What do you think has been the greatest contribution to the world, whether it be a concept or an invention?
Tough question.

The Gutenberg press has to be well up there, it wasn't the very first of its kind but it certainly was the right invention at the right time to change the world. I think the internet has to be up there, too - astonishing how much the world has changed in the last 10 years when the internet really started to take off on a consumer basis. Quite possibly also I'd consider the medical practice advances of Lister and Pasteur/Koch in the 1860s and 1870s have had a massive impact on the modern world.
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1) Why are the majority of straight men so ?

2) What is your biggest concern about the next generation of gay men?

3) Tennis player you'd most/least like to spend 24 hours with?

4) Are you a better singer, dancer or actor?

5) Which celebrity do you feel is most deserving of a smack?
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1) Who would be a good choice as the new ATP president?
I really don't know the answer to this - I can't help thinking that someone like Ivan Ljubicic may not be a bad choice but it's still uncertain about how much business/commercial know-how the man has and that's an important part of it. But it needs to be someone who has player concerns much higher on the priority list.

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2) Who will win the GS tournaments in 2009?
Murray, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, in that order, though I find the Aussie Open really hard to call.

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3) When did you start watching tennis?
My first memories of watching tennis was the 1985 Wimbledon final - Becker vs Curran. Not a bad introduction

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4) Which match do you consider as best of all time?
I'd probably have to be terribly conventional and go for Borg v McEnroe 1980 but there's nothing like the thrill of a really good tennis match when the excitement is at fever pitch

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5) What would you like to see improve on MTF?
I'd like there to be more discussion of the actual tennis in the tennis match results thread Seems like most of the time the match is just an excuse for one fangroup to start sneering at another.

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6) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most?
I think my favourite Federer match is the 2005 Australian Open semi-final. I always like to see him play Safin, I think their matches are usually fun. In Murray's case it would be the US Open semi-final this year where he got his first win over Nadal and found some terrific shotmaking to do it. I think Murray's matches with Nadal are usually good value for money, except when on clay.

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7) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?
I don't know, really - I tend to be a bit wary of coaches and seeing them as the panacea to a player's problems - I prefer it to be about the players taking responsibility for their game and its strengths and weaknesses and hiring somebody who can assist in those areas rather than one coach who is a fix-all. I like players who are self-aware enough to identify their own needs, although this does not preclude getting advice when the coach spots something that the player doesn't.

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8) What are you most proud of?
I guess I'm most proud that I've been with my partner for nearly 6 years and somehow managed to keep it going - I would never have thought of myself as the type to do that - I'm quite a loner.

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9) Do you think there's a chance we get to see it within the next years that a homosexual tennisplayer finds the courage to admit it in public?
Depends if there are any, really. Would assume that there must be a couple. Ideally I'd like them to be able to come out. I think it would be a useful role model and a positive statement to society in general. But I could hardly blame people for not doing so - having done it myself, I know it's not an easy thing to do, and having to deal with public and private reaction and deal with the sort of casual homophobia that goes on in locker rooms....it's a high price to pay, would need someone exceptional who's willing to pay it.

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10) Which vices do you have?
I enjoy my food a little too much

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11) What are your best and worst characteristic traits?
I think I am quite level-headed and not easily offended. I'm told I can be a bit pompous and patronising at times though I'm also slightly obsessive at times - when I'm interesting in something, it can become a bit all-consuming - as with tennis

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12) What’s your philosophy of life?
I think to just try and be happy, care for others and be the best person I can be. You get such a short time on earth, we don't have a lot of choice in it and a lot of what happens is outside our control, so I believe in trying to make the best of it.

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13) What's your best childhood memory?
I think probably playing computer games with my gran. She had a ZX Spectrum in the 80s, she was a bit of a computer game nut, which always amused us. We used to play different games and try to outdo each other. She was great and I miss her a lot.

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14) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don't know...probably in much the same place I am now, just hopefully a bit better off financially so I can travel a bit more, maybe see more live tennis
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- is there any choices you have made lately that you would change if you could?
I wish that, when I moved the other month, when it took weeks to get the internet back on, I hadn't connected to the internet through my mobile phone as much. I ran up quite a bill

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- what 3 bands can you not stand?
Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, most modern R&B

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- if you had to give up your favorite food forever, what is the minimum amount of money you would demand in return?
The problem is, with a lot of money, I'd be all the more tempted to buy the finest of my favourite food - chocolate. So it's hard to say. What's the point in being rich if you can't indulge in your favourite food? Even in moderation

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- do you sing in the car when you think nobody is looking?
Absolutely. And I have a terrible voice. But I love to sing
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What is your opinion on gay pride parades?
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what does it feel like to be one of the most respected users of the biggest tennis board out there?
Umm - it's nice to hear but I don't really think in those terms. I don't worry about all that sort of stuff. I just be myself online, don't put on any acts, and let the rest take care of itself. It's nice to be liked but there are people on here who don't think much of me at all, and I don't let that sort of thing worry me at all.

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do you feel british or english? or both?
I feel British and European but I don't really worry about all this identity stuff. I find it a bit bizarre that people place so much attachment to the name of the landmass they happen to have been born upon, and the things it makes them do as a result.

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what's your favorite sport apart from tennis?
Probably badminton but I hardly pay any attention to it at all - tennis is my only real sporting passion.

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what did you like about becker? what didn't you like? game AND personality please.
I liked his serve and his dive volleys. I disliked how he used to stalk around the back of the court and mutter and curse to himself. Oddly, it's one of the things I find endearing about Murray. Nobody said I was consistent

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do you believe murray is going to get britain the davis cup during his career?
Nope, not at all - it would be virtually impossible to win it alone and he's pretty much a one man band at this time. And that seems unlikely to change. It's hard enough to win the cup with just two world class players.

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in 2003, if you remember, what did you think were the chances of roger reigning supreme in the coming years?
I thought it unlikely - he was brilliant but erratic and it seemed like he might have a problem bringing his best for big matches. I would have said that he might win a couple of slams at most, but not the dominant player of the past 4 years or so.

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in your opinion, is abramovitch going to dump chelsea some time soon?
I would imagine so - I don't the billionaires have quite as much money to play with as they once did, especially if they were in oil. I think a lot of sporting events could be in trouble in the next couple of years.
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...and what is it with you and scooby doo? (i take it "scoobs" comes from the dog, right?)
I first used an internet chatroom about 11 years ago when I first got online. I needed some sort of alias to use so I picked Scooby Doo and it's been with me ever since - I shortened it to Scoobs ages ago to make it a bit less unwieldy. I did used to enjoy the cartoon as a kid though
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Why do you like Nadal?
I like his attitude and dedication and match toughness - I think it's superb. I don't find his tennis the prettiest to watch at all, but the way he's just so tough to break down, the way a player has to go out and beat him to win the match because he won't drop away and hand it over. I find it really impressive, especially since he's been doing it from such a young age.
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