1) When did you start watching tennis?
Well I started watching my parents play around 3 I believe. I didn't start watching tennis on TV until 8 or 9 when Sampras was starting to decline in his career.
2) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?
I think all my faves have the right coach. Toni is an abuser, but without Toni, Rafa would never be Rafa.
3) What's your favourite match-up in tennis?
Two baseliners that take the ball on the rise. Of most recent memory, Federer vs Agassi, Federer vs Davydenko, Federer vs Nalbandian, Nalbandian vs Agassi, Davydenko vs Nalbandian, Agassi vs Davydenko. I think these were all my favorite matchups. They don't necessarily hit the ball the hardest, but the game moves so fast on every surface since they stand on or inside the baseline most of the time. Great stuff.
I occasionally like great offensive tennis vs great defensive tennis, but it is tough to get a great match. Either the offensive player is on fire and the match is a blow out, or the offensive player just sprays errors all match.
4) Do you have any quirks (for example having to check 10 times whether you have really closed the door)?
I have a lot of quirks at work but too long to explain. Um, I have to make sure each of my joints that I can pop on my hands/fingers pops every half hour or so. Pretty addicted actually, lol..
5) What's your favorite smell?
This is a tough one. I actually sometimes love the smell of gasoline as it reminds me of living in the city of Damascus, Syria. But of course I love the smell of a good ramen shop or authentic sushi restaurant too. A clean house smell is also very good! Especially when I come home from a hard day's work.
6) When did you got your first PC? When have you been using the internet for the first time and do you remember which information you searched there first?
Well my parents bought a Windows 95 PC when it came out so technically I guess I could consider it my first PC. We got dial-up as soon as we could too. I don't remember actually what I searched first.. I just remember playing a lot of online games like the first Diablo game.
7) Which 5 internet sites do you visit regurlary?
wikipedia.org, menstennisforums.com, d2jsp.org, google.com, atptennis.com, facebook.com, youtube.com
8) Have you ever changed your opinion about a tennisplayer (either positive or negative)? If yes, what was the reason for it?
My opinion of Rafa occasionally wavers.. While I do try to focus on just the tennis of every player, which is why I don't dislike any player out there, it does kind of make it tough to really root for Rafa sometimes as his on-court tactics (like the time between points issue, and the couple "timely" injury timeouts he has had in the past) certainly bother me especially since I'm a tennis player myself.. But I definitely don't hate Rafa. I can admit I was a bit harsh years ago towards Rafa when he would play too defensive for my taste sometimes, but now my hatred is just towards some of the retarded fans he has..
9) If you had lots of money to spend, which charity would you donate this money too and why?
Honestly doesn't matter. I support virtually any noble charitable cause. What is unfair is to place one over the other honestly.
10) What do you think is the meaning of life?
Impossible question, and one that in person I would spend hours talking with you for.. In short, while I do not really adhere to any organized religion despite being brought up Muslim and Shinto at the same time from my parents (not vigorously by them though, just mentioned here and there), the one quote I think applies best is "there will always be bigger fish in the lake." While certainly our universe is the largest thing we know, I doubt it is indeed the largest thing. Like infinity, I think things in this universe are never ending, there is always something bigger.. Scary and confusing, I know, I ponder about this shit all the time.
1) What caused you to join MTF?
I joined actually for mainly the amateur tennis section. However, I realize how dead it was even back then, although not as much as it is today. Afterwards I realized most people were spewing theoretical and biased crap in GM so I decided to join them in their fun.
2) Which are your favorite tennis players and why do you like them?
Honestly, I love all tennis pros. I respect pros so much especially since I used to practice with a few when I was training at a tennis academy. You have to respect all tennis players first of all. If you don't give the right respect for some players, it only makes your favorite players look worse.. Imagine if you think Rafa, Novak and Murray are clowns and you loved Roger the most. Isn't it embarrassing your favorite player is losing and only beating to "clowns"? Obviously it works both ways.. But really, for all those fucktards on MTF who don't respect tennis players, especially those Rafatards who hate Federer, go to a real tennis tournament and watch their matches. If you still have no respect, you should be ejected from this planet.
3) What are your 10 favorite songs?
I can't list them
I love a lot of different genres and songs, so it is too hard.
4) What is your philosophy of life in general?
Well I have many ways that I try live my life by. The biggest thing is I try to live by is that I definitely do everything like it is the last thing I do, and give 110% effort at everything, even if it is something I don't like or something I am not good at.
5) What are your best and worst traits?
My best traits I think are my looks
, my passion for life and everything in general, being a huge hard worker, being very meticulous, my cleaniless and having a good brain (I think).
My worst traits are my explosive temper
, my high expectations from others, my dislike of dissimilar people and being too competitive sometimes.
6) If you had to recommend a book(s) and a movie(s) to other people, which would they be?
"The Jungle" is a great book. "Awakenings" with De Niro and Williams is a great movie. Also "Shawshank Redemption" is a good one.
7) What would you have written in your epitaph?
Hmm. Maybe "You'll thank me later."
8) Which other sports besides tennis are you a fan of?
Golf is really the only thing I really follow. I'm a fan of pretty much most sports, but after I was team captain of several club basketball teams when I was younger and played varsity soccer in high school, I heavily became against team sports period.
9) What countries would you like to visit and why?
Well I have visited several countries in Europe, virtually all the Middle Eastern countries and I have gone to Japan many times, so perhaps South America is the one area I haven't really been to. Would love to visit Brazil and Argentina. There are a lot of sexy girls over there
10) If you had one piece of advice to give to others, what would it be?
The only obstacles in life are those that you place. I think that is the best piece of advice I can give. Sure, people have limitations but I think if you try hard enough there are always ways to surpass them.
11) Which are your favorite quotes?
There are always bigger fish in the pond.
12) What is that you most love and hate?
Playing and watching tennis, writing and recording music, my wife, my son, my family, my job (sometimes), my life and especially me
Hate? Rafatards. Lol. No but really, uh I think I just hate people who don't have an open mind. I drink alcohol, I smoke weed once in a while, I have sex with other girls (with my wife though,
) yet where is this "fucked up" life I'm supposed to have from doing such things.
1) How do you like today's tennis scene compared to other eras?
I like it. Sports are always evolving.. You have to just accept that. I'm sure people were complaining during other decades about how the sport and game was changing.. No different now. Either way, it makes it certainly interesting to watch players like Federer who have had to adapt several times in their careers and yet still find success.
2) What is the most interesting book you have read?
3) Are you crazy, in any way?
In bed, at parties, with girls (lots of them) and on the tennis court when I'm playing like shit, haha.
4) Do you think MTF's laws regarding "trolls" is adequate, or would you make them harsher or lighter?
Trolls are fine by the real definition of what a troll actually is....but there are people who absolutely do NOT respect other players or at least certain ones.. I wish you could punish posters who don't respect all players for their TENNIS. Yes, you may dislike players for their antics, their life off the court, their attitude, but it is their tennis everyone should respect even if it is for someone like crazy Dani..
5) Do you think that the world economic recession will end within the next 3 years?
I don't see why not. Rarely do they last this long. I'm not too worried. Of course, it is much easier to say that when I have a good job and no fear of getting laid off, but still even when I had no job during college, I wasn't too worried. I mean I got offered jobs by 5 Fortune 500 companies when I graduated from college, so I guess that is a good sign right?
6) Do you think everybody has a right to have a blog and say whatever they want?
Of course. The only problem are those people that do not have an open mind.. but I guess with freedom comes with those that are blind. It irks me so much when people who support differing political parties especially in the US complain that only their word in right. Well fucktard, you decided to live in a country that allows you to have your own judgement and opinion, just because you don't get yours chosen, doesn't mean you live in a communist country....if we only went by your opinion, then how is that a democracy that you praise when it is something that you stand up for hypocritically. Rage, I know, lol, people like that just really piss me off.
7) Do you think the "top" tennis players ought to be so involved with advertisement. Why or why not?
Ought to? As in they NEED to be used in advertisement? Hell no. Well, I guess sometimes to a certain degree.. I mean if it is like a photoshoot to promote the ATP tour, then I don't see why not. Of course too much is possible.
8) What will be your new years resolution for 2013?
Regain a super sculpted body like my tennis days, especially with my abs. Hopefully I can get my body back by March when it gets warm enough to swim and show my body off once more!
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