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You mentioned in the spotlight thread that you might want to get one, but you didn't respond to my answer via rep if you are still interested. Now you don't have an alternative - you got your thread

1) When did you start watching tennis?

2) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most? (Though I probably don't have to ask a Fedal fan this one, but you probably like to see your favourite players against a few more players )

3) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?

4) Why do you think people seem to have a problem with it when someone likes Roger and Rafa equally? A lot of the people here on MTF probably like two players equally, yet nobody seems to have a problem with it.

5) What is your current desktop picture?

6) If you had lots of money to spend, which charity would you donate this money too and why?

7) Have you ever changed your opinion about a tennisplayer (either positive or negative)? If yes, what was the reason for it?

8) If you were a dancer on Dancing with the Stars, what celebrity would you want to dance with?

9) What's the one thing that goes everywhere with you when you travel?

10) If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

11) How long can you go without being on the internet?

12) List the 3 qualities you like the most and the least about yourself.

13) Who's your favourite tenniscommentator and who do you like the least?

14) What would you like to see changed on the ATP tour?

15) What beliefs do you stand very strong for, and stand strong against?

16) What do you think people think of you?

17) 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?

18) What is the most valuable thing you own?

19) You can go back in time and prevent a great catastrophe. Which one would you prevent?

20) Do you have any quirks (for example having to check 10 times whether you have really closed the door)?

21) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

22) If you could have dinner with 3 people from any time in history, whom would you invite? Why?

23) Which 5 internet sites do you visit regurlary?

24) Who are your Top 10 favourite retired players?

25) What do you think is the meaning of life?


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Hey Doris

I'm not the most interesting person ever, but here we go...

1) When did you start watching tennis?

My family has been tennisTarded since Laver's era I think so it was always a part of my life, I guess my first conscious memories of watching matches are from Edberg/Becker in the early 90's


2) What’s your favourite match of your favourite player and who is the opponent you enjoy to see him play against the most? (Though I probably don't have to ask a Fedal fan this one, but you probably like to see your favourite players against a few more players )

My favorite Fedal match: Rome 06

My favorite Roger matches: Wimbledon 01 against Sampras, USO 04 against Hewitt, AO 05 against Safin, Miami 05 against Rafa, Hamburg 07 against Rafa, RG 09 against Toad and AO 10 against Murray

My favorite Rafa matches: Rome 05 against Coria, RG 05 against Roger, IW 07 against Nole, Olympics 08 against Gonzo, AO 09 against Roger, Madrid 09 against Nole


3) Who would be your favourite coach for your favourite player?

For Roger? maybe he should have stuck with Tony Roche? I dunno, if he has won like 9 Slams without a coach maybe he's doing something right

For Rafa? ANYONE but Toni, I've always been pretty vocal with my displeasure about the guy , someone who can teach him how to shorten the points and SLICE


4) Why do you think people seem to have a problem with it when someone likes Roger and Rafa equally? A lot of the people here on MTF probably like two players equally, yet nobody seems to have a problem with it.

the tards of either player are usually haters of the other, so most of them can't conceive that someone likes them both

God forbid if you try to be reasonable and objective in MTF, that's what is not well received


5) What is your current desktop picture?

the standard Windows one of the green hill and the blue sky


6) If you had lots of money to spend, which charity would you donate this money too and why?

A lot of organizations need help, but more than give money, I'd rather give them everything they need but bought by me, there's corruption around some of those so it's better to be safe

To me top priority: AIDS research, education in poor countries, farming programs for them to learn to cultivate their own food...



7) Have you ever changed your opinion about a tennisplayer (either positive or negative)? If yes, what was the reason for it?

I drooled over Rios' play, he was so talented but I got to meet him twice and realized how much of an asshole he was and he lost me as a fan then

Nole used to annoy me a LOT for his loud ways and his obnoxious family but nowadays he's grown on me, specially since he stopped retiring


8) If you were a dancer on Dancing with the Stars, what celebrity would you want to dance with?

Aitor Ocio


9) What's the one thing that goes everywhere with you when you travel?

Laptop, mobile and wet tissues (if you're a mother, you'd understand why)


10) If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

Why did you create the Universe? What was the point of doing so?


11) How long can you go without being on the internet?

1 day or less, I'm pretty much addicted


12) List the 3 qualities you like the most and the least about yourself.

Like:

1. Honest
2. Driven
3. Smart

Dislike:

1. Foot in mouth
2. Impulsive
3. Cruel


13) Who's your favourite tenniscommentator and who do you like the least?

From Spain: I love Corretja and dislike Nacho Calvo
From LA: I love Frana and abhor Varela/Clerc
Worldwide: I like Mac and Stich and dislike Wilander and Mary Jo Fernandez


14) What would you like to see changed on the ATP tour?

The schedule, it is killing the players, we're not even two months into the season and a LOT of them are already screwed

Less mandatory tournaments and shorter season


15) What beliefs do you stand very strong for, and stand strong against?

For: I'm Catholic, so I stand by my faith (though I have disagreed with the church more than once in several subjects as celibacy and birth control), free will, freedom of speech, respect

Against: Tardism and Racism of any kind



16) What do you think people think of you?

That I'm a loud, smart and funny Spaniard who carries a bow, likes to bitch at a heat exchanger and loves her family and her country


17) 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?

When I was like 10? at least my first personal one, internet about the same time (mid 90's), X Files


18) What is the most valuable thing you own?

in terms of money? my BMW bike and a Rolex watch I got for my wedding
in terms of emotional attachment? the first dress my husband gave me, a signed bandana Roger gave me in 2002 and my archery kit


19) You can go back in time and prevent a great catastrophe. Which one would you prevent?

The Holocaust


20) Do you have any quirks (for example having to check 10 times whether you have really closed the door)?

Check the gas stove and water heating about 5 times before leaving or going to bed


21) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Being a plant manager, living with my husband while we raise our teenaged kids ( ), traveling more, working less


22) If you could have dinner with 3 people from any time in history, whom would you invite? Why?

Queen Elizabeth II: that woman has seen like 11 PM, lived the WWII, has been in the center of power for over 50 years, just to know what she knows and what she's seen, it'd be amazing

Isaac Newton: this guy set the foundations for a lot of the math/science work we have nowadays, someone who made such contributions for mankind deserves my praise

Bertrand Russell: his principia mathematica is a work of art, not to mention anti-war statements and his contributions to the philosophy of science


23) Which 5 internet sites do you visit regurlary?

LiveJournal, MTF, ArcheryTalk, Wikipedia, AspenTech


24) Who are your Top 10 favourite retired players?

the list of the ones I actually saw playing in my time, no matter how briefly:

1. Rafter
2. Corretja
3. Edberg
4. Safin
5. Bruguera
6. Berasategui
7. Muster
8. Coria
9. Bjorkman
10. Henman


25) What do you think is the meaning of life?

as clichéd as it might sound, to search for one's happiness without making others unhappy

Rafael "The Matador of Spin" Nadal
Roger “The Magician of Precision” Federer
Del Potro, Ferrer, Haas, Zeballos


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Interesting read, thanks for taking your time

Some more questions, hopefully others will ask you something as well

1) What are your favourite tournaments?
2) If you could change the outcome of one tennismatch what would it be?
3) Which was the most roller-coaster match you have ever seen?
4) Which languages do you speak?
5) What do you think about the monarchy?
6) Which movies have you seen the most often?
7) Which tournament you haven't been to so far would you like to go to?
8) Who was your most embarassing celebrity crush?
9) What's your best childhood memory?
10) If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?
11) What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
12) What was a strange idea you had as a kid of the idea of growing up?
13) What's the habit you're proudest of breaking?
14) Where were you on September 11, 2001?
15) What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
16) What's your favorite smell?
17) What is the most romantic thing that’s ever been done for you?
18) What is the most romantic thing you have ever done?
19) What's a word that you say a lot?
20) What's the smartest advise that anyone has ever given you?
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Re: In the spotlight - Arkulari

Nat why don't Fedals like to admit that they like one player more than the other? I don't believe there is such a thing as a proper Fedal (50% Fed, 50% Rafa), I mean naturally we're all about favouritism.

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1) What are your favourite tournaments?


Hamburg, RG, Barcelona, Halle, Wimbledon

2) If you could change the outcome of one tennis match what would it be?

RG 04 Federer-Kuerten, RG 09 Toad-Rafa

3) Which was the most roller-coaster match you have ever seen?

Wimbledon 01 Ivanisevic-Henman, RG 04 Gaudio-Coria

4) Which languages do you speak?

English, French, Norwegian, Spanish and Euskera

5) What do you think about the monarchy?

tricky question, I do like the Kings and like to have them as the country's representatives but I don't like the Prince and his wife to be the next ones, so I guess I'm more of a JuanCarlista than a monarchic

6) Which movies have you seen the most often?

LOTR trilogy, Star Wars original trilogy, Love Actually, The Lion King, The Matrix (only the first one), Million Dollar Baby

7) Which tournament you haven't been to so far would you like to go to?

The Australian Open and MonteCarlo

8) Who was your most embarassing celebrity crush?

probably Alejandro Sanz

9) What's your best childhood memory?

the 92 Olympics

10) If you could change one thing about the world today, what would it be?

War, erase war from the face of the earth

11) What was your favorite book when you were a kid?

Momo by Michael Ende

12) What was a strange idea you had as a kid of the idea of growing up?

I didn't really have a good idea of what it meant to have children, I thought they were more or less like talking dolls

13) What's the habit you're proudest of breaking?

Biting my nails when nervous

14) Where were you on September 11, 2001?

I was going to Uni and probably doing some shooting at the archery range

15) What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Physicist, working at the CERN

16) What's your favorite smell?

freshly baked bread, the atlantic ocean, lavender, gasoline

17) What is the most romantic thing that’s ever been done for you?

my husband proposed after a scavengerhunt in the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao

18) What is the most romantic thing you have ever done?

I am not a romantic person

19) What's a word that you say a lot?

FFS, not again, please

20) What's the smartest advise that anyone has ever given you?

don't fuck other people's lives if you don't want them to fuck yours

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Nat why don't Fedals like to admit that they like one player more than the other? I don't believe there is such a thing as a proper Fedal (50% Fed, 50% Rafa), I mean naturally we're all about favouritism.
Of course it cannot be a perfect 50-50 division

In my case it depends on the player who needs the support the most, whomever is in the worst shape, right now I'd support Rafa over Roger in any tournament

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Nat why don't Fedals like to admit that they like one player more than the other? I don't believe there is such a thing as a proper Fedal (50% Fed, 50% Rafa), I mean naturally we're all about favouritism.
I'd rather not interfer in threads like this, but well, I can't help meself doing so for this matter.
My question in return is, why does this seem to bother so many folks as much it seems to do? Would anyone be more satisfied if any a Fedal fan answers, "oh you got me here, yes of course, I don't support them 50/50, but 49/51%?" - I've never ever seen the whole subject being emphasized as much when it comes to whatever other players....

So, do tell me - what's the big deal on this matter, that seems to upset/bug so many? As I seriously don't get it at all.

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No it doesn't bother me at all. You can like whoever you want to like. I just find it hard to grasp that two people can be liked the same amount. Some people claim they're a fan of two people equally, well that truly baffles my brain. It's not about liking top players, it's about claiming to like two guys equally but being a hypocrite about it.

This is not directed to you two but more generally. In real life you see mothers claiming they love all their children equally, for example. I just think naturally as humans we're biased.

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why you manage to sleep so little but never get tired?
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why you manage to sleep so little but never get tired?
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No it doesn't bother me at all. You can like whoever you want to like. I just find it hard to grasp that two people can be liked the same amount. Some people claim they're a fan of two people equally, well that truly baffles my brain. It's not about liking top players, it's about claiming to like two guys equally but being a hypocrite about it.
I'm like that too deep down you always have your favourite even if on paper you like two people the same.

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she's actually an alien
hear the true GOAT, she says the truth

I guess it is my metabolism, some people need to sleep 12 hours, others need just 4

and for the favoritism thing, Nad, don't take this the wrong way but when you're a mother (at least a good one) you love your children the same and with every single fiber of your being, I can't choose between my kids

I think the Fedal question was already answered and maybe shouldn't be brought into conversation any longer, though I have always find funny the fact that it is Fedal what brings these kind of questions, if I liked Rafa and Nole people wouldn't care much about it

Now, anyone has more questions?

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I just find it hard to grasp that two people can be liked the same amount..
I don't think that the Fedal thing is a 50/50 thing in general. At least, Arkulari doesn't come across as 50/50. I don't agree with "children/parent" comparison since it doesn't really apply here.

The proof in the pudding can be found in the defensiveness IMO. Here on MTF, you can much more easily recognize a fangirl/fanboy/tard/.... by looking at how defensive they get over a particular player. She tends to get more defensive about one than the other one. I think she likes both but one that much more (which - for the record - is not an accusation but just an observation)
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Yeah that was a bad example but what I was trying to say was that we're naturally biased to one side or another, not just in sport. I get a different impression reading some Fedal posts than what they're trying to convey - and I'm not talking about MTF strictly, other forums
too. I'm not attacking at all, to each his own - it's something I noticed, (heavy) bias to one
side more than the other yet you see claims that they'd support each one alternately at slams or the one who's struggling more, for example. I'm digressing, but I believe you'll always like one more than the other, regardless of circumstances.

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I guess it is my metabolism, some people need to sleep 12 hours, others need just 4

and for the favoritism thing, Nad, don't take this the wrong way but when you're a mother (at least a good one) you love your children the same and with every single fiber of your being, I can't choose between my kids

I think the Fedal question was already answered and maybe shouldn't be brought into conversation any longer, though I have always find funny the fact that it is Fedal what brings these kind of questions, if I liked Rafa and Nole people wouldn't care much about it

Now, anyone has more questions?
I know you're not going to believe me and normally a parent should love your kids the same, but I'm 200% sure my dad loves me more than my sister and he never hesistated to say it infront of her or anyone else. She knows it as well. Ofcourse he loves my sister as well, but he definitely has a soft spot, don't know how to put it for me. Unfortunately because of that, since he loves me the most, he gets angrier at me, I guess because expects more out of me or whatever. and I'm pretty sure my mom loves my sister more.
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Ok guys, you have shown your points, may we move on?

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