From when did you start watching tennis ?
When I was 8, back in 1993. The first match I remember watching was Chang vs Sampras at US Open. I think it was the QF, but I am not sure, and I remember Pete won.
Whats so special about Queens for you ?
It was mostly because Roland Garros would turn my tennis-meter up, and I remained hungry for tennis after RG ended. It became something I loved because it was the first grass tournament, something new to watch after Roland Garros. Back when I started watching Queen's the surface was really fast too and it was a joy to watch.
Does this stem from a love of Mathematics and/or Statistics?
A love for Statistics to be exact.
How many times have you been to the Bucharest Open?
Every year between 1994 and 2004. Once in 2/3 years since then. 14 times I think.
Do you like/dislike/what is your opinion of your local tennis (ex) players : Hanescu/Tiriac/Nastase?
Hanescu: Pretty neutral. Certainly liked Pavel more, his style was more suited for other surfaces besides clay. Ungur, the same as Hanescu. I like Copil more because I liked his more aggressive style of play more.
Tiriac: Never watched him play. He was a doubles specialist.
Nastase: Liked his style of play very much. Nobody can play like he did nowadays, tennis is different.
I said I'd ask you questions so here goes. A mix of funny (or failed attempts at being funny, which will infuriate you or make you struggle for answers), provoking and serious questions.
Let me take some anti-depressive pills just to be sure...
1-Have you ever felt that you settled in (you know getting married and having a kid) too soon or you're perfectly happy with how things are? I ask this because I'll be 20 in a few days and can't even fathom having a steady girlfriend in the near future, let alone being a married man with kids, so just curious.
I had my share of problems after being married. Getting to live with another person and always needing to find solutions to problems is hard at first. I did feel I married to soon a few times, but dialogue will always help you get over the things you used to do and find ways to integrate your old style of life into the new. It's a dual problem, because I'm sure she had the same problems. The kid solves all minor problems, because it work as "permanent unification" between us.
2-How are babies made? (see this as a sort of preparation for when your daughter asks you this in 8-10 years
ie be witty and not too, well, graphic)
Daddy comes home late at night, sits on the couch, turns on the TV, and seeing as nothing interesting is on, asks mommy if she wants to have a little joy into our lives. She agrees and soon after, daddy gives mommy a special little egg, which mommy nurtures inside her for a few months. I can do better... this is a scenario currently "in-work".
3-Where and when did you meet your wife?
We were in the same class at uni. There was something between us right from the start. She considered me funny, I considered her funny, and the bond started growing from then.
4-How long did you date before getting married (also when did you get married)?
3 years, and we married 3 years ago on October 31st. We're both almost the same age (she's one month younger), so we were 24 minus one week, and 24 minus one month.
5-Have my questions so far been either stupid, annoying or too personal?
No, no and definitely no.
6-What's your favorite Star Wars character?
Darth Bane, followed by Ben Skywalker in the Expanded Universe. Han Solo in the movies continuum.
7-How about your Star Wars favorite quote?
"Pretty, what do we blow up first" in the EU. "I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further" from the movies continuum.
8-Do you possess any Star Wars gear?
None. Pretty hard to get something like from here.
9-You listed Del Potro and Nishikori among the players you're following. What are your expectations for them in 2013/next few years?
Del Potro Top 5, replacing Ferrer and Nishikori Top 10, replacing Tipsarevic.
10-Have you ever watched any tennis match(es)/tournament(s) live? Which one(s)? Also, who was the player you most liked watching live?
Live as in from the audience? Yeah, but only here in Romania. Besides the Bucharest Open, where I watched such giants as Chela, Simon, Acasuso and even Ferrer win the final, I watched a good selection of Futures played in Bucharest, just for fun. Never went to a tournament off-broad.
11-Who do you think will be the next new Slam winner, in other words the next Slam winner not named Hewitt, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Del Potro or Murray?
Difficult to see the future is. Ferrer is a hard choice, Nishikori is a subjective choice. I'm thinking Raonic though, although I don't like the guy that much.
12-Del Potro's US 2009 title - deserved and amazing achievement or fluke win over injured Nadal and choking Federer?
Certainly deserved both mentally and physically. Do we have to consider every tournament won by someone when Nadal is injured a fluke?
13-Murray's US Open 2012 title - deserved title or wind and scheduling assisted fluke?
Also deserved (wind is not something you can control, the same conditions were out there for all players), although let's face it, the scheduling was indeed shit, and their failure in getting a roof installed is THE fail.
14-I always believed and I'm not the only one that the tennis ranking system is flawed and inaccurate, very often not a correct representation of quality (more in the WTA, since at least recently ATP top players have been so consistent that this has not been a big issue at the top). As someone who obviously knows a lot about the ranking system, is there some merit to this view or is this an opinion whose holders should give up tennis analysis and join a circus, where their talents can be put to better use?
There are many flaws in the ranking system in my own view. There are rules meant to protect tournament organizers
into the ranking system (Commitment 0-point penalty rule). There should be fines, but nothing regarding rankings. The more such rules exist, the more complex the system is. There is merit in thinking the ranking system is inaccurate. The old rule used ages ago for giving bonus points for beating top players could help make the system more accurate, and is simple enough.
15-Answer the question on this link
(no one other than Slasher should open this link, could be traumatic. Do so at your own peril
Holy shit !!!!! I'd go for A, but blindfolded.
16-Can you ever trust a link sent by me again after this?
Yes, even more.
17-You said you liked Heroes in my Q&A thread. What's your favorite character and whose superpower would you like to have given the choice?
Sylar and Hiro were my favorites. And certainly Hiro deserved his superpower to grow and him to become in perfect control over it, like in the Season 1 episode in which he comes from the future. If he would have grown into that...
18-Are you an anime/manga fan or you just knew them by name?
Fan of anime. Not so much of manga, maybe with the exception of the Naruto manga. Fan of hentai too.
19-What are your favorite TV series?
Currently airing: Game of Thrones (drama), The Big Bang Theory (sitcom), Futurama (cartoon).
Aired in the past: Lost (drama), Married with Children/MASH (sitcom), Captain Planet (
20-How about favorite movies?
Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, Requiem for a Dream, Matrix, Star Wars (did I need to say this?), Terminator, Alien.
Stephen King's books are my favorite. The most recent read is 11/22/63. Impressive...
22-Which countries have you visited apart from your own and which ones would you like to visit?
I visited only two cities: Paris and Vienna. Next on the list are: Lisbon, Barcelona and Moscow.
23-What's your opinion on MTF poster Mark Lenders
24-How did you come across MTF in the first place?
Was looking for results into some obscure Futures tournaments, and the results were here in the Futures section.
25-Which is/are your favorite football team(s) and player(s)?
From Romania: Rapid Bucharest, with player Vladimir Bozovic.
From Rest of World: Barcelona, with player Lionel Messi.
Ok, this should be enough for now. I have more in mind though, will ask once you're one with these
Have you made any stats comparable to your tennis ranking chart in other areas?
None. This is my first automated stats system.