Are you a vegetarian?
How important is music in your life?
Extremely important. One of the three most important things in my life.
Why is Gasquet your favorite player?
There isn't really a logical answer for this. He just is. A large reason is his backhand, but it isn't the only one.
Part of it could also be because I saw his play a lot in 2007, which is about when tennis became my favourite sport(replacing cricket).
Which other two or three active players come next on your list?
Federer, Haas and Llodra in that order.
In doubles: Paes, Nestor, with Stepanek a somewhat distant thrid.
What's your least favorite player?
Nadal and Bhupathi, tied.
Who is your favorite All Time Great (tennis player), and why?
I have not seen too many matches or highlights before before 1990. So, the only people who can qualify to be my favourite All Time Great would be Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Sampras, Agassi. Among these, in terms of my liking:
As I mentioned in the previous question, I don't like Nadal, and am not a big fan of Djokovic. Like the other 3, but Federer would be the favourite. My reason for that would be the "usual" ones, his elegance, etc...
What's your favorite tennis match, and why? (for whatever reasons; including Gasquet or not, attended live by you or not even watched live on TV)
Wimbledon 2007 QF: Gasquet beat Roddick 46 46 76(2) 76(3) 86. Did not manage to see the whole thing live because they didn't show it entirely on Indian TV, and I did not live stream back then. Seen the entire match multiple times, and highlights way too many times. Seeing that backhand on fire is just pure bliss. Of course, back then, his forehand too was really enjoyable to watch. As a Gasquet fan, this match has started holding more significance over time, as it is not too often that we see much of a "fighting spirit" in him now-a-days.
Who is the best looking WTA player?
Ivanovic followed by Wozniacki and then Sharapova.
Are you from a metropolitan area of India or rather from a sparsely populated (for Indian standards)?
Have you ever been in Europe, and if so, where exactly?
Never been anywhere in Europe.
What are your favorite tennis tournaments, that you would like most to attend (also in case you have already attended them once)? Make a top 10 list of them and give reasons.
Not attended any till now
1)Wimbledon. Most prestigious tournament by far.
2)WTF. Would get to see top 8 players in action, which would be very tough even at a GS
3)US Open.(So high for super saturday, if it stays)Super saturday may be terrible for the players, but it would be an absolute treat as a spectator.
4)Australian Open. Hard>Clay for me
5)Roland Garros. May be my least liked surface, but a GS is a GS.
6)Halle. I love grass court tennis. Few big names would generally be there.
7)Queens. Same reason as Halle.
8)Paris Bercy. (Relatively) Fast indoor HC.
9)Davis Cup(QF or later). To experience that environment while watching tennis would be something different for tennis spectator.
10)Chennai. Only tournament in India.(This is a factor even though I am not very patriotic)
What do you like most at MTF ?
It has a good mix of tennis fans. You have the zealot fanboys/fangirls, the "sane" posters, the funny ones, the "statisticians", the clowns and the trolls. (Sometimes, one of these may start dominating, but as long as it does not last too long I don't mind). Although I don't post there, I like the concept of Player/Country forums which keeps away the haters, if you wish to have a conversation only with fans. Most users seem nice. Also, you can stick around just reading or "lurking" as they call it and still have a decent time.(My first post was almost 2 full years after I joined.
What do you like least at MTF ? Or what could be improved ?
The inactivity in Doubles Forum.
Which would probably be a result of very few users who follow(or even care about) doubles tennis.
Who are the funniest posters on MTF ?
Not too sure about this. I guess I haven't really noticed it.
Probably Hewitt=Legend. Viruzz' threads are pretty funny.
Many other posters have their moments.
If you could reprieve/unbann one of the permabanned MTF members, whom would you choose and why?
Clay Death. I am not his biggest fan, but I don't think he deserves to be permabanned.(This is with reference only to his GM activity, I don't know much about his NT activity).
Why do you like the Tennis sport ? (Playing and watching doesn't necessarily need to be separated for this.)
Again not too sure that I can give a rational answer to this.
For the first few year(2003-2006) it was just Wimbledon and few other matches here and there when there was no cricket on. But as cricket started losing its charm(T20), tennis took over. Been my favourite sport for the past 5-6 years. Tennis is simple and easy to follow. I started liking it even more once I started playing(3 years ago). Playing tennis gives a good work out, and one of the very few workouts that don't get me bored.
[Simply skip the questions you don't feel like answering.]
Who do you blame for India's test series defeat to England in the cricket?
Too many people.
First of all, my favourite punching bag when it comes to India's losses, IPL(So, the answer to who would probably be Lalit Modi). India were at a position where we had a good batting side and were finally developing good fast bowlers but IPL changed it all. Most importantly, everyone's priority changed.
Second, Selectors and Dhoni. There is way too much politics in our team selection, which has hurt us a lot over the past few years.
If you were to stick to this series, I'll start off with Dhoni. He is a terrible Test captain. Bad field placement, arbitrary changes in bowling and/or batting order. In the final test, our passiveness in the starting of the fourth day was just baffling.(29 runs in 13 overs). It's almost as if they had given up. The captain did not do his job there. He did not assess the situation correctly.
While many players(Tendulkar/Sehwag/Dhoni/Zaheer/Bhaji...) could be blamed for lack of performance in the series, the fact is that the Indian test side is just terrible right now. It needs a major revamping, which will never happen if Dhoni is captain. Since I am sounding repetitive, I will give an example of why I believe this here. Jadeja was included in the test side(imo) partly because he just made two 300's in a span of a month in Ranji(3 triples in the year for him). What is the point of including someone like that if you send him at number 7? And since this stupid decision paid off with the almost 200 run partnership, Dhoni will think is good and keep making a mockery of the batting lineup.
*Gets off soap box*
Yes, I like jazz. Gonna check them out.
I like Miles, so I'll try with that one first.