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juninhOH
01-28-2009, 02:21 PM
Hello,

I'm quite sure a thread like this have been created before, but I decided to create another one because I kind of searched and couldn't find anything related. This is a thread where you should just, if you feel comfortable doing so, talk a bit about yourself. Your name, how old are you, what do you work with, how "commited" with tennis are you, etc. I'll go 1st. Ps. I'm very aware that some of you know each other, but lot's of new users don't, so...

My name is Antoniel, I'm a 23-year old Brazilian (doh!) from Joao Pessoa. I'm in the last semester of lawschool, but don't like it that much anymore. After I finish the course I'll try to figure out what I really want to work with. I live with my parents and currently work translating articles (english -> portuguese) and news to a poker website.

I started to *watch* tennis back in 2005. I still remember watching Roger beat Agassi in their USO final, but I really don't remember anything about the match, just remember I watched it. Around 2006 I started to follow the sport religiously and became an even bigger Roger fan. It was around that year that I started to really care about his results and become emotionally involved. Nowadays if he loses it can really ruin my day. I don't remember the exact day I got to know MTF, but I'm quite sure I was googling tennis matches and bumped into that old "tennis matches" thread in GM.

In 2007 I went to this resort and played tennis for the first time in my life, and I really loved it since the very first minute. That was around september, and by December of that year I decided to treat myself well, buy some racquet and start to practice tennis. Now it's been one year since then, and I go to the club 2-3 times a week to relax and play :).

Poker, traveling, swimming, movies and music are among my interests. I swim 2-3 times a week in the same club I play tennis. It helps my cardio and I also like it because I can think a lot while I swim. I love seeing the nature and those are the best trips for me, rather than an "urban" trip. Those are really great, specially the ones that involves nice desert beaches. I also like pretty much any kind of movie, it just needs to entertain me. I don't care if its a "Will Farrel" (?) movie of it's a Roberto Benini's, it just needs to be nice. The same thing applies to music (but not so much!).


Hm I think that is it. I'd like to know more about you guys, so please introduce yourself!

Eden
01-28-2009, 10:36 PM
Nice idea to start such a thread Antoniel, though there's already the Federer Express Passenger Thread

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=22944

where people can introduce themselves :)

It’s always interesting to get to know a bit more about each other and therefore I want to write something about myself as well:

My name is Doris, I’m 33 and living near Hannover in Germany. I work in the public library of my hometown and really enjoy it. Books have always been an important part of my life. As we are a small team with just 5 employees and one trainee I get to do the whole necessary work and don’t have just one particular scope. One of the most interesting part of the job is it to meet a lot of different kind of people each day from all kind of age and social background.

I'm following tennis since nearly 25 years now, but unfortunately have never played tennis myself.

Within the years I supported a lot of players (Becker, Edberg, Wilander, Stich, Rafter, Agassi), but my 2 main favourites are Gustavo Kuerten and Roger Federer.

Guga is special for me as I enjoyed his tennis, his behaviour on and off the court. He always seemed to have a great time when he played, was so loose and happy. Beside this I treasure a lot how he dealed with the destiny of his family.

Roger is special for me as it is such a joy to watch him play. I was always really into the matches of my favourite players (being nervous, screaming, being happy when they won, being disappointed when they lost), but to follow Roger's career is even more for me. I'm amazed how he is able to put disappointments behind him and staying so focused. It's obvious how much he cares for the game and the tradition.
It's great to see that such a successful athlete is able to stay down to earth, being friendly to his opponents on the tour and getting a lot of respect from them. Roger has a great way to communicate with other people, not just the players, but also the crowd and his fans.

I regret it that I didn’t went to tournaments earlier. It would have been great to see players as Kuerten, Becker, Sampras, Agassi or Rafter playing, but unfortunately there was never really someone such a huge tennisfan as me amongst my friends or familymembers and I didn’t wanted to go alone to a tournament. In 2007 I said to myself I had to use the opportunity to see Roger playing at least once and so I went to the tournament in Hamburg together with someone who I got to know on the internet. It was incredible to be able to watch Roger playing live :worship:

Apart from tennis I’m interested in music, mainly from the 80ies (Depeche Mode, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams...) I’m a huge fan of the Norwegian band a-ha since 1987. Of course I like to read in my free time. I prefer history novels, thrillers and biographies. Already back in school I started to write stories myself, but I haven’t written anything now for a while.

I’m going to the evening classes once in a week to learn French. I had it 4 years at school, but forgot nearly everything as I didn’t used the language in my daily life.

That's it about me. Looking forward to read from other fans as well :)

juninhOH
01-28-2009, 11:55 PM
that was really sweet, I liked reading your post :)

c'mon I wanna read about the other fans too :)

clever1980
01-29-2009, 01:26 AM
Apart from tennis I’m interested in music, mainly from the 80ies (Depeche Mode, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams...) I’m a huge fan of the Norwegian band a-ha since 1987.


A-ha! It has been so long I haven't heard much about them, since moving to the U.S. "Angel in the snow" was my favourite. Also like "Move to Memphis".

Daniel
01-29-2009, 05:16 AM
Hello everyone :wavey:

JediFed
01-29-2009, 06:37 AM
Hmm, where to start.

The other thread calls me a "retro-sexual" nice guy, which I guess is pretty accurate.

I'm a 27 year old self-confessed country boy who lives in northern BC. I grew up around dogs and horses who were my companions growing up. I still ride from time to time, but less frequently now as life intrudes.

I have a history degree from the local university, and I current work as a data entry clerk. I've had all manner of jobs over the years, but my goal is to eventually become a high school teacher.

My boss would describe me as 'detail-oriented' and 'prickly' which would probably explain why I can appreciate Roger Federer.

I have played some tennis in high school, I used to do more soccer, track, volleyball, skiing and badminton. Sports were always just for recreation, never was all that fond of competition.

I watched my first tennis match in 2001, when I was in Vancouver going to University. I was watching Sampras/Agassi at the AO QFs where Agassi won a 5 setter. I remember that because there was an African fellow in the dorm, who spoke the Queens English, teaching a colonial the finer points of service boxes. I grew an appreciation for Pistol Pete, and would watch his matches from time to time.

I remember this fellow named Federer who some said he was better then Sampras, back in 2006. I couldn't accept such effrontry, so I started following him. Lo and behold, I took a shine, and here I am.

My interests are rather simple. I love to read, and read pretty much everything. I love a good meal from time to time, and playing games with my friends. I'll play anything once, but I am particularly fond of computer games and card games.

I enjoy going to mass on Sundays, and would like nothing more then brunch afterwards with my family and a good football game. That's handmelon not footie.

My goals? I went down to Texas when I was between jobs here in the frozen north and fell in love with a beautiful woman there. I proposed to her back in September, and I am looking forward to heading back down soon to be with her. I'd love to get married and get a start on my own family, but for now I'm stuck up here in my hometown.

trickcy
01-30-2009, 12:47 PM
It's lovely to read about you Antoniel, Doris and Sean :wavey:
I hope more members post here too :D


My name's Lekha and I am 18 years old and I'm from Karnataka in South India. I'm doing my biotech Engg right now.

I first started following tennis from RG finals 2006. I was just changing channels and saw Federer vs Nadal on the screen and I remember thinking "Oh Federer, must be the one the newspaper article was talking about being as good as Sampras" vaguely and I was surprised to find that I was disappointed to watch I guy I'd never seen before lose :scratch: just followed scores in Halle. The next match I saw was the Wimbledon finals, and by that time, was aware enough of their Head to Head to be very very nervous :o :D I was very happy that he won :dance: and from then on watched tennis more often.

As sports, I used to follow cricket (we're crazy about that here Dravid :hearts: :inlove: :lol:) and I used to play badminton a lot before for my club, school, college and all that. I just play it for relaxation these days. And not too often, unfortunately :( I have tried playing tennis occasionally. Btw, I have a single handed backhand :p

Other than that, my interests include music, and reading. I learn Indian classic music and listen to all kinds of music, and I love reading books. Mainly fiction, but I do like reading in general.
:)

juninhOH
01-30-2009, 01:50 PM
ei lekha, really nice that you like indian classic music. I'm very interested in asian music, like chinese music and indian music as well
do you play citara or something?
can you tell me some albums I should look out for?

trickcy
01-30-2009, 03:21 PM
Nice to hear that you're interested in Asian music :D

Well, I sing actually :lol:. But I sort of know the basics of playing violin and to a lesser extent veena. Not sitar though.

Depends on which sort of music you like :scratch:
If you're talking about sitar, I'd recommend the artistes Ravi Shankar and his daughter, Anoushika Shankar. Just my opinion.
There is basically two main streams of classical music- Hindustani and Carnatic. So if you can tell me which you're interested in, I can maybe be more specific. :)

juninhOH
01-30-2009, 05:10 PM
Well I don't know the name nor anything, I just like the sound of the instruments, I think sitar is very relaxing.

trickcy
01-30-2009, 05:13 PM
Then for Sitar, like I said, in my opinion, music by Ravi Shankar and Anoushika Shankar is very good :yeah:

juninhOH
01-30-2009, 05:21 PM
Okay I'm gonna try them out :D

trickcy
01-30-2009, 05:27 PM
Hope you like them :scared: :D

Dini
01-30-2009, 06:37 PM
Nadine, 17, London. Love Rog. To bits. I am obsessed.

juninhOH
01-30-2009, 07:11 PM
hah Nadine don't you want to write a little bit more? :)

Dini
01-31-2009, 12:55 AM
OK juninh :)

I was born and raised in Sweden until I was 12, then moved to England with the family. My tennis fascination weirdly enough started when I first realised what those big posters in my brother's room were when I was a child: Bjorn Borg in action with his trademark headband and hair. I couldn't quite comprehend Borg's legacy at the time, but he was huge and still remains huge in Sweden. My brother used to be part of the tennis club and had dreams of achieving what Borg did, but unfortunately Tennis became a hobby rather than a career as the years went by. I now play tennis at the local club, twice a week with a coach and sometimes in the weekends just practising with my friend. I have a horrible backhand, and once tried that single hander, thinking I was Federer, and failed miserably. Rogi made it looked easy but when I tried it the ball was nowhere near landing on the court!! I mainly play Tennis for pleasure but I can be very competitive when I want to, though I have a 0-12 record against my brother!!!

I enjoy all kinds of sports, my friends think I am weird, but I just love watching these sports people perform especially in tense situations..its is drama at its absolute natural best. Some people might think this is even weirder, but I love F1. Blame my brother for that, he is a hardcore fan and takes over the TV when a race is on so I just join him. Don't have any particular favourites but Kimi Raikkonen back in the McLaren days used to be mighty impressive, and I also have a soft spot for Massa. Senna is my all time hero.

Umm what else...

I enjoy the occasional football match, but especially those in the World Cup and Euro Cup. That is when all the players just give it their absolute maximum for their people and never give in.

And my obsession with Roger is a very long story dating back to 2001. All I am going to say is that I love the guy beyond words and he is my ultimate hero. I cry when he wins the slams, I cry when he loses tight matches. My heart rate goes up if I see a picture of him, and my smile is the widest you'll ever see when I see him rip that forehand. He sometimes appears in my dreams coaching me, but I wake up being really annoyed that it was a dream.

I aspire to be a Paediatrician. I just love children and what better job to combine my love for children and medicine? I am taking a gap year after I finish my studies before I move on to university and I am planning to spend a month in Tanzania volunteering for the hospital and the orphanage, just to get an experience of what life is like there and then be able to appreciate my own life. My other dreams are to attend a Wimbledon match (was unsuccessful last time I applied for the ballot), travel around the world and just simply enjoy life.

EternalxJourney
01-31-2009, 01:36 AM
OK juninh :)

I was born and raised in Sweden until I was 12, then moved to England with the family. My tennis fascination weirdly enough started when I first realised what those big posters in my brother's room were when I was a child: Bjorn Borg in action with his trademark headband and hair. I couldn't quite comprehend Borg's legacy at the time, but he was huge and still remains huge in Sweden. My brother used to be part of the tennis club and had dreams of achieving what Borg did, but unfortunately Tennis became a hobby rather than a career as the years went by. I now play tennis at the local club, twice a week with a coach and sometimes in the weekends just practising with my friend. I have a horrible backhand, and once tried that single hander, thinking I was Federer, and failed miserably. Rogi made it looked easy but when I tried it the ball was nowhere near landing on the court!! I mainly play Tennis for pleasure but I can be very competitive when I want to, though I have a 0-12 record against my brother!!!

I enjoy all kinds of sports, my friends think I am weird, but I just love watching these sports people perform especially in tense situations..its is drama at its absolute natural best. Some people might think this is even weirder, but I love F1. Blame my brother for that, he is a hardcore fan and takes over the TV when a race is on so I just join him. Don't have any particular favourites but Kimi Raikkonen back in the McLaren days used to be mighty impressive, and I also have a soft spot for Massa. Senna is my all time hero.

Umm what else...

I enjoy the occasional football match, but especially those in the World Cup and Euro Cup. That is when all the players just give it their absolute maximum for their people and never give in.

And my obsession with Roger is a very long story dating back to 2001. All I am going to say is that I love the guy beyond words and he is my ultimate hero. I cry when he wins the slams, I cry when he loses tight matches. My heart rate goes up if I see a picture of him, and my smile is the widest you'll ever see when I see him rip that forehand. He sometimes appears in my dreams coaching me, but I wake up being really annoyed that it was a dream.

I aspire to be a Paediatrician. I just love children and what better job to combine my love for children and medicine? I am taking a gap year after I finish my studies before I move on to university and I am planning to spend a month in Tanzania volunteering for the hospital and the orphanage, just to get an experience of what life is like there and then be able to appreciate my own life. My other dreams are to attend a Wimbledon match (was unsuccessful last time I applied for the ballot), travel around the world and just simply enjoy life.

Awww:hug: you're too cute for words.

trickcy
01-31-2009, 04:43 AM
That was very nice to read Nadine :hug:

It would be great to read about you, EternalxJourney if you're comfortable about it :D

biological
01-31-2009, 07:57 AM
Hello everyone :wavey: It's lovely to read about you all.

I'm Sophie, I'm 14 and I'm from the South West of England. I've only recently got into tennis - I used to watch Wimbledon, and I vaguely liked Roger, but I didn't pay any attention to tennis other than that. Then in 2007 I watched the whole two weeks and I thought god, I really want Federer to win this one. I can't remember exactly why, but I remember hoping desperately that he'd win. So I watched the final, and of course then I knew very little and I hated Rafa for even taking any games off my sudden favourite. I was so happy with the eventual result, and I made it my mission to one day see Federer win Wimbledon.
Sadly, after that I must have got distracted by other things, because I still didn't follow tennis at all. I doubt I could have named ten players in fact.
Then this year came around, and I happened to flick on the tv and see the end of the RG final. :sad: As you can imagine, I was upset to see Roger lose so horribly. That made me even more sure when Wimbly came around that I was becoming a fan of him, and of tennis in general. So I watched Wimbledon and I cried so so much at the end, and it was heartbreaking. Since then I have been following the sport as much as possible and trying to learn about everything I missed before I got into it. I'm still angry that I wasn't a fan of The Fed in his 3-slam-per-year phase :(

Aside from tennis, I really love music. My tastes are pretty eclectic - I like punk, rock, classical, some dancey techno stuff, weird 60s/70s pop, Argentinian style tango music and Spanish guitar, among others.
I also love to read, and watch movies and tv. I'm really interested in science too, and medicine, but I don't want to do it as a career.
In the future I would like to go to all 4 slams and see Roger play there, but it seems unlikely for the next, I don't know, million years. I would like to maybe become a journalist or some kind of writer, or maybe a teacher or something nice like that. I don't really have any set ideas. :p
The one thing I really want to do a lot is travel the world, and see loads of different places. I have a mission to visit every country in the world. So far I can cross off 5. Some way to go yet then.

habibko
01-31-2009, 12:08 PM
thats a nice idea! and since I haven't posted much about myself till now I might as well start now :p

my name is Habib (I'm also male, have been mistaken for a girl several times already :o), I'm 22 and I live in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, I'm a medical student, and a huge fan of Tennis in general and of Roger in particular, I play tennis myself and table tennis on a more regular basis, I love reading and travelling and I have been to many parts of the world (recently Japan and France) and that plays a part in my somehow good English thankfully :D

Tennis isn't very popular in this part of the world where sports like football and basketball are more dominant, however there is a good portion of the youth population that are interested in either Federer or Nadal and watch the occasional GS final or semis, however the older generation has more interest in the sport :cool:

I've always knew about tennis and players like Borg, McEnroe, Sampras and Agassi but never devoted much time to follow the sport or be a fan till the recent rise of a new legend in the making, which was Roger Federer, in 2005 I've watched my first full match which was the famous Miami match between Roger and Nadal and since then I've been a big fan of Roger and his fascinating game of art and elegance, which in turn increased my interest in Tennis and I started to follow other players and learn about different styles and terminologies, I also loved the mental and psychological part of the sport (I have a personal interest in psychology) and thats why I found the sport more intriguing on a personal level.

I've posted some pix of mine in the MTF pix thread, since it's an introduction thread might as well throw the link to that as well :wavey:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=7857237#post7857237

trickcy
01-31-2009, 12:14 PM
It's lovely to read about you as well Sophie :D

Nice to have you posting here Habib :yeah: and it's great to read about you as well :)

habibko
01-31-2009, 12:20 PM
It's lovely to read about you as well Sophie :D

Nice to have you posting here Habib :yeah: and it's great to read about you as well :)

yeah I don't usually post in Roger's forum and thats my bad :sad: I used to be a regular in RogerFederer.com forums but I found that I wanted to talk about other players and matches too :angel: but I come around from time to time, thanks alot :D

juninhOH
01-31-2009, 02:49 PM
okay I also posted some pics in that thread

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=8647&page=398#11919

Eden
01-31-2009, 07:29 PM
Great to read more about you all :)

A-ha! It has been so long I haven't heard much about them, since moving to the U.S. "Angel in the snow" was my favourite. Also like "Move to Memphis".

Where have you lived before you moved to the US? :)

a-ha played a quickly sold out show at Irving Plaza in New York City on September 12, 2005, which was their first concert in North America since 1986. The band has not returned to North America since, nor have they released anything there since 1993.

They are currently working on a new album, which will be released this year :)

Dini
01-31-2009, 09:09 PM
Might as well join the club..

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=8647&page=795

juninhOH
01-31-2009, 10:17 PM
You're really cute infinity
Do you intend to/study medicine?

Dini
01-31-2009, 10:32 PM
Yes...just waiting for my grades. Hopefully everything is fine and I get offered a place at University...that would be a dream come true!! But first I want to take a gap year out.

And thank you so much juninh, your are not bad yourself!! :hug:

juninhOH
01-31-2009, 10:50 PM
Nice. Thought so because you pointed out the body system poster :lol:
Hope everything goes as planned to you

Dini
01-31-2009, 11:04 PM
:lol:...that body systems poster has kept me motivated!! It is so old that I can remember everything that is said on it off by heart. Thank you for wishing me well, I am certainly keeping my fingers crossed.

EternalxJourney
02-01-2009, 03:13 AM
That was very nice to read Nadine :hug:

It would be great to read about you, EternalxJourney if you're comfortable about it :D

Yea sure I'm usually just really lazy to write more than 2 lines of post.

My name is Val and I'm from New York City. Born in Cali but raised in NY. I consider myself a New Yorker all the way (GO GIANTS!) :p. I'm currently a sophomore at Columbia University and I'm a long time supporter of Roger.

I've casually followed tennis because of my grandfather but after seeing Roger at Wimbledon 2001 playing against good ole Pistol Pete, I knew I wanted to see more so I became a pretty dedicated fan. I gotta admit though, I didn't become a fan because of his tennis at first. I was really attracted to his on-court mannerisms, confident, collected and just darn right cool. I began to really appreciate his tennis genius-ness at Wimbledon 2003 and haven't looked back since.

I'm a semi-sporty person and I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, ice-skating and of course, playing tennis. But I have to say, I'm kinda rubbish at sports that involve more arm than legs. I guess my legs and feet are more coordinated than my arms and hands :lol:

I'm a huge music fan. I listen to just about everything except for maybe country, although my dorm mate is trying to get me into international country music. So far I'm not buying it :D. I watch way too much TV for my own good and my all-time favorite shows are LOST and Alias.

Wow that was a rather long post. My apologies.

trickcy
02-01-2009, 07:01 AM
Thanks a lot for posting :yeah: Not too long at all :)

Must be nice to have followed and supported Roger for so long :D
So many people here have :awww: I often :smash: myself for never bothering about tennis before 2006.

biological
02-01-2009, 02:31 PM
Thanks a lot for posting :yeah: Not too long at all :)

Must be nice to have followed and supported Roger for so long :D
So many people here have :awww: I often :smash: myself for never bothering about tennis before 2006.

You've had longer than me. The two matches that really got me into tennis were the FO and Wimbly 08 :o:sad:

I wish I'd started watching earlier when he was winning everything. It hurts so much when he loses and I can't stand seeing him so upset :sad:

But you just wait trickcy. We will be watching when he makes the comeback. When he breaks the records. When he proves MTF wrong :yeah:

Dini
02-01-2009, 02:36 PM
Stay strong biological. Rogi is a magnificent character. In a way I am happy he cried today, it gave me the opportunity to cry with him and just reflect on just how attached I am to this guy. After I let those tears out I felt much better and realised that no matter what happens to Rog I am just happy to go through it with him. I don't care how many times Roger loses to Nadal. I will never forget the happy moments and the influential times. I am proud to be his fan until the end of time.

biological
02-01-2009, 02:43 PM
Stay strong biological. Rogi is a magnificent character. In a way I am happy he cried today, it gave me the opportunity to cry with him and just reflect on just how attached I am to this guy. After I let those tears out I felt much better and realised that no matter what happens to Rog I am just happy to go through it with him. I don't care how many times Roger loses to Nadal. I will never forget the happy moments and the influential times. I am proud to be his fan until the end of time.

a wonderful post, thank you. :) and it's so true. whatever happen cannot take away the amazing moments that he has had and cannot change the fact that he is an incredible man, in all senses of the word.

I too am proud to follow him and to count myself as a fan alongside people like yourself :)

Dini
02-01-2009, 02:48 PM
Sophie I am glad to hear that!! Our champion never gives up and he will make us cry of joy next time, I will continue to believe that.

:hug: to you.

Elora
02-01-2009, 03:51 PM
Hello :wavey:
My name´s Pilar, and im from Spain :) I´ve found this forum today, and well, here i am. I though i could make a litle introduction of myself. I´ve been a tennis fan for years. I think i was around 10-12 (actually 30) when i spent a whole Sunday afternoon seeing a Rolgan Garros final because a spanish player was there and my dad liked tennis too. I didnt know the rules, but i loved the game. I didnt care i had a match exam on Monday (maybe Tuesday lol). I remember the excitement and how i´ve been following tennis since then. Anyway, i never had a fave player til Roger Federer. Before Roger, i liked tennis..but with Roger, i´ve became a fan. I try to see all his matches and download the finals, and well, also learn a bit more about this sport.

I´ve been lurking in RF forum for a while, and i belong to a few LJ communities but this forum is maybe what i´ve been looking for a while.

Nice to meet you all,and i´ll see you around :)

Eden
02-01-2009, 04:44 PM
Pilar, welcome to the forum :wavey: Nice that you joined on a sad day for Roger and us all :)

Elora
02-01-2009, 04:52 PM
Pilar, welcome to the forum :wavey: Nice that you joined on a sad day for Roger and us all :)


Thanks! :)
Yes, i´d have prefered to join in a day of celebration.
But Im sure we´ll have many happy days through 2009 for Roger and all of us :)

habibko
02-01-2009, 06:03 PM
Stay strong biological. Rogi is a magnificent character. In a way I am happy he cried today, it gave me the opportunity to cry with him and just reflect on just how attached I am to this guy. After I let those tears out I felt much better and realised that no matter what happens to Rog I am just happy to go through it with him. I don't care how many times Roger loses to Nadal. I will never forget the happy moments and the influential times. I am proud to be his fan until the end of time.

I was worried about how you were going to take this Nadine, I'm so glad :) :hug:

Aj89
02-02-2009, 12:27 AM
Hi everyone, I'm a long time reader of the forums but thought I'd join up.

My name is Aji and I'm from Australia, a sad place to be for a Roger fan today. Cricket has always been the sport I played and followed strongly but I used to love watching Sampras towards the end of his career and it was when Roger played Llyeton in a 5 set davis cup match in Melbourne that I became a huge Roger fan despite the fact he lost. It wasn't his many victories that made me follow him but the way he got there. The elegant one handed back hand, easy power and variation of his forehand, smooth volleys, dancing around the court silently etc. He even inspired me to start playing the game socially. I really he hopes he goes beyond no. 14 but he's the greatest of the open era anyway in my opinion.

Hope this will still end up being a happy 2009 for Rog and his fans.

trickcy
02-02-2009, 06:40 AM
You've had longer than me. The two matches that really got me into tennis were the FO and Wimbly 08 :o:sad:

I wish I'd started watching earlier when he was winning everything. It hurts so much when he loses and I can't stand seeing him so upset :sad:

But you just wait trickcy. We will be watching when he makes the comeback. When he breaks the records. When he proves MTF wrong :yeah:

:hug: I just want him playing happily without all this pressure on him. I want him him playing freely, and as long as he's happy doing it, even if he loses, it'll be fine. I don't want him nervous and second guessing himself like yesterday :bigcry:


Stay strong biological. Rogi is a magnificent character. In a way I am happy he cried today, it gave me the opportunity to cry with him and just reflect on just how attached I am to this guy. After I let those tears out I felt much better and realised that no matter what happens to Rog I am just happy to go through it with him. I don't care how many times Roger loses to Nadal. I will never forget the happy moments and the influential times. I am proud to be his fan until the end of time.
:hug:


Welcome Pilar and Aji :wavey: Nice to have you both posting here :D

FedFan_2007
02-02-2009, 06:55 AM
I've been following tennis since 1992. Was a big fan of Sampras all through the 90s. Was devastated by his 2001 Wimbledon defeat to a certain Swiss player. Stopped following tennis much for 3-4 years until certain Swiss became a lot more prominent and became a big fan of his tennis. Rest is history.

biological
02-02-2009, 12:36 PM
:hug: I just want him playing happily without all this pressure on him. I want him him playing freely, and as long as he's happy doing it, even if he loses, it'll be fine. I don't want him nervous and second guessing himself like yesterday :bigcry:


:hug: I agree, it'd be so lovely to see him relaxed and happy like he has been before. Those AO interviews with Jim Courier where he giggled and smiled were so amazing and that's the kind of Roger I want to see. :)

Welcome to Pilar and Aji :wavey: Very nice to have you both here, and here's to an ace 2009 for the Fed :yeah:

Dini
02-02-2009, 12:50 PM
Loving the attitude trickcy and biological :yeah:

betty.k
02-02-2009, 03:50 PM
Hello everyone!
This thread is getting really interesting:) I usually just read posts rather than post and I'm not all that familiar with actual names vs. nicks so I'm happy identities are being decoded here:)

My name's Betty and I'm from Prague, the Czech Rep. As a child I used to live in Toronto, Canada so that's why my main subject at university is English studies and literature, apart form general linguistics and textile marketing. I love to travel but lately I'm kind of stuck at home. I collect teabag wrappers (I have the biggest collection in central Europe:)), do weaving and play tennis.

I've been playing tennis ever since I can remember (btw, Lekha, I also have a single handed backhand, I'm a lefty, too:)) and my parents followed tennis matches from time to time on tv. The first player I really cheered for was Lleyton Hewitt. I liked how he got completely involved in a match and made it a thrilling event for the viewer. But after some time I started to appreciate Federer's effortless, elegant and kind of mature style more, so now I'm his DF (dedicated fan:)) I was lucky enough to see him play here in Prague at the Davis Cup - the highlight was the doubles match, Czechs won after a 5 set battle and if I remember correctly 3 Swiss matchpoints! Fantastic tennis. I hope I get to see more of him live again in the future.

Dini
02-02-2009, 04:03 PM
Hi betty!! Nice post.

But can you elaborate on the collecting teabag wrappers bit?

Elora
02-02-2009, 04:17 PM
I've been following tennis since 1992. Was a big fan of Sampras all through the 90s. Was devastated by his 2001 Wimbledon defeat to a certain Swiss player. Stopped following tennis much for 3-4 years until certain Swiss became a lot more prominent and became a big fan of his tennis. Rest is history.

I remember the match too :)
Hi, and welcome!

Hello everyone!
This thread is getting really interesting:) I usually just read posts rather than post and I'm not all that familiar with actual names vs. nicks so I'm happy identities are being decoded here:)

My name's Betty and I'm from Prague, the Czech Rep. As a child I used to live in Toronto, Canada so that's why my main subject at university is English studies and literature, apart form general linguistics and textile marketing. I love to travel but lately I'm kind of stuck at home. I collect teabag wrappers (I have the biggest collection in central Europe:)), do weaving and play tennis.

I've been playing tennis ever since I can remember (btw, Lekha, I also have a single handed backhand, I'm a lefty, too:)) and my parents followed tennis matches from time to time on tv. The first player I really cheered for was Lleyton Hewitt. I liked how he got completely involved in a match and made it a thrilling event for the viewer. But after some time I started to appreciate Federer's effortless, elegant and kind of mature style more, so now I'm his DF (dedicated fan:)) I was lucky enough to see him play here in Prague at the Davis Cup - the highlight was the doubles match, Czechs won after a 5 set battle and if I remember correctly 3 Swiss matchpoints! Fantastic tennis. I hope I get to see more of him live again in the future.


Hello Betty, and welcome!
English studies and literature sounds great. You´ll feel like home here btw more DF ;)
I still hope seeing Roger live once.


Hope to see you both around

betty.k
02-02-2009, 05:23 PM
Hi betty!! Nice post.

But can you elaborate on the collecting teabag wrappers bit?

Thanks:wavey: Well, what I mean is wrappers like this:
http://rodina.cz/bettea/album/twinings.jpg

Collecting is a tradition in my family but I'm quite a practical person so I didn't want to collect anything huge, messy or something I'd have to go out of my way to get, and we've always drank a lot of tea so teabags were perfect. I keep them in pocket foils for hockey cards with black paper inside to bring out the colors, all that in albums. Well, I've been collecting for 11 years now so it HAS gotten huge, but it's fun and I get to meet a lot of people from all over the world thanks to exchanging:) I have paper, foil, plastic, cloth ones, ones sewn on a sewing machine,ones with spelling mistakes...:)


I still hope seeing Roger live once.

It sure isn't easy getting to tournaments, right? Sometimes I wish the tour had 2 to 3 patterns that would take turns every year. Something like the Summer and Winter Olympics, every second time the locations of tournaments would be different - one year Prague, the other Vienna, then Prague, then Vienna...;)
But our day will come!:)

Elora
02-02-2009, 06:04 PM
It sure isn't easy getting to tournaments, right? Sometimes I wish the tour had 2 to 3 patterns that would take turns every year. Something like the Summer and Winter Olympics, every second time the locations of tournaments would be different - one year Prague, the other Vienna, then Prague, then Vienna...;)
But our day will come!:)

Hey, thats an idea :D
It´d make easier, i agree. I was looking for this year Madrid´s tournament, but the tickets, trip..and hotel for a few days was out of my league, atleast right now ;)
I agree our day will come!

Maria Giulia
02-02-2009, 07:17 PM
Hi all!!! :wavey: My name is Maria Giulia, I'm 20 and I live in Viareggio, a rather small city in Tuscany. I'm a student in Foreign languages and literatures at Pisa university, I love the English language and culture, I hope I'll get the chance to move to London someday! I'm in love with tennis since 2003, but I've been a Roger fan only since 2004 - my favourite before was Juan Carlos Ferrero. I think Roger is like, the perfect man :cool: I've never seen him play live but I'm planning to go to Rome to see him this year - I went to Rome a few times but I've always seen the women's final only. I'm a tennis player myself, but the worst you'd ever imagine :lol: My favourites in women's tennis are Justine Henin (it's really a pity she retired) and Amélie Mauresmo. I'd LOVE to go to Wimbledon or RG but it's so hard to get tickets!!! Gonna watch Revolutionary Road now ^_^ Hugs everybody!!!!!

biological
02-02-2009, 07:26 PM
Hi all!!! :wavey: My name is Maria Giulia, I'm 20 and I live in Viareggio, a rather small city in Tuscany. I'm a student in Foreign languages and literatures at Pisa university, I love the English language and culture, I hope I'll get the chance to move to London someday! I'm in love with tennis since 2003, but I've been a Roger fan only since 2004 - my favourite before was Juan Carlos Ferrero. I think Roger is like, the perfect man :cool: I've never seen him play live but I'm planning to go to Rome to see him this year - I went to Rome a few times but I've always seen the women's final only. I'm a tennis player myself, but the worst you'd ever imagine :lol: My favourites in women's tennis are Justine Henin (it's really a pity she retired) and Amélie Mauresmo. I'd LOVE to go to Wimbledon or RG but it's so hard to get tickets!!! Gonna watch Revolutionary Road now ^_^ Hugs everybody!!!!!

Hello :wavey: :hug: You are right, he is the perfect man :hearts:

I hope you can get to Rome this year and Wimbledon or RG at some point in the future :D I'm planning to go to Wimbly this year but will probably only see the outside courts, so might see a practice or something which would be awesome. It's my dream to see him play live :D

Elora
02-02-2009, 08:36 PM
Hi all!!! :wavey: My name is Maria Giulia, I'm 20 and I live in Viareggio, a rather small city in Tuscany. I'm a student in Foreign languages and literatures at Pisa university, I love the English language and culture, I hope I'll get the chance to move to London someday! I'm in love with tennis since 2003, but I've been a Roger fan only since 2004 - my favourite before was Juan Carlos Ferrero. I think Roger is like, the perfect man :cool: I've never seen him play live but I'm planning to go to Rome to see him this year - I went to Rome a few times but I've always seen the women's final only. I'm a tennis player myself, but the worst you'd ever imagine :lol: My favourites in women's tennis are Justine Henin (it's really a pity she retired) and Amélie Mauresmo. I'd LOVE to go to Wimbledon or RG but it's so hard to get tickets!!! Gonna watch Revolutionary Road now ^_^ Hugs everybody!!!!!

Hello :)
aww..Ferrero was a good spanish player. We had good moments with him, in RG and also Davis Cup.
Hey, i wanted to see Revolutionary Road :) I´d like your opinion about it :)
I´d love go even its just once to RG or Wimbledon *nods*

*hugs back*


I think i told you already somewhere, but in case you missed. Like a lot your avatar with a Paul Newman pic :)

FedFan_2007
02-02-2009, 08:44 PM
Love Juanqi. One of my favorite players. Really took it to Nadal at last year's Rome. Also gave Roger a tough QF match in 2007 Wimby.

Maria Giulia
02-02-2009, 09:53 PM
Hi :wavey:

Biological, yeah, I think being at Wimbledon even without seeing a match live would be wonderful, just for being part of the fantastic atmosphere :inlove: Hope you'll be able to go! Maybe we'll meet there :D

Elora, thanks, I love Paul Newman, he's my favourite actor ever! :cool: Not only he was handsome, but also a great humanitarian and beautiful person, I think. And I loved Ferrero! I remember watching him play a match at RG, he won and at the end he did this cute wink at the camera, and right in that moment I fell in love with him, lol!! I remember being SO angry at Roddick for serving so many aces against him at the 2003 US Open final! But then came Roger... :D
And Revolutionary Road, I've just watched the first half properly (I've seen many bits of the second half as well some days ago because I couldn't resist XD), and so far it's very good. The acting performances are amazing - I really hope Kate Winslet wins the Oscar for The Reader, she's my favourite actress!!

*hugs fellow fans* :dance:

clever1980
02-03-2009, 01:00 AM
Where have you lived before you moved to the US? :)

I spent my childhood in Burma. There they have European music to listen to also. I loved Mordern Talking, Shaking Stevens, Sr. Cliff Richard also. But they are not well-known in the U.S.

a-ha played a quickly sold out show at Irving Plaza in New York City on September 12, 2005, which was their first concert in North America since 1986. The band has not returned to North America since, nor have they released anything there since 1993.

I didn't know about it. What a pity...

They are currently working on a new album, which will be released this year :)

Look forward to it.

juninhOH
02-03-2009, 02:21 AM
I'm glad with what this thread turned out into :D

trickcy
02-03-2009, 06:55 AM
Hi Betty :hug:
You're a one handed lefty, eh? Cool :cool: I'm a righty though :)

Hi Maria Giulia :hug:
I like Ferrero a lot too :D I loved his match against Roger in Wimby 07 mainly because I hadn't watched any of their matches against each other before that. :)

Venle
02-03-2009, 07:09 AM
Ferrero :hearts:

Roger's and his matchup in Wimbledon :awww: I loved it.

This is a nice thread. :) I don't know if anyone'll be interested about my story :lol:

betty.k
02-03-2009, 07:58 AM
Ferrero :hearts:

Roger's and his matchup in Wimbledon :awww: I loved it.

This is a nice thread. :) I don't know if anyone'll be interested about my story :lol:

Give it a go!:wavey:

biological
02-03-2009, 08:55 AM
I am interested :D

juninhOH
02-03-2009, 02:07 PM
I'm interested too!! go go go!

Dini
02-03-2009, 02:15 PM
Thanks:wavey: Well, what I mean is wrappers like this:
http://rodina.cz/bettea/album/twinings.jpg

Collecting is a tradition in my family but I'm quite a practical person so I didn't want to collect anything huge, messy or something I'd have to go out of my way to get, and we've always drank a lot of tea so teabags were perfect. I keep them in pocket foils for hockey cards with black paper inside to bring out the colors, all that in albums. Well, I've been collecting for 11 years now so it HAS gotten huge, but it's fun and I get to meet a lot of people from all over the world thanks to exchanging:) I have paper, foil, plastic, cloth ones, ones sewn on a sewing machine,ones with spelling mistakes...:)



It sure isn't easy getting to tournaments, right? Sometimes I wish the tour had 2 to 3 patterns that would take turns every year. Something like the Summer and Winter Olympics, every second time the locations of tournaments would be different - one year Prague, the other Vienna, then Prague, then Vienna...;)
But our day will come!:)

Wow that is so cool!! I used to collect stamps, I have a lot of them now, but I stopped unfortunately. But this has given me thought of continuing my collection...

betty.k
02-03-2009, 03:17 PM
Wow that is so cool!! I used to collect stamps, I have a lot of them now, but I stopped unfortunately. But this has given me thought of continuing my collection...

Wow, stamps are a classic:) Do you specialize in a region or country or used ones/not used ones? A friend of mine collects what in Czech is called "celiny", the envelope with a legible stamp of the post office and the stamp. He's got loads!:)

Dini
02-03-2009, 03:28 PM
Wow, stamps are a classic:) Do you specialize in a region or country or used ones/not used ones? A friend of mine collects what in Czech is called "celiny", the envelope with a legible stamp of the post office and the stamp. He's got loads!:)

Most of my stamps are Swedish and others from the rest of the Scandinavian countries, old and new ones. I have stamps from nearly every Arabic country, and also loads of others that I ask my brother to bring when he travels, which is like every week!!! And of course British ones.

Need to get my stamp book out of the loft and remove the dust...time to collect again :)

juninhOH
02-03-2009, 07:14 PM
I have Roger's stamp :)
I don't collect any stamps though.

biological
02-03-2009, 07:25 PM
I have Roger's stamp :)
I don't collect any stamps though.

same for me :D it was on the envelope of the autographed postcard my mum got me for Christmas - there's a Swiss postmark too and it's hand addressed and everything :D

LBrock44
02-04-2009, 02:07 AM
Hi! I'm Leigh and I'm older than most of you, I think. LOL I am a teacher in Los Angeles, California, and also teach part time at a university. I've been involved in tennis since I was a junior, many, many years ago. I mean, think Tracy Austin and Chris Evert. That long.

I played college tennis, then went into teaching. I've also coached tennis on the high school level.

I continue to play tennis a few times a week. I mostly play in the 45s, where I can win occasionally. It's a great sport, a great stress reliever, and I love to be able to channel my competitiveness into something that I can do as a life-long endeavor.

I first saw Roger play when he was sixteen in the junior Orange Bowl tournament. He was, I believe, sixteen, but he won the 18s. He actually had blond hair during that tournament, so the first time I saw him play as a pro I thought he looked vaguely familiar but didn't put it together until I saw his name. Then I thought, it figures. That kid had a classic, flowing game even as a kid.

I am also into photography and look forward to being able to shoot the Indian Wells (BNP Paribas tourney, used to be called the Pacific Life Open)tournament this spring. It's the first time I will be able to get close enough (courtside) to actually take decent pictures. I can't wait.

I love this forum because the tennis fans here are pretty knowledgeable and can discuss the game with intelligence (for the most part). I look forward to seeing you all here as much as I can log in.

juninhOH
02-04-2009, 02:18 PM
jesus im thinking about going to the US Open

Rita
02-04-2009, 02:26 PM
jesus im thinking about going to the US Open

you should go. i'm thinking about going to the french :unsure:

Obey.my.dreamz
02-04-2009, 07:33 PM
Im new here as u can see,..And I actually joined this forum as i was searching some of 'his' videos( i dont have to say who do i think about,. rite? ^^).I am kinda new in tennis, I started watching it in 2007 Miami when Novak started getting through, and I as a serb, had to watch that ^^,.. so,.. I haven't even known who that roger is that everybody was talking about,.. I saw rafa , and i pictured him as a best player and couldnt imagine a guy that ownz him,..he must be looking like a giant with a 100kg biceps ,.. but no,... i saw his game and i got amazed by the cleanse of his game,.. but still at 2007 us open final I was cheering Novak,.. and I was rly sad when he lost ,.. but the second I saw Roger lift the trophy,..with the 'Simply the Best' song in the background by Tina Turner,.. I realized that was the last moment i cheered against R.F. !!
So from that moment I was really learning alot about tennis since Federer became my favorite athlete ever to play any sport... so now,. i know alot about tennis and am hoping to share some thoughts with you all here since I see y'all know alot.

cheers..

Dini
02-04-2009, 08:05 PM
Big welcome!! Enjoy your stay on the Federer Express ;)

clever1980
02-04-2009, 10:40 PM
Leigh and Obey.my.dreamz,

Welcome!!

Corey Feldman
02-05-2009, 02:10 AM
Mikey

Betty
02-05-2009, 06:54 AM
no, ego mikey:devil::p

lunahielo
02-05-2009, 05:12 PM
Hello,

I have been here for a long time and many of you know me, but for those who don't~~Here goes.

My real name is Luna Rose Joy, but I usually go by Luna. I turned 41 last month and I am a high school teacher~~ Latin, Spanish, Etymology/Mythology. I also have a degree in art and have taught it for several years. I write in colour many times because colour is important in my life (I guess because of my art background)

I love to travel (used to be a flight attendant before I started teaching). One of my favourite trips was to Iceland and I hope to go back soon. I also hope someday to see the Alps.

My interests include reading~~usually have 2 or 3 books *going* at the same time, painting, anything to do with Volcanos, collecting (many things..rocks, minerals, pyramids (small ones :) ), & anything relating to mythology. I love languages, unusual architecture (especially Gaudi) and of course tennis..

I have lived in 8 cities and much of my childhood was spent in Mexico D.F.~~(Mexico City)

I started watching Roger after he beat Sampras many years ago at Wimbledon~~was *hooked* and have been a fan ever since. I watch everyone of his matches on TV..even those that come on at 2:30 AM in my area...I have never seen him play live, but hope to soon.

I am also a movie buff and have an insatiable curiosity about almost everything,(so I have been told) & am a lover of anything to do with water.(my fav drink),especially the oceans..I always manage to visit a beach several times a year.

I play the piano and am especially fond of classical rock (love the Doors)~~and many groups from the 80s.

I like to play badmitten, but don't play tennis except on Wii. (I do pretty well there. :)

I adore Roger and everything he stands for...his beautiful game, his values, his devotion to family/Mirka, the love of tennis history ,etc.

I am very appreciative of this fan forum. I have learned many things from my fellow fans~~~many of you are so knowledgeable about tennis: I have learned a lot from you. Thanks.
I find most of Roger's fans to be *classy* like him~~~~those that are, IMO, *less than wonderful*~~~I try to ignore.

Sorry to ramble on for so long~~~but, I guess I did..& I am going to let it stand.:)

Luna :wavey:

biological
02-05-2009, 05:41 PM
Hello to Leigh, Obey.my.dreamz and Luna :wavey: It was lovely to read about you guys :D

And of course, it was lovely of you to share with us Mikey :p

:hug: to everyone, and ALLEZ!

juninhOH
02-05-2009, 06:19 PM
hah luna I loved your "profile" :)

lunahielo
02-06-2009, 12:44 AM
hah luna I loved your "profile" :)Thank you, juninhOH, :)
Or maybe you are being sarcastic??? :eek::eek:

Luna

clever1980
02-06-2009, 12:55 AM
Hello,

I have been here for a long time and many of you know me, but for those who don't~~Here goes.

My real name is Luna Rose Joy, but I usually go by Luna. I turned 41 last month and I am a high school teacher~~ Latin, Spanish, Etymology/Mythology. I also have a degree in art and have taught it for several years. I write in colour many times because colour is important in my life (I guess because of my art background)

I love to travel (used to be a flight attendant before I started teaching). One of my favourite trips was to Iceland and I hope to go back soon. I also hope someday to see the Alps.

My interests include reading~~usually have 2 or 3 books *going* at the same time, painting, anything to do with Volcanos, collecting (many things..rocks, minerals, pyramids (small ones :) ), & anything relating to mythology. I love languages, unusual architecture (especially Gaudi) and of course tennis..

I have lived in 8 cities and much of my childhood was spent in Mexico D.F.~~(Mexico City)

I started watching Roger after he beat Sampras many years ago at Wimbledon~~was *hooked* and have been a fan ever since. I watch everyone of his matches on TV..even those that come on at 2:30 AM in my area...I have never seen him play live, but hope to soon.

I am also a movie buff and have an insatiable curiosity about almost everything,(so I have been told) & am a lover of anything to do with water.(my fav drink),especially the oceans..I always manage to visit a beach several times a year.

I play the piano and am especially fond of classical rock (love the Doors)~~and many groups from the 80s.

I like to play badmitten, but don't play tennis except on Wii. (I do pretty well there. :)

I adore Roger and everything he stands for...his beautiful game, his values, his devotion to family/Mirka, the love of tennis history ,etc.

I am very appreciative of this fan forum. I have learned many things from my fellow fans~~~many of you are so knowledgeable about tennis: I have learned a lot from you. Thanks.
I find most of Roger's fans to be *classy* like him~~~~those that are, IMO, *less than wonderful*~~~I try to ignore.

Sorry to ramble on for so long~~~but, I guess I did..& I am going to let it stand.:)

Luna :wavey:



Nice Read Luna..

lunahielo
02-06-2009, 04:45 PM
Nice Read Luna..

Thank you. I would like to know about everyone else (if you would like to share) :)

Luna

Obey.my.dreamz
02-06-2009, 07:36 PM
Im part of some forums aswell, and Im surprised how many posts here some ppl have.. it must have been a really looong road for some of u peeps,.. but I hope to be part of it from now on,... Also I am rly surprised how many of the woman part of the humans adore Roger,..I really respect that and girls that like him are really much more worthy in my eyes,.. It's like they know the real value system,. which i thought is lost,..So instead of 'prettyface baby boy' U like to see a elegant, mannered gentleman ,... So am rly glad to have been part of this from now on,.. :))
peace

cheers

biological
02-06-2009, 07:44 PM
Im part of some forums aswell, and Im surprised how many posts here some ppl have.. it must have been a really looong road for some of u peeps,.. but I hope to be part of it from now on,... Also I am rly surprised how many of the woman part of the humans adore Roger,..I really respect that and girls that like him are really much more worthy in my eyes,.. It's like they know the real value system,. which i thought is lost,..So instead of 'prettyface baby boy' U like to see a elegant, mannered gentleman ,... So am rly glad to have been part of this from now on,.. :))
peace

cheers

that's a really lovely post :) :hug:

I'm amazed by post counts as well - there are a few people with 80,000+ which is just :eek: It's a fun forum though, I like it.

And yes, Roger is much better than pretty-boy types, who are for the most part really dull as well. He is elegant and beautiful and kind and so cute as well :inlove: :D

It's great to have you here, and I hope you enjoy it :yeah:

juninhOH
02-06-2009, 07:54 PM
Thank you, juninhOH, :)
Or maybe you are being sarcastic??? :eek::eek:

Luna

no way
I love reading and arts as well, so I think you have the life you asked for :)

lunahielo
02-06-2009, 11:40 PM
no way
I love reading and arts as well, so I think you have the life you asked for :)

Sorry! :eek: (mea culpa)~ Please forgive me~~sometimes it's hard to tell when one is writing.

I do have the life I asked for and it's a pretty good one~~ :)
& like everyone else, I take it day by day..and do the best I can.

Luna :D

lunahielo
02-06-2009, 11:48 PM
Im part of some forums aswell, and Im surprised how many posts here some ppl have.. it must have been a really looong road for some of u peeps,.. but I hope to be part of it from now on,... Also I am rly surprised how many of the woman part of the humans adore Roger,..I really respect that and girls that like him are really much more worthy in my eyes,.. It's like they know the real value system,. which i thought is lost,..So instead of 'prettyface baby boy' U like to see a elegant, mannered gentleman ,... So am rly glad to have been part of this from now on,.. :))
peace

cheers

I agree with biological, this is a really good post.

Welcome!!

I hope you will stay and enjoy our forum. From the tone of your post, I think we will enjoy having you. :)
:wavey:

Luna

trickcy
02-07-2009, 06:08 AM
Nice reading about you Leigh, Luna and Obey.my.dreamz :D

Venla, we'd all love to read about what you write :)

Mikey, would you mind posting a little more about yourself? :)

Eden
02-08-2009, 09:39 PM
Im part of some forums aswell, and Im surprised how many posts here some ppl have.. it must have been a really looong road for some of u peeps,.. but I hope to be part of it from now on,...

I only lurk sometimes on the WTA forum and noticed that a few posters there have far more posts as people here on MTF.

It's really easy here to collect posts, but in the end what matters the most is what you write :)

Thanks to everyone for the introduction :)

RogiFan88
02-08-2009, 10:06 PM
Hi all!!! :wavey: My name is Maria Giulia, I'm 20 and I live in Viareggio, a rather small city in Tuscany. I'm a student in Foreign languages and literatures at Pisa university, I love the English language and culture, I hope I'll get the chance to move to London someday! I'm in love with tennis since 2003, but I've been a Roger fan only since 2004 - my favourite before was Juan Carlos Ferrero. I think Roger is like, the perfect man :cool: I've never seen him play live but I'm planning to go to Rome to see him this year - I went to Rome a few times but I've always seen the women's final only. I'm a tennis player myself, but the worst you'd ever imagine :lol: My favourites in women's tennis are Justine Henin (it's really a pity she retired) and Amélie Mauresmo. I'd LOVE to go to Wimbledon or RG but it's so hard to get tickets!!! Gonna watch Revolutionary Road now ^_^ Hugs everybody!!!!!

Benvenuta, Maria Giulia! :wavey:

I also like Juanqui, who's always respected Rogi and vice versa -- always loved their matches, both very professional, w contrasting styles, and always competitive! :angel: Also love Amelie -- such a beautiful style of tennis, much like Rogi's! Too bad that Justine is retired -- she accomplished so much considering her slight frame!

Are you going to the ROMA tournament?

RogiFan88
02-08-2009, 10:09 PM
Hello :wavey:
My name´s Pilar, and im from Spain :) I´ve found this forum today, and well, here i am. I though i could make a litle introduction of myself. I´ve been a tennis fan for years. I think i was around 10-12 (actually 30) when i spent a whole Sunday afternoon seeing a Rolgan Garros final because a spanish player was there and my dad liked tennis too. I didnt know the rules, but i loved the game. I didnt care i had a match exam on Monday (maybe Tuesday lol). I remember the excitement and how i´ve been following tennis since then. Anyway, i never had a fave player til Roger Federer. Before Roger, i liked tennis..but with Roger, i´ve became a fan. I try to see all his matches and download the finals, and well, also learn a bit more about this sport.

I´ve been lurking in RF forum for a while, and i belong to a few LJ communities but this forum is maybe what i´ve been looking for a while.

Nice to meet you all,and i´ll see you around :)

:wavey: Hola, Pilar!! Bienvenida al foro de Rogelio! Donde vives en Espana (uno de mis paises favoritos, con la Suiza)? Es dificil ser fan de Rogelio en un pais donde Rafa es dios??

Venle
02-09-2009, 02:06 PM
Give it a go!:wavey:
I am interested :D
I'm interested too!! go go go!

Thanks guys, I'll write something later :hug:

EternalxJourney
03-04-2009, 08:02 AM
:wavey: Hola, Pilar!! Bienvenida al foro de Rogelio! Donde vives en Espana (uno de mis paises favoritos, con la Suiza)? Es dificil ser fan de Rogelio en un pais donde Rafa es dios??

I want to know the answer to this as well. Good Q, RogiFan.

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 09:28 PM
Hello everyone :wavey:

I've posted a wee bit on the fangirl thread, but I thought I should come here and introduce myself properly. :)

My name is Eve and I'm a student living in the UK. I study 3 subjects - French because it's a beautiful language, and I'd quite like to try living there one day. English Literature, because reading and creative writing are two of my favourite hobbies. And music, because I adore pretty much everything about it, and also play the piano and the harp. I also love film, cooking (asian cuisine), knitting, cartoons (because I'm 6, really), and long, long walks in parks, forests or National Trust areas. My dream is to one day visit Iceland.

I think I'm relatively new, in tennis-fan terms, though oddly I can't seem to remember a life where constant stress, first serve percentages and 2am livestreams weren't a regular fixture! I've been following since Wimbly 07, when I just happened to flick over to the men's final. It astounded me how involved and emotional I became over this match, given that I barely knew anything about either player apart from the fact that the guy with the pretty hair was no.1 and kept winning everything. The moment Roger Federer collapsed onto the grass of centre court, I was sold. Haven't looked back since. :)

It is for that sentimental reason, and the fact that's he's, ahem, indescribablybeautiful, that Roger is and will always be my favourite player. His 2008 season, in particular, has made a real impact on me and the way I try to live my life, because of the tremendous heart and courage he showed despite many setbacks. Reading over that I realise it sounds a little silly, but maybe I'm just a sucker for that kind of thing. :) Being a Fed fan does not mean I overlook other players, though - in fact I follow many on the tour. I love Marat Safin - though who doesn't? - and will genuinely be gutted when he retires later this year. Also on the list are Janko Tipsarevic, Fernando Verdasco (since before AO/DC/Ana, actually ;)) Juan Carlos Ferrero (he was the first player I ever saw live, back when I was little), Mario Ančić, Ernests Gulbis, Simone Bolelli, Andreas Seppi, Jonathan Eysseric, David Ferrer, Marco Chiudinelli (:inlove:), Michael Lammer, Yves Allegro, in fact pretty much the entire Swiss DC team. (On that note, good luck guys! You're going to need it :unsure:) I also have a lot of respect and admiration for Rafael Nadal, despite having to constantly associate him with tears and heartbreak :lol:

So I think that's it. If you managed to read through the whole thing (all 500,000 words), then thank'ee kindly :hatoff:

biological
03-04-2009, 09:33 PM
lovely intro Eve, thank you :)

I totally agree about French, it is beautiful :hearts: and also about Wimbly 07 - that was the first match I seriously watched and I too felt very emotionally involved despite knowing hardly anything about Roger or Rafa. it took a while longer for me to get hooked but that was the beginning for me I think :yeah:

nice to see another Janko fan too :D

Dini
03-04-2009, 09:37 PM
Welcome Eve. You have already made a massive impression ;) but it was nice to know more about you. And I absolutely love Super Mario :hearts:.

Loved reading that, thank you. Enjoy your stay on the magnificent Federer Express.

Rita
03-04-2009, 09:37 PM
welcome eve

Rita
03-04-2009, 09:40 PM
Mikey

rita

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 10:02 PM
lovely intro Eve, thank you :)

I totally agree about French, it is beautiful :hearts: and also about Wimbly 07 - that was the first match I seriously watched and I too felt very emotionally involved despite knowing hardly anything about Roger or Rafa. it took a while longer for me to get hooked but that was the beginning for me I think :yeah:

nice to see another Janko fan too :D

Thank you for reading :)

Glad you agree about the French, it is indeed lovely, though tbh I'm not very good at it :o I also think our experiences of Wimbledon must be pretty similar then, because while I did go a little mental over that match it was a while longer before I became a serious fan. I think that was about spring of last year.

Of course! What's not to love about Janko? :inlove:

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 10:05 PM
Welcome Eve. You have already made a massive impression ;) but it was nice to know more about you. And I absolutely love Super Mario :hearts:.

Loved reading that, thank you. Enjoy your stay on the magnificent Federer Express.

Aww, thank you Nadine :hug: (Hope I can call you that!) I did suspect a half-nekkid Roger would stand me in good stead :D

And Super Mario is damn super, so glad you agree! Just wish I got to see a little more of him :tears:

Thanks again for the welcome, I'm sure I'll enjoy my stay with all you lovely people :)

welcome eve

Thank you, Rita :)

clever1980
03-04-2009, 10:07 PM
Hello Eve!!

Dini
03-04-2009, 10:13 PM
Aww, thank you Nadine :hug: (Hope I can call you that!) I did suspect a half-nekkid Roger would stand me in good stead :D

And Super Mario is damn super, so glad you agree! Just wish I got to see a little more of him :tears:

Thanks again for the welcome, I'm sure I'll enjoy my stay with all you lovely people :)



It sure did, I guess its called making an entrance with a bang ;). Of course you can call me Nadine :hug:, you probably will have noticed that we call each other by the real names- I think it gives it all a sense of friendliness and belonging.

And yeah the Mario mono :awww: was really, really, really and I mean REALLY tough to deal with as a fan especially last year, but I am glad he managed to do really well in Wimbledon all things considered. Wishing him the best in 09 :yeah:.

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 10:28 PM
Hello Eve!!

Hello! :bigwave:

It sure did, I guess its called making an entrance with a bang ;). Of course you can call me Nadine :hug:, you probably will have noticed that we call each other by the real names- I think it gives it all a sense of friendliness and belonging.

And yeah the Mario mono :awww: was really, really, really and I mean REALLY tough to deal with as a fan especially last year, but I am glad he managed to do really well in Wimbledon all things considered. Wishing him the best in 09 :yeah:.

It does indeed, I think it's a lovely thing to do, makes the forum very welcoming. I'll try to conquer my shyness and use first names from now on :D

Oh, see I wasn't even a fan then, that must have been awful. And if I'm not mistaken another over your favourites suffered the same fate. :tears: Man, mono really decided to screw you over last year, didn't it?

He was brilliant in Wimbledon, really brilliant, it's just a shame he had to come up against Roger. Same for Marat in the semis. Roger knocked out a few of my guys last year. All I can say is, I hope it happens again ;)

Dini
03-04-2009, 10:36 PM
Hello! :bigwave:



It does indeed, I think it's a lovely thing to do, makes the forum very welcoming. I'll try to conquer my shyness and use first names from now on :D

Oh, see I wasn't even a fan then, that must have been awful. And if I'm not mistaken another over your favourites suffered the same fate. :tears: Man, mono really decided to screw you over last year, didn't it?

He was brilliant in Wimbledon, really brilliant, it's just a shame he had to come up against Roger. Same for Marat in the semis. Roger knocked out a few of my guys last year. All I can say is, I hope it happens again ;)

Yes, Mono decided to strike heavily on my faves last year :mad:. NinjaFed was in operation throughout the whole Wimby tourny, yes even during many moments in that final, its a shame he landed a bit short but like Rogi I am positive about the future- there is no point dwelling over spilt milk.

Was wondering if you were going to use an avatar picture? If you need help with it, there is an avatar, sig etc thread with brilliant avatars or you could ask me ;)

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 10:49 PM
Yes, Mono decided to strike heavily on my faves last year :mad:. NinjaFed was in operation throughout the whole Wimby tourny, yes even during many moments in that final, its a shame he landed a bit short but like Rogi I am positive about the future- there is no point dwelling over spilt milk.

Was wondering if you were going to use an avatar picture? If you need help with it, there is an avatar, sig etc thread with brilliant avatars or you could ask me ;)

I agree completely ;)

Re the avatar, Nadine, you read my mind! I tried to upload one before posting, but it didn't work - despite me checking it was the right size about three times. I'm probably just forgetting to do something really simple.

There's a picture I have in mind, I just don't know what to do with it, unfortunately. So I suppose you could say I'd love some help :D

Dini
03-04-2009, 10:53 PM
I agree completely ;)

Re the avatar, Nadine, you read my mind! I tried to upload one before posting, but it didn't work - despite me checking it was the right size about three times. I'm probably just forgetting to do something really simple.

There's a picture I have in mind, I just don't know what to do with it, unfortunately. So I suppose you could say I'd love some help :D

Have you saved the pic to your own files instead of a pic storing site like photobucket? It never works when I use the image URL's so I save the pic and then upload.

Go ahead, I'd love to help. What pic is it?

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 11:06 PM
Have you saved the pic to your own files instead of a pic storing site like photobucket? It never works when I use the image URL's so I save the pic and then upload.

Go ahead, I'd love to help. What pic is it?

Idk actually, I'll go try that now.

I'll give you the pic anyway, because even if mine works, it's only a makeshift attempt - I'm sure enrolling your services would produce a much better result :)

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/fiftyfivefalls/MTF/Rogi-AO-shield.jpg

If it's an awkward pic to icon, I'm sure I could find another. Thanks so much for this Nadine, it's really sweet of you to help me out like this, especially seeing as I'm so new. :hug:

Dini
03-04-2009, 11:11 PM
Idk actually, I'll go try that now.

I'll give you the pic anyway, because even if mine works, it's only a makeshift attempt - I'm sure enrolling your services would produce a much better result :)

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/fiftyfivefalls/MTF/Rogi-AO-shield.jpg

If it's an awkward pic to icon, I'm sure I could find another. Thanks so much for this Nadine, it's really sweet of you to help me out like this, especially seeing as I'm so new. :hug:

You're welcome Eve :hug:. This is like a hobby for me, I love playing around with pics :D. I'll try to do something special with that pic, and I have a few more avatars that you might like so that you have the opportunity to change it every now and then. I'll send you a PM when they are done, which will hopefully be tmrw afternoon after I'm back from college.

Celaeno
03-04-2009, 11:33 PM
You're welcome Eve :hug:. This is like a hobby for me, I love playing around with pics :D. I'll try to do something special with that pic, and I have a few more avatars that you might like so that you have the opportunity to change it every now and then. I'll send you a PM when they are done, which will hopefully be tmrw afternoon after I'm back from college.

Oh, I wish it I could play around like that, it looks like great fun and a great artistic outlet. Sadly I am without the wonders of photoshop :sad:

Yay! I look forward to the PM, which will actually be perfect timing, seeing as that's when I get back from college too. Don't feel like you're under any pressure, though. Tbh you could take a month then present me with a badly drawn smiley face, and I'd still think it was awesome, simply because the gesture is so kind. :)

Sunset of Age
03-05-2009, 12:12 AM
Hello, Eve, and welcome to the forum! :wavey:

Very nice to read your extensive introduction. I see you are a Juanqui-fan as well... :D - and besides that, it's always very nice (at least it is to me... ;)) to see a Roger-fan joining the board who is able to express her respect and admiration for Rafa. :)

EternalxJourney
03-05-2009, 12:58 AM
Idk actually, I'll go try that now.

I'll give you the pic anyway, because even if mine works, it's only a makeshift attempt - I'm sure enrolling your services would produce a much better result :)

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii186/fiftyfivefalls/MTF/Rogi-AO-shield.jpg

If it's an awkward pic to icon, I'm sure I could find another. Thanks so much for this Nadine, it's really sweet of you to help me out like this, especially seeing as I'm so new. :hug:

Is it just me or is that pic super uber HQ?

biological
03-05-2009, 07:52 AM
Thank you for reading :)

Glad you agree about the French, it is indeed lovely, though tbh I'm not very good at it :o I also think our experiences of Wimbledon must be pretty similar then, because while I did go a little mental over that match it was a while longer before I became a serious fan. I think that was about spring of last year.

Of course! What's not to love about Janko? :inlove:

yes, that does sound similar :D I started watching seriously at Wimbly 08 (:sad:) though I had seen the RG final that year too (:sad:). I'm very glad I got into it before the summer so I could see Rogi and Stan win gold on my birthday :bounce:

Janko is very loveable :drool: I actually started learning Serbian because of him, because it sounded so cool when he spoke it, but it's not going too well (seven grammar cases :eek:).

don't know if I've said this before or if you've picked it up anyway, but I'm Sophie :D

Celaeno
03-05-2009, 02:43 PM
Is it just me or is that pic super uber HQ?

I'm not sure actually, I'm still stuck on, "omg pretty!" :D

Hello, Eve, and welcome to the forum! :wavey:

Very nice to read your extensive introduction. I see you are a Juanqui-fan as well... :D - and besides that, it's always very nice (at least it is to me... ;)) to see a Roger-fan joining the board who is able to express her respect and admiration for Rafa. :)

Hello again Karin, glad you enjoyed my ramblings :lol:

I can't claim to be a huge Juanqui fan, but I do have a big soft spot for him, and support him whenever I can. I member I was about 12 when I first saw him play, and I'll never forget the Spanish fans chanting, "Carlos Fah-rer-ro!" It's kind of a sentimental thing :)

And yeah, Rafa's lovely. I think he's got great spirit, both as a player a human being. If it wasn't for Roger, who knows, he might even be one of my faves! As it is, I can't say I'm a Fedal fan, but I do think their relationship is a very intriguing and beautiful thing :hearts:

yes, that does sound similar :D I started watching seriously at Wimbly 08 (:sad:) though I had seen the RG final that year too (:sad:). I'm very glad I got into it before the summer so I could see Rogi and Stan win gold on my birthday :bounce:

Janko is very loveable :drool: I actually started learning Serbian because of him, because it sounded so cool when he spoke it, but it's not going too well (seven grammar cases :eek:).

don't know if I've said this before or if you've picked it up anyway, but I'm Sophie :D

Oooh, Golden Federinka was on your birthday? That must have been wonderful! Roger must have made an extra effort, just for you :D

Oh, he is. And intelligent, and well spoken, and funny, and talented, and adorable, andandand. Yes. :drool: The Serbian sounds scarily difficult :eek:, but hang in there, it means when you finally meet him you can wish him good luck in his native tongue ;)

Hee yes, I did know, but if it's okay to use it then cool, thanks Sophie! :D

biological
03-05-2009, 03:13 PM
Oooh, Golden Federinka was on your birthday? That must have been wonderful! Roger must have made an extra effort, just for you :D

Oh, he is. And intelligent, and well spoken, and funny, and talented, and adorable, andandand. Yes. :drool: The Serbian sounds scarily difficult :eek:, but hang in there, it means when you finally meet him you can wish him good luck in his native tongue ;)

Hee yes, I did know, but if it's okay to use it then cool, thanks Sophie! :D

it was very wonderful :D and yes, I think my happy vibes got them their medals to be honest :D I was jumping up and down I was so excited :bounce:

he is all of those things yes :hearts: if only we could add consistent to the list :p I am continuing with Serbian, so we shall see how it goes. I guess if I learn the marriage vows I'll be pretty set for when I meet him :angel:

it is very much okay :D call me anything you like in fact (although I am very sensitive and my feelings are easily hurt ;))

Celaeno
03-05-2009, 03:52 PM
it was very wonderful :D and yes, I think my happy vibes got them their medals to be honest :D I was jumping up and down I was so excited :bounce:

he is all of those things yes :hearts: if only we could add consistent to the list :p I am continuing with Serbian, so we shall see how it goes. I guess if I learn the marriage vows I'll be pretty set for when I meet him :angel:

it is very much okay :D call me anything you like in fact (although I am very sensitive and my feelings are easily hurt ;))

Well in that case I thank you and your happy vibes ;)

God, yes to the consistency. More of that please. And perhaps some capable-of-beating-Cilic too, hmm? From what I hear it's all that philosophy messing with his head, which bizzarely just makes me love him even more :confused:

I'm the same actually, so don't worry, I won't be calling you any naughty names. Unless you want me to, of course :angel:

juninhOH
03-13-2009, 09:42 PM
welcome Eve, I thought your introduction was really nice :)

:Zaz:
03-13-2009, 10:34 PM
:help: How do I possibly follow Eve's beautiful introduction?!! :)

Dini
03-13-2009, 10:39 PM
:help: How do I possibly follow Eve's beautiful introduction?!! :)

Go on give it a go :bounce:;)

Celaeno
03-13-2009, 10:51 PM
*peers out of lurkdom* Is that my name I hear? :D

Honestly, juninhOH and Zaz (or Mia, if that's okay) you are both far too kind. T'was just a bit of rambling. Thank you, still :hug:

And Mia, I'm with Nadine on this one - go on ahead, I'd love to know more about you. Especially since you're a fellow Fed-Safin fan from Ireland :yeah:

Dini
03-13-2009, 10:54 PM
*peers out of lurkdom* Is that my name I hear? :D

Honestly, juninhOH and Zaz (or Mia, if that's okay) you are both far too kind. T'was just a bit of rambling. Thank you, still :hug:

And Mia, I'm with Nadine on this one - go on ahead, I'd love to know more about you. Especially since you're a fellow Fed-Safin fan from Ireland :yeah:

Hello there Eve :wavey:...I did think you were hiding there somewhere :aplot:.

How's your day been?

Sunset of Age
03-13-2009, 10:58 PM
:wavey:

I can't claim to be a huge Juanqui fan, but I do have a big soft spot for him, and support him whenever I can. I member I was about 12 when I first saw him play, and I'll never forget the Spanish fans chanting, "Carlos Fah-rer-ro!" It's kind of a sentimental thing :)

I'd just like to ramble on a little bit more on my Juanqui-love. :angel:
Like you, I've always had a soft spot for El Mosquito - because of his exquisite clay court tennis when he was the world's #1, his :hearts: looks (yeah, I think he's truly handsome), but most of all - his personality!

He's still on the tour - I always admire it if players have a long-living career, it shows me that they care for and like their sport, and not *bolt out* when things get rough (of course, this excludes those players who were forced to retire because of injuries!).
He seems to be a rather smart one, who's already started thinking about his post-tennis career very early - he's now a businessman and involved in building tourist resorts, or so I have read.
And most of all: he has a refreshing 'F**K Y**!'-attitude when it's due!
Remember his reaction to the Round-Robin-Fiasco? He was already on the plane when he found out that due to the :retard:-RR-experiment, he was still in the tournament. Did he bother to come back? No way... :lol:
Another fantastic case: last year with the WCs in the TMC Madrid. He, a Spaniard, and a former #1, was denied one at first - and then someone else dropped out (I think it was Safin, but I'm not sure about that) - and he still got one offered to him. Well of course, he didn't take it. :armed: :yeah:

So, brains, guts & personality - a man to my heart. :inlove: ;)

And yeah, Rafa's lovely. I think he's got great spirit, both as a player a human being. If it wasn't for Roger, who knows, he might even be one of my faves! As it is, I can't say I'm a Fedal fan, but I do think their relationship is a very intriguing and beautiful thing :hearts:

Roger is my firm #1 (especially since the end of 2007), but I fully agree with you, on all accounts :D.

:help: How do I possibly follow Eve's beautiful introduction?!! :)

Go on give it a go :bounce:;)

Seconded! :D

PS, Nadine, will try to answer your PM tonight or tomorrow. I had a LOT to answer this evening... :hug:

Celaeno
03-13-2009, 11:11 PM
Hello there Eve :wavey:...I did think you were hiding there somewhere :aplot:.

How's your day been?

Hellooo there! :hug:

Damn, can't get anything past you :p I have been hiding a bit over the past couple of days. Been pretty overwhelmed by this sudden flood of Roger and Roger news and Roger drama - I think any posts longer than a sentence or two would have been gibberish :lol:

My day's been grand, thanks. Just been catching up on all the tennis talk, and getting to grips with my new laptop. Also watching lots of Roger/Mirka vids on said laptop (can't imagine why) and, uhm. Getting a little weepy :o

How are things with you?

:Zaz:
03-13-2009, 11:15 PM
Go on give it a go :bounce:;)

:lol: Ok, I'll try my best! Gulp!

Dear all, Hallo! :wavey:

My name is Mia (or Zaz if you prefer).

I grew up and still live in UK, but have Irish parents and consider myself Irish (hence the flag!!) I am getting on a bit in years, but am totally young at heart. :)

I have been a Rogi fan since Wimby 2005, but until this year had not discovered online streaming and don't have Sky TV. So apart from reading the paper, all I ever saw of him was those two glorious weeks once a year on the green green grass at Wimbledon. It was worth the wait each year. :worship: Even 2008. :sad: Still breaks my composure when I think of it.

British press being bandwagon central, outside of Wimby we only really get coverage of what Murrary is up to. Queens (Stella Artois, or whatever it's turned into) and final matches from FO & AO are shown on BBC but thats all. Just don't get me started on this years AO BBC coverage. :mad: Anyway, I apologise for not being more ?committed? to Rogi outside of Wimby. But you gotta work with the tools available. And now I have live streams. Hooray :yippee: So I am right there with you all. ;)

Anyway, aside from my restrictions to watching tennis, I have been a fan of tennis since childhood. Playing throughout school years. I am shite, but it's good craic. As you can see from my signature I follow several players - based on more than just on court ability. If they are an arse off court, however good they are on court I ain't interested. Infact four of my 'likes' is mostly due to there off court character. I like tennis to be fun, and interesting and unexpected. Thats why I love Rogi, Marat and Santoro to watch. Rogi - just delivering beautiful tennis no matter what the score says. I did have a crush on Rogi, but on finding out about Mirka and their very loooooong relationship, I knew there was little hope there, so now I just drool :drool: over his hair, stomach, goofy grin, general yumminess. And save my dreams for another. :devil:

I love films, I am a writer (unpublished as of yet) and adore languages. I studied Italian for a year at uni, French throughout school, Russian and Spanish and German on and off. However, due to illness I lost all complete knowledge of these, and so now spend my time relearning these. (Any basic verb help, from native speakers would be grand).

It is a very welcoming and friendly forum, and thank you to those who have been kind, I am sorry this turned into a thesis length 'hello'. Although I did say I was a writer, once I pop, I just can't stop. :p.

Howdy hugs to all - :hug:

Zaz

Dini
03-13-2009, 11:20 PM
Hellooo there! :hug:

Damn, can't get anything past you :p I have been hiding a bit over the past couple of days. Been pretty overwhelmed by this sudden flood of Roger and Roger news and Roger drama - I think any posts longer than a sentence or two would have been gibberish :lol:

My day's been grand, thanks. Just been catching up on all the tennis talk, and getting to grips with my new laptop. Also watching lots of Roger/Mirka vids on said laptop (can't imagine why) and, uhm. Getting a little weepy :o

How are things with you?

You see I am very observant :angel:, and I try not to let anything past me. Just a bit bored at the mo done so much revision that I am officially sick of my books :sad:, I want to throw them out of the window...and this forum can be awfully quiet at times :o. I was posting like crazy yesterday, and the smile is still on my face :D after the wonderful news. One thing is for sure, this won't stop me from fangirling Rog..no way :devil:.

I thought Rogi's double match was on today, how disappointed I was when I saw the scheduling :sobbing:...Yves and Rog are meeting the Bryans in the first rd :scared::eek: and if they win that match they will most likely face Rafa and Lopez :bolt:.

Sunset of Age
03-13-2009, 11:20 PM
^^ Welcome Mia/Zaz, and a very nice introduction indeed! :D

Ah, yes, I remember how much I missed of tennis before the internet/livestreaming! Fortunately there are plenty places you can buy (or illegally download :tape:) Roger's matches. I'm sure you'd like to see them all!

Dini
03-13-2009, 11:28 PM
:lol: Ok, I'll try my best! Gulp!

Dear all, Hallo! :wavey:

My name is Mia (or Zaz if you prefer).

I grew up and still live in UK, but have Irish parents and consider myself Irish (hence the flag!!) I am getting on a bit in years, but am totally young at heart. :)

I have been a Rogi fan since Wimby 2005, but until this year had not discovered online streaming and don't have Sky TV. So apart from reading the paper, all I ever saw of him was those two glorious weeks once a year on the green green grass at Wimbledon. It was worth the wait each year. :worship: Even 2008. :sad: Still breaks my composure when I think of it.

British press being bandwagon central, outside of Wimby we only really get coverage of what Murrary is up to. Queens (Stella Artois, or whatever it's turned into) and final matches from FO & AO are shown on BBC but thats all. Just don't get me started on this years AO BBC coverage. :mad: Anyway, I apologise for not being more ?committed? to Rogi outside of Wimby. But you gotta work with the tools available. And now I have live streams. Hooray :yippee: So I am right there with you all. ;)

Anyway, aside from my restrictions to watching tennis, I have been a fan of tennis since childhood. Playing throughout school years. I am shite, but it's good craic. As you can see from my signature I follow several players - based on more than just on court ability. If they are an arse off court, however good they are on court I ain't interested. Infact four of my 'likes' is mostly due to there off court character. I like tennis to be fun, and interesting and unexpected. Thats why I love Rogi, Marat and Santoro to watch. Rogi - just delivering beautiful tennis no matter what the score says. I did have a crush on Rogi, but on finding out about Mirka and their very loooooong relationship, I knew there was little hope there, so now I just drool :drool: over his hair, stomach, goofy grin, general yumminess. And save my dreams for another. :devil:

I love films, I am a writer (unpublished as of yet) and adore languages. I studied Italian for a year at uni, French throughout school, Russian and Spanish and German on and off. However, due to illness I lost all complete knowledge of these, and so now spend my time relearning these. (Any basic verb help, from native speakers would be grand).

It is a very welcoming and friendly forum, and thank you to those who have been kind, I am sorry this turned into a thesis length 'hello'. Although I did say I was a writer, once I pop, I just can't stop. :p.

Howdy hugs to all - :hug:

Zaz

Lureveeeeeely intro Mia :worship: and an official welcome to the Fed express from me :hug:.

I totally agree about the British media bit (:mad::rolleyes:), unless you have sky or eurosport it is a real struggle to follow tennis in the UK :(..but thank God for the internet nowadays..where would I be without the streaming?

OOoOOoooOOOOOOOooooo at the bolded bit :yeah:. I would love to learn another langauge, currently fluent in Arabic, Swedish and English but I am dying to learn both Spanish and French. Btw what kind of movies do you like?

:Zaz:
03-13-2009, 11:28 PM
^^ Welcome Mia/Zaz, and a very nice introduction indeed! :D

Ah, yes, I remember how much I missed of tennis before the internet/livestreaming! Fortunately there are plenty places you can buy (or illegally download :tape:) Roger's matches. I'm sure you'd like to see them all!

Thank you! :)

Youtube has been a grand help. And I have 'bought' (ahem) some of his matches, Safin AO'05 semi being one of the classics. God, it is like being torn in two, watching that. Who to root for??!!!! :eek: Although I know the score and have watched it several times, my toes still scrunch up, my palms get clammy, my heart pounds, and my breath stays in my throat, with each ball that sails close to the line. It's hard work emotionally. I have aged considerably!! :p

Celaeno
03-13-2009, 11:33 PM
Hey Karin :wavey:

I'd just like to ramble on a little bit more on my Juanqui-love. :angel:
Like you, I've always had a soft spot for El Mosquito - because of his exquisite clay court tennis when he was the world's #1, his :hearts: looks (yeah, I think he's truly handsome), but most of all - his personality!

He's still on the tour - I always admire it if players have a long-living career, it shows me that they care for and like their sport, and not *bolt out* when things get rough (of course, this excludes those players who were forced to retire because of injuries!).
He seems to be a rather smart one, who's already started thinking about his post-tennis career very early - he's now a businessman and involved in building tourist resorts, or so I have read.
And most of all: he has a refreshing 'F**K Y**!'-attitude when it's due!
Remember his reaction to the Round-Robin-Fiasco? He was already on the plane when he found out that due to the :retard:-RR-experiment, he was still in the tournament. Did he bother to come back? No way... :lol:
Another fantastic case: last year with the WCs in the TMC Madrid. He, a Spaniard, and a former #1, was denied one at first - and then someone else dropped out (I think it was Safin, but I'm not sure about that) - and he still got one offered to him. Well of course, he didn't take it. :armed: :yeah:

So, brains, guts & personality - a man to my heart. :inlove: ;)

Oh, feel free to ramble on about Juanqui anytime, the man is fully deserving of it! I'm a lot like you - nowhere near as experienced a tennis-follower of course, but in the sense that I admire many things about him. Looks-wise he's not strictly my type, and yet I find there's something very uniquely appealing about his face. You're right, though, it's totally the personality that does it. Whenever you see him interviewed, he is always so sweet and charming (and a little dorky at times, which is always the way to my heart :hearts:)

I don't think I followed when the RR fiasco happened, but his reaction is priceless! Thank you so much for mentioning that, I totally wasn't aware of it. What a badass :armed: I remember the WC thing in Madrid clearly, though. I was really disgusted with how the tournament handled it, and so immensely proud of his reaction. Oh, Juanqui :hug:

Roger is my firm #1 (especially since the end of 2007), but I fully agree with you, on all accounts :D.

Glad that you agree :D Selfishly, though, it is nice to hear that Roger is your favourite :lol: I don't always find that's the case with Fedal fans, so it's nice to know someone as awesome as you is more of a Roger girl :yeah:

:Zaz:
03-13-2009, 11:37 PM
Lureveeeeeely intro Mia :worship: and an official welcome to the Fed express from me :hug:.

I totally agree about the British media bit (:mad::rolleyes:), unless you have sky or eurosport it is a real struggle to follow tennis in the UK :(..but thank God for the internet nowadays..where would I be without the streaming?

OOoOOoooOOOOOOOooooo at the bolded bit :yeah:. I would love to learn another langauge, currently fluent in Arabic, Swedish and English but I am dying to learn both Spanish and French. Btw what kind of movies do you like?

Hug :hug: right back at ya!

Wow, fluent in Swedish and Arabic and English. That is an eclectic mix. I was watching an Arabic cartoon the other day, the language sounded really fluid, like japanese, and French. If you do go ahead with the Spanish, you should be able to read Italian after, I could read Spanish almost perfectly from just learning Italian cos they are so similar. Ah, movies - now thats a conversation!!! I could literally witter on for hours, so I'll give you my top few. The Godfather I & II, Amelie, Belleville Rendez-vous, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Shot in The Dark, most things De Niro. How about yourself?

Dini
03-13-2009, 11:59 PM
Hug :hug: right back at ya!

Wow, fluent in Swedish and Arabic and English. That is an eclectic mix. I was watching an Arabic cartoon the other day, the language sounded really fluid, like japanese, and French. If you do go ahead with the Spanish, you should be able to read Italian after, I could read Spanish almost perfectly from just learning Italian cos they are so similar. Ah, movies - now thats a conversation!!! I could literally witter on for hours, so I'll give you my top few. The Godfather I & II, Amelie, Belleville Rendez-vous, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Shot in The Dark, most things De Niro. How about yourself?

Nice description, electric mix- got me giggling slightly. But to be honest there was no real effort in learning languages, was born and raised up in Sweden until my early teens, have Lebaneese roots and now live in England..so it all came naturally :).

:speakles::speakles::speakles: I totally love De Niro :inlove: and the Godfather I and II are supreme classics :worship:. Raging bull and taxi driver are one of my faves. This is really hard, talking about movies, I love soooo many of them. I couldn't possibly list them, but will just say that Rain Man is very close to the top of my list.

Celaeno
03-14-2009, 12:00 AM
What a lovely introduction Mia, thanks so much for sharing it with us :hug:

And, just to say, this?

And I have 'bought' (ahem) some of his matches, Safin AO'05 semi being one of the classics. God, it is like being torn in two, watching that. Who to root for??!!!! :eek: Although I know the score and have watched it several times, my toes still scrunch up, my palms get clammy, my heart pounds, and my breath stays in my throat, with each ball that sails close to the line. It's hard work emotionally. I have aged considerably!! :p

I understand completely. That match is quite possibly the most epic thing I've ever seen, maybe even my favourite, but by God am I worn out by the end of it. The thrill of these two unique characters meeting each other, the insane chemistry they have, the amazing tennis they produce together, the way Marat reacted when he won, just pure relief and exhaustion and total respect for Roger, the fact that Roger had MP and then literally ended up on his knees, still reaching for his racquet...ugh, ugh, ugh. I could keep going for hours.

This remains one of my favourite vids on YT. It makes me ridiculously emotional, so I hope you enjoy it too :)

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You see I am very observant :angel:, and I try not to let anything past me. Just a bit bored at the mo done so much revision that I am officially sick of my books :sad:, I want to throw them out of the window...and this forum can be awfully quiet at times :o. I was posting like crazy yesterday, and the smile is still on my face :D after the wonderful news. One thing is for sure, this won't stop me from fangirling Rog..no way :devil:.

Urgh. Revision. Does anything suck more? It's awful having to trudge through all kinds of boring crap just for a mark on a bit of paper, but that's life, I suppose :rolleyes: You're very good to be working so hard, though. I usually leave things to the last minute, so well done you! :hug:

After some initial hesitation regarding the fangirling, I have decided that I owe it to myself, and to Roger, to continue on this most noble path. I owe it to FAN, too, and those many poor souls lost to Federitis. RIP, guys. This is for you :sad:

I thought Rogi's double match was on today, how disappointed I was when I saw the scheduling :sobbing:...Yves and Rog are meeting the Bryans in the first rd :scared::eek: and if they win that match they will most likely face Rafa and Lopez :bolt:.

I know! I was all excited to see him play today too :awww: I really hope he and Yves get some payback over the Bryans, and if so, who knows what will happen versus Rafa? I think it would be nice to see those two play each other in a more casual capacity, it would help to take some of the pressure off Roger. But Bryans first, I know. Ah well, it's not like they're one of the top doubles teams in the world, or anything.

Nowait.

Sunset of Age
03-14-2009, 12:10 AM
Whenever you see him interviewed, he is always so sweet and charming (and a little dorky at times, which is always the way to my heart :hearts:)

I *melt* for Those Blessed With The Quality That Is Dorkiness! ;)

I don't think I followed when the RR fiasco happened, but his reaction is priceless! Thank you so much for mentioning that, I totally wasn't aware of it. What a badass :armed: I remember the WC thing in Madrid clearly, though. I was really disgusted with how the tournament handled it, and so immensely proud of his reaction. Oh, Juanqui :hug:

Well, that RR-experiment fiasco was one of the former ATP-president Mr. Deville (also known as 'Mr Disney' :p)'s Greatest Hits... :haha: :retard: - I think it was in the beginning of 2007, but well, times fly so fast, I might be mistaken here.

Roger openly stated that he thought it was a ridiculous idea, as did some 90% of the tour - apparently Juanqui thought so as well, he lost his first match, and the obvious conclusion is 'okay, I'm OUT'. Apparently, something happened in his RR-group, someone got injured, withdrew, whatsoever - and suddenly Juanqui appeared to still be IN.
The funniest thing of all of it was that no-one at the (:retard:) ATP-PTB had realized that things like this may indeed happen, and thus, neither of the remaining players knew for sure whether they were still in or out of the tournament. :spit: :haha:

At Madrid, Juan Carlos did the only proper thing - show his pride & dignity as being Spanish, and a former #1. He was in fact offered the scraps-that-had-fallen-off-the-table! Well if one has any proper pride in one's body, the proper reaction is to think 'U* Y**RS' in such a case. :yeah:
(can't imagine the havoc that would have been happening if it were Roger to do the same thing. I guess he'd be called out for being 'arrogant' again... :rolleyes:)

Glad that you agree :D Selfishly, though, it is nice to hear that Roger is your favourite :lol: I don't always find that's the case with Fedal fans, so it's nice to know someone as awesome as you is more of a Roger girl :yeah:

I guess a major difference between me and the majority of the Fedal fans is that I have actually been one since 2005 or so (and as such - no 'bandwagon jumping' for me ;)).
I've always had this tendency towards 'rooting for the underdog', and as such, I've always fully rooted for Roger to win RG, and I was equally thrilled about the idea of Rafa taking Wimbly.
Well we know by now that the latter did indeed happen... but the first wish - I can only hope and pray to ever see it happen. I have little faith in that, I admit. :sad:
In all, with the 'rivalry' having become so lopsided by now - yes, my #1 allegiance now fully lies with Roger. :)

Sunset of Age
03-14-2009, 12:16 AM
I understand completely. That match is quite possibly the most epic thing I've ever seen, maybe even my favourite, but by God am I worn out by the end of it. The thrill of these two unique characters meeting each other, the insane chemistry they have, the amazing tennis they produce together, the way Marat reacted when he won, just pure relief and exhaustion and total respect for Roger, the fact that Roger had MP and then literally ended up on his knees, still reaching for his racquet...ugh, ugh, ugh. I could keep going for hours.

Fully, fully agree with you. That was absolutely one of Roger's AND Marat's classic matches (even if Roger lost it in the end - makes no difference to me - exquisite tennis from both).
I do ask myself how Roger feels about it now, though - if he'd won that one... being so close... :tape:

Thanks so much for posting that vid! FANTASTIC! :worship:

After some initial hesitation regarding the fangirling, I have decided that I owe it to myself, and to Roger, to continue on this most noble path. I owe it to FAN, too, and those many poor souls lost to Federitis. RIP, guys. This is for you :sad:

Even if Roger doesn't win any tournament anymore, one has to admit - he's getting prettier by the minute. :hearts:

I know! I was all excited to see him play today too :awww: I really hope he and Yves get some payback over the Bryans, and if so, who knows what will happen versus Rafa? I think it would be nice to see those two play each other in a more casual capacity, it would help to take some of the pressure off Roger. But Bryans first, I know. Ah well, it's not like they're one of the top doubles teams in the world, or anything.

Nowait.

:lol: - remember, people didn't think Roger & Stani would have a chance at the Olympics either, now did they? :D

:Zaz:
03-14-2009, 12:19 AM
What a lovely introduction Mia, thanks so much for sharing it with us :hug:

And, just to say, this?



I understand completely. That match is quite possibly the most epic thing I've ever seen, maybe even my favourite, but by God am I worn out by the end of it. The thrill of these two unique characters meeting each other, the insane chemistry they have, the amazing tennis they produce together, the way Marat reacted when he won, just pure relief and exhaustion and total respect for Roger, the fact that Roger had MP and then literally ended up on his knees, still reaching for his racquet...ugh, ugh, ugh. I could keep going for hours.

This remains one of my favourite vids on YT. It makes me ridiculously emotional, so I hope you enjoy it too :)

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Totally emotional, almost embarrasingly so, :o I mean its ridiculous, it was four years ago and I'm still weepy. But it was them at their best. I miss it, especially from Safi, I think Rogi is back.:yeah:

Thank you for the video montage. I love their hugs at the net. Always so sincere. I'd love to be in that hug sandwich!! :lol:

Dini
03-14-2009, 12:23 AM
:lol: - remember, people didn't think Roger & Stani would have a chance at the Olympics either, now did they? :D

True that. Let's repeat that Rogi (and with Yves this time) :bounce::armed:. But anyway, doubles is just all for fun in tournaments other than DC and olympics for the top singles players and I won't be heartbroken if he lost against them to be honest :shrug:. Singles title is what Rogi is really looking to capture ;).

Celaeno
03-14-2009, 12:51 AM
Fully, fully agree with you. That was absolutely one of Roger's AND Marat's classic matches (even if Roger lost it in the end - makes no difference to me - exquisite tennis from both).
I do ask myself how Roger feels about it now, though - if he'd won that one... being so close... :tape:

Thanks so much for posting that vid! FANTASTIC! :worship:

I wonder, too. He could have had his 14 by now. But then again he could have had, what is it, 3 FOs and 6 consecutive Wimblys too, but he doesn't, and there's no point getting angsty over what can never be. Or at least that's what I tell myself :sad: But then I think about Marat holding that trophy, and everything's just fine :) I want him to win another title so badly this year. Just one! His career has been so tragic, I think the universe owes him a happy ending. :awww:

Sharing the vid was my pleasure! Myself, I have to ration the amount of times I watch that one :D

Even if Roger doesn't win any tournament anymore, one has to admit - he's getting prettier by the minute. :hearts:

Yes and no, I think. On the whole Roger has gotten more attractive as he ages, but I'll still catch a photo every now and then from late 04 or 05 that makes my jaw drop. He just looked so boyish and angelic and innocently sexy (no idea how he managed that), back when he first cut his hair. But maybe that's just personal preference ;)

:lol: - remember, people didn't think Roger & Stani would have a chance at the Olympics either, now did they? :D

Hee, true! And look how that one turned out :D Though Stan has recently proven himself to be more effective in doubles than Yves, who was basically gone for the majority of the DC match. But he's the specialist, so I'm sure he'll pick himself back up and do his best with Roger (at least I hope so)

Totally emotional, almost embarrasingly so, :o I mean its ridiculous, it was four years ago and I'm still weepy. But it was them at their best. I miss it, especially from Safi, I think Rogi is back.:yeah:

Omg, you don't know how awesome it is for me to know someone else feels the same way! Maybe I'm not so hopeless after all :lol:

I really miss them "as they were" too - it's one of the reasons that vid makes me all teary, because they can never be like that again :sad: But like you say, it was them at their best, and at least they'll always have this to look back on and cherish (sorry, the boys make me all emo and dramatic :lol:)

Thank you for the video montage. I love their hugs at the net. Always so sincere. I'd love to be in that hug sandwich!! :lol:

I think it's best that I don't go there. I'll just say that I enjoy their hugs too. Very much. :angel:

:Zaz:
03-14-2009, 12:59 AM
Omg, you don't know how awesome it is for me to know someone else feels the same way! Maybe I'm not so hopeless after all :lol:

That is just one thing I have learnt since joining this website, is that someone else is definitely feeling the same, feeling your pain, or sharing your joy. :)

I think it's best that I don't go there. I'll just say that I enjoy their hugs too. Very much. :angel:

:devil: How come? Boyf standing over your shoulder? Afraid of being to fangirly? Afraid of how much you might reveal? Perhaps just whisper! :secret: :)

:Zaz:
03-14-2009, 01:24 AM
Nice description, electric mix- got me giggling slightly. But to be honest there was no real effort in learning languages, was born and raised up in Sweden until my early teens, have Lebaneese roots and now live in England..so it all came naturally :).

:speakles::speakles::speakles: I totally love De Niro :inlove: and the Godfather I and II are supreme classics :worship:. Raging bull and taxi driver are one of my faves. This is really hard, talking about movies, I love soooo many of them. I couldn't possibly list them, but will just say that Rain Man is very close to the top of my list.

I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to appear rude, I only just found your reply. Stupid Mia. :smash:

Raging Bull, I still have not seen - awful I know, even worse as a De Niro fan. But I have semi good reason, I lent my brand new unopened copy to someone, and then we had a parting of ways and bye bye DVD. Still grates my cheese, when I think about it. Taxi Driver is immense, but I cannot call it a fave because it is hard to watch, likewise Deer Hunter. I also have not seen Rain Man. I really shouldn't call myself a movie buff should I :o!! Dustin Hoffman is wicked though, frequent co-star of my hero. Them together in Sleepers. OMG W.O.W.:worship: Have you seen that?

My brother is a frequent visitor of Sweden - loves it there! :)

Sunset of Age
03-14-2009, 01:29 AM
:wavey: Bye folks, have to get some work done right now (I know... :tape:)
It was a pleasure chatting with you all tonight! :hug:

Celaeno
03-14-2009, 01:40 AM
That is just one thing I have learnt since joining this website, is that someone else is definitely feeling the same, feeling your pain, or sharing your joy. :)

Absolutely. I'm so happy to have taken the plunge, I have felt very welcome here since. It's great to be part of such a lovely community of fans :)

:devil: How come? Boyf standing over your shoulder? Afraid of being to fangirly? Afraid of how much you might reveal? Perhaps just whisper! :secret: :)

Afraid of the fangirlyness, yes :o Seeing as you're one who frequents the FAN thread (good taste :yeah:) then you'll know a fair few of us have a slight interest in Roger's "relationships" with his fellow players. I am one of them, and when it comes to Marat and Roger...:hearts:

If I'm being serious, though, I do just love the two of them for their relationship as friends, and colleagues. They've known each other for so long now, both have spoken about "growing up" on tour together, coming through juniors, and then playing doubles, and of course then the unique bond that is born out of a rivalry. They match up so well too - Marat's awesome power vs Roger's grace and finesse, Marat's fieryness on court vs Roger's cool, zen-like state. I just find that so fascinating to watch, and really believe Marat's injuries cheated us out of what could have been an amazing rivalry.

There's also something very genuine and almost familiar in the way they interact and speak about each other, a very easy undercurrent of respect, not necessarily something that has to be explicitly stated. I think that kind of thing that can only come out of having been friends since such a young age, and of course being from the same "tennis generation".

See?! Once you get me going, I start writing a bloody essay! :lol:

Celaeno
03-14-2009, 01:46 AM
:wavey: Bye folks, have to get some work done right now (I know... :tape:)
It was a pleasure chatting with you all tonight! :hug:

Night night, Karin :hug: Lovely to chat with you too - it's rare I get the chance to discuss Juanqui!

ETA: Actually, I'm going to head on now too, guys. It's getting a little late :yawn: Thanks for chatting and I hope you all enjoy your weekend :hug:

:Zaz:
03-14-2009, 02:00 AM
Absolutely. I'm so happy to have taken the plunge, I have felt very welcome here since. It's great to be part of such a lovely community of fans :)



Afraid of the fangirlyness, yes :o Seeing as you're one who frequents the FAN thread (good taste :yeah:) then you'll know a fair few of us have a slight interest in Roger's "relationships" with his fellow players. I am one of them, and when it comes to Marat and Roger...:hearts:

If I'm being serious, though, I do just love the two of them for their relationship as friends, and colleagues. They've known each other for so long now, both have spoken about "growing up" on tour together, coming through juniors, and then playing doubles, and of course then the unique bond that is born out of a rivalry. They match up so well too - Marat's awesome power vs Roger's grace and finesse, Marat's fieryness on court vs Roger's cool, zen-like state. I just find that so fascinating to watch, and really believe Marat's injuries cheated us out of what could have been an amazing rivalry.

There's also something very genuine and almost familiar in the way they interact and speak about each other, a very easy undercurrent of respect, not necessarily something that has to be explicitly stated. I think that kind of thing that can only come out of having been friends since such a young age, and of course being from the same "tennis generation".

See?! Once you get me going, I start writing a bloody essay! :lol:

:lol: Sorry!

I agree though. Without being too fangirly myself, and speaking from purely a tennis standpoint, I really believe that Marat (has) had as much talent on court as Rogi, he had all the shots and although he didn't appreciate his own volleying ability, I thought/think he has wonderful touch at net - beautiful hands. Which kinda puzzles me as to why fast grass was such an issue. :confused:
But injury denied his potential and confidence was a major factor also. Roger, previous to last year, never really suffered in these respects and is why he is soooo close to GOATing. Safi and Rogi are like ying & yang. As you say "power vs finesse, fieriness vs cool". Opposites attract and all! :)

Obey.my.dreamz
03-16-2009, 08:10 PM
Hey,.where can i find forum members pictures,..i mean i met alot of u girls and dudes but have no idea who am i speaking with,. i have a feeling like am talking to the federer all the time :)lol ,.. no rly I like them avatars ,..but just for the sake of it :)
u can post some hehe,..
like bio,infy,suk,harm..z...

Dini
03-16-2009, 08:26 PM
Hey,.where can i find forum members pictures,..i mean i met alot of u girls and dudes but have no idea who am i speaking with,. i have a feeling like am talking to the federer all the time :)lol ,.. no rly I like them avatars ,..but just for the sake of it :)
u can post some hehe,..
like bio,infy,suk,harm..z...

Here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=8647)

My pic was on there, but the picture link got broken when I edited my album, I'll see if I can put it up again.

juninhOH
03-17-2009, 12:47 AM
My pics are in that thread too

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=8647&page=398#11919

Chica_Tikka
03-17-2009, 03:49 PM
Hello everyone...I am Neha and I am from India. I had registered ages back but never got around posting. But, better late than never!!! Anyway, I am a fan of both Roger and Rafa but I enjoy watching Roger more. I've never played tennis [too lazy for it!!]. Otherwise, I love listening to music,reading books and watching movies.

Dini
03-17-2009, 05:01 PM
Hello everyone...I am Neha and I am from India. I had registered ages back but never got around posting. But, better late than never!!! Anyway, I am a fan of both Roger and Rafa but I enjoy watching Roger more. I've never played tennis [too lazy for it!!]. Otherwise, I love listening to music,reading books and watching movies.

Welcome to the Fed Express Neha :wavey:, enjoy your stay ;):hug:

lamnathalie
04-09-2009, 07:08 PM
Hi, fellow Federer fans! :wavey: I'm Nathalie. (I think this is the right place to introduce myself.:confused:) Anyways I've been supporting Federer ever since I started watching tennis. Roger is the king of tennis! :rocker: I enjoy watching his games a lot! :rocker2: However this year he hasn't claimed any title yet :sad:, but I'm sure he can go through this tough time (with us!:p) and get back to his very best form soon. Also, happy to hear that he's becoming a papa this summer. Congrats! :D
Hmm, I like Gasquet as well. :angel:

Sunset of Age
04-09-2009, 07:15 PM
^^ Hi there Nathalie, and welcome!
Hope you'll have fun over here. In general people are all very nice and friendly over here.

It's no problem to like other players as well. As long as it isn't... okay I'll shut up for now. :angel:

trickcy
04-10-2009, 04:07 AM
Welcome Nathalie :wavey:
Nice to have you posting here.
There are a lot of people who like Gasquet here (including me :D) as many have already said while introducing themselves :) No problem liking any other player :)

There's a thread about why you became Roger's fan and also a Federer Express Passenger thread too :)

Rita
04-10-2009, 03:12 PM
Welcome Nathalie :wavey:

Corey Feldman
04-10-2009, 03:19 PM
Hello Nathalie... also you are an Arsenal fan i noticed :lol:

lamnathalie
04-10-2009, 03:35 PM
Hello guys :wavey: Thanks so much for the warm welcome. :hug:
And yes, I support Arsenal! Any football fan here? :D

Rita
04-10-2009, 03:46 PM
I support Barcelona and Man U (sometimes Liverpool :p)
I do have a huge crush on Fabregas :inlove:

Nymeria
04-10-2009, 04:39 PM
I support Barcelona and Man U (sometimes Liverpool :p)
I do have a huge crush on Fabregas :inlove:

Good girl, but you should support Liverpool all the time (except when they play ajax of course) :p :angel:

lamnathalie
04-10-2009, 04:58 PM
:lol: Is there any thread that allows us to talk about football stuff :shrug: because when it comes to football it seems that we've got plenty to say :haha:

Nymeria
04-10-2009, 06:35 PM
:lol: Is there any thread that allows us to talk about football stuff :shrug: because when it comes to football it seems that we've got plenty to say :haha:

I know there is a football thread in Non Tennis. If you want to talk about Football in Roger forum, I guess you should try the chatthread, that should be open for any talk :) Or, as a third option you can always start a new thread. About Roger's fans who like football :p

recessional
05-04-2009, 12:33 AM
...hi. :D/

I've been lurking here for a few months now, and thought I'd introduce myself here before posting anywhere else. Though, I should really go to bed considering I have uni tomorrow... but whatever. 8D You'll notice soon enough I'm a bit of a night person.

Anyway, I'm Francisca. If that's too long, you can shorten it to whatever you like. My friends and brother and sister call me "Cis" and my parents call me "Cisca". I'm 18 years old, Chinese, born and raised in the Netherlands. Oh, and I'm a girl. In case that wasn't obvious already. ;D

I'm a total dork for Japanese pop culture. Of course the usual like anime and manga, but also music, dramas, (voice) actors... everything. ♥ (Though I've been on a bit of a hiatus, because I've been so distracted by tennis. |D;;) Japandom's been dominating my life since forever, so I decided to study the language and culture at Leiden University. I'm just about to finish my first year.

As for when I first got into tennis... well, back in 2007, I'd gotten myself addicted to an anime called Tennis no Oujisama or Prince of Tennis. I have no idea why I loved it (and still do), considering how lame it actually is, but... yeah. After watching these characters do the most ridiculous shots, I thought, "I wonder how actual tennis is played?" So I decided to look around a bit, and it didn't take too long luckily, because it happened to be around Wimbledon. And of course, I also just happened to see a certain Swiss player. The commentator said he was the number one player, and I thought, well, okay, let's see how a number one player plays. I wasn't immediately amazed. But I really liked what I saw.

A few days later, it's the Wimbledon final, and hey! it's that guy! so I half-watched, half-read the book I needed to write a book report on (and hand in the next day, heh). If only I'd just watched. :/ The exact moment Roger Federer captured my heart, was when he held the trophy and cried. I hardly knew the guy, but I got teary-eyed anyway. I was touched.

Unfortunately, I didn't watch tennis again until RG '08 (and thus missed Darth Federer ;_;). I started to really, really like Federer, and he became my favourite. It was after Wimbledon that I decided to follow him, and somewhere after the US Open that I decided to follow the ATP. So yeah, I came to the party a little late, which I want to kick myself for, but it's okay. I'm just glad to have discovered tennis and Roger at all. ♥

I do play tennis - sort of. I bought a beginner's racket a month or two ago, but I haven't played much. I plan on taking lessons in October. I'll have saved up enough money by then, hopefully.

Um. Yeah, that was all, I guess. I look forward to spamming the threads. :D/

Rita
05-04-2009, 06:50 AM
Welcome Francisca :wavey:
great intro
:secret: i'm also a total dork for Japanese pop culture :o
Hope you enjoy this place :hug: :D

lamnathalie
05-04-2009, 11:39 AM
Hello, Francisca! :wavey:
Welcome to the forum.
I'm Nathalie. :D
Have a great time here. :hug:

lunahielo
05-04-2009, 01:29 PM
Hello & Welcome, Francisca,

So~you came to the party a little late~~
That's OK..
We are glad you are here! Hope you have fun & enjoy our group of fans.
:wavey:

Luna :)

recessional
05-04-2009, 01:55 PM
Welcome Francisca :wavey:
great intro
:secret: i'm also a total dork for Japanese pop culture :o
Hope you enjoy this place :hug: :D

Hello, Francisca! :wavey:
Welcome to the forum.
I'm Nathalie. :D
Have a great time here. :hug:

Hello & Welcome, Francisca,

So~you came to the party a little late~~
That's OK..
We are glad you are here! Hope you have fun & enjoy our group of fans.
:wavey:

Luna :)

Thanks for the warm welcome! :D :hug:

SUKTUEN
05-04-2009, 02:02 PM
Francisca welcome broad!!!:wavey:

recessional
05-04-2009, 04:42 PM
Francisca welcome broad!!!:wavey:

Thank you~. :D ♥

juninhOH
05-04-2009, 07:12 PM
does any of you use msn and wants to chat over there too?

Dini
05-04-2009, 07:16 PM
Welcome Francisca :wavey::hug: I love your name :D

recessional
05-04-2009, 08:40 PM
Welcome Francisca :wavey::hug: I love your name :D

Double thanks :hug: ♥♥♥

SUKTUEN
05-05-2009, 01:48 PM
Thank you~. :D ♥

Oh my GOD , you also like full metal alchemist!???

I love Edward so much!!!:D:D

recessional
05-05-2009, 03:04 PM
I looove FMA, it's one of my favourite anime (never read the manga, unfortunately). :D

Edward is my favourite! ♥

marina36
05-05-2009, 05:30 PM
Hello!:wavey:

I'm Marina, I'm French! (so I don't speak very well english) I am 18.
I love tennis since 2005.
My favorite players are Richard Gasquet and Roger Federer. I love their game...

Moreover, I am fond of sports: tennis, cycling, paragliding...:)

I am registered here because I would like to spend time to speak about my passion: tennis.

Eden
05-05-2009, 07:17 PM
does any of you use msn and wants to chat over there too?

Sorry, I don't use any messenger any more. I once chatted on AIM and it wasn't that pleasant for me to go offline at 2 a.m. when I had to get up 5 hours later :lol:

Welcome to Francisca and Marina :wavey: Nice to see fans joining the forum in a time when things don't go that well as in the past for Roger :) Hope you enjoy your time on MTF, though it's sometimes a strange place, mainly on GM ;)

Nymeria
05-05-2009, 07:21 PM
Welcome Marina :wavey: to you as well Francisca, but of course we've chatted already in one of the other threads.

Marina, do you cycle yourself or do you also enjoy watching it? :)

Rita
05-05-2009, 08:48 PM
Hello!:wavey:

I'm Marina, I'm French! (so I don't speak very well english) I am 18.
I love tennis since 2005.
My favorite players are Richard Gasquet and Roger Federer. I love their game...

Moreover, I am fond of sports: tennis, cycling, paragliding...:)

I am registered here because I would like to spend time to speak about my passion: tennis.

Bienvenu :hug:
hope you enjoy your time here :D

recessional
05-05-2009, 09:16 PM
Hello!:wavey:

I'm Marina, I'm French! (so I don't speak very well english) I am 18.
I love tennis since 2005.
My favorite players are Richard Gasquet and Roger Federer. I love their game...

Moreover, I am fond of sports: tennis, cycling, paragliding...:)

I am registered here because I would like to spend time to speak about my passion: tennis.

Hi, Marina. :) Nice to see another newbie here. ;D

Sorry, I don't use any messenger any more. I once chatted on AIM and it wasn't that pleasant for me to go offline at 2 a.m. when I had to get up 5 hours later :lol:

Welcome to Francisca and Marina :wavey: Nice to see fans joining the forum in a time when things don't go that well as in the past for Roger :) Hope you enjoy your time on MTF, though it's sometimes a strange place, mainly on GM ;)

Hi, thanks for the welcome and the rep! :D :hug:

Dini
05-05-2009, 09:46 PM
Welcome Marina :wavey::hug:

I'm a big Richie fan too :D Maybe you (and Cisca too) want to get your Fed Express wagons (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=22944&page=157) reserved?

;)

recessional
05-05-2009, 10:30 PM
Ah, I forgot. *runs off* :D

lunahielo
05-06-2009, 04:30 AM
Welcome, Marina! :wavey:

marina36
05-06-2009, 03:03 PM
Thanks!

Welcome Marina :wavey: to you as well Francisca, but of course we've chatted already in one of the other threads.

Marina, do you cycle yourself or do you also enjoy watching it? :)

I cycle just for fun. And I love also watching it!;)

SUKTUEN
05-06-2009, 04:32 PM
Hello!:wavey:

I'm Marina, I'm French! (so I don't speak very well english) I am 18.
I love tennis since 2005.
My favorite players are Richard Gasquet and Roger Federer. I love their game...


Oh that's great!!

I love Richard Gasquet too!!!!!!!!:devil::devil:

juninhOH
05-06-2009, 06:24 PM
welcome to you all =]

Nymeria
05-06-2009, 08:18 PM
Thanks!



I cycle just for fun. And I love also watching it!;)

Just like me that is, cycling for fun and really love to watch it. Nice to see another cycling fan aboard :) :wavey:

Babolat - Dan
05-17-2009, 09:40 PM
Hi everyone, my name is Dan. i am a fan of Federer, and I also like Murray and Rafa(dont shoot me).
Pleased to meet everyone. :wavey:

biological
05-17-2009, 09:49 PM
hi Dan :) I'm Sophie :hug:

great to meet you too!

biological
05-17-2009, 09:52 PM
lovely to meet you too Francisca and Marina :D it's ace to have lots of people in Roger's forum :hug:

I hope you all have a very positive time here because it is filled with awesome people :)

biological
05-17-2009, 09:57 PM
A few days later, it's the Wimbledon final, and hey! it's that guy! so I half-watched, half-read the book I needed to write a book report on (and hand in the next day, heh). If only I'd just watched. :/ The exact moment Roger Federer captured my heart, was when he held the trophy and cried. I hardly knew the guy, but I got teary-eyed anyway. I was touched.

Unfortunately, I didn't watch tennis again until RG '08 (and thus missed Darth Federer ;_;). I started to really, really like Federer, and he became my favourite. It was after Wimbledon that I decided to follow him, and somewhere after the US Open that I decided to follow the ATP. So yeah, I came to the party a little late, which I want to kick myself for, but it's okay. I'm just glad to have discovered tennis and Roger at all. ♥


this is so weird, it's like almost exactly what happened for me :eek: :D

I'm glad there are others who discovered Roger later, sometimes I feel very inexperienced when it comes to tennis and the tour and everything :p

also I second what Nadine said - Francisca is a beautiful name :hearts:

Babolat - Dan
05-17-2009, 10:17 PM
hi Dan :) I'm Sophie :hug:

great to meet you too!

Hi Sophie, thanks for the warm welcome.
Did u see the final today?

Obey.my.dreamz
05-17-2009, 10:27 PM
hey sophie, long time no "see" , what up with u ?;)

recessional
05-17-2009, 11:08 PM
this is so weird, it's like almost exactly what happened for me :eek: :D

I'm glad there are others who discovered Roger later, sometimes I feel very inexperienced when it comes to tennis and the tour and everything :p

also I second what Nadine said - Francisca is a beautiful name :hearts:

I remember reading your introduction and being all :eek: as well! Crazy coincidence. :D

And same here regarding the tour and stuff. That's basically why I don't say too much about the technical aspects; I feel like I've got to learn more before I can actually join a discussion. Reading the posts is a good start to learning. :D Trolling posts excluded, of course. :tape:

Thank you. :D Your name is Sophie, isn't it? I lovelovelove your name, too, and I'm not just saying that because you complimented me. :p If I ever have a daughter, I want to name her Sophie. :hearts: I actually think Sophie would be a great name for Roger's kid, if it turns out to be a girl. ♥

juninhOH
05-17-2009, 11:29 PM
Roger's kid is a boy :)

Dini
05-17-2009, 11:36 PM
Roger's kid is a boy :)

Really?! :eek:

Link please :p

recessional
05-18-2009, 12:27 AM
Roger's kid is a boy :)

I thought that wasn't confirmed?

I remember it being mentioned in that article about Roger and Mirka's wedding, and I even remember reading it on Roger's site... but when I later checked, they'd removed that part of the news, so... who knows.

juninhOH
05-18-2009, 02:32 AM
well I'm quite sure I've read it in a lot of places. Don't remember which though

lamnathalie
05-18-2009, 10:23 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Dan.
Welcome, Dan! :wavey: I'm Nathalie. :)

Eden
05-18-2009, 12:46 PM
Hi everyone, my name is Dan. i am a fan of Federer, and I also like Murray and Rafa(dont shoot me).
Pleased to meet everyone. :wavey:

Welcome to the forum Dan :wavey: Nice that you joined us :)

Nobody gets shot in here when he likes Rafa ;) There are quite a few people on the board who like Roger and Rafa equally, others - including myself - who probably don't enjoy the kind of game Rafa plays, but who have a lot of respect for his achievements over the past years and who - as far as we get an insight - like the off-court Rafa :)

The Roger/Rafa rivalry has always been a huge thing on MTF, causing lots of discussions and insults, mainly of course on GM. It's always amazing to see people asking for respect for their favourite player, but who aren't able to give it out to others.

Roger and Rafa stood and still stand in the way of the other in making history, yet they are able to maintain a relationship which is quite seldom in the professional sports of today.

SUKTUEN
05-18-2009, 02:59 PM
Roger has a son soon!!

Babolat - Dan
05-18-2009, 05:22 PM
Hi Nathalie and Eden.

Babolat - Dan
05-18-2009, 05:24 PM
Eden, I admire Rafa's competiveness. His Forehand is awesome too; he puts so much spin on it.
I prefer Rogers game, he plays the game single handed and I enjoy watching Roger over Rafa. therefore, i prefer Roger to Rafa, but admire both players.

biological
05-19-2009, 04:04 PM
Hi Sophie, thanks for the warm welcome.
Did u see the final today?

I did see the final and it was one of the happiest matches I've seen in ages :worship: I was so ridiculous afterwards :bounce: did you see it? I hope you did, it was really awesome and Roger was so smiley at the end.

hey sophie, long time no "see" , what up with u ?

Janko :woohoo: I'm so happy to see you again :hug: it feels like it's been ages. how are you? I'm on a high right now because of Madrid, and actually really excited about Roland Garros :D I feel like Roger can do really well there. hope all's well with you :)

I remember reading your introduction and being all :eek: as well! Crazy coincidence. :D

And same here regarding the tour and stuff. That's basically why I don't say too much about the technical aspects; I feel like I've got to learn more before I can actually join a discussion. Reading the posts is a good start to learning. :D Trolling posts excluded, of course. :tape:

Thank you. :D Your name is Sophie, isn't it? I lovelovelove your name, too, and I'm not just saying that because you complimented me. :p If I ever have a daughter, I want to name her Sophie. :hearts: I actually think Sophie would be a great name for Roger's kid, if it turns out to be a girl.

it is a mental coincidence :D

I'm totally the same with technical things - MTF is actually pretty educational though... at times :p I'm getting better and more tennis nerdy with every day which is fine by me :D

my name is Sophie, yeah. thanks so much for the name compliments :hug: that's really kind of you :) and I very much want Roger to name his first daughter after me now :p that may be hard what with the whole never-having-met-me thing, but I'm sure we could work something out. I feel his love for me whenever he looks at the camera during matches :angel:

how have you been? feeling good about Madrid?

Dini
05-19-2009, 05:36 PM
Sophie :wavey:

Didn't see you around on the glorious Sunday. :awww:

I'm still buzzing :lol: :bounce:

biological
05-19-2009, 05:45 PM
Nadine :hug:

I wasn't online while I was watching the match :awww: I wish I had been now so I could have shared the awesomeness with you guys! Roger is such a champion :worship:

I'm buzzing too :D how are you lately, aside from the ecstasy that always comes from a Fed win? :)

Dini
05-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Nadine :hug:

I wasn't online while I was watching the match :awww: I wish I had been now so I could have shared the awesomeness with you guys! Roger is such a champion :worship:

I'm buzzing too :D how are you lately, aside from the ecstasy that always comes from a Fed win? :)

:D :D :D

In the cheering thread we were celebrating each game that he won until that first break came and then the set, and then the other set. :drool: Certainly a highlight of being a Fed fan.

I've got a stupid cold :mad:, but otherwise I'm all good. ;) How's your maths studying going?

biological
05-19-2009, 06:02 PM
:D :D :D

In the cheering thread we were celebrating each game that he won until that first break came and then the set, and then the other set. :drool: Certainly a highlight of being a Fed fan.

I've got a stupid cold :mad:, but otherwise I'm all good. ;) How's your maths studying going?

aww that sounds ace :D let's hope there will be lots of celebration at RG too :rocker2:

I'm sorry you have a cold :awww: :hug: glad that apart from that you're ok though. I actually have finished my first maths exam and the next one isn't for a couple of weeks so no more revision for a while, thanks for asking :D well no more maths revision, still got a bucketful of other subjects :p but it's not too bad - I have Biology tomorrow and, although I know it's weird, I really enjoy Biology exams :o

how is your maths going? I remember you said you had quite a lot to do (I think). it can't be nice working with a cold :hug:

Dini
05-19-2009, 06:17 PM
aww that sounds ace :D let's hope there will be lots of celebration at RG too :rocker2:

I'm sorry you have a cold :awww: :hug: glad that apart from that you're ok though. I actually have finished my first maths exam and the next one isn't for a couple of weeks so no more revision for a while, thanks for asking :D well no more maths revision, still got a bucketful of other subjects :p but it's not too bad - I have Biology tomorrow and, although I know it's weird, I really enjoy Biology exams :o

how is your maths going? I remember you said you had quite a lot to do (I think). it can't be nice working with a cold :hug:

Thanks :hug:

I'm procrastinating...and that's not good. :sobbing: I should go back to revision, but can't be asked :p

How did the exam go? :angel: Good luck for the next ones.

Btw, do you have FB? :D

biological
05-19-2009, 10:10 PM
Thanks :hug:

I'm procrastinating...and that's not good. :sobbing: I should go back to revision, but can't be asked :p

How did the exam go? :angel: Good luck for the next ones.

Btw, do you have FB? :D

procrastinating... :rolleyes: :p revision isn't very appealing, it has to be said.

it went well actually thank you :) there was one horrible rearranging thing that made no sense but aside from that it wasn't too bad at all. thanks for the good luck :hug:

I do indeed have FB :D

Dini
05-19-2009, 10:21 PM
procrastinating... :rolleyes: :p revision isn't very appealing, it has to be said.

it went well actually thank you :) there was one horrible rearranging thing that made no sense but aside from that it wasn't too bad at all. thanks for the good luck :hug:

I do indeed have FB :D

Glad to know it went well :)

Check your reps :p

HighHopes
06-06-2009, 04:24 PM
:wavey: Hey all!

As I'm new here, I thought I should introduce myself. I'm Monica (but you can all call me Moni, it's shorter :)) and I'm 17. And obviously a huge Fed fan :p.

PS: Thanks Nadine for convincing me to come here :kiss:

SUKTUEN
06-06-2009, 04:26 PM
Monica welcome broad!

Dini
06-06-2009, 04:28 PM
:wavey: Hey all!

As I'm new here, I thought I should introduce myself. I'm Monica (but you can all call me Moni, it's shorter :)) and I'm 17. And obviously a huge Fed fan :p.

PS: Thanks Nadine for convincing me to come here :kiss:

:dance: :hearts:

You're welcome. :kiss:

Get your seat on the Fed express, here: :angel:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=22944

Your avi. :drool:

Oh and welcome...:hug:

Obey.my.dreamz
06-06-2009, 04:41 PM
Hahaha..I bet ur friend Nadine talks about Mr.Tennis all the time.. it's hard not to like him if u want to stay friends ;)
welcome M0ni!!! u may not want to start with the "Cheering threads" right away.. we get a bit anxious and just mass angry posts... (=

cheers ( Janko)

juninhOH
06-06-2009, 06:08 PM
Welcome monica :)

Rogieva
06-06-2009, 08:32 PM
Welcome Monica!!

HighHopes
06-07-2009, 08:19 AM
Thanks guys for your warm welcome :)

trickcy
06-07-2009, 08:47 AM
Welcome Monica :D Nice to have you aboard the Fed Express, and hope you enjoy your stay here :)

recessional
06-07-2009, 12:29 PM
Hi and welcome, Monica. :wavey: Enjoy your stay and... don't mind us nervous folks, haha. :lol:

SUKTUEN
06-07-2009, 04:08 PM
welcome welcome

Lisey
07-30-2009, 09:27 PM
Hey! My name's Elise (or Lisey), I'm 17 and from near London in the UK. At the moment I'm studying for my A Levels and hope to go to university in 2010 to study languages. Tennis is a fairly new interest for me, but I am very very much enjoying playing and watching it :) Federer is my inspiration!

Dini
07-30-2009, 09:30 PM
Welcome Elsie, enjoy your time on the Fed Express. :rocker2: :hug:

I'm Nadine, btw. :wavey:

Eden
07-30-2009, 09:44 PM
Beautiful name Elise :) I'm Doris.

Welcome to MTF and especially the Federer forum :wavey: When and how did you got interested in tennis?

I'm following the game for 25 years now, supported players like Becker, Edberg, Kuerten, Stich and Rafter, but to be a Federer fan is unique :)

Lisey
07-30-2009, 09:46 PM
Hi Nadine and Doris :)

Well I first enjoyed tennis when we played it at school and it was the first sport that I wasn't completely useless at :D But just fairly recently I joined a tennis club and got into watching matches. There are some amazing players out there, but Federer just tops them all in my eyes :)

Nice to meet you!

trickcy
07-31-2009, 07:40 AM
Welcome Elsie :D I'm Lekha :wavey:
Hope you enjoy yourself on the Fed Express :D

SUKTUEN
07-31-2009, 02:56 PM
Elise welcome broad!!!! Hello, I am Suk~~~:D:wavey:

ShotmaKer
08-26-2009, 01:19 PM
ahem... Hi there,

That's exactly the thread I was looking for. I've been posting in the Federer forum for a few days now, some of you may have noticed. But I thought it would be great to introduce myself in the first place, and to read a bit about you guys. So, here's me giving it a shot. I just hope I will not bore you to death.

My name is Djou and I will turn 24 soon. And by the way, sex is male - my username could sometime be misleading. I am from Madagascar, this island in the Indian Ocean, near Africa's east coast. I've been following tennis for quite a long time now. Almost every men in my family play tennis, and I guess that's how I fell head over heels for tennis. That said, I can't remember my exact age when I first held a racquet. I think I've been playing for the most part of my life, although I know I stopped playing altogether for many years during my teen out of sheer laziness. Came back strong afterwards though, and played intensely for some time. I also played some tournaments during my college years. I'm not what you'd call an excellent player, but I'm at least sorta decent.

All-time faves are Edberg and Rafter (had the USO finals on tape). Really big Rafter fan here, loved lotsa things about him. Then Roger came along and I'm just as big a fan now, if not bigger, as when I first saw him play.

Apart from that, I currently live in Paris, doing a master degree in economics at the Université Paris Dauphine. I also like rugby very much, my favorite player being the one in my avatar, I guess some of you might have recognized Jonah Lomu. Aside from being a sports fan, I am very fond of music, and especially blues and rock guitar - the likes of SRV, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Lukather, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, John Mayer... - but also vintage soul - Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye... I used to play in some bands during my first years in college.

There you have it. I'll try to upload some pics of me in the MTF members pics thread later on. I really hope I did not bore you too much.

Cheers.

Dini
08-26-2009, 02:44 PM
Wow nice introduction Djou, really enjoyed reading that. :)

Love your taste in music btw. I'm a big John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Clapton fan myself. :inlove: :worship: What instruments did you play in the band?

I have an obsession with single handed backhands - how good is yours? :p

Good luck with your studies also. :angel: I've always found it hard to juggle my passion for tennis and school work... :lol:

And last but not least: Welcome :hug: If you want you can get your seat on the fed express... There is a thread for that also. ;)

ShotmaKer
08-26-2009, 04:07 PM
Oh thanks Nadine :hug: You my friend are really a nice person. I quite enjoyed reading your introduction too, and it really helped me made up my mind :)

My backhand is not that bad. People seem to find it quite aesthetic. But I know it's the weakest part in my game, and not very reliable. Does that remind you of anybody ? :lol:

Yeah, looks like we have the same taste in music. Great minds think alike, right ? :lol: John Mayer is one of the few modern blues guitar player that turn me on. His covers of Hendrix and SRV tunes are just :worship: Don't even get me started on Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye... :p I used to play lead guitar plus some vocals in the band, on a Fender US Stratocaster. I also wish you all the best with your studies.

I think it's really nice that you love children and want to be a paedetrician. Plus you wanna volunteer in Africa : now that is very cool, and very brave. I hope you will be able to find what you are looking for. When I first came in the "western world", I saw a lot of people who were afraid to see poverty and misery in the "third world", and did not want to hear anything about it. I can't blame them, and I don't pretend to know everything about this part of the world, but I am really glad whenever I see people like you who want to go out there and see what it is really about.

Thanks again Nadine :smooch: Hope we'll have a great time together in here. And by the way, I'll take a look at the Federer Express thread just as you suggested ! Sure I'd like to book a seat on that train :D

SUKTUEN
08-26-2009, 05:26 PM
Welcome broad~!!:wavey:

ShotmaKer
08-26-2009, 05:51 PM
Thanks Suk :wavey: That's cool.

Dini
08-26-2009, 05:51 PM
Oh thanks Nadine You my friend are really a nice person. I quite enjoyed reading your introduction too, and it really helped me made up my mind

Glad I could help without me knowing. :p :hatoff:

My backhand is not that bad. People seem to find it quite aesthetic. But I know it's the weakest part in my game, and not very reliable. Does that remind you of anybody ?

Does his name start with F and end with ederer by any chance? :lol: :angel: :aplot:


Yeah, looks like we have the same taste in music. Great minds think alike, right ? John Mayer is one of the rare modern blues guitar player that turn me on. His covers of Hendrix and SRV tunes are just Don't even get me started on Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye... I used to play lead guitar plus some vocals in the band, on a Fender US Stratocaster.

I've got John Mayer's whole discography and loved the more bluesy feel he developed in his continuum album. :worship:

I wish I could play the guitar just as masterfully Claptom does :inlove: maybe it's time for me to start getting some lessons. I play the piano though so I can't complain too much.

What is a US Fender Stratocoaster? :lol:

Dini
08-26-2009, 05:58 PM
I also wish you all the best with your studies. I think it's really nice that you love children and want to be a paedetrician. Plus you wanna volunteer in Africa : now that is very cool, and very brave. I hope you will be able to find what you are looking for. When I first came in the "western world", I saw a lot of people who were afraid to see poverty and misery in the "third world", and who did not want to hear anything about it. I can't blame them, and I don't pretend to know everything about this part of the world, but I am really glad whenever I see people like you who want to go out there and see what it is really about. Thanks again Nadine Hope we'll have a great time together in here. And by the way, I'll take a look at the Federer Express thread just as you suggested ! Sure I'd like to book a seat on that train

I'm a curious person and adventerous if you like, I love to travel to new places and see new cultures. Visiting an African coutry would be a natural thing for me to do and something I look forward to very much. There are so many things I take for granted in life - I hope that seeing a different, more difficult part of life will help me be grateful with what I've got. Sometimes just seeing children smile makes my day.

I hope you'll enjoy it here. :smooch:

Btw what other players besides Fed do you like?

ShotmaKer
08-26-2009, 06:50 PM
Does his name start with F and end with ederer by any chance? :lol: :angel: :aplot:



The odds of you being right are pretty good here :lol:

I've got John Mayer's whole discography and loved the more bluesy feel he developed in his continuum album. :worship:

I wish I could play the guitar just as masterfully Claptom does :inlove: maybe it's time for me to start getting some lessons. I play the piano though so I can't complain too much.

What is a US Fender Stratocoaster? :lol:

A Fender Stratocaster is an electric guitar. You know, like John Mayer's, and also Jimi Hendrix' and SRV's, and Clapton's. These guitar players are/were known to play on this famous guitar, and made its reputation :) JM has his own signature edition. I think he is the youngest ever to have a signature edition of his own. And he is the sole modern player that Fender cared to make one to.

http://www.modernguitars.com/imagefiles/CRASH/jcmbw.gif

I love when JM plays the blues. I love his version of 'Bold as Love', you know the Jimi Hendrix' tune, on Continuum. 'Im gonna find another you' is also a great song. What's your favorite ?

What amazes me the most with JM is his ability to perform live. 'Try' and 'Where the light is' are just plain brillant. And his guitar cover of Ray Charles' 'I got a woman' on the former live album is just :worship: I think we can safely say JM is the proud heir of the great power trios of the 60's and the 70's, never in doubt :worship:

Piano is a great instrument. What kind of music do you play ?

ShotmaKer
08-26-2009, 07:01 PM
I'm a curious person and adventerous if you like, I love to travel to new places and see new cultures. Visiting an African coutry would be a natural thing for me to do and something I look forward to very much. There are so many things I take for granted in life - I hope that seeing a different, more difficult part of life will help me be grateful with what I've got. Sometimes just seeing children smile makes my day.


Seriously, that is cool :) Everybody should think like that. I really wish you can find what you are looking for.


Btw what other players besides Fed do you like?


I do love attacking tennis. I find Tsonga's game very appealing, plus I kind of like the character you know. I also like Nalbandian, too bad he is injured. Safin too, I liked wathing him in his prime, although I cannot say I am a die hard fan. Blake reminds me of myself when I play tennis. I have very little patience :rolleyes: And there are a few other players that I like, but not especially for their game. I have a lot of respect for Nadal who I did not like at first, when I really started to be a die hard Fed fan. But afterwards, I changed my mind when I found out the Fedal war was between the fanbases in the first place. I think it's nice to see players with such mental strength, and he seems to be quite humble and very down to earth... Roddick makes me laugh at times too. He looks fun.

What about you Nadine ? What other players do you like ?

Lisey
08-26-2009, 08:24 PM
Welcome djou! :)

ShotmaKer
08-26-2009, 08:25 PM
Welcome djou! :)


Thanks Lisey :wavey:

Eden
08-26-2009, 08:44 PM
Bonsoir Johary :wavey:

Thanks for your introduction, which was a very interesting read :) It's nice that you decided after more than 2 years on MTF to join us in the Federer forum.

I'm also a huge fan of Edberg and Rafter. They are among my top five favourite players of all time.
It's such a pity that Patrick could never win in Wimbledon :awww: He would have really deserved a title there.

Do you know that there are two threads on GM where you can name your 10 favourite active and retired players?

Favourite active players:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=139437

Favourite retired players:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=117124

roger_forever
08-26-2009, 11:00 PM
hi
i've never introduced myself. I'm a huge fan of Roger from France and i've had the luck to meet him in Cincinnati. He's so nice and timid!
i've had the luck to make him sign a few hats, if someone is interested...
see you soon here

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 07:45 AM
Bonsoir Johary :wavey:

Thanks for your introduction, which was a very interesting read :) It's nice that you decided after more than 2 years on MTF to join us in the Federer forum.

I'm also a huge fan of Edberg and Rafter. They are among my top five favourite players of all time.
It's such a pity that Patrick could never win in Wimbledon :awww: He would have really deserved a title there.

Do you know that there are two threads on GM where you can name your 10 favourite active and retired players?

Favourite active players:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=139437

Favourite retired players:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=117124


Hallo Doris

Thanks for this very warm welcome :wavey:. Yours was very good too and enjoyable to read.

Roger, Pat and Stefan are my all time favorite. And as you said, too bad Pat never won Wimbledon. I was so disappointed both times he lost in the final. I would have liked Stefan to win that Roland Garros final against Chang so bad ! I think, had he won, the way we see tennis and its greatest servants would be quite different today. There was this kind of curse on S&V and attacking players at the French, that Roger eventually managed to break.

I'll take a look at the the threads you mentionned. Thanks again Doris :)

Dini
08-27-2009, 11:34 AM
The odds of you being right are pretty good here :lol:

Thought so. :angel:


A Fender Stratocaster is an electric guitar. You know, like John Mayer's, and also Jimi Hendrix' and SRV's, and Clapton's. These guitar players are/were known to play on this famous guitar, and made its reputation :) JM has his own signature edition. I think he is the youngest ever to have a signature edition of his own. And he is the sole modern player that Fender cared to make one to.

http://www.modernguitars.com/imagefiles/CRASH/jcmbw.gif

Thanks for explaining. I know nothing about the technicalities of electric guitars, so appreciate the insight. :hatoff:



I love when JM plays the blues. I love his version of 'Bold as Love', you know the Jimi Hendrix' tune, on Continuum. 'Im gonna find another you' is also a great song. What's your favorite ?

I'm gonna find another you is an amazing song. :worship: :hearts: :cool: I think it's my favourite off that album...

Belief and Slow Dancing in A Burning Room stand out too to me.


What amazes me the most with JM is his ability to perform live. 'Try' and 'Where the light is' are just plain brillant. And his guitar cover of Ray Charles' 'I got a woman' on the former live album is just :worship: I think we can safely say JM is the proud heir of the great power trios of the 60's and the 70's, never in doubt :worship:

He's brilliant live, I can spend hours on youtube just watching his live performances. :worship: His acoustic skills are not bad either. :p :hearts: :angel:

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Never seen the Ray Charles cover though. :o :o :o *Looks it up on Youtube*


Piano is a great instrument. What kind of music do you play ?

Classical - Chopin mainly. :inlove: He's an absolute legend... ;)

Dini
08-27-2009, 11:44 AM
Seriously, that is cool :) Everybody should think like that. I really wish you can find what you are looking for.

Hehe thanks. :hug:


I do love attacking tennis. I find Tsonga's game very appealing, plus I kind of like the character you know. I also like Nalbandian, too bad he is injured. Safin too, I liked wathing him in his prime, although I cannot say I am a die hard fan. Blake reminds me of myself when I play tennis. I have very little patience :rolleyes: And there are a few other players that I like, but not especially for their game. I have a lot of respect for Nadal who I did not like at first, when I really started to be a die hard Fed fan. But afterwards, I changed my mind when I found out the Fedal war was between the fanbases in the first place. I think it's nice to see players with such mental strength, and he seems to be quite humble and very down to earth... Roddick makes me laugh at times too. He looks fun.

What about you Nadine ? What other players do you like ?

I like so many players. My first love was of course Fed, but Gasquet is my very next favourite - that super talented guy with the crazy backhand (:bowdown:) and mental midgetry. :o :p I miss seeing him play, but I won't wait for long now - he'll play USO. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Wawrinka is amaze too - absolutely love his backhand and his breathtaking, powerful winners from that side... :D I love Tsonga as well - very agressive, fun, explosive, flamboyant, erratic and has an infectious smile too boot. :angel: I also like that other ball bashing Frenchie - Chardy - :inlove: . Baghdatis, Ancic and Nalbandian are long time favourites. Also, have soft spots for the Swedish players Soderling and Vinciguerra...

trickcy
08-27-2009, 02:18 PM
Welcome Djou :wavey: Very nice introduction :D Very interesting :yeah:
I have a one handed BH too :p

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 02:45 PM
Welcome Djou :wavey: Very nice introduction :D Very interesting :yeah:
I have a one handed BH too :p

Thanks Lekha :) Your introduction was very cool too.

One handed backhand rocks big time ! :cool:

trickcy
08-27-2009, 02:52 PM
Thanks Lekha :) Your introduction was very cool too.

One handed backhand rocks big time ! :cool:

Thanks :) Yes, they do :D I love CC single handed BH,esp slice, but DTL is so much more difficult :sobbing: But I still love it though :dance:

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 02:57 PM
I'm gonna find another you is an amazing song. :worship: :hearts: :cool: I think it's my favourite off that album...

Belief and Slow Dancing in A Burning Room stand out too to me.

I'm gonna find another you is one hell of a song. Seriously, the blues feeling and the lyrics are so cool :)

As for Belief and Slow Dancing in A Burning Room, at first, I did not like these songs. Reminded me too much of his 'pop' influence. But the live version made me change my mind right away.


He's brilliant live, I can spend hours on youtube just watching his live performances. :worship: His acoustic skills are not bad either. :p :hearts: :angel:

Never seen the Ray Charles cover though. :o :o :o *Looks it up on Youtube*


I think if they could fine people based on hours spent on Youtube watching JM's video, I would be in jail right now :lol:

The Ray Charles cover that I found on youtube are not the same as on the live album 'Try'. That one was really amazing, and really made me wonder how 3 people - JM, Steve Jordan the drumer and Pino Palladino the bass player - could deliver such performance, really amazing Im telling ya :cool:

As for his acoustic skills, they are not bad either. I used to like Why Georgia a lot a couple of years ago. And his famous cover of Police's tune 'Message in A Bottle'. But his electric skills turn me on the most. Ah love it when he plays Hendrix :inlove:



Classical - Chopin mainly. :inlove: He's an absolute legend... ;)

I used to play classical piano myself back when I was a kid. Chopin is really great, although I stopped taking classes too much earlier to remember anything about how to play :rolleyes:

Dini
08-27-2009, 03:02 PM
The ones I play on my iPod are mainly live versions...after a while I do get sick of the studio versions; live gives more variety. ;) He's one of those guys where you're sure to get every pennies worth of your ticket if you were to see him live. I like Belief not so much because of the music but rather the lyrics. The first 35 seconds of Slow dancing - :worship:

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pica_pica
08-27-2009, 03:28 PM
Classical - Chopin mainly. :inlove: He's an absolute legend... ;)

I :hearts: Chopin too. Though I've only played the easiest of his pieces so far e.g. Raindrop, One-minute Waltz, several nocturnes and mazurkas


:wavey: Let me formally introduce myself here!
I'm pica_pica from Hong Kong, China. Just finished university and I'm now in the job hunt. ;)
You can find me lurking in Novak's forum most of the time, but Roger is my first love in the tennis world. I become addicted to tennis since Wimbledon 2008. I just enjoy and love the aesthetic experience in watching Roger :worship:

Nice to meet you all here :wavey:

trickcy
08-27-2009, 03:36 PM
Nice to meet you pica_pica :wavey: :hug:
Nice to heat that. Wimby 08 :awww: I think most of us love watching Fed play as well, so you'll fit right in. :D
I see you like 3 of the top 4 players. Nice :yeah: But difficult at times, I imagine :p

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 03:37 PM
The ones I play on my iPod are mainly live versions...after a while I do get sick of the studio versions; live gives more variety. ;) He's one of those guys where you're sure to get every pennies worth of your ticket if you were to see him live. I like Belief not so much because of the music but rather the lyrics. The first 35 seconds of Slow dancing - :worship:

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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. I thought I was the only one to have several live version of the same JM's tune on my iPod. :)

This dude is so talented. I mean, like I told you, even Fender made a signature model after him, like Clapton has his own, and Hendrix, and some other happy few greats.

And this version of Slow Dancing In A Burning Room is dope btw :inlove:

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 03:39 PM
Hehe thanks. :hug:



I like so many players. My first love was of course Fed, but Gasquet is my very next favourite - that super talented guy with the crazy backhand (:bowdown:) and mental midgetry. :o :p I miss seeing him play, but I won't wait for long now - he'll play USO. :banana: :banana: :banana:

Wawrinka is amaze too - absolutely love his backhand and his breathtaking, powerful winners from that side... :D I love Tsonga as well - very agressive, fun, explosive, flamboyant, erratic and has an infectious smile too boot. :angel: I also like that other ball bashing Frenchie - Chardy - :inlove: . Baghdatis, Ancic and Nalbandian are long time favourites. Also, have soft spots for the Swedish players Soderling and Vinciguerra...


You do have good taste for players Nadine :yeah: Too bad what happened to Gasquet. Living in France, I can tell you the media did not went easy on him either :(

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 03:40 PM
I :hearts: Chopin too. Though I've only played the easiest of his pieces so far e.g. Raindrop, One-minute Waltz, several nocturnes and mazurkas


:wavey: Let me formally introduce myself here!
I'm pica_pica from Hong Kong, China. Just finished university and I'm now in the job hunt. ;)
You can find me lurking in Novak's forum most of the time, but Roger is my first love in the tennis world. I become addicted to tennis since Wimbledon 2008. I just enjoy and love the aesthetic experience in watching Roger :worship:

Nice to meet you all here :wavey:

Hi pica_pica :wavey:

Welcome on board, and nice to meet you too :) I am Djou btw !

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 03:58 PM
Thanks :) Yes, they do :D I love CC single handed BH,esp slice, but DTL is so much more difficult :sobbing: But I still love it though :dance:

DTL are the most difficult, and the most beautiful :yeah: With some training you should able to figure it out :)

SUKTUEN
08-27-2009, 04:40 PM
Oh~~~ a lot of update infor~~

trickcy
08-27-2009, 05:12 PM
DTL are the most difficult, and the most beautiful :yeah: With some training you should able to figure it out :)

Yes they are. I've been working on it. It feels so nice when you hit one well :D

ShotmaKer
08-27-2009, 06:01 PM
Yes they are. I've been working on it. It feels so nice when you hit one well :D

Tell me about that. Try may be to turn your shoulders while arming you BH a bit more than when you're hitting a CC BH. DTL BH Slice can be effective too sometimes :D

trickcy
08-27-2009, 06:08 PM
I'm pretty comfortable with DTL slice. BH DTL is fine as long as the ball is away from me. But if it's close to me, my placement can be a bit off.