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James Blake: French Open not a goal for Americans?

Fiberlight1
05-27-2009, 12:21 AM
PARIS (AP)—There are plenty of theories about why U.S. men have so much trouble at the French Open, and James Blake offered his thoughts on the matter after losing in the first round Tuesday.

“For the Americans, a lot of times, this isn’t our main goal of the year. Ours is generally Wimbledon and the U.S. Open,” Blake said.

“I think if we were to try to prepare completely for the French Open, we would be giving away some of our advantage at the Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That’s where we excel. We’d rather, I think, prepare best for what our strengths are.”

The 15th-seeded Blake was eliminated 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-2 by Leonardo Mayer, a qualifier from Argentina making his Grand Slam debut.

Both other American men in action Tuesday lost, too: No. 22 Mardy Fish and unseeded Bobby Reynolds. That made the U.S. contingent 2-7 in the first round this year, with No. 6 Andy Roddick and Robert Kendrick the only winners.

“We’re trying as hard as we can,” Fish said. “Once these two weeks are over, the clay talk is over, and we’ll be looking to my most fun part of the year: Wimbledon, grass courts. That’s where we play our best.”

In 2007, the country’s men went 0-9 at the French Open. No American has won the title since Andre Agassi in 1999, and none even has reached the quarterfinals since he did in 2003.

Blake reached the final of a tournament on clay at Estoril, Portugal, this month and was not exactly down on his chances when he arrived at Roland Garros.

“Felt good. Felt like I was ready to play some good tennis and have a good run here,” he said. “Didn’t happen.”

Blake, who never has been past the third round at Roland Garros, made more than twice as many unforced errors as Mayer.

“Incredible. I played incredibly,” said Mayer, who previously failed in six tries to qualify for Grand Slam tournaments.

Asked if this was the best match he’s ever played, Mayer replied: “Yes, yes, yes.”

“I wasn’t nervous at the beginning, but at the end, when I had to close the match, I was very nervous, yes,” Mayer said. “I was dying of nerves.”

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AkcRm_CjeaYJWjs1ok3R1_k4v7YF?slug=ap-frenchopennotebook&prov=ap&type=lgns

There's the link to the article... What do you think about this?

FlameOn
05-27-2009, 12:28 AM
Makes sense. Every GS should be a goal for every player though. :shrug:

MacTheKnife
05-27-2009, 12:29 AM
Well unfortunately he's right. There's some sour grapes there too, can't tell me they wouldn't love to win it.
Hell, Agassi had to come from 2 sets down to pull if off and needed a rain delay against Medvedev.

Pfloyd
05-27-2009, 12:32 AM
Hah.

Get real Blake.

With that mentality it's no wonder he is such a massive underachiever.

finishingmove
05-27-2009, 12:33 AM
“For the Americans, a lot of times, this isn’t our main goal of the year. Ours is generally Wimbledon and the U.S. Open New Haven,” Blake said.

fixed

Johnny Groove
05-27-2009, 12:34 AM
Clay requires topspin, a foreign substance to Mr. Blake.

Mechlan
05-27-2009, 12:35 AM
“I think if we were to try to prepare completely for the French Open, we would be giving away some of our advantage at the Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That’s where we excel. We’d rather, I think, prepare best for what our strengths are.”


:confused:

Seriously, James? Please tell me you're joking. Horribly unprofessional attitude if this is what he really believes. I'd like to hear what these alleged advantages are that he'd be giving away by "preparing completely" on clay.

MacTheKnife
05-27-2009, 12:35 AM
Clay requires topspin, a foreign substance to Mr. Blake.

Not to mention patience..

leng jai
05-27-2009, 12:36 AM
You can't perform well at both Houston and RG. Its a fact of life. For guys like Blake, the choice is a no brainer.

Albop
05-27-2009, 12:42 AM
Funny coming from a guy who haven't reached a GS SF.

moon language
05-27-2009, 12:45 AM
Lame comments from Blake. Not surprising from him though.

Kip
05-27-2009, 12:48 AM
Who is "we"?

And how often does he "excel" in any Slam?

propi
05-27-2009, 12:59 AM
Wow I never expected such a silly quote from such a clever guy as James is supposed to be...
That's the thing I like the most from Nadal, he challenged himself to overcome his weaknesses, he started serving better, improved his backhand, offensive game and finally managed to win Wimbledon and Aus Open... that's the right attitude for a sportman :yeah:

Kolya
05-27-2009, 01:15 AM
Weak comment.

Arkulari
05-27-2009, 01:24 AM
American tennis is truly, really dead :unsure:
and think this: Blake is a regular Laver if you compare him with the brainless all-serve mugs that are coming behind :o

Fiberlight1
05-27-2009, 01:49 AM
fixed

Thanks ;)

Now that Roddick has become a massive pusher, maybe he can make it to the second week. Blake should follow in his footsteps.

out_here_grindin
05-27-2009, 01:49 AM
I've never seen a group of Americans that have given up on clay so easily. It's a grand slam for god sake.

ClaudiuS
05-27-2009, 01:54 AM
Isner should have played RG. :rocker2:

Beforehand
05-27-2009, 01:55 AM
1. It's a major, so whatever. Nobody is going to really miss James Blake in this tournament, second round or whatever.

2. It's not like James Blake is winning WImbledon or the U.S. Open either, so he can just go ahead and say whatever he likes.

Fiberlight1
05-27-2009, 01:58 AM
1. It's a major, so whatever. Nobody is going to really miss James Blake in this tournament, second round or whatever.

2. It's not like James Blake is winning WImbledon or the U.S. Open either, so he can just go ahead and say whatever he likes.

You really think a professional tennis player shouldn't try to be the best he can be? They're supposed to be the epitome of hard-work and perservence.. After all.. they are PRO athletes.. it's their job.

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 02:01 AM
shut up, James :zzz:

Macbrother
05-27-2009, 02:02 AM
This isn't the mentality or words of a champion, just a decent player. No surprise he gets the results he does.

Forehander
05-27-2009, 02:06 AM
That's a good excuse for being a pathetic tennis player lol

FiBeR
05-27-2009, 02:15 AM
:lol: lets face it.. there is usually a slam players just give up.. you just cant be good in all surfaces

like for e.g. Argies are crazy about RG.. but they couldnt care less about Wimbledon..cos they suck on grass..

Some great champs in the past couldnt care less about the Aussie Open..

I mean.. Blake is just mediocre, yes.. but the American School these days isnt fit for clay play... I mean..take the spaniards and grass.. (do i need to say there are exceptions?)

its a matter of style.. though, you dont get players saying something like "grass is for cows" :lol: (a hilarious quote by Vilas, an argie claycourter, who at least felt that way but did win a major on grass and a masters too.. :p)

anyway :shrug: no surprise..the guy feels that way, and he is mad cos he got outplayed by a nobody..

you gotta read into lines Blake is just cocky and his pride made him say this.. :p

my advise to James: Shut up and take it as a man :p nobody was expecting you to get anywhere :shrug:

Snoo Foo
05-27-2009, 02:18 AM
“For the Americans, a lot of times, this isn’t our main goal of the year. Ours is generally Wimbledon and the U.S. Open,” Blake said.

right on :yeah: just look at the pathetic performances nadal and federer put in at Wimbledon & USO after exhausting themselves reaching RG finals for the past few years, thus allowing Blake, Roddick, Fish, Querrey to totally dominate those slams :rocker2:

:scratch: but hey wasn't davydenko fined for suggesting that some MM tournament didn't matter? what if he'd said the same thing about RG?

fast_clay
05-27-2009, 02:21 AM
yeah, that's about right ray.... i think his estoril lulled him into a false sense of clay value...

james is hurt here... which is funny...

shotgun
05-27-2009, 02:46 AM
“I think if we were to try to prepare completely for the French Open, we would be giving away some of our advantage at the Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That’s where we excel. We’d rather, I think, prepare best for what our strengths are.”

Yep, James, that's why you played Houston, Rome, Estoril and Madrid leading up to Roland Garros. LMAO.

Had someone like Roddick or Ginepri said that, it wouldn't sound like the blatant sour grapes it sounded.

modern tennis
05-27-2009, 02:58 AM
blake has a big mouth, he is always saying how he can beat federer and nadal on any surface, and when someone asked how to beat nadal on clay....blake said u have smash the ball as hard as u can.

blake is a mindless, brainless and clueless ballbashing mug, he is a hard court specialist, yet nadal whose weakest surface is hard courts has 5 masters series on hard court to blake's 0. nadal has won aussie open and semi of us open, while blake is yet to reach a slam semi anywhere. blake has 10 overall titles in his career, all on MM hard court tournaments, while nadal has 9 hard courts titles with 5 on masters series and 1 aussie open slam.

blake is just a mug.

Winston's Human
05-27-2009, 03:01 AM
With this defeatist attitude, Blake should not make himself available to play against Croatia.

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 03:08 AM
With this defeatist attitude, Blake should not make himself available to play against Croatia.Gosh, that'd sure make things easier. Not that the other alternatives are that much better, but at least they might want to be there a little more :o

OnyxRose
05-27-2009, 03:09 AM
I would certainly hope that Pat McEnroe will pass over Blake for DC. His attitude doesn't inspire confidence and from PM's commentary today, I think he finally realizes that Blake is a joke these days.

Beforehand
05-27-2009, 03:13 AM
You really think a professional tennis player shouldn't try to be the best he can be? They're supposed to be the epitome of hard-work and perservence.. After all.. they are PRO athletes.. it's their job.

Trust me, I meant both sentences as derisively as I possibly could have.

Fiberlight1
05-27-2009, 03:27 AM
Trust me, I meant both sentences as derisively as I possibly could have.

Understood ;).

It's just astonishing that even the best (or should I say overall elite) have this kind of attitude.

Action Jackson
05-27-2009, 03:33 AM
Not a surprise.

Smoke944
05-27-2009, 03:38 AM
I've never seen a group of Americans that have given up on clay so easily. It's a grand slam for god sake.

shut up, James :zzz:

This and this.

DartMarcus
05-27-2009, 04:28 AM
FO is stupid and the most predictable tournament. Can`t wait it to be over.

FedFan_2007
05-27-2009, 04:31 AM
Hmmm James how many Wimbledon and US Open titles have you won? Fucking choker.

modern tennis
05-27-2009, 04:39 AM
americans are called the 'Losers Bunch' at roland garros by fellow players and media.

vamosinator
05-27-2009, 04:40 AM
I've always considered Blake one of the more unintelligent players on tour. His IQ is absurdly low. Extremely athletic, he doesn't need to go for so many clean winners, he can cover the court and take his time to construct the opening, instead he just goes for his favorite down the line winner at random moments, no thought involved at all. This guy is not smart nomatter what his academic credentials say. And he's lazy.

Fiberlight1
05-27-2009, 04:45 AM
I've always considered Blake one of the more unintelligent players on tour. His IQ is absurdly low. Extremely athletic, he doesn't need to go for so many clean winners, he can cover the court and take his time to construct the opening, instead he just goes for his favorite down the line winner at random moments, no thought involved at all. This guy is not smart nomatter what his academic credentials say. And he's lazy.

Why do you think they call him a brainless ball-basher?:confused:

modern tennis
05-27-2009, 04:45 AM
blake being accepted to harvard is like baboons being accpeted to oxford.

vamosinator
05-27-2009, 04:57 AM
I remember when he first hit the pro tour and lost to Hewitt at the US Open in 5 sets I was thinking 'that guy has amazing talent, he just needs to improve shot-selection' and here we are and he's the same player, the only improvement is he doesn't get cramps as much.

Dougie
05-27-2009, 05:06 AM
Dumb comment by Blake, but it was a well-known fact anyway. I just don´t see the americans as serious contenders at the Wimbledon or US Open either. Blake doesn´t suck on only clay, he´s a complete mug on every surface imaginable.

docking34
05-27-2009, 05:35 AM
blake is a doggone sucker. this guy is useless on pretty much any surface. and he is an idiot for saying he thinks to focus on wimbledon and usopen. watch him lose 1st or 2nd round at wimbledon too. too mugish of a guy. so useless. so hopeless. retire from tennis now.

modern tennis
05-27-2009, 05:54 AM
blake is a doggone sucker. this guy is useless on pretty much any surface. and he is an idiot for saying he thinks to focus on wimbledon and usopen. watch him lose 1st or 2nd round at wimbledon too. too mugish of a guy. so useless. so hopeless. retire from tennis now.

well said, sampras once said when asked how good are the challenges to federer a few years ago, he said when blake is in the top 10, u know the field is a weak one. i think that comment can be found on youtube, it was in 2007 i think.

oranges
05-27-2009, 06:00 AM
Blake must be the only one who thinks it's impossible to prepare for all four slams :lol: Naturally, you won't be as successful if it's not your preferred surface, but this is the lamest excuse ever for 1st round losses. Not that the focus on Wimby and USO helped him do any better there, or did it?

chammer44
05-27-2009, 06:11 AM
I've heard that there are very few clay courts in the u.s, something which Mcenroe and others are working to change.

What is the hard court situation in europe?

Bargearse
05-27-2009, 06:22 AM
It was Blake's way of saying, I can't play on clay and do not have the talent to learn how. Even if he practiced for 8 hours every day for months on clay, he'd still be lucky to get past the first round.

heya
05-27-2009, 08:50 AM
Even if he practiced for 8 hours every day for months on clay, he'd still be lucky to get past the first round.He made himself the ingratiating pal/target practice to Roddick to make Roddick feel useless also. That's why Blake laughed at Roddick failures. He took credit for Roddick and Fish's win in Davis Cup ties. Blake and McEnroe must love seeing Roddick destroy his own life and reputation for Davis Cup and tennis exhibitions.

Sampras grouped both together like thy're one person. Agassi begged Roddick to play distracting, tiring, charity exhibitions. Yet, Agassi ridiculed his tennis when Roddick wasted his time to please charity people.

Blake convinced Roddick that an average draw was a difficult draw. Evil sabotaging, stupid Blake whore.

TheBoiledEgg
05-27-2009, 11:31 AM
how did this idiot get into Harvard :spit:

out_here_grindin
05-27-2009, 11:37 AM
I've heard that there are very few clay courts in the u.s, something which Mcenroe and others are working to change.

What is the hard court situation in europe?


More and more clubs in america are building clay courts. but kids still grow up playing hard, they try to transfer top juniors to clay.

timafi
05-27-2009, 02:16 PM
Blake is nothing but a wimp and so is Fish
when you can't bring yourself to beat an aging Agassi in a 5 set match it says it all:rolleyes:
Fish and Blake have 1 semis at the USO together and neither one of them is a factor on neither clay or grass

Blake has the speed;footwork;forehand to do better in Paris
he has great approach shots and net play and again the backhand/forehand to do better on the grass.So how can he possibly explain a 3th round best finnish in Paris and at Wimbledon?:rolleyes::shrug:

as for Fish;he has a great serve with placement;great 2 handed backhand and great approach shots and net play but fact is Fish has always been slow and fat and you can't rely on huge serving/backhand to win matches even off hard courts
Fish hasn't done anything on grass to be worth mentioning either:rolleyes:

have these guys won Masters even on hard courts since they are hard court specialists?the answer is a resounding HELL NO!
are they regularly making quarters and semis in Australia and the USO?again the answer is NO!

a slam is a slam,wether clay;grass or hard courts.Fish lost to Niemenen I believe this year or last year.Blake I can't remember who he lost to.Don't blame it on either Federer,Nadal,Djokovic or Murray or even Roddick for not having a better career.You beat the player on the other side or the net,no excuse!
Didn't Blake lose to Tommy Haas a couple of years ago?:rolleyes:with all due respect to Haas he is not the top 2;yet that didn't stop Blake from losing:rolleyes:

bottom line is Blake refuses to play any other way than his high risk;supposedly high rewards tennis and it hasn't served him well.

back in the days Americans used to call Europeans and South Americans "dirtballers" and clay court "specialists" looking of their results if I were Blake and Fish;I'd look at the top 20 of men's tennis and realize that all these guys are indeed dirtballers who pretty much excel on all surfaces;take away Davydenko's aversion for the grass.Safin made the semis last year.Nalbandian made the finals.Ferrer wins a title on grass.
Nadal has now made the finals in 3 of the 4 majors and still made the semis in NY last year

Murray grew up on clay and it's his "weakest" surface but he's still better on it and has the results to back him up.He knows the importance of it and doesn't mind getting down and dirty and sweaty for it

stop the whining already and just don't show up in Paris or at Wimbledon because with sup-par results for both guys they have no business saying the "fun part" of the year is arriving:mad:

bottom line is the dirtballers are the ones who own tennis,winning the Masters and the Majors and they are just getting better and they will be an even greater # of them in the coming years not only from Spain,Russia and France too

Blake should just retire!

I'm sure Sampras would give any of his Australian or even 1 USO trophy for just 1 Coupe des Mousquetaires!

out_here_grindin
05-27-2009, 02:22 PM
I wonder what he'll say when he goes down in Wimby's 2nd round

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 02:29 PM
I wonder what he'll say when he goes down in Wimby's 2nd roundsome similarly ridiculous bullshit? James could be worse on grass than he is on clay...

Tsongation
05-27-2009, 02:30 PM
Wow I never expected such a silly quote from such a clever guy as James is supposed to be...
That's the thing I like the most from Nadal, he challenged himself to overcome his weaknesses, he started serving better, improved his backhand, offensive game and finally managed to win Wimbledon and Aus Open... that's the right attitude for a sportman :yeah:

Never truer words

Vida
05-27-2009, 02:33 PM
blake shmlake

brent-o
05-27-2009, 02:36 PM
At least he's being truthful, but why bother showing up if as he says, he's not fully prepared and not going in with the intention to win it?

tennisfan444
05-27-2009, 02:57 PM
At least he's being truthful, but why bother showing up if as he says, he's not fully prepared and not going in with the intention to win it?

Good point.

GugaF1
05-27-2009, 03:15 PM
Maybe James Blake should have just give out some automatic PR stuff, like `I try my best and he got me that`s it` Being truthful about how most americans prepare and think about clay and the French open cause reactions.


People don`t like the simple truth. So just stick with the PR next james...:wavey:

Tsongation
05-27-2009, 03:21 PM
Could someone please explain to me why this isn't/wasn't the attitude of The Williams' Sisters and Jennifer Capriati. I think they have 3 French Open Slams along with a final appearance and a host of other clay court wins in Rome & Italy. Yet they grew up on hard & two of them had bullets flying around why they tried to learn the game.

Or shall we go back 25 years to Chris Evert who dominated on clay. Let's face it, Blake has a loser's mentality. Can we get an American tennis player with the mentality of Jordan, Magic, Tiger, Kobe, Brady, Lebron - you know, sportsmen who HATE losing!

oranges
05-27-2009, 03:28 PM
Maybe James Blake should have just give out some automatic PR stuff, like `I try my best and he got me that`s it` Being truthful about how most americans prepare and think about clay and the French open cause reactions.


People don`t like the simple truth. So just stick with the PR next james...:wavey:

That's not being truthful, it's a poor PR stuff. Please, can't prepare for all four slams. The truth would be I suck on clay and don't bother to do anything in particular about it. Also, I couldn't care less. The thing about focusing on other slams is also a bogus argument, at least for Blake. Given his ranking, he's done relatively poor in all of them. All in all, no shred of truth anywhere to be seen :wavey:

TennisViewer531
05-27-2009, 03:33 PM
No longer a goal because you lost in the first round? I think French Open is now the no. 1 priority for Americans...

Roddickominator
05-27-2009, 04:59 PM
Blake is a mug, but he isn't lying here.

If the American players cared about RG and clay tennis....then they'd make an honest effort at it and not be a complete joke on the surface. Unfortunately, they don't make an honest effort. Simple as that.

Dougie
05-27-2009, 05:13 PM
Blake is a mug, but he isn't lying here.

If the American players cared about RG and clay tennis....then they'd make an honest effort at it and not be a complete joke on the surface. Unfortunately, they don't make an honest effort. Simple as that.

Of course he isn´t lying. But if he was smart, he would lie. He could just say he had a bad day, or he doesn´t feel comfortable on clay, or whatever. It´just stupid to say that.

Also, it´s quite telling that he feels he can actually say something like that. Can you imagine Nadal skipping most of the US hc-tournaments then coming to US Open not really caring, losing early and then saying "I don´t really care, clay is more my thing". No. He would get slaughtered by the Americans, the ATP and everyone would say he has a snobbish, unprofessional attitude.
Okay, the analogy is not quite accurate, since Nadal can actually win several matches in a row, unlike Blake.While Blake´s comment raises a few eyebrows, it´s pretty much an accepted fact that most of the american players overlook red clay, RG, and European tournaments.

Dougie
05-27-2009, 05:15 PM
And James, if you really want to do well on grass, forget about the Wimbledon, just focus on Newport!

SheepleBuster
05-27-2009, 05:15 PM
Blake must be the only one who thinks it's impossible to prepare for all four slams :lol: Naturally, you won't be as successful if it's not your preferred surface, but this is the lamest excuse ever for 1st round losses. Not that the focus on Wimby and USO helped him do any better there, or did it?

Blake is officially a douche!

Roddickominator
05-27-2009, 05:22 PM
Can you imagine Nadal skipping most of the US hc-tournaments then coming to US Open not really caring, losing early and then saying "I don´t really care, clay is more my thing"

Please don't compare a clown like Blake to Nadal. There is not an American player with a true champion's spirit playing these days. Roddick is as close as it gets...and he just doesn't have the athleticism or talent required to actually get it done.

Sucks for us.....but it isn't changing anytime soon with all the rich kid machines being programmed down in Florida.

Fat Head
05-27-2009, 05:35 PM
He is right.

Just like Wimbledon is not a goal for Argies.

jcreback
05-27-2009, 05:43 PM
Of course he isn´t lying. But if he was smart, he would lie. He could just say he had a bad day, or he doesn´t feel comfortable on clay, or whatever. It´just stupid to say that.

Also, it´s quite telling that he feels he can actually say something like that. Can you imagine Nadal skipping most of the US hc-tournaments then coming to US Open not really caring, losing early and then saying "I don´t really care, clay is more my thing". No. He would get slaughtered by the Americans, the ATP and everyone would say he has a snobbish, unprofessional attitude.
Okay, the analogy is not quite accurate, since Nadal can actually win several matches in a row, unlike Blake.While Blake´s comment raises a few eyebrows, it´s pretty much an accepted fact that most of the american players overlook red clay, RG, and European tournaments.

Why? People complain all the time that players never say what they really think, just what people should hear. Now a guy is honest about his abilities on a surface and his lack of desire to be good, and he is the bad guy for being honest.

Of course he is telling the truth. If that makes him a bad guy, fine, but a lot of people (not saying you in particular) are being hypocrites about this.

freeandlonely
05-27-2009, 06:06 PM
James Blake @ WIMBLEDON
02 2nd
03 2nd
04 DNP
05 1st
06 3rd
07 3rd
08 2nd
He absolutely saved his best for WIMBLEDON:haha:

He opend his mouth first, I say harshly later.

reggie1
05-27-2009, 06:41 PM
Is it just me or is this all a bit deragotroy and dismissive towards RG? He wouldn't be quite so "Oh, it's a rather unimportant little tournament to us Americans don't you know!" if he had ever won it!

rafa the best
05-27-2009, 06:43 PM
Not to mention patience..

...and not to mention brains.:)

reggie1
05-27-2009, 06:46 PM
Please don't compare a clown like Blake to Nadal. There is not an American player with a true champion's spirit playing these days. Roddick is as close as it gets...and he just doesn't have the athleticism or talent required to actually get it done.

Sucks for us.....but it isn't changing anytime soon with all the rich kid machines being programmed down in Florida.
Is this what's wrong with English and American tennis? Middle class/ rich parents that give their kids everything, including the opportunity to play tennis which is extremely expensive over here, so their kids don't really know how to struggle and fight because it's all handed to them on a plate? I certainly think that is the problem with English tennis and despite the LTA's protestations about things changing, I just don't buy it.

SerenaFederer
05-27-2009, 06:55 PM
Why? People complain all the time that players never say what they really think, just what people should hear. Now a guy is honest about his abilities on a surface and his lack of desire to be good, and he is the bad guy for being honest.

Of course he is telling the truth. If that makes him a bad guy, fine, but a lot of people (not saying you in particular) are being hypocrites about this.

this would all make a difference if blake actually used to do well at wimbledon and us open and he MS in between....if he had left it at he doesn't like RG then fine....but he sounds like a total douche (and i'm a fan) saying that they prepare for wimbledon and us open when the last american man to win either was roddick in 03, and the best that blake has is a qf appearance...

it's no wonder he doesn't win anything big....he refuses to do anything different, and it's not like he has some killer champion's mentality that will take him through when he's playing poorly...masha, williams, j-cap are all americans and they all prepare for RG because they want to win despite it not being a favourable surface, so blake needs to hush because that was a piss poor match as usual from him

jcreback
05-27-2009, 07:01 PM
this would all make a difference if blake actually used to do well at wimbledon and us open and he MS in between....if he had left it at he doesn't like RG then fine....but he sounds like a total douche (and i'm a fan) saying that they prepare for wimbledon and us open when the last american man to win either was roddick in 03, and the best that blake has is a qf appearance...

it's no wonder he doesn't win anything big....he refuses to do anything different, and it's not like he has some killer champion's mentality that will take him through when he's playing poorly...masha, williams, j-cap are all americans and they all prepare for RG because they want to win despite it not being a favourable surface, so blake needs to hush because that was a piss poor match as usual from him

He was speaking for all Americans, not just him. And American men suck right now in general. Blake is very stubborn and won't change his game, but I can promise that he feels tons worse when he loses at Wimbledon and the US Open than when he loses here.

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 07:09 PM
Why? People complain all the time that players never say what they really think, just what people should hear. Now a guy is honest about his abilities on a surface and his lack of desire to be good, and he is the bad guy for being honest.

Of course he is telling the truth. If that makes him a bad guy, fine, but a lot of people (not saying you in particular) are being hypocrites about this.Sure, good for him for being honest, but what he's being honest about is ridiculous and embarrassing to himself. Accepting that it's a difficult tournament to play and realizing you can't win are one thing, but what's funny is that James is suggesting he doesn't care that much, yet he played a pretty full claycourt schedule leading up. He's just spouting BS that sound like sour grapes and don't make sense based on his actions leading up to the event. And like you said, he's speaking for ALL Americans, and I do not think they would necessarily all agree with him.

Roddickominator
05-27-2009, 07:12 PM
Is this what's wrong with English and American tennis? Middle class/ rich parents that give their kids everything, including the opportunity to play tennis which is extremely expensive over here, so their kids don't really know how to struggle and fight because it's all handed to them on a plate? I certainly think that is the problem with English tennis and despite the LTA's protestations about things changing, I just don't buy it.

That, plus the fact that our best athletes never touch a tennis racket. I'd absolutely LOVE to have seen what guys like Allen Iverson and Lebron James could have done if they had played tennis instead of basketball, for instance. Just wishful thinking really....but it's lame that tennis is such an "elitist" sport where you need so much money to train for it.

jcreback
05-27-2009, 07:31 PM
Sure, good for him for being honest, but what he's being honest about is ridiculous and embarrassing to himself. Accepting that it's a difficult tournament to play and realizing you can't win are one thing, but what's funny is that James is suggesting he doesn't care that much, yet he played a pretty full claycourt schedule leading up. He's just spouting BS that sound like sour grapes and don't make sense based on his actions leading up to the event. And like you said, he's speaking for ALL Americans, and I do not think they would necessarily all agree with him.

To be fair, he has no choice but to play a clay court schedule if he wants to accrue any points. It isn't like there are hardcourt tournies every week that he can play instead at the ATP level.

Yes, he should not speak for all Americans, I will agree.

SerenaFederer
05-27-2009, 07:34 PM
He was speaking for all Americans, not just him. And American men suck right now in general. Blake is very stubborn and won't change his game, but I can promise that he feels tons worse when he loses at Wimbledon and the US Open than when he loses here.

i don't think you can say he was speaking for all americans...roddick at least actually seems to give a damn especially because it is a GS despite his lack of success...

if this is the attitude blake has towards clay then he shouldn't play at wimbledon cause its not like he does any better there, same with us open, and during davis cup he should be left off the team cause he has a loser's mentality and this confirms it...he's not always gonna get draw in DC that is on HC so he should shut up about preparing for where he does best, since at this point all he does well on is nothing

Fat Head
05-27-2009, 08:02 PM
At least Americans enter Roland Garros
Argies like Acasuso and Gaudio never even bother with Wimbledon

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 08:03 PM
To be fair, he has no choice but to play a clay court schedule if he wants to accrue any points. It isn't like there are hardcourt tournies every week that he can play instead at the ATP level.

Yes, he should not speak for all Americans, I will agree.If he posted solid enough results the rest of the season, he could easily get by and only play one or two events before RG. He decided to play a whole slew of events, no one made him. Look at Andy, he took over a month off (yes, it was unusual b/c he got married...), it hasn't really hurt his ranking because he still made a slam semi, won a 500 title, etc. Also, at least when Andy shows up, he tries. His results may not always be the best, but he's out there getting angry at himself for making a UE even up 2 sets and a break, he's crying when he has to retire from a busted ankle, etc. Even Kendrick was fighting through all kinds of adversity to win his first round match but he badly wanted to win. Amer Delic went all around playing challengers and trying to qualify for RG, Odesnik and Russell have actually put forth the effort to post some respectable results, etc. They may know they have no chance to win the event, but they're doing everything they can to get in the main draw and at least try their hardest once they get there, even Andy when he loses, and even Fish almost pushed his match til 5 sets. The difference with James is that - on every surface - he gets a defeatist look pretty early on and you know what the result is. It's just exacerbated on clay.

Part of the problem with Americans and clay is being exposed to them from a much younger age. Pmac just talked extensively about that in a conference call and he and Higueras are trying to change that. But that's a long-term process. It may be too late for our current crop of guys. They're the ones who are going to have to evaluate their careers and live with the decisions they made

SwiSha
05-27-2009, 08:07 PM
funny that he speaks for all americans
his Wimby results are even funnier since that is the main goal apparently

very smart comments

heya
05-27-2009, 08:17 PM
Blake got what he deserved; McEnroe told himself that this American loyal DC friend, Baghdatis and Kohlschreiber were superior players to other Americans. Blake also gave Federer an excuse for losing in the Olympics. It was supposedly a bad day for Federer the GOAT.

cobalt60
05-27-2009, 08:25 PM
Well unfortunately he's right. There's some sour grapes there too, can't tell me they wouldn't love to win it.
Hell, Agassi had to come from 2 sets down to pull if off and needed a rain delay against Medvedev.
Nice post.
Isner should have played RG. :rocker2:
I read that he has mono.
shut up, James :zzz:
Maybe he was asked his opinion.
This isn't the mentality or words of a champion, just a decent player. No surprise he gets the results he does.
He is on a downward slide here. Why would anyone expect him to do much anymore.

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 08:53 PM
Maybe he was asked his opinion.not really: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-26/200905271243421312668.html he said this in response to a question about US Men having problems playing best-of-5 format on clay. kind of out of nowhere actually.

Collective
05-27-2009, 09:25 PM
Wonder what's this clown's excuse for his terrible performances in his "real goals"

cobalt60
05-27-2009, 10:15 PM
not really: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2009-05-26/200905271243421312668.html he said this in response to a question about US Men having problems playing best-of-5 format on clay. kind of out of nowhere actually.

Read in context I don't think it is such a bad read and so he voiced an opinion of his most likely based on his frustration at losing a match. Not so big of a deal for me.

marquez
05-27-2009, 10:17 PM
:lol:

blake prepares for wimbledon?
how embarassing is it to lose to shittler then?

andylovesaustin
05-27-2009, 10:18 PM
I cannot even believe James said that!

I just think this generation of American tennis players aren't as talented as they were in the past? :shrug:

Agassi won the French. Pete tried to win there. Serena won the French, right? Chris Evert won there, too! John McEnroe--didn't he make it to the quarters one year? Didn't Jim Courrier and Michael Chang do OK there. Did Jim Courrier win the French? Didn't Jimmy Conners win? Martina won, too! Has Venus every won the French? Well if she hasn't at least she's out there trying.

I dunno.. I'm going to say it: I think this current crop of American men's tennis players act like they are all that, but aren't! I like Andy--in spite of his faults, but you know he's not an Agassi or Sampras. James and his buddies they just aren't even in the same league as the top four now or in the past. I'm an American--but they just aren't as talented, period.

So James needs to sit-down and be quiet, making statements like that when EVERYBODY knows, the current American men's players at least--with the except of Roddick maybe because he has his moments--aren't even fit to carry the top four's tennis rackets!

Steelq
05-27-2009, 10:21 PM
Americans need a very long preparations to reach a 2nd or 3rd round at slams these days,it seems.

Har-Tru
05-27-2009, 10:28 PM
James Blake is full of shit.

fast_clay
05-27-2009, 10:29 PM
Is it just me or is this all a bit deragotroy and dismissive towards RG? He wouldn't be quite so "Oh, it's a rather unimportant little tournament to us Americans don't you know!" if he had ever won it!

yep... most of the US lads come on over late, take their few weeks off at home and statements like these just back up that they are half arsed... i mean, there is always the option of just shutting the f*** up...

anyways, its not as if it hasn't been done before by US figureheads... and is the reason agassi pips connors historically...

cobalt60
05-27-2009, 10:39 PM
I cannot even believe James said that!

I just think this generation of American tennis players aren't as talented as they were in the past? :shrug:

Agassi won the French. Pete tried to win there. Serena won the French, right? Chris Evert won there, too! John McEnroe--didn't he make it to the quarters one year? Didn't Jim Courrier and Michael Chang do OK there. Did Jim Courrier win the French? Didn't Jimmy Conners win? Martina won, too! Has Venus every won the French? Well if she hasn't at least she's out there trying.

I dunno.. I'm going to say it: I think this current crop of American men's tennis players act like they are all that, but aren't! I like Andy--in spite of his faults, but you know he's not an Agassi or Sampras. James and his buddies they just aren't even in the same league as the top four now or in the past. I'm an American--but they just aren't as talented, period.

So James needs to sit-down and be quiet, making statements like that when EVERYBODY knows, the current American men's players at least--with the except of Roddick maybe because he has his moments--aren't even fit to carry the top four's tennis rackets!

And that hits the head on the nail :yeah:

Deboogle!.
05-27-2009, 11:32 PM
I just think this generation of American tennis players aren't as talented as they were in the past? :shrug:I don't really think they deny that. I mean if I hear Andy say "American tennis fans were spoiled in the best possible way" one more time I might poke my eyes out. I think that's an entirely different issue. Do you really think James isn't talented enough to win a few matches at RG? I don't. Andy, even by his own admission, should have made the 2nd week at RG at least once, if not more times, in his career. Even their biggest haters would likely agree that they have lost to people at RG that they shouldn't be losing to even on clay. Not winning the tournament may be a product of talent (and upbringing), but losing to the likes of Leonardo Mayer, Maximo Gonzalez, Wayne Arthurs, Olivier Mutis, and on and on and on are, IMO, not a product of talent. Lack of confidence, lack of patience, lack of focus, lack of caring, whatever. But lack of talent? not in my opinion.

I think it's one thing to admit you have shortcomings but do the best you can with them and quite another thing to say, well, we're saving energy for something else, especially when it's someone who hasn't even done well at Wimbledon either and IMO is just as bad on grass as he is on clay :lol: I mean, I know it's a novel concept, but wouldn't it give James or Andy or whoever else some confidence for Wimbledon if he could actually put together a good run on his least favorite surface? I would think doing decently well at RG would only help them for their "money" parts of the season. I'd also think the physical work they put in to prepare for the long points and movement would help them anywhere. But hey, that's just me.

Actually, to be honest, I find his comment that suggests one of the reasons he's frustrated he lost is that he'll have to stay on the grounds til midnight to take another drug test even more obnoxious than the comments that are the subject of this thread. Obviously he's unhappy he lost and rightfully so.... but really? Is sticking around for a drug test that much of an annoyance in comparison? I mean, it just struck me as such a strange thing to say.

fred perry
05-28-2009, 12:16 AM
and they prove it every year. :wavey:

HighDesertTennis
05-28-2009, 01:02 AM
Geez..the Franch used to love Blake with the big hair dew. he couldn't say anything wrong. BUT..there's plenty for them/and me to find wrong with that statement. As I look at All England AND US Open..I don't so many Americans with the winners trophy for some years now.

I woild say that since 75% of the yearly tournaments are on fast courts, incl 85% of the US Tournaments ...than it'd be safe to say that i'd be prudent to spend 85% of the time practicing on fast courts (mostly hard courts). dk

Deboogle!.
05-28-2009, 02:15 AM
I woild say that since 75% of the yearly tournaments are on fast courts, incl 85% of the US Tournaments ...than it'd be safe to say that i'd be prudent to spend 85% of the time practicing on fast courts (mostly hard courts). dkActually I don't agree. That's like saying.... Roddick wins a lot of his points on his serve, so he should practice mostly on his serve. No, I think tennis players must work on their weaknesses in order to improve. When I was in law school, if there was one concept I didn't understand as well, I spent a disproportionate amount of time on that. Why would I want to spend time memorizing the things I already knew and understood when there were things I didn't know or understand as well? I wanted to give myself the best chance to get a good grade no matter what questions were thrown at me.

Also, it is well-known that playing well on clay can help players play well on other surfaces. Developing patience and variety - both of which are vital to success on clay - only helps players on faster courts. Also, hardcourts and especially grass have been slowing down over recent years. Thus, developing qualities that are successful on slower courts in general will only help these guys on faster surfaces.

andylovesaustin
05-28-2009, 02:36 AM
I don't really think they deny that. I mean if I hear Andy say "American tennis fans were spoiled in the best possible way" one more time I might poke my eyes out. I think that's an entirely different issue. Do you really think James isn't talented enough to win a few matches at RG? I don't. Andy, even by his own admission, should have made the 2nd week at RG at least once, if not more times, in his career. Even their biggest haters would likely agree that they have lost to people at RG that they shouldn't be losing to even on clay. Not winning the tournament may be a product of talent (and upbringing), but losing to the likes of Leonardo Mayer, Maximo Gonzalez, Wayne Arthurs, Olivier Mutis, and on and on and on are, IMO, not a product of talent. Lack of confidence, lack of patience, lack of focus, lack of caring, whatever. But lack of talent? not in my opinion.
I think it's one thing to admit you have shortcomings but do the best you can with them and quite another thing to say, well, we're saving energy for something else, especially when it's someone who hasn't even done well at Wimbledon either and IMO is just as bad on grass as he is on clay :lol: I mean, I know it's a novel concept, but wouldn't it give James or Andy or whoever else some confidence for Wimbledon if he could actually put together a good run on his least favorite surface? I would think doing decently well at RG would only help them for their "money" parts of the season. I'd also think the physical work they put in to prepare for the long points and movement would help them anywhere. But hey, that's just me.

Actually, to be honest, I find his comment that suggests one of the reasons he's frustrated he lost is that he'll have to stay on the grounds til midnight to take another drug test even more obnoxious than the comments that are the subject of this thread. Obviously he's unhappy he lost and rightfully so.... but really? Is sticking around for a drug test that much of an annoyance in comparison? I mean, it just struck me as such a strange thing to say.


I didn't say they didn't have any talent. I said they weren't as talented as past American tennis players. And with the exception of Roddick, I don't think James, et al are nearly as talented as the top 4: Andy Murray, Nole, Roger, and Rafa. Sorry I just don't. And I could probably add a few other players to that short list.

And for James to be all grumpy because he had to wait around for a drug test.. well boo, hoo! Don't the other players have to do the same thing? It's not just James incovenienced.

I like James. And I realize he's been through A LOT physically and emotionally. It's really a credit to him that he's still playing on the tour at all. But for him to say Americans don't go after the French--or whatever he said, well that's just not the case. There have been plenty of Americans going after and winning the French, but not this generation OF MEN at least. Now Serena seems to be taking the French pretty seriously, and so is Venus.

heya
05-28-2009, 02:39 AM
Americans need a very long preparations to reach a 2nd or 3rd round at slams these days,it seems.
Since 2003, Roddick prepared to win 1 match by gaining weight and injuring his ankle and neck disc. He blamed tank jobs on lack of intelligence...and low interest level in the Roddick family. He must be a clone of mom and brother John (apologists and pitying people).

Easy for tennis fans to put Blake on Roddick's superior level. Too convenient.

Apparently, Roddick didn't mind having both his mother's type of weight gain and his father's muscle pain
problem. "I'm old. Just enjoy watching loud NBA players, fool around, eat junk food and wait until Federer and Nadal let you win."

Sponsor money, auctions and a model wife are real priorities. No one cares. Not your pal Blake, Gimelstob, etc.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2009, 02:53 AM
I didn't say they didn't have any talent. I said they weren't as talented as past American tennis players. And with the exception of Roddick, I don't think James, et al are nearly as talented as the top 4: Andy Murray, Nole, Roger, and Rafa. Sorry I just don't. And I could probably add a few other players to that short list.I completely agree with you, but what does that have to do with them giving RG short shrift? If anything, you'd think it'd make them want to work harder? I honestly don't know how hard James works and how he prepared for RG, but he played a full schedule, so that's why so many people say it reeks of sour grapes. If he's really more concerned about Wimbledon and the USO, why not just take a whole long time off after Miami and make sure he's gonna be fresh for Wimbledon and the USO? It just doesn't quite add up, so it just comes across like a poor attitude and a lame excuse to deflect attention from what really happens with him - he has no plan B, he gets down on himself and can't work through tough matches, especially on clay, and he can't change his tactics at all mid-match. James has the same problems on all surfaces, especially clay and grass because he's so much less confident there.

And for James to be all grumpy because he had to wait around for a drug test.. well boo, hoo! Don't the other players have to do the same thing? It's not just James incovenienced.Well, exactly.... that's why I found the comment so random and perplexing.

I like James. And I realize he's been through A LOT physically and emotionally. It's really a credit to him that he's still playing on the tour at all. But for him to say Americans don't go after the French--or whatever he said, well that's just not the case. There have been plenty of Americans going after and winning the French, but not this generation OF MEN at least. Now Serena seems to be taking the French pretty seriously, and so is Venus.I like him too, or, I want to like him, but opening his mouth and saying something like that.... it's just irksome. And I know there are a lot of Americans who, maybe haven't done as well as other people b/c of their limited talent or whatever, really do care about doing well at RG.

heya
05-28-2009, 03:09 AM
Blake can't win titles and needs
unnecessary sacrifice from Davis Cup
teammates to make his self-esteem high, to an arrogant level. But, of course, the teammates get media insults when they lose tournaments soon after playing all-weekend Davis Cup.
We all know, Blake's a dead rubber champ.

Bargearse
05-28-2009, 04:18 AM
At least he's being truthful, but why bother showing up if as he says, he's not fully prepared and not going in with the intention to win it?

I agree. If I was an up and coming professional tennis player in America right now I'd be making it my business to win the French to silence the critics. Roddick seems to give it his best shot. Blake plays like he has a plane to catch. In fact, he probably did have to catch a plane with that kind of defeatist mentality.

Fact is, Roddick and Blake do not have the ability to win the French. Blake can't win any grand slam let alone the French and Roddick will end up a one slam wonder.

new-york
05-28-2009, 05:44 AM
James. :o

It doesn't look like you try too hard at Wimbledon either.:sobing:

nadal800
05-28-2009, 05:45 AM
Blake should not criticize something just because he can not be successful at Roland Garros

andylovesaustin
05-28-2009, 12:06 PM
I completely agree with you, but what does that have to do with them giving RG short shrift? If anything, you'd think it'd make them want to work harder? I honestly don't know how hard James works and how he prepared for RG, but he played a full schedule, so that's why so many people say it reeks of sour grapes. If he's really more concerned about Wimbledon and the USO, why not just take a whole long time off after Miami and make sure he's gonna be fresh for Wimbledon and the USO? It just doesn't quite add up, so it just comes across like a poor attitude and a lame excuse to deflect attention from what really happens with him - he has no plan B, he gets down on himself and can't work through tough matches, especially on clay, and he can't change his tactics at all mid-match. James has the same problems on all surfaces, especially clay and grass because he's so much less confident there.

Well, exactly.... that's why I found the comment so random and perplexing.

I like him too, or, I want to like him, but opening his mouth and saying something like that.... it's just irksome. And I know there are a lot of Americans who, maybe haven't done as well as other people b/c of their limited talent or whatever, really do care about doing well at RG.


“For the Americans, a lot of times, this isn’t our main goal of the year. Ours is generally Wimbledon and the U.S. Open,” Blake said.

My point was that James is making generalizations about American players' attitudes about the French Open. I mean even now, the French Open seems to be pretty important to Serena and Venus. It seemed to be important to Lindsay Davenport. And it seem to be pretty important to past players who did relatively well--or even won it--numerous times for some of them. How many times did Chris Evert win it?

As far as talent having to do with it, in my opinion, he's in denial to dismiss a style of play--as not being as "important" when the truth is none of the current American men players couldn't win it even if they worked as hard as Nadal! The way I looked at the article is James was sort of implying if they "cared" about the French, practiced more, then they would probably have a better result. Well, in my opinion, with the exception of Roddick, they haven't even won a slam in the U.S.--something I assume they've worked hard to win(??) perhaps--or at least prepared more for than the French, according to James, at least.

So to me it's a little delusional for James to think it's only about preparation when the truth is most of the American men players haven't been as successful at the slams at least as the women players.. the William sisters and Davenport--for a while now--for sure since Sampras and Agassi on ALL surfaces--even hard court. And I assume by James' comment they "prepare" for Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Well with the exception of Andy, it's not like James has won those either. Has James ever been in the final of the U.S. open? I don't think so, right?

Of course, there's Roddick.. and I just think Andy is a head case. I do. I just don't think he has the temperment and even tennis ability to be in the same league as Sampras or Agassi even though Andy has been very successful in his own right. There's no shame in that because the guy has been extremely successful compared to MOST PLAYERS. I mean, as you quoted Andy as saying, at least he understands the dynamic. And at least Andy isn't going around saying that winning the French isn't one of his goals.

heya
05-28-2009, 12:55 PM
Roddick quickly spent time with another model he met in a bar, after his lonely times in 2004 without the Mandy Moore lust trip ended. He fooled around and choked that year.
The year after: It didn't go well after he ate a whole pepperoni pizza and vomited during his inconvenient French Open vacation. Sampras was not talented on clay. The untalented Roddick never lost to him until Roddick went through a 3-month injury
trip.

Agassi wouldn't be called one of the best without the lucky rain delay and headcase choker Medvedev (numerous Australian Open free rides included).

fast_clay
05-28-2009, 01:20 PM
Roddick quickly spent time with another model he met in a bar, after his lonely times in 2004 without the Mandy Moore lust trip ended. He fooled around and choked that year.
The year after: It didn't go well after he ate a whole pepperoni pizza and vomited during his inconvenient French Open vacation. Sampras was not talented on clay. The untalented Roddick never lost to him until Roddick went through a 3-month injury
trip.

Agassi wouldn't be called one of the best without the lucky rain delay and headcase choker Medvedev (numerous Australian Open free rides included).


I think this will, in time, be widely considered as your best post ever... you will find this one particularly hard to live up to... it has everything: basic insults, derogatory comments vs everyone included plus the ongoing, purposeful and deep duck hatred...

i liked the part about the pepperoni pizza... it was funny...

cobalt60
05-28-2009, 02:01 PM
Roddick quickly spent time with another model he met in a bar, after his lonely times in 2004 without the Mandy Moore lust trip ended. He fooled around and choked that year.
The year after: It didn't go well after he ate a whole pepperoni pizza and vomited during his inconvenient French Open vacation. Sampras was not talented on clay. The untalented Roddick never lost to him until Roddick went through a 3-month injury
trip.

Agassi wouldn't be called one of the best without the lucky rain delay and headcase choker Medvedev (numerous Australian Open free rides included).

I think this will, in time, be widely considered as your best post ever... you will find this one particularly hard to live up to... it has everything: basic insults, derogatory comments vs everyone included plus the ongoing, purposeful and deep duck hatred...

i liked the part about the pepperoni pizza... it was funny...

:haha:

cobalt60
05-28-2009, 02:01 PM
Blake can't win titles and needs
unnecessary sacrifice from Davis Cup
teammates to make his self-esteem high, to an arrogant level. But, of course, the teammates get media insults when they lose tournaments soon after playing all-weekend Davis Cup.
We all know, Blake's a dead rubber champ.

I actually think I might be agreeing with you here :scratch:; JB should not be playing Davis Cup.

FedererGrandSlam
05-28-2009, 02:09 PM
Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That’s where we excel.
Yeah right. That's why you lost to Rainer Schüttler from 2 sets to 1 up at last year's Wimbledon who then went on to make the semis.

andylovesaustin
05-28-2009, 02:15 PM
Roddick quickly spent time with another model he met in a bar, after his lonely times in 2004 without the Mandy Moore lust trip ended. He fooled around and choked that year.
The year after: It didn't go well after he ate a whole pepperoni pizza and vomited during his inconvenient French Open vacation. Sampras was not talented on clay. The untalented Roddick never lost to him until Roddick went through a 3-month injury
trip.

Agassi wouldn't be called one of the best without the lucky rain delay and headcase choker Medvedev (numerous Australian Open free rides included).

I don't think Sampras was particularly talented on clay either. I can't imagine Pete not trying to prepare for it though since it was the only slam he hadn't won. Other than clay, Sampras had tremendous success, so for Pete it appears that he just couldn't do well on clay.

IF James, Mardy Fish--or even Andy Roddick-- had as much talent as Pete, wouldn't they be as successful since apparently they work so hard to prepare for--Wimbledon and the U.S. Open? According to James, those are the tournaments American players really care about, I don't see that they are necessarily "successful." They might be more successful than the French, but for all their interest an preparation only one--Andy Roddick has ever even won the U.S. Open--once.

Not only that, James is completely dismissing the American women's accomplishments. Serena has won the French twice, hasn't she? And really Chris Everet was a "beast" at the French, wasn't she? I read she still holds the record for most matches won there except Rafa is closing in on that record.

As far as Andre and the rain delay, at least he won the match. :shrug:. He could have gone out there and lost, but somehow he managed to win. Besides, Andre was in the French Open final twice, right? Didn't Jim Courrier---another American-- beat him?

CyBorg
05-28-2009, 03:15 PM
This is why people don't like Blake. He's a... what's the word for it... uhh.

Pussy.

Merton
05-28-2009, 03:19 PM
Terrible timing to say this just after his horror performance, when it sounds like sour grapes and tastes like sour groups the likelihood it is sour grapes has increased. Hopefully PMac will leave him out of the tie against Croatia, actually it is a real possibility this comes to a live 5th rubber, I doubt anybody would want James on that one.

tennis2tennis
05-28-2009, 03:29 PM
maybe Americans just suck in clay 'cause they're not raised playing in the surface like their European counterparts, but they should have the american fighting spirit

Fiberlight1
05-28-2009, 07:55 PM
maybe Americans just suck in clay 'cause they're not raised playing in the surface like their European counterparts, but they should have the american fighting spirit

Sometimes the fight, although important, is not what matters to the average sports fan. The average sport fan wants results.. not an whole-hearted attempt.

Guy Haines
05-28-2009, 08:00 PM
I think this will, in time, be widely considered as your best post ever... you will find this one particularly hard to live up to... it has everything: basic insults, derogatory comments vs everyone included plus the ongoing, purposeful and deep duck hatred...

i liked the part about the pepperoni pizza... it was funny...

I agree. The pepperoni pizza part reminds me of the eerily ahead of its time tennis episode of The Simpsons, when Serena begs off playing by saying "I just ate a personal pizza."

But I still like pondering the full imagery and potential meaning of "FedererBonaly" from time to time. :lol: That's missing here.

Guy Haines
05-28-2009, 08:03 PM
yep... most of the US lads come on over late, take their few weeks off at home and statements like these just back up that they are half arsed... i mean, there is always the option of just shutting the f*** up...


james blake consistently vetoes that option. he almost makes foot in mouth disease an artform.

ballbasher101
05-28-2009, 08:23 PM
I have lost respect for Blake after these ridiculous comments. As a professional you should always try your best. Tsonga is not that good on clay but you still see him try his best. Murray also wants to improve and do well on clay. No wonder Blake has always performed poorly in grandslams he has a poor mentality.

rocketassist
05-29-2009, 01:04 AM
No heart Mr Blake.

It won't get any better for the Yanks either, all that's coming from their production line is big serving ballbashers.

Guy Haines
05-29-2009, 01:12 AM
l_mac, can you use your signature photoshop talents to create a FedererBonaly sometime?

My guess is that it would combine a shot of Fed's ballet tennis and one of a Bonaly backflip on ice skates.

Wannabeknowitall
05-29-2009, 01:18 AM
“I think if we were to try to prepare completely for the French Open, we would be giving away some of our advantage at the Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That’s where we excel. We’d rather, I think, prepare best for what our strengths are.”

Riight. Yet you James might be even considered a better player on clay than grass. :lol:

There's a reason why you'll never make the semis of a slam, you're so busy being closed-minded that showing growth in your game by initiating some clay or doubles strategies into a hard court or grass court baffles the mind.

GugaF1
05-29-2009, 03:52 AM
Let me try to help you people out. I believe it is clear now that he meant Roddick the other big American next to him that tends to do very well at Wimbledon and not so well, like himself, on clay.

So thus, `we` generally focus more on Wimbledon and US open, him, Roddick, Fish, Ginperi etc...all tend to have much better results on these GS than the French. I don`t think he is just talking about himself only in doing well at Wimbledon and US open. But rather Americans collectably.


Compreende, Capiche ?

Dougie
05-29-2009, 04:24 AM
Let me try to help you people out. I believe it is clear now that he meant Roddick the other big American next to him that tends to do very well at Wimbledon and not so well, like himself, on clay.

So thus, `we` generally focus more on Wimbledon and US open, him, Roddick, Fish, Ginperi etc...all tend to have much better results on these GS than the French. I don`t think he is just talking about himself only in doing well at Wimbledon and US open. But rather Americans collectably.


Compreende, Capiche ?

You´re right, of course he meant all the americans. But he used it as an excuse after his own 1st round loss, which makes the listener think he actually counts himself in with the group that has a better chance to succeed at Wimbledon. And that´s just ridicilous.

Deboogle!.
05-29-2009, 02:38 PM
Let me try to help you people out. I believe it is clear now that he meant Roddick the other big American next to him that tends to do very well at Wimbledon and not so well, like himself, on clay.

So thus, `we` generally focus more on Wimbledon and US open, him, Roddick, Fish, Ginperi etc...all tend to have much better results on these GS than the French. I don`t think he is just talking about himself only in doing well at Wimbledon and US open. But rather Americans collectably.


Compreende, Capiche ?I think everyone understood what he meant perfectly well. It doesn't make it any less lame of a statement. The fact that he was so upset about losing shows he cares on some level, and the way Andy was screaming every time he hit a good shot or broke serve or whatever yesterday shows how badly he wants to do well here. So it just doesn't all add up, that's all.

timafi
06-22-2009, 03:24 PM
nice way to "excel" on the grass huh James:rolleyes: :lol:

freeandlonely
06-22-2009, 05:07 PM
:haha:

Arkulari
06-22-2009, 05:15 PM
Blake: your goal is to be as bad as possible on Slams :help:

lorenz
06-22-2009, 05:31 PM
nice way to "excel" on the grass huh James:rolleyes: :lol:

shit happens :lol::lol::lol:

MacTheKnife
06-22-2009, 05:58 PM
He meant clay AND grass, now HCs are the goal. :haha:

moonxyz
06-22-2009, 05:58 PM
Lol now he looks really dumb; given the fact he hasn't even passed the 1st round.
Next time just shut up.

FedFan_2007
06-22-2009, 06:04 PM
I guess Wimbledon is "not a goal for the Americans" either :retard: MugBlake!

Wimbledon = Green Clay after all.... :silly:

Snoo Foo
06-22-2009, 06:10 PM
cincinnati or bust :yeah:

FedFan_2007
06-22-2009, 06:12 PM
"US Open" not good enough for Americans = just you watch!

ballbasher101
06-22-2009, 06:29 PM
I suspected that this thread was going to get revisited. I do feel sorry for James at this moment in time, just kidding :devil:. Losing to Seppi :lol:

Arkulari
06-22-2009, 08:28 PM
Blake Hopes To Return To Winning Ways After Early Exit

American James Blake admitted it’s “tough to say” where he is right now in his career, after making his second first-round exit in seven appearance at The Championships on Monday. The 17th seed lost to Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(5) in two hours and four minutes, having led 5-0 in the third-set tie-break.

“I still feel like I can play with anyone in the world, but for some reason lately it's been very inconsistent. I don't know what to put it to 'cause I've been doing all the training. I've been doing all the conditioning. I'm fit as I've been. I just haven't been as confident, I guess. Maybe that's just from not winning a lot of matches.”

Blake, who committed 38 unforced errors, admitted he was “definitely playing a lot better than at Queen’s [Club]” where he finished runner-up to Andy Murray. Seppi served with greater consistency and changed Blake’s game plan by hitting regularly to the American’s backhand, thus negating his favoured forehand wing.

“Because I feel like I've had a lot of success, a lot of wins, I still want more,” said Blake. “That's why it's tough to accept nowadays, because I know I've done that and I know what it feels like to win and to go deep in Slams and to win tournaments, and I just haven't had that feeling lately. I definitely want it back, and I hope I have it enough times before I retire that I won't miss it as much when I retire.”

Blake dropped to 19-13 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season. In May he failed to convert two match points in the Estoril Open final, where he lost to Albert Montanes of Spain.

The 25-year-old Seppi will have a chance to match his best performance at the All England Club with victory over Marc Gicquel in the second round. Gicquel beat fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, a qualifier, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Blake :help:

timafi
06-22-2009, 08:54 PM
can't believe he said that^ :rolleyes:

Blake lost to Tsonga in straight sets in the 4th round in Australia

Lost in the First round in Paris to L.Mayer in straight sets

Lost in straight sets to clay court specialist Seppi after saying that he "Excels" on grass today at Wimbledon

mind you in the Masters he lost in the 4th round in IW
4th round in Miami
First round in Rome
4th round in Madrid

maybe Blake believes he goes deep in Masters and Slams in his . . . mind:o:o:o:tape:

Bargearse
06-22-2009, 11:30 PM
Maybe Blake should set himself a new goal... get past the first round of a grand slam, or better yet, retire from tennis go back to Harvard.

pesto
06-22-2009, 11:54 PM
it's all because of the ATP's naughty scheduling. (http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/match_reports/2009-06-22/200906221245681314687.html)

Diddums.

Bagelicious
06-23-2009, 01:00 AM
:lol: I have to thank Blake for providing me with lots of laughs today!

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
06-23-2009, 01:05 AM
“Felt good. Felt like I was ready to play some good tennis and have a good run here,” he said. “Didn’t happen.”


If there was a single quote that could explain an ENTIRE CAREER.........

Langers
06-23-2009, 04:12 AM
He's honestly got the most pathetic attitude for a professional player I've seen.

Snoo Foo
06-23-2009, 04:18 AM
if he was a little unheralded russian dude without a hollywood-ready hard luck story and a pretty smile he'd be eating fines up the wazoo

Forehander
06-23-2009, 06:46 AM
he just lost first round in wimbledon. Surely he meant wimbledon not a goal for american as well? :D

Guy Haines
06-23-2009, 06:56 AM
A few years ago it was worth pointing out James' hypocrisy. Now he just harpoons himself.

finishingmove
06-23-2009, 08:11 AM
go for the newport/new haven double, james.

jrm
06-23-2009, 09:02 AM
Once they lose their match at RG it means the end of clay-court season for them!