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Wimbledon R1: Haase def. Blake 6-2 6-4 6-4

EnriqueIG8
06-22-2010, 03:21 PM
Expected one.
Good win for Robin, but Blake clearly lost a lot of his athletic abilities and should seriously consider retirement in my opinion.

Next up probably Nadal.

Smoke944
06-22-2010, 03:22 PM
Not Blake's surface and to say he is rusty and out of form would be a huge understatement. Pretty horrible from him. Blake is really lacking match practice, and it would probably benefit him greatly to play at one of the USTA challengers, Winnetka next week would be ideal but I don't think he'll do it.

Haase played solid while I was watching.

Sunset of Age
06-22-2010, 03:22 PM
It's retirement time for Blake. :o
Well done, Robin! :hatoff:

FlameOn
06-22-2010, 03:23 PM
James. :sad: :hug:

born_on_clay
06-22-2010, 03:24 PM
poor James :(

tennisfan856
06-22-2010, 03:25 PM
James couldn't overcome both Haase and Pam Shriver at the same time lol.

This hard court season will make or break your career James, better take it seriously.

San Rosso
06-22-2010, 03:26 PM
Nice one Robin, too bad he draws Nadal next.

FlameOn
06-22-2010, 03:27 PM
James couldn't overcome both Haase and Pam Shriver at the same time lol.

This hard court season will make or break your career James, better take it seriously.
Oh yeah, somehow he heard her commentary. Stupid bitch, that was the last thing he needed to hear. She kept bitching about how crap she thought he was.

tennisfan856
06-22-2010, 03:30 PM
Oh yeah, somehow he heard her commentary. Stupid bitch, that was the last thing he needed to hear. She kept bitching about how crap she thought he was.

courtesy of the wta forum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od5OjD4RMRI

The dolt got distracted at the most important time.

oranges
06-22-2010, 03:31 PM
Well done Robin :hatoff:

Wolfy
06-22-2010, 03:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od5OjD4RMRI

allpro
06-22-2010, 03:39 PM
James couldn't overcome both Haase and Pam Shriver at the same time lol.

Oh yeah, somehow he heard her commentary. Stupid bitch, that was the last thing he needed to hear. She kept bitching about how crap she thought he was.

he really went after her, too funny.........lol.

born_on_clay
06-22-2010, 03:44 PM
:haha:

Smoke944
06-22-2010, 03:46 PM
Not the first time where Pam seemingly got hammered and then went to go walk around the grounds and commentate :p

Dimitra
06-22-2010, 03:49 PM
:lol: :lol:

raahaat7
06-22-2010, 04:00 PM
wake up Blake.

scoobs
06-22-2010, 04:01 PM
I don't know about "owns" Pam Shriver - shows in his on-court attitude and the match result just how focused James is on his tennis on the court at the moment, that's he's taking time to rebut legitimate comments about his performance while he's still on the court

Klaas_nalbandian
06-22-2010, 04:02 PM
Good game today for Haase. Blake wasn't fit but Robin played decent. Good serve, good strokes. Decent grass court game. Should have played like this last week against Greul. Now Nadal :(

Dimitra
06-22-2010, 04:02 PM
I am very happy for Robin!!:D :yeah:

too bad his draw is awful :rolleyes: :(

Grinder
06-22-2010, 04:06 PM
I don't know about "owns" Pam Shriver - shows in his on-court attitude and the match result just how focused James is on his tennis on the court at the moment, that's he's taking time to rebut legitimate comments about his performance while he's still on the court

Did you say the same thing when Federer shouted at Toni Nadal for being able to hear him during a match?

Mike_Hunt
06-22-2010, 04:07 PM
LMAO. :lol: They're both morons anyway.

scoobs
06-22-2010, 04:09 PM
Did you say the same thing when Federer shouted at Toni Nadal for being able to hear him during a match?
It's not exactly a smart move for any player to be focused on noise from the crowd in the middle of a match, although in the case of Federer when he spoke to Djokovic's parents in Monte Carlo, the temptation is obvious.

LEGENDOFTENNIS
06-22-2010, 04:13 PM
rofllll

Priam
06-22-2010, 04:15 PM
What did Blake yell back at her?

martinatreue
06-22-2010, 04:21 PM
Glad that douchebag lost. Always hated him.

thrust
06-22-2010, 04:39 PM
Blake needs to pay more attention to his tennis, which is not so good these days. Yelling a Pam, or any announcer, is just plain stupid. He is a professional and should be able to handle crowd noises.

malisha
06-22-2010, 04:44 PM
expected one

freeandlonely
06-22-2010, 04:47 PM
James "I only care Wimbledon and US OPEN" Blake

anon57
06-22-2010, 05:07 PM
Way to go Robin :woohoo: Too bad he has to play Nadal next:(
Good game today for Haase. Blake wasn't fit but Robin played decent. Good serve, good strokes. Decent grass court game. Should have played like this last week against Greul. Now Nadal :(He did play like this for parts against Greul unfortunately the rest of the match was littered with UE and poor serving.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:08 PM
James is basically at do or die time in his career. He played horribly today but I'll chalk that down to lack of match practice on a surface he isn't too fond of. James didn't look fit and he couldn't find the court.

He'll have a couple of weeks now to continue to get into shape, he'll be playing some WTT matches, and he should be in the shape to be able to do well during the summer hard court season. If he doesn't, then, at nearly 31, retirement is definitely on the horizon for him.

Also, congrats to Robin for proving again just how talented a player he is! He's been playing well these last few weeks, hopefully he makes a fight of it with Rafa.

misty1
06-22-2010, 05:11 PM
Glad that douchebag lost. Always hated him.

i feel the same way

misty1
06-22-2010, 05:13 PM
James is basically at do or die time in his career. He played horribly today but I'll chalk that down to lack of match practice on a surface he isn't too fond of. James didn't look fit and he couldn't find the court.

He'll have a couple of weeks now to continue to get into shape, he'll be playing some WTT matches, and he should be in the shape to be able to do well during the summer hard court season. If he doesn't, then, at nearly 31, retirement is definitely on the horizon for him.

Also, congrats to Robin for proving again just how talented a player he is! He's been playing well these last few weeks, hopefully he makes a fight of it with Rafa.

i'drefer it if he just retired anyway he has been done for a while now

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:14 PM
Yes, the result of this match is very expected. Robin is the exact type of player that would give James troubles even when he's healthy, and when he was younger. Just a bad match-up for him. Robin is a great striker of the ball, I can see him doing some damage v. Nadal.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:15 PM
i'drefer it if he just retired anyway he has been done for a while nowI know a lot of people don't like him, but at the same time, given the fact he's been top 5 and beaten all the top players, he has earned the opportunity to retire on his own terms without anyone pushing him into it or ill will towards him.

misty1
06-22-2010, 05:23 PM
yes he has, im just saying that personally i'd like to see that but at the same time if he can somehow get back to a competitive level at his age and he can start winning again then okay.
It doesnt mean i'll like it but it is his choice when to stop.

DanaKz
06-22-2010, 05:23 PM
I know a lot of people don't like him, but at the same time, given the fact he's been top 5 and beaten all the top players, he has earned the opportunity to retire on his own terms without anyone pushing him into it or ill will towards him.

I like James very much but I think he has to retire. It doesn't look like temporary problem he can resolve by going to the gym and changing coach.

For more than 2 years he looks all exhausted sad and old martyr.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:28 PM
I like James very much but I think he has to retire. It doesn't look like temporary problem he can resolve by going to the gym and changing coach.

For more than 2 years he looks all exhausted sad and old martyr.

Yeah, his attitude on court has really gone downhill completely, he never was positive on court, generally he was just neutral, not showing much emotional at all. Now he's just mopey and downtrodden. Personally, I don't think he'll ever be more than a top 30-60 player anymore, but I'll say it again, he deserves the opportunity to give it a try. Because you never know what may happen.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:29 PM
yes he has, im just saying that personally i'd like to see that but at the same time if he can somehow get back to a competitive level at his age and he can start winning again then okay.
It doesnt mean i'll like it but it is his choice when to stop.

OK, yeah, I understand.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:31 PM
When you aren't fundamentally sound, and you base your game on natural talent and athleticism, once you lose even 5% of that athletic ability, you're done. We see that in every sport, James reminds me of the boxer Roy Jones Jr. in that regard. So while it is unlikely James will ever be a top player again, it's too early in his comeback to write him off just yet.

KrisJB
06-22-2010, 05:33 PM
Isn't he still injured? Haase is beatable for James even if he is in an average form... He beat him this year at Delray Beach 6-3,6-1.

HKz
06-22-2010, 05:39 PM
Good win for Haase, but I don't know if he has what it takes to push Nadal. Even though Blake is not near the form he once was, all his losses to Nadal have been played out to the final set, so I think it would of been quite an interesting matchup regardless.. Oh well.

DanaKz
06-22-2010, 05:40 PM
Yeah, his attitude on court has really gone downhill completely, he never was positive on court, generally he was just neutral, not showing much emotional at all. Now he's just mopey and downtrodden. Personally, I don't think he'll ever be more than a top 30-60 player anymore, but I'll say it again, he deserves the opportunity to give it a try. Because you never know what may happen.

Hm, I don't speak about his attitude - yes, he allways looks like he is a lamb for the slaughter and he looked like this even in his best years - I mean his phisical form and his game.

He is older than Johnny Mac now.

Smoke944
06-22-2010, 05:42 PM
When you aren't fundamentally sound, and you base your game on natural talent and athleticism, once you lose even 5% of that athletic ability, you're done. We see that in every sport, James reminds me of the boxer Roy Jones Jr. in that regard. So while it is unlikely James will ever be a top player again, it's too early in his comeback to write him off just yet.

Yeah, this point cannot be overstated. Really though, it's true for any player with great athletic ability. Federer is a half step slower now and he can't quite get into position like he used to, so you see him mishitting plenty of shots and making many more errors than in the past. It's obviously more extreme in Blake's case as he can't cover the court as well or protect his backhand, which is as you said fundamentally flawed.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 05:43 PM
Hm, I don't speak about his attitude - yes, he allways looks like he is a lamb for the slaughter and he looked like this even in his best years - I mean his phisical form and his game.

He is older than Johnny Mac now.

Yeah, he does look old on court, he lacks spark. Once you lose spark you generally don't get that back, or at least to the level it was.

Kip
06-22-2010, 05:45 PM
I know a lot of people don't like him, but at the same time, given the fact he's been top 5 and beaten all the top players, he has earned the opportunity to retire on his own terms without anyone pushing him into it or ill will towards him.

ITA.

This is his life and his career. He gets to call his own shots.

The only issue is that he pays too much attention to the talking heads. And being already his own worst critic it seems to only add to his frustration and discontentment. While not being one of my favorite players or personalities on the tour I do hope that he gives himself the opportunity to be all that he is capable of being and tune the rest out.

Though it was just more of a distraction in responding,
I'm glad he went off on Pam Shriver. She is uber annoying.

gin lemon
06-22-2010, 05:47 PM
James:hug:

Well done Robin

DanaKz
06-22-2010, 05:47 PM
What is story about Pam Shriver?

Guy Haines
06-22-2010, 05:53 PM
Great comments in this thread. I'm not a Blake fan. There's some honest and true criticism of him in this thread. His poutiness is characteristic and he seemed to buy his own media image...

What went on with him and Shriver? She loves being a negative nitpicky shrew so I can only imagine.

Smoke944
06-22-2010, 06:01 PM
Great comments in this thread. I'm not a Blake fan. There's some honest and true criticism of him in this thread. His poutiness is characteristic and he seemed to buy his own media image...

What went on with him and Shriver? She loves being a negative nitpicky shrew so I can only imagine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od5OjD4RMRI

paseo
06-22-2010, 06:08 PM
Expected. Blake is crap nowadays.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 06:11 PM
Yeah, this point cannot be overstated. Really though, it's true for any player with great athletic ability. Federer is a half step slower now and he can't quite get into position like he used to, so you see him mishitting plenty of shots and making many more errors than in the past. It's obviously more extreme in Blake's case as he can't cover the court as well or protect his backhand, which is as you said fundamentally flawed.

Yes, exactly right. Roger's decline in movement is so glaring when you see matches of him in the mid 00s. It really started with his mono, and that seemed to weaken him, he's never come back to the same level he was with his movement. James muscles the ball and always leans to cover the backhand so he can run around and hit forehands, and unlike before, his speed isn't good enough for him to cheat. So he isn't able to get around the ball as quick, and he struggles with backhand DTLs, and because he can't get to/around the ball as well, he doesn't get the power behind the shot he used to.

I wonder if he would have changed coaches earlier in his career, if he would have added a few more dimensions to his game and be able to better withstand a loss in athletic ability.

KrisJB
06-22-2010, 06:16 PM
Q. When did it flare up, James? When was the first time you had a problem with it?

JAMES BLAKE: Last Wednesday in Eastbourne.

Q. The original injury.

JAMES BLAKE: Year and a half ago. I don't even know. Just gradually got worse and worse until it get to a point where I just couldn't take playing at 80%. I can't beat these guys at 80%. I can't beat a lot them at 100% on a given day. So to think that I'm gonna compete with the top level of the game at 80% is just silly.

That's why I needed to take the time off and get myself healthy and get back to feeling 100%. You know, I really think it did work.

Now we're dealing with something new in my knee, although it feels similar. From the ultrasound we had last week, it's something a little different. Maybe it's just getting old. I don't know.

Q. What other options were you given before you took the ten weeks off? Did they go in and scope it?

JAMES BLAKE: No, it was basically keep playing in pain and get to the point where it requires surgery or ‑‑ you know, I've never taken an antiinflammatory or painkiller in my life. They have asked me to do that; I didn't do that.

Maybe I am hurting myself by not doing that. I don't know. It's just something I've kind of always stuck to. Otherwise, it's just rest. That's what they said. Need to rest and shut it down.

The other option I had was get that PRP treatment, which I did. That's where they take your blood, spin it to get the ‑‑ the reason it's PRP is platelet‑rich‑plasma, the stuff that's known for healing injuries and joints and everything.

So they take that, spin it down, and then inject that into the inflamed area. You know, whether or not that helped, I don't know. Figured couldn't hurt. Supposed to get you back on the court quicker. I don't know if it did.

I mean, I was back in ten weeks. My trainer and other people say that that kind of tendonitis could last a lot longer and could keep going. But I was back and felt good, and basically now, right next to it, another ‑‑ the tendon has been damaged right next to it.

Q. So the doctor said about surgery, if you elected to have it you could be out, what, six months, more?

JAMES BLAKE: I don't know, I didn't really get into it. I didn't want to deal with surgery. At this point in my career, I don't know if surgery is a viable option.

Q. When you say you're thinking of taking time, are you talking about taking more weeks off or something more permanent?

JAMES BLAKE: No idea right now. I want to play this summer. I want to see what happens there.

So, you know, obviously now I've got two weeks where I'm not playing a match. I'll see how it reacts to new treatments. I'll see what happens, and then I want to play the summer.

If that means playing in pain, I'm gonna play in pain. If it means I'm back to being healthy, then I have a feeling I'm gonna want to continue. I'm gonna want to get back to the way I know I can play.

If it's continuing to play in pain, I'll reassess after the Open and see if I want to continue that. If I need to, after the Open, take the rest of the year off and then see if I can start fresh in 2011.

I don't know. It's a bit of an unknown. A lot of people think the unknown is fun. Some people think it's scary. I think it's a little bit of both. I think it's an opportunity.

If my life is gonna change after the Open, then I'll have to be anxious and see what comes next.

Filo V.
06-22-2010, 06:25 PM
ITA.

This is his life and his career. He gets to call his own shots.

The only issue is that he pays too much attention to the talking heads. And being already his own worst critic it seems to only add to his frustration and discontentment. While not being one of my favorite players or personalities on the tour I do hope that he gives himself the opportunity to be all that he is capable of being and tune the rest out.

Though it was just more of a distraction in responding,
I'm glad he went off on Pam Shriver. She is uber annoying.

Pam is super, super annoying, very catty and immature individual. James is pretty immature himself, and yes, he worries too much about how he presents himself or how others view him, instead of just being himself, playing tennis, and not allowing other things get in the way of that. He lacks focus, and I'm not sure he's ever been 100% dedicated to tennis in terms of his love of the game. He has always been his worst critic, always trying to prove himself to himself and others, at his advanced age, he needs to really just take things as they come, and just make the determination if he's willing to fight to try to get back to the top of the game. If not, then he doesn't need to continue playing, and he should be satisfied with his accomplishments, he has done more than most anyone expected. As long as he is content with his career, his life and believes he gave it his all, that's what truly matters.

jdenelle
06-22-2010, 06:40 PM
think it's time to consider retirement Blake :o

anon57
06-22-2010, 06:41 PM
Sorry to hear that Blake's knee is still bothering him. Knowing how much Haase struggled with his knee, it's not something I would wish upon any player. Hope Blake's knee gets better soon.

Xristos
06-22-2010, 06:43 PM
Time to retire James.

Topspin Forehand
06-22-2010, 06:45 PM
Dang Blake gets all this hate. Not sure what he has done to deserve all this. That knee sounds like a chronic injury. :(

DuMa
06-22-2010, 07:05 PM
i thought that was totally random. hilarious. but even less so because blake went on to lose.

rocketassist
06-22-2010, 07:32 PM
Haase is a ballbasher, but he's a decent one and decent to watch. If he plays his best against Nadal he's got a shot, but the serve will need to be good.

Tommy_Vercetti
06-22-2010, 08:15 PM
He's such a nice guy and a classy player.

Riosreigned
06-22-2010, 08:45 PM
Blake beat Haase easily in Delray in Feb. his game has really spiralled out of control. Hope he can regain his touch and feel and get back to top 10 but it looks like a long shot.

Pam can be annoying as all hell sometimes, imagine hearing her whining about your game as your losing. Good for Blake

oranges
06-22-2010, 08:51 PM
Blake beat Haase easily in Delray in Feb. his game has really spiralled out of control. Hope he can regain his touch and feel and get back to top 10 but it looks like a long shot.


For what it's worth, I'm not sure that says all that much about Blake's level back then, probably more about Haase just returning after more than a year. Blake hasn't really been competitive for quite a while. I'm not even a semi-fan of him, but I hope he gets it together for at least one good run somewhere. It's kind of sad if he ended on this note.

ShotmaKer
06-22-2010, 10:14 PM
For what it's worth, I'm not sure that says all that much about Blake's level back then, probably more about Haase just returning after more than a year. Blake hasn't really been competitive for quite a while. I'm not even a semi-fan of him, but I hope he gets it together for at least one good run somewhere. It's kind of sad if he ended on this note.

+ 1.

Fee
06-22-2010, 10:22 PM
He's got a knee injury, been out for 10 weeks, probably came back too soon, said he might just retire if it doesn't get any better and surgery is probably not an option for him. This might have been the last match he ever plays at Wimbledon.

yonexforever
06-22-2010, 11:25 PM
Pam should issue a mea culpa and be done with it.
She was loud and should have known better. I find it interesting that McEnroe is so sanctimonious now that hes retired. His churlish ass woulda ate Pam alive out there!

Geo
06-22-2010, 11:26 PM
hilarious but at the same time it shows how frustrated Blake is at his own poor form :shrug: If he had been winning he wouldn't have said anything to Pam :p

KarlyM
06-22-2010, 11:42 PM
I'm not a person who uses the "retirement" word very often. Blake's knee injury has been going on for a year and a half now and the pain seems to be getting worse. The 3 months off apparently hasn't helped, and his knee will likely continue to be an issue. His speed was a big part of his game, and I've noticed he's slowed down quite a bit since early '09. If he doesn't make any improvement during the rest of the year, I would be in favor of him retiring. :awww:

As for the incident with Pam Shriver, I'm not really surprised. Things like this seem to throw off his concentration and he sometimes gets irritated (and yes, I'm very aware of the irony of this :rolleyes:). I don't really blame him for yelling at a nearby commentator who's talking too loudly, but he could have been nicer about it. But notice how after Blake yelled at her the first time, Shriver just keeps on blabbing and doesn't even lower her voice. :rolleyes: This whole incident is just comical. :haha:

Good luck to Haase against Nadal - I hope it's a competitive match. :yeah: Haase played very well today, which is good to see from someone out with an injury for a long period. :)

Persimmon
06-22-2010, 11:49 PM
:haha::haha:

tennisfan856
06-23-2010, 01:25 AM
he should've had surgery and not prolong this a year and a half. Now, after reading that interview, his career is done and he will retire probably after u.s. open. if he does very poorly during this hard court season.

smucav
06-23-2010, 01:37 AM
http://tennis.com/articles/templates/features_wimbledon_wire.aspx?articleid=6117&zoneid=36Loud and Clear
June 22, 2010 (12:12 P.M. EST) -

Maybe you saw (and heard) the James Blake-Pam Shriver argument earlier today (see video below). Blake, who lost in straight sets and says retirement is a possibility if his knee doesn't heal, should have blocked out Shriver's courtside remarks. But I feel for a guy who isn't even half the player he used to be and thinks his career might be coming to an end. Must be tough to perform when you hear a voice you know criticizing you from the stands.

When he first hears Shriver, Blake says: "It's amazing you played tennis because I can still hear you." After Shriver relays the exchange, he says, "You wanna be an ass about it and act like I'm at fault?"

I'm calling this one a draw. Poor choice of words by Blake, but he shouldn't be blamed for making himself clear. Neither should Shriver, and the chances are she didn't know her voice could be heard on the court.

Send me your thoughts (or shouts) via email.

© TENNIS.com.

RogerFan82
06-23-2010, 01:55 AM
Props to James for putting Pam in her place. :yeah:

guy in sf
06-23-2010, 02:07 AM
I don't understand what's going on in the clip at all. Why is Blake able to hear Pam Shriver who's doing commentary for ESPN in a closed booth? And all these people saying how much they hate Pam and she should STFU....uhhhhhh...she's just doing her job right? Was it her idea to have Blake hear her?

moon language
06-23-2010, 02:08 AM
I don't like Blake much but as someone with chronic knee problems that prevent me from being as athletic as I used to be I feel sorry for him.

paseo
06-23-2010, 02:43 AM
For what it's worth, I'm not sure that says all that much about Blake's level back then, probably more about Haase just returning after more than a year. Blake hasn't really been competitive for quite a while. I'm not even a semi-fan of him, but I hope he gets it together for at least one good run somewhere. It's kind of sad if he ended on this note.

Blake will win a MS like Ljubicic, and then retire afterward.

WhataQT
06-23-2010, 03:00 AM
What did Blake yell back at her?

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/Video-James-Blake-yells-at-ESPN-commentator-dur?urn=ten,250430

tektonac
06-23-2010, 03:09 AM
haha Blake :worship:

Dupuis2006
06-23-2010, 03:16 AM
:eek:

Snowwy
06-23-2010, 03:21 AM
I don't understand what's going on in the clip at all. Why is Blake able to hear Pam Shriver who's doing commentary for ESPN in a closed booth? And all these people saying how much they hate Pam and she should STFU....uhhhhhh...she's just doing her job right? Was it her idea to have Blake hear her?

Interesting to see that Pam does post on these boards..

abraxas21
06-23-2010, 03:22 AM
About time someone shut her up. Too bad she didn't get it, though.

abraxas21
06-23-2010, 03:25 AM
Why is Blake able to hear Pam Shriver who's doing commentary for ESPN in a closed booth?

Why is she able to hear what Blake says then? Obviously the booth isn't sounds-proof and Blake was right to tell her to zip it.

shotgun
06-23-2010, 04:00 AM
:lol: This is hilarious beyond words.

This should make the people at ESPN think twice about putting her on the court again during the US Open Series this year. :rolleyes:

Veronique
06-23-2010, 04:02 AM
She should have known better the 1st time Blake addressed her. I can't wait to hear what ESPN says about the incident tomorrow. Would she have reacted the same way if Roger or Rafa let her know she was loud? I think not!

docking34
06-23-2010, 04:14 AM
pam is a fucking milf who sucks. i dont like here with that whining voice -- very disappointing imo. and blake losing was a disaster. PMAC wasnt happy i dont think.

shotgun
06-23-2010, 04:19 AM
Shriver should go back to George Lazenby, the worst 007 of all time. Then again, he's probably busy making cameos on soft-porn flicks. :lol:

kjo
06-23-2010, 04:19 AM
Really ESPN is at fault for the screw-up; they should make sure the commentary is not audible to the players. I do feel for James who's playing a lousy match while having to listen to "he's all woe is me out there"; "he's irrelevant"; why isn't he more mentally fresh, etc. I'd be wanting to throw sth at her.

docking34
06-23-2010, 04:20 AM
blake loses first round. i did predict this one: next one i predict -- a 2nd or 3rd round defeat at USO.

brent-o
06-23-2010, 04:25 AM
Wow, Pam was being totally obnoxious in that clip. She was talking pretty loudly for being courtside, and when he told her something it was obvious she got her pride hurt and just kept talking to spite him lol

EDIT: Oh wow, she wasn't even courtside. Don't they sound-proof those booths?!

bluefork
06-23-2010, 04:33 AM
Pam Shriver seems to have no self awareness. I can't count how many times she has tried to interview someone who clearly does not want to be interviewed or has loudly yapped away in the middle of a crowd, annoying all the people around her. And then of course, there was that time she tried to talk to a rowdy Croatian mob at the Australian and got pushed by one of them. She just doesn't seem to get (or maybe just doesn't care) that she bothers people.

That said, Blake was being hypersensitive to noise. Clearly his head isn't in tennis right now.

brent-o
06-23-2010, 04:40 AM
It was very sad to see him play so poorly. I miss the US 05-Agassi-match Blake!

Ariel
06-23-2010, 05:00 AM
Pam Shriver is tactless; we all know that. But it's more telling that Blake let her get to him. He had to be in dire emotional pain out there. I have never been a fan of his but as a tennis fan I have to feel badly for him. His body is going and he's running out of time to make his mark in tennis. He is clinging to the notion that he can either sit it out resting for a couple of weeks so that he can come back, play.... "in pain" if necessary.... during the hard court swing, and then regain what remains of his old form in 2011. (See his interview) Here's to hoping but at some point he's going to have to take a close, hard look at things and make a decision.

TMJordan
06-23-2010, 05:19 AM
lol

.-Federers_Mate-.
06-23-2010, 05:21 AM
good on james. Pam is a loser anyway

.-Federers_Mate-.
06-23-2010, 05:32 AM
hes coming back from an injury. He will fare better in new york for sure

Johnny Groove
06-23-2010, 05:33 AM
Never liked Shriver.

Good call, James.

Shriver should go back to George Lazenby, the worst 007 of all time. Then again, he's probably busy making cameos on soft-porn flicks. :lol:

Come on now, he wasn't that bad in Her Majesty's Sercret Service.

He had that legendary scene up in the snow fortress when he had sex with two different women within 10 minutes using literally the exact same lines.

Not bad, I say.

Priam
06-23-2010, 05:54 AM
What a legend!

coonster14
06-23-2010, 06:38 AM
u tell her james!!! i can not think of any commentator i find more annoying than Spam Shrivel, i thought mary carillo was the worst with her constant yapping between points, but clearly i was wrong.

scoobs
06-23-2010, 08:26 AM
Wow, Pam was being totally obnoxious in that clip. She was talking pretty loudly for being courtside, and when he told her something it was obvious she got her pride hurt and just kept talking to spite him lol

EDIT: Oh wow, she wasn't even courtside. Don't they sound-proof those booths?!
no she wasn't courtside but i think they were doing their commentary from a position on a balcony overlooking the court, a bit back and above James's head so clearly he could hear her penetrating and distinctive voice.

He was stupid to respond to it but it's not ideal that he is in a position to hear it in the first place.

Guy Haines
06-23-2010, 08:38 AM
Shriver and Blake deserve each other. They should be forced to marry each other in fact.

Bargearse
06-23-2010, 08:54 AM
Poor little, precious Blake. Taking out his bad play on Shriver. Geez, grow up, get a grip & worry about your game!

.-Federers_Mate-.
06-23-2010, 08:57 AM
Shriver and Blake deserve each other. They should be forced to marry each other in fact.

no, I doubt Shriver is in blakes League. Btw Shriver is such a friggen cow, needs a good slap by carillo. Watching it again, her actions were seriously disgusting

careergrandslam
06-23-2010, 09:12 AM
stupid wimbledon clowns cant even afford a sound proof commentary booth. not to mention having only 1 players box where both teams have to sit next to each other, so awkward.
england is such a primitive country, most of their city looks like shantytown slums compared with new york city.
they refuse to upgrade and update things and move into the 21st century. very backward people.


i dont like shriver or carillo because both are loud and obnoxious and sound like men.
i dont like blake but im glad he told shriver what everyone thinks of her.

Bargearse
06-23-2010, 10:24 AM
stupid wimbledon clowns cant even afford a sound proof commentary booth. not to mention having only 1 players box where both teams have to sit next to each other, so awkward.
england is such a primitive country, most of their city looks like shantytown slums compared with new york city.
they refuse to upgrade and update things and move into the 21st century. very backward people.


i dont like shriver or carillo because both are loud and obnoxious and sound like men.
i dont like blake but im glad he told shriver what everyone thinks of her.

What some call outdated and primitive, others call traditional. I was surprised when they decided to put a roof on Centre Court - a sign that the All England Club is embracing change. I'm waiting for the US Open to do something similar.

gorgo1986
06-23-2010, 10:48 AM
Blake should have kept his focus out there, he is a professional and should have known better. Pam can be an idiot, she should have more respect, James is a veteran who has had a tough time recently with his injury and his confidence. I heard that James is really down, he is having a lot of problems with his knee and is even thinking of calling it quits. I really feel for the guy and wish him luck.

andylovesaustin
06-23-2010, 05:48 PM
A few days late, but I just heard about this!

WTH?

Why didn't Pam just lower her voice? Dang.. James was losing, so no need for her to get all defensive and make a drama out of it!

I can't even believe she sort of perpetuated the confrontation. All she had to do was STFU for a moment.

I'm not necessarily a James Blake fan... at all. But dang.. he was clearly frustrated, so girl just lower your voice and quit going on and on! :shout: Let it drop!

Pam Shriver--smh :help:

smucav
06-23-2010, 05:51 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jon_wertheim/06/23/wimbledon.crumpet/index.htmlSo who owes who an apology ... James Blake to Pam Shriver or vice versa?
-- Jamayan W., Charlotte, N.C.

• If I'm Blake, I go high road here. "It was the heat of the battle, the match wasn't going my way, I got a little frustrated and I snapped. Sorry. Play my charity event and I'll play yours." Seems to me Pam was just doing her job. And, frankly, inasmuch as Blake is thinking about a TV career when his tennis career ends, there's no sense getting into a urination contest with the worldwide leader.

NADALbULLS
06-23-2010, 06:05 PM
I can't believe these commentators talking during points, not regarding Blake hearing her but more so the fact the viewers have to hear her. It's not like people tune into the tennis for the commentators, yet she's talking nonstop as though the viewers can't already see whats going on and need to hear her blabbering on. Disgrace to humanity. She's ruining tennis.

Tommy_Vercetti
06-23-2010, 06:08 PM
That just makes me sick. I can't even imagine having to listen to James "Fake" Blake doing commentary for years to come. I hope he doesn't retire.

Raquel
06-24-2010, 01:38 AM
Pam put on the spot by the presenter - http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5316787

A three letter word beginning with A that I can't say? Put the tennis on HBO :p

Topspin Forehand
06-24-2010, 02:17 AM
I can't believe these commentators talking during points, not regarding Blake hearing her but more so the fact the viewers have to hear her. It's not like people tune into the tennis for the commentators, yet she's talking nonstop as though the viewers can't already see whats going on and need to hear her blabbering on. Disgrace to humanity. She's ruining tennis.
I actually agree with you here. Pam is such a big mouth. Blake isn't exactly innocent either though. 2 Americans annoying the heck out of me.

emotion
06-24-2010, 02:29 AM
Can he challenge Nadal, do you think?