:) Year 2004 is not over yet. But his entry ranking has dropped all year long. Now he is ranked 20 as of 13 September. Overall performance is not that bad. But what I concern the most is he still has so much points to defend especially right from Thailand Open to next year Australian Open.
Q - Thailand Open
Semi - AIG Japan Open
Semi - Grand Prix De Lyon
Q - TMS Madrid
R16 - TMS Paris
Final - Tata Open
R16 - Adidas International
R16 - Australian Open
And if he loses these points, he would no longer be seeded at tournaments esp. @ Grand Slams one day which means he could face player like Roddick or Federer in the very first round. And this is going to hurt his confidence. :mad:
ANd the latest news from BKK is he's seeing a famous thai model/actress (again) , going out with her, even he still has 3 straight tournaments awaiting him (China Open - Davis Cup against Russia - Thailand Open) :o . It seems like he doesn't focus on tennis & training as much as he should. Or that's what he needs the most at this moment ? :confused:
By the way the Srichaphan camp is hiring a new german trainer to help him have a well-prepared & fit body before and after matches. But what I think he needs the most is ,, new techniques on court & consistency,,. In my point of view he needs to become a much better returner. He likes to slice the ball back even it's a weak serve. :( I feel like he needs to take chances there instead of keeping the ball in play. And when he needs to keep the ball in play, he just rushes it. What do you think ??
09-16-2004, 02:49 AM
First of all, like every single one of us in this forum, Bon is human. It is to be expected that he will have other interests besides tennis. You may call him an underachiever, okay that's fine. But everyone needs some sort of release or break from what they do day in and day out, in this case, professional tennis.
As for Bon's game, I do agree that he definitely needs to improve his return of serve. Also he needs to change his technique on his serve, he uses mostly his arm and his upper body, not enough leg and trunk torque like a roddick or fedex. Also he needs to develop a net game, one that can be depended upon when the situation calls for it.
As for hiring a trainer, that's excellent news. I wonder if this particular trainer will travel with Bon full time though? Anyway, Bon also needs tactical advice because when his gameplan breaks down (which is ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK) he seems to have no alternative plan or no plan B or plan C or even plan D. Watching FEderer play, he never plays with one game plan during the entire match, that's why he has been so successfull.
Hopefully Bon can reach the semis of a couple of the remaining tournaments and I hope he wins one more title before the year is over.
09-16-2004, 09:49 AM
It's lovely that you call him "Bon". It sounds like Thai word a little more than Ball. All you said is exactly what I want to see. About the trainer, yeah they pay him week by week, not full time.
Today he managed to get past Okun and will face Lee H-T of Korea. The first two rounds at China Open he has yet to find his best form. Anyway he struggled and found a way to prevail. Now he has a better draw as there is no Moya. If he beats Lee, he would face either YOuzhny or Hrbaty. Oh No , not Dominik again.
09-16-2004, 01:37 PM
Yeah, I know it will be a very tough match vs. Lee, he is not a quitter as well. But Bon has won the past two meetings and if he can stay one shot better, he will prevail. Although I'm not Thai, I saw this interview on the tennis channel and they asked Paradorn what his nickname was and he said "Bon, which means Ball in my country", he even spelled it out. So that's how I found out.
Good luck in the next round Bon.
i love paradorn
09-19-2004, 11:33 PM
Yeah, he can obviously improve his return of serve and his own serve too. But should he really change his whole technique? Remember the good times when he used to actually beat top 10 players. The old Paradorn played as if he wasn't a top 20 player and just swung broke. Now he has like an 11-game losing streak against those players.
He definitely has a lot of points to defend right now, but I want to see him finally do well in the spring hardcourt season.
09-20-2004, 07:01 AM
Maybe just maybe Paradorn isn't as good as people think???? :rolleyes: He is a shotmaker but its very easy to get him off the rails. He doesn't seem to be a born champion or a champion who develops over time ( Rafter, Lendl). He needs to fire Daddy and get a coach who will help him build up his talent and consistency and tactics. A very talented player indeed but the longer he erodes the tougher it will be to turn the tide.
Oh and that coach needs to get rid of the girlfriend until Paradorn can maintain a respectable ranking.
09-20-2004, 04:27 PM
Wow Dirk, I thought you were going to trash and badmouth Paradorn on this thread knowing that you were so pissed when he beat Johansson in Nottingham. But I do agree with your statements above. I don't think he has reached his peak yet (I hope) and he definitely needs another set of eyes to help his game. And who's this girlfriend of his, any pictures Toppu?
09-20-2004, 05:20 PM
Nah I can't blame him for that. He gave it his all when Thomas was serving for the match. Thomas had plenty of chances but couldn't do it. I just wanted Thomas to win it since he has been through hell. Thomas will be fine and win another title or two in his career.
10-21-2004, 03:48 AM
The Srichaphan game was never built for the long haul, nor consistent winning. As one-dimensional as it's always been, it's inherently overly dependent on momentum. A player can only hit the ball as hard (and, hopefully, as accurately) as he can, aiming to outlast the opponent and generally ride the crest of a wave of confidence to a match point for so long. Eventually, the book is written on how to defeat such a player: spin shots to keep him from establishing a rhythm, make him awkwardly move forward, frustrate him... and wait for the avalanche of errors to be triggered. At that point, any good player on the other side of the net isn't surprised by anything that's dished out (Paradorn has always been at a loss for strategy when his shots aren't hitting their intended lines, without a virtual mental rolodex to flip through to find a Plan B that will stem the tide of failure), and the outcome of the match rests solely on which of the two can limit their errors and play just well enough to not give the match away. Unless a player is as overwhelmingly talented as a Roger Federer, or as strong-willed as an Andy Roddick, every match is a potential struggle, and his upward mobility in the sport is limited and/or sporadic.