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SteveG, a website, the legend: Updated

Jorbaty
01-04-2011, 05:47 PM
Great article about the end of Stevegtennis, from a journalist's perspective (source: argentinian blog www.fuebuena.com.ar (http://www.fuebuena.com.ar/)).


SteveG, a website, the legend

The tennis world, or a part thereof, is shocked. It means the end of an era. It is no exaggeration to think that even Federer and Nadal are aware of the news, and maybe they feel sad, no matter how relaxed they looked in that court laid on water in Qatar.

Last night in San Pablo, a late mindless chat with a Canadian colleague, Kamakshi, from Tennis.com.

“I read your 2010 overview,” she says. “What’s up with SteveG? I didn’t get that part.”
(Online translators are not thourough, I should set up FueBuena in English, this post might be a beginning).

“Steve is leaving the site. He’s had it.”
“Ohhhhh.
Nooooooo!”.

And she starts sending nudges. Mi msn trembles every five seconds.

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In 1998, my second year at Ole Newspaper, first one covering tennis with Gustavo Goitia (main writer by that time, now in ESPNDeportes.com), there was one only one computer with Internet access in the whole newsroom.

Thanks to the lnternet, our job was starting to change dramatically. We didn’t have to call abroad to have the challenger drawsheets faxed -remember that time: our No. 1 player, Hernan Gumy, was ranked outside the top 100-. The daily information was starting to appear online.

SteveG instantly became a fundamental source. He made every tennis journalist’s job much easier, and fueled the tennis fan with results, draws (including futures and satellite circuit events, which weren’t found at the ATP site), links, rankings, calendars, and list goes on…

Journalists were able to calculate rankings, even find players to interview them, as Steve would publish the tournament fact sheets (basic information for the ATP World Tour members, including hotel phone numbers).

That irked the ATP, and Steve was asked to stop offering that kind of information. He had to drop some features from the site, including the ATP Weekly file in pdf format, a review with results, information and draws from that week. Until then, that kind of information wasn’t available to fans, only to people related to the Tour.

Please do not point at the web design, it’s very basic, almost all the links in the home site. The idea was to have all the resources on hand. This is the site as it looks today…


(click to enlarge)

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Steve announced he’s bringing the site to an end. He’s leaving it in order to “have a good chunk of my life back,” as he wrote. There won’t be a 2011 version, but the site will be online until 2013, when the domain expires.

It’s been 13 years typing results, with some help he thanks in his final message. I contributed a decade ago, and he would always credit your help in the last line.

“I looked at the site yesterday and I couldn’t find the 2011 calendar, it kind of left me empty,” tells me another journo, Uri, from the argentinian blog DobleMixto.

Steve discovered the web 2.0 concept before anyone ever thought about it. He received help from contributors worldwide. Both the ATP and ITF tried to equal some features from SteveGtennis.

He reasonably argues there are many more resources for information than there were when he began. Me thinks it will impossible to find one as comprehensive and practical like his.

“Steve is a legend. Have you met him?,” asks my friend Juan Ignacio, currently living in Mexico and working for Sportscenter (ESPN).

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In the last few years, I’ve been asked about Steve a couple of times.

Who is he? Why does he do it?
Therein lies part of its mistery.

SteveGtennis got only one sponsor in its entire existence, Plaza, one of the most important racquet-selling companies in the States. I bet they contacted Steve, not the opposite.

When he started, he would type the results, but then developed a database system to make his work lighter.

I contacted him a decade ago, when we both were starting to work in the tennis world, and even though he was kind in his answer, he made it clear he didn’t want much contact. However, he was always there to answer your enquiries and, as I said, he knew he could ask me for results from tournaments in South America.

“I’m a tennis fan from Chicago, that’s it,” he told me that time. He used to work at the Northeastern Illinois University. Maybe he didn’t want want anybody to know he was running the site during working hours.

Steve Gocha, his full name, in this link from the University. Data Analyst, the right job for him.

There’s no picture of SG. There are two Steve Gocha’s on facebook, but I don’t think this might be his profile picture. It might be his profile, though.

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A month ago, I sent him an e-mail with questions for this post. He didn’t reply. I insisted and this time he wrote…

“Thanks for the kind words. It has been a great run. I ‘met’ a lot of people via the internet from around the world. That was probably the best part.”

I insisted once again with the questions. Nothing. I will end it here.

It remains to be seen how the story will continue, if someone will follow his steps. Maybe we find a site like stevegfans.com or similar in the next few months.

Thanks, Steve, for making my job easier.

jrm
01-04-2011, 05:49 PM
Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

GustavoM_Fan
01-04-2011, 05:50 PM
http://stevegtennis.com/news.htm


http://www.fuebuena.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Steve-G-Tennis.jpg
:(

MOhero
01-04-2011, 05:54 PM
:bigcry:

Snowwy
01-04-2011, 06:04 PM
:sad:

fast_clay
01-04-2011, 06:33 PM
all hail the great steveg :worship:

Pipsy
01-04-2011, 08:41 PM
Ave atque vale, Steve...

Kristen
01-04-2011, 11:48 PM
:sad: I am glad that he will have more time for himself. His website made following tennis so simple (from Juho Paukku to Roger Federer). Now we have to put a little more effort in I guess :)

Dupuis2006
01-04-2011, 11:55 PM
:hysteric:

ShotmaKer
01-04-2011, 11:55 PM
Yeah, one of the saddest news of 2010 for tennis enthusiasts.

Action Jackson
01-05-2011, 03:26 AM
Great resource coming to an end.

fran70
01-06-2011, 12:52 AM
Definitely he will be missed as all those trully tennis fans, many of them doing a work from the shaddows. I enjoyed his web site for years and I posted on his forums for years until the forum wasn`t popular any longer. Thank you Steve for all these years giving all tennis fans a place where to express our opinions.

GlennMirnyi
01-06-2011, 02:43 AM
The weak era must have done it for him.

A shame.

Nathaliia
01-06-2011, 02:49 AM
Been a part of the page and the forum for a few years in the past

RIP :sad:

actually when I was 14 y.o. (a thousands years ago, yep) and opened an internet browser for the first time and typed "atp top 100" it was the 1st page I've ever clicked on :hysteric:

Arkulari
01-06-2011, 02:54 AM
SteveG was the ultimate tennis source, the guy did an amazing job in a silent way for years and years, no fuss and no gloryhunting, very comprehensive and easy to follow.

Gotta find a way to download all the data there before it is lost forever :sad:

This feels like the end of an era

Boston Crab
01-06-2011, 08:40 AM
me website and very easy to use, but in some ways he's probably right that it is easy to get this information elsewhere (i.e. Wikipedia). The rankings archive will be the most missed because it was so simple and didn't require endless clicking like the ATP site. I very much appreciated the hard work!

Taz Warrior
01-06-2011, 10:01 AM
A real shame, I remember using this a lot in the 90s when the internet wasn't as widespread - it was a fantastic source of information and I was still using it a lot until the end. Glad to see it's getting the recognition it deserved here :yeah:

n8
01-06-2011, 10:56 AM
Three threads for this topic now (including this one) but Steve and his team deserve it!

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=172313
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=172335

Zovko v Lacko
01-06-2011, 11:09 AM
Does anyone know anywhere else you can the qualifying draws for past ATP Tour events? Am failing to do so on the 2010 Calendar.

I am not sure you can find it on the ATP site, where as you always could on SteveG :(

*bunny*
01-06-2011, 11:18 AM
To OP, thanx for posting the great article.
I really miss Steve's weekly updates. It feels odd not to be able to read it every Monday night although the season has started.
His site was the first tennis site I bookmarked and statred following, about 10 years ago, even before I first visited the ATP site.
Best wishes for him in the future and I hope someone or some people will take over his legacy. :sad:

Voo de Mar
01-06-2011, 12:19 PM
I don't remember when I found his website but certainly it was in 2000 or 2001 at the latest. Since then, I was following his website almost daily through a decade. He has made a tremendous job :worship: But nothing lasts forever. I hope someone will continue his legacy, last year when I didn't even know that the site was going to an end, I compiled tennis scorelines (only the main level) from his website for years 1980-2010 improving it a bit, so even when the domain will expire, his work should drift in some form among tennis fans on Internet.

I think without SteveG, I wouldn't make tribute threads on MTF in the form you know, probably thanks to him I concentrated more on lower levels and qualifying tournaments everywhere :)

Moder
01-25-2011, 08:33 PM
Stevegtennis.com is up and running for the most part through volunteer efforts.
Some things will look a little different and other things are going to be updated in the next week or so.

Please consider helping out with results in 'Steve's Results Forum'.
Even just a few minutes and a few people will make a difference.

There seemed to be enough disappointment in December that I hope people will contribute.

It's our site to keep up or watch it go under.

dombrfc
01-25-2011, 10:00 PM
Great news, fantastic resource!

Moder
01-27-2011, 09:15 PM
Thank you for moving my message into the correct topic.

The site is fully functional now but in a slightly limited way.
The main features (results, rankings, a calendar) are all up and running.

Volunteers are still needed. Even just 10 minutes once a week by a few people would matter.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
01-27-2011, 11:50 PM
wow, huge respect to steveg

funny story i thought steveg was from liverpool england and named himself after a footballer lol

well, all good things in this world come to an end, however we've always got mtf's very own stat recquet who has a lovey site

Moder
01-29-2011, 02:17 PM
Site is up and running. All things come to an end...but not yet.
Still Looking for some help in the results forum. Pick one event and update.

Please consider helping. Just 5 minutes once a week...?

Moder
02-28-2011, 09:54 PM
Homepage has received a minor 'facelift'
Results, rankings and stats are still the priority of an easier to read homepage.

Homepage: http://www.stevegtennis.com/
2011 Full Rankings Lists: http://stevegtennis.com/atprank.htm
2011 Stats, ATP and Challenger: http://stevegtennis.com/stats11.htm

Thanks to everyone who has helped out or provided feedback in recent weeks.

fast_clay
02-28-2011, 10:14 PM
:worship:

jrm
03-01-2011, 08:26 PM
Excellent news :yeah: