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What a lineup for the Masters Tennis

TheBoiledEgg
11-08-2004, 07:54 PM
at the Royal Albert Hall, London
grand finale of the Old Fogies Tour :devil:

Thomas Muster
Jim Courier
Mats Wilander :worship:
Boris Becker :p
Sergi Bruguera
Emilio Sanchez
Richard Krajicek :worship:
Pat Cash :rolleyes:
Michael Stich :cool:
Guy Forget

plus 2 WC (one u can bet will be jeremy bates :tape: :rolleyes: )

*Ljubica*
11-08-2004, 07:56 PM
Hmmm - the lovely Thomas Muster :) I've given it a miss for the last couple of years because I was getting a bit bored with it - but maybe I'll go this year.

jtipson
11-08-2004, 08:00 PM
No Johnny Mac? And 12 players this year, rather than 8!

TheBoiledEgg
11-08-2004, 08:01 PM
where's big mouth this yr ??? cant he beat this old guys no more, he has to batter 17 yr old Brits instead :tape:


Mansour Bahrami should be there in doubles
Bahrami and Leconte, but ideally they are better off not as partners.
having two clowns on same side is asking for it.


if only Sky had the rights to this
BBC show a few mins here, there, and then "we got to leave for some repeat of a 1970's show cos some old housewife wants to see it :rolleyes:"

BaselineSmash
11-08-2004, 08:29 PM
When does this start?

TheBoiledEgg
11-08-2004, 08:35 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/3991977.stm

Nov 30 until Dec 5

RPH
11-08-2004, 09:12 PM
No McEnroe :sad: :o

Hopefully he'll get a wildcard ;)

MissPovaFan
11-08-2004, 09:50 PM
plus 2 WC (one u can bet will be jeremy bates :tape: :rolleyes: )

aaawww we have to have Bates there :p Or maybe John Lloyd.

Satanic Pasteur
11-08-2004, 10:06 PM
Pff Goran can't play here because guys must have played at least 2 tournies whereas he is eighth in the rankings :mad:

Bilbo
11-08-2004, 10:11 PM
It's good that McEnroe is not there as he can't even beat his own grandmother these days.

croat123
11-08-2004, 10:26 PM
Pff Goran can't play here because guys must have played at least 2 tournies whereas he is eighth in the rankings :mad:
goran said that he was only going to play one tournament this year. next year he'll play more and end the year at number 1!!

Neely
11-09-2004, 12:50 AM
COME ON, Stich!!!!!! :clap2: :clap2: :bowdown: :bowdown:
:banana:

beat them all!!! :devil:

bad gambler
11-09-2004, 01:00 AM
It's good that McEnroe is not there as he can't even beat his own grandmother these days.

well i thought he was the no1 ranked "master" in the circuit at the moment? he is still competitive in his older years as he was when he was on tour - still screaming abuse to the linesman as usual

Fedex
11-09-2004, 01:07 AM
Not a bad lineup, but I would've liked to see Mac there, as well as Goran.

-ernie-
11-09-2004, 01:08 AM
how unfortunate....this is completely strange that Mac isnt there! How flabbergasting!

bad gambler
11-09-2004, 01:11 AM
c'mon cashy!!!

hopefully he doesn't smoke pot in between points!

Corey Feldman
11-09-2004, 02:56 AM
Nice field of all the oldies i watched when i began watching tennis :worship:
this event usually on BBC..
for once wont needa watch Mcenroe and his tantrums :woohoo:
a Tim/Mcenroe-less event... who will sue barker find to drool over ? :drool: :o
hillbilly courier :rolls:

Billabong
11-09-2004, 03:07 AM
lol thanx TBE;)!

Action Jackson
11-09-2004, 05:16 AM
Great event, and too bad Mac is not there, as for the WC will they give them to Jason Goodall and Jeremy Bates.

FryslanBoppe
11-09-2004, 08:34 AM
Thanks for the info, it should be a fun event.

Horatio Caine
11-09-2004, 08:47 AM
... who will sue barker find to drool over ? :drool: :o
hillbilly courier :rolls:

I think Boris seems to get a lot of attention....

As for Mac - when i last checked he was down at 18th or so in the rankings having played only 2 events.

I WC for Mac definitely (not the Mattress!!!) and 1 for Bates. What would we do without good old Jeremy? :) Maybe we should see if Lloyd can win a match instead - pure comedy! :)

FryslanBoppe
11-09-2004, 08:51 AM
I think Boris seems to get a lot of attention....

He's not just known as Boom Boom for his service you know.

BaselineSmash
11-09-2004, 11:08 PM
Mcenroe destroyed the future great white hope of British tennis and took (an in-form) Ancic to the wire at the Superset tennis event this year. Having seen both "matches", I can safely say he was playing excellently, about the best he's played since he took out Cash at Wimbledon in 1992. ;) Anyone questioning his present ability just seems ill-informed to me. He was sublime last year in the Masters, which makes his absence disappointing.

Horatio Caine
11-09-2004, 11:21 PM
Mcenroe destroyed the future great white hope of British tennis and took (an in-form) Ancic to the wire at the Superset tennis event this year. Having seen both "matches", I can safely say he was playing excellently, about the best he's played since he took out Cash at Wimbledon in 1992. ;) Anyone questioning his present ability just seems ill-informed to me. He was sublime last year in the Masters, which makes his absence disappointing.

We'll probably give him the WC mate.

In fact, ESCUDE, this is for you, what would you say of they gave it to Andrew Castle?!!!! :haha:

Corey Feldman
11-09-2004, 11:26 PM
:rolls: andy castle??
he'll be busy with hig GMTV commitments ;)

Horatio Caine
11-09-2004, 11:28 PM
:rolls: andy castle??
he'll be busy with hig GMTV commitments ;)

Thought that would get your attention - in fact i thought you were offline now. Suddenly you're back. ;)

Corey Feldman
11-09-2004, 11:31 PM
was multi tasking around :o ;)
WC for Miles maclagen would be ok, remember? the scottish guy who dared to go 5 sets v becker at wimbledon 97 :rolls:

Horatio Caine
11-09-2004, 11:35 PM
was multi tasking around :o ;)
WC for Miles maclagen would be ok, remember? the scottish guy who dared to go 5 sets v becker at wimbledon 97 :rolls:

dared to get to match point but didn't dare to go any further! Nah - i think Andy Castle or John Lloyd would add to the entertainment value.

BaselineSmash
11-10-2004, 01:00 AM
We'll probably give him the WC mate.



He isn't going to be there, according to George W.

KarstenBraasch#1
11-10-2004, 02:00 AM
COME ON, Stich!!!!!! :clap2: :clap2: :bowdown: :bowdown:
:banana:

beat them all!!! :devil:
Confirmed now: We will never get along. :o

Go Boris !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

jtipson
11-11-2004, 11:32 AM
at the Royal Albert Hall, London
grand finale of the Old Fogies Tour :devil:

Thomas Muster
Jim Courier
Mats Wilander :worship:
Boris Becker :p
Sergi Bruguera
Emilio Sanchez
Richard Krajicek :worship:
Pat Cash :rolleyes:
Michael Stich :cool:
Guy Forget

plus 2 WC (one u can bet will be jeremy bates :tape: :rolleyes: )

Wildcards have gone to McEnroe and Pernfors, according to the beeb.

TheBoiledEgg
12-01-2004, 02:21 AM
Becker opens with Krajicek win


Boris Becker won the battle of the big serves to beat Richard Krajicek in his first match of the Masters Challenge.
Krajicek, who retired from the ATP Tour only last year, cranked his serve up to a top speed of 133mph.

But Becker, 37, hit back from a set down to level before winning the deciding champions' tie-break 10-3.

It was a stirring revival by the three-time Wimbledon champion, who received a warning from umpire Jeremy Shales for smashing his racquet into the floor.

Krajicek took the opening set 7-5 with the first service break of the match.

Becker finally broke twice in succession to go 4-1 up in the second set, but the determined Dutchman emulated him to level at 4-4.

Two more aces put Krajicek ahead 6-5 before Becker rallied again to level at 6-6 and then took the tie-break 7-4 to force the match into the longer champions' tie-break.

Afterwards, Becker said: "These young guys take it seriously, and the older guys have to keep up with them."

Becker plays old rival John McEnroe in his second match in the most competitive of the Masters event's round-robin groups on Wednesday.

Michael Stich, the 1991 Wimbledon men's singles champion, admitted to suffering a health scare after losing his opening match at the Albert Hall.

The 36-year-old German visibly dropped the pace during his 6-4 6-3 defeat by Thomas Muster, Austria's Davis Cup manager, in his opening round-robin match.

Muster, who in his first match in charge in September steered Austria to the victory which saw Great Britain relegated from the Davis Cup world group, realised his opponent was struggling.

Tournament favourite Jim Courier took a tumble, banging his knee, as he closed out a 6-4 7-5 win over French showman Henri Leconte in his opening match.

Anders Jarryd beat Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-1 in the all-Swedish final match of the evening.

In an exhibition game for the Kids at Heart charity, Tim Henman went down to a 10-8 professional set defeat by Sweden's Joachim Johansson. :yeah: :D :D

TheBoiledEgg
12-01-2004, 02:24 AM
Becker shows old competitive edge
By John Roberts at the Royal Albert Hall
01 December 2004


There were no frills, no smiles, no crowd-pleasing gestures when Boris Becker played Richard Krajicek in their opening round robin match of the Tennis Champions Masters here last night.

The seriousness of the competitive edge between the two pervaded the arena as Becker fought back to win, 5-7, 7-6 and 10-3 in a third-set champions' tie-break.

The German was intent on giving himself as much chance as possible of reaching the quarter-finals when he plays John McEnroe in his other round robin contest tonight. But it was touch and go after Krajicek recovered from being two breaks down at 1-4 in the second set and forced the first shoot-out. Becker won that, 7-4, and it primed him for an overwhelming sweep through the champions' tie-break. The only flaw from Becker was a double fault on his first match point at 9-2.

During their careers on the ATP Tour, Becker and Krajicek were tied 4-4. Becker won eight of his 10 matches against McEnroe, the New Yorker winning indoors in Milan in 1985 and in the third round at the 1992 Australian Open.

The Masters had earlier taken an ominous turn for Michael Stich in the opening match yesterday afternoon. The 36-year-old Stich, best remembered for defeating Becker in the 1991 Wimbledon final, was alarmed when his heart began pounding in the second set of his round-robin contest against Thomas Muster, of Austria.

"I decided I had best step down a gear," said Stich, who lost, 6-4, 6-3, after 70 minutes. "I couldn't give 100 per cent. This is the third or fourth time my heart has been racing during a match, so I'll probably have to see a doctor." Stich plans to play his other round-robin match against Mikael Pernfors, of Sweden, tomorrow night as he tries to reach the quarter-finals.

The 6ft 4in Stich said he usually enjoyed playing Muster. "Thomas can't hurt me with his game," he said. At the same time, Stich, who runs a business helping people with chronic back problems, admitted that he does not devote a lot of time to tennis nowadays, even though he competes on the seniors' Delta Tour of Champions. "If I'm preparing for a tournament, then the week before I'll play two or three times and only for an hour," he said. "In between, I don't pick up a racket for six weeks."

In his second year on the senior tour, Muster is ranked No 2 to the American Jim Courier, who won his opening round robin match, defeating Henri Leconte, of France, 6-4, 7-5.

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Stich suffers scare
By Claire Middleton
(Filed: 01/12/2004)



If old boys' tennis is supposed to be fun, it did not seem that way for Michael Stich on the opening day of the Masters championship at the Albert Hall.

Stich, 36, the 1991 Wimbledon champion, is one of the younger members of the field, but he ended his match with Thomas Muster yesterday complaining of chest pains. "My heart started racing and I got a headache," he said after losing 6-4, 6-3. "I was a little bit scared because it has happened three or four times in the last couple of months.

"My chest was pounding so much I felt I had to step down and not overdo it. Maybe it is time I got it checked out by a doctor." It was clear all was not well with the German for in the second set, in an effort to shorten the points, he started throwing them away.

Muster, too, is the last person to play if your heart is not in it for he has shed four stones and is now back to the sort of fighting weight that took him to No 1 in the world. However, the headache could probably be explained by the volume of Muster's grunting, a noise of which the Albert Hall's more usual residents, such as Eric Clapton or Cliff Richard, would be proud.

Trim Jim Courier looks much as he did when he left us in 2000 and his game is much the same too. His bludgeoning groundstrokes accounted for Henri Leconte 6-4, 7-5

Corey Feldman
12-01-2004, 02:24 AM
you made it as long as 10-8 tim... nice :worship:
well wasnt like he was EVER gonna break pimpim's serve indoors, lets face it :)

although Olivier rochus did it twice in one set last week :o

Action Jackson
12-01-2004, 02:30 AM
Matches for today.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Pat Cash vs. Henri Leconte
Guy Forget vs. Mats Wilander
Boris Becker vs. John McEnroe
Thomas Muster vs. Mikael Pernfors

Come on Mats, Mac, Thomas and Henri.

federer express
12-01-2004, 12:18 PM
cheers for the updates boiled egg
allez henri!!!

Horatio Caine
12-01-2004, 12:37 PM
Anybody know the actual score of the Henman match? Were all the sets tiebreaks?

TheBoiledEgg
12-01-2004, 02:51 PM
Anybody know the actual score of the Henman match? Were all the sets tiebreaks?
didnt u see it ??
10-8 in a Professional Set
which means it was just ONE set.
win after 8 games instead of 6, but it went on a bit longer.

Horatio Caine
12-01-2004, 03:39 PM
didnt u see it ??
10-8 in a Professional Set
which means it was just ONE set.
win after 8 games instead of 6, but it went on a bit longer.

Not all of us are graced with sky, eurosport, satellite tv or whatever it was on :rolleyes:

TheBoiledEgg
12-01-2004, 03:54 PM
Not all of us are graced with sky, eurosport, satellite tv or whatever it was on :rolleyes:

thats not what i meant
the report above.

there is no coverage until Sat on BBC :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Corey Feldman
12-01-2004, 03:57 PM
id much rather see krajicek v becker than any of the shit Henman' s playing these days..

Wulfram
12-01-2004, 04:21 PM
thats not what i meant
the report above.

there is no coverage until Sat on BBC :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

There's some on BBC 2 on Friday at 1.30, actually

ae wowww
12-01-2004, 06:04 PM
I went yesterday and saw Becker beat Krajicek. Becker played so bad early on, looked like he didn't want to be there and almost gave up. He broke a racket in the first set, and was 4-1 (two breaks) up in the second set, before being broken back to 4-4 however he won the set on a tiebreak.
He ran away with it in the champs tbreak, after taking mini break on first point.

Henmans match was unusual, Henman was trying to relax like Mac told him to, but it looked so false. Johansson was taking it all so seriously and killing every ball. Henman was wearing a new red and white shirt, and got broke in the first game, never recovering to lose 8-10. Photos to follow!

TheBoiledEgg
12-02-2004, 02:27 AM
John McEnroe won his eagerly anticipated Masters clash with Boris Becker after the German withdrew with a hamstring injury after just 39 minutes.
Becker had treatment from a physio after losing the first set 6-2 and quit after going 3-0 down in the second.

Becker is hopeful of recovering quickly but will be eliminated if Richard Krajicek beats McEnroe on Thursday.

"I'm sore but I know my body and in 48 hours I should get back in decent shape," said the 37-year-old.

Becker, who had previously withdrawn injured from the 2001 Albert Hall event and did not play in 2002, complimented McEnroe on his fitness after their first ever clash on the seniors circuit.

"I find it amazing how fit he is at 45-years-old. I don't remember anybody being that physically well at 45," he said.

"He's going to give anybody a run for their money."

Australian Pat Cash beat Henri Leconte 6-4 6-2, making the Frenchman the first player to be knocked out of the tournament.

Following his defeat by American Jim Courier yesterday, Leconte needed to win to continue his pursuit of the $100,000 winner-takes-all prize.

You look at this court and feel how lucky you are to play in this great stadium

Guy Forget on playing at the Albert Hall

But ex-Wimbledon champion Cash broke once in the first set and twice in the second for a comfortable 62-minute victory.

Cash, champion at the Albert Hall in 2000, and Courier, leader of the Delta Tour of Champions rankings going into this final event, meet on Thursday to decide the winner of their group but both are already guaranteed places in Friday's quarter-final.

Former world number one Mats Wilander followed Leconte out of the tournament after suffering his second defeat in 17 hours.

Wilander, beaten by fellow Swede Anders Jarryd as midnight struck on Tuesday, went down 6-3 6-4 to Guy Forget, captain of both the French men's Davis Cup and women's Fed Cup teams.

Forget and Jarryd, both guaranteed quarter-final places whatever the outcome, meet to decide their group in Thursday's opening match.

Austria's Thomas Muster also reached the quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Sweden's Mikael Pernfors.

The Swede has one more chance to go through, with the winner of his final group match against Germany's Michael Stich on Friday also going through.

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Henri :( :(
Mats :(

Action Jackson
12-02-2004, 02:36 AM
:( Henri and Mats.

Come on Micke make it to the quarter finals and have another Swede there besides Jarryd. The court must have been too quick for Wilander.

Action Jackson
12-02-2004, 04:08 AM
mitalidas that news has already been posted and TBE has kindly put up the results for Day 2.

Here is the OP for Day 3.

Thursday, December 2, 2004
Guy Forget vs. Anders Jarryd
Pat Cash vs. Jim Courier
John McEnroe vs. Richard Krajicek
Mikael Pernfors vs. Michael Stich

CooCooCachoo
12-02-2004, 09:31 AM
Let's go Guy :)

TheBoiledEgg
12-02-2004, 11:37 AM
Krajicek better win today :)
u cant lose to an extremely old guy :o :help:

Action Jackson
12-03-2004, 02:35 AM
Krajicek better win today :)
u cant lose to an extremely old guy :o :help:

Krajicek won this match.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4064261.stm

John McEnroe failed to keep Boris Becker in the Masters Challenge when he went down to Richard Krajicek despite a vintage display of gutsy tennis.

Becker needed the 45-year-old American, already into the quarter-finals in London, to beat Krajicek to survive.

McEnroe lost the first set 6-4 before battling back from 4-2 down in the second to win a tie-break and force a deciding shoot-out which he lost 10-7.

Krajiceck, 32, progressed at Becker's expense on a countback of sets won.

The Dutchman praised McEnroe, his boyhood hero, saying: "There is so much passion and so much desire. He is the ultimate competitor."

Jim Courier sealed his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-3 win over Australia's Pat Cash.

The 34-year-old American needed just 58 minutes to see off the 1987 Wimbledon champion.

He now faces Frenchman Guy Forget, who reached the last eight as group runner-up despite being beaten 6-2 7-6 by Swedish 43-year-old Anders Jarryd.

Michael Stich's withdrawal means that Jarryd will join group winner Thomas Muster in the quarter-finals.

TheBoiledEgg
12-03-2004, 09:03 AM
well done Richard :yeah: :D


another report (Independent)

Jarryd turns on the old sparkle as Stich joins the sick list
By John Roberts at the Royal Albert Hall
03 December 2004


In common with many tournaments this year, the Tennis Champions Masters has suffered from injuries and other ailments, but at least the players here are semi-retired veterans.

The 36-year-old Michael Stich returned home to Germany yesterday to see a heart specialist, leaving the organisers wondering if his compatriot, Boris Becker, would be fit to play today if needed.

Stich, the 1991 Wimbledon champion, had a check-up in London yesterday morning after experiencing a racing of the heart during his match against Thomas Muster, of Austria, on Tuesday. Further tests were recommended.

Becker's further participation in the tournament depended on the outcome of last night's round-robin match between John McEnroe and Richard Krajicek and an improvement in the condition of his right hamstring, which caused him to retire when losing to McEnroe, 6-2, 3-0, on Wednesday night.

Stich's withdrawal allowed Mikael Pernfors, of Sweden, to advance to the quarter-finals today without winning a match. Pernfors lost to Muster on Wednesday, 7-5, 6-4, but both go through as the only players left in their group.

While Pernfors has risen without trace, the same cannot be said about his fellow Swede, Anders Jarryd. Having originally entered to play doubles, the 43-year-old Jarryd agreed to switch to singles after Sergi Bruguera, of Spain, cried off with flu. He won his two round-robin matches, defeating his compatriot Mats Wilander, 6-3, 6-1, on Wednesday and followed that yesterday with a 6-2, 7-6 win against Guy Forget, France's Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain.

Jarryd, a doubles winner at the four Grand Slam championships in his prime, and a Davis Cup stalwart, is probably best remembered in London for a defeat rather than a victory.

In 1985, he was locked in battle with the 17-year-old Becker in the Wimbledon semi-finals when rain caused the match to be carried over to the following day. "It was a close match," Jarryd recalled. "I was up one set to love, and I think I had some chances in the second set. But Boris pulled that off, and then the rain came. Next day I don't think I played that well, and Boris kept his momentum."

He certainly did, going on to defeat Kevin Curren in the final to become the youngest, first unseeded, and first German winner of the All England men's singles title.

Jarryd, the winner of eight singles titles and 58 doubles titles (he was ranked No1 in the world in doubles for a total of 106 weeks), joined the senior tour in 1998 and was the winner of the inaugural event in Majorca in 2000.

"I haven't played at the Albert Hall since the late 1980s, when the year-end doubles championship was held here," Jarryd said, clearly enjoying his progress this week, which has put him within three matches of scooping the $100,000 (£53,000) winner-takes-all prize.

Like most successful players, Jarryd found it hard to settle down after retiring from the ATP Tour. "I just took things easy for six months," he said, "but then I was bored. It's important to have something you like to do, and I missed the competition. Then I started working with Sweden's Davis Cup team from 1996 to 2002. I now play league tennis in Sweden and run coaching camps. My time's quite flexible for playing the senior tournaments."

Jim Courier, who also won his two round-robin matches, is due to play Forget in today's quarter-finals. Courier is relieved to be playing any kind of sport after overturning a golf buggy at 30mph last year. The 34-year-old American had surgery to his left shoulder the same night and needed seven months rehabilitation. "I still play golf, but now I have a caddie," he said.

Courier, who defeated Pat Cash yesterday, 6-2, 6-3, is ranked No1 on the Delta Tour of Champions. He beat Forget two weeks ago in Brussels, but needed a tie-break to finish the job.

"Guy's tough," he said. "He's in great shape. There's not an ounce of fat on him. His lefty serve is very tricky, and the fast court should favour him more than it favours me. I expect him to be going for his shots. Having said that, I fancy my chances."

Asked about the ailments that have struck the tournament, Courier said: "Michael's [Stich] is something of great concern," he said. "We hope the doctor can sort it out."

He added: "The thing about tennis players is that we have so many miles in our bodies. It wasn't hitting tennis balls that bothered me [in my career], it was the grind of being on the tour."

The senior events offer competition and reunion. Do the players also feel of sense of nostalgia? "I think the nostalgia is more for those watching than those who are playing," he said. "I'm not thinking of yesterday when I play, I'm thinking about now."

Action Jackson
12-03-2004, 09:24 AM
Thanks for the report TBE. I remember old Jarryd, when we were training there was a lot of his service action impressions. I just wish Nystrom played on the seniors tour.

Lalitha
12-03-2004, 12:23 PM
Michael Stich :banana:

TheBoiledEgg
12-04-2004, 03:00 AM
McEnroe rolls back years to set up match with 'young gun' Courier
By John Roberts at the Royal Albert Hall
04 December 2004


Fourteen years have elapsed, but those of us who were there to see the gobsmacked look on John McEnroe's face when he was disqualified at the Australian Open find it impossible to see him back on a court with Mikael Pernfors without being reminded of that historic moment in Melbourne in 1990.

The sanction happened a decade too late to make a difference to the course of the turbulent New Yorker's career, and the majority of seasoned tennis reporters, if they are honest, will say amen to that. McEnroe made it easy for us to be sanctimonious about his tantrums while secretly hoping he would never change. "Ban McEnroe!" we would demand, adding, under our breath, "but bring him back next week so he can be banned again."

Now a feisty 45, he is still wowing the crowds with his touch and temper, though nowadays the antics tend to be tongue-in-cheek. Yesterday McEnroe defeated Pernfors, 7-6, 6-4, to advance to the semi-finals of the Masters Championship here, drawing rounds of nostalgic applause with deathless utterances such as, "That ball was on the line!"

Today brings McEnroe his biggest challenge of the week when he plays his American compatriot Jim Courier, the 34-year-old world No 1 on the Delta Tour of Champions.

Courier defeated Guy Forget, of France, in the quarter-finals yesterday, 6-4, 7-6. A high-quality contest eventually petered out during the second-set tie-break, in which the tiring Forget started beating his racket on the ground in frustration en route to losing the shoot-out, 7-3.

McEnroe and Courier, occasional practice partners, have been talking up the duel for weeks. It will be their first match on the senior tour, Courier having won two of their three meetings on the ATP Tour.

Would McEnroe have benefited from being disqualified, say, at his "Pits of the World" Wimbledon in 1981? "Umpires say that, but look at my record. Lots of players have been disqualified more times than I was. Perhaps I would have won more and been more boring. Who knows? Who cares?

"I remember walking down the Kings Road 26 years ago when bad things were being written about me and people were very supportive, shouting things like, 'Go, Johnny Mac!' Now I think people respect the effort I've put into the game and, after hearing me do commentary, I think they understand me a little better."

McEnroe was not chuffed yesterday to be asked to open the afternoon session, at the behest of BBC television, having played the previous night against Richard Krajicek. The Dutchman won, 6-4, 6-7 and 10-7 in a champions' tie-break, which meant both qualified for the quarter-finals at Boris Becker's expense.

Pernfors' fitness and topspin ensured that the spectators saw an entertaining contest, which lasted an hour and 48 minutes. McEnroe, when not examining the lines with the zeal of a pathologist, hitting balls in anger or raging at the umpire, John Parry, he punched many a volley.

Leading 4-3 in the second set, he was disturbed by a shout from the crowd and did not complete a second serve. Parry told him to take a first serve. Looking down the court at Pernfors, McEnroe said, "It's a new rule for a guy over 45."

"What about me?" the Swede said.

"How old are you?" McEnroe asked.

"41," Pernfors told him.

"You've got to wait a couple more years," McEnroe said.

"What if I feel 45?" Pernfors retorted.

The crowd-pleasing banter complemented the free-flowing tennis, featuring many impressive rallies. "He played exceptionally well," McEnroe said. "He's good at coming up with strange-looking shots that are hard to read."

McEnroe read them well enough in the opening games and broke for 4-2 in the first set. Pernfors fought back, recovering the break. McEnroe then double-faulted to 5-6, but Pernfors was unable to serve the set out and lost the tie-break, 7-3.

Pernfors was broken for 2-3 in the second set, but still forced McEnroe to produce some fine tennis to hold on to the lead.

Asked about his ethos about questioning calls throughout his stormy career, McEnroe said: "It goes back to the days when I was a kid and we called out our own lines. I was taught if there's a doubt, don't call it in, if there's not a doubt call it out." And so he has.

Masters Championship (Royal Albert Hall, London) quarter-finals: J McEnroe (US) bt M Pernfors 7-6 6-4; J Courier (US) by G Forget (Fr) 6-4 7-6.

TheBoiledEgg
12-04-2004, 03:02 AM
John McEnroe beat Sweden's Mikael Pernfors to set up a semi-final against fellow American Jim Courier at the Masters Challenge in London.
McEnroe was in vintage form - in terms of both his tennis and his fiery temper - as he secured a 7-6 6-4 victory.

Tournament favourite Courier, 34, was a 6-4 7-6 winner over French Davis Cup captain Guy Forget.

Austrian Thomas Muster beat Pat Cash 10-8 in a "champions tie-break" decider and will next face Swede Anders Jarryd.

McEnroe was confident about his chances of beating Courier on Saturday.

"If I play to the top of my ability, I can win this tournament," he said.

"Anybody I play at this stage is going to be tough and anyone of us is capable of winning it.

"This fast court suits me more than it suits some of the other players.

"I've practised with Courier sometimes, so I know what he's about."

Courier said: "This is the big one. This is the one I wanted, going into the tournament.

"I would have preferred to play him in the final for the $100,000 , but it's still fantastic to get him in the semis.

"I fully expect John to try to get in my head and intimidate the lines people.

"But I've played John in the US Open when he was trying to stir it up and I've no doubt that I can handle it."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4067635.stm

TheBoiledEgg
12-04-2004, 04:22 PM
Semis today.


Defending champion John McEnroe went out of the Masters Tennis at London's Royal Albert Hall with defeat to fellow American Jim Courier.
Tournament favourite Courier, 34, saw off his 45-year-old compatriot 7-5 7-6 (7-4) in a high-quality encounter to reach Sunday's final.

There were several trademark McEnroe outbursts as Courier edged a tight contest with his greater power.

Courier will meet Thomas Muster or Anders Jarryd in the final.

There was little to separate the first semi-finalists, and four-times champion McEnroe went a break up in the second set.


But Albert Hall newcomer Courier stayed relaxed as his opponent repeatedly castigated the officials and broke back immediately before edging the tie-break.

"It's a joy to play John because he brings such passion and it's an inspiring setting," said Courier afterwards.

And McEnroe hinted that he will be back in 2005, at the age of 46, possibly for the last time.

"I felt like I was playing well but Jim has a lot of pace and power," said McEnroe. "I give him credit and wish him luck in the finals.

"If I'm going to lose I'd like to lose to the guy who wins.

"I'm the oldest guy out here but it inspires me to work harder, so if they invite me back maybe I can try one more time."

Corey Feldman
12-04-2004, 04:26 PM
damn, its on BBC2 right now
ive been missing it
:wavey:

TheBoiledEgg
12-04-2004, 04:35 PM
thanx for reminding me
i was watching footy

Bahrami is on :worship: :lol:

ae wowww
12-04-2004, 04:39 PM
Bahrami!! :D!

Corey Feldman
12-04-2004, 05:03 PM
damn i missed the courier-mcenroe match, that looked interesting, seen mac tossing racket away at the end of show clips, typical mac day i see :D

bahrami and leconte :rolls: becker :tape:

TheBoiledEgg
12-04-2004, 05:05 PM
Becker was out of his depth in that match :rolls:

Bahrami/Becker vs Leconte/Nastase

Becker had no idea what to do comedy wise :lol:

ae wowww
12-04-2004, 05:06 PM
Courier-McEnroe sounded immense...

Corey Feldman
12-04-2004, 05:09 PM
least its on bbc2 at 3.25pm- 6.00pm 2morro... should get the final: courier v jarryd/muster
john lloyd and sue barker saying muster found a personality all of a sudden (still a wee bit bitter about davis cup a few months ago i see) :rolls: :o

Action Jackson
12-06-2004, 07:34 AM
http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/story.jsp?story=590102


Courier wins new friends with Masters title triumph
By John Roberts at the Royal Albert Hall
06 December 2004


We may not be able to see the 45-year-old John McEnroe play Father Charisma in the Masters Championship for much longer, but patrons of the year-end festival of tennis and fun will hope that other former greats at least try and fill the void.

There is only one McEnroe, of course, just as there is only one Jimmy Connors, who did his best to ignite the senior tour in America, but that does not preclude others from providing a December treat. Pete Sampras is one who has made a tentative enquires about entering, but there may be those who would regard the man with 14 Grand Slam titles as boring.

"Boring" was the word used to describe Jim Courier by a sports columnist on the BBC at the weekend, possibly a reference to the young Jim Courier, who made his name and fortune chiefly on the baseline.

The current Jim Courier, who has been approached to join the Beeb's Wimbledon commentary team, played his way happily, co-operatively and decisively through the Masters last week, and yesterday picked up the winner-take-all prize of $100,000 (£53,000). The American defeated Thomas Muster, of Austria, in the final, 7-6, 6-4.

Courier, 34, and Muster, 37, are ranked No 1 and No 2 on the Delta Tour of Champions and are among the younger competitors, so it was no surprise that they both advanced to the final - except that Muster was lucky that Anders Jarryd had to retire injured from their semi-final on Saturday when one set ahead after hurting a shoulder.

Courier was regarded by many as a "blue-collar" world No 1 in his prime, with a style which favoured slower courts, but both men coped admirably with the fast indoor court here and also proved capable of improvising shots they would not have attempted on the ATP Tour. Courier, moreover, produced a glorious backhand cross-court half-volley in his semi-final win against McEnroe, 7-5, 7-6. "It took me 34 years to hit that shot," he said.

The rallying yesterday was hectic, and both men indulged in friendly banter, partly, one suspects, to buy time for their limbs. Courier took the first-set tie-break, 7-5, and broke for 2-1 in the second set. During the presentations, he congratulated Muster on his display and thanked the spectators for helping make the event such a success.

Remembered for celebrating his Australian Open triumphs by diving into the River Yarra, Courier is too much of a grown-up nowadays to suggest that he will follow suit in the Thames.

RonE
12-06-2004, 09:54 AM
Very nice article.

I remember some of the later Muster-Courier matches and after initially Courier owned Muster earlier in the careers, it was Muster who really dominated Courier in their last couple of meetings. So good job by Jim :yeah:

Action Jackson
12-07-2004, 09:30 AM
I don't like Courier winning anything actually except when he played Agassi, but good for him and Thomas time to work a bit harder now.

Action Jackson
12-07-2004, 09:33 AM
http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/story.jsp?story=589946

Statesmanship of Muster craftsman

By Ronald Atkin, Tennis Correspondent
05 December 2004


You could hardly call Thomas Muster a regular on the London scene. In a tennis career spanning 15 years the Austrian left-hander opted to play Wimbledon only four times, and never once walked off the lawns of SW19 a winner. So Thomas has been enjoying his involvement with the Masters tournament at the Albert Hall, marching through to this afternoon's final, enjoying incognito runs in Hyde Park and indulging in a spot of sightseeing.

Muster has, though, caused a stir or two in the old town. In 1996, the year when he rose to world No 1, he turned up at the Stella Artois tournament at Queen's Club, and it needed all Stefan Edberg's grass-court skills to keep him from a place in the final.

However, he made bigger headlines, and on the front pages, too, over his friendship with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. As he puts it: "I achieved something that the guys who actually won Wimbledon never managed. I featured in stories on the front pages of British newspapers without ever appearing on the back."

Now, after tiptoeing away from tennis in 1999, abandoning Monte Carlo for Queensland and immersing himself so thoroughly in the Aussie lifestyle that he piled on nearly four stones in extra weight, Muster is back in Austria, a failed marriage behind him, captaining his country's Davis Cup team, heading an ambitious development programme for juniors and making a big impact on the senior circuit, the Delta Tour of Champions. Muster had intended to take up a two-year contract as Davis Cup captain in time for the 2005 competition, but when the incumbent, Gunther Bresnik, resigned in the wake of a 5-0 defeat by the United States in February, the man who won 36 of his 44 Cup singles agreed to step in early, and led the squad to victory in the World Group play-off against Britain in Portschach at the end of September. With his 37th birthday coming up a week later, the Iron Man resisted all sentimental calls to form part of the Austrian doubles team.

The Iron Man description prompted a small smile as Muster relaxed in the players' lounge at the Albert Hall. Opponents, he said, were always so preoccupied with his super-fit reputation that they underestimated his racket skills.

"Everyone kept saying I was so fit, but you don't win the French Open and get to No 1 if all you have is fitness. I used that to my advantage. A lot of people said, 'How can I lose to this guy? He can only run'. But I have won tournaments indoors, played all right on grass at Queen's and done pretty well on hard courts."

That said, all but four of his 44 tournament wins came on clay, where he was for a time simply invulnerable. The highlight, his lone Grand Slam victory in the 1995 French Open, climaxed a run of 40 successive wins on clay.

As someone who set up residence in Monte Carlo at the age of 18 in order to get regular practice there against the then superior talents of Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker and Mats Wilander, Muster found his finely honed condition an ally following a horrendous accident on the first day of April 1989.

Having just reached the final of the Miami tournament, Thomas was unloading his tennis bag from a courtesy-car boot when the vehicle was slammed into by a drunk driver. Doctors told him the severed knee ligaments he suffered would keep him out for a year, but he was back five-and-a-half months later. "It's incredible what the mind and body can do," he said. "But I don't think I could do it today."

Muster's single-mindedness was also evident in his decision, at the start of 1999, to retire at the French Open. "But I didn't tell anyone because I didn't want ceremonies everywhere I played. I didn't want to be asked at every tournament why I was quitting and what I was going to do. So I just walked away after losing to [Nicolas] Lapentti in the first round at Roland Garros.

"When I started my career there was no one there and when I stopped no one was there, either. It was my favourite tournament and I knew it was my last match. Those are big moments, and I didn't feel like sharing them with anyone else."

Three months later, having decided he did not fancy a return, Muster threw away all his tennis gear. "I had no further interest." He headed for the good life in the Queensland resort of Noosa Heads, where he had bought property six years earlier. He got married, fathered a son, showed off his pilot's licence in two helicopters he had acquired, drank beer, sat around and watched his weight soar from 11st 10lb to 14st 7 lb. "I didn't really care," he said. "I didn't want to exercise, because that was what I had done all my life. When I decided to get fit again it took me six months to get all that extra weight off."

Now, with his decision to boost the quality of the seniors' circuit, the fitness lifestyle has been reclaimed. Having collected in excess of $12m (£6.2m) in prize money alone, Muster can afford his gesture of working for nothing as Davis Cup captain and also donating his time to develop the Austrian junior programme at a new centre in Graz, where he now lives. The helicopters, however, have been sold. Flying around is confined to the tennis court again these days.

Neely
12-08-2004, 12:41 PM
Did anybody watch the match between Muster and Courier?

Austrian newspaper wrote that Muster was up a minibreak in the tie-break, served an ace for 3-0 which was ruled as "good" by the refs, but because Courier thought the serve was out, Muster voluntarily replayed the point and lost it what could have cost him the 1st set.

Is that correct or wrong information?

ae wowww
12-08-2004, 04:37 PM
Great to see some young oldies on the tour!
JM is going to have to step up his game, I reckon he will do it :)

TheBoiledEgg
12-08-2004, 05:51 PM
Did anybody watch the match between Muster and Courier?

Austrian newspaper wrote that Muster was up a minibreak in the tie-break, served an ace for 3-0 which was ruled as "good" by the refs, but because Courier thought the serve was out, Muster voluntarily replayed the point and lost it what could have cost him the 1st set.

Is that correct or wrong information?

Muster was never 3-0 in TB :o
I cant remember that happening but i do remember a Muster Ace that was a let was given to him, that was 3-6 in TB.

Neely
12-08-2004, 08:24 PM
Muster was never 3-0 in TB :o
I cant remember that happening but i do remember a Muster Ace that was a let was given to him, that was 3-6 in TB.
really strange, I don't know what they wrote then.... :cuckoo: :cuckoo: :shrug:

For all those who are capable of understanding German, here is the original excerpt:

Im Finale hatte Muster im ersten Satz im Tiebreak bei 2:0 ein Ass zum 3:0 serviert, doch Courier schaute etwas ungläubig, und Muster overrulte freiwillig den Referee. Eine Großzügigkeit, die ihm in der Folge möglicherweise den Sieg gekostet hat. Im zweiten Satz wehrte Muster noch drei Matchbälle ab, mit dem vierten sicherte sich Courier die 100.000 Dollar.

Wulfram
12-08-2004, 09:10 PM
Muster was never 3-0 in TB :o
I cant remember that happening but i do remember a Muster Ace that was a let was given to him, that was 3-6 in TB.

Muster would have been 3-0 if the point was awarded (And this score came up on the TV screen), but he offered to replay the point, lost it and it was 2-1.

What you talk about also happened, and I believe Muster mentioned that he'd conceded the earlier point while this one was being discussed. So they probably ended up about even, really.

Neely
12-08-2004, 09:26 PM
Also thanks for that Wulfram! :yeah:

Action Jackson
12-09-2004, 03:02 AM
Thanks for the information everyone it would be fun seeing these two play again, though I couldn't imagine Sampras playing and enjoying the joking side of things.

ae wowww
12-10-2004, 08:15 PM
Yeah I know, same George W, he was never that kind of guy I feel. There would be a strange kind of aura about the matches too, expecting similar standard as before.. Oh I don't know it would just be unusual.

Interesting interview after final of Courier/Muster. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av/bb_rm_fs.stm?checkedBandwidth=bb&nbram=1&checkedMedia=ram&news=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&bbram=1&nol_storyid=4070733