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Ball(Paradorn Srichaphan) : Year 2003

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:03 AM
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)
Nickname : Ball (Thai people call him "Ball")

Birthdate : 14 June 1979
BirthPlace : Khonkaen, Thailand
Residence : Bangkok, Thailand
Height : 185 cm
Weight : 81 Kg
Player : Right-handed
Turn Pro : 1997
Coach : Chanachai Srichaphan(Father)
Current ATP Ranking : 11 (updated 14 July)
Current Entry System Points : 1835
Year to Date Champion race : 26
Current Championrace Points : 147
Shoes : Adidas - Barricade II
Racquet : Yonex - RD-Ti80
Clothes : Adidas

SINGLES CAREER TITLES : 3
2002--Long Island [W Chela, Juan Ignacio (ARG ) 5-7 6-2 6-2]
2002--Stockholm [W Rios, Marcelo (CHI ) 6-7(2) 6-0 6-3 6-2]
2003--Chennai [W Kucera, Karol (SVK ) 6-3 6-1]

FINALIST : 2
2002--Chennai [F Canas, Guillermo (ARG ) 4-6 6-7(2)]
2002--Washington [F Blake, James (USA ) 6-1 6-7(5) 4-6]

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:05 AM
Ball wins 3 ATP 2002 Awards.

Big congrtas to Paradorn Srichaphan for winning 3 ATP Awards of the year 2002.

1. Most Improved Players Award
2. Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
3. Player Award who won the first ATP title of the year

Ball, you made Thai people proud. Big congratulation !!!!

Keep it up, and don't stop to do it again this year.




From ATPtour.

2002 ATP Awards Presented by Waterford Crystal

Player of the Year - Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt won the ATP Champions Race for the second consecutive year to again claim the coveted year-end World No.1 ranking. Hewitt won five titles, including Wimbledon, the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai and the Pacific Life Open, and reached two other Tennis Masters Series finals in Cincinnati and Paris.

Doubles Team of the Year - Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor
Knowles and Nestor reunited in 2002 for a tour de force, winning six titles and reaching 13 finals. In a sizzling start to the season, Knowles and Nestor won the Australian Open as well as Tennis Masters Series titles in Indian Wells and Miami. They also reached Grand Slam finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award - Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Amir Hadad see article about this award at doubles team honored

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award & Most Improved Award - Paradorn Srichaphan
Thai shotmaker Paradorn Srichaphan made a huge impact on the ATP circuit during his breakthrough year in 2002, winning not only tournaments but also admiration of his peers. Srichaphan slashed his year-end ATP Entry Ranking from No. 126 to No. 16, claiming ATP titles in Long Island and Stockholm. Regarded as one of the most humble and fair players on the circuit, Srichaphan also won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.

Newcomer of the Year - Paul-Henri Mathieu
Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu announced himself to the tennis world in 2002 when he won back-to-back titles in Moscow and Lyon. Mathieu, 21 last month, slashed his year-end ATP Entry Ranking from No. 147 to No. 36. He did not win a single match at ATP level in 2001, but recorded a 23-16 match record last season.

Comeback of the Year - Richard Krajicek
Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek returned to the ATP circuit after missing 20 months following elbow surgery in March 2001. In his second tournament back, the Dutchman reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, beating James Blake and Mark Philippoussis before losing to Xavier Malisse.

ATPtennis.com's Fans' Favorite Award - Marat Safin
Favorite in a poll of more than 28,000 visitors to the Official Web site of the ATP. Twenty-one percent of the visitors nominated Safin, who also won the 2001 award, as their favorite player. Andre Agassi (14%), Gustavo Kuerten (13%) and Srichaphan (12%) also polled highly.

Ron Bookman Award for Media Excellence - Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez, a 46-year-old Barcelona native, has been the Director of Tennis A Fondo magazine since its creation in 1999. He has been the ATP's Open Seat Godo Press Officer since 1993 and the Press Officer of the Spanish Davis Cup team since 1997. A founding member of the International Tennis Writers' Association, Hernandez was the commentator for Spain's first tennis radio show on SER in 1984 and 1985.

Tennis Masters Series Tournament of the Year - NASDAQ-100 Open (Miami)

International Series Gold Tournament of the Year - Generali Open Kitzbuhel

International Series Tournament of the Year - Telenordia Swedish Open (Bastad)

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:05 AM
Wimbledon 2003 : First round

Paradorn Srichaphan defeated Dominik Hrbaty 6-3,6-4,4-6,3-6,6-3

Well done Ball, please keep it up.

Good luck against Olivier Mutis FRA in second round.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:06 AM
Wimbledon 2003 : second round

Paradorn Srichaphan d. Oliver Mutis(FRA) 4-6,1-6,7-6(4),7-5,7-5.

OMG, I don't believe that he won. Ball was down 0-2 set but leads 5*-3 in 3rd set. Mutis fought back to 5-5 then play was suspended by rain at 5-5*, 15-30 on Mutis's service game. Ball won 3rd set tie break. Ball saved 2 MP when Mutis served for the match at 5*-4 in the 4th set. Again at 5*-5 in 5th set , he was down 0-40 and he saved 3 BP. Finally he won.

What's agreat match for both players.

Well done Ball. Good luck against Nadal.
Better luck next time Mutis. You played so well, I'm impressed you a lot.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:06 AM
Wimbledon 2003 : third round

Paradorn Srichaphan d. Rafael Nadal(ESP) 6-4,6-4,6-2

Better luck next time Rafa.

Congrats Ball and good luck against Andy on Monday.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:07 AM
Wimbledon 2003 : 4th round

Andy Roddick d. Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4,3-6,6-3,6-2

Congrats Ball for reaching Wimby 4th round for the first time. You have so many chances (had 4 BP) to take a lead 3-1 in 3rd set but you could not convert it. I think the match would go either way you you won that game.

Anyway better luck next time Ball. We are proud of you.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:07 AM
After he was defeated by Andy Roddick in the 4th round of Wimby 2003. Ball and his family just came back home today(3 Jul) early morning and I went to welcome back them at the air-port. There are a lot of crowd and media (TV and newspaper) there.

Here are some pics that I've taken.
Have fun.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:08 AM
From Bangkok Post (4 July, 2003)

THAI STAR :Paradorn back home
Tor Chittinand

World number 11 Paradorn Srichaphan returned to Bangkok yesterday saying his father will continue to be his coach and that he sees no reason to make any changes.

Paradorn received a warm welcome from several hundred fans at Don Muang international airport following his fourth round exit to Any Roddick at Wimbledon on Monday.

The Thai star said he was quite pleased with his Wimbledon performance as he had progressed further than last year.

Last year, he was ranked 67 when he beat Andre Agassi in the second round at Wimbledon before losing to Richard Krajicek in the third round.

He rejected suggestions that he might change his coach, father Chanachai.

``I don't see any reason to make changes. I want to carry on with the father-son team. I cannot separate myself from my dad who has brought me up to the top 10. It has been a successful formula,'' he said.

Paradorn is planning to have a fortnight's rest in Thailand before heading off to the US where he will take part in six tournaments before the US Open.

He said he was looking forward to playing on the hard courts in America.

``I am used to the hard courts and I think I can move up in the rankings,'' he said. Paradorn said he would like to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

According to an opinion poll released Tuesday, Paradorn is the most popular sportsman in Thailand with an overwhelming 89.4 percent of 1,485 respondents voting in his favour.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:09 AM
Indianapolis 2003 (21-27 July)

First round- Bye
Second round : Amer Delic(USA) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

Second Seed Srichaphan Survives Collegiate Challenger
by Bill Scott

Second seed Paradorn Srichaphan saved two match points as he put down a challenge from NCAA champion
Amer Delic at the RCA Championships Wednesday night.

The top Thai finally carved out a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 result as he found himself in trouble in the 12th game of the second set after losing the first in another decider.

But his nervous 20-year-old opponent, a former Bosnian refugee, couldn't quite get to the finish line, with the Asian Ace firing down an ace and a volley winner to bring on a tie-breaker which he won to take it into a third set.

Once he found room to breathe, Paradorn put his game into gear, rolling to 5-0 before Delic, who has yet to decide if he'll turn professional or finish his final year of studies, could react.

It ended afer one hour, 50 minutes, with the Thai happy to be done.

"This is a match that I needed to win," said Paradorn, 11th in the world who won the first of three career titles last August at Long Island. "I only knew that he had a big serve.

"He served well but I managed to find my own form. I'm happy to be back on hard-courts. They are my favourite surface, I expect to do well.

Paradorn claimed the contest on his 15th ace. "I'm happy I have the chance to come back tomorrow and do it right" (against another American, Alex Bogomolov).

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:10 AM
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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:11 AM
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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:11 AM
Indianapolis 2003 : Single 3rd round

First round- Bye
2R : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) d. Amer Delic(USA) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3R : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Alex Bogomolov (USA) 6-4, 6-3 :hearts:

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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:12 AM
Ball will be playing Scott Draper (AUS) in QF tomorrow.
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Srichaphan Comfortable With His Game and Fame
by Bill Scott

Paradorn Srichaphan has hit his stride this week on the hardcourts, reaching the quarterfinals of the RCA
Championships.

But Paradorn, a sporting idol in his native Thailand, is facing a tough job as the summer season begins. He won his first title 11 months ago at Long Island the week prior to the U.S. Open.

Now with points to defend over the next few weeks from 2002, he will need all of his powers of concentration to
maintain his current world No. 11 position.

The Asian Ace was not totally satisfied with his showing against Bogomolov, a Moscow-born Russian-American ranked a lowly 125th. The second seed from Bangkok still won 6-4, 6-3.

With the weight of a nation on his shoulders this summer, Paradorn is hoping to keep deflecting pressure from himself as he goes about his business on court.

"I felt a little more comfortable, but I think I hit the ball better Wednesday," said the Indianapolis first-timer after his move into the tournament last eight. "I was a bit tired after finishing late last night.

"I've hit a lot of balls. But have confidence on court - I don't fear anyone."

With the Thai public following his every match on television no matter what the hour of day or night, life has changed for the 24-year-old with three career titles and a reputation as one of the nice guys of the game.

"Every time I come back to Thailand - where he spent around three months in 2002 - people are waiting at the airport. All of the televisions and newspapers are there. It's the same when I leave.

"I don't mind being a celebrity," said a player who met the king last year at a national reception and who holds a diplomatic passport presented to him for service to the nation.

"I'm just trying to do my job. The people are happy that I'm playing well. But I don't let the pressure get to me.'

The soft-spoken Buddhist, who bows to all four corners of the court after each match, says that his goal this season is the Top 20 - a position he's well surpassed.

"I try to keep my goals modest, I don't want too many expectations, then I can beat them."

Paradorn is responsible for the current we've of interest in Thailand for his sport. "If you had asked people three years ago 'What is tennis?' they probably wouldn't have known.

"Now they say, 'I know it, I know Paradorn - even taxi drivers."

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:12 AM
From atpwebsite:
RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS July 24, 2003

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Srichaphan: "It was my first match in the daytime, so I got used to sun. I'm a little bit tired after last night. I go on court and it doesn't matter if I win or lose, as long as I'm having fun."

Goals for this year
"Stay in Top 20, Top 10 if I can. I'm trying not to put pressure on myself, otherwise I'll be tight. If the press back home ask me, 'What is your goal for the end of the year,' and I say, 'Top 10' and I can't make it, and they go, 'I thought you said Top 10?' I always keep my goals not too high. Last year when my ranking was 75, I was just thinking that I'd break the Top 50. At the end of the year, I was Top 20."

On his popularity back home
"Everybody back home is happy for me to do well and they are following all of my results. Most of my matches last year and the beginning of this year, they show them live to Thailand, so people get to see it."

"Every time I arrive at the airport, all the people are waiting there and the TV cameras. Two or three years ago, if you went out on the street and asked people about tennis, they wouldn't know what it was. If you go now, they know 'Paradorn,' even taxi drivers."

"There's been a lot of talk back home, especially on changing my coach. But I don't plan on changing my coach. He got me to break the Top 10. Traveling with my Dad and coach, we have a good time together. My brother, Thanakorn, might take over next year and we may start traveling together.

"I haven't been to a Thai restaurant yet, (here in the US) but I'm looking forward to going to [Washington] D.C. My friends own nine Thai restaurants in D.C. so they bring me food every day."

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:13 AM
Indianapolis 2003 : QF

First round- Bye
2R : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) d. Amer Delic(USA) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3R : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Alex Bogomolov (USA) 6-4, 6-3 :hearts:
QF : (2)Paradorn d. Draper 6-4,6-2 :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

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From atptennis website:

Paradorn Srichaphan improved to 17-7 on hard court this year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Australian left-hander Scott Draper. The Thai is playing his first tournament since reaching the Wimbledon fourth round. He has won six of his past seven matches after a season of mixed success, which has returned a 25-16 match record.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Srichaphan: "It gave me a lot of confidence going into the semifinals. I've played him two times before and it's always been a tough match. I was glad to pull it out in two sets today."

(On Thomann): "He's a good player, I've played him two times before in qualifying. Once in Atlanta on clay, he beat me and then he beat Agassi. The other time was in Miami and I beat him."

SEMIFINALS PREVIEW:

Top seed Andy Roddick is gunning for his eighth career ATP title this weekend, and his sixth title on home soil. The Wimbledon semifinalist has claimed two titles this year (St. Poelten and Queen's) and appeared in the Houston and Memphis finals. Roddick, who also reached the Australian Open semifinals in January, has won 18 of his past 20 matches. The American has been working with coach Brad Gilbert since Queen's in June.

Roddick's semifinal opponent Sjeng Schalken is also enjoying a hot streak, winning 12 of his past 13 matches dating back to his title in 's-Hertogenbosch. Schalken has won one title each year for eight of the past nine years (missing in 1998) but has never won multiple titles in the same season. The Dutchman's lone North American title came in Boston in 1997.

Second seed Paradorn Srichaphan led the ATP circuit with 40 hard court wins in 2002, winning titles in Long Island and Stockholm and reaching finals in Chennai and Washington. This year the Thai became the first Asian player in history to break into the Top 10 in the ATP Entry Rankings en route to a career-high ranking of No. 9 in May. Srichaphan began the season by winning his third career title (all on hard) in Chennai and later reached the semifinals of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami. He endured a lean 2-6 record during the clay season but ran back into form at Wimbledon, where he reached the fourth round (l. to Roddick). Thomann was 0-1 at ATP level (losing in the first round of Newport two weeks ago) and 11-16 at Challenger level this year before this week. He had not passed the second round of the past Challenger tournaments he played; last week he lost in the first round of the Aptos Challenger.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:14 AM
Indianapolis : SF result

First round- Bye
2R : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) d. Amer Delic(USA) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
3R : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Alex Bogomolov (USA) 6-4, 6-3 :hearts:
QF : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) d. Scott Draper(AUS) 6-4,6-2 :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
SF : (2)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Nicolas Thomann (FRA) 4-6,7-6(5),6-3 :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Well done Ball :hearts:
Good luck tomorrow. Hope you take home the title. :hearts:

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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:16 AM
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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:16 AM
From atptennis website:

RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS July 26, 2003

Roddick, Srichaphan Set For All-Star Clash
Andy Roddick has a chance to claim his third title of the year, while Paradorn Srichaphan hopes to collect his second.

Top seed Andy Roddick dominated No. 3 seed Sjeng Schalken 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday's semifinals at the RCA Championships. The 20-year-old American used his lethal all-court game to subdue the Dutchman and reserve a spot in Sunday's final against No. 2 seed Paradorn Srichaphan. Roddick now stands only one match away from winning his third title of 2003, and his eighth career title. He's also continuing to showcase his talent on all surfaces. So far this year, Roddick nabbed the St. Poelten trophy on clay, reigned at the Queen's Club on grass and now has a chance to conquer the Indianapolis hard courts.

Roddick also continues to progress toward his goal of qualifying for the Tennis Masters Cup Houston. Now holding the No. 5 position of the ATP Champions Race, the young American star has a strong chance of competing at the season-ending championships if he continues his threatening play. In addition to his title runs in 2003, Roddick has reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open (l to Schuettler) and Wimbledon (l to Federer), and the final in Houston and Memphis. The ultra-confident top seed goes into Sunday's final as the favorite, especially with his record on American soil. Roddick won five of his seven titles in his home country and is known to display his finest tennis before an appreciative American audience.

In Saturday's other semifinal, Srichaphan came back from a set down to quash the run of Frenchman Nicolas Thomann with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 victory. The 24-year-old Thai will be competing for his second title of the year. His best results for 2003 have all taken place on hard courts. Early in the season, he claimed the title in Chennai and reached the quarterfinals in Sydney. He also fought his way to the semifinals in Miami, but then struggled throughout the clay season. Now back on his favorite surface, Srichaphan - who stands in the No. 26 spot of the ATP Champions Race - is eager to dart his way back up the rankings.

This will be the fourth meeting for Roddick and Srichaphan, with the American holding a 2-1 series edge. The pair last played last month at Wimbledon in the Round of 16, where Roddick walked away with a four-set win.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Roddick: "The wind was swirling out there so there was a little inconsistency today. I was not in sync with my serve, but otherwise, I played pretty well. I just concentrated on other parts of my game. Brad [Gilbert] says there is more than one way to win or lose a match."

On the Indianapolis fans
"It's great to have the fans in my favor. They were a huge factor in my first match. They turned things around, got behind me. I don't think I would be here today if it weren't for them."

Schalken: "I didn't play well today. My timing wasn't there. I never got into a rhythm. I knew I could beat him. I've beaten him before, but not the way I played today."

Srichaphan: "I knew it was going to be a tough match. During the first set, I didn't think it was going to be my day. I just hung in there and tried to get into the match. After the second set, I just played my game, tried to get the ball in the court. The last few games, his wrist was hurting a little bit, so it was a little easier."

On meeting Roddick
"He's been playing great tennis this week. It will be a good match."

Thomann: "I was cramping in the third set and couldn't hit the ball. It was disappointing, of course, but I had a good week here."

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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:17 AM
Top Seeds Set for RCA Showdown on Sunday
by Bill Scott

French outsider Nicolas Thomann got caught out by wrist cramps as he took a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 semifinal loss
Paradorn Srichaphan Saturday at the RCA Championships.

Srichaphan set up the first showdown between the top two seeds (1996, Pete Sampras beat Goran Ivanisevic) at the Indianapolis Tennis Center since 1996 with his hard-fought victory in two hours, 18 minutes.

No. 1 Andy Roddick did his part as he thrashed third seed Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2.

World number 169 Thomann was felled by arm and wrist problems after winning only a single match at the ATP level prior to this magical week in Indianapolis, the best by far of his modest career.

"I was frustrated, I couldn't hit the ball," he said of the problem which began late in the second set. "I had no chance to win the tiebreaker, but I went into the match with confidence. It's disappointing, but this has certainly been a good week."

Paradorn, the Thai ace who has risen to 11th in the world with three hardcourt titles in 11 months, had to struggle after dropping the first set.

"I'm the No. 2 seed, that's what's pushing me to win," said a man who lost to Roddick when they met last month in the Wimbledon fourth round. "After I lost the first set, I thought it might not be my day. I was feeling shaky on my shots."

If the experienced Asian was feeling the strain, pressure was intense on the 30-year-old Thomann.

The player from Mulhouse near the Swiss and German borders had won only three of his last 13 matches this season on the Challenger level prior to his Indy breakthrough.

The last time he played a semifinal at any level was in California nearly four months ago. He had not played five matches in a week since qualifying Basel last autumn and then losing in the second round.

Paradorn rallied in the second set as both men saved break points during an exchange of breaks in the fourth and fifth games. When it eventually went into a tiebreaker, the Thai's one mini-break was the margin of victory which squared the match.

While Thomann was fading in the third, he still managed break points in the fourth game. But the end came for the hampered player after two hours, 18 minutes.

Roddick improved to a 39-12 record on the season as he seeks his third title in five tournaments after victories on clay at St. Poelten and the grass of Queen's club.

"I was looking for my timing all through the match," said Schalken." I wasn't playing that well. I had more mistakes than usual from the baseline. That's not possible against someone like him with a big service game."

Roddick is making his Indianapolis debut and has ridden the enthusiasm of the crowd in all of his matches. "They helped a lot, especially in the first match, when I lost the first set (against Cyril Saulnier). If I'm here today, it's thanks to them.

"I've been improving all week here, I feel pretty good about my game."

Roddick, coached for two month by Brad Gilbert, has reached Australian Open and Wimbledon semifinals this season as he bids for this third trophy of 2003.

"I got sloppy when I was broken in the first set," he said. "I knew I'd have break-back so I still felt I was in there. I realized early on that I wasn't serving well. But I just started working on second serve."

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:18 AM
Indianapolis 2003 : FINAL

Andy Roddick(USA) d. Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) 7-6(2), 6-4

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Fans of Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand cheer him on during his match with Andy Roddick of the United States in the finals of the RCA Championships tennis tournament in Indianapolis, July 27, 2003. Roddick defeated Srichaphan 7-6 (2), 6-4. REUTERS/John Sommers II

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Champion and Runner Up

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:19 AM
From ATP website:

RCA CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS July 27, 2003

Roddick Wins Third Title in Five Tournaments
Andy Roddick closes on a berth at Tennis Masters Cup Houston by winning his third title of the year in Indianapolis.

Top seed Andy Roddick won his third title in five tournaments Sunday, defeating Thai Paradorn Srichaphan 7-6(2), 6-4 in the final of the RCA Championships in Indianapolis. Roddick's third title of 2003 in his fifth final was his sixth career title on American soil. His three titles in his past five tournaments have been on three different surfaces: St. Poelten (clay), Queen's (grass) and Indianapolis (hard). Earlier in the year Roddick was the beaten finalist in Houston and Memphis.

Roddick, who has won 20 of his past 22 matches, consolidated his hold on fifth place in the ATP Champions Race and strengthened his claim to a place at the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup Houston for the first time.

Roddick improved to 40-12 on the year, reaching 40 match wins a season for the third consecutive year (56-22 in 2002 and 42-16 in 2001).

Roddick survived a third-set tie-break against Cyril Saulnier in the first round but then enjoyed straight-sets wins against GregoryCarraz, Xavier Malisse, Sjeng Schalken and Srichaphan.

Both Roddick and Srichaphan were playing in Indianapolis for the first time.

Srichaphan saved two match points in the first round against wild card Amer Delic. The Thai shotmaker, who last year won an ATP best 40 matches on hard courts, finished the tournament with a 26-17 record on the season. His lone title of the season came on hard court in the first week of the year in Chennai.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Roddick: "We were both serving pretty well, the wind was bothering us both a bit on our returns. It was good to get through the tie-break and get that break in the second set. It was great to win here in Indianapolis. It's a great way to start the hard court season. I look forward to coming back here next year.s"

Srichaphan: "Andy was changing it up a little bit, coming into the net to try to end the point. I was serving well, only got broken one time but he took advantage of that. This week was a good week. It was great to make the finals my first week after playing Wimbledon. It is good for my confidence going into the summer hard court season."

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:20 AM
Legg Mason 2003 (Washinton)

First round - Bye
Second round:
(3)P Srichaphan (THA) d C Saulnier (FRA) 64 67(6) 61 :hearts:

Well done Ball. Last year you were a runner up, I hope you will be doing better last year. Good luck against (16)Brian Vahaly (USA) in 3rd round.

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID (From atpwebsite)
Srichaphan: "It's about confidence now and it's nice to be back on hard courts. I did well last week in Indianapolis and I played well here last year and I'm hoping to do the same this week."

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The SrichaFANS are back and better than ever!

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:21 AM
Legg Mason 2003 (Washinton)

First round - Bye
2R : (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d C Saulnier (FRA) 64 67(6) 61
3R : (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (16)Brian Vahaly (USA) 7-6(3), 6-4

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jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:21 AM
Legg Mason 2003 (Washinton)

First round - Bye
2R : (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d C Saulnier (FRA) 64 67(6) 61
3R : (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (16)Brian Vahaly (USA) 7-6(3), 6-4
QF : Tim Henman(GRB) d. (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 7-6(5),7-5

Better luck next time Ball.

jirobkk
08-07-2003, 02:22 AM
TMS Montreal 2003:

1st round
Paradorn d. Alberto Martin(ESP) 6-0,7-6(5) :hearts:

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jirobkk
08-10-2003, 08:54 AM
TMS Montreal 2003:

1st round
(11)Paradorn Srichaphan d. Alberto Martin(ESP) 6-0,7-6(5)
2nd round
(11)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (WC)Daniel Nestor (CAN) 7-5 6-4

jirobkk
08-10-2003, 08:55 AM
TMS Montreal 2003:

1st round
(11)Paradorn Srichaphan d. Alberto Martin(ESP) 6-0,7-6(5)
2nd round
(11)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (WC)Daniel Nestor (CAN) 7-5 6-4
3rd round
Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. (11)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 6-3 6-2

jirobkk
08-13-2003, 03:05 AM
TMS Cincinati 2003

1st round:
Feliciano Lopez(ESP) d. Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-6(5).

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Lindsayfan
08-13-2003, 09:42 AM
i saw his match and i thought he could have won it...he made some stupid mistakes in the last tiebreak :(

jirobkk
08-15-2003, 09:37 AM
i saw his match and i thought he could have won it...he made some stupid mistakes in the last tiebreak :(

Definitely agreed with you, Ball was leading 4-1 in tie-break and served for the next 2 points, he rushed to finish the point then he lost that 2 points with DF and BH UE. I know he was upset. :sad: Nobody beated him, he beated himself. :sad: And I think he was over confident when he was leading 4-1 in the tie-break.

Better luck next tourney, Ball. :)

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jirobkk
08-20-2003, 02:54 AM
Long Island 2003

1st round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Nicolay Davydenko(RUS) 6-3,6-4 :worship:

Well done Ball, keep it up to defend the title. :)

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jirobkk
08-20-2003, 04:13 PM
1st Round: Srichaphan Arrives With a Crowd and Wins

By Michael Sisak
Tournament Contributor
August 19, 2003
Paradorn Srichaphan d. Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3, 6-4

COMMACK, N.Y., Aug. 19 —Paradorn Srichaphan returned to the TD Waterhouse Cup, tonight, a year after his title win here helped launch him among the elite young players in the world. This time, the No. 1 seeded Srichaphan came with his own cheering section as he beat Nikolay Davydenko, 6-3, 6-4.

A contingent of more than 200 from the Thai Tennis Organization of America filled the top section of the west stands at stadium court to cheer the 24-year-old from Bangkok. They wore red t-shirts and waved the flag of Thailand.

One Srichaphan supporter beat on a ceremonial drum between points. Eight others held up large poster boards that spelled out Paradorn between games. Chuchai Kasemsarn, the ambassador of Thailand to the United Nations was among them.

“The Thai ambassador, invited anyone and everyone to come a watch my match if they had time,” Srichaphan later said. “Half of the people came from Washington, D.C. to watch.”

Thousands more watched a live television broadcast in Thailand, where Srichaphan has become a national hero, his picture adorning a stamp, his every match followed as if it were a grand slam final.

“This was televised at 6:30 A.M. in Thailand,” he said. “There are usually a lot of people who will stay home to watch. I feel like when I go home, everyone cheers for me and wants me to succeed.”

Srichaphan outplayed Davydenko from the baseline with powerful, taut forehand strokes and used them in combination with his remarkable speed bursts to avoid a first set break point.

Down a break point at 4-2, Davydenko served with the deuce advantage and pushed the game back to deuce when he pushed a backhand into the net. A forehand winner gave Srichaphan the advantage. On the next point, Davydenko tried to lay a volley across the net while Srichaphan stood at the baseline, but Srichaphan charged in and scooped it to the opposite side, away from Davydenko.

Srichaphan took the game and never looked back. Srichaphan plays Sargis Sargsian, the 7-5, 6-2 winner over Alex Corretja, in the second round of his title defense.

Lindsayfan
08-21-2003, 09:32 PM
Jiro,thanks for giving me an approvation point.but you shouldnt doubt of my love for Paradorn,even tho he wasnt in my signature before.

Go Ball Go! :)

jirobkk
08-22-2003, 07:06 AM
Long Island 2003

1st round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Nicolay Davydenko(RUS) 6-3,6-4
2nd round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Sargis Sargsian(ARM) 6-3,6-4

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2nd Round: Familiar Territory for Srichaphan

By Deborah Winkler
Tournament Contributor
August 21, 2003
Paradorn Srichaphan d. Sargis Sargsian 6-3, 6-4.

COMMACK, N.Y., Aug. 21 — No. 1 seed Paradorn Srichaphan is in familiar territory at the TD Waterhouse Cup, in the hunt after two rounds are complete. Last year, in his first appearance here, Srichaphan won the championship, his first career title, and began his emergence at a budding star in men’s tennis.

Tonight, Srichaphan avoided a few small bumps along his way to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over ATP Tour also-ran Sargis Sargsian, 30, of Armenia.

Srichaphan was the crowd favorite on Tuesday, with a contingent of 200 supporters traveling from as far as Washington D.C.. Sargsian brought the cheering section tonight, as a large group of family and friends waved their nation’s flag and applauded for every point their man won.

Sargsian struggled to maintain his serve and committed six double faults. Although his fierce ground strokes and powerful two-handed backhand gave Srichaphan a host to contend with, it was Srichaphan’s baseline power that reigned supreme.

The second set was filled with more excitement as points hinged on long rallies, more break points, and double faults at crucial moments. Sargsian managed to keep Srichaphan on the run, essentially bending at the knees to hit the ball low, Srichaphan was still able to break his opponent in the first game of the set and began to make fewer unforced errors.

After double faulting away a match point opportunity the game before, Srichaphan was able to break back and blow past Sargisan a 126-mile-per-hour fastball that caught the corner of the service box, to advance on what was triple match point.

Srichaphan next plays Jeff Morrison on Friday, a budding American player who, like Srichaphan a year ago, has scored some important victories thus far at the TD Waterhouse Cup.

Defending champion, beware, said Morrison: "I'll have nothing to lose and I'll play my butt off."
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From atptennis:

TD WATERHOUSE CUP
LONG ISLAND August 21, 2003

Srichaphan Closes on Second Final
But Thai faces 'bogeyman' Morrison in QFs.

Top seed and defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan cruised into the quarterfinals of the TD Waterhouse Cup on Long Island with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Armenia's Sargis Sargsian. The Thai, who won an ATP-best 40 matches on hard courts last year, next plays American qualifier Jeff Morrison, who reached his first ATP quarterfinal of the season by upsetting Russian Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(7), 6-3.

Srichaphan improved to 32-20 on the year and 10-4 on the US hard court season.

German Nicolas Kiefer has taken full advantage of his wild card, defeating Brazilian Flavio Saretta 6-3, 6-1 to reach his third consecutive quarterfinal. Kiefer, who reached the Los Angeles semifinals and the Indianapolis quarterfinals in his past two tournaments, improved to 7-2 on the hard court season and 13-11 on the year.

Kiefer next meets Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, who last year reached the Long Island final. On Thursday Chela defeated Belgian Olivier Rochus 7-6(3), 6-1. Chela reached the last 16 in Cincinnati last week and is 28-19 on the year.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Srichaphan: “I hit the ball very well today. I felt that I moved well and was able to respond to what Sargsian was doing. I had a lot of confidence in my game tonight.

“Last year it was amazing to win here. Since then I have won two more tournaments, but I will always remember this tournament because it was my first. It feels good to be back on these courts.”

On his next opponent: “Jeff (Morrison) is playing really well right now. I lost to him the last two times we played, but that was a while ago. I have improved quite a bit since then, but that does not mean it won’t be a tough match tomorrow. I definitely will need to focus and bring my best game of tennis in order to win.”

Morrison: “I think I played well, but I was a little flat in the second set. I tried to be more aggressive and that helped to turn the tables in my favor.”

On the crowd: “I have been fortunate in my career to typically have the fans on my side. I really wear my emotions on my sleeve and I think the crowd responds to that. I really have a passion for this game and I think that comes out in the way I play.

On what he expected this week: “I was playing well coming into this week, but you just never know what will happen. I have taken it one match at a time this week, and I am very happy with the results. I feel that I am in a nice groove and so anything can happen.”

On his next opponent: “Well it will either be Paradorn (Srichaphan) or Sargis (Sargsian). I have not ever played Sargis, but I have beaten Paradorn twice. My first ATP Tour win came against Paradorn in Memphis a few years back, but he has improved significantly since then.”

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jirobkk
08-22-2003, 07:21 AM
Jiro,thanks for giving me an approvation point.but you shouldnt doubt of my love for Paradorn,even tho he wasnt in my signature before.

Go Ball Go! :)

That would be fine. :)
I talked to Ball's mom yesterday. She just left for the US Open for supporting her son this early morning. She told me that she brings a lot of red shirt. Because the red color will bring "the best of luck" to her son.

BTW, I love your avatar. :wavey:

:worship: :) :worship:

Lindsayfan
08-22-2003, 08:14 AM
wow so you are in confidence with Ball's family? :eek: you are so lucky! May I ask you a biggg favour....when Ball plays Bangkok,could you ask him for an autograph for me (and then send me the autograph)?it would mean a lot for me,i could put the autograph on the wall along with my other tennis's stuff.

jirobkk
08-22-2003, 08:30 AM
wow so you are in confidence with Ball's family? :eek: you are so lucky! May I ask you a biggg favour....when Ball plays Bangkok,could you ask him for an autograph for me (and then send me the autograph)?it would mean a lot for me,i could put the autograph on the wall along with my other tennis's stuff.

No problem, I will do for you.
Do you want him to sign on his picture or on paper ? Do you have any particular picture ? Please let me know. I will choose his picture for you if you don't have.

Lindsayfan
08-22-2003, 09:27 AM
no i dont have any particular picture cos i've never met him in person :sad: it would be great if he can sign on a real picture (not a printed one) and you could send it to my by real mail (not email).sorry,maybe I ask you too much but thanks anyway.

Lindsayfan
08-22-2003, 11:26 PM
Ball beat Morrison! :smooch: :bigclap:

I hope he goes tru the final so i can watch him on tv! :cool:

jirobkk
08-23-2003, 03:04 AM
Ball beat Morrison! :smooch: :bigclap:

I hope he goes tru the final so i can watch him on tv! :cool:

Thanks Vale, :worship:

Long Island 2003

1st round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Nicolay Davydenko(RUS) 6-3,6-4 :worship:
2nd round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Sargis Sargsian(ARM) 6-3,6-4 :p
QF round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Q-Jeff Morrison 6-4,6-3 :)

Good luck against Nicolas tomorrow. :wavey:
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Srichaphan a Semifinalist Again

By Tara De Vito
Tournament Contributor
August 22, 2003

COMMACK, N.Y., Aug. 22 — No. 1 seed Paradorn Srichaphan, the defending champion and sporting hero of Thailand, defeated American Jeff Morrison today, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the TD Waterhouse Cup. The 21-year-old was truly on top of his game, carried by a group of chanting fans, all of whom wore red, the traditional Thai color of luck.

Morrison started up the match with a few big serves, which were repeated several times throughout the match. He held at love in the third game and came back from 0-30 in the sixth to make the score 3-3.

After getting a double fault out of his system, Srichaphan really picked up his game and started to dominate points by moving Morrison, back from a recent knee injury, around on the baseline. Srichaphan broke serve to win the set.

Srichaphan then served up the second set with two aces and overall tough tennis. Morrison, frustrated with his first set loss, lost his first service game of the second set. He fought back hard playing impressively with several great gets.

At 4-2, Morrison had an opportunity to break back with a 30-0 lead, but failed to hold on and close out the game. He held the following game, with three aces, making a 130 mile-per-hour serve seem like fun.

Though his serve is big, Morrison’s consistency and accuracy was off, diminishing his ability to win all his service games.

“I can hit it as hard as I want,” he said. “But it doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t go in.”

Srichaphan remained strong and held serve to take the match.

Srichaphan appears set for a shot at his second consecutive TD Waterhouse Cup championship. First, he must get past Nicholas Kiefer, in a semifinal match tomorrow.

A wise choice for Kiefer could be to find a fan club to counteract the Thai contingent which will be heartily cheering for his opponent after every point.

Lindsayfan
08-23-2003, 11:12 PM
Paradorn beat Kiefer,now he's in final and i can see his match LIVE! :smooch:
at least 1 good note in a horrible day for me :sad:

jirobkk
08-24-2003, 03:05 AM
Paradorn beat Kiefer,now he's in final and i can see his match LIVE! :smooch:
at least 1 good note in a horrible day for me :sad:

Thanks Vale, :worship:
It was broadcasting LIVE on local TV in Thailand. Ball was playing well, he was hitting the ball well and harder than Nicolas. Nicolas did not play his best. He hit too many unforced error in the first set. In second set Nicolas tried to play serve-volley game because he did not want to make ground stroke rallies with Ball. But his serve-volley game did not hurt Ball at all.

Well done Ball and keep it up. :D Good luck against James tomorrow. :)

jirobkk
08-24-2003, 03:17 AM
Long Island 2003

1st round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Nicolay Davydenko(RUS) 6-3,6-4
2nd round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Sargis Sargsian(ARM) 6-3,6-4
QF round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Q-Jeff Morrison(USA) 6-4,6-3
SF round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. WC-Nicolas Kiefer(GER) 6-0,6-2

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TD WATERHOUSE CUP
LONG ISLAND August 22, 2003

Srichaphan Charges Into Long Island Final
Thai blitzes Kiefer in less than an hour.

Paradorn Srichaphan charged into the final of the TD Waterhouse Cup on Saturday after clipping Nicolas Kiefer 6-0, 6-2. The Thai shot maker needed just 57 minutes to complete his demolition of the German. Srichaphan will meet unseeded American James Blake, who defeated Younes El Aynaoui.

The Thai shot maker has not dropped a set en route to the final, where he will attempt to successfully defend his debut ATP title. Earlier in the US hard court swing Srichaphan reached the final of Indianapolis, losing to Andy Roddick. Srichaphan is the first Asian player in history to crack the Top 10 of the ATP Entry Rankings.

Srichaphan will be looking to avenge his loss to Blake in the Washington final little more than 12 months ago. The players have not met since, and the match remains their only head-to-head meeting at ATP level. Blake's 3-0 career advantage over Srichaphan includes two wins at Challenger level.

Blake defeated No. 7 seed El Aynaoui 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday night to advance to his first ATP final of the season. Improving to 10-3 on the summer hard court circuit, Blake said: "I have my confidence back and I have the confidence in my shots right now and I'm playing well."

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Srichaphan: "Every ball that I hit today went exactly where I wanted. I have a significant amount of confidence right now and that comes out on the court."

"I feel comfortable here. When I stepped on the court in the first round it felt right. The fans have been great and I appreciate their support.

"Hard court is definitely my best surface. It fits my game very well. I have been practicing on clay more often and that has helped me to become more accurate on hard court."

On the US Open: "I only want to focus on my first-round match. I don't need to get ahead of myself and start to think about making the quarters, semis or the finals right now. I need to keep my focus on the task at hand."

Kiefer: "I didn't have the best feeling today. Paradorn started quickly today and I was playing catch-up the entire time."

On the US Open: "I feel good about next week. I had some good matches this week and that has helped to build my confidence."

Blake: On beating El Aynaoui for the second time: "At the beginning I was blocking his serves back and I got that first break and I tried to stay on him and keep pressure on his serve. It made a big difference."

On playing Srichaphan: "I played very solid the last time we played in the Washington final (last year). It was a tight match and I was able to break him in the third set and I held on. It will be a very tough match and I can't expect too many easy points."

El Aynaoui: "He played very well and I had nothing compared to yesterday when I beat Guga. I was feeling a little bit empty after my match with Guga and I didn't have much energy. He's (James) quick and moves very well and returns well. His overall game is very solid.

"I had a lot of emotions last night and I didn't go to sleep until three in the morning. The baby (son) was born Thursday and I was so excited. I had so many pictures going through my mind."

Lindsayfan
08-24-2003, 07:09 AM
good Luck Paradorn in the final!!I like jamie as well,but I want Paradorn to win and defend his title! ;)

jirobkk
08-24-2003, 01:11 PM
Photo from tournament website:

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Lindsayfan
08-24-2003, 01:49 PM
wow great pix,Jiro!thank you for posting! :kiss:

Lindsayfan
08-24-2003, 07:46 PM
:yeah: Paradorn wonnn!!!! :worship:

CONGRATS!! :hatoff: :bigclap: :inlove:

jirobkk
08-25-2003, 01:56 AM
Long Island 2003

1st round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Nicolay Davydenko(RUS) 6-3,6-4
2nd round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Sargis Sargsian(ARM) 6-3,6-4
QF round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. Q-Jeff Morrison(USA) 6-4,6-3
SF round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. WC-Nicolas Kiefer(GER) 6-0,6-2
Final round:
1-Paradorn Srichaphan d. James Blake(USA) 6-2,6-4

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Ball's mom (and his oldest brother) left for USA to support her son on the early morning of 22 August, she told me that she brought a lot of red shirt because of the red color will bring "the best of luck" to her son. :)

Ball leads 6-2,4-1* and he wears red shirt that means he had confident to win the match. He leads 6-2,5-2* and had 2 match pts at 15-40 but James fought back, saving two MP and hold that service game. Again Ball had two more match points at 6-2,5*-3 but James broke back by saving another two MPs. Finally Ball broke back and won the title 6-2,6-4. :D

What's a great victory. Defended your title, Congrats Ball for the fourth title. You made Thai people proud. :worship: :worship: :worship:

jirobkk
08-25-2003, 02:07 AM
:yeah: Paradorn wonnn!!!! :worship:

CONGRATS!! :hatoff: :bigclap: :inlove:

Hello Vale,
I'm happy for his fourth ATP title. :wavey:

I think you still remember I told you about his first ATP title. ( Ball won the first title of his career in Long Island 2002. He defeated Chela, Juan Ignacio 5-7 6-2 6-2.) After he won Long Island 2002 title and he came back Bangkok, our King has invited him and his father (Mr. Chanachai) to his royal palace. (please see the reference attached pic) The King congratulates him and his father for their success. And you know, Ball gave his first ATP trophy (2002 Long Island's trophy) to the King. You know actually in Thailand, none of normal people do have chance to meet our King. And you may not know how much Thai people respect our King. Our king is watching Ball and Tammy's every match LIVE on TV.

Now he won and hold the same last year trophy. What's a great feeling that our King has one and Ball also got the new one. :) :worship: :)

jirobkk
08-25-2003, 02:19 AM
Long Island 2003 : Pictures

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TD WATERHOUSE CUP(From ATP tennis website)
LONG ISLAND August 24, 2003

Srichaphan Defends Long Island Title
Thai star overcomes Blake in final.

Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan successfully defended his TD Waterhouse Cup title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over American James Blake in the final in Long Island.

Srichaphan, who defeated Juan Ignacio Chela to win his first ATP title at the Hamlet Golf & Country Club 12 months ago, overcame Blake to claim the fourth trophy of his career. The 24-year-old from Bangkok, who also won the title in Stockholm in 2002 and began the year by winning in Chennai in January, now has a 35-20 record in 2003 and is a perfect 10-0 in Long Island. He also reached the final in Indianapolis last month, losing to Andy Roddick.

Srichaphan, who lost to Blake in the final in Washington in 2002, recorded his first victory over the 23-year-old American, having lost all three of their previous meetings. Srichaphan, the top seed, did not drop a set en route to the title, recording victories over Nikolay Davydenko, Sargis Sargsian, Jeff Morrison and Nicolas Kiefer before facing Blake.

The Thai looked to be on course for a comfortable win in the final, leading 6-2, 5-2 with Blake serving at 15-40. After saving those two match points, the American saved two more on Srichaphan's serve in the following game and was back in the set. But Srichaphan held his nerve and broke Blake to love to complete his victory on his fifth match point. He now moves to 16th position in the ATP Champions Race 2003 going into the US Open, where he takes on Cyril Saulnier in the first round.

Blake was appearing in his first ATP final of the year and was attempting to win his second career title (2002 Washington). The unseeded American, who is 29-21 in 2003, defeated Jonas Bjorkman, No. 3 seed Tommy Robredo, Jarkko Nieminen and No. 7 seed Younes El Aynaoui.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Srichaphan: "My plan was to hold my serve throughout the match and then be able to break him just once. If I could do that, that's all I would need to win the match. Winning this tournament means a lot to my whole family.

"I wanted to finish him off so bad that he was able to break me at 5-3. But I was able to win the next four points to close it out.

"I wasn't thinking about the US Open yet. I still had a final to play. Now that I've won, now I can think about the Open. For me, I think it's good to play here before the US Open. A Thai player, like me, wants to get on roll heading to the Open."

On giving the trophy to the King of Thailand: "Not many Thai people get the chance to meet the King. My family and I were able to. I was able to present last year's trophy to him. Now I can go back and give him this one, too."

Blake: "I never felt comfortable out there today. It was a bit windy and I didn't really move my feet at the beginning. I thought I might have a chance to get back in there in the second set. I know it's hard to serve it out."

About Srichaphan's red shirt: "I read a quote from him that the only time he hasn't won when he wore the red shirt in a final was against me, so I was hoping it would be that way again but unfortunately, the red shirt worked today."

On the Thai fans: "I think it's great that they come from all over to watch him. I wish more countries were like that. They were in DC as well, I think it's great."
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From : Gotennis.com
Paradorn eases past Blake to retain Long Island title
2003-08-24 23:01:11 GMT (Reuters)

LONG ISLAND, New York, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan retained his TD Waterhouse Cup title in convincing fashion on Sunday, beating American James Blake 6-2 6-4 in the final.

Paradorn, who had lost to Blake in their three previous meetings, became the fifth repeat winner of the event to give himself a timely confidence boost for the U.S. Open, which starts on Monday in New York.

"After I won here last year, I visited King Bhumibol Aduyadej of Thailand and he asked me to give him my trophy," the Thai told reporters.

"This time he won't have to ask...I will give it to him when I return home."

American Blake, who made 17 unforced errors, was broken twice in the opening set and was never able to get back into the match.

Paradorn, who needed just 57 minutes to dispose of Germany's Nicolas Kiefer in Saturday's semi-final, earned $52,000 for his title, lifting his 2003 winnings to $510,257.

The Thai, who has been seeded 11th for the U.S. Open, will play Cyril Saulnier of France in the opening round on Tuesday. Blake will face Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta.

Lindsayfan
08-25-2003, 08:09 AM
yeah i knew he went to the King,it's so cool! :cool:
I saw his match LIVE,i was quite scared at the end of second set when Jamie bounced back but luckily Paradorn was good enough to finish it in 2! :hatoff:

Now Good Luck for Us Open!! :yeah:

jirobkk
10-05-2003, 03:27 AM
Thailand Open 2003, Bangkok

1st round:
(4)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) 0-6 6-3 6-2
2nd round:
(4)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Kenneth Carlsen (DEN) 6-3 7-6(5)
QF round:
(6)Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) d. (4)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 4-6 7-6(4) 7-5

jirobkk
10-05-2003, 03:58 AM
Japan Open 2003,Japan

1st round:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) vs bye
2nd round:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Dick Norman (BEL) 4-6 7-6(3) 7-6(2)
3rd round:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (WC)Takao Suzuki (JPN) 6-2 7-6(3)
QF round:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (7)Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3
SF round:
(2)Sebastien Grosjean (FRA) d. (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 4-6 6-3 6-4

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Lindsayfan
10-05-2003, 03:55 PM
Jiro,where have you been?I didnt see you around lately!
Welcome back here! :wavey:

jirobkk
10-17-2003, 01:12 AM
Jiro,where have you been?I didnt see you around lately!
Welcome back here! :wavey:

Hi Vale, :worship:
I'm back.
I'm angry you because you changed your avatar. ( :p just joking :p )
Especially nothing, I'm lazy to post.

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Lyon 2003, France

1st round:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. David Sanchez (ESP) 6-1 6-1 :D
2nd round:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 6-3 6-2 :D
QF:
(3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Fabrice Santoro (FRA) 1-6 6-3 7-6(4) :D
SF:
Arnaud Clement (FRA) d. (3)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 6-2 6-3 :sad:

jirobkk
10-17-2003, 01:15 AM
Madrid TMS 2003, Spain

1st round: Bye
2nd round:
(7)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. Albert Costa (ESP) 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1 :D
3rd round:
(7)P Srichaphan (THA) d (Q)JM Gambill (USA) 75 64 :D
Quarterfinals
(1)Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) d. (7)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 6-4 6-2

Lindsayfan
10-17-2003, 09:39 AM
Jiro,you never have to doubt my love for Paradorn!It's just that Lindsay is my all-time fave player so she deserves an avatar more than anyone! :worship:

c'mon Jiro,dont be lazy and keep posting! :kiss:

heya
10-17-2003, 03:37 PM
Come on, Paradorn!

jirobkk
11-19-2003, 12:39 AM
if...Stockholm Open

1st round:
John van Lottum (NED) d. (1)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 7-5 6-1

jirobkk
11-19-2003, 12:42 AM
Paris TMS

1st round:
(8)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) vs bye
2nd round:
(8)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) d. (q)Karol Beck (SVK) 7-6(4) 6-3
3rd round:
(q)Hicham Arazi (MAR) d. (8)Paradorn Srichaphan (THA) 7-6(3) 6-3

Pink Panther
03-10-2004, 09:38 PM
Don't know where to post this article (http://www.time.com/time/asia/2003/heroes/paradorn_srichaphan.html) which was written April last year as part of the special "Time - Asian Heroes" edition. I'm sure you've already got a copy of the mag jirobkk :D but don't we just love seeing him grace the cover...

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Paradorn Srichaphan
A rising Thai tennis star wins—and smiles—big
By Bryan Walsh

Pro tennis players are too often a combination of natural talent and unnaturally bad temper. Not Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan. You won't see Paradorn protesting a line call by smashing his racquet into graphite shards or by questioning the parentage of the chair umpire. Whatever the outcome of his matches, his manners remain, well, courtly. He unfailingly thanks the fans by performing the wai—the traditional Thai bow—to the four corners of the stadium.

That pleasant hard-court demeanor does not mean he lacks killer instincts. Indeed, Paradorn is from the Land of Smiles. So he smiles when he blows a 210-km/h serve by you. He smiles as he cheerfully rips a forehand down the line. And he smiles as he ascends the ladder of the world's best tennis players, rising a head-spinning 110 spots in 2002 to end the year at No. 16 in the Association of Tennis Professionals' (ATP) tour rankings—becoming the first Asian male to breach the top 20 since 1980. "He's fast becoming one of the best players in the international campaign," says ATP's CEO Mark Miles. But perhaps more importantly, Paradorn, who lives in Bangkok, is proving to his countrymen that he can succeed without sacrificing his essential Thai-ness.

In Thailand, which as a sporting nation is best known for kickboxing and transvestite volleyball, being a rising superstar in a global game confers instant fame. "Paradorn is our first international icon with mass appeal," says Pana Janviroj, editor of the Bangkok newspaper the Nation, which named the tennis player as 2002's "Thai of the Year."

After returning home to Bangkok at the end of last season, he was so inundated by attention that he wasn't able to touch a racquet for two weeks. When Paradorn and Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra led a public aerobics session outside Bangkok's Grand Palace last November, a world record 47,000 people showed up in the heavy rain. Paradorn even scored a private royal audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, an experience Paradorn, being a good Thai, rates as his highest honor.

In some respects Paradorn's ascent was as unlikely as it was sudden. At an un-Thai-like 1.85 m and 81 kg, Paradorn, 23, was strong enough to hit overhead smashes like cruise missiles, but control problems left him languishing in the ATP's rankings. Working with his father, who is also his coach, he has more recently learned to control his game for greater consistency and fewer unforced errors. He's since beaten Andre Agassi at Wimbledon, won three ATP tournaments and opened this year's Australian Open at center court and was, at press time, set to break into the top 10.

If he continues his white-hot success, Paradorn has the chance to do for tennis in Asia what half-Thai Tiger Woods did for golf in America: open a once élitist sport up to a new group of recreational and professional players. Interest in tennis has spiked over the past year in Thailand, and Bangkok will host its first ATP tournament in September.

The burden of national expectations continues to weigh on Paradorn's broad shoulders, but he takes it in stride. "The recognition," he says, "keeps me motivated." He'll be getting plenty of motivation from fans such as Pirakij Siributwong, a promising 13-year-old Thai tennis player. "I want to be just like him because he's showed that Asians can be among the best in the world," says Pirakij. "And he's still polite, too."

—With reporting by Robert Horn/Bangkok

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