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Ball(Paradorn)'s US Open 2003 Cheering Thread

08-27-2003, 01:04 AM
Ball's mom (and his oldest brother) left for the US Open 2003 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.

Best of luck, Ball :worship:

08-27-2003, 01:19 AM
US Open 2003:

1st round:
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) d C Saulnier (FRA) 26 62 63 76(4) :wavey:

Ball got sick after the final match against James Blake in Long Island. He sore his throat and it's hard to breath, he lost very easy in the first set. It was a tough for him. Anyway Ball can pull it out in 4 sets.

Get well soon Ball. :worship:

08-27-2003, 01:34 AM


MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. What was the problem in the first set?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: He was playing well and I'm sick.

Q. What are you sick with?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: On Sunday, final in Long Island, I was playing there, then been playing a lot of matches that week and trying hard. And, you know, after that match I got sick that night and, you know, I sore my throat. It wasn't too bad. I didn't have a headache. I just have a problem when I'm breathing in the first set. So it was give me a tough time, so I have to ask for the doctor to give me some medicine.

Q. Do you think that's going to be a problem as the tournament goes ahead?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Well, I have one day off tomorrow. I gonna get a lot of rest today and, you know, going back, take sleep and take a pill. Hopefully I will getting better on Thursday.

Q. Must be happy it didn't go to a fifth set?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Yeah, I'm really happy that I pull it out in the fourth. I was up the break. He was coming back strong, but finally I pulled it in the tiebreaker.

Q. You had some early exits from some hard court tournaments this year. Was there ever a little bit of a fear there, going down in that first set 6-2?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: No, I still feeling like I could stay in this match, I mean, today. Even I lost the first set, I mean, because I'm kind of -- I know that I'm not feeling well today. Just go out there, let the first set go, then try to hang in there, just try to stay in the game and come back.

Q. This is the first time you've come to New York where I think a lot of the tennis fans here in the States are really getting to know who you are because of the way you've been playing. Does it feel different? Is it exciting to come to New York City and play in a tournament where people do know your name?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Yeah, of course it's more fun. You know, it's always great to have some support, especially from, you know, from your country. And the people, Thai people that live in the US, is a lot of people.

Also some time I was playing in Europe, there's also some people coming out but not this much. It's always great to have good support, the people cheering for you. For the last couple tournaments in the US, I having a lot of fans (smiling).

Q. It looked like in that first set you started to get frustrated. What were you feeling?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Just, you know, got mad a little bit, why I'm sick today. I have trouble when I'm breathing. That's why I have to ask for the doctor give me some medicine and something that go, you know, going to my throat. Then is feel better.

Q. Were you frustrated that you'd played so well up to this point, to have something undermining you right at the moment when you needed to play your best?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Yeah, of course. If the player have to be -- all the player have to be 100 percent to go out there, I mean 110 to go out there and compete the game.

But, you know, some day you can't just feel 100 percent or 110 percent, so you still have to go out there and try your best, see what's gonna happen. So I go out there and I know that I'm not feeling well, but I just gonna, you know, stay in the game and see, trying hard and see what I can do. I think I did it great today.

Q. Do you have any history of seasonal allergies? This is a time here in New York where the pollen level is very high. People like myself suffer from seasonal allergies from that. Has that bothered you before?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: No, no. No (smiling).

Q. Winning a tournament just before a Grand Slam, you have to guard against being overconfident when you go into a Slam. Are you having to guard against that?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: No, I mean, I won Long Island last week and I have one day off. Mine, I know the draw, who I gonna play at the US Open probably on Tuesday. So I'm still playing that tournament.

I just keep that in mind, keep it behind. I just playing the tournament in Long Island and not even thinking about US Open and how I gonna play this guy. I just try my best every match and, you know...

Then, after the final, I go, "Okay, my mind going to US Open." I say, "Okay, my next opponent is gonna be Saulnier from France." Then I start to think about the US Open.

Q. Do you think the experience you're having now with the cold will make you rethink playing a tournament the week before a major?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Well, I still gonna do it I think. Well, you don't know when you gonna get cold or, you know. It just hit me on Sunday, you know. You don't know.

Q. Was it bad enough for you to consider not being able to continue?


Q. When you were sick in the first set.

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Like I said, I still thinking that I, you know, could stay in this match because, you know, you have to use your heart to playing this game. I mean, if your body feels sick or you're tired, you still have to stay in there and finish the game. Even a loss, I'm not gonna retire. But I have to finish the game.

Q. You got off to such a good start this year. Obviously, as I said before, you come in here now, you're playing well.


Q. What have you done? What's changed for you this year?

PARADORN SRICHAPHAN: Well, I have a great start. Won the first tournaments in Chennai. Then make -- doesn't do too well. Just make semis in Miami. I mean, that's my biggest after that Chennai winning.

Then after Miami, is gonna be clay court season which is not my best. But I use that season to practice my game for two months before Wimbledon and before coming to hard court in the US.

So I use two months on clay, practicing my groundstroke. I'm not doing well. I just winning two matches on clay. So I been practicing a lot, a lot of hours on clay, which is helping my game and helping my physical. I always doing that. So I think it's work really good.

08-27-2003, 04:01 AM
Open-Paradorn replaces Chang as Asian hero
2003-08-27 00:00:41 GMT (Reuters)
By Barry Wood

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - As Michael Chang brought the curtain down on his career on Tuesday, Paradorn Srichaphan confirmed his status as the new beacon of Asian tennis.

Paradorn, the 11th seed, reached the second round of the U.S. Open with a 2-6 6-2 6-3 7-6 win over Frenchman Cyril Saulnier.

Chang, the 1989 French Open champion, was the guiding light of Asian tennis for more than a decade but his 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-4 defeat by 15th-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez on Tuesday left the way clear for Paradorn.

Since his stunning win over Andre Agassi at Wimbledon last year, Paradorn has made a huge impact in the continent, especially in his native Thailand.

The victory over Agassi proved the turning point in his career as he went on to claim titles in Long Island and Stockholm in the latter half of the 2002 season.

When Paradorn finally managed to make his way back to Thailand, he was hailed for his on-court achievements and had to attend countless receptions and television talk shows.

He was also presented with a diplomatic passport and appointed as a cultural ambassador for the country by the Thai Prime Minister.

With his profile increasing drastically over the last year, the soft-spoken Thai has had to adjust to the changes.

It is impossible to be in Thailand and not be aware of Paradorn.


His face is plastered across billboards, television commercials, magazines, newspapers and on various store windows promoting products he endorses.

On the way to the airport, around Bangkok, across the country, whichever way you look, Paradorn is there.

"It's so great to have your picture beside the highway but I've lost my privacy," Paradorn told reporters on Tuesday.

"Most of the people recognise me now and it's not like before when I could walk around in the mall, shopping, having fun with my friends.

"I can still do it but now it's a little bit more tough because people are looking at me and at what I'm doing.

"It's just the way it is, so I just have to go to the place I want to go to and finish it off and then go back."

Having triumphed in Chennai in January and retained his Long Island title last week, Paradorn hopes his success will produce more Asian tennis players.

"I think Asian players have to play more outside their country. The competition makes you tougher," he said.

"But it's getting better and better (as) they have so many tournaments in Asia now.

"We've even got one in Bangkok, which is really great. It's been my dream to play an ATP Tour event in Thailand."

Since Paradorn used to look up to Chang, who always enjoyed huge popularity in Asia, there may now be an aspiring champion looking to follow the same path as the popular Thai.

08-27-2003, 01:12 PM
i saw his match,i was scared for his health cos i saw him breathing bad.luckily he was able to close it in 4 sets!!well done paradorn! we love you! :inlove:

08-28-2003, 06:17 PM
US Open 2003:

1st round:
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) d C Saulnier (FRA) 26 62 63 76(4) :worship:

2nd round:
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) d Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) 6/4 6/4 6/3 :D

08-30-2003, 01:07 PM
i saw all Ball's matches til now and i'll be watching him also today!good luck against Verdasco! :yeah:

08-30-2003, 05:08 PM
Thanks Vale :worship:

US Open 2003:

1st round:
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) d C Saulnier (FRA) 26 62 63 76(4) :D
2nd round:
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) d Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) 6/4 6/4 6/3 :D
3rd round:
(11)P Srichaphan (THA) d Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6/3 6/4 6/3 :D

08-31-2003, 09:53 AM
wow impressive win by paradorn!cant wait to see him vs hewitt!

GOOD LUCKKKKKK!!!!!!! :bounce: :hearts: :kiss:

09-05-2003, 01:09 AM
US Open 2003:

1st round:
(11)P Srichaphan(THA) d C Saulnier(FRA) 26 62 63 76(4) :D
2nd round:
(11)P Srichaphan(THA) d Dominik Hrbaty(SVK) 6/4 6/4 6/3 :D
3rd round:
(11)P Srichaphan(THA) d Fernando Verdasco(ESP) 6/3 6/4 6/3 :D
(6)Lleyton Hewitt(AUS) d. (11)Paradorn Srichaphan(THA) 4-6,6-2,6-4,6-2 :sad:

09-05-2003, 01:37 AM
paradorn :sad: :sad: :sad:

09-09-2003, 02:34 AM
paradorn :sad: :sad: :sad:

Hello Vale,
You've changed your avatar. :D
I went to welcome back Ball at the Bangkok airport on the midnight of 7 September. I've been already asking for his autograph for you. The picture that I asked for the autograph is " The 14th Busan Asian Games". Ball signed his name in Thai (not in English). I will send you the picture asa soon as I know your address. I will also be posting the picture tonight.
Jiro :worship:

09-09-2003, 07:27 AM
OMG Thanks,I'm so happy!whatever he signs,it's ok for me!i give you my address by a PM,ok?i dont want to make it public :p :o

thanks again JIRO! :hug:

09-09-2003, 01:43 PM
OMG Thanks,I'm so happy!whatever he signs,it's ok for me!i give you my address by a PM,ok?i dont want to make it public :p :o

thanks again JIRO! :hug:

Here below is 2003 Long Island Champion. ( Jiro and Thanakorn Srichaphan, Paradorn's big brother)

09-09-2003, 01:55 PM
Paradorn to present trophy to His Majesty

Published on Sep 9, 2003

[TENNIS] Paradorn Srichaphan will present his fourth career trophy to His Majesty the King when his family pays a visit to the Klaikangwon Palace next Wednesday.

Paradorn, who arrived back in Bangkok on Sunday night after reaching the fourth round at the US Open, will be joined by 11 family members when they have their Royal audience with the King, who always watches his matches on TV.

"I said to my dad that if I defended my title in Long Island, I would present the trophy to His Majesty the King. It is an honour to be able to visit the King again,'' said Paradorn, who beat American James Blake to retain his crown in the TD Waterhouse Cup on the eve of the US Open.

Paradorn has had some up-and-down results on his US tour this year, but managed to reach the fourth round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows where he lost to former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in four sets. Despite his best result ever at the US Open, Paradorn remains 11th in the world rankings this week - his goal is to make it to the top eight before the season-ending ATP Championship in Houston.

"I will try to do well for the rest of the year to make the cut at Houston. The injury to my right shoulder is getting better and will not affect my performance in the up-coming matches,'' said Paradorn, who will spearhead the Thai squad against the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup |World Group Play-offs at Muang Thong Thani from September 19-21.

"It will be tough for us all as the Czech players are the favourites. Hopefully the atmosphere and the crowd will pump us up,'' said Paradorn.

A day later he is scheduled to play in the US$550,000 Thailand Open, which features this year's US Open champion and runner-up - Andy Roddick of the US and Juan Carlos Ferraro of Spain.

He will then take a three-day break before getting back into his practice routine. He also plans to go back to his home town of Khon Kaen on Friday.

Lerpong Amsa-ngiam

09-09-2003, 04:38 PM
OMG Jiro,you never told me to be so in confidence with paradorn's family!!!how come is it?you already knew them before paradorn became famous?
u r so damn lucky! ;) *jealous*
a question: has paradorn a girlfriend? :p

09-11-2003, 04:18 AM
OMG Jiro,you never told me to be so in confidence with paradorn's family!!!how come is it?you already knew them before paradorn became famous?
u r so damn lucky! ;) *jealous*
a question: has paradorn a girlfriend? :p

As fas as I know he still does not have yet because I think he is focusing on tennis. He is now very famous in Thailand. He's always having date with a movie stars/models when he is being in Bangkok. But it seems like his mom is very strict and seriously thinking about a girl who is becoming her son's girlfriend.

By the way, I just send you Ball's autograph yesterday. Hope it will reach you next week.

Jiro :worship:

09-11-2003, 04:04 PM
thanks for the autograph,I cant wait to get it! :hearts:
is he dating models and actresses?!u mean they flirted or they just go out together?