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Robby...2006 preview

idolwatcher1
11-16-2005, 10:33 PM
Robby will arrive in 2006 as the #17 player in the world (an all-time high for him)... So far, he has confirmed playing at Auckland and Delray Beach in January '06... he will, of course, play in the AO (assuming he is healthy)...and may be seeded inside the Top 16 there...So far, no confirmation of him playing in Adelaide yet, in the first week of January, if he ends up not playing anywhere before Auckland, he most likely won't move up in the rankings prior to the AO draw, but may still be seeded in the Top 16 if anyone above him withdraws...

I'm looking forward to Robby in '06... :cool:

Éowyn
11-16-2005, 11:46 PM
reports i've had suggest he will be in adelaide

idolwatcher1
11-17-2005, 12:04 AM
oooh, that'll make things even more interesting... :)

Deboogle!.
11-17-2005, 01:23 AM
The entry lists for the pre-AO tourneys will come out pretty soon (whenever 6 weeks before the tourney is), so then you'll know where he's entered for sure :)

idolwatcher1
11-17-2005, 02:57 AM
So I guess we'll know within a week...When James Blake confirmed he would play in Adelaide, there was an article on the tournament site about it...I just thought they would do something similar if Robby had confirmed his appearance there, so that's one of the reasons I don't get a feeling he will play there...but anyway, we'll see...

Deboogle!.
11-17-2005, 03:35 AM
eh, those articles are put out based on sometimes verbal agreements or whatever, or someone's agency or something, so that doesn't mean anything that he wasn't mentioned in a press release type thing.

16681
11-17-2005, 04:01 AM
My best wishes to Robby for a very successful 2006 ;)

Éowyn
11-17-2005, 11:55 PM
mae :hug:

idolwatcher1
11-18-2005, 03:34 AM
How similar do we think Robby's schedule in '06 will be to the one he had this year? We will surely see him in Indy again (assuming health, of course)...Not that I want to preview the whole year by any means, but just wondering how similar he will make it...

16681
11-20-2005, 03:07 AM
I know a lot of players have favorite Tournaments that they like to play each year. I really don't care where Robby plays as long as he can stay healthy and have some good results ;)

Deboogle!.
11-20-2005, 03:09 AM
Most players play relatively similar schedules year after year... they just figure out what works and where they're happy, etc. I'd imagine he'll play the new tourney in Vegas right before IW...

I suppose since he maybe will now expect to do better and go deeper into the tourneys he plays, that he might cut out a tourney here or there and play a bit less. but otherwise there probably won't be too many changes :)

16681
11-20-2005, 03:23 AM
Yes I think we would trade him playing in less Tournaments, if the reason for it was because he was going deep into the Tournaments that he is playing ;)

idolwatcher1
11-20-2005, 04:21 AM
Mae, remember we wanted to work Robby like a dog this year... :lol: ...but I see we'll probably both throw him a bone if he goes deep into the tournaments he plays in next year... :lol: If he's a good boy, we'll ease up on his schedule, right? ;)

Éowyn
11-20-2005, 11:04 PM
i think you're wrong debs he's more likely to switch to bigger events! last year he was playing a few tournys that were too small for him coz he couldn't get in the big main draws he's more likely to upgrade where he can

idolwatcher1
11-20-2005, 11:13 PM
you're right, he probably didn't always get what he wanted last year, but now he might upgrade... :)

Éowyn
11-20-2005, 11:38 PM
hope so :)

16681
11-21-2005, 03:00 AM
Mae, remember we wanted to work Robby like a dog this year... :lol: ...but I see we'll probably both throw him a bone if he goes deep into the tournaments he plays in next year... :lol: If he's a good boy, we'll ease up on his schedule, right? ;)
LOL idolwatcher1 I'm surprised you remembered that! I would be glad to throw him more than "a bone" if he wins some Tournaments :devil: And yes I think it would be a good idea for him to upgrade the Tournaments he is going to play. If he wants to be among the best, he has to play against the best. :D

idolwatcher1
11-21-2005, 07:55 AM
...yeah, we'll throw him more than a bone...http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/idolwatcher_1/shifty1.gif


go fetch some titles Robby... :lol:

16681
11-21-2005, 11:09 PM
...yeah, we'll throw him more than a bone...http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v44/idolwatcher_1/shifty1.gif


go fetch some titles Robby... :lol:
By all means fetch some titles. It is hard to wait for 2006 :sad:

idolwatcher1
11-22-2005, 06:42 AM
yes...i know!...the only good thing is that Robby can't throw me into a nervous fit anymore this year :p When I watch things on TV, I'm much less nervous because I can at least see what's going on, but when all I can see is an online scoreboard with "Ginepri" written on it...I'm usually pretty nervous, especially when it's close... :scared:

16681
11-22-2005, 08:57 PM
Oh I would love to have The Tennis Channel :worship: Because you are right that live time scoring just about drives me crazy. It seems to take forever for the score to be posted and you don't know what is going on--did the scoring go out, was someone hurt, etc :confused: I am a totally wreck having to use that, but because the tennis coverage seems to be getting even more limited I had to use the live time scoring quite abit this year :eek:

Fee
11-22-2005, 09:18 PM
Robby's name is NOT on the entry lists for the first week of the 2006 ATP. We'll know next week if he has entered Sydney or Auckland.

16681
11-22-2005, 10:08 PM
Isn't it just like a man to keep women waiting ;)

idolwatcher1
11-23-2005, 06:08 AM
Robby's name is NOT on the entry lists for the first week of the 2006 ATP. We'll know next week if he has entered Sydney or Auckland.

Thanks Fee...I had a feeling he wouldn't play anywhere the first week. Oh well, at least he has more time to prepare for Auckland :)

16681
11-23-2005, 07:28 PM
It seems strange to be talking about 2006. But I guess in tennis' "off season" there is not much else to do. Funny the players think the season is too long while all of us fans probably wish the season would be all year long :)

idolwatcher1
11-23-2005, 09:47 PM
It seems strange to be talking about 2006. But I guess in tennis' "off season" there is not much else to do. Funny the players think the season is too long while all of us fans probably wish the season would be all year long :)

yeah, it's like we're torn...torn between wanting to see them play, and wanting them to be healthy and have some time off..

Mae, yes...there isn't much else to do, although we could always review the 2005 season or talk about the past...I may post a few old articles about Robby and we can discuss some of those... :p

Éowyn
11-24-2005, 12:49 AM
it is auckland he's already been confirmed for it.

Deboogle!.
11-24-2005, 01:21 AM
I think it's a good idea for him to not play the first week.... lets his off-season be that much longer and that can never be a bad thing. Plus he doesn't have that much to gain by playing one extra tourney.

16681
11-24-2005, 01:54 AM
Well I feel sure that Tournament will not be on any TV I can see :mad: And yes idolwatcher1 I am very torn. I don't want the players hurt or even tired, but we do need something to fill in with so if you can come up with anything please do :)

Deboogle!.
11-24-2005, 02:32 AM
Read a book? :p

Éowyn
11-25-2005, 12:28 AM
Well I feel sure that Tournament will not be on any TV I can see :mad: And yes idolwatcher1 I am very torn. I don't want the players hurt or even tired, but we do need something to fill in with so if you can come up with anything please do :)

cheer for baby in adelaide instead :p

idolwatcher1
11-25-2005, 08:27 AM
Well I feel sure that Tournament will not be on any TV I can see :mad: And yes idolwatcher1 I am very torn. I don't want the players hurt or even tired, but we do need something to fill in with so if you can come up with anything please do :)

when i get back from out of town, I will post some things... :D

16681
11-25-2005, 11:10 PM
cheer for baby in adelaide instead :p
I don't think that Tournament will make TV either :mad: I want The Tennis Channel, but The Tennis Channel apparently wants too much from DirecTV so DirecTV won't pick the channel up :sad:

Deboogle!.
11-26-2005, 03:19 AM
TTC :hearts: They're showing Adelaide :D

16681
11-26-2005, 03:35 AM
TTC :hearts: They're showing Adelaide :D
Oh please Deb don't rub it in. I can't get The Tennis Channel :mad: :sad:

Deboogle!.
11-26-2005, 03:43 AM
You gotta keep complaining no matter who your provider is. They keep saying they're close to a deal with DirecTV and that if subscribers call them up and threaten to leave, that might push them over the edge. Just don't give up - call and email all the time and have everyone you know who has the same company as you do the same :)

16681
11-26-2005, 04:53 AM
I have been after DirecTV, but while The Tennis Channel keeps saying they are close to a deal with DirecTV I have heard that The Tennis Channel wants too much from DirecTV so DirecTV isn't picking them up :mad:

Éowyn
11-27-2005, 12:57 AM
i wish they had the tennis channel in england

16681
11-27-2005, 02:51 AM
LOL I don't know which of us is in worse shape. Me that lives in a country that has The Tennis Channel, but I can't get it or you that lives in a country that doesn't even have The Tennis Channel :confused:

Éowyn
11-28-2005, 01:04 AM
me coz at you at least have the chance it may one day be added to your provider

16681
11-28-2005, 03:48 AM
Good point, but if The Tennis Channel won't change what they want from DirecTV then DirecTV won't pick them up so I might as well live in a country that doesn't even have The Tennis Channel :mad: And on the regular sports channels here in the U.S. except for Slams tennis is starting to get less and less coverage :sad:

idolwatcher1
11-28-2005, 06:32 AM
*prays TTC will become a regular part of TV programming*

Éowyn
11-28-2005, 11:24 PM
:shrug:

16681
11-29-2005, 04:01 PM
*prays TTC will become a regular part of TV programming*
Amen to that :angel: And you know if they got complete coverage in the U.S. maybe they would try to go into other countries, which would be nice :)

Éowyn
11-30-2005, 12:03 AM
will never get it here! it's not as big enough sport here :awww:

16681
11-30-2005, 03:44 AM
will never get it here! it's not as big enough sport here :awww:
I think that same reason is why DirecTV won't pick it up in the U.S. But it is really odd tennis doesn't get a lot of play in the U.S. until it is time for like the U.S. Open, which had a new high record attendance plus also a new high in TV ratings and of course Wimbledon also gets a lot of coverage here. The Slams in general get pretty good coverage, but especially the USO and Wimbledon. But inspite of the records set at the USO this year tennis and tennis coverage on TV seems to be sliding down when it comes to being a popular sport here in the U.S.

Deboogle!.
11-30-2005, 03:54 AM
It also has a lot to do with the way cable works here - it's quite different from england. And they have to make a deal for the cable company to pay the channel a certain amount per subscriber, and if the company doesn't want to do that or if TTC is asking too much, it won't happen. Throw in the fact that TTC is independently owned and doesn't have the leverage or money that a media conglomerate has, and it's not good for TTC.

16681
11-30-2005, 04:06 AM
And it isn't good for us that want The Tennis Channel because we can't convince like DirecTV that there are enough of us that want the channel for them to pick it up :mad: And yet DirecTV has everything else--cooking shows, educational shows, travel shows, movies, the network channels, all kinds of sports even hockey which certainly isn't popular in the U.S. and recently DirecTV has even added XM radio stations! I mean who wants radio on TV :confused:

idolwatcher1
11-30-2005, 06:18 AM
what's worse is that ESPNs channels will gladly show FISHING! POKER! BOWLING! TABLE TENNIS! GOLF! and odd sports that surely aren't as popular or exciting to watch as tennis matches!! :speakles:

rege
11-30-2005, 07:31 AM
Throw in the fact that TTC is independently owned and doesn't have the leverage or money that a media conglomerate has, and it's not good for TTC.
That's exactly the problem.

Hey, I work just down the street from TTC and drive past DirecTV's corporate office on my way to/from work every day... want me to slap some sense into these people for all y'all?

Oh, and hockey is quite popular in certain pockets of the country, Mae. Howerver, it doesn't have an entire cable network devoted to it (just OLN, which generally carries one game a week and has carriage problems of its own).

Deboogle!.
11-30-2005, 04:39 PM
Sounds good, Rege :lol: TTC is in Santa Monica, no? I have a friend that was actually an intern there, I should inquire whether they need help in their legal department or something :p

Hockey is definitely popular in some places.... and no knocking cooking shows, I leave the food network on all the time :p

idolwatcher1
11-30-2005, 07:52 PM
Hey, I work just down the street from TTC and drive past DirecTV's corporate office on my way to/from work every day... want me to slap some sense into these people for all y'all?

Yes, please! :devil: ( :secret: I wish they would just hire you to boss them around...)

16681
11-30-2005, 10:15 PM
Yes, please! :devil: ( :secret: I wish they would just hire you to boss them around...)
I agree :) And I love the cooking shows too and I can't cook :confused: And I also love hockey! On DirecTV they have many regional sports channels and many of them do carry hockey. I just meant that if you did a survey of sports in the whole U.S. hockey would not be one of the top sports nationwide. But what I really want to know is when did poker become a sport :confused: I really can't figure that one out :p

Éowyn
12-01-2005, 12:36 AM
what's worse is that ESPNs channels will gladly show FISHING! POKER! BOWLING! TABLE TENNIS! GOLF! and odd sports that surely aren't as popular or exciting to watch as tennis matches!! :speakles:

lmao now that does sound like sky here :lol:

16681
12-01-2005, 04:10 AM
Seriously you would not believe the amount of time ESPN spends on poker playing :mad: And now there is concern that the young people growing up today and seeing all that poker playing well turn to actually gambling themselves.

rege
12-01-2005, 06:23 AM
Sounds good, Rege :lol: TTC is in Santa Monica, no? I have a friend that was actually an intern there, I should inquire whether they need help in their legal department or something :p
Yes, they're in Santa Monica. I'll try to squeeze in a little visit during my lunch hour tomorrow... ;)

Deboogle!.
12-01-2005, 02:40 PM
Can you believe, I've lived in LA for a year and a half now, and I haven't been to Santa Monica? :o :smash:

Fee
12-01-2005, 05:28 PM
That's a worse crime than never watching the 'Princess Bride' I would tell you to take care of that immediately, but SaMo can be hell during the holidays.

Deboogle!.
12-01-2005, 07:34 PM
oh no, I won't be there now. Over the summer I'll try to get there. Well, I was supposed to go last summer but my friend got pregnant and was having some problems early on so she never felt up to going. I'll get there soon, definitely :)

16681
12-02-2005, 12:52 AM
I haven't been to either city :sad:

Éowyn
12-02-2005, 01:06 AM
i've never been anywhere

Fee
12-02-2005, 02:31 AM
oh no, I won't be there now. Over the summer I'll try to get there. Well, I was supposed to go last summer but my friend got pregnant and was having some problems early on so she never felt up to going. I'll get there soon, definitely :)

You do realize that I drove from your apartment to Santa Monica on Saturday morning before I went to Carson? Its not that far, especially if it's a time when you are going against traffic. Get out and do some exploring woman!

Deboogle!.
12-02-2005, 02:36 AM
You do realize that I drove from your apartment to Santa Monica on Saturday morning before I went to Carson? Its not that far, especially if it's a time when you are going against traffic. Get out and do some exploring woman!:lol: I never said it was far, just that I dn't have time to go most of the time lol.

Next semester I don't have class on Tuesdays, maybe I'll be able to swing a trip out there. I'll get there, just not sure when:p

idolwatcher1
12-03-2005, 08:02 AM
Ok, Robby has committed to the TTC tournament in Las Vegas (Feb. 27-March 5)... There with him will be James and Andy :)
If this tournament isn't covered on ESPN (or some other major network), I will go postal... :armed:

16681
12-04-2005, 04:08 AM
Ok, Robby has committed to the TTC tournament in Las Vegas (Feb. 27-March 5)... There with him will be James and Andy :)
If this tournament isn't covered on ESPN (or some other major network), I will go postal... :armed:
Since the Tournament is the TTC Tournament I have a feeling you might as well go postal! Somehow I don't think ESPN will do a TTC Tournament! I hope I'm wrong.

Éowyn
12-04-2005, 04:41 AM
seems logical to me mae :p

16681
12-04-2005, 04:51 AM
seems logical to me mae :p
Thanks I actually said something logical for a change :p

idolwatcher1
12-04-2005, 06:11 AM
:sobbing: I was hoping for the best...

16681
12-04-2005, 03:58 PM
:sobbing: I was hoping for the best...
Hope for the best, but expect the worse and that way you are never disappointed :) And in fact you might be pleasantly surprised :cool:

idolwatcher1
12-05-2005, 06:21 AM
ok, I'll expect the worst... again! :sobbing:

16681
12-05-2005, 06:54 PM
ok, I'll expect the worst... again! :sobbing:
And I hate to tell you, but I think that is exactly what you are going to get :sad: I "saw" Mario's Davis Cup win with the real time scoring at the Davis Cup site. And I thought I was going to go crazy! And really as far as real time scoring goes the Davis Cup site had a good one. But to follow a Match in that manner just about kills me! And if the tennis coverage doesn't pick up I think we will more and more have to follow tennis by real time scoring :sad: I
guess I should be thankful that the sites do real time scoring so we can follow the tennis :angel:

idolwatcher1
12-05-2005, 07:26 PM
yes, it's good to get some sort of feel for the match with at least real-time scoring, but seeing it would be so much better... :sad: three of my favs all in one tournament that I can't watch... :sobbing:

16681
12-05-2005, 07:51 PM
yes, it's good to get some sort of feel for the match with at least real-time scoring, but seeing it would be so much better... :sad: three of my favs all in one tournament that I can't watch... :sobbing:
And with tennis coverage getting less and less it is going to be hard to see any of our favorites playing :( And you miss so much I think if you don't actually see the Match :sad: :mad:

idolwatcher1
12-06-2005, 02:48 AM
I can only hope that someone like Tangy can cap some media for us... :unsure:

Fee
12-06-2005, 04:29 AM
Hmm, I'm a bit disturbed that Robby has not signed up for the SAP Open yet, but its the week after Davis Cup so he may not be in the mood to play it (even if its just a one hour flight north, in the same time zone). This will probably be my only chance to see him next year, so I really hope he changes his mind and decides to play here.

idolwatcher1
12-06-2005, 05:28 AM
Fee, how late can he sign up for that tournament?... He may not get picked to play in Davis Cup (although I keep picturing him there) so I would want him to play in the SAP Open, and I know you would too... and you're right, it's not like San Jose is that far away from San Diego!

16681
12-06-2005, 01:23 PM
Hmm, I'm a bit disturbed that Robby has not signed up for the SAP Open yet, but its the week after Davis Cup so he may not be in the mood to play it (even if its just a one hour flight north, in the same time zone). This will probably be my only chance to see him next year, so I really hope he changes his mind and decides to play here.
Maybe Robby hopes to be on the Davis Cup Team so he doesn't want to schedule anything close to Davis Cup time.
But it would be ashame if you didn't get to see him :sad:

Fee
12-06-2005, 03:56 PM
The entries are due 6 weeks in advance. I think he'll enter it, but it kind of bothers me that the tournament hasn't gone after him in advance and signed him to it (meaning that he will get a guarantee to be there). He's higher ranked than James and he's fairly recognizable now because of the USO. He's scheduled himself for Delray, which is after the Aus Open and the week before DC, so I don't think its a scheduling thing. I think he'll pull out of Delray anyway, because he'll be in the second week of the AO (right, Robby?). It's out of my control, but I'll be a little bit bummed if Robby, Hasi, and JMG all skip San Jose this year. That only leaves me Andy and Justin to play with all week. ;)

idolwatcher1
12-06-2005, 05:46 PM
hmm... so I guess we will know the first week of January if he enters San Jose... :unsure: I REALLY hope Robby makes it to the second week of the AO (and the final weekend), but I want him to play in Del Ray Beach also, but less so... I figured that surely they would schedule him as far into the week as possible (in DRB) if he does well in the AO, but then again, Robby might be exhausted (right??) and not feel like playing there... I think I'd rather Robby be safe then sorry, so schedule away Robby! ;)

16681
12-06-2005, 06:34 PM
You know I don't really know how these tennis players can come up with a good schedule? You have to not only play, but go deep into Tournaments for points. So you need to have Tournaments scheduled yet if too many Tournaments are scheduled there is more of a risk of injury, being worn out, or not getting one Tournament finished before another one starts! There are all kinds of things that can happen. I don't know how they do as well as they do with schedules. Even if I had the talent to play Pro Tennis I don't think I would ever get a schedule right :(

Fee
12-06-2005, 06:59 PM
Scheduling can be a very complicated issue for a player, especially one who is lower ranked and has to decide between playing Tour events or playing Challenger events in any given week (I had a number of discussions about this with Justin last fall, his schedule was a bit crazy). Robby is lucky in that he is a Tour level player and that's all he has to worry about. He's also lucky that he's an American and there are a lot of tournaments here. Usually, the safer thing to do is to enter the tournaments (since entries are due 6 weeks in advance) and then withdraw as needed to protect yourself. If I was scheduling Robby, I would go ahead and tentatively sign him up for the AO, then the entire American swing (Delray, San Jose, Memphis, Las Vegas, Indian Wells, Miami). He can withdraw whenever he feels he needs a rest. As we know, he doesn't have points to defend so he's okay there. He's signed up early for Delray, so they are probably paying him a guarantee to play there, so he may be more motivated to show up even if he goes deep at the AO. It will be interesting to see what happens.

idolwatcher1
12-06-2005, 07:06 PM
Fee, maybe we should send Robby a (mass?) email reminding him to sign up for those tournaments like you said :lol:

16681
12-06-2005, 07:11 PM
Well Fee it seems to me that you have handled Robby's schedule well :) I just hope Robby can do as well ;)

Fee
12-06-2005, 07:15 PM
Actually, I was about to email 'Mr I never read my email' to nudge him to come to San Jose. I just wish his official site would ever give us some type of clue (I have some free time these days, hint hint... :lol: )

idolwatcher1
12-06-2005, 07:21 PM
yes, his official site leaves more to be desired, I will say... Today, his exhibition match against Mello starts in a few hours, but after that, he may check his email :)

16681
12-06-2005, 07:23 PM
LOL no Robby's official site does get a bit crazy at times like when it showed this year that he was going to be playing Tournaments that were all scheduled at the same time :confused:

idolwatcher1
12-13-2005, 05:02 AM
Since Robby played in Adelaide this year (and didn't get past the first round there), and will not play that tournament next year, he will just lose one point, right?

Fee
12-13-2005, 05:35 AM
He will lose five points. Not sure how many tournaments he played last year, but if he played more than 18, he may be able to add points from a more recent tournament, whatever his other 5th best result was. Not sure about that though, so just anticipate that he will lose five points.

idolwatcher1
12-13-2005, 05:51 AM
ok, thanks Fee!

(I'm trying to compile stats right now)

idolwatcher1
12-13-2005, 05:55 AM
while I'm thinking about it... why, in 2004, did Robby not go to Newport after he won the title in 2003?? :confused:

Fee
12-13-2005, 06:09 AM
because he didn't want to, plain and simple (and the only reason I know that is because I asked him once. I thought it was odd too).

idolwatcher1
12-13-2005, 06:35 AM
weird! lol... I thought maybe he had a health issue or something like that. I hope he doesn't do that with Indy next year! He's been playing there for 5 straight years, he better not miss it in '06!!

idolwatcher1
12-13-2005, 08:43 AM
After doing some investigation, it looks as though Robby could be seeded as low as #21 going into the AO... :(

Robby will drop to 1515 on Jan. 9th...
if Gasquet makes the Round of 16 at Doha, he will surpass Robby with 1531 or more
if Hrbaty makes the QF at Adelaide, he will surpass Robby with 1530 or more
if Robredo makes the QF at Adelaide, he will surpass Robby with 1530 or more
if Stepanek makes the SF at Chennai, he will tie Robby with 1515 (and of course, if he makes the finals, he will surpass him)
if Ancic wins the Adelaide tournament, he will surpass Robby with 1535
(Ferrero is not playing the first week in Jan. so he will stay at 1500)

Although it is unlikely that each of these will happen, there is still a good chance that Robby could be seeded #20 or #19, and would probably need a good three people above him to pull out... (Andre?...and two others??? :scared: ) in order for him to be seeded in the Top 16...

Deboogle!.
12-13-2005, 03:02 PM
He will lose five points. Not sure how many tournaments he played last year, but if he played more than 18, he may be able to add points from a more recent tournament, whatever his other 5th best result was. Not sure about that though, so just anticipate that he will lose five points.His 5th best was a QF worth 40 points, so he won't lose anything for not playing Adelaide.

Andrea, It's highly unlikely that enough of those things will happen that one week. Gasquet may be out for months with his arm problem, and I just doubt that enough of those things would happen to push Robby that low. And, chances are good that there might be one or two pullouts above him. I'd be surprised if Andre doesn't play, but who knows with him. But I think Marat is still quite questionable.

Fee
12-13-2005, 05:30 PM
Gasquet is said to be healthy and heading down under, but after a layoff that long its hard to say how well he will do when he comes back. Do any of those other players have any points to defend in the first week? Looks like it doesn't matter any way.

idolwatcher1
12-13-2005, 05:58 PM
none of those players I mentioned had anything to defend the first week in Jan.
Robby and David Ferrer both didn't get past the first round the first week in Jan. this year, so they won't lose much... it'll come down to what the others beneath them are able to do... :unsure: Not that I'll be devastated if Robby isn't seeded in the Top 16, but for him to be so close, I'd just rather him have it!

Deboogle!.
12-13-2005, 06:36 PM
Gasquet is said to be healthy and heading down underYAY! Can't wait to see that :hearts:backhand:hearts: again :)

I still can't imagine all those possibilities will happen. Those tourneys the first week of the year tend to have some freak winners :lol: But I suppose you never know. Regardless, a seed between 16 and 24 would also help Robby a lot, especially compared to the position he's always been before now

16681
12-14-2005, 12:57 AM
If Robby can play well enough, the seeding won't be that big of a deal anyway. But is he going to start 2006 healthy?
I never did hear a word about exactly what happened to his wrist :confused:

idolwatcher1
12-14-2005, 04:59 AM
yeah, no word on his wrist, or even who traveled with him to Brazil... :confused: all a mystery to me... And I know seeding isn't everything, but I would rather he avoid drawing Federer in the third round or something, because what if he takes out Fed that early? he'll have even more haters... :lol: :hug: :p

Deboogle!.
12-14-2005, 05:15 AM
If Robby can play well enough, the seeding won't be that big of a deal anyway.Nope it's not. As Andy always says, still have to win the matches no matter what.

Also, it's seeds 25-32 that face the top 8 seeds in the third round, so even if he's seeded between 16-24, he wouldn't face a top 8 seed til at least Round of 16. It's at least highly unlikely, if not mathematically impossible, for Robby to drop that low.

idolwatcher1
12-14-2005, 05:21 AM
Also, it's seeds 25-32 that face the top 8 seeds in the third round, so even if he's seeded between 16-24, he wouldn't face a top 8 seed til at least Round of 16. It's at least highly unlikely, if not mathematically impossible, for Robby to drop that low.
oh, ok :lol: Yeah, it isn't possible for him to drop below #21... So maybe he will face Safin in the third round... it'll sure make the Safin fans really unhappy... ;)

Deboogle!.
12-14-2005, 05:38 AM
Safin might not even play, so I think they're concerned about other things at the moment ;)

idolwatcher1
12-14-2005, 07:09 AM
believe me, I'm aware of that... a lot of his fans just kinda expect him to play there, but he may not...

16681
12-14-2005, 09:08 PM
I just want some information about that wrist injury. We have heard nothing more about it at all it's almost like it didn't even happen yet we know it did :confused: And I'm with Andy on this one it doesn't matter where you are seeded/ranked you still have to win the matches. Right now I'm more concerned about how healthy Robby is going to be when the Tournaments start.

idolwatcher1
12-14-2005, 09:16 PM
same here, Mae... if Robby's not healthy when the tournaments start, that will be a big shame... I'd like to know the status on his wrist is... I wish his sister would do more in posting this kind of info for us... but oh well...

16681
12-14-2005, 09:22 PM
Yes he really needs to start off 2006 healthy so he can play well. And for all we know he may well be healthy we just don't know :confused:

Deboogle!.
12-14-2005, 09:29 PM
His sister runs his site, right? Can she be contacted through there and perhaps be asked to put up some info about his wrist? :shrug:

idolwatcher1
12-14-2005, 09:30 PM
I don't know his sister's contact info... :confused:

16681
12-14-2005, 09:42 PM
I don't know his sister's contact info... :confused:
Isn't there any place on the site that mentions "contact me" or something like that?

idolwatcher1
12-14-2005, 09:45 PM
i believe that is robby's contact info...not hers... :unsure:

Deboogle!.
12-14-2005, 09:48 PM
Well then contact him and ask him!! :lol:

idolwatcher1
12-15-2005, 04:44 AM
well, the thing is, I don't want to have to email him everytime I have a question, that's why I was hoping his sister would just feel compelled to inform people of Robby's latest status whether it's "serious" news or not... :yeah:

Fee
12-15-2005, 04:48 AM
i believe that is robby's contact info...not hers... :unsure:

No, its not. Jenny reads and answers emails sent to that address (sometimes she pretends to be Robby).

idolwatcher1
12-15-2005, 04:55 AM
lmao! It's confusing because I really won't know who is reading what... :lol: ...I wish Jenny wouldn't pretend to be someone she's not... Were you told that she was doing this? :scared:

Fee
12-15-2005, 05:36 AM
Pretty much. JJ figured it out too.

Deboogle!.
12-15-2005, 02:13 PM
:lol: Aww, that's funny.

idolwatcher1
12-15-2005, 08:04 PM
it's funny, confusing, and misleading... :scared: :lol:

16681
12-16-2005, 12:00 AM
Yes I remember J.J. saying that sometimes Robby's sister answers e-mails like she is Robby. I personally don't think that is a good idea myself, but I don't guess Robby minds.

Deboogle!.
12-17-2005, 02:27 AM
i'm going to guess that this probably means Robby is ok? It's from an article posted today on Andy's official site

"After a successful four day charity weekend, Andy immediately began the USTA training camp at Evert’s Tennis Academy in Boca Raton Florida this week. Joined by Amer Delic, Bobby Reynolds, James Blake, Robby Ginepri and Sebastian Grosjean, Andy is getting in some quality hits and conditioning before the holidays."

Fee
12-17-2005, 02:29 AM
A-ha, now we know where the WC playoff is being held. Just about all of the American players are at that training camp (well, except some of the 'older' guys whose names begin with the letter J...)

16681
12-17-2005, 02:56 AM
Well Robby must be alright then. Thanks for the information Deb :)

Deboogle!.
12-17-2005, 03:05 AM
A-ha, now we know where the WC playoff is being held. Just about all of the American players are at that training camp (well, except some of the 'older' guys whose names begin with the letter J...)Yeah, that's what I first thought of when I saw it, "bet that's where the AO Thing is taking place" :lol:

16681
12-17-2005, 03:24 AM
Yeah, that's what I first thought of when I saw it, "bet that's where the AO Thing is taking place" :lol:
The two of you just have too much tennis knowledge for me! I have no idea what you are posting about :confused:

Fee
12-17-2005, 03:43 AM
There is one AO wildcard available to a men's player from the US (part of trade between Australia and the USTA) and right now there is a playoff taking place between 6 US players for that wildcard. Look in the Aus Open forum, in the Wildcards thread. :D

Éowyn
12-18-2005, 02:02 AM
After doing some investigation, it looks as though Robby could be seeded as low as #21 going into the AO... :(

Robby will drop to 1515 on Jan. 9th...
if Gasquet makes the Round of 16 at Doha, he will surpass Robby with 1531 or more
if Hrbaty makes the QF at Adelaide, he will surpass Robby with 1530 or more
if Robredo makes the QF at Adelaide, he will surpass Robby with 1530 or more
if Stepanek makes the SF at Chennai, he will tie Robby with 1515 (and of course, if he makes the finals, he will surpass him)
if Ancic wins the Adelaide tournament, he will surpass Robby with 1535
(Ferrero is not playing the first week in Jan. so he will stay at 1500)

Although it is unlikely that each of these will happen, there is still a good chance that Robby could be seeded #20 or #19, and would probably need a good three people above him to pull out... (Andre?...and two others??? :scared: ) in order for him to be seeded in the Top 16...

you realise you have given me images in my head of mario winning adelaide :lol: you mean little thing :p

Éowyn
12-18-2005, 02:04 AM
EDR coz i've been away but i emailed jenny and asked her about robbys wrist for ya! and yes as fee says it is jenny that answers pretending to be robby! and even when you say you know it's her she still pretends :rolleyes:

16681
12-18-2005, 03:33 AM
Well if he is at that tennis training camp playing he must be alright. I think I'm still confused about the A.O. because I thought most of the U.S. players at the camp were going to be in the A.O. :confused: I guess I'll have to take a look at that thread.

idolwatcher1
12-18-2005, 06:59 PM
you realise you have given me images in my head of mario winning adelaide :lol: you mean little thing :p
:lol: sorry, I know Mario fans want him to win a tournament, so good luck to him, but I had to put it out there that he can technically move ahead of Robby should he win the Adelaide title... and push Robby down the draw for the AO, but that's alright as long as Robby wins his matches, it won't matter where he is seeded...

idolwatcher1
12-18-2005, 07:01 PM
EDR coz i've been away but i emailed jenny and asked her about robbys wrist for ya! and yes as fee says it is jenny that answers pretending to be robby! and even when you say you know it's her she still pretends :rolleyes:
Well, Santa knows who's been naughty (Jenny) ...and nice (Robby :angel: )... ;)

16681
12-19-2005, 07:31 AM
If I were Robby's sister I would be very careful how I answered his e-mails especially if I were pretending to be Robby! I don't understand why she does that :confused: She is making people think that Robby is giving them a reply when he really isn't!

GermanBoy
12-19-2005, 01:23 PM
Robby in 2006? Well, many points to defend... :scared: I think he could do well in the first half. Can´t exacty remember but I think he didn´t do too well then last year... He could collect many points and he should be able with his new self-confidence. :)

16681
12-19-2005, 11:10 PM
Robby in 2006? Well, many points to defend... :scared: I think he could do well in the first half. Can´t exacty remember but I think he didn´t do too well then last year... He could collect many points and he should be able with his new self-confidence. :)
I thought I read somewhere that he didn't have many points to defend at the beginning of the year, but I could be wrong about that :confused:

idolwatcher1
12-20-2005, 06:29 AM
no Mae, you are right!... Robby has very few points to defend from Jan-Jun... If he does well in the first half of 2006, then he can relax a bit more from Jul-Nov, knowing that even if he doesn't defend all his points for that part of the year, that at least he picked up more in the first half... :yeah:

idolwatcher1
12-20-2005, 07:30 AM
"Joined by Amer Delic, Bobby Reynolds, James Blake, Robby Ginepri and Sebastian Grosjean, Andy is getting in some quality hits and conditioning before the holidays."
Anyone getting pics at this training camp?? :eek: I think I would faint if I saw all of them in a room together, if nothing else, so they could all come to my rescue... :p

16681
12-20-2005, 06:35 PM
no Mae, you are right!... Robby has very few points to defend from Jan-Jun... If he does well in the first half of 2006, then he can relax a bit more from Jul-Nov, knowing that even if he doesn't defend all his points for that part of the year, that at least he picked up more in the first half... :yeah:
What? You are going to let Robby "relax a bit more from Jul-Nov"? I thought you and I were going to work Robby to death? :p But seriously I hope Robby plays well in all of 2006 :)

16681
12-20-2005, 06:38 PM
Anyone getting pics at this training camp?? :eek: I think I would faint if I saw all of them in a room together, if nothing else, so they could all come to my rescue... :p
Wow that would really be a great place to be, if you could take pictures :) But I think I would probably faint also with that group around :eek:

GermanBoy
12-20-2005, 11:40 PM
I thought I read somewhere that he didn't have many points to defend at the beginning of the year, but I could be wrong about that :confused:

Didn´t say he has many points to defend in the first six months.. ;)

Would love to see Andy, Robby and Amer practice... :drool:

Éowyn
12-21-2005, 12:31 AM
jenni emailed me today! says his wrist is absolutely fine nothing to worry about was just sore. :)

aaaaaaaalllllllleeeeeeeeeexxxxxxxxxxxx so good to have you back hun :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

idolwatcher1
12-21-2005, 08:04 AM
What? You are going to let Robby "relax a bit more from Jul-Nov"? I thought you and I were going to work Robby to death? :p But seriously I hope Robby plays well in all of 2006 :)
No, in his mind, he can relax... but I won't let him off the leash that easily... :devil: ...Go fetch some titles Robby!! :p

idolwatcher1
12-21-2005, 08:06 AM
jenni emailed me today! says his wrist is absolutely fine nothing to worry about was just sore. :)

aaaaaaaalllllllleeeeeeeeeexxxxxxxxxxxx so good to have you back hun :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
Awesomeness! :D thanx for passing that on!

16681
12-21-2005, 04:34 PM
No, in his mind, he can relax... but I won't let him off the leash that easily... :devil: ...Go fetch some titles Robby!! :p
LOL I'm glad we are still in agreement that Robby needs to "Go fetch some titles Robby!" We will keep him working hard :devil: Seriously I'm going to be very disappointed if Robby doesn't "fetch some titles", but then I have been disappointed before :sad:

idolwatcher1
12-22-2005, 07:42 AM
yes, I hope for good things from him next year... but anything can happen!

16681
12-22-2005, 04:19 PM
yes, I hope for good things from him next year... but anything can happen!
Yes he has already given us a scare about that wrist for the end of this year. I was sure happy that it turned out to be nothing serious :) And it will be interesting about other players injuries for 2006. Andre is having ankle problems,
I don't really know the status of Marat's knee, and I'm sure by his loss at the Master's Cup that Federer wasn't 100% healthy. I'm also sure that the fans of Nalbandian don't believe that, but I do. And also there is Nadal who is still having trouble with his foot. So we have at least 4 top players who may not be 100% healthy for 2006.

bavaria100
12-23-2005, 09:28 PM
I hope that Robby really takes his chance to gain lots of points in the first half of the season. If he plays well, he could make it into the top 10. Let´s pray that he learns to play on clay next year. It´s so frustrating to see him struggling on it.

idolwatcher1
12-23-2005, 09:49 PM
Yes, I think Robby really believes he can improve his results on clay... and I would love to see that happen!!

16681
12-24-2005, 03:11 AM
I will go a step more with that and say I hope all the U.S. men improve their play on clay :)

idolwatcher1
12-24-2005, 03:20 AM
:lol: Yes, I'm with you there!

16681
12-24-2005, 03:38 AM
I don't know what it is about the U.S. men and clay? Especially European clay they just can't seem to do anything on that surface :confused: I was so pleased and surprised when the U.S. Davis Cup Team won that tie in Belgium I almost didn't know what to do :eek:

idolwatcher1
01-02-2006, 06:38 PM
After doing some investigation, it looks as though Robby could be seeded as low as #21 going into the AO... :(

Robby will drop to 1515 on Jan. 9th...
if Gasquet makes the Round of 16 at Doha, he will surpass Robby with 1531 or more
if Hrbaty makes the QF at Adelaide, he will surpass Robby with 1530 or more
if Robredo makes the QF at Adelaide, he will surpass Robby with 1530 or more
if Stepanek makes the SF at Chennai, he will tie Robby with 1515 (and of course, if he makes the finals, he will surpass him)
if Ancic wins the Adelaide tournament, he will surpass Robby with 1535
(Ferrero is not playing the first week in Jan. so he will stay at 1500)

Although it is unlikely that each of these will happen, there is still a good chance that Robby could be seeded #20 or #19, and would probably need a good three people above him to pull out... (Andre?...and two others??? :scared: ) in order for him to be seeded in the Top 16...

Well, just to update... with Mariano being dropped from the rankings, and Robby moving to #15, and Gasquet NOT making the Round of 16, having a first-round loss in Doha, Robby just needs to wait and see how Hrbaty, Robredo, Stepanek, and Ancic do...

I think the lowest Robby could possibly be seeded at this point is #19... It's getting better... :)

16681
01-02-2006, 08:06 PM
idolwatcher1 please forget the seeding :) All Robby has to do is win his matches :cool: A player can be seeded #1 and if he loses his match what good did the seeding do him?

idolwatcher1
01-03-2006, 03:48 AM
I'm wierd like that... :lol: I know all that really matters is that he plays his best and gets the wins... :)

16681
01-03-2006, 05:14 AM
Seedings and rankings are fun to talk about especially the rankings when a favorite player is doing well. But I don't really think they are that important because no matter what the player's seeding or ranking is they still have to win the Matches :) Roger is #1 in the world right now, but even he has to win the Matches! I would really like to know how well Roger has recovered from his injury of last year? IMO his injury cost him the Masters Cup for 2005, but I know none of Nalbandian's fans will believe that.

idolwatcher1
01-04-2006, 04:18 AM
Robredo just lost his match today and did not make the QF... So, at this point, if my calculations are correct, Robby will be seeded at least 18th at the AO...

Deboogle!.
01-04-2006, 02:04 PM
Robby isn't on the San Jose entry list.... anyone know why?!

Fee
01-04-2006, 05:09 PM
Yes, because its the week after Davis Cup. I had a feeling he was going to skip San Jose. Oh well, guess I won't see him this year.

Deboogle!.
01-04-2006, 05:13 PM
But Andy always plays and James is playing, and there's no guarantee he'll be chosen for the team plus it's not too bad a travel, he played San Jose 2 years ago when it was right after DC on the east coast... he's playing Delray which is right after the AO.... I mean even Hewitt entered and he'll be coming from clay in Switzerland lol....

Fee
01-04-2006, 05:19 PM
Robby had no plans to play San Jose 2 years ago when it was after DC and he didn't enter it that year. He accepted a WC because the tournament called him and asked him to come so he could be part of their 'Davis Cup' celebration. Last year it was a different place on the schedule. Haas and Kiefer are taking that week off as well, so I'm not really surprised that Robby is skipping San Jose, I'm just very bummed about it (and if he calls for a late wildcard, that will hurt JMG's chances of getting one).

16681
01-04-2006, 05:28 PM
I don't think if he didn't enter that he would ask for a WC later. Maybe the Tournament might want to give him one.
I hope JMG gets a WC myself, but I got no reply to my e-mail from SJ about JMG :mad: Robby doesn't have trouble getting into Tournaments now it's people like JMG that have the trouble so that is who really needs the WC IMO.

idolwatcher1
01-04-2006, 07:02 PM
It looks like Mario lost today... I'm sad for him because of how close it was :sad: , but anyway, that means Robby will be seeded at least #17 now... just something for me to pay attention to while I wait for Robby to start playing :lol:

16681
01-04-2006, 07:13 PM
It looks like Mario lost today... I'm sad for him because of how close it was :sad: , but anyway, that means Robby will be seeded at least #17 now... just something for me to pay attention to while I wait for Robby to start playing :lol:
LOL idolwatcher1 you are still posting about seeding! I don't even know how you keep track of Robby's seeding :confused: But I'm sticking with my idea a player has to win matches :) And I hope Robby does :angel:

idolwatcher1
01-04-2006, 07:40 PM
:lol: it's just something I felt like paying attention to... I know that seeding doesn't mean much when it comes down to it, I mean, duh, US Open!... but Mae, at least we know that Robby will stay in the Top 20 this next week :p And curious little me went and checked out where Robby would rank should he happen to win the AO (i know, i know... don't even go there, but...) He would not only get into the Top 10, he would likely get into the Top 5... and could even be ranked as high as #4 :eek: (depending on how the others around him do)

16681
01-05-2006, 07:40 PM
Oh idolwatcher1 please don't "go there"! I know I'm not going there because I would put the kiss of death on Robby's chances at the AO in a heartbeat :sad: I am a jinx you know :p

Deboogle!.
01-05-2006, 07:44 PM
Well, and Andre's out, so Robby should be assured of his top 16 seed now, esp. since both Nadal and Safin are doubtful.

idolwatcher1
01-05-2006, 07:49 PM
:scared:

Anyway, since Andre withdrew from the AO :sad: , Robby will be seeded inside the Top 16... even with Hrbaty just making the QF...

16681
01-05-2006, 08:11 PM
Please don't "go there" we may have already put the kiss of death on Robby's AO chances :p It sounds awful to say, but I'm glad Andre is out and I would also like Safin and Nadal to be out of the AO. It not that I have anything against those players in fact some I like, it's just that I like other players' chances with those players out :devil: And now if we could only get Roger---no that would be just too much to ask for :eek:

idolwatcher1
01-05-2006, 10:15 PM
lmao!

I picture Roger, Ljubicic and Henman on Robby's side of the AO draw... The draw comes out on Friday the 13th... :scared:

16681
01-06-2006, 07:40 PM
lmao!

I picture Roger, Ljubicic and Henman on Robby's side of the AO draw... The draw comes out on Friday the 13th... :scared:
Friday the 13th :eek: All I need to do is picture Roger in Robby's side of the AO draw. It doesn't take much to scare me :p