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Tennis-x.com's take on the AO Superheroes

Deboogle!.
12-16-2003, 03:33 PM
The Super Heroes of Tennis and their Super Powers

By Tennis-X.com Staff

Tennis Australia recently came up with a new marketing campaign for the 2004 Australian Open, "Super Heroes Super Tennis." Look for pose-able dolls in a store near you. "The Australian Open attracts the world's top players to display their super powers on one of the world's greatest stages," said Australian Open Chief Executive Paul McNamee. "Like the super heroes of the screen and comic books, they are the super heroes of their sport, idolized and admired for their incredible skills and athleticism. This campaign captures that in a fun and powerful way that can be appreciated and enjoyed by people of all ages." Not that powerful, not that fun. While this slogan sounds like a bad Asian translation of something or other (Super Hero Super Tennis Show!), it is an actual theme that includes promoting the "super power" of each top player:

Super hero -- "Super power":
Lleyton Hewitt -- "Blinding Speed"
Andre Agassi -- "Bullet-like Return"
Juan Carlos Ferrero -- "Stinging Groundstrokes"
Andy Roddick -- "Thunderbolt Forehand"
Mark Philippoussis -- "Missile-like Serve"
Roger Federer -- "Magical Racquetwork"
Paradorn Srichaphan -- "Spell-binding Humility"
Serena Williams -- "Intimidating Force"
Justine Henin-Hardenne -- "Backhand Brilliance"
Kim Clijsters -- "Pushing the Limits"
Venus Williams -- "Amazing Agility"
Jennifer Capriati -- "Burning Talent"

C'mon, "pushing the limits"? "Burning talent"? The Aussie brain trust that came up with those obviously ran out of gas toward the end and just wanted to hit the bars for some VB's. In the vein of "truth in advertising," Tennis-X breaks down each players' "real" super powers:

Super hero -- Super power:
Lleyton Hewitt -- Blinding speed in ducking media requests and pulling out of tournaments
Andre Agassi -- Bullet-like return to the baby-making factory in 2003
Juan Carlos Ferrero -- Stinging year-ending ability in losing last six matches and drop the ball on No. 1
Andy Roddick -- Thunderbolt power in pissing off European players, pissing on chair umpires
Mark Philippoussis -- Missile-like accuracy in finding a way to get injured every other month
Roger Federer -- Magical sleep-inducing effect on the media, a hand-off of Pete Sampras' super power
Paradorn Srichaphan -- Spell-binding invisibility power on claycourts, ability to drop out of Top 10 at will
Serena Williams -- Hindquarters an intimidating force in the catsuit
Justine Henin-Hardenne -- Blinding brilliance emitted from yellow laser-like teeth (see: Crest Whitestrips)
Kim Clijsters -- Pushing the limits of losing in big matches and tournament finals (six in 2003)
Venus Williams -- Amazing ability to turn off competitive fire and lose to younger sister every time
Jennifer Capriati -- Burning talent in choking big matches, wearing ill-advised midriff-baring tops

Overlooked super powers:
Marat Safin -- Super match-tanking ability, inherited from countryman Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Tim Henman -- Ability to create a force field in front of himself in the Wimbledon semifinals
James Blake -- Stealth technology to drop off the U.S. tennis radar screen
Nicolas Lapentti -- Wondertwin powers with brother Giovanni to go the distance in every best-of-five set match
Greg Rusedski -- Light-speed ability to jam foot in mouth at opportune media moments
Maria Sharapova -- Power to make men pitch a tent with porn-soundtrack grunting during matches

MisterQ
12-16-2003, 04:16 PM
LOL! :lol:

J. Corwin
12-16-2003, 07:26 PM
lmao!

Andre'sNo1Fan
12-16-2003, 07:55 PM
LOL :D

Sjengster
12-16-2003, 09:11 PM
They can get away with it, of course, because they don't discriminate - every player gets the treatment at one stage or another. That AO campaign is well-meaning but daft, wouldn't you be more enticed by seeing the players as people rather than cartoon superheroes? And I'm sure they must have made a change to their powers, because I saw a photo of this lot a few months ago and beside Philippoussis was that characteristic trademark of his, "Missile-Like Return". Huh? Agassi yes, Flip definitely not. Maybe an unguided missile, in the sense that it's got no idea where it's going but it'll cause a lot of damage when it arrives.

Havok
12-16-2003, 09:18 PM
Sjengster they fixed it. they gave him missle-like serve, which we know should go to Roddick, but they had to get in their top aussie players and it's his best shot, although other people hit better serves:o

Deboogle!.
12-16-2003, 09:22 PM
I read the article about it several months ago and I always saw Flip as having the "missile serve" but yea whatever lol I just thought their analysis was rather amusing!

Sjengster
12-16-2003, 09:24 PM
Well, they're both fairly missile-like and Scud has the more appropriate nickname, so why not give him the honours? Although if the criteria of a good serve is variety as well as power, then Roddick and Philippoussis should both stand aside in favour of another Aussie, Wayne Arthurs...

Ma. Estefania
12-16-2003, 10:40 PM
Well....then the Lapenttis are famous for their epic 5 sets-matches....I don't know if that's good or bad.... :rolleyes: Je je.

J. Corwin
12-17-2003, 12:20 AM
I remember it being "Missle-like Return" fo Scud as well...which befuddled me, even though knowing it had to be a screw-up.

Deboogle!.
12-17-2003, 02:08 AM
well they've obviously fixed the mistake and fixed it relatively quickly lol.... returns are, and rightfully so, attributed to Andre :)

joske
12-17-2003, 10:29 AM
LOL @ the Sharapova comment :D

Jazzy
12-17-2003, 11:08 AM
LMAO!!!! :haha:
i agree joske, the Maria comment is funny :lol:

Havok
12-17-2003, 06:23 PM
Well, they're both fairly missile-like and Scud has the more appropriate nickname, so why not give him the honours? Although if the criteria of a good serve is variety as well as power, then Roddick and Philippoussis should both stand aside in favour of another Aussie, Wayne Arthurs...
but he's nowhere to be seen at the top of the game;)