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Pass The Bong - It's Time For Kooyong!

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 06:46 PM
for Kooyong! If for no other reason than Kooyong sounds really funny so anything that rhymes or alliterates with it would no less be funny too ;)

When we think of one i'll just change the title

How about

"Andy making a killing in Kooyong"

any other suggestions? :crazy:

MisterQ
01-09-2004, 06:54 PM
Pass The Bong --- It's Kooyong! :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 06:58 PM
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Havok
01-09-2004, 07:04 PM
MisterQ you're a genuis. i like your thread name, and nice added touch with the :rocker2:

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 07:05 PM
ok then that's the choice? I'll change the title ;)

MisterQ
01-09-2004, 07:06 PM
Of course, the bong will only be used for legal herbal products. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 07:11 PM
yes..... most definitely!!!!!

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 07:12 PM
Anyway onto the tournament..... It's quite an interesting format. I know it's 8 players and they each get at least 3 matches, but does anyone know more specifically how it works?

MisterQ
01-09-2004, 07:35 PM
Yes, the rules are as follows:

They play and then Agassi wins. :lol:


(at least that's how it has worked the past few years)

But seriously, I don't know the format --- maybe someone else can help us out.

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 07:42 PM
LOL Q!!

I know it's sort of like TMC, but there's no semifinal or something?

All it says on the tourney site is this:

"Each player plays three matches over four days in a "promotion/relegation" format. All matches are conducted on centre court."

And that doesn't mean much to me. lol

heya
01-09-2004, 08:47 PM
I hope Andy tries to play his best...if only to prove
to himself that with no fear, he can beat anyone.

Deboogle!.
01-09-2004, 09:24 PM
Well gosh I hope so toooo!!!!!!

WyverN
01-10-2004, 01:48 AM
It is just a normal quarter final, semi final, final

only difference is there is play off for 3rd and 4th place

then there is play off for 5th place, 6th place, 7th place and 8th place.

e.g if you lose first match then you go into losers bracket with the other players who lost first match and the best you can finish is 5th

Deboogle!.
01-10-2004, 02:12 AM
oh ok, thanks for explaining Wyver :)

MisterQ
01-10-2004, 03:16 AM
thanks for the explanation WyverN!

Prophetic
01-10-2004, 05:12 AM
HAHA!! Love the thread title!

J. Corwin
01-10-2004, 05:38 AM
Nice thread title. :)

And yea, WyverN explained it well. The tourney format is kinda like the "Dunk and Doodle" (bad memory here) exho that Andy played before Wimby last year.

tangerine_dream
01-10-2004, 06:40 PM
:haha: Great title, bunk!

Mr. Man
01-10-2004, 08:57 PM
LMFAO! at the title.

:banana:

Deboogle!.
01-10-2004, 11:50 PM
It's all Q, give him all the credit!

Deboogle!.
01-12-2004, 03:42 AM
Hmm anyone know when they might release the draw/schedule for Kooyong? And someone better have live scoring available lol

star
01-12-2004, 03:51 AM
When a bong is involved, time doesn't really matter. :)

J. Corwin
01-12-2004, 08:03 AM
Does anyone know the site for Kooyong? I tried to do searches, but to no avail. They have history and past articles on the event, but I didn't find an official site.

WyverN
01-12-2004, 08:05 AM
here you go
http://www.commbankinternational.com/

still no draw, i get it on tv starting Wednesday :)

J. Corwin
01-12-2004, 11:01 AM
Ah, thanks WyverN. :)

J. Corwin
01-12-2004, 11:02 AM
Oh lookie. Even if it's an exho, you still get a nice trophy if you win. :)

star
01-12-2004, 12:56 PM
As Lleyton Hewitt took his local hopes to Sydney yesterday, four of his main challengers for next week's Australian Open title smashed, bashed and whacked their own preparatory tennis balls across Rod Laver Arena.

After defending champion Andre Agassi opted for a morning warm-up with Argentina's David Nalbandian, watched by wife Steffi Graf and baby daughter Jaz, world No. 1 Andy Roddick, Wimbledon winner Roger Federer and powerful Russian Marat Safin shook off any cobwebs with afternoon practice hits on the centre court.

All four grand slam tournament winners will continue their preparations for the year's first major tournament at the eight-player Kooyong International Classic, which starts tomorrow.

Roddick, the 21-year-old from Florida who inherited Agassi's reputation as tennis's resident punk long before he claimed the No. 1 ranking last year, had a hit with fellow American Robby Ginepri on the court that hosted the most dramatic match of his young career.

Just under a year ago, Roddick outlasted Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui - who, like Ginepri, will also play at Kooyong - 21-19 in the final set of a quarter-final that lasted four hours 59 minutes into the early hours of a Melbourne morning.

The world's sexiest athlete - as voted by People magazine - claimed his breakthrough United States Open crown eight months later and became the youngest American to grab the No. 1 world ranking at the Masters Cup in November, despite losing his semi-final.

Yesterday, he hit the ball powerfully during the brief session against 33rd-ranked Ginepri.

A tattooed Safin looked happy and, crucially, fit during his practice hit, after a year ruined by injury. The 23-year-old Russian's year-end ranking fell to No. 77 in 2003 after he pulled out of his third-round Australian Open match with a wrist complaint and missed the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open with ankle and back injuries.

The former world No. 1's best Melbourne memories date back to 2002, when he made the final but was beaten by Swede Thomas Johansson.

The freakishly talented Federer, 22, arrived with an even greater reputation than he did this time last year, having broken through for his first grand slam win at Wimbledon last July.

The Swiss, who beat Mark Philippoussis for the title, seemed relaxed and looked healthy during his own quick hit on centre court. Federer is the punters' early favourite to take out the Open, ahead of Roddick, Agassi, Hewitt and Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Havok
01-12-2004, 03:01 PM
they play at the australian open tennis arenas for this exhibition tournament:eek: i didn't know that.

tangerine_dream
01-12-2004, 03:05 PM
This is gonna be so awesome! :banana:

Deboogle!.
01-12-2004, 03:58 PM
I thought they played at the Kooyong club in Melbourne....

Sjengster
01-12-2004, 07:40 PM
It's just practice for the tournament itself which is obviously not held at Melbourne Park - it's just that unlike Wimbledon, the AO lets players practice on its centre court. I wish all the Slams did that.

J. Corwin
01-12-2004, 10:21 PM
I wish so too. More reason to like AO facilities.

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 02:02 AM
:scratch: Johansson? Poor Younes :sad:

good first match for Andy I should think.

Wednesday, January 14 , 2004

11.00am – Centre Court

Roger FEDERER (SUI) v Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)
followed by
Andy RODDICK (USA) v Robby GINEPRI (USA)
followed by
Andre AGASSI (USA) v Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)
followed by
David NALBANDIAN (ARG) v Taylor DENT (USA)

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 02:18 AM
Why is Andy the blurry one in every single one of these pics? :mad:

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040113/i/r172003838.jpg

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040113/i/r216349392.jpg

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040113/i/r1348925088.jpg

but if anyone notices.... I believe they are seated according to their rank lol

J. Corwin
01-13-2004, 02:43 AM
nice pics!

and yes, at least in the 2nd pic, it seems as if they were seated according to rank. lol

I didn't catch Fed in the first pic, but I did notice there was some space between Andre and Andy.

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 03:04 AM
Fed's probably just leaning back lol

here are a couple where you can actually see Andy ;)

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 03:40 AM
Here are the Andy excerpts from the big press conference they held. Entire thing here
http://www.commbankinternational.com/pr/Jan132004.htm

and what's with andy calling them 'sir' ???
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[Introduction of Andy Roddick]

Q: Welcome, Andy. It is very difficult to open a magazine or a paper and not an article about you at the moment. You've been a busy fellow.

ANDY: Yeah, it's a good thing I didn't learn how to read in school. I've been very busy but I'm happy to be back here in Australia, I always enjoy my time here so I'm excited.

Q: I read the other day - you can correct this or you can deny it - you are actually having a documentary made about your life, you've got cameras following you 24 hours a day?

ANDY: No, someone came up with a rumour and I haven't heard the end of it and hopefully this will be a forum to kind of squash that once and for all.

Q: So there is no documentary about the life of Andy Roddick?

ANDY: No.

Q: But your favourite move is the Shawshank Redemption?

ANDY: Yes, absolutely.

Q: We got that right.

ANDY: Yeah. One out of two is not bad.

Q: And what about this year, I guess the thing that is most difficult for a player who reaches the number one ranking is to actually stay there. Is that how you've seen it over the break that you have had?

ANDY: That's what I've heard. We will see. I didn't change anything and I'm trying to work very hard to stay there but there are a lot of guys out there who are fully capable of taking me away from that spot so I have to be cautious.

Q: Good luck over the next few days and for the Australian Open as well.

ANDY: Thank you very much.

[Media Questions - Andy Excerpts Posted here]

TIM WATSON: We've met the eight players who will contest this year's Commonwealth Bank International. It's over to you, the media, for questions. I'm sure there are a number of questions.

Q: Andy, how has winning a Grand Slam and becoming world number one changed your life?

ANDY: Day-to-day it really hasn't changed too much. It's a big thrill for me, it was a dream come true to win the Open, but as far as day-to-day life it's not too much different.

Q: There hasn't been a lot more external pressures?

ANDY: No, not really. It's either one pressure or another; it's either when's he going to win or when's he going to win again so it's pretty much the same.

Q: If Younes didn't get to play the Australian Open would you be upset or relieved if he wasn't in the field?

ANDY: Judging from last year, maybe relieved but that would be too bad; he had a great year last year and obviously with the match that we had last year I'm sure fans are wanting to see more of him.

Q: Andy, are you satisfied with the explanation of the high number of drug positives last year?

ANDY: The way I understand it is that if it is a positive test then it's announced to the public. I have heard a lot about these alleged 47, I keep hearing all these numbers, but if someone gets tested and they get caught it's announced. So if that was the case then a third of the players on tour would have already been announced some time in the last year. As far as that's concerned I think they're just numbers.

Q: Andy, as the number one ranked player in the world and in many senses considered a player who represents the future of the sport, what are some of the major issues facing the tour,- say in the next 12 months, five years perhaps, as you see them off court and on court issues, are there any that stand out in your mind that should be addressed?

ANDY: Not really. My perspective on it is the sport is only going to go as far as the players want it to; I just think the players are responsible for putting forth the effort to promote the game and to make it bigger and better and that's the stance that I've taken on it.

Q: No particular issues that stand out in your mind that need addressing at all?

A: No. There is always issues but I've always chosen to focus on maybe the more positive stuff instead of stuff that's wrong; there's lot that's right with the game and it would be nice if people focused on that a little bit more.

Q: Do you think the issue of Greg Rusedski is tarnishing the sport at all?

ANDY: As a tennis fan also, I'm super excited about the new year. We have so many young guys that are coming up and we had a bunch of them with a breakthrough year last year and then with Hewitt and Safin coming back and adding into the mix and David and his other friends from Argentina coming in. There's so many great stories. With Andre still kicking all of our butts at - what are you, about 63 now? I'm just playing. But there is so many great stories out there and for people to choose to focus on something that is not exactly super positive for the sport, it's a little disappointing.

Q: But all those great stories are reported.

ANDY: That's the reason I chose the term focused on.

Q: Rodger and Andy, can you tell me please how important is an Olympic tournament for you this season?

ANDY: I'm super excited. As every person here probably has, I've watched the Olympics my whole life and I'm so excited to go play there and to be a part of it.

Q: Andre, there has been a theory that the strength of American tennis is a really good indicator of the strength of global tennis. How do you feel? There is four Americans sitting here, do you think that all goes well for the future?

ANDRE: I think that the American market is certainly a huge market and Andy has definitely proven that he has the abilities to capture the imagination of many people, regardless of where you are from. I think as well with the other young guys that are sitting here now, I think tennis translates so well internationally because it's a sport of two people going at each other pretty hard, like two warriors. If somehow their stories can be better told or more clearly displayed, I think whether you are American or not, there is a lot of room for the sport to grow but there is no question that if history serves as an accurate measure that having some great Americans is a great thing for the sport. I think we do have that.

Q: Andy, do you think drugs in sport is a big issue?

ANDY: In what regard, sir?

Q: Is it an important issue in sport?

ANDY: Absolutely.

Q: Do you think the ATP is doing enough to ensure that tennis is clean of drugs?

ANDY: Yes, I think so. As Andre said earlier, we are tested very regularly and for an extremely extensive list of things so I definitely feel like if I'm playing someone on the other side of the net and they haven't been caught or publicly announced that it's a very fair match.

Q: In the last 12 months, how many times have you been tested, Andy?

ANDY: It's got to be upwards of 17 or 18 and they put in blood tests last year as well as even more of an accurate measure.

Q: Any out of competition?

ANDY: Yes, sir.

MisterQ
01-13-2004, 04:31 AM
thanks bunk :)

maybe you should also post that in the Rusedski thread on GM -- there are some pretty well-stated comments from Andre and Andy on the subject

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 04:38 AM
sure :) I'll post the link to the whole thing, though Andy and Andre sort of did most of the talking lol

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 02:52 PM
http://www.commbankinternational.com/asp/draw.gif

does ANYONE understand that??? LOL

Sjengster
01-13-2004, 03:16 PM
Ah, what a charming facial growth Ginepri has... part-tennis player, part grizzled American Civil War trooper, but what matters is that he's there.

So was that interview conducted with all the other players sitting alongside him? If so, then "David and his other friends from Argentina" is a particularly memorable statement. Methinks Dave is not best friends with all of his compatriots, division and strife seems to be the Argentine way...

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 03:25 PM
yea Sjengster, the press conference took place with all of them.. I thought that was a pretty funny comment as well, but at the same time very typical Andy with his colloquialisms.

tangerine_dream
01-13-2004, 03:50 PM
Why is everybody sitting so defensively with their arms crossed?

MisterQ
01-13-2004, 03:55 PM
Why is everybody sitting so defensively with their arms crossed?


Could be all the drug testing and Rusedski questions.... not fun

tangerine_dream
01-13-2004, 04:15 PM
Could be all the drug testing and Rusedski questions.... not fun

Yes, I think you're right. When one player is accussed, everyone else suffers for it. :o

Havok
01-13-2004, 04:29 PM
bunk, i'll explain the draw thing. ok if you win you go into the semis of the winners bracket. if you win your semis, you move on to the finals to get a chance to win the event. if you lose, you play the losing semi finalist for the 3rd place. same thing if you lose, you go into the losers bracket. play the semis and win, you get a chance to become the 'winner' of the losers and come out 5th place. lose and you battle it out for 7th and 8th place.

MisterQ
01-13-2004, 04:41 PM
Matches start in only 6.5 hours, guys! :rocker2:

that's 7pm Eastern Time

*

COMMONWEALTH BANK INTERNATIONAL
January 14-17, 2004


Schedule of Play

Wednesday, January 14 , 2004

11.00am – Centre Court (Melbourne Time)

Roger FEDERER (SUI) * v ** Thomas JOHANSSON (SWE)

followed by

Andy RODDICK (USA) * v * Robby GINEPRI (USA)

followed by

Andre AGASSI (USA) * v * Sebastien GROSJEAN (FRA)

followed by

David NALBANDIAN (ARG) * v * Taylor DENT (USA)

Havok
01-13-2004, 04:45 PM
:woohoo:

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 04:50 PM
Yay.... I wonder if the site will update scores throughout. they seem to be pretty on top of things and post stuff pretty quickly.

Though, and I don't believe in jinxing really so I don't feel badly.... Andy should and better have no trouble with Robby.

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 04:52 PM
in fact, Robby is one of Andy's bitches, I did not know that ;)

2003 Memphis, Hard, Q
TN, U.S.A. Hard Q Roddick 6 4 6 4
2002 San Jose, Hard, R32
CA, U.S.A. Hard R32 Roddick 6 4 6 4
2000 Knoxville, CH, Hard, R32
Tennessee, USA Hard R32 Roddick 6 2 5 7 7 6

Havok
01-13-2004, 05:39 PM
lol. pretty much all the "new young americans" bunch are Andy's bitches

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 05:46 PM
haha... yep except Taylor and Mardy, the two best ones after Andy lol

J. Corwin
01-13-2004, 08:35 PM
The chart ain't that hard to understand, lol.

And nice, I should be back in time for Andy's match. Is there a live scoreboard for the event?

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 11:39 PM
Fed's match should've started.... anyone know if we can get scores anywhere? :(

MisterQ
01-13-2004, 11:51 PM
No, I have been checking the site WyverN gave us, but it doesn't appear to be live scoring. Either that, or they haven't started playing for some reason...

Deboogle!.
01-13-2004, 11:55 PM
the tourney's site? Nope they don't appear to be doing live scoring :( It was supposed to have started almost an hour ago so I'm sure play has begun by now!

MisterQ
01-14-2004, 12:28 AM
This is random, but I was looking at last year's scores from Kooyong. Didn't realize that lil' Richard Gasquet defeat El Aynaoui and Phillippoussis, AND he took Andre to three sets. impressive!

heya
01-14-2004, 12:29 AM
No TV Coverage :mad:

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 12:31 AM
no tv no live scores no nuthin!

MisterQ
01-14-2004, 12:46 AM
Wyvern is kindly posting updates in GM.

Federer first set, Johanssohn second!

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 12:47 AM
oh wow.... thanks I'll check it out :)

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 02:28 AM
I guess Andy 'just said no' to the Bong..

nice 6-1 6-3 win over Robby but the best part was that it sounded like he was playing really well!

MisterQ
01-14-2004, 02:32 AM
He said "no" to the bong, but Mommy Star is baking him some nice pot brownies. ;)

J. Corwin
01-14-2004, 02:40 AM
Nice win Andy

Mr. Man
01-14-2004, 02:54 AM
Well done Andy. Keep it up. :banana:

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 02:55 AM
AH NEW CLOTHES!

Mr. Man
01-14-2004, 02:59 AM
I'm liking it. But shouldn't his hat match? :p

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 03:02 AM
yes it should, that really bothers me. LMAO

Havok
01-14-2004, 03:02 AM
omfg geaux new clothes:rocker2:

Havok
01-14-2004, 03:03 AM
ok but lets be frank, a red trucker hat:scared: maybe if it was really really dark red, ok. but the red like his shirt, would look weird

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 03:03 AM
one day I will get used to "geaux" and I'll stop laughing so hard

tangerine_dream
01-14-2004, 03:04 AM
:woohoo: Andy!! Nice win!! :banana:

And yaaaay! New *colors* too! :bounce:

MisterQ
01-14-2004, 03:09 AM
If his hat matched his outfit would like one of Jennifer Capriati's.

Best to keep the "I put on the first thing I found in my closet" look.

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 03:10 AM
lol Q!!

I put another pic in the bizarre, funny, etc thread.. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 04:23 AM
COMMONWEALTH BANK INTERNATIONAL
Kooyong
January 14-17, 2004
ANDY RODDICK [14/1/04]:

Q: That was a fairly quick bit of action for you; you didn't want to hang around obviously?

A: Robby is a much better player than what he showed today. I was happy because it's tough to feel like you're hitting the ball great with windy conditions like that but I felt like I was moving pretty well and I was seeing the ball really well and doing what I wanted with it so I was happy.

Q: Did you get much of a break at the end of last year before you had to pick it up again?

A: Obviously we have the shortest off-season in pro sports but I feel rested, I feel fine. Give me a week sitting around and I'm bored so I'm ready to go again.

Q: What did you do in the time that you were off and how long was it?

A: Masters was my last tournament and I played a couple of exhibitions here and there to try and stay sharp. I didn't start hitting the ball right away until late December and I was working more on fitness than I was playing tennis but it was time well spent.

Q: Where do you feel your game is right now?

A: There is definitely some room for improvement before next Monday but that's the reason I'm here in Kooyong, three guaranteed matches, that sounded very good to me. I feel better when I'm playing a lot of matches in a row so this format is great for me.

Q: What about the surface, where does that rank?

A: I like Rebound Ace a lot. I like how the ball takes off, you can get some good spin on it. I feel like I can get my kick serve off sometimes and I definitely enjoy playing on it.

Q: Brad was here in the past with Andre, did he suggest this was a good preparation?

A: Yes, absolutely; he had nothing but great things to say about this event and I guess through the course of the last six months with me he learnt the same things that I've been telling you: the more matches I get, the sharper I feel so he felt it was a great idea to come here.

Q: You might have talked about it before but did you work on any specific points of your game during the time off?

A: There are a couple of things but that will probably suit me best if I keep it behind closed doors but, like I said, it was time well spent during the off-season.

Q: What did you get out of today's game, less than 40 minutes?

A: It was good to get out there under a competitive situation, especially losing earlier than I wanted to in Doha. It's always nice to get out there in competitive circumstances and, like I said, it's the best I've felt moving on the court in the last month or so so I felt good. I'm confident that it will get better now.

Q: Are you going to try and play at the Olympics in Athens?

A: Yes, absolutely. 100 per cent.

Q: Can you put it as a goal to try to do really well in the four major tournaments and the Olympics?

A: Absolutely. I rate the Olympics right up there with the four major ones. Not a lot of people in the world have gold medals so that's always a dream.

Q: How difficult did you find it over the break to find that reset button given the year that you've just had?

A: If anything, the year that I had has just almost inspired me more. It's when you get a taste, a good bite of a sandwich when you're hungry and you want to see what the rest of it is like as well, it's kind of what I went through. It's much easier this year to get up from training again and going back to it than it has been the other years.

Q: It's quite a taste though for one bite last year. Some people would consider that the whole sandwich and that's it?

A: Absolutely. I accomplished my main goal in tennis, which was to win the US Open, but people have been asking me what's left? Well, the way I figure it there are a lot of tournaments I haven't won and there's a lot of things I haven't done in this game so I have plenty to think about to keep me busy. Not easily satisfied, so I definitely want to write some more chapters instead of settling down and accepting what last year was.

Q: And that frame of mind has come easily, it is not something that you have had to wrestle with in terms of getting to that point?

A: Not really, because you have so many guys breathing down your neck at all times and if you let up you realise that you will get passed, and especially with the group of young guys we have coming up in Andre, it's anybody's ball game right now.

Q: Do you feel there is margin for you to get a little bit better, a lot better, than you have been so far?

A: I don't know if there is a shot that I cannot improve. I think as much success as I had last year I still feel I can become a better player so that keeps me pretty optimistic.

Q: Do you feel like Number 1?

A: Like I said, I don't think anybody is clear-cut in head and shoulders above the rest right now. On given days I do, but then on some days, no. Like I said, I definitely think there is a lot of room for improvement.

Q: How do you see yourself against Roger Federer?

A: In our head-to-head to match-ups he has gotten the better of me and I think he has more natural talent than I do and he can do things that I can't do on the tennis court but I do have a couple of weapons which I can use against anybody so that's what helps me.

Q: Robby and yourself are pretty similar ages, did you run into him coming up through the ranks?

A: No, he was also a lot better than me in juniors. I kind came along towards the latter part and he was already long gone by then.

Q: Rodger was commenting that at the moment there is need to be a specialist to win Wimbledon or the French Open. Do you believe that or do you believe that one player can win all four tournaments, one of you young guys?

A: I don't really agree with that too much, especially coming from Rodger, thinking that he can only win one Grand Slam. He has a game suited for every surface so it's pretty surprising coming from him.

Q: But what about yourself?

A: I have to improve. Obviously that would be a tall task to say I can win every tournament when I haven't won a round at Rolland Garros for a couple of years, I have a lot of work to do still.

Q: When you came to town did you reflect much on the El Aynaoui match last year? I think a couple of people said it was the making of you in a way, have you reflected on that at all?

A: Yeah. I think every time a player goes back to a place he's been before it obviously strikes some memories of the past and especially down here that match was a huge part of my year last year to come back so of course it pops into my mind sometimes.

Q: How do you assess that match, the impact on the rest of the year?

A: It's hard to say. Some people are asking did you win the US Open because you won that match, you participated in that match, I don't know how much I believe that but it definitely was a learning curve. If I'm in a fifth set now I think: I've been there before, I can do this and in that aspect it has helped a lot.

Q: Rodger said he was a great goal setter on and off the court. Have you set goals that you want to reach to say 2004 was a successful year?

A: Obviously a great year for me would be winning a Slam. Obviously competing in Masters is pretty much the bar at the end of the year, if you are with the best at the end of the year, and I just want to keep improving. It was brought up earlier to .... or sit on my haunches or whatever, I definitely want to keep going and keep trying to improve.

Q: Do you feel the weight of the American tennis establishment, their desire for a great player having reached Number 1 more so?

A: Yeah, absolutely. I've always said I got a lot more attention than I deserved earlier on and I think that was because there was such a long period of time before maybe they saw someone who they dubbed had the potential to succeed Andre or Pete, or even just create new excitement in the game there, but that's something that was there from the beginning with me, as soon as I turned pro, it's not as though all of a sudden I got thrusted into it, so I kind of got used to it and when you have to deal with something on a daily basis it becomes easier to deal with.

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 04:28 AM
Andy impresses me more and more every interview he gives.... is there some maturity vitamins he's got? I want some lol

MisterQ
01-14-2004, 04:45 AM
Our Andy is getting all grown-up! :crying2: :hysteric: :sobbing:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

J. Corwin
01-14-2004, 05:00 AM
wonderful interview

Deboogle!.
01-14-2004, 05:44 AM
LOL Q!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
01-14-2004, 07:15 AM
ok his cap doesn't match his clothes. Bad..arg.

Prophetic
01-14-2004, 07:18 AM
with clothes that ugly who'd want it to match

heya
01-14-2004, 08:51 AM
I agree with Fed about Wimbly/RG.
Andy can't be sure about a guy's ability just because he admires him so much.

RATE
Will improve a lot: yes
Returns: 5
Serve: 7
Slam record: 7
5 set record: 7
3 setters: 6
Will be faster: yes
Quickness: 5
Concentration: 6
Determination: 7
Training: 6
Longevity: unknown
Schedule-includes offseason: 6
Overrated: no

tangerine_dream
01-14-2004, 03:44 PM
Our Andy is getting all grown-up! :crying2: :hysteric: :sobbing:

LOL!! :haha:

Andy's interviews always impress me. He seems to be very aware that he is not only representing himself in the international press but also his country. He's turning out to be a great little ambassador for the US. :hatoff:

Havok
01-14-2004, 03:56 PM
aw come on prophetic, those clothes are nice:rocker2:
and he can always wear the black one, black goes with anything:banana:

J. Corwin
01-15-2004, 02:07 AM
Let's see what he whips out for AO.

Deboogle!.
01-15-2004, 02:11 AM
:haha::haha::haha:

tangerine_dream
01-15-2004, 02:52 AM
Let's see what he whips out for AO.

Oh, my, jackson! So risque! :eek: :haha: :rolls:

Deboogle!.
01-15-2004, 02:55 AM
glad you interpreted it the same way I did tangy ;)

J. Corwin
01-15-2004, 07:28 AM
I see I'm not the only one. ;)

heya
01-15-2004, 10:50 AM
Whip it into shape
It's not too late
-Devo

J. Corwin
01-15-2004, 11:09 AM
Whip it into shape??

tangerine_dream
01-15-2004, 09:07 PM
JANUARY 15, 2004
Roddick Launches Official Guide 2004

Fans flocked to see World No. 1 Andy Roddick officially launch The Official Guide To Professional Tennis 2004 on Thursday in Melbourne.

Roddick, who graces the cover of the Guide along with WTA Tour star Justine Henin-Hardenne, signed copies of the Guide at the Angus & Robertson bookstore.

"It was great to see so many fans turn out to pick up a copy of the Guide," Roddick said.

The 800-page Official Guide To Professional Tennis 2004 is a joint production of the ATP and WTA Tour as part of their ëOne Gameí initiative. It is the most comprehensive guide to pro players and tournaments.

"There have been a lot of great champions featured on the cover, so it's a honor to be on the front," Roddick said. "And if people get tired of seeing me during the year, they can flip over and look at Justine."

tangerine_dream
01-15-2004, 09:09 PM
"It was great to see so many fans turn out to pick up a copy of the Guide," Roddick said.

:lol: Gotta love how disingenious he acts sometimes. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-15-2004, 10:02 PM
I dunno, I sorta prefer the "And if people get tired of seeing me during the year, they can flip over and look at Justine." bit LOL!!!!!!!

J. Corwin
01-15-2004, 10:10 PM
LOL! yes

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 04:10 AM
Andy's press conference... gotta love him
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ANDY RODDICK [16/1/04] Transcript of press conference

COMMONWEALTH BANK INTERNATIONAL
Kooyong
January 14-17, 2004

ANDY RODDICK 16/1/04:

Q: Andy, why is it always tough between you and David, any specific reason for that?

A: Yeah, for sure, especially I got the better of him pretty easily the first two times we played. I don't know, it's a good contrast because he definitely handles my power well and he exploits by weaknesses some and I think it makes for a good match-up.

Q: Is he a deceptive player?

A: Yes, absolutely; he does a lot of things that while they're not spectacular they're just in text book - he executes well and he competes well, he plays big points well so he's extremely deceptive. He's not eight in the world for no reason.

Q: It wasn't really an exhibition match the way you were both getting right into it and there were a few close calls that were questioned. Is that the perfect preparation going into the Australian Open, a really competitive match like that?

A: For sure, you don't want to go into the Australian Open with a bunch of hitting gills under your belt, it's good to get in the trenches, even win or lose this week you just want to get in there and get in the trenches and maybe get the feeling back of competitive tennis again so it's definitely a good thing to have tough matches like that, just playing in a competitive atmosphere.

Q: You lost your serve twice in the third set, it's pretty unusual for you.

A: Yeah, absolutely; it doesn't happen every day. It was tough on the one side, I couldn't really see, we were tossing it up right in the sun and he handled it a lot better than I did. It definitely screwed with me and I let it annoy me, which I probably shouldn't have, and he definitely utilised it and handled it a lot better than I did.

Q: Any thoughts on your draw for the Open, have you heard?

A: I haven't even seen it.

Q: Do you want to know?

A: Yeah, give me the first round.

Q: Fernando Gonzalez.

A: That's a tough first round. He's a very good player, he plays big. I don't know what he's ranked but I thought he would have been seeded. It's good, means I'm going to have to play from the start.

Q: How happy are you with your form going into the Open; you seemed a bit frustrated today?

A: Yeah, I wasn't bearing down when I needed to, I felt like I had some chances, I just wasn't bearing down, but as far as hitting the ball it's okay, I'm not really worried. You come here to play competitive tennis and that's basically the goal of this week.

Q: In that respect, Andy, how tough is he to play? Your matches against him have been very, very close, he's a really tough competitor, isn't he?

A: Yeah, absolutely, and he doesn't have a whole lot of weaknesses, he's sawn off both wings, he moves really well and he has a great feel for the game, he hits angles really well, tough shots really well and he handles pace pretty well so it makes him tough.

Q: How happy are you with your own game at the moment, how much improvement do you think you need before facing Gonzalez next week?

A: There's definitely room for improvement but I'm not in a crisis, I'm not uber worried, I have one more match here and then try to prepare on the off-day and see how it goes.

Q: What about heat acclimatisation?

A: No, heat doesn't bother me. I grew up in Florida and Texas so it's pretty toasty there on a regular basis so I actually enjoy the heat.

Q: What sort of history do you have with Gonzalez, off the top of your head?

A: One and one, I think. I beat him on clay and he beat me on hard courts. Go figure. But he's dangerous, definitely, he hits a huge ball, and goes for broke so we will see how it goes. We usually have pretty fun matches.

Q: Do you feel that as the Number 1 seed you might be entitled to a slightly easier first match?

A: I'm getting used to it with Tim first round of the Open last year and Fernando here. It happens, it's the luck of the draw, you know. As a seed you're entitled to not play one of the top 32 players and Fernando is just outside that so it's just the luck of the draw, that's what makes it intriguing when the draw does come out.

Q: But do you think the first seed, for instance, should get a qualifier?

A: No, absolutely not; there has got to be some fun. They already added 16 more seeds to the mix. Four years ago you could have played the number 17 guy in the world first round so I think that's part of the fun of looking at a draw for the first time is seeing intriguing match-ups.

Q: Just one last one on David. Last year he finished eight in the world and did so without winning a tournament, what does that say about where his game is at and just where he sits with things?

A: Yeah, but that's very deceiving. He made semis or quarters of the Aussie Open, semis of US Open - he put up very consistent results - fourth round Wimbledon, made the finals of a Masters Series, made the semis of another Masters Series so he's putting up solid results. I take a lot more, that weighs a lot heavier in my mind than someone who is winning in Winchesterton Fieldville, wherever, you know, he's putting up big results at big tournaments so I think that stat is a little bit deceiving.
----

take a lot more, that weighs a lot heavier in my mind than someone who is winning in Winchesterton Fieldville, wherever, you know

:worship: :haha: :rolls: :lol: :worship: LMGDFAO!!!!!!!!!!

MisterQ
01-16-2004, 04:22 AM
Winchesterton Fieldville, my favorite tournie!!!

LOL, that was creative, Andy

star
01-16-2004, 04:29 AM
Thanks for the interview, Deb. It was good as usual.

Andy is far too nice to Dahveed:baby: there. He could have at least mentioned the egregious sweating. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 04:49 AM
Winchesterton Fieldville, my favorite tournie!!!

LOL, that was creative, Andy

(it's from Mr. Deeds)

and star.... it seems like the closer/tighter/tougher the loss, the nicer Andy is LMAO. That's too bad he had to find out about his draw from a reporter, though....

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 05:38 AM
hit-and-giggle?? I'm gona slap this kid one of these days :p
--
Nalbandian nullifies Roddick fight-back to reach Kooyong final
Agence France-Presse
Melbourne, January 16

Argentine David Nalbandian held off a furious fight-back from Andy Roddick Friday, earning a 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) victory which thrust him into the Kooyong International final against defending champion Andre Agassi.

Roddick, the world number one, made the third set a struggle for the former Wimbledon finalist, rallying from deep in a 1-5 hole.

Down two breaks, the 21-year-old American saved a pair of Nalbandian match points in the seventh game and used his power to ensure the contest would go into another tie-breaker on a sunny day in Melbourne.

But Nalbandian, eighth in the world, rediscovered his nerve in the decider just in time to secure a victory which took more than two hours to complete.

The South American will get a true test of his seasoning for the Australian Open which begins Monday when he takes on Agassi, the defending champion and a three-time Australian Open holder, in the final.

"It was a tough match for me, but a good fight," said Nalbandian, who achieved his Top 10 ranking last season without winning a tournament and who has come back from a wrist injury to start the 2004 campaign.

"Playing Agassi will be another difficult match. But with the Open starting in a few days, this is good preparation. This match today was good for me."

Roddick vowed to learn from his loss and pronounced himself fighting fit and generally pleased with his game on the eve of the season's first Grand Slam.

He said he knew going in that Nalbandian is a tough customer on court. "Our games are (a) good contrast," said the American. "He handles my power well and exploits my weaknesses -- it makes for a good matchup."

The world number one struck 36 unforced errors to 44 for Nalbandian, who also had 33 winners on the Rebound Ace surface.

"He does a lot of things well," said Roddick, who begins as top seed at Melbourne Park against another South American threat, Chile's Fernando Gonzalez. "David executes and competes well. His game is very deceptive, he's not eighth in the world for no reason."

The American said he is ready to go for the Grand Slam, where he will be an inviting target for rivals.

"I didn't want to go in with a with hit-and-giggle under my belt," he said of the struggle on court. "It's good to get into the trenches, get back that feeling of competitive tennis.

"I needed a tough match like that, it's a good thing.

"There is room for improvement, but I'm not in a crisis, I'm uber-worried, I'll have one more (consolation round) match here, prepare Sunday and see how it goes."

Under the format of the unique eight-man tune-up, both Agassi and Nalbandian go into their final with a pair of victories. Agassi defeated France's Sebastien Grosjean and Roger Federer while Nalbandian dispatched Americans Taylor Dent and Roddick.

J. Corwin
01-16-2004, 06:22 AM
amusing interview, as usual :)

heya
01-16-2004, 07:41 AM
..guess it didn't make him uber worried after playing mediocre tennis since October...
He better be concerned. :scratch:

Ditch the negative attitude
...the cuckoo thought he'd
win it after the 1st set.
It wasn't too competitive in the 3rd set, until he decided to delay his collapse! :crazy:

Probably stood 1 foot behind the baseline &
didn't hit balls early (bear down), which made him choke up the 3-0 tb lead. :cuckoo:
He's tired and disappointed, but he knows now to pace everything, to stop hesitating & block out distractions. He needs to know that he can't always be pumped up by the crowd.
Advice: sunglasses can shield him from the sun! :cool:

To cure him of his denials and excessive, butt-kissing ways, make him watch his matches & discipline the mental gorilla with a
training smackdown. Marat's not alone...:devil:

He keeps roaring back through difficult times.
That's why I like him. :woohoo:

heya
01-16-2004, 07:49 AM
Someone saw the match and said that there were
many ball line calls....:rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 01:53 PM
well no wonder Andy was screaming, throwing, and breaking his racket...

tangerine_dream
01-16-2004, 03:21 PM
Someone saw the match and said that there were
many ball line calls....:rolleyes:

Ah, that explains him acting like a racket-smashing maniac again. ;)

Deboogle!.
01-16-2004, 03:22 PM
I put up about 20 awesome high-resolution pics to the RO Galleries late last night.... I'm far far too lazy to post them here but you all should go over and check them out ;)

tangerine_dream
01-16-2004, 03:22 PM
Looks like Andy's not the only one who knows how to abuse a poor helpless racket. :lol:

star
01-16-2004, 03:43 PM
Another reason for wooden rackets.

You'd be foolish to toss them that much. :)

J. Corwin
01-17-2004, 12:30 AM
Ah Deb, the ol' "bait them over to see" trick. ;)

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 02:26 AM
Someone posted in GM that Andy has pulled out of the match with Fed today! I checked the Kooyong site and it says that Corretja will be replacing Andy. http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/contrib/tweetz/scared.gif

What's the story morning glories? Anyone? :confused:

heya
01-17-2004, 02:28 AM
MEDIA RELEASE
Saturday, January 17, 2004
ALEX CORRETJA REPLACES ANDY RODDICK IN TODAY'S SECOND MATCH

COMMONWEALTH BANK INTERNATIONAL
Kooyong
January 14-17, 2004



Spaniard ALEX CORRETJA has replaced American ANDY RODDICK in the play-off for third and fourth spots in today's Commonwealth Bank International schedule.

Roddick suffered severe blisters on his feet in yesterday's tough match against DAVID NALBANDIAN . He was advised to withdraw by his trainer, in view of the likelihood of his first-round match in the Australian Open on Monday.

He spoke to Tournament Director, Colin Stubs, indicating his disappointment at not being able to fulfill his three-match commitment at the Commonwealth Bank International today and that the Australian Open must remain his top priority. He also advised that he had enjoyed his Kooyong participation and that he would return again next year.

star
01-17-2004, 02:30 AM
Heya to the rescue!!

Thanks Heya!

:kiss: :kiss:

J. Corwin
01-17-2004, 02:42 AM
thanks Heya!

Sounds like it's nothing serious.

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 02:50 AM
Thanks heya! :kiss:

Havok
01-17-2004, 03:25 AM
well imo that injury thing is a little bit of bullshit, and i think Brad and Andy realized that practicing some more at OZ will be better for him, instead of playing the shadow of what Federer used to be. blisters on your feet is a little :yawn: i find. but it doesn't matter anyways, on to the Australian Open

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 03:28 AM
omg I just returned........ Andyyyyyy this better work out for the AO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tangerine_dream
01-17-2004, 03:33 AM
Well, if Andy was wearing his new ugly sneakers I can believe that he got some nasty blisters. And why make the blisters worse playing a "loser's final" when you could be healing and getting ready for the big tourney: AO?

Havok
01-17-2004, 03:57 AM
yeah blame the sneakers. tangerine, he's been wearing the same exact pair of sneakers for the past 2 years. as i said, i think its not as bad as it seems to be, just a little caution and better for him to go prepare for OZ at OZ

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 04:19 AM
I'm in a very weird mood and not feeling positive, so I won't say much that I'll regret tomorrow when I'm feeling better. but this better all work out *sigh*

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 04:28 AM
Naldo, they're still called the "figjam" shoes but the styles seem to change every few months or something. so it COULD be the new shoes if they're made just different enough that could cause blisters.

Havok
01-17-2004, 04:32 AM
no, they just change color schemes thats all. i'm pretty sure of it

Deboogle!.
01-17-2004, 04:36 AM
well they look different...moreso than just colors, to me anyway. perhaps structurally inside they are the same but yea...