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Every era was full of clowns (tennis history lesson)

hitchhiker
06-10-2006, 09:06 AM
no this wasnt for mtf but might as well post here to stop the nadal v fed posts

Not only this era is full of clowns

1906-1967 Pre-Open Era
Either amature-infested slams, or so-called pro matches that were nothing
more than exhibitions played on hockey rinks. Since no one knows who actually won what in those days, both are worthless, and thus full of clowns. Besides, have you seen film of those days? It looks like they're playing badminton and have a USTA level of 2.0. These guys were actually pro tennis players:

http://www.naspensacola.navy.mil/mwr/pics/oldtennis.jpg



1968-1969 Laver Returns
A 30-year-old man, ancient in tennis terms, won the grand slam. That should be your first tipoff that this was a clown era of the highest order. Have you actually looked at who Laver had to beat in those slam finals? Gimeno? Rosewall, even more ancient than Laver?
Newcombe, who was Laver's bitch? And Roche, a known slam final choker?
Sure, Laver was no clown, but in an era of clowns, is it any wonder he won
the slam? All he had to do was show up. Players over 40 were making slam
SF. Major clown alert.


1970-1973 Old Men and The Clown Prince
The best player of the era was nicknamed 'The Clown Prince' which is a giveaway in itself. Like most clowns, Nastase could make you laugh, make you cry, and occasionally flip you off. Other notable highlights from this era include 37-year-olds winning slams, noted clowns Dick Crealy, Zeljko Franulovic, and Patrick Proisy making slam finals, and a fitting capstone, the majority of the tour refusing to play at holy Wimbledon. Sacrelige!
Bunch of freaking clowns.

The Clown Prince:
http://www.nationalvanguard.org/images/teaser/princecharlesmuslim.jpeg


1974-1980 Connors and Borg
Connors and Borg ... and that's pretty much it. They had cakewalks to every
slam final, and why not? They played in a supremely clownish era. Borg won
5 Wimbledons in a row? Playing mainly from the baseline? WTF?
Ashe? Vitas? These guys had dropped all pretense and actually looked like clowns as the pictures show.


Ashe:
http://www.laprensa-sandiego.org/archieve/february07-03/ashe.jpg

Vitas:
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/magazine/new/mcenroe_gerulaitis.jpg

Vilas? His one French title came when Borg decided not to show. The next
year Borg ripped away the mask and revealed the Vilas clown, 6-1 6-1 6-3.
We'll toss in the fat clown Edmondson for the hell of it.


1981-1984 McEnroe the half-clown
Mcenroe was lucky he didn’t play like a clown because he both looked and acted very clownish.
As for his competition? Clowns across the board. Connors was a old man with an old racquet. The fact that Connors himself was still winning slams should give you a big clue about the rest of the players. Lendl sucked before 1982. Chris Lewis ring any bells? Johan Kriek? Top ten players from this era include Gene Mayer , Jimmy Arias, Jose
Higueras, Henrik Sundstrom, Anders Jarryd, Eliot Teltscher, and Peter
McNamara. What did they all have in common? That's right, none of them
ever made so much as one slam final, and they were all clowns.




1985-1989 Lendl the dour clown
What can you say about the best player of the era losing 11 slam finals? If
you said it must be a clown era, you get a big pile of shredded newspaper
thrown in your face. Pernfors? The silky smooth but ultimately worthless Mecir? Curren? There was promise with Bonking Boris, but he pulled a big clown maneuver by setting himself up for sustained greatness and then letting down time and again. And
Wilander? A player who reaches the pinnacle and then essentially quits?
Must be a Swedish thing.

Lendl the robot clown:
http://www.maregion.tv/illust/infos/spectacles/robot.jpg



1990-1992 Edberg and Courier
Two worthy champions, and then? Old Lendl, unfinished Sampras, downward
sliding Becker. The clowns of this era were proud to wear bright, bold
colors:

http://adweek.blogs.com/photos/uncategorized/agassi.jpg

Top ten players included Karel Novacek, Guy Forget, Emilio Sanchez, and Brad Gilbert. Thats clowns winning ugly.


1993-1994 Early Sampras
Sampras winning everything in sight. Why not? Playing giants like Pioline,
Martin, one-slam wonders Chang and Goran (their slams being far, far removed from this era), how could he help it? Edberg got old, Becker still off Bonking somewhere (no slam finals 1992-94), Agassi perfecting his zen clown technique.


1995 Anti-Clown
Finally, after years of waiting, we have a non-clown year. Agassi and
Sampras at the peak of their powers, Muster turns in one of the greatest
clay seasons ever, and Boris is resurrected. All hail 1995, the anti-clown era!

1995:

http://www.davezilla.com/images/noclowns.jpg


1996-1998 Late Sampras
Mental Rios. Corretja. Rusedski. Bjorkman. Kucera. Henman. Yes, these were days when giants walked the court ... giant clowns. Sampras often played left-handed to keep it interesting. The clowning glory of this era occurred in 1996, when MaliVai Washington made the Wimbledon final. Thats right, MaliVai freaking Washington made the Wimbledon final.


1999-2000 Agassi and the Clowns
Four straight slam finals seems impressive, until you bring in the clown
factor. Medvedev, Martin, Kafelnikov. When Agassi played the one
non-clown, Sampras, he got destroyed. Drunk clown Voltchkov made Wimbledon semis. Lapentti? Kiefer? Norman?
All top players. Or should I say, top clowners. Some guy from Brazil was
#1 in 2000. He looked like a clown.

http://www.synapticblur.com/pics/kuerten.jpg

2001-2002 The Hewitt Era
I should probably be prosecuted for even writing 'The Hewitt Era'. This guy
was #1 for two straight years. Hard to believe? Not when you examine the
clowns he had to deal with. Young, no experience in slams, known final choker Nalbandian in Wimbledon final? An old feeble Sampras who didn’t even care anymore? Not much more to say here. Oh wait, yes there is. Thomas Johansson and Albert Costa, slam champions. Clowns.

2003 Roddick was #1.
The title says it all, really. Although the picture below sums it up.

http://www.manmademultimedia.com/magazine/news/sport/tennis/2005/Pacific_LO-Tsunami_relief/clownroddick.jpg



2004-2006 Federer and his bitches (clowns)

People have already covered this in detail although the pictures below are disturbing




Clown #1:
http://www.manmademultimedia.com/magazine/news/sport/tennis/2005/Pacific_LO-Tsunami_relief/clownsafin4.jpg

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/images/I64498-2004May28


Clown #2:
http://www.manmademultimedia.com/magazine/news/sport/tennis/2005/Pacific_LO-Tsunami_relief/andy_roddick2.jpg

clown #3:
http://img.bleskovky.sk/432.jpg/Lleyton_Hewitt.jpg

LoveFifteen
06-10-2006, 09:12 AM
:haha:

Action Jackson
06-10-2006, 09:12 AM
Good visual when it comes to clowns hitchhiker.

For the amount of clowns during the years, it still pales into insignificance of MTF Clown Posse.

RonE
06-10-2006, 09:17 AM
:haha:

Hilarious :worship:

But there is more than a grain of truth to the fact that people often look back thinking certain eras were more competitive and interesting than the current one when actually back in those eras people did exactly the same thing- look back and contemplate on earlier eras being more competitive.

admiralpye
06-10-2006, 09:31 AM
thumbs up!

marifline
06-10-2006, 09:35 AM
:crazy: :rocker: :banana:

And Nadal..where is he ?

kindablue
06-10-2006, 09:39 AM
I'm sure that in about 10 years 2006-2010 will be called the fedclown
vs the rafaclown era :lol:

Action Jackson
06-10-2006, 09:43 AM
I'm sure that in about 10 years 2006-2010 will be called the fedclown
vs the rafaclown era :lol:

Yes, he has been called Fedclown already.

J. Corwin
06-10-2006, 09:45 AM
:rolls: Love the photos especially. :yeah:

stebs
06-10-2006, 09:45 AM
:yeah: :worship:

Allez
06-10-2006, 09:57 AM
Fantastic!!! :haha::haha::haha: OMG that Agassi picture :eek: :eek: :eek: Surely it was doctored? He looks like a silly trailer clown. OMG :eek: :eek: :eek:

supersexynadal
06-10-2006, 10:45 AM
love the piks!!! But i have a list of my own clowns! The clowns i like-nadal(nowadays his fist pumps look like hes imitating power rangers(still love it!) Monfils-wannae rapper and he just looks funny. Roddick-piks explain it all!!The way he talks Useless crowns who are called clowns coz they TRYINg to be tennis players-IVAN LJUBICIC!

~EMiLiTA~
06-10-2006, 11:02 AM
:spit:

h.i.l.a.r.i.o.u.s.

connectolove
06-10-2006, 11:02 AM
GREAT THREAD! Priceless Agassi´s pic. Thanks Hitchhiker.

gusman890
06-10-2006, 11:13 AM
HAHA LMAO

good post =)

Monteque
06-10-2006, 11:40 AM
hitchhiker, have you a word for Nadal, haven't you?

JeNn
06-10-2006, 12:38 PM
Love it :worship:

oneandonlyhsn
06-10-2006, 12:49 PM
Hitch :hearts: you should come up with these more often

DDrago2
06-10-2006, 01:28 PM
Hitchhiker... when Roddick was no.1, he was among those who warshiped him and wanted him to be the end-and-all of modern tennis. But when it became apparent even to him that Federer is a better player, he was so narrow-hearted that he couldn't admit it, but went on to make all the players look unworthy. That is how a self-indulgent, truth-unloving fan looks like. It's much reminiscent of some Nadal fan's today - only Nadal is luckuly not no.1. If he was... :scared:

hitchhiker
06-10-2006, 02:41 PM
Hitchhiker... when Roddick was no.1, he was among those who warshiped him and wanted him to be the end-and-all of modern tennis. But when it became apparent even to him that Federer is a better player, he was so narrow-hearted that he couldn't admit it, but went on to make all the players look unworthy.

maybe you should reread the original post

Argenbrit
06-10-2006, 03:37 PM
:haha::haha::haha:

Great post. :yeah:

scoobs
06-10-2006, 03:39 PM
I can't stop giggling when I read that.

Fabulous :D

NYCtennisfan
06-10-2006, 04:56 PM
:haha: :haha::haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:

This thread rivals the USTA player rankings thread you had a while back.

Bagelicious
06-10-2006, 05:12 PM
Some guy from Brazil was
#1 in 2000. He looked like a clown.

http://www.synapticblur.com/pics/kuerten.jpg


Oh no he didn't! :haha: Priceless stuff. Where's a clown smiley when you need one?

hitchhiker
06-10-2006, 05:21 PM
hitchhiker, have you a word for Nadal, haven't you?

when someone wins 59 consecutive matches in their teens while using their unnatural hand i don't think much needs to be said about the clown opposition

Chloe le Bopper
06-10-2006, 05:48 PM
Hitchhiker is a legend.

Corey Feldman
06-10-2006, 07:34 PM
http://www.manmademultimedia.com/magazine/news/sport/tennis/2005/Pacific_LO-Tsunami_relief/andy_roddick2.jpg
Roddick :ras:ing Tim Hmmmmmmmmm

Timariot
06-10-2006, 07:53 PM
"But where are the clowns

Send in the clowns

Don't bother, they're here."

DDrago2
06-10-2006, 07:54 PM
maybe you should reread the original post

Why?

Timariot
06-10-2006, 08:07 PM
Why?

Just to clear up things, the original post is obviously a response to movement which apparently began at rec.sport.tennis (after they got tired on endless threads about Sampras and Graf and what's Myskina's street value), that Federer isn't all that good and wins only because his opponents are 'clowns', leading to phrase 'clown era of men's tennis'.

mallorn
06-10-2006, 08:45 PM
Where's a clown smiley when you need one?
http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/verkleidung/costumed-smiley-034.gif

The expression on Guga's face is too much. :haha:

:worship:

Conita
06-10-2006, 09:48 PM
:lol: :lol: :haha: :haha:

Flibbertigibbet
06-10-2006, 10:34 PM
I don't remember laughing this hard at a post on this board. :worship:

Action Jackson
06-18-2006, 07:40 AM
This thread should be a sticky.

Johnny Groove
06-18-2006, 02:12 PM
:haha: :haha: omg, that agassi pic! he looks like a hairy king kong clown! :lol:

krakenzero
06-18-2006, 03:45 PM
xD xD great summary, but I think you forgot "Woody Woodpecker" Petr Korda

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/KORDA.JPGhttp://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/KORDA3.jpg
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/KORDA2.jpg

Nathaliia
06-18-2006, 06:55 PM
OMG this hitchhiker guy is a legend :)

Black Adam
06-18-2006, 07:59 PM
Nice thread Hitch :worship:

Federer in the 2006s had to face the Claycourt king who was a real clown.

He takes his time but wants most of all, you to shut up.
http://espn-att.starwave.com/media/ten/2005/0529/photo/r_nadal_i.jpg

He doesn't like it when you celebrate too loudly, he gazes at you in anger :mad: ....
http://im.rediff.com/sports/2005/jun/06nadal.jpg

.......then wins a fabulous point then starts his antics :devil:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/2006/06/04/stnada040606.jpg
http://www.smash.ch/grafiken/bilder/Nadal(1).gif
And you are sure to share his joy(whether you like it or not) also likes showing you the distinguished 42 cm biceps! :aplot: :angel:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/usopen05/seeds/m2.jpg

He is the top dog out there :yeah:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/french05/day14/upixpari1.jpg

And of course the best way to celebrate is roll in the mud:yeah: :banana: and celebrate it the way it ought to be done.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/french05/day14/upixpari5.jpg
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/thesportsdesk/images/200511/20050417nadal.jpg

hitchhiker
06-20-2006, 03:25 PM
Top ten players included Karel Novacek, Guy Forget, Emilio Sanchez, and Brad Gilbert. Thats clowns winning ugly.


http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=92174&stc=1

connectolove
06-20-2006, 09:21 PM
Nice thread Hitch :worship:

Federer in the 2006s had to face the Claycourt king who was a real clown.

He takes his time but wants most of all, you to shut up.
http://espn-att.starwave.com/media/ten/2005/0529/photo/r_nadal_i.jpg

He doesn't like it when you celebrate too loudly, he gazes at you in anger :mad: ....
http://im.rediff.com/sports/2005/jun/06nadal.jpg

.......then wins a fabulous point then starts his antics :devil:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/2006/06/04/stnada040606.jpg
http://www.smash.ch/grafiken/bilder/Nadal(1).gif
And you are sure to share his joy(whether you like it or not) also likes showing you the distinguished 42 cm biceps! :aplot: :angel:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/usopen05/seeds/m2.jpg

He is the top dog out there :yeah:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/french05/day14/upixpari1.jpg

And of course the best way to celebrate is roll in the mud:yeah: :banana: and celebrate it the way it ought to be done.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/french05/day14/upixpari5.jpg
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/thesportsdesk/images/200511/20050417nadal.jpg

Nadal ... :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :bigclap:

Action Jackson
07-16-2006, 02:54 PM
Boredo beating a top 10 player Davydenko 6-2 6-1 and it doesn't say much when both of these guys are in the top 10.

Yes, there are clowns in every era.

Tennis Fool
07-16-2006, 03:04 PM
no this wasnt for mtf but might as well post here to stop the nadal v fed posts

Not only this era is full of clowns

1906-1967 Pre-Open Era
Either amature-infested slams, or so-called pro matches that were nothing
more than exhibitions played on hockey rinks. Since no one knows who actually won what in those days, both are worthless, and thus full of clowns. Besides, have you seen film of those days? It looks like they're playing badminton and have a USTA level of 2.0. These guys were actually pro tennis players

Actually the definition of pre-Open tennis is amatuerism. No pro player could play.

gusman890
07-16-2006, 03:28 PM
i wonder how next decade (2010-20) will look "clown-wise", probally some guy living in an artic climate will show up and kick everyones ass.

napki
07-16-2006, 05:52 PM
:haha:


:haha:

Hilarious :worship:

But there is more than a grain of truth to the fact that people often look back thinking certain eras were more competitive and interesting than the current one when actually back in those eras people did exactly the same thing- look back and contemplate on earlier eras being more competitive.

yeah, it must be it. I remember those ridiculous Washington and Piolin Wimbly finals! And then there was Corda :spit: the one and only who seemed like he's ready to die right here on the court, winning a grand slam title! :eek: :rolleyes: I'm sure there are many others that are worth a mention but they didn't left such evident scars in my memory.

DayTripperGH
07-20-2006, 01:49 PM
amazing. :]

NyGeL
07-20-2006, 03:15 PM
since when Gaudio is not a clown?

Action Jackson
07-20-2006, 03:18 PM
since when Gaudio is not a clown?

Since when did you need to be told that night follows day?

RonE
07-20-2006, 05:01 PM
:haha:

I'm sure there are many others that are worth a mention but they didn't left such evident scars in my memory.

How about Alberto Berasategui with his ridiculous 'frying pan' forehand making the French Open final in 1994 :rolls:


http://www.advantage-tennis.com/albertob/ab8.jpg
http://deporfotos.com.ar/imagenes/poli_pub/C-00001707-06.JPG

RonE
07-20-2006, 05:06 PM
And of course let us not forget the legendary Roberto Carretero who came out of nowhere to win the Hamburg AMS in 1996 beating Kafelnikov and Corretja en route only to virtually never be heard from again since.

http://rhein-zeitung.de/old/96/05/13/sport/news/german2.jpg

Just take a look at his 1996 season apart from that Hamburg win :haha:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?prevtrnnum=&year=1996&query=Singles&selTournament=0&player=C383&x=22&y=12

RonE
07-20-2006, 05:13 PM
I always thought Marc-Kevin Goellner had a bit of a clownish appearance. While his singles results were nothing to write home about he was a pretty competent doubles player.

http://www.marc-kevin-goellner.de/deutsch/fotos/images/Wimb_94-5_jpg.jpg

Bagelicious
07-21-2006, 03:02 AM
And of course let us not forget the legendary Roberto Carretero who came out of nowhere to win the Hamburg AMS in 1996 beating Kafelnikov and Corretja en route only to virtually never be heard from again since.

Just take a look at his 1996 season apart from that Hamburg win :haha:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?prevtrnnum=&year=1996&query=Singles&selTournament=0&player=C383&x=22&y=12

:rolls:

Singles Titles: 1
Singles Record: 23 - 45
Doubles Record: 1 - 5

He played 74 pro ATP matches in total!

Career High INDESIT ATP Ranking - Singles: 58 (5/13/1996) - The week he won Hamburg.

I hate to laugh at a pro's career this way, but these numbers are just too funny.

Action Jackson
07-21-2006, 08:25 AM
And of course let us not forget the legendary Roberto Carretero who came out of nowhere to win the Hamburg AMS in 1996 beating Kafelnikov and Corretja en route only to virtually never be heard from again since.

http://rhein-zeitung.de/old/96/05/13/sport/news/german2.jpg

Just take a look at his 1996 season apart from that Hamburg win :haha:

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/playeractivity.asp?prevtrnnum=&year=1996&query=Singles&selTournament=0&player=C383&x=22&y=12

Carretero was a great of the game, he just had bad luck and there was nothing clownish about him.

Plastic Bertrand
08-04-2006, 07:31 AM
Robredo, Davydenko and Stepanek in the top 10, this era has its clowns just like the other eras as hitchhiker pointed out so clearly.

Jeff Tarango he'd be a clown in any era.

the_natural
08-06-2006, 07:24 AM
"But where are the clowns, Send in the clowns...

Dont bother there here :rolleyes: "

I like this thread at least everyone can get along with the joke :P Im not Federer fan but wouldnt this new age with him and Nadal be another one of the "non-clown" eras? (Although they are surrounded by clowns like Ljuby and Davydenko whom are allergic to closing out big matches).

You forgot the 1890s-early 1900s, William Renshaw (and his friends in other countries) and hes Record setting 7 consecutive Wimbledon titles haha! He played like 13 matches at Wimbledon against local players haha

Action Jackson
08-10-2006, 08:32 AM
"But where are the clowns, Send in the clowns...

Dont bother there here :rolleyes: "

I like this thread at least everyone can get along with the joke :P Im not Federer fan but wouldnt this new age with him and Nadal be another one of the "non-clown" eras? (Although they are surrounded by clowns like Ljuby and Davydenko whom are allergic to closing out big matches).

No, in fact the fact that those two are so far ahead adds to the clownishness at this particular point in time.

MisterQ
10-29-2006, 11:06 PM
Amazing history of clowns. :worship:

I am so proud to have lived through the non-clown erа (1995)! :eek: Although I do seem to remember a certain pirate...

http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/gallery/2006/agassi/agassi7.jpg

Action Jackson
10-30-2006, 02:03 AM
No matter every era had their clowns, but de Villiers is the biggest clown.

TennisGrandSlam
10-30-2006, 02:41 AM
The Article is full of prejudice! :rolleyes:


Fisrtly,

the title mentions Roddick in 2003, but not Wilander in 1988

Is that Roddick in 2003 >> Wilander in 1988 :o


Secondaly,

Vilas in 1977 is awesome, he not only won Roland Garros in 1977, but also US Open (won Connors in the final) plus other 14 Grand Prix singles titles.



:timebomb:

Action Jackson
10-30-2006, 02:50 AM
The Article is full of prejudice! :rolleyes:


Fisrtly,

the title mentions Roddick in 2003, but not Wilander in 1988

Is that Roddick in 2003 >> Wilander in 1988 :o


Secondaly,

Vilas in 1977 is awesome, he not only won Roland Garros in 1977, but also US Open (won Connors in the final) plus other 14 Grand Prix singles titles.



:timebomb:

Why the hell do you need 1 000000 0000000000 font? Most people here are not literally blind.

It seems you took the meaning of the original post in a way that it was not meant to be taken in.

simpletennis
10-30-2006, 03:32 AM
learning history's fun!

hitchhiker
10-30-2006, 06:28 AM
The Article is full of prejudice! :rolleyes:


Fisrtly,

the title mentions Roddick in 2003, but not Wilander in 1988

Is that Roddick in 2003 >> Wilander in 1988 :o


Secondaly,

Vilas in 1977 is awesome, he not only won Roland Garros in 1977, but also US Open (won Connors in the final) plus other 14 Grand Prix singles titles.



:timebomb:



The government installing the internet in mental institutions was never going to work

alfonsojose
10-30-2006, 02:08 PM
:lol:

Action Jackson
11-14-2006, 03:18 AM
The government installing the internet in mental institutions was never going to work

:haha: :haha:

As the man said every era was full of clowns, but if the journalists said that then there wouldn't be anything to write about.

PamV
11-14-2006, 03:51 AM
Very funny! Great stuff!

PamV
11-14-2006, 03:58 AM
"But where are the clowns, Send in the clowns...

Dont bother there here :rolleyes: "


You forgot the 1890s-early 1900s, William Renshaw (and his friends in other countries) and hes Record setting 7 consecutive Wimbledon titles haha! He played like 13 matches at Wimbledon against local players haha

Wasn't that because the rule used to be that the defending champion of Wimbledon wouldn't have to play a single round? He would just go straight to the final. When did they change that rule?

PamV
11-14-2006, 04:00 AM
Does anyone remember the clown Martin Verkerk in the French Open final of 2003 ?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/PJ2004/Tennis/Verkerk.jpg

PamV
11-14-2006, 04:04 AM
http://artsweb.uwaterloo.ca/~jdu/images/agassi.jpg




It's hard to believe this outfit used to look cool .

atheneglaukopis
11-14-2006, 04:20 AM
Wasn't that because the rule used to be that the defending champion of Wimbledon wouldn't have to play a single round? He would just go straight to the final. When did they change that rule?The challenge round was abolished in 1922.

PamV
11-14-2006, 04:23 AM
The challenge round was abolished in 1922.
What was called the challenge round? I was refering to all the rounds leading up to the final. Before the defending champ wouldn't play anything but the final.

atheneglaukopis
11-14-2006, 04:31 AM
What was called the challenge round? I was refering to all the rounds leading up to the final. Before the defending champ wouldn't play anything but the final."Challenge round" was what the final was called when it was the only round the defending champ played. It was abolished in 1922 in favor of the now-familiar final, which the defending champ has to earn his way to.

Asmus
11-15-2006, 04:51 AM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Just discovered this now.

alias
11-15-2006, 08:24 PM
Classic!

Sunset of Age
11-15-2006, 08:46 PM
Does anyone remember the clown Martin Verkerk in the French Open final of 2003 ?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/PJ2004/Tennis/Verkerk.jpg

Oh yeah! Martin Verkerk!
From my country, I sorrily have to admit.
Made my countrymen behave like the Spanish audience at the Madrid Masters, aaarrrccchhh!

Typical case of a One Trick Pony.
However, it seems he hasn't yet fully given up tennis yet, and as his current sad state is largely due to injuries - I hope he manages to come back.

LK_22
11-15-2006, 09:48 PM
I think u might be going just a little bit over the top on what players are clowns... ;)

Action Jackson
11-17-2006, 09:08 AM
See history is fun.

oz_boz
01-30-2007, 09:14 AM
Bumping this thread for some uneducated posters. ;)

Fed wasn't the only champ playing in a "weak era".

Action Jackson
01-30-2007, 12:23 PM
Always a great read.

fmolinari2005
01-30-2007, 12:45 PM
The government installing the internet in mental institutions was never going to work

I just came across with this masterpiece now!!!! Brilliant!!!! The problem is that there are lot of guys that are afraid of clowns!!! Maybe that it was this the breakthrough that Roger made: he conquered his fear of clowns!!! :D :D :D :D :D

(still one spanish clown to go though! ;) :D )

scoobs
01-30-2007, 01:37 PM
2006 - ?

De Villiers takes over - the Clowns are running the asylum.

Action Jackson
03-20-2007, 11:04 AM
Definitely the clown era especially Mr.Disney in charge of the ATP.

tripb19
03-20-2007, 11:14 AM
Best thread in MTF history.

RonE
03-20-2007, 11:29 AM
^Word. This thread should be made into a sticky.

oz_boz
03-20-2007, 01:06 PM
^^Amen.

Naranoc
03-20-2007, 01:09 PM
^ Ditto :yeah:

Just hilarious :D

Corey Feldman
03-20-2007, 01:26 PM
Naranoc.. you little black widow spider ;)
jk!!
you know that NeverSayDie poster? is that you in her avatar?

Naranoc
03-20-2007, 01:27 PM
Nah, I'm not that emo :p

Corey Feldman
03-20-2007, 01:32 PM
:secret:
Is it true that ginger Sharpeirob needs his teddy bear tucked in with him before he goes to sleep every night?

Naranoc
03-20-2007, 01:35 PM
Well that's true, but it depends on which teddy you're talking about :o
He's got a routine for them you see :tape:

Corey Feldman
03-20-2007, 01:40 PM
His little pink teddy with the ribbon on its head.. that is his fave :D
no orange teddy's allowed, or they get stoned!

Action Jackson
03-20-2007, 01:41 PM
Ahem! Rob has his own thread.

This thread has more than enough clownishness and we don't need to add to it anymore.

TennisLurker
03-20-2007, 01:51 PM
The top 5 in 1997 was

1Sampras
2Chang
3Rafter
4Bjorkman
5Rusedski

People just have selective memories

Corey Feldman
03-20-2007, 01:52 PM
Im not going into that clowns thread... enough clownish threads around non tennis thesedays.. dont need to see anymore.

Corey Feldman
03-20-2007, 01:54 PM
The top 5 in 1997 was

1Sampras
2Chang
3Rafter
4Bjorkman
5Rusedski

People just have selective memoriesActually Kafelnikov was 5 and rusedski 6 and rafter 2.. chang 3 :p

Metis
03-20-2007, 05:36 PM
This thread is a true classic.:lol: BTW, where is hitchhiker these days? Is he preparing a new masterpiece thread perhaps?

Action Jackson
03-22-2007, 05:40 PM
Hitchhiker is making pies, but he will be back.

CyBorg
03-22-2007, 08:00 PM
1906-1967 Pre-Open Era
Either amature-infested slams, or so-called pro matches that were nothing
more than exhibitions played on hockey rinks. Since no one knows who actually won what in those days, both are worthless, and thus full of clowns. Besides, have you seen film of those days? It looks like they're playing badminton and have a USTA level of 2.0. These guys were actually pro tennis players:

http://www.naspensacola.navy.mil/mwr/pics/oldtennis.jpg

Chip-chip cheerio, old chap!

Aerien
03-23-2007, 01:01 AM
It's a clown sport with a clown history! :sad:

Action Jackson
04-23-2007, 03:57 PM
Never forget this lesson.

ChinoRios4Ever
04-25-2007, 03:23 AM
WTF? all top tennis players are clowns???? :rolleyes:

why all people always talk about the bad things of all players????

if you dont like tennis, get out of here... :mad: :fiery:

leng jai
04-25-2007, 05:54 AM
This thread is a true classic. Good that it gets bumped every few months so I can read it again.

Plastic Bertrand
04-25-2007, 06:40 AM
Yes, every era is full of clowns and it is a weak era. Some are just weaker than others compartively speaking.

Kolya
04-25-2007, 07:20 AM
Great read :haha:

madmanfool
04-25-2007, 09:02 AM
Where's the Agassi pick, i can't see it

gusman890
07-26-2007, 05:25 PM
There are more clowns coming up too.

just wait.

Forehander
07-27-2007, 12:57 AM
wow best post i've read here so far :) nice one man i loved it hehe

guy in sf
07-29-2007, 12:19 AM
What's up with the fascination with "clowns" on this forum? Why so many threads about "clowns"? Do you guys feel a lot better about yourself after you call a certain player a clown, is that what this whole "clown" thing is all about?
Who's a clown, clown era, clown this, clown that.....I just don't get it. Is this world officially in the tennis dictionary? This has nothing to do with tennis.

FedFan_2007
07-29-2007, 01:11 AM
What's up with the fascination with "clowns" on this forum? Why so many threads about "clowns"? Do you guys feel a lot better about yourself after you call a certain player a clown, is that what this whole "clown" thing is all about?
Who's a clown, clown era, clown this, clown that.....I just don't get it. Is this world officially in the tennis dictionary? This has nothing to do with tennis.

It's clown era in MTF. :cool: :cool:

Andi-M
07-29-2007, 01:17 AM
Quality.

stebs
07-29-2007, 11:57 AM
What's up with the fascination with "clowns" on this forum? Why so many threads about "clowns"? Do you guys feel a lot better about yourself after you call a certain player a clown, is that what this whole "clown" thing is all about?
Who's a clown, clown era, clown this, clown that.....I just don't get it. Is this world officially in the tennis dictionary? This has nothing to do with tennis.

The word clown has EVERYTHING to do with tennis and there is only one player who hasn't got a drop of clown in him and that's of course King Oscar Hernandez, everyone else sucks and is a clown.

It's sad but true.

azinna
07-29-2007, 02:47 PM
Funny post. Repeatedly made me :).

scoobs
07-29-2007, 03:16 PM
This thread should be a sticky - lest we forget.

krakenzero
07-30-2007, 08:46 PM
GS winners 1998-2003:

AO:
1998 Korda xD
1999 Agassi
2000 Kafelnikov
2001 Agassi
2002 Agassi
2003 Johansson xD

FO:
1998 Moya xD
1999 Agassi
2000 Kuerten
2001 Kuerten
2002 Costa xD
2003 Ferrero xD

W:
1998 Sampras
1999 Sampras
2000 Sampras
2001 Ivanisevic xD
2002 Hewitt :S
2003 Federer

USO:
1998 Rafter xD
1999 Agassi (The Grand Slam! How could he? hmmmm now I know why ;P)
2000 Safin xD
2001 Hewitt :S
2002 Sampras (WTF??)
2003 Roddick xD

RagingLamb
07-30-2007, 09:39 PM
lol. funny thread. I wouldn't put Ashe as a clown, just because I admire him for what he did. but a great thread nonetheless.

R.Federer
07-31-2007, 06:16 PM
To throw out one more stat.

In the Very Deep era, Borg bageled his opponents 116 times from 1973 through 1981. Tough lot of competition there must have been then! ;)

In the Clown era, Federer (I am choosing him because he is I think is now the leader in giving out those bagels, Coria once had given out the most) has given out 52, from 1999 through the 2007 Australian Open.

Action Jackson
10-09-2007, 03:30 PM
History is repeating itself.

GlennMirnyi
10-09-2007, 04:41 PM
Every era was full of clowns, but this era is "fuller" than the others.

stebs
10-09-2007, 05:03 PM
A lesson that many on here will never understand.

mediter
10-09-2007, 05:27 PM
My research is painstaking and extensive, my analysis flawless and unbiased, My methods are irrefutable. None of these qualities can be applied to the incompetents in this thread. They all belong to a circus.

scoobs
10-09-2007, 07:12 PM
My research is painstaking and extensive, my analysis flawless and unbiased, My methods are irrefutable. None of these qualities can be applied to the incompetents in this thread. They all belong to a circus.
Your ability to hide a complete lack of evidence to support your arguments behind a stream of long, intelligent-sounding words is about the only thing you bring to the table :)

groundstroke
10-09-2007, 08:21 PM
http://www.manmademultimedia.com/magazine/news/sport/tennis/2005/Pacific_LO-Tsunami_relief/clownroddick.jpg
Lmao..

caleb_123
10-09-2007, 11:50 PM
since i been on MTF i never seen a more delusional S.O.B like mediter or wateva is stupid name is spill so much crap its unbelivable lol....profile of this person he needs attention because no one would give him the time of day, he's very lonely properly impotent has no friends family disowned him after finding how retarded he was, proof are in his posts and is the only one who believes in his dribble.
But keep it up its always good to have a laugh at your expense because really in everyone minds your just a BIG JOKE.

HNCS
10-10-2007, 01:35 AM
Greatest Thread Of All Time.

and i only just discovered it..:sad: but at least i discovered it...:o

Corey Feldman
10-10-2007, 03:31 AM
Clown era for MTF.

scarecrows
10-15-2007, 07:59 AM
I need to read this thread every month to satisfy my needs

maldini
10-15-2007, 08:15 AM
only discovered this now :rolls:

alansk
10-15-2007, 08:23 AM
I need to read this thread every month to satisfy my needs

:nods:

My favourite bit (just cracks me up)...

"Yes, these were days when giants walked the court ... giant clowns."

:wavey:

Action Jackson
10-17-2007, 08:26 AM
Never in doubt.

CmonAussie
10-17-2007, 08:44 AM
GS winners 1998-2003:

AO:
1998 Korda xD
1999 Agassi
2000 Kafelnikov
2001 Agassi
2002 Agassi
2003 Johansson xD



you messed up the order:p
...
AO:
1998 Korda
1999 Kafelnikov
2000 Agassi
2001 Agassi
2002 Johansson
2003 Agassi
;)

Action Jackson
03-03-2008, 08:10 AM
This is one thing that will always be true.

GlennMirnyi
06-25-2008, 01:59 AM
BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMP.

Great thread.

BigJohn
06-25-2008, 02:09 AM
hitchhiker

:worship: :worship: :worship:

GlennMirnyi
06-25-2008, 02:10 AM
This thread should be a sticky.

DDrago2
06-25-2008, 02:15 AM
By the way, does anyone knows what happened to this hitchhiker character - he seemed to have stopped posting here long ago...

Albop
06-25-2008, 02:26 AM
Great thread :haha:

Action Jackson
06-25-2008, 03:39 AM
Hitchhiker has opened up a chain of bakeries.

Pearls of wisdom are numerous in this thread.

groundstroke
06-25-2008, 06:41 AM
Great thread.
What will happen when Federer's dominance is over? More clowns should be added to Federer's list.

GuiroNl
06-25-2008, 08:20 AM
What a great thread :haha:

kafemotor
06-25-2008, 08:43 AM
Telling hi-s-tory with remarkable sense of humor. No wonder why hitchhiker doesn't need to show up at all. His poison is strong enough to fire chain reaction ,, I'll read it every month ...:D

Mimi
06-25-2008, 08:46 AM
i miss the starter of the thread :sad:

scoobs
06-25-2008, 08:51 AM
Me too - we're now transitional again and need some clown updates :)

Mimi
06-25-2008, 08:54 AM
yeah, he created a lot of funny photos too :sad:

Me too - we're now transitional again and need some clown updates :)

HeretiC
06-25-2008, 09:08 AM
Well, change the perspective and everything and everyone can be described as a clown and most of the time the biggest clowns are those who think that everyone else in the world except themselves are clowns. That can be applied in tennis or in life. Wasting time with reading and writing on net forums might be called clownish act too. Sooooo... Long live all the clowns in this circus called as Life. :p

DDrago2
06-25-2008, 11:42 AM
there is only one player who hasn't got a drop of clown in him and that's of course King Oscar Hernandez, everyone else sucks and is a clown.


Why is this?

DDrago2
06-25-2008, 11:44 AM
Another valuable lesson from this thread: a reminder about the taste of Nadal fans

Nice thread Hitch :worship:

Federer in the 2006s had to face the Claycourt king who was a real clown.

He takes his time but wants most of all, you to shut up.
http://espn-att.starwave.com/media/ten/2005/0529/photo/r_nadal_i.jpg

He doesn't like it when you celebrate too loudly, he gazes at you in anger :mad: ....
http://im.rediff.com/sports/2005/jun/06nadal.jpg

.......then wins a fabulous point then starts his antics :devil:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/2006/06/04/stnada040606.jpg
http://www.smash.ch/grafiken/bilder/Nadal(1).gif
And you are sure to share his joy(whether you like it or not) also likes showing you the distinguished 42 cm biceps! :aplot: :angel:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/usopen05/seeds/m2.jpg

He is the top dog out there :yeah:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/french05/day14/upixpari1.jpg

And of course the best way to celebrate is roll in the mud:yeah: :banana: and celebrate it the way it ought to be done.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/graphics/gallery/tennis/french05/day14/upixpari5.jpg
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/thesportsdesk/images/200511/20050417nadal.jpg

krakenzero
07-06-2008, 05:10 PM
:worship::worship: I wonder what people will say in the future about Puerta, Baghdatis, Tsonga, Gonzalez, even Gaudio-Coria in slam finals? Anyway, I think "Fed and his b*tches" is the Early Fed Era, and the Late one is "Fed, Rafa, and that's pretty much it".

RogandyFan
07-06-2008, 05:42 PM
Does anyone think there will be a noleclown era? As a nole hater I certainly hope not. Wouldn't mind a Muzzah clown era though.

finishingmove
07-06-2008, 05:44 PM
Does anyone think there will be a noleclown era? As a nole hater I certainly hope not. Wouldn't mind a Muzzah clown era though.

murray will be a clown in any era

RogandyFan
07-06-2008, 05:56 PM
murray will be a clown in any era

Isn't that the point of the thread. Every tennis player is a clown. Lets live up the party with them. :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

finishingmove
07-06-2008, 06:03 PM
what i meant is , murray is a clown even in parallel universes where MTF doesnt exist, at any point in the space-time continuum

RogandyFan
07-06-2008, 06:10 PM
what i meant is , murray is a clown even in parallel universes where MTF doesnt exist, at any point in the space-time continuum


This is completely irrelevant to the thread but the tvu espn stream are gone. No!!!! We will see what happens when he finally beat your beloved faker clown.

finishingmove
07-06-2008, 06:12 PM
This is completely irrelevant to the thread but the tvu espn stream are gone. No!!!! We will see what happens when he finally beat your beloved faker clown.

start with not getting bagelled :rolls:

and djokovic is more of a jester ;)

GlennMirnyi
07-27-2008, 09:01 PM
In homage to the actual level of the field. :wavey:

prima donna
07-27-2008, 09:07 PM
Hahahaha, Glenn.

GlennMirnyi
07-27-2008, 09:09 PM
Hahahaha, Glenn.

You're in quite a cheerful spirit, prima. :)

Damn
07-27-2008, 09:20 PM
Hahahaha, Glenn.

You're in quite a cheerful spirit, prima. :)

Love is the air, I can smell it.

You would make a cute couple :hearts: :inlove: :hug: :kiss: :couple:

:haha:

GlennMirnyi
07-27-2008, 09:23 PM
Love is the air, I can smell it.

You would make a cute couple :hearts: :inlove: :hug: :kiss: :couple:

:haha:

Definitely. At least it wouldn't be a case of jerking off to a poster like you to Nadull. :)

Damn
07-27-2008, 10:00 PM
Definitely. At least it wouldn't be a case of jerking off to a poster like you to Nadull. :)

It's really funny that you are saying this, according that your vocabulary is reduced to: Nadull, moonballer, mug, cakewalk, bullshit and bollocks. Kinda boring, you know, and kinda ridiculous too :wavey:

prima donna
07-27-2008, 10:04 PM
It's really funny that you are saying this, according that your vocabulary is reduced to: Nadull, moonballer, mug, cakewalk, bullshit and bollocks. Kinda boring, you know, and kinda ridiculous too :wavey:
What goes up must come down.

Let's see if you're still around when Nadal starts losing a few matches.

fast_clay
07-27-2008, 10:07 PM
Definitely. At least it wouldn't be a case of jerking off to a poster like you to Nadull. :)

crikey... that was funny... :lol:

: pissedmyself:

MacTheKnife
07-27-2008, 10:55 PM
What goes up must come down.

Let's see if you're still around when Nadal starts losing a few matches.

They all rise and fall, it's only a matter of time... some just last a bit longer than others, and most are surrounded by clowns of some sort.

Xenosys
07-27-2008, 11:00 PM
It's really funny that you are saying this, according that your vocabulary is reduced to: Nadull, moonballer, mug, cakewalk, bullshit and bollocks. Kinda boring, you know, and kinda ridiculous too :wavey:

You shoulda seen his essay scores at school. He got graded poorly for "lack of imagination" apparently.

Snowwy
07-27-2008, 11:08 PM
You shoulda seen his essay scores at school. He got graded poorly for "lack of imagination" apparently.

If we're gonna talk about school (which is waaay offtopic)..Im pretty sure he has a much higher education than you do :)



Back on topic, lovely weak for Nadal, Kiefer is no clown, hes been good for too long to be a clown.

GlennMirnyi
07-27-2008, 11:08 PM
You shoulda seen his essay scores at school. He got graded poorly for "lack of imagination" apparently.

:lol:

Imagination is what's needed for someone not to call Nadull a moonballer. :wavey:

Albop
07-27-2008, 11:22 PM
This should be in first page:


http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c83/roddickwatch/animated%20gifs/rafashake.gif

octatennis
07-28-2008, 03:21 AM
bull shit post.

BackhandMissile
07-31-2008, 06:44 PM
Ok, so this is my first post here (a bit of an audacious start, I know) but I've been snooping around for a while. I find that this forum is very useful for tournament updates and it's also nice to get some insight on the various matches. I also enjoy reading the various opinions.

Sometimes I hear people speaking of weak era's. Sampras supporters like to suggest that Federer played in a weak era, whereas Federer supporters would say the same about Sampras.

This is quite normal in individual sports. I also happen to be a boxing fan, and I hear the same arguments in boxing circles.

I think people don't realise that in a sport where every man plays for himself, it's obvious that if one or two of them dominate, then everybody else, however good they are, wouldn't have a very strong record.

For someone like Federer or Sampras to win 12-14 slams in their career, with only 4 slams a year, it doesn't leave much for to play for, and the rest of the competitors will only have a small amount of slams between them (or the other dominant players, like Nadal and Agassi, will have most of these which leaves even fewer slams).

Borg, McEnroe, Sampras, Agassi, all looked unbeatable at their peak and on their days, and in those days most of their opponents also looked like "mugs" comparatively.

At the end of the day I think it's more about each era having its dominators, rather than being mug era's. Whenever you have dominating players, everyone else will instantly appear to be a "mug" only to emerge at a later date.

Like most tennis fans in Switzerland, I noticed Federer before he was winning slams (when you don't have many players in the ATP you usually notice them straight away in a tournament, and if you don't the local media will point them out for you), and he was probably also considered as one of the hundreds of mugs during the end of the Sampras/Agassi era.

Today he's considered anything but a mug.

Sebby
07-31-2008, 07:16 PM
With my mug sig I have to be the first to say you welcome! ;)

I agree with you. When Federer was so dominant, Safin, Hewitt, Nalbandian, Roddick and the others looked like mugs. But in fact it was just because Fed was too good! Without him Roddick would have won maybe 2 Wimbly and 1 more Us Open and the same for Hewitt. Actually Fed testing is his own medecine with Nadal. Without him he would already be considered as the GOAT with certainly one or two RG, a sixth Wimbly in a row and possibly a Calendar Grand Slam in 06 or 07... At the moment he looks like a "mug" and so are the others because the actual Nadal's level is just amazing. So we, Fed fans, have just to wait and hope that Nadal back with the mortals like Roger just did this year.

MacTheKnife
07-31-2008, 09:19 PM
Welcome aboard BackhandMissle - first thing you'll learn here is that logic has very little to do with most of the posts. Secondly, you are right. Every era had it's share of greats and clowns, just like this one does.

BackhandMissile
07-31-2008, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the reply Mac! I've noticed the trend, so I'm going to change my game to adapt it to this forum.

GlennMirnyi
07-31-2008, 10:57 PM
We're heading fast towards a new low in this weak muggish era.

fast_clay
07-31-2008, 11:20 PM
Ok, so this is my first post here (a bit of an audacious start, I know) but I've been snooping around for a while. I find that this forum is very useful for tournament updates and it's also nice to get some insight on the various matches. I also enjoy reading the various opinions.

Sometimes I hear people speaking of weak era's. Sampras supporters like to suggest that Federer played in a weak era, whereas Federer supporters would say the same about Sampras.

This is quite normal in individual sports. I also happen to be a boxing fan, and I hear the same arguments in boxing circles.

I think people don't realise that in a sport where every man plays for himself, it's obvious that if one or two of them dominate, then everybody else, however good they are, wouldn't have a very strong record.

For someone like Federer or Sampras to win 12-14 slams in their career, with only 4 slams a year, it doesn't leave much for to play for, and the rest of the competitors will only have a small amount of slams between them (or the other dominant players, like Nadal and Agassi, will have most of these which leaves even fewer slams).

Borg, McEnroe, Sampras, Agassi, all looked unbeatable at their peak and on their days, and in those days most of their opponents also looked like "mugs" comparatively.

At the end of the day I think it's more about each era having its dominators, rather than being mug era's. Whenever you have dominating players, everyone else will instantly appear to be a "mug" only to emerge at a later date.

Like most tennis fans in Switzerland, I noticed Federer before he was winning slams (when you don't have many players in the ATP you usually notice them straight away in a tournament, and if you don't the local media will point them out for you), and he was probably also considered as one of the hundreds of mugs during the end of the Sampras/Agassi era.

Today he's considered anything but a mug.

tennis is boxing without the blood... footwork/stances... special lefty, southpaw issues... styles make fights... the era measure issue is always a bone of contention for most fans...

i would go even as far to say that it (era, pound for pound comparisons) is perhaps equally the major basic essence which drives forums such as these...

great fun... except when people get clouded in their views... usually the fault of a scrotum blocking their line of vision while they are at work...

Action Jackson
01-27-2009, 03:20 PM
This should be in first page:


http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c83/roddickwatch/animated%20gifs/rafashake.gif

Of course, it should be a sticky.

GlennMirnyi
01-27-2009, 05:51 PM
Every era was full of clowns but this era is fuller than the others.

Just a variation on the same old theme of equality.

Action Jackson
04-27-2009, 06:34 PM
Glenn is right, some are just more clownish than others.

jonathancrane
04-27-2009, 06:52 PM
Still the best thread ever on GM

Action Jackson
04-27-2009, 06:53 PM
That it is jon and it needs to be treated with the respect it deserves.

r2473
04-27-2009, 07:12 PM
What ever happened to Hitchhiker?

Jimnik
04-27-2009, 07:18 PM
^ Funny how people always ask that. Everybody misses Hitchhiker.

He hasn't posted in two years.

Action Jackson
04-27-2009, 07:21 PM
He has hitchhiked to another galaxy with Conan the Librarian.

shotgun
04-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Hitchhiker took a ride with the wrong person.

GlennMirnyi
04-27-2009, 07:23 PM
Hitchhiker foresaw the absolute crap tennis would become and got away while he could.

Pixie
04-27-2009, 07:32 PM
there is more than a grain of truth to the fact that people often look back thinking certain eras were more competitive and interesting than the current one when actually back in those eras people did exactly the same thing- look back and contemplate on earlier eras being more competitive.

spot on though I doubt everybody understood this thread...

SaFed2005
04-27-2009, 09:18 PM
ROFL This was a fun read!!!

A+

Har-Tru
04-27-2009, 10:34 PM
Hitchhiker foresaw the absolute crap tennis would become and got away while he could.

So why didn't you do the same? Why could he and you can't? Oh wait, he probably had a life.

GlennMirnyi
04-28-2009, 12:12 AM
So why didn't you do the same? Why could he and you can't? Oh wait, he probably had a life.

I'm not a quitter.

I'm sure my life is waaaay busier than yours. :)

finishingmove
04-28-2009, 12:14 AM
glenn will fight until the spanish mafia is defeated.

Forehander
04-28-2009, 03:16 AM
Obviously Hitchhiker is banned due to posting the ultimate truth.

ToniTennis
04-28-2009, 07:02 AM
After you read it for the 134th time, this thread is not that funny, actually.

ORGASMATRON
04-28-2009, 07:16 AM
Epic thread. And people dont believe me when i say Laver played in a clown era :o

leng jai
04-28-2009, 07:17 AM
After you read it for the 134th time, this thread is not that funny, actually.

But the 133rd time is comedy gold.

HeretiC
04-28-2009, 08:11 AM
After you read it for the 134th time, this thread is not that funny, actually.

You should try to read it for the 135th time, maybe 134 is just an anomaly. :shrug:

A_Skywalker
04-28-2009, 08:19 AM
I'm not a quitter.

I'm sure my life is waaaay busier than yours. :)

You are busy to post nonsense on forum. Day after day.

ToniTennis
04-28-2009, 08:36 AM
You should try to read it for the 135th time, maybe 134 is just an anomaly. :shrug:

:haha: you know you might be rigth? 'cos I felt the same with the 98th.

r2473
03-09-2010, 06:33 PM
bump.

oz_boz
03-09-2010, 07:35 PM
Aah, MTF was better before (and that is actually true, not only a nostalgic misconception like the one hitchhiker tears to shreds).

lessthanjake
03-09-2010, 08:29 PM
I miss Glenn Mirnyi. He was the biggest clown of all, but seems to have disappeared.

MacTheKnife
03-09-2010, 09:09 PM
I think he was banned for a year.

forzamilan90
03-09-2010, 09:12 PM
all this clown business is a bit overrated, perception is a hell of a paradox

federersforehand
03-09-2010, 09:28 PM
2009-2010, federer and his younger bitches??? bitch1 djokovic, bitch 2 murray, bitch 3 roddick (still?)

forzamilan90
03-09-2010, 11:54 PM
2009-2010, federer and his younger bitches??? bitch1 djokovic, bitch 2 murray, bitch 3 roddick (still?)

nadal?

abraxas21
03-10-2010, 12:09 AM
I miss Glenn Mirnyi. He was the biggest clown of all, but seems to have disappeared.

Glenn partnering with SetSampras about how great Sampras was and how weak the current players are would be a truly unstoppable force on MTF.

Sunset of Age
03-10-2010, 02:41 AM
Glenn partening with SetSampras about how great Sampras was and how weak the current players are would be a truly unstoppable force on MTF.

:help: :help: :help: :o :haha:

ssj100
03-10-2010, 05:38 AM
Great post - a prime example that you can argue anything in life haha.

lessthanjake
03-10-2010, 09:13 AM
Glenn partnering with SetSampras about how great Sampras was and how weak the current players are would be a truly unstoppable force on MTF.

Hahaha absolutely true. But weren't GameSampras and Glenn around at the same time? MTF Dark Age?

Apemant
03-10-2010, 10:59 AM
Glenn partnering with SetSampras about how great Sampras was and how weak the current players are would be a truly unstoppable force on MTF.

Glenn was just caught in his Nadal-hate, nothing more. Since Nadal can't possibly be a great player (in Glenn's opinion), then it means the current crop of players are also clowns (how else could they possibly lose so much to a clown like Nadal?) - and it also means Federer is a weak player, losing so many times to that moonballing mug. :devil:

(clarification: I don't think Nadal is a moonballing mug, just using Glenn's terminology.)

So, as I see it - Glenn's whole viewpoint was heavily distorted for one simple reason: inability to accept Nadal's success. If he weren't that stubborn about Nadal, it wouldn't drive him into clowning about everything else so much. He had to be consistent and maintain his 'position'... even when it became apparent it was a lost cause. So, he had something in common with other Ferrous Cranuses around - even though I actually think he was more intelligent than them, just incredibly stubborn. Whereas other Cranuses are more about being intellectually limited, than being just 'extremely stubborn' as a character trait.

MacTheKnife
03-10-2010, 11:44 AM
I sorta have a different spin on glenn. He liked to bait idiots. There were plenty that took the bait.

lessthanjake
03-10-2010, 11:49 AM
I sorta have a different spin on glenn. He liked to bait idiots. There were plenty that took the bait.

I feel like you MIGHT be right, except he seemed to be actually angry himself when he posted. And anger is not really the mark of someone just trying to bait people, but maybe hes just THAT good at it that he can disguise his baiting haha

Apemant
03-10-2010, 12:05 PM
I sorta have a different spin on glenn. He liked to bait idiots. There were plenty that took the bait.

This is not inconsistent with my viewpoint.... although I don't think it's that simple. On one level, I suppose he knew he wasn't 'right' about everything he said, even if he sounded completely convinced... I believe he 'knew' to some extent, that he's trolling most of the time. On the other hand, we have here people who honestly believe the crap they are writing... that is far less funny than Glenn's posts. :haha:

What it boils down to is that not all 'tards and clowns are of the same breed. There are several... variants.

Ilovetheblues_86
03-10-2010, 06:39 PM
If you want Glenn mirnyi´s MSN, I can sell it at e-bay.

abraxas21
03-10-2010, 06:51 PM
Glenn was just caught in his Nadal-hate, nothing more. Since Nadal can't possibly be a great player (in Glenn's opinion), then it means the current crop of players are also clowns (how else could they possibly lose so much to a clown like Nadal?) - and it also means Federer is a weak player, losing so many times to that moonballing mug. :devil:

(clarification: I don't think Nadal is a moonballing mug, just using Glenn's terminology.)

So, as I see it - Glenn's whole viewpoint was heavily distorted for one simple reason: inability to accept Nadal's success. If he weren't that stubborn about Nadal, it wouldn't drive him into clowning about everything else so much. He had to be consistent and maintain his 'position'... even when it became apparent it was a lost cause. So, he had something in common with other Ferrous Cranuses around - even though I actually think he was more intelligent than them, just incredibly stubborn. Whereas other Cranuses are more about being intellectually limited, than being just 'extremely stubborn' as a character trait.

True but not entirely, imo. I can't believe I'm going to discuss Glenn's approach to today's game but whatever... I think he genuinely miss the old S&V game or at the very least wanted players to be more versatile. That's why he seemed to dislike Nadal (the moonballing clown) in the same measure as he disliked a player like Del Potro (a ballbashing clown) -i.e. because both of them were, in his view, one-dimensional. Thus his view of Federer (a player that he once regarded as very good and talented if i'm not mistaken) when he was beaten by those rivals became hindered and he started to call him Frauderer more and more lol. Thus, we had an era dominated by one-dimensional clowns and frauds, something that many times he called the weakest era in tennis history (probably also to bait people).

I don't miss him at all, though, but I have a feeling he'll be back this year. They all come back.

Ichiban1920
03-11-2010, 04:59 PM
Anyone with a brain would recognize that this current era is dominated by one dimensional back of the court ballbashers, grinders and moonballers. Mug era.

abraxas21
03-11-2010, 05:09 PM
u forgot fixers and tankers

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
03-11-2010, 06:46 PM
This thread is ridiculous

i just did a google search and can find no association with clowns and the ATP

there simply aren't any clowns playing tennis

it would be impractical for a start, with the large shoes
and the need to constantly apply make up

it would be like a male sharapova ;)

dodo
03-12-2010, 06:54 AM
Hahaha absolutely true. But weren't GameSampras and Glenn around at the same time? MTF Dark Age?

those were the times.
now SS seems to have all but disappeared, theRafa looks to be gone for good. we only have everko and 2003 clowning up the place, with rare guest appearances by nekromantia. mug era.

dodo
03-12-2010, 06:55 AM
epic thread btw

ssj100
03-12-2010, 06:58 AM
Anyone with a brain would recognize that this current era is dominated by one dimensional back of the court ballbashers, grinders and moonballers. Mug era.

All noobs for sure. I beat Federer myself the other day. Too easy.

leng jai
03-12-2010, 07:29 AM
Gu is the most objective and open minded poster on MTF.

Corswandt
03-12-2010, 11:52 AM
The OP deserves every bump this thread gets.

BTW, who's this?

http://www.menstennisforums.com/customavatars/avatar37601_69.gif

jcempire
03-12-2010, 01:29 PM
:haha:

love it and great works

DrJules
03-12-2010, 05:56 PM
Anyone with a brain would recognize that this current era is dominated by one dimensional back of the court ballbashers, grinders and moonballers. Mug era.

No.

Its dominated by Roger Federer.

Action Jackson
12-17-2010, 02:03 AM
Still true.

Johnny Groove
03-29-2011, 01:09 AM
I feel this thread is in need of bumping due to the overwhelming amount of pure and clownish muggery occurring in Miami these days.

BlueSoul Formula
03-29-2011, 01:13 AM
I feel this thread is in need of bumping due to the overwhelming amount of pure and clownish muggery occurring in Miami these days.

Surely you of all people should appreciate the skill required to be a player at this level. Were you not at one time an apsiring pro?

Forehander
03-29-2011, 07:48 AM
bahaha still the best thread

Ouragan
03-29-2011, 07:53 AM
Is this thread the real world?

ossie
03-29-2011, 08:24 AM
Glenn was just caught in his Nadal-hate, nothing more. Since Nadal can't possibly be a great player (in Glenn's opinion), then it means the current crop of players are also clowns (how else could they possibly lose so much to a clown like Nadal?) - and it also means Federer is a weak player, losing so many times to that moonballing mug. :devil:


ah this thread has been very enlightening to me. i now understand how glenn became the gollum that he is, he just could not wrap his head around the fact that fedal was a better breed of player than his favorite samprass and it caused him to lose it. no wonder he hates his life. :devil:

Time Violation
03-29-2011, 08:55 AM
Great thread :D It seems every clown's dream is to become a pro tennis player. :p

Pirao666
03-29-2011, 08:55 AM
This thread is :worship:

barahmasa
03-29-2011, 09:10 AM
Great thread,
well at least we know most tennis players have a secure career option after retirement - joining circus for full time ;)

Action Jackson
03-29-2011, 09:12 AM
I feel this thread is in need of bumping due to the overwhelming amount of pure and clownish muggery occurring in Miami these days.

Will always be relevant this thread.

duong
03-29-2011, 11:20 AM
ah this thread has been very enlightening to me. i now understand how glenn became the gollum that he is, he just could not wrap his head around the fact that fedal was a better breed of player than his favorite samprass and it caused him to lose it. no wonder he hates his life. :devil:

as Apemant said, Glenn was not a Fed-hater originally, he even used to be a fan a long time ago :lol: , but he just couldn't suffer him losing to Nadal :

that's the good description

Glenn was just caught in his Nadal-hate, nothing more. Since Nadal can't possibly be a great player (in Glenn's opinion), then it means the current crop of players are also clowns (how else could they possibly lose so much to a clown like Nadal?) - and it also means Federer is a weak player, losing so many times to that moonballing mug.

it's not about Sampras : on the contrary Setsampras supports Nadal because he beats Fed who beat Sampras's records :devil: that's a more common attitude than Glenn's by the way ;)

laurie-1
03-29-2011, 11:49 AM
Well clearly in Tennis, everyone's a clown :D

Got one for the WTA?

GlennMirnyi
03-29-2011, 04:42 PM
as Apemant said, Glenn was not a Fed-hater originally, he even used to be a fan a long time ago :lol: , but he just couldn't suffer him losing to Nadal :

that's the good description

it's not about Sampras : on the contrary Setsampras supports Nadal because he beats Fed who beat Sampras's records :devil: that's a more common attitude than Glenn's by the way ;)

That was never in dispute.

For all the GOAT hype Frauderer stirs, losing to a clownish moonballer who can't hold a racket right is just pathetic.

BlueSoul Formula
04-05-2011, 12:36 AM
Will always be relevant this thread.

It will be relevant to anyone who wishes to smudge dirt in the face of the professional athletes that this forum exists for.

fast_clay
04-05-2011, 02:05 AM
It will be relevant to anyone who wishes to smudge dirt in the face of the professional athletes that this forum exists for.

you dont get it do you....?

it's a parody of the typical mtf tennis fan you dense block of wood...

get off your high horse and stop acting so righteous...

you are just as bad as the mtf fangirls the hitchiker post originally took the p!ss out of with your holier than thou attitude...

GlennMirnyi
04-05-2011, 02:06 AM
This thread is a history lesson.

And it's the pure and unblemished truth.

Action Jackson
04-05-2011, 02:17 AM
It will be relevant to anyone who wishes to smudge dirt in the face of the professional athletes that this forum exists for.

Sense of humour bypass for you. Go to back your racialist theories.

eclecticist
04-05-2011, 03:45 AM
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01791/federer-nadal_1791684i.jpg

this pic was first posted in the the funny fotos thread, but feels especially appropriate for this thread as well.

caption: this pic sums up the atp tour

GlennMirnyi
04-05-2011, 04:13 AM
Glenn partnering with SetSampras about how great Sampras was and how weak the current players are would be a truly unstoppable force on MTF.

Too bad SetSampras never actually fulfilled his potential.

Hahaha absolutely true. But weren't GameSampras and Glenn around at the same time? MTF Dark Age?

I was a major poster in the Golden Age of MTF.

Glenn was just caught in his Nadal-hate, nothing more. Since Nadal can't possibly be a great player (in Glenn's opinion), then it means the current crop of players are also clowns (how else could they possibly lose so much to a clown like Nadal?) - and it also means Federer is a weak player, losing so many times to that moonballing mug. :devil:

(clarification: I don't think Nadal is a moonballing mug, just using Glenn's terminology.)

So, as I see it - Glenn's whole viewpoint was heavily distorted for one simple reason: inability to accept Nadal's success. If he weren't that stubborn about Nadal, it wouldn't drive him into clowning about everything else so much. He had to be consistent and maintain his 'position'... even when it became apparent it was a lost cause. So, he had something in common with other Ferrous Cranuses around - even though I actually think he was more intelligent than them, just incredibly stubborn. Whereas other Cranuses are more about being intellectually limited, than being just 'extremely stubborn' as a character trait.

Not quite, but actually pretty close. An era dominated by Nadull can only be a mug era.

I sorta have a different spin on glenn. He liked to bait idiots. There were plenty that took the bait.

Much closer than Apemant.

True but not entirely, imo. I can't believe I'm going to discuss Glenn's approach to today's game but whatever... I think he genuinely miss the old S&V game or at the very least wanted players to be more versatile. That's why he seemed to dislike Nadal (the moonballing clown) in the same measure as he disliked a player like Del Potro (a ballbashing clown) -i.e. because both of them were, in his view, one-dimensional. Thus his view of Federer (a player that he once regarded as very good and talented if i'm not mistaken) when he was beaten by those rivals became hindered and he started to call him Frauderer more and more lol. Thus, we had an era dominated by one-dimensional clowns and frauds, something that many times he called the weakest era in tennis history (probably also to bait people).

I don't miss him at all, though, but I have a feeling he'll be back this year. They all come back.

The closest someone got, but my problem isn't Frauderer losing to them. My problem is Frauderer becoming one of these unidimensional mugs.

Gu is the most objective and open minded poster on MTF.

:worship:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01791/federer-nadal_1791684i.jpg

this pic was first posted in the the funny fotos thread, but feels especially appropriate for this thread as well.

caption: this pic sums up the atp tour

The mickey mouse tour and two clowns.

Every day is cuckoo-land day in MTF.

abraxas21
04-05-2011, 04:27 AM
truth be told about you, glenn

as time went by i realized i did miss you here. when i joined MTF i used to disagree with you a lot but you certainly brought enthusiasm and controversy to the forum and that was much apprecciated, even if i disagreed with you most often than not so your absence made this site less interesting overall.

interestingly enough, i think nowadays i tend to share some of your thoughts regarding today's era more and more. it certainly lacks versatility and it's plagued by one-dimensionality. i also dislike the fact that the top 3-4 players are dominating so much for so long. it would be great if we had some more competition.

Action Jackson
08-15-2011, 12:41 AM
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01791/federer-nadal_1791684i.jpg

this pic was first posted in the the funny fotos thread, but feels especially appropriate for this thread as well.

caption: this pic sums up the atp tour

This should be an introduction for people to MTF.

EliSter
08-15-2011, 12:48 AM
No matter how many time i read this thread... its hilarious every time :lol:

The Magician
08-15-2011, 02:38 AM
Glenn was a prophet, both in terms of what was happening to tennis and what was happening to MTF :sad::wavey:

abraxas21
08-15-2011, 10:08 AM
Glenn was a prophet, both in terms of what was happening to tennis and what was happening to MTF :sad::wavey:

it's the truth, man

i feel ashamed for my disagreements with him a few years ago. dude was right all along.

Chase Visa
08-15-2011, 12:41 PM
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01791/federer-nadal_1791684i.jpg

this pic was first posted in the the funny fotos thread, but feels especially appropriate for this thread as well.

caption: this pic sums up the atp tour

lolz.

Me thinks that Novak should be there though and Rafa and Rog should go into the costumes now :p

Action Jackson
06-13-2012, 05:34 AM
lolz.

Me thinks that Novak should be there though and Rafa and Rog should go into the costumes now :p

Well said.

tripwires
06-13-2012, 05:57 AM
:haha:

OP needs to be updated. :hearts:

asmazif
06-13-2012, 07:27 AM
still fantastic

TigerTim
06-13-2012, 07:32 AM
never seen this before, best on MTF :lol:

so the conclusion is 1995 is the only non clown year?

Sophocles
06-13-2012, 11:02 AM
This is superb.