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ferrerogrrl
01-04-2003, 12:50 AM
Originally posted by Vera
www.jcferrero.net is made by his sisters and his father.

Oh how cute! :bounce: His dad and sisters made a website for him?

Originally posted by Vera
http://www.terra.es/estrellas/ferrero/ called itself the official Juanqui site, while fans can chat with him in a regular basis, so I believe that's the official one. [/B]

Fans can chat with him??? :hearts: :hearts: :kiss: Drat! I need to learn Spanish :D

Thanks for the info, Vera! ;)

Leo7
01-04-2003, 12:51 AM
:wavey: hey guys. wow, alot of posts today :eek:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Nope, unfortunately :( I don't have any full DC matches from 2002 -- even the French semifinal was really cut off :confused:

you're lucky; i don't have anything from the French semifinal. i would love to watch Seb's match against Roddick but i missed it. :(

Leo7
01-04-2003, 01:05 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Kim, are you actually considering taking up residence in Australia?

(Kim) I’m never going to say never because the taxes in Belgium are just ridiculous at the moment – I’m paying, I think, over sixty per cent. Belgium is my home country and although I really feel comfortable being here in Australia and I love the country, it’s still my home and I still enjoy being in Belgium and enjoy seeing my family and all the fans. For the moment, that’s definitely not the case.

damn, with those ridiculously high taxes i would leave Belgium and become an Australian citizen too! but i hope Kim decides to stay with her home nation, and not become an Aussie just b/c of Lleyton. and lol @ this interview. most of the questions were for Kimmy and Xavier barely got to talk!

Leo7
01-04-2003, 01:09 AM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
LEo, I love your avatar. That's such a fantastic pic!

lol thanks. it was one of the few Juanqui pics that was small enough. anyway, i love your avatar also. :D

Lee
01-04-2003, 01:12 AM
Hi Leo, TH! :wavey:

Wow, there are lots of posts today!

Lee
01-04-2003, 01:18 AM
RF, I saw CLOSE MY EYES a couple of times on Showcase in Canada. Clive looked really gorgeous in the film and Alan Rickman too although he didn't show off himself as much as Mr. Owen did.;)

Lee
01-04-2003, 01:20 AM
Layla, Slovenia is even warmer than my city!!!!:eek: :eek:

This week my family drove 2 hours in order to feel what's it like freezing temperature.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 01:22 AM
:wavey: Hey guys! :) Just found the qualifying draw for Sydney, and Michel's not playing. So I guess if he doesn't get into a tournament he'll just not play this week. Hmm . . .

Lee
01-04-2003, 01:25 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: Hey guys! :) Just found the qualifying draw for Sydney, and Michel's not playing. So I guess if he doesn't get into a tournament he'll just not play this week. Hmm . . .

He doesn't make the main draw?????

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 01:31 AM
Originally posted by Lee
He doesn't make the main draw?????

Nope :sad: He just missed the cutoff for Auckland (where he was a semifinalist last year :rolleyes: ) and he's even further down the wait list for Sydney.

Well, either way, he'll be in Australia practicing for the Australian Open so hopefully he can get something going . . . but he's going to lose even more ranking points :sad::sad:

RogiFan
01-04-2003, 01:33 AM
:) Hi Lee and Leo!

I missed ILR today.

Speaking of Juanqui's official site, etc. [terra], here's a quick match report from TMC Shanghai02 vs. Rogi:

Juanqui more or less said:

If I had played just a little better I could have won.
The differences were minimal between Juanqui and Rogi.
If he could have improved a little bit in the game he could have had the match.

If I had played just a little better I wouldn't have faulted so much and I could have taken the match. I was surprised that I couldn't read his second serve and was hoping to do so throughout the whole match. I didn't do well today as I had done in the days before; in practice, everything was working perfectly.

He played very well, very complete in every sense, I think I faulted a little more in the first set and then I was in a hurry to break and I didn't know how to take advantage of the two opportunities that I had and in the end it got away from me.

… The good thing is that you can lose as I did today and still qualify for the semis as I did last year in Sydney.

On Wednesday I'll practice a little more and I'll get more used to the court and then on Thursday I'll go for it.

Also:

Juanqui says:

"A mi en particular me gusta mucho jugar en pista rápida. Los espaņoles han ganado indoors, el Masters en cubierto y en general se puede decir que también sabemos jugar en esas pistas."

>I really like playing on a fast surface. Spanish players have won on indoor courts, the Masters on covered indoor courts and in general you can say that we also know how to play on these courts.


You tell 'em, Juanqui!! ;)

Too bad the site is not updated that often!

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:05 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
they always used to have the lives scores on atp site but I tried it the other day and it didnt work

and the gotennis scoreboard wans't working for me either :mad:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:08 AM
I just finished watching the Novak match where Cliffy made the bet :D and PattyMac was trying to convince himself that Juan Carlos could never do well on hard courts. "He's not enough like Hewitt" he keeps saying. And Cliff was just like, "Yeah, keep telling yourself that, that you made a bet you couldn't win". I was totally, "GO CLIFFY!!" on that :D

Of course, if Juan Carlos doesn't win a non-clay Masters Series (the terms of the bet) PMac's just going to have more ammo to torture Cliffy. But we might get to see more of his matches as one tries to prove the other wrong . . . I guess we win either way :D:D:D

Lee
01-04-2003, 02:09 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
and the gotennis scoreboard wans't working for me either :mad:

Anyway, those so called live scoreborads usually are way behind. I usually try to find the web site for the event.

Lee
01-04-2003, 02:10 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I just finished watching the Novak match where Cliffy made the bet :D and PattyMac was trying to convince himself that Juan Carlos could never do well on hard courts. "He's not enough like Hewitt" he keeps saying. And Cliff was just like, "Yeah, keep telling yourself that, that you made a bet you couldn't win". I was totally, "GO CLIFFY!!" on that :D

Of course, if Juan Carlos doesn't win a non-clay Masters Series (the terms of the bet) PMac's just going to have more ammo to torture Cliffy. But we might get to see more of his matches as one tries to prove the other wrong . . . I guess we win either way :D:D:D

I have faith in Juanqui that Cliffy will win the bet. :D :D

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:12 AM
Originally posted by Vera
www.jcferrero.net is made by his sisters and his father.

wow, i didn't even know that. Juan Carlos has such a great family. ;)

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:16 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I just finished watching the Novak match where Cliffy made the bet :D and PattyMac was trying to convince himself that Juan Carlos could never do well on hard courts. "He's not enough like Hewitt" he keeps saying. And Cliff was just like, "Yeah, keep telling yourself that, that you made a bet you couldn't win". I was totally, "GO CLIFFY!!" on that :D

Of course, if Juan Carlos doesn't win a non-clay Masters Series (the terms of the bet) PMac's just going to have more ammo to torture Cliffy. But we might get to see more of his matches as one tries to prove the other wrong . . . I guess we win either way :D:D:D

good point. maybe Cliffy's bet will lead to more Juan Carlos coverage in 2003. i hope so. :)

Lee
01-04-2003, 02:20 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Nope :sad: He just missed the cutoff for Auckland (where he was a semifinalist last year :rolleyes: ) and he's even further down the wait list for Sydney.

Well, either way, he'll be in Australia practicing for the Australian Open so hopefully he can get something going . . . but he's going to lose even more ranking points :sad::sad:

Is it possible that he will get a WC?

Lee
01-04-2003, 02:21 AM
Dinner time! Ciao! :wavey:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:21 AM
The Hopman Cup Final is underway. :bounce: i am cheering for Alicia in the women's singles and James in the men's singles, even though both will prolly lose. i guess Blake has a chance (i mean Novak did beat Hewitt in the semis) but he's never defeated Lleyton before...

Serena currently leads Molik 2-0

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:22 AM
:wavey: Lee.

Molik holds for 1-2. :)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:22 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Is it possible that he will get a WC?

Yes, it is possible. I was hoping that Auckland would give him a wildcard since he is a defending semifinalist, but the news from there has been so muddled and confusing I've given up. I don't think he'll get a wildcard into Sydney, since the field is so strong already.

Guess I'll have to wait until the main draw comes out to find out for sure.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:24 AM
which TMC match are you watching now, Hacks? Ferrero vs. Moya? i love that one. :D

Serena holds at love for 3-1 :(

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:24 AM
Bye Lee :wavey:

Woohoo, the Cup is underway :bounce:

GO JAMES!! Although I won't be too broken up if Australia wins ;)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
which TMC match are you watching now, Hacks? Ferrero vs. Moya? i love that one. :D

Well, I'm not watching one at the moment. That and the final are the only matches I have left, and I'm not sure if I can stomach the final. I remember all too vividly doing live scores for both of these matches and having totally different feelings about the outcomes. Ferrero-Moya was a good match, I agree, and I went to bed happy. But the final . . . at least I don't have the last set. I'd probably cry if I did :sad:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:27 AM
3-2 Serena. Molik was down 0-30 on her service game but won 4 straight points to hold on. :)

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:31 AM
i don't have the last set either from the Hewitt/Ferrero TMC final. my tape ran out, but i wouldn't want to wach it anyway.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:33 AM
Serena is dominating up 5-2 (two breaks). :( FIGHT, ALICIA! :bounce:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:36 AM
Serena wins the first 6-2 :rolleyes:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:36 AM
Yes, I think my tape ran out, too. They were using 6-hour tapes and I usually use 8 hours (get more for less :D).

I guess I took both of my Michel matches to school :( I really wanted to rewatch one, but I'm going to watch A Life Less Ordinary instead. Ewan :hearts:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:40 AM
you can get 8 hours on a tape? on what mode? i use EP all the time and that gets me 6 hours.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:43 AM
I use EP mode, but I get 8 hour tapes - yes they do make such a thing :D

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:43 AM
wow, there is some match going on in the ASB Classic Final. Daniilidou won the first set 6-4, then Cho took the second 6-4. in the 3rd Cho led 5-3 and had double match point but Eleni came back and took a 6-5 lead. now Cho has held on and takes this match to a tiebreak. :eek: i guess i hope Daniilidou wins cuz i predicted her in the wta pg.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:46 AM
i never heard of 8 hour tapes. i have to get me one of those. i love EP mode also cuz i'm cheap. :D

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:49 AM
I use TDK Revue 8 hrs (and the board is moving very slow for me . . .)

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:52 AM
the board is moving very slow for me too :(

but good news. Eleni Daniilidou won the ASB Bank Classic title 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2)! that gives me a sweet 8 points in the WTA prediction game. thanks and congrats Eleni! great comeback! :bounce:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:53 AM
Serena leads 6-2, 4-2 :( :rolleyes:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 02:54 AM
Congrats Eleni :)

C'MON JAMES!!!!!!!!

Leo7
01-04-2003, 02:57 AM
in the Gold Coast final, Mikaelian and Dechy are tied at a set apiece. Mikaelian has some momentum after winning the 2nd set 6-3 and i think she's gonna win it now! :bounce:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 03:00 AM
Serena up 5-3 now :(

oh shit Nathalie Dechy leads 2-0 in the 3rd set :eek: FIGHT BACK, MGM! :bounce:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 03:01 AM
C'mon MGM!! We want a Swiss win this week! :bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 03:02 AM
yes, good luck to James! :bounce: it looks like he'll be taking the court shortly unless there's some kind of miracle and Molik wins. :rolleyes:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 03:04 AM
well Serena finished off Alicia 6-2, 6-3 so James is up next :D

Leo7
01-04-2003, 03:11 AM
oh shit Nathalie leads 3-0 in the final set (deuce in this game) and MGM has called a trainer. the posters at WTAworld are saying she has a problem with her foot/leg. not looking good for MGM. :( :sad:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 03:13 AM
Oh, no :sad:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 03:15 AM
i'm gonna have to go soon. want to spend some time with my sis since she's leaving tomorrow to go back to college (i'm going with her btw so i won't have any internet access for a while :(). anyway i'll be back later tonite. good luck to James and Mikaelian!

:wavey:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 03:19 AM
All right, have fun Leo :wavey:

Are you going for the weekend? We'll miss you then :)

Lee
01-04-2003, 03:31 AM
:( You leave when I just come back here, Leo! :(

Lee
01-04-2003, 03:43 AM
It's terribly slow. I am leaving! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 04:25 AM
Hey everyone, Mrs. B posted again in her thread :) She said that her connection is slow and the place is busy, so I'd suggest if you'd like for her to be in on the conversation, post there so she doesn't have to dig.

Sounds like she's having a ton of fun, and she promised to come by more often until she gets back from holiday :)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 04:55 AM
LOOKIT THIS LOOKIT THIS LOOKIT THIS!!!!!!!!!!

:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Blake upsets Hewitt to win Hopman Cup for United States
11 minutes ago


PERTH, Australia - James Blake upset Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 and Serena Williams (news - web sites) beat Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-3 Saturday to give the United States its second Hopman Cup team tennis title.

The victories gave the Americans a winning 2-0 lead over Australia with a mixed doubles match to follow. The United States were losing finalists the past two years.

It was Blake's first win in five matches against Hewitt and came in just 64 minutes.

Molik, ranked No. 94, had not dropped a set in the mixed teams event heading into the opening singles Saturday, but world top-ranked Williams was an easy winner.

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:01 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOOKIT THIS LOOKIT THIS LOOKIT THIS!!!!!!!!!!

:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Blake upsets Hewitt to win Hopman Cup for United States
11 minutes ago


PERTH, Australia - James Blake upset Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 and Serena Williams (news - web sites) beat Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-3 Saturday to give the United States its second Hopman Cup team tennis title.



I followed the score in WTAworld and some of the people there sort of make it James win the match solely because of Serena is there coaching him. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:03 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I followed the score in WTAworld and some of the people there sort of make it James win the match solely because of Serena is there coaching him. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:08 AM
yeah, good job James! you kick ass! :bounce:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:10 AM
damn, our Swssi girl lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. :( she did put up a good fight in the final set though, getting to 4-3 after being down 4-0. but i'm happy for Nathalie b/c this is her first career title, and MGM has already won one (Tashkent).

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:13 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
All right, have fun Leo :wavey:

Are you going for the weekend? We'll miss you then :)

yeah i'm leaving tomorrow morning and will be back sunday afternoon.

Lee, i love your new avatar. Guga looks so cute. :D

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:14 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
You know, I was thinking about this last night as I was watching Juan Carlos's & Roger's Masters Cup match. And I've come to the conclusion that no matter what Juan Carlos does, he will be looked down upon.

If he ever wins the Australian Open/US Open/Masters Cup, it will either be called a fluke or blamed on the medium-to-slow surface. If he ever reaches #1 he will be called a fluke, no matter how long he holds onto it. Look at the fact that Corretja and Moya have either won the year-ending championships or reached #1, and they are STILL called clay court specialists.

If he ever wins Wimbledon I think the entire commentating community will have a fucking cow :D And it would automatically be blamed on a weakened draw or a fluke of luck.

The only way that I could see he would ever get respect as something other than a "clay court specialist" is if he managed to stranglehold the #1 spot for more than 2 years and/or defend a non-clay Grand Slam. Only if he was the biggest thing in your face a la Potato man this year would he get respect for his abilities.

Or perhaps if he totally decimated the US Davis Cup team (on whatever surface) more or less by himself. Which he could very well do this year :D

Welcome to the club. I figured that out as soon as Guga started kicking asses on hard... Guess what they said???? :rolleyes:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:16 AM
:wavey: Diss. so true about Guga. :rolleyes:

i think Lee and Hackie are still here somewhere..

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:17 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
yup it was TMS Madrid,no need for pic now ;)

Thank GOD! :p

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:18 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
yeah i'm leaving tomorrow morning and will be back sunday afternoon.

Lee, i love your new avatar. Guga looks so cute. :D

Have a safe and nice trip. How's the weather? Is it still snowing?

Yeah! Guga is so cute even he a big boy now!:D :D :D

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:18 AM
Hi, hitman :wavey:

Well, Guga gets much props from PMac & Cliffy and yeah he's considered a clay court player but he's proven he can play on hard courts and basically shut our boys up.

Besides, everyone loves Guga anyway. It's not quite the same situation.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:19 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Thank GOD! :p

LMAO!!! :D

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:21 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Welcome to the club. I figured that out as soon as Guga started kicking asses on hard... Guess what they said???? :rolleyes:

Even he became world number 1 and win a bunch of hard court events including TMS, he still gets no respect from those idiots. Since I consider those people idiots, I can pretty ignore them though.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:21 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Have a safe and nice trip. How's the weather? Is it still snowing?

Yeah! Guga is so cute even he a big boy now!:D :D :D

the weather is fine. i don't think it's snowing anymore but there is still some freezing rain. but in Vermont/New Hampshire (where we're going) i heard there was some heavy snow on the ground.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:24 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
the weather is fine. i don't think it's snowing anymore but there is still some freezing rain. but in Vermont/New Hampshire (where we're going) i heard there was some heavy snow on the ground.

Are you going skiiing? Because it sounds like a prime opportunity.

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:24 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
the weather is fine. i don't think it's snowing anymore but there is still some freezing rain. but in Vermont/New Hampshire (where we're going) i heard there was some heavy snow on the ground.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: You consider freezing rain and heavy snow as FINE?????

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:29 AM
:wavey: Lee, Leo, Hackie!

How are you all?
Damn, its LATE! 3:30 am!

So glad about james!!!!! :D:D:D
We have a Smashed Potato for our menu of the night. ;)

Im getting tennis this week, from two sides. Doha and the Sao Paulo chalenger. Saretta is kicking ass! :D Hopefuly it leads him towards some good performance in Australia! :)

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:31 AM
Qualifying in Sydney:

(1) Burgsmuller, Lars (GER)
Puerta, Mariano (ARG)

Okun, Noam (ISR)
(WC) Henry, Ryan (AUS)

Vacek, Jan (CZE)
Balcells, Juan (ESP)

Bachelot, Jean-Francois (FRA)
(7) Lee, Hyung-Taik (KOR)

(2) Boutter, Julien (FRA)
Waske, Alexander (GER)

(WC) Luczak, Peter (AUS)
Labadze, Iraki (GEO)

(WC) Ilie, Andrew (AUS)
Thomann, Nicolas (FRA)

Delgado, Ramon (PAR)
(5) Pless, Kristian (DEN)

======================

(3) Montanes, Albert (ESP)
DiPasquale, Arnaud (FRA)

Van Lottum, John (NED)
Galvani, Stefano (ITA)

Kim, Alex (USA)
Calatrava, Alex (ESP)

Norman, Dick (BEL)
(6)Fish, Mardy (USA)

(4) Squillari, Franco (ESP)
Gimelstob, Justin (USA)

Melzer, Jurgen (AUT)
Carraz, Gregory (FRA)

Beck, Karol (SVK)
(WC) Crabb, Jaymon (AUS)

Savolt, Attila (HUN)
(8) Portas, Albert (ESP)

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:32 AM
Btw, you like my avatar? I drew that myself. :D

I didnt create the character, that was Amentīs task. ;)

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:32 AM
Originally posted by Dissident

We have a Smashed Potato for our menu of the night. ;)



:D :D :D Vince is very good in mashing potato! It's one of his favorite dish these days.

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:34 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Btw, you like my avatar? I drew that myself. :D

I didnt create the character, that was Amentīs task. ;)

That's a very cool one. I don't know you draw that yourself! :thumbs up:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:35 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Are you going skiiing? Because it sounds like a prime opportunity.

a good opportunity, except that i don't like to ski. :o

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:36 AM
I'm doing okay, just waiting for pictures of James to surface.

Damn, it is late for you :eek: I'm surprised you're still up. But then, it is your vacation . . . ;)

I can't believe the results from Doha :eek:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:37 AM
Originally posted by Lee
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: You consider freezing rain and heavy snow as FINE?????

sure, why not.

hey, there's a pic of Ferrero on the homepage for the Sydney site. :D no live scores though :fiery:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:37 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Btw, you like my avatar? I drew that myself. :D

I didnt create the character, that was Amentīs task. ;)

:eek: Wow, cool!! You have a great hand :)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:38 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
a good opportunity, except that i don't like to ski. :o

Don't be embarrassed about it!! LOL.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:39 AM
http://www.atpworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3499

:rolleyes:

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:39 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I can't believe the results from Doha :eek:

I actually consider JMG's serve better than Roddick. If he recovers fully from his injury and concentrate on tennis, he should be higher in his current ranking.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:39 AM
what results from Doha?

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:41 AM
ooh that Maria Sharapova is kinda hot. and i AM younger than 18 ;)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:41 AM
The fact that the Ken Doll is in the final of Doha, Leo.

Lee, he might have a better serve, but I can't stand to watch it. He is SO ritualistic he makes me cringe when I see a match invovling him.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:42 AM
I guess his serve is so hard because his joints are all made of plastic... :p

DOWN with the Ken Doll!!

I am still trying to figure out who started dictating the "black socks look cool" campaign. UGH!

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:42 AM
Maria Sharapova is only 15 -- hard to believe :eek:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:44 AM
so Davydenko destroyed Voinea 6-2, 6-1 in Adelaide. the Russian is in the finals now (i wish i predicted him). next up is Richard against that guy with a weird name. GO RICH! :bounce:

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:45 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
sure, why not.


Since it usually takes me an extra hour or two to get anywhere with this kind of weather.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:45 AM
I guess you didnīt get my point... That post... Was a bunch of guys drooling over a 15 year old girl... ON A MENīS TENNIS FORUM... Thats the reason for a giant rolleyes...

But maybe thatīs just me. :o

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:46 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
I guess his serve is so hard because his joints are all made of plastic... :p

DOWN with the Ken Doll!!

I am still trying to figure out who started dictating the "black socks look cool" campaign. UGH!

LOL!! Down with Ken!!

I don't know who did it, but it's spread. Especially bad is black socks with black shoes, and several of our faves have been guilty of that :o During a US Open rain delay, they actually did a piece on USA about the good, the bad, and the ugly vis a vis fashion in the professional game now :eek:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:48 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL!! Down with Ken!!

I don't know who did it, but it's spread. Especially bad is black socks with black shoes, and several of our faves have been guilty of that :o During a US Open rain delay, they actually did a piece on USA about the good, the bad, and the ugly vis a vis fashion in the professional game now :eek:

yeah, i've seen both James and Lleyton do the black socks w/ black shoes. :eek:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:48 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
I guess you didnīt get my point... That post... Was a bunch of guys drooling over a 15 year old girl... ON A MENīS TENNIS FORUM... Thats the reason for a giant rolleyes...

But maybe thatīs just me. :o

No, it's not just you, thanks for being that to my attention because I usually just ignore those threads in GM. I totally agree with you, it's sick.

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:50 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL!! Down with Ken!!

I don't know who did it, but it's spread. Especially bad is black socks with black shoes, and several of our faves have been guilty of that :o During a US Open rain delay, they actually did a piece on USA about the good, the bad, and the ugly vis a vis fashion in the professional game now :eek:

First time Iīve seen that:

Guga played Ken in Indian Wells in 2001. He lost. Mr Doll had black socks. It was REALLY pathetic. I thought to myself: alright, they now will see how horrible it looks, even if you dont consider how fucking hot your feet get on that killing sun, and none will EVER look so goofy again...

I couldnt possibly imagine how wrong I was... :rolleyes:

Dissident
01-04-2003, 05:51 AM
Anyway, my eyes are wheighting a ton each right now... :p

GOOD NIGHT! Ill be back tomorrow.

:wavey:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:51 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
yeah, i've seen both James and Lleyton do the black socks w/ black shoes. :eek:

Hey, I thought you didn't like Potato man now!

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 05:53 AM
LOL, hitman!! Your wit is on tonight.

Have a good night :wavey: Thanks for coming by :)

Lee
01-04-2003, 05:57 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
No, it's not just you, thanks for being that to my attention because I usually just ignore those threads in GM. I totally agree with you, it's sick.

Diss, you are just too mature at your age. I agree with you but I have worked with men who are much older than 18 and still behave like this in working environment.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:58 AM
:wavey: goodnight hitman.

i don't like Potato.. at all. but i was just mentioning players who wore the black socks w/ black shoes. of course he looked horrible with that.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 05:59 AM
i think i'll be cheering AGAINST Potato in every match he plays this year :fiery: who wants to join me? :fiery:

Lee
01-04-2003, 06:00 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
First time Iīve seen that:

Guga played Ken in Indian Wells in 2001. He lost. Mr Doll had black socks. It was REALLY pathetic. I thought to myself: alright, they now will see how horrible it looks, even if you dont consider how fucking hot your feet get on that killing sun, and none will EVER look so goofy again...

I couldnt possibly imagine how wrong I was... :rolleyes:

Goodnight Diss! I guess you don't think much about Serena's catsuit then.

Lee
01-04-2003, 06:02 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
i think i'll be cheering AGAINST Potato in every match he plays this year :fiery: who wants to join me? :fiery:

I will get Vince cause he loves to mash potato and I love potato salad.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:02 AM
oh god that catsuit is horrific. and now hitman's favorite Anna K will be wearing the same outfit this year. :eek:

Lee
01-04-2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
oh god that catsuit is horrific. and now hitman's favorite Anna K will be wearing the same outfit this year. :eek:

Are you kidding? I think Anna K has a better taste in fashion than Serena!

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I will get Vince cause he loves to mash potato and I love potato salad.

lol too funny. your son is so cute. :)

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
i think i'll be cheering AGAINST Potato in every match he plays this year :fiery: who wants to join me? :fiery:

I'm in :D Just like last year, the only way I'd cheer for him was if Agassihole was trying to take the #1 spot.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:05 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
oh god that catsuit is horrific. and now hitman's favorite Anna K will be wearing the same outfit this year. :eek:

Anna's going to wear the catsuit?! Are you serious?

Well at least she has a better figure for it. I don't think the novelty boobs (not to mention her butt) have ever looked so big as they did in that suit. It was disgusting.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:06 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Are you kidding? I think Anna K has a better taste in fashion than Serena!

i thought so too but then i heard this. i think Anna is pretty, but i don't think she has the body to wear that catsuit. it would look horrible on her, i think.. even worse than on Serena :rolleyes:

Lee
01-04-2003, 06:06 AM
Goodnight TH, Leo! :wavey:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:08 AM
alright, we can start a Lleyton Hewitt Haters' Club. i wanna be president! :D *hopes no Hewitt fans wander in here*

:wavey: g'night Lee.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:10 AM
Goonight, Lee :wavey:

Leo, we have the Potato Peelers thread, go announce your presence ;)

Lee
01-04-2003, 06:11 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
i thought so too but then i heard this. i think Anna is pretty, but i don't think she has the body to wear that catsuit. it would look horrible on her, i think.. even worse than on Serena :rolleyes:

I think it may be those sponsors idea. But I agree with TH that she will wear it better than Serena. A tight suit is not suitable for someone with such outstanding figure like Serena.

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:14 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Goonight, Lee :wavey:

Leo, we have the Potato Peelers thread, go announce your presence ;)

oh yeah i heard of that. which forum is it in?

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:15 AM
It's in General Messages, and it was just recently bumped up . . .

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:17 AM
Richard K lost to Vliegen 6:7 6:4 3:6 :sad: :sad: oh well...

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:19 AM
Here you go, Leo:

http://www.atpworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=29

Leo7
01-04-2003, 06:22 AM
thanks for the link, Hackie. i'm gonna check that out and then go to bed. it's been a long day. :wavey: goodnight.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:24 AM
Goodnight, Leo. Have fun this weekend! :wavey:

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:28 AM
Hi and bye, guys.

Leo, have fun at wherever you're going for the weekend. :wavey:

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:29 AM
Lovely Guga's pic on your avatar, Lee. He's so cute. I changed mine back to Juanqui for beginning of Juanqui's year :D.

And yours too, Diss. I just thought that it was one of those Pearl Jam CD cover. Didn't know it's your drawing. It's brilliant. :)

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:35 AM
lol @ fashion talk. Hackie, you think black socks on black shoes is bad? Then, what do you think about black socks and white shoes, it's ridiculously looking IMO. That's one of the reason I dislike JMG. But I also don't like his serve motion, like he lost control of his limps that everything swings around out of control. Also not understand why he needs a two-handed forehand. I mean, he's 6 ft 3 and 200 lbs plus, how much power does he need from both hands.

Anyway, I hope Koubek wins it tomorrow, that's all :D.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 06:42 AM
Tennis-Blake, Williams Take U.S. to Hopman Cup Victory
41 minutes ago

By Ossian Shine

PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - A ferocious James Blake thrashed world number one Lleyton Hewitt in sensational style on Saturday to win the Hopman Cup for the United States.

The American, 27 places below Hewitt in the world rankings, obliterated the Australian's defenses in just 64 minutes with searing serves and stunning forehands to triumph 6-3 6-4 at the Burswood Dome.

Women's world number one Serena Williams (news - web sites) had earlier set the U.S. up for victory, blasting Alicia Molik 6-2 6-3 but not even she could have expected Blake to punish Hewitt so ruthlessly.

But against all odds the stylish American produced winner after winner to grind an under-par Hewitt into the ground, his first victory against the Australian in five meetings.

"I was here a few years ago and didn't really feel I belonged I was kind of a substitute I think," he smiled. "Well now I am back, and I really feel I belong," Blake said. The 23-year-old barely missed a shot at the Burswood Dome, firing ground strokes into the corners, onto the lines and running Hewitt ragged in the indoor arena.

Smiling throughout at his form, Blake's demeanor was in stark contrast to that of the sweating, scowling Hewitt who could find no answer to Blake's firepower.

CONFIDENCE KNOCK

The defeat, two days after losing to Jiri Novak in a group match, marks the first time Hewitt has lost two matches in succession since last March and April when he lost in Miami and Monte Carlo.

It will have done little for his confidence a week before the Australian Open (news - web sites) in Melbourne.

The United States had won the mixed team event just once from five finals before Williams and Blake teamed up this year and the pair certainly plan on returning next year.

"I have had so much fun here," Williams said. "I just must come again."

"I'm glad to hear that, Serena," Blake added. "I am going to book my plane right now."

Hewitt and Molik had also been looking to clinch Australia's second triumph.

But Williams dealt the hosts an early blow and brought Molik back to earth with a devastating display first up.

The 21-year-old Molik had enjoyed the best results of her career coming into the final, but was helpless as Williams put the U.S. into a 1-0 lead with ease.

A pair of breaks in both sets were enough as Williams cantered past the home hope without barely breaking sweat.

"It's really great -- it's a wonderful team atmosphere and I have really enjoyed it, really enjoyed partnering James," said Williams after the winners collected checks for A$120,000 ($67,610) each and a pair of diamond-encrusted golden tennis balls.

($1=1.775 Australian Dollar)

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:48 AM
Congrats to James. :bounce: He finally broke Lleyton.

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:53 AM
I just read that 3 wildcards of Sydney were given to 3 Aussie, Draper, Reid and Durek. Still no draw and it's sat evening Sydney time now. So I guess the draw won't come out til tomorrow. I hope Juanqui gets a good one. It's such a tough field for a 35 points tourney. But winning it will definitely help build some momentum for Aussie Open.

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:54 AM
Good night everyone :wavey:

vaiva
01-04-2003, 11:55 AM
Good morning :wavey:

Seems like I am alone here. I have too much work for weekend (as usual) and be sitting at my computer :o

I'm so glad that James managed to beat the Potato Man :) and congrats to USA on winning the Cup ;)

ILR
01-04-2003, 02:28 PM
Hi :wavey:

Im here now,and I bet there are lots of posts to check again!

ILR
01-04-2003, 02:42 PM
speaking of bad fashion sense,Ken Doll :p is wearing a kind of grey colour shirt and shorts with black socks and white trainers :o not a good look!

ILR
01-04-2003, 03:47 PM
and I see he lost anyway ;) anyone about?

Layla
01-04-2003, 04:05 PM
Hmmm, I can only access sites within Slovenia. Seems like my server has problems with international connection. It comes and goes.

So I will say hello and goodbye! :wavey:

But before I go, I just have to jump for Stefan! ;) :D

WAY TO GO KOUBEK! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

AND I predicted him in the game, which was more wishful thinking than anything else, but he came through for me. :) Thank you Stefan! :kiss:

ILR
01-04-2003, 04:06 PM
lol hi and bye then Layla :wavey:

get that damn connection sorted out ;) hope it is anyway!

Leo7
01-04-2003, 04:46 PM
i posted the Sydney singles draw for the men in myh new thread. here's the draw for the women:

Singles Main Draw
[1] J. Capriati v BYE
T. Panova v E. Dominikovic
Qualifier v C. Martinez
E. Bovina v [5] A. Myskina

[6] L. Davenport v N. Pratt
E. Danilidou v Qualifer
T. Tanasugarn v Qualifer
BYE v [4] D. Hantuchova

[3] J. Henin-Hardenne v BYE
A. Kournikova v Qualifer
A. Sugiyama v A. Coetzer
S. Farina-Elia v [8] M. Maleeva

[7] C. Rubin v E. Dementieva
A. Stevenson v M. Pierce
P. Suarez v P. Schnyder
BYE v [2] K. Clijsters

Good Luck to Lindsay, Mary, Kim, Daniela, Justine, Elena B, Anna, and Chanda :) :bounce:

Leo7
01-04-2003, 04:47 PM
and now i must go. :wavey:

ILR
01-04-2003, 04:48 PM
awwww :(:wavey::kiss:

RogiFan
01-04-2003, 05:36 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Anna's going to wear the catsuit?! Are you serious?

Well at least she has a better figure for it. I don't think the novelty boobs (not to mention her butt) have ever looked so big as they did in that suit. It was disgusting.

Hi all on this oh so snowy day!

Yep, as I said before, Serena dog is way TOO boobylicious and bootylicious for that outfit! [cringe!:p ]

Good for James! I hope he inspires Rogi and Juanqui to beat Lleyton this year -- it has to be one of their top goals!! Come on guys you can do it too!! :D

So Koubek beat Ken Doll in Doha? If so, I'm glad!

Vera
01-04-2003, 06:30 PM
Good morning :wavey:

YEAH! Koubek beat JMG :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:. I admit that I'm not a fan of Koubek (afterall, he did beat Juanqui last year in Toronto). But I'm glad he won bcos it's much better than JMG winning. If Ken Doll wins his first tourney before Aussie, I bet PMac or JMac or someone in the network will hype him up to be a Aussie contender.

The draw is out finally, thanks Leo for posting it. I don't like Juanqui's draw, first round against a floater like Santoro is always dangerous. Then Misha in the 2nd and Srichaphan in the QF, that's so tough :mad:. Juanqui can beat them all though, he is in good form himself, just maybe a little rusty from vacation but I'm sure he's training hard during the break.

So good luck Juanqui, start 2003 with a big splash :bounce: . Any of you getting coverage of Sydney?

Okay, bye now. Have a good weekend everyone!

Lee
01-04-2003, 07:09 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
i posted the Sydney singles draw for the men in myh new thread. here's the draw for the women:

Singles Main Draw
[1] J. Capriati v BYE
T. Panova v E. Dominikovic
Qualifier v C. Martinez
E. Bovina v [5] A. Myskina

[6] L. Davenport v N. Pratt
E. Danilidou v Qualifer
T. Tanasugarn v Qualifer
BYE v [4] D. Hantuchova

[3] J. Henin-Hardenne v BYE
A. Kournikova v Qualifer
A. Sugiyama v A. Coetzer
S. Farina-Elia v [8] M. Maleeva

[7] C. Rubin v E. Dementieva
A. Stevenson v M. Pierce
P. Suarez v P. Schnyder
BYE v [2] K. Clijsters

Good Luck to Lindsay, Mary, Kim, Daniela, Justine, Elena B, Anna, and Chanda :) :bounce:

Good luck Lindsay! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Lee
01-04-2003, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Maria Sharapova is only 15 -- hard to believe :eek:

I think she looks like her age in this pic.

Lee
01-04-2003, 07:53 PM
I think I finish talking to myself. :wavey:

Goodday to all you guys here.:)

Layla, hope your internet connection back to normal.:(

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:15 PM
:wavey: Hallo, thread!

Just wanted to start off by saying I'm soooooo thrilled Michel got into the Auckland tournament :) Unfortunately, he faces Ken Doll right off :(:sad: I hope KD has a letdown after his big loss in Doha -- congrats to Stefan :D:D:D

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
speaking of bad fashion sense,Ken Doll :p is wearing a kind of grey colour shirt and shorts with black socks and white trainers :o not a good look!

LOL, and to address an earlier comment: I agree that black socks and white shoes are really ugly, but the all black look is just a bit worse in my opinion. I guess I just have this thing against black sneakers, I think they look bad on everyone (especially those who wear shorts for a living ;)).

And KD really needs to get some help. The only time his outfit looks halfway decent is at Wimbledon. What was he thinking, gray and black? :eek:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:20 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Hmmm, I can only access sites within Slovenia. Seems like my server has problems with international connection. It comes and goes.

:( Well I hope it comes back! We haven't been online at the same time for any decent amount of time for awhile now. Heh I haven't really been around when others have been except once this week :eek:

Guess I need to start getting up before noon :o

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by Leo7

Singles Main Draw
[1] J. Capriati v BYE
T. Panova v E. Dominikovic
Qualifier v C. Martinez
E. Bovina v [5] A. Myskina

[6] L. Davenport v N. Pratt
E. Danilidou v Qualifer
T. Tanasugarn v Qualifer
BYE v [4] D. Hantuchova

[3] J. Henin-Hardenne v BYE
A. Kournikova v Qualifer
A. Sugiyama v A. Coetzer
S. Farina-Elia v [8] M. Maleeva

[7] C. Rubin v E. Dementieva
A. Stevenson v M. Pierce
P. Suarez v P. Schnyder
BYE v [2] K. Clijsters

YES! No Williams sisters! :bounce:

Ooh, looks like Kimmy will have another great chance to start off the year with a bang. If the Hopman Cup is any indication, she'll be playing well right from the start. I don't think she'll have any problems until the 2RD, if she runs into Mary Pierce. Other than that, she's beaten everyone in her quarter or I have confidence that she can :)

Dani has a tougher quarter, with a meeting with Lindsay lurking. That will be a very good matchup, one that I'd love to see (damn ESPN :rolleyes: ).

Too bad the Russians in the top have to meet each other first round :( I'll root for whoever wins that battle.

Wow, Sydney has the potential to be a mouthwatering week :drool:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Good for James! I hope he inspires Rogi and Juanqui to beat Lleyton this year -- it has to be one of their top goals!! Come on guys you can do it too!! :D

Well, I know Juanqui owns Potato's ass on the clay, and I think Roger has beaten him there, too. So its not like they've never had the pleasure of grinding him to mush :D But I hope they can finally defeat him on a hard court!

I really hope there's a changing of the guard at the top. Nobody should rule for more than 2 years (well, maybe I'd make an exception or two ;)).

Lee
01-04-2003, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack

Dani has a tougher quarter, with a meeting with Lindsay lurking. That will be a very good matchup, one that I'd love to see (damn ESPN :rolleyes: ).



Dani just win a tourney at the beginning of the year, it will be quite a match between her & Lindsay if both get thru their first round.

Hi TH! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:31 PM
Originally posted by Vera
If Ken Doll wins his first tourney before Aussie, I bet PMac or JMac or someone in the network will hype him up to be a Aussie contender.

Well, we got through Doha and I don't think KD is going to win Auckland (just a hunch ;)). PMac would probably be drooling at the prospect of having another American with a title at the beginning of the year, but he's never been that fond of KD for whatever reason. He dropped him like a hot potato from Davis Cup as soon as he could :rolleyes:


The draw is out finally, thanks Leo for posting it. I don't like Juanqui's draw, first round against a floater like Santoro is always dangerous. Then Misha in the 2nd and Srichaphan in the QF, that's so tough :mad:. Juanqui can beat them all though, he is in good form himself, just maybe a little rusty from vacation but I'm sure he's training hard during the break.

So good luck Juanqui, start 2003 with a big splash :bounce: . Any of you getting coverage of Sydney?

Well I've already said it ten zillion times so I won't say it again ;) I just hope Juan Carlos gets some good matches before the Australian Open, I really want him to do well here. The best news is he has nothing to defend these first few weeks :D

We (Americans) don't have coverage of Sydney :( which is a shame because both the mens and the womens sides look good.

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:34 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Dani just win a tourney at the beginning of the year, it will be quite a match between her & Lindsay if both get thru their first round.

Hi TH! :wavey:

She did win a tourney, or she should? Daniela I mean.

Hi Lee :wavey:

Lee
01-04-2003, 08:36 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
She did win a tourney, or she should? Daniela I mean.

Hi Lee :wavey:

Oops! I meant Danilidou!

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 08:40 PM
Ah, okay :)

Lee
01-04-2003, 08:53 PM
Bye TH! Need to do back up for my computer. It should be done about 2 weeks ago and I totally forget about it! :o

ILR
01-04-2003, 10:20 PM
Hackie,JMG looked awful :o I dont think I have any pics as the pics on the official site are rather dodgy :p lol

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 10:26 PM
ILR, I posted pictures from the final in the Doha forum. That outfit was more bluish gray than white gray, which of course made him look even worse :D

ILR
01-04-2003, 10:28 PM
Hi Hackie :wavey:

Oh OK :) Ill just go and check how bad he looks :o ;)

Lee
01-04-2003, 10:29 PM
Hi TH, Emma! :wavey:

Just look at the pix of JMG. He should just wear plain white.

Lee
01-04-2003, 10:33 PM
or most of his fan favorite, shirtless. :)

ILR
01-04-2003, 10:38 PM
Hi Lee :wavey:

he should wear white or anything that matches just not grey with white and black!

Lee
01-04-2003, 10:48 PM
Hubby's back! Ciao!

ILR
01-04-2003, 10:50 PM
adeus Lee :wavey: ( I think thats Portuguese and seeing as Im going Id better start learning a bit ;))

TennisHack
01-04-2003, 11:09 PM
Juan Carlos is playing doubles in Sydney! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Unfortunately, he and Tommy Robredo are playing the #3 seeds Bhupathi and Eagle first round. Well, it'll be good practice nonetheless. I posted more in the Sydney thread :)

Vera
01-05-2003, 12:31 AM
YEAH! I'm so happy that Juanqui's playing double with Tommy (I tried to look for the double draw this morning cos I got a feeling that he would play :) ). Good luck to the Spanish team. Gosh, I wish I can watch their double match.

Vera
01-05-2003, 12:35 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL, and to address an earlier comment: I agree that black socks and white shoes are really ugly, but the all black look is just a bit worse in my opinion. I guess I just have this thing against black sneakers, I think they look bad on everyone (especially those who wear shorts for a living ;)).

And KD really needs to get some help. The only time his outfit looks halfway decent is at Wimbledon. What was he thinking, gray and black? :eek:

KD probably think he's so hunky that he will look good in anything, well, he's wrong :p.

I don't mind black on black and greyish color. Moya and Rogi both wear that greyish green Nike outfit, Moya with black socks and sneakers and I think he looks great in it. But it's Moya:D .

Vera
01-05-2003, 12:47 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
ILR, I posted pictures from the final in the Doha forum. That outfit was more bluish gray than white gray, which of course made him look even worse :D

I just checked out the pics you put in the Doha thread, Hackie. Looks to me like he's wearing purple :eek: :eek: :eek: OMG, that's so girlie! I'm gonna give him the benefit of a doubt that photograph may change the color of the image. No wonder he never looks right to me.

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 02:36 AM
LMAO Vera!! Purple :eek: I'm going to have to go back and look at that.

And Ooooooooh!! You're 1 post away from 2000!! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 03:36 AM
For those of you who like Dave Barry . . . (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/dave_barry/4824149.htm)

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 03:43 AM
Dissident, wherever you are:

I'm listening to the Lisbon concert, and its outstanding! :) Eddie sounds like he's having a lot of fun with the crowd. It's also great to know that language is no barrier when it comes to the common love of the music.

Vera
01-05-2003, 03:53 AM
Hi Hackie :wavey:

Thanks for pointing that out for me, I almost missed it.

THIS IS MY 2000TH POST :eek: :eek: :eek: !

I'm at dorkess level 2 :o :D :angel: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Again, dedicate this special post to wish Juanqui good luck in Australia. Hope he win Aussie Open this year. Yes, I believe he can do it.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sorry, I can't stay, in between my hockey game again. But, I'm going to post that link for you guys in the picture thread, check that out.

Dissident
01-05-2003, 03:57 AM
lol you all adopted the Ken Doll nickname. Good! :D

Maybe it will be as famous as the Potato one. ;)

RogiFan
01-05-2003, 03:59 AM
:D Congrats Vera, on your dorkiness! I bow to you, oh Dorky one! See you tomorrow! I have a cold and a sore throat so I'll be going... :angel:

Dissident
01-05-2003, 03:59 AM
Hackie even named him "affectuosly" KD. :D

LMAO!!

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:02 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
adeus Lee :wavey: ( I think thats Portuguese and seeing as Im going Id better start learning a bit ;))

Very good. :D

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:04 AM
Congrats on 2000, Vera! :bounce: Welcome to the inner circles of Dorkdom :D

I hope Juanqui can strut his stuff in Aussieland, especially since Sydney is going to be difficult.

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:05 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
See you tomorrow! I have a cold and a sore throat so I'll be going... :angel:

Aw, I hope you feel better, RF!

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:06 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
lol you all adopted the Ken Doll nickname. Good! :D

Maybe it will be as famous as the Potato one. ;)

Well, if we have anything to do with it . . . ;)

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:06 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Dissident, wherever you are:

I'm listening to the Lisbon concert, and its outstanding! :) Eddie sounds like he's having a lot of fun with the crowd. It's also great to know that language is no barrier when it comes to the common love of the music.

Iīm glad you like it. The Lisbon crowd was the loudest of ALL the European tour. Itīs outstanding! :D

"Can I speak in english? My portuguese is SHIT!" lol

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:08 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:D Congrats Vera, on your dorkiness! I bow to you, oh Dorky one! See you tomorrow! I have a cold and a sore throat so I'll be going... :angel:

Hi and bye RF!
Take care of yourself and good night! :wavey:

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:09 AM
No catsuits for Anna.
Her new outfit is a mix of this shirt

http://www.smh.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1041566273000_2003/01/04/5anna-rhs.jpg

And the blue skirt in here
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,1658,228444,00.jpg

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:10 AM
Hey Hackie! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:11 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
"Can I speak in english? My portuguese is SHIT!" lol

I posted right after he said that :D

Also, what was with the lady with the white umbrella at Pittsburgh? I guess I wasn't paying a ton of attention to it, it seemed to come out of nowhere.

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:14 AM
Hi, Diss :wavey: We haven't talked in awhile.

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:17 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I posted right after he said that :D

Also, what was with the lady with the white umbrella at Pittsburgh? I guess I wasn't paying a ton of attention to it, it seemed to come out of nowhere.

For what I understood, there was a lady in the crowd with a white umbrella. The security was trying to expell her because of that, and Eddie told them she was alright and that she could come closer, and even to the backstages. :D
And then he sang Crazy Mary for her. :)

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:20 AM
Ah, okay :) Yeah, Eddie kept saying "Let her through" and told her to come up on stage :eek: It was incredible, I've never been to a concert like that, and was just wondering what the story was.

I haven't listened to it enough to know the songs by name just yet. I think I missed Mankind :o from Pittsburgh :o:o:o:o:o

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:22 AM
You missed mankind? Like you dont have it on the cd?

Take a listen to it later. Theres something different in it. ;)

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:25 AM
No no, I have it, I just think when I was listening to it earlier I didn't know I was listening to it because I can't readily identify the songs yet.

You make me curious . . . . I've got two more songs left on this disc, so I'll slip in the Pittsburgh concert when I finish with this one.

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:25 AM
lol, thats the point. :p

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:30 AM
All right, this might have already passed, but I know some of you guys would get a kick out of this -- from MeFi:

Most requested alt rock songs in the past 13 years (http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/22617)
The best week to listen to the radio this year. For six days, an alternative radio station plays the 2003 most requested songs in their 13-year history.
Listen* to an eclectic, no-repeat marathon of music from acts like:
They Might Be Giants, Radiohead, Pere Ubu, Elvis Costello, Bowie, U2, Bob Mould, Chris Whitley, The Dream Warriors, Guided by Voices, The Ass Ponies, Prince, Social D, Texas, PIL, Royal Crescent Mob, The Specials, Patti Smith, The Pixies, The Pogues,The Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Frank Black, Pete Yorn, Scapegoat Wax, and Weezer.
*Windows Media Format. I've tried the stream on both Mac and Windows. The stream provider asks for email, age, gender, and zip code and plays 2 minutes of commercials at the beginning of the stream, but that's a small price for 150 hours of music. <-- direct c/p from MeFi

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:32 AM
All right, *putting in other CD*

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:37 AM
Ahhhhhhh, I get it now :D

LOL you would choose something that would make me wait til the very end wouldn't you? ;)

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:42 AM
Hmm, are you sure THATīs what I was talking about?

You definitely donīt need to listen to it all to know whatīs different. :p

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:45 AM
Of course, you found my quote there... But thats not what I was talking about. :D

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:46 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Hmm, are you sure THATīs what I was talking about?

You definitely donīt need to listen to it all to know whatīs different. :p


:eek:

Okay, then I really am stupid because I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary in that song. Granted, I've never heard the song before. But if it's more than your sig I have no idea what you're talking about :o:(

Dissident
01-05-2003, 04:47 AM
lol, ok... whereīs eddie there?? :p

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 04:54 AM
Um :o That's not him singing?

Wow I feel really embarrassed now.

:o:o You must be gentle with me, I'm a relative newcomer to the fandom of this group.

Dissident
01-05-2003, 05:00 AM
Stone is singing. :D

You shouldnīt be embarassed. :)

Just go back to the end of the song previous to Makind. He says something like "Alright, Im gonna sing this next one."

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 05:02 AM
Ah, okay.

Well I'm going to try to get past the 3 song on the second disc of Lisbon. I've only ever gotten that far before something interrupted me, and I'm going to get past it if it kills me :D

Francine
01-05-2003, 11:14 AM
:wavey: Happy newyear! Wow, I'm away for a week and the whole thing changes! I get to pick my own avatar :bounce:
And the new season has started :bounce: :bounce:

Can't wait for the Aussie open to start so I can see Juan Carlos on tv again!

Layla
01-05-2003, 11:32 AM
Morning everyone! :wavey:

Happy New Year Francine! :D Hope you had a great time!

My internet connection didn't really get any better yesterday. It was coming and going all day. :( It took me ages just to log on to the prediction game site so I could post my predictions, but thank goodness it worked in the end (past midnight :rolleyes: ). It seems to be working fine today, so fingers crossed. But as long as it's not a problem with my computer. :D

I've been quite busy these days. I'm writing a heap of horoscopes so I can have some free time during AO. Of course with my luck, I'll get some long text to translate just before it starts. *sigh*

Layla
01-05-2003, 11:35 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Did you get to know any score for Rogerīs match??
He HAS to beat Ken Doll! :p

LMAO! Ken Doll! That's priceless. :D You're a genius Dissident! :eek:

vaiva
01-05-2003, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by Layla
I've been quite busy these days. I'm writing a heap of horoscopes so I can have some free time during AO. Of course with my luck, I'll get some long text to translate just before it starts. *sigh*

Good morning :wavey:

Layla, do you work as a translator? Cause I am a freelancer and I always have bad luck when there are any good tennis matches to watch :mad: Somehow I have large and important translations to do when my favourite players are on TV :fiery:

Not to mention that AO this year will be live and matches will be starting at around 2:00 a.m. locall time :mad:

Layla
01-05-2003, 11:45 AM
Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
:confused: I don't get it. Is it just me or does Juanqui not get very much respect outside of his fans?? :(
Especially on tennis boards. I feel like people belittle his non-clay achievements or see them as flukes. And some people are just derisive at predictions that Juanqui will end up up in the top three next year. Argh!! I don't understand how you can root against Juanqui (which some people openly do!). He seems like one of the most modest, inoffensive players on the tour. And his fans are lovely too, if I say so myself!;) We don't really fight with anybody and we're definitely not as obnoxious as certain other fans. But then again I am really biased.

:bounce: ooh , I want Juanqui to kick ass so badly this year and shut all of them up! :fiery:

The lack of respect part is true and it applies to all "clay courters". I can understand rooting against somebody, there are a few players I always cheer against (granted not many), but I don't think that's the case with Juanqui. I don't think many people necessarily root against him, they just tend to ignore him. I really don't think Juanqui is the kind of player that draws a lot of hatred from non-fans. It's also true that he has great fans :D and I'm sure that has something to do with his character and demeanor on and off the court as well. Fans often reflect or resemble their fave in some ways (though that might not always be the case).

Anyway, I can understand why many tennis viewers ignore Ferrero. He's a quiet type that doesn't draw much attention to himself. Some people only notice what's screaming in their face I guess.

Layla
01-05-2003, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by zosse
Good morning :wavey:

Layla, do you work as a translator? Cause I am a freelancer and I always have bad luck when there are any good tennis matches to watch :mad: Somehow I have large and important translations to do when my favourite players are on TV :fiery:

Not to mention that AO this year will be live and matches will be starting at around 2:00 a.m. locall time :mad:

Hi Zosse! :wavey:

Yes, I'm a free-lance translator at the moment, but I also write silly weekly horoscopes for a living. :rolleyes: So when work piles up it really comes in huge heaps. :( I know exactly what you mean. Also, whenever I get one text, I can bet all my money that I will get at least two more at the same time, and then nothing for a long time. I do have one rule though. NO WORK DURING RG!!! I simply won't accept it. Think of it as my holiday if you will. ;) AO is not that important to me to refuse work though. I will stay up some nights, but otherwise I'll just tape the matches and watch them during the day. I don't mind that the matches are during the night, I'm just happy they're showing them at all. :)

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:09 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
oh, the usual topics: boys, boys, boys!

I like a couple of tennis guys myself! There are a few actors who are pretty hot too -- mostly Brit though!! I'm trying to think of a hot American actor... NOT Leo DiCaprio!!

Who else??


Oh, there are plenty of hot American actors. ;) Johnny Depp comes to mind. Also Al Pacino is extremely hot, if a bit old by now. John Cusack, Edward Burns, Michael Vartan, Richard Gere, Bill Paxton... I also think George Clooney is rather hot, and a hell of an actor if given a chance.

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:20 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
lol i agree, Spike has a great accent. but too bad that he's still such a loser. :( his character has so much potential, but the writers are killing him pftt. :fiery: :rolleyes:

Ooops, I missed Buffy talk. :o Vera and Leo, I love Spike and I think him falling in love with Buffy was a great development. I don't think it makes him a loser at all, at least I've never considered him to be a loser. There's nothing loserish about being hopelessly in love with someone. It only proves you are passionate and are not afraid to give your heart away, even if it is immediately broken. The real loser is Buffy for treating him like shit throught, no matter how much he helped her and for acting all disgusted when he reveals his feelings for her. She is the one who is afraid to love again, thereby striking up a relationship with someone like Riley :rolleyes: because it was a safe thing to do.

Spike remains by far the most interesting character in Buffy since Oz is not around anymore and he is the main reason I still enjoy watching Buffy. :)

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: Hi, Vera. I was just adding a new installment to the story.

Hope Layla doesn't mind :o

:bounce: Of course I don't mind, I'll go read the installment right now. :D

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hey, any one knows how to get access to the livescore board on atp's website? They used to have a link in the current tourney page. But there's no more :confused:. And Juanqui is up next week... The Sydney site looks pretty useless and prolly don't have any livescore:mad:. Hell, they don't even have a commitment list and a quali list? When's the draw, I wonder!

Yeah, I noticed that live scores are no longer available on he ATP site. :( I wonder what happened. :confused: I have another link that usually works fine. Of course it's way behind, but so was the ATP scoreboard.

Here's the link: http://releaze.dk/enetpulse/?s=1&language=en

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:41 PM
Originally posted by Lee
RF, I saw CLOSE MY EYES a couple of times on Showcase in Canada. Clive looked really gorgeous in the film and Alan Rickman too although he didn't show off himself as much as Mr. Owen did.;)

Aha! So you like Clive Owen too! :hearts: ;) He is such a charismatic actor. Don't you think he would make a terrific Bond? Or maybe he shouldn't do it. It's a kiss of death for actors (unless they're Sean Connery). Whatever happened to Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan is only known for his Bond roles really.

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:43 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Layla, Slovenia is even warmer than my city!!!!:eek: :eek:

This week my family drove 2 hours in order to feel what's it like freezing temperature.

Well, believe it or not, it's snowing today! :eek: It was raining when I woke up in the morning and then it suddenly started snowing, but the temperature is not below zero. I am seriously confused by now. :confused: But as long as it's snowing, I'm happy. :D

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:48 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
you can get 8 hours on a tape? on what mode? i use EP all the time and that gets me 6 hours.

:confused: I buy 240-minute (the longest I've seen are 300-minute, apparently anything longer is rather suspect) tapes and get 8 hours if I use LP mode, and about 12 hours if I use EP mode. :confused:

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:55 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
Btw, you like my avatar? I drew that myself. :D

I didnt create the character, that was Amentīs task. ;)

Wow, I'm impressed! :eek: It's beautiful! I can totally relate to that pic. ;)

"I wish I was the grounds for 50 million hands upraised and open toward the sky..." :)

Layla
01-05-2003, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
I guess you didnīt get my point... That post... Was a bunch of guys drooling over a 15 year old girl... ON A MENīS TENNIS FORUM... Thats the reason for a giant rolleyes...

But maybe thatīs just me. :o

I'm with you on that one. In every respect. But what else did you expect from GM? :p

Layla
01-05-2003, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
i think i'll be cheering AGAINST Potato in every match he plays this year :fiery: who wants to join me? :fiery:

:fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

You do NOT want to get on my bad side. Apparently, I make people disappear. :p

alright, we can start a Lleyton Hewitt Haters' Club. i wanna be president! *hopes no Hewitt fans wander in here*

Pfffft, I've been here since the beginning, what are the odds I wouldn't "wander in"? :p

I would also like for Allan/Dr. Peedy to continue posting in this thread. If it turns into a Lleyton-hating affair he might not enjoy it as much.

Layla
01-05-2003, 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Are you kidding? I think Anna K has a better taste in fashion than Serena!

Absolutely! I actually like Anna's outfit last year (the blue one with hot-pants). I think it suited her very well. :) But then I like Anna herself.

Leo, there's NO WAY Anna could look worse than Serena in a catsuit. At least she has the figure for it. Serena was disgusting, but it's her right to present herself whatever way she wants to. If that's the image she chooses to project, I accept that and will respect her accordingly (meaning not at all).

Anyway, Dissident said that Annd would not be wearing a catsuit and I believe him.

Layla
01-05-2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:( Well I hope it comes back! We haven't been online at the same time for any decent amount of time for awhile now. Heh I haven't really been around when others have been except once this week :eek:

Guess I need to start getting up before noon :o

That's true. :sad: Well, as you see, the connection is back and I've just posted over a page of responses. :o:o:o

Yep, getting up before noon would definitely help. ;) But that's what holidays are for, so no worries. :D Enjoy your free time! It's precious. ;)

Layla
01-05-2003, 01:21 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Dissident, wherever you are:

I'm listening to the Lisbon concert, and its outstanding! :) Eddie sounds like he's having a lot of fun with the crowd. It's also great to know that language is no barrier when it comes to the common love of the music.

Ooooh, I have to download that as well. I forgot about it. But I think I have to reinstall Get Right. It's not working and without it I'll get that weird format again that I won't be able to burn.

Layla
01-05-2003, 01:24 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi Hackie :wavey:

Thanks for pointing that out for me, I almost missed it.

THIS IS MY 2000TH POST :eek: :eek: :eek: !

I'm at dorkess level 2 :o :D :angel: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Again, dedicate this special post to wish Juanqui good luck in Australia. Hope he win Aussie Open this year. Yes, I believe he can do it.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sorry, I can't stay, in between my hockey game again. But, I'm going to post that link for you guys in the picture thread, check that out.

CONGRATS ON 2000!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Well done! :) Hmmm, TH is about to overtake me! :eek: But that's not really surprising. ;) I've been slacking. :(

Layla
01-05-2003, 01:29 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
For what I understood, there was a lady in the crowd with a white umbrella. The security was trying to expell her because of that, and Eddie told them she was alright and that she could come closer, and even to the backstages. :D
And then he sang Crazy Mary for her. :)

Yeah, that was great! He was very sweet. I think they established she's been to many, many of their concerts (I forgot the exact number). She must have died right then and there. :D I don't know if I'd be able to walk on the stage. I wish more singers were so great to their fans. ;)

ILR
01-05-2003, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
Very good. :D

obrigado :D;)

congrats Vera! :bounce: :D just incase anyone cares Liverpool won their 1st match in 11 :bounce:

Francine
01-05-2003, 07:57 PM
Seems like JC won't play Santoro in the first round of Sidney, but some unknown Australian guy, I think his name is Crabb.
I wonder what Juan Carlos looks like now, by the way, hope all that blonde sh*t is out of his hair, I like the dark brown better :D

Leo7
01-05-2003, 09:37 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Well, I know Juanqui owns Potato's ass on the clay, and I think Roger has beaten him there, too. So its not like they've never had the pleasure of grinding him to mush :D But I hope they can finally defeat him on a hard court!

I really hope there's a changing of the guard at the top. Nobody should rule for more than 2 years (well, maybe I'd make an exception or two ;)).

yeah Rogi spanked Lleyton badly last year in Miami 6-3. 6-4. :D

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:00 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi Hackie :wavey:

Thanks for pointing that out for me, I almost missed it.

THIS IS MY 2000TH POST :eek: :eek: :eek: !

I'm at dorkess level 2 :o :D :angel: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Again, dedicate this special post to wish Juanqui good luck in Australia. Hope he win Aussie Open this year. Yes, I believe he can do it.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sorry, I can't stay, in between my hockey game again. But, I'm going to post that link for you guys in the picture thread, check that out.

Congratulation! Vera!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/MexWave.gif

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/rock_band.gif

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:02 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:D Congrats Vera, on your dorkiness! I bow to you, oh Dorky one! See you tomorrow! I have a cold and a sore throat so I'll be going... :angel:

*hug* RF *hug*

I'm finally in the last leg of my cold (more than 4 weeks already). Hope you will be better than I do.

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
No catsuits for Anna.


I have faith in Anna when comes to fashion! I can't imagine why Serena think she can be a fashion designer. It's much better she stick to tennis.

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:10 PM
:wavey: Hallo, thread!

I see we've been a bit busy, so I'll get started :D

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:15 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Aha! So you like Clive Owen too! :hearts: ;) He is such a charismatic actor. Don't you think he would make a terrific Bond? Or maybe he shouldn't do it. It's a kiss of death for actors (unless they're Sean Connery). Whatever happened to Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan is only known for his Bond roles really.

NO WAY! The Bond character is more like Ken Doll these days! Clive, don't even think about it, let Robbie Williams have it.

Pierce Brosnan is much better in his Remington Steele character than being a Bond. (For ppl don't know what Remington Steele is, this is a TV series that lead those Bond film makers to Brosnan. He was considered as a Bond after Sean Connery but he was tied up by the contract to the series)

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by Layla
My internet connection didn't really get any better yesterday. It was coming and going all day. :( It took me ages just to log on to the prediction game site so I could post my predictions, but thank goodness it worked in the end (past midnight :rolleyes: ). It seems to be working fine today, so fingers crossed. But as long as it's not a problem with my computer. :D

I've been quite busy these days. I'm writing a heap of horoscopes so I can have some free time during AO. Of course with my luck, I'll get some long text to translate just before it starts. *sigh*

:wavey: Today I was up before noon, just busy.

:bounce::bounce: Yay!! Free time for a Slam is always good because it's such a madhouse. And the time difference is :eek::eek::eek::eek: so I'll be following most of it via live scoring probably. Luckily my schedule is very good next semester so I should be around a lot as well :)

I can't believe the Australian Open starts in a week. It just doesn't seem possible that it's time for a Slam already. But then, when you feel like the downtime was really short of course it sneaks up on you!

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I do have one rule though. NO WORK DURING RG!!! I simply won't accept it. Think of it as my holiday if you will. ;)

LMAO, I'm the same way. If I've developed a routine during the summer (last summer I could find work :rolleyes: so I built my schedule around daily trips to the gym) I totally and completely drop it for Roland Garros. I make sure to go to bed especially early before the very first day so I can get up and be coherent at 7 am or whenever it starts. I'm online almost all day following scores, as well as taping matches that are televised.

Man oh man, I can't imagine this thread during the RG fortnight -- it's going to be so much fun :D:D

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Good luck Lindsay! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Davenport advances in Sydney
January 05, 2003

Sydney, Australia (Sports Network) - Sixth-seeded American Lindsay Davenport had no problem defeating Nicole Pratt in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, on Sunday in first-round action at the $585,000 adidas International.

Davenport captured the title here in 1999, and was the runner-up four other times.

In other first-round play, Amanda Coetzer needed three sets to eliminate Ai Sugiyama, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, while Patty Schnyder was pushed to the limit by Paola Suarez before finally prevailing, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Tatiana Panova also moved into the next round by defeating Evie Dominikovic, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

The winner of this final tune-up for the Australian Open will pocket $93,000.

GO LINDSAY GO! :bounce: (she looks great, btw ;))

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:20 PM
damn, my attachment didn't work :(

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by Layla
:bounce: Of course I don't mind, I'll go read the installment right now. :D

And what do you think? I hope you don't mind me writing something about you :o:o

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
Davenport advances in Sydney
January 05, 2003

Sydney, Australia (Sports Network) - Sixth-seeded American Lindsay Davenport had no problem defeating Nicole Pratt in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, on Sunday in first-round action at the $585,000 adidas International.



:bounce: :bounce: Lindsay :bounce: :bounce:

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:23 PM
Originally posted by Layla
:confused: I buy 240-minute (the longest I've seen are 300-minute, apparently anything longer is rather suspect) tapes and get 8 hours if I use LP mode, and about 12 hours if I use EP mode. :confused:

:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

And I thought my 8 hour tapes were a find!! I've never seen a longer tape than the ones I use. Most of what's sold in the US are 6-hour.

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:25 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Well done! :) Hmmm, TH is about to overtake me! :eek: But that's not really surprising. ;) I've been slacking. :(

:eek: Well, I don't want to overtake you, you're our Queen. It'd be like shifting a paradigm or something.

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:26 PM
omg guys! omg!

The rumours are correct - Rick Leach (Jon's brother) will be coaching Lindsay Davenport this year.

COACH
· Recently split amicably from coach of seven years, Robert Van’t Hof; now working with her fiancé Jon Leach’s older brother, Rick.

:eek: :eek: :( i'm gonna miss Robert

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:27 PM
Do anyone know whether ATPworld reinstate Scott cos I think I saw him post in GM?

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:28 PM
here's an article:

Davenport Hires a New Coach: Leach
By Lisa Dillman, From Staff and wire reports

Lindsay Davenport and her longtime coach Robert Van't Hof, who guided her to three Grand Slam singles titles and the No. 1 ranking, have parted ways. The move was amicable.

Davenport's new coach is doubles specialist Rick Leach, who also happens to be her future brother-in-law. Leach has been training with Davenport and accompanied her to Australia last week.

"It was a combination of things," Van't Hof said. "She was working with Rick, and I wanted to stay home more."

Davenport is engaged to Jon Leach, Rick's brother.

:eek: i'm in shock :eek:

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
omg guys! omg!

The rumours are correct - Rick Leach (Jon's brother) will be coaching Lindsay Davenport this year.

COACH
· Recently split amicably from coach of seven years, Robert Van’t Hof; now working with her fiancé Jon Leach’s older brother, Rick.

:eek: :eek: :( i'm gonna miss Robert

I'm not sure whether this is a good idea. :( :( :(

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
I wonder what Juan Carlos looks like now, by the way, hope all that blonde sh*t is out of his hair, I like the dark brown better :D

I'm sorry Francine but Juanqui is still blonde. At least its more natural looking. Check out the picture thread to see some more recent pictures :)

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:30 PM
BBC Sport

Lindsay Davenport eased into the second round of the Sydney International with a 6-3 6-3 win over Nicole Pratt in Sydney.

The former world number one was playing her first competitive match in nine months after knee surgery. :confused: :eek: (WTF are they talking about?)

During her recuperation, Davenport took on former doubles specialist Rick Leach as her coach and become engaged to his brother Jon.

The 26-year-old said: "I was really excited for this year to begin and happy for last year to end.

"I'm in a situation that I haven't been in for many, many years, of not being in the top 10.

"I feel like my ranking can only go up and I can play at a level higher than I did last year." :D

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:33 PM
Lee -- yes, Scott is back but I don't know why (yet). If I find out I'll let you guys know.

Congrats to Lindsay! :bounce::bounce::bounce: She's playing doubles tomorrow against Ahhhhhhhna as the feature match :rolleyes::D

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:34 PM
i'm a little concerned too, Lee.

anyway, here's a pic of Lindsay. :)

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/lindsayautograph0105web.jpg
(adidas International, Sydney)
Lindsday Davenport is interviewed at Fan Fest while she signs autographs

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
BBC Sport

Lindsay Davenport eased into the second round of the Sydney International with a 6-3 6-3 win over Nicole Pratt in Sydney.

The former world number one was playing her first competitive match in nine months after knee surgery. :confused: :eek: (WTF are they talking about?)

During her recuperation, Davenport took on former doubles specialist Rick Leach as her coach and become engaged to his brother Jon.

The 26-year-old said: "I was really excited for this year to begin and happy for last year to end.

"I'm in a situation that I haven't been in for many, many years, of not being in the top 10.

"I feel like my ranking can only go up and I can play at a level higher than I did last year." :D

I think it's the writer who is out for the last nine month....

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:37 PM
i like Ferrero's blond hair ;)

yes, what a dubs match will be tomorrow! Let's Go Lindsay and Lisa! :bounce:

yeah, Scott is back. :)

ferrerogrrl
01-05-2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I don't think many people necessarily root against him, they just tend to ignore him. I really don't think Juanqui is the kind of player that draws a lot of hatred from non-fans

Which is why I get really confused when I actually meet people who fervently hate him. I frequent another board and there are about four people who just root against Juanqui and call him all sorts of obnoxious names. It pisses me off because all I can see that Juanqui has done wrong is beat their favorites sometimes or just perform better than their faves. Grr! Losers! :fiery: It just makes me mad when people simply ignore or write off Juanqui but when people openly celebrate when he loses, it's even worse! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Lee
01-05-2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
i'm a little concerned too, Lee.



I am more than a little concern. It's too delicate to coach your brother's fiancee.

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:39 PM
lol i think you're right about that, Lee. ;)

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi Hackie :wavey:

Thanks for pointing that out for me, I almost missed it.

THIS IS MY 2000TH POST :eek: :eek: :eek: !

I'm at dorkess level 2 :o :D :angel: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Again, dedicate this special post to wish Juanqui good luck in Australia. Hope he win Aussie Open this year. Yes, I believe he can do it.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sorry, I can't stay, in between my hockey game again. But, I'm going to post that link for you guys in the picture thread, check that out.

Congrats Vera on 2000 posts! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Good Luck on reaching Dorkess Level 3 ;)

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 10:48 PM
Davenport wins first-round match at Sydney tennis

January 5, 2003

SYDNEY (Ticker) - Sixth seed Lindsay Davenport dispatched Australian wild card Nicole Pratt, 6-3, 6-3, on Sunday in opening-round action at the $932,000 adidas International tennis event.

Davenport missed the first six months last season following knee surgery. She bounced back to reach four finals and gain at least the semifinals in seven of nine events.

The 26-year-old American is making her eighth appearance in nine years at this event. She won the title in 1999 and reached the finals on four other occasions. Davenport was the only seeded player in action Sunday.

Top seed Jennifer Capriati of the United States, No. 2 Kim Clijsters of Belgium, No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium and fourth seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia received first-round byes.

The men's draw, headed by Russia's Marat Safin, does not get under way until Monday.

Also Sunday, South African Amanda Coetzer overcame Japan's Ai Sugiyama, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Patty Schnyder of Switzerland rallied past Paola Suarez of Argentina, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4; and Russia's Tatiana Panova defeated Australian wild card Evie Dominikovic, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

This event is another tune-up for the Australian Open, which begins January 13.

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:49 PM
Lindsay in Action :)

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030105/i/1041732395.4228104282.jpg

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030105/i/1041732325.3624058970.jpg

i like Lindsay's new hot red outfit. i thought her blue outfit at the USO last year was kinda boring. kick some more ass, Lindsay. hope you win the title, in singles and doubles. :)

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:51 PM
thanks for the article, Hacks. :)

Leo7
01-05-2003, 10:54 PM
too bad about Thomas Johansson withdrawaing from the AO. :( the Aussie Open will be missing its defending champion for two straight years now.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Defending champion Thomas Johansson has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a knee injury.

He had hoped to recover before the tournament, "but it turned out he needs more time,'' Johansson's agent, Magnus Wistam, told The Associated Press on Saturday.


The season's opening Grand Slam tournament starts Jan. 13 in Melbourne.


The 27-year-old Swede has been plagued by injuries since winning the Australian Open last year. He beat Marat Safin for his first Grand Slam title.


"The knee is better but not well enough that I can train,'' Johansson told the newspaper Expressen. "And if it's not good enough for training then of course I can't play a match.''


Johansson ruled out ending his career anytime soon.


"It takes more than this to make me give up,'' he told the newspaper. "I still feel like playing.''

Lee
01-05-2003, 11:01 PM
May be it's not a good idea to wish your fav to win AO this year. Looks like the winners were jinx.

Vera
01-05-2003, 11:02 PM
Hi Leo, Lee and Hackie :wavey:

Originally posted by Leo7
Congrats Vera on 2000 posts! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Good Luck on reaching Dorkess Level 3 ;)

Thanks y'all for the congrats:D. I have a feeling that Level 3 is not too far away, since AO is just at the corner :D .

TennisHack
01-05-2003, 11:03 PM
:sad: Thomas :sad::sad::sad:

Now everyone thinks he's a fluke.

Lee
01-05-2003, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:sad: Thomas :sad::sad::sad:

Now everyone thinks he's a fluke.

*hug* *hug* *hug*

He will come back stronger! I don't think he's a fluke.