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Lee
01-13-2003, 11:22 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I don't think there's a netcam on court 4 :( just the show courts. But sure, I'll save pictures of whoever you guys would like me to :) I might put Kimmy's match up too, depending on how she does.

Hi TH! Please save pic of Guga. I'm not sure whether I can be around when he plays.

Now Vince is home and I really have to go! :wavey:

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:23 PM
Anybody know why play hasn't started yet?

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:25 PM
And nevermind, I see images from Court 6 :eek: so if DiP starts play before I have to go tonight, I'll gladly save some pics for you! :)

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:27 PM
You know, red must be the "in" color this year -- I've seen so many players wearing it :eek:

Here's a Rainer pic for you :) He's playing Portas on Show Court 3.

Layla
01-13-2003, 11:30 PM
Thanks, but at the moment there are no pics from court 4. :( It might change though.

Schüttler broke to take a 2-0 lead. :D GO RAINER! :bounce:

Can you see u with the accent marker in Schüttler or does it show something else? I've been meaning to ask you that.

Layla
01-13-2003, 11:32 PM
Hey, thanks for the pic! :) Rainer has always worn red though. It suits him.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:35 PM
Yes, I can see it but I'm not sure how to get that letter on my keyboard. It's a special keystroke for English users.

And I've always seen his name as Schuettler -- is it different? :(:o

I only used that pic because he happened to be wearing red, but a lot of the women (Kim, Justine, Lindsay, Daniela) as well as guys (Michel was wearing red yesterday, and Tommy Robredo even had red stripes on his white shirt) are wearing it this year.

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:36 PM
For you literary lovers . . .

A Tolstoy Speaks, and Russia Listens
By CELESTINE BOHLEN

Tatyana Tolstaya, best known as a short story writer and an essayist, began writing her first and only novel in 1986, which, in Russian terms, was long, long ago in a place that is now far, far away.

By the time she finished, 14 years later, her country had changed dramatically, and it is continuing to change. But in a way that is very Russian, it has also stayed very much the same.

So when "The Slynx," a highly literary novel that tracks the history of Russian culture by way of fantasy and allegory, came out in Moscow in 2000, she was pounced on by readers seeking confirmation of clues that could apply to the present just as easily as they could to the past.

Was the Blast that sets the stage for the book's strange wintry landscape, inhabited by mutants, mice and the mythical, menacing Slynx, a reference to the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, which took place in 1986? Or was it the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917?

Is the book's opening tyrant — a grotesque midget whose full title is Fyodor Kuzmich, Glorybe, the Greatest Murza, Long May He Live — a mutated version of one of Communism's last czars? Or is he a tiny version of Boris Yeltsin? Was the tyrant that follows him, an obvious caricature of a clean-living K.G.B. colonel, an allusion perhaps to Russia's current president, Vladimir V. Putin, or to one of his Soviet predecessors?

Sitting in the offices of Houghton Mifflin, which is releasing the book in English next week, Ms. Tolstaya, 51, recalled how she had to dispel any notion that she was somehow able to predict the latest twists of Russian history. "I didn't foresee anything," she said, laughing at the thought. "I just sat down to write."

But if in the process a dose of reality emerged — or rather a template that fits the peculiar relationship Russians have to their rulers — then, Ms. Tolstaya said, so be it. "It always comes down to patterns," she said. "Look, when they invented fingerprinting, criminals tried to remove their prints by burning them or cutting them off. Yet they always grew back. If there is a pattern, it will come back — maybe in Russia more than anywhere else, because it has collapsed so many times. Maybe less so here in the States, because here the society is so young."

By 1998, when she finally picked up the novel where she had left it in 1986, Ms. Tolstaya was back in Moscow, after spending almost a decade in the United States. Here, she taught American college students — first at Princeton, then at Skidmore — while also writing long pieces, mainly for The New York Review of Books, that were full of humor and insight, about Russian politics and literature. (These have been collected in a book, "Pushkin's Children," which is also coming out this month in English from Houghton Mifflin).

During those years, she closely followed what was going on back home — the amazing, at times unbelievable transformation of an authoritarian Communist Soviet Union into an unruly democratic Russia. In the meantime, her short stories were published (in two volumes) to acclaim both here and at home.

But over time, she found to her horror that as an expatriate, she — a possessor of one of Russia's most famous literary genealogies, great-grandniece of Leo Tolstoy and granddaughter of the Soviet author Aleksei Tolstoy — was losing command of her native language. So she went home.

When Ms. Tolstaya left Moscow in 1989, she had already established herself as something of a literary combatant, known for her bold acerbic wit and her zestful challenge to the old dinosaurs who then dominated Soviet cultural institutions.

She returned to an uncertain welcome. Her fans were anxiously awaiting a "big work" and her critics were watching to see how she would step through Russia's political minefields.

"Some were waiting, some were hating and the younger generation didn't even know who I was," Ms. Tolstaya said. "I decided that I love this situation, because I could start the whole thing all over again."

For one thing, she sat down and finished her novel. It took her, she said, a month. "I had long periods when the text was dictating itself," she recalled. The novel begins like a fairy tale. Then, as it tracks its main theme — the sanctity of the written word, seen as the thread that holds a culture together — the style deliberately shifts to realism, then modernism and finally postmodernism, ending in a kind of surrealistic apotheosis.

Critics in Russia gave it a mixed reception, although all praised her skillful and inventive use of language. (For all the book's neologisms, skillfully translated into English by Jamey Gambrell, Ms. Tolstaya insisted on keeping her Russian grammar strictly "legal.") Some, however, argued that the book may have missed its moment.

"After all that we have read and thought over about Russia during the last 15 years, this repetition of old school lessons is really confusing," Dmitri Bykov said, writing in the newspaper Vechernaya Moskva. "There is a surfeit of caricatures of the intelligentsia, of anti-utopias depicting the degradation and decay of the national consciousness, and postmodernistic variations on the theme of literary-centrism."

But the book has sold well — 200,000 copies by an official count, although Ms. Tolstaya suspects that the real number may be twice that. Her favorite story is of a reader who spotted her in a restaurant, went home to print the book off the Internet and brought up a stack of papers for her to autograph.

Ms. Tolstaya has carved out another space for herself in Moscow. She is a co-host of a popular weekly television show, "School for Scandal," on which guests — politicians, actors, television personalities — are interviewed and then, after they have left, dissected by the two hosts.

"The idea is to take off their masks and then discuss them," Ms. Tolstaya said. "Some people say that it is unethical, but this is what everyone does in their kitchens. It is what the reviewers do. We are just admitting it."

Ms. Tolstaya's forte, viewers say, is her humor, but sometimes, they add, her wit takes on a caustic, contemptuous edge — as when she makes her now-well-known observations about American life — from the culture of political correctness to the stubborn recalcitrance of underprepared college students.

"I am a great admirer of Tolstaya's short stories — she is a great storyteller and stylist, a master of a small form," said Svetlana Boym, a professor of Slavic languages and comparative literature at Harvard University. "She savors the language, plays with it with a great ease. The problem is that as a Russian writer with a burden of her last name, she has bigger ambitions. When she writes as a journalist or as a public intellectual using the same persona of a kitchen-table storyteller, it becomes more problematic. When she speaks of America, there are times when she sounds like a well-educated and witty Rush Limbaugh spinning cultural stereotypes."

She has also emerged as something of a "state intellectual," a peculiarly Russian concept meaning an unofficial member of the government team. Unlike some other Russian intellectuals, Ms. Tolstaya is indeed an open supporter of the Putin "regime," as she herself calls it, although she has resisted its attempts to enlist her in its various causes. "He is holding the empire together," she said, "unlike Yeltsin, who was a drunkard, irresponsible, and didn't control anything."

As her novel suggests, however, Ms. Tolstaya is convinced that Russian rulers are never in fact as powerful as they seem, or as their people wish them to be. "The one on top has the aura of power, but less real power," she said. She added later, "Putin is responsible but not powerful enough."

Her support for the Putin government does not stop her from criticizing what she sees around her: the creeping censorship that has appeared on the main government television channel, the unchecked corruption and the glaring failure to deal with social injustice. "Frankly," she said, when asked to describe being back in Moscow, "it is disappointing, sometimes frightening and irritating."

Perhaps for these reasons, she claims her public role suits her. "I am interested in the subject which is Russia," she said. "I don't think people are fools, and I think they deserve a good attitude and smart entertainment. I have enough energy to insist on saying what I think."

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:45 PM
Hmm, maybe it's a Fila thing this year . . .

Layla
01-13-2003, 11:50 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Yes, I can see it but I'm not sure how to get that letter on my keyboard. It's a special keystroke for English users.

And I've always seen his name as Schuettler -- is it different? :(:o

I only used that pic because he happened to be wearing red, but a lot of the women (Kim, Justine, Lindsay, Daniela) as well as guys (Michel was wearing red yesterday, and Tommy Robredo even had red stripes on his white shirt) are wearing it this year.

Yeah, a lot of women are wearing red in the AO. And just as a curiousity, Vahaly changed his shirt several times during the match, and everytime he was wearing a different color. :eek: He went from white to yellow to red.

ue is the same, it's just a way of expressing the accent without using special keys. I type ALT+0252 to get my ü. I'm glad you can see it. Sometimes different parts of the world have differents sets of keys for special characters. For instance, I can't see the French a that appears in "a la" It shows the Czeck quaracter r with a hook, probably because I'm in Eastern Europe, even though I have absolutely no use for that character, but I use the French character on a regular basis. :rolleyes: It's the most widely used French special character. Couldn't they get rid of some other less important special character? :(

So if I type à do you see r or a?

Dissident
01-13-2003, 11:52 PM
:wavey:
Ill read some of the tons of posts. ;)

Layla
01-13-2003, 11:55 PM
Rainer won the first set 6-3! :bounce:

Koubek lost the first set 4-6. :(

TennisHack
01-13-2003, 11:56 PM
Have you guys seen this?!?! It's Werthiem's Aussie Open ladies predictions:

PREDICTIONS

Semifinals: Serena Williams vs. Clijsters, Davenport vs. Hantuchova
Final: Williams vs. Hantuchova
Champion: Williams

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by Layla
So if I type à do you see r or a?

I see an a with an accent mark over it.

It's fun to play with the ALT + patterns. English keyboards have all of the different vowels, as well as that c with the tail in French. I've tried to type out some examples but my computer hates me :(

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Have you guys seen this?!?! It's Werthiem's Aussie Open ladies predictions:

PREDICTIONS

Semifinals: Serena Williams vs. Clijsters, Davenport vs. Hantuchova
Final: Williams vs. Hantuchova
Champion: Williams

Interesting, but not all that shocking. I'd like the final to be the other way round though. ;)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:02 AM
:wavey: Hi, Dissident! There are some Anna things there for you :)

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:03 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Smiling Anna for Dissident: :)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030112/capt.1042432929australia_open_tennis_mel131.jpg

Anna Kournikova of Russia jubilates after her first round match against Henrieta Nagyova of Solvakia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Monday, Jan. 13, 2003. Kournikova won the match, 6-1, 6-2. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)

Thanks Layla. :D
I never knew Anna was in Vietnam... :p

Anyway, they showed the last four games here after the Jen-Shock. Anna was really loosen, and going for the shots. Pretty good to see her backhand working again, and those flat fh winners down the line. She looked really happy and confident, so hopefuly she and Juju give us a good match tomorrow. :D

Its your birthday, Layla? :D
CONGRATS!!! :bounce: May everything you wish come true (if that doesnt include any of my faves losing... :p)

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I can't say for Diss on this one. He's a fan for Anna K but not the way she was exploited by media on her non-tennis talent. e.g. the magazine behind the first photo. (hope I didn't cross my line for saying this and don't kill me for this, Diss.)

I myself like to watch Anna K play tennis instead of her look. She is talent and actually very hard working (according to lots of tennis people) and it's a shame her look overtakes her other talent.

It may be shocking, but actually I have many friends on the net who enjoy the tennis player. Anna is pretty, yes, but I couldnt care less.

I was really happy she was hitting the ball hard and going for her shots. I dont give a s*** if she has a tatoo or if her skirt was too tiny... :p
If she feels good and that makes her win, let her do it.

I dont like the hyper-media coverage she gets, and that bugs me, but theres nothing I can do... If they could just forget about her and let her play in peace... :sad:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Interesting, but not all that shocking. I'd like the final to be the other way round though. ;)

I just can't believe how far off the mark he is (was)!! I'd put Kim in the final before I'd put Dani, especially after her match yesterday.

But as it stands, I'd like the final to be reversed too :D

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:09 AM
Hi Hitman! :wavey:

Thanks for the birthday wish! :kiss: LOL @ the disclaimer, I'll take it into consideration. :p

I'm glad Anna seems so confident and happy. Hopefully this will be the year her career really takes off and she wins that elusive title, the first of many. :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:09 AM
Hehehe :D

Lee
01-14-2003, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
It may be shocking, but actually I have many friends on the net who enjoy the tennis player. Anna is pretty, yes, but I couldnt care less.

I was really happy she was hitting the ball hard and going for her shots. I dont give a s*** if she has a tatoo or if her skirt was too tiny... :p
If she feels good and that makes her win, let her do it.

I dont like the hyper-media coverage she gets, and that bugs me, but theres nothing I can do... If they could just forget about her and let her play in peace... :sad:

My sentiments too. This afternoon, I watch her for the last 15 minutes of her 1st round match and she's playing brilliant. Pam Shriver said she has so many stress fracture injuries cos she worked so hard.

Anyway, I have a question for you in ATP Manager!

Need to run for Vince TKD Class!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:11 AM
A close up

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:16 AM
This is the poll Leo was talking about last night:

from ausopen.org:
Who will end 2003 as world #1?

Lleyton Hewitt 13%
Andre Agassi 20%
Marat Safin 29%
Juan Carlos Ferrero 38%

4096 votes submitted

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:17 AM
Wow, that's an intense close-up! :) What is he thinking?

Thanks for the pics! You're a darling. :)

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:18 AM
Yeah, I saw that poll. On the women's poll, Kimmy was leading when I voted. :D So at least in terms of popularity, it's a double TH. ;)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:19 AM
You're welcome, Layla :)

Roger's match has started on Rod Laver! He held to start the match.

Go Rogi!! :bounce::bounce: (for ILR ;))

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:20 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Yeah, I saw that poll. On the women's poll, Kimmy was leading when I voted. :D So at least in terms of popularity, it's a double TH. ;)

Kimmy is still leading and I just voted :D She rocks.

I'm glad others out there have faith in the TH Double. I hope it comes to pass!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:21 AM
One more ladies match, then it's DiP on Court 4! :)

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:23 AM
GO ROGER!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Koubek is now 2 sets down. 4-6 4-6 :sad: Come on Stefan, fight back!

Meanwhile Schüttler is up a break in the 2nd set 4-2 :)

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:25 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Hi Hitman! :wavey:

Thanks for the birthday wish! :kiss: LOL @ the disclaimer, I'll take it into consideration. :p

I'm glad Anna seems so confident and happy. Hopefully this will be the year her career really takes off and she wins that elusive title, the first of many. :)

You´re welcome :wavey:

I hope you´re right about Anna. I was mad with her for many years because she wouldn´t get a coach, and wouldn´t play lesser tier tournaments. She is doing all that now, and she is playing more aggressively, attacking the net, as well... So, how come she doesn´t win?? It´s really odd. She HAS it in her, I know.

it´s one of those cases I think: I picked her as a fave about 6-7 years ago. I was SURE she would be number one by then. If she never wins a title, I´ll be in serious doubt about my tennis knowledge.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:25 AM
Roger is up 3-0 in the first set :D I wish they'd turn the netcam on, I'd capture some pictures for the Swiss thread :(

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:26 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I see an a with an accent mark over it.

It's fun to play with the ALT + patterns. English keyboards have all of the different vowels, as well as that c with the tail in French. I've tried to type out some examples but my computer hates me :(

Aha! See, mine shows r. :( But it's good to know that if I type it, others will be able to see a. :)

What do you mean your computer hates you? :confused:

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
One more ladies match, then it's DiP on Court 4! :)

YAY! ALLEZ ARNAUD!!! http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/boldblue.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/boldblue.gif http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/boldblue.gif

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:33 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
You´re welcome :wavey:

I hope you´re right about Anna. I was mad with her for many years because she wouldn´t get a coach, and wouldn´t play lesser tier tournaments. She is doing all that now, and she is playing more aggressively, attacking the net, as well... So, how come she doesn´t win?? It´s really odd. She HAS it in her, I know.

it´s one of those cases I think: I picked her as a fave about 6-7 years ago. I was SURE she would be number one by then. If she never wins a title, I´ll be in serious doubt about my tennis knowledge.

No, she definitely has it in her, so I wouldn't go questioning your tennis knowledge. ;) When she's good, she's a joy to watch. I love the shots she slings on the run. But it must really be frustrating for you. :(

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:37 AM
Originally posted by Layla
What do you mean your computer hates you? :confused:

I'll be typing some of the letters and suddenly it will lose the post :rolleyes: And the commands aren't the same as my old computer.

But here are some examples:

French a: à

French c: ç

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:38 AM
Hmmm, someone (;)) wrote some articles on Anna for a site last year, around this time...
If anyone is interested...

Anna out in OZ
Jan 15, 2002

Anna Kournikova of Russia just got beat by sixth seeded Justine Henin of Belgium, 6-2, 7-5. Anna didn´t hold the pressure well at all.

She was playing very well on the second set, but then when it came to decision time, when she should hold on her serve and be patient to get some chance on Henin´s serve, she just changed the way she was playing. The balls started to fall short again, Anna hit many late swings, and Justine´s power became the decisive factor. The second set was promising, but she still lacks of decision power... Lack of concentration? I think so. It´s hard to focus when you are under huge pressure. It looks like Anna didn´t let the pressure be assumed by Henin, who was the favorite, and started the match slow. Justine took control, and when Anna started playing well, the belgian was already as solid as a rock. Anyway, the good thing was that Anna´s net game was looking great for most of the second set. Discounting the first set, the russian played well, overall. But that´s not good enough for beating the world number 7. Kournikova needs to take the risks, like she always does, but not feeling extra pressure for that. It looks like she is always playing the last point of the match. That intensity is a good thing when you have confidence. Right now, Anna needs to be patient and just hold on. When she did that, it was looking to me like she could really win the match. It´s unfortunate that she has to leave the tournament so early, when it looks like all she needs is winning some matches to get the rhythm and confidence on herself back. She is playing offensive, like she should do, and the net play is consistent. The serve started shaky, but it got a lot better later on the match. The groundstrokes were her weakest link on the decisive moments, because she needs perfect timing for those flat hits of hers. That timing will still take some time to be back, it seems. I would risk to say Anna will reach her top form, mentally, physically and technically, when the grass season comes. Before that, I guess it´s a matter of patience. The season won´t be easy, so we should take it step by step. Anna is doing pretty well on that, I guess.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:40 AM
:)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:40 AM
;)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:41 AM
Relaxing

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:43 AM
Anybody have a clue who this is? :confused:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:44 AM
Anna K in review

By Fernando "hitman"
Date: Jan 3, 2002

Since the russian took the world by storm in 1997 with the run to the semifinals of Wimbledon,we´ve all been waiting for the year where she will finally live up to the enormous expectations that surround her.

Everybody´s seen that she has it all to play top tennis: she goes for it a lot, playing aggresive; she has major weapons in both powerful super-flat forehand and backhand and the net play; and she is very fit and athletic. Why then haven´t she won it all yet? There are several reasons, such as problems leading with the on court pressure, a shaky serve and wrong play calls at times, but what cracks Anna´s game the most, year in year out, are the injuries. She has had one of those every year since 1997.

Going back to that year, you will remember of the Wimbledon run for sure. The press got ballistic because of the blonde russian with a killer instinct. Then we have a break in her career due to the first major injury: a stress fracture to her left toe, happened in October, which led her to three months out of the courts. The return would be for Sydney, on the next January. Back there we discovered Anna had this big problem getting back to her top form. The reason is probably that she is a player who depends a lot on confidence and rhythm to play up to her best. And that would come 7 tournaments after, when Kournikova would reach the finals of the Lipton Championships. Just a little time after, in Mid June, Anna would go back to the grass to play Eastbourne. While playing the quarterfinal match against the legend Steffi Graf, the russian injured her thumb. She won the match anyway, but had to pull out of the tournament, giving up on a clear chance of winning her first title. The result was two more months of inactivity. She would come back for Montreal in mid August.
You can imagine that her confidence went downhill after two consecutive injuries, and that affected her game directly: the forehands and backhands would always fly too much, the net play would disappear and she would serve numerous double faults. The last part of the 98 season and the first part of the 99 were very hard on her. Nothing would work fine. Conclusion: many defeats and tons of criticism from the press and tennis fans, who definitely lost patience with Anna. Of course no one would remember she was coming back from injury or that she was only 18 years old. To make things worse, Kournikova suffered another stress fracture in the first week of August 1999 when preparing for Toronto, which sidelined her for 11 weeks. The comeback was made for Linz in late October.

Another shaky return to the courts was waiting for Miss Kournikova and her fans. The criticism increased and the player on-court was the translation of the pressure she was under off court: a pile of nerves. Many unforced errors would result. Poor performances led into 2000. Again, contrary to common sense (just her avid fans kept on believing in her ability), Anna had some amazing results in this year. Despite a torn ligament in her ankle which took her out of the courts from Berlim to the French Open (3 weeks) and another obvious shaky return for the end of the clay season, she scored great results, including the finals of the Kremlim Cup and the semifinals of seven tournaments, among them the year-end Chase Championships and a career high ranking of number 8. That led to a great prospect for 2001. This should be the K-year.

That's what we thought would happen. And the start was very promising. Anna scored her best Grand Slam result since the 97 Wimbledon, with a showdown in the quarterfinals of the Aussie Open in January, and also the semis of the Pan Pacific Open. All these results were reached while she had a problem in her abs, which caused pain when serving. After the Gaz de France, Anna had another stress fracture to her left foot while practising in mid February. She attempted to come back for Wimbledon in July, but it wasn't possible and she needed to undergo surgery to insert a pin in her foot. The first attempt to come back was for San Diego in late July. She lost first round in singles and reached the doubles final teaming with Martina Hingis. It was looking good for a start, but then we had another setback, the injury flared again and the russian was put on ice for 7 more weeks before a definite comeback in Liepzig (mid September). In the meantime, we underwent creepy moments, from the announcement of her career as being over, to paparazzi photos of her sunbathing in her back yard. And the comeback was tough: five consecutive losses before the first win against Jana Kandarr in the Seat Open, her last tournament this year. She reached the quarterfinals before falling in a hard fought match against top five player Kim Clijsters. That was the start of the pay back for 7 and a half months of hard work. Then she headed for six exhibitions, in South Africa and the United States, playing Coetzer, Capriati and Seles. The record was 4-2.

Coming off a tough injury like the one she had, the latest results look pretty good. Also, all the three players who faced Anna in these last exhibitions are quoted to have said great things about the russian and her game. Anna said she is practicing new shots and strategies to her game, and it looks like she finally decided to attack the net more. Her ranking maybe number 74, but the game she plays is the same that took her up to the Top Ten for a long time. If hard work means good results, 2002 holds amazing surprises for Anna and her fans.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:45 AM
Koubek is out :(

Gonzo is down :eek: Varlet 2-6, 6-3, 4*-3 Gonzo

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:48 AM
Aniko Kapros won a whole game in the Australian Open and is taking home US$9,000 something... :eek:

Is there time for me to be a tennis player still??? :o

;):p

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:50 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Anybody have a clue who this is? :confused:

Nope. Which match is she watching?

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:51 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Anna K in review

Wonderful article, Diss :) I know exactly what you mean about being an avid fan, and I wish Anna the best of luck. I still don't like her very much, but I respect her game. She is definitely still a top doubles player, so it's not as if she's not accomplished anything in her professional career.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:52 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Aniko Kapros won a whole game in the Australian Open and is taking home US$9,000 something... :eek:

Is there time for me to be a tennis player still??? :o

;):p

Only if I could be your biggest fan and have in the inside scoop ;)

But really, 9,000 isn't really that much after expenses.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Nope. Which match is she watching?

Schuettler-Portas -- and Rainer's going for a bagel :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:54 AM
OMG! :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:55 AM
Rainer got his bagel :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:55 AM
signing autographs

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Wonderful article, Diss :) I know exactly what you mean about being an avid fan, and I wish Anna the best of luck. I still don't like her very much, but I respect her game. She is definitely still a top doubles player, so it's not as if she's not accomplished anything in her professional career.

Thanks. :)
I had forgotten about it already. You guys helped me remember. ;) So thanks again.

I just hope she finds a way to make things click... Its not much thats missing. Just a bit more of strategy and less nerves.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 12:56 AM
All right!! netcams operational on both big courts :D

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:57 AM
Golmard :rolleyes:
Was leading David Nalbandian 6-3 3-0.... Lost 3-6 6-3 6-1 and retired.
In my view, he tanked.


OMG! Roger vs Flavio is on tv!! :bounce: Sorry, but GO SARETTA!!!

Dissident
01-14-2003, 12:59 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Only if I could be your biggest fan and have in the inside scoop ;)

But really, 9,000 isn't really that much after expenses.

LOL! Sure, I´d be flattered.
But you would have to put up with some TOUGH times.
Just about something like 10 years or so, losing every match. ;)

Layla
01-14-2003, 12:59 AM
That's a great article Dissident. I like your style of writing. :) But I had no idea Anna was injured so many times. :(

Layla
01-14-2003, 01:01 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Schuettler-Portas -- and Rainer's going for a bagel :eek:

Yes! Yes! Yes! Rainer won! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

And he even got the bagel! :D Hope it was tasty. :lick:

I'm going to bed now, so I'll see you tomorrow. Goodnight TH, Dissident and Lee! Sweet dreams! :wavey:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:02 AM
Thanks, Layla
Not many people know her injuries... :(
Specially the thumb one, during Eastbourne. That was mean! :sad:
Im not gonna say she would have won Wimbledon had she not got that injury, but that was a strong possibility those days... I mean, she had just beaten STEFFI on GRASS!!! :eek:
So unfortunate.

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:03 AM
Good night! :wavey:

Saretta blew three BP just now... :sad:
Roger serves 5-5 deuce

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:04 AM
Goodnight, Layla :wavey:

Golmard retired?!?! :eek: I was watching that match. I can't believe it :rolleyes:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:05 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
LOL! Sure, I´d be flattered.
But you would have to put up with some TOUGH times.
Just about something like 10 years or so, losing every match. ;)


Sounds like fun to me!! :bounce::bounce::bounce: Sure you'd lose matches but hey, we'd be able to see the world together :)

And here you go:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:07 AM
Saretta will serve now 5-6 :sad:
I think he will succumb to the pressure. I hope not though.
He is playing really well, being a stone in Rogi´s shoe. :p Some wicked passing shots on both sides.
Pretty good match so far

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:08 AM
Roger was up 4-0 at one point in this set, so I'd say Saretta has been playing well :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:11 AM
Younes lost the first set to Gimelstob :eek: 6-2

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:12 AM
Thanks for the picture. ;)
Roger went up 0-30 with two errors from Saretta. Then Flavio started to hit more the ball, with confidence. Forced two errors for 30-30
Now a great winner down the line with the fh 40-30
An error with the fh after a long rally. Nerves. :( 40-40

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:14 AM
Another error seeking the angled fh for winner. 40-ad
Set point Federer

Saretta saves it being really gutsy, forcing another error
40-40
Yet again :D
ad-40
And again! We´re going to the tiebreak. :D:D:D

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:20 AM
4-6 Saretta serving :sad:
Three set points Federer

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:22 AM
Roger takes it home 7-6 (4)
Bad luck. But he gave himself a chance. The match is good. :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:34 AM
I hope Kim's coming up very soon. Rubin is up 6-5 in the second after winning the first!!

Mary Pierce looks horrible! :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:39 AM
Now Younes is down two sets to love to Gimelstob :eek::eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:47 AM
DiP's match as started :)

Ollie already has a break point, in DiP's opening service game :(

And no webcam hookup -- the webcam is being incredibly slow anyway :(

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:51 AM
Saretta breaks :eek: Will serve 4-2 in the second. :)

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:52 AM
And he quickly goes down 0-30. :(
Come on, just be aggressive!

Dissident
01-14-2003, 01:54 AM
Roger breaks back right away.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:54 AM
Kimmy's match has started!

GOOOOOOO Kimeke! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:55 AM
:)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:56 AM
Head to head

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 01:59 AM
:bounce:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:00 AM
:D

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:02 AM
Im stunned how Saretta is giving Roger trouble! :eek:
Very well done!!
Fed serves 4-5

Leo7
01-14-2003, 02:03 AM
L. DAVENPORT/C. Pin
6-2, 6-1

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lindsay, please.

Q. Everybody conceded a "Serena Slam"?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I don't think so. I think that we've played the game long enough, and it's been around many years to know that you still have to go through the whole two weeks and then see who comes out on top. Certainly, you put her as the favorite and say at this point the odds are probably the greatest in her favor.
But, you know, a lot of stuff can happen over two weeks, as we've learned forever in tennis.

Q. Think it could happen for you?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Who knows? I mean, I'm here to see.

Q. Are you in your top possible shape?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I hope so. You know, I'm in good shape. I feel like I'm hitting the ball well. I just have to kind of just compete a little bit better in the bigger matches and, you know, you keep giving yourself a chance to make it through.
It's so early in the tournament yet to be thinking about later next week. I've still got a lot of matches to go through.

Q. You won the Australian, Wimbledon, you won the U.S., yet you say "I have to compete better." Has there been a failing of some sort?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I just think since I've been back from surgery I've felt like I've played really well, and I think in some matches I just haven't hung in there as well as I should have - you know, go out there with a better game plan or, you know, go out -- I need to be going out there, being more aggressive, and trying to take it to my opponents a little bit more in some of the matches that I've played.
I felt like I've come back a lot better than I thought I would. I'm actually ecstatic with where I am in my game and where I am, you know, with this year coming up.
But it's just nice to pull through some of those matches and get -- again, give myself some chances in the quarters and semis and see what happens then.

Q. Does that anger you, that you didn't hang in there?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: No, not anger. I just think that, you know, I would have liked -- I just feel like I need to even get my game more aggressive now.
I think that the players these days are even more aggressive on returns, on coming in. I've always been a very aggressive player, and I think that you have to then go another level up, and I'm, you know, currently trying to do that with my game.

Q. When you're out for such a long time, is it possible that you almost forget how to win?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: You know, it's not so much the winning, just so much the whole kind of concept of competition. The "what do you want to do at 4-all? Are you used to the situations?"
I'm sure -- you play this game for years and years and years, but just being out, I think it was no tournament or match for eight to nine months, it's just funny how you come back with a different perception.
Now I've played a lot of tournaments to where it's finally coming back and I feel more comfortable now in some closer situations.
It's just a mindset, I think. Once you pull through a few, I think the confidence that you gain is invaluable and that, a lot of times, pushes you through the next few tournaments and matches.

Q. Is it a case of thinking too much sometimes?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It can be, or just -- a lot of times when you're playing well and you're used to playing, it's automatic, you know, there's no second thoughts or there's no indecision. When you're not sure what to do, you kind of go, "What do I do? Where do I serve?" You just know when you're playing well.
I think last week I pulled through some really tough matches, and hopefully it just kind of clicks in here pretty soon.

Q. As comfortable as it was today, it seemed like there was a couple of times you got a bit frustrated?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Of course. You're striving for perfection these two weeks. I felt like I've been doing certain things very well and certain things that I need to improve if I'm going to be winning this tournament.
I felt like I really need to raise kind of my first serve percentage and my first serve points won on it. It's just not as consistent as I would like it to be.
So I have -- I'm definitely going to work on that to try to get that better the next few matches. I feel like I'm hitting my groundies actually better now than I was last year, just try to come in a little bit more. Hopefully, it all falls into place.
Most importantly, I feel like my game does revolve around my serve, and I feel like that's the main thing right now I need to concentrate on.

Q. What does Rick bring to your party?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Well, more than anything, I think it's familiarity - I'm so bad at saying that word - familiarity, and just a great temperament and a lot of experience.
You know, I'm not -- we're not striving to change anything major in my game. It's been a long time, and I've had a lot of success with what I have. I'm trying to just do the things that I do well even better. And, you know, most important for me was trying to find someone that you like and enjoy and that you respect to do this kind of crazy job with. I was very lucky to be able to find someone like that.

Q. You haven't won a Grand Slam since 2000.
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I know (smiling).

Q. I'm wondering now, it's been coming up on three years, what is it going to take for you at this point to reach that plateau again?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: Yeah, I mean, a lot has changed in women's tennis since the last time I won, which was here in 2000. At that time the Williams sisters were not a dominant factor in women's tennis. They were a lot more inconsistent, and certainly they pose huge, huge hurdles now. I mean, they've really kind of gotten their games in gear and gotten a lot more consistent.
For me, I think that I have the game, I just have to put it all together a lot of times for two entire sets, not just one set or not just half a set. But you have to just have your "A" game through entire matches and not go through these lapses that sometimes I go through.
But, I mean, I feel like I have weapons. I obviously can serve well and have big groundies. It's consistency and confidence, I think, will hopefully make the difference.

Q. Were you not experiencing those lapses when you were winning Grand Slams, or is it that the level of the game has gotten higher?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: I think both. I think the level's definitely gotten higher. And I think that, you know, like I said, when you're playing well, you don't think twice. You go after shots, and you know where you're going to hit the ball and everything just kind of flows.
Certainly, after being out nine months, it was a little bit more second-guessing last year. I feel like it's starting to come back now. I think that my tennis is going to be a lot better this year than it was last year. I don't know if it's going to be next week, I don't know if it's going to be this week, but I feel like it's on the right path at least.

Q. Just a question on women's tennis in America. Americans have won 11 of the last 12 Grand Slams between yourself, Jennifer, the Williams sisters. What do you account for this kind of dominance that maybe is unprecedented?
LINDSAY DAVENPORT: It's fabulous. For a number of years there, it was the dominance of American men's tennis with Pete, Jim, Andre and many others. There was really a gap in the women's tennis, and we heard a lot about it. So it's nice to be able to be up there now with the other Americans and be at the top. I mean, as well there's Monica, and we have very, very strong tennis in the country right now.
And a lot of different personalties come from the five of us, and a lot of different backgrounds, and it's great. I think that there's a lot of people that can pick different role models between the five of us - or even more players - choose then who they want to be like. It's not just Chris and Martina, they're so different. A lot of us have similarities but are different. It's good

:bounce:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:04 AM
2-1 Kim. Her first serve % is 92% right now :D

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:05 AM
Good luck Kimmy!!! :D

Saretta has two set points :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:08 AM
Yay! Kim breaks on her first break point chance :) 3-1 for her

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:08 AM
Roger survives. 5-5 Saretta to serve

Leo7
01-14-2003, 02:09 AM
for diss :D

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20030113/mdf184004.jpg

omg so many posts to read :eek:

hackie has a pm ;)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:09 AM
C'MON KIM! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-14-2003, 02:12 AM
come on Kim!! win it in straights! :vounce:

btw, i'm very pleased to see that Mary is up 6-1, 4-4 in her opening match. although if she gets to the 2nd round it will be MUCH more difficult against Rubin. i hope Mary can make a few upsets Down Under. :)

btw, Gonzo is locked at 4-4 in the 5th against some guy named Vaske (ever heard of him?) i hope Gonzo loses. go Vaske! :bounce:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:16 AM
Roger had a BP now, Saretta saved. ad-40 5-5

Well, I told the Rogi fans in the Aussie Open forum that Roger´s draw was not as easy as everyone was picturing it to be... :D
Very good match, and if Rogi wins, he will be ready for the rest of the tournament, me thinks

BP Roger

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:16 AM
Kim was just broken back :rolleyes:

Gonzo is playing Varlet. He's French. He was practically running away with it during the sets he won.

Other scores:

Olivier Rochus 3-4* Arnaud DiPasquale
Maja Matevzic 6-7, 6-2 2*-1 C. Dellacova
Radek Stepanek 6-0, 5-7, 5-0* Kenneth Carlsen :eek:
Younes El Aynaoui 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 0*-0 Justin Gimelstob :eek:

Leo7
01-14-2003, 02:17 AM
Kimmy is up 4-2 now :) :bounce:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:19 AM
Federer breaks Saretta and will serve for the second set 6-5

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:19 AM
Kimeke breaks back for 4-2 but the errors are slowly creeping into her game -- she just double faulted for the first time

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:21 AM
WTF?! :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:21 AM
5-2 Kimmy!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Leo7
01-14-2003, 02:22 AM
Mary won 6-1, 6-4 without dropping serve a single time! :bounce: now let's see how she fairs against Chanda in Round #2.. should be a very tricky match.

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:25 AM
roger leads 7-6 7-5

Leo7
01-14-2003, 02:27 AM
i'm gonna go and watch the tennis on ESPN. coverage starts in about 5 minutes. last night ESPN only showed 6 points of the Juanqui match (all from the first set tiebreak) and just the last game of Lindsay. :( fuck them! :fiery:

but i was really happy with having Jim Courier there as a commentator. while PMac right away wrote off Juanqui's chances to win a Slam on hard courts, Jim said he thought the Mosquito could go deep into the 2nd week and he was well prepared for the AO. Mary Carillo is also an excellent addition to the ESPn crew. :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:28 AM
Kim wins the first set 6-2! :bounce:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:28 AM
roger is now wearing that horrible shirt moya wore last week :o:o:o:o:o:o
Omg, its SO ugly!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:29 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
but i was really happy with having Jim Courier there as a commentator. while PMac right away wrote off Juanqui's chances to win a Slam on hard courts, Jim said he thought the Mosquito could go deep into the 2nd week and he was well prepared for the AO. Mary Carillo is also an excellent addition to the ESPn crew. :)

LOL, sounds like the Wimbledon crew. So is it the magic trio of Jim, PMac, and Cliffy? I think I'm looking forward to watching my AusOpen tapes :D

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:31 AM
Set 1 Stats

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
roger is now wearing that horrible shirt moya wore last week :o:o:o:o:o:o
Omg, its SO ugly!

OMG, are you serious? The netcam pics of it aren't up yet, but I'll be sure to post a few in the Roger forum.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:32 AM
Spoke too soon :eek:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:35 AM
:o

It´s cursed!
He put it on, now Saretta leads 3-0 in the third :eek:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:36 AM
lol didnt see you had posted the same horrible thing Hackie... :p

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:36 AM
I think that ugly shirt is doing something to Roger's play :eek: 3-0 Saretta :eek::eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:37 AM
LMAO!! I just posted the same thing you did -- again!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:38 AM
Kim breaks for 2-0 :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:42 AM
3-0 Kimmy :D

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:43 AM
Double BP for Kimeke! BA-GEL! BA-GEL! :D

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:44 AM
2-3 Federer to serve. he just broke back.
And in the cursed shirt. lol

Lee
01-14-2003, 02:44 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I think that ugly shirt is doing something to Roger's play :eek: 3-0 Saretta :eek::eek:

I guess we all think the same way. Even before he's down 3-0 I was thinking that shirt is not a good thing and BOOM he's 3-0 down. :eek:

Lee
01-14-2003, 02:45 AM
Looks like he break back!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:47 AM
Well, now she's up 5-0

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:50 AM
Get the bagel, Kim!

Lee
01-14-2003, 02:51 AM
Seems like that 3-0 is a wake up call for Rogi. He does not commit any ue after that and may go up 4-3 now.

Lee
01-14-2003, 02:52 AM
Tamarine is serving for the match. Guga may come up real soon!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:53 AM
Damn! 5*-1 Kim

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:56 AM
Kimmy goes up double MP with an ace :D

Loses one . . .

Wins on an unforced error!

Kim d. Reeves 6-2, 6-1 :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:56 AM
Roger serves 4-3 :(

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:58 AM
:bounce::bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:00 AM
Damn netcam is messing up again :mad:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:02 AM
Flavio succumbed 7-6 7-5 6-3 :sad:

Congrats to Roger, though. Very good match

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:03 AM
Arnaud is up 6-4, 6-4 :)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:03 AM
FINALLY!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:10 AM
Guga!

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:10 AM
Diss, do you have Guga's match live?

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:11 AM
Head to head

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:12 AM
TH, I will take care of Guga's netcam though I don't think I can post them here at the same time watching. Feel free to post them if you like!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:12 AM
All right, I'm going to say his shirt is teal. Not really blue, not really green . . .

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:14 AM
no, Lee :sad:
Nothing more this night. Maybe Ill get the tape delay tomorrow morning.
Will have to follow it on the scoreboard

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:14 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Head to head

That's a pretty good stat. And he had the perfect blue in the sea of red this year. :D :D

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:15 AM
:mad: Gonzo won 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:15 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
All right, I'm going to say his shirt is teal. Not really blue, not really green . . .

I think it's robin's egg blue or aquablue.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:16 AM
OMG, Younes won by a Gimelstob retirement :eek::eek::eek: The final score is 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:17 AM
Max Mirnyi is down an early break to Siranni

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:17 AM
1st round not yet finished and I think there are 3 retirement from men. :eek:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:19 AM
Guga's whole outfit

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:22 AM
Young Aussie hopeful Ryan Henry is down 2 sets to 1 to Julian Knowle

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:23 AM
This time he has the shorts that match colors with his shirt. :D :D

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:25 AM
Scores:

Mirnyi 1-3* Siranni
Bovina 5-1* Zvonereva
Safin 1*-1 Sluiter
Arazi 2-1* Guga

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:27 AM
Egads, Safin has that ugly purple adidas outfit

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:30 AM
I think it's better than Arazi's grey!!!!!

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:31 AM
here the pic

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:32 AM
Safin is playing on pjs! :eek:

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:35 AM
YESSSS! Guga up a break!

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:35 AM
guga broke guga broke guga broke!!!

:D YAY!

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:36 AM
Guga turn his game around at the 4th game. His winner/ue from 1/7 to 9/7. Good job Guga!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:38 AM
LOL at you, Diss :) Safin's playing in his PJs? Why do you say that?

C'mon Guga :bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:39 AM
Whoa, I see Safin has also commited the mortal sin of black shoes with white socks -- or wait, was it the other way around? :o

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:40 AM
Arnaud DiPasquale 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 1*-0 Olivier Rochus

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:41 AM
Black socks with black shoes is the mortal sin! :p Coz it all looks like a giant shoe... :o

Just me who think that pruple outfit is like an old man´s pjs??? :p

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:42 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Safin is playing on pjs! :eek:

His fans definitely like him in his pjs...........

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:44 AM
well, to say the true, black socks with anything is the mortal sin... :p

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:46 AM
Guga serve the set with love. :bounce:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:46 AM
YEAH! Well done Guga!
Send the jinx to outer space!

Vera
01-14-2003, 03:50 AM
Hi guys :wavey:

My scoreboard is updating automatically :D :D :D, that's magical, hope it'll last.

:eek: :eek: :eek: why is Marat wearing Ken Doll Cloth? Did he let Barbie pick his wardrobe too :p?

Lee
01-14-2003, 03:52 AM
Hi Vera! Do you know Sabres also files for bankcruptcies protection in US?

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:52 AM
OFF tennis topic, but someone might be interested

AUDIOSLAVE 2003 U.S. DATES ANNOUNCED

2/21/03 Denver
2/23/03 Minneapolis
2/24/03 St. Louis
2/26/03 Chicago
2/27/03 Chicago
2/28/03 Detroit
3/1/03 Toronto
3/3/03 Boston
3/4/03 Boston
3/6/03 New York
3/7/03 Philadelphia
3/9/03 Atlanta
3/11/03 Austin
3/12/03 Dallas
3/14/03 Phoenix
3/15/03 Las Vegas
3/17/03 Los Angeles
3/19/03 San Francisco
3/20/03 San Francisco

Dissident
01-14-2003, 03:53 AM
Serena lost the first set 6-3 to loit :eek: :o

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 03:54 AM
LMAO, I don't see the PJs reference, but LMFAO at Vera! :D

You rock, Gugs! :bounce::bounce:

Vera
01-14-2003, 04:00 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Hi Vera! Do you know Sabres also files for bankcruptcies protection in US?

I heard. They were struggling for awhile now. Another small market struggles to pay for the big bill.


By the way, Maureen Drake, that's right. Sadly, she lost to Ms Thai (to hard to spell that).

Vera
01-14-2003, 04:02 AM
So Rogi won comfortably, I think his injury is not bothering him much *relief*. I was also worried for Marat, but he took the first set so the shoulder is okay then, I hope.

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:02 AM
Originally posted by Vera
By the way, Maureen Drake, that's right. Sadly, she lost to Ms Thai (to hard to spell that).

Yes, unfortunately. She played just before Guga. At least only single bagel.

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:08 AM
I think Guga will kept his beard but he seems to want a clean start for AO. And the curly hair is back.

Dissident
01-14-2003, 04:10 AM
If Guga goes deep into the draw, you will see his beard growing. He doesn´t shave during tournaments. ;)
Unless he changed the luck habits now... :p

Vera
01-14-2003, 04:11 AM
I take that back. Marat seems to be losing his serve a lot, maybe the shoulder is still hurting :(.

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:13 AM
Almost give me a heart attack in 6th game of 2nd set!

GO GUGAAAAAAAAAAAA!

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:15 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
If Guga goes deep into the draw, you will see his beard growing. He doesn´t shave during tournaments. ;)
Unless he changed the luck habits now... :p

Although I prefer him clean shave but GUGA just keep on growing your beard.

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:19 AM
Guga's ue again creep up in 2nd set. Keep it down GUGA!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:20 AM
Gasquet & Youzhny are on court right now.

ALLEZ RICHARD! :bounce:

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:24 AM
GUGA BREAKKKKKKK!

Vera
01-14-2003, 04:24 AM
Marat down a break in second, Sluiter serving for set 2 :( .

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:24 AM
He got it! Ready to serve for 2nd set!

:bounce: :bounce: GUGA :bounce: :bounce:

Vera
01-14-2003, 04:25 AM
OMG, Alex got broken :sad: .
I like Feli but Alex must win.

Dissident
01-14-2003, 04:25 AM
YAY!! :bounce:

Dissident
01-14-2003, 04:28 AM
0-40 Guga????? :o

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:29 AM
Gasquet 3-2* Youzhny on serve :)

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:29 AM
Damn! Arazi break back!

Dissident
01-14-2003, 04:29 AM
Shit Arazi broke back. :(

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:31 AM
Double BP again. GUGA BREAKKKKKKK!

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:33 AM
Duece!!!!!!!!!!!

Dissident
01-14-2003, 04:33 AM
:sad:
Come on Guga! Dont let those chances slip!

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:33 AM
GO ALEX GO!

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:36 AM
We need a tie break, GUGA!

Dissident
01-14-2003, 04:36 AM
Im outta here... Too nervous. :(
:wavey: Good night all!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:37 AM
Good night, Dissident :wavey:

Richard still on serve in the first :)

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:38 AM
Looks like DiP need some cheering in 5th set!

GO ARNAUD GO

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:39 AM
Go night Diss!

GO GUGA GO

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:39 AM
Is Richard drinking a Coke? :eek::eek:

Vera
01-14-2003, 04:39 AM
Nite Diss :wavey: . Guga will win don't worry.

Alex back on serve now, but Max already lost a serve in 3rd :sad:. Leo's not gonna like it.

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:41 AM
TB on TV. CU later.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:42 AM
Richard broke Richard broke Richard broke!!!

Gasquet 5*-3 Youzhny

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

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:48 AM
Gasquet 6-3 Youzhny

:bounce::bounce::bounce:

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:51 AM
:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:56 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Is Richard drinking a Coke? :eek::eek:

Well he's an teen ager!

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 04:57 AM
Yeah, but soft drinks are the last thing you want to drink in that kind of heat! :eek:

Youzhny breaks for 2-0 in the second set :(

Lee
01-14-2003, 04:57 AM
My hand is still shaking from Guga's TB. I don't think Diss can stand it!

The TB is beautiful. See-saw set point for each player but it's very very windy on outside courts now.

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:02 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Yeah, but soft drinks are the last thing you want to drink in that kind of heat! :eek:

It's not that hot and it's windy!

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:05 AM
Damn! Guga is broken in the 1st game of 3rd set. His ue keep giving Arazi bp!

Break Back Guga!

GO GUGA GO

Vera
01-14-2003, 05:07 AM
I'm going, guys. See ya'll tomorrow. Nite.

:wavey:

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:08 AM
Nite Vera!

Poor Layla! DiP lost in 5 sets! :sad:

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:08 AM
Triple BP! GUGA PLEASEEEEEEEEEEE BREAK BACK!

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:09 AM
:D :D He break back :D :D

*long breath out slowly*

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:10 AM
:eek: 5-0 Misha :eek:

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:12 AM
Oh no! Bagel in 2nd set.

COME ON RICHARD!

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:36 AM
Finally, Guga won:

6-4 7-6 (10-8) 6-3

Job well done GUGA!

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:44 AM
Here is the stat:

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:49 AM
Weather is very nice today at Melbourne:

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:53 AM
Look at James sleeveless shirt. This is still practise time, just wait and see when the game begins.

Lee
01-14-2003, 05:58 AM
Yes, it is sleeveless. Is he the first player to wear a sleeveless shirt in a slam match?

vaiva
01-14-2003, 07:05 AM
Good morning :wavey:

For me it's certainly a very good one :) Marat is through to the 2nd round :bounce: :kiss:

Now I'm gonna see what you've been doing in this thread tonigh ;)

vaiva
01-14-2003, 07:34 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Black socks with black shoes is the mortal sin! :p Coz it all looks like a giant shoe... :o

Just me who think that pruple outfit is like an old man´s pjs??? :p

I also hate these pyjamas that Ken Doll was also wearing. BTW, on my TV the colour is very ligh blue and nothing like purple :confused: Quite ugly :o. But at least Marat looks much better than KD in those.

The shoes are not entirely black! Nay nay! With grey patches which is way better than plain black shoes (sorry, couldn't resist to leave my 2 cents ;) )

Puss-in-Boots
01-14-2003, 07:37 AM
I always wear black socks and black shoes! :o

vaiva
01-14-2003, 07:48 AM
Well done Guga :bounce: That should have been a pretty tricky and good match, but I won't have any coverage of it, I'm afraid :fiery:

Kim continues her brilliant form :) and Elena Bovina thrashed Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-1 :mad:. Pretty cruel.

Misha :bounce: He is becoming a real curse for French musketeers, don't you think? But sorry for those who supported him, a bagel and 6-1 ... he probably still lacks experience on the big tour.

Well done Roger :bounce:

But poor DiP :sad: Layla will be heart-broken he lost 2 sets lead.

F. Lopez def. A. Corretja [15] 6/7(3) 7/6(9) 7/6(6) 6/3 :eek: What happened, Alex? :sad:

vaiva
01-14-2003, 07:51 AM
Blake just won his match with pretty close score 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4

Well done, sleeveless shirt!

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:13 AM
Do you care to read Marat's interview? Something about his shoulder, Zhenia, etc.

Marat Safin
Tuesday, 14 January, 2003

M. SAFIN/R. Sluiter 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

MODERATOR: Questions for Marat.

Q. How was that out there today?
MARAT SAFIN: Tough. First match, you know, big tournament, third match of the year, so you're kind of nervous and you try to win in straight sets. You have a tough opponent. The guy can play great tennis. He beat Hewitt in Stockholm.
But was okay, you know. Just I lost a little bit my concentration on second set, that's why I lost. But I knew what I have to do, and I came back. I think I played great third and fourth set - good enough to win.

Q. How do you feel with your shoulder? Do you feel it's going to come through okay?
MARAT SAFIN: I'm taking care of it. I'm taking some antiinflammatories, Vioxx. But it's okay. The pain is going away. ;) It's much better, much better. Like next match I think will be perfect then.

Q. Have you thought anything about last year?
MARAT SAFIN: Last year is the history already. It was one year ago. The time is running. Is another chance, another year, another tournament. Just I would like to do the same thing. It's difficult because another year. You are not playing the same tennis. The other people are not playing the same tennis. The situation is difficult.
But I'll be there. I'm still in the draw. I think I still have a great potential to do well here, and we'll see if I will be able to make it. Because other people, they also know how to play tennis.
But I want to do well here, definitely. I will give all my best. I will try my best. It doesn't matter if I will play my great tennis, if I will play bad, but I will be there, I will be tough and I will give trouble to everybody, that's for sure. :cool: Then if I will win or I will lose, then it's just we'll see on the court.

Q. What was the biggest celebration or most enjoyable celebration after winning the Davis Cup?
MARAT SAFIN: It's tough. It's tough to celebrate straightaway because even we went out to the club, and from 12:00 that we got into the club until I think 3:00, I was signing autographs, so I didn't have any chance to celebrate at all. I was making pictures, I was doing everything, but definitely not taking care of myself.

Q. Were you signing autographs for pretty girls?
MARAT SAFIN: No, pretty boys I was signing. (LMAO!!!! :p)

Q. The court is supposed to be faster this year. Firstly, do you agree? Secondly, how much does that help you in winning the title?
MARAT SAFIN: It is definitely faster. Of course, the bounce is a little bit lower. It's good for my game. It's good for me. I'm really far from winning this tournament still. First I have to pass the first week. First it's difficult to pass the first round. Then you have to pass to the second week. Then, of course, is a matter of luck, just if you get your game, if you get your best shape, and then you can see.
I will tell you if I have opportunity to win the tournament in the second week if I get there. Then I will see my chances, see if I'm playing great tennis or not, see how the other players are playing.
But I'm sure I can do well. I'm sure. I hope also. I hope so.
But it's good. It's good. The courts are -- I think for my game, they're really good.

Q. Are you surprised that Larsson is giving Hewitt a lot of problems?
MARAT SAFIN: He beat me last year, Larsson -- sorry, two years ago. He's a great player. He's I think one of the most talented players on tour. He's from old generation. He beat Sampras in Masters -- not the Masters, in Grand Slam Cup, in Munich there was a tournament, in the finals. It means he's a great player. He can give some trouble. He can be dangerous.
Again, he have a good serve, good forehand, he can also play backhand, great volley. But for some reasons he didn't do well, didn't give his best to the tennis. I felt for me he was one of the best players on the world, definitely. He could be, I think, easily No. 1, but for some reasons he couldn't make it.

Q. Do you think Yevgeny, who said he was going to retire, you get upset, you try so hard to win the Davis Cup for him, then he says, "I'm going to keep playing"?
MARAT SAFIN: That is the question is everybody asking me, even the players. I think, my opinion, he just said that he wants to retire, but then he realized that what he's going to do after he will retired. For example, he's not playing any more tennis. What he has to do in Moscow, Russia, whatever country he is living in?
It's difficult to find this new job or new thing, you know, to discover a new thing in your life because you have to change your life completely. You've been playing tennis since you are six, and suddenly you just want to change something. You need to prepare yourself. You need to see what you like, what you don't like, what you want to do, what you feel like doing. And then, of course, slowly you can leave tennis.
But he has nothing to do. You know, the guy has been playing for tennis and he didn't prepare himself for the life after tennis. Of course, he found himself just he doesn't know what to do. So is the best thing to play tennis and try to prepare yourself for next life. I think he still can play few years, two years for sure. He's 29. Let's see how he's doing.

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:21 AM
http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030114/capt.1042530851australian_open_mel153.jpg

Marat Safin from Russia jubilates after his 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, victory over Raemon Sluiter from Netherlands at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003. (AP Photo/Tony Feder)

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:25 AM
I like the new outfit of Serena. Much much better than the ugly sado-masochistic catsuit. What do you think?

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030114/capt.1042523466australian_open_mel139.jpg

USA's Serena Williams plays during her center court struggle against Emilie Loit from France at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003. (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:29 AM
Magnus Larsson is playing so well :eek:

He has 3 set points to take the Potato to the 5th set!!

And he does!!

6-3 3-6 6-1 6-7(3) the score

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:43 AM
Hewitt just broke *3-1

He was retrieving unbelievably well in this game. Could this be the end of Swedish challenge? Fight Magnus!

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:46 AM
Potato leads 4-1*

He's probably going to survive the 1st round scare

vaiva
01-14-2003, 08:54 AM
Richard Krajicek is tied 1-1 (sets)

Potato is up 5-2*

vaiva
01-14-2003, 09:00 AM
Potato has a match point!

What a rally :eek: Deuce

Second MP: the End. 6-2 in third set

The Potato has not been peeled, will play with yet one more qualifier. But cudos to Larsson - he played very well

vaiva
01-14-2003, 09:14 AM
Richard Krajicek leads 3-6 6-2 6-2 :)

vaiva
01-14-2003, 09:16 AM
Now they are replaying Serena's match on Eurosport and I don't like the new outfit so much. Why does she need this ugly silver shiny part :o

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030114/capt.1042523656australian_open_mel140.jpg

ferrerogrrl
01-14-2003, 09:26 AM
Tommy Haas wore the sleeveless shirt at USO last year too .. until they made him take it off for being too racy. But they let Serena wear the catsuit. It made no sense ..

ferrerogrrl
01-14-2003, 09:27 AM
was Lisnard the guy who compared Juanqui to Bin Laden? :fiery: You'd better cream him, Juan Carlos!! :bounce:

vaiva
01-14-2003, 09:35 AM
Krajicek is on fire!!! 5-0* in the 4th set

Now I'm scared 'cause he is in Marat's quarter :o

vaiva
01-14-2003, 09:42 AM
R. Krajicek won 3-6 6-2 6-2 6-1

Well done :)

vaiva
01-14-2003, 10:45 AM
Monica destroyed her opponent from Slovakia 6-0 6-1.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030114/capt.1042543636australian_open_mel183.jpg

American Monica Seles returns a shot against Lubomira Kurhajcova of Slovakia during their first round match at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003. (AP Photo/Mike Fiala)



Now they are going to show A-Rod live. I think I can finally switch to my work :D

Francine
01-14-2003, 11:29 AM
Goodafternoon! Just worked my way through 20 pages of you guys keeping track of some scores, it really sucks that all matches are played overnight for me, I usually wake up when the night session starts,so I can hardly follow any of my favorites live. Anywayzzzzz, is the order of play for tomorrow out yet? I'm out all day from 09.00 till after midnight, so I won't get to see Juanqui, he'd better win though.

Originally posted by ferrerogrrl
was Lisnard the guy who compared Juanqui to Bin Laden? :fiery: You'd better cream him, Juan Carlos!! :bounce:

LOL, no I don't think that was him, that was some other French guy, but I see no reason why he shoudn't cream this one :D

Francine
01-14-2003, 12:02 PM
Ok, cos I have no time to watch Juanqui's match tomorrow I have made a decission which isn't going to make my roommate very happy: I'm going to wake up at about 3 a.m to watch him live. I'm not insane, just a very dedicated fan. He'd better f*cking win.

vaiva
01-14-2003, 12:04 PM
The scedule is already out:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/sched3.html

vaiva
01-14-2003, 12:06 PM
It's the 2nd match on Rod Laver Arena:

Jean-Rene Lisnard (FRA) vs. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[4]

ILR
01-14-2003, 02:04 PM
Hi :wavey:

I see Rogi won :) in 3 sets aswell :) just a quick hi to you all and thanks for cheering for him ;)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:17 PM
:wavey: Good morning, all!

Can't stay for long, but I've read all of the posts.

I was LMAO when I went to gather pictures this morning and saw that both Potatoman and Serena were stretched to deciding sets by their "lesser" opponents. If only Serena had lost, she wouldn't be all over my coverage . . . :o

Congrats to Guga, James, Monica & Krajieck for their wins :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

As for the other Richard, Gasquet, I didn't think he was going to win his first round match, especially after I saw the stats after the first set :eek: I think Mikhail was surprised that Richard came out of the gates so quickly and challenged his serve as well as he did -- almost every game in that set went to deuce. When Mikhail realized this kid was for real, I suspect, he picked up his game and steamrolled.

Richard also isn't used to playing 5-setters yet, which is understandable. He complained of feeling flat at the end and really, there was no way to challenge. Youzhny is a good player and I'll root for him, but I had to give Richard my all while I still could :) I don't think Richard will do too much in the Slams this year besides get used to the conditions and the longevity of five set matches.

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 02:19 PM
Originally posted by zosse
Q. Do you think Yevgeny, who said he was going to retire, you get upset, you try so hard to win the Davis Cup for him, then he says, "I'm going to keep playing"?
MARAT SAFIN: That is the question is everybody asking me, even the players. I think, my opinion, he just said that he wants to retire, but then he realized that what he's going to do after he will retired. For example, he's not playing any more tennis. What he has to do in Moscow, Russia, whatever country he is living in?
It's difficult to find this new job or new thing, you know, to discover a new thing in your life because you have to change your life completely. You've been playing tennis since you are six, and suddenly you just want to change something. You need to prepare yourself. You need to see what you like, what you don't like, what you want to do, what you feel like doing. And then, of course, slowly you can leave tennis.
But he has nothing to do. You know, the guy has been playing for tennis and he didn't prepare himself for the life after tennis. Of course, he found himself just he doesn't know what to do. So is the best thing to play tennis and try to prepare yourself for next life. I think he still can play few years, two years for sure. He's 29. Let's see how he's doing.

Marat is right on the money, as per usual :) In a way I'm glad Zhenya didn't retire last year, but I'm wondering if maybe he should have? :o I don't want to see him have a downward spiral towards oblivion before he calls it quits, but he very well could, knowing him.

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:36 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
I always wear black socks and black shoes! :o

SINNER! :p ;)

Dissident
01-14-2003, 02:47 PM
If I was Zhenya, I would kick Marat´s ass for talking about all my life like that. lol!
:p

As for Richard, did I see it wrong or he really won the first set hitting ONE winner?? :eek:

Anna plays first match and Juanqui the second on Laver Arena. :D
GO ANNA! GO JUANQUI!

ILR
01-14-2003, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
roger is now wearing that horrible shirt moya wore last week :o:o:o:o:o:o
Omg, its SO ugly!

:eek::o:eek::o ooooh he didnt did he........

ILR
01-14-2003, 04:28 PM
Do you think they made him wear it?Surely he wouldnt choose to wear something like that.......:o:o

Im just watched Hewitt v Larsson and his forehand is HUGE!:eek: wow Hewitt seemed to be having trouble defending that!A very tight game but then 6-2

lmao @ Marat signing autographs for pretty boys!:p

Vera
01-14-2003, 06:00 PM
Good morning thread :wavey:

Can't stay at all and don't even have time to read the post. But just a quick few words.

Juanqui plays second on Rod Laver (:eek: they upgraded him to a favorite? ). In fact, I would love to watch Juju against Anna, but that won't happen :sad: . So I hope Juju and Anna put up a great show and take a long time on the court (okay, fans of juju and Anna, don't really mean to tire them both so don't throw things at me). Cos, if their match is long enough, maybe ESPN will have no choice but to show Juanqui's match (though they're scheduled to show the 3rd match of the day, and of course, that's that AHole match :fiery: ).

Also checked the doubld draw ( finally up:rolleyes: ). Disappointed that Juanqui didn't play and all other spaniards are playing. Even Carlos' playing double, and Tommy is teaming with ... geez, forgot who he's teaming up.

Anyway, best of luck to Juanqui. Go kick some ass, baby :kiss: .

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 06:28 PM
I'm surprised Layla hasn't been by yet today! I hope she's not too upset about DiP :(

I just checked the schedule of play and -- MICHEL IS ON A SHOW COURT!!!!!!!!! LOL, so is Jarkko -- so I'm going to have 3 netcam pages up as well as a scoreboard tonight, because I have a feeling they are going to be playing at the same time. I'm SO excited :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

But in order to do that, I have to do all of my work for tomorrow before play begins, so wish me luck!

By the way, Mrs. B left another message in her thread! :) She's headed home on Saturday so hopefully she'll be up to helping us cheer during the second week! :)

Layla
01-14-2003, 07:18 PM
Hi everyone! :wavey:

Warning: I'm about to rant and cry. ;)

What did I tell you?! This morning I got a phone call informing me that another long text is on its way. Didn't I say that would happen? I worked so hard witing horoscopes in advance to earn this one week off, just one fucking week in over a year. And what did I get? ONE FUCKING DAY OFF! :fiery: That was yesterday, my birthday. And the very next they, they hit me over the head again. And the deadline is very soon so I had to get right on it. Guess what else they told me. I'll get another text next week. :rolleyes: I won't even be finished with this one by then. :( And they will keep sending texts at this rate until march! :eek: They are insane! :fiery:

I just feel like crying. :sad::sad::sad: I know, I know, it's great that I have work, I should be happy I'm earning money, most people would envy me, blah-blah-blah... I agree with all that. But no one seems to understand that I NEED A FUCKING BREAK! I'm not a machine. How long have I been telling you guys that I need a break? Well, the closest I came to a break was two days off for New Year's. :rolleyes: Other than that the last time I had two or more days off in a row was back in August. :rolleyes:

Why did they have to ruin my AO? :sad: So much for being here more often. :(

On top of that Arnaud lost after leading 2 sets to love. :sad::sad::sad: That just broke my heart. Not to mention Alex and his 3 tie-breaks. :(

And all my faves in the giant slalom competition fell. :sad:

This was just a bad, bad day and my immediate future is not very bright, so I'm miserable and inconsolable.

Hope you guys are enjoying the AO better than I am. :)

Layla
01-14-2003, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LMAO!! I just posted the same thing you did -- again!

LOL, you guys are funny. :D Incidently, I was thinking along the same lines. First I was in shock at horrid and appalling that shirt was. I can't comprehend that somebody actually designed that. It hurts my eyes. Then I thought that maybe Roger was too embarrased to play in that shirt and started to make more mistakes. I guess he was too self-conscious in that outfit. ;) Poor Roger. I pity anyone who has to wear that Nike monstrosity. :o

Layla
01-14-2003, 07:30 PM
I have to go back to work now. :( See you later! :wavey:

ILR
01-14-2003, 07:33 PM
Looks like I just missed you Layla:( sorry about the work thing,you deserve a break it seems to me you work your ass off every day.:mad: poor you :kiss:

and as for the nike shirt,well I saw Rogi on TV with it and it didnt look as bad on TV.........:o at least I try to tell myself that!;)

TennisHack
01-14-2003, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I just feel like crying. :sad::sad::sad: I know, I know, it's great that I have work, I should be happy I'm earning money, most people would envy me, blah-blah-blah... I agree with all that. But no one seems to understand that I NEED A FUCKING BREAK! I'm not a machine. How long have I been telling you guys that I need a break? Well, the closest I came to a break was two days off for New Year's. :rolleyes: Other than that the last time I had two or more days off in a row was back in August. :rolleyes:

*hug* *hug* *hug* *hug* *hug*

I wouldn't say any of those things because I know you work your ass off all the time. I agree with you, you have to take a break. Those people are fucking crazy :eek: One long text per week for the next eight weeks? That will drive you to suicide :eek: Translating in and of itself takes a long time, but all that extra work you and Zosse were talking about -- INSANE! :fiery: Is there no way you can get out of it? :(

Mrs. B is coming back and you're leaving (essentially). *sigh* Why can't this place be like it was last July? :sad: