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Vera
02-01-2003, 03:17 AM
Originally posted by Lee
No need to sorry! I never told anyone here Mark is my fav and I understand why Canucks fans don't like him. If I can't stand ppl criticizing my fav, I don't think I can stay in ATPworld and chat with you guyshere since most ppl here dislike Pistol Pete. :D :D

Iggy said he felt like crushing a party in all-star game. Honestly, he is not playing that well this year (although much better after his return from injury).

:D :D. Actually, I've didn't say much bad things about him, only said that I/we hate him :D. But I'm about to say bad things about him :p, He's hated bcos he made us hired Iron Mike, who came crashed our party and traded all Vancouver's most loyal Canucks out of town (though we finally managed to get Linden back after he had to be on exile for several years :sad:, poor Trevor). And that we kinda help him by signing him when he didn't get much offer from the Rangers, and that he left us the min the contract is up bcos he wanted to bail when we sucked at that time :rolleyes:. Well, other than that, he is a great player :D.

RogiFan
02-01-2003, 03:23 AM
Hi Vera!

Looks like it's always the West/West Coast Cdn girls who are left chatting late into the night!!

I just realized while cleaning out my PMs that I don't think I ever had the chance to "translate" that Italian Juanqui article, Vera!

I feel so badly about it!

I'll try to do it in batches as it's quite long and mi italiano e un po "rusty"!!
:p

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:23 AM
He is! IMO he is better than the Great One but I'm bias. I almost put his pic with Iron Mike here but think better of it :D I don't like Mike too so you can bad mouth Mike whatever you like.

I once worked with a guy that actually play junior (not professional one) hockey with Mark and he said Mark already run down everyone when he's a teenager.

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 03:24 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Who do you cheer for in the semis -- Jarkko? I will! [I think Jarkko's a better choice than poor Micha these days... has Jarkko won any tourneys?]

Jarkko has been in 3 finals (Stockholm 2001, Estoril 2002, Mallorca 2002) but so far no titles. If he can get past Zhenya tomorrow I think he has a very good shot :)

Jarkko's currently in an upswing and Michel's not, I agree :( But I still have faith. He just needs a good head doctor!

Vera
02-01-2003, 03:24 AM
BTW, our GM Brian Burke just signed Trevor Linden a contract extension and said he thinks Linden should finish his career in Vancouver. He promised on TV that he will never trade Linden again as long as he is the GM of Vancouver. I think he just scored a lot of points from the fans :D and now we will be supporting him as long as Linden's playing :).

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:24 AM
Hi RF! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 03:25 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
TH? Still here? :o I'm sorry, I haven't abandoned you! :( I was actually breaking from usual practice and reading both threads simultaneously today.

I have to get off for lunch anyway... so catch up with you (and everyone else) later! :)

:wavey: :wavey: :wavey: :)

Well, I left because there was a lot going on here, but I'm thinking of a new scene for the story so I'm back for the moment.

Diss, are you getting the Verkerk-Ljubicic semi? :rolleyes: Idiotas!

Vera
02-01-2003, 03:26 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Hi Vera!

Looks like it's always the West/West Coast Cdn girls who are left chatting late into the night!!

I just realized while cleaning out my PMs that I don't think I ever had the chance to "translate" that Italian Juanqui article, Vera!

I feel so badly about it!

I'll try to do it in batches as it's quite long and mi italiano e un po "rusty"!!
:p

Oh, West coast can be a boring place :p. What to do :o.
That piece, hehehe, never mind.

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:27 AM
Originally posted by Vera
BTW, our GM Brian Burke just signed Trevor Linden a contract extension and said he thinks Linden should finish his career in Vancouver. He promised on TV that he will never trade Linden again as long as he is the GM of Vancouver. I think he just scored a lot of points from the fans :D and now we will be supporting him as long as Linden's playing :).

Congrat Canucks & fans!

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:27 AM
Hi TH! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 03:28 AM
:wavey: Lee, Vera, RF if you're still here

Vera
02-01-2003, 03:29 AM
Originally posted by Lee
He is! IMO he is better than the Great One but I'm bias. I almost put his pic with Iron Mike here but think better of it :D I don't like Mike too so you can bad mouth Mike whatever you like.

I once worked with a guy that actually play junior (not professional one) hockey with Mark and he said Mark already run down everyone when he's a teenager.

He's better than the Great one? Yes, you are biased :p . I mean, no one is better than the Great One, errrr, maybe the Magnificant One.

Vera
02-01-2003, 03:30 AM
Hi Hackie, RF and Lee. *forgot to say :o*

Vera
02-01-2003, 03:32 AM
Damn, arm hurting again. Besides, gotta go for dinner.

:wavey: everyone.

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:34 AM
Originally posted by Vera
He's better than the Great one? Yes, you are biased :p . I mean, no one is better than the Great One, errrr, maybe the Magnificant One.

I am not just comparing them with hockey talent but also leadership and personality. Mark is a much better leader than Gretzky and also he is more generous. He was in the shadow of Gretzky for such a long time but he was not jealous of him and actually being very good friends.

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:35 AM
Bye Vera! Take care! :wavey:

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Jarkko has been in 3 finals (Stockholm 2001, Estoril 2002, Mallorca 2002) but so far no titles. If he can get past Zhenya tomorrow I think he has a very good shot :)


I was struggling who to cheer for tomorrow but since Zhenya already have a few titles on his belt, I will probably go for Jarkko!

Lee
02-01-2003, 03:53 AM
Bye TH and RF if you're still here! :wavey:

Dissident
02-01-2003, 04:04 AM
Hey there again. A quick hi before bed. :)

Yeah, Hackie, Im getting Ljubicic-Verkerk. TWICE! LOL! Un-fuckin-believable. :p

Anyway, its better than nothing, definitely. ;)
See ya all tomorrow. ;)

Oh, its such a wonderful thing that the GM is back to life!! :bounce: No more idiocy reigning. I should thank Sjengster too, as he/she was one of the main factors on that change! :eek:

:wavey:

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 06:51 AM
Diss, you're getting it twice?!?!?! LAME! :rolleyes:

Oh, well. GOOOO JARKKO! :bounce::bounce: He's going to need all the cheering he can get against Zhenya.

Well, I'm off :wavey:

PS Layla & Diss, you have PMs.

Francine
02-01-2003, 09:26 AM
Originally posted by Lee
BTW, Thomas is so cute in your avatar! Actually, he is cute in all his pix.

He is isn't he :D, I thought he looked quite handome here, it's from the atp-awards in Monte Carlo last year.

Francine
02-01-2003, 09:28 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Passing by again. ;)

Francine, Groningen seems like a cool town. I know a woman from there, called Jolinda. She´s really cool! :D

Also, theres a museum there that rocks. ;) Coop Himmelblau, an architecture company that is among my faves, worked in a part of it. :)

Yeah, that's a really cool museum, I live a 10 minute walk away from it, but I never visited it though :o , my mother studied art-history and visits it every time they have a new exhibition.

Francine
02-01-2003, 09:31 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Francine, I can't believe they aren't going to show the DC tie :eek: I thought tennis was a pretty big deal in Belgium :confused:

Oh no, they'll propably show the tie, but not on a channel that we get in Holland. It's a bit weird, cos this channel usually broadcasts the DC and the Fed-cup, but I think they can't afford it anymore because it became so popular.But I'll just watch the Belgian sportnews.

Francine
02-01-2003, 09:52 AM
Eurosport wil propably broadcast the tie between Zenya and Jarkko, but I don't mind watching Verkerk, he's been added to the Dutch DC team because of his good result in Milan, doubt that he'll play though. I think Sjeng and Raemon will play, maybe Richard, but he seems to be injured again. He hasn't played DC for ages and the Dutch lost they're faith in him a little bit. He gets a lot of sarcasm over here (my dad is a BIG fan of his :rolleyes: he thinks Richard wil never become a top 50 player again and might as well quitte, an opinion shared by a lot of Dutch people) , and it didn't get better after he admitted that he lost in Australia because of a lack of motivation. The public will rather see Raemon, I think. Although, if Bogstra doesn't let him play he'll propably never wants to play DC again, hmmmm, we'll see.

They're not very afraid of Roger here, Sjeng has beaten him before and the expection is that Holland will win quite easily. (Don't read to much in to that though, Dutch people tend to overestimate their atheletes, although that applies to soccer more than tennis.)

Layla
02-01-2003, 10:54 AM
Morning! :wavey:

No, Eurosport will not show Zhenya and Jarkko. :mad: Their scheduled slot coincides with the other semi-final match.

And no, Ljubicic vs. Verkerk is NOT better than nothing, especially when you're busy and if you take time off work to watch a match, it damn well better be spectacular. No offense to anyone, but I'd rather watch the pain dry.

Emma, that's the same hoax a got a few months ago, remember? You need to check whether you actually deleted that file. Run a search again and see if it shows up. It depends on which Windows you have. Some versions will quietly reinstall the deleted file if it's one of the protected files, as this one is.

vaiva
02-01-2003, 04:22 PM
Thread! :wavey:

Pretty quiet today again.

I think tomorrow we will have a very interesting final in Japan - M. Seles vs L. Davenport and I think Eurosport is going to show it (taped). That's a match I sure want to see. Will it be Nth runner-up for Lindsay or will she take one step further and win her first title after her comeback?

Good luck Lindsay ;)
I would love to see her win.

ILR
02-01-2003, 05:40 PM
:wavey:

Its a hoax :o:mad: I deleted it but does that mean Ive lost anything important?:eek: If it does,it hasnt been noticable.I feel so stupid!:o Ive told so many people about it :o shall have to tell them!Thanks for telling me!:)

back later no doubt,family are out tonight :) :wavey:

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 06:38 PM
:wavey: all!!

LOL at Layla :o Verkerk is more boring than paint? He won through, 7-6 in the third. I think Zhenya or Jarkko can take him for the title, too :D

Francine, you don't think they'll let Verkerk play in the tie, not even against Michel? Because it seems he's on a hot streak on indoor carpet, and a safer bet than Krajicek. But then, there is Raemon . . . Hmm, it will be interesting.

GOOOOOOOO JARKKO!! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce: Take your first title here! :)

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 06:40 PM
Good luck, Lindsay! :)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030201/capt.1044088211japan_pan_pacific_tennis_xkk105.jpg

Nymeria
02-01-2003, 06:47 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
[B]
Francine, you don't think they'll let Verkerk play in the tie, not even against Michel? Because it seems he's on a hot streak on indoor carpet, and a safer bet than Krajicek. But then, there is Raemon . . . Hmm, it will be interesting.

B]

They say the Dutch DC team will be: Schalken, Haarhuis, Sluiter and Krajicek. But my parents say the whole time to me they read an article Verkerk will be in the team. So I don't know, maybe because Krajicek had an injury this week he can't play and Verkerk will play. Schalken and Haarhuis will be in the DC team for sure, and I think Raemon too. Raemon always plays good in DC. But I will see next week who will play, I can't wait till then.

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 06:48 PM
Oh, my God! (http://msnbc.com/news/857733.asp?0cv=CA00)

:eek: Talk about history repeating itself!

ILR
02-01-2003, 07:06 PM
:wavey:

back again!I see not much has happened since I left!:p

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 07:12 PM
More news from MeFi:

http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/23246

Just too soon after the Challenger anniversary for my taste :sad:

((((astronaut families))))

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 08:51 PM
Nieminen-Kafelnikov has been on for about an hour, apparently.

Zhenya leads 7-6(8), 2-2 after fighting back from 0-2 down in the second.

I love Zhenya, but I really want Jarkko to win this! :(

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 09:09 PM
Zhenya got his revenge :sad::sad::sad:

Man this has been a shitty day :(

TennisHack
02-01-2003, 09:42 PM
The shock is dying down a bit, news flying in from all kinds of places. The MeFi thread is up to 300 posts as of yet, and here is the New York Times coverage (http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2003/02/01/national/nationalspecial/index.html) of the tragedy.

I just can't imagine waking up to a sonic boom that turns out to be a space shuttle disintegrating before your very eyes.

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 12:37 AM
Dead dead dead, this place has been dead today! :eek::(

So to lighten things up around here, here's my current desktop. Somebody has decided that our books aren't cool enough on their own ;)

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 01:15 AM
And LMAO at this:

Source: Rios to stay on Davis Cup team

Posted: Friday January 31, 2003 6:56 PM

SANTIAGO, Jan 31 (Reuters) -- Former world No. 1 Marcelo Rios will keep his place on Chile's Davis Cup team despite missing the plane to Ecuador for next week's American zone tie after an all-night beach party, a team source said on Friday.

Chile, already missing top player Fernando Gonzalez because of an ankle injury, was due to leave Santiago on Friday evening instead of Thursday as planned after Rios missed his connecting flight from La Serena, where he played in a four-way exhibition tournament.

"I imagine that captain Luis Guzman will talk to them about it, because he's angry about the situation, but I don't think it will come to anything more than that," said team spokeswoman Macarena Miranda.

"It's confirmed that they will travel this afternoon."

Rios, 36th in the ATP entry rankings system and Chile's top player in the absence of 20th-ranked Gonzalez, admitted he had been partying in the beach resort La Serena on Wednesday night.

But Rios said media reports, which claimed he and a group of friends ended the party in the hotel swimming pool at daybreak on Thursday morning, were overblown.

"I may make mistakes, but it's not such a big deal," said Rios, who has spent nearly two months in Costa Rica attempting to get fit for this year.

"The only thing we did was to have a good time, just as anyone else would. It's not going to get in the way of the team's preparation," he told reporters.

Chile has also been worried about the fitness of Nicolas Massu because of a knee problem, but the 58th-ranked player said he would play.

"I'm still not fully fit, I'm a bit slow, but I'm going anyway. In Quito, I'll see which games I can play in," he said.

Chile was planning to stay in Quito for one week before the tie to acclimatize to the altitude.

Ecuador confirmed that No. 1 Nicolas Lapentti will play despite suffering an ankle injury in the same La Serena tournament.

Lee
02-02-2003, 01:22 AM
I didn't hear the news of Columbia until I'm home at late evening today! :sad: :sad: I actually saw Columbia (really far away) when I visited the space centre in Florida about 10 years ago.

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 01:29 AM
There were reports from people in California who got up early to watch the shuttle come by, as well as people who didn't realize what they were watching until it was too late. I read a weblog entry from a person who listened to the news on the radio and then her father called from the roof of his home in Louisiana where he had both heard and felt it.

Crazy, crazy day.

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 02:06 AM
Sports World Mourns Columbia Shuttle Crew
16 minutes ago
By IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer

SUNRISE, Fla. - By Saturday night, the shooting stars, the constellations and all other references to outer space were gone.

The NHL needed another theme for its All-Star opening ceremony.

The league spent much of the day amending its plans after seven astronauts were killed aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Instead of a space-based visual presentation to introduce players at its YoungStars Game, there was a moment of silence.


"We reacted with great sadness," said Frank Supovicz, an event planner for the NHL. "We eliminated a fair amount of the opening, out of respect to the tragedy."


All over the country, the tragedy touched sporting events. There were tributes and remembrances, and one school with ties to the space program called off its games.


The NHL festivities were to take place about 200 miles from where the shuttle was supposed to land on Saturday morning. The spacecraft broke into pieces over Texas, just minutes before it was scheduled to touch down at Cape Canaveral.


After the lineups for the YoungStars contest were announced, a military honor guard walked on a red carpet to center ice — and the crowd stood without being prompted.


The public-address announcer introduced the moment of silence and said of the victims that "they and their families are in our thoughts and prayers."


While the crowd was still silent, the loud commands to the flag holders resonated through the half-empty arena. The national anthem was then performed without any musical accompaniment.


There also was a moment of silence before the men's basketball game between Texas Tech and Texas A&M at College Station, Texas. The public-address announcer mentioned two of the astronauts with West Texas ties — Rick Husband, a 1980 graduate of Texas Tech and Willie McCool, who graduated from high school in Lubbock.


A moment of silence was observed at NBA and college arenas all around the country — Storrs, Conn., Omaha, Neb., South Bend, Ind., Louisville, Ky., Austin, Texas, and Indianapolis.


Before the start of the men's game between No. 7 Kentucky and host South Carolina, a prayer was said and a moment of silence was observed as a picture of the shuttle crew was flashed on the large overhead scoreboard.


Florida Tech postponed its men's and women's college basketball games Saturday. The school, located in Melbourne, about 22 miles south of the NASA (news - web sites) site, has strong ties to the space program; Cape scientists founded the institute in the 1950s.


"We have astronauts come into our master's program, and we have graduates that work at the Cape," athletic director Bill Jurgens said. "We're very much a part of the Cape, and they're very much a part of the community."


The teams were scheduled to play Saint Leo, and the games will be made up at a later date.


Elsewhere, spectators were asked to remember those killed in the disaster — a display of sympathy not seen since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


"Today we must remember the terrible tragedy that took place this morning," Dr. Hal Marchman, a retired Baptist minister, said during his invocation before the Rolex 24 endurance car race at Daytona International Speedway.


A couple of the drivers had planned to stop their pre-race preparations about 9:16 a.m. to catch a glimpse of the shuttle's vapor trail as it approached the Cape, about 60 miles away.

Bob Bender, a 39-year-old fan from Columbia, Mo., said he and his wife and two sons nearly stayed home from the Colorado-Missouri men's game before deciding to attend.

"We thought that maybe we should show our respect by staying home, but we all have to go on with our lives," Bender said.

CBS delayed the beginning of its televised coverage of the Bob Hope Classic golf tournament in La Quinta, Calif., for about an hour.

"The entire PGA Tour family grieves for today's tragic loss of the Columbia crew," Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the countless family and friends of the shuttle crew who are mourning the loss of their loved ones."

Dissident
02-02-2003, 03:04 AM
OMG! What a disaster! :sad:
Seven more lives claimed on those stupid accidents. :(

Dissident
02-02-2003, 03:07 AM
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!

I bitched too soon about our WTA coverage! Sportv, my beloved brazilian sports channel, bought the rights to cover some of the biggest events. :D:D:D:D:D

Starting in an hour, LIVE, Toray Pan Pacific Open final!!!
Lindsay and Monica! WOOHOO!!!

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 03:12 AM
:wavey: Diss! You still here?

LOL, you'll have to tell us about the final :bounce::bounce:

Dissident
02-02-2003, 03:21 AM
Im here, yeah. Waiting for the match. :)

Ill definitely tell you about it, but probably tomorrow. Its gonna start at 2 am my time, so I guess Ill watch it in bed. ;)

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 03:25 AM
:kiss: You & Becca are too funny in the Andre thread in GM.

Dissident
02-02-2003, 03:27 AM
Thanks. LOL! We just LOOOOOOVE that subject. :p

It has MANY stories, from about two years ago. ;)

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 03:32 AM
Mmhm, it looked like there was some sort of backstory ;)

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 03:50 AM
Well, I'm going to go.

Enjoy your final, Diss! :wavey:

Lee
02-02-2003, 04:04 AM
Bye TH! :wavey:

Diss, if you're still here, please post the results of Lindsay's match here pleeeeeaaaaaaaassssssseeeee!

This is the worst Chinese New Year I ever have. I still have Vince's drawing of a space shuttle in the space with a rocket, the earth, the sun, the moon and stars lying on my desk next to the monitor here. :sad: He gave this to me just a few days ago.

Lee
02-02-2003, 05:43 AM
Looks like those bad news just will not ended. I just heard that 7 Grade 10 students from Calgary were killed in an avalanche in Riverstoke, BC today. :sad: :sad:

Puss-in-Boots
02-02-2003, 05:49 AM
:wavey: Lee... yeah, it's been a rather rotten day :(, but Gong Xi Fa Cai anyway. :)

Lee
02-02-2003, 06:06 AM
Hi Allan! :wavey: Thanks!

Gong Xi Fa Choi to you too :D :D

Puss-in-Boots
02-02-2003, 06:08 AM
:).... which reminds me... I haven't rung my family yet... I should do that. :o

How are you? Did you do lots of visiting etc.?

Lee
02-02-2003, 06:08 AM
At least before the end of the day I have one good news. Lindsay finally win her 1st title after returning from surgery! :bounce: Way to go, Lindsay! :bounce:

Lee
02-02-2003, 06:13 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
:).... which reminds me... I haven't rung my family yet... I should do that. :o

How are you? Did you do lots of visiting etc.?

Allan :eek: How can you do that? It's already past new year day in Australia or Malaysia now! :rolleyes:

The first thing I did this morning was to call my in-laws and my mom before I had breakfast.

Since I don't have any friends here, not to mention Chinese friends, no visiting for me. We went to the so called Chinese Cultural Centre here, and nothing there. I'm not sure whether we were there too late today or what but definitely not much celebration! My neighbours here don't even know about Chinese New Year.

Puss-in-Boots
02-02-2003, 06:16 AM
Glad to hear Linds has done well! :)

LOL...I kinda forgot it was CNY yesterday, till I saw your post. :o

Lee
02-02-2003, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Glad to hear Linds has done well! :)

LOL...I kinda forgot it was CNY yesterday, till I saw your post. :o

I try to remind you yesterday but didn't run into you! :(

Puss-in-Boots
02-02-2003, 06:27 AM
Oh well... phonecalls are cheaper on Sundays, so I'll tell my parents that :p

Yeah, this thread has been so quiet lately! :eek: I'm a bit surprised.

Lee
02-02-2003, 06:41 AM
Goodnight Allan! :wavey:

Looks like my 3000 posts have to wait another day!

Puss-in-Boots
02-02-2003, 06:43 AM
Goodnight, Lee! :wavey: :)

Leo7
02-02-2003, 01:34 PM
Davenport defeats Seles for third Pan Pacific Open title
February 02, 2003

TOKYO (Ticker) - Lindsay Davenport finally completed her return from knee surgery Sunday, defeating fellow American Monica Seles in three sets for her third Pan Pacific Open title.

Davenport earned her first crown since October 2001, posting a 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-2 triumph for her ninth win in 12 career meetings with Seles. The victory came just over a year after knee surgery sidelined her for six months.

Last year, Davenport came close to winning in her return from surgery, making the final at four events and coming within a tiebreak of winning three of them.

Davenport earned her 38th career WTA Tour title - third among active players - and avenged a 3-6, 7-6 (8-7), 6-3 loss to Seles at the season-ending Tour Championships, where she had seven match points.

Seles, who is first among active players with 53 titles, was a runner-up here for the second straight season, losing to Martina Hingis last year.

Davenport and Hingis have been the only champions here over the past seven years.


:bounce: she did it!!! :bounce: congrats Lindsay on title #38!!! :bounce:

Francine
02-02-2003, 01:42 PM
:wavey:

Don't you all think Sunday is boring? I have absolutly nothing to do today, except for watching Zenya-Verkerk, yeah baby. And the Dutch-soccer season has started again :bounce:

Anyway, after we all found out which LOTR character we are, lets find out our elf- and hobbit-name now :D http://www.chriswetherell.com/elf/Default.asp

My elf-name is Lessien Anwamanë and my Hobbit name Camellia Broadbelt of Buckland, wow how cool, LOL!

Leo7
02-02-2003, 01:46 PM
a better article -

By Alastair Himmer
TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A pumped-up Lindsay Davenport won a hard-hitting battle of former world number ones on Sunday, beating fellow American Monica Seles 6-7 6-1 6-2 to win her third Pan Pacific Open crown.
Third seed Davenport, chasing her first WTA Tour title since October 2001, hit back after losing the first-set tiebreak 8-6 to storm through the second set in just 28 minutes in front of a sell-out crowd at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Seles, runner-up to Martina Hingis here last year, tried desperately to stop the rot but, after trading breaks early in the third set, the top seed was buried under a blizzard of aces and passing shots from Davenport.
A bludgeoning backhand down the line gave Davenport the decisive break in the sixth game and the 26-year-old consolidated her lead by firing down her 15th ace of the match to go up 4-2.
A demoralised Seles suffered a meltdown in the next game, committing two double faults to gift-wrap the seventh game to Davenport, who won the title here in 1998 and 2001.
Muttering to herself constantly, Davenport clinched her 38th career title with another crunching ace on her second match point after one hour 41 minutes on court.
"Losing that first set gave me a big wake-up call. In the last two sets I played some of the best tennis I have played in a long time," said the three-times grand slam winner.
"It was clear in my mind, finally, how I wanted to play -- win or lose -- and I was a lot more aggressive and swinging more on my returns."

TOP-FIVE GOAL
The new slimline Davenport, who has no ranking points to defend after missing the first half of 2002 due to knee surgery, said she could be back in the top five by the middle of the year.
"If I continue the level of play like I did today, I can win a few more tournaments. Hopefully, I will be back in the top five by Wimbledon," said Davenport, who pocketed $189,000 to take her career earnings to more than $15 million. (you can do it, Linds! :D)
A final between two players with 12 grand slam singles titles between them came as a huge relief for Pan Pacific organisers after Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Anna Kournikova pulled out before the start of the $1.3 million event.
However, that would have provided little consolation to Seles, who conceded she was no closer to solving the riddle of how to beat Davenport after her 10th defeat in 14 meetings.
"Lindsay picked up her game after the first set and my serve let me down a little bit. Her serve always gives me trouble and on a fast surface like this, it exaggerates the problem," shrugged Seles, who has nine grand slam titles to her name.
But after spraining an ankle during her second-round defeat at the Australian Open, Seles said she was relieved to come through unscathed despite failing to win her first Pan Pacific title.
"When she broke me a second time (in the third set) I pretty much knew I was out of the match," said the 29-year-old.
"But it's a positive to get to the final and I hope I can stay injury-free and do a little better at my next tournament."
Davenport and fellow-American Lisa Raymond were later beaten 6-3 6-4 in the doubles final by Russian Elena Bovina and Australia's Rennae Stubbs. - Reuters

Leo7
02-02-2003, 01:50 PM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
:wavey:

Don't you all think Sunday is boring? I have absolutly nothing to do today, except for watching Zenya-Verkerk, yeah baby. And the Dutch-soccer season has started again :bounce:

that sounds like enough for me. you're so lucky to have some tennis coverage!!

Leo7
02-02-2003, 01:54 PM
Congratsd Linzi and Monica!! :bounce:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030202/capt.1044171729japan_pan_pacific_its102.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030202/capt.1044171734japan_pan_pacific_its103.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030202/capt.1044171741japan_pan_pacific_its104.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030202/capt.1044171752japan_pan_pacific_its106.jpg
(you can see her engagement ring in this pic, i think)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030202/capt.1044171758japan_pan_pacific_its101.jpg

Leo7
02-02-2003, 01:56 PM
my elf name: Finwë Coamenel :eek:
my hobbit name: Sancho Bumbleroot (i like this one :D)

Leo7
02-02-2003, 02:05 PM
Lindsay will move up to #8 in the rankings, Seles will be #9, and Dokic is pushed back to #10. Davenport will be back in the top 5 in no time! :D

Q: Congratulations first of all. talking about how long it's been since you were in the tournament, you know, right now the ranking seemed to be in complete turmoil, largely because of injuries. You've come back successfully, what device or what changes would you like to see to cut down on?
A: Well, I think, my opinion is that the injuries are happening because of an unrealistic expectation on the amount of tennis that we need to be playing. You know, January through November, I think it just not really in the best interest of the players. But we've struggled through this for years and years, and it just seems like girls are playing more and more, and, you know, some injuries are gonna happen, might happen after playing ten years so that's gonna happen. But I think you just find, you know, it's tough to be hundred percent eleven months out of the year and still be training.

Q: Lindsay, you have this seemed to when you look you had a set point enough in a tie break in first, and you get that get away, and after that you ------three games, that sort of annoy you?
A: You know, I just didn't think I was playing the right type of game in the first set, and I really wanted to be going after balls more even if I would miss them, I found I was just trying to get returns in and trying to get balls in, and still missing them. And I think loosing the first set was a big wake up call for me. And the last two sets are, you know, some of the best tennis I've played in the lot of months, and I think, finally, in my mind, I was clear on what I wanted to do and how I wanted to play, win or loose. And all of a sudden, I found I was making more returns, been more aggressive on them, swinging harder and really, you know, that's the way I needed to play tennis.

Q: Yesterday, after your match, you said that the service will be the key in today's match, and we saw great serves on both sides. Do you think that determine the course of the match, or whether other reasons you can point out?
A: I think it was big part of it. Monica is one of the best returners that there is, so you know, if you just get it in, that she's gonna probably had win a very good shot. So I wanted to serve well and I got broken a couple of times but I still managed to hang on a lot. And I think also that I was able to start getting a lot of good returns in, lot of hard deep returns and that enabled me to break her a quite a few times the last two sets.

Q: When did you become engaged? And during the time that you've been away from the courts, was he a great mental support for you?
A: I was engaged in early September, and we've been together about three years. And, yea, we definitely don't talk too much tennis. But he has been a big support and he helped me out quite a bit last fall when I didn't really have a coach. And he can obviously play very good tennis, so that always helps. But, yea, I think that he is great because he doesn't really care how it goes either way. Very happy, I'm looking forward to many years I hope.

Q: Just now, what's the most pleasure out of playing, just now?
A: I have a lot. When I was home for about eight months, the end of 2001 to middle of last year, had a lot of fun, not really been into tennis. I have four nieces and nephews who are a huge part of my life. Like spending a lot of time with them. I like, you know, in California where's a lot of beach and I like I actually enjoy working out quite a bit now. And really being with my family, I'm pretty simple. And spend a lot of my hours and days worrying about my tennis, and so when I'm not doing that I'm pretty much at home, and I also have a dog who's like a son to me. So I like spending time with him as well.

Q: In the top five right now, we've got players like Williams sisters, Henin, Clijters, and what do you see your chances coming back soon?
A: Well, I think they are very hard because I didn't play anything until the middle of July of last year. So I have a very good opportunity the next few months. And really my ranking can only go up if I have nothing coming off in terms of points. And I feel like if I can continue the level of play like I did today, I have a, hopefully, can win some more tournaments and get ready be, hopefully, in the top five by Wimbledon.

Leo7
02-02-2003, 02:23 PM
Mind over matter

Davenport questions extent of Hingis' injury
Posted: Friday January 31, 2003 11:55 PM

TOKYO, Feb 1 (Reuters) -- Lindsay Davenport has given Martina Hingis a no-nonsense piece of advice, telling her injured Swiss rival: "Stop feeling sorry for yourself."

Hingis, who underwent ankle surgery last May, delayed her latest comeback by pulling out of last month's Australian Open, fueling speculation that the 22-year-old could retire from tennis.

But Davenport said the problem was more mental for fellow former world No. 1 Hingis, who has gone four years without a Grand Slam title.

"I think, mentally, she just doesn't want to be out there losing to players she had never lost to before," the American told Reuters.

"I think you have to get over that fear before you are able to go back again. Coming back from injury is tough, but you have got to take your losses. You just have to deal with it."

Davenport, in Tokyo playing at the Pan Pacific Open, expressed hope that Hingis, who made her debut on the WTA Tour as a 14-year-old in 1994, had not become the latest in a long line of women players to "burn out" prematurely.

"It makes me sad more than anything. Obviously, no one knows the state of her ankles, but she was such a great player and she gave so much to the sport," said Davenport.

"Maybe it was too all-encompassing, maybe she [played] too much tennis, but it seems like an awfully early age to get burnt out."

But Davenport, who missed much of 2002 after having knee surgery, said Hingis needed to be more positive if she wanted to avoid becoming another high-profile victim of burnout, such as Tracy Austin and Andrea Jaeger in the 1980s.

"I saw her last summer, and she asked me how it was coming back after injury. I said it was okay ... but she kept saying it was so hard for her," said Davenport.

"You don't know how bad her ankle is, but I think she is selling herself short. I would just love her to come back and play tournaments."
~~~~~

Well said, Lindsay. Leave it to the American to dish out the facts. I hope Martina can take this advice and get her head back together b/c I agree that this problem for her is more mental than physical. But does Hingis really want it enough? I don't see the desire or determination in her anymore.

Layla
02-02-2003, 04:07 PM
Hi everyone! :wavey:

WOW! GO LINDSAY! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

She finally won that elusive first title after her comeback. :D I hope it's the first of many. ;)

But Zhenya lost. :sad: And Verkerk really doesn't do anything for me. Bits of his match against Ljubicic that I happened to catch were some of the most boring tennis I've ever seen. :( I don't go for big servers, unless they happen to be called Goran. ;)

I have a fever! :sad: http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/div215.gif

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 06:36 PM
:wavey:

Congrats to Lindsay! :) She finally got over the hump :) LOL, I guess you're excited, Leo? ;)

Zhenya lost? :sad: Damn! :( Verkerk :rolleyes: I don't exactly foresee good things for him in the future . . . just wish it could've been Jarkko . . . .

Aww, Layla I hope you feel better! :( All this work and stress can lower your immune system and I guess that's what happened. *hug* *hug* *hug*

I'm just stopping in, really, because I have work to do myself. I'll be back later and help celebrate! :) I'm sure Diss is going to be brimming with great things to say about that Davenport-Seles match ;)

See you guys later :wavey:

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 09:57 PM
:wavey:

Wow, I can tell you all missed me ;)

Am about to update my website and am pissed that the DC site seems to be down at the moment :( I was going to have all kinds of interesting links from that place. Oh, well.

Dani is playing this week, in Paris :) Best of luck to her! She's seeded #2 in singles and #1 in doubles (w/Sugiyama).

TennisHack
02-02-2003, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
Davenport questions extent of Hingis' injury
Posted: Friday January 31, 2003 11:55 PM

~~~~~

Well said, Lindsay. Leave it to the American to dish out the facts. I hope Martina can take this advice and get her head back together b/c I agree that this problem for her is more mental than physical. But does Hingis really want it enough? I don't see the desire or determination in her anymore.

I saw that article yesterday and kinda chuckled to myself. I think Hingis is just lost because her comeback was not successful and she doesn't know quite what to do. She's been playing professional tennis since she was 15, and has already had a seven-year career, so yeah, she might have burned out early.

But I agree with the point that it's a mental issue more than a physical one.

vaiva
02-02-2003, 10:32 PM
Good night! :wavey:

Just stopping by to share the joy with all Lindsay's fans. Well done, girl. Especially, because the match was much more closer than the score suggests and Lindsay really had to fight hard for the title. The girls were hitting the ball very hard and using the entire court, running each other from one angle to another and hitting unbelievable winners. If I were to compare the two finals played on Sunday I could say that the girls did a much better job than the guys (although I think men's tennis is more exciting to watch).

Lindsay and Monica were fighting like two real champions trying to win every point even when it seemed impossible. The Milan final - really disappointing. I do not even want to talk about it and the reason is not just because Zhenia lost :(.

Good that Dani is playing in Paris, I think we will have some coverage on Eurosport :bounce: Good luck, Daniela ;)

Layla :sad: poor thing, you better be careful. If you can afford a day in bed, postpone all your work. Sleep and repose are the best cure. Get well soon.

Leo7
02-02-2003, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I have a fever! :sad: http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/div215.gif

aww, you poor thing. hope you've feel better soon. i've been kinda sick recently too; there's been this flu bug spreading around school. :(

Leo7
02-02-2003, 11:15 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey:

Congrats to Lindsay! :) She finally got over the hump :) LOL, I guess you're excited, Leo? ;)

I'm so ecstatic and excited for Lindsay that i just had to add her to my sig. :D I think this victory should do tons for her confidence, especially in the big matches against top players. And of course it's a huge relief for Davenport to finally win a title in her comeback. She's off to a great start in 2003 with an 11-2 record already! :bounce: now hopefully she can do well in her next event in Scottsdale, but it will be tough with Serena and Kimmy playing there. :eek:

Leo7
02-02-2003, 11:17 PM
hmm, it's kind of a quiet day around here. i guess we're all upset over Kafelnikov. i really thought he was gonna win. :(

Leo7
02-02-2003, 11:19 PM
I have some good news to cheer you guys up: I saw the entry list for Rotterdam and Tommy Haas will be making his comeback there! The ATP hasn't been nearly as exciting without him. :( Misha, Max, and of course Juanqui will also be playing that tourney so it should be a great week. :D

Lee
02-02-2003, 11:33 PM
Hi Leo (if you still here) :wavey:

Thanks for all the articles of Lindsay! :D :D

Lee
02-02-2003, 11:41 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I have a fever! :sad: http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/div215.gif

Poor Layla! Lots of liquid and rest! Get well soon! :kiss:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 12:29 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
I have some good news to cheer you guys up: I saw the entry list for Rotterdam and Tommy Haas will be making his comeback there! The ATP hasn't been nearly as exciting without him. :( Misha, Max, and of course Juanqui will also be playing that tourney so it should be a great week. :D

Ooh, great! It will be very nice if Haas can make a successful comeback, give Potatoman and Agassihole some competition for the top :D And to have all those big names at such a small tourney will make for a very interesting week! :)

Lee
02-03-2003, 01:13 AM
my elf name: Galadriël Felagund
my hobbit name: Lobelia Bunce of Brockenborings

Layla
02-03-2003, 01:21 AM
Sorry I couldn't come back. The work is going much slower than I expected. :( I can't rest because the deadline is on Wednesday morning and I have more than 2 days' worth of editing to do. There is no question that I have to finish it, come rain or come shine, in sickness or in health. ;)

Thanks for all your good thoughts. :kiss: I feel a bit better, so I don't think it will be too much of a problem.

Yay for Tommy Haas! :D

Goodnight and sweet dreams! :wavey:

Lee
02-03-2003, 01:22 AM
Hi and Goodnight Layla! :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
02-03-2003, 01:39 AM
Hrmm... according to that site:

Elven name: Huor Inglorion (Not bad! Not bad at all!)
Hobbit name: Popo Chubb-Baggins of Pincup :o

I think I'll stick to 'Aldaron'... that's my Elvish name. Not sure if I've mentioned that here, but the poor Lleykis are having an Elvish overdose at the moment from Yvonne and I. :o :p My surname is Chinese for 'forest' and 'Aldaron' means 'of the trees'....

:wavey: a quick hi and bye anyway... I am working (am so behind! :sad: ) and have to go to lunch now.

:kiss:

RogiFan
02-03-2003, 02:09 AM
:) Hi all!

A quick Hi to everyone tonight! I just finished watching my tape of Moya d AA in Paris-Bercy -- what a satfisfying match, esp w AA swearing all over the place -- it was worth it just to see his facial expressions once again! ;)

I really s put all my AA defeats together, including Rafter's 2 wins over him at Wimby00 and 01 Semis! Too bad I don't have Juanqui's matches at RG02 and TMC Shanghai though... really need those!

Anyway, good for Lindsay -- lovely "trophies" -- Monica looks a bit disappointed though. Verkerk -- well another unlikely winner I guess although I find Kafel often craps out in the end -- just a pity he beat Jarkko only to lose the final :mad: .

So Tommy's coming back sooner than expected... thought he was going to wait until Indian Wells.

After watching that match, it s be the mission of ALL players to beat AA -- it's ridiculous! Moya really moved AA around the court and took him off-guard and kept calm and had a strategy -- it all worked out for him in the end! So why can't the other guys do the same??

Bye for now!

Lee
02-03-2003, 02:53 AM
The last few days were really quiet here. So I am going to celebrate my 3000 posts in a very quiet way.

Lee
02-03-2003, 02:57 AM
Here's my 3000th post and instead of my fav. tennis player, I have here my fav hockey player with his patent shot!

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 02:57 AM
Guess who's back :D Check out the newest installment!

Leo7
02-03-2003, 03:01 AM
:wavey:

congrats Lee on 3000! :bounce: who is that pic of? (sorry i don't know crap about hockey :o)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 03:02 AM
Ooh, perfect! :) Congrats on reaching the third circle of dorkdom! :D

Lee
02-03-2003, 03:10 AM
Thanks Leo & TH!


Originally posted by Leo7
:wavey:

congrats Lee on 3000! :bounce: who is that pic of? (sorry i don't know crap about hockey :o)

Again, Vera please ignore this post! :D

The guy's name is Mark Messier, nicknamed, the Moose! The most amazing thing is he's 42 and is still playing in NHL. He's the captain of New York Rangers. He's the only NHL player who won Stanley Cup (as Superbowl in NFL) and voted as MVP with 2 different teams.

Leo7
02-03-2003, 03:29 AM
:wavey: i'm going to bed. goodnight.

Lee
02-03-2003, 03:30 AM
Goodnight Leo! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 03:31 AM
:wavey: Goodnight, Leo

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 03:37 AM
The Best Simpsons episodes (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/commentary/0,6115,417748~3~0~25bestand1,00.html)

Agree? Disagree?

Lee
02-03-2003, 03:49 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
The Best Simpsons episodes (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/commentary/0,6115,417748~3~0~25bestand1,00.html)

Agree? Disagree?

Sorry no comment since I never watch Simpsons!

Lee
02-03-2003, 03:50 AM
:D :D Liverpool won 3-0 yesterday :D :D

Unfortunately, not yet able to find any pic.

Dissident
02-03-2003, 03:54 AM
Sorry about your fever, Layla. :( Too bad you cant stop. Maybe you go to bed and when you wake up its all gone. :)

As for the Lindsay-Monica final, it started 2 am my time. It was live on tv as they said, with the best two commentators of this country. :D Narck Rodrigues it the best!! ;)
Well, congrats to Lindsay first of all. Im REALLY happy for her. :D:D:D
BUT, I dont know if in part I felt that because I was awfully tired and it was VERY late, but I didnt like the match.
Lindsay looked really robotic at times, repeating herself too much, especially during the first set. Monica was reading her like a book (thanks Madden ;)). The whole first set was horrible, as both players were having a terrible job keeping the balls in.
The second and third set were always under Lindsay´s control. To tell you the truth, it was a GREAT thing she lost that first set. Had she won that, she would keep on playing the same way, and Mon would have stepped up and killed her. So it was good she started slow.
Lindsay got a lot better when she wasnt under pressure, and her serve was grand most of the time.
Monica was really sharp on the returns, and made some of Lindsay´s serving games really hard.
The last couple games of the third set, Lindsay served severall breakpoints against her, but managed to win it. I was fearing a lot for a Henin reprise. :sad:

Anyway, she won the title, finally, and she should get better with time now that she has confidence. I still think she shouldnt have fired Robert (:() but oh well.
Another thing that got me worried was that she wasnt as happy as I would have thought after she won the title. :confused:

Dissident
02-03-2003, 03:56 AM
Elvish name: Lólindir Melwasúl (yucks!)
Hobbit name: Fastolph Chubb (ugh)

:sad:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:01 AM
:wavey: Diss

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:03 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Elvish name: Lólindir Melwasúl (yucks!)
Hobbit name: Fastolph Chubb (ugh)

:sad:

Hi Diss! :wavey:

I think your hobbit name is pretty cute!

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:08 AM
Elf Name: Lessien of Dorthonion
Hobbit Name: Camellia Brandybuck of Buckland

Hmmm . . . . .

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:28 AM
TH! Just visited your web site and wondered whether Michel will be playing single in DC this week?

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:33 AM
Yes, he will be :) Second singles behind Roger. The Dutch team is going to be a tall task, and Micha really needs to win one of his singles matches to take the pressure off Rogi. But if he has to play Schalken or Sluiter, it's not going to be easy.

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:35 AM
Hopefully, Michel will have good performance in DC and rebuild his confidence from there. It may help him with someone coaching during the matches.

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:42 AM
TH, would you please shrink this so I can use it for avatar?

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:42 AM
Hmm, indeed. Hopefully Marc Rosset won't be a total ass in the captain's seat :o LOL, he should have Rogi down there giving his countryman advice! :)

If Micha wins one of his singles matches, I'll change my avatar to him.

But right now, I'm going to go. Goodnight, thread :wavey:

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:44 AM
This is another I'm considering.

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:44 AM
Well, before I leave ;)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:47 AM
And two versions of the second one

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:47 AM
:)

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:48 AM
Thanks TH! It's just that I changed my avatar to Tommy and right then I hear news of his come back so I hope this will work for Arnaud too! :o

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 04:48 AM
You're welcome :)

And now I say, goodnight!

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:49 AM
Bye! :wavey:

Layla
02-03-2003, 11:07 AM
Morning everyone! :wavey:

I feel a bit better today. My throat is still sore but I don't have a fever yet, but then I rarely do in the morning.

LOL, I even posted in GM today, cause I couldn't stay quiet anymore. ;)

Lee, I really like the first Arnaud avatar. :) You should use it.

Puss-in-Boots
02-03-2003, 11:09 AM
:wavey: Layla! :)

Glad to hear you're feeling better! :D

I'm cooking dinner at the moment! :) Chicken with pineapple goan yet again, LOL.

Puss-in-Boots
02-03-2003, 12:56 PM
Oh yes... congrats Lee on reaching 3000 too! :D :bounce:

Layla
02-03-2003, 01:39 PM
Hi Allan! :wavey:

Enjoy your meal. :) I'll probably be back to tortellini again tomorrow. :o I miss cooking. :( I did make a killer pasta sauce with beans the other day though. :)

Ooops, CONGRATS LEE! :bounce: Welcome to the 3rd circle! :D

vaiva
02-03-2003, 02:03 PM
Hi Layla! :wavey: and ...

Good to hear that you feel better! Make sure you have enough rest (if possible).

My days have been dull lately. All work no joy :(. And still cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel (paper pile).

vaiva
02-03-2003, 02:08 PM
And congrats Lee on your 3000th post!

http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/clap.gifhttp://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/loopy.gif http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/hump.gif

How does it feel to reach the next circle of dorkdom? ;)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 02:28 PM
:wavey: Hallo, thread!

Vaiva, might I suggest the story to bring you a few laughs? The musical adventure had its newest update last night and apparently its a scream ;)

Layla, I'm happy you're feeling better this morning. In Russian we're discussing home remedies, and bed rest is definitely one of them :) I also quite enjoyed your posts in GM :D

:wavey: DP, if you're still here! Hehehe, enjoyed your 'staple food' again I see ;)

vaiva
02-03-2003, 03:26 PM
Hackie, I will definitely check the musical adventure! ;)

It's so cooooold here, the wind is really nasty and trying to blow everybody and everything off!!! Feels good to have a roof and some tea in the kitchen :o

Layla
02-03-2003, 04:38 PM
Hi TH! :wavey:

LOL, I'm glad you enjoyed my responses. I don't know what got into me. I should have been working. :o Now I'm running behind. :(

And I enjoyed your latest installment! :bounce: Top class! :D But I'm fairly certain the image of Andy's gross lips will give me nightmares for weeks to come. :eek: I'm really glad you worked Michel into the story again, since he's clearly lost the battle for your heart. :(

I'll never get to the 8th circle at this rate. :rolleyes:

Vaiva, it was blowing quite fiercely here earlier in the afertnoon, but the wind died down a bit. So we have similar weather conditions.

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:44 PM
Hi Layla, vaive & Allan (if you're still here)! :wavey:

Layla, glad to hear you're feeling better but still need to rest and lots of water!

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by vaiva
How does it feel to reach the next circle of dorkdom? ;)

May be the last level was so close to this one, so don't feel much. I guess it will be a while to reach another level. :D

Layla
02-03-2003, 04:49 PM
Hi Lee! :wavey:

I really can't rest. At the rate my translation is progressing, I'm gonna have to pull an all-nighter. :( But I will drink lots of water. :) In fact I drink several glasses of water everyday.

How are you?

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:49 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Lee, I really like the first Arnaud avatar. :) You should use it.

That's my first choice anyway :D He is so beautiful in that (I don't know whether men really mind when they are described as beautiful).

But in the French players thread, esther said he will come back in March, play in anywhere else but SCOTTSDALE!

Lee
02-03-2003, 04:53 PM
I am pretty good, thanks Layla!

Damn with all those works! Anyway, try not to do anything that is physically straining.

ILR
02-03-2003, 05:03 PM
:wavey:

Ive stopped off for a bit before my tea!:)

Layla
02-03-2003, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by Lee
That's my first choice anyway :D He is so beautiful in that (I don't know whether men really mind when they are described as beautiful).

But in the French players thread, esther said he will come back in March, play in anywhere else but SCOTTSDALE!

Awwww, that's too bad. :( I had no idea he was so seriously injured. I'm gonna miss him. :( But maybe you'll get to see someone else you like (I have no idea who intends to play in Scottsdale).

Layla
02-03-2003, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Lee
I am pretty good, thanks Layla!

Damn with all those works! Anyway, try not to do anything that is physically straining.

Don't worry. My most physically straining activity is sitting on my ass and flipping through verious books which surround me. :o

Layla
02-03-2003, 05:08 PM
Hi Emma! :wavey:

How's Liverpool doing?

Lee
02-03-2003, 05:08 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Awwww, that's too bad. :( I had no idea he was so seriously injured. I'm gonna miss him. :( But maybe you'll get to see someone else you like (I have no idea who intends to play in Scottsdale).

Oops my bad English! He is suppose to start his comeback in Scottsdale. I am agonised because he is so near but I don't think I can go and watch. It's the same that Lindsay will be here playing the week before and I probably not be able to watch.

ILR
02-03-2003, 05:09 PM
well done Lee on 3-0-0-0 ;) and yes Liverpool did win 3-0 :D it seems like we are finally back on track :):bounce:

Lee
02-03-2003, 05:10 PM
Hi Emma! :wavey:

ILR
02-03-2003, 05:21 PM
Hi Layla and Lee :wavey:

well Layla,they are doing good now :) a few wins and draws against the champs ;) things seem to be OK.Just a replay with Crystal Palace in the FA Cup to come this week.

My brother might be going on a football course and on the last day they get a special visit from Steven Gerrard or Danny Murphy.Might take myself along!;)

Steven Gerrard,future england captain ;)
http://gfx.dagbladet.no/sport/2002/10/25/ger.jpg

and heres Danny :)

http://www.theenemytoast.inuk.com/murphnew300901.jpg

Lee
02-03-2003, 05:29 PM
Emma, good luck in meeting Steven or Danny.

Layla, good luck with your work and keep that fever down.

I have tons of work too, so reluctantly, bye! :wavey:

ILR
02-03-2003, 05:32 PM
bye Lee :wavey:

oh yeah Layla I remember reading you felt a little better is that right?Hope so :):kiss:

ILR
02-03-2003, 05:42 PM
back soon Im off for my tea :wavey:

Layla
02-03-2003, 06:15 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Oops my bad English! He is suppose to start his comeback in Scottsdale. I am agonised because he is so near but I don't think I can go and watch. It's the same that Lindsay will be here playing the week before and I probably not be able to watch.

Oh, that's great then. :D You gotta go watch him! Can't miss an opportunity like that. ;) I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Layla
02-03-2003, 06:20 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
well done Lee on 3-0-0-0 ;) and yes Liverpool did win 3-0 :D it seems like we are finally back on track :):bounce:

Alright! :bounce:

That's great news! Good for them. :D

ILR
02-03-2003, 06:22 PM
Hi again :) back now as you can see!:p

Layla
02-03-2003, 06:26 PM
Bye Lee and Emma! :wavey:

Yes, I feel much better. :)

ILR
02-03-2003, 06:29 PM
good :) nearly all my family are feeling ill especially my cousin!:( hope I dont catch it off her as I babysat her last night.Its her birthday tomkorrow also :( I ve decided that if my brother goes to this football course,Im going to turn up with a camera and some paper and a pen!

vaiva
02-03-2003, 07:44 PM
Becca, the honourable inventor of Pandy, has changed the title of the thread ;)

For the moment I thought it was deleted :eek:

Mhm, what would that mean?

ILR
02-03-2003, 07:52 PM
lol I wondered what this thread was all about too!

ILR
02-03-2003, 08:22 PM
and now I have to go :wavey:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 08:50 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Hi TH! :wavey:

LOL, I'm glad you enjoyed my responses. I don't know what got into me. I should have been working. :o Now I'm running behind. :(

Your rage has to have an outlet (see my response to ys's latest thread) and what better way than to construct an argument and have a feeling of accomplishment? :D


And I enjoyed your latest installment! :bounce: Top class! :D But I'm fairly certain the image of Andy's gross lips will give me nightmares for weeks to come. :eek: I'm really glad you worked Michel into the story again, since he's clearly lost the battle for your heart. :(

LOL at Roddick's lips :D I'm glad everyone enjoyed it, it was written in a rather one-off manner. Since you're so busy right now I guess its up to me to keep the thing updated (month by month . . . *sigh* I long for the days when we wrote lots of pieces in one day) and that idea's been bouncing around for awhile.

Awwww, Michel hasn't lost the battle for my heart :( I'm just enjoying another of my boys at the moment. I'll be true to my word -- last night I promised to change my avatar if Michel wins one of his DC matches. He hasn't fallen out of my good graces at all ;)

ILR
02-03-2003, 08:57 PM
:wavey:

Hi Hackie,I decided to come back because Ive done all my revision,arent I good ;)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 09:04 PM
This week's rankings:

#3 Juan Carlos Ferrero
#24 James Blake
#35 Jarkko Nieminen :D
#60 Mario Ancic
#81 Michel Kratochvil :sad:
#154 Richard Gasquet

#3 Kim Clijsters
#5 Daniela Hantuchova

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 09:14 PM
:wavey: ILR! Yes, you are good :D I'm updating my website with all of the interesting Davis Cup news :D

ILR
02-03-2003, 09:22 PM
I am indeed good,so good that I got an A in my maths coursework :D I was happy about that!

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 09:30 PM
Hey, great! :) Guess the strict revising schedule has helped, eh? ;)

ILR
02-03-2003, 09:33 PM
well maybe it is starting to help!;) I found my motivation though in college,I cant wait to get out of school!

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 09:40 PM
Now HERE'S an interesting stat:

Kratochvil vs Sluiter

2000 -- Houston CH (Clay), SF -- Kratochvil 6-4, 7-5
2000 -- Charleroi CH (Carpet), R16 -- Kratochvil 6-2, 7-5
2001 -- Australian Open (Hard), R128 -- Kratochvil 6-2, 6-2, 7-6


I know Sluiter is a whole different beast in Davis Cup, but still -- :eek:

RogiFan
02-03-2003, 09:46 PM
:) Hackie

Any more interesting Swiss-Dutch stats?? How about Spanish-Belgian?

There are still so many player combos I have never seen... Juanqui-Roddick [I don't think they've ever played each other].;)

I just hope Micha can get it together for DC -- and I keep hoping the same for Rogi... :p

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 09:51 PM
RF -- check out the DC threads ;) I've already done the Swiss-Dutch h2hs and am working on the Spanish-Belgian ones :D

ILR
02-03-2003, 10:05 PM
well I have to go now,Im so tired because I babysat last night and woke up 3 times at 1am,1:30am and 5:30 am and I think I need more sleep!I swore never to babysit on a school night but I couldnt resist the money ;)goodnight :wavey:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 10:06 PM
Goodnight, ILR :wavey:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 10:22 PM
Daniilidou/Pratt d. (1) Hantuchova/Sugiyama 6-4, 6-2 :sad:

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 10:36 PM
Well, I'm off to a meal that promises to be extremely, excruciatingly uncomfortable :(

:wavey:

Lee
02-03-2003, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
I am indeed good,so good that I got an A in my maths coursework :D I was happy about that!

Great Emma! Keep up with the good work! :bounce:

John.Charles
02-03-2003, 11:11 PM
U RULE!

great piece maggie

Leo7
02-03-2003, 11:22 PM
:wavey: howdy. how was everybody's day? i'm happy to have gotten my english quiz and math test out of the way. and i practically have no homework tonight. :)

nice work, Emma. i'm glad you got an A. :)

cool pic, jcsting. that will be a big week for me. February 10th is my sister's birthday, on February 11th the first season of Angel comes out on DVD, then Juanqui's birthday on the 12th, and of course Valentine's Day is the 14th. :D

Leo7
02-03-2003, 11:24 PM
"Oompa Loompa" is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, no?

Lee
02-03-2003, 11:30 PM
Hi Leo! :wavey:

Leo7
02-03-2003, 11:39 PM
:wavey: Lee!

Martina has dropped to #31 in the rankings! :eek:

Leo7
02-03-2003, 11:41 PM
Tennis: Amelie aims to beat Serena in Paris
AFP

World number one Serena Williams heads back to where it all began today but the all-conquering American had better watch out — local girl Amelie Mauresmo wants to defend her patch. The Paris Indoor Open means a lot to the American tennis star who won her first WTA title here at the expense of Amelie back in 1999 aged just 17.

Since then Serena has conquered the world, claiming a total of 20 titles including five Grand Slam crowns.

But the tournament also means a lot to Amelie, winner in 2001, and who despite her more modest eight WTA titles considers the event in the Pierre Coubertin Stadium on the outskirts of Paris as her territory.

Serena, fresh off her four consecutive Grand Slam wins, is the top seed in the US$500,000 tournament from Feb 3-9, with Amelie seeded third behind Slovak Daniela Hantuchova.

“I can’t wait to get out there,” admitted Amelie, who will be making her comeback from a three-and-a-half month layoff with a knee injury.

“For me, it’s in front of my public. It’s my fan club which creates the atmosphere and lights up the entire crowd.

“I’ve the impression there that each time I go out on court that the people have come for me. It’s funny because I don’t feel like that anywhere else.”

Beaten in the finals by Serena in 1999, Amelie finally won in 2001 only to lose it last year in the semi-finals to Venus Williams, who claimed the title after Jelena Dokic withdrew injured.

Venus is not defending her title with Yugoslav Jelena seeded fourth this year with Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder, fifth.

And the 23-year-old Frenchwoman, whose mental strength has let her down in the past against the American sisters, knows that if she wants to keep up with the Williams this season could be crucial.

After a runaway 2001 when she claimed four titles, last season saw further progression for Amelie reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open before injury struck last October.

“I had great momentum. I felt really good in my game and in my head. After a terrific season I had the chance to maybe reach the third place in the world standings!” says a wistful Amelie, who has fallen to seventh in the rankings.

But the gruelling circuit had taken its toll on her body.

“I was worn out, weakened. A worn cartilage, it doesn’t happen overnight but over years. After an American tournament where I’d given everything (semi-final US Open) I had difficulty finding a good physical level.

“My 2002 was a fuller year than previous years. Every match, every tournament, each journey, but I achieved what I’d always been looking for —consistency. Unfortunately ...”

But she believes the self-searching she has had to undergo in the past few months in the face of what she believed was a career-threatening injury have made her mentally stronger and she is ready to pick up where she left off.

“My dream is still be be world number one. For that recovery is key.

“For this tournament I don’t have a particular objective because it will take time to find my tennis again. The essential is to feel physically good.

“Even if I feel stronger, even if I’ve finally managed to have quality winter preparation, and I’ve progressed technically, I’m missing the essential - matches. There will be the inevitable tension and stress.” — AFP

©New Straits Times (M) Berhad

Welcome back, Amelie! Good Luck to you and Dani in Paris. :)

TennisHack
02-03-2003, 11:49 PM
:wavey: again.

So Leo, what are your plans for the big V-Day?

Lee
02-04-2003, 12:00 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
:wavey: Lee!

Martina has dropped to #31 in the rankings! :eek:

Well, it's not a surprise. She was finalist in AO and winner in Tokyo last year so she lost tons of points after January.

Johansson drop out of top 50 after AO.

Leo7
02-04-2003, 12:00 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: again.

So Leo, what are your plans for the big V-Day?

erm, probably not much. mostly just pigging out on chocolates. :lick: i didn't have a Valentine last year but this year i have Emma :kiss:

Lee
02-04-2003, 12:02 AM
Vince has a V-party in class on Feb 13 since school is off on Feb 14. Those poor mothers need to volunteer to help AGAIN!

Leo7
02-04-2003, 12:02 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Well, it's not a surprise. She was finalist in AO and winner in Tokyo last year so she lost tons of points after January.

she also didn't defend her Sydney title this year so she lost tons of points there. for the rest of 2003 Martina doesn't have much to defend besides Semifinals in Scottsdale, Finals in Indian Wells, Quarters in Miami, and 4th round in the US Open.

Lee
02-04-2003, 12:03 AM
Off to Vince's TKD class. Bye! :wavey:

Leo7
02-04-2003, 12:05 AM
:wavey: Lee.

i'm gonna go check out the posts in GM..

Chloe le Bopper
02-04-2003, 12:07 AM
Becca, the honourable inventor of Pandy, has changed the title of the thread

For the moment I thought it was deleted

I asked a couple times if anybody had an idea for a title and nobody replies (unless I missed something) - so you people will just have to put up with my lame ones :p

And I would never delete the thread - even if you all told me off one day for existing ;) I might change the title to something like "full of wankers" - but delete? noooooo :D

Chloe le Bopper
02-04-2003, 12:08 AM
"Oompa Loompa" is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, no?

Yes, indeed.

vaiva
02-04-2003, 12:15 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
"Oompa Loompa" is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, no?

And that would be?... :o

I never realised I had so many gaps in my education. First all these LOTRs and elfs, now Willy Wonka :confused:

Anybody wishing to enlighten me?

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 12:19 AM
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a book by childrens' author Roald Dahl. It was also made into a movie in the 60s :)

vaiva
02-04-2003, 12:42 AM
Oh I see. When I was a child we had an animation film about a gready Dino and its trip to a Chocolate Factory. Maybe it's the same story.

Thanks Hackie for clearing this important issue! ;)

Layla
02-04-2003, 01:13 AM
And the GM forum is back in the mud. :p And I'm rolling in it. I'm on sarcastic overdrive today. ;)

Oh and I don't know much about the Chocolate Factory either. :o

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 01:27 AM
Book (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0141301155/qid=1044321835/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/002-4181797-5060014?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

Movie (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005QJEF/qid=1044321923/sr=2-1/002-4181797-5060014?v=glance&s=dvd)

and a long *scream* just for good measure. This has been a shitty day for me and I guess I'm not in the right humor to deal with the idiots in GM.

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 01:49 AM
From Werthless:

One of you suggested that we reinstate our Annual Player of the Week award, and we aim to please here at the Mailbag. So how about a tip of the chapeau to Lindsay Davenport, who won the Pan Pacific Open, her first title since returning from knee surgery. ... keeping with our New Year's resolution to give doubles some increased virtual ink, Elena Bovina and Rennae Stubbs beat Davenport and Lisa Raymond for the two-woman title in Tokyo.

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 01:58 AM
More from the Mailbag . . .

How long before Patrick McEnroe includes the Bryan brothers on the Davis Cup roster? Although they lack Davis Cup experience, they did finish the year ranked third. Any thoughts?
—Curtis Park, Riverside, Calif.

A few of you wrote in about this. My gut says that you're right and the captain ought to give the twins a shot. They're good kids and certainly among the world's elite teams. (Plus, their inclusion would be a nice endorsement of the ATP doubles rankings.)

But playing devil's advocate: 1) Pat Mac has said in the past that he likes the flexibility of having players who can compete in both singles and doubles. As strong a team as the Bryans are, right now neither is in the same league as a singles player as a James Blake or even a Mardy Fish. 2) Right or wrong, there is a sense that the brothers are a package deal. If you pick them both, suddenly you're left with only two real roster openings. 3) The captain has yet to be burned by cobbling together a doubles team rather than using an established team. If Blake-Fish or whoever falls to the Croats, maybe McEnroe will change his philosophy.

Speaking of Pat Mac, a note to our New York-area readers: His talented wife, Melissa Errico, will be performing at Joe's Pub in the Village next month. Check your local listings.

Layla
02-04-2003, 01:58 AM
I'm spent. I need to get some sleep or I won't be able to function properly tomorrow. I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish my translation, but I have to. :(

Anyway, goodnight! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 02:03 AM
:( Goodnight, Layla :wavey:

And just ignore ys in GM. He's being an ass and doesn't deserve your attention . . .

vaiva
02-04-2003, 02:04 AM
Nite Layla! :wavey: Try to rest.

I'm still working 'cause my translation is also progressing slower than expected :o

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 02:11 AM
Krajicek won't play in Davis Cup match

Posted: Monday February 03, 2003 2:23 PM


AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch tennis star Richard Krajicek will not take part in the Netherlands' Davis Cup match against Switzerland this weekend, Dutch magazine Sportsweek reported Monday on its Web site.

Krajicek writes a column for the print version of Sportsweek, which is published Tuesdays. A spokeswoman for the International Tennis Federation, which organizes the Davis Cup, said the Dutch team has not made any official changes to its roster.

If Krajicek were to pull out, "it likely wouldn't become official until Thursday, the day of the draw," ITF spokeswoman Joanne Sirman said.

The Dutch national team couldn't be reached Monday for comment.

Krajicek reached the quarterfinals of the Milan Indoors last week before losing to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

The 31-year-old former Wimbledon champion returned to tennis last year after a 20-month absence due to surgery on his right elbow, but complained that pain in his operated elbow kept him from playing his best in the Nieminen match.

The other players scheduled to play for the Netherlands this weekend are captain Tjerk Bogtstra, Sjeng Schalken, Paul Haarhuis and Raemon Sluiter.

Martin Verkerk, who won the Milan tournament Sunday, is the first Dutch reserve player.

The Dutch Davis Cup matches are scheduled for Feb. 7-9 in the eastern Dutch city of Arnhem.




Oh, dear God . . . . :eek::eek::eek:

vaiva
02-04-2003, 02:24 AM
But it is still unofficial I guess :confused:

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 02:47 AM
Though its a bit early, these unfortunate Valentines Day cards (http://www.capnwacky.com/valentines/valcard1.html) are still funny :D

Vaiva -- I guess -- Eurosport is reporting that Verkerk will usurp a singles position from Schalken or Sluiter and that Krajicek will play doubles :confused::confused:

Dissident
02-04-2003, 04:15 AM
Damn, what a day full of shit this one was.
Im just passing by to wave at you all. :wavey:

Im on a terrible chat mood. :(
Good night!

Vera
02-04-2003, 04:19 AM
Hi guys :wavey:

Wow, new thread name and I also don't know what's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory :o. But it's great to learn about it. Cos we always play Craniums that frequently has questions regarding those kid's programs or Cartoon characters. My sister who has a son always got those right and I have no clue.

I think I should visit the doctor since my arm is getting worse :sad:. I can't reply to those posts. Hope Layla is feeling better from her fever and everyone recovers from Kafel's loss :sad:. And what else, read the GM thread, hate those particular American who thinks that the world revolves around them. Great that Layla spoke our mind. So thanks :kiss:.

Anyway, Lee, did you watch the All-Stars? Not much excitement but the 3rd period was good as both teams try to win that baby. And the Shoot-out, love it :D. And JR gave 2 hits :rolleyes:.


Okay, good nite thread :wavey:

Vera
02-04-2003, 05:16 AM
Don't think any of you would be too interested in the All-Stars game nor hockey, but this is really cute :D :D :D

Vera
02-04-2003, 05:17 AM
And hockey isn't that difficult, see, they can play :p

Lee
02-04-2003, 05:49 AM
Originally posted by Vera

I think I should visit the doctor since my arm is getting worse :sad:. I can't reply to those posts. Hope Layla is feeling better from her fever and everyone recovers from Kafel's loss :sad:. And what else, read the GM thread, hate those particular American who thinks that the world revolves around them. Great that Layla spoke our mind. So thanks :kiss:.

Anyway, Lee, did you watch the All-Stars? Not much excitement but the 3rd period was good as both teams try to win that baby. And the Shoot-out, love it :D. And JR gave 2 hits :rolleyes:.


Okay, good nite thread :wavey:

Vera, hopefully your doctor can provide some help to your arm. Best Wishes!

I didn't watch the All-stars game. I don't even know the time of it other than it's on Sunday. As you said, not much excitement for people really like hockey and none of my fav is there. Those mascots are cute. Do you know that the other day, Harvey the Hound (Flames) had its tongue removed by the coach of a visiting team? I can't remember which team but it's on TV and real funny.

Lee
02-04-2003, 05:59 AM
My internet connection is really s*** these days. It's out again today when I returned from Vince's TKD. I was on hold for over 20 minutes until someone answered my call. This is the third time in less than a month and it's just last Friday that a guy came by suppose to fix the problem. I knew the problem shouldn't be my computer, my modem and/or cable connection inside my house, it's cable problem in my area but that guy gave me a whole bunch of BS and said he fixed the problem by changing a spliter and the TCP/IP set up in my computer :rolleyes: Unfortunately, even though I knew he was BSing, I could not prove it that day. The gay that answered my phone just kept on saying I understood how very frustrating, etc, etc...

So, I may disappear for some time or suddenly I am gone until this problem is fixed.

Chloe le Bopper
02-04-2003, 06:10 AM
Thanks for the allstar game pics :wavey:

I had to miss most of it because I was at a lab. I came in during the last period, and got to see it end and see the shoot out.

My friends for the last 3 minutes were yelling at the TV everytime a team came close to scoring:

"NOOOO DON"T DO IT! DON'T SCORE!"
"SHOOT OUT! SHOOT OUT!"
"QUIT TRYING!"

LOL

It was all pretty amusing at the time. I'm just sorry that I missed the mascots :sad:

Lee
02-04-2003, 06:34 AM
Hi Becca! :wavey:

Finally able to find a pic of Liverpool's latest win. :)

Francine
02-04-2003, 12:31 PM
:wavey:

Update on Dutch DC team; Richard will definitly not play, he has released a statemenst that his elbow is bothering him again, he hopes to return in R'dam. Bogstra will not replace him because he has 4 players and there's really not a 5th player who is good enough. Sluiter en Schalken wil propably play on friday (Maybe Verkerk will replace Sluiter, but I really doubt that, depends on the Head-to-heads they both have against the Swss, which I don't know by head right now.) Haarhuis/Schalken will play the double.

Btw, I entered a radiocontest today where they give away the last tickets to the ties on friday. The question was: who did Raemon Sluiter beat in a great match to take the 1st tie in the first round of the DC 2001 :rolleyes: And I didn't even win :fiery:

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
Damn, what a day full of shit this one was.
Im just passing by to wave at you all. :wavey:

Im on a terrible chat mood. :(
Good night!


:sad::sad: Aww, I hope you're feeling better, Diss. *hug*

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by Vera
I think I should visit the doctor since my arm is getting worse :sad:. I can't reply to those posts. Hope Layla is feeling better from her fever and everyone recovers from Kafel's loss :sad:. And what else, read the GM thread, hate those particular American who thinks that the world revolves around them. Great that Layla spoke our mind. So thanks :kiss:.

:sad: Aww, more bad news :( Well, hopefully the doctor will give you good news, maybe a stronger painkiller than the over-the-counter stuff? *crosses fingers* & *hug*

GM :rolleyes: Its quality comes and goes.

By the way, thanks for the great pics from the hockey game! :) I don't know anything about hockey but I don't mind if you talk about it :o The mascots are too funny :D

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 02:20 PM
Lee, hopefully things will start clicking for you again (no pun intended!). I guess you can find comfort in the fact that its not just you that's havng the problem. I know that doesn't help the frustration, but its always nice to not have it coupled with panic (as Layla can tell you ;)).

Francine, I posted the head-to-heads of the Swiss & Dutch players in the Federer forum, in the Davis Cup thread. Verkerk lost last year to Roger in the first round of Basel -- he was a lucky loser who replaced Michel :eek: Verkerk & Kratochvil have never met.

Lee
02-04-2003, 05:49 PM
Hi TH! :wavey:

Waiting for the cable guy! :eek:

Thanks! The frustration start creeping in and I start posting stupid things in GM. So now I promise myself to stay away from GM for a few days :o

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 05:51 PM
More good news for Layla -- her girl Tina Pisnik just down Patty Schnyder in Paris 6-3, 6-3.

:wavey: Lee

Lee
02-04-2003, 05:51 PM
Oop! Hi francine! :wavey:

TH, would you please shrink this Guga pic? Just try to cheer up his DC matches this week. The pic is from his DC match last September.

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 06:04 PM
Here you are :)

Lee
02-04-2003, 06:05 PM
Thanks TH!

Lee
02-04-2003, 06:08 PM
lol TH! Will you change your new location after DC? say, Michel being a hero in the tie?

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 06:14 PM
Well obviously I can't still be in Jarkko's arms if I'm changing my avatar to Micha. I'll have to come up with some clever location for that one, too ;)

But sure. My avatar and location are a package deal ;)

Lee
02-04-2003, 07:01 PM
TH! I see on Gotennis that Michel split with his coach. Have you hear this?

ILR
02-04-2003, 07:02 PM
Originally posted by Leo7
erm, probably not much. mostly just pigging out on chocolates. :lick: i didn't have a Valentine last year but this year i have Emma :kiss:

:wavey:

awwwww :kiss: now isnt that cute?:o;) Chocolates :D now there's a good idea!Nice pic Lee,sorry to hear your connection is so badly messed up,that always sucks :mad:

Lee
02-04-2003, 07:06 PM
Hi Emma! :wavey:

I've been waiting for the cable guy an hour and a half now :fiery:

ILR
02-04-2003, 07:12 PM
oh yeah they do take their time!:mad: after I had came back off holiday TV wasnt working aswell as internet and he took his time :rolleyes: But Im sure he'll be here soon if youve been waiting that long already.

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 07:19 PM
Originally posted by Lee
TH! I see on Gotennis that Michel split with his coach. Have you hear this?

Indeed. Doris told us yesterday in the Federer forum.

ILR
02-04-2003, 07:43 PM
I read about that on Eurosport also,do you know why they split?

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 08:00 PM
You read about it on Eurosport?!?!?!? :eek::eek::eek:

Apparently Vojko won't be able to travel with Michel anymore, so they split -- because as we all know, Micha needs all the help he can get :(

ILR
02-04-2003, 08:07 PM
uh maybe it wasnt Eurosport :o because I cant find it on there now but I did read it on somewhere!Couldnt travel huh Id love to be able to do that!Now's your time to step in Hackie,as his new coach!:p;)

Lee
02-04-2003, 08:13 PM
After more than 2 hours of waiting, I called the cable company and guess what, the guy is scheduled to come tomorrow, not today! :fiery: Talk about mis-communication! :fiery:

ILR
02-04-2003, 08:16 PM
:mad: oh dear Lee,sorry you have to wait longer than you expected :(:( its terrible having bad connection :(

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 08:17 PM
Woohoo, who's for some badly translated Swiss German? :D

(I tried to fix some of it myself but am still not sure I got everything):

Kratochvil separates from coach Fersch

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Kratochvil looks for new coach [ picture: Key clay/tone ]

Michel Kratochvil separated after eleven months from his coach Vojko Fersch. With the search of the successor the 23-year-old wants to leave himself time, to at the latest to the tournament in keys Biscayne (starting from 17 March) is it however admits to be. [not clue on that last sentence! "o]

"I need someone, which can care for me by the year <and be> away fully", said Kratochil. "Vojko Fersch saw himself particularly for vocational and family reasons except conditions to invest equal much time as last year into my support."

Fersch, whom Kratochvil knows since his childhood, had replaced the Australian Neil Borwick in the March of the past year. The principal reason for the separation might be the continuous fall of the Swiss Davis Cup player. Since the scarce eighth final defeat at the beginning of of July in Wimbledon against the British Tim Henman, Kratochvil won only 5 of 21 matches (including Davis Cup). With 10 of 14 tournaments he lost in the first round.

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
uh maybe it wasnt Eurosport :o because I cant find it on there now but I did read it on somewhere!Couldnt travel huh Id love to be able to do that!Now's your time to step in Hackie,as his new coach!:p;)

LOL, I wish! :D I have never even had lessons, and yet you think I could coach a professional player? I could most definitely *comfort* him, that's for sure :D

ILR
02-04-2003, 08:21 PM
you dont have to be good at tennis ;)You could be his personal comforter then if being his coach is too much for you to take on ;)

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 08:24 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
you dont have to be good at tennis ;)You could be his personal comforter then if being his coach is too much for you to take on ;)

True enough, his game is good enough on its own. I could work on his head. I wonder if its just something with the Swissies? Everyone's starting to label Rogi a headcase, too.

At any rate, I'd loooooooove to be his 'personal comforter' :D;):o

ILR
02-04-2003, 08:29 PM
yeah they are :( I noticed that,I dont think hes a headcase :( Hes just not mentally mature enough yet!but he could be my headcase any day!:D

found yourself a job there ;)

Lee
02-04-2003, 08:40 PM
I see the headline of Michel changing coach in Gotennis but somehow they really mess up and I can't get to the detail.

Originally posted by TennisHack
True enough, his game is good enough on its own. I could work on his head. I wonder if its just something with the Swissies? Everyone's starting to label Rogi a headcase, too.

At any rate, I'd loooooooove to be his 'personal comforter' :D;):o


And TH, may be you can put this into your next installment of your musical :D

ILR
02-04-2003, 08:46 PM
lol thats a good idea about the musical you can have fun with that Hackie!;) *wink wink*

TennisHack
02-04-2003, 08:49 PM
Now now, ladies, lets not get ahead of ourselves :D

I've got to go, so see you later :wavey:

ILR
02-04-2003, 08:51 PM
Im not getting ahead of myself :o;) bye Hackie :wavey:

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 09:13 PM
:) Hi ILR!

I give up! Who is your avatar??? Don't even recognize the colours the guy is wearing!!!

Personal comforter... I like the sound of that! ;) [Rogi is NOT a headcase -- if he is, so is almost everyone else!]

ILR
02-04-2003, 09:17 PM
HI RF :wavey:

I know hes not a headcase but he could be a headcase with me if he wanted :angel: Gee Im more of a headcase than him :o not hard I know :p

You must have heard me talk about him before,hes my Italian stallion crush :o remember?Alessandro Nesta :o;) AC Milan :D

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 09:18 PM
:) About Micha:

He and his former coach separated because Micha needed someone who can devote himself fulltime to his coaching and training. Apparently, Vojko Fersch has increasing commitments, both professional and personal (family), that he could not commit 100% to Micha's career. So Micha will take his time finding a new coach, which he hopes he'll have by TMS Miami. Sounds like the separation was amicable [sounds like a divorce!].
;)

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 09:20 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
HI RF :wavey:

I know hes not a headcase but he could be a headcase with me if he wanted :angel: Gee Im more of a headcase than him :o not hard I know :p

You must have heard me talk about him before,hes my Italian stallion crush :o remember?Alessandro Nesta :o;) AC Milan :D


Yeah, I know who he is! I've even seen him play on TV during a UEFA match!!! He's a no bad!! Non c'e male, quest'uomo!!! Ma non bellissimo com'e il nostro Rogi -- e vero?? ;)

ILR
02-04-2003, 09:23 PM
see I told you you knew him ;) I know hes great :D Im way too obssessed with too many people :o oh dear!I dont speak Italian,you'll have to explain that to me ;)

Lee
02-04-2003, 09:27 PM
Hi RF! :wavey: Bye TH! :wavey:

Too absorbed into the article in GM on Agassi & Sampras 8 years ago. Not my eyes are too tired.

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 09:27 PM
:) What did I say? Well, that Nesta isn't bad but he's not beautiful like our Rogi!! True, right?

Ay, it's snowing out like crazy! Good thing I went out earlier!! Blustery!

I heard Rogi say "Bello, bello" to Sanguinetti in TO when he hit a nice shot during practice... so that clever Rogi can probably speak Italian too, even a little! Bello e intelligente con molto talento -- Rogi e un vero tesoro!! :p

ILR
02-04-2003, 09:31 PM
no hes not beautiful :o (he is to me :D ;))

I cant speak Italian so stop it :p oh I lie I can say ciao bella and count to 20 ;) but I dont understand last bit,stop it your embarrassing me,you sound extra clever today!

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 09:33 PM
Hi Lee

Sorry about having to wait for the cable guy! So maddening! I hate waiting for people to come to my house for various reasons... such a waste of time and you're locked in your house all day... can't do anything else or go out!!!!

Is it still nice and warm in Scottsdale?? Too bad you can't see any tournaments there!

Hey Canadian Mike Weir won that B Hope Chrysler golf tournament in La Quinta on Sun -- good for him!! He needed that win badly! He's a good guy! I like him. Now if only our guys could win... there's a couple of nice TMS tourneys coming up just for them... I Wells and Miami!! ;)

I saw those hockey mascots -- they're so cute!!

ILR
02-04-2003, 09:35 PM
oh guys it SNOWED again!:D just thought Id share that with you!

Lee
02-04-2003, 09:36 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Sounds like the separation was amicable [sounds like a divorce!].
;)

:) In a thread that whether Guga should change coach in Guga's forum, I replied that the relationship between player and coach is like a marriage.:)

Lee
02-04-2003, 09:40 PM
It's cooler this week but is sunny and high is still around 20C/70F and low is 40F/4C.

I do envy all the snow you guys have!

Lee
02-04-2003, 09:41 PM
Bye Emma & RF! :wavey:

Time to pick up Vince and drive him to R/E class!

ILR
02-04-2003, 09:43 PM
bye Lee :wavey:

we dont get much snow!It turned into ice and everyone was throwing it :rolleyes: and now its gone!:(

RogiFan
02-04-2003, 09:46 PM
:) Bye Lee!

I think Larri Passos is a good coach -- he seems to know what to do w his player and has helped him a lot from the beginning. He trains Guga hard and said he had to make him into a tennis player and that Guga was not a natural-born tennis player. Interesting! He's one of the better coaches out there.

As for Juanqui's coach... well I wonder about him sometimes... I think it w help if Juanqui had a second coach to help him on other surfaces, i.e., grass mostly. Why not?? Can Martinez help him on grass?? Who knows? Just some thoughts...

Vera
02-04-2003, 10:07 PM
Hi Guys :wavey:

Back from the Doc, no serious nerve and whatever "C" tunnel problem, can't tell me why my arm is so bad now :(. So doc ordered more painkiller and rest. Thanks for all you best wishes, I hope it will get better soon.

Vera
02-04-2003, 10:09 PM
Originally posted by Lee
I didn't watch the All-stars game. I don't even know the time of it other than it's on Sunday. As you said, not much excitement for people really like hockey and none of my fav is there. Those mascots are cute. Do you know that the other day, Harvey the Hound (Flames) had its tongue removed by the coach of a visiting team? I can't remember which team but it's on TV and real funny.

Iggy was there in the All-stars. And I saw that mascot scene too, it was Oiler's head coach, McTavish (spelling?).

Vera
02-04-2003, 10:12 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Hey Canadian Mike Weir won that B Hope Chrysler golf tournament in La Quinta on Sun -- good for him!! He needed that win badly! He's a good guy! I like him. Now if only our guys could win... there's a couple of nice TMS tourneys coming up just for them... I Wells and Miami!! ;)


Not a big golf fan but I follow Mike since he's canadian and he's really cute in a very mature way :o :D .

An article for the Canadians here:
2/4/2003

Those who have followed Mike Weir's career know the PGA star is a man of few words, in good times and bad.

So some fans may be surprised to hear what the native of Bright's Grove, Ont., said Tuesday when asked about the motivation for his sensational start in 2003.

``The thing that gave me the most motivation is my own motivation to do well and my own motivation to accomplish things for myself,'' he said. ``But I think in the back of my mind, more than the critics, it was more the sense of pride that I have so much support from the fans in Canada.

``I felt like, in some way, and on some level, I kind of let them down (in 2002) _ not from a lack of trying - but I didn't play up to where I wanted to. I want to take Canadian golf to another level and with that there's a little bit of a sense of responsibility.''

Canadian golf fans are back on the bandwagon, Mike.

It took Weir a mere two tournaments, the first two stops of his 2003 season, to erase last year's disappointment.

A ninth-place finish at the Phoenix Open on Jan. 26 earned the 32-year-old $112,000 US, a bigger paycheque than any of his 25 tournaments in 2002. He blew that out of the water with his fourth career PGA win at the Bob Hope Classic over the weekend, accepting $810,000 in winnings.

Two tournaments, $922,000 in the bank. He won $844,154 all of last year when he placed 78th on the money list.

Last season's drop made him hungry for 2003.

``I think it definitely did,'' he said on a conference call from Pebble Beach, Calif., his next PGA stop this week. ``I needed a little time away from the game to re-focus. I think the adversity I went through last year made me more prepared for this year.''

Two weeks, two top-10s. He didn't crack the top 10 once last year.

``It is such a fine line between success and failure out here,'' he said. ``I think the difference between this year and last year has been my wedge game and putting, but the stuff between the ears is so far a little better this year and that's a major difference.''

One so-so year after stellar 2000 and 2001 campaigns and Weir was suddenly no longer the toast of Canadian golf. Ian Leggatt of Cambridge, Ont., was the top Canadian on the PGA Tour in 2002 and it's Leggatt, not Weir, who has been invited to the Wayne Gretzky and Friends exhibition in Calgary in July and the Telus Skins Game in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont., in June.

Weir, ironically, will team up with Gretzky at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week.

The Skins game probably hurts the most because Weir made the event into what it is, playing in it from 1998 through last year. Leggatt and Spanish star Sergio Garcia are committed for this year's event with two more still to come, so maybe Weir will be there after all.

``I don't want to get into detail about what's happening with Wayne Gretzky and Friends and the Skins game. We'll just leave it at that,'' said Weir, who like Leggatt, is represented by IMG.

Weir says his main sponsors, Bell Canada, TaylorMade and Titleist, stood by him despite his off-year.

``I don't think they lost faith in me,'' he says. ``We had to re-negotiate with some of them this year and they stuck by me. I really appreciated that. And I remember those things and those things really motivate me.''

He was determined to show 2002 was an aberration. What he didn't bank on was proving it in the first 11 days his season.

``I am a little surprised that it came so quickly,'' Weir said. ``I did feel good going into Phoenix. I worked with my coach the week before and I was hitting it solid. I felt if I could get a good game plan together I might have a good week there and I did.

``I was just hoping to keep it rolling (at the Bob Hope). To get a win, because I haven't had one that early (in the season) before, was probably a little surprising. On the other hand, I was playing really well.''

Still, 2002 was not a complete washout. He experimented with his game last year, which in part explained his struggles, and some of that will come in handy this season.

``I'm able to launch my driver very high if I need to,'' says Weir, a low-ball hitter throughout his career. ``I can hit some long irons high now, which I wasn't able to do before. There's some benefits that came out of last year that are spilling over into this season and I feel my game is a little more complete now.''

And in the midst of chasing down the leaderboard Sunday, Weir turned to caddie Brennan Little of St. Thomas, Ont., and pointed out how great it was to be in the thick of things again.

``Brennan and I talked about that, coming down the last few holes. We were one or two strokes back and I said to him: `This is why we play. This is what it's all about.'''

ILR
02-04-2003, 10:15 PM
Hi Vera :wavey:

Vera
02-04-2003, 10:17 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:)
As for Juanqui's coach... well I wonder about him sometimes... I think it w help if Juanqui had a second coach to help him on other surfaces, i.e., grass mostly. Why not?? Can Martinez help him on grass?? Who knows? Just some thoughts...

We had a discussion about him and his coach before. Knowing Juanqui, he's very attached to ppl around him, I think. So he will never part with Antonio. If for some reason they have to part, I don't think it will be a good thing for him. But I do like it if he has other coaches to train him on specific thing. I think he might already has that.

Anyway, gotta go "rest". Have a great day, guys :wavey:.

Vera
02-04-2003, 10:18 PM
Hi Emma :wavey:

Sorry, but I'm going now bcos I don't want to overuse my arm, not to mention it hurts to type. So bye. :wavey: