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RogiFan
02-08-2003, 03:44 AM
do you realize we're at page 1600???

good nite!

vamos, spain!

hopp, switzerland!

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 05:46 AM
You might be on page 1600, but I'm on page 601 :angel:

GOOOO SWISSIES!! :bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
02-08-2003, 06:03 AM
:wavey: thread!

Guess what, I got the teaching position I was eyeing! :D In about a month from now I'll be doing like 8-10 classes a week! :eek: I won't be broke anymore! :bounce:

Imagine, I'll be able to buy a DVD player to watch the LOTR DVDs I've already bought! :o :p

Layla
02-08-2003, 10:49 AM
Morning everyone! :wavey:

Allan, your great news makes this gloomy morning a bit more bearable. Congrats to you! :D :bounce: Hope you enjoy teaching.

On a different note, I just heard about Eggy's brother and I'm still in shock. :sad: Eggy really is an icon on this board and I will miss him terribly. I hope he decides to come back eventually.

And I was wondering about Dissident myself. :( He's gone missing again and I'm beginning to worry, especially upon hearing the news about Eggy, so I hope he went to the beach again and comes back soon. We miss you Dissident! :kiss:

Layla
02-08-2003, 10:53 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
oh,still here then Hackie?;) good.Goran looks kinda cute there!:p:o

I saw Goran on Croatian tv yesterday, and he looked very, very cute. :hearts: He was interviewed about the tie and he said hello to his pregnant wife. How sweet! :) I hope he will play the doubles today. He said he would go through heaven and hell to participate in this tie, even though he knows he will be in pain. He already played through pain in last year's tie against Argentina. Now compare this to Gambill's refusal to participate on account of a tricky surface which MIGHT cause him an injury.

Layla
02-08-2003, 10:56 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Where is everyone this afternoon? :(

The Croatian DC team (for Layla)

LOL, in that pic, Mario's already somewhat pointy ears look positively vulcanic. ;)

Thanks! :)

Layla
02-08-2003, 11:01 AM
Originally posted by IluvRogi

How can anyone not agree wiwth you there Becca!:p all shallow ;)

Me! I disagree with Rebecca. He may not look great in that pic, but I saw him on tv yesterday and I was just thinking how much his beard suits him. :o I'm being totally serious.

Chloe le Bopper
02-08-2003, 11:14 AM
He looks like a hippie with the beard :o And I don't mean that in a good way...

ILR
02-08-2003, 02:47 PM
:wavey:

Lee,that pic is funny!:D It reminds me of an Argentinian piccie very similar.It would have been the game against Sheffield United.Drew 1-1 just a few minutes ago actually.

Anyway where is everyone?I havent checked any scores yet!:o

Francine
02-08-2003, 03:09 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Holland :bounce: :bounce: 3-6 6-3 6-4

My appologies for the Dutch crowd though, they're acting very annoying again, the Swiss are really furious. There appears to be one guy who yells really loud when the Swiss are serving. I think there trying to track him down now, but it's a bit difficult in a crowd of 8000 people.

Anyway, we haven't won yet, maybe they'll get their revenge.

Layla
02-08-2003, 03:48 PM
Originally posted by xxfrancine

My appologies for the Dutch crowd though, they're acting very annoying again, the Swiss are really furious. There appears to be one guy who yells really loud when the Swiss are serving. I think there trying to track him down now, but it's a bit difficult in a crowd of 8000 people.

Anyway, we haven't won yet, maybe they'll get their revenge.

I'm sorry Francine, but if they can't stop the match and find him (how hard can it be, there are people around who heard him everytime), then the Swissies should win by default. Or at least win the point automatically every time that asshole screams. This is outrageous and completely unacceptable. :fiery:

Layla
02-08-2003, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi

Anyway where is everyone?I havent checked any scores yet!:o

Hi Emma! :wavey:

I'm following various sports today, my winter sports events and Davis Cup. I'm watching the USA vs. Croatia doubles match.

Sjengster
02-08-2003, 04:45 PM
Well, Haarhuis and Verkerk have won it in four sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and if the crowd really are still disturbing the Swiss then the referee has to do something about it - I'll be furious if the Dutch win this tie solely because of crowd intervention. :mad:

In fact, Switzerland's now in exactly the same position as last year against Russia, 2-1 down after the doubles. I would expect Federer to take care of the Sjengster tomorrow (and that's even if Schalken does play) and I think he would have too much game for Verkerk, but asking Kratochvil to win the decider when you consider he hasn't won a live rubber in DC, lost the fifth match to Safin last year AND has to put up with the crowd again, it looks very difficult indeed for the Swiss...

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 04:47 PM
:wavey: Everyone!

I can't stay long -- have a lunch date ;) -- but just wanted to chime in my agreement with Layla about the Dutch crowd. I may have been furious when I typed out my response yesterday, but I wasn't kidding. This isn't 1974, Eastern bloc Romania, where cheating is all a part of the political game surrounding the match. There should be some fairness involved somewhere.

I can't believe the Dutch crowd is so malicious. Maybe they shouldn't have a crowd at all tomorrow if they're going to be so annoying :o

See you guys later :wavey:

Layla
02-08-2003, 04:49 PM
Yes, I was thinking that they should just remove the crowd. This is so infuriating!

Bye TH! :wavey: Good luck! :)

Sjengster
02-08-2003, 05:07 PM
Well I've checked some results, and Spain have beaten Belgium 8-6 in the fifth in 4 hours 15 minutes - you certainly can't accuse the Belgians of not putting up a huge fight.

In Argentina, that doubles match is fluctuating ridiculously - Arnold and Nalbandian took the first set 6-1, got bagelled in the second and have just lost the third set 6-4 to Schuettler and Kohlmann.

In Ostrava it's a set all, but the Czechs are up a break at 2-1 in the third having lost the first set on a TB and taken the second 6-4.

In Zagreb, Ivanisevic and Ljubicic have fought back from two sets down, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, and it's currently 3-3 in the fifth with the Americans to serve.

I just finished seeing the Brazil-Sweden doubles rubber and to say the least, Sweden now have something of a curse on them in doubles, especially with Bjorkman playing - he's lost his last three doubles matches in Davis Cup all from two sets to one up, two with Johansson last year against Britain and Russia and now here with Larsson.

No doubt about it, Larsson was the weakest player out there and it was definitely his lack of match practice at this level that let the Swedes down; he dropped his serve at the start of the fourth set with two double faults, and dropped it again at the start of the fifth. In fact, the Brazilians won the first 14 points of the final set, Kuerten was really fired-up all the way through and Sa in particular played brilliantly at the net during the last two sets, both of which he served out.

By contrast the Swedes' energy levels fell away and Larsson was vulnerable at the net, missing a lot of easy volleys. He had something like 10 double faults at the end of the match.

Sjengster
02-08-2003, 05:16 PM
Here's a story and a half - the Croatians have just broken the Americans to love and are serving for the match at 5-4.

And they've just won: 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. This must be a knife through the heart of Patrick McEnroe, with his whole "we don't need a specialist doubles team" comments.

The Russians have broken back and it's 3-3 in the third against the Czech Republic; the Argentines lead 1-0 in the fourth set on serve against Germany.

Layla
02-08-2003, 05:32 PM
I just finished watching the USA vs. Croatia doubles match, and it was quite a match. :D

Goran had a shaky start, serving 3 double faults in his first service game, and he was a bit rusty sometimes, but all in all he played a terrific match. He said afterwards that he was in excruciating pain, especially in the 4th and 5th set, but it certainly didn't show. And he was so happy he was jumping up and down for joy. He even climbed on the umpire's chair, grabbed the mike and thanks the crowd, who was really great. There were very few incidents and they had to be asked to be quiet a few times, but they shut up when the player was about to serve.

Fish played better than in his match against Ljubicic and he served really great at the beginning, but then crumbled in the decisive moments, at the end of the 3rd set. Blake proved to be shaky on some of his service games as well. It was his service game that got broken in the final set. But all in all, a great match by all. I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 06:21 PM
I'm back :wavey:

Layla, you've got a PM ;)

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 06:22 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Guess what, I got the teaching position I was eyeing! :D In about a month from now I'll be doing like 8-10 classes a week! :eek: I won't be broke anymore! :bounce:

Congrats, DP! :bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

This is great news :)

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 06:28 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
Well, Haarhuis and Verkerk have won it in four sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and if the crowd really are still disturbing the Swiss then the referee has to do something about it - I'll be furious if the Dutch win this tie solely because of crowd intervention. :mad:

In fact, Switzerland's now in exactly the same position as last year against Russia, 2-1 down after the doubles. I would expect Federer to take care of the Sjengster tomorrow (and that's even if Schalken does play) and I think he would have too much game for Verkerk, but asking Kratochvil to win the decider when you consider he hasn't won a live rubber in DC, lost the fifth match to Safin last year AND has to put up with the crowd again, it looks very difficult indeed for the Swiss...

I'm very, very afraid for Michel. He's got the game, he owns Sluiter in their head to head, but he also has the pressure of the tie, not to mention the hatred of the crowd, on his shoulders. If he loses even more people will write him off. If he wins, well -- at this point, with this crowd and this refereeing system, its looking slim to none.

Like I said in the scoring thread, losing the doubles was, and continues to be, my worst nightmare :(

Lee
02-08-2003, 06:32 PM
Hi thread! :wavey:

Can't stay long today as it's family day every Saturday :)

Congrat Allan, no more poor student :D :D I don't think teaching is really your style buy since you are a genius, you can manage it easily and I think your students will really adore you since you may probably be younger than they do.

TH! Good luck!

Hope I don't miss anyone else and yes, the Dutch should know better in not playing fair!

The last thing is GUGA ROCKS

Bye! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
And they've just won: 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. This must be a knife through the heart of Patrick McEnroe, with his whole "we don't need a specialist doubles team" comments.

Patrick McEnroe, SO par for the course right now :rolleyes: Idiot.

Well, there goes all hope of getting to see Juanqui on TV in Davis Cup :sad: Damn, and I was really looking forward to watching our boys get a drubbing!

Congrats to Spain on that huge win, though. Olivier playing singles tomorrow? Just maybe. It would be very interesting!

Nymeria
02-08-2003, 06:34 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
Well, Haarhuis and Verkerk have won it in four sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, and if the crowd really are still disturbing the Swiss then the referee has to do something about it - I'll be furious if the Dutch win this tie solely because of crowd intervention. :mad:

In fact, Switzerland's now in exactly the same position as last year against Russia, 2-1 down after the doubles. I would expect Federer to take care of the Sjengster tomorrow (and that's even if Schalken does play) and I think he would have too much game for Verkerk, but asking Kratochvil to win the decider when you consider he hasn't won a live rubber in DC, lost the fifth match to Safin last year AND has to put up with the crowd again, it looks very difficult indeed for the Swiss...

It's not sure who will play for Holland tomorrow. The most of the people think Sjeng will play, and Verkerk will play the other match. Even Krajicek says that would be the best option. It doesn't matter me, as long as Roger wins his match ;)

Lee
02-08-2003, 06:36 PM
Originally posted by Layla
I just finished watching the USA vs. Croatia doubles match, and it was quite a match. :D

Goran had a shaky start, serving 3 double faults in his first service game, and he was a bit rusty sometimes, but all in all he played a terrific match. He said afterwards that he was in excruciating pain, especially in the 4th and 5th set, but it certainly didn't show. And he was so happy he was jumping up and down for joy. He even climbed on the umpire's chair, grabbed the mike and thanks the crowd, who was really great. There were very few incidents and they had to be asked to be quiet a few times, but they shut up when the player was about to serve.

Fish played better than in his match against Ljubicic and he served really great at the beginning, but then crumbled in the decisive moments, at the end of the 3rd set. Blake proved to be shaky on some of his service games as well. It was his service game that got broken in the final set. But all in all, a great match by all. I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

Looks like I need to set my VCR to work.

Layla
02-08-2003, 06:37 PM
TH, your PM box is full. :( I tried to send you one earlier as well.

Lee
02-08-2003, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I'm very, very afraid for Michel. He's got the game, he owns Sluiter in their head to head, but he also has the pressure of the tie, not to mention the hatred of the crowd, on his shoulders. If he loses even more people will write him off. If he wins, well -- at this point, with this crowd and this refereeing system, its looking slim to none.

Like I said in the scoring thread, losing the doubles was, and continues to be, my worst nightmare :(

Look at the positive side, if Rosset can help Michel overcome the condition, I will be a big boost to his tennis career.

vaiva
02-08-2003, 06:40 PM
Hi thread! :wavey:

Haven't been here for ages, got too much work to do. Just wanted to share some happy moments with you: Russia (Kafelnikov/Youzhny) won their doubles match against the Czechs in 4 sets! :bounce:

I am also very happy for Croatia (great comeback), Spain and France.

I see that Sjengster has made it to the thread :) Welcome :wavey:

Hope to have some more time soon but now I gotta go :mad:! :wavey:

Lee
02-08-2003, 06:40 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
And they've just won: 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. This must be a knife through the heart of Patrick McEnroe, with his whole "we don't need a specialist doubles team" comments.


I agree with you 100%. But, base on what we know about the McEnroe brothers, this kind of defeat won't change their arrogance.

Layla
02-08-2003, 06:44 PM
Hi Lee and Vaiva! :wavey:

Unfortunately, I have to go too. I still have heaps of work to do today. :(

See you later! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 06:55 PM
WAIT LAYLA!! Let me clean out my box!

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:08 PM
Momentous Return For Ivanisevic In Zagreb

In incredible scenes at the Hall Dom Sportova in Zagreb, Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic came all the way back from two sets down to defeat James Blake and Mardy Fish of the United States in five sets.

The Croatian pair won 36 46 76 64 64 to give their nation a 2-1 advantage heading into the reverse singles on Sunday.

“I needed this kind of atmosphere,” said an ecstatic Ivanisevic afterwards. “I was so happy - jumping, singing – it’s so nice to beat those guys, they are a big team. You don’t play the USA every day so this is special.”

It was the third time in their last four Davis Cup by BNP Paribas doubles rubbers that Ivanisevic and Ljubicic have won from a two-sets-to-love deficit, and it was made all the more remarkable by the circumstances beforehand. Until he practised earlier in the day, Ivanisevic wasn’t even sure that he would be able to play, such was the pain that he was still feeling in his left shoulder.

But a couple of painkilling injections later, the mighty Croatian took to the court in front of 3,500 roaring fans.

Ivanisevic started terribly though, failing to find any rhythm on his trademark serve, and the Americans took advantage, breaking the former Wimbledon champion in his first service game after he hit two double faults.

It didn’t get any better in the second as the Croatian lost his serve again early on and they failed to get back on level terms.

In the third, with the crowd willing him on, and Ljubicic continuing the impressive form he showed in his singles victory over Fish the day before, Ivanisevic finally found his form.

A closely fought tiebreak got them back into the match, and a drilled Ivanisevic return at the feet of Fish in the first game of the fourth set handed Croatia the advantage. They didn’t let it slip.

The decider went with serve until Blake served at 4-4, and another Ivanisevic backhand at the in-rushing American’s feet was enough to strike the decisive blow.

It was left to Ljubicic to serve out the match, and the duo jumped into the air in delight as the crowd went crazy.

“When I had the most pain I served my best,” said Ivanisevic. “In the fifth set I had really big pain but they (Blake and Fish) couldn’t read my serve. I said to Ivan that we would break Blake because he played four sets yesterday and today like he was from another planet. You can’t play like that for two days, you have to have at least one bad game and that’s what happened.”

It means Ljubicic needs to beat Blake in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday to give Croatia victory.

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:17 PM
LOL, now your box is full :o

Guess what I'll be doing this afternoon :o:o:o

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:17 PM
Argentines Win Seesaw Battle To Reach Quarterfinals

Argentina won a fluctuating doubles encounter to reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for the second successive year. Lucas Arnold and David Nalbandian teamed up to defeat Michael Kohlmann and Rainer Schuettler, a late replacement for David Prinosil, 61 06 46 61 62.

Argentina will be at home again in the quarterfinals, where they could face a repeat of last year's semifinal encounter with Russia, who lead the Czech Republic 2-1 in Ostrava.

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:21 PM
Oh, hell, some French pictures, too. Fab looks so happy :)

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1279_gallery.JPG


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1283_gallery.JPG


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1277_gallery.JPG

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:23 PM
Congrats, Russia! :bounce:

http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1294_gallery.JPG

Kafelnikov and Youzhny Edge Russia Closer to Victory

Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mikhail Youzhny have given Russia a 2-1 lead over the Czech Republic, with what may turn out to be a decisive victory in today's doubles rubber.

In their first ever match together, they beat the experienced Czech pairing of Martin Damm and Cyril Suk 76(1) 46 63 63 in two hours 44 minutes.

With the defending Davis Cup champion Russia now one rubber away from a place in the last eight, Mikhail Youzhny has the chance to add to his personal Davis Cup glory if he can beat Jiri Novak in the first of tomorrow's singles matches.

The winner of this tie will face Argentina or Germany in the quarterfinals.

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:29 PM
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030208/capt.1044725975croatia_tennis_davis_cup_zag108.jpg
Captain of the U.S. team Patric McEnroe, left, argues with the referee Carlos Ramos during the James Blake and Mardy Fish match vs Goran Ivanisevic and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in doubles during the first round of tennis Davis Cup tournament held in capital Zagreb on Saturday, Feb.8, 2003.
(AP Photo/Hrvoje Knez)

TennisHack
02-08-2003, 07:32 PM
In women's news, Amelie Mauresmo DOUBLE BAGELLED Elena Dementieva to move into the final of the Paris Indoors.

She meets Serena, who only lost two games to Daniilidou (6-2, 6-0).

Sjengster
02-08-2003, 07:35 PM
Wow... either the French crowd REALLY inspired Amelie, or else there was a little hint of Russian mental meltdown from Dementieva. Probably a combination of both, I suspect.

Trouble is, if Mauresmo isn't prepared for tomorrow, she may find out how it felt to be Dementieva when she plays Serena. Those French chants will be quieter tomorrow, methinks.

Layla
02-08-2003, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL, now your box is full :o

Guess what I'll be doing this afternoon :o:o:o

LOL! What a coincidence. ;) I deleted a few messages, so you can send me your pm again. :)

Chloe le Bopper
02-08-2003, 08:47 PM
She double baggelled Elena? eep

That's good for the injury, but as Sjengster mentioned, it isn't so good for tomorrows match prep.

Though I'd love to see her come back and whip the pants of Serena, somehow I just know that isn't going to happen anytime soon.

Chloe le Bopper
02-08-2003, 08:54 PM
And they've just won: 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. This must be a knife through the heart of Patrick McEnroe, with his whole "we don't need a specialist doubles team" comments.

It has to be a blow to Mardy Fish too, who now stands the chance of having lost all three of his matches... Especially after his 5-0 utterance, he looks a tad silly.

That said, if Blake beats Ivan, I wouldn't say that Mardy beating Mario is totally out of the question.

Francine
02-08-2003, 11:31 PM
:wavey:

During the Switserland - Holland tie they gave the Swiss a penaltypoint somewhere in the 5th set, because of the loud Dutch crowd. So they started a game with a 15-0 lead. After that the stadion-speaker said that the crowd really had to behave, otherwise 'even more serious measurements' would be taken. They behaved like :angel: the rest of the tie :D And I know you don't like to hear this, but the crowd really isn't the reason why the Swiss lost they're matches, especially Roger played bad today, he had some good moments, but it was his serve that was broken in the 3rd and 4rth set. Verkerk will propably play tomorrow in stead of Sluiter, Martin played quite superb today.

Francine
02-08-2003, 11:33 PM
Oh and :bounce: for Spain! Didn't excpect them to have so much trouble in that doubles match though. I wonder if Juanqui will play tomorrow, he usually doesn't play when the tie is already decided, but Albert and Alex will propably be really tired after today's match.

Layla
02-09-2003, 12:36 AM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
:wavey:

During the Switserland - Holland tie they gave the Swiss a penaltypoint somewhere in the 5th set, because of the loud Dutch crowd. So they started a game with a 15-0 lead. After that the stadion-speaker said that the crowd really had to behave, otherwise 'even more serious measurements' would be taken. They behaved like :angel: the rest of the tie :D And I know you don't like to hear this, but the crowd really isn't the reason why the Swiss lost they're matches, especially Roger played bad today, he had some good moments, but it was his serve that was broken in the 3rd and 4rth set. Verkerk will propably play tomorrow in stead of Sluiter, Martin played quite superb today.

I'm glad they managed to control the crowd to some extent. :) I don't mind hearing the truth. ;) I know Roger has off-days, let's just hope he performs brilliantly tomorrow, and Michel surprises everyone and becomes a DC hero. :)

Layla
02-09-2003, 12:40 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca

That said, if Blake beats Ivan, I wouldn't say that Mardy beating Mario is totally out of the question.

No, it's not out of the question, I just hope it doesn't happen. Mario was chastising himself after his loss against Blake and was extremely self-critical, so I don't even want to imagine how he would feel if he lost the decider. :eek: Especially after Goran risked everything to help secure that second win. I'd rather see him as the hero. :angel:

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 12:42 AM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
Verkerk will propably play tomorrow in stead of Sluiter, Martin played quite superb today.

Well, nice to know the crowd managed to behave themselves. I know I sound mean when I say they are to blame, and if they are ruining the Swissies' concentration then they are to blame. But I totally agree, the reason they lost the doubles is because Roger wasn't all there mentally.

Dammit :fiery: I was kinda hoping Sluiter would play. I don't know if Michel could handle a big server :( Maybe Verkerk will play instead of Schalken, Sjeng looked pretty beat up after his first singles match.

I just want the Swissies to win :bounce::bounce: (added bonus if Michel is the one to do it :D)

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 12:45 AM
Originally posted by Layla
No, it's not out of the question, I just hope it doesn't happen. Mario was chastising himself after his loss against Blake and was extremely self-critical, so I don't even want to imagine how he would feel if he lost the decider. :eek: Especially after Goran risked everything to help secure that second win. I'd rather see him as the hero. :angel:

I'm so very torn :( I want James and Mario to both win, but I also want to see Spain in the next round :( I think Croatia will win the tie because even as nervy as Mario gets, I think Fish will blow it for the US :sad:

God damn ESPN :fiery:

Layla
02-09-2003, 01:03 AM
Seems like either way somebody loses. :sad: Either I get to see Spain in the next round, and my American friends don't, or the other way around. :( Damn it, why can't we all see it.

I'm off to bed now.

Goodnight TH, Francine and Becca! :wavey: (no one else seems to be around)

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 01:05 AM
Goodnight, Layla :wavey:

Vera
02-09-2003, 02:09 AM
Originally posted by Layla
And I was wondering about Dissident myself. :( He's gone missing again and I'm beginning to worry, especially upon hearing the news about Eggy, so I hope he went to the beach again and comes back soon. We miss you Dissident! :kiss:

Hope you are fine and just somewhere enjoying yourself, Diss!

Vera
02-09-2003, 02:13 AM
Good luck to Amelie :)

And good luck to Russia, Switzerland and Croatia. After reading how tough it is for Goran to win the double, especially that he has to endure so much pain, I think he deserves it, even though it would mean the Spain QF won't be on ESPN :fiery:. Go Croatia. If Enqvist is playing for Sweden, I hope he wins.

Dissident
02-09-2003, 02:30 AM
Hello friends. :)

I had accidents once again. Now not with me, but my computer. As I explained here http://www.atpworld.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=205479#post205479
there was a blackout here, caused by some energy stuff blowing away, and my computer was on. :fiery: It seems like my HD is in pieces, and I probably lost everything (damn!) in addition to having my computer hanging for assistance. :p
Im glad my classes have not started yet, or the mess would be even bigger.

I couldnt come here before now, so I have no idea whats been going on.
I watched the Davis Cup matches (Brazil's tie) and can say I'm once again oustounted by Guga and especially Sa, who is doing a lot more than I expected. :D
It was really good that Enqvist couldnt play, but I still think he will show up tomorrow and get his own ass-kicking by the rocking Guga, full of cofidence.

Anyway, Ill try to come around later on again. :wavey: if anyone is around.

And to those playing the ATP Manager game, check the link up there. :sad:

Chloe le Bopper
02-09-2003, 02:38 AM
HItman - I'm glad that your alive and well (even if your computer isn't) :)

Check out what I wrote to you about the game - I still have the spreadsheet thing that you sent me for the game ages ago but wasn't able to use because I don't have the softwear.

Don't know if that matters much, mind you.

:wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
02-09-2003, 02:40 AM
On second thought, maybe I don't have it :confused:

I never deleted it , so surely I just "lost" it :D

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 03:04 AM
:wavey: Dissident

:( I saw your message in the game forum and was on my way over to post here but I see you beat me to it ;)

Lots of Davis Cup cheering/speculation has been going on here. Mrs. B is back :bounce: and Sjengster has graced us with his presence :kiss:

It totally sucks that your computer is a mess :(:( But if your harddrive had a meltdown, how are you able to come here? I guess you're using someone else's computer for the time being. I hope you can get it fixed soon :(

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 03:06 AM
And since we have many people from this region, here's an interesting concept for you:

Liechtenstein for rent
Friday, February 7, 2003
Posted: 12:33 PM EST (1733 GMT)


ZURICH, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Country for hire, one careful owner.

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein is putting itself up for rent in a bid to attract corporate conferences and bolster its tourism industry, a local official said Friday.

The new "Rent a State" program lets corporate clients symbolically take over the tiny country of just 33,000 residents tucked away among the Alps between Switzerland and Austria.

"The basic idea is that an entire, small country plays host to a conference with all the various possibilities at its disposal," said Roland Buechel, director of the state tourism agency in Liechtenstein, which covers an area of 60 square miles.

Rent a State is based on the Rent a Village concept developed by event management firm Xnet AG in small towns in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Xnet will drum up business among corporate customers seeking a site for meetings, while the tourism agency will work with local authorities and help organize rooms and program ideas.

Customers will get tailor-made programs that put their brand on display and involve local officials -- but not the monarch Prince Hans Adam -- in special events.

"It is not envisioned to include the prince or government officials," Buechel said.

Dissident
02-09-2003, 03:06 AM
Hey Becca! :)

I am well, yes.
Now you all know why I didnt show up or neither answered any pm (sorry people :()

I dont think that old spreadsheet would mean much, since the numbers in there would be too old. ;)
It would save me some time if I had to do everything again, but not a big deal. :)

Please, if you happen to be on msn and speak to cc, let her know what happened. lol :p
No msn or aol in here. :fiery:

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 03:26 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Now you all know why I didnt show up or neither answered any pm (sorry people :()
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Please, if you happen to be on msn and speak to cc, let her know what happened. lol :p
No msn or aol in here. :fiery:

Tsk, tsk, leaving me in agony ;)

And hmmm, guess I guessed right. I miss talking to you, though :(

Dissident
02-09-2003, 03:43 AM
So Sjengster is here. Good! :D

I was gonna read back, but it seems I missed A LOT! :(
No way I can finish it today.

I read that Emma went well on her interview. Congrats! ;) And good luck with the rest of your stuff from now on.

My team plays our big classic match against the evilish G-starting team. Ill be watching on TV, since the match is on the PigHole, and we dont beat those as**oles since 1999. :mad:

Im going to bed now. See ya all soon! Hopefully to talk more. Im using some other computer, which is really slow, and I dont have half the resources I had on the other.
I had so many stuff to say about DC. :sad:
Oh well....

About your pms Hackie, Ill answer them tomorrow, if Im lucky (fingers crossed). But for now, thumbs up. Overall, it all looks good. ;)

Also, Im glad to hear Mrs B is back. :D Welcome back home, Mrs! :bounce:

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 03:52 AM
We did cover a lot of ground, but I think we can thank Sjengster for that. New blood :D It was very nice to have chatty days again.

I started a DC thread in Guga's forum but it's lacking, I'm sure. I look forward to your commentary :D

Good luck to your team! :bounce::bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 05:16 AM
:wavey: thread! :)

*hug* Diss... I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to your hard drive... :sad: I hope you can successfully recover your university work, and everything gets back to normal ASAP.

Early last year, my hard drive died while I was still writing up my thesis :eek: it was a terminal case, and I ended up having to reconstruct all of what I'd already done with my cluttered and fragmented collection of backup discs....was not a happy chappy.

Lee
02-09-2003, 07:42 AM
Takes me awhile to catch up with all those GMs and the chat thread here!

Diss, sorry about your hard drive and glad that the casualty is your computer not personal. So Diss, are you saying you don't have back up on your data files?

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:00 AM
I watched the US double match on tape tonight and when you looked at Croatia's team bench, you will start wonder where do they find all those giants?

Ljubicic, Ivanisevic and Ancic are all listed at 6'4" and when I looked at the bench, all those coaches, practice players there are not dwarfed by Ancic at all. :eek:

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:02 AM
:wavey: Good evening, Lee! :) How are you?

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:07 AM
Hi Allan! :wavey:

Not bad! Shop all day but only bring home grocery.

Congrat again for your job! What do you think about teaching? And how is your day?

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:13 AM
Thanks, Lee! :)

Teaching? I did a fair bit of small group or 1-on-1 tutoring last year, and it went OK, my boss (who lectured the subject) said he got back favourable opinions of me from the students and they all passed...but... this year will be the first time I'll have 'classroom teaching' :eek: I'm a bit nervous, but hopefully it'll go well... I need the money! :p

Also... I'll mainly be doing calculus classes, and I know that stuff backwards, but I'll also have a couple of stats classes :eek:... I'll need to brush off a LOT of cobwebs for that....

My day? Was pretty good, but I was lazy... slept, ate, read a bit, did some Sindarin exercises... am about halfway though 'Basic Sindarin' now! :D :D

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:17 AM
Oh yeah, and I've reached the 4th circle of dorkdom too! :D :D :bounce:

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:19 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Also... I'll mainly be doing calculus classes, and I know that stuff backwards, but I'll also have a couple of stats classes :eek:... I'll need to brush off a LOT of cobwebs for that....


Calculus :rolleyes: This is the weakest part in my Maths, may be because it was very late when I first started learning it. But I really hate those theorem (sp?) I liked statistics until my prof put all those calculus into it :rolleyes: so that I could present a report that said my conclusion is good with +/- 5% error when I only collected 20 replies :D :D

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:21 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Oh yeah, and I've reached the 4th circle of dorkdom too! :D :D :bounce:

I have a long way to catch up. Urrhh! I probably won't be able to catch up.

:bounce: Congrat :bounce:

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:22 AM
Originally posted by Lee
so that I could present a report that said my conclusion is good with +/- 5% error when I only collected 20 replies :D :D

LMAO!! :D Know enough stats, and you can say almost anything! ;) I don't really know why, but I strongly preferred calculus...

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:23 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I have a long way to catch up. Urrhh! I probably won't be able to catch up.

:bounce: Congrat :bounce:

Thanks! :)

Well, you may catch up quite soon. Once classes start, I'll have to spend much less time on the internet. :sad:

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:26 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Early last year, my hard drive died while I was still writing up my thesis :eek: it was a terminal case, and I ended up having to reconstruct all of what I'd already done with my cluttered and fragmented collection of backup discs....was not a happy chappy.

Just wondering don't you guys have a decent back up plan for your work? I have the laziest one that I only backup my data files once a month but I don't have anything very important there since I stopped working. But you guys with all those school works or home works............

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Thanks! :)

Well, you may catch up quite soon. Once classes start, I'll have to spend much less time on the internet. :sad:

I also take up a program which start next week for 9 weeks. Vince will start another soccer season for another 8-9 weeks which need to go practise on weekday and games on Saturday morning. In the summer, I may return to Canada for a long period of time that I don't have easy access to internet......

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:30 AM
Oh, I backed up everything.... it was just that my backups were extremely disorganized. :o Took me a while to figure out where everything was, particularly with calculation files... I did prolly over 1000 computer calculations for my thesis... and I was not always as careful as I should have been with my filenames. :o

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:34 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
Oh, I backed up everything.... it was just that my backups were extremely disorganized. :o Took me a while to figure out where everything was, particularly with calculation files... I did prolly over 1000 computer calculations for my thesis... and I was not always as careful as I should have been with my filenames. :o

Well, the easiest way is put the backup date in the file name. When I was still in business, I used this formula for all my customers' backup.

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:43 AM
LOL... I've learnt that now!... but now my current boss thinks I am a bit too fussy with my filenames and makes fun of me! :o :p

He does what I used to do: 'temp' 'temp1' 'temp2' ....'temp456' etc. :p But being in math we use computers less, so I guess he thinks we can get away with it, LOL!

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Peedy
He does what I used to do: 'temp' 'temp1' 'temp2' ....'temp456' etc. :p But being in math we use computers less, so I guess he thinks we can get away with it, LOL!

:rolleyes: Wait until he need to find out which one of those files he really need. :rolleyes:

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:50 AM
Liverpool tied Middlesburg (sp? Emma).

Look at those hairdos :eek:

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 08:52 AM
LOL, it happens all the time... I like the fact that my current boss is as disorganized as I am! :D He's got an extremely good reputation as a mathematician, though... I guess since we're both 'prodigies' (he entered uni a few years early too, when he was young), we think we can get away with anything. :p I like working with him! :D

Lee
02-09-2003, 08:58 AM
Now may be Vince is also a genius. He is as disorganised as you guys :rolleyes: This is definitely one of the basic requirement for genius.

It's almost 2am here so I have to say goodnight!

Bye! :wavey:

Puss-in-Boots
02-09-2003, 09:00 AM
Goodnight, I'm off too! :wavey: :wavey: :)

Layla
02-09-2003, 10:15 AM
Morning everyone! :wavey:

Dissident, you're back!!! :bounce: Well, sort of. Great to see you and I'm relieved you're alright. :kiss: Sorry to hear about your computer though. :sad: I can't imagine what I would do if it happened to me. :eek: I have a backup of everything important and unimportant, but I really need my computer every hour of every day at this time. I would be in serious trouble if something happened to it.

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 11:25 AM
:wavey:

Layla
02-09-2003, 11:27 AM
Hi Mrs. B! :wavey:

Great to see you pop in again! :) But you better hurry over to the Davis Cup forum, because Rogi is already playing. ;)

vaiva
02-09-2003, 02:33 PM
Hi thread! :wavey:

We are having so many nail-biting Davis Cup matches :eek:

Talk to you later ;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-09-2003, 04:34 PM
Hi Mrs B :kiss:

I'm glad I woke up to follow scores a littl bit - I wanted to sleep in later :D

Chloe le Bopper
02-09-2003, 04:35 PM
And I apologize in advance, but I'm rooting for Sweeden ;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-09-2003, 04:54 PM
*crosses fingers that MK can hold on to his break*

Chloe le Bopper
02-09-2003, 04:55 PM
After sweeping away that first set, Vinciguerra is having all sorts of problems on serve :mad:

Mrs. B
02-09-2003, 05:21 PM
Becca!!! :wavey:

MK did it!!!!!!! :D Hurray for the Swissies!!!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

ILR
02-09-2003, 05:26 PM
:wavey: hi everyone!:D Ill be with you all ina a minute,bit of reading to do ;)

ILR
02-09-2003, 05:33 PM
welcome back Mrs.B :D :bounce: and congrats to Allan on your 4000 ;) nice to see Diss back again!:)

Lee,yes Middlesboro we drew with and the haircuts arent that bad,its just the picture ;)

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 06:25 PM
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!

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

I just saw that Michel won the tie!!!!! I'm soooooooooooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I wanted to share it with you guys first ;)

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 06:33 PM
Okay, off to celebrate in more places. :) Maybe the Rogi forum has more info?

Francine
02-09-2003, 07:13 PM
http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/sadsmiley.gif Verkerk totally gave it away! And both my football teams didn't win :( Ah well, afterwards I watched 'That 70's show' had a good laugh and decided not to care. Juanqui is way more important anyway. Michel played really well by the way, think you all like to hear that. He really got on my nerves though, he and Rosset were complaining about a lot of calls, he was really being a little brat at times.

ILR
02-09-2003, 07:21 PM
sorry about that Francine :( But I did want Switzerland to win.And dont you worry about any of your football teams winning,mine doesnt do that a lot lately!;):(

Francine
02-09-2003, 07:24 PM
:bounce: Sweden! Yeah baby! That's good, Spain and Sweden won, pffff, who cares about Holland :rolleyes: ;)

Ok, me, damn those Swiss.

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 07:24 PM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
Michel played really well by the way, think you all like to hear that. He really got on my nerves though, he and Rosset were complaining about a lot of calls, he was really being a little brat at times.

Indeed, Mrs. B reported in the Swissies forum that Michel lost his temper and, much to my surprise, it was Rosset who was trying to keep him focused.

According to the article on the Davis Cup website, the Dutch coach felt the linesmen were calling against the hometown boys, so I guess no one was very happy.

I'm just so happy because Michel hasn't done this well since Wimbledon, and after making a strong debut (double bagelling some poor Belarussian guy in 1999 to help Switzerland sweep 5-0) he has struggled in Davis Cup as well. Most have given him no small amount of grief as well. So this is a big, important win for him and I'm very, very, very proud.

Francine
02-09-2003, 07:29 PM
Lol, hi Emma :wavey: My teams seem to loose a lot these days. feyenoord played 1-1 in Amsterdam, while they should've won, that really hurts :mad: And my other club played 2-2 to a club they should've beaten as well. And on top of that they're in big financial trouble as well, so they propably have to sell all of their good players if the want to get a lisence to play in the Dutch competion next year. :(

Got to go again, I'm surfing on my fathers computer because ours has crashed (it's really not my day today) and he's kicking me off.

ILR
02-09-2003, 07:31 PM
bye Francine :wavey: poor you!:( My team should have won also,had many chances to put the game away but never took them,I always hate to hear about teams in financial trouble :( Its sad.

Francine
02-09-2003, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Indeed, Mrs. B reported in the Swissies forum that Michel lost his temper and, much to my surprise, it was Rosset who was trying to keep him focused.

According to the article on the Davis Cup website, the Dutch coach felt the linesmen were calling against the hometown boys, so I guess no one was very happy.

I'm just so happy because Michel hasn't done this well since Wimbledon, and after making a strong debut (double bagelling some poor Belarussian guy in 1999 to help Switzerland sweep 5-0) he has struggled in Davis Cup as well. Most have given him no small amount of grief as well. So this is a big, important win for him and I'm very, very, very proud.

Yeah, that's true, the Dutch were complaining a lot as well. Especially in the 2nd tiebreak, Verkerk got a really bad call there, he would've been 4-1 up if he got that point, anyway, what's done is done.

And Michel, he quite a cutie actually, never saw him before. Still one of my least favorite players at the moment though ;)

I'm really gone now :wavey:

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
And Michel, he quite a cutie actually, never saw him before. Still one of my least favorite players at the moment though ;)

Oh, he's adorable :hearts:

But LOL, you don't want to get me started :o I hope Yahoo! brings some pictures of his face, though, because the DC site mostly seemed to catch his back.

All right, I'll shut up now :o:o:o

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 07:40 PM
Russia won 3-2 over the Czech Republic, and Nikolay Daveydenko was the one to do it! :bounce::bounce::bounce: Congrats to him :)


The US lost :sad: which means I won't get to see Juanqui in April :sad::sad: And Mario lost both of his matches as well, one to Taylor Dent :o

Well, I hope that you can see Spain in Croatia, Layla, because someone has to be able to see them.

ILR
02-09-2003, 07:46 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Oh, he's adorable :hearts:

But LOL, you don't want to get me started :o I hope Yahoo! brings some pictures of his face, though, because the DC site mostly seemed to catch his back.

All right, I'll shut up now :o:o:o

awww you dont have to shut up ;) I ramble on more than you do anyway :o

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 07:54 PM
LOL, but I really do have to shut up, because I have a ton of work to do. So I better get started on it!

See you guys later! :wavey:

ILR
02-09-2003, 07:56 PM
fair enough then ;),see ya later Hackie :wavey:

Layla
02-09-2003, 09:14 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Russia won 3-2 over the Czech Republic, and Nikolay Daveydenko was the one to do it! :bounce::bounce::bounce: Congrats to him :)


The US lost :sad: which means I won't get to see Juanqui in April :sad::sad: And Mario lost both of his matches as well, one to Taylor Dent :o

Well, I hope that you can see Spain in Croatia, Layla, because someone has to be able to see them.

I'll get to see them on tv whether they play in Spain or in Croatia. :) But if they play in Croatia (I don't think that's very likely) I could hop on the bus and go see them live. :D So either way, I'll report back.

I'm sorry you won't be able to see them though. :(

What are you talking about? Mario defeated Dent in a very tight match, in the third set tie-break that went up to 12-10. :D I'm really proud of him.

And I'm still celebrating Michel's win in my heart. :) I couldn't be happier for him.

Unfortunately I'm buried in work, so I just dropped by to say this.

TennisHack
02-09-2003, 10:09 PM
Indeed, I was wrong about Mario's match. I'm glad he took the match over Dent :D PMac's such an ass :D:D:D

I'm still spinning from Michel's win :hearts: They interviewed him after the match, it's on the DC website. He's soooo adorable! :hearts:

Updating my website is going to be a big hassle tonight, but worth it. Between that and finishing my work I'm going to be quite busy tonight.

Vera
02-09-2003, 10:29 PM
Congrats to all the winning teams :D. The only result that I didn't expect is that Sweden won their tie. Not sure why I was expecting that Brazil will win. Also disappointed that Enqvist didn't get to play, oh well, if he plays, they might lose (since Thomas just managed to win 1 match in 2003 :sad: ). Hope he's well enough to play the next tie.

Woohoo, so looks like Spain's next tie is in Valencia :hearts:, the lovely home province of Juanqui. Though, I'm a little concern since he's record against Ljubicic is not very good, 0-2 and he lost on clay to Ivan last year :(. But I don't doubt that Juanqui is a different player this year compare to last :D. So very confused by the choice of ground by lot rule. Seems that all the countries that have the choice by lot in the first tie were able to get to play on their favorable surface, so is it really by chance? Hope not, cos I don't want to see Spain have to play on grass or carpet in their next tie, which is Croatia's likely choice if they got to choose. BTW, glad Croatia won, but a little sad that no Spain QF on ESPN (which I don't get to watch anyway but at least can get it taped) :sad: .

Congrats to Michel :D, and Hackie, love your new avatar :).

Sorry to hear about your computer, Dissident, but glad that you are well yourself. Hopefully, you'll be able to save your work. And don't worry about the game, it's just a game.

And Super Mario's 1000th assist point in yet another 4-points night for him :eek: .
http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/worship.gif Mario http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/worship.gif. Errrrr, not to confuse anyone here, I'm talking Mario Lemieux of hockey, the player who retired twice (first time bcos he had cancer and 2nd time bcos he thought it's about time to retire) and came back and still leads the league in scoring. But little Mario of Croatia also did well to beat Dent :). So well done to that Mario too.

Layla
02-09-2003, 11:05 PM
Hi Vera! :wavey:

So the Spanish have already decided that the tie will be held in Valencia? I don't think the lots we talked about apply to the surface, but to the choice of the host country. I'm pretty sure the host country gets to decide which surface they want to play on. Besides, there are no proper grass courts in Valencia, only fake grass. ;) Croatia gets to choose the surface only if they play in Croatia, which I'm still not certain about, but everyone is saying they'll play in Spain. So no worries. Although Ljubicic did say that he was also 3-0 up against Moya. :eek: but I haven't checked that stat yet. Ouch! Maybe it wasn't such a good idea that Croatia won. :(

Layla
02-09-2003, 11:06 PM
Oh yeah, I just LOOOOOOVE your avatar TH! :hearts: ;)

Lee
02-09-2003, 11:11 PM
Hi Layla! :wavey: How's work?

Lee
02-09-2003, 11:15 PM
Congrat to all the winning DC teams!

I am so :sad: about Brazil losing. Guga has been carrying the team for so many years and everytime he played his heart out. He will probably be very hard on himself losing the reverse single match. :sad: :sad:

Layla
02-09-2003, 11:22 PM
Hi Lee! :wavey:

It's coming along. I'm still not finished for the day though. :(

I'm sad about Guga too. :sad:

And I just saw the end of Mario's match (some fantastic shots in the tie-break) and afterwards the announcer confirmed that Spain will host their QF tie. :sad: All my opportunities of watching tennis live are slipping away. :rolleyes:

Lee
02-09-2003, 11:30 PM
Good luck with your work, Layla!

Although you can't see the match live, you still have the chance to watch it on TV. Here, there won't be any DC matches to watch until may be September for qualifying round.

I just wish Guga will recover soon. :sad:

Layla
02-09-2003, 11:37 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Good luck with your work, Layla!

Although you can't see the match live, you still have the chance to watch it on TV. Here, there won't be any DC matches to watch until may be September for qualifying round.

I just wish Guga will recover soon. :sad:

I know, I know, and I'm very happy about that. :) I just hoped I could see Juanqui from a few meters away. Oh well, not meant to be.

Don't worry, Guga will recover. I feel sorry for James too, even though I wanted Croatia to win. When it happened I suddenly felt flat. I desperately didn't want James to lose. He was so disappointed. These DC ties are weird. I'd never expect to be cheering for Ljubicic against Blake. It would never happen in any other context.

Lee
02-09-2003, 11:39 PM
Well, I have to go back to my work too! Cooking dinner!

Bye! :wavey:

Lee
02-09-2003, 11:39 PM
One last thing, Congrat to SUPER MARIO of hockey. He is such an amazing player!

Layla
02-09-2003, 11:53 PM
Bye Lee! :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 12:03 AM
I'm always astounded that Mario Lemieux is still around - he must be at least 500 by now...

He got booted from the game the other night for dropping his gloves on some guy, heh. If Mario Lemieux came at me waving his fists i think I would run for dear life. He's a big guy ;)

Layla
02-10-2003, 12:35 AM
Ok, my work for today is finished and I'm off to bed. See you tomorrow! Goodnight! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 12:47 AM
Originally posted by Layla
Oh yeah, I just LOOOOOOVE your avatar TH! :hearts: ;)

Hehe, see, he didn't lose the battle for my heart :hearts:

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 12:59 AM
I didn't want to say this while the wounds were still fresh, but I'm thrilled for Vinciguerra :)

He had such a good "coming out" year in 2001 and showed so much promise, and then he lost about a dozen matches in a row 2002 and was back to square one.

Hopefully this combined with his good showing in Australia will give him the confidence that he needs to get back into the top 50 :)

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 01:00 AM
Not to mention the top 100 :mad:

ferrerogrrl
02-10-2003, 02:29 AM
just wanted to pop in and say :wavey: board! am buried under a ton of work I refuse to do . . .

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 02:36 AM
Well, for those of you at work (and for those of us who are masters of procrastination), here's a way to keep the good times going!! Its Peanut Butter Jelly Time! (http://www.eilerweb.com/banana.swf)

And for more fun dancing things, click here (http://www.eilerweb.com/PBandJ.htm) :D

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 03:05 AM
:wavey: Whoever is around

I'm also under a pile of work that I am neglecting :)

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 03:46 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
:wavey: Whoever is around

I'm also under a pile of work that I am neglecting :)

I on the other hand, have NO work at the moment... just a ton of other things to do!

What a weekend!! And Ecuador just recently defeated Chile!! Swiss sure know how to keep you in suspense! I think their tie was the most dramatic and eventful and difficult to predict... although perhaps Holland was favoured... as for ESPANA!!! They are the best DC team around! I was impressed with the real teamwork in my fave teams! ;) And I am happy that Russia is still around -- didn't want Czechs to beat them in the 1st round!!!

Wow, Spain in Valencia!! "My" city!!! If only I could go there... that w be exciting!!

I'm so tired just from keeping track of the scores!

Pretty good results overall... but I wonder how Spain will deal w Croatia... at least Juanqui has played Mario!

A rest for Juanqui and Alex but Rogi and Micha will be in Marseille... bonne chance!!:D

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 04:35 AM
LOL, guess what I've been doing :D

"Hackie, take my hand . . ."

http://kratochvil.free.fr/immagini/photo54.jpg



LOL at myself :o

Lee
02-10-2003, 04:37 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
LOL, guess what I've been doing :D

"Hackie, take my hand . . ."



Are we going to have a Mrs. K in Switzerland?

Lee
02-10-2003, 04:38 AM
Hi TH! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 04:40 AM
That sly little smile ;)

http://kratochvil.free.fr/immagini/photo53.jpg

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 04:41 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Are we going to have a Mrs. K in Switzerland?

:wavey: Lee

In my deepest dreams, we will :hearts:

http://kratochvil.free.fr/immagini/photo66.jpg

The sly smile returns :D

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 04:42 AM
By the way, the rest of those pictures are in the other Swiss Players thread :hearts:

Have to fortify myself for the week ahead.

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 04:46 AM
I think that Hackie has officially gone off her rocker. That said, there is no need to stop posting pictures ;)

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 04:48 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
I think that Hackie has officially gone off her rocker. That said, there is no need to stop posting pictures ;)

LMAO!!! I guess I have gone a little overboard :o

But I already inunated the Swiss Players thread with those pictures, so for your viewing pleasure, go there. Though there is one with Potatoman, since all of these are from Tokyo 2001.

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 04:52 AM
It's a shame that Hewitt had to go and ruin a perfectly good picture, isn't it?

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 04:54 AM
*sigh* Yup. He looks so little and . . . Potato-like, too. Can't even conjure up a smile for the nice Japanese folks? :rolleyes:

But Michel :hearts: Hehe. Glad RF inspired me to go on my quest! :)

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 04:59 AM
Yes, we're all glad :)

I have to go make lemonade now, in unrelated news.

I'll be back shortly.

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 05:18 AM
Well, I guess its time for me to take my leave of Micha, for the night. The week starts tomorrow :( Just doesn't seem right :(:(

Goodnight, thread :wavey:

Lee
02-10-2003, 05:23 AM
Sorry for my sudden disappearance! :o I was kicked off by my hubby who are a little bit over his head on a new digital camera and he had found a site with tons of info on it :rolleyes:

Vera
02-10-2003, 05:50 AM
Originally posted by Layla
So the Spanish have already decided that the tie will be held in Valencia? I don't think the lots we talked about apply to the surface, but to the choice of the host country. I'm pretty sure the host country gets to decide which surface they want to play on. Besides, there are no proper grass courts in Valencia, only fake grass. ;) Croatia gets to choose the surface only if they play in Croatia, which I'm still not certain about, but everyone is saying they'll play in Spain. So no worries. Although Ljubicic did say that he was also 3-0 up against Moya. :eek: but I haven't checked that stat yet. Ouch! Maybe it wasn't such a good idea that Croatia won. :(

It's not confirmed but they said likely. BTW, thanks for the explanation, Layla. Now it makes much more sense. lol, no wonder it doesn't sound right :o . BTW, it's true that Ljubicic has a 3-0 on Moya. So he's combined 5-0 on the 2 top Spaniards :eek: :eek: :eek: . Well, all Moya's 3 lost were in 2001 and not on clay. And Juanqui lost his clay battle in Rome which is that one match he was put on the outside court after heavy rain...Anyway, Moya and Juanqui are so much better now and they should be more inspired playing DC at home anyway. Now to think about it, that American team should have taken care of the Croats :p, j/k. Jordi the captain (one of) kept talking about Reconquesito (hope I spelt it right), this is the year they recapture the DC title, bcos their team is so strong. But Juanqui said to not put pressure on the team and just one tie at a time :).

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 08:16 AM
Well you can't blame the Spanish captain for being so excited.

When is Spain going to have another great shot like this? Their draw is good, they are getting a ton of home ties (and we all know what that means). Unless they play someone like Australia in the finals, who would surely put them on grass, they have as good a chance as anybody.

If they beat Croatia, they would play either Argentina or Russia. Cross your fingers for Argentina though, because if they play Russian we're talking fast indoor courts I would think. So the semi is not a walk over - I would LOVE a Spain-Argentina semifinal on clay. I almost wouldn't care who won that one. If they play France in the finals, it's a home tie. I'm going to take a huge leap and make the risky preciction that France will come out of that half and make the finals for the 7000th year in a row :) They'd play Spain at home, if Spain made it as well.

Anyhow - lets face it. Corretja, Costa and Moya aren't getting any younger. I figure that Corretja has two more years in him. Costa maybe has more than that, and Moya surely has a few more left.

But they aren't a young team like say - Argentina. Once the older guys retire, who knows if they will have similar talent to fill the void. I'm aware that they have great depth, but we're talking about slam finalists and winners that they ahve to live up to...

Anyhow, speaking of Argentina - To me, they are looking like the French team of the future - but unfortunately they are bigger chokers ;) But seriously - David, Chela, Gaudio, and Coria are all under 25. Canas is 26, but surely he has a couple years left in those legs. Lucus Arnold is 300 or so, but him and David seem to make a succesful pairing for the time being.

They have a depth of very good - not necesarily great - players, many of whom can can play on surfaces other than clay. David and Chela aren't even at their best on clay. Canas seems to be pretty good on everything, but has had his biggest triumph on hardcourts.

They are just going to get better and better. I can't see them not winning it in the next several years.

Dissident
02-10-2003, 02:09 PM
Hello! :wavey:

OMG!!! MY FOOTBALL TEAM WOOOONNNNNNN!!!!
Im so happy right now i could explode.
Too bad I dont have time to post pictures or anything. :sad:
And Im sad about Brazil Davis Cup too, but poor Guga having to handle everything himself. :( So much pressure... Anyway...

Im considering the option of going to Buenos Aires... If Marat will play, the tie can be amazing...
Canas, Gaudio, Nalbandian against Safin, Youzhny and Kafelnikov, on clay?? Get outta here!!! :p And its not that far away... hmmmmmmm...

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 02:47 PM
:wavey: Morning, thread!

Hmm, still Davis Cup talk, which is good because I'm still feeling the effects of that wonderful win yesterday! :D LOL at Diss, that's exactly how I felt yesterday when Michel won the deciding match :D:D Congrats on your football win! :bounce:

:eek::eek::eek::eek: Argentina-Russia would be an AMAZING tie! Of course, I say this as a totally biased Russian fan, but still! The Argentines are out for blood and it would probably be a killer atmosphere -- go if you get a chance!!

Spain does have a good chance to repeat their Davis Cup success of 3 years ago, and I'd love to see it happen :) It's one of the strongest DC teams out there (France is undoubtedly the rock of competition) and I agree with Becca, it won't be around very much longer. Juanqui's got it right, though, its just one tie at a time. And they sure started impressively enough :D

ILR
02-10-2003, 07:42 PM
:wavey:

congrats on your teams win Diss,shame mine cant do it :p lol Hackie,I see you carried on talking about Michel ;) but why not after winning that match?:D;) he did well :)

Lee
02-10-2003, 07:42 PM
Hi thread! :wavey: It's quiet here today.

Diss, congrat on your teams win! :bounce:

And TH seems still in cloud 9 from yesterday. ;)

Lee
02-10-2003, 07:43 PM
Hi Emma! :wavey:

ILR
02-10-2003, 07:44 PM
Hi Lee :wavey:

how are you?

Lee
02-10-2003, 07:54 PM
As usual! Not much happening these days!

ILR
02-10-2003, 07:58 PM
yeah same here!Just revision and work really!I have my school photo tomorrow!:o I dont like photos!:p but Itll be nice because you can have one of you and your friends aswell :) which will be nice

Lee
02-10-2003, 08:04 PM
I hate pictures too! But Vince school has school pic 4 times already. First was individual portrait, second was class picture and third & fourth was school pic. All the children from the school wear red, white and blue to makeup the letters LME which is the name of the school. Unfortunately, first time the letter M looks more like H so they had to retake the pic. :rolleyes:

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:13 PM
yeh and I just had to have passport photos taken,they are the worst!:o I hate those so much!If its raining tomorrow,I want a lift to school!;) I have an individual one a friends one and a whole year one.

Lee
02-10-2003, 08:21 PM
When's Liverpool's next game?

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:25 PM
next game I think is on Saturday I shall have to check my fixture list!;) I found a really dodgy piccie of my fave player with a funny haircut :o lol :p

Lee
02-10-2003, 08:27 PM
You have to share the pic here :D

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:28 PM
uh OK let me find it again :o;)

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:37 PM
now:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sm.de-bank/gallery/shyypia.jpg

and then ;):o

Lee
02-10-2003, 08:42 PM
The first guy's hair look exactly like Vince's bad hair day! :eek:

The second guy need hair cut!

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:52 PM
its the same person ;) and I like his hair now :D maybe I could find an even more updated one though ;)

Lee
02-10-2003, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
its the same person ;) and I like his hair now :D maybe I could find an even more updated one though ;)

:eek:

ILR
02-10-2003, 08:59 PM
yes,very nice I know!hmm maybe,he didnt know what he was doing then ;) the only recent ones I can find are of him with his head ina bandage :( Sami Hyypia btw the Finn,I ve mentioned him before :p

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 09:04 PM
:wavey:

Indeed, indeed, I am still on cloud nine from yesterday :hearts: Needless to say I've been spending a lot of time in the Rogi forum, reading articles and everything. The celebration continues!

And did you see what Doris wrote in "The Other Swiss Players Thread"? Apparently Michel told Swiss TV "This win is
for the team and for me and for all the people being behind me in
good and bad days. I don't care about the others" after the match :hearts:

Doll! He's an absolute doll!

Lee
02-10-2003, 09:06 PM
Anyway, I like the 'and then' look a bit better.

ILR
02-10-2003, 09:08 PM
Hi Hackie :wavey:

:eek: you do Lee?He looks much more handsome now :angel::)

Lee
02-10-2003, 09:22 PM
Hi TH! :wavey:

Originally posted by IluvRogi
:eek: you do Lee?He looks much more handsome now :angel::)

May be it's the light or the pic. I don't like the 'now' look.

ILR
02-10-2003, 09:25 PM
oh well pictures dont do him justice ;):angel:

Francine
02-10-2003, 09:49 PM
:wavey:

Sami Hyppia (sp?) He used to play in Holland, at Willem II. Is he doing well at Liverpool? He never got a lot of attention here, really weird.

I'm still avoiding all DC-articles, in this forum and also in the Dutch newspapers. They really have no mercy :mad: :(

ILR
02-10-2003, 09:55 PM
:wavey: Francine

Sami Hyypia indeed from Willem II.He is the Liverpool captain thats how well he is doing :D He really has been one of most influential players here :D I love him,hes my fave :)

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 09:57 PM
:wavey: Francine

That sucks (re: articles) :( That's definitely a reason why I tried to keep the mooning in the Rogi forum (well, for the most part :o:o:o) But I know how you feel. The Swiss press is always ragging on Michel, and EVERYONE rags on Juanqui when he doesn't perform as expected *sigh*

Nymeria
02-10-2003, 09:58 PM
You never hear about Hyppia here in Holland? I often read articels about Hyppia, or hear about im on tv. He's very good I, and I like him too.

Lee
02-10-2003, 09:58 PM
Hi Francine! :wavey:

I buried myself with Guga's pix but I didn't avoid the DC news. :(

Francine
02-10-2003, 10:04 PM
Legolas, no, actually I never read articles about him or see him on tv and I'm a big football fan, hmmm, guess I'm missing out on a lot of news then.

The Dutch press is always that cruel, the newspaper I read at least. It's always very negative about the Dutch athletes, even when they win, there's always something that they complain about, so imagine what they're writing today.

ILR
02-10-2003, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by Legolas
You never hear about Hyppia here in Holland? I often read articels about Hyppia, or hear about im on tv. He's very good I, and I like him too.

Id like to read those articles :D Hes been a rock ever since he came here and is turning himself into a legend :)

Francine
02-10-2003, 10:11 PM
He's turning himself into a legend?! Really? Jezus, I can't remember him being so good at WII, but that's maybe because I don't really follow that team

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: Francine

That sucks (re: articles) :( That's definitely a reason why I tried to keep the mooning in the Rogi forum (well, for the most part :o:o:o) But I know how you feel. The Swiss press is always ragging on Michel, and EVERYONE rags on Juanqui when he doesn't perform as expected *sigh*

Rogi gets the third degree in the Swiss press when he doesn't meet expectations! :rolleyes:

But that's so typical!

ILR
02-10-2003, 10:15 PM
Yes Francine!:D he really is very popular with the fans :) and he is very dominant at the back although things arent going right recently.He really has sorted the defence out though and deserves all the credit he gets :)

And honestly Henman gets totally slated in the papers especially because he hasnt won a slam a his age!

Lee
02-10-2003, 10:15 PM
Hi RF! :wavey:

New avatar!

Francine
02-10-2003, 10:21 PM
Whats Liverpools current ranking? It's my favorite english team, together with arsenal. Here we get a lot of ManU, because of Van Nistelrooy and quite a lot of Arsenal as well. They showed the Manchester derby yesterday, I really don't care about them, they've won the Premiership to often, IMO.

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 10:22 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Hi RF! :wavey:

New avatar!

Yeah, a new tournament, a new avatar! But I might keep this one a little longer -- Rogi looks so nice!

So... how's it going in Ariz?? I guess Juanqui's having a rest this week before Rotterdam -- that s be a good tourney!! I think I have to make dinner... a tortilla espanola, I think!

ILR
02-10-2003, 10:27 PM
we are 6th at the moment :o its a bad season!:sad: We had to pay to get Manchester Derby!:mad: If you ever want updates or news on anything in the premiership,you know who to ask Francine!:)

and I have to go to bed now,goodnite!:wavey:

Lee
02-10-2003, 10:31 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
So... how's it going in Ariz??

For me is as boring as usual. The golf tourny is over but the tennis will come by the end of Feb for women and beginning of March for men.

It's not likely I will go to any of the matches though, may be next year (wishful thinking for the time being). I'm not sure Serena's stalker will show up again this year. The resort where the tourny is held is gorgeous.

ILR
02-10-2003, 10:31 PM
btw Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian open champion, could be sidelined for up to seven months following surgery on a knee injury

did you guys know?

:wavey:

RogiFan
02-10-2003, 10:32 PM
:) Nite nite, ILR!!

I'm trying to get through the weekend's Spanish DC news... will take me a while... if I find anything interesting, I'll translate for you guys!

Hasta luego, amigos! ;)

TennisHack
02-10-2003, 10:33 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
btw Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian open champion, could be sidelined for up to seven months following surgery on a knee injury

:eek::eek::eek:

Poor Thomas!

:sad::sad::sad:

I will miss him while he's out :(


Bye, ILR & RF! :wavey:

Lee
02-10-2003, 10:33 PM
Nite Emma! :wavey:

Francine
02-10-2003, 10:34 PM
You had to pay to get the derby? That's so weird, we got it for free! We get at least one premiership match live every week, usually even more. And Bundesliga as well, but I really don't care for German football at all.

On the other hand, we had to pay to get Ajax-Feyenoord, guess the TV-Channels don't have to pay so much to broadcast matches from foreign competions.

Anyway, goodnight :wavey:

Lee
02-10-2003, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
btw Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian open champion, could be sidelined for up to seven months following surgery on a knee injury

did you guys know?

:wavey:

It will be very difficult for him to come back after surgery at his age. Good luck Thomas! :(

Lee
02-10-2003, 10:36 PM
CY later RF! :wavey:

Francine
02-10-2003, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
btw Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian open champion, could be sidelined for up to seven months following surgery on a knee injury

did you guys know?

:wavey:

:eek: Noooo! Damn it.

Chloe le Bopper
02-10-2003, 10:44 PM
Im considering the option of going to Buenos Aires... If Marat will play, the tie can be amazing...
Canas, Gaudio, Nalbandian against Safin, Youzhny and Kafelnikov, on clay?? Get outta here!!! And its not that far away... hmmmmmmm...

When I first read this I thought that you were suggesting that this would be an easy match for the Russians lol... you had me surprised for a second ;)

Anyhow - if you go I'll be *jealous* :sad:

Lee
02-10-2003, 10:48 PM
I have to go now! Bye! :wavey:

Francine
02-10-2003, 10:52 PM
Bye Lee :wavey:

I'm off as well, it's almost midnight here, so I'm going to have a good night sleep. Dream of Juanqui :D

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 01:22 AM
:) Bye Lee!

I was going to mention I see you've changed your avatar to Tommy again!! ;)

Who might go to Argentina? Diss? That w be neat!

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 01:28 AM
:wavey: Anybody around?

Richard Gasquet defeated Felciano Lopez to move into the second round in Marseille! :bounce::bounce: It was a tough match, but I'm sure that infamous French crowd helped him through.

Congrats, Richard! :bounce:

(1R) R. Gasquet (WC) d. F. Lopez 6-7, 6-4, 6-4

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 01:30 AM
And for Layla --

Two Slovenians win Antwerp openers
February 10, 2003

Antwerp, Belgium (Sports Network) - Slovenians Maja Matevzic and Tina Pisnik recorded first-round wins Monday at the $585,000 Proximus Diamond Games.

Matevzic handled Czech Daja Bedanova, 6-3, 6-3, while Pisnik outlasted Italian Rita Grande, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, on the indoor surface at Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

The unheralded Matevzic is rewarded with a second-round match against top- seeded and defending Antwerp champion Venus Williams of the United States.

The Australian Open runner-up Williams bested Belgian crowd favorite Justine Henin-Hardenne in last year's inaugural Antwerp title match.

Venus and her fellow top-4 seeds -- Belgian Kim Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne and Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova -- received opening-round byes this week.

Fifth-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo pulled out of the event Monday, citing a thigh injury. She was Sunday's Open Gaz de France runner-up to Venus' younger sister Serena, the current holder of all four Grand Slam event titles.

Mauresmo's place in the draw was taken by American Alexandra Stevenson, the ninth seed.

In other Day-1 play, Denisa Chladkova held off fellow Czech Iveta Benesova, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and Swiss Myriam Casanova dismissed Belgian wild card Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3, 7-5. Casanova will have her hands full with the home crowd and the world No. 3 Clijsters in the second round.

The 2003 Proximus Diamond Games titlist will pocket $93,000.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 01:31 AM
AND --

(1) Clijsters/Sugiyama (BEL/JPN) d. Henke/Schaul (GER/LUX) 6-0, 6-0 :eek::eek:

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 01:34 AM
Gasquet Wins Battle of Rising Stars
France's 16-year-old wonder earns three-set victory over 21-year-old Spaniard Lopez; Arazi qualifies.

In the only main draw match on the opening day of the Open 13 in Marseille, 16-year-old French prodigy Richard Gasquet thrilled local fans by winning a tough match against rising Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4.

In 2002, Gasquet became the youngest player in 15 years to win a main draw match on the ATP circuit in Monte Carlo, where he had also become the youngest player ever to qualify for a Tennis Masters Series event. He was the youngest player in the ATP's year-end Top 200 last year, and his Entry Ranking has surged to a career-high No. 139 after he reached the semifinals of the Challenger event in Belgrade last week.

The final round of qualifying was also played on Monday, with four players advancing to the main draw. In a clash of battle-tested ATP veterans, 29-year-old Hicham Arazi of Morocco stopped 37-year-old Italian ironman Gianluca Pozzi, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 in a 2-hour, 26-minute test of endurance. Also advancing were Spaniard Alex Calatrava and Frenchmen Cyril Saulnier (who lives in nearby Saint Cyr sur Mer and is commuting to the tournament from his home) and Rodolphe Cadart (who has played just six ATP-level matches in his career, with his sole victory coming over former Australian Open champ Petr Korda at Orlando in 1999).

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Gasquet: "The crowd in Marseille was great, it was really special to play in front of this public."

"I am looking forward to possibly playing Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the next round -- he was always one of my heroes growing up." :):)

"I'm not hoping for anything special in this tournament -- I have no expectations, all that I am hoping for is to play a good match, to play well."

Arazi: "Playing in qualifying can be a good thing. I have some matches under my belt and now I am used to playing on the surface here."

Saulnier: About making the main draw again after qualifying for 8 ATP events in 2002, second best on ATP circuit - "I think it was 8 times last year that I did it. It's OK, I'm used to playing qualifying, it's just another tournament for me. Maybe it's a little more exciting because I'm just 30km from home. I had alot of friends and family here today."

TUESDAY PREVIEW
Defending Open 13 champion Thomas Enqvist of Sweden, who also won the event in 1997 and 1998, takes the court in his opening round match against Raemon Sluiter of The Netherlands, and both players have identical 1-4 match records in 2003. Despite picking up the Marseille title, the 19th tournament win of his career, Enqvist last year failed to finish in the Top 30 and win 30 matches for the first time since 1994, as he ended 2002 with a 28-16 record that carried him to No. 42 in the ATP Champions Race.

Sluiter is coming off a difficult Davis Cup showing, where he lost his singles match to Roger Federer in straight sets as part of The Netherlands' 3-2 loss to Switzerland. He finished 2002 at a career-high Entry Ranking of No. 70 after winning four Challenger titles and winning a best-ever 12 ATP-level matches on the year, including a semifinal showing at Queen's and a quarterfinal result in Stockholm.

In other first round action Tuesday, qualifier Hicham Arazi looks to continue his mastery over the Slovak Republic's Dominik Hrbaty. The flashy Moroccan finished 2002 outside of the Top 50 for the first time since 1996, but has won both career encounters with Hrbaty in straight sets. Also, French qualifier Rodolphe Cadart takes on Georgia's Irakli Labadze for a spot in the second round.

kiro
02-11-2003, 01:50 AM
TH:wavey:

Congratulations to Richard :)
In recent days I often hear his name mentioned as the most promising young star. Yeah, it makes me wonder how his game is like. :) Hope to see his match on TV someday to find it out.

It's always interesting to look at those rising stars. In 2001 I was looking forward to see Roger Federer's match and in 2002 Paul-Henri Mathieu. Roger is as good as my imagination and I believe he can really make some achievements. :)

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 01:57 AM
I also have never seen Richard play, but he does sound very promising :) Only 16 and is playing in professional main draws. I'd really love to see him at Roland Garros.

The French seem to have no end in sight as far as young talents go, at least on the men's side. It must be a nice thing to have more players than you can use for Davis Cup ;)

I'd really be interested in that Zhenya-Richard matchup in the next round. That will be telling, I think -- Zhenya is the reigning indoor king, after all ;)

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 02:02 AM
PAGING ALL PEARL JAM FANS!!!!!

Was just alerted to this from MeFi:

NEWS - Pearl Jam Plans Bootleg CDs For Upcoming Tour

(1/28/03, 5 p.m. ET) -- Pearl Jam has set up protocol for the next run of live bootleg CDs from its forthcoming world tour, which kicks off in Brisbane, Australia on February 8. The first 15 shows have been made available at a special price of $12.98 per CD through the band's fanclub, Ten Club. Those wanting the bootlegs who are not fanclub members can purchase the discs at $14.98 a pop, reports Billboard. More will be made available for pre-order as the dates unfold and each leg draws near.

Although there has been no word as to the retail release of the discs, fans do not have to wait a long time to sink their teeth into them. An MP3 of the requested show will be available through the Internet the day after the ordered show via a secure web link. The CDs of the requested shows will arrive in fans' hands within 7 to 10 business days.

Pearl Jam kicks off a tour in support of its latest album, Riot Act, April 1 in Denver.

-- Darren Davis, New York

Leo7
02-11-2003, 02:20 AM
For Layla:

Two Slovenians win Antwerp openers
February 10, 2003

Antwerp, Belgium (Sports Network) - Slovenians Maja Matevzic and Tina Pisnik recorded first-round wins Monday at the $585,000 Proximus Diamond Games.

Matevzic handled Czech Daja Bedanova, 6-3, 6-3, while Pisnik outlasted Italian Rita Grande, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, on the indoor surface at Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

The unheralded Matevzic is rewarded with a second-round match against top- seeded and defending Antwerp champion Venus Williams of the United States.

The Australian Open runner-up Williams bested Belgian crowd favorite Justine Henin-Hardenne in last year's inaugural Antwerp title match.

Venus and her fellow top-4 seeds -- Belgian Kim Clijsters, Henin-Hardenne and Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova -- received opening-round byes this week.

Fifth-seeded Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo pulled out of the event Monday, citing a thigh injury. She was Sunday's Open Gaz de France runner-up to Venus' younger sister Serena, the current holder of all four Grand Slam event titles.

Mauresmo's place in the draw was taken by American Alexandra Stevenson, the ninth seed.

In other Day-1 play, Denisa Chladkova held off fellow Czech Iveta Benesova, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, and Swiss Myriam Casanova dismissed Belgian wild card Kirsten Flipkens, 6-3, 7-5. Casanova will have her hands full with the home crowd and the world No. 3 Clijsters in the second round.

The 2003 Proximus Diamond Games titlist will pocket $93,000.

:bounce:

Vera
02-11-2003, 02:29 AM
Hi guys :wavey: a quick drop by to say hi.

Thanks for the Marseille article, Hackie. Congrats to Richard, though I like Feli better and am disappointed that he lost. Well, there's always the next tourney. But, please, I hope Enqvist will do well there, he needs some win to help on his comeback course. Looks like a tough field in Marseille. Wonder if we need to turn in our picks for the game tomorrow?

Dinner time and I'm staaarvvvvvvving. See ya!
:wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 03:17 AM
Hackie - don't get too upset over Tennischick's thread there. It's harmless, and she's taking the piss out of a lot of players with pictures that can be taken the "wrong way".

That champagne spraying one of Michel was quite the stretch mind you, but eh. And I'm sorry but I couldn't NOT post that pic of him and Rosset hugging, because it fit the theme of the threas wonderfully! (does it make matters worse to tell you that I got that from your club?)

*hangs head in shame* ;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 03:18 AM
Anyhow - I have a twisted sense of humour, what can I say.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 03:40 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Hackie - don't get too upset over Tennischick's thread there. It's harmless, and she's taking the piss out of a lot of players with pictures that can be taken the "wrong way".

That champagne spraying one of Michel was quite the stretch mind you, but eh. And I'm sorry but I couldn't NOT post that pic of him and Rosset hugging, because it fit the theme of the threas wonderfully! (does it make matters worse to tell you that I got that from your club?)

*hangs head in shame* ;)

It's okay, I understand the thread. I was just a bit pissed that "katiebug" or whoever the hell it was that posted it even went there. The sexual fetish about urine is just gross (IMO, of course).

You're a member of my club? :eek: So you can tesitfy that my swooning and mooning is ten times worse there than this place? ;)

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 03:41 AM
In my defense, I did at least have the dignity to *join* your club before adding to the perversion with a picture that I found in it :o

I see that there are two other people who post in there quite a bit with you - is it mainly the three of you?

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 03:43 AM
And really, I've added the DC-doubles-hugging pics, too, so I can take a joke ;)

Yes, it's mainly just the three of us, unfortunately. I wish there were more people who'd speak up, but it's better than last year when I first started it, where I was basically talking to myself.

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 03:44 AM
Well hackie I just joined your club last night as I was doing some um, research. You do post a lot to yourself ;) But it eventually got people to post a bit too, so it's all good.


The sexual fetish about urine is just gross (IMO, of course).

Wow, I looked at that picture totally different. Urine? I was more thinking along the lines of projectile um...nm. It was rather unrealistic, but I think that is what she was getting at too :o

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 03:45 AM
:) Hackie

So why don't you like that pic of Micha again?

On another topic... back to the ATP Media Guide, in Eng and Span -- can you buy them anywhere in the US?? How about Barnes and Noble? Any other bookstores or mag stores? What mag stores do you have in the US?? Or do you HAVE to buy them online OR at the tournaments??

Just wondering... maybe I s just drive to the nearest US city and buy them!!!

As for the Deuce... same Qs. Good Q of Vera: what language w the European Deuce be in?? Maybe multilingual??? If so, where is it published, I wonder... hmm... wonder if they w ever need a multilingual editor/writer??? There's an idea! :p

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 03:48 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Well hackie I just joined your club last night as I was doing some um, research. You do post a lot to yourself ;) But it eventually got people to post a bit too, so it's all good.

Dare I ask why?


Wow, I looked at that picture totally different. Urine? I was more thinking along the lines of projectile um...nm. It was rather unrealistic, but I think that is what she was getting at too :o

That's what she was getting at, and as if it wasn't crystal clear enough already, Scott made sure everyone knew his thoughts on the matter.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 03:51 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) Hackie

So why don't you like that pic of Micha again?

Because its a horrible picture!! I mean, no one can be sprayed in the face with champagne and look graceful, but obvious Marc surprised him, too, so he looks even weirder, half-soaked and gaped-mouthed.

It lends itself to such "possibly dirty" connotations as have already been listed on this board :rolleyes:


The Spanish guide, as far as I can tell, is only available online to we in non-Spanish speaking countries. Both Deuces will be in English, I believe, and both versions will be available at all tournaments around the world *crosses fingers*

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 03:52 AM
Are you sure that she was talking about Urine, and not other bodily fluids? Why am I continuing this discussion?

Moving on:

Dare I ask why?

Well you know, I was bored, it was 5 am or so. That and I'm somewhat shallow at that time of the morning :)

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 03:54 AM
I forgot to add that I was curious, because I had never bothered to check out your club before!


Because its a horrible picture!! I mean, no one can be sprayed in the face with champagne and look graceful, but obvious Marc surprised him, too, so he looks even weirder, half-soaked and gaped-mouthed.

Well I thought it was a cute picture, untill Katie Bug made it "suggestive". Nobody looks graceful while being sprayed in the face, no, but those are fun pics. Once again, if you don't make them suggestive. Then it's just disturbing.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 03:55 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Are you sure that she was talking about Urine, and not other bodily fluids? Why am I continuing this discussion?

LMAO!! I'm pretty sure it was urine. I may be naive in that respect, but . . . seriously:


Moving on:

Well you know, I was bored, it was 5 am or so. That and I'm somewhat shallow at that time of the morning :)

LOL, I'm somewhat shallow at all times of the day :o

As for frequency of posters, well . . . . my original aim was to have a good place with info on the guy, and if 20 of my adherents want to treat it that way, then fine. Just trying to spread the Micha-love :):hearts:

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 04:08 AM
:hearts::hearts:

*spreads fairy dust*

Lee
02-11-2003, 04:21 AM
Hi TH and Becca! :wavey: If you still around!

TH, I know how you feel about that Micha pic. It is OK when I saw the pic in DC site until they put it here under that topic. Now TC put that Guga pic there and Scott :fiery: make it............:fiery:

Lee
02-11-2003, 04:25 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) Hackie

So why don't you like that pic of Micha again?

On another topic... back to the ATP Media Guide, in Eng and Span -- can you buy them anywhere in the US?? How about Barnes and Noble? Any other bookstores or mag stores? What mag stores do you have in the US?? Or do you HAVE to buy them online OR at the tournaments??

Just wondering... maybe I s just drive to the nearest US city and buy them!!!

As for the Deuce... same Qs. Good Q of Vera: what language w the European Deuce be in?? Maybe multilingual??? If so, where is it published, I wonder... hmm... wonder if they w ever need a multilingual editor/writer??? There's an idea! :p

RF, I will try to see if I can find the ATP Media Guide here. Unfortunately, I do not plan to go to the tour here but may be the book store may carry it. We may have the Spanish version too since we have a very large Hispanic pop. here.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 04:25 AM
:wavey: I'm still here, gathering more things for my club :o

Scott :rolleyes: is pretty much all I have to say to that . . .

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 04:28 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
:hearts::hearts:

*spreads fairy dust*


:hearts::o;)

Lee
02-11-2003, 04:32 AM
That katiebug, IMO, is a typical America spoil brat.

Lee
02-11-2003, 04:39 AM
Originally posted by RogiFan
I was going to mention I see you've changed your avatar to Tommy again!! ;)


I have been jugging between Guga, Tommy H and Arnaud Clement. Guga is the main stay but Tommy and Arnaud are still injuried and I missed them a lot and the latest news for Tommy is not that good. :sad:

I will probably put Guga back on next week when he plays in Bueno Aires. :D

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 04:48 AM
Well, I need to get going :( but the best part about my leaving is I leave a trail of my future husband's pictures in my wake.

Enjoy! ;)

:kiss: Micha. He defeated Karol Kucera on his way to the final in Tokyo, so I'm sure he can do it again :bounce:

Lee
02-11-2003, 04:57 AM
Nite TH! :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 06:02 AM
THanks for the pics TH :)

As for Scott and his sexual remarks ;) Don't mind him - it's not that he doesn't respect the players (I seem to recall that he likes Kratochvil). He's just being a boy ;) They do this sometimes :p

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 02:14 PM
Good morning, thread! :wavey:

Just want to say again, thanks Lee for the wonderful new Micha pics in the Rogi forum. I can never get enough of those ;) and I've been looking for a bigger version of the one with the team carrying him, so thanks for that :D

Can't stay for long, but just wanted to wish everyone a good day! (My this place has been quiet . . . where is Sjengster?)

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 02:16 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
As for Scott and his sexual remarks ;) Don't mind him - it's not that he doesn't respect the players (I seem to recall that he likes Kratochvil). He's just being a boy ;) They do this sometimes :p

He likes all of my boys and (well, at least used to) does those things to get on my nerves :rolleyes: But since he doesn't care for my company anymore, guess he's just been the typical horny teenager :D

maratski
02-11-2003, 03:11 PM
It has been quite empty here all day. I've been on atpworld practically all day. My boss is away and I have no work at all.

ps Becca that link that you put in the pic thread is cool. There were some nice pics of all the players.

ILR
02-11-2003, 06:55 PM
:wavey:

anybody around?Thread semms pretty bare!I had my school photos taken :o thank god its all over!I missed afternoon lessons too :) So that was good and our pretty cute art teacher was on the photo but lets not go there!;):o

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 06:58 PM
:wavey: ILR

I'm here but doing work :o And please, feel free to be shallow, the rest of us have been ;)

Francine
02-11-2003, 06:58 PM
:wavey:
About that tatoo, I've studied those pictures for quite a long time, and I've come to the conclusion that we'll have to find some way to see him naked or otherwise we'll never know.

Or maybe someone here is more of a tatoo-expert than I am and can tell us :
http://www.fotogordon.com/tennis/players/cincinnati2002/fererro/index.htm

Et voila, for the sake of this forum and that guy taking pictures of halfnaked athletes (who I owe a thankyou in this case;)) The pic changed to a link

Francine
02-11-2003, 07:00 PM
hooooo, wrong link, just a minute

ILR
02-11-2003, 07:01 PM
:wavey: Hackie and Francine

shallow?:o:p well I dont really have much to say,maybe I should have taken art :p Hes quite nice but.....you know!

Francine
02-11-2003, 07:11 PM
Hi Emma,

there we go, link solved.

ILR
02-11-2003, 07:25 PM
Is this thread and Juanqui forum slow for anyone else?:mad: It is soooo slow for me!

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 07:27 PM
It looks like an archer to me. Like a guy with a helmet and cape holding a bow and arrow.

But what do I know? :o

Francine
02-11-2003, 07:35 PM
Heyyyyy, that's what I thought as well! But then I had my doubts, but if we both had the same idea, hmmm......

Anywayzzz, this board is slow and I'm getting sick of it, so I'll be back later tonight.

ILR
02-11-2003, 07:38 PM
whatever it is its nice and in a nice place ;) yeh the board really is too slow :( bye Francine :wavey:

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 08:09 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
but the best part about my leaving is I leave a trail of my future husband's pictures in my wake.



lol Hackie!! As someone else said: are you going to become Mrs. K. now??? Better make plans to move to SUI--you can still study over there and maybe do some PT work at Micha's tennis club!!

I wonder how the Japanese fans [women in particular] liked Micha?? Any idea? They LOVE Juanqui [they and the Chinese girls] -- it's because of that exotic thing -- blond hair! So Western and attractive to them!!

I recall Rogi saying that he didn't like the fact that the Chinese people kept touching him [in Shanghai]!!:p I guess it was too high-density for him! But he w prefer Japanese people because even though they live in close proximity, they are very respectful of one's personal space and keep to themselves more. They are very reserved in general. I think if you touched them they'd be taken aback and w think you were displaying bad manners!! ;) So Rogi go to Japan! Did Micha do any "Japanese" cultural things? I love it when the players get dressed up in local costumes or participate in local customs!

ILR
02-11-2003, 08:14 PM
:wavey: RF

Ive always wondered what its like when Rogi or Juanqui come to England to play Wimbly.Do many people in London know them?Will anyone recognise them?I always think what if they came to my town?I think Id be the only person to know who they would be!:p

Lee
02-11-2003, 09:00 PM
Hi Emma! :wavey:

It's terribly slow here.

Hi RF (if still here)! :wavey:

Run to Barnes & Noble today but cannot find the any tennis guide and duece, doesn't look like the store carry them. I do buy a few books myself :D.

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:04 PM
:wavey: Hi Lee

It seems to be quite a lot faster now,before it took about 5 minutes just to get into this forum!

Lee
02-11-2003, 09:06 PM
It seems to be off and on!

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:09 PM
lol I know!well its not funny really,I wonder why it is so slow then all of a sudden it becomes really quick

Lee
02-11-2003, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Good morning, thread! :wavey:

Just want to say again, thanks Lee for the wonderful new Micha pics in the Rogi forum. I can never get enough of those ;) and I've been looking for a bigger version of the one with the team carrying him, so thanks for that :D

Can't stay for long, but just wanted to wish everyone a good day! (My this place has been quiet . . . where is Sjengster?)

There are 2 more pix of Micha being sprayed with champaign but I'm not sure you want to see them. Here's is a bigger version of the pic you want!

Here's the big pic (http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T221803Z_01_ARN115D_RTRIDSP_3_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-DUTCH.jpg)

Also, I see a few Kimmy pix there!

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-11T201142Z_01_ANT13D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-11T201605Z_01_ANT14D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-11T194525Z_01_ANT11D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

Lee
02-11-2003, 09:29 PM
Here is Kimmy and her little sister.

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-11T115627Z_01_ANT02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-11T152131Z_01_ANT08D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS.jpg

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 09:34 PM
:) Thanks, Lee, for checking out B&N for me!

Wow, huge pic Hackie, but nice! Where's Rogi in these pix??? Maybe getting more champagne?

Kimmie in new outift -- looks good! Her hair looks smoother too! ;)

Hi ILR! I guess more Brits know who Rogi is now after beating Sampras in 01 then crashing out in 02!:p But if not too many people know him, all the better for you! In Madrid there were so many people after Alex and Tommy R it was impossible to get near them! Maybe trying to see the Spaniards in Spain is not such a great idea... like trying to get to Rogi in Suisse... that's why I want Alex to come to Montreal... he won't be hounded there and I can have him all to myself!! Not Juanqui though... too popular! Like Tommy H, Marat, even Rogi and of course Pandy -- just watched that clip of him falling for the Elmo doll again! I have to keep it for posterity! Priceless footage!!:D

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:37 PM
RF :) yeah all the more for me :) Im sure some people will remember him for that ;) my uncle certainly knows who he is and its great that we can talk about Rogi together because he also knows how talented he is :D It is would be like Henman on Henman hill :p he wouldnt be able to move,although my attention would be elsewhere! :p

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 09:39 PM
Originally posted by xxfrancine
:wavey:
...I've come to the conclusion that we'll have to find some way to see him naked or otherwise we'll never know.

http://home.planet.nl/~kappe095/francine/tattoo.jpg

Well, when you find that out, we'll come and join you!! Juanqui won't mind... :p