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Lee
02-11-2003, 09:41 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) 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?



Hi RF! No problem since I want to spend some time in the book store myself and *sign* spend some money there.

I change the huge pic to a link instead since it make our page here really weird. I was wondering where Rogi was in those pic too. :(

Here's a link to a huge Rogi pic (http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T180651Z_01_ARN102D_RTRIDSP_3_DAVIS-CUP-TENNIS.jpg)

Lee
02-11-2003, 09:41 PM
I have to go now! :wavey:

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:42 PM
Thanks Lee for pic :D

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:43 PM
and goodbye :wavey:

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 09:45 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Hi RF! No problem since I want to spend some time in the book store myself and *sign* spend some money there.

I change the huge pic to a link instead since it make our page here really weird. I was wondering where Rogi was in those pic too. :(

Here's a link to a huge Rogi pic (http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T180651Z_01_ARN102D_RTRIDSP_3_DAVIS-CUP-TENNIS.jpg)

Now that's the RED I like -- more blue than orange! Red truly is Rogi's colour, isn't it? Goes so well w his complexion and hair and eyes... simply lovely! :drool: Thanks, Lee!

Vera
02-11-2003, 09:48 PM
Hi RF, Lee and Emma :wavey:

Me taking yet another break, really need to try concentrating.

Anyway, Lee, the Spanish version is not out in US until late Feb. So you won't be able to find it in bookstore as of yet. Although you may not be able to find it at all. I think maybe in Texas since hispanic is a major minority group there, it's possible they will sell them at spanish speaking states, esp those so close to South America. Is there lots of hispanic in Ariz?

See that tattoo and does look like what Hackie describe. Someone should ask him :p. Wonder if he'll have another chat session on ATP website. I want to ask him why he dye his hair so often :p.

The Spring like weather continues here. Is it spring yet?

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:48 PM
I like any red but the red I like is the red when I first really started to become obssessed ;) the red nike with black shorts and white bandana :hearts:

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:50 PM
:wavey:

Hi Vera.You'll have to ask him for a close up of his tattoo ;) Im sure he wont say no.:p and as for spring we still have the typical winter weather,the cold and the rain. :( *sigh*

ILR
02-11-2003, 09:56 PM
anyway I have to go to bed now nite all :wavey:

Vera
02-11-2003, 09:57 PM
lol. I don't think I'll ever see him in person *sigh*. But if I do, I will ask him.

It's another gorgeous day outside, but I'm not really taking advantage of it. Kinda reluctant to go out these days, damn, the gas price's so high and it's getting hard to afford a full tank :mad:.

Vera
02-11-2003, 09:58 PM
Well, good nite Emma and bye Lee, RF (can't be sure if you are here).

:wavey:

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey:

Hi Vera.You'll have to ask him for a close up of his tattoo ;) Im sure he wont say no.:p and as for spring we still have the typical winter weather,the cold and the rain. :( *sigh*

I'm sure if you ask Juanqui really nicely in Spanish, he can't say no!!! Maybe he doesn't have it any more!!

That Spanish guia... I wish I could get it from Spain somehow... ooh, a friend of mine might be in Barcelona... but only v briefly... she doesn't follow tennis at all... forget that idea! My cousin might be there in June... but he doesn't follow tennis either...:rolleyes:

Vera, w it just be easier to order it online then??? Are you getting the Eng one too??

Chloe le Bopper
02-11-2003, 10:01 PM
xxfrancine -

The guy who runs that website really really doesn't like people putting his pics on other sites. Even sites like yahoo clubs :o

So maybe it would be better to change that image file to a direct link to the page on his site?

I'd hate for him to close it down *looks innocent*

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 10:04 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
xxfrancine -

The guy who runs that website really really doesn't like people putting his pics on other sites. Even sites like yahoo clubs :o

So maybe it would be better to change that image file to a direct link to the page on his site?

I'd hate for him to close it down *looks innocent*

Good idea, Rebecca! He sure has a TON of shirtless photos, doesn't he??:p Some hot ones of Rogi too! :drool: He has 4 from TO02 -- he must have some lens on his camera! That's what I need... but I doubt I could afford it!

Vera
02-11-2003, 10:04 PM
Oh, so you are here, RF.

Nope, I'm not getting to English one, it's too expensive with the postage. I only want the spanish one bcos I want Juanqui's picture in print. There's a lot of picture in the internet but I don't have a good enough printer to do anything about it. I want a nice looking hard copy. So I hope they do have his pics in that one.

Well, someone (Hackie?) answered my Q regarding what language are those deuces in. Well, Deuces is better since if I can get them at bookstore here, then I may get them both. The other day in chapters, I read the Aus version of Tennis. There's one pic of Juanqu (with Pandy :rolleyes: ), that one they were in the car in Madrid, with Pandy looking at him and he has that funny smile. I almost want to get it but looking at the pic, not what I want.

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Oh, so you are here, RF.

Nope, I'm not getting to English one, it's too expensive with the postage. I only want the spanish one bcos I want Juanqui's picture in print. There's a lot of picture in the internet but I don't have a good enough printer to do anything about it. I want a nice looking hard copy. So I hope they do have his pics in that one.

Well, someone (Hackie?) answered my Q regarding what language are those deuces in. Well, Deuces is better since if I can get them at bookstore here, then I may get them both. The other day in chapters, I read the Aus version of Tennis. There's one pic of Juanqu (with Pandy :rolleyes: ), that one they were in the car in Madrid, with Pandy looking at him and he has that funny smile. I almost want to get it but looking at the pic, not what I want.

Vera,

Do you remember what month that Aussie Tennis mag was? Here they're so far behind! I'm always missing important issues, esp w Rafter in them! I give up! And the Amer mag is useless! That's why I have [expensive] subscriptions to the French and Swiss tennis mags. They cost an arm and a leg but I'm having my sis split the cost w me!! I w get the Spanish tennis mag subscription too but that w be too much! Too bad! The ones I managed to buy in Barcelona were OK but there wasn't a lot in those issues!! :mad:

What I need are regular reliable contacts in those countries to buy and send them to me -- I w pay them of course! Too much trouble though...

Vera
02-11-2003, 10:14 PM
BTW, tomorrow is Juanqui's birthday, which is about 48 mins away. So happy birthday to Juanqui, I hope all his dream comes true this year.

And it's also Abraham Lincoln's birthday. A day for the greats to be born, indeed. But I guess that doesn't make it a US holiday. So why is MLK day a holiday? Just wondering without any implication. I used to enjoy that MLK day without school back then :).

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 10:22 PM
http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/balloon.gif

Anticipating Juanqui's 23rd birthday tomorrow!!

Vera
02-11-2003, 10:22 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
Vera,

Do you remember what month that Aussie Tennis mag was? Here they're so far behind! I'm always missing important issues, esp w Rafter in them! I give up! And the Amer mag is useless! That's why I have [expensive] subscriptions to the French and Swiss tennis mags. They cost an arm and a leg but I'm having my sis split the cost w me!! I w get the Spanish tennis mag subscription too but that w be too much! Too bad! The ones I managed to buy in Barcelona were OK but there wasn't a lot in those issues!! :mad:

What I need are regular reliable contacts in those countries to buy and send them to me -- I w pay them of course! Too much trouble though...

Well, I think it's the X'mas time issue? Not sure, but it's Anna Kournikova on the cover. I wanna buy it since there's a pic of Seb in front of some beautiful Russia Architectual, and there's an interview of Kafel and a lot more interesting than the American version. But since Anna's on the cover attracts lots of "readers" to flip it, the mag was so torn and it's the only one left there so I didn't get it. I like my mag to be nice and new. Maybe I'll get it if I see a newer looking one in another chapters.

Well, the American version is absolutely useless to me, there's hardly anything about other players not Americans. I usually just flip it and see if there's interesting thing, if there's even one or 2 things that's interesting enough, I may buy but so far none. As for the foreign versions, never seen them anywhere so...Would love to see the Spanish version but never seen one as of yet. Maybe someday, when I get a chance to visit Spain.

Vera
02-11-2003, 10:25 PM
BTW, RF, like your new avatar. But is it my computer or what, your avatar pic always look so dark!

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 10:29 PM
:) My avatar was taken from the USO02 and it's a little on the dark side but not too much so... don't know.

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

Getting closer to Juanqui's birthday!! ;)

RogiFan
02-11-2003, 10:36 PM
http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/biggringift.gif

Pretty soon, it's Juanqui's birthday!

I have to go now... let's see what I can have for din! See you later, guys! ;)

Vera
02-11-2003, 10:39 PM
Bye RF :wavey:

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 10:45 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
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!!

LOL!! Now, lets not get ahead of ourselves :o First, I have to meet him, THEN we can live happily ever after :D LOL, don't know how adverse his parents would be to hiring me, either! And to do what -- drool all over the indoor carpet (which I've never seen)? Heehee.


I wonder how the Japanese fans [women in particular] liked Micha?? Any idea?
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Did Micha do any "Japanese" cultural things? I love it when the players get dressed up in local costumes or participate in local customs!

"I have no clue" is the best answer I can give to these questions -- he might have appealed to Japanese women, but I'm not sure. I mean, he can look mean if he wants to, and he's not small and slender like Juanqui, nor does he have blonde hair (heehee, I wonder what they'd do if they saw Jarkko??).

I don't know if the Tokyo Outdoor tournament is a hugely popular tournament, and have never seen pictures of him dressed in traditional Japanese clothes. Maybe if I could find a trophy pic, I could tell you, but right off the top of my head, I don't think he did.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by Lee
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!

Also, I see a few Kimmy pix there!

Hmm, I might have to seriously consider joining GoTennis. They have great pictures there! :)

And oooh, Kimmy's all patriotic for Antwerp -- I like it! :) She can carry black just as well as red or white. She won her first match easily today and has moved into the quarters.

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Oh, so you are here, RF.

Nope, I'm not getting to English one, it's too expensive with the postage. I only want the spanish one bcos I want Juanqui's picture in print. There's a lot of picture in the internet but I don't have a good enough printer to do anything about it. I want a nice looking hard copy. So I hope they do have his pics in that one.

Well, someone (Hackie?) answered my Q regarding what language are those deuces in. Well, Deuces is better since if I can get them at bookstore here, then I may get them both. The other day in chapters, I read the Aus version of Tennis. There's one pic of Juanqu (with Pandy :rolleyes: ), that one they were in the car in Madrid, with Pandy looking at him and he has that funny smile. I almost want to get it but looking at the pic, not what I want.

When I have the time probably in March), I'll take photos of Juanqui's pictures in the English version and put them up here, including his bio page. And if I can ever find that damn link to the media guide on ATPTennis.com, you guys can see for yourself :)

Vera, I don't know if the European Deuce will be available in North America -- Canada might have a better shot at getting it than the US because of the French Canadians and all. But it WILL be sold at all tournaments, so if you go to Montreal, you can ask Juanqui what his tatoo is and pick up a copy of the European Deuce :D

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by Vera
And it's also Abraham Lincoln's birthday. A day for the greats to be born, indeed. But I guess that doesn't make it a US holiday. So why is MLK day a holiday? Just wondering without any implication. I used to enjoy that MLK day without school back then :).

Tomorrow is Lincoln's birthday? :o LOL, since I don't get it off from school I tend to forget those "third tier" holidays :o:o:o

Martin Luther King, Jr. was practically the whole civil rights movement, in and of himself. That's why he gets his own holiday :)

Vera
02-11-2003, 11:00 PM
Oi, just realised I reached the 3rd level dorkdom :o. Damn, missed and passed. Still, for reaching such "achievement", I'll just delicated this post to my most favorite one.

It's 0 hour of Feb 12 in Valencia now. So happy birthday to JUANQUI.

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Francine
02-11-2003, 11:02 PM
Yay!

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Happy birthday to Juanqui!

Vera
02-11-2003, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Tomorrow is Lincoln's birthday? :o LOL, since I don't get it off from school I tend to forget those "third tier" holidays :o:o:o

Martin Luther King, Jr. was practically the whole civil rights movement, in and of himself. That's why he gets his own holiday :)

I see. Didn't Lincoln also did something like abandon slavery or sth, oh, I'm not good at history. But I guess if they start celebrating Lincoln's birthday, they will have to give equal right to all those other presidents :).

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:07 PM
SUCCESS!!

Found the PDF version of the 2003 Media Guide (in English). It's in 5 parts to the player bios, so just be patient :)

The very first part, you open and there's a big picture of Roger, LOL! :) (I figured you'd like that, RF).

Part I: Player Biography Introduction (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/media/bios_part1.pdf)
Part II: Full Player Biographies: Jose Acasuso to Gaston Gaudio (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/media/bios_part2.pdf)
Part III: Full Player Biographies: Justin Gimelstob to Daniel Nestor (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/media/bios_part3.pdf)
Part IV: Full Player Biographies: Jarkko Nieminen to Mariano Zabaleta (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/media/bios_part4.pdf)
Part V: Quad Bios (short bios, 4 on a page): Lucas Arnold to Lovro Zovko (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/media/bios_part5.pdf)

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Vera
I see. Didn't Lincoln also did something like abandon slavery or sth, oh, I'm not good at history. But I guess if they start celebrating Lincoln's birthday, they will have to give equal right to all those other presidents :).

Yes, Lincoln technically freed the slaves, under the Emancipation Proclamation (just love important documents that rhyme!) And we don't celebrate all of our presidents' birthdays -- just Washington (founder of our country) and Lincoln (leader during the Civil War).

Vera
02-11-2003, 11:11 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
When I have the time probably in March), I'll take photos of Juanqui's pictures in the English version and put them up here, including his bio page. And if I can ever find that damn link to the media guide on ATPTennis.com, you guys can see for yourself :)

Vera, I don't know if the European Deuce will be available in North America -- Canada might have a better shot at getting it than the US because of the French Canadians and all. But it WILL be sold at all tournaments, so if you go to Montreal, you can ask Juanqui what his tatoo is and pick up a copy of the European Deuce :D

Well, if I have to order it online, then it will be too bad :mad:. I don't think I can make it this year to Montreal so I guess a online purchase is inevitable. Its such a ripoff :fiery:.

If you can scan your pics in, that would be great. :)

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:12 PM
Happy birthday, Juanqui! :kiss:

Hope 23's your best year yet :):):)

I'm sure he's partying down in Valencia (hmm -- is this why he's not playing a tourney this week?;))

I would put up some smilies but my smiley site's servers crashed :sad: So I guess words will have to make due.

Vera
02-11-2003, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I'm sure he's partying down in Valencia (hmm -- is this why he's not playing a tourney this week?;))

He should. It's time to put down the seriousness of his and enjoy himself. He deserves at least a week off for his birthday.

I forgot my kiss to him. So to Juanqui :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Vera
02-11-2003, 11:17 PM
Going now, good bye everyone. :wavey:

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:23 PM
All right Lee, Leo, Layla (the L's, LOL): I've joined GoTennis. Don't know if I'll use the message board, but the pictures are fantastic!! I already see so many I want to grab for my site :D

And here's the other Micha champagne picture, just to quell the curiosity I know you're ALL dying of:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T221945Z_01_ARN112D_RTRIDSP_2_DAVIS-CUP-TENNIS.jpg
Swiss team captain Marc Rosset (R) sprays champagne over Michel Kratochvil (L) after his victory in their final Davis Cup singles match against the Netherlands in Arnhem February 9, 2003. Switzerland clinched a place in the Davis Cup quarter-final after scraping out a tense 3-2 victory against the Netherlands in the first round. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker

Sjengster
02-11-2003, 11:27 PM
Kratochvil may be taken by surprise, but he's obviously feeling thirsty anyway - look at that tongue lolling out waiting to lap up the champagne taste.

Out of interest, on the other side you don't think the Dutch sprayed Verkerk with something less complimentary, do you?

TennisHack
02-11-2003, 11:41 PM
:wavey: Sjengster

Long time no see :D

I think Michel was just hamming it up a little, and indeed probably was thirsty because I doubt he stopped as he was making his laps around the court to get a drink of water :D

The only thing I know about Verkerk was that Sluiter was quick to comfort him. I don't know if the Dutch are cruel to their teammates or not ;)

Sjengster
02-11-2003, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:wavey: Sjengster

Long time no see :D

Yes, I've been busy for a couple of days, and since the main tournaments are obviously determined to give their star attractions as much recovery time as possible post-Davis Cup, there haven't been many new matches to speak of.

Still amazed that Kratochvil could come back after losing a huge 5-setter to the Sjengster and beat Verkerk indoors even though the Dutchman served 30 aces. Mind you, his returns are certainly his strong point - at the beginning of last year, admittedly in the absence of Hewitt and Agassi, he led the Tour in terms of points won returning first serves.

Do you give him any hope on clay in France in April, against the wizardry of Grosjean, Santoro etc.? I doubt even Federer will be able to win both his singles matches, so that second player will undoubtedly be crucial to the Swiss.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 12:08 AM
Originally posted by Sjengster
Still amazed that Kratochvil could come back after losing a huge 5-setter to the Sjengster and beat Verkerk indoors even though the Dutchman served 30 aces. Mind you, his returns are certainly his strong point - at the beginning of last year, admittedly in the absence of Hewitt and Agassi, he led the Tour in terms of points won returning first serves.

Do you give him any hope on clay in France in April, against the wizardry of Grosjean, Santoro etc.? I doubt even Federer will be able to win both his singles matches, so that second player will undoubtedly be crucial to the Swiss.

I think Michel's determination and confidence will dictate how well he does against the French. And it also depends on who the French players are. Michel plays quite well on clay -- he won a lot of challengers on clay, especially his last year on that circuit, and the first SF he ever made was in Barcelona in 2001, I believe -- but there is no mistaking the French players and their love for the stuff. I give the Swiss team a 50/50 shot at this point.

They will definitely play Micha as the second singles player, barring an injury (touch wood). If Rosset & Denaru or whatever his name is, if they can keep him motivated as he was during this tie, he as just as good a shot as Federer in winning his singles matches.

Oddly enough, Michel's other best surface is grass (as evidenced by his senior tour record) and he can play on the carpet, too (since he grew up on it in Switzerland). He swears he doesn't have a mental problem but I still think his mind, not his game, is what has been betraying him. He loses focus easily and gets hotheaded too quickly. And has this thing about not being able to defeat players with injuries. Hopefully this DC win made something click in him -- I really want him to be able to build on this!! :bounce:

Sjengster
02-12-2003, 12:19 AM
Well, I'm certainly not surprised about him liking grass - that kind of fast surfaces favours a player with very quick, instinctive returns and short, compact groundstrokes as Kratochvil possesses. I saw him up at Nottingham when he made the semis last year, and he looked very impressive during the first set against Arthurs - that is until the tiebreak, where he double-faulted at 5-5 to give Arthurs one serve for the set, then lost rather easily afterwards.

Of course, he made another big impact against Henman at Wimbledon - I realised it was going to be tough from the third game of the match, when on the opening point Henman hit a reasonable volley into the open court only to see Kratochvil race along the baseline and hammer a forehand pass down the line.

During the middle of that match, the commentators actually said how Tim was being forced to slow down his serve and kick it in high over the net, since all his hard serves were being ripped straight back at him and past him. And of course, Kratochvil served for the first set but had three double faults in one game, including on break point - the story of the match, really. Indeed, for Henman it was an omen of the Hewitt semi, since Michel had a very similar game, but crucially lacking in the serve and in the mind.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 12:39 AM
I'm dying to see one of Micha's matches from Nottingham -- he has always done well there, but I've never seen a match or seen one for sale anywhere :(

LOL at the commentators. I don't remember what they said here (but I have the tape and I want to rip it out and watch it, though I have no way to do so), but I know along about the fifth set John McEnroe was digging out the media guide to figure out how to correctly pronounce his name because everyone thought he had Tim at the throat.

Michel's serve, especially that second serve, is is biggest liability, and hopefully that's what he'll be looking after most of all. He can also play brilliantly at the net, but can't get there if his serve lets him down (witness: Ferreria match at Aussie Open this year).

I just hope, whoever his new coach is, that they can work on these things together. At the moment it's just such a relief for him to have won a big match, and I hope he can keep it going, build on the momentum.

He did seem most defensive about being mentally fragile after DC, so I wonder if that was a sore nerve between him & his last coach.

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 02:57 AM
LOL at the commentators. I don't remember what they said here (but I have the tape and I want to rip it out and watch it, though I have no way to do so), but I know along about the fifth set John McEnroe was digging out the media guide to figure out how to correctly pronounce his name because everyone thought he had Tim at the throat.

How do you pronounce it?

The people at worldcrossing (which I read when I'm totally bored) were poking fun at how their commentators pronounced it, and now unfortunately the nickname "crotchvil" has stuck with them. :rolleyes: But blame their commentators I suppose..

Lee
02-12-2003, 02:57 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
All right Lee, Leo, Layla (the L's, LOL): I've joined GoTennis. Don't know if I'll use the message board, but the pictures are fantastic!! I already see so many I want to grab for my site :D



I know the pix with do the trick! :D

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 03:00 AM
:D http://www.stopstart.freeserve.co.uk/smilie/party3.gif

Buen cumpleanos, Juanqui!!! :angel:

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TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:01 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
How do you pronounce it?

Officially, "Kra-TOK-vil", though I've always (wrongly, I guess) said "Kra-TOCH-vil". It sounds more natural to me than with the 'k' sound, and most everyone pronounces it with the 'ch' sound.

Damn Czechs :o

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:02 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi RF, Lee and Emma :wavey:

Me taking yet another break, really need to try concentrating.

Anyway, Lee, the Spanish version is not out in US until late Feb. So you won't be able to find it in bookstore as of yet. Although you may not be able to find it at all. I think maybe in Texas since hispanic is a major minority group there, it's possible they will sell them at spanish speaking states, esp those so close to South America. Is there lots of hispanic in Ariz?



In Pheonix, a recent report said Spanish speaking people are no longer minority. Everywhere is bilingual here, even more than Canada's so call bilingual. :D

There are schools here that 98% students have Spanish as their mother language.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:02 AM
Originally posted by Lee
I know the pix with do the trick! :D

:o:o:o:o

High definition!! Non-American players!!

But I must say, if Yahoo hadn't made their gallery totally useless . . .

Thanks for the link :o

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:07 AM
Originally posted by Vera
BTW, tomorrow is Juanqui's birthday, which is about 48 mins away. So happy birthday to Juanqui, I hope all his dream comes true this year.

And it's also Abraham Lincoln's birthday. A day for the greats to be born, indeed. But I guess that doesn't make it a US holiday. So why is MLK day a holiday? Just wondering without any implication. I used to enjoy that MLK day without school back then :).

Since Americans also like Canadians want long weekends, they have MLK and President Day on Mondays. I am not sure whether they set President Day at this time of year for Abraham Lincoln or not though.

Leo7
02-12-2003, 03:08 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
All right Lee, Leo, Layla (the L's, LOL): I've joined GoTennis. Don't know if I'll use the message board, but the pictures are fantastic!! I already see so many I want to grab for my site :D

And here's the other Micha champagne picture, just to quell the curiosity I know you're ALL dying of:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-02-09T221945Z_01_ARN112D_RTRIDSP_2_DAVIS-CUP-TENNIS.jpg
Swiss team captain Marc Rosset (R) sprays champagne over Michel Kratochvil (L) after his victory in their final Davis Cup singles match against the Netherlands in Arnhem February 9, 2003. Switzerland clinched a place in the Davis Cup quarter-final after scraping out a tense 3-2 victory against the Netherlands in the first round. REUTERS/Paul Vreeker

yay, you've joined gotennis! finally! :bounce: welcome aboard, Hackie. you have to use the message boards once in a while. but i warn you, the wta board can be dangerous. ;)

did you guys see the Academy Award Nominations today? here's a list:

''Chicago,'' ''Gangs'' and ''Hours'' Score Big

-- As expected, Oscar voters smiled upon ''Chicago'' and ''The Hours,'' though ''Gangs of New York'' did better than expected. ''Chicago'' got 13 nominations, one shy of the record held by ''Titanic'' and ''All About Eve.'' ''Gangs'' followed with 10 citations, and ''Hours'' earned nine.

''Adaptation'''s Meryl Streep and ''About Schmidt'''s Jack Nicholson both were nominated; Streep is now the most nominated performer ever (13 career nominations), and Nicholson is now the most nominated actor (12 career nominations). Streep missed out on a two-fer, failing to earn a Best Actress nomination for ''The Hours,'' but ''Hours'' castmate Julianne Moore did get two nods, a Supporting nomination for ''Hours'' and a lead-role nod for ''Far From Heaven.''

The nominees were announced at a pre-dawn press conference at Academy headquarters, with the names read by 1992 Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Academy president Frank Pierson. The 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held March 23 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre

Best Picture
'Chicago'
'The Hours'
'Gangs of New York'
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
'The Pianist'

Best Actor
Adrien Brody, 'The Pianist'
Michael Caine, 'The Quiet American'
Nicolas Cage, 'Adaptation'
Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Gangs of New York'
Jack Nicholson, 'About Schmidt'

Best Actress
Salma Hayek, 'Frida'
Nicole Kidman, 'The Hours'
Diane Lane, 'Unfaithful'
Julianne Moore, 'Far From Heaven'
Renée Zellweger, 'Chicago'

Best Supporting Actor
Chris Cooper, 'Adaptation'
Ed Harris, 'The Hours'
Paul Newman, 'Road to Perdition'
John C. Reilly, 'Chicago'
Christopher Walken, 'Catch Me If You Can'

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, 'About Schmidt'
Julianne Moore, 'The Hours'
Queen Latifah, 'Chicago'
Meryl Streep, 'Adaptation'
Catherine Zeta-Jones, 'Chicago'

Best Director
Pedro Almodóvar, 'Talk to Her'
Stephen Daldry, 'The Hours'
Rob Marshall, 'Chicago'
Roman Polanski, 'The Pianist'
Martin Scorsese, 'Gangs of New York'

Best Original Screenplay
Pedro Almodóvar, 'Talk to Her'
Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan, 'Gangs of New York'
Alfonso and Carlos Cuarón, 'Y tu Mamá Tambien'
Todd Haynes, 'Far From Heaven'
Nia Vardalos, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'

Best Adapted Screenplay
Bill Condon, 'Chicago'
David Hare, 'The Hours'
Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, 'About a Boy'
Charlie and Donald Kaufman, 'Adaptation'
Ronald Harwood, 'The Pianist'

Best Animated Feature Film
'Ice Age'
'Lilo and Stitch'
'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron'
'Spirited Away'
'Treasure Planet'

Best Foreign Language Film
'The Crime of Father Amaro' ('El Crimen del Padre Amaro'), Mexico
'Hero', People's Republic of China
'Nowhere in Africa', Germany
'The Man Without a Past', Finland
'Zus & Zo', the Netherlands

Art Direction
'Chicago'
'Frida'
'Gangs of New York'
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
'Road to Perdition'

Cinematography
'Chicago'
'Far From Heaven'
'Gangs of New York'
'The Pianist'
'Road to Perdition'

Costume Design
'Chicago'
'Frida'
'Gangs of New York'
'The Hours'
'The Pianist'

Documentary Feature
'Bowling For Columbine'
'Daughter From Danang'
'Prisoner of Paradise'
'Spellbound'
'Winged Migration'

Documentary Short Subject
'The Collector of Bedford Street'
'Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks'
'Twin Towers'
'Why Can't We Be a Family Again?'

Film Editing
'Chicago'
'Gangs of New York'
'The Hours'
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
'The Pianist'

Makeup
'Frida'
'The Time Machine'

Music (Score)
'Catch Me If You Can'
'Far From Heaven'
'Frida'
'The Hours'
'Road to Perdition'

Music (Song)
'I Move On' from Chicago'
'Lose Yourself' from '8 Mile'
'Burn It Blue' from 'Frida'
'The Hands That Built America' from 'Gangs of New York'
'Father and Daughter' from 'The Wild Thornberrys Movie'

Short Film (Animated)
'The Cathedral'
'The Chubbchubbs!'
'Das Rad'
'Mike's New Car'
'Mt. Head'

Short Film (Live Action)
'Fair D'Hiver'
'I'll Wait for the Next One ...' ('J'attendrai le Suivant...')
'Inja' ('Dog')
'Johnny Flynton
'This Charming Man' ('Der er en Yndig Mand')

Sound
'Chicago'
'Gangs of New York'
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
'Road to Perdition'
'Spider-Man'

Sound Editing
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
'Minority Report'
'Road to Perdition'

Visual Effects
'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers'
'Spider-Man'
'Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones'

Good Luck to Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, and Chicago. ;)

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:10 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:o:o:o:o

High definition!! Non-American players!!

But I must say, if Yahoo hadn't made their gallery totally useless . . .

Thanks for the link :o

You're welcome!

Unfortunately, they hardly have any pic for Guga, even the DC site other than those that can be put in the ludicrous thread. :fiery:

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:11 AM
Hi Leo & TH! :wavey:

And Leo, you finally show up here! :D

Leo7
02-12-2003, 03:14 AM
I saw "About Schmidt" over the weekend and i loved it. imo, it was a perfect mix of drama and comdey. maybe a little slow at first but the acting from Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates was extremely impressive. i wouldn't be surprised if those two won awards in their categories.

Chicago is bound to do well at the Oscars since it has an amazing 13 total nominations. i really hope that Catherine Zeta-Jones wins the award for best supporting actress. but where is Richard Geer in the best actor noms? :eek: i really want to see the Hours also - anyone here seen it? my dad saw Gangs of New York and said that the plot was stupid, but Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:15 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
yay, you've joined gotennis! finally! :bounce: welcome aboard, Hackie. you have to use the message boards once in a while. but i warn you, the wta board can be dangerous. ;)

I spend too much time here as it is :o:o But I'll look around. So far I've only visited their lovely picture gallery and read some of the news articles. One about Zhenya made me really angry :fiery:

-- As expected, Oscar voters smiled upon ''Chicago'' and ''The Hours,'' though ''Gangs of New York'' did better than expected. ''Chicago'' got 13 nominations, one shy of the record held by ''Titanic'' and ''All About Eve.'' ''Gangs'' followed with 10 citations, and ''Hours'' earned nine.

''Adaptation'''s Meryl Streep and ''About Schmidt'''s Jack Nicholson both were nominated; Streep is now the most nominated performer ever (13 career nominations), and Nicholson is now the most nominated actor (12 career nominations). Streep missed out on a two-fer, failing to earn a Best Actress nomination for ''The Hours,'' but ''Hours'' castmate Julianne Moore did get two nods, a Supporting nomination for ''Hours'' and a lead-role nod for ''Far From Heaven.''

I have to admit, sometimes the Oscars seem like nothing but self-congratulatory love fests some years, and this is one of them. Chicago garnered a ridiculous amount of nominations (all well-deserved, I'm sure, but still . . . indie much?).

I'm more or less totally out of the movie scene, but even when I was into it the Oscars always made me angry, especially those years that one movie (Titanic, I'm looking at you) practically swept all divisions. It was hardly worth it. The last year I watched the ceremony was 1999, I think -- whatever year American Beauty came out -- and I was ecstatically thrilled that John Irving finally won for 'The Cider House Rules' (great movie, even better book). Ever since, I've been kinda 'meh'.

But that's just me ;)

Leo7
02-12-2003, 03:17 AM
:wavey: i can only stay for another 10 minutes or so. then i have to finish reading my book for english. i'm so far behind. :eek: :(

so Lee, did you watch Gilmore Girls tonight?

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:18 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
Chicago is bound to do well at the Oscars since it has an amazing 13 total nominations. i really hope that Catherine Zeta-Jones wins the award for best supporting actress. but where is Richard Geer in the best actor noms? :eek: i really want to see the Hours also - anyone here seen it? my dad saw Gangs of New York and said that the plot was stupid, but Daniel Day-Lewis was excellent.

Hey, don't go dissing my man Scorsese! :eek:

I've heard 'The Hours' is excellent and wouldn't mind seeing it myself. Not sure how up for a suicidal movie you are, but there's been Oscar buzz about it since it was released to the critics.

Leo7
02-12-2003, 03:22 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Ever since, I've been kinda 'meh'.

But that's just me ;)

i know what you mean. i went ballistic that year when Gladiator won best picture (i think it was 2000). that movie didn't deserve it at all; Traffic and Erin Brokovich were much better flicks. anyway, this year i'm excited b/c there are some really good movies and a lot of my fave actors and actresses are nominated, like Catherine, Nicole, Rennee, and Julianne Moore. :)

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:23 AM
I'm out of movie scene too! The only movies I saw on that list is Star War, Minority Report and Spider Man but only bits and pieces. The one I saw the most is the short film Mike's New Car which Vince had at one time keep replaying it about 10 times. :D

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:25 AM
Originally posted by Leo7

so Lee, did you watch Gilmore Girls tonight?

Keeping my fingers cross that it's on tape now but I know this one will be really great base on last week's sneak a peak.

And at last eppy, I almost could not recognise Luke without his cap and checker shirt :eek:

Leo7
02-12-2003, 03:32 AM
Lol i know what you mean, Lee. Luke looks so different without his usual backwards cap and flannel shirt. :eek: this episode was just okay, i was expecting a little more. but there is this one really funny scene with Jess and Luke together in a boat - i won't say anymore. ;)

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:35 AM
Originally posted by Lee
In Pheonix, a recent report said Spanish speaking people are no longer minority. Everywhere is bilingual here, even more than Canada's so call bilingual. :D

There are schools here that 98% students have Spanish as their mother language.

Cool, then maybe they WILL sell that spanish mag in Ariz.
Well, Canada's bilingual but not necessarily French and English. Here, French is not compulsory and kids are free to choose their second language for school. Sometimes, I think maybe a good idea to enforce French.

Good evening everyone, btw :wavey:

Leo7
02-12-2003, 03:35 AM
i've been doing alot of movie-watching recently. I also saw Catch Me If You Can a couple weeks ago. this weekend it's Chicago. :D

it's still a little early where i live but, Happy 23rd Birthday Juanqui!! :bounce:

and now i'm off to read my book. :wavey: goodnight guys. i missed you.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:37 AM
Keeping with the totally shallow frame of mind, Adrien Brody is pretty good looking, if you're into heroin chic (and if it can be pulled off correctly).

Here he is in 'The Pianist'

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20030211/capt.1044978675.oscar_nominations_la116.jpg


and at the Golden Globes earlier this year
http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20030120/i/1043043355.3490103420.jpg

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:38 AM
Originally posted by Lee
Since Americans also like Canadians want long weekends, they have MLK and President Day on Mondays. I am not sure whether they set President Day at this time of year for Abraham Lincoln or not though.

President Day in US is Feb 17, next monday, so that's a Tier One holiday? And Washington's birthday is Feb 22, the following saturday, is it also a stat day?

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:38 AM
Bye Leo & Hi Vera! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:39 AM
:wavey: Hi, Vera!

:wavey: Night, Leo!

I'm just going to ruminate on this post. Not sure how much I like crossing into the *gasp* ninth circle.

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:40 AM
Lee, have a question. I signed up for gotennis a long time ago but didn't visit it for a very long while. I just logged on but can't find where to log off. Is there a place to log off that site?

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:41 AM
Originally posted by Vera
President Day in US is Feb 17, next monday, so that's a Tier One holiday? And Washington's birthday is Feb 22, the following saturday, is it also a stat day?

No, there are less stat holiday in US than in Canada. Even MLK and President Day are not stat holiday here.

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:41 AM
Bye Leo. :wavey:

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:43 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Lee, have a question. I signed up for gotennis a long time ago but didn't visit it for a very long while. I just logged on but can't find where to log off. Is there a place to log off that site?

I never log off, I just end the session on the computer, just like here.

Congrat on your third level of dorkdom and I am waiting for TH's big, big achievement here.

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:45 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Lee, have a question. I signed up for gotennis a long time ago but didn't visit it for a very long while. I just logged on but can't find where to log off. Is there a place to log off that site?

To correctly answer your question, you can log off there. I know in the message board, there is an icon for log off but I'm not sure other pages.

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:46 AM
Thanks Lee. Realised that you passed me though :D.

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 03:47 AM
ooooohh 9000 eh, Hackie?

You should do something exciting ;) Like um... post pictures or write a poem ;)

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 03:48 AM
*quietly notes 9000*

Just doesn't seem right without my smileys working :(

But I'll devote it to my #1 fave and his birthday. :) Feel like I've been ignoring you for awhile, Juanqui dahling :kiss: So, a nice memory from tourneys passed (Sydney) and hope for continued success! :bounce::bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 03:48 AM
When the heck did I hit 5000? I clearly recall 4000, but 5000? I must have gotten really excited one day.

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:48 AM
Originally posted by Vera
Thanks Lee. Realised that you passed me though :D.

You have to cut down your post for a while. BTW, how's your arm now?

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:49 AM
I actually don't exactly know where's Ariz, until I pull out the map just now :o. Well, it's understandable that it's so hispanic. Are you close to south cal? Be nice that you can just drive over the Anaheim to go to disney :).

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:51 AM
:bounce: TH :bounce: TH :bounce: TH :bounce:

I'm not quite into the smilies these days too!

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:53 AM
Originally posted by Vera
I actually don't exactly know where's Ariz, until I pull out the map just now :o. Well, it's understandable that it's so hispanic. Are you close to south cal? Be nice that you can just drive over the Anaheim to go to disney :).

Yes, only 5 hours drive to Anaheim. We already promised Vince we will go to San Diego's Sea World and Disney. :D

Lee
02-12-2003, 03:54 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
When the heck did I hit 5000? I clearly recall 4000, but 5000? I must have gotten really excited one day.

Probably very tired. I remembered I saw you're near 5000 but it's already very late that night here.

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 03:57 AM
Very tired is entirely possible. That reminds me - I didn't sleep at all last night. It was awful. I had a nap from 10 am untill about 130pm. I woke up a couple times though, so it was hardly a great sleep. Then I napped again from about 6:30-9. I really need to get that straight :o

TH, you'll be pleased to know that I've adopted the swiss team carrying Michel as my background for the time being :o

Vera
02-12-2003, 03:57 AM
Originally posted by Lee
You have to cut down your post of a while. BTW, how's your arm now?

It's better after I turned left-handed :o. One day last week I posted a lot here. I paid for it the next 2 days :sad:. It's just really frustrating as much as painful bcos I don't know why it hurts besides the fact that I'm using my arm. Oh, well. I guess this is my body telling me to not take it for granted.

BTW, congrats to Hackie for reaching the 9th level http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/worship.gif

Vera
02-12-2003, 04:03 AM
Gotta take off for awhile. Later guys :wavey:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 04:05 AM
Originally posted by Lee
:bounce: TH :bounce: TH :bounce: TH :bounce:

I'm not quite into the smilies these days too!

Heehee, thanks :) I'm still into smileys, but the place where I usually get them, the server is down :(

Becca -- eerie that you suggested I post a picture for my 9000th then I did :eek:

Lee
02-12-2003, 04:05 AM
Bye Vera! :wavey: Take care!

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 04:07 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
TH, you'll be pleased to know that I've adopted the swiss team carrying Michel as my background for the time being :o

Wow! :) I am pleased to know that. I have a picture from Indianapolis as mine right now . . . need to figure out a way to get the Swissie team pic up there, though ;)

Lee
02-12-2003, 04:07 AM
TH! Just read the news in Gotennis about Zhenya, I believed both Metreveli and Tarpishchev are wrong.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 04:08 AM
See you later, Vera :wavey: We miss you :(

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 04:16 AM
Here's the Zhenya article I was talking about.

Kafelnikov must put ego aside, says Metreveli

2003-02-11 15:39:11 GMT (Reuters)
By Gennady Fyodorov

MOSCOW, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Former Soviet tennis great Alex Metreveli says that Yevgeny Kafelnikov must put his personal ego aside if he wants to help Russia retain their Davis Cup title.

"The times have changed," Metreveli, who holds almost every national Davis Cup record, including the number of ties played and career wins, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"It's no longer the case when Kafelnikov was the undisputed leader of Russian tennis and alone could guide our team to victory in Davis Cup ties by winning all three of his matches.

"Now we have a much younger, more balanced team, where even if one key player is missing the others can step in and fill the void."

Metreveli, who now works as a commentator for Russian television NTV, added: "You saw it against France in Paris two months ago and have seen it now against the Czechs in Ostrava."

In last year's final, Mikhail Youzhny, 20, playing as a substitute for under-achieving Kafelnikov, came from two sets down to beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in the decisive singles rubber, clinching Russia their first Davis Cup title.

Last week, the Russians edged the Czech Republic in their first round World Group tie 3-2 despite missing their top player Marat Safin with a wrist injury.


AILING YOUZHNY

This time an out-of-sorts Kafelnikov, originally omitted from the original singles line-up, again failed to help his team as he replaced ailing Youzhny in the first match on the last day.

The former world number one appeared to put in little effort against Jiri Novak, losing 6-2 6-3 7-6.

But another Davis Cup newcomer, Nikolay Davydenko, pulled off a feat similar to Youzhny's final heroics as he fought back to beat Radek Stepanek 1-6 7-6 6-2 3-6 6-0 in the deciding singles to give Russia the win.

Metreveli criticised Kafelnikov's attitude.

"I don't know what was going through his mind," said the man, who became the first Soviet to play in a grand slam final when he reached the Wimbledon title match in 1973.

"He seems to be offended that Russia won the Davis Cup without his help because he is used to seeing himself as a hero. But after the historic win in Paris he was almost a forgotten man as all the accolades went to Youzhny and Safin instead."

"He came unprepared to Ostrava and the team captain had to almost beg him to play on the last day," Metreveli added.

"But his attitude changed after we won. On a plane back to Moscow I saw a different Kafelnikov. He smiled and talked of taking on Argentina in our next Davis Cup tie."

Metreveli said the Russians still need former world number one Kafelnikov if they want to stay among the Davis Cup elite.


FIGHTING FORM

"He is by far our best doubles player and with him in the line-up, with a healthy Safin and an inspired Youzhny it will be awfully difficult to beat our team on any surface," he said.

"The only question remains if Kafelnikov wants to put his personal ego aside and play a supporting role because he is not fit to play tough, five-set Davis Cup singles matches especially on clay.

And I'm not sure he still has the motivation or the desire to be the top singles player he once was."

Shamil Tarpishchev, Russian tennis chief and their Davis Cup captain, however, said he was not sure if Kafelnikov will make the team for their quarter-final clash with Argentina in April.

"I hope Safin will be back to his best form by April as he really wants to help the team," Tarpishchev told Russian daily Izvestia on Tuesday.

"But I'm not so sure that Kafelnikov, even if he regains his fighting form by then, will make our team because the Argentines will definitely choose a clay surface."
==============================================

I suggest Russia not bite the hand that feeds them, especially when that hand gives them the crucial doubles point in the DC tie. This article was also hyped on CNNSI with this blurb: "Russia edged the Czech Republic in their first round Davis Cup tie 3-2 on Sunday despite Yevgeny Kafelnikov again failing to help his team. Now former Soviet great Alex Metreveli says Kafelnikov must put his ego aside if he wants to help Russia retain the title."

Made my blood boil :fiery:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 04:32 AM
Well, I suppose I should get going, and I'll leave with a cool palidrome number ;)

Goodnight, thread! :wavey:

Lee
02-12-2003, 04:37 AM
TH! I just went over to ATPtennis site. Have you seen play of week featuring Jarkko?

Lee
02-12-2003, 04:40 AM
Bye TH! :wavey:

Lee
02-12-2003, 05:00 AM
Before I go, http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1044198158.gif Juanqui!

http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/1042482894.gif



Just find this cuties and can't help myself in posting them :D

maratski
02-12-2003, 10:36 AM
I don't know what the thing is nowadays with YK. I like him a lot, but he's really unpredictable. He always says that DC is important for him, but then he plays bad and doesn't give it all. I just hope he'll be there 100% against Argentina.

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 11:21 AM
I just hope he'll be there 100% against Argentina.

He will... in doubles, that is. Marat and MIkhail are almost certaintly going to be the singles players, if everybody is in full health.

Regardless, this is hardly going to be an easy tie for Russia, despite what ys might seem to think ;)

maratski
02-12-2003, 11:25 AM
Argentina is tough to beat on outdoor clay, which'll probably be the surface. But clay might just equal the chances of both countries. I expect it to be a dramatic tie like the final, but we'll have to wait and see.

Leo7
02-12-2003, 11:56 AM
Congrats on 9000, TH!! :bounce: And Happy 23rd Birthday, Juanqui!! :bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 12:22 PM
Argentina is tough to beat on outdoor clay, which'll probably be the surface. But clay might just equal the chances of both countries. I expect it to be a dramatic tie like the final, but we'll have to wait and see.

Oh it will definately be on outdoor clay. There is absolutely no question about that. When you play Argentina in Argentina, it's well known what the surface will be ;)

I wouldn't say that clay equalizes their chances. It gives Argentina a better chance, and more of an edge, then it gives Russia.

A faster indoor surface would give Russia the edge, surface wise. Sort of like it did in last years semi finals. It's worth noting that if Gaudio had just converted one of those match points that he had against Kafelnikov, that it would have been 2-1 Argentina on day 3...

I have to think that a team that can come that close to Russia on their worst surface, is damn well going to give them hell on their best surface.

I'm reaching into the future and picking Argentina to come out of that tie 3-2. With gaudio - not David, who is my fave of the bunch - to come out the hero.

He's never lost at home yet :)

maratski
02-12-2003, 01:09 PM
I predict 3-2 for Russia. Marat and YK can play well on clay, but I don't know how well Youznhy is on clay. If YK is not going to play singles then it'll be very difficult for the russians.

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 01:16 PM
I predict 3-2 for Russia. Marat and YK can play well on clay, but I don't know how well Youznhy is on clay. If YK is not going to play singles then it'll be very difficult for the russians.

Kafelnikov will likely play doubles, with Micha playing singles. Misha's apparently best on clay - so I've read anyhow.

I posted a big huge comment on the tie in the forum about Argentina breaking the top 5. I don't want to rewrite it all here, but check it out ;)

maratski
02-12-2003, 01:48 PM
I will.

ps I'm in paris now for my internship and I'm planning to go to RG. I would love to see JC play.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 02:30 PM
Originally posted by Lee
TH! I just went over to ATPtennis site. Have you seen play of week featuring Jarkko?

Yes I have :D The video was crap, but I could still see him and his four successful overhead smashes.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 02:34 PM
Originally posted by Ilhame
I don't know what the thing is nowadays with YK. I like him a lot, but he's really unpredictable. He always says that DC is important for him, but then he plays bad and doesn't give it all. I just hope he'll be there 100% against Argentina.

Zhenya didn't want to play singles at this tie, he said as much during Milan. But to say he didn't help his team, when he won the doubles point, is a load of crap.

I agree, I think Zhenya will only play doubles against Argentina because Marat and Youzhny are proven singles players. Apparently Youzhny plays his best on clay, so it's going to be tight, 3-2 to someone.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by Ilhame
I predict 3-2 for Russia. Marat and YK can play well on clay, but I don't know how well Youznhy is on clay. If YK is not going to play singles then it'll be very difficult for the russians.

Hmm, quite the contrary to me, I don't think Zhenya is a reliable singles player anymore (as is evidenced at the Czech Republic tie). Youzhny & Safin will be just fine, with Davydenko as the 4th, methinks. And Kafel can partner Misha or Marat for doubles, so it's rather nice to have options :)

maratski
02-12-2003, 02:42 PM
In doubles he usually plays well, but in singles he hasn't been that great lately. But I do hope he finds his form/rythm/motivation soon. I think his problem is one of these 3.

Dissident
02-12-2003, 03:03 PM
Lincoln was the one of slavery abolishment, and you can see some of that in this new film "Gangs of New York". I went to see it, Daniel Day-Lewis is worth the ticket. He is superb as the Butcher. :D

The film is pretty good, but Im still patiently waiting for Adaptation. As I loved Jonze's other movie 'Being John Malkovich'', Im pretty sure I will like this one too. ;)

Layla
02-12-2003, 03:15 PM
Hi everyone! :wavey:

I've been to busy to come and chat in the last few days, but I just wanted to drop by to say hello. :) And I'm following the Marseille tourney, lots of great matches today, and many faves in action. :)

And I'm ecstatically happy about skiing. My man Bode Miller won another gold medal at the world championships, this time in giant skiing! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: He truly is the greatest! :kiss:

And my other fave, his compatriot Eric Schlopy got the bronze medal. :D The Americans are doing so much better in skiing! Bode alone now has 3 medals out of 4 events, and there's one more to go. I couldn't be happier! :D This has really helped my mood immeasurably. ;)

kiro
02-12-2003, 03:20 PM
Originally posted by Dissident
Lincoln was the one of slavery abolishment, and you can see some of that in this new film "Gangs of New York". I went to see it, Daniel Day-Lewis is worth the ticket. He is superb as the Butcher. :D

The film is pretty good, but Im still patiently waiting for Adaptation. As I loved Jonze's other movie 'Being John Malkovich'', Im pretty sure I will like this one too. ;)

Daniel Day-Lewis is one of my favourite actors :) I haven't see GONY yet and I'm looking forward to see it someday.

Layla
02-12-2003, 03:23 PM
Hi Dissident! :wavey:

How's your computer situation? Do you know if you can save any of your files yet?

As for the Oscars, I'm not exactly happy, but I haven't seen most of the movies, so it's all a bit weird this year. But seeing Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep nominated again is becoming sort of like watching the Williams sisters make all the finals. True, they don't always win, but it's simply too much for me.

And unlike Leo ;) I was ecstatic the year Gladiator won, because it's one of my all-time favorite movies. :) And Ridley Scott is one of my top 3 favorite directors, along with Wim Wenders and Hal Hartley.

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 04:19 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Hi Dissident! :wavey:

How's your computer situation? Do you know if you can save any of your files yet?

As for the Oscars, I'm not exactly happy, but I haven't seen most of the movies, so it's all a bit weird this year. But seeing Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep nominated again is becoming sort of like watching the Williams sisters make all the finals. True, they don't always win, but it's simply too much for me.

And unlike Leo ;) I was ecstatic the year Gladiator won, because it's one of my all-time favorite movies. :) And Ridley Scott is one of my top 3 favorite directors, along with Wim Wenders and Hal Hartley.

Hi Layla!

Hal Hartley -- did he direct movies like Barcelona and that other one... what is the title? If so, I like him too! Has he done much lately though? I hardly see any movies so the Oscars mean nothing much to me... exc that this year I saw Talk to Her. That's about it! :rolleyes: I rarely see American films.

Layla
02-12-2003, 05:06 PM
Hi RF! :wavey:

I'm usually up to speed with the American movies, but this year the later releases have grabbed all the nominations and they haven't made it to the Slovene theatres yet. I haven't seen Chicago, Gangs of New York, Adaptation, The Hours, About Schmidt, The Pianist... I've only seen Talk to Me, Lord of the Rings and Road to Perdition.

Usually I've seen all the movies in competition before the ceremony, so this really feels weird. :eek: But I'll probably get to see at least Gangs of New York before the Oscars.

No, Hal Hartley didn't direct Barcelona. He's a very unknown indie director from Long Island. He directed Trust, Simple Men, Amateur, Flirt (the only one I didn't like), The Unbelievable Truth, Surviving Desire... I haven't even seen his last 3 movies because they didn't make it to the cinemas or to the Slovene TV stations (which show quite a few great independent movies).

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 05:29 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Hi RF! :wavey:

I'm usually up to speed with the American movies, but this year the later releases have grabbed all the nominations and they haven't made it to the Slovene theatres yet. I haven't seen Chicago, Gangs of New York, Adaptation, The Hours, About Schmidt, The Pianist... I've only seen Talk to Me, Lord of the Rings and Road to Perdition.

Usually I've seen all the movies in competition before the ceremony, so this really feels weird. :eek: But I'll probably get to see at least Gangs of New York before the Oscars.

No, Hal Hartley didn't direct Barcelona. He's a very unknown indie director from Long Island. He directed Trust, Simple Men, Amateur, Flirt (the only one I didn't like), The Unbelievable Truth, Surviving Desire... I haven't even seen his last 3 movies because they didn't make it to the cinemas or to the Slovene TV stations (which show quite a few great independent movies).

OK, I saw Trust... was that with a French actress? Isabelle Huppert or Nathalie Baye I think... God, what a memory I have -- lousy!!!

When do you go to Ireland, the Emerald Isle?? It's supposed to be a magical place! Yuk I hear that wind out there... freezing! Lunch beckons...

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 07:08 PM
ps I'm in paris now for my internship and I'm planning to go to RG. I would love to see JC play.

*jealous* It's my dream to go to Roland Garros some day. Surely it will be after he retires, but I'll have other faves by that point so it won't matter ;)


Oscar talk! Ah! The only movie that I've seen that is even nominated is LOTR. That I saw for sentimental reasons; my sister read it aloud to me when I was quite young :) I remember always being excited for a new installment, and I remember when she finished it being sad that it was over. I would have been 6 and 7.

I like to watch the Oscars anyhow, just to see how people dressed up. My mom used to do this and I would laugh at her for being shallow, but now I do it too!

Sometimes I'm happy with the results. Like last year, it was great that Denzel finally won an Oscar. However, it's unfortunate there was so much controversy with him winning it over Russel Crow. I haven't seen either movie, so I can't say who I think deserved it or not based on their roles :o

The movie that Russel Crow did in 1999 - I felt that he should have won the Oscar for that, over Kevin Spacey (sorry Layla ;)). For some reason the title of the movie is totally slipping my mind atm (I haven't slept - again), but he was phenomenal in it.

But for the life of me I'll never figure out how Forest Gump won over Shawshank Redemption. Shawshank was a masterpiece that was totally snubbed by the Oscars :mad:

Forest Gump I enjoyed too, but it just wasn't as good a film imo.

Chloe le Bopper
02-12-2003, 07:10 PM
The Insider! That's the Russel Crow film that I was trying to remember the name of.

I saw it a few years ago but I remember being very impressed. Great movie :D

Layla
02-12-2003, 07:26 PM
LOL, I was just going to tell you that it was The Insider. :p It was indeed a great movie, and Russell was absolutely brilliant, but if Kevin Spacey didn't get that Oscar for American Beauty, the role of his lifetime, I would've been so pissed off, I'd never watch the Oscars again. I swear. ;)

Bur really, for some reason I take the Oscars very seriously, and always have. They've always been the highlight of the year and a very special night. I'd go to bed for a few hours, wake up at 2 or 3 a.m., crack open a bottle of beer and just enjoy the show until the morning. When people would be going to work, I'd get ready to go back to bed, either very happy, or very sad, depending on the outcome. It's a shame I don't care about the movies this year. I always had a clear favorite, such as American Beauty and Gladiator and Shakespeare in Love, and I would root for them as vigorously as I do for Juanqui when he plays. :D Not this year though. :(

One thing I do know. I want Sean Penn to win an Oscar some day. He's put in so many amazing performances, but they always give it to someone else. :fiery: He should've won the Oscar for Dead Man Walking.

Layla
02-12-2003, 07:35 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
OK, I saw Trust... was that with a French actress? Isabelle Huppert or Nathalie Baye I think... God, what a memory I have -- lousy!!!

When do you go to Ireland, the Emerald Isle?? It's supposed to be a magical place! Yuk I hear that wind out there... freezing! Lunch beckons...

Sorry, I went off to dinner.

Isabelle Huppert was in Amateur. She played an ex nun who is writing erotic stories - truly hilarious. Martin Donovan is a man who lost his memory after a woman pushed him out the window. He used to be a horrible man, but now his slate has been wiped clean and his other side comes to the fore.

Still, Amateur is not my favorite Hartley movie. That would be Trust, hands down. It stars Adrienne Shelly and Martin Donovan (again) as a mismatched couple who both have fucked up overcontrolling parents.

He always uses the same actors, sort of like Wim Wenders and some other brilliant directors.

As for Ireland, I'm going on June 26th, so I hope it won't be freezing. ;) I'm fully expecting it to be a magical place! :D

ILR
02-12-2003, 07:37 PM
:wavey: everyone who is here :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUANQUI :D :bounce: I may be a bit late but I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

and Hackie,9000 :o;) wow very well done :p:bounce:

Vera
02-12-2003, 07:39 PM
Hi Emma, Layla, Becca and everyone else who's here :wavey:

Dropping by to say hi.

ILR
02-12-2003, 07:44 PM
:wavey: Vera

sorry to hear about your arm :sad: but I knew you wouldnt be able to keep away for that long,even if its just for one post :D

Vera
02-12-2003, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Ilhame
I will.

ps I'm in paris now for my internship and I'm planning to go to RG. I would love to see JC play.

Congrats Ilhame, I remembered you mentioned that you are looking for an internship in Paris a month or so ago. Now you get it, that's great. :)

Vera
02-12-2003, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
:wavey: Vera

sorry to hear about your arm :sad: but I knew you wouldnt be able to keep away for that long,even if its just for one post :D

Emma :D , you know me so well. I was wondering the other day, if there's some kind of group like AA that helps ppl get over other addictions like internet msg board kind :p . Apparently, my self control is weak.

ILR
02-12-2003, 07:50 PM
:p I do Vera ;) I just wish I knew if there was a group,I need help Vera too!:D my friends call me Cyber Queen :o;) and my brother calls me a mouse potato.Thats someone who sits infront of comp for ever basically :p like a couch potato lives on the couch.Maybe I do need help :o:p

Layla
02-12-2003, 07:55 PM
Hi Vera and Emma! :wavey:

I think I need to join that group too. :o At least you have to go to school Emma, working at home, I really do sit at my computer from breakfast to the early hours of the morning. :( I've never been such a zombie. I remember the days when I would go for a long walk, or ride my bike for hours.

My best friend who moved to Scotland half a year ago will come back to take a test at the beginning of March, and I'm not even sure if I'll have time to see her. :sad:

Vera, congrats on reaching 3000! :D

Vera
02-12-2003, 07:56 PM
Mouse Potato :D, that's kinda cute.

Well, I figure that the one way I'm not sitting in front of my comp is when I'm not home. So I'm planning to go out later today.

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:00 PM
Originally posted by Layla

Vera, congrats on reaching 3000! :D

Thanks :kiss:.

Witness my addiction people :D

Layla, you're tied to the comp bcos of work. I'm sitting in front of my comp to try to look for work but almost always ended up here :o. Talk about self-control. :rolleyes:

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:01 PM
:wavey: Layla :)

I know for a fact if I wasnt at school Id be sat here all day!But then Im off school for a week I finish this Friday.:) but me and my friends have arranged a sleepover and speedkarting :D that should be fun :)

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:02 PM
oh yeh congrats Vera!:) my self control sucks also :p

Layla
02-12-2003, 08:04 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Thanks :kiss:.

Witness my addiction people :D

Layla, you're tied to the comp bcos of work. I'm sitting in front of my comp to try to look for work but almost always ended up here :o. Talk about self-control. :rolleyes:

Yeah but this is the best place to be, so it's no wonder you're drawn to it. :p

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:09 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Yeah but this is the best place to be, so it's no wonder you're drawn to it. :p

True. I love to be here, that's no shame. :) So I'll stop whinning.

BTW, I'm gonna go watch Talk to Her tonite. Been wanting to go for weeks but the only theatre that's showing it is 45 mins away so I've been dragging my feet. Is it really as good as they said, does it worth the drive?

Layla
02-12-2003, 08:11 PM
Oh nooooo! Michel retired from his match against Kucera. :sad: TH will be sad. :sad: I would like to know what happened.

On a more positive note, congrats TH on reaching the 9th circle! You truly are the greatest. :D You're miles ahead of everyone else, so you deserve at least a trophy!

http://websmileys.bei.t-online.de/div115.gif

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:13 PM
Yeah its great to be here!:D I love posting here :)its amazing when I think we've known each other for 7 months,well thats how long Ive been here anyway :eek:It seems to have flown by! and we dont really know that much about each other!Well we do of course,but you know what I mean.

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:15 PM
yeh Layla,what happened to you?;) Hackie steamed ahead!:eek: I remember at one point I was ahead of her!We kept overtaking each other :p

Layla
02-12-2003, 08:15 PM
Originally posted by Vera
True. I love to be here, that's no shame. :) So I'll stop whinning.

BTW, I'm gonna go watch Talk to Her tonite. Been wanting to go for weeks but the only theatre that's showing it is 45 mins away so I've been dragging my feet. Is it really as good as they said, does it worth the drive?

Oh yeah! It's not one of my favorite movies, but I enjoyed it very much and it's definitely worth a drive. Have fun! :)

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
Yeah its great to be here!:D I love posting here :)its amazing when I think we've known each other for 7 months,well thats how long Ive been here anyway :eek:It seems to have flown by! and we dont really know that much about each other!Well we do of course,but you know what I mean.

:) Of course I know what you mean.

Hey, we started here the same time. :D :D :D

Layla
02-12-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by IluvRogi
yeh Layla,what happened to you?;) Hackie steamed ahead!:eek: I remember at one point I was ahead of her!We kept overtaking each other :p

Work happened to me! :p With a vengence. :(

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:18 PM
:wavey:

I see many posts to catch up on!

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:20 PM
work did happen to you I know :( and I see we did Vera!:D

Hi Hackie :wavey: no we need to catch up with you ;)

Sjengster
02-12-2003, 08:20 PM
So, Kratochvil retired? That makes two with Ljubicic doing the same earlier today against Federer, and Schuettler withdrew before his match with Mutis as well. Of course, these three were all heavily involved in Davis Cup ties at the weekend, the first two being the winners for their country, and now they're falling early in their next tournament. Coincidence? I think not.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by Layla
And unlike Leo ;) I was ecstatic the year Gladiator won, because it's one of my all-time favorite movies. :) And Ridley Scott is one of my top 3 favorite directors, along with Wim Wenders and Hal Hartley.

You liked Gladiator?! :eek: It has to be right up there with Armageddon and Titanic on my "shallow overhyped movies" list.

I quite liked your analogy about the Oscars, though -- I called it a wankfest, you likened it to tennis -- its all good ;)

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
You liked Gladiator?! :eek: It has to be right up there with Armageddon and Titanic on my "shallow overhyped movies" list.

I quite liked your analogy about the Oscars, though -- I called it a wankfest, you likened it to tennis -- its all good ;)

Oh no, Armageddon is trash, Titanic is nearly. Gladiator is definitely in another level. I like Gladiator too.

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:24 PM
OK everyone Im putting in a cheer for the England football team v Australia,we all know how competitive Aussie v Eng matxhes are ;) But you can cheer for who you like!:p

Go England :D :bounce:

http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/flags/england.gif

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:26 PM
Titanic *shudders* boring :o but then again I dont like Leonardo DiCaprio that much ;)

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Witness my addiction people :D

YOUR addiction? LOL, I have 3 times as many posts as you :o

Really, its kinda weird how much life in general is revolving around the computer more and more. I know people who chat on AIM from across the room, who send emails when they could call, etc etc etc. Professors put homework assignments on the web. So don't feel bad about being in front of the computer all day ;) or for visiting this place. It's healthy to have hobbies :D

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:27 PM
Sorry Michel. Felt bad for Ivan too. And another lost for Kafel :sad:. But a desirable result, Escude over Novak. :bounce:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Oh nooooo! Michel retired from his match against Kucera. :sad: TH will be sad. :sad: I would like to know what happened.

WHAT?!?! Why?!?! Where did you see this?

ARGH!! What a soul-crushing day :sad:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:30 PM
Originally posted by Sjengster
So, Kratochvil retired? That makes two with Ljubicic doing the same earlier today against Federer, and Schuettler withdrew before his match with Mutis as well. Of course, these three were all heavily involved in Davis Cup ties at the weekend, the first two being the winners for their country, and now they're falling early in their next tournament. Coincidence? I think not.

Damn, that means Schuettler withdrew from his doubles match, too (he was playing with Jarkko). Damn damn damn!!!! I want to know what happened!

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
YOUR addiction? LOL, I have 3 times as many posts as you :o

Really, its kinda weird how much life in general is revolving around the computer more and more. I know people who chat on AIM from across the room, who send emails when they could call, etc etc etc. Professors put homework assignments on the web. So don't feel bad about being in front of the computer all day ;) or for visiting this place. It's healthy to have hobbies :D

I used to email my lunchmate to arrange where to go for lunch everyday. It's silly since he's just sitting in the next room and we could have call to decide on that. But instead we emailed each other 10 times to argue about where to go for lunch :o.

Yep, first we can't live without microwave, now we can't live without email/internet.

BTW, http://www.smilies.org/basesmilies/bowdown.gif to Hackie of the nineth circle :D, we're not worthy!

Dissident
02-12-2003, 08:36 PM
The Insider was my fave that year too. :p
I usually lose all the Oscars anyway... :mad:
Oh well.
Layla, its happening the same here. All the main nominees are for movies I didnt see. GONY is the only one.
I will get Adaptation this Friday.
Then Catch me if you can on February 21
The quiet American, The hours and About Schmidt on February 28
Chicago and Frida will get here on March 7!
The Pianist will be here only on March 14!!! :eek:
I will have watched all of them untill the Oscar anyway, but some of those I cant wait for anymore!!! :sad:
And I cant download them now you know why.... :p

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:38 PM
:wavey: Diss

Layla
02-12-2003, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
You liked Gladiator?! :eek: It has to be right up there with Armageddon and Titanic on my "shallow overhyped movies" list.

I quite liked your analogy about the Oscars, though -- I called it a wankfest, you likened it to tennis -- its all good ;)

NO WAY!!! Comparing Gladiator to Armageddon and Titanic is a sacrilige! :eek::eek::eek:

Shallow it certainly is not. It is extremely relevant to western civilization in the 21st century. The analogies with the fall of the Roman Empire have been voiced before. A society that is so obsessed with its own pleasure it doesn't care who suffers to bring them joy. Witness the popularity of Jerry Springer, the success of violenct movies and the new obsession with reality. People are so jaded they need real blood to feel anything at all. And as long as they have great tv shows, people won't care enough to rebel. The similarities are endless...

And the importance of public image in politics is brilliantly reflected in the movie. Even Commodus wasn't powerful enough to go against the public opinion.

The moving story of a fucked up father-son relationship and the interminable jealousy of "the bad son" watching his father dote over "the good son he never had".

All that and more in a movie with perfect cinematography, perfect cast (even if you don't like Crowe, there's the brilliant Joaquim Phoenix, the one and only Richard Harris, the always magnificent Derek Jacobi...), wonderful music.

Layla
02-12-2003, 08:44 PM
Hi Dissident! :wavey:

At least you'll have a chance to see them before the ceremony. I'll probably only see GONY. I don't think I could stand watching Catch Me If You Can. :p I saw the trailer a zillion times now and I nearly puked every time. I didn't think it was nearly brilliant enought to warrant a night out with Leonardo. :rolleyes:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:47 PM
I'm not going to reply to your post about Gladiator, Layla, because this latest news about Michel did nothing to alleviate my foul mood of the day :(

Just wanted to let know you, nothing personal ;)

Vera
02-12-2003, 08:51 PM
Hi Diss :wavey:

How's it going? Hope things are getting better with your comp.

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:51 PM
Of interest:

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/HantuDiamondMus021203.jpg

Daniela Hantuchova has a brother?! (The young one; the other one is her coach.)

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:53 PM
More Kimmy! :)

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/ClijstersAward021103.jpg
(Proximus Diamond Games - Antwerp)
Kim Clijsters waits to present her mentor, Sabine Appelmans, with the 'Partners for Success' mentor award, a beautiful Waterford crystal vase

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:55 PM
I can finally see a resemblence between Kim & Elke in this picture :o (and its the last one, I swear! :o:o:o)

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/FlipkensClijsters021203.jpg
(Proximus Diamond Games - Antwerp)
Belgian wildcard team of Kirsten Flipkens and Elke Clijsters talk to the press after moving into the quarterfinals Wednesday

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 08:57 PM
Ah, here we are! The Slovene girls! :)

http://www.wtatour.com/assets/story_image/MatevzicPisnik021003.jpg
(Proximus Diamond Games - Antwerp)
Player Party:Slovenian compatriots and first round winners Maja Matevzic and Tina Pisnik

ILR
02-12-2003, 08:58 PM
:wavey: Hi Diss

ILR
02-12-2003, 09:05 PM
lol Im a little slower now :o Im a bit busy I guess!

Vera
02-12-2003, 09:18 PM
Me going, good day guys :wavey:

ILR
02-12-2003, 09:20 PM
bye Vera,I might be off soon :wavey:

Layla
02-12-2003, 09:22 PM
Bye Vera! :wavey:

Have a good day! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 09:23 PM
Interesting. Michel is going to play a qualifying tournament for the first time in a year :eek::sad::o

Strong field of competitors in qualifications for the ABN AMRO world Tennis Tournament

The organizers of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament have not just been blessed with an extremely strong field of competitors for the main tournament; former top-10 players and other great talents have also registered for the qualification tournament. For example, apart from Nicolas Kiefer and Karol Kucera, the Belgian brothers Olivier and Christophe Rochus will make their appearance in the weekend prior to the main tournament. In addition, Mario Ancic has signed up for
the qualifications. Last month, this Croatian talent knocked out
Sjeng Schalken during the second round of the Australian Open. The Australian Wayne Arthurs, listed 46th in the world rankings, is the highest-seeded player in the ranking. And the wildcards will be given to Jean-Julien Rojer, a Dutchman coming from Curacao.

The competitors in the qualifications are listed as follows:
1. Wayne Arthurs (AUS);
2. Feliciano Lopez (ESP);
3. Radek Stepanek (CZE);
4. Olivier Rochus (BEL);
5. Mario Ancic (CRO);
6. Nicolas Kiefer (GER);
7. Michel Kratochvil (SUI);
8. Karol Kucera (SVK);
9. Julien Boutter (FRA);
10. Bohdan Ulihrach (CZE);
11. Olivier Mutis (FRA);
12. Alexander Waske (GER);
13. Christophe Rochus (BEL);
14. Jean-Julien Rojer (HOL) - W.C.
15. wildcard;
16. wildcard.

The qualification tournament will take place on Saturday 15 and
Sunday 16 February in Hall 1 (Scheldehall) of Ahoy' Rotterdam. On
both days, the matches will begin at 10 a.m.

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 09:40 PM
:) Welcome back, Diss!

Bye Vera and ILR!

Hi Hackie: sorry about Micha! Too much tennis again!!! I don't know about the sched... they s be eliminating tournaments not adding new ones... :rolleyes:

Layla: you like Derek Jacobi too? I saw him at the Old Vic in London years ago -- he's the "voice beautiful" -- that's what he's known as in the theatre circles! I also saw him in NYC w the Royal Shakespeare Co. doing Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado about Nothing, both w my fave Irish actress, Sinead Cusack [married to Jeremy Irons]. Derek is SO shy and modest in person!! But on stage, he's amazing! ;)

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 09:44 PM
:wavey: RF

Yes, I suppose that's the problem :( But I'd love for him to qualify for Rotterdam. I didn't think of it before, but qualifying would be a wonderful boost of confidence because he would have already played 3 matches to get in and would believe that he could win.

So I don't want him to be injured :sad:

Where is everyone? :(

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 09:47 PM
For Leo ;)

Seles upset in Doha

Russian wild-card entry Lina Krasnoroutskaya shocked top seed and defending champion Monica Seles 7-5 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday. The other big names breezed through in Doha.

The world number 96 made the good use of her powerful serve and forehand to overcome the ninth-ranked American in their second round encounter. The 18-year-old Russian played some terrific shots and avenged her loss to Seles at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo earlier this month.

"I'm quite happy with the way I played and it is one of the most memorable wins in my career. I have been able to hit the ball hard and my serve also held good," the Russian said.

For Seles, it was a bad day at the office but she gave her opponent credit for the win. "It just wasn't my day. I had problems with my serve and groundstrokes... Lina played very well and she kept me under pressure," she said.

Joining Krasnoroutskaya in the last eight were second seed Anastasia Myskina of Russia, Bulgarian third seed Magdalena Maleeva and Dinara Safina of Russia who all registered straight-set victories. Myskina, a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open last month and world ranked number 11 defeated Frenchwoman Mary Pierce 7-5 6-4. Maleeva wasted little time in her match, easing past Slovakia's Martina Sucha 6-4 6-2 in 80 minutes while Safina beat compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-3.

IMPRESSIVE MALEEVA

The Bulgarian played an almost flawless game, often using her powerful backhand shots to reel off winners. She broke Sucha in the second, fourth, eighth and tenth games to win the first set with a good measure of comfort. Sucha played well in patches, breaking Maleeva in the fifth and seventh games, but she lacked the consistency to put pressure on her opponent. Games went with serves in the second set until Maleeva, leading 3-2, moved up a gear and broke Sucha in the sixth and eighth games to wrap up the set and the match.

Maleeva said that although she had won her two previous meetings with Sucha, she never underestimated her opponent. "I was determined to play well from the start and did well on the big points," Maleeva said.

Pierce was undone by Myskina's powerful passing shots and intelligent use of angles. However, the Frenchwoman did show some of the form that once elevated her into the world's Top 10 when she battled back to 5-5 after trailing 1-4 in the opening set.

Myskina then produced some superb shots to take the set in great style, with a double-handed backhand down the line. The Frenchwoman matched Myskina shot-for-shot in the second set until the score reached 4-4, even saving a breakpoint with a blistering volley in the third game. But Myskina picked up the pace when it mattered, breaking Pierce in the ninth game and holding her on serve to seal the victory.


Reuters

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 09:49 PM
Seles knocked out of Qatar Open
February 12, 2003
AP - Feb 12, 2:22 EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Defending champion Monica Seles was ousted in the second round of the $170,000 Qatar Open on Wednesday, losing 7-5, 7-5 to wild card Lina Krasnoroutskaya.

Krasnoroutskaya was coming off an injury but was in control against the nine-time Grand Slam winner. The 18-year-old Russian lost to Seles earlier this month in Tokyo.

Last year, Seles beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand in the final. But her game Wednesday was filled with errors.

"I didn't get my serve and ground strokes right," she said. "I made far too many mistakes. And, on top of that, Lina kept the pressure on me as she played some terrific shots."

Also, second-seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia downed Mary Pierce of France 7-5, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals, and third-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria eased past Martina Sucha of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2.

Dinara Safina of Russia, the sister of Marat Safin, beat compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3.

Layla
02-12-2003, 09:52 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
:) Welcome back, Diss!

Bye Vera and ILR!

Hi Hackie: sorry about Micha! Too much tennis again!!! I don't know about the sched... they s be eliminating tournaments not adding new ones... :rolleyes:

Layla: you like Derek Jacobi too? I saw him at the Old Vic in London years ago -- he's the "voice beautiful" -- that's what he's known as in the theatre circles! I also saw him in NYC w the Royal Shakespeare Co. doing Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado about Nothing, both w my fave Irish actress, Sinead Cusack [married to Jeremy Irons]. Derek is SO shy and modest in person!! But on stage, he's amazing! ;)

Oh yes, Jacobi is a brilliant actor that is unfortunately little known among movie-goers, at least by name. Even I don't know that much about him. But I would agree with "voice beautiful". :)

Awww, you saw so many theatrical performances! :hearts: Theatre is ridiculously expensive in my country, so I very rarely get the chance to see a good play. :( *jealous*

Who did Jacobi play in those productions? Btw, I wouldn't mind being married to Jeremy Irons either. ;)

Who are your favorite actors and actresses in theatre then and who do you like better on stage than on screen?

Lee
02-12-2003, 09:55 PM
Hi Layla, TH, RF & Emma! :wavey:

Lee
02-12-2003, 09:56 PM
Although it's only 3pm here, I'm exhausted already but there will be TKD class for Vince and me today! :rolleyes:

I've been driving around the cities since 8am.

Layla
02-12-2003, 09:59 PM
Hi Lee! :wavey:

Sorry to hear you're so tired. :( Maybe the TKD class will give you some energy, that's what usually happens when I decide to exercise. But take it easy just in case. Don't kick too hard. ;)

ILR
02-12-2003, 10:02 PM
Hi Lee :wavey:

Im going soon,Im too tired!I been posting on the official Liverpool website,because you can ask the players questions.This week its Dudek :D the goalie

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 10:03 PM
:wavey: Lee!

Just in time for some interesting news. Apparently France has chosen its surface for the DC tie vs Switzerland -- greenset indoors, the same thing the Netherlands chose! :eek:

This appears to be a machine-translated article. It was posted in the Davis Cup forum here:

"The french team of Davis Cup, which will face Switzerland with the second round from the 4 to April 6, chose to dispute this meeting on "greenset", a fast surface. "the debate lasted a little", explained the French number one Sebastien Grosjean after his victory over Alex Calatrava with the first turn Open 13 of Marseilles. "the clay was best surface, but the wounds of Arnaud Clément and Paul-Henri Mathieu made us change opinion", it added. "If one leaves on the same team that against Romania, one is more at ease on the hard one than on the clay", it concluded. This choice does not seem to disturb in addition to measurement Roger Federer, head of file of the Swiss team and head of series n°1 in Marseilles. "On greenset, I am the best player of the year. No surface surprises me, except perhaps the grass ", has it says. The choice of the place of the meeting was not announced yet."

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by Layla
Oh yes, Jacobi is a brilliant actor that is unfortunately little known among movie-goers, at least by name. Even I don't know that much about him. But I would agree with "voice beautiful". :)

Awww, you saw so many theatrical performances! :hearts: Theatre is ridiculously expensive in my country, so I very rarely get the chance to see a good play. :( *jealous*

Who did Jacobi play in those productions? Btw, I wouldn't mind being married to Jeremy Irons either. ;)

Who are your favorite actors and actresses in theatre then and who do you like better on stage than on screen?

That's a tough one, Layla!

Theatre is getting really expensive these days! I hardly go at all in TO -- not great theatre here...

Theatre actors I like? Mostly Brit of course: Juliet Stevenson, Fiona Shaw, Harriet Walter, Sinead Cusack, Alan Rickman, Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irons... they've all done film, some US and UK...

I had the great opportunity to go "backstage" or be invited to the "dressing room" of some of these actors!! Talk about exciting! And interesting, intelligent informed conversations about theatre and all sorts of topics!! Even went to the pub with some and to tea with others! Even got invited for dinner with the sister of one of the aforementioned actresses in London!! So much fun!!

Now when does that happen w our tennis players, eh?? ;)

No comparison betw stage and screen experiences! I LOVE the immediacy of the theater, esp small ones!

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:09 PM
Just get to the posts about internet msg board addiction. I think most of us here need a support group. :D Probably just change the title of this thread to IMBAA.

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:15 PM
Talk about e-mail, errrh, I sometimes e-mail my hubby :o instead of calling him.

RogiFan
02-12-2003, 10:16 PM
:) lol Lee!!

IMBAA?? is that intoxicated mouse-busters anonymous association???

Gotta have din and go to see my flamenco show tonight, in honour of Juanqui!! OLE!! See you later!;)

TennisHack
02-12-2003, 10:21 PM
I, too, must be on my way, for dinner and another round of work. However, my foul mood has been dissipated for the most part. Hope you guys didn't think I was dumping on you :o

See you guys later :wavey:

Have fun, RF!

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:23 PM
Originally posted by Layla
NO WAY!!! Comparing Gladiator to Armageddon and Titanic is a sacrilige! :eek::eek::eek:

Shallow it certainly is not. It is extremely relevant to western civilization in the 21st century. The analogies with the fall of the Roman Empire have been voiced before. A society that is so obsessed with its own pleasure it doesn't care who suffers to bring them joy. Witness the popularity of Jerry Springer, the success of violenct movies and the new obsession with reality. People are so jaded they need real blood to feel anything at all. And as long as they have great tv shows, people won't care enough to rebel. The similarities are endless...

And the importance of public image in politics is brilliantly reflected in the movie. Even Commodus wasn't powerful enough to go against the public opinion.

The moving story of a fucked up father-son relationship and the interminable jealousy of "the bad son" watching his father dote over "the good son he never had".

All that and more in a movie with perfect cinematography, perfect cast (even if you don't like Crowe, there's the brilliant Joaquim Phoenix, the one and only Richard Harris, the always magnificent Derek Jacobi...), wonderful music.

I don't like Russell Crowe so before I watched the movie, I also think it's those Hollywood Blockbuster movie but I changed my opinion after watching it. This is the movie that make me really notice Joaquim Phoenix.

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:24 PM
Bye TH! :wavey:

Hopefully you'll feel much better after dinner!

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:26 PM
Bye RF! :wavey:

Layla
02-12-2003, 10:27 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
That's a tough one, Layla!

Theatre is getting really expensive these days! I hardly go at all in TO -- not great theatre here...

Theatre actors I like? Mostly Brit of course: Juliet Stevenson, Fiona Shaw, Harriet Walter, Sinead Cusack, Alan Rickman, Simon Russell Beale, Jeremy Irons... they've all done film, some US and UK...

I had the great opportunity to go "backstage" or be invited to the "dressing room" of some of these actors!! Talk about exciting! And interesting, intelligent informed conversations about theatre and all sorts of topics!! Even went to the pub with some and to tea with others! Even got invited for dinner with the sister of one of the aforementioned actresses in London!! So much fun!!

Now when does that happen w our tennis players, eh?? ;)

No comparison betw stage and screen experiences! I LOVE the immediacy of the theater, esp small ones!

:eek: That really does sound exciting. I had no idea theatre-going was so eventful lol! Or that the actors were so accessible. :) But somehow I don't think we can expect the same from sport stars. ;)

Hmm, I don't think I've ever heard of Simon Russell Beale. Did he play in any movie I might have seen?

As for screen vs. stage, what I actually meant to ask was if you can think of any actors who just don't work on screen the same way they do in a theatre, or vice versa. Perhaps they can't adapt to a different media and seem hopelessly out of place. Nevermind me, I'm just yammering... My brain is permanently fried these days and I'm incapable of an intelligent conversation. :p

Layla
02-12-2003, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by Lee
Just get to the posts about internet msg board addiction. I think most of us here need a support group. :D Probably just change the title of this thread to IMBAA.

What does I stand for? :confused:

Layla
02-12-2003, 10:31 PM
Bye RF and TH! :wavey:

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:40 PM
Internet Message Board Addiction Anonymous

Layla
02-12-2003, 10:44 PM
Originally posted by Lee
I don't like Russell Crowe so before I watched the movie, I also think it's those Hollywood Blockbuster movie but I changed my opinion after watching it. This is the movie that make me really notice Joaquim Phoenix.

Actually, I didn't even want to see it at first. I was very sceptical, since I can't stand the old spectacles such as Ben Hur and anything else starring Charleton Heston. And I didn't expect much from Russell. But the movie touched me so deeply I even bought a video tape of it. I have a lot of movies taped from tv, but this is the only official videotape I own. :)

It was the first time I saw Joaquim actually and he is just as talented as his brother was. River Phoenix was very close to me, because he is roughly the same age as me and he started acting when he was very young, so it was like watching a classmate up there on the screen when I was growing up. Or maybe it's the kind of movies he starred in. In a way, I felt like we grew up together in our parallel universes. And then he died. :sad: I still remember how shocked I was. I literally felt like I lost a good friend.

But back to Joaquim, I was in awe when I saw his performance. A thoroughly convincing character, someone you can understand and sympathize with despite all his deplorable actions. A truely tragic figure.

Layla
02-12-2003, 10:46 PM
Oh internet! Now I get it. ;)

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:48 PM
Yes, Joaquim is very good in playing that kind of characters. I saw him in Quill and I was deeply touched.

Lee
02-12-2003, 10:48 PM
LOL I'm being nasty in GM again. Those AA fans really bring out the worst of me! :o

Layla
02-12-2003, 10:54 PM
LOL Lee! :D

Ooops, I haven't seen Quill yet. :o It's on my list of films to rent when I have some time, but then I never do. It'll probably make it to TV before I visit the video store again.

Lee
02-12-2003, 11:04 PM
Vince is home now so this IMBA will have to switch to caring and loving mother :D Bye! :wavey:

Layla
02-12-2003, 11:08 PM
Bye Lee! :wavey: Say hi to Vince! :)

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 12:37 AM
Quills is a terrific film, that I can agree to :) I haven't seen it all the way through, but what I did see was wonderful. Of course, the whole story of the Marquis de Sade is interesting, but Joaquin Phoenix was quite good in his touching portrayal of the priest who was in love with the maid. Would even take a beating for her :eek: Now that's love ;)

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 12:38 AM
I see everyone has disappeared, but just wanted to say that it looks like Michel pulled out because of his toe? How exactly does one injure a toe? :confused:

I wish there was more about it :( Hope Micha isn't feeling too frustrated because of it :(

Layla
02-13-2003, 01:16 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
I see everyone has disappeared, but just wanted to say that it looks like Michel pulled out because of his toe? How exactly does one injure a toe? :confused:

I wish there was more about it :( Hope Micha isn't feeling too frustrated because of it :(

I'm sure he's still high on his Davis Cup victory and won't be too frustrated. He must know he needs a rest after such a feat. :)

Maybe it was just a blister or something like that. Or he stubbed his toe and the pain just got worse. Anyway, a toe doesn't sound serious at all, so I'm not worried. Ljubicic and Schuttler also had to retire and Santoro and Zhenya lost their matches.

Dissident
02-13-2003, 01:52 AM
Oh, I quite liked Gladiator too. And I was also really determined not to see it.
But as they had all those wonderful scenarios, I couldnt neglect my future job deals, and I felt like I needed to. It was not bad at all. I agree Phoenix was the best out there. Really good...
Now I cant say the same about A Beautiful Mind. Not bad, but WAYYYYY overhyped. TYPICAL Oscar shit... My face when it won: :mad:

:p

Dissident
02-13-2003, 01:57 AM
And last entry before bed, I saw Hackie posted some Pearl Jam stuff on my exile days...
I read about the bootlegs, yeah.
Those mp3s they release one day after the shows are wonderful. Compact, fast to download (Which is a must now that my computer is gone) and good quality.
I have the three first shows already. The fourth is coming tomorrow.

Just a teaser for you, as I wont post all the setlists (Id feel boring! ;))

During the first show in Brisbane, Ed was talking about his friend Pete Townshend's dilemna (you all know about it now, I assume) and tried to defend the guy. While he was talking, someone in the crowd shouted something loud.
Ed: "This guy says 'shut up'. FUCK YOU! Start a band, play for ten years, then meet up with these guys, and then play another ten years, and then get the microphone, and then you say something. But right now, shut the fuck up!"

Lol, I was instantly LMAOing with the whole crowd... LOL! That guy went home with a red face that will stand there for years!

Now, good night everyone! :wavey:

Layla
02-13-2003, 02:05 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
Oh, I quite liked Gladiator too. And I was also really determined not to see it.
But as they had all those wonderful scenarios, I couldnt neglect my future job deals, and I felt like I needed to. It was not bad at all. I agree Phoenix was the best out there. Really good...
Now I cant say the same about A Beautiful Mind. Not bad, but WAYYYYY overhyped. TYPICAL Oscar shit... My face when it won: :mad:

:p

LOL, I completely agree about A Beautiful Mind, but it doesn't even come close to the Titanic disaster, which must have been the worst year for the Oscars. I wasn't really disappointed when I saw A Beautiful Mind, because the trailer was so awful I was expecting something much worse. But still, nothing special.

I don't know who to cheer for. :( I heard The Pianist was really good, but I'm not a big fan of Polanski (the director that is, I loath the man), especially his 90s movies. His vision of the world doesn't appeal to me anymore. But I'm guessing this film is a lot different.

I would really like to see Adaptation. :)

Layla
02-13-2003, 02:08 AM
LOL, thanks for another Eddie anecdote! :D

Goodnight! Sweet dreams! :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
02-13-2003, 02:17 AM
The French are putting the Swiss on greenset? Wow! I was positive it would be clay!

Layla
02-13-2003, 02:30 AM
Yeah, I was surprised by that as well. I'm not so sure it's such a good idea, but they must know what they're doing. They're not the best without reason. ;)

I'm going to bed. Goodnight! :wavey:

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 04:29 AM
Originally posted by Layla
I'm sure he's still high on his Davis Cup victory and won't be too frustrated. He must know he needs a rest after such a feat. :)

Maybe it was just a blister or something like that. Or he stubbed his toe and the pain just got worse. Anyway, a toe doesn't sound serious at all, so I'm not worried. Ljubicic and Schuttler also had to retire and Santoro and Zhenya lost their matches.

I'm sorry I missed you guys tonight :(

I agree, a toe doesn't sound too serious, so I'm not too worried. I am confused, though -- Schuettler is still scheduled for doubles tomorrow. If he pulled out of singles, why is he still playing doubles?

I'm guessing it was a blister. Off to Bern to rest before playing Rotterdam qualies :)

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 04:33 AM
Originally posted by Dissident
And last entry before bed, I saw Hackie posted some Pearl Jam stuff on my exile days...
I read about the bootlegs, yeah.
Those mp3s they release one day after the shows are wonderful. Compact, fast to download (Which is a must now that my computer is gone) and good quality.
I have the three first shows already. The fourth is coming tomorrow.

Just a teaser for you, as I wont post all the setlists (Id feel boring! ;))

During the first show in Brisbane, Ed was talking about his friend Pete Townshend's dilemna (you all know about it now, I assume) and tried to defend the guy. While he was talking, someone in the crowd shouted something loud.
Ed: "This guy says 'shut up'. FUCK YOU! Start a band, play for ten years, then meet up with these guys, and then play another ten years, and then get the microphone, and then you say something. But right now, shut the fuck up!"

Lol, I was instantly LMAOing with the whole crowd... LOL! That guy went home with a red face that will stand there for years!

Now, good night everyone! :wavey:

Thanks for the teasers, Diss :) I figured you'd seen it but thought I'd post it for everyone :) So are you still downloading the music even if you computer is dead? :confused: I'm very confused :o

Goodnight, thread :wavey:

Chloe le Bopper
02-13-2003, 04:34 AM
TH - I was just looking at your freeservers site and noticed that you used my caption for JCF's press conference pictures (the one where it looks like he might be about to pick his nose).

LOL :D

Lee
02-13-2003, 04:51 AM
Hi Becca, TH! :wavey:

I guess Rainer is just too tired to play after travelling from the south hemisphere to the north and cross an ocean :p With some time to rest, he may try to play double.

Lee
02-13-2003, 05:01 AM
Have some study to do before tomorrow's class (not TKD) so good night! :wavey:

Vera
02-13-2003, 06:46 AM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Interesting. Michel is going to play a qualifying tournament for the first time in a year :eek::sad::o

Strong field of competitors in qualifications for the ABN AMRO world Tennis Tournament
The competitors in the qualifications are listed as follows:
1. Wayne Arthurs (AUS);
2. Feliciano Lopez (ESP);
3. Radek Stepanek (CZE);
4. Olivier Rochus (BEL);
5. Mario Ancic (CRO);
6. Nicolas Kiefer (GER);
7. Michel Kratochvil (SUI);
8. Karol Kucera (SVK);
9. Julien Boutter (FRA);
10. Bohdan Ulihrach (CZE);
11. Olivier Mutis (FRA);
12. Alexander Waske (GER);
13. Christophe Rochus (BEL);
14. Jean-Julien Rojer (HOL) - W.C.
15. wildcard;
16. wildcard.


Indeed :eek: :eek: :eek: . Just checked the website and said the qualifying day ticket is only 7.7 Euro (well, don't have that Euro sign on my keyboard). What a bargain to see those guys gutting it out.

And Kiefer's back to action. Hope he survives the quali.

Vera
02-13-2003, 06:55 AM
Originally posted by Rebecca
The French are putting the Swiss on greenset? Wow! I was positive it would be clay!

I guess I can understand that. Seems that clay's only preferred for Seb and Paulo and Paulo's still hurt and out. It's a tough one since Rogi the anchor is good on all surfaces.

BTW, I didn't even know that France's playing Switzerland in the QF :o :( . I guess I'll have to split with the pro-Swisses here, to cheer for the French. The Frenchies are always my second choice after the Spaniards.

Vera
02-13-2003, 06:58 AM
I'm going to watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm" now. It's premiering here at 11 pm :eek:. It's kinda weird and I wonder if it's a X-rated sit-com or sth :p. But I heard a lot about it last year when it got nominated in some whatever award show so I'm curious to find out.

Anyway, good nite thread :wavey:

maratski
02-13-2003, 09:21 AM
Rotterdam has a nice tournament. They always have a strong field. I've been there in 2001. Qualifying promises to be tough. Monday and tuesday will be ladies day with some of the players on the catwalk. I would love to see pics of that.

Francine
02-13-2003, 09:45 AM
:wavey: Morning everyone!

Just a quick hello, I'm currently packing to go to my parents in Utrecht tonight and from there I'll go to Val Thorens to go skiing, leaving saturday evening. I can't believe I'm going to miss out on all the action in Rotterdam. The ONE tournament Juanqui plays in Holland, and I'm not here :fiery: I'll be back sunday morning next week, and will try my best to get tickets if he reaches the final. Or watch him on tv.

Anywayzzz, that's all folks, be back to chat later toninght.

P.S. I remember there was a chat-session with him on the official WTT site last year and I asked him if he had a nice birthday and if he got any presents. He said he celebrated with Tommy Robredo and their coaches in Marseille and he hadn't got any presents yet, cause he hadn't seen his family and friends back in Spain yet. Anyway, the point of this story; check the site http://www.abnamro.nl/wtt Because they have quit a few of those chat sessions with the players and maybe JC will do one this year again. And if he participates in Ladies Day this year (don't think so, not really his thing) there will be some nice pics up there as well.

maratski
02-13-2003, 10:46 AM
Have a nice vacation.

Last year Marat's chat got cancelled cause he had a fever and pulled out of his doubles match.

Layla
02-13-2003, 11:41 AM
Originally posted by Vera

BTW, I didn't even know that France's playing Switzerland in the QF :o :( . I guess I'll have to split with the pro-Swisses here, to cheer for the French. The Frenchies are always my second choice after the Spaniards.

Morning everyone! :wavey:

I have the same faves. The Spaniards come first, followed closely by the Musketeers. :D :D Splits are inevitable. ;)

Layla
02-13-2003, 11:44 AM
Have a great skiing trip Francine! Let's hope Juanqui does get to the final, so that you can at least see him on TV. :) And I think he might participate in Ladies Day. I'd certainly love to see pics of that.

maratski
02-13-2003, 12:01 PM
The tournament is celebrating it's 30th anniversary so there'll be some special things and I think this year the higher ranked players will participate in the fashion show. I know 2 years ago Kiefer was on the catwalk and I think last year it was Federer.

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
TH - I was just looking at your freeservers site and noticed that you used my caption for JCF's press conference pictures (the one where it looks like he might be about to pick his nose).

LOL :D

:D See, I wasn't kidding when I said that quote would be immortalized forever :D

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 02:10 PM
Originally posted by Vera
I guess I can understand that. Seems that clay's only preferred for Seb and Paulo and Paulo's still hurt and out. It's a tough one since Rogi the anchor is good on all surfaces.

BTW, I didn't even know that France's playing Switzerland in the QF :o :( . I guess I'll have to split with the pro-Swisses here, to cheer for the French. The Frenchies are always my second choice after the Spaniards.

Hmm, my reasoning was that they chose Greenset to play Nicolas Escude and . . . Paul-Henri? He did really well indoors last year, taking Moscow and Lyon, both of which were played on indoor carpet. Sebastien also won a title on carpet last year (St. Petersburg). So I can see where they think it might be to their advantage to choose carpet.

But the Swissies are no pushovers on it, having won their first tie on said surface. I thought France would choose something different for sure :eek:

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 02:12 PM
Have a nice trip, Francine! :wavey: I'm sure you'll find a way to at least follow what's going on in Rotterdam ;)

Thanks for the website :)

maratski
02-13-2003, 02:30 PM
Hi TH :wavey:

I just joined your yahoo group today.

maratski
02-13-2003, 03:26 PM
I just read on a dutch site that Richard Krajicek split up with his coach Rohan Goetzke. After 12 years they decided to stop working together. Especially the last years have been difficult because of his injuries. Richard said that it was too difficult to start over again and again. This is not litteraly said, but a short summary.


ps Michail withdrew from Rotterdam and Dubai because of the flu. It must be really bad if he expects to be out for 2 weeks.

Chloe le Bopper
02-13-2003, 04:40 PM
I guess I can understand that. Seems that clay's only preferred for Seb and Paulo and Paulo's still hurt and out. It's a tough one since Rogi the anchor is good on all surfaces.

Somebody made mention of this already, but Grosjean can really play on anything. He had that title from Paris in 2001, and the finals of the Masters Cup. He also has a grasscourt title, no?


BTW, I didn't even know that France's playing Switzerland in the QF . I guess I'll have to split with the pro-Swisses here, to cheer for the French. The Frenchies are always my second choice after the Spaniards.

I'll also be torn Vera ;) Even though I have been neglecting him lately, Fed used to be one of my favourite players.

The French team is my third favourite but since they always make the finals it seems, I won't mind if they lose to the Swiss ;) ;)

As long as I get my Spain-Argentina semifinal :mad:

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 05:30 PM
Originally posted by Ilhame
Hi TH :wavey:

I just joined your yahoo group today.

:wavey:

Thanks! :) Feel free to post away -- though it appears the other two main posters have delved into personal talk ;)

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 05:36 PM
I prefer the underdog Davis Cup teams -- France is such a rock (and some of their fans so obnoxious) that it's more fun to cheer against them sometimes :D

I'd have to say that Spain looks to be the second-strongest team after France, but they haven't had as much success with the Cup so I don't really count them as a bedrock of play.

And of course my personal biases (how I'd love to see Finland in World Group play, just once!) . . . but I just can't imagine cheering for the Frenchies. Other teams need more support ;)

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 05:48 PM
Pisnik sees off Razzano, meets Venus in last eight
2003-02-13 15:17:09 GMT (Reuters)

BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Slovenia's Tina Pisnik recovered from a slow start to overcome France's Virginie Razzano 4-6 6-3 6-0 in the second round of the WTA Antwerp Diamond Games on Thursday, to set up a quarter-final tie against Venus Williams.

Razzano had beaten ninth seed Alexandra Stevenson in the first round but crumbled completely against Pisnik after looking strong in taking the opening set.

The match was turned on its head in the second set when the 21-year-old Pisnik began to apply more pressure on her teenage opponent.

Razzano needed treatment on an injured elbow in the final set and Pisnik sealed the match with three aces in the sixth game.

Ranked number 61 in the world, Pisnik will need to show even greater resilience if she is to challenge top seed Williams, who is bidding to win the $585,000 prize for the third straight year.

Chloe le Bopper
02-13-2003, 06:24 PM
I agree with you about it being hard to root for the French, since they win so much. But Grosjean and Santoro are among my pool of favourites, so it's hard to neglect them.

I won't be upset if they lose though, seeing as they both have a previous Davis Cup win to fall back on.

Unlike my second favourite team - Argentina :D

Vera
02-13-2003, 06:56 PM
Originally posted by Rebecca
Somebody made mention of this already, but Grosjean can really play on anything. He had that title from Paris in 2001, and the finals of the Masters Cup. He also has a grasscourt title, no?


Seb actually has no title on clay, he has a grass and 2 indoor carpet titles. But he's a all-courter for sure. BTW, he lost in Marseille, his home-town :sad: :sad: :sad:. Oh well. Escude won :bounce:. Seb and Nico are my most favorite Frenchmen and Nico's growing on me everyday :D.

Based on the French's success, I guess I won't be too disappointed if they lose in the QF, especially if they lose to the good guys like the Swiss. But rooting against them is impossible.

Originally posted by Rebecca
As long as I get my Spain-Argentina semifinal

For sure I'll be rooting against Russia. I also am very excited about the possibility of a SF between Spain and Argentina on clay :drool: , more inportantly, SF between Russia and Spain is very undesirable.

ILR
02-13-2003, 07:15 PM
:wavey:

hey can I join the IMBAA?:p Sounds like I need to be a member!How is everyone today?I had a mixed today,I heard our school prom has been temporarily cancelled :sad::eek:

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 07:33 PM
:wavey: ILR!

:eek: Your prom has been cancelled? Why?

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by Vera
For sure I'll be rooting against Russia. I also am very excited about the possibility of a SF between Spain and Argentina on clay :drool: , more inportantly, SF between Russia and Spain is very undesirable.

:eek::eek: Whoa, I'm feeling quite outnumbered in the Russian cheering camp!

:o

Jarkko's down a set to Roger :(

ILR
02-13-2003, 07:37 PM
HI Hackie :wavey:

well its the minority yet again :rolleyes: some people arent up to date with important coursework and classwork and have had a bad attitude towards work this week.I have a feeling though its just a threat because we have a chance to make up for it.

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 07:42 PM
So, your school would take away your prom because a few people aren't up to date on their work? :eek: Wow! That sucks :(

ILR
02-13-2003, 07:51 PM
well thats what they say but Im not sure if they will do that.If they do its not right :(

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 07:54 PM
It's not right -- having proms and dances shouldn't have anything to do with students doing or not doing their work . . . .

:rolleyes:

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 07:56 PM
Jarkko's losing :sad::sad:

What a bad day its been for my players :(

ILR
02-13-2003, 07:57 PM
I know but I think what they are trying to do is get people to do their work so they will think oh no if I dont work then we dont get a prom,but thats not the right way of going about things.If peole dont want to work well and get bad grades and leave school with no qualifications,its their own fault.

ILR
02-13-2003, 07:59 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
Jarkko's losing :sad::sad:

What a bad day its been for my players :(

Hes playing Rogi isnt he?What score is it?

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 08:00 PM
LOL, I totally agree.

I mean, the people who don't want to do their work aren't going to do their work, regardless of what the school takes away. The school's punishing the whole group instead of just a few, which, in my experience, has never worked.

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 08:00 PM
Roger 6-3, 4*-3 Jarkko :(

ILR
02-13-2003, 08:07 PM
yeh exactly!But I think the head of year is just so frustrated he acted a bit harshly.I think when he thinks about it and how most of us are working hard then he will change his mind!Its ironic too I booked the limo last night!:p

Go Rogi :D (sorry Hackie ;))

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 08:10 PM
Roger won :(:sad:

ILR
02-13-2003, 08:18 PM
:D sorry he had to beat Jarkko Hackie :( but glad he won

ILR
02-13-2003, 08:22 PM
ok Hackie is forum slow for you?

TennisHack
02-13-2003, 08:25 PM
Yes, it's slow for me :(

ILR
02-13-2003, 08:54 PM
lol it seems to be a bit better now :)

RogiFan
02-13-2003, 09:23 PM
Originally posted by TennisHack
:eek::eek: Whoa, I'm feeling quite outnumbered in the Russian cheering camp!

:o

Jarkko's down a set to Roger :(

Well, I usually root FOR Russia but if they're up vs. Spain, that's a tough one! I think I'd root for Spain... but I like Marat and Misha!! As for ARG... nah, I'm always for Spain vs. Argentina for sure! ;) And I will not abandon my Swissies for the Frenchies... no problem with that! ;)

Vera
02-13-2003, 09:51 PM
Hi RF :wavey:

I'm pretty indifferent to the Argi, but I dislike Gaudio very much. The only reason to root for them is so can be assured that the Spain SF will be on clay. Well, I'm not sure, actually, would that be a home tie for Spain or Argi. Maybe the Argi will decide on sth else if they play in Argentina, maybe on grass so David can win both his matches :p.

Anyway, I bought that Aussie Tennis from Chapters, that Anna one, which is the Jan 2003 issue. It's a really interesting issue, they listed the most shocking events in Tennis history. Of course the most memorable (in terms of horrified) for me is Muster's accident and Monica's stabbed. It's the 2 incidents that made me angry every time I thought about it. I didn't know who's Muster until after the accident. But I like him very much since then because he's for sure the most determined player IMO (and the one I admired the most :o).

Hey, watched Talk To Her yesterday. Ah, I wish to meet a man like Marco. I don't believe man can be so sentimental (well, cannot think of a better word to describe him). But if this kind of man really exists, then I guess I can still have hope :).

RogiFan
02-13-2003, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by Vera
Hi RF :wavey:

I'm pretty indifferent to the Argi, but I dislike Gaudio very much. The only reason to root for them is so can be assured that the Spain SF will be on clay. Well, I'm not sure, actually, would that be a home tie for Spain or Argi. Maybe the Argi will decide on sth else if they play in Argentina, maybe on grass so David can win both his matches :p.

Anyway, I bought that Aussie Tennis from Chapters, that Anna one, which is the Jan 2003 issue. It's a really interesting issue, they listed the most shocking events in Tennis history. Of course the most memorable (in terms of horrified) for me is Muster's accident and Monica's stabbed. It's the 2 incidents that made me angry every time I thought about it. I didn't know who's Muster until after the accident. But I like him very much since then because he's for sure the most determined player IMO (and the one I admired the most :o).

Hey, watched Talk To Her yesterday. Ah, I wish to meet a man like Marco. I don't believe man can be so sentimental (well, cannot think of a better word to describe him). But if this kind of man really exists, then I guess I can still have hope :).

I also dislike Gaudio -- I just watched his match vs. Juanqui at RG02 -- glad that Juanqui got so mad that he won!! I saw Gaudio in TO but I ignored him(!) cos he was acting as if he was so great... which I hate in people! Just don't care for that chico...

So you liked the movie? It's not my fave Almodovar film but it certainly provokes thought! I don't think it will appeal to the usual movie-going masses -- interesting that it's up for an Oscar but NOT in the foreign film category... shows that Pedro has now "sold out" to Hollywood... [let's see what Diss thinks of this remark!!]...

It's still so bitterly cold here!

Oh yeah last night my sis and I went to that flamenco show! It was quite good but not as polished as they were 2 years ago... they had fewer singers and dancers but this one woman was amazing with her very long red ruffled dress... dramatic! The colours of the dresses were rich: mostly purples, reds, clarets, deep blues... the other dancer was so passionate her flowers flew out of her hair! Now that's what I call Spanish passion! OLE!!
;)

I keep thinking about the Spanish players -- what makes them SPANISH?

ILR
02-13-2003, 10:08 PM
:wavey: Vera,here again?;)

Vera
02-13-2003, 10:11 PM
I like the movie, well, it's not fantasic, but I'm quite touched, like I said, the men in this movie are rarity and it's encouraging for woman to see that they exist :). Oh, and it's a treat to listen to spanish :o. I went to the beach after the movie, and enjoyed the stars for awhile.

Stranglely, last nite, I watched another Pedro Almodovar's movie on Bravo!. What a coincident for the programming schedule. But that one was so-sol and very sad and it was very late so I didn't finish the whole thing. I didn't know what catagory Talk To Her is in the Oscar Nomination.