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Blake wonders why he was scheduled two days in a row

nobama
03-13-2007, 04:09 PM
http://www.thedesertsun.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070313/EVENTS10/703130332/1120/events10

Blake sluggish in loss
INDIAN WELLS - A late night was followed by an early exit for one of the few American hopefuls at the Pacific Life Open.

James Blake, the sixth seed in the men's draw who played one of the late-night matches Sunday night, returned to the Stadium Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the lengthening shadows Monday and dropped a straight-set match to Julien Benneteau of France.

"I was definitely surprised to see myself on the schedule again today, especially in the day," said Blake, who lost 6-2, 7-6 (1). "But I'm sure they had their reason for it. I don't know what it is."

Blake's loss leaves only Andy Roddick, the event's third seed, as an American with a serious chance to win the title this week. Roddick advanced in straight sets in the match just before Blake.

Blake wouldn't blame Sunday's late night for his Monday third-round loss, even though Blake said he didn't get to bed until 1:30 a.m. after his normal stretching and icing after his straight-set victory over Florent Serra.

"I hope I'm awake by 4 o'clock in the afternoon," Blake said. "But I don't know what it was. I think my feet just weren't moving for some reason."

Whatever the reason, Blake came out sluggish in the opening games of the first set against Benneteau, losing his serve twice to fall behind 4-0 and eventually dropping the set 6-2.

"It was everything, it seemed like," said Blake, who won in Sydney, Australia earlier this year and reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. "I didn't serve well. I didn't return very well. I could have played better on the big points. I couldn't get a lot of momentum going."

Neither Blake nor Benneteau played particularly well in the second set, each losing their serve twice. Blake led the set on serve at 6-5, but Benneteau managed to hold on to his own serve and force the tiebreak.

Benneteau then made short work of the tiebreaker, winning 7-1. Blake set the tone for the tiebreaker by double-faulting on his opening serve.

Benneteau knew that was his opening to put the match away.

"I think (the tiebreaker) was the key opportunity to win this match, because I had some opportunities before and didn't take it," Benneteau said. "Against this kind of player, we cannot let opportunities go like this. So when I was down 6-5, I said to myself, 'OK, I can stay with this one in two sets, go into the tiebreaker and then win it.'"

At key points of the second set, Benneteau was able to whistle forehands past Blake, while Blake hit both backhands and forehands into the net throughout the set.

Blake said he felt good going into the tiebreaker after breaking Benneteau twice in the second set. That good feeling didn't last long, though.

"I felt like I was playing well on his serve and maybe just went for a little too much," Blake said. "Went for too much on the second serve, doubled and it wasn't a great start. And from there it didn't get much better."

Benneteau now advances to face 12th-seed Novak Djokovic in a quarter of the draw that has already lost Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Blake. Blake must take a few days to rebound from the upset before the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida.

"It will be in my head right now for probably the rest of the night, and then I gotta move past it," Blake said. "Take a day off tomorrow, relax, and then hopefully it will be out of my head. And that is what I've gotten better at over time."

Headbump
03-13-2007, 04:12 PM
why are other players playing 3 days in a row?

uglyamerican
03-13-2007, 04:13 PM
The scheduling and court placement has been a little :retard:

Perhaps with the bad weather last year they wanted to load up the schedule early on and have more rest days later in the fortnight.

IW does have issues. It took a few tries to get the draw right, last year.

All this being said, James might want to take a lower profile following Vegas issues.

nobama
03-13-2007, 04:28 PM
Yeah the scheduling is a bit odd. Blake gets on court at night, several hours after he was scheduled and then has to come back out the next day? Aren't Roddick & Nadal (and I'm sure others) now playing three days in a row? I thought players got days off during these events? The weather forecast is perfect for the entire week/weekend. Hot and full sun every day, so weather certainly shouldn't be a concern.

henree
03-13-2007, 04:28 PM
Excuses excuses. :o :o :o

qczi
03-13-2007, 04:35 PM
i wonder why blake cant beat players like korolev and benneteau lately and shut up

scoobs
03-13-2007, 04:40 PM
Slightly odd scheduling but hardly that traumatic - in bed by 1.30 and then not back on court before 4pm next day. It's plenty of time to go through the usual motions post-match and pre-match. It's not like he was out for ages against Serra, either. All player have to play back-to-back days at some stage in this tournament, I think - they don't start early enough for everyone to have a day off between every round. Murray played both Sunday (singles and doubles) and Monday (singles), for instance, although all day matches in those cases.

He just played very very poorly. Period.

dylan24
03-13-2007, 04:44 PM
blake is a loser
nuff said

zicofirol
03-13-2007, 04:45 PM
everyone else also played two days in a row, some 3... non issue and just an excuse by blake...

tangerine_dream
03-13-2007, 04:50 PM
Blake wasn't making excuses he was just answering a reporter's question:

Q. It couldn't have been easy to come off court at what, midnight last night, and what time did you get to sleep and then have to come back out?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, I mean, I probably didn't get to sleep after stretching and icing and doing all that kind of stuff, till, I don't know, 1:30 in the morning. So I was definitely surprised to see myself on the schedule again today, especially during the day. But I'm sure they had a reason for it. I don't know what it is. I didn't question it last night. I just -- nothing I can do about that, just go out and try to play my best, and today my best wasn't good enough.

knightsky
03-13-2007, 05:01 PM
Well this is quite disappointing for a MS tournament like Indian Wells. The schedule is screwed up, the live scoreboard sucks, no wonder the seeds are dropping like flies!

Hendu
03-13-2007, 05:05 PM
He should have called de villiers. Mr. Disney always finds the right solution.

smucav
03-13-2007, 05:19 PM
All player have to play back-to-back days at some stage in this tournament, I think - they don't start early enough for everyone to have a day off between every round. Murray played both Sunday (singles and doubles) and Monday (singles), for instance, although all day matches in those cases.Correct: the top half of the draw played their second round (Sunday) and third round (Monday) back to back while the bottom half will play their third round (Monday) and fourth round (Tuesday) back to back.

I don't really believe that Blake is questioning why he was scheduled to play his third round match on Monday (all men's third round matches were played on Monday) or suggesting that he play his third round match on a different day than everyone else, but questioning why he was scheduled to play a night match one day & a day match the next day. He has a right to question the scheduling, but in the end it was not major reason for his loss.

senorgato
03-13-2007, 05:20 PM
It didn't sound like he was complaining, really.

cmurray
03-13-2007, 05:41 PM
Dang. What's up with Blake bashing? He VERY clearly said that scheduling was NOT the reason he lost. "I hope I'm awake by 4:00 in the afternoon". Give the guy a break.

amierin
03-13-2007, 05:51 PM
All this being said, James might want to take a lower profile following Vegas issues.

How about some cheese with that whine James? You've got friends in high places. Give Etienne a call...

Socket
03-13-2007, 05:57 PM
What a whiner he's turning into. Just STFU and win some matches.

Merton
03-13-2007, 06:05 PM
Benneteau was playing the last match on court 6 on Sunday so it was also a late match. The same thing happens with Ferrero and Nadal, they both played a night match yesterday and they are playing a day match today.

tangerine_dream
03-13-2007, 06:06 PM
All we need now are GWH, my0118, Rosa Luxembourg, and matrinatreue to show up and then the Blake Bashers can form another happy circle jerk again. :cool:

Caren
03-13-2007, 06:19 PM
All we need now are GWH, my0118, Rosa Luxembourg, and matrinatreue to show up and then the Blake Bashers can form another happy circle jerk again. :cool:

yeh they've not really had any reason to in the last week :rolleyes: ...

lol he wasn't complaining, if u all could actually read :o you would see he was clearly saying the scheduling was a bit suspect (as most people have said) but not the he shouldn't be playing 2 days in a row.

ChinoRios4Ever
03-13-2007, 06:35 PM
at least he made an hole in one this week :yeah:

gogogirl
03-13-2007, 06:39 PM
All we need now are GWH, my0118, Rosa Luxembourg, and matrinatreue to show up and then the Blake Bashers can form another happy circle jerk again. :cool:


Hey All,

I hear 'ya tangerine_dream. The thing is - there are few players that aren't bashed and especially - most the top ones by somebody. And even more so when they lose. Some on these boards are equal opportunity haters. They be hatin' on James, Andy, Rafa, David, Tommy R., Roger, etc, etc, etc. Then again - some are hated on behind any little thing a player does or says. Really now - what does that say about the bashers' lives? Mannnnnnnnnn - couldn't some of us find things to bash them about if we saw their pics, knew their backgrounds and so on and so on, and then we could come out of the gates biased because of this or that about them? And for anyone to call a player a loser because they lose a tennis match is fine - but to call someone a loser in life - then those types need to look in the mirror.

It is really almost like some of the ones doing the bashing think their stuff don't stink, they are perfect, never make a mistake - and really perceive that because they belong to a tennis forum - it gives them a stamp of approval to judge all kinds of things about other human beings - instead of just discussing the tennis. And.....it is almost like some can't see the beauty of appreciating tennis period and enjoying the efforts of all of the players. Sure - we all have our faves - but I hope some don't think they are all of that, because for every negative and hateful thing they spew out against anyone - it will come back on them in some from or fashion. It must be a miserable existence to wake up every morning looking to spew hateful juices by putting another/others down. May haps it helps them be able to deal w/their own sorry lots in life to be so hateful.

After yesterday, I vowed to stop trying to reason with folks that just love to hate and bash. It really is useless to debate w/such folks. I've learned to jump right over negative and nasty posts and look for the positives. And.....I don't mean that one shouldn't critique a players' play and what not, and/or comment on what a player(s) did wrong in said poster's mind and/or how this or that player could improve - and/or to even comment on the fact that this or that player - played like crap.

Peace out to all of us that just appreciate the game of tennis for the very fact that we realize that that is all it is. A game. I'll be damned if anyone can get me to hate. To hate something, someplace or someone gives that thing, place or person power over the one that hates. I'll pass the peas and plate on that.

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=41712

goodwoman
03-13-2007, 06:51 PM
Yeah, the few Blake bashers are getting so ridiculus now its laughable. It doesn't matter what James says or does now, they'll bash it, and of course add "he probably should call De Villiers."

This was from James's interview:

Q. What went wrong today for you?
JAMES BLAKE: Everything it seemed like. I didn't serve very well. I didn't return very well. I could have played better on the big points. I couldn't get a lot of momentum going. Couldn't find my rhythm. I don't know what happened. No idea. Just one of those days.


I'm waiting for a thread to say, "Blake uses having a bad day as a lame excuse." Then of course, the obligatory, "He should call De Villiers to fix it" comment followed by replies of :haha: .
It's hateful, ignorant, and boring. Find something better to do.

alfonsojose
03-13-2007, 06:53 PM
How about some cheese with that whine James? You've got friends in high places. Give Etienne a call...

Leave Ety out of this :mad:

sondraj06
03-13-2007, 07:00 PM
My thing is, i just don't see why every tennis player has to bring up evey little inconsisitancy or issue that they have with tennis. Tennis is no different than any other job, It's part of life, it has problems. Not everything needs to be mentioned. Sometimes they don't sound much like men at all. Women are suppose to be the ones who complain, be a man. Suck it up sometimes, damn.

nobama
03-13-2007, 07:02 PM
No Blake did not blame the scheduling for his loss. I'm not sure what to blame it on, other than he's not consistent and can really suck sometimes. It's a shame b/c with Fed out he really had a chance. And I'd much rather see him win this thing than Nadal or Conndick. :o Hopefully Gonzo will get better and go deep.

scoobs
03-13-2007, 07:03 PM
Correct: the top half of the draw played their second round (Sunday) and third round (Monday) back to back while the bottom half will play their third round (Monday) and fourth round (Tuesday) back to back.

I don't really believe that Blake is questioning why he was scheduled to play his third round match on Monday (all men's third round matches were played on Monday) or suggesting that he play his third round match on a different day than everyone else, but questioning why he was scheduled to play a night match one day & a day match the next day. He has a right to question the scheduling, but in the end it was not major reason for his loss.
Seems fairly obvious to me - he got a night match because he's one of their stars and they get promoted in night matches. Then he needed to play his next match next day, that wasn't going to be a night match, so they stuck him on fairly late in the day. I could understand thinking it was a bit weird if he'd been scheduled first or second out on court but 4pm is pretty reasonable.

RickDaStick
03-13-2007, 07:24 PM
I am also wondering why Blake keeps getting thumped by juniors and journeymen.

Sofyaxo
03-13-2007, 07:29 PM
My thing is, i just don't see why every tennis player has to bring up evey little inconsisitancy or issue that they have with tennis. Tennis is no different than any other job, It's part of life, it has problems. Not everything needs to be mentioned. Sometimes they don't sound much like men at all. Women are suppose to be the ones who complain, be a man. Suck it up sometimes, damn.

And almost everyone bitches about their job, bosses, and other stuff that bother them. They just get to do it with press there.

I don't know what men you know but lots of the ones that I do love to complain. :lol:

sondraj06
03-13-2007, 07:47 PM
And almost everyone bitches about their job, bosses, and other stuff that bother them. They just get to do it with press there.

I don't know what men you know but lots of the ones that I do love to complain. :lol:

That's true many men love to complain, I call those ones p***ys, but that's just me. I don't like for guys to complain more than me. But like I said, it's life. There are many things to complain about, sometimes just suck it up.

SwiSha
03-13-2007, 07:57 PM
stop whining

Snowwy
03-13-2007, 09:18 PM
Why does Blake think he can complain about everything now that he is highly ranked?

Loremaster
03-13-2007, 09:35 PM
I am James fan but he is starting to find more and more excuses

cobalt60
03-13-2007, 10:05 PM
at least he made an hole in one this week :yeah:

Best post on this whole thread ;) :p

Burrow
03-13-2007, 10:20 PM
blake is a loser
nuff said

WTF is nuff?

Blake is the man!!!

RickDaStick
03-13-2007, 10:21 PM
Blake must be spending a lot of time with his buddy Dick these days.

scoobs
03-13-2007, 10:22 PM
Rafa has exactly the same scheduling today as Blake did.

ChinoRios4Ever
03-13-2007, 10:27 PM
Best post on this whole thread ;) :p

thanks colbalt60 :) :devil:

edited...

Action Jackson
03-14-2007, 08:20 AM
tangerinus, you veteran trying to get votes for the arse clown contest and the other whining about St.James getting some criticism.

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As for what Blake said, there really isn't anything to it.

almouchie
03-14-2007, 09:09 AM
scheduling is a bit weird
i can t tell who is playing next
why the confusion
apparently the weather is good
i am pissed i cant see any of the TMS

TheBoiledEgg
03-14-2007, 12:45 PM
Blake is making Arsene Whinger sound good :o

my0118
03-14-2007, 01:15 PM
ppl, please don't use up your comments coz we might have to save them for Miami one. :)

SushiMinimal
03-14-2007, 01:27 PM
Once again this guy complaining like a rockstar. All the sportman and gentleman thing on the court is just something to sell to the media. I believe in Spadea.

my0118
03-14-2007, 01:38 PM
Once again this guy complaining like a rockstar. All the sportman and gentleman thing on the court is just something to sell to the media. I believe in Spadea.

What he's done when he's dealing with the media is actually proving he's smart.
Roddick couldn't do that.

FedFan_2007
03-14-2007, 01:44 PM
Damn. Poor Blake. Put him in the retirement home already with his bib.

tangerine_dream
03-14-2007, 02:55 PM
As for what Blake said, there really isn't anything to it.
Finally, you admit to agreeing with me. :yeah:

ServeAlready81
03-14-2007, 03:02 PM
Hmmmmmmm, people are saying Blake is complaining but what question was asked of him by the journalist? I haven't seen the full press conference but he could've just been responding to a question posed about his game and quick turnaround from the previous night.

Action Jackson
03-14-2007, 03:06 PM
Finally, you admit to agreeing with me. :yeah:

Agreeing to what? You stirring it up as you love doing. I agree to that.

Like I said with Blake's comments, it's a non issue. These idiots can't even get the scoreboard working, so I don't have much hope of getting scheduling right.