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** Pwned by the USO Draw!!! Good luck, Andy, eat your Wheaties! **

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tangerine_dream
07-08-2007, 11:55 PM
Roadtrip! :drive: :bounce: :banana: :dance:

http://i13.tinypic.com/4ykm5xy.jpg

Andy's summer hardcourt schedule:
http://www.andyroddick.com/about/calendar

US Open Series official website:
http://www.usopenseries.com/home/default.sps

Cheesy roadtrip ads to watch:
2007:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oN09-J9Zh4

2006:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezv6PVCmMSI

Kate87
07-09-2007, 12:10 AM
:woohoo:

merce
07-09-2007, 12:21 AM
yaya :D

Jade Fox
07-09-2007, 12:58 AM
Whoo Hoo, USO Road Trip!

I nominate Bryan Adams' "Open Road" as our theme song.

*Starts Singing*

i'm sitting at the wheel
i got a green light
not afraid of nothin' cuz heart and soul
i'm built for life

so let the engine roar
push the pedal down
i want the white lines on the highway
to lead me out of town

chorus:
i'm rolling on and on and on
who knows where i'm goin'?
life is an open road - it's the best story never told
it's an endless sky – it's the deepest sea
life is an open road to me
life is an open road to me

i got headlights
to guide me through the night
i got the window down and the radio playing
it makes me feel alive

chorus
Yeah life's an open road
life is an open road - it's the best story never told
it's an endless sky – it's the deepest sea
life is an open road to me
life is an open road to me
Yeah life's and open road
Yeah and I'm built for life
Life is an open road to me


:rocker2:

Deboogle!.
07-09-2007, 01:08 AM
Yay another season for Andy to give us hope and then mess it up

jeahhh!
07-09-2007, 01:16 AM
Yay another season for Andy to give us hope and then mess it up

Yay:banana:

Winston's Human
07-09-2007, 02:30 AM
Yay another season for Andy to give us hope and then mess it up

Just think how boring it would be to live in Fedland with winning all the time.

jeahhh!
07-09-2007, 02:31 AM
Just think how boring it would be to live in Fedland with winning all the time.

:zzz:

Deboogle!.
07-09-2007, 02:46 AM
very boring indeed

andyroxmysox12191
07-09-2007, 02:48 AM
:banana:

Andy got into the finals of USO because I went there. Maybe if I go twice, he'll win :p

that's hopeful-but-lame wishing

meenyminymo
07-09-2007, 02:56 AM
:banana:

Andy got into the finals of USO because I went there. Maybe if I go twice, he'll win :p

that's hopeful-but-lame wishing

I was there too :D. I'll be there again, you have to come back we're good-luck charms.

Watch that backfire in my face

knight_ley
07-09-2007, 05:14 AM
:bounce:

J. Corwin
07-09-2007, 05:44 AM
Andy has made the finals of a grand slam every year since 03, and he has yet to make one this year....so you know what that means.... ;)

This summer will rock!! :rocker2::rocker:

Deboogle!.
07-09-2007, 05:59 AM
come now Jace there's a first time for everything :D Andy won't let us down, he knows he has to continue the disappointment :)

But at least I'll be half a world away and in ITALY during the USO so nothing will get me down :rocker2: :smoke: :haha:

williaer
07-09-2007, 06:02 AM
Andy has made the finals of a grand slam every year since 03, and he has yet to make one this year....so you know what that means.... ;)

This summer will rock!! :rocker2::rocker:

Oh man that's a worrying stat. :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
07-09-2007, 06:06 AM
He had also never lost a match from being 2-0 sets up before and now he's blessed us with that feat 3 years in a row :rocker2: Maybe he thinks this is a better streak to keep up than winning stuff :smoke:

Sean.J.S.
07-09-2007, 07:49 AM
First stop: Indianapolis Tennis Championships :drive:

Sofyaxo
07-09-2007, 06:36 PM
I've been worried since last year about him defending his points from the summer.

I don't mind him not being top three but I really don't want to see him drop out of the top five. Really is that to much to ask for? :sobbing: :sobbing:

blosson
07-09-2007, 07:06 PM
Redemption time for Andy. Eeek, loads of points to defend.

kaylee
07-09-2007, 07:27 PM
yayyyyyyyyyy hard courts wooooo hoooooooooo!

Deboogle!.
07-09-2007, 07:35 PM
I've been worried since last year about him defending his points from the summer.

I don't mind him not being top three but I really don't want to see him drop out of the top five. Really is that to much to ask for? :sobbing: :sobbing:I don't even care about points and ranking, I care about him playing to his capability - in the US on his best surface (I don't care what they say, the really fast low-bouncing US Summer hardcourts are better for him than the slower Wimby grass now). If he plays like he can, then the rest will fall into place. problem is that even since a whole year ago when he hired Jimmy, except for a couple of matches here and there, he STILL hasn't really and truly fixed this crap that keeps creeping up in his game and mentality. It's time :o :help:

tennis lover
07-09-2007, 07:51 PM
This is Andy's season, time for him to show everyone who is boss! :boxing:

Sofyaxo
07-09-2007, 07:58 PM
I don't even care about points and ranking, I care about him playing to his capability - in the US on his best surface (I don't care what they say, the really fast low-bouncing US Summer hardcourts are better for him than the slower Wimby grass now). If he plays like he can, then the rest will fall into place. problem is that even since a whole year ago when he hired Jimmy, except for a couple of matches here and there, he STILL hasn't really and truly fixed this crap that keeps creeping up in his game and mentality. It's time :o :help:

I know.

I think in addition to keeping Jimmy around it's time to get a psychologist to deal with him as well. A few years ago I wouldn't have pulled Andy confidence into question, but now I'm not always sure. One meeting couldn't hurt anyway.

kaylee
07-09-2007, 09:22 PM
I got my tickets for the US Open today I am sooooooooooooo excited!!!!!!!!!!!

tangerine_dream
07-09-2007, 11:12 PM
Why doesn't Andy do what Djokovic has done and hire a specialist to help with his problem areas like volleying? I think this would be a great idea. He has the money to do it. He has a good team but there's always room for more. ;)

One of the things that's most troubling to me is the fact that Jimmy's magic seems to have warn off too quickly. He has given Andy much-needed confidence but I can see that there is still some work to be done in that area. Andy had it at Cincy, USO, and AO. Haven't seen it since. His playing at Wimbledon was rather lackluster in comparison to how he's looked before. I was hoping Jimmy would be able to light the fire under his ass and it worked for a bit. Now, it feels like we're back to square one. :sad:

Deboogle!.
07-09-2007, 11:14 PM
I don't really see andy making that many technical improvements at this point. His problem, IMO, is not his inadequate volleying, it's his poor approach shots - I don't think he needs a specialist for that because he sometimes hits good ones - he's capable, he just hits those ridiculously stupid crosscourt slices with nothing on them and his shots have too much spin so they are sitting up making for easy passing shots - I don't see how a specialist can help him but I suppose anything is possible. Well I think it's all in Andy's head. He will never be the most talented or technically sound, and that's quite ok. Losing matches from simply being outplayed is one thing, it happens to pretty much all players - even Fed when he plays Rafa on clay :lol:- but Andy is just not mentally all there yet. He's better than a year ago, but come on. He's losing too many matches he should be winning and it's really getting absurd :mad:

Sofyaxo
07-09-2007, 11:56 PM
You're right he's not mentally there.

I'm such an advocate of the sports psychologist, gee I wonder why :rolleyes:, but I think it would help him and a bunch of other players as well.

Deboogle!.
07-10-2007, 12:07 AM
we've begged and hoped and pleaded for him to get a sports psychologist here for like, oh, 3 years? I think it's just a lost cause :sobbing:

Sofyaxo
07-10-2007, 12:16 AM
He needs it though. Badly. :sobbing: :o

Dumb men. And this is a man thing percentage wise more female tennis players hire one then males. Lucky idiots in team sports that get one provided for them.

Deboogle!.
07-10-2007, 12:24 AM
yes he does. we used to have a running joke that he and mardy could get one on a group rate - because Mardy might need one even WORSE :o :help:

le sigh.

Sofyaxo
07-10-2007, 01:33 AM
Mardy needs a how not to be a dumbass coach. Yes, lets go kick field goals without a shoe on. Awesome plan.

partygirl
07-10-2007, 02:07 AM
Get a fucking psycho.:boxing::D

knight_ley
07-10-2007, 02:10 AM
I used to be a psychology major... I shoulda stuck with it. I would do it for free. :angel:

merce
07-10-2007, 03:50 PM
I don't even care about points and ranking, I care about him playing to his capability - in the US on his best surface (I don't care what they say, the really fast low-bouncing US Summer hardcourts are better for him than the slower Wimby grass now). If he plays like he can, then the rest will fall into place. he was so inspired last year :)
he got together with Jimmy and his game came back, well sort of :unsure:

problem is that even since a whole year ago when he hired Jimmy, except for a couple of matches here and there, he STILL hasn't really and truly fixed this crap that keeps creeping up in his game and mentality. It's time :o :help: that's the sort of i was talking about :sobing: :bigcry:
at least he's not giving away TBs that easily anymore :o

Deboogle!.
07-10-2007, 04:16 PM
at least he's not giving away TBs that easily anymore :oExcept when it mattered the absolute most. Then he somehow managed to lose 2 in a row :help:

Fumus
07-10-2007, 04:21 PM
I hope Andy plays well, I would like to see some good victories this summer, some titles would be nice too.

merce
07-10-2007, 04:45 PM
Except when it mattered the absolute most. Then he somehow managed to lose 2 in a row :help::sad:

Deboogle!.
07-10-2007, 07:25 PM
Mardy needs a how not to be a dumbass coach. Yes, lets go kick field goals without a shoe on. Awesome plan.He also needs serious :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: with his serve :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

Tytta!.
07-10-2007, 07:28 PM
um wow.

Sofyaxo
07-10-2007, 08:54 PM
Oh Mardy.

This is the point where I say, at least he's cute, or remind myself of the few good things he's done. :lol:

All to keep myself sane.

snaillyyy
07-10-2007, 11:11 PM
oh hmmm wow

knight_ley
07-10-2007, 11:35 PM
He also needs serious :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: with his serve :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

Can we add Kiwi to this list since he lost today too? :o

MissFairy
07-11-2007, 12:12 AM
I hope Andy plays well, I would like to see some good victories this summer, some titles would be nice too.
He NEEDS titles, i reckon. All these nearly, nearly matches need to end. He's gotta keep his head screwed on for an ENTIRE tournament and do away with the mental fluff. That last match at Wimbledon did it for me. If he can't close it up then, he's got so so many problems. Address them or head for another heartbreak :o

He also needs serious :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: with his serve :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:
Okay, ouch. Those stats are...ouch.

tennis lover
07-11-2007, 12:17 AM
He NEEDS titles, i reckon. All these nearly, nearly matches need to end. He's gotta keep his head screwed on for an ENTIRE tournament and do away with the mental fluff. That last match at Wimbledon did it for me. If he can't close it up then, he's got so so many problems. Address them or head for another heartbreak :o
*prepares herself for yet another heartbreak* :awww:

:secret: just in case! :p

blosson
07-11-2007, 12:35 AM
He will probably win that tourney with the dogs.

Winston's Human
07-11-2007, 03:03 AM
He will probably win that tourney with the dogs.

I think that Indy and RCA have parted ways. So probably no dogs this year.

Deboogle!.
07-11-2007, 03:06 AM
yeah, they have :(

But no worries, Andy will lose to um...... how about del Potro who will have the tournament of his life!

:sobbing:

meenyminymo
07-11-2007, 03:08 AM
He NEEDS titles, i reckon. All these nearly, nearly matches need to end. He's gotta keep his head screwed on for an ENTIRE tournament and do away with the mental fluff. That last match at Wimbledon did it for me. If he can't close it up then, he's got so so many problems. Address them or head for another heartbreak :o


Okay, ouch. Those stats are...ouch.

:spit: Your av owns.


The dogs were the best part.

snaillyyy
07-11-2007, 03:08 AM
:lol: nope he will for the first time lose to BYE

Deboogle!.
07-11-2007, 03:09 AM
oh yes!! of course how could I forget!!!!

MissFairy
07-11-2007, 11:05 AM
*prepares herself for yet another heartbreak* :awww:

:secret: just in case! :p
You always were smart :sobbing:

But no worries, Andy will lose to um...... how about del Potro who will have the tournament of his life!

:sobbing:
I would laugh, but it's quite likely :sobbing: This time maybe he'll have match points before losing? You know for that extra bit of extreme suck-age?
:spit: Your av owns.
:p

:lol: nope he will for the first time lose to BYE
Well, at least he'll get in the book of world records for this. That's right! He can't let Federer have ALL the glory ;)

kaylee
07-11-2007, 03:59 PM
OMG wahhhhhhhhhhhh such sad words for poor Andy have faith people heehee I foresee a great Road trip!!! Hmmmm?????????

Jade Fox
07-11-2007, 08:42 PM
So...

Anyone heard any good "Andy sucks" jokes lately?:p

Deboogle!.
07-11-2007, 08:59 PM
Hm..... well this one time, Andy said all he wanted to do was win Wimbledon, then (and OMG THIS IS THE FUNNY PART!!!!!!) he blew a 2-0 sets and a break lead....

oh wait that's not a joke :o

blosson
07-11-2007, 09:09 PM
I think that Indy and RCA have parted ways. So probably no dogs this year.

Oh no. It was the best MM tourney from the US series!

Andy is a moonballer now :o Oh no.

tennis lover
07-11-2007, 09:30 PM
You always were smart :sobbing:


I would laugh, but it's quite likely :sobbing: This time maybe he'll have match points before losing? You know for that extra bit of extreme suck-age?
:sobbing:

you mean like he did against Federer at the Master's Cup? :crying2: yeah, that would be fun...again! :sobbing:

partygirl
07-11-2007, 09:54 PM
Wait. No doggies? Fuck it.:hysteric:

MissFairy
07-11-2007, 11:03 PM
Hm..... well this one time, Andy said all he wanted to do was win Wimbledon, then (and OMG THIS IS THE FUNNY PART!!!!!!) he blew a 2-0 sets and a break lead....

oh wait that's not a joke :o
You're going to make me cry.

:sobbing:

you mean like he did against Federer at the Master's Cup? :crying2: yeah, that would be fun...again! :sobbing:
Oh. Dear. :sobbing:

Havok
07-13-2007, 03:43 AM
Summer :drive:

Please show up in Montreal. Don't blow chunks in the 1r like you did 2 years ago. Naldo is a happy camper.:D

Volcanic Tennis
07-15-2007, 01:26 AM
Yes, please show up in Montreal :hearts:

Deboogle!.
07-15-2007, 01:29 AM
Well barring injury, of course Andy would be there :)

tennisrocks123
07-15-2007, 03:53 AM
i cannot believe i cant find any threads on this pic.... captionss anyone?

meenyminymo
07-15-2007, 03:56 AM
Its in the photo album thread.

tennisrocks123
07-15-2007, 04:03 AM
Its in the photo album thread.

where, what page?

Deboogle!.
07-15-2007, 04:13 AM
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=93358 right on the main forum 1st page

and please don't post photos tagged with getty's watermark here.... they get mad and threaten MTF. I know they are posted on other parts of the board, but we Andy fans have done an amazing job the past few years doing our part and I'd like to keep that up because we rock :)

Arodfan15
07-15-2007, 08:42 AM
I wonder why Andy isn't playing at the Countrywide classic tournament when he's in LA?:confused:

Deboogle!.
07-15-2007, 03:46 PM
He doesn't usually play it... he was entered a couple years ago and pulled out last minute and last year he got a last minute WC.... I don't think it's in his regular plans and he has a really long HC season lined up so I think getting the extra week of practice and rest is probably good :) It turns out that the field has gotten depleted so it would've been a nice chance at a title, but oh well

kaylee
07-15-2007, 05:53 PM
He looked tired in some of those pictures too so maybe some R&R was the best for him. Oooooooooo ESPY'S on tonite yippeeeee!

MissFairy
07-16-2007, 06:51 PM
... because we rock :)
I agree with you (shock horror ;))

Volcanic Tennis
07-16-2007, 06:57 PM
I can't wait for the summer hard courts to start again!!

kaylee
07-16-2007, 09:28 PM
me either!!!!!!

kristanmichelle
07-17-2007, 06:01 PM
I can't wait for the summer hard courts to start again!!

Me too!

tangerine_dream
07-17-2007, 06:47 PM
Me three! :yippee:

Is 'greatest road trip in sports' being watched?
By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY

The ad campaign calls it the "the greatest road trip in sports." But is the US Open Series living up to the billing?

Entering its fourth year, the playoff-like regional package of men's and women's events pegged to the U.S. Open is no longer in its infancy.

Now the question is what kind of traction it is getting with fans, sponsors and players.

"We said if this thing can last for three years straight, we've got something that can last for 20-30 years," says Arlen Kantarian, the USTA's chief executive of professional tennis and the mastermind behind the innovative concept launched in 2004. "We're looking to take it up a notch this year."

Numbers provided by the USTA suggest Kantarian's brainchild is making headway. TV viewership, live TV hours and attendance for the six men's and five women's events crisscrossing North America are all up during the last three years.

Awareness of the US Open Series as a brand among adults has also crested above the 50% mark, according to Kantarian, though it remains well behind Grand Slam events such as Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, which score above 90%.

For players, the stakes are considerable: The top three finishers in the points race stand to gain up to $2.6 million in extra prize money depending on their results in New York. A winner of the US Open Series who then went on to capture the Open would collect an additional $1 million for a total of $2.4 million.

Despite being a springboard for some of the game's recent innovations — blue courts and electronic line calling, to name two — the jury is out as to whether the Series is having broader impact across the sport.

Find this article at:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2007-07-15-open-series-impact_N.htm

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Survey says? Players weigh in on U.S. Open Series

USA TODAY looks at the U.S. Open Series to see if tennis really can make a splash in the United States. Some of the world's top players weigh in.

"No. I think tennis in the U.S. is not doing well because people would rather watch football, basketball or baseball. "Making people more aware? Not really, I don't think so. Tennis is boring — no personalities anymore. (Andy) Roddick's got a personality, but that's about it. They need to do something different. Something needs to happen."
—Ashley Harkleroad

"I honestly hope it has an impact, but I don't know yet. When I was growing up, there was Virginia Slims everywhere —Houston, D.C., Chicago. Now there are only a handful of cities that have tournaments in the United States.... I think peopleare talking about it, but it doesn't happen overnight."
—Serena Williams

"I think it's great for getting people on TV and getting the U.S. Open even more publicity. It has so many weekends in a row when you have semis and finals on network TV. It gives it great value."

Broader public awareness?

"I think it's getting there. I think people are talking about it in regard of knowing there is going to be a final on Sunday and hoping there is going to be an American in it. But if not, there's going to be some great name players getting ready for the U.S.Open."
—James Blake

"It's great for American people and players. For Europeans, it's hard to stay so much (in the States).. .. I won't beable to have a good ranking in the Series. I will play a maximum of two tournaments. It's tough, but I think it's a good idea."

Any broader impact?

"In the United States for sure, but not outside."
—Svetlana Kuznetsova

"I think it's been great. Sports revolve around TV and TV rights. People know there is live tennis every Sunday. It gives people something to talk about, the buildup. It gives them another something to look at. Anytime you get people talking, it's not a bad thing."

Are people really talking about it?

"I think they are, especially when people go to the tournaments. Maybe they don't get it at first. I think the biggest thing is just guaranteeing tennis on TV."
—Andy Roddick

"Every player, if you are No. 1 ranked in the US Open Series, you win the U.S.Open, you double up your prize money.That's one thing that you know."
—Martina Hingis

"I think it's great because people can be really involved and follow us throughout the summer, not just one or two tournaments.It's great for us, great preparation.. .. I'm really looking forward to it because the hard court is one of my best surfaces."
—Tatiana Golovin

"The media blitz with all the ads and more TV time all builds momentum for the U.S.Open. I don't know how the TV ratings are doing, but it seems to have more excitement, maybe more attention. I'd like to see doubles be part of the US Open Series one day."
—Bob Bryan

"I think they could do a little bit better job... when it comes to publicizing it at the Open, like maybe list the board or, when they hand the check, do a better job of saying, He won the US Open Series. When it gets to the U.S. Open with the standings and all, it gets sort of lost. The fans aren't really into it."
—Mike Bryan

"I haven't done any polling or anything myself, but I think from the players' perspective it's kind of fun, especially from the financial perspective from the bonus money."
—Amer Delic

"I think it does have a good impact. They advertise the whole series the whole summer.They kind of have it to follow."

Do people talk about it?

"No. I'm not going to lie."
—Michael Russell

"I think the fans are aware of what the US Open Series is. I think they see it in commercials and in the papers. I think as far as the logistics of it, the points and how it works, probably not. From a player's standpoint, I think it's a great idea."
—Lisa Raymond

"I think it forces a lot of players to play the summer tournaments. I think it's great for the fans so they can follow us from the first tournament of the summer until the U.S. Open,and I think it's very exciting."

Do you think fans are actually following the Series?

"I don't know. I hope."
—Daniela Hantuchova

"I think it's a good stepping stone to the U.S. Open. It gives fans something interesting to watch and it gives a bonus (money) to players."
—Vania King

"I think it's a good idea to have something different than just single tournaments. Spectators can watch it all together. For the players, it's a good selection of the weeks. It's helping tennis, especially in the States. This is a country which needs big entertainment."
—Tomas Berdych

Find this article at:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/open/2007-07-15-open-series-quotes_N.htm

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U.S. Open has become Roddick's time to shine
By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY

There's something about sultry air, sizzling cement and American soil that makes Andy Roddick's game crackle.

Since 2003, when the Nebraska-born Texan went 20-1 and won the U.S. Open, summertime has been Roddick's time. Seven of Roddick's 22 career ATP Tour titles have come in the six-week stretch between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Last year, the 24-year-old turned around a subpar season — including early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon — once he returned to his favored hardcourts at home. He reached the final at Indianapolis, won the Cincinnati Masters and then advanced to a second U.S. Open final, where Roddick pushed No. 1 Roger Federer to four sets.

Not surprisingly, the 6-2 cannonball server is the two-time defending US Open Series champ. By finishing first in the Series and reaching the 2006 Open final, Roddick pocketed an extra $500,000.

"The heat of the summer brings a lot of heat to his game," says U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe.

As if on cue, fourth-ranked Roddick will be looking to pick it up again this year after another lackluster Slam season, by his standards.

His best showing with three majors in the books was the semifinals of Australian Open in January, where he managed just six games in a lopsided loss to Federer. He followed another first-round exit at Roland Garros with a painful quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon to Richard Gasquet of France after holding a two-sets-to-love lead.

"I'd love to make you try to understand what it feels like in the pit of your stomach right now, but I don't know if I can do that," Roddick said afterward, calling it one of the toughest moments of his pro career. "I don't know if I'm articulate enough to really put that into words for you."

Now that summer is here, Roddick, who has one title this season, can turn up the heat.

"Mentally, he looks forward to this time of year," McEnroe says. "He looks at these months as the time he can make hay."

Find this article at:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2007-07-15-roddick-us-open-series_N.htm

kaylee
07-17-2007, 09:01 PM
Thanks Tangerine I hope he does well too rock on hard court season!!!!

Kate87
07-19-2007, 04:50 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2940984

Boys and girls of summer commence U.S. Open Series

By Joel Drucker
Special to ESPN.com


With three Grand Slams completed, players over these next six weeks are exceptionally compulsive about getting themselves in the proper fighting mood for the U.S. Open. "The way I see it," Serena Williams says, "is that New York is your last big chance. Call it the showdown."

But as a look at the leading men and women reveals, pacing and scheduling during this summer's U.S. Open Series varies greatly. American men, for example, have grown up on hard courts and seek as much match play as their bodies can take. Besides, after spending most of the past three months struggling even to make phone calls in Europe, the sight of a Marriott or a McDonald's is downright comforting.

Europeans, such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, approach North America the way a child views vegetables: necessary, but they don't go overboard. Don't expect to see these two competing anywhere but the mandatory ATP Masters Series events in Montreal and Cincinnati.

Matters get rather confusing on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, where tons of last-minute withdrawals often leave fans, sponsors and viewers frustrated. As much as the tour is seeking to address these problems by 2009, the disparities between promotional posters and playing fields are rather unsettling.

Nonetheless, the U.S. Open Series is unquestionably the time of year when the greatest number of Americans are likely to get excited about tennis. Here's a snapshot of some of the major contenders.

Men
Andy Roddick: This could very well be the most important two-month stretch of Roddick's career. Since he turned pro in 2000, Roddick's been expected to be America's next great champion. Though he put many doubts to rest when he won the U.S. Open in 2003, in tennis, four years is a long time. Under Jimmy Connors' tutelage, Roddick has improved greatly, seeking ways to improve his backhand and overall court management. But just how high can his skills take him? No one knows the answer, but what is certain is that this summer Roddick will compete with exceptional passion, particularly as he tries to shake off the ill effects of losing a two sets to love and 4-2 lead in the Wimbledon quarterfinals versus Richard Gasquet -- likely the most vexing defeat of his career.

Twenty-five years old this coming August, Roddick is young enough to have good days ahead, but old enough to value their importance. As he said following his Wimbledon loss, "When you put your blood, sweat and tears, everything you have into something, and it doesn't work out, it's not easy. But that's what makes you addicted to the competition, you know, is the feeling when you do win. That's what gets you back on the horse."

Rafael Nadal: Last year, Nadal took all of July off. When he returned to competition in August, he showed rare rust in Toronto and Cincinnati, losing early in both events. The lack of match play hurt him in New York, where he was upset in the quarters. This year, Nadal's taking a new approach, competing this week at a clay-court tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, -- a confidence-building appetizer, if you will. Having added more zip to his serve and an increased aptitude for volleying, Nadal -- still a mere 21 years old -- should be keen this year for a solid summer run and his first strong New York showing.

Roger Federer: The man knows all about pacing. No doubt this month he's laying low, recovering from the exhausting Paris-London effort. He'll surface in August for his two events and then make his way to New York. For all the talk about ways he must enhance his game if he's to win the French Open, dare one dispute his massive success? Still, it will be interesting to see how hard he's pressed this summer.

Novak Djokovic: Clearly the world's third-best player in 2007, he's shown great skill and better yet, the hunger to improve. At age 20, does he have the physical stamina to fight hard this summer? A victory at a U.S. Open Series could give him tremendous confidence headed into New York.

James Blake: Hopes to salvage a disappointing '07 -- merely 5-3 at the Slams, and without a title since January -- with good results on his favorite surface. It's still rather staggering to see how hard Blake worked to make himself a top-10 player. This is the time to prove he's got the goods to stay there.

Women
Venus Williams: On the way to winning her fourth Wimbledon title, what was even more impressive than her trademark resolve were her upgrades on the forehand and smart mix of defense and offense. But the history of both sisters has often been a big win followed by an exile. One hopes this year proves an exception and that Venus remains healthy and hungry.

Serena Williams: Victories in Australia and Miami showed exceptional commitment and fortitude, however, she played tepidly at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Are injuries merely bad luck or a sign of indifferent training? Tough call, but even more than Venus, it's tough to use any pre-Slam results as a meaningful gauge.

Justine Henin: Like one of those sleek cars that requires proper tuning, Henin is very careful about calibrating her mix of competition, off-court fitness and downtime. It's a shame that this results in this great stylist -- as close as a woman comes to playing like Roger Federer -- probably playing just one tournament between now and the U.S. Open.

Maria Sharapova: Enduring her first significant hiccup. Even if you excuse the shoulder injury that's dragged down the velocity on her serve, what's most disturbing is the way her power-baseline game and poor movement has been unmasked. Her three Slam losses have all been big-time whuppings. Much like Roddick, she's a gritty competitor in search of better skills. Raw firepower from the baseline may not be enough once a new crop can absorb the blows and cover the court far better.

Jelena Jankovic: The ascending darling of 2007, graced with baseline heat and fine movement. She has played the daylights out of the circuit, racking up a 54-13 record by the end of Wimbledon. Hopefully, she'll pace herself wisely this summer so she doesn't arrive in New York burnt out.

Tytta!.
07-19-2007, 04:52 PM
Thank you, Kate. :)

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 04:57 PM
He's spot on about Andy. He needs a huge summer and it's do-or-die time. It's been a whole year since he hired Jimmy, this "it takes time" crap is getting really old, a year is long enough.

I'm so glad i won't be here to witness any of it because I don't have a good feeling about it at all.

kaylee
07-19-2007, 05:27 PM
Hmm well Indy looks promising since James isn't on that wild streak and unless Andy does one of his up 1 set and total meltdown jobs he may do OK - I can't see him winning Cincy again since Roger will be there and not so tired this time but we shall see!

dibs
07-19-2007, 05:38 PM
Hmm well Indy looks promising since James isn't on that wild streak and unless Andy does one of his up 1 set and total meltdown jobs he may do OK - I can't see him winning Cincy again since Roger will be there and not so tired this time but we shall see!

This could be a dumb question but why won't Roger be so tired? I thought his schedule was the same last year, a month off then Canada, Cincy?

Or is this a prediction that he'll lose early in Canada!!!

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 06:25 PM
I think last year was an aberration with Roger being "so tired" after one tourney? :o I'm not worried about Andy losing to people like Roger, I'm worried about him losing to people he should be beating especially once he's in a winning position.

Point is, he has serious points to defend with Indy and Cincy and if he isn't in the top 4, his USO draw could be very tricky. So the pressure is on.

kaylee
07-19-2007, 06:32 PM
I agree the pressure is on for Indy for sure and Deb is right it is the losing to people ranked outside the top 20 that is worrying oh well as we can't play his tennis for him (although sometimes I wish I could cos I would have better shot selection) I guess we will have to see!

tennis lover
07-19-2007, 06:37 PM
I'm trying not to set any expectations for the summer because I always do it to myself and I always get upset and I've decided that not having any expectations is going to stop this pattern. :o :sobbing:

blosson
07-19-2007, 06:37 PM
I hope Roger is tired of winning slams :lol:

Andy :awww:

MissFairy
07-19-2007, 06:47 PM
I'm trying not to set any expectations for the summer because I always do it to myself and I always get upset and I've decided that not having any expectations is going to stop this pattern. :o :sobbing:
:hug: Aw, Jo :hug:

Be positive. Be positive. Be positive.

...here's to a successful summer!

(:

Tytta!.
07-19-2007, 06:50 PM
I agree with my lovely SarahMoo (:

MissFairy
07-19-2007, 06:52 PM
I agree with my lovely SarahMoo (:
:kiss:

Tytta!.
07-19-2007, 07:07 PM
:kiss: I really hope Andy's forehand had a safe trip to Indy :awww:

Sofyaxo
07-19-2007, 07:07 PM
I'm not worried. :)






yet

Kate87
07-19-2007, 07:09 PM
Me neither :p

MissFairy
07-19-2007, 08:26 PM
:kiss: I really hope Andy's forehand had a safe trip to Indy :awww:
Oh boy, let's hope so. If he can start the summer swing with some strong performances firing on all cylinders maybe it'll just be a good one! (:

Tytta!.
07-19-2007, 08:27 PM
absolutely! (:

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 08:32 PM
well if he can't win Indy.... :help:

Tytta!.
07-19-2007, 08:36 PM
No shit.

MissFairy
07-19-2007, 08:39 PM
He HAS to win. And moreover, he needs to do it convincingly.

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 08:45 PM
Basically :help:

Tytta!.
07-19-2007, 08:47 PM
Basically. :retard:

jeahhh!
07-19-2007, 08:50 PM
:sobbing:

Sofyaxo
07-19-2007, 08:58 PM
Wow you guys are depressing. :sobbing:


He's not THAT bad...

It's so hard to try and be optimistic sometimes. :lol:

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 08:59 PM
If he doesn't win the Indy title given the event's field, he will be THAT bad....

merce
07-19-2007, 08:59 PM
I think last year was an aberration with Roger being "so tired" after one tourney? :o I'm not worried about Andy losing to people like Roger, I'm worried about him losing to people he should be beating especially once he's in a winning position.

Point is, he has serious points to defend with Indy and Cincy and if he isn't in the top 4, his USO draw could be very tricky. So the pressure is on. even more if he has a 2-0 lead

I hope Roger is tired of winning slams :lol:

Andy :awww: me too :o

He HAS to win. And moreover, he needs to do it convincingly.well, you know how the always end up playing the best match of the season/year/career against Andy

Sofyaxo
07-19-2007, 09:10 PM
If he doesn't win the Indy title given the event's field, he will be THAT bad....

But it hasn't happened yet! :) :o

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 09:11 PM
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllll........ i will be too busy next week to pay attention so i have to lament it in advance ;)

blosson
07-19-2007, 09:11 PM
I've forgotten Andy lost to Blake in the final last year after taking the first set :o

Is the Indy entry list confirmed?

jeahhh!
07-19-2007, 09:12 PM
Woohoo optimism!

I'm trying I promise I really am.

Sofyaxo
07-19-2007, 09:17 PM
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllll........ i will be too busy next week to pay attention so i have to lament it in advance ;)

:lol: :haha: Then you're excused. :kiss: Just start on him losing to James in the final. Because, yeah...

Woohoo optimism!

I'm trying I promise I really am.

Yay! :yippee:

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 09:19 PM
yes bloss here you go http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=103924

kaylee
07-19-2007, 09:19 PM
yes it is confirmed and no Fed, no Nadal and no Murray and if he doesn't win this year I will pesonally track him down when I go to Montreal and errrrrrrrr well you know what I mean!!!!

jeahhh!
07-19-2007, 09:23 PM
Yay! :yippee:

:D

blosson
07-19-2007, 09:34 PM
yes bloss here you go http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=103924

Oh yeah, I agree Andy must win this one.

tennis lover
07-19-2007, 09:48 PM
ok, so you've all decided that Andy is going to win Indy, does that mean I can have that as an expectation? :) because if it's definite, then I won't be getting my hopes up for nothing, no?! :yippee:

merce
07-19-2007, 09:51 PM
ok, so you've all decided that Andy is going to win Indy, does that mean I can have that as an expectation? :) because if it's definite, then I won't be getting my hopes up for nothing, no?! :yippee: haha be strong Jo, you're taking the easy way out ;)

blosson
07-19-2007, 09:55 PM
Andy is fit, he has a good coach, he is in the US, he is the number one seed, he won this tourney 2x before and the players who are potentially dangerous to him are out. If Andy can't win this mikey tourney on these conditions I don't really know how he intends to win any more slams.

Sofyaxo
07-19-2007, 10:14 PM
ok, so you've all decided that Andy is going to win Indy, does that mean I can have that as an expectation? :) because if it's definite, then I won't be getting my hopes up for nothing, no?! :yippee:

I think they decided that he should win it, but he won't because he sucks. ;)

Deboogle!.
07-19-2007, 11:39 PM
Andy is fit, he has a good coach, he is in the US, he is the number one seed, he won this tourney 2x before and the players who are potentially dangerous to him are out. If Andy can't win this mikey tourney on these conditions I don't really know how he intends to win any more slams.stop reading my mind :)

andyroxmysox12191
07-20-2007, 12:19 AM
Unless if Andy falls, breaks his ankle, and dies, there is no excuse for not winning Indy (: :bounce:

jeahhh!
07-20-2007, 12:21 AM
*knocks on wood*

Deboogle!.
07-20-2007, 12:26 AM
Unless if Andy falls, breaks his ankle, and dies, there is no excuse for not winning Indy (: :bounce:Where there's a will Andy, there's a way! :yeah:

snaillyyy
07-20-2007, 04:08 AM
If he doesn't win Indy, I am going to be close enough to find him, drag him on court and kick his ass in front of everyone! No excuse not to win this one.

Sofyaxo
07-20-2007, 05:59 AM
I will enjoy seeing that. :kiss:

jeahhh!
07-20-2007, 06:08 AM
Go Carole:rocker2:

Tytta!.
07-20-2007, 01:36 PM
You can always count on me to help you, Carole.

kaylee
07-20-2007, 03:01 PM
Me too although it might take me longer to find him!!!!!!!!!!!!

snaillyyy
07-20-2007, 11:29 PM
You can always count on me to help you, Carole.
Then he better be very very scared;):devil:

tennis lover
07-20-2007, 11:31 PM
I don't want Carole to beat Andy up! :awww:

snaillyyy
07-20-2007, 11:41 PM
No permanent damage Jo;) just enough pain to make him wake up and do what we want :lol:

blosson
07-20-2007, 11:43 PM
draw?

tennis lover
07-20-2007, 11:44 PM
No, I don't want you to beat him up because that will mean he has lost! ;) and if you do hurt him, even just a little bit, he'll have to wimp out of his next tournament and thus the suckage will continue! :awww:

Deboogle!.
07-20-2007, 11:44 PM
not yet bloss, probably tomorrow

snaillyyy
07-20-2007, 11:45 PM
No, I don't want you to beat him up because that will mean he has lost! ;) and if you do hurt him, even just a little bit, he'll have to wimp out of his next tournament and thus the suckage will continue! :awww:
hmmm then I will have to think of some other means of punishment;)

blosson
07-20-2007, 11:46 PM
the website says it starts tomorrow.

tennis lover
07-20-2007, 11:47 PM
it's probably qualies or something tomorrow. the atp website says it starts monday, and since tournaments usually do I'll go with that. :p

blosson
07-20-2007, 11:50 PM
Oh yes the qualies. I forgot those.

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 02:30 AM
apparently it will be out tonight sometime...

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 02:36 AM
:unsure:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 02:39 AM
Actually it should've been made some time ago.... but not online....

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 02:42 AM
:scared:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 02:44 AM
actually according to the fact sheet it was supposed to have been made over 4 hours ago.... well who the heck knows then :lol: they may have had to hold off because kiefer won his qf so he'll get in as a SE even though he was given a WC... that could be the delay

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 02:47 AM
ooohhh... but that wouldn't change anything would it? :unsure:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 02:49 AM
no but it would probly delay the draw being made - they'd have to offer another wildcard, etc.

marat taking so long to lose has made it so that the taped coverage of his match is gonna go long and they will also then delay showing the twinses who are supposed to be on live :mad:

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 02:53 AM
oh god i hate when that happens! they better show the boys!

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 02:54 AM
they will, just probably delayed. like the match starts in a little over a half hour but they are only in the middle of the 2nd set in showing marat's match:o and unlike ESPN they won't cut the match :lol:

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 03:01 AM
:o marat :retard: :help:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 03:02 AM
yeah really bad. plus he looked like the human embodiment of halloween.

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 03:09 AM
:spit:

it must be hard to follow him and cheer him on :sobbing: even worse than andy :secret:

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 03:14 AM
:spit:

it must be hard to follow him and cheer him on :sobbing: even worse than andy :secret:

You have no idea.

It's good practice though. Maybe that's why I can stay so optimistic when Andy crashes out horribly. At least we aren't celebrating when Andy gets two wins in a row. :o

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 03:17 AM
:awww: :hug: :awww: :hug: :awww: :hug: :awww: :hug:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 03:38 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2007/419/mds.pdf

if he doesn't win the tournament........... :tape:

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 03:46 AM
Hello easy draw, and mentally weakish Blake. He better do something good.:armed:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 03:51 AM
yeah, all the even potential threats are in the bottom half - Karlovic, Kiefer, Monfils, Blake etc.

srsly andy. time to step up.

meenyminymo
07-21-2007, 04:01 AM
He better win this b*tch, and I'll be happy when he does but not THAT happy. He needs to win something where we don't look at the draw and see him walking all over the competition. Then I'll be happy :sobbing:

I'm nervous. This is ridiculous.

snaillyyy
07-21-2007, 04:04 AM
If he can't win this one. :retard::tape:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 04:07 AM
omg, the commentator doesn't know how to say Amer's name, this is gonna drive me crazy all match :sobbing:

snaillyyy
07-21-2007, 04:13 AM
:lol: I was just thinking the same thing!

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 04:15 AM
How's the fight for his own forum going?

Edit: Never mind I looked. He's killing the rest. So far Sam and Amer what American do we go for next? :lol:

Chaos Inc.
07-21-2007, 04:16 AM
Look out for Korolev in Roddick's second match. That has trouble

written all over it...........

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 04:18 AM
How's the fight for his own forum going?tons of votes, there's no way we'll be denied :rocker2:

Look out for Korolev in Roddick's second match. That has trouble

written all over it...........he wouldn't dare lose to Korolev on a superfast HC :armed: Korolev played on clay this week.....

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 04:29 AM
Korolev coming off of clay is a big advantage for Andy and Maybe even Justin, who knows.

Lee, not a big threat if he plays like he has this week. It shouldn't be anything for Andy to take that in straights. Quarters is kind of open in the other half. An Andy Amer match :inlove:

Honestly the final should be his only test and he should win that anyway. Sadly Andy tends to screw up sure things. :o

snaillyyy
07-21-2007, 04:30 AM
tons of votes, there's no way we'll be denied :rocker2:

http://i2.tinypic.com/or8pz8.gifhttp://i2.tinypic.com/or5bpd.gif

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 04:33 AM
Korolev coming off of clay is a big advantage for Andy and Maybe even Justin, who knows.

Lee, not a big threat if he plays like he has this week. It shouldn't be anything for Andy to take that in straights. Quarters is kind of open in the other half. An Andy Amer match :inlove:

Honestly the final should be his only test and he should win that anyway. Sadly Andy tends to screw up sure things. :oNot only did he just come off clay, he just lost today, which means he won't even be getting on the hardcourts til late tomorrow at the earliest. Would be extremely embarrassing for Andy to lose a match in that situation. Agreed that it might help Justin too, as a fast surface should favor him as well.

and sadly your last sentence is often the only one that matters :sobbing:

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 04:37 AM
:hug:I didn't want to mention it, but I knew everyone was thinking about it.

Without a challenge Andy get a little lazy, and the first guy to attack him wins. Though to be fair I don't think any of the guys in the draw have the same kind of weapon that Gasquet did. Richie was crazy that day. There might be tight matches because of him being lazy, but who knows he could win it all. :D

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 04:39 AM
Well quite frankly it's also not Wimbledon - there is not nearly as much self-inflicted pressure at a tourney he's won twice that's not the one tournament he most wants to win that he hasn't yet won. That's not to say he won't fuck up of course *remembers the Ginepri debacle 2 years ago :tape: :o :help:*

Kuznetsov seems to be a good kid but it is one of those things where 3 years ago, Andy would show the young American who's boss. he needs to come out and really kick poor Alex's butt badly.

Fee
07-21-2007, 04:40 AM
It will be hard for Justin to win any match at this point, but it would be funny as hell for him to play Andy again (and yes, he dives on hardcourt sometimes, the nut that he is).

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 04:41 AM
Just an example. :)

Anything could happen next week. Very scary.

It will be hard for Justin to win any match at this point, but it would be funny as hell for him to play Andy again (and yes, he dives on hardcourt sometimes, the nut that he is).
I need you to know that I only have Justin optimism because of you and how you talk about the guy. Who shouldn't be diving on hardcourts. :lol:

Merton
07-21-2007, 04:45 AM
Good luck to Andy, he should win this tournament. :wavey: By the way, Korolev could be a bad match-up for Andy in about a year or so but he should not be a concern right now, he just came back from injury and he was playing on clay this week.

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 04:46 AM
:bigwave: Merton.... always nice to see you here :)

Fee
07-21-2007, 04:58 AM
I need you to know that I only have Justin optimism because of you and how you talk about the guy. Who shouldn't be diving on hardcourts. :lol:

Well, I love Justin to little bits and pieces, so just keep in mind that I am very biased :lol: I know his heart is there, but I just don't know about his poor body anymore (and hopefully he won't dive on cement this summer). I can only imagine what they will bet on if they do play in the second round.

Oh, that reminds me. Deb, do you still have Andy v Justin on your DVR? Was it a good chunk of the match?

Merton
07-21-2007, 04:59 AM
:bigwave: Merton.... always nice to see you here :)

Always a pleasure, this is the only player forum that I post with any regularity:hug: I know I am not regular at all though.:lol:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 05:01 AM
:lol: Well, we will take that as a compliment ;) :cool: :p :hug:Oh, that reminds me. Deb, do you still have Andy v Justin on your DVR? Was it a good chunk of the match?hmm, probably, I haven't deleted anything from Wimbledon that I recall. They didn't show much of it on ESPN though...if I recall.


OMFG Bob Bryan is my HERO :worship: :rolls:

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 05:16 AM
What did he do? No TTC where I am right now. :awww:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 05:21 AM
Delic had an absolute sitter, so Bob turned around and pretended to play Butt's up in the middle of this real match :haha: :haha: :haha:

Fee
07-21-2007, 05:23 AM
That was very funny. Amer was laughing before he even had to hit the shot (and good thing he knew better than to actually try to hit Bob).

Yay, Zack and his funky game on my TV (his serve looks like a seizure, but I love him anyway).

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 05:23 AM
:spit: :spit: :bowdown:

That needs to make it onto the internet.

Today's winner at life, clearly Bob. :lol:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 05:26 AM
Yeah, absolutely :haha: I don't have time to make a video but hopefully someone can :lol: Then in the next game, I forget which one of them but one pretended to hit an overhead but intentionally whiffed it and the other put it away, and one of the commentators was like "Is that legal?" and the other one was like "I don't see why not, he didn't touch the ball"

:rolls:

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 05:29 AM
That will be something I'll look out for on youtube.

Twins are priceless sometimes. It's always a good thing when they are having fun, or when Andy is. Funny things happen.

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 05:52 AM
OMG they didn't go to commercial after the first set and the commentators kept talking....... :haha: oh finally they went.....

Stepanek is probably the most bizarre person i've ever seen on a tennis court. that dude is SO BIZARRE.

Sofyaxo
07-21-2007, 06:02 AM
I agree with that. Completely.

Fee
07-21-2007, 06:30 AM
two more hours... then I'll be off reading like everyone else.

jeahhh!
07-21-2007, 08:40 AM
I loved that doubles match:rolls: I have like 75683475738219 pictures from it.
And yeah I agree he is odd.

andyroxmysox12191
07-21-2007, 12:20 PM
If that makes it out on youtube...someone let me know :haha: Sounds hysterical :lol:

Andy :retard: Gane por favor, gracias (:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 11:50 PM
ANDY AND MARDY ARE PLAYING DOUBLES TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!

that's all.

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 11:52 PM
oh my God.

sfdhfukdhgufdkg.

you made my day. thank you.

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 11:54 PM
:haha: I try....

too bad they play the #1 seed

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/indydoubles.jpg

Tytta!.
07-21-2007, 11:55 PM
they are gonna kick ass.














:rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
07-21-2007, 11:57 PM
Andy is defending doubles champ, remember? :haha:But they will prob play Monday so that is good for him to get a match in even though he will kick kuznetsov's ass anyway :lol:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 12:01 AM
oh yeah that's true :haha: :haha: :haha:
it'd be great to watch that one hahahaha
and he really better kick kuznetsov's ass.

Deboogle!.
07-22-2007, 12:02 AM
Donald Young just beat Kuznetsov yesterday.

'nuff said.

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 12:04 AM
oh lord. i swear i kill andy if he dares to... well, nevermind.
oh and PLEASE, IM me on MSN when you have dinner. :sobbing: I might be on my own at home and I need you to entertain me for some minutes :rolls:

laure xxx
07-22-2007, 12:04 AM
Andy and Bobby beat Paul Hanley and his partner last year 6-4, 6-3. Hanley is playing with Bhupathi now, though...but still

Deboogle!.
07-22-2007, 12:06 AM
oh lord. i swear i kill andy if he dares to... well, nevermind.
oh and PLEASE, IM me on MSN when you have dinner. :sobbing: I might be on my own at home and I need you to entertain me for some minutes :rolls:naaaaaahhhh he won't

um..... I'll try.... really need to keep studying :sobbing:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 12:08 AM
oh wow you are positive for once :eek: :haha: :spit:
please try, just for some minutes :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
07-22-2007, 12:09 AM
I mean come on if Donald Young can beat this guy in straight sets i really don't think Andy will have trouble with him :lol: I've seen Kuznetsov play, he makes tons of mistakes :lol: I always say that when I think Andy will lose I am just being realistic, so I will say, no I am not being "positive" I am just being realistic :lol:

I'll try :sobbing:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 12:12 AM
no no no, i see that as you being positive, so i will just keep thinking like that :pi know andy won't have trouble with him, i'm just being silly (silly? who?)

please dooo :sobbing:

laure xxx
07-22-2007, 12:14 AM
OMG
He's not going to lose to Kuznetsov!
Yes I said the same thing before he played Gasquet, but Gasquet has talent [sorry Kuz :o].

tennis lover
07-22-2007, 01:35 AM
Andy and Mardy?!?!?!?! :banana: :bounce: :dance: that is just too much cuteness to handle! :sobbing:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 01:42 AM
i know right? :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
07-22-2007, 01:54 AM
oh and PLEASE, IM me on MSN when you have dinner. :sobbing: I might be on my own at home and I need you to entertain me for some minutes :rolls:please try, just for some minutes :sobbing:please dooo :sobbing::scratch: :confused: :sobbing:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 02:04 AM
:ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras:

Sofyaxo
07-22-2007, 02:12 AM
Andy and Mardy playing doubles?! That's a lot of cute in one place.

MissFairy
07-22-2007, 02:52 PM
Andy and Mardy?!?!?!?! :banana: :bounce: :dance: that is just too much cuteness to handle! :sobbing:
WOOT.

I didn't have much to say but i just had to write my approval of the pairing. I spose it's one of those things that don't really need saying...well, i might as well not have written this :lol:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 02:55 PM
Sarah (:

MissFairy
07-22-2007, 02:57 PM
ReQuack :hug: This is officially my favourite Sunday ever! Reading, listening to music and eating a yummy dinner later...perfecto! :inlove:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 03:00 PM
:hug:
Ohh cool! What are you listening to? I don't even have to ask what you are reading though! ;)

MissFairy
07-22-2007, 03:03 PM
Is it that obvious? :p When i went to get it yesterday, noone was buying anything but HP...i feel sorry for the other neglected books :lol:

I'm just listening to a mixed CD i made, i just bunged on all my favourite songs of the moment...but i turned it off cos i can't read and listen to music :sobbing: Multi-tasking is beyond me!

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 03:06 PM
Is it that obvious? :p When i went to get it yesterday, noone was buying anything but HP...i feel sorry for the other neglected books :lol:

I'm just listening to a mixed CD i made, i just bunged on all my favourite songs of the moment...but i turned it off cos i can't read and listen to music :sobbing: Multi-tasking is beyond me!

Women are usually good at multitasking :p :lol:

Deboogle!.
07-22-2007, 10:44 PM
Andy and Mardy's doubles match is the 7pm night match tomorrow in Indy :lol:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 10:45 PM
:hearts: vamos boys!

jeahhh!
07-22-2007, 10:49 PM
:hearts:

tennis lover
07-22-2007, 10:55 PM
:banana:!

tangerine_dream
07-22-2007, 10:56 PM
Vamos MAndy :banana:

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 10:58 PM
http://www.funfilesandsmiles.com/smileys2/goteamkris3lw.gif

jeahhh!
07-22-2007, 11:03 PM
:lol:

Sofyaxo
07-22-2007, 11:24 PM
Random wondering.

Why isn't Blake playing doubles with Mardy. Isn't that their thing now? I'm still excited about the Andy Mardy ness to come, but I still think it's weird. I suppose it has something to do with Blake getting to the finals today.

Deboogle!.
07-22-2007, 11:43 PM
yeah, I imagine it's that James doesn't want any more match play

Sofyaxo
07-23-2007, 12:30 AM
You know out of all the crazy in the ATP I really think James is the one that needs the psychologist most. He gets down and he's just gone. It's hard to watch, and I'm not even that fond of him.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 12:33 AM
Yes, it's why I can't really support him anymore. it's too frustrating to see him play so stupidly. What really interested me was Pam saying the other day how she asked Mark Merklein (who's been working with James for a while now) about James's mentality and that his camp all sort of just ignores it - like it's taboo - that blew me away, you can't be an elite athlete in such a mental sport and IGNORE that you have issues to work through. That is a huge problem and shows that James will always stagnate this way. that's just poor. At least Andy finally admitted he had issues.

knight_ley
07-23-2007, 12:35 AM
:banghead:

Sofyaxo
07-23-2007, 12:43 AM
Yes, it's why I can't really support him anymore. it's too frustrating to see him play so stupidly. What really interested me was Pam saying the other day how she asked Mark Merklein (who's been working with James for a while now) about James's mentality and that his camp all sort of just ignores it - like it's taboo - that blew me away, you can't be an elite athlete in such a mental sport and IGNORE that you have issues to work through. That is a huge problem and shows that James will always stagnate this way. that's just poor. At least Andy finally admitted he had issues.

Exactly I saw that too. Everyone knows what his weakness is. James could miss an easy shot and be gone for the rest of the match. It's his biggest problem, and shouldn't be ignored. It will keep him from big titles and being the kind of player he should be.

cath777
07-23-2007, 01:19 AM
Yes, it's why I can't really support him anymore. it's too frustrating to see him play so stupidly. What really interested me was Pam saying the other day how she asked Mark Merklein (who's been working with James for a while now) about James's mentality and that his camp all sort of just ignores it - like it's taboo - that blew me away, you can't be an elite athlete in such a mental sport and IGNORE that you have issues to work through. That is a huge problem and shows that James will always stagnate this way. that's just poor. At least Andy finally admitted he had issues.

Wow. Did Pam suggest that his camp ignore it or did Mark actually come out and admit it? Either way :eek:

I wonder what Andy's team would respond if they were asked that question :sobbing:

Sofyaxo
07-23-2007, 01:25 AM
I wonder what Andy's team would respond if they were asked that question :sobbing:

Andy's just fine, you know, he feels like he's hitting the ball well.

cath777
07-23-2007, 01:28 AM
Andy's just fine, you know, he feels like he's hitting the ball well.

Yes, and his forehand is just as good as it was in 2003.

Tytta!.
07-23-2007, 01:29 AM
And his serve is as fast as it was a couple years ago.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 01:36 AM
Wow. Did Pam suggest that his camp ignore it or did Mark actually come out and admit it? Either way :eek:

I wonder what Andy's team would respond if they were asked that question :sobbing:The way Pam said it was very explicit that this is what Mark Merklein told her. She sounded as surprised as everyone elseAndy's just fine, you know, he feels like he's hitting the ball well.

Yes, and his forehand is just as good as it was in 2003.:spit: :haha: :rolls: :sobbing: But like at least Andy will say... "I feel like I'm hitting the ball well in practice but I have to do it in matches" - I can at least accept that he realizes he has to play better when it counts. At least he's not pretending everything is actually perfectly fine :sobbing:And his serve is as fast as it was a couple years ago.Well nowhe's the one who said he didn't think it is as fast as it was a couple years ago ;)

Tytta!.
07-23-2007, 01:38 AM
Well nowhe's the one who said he didn't think it is as fast as it was a couple years ago ;)

Who cares about what he says :haha: But for once he's right :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 01:45 AM
Bryans :speakles:

Tytta!.
07-23-2007, 01:46 AM
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Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 01:50 AM
whoa :lol: when i went to get my pizza downstairs, they were a double minibreak down and when i get back upstairs it's 5all :lol: then they did a chest/back bump :rolls:

Tytta!.
07-23-2007, 01:53 AM
what's the score? :lol:

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 01:54 AM
7-6 twins start of the 2nd set :lol:

tangerine_dream
07-23-2007, 02:50 AM
Andy contradicts himself a lot and we know that he knows that he's bullshitting in the post match interviews when he says he's hitting the ball well, etc. He always says that, but a few weeks later after he's had time to think about it he will almost always admit that he didn't play well. James is the exact opposite. He never seems to admit to anything wrong. He just continues to the pull the sheets over his head and hopes that the monster in the room will just go away :retard:

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 02:56 AM
James is the exact opposite. He never seems to admit to anything wrong. He just continues to the pull the sheets over his head and hopes that the monster in the room will just go away :retard:Well, if his team ignores it and pretends like nothing's wrong....:shrug: It certainly explains a lot anyway.

Sofyaxo
07-23-2007, 03:28 AM
James has a lot of issues with in his team and himself. A LOT. I think that's obvious though. It's why he'll never really do anything great.



Though I do have to say that the twins are rock stars. :rocker2: Nice stable boys.

Winston's Human
07-23-2007, 04:02 AM
Blake lacks the killer instinct. IMO, he spends too much effort being the gentleman-professional.

I just hope he can get enough nerve back this summer to help the team get through the Swedes at Gothenberg.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 04:08 AM
Blake lacks the killer instinct. IMO, he spends too much effort being the gentleman-professional.

I just hope he can get enough nerve back this summer to help the team get through the Swedes at Gothenberg.agreed whole-heartedly on both accounts :yeah:

Sofyaxo
07-23-2007, 04:38 AM
Blake lacks the killer instinct. IMO, he spends too much effort being the gentleman-professional.

I just hope he can get enough nerve back this summer to help the team get through the Swedes at Gothenberg.

Andy, Bob and Mike normally pull it out without his help. :shrug: I hate saying that too. Am I just imagining it?

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 04:43 AM
No you're not imagining it, but still, James winning a match would be a real help - he did pull us through last year when Andy got sick and blew a MP and lost to Pavel and this tie is on a surface James has done quite well on in the past, so if he could sneak out a win against Soderling on day 1 it would be really really nice.

Sofyaxo
07-23-2007, 04:51 AM
Just making sure I didn't dream it up. Sometimes I dumb down players I don't really care for or play attention to.

The only time I root for James is DC. Him pulling out a win would be great. Less stress on himself for his next match, and on Andy, Bob and Mike. Very good thing.

kaylee
07-23-2007, 05:27 PM
But James did awesome last DC match (although I missed it due to delayed planes but that is another story). I am sad he lost though darn it hopefully they both have a good week this week. Oh and if there are any high lights of Andy's doubles tonight please be kind enough to share we only get tennis on Saturday and Sunday wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 07:18 PM
Andy will play tomorrow night at 7pm local time according to the Indy newspaper

tennis lover
07-23-2007, 07:23 PM
I look forward to the return of Andy-tennis! :dance:

blosson
07-23-2007, 08:10 PM
So Blake lost to Radek.

Deboogle!.
07-23-2007, 08:42 PM
korolev easily beat justin so that's who andy will play next assuming he beats kuznetsov tomorrow

Tytta!.
07-23-2007, 08:59 PM
:unsure:

tangerine_dream
07-23-2007, 09:38 PM
Andy and Mardy holding hands :banana: :inlove:

American-Flavored Indy Field
By Tennis Week
07/23/2007

Indianapolis is the birthplace to one of the most popular commands in American sports — Gentlemen, start your engines — and an abundance of Americans will try to make inroads in Indy this week.

This week's U.S. Open Series stop features 15 Americans among the 32 players in the Indianapolis Tennis Championships singles draws. Defending champion James Blake and two-time former Champ Andy Roddick headline the field.

American men have won four consecutive Indianapolis titles. Blake beat Roddick, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), in the 2006 Indianapolis title match which was one of the most memorable finals of the year.

The second-seeded Blake opens against Thomas Johansson in a possible preview match of the September 21-23 Davis Cup semifinals between Sweden and the United States. Bidding for fourth trip to the final in the past five years, the top-seeded Roddick takes on wild card Alex Kuznetsov in the first round.

Fourth-seeded Mardy Fish, who is partnering Roddick in the doubles draw, meets Vince Spadea in an intriguing all-American first-round match. Spadea and Fish have split two career meetings. Robby Ginepri, the 2005 tournament champion, meets Michael Berrer in tonight's first-round match.

Paul Goldstein, who held a match point against Blake before bowing in L.A. last week, plays Robert Kendrick with the winner advancing to a second-round match against either Los Angeles semifinalist Hyung-Taik Lee or American wild card Donald Young. For live scores, please visit Tennis Indy.com.

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Roddick, Fish Double Up In Indy
By Tennis Week
07/23/2007

Baseline space sometimes shrunk to the size of a bottleneck in the hotly-contested high school games between Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish.

In their one-one-one basketball games, drives along the baseline to the hoop could come at bone-jarring physical price. The friendly rivals will be reunited in Indianapolis tonight only this time they'll be sharing space as doubles partners taking on the top-seeded team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Paul Hanley in an opening-round match of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships.

Fish lived with Roddick's family while the pair were students at Boca Raton Prep and their ongoing rivalry exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court in the battle for backyard bragging rights.

"Mardy’s room was across the hall from mine," Roddick recalled. "We were competitive in a friendly way about everything. We used to see who could get to school the fastest, and who could finish a test first. He had a Mustang and I had an old Blazer, so you can probably figure out who go there first. We were like brothers. We would fight, then we'd walk out of the house holding hands three minutes later."

Relying on his dominant serve, Roddick lost only three points on his first serve, faced just one break point in the match and converted seven of the 13 break points to post a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, quarterfinal conquest of his former house mate in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January.

Both Roddick and Fish face fellow Americans in the singles draw. Roddick will play wild card Alex Kuznetsov, while Fish faces Vince Spadea with their head-to-head series deadlocked at 1-1.

Roddick and Fish last played doubles together at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where they fell to Bhupathi and Leander Paes, 6-7(5), 3-6. Since then Roddick has played doubles with a variety of partners including Andre Agassi, James Blake, Tres Davis, Amer Delic, Robby Ginepri, Stefan Koubek, Jurgen Melzer and Bobby Reynolds. Roddick and Reynolds beat compatriots Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas, 6-4, 6-4, to win the Indianapolis doubles title last year.

Eric Butorac and Jamie Murray are seeded second in the doubles draw, which also features third-seeded Jeff Coetzee and Todd Perry and fourth seeds Jordan Kerr and Thomas.

Deboogle!.
07-24-2007, 01:02 AM
If I remember the stats right, Mardy and/or Andy DFed twice in the first set TB of their doubles :haha:

jeahhh!
07-24-2007, 01:40 AM
:scared:

dibs
07-24-2007, 01:41 AM
2 more DFs in the final set match tiebreak as well. Must be a strategy!!

jeahhh!
07-24-2007, 01:43 AM
:speakles:

Sofyaxo
07-24-2007, 01:43 AM
Looks like the DF plan worked. :lol: :worship:

Such a dream team :inlove:

Tytta!.
07-24-2007, 01:44 AM
67 64 10-8 :haha:

Deboogle!.
07-24-2007, 01:45 AM
:spit: :haha: :rolls: :rocker2: