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The "Thanks for ending it with a big fat step back" Spring HC Thread.

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Deboogle!.
02-12-2008, 03:59 AM
Unlike the past several years, Andy's got a week off after DC. San Jose (already know it's a Wed night start), Week off (losing Memphis finalist points), Dubai, week off, IW (defending SF points), Miami.


Have fun Andy :yeah:

GollyLou
02-12-2008, 06:53 AM
Have fun Andy :yeah:

Shouldn't that be "Good luck, you'll need it, Andy"?

laure xxx
02-12-2008, 09:27 AM
Hahh, he's fucked.
Although every time you'd think he's fine, he's fucked, and sometimes when you think he's fucked he's fine, so maybe he'll be fine.

Or maybe he'll be fucked.

Tytta!.
02-12-2008, 11:05 AM
Oy. Have fun and lots of luck, Andrew. :zzz:

MissFairy
02-12-2008, 01:16 PM
Unlike the past several years, Andy's got a week off after DC. San Jose (already know it's a Wed night start), Week off (losing Memphis finalist points), Dubai, week off, IW (defending SF points), Miami.


Have fun Andy :yeah:
:sobbing: It's all looking a bit sour, isn't it? |:

Tytta!.
02-12-2008, 01:20 PM
*faints*

Hi Moo!

tennis lover
02-12-2008, 01:21 PM
Since I probably won't have time to pay much attention to what's going on this spring I feel pretty otimistic! :lol: Prove everyone wrong Andy! :banana:

Kate87
02-12-2008, 01:47 PM
now I have a good feeling about this season:tape:Don't ruin it Andy:lol:please, thanks:)

MissFairy
02-12-2008, 01:52 PM
*faints*

Hi Moo!
Quackerer, my sweet! :kiss:

As for optimism, my stores are running low not surprisingly. I'm bracing myself for one of those seasons |:

Tytta!.
02-12-2008, 01:53 PM
now I have a good feeling about this season:tape:Don't ruin it Andy:lol:please, thanks:)

Oh, Kateland rules.

Quackerer, my sweet! :kiss:

As for optimism, my stores are running low not surprisingly. I'm bracing myself for one of those seasons |:

:kiss:

I know right :sobbing:

Kate87
02-12-2008, 01:55 PM
one of those seasons?
again?:lol:I thought it was last year's...

kaylee
02-12-2008, 03:22 PM
hahaha nope THE best season was 2006 sigh bring on some of those results again Andrew please.

Kate87
02-12-2008, 04:25 PM
Oh, Kateland rules.
especially after a weekend like thishttp://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/105.gif
hahaha nope THE best season was 2006 sigh bring on some of those results again Andrew please.
just the second half of it:rolleyes:

kaylee
02-12-2008, 04:39 PM
I agree but look at those matches and he even got to the finals of the US Open we need a stellar run now but I would also take a second half of 2008 like that.

Kate87
02-12-2008, 04:44 PM
then wake me up in july:zzz:

Fumus
02-12-2008, 04:57 PM
No points to defend really in Miami, IW could be ok...maybe things won't be so dubious in Dubai. I could see Andy staying the top ten...honestly...:bolt:

tangerine_dream
02-12-2008, 05:10 PM
:zzz: Wake me up when Andy decides to play like Andy Roddick again.

*edit*

LIVESTREAM FOR SAP OPEN 2008

You can watch a live stream of the SAP matches here (cost $$):

http://www.b2tv.com/

snaillyyy
02-12-2008, 05:30 PM
I am stepping into a time machine, that takes me back to 2003, so it's going to be a great season :lol: So all we need is a FH, stance inside the baseline, aggressive play and errrrrrrr ok, roll on 2008 :awww:

kaylee
02-12-2008, 06:20 PM
:haha::haha: he has better play well in Miami otherwise I will be on the court kicking his butt.

Fee
02-12-2008, 07:09 PM
If the rumors are true that Gonzo has pulled out of San Jose, then Andy's chances to gain points there just went up (and it would really help him). Hopefully they slowed the surface down just a bit from last year, that was a bit too fast.


Edit: It is true, he's out for a month.

tangerine_dream
02-12-2008, 07:19 PM
Sucks that Gonzo won't be there. What's Safin's status?

Thank goodness that Croatian freak Karlovic won't be there this year. He ruined the SAP last year. I really can't stand watching that guy play.

No Murray this year either. Yay.

Now watch Stepanek win the title.

kaylee
02-12-2008, 07:30 PM
:haha::haha: yeah every time Andy gets a weakish field he loses. BTW has anybody been to Indianapolis?

Fee
02-12-2008, 07:31 PM
Safin is out until Memphis according to his website.

snaillyyy
02-12-2008, 07:33 PM
:haha::haha: yeah every time Andy gets a weakish field he loses. BTW has anybody been to Indianapolis?
Yep, last 2 years.

kaylee
02-12-2008, 08:01 PM
ooooo are the tickets expensive? I am thinking of going but probably only a weekend, and would you recommend a hotel? I am coming from Canada I know seems a long way and am just thinking about it for now.

MissFairy
02-12-2008, 09:23 PM
just the second half of it:rolleyes:
Yeah, i was just thinking that. The first half has been erased from my mind with good reason |:

Snailllyyyy, a time machine sounds good. Bring 2003-Andy to 2008 and hey presto, we might have a good year on our hands :p

Kate87
02-12-2008, 09:45 PM
Snailllyyyy, a time machine sounds good. Bring 2003-Andy to 2008 and hey presto, we might have a good year on our hands :p
:rocker2::banana:

blosson
02-12-2008, 09:55 PM
Awww what a positive title! Go Andy, go back to the old Andy.

snaillyyy
02-12-2008, 10:29 PM
Yeah, i was just thinking that. The first half has been erased from my mind with good reason |:

Snailllyyyy, a time machine sounds good. Bring 2003-Andy to 2008 and hey presto, we might have a good year on our hands :p

Let's get building :dance: maybe we can call on Dr Who ;)

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 12:12 AM
Shouldn't that be "Good luck, you'll need it, Andy"?Nah, I wanted to up the snark factor ;)

Hahh, he's fucked.
Although every time you'd think he's fine, he's fucked, and sometimes when you think he's fucked he's fine, so maybe he'll be fine.

Or maybe he'll be fucked.This is true.

Since I probably won't have time to pay much attention to what's going on this spring I feel pretty otimistic! :lol: Prove everyone wrong Andy! :banana:the "I won't be around to pay attention so I can pretend it didn't happen" attitude - my FAVORITE :D:D:D:D

Awww what a positive title! Go Andy, go back to the old Andy.It's the best I could muster.... :o

dibs
02-13-2008, 10:53 AM
For any stats nerds out there:-

To reproduce his best total season he needs to combine the second half of 2003, points total 3575 and the first half of 2004, 1370 (including the measly 5 for losing in the first round at Roland Garros again).

He played 21 tournaments over that period compared to 17 last year and reached the quarters or better in 81% of them (last year that stat was 76%). So with a few more tournaments and that level of consistency in 2008 he should be Top 5.

Tytta!.
02-13-2008, 11:10 AM
Interesting stats, thank you. :)

:tape: :sobbing:

tennis lover
02-13-2008, 12:29 PM
the "I won't be around to pay attention so I can pretend it didn't happen" attitude - my FAVORITE :D:D:D:D
just wait until Roland Garros! I'll be travelling so will miss it all and will probably barely have chance to check the results so Andy for the title! :rocker2: :lol:

kaylee
02-13-2008, 01:31 PM
at Roland Garros? Umm sorry no offence to Andy but are u taking something? Heehee

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 02:27 PM
So with a few more tournaments and that level of consistency in 2008 he should be Top 5.You're missing something important.... there was no Djokovic or Nadal - or even Murray or Gasquet.

kaylee
02-13-2008, 03:06 PM
Hmm the way that Gasquet and Tsonga are playing right now DC is going to be tough.

Tytta!.
02-13-2008, 03:53 PM
Hmm the way that Gasquet and Tsonga are playing right now DC is going to be tough.

Thanks captain :hatoff:

dibs
02-13-2008, 04:23 PM
You're missing something important.... there was no Djokovic or Nadal - or even Murray or Gasquet.

Nobody was supposed to remember that period covers the pre-Federer lull when vying for the top of the tree were - (you might be able to correct me if I'm wrong here)- Ferrero/Hewitt/Safin? In other words the where are they now brigade!?!

kaylee
02-13-2008, 05:22 PM
Either injured or have never recovered from injury!

dibs
02-13-2008, 05:37 PM
Either injured or have never recovered from injury!

We haven't yet come up with a mathematical formula to take into account the percentage chance of injury!! Or in Ferrero's case chicken pox.

kaylee
02-13-2008, 06:16 PM
exactly *beams* - tis sad that these once prominent tennis players are now somewhat down and out. It just goes to show that Andy's feat of staying in the top 10 for the last 5 years is quite remarkable.

jeahhh!
02-13-2008, 06:22 PM
The thread title :lol: :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 06:40 PM
exactly *beams* - tis sad that these once prominent tennis players are now somewhat down and out. It just goes to show that Andy's feat of staying in the top 10 for the last 5 years is quite remarkable.Well, besides Hewitt, whose fall is a little bit inexplicable (although he was consistent before then and at a very young age), if you look at the people near the top in 2003 - you have a bunch of guys who are/were simply getting older - Agassi, Flip, Grosjean, one fluke in Schuettler, and then a few guys who might very likely have had the same longevity if they hadn't been hit by serious illness/injury in Ferrero and Coria. Look down into the top 20 and you have guys like Henman, Kuerten, Schalken, Novak (that's Jiri Novak), and El-Aynaoui, again all aging and have either retired or almost retired since. The only guy you really have to say WTF to is Nalbandian but since his dedication to tennis is questionable it's no surprise he fluctuates around. Safin and Haas have had trouble staying healthy for long enough periods of time to maintain their rankings and there you go. so yeah it's definitely worth crediting Andy for being able to stay in the top 5 since then but the only other guy who is around his age and has remained relatively healthy and cares about tennis as their full-time priority is Fed, and he's been there too. If there had been other guys who had stayed healthy or if Nalbandian cared about the game all the time, more of them would've stayed top 5 or 10 for much longer. I guess luckily for Andy, he does get these annoying minor injuries a lot mostly due to his own clumsiness, but he's avoided anything serious, which has helped him stay there as much as anything. Of course we can take that one further and say that he's been able to avoid serious injury because he works so hard and is in such great shape but sometimes luck plays a role there too :p

Interestingly, people would think - because 3 guys are taking up such a majority of the points - that it actually probably wouldn't take as many points to be in the top 10 now as it did then. BUT in December 2003 Grosjean had 1610 points and in December 2007 Robredo had 1765 points (right now Berdych has 1685). That's actually really interesting to think about - 3 guys are hogging almost all the points but you STILL need more points than 5 years ago to be in the top 10. Interesting.

kaylee
02-13-2008, 06:44 PM
wow Deb that was awesome!!!!!

dibs
02-13-2008, 07:00 PM
Deboogle - Well now you're getting into countable choice something predictive mathematicians don't entirely approve of. Desire, willngness to work etc. etc. human traits mess up far too many perfectly good theories!!

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 07:03 PM
Deboogle - Well now you're getting into countable choice something predictive mathematicians don't entirely approve of. Desire, willngness to work etc. etc. human traits mess up far too many perfectly good theories!!:eek: :bolt: my head hurts already, thinking about complex math doesn't help :p so i'll leave the math to you :p

dibs
02-13-2008, 07:15 PM
Deboogle - Sorry about the maths, I'm a professional geek!

By coincidence (another annoying thing that can't ever be properly explained) I just found an article that covers the more human side of what happened to some of the guys you mentioned:-

http://www.tennis.com/features/general/features.aspx?id=118768

kaylee
02-13-2008, 07:35 PM
poor Deb *runs off to find home made chicken soup*

Deboogle!.
02-13-2008, 07:59 PM
Deboogle - Sorry about the maths, I'm a professional geek!No need to apologize! :lol: I'll just leave that stuff to you ;)

dibs
02-13-2008, 08:13 PM
Deal. A stupid stat for you before I concentrate on cheering for Ferrero. Andy is 86% more likely to win another slam if he changes his name from Roddick to Boddick!!

Tytta!.
02-13-2008, 08:15 PM
Maths rule :)

kaylee
02-13-2008, 08:44 PM
:haha::haha::haha:

Tytta!.
02-13-2008, 08:51 PM
??

Winston's Human
02-14-2008, 01:32 AM
just wait until Roland Garros! I'll be travelling so will miss it all and will probably barely have chance to check the results so Andy for the title! :rocker2: :lol:

Me too!

In anticipation of another stellar showing by the American men at Roland Garros, I have scheduled our beach vacation for the second week. I did not even look to see if the hotel has cable television.

kaylee
02-14-2008, 01:54 PM
hahaha yeah next year my ambition is to go to RG however NOT in anticipation of seeing US players actually go beyond the 1st round but just for the atmosphere and also to say that I am 2/3rds into a Grand Slam!

GollyLou
02-14-2008, 05:33 PM
I am going to RG this year for the first two days. There is then a chance I will actually see someone I like, rather than clay court tennis which at its worst, can put me to sleep.

kaylee
02-14-2008, 05:51 PM
oooo holly lucky you. Well clay court tennis can be a little mezmerising BUT some matches can be good. Sigh I will have to wait until next year.

GollyLou
02-14-2008, 06:40 PM
Mesmerising is not the right word sometimes. :lol: That's being nice to it. ;) Paris is only a couple of hours from where I live, and there is a public holiday on the first Monday so I can make a weekend out of it. :D

kaylee
02-14-2008, 07:39 PM
Will you plane it or train it? Heehee sigh I miss living in Europe but then I get spoiled with all the NA tournaments.

GollyLou
02-14-2008, 07:47 PM
DEFINITELY train it. I hate flying so if there is another option I will most likely take it. I haven't been on the Eurostar for years so I am looking forward to that too. :D Europe is great for the cheap flights and many tournaments. I also like that the first week of French Open always falls on a public holiday weekend too. :lol:

kaylee
02-15-2008, 02:47 PM
We were going to train it to Paris last holidays but my Mum wasn't well enough maybe next time. They said that eurostar was fantastic however where they live in the UK it is only 40 minutes to Paris. I would have to fly I know the chunnel is good but I haven't heard of one across the Atlantic YET!

Deboogle!.
02-16-2008, 02:53 PM
dude, we all missed the san jose draw coming out last night

Andy plays Vinny :haha: :sobbing: :rolls:

Tytta!.
02-16-2008, 02:55 PM
easy :zzz:

snaillyyy
02-16-2008, 03:11 PM
When has that made a difference with Andy :tape:

Fee
02-16-2008, 05:05 PM
It came out yesterday afternoon. I saw it and thought, 'meh' since it was Vinnay. :lol:

kaylee
02-16-2008, 05:55 PM
OMG that is hilarious. I think the last time they played Vinnay was reading a mag eveytime they sat down.

Kate87
02-16-2008, 06:28 PM
Andy should win this tournament.

Tytta!.
02-16-2008, 06:42 PM
Andy might win this tournament.

Kate87
02-16-2008, 07:10 PM
:banana:great

Tytta!.
02-16-2008, 07:33 PM
:sobbing:

Kate87
02-16-2008, 07:41 PM
why?:hug:

Tytta!.
02-16-2008, 07:47 PM
:smooch: nothing

arodfanpe666o
02-16-2008, 08:12 PM
I hope he is already healthy and will play on 100% .

partygirl
02-17-2008, 12:48 AM
When is FSN supposed to start broadcasting matches (date wise)?

I think my satellite provider has a FSN(west) station but the listing options on the site show every damn sport but Tennis:fiery: its a nightmare. (do Rodeos, volleyball, fishing & powerboat racing really make more money/have more viewers then tennis??? c'mon)

Also- when does Indian wells start?

Its getting harder & harder to be a Tennis fan, when you cannot personally go to every tournament & even the big ones are hard to find on U.S television.:timebomb:arrrrrrg!:tears::explode:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 12:50 AM
fsn west will show the san jose final next sunday night. that's it from san jose on fsn west - and ttc isn't covering the tourney like they have the past couple years :(

IW main draw matches start like March 12 or so give or take a day..... TTC has always shown the first couple days, dunno if they will again. Haven't seen any word on what kind of schedule for IW or Miami FSN might show. I'd thnk FSN West's coverage of IW would be good since it would be the "home" FSN affiliate for IW. Guess they don't publish their schedules a month in advance....

you can't go to IW at all? :awww:

partygirl
02-17-2008, 03:30 AM
fsn west will show the san jose final next sunday night. that's it from san jose on fsn west -

IW main draw matches start like March 12 or so give or take a day..... TTC has always shown the first couple days, dunno if they will again. Haven't seen any word on what kind of schedule for IW or Miami FSN might show. . Guess they don't publish their schedules a month in advance....
Thank you.:)I'd thnk FSN West's coverage of IW would be good since it would be the "home" FSN affiliate for IWThat is what i was thinking too, so that is nice i guess:p
you can't go to IW at all? :awww:I really want to but my rent & bills are holding me hostage socially.:ras:

kaylee
02-17-2008, 05:04 PM
oh poor Deb fancy being held hostage by rent and bills. Who'd have thought? Still I hear ya!

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 05:08 PM
poor me? You mean poor Larah? Well I am poor too :lol: but i've made just enough to be able to afford 4 days at IW on the first weekend. Poor Larah indeed :hug: good luck with everything, girl :)

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 05:10 PM
poor me? You mean poor Larah? Well I am poor too :lol: but i've made just enough to be able to afford 4 days at IW on the first weekend.

:aplot:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 05:17 PM
:aplot:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 05:28 PM
:aplot: :aplot: :aplot: :aplot:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 05:32 PM
:lol:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 05:37 PM
;)

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 05:43 PM
:angel:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 05:48 PM
:devil:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 05:49 PM
:eek:

kaylee
02-17-2008, 05:52 PM
oh dear smile time :wavey: :wavey:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 05:52 PM
? :angel:

Kate87
02-17-2008, 06:02 PM
http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Divers/aviateur.gif

Larah:hug:
Deb:banana:

Fee
02-17-2008, 06:15 PM
poor me? You mean poor Larah? Well I am poor too :lol: but i've made just enough to be able to afford 4 days at IW on the first weekend. Poor Larah indeed :hug: good luck with everything, girl :)

Do you mean drive out Friday morning, then drive back Monday afternoon sometime? (because that might work for someone else too)

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:25 PM
Driving out of LA early Friday morning doesn't really appeal to me (we did it when we went down to La Jolla for davis cup a couple years ago, and it sucked.) so I'm going to go out on Thursday afternoon, but yes, I plan to leave Monday sometime, definitely going to tennis monday - might just play it by ear depending on the OP, what my employment situation is and how early I'd need to be somewhere on Tuesday, etc.

Found out last night that my friend's husband has some thing out there so last night I am leaving her cousin's birthday party and she goes "so I have to go to Palm Springs March 14-16, is there any tennis thing you go to out there" so of course I was like "no way i'll be there then!" - so she might come to tennis one day :haha: and she's all "yea, we're staying at La Quinta blahblah" and i'm like "uh oh, lots of players stay there" and she's all "COOL!" :haha: (I mean she's not really a tennis fan, she has no idea :lol: ) anyway, that would be interesting if she came out to the tennis for a day :lol: There would be no baby this time, not after what happened last time :lol:

Anyway, long-winded way to explain my plans at this point :lol:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 06:27 PM
Deb :rolls:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:29 PM
what :ras:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 06:30 PM
I laughed at the "COOL!!!!!!!!" part, that's all :haha:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:34 PM
oh :haha: she was funny :haha:

of course if she were around La Quinta watching Andy and the twins and others' practice, it wouldn't help them :tape: She's so pretty it'd be distracting for them :tape: :haha:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 06:36 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:38 PM
i just realized...... AND she has an ADORABLE 2 year old. and she'll be there the same time as andy.....

oh no..... poor little dominick.... I have to warn her :sad:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 06:39 PM
OH NO. Tell her it won't be a good option to go to the same place as Andy. :sad:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:41 PM
but if they're staying in the same hotel..... it's too close for comfort for the lil guy :sad:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 06:41 PM
i know :sad:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:44 PM
He was so cute last night too :awww: you should've seen him eat strawberries :awww: He was playing with this little car, making it go over a little stair landing in the house and he was so pleased with himself for doing this, so I said "want some strawberries" and he got so excited and jumped up and screamed "DA DA DA DA DA DA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" and he drags me into the kitchen and sees the berries but can't reach them so he starts jumping more til i got him one but before i would give him them i made him say "please debra" and "thank you" :lol: It was so cute :awww: Oh it would be a shame if Andy got to this one :sad:

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 06:47 PM
:awww: :awww: :awww: :awww:

So cute! Andy, stay away. :mad: :sad:

Fee
02-17-2008, 06:47 PM
Just make sure she never covers him in gravy or any other type of sauce. Andy can resist some children, but once they are marinated or basted, it's all over.

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 06:50 PM
:haha: :sobbing: :rolls:

arodfanpe666o
02-17-2008, 08:14 PM
The SAP Open will return to a medium-paced surface after many players and fans complained about last year's lightning-fast court.

"I had a lot of bad words spoken in my ear," tournament director Bill Rapp said.

I don't know of it's good or bad...

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 09:21 PM
I think it's good. Last year's court was way too fast. I think the quotes from Andy in here are old, but, not a bad article so I'll post it :lol:
=======================
TENNIS
The vanishing American star player
Roddick, one of few ranked U.S. men, blames lack of drive

John Shea, Chronicle Staff Writer

(02-16) 18:20 PST -- Nine of the top 10 ranked Americans have committed to this week's SAP Open in San Jose. A showcase for the top U.S. talent? Well, sure. But a closer look shows that only two Americans are ranked in the top 60 and just six are in the top 100.

It's no secret men's American tennis isn't what it was in the glory days from Connors/McEnroe to Sampras/Agassi, whether it's because kids are encouraged to gravitate toward team sports or lack the hunger to be tennis champions, if they choose the sport at all.

Andy Roddick, the top-ranked American and No. 6 in the world, seems to lean toward the latter theory.

"There's no substitute for hard work," he said. "To be honest with you, that's one of the things that lacks when you see the young American players. It puts a different dynamic on things when you're playing tennis to find a way out of the country as opposed to playing for fun."

Roddick, born in Omaha, Neb., and raised in Austin, will be the top seed in San Jose. New Yorker James Blake (12th in the world) is the second seed. The next highest ranked American is 62nd (Sam Querrey), then 73rd (Vincent Spadea), 77th (Mardy Fish) and 95th (Donald Young).

Roddick is the last American who's active on tour to win a Grand Slam singles title, and that was the U.S. Open back in 2003. The only American with more than one major title who'll play in San Jose this week is Pete Sampras, who's facing Germany's Tommy Haas in a Monday exhibition. Sampras has been retired six years.

Roddick, 25, envisions a bright future for his countrymen. He was asked about the development of Querrey, 20, and Young, 18.

"I think it's exciting," Roddick said. "I think maybe for the first time since our group of Robby (Ginepri) and Mardy and myself, there are some guys you can look toward the future with, even (John) Isner, who's a little bit older (22) but new on the scene as far as tennis years go.

"That being said, I think they have a lot of work to do. At least it's something we can all talk about and be hopeful about."

American Jan-Micheal Gambill, 30, who ranked as high as 14th in the world in 2001, is coming off back and shoulder injuries and will play doubles this week. He trained with Roddick and Roddick's coach, Jimmy Connors, in Hawaii before the Australian Open, which ended for Roddick in a disappointing third-round loss to No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

Gambill called Roddick "a great player with a great work ethic. He's in as good a shape as I've ever seen him." He agrees with Roddick that players from some other countries tend to be hungrier "to make a life for themselves." But he also said of U.S. tennis, "I don't think we're in a drought."

He added, "I think tennis is actually on the rise a little bit in this country. You always have the ebb and flow. When I first came on the tour, I was that next young American. I had 50 press conferences. They wanted to know, 'Who's the next guy? Who's the next guy?'

"Being in the top 100, top 150, it's a good accomplishment."

Roddick is coming off a five-set victory over Austrian Jurgen Melzer (in front of hostile fans in Vienna) in the Davis Cup opener for the defending champion U.S. team, which won the cup in December.

Melzer is in San Jose this week, the No. 6 seed.

"We played on clay, which doesn't really fit his game," Melzer said of the Roddick match. "But he's still a tough competitor, still one of best players on tour. It takes a lot to win constantly at that level. Of course, he's not winning majors, but he was in the finals at the U.S. Open and twice in the finals at Wimbledon (losing to Roger Federer each time). Those are all big achievements, and he probably doesn't get enough credit for that."

Malzer realizes Roddick is the great American hope, but he said of Americans, "They're spoiled because of Agassi and Sampras and McEnroe and everyone else. But nowadays, there's a guy out there - Roger, I think his name is - who dominates men's tennis and basically wins everything that's not on clay. Nowadays, it's very tough for other people to win majors."

Roddick turned pro in 2000 and has won 23 singles titles and $13.3 million in prize money. Asked to evaluate his progress in recent years and whether he has noticed an improvement in his game, Roddick said, "I'm definitely a more complete player. At the same time, I used to cover up my backhand and volleys because I couldn't do them that well. Now that I can, sometimes I haven't fired my forehand as much as I should. I think it's just a matter of finding the balance between the two."

partygirl
02-17-2008, 11:25 PM
poor me? You mean poor Larah? Well I am poor too :lol: but i've made just enough to be able to afford 4 days at IW on the first weekend. Poor Larah indeed :hug: good luck with everything, girl :)At least somebody gets to go & represent!:yeah:



Larah:hug:
I like hugs:hug:


Roddick turned pro in 2000 and has won 23 singles titles and $13.3 million in prize money.
I haven't fired my forehand as much as I should. I think it's just a matter of finding the balance between the two.":eek: & :smash:

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 11:27 PM
At least somebody gets to go & represent!:yeah::hug: but it would be fun if you could go too :awww:

partygirl
02-17-2008, 11:46 PM
:Le sigh:

I know, i long to go to an outdoor tournament, plus it seems like such a gorgeous venue.

Me and my sunglasses are disappointed.

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 11:56 PM
maybe LA in the summer? no hotel costs and cheaper tix? qualies are free and the players are there practicing...

otowngurl86apa
02-18-2008, 12:32 AM
I just got a chance to look at the draw, and Spadea pulled out, so Andy's playing Guccione now.

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 12:34 AM
Oh. Wow.

partygirl
02-18-2008, 12:48 AM
maybe LA in the summer? no hotel costs and cheaper tix? qualies are free and the players are there practicing...
Yeah, as long as i am not moving during, that would be my best bet so far.:bigclap:

Deboogle!.
02-18-2008, 01:15 AM
Yeah, as long as i am not moving during, that would be my best bet so far.:bigclap::yeah:

Poor Vinnay. Guccione might actually be a more dangerous match considering his huge serve. :tape:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 07:36 AM
I like hugs:hug:
me too, but not right now cause you'll catch my flu :awww:
Guccione might actually be a more dangerous match considering his huge serve. :tape:
agree:unsure:

acoffeygirl
02-18-2008, 07:49 AM
Deb.....I don't think I'm going to be able to go. :sad: I have so much going on next month. I'm so bummed.

arodfanpe666o
02-18-2008, 08:03 AM
Watch-out for tie-breaks in the 1st round...

dibs
02-18-2008, 12:37 PM
Guccione then, possibly, Nishikori!?! I'm not feeling too confident about this tournament.

Deboogle!.
02-18-2008, 02:10 PM
Deb.....I don't think I'm going to be able to go. :sad: I have so much going on next month. I'm so bummed.okay :sad: I'll miss you there :sad: good luck with everything :hug:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 02:17 PM
Davis Cup A Source of Inspiration
February 16, 2008

Joel Drucker

No event in tennis stirs up passion the way Davis Cup does. "Davis Cup is rough because you're going to be in Austria one week playing on clay, and then you're indoors on the West Coast playing," two-time SAP Open champion Andy Roddick said last week. "Ninety percent of the time when we're out there playing regular tournaments it's for pretty selfish motives: it's our ranking, it's our prize money, it's our schedule. It kind of all revolves around us. I really kind of embrace the team aspect. Representing your country is an honor."


Roddick is just one member of the 2007 Davis Cup-winning U.S. team that will be coming to the HP Pavilion to compete in the 2008 SAP Open. He'll be joined in San Jose by his teammates, James Blake, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the entire quartet still shaking a bit of clay off their feet from last week's 2008 opening tie in Austria.


It's tricky to determine the impact Davis Cup has on a player. In the same interview, Roddick also noted that, "As far as how it translates to the regular tour, I'm not sure if it does or not. It's just a totally different scenario. There aren't too many parallels."


There's no question that Roddick is right when assessing the scenario. Davis Cup's three-day, rapid-fire, high-energy format is quite different from the day-in, day-out grind of the tour. Davis Cup is a place where players you've scarcely heard of can raise their games to tremendous levels. The presence of often highly-partisan crowds - particularly in places like Italy, Spain and Latin America - can also add extensive spice. That indeed is a dramatic contrast to the more sedate atmosphere of most ATP events.


But perhaps in some ways Roddick is selling himself short. For the battle test of Davis Cup surely can carry a crossover benefit to competing elsewhere. Roddick's road win last year on clay versus Tomas Berdych was one of the finer efforts of his career. Certainly that can inspire him on other occasions.


And even more importantly, Davis Cup success is vital to the confidence of James Blake. Coming into last year's Davis Cup final versus Russia, Blake was the man on the hot seat. But he played one of the greatest matches of his life to beat Mikhail Youzhny and put the U.S. up 2-0.


Blake followed up that effort with a fine run to the quarters of the Australian Open and another impressive Davis Cup victory last weekend over Austria's Stefan Koubek. Playing on red clay, unquestionably his worst surface, Blake was down 7-5, 5-2 - and then went to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.


Said U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, "I just couldn't be happier with the way he just stayed in there and kept believing in his game and kept fighting and going for it."


Blake too is quite aware that the experience of competing in Davis Cup for so many years has sharpened his game. As he said following the win over Koubek, "Just because I'm down a set and a break doesn't mean I can't come back and win. Just keep playing my game and going after my shots. Just knowing there are going to be so many ups and downs. That experience is huge. It's easy to say; it's not as easy to do. When I was 21, 22, even probably 24, 25, there's no way I had that ability mentally to just hang in and play each point and get it all back with one big winner. I'm really happy with the way I competed there and didn't try to get ahead of myself. Just play one point at a time. It takes its toll on the opponent."


The Bryans, of course, are the ultimate team players, joined since conception to work together and, eventually, play together. "We come to play no matter what the score is," said Bob shortly after he and Mike clinched last weekend's tie with a convincing 6-1 6-4, 6-2 victory over Austrians Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle. "Doesn't really make a big difference for us, it's still a sleepless night for us."


But while current Davis Cup team members Roddick, Blake and the Bryans are the most visible benefactors of these high-stakes victories, others coming to San Jose have also been inspired by Cup play. Mardy Fish has played ten Davis Cup matches and would love nothing more than to even knock off his close friends Blake and Roddick to earn a spot back on the squad. Robby Ginepri won a vital Davis Cup match in 2004 from two sets to love down. And John Isner gained experience last fall as a practice partner for the U.S. prior to the final (a role also played by Fish and Ginepri and, in the past, by another SAP Open player, Sam Querrey). Speaking in large part as the leader of the American team, Roddick says that, "Davis Cup, it's not the most convenient thing in the world, but it's something that I'm passionate about."


On Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at HP Pavilion, the SAP Open will pay tribute to the American Davis Cup team and its 2007 Davis Cup triumph. On-hand will be all members of the winning team plus the Davis Cup trophy itself.

http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/news.asp?story_id=224

tennis lover
02-18-2008, 03:10 PM
I want to go to IW. :awww: *is jealous*

~*BGT*~
02-18-2008, 03:13 PM
I was planning th first weekend to Miami this year, but I am preempting that for DC. :banana:

kaylee
02-18-2008, 03:15 PM
awww we could have met up. Sorry I am a bit behind does Andy play tomorrow?

jeahhh!
02-18-2008, 03:16 PM
Hopefully I'll be going to IW.

Kate87
02-18-2008, 04:09 PM
I want to go to IW. :awww: *is jealous*
JO!I know that you wanted to download the fifth set of the 2003 AO QF. it's up on tennistorrents.com!
Sorry I am a bit behind does Andy play tomorrow?
on wednesday:p

kaylee
02-19-2008, 01:37 PM
Thanks Kate!!! :hug: I still can't watch tho - heehee am watching Rotterdam at the mo! Better than nothing.

Kate87
02-19-2008, 01:59 PM
so according to MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23225937/) Andy was still in NYC on Sunday. :scratch: hopefully he will arrive for his match in time:lol:

Tytta!.
02-19-2008, 02:13 PM
He will get there tomorrow afternoon :wavey:

Kate87
02-19-2008, 02:16 PM
:yeah::lol:

Deboogle!.
02-19-2008, 02:20 PM
he has to be there tonight, there's a DC ceremony for the players with the cup :p

Kate87
02-19-2008, 02:23 PM
Deb is right. as always. :p

tennis lover
02-19-2008, 02:24 PM
JO!I know that you wanted to download the fifth set of the 2003 AO QF. it's up on tennistorrents.com!
Thanks Kate! :hug: But I don't have regular internet access at the moment and the connection I use blocks peer-to-peer connections so torrents are no good for me at the moment, I'll have to wait until I'm home in the summer and hope someone is still seeding it! :unsure:

Tytta!.
02-19-2008, 02:33 PM
If he doesn't care about staying with his team mates during the 3rd day in Austria :shrug: I wouldn't doubt he shows up there tomorrow afternoon :shrug: :p

Kate87
02-19-2008, 02:36 PM
hope someone is still seeding it! :unsure:
I will. :D just for you :D

If he doesn't care to stay with his team mates during the 3rd day in Austria :shrug: I wouldn't doubt he shows up there tomorrow afternoon :shrug: :p
nah, he is not that silly;)he'll be there:angel:

Tytta!.
02-19-2008, 02:38 PM
Andy and silly go well in the same sentence. :)

Kate87
02-19-2008, 02:41 PM
the words 'jerk' and 'dork' will be jealous :awww:

Tytta!.
02-19-2008, 02:45 PM
These ones too.

Kate87
02-19-2008, 02:46 PM
that's true:D

kaylee
02-19-2008, 02:56 PM
u guys crack me up. This worries me a little. I know Andy needs down time with his gf and to go to other things but erhmmmm can someone remind he that he also plays tennis? He is now playing Chris Guccione instead of Vinnay on Wednesday, now I am nervous.

dibs
02-19-2008, 03:00 PM
I'm confused - weren't photos of the SI party posted here last week or have they had 2 parties in NY?

Kate87
02-19-2008, 03:03 PM
I don't think he was better when he was single:)

kaylee
02-19-2008, 03:39 PM
single or not it shouldn't mess with his tennis. How much preparation will he have had?

dibs
02-19-2008, 04:12 PM
The party MSNB are referring to was held on February 12.

kaylee
02-19-2008, 05:32 PM
ah hah! Then I should never believe what I read on msnbc.com heehee!

Fumus
02-19-2008, 06:33 PM
Is SAP on tennis channel or FSN?

kaylee
02-19-2008, 07:11 PM
I think the semis are on the tennis channel. You can pay mega bucks and pay to watch live stream. I love to watch Andy but not that much.

otowngurl86apa
02-19-2008, 07:14 PM
Is SAP on tennis channel or FSN?

Just FSN

kaylee
02-19-2008, 08:02 PM
and the US is trying to get more people interested in watching? I guess with it being on FSN there will be loads of people NOT.

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 12:11 AM
The party MSNB are referring to was held on February 12.February 12 wasn't a Sunday..

dibs
02-20-2008, 12:56 AM
February 12 wasn't a Sunday..

No the party was on a Tuesday, they can't even get the day of the week right. Either that or Jamie McCarthy who told me he was there taking photos for Getty is telling me fibs for some reason!

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 12:58 AM
Maybe there were 2 different parties :lol:

dibs
02-20-2008, 01:11 AM
Maybe there were 2 different parties :lol:

You are so quick:worship: Just came back to say that of course there could have been a second party OR the one that started last Tuesday only finished on Sunday night. If that's the case Andy will be in an even worse state than he was when he pulled from the DC final reverse singles.

kaylee
02-20-2008, 01:06 PM
exactly why do I not have a good feeling about this?

Kate87
02-20-2008, 01:13 PM
Killion: Whether up or down, Roddick enjoys ride
By Ann Killion
Mercury News Sports Columnist

When Andy Roddick takes the court at HP Pavilion tonight, he'll probably be wearing his signature Lacoste hat, the one with the alligator symbol. But he could just as well be wearing one with a question mark.

Because questions keep following Roddick.

Is Roddick, the top seed at the SAP Open and the sixth-ranked player in the world, still the great hope for American men's tennis? Or is Roddick, at 25, a player whose best chance at Grand Slam titles has already come and gone?

The questions started earlier than usual this year, after Roddick's disappointing loss in the third round of the Australian Open to German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Despite unleashing his best weapon - his serve - and collecting 42 aces in the match, Roddick lost in five sets.

"I took one on the chin a little earlier than I wanted to," Roddick said in a conference call leading up to the SAP Open. "This is an important tournament for me coming off a disappointing Australian Open."

Roddick, a two-time SAP champion, won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 at the U.S. Open, shortly after turning 21. He was immediately deemed the new face of American tennis. Since then, he has reached three other Grand Slam finals - at Wimbledon in 2004 and 2005, at the U.S. Open in 2006 - and lost them all. Each loss came at the hands of Roger Federer, fueling the story line that America's best tennis hope was just unlucky, his prime years running smack into the greatest man ever toplay the game.

But Roddick's play has been erratic of late. And recent results, including the eye-opening ones at the Australian Open, indicate that a new generation in men's tennis is on the rise. In short, Roddick's competition is more than just Federer.

Novak Djokovic, who beat Federer on his way to the title in Australia, is 20. Rafael Nadal is 21. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Nadal to reach the Australian final, is 22. There is a lot of depth in men's tennis, and Roddick has seen it coming.

"Surprised? Yes," Roddick said when asked about Tsonga's run in Melbourne. "Shocked? No."

But the depth in the sport hasn't included American tennis. The pressure and focus is on Roddick because, aside from James Blake, there isn't much impressive talent surrounding him. Roddick said he's hopeful about the development of young American talent but that there is still a lot of work to do.

"I think there's no substitute for hard work," Roddick said. "To be honest with you, that's one of the things that lacks when you see the young American players. It puts a different dynamic on things when you're playing tennis to find a way out of the country as opposed to playing for fun."

Roddick, by all accounts, has been putting in the work. He has been emphasizing his backhand and his fitness with coach Jimmy Connors. He came into Australia fit and confident, something he said might actually have hurt him. In analyzing his loss to Kohlschreiber, Roddick thought he relied too much on movement and not enough on his big forehand.

Roddick believes that, with age, he has become a more complete player.

"Sometimes you miss the youthful ignorance a little bit," he said. "I used to not really recognize situations too much or realize that they were actually important. Sometimes that worked to my benefit."

Roddick is an easy player to cheer for. Though he can be petulant on the court, in a manner reminiscent of Connors - during his loss in Australia, he erupted at the chair umpire and was snippy with the media - Roddick can also be charming, funny and insightful.

He has made playing for his country a priority. He was at the Olympics in 2004, staying in the village and relishing the experience. He led the United States to an emotional Davis Cup championship last fall, and is back working to defend the title. Earlier this month he played a Davis Cup match in Austria, and will lead the Americans against France in April - when he'll get a chance to face Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, who knocked him out of Wimbledon last summer.

"I'm passionate about it," Roddick said. "Representing your country is an honor."

And Roddick has refreshing perspective on his recent ups and downs.

"That's sports, man," he said after losing to Kohlschreiber. "If you don't want an emotional roller coaster, if you want to be serene and chilled out all day, then get a job serving margaritas at the beach."

Roddick isn't at the beach. He's here, trying to answer the same old questions.

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_8312061?source=rss

look who's in San Jose;)
Andy Roddick, left, 1st seed at the SAP Open, and James Blake, 2nd seed, pose for a photograph during a ceremony at the SAP Tennis Open, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008 in San Jose, Calif

kaylee
02-20-2008, 01:19 PM
oh wow he actually made it! Thanks for the article Kate. :hug:

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 02:07 PM
I said he'd be there for the ceremony :p

Kate87
02-20-2008, 02:13 PM
and I said that you'll be right;)

thanks for the pics:kiss:

ps: do you see his jeans?!:D:woohoo:

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 02:22 PM
He's actually one of the best-dressed guys in the pic.... *sniffle*

Kate87
02-20-2008, 02:25 PM
a unique moment:D

tangerine_dream
02-20-2008, 02:42 PM
I can't get excited about SAP. :sad: Easy draws equals Andy's downfall and I won't be happy until I see him play his normal game again. Plus, this week has been crazy with none of the favorites winning. I mean, bot Hewitt and Murray just lost in the Rotterdam first round, wtf.

But he looks good in those photos. No ripped jeans, wearing sensible shoes for once, his hair is growing out, good good.

*edit*

Roddick is coming back to Aces for one match
02/20/2008

Andy Roddick is returning to his adopted home.

Roddick will play one match for the St. Louis Aces in July at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park. He is No. 6 in the ATP rankings and was part of the U.S. team that captured the Davis Cup earlier this month. Roddick, 25, played for the Aces from 2001 to 2003 and in 2005.

"He grew up with the Aces. He was a pup when he first appeared here," Aces general manager Dani Apted said. "Andy has even more ties to St. Louis, now that his coach is Jimmy Connors. The hard-core Aces fans identify him as their own. That he would take time and come is a big compliment to us."

Roddick's appearance with the Aces is remarkable considering that his schedule is likely to be hectic. He'll be coming from Wimbledon and is hoping to compete in the Olympics. Wimbledon concludes July 6. The Olympic tennis tournament is scheduled for Aug. 10-17. The World TeamTennis season runs July 3-23.
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Fumus
02-20-2008, 03:03 PM
Just FSN

It's not on at all in my region, and I paid extra for like 3 Foxsportsnet channels.

:mad::mad::mad:

:o For tennis.

http://msn.foxsports.com/story/1636002

otowngurl86apa
02-20-2008, 05:10 PM
It's not on at all in my region, and I paid extra for like 3 Foxsportsnet channels.

:mad::mad::mad:

Same here. Not cool at all. :o

dibs
02-20-2008, 05:35 PM
"Easy draws equals Andy's downfall"

agreed tangerine dream especially when his 'easy' first round opponent has already beaten Hewitt, Berdych, Stepanek and Tursonov this year. Not grounds for huge optimism.

kaylee
02-20-2008, 06:36 PM
sigh I have to agree with Tangy too especially as I can't even get the matches on livestream unless I pay and sorry I love watching Andy play but not that much. I might bother to go to livescore but when his match is scheduled for 10 pm est I doubt that I will.

tangerine_dream
02-20-2008, 10:28 PM
In analyzing his loss to Kohlschreiber, Roddick thought he relied too much on movement and not enough on his big forehand.
You think? He can't dictate play with movement because he doesn't move like Nadal but he can definitely still bully people around with his forehand, if he uses it like he used to.

He came into Australia fit and confident, something he said might actually have hurt him.
How so? He played exactly as he needed to play in Kooyong and then suddenly his game went AWOL at AO.

snaillyyy
02-20-2008, 10:57 PM
I was going through some old tapes the other day, and came across the one of Andy vs Nalbandian at the 2003 USO. I want THAT forehand back, hell he just let that thing rip. I miss it :awww:

Deboogle!.
02-20-2008, 11:59 PM
How so? He played exactly as he needed to play in Kooyong and then suddenly his game went AWOL at AO.How so? granted it was his first match of the year but his match against Ljubicic was hardly "as he needed to play" - it was just as uninspiring as any other Andy match of late :sobbing:



edit: dougtastic :D

San Jose Once Again
Posted By Andyroddick.com Staff On 20th February 2008 @ 14:30 In Spreen Says | Comments Disabled
On to San Jose. After a successful Davis Cup Tie in Austria and a week off, we have arrived in San Jose. Nice to play here in the US for most of the next couple of months. Besides a trip to Dubai we will be playing here in the states through the first couple of weeks of April. Always nice to have shorter trips and it is also nice to not be fighting jet-lag. I have made many trips here to San Jose and it really is a good thing that it is an indoor tournament because this time of year it always seems to be raining here. Andy is getting ready for his first round match here and we are looking forward to a good week.

Fee
02-21-2008, 02:11 AM
Oh Dougie, faulty memory. It has rarely rained in San Jose for the last five years. This week is one of the wettest in a while. tsk tsk.

dibs
02-21-2008, 02:43 AM
I'm not ready to be entirely optimistic that this won't all go wrong yet but winning the first set in 22 minutes and only dropping one point on his serve is a good start for Andy.

partygirl
02-21-2008, 03:12 AM
:shrug:

Deboogle!.
02-21-2008, 03:14 AM
:)

snaillyyy
02-21-2008, 03:15 AM
At least we are seeing some emotion from him ;)

Edit: He can stop the df's though

Deboogle!.
02-21-2008, 03:18 AM
guyssssss livescoring threaddddddddddddddddd i will bump it :p

snaillyyy
02-21-2008, 03:20 AM
oops sorry, forgot :o

Deboogle!.
02-21-2008, 04:09 AM
if Nishikori even plays 2/3 as well as he played against James on Sunday, Andy will lose, no doubt. This kid Nishikori has serious talent, he comes to the net and he goes for his shots and Andy's passive play will fall right into Nishikori's hands - even James said his problem on Sunday was playing too passively. and "passive" for James is still way more aggressive than Andy's been lately, so, 2nd round upset loss coming right up tomorrow night :)

partygirl
02-21-2008, 04:16 AM
Don't say that.








:haha:

snaillyyy
02-21-2008, 04:17 AM
At least I have no expectations, so no stress if I follow it :p

Fee
02-21-2008, 04:24 AM
Why are my favorite tennis players all trying to piss me off this week?

Please Andy, be BamBam tomorrow. Please.

Nishy
02-21-2008, 04:25 AM
As I am Japanese, I have mix feeling about next match against Kei Nishikori. I am glad Kei won first ATP title last week and that is 16 years since Shuzo Matsuoka won ATP title in 1992.

But I am Andy fan and I want Andy to show he was No.1 in the world and to win this match. Some Japanese fan are very excited upset coming tomorrow but I am kind a scared.:scared:

Good luck Andy!

partygirl
02-21-2008, 04:36 AM
Yes...BAM BAM!!
mmmm, good:lick::toothy:

kaylee
02-21-2008, 12:38 PM
sigh sorry but I have to vent. I know people will think that I am a party pooper but he shouldn't have been in NY attending events and then practice and think "hey I am 6 in the world I will just go and play and see what happens". Actually he probably didn't but from what I am hearing from all of you is that those were close sets. He said he knows what happened in AO but did he practice what he preached? Sounds like he didn't, oh well onwards and upwards. Maybe he will have a chat with James and get some strategy and then again maybe not.

Deboogle!.
02-21-2008, 02:03 PM
The hot ticket: Roddick's the US star, but headed to Dubai
Mideastern country waves big money

By Matthew Cronin, TennisReporters.net

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – Even on his worse day, Andy Roddick is wildly entertaining. He's expressive, he fights, he bombs serves, gasps for returns, spills his guts at the net. His tennis is by no means always pretty, and can sometimes be downright ugly, but he's a scrapper, a real ticket seller and he's the best thing in American tennis now, for better or worse.

Roddick barely survived Australian Chris Guccione 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(5) in the first round and had he lost, the tournament would have really struggled to sell more tickets. Roddick outdrew Blake, who played Tuesday, and the crowd was more enthusiastic. Perhaps that because the match was more tightly contested or perhaps it's because fans are more drawn to Roddick's unquenchable thirst for greatness. He will never achieve the standards of his head coach, Jimmy Connors, or those of John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and even Jim Courier, but he believes he still belongs in the mix. Blake has yet to convince anyone of that yet.

Roddick will play Dubai in two weeks time, skipping Memphis, where he has been a fixture, and of course ignore Las Vegas, where Mayor Oscar Goodman torched him two years ago for not showing. Roddick instead is choosing to join Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Dubai, where they pay out a couple million in guarantees. With Roddick being the biggest US drawing card, that's a killer for Memphis and Las Vegas, but he's also an international star and is in demand abroad. BTW: Scot Andy Murray, who has also played the entire US winter/spring circuit last year, will also play Dubai.

"If I'm going to get a crack at those guys, sometimes that means you have to chase them around and, if that means going to Dubai that means going to Dubai," Roddick said. "Plus, I hear it's nice."

I asked Roddick whether it crossed his mind when he made the decision to play Dubai if he was aware that it would hurt the US events, even given the better field abroad and the larger payout.

"Those points factored into those decision, but I thought it was easier to schedule less weeks and add a wildcard if I needed it. The field is just so strong there and I feel like you have to go after it sometimes and that's what I feel I have to do."

So it is what it is: The oil rich nation is outspending a small- and medium-sized US cities by massive amounts. So what's the ATP to do here? How about a cap on guarantees for similar size tournaments? It's pretty apparent that the Tennis Channel doesn't have the resources to shell out million-dollar guarantees, nor does Memphis, which is played a week before Dubai, but is essentially competing with the tournament because most of the elite players are not going to compete a month straight if you include their mandatory appearances at Indian Wells and Miami.

A cap of guarantees is fair for equal-sized tournaments. Let's say $1.5 million per event and then every tournament at least has a shot at a couple of stars. And please, I don't want to hear about the free market, because Dubai and US tournaments, or Dubai and Latin American tournaments, play by different rules. The Tennis Channel may have some wheeler-dealers and has received a substantial payout from the city of Las Vegas, but it is not backed by a monarchy that has been in power for 175 years. It's simply not free trade in the truest sense. Maybe, if there was some kind of cap, Memphis and Vegas could feature Roddick, Blake and, saints alive, an attractive foreign player like Nadal and Djokovic. But not this year, when the fields are thin.

Back to the tennis, where Roddick played an excellent third-set tiebreak to pull out the win over Guccione, who served and volleyed quite well. Believe it or not, it was one of Roddick's better returning nights as he slapped a lot more balls backs than the score indicates.

"I thought I returned pretty well tonight but your are not going to get a sniff sometimes," said Roddick, who bombed nine aces to 20 from Guccione. "I thought I outplayed him from the start, but I'm just glad I have something to show for it."

Roddick will face Japanese teen sensation Kei Nishikori, who beat Diego Hartfield of Argentina 7-5, 6-3.

Coming off his first ATP title run in Delray Beach last week, Nishikori said he was bit mentally tired, but still was jumping into his ground strokes. He's not a very muscular guy, but he gets his full weight into the ball. Roddick was in the arena to check out the 18-year-old.

"I wanted to play Roddick that's why I won today," Nishikori said. "When I was at 4-3 and saw he was watching, I got so nervous. For two games I couldn't move."

Roddick's take: "It looks like he's just full of confidence and he was ranked 244 in Delray Beach and all of a sudden he's a player. But he has nothing to lose and had confidence on his side so it will be tough."

kaylee
02-21-2008, 02:54 PM
Thanks Deb!

snaillyyy
02-21-2008, 03:02 PM
ok I am nervous now :awww:

Tytta!.
02-21-2008, 03:10 PM
Vamos Nishi :D :rolls:

snaillyyy
02-21-2008, 03:15 PM
:rolleyes:

Tytta!.
02-21-2008, 03:24 PM
:)

Kate87
02-21-2008, 03:38 PM
so Andy outplayed Guccione?:D:banana:
but losing seven consecutive points in the TB?:retard:

If so and he was watching Nishikori, too(really watching)...:pFine. And I am not nervous:p

Tytta!.
02-21-2008, 03:44 PM
:yawn:

Fee
02-21-2008, 04:56 PM
Andy will probably never play Las Vegas, or at least not until the next mayoral election.

tangerine_dream
02-21-2008, 05:00 PM
Craptastic win for Andy, yay!

I hear Nishikori is the second coming of FedChrist so Andy will be the underdog for sure.

Adding photos.

Winston's Human
02-21-2008, 05:07 PM
Andy will probably never play Las Vegas, or at least not until the next mayoral election.


I still am amazed at the thought of Andy's character being questioned/attacked by a former mob lawyer-mouthpiece like Oscar Goodman.

Fee
02-21-2008, 05:10 PM
Andy just took a wildcard for Memphis. Yay, more travel and poor scheduling!

http://www.rmkchampionships.com/1/news/2008/roddick_wildcard.asp

(originally posted by smucav in the tournament forum)

Tytta!.
02-21-2008, 05:12 PM
Oh. My. God.

Jimnik
02-21-2008, 05:14 PM
Looks like a last minute mind change. He really should have entered in the first place instead of wasting a WC. :rolleyes:

This will probably make Deb happy because he surely won't play Dubai now, unless he loses in the first round.

Kate87
02-21-2008, 05:15 PM
:cuckoo:

jeahhh!
02-21-2008, 05:15 PM
:silly:

Winston's Human
02-21-2008, 05:17 PM
Our Andy never fails to amaze us with his scheduling decisions.

Tytta!.
02-21-2008, 05:18 PM
:retard:

kaylee
02-21-2008, 06:08 PM
OMG well honestly OK I think Andy needs a new scheduler namely anyone on mtf - geeze maybe he got enough flack that he wasn't playing so decided to play after all, what a numbskull. BTW I pity the poor organizers at Rotterdam there isn't a seed left in the main draw oops!

tennis lover
02-21-2008, 07:18 PM
I will. :D just for you :D
:hug: aww, bless you! :kiss:

:banana: for the win. It might not have been pretty but a win is a win! :o please win tonight Andy! :)

kaylee
02-21-2008, 08:12 PM
hmm well I just saw a vid of him practising http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmCCct2TywU - he is still miles behind the baseline even in practice.

tangerine_dream
02-21-2008, 09:06 PM
How many MTFers write for Tennis Talk? It seems like everybody has noticed that Andy's game has gone from power-aggressive baseline to passive-defense Paris-Hilton-can-hit-harder-than-you forehand — except for the one guy who needs to know it most.

Roddick's game in recent years has regressed from aggresive smasher to passive, defensive, baseline player with a big serve. That will be the key. If Nishikori, with his great all-court game and court smarts can simply come up with some sort of reply to the Roddick serve, just get it back, he immediately has the baseline rally advantage. Kei at this point in time is simply better than Roddick from the baseline.

blosson
02-21-2008, 11:09 PM
What a mess of a schedule. Get MS project manager Andy!

partygirl
02-21-2008, 11:40 PM
I was the only one looking forward to Dubai:lol::rolls::boxing:

partygirl
02-21-2008, 11:43 PM
I like his outfit.:cool:
He looks like a hot wheel toy car.

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 12:14 AM
Thanks to everyone who bombarded me on MSN about Memphis :rolls:Our Andy never fails to amaze us with his scheduling decisions.Nope, never. Just when we think we have him figured out :rolls:

hmm well I just saw a vid of him practising http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmCCct2TywU - he is still miles behind the baseline even in practice.Yep, he'll lose tonight for sure :yeah:

partygirl
02-22-2008, 12:28 AM
Yep, he'll lose tonight for sure :yeah:like 2 percent of me wants to say "noOh my god don't say that."

But the other 98% knows what happens when you play tennis like that. ;(
And you happen to be right a lot.:lol:

anyhoo, i don't have get to watch, what do i care.
no good.

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 12:29 AM
And you happen to be right a lot.:lol:begrudgingly, unwillingly, and undesirably :sad: :sad: :sad:

partygirl
02-22-2008, 12:32 AM
I know.

Are you saying now is a good time to wager?:aplot::lol:

Fee
02-22-2008, 12:35 AM
Hey, I was FIRST!

I have hope that he will do okay and squeak out a win tonight. I want to believe that last night's match kicked him in the rear a bit.

partygirl
02-22-2008, 12:46 AM
:)

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 05:06 AM
Andy 6-2 6-4 *faints* he plays Mardy tomorrow :sad:

tangerine_dream
02-22-2008, 05:07 AM
It's great to see Andy win a match that nobody thought he would win, in straight sets too. Well done, Andy. :yeah:

Fee
02-22-2008, 05:09 AM
Hey, I was 'optimistic'. :)

Well done, young Andrew.

Kate87
02-22-2008, 07:39 AM
:yeah: good to hear he played well(better:p)keep it up Andy:D


Roddick beats Kei Nishikori to reach SAP Open quarterfinals
Feb 22, 2008 2:34 AM (19 mins ago) AP

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Map, News) - Top-seed Andy Roddick easily defeated Japanese teen star Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 to advance to to the quaterfinals in SAP Open on Thursday.

Roddick needed just 63 minutes to defeat Nishikori, who saw his eight-match ATP win streak snapped by the No. 6 player in the world.

Roddick opened the match by taking a commanding 3-0 lead and breaking Nishikori's serve before the youngester won a game. Roddick, who's won twice at the SAP Open, came back after losing that game to win the next two including breaking the teen's serve again.

In the seventh game of the first set, the Roddick barked at the young player as they exchanged shots at the net. Nishikori held his cool and didn't respond and just walked away.

"I didn't understand a word he said," Nishikori said. But when pressed he acknowledged that he did in fact understand what Roddick had shouted at him but just didn't want to repeat it before the press.

But Roddick had no trouble repeating what he had said. "I told him to stick me with it the next time. I just let him know that he needs to finish it. I had no problem with it. But it was a monologue."

Roddick, who's has stated that he wants to be more aggressive this season proceeded to win the next game to win the first set.

In the second set, Roddick broke Nishikori service in the fourth game but Nishikori came to break Roddick in the next.

In their final game, Nishikori took Roddick to deuce before making two critical errors. He missed an easy slam shot that would have given him the advantage and then saw his saw his volley go wide that gave Roddick the match.

"I made too many easy mistakes," Nishikori said. "I didn't take advantage of the many chances I had. But overall I was happy with the way I played."

Nishikori seemed to defend well against Roddick's overbearing serve. Roddick was able to only land seven aces.

"It was one the best matches I've played in some time," Roddick said. "I was a little tight coming into the match. But I'm very impressed with him."

Roddick wanted to make his presence known to young player by trying to distract him by not using his service as his big weapon and by trying to play between the lines.

"Things were happening for him without him thinking so I wanted him to think about other stuff and not how well he's playing," he said. "There was nothing personal in it. He's probably not that happy with me for doing that. But I don't need any young friends."

http://www.examiner.com/a-1235372~Roddick_beats_Kei_Nishikori_to_reach_SAP_O pen_quarterfinals.html

Roddick puts teen in his place
Ron Kroichick, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, February 22, 2008

(02-21) 23:08 PST -- One night earlier, Japanese teenager Kei Nishikori became nervous when he spotted Andy Roddick sitting in the crowd, watching his opening-round match at the SAP Open. They shared the same court Thursday night - and any sense of awe quickly turned to tension.

Nishikori angered Roddick during a lively first-set exchange at the net, when Nishikori unleashed a shot directly at Roddick's body. The shot didn't seem out of line, but it clearly fired up Roddick, who barked across the net, "Back off that (bleep)!"

Roddick, the tournament's No. 1 seed, kept muttering throughout his 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory. He sniped at the chair umpire, occasionally stared toward Nishikori, and generally seemed agitated as he steamed into the quarterfinals.

The roots of his behavior were planted Wednesday night, when Roddick was impressed with Nishikori during his straight-set win over Diego Hartfield. Roddick suggested he became demonstrative during Thursday night's match to play some mind games with his 18-year-old opponent.

"Tonight, I just needed to make my presence felt a little," Roddick said. "Make him think about something other than how well he's been playing"

Asked if the idea was hatched by his coach, the notoriously feisty Jimmy Connors, Roddick replied, "I've been a brat for a long time. This isn't something that came along in the last year and a half with Jimmy."

Nishikori arrived in San Jose on a wave of good vibes after knocking off James Blake to win Sunday's tournament title in Delray Beach, Fla. That made Nishikori the youngest first-time ATP singles winner since Lleyton Hewitt in 1998, and the first Japanese player to win an ATP title since '92. It also helped bring about 30 members of the Japanese media to the Bay Area to chronicle Nishikori's play.

The good vibes ended against Roddick, who animatedly pumped his fist as he held off a spirited second-set challenge. The two players had a quick handshake after Nishikori's volley sailed long, completing Roddick's victory.

Roddick insisted he was not upset about Nishikori's body shot, saying, "If he feels that's the best play, I have absolutely no problem with it. I just told him to stick it to me next time, take some skin."

Nishikori, for his part, said he thought Roddick's reaction was over the top, but he ducked further comment on the topic. Nishikori mostly bemoaned his own sloppy play, saying, "I made too many easy mistakes. I had so many chances."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/22/SPBRV6ISS.DTL


:rolls: Is Andy Roddick finally coming back?:p

more quotes:

"I was tight about this match," Roddick said.

"I watched him yesterday and he was crushing the ball. So I was going to try to use everything to try to get a win out there. I was very impressed with him. I think he's going to be a player."

Will Roddick's maturity mean better results?
by MATTHEW CRONIN, tennisreporters.net
Updated: February 22, 2008, 3:21 AM EST Comment

SAN JOSE, Calif. - When Andy Roddick first came on tour, he was a wise-cracking, fire-breathing, service-bombing terror. He didn't quite understand his weaknesses, but had a fine sense for his strengths.

That's why he rose so quickly up the charts, and in '03 he won his first major at the U.S. Open and reached the No. 1 ranking. He was a tough, cocky guy who was so confident in his abilities that 12 days after raising the trophy in New York in a Davis Cup match in Slovakia, he turned a deaf ear to his captain, Patrick McEnroe.

"That week, Andy was a handful because he had just won the Open and Brad Gilbert was the guy [Roddick's coach]," McEnroe said. "Andy had a weird vibe going and he went out to play Dominic Hrbaty in the first match. He said, 'Don't talk to me at all, I know what I'm doing.' I didn't until he was down a set and break and he came over to me on the changeover and asked, 'What can I do?' At that point, he thought he could do whatever I wanted. After that, he was back to his normal self."

Four and half years have passed since that time, and at 25, Roddick is no longer so self-assured on court. Off the court, he still can come off as a needling fraternity president, but he also has a thoughtful and considerate side. He's a smart guy who better understands his place in the tennis universe now because he's been through the wars and he knows that he's not the tour's five-star general. He's more like a smart, muscular colonel willing to go to the front lines time and time and hope that his best-laid plans won't be set aflame.

He's a veteran now, and with that comes knowledge and self realization.

"After seven years, if I still feel like a young buck, it'd be a little weird," said Roddick from San Jose's SAP Open, where he reached the quarterfinal with a clinical 6-2, 6-4 victory over Japanese teen sensation Kei Nishikori.

"But I don't take the losses any lighter, I can promise you that. I was really pissed after Australia. Maybe I even get more upset than I used to. But there's a better perspective. It used to be you'd lose and you thought there would never be another tournament. Now I've gone through bad valleys and good peaks in my career, so maybe it's not as white and black and there's a little more gray area."

Roddick has been hovering around the top seven since 2003 and entered San Jose ranked No. 6. He's certainly been a Davis Cup hero, leading his nation to its first title in 12 years in December and to a significant first-round victory away in Austria earlier this month.

But on tour, he is no longer seen as the offensive line-cracking defensive end he wants to be. He can be had from the backcourt, where he is regrettably the most comfortable and still has a real trouble returning serve. At the Australian Open, he was plastered from the backcourt by German Philip Kohlschreiber in five sets and left the court steaming.

"I didn't take it to him and I let him play great," Roddick said. "It was tough for me to see it right after, but if I'm on the court, I have to make people fear me a little and when I play passive-aggressive, it doesn't work too well and it makes other people look really smart."

In the past two years, Roddick has won all of three titles, which is not elite-level tennis. Off clay, he's somewhat of a factor at every tournament, but there are plenty of weeks — too many weeks — where he has taken losses to players he might have scared four years ago.

He's done just about everything he's been told by his myriad of coaches: Gilbert, Dean Goldfine, his brother John, and the legendary Jimmy Connors. He often does the right things but can't execute. He's fairly fast running straight ahead, but his feet betray him moving side to side. He's been told to play super aggressive, not to plant so far behind the baseline and retrieve. Sometimes he does, but because he was a small kid and didn't physically bloom until his later teenage years, he grew up as a scrambler and never learned to hit through the ball. His forehand is heavy, but he often hits it with too much topspin and doesn't bludgeon it through the court. One longtime pro, when asked to analyze that aspect of Roddick's game — which is far better than his two-handed backhand side — called Roddick's tendency to brush over the ball too much a "loser forehand."

It's not quite that, but the stroke could be more penetrating. Because he owns the game's fastest serve, Roddick has been told to rush the net more, where his presence and competence around the cords has really improved. But he's not a natural net rusher and often labors with his shot selection and instincts as to where his foes will go with their passing shots.

"My net game is here and there," Roddick said. "I have to commit to doing it, and to doing it better. In Australia I was playing too defensive and not getting up at all. Who knows how I'm doing when I'm not doing it? When I'm in the mindset and I'm hitting firm approaches, it's OK. When I'm hitting bad approaches and letting guys get in good position and getting good looks, it's a little more suspect. A lot of times it depends on what I'm coming in on. If I'm hitting really good approach shots and they are barely getting rackets on it, I look really smart, and if I'm pushing shots, I'm making them look like geniuses hitting passes behind the baseline."

Connors has been tutoring Roddick for a year and half now, with little to show for it. There are those who think the relationship is bound to end this year if Roddick doesn't win a Slam title, because Connors is an eight-time Grand Slam champion and longtime No. 1 player with tremendous pride — and someone who is egotistical enough not to want to have a long-term association with a guy who is clearly behind the world's top three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

But there are others who think Connors is committed to the long term and that the relationship works perfectly for him because Roddick doesn't ask him to travel much and Connors can more or less schedule practice weeks on his terms and at locales that he prefers. Plus, Jimmy doesn't like to lose, and if his relationship with Roddick ends going backward, it will be a loss.

Connors, who had spent a few years in tennis exile after quitting the senior tour, appeared super excited when they began their association back in the summer of 2006.

"When he stepped on the court from the first minute, I've never seen any like it, which kind of reminded me of me, which was kind of cool," Connors said. "I said, 'Geez, if I could bring that out of him a little more and keep him practicing and working and going about it that way, then what he has to offer and what he has to bring to the game is unlimited.'"

Maybe he's still seeing it that way, and maybe not, but for now, as long as Connors is still considered Roddick's head coach (his brother John is his traveling coach), it has to be conceded that Connors still feels like there is value to their relationship.

But this year, you won't see Jimbo planted in a dozen Friend's Boxes watching his protege.

"(There are) going to be more practice weeks this year instead of coming to a tournament and being a little bit of a Band-Aid, " Roddick said. "You might see him at bigger events. I know how to come and play these events and we view the preparation as more important. From the beginning, we knew he wasn't going to travel 40 weeks a year. We thought how we would best utilize the situation and get where we want to go. It wasn't so much, 'I'm not going anymore' type-of-thing."

Roddick has made one significant change to his winter and spring schedule this year. He decided to skip next week's tournament in Memphis so he can get on the plane and go to Dubai, where he will face off against the world's best in Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, instead of trying to beat up on his U.S. buddies in Tennessee once again, which he doesn't think has a lot of value anymore.

He's only 25, but the clock is running out on his chances to be a serious player. It's time to return to the frontlines.

"If I'm going to get a crack at those guys, sometimes that means you have to chase them around, and if that means going to Dubai, that means going to Dubai," Roddick said. "The field is just so strong there and I feel like you have to go after it sometimes, and that's what I feel I have to do."

from FoxSports (http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/7828162/Will-Roddick's-maturity-mean-better-results??CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=199)

and good articles about his first match here (http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_8323379?source=rss) and here (http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_8323049?source=rss):)

Jade Fox
02-22-2008, 07:45 AM
I don't come on this board for a while and Andy decides to win a few matches?

Figures.:rolleyes::p

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 01:12 PM
Andrew :D Nishi :tears:

Let's beat pretty Mardee now, okay? :)

kaylee
02-22-2008, 01:40 PM
awwwww poor Mardy - he won't get a good look at Andy they know each other too weel. I hope it will be an entertaining match tho! It sucks being a night match again!

fangirl
02-22-2008, 01:49 PM
Andy needs to stop being a dick. Its not cute.

kaylee
02-22-2008, 01:57 PM
Hey he admits he is a brat, he isn't any worse than Connors or McEnroe, besides the fans love it.

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 02:10 PM
thanks kate! :hug:

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 02:12 PM
Nishi is so cute :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 02:16 PM
That's a nice scoreline, i spy. Much better than i thought it would be after his first match (ie. i thought he'd lose :p) Well done (:

Mardy/Andy makes my heart sad. But at least the pictures i see tomorrow morning will be pretty d:

Deboogle!.
02-22-2008, 02:19 PM
saaaaaaaaaarrrrrraaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 02:20 PM
SarahMooooooooo :D

Fumus
02-22-2008, 02:56 PM
Nice win, I'd like to see what the rallies looked like, I doubt it was Andy smashing forehands, whaling his returns and hitting winners...

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 03:24 PM
Debla! ReQuackererer! :kiss: :hug:

I thought it was time for my rounds :p

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 03:24 PM
We miss you :sad:

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 03:30 PM
We miss you :sad:
I miss this place (and all you guys!) too ): I come when i can, i have so much reading to do. I mean, i should just set up camp in the library :sobbing: :lol: And with all that on, i keep getting behind on tennis-ness. It's not good, yo!

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 03:36 PM
I miss this place (and all you guys!) too ): I come when i can, i have so much reading to do. I mean, i should just set up camp in the library :sobbing: :lol: And with all that on, i keep getting behind on tennis-ness. It's not good, yo!

:sad: you should tell them you know everything already and they can let you have fun with us :)

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 03:43 PM
:sad: you should tell them you know everything already and they can let you have fun with us :)
Maybe it's worth a try. I could write a strongly worded letter to my teachers saying it's not fair and if they don't release me, Re will kick their shins. Hard. :lol:

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 03:47 PM
I can write it for you if you want. :)

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 03:50 PM
I can write it for you if you want. :)
Aw, you're too kind :kiss:

Well, i break up from uni in just over a month, so minus exam revision (yawn), i can be around more :D

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 03:53 PM
Woohoo :D We want moo around :D

kaylee
02-22-2008, 03:55 PM
I agree sigh but I will be in the same boat soon. I am starting a new job next week and won't have time to come on here during the day. So I can relate.

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 04:02 PM
Quackerer, you won't be able to get rid of me soon enough :p my procrastinating ways will mean i'm here a lot during study break ;)

good luck with the new job, kaylee (: :hug:

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 04:06 PM
who said i wanna get rid of your gorgeous self? :ras: I will love it :D :D :D

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 04:16 PM
Well, in that case, it'll be awesome (:

Every time i come back here, i feel like i miss out on a million things. Like, have you always like Ginepri? :scratch: :lol:

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 04:17 PM
Bobby is an amazing player :worship:

PinkFeatherBoa
02-22-2008, 04:21 PM
Saraharererreerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.i had to do it

Nice straight set win from Andy, hope he keeps it going as we only get from the semis on TV. :yeah:

kaylee
02-22-2008, 04:23 PM
bah you are lucky we don't get anything here - hmmmm maybe I should try the livestream and see if I can find anything.

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 04:28 PM
Bobby is an amazing player :worship:
See, i did not know that. Not that he's not an amazing player (i don't have much of an opinion either way) but i didn't know you thought that. I'm behind!

Saraharererreerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.i had to do it

Nice straight set win from Andy, hope he keeps it going as we only get from the semis on TV. :yeah:
I love the random screaming of my name :hearts:

I don't even remember the last time i wrote Jen without the -ererererer suffix. It just doesn't seem right. I don't even try to not do it anymore. So in the spirit of things...Jenerererererererer (:

I was thinking the same thing about the semis, but i didn't want to jinx it :p

Tytta!.
02-22-2008, 04:40 PM
Poor moo :hug:

PinkFeatherBoa
02-22-2008, 04:44 PM
I love the random screaming of my name :hearts:

I don't even remember the last time i wrote Jen without the -ererererer suffix. It just doesn't seem right. I don't even try to not do it anymore. So in the spirit of things...Jenerererererererer (:

I was thinking the same thing about the semis, but i didn't want to jinx it :p

Sarahererererrrer. i had to do it again. d: i think it's a deficiency with my keyboard or something!i hope you are super well. hang on, i pop to teeny thread for catch up.

:lol: Yes maybe I should only look forward to semis when he gets there, still my expectations are pretty low at the moment for Andy anyway, so I won't be too shocked either way. (that doesn't mean you can lose to Mardy though Andy, K).

and everybody loves Wobby, why were you not informend of this? Poor Wobby. :sad:

MissFairy
02-22-2008, 04:58 PM
Poor moo :hug:
Don't fear, i will do my homework and catch up on all the goings-on and then i'll know everyyyything! ...or at least something :p

Sarahererererrrer. i had to do it again. d: i think it's a deficiency with my keyboard or something!i hope you are super well. hang on, i pop to teeny thread for catch up.

:lol: Yes maybe I should only look forward to semis when he gets there, still my expectations are pretty low at the moment for Andy anyway, so I won't be too shocked either way. (that doesn't mean you can lose to Mardy though Andy, K).

and everybody loves Wobby, why were you not informend of this? Poor Wobby. :sad:
The -ererer is addictive, no? Jenerererer always pop into the teeny thread. You know you want to (kinda)

My expectations are lowering by the season. It's a sad game of limbo. |:

The Ginepri love has gone over my head. I refuse to participate, although calling him Wobby makes him that teeny bit sweeter d:

partygirl
02-22-2008, 08:52 PM
Well, i break up from uni in just over a month, so minus exam revision (yawn), i can be around more :Dhttp://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/happy036.gif

Deboogle!.
02-23-2008, 03:40 AM
the Memphis draw is out...... Mardy in the 2nd round :mad:, Soderling (who's killing everyone in Europe right now) in the QF....

snaillyyy
02-23-2008, 05:36 AM
Sarahererrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr :kiss:

Andy's year just keeps getting better and better....not....:awww:

Allez-Alejo
02-23-2008, 05:39 AM
He might be reconsidering asking for that WC after seeing Robin...although Sod is bound to have a let down as he's just coming back from injury.