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All the Robby Articles you can stand (by request of tangy)

Éowyn
09-02-2005, 03:40 AM
Here ya go hun now we have an articles thread. I will go through and post some later I have a load to post on GF too :lol:

tangerine_dream
09-02-2005, 04:37 AM
Cool :cool: thanks :)

Éowyn
09-02-2005, 04:59 AM
not that you couldn't have made one :lol:

btw im still waiting for robby wire piccies for GF :kiss:

tangerine_dream
09-02-2005, 04:15 PM
And I'm still waiting for ^%$# RO to get back up so that I can update the news and photos. What a lousy time to start upgrading the site. And we probably lost a lot of stuff that I did the other day and I won't be able to get it back (esp the pictures) :mad: :o

Éowyn
09-03-2005, 01:14 AM
well at least he's not playing at the moment last time it went for ages! you can always help GF whilst RO is down :angel:

tangerine_dream
09-04-2005, 05:09 PM
Ginepri wants spot on U.S. Davis Cup team
Sept 3, 2005

NEW YORK -- There's more to Robby Ginepri's stay in New York than his run at the U.S. Open.

Ginepri, who beat Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 Thursday, has talked to U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe about being part of the team for the upcoming match against Belgium. The match is key for the United States staying in the elite 16-nation World Group next year.

Ginepri said McEnroe told him he's one of two candidates for the Sept. 23-25 matches, which will be played on an indoor clay court in Leuven, Belgium.

"I've had brief conversations with Patrick but he hasn't told me anything outside of it's between James [Blake] and I," Ginepri told The Associated Press. "I know that this week and next week will be a factor in his decision. Anytime I can get a chance to play Davis Cup, I definitely want to do it."

Blake beat Russia's Igor Andreev of Russia 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday night, setting up a third-round match with No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

While Ginepri described Blake as an all-court player capable of playing on clay, he said he's often been told his game is tailor-made for the surface.

"I've heard that my game suits the clay better than the hard courts, even though I don't have too many great results on the clay," Ginepri said. "I totally play like a clay-courter. I'm a baseliner, I don't come in too much and I hit a heavy ball."

Éowyn
09-05-2005, 12:44 AM
thanks tangy wangy :p

Fergie
09-08-2005, 04:34 AM
Ginepri and Blake make Davis Cup team

NEW YORK (AP) -- James Blake and Robby Ginepri will join Andy Roddick on the U.S. Davis Cup team for its match in Belgium later this month.

Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe also selected doubles specialists Bob and Mike Bryan for the Sept. 23-25 match in Leuven, Belgium.

"We expect a tough match in Belgium on clay,'' McEnroe said Wednesday. "Andy has been the stalwart of the team and the Bryans have been clutch in doubles for us lately. James and Robby have stepped up this summer and are playing exceptional tennis.''

Ginepri is unbeaten in two Davis Cup singles matches. Blake is 8-3 in Davis Cup play, including a 5-2 record in singles and 3-1 in doubles. The two have made impressive runs at the Open, with the unseeded Ginepri advancing to the semifinals by beating Guillermo Coria in five sets Wednesday.

Blake played Andre Agassi in another quarterfinal Wednesday night.

"Coming into the Open, I was leaning toward Robby and James,'' McEnroe said. "And what's happened here has obviously just reconfirmed that.''

Agassi had said earlier he wouldn't play. The 35-year-old lost in the first round of the French Open after a herniated disc in his back shot pain down his right leg, and he didn't play again until the end of July.

Healthy again, he is wary of chancing it on another clay surface.

"He doesn't want to take that risk at this point, which I certainly understand,'' McEnroe said. "The other guys have stepped up. I feel as good as I felt going in with the second guy as I've felt in a while.''

The match is key for the United States. The winner remains in the World Group, the only 16 nations actually competing for the Cup, while the loser drops down to zonal play next year. The United States has beaten Belgium in all three of their previous meetings.

Fergie
09-08-2005, 04:38 AM
Ginepri guarantees American finalist in U.S. Open

NEW YORK (AP) -- Robby Ginepri, an unsung, unseeded American toiling hard through the U.S. Open, gutted his way out of trouble and got the gift of Guillermo Coria's 13th and 14th double-faults on the last two points to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.

Ginepri, a 22-year-old who had never gone beyond the third round of the Open, won his third straight five-setter against a seeded player, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, Wednesday and guaranteed that an American will play in the final.

Ginepri's opponent in the semis Saturday will be the winner of the Andre Agassi-James Blake night match.

"The last three matches took so much out of me, I'm just dead right now,'' Ginepri told the crowd as his family, suffering and celebrating on alternate points, watched from the players' box. His sister, Jenni, took photos as he spoke. "I don't know how I got through that match".

"I don't know what's going on right now. I'm a little foggy, a little dizzy. It's crazy. Crazy!''

Down a break in the fifth set, Ginepri kept his poise to beat the No. 8 Coria, the Argentine who was a French Open finalist last year, in a match that took just over three hours and ended with a dramatic series of six match points.

Ginepri's has had only a few claims to fame so far -- his second career title at Indianapolis in July, where he beat Andy Roddick in the quarters and Taylor Dent in the final; a semifinal finish in Cincinnati last month, where he gave No. 1 Roger Federer a tough, three-set match.

Oh, and then there was the time Ginepri dated actress Minnie Driver a couple years ago.

"I hope I'm more notable for my tennis than being with her,'' he said. "Just a little fling, and that's over with. Now I think I'm making my name with tennis.''

Ginepri and Coria each wore their white caps backward and engaged in long rallies during a match filled with momentum swings.

Coria was involved in a tempest with Chilean Nicolas Massu in his previous match, but against Ginepri there was nothing but respect. On one point in the fifth set, the players gave each other a high-five at the net when they combined for a particularly thrilling point -- a beautifully angled drop shot by Coria, a full-court running scoop by Ginepri feathered barely over the net, and a putaway backhand half-volley winner by Coria.

After serving his ninth ace at 124 mph to hold for a 6-5 lead in the fifth set, Ginepri jumped out to his fourth match point at 30-40 on Coria's serve when the wearying Argentine slapped a forehand just wide. Nervous, Ginepri pulled the front of his yellow shirt up to chomp on it with his teeth, then tried to close out the match. Instead, he saw Coria save the point with a forehand that Ginepri stretched to reach but netted.

Three points later, Coria mishit a backhand wide to give Ginepri a fifth match point. Coria saved that with a surprising serve and volley. That was all Coria had left. He double-faulted to set up the sixth match point and double-faulted again to lose.

Coria said he had been having problems with the nerve in his right hand and wasn't able to grip the racket hard.

"I was losing feeling on the hand,'' Coria said in Spanish while motioning with his right pinkie. "It has been happening for four days.

"I had a lot of treatment ... but during the match, the more I serve, the more it gets tight -- the forearm, the shoulder. I knew it could happen. That's just the way it is.''

Coria, who missed last year's Open because of a shoulder injury that needed surgery, said he was worn out by his five-set victory over Massu two days earlier -- at 4 hours, 32 minutes the longest match of the tournament.

"It was a tough break that the match with Massu was so long,'' Coria said. "My whole body was hurting. It was hard to keep up the same speed I had. But I gave it all -- ran, tried hard and gave it all I could. He won because he deserved it. He's been waiting for a moment like this for a long time.''

tangerine_dream
09-15-2005, 10:59 PM
Even in loss, Ginepri shows he’s major threat
U.S. player stunned three seeded opponents in march to Open semis

MSNBC
Sept. 10, 2005

NEW YORK - Robby Ginepri always had the talent. Now he’s finally getting the most out of it.

Though Ginepri lost to Andre Agassi in a five-setter Saturday, his run to the U.S. Open semifinals capped a breakthrough summer. After winning his second career title last month in Indianapolis, Ginepri knocked off three seeded players — No. 29 Tommy Haas, No. 13 Richard Gasquet and No. 8 Guillermo Coria — to reach the semifinals.

Agassi won 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

“He’s come a long way,” said Agassi, who had never dropped a set to Ginepri in their previous three matches. “If anything, I used to say that he was irresponsible with his talent. ... Now, you really see his patience, his thought process out there. He’s taking calculated risks, and he knows when to lay off the ball, when to work it, when to step up and take a chance.

“He’s playing a lot smarter,” Agassi added, “which doesn’t give you those free points that make the difference.”

Much has been expected of Ginepri since 2000, when he was runner-up for the junior boys title at the Open to Andy Roddick. But whether it was being away from home and his friends or all the time he spent on the road, he was never able to capitalize on that potential.

He climbed to No. 25 in the rankings on Feb. 2, 2004, but had plummeted back down to 103 on July 4.

“I wasn’t reaching my goals and my potential in the game of tennis,” said the 22-year-old, who was born in Marietta, Ga., and now lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I’m starting to realize to be the best, you have to work your butt off every single day, and days can’t go by where you’re upset about something. You can’t let that affect the way you play.”

But things began turning around after a first-round loss at Wimbledon. The next month in Indianapolis, he beat Roddick in the quarters on his way to winning the title. He made it to the quarters in Los Angeles and Cincinnati, where he beat Marat Safin to set up a meeting with No. 1 Roger Federer.

Though Federer won the semifinal match 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, Ginepri made him work for it.

He was even more impressive at the Open, where he became the first man in the Open era to play four straight five-setters.

“He had a wonderful tournament,” said Francisco Montana, Ginepri’s coach. “I think playing Andre was an invaluable experience for Robby and he matured again, more so in this match than in the last couple of weeks.

He was down a set to Agassi twice, rebounding each time to even the match. Agassi was finally too much in the fifth set, breaking Ginepri and then holding serve to go up 5-2. Ginepri held his own before Agassi served out the match at love with a 120-mph ace.

“I can hang with any player,” Ginepri said when asked what he learned at the Open. “I shouldn’t be intimidated or afraid to walk on the court with anybody. My confidence has been pretty high, and my work ethic has definitely been up there. With that said, it definitely enlightens the future for me.”

His father also thought his performances this tournament bode well for his future.

“There was a little letdown because Robby probably had his chances there, but Andre is Andre and this is Robby’s first semifinal,” Rene Ginepri said. “I think it’s a great learning experience for him and I think he will nurture from it. Kudos to Robby for getting here and it was a wonderful challenge.”

Éowyn
09-16-2005, 01:30 AM
thanks tangy

16681
10-03-2005, 08:36 PM
There just doesn't seem to be a lot of information around about Robby. All I used to know of him at all was that he was dating Minny. I hate it when all the press is on who someone is dating :rolleyes:

Éowyn
10-03-2005, 09:21 PM
theres actually alot of robby articles around i still have over 100 of them to add gf i just get rundown a bit easier at the moment! they'll all go up eventually

16681
10-03-2005, 11:05 PM
I must not be looking in the right places! And thank you for all the help you have been :worship: I hate to go into new places where I don't know what is going on and have to start out new, but you have made my coming here painless ;)

Éowyn
10-03-2005, 11:58 PM
you're most welcome me likes to see more robby fans! and i get news alerts on him :)

16681
10-04-2005, 04:01 AM
That is great. I knew I had come to the right place ;)

Éowyn
10-04-2005, 04:28 AM
glad you like it :)

idolwatcher1
10-10-2005, 08:53 AM
SECOND SERVES
Join the excitement as Brian Vahaly welcomes top tennis professionals Jan-Michael Gambill, Robby Ginepri, Scoville Jenkins, Ashley Harkelroad, Mariaan de Swardt, along with members of the Atlanta Braves and Falcons as they come together in support of Vahaly's Brighter Future Foundation Charities. The two-day festival of tennis will be Nov. 18-19 and includes a player party, a Pro-Am tournament, a pro exhibition and a Kid's Day event. The event will be held at the James Creek Tennis Center in Cumming. Visit www.brianvahaly.com. ...
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/sports/12855729.htm

idolwatcher1
10-18-2005, 09:55 PM
Ginperi Rallies to Beat Grosjean in Madrid (http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/madrid_tuesday.asp)

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180x250/ginepri_madrid.jpg American Robby Ginepri withstood 14 aces to defeat Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round at Masters Series Madrid Tuesday. Ginepri claimed two breaks at the start of the third set to race to a 3-0 lead. Ginepri has reached at least the quarterfinals of his last four tournaments, including the semifinals of the US Open, where he lost in five sets to Andre Agassi.

16681
10-18-2005, 10:06 PM
oooooooooooooooooh! What a great picture you have just made my day ;)

idolwatcher1
10-18-2005, 10:20 PM
aw, yay! :)

idolwatcher1
10-20-2005, 08:00 PM
Ginepri, Nalbandian Reach Madrid Quarterfinals (http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/madrid_thursday.asp)

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Robby Ginepri continued his hot streak by upsetting third seeded Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 7-5 to advance to his seventh quarterfinal in eight tournaments. After falling behind 1-3 in the second set, the American reeled off the next four games. Ginepri failed to hold his serve to clinch the match, but regrouped to break Davydenko in the next game and served to secure his place in Madrid’s final eight.

16681
10-20-2005, 08:08 PM
What a picture! The story at the Madrid site called Robby an "improving American". That almost sounds like he is getting over some sort of illness. LOL Look over me I am in a crazy mood :p

idolwatcher1
10-20-2005, 08:51 PM
Mae, there were quite a few articles written about Robby today, but I only posted the ATP site one...There are others, and they all have their different names for Robby...I like "hot American" the best so far... :lick:

16681
10-20-2005, 09:58 PM
Mae, there were quite a few articles written about Robby today, but I only posted the ATP site one...There are others, and they all have their different names for Robby...I like "hot American" the best so far... :lick:
I'll take "hot American" over "improving American" anyday :devil:

Éowyn
10-21-2005, 12:23 AM
:lol:

idolwatcher1
10-21-2005, 08:47 PM
I thought while Nadal and Stepanek closely battle it out, I would just mosey my way in here and post another article about Robby... :)

Immaculate Ginepri sees off Ferrer to make Madrid semis (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=sportsNews&storyid=2005-10-21T141700Z_01_SIB149436_RTRUKOC_0_US-TENNIS-MADRID.xml)
Fri Oct 21, 2005 10:17 AM ET
By Simon Baskett

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MADRID (Reuters) - American Robby Ginepri produced an immaculate exhibition of controlled, power tennis to see off Spain's David Ferrer 6-1 6-4 and earn himself in the semifinals of the Madrid Masters on Friday.

A highly focused Ginepri, who upset third seed Nikolay Davydenko in the third round, made an impressive start at the Madrid Arena, holding his serve to love in the opening game and then breaking in the second.

The powerful 23-year-old 16th seed showed no signs of weakness on his own serve and always had Ferrer under pressure on his.

He stretched the Spaniard around the court with his high velocity ground strokes and broke again in the fourth on his way to a 5-0 lead.

Ginepri, who lost to Andre Agassi in five sets in the semifinal of this year's US Open, then served out to take the set 6-1 after forcing Ferrer into a string of errors.

Ferrer beat sixth seed Mariano Puerta on his way to the quarters, but he was never given the chance to find the sort of rhythm that took him to a victory over the Argentine as Ginepri pinned him to the baseline and dominated at the net.

Ginepri, who won his previous two meetings with Ferrer, broke again in the fifth game of the second set, kept the tempo high and weathered some late pressure from the Spaniard when he was serving for the match to ease through to the semis.

Top seed Rafael Nadal, who eased to a straight sets victory over fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo on Thursday, meets Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic later on Friday as he continued his bid to win his fourth Masters Series title this year.

Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, who recorded his first win in six attempts over fourth seed Guillermo Coria faces the in-form Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, who has won back-to-back tournaments in Metz and Vienna.

In the other quarter-final match-up fifth seeded Argentine David Nalbandian will have to tame big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic if he wants to repeat last year's feat of reaching the final in Madrid.

16681
10-21-2005, 10:00 PM
Great article! I just hope Robby doesn't read his own press clipping! We do not want him to get the big head :p

idolwatcher1
11-02-2005, 07:32 PM
Ginepri muscles America into Paris picture (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051102/ts_alt_afp/tennisatpfra_051102145144)
Wed Nov 2, 9:57 AM ET

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PARIS (AFP) - Robby Ginepri made sure there would be two Americans in the Paris Masters third round when he muscled past Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3.

With top seed, and world number three, Andy Roddick opening his Paris campaign against fellow American Taylor Dent later in the day, Ginepri seized his chance to continue his run of form late in the year.

The 23-year-old, long in the shadow of Andre Agassi and Roddick after struggling to fulfill early promise, has had a good 2005.

He won a third career title and has seen his world ranking rise from a mediocre 58 a year ago to a high of 18 now.

Furthermore, he has developed a taste for the big matches reaching the semi-finals of the US Open, where his charge was halted by Agassi, and then the Madrid Masters where it took world number two Rafael Nadal to stop him.

On Wednesday, Ginepri took the tough route to the third round squandering a match point in the second set tie-break before carving out a crucial break in the decider to lead 5-3.

He earned two match points when the left-handed Verdasco netted a forehand and won it with a confident drop volley, nine minutes short of two hours.

Ginepri next faces either seventh-seeded Argentinian Gaston Gaudio, the former French Open champion, or French wildcard Fabrice Santoro for a place in the quarter-finals. Roddick is the top seed and is making his fifth successive appearance at the Paris Masters, which is more than can be said for Roger Federer, Nadal, Agassi, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt who are all nursing a variety of injuries.

16681
11-02-2005, 11:50 PM
As I said before yummy ;) I hope to use an old expression that Robby has enough gas left in the tank to keep going in this Tournament!

Éowyn
11-03-2005, 12:16 AM
As I said before yummy ;) I hope to use an old expression that Robby has enough gas left in the tank to keep going in this Tournament!

if theres any player in paris who is least likely to run out of energy it is robby! he's probably the fittest of the bunch!

16681
11-03-2005, 04:29 AM
if theres any player in paris who is least likely to run out of energy it is robby! he's probably the fittest of the bunch!
I hope so! But you must remember that our "poor little baby was sick just recently" so his illness could make him less fit that normal. (How you noticed how evil I am being tonight :devil: ) I think I'm late for Halloween :p

idolwatcher1
11-03-2005, 04:59 AM
Mae, I guess Éowyn and I are pretty optimistic when it comes to Robby's energy/stamina/strength, you're just a little more...pessimistic :p
I think Robby's back to normal (physically speaking), afterall, the article said he "muscled" his way into the next round...I don't think they would have said this if he was limping into the next round or anything ;) ...Hopefully, he just stays positive and really focused!

16681
11-03-2005, 04:57 PM
Mae, I guess Éowyn and I are pretty optimistic when it comes to Robby's energy/stamina/strength, you're just a little more...pessimistic :p
I think Robby's back to normal (physically speaking), afterall, the article said he "muscled" his way into the next round...I don't think they would have said this if he was limping into the next round or anything ;) ...Hopefully, he just stays positive and really focused!
Actually I was just trying to be mean, but apparently no one picked up on that fact! If you remember it was stated in this site that "baby" wasn't to be used although that was more about Mario and it was also stated that we shouldn't be so concerned about Robby's health that he should be mature and capable of taking care of himself. O.K. I will forget my attempts at being mean because I'm obviously not very good at it, which I guess is really a goodthing :angel:

Éowyn
11-04-2005, 12:29 AM
naughty mae!

yes andrea you are right i have alot of faith when it come sto robbys fitness! unfortunately when it comes to results i have learnt to expect the unexpected

16681
11-04-2005, 04:45 AM
Maybe I was right in the first place. After his illness, that tough first match, he just didn't as I put it have enough gas left in the tank. There were a couple of pictures posted over at the GF site and in one you got a real clear look at Robby's face as he was playing. He did not look good at all :sad: And you know normally Robby always looks good ;)

idolwatcher1
11-04-2005, 07:45 AM
Mae, after his 2nd round match, I was certainly optimistic. It may have been that his body was ready to wind down at around 10 PM, like it did on Wednesday...I really didn't like that his scheduled had no consistency to it :rolleyes: and I mentioned this yesterday, way before his match started...I can't say whether that made a key difference, but as I said already, his schedule didn't seem like a recipe for success to me...

16681
11-05-2005, 02:24 AM
I still think the illness in Lyon played apart in it at least. I have a relative who is rarely ever ill, but when he does get sick it is with a stomach virus and it just wipes him out! I know most people don't think a stomach virus is a big deal. But I know how hard it is on my relative and he doesn't have to play Pro Tennis after a bout of illness.

Éowyn
11-05-2005, 02:33 AM
i think he just lost to someone to played better on the day :p

16681
11-05-2005, 03:19 AM
Well that can happen to any player at any time, I know. But I'm still sticking to fact that he got sick in Lyon. It would be interesting if we could know what would have happened if Robby hadn't gotten sick? But, of course, there is no way we will ever know that :sad:

idolwatcher1
11-16-2005, 11:22 PM
Most fashionable players in tennis :lol:

Robby Ginepri called the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week [first week in November] from France, where he's playing in the Paris Masters, to give his list of the five most fashionable folks in tennis [here's what he had to say]:

1. James Blake. Gotta start with one of my boys. He's always trying to look good. Always has new stuff to wear.
2. Andy Roddick. The Lacoste gear is pretty original. Not too many players are wearing it. It's kind of old school.
3. The Williams sisters. They usually have new attire for the U.S. Open.
4. Carlos Moya. The sleeveless look with the little tattoo around the biceps.
5. Anna Kournikova. She's always looking good.

Éowyn
11-17-2005, 12:50 AM
:woohoo: for robby mentioning anna :)

16681
11-20-2005, 04:31 AM
I like James' look. I still have some trouble with Andy in Lacoste. I'm still not quite used to it. But Robby being the nice guy he is left himself out. And the U.A. really suits him ;)

idolwatcher1
11-20-2005, 05:30 AM
Not only is James one of his boys, but both James and Carlos sported sleeveless shirts in March 2003 (where Robby played against both of them) and this was before Robby went sleeveless for Wimbledon...I like Robby's list...then again, I like Robby ;)

Éowyn
11-21-2005, 12:00 AM
robby went shirtless at the same time as them! most of the nike guys did it the same time
it was just that he was the first player to do it at wimbledon!

idolwatcher1
11-21-2005, 12:10 AM
I think you meant sleeveless... :lol: ...i haven't seen anyone go shirtless during a pro tournament match yet...(although I would love for Robby to be the first... :lick: ) Anyways, I was just saying that Robby was still wearing regular shirts during his March 2003 matches against James and Carlos, who were both wearing sleeveless shirts when they were playing him that month.

Éowyn
11-21-2005, 12:46 AM
you knew what i meant! sorry i'm having a bad time at the moment so my mind is not doingw ell trying to concentrate on anything rightnow

16681
11-21-2005, 03:52 AM
I'm all in favor of a shirtless men's Tennis Tournament :devil: Just tell me when and where and I'll be there :) Even if I have to take an airplane to get there :eek:

idolwatcher1
11-21-2005, 08:46 AM
:lol:

16681
11-22-2005, 12:15 AM
idolwatcher1 since you are from the U.S. you have probably heard of guys playing "shirts and skins" in football. So hey why not in tennis :cool:

Éowyn
11-22-2005, 02:53 AM
robby can play in anything he likes as far as i'm concerned :)

16681
11-22-2005, 04:57 AM
robby can play in anything he likes as far as i'm concerned :)
I'll agree with that ;)

idolwatcher1
11-22-2005, 07:46 AM
idolwatcher1 since you are from the U.S. you have probably heard of guys playing "shirts and skins" in football. So hey why not in tennis :cool:

lol, yeah...If that were the case, I would rather some players just keep their shirts on, but Robby, he can take it off anytime... :)

16681
11-22-2005, 09:50 PM
LOL I was going to say I can't think of any I wouldn't want to keep their shirts on, but I guess that proves I'm more into bodies and looks than I am into Tennis :p

idolwatcher1
11-23-2005, 07:02 AM
so you want to see Taylor Dent with his shirt off? :p

16681
11-23-2005, 08:37 PM
so you want to see Taylor Dent with his shirt off? :p
You know poor Taylor I have read posts where people call him ugly, scary, etc. But the only thing I have really noticed about him is his big teeth and overbite. He should have had some teeth removed and wore braces on his teeth and then that would have corrected that problem. Personally I don't think it would bother me to see Taylor with his shirt off. It would be interesting to find out if anyone has any shirtless Taylor pictures? I know I have never seen him in pictures or on TV with his shirt off.

idolwatcher1
11-23-2005, 10:51 PM
i haven't either, but probably there aren't many people who want to find out... :shrug:

Éowyn
11-24-2005, 01:46 AM
i've seen taylor shirtless it's not all that bad! i love taylor he's a sweetie

16681
11-24-2005, 03:18 AM
i've seen taylor shirtless it's not all that bad! i love taylor he's a sweetie
I'm glad to hear a nice comment about Taylor because he does seem like a nice guy. Deb posted an article in Taylor's site about him and a serious training program that he is now in to get himself in better physical condition. I hope he sticks with the program. And I think I could handle seeing him without his shirt LOL I could probably handle seeing any player without his shirt. I am really awful :devil:

Éowyn
11-25-2005, 01:30 AM
i love taylor to pieces! i did temporarily remove him from my sig when he lost to murray twice though it was his punishment :lol: but i love him he's a lil sweetie! i hope he works on his fitness more coz it depresses me to see so much talent go to waste.

16681
11-26-2005, 12:25 AM
I agree with you there. I think Taylor has talent, but he stays so out of shape he can't hold up to play well in the Matches :sad:

Éowyn
11-27-2005, 02:01 AM
taylor also need sto learn that it is possible to shock the opponent by NOT serve and volleying everyball

16681
11-27-2005, 03:46 AM
Yes that is another thing about Taylor his tennis game is always the same. And as little as I know about tennis even I know you can't just keep playing everyone the same way :rolleyes:

Éowyn
11-28-2005, 02:07 AM
i can't remember who it was but someone on tv was saying the same thing during nottingham that he is so set in his head that he is going to serve and volley he refuses to even consider other options! it makes me sad :awww:

16681
11-28-2005, 04:41 AM
i can't remember who it was but someone on tv was saying the same thing during nottingham that he is so set in his head that he is going to serve and volley he refuses to even consider other options! it makes me sad :awww:
That same exact thing has been said by about every tennis commentator in the U.S. everytime Taylor plays a Tournament in the U.S. I can't understand why he won't change :confused: I even heard that Taylor's Father even said the same thing to Taylor, but even that didn't change the way Taylor plays :sad:

idolwatcher1
11-28-2005, 07:31 AM
mixing it up a bit could definitely help him...

Éowyn
11-29-2005, 12:27 AM
won't happen though

idolwatcher1
11-29-2005, 06:28 AM
ok, I said I would post some bits of past articles, since nothing is really going on right now... so, here's one (written on September 8, 2005, 6:50 AM EST by JOHN JEANSONNE):

"Agassi will be back by popular demand in tomorrow's semifinals, and his opponent will be none other than Robby Ginepri, the 22-year-old American who barely has been noticed even as he has been at the center of the whole cosmic story of this year's Open.

Ginepri is the man who hit the drop shot that James Blake was trying to retrieve when Blake slammed into a net post during practice last year and broke his neck. Ginepri is the doubles partner of Gilles Muller, the man who eliminated the previously hottest player of the hardcourt season, Andy Roddick, in the Open's first round; and the man who sent Muller packing in the second round.

Plus, Ginepri is the first man to win a tournament on the U.S. Tennis Association's new blue courts, when those courts were unveiled at the beginning of the summer season in Indianapolis.

Yesterday, Ginepri took an exhausting 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Argentina's Guillermo Coria."
(source: http://www.nynewsday.com/sports/tennis/ny-spagassi0908,0,1154409.story?coll=ny-tennis-headlines)

I found the part highlighted in red a bit interesting...that he felt Robby was being ignored despite his degrees of closeness to the major stories coming out of the US Open...I remember feeling similarly at the time!

16681
11-29-2005, 04:44 PM
Yes I agree that Robby didn't get the attention he should have at the U.S. Open. In fact I think I posted my feelings about that on one of the threads in here, but I can't remember which one :rolleyes: What I didn't know was that it was Robby that James was doing his practice with when he fell into the tennis post :eek: I'm sure seeing that must have upset Robby :sad:

16681
11-29-2005, 04:48 PM
won't happen though
Sadly for Taylor I agree :sad: But still that is Taylor's own choice on how he plays tennis so that is up to him. But why he wants to continue playing in a way that won't help him win Tournaments, I don't know :confused:

Éowyn
11-30-2005, 01:09 AM
Yes I agree that Robby didn't get the attention he should have at the U.S. Open. In fact I think I posted my feelings about that on one of the threads in here, but I can't remember which one :rolleyes: What I didn't know was that it was Robby that James was doing his practice with when he fell into the tennis post :eek: I'm sure seeing that must have upset Robby :sad:

yep it is one of the reasons i always worry about him coz he does not play teh dropshot half as much as he used to even though it is one of his best shots. it's also why i HATE my players playing in rome! coz of what happened to james, robby, andy etc

16681
11-30-2005, 04:28 AM
Robby needs to push that out of his mind if that is why he doesn't use that shot as much. It wasn't Robby's fault that James fell. Who knows it could have just as easily been Robby that fell into that post. That clay can really be hard to keep your balance on. In fact for that matter the way players have to run and change directions so much and so quickly any surface can be dangerous. I saw Andy fall this year on clay, hardcourts, and I believe he even fell on grass.
I know there is a lot of talk about the tennis season being too long and causing injuries, but really a player could easily be hurt just playing a Tournament. On some of those hardcourt falls I saw Andy take I mean he hit the court and actually bounced! I kept expecting him not to be able to get back up, but somehow he did!

idolwatcher1
11-30-2005, 07:09 AM
yep it is one of the reasons i always worry about him coz he does not play teh dropshot half as much as he used to even though it is one of his best shots. it's also why i HATE my players playing in rome! coz of what happened to james, robby, andy etc

I think maybe now that James is regaining success, Robby is going to be using the dropshot more like he used to (psychological reasons)... I heard that in Madrid, he used the dropshot quite a bit more than he had normally been using it... :)

anyone know whether this picture was taken before or after James' incident??
http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/5328/rgromepopevisit5bg.jpg

rege
11-30-2005, 08:20 AM
I think maybe now that James is regaining success, Robby is going to be using the dropshot more like he used to (psychological reasons)... I heard that in Madrid, he used the dropshot quite a bit more than he had normally been using it... :)

I remember watching one of Robby's USO matches (against Coria, I think) where he missed a dropshot and one of the commentators noted that he shouted something like "you have the worst dropshot!" at himself. As I recall, he wasn't dropshot-ing very well in that match (could've just been Coria's speed helping him retrieve them all) so my guess is that he simply wasn't happy with it and wasn't going for it as often.

16681
11-30-2005, 10:48 PM
Well Coria is someone who can run down a lot of tennis shots so it would be hard to tell if Robby's shots weren't good or if Coria was just getting them all back!

Éowyn
12-01-2005, 01:43 AM
I think maybe now that James is regaining success, Robby is going to be using the dropshot more like he used to (psychological reasons)... I heard that in Madrid, he used the dropshot quite a bit more than he had normally been using it... :)


he has never stopped using it he just uses it less than he used to but that is also alot to do with the fact he is improving other aspects of his game, it just worried me alot (before this summer) that he had cut it out alot but now it is slowly creeping back in but not as much as it could


anyone know whether this picture was taken before or after James' incident??
http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/5328/rgromepopevisit5bg.jpg

before

Éowyn
12-01-2005, 01:44 AM
I remember watching one of Robby's USO matches (against Coria, I think) where he missed a dropshot and one of the commentators noted that he shouted something like "you have the worst dropshot!" at himself. As I recall, he wasn't dropshot-ing very well in that match (could've just been Coria's speed helping him retrieve them all) so my guess is that he simply wasn't happy with it and wasn't going for it as often.

robby has shouted alot worse things than that at himself before

tangerine_dream
12-01-2005, 02:11 AM
anyone know whether this picture was taken before or after James' incident??
http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/5328/rgromepopevisit5bg.jpg
Before. Both Robby and James had gone to see the Pope together.

As for Taylor being Fat Taylor, he claims to have turned over a new leaf too:

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Making a new Dent

The skinny on Taylor Dent is 11 percent body fat, down from 18 percent two months ago, and still losing, he insisted proudly after rousing himself from a cat nap Saturday.

All this off-court work ("I'm putting my body through all sorts of hell") plus a couple of hours of hit-and-giggle pro-am tennis at The Players Club here left the big American with the ink black hair and amiable personality a little drowsy...

Is this the reborn Taylor Dent, the one who has decided at age 24 that it's time to be all you can be? For a young man who has been chronically injured and who has gone through more coaches than you can remember, this time the commitment has the feel of the real thing.

To begin with, Dent has made a major financial investment, moving out of Huntington Beach, Calif., and buying a 5,200 square foot home on a lake in Sarasota so that he can be close to the Bollettieri Academy, where fitness guru Jason Riley is "putting a hurt on me."

Dent did a lot of off-court training when he was coached by Brad Stine three years ago. But this, he says, is different. "This time, I'm sacrificing a lot of court time to put more effort into the gym work. I'm going every day but Sunday."

Why? "Because of the injury problems," said Dent. "I've lifted weights. I've done yoga. This is the one avenue I haven't pursued to the fullest."
So here's hoping 2006 is the year of the other, forgotten young American players making a run for the Top 20. :D :cool:

If only we knew what was happening with the dead weight known as Mardy :sobbing:

Éowyn
12-01-2005, 02:19 AM
don't call mardy dead weight :sad:

16681
12-01-2005, 04:36 AM
No all the young American players are going to step up in 2006 :) They have to because the U.S. just can't keep so much pressure on Andy to win. It isn't good for U.S. tennis, but more importantly IMO I don't believe it is good for Andy. In fact Andy has even said he wished the other American players were doing better. Andre will probably soon retire which will make it that much worse on Andy if the other U.S. players don't step up. So common guys lets
move up the rankings ;)

idolwatcher1
12-01-2005, 05:50 AM
Just to be clear, I don't think Taylor Dent is fat, and I've defended him (a few weeks ago) when the fat jokes were being made in the GM section... There are a few tennis players that I wouldn't really "oooh and awww" over if they were to strip down shirtless or anything... I brought Taylor up in this thread, within a question...posed mainly because many other posters on this board would likely not want to see him with his shirt off (or at least this is what they would likely claim)... I wouldn't care one way or the other really... :)

Cheers to the US players in 2006! :D

16681
12-02-2005, 02:09 AM
Just to be clear, I don't think Taylor Dent is fat, and I've defended him (a few weeks ago) when the fat jokes were being made in the GM section... There are a few tennis players that I wouldn't really "oooh and awww" over if they were to strip down shirtless or anything... I brought Taylor up in this thread, within a question...posed mainly because many other posters on this board would likely not want to see him with his shirt off (or at least this is what they would likely claim)... I wouldn't care one way or the other really... :)

Cheers to the US players in 2006! :D
Well apparently there are other posters that don't like seeing Taylor shirtless and I was in Taylor's Forum trying to find a shirtless picture of Taylor :p Taylor is built big so I don't really think he is fat myself, but the comment was made about a "big belly". I think Taylor like a lot of other people just needs to lose some weight in certain places. And it is very difficult to lose weight in the places you want to in fact it is just plain hard to lose weight for a lot of people :sad:

Éowyn
12-02-2005, 02:20 AM
i like seeing taylor shirtless it's nicer than you expect :p

16681
12-02-2005, 05:10 AM
i like seeing taylor shirtless it's nicer than you expect :p
You don't happen to have a shirtless picture of Taylor do you? If anyone has one no one is posting it :sad: But I am determined to see one :devil:

idolwatcher1
12-03-2005, 08:41 PM
hey, I was not aware of this before, but the following picture of Robby was taken with his own camera... continue reading... this was from the USTA site (http://www.usta.com/auction/index.html) a few months ago...

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/7994/ginepriphoto9cm.jpg

Are you Robby’s BIGGEST fan? American Fan Favorite, Robby Ginepri is currently ranked No. 33 in the world. After a dominating summer hard court season, winning in Indianapolis, reaching the semis in Cincinnati, and reaching the quarters in LA, Ginepri has already made his mark on the courts of the 2005 US Open. Bid on this UNIQUE autographed 2005 US Open Photo Diary picture taken of Robby serving, during practice in Flushing Meadows Park. As part of Robby’s photo diary, this autographed picture, of him in action on the practice court, was taken with his very own Olympus Stylus 800 camera. Signed in black sharpie across the middle of the image, this one-of-a-kind photo can be yours!

Robby and Olympus have teamed up and portions of the proceeds of this auction will benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance which promotes public education about and supports research on colorectal cancer, which - while the country's second-leading cancer killer - is highly preventable and curable when people undergo appropriate screening. The NCCRA was co-founded by journalist Katie Couric, cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. As the philanthropic leader of the entertainment industry, EIF utilizes the collective power of the industry to raise awareness and funds for critical social and health issues, like colon cancer. Visit http://www.eif.nccra.org for more information.

Auction Closed

Robby was one of the few players that released a diary entry at the US Open... Here was his entry (I don't think this has been posted already):

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Robby Ginepri of Marietta, Ga., is gearing up to compete in his sixth US Open and is entered in the men's singles event. The 22-year-old has been playing since he was 12 and turned pro back in 2001. Ginepri will be sharing his thoughts and experiences throughout the US Open in a diary he is writing for USOpen.org. In his first entry, he discusses his arrival at the USTA National Tennis Center, his practice schedule and an upcoming trip to a Giants/Jets game.

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/6139/t0827ginepri0030yr.jpg

"I arrived in New York on Wednesday and checked into my hotel uptown in Manhattan. I came with my coach, Francisco Montana, who's a former ATP pro and has been coaching me since November 2004. My parents and my older sister, Jenni, are coming tomorrow to watch me play and support me.

Since I've been here, I've only talked to a couple of the other players. Everyone's so busy, it's really hard to find the time to hang out. But we all get along for the most part. We see each other week in and week out at tournaments, so at this point we really know each other.

I get court time every day at the USTA National Tennis Center to practice, and I've mostly been hitting with my coach. Yesterday I practiced on the Grandstand. I've also been working out at the hotel gym. Leading up to the Open, my workout routine was to hit for a couple hours every day. I usually like to play a set and a half in the morning and then work on my serve later in the afternoon. I also work out at the gym a lot. I usually run or ride the bike, and I also lift weights with my trainer.

The draws also came out on Wednesday, and that's when I found out I'm going to play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in my first-round match. I don't know him at all. I've never played him before, so I'm just planning on going out there and playing my game. Tennis isn't like football or basketball where you watch tapes of an opponent you've never played before to prepare. Francisco will just do research on Guillermo, talk to some other players who've played him before, and then prep me before the match.

Based on the draw, there's also a possibility that I could end up playing Andy Roddick in the second round, and it would probably be a night match. That would be really tough if it happened because I've been friends with Andy for so long, probably since we were about 10 years old. But obviously we both have to get past the first round before that would happen. Even if it did, we're both professionals, so we would just go out there and put our friendship aside so we can play our best against each other.

I know it's definitely going to be a tough two weeks, but I'm not too nervous for my first match. I have the same attitude every time I'm going into any match I play, and that's just to hope to do my best and give it everything I've got.

Tonight I'm going to a Jets/Giants game to relax. I'm going to meet Jonathan Vilma, who's a middle linebacker on the Jets, and was last year's NFL Rookie of the Year. I got the whole thing set up through my new sponsor, Under Armour, who makes performance apparel for athletes. They just started sponsoring me right after Wimbledon. Other than the game tonight, I think the only other thing I might have time to do in New York is go to a Broadway show.

I'll let you know how things are going in my next diary entry."

16681
12-04-2005, 05:21 AM
Thanks idolwatcher1 that was a great article to read and I'm always glad when anyone helps a Charity :) Little did Robby know when he wrote that entry that he was going to win his First Round, but Andy wasn't :sad: Still at least it worked out so two Americans didn't play to have one knock out the other. I hate that when it happens :(

Éowyn
12-04-2005, 05:32 AM
like ine the quarters and the semis :p

16681
12-04-2005, 06:00 AM
Yes I would like to make a new tennis rule that two players from the same country can not play each other. Wonder how that would go over :devil:

idolwatcher1
12-04-2005, 07:23 AM
Mae, up to what point? the Round of 16, the QF...??

16681
12-04-2005, 04:49 PM
Mae, up to what point? the Round of 16, the QF...??
LOL I know it can't actually be done because I was talking about players from the same country never playing against each other and that wouldn't really work at all :eek: But I do hate to see two America players playing against each other because one gets knocked out and we haven't had a lot of players going deep into Tournaments
as much :( But I think that is now starting to change and I hope it continues in 2006 :)

idolwatcher1
12-05-2005, 07:11 AM
I hate to see them play each other in the early rounds, but i really don't mind them playing each other in the finals!...because it means each player did good just to get there... :)

16681
12-05-2005, 08:11 PM
I hate to see them play each other in the early rounds, but i really don't mind them playing each other in the finals!...because it means each player did good just to get there... :)
As always idolwatcher1 you have made a good point :) Why is it that I never think of things like that :confused:

idolwatcher1
12-05-2005, 08:32 PM
aww :hug:

16681
12-05-2005, 08:47 PM
It's true you really do make good points in your posts :worship: And some how I always miss the good points until you post and then it is very clear to me :) It is a good thing I have you around to help me :angel:

idolwatcher1
12-18-2005, 09:24 PM
Sports Personality of the Year winner Andy Murray (http://www.sundayherald.com/53352):

So what was the highlight for him? He still finds it hard to put his finger on one particular moment.

“There were so many. I think the biggest was probably playing Roger Federer in the final of the Thailand Open, but the doubles win in the Davis Cup match against Israel was an amazing feeling too. But I think I played my best tennis in the win over Robby Ginepri in Thailand.”

interesting...

16681
12-19-2005, 08:24 AM
Sports Personality of the Year winner Andy Murray (http://www.sundayherald.com/53352):

So what was the highlight for him? He still finds it hard to put his finger on one particular moment.

“There were so many. I think the biggest was probably playing Roger Federer in the final of the Thailand Open, but the doubles win in the Davis Cup match against Israel was an amazing feeling too. But I think I played my best tennis in the win over Robby Ginepri in Thailand.”

interesting...
Oh boy J.J.'s "favorite player" LOL and I'm not talking about Robby :p

idolwatcher1
12-24-2005, 04:17 AM
Here's an article written in December, when Robby was in Michigan :) :

Williamston tennis players meet pro Robby Ginepri (http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2005512110362)
Published December 11, 2005
[From the Williamston Enterprise]

OKEMOS — They may not have been on television like the Mason soccer players, but the Williamston tennis players had a chance to learn from professionals in their sport, as well.

Robby Ginepri and Todd Martin were at Court One Athletic Courts last Friday evening to support the Todd Martin Development Fund and participate in a tennis clinic as part of that fundraiser. Kylie Topliff, junior co-captain, Beka Leavey, junior, Sarah Vogel, sophomore, Kate Nelson, sophomore, Ben Taylor, freshman and Tiffany Ash, eighth grader, all took part in the clinic.

"It was fun to be on the same court with professional players. Mr. Ginepri is ranked something like 16th in the world and was really a nice guy," said Taylor.

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"Yeah, I even got a point against them during one of the drills. It was so fun," Leavey quickly added.

"I thought it was interesting how they just told us a couple of things about playing the game, like moving forward a little on each hit and then we were able to go out and play against Robby and Todd," said Topliff.

The Todd Martin Development Fund is a local non-profit that supports the development of tennis players in the Lansing area. Todd Martin retired from the tour last year after reaching as high as 4th in the world and playing in the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the finals at the US Open.

"The Todd Martin Development program draws young people mostly from the schools closer to Lansing," said Williamston tennis coach Steve Stanley. "Williamston plays against them during the summer through the USTA team tennis program. Their players tend to be from Lansing Sexton, Lansing Eastern, East Lansing and Okemos. It is a great program for those kids. We were fortunate that Steve Weyhing donated some tickets for the clinic so some of our players could attend and meet both Robby and Todd."

Vogel and Nelson were smiling as they held the tennis balls signed by both Ginepri and Martine. Nelson said, "This was really cool. It was my first time meeting a professional tennis player. Robby and Todd were both really nice to us. The three hours just seemed to fly by."

Vogel added, "It just makes me want to work really hard and get really good just like they are."

"There isn't anything like being on the court with a pro," said Ash, who hopes to play for Williamston next year as a freshman. "They hit the ball so easily, it looks they aren't even really trying and the ball just goes right where they want to hit it."

While they may not have been on TV, the Williamston players were on 'cloud nine' just the same.

16681
12-24-2005, 04:44 AM
What a nice article. And I loved the part about "Mr. Ginepri". I bet if Robby saw the article that made him feel old :p

rege
12-29-2005, 09:19 AM
Have you kids seen this video clip on Forbes' website? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for "Perfect Timing" under the "Video" section.

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/08/30/sports-tennis-endorsements_cx_05tennisland.html

16681
12-29-2005, 07:15 PM
Have you kids seen this video clip on Forbes' website? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for "Perfect Timing" under the "Video" section.

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2005/08/30/sports-tennis-endorsements_cx_05tennisland.html
I don't think I followed the site right the 1st time, but thanks for the link :) I'll give it another try. It's nice to see your posts. Post more often ;)

idolwatcher1
12-30-2005, 08:56 AM
rege, thanks! I have not seen that video before, but it was nice to see! :D :worship:

Mae, hopefully you'll get to view it... They were interviewing Robby at the US Open this year (presumably before he played there) about Under Armour, etc...

16681
12-30-2005, 02:50 PM
I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can't find the word "Video" on the site :confused:

tangerine_dream
12-30-2005, 05:29 PM
Does anybody here get Tennis Week magazine? I do and for the past few issues, they've had some great articles on Robby, James, and this month they have one on Taylor. :D If nobody has seen these yet I will scan them in this weekend and post them.

Fee
12-30-2005, 06:02 PM
Please do. I don't get TW (and shouldn't it be named TennisMonth?)

idolwatcher1
12-30-2005, 08:29 PM
Yes, Tangy, please scan away :worship: I do not get TennisWeek

Mae, here are some screencaps from the vid:

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/1627/rgforbesinterview00061xp.jpg-http://img428.imageshack.us/img428/3489/rgforbesinterview00025or.jpg

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/8238/rgforbesinterview00148lk.jpg-http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/7420/rgforbesinterview00163uy.jpg

16681
12-31-2005, 01:14 AM
Gee Robby looks great :) But I still don't know what I'm doing wrong on that site :confused: And Tangy I don't get the magazine either so I would be happy for you to scan away :worship:

idolwatcher1
12-31-2005, 03:10 AM
Mae, click the following link, and just wait for the page (and video) to load... it may ask you whether you want to view the video with "Real Media" or "Windows Media", and if it does, take your pick, and then wait for the video to load... It may take awhile to load depending on your connection speed... Also, the video will play for about 90 seconds before Robby is shown, so you have to be patient :p ... Hope it works out!... Click here: http://www.forbes.com/video/?video_url=http://www.forbes.com/video/fvn/currentevents/tm_ginep&id=murphy_ginepri&title=Video%3A+Perfect+Timing

16681
12-31-2005, 03:19 AM
I am totally dumb when it comes to sites :confused: I keep
getting stock information :eek:

idolwatcher1
12-31-2005, 03:24 AM
:scared: i'm not sure, but that might be an advertisement or pop-up of some sort... but it might go away if you wait awhile :confused: not really sure...

16681
12-31-2005, 03:30 AM
:scared: i'm not sure, but that might be an advertisement or pop-up of some sort... but it might go away if you wait awhile :confused: not really sure...
Well it is a Forbes site and that is what Forbes is about money, investments, etc. It is like I'm in one place in the site when I'm supposed to be in another part of the site :confused:

idolwatcher1
12-31-2005, 03:34 AM
yeah... it seemed like that happened to me, but I had multiple windows open at the same time so I wasn't paying close attention... I didn't pay much attention until I could hear the video through my speakers, and then I just waited till Robby got on... Keep trying mae, i'm pulling for you :lol:

tangerine_dream
12-31-2005, 07:21 PM
OK, here's the article from last month's Tennis Week. And you can add it to your Robby site if you want, Éowyn. :D

idolwatcher1
12-31-2005, 10:02 PM
Thank you, Tangy!! :worship:

16681
01-01-2006, 01:09 AM
yeah... it seemed like that happened to me, but I had multiple windows open at the same time so I wasn't paying close attention... I didn't pay much attention until I could hear the video through my speakers, and then I just waited till Robby got on... Keep trying mae, i'm pulling for you :lol:
Never pull for me when it comes to anything involving technology! That is like expecting a 6 year old to beat Federer at tennis. I mean it just isn't going to happen :eek: By the way thanks Tangy for the article :worship:

Deboogle!.
01-01-2006, 03:36 PM
2006 Tennis Preview: Ginepri pushes on

American sets sights on top 10
By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer

January 1, 2006

KEY BISCAYNE · It was only the first day of training for the 2006 season, four days before Christmas, but Robby Ginepri wasn't going to ease into this.

"Garbage," he mutters as he flings his racket into the net after missing a backhand volley.

His spectacular run in the last four months of 2005, in which he won 26 of 35 matches, reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open and vaulted to No. 15 in the ATP rankings, has only fed his appetite to move to even higher ground and, with scant few points to defend early this year, he could be top 10 very quickly.

"I want to get better," he says. "I definitely want to improve my transition game, which is the next step for me. But setting up the point and then stoning a bunch of volleys is not my idea of great tennis."

Ginepri's impatience in the long rallies and lack of commitment to training is ancient history, but some things about this pugnacious 23-year-old from Kennesaw, Ga., won't change.

Any conversation with him, at any time of the day, leaves you wondering if he just rose from a nap. Laid back? He can be as unemotional as an undertaker, though he'll probably never lose that droll sense of humor.

Ask him, for example, why he took up weightlifting in the ninth grade. "Figured it was an easy A," he replied, smiling slyly.

Among the top U.S. players, Ginepri is a distant fourth in regard to flash. He doesn't have Andy Roddick's 140 mph serve, Andre Agassi's charisma or James Blake's status as tennis' contribution to Gentleman's Quarterly.

Yet he's no longer what's-his-name, the guy dating Minnie Driver, either.

The men's season begins this week, after its usually brief month and a half off, and the marquee names are ready to hammer -- the incomparable Roger Federer, the sensational Rafael Nadal, Roddick and everyone's undersized killer, Lleyton Hewitt.

And there will be Ginepri. He didn't dazzle at the Open as much as Blake, whose win over Nadal first signaled something special was rising out of what had been a pit of American tennis mediocrity.

Yet it wasn't Blake, but Ginepri, who reached the final four, where he lost 6-3 in the fifth set to Agassi.

It took him a week to find a retrospective on that defeat. "I was pretty devastated after the match," Ginepri said.

Only after several days was he able to find satisfaction in having gone punch for punch with Agassi for nearly three hours.

And almost as impressive was his semifinal finish at the Madrid Masters a month later -- evidence that there would be no emotional plummet after a major performance at a Grand Slam.

Two weeks later and with $781,443 in 2005 prize money, he happily laid down the rackets, took some vacation time and recharged.

It wasn't until the week before Christmas that he flew to South Florida, where he and his demanding coach, Francisco Montana of Miami, began preparing for the new season.

With an emphasis on volleying and moving quickly from backcourt to net, Ginepri will play more doubles this year.

It's a bit tricky when you've fallen into a strong baseline groove and now are intent on coming forward to finish points more quickly, but Ginepri says it should be no problem.

"I've been playing long enough to know which balls to come in on," he said. "Even if it's not there, I may come in more, just to get pressure on my opponent."

What he doesn't want to lose is what Montana finally pounded into him in July -- the use of his speed, court coverage and strength to grind out wins from the baseline.

"It's actually fun to realize you're not going to get tired and the other guy is going to crack before you," Ginepri said. "But you have to stay sharp, and that's not easy."

It's been five years since Ginepri surprised himself by finishing runner-up to Roddick at the 2000 U.S. Open juniors, and it's been a bumpy ride.

"I was shocked to get to the final," he said. "I always did well nationally, but nothing big in the ITF junior tournaments. The Open ... that was the starting point."

Fee
01-01-2006, 05:53 PM
Good for Robby. Thanks for the article Deb (thank your team of researchers for me as well).

16681
01-02-2006, 08:52 PM
Good for Robby. Thanks for the article Deb (thank your team of researchers for me as well).
LOL thank you Fee for remembering Deb's "team of researchers". And thank you Deb for the article :) Sounds like Robby is ready to go for 2006 :cool:

Deboogle!.
01-02-2006, 09:00 PM
Sure, if my team of researchers are my 10 fingers :o :ras:

16681
01-02-2006, 09:22 PM
LOL Deb sorry I put in about "the team of researchers". But you put so many articles in I almost did believe you had "a team of researchers" :) Oh and BTW thanks for all those articles in many Forums :worship:

tangerine_dream
01-29-2006, 09:30 PM
Well, I was going to post this item in the Oi! Oi! Oy vey! thread but I see that yet another storm blew in and caused another thread to be closed. :rolleyes:

Anyhoo, this is from the SI.com's "50 Random Thoughts on the Aussie Open":
30. Think Robbie Ginepri has recovered from that loss to a quirky qualifier? You're a player on the make, fresh from reaching the semis of the U.S. Open. You have a pleasant draw in Australia and have a two-set and 3-0 lead over a guy you've never heard of. Ninety minutes later, you're walking off the court a loser. As Sammy Davis Jr., the Candy Man himself, would say, "Ouch. Babe." Ginepri reportedly never returned to the dressing room nor did he show up for his press conference.
Since when was Robby's name spelled "Robbie"? Get with the program, Jon. Also, I always take it as a good sign that a player is pissed off whenever he loses. Robby was obviously hurt and mad with himself to not bother doing the press conference, and who could blame him? He probably needed some time to lick the wounds and cool off a bit. He'll recover. I wonder if he got fined for skipping out?

16681
01-29-2006, 10:35 PM
Thank you Tangy for the Article :worship: Yes it would be nice when a writer is writing about someone that they could at least know how to spell the person's name :confused: I agree with you to a point about when a player is mad that they just go off without the press conference to cool off. But then again the press conferences are part of being a Pro Player. I know in other sports here in the U.S. players are actually given a "cooling off period" before they have to face the press.
I don't know 1. if this is done in Tennis anywhere or 2. maybe it is done in some places, but not done in other places? I'm sure those of you who have much more knowledge about the true ins and outs of the tennis world know more about a situation like this than I do.

Deboogle!.
01-30-2006, 05:08 AM
Tangy ;) tsk tsk tsk, Debitized even here :nerner:

http://menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=3001107&postcount=49

I'm almost positive that every player, regardless of ranking, is fined for skipping the press conference. But he's certainly not the first to do it and he's certainly not gonna be the last.

I think the day a player ISN'T pissed by that kind of loss means it's time to retire :p

rege
01-30-2006, 07:03 AM
Since when was Robby's name spelled "Robbie"? Get with the program, Jon.
I think he refered to him as "Rob" a week or two ago, too. I hope he doesn't call him "Bob" next... :lol:

16681
01-30-2006, 02:32 PM
Tangy ;) tsk tsk tsk, Debitized even here :nerner:

http://menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=3001107&postcount=49

I'm almost positive that every player, regardless of ranking, is fined for skipping the press conference. But he's certainly not the first to do it and he's certainly not gonna be the last.

I think the day a player ISN'T pissed by that kind of loss means it's time to retire :p
Oh don't get me wrong I'm glad that he was upset by the loss because if he wasn't it would mean he didn't care. So I would agree if Robby or any other player didn't care the
best thing they could do is retire. But having said that Robby should have gone to the press conference since that is a part of what he is expected to do as a Pro Player.
I believe, if I'm not mistaken ,that the AO wasn't the only press conference that Robby has skipped himself. I don't know how soon after a match is over the player is expected to give a press conference in tennis. I don't think one should be expected of them immediately after a match. But with Robby I think it all goes back to him learning to control his emotions. (LOL I'm a fine one to talk about someone controlling their emotions when I have a hard time controlling mine! Maybe Robby and I are twins--LOL no I don't think so)! I think if he could control his emotions he would win more and then wouldn't have to have a press conference as a loser, but then could have one as a winner :)

16681
01-30-2006, 02:43 PM
I think he refered to him as "Rob" a week or two ago, too. I hope he doesn't call him "Bob" next... :lol:
LOL ! It is good to see some more posts from you rege. No somehow "Bob Ginepri" just wouldn't make it at all :rolleyes: But it goes back to winning. If Robby could get on a roll and start winning more matches, which should lead to more Tournament victories, there wouldn't be a problem about a writer not knowing how to spell his name. But LOL I have to find it funny that he misspelled Robby, but got Ginepri right :eek: I'm a poor speller myself so at first I had a hard time with Ginepri. I don't know why it is spelled exactly like it sounds, but in the early days of me following Robby, I did have to work on his last name :) In fact LOL before I really started to follow Robby when I saw his name I thought he was a player from another country. I didn't even know he was an American player at first :eek:

Deboogle!.
01-30-2006, 03:59 PM
Man, this Fialkov guy is a horrible 'journalist,' but anyway.
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Ginepri 'forgotten guy' among top U.S. players

By Harvey Fialkov
Staff writer

January 30, 2006

DELRAY BEACH -- While Andre Agassi prepared to begin his season and the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in tonight's featured match against Ricardo Mello, Robby Ginepri continues to walk in shadows.

The top-seeded Agassi was mobbed by autograph seekers all weekend at the Delray Beach Tennis Center before and after his practice sessions. Ginepri, the second seed and third-highest-ranked American behind No. 7 Agassi and No. 3 Andy Roddick, said all he needs is a hat to walk into restaurants without fanfare.

"I do feel like the forgotten guy, but at the same time it makes it a little easier flying under the radar if you don't get that publicity," said Ginepri, 23, who had a breakout 2005 season, leaping from 103rd in July to 16th in the world.

"They don't expect you to do as well. There's time for the fame and spotlight, but now it's time to hit the court and let results speak for themselves."

Ginepri's results were loud and clear last summer as he went 28-10, reaching seven quarterfinals or better. Included was a magical semifinal run in the U.S. Open in which he set a Grand Slam record by playing in four consecutive five-set matches before he was tripped by -- who else? -- Agassi.

Even though he had knocked out, in order, Tommy Haas -- seeded fourth at the ITC -- Top 10 backboard Guillermo Coria and blossoming French teen star Richard Gasquet before losing to Agassi, he was still overshadowed by charismatic American James Blake, who also lost a five-set classic to the eight-time Grand Slam champion.

"I was almost there, so I feel that anyone on any given day could take out anybody," Ginepri said.

German qualifier Denis Gremelmayr would agree after knocking Ginepri out of the Australian Open in the second round despite losing the first two sets and trailing 0-3 in the third. In his only other tournament this year, Ginepri lost a first-round match to Alberto Martin in New Zealand, but he expects to ride the 2005 crest.

"First tournament of the year you get a little nervous and don't know what to expect," Ginepri said. "I didn't play extremely well at Australia. I was getting back my rhythm a little bit, but I never had that happen to me before, being up two sets and a break, but it's something I can fix and is part of the learning process."

Reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal, barely losing to No. 1 Roger Federer at Cincinnati and beating Roddick on his way to his second ATP title at Indianapolis after six straight losses, has the Fort Lauderdale native full of confidence.

"Those matches were a big part of my results, playing the No. 1 player in the world and having him on the ropes, and also finally beating Andy got the hiccups off my game and made it a little easier when I go out there," said Ginepri, who plays Korean Hyung-taik Lee in the first round.

Ginepri's road to a potential rematch with Agassi in the final is littered with potholes in his side of the draw, including wild card Mardy Fish, eighth seed Vince Spadea -- who reached the semifinals and finals here the past two years -- and the fourth-seeded Haas, owner of a lethal backhand.

"I always would like to take [Agassi] out before he retires," Ginepri said. "He's gotten me four times in a row now, so I wouldn't mind returning the favor on him."

Perhaps then not even a hat could disguise his ability.

16681
01-30-2006, 04:42 PM
Oh Deb I don't know I didn't think it was a bad article. I mean at least the guy got Robby's name spelled right :)
Robby's said in that article what I have been saying about him for sometime. He likes being "under the radar" and in "people's shadows", but he can't be a top tennis player
like that. Because if you are a top player you can't stay "under the radar". Because of his personality he may always be in "the shadows" of players like Andy and James because they are much more outgoing than Robby.
But that doesn't mean that Robby can't win Tournaments.
He just has to go out and do it! And yes that is very easy for me to say because I'm not the one that has to go out and do it!

Deboogle!.
01-30-2006, 04:57 PM
Well this guy wrote some nasty stuff about Andy over the weekend and then when the truth came out about the whole Delray thing he backtracked on a lot of it. I think there were ways other than making Robby sound like the forgotten guy to talk about his accomplishments over the last year. This dude just seems to get off on painting these guys in the worst way possible. It's just a little odd. Where's Charlie Bricker, he's such a better writer for that paper and he knows all these guys personally so he writes with much more humanity than this chump.

idolwatcher1
01-30-2006, 07:38 PM
"First tournament of the year you get a little nervous and don't know what to expect," Ginepri said. "I didn't play extremely well at Australia. I was getting back my rhythm a little bit, but I never had that happen to me before, being up two sets and a break, but it's something I can fix and is part of the learning process.
^ This quote made the article worth reading, for me... because I'm glad to see Robby taking a bad experience and wanting to fix it!... A part of me thinks that although Melzer helped Robby get into the 2nd round rather quickly, he probably inadvertantly decieved Robby into thinking things would come rather easily for him in Australia... Hopefully Robby was again reminded to work hard, focus hard, and show NO mercy to his opponents ;)

16681
01-30-2006, 11:40 PM
I'm glad Robby feels confident he can fix loosing after being up 2 sets and a break :) Because, of course, he really shouldn't have lost after being up 2 sets and a break. I think you are right idolwatcher1 Robby got to thinking that the AO was going to be easy and a tennis player or really any sports player should never think that because the next thing you know they are on the wrong end of the scoreboard :eek:

tangerine_dream
01-31-2006, 05:05 AM
Harvey Fialkov can bite it. :ras:

I think he refered to him as "Rob" a week or two ago, too. I hope he doesn't call him "Bob" next... :lol:

Or "Bobby" :scared:

16681
01-31-2006, 05:25 AM
Harvey Fialkov can bite it. :ras:



Or "Bobby" :scared:
LOL while I thought Bob Ginepri sounded awful, Bobby Ginepri isn't really all that bad. I guess because Bobby is close to Robby in the way the words sound. And also since Robby's first name is Robert I know guys that have that name and are called Bob or Bobby. But I guess Robby can look on those articles as they do in Hollywood and think that there is no such thing as bad publicity :)

superpinkone37
01-31-2006, 05:59 AM
Whatever happened to 'Blobby'?

I happened to think that was a perfect name for him. But whatever..

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 05:59 AM
Whatever happened to 'Blobby'?

I happened to think that was a perfect name for him. But whatever..I copyrighted it, you must pay me royalties whenever you use it. PAY UP, WOMAN.

superpinkone37
01-31-2006, 06:01 AM
If I can use Blobby without charge, I promise that you get the first pink rhinestoned "I lOvE vInNaY" bracelet as soon as they are made available.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 06:02 AM
Deal :)

16681
01-31-2006, 06:35 AM
If I can use Blobby without charge, I promise that you get the first pink rhinestoned "I lOvE vInNaY" bracelet as soon as they are made available.
I expected you to be in a good mood when I saw Vince had won :) I'm glad you didn't disappoint me ;)

superpinkone37
01-31-2006, 06:40 AM
Vince won?!

superpinkone37
01-31-2006, 06:51 AM
Bob? I thought it was Blobby now?

I am SO confused!!!!

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 03:38 PM
Don't be confused, Danielle. Everything will be ok!!!! :hug:
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Blake gets spot over Ginepri

By Harvey Fialkov
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 31, 2006

DELRAY BEACH – Although the United States Davis Cup team won't be officially announced until today, Robby Ginepri, the second seed at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, is the odd man out according to his coach Francisco Montana.

Ginepri, ranked 16th in the world, is the third highest-ranked American behind No. 7 Andre Agassi and No. 3 Andy Roddick. He was informed by Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe that 20th-ranked James Blake will be the second singles player chosen along with Roddick for the upcoming first-round matchup against Romania in La Jolla, Calif., Feb. 10-12.

Bob and Mike Bryan, the reigning Australian Open doubles champions, fill out the American squad.

"Obviously, Robby wanted to play but it was not in his control,'' Montana said Monday. "He'll remain positive and focused on doing well at Delray and the tournaments ahead.

"Patrick saw that James won five straight matches at Sydney in January and started the year sharper than Robby. Hopefully, he'll get the call next time.''

Blake has started the year off hotter than Ginepri (1-2), winning Sydney – a lead-in tournament to the Australian Open – for his fourth career ATP title.

Agassi said he told McEnroe that because of his long layoff while recovering from ankle injury, that he would rather pass on the first round of Davis Cup, but would welcome an invitation to the next round in early April. He is 30-6 in Davis Cup matches.

16681
01-31-2006, 04:11 PM
No news there. I said even before the AO that the U.S. Davis Cup Team would be Andy, James, and the Bryans.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 04:24 PM
I thought people might be interested to see what his coach had to say. my bad.

16681
01-31-2006, 04:59 PM
I thought people might be interested to see what his coach had to say. my bad.
Maybe there are people interested in what Robby's coach had to say so they can read it, but it really doesn't matter what Robby's coach had to say because there was no way Robby was going to be on the Davis Cup Team. Andy, James, and the Bryans did well in Belgium plus they all get along and all have outgoing personalities. Add to the mix that Robby is not outgoing and did not get off to a good start in his 2006 tennis season so it is no surprise that he didn't make the team. Plus I'm sure if I knew who was going to be on the team it wasn't surprising to Robby's coach that he didn't make the team.

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 05:58 PM
If personality plays a role in who is chosen for the DC team, then PMac should be fired :retard:

how can you say you knew Robby wouldn't be picked since before the AO in one sentence and say that his poor start to 2006 played a role in another sentence?

If YOU don't think Montana's words are newsworthy, that's fine, but that doesn't mean other people wouldn't be interested :o Christ, I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.

16681
01-31-2006, 06:27 PM
It's easy because Robby lost in the 1st Round of the Tournament that he played in before the the AO. So right away his season was off to a poor start. Also there is such a thing as "team chemistry" which involves not only ability but also things like personality. It is obvious that the U.S. Davis Cup had good "team chemistry" in Belgium so I'm sure P Mac. didn't want to break that up. And probably if I were in P Mac.'s place I don't think I would have broken up the team either. If something isn't broken, why fix it?

idolwatcher1
01-31-2006, 06:52 PM
Deb, calm down... Just because this isn't news to any of us, doesn't mean you "can't post it"... ;)

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 08:20 PM
oh, ok.

Fee
01-31-2006, 08:28 PM
No news there. I said even before the AO that the U.S. Davis Cup Team would be Andy, James, and the Bryans.

Even a broken watch is correct twice a day.

surfpinky
01-31-2006, 08:48 PM
it's not news, but it is an article...I thought that was the point of the thread. |:

Deboogle!.
01-31-2006, 08:57 PM
Actually, it is news :)
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news (nz, nyz)
pl.n.
(used with a sing. verb)

1. Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio, or television.
2. A presentation of such information, as in a newspaper or on a newscast.

idolwatcher1
01-31-2006, 09:33 PM
:rolls: I think the point here is that this "news" isn't "new" to most of us, even though it's now "official"... :yeah:

No one's saying that articles aren't welcome here ;)

surfpinky
01-31-2006, 11:21 PM
it sure felt like it.

idolwatcher1
02-01-2006, 07:26 AM
This particular article was found on ESPN:

No. 2 seed Ginepri ousted in first round at Delray (http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2314483)

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Robby Ginepri lost 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 to Hyung-Taik Lee on Tuesday in the first round of the International Championships.

The second-seeded Ginepri is struggling to keep the momentum he found in the second half of last season, when he went 28-5 and reached the U.S. Open semifinals.

In three tournaments this season, Ginepri lost in the first round at Auckland, New Zealand, in the second round at the Australian Open and now to the 100th-ranked Lee.

"It's pretty devastating," said Ginepri, head bowed, hat hiding his face as he was barely able to keep his composure. "It was a bad way to go out in Australia and then this, it doesn't seem like much, but I've been in putting in a lot of work."

But now, after looking as if he was about to break into the top 10, the 16th-ranked Ginepri's game is breaking down.

In the second set, Ginepri held serve to 2-1, but then watched as Lee won the next five games to even the score at one set apiece.

From 3-2 on serve for Ginepri in the third set, Lee won four of the final five games to close out the match.

"I played pretty poorly," Ginepri said. "I didn't like the shot selection I was picking. Nothing felt right to me."

Ginepri said he believed that as the third-highest ranked American player, he deserved the backup spot to Andy Roddick on the upcoming Davis Cup team that will play against Romania, Feb 8-10, in La Jolla, Calif.

Instead, U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe selected James Blake to replace Andre Agassi on the team.

"I was [upset] I didn't get chosen," said Ginepri, who went 2-0 in his only Davis Cup appearance against Austria in 2004. "They should give me a chance to play."

Lee, speaking through an interpreter, thought that the Davis Cup situation affected Ginepri's performance.

"I felt that on the other side of the net he was not confident," Lee said.

idolwatcher1
02-01-2006, 07:50 AM
And another, with some more (uncensored) quotes:

Slow start to 2006 gets worse for Ginepri (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-delrayten01feb01,0,7802513.story?coll=sfla-sports-tennis)

DELRAY BEACH · Robby Ginepri's dramatic rise in the rankings and run to the U.S. Open semifinals last summer seemed like a distant memory Tuesday night after he lost to Korean journeyman Hyung-Taik Lee in a first-round match at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

On the same day Ginepri was passed over by Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, who instead chose a lower-ranked James Blake (20th) for the upcoming showdown against Romania, the soft-spoken Fort Lauderdale native struggled to hold serve in a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 defeat to the 100th-ranked Lee in front of a couple of thousand chilled fans at Delray Beach Tennis Center.

A few minutes later in the postmatch news conference, an emotional Ginepri struggled to hold back tears while hiding behind a tugged-down cap.

"I played pretty poor. I didn't like the shot selection I was taking. Nothing felt right,'' mumbled the second-seeded Ginepri, whose ranking jumped from 103 to 17 in the last five months of 2005. "It's pretty devastating. I put in a lot of hard work.

"It was a bad way to go out in Australia. Nothing felt right tonight. I definitely have to do some thinking about this week and hopefully resolve it.''

Ginepri is just 1-3 in 2006, including a second-round ouster at the Australian Open when he blew a two-set, 3-0 lead to German qualifier Denis Gremelmayr.

Lee, 30, who has one ATP title (Sydney, 2003) in a nondescript 11-year career, said he sensed that Ginepri was not focused after his Davis Cup snub.

"I had a preconceived notion that he wasn't happy about Davis Cup,'' said Lee, now 2-2 against Ginepri. "I felt on the other side [of the net] that he wasn't confident. ... I tried to be aggressive on his second serve and put pressure on Robby.''

At 4-4 in the third set, Ginepri's usually reliable forehand betrayed him as he returned a wicked backhand by Lee into the bottom of the net on break point. Lee served out the match at 40-15 when he swatted an overhead that Ginepri was unable to handle.

"Yeah, I'm pretty pissed I didn't get chosen for Davis Cup, but as long as we get the [victory] and move on. I just want a chance to play,'' said Ginepri, who is 2-0 in Davis Cup, last playing in a first-round sweep over Austria in 2004. "I've got to get my game in shape.''

Before Ginepri's match, defending champion and third seed Xavier Malisse, who saves his best tennis of the year for Delray, crushed wild card Sargis Sargsian 6-2, 6-2. The Belgian with silky strokes is now 17-5 in this tournament, including his only ATP title and two final appearances in 1999 and 2001.

"This is where I finally got my title and played two finals here,'' said Malisse, 25, who won all 22 of his first serves and converted five of 12 break points. "I like going to the restaurants here. It's a nice relaxing tournament.''

Sargsian inadvertently found himself in the middle of a pre-tournament controversy as hometown star and No. 3-ranked Andy Roddick was unable to receive last-minute entry into the tournament because there were no more wild cards to be had.

Some thought, including wild card Mardy Fish and USTA coach Ricardo Acuna, that the 392nd-ranked Sargsian, who had retired after the U.S. Open and was basically along for the ride with Agassi, his close friend, should've surrendered his wild card.

"It's one of the craziest things around the tour,'' Sargsian said. "[Roddick's] so good for tennis and he lives around here, so I kind of felt bad having it.

"I found out about it Friday, and then I thought he was going to play [qualifiers]. I think if somebody would approach me to give it up I would have sure considered it. At the same time, I've been working so hard.''

It was a somber day for Ginepri's Atlanta housemate as well, as 113th-ranked Bobby Reynolds also was broken in the critical ninth game of the third set in a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 loss to Paraguayan top-spinner Ramon Delgado, who earns the right to play top-seeded Andre Agassi in tonight's featured match.

In three career matches against Agassi, including their last meeting at the 2004 U.S. Open, Delgado has yet to win a set.

In a late match, Tommy Haas, the fourth seed and seemingly on track to return to the top 10, where he resided in 2001 before injuries derailed his career, eked out a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Russian Igor Kunitsyn.

Seventh-seeded Giles Muller, who put himself and Luxembourg on the map last summer with a first-round upset of Roddick at the U.S. Open, was the supreme player on court in a 7-6 (4), 6-4 triumph over qualifier Bjorn Rehnquist.

tangerine_dream
02-07-2006, 04:38 PM
Robby shouldn't beat himself up too much. I think he was just distracted by the Davis Cup team picks. :hug:

Robby's in Jon Werthiems' Ad In/Ad Out column this week. I guess somebody wrote in and told him how to spell Robby's name correctly. :lol:

http://i1.tinypic.com/nd3jw9.jpg

idolwatcher1
02-07-2006, 10:24 PM
:hug: Robby...

I know that in some tournaments Robby has been in, his name was spelled "Robbie Ginepri" on the scoreboard and in the draw, etc. I think this was the case in the 2000 U.S. Open juniors... they spelled it "Robbie" throughout the tournament. :shrug:

idolwatcher1
05-18-2006, 06:07 AM
this thread is still here, tangy :)

This is from an article written today:

Rusedski, Ginepri Commit To Hall Of Fame Tourney (http://www.turnto10.com/sports/9231690/detail.html?rss=pro&psp=news)
POSTED: 12:20 pm EDT May 17, 2006

Former singles champions Greg Rusedski and Robby Ginepri will compete at this year's Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, the tournament announced Wednesday.

The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the first American tournament following Wimbledon. The tournament will be held July 10 to 16 at the Newport Casino.

Mardy Fish, Vince Spadea, Paul Goldstein, Jurgen Melzer and Justin Gimelstob have also entered the field. New England favorite James Blake has pulled out of the tournament, organizers said.

"It is unfortunate that James will not be here in July," said a statement from Mark Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and tournament director of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. "However, we are building a strong player field for the tournament and will be adding more world-class players in the coming weeks."

Defending champion Rusedski also won the Newport title in 1993 and 2004. Ginepri claimed the Van Alen Cup in 2003, his first career title.

The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships are held in conjunction with the International Tennis Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

This year's inductees are Patrick Rafter and Gabriela Sabatini in the recent player category, contributor Gianni Clerici, and master players Nancye Wynne Bolton, Marion Jones Farquhar, Arthur Gore, Karel Kozeluh, Herbert Lawford, Simonne Mathieu and Hans Nusslein. The induction ceremony will be held July 15.

Fee
05-20-2006, 07:33 AM
James can't pull out of a tournament that he was never entered in, what an odd choice of words.

Newport is the last chance to gain points before the USO entry cutoff. If it wasn't for that, Justin wouldn't be on this list. Kind of surprised to see Robby here, but glad that he decided to come back. He should do well here.

Deboogle!.
05-20-2006, 04:29 PM
James can't pull out of a tournament that he was never entered in, what an odd choice of words. Well, but as far as the tourney was concerned he was playing, since he had signed a commitment contract that he pulled out of. So the word choice may have been poor, but the point is pretty much the same :p

Fee
05-20-2006, 05:52 PM
Had James already signed with them for this year? Did I miss that, or perhaps that piece of info didn't stick in my age addled brain for some reason...

idolwatcher1
07-09-2006, 08:28 PM
http://www.projo.com/tennis/content/projo_20060709_09newport.16bedbd.html

A real thinning of Newport ranks
Four of the eight top-seeded players scheduled to play at the Casino this week have bowed out of the Hall of Fame Championships.

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, July 9, 2006
BY MIKE SZOSTAK
Journal Sports Writer

NEWPORT -- Newport Tennis Week 2006 looks a lot different than it did last week or the week before.

Four of the eight top-seeded seeded players have withdrawn from the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships that start tomorrow at the Newport Casino.

Marco Baghdatis and Robby Ginepri are the most disappointing pull-outs. Baghdaitis, the Cypriot ranked No. 16 in the world, has decided to play Davis Cup for Cyprus. Ginepri, the American ranked No. 17, is suffering from a staph infection. They were seeded 1-2.

"Before I went to Wimbledon, we had two Top 20 players, and both were excited to be in the tournament. Both are now unable to play, and it hurts," said Mark Stenning, chief executive of the Hall of Fame and the tournament director.

Greg Rusedski, the two-time defending champion and Newport winner three times, has a leg injury.

"He pulled out of a slew of tournaments: Newport, Davis Cup, Indianapolis," Stenning said.

Taylor Dent, the 2003 Hall of Fame champion, is recovering from back surgery and may not play for some time. South African Wesley Moodie has also withdrawn from this lawn festival, the only grass-court tournament for pros in the U.S.

Rusedski, ranked No. 40, was trying for his third consecutive victory in Newport. He also won in 1995.

"I'm sure it hurts him as much as it hurts us. He needs the (computer) points," Stenning said.

Dent's surgery was more complex than anticipated, and his agent told Stenning that he will be out for a while.

James Blake, who had agreed last winter to play, changed his mind in April and is not in the draw.

So the new lineup looks like this. Andy Murray of England is the top seed. He is ranked No. 44 in the world. Big-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia is the second seed. He is ranked No. 60. Paul Goldstein, at No. 65 the top American in the field, is the third seed. Gilles Muller of Luzembourg, No. 66, is the fourth seed.

Veteran Vince Spadea of the U.S., No. 75, is the fifth seed. Left hander Jurgen Melzer of Austria is seeded sixth based on his ranking of No. 78. American Mardy Fish, No. 86, is the seventh seed, and Justin Gimelstob, No. 95 in the world, is the eighth seed.

Stenning has given wild cards to Mark Philippoussis, the hard-serving Australian who last played Newport in 1995, and Sam Querrey, an 18-year-old American who turned pro this year. As of Friday he had one wild card to give, thanks to Baghdatis's withdrawal. Baghadatis had received a wild card.

Newport Tennis Week got underway yesterday with the first round of qualifying matches. They will continue today and conclude tomorrow, when the first round of the Hall of Fame Championships starts at 11 a.m. Admission to the qualifying matches is included with a ticket to the Hall of Fame Museum.

Gabriela Sabatini, Patrick Rafter and Italian journalist Gianni Clerici will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next Saturday before the tournament semifinals. Hall of Famer Steffi Graf will return to present Sabatini for induction. Rafter's father James will do the honors for his son, and Hall of Famer Bud Collins will introduce Clerici.

The Saturday session is sold out.

Hall of Famers Stan Smith, Jan Kodes and a third player to be determined will join Rafter for the Hall of Fame Classic doubles exhibition next Sunday morning at 10:30. Courtside tickets are $25 and grandstand seats $20.

Newport Tennis Week will end July 18 when Hall of Famers Rod Laver and Martina Navratilova participate in the Sixth Annual Tennis Smash for the benefit of the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, which helps support brain tumor patients and their families. Tim Gullikson died of brain cancer in 1996. Exhibition matches will start at 2 p.m. and will also include Todd Martin, Richey Reneberg, Mal Washington, Jamea Jackson and Gullikson.

The Tennis Smash will start on July 17 with a day of golf at Carnegie Abbey.

For ticket information, contact the Hall of Fame tournament office at 401-849-6053 or visit tennisfame.com.

idolwatcher1
07-19-2006, 05:52 AM
from after Robby's 2nd round match at Indy today :)

Edgy Ginepri opens Indianapolis defence with win (http://au.sports.yahoo.com/060718/3/t26f.html)
INDIANAPOLIS, July 18 (Reuters) - Robby Ginepri opened the defence of his title at the RCA Championships in Indianapolis on Tuesday with a hard-fought 4-6 7-5 7-5 victory over Colombia's Alejandro Falla.

The nervous fourth-seeded American double-faulted on match point before serving out for victory a few minutes later to complete victory after a battle lasting over two hours.

"I can't remember the last time I was this nervous before a match," Ginepri told reporters. "Somehow I snuck this one out. I was absolutely exhausted, and a lot of that was nerves."
Ginepri uses replay challenge at RCA (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060719/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_indianapolis_5)
INDIANAPOLIS - Defending champion Robby Ginepri rallied to beat Alejandro Falla 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 Tuesday in the second round of the RCA Championships, using an instant replay challenge to overturn a key point.

The RCA Championships is the first U.S. Open Series tournament to allow players to challenge calls and get them reviewed using instant replay. Ginepri and Falla were tied at 5 in the second set when chair umpire Zsolt Beda of Hungary ruled a shot by Ginepri was out, giving Falla a 6-5 lead.

But Ginepri challenged the ruling and the video showed his shot was actually in, giving him the lead. He went on to capture the second set.

"I'm glad they started it here," Ginepri said of the new challenge format. "I needed to come up with the challenge, and it worked in my favor."

Ginepri, seeded fourth, had lost his opening-round match in 10 previous tournaments while struggling to a 6-16 record.

"The best part of this match was I didn't play nearly my best tennis, and I still found a way to win," he said. "That's much bigger than winning a 6-0, 6-1 match."

Third-seeded Fernando Gonzalez also defeated Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. Benjamin Becker of Germany fired 18 aces to advance against Ivan Navarro Pastor of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 and Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea hit 12 aces in a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Mark Philippoussis of Australia in first-round matches.

Under the instant replay system, each player gets two challenges per set to review line calls. A player only loses a challenge if the call stands. Players will receive an additional challenge during a tiebreaker, but can't carry over challenges from one set to another.
Ginepri cures the jitters with opening win at Indy (http://www.rcatennis.com/TopStory.section/pages/stories2a5e9597.html)
Robby Ginepri shook off the jitters to advance in the first title defense of his career with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Colombia's Alejandro Falla at the RCA Championships Tuesday.

The fourth seeded American double-faulted on match points, but managed to put the win away three games later against his 129th-ranked opponent.

After breaking through for his second career trophy in 2005 - he didn't defend the first from Newport 2003 - the sky looked to be the limit for Ginepri. But his 2006 has been slow to start, with ten opening-match exits and a dramatic loss of confidence for the No. 17.

Victory was sweet in two hours, 16 minutes. "I can't remember the last time I was this nervous before a match," said Ginepri. "Somehow I snuck this one out. I was absolutely exhausted, and a lot of that was nerves."

The winner overcame 57 unforced errors, striking 35 winners and breaking five times against Falla, who committed 61 errors.

"In matches like this, you really need the crowd support, they fire you up," Ginepri said of the fans who urged him on in searing heat and humidity.

Conditions proved to be draining for the winner. "I was absolutely exhausted. I wasn't playing close to my best tennis, but I found a way to win. That kind of a match is much more satisfying that winning in easy straight sets.

"I'll recover tomorrow and be ready to go for my next match."

idolwatcher1
07-21-2006, 12:09 AM
Ginepri overcomes jitters to advance in Indianapolis (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-indianapolis&prov=reuters&type=lgns)
INDIANAPOLIS, July 20 (Reuters) - Holder Robby Ginepri missed on a second-set match point but stepped up the pressure to finally defeat Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-2 6-7 6-1 for a quarter-final spot on Thursday at the Indianapolis international championship.

The American fourth seed admitted to a case of nerves after missing his first winning chance leading 5-4 in the second set. He eventually swept through the third to advance.

"I played a couple of sloppy points and got tight," Ginepri told reporters. "That's about it. I was thinking about it all during the tiebreaker.

"I don't have many wins this season and was defending the title. It's tough mentally to serve out a win."

The 17th-ranked Ginepri now stands a modest 8-16 this season a year after winning his second career title at Indianapolis.

Third-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile overcame American number 14 Vince Spadea 6-4 7-6. Belgian ninth seed Xavier Malisse out-duelled Russian Dmitry Tursunov, the number seven, 7-6 3-6 6-3.

Eighth-seeded 2003 finalist Paradorn Srichaphan got out of a 2-4 deficit situation in his third set against Paul Goldstein, overcoming the American 5-7 6-3 7-6 as he saved three match points.

"I thought he match was lost," Paradorn told reporters. "But he seemed to tighten up as he served for 5-2. We both played well on returns."

The Thai, who has suffered a dozen first-round defeats this season, faces Ginepri on Friday.

Fergie
07-21-2006, 01:15 AM
Well done Robby :woohoo:

idolwatcher1
07-28-2006, 05:43 AM
American Ginepri scraps into Los Angeles quarter-finals (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=reu-losangelesdc&prov=reuters&type=lgns)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - American Robby Ginepri booked his place in the Los Angeles Open quarter-finals with a 7-6 3-6 6-4 win over Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen on Thursday.

The fourth seed, who has struggled for much of the season, outlasted the Danish left-hander in a scrappy finish to claim only his 11th victory in 28 matches in 2006.

"I hung in there against Kenneth," the 23-year-old told reporters. "He has a great serve."

Ginepri, who reached the semi-finals in Indianapolis last week before losing to Andy Roddick, took the first set on a tie-break but was outplayed by Carlsen in the second after being broken in the fourth game.

Ginepri appeared to hold the upper hand in the deciding set after breaking the Dane's serve for a second time to lead 4-1.

But both players then struggled to hold serve in a wildly fluctuating finish, the American being broken in the seventh and ninth games and the Dane in the eighth and 10th.

"Any time you can break after you just got broken, it's tough to do," said Ginepri, who will meet Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty in the quarter-finals. "I hung in there today."

The Georgia resident hopes he has put his erratic early-season play behind him.

FIGHTING DEMONS

"Year after year, I get a few good results and then drop off a lot," Ginepri added. "I was putting pressure on myself at the start of the year, fighting demons inside me.

"I've tried everything to sort it out, even a little hypnosis. But I did some soul searching the last couple of weeks and I feel I'm on the right track."

rege
08-07-2006, 06:51 AM
Ginepri at crossroad again

By STEVE HUMMER
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 07/16/06

It was about this time a year ago that Marietta's Robby Ginepri woke up. Heard the tick-ticking of his finite career, felt the restlessness of potential going to seed.

Just like that, he bolted upright and went on the best tear of his professional tennis life. It peaked with a run at the U.S. Open that didn't end until five sets deep into the semifinals, at Andre Agassi's hand.

Ginepri left town Saturday for Indianapolis, the place where his wonderful summer of 2005 first left the ground. Once more, at 24, he is in definite need of an updraft. It is a tough theme to keep rehashing, but the only one he has right now.

"It's a little bit the same predicament as last year, only the ranking [currently 17th in the world] is a little different," he said.

A year ago, he had slipped to a career low 103rd before the light went on.

Ginepri's off to the RCA Championships, the ATP tournament he won last year, beating Andy Roddick along the way. Having spent the last two weeks in the comfort of home, working out at his Olde Towne Athletic Club, he is trying to construct another resurgence along the model of last year's.

"I know I can dig deep again. I know I can beat these guys," he said. "I have to get back to grinding guys down. I've been too impatient. I've been playing a little loose."

After his big summer, which also included beating Marat Safin on his way to the semifinals at the Cincinnati event, Ginepri began this year with his shiny new ranking and new perceptions surrounding him.

"At the beginning, I felt a little more pressure. I was coming in as one of the top Americans, and everyone was taking aim at me."

He lost in the second round of the Australian Open to a 177th-ranked German.

He lost in the first round of the French Open to a 105th-ranked Spaniard.

He lost in the first round of Wimbledon to an 86th-ranked American (Mardy Fish).

That was much the same cadence as a year ago, when he was bounced from those three majors in the first round. So far this year, Ginepri has not discriminated, losing to those of many nationalities while compiling a singles record of 6-16.

A guy who appreciates his time at home in the Atlanta area, he admittedly languished in Europe and vows never to spend as much as two months away again. Now is his moment, he figures, in the heat and closer to home.

Ginepri is part of the general malaise of American tennis right now. James Blake is currently the highest-ranked domestic player (6th). Roddick has been no factor, ranked 11th. On the women's side, you don't find an American until No. 10, Lindsay Davenport. The best available Williams sister — Venus — is ranked 23rd. There is a crying need for a point person, and the position is wide open before the commencement of the U.S. Open next month.

On a more personal note, Ginepri's struggles so far this year were perplexing in that he was unable to carry any momentum from what seemed to be a breakthrough '05. His agent, Tom Ross, is candid: "It's fair to say he's underachieved since last summer. I think the trick with Robbie is to keep it fresh and fun, and that's difficult."

When Ginepri talks about his season thus far, there are echoes from a year ago. He'll chastise himself for lapses in focus and bouts of impatience. Nothing that was evident at the Open last year, where he kept playing these long, hard five-setters and winning most of them.

It is a career that confuses even its author at times. "The motivation is there and it leaves me. It's been like a roller coaster," he said.

If the ride is going to go nose up in 2006, now is the time to begin the course correction. If nothing else, Ginepri has precedent on his side. In the last five months of 2005 he put together a 28-10 match record and completely rehabbed his ranking and reputation.

"The difference from a year ago," Ross said, "is that he has to feel he can do it, because he already has done it. A lot of people fully expect Robby to, if not exactly do it again, to win week-in and week-out. He's fully capable of beating anyone."

"I'm hoping to have the kind of summer I has last year, if not better. I can do it again," Ginepri said, trying to rouse himself one more time.

Fergie
09-01-2006, 08:39 PM
Ginepri flexes muscle, moves into third round

Robby Ginepri showed off his considerable strenghth in more ways than one Friday in Louis Armstrong Stadium. The No. 18 seed, built like a safety in football, hit six aces, 51 winners and simply overpowered his fellow American Paul Goldstein, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win.

For Ginepri, who plays a lot like Andre Agassi, punishing the ball from the baseline, part of his M.O. is to simply wear his opponent down. He’s the kind of player who would prefer it to be hot out there. For him this match, played under relatively cool conditions and taking just an hour and 43 minutes, was a relative walk in the park.

Ginepri did his part to set up a rematch in the next round with the No. 14-seed Tommy Haas. It was also in the third round last year that Ginepri played and beat Haas in the first of three five-set thrillers that Ginepri won on his way to the semis, where he lost to Andre Agassi in yet another five-set battle. He’s the only player in the Open Era to play four straight five-set matches at the US Open.

“I enjoy coming to New York, and I enjoy playing in front of the fans here. It’s always electric for me," Ginepri said after the match, explaining why he has found himself in so many long battles here.

You expected a bit more from Goldstein in this match, particularly since he beat Ginepri earlier this year on hard courts in Las Vegas. The 29-year-old Stanford graduate, ranked No. 81, the highest-ranked player with a college degree, is tenacious and smart. While his record of winning 26 career USTA Pro Circuit titles has earned him the nickname “The Crash Davis of Tennis," after Kevin Costner’s character in the movie “Bull Durham,’’ Goldstein has been a regular on the Big Show of the ATP Tour for a while now and reached a career-high ranking of No. 58 this past April. But in this match, with Ginepri firing on all cylinders, he simply lacked the firepower to stay in the match.

While Ginepri, the No. 3-ranked American, looked in fine form today, you wouldn’t have thought just three months ago that he would be much of a threat here in New York at all. Despite finishing 2005 with his highest year-end ranking at No. 17, he struggled for the first half of 2006, winning just six matches in his first 15 tournaments. However, Ginepri loves the hard courts, and his fortunes turned on the arrival of the U.S. hard-court season, where he reached the semis of Indianapolis and the quarters in LA., and he looks primed to have another good run at the Open this year.

idolwatcher1
09-02-2006, 06:14 PM
Ginepri looking for a lot more consistency (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-usopen-notebook&prov=ap&type=lgns)
By SANDRA HARWITT, For The Associated Press
September 1, 2006
NEW YORK (AP) -- Robby Ginepri played consistently long matches last year in reaching the U.S. Open semifinals.

This year, he's once again struggling to find any consistency at all.

"My whole career, so far, has been kind of like a roller coaster. Up and down," he said. "I need to figure out how to play a complete year at high-level tennis."

The 23-year-old American moved into the third round of the U.S. Open with a confident 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win Friday over Paul Goldstein. He will next play No. 14 Tommy Haas.

Ginepri made a surprise run at Flushing Meadows last year, going from an unseeded entry into the semis. He became the only man to play four consecutive five-set matches at the tournament in the Open era, beating Haas, Richard Gasquet and Guillermo Coria before losing to Andre Agassi.

But Ginepri has had trouble this year, winning only six matches in his first 15 tournaments through Wimbledon.

"At the beginning of the year, I think I took weeks for granted," he said.

Ginepri is 15-20 this year. He's played better of late, reaching the semifinals at Indianapolis, the quarterfinals at Los Angeles and the round-of-16 at the Cincinnati Master last month.

idolwatcher1
09-02-2006, 06:36 PM
Blake, Ginepri, Spadea Score (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2006-09-01/200609011157165649406.html)
by Matt Cronin
Posted Date: Friday, September 1, 2006
Few people expect Robby Ginepri to reach the semifinals again -- just don't tell the American that.

In a day when multiple Slam champs Roger Federer and Justine Henin-Hardenne cruised to victory, Georgia's Ginepri displayed the form that nearly brought him to last year's final, out-hitting compatriot Paul Goldstein, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Ginepri, who has had an off year, believes that he could be on the verge of starting another run again.

"That would be nice to see," he said. "I would definitely take that again. Played pretty well today. Felt confident out there. Nothing that I did today felt wrong. So those days are definitely good to have."

An aggressive baseliner with great wheels, Ginepri hasn't posted up the results he would like in 2006, although he did come in as the No. 18 seed. He went so far as to see a hypnotist, trying to break out of the mental funk that kept him from making a strong run at the top 10.

"I just wasn't sure how to play tennis at the beginning of this year," he said. "When I stepped out on the court, I didn't know how I was gonna win my points, how I was gonna structure each point. Now I go out there, and I have a purpose with every point and every match. It's taken awhile to get back to where I am right now, but I'm comfortable where I am."

idolwatcher1
09-18-2006, 01:15 AM
Ginepri hits the court at Olde Towne (http://www.mdjonline.com/articles/2006/09/17/92/10231645.txt) :)
Sunday, September 17, 2006 3:12 AM EDT
By David Friedlander
Marietta Daily Journal Sports Writer
MARIETTA - Robby Ginepri had to miss the festivities of last year's Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame Weekend of Celebration and pro-am at Olde Towne Athletic Club.

The veteran ATP professional and former Wheeler High standout had another commitment - a little tournament called the U.S. Open, in which attendees at the event last year watched Ginepri battle now-retired legend Andre Agassi in the semifinals of the Grand Slam tournament.

But with the 2006 event pushed back until after the completion of the U.S. Open, Ginepri was back at the club he co-owns in east Cobb for the third annual fundraiser for the Georgia Tennis Foundation.

And he brought fellow ATP and WTA professionals Brian Vahaly (another Cobb County native), Ellis Ferrera, Ashley Harkleroad, Donald Young, Robert Kendrick and Lindsey Lee-Waters with him for Saturday's pro-am.

"Obviously, as the years go by, any chance I get to get the local community involved to support me and the club, I take advantage of it," Ginepri said. "It's great to come out and do these events and try to raise money for (the foundation)."

The event also provided a welcome break in what has been a difficult year for Ginepri, though he did finish strong by reaching the third round of the U.S. Open, which left him ranked No. 40 in the world.

"This year was pretty bad," Ginepri said. "But I'm still No. 40 in the world. I've got the rest of this year to hopefully move back up in the rankings. Next week, I leave for Asia for two weeks, and I'll play three weeks in Europe. So, I'm going to keep working."

While this year's event was a little more hectic to organize - with late commitments to the event forcing little or no advance publicity - there was still a chance it might match the contributions of last year's festivities according to club co-owner and tennis director Jerry Baskin.

"Last year, we raised over $100,000," Baskin said. "Our goal this year was to exceed that. We got a late start this year because we didn't know which pros would participate, but I think we might make it.

"The most the event raised before it came (to Olde Towne Athletic Club) was about $30,000. The Georgia Tennis Foundation does some great things with the money. They've got the Jack Waters fund, which provides grants to young touring professionals for expenses when they're first getting started. Robby was the recipient of that when he first started about five years ago. There's the Robby Ginepri Fund, which is a similar thing for to help defray the expenses of Georgia junior players, YMCA Tennis in Georgia, the Dowling-Howell Fund for high school seniors heading off to college and many others."

Saturday's events culminated with the induction of three new members of the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame.

Included in that group were Jaime Kaplan, a former collegiate player at Georgia and Florida State and six-year veteran on the WTA tour, where she was ranked as high as No. 91 in the world in doubles and No. 252 in singles, former Georgia Tech and ATP pro player Kenny Thorne, now the Yellow Jackets' head coach, and Eddie Williamson, organizer of the Mitchell County Pro Tennis Invitational in Camilla, which has raised more than $1 million for various charities.

Ginepri & Sampras Go At It Again? (http://www.idahostatesman.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060916/NEWS03/609160364/1037/NEWS03) :) my title!
Statesman staff
Edition Date: 09-16-2006
Tennis star Pete Sampras, a former No. 1 player in the world who won 14 Grand Slam titles, including the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, is coming to Boise in December for an exhibition event at Qwest Arena.

Sampras, along with ATP Tour player Robby Ginepri, will headline the St. Luke's-Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services Tennis Shootout on Dec. 8. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29. They are available by calling (888) 330-8497 or (208) 331-8497, or by logging on to www.qwestarenaidaho.com. Prices are $29.50, $49.50 and $85.

Sampras still holds the record for most Grand Slam titles with 14. He won Wimbledon a record-tying seven times in his 15-year career, the U.S. Open five times and the Australian Open twice.

He was the top-ranked player for six consecutive years, a modern-era record and third all-time.

After winning the U.S. Open for the final time in August 2002, Sampras didn't play another match, finally announcing his retirement a year later.

Ginepri, a Florida native, turned pro in 2001 and attained his career-high ranking of 15th on Oct. 24, 2005, after reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Open and the Cincinnati and Madrid masters. He is currently ranked 64th.

On April 6, Ginepri and Sampras played an exhibition match in Houston, the first match Sampras played since retiring. Ginepri won 6-3, 7-6.

16681
09-22-2006, 06:35 AM
Great articles idolwatcher1 :) I don't want to hurt Pete or any of his fans, but I wouldn't mind it if Robby defeated him again :D

idolwatcher1
09-23-2006, 05:24 PM
Great articles idolwatcher1 :) I don't want to hurt Pete or any of his fans, but I wouldn't mind it if Robby defeated him again :D
:p I wouldn't mind it either... Last time that they played, there was speculation as to whether Robby was "told" to lose to Pete, but he didn't lose, so that went out the window, and hopefully they just have a good time and play some great tennis! :)

I WISH USTA WOULD STREAM THIS ON THEIR WEBSITE! :p

16681
09-24-2006, 05:01 AM
:p I wouldn't mind it either... Last time that they played, there was speculation as to whether Robby was "told" to lose to Pete, but he didn't lose, so that went out the window, and hopefully they just have a good time and play some great tennis! :)

I WISH USTA WOULD STREAM THIS ON THEIR WEBSITE! :p
I would love to see it myself, but with this poor equipment I have I probably couldn't see it even if they did :sad:

idolwatcher1
09-29-2006, 12:29 AM
I would love to see it myself, but with this poor equipment I have I probably couldn't see it even if they did :sad:

Mae, I hope you can get new equipment soon! You could view media so much better!! :) So did you not see any of Ginepri vs Sampras in April?? I posted some highlights of their match on YouTube!

idolwatcher1
09-29-2006, 12:31 AM
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/1245/r1762069449ck3.jpg

Ginepri gets Muay Thai taste (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2006/09/29/sport/sport_30014933.php)

If the wai caught the attention of foreign players in the Thailand Open three years ago, it's the traditional martial art of Muay Thai that has become the trend in this year's edition.

American Robby Ginepri was the latest to be bitten by the indigenous fight bug as he took tips from 19-time world champion Sura Saenkham, professionally known as "Khaosai Galaxy" yesterday, a day after British new hope Andy Murray had a lesson with Olympic gold medallist Somluck Khamsing.

Khaosai was a bit tardy with his instructions but for the American it was well worth the wait as he sent the Thai living legend on to the floor with his knee.

Ginepri was also captivated by the wai kru performance by two other instructors. He was also given tips on the five soft spots of the body to attack opponents.

"I've seen the fighting before on television. It's amazing what these guys can do. They have to be in good shape to do that,'' said the American, who took a break from his favourite hip-hop music to learn about Thai culture.

Once ranked as high as No 15 in the world, Ginepri said he had a passion for Thai kick-boxing because his friends fight in real matches back home in the USA. He also enjoys some fights on TV whenever he has time to watch.

"I know Muay Thai. I've hit the bag a few times. My trainer and me put on the gloves and do some sparring. It's fun,'' added the American, who proved that he could have a good future in the martial art if he makes a career switch and pursues it seriously.

Ginepri, a multitalented athlete who plays soccer, basketball and baseball along with tennis, showed that he's a very fast learner, easily repeating the moves he was taught. He never looked awkward when he was elbowed, kneed and kicked. The colourful American said the tricks he learned would benefit his body in the long run and boost his strength before a match.

"It's a good way to get my arms going and helps the blood flow. It also helps my swing,'' added Ginepri, who said he might have tried Muay Thai seriously if he was younger. The Marietta, Georgia-based player was presented with a pair of Muay Thai boxing shorts, and it seems sure that he'll put them on when he feels like a bout of kneeing and kicking.

Lerpong Amsa-ngiam

16681
09-29-2006, 02:01 AM
Great Article :) I especially like the part where it said Robby was a fast learner :D

superpinkone37
09-29-2006, 03:48 AM
MAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

idolwatcher1
12-15-2006, 05:10 AM
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Ginepri ready to start 2007 campaign (http://www.mdjonline.com/articles/2006/12/11/92/10240467.txt)


Monday, December 11, 2006 3:13 AM EST
By Adam Carrington
Marietta Daily Journal Sports Writer

KENNESAW - Robby Ginepri is ready to see 2006 go and start fresh in 2007. He wouldn't mind returning to his 2005 form only with better results.

The former Wheeler High School graduate and Kennesaw resident emerged on the tennis radar in 2005. He made it to the semifinals of the the ATP Masters Series at Cincinnati, taking Roger Federer to three sets before falling.

Ginepri made an impeccable run at the U.S. Open, winning five-set matches in the third round, fourth round and quarterfinals before falling to fellow countryman Andre Agassi in another five-set marathon in the semifinals. That made Ginepri the first player in U.S. Open history to play four consecutive five-set matches.

Other 2005 highlights included a semifinal appearance in the Madrid Masters in November where he lost a close two-set match to Rafael Nadal.

His showings at Cincinnati, the U.S. Open and Madrid, plus a singles title at Indianapolis, upped his ranking to No. 17 at the end of the calendar year.

However, the biggest challenge for most young players on the ATP Tour is duplicating the same success the following year after overachieving the previous year. Ginepri went into a funk in 2006 and didn't produce the same results as he did in 2005.

Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who were top American rivals, for most of the 1990's have been there before and have been able to rebound. Ginepri is looking to do the same.

"You go through that phase where you have a big year, and then you have to duplicate it," Sampras said. "Hopefully, Robby can work his way out of it and get to where he was last year."

Ginepri's downward spiral took place at the beginning of 2006 before Wimbledon where he started the year with a 6-16 record. His only back-to-back wins in the first six months came at the Stella Atois Championships at Queens Club.

But his second half of 2006 was much improved. He went 17-9 the rest of the way that included a semifinal appearance at Indianapolis and the quarterfinals at Los Angeles. His performance in the second half helped him crack the top 50 at No. 47.

"I started (2006) slow, but I've been training hard in the gym and will try to get next year started right at Sydney (Australia)," Ginepri said. "I'm going to test my mental side and focus a little harder, which was something I didn't do this year."

Ginepri is also in the running to help give American tennis a boost since Sampras and Agassi are now retired.

James Blake is currently the top American at No. 4 with Andy Roddick holding the No. 6 spot. Ginepri is the third American in line at No. 47. Twins Mike and Bob Bryan are representing the U.S. well as the top-ranked doubles team.

16681
12-15-2006, 05:33 AM
That's it Robby :) It is the "mental side" that has been letting you down. Now all you have to do is fix it--easy for me to say :p

Deboogle!.
12-27-2006, 10:32 PM
:)

Ginepri can't wait to get started on 2007
By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com

Most tennis players yearn for a longer offseason. Late November and December evaporate quickly as players make the rounds of charity exhibitions and get buried in the same holiday crush as non-jocks. Next thing they know, the carousel starts moving again and it's time to leave for Australia.

Yet Robby Ginepri has been looking forward to that long flight.

"That's what I said to my new coach, Diego [Ayala]," Ginepri said earlier this month before playing his pal Mardy Fish at Pam Shriver's charity benefit in Baltimore.

"I told him I didn't even feel like taking three, four weeks off or whatever we usually do. He said, 'Yeah, sign of maturity.' I guess I'm getting a little older and smarter, which is always positive.

"I'm never too excited to start playing again. But now I'm moving on, moving forward and I'm really excited for next year. … I just want to take each week at a time and be ready and fresh."

At this time last year, Ginepri's career seemed as if it were set on fast forward. His strong second half in 2005, highlighted by a semifinal appearance at the U.S. Open (where he lost to a not-to-be-denied Andre Agassi), vaulted him to a career-high No. 15 in the ATP rankings.

Ginepri got back on the merry-go-round in January, only to see it slip into reverse. By midyear, he'd been ousted in the first round of nine tournaments, including the French Open and Wimbledon.

"My mental side was just horrible, pathetic, in the beginning part of the year," he said. "That's something that happened a couple years ago too, so I need to take a look at that and see what I can do to resolve it."

Just as he did in 2005, Ginepri began to right himself when the U.S. hardcourt season began. He reached the semifinals in Indianapolis -- where he came in as defending champion -- before falling to Andy Roddick.

A few days later, Ayala's phone rang. Ginepri's performance in Indy had been reassuring, but he still wanted to make a change. He asked Ayala to meet him at the next ATP Tour stop in Cincinnati.

Ayala, 27, born in Argentina and raised in south Florida, is only three years older than Ginepri and considers him a friend. The two were briefly doubles partners and went to the finals of the first tournament they played in Indianapolis back in 2003. But Ayala had no qualms about booking a flight and starting a different kind of relationship as a coach.

"He sounded more relieved than anything, but I knew he wasn't comfortable with his surroundings, that he wasn't happy," Ayala said. "You can't fight other things off court and then go on the court and fight to win matches.

"I knew I could help him. Inside, I always thought it would work well, for some reason. There was never a doubt in my mind."

"[D]ays and weeks went by where I wasn't having fun. I was miserable. But my mind-set's where it should be [now]."
-- Robby Ginepri on last season

Ginepri, who still trains with his boyhood coach Jerry Baskin when he's home in Kennesaw, Ga., is a self-admitted homebody whose profession requires him to travel almost constantly.

After Ginepri's rocket ride in late 2005, his team -- USTA developmental coach Francisco Montana, along with a trainer and sports psychologist -- split up, and he felt adrift. That, along with the heightened expectations that come with being a top-20 player, helped sink him, Ginepri said.

"I don't ever want to forget a year I was a professional athlete … but days and weeks went by where I wasn't having fun," he said. "I was miserable. But my mind-set's where it should be [now]."

Ginepri felt his effort and concentration improved vastly in the closing weeks of the season even if his results weren't spectacular. He lost a tough five-setter to Tommy Haas in the third round of the U.S. Open, and two more of his late-season losses came to Ivan Ljubicic and Roger Federer. He finished the year ranked No. 51.

He has also renewed his relationship with trainer Jamie Gabel, and said having him and Ayala in his corner is like having a home on the road.

"If I'm in a good mood, I'm going to be playing well," Ginepri said. "That works with anyone, but especially with me. I have to be extremely happy and things have to be going the way I want. It's a little bit selfish, but that's what it takes to be a champion."

Ayala said Ginepri isn't in need of any magic, just discipline.

"I think you'll see a different Robby next year," Ayala said. "He's been so up and down and now he's more focused, ready to be a pro. I bring my passion for the game, and I think it's rubbed off on him. He wants to put in the work."

rege
12-28-2006, 05:37 AM
"I think you'll see a different Robby next year," Ayala said. "He's been so up and down and now he's more focused, ready to be a pro. I bring my passion for the game, and I think it's rubbed off on him. He wants to put in the work."

I hope so! :)

On a somewhat unrelated note, here's part of a press release from Spike TV that might be of interest to all y'all...

***

FEBRUARY 2007 HIGHLIGHTS

PROS VS JOES - SEASON 2
New episodes premiere Thursdays (10:00 - 11:00 PM, ET/PT); encores Sundays (1:00 - 2:00 PM, ET/PT) and Wednesdays (11:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT).

SEASON 2 MARATHON - Mid-season marathon telecasts Sunday, February 25 (2:30 - 7:30 PM, ET/PT).
Mid-season marathon telecasts Sunday, February 25 (2:30 - 7:30 PM, ET/PT).

Spike TV presents a new season of the popular sports-themed reality series, Pros vs. Joes, featuring regular guys competing in a variety of sports against an incredible array of sports legends. America's bold and outspoken armchair quarterbacks get a shot at some of sports' biggest names, including Michael Irvin, Eric Dickerson, Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Darryl Strawberry, Bruce Smith, Roy Jones Jr., Andre Reed, John Starks, Vince Coleman, Kordell Stewart, Andre Rison, Tim Hardaway, Grant Fuhr, Rob Dibble, Rik Smits, Will Clark, Spud Webb, Kevin Willis, Randy Couture, Mark Jackson, Robby Ginepri, and Cobi Jones

idolwatcher1
12-28-2006, 06:13 AM
I read about that too! More Robby on TV!! :)

Spike TV is known as "the first network for men" and can be found on the following channels (I looked these up to help everyone :angel: ):

Direct TV - Channel 325
Dish Network - Channel 168
(for cable, check local listings for "Spike")

http://www.spiketv.com

"Pros Vs. Joes" (10 episode series) running from January-March 2007
--------------------

Diego and Jamie seem like a good fit for Robby, and for the reasons he stated. Andy has his brother with him on the road, and you'll often see James with his brother and his LONG time coach (Brian Barker) with him most of the time and they joke around with each other a lot... so I always felt that if Robby's coaching team shared the same "fire" and motivation for success, but ALSO provide him with a comfortable, "home away from home" atmosphere, he would feel better and have a better mindset going into each tournament. It's nice to know that Robby is fired up and ready to go in 2007! :)

16681
12-30-2006, 04:36 AM
I was really glad to learn changes have been made in Robby's team :D And I hope he does well in 2007 :) But I wonder how a "homebody" ended up as a professional tennis player :unsure: But he does seem ready to go this coming year so--Go Robby Go :yeah:

idolwatcher1
01-21-2007, 05:56 AM
USA's Ginepri tired of 'roller coaster' career, sets sights on titles (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/aus/2007-01-19-ginepri_x.htm)

By Douglas Robson, Special for USA TODAY
Posted 1/19/2007

MELBOURNE, Australia — The brutal Australian heat hasn't gotten to Robby Ginepri. If his attitude stays cool as well, he soon could be back knocking on the door of the top 10. Ginepri continued to brighten his prospects after a disappointing 2006 season with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-1 second-round win against German teenager Mischa Zverev on Thursday at the Australian Open.

The 90-degree temperatures were less taxing than the conditions Tuesday, when Ginepri survived a grueling five-set grind-a-thon in 100-plus heat against No. 32 seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

"It was like an ice box compared to the other day," Ginepri quipped.

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Hot or not, it won't get any easier for the 24-year-old from suburban Atlanta. Next up is an all-American clash with good buddy James Blake, who has been sizzling opponents with his racket.

"He's going to be hitting winners left and right," Ginepri said of No. 5 seed Blake, who advanced against qualifier Alex Kuznetsov of the USA in straight sets and is coming off his ninth career title in Sydney last week. "I'll try to weather the storm a little bit. It's going to be a dogfight."

Ginepri is 2-2 lifetime against Blake. But he is just happy to be beyond the early stages of a major, even if he's the underdog.

After reaching the 2005 U.S. Open semifinals and playing elite tennis the rest of the year, the easygoing baseliner suffered a crisis of confidence. His patience and point construction faded, and he lost in the first round of seven of his first 10 tournaments in 2006.

"You're wondering if you're ever going to get it back," said Ginepri, who went 6-16 through Wimbledon.

On his favored hardcourts during the summer, Ginepri started to turn the tide, going 18-10 the rest of the year. He took that momentum into the offseason, when he spent six weeks working on his game and fitness at his home in Kennesaw, Ga., with his coach, Diego Ayala, and his trainer, Jamie Gable.

"The season I had last year was pretty upsetting," he said. "Where I base a lot of my confidence and growth is putting a lot of work in the gym. As long as I can control the amount of hard work I do, good things can come. Last year I didn't train as hard as I should throughout the season."

The lightning-fast Ginepri is the first to admit his career has been inconsistent. He broke into the top 30 in 2003, dropped to No. 61 the next year, jumped to No. 17 in 2005 but slid outside the top 50 again.

Now ranked No. 52, he said he is committed to giving tennis his all.

"I'm done with the roller coaster," said Ginepri, who has been inspired by Blake's comeback from illness and injury in 2005. "I'm going to stay on the right track. I don't want to have bumps on the road. There's no reason I can't be in the top 10 or 15 from here throughout the end of my career. I know I can do it, and it's the bottom line."

idolwatcher1
01-21-2007, 05:57 AM
Blake's Victory Over Friend Bitter-Sweet (http://www.baynews9.com/content/40/2007/1/20/216951.html)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- James Blake could shrug it off with a joke and the offer of a free meal. Maybe even a trip to the casino. Blake, seeded fifth, moved into the second week at the Australian Open at the expense of a close friend Saturday, ending Robby Ginepri's run with a 7-6 (6), 7-5, 6-2 victory.

He saved five set points _ one in the tiebreaker and four in the second _ and said that was the only difference between winning and losing.

"He's one of my best friends on the tour, so that makes it tougher," said Blake, offering to make it up to Ginepri on Sunday, his day off before playing No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez in the fourth round.

"I'll give him a call, and hopefully I can treat him to dinner or something. He's been having good luck so far at the casino. Hopefully, that will rub off on me."

Ginepri, who reached the U.S. Open semifinals in 2005, thinks Blake has what it takes to go deep. Blake has twice reached the quarterfinals at majors, both at the U.S. Open.

"He's hitting the ball really clean, and hopefully can go all the way," Ginepri said. "I told him after the match that it was his time _ he's looking at a semi or a final here."

Blake was last to qualify for last year's season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, China, and beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal, No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko and defending champion David Nalbandian before losing to top-ranked Roger Federer in the final. He enters the round of 16 after successfully defending his Sydney International title last week.

"He's been doing the right things and progressing the right way ... taking a Grand Slam is the next step," Ginepri said.

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Blake faced some complications in playing Ginepri.

"I want the best for him, but obviously I've got to go out there and do my job," he said. "I want to win, no matter who I'm up against. Once it comes to playing, as you could see, we're fighting our hearts out."

During a stretch spanning the first and second sets, Blake yielded only three points in seven service games. He appeared in control with an early break in the second set, only for Ginepri to run off four straight games and serve for the set at 5-4. Ginepri had four set points in a game that went to deuce six times before Blake whacked consecutive forehand winners down the line, converting his fourth break point.

Ginepri slammed his racket in the game after he was broken to give Blake a 3-1 lead in the final set.

"We buried the hatchet already. No hard feelings," said Ginepri, 2-3 against Blake. "It's not like I want to be all buddy buddy with him right now. But if I stick around tomorrow and hang out ... we'll probably talk about the match."

At the end, the pair made a pact.

"He said to me, 'Let's get a Grand Slam.' That means a lot to me that he really thinks of us as a team," Blake said. "If he had won, I probably would have said the same thing.

"We want to bring home a Slam. Roger has been hoarding them all in Switzerland. We'd like to get one back to the States."

16681
02-01-2007, 02:43 AM
Good article on James' and Robby's Match at the AO. Thanks for posting :)

idolwatcher1
03-28-2007, 11:20 PM
| TMS Miami article | (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/football/pro/dolphins/sfl-spsonynotes23mar23,0,6239063.story?track=rss)


By Harvey Fialkov
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted March 23 2007

KEY BISCAYNE – A 5 1/2-hour rain delay gave Vince Spadea plenty of time to compose one of his trademark raps before orchestrating a straight-set victory over slumping American Robby Ginepri Thursday afternoon on Stadium Court at the Sony Ericsson Open.

"Killing time, just writing some rhymes/Rains making us insane but you got to endure the pain/because that's what tennis players are about. It's in or out."

Spadea's ground strokes were mostly in as he outsmarted and outlasted an impatient Ginepri in a 6-1, 6-3 shellacking to advance to a second-round match against 11th-seeded David Nalbandian.

Spadea, 32, drew upon his Boca Raton roots to deal with the blustery conditions, as he converted five of seven break points and made just 14 unforced errors to Ginepri's 29.

"I was [also] born in Chicago, so that was a mental enhancement," said Spadea, ranked 74th but 24-12 in this tournament.

Ginepri, 24, had no answers for Spadea, or for his career tailspin.

"I didn't really show up today," said Ginepri, who is 4-5 this year and has seen his career-high rank of 15 in 2005 plummet to 42. "It's pretty embarrassing."

Perhaps Ginepri's best shot of the day came when he was asked about Spadea's ragamuffin outfit -- including knee-length satin basketball shorts with a bejeweled trucker's hat.

"Yeah, I wore that to a sixth grade dance maybe," Ginepri cracked.

tangerine_dream
04-18-2007, 06:06 PM
^^ Bahaha, snarky Robby, love it. :devil:

http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/news/news3.asp
Roddick, Ginepri Recognized for Contributions to Children

Americans Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri are both being honored for their contributions to children.

Roddick will receive the Arthur Ashe Prestigious Leadership Award for his dedication to improve the lives of children in need through the Andy Roddick Foundation, while USTA Atlanta has created "The Ginepri Fund" to recognize Ginepri for his support of their Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation.

Roddick is the first male tennis player to be chosen for the Leadership honor, awarded by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and will receive his award April 26th at the 13th Annual Sports Ball at Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex alongside this year’s other honoree, Dr. Monica Sweeney, who heads up the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Previous honorees include Hank Aaron, George Foreman, Tom Brokaw and Dr. Maya Angelou.

The Andy Roddick Foundation was founded in 2001 by Andy and his mother Blanche Roddick with a goal of improving the quality of life and enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education and morality. With the mission of "Helping Children Today for Tomorrow" the Andy Roddick Foundation has been able to raise more than $5 million for children in need.

The newly created Ginepri Fund will provide assistance for a variety of projects, including tennis and non-tennis community based initiatives in addition to support for inner city youth tennis players who show a financial need and dedication to academic excellence.

"Robby's support has been overwhelming with donations of equipment, clothing, funding and his time," said USTA Atlanta Executive Director Matt Olson of Ginepri, who joined the advisory board of the AYTF in 2004. "He adds a special element to our Foundation that means the world to our kids."

The unveiling of the logo and the first donation will occur during an appearance by Ginepri at the PGA Tour Superstore in Duluth on Monday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM.

Well done, Robby :hatoff:

16681
04-20-2007, 05:37 AM
I like how the tennis players really help people with funds, foundations, etc. :angel: But Robby please how about playing some tennis :tennis:

idolwatcher1
04-20-2007, 06:09 AM
Thanks for posting the article, Tangy :)

Robby's always done quite a bit of charity work, but his work has never really been publicized to any noticable degree, partly due to the fact that his work is mainly local. I've read personal blogs of people who say that they've met Robby and he was really nice to them, helped them out, etc., but that's on their own personal webspace...

I will say though, Mae, that if Robby would get back up to where he was in the tennis world, he could shed more light on his charity work, and help it expand to greater heights... that's another plus to being a top tennis player, you're typically more widely recognized and you can draw more attention to the special charity projects.

idolwatcher1
05-31-2007, 02:05 AM
Ginepri, last U.S. man at French Open, loses in first round (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=tennis&id=2886680)

PARIS -- Robby Ginepri heard the news at breakfast before
heading out to play Wednesday: He was the last U.S. man in the
French Open.

By early afternoon, he was gone, too, making Americans 0-9 in
the first round, the country's worst showing at Roland Garros in at
least 40 years.

"They all wanted to win, like I did," Ginepri said. "And
we're walking away with a loss. So it's tough."

It's the first time at any Grand Slam tournament since the 1973
Australian Open that no man representing the United States will
play in the second round of singles -- and it's worth noting that no
Americans entered that Australian Open.

U.S. men went 0-8 on the French Open's red clay Tuesday, with
losses by No. 3-seeded Andy Roddick, No. 8 James Blake, Vince
Spadea, Justin Gimelstob, Amer Delic, Robert Kendrick, Sam Querrey
and Michael Russell.

"It kind of all happened fast," said Venus Williams, one of
five American women still around.

The 48th-ranked Ginepri, a semifinalist at the 2005 U.S. Open,
might have joined the exodus Tuesday night, but his match against
Diego Hartfield of Argentina was suspended because of darkness
after they split the first two sets.

When they resumed play Wednesday, Ginepri won the third set and
went ahead 2-0 in the fourth, with Delic and Kendrick offering
support from the 259-seat bleachers alongside Court 8. But
Hartfield slowly took control as Ginepri's unforced errors mounted,
and the final score was 6-4, 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/4179/bgginepri05301qc2.jpg

It's not as though Ginepri's status drew a big group of
face-painted, "U-S-A!"-chanting fans. Indeed, the only flag being
waved in the stands was Argentina's.

"I wasn't aware that he was the last American," Hartfield
said. "An American journalist told me after the match."

Ginepri was aware of his status, although not until a few hours
before he played. While grabbing a bite to eat, his coach, Diego
Ayala, said, "You're the only one left."

Ginepri, though, was more focused on improving his personal
record at Roland Garros, which now stands at 0-5. He's had problems
on all surfaces in 2007, going 4-9 on tour, including six
consecutive losses.

"Right now, for me, it's more mental," he said, adding that
he's been working with a sports psychologist.

Apparently, the entire contingent of American men could use some
help with their approach on clay. Roddick, Blake and others
acknowledge that part of the problem is they don't spend as much
time playing or practicing on the surface as they do on hard
courts, for example.

"It is to be expected that they would be eliminated in the
first or second round," Hartfield said. "We're used to playing on
clay. We (Argentines) are eliminated early in the U.S. Open -- it's
the same thing."

Clay tends to slow shots and make for longer points, often
rewarding patience while punishing aggressiveness. It also requires
plenty of good footwork.

This isn't the first year Americans have struggled on clay.
After all, no one from the country won the men's singles
championship in Paris between Tony Trabert's title in 1955 and
Michael Chang's in 1989. From 2004-06, only one American man made
it as far as the third round: Blake, last year.

"It's just a different type of game and mentality you have to
have out here on the clay," Ginepri said. "And I think we're all
still trying to figure it out."

He was asked whether part of the problem is that Americans don't
take the French Open as seriously as tennis' other major events --
Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Australian Open -- which are played on
faster surfaces.

"Oh, no, no. It's definitely a Grand Slam in our minds. It's
one of the biggest events of the year," Ginepri said. "And no
matter what surface it's on, it still counts."

16681
05-31-2007, 07:50 AM
Robby is seeing a sports psychologist again :yippee: He should have never stopped seeing one as Robby's problems (not counting the FO) are mainly between his ears :rolleyes:

idolwatcher1
06-03-2007, 07:09 AM
Although I'm glad he's seeking psychological help, I'm quite skeptical that this will really get him anywhere... :unsure:

For one thing, I read an article last year (I can no longer find it, and I wish I had posted it here when I originally read it) ...Robby ate dinner with some interview lady in England (she seemed quite fond of him) where she had watched him play an exhibition match on grass right before Wimbledon... Robby told her that he kinda likes it when something bad happens to him on the court because he feels that his anger will make him more "focused"... And when I read that, I was like, "WHAT??"... most of the evidence I've seen shows the exact opposite occurring... when he gets mad and starts losing momentum, he comes undone... makes more errors than ever before, and looks LESS focused, not more focused. Only a few exceptions exist, like in Madrid last year, when the crowd started booing him during play, he managed to pull it together and win that match. That was great! But that was more like the "exception to the rule"...

I think Robby is only occassionally optimistic. He's always seemed more pessimistic by nature... kinda like someone who says to themselves, "when something bad happens to me, it's gonna keep happening to me, and I'm gonna lose and it's gonna suck so bad!"... I think the fact that he loses serve at the most crucial of times proves that he isn't carrying a strong focus or a very strong optimism during those crucial moments in the match... the ones that make a difference between having a "W" or an "L" next to your name. Occassionally, he'll bounce back (and, a lot of times, this will happen when his opponent starts making errors himself and gives Robby hope), but more often than not, he doesn't!

If Robby is currently with a sports psychologist, I wish he/she would watch him during his matches... they would probably notice quite a few trends... :help:

16681
06-04-2007, 06:36 AM
Although I'm glad he's seeking psychological help, I'm quite skeptical that this will really get him anywhere... :unsure:

For one thing, I read an article last year (I can no longer find it, and I wish I had posted it here when I originally read it) ...Robby ate dinner with some interview lady in England (she seemed quite fond of him) where she had watched him play an exhibition match on grass right before Wimbledon... Robby told her that he kinda likes it when something bad happens to him on the court because he feels that his anger will make him more "focused"... And when I read that, I was like, "WHAT??"... most of the evidence I've seen shows the exact opposite occurring... when he gets mad and starts losing momentum, he comes undone... makes more errors than ever before, and looks LESS focused, not more focused. Only a few exceptions exist, like in Madrid last year, when the crowd started booing him during play, he managed to pull it together and win that match. That was great! But that was more like the "exception to the rule"...

I think Robby is only occassionally optimistic. He's always seemed more pessimistic by nature... kinda like someone who says to themselves, "when something bad happens to me, it's gonna keep happening to me, and I'm gonna lose and it's gonna suck so bad!"... I think the fact that he loses serve at the most crucial of times proves that he isn't carrying a strong focus or a very strong optimism during those crucial moments in the match... the ones that make a difference between having a "W" or an "L" next to your name. Occassionally, he'll bounce back (and, a lot of times, this will happen when his opponent starts making errors himself and gives Robby hope), but more often than not, he doesn't!

If Robby is currently with a sports psychologist, I wish he/she would watch him during his matches... they would probably notice quite a few trends... :help:
If Robby is seeing a "good" sports psychologist that person should be able to pick up on Robby's problems whether they see him play or not. Robby's problems show up on the court, but they come from his mental attitude IMO. A sports psychologist should help Robby change his mental state which should help Robby on the tennis court :unsure:

Deboogle!.
06-04-2007, 03:17 PM
If Robby is seeing a "good" sports psychologist that person should be able to pick up on Robby's problems whether they see him play or not. Robby's problems show up on the court, but they come from his mental attitude IMO. A sports psychologist should help Robby change his mental state which should help Robby on the tennis court :unsure:just because it should doesn't mean it will. It's like saying a coach is going to fix all a player's problems on court. he has to do it himself. A sports psychologist can say all the right things in the world but if the player isn't doing his part, it means nothing. I'm not saying Robby isn't doing his part - obviously we don't know. Maybe there's more going on behind the scenes that none of us could possibly know about. But to put all the responsibility on the sports psychologist.... :shrug:

Anyway, Andy and Robby have signed in to the Surbiton grass challenger together this coming week :eek: :)

idolwatcher1
06-05-2007, 07:29 AM
If Robby is seeing a "good" sports psychologist that person should be able to pick up on Robby's problems whether they see him play or not. Robby's problems show up on the court, but they come from his mental attitude IMO. A sports psychologist should help Robby change his mental state which should help Robby on the tennis court :unsure:
One of my reasons for being skeptical about this is because Robby just seems very stuck in his ways when it comes to the self-destructive? on-court mindset that he brings with him to his competitive matches. I don't know if he's just too stubborn to make changes or if he's partially in denial that he needs to make any changes, or if he just struggles tremendously with staying postive against continuous hardships and relentless letdowns... He's said himself repeatedly that he does his best when he "STAYS POSITIVE AND STAYS FOCUSED"... so why in the world is it soooooooooooo hard for him to conduct a match staying postitive and focused (throughout) if he knows he's likely to do better this way??? Can he not shut out negativity, insecurity, or pessimism during his matches? He needs to confront these issues and what he may be having difficulty with...

I was reading a match report that was written when Robby was still a teenager... and the person wrote it because fans had requested he go to one of Robby's matches and see him play. It was a match of his against Chela in Scottsdale. What he wrote could just about give you chills.......... the similarities between what he reported back then, and what you see today are just horrifyingly similar! :help: Robby hadn't yet won an ATP-level match that year... but he was on his way to winning his first, in straight sets... he had match points...*YAY!* er...but then he double faulted, and ended up losing the second set in a tie-breaker. The reporter said Robby threw his racquet, was "angry with himself", etc. Robby was then able to grab a lead in the third set, only to watch it slip away as he became increasingly frustrated, and his errors mounted (8 double faults in all)... Yup, you guessed it... he ended up losing that match, having come so close to winning, but goes home having still not won an ATP-level match that year. :sad:

As I said last year, Robby really needs to confront these issues (along with any others), work through them, and eventually become his own psychologist, because it's ridiculous to pay someone to help you everytime you're not getting good results in your profession. You need to take what you've learned about yourself, etc. and start applying it as BEST you can, and consistently thereon out... otherwise, it's missing the point completely.

16681
06-07-2007, 08:05 AM
But idolwatcher1 Robby needs :help: And a sports psychologist is supposed to help Robby with just the issues you were posting about. No
a sports psychologist won't help Robby, if Robby doesn't listen to or apply what he has been told. And the sports psychologist can't play tennis for Robby--wait a minute--may be that is an idea :aplot: :lol: Let's face it Robby had to do something--he didn't fire his coach or trainer so he got a sports psychologist. If it doesn't help, I don't think it will hurt Robby any ;)

idolwatcher1
06-08-2007, 02:33 AM
Mae, that's true! it won't necessarily hurt him... and, of course, I HOPE it HELPS him, because he clearly needs :help: ! I have no doubt that Robby will listen to the psychologist... I'm just not sure how well he will do in applying the advice he'd been given. When you've conducted matches a certain way your whole life, it is very, very difficult to suddenly conduct things in a different way and carry a completely different mindset out there.

To me, it's okay to get pissed at an error or something in tennis. That's fine... it's natural to get upset when you KNOW you can do better than what you just did. I also think it's acceptable (and understandable) to make a quick vocal outburst or display of emotion... What I DON'T like to see is when a player is cleary DWELLING on something negative that happened, and they aren't letting it go... they're not moving on or remaining optimistic. I also hate to see when a player looks like they've suddenly given up hope, and they are no longer putting the same effort into their tennis as they were earlier in the match... they lose their fighting spirit. :sad:

Robby is used to getting down on himself hard when he misses important opportunities in a match... But the real problem he has is that he often won't let it go!... He isn't used to wiping things off quickly and moving forward in a positive manner. The other problem he has is how nervous and tight he gets during important moments of a match... I think it's especially hard for someone like Robby because he's lost SO MANY matches that were decided by virtually only a few key points! I think maybe it makes those moments stand out more to him. And so, he thinks about the key moments more, and thus, a vicious cycle is created; where he's thinking about the importance of the moment (instead of how he should play), so he doesn't play his best, and because he isn't playing his best, he often loses in those moments... 'round and 'round it goes... :bolt:

One of the few "cures" for him would be to win key points more often... but this can't just be given to him :lol: ...unfortunately, he has to create a mindset that is best for himself in order to focus and play his BEST during the key moments, then he'll be more likely to win those, but it will still be a constant battle.

16681
06-08-2007, 09:24 AM
You know with all of Robby's problems and the fact that he is a "homebody" how in the world did he even get to become a Pro Tennis Player :eek: :confused: And we have all become psychologists and have analyzed Robby up one side and down the other and he still can't win Matches :rolleyes: I guess we know Robby doesn't read his Forum on MTF :p

Veruka
06-08-2007, 02:36 PM
You know with all of Robby's problems and the fact that he is a "homebody" how in the world did he even get to become a Pro Tennis Player :eek: :confused: And we have all become psychologists and have analyzed Robby up one side and down the other and he still can't win Matches :rolleyes: I guess we know Robby doesn't read his Forum on MTF :p

I think it is a matter of where he set his goals, and the ability he showed to achieve them. Think about it -- far more people are able to achieve the goal of being a touring pro than there are able to achieve the goal of being a champion. There are all sorts of names on the tour that even tennis fans don't really know. I would guess that early on, Robby set the goal of making it on the tour -- which is still a HUGE stretch of a goal. When he achieved it, he didn't adjust quickly enough to set the next goal of winning the big matches. (or, he doesn't really have the talent to make it beyond being on the tour ... but I don't think that's it) Because he was satisfied for too long with achieving goal #1, by the time he was looking for more, the frustration of not achieving in the time he wanted set in. The frustration over takes the focus.

16681
06-09-2007, 07:00 AM
I think it is a matter of where he set his goals, and the ability he showed to achieve them. Think about it -- far more people are able to achieve the goal of being a touring pro than there are able to achieve the goal of being a champion. There are all sorts of names on the tour that even tennis fans don't really know. I would guess that early on, Robby set the goal of making it on the tour -- which is still a HUGE stretch of a goal. When he achieved it, he didn't adjust quickly enough to set the next goal of winning the big matches. (or, he doesn't really have the talent to make it beyond being on the tour ... but I don't think that's it) Because he was satisfied for too long with achieving goal #1, by the time he was looking for more, the frustration of not achieving in the time he wanted set in. The frustration over takes the focus.
Very well said :worship: And I wish Robby would read his Forum at MTF :)

idolwatcher1
06-09-2007, 04:45 PM
I think it is a matter of where he set his goals, and the ability he showed to achieve them. Think about it -- far more people are able to achieve the goal of being a touring pro than there are able to achieve the goal of being a champion. There are all sorts of names on the tour that even tennis fans don't really know. I would guess that early on, Robby set the goal of making it on the tour -- which is still a HUGE stretch of a goal. When he achieved it, he didn't adjust quickly enough to set the next goal of winning the big matches. (or, he doesn't really have the talent to make it beyond being on the tour ... but I don't think that's it) Because he was satisfied for too long with achieving goal #1, by the time he was looking for more, the frustration of not achieving in the time he wanted set in. The frustration over takes the focus.

I've felt this way too! Robby has to be frustrated with the fact that he climbed his way up the rankings at 22 years old, only to have some of his worst results in one of the prime years of a tennis player's life. He knows that eventually, his body is going to start feeling/becoming like a liability... so, now would be a good time to play some of his best tennis and try to at least achieve some of the success he has before... And I do agree that this frustration clouds his focus.

I really hope he can clear that stuff away and just start focusing more when he's out there. He said at the very end of last year, that he was ready to start winning some titles again... he sounded like he set goals for himself and was going to focus more, but he may have reverted back to pessimism when things didn't quite go his way. I hope he gets better when it comes to this...

Here is part of an article written about Robby's doubles match:

| Surbiton article | (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6729605.stm)

Sadly, following his no-show at the news conference, we were unable to ask.

On the evidence of this match, Roddick still has a long way to go to develop his grasscourt game.

http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/4980/43019127roddickginepri2dv3.jpg

Although his serve was as fearsome as ever, he was hopelessly out of touch at the net and his groundstrokes were wayward.

After [RODDICK] missed yet another volley in the second set, his partner, Ginepri, looked toward the crowd and said: "I need a new partner. Is there anybody?"

Their opponents, Guccione and Healey, showed the doubles expertise and skills that Roddick so patently lacked.


I've seen Robby talk to the crowd before :lol: ... but he usually only does this when he's not feeling pressure of any kind, and that's like almost never when it comes to his ATP singles matches nowadays... :help:

16681
06-10-2007, 06:43 PM
Gee that article sure hacked Andy. I guess the press got mad because he didn't show up at the news conference :shrug: They didn't say a word about Robby's play just his comment to the crowd :confused: Robby can be funny, but I don't think a lot of people realize that about him :sad:

idolwatcher1
06-12-2007, 05:22 AM
Ginepri beats Bloomfield at Queen's Club (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-queensclub&prov=ap&type=lgns)

June 11, 2007

LONDON (AP) -- American Robby Ginepri defeated British wild card Richard Bloomfield 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Queen's Club grass-court championships.

Ginepri gained an early advantage at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament, breaking with a backhand winner to lead 2-1 before extending it to 4-1. Bloomfield earned his only break of the match in the next game.

Attacking the net and serving well, Ginepri broke to take a 3-2 lead in the second. He closed out the match by winning 12 of the final 14 points.

"I've been preparing pretty well for this event," Ginepri said. "Andy (Roddick) and I have been practicing together, and I was feeling extremely confident coming in today."

:hug:

16681
06-12-2007, 05:34 AM
Ginepri beats Bloomfield at Queen's Club (http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-queensclub&prov=ap&type=lgns)



:hug:
Whoa did Robby said the word "confident" :woohoo: Thanks for that article idolwatcher1 :)

tangerine_dream
07-25-2007, 09:36 PM
Hey idolwatcher :wavey:

I came across this naughty slashy story about Robby and Andy and thought maybe you might like it. (http://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/celebrity/american-in-paris) ;)

16681
07-26-2007, 08:54 AM
Hey idolwatcher :wavey:

I came across this naughty slashy story about Robby and Andy and thought maybe you might like it. (http://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/celebrity/american-in-paris) ;)
Oh my gosh that was awful and I didn't even read it all :ras: That's the one thing I hate about the internet a person can do something like that and there isn't a thing that can be done about it :mad: :sad: I mean the person made it clear that it wasn't true, but that must be one sicko to write that :eek:

rege
07-27-2007, 06:17 AM
I couldn't read it in one sitting, either... but because I was laughing so hard! :haha:

Some of my guy friends are gay and they looooooove Robby, so don't take it so seriously, Mae. After all, I'm sure there are plenty of women who have detailed their fantasies online, too!

BTW, I totally wouldn't have pegged Andy to have such a fondness for bears... :lol:

idolwatcher1
07-31-2007, 03:24 AM
Hey idolwatcher :wavey:

I came across this naughty slashy story about Robby and Andy and thought maybe you might like it. (http://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/celebrity/american-in-paris) ;)

tangy, I have no desire to read a slashy story, sorry :lol:

tangerine_dream
07-31-2007, 03:48 AM
Well okay, I just thought maybe you or any of the Robby/Andy fans here would get a kick out of it but I guess not. :lol:

*am still giggling over your photoshopped Andy-on-a-leash picture* :devil:

idolwatcher1
07-31-2007, 04:25 AM
just the thought of someone writing an actual fantasy about Robby & Andy "getting it on" makes me laugh... for one thing, Robby is barely known or seen by the general public, so for him to be included as a main subject, it makes it that much more funny to me! But I have no desire to read through a slashy story :lol:

I made a graphic with Federer, Gonzo, Safin, Roddick, and Nadal on a leash (separate graphics), I like to train them ;)... and they know what happens when they don't follow orders...

tangerine_dream
12-17-2007, 04:03 PM
^^ I still have that Andy-on-a-leash graphic you did and I'm waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it on my blog. :lol:

So no surprise, no AO wildcard for Robby:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/sfl-flspbrickten17sbdec17,0,4331559.column
Bid won't be going to Ginepri
Charles Bricker
December 17, 2007

Andy Roddick, James Blake and the Bryan twins — the four members of the U.S. Davis Cup team — signed a letter to the USTA, asking that the exchange wild card with the Australian Open be given to Robby Ginepri, but the request won't be granted.

The USTA told them it was sticking with its plan to hold a four-player, round-robin tournament to award the wild card and that Ginepri would not be invited because the protocol is to invite no American older than 22.

It was a particularly unhappy rebuff for Ginepri, whose career has been in a perplexing decline since he reached the semifinals of the 2005 U.S. Open, where he pushed Andre Agassi to five sets.

He won 28 of 39 matches in the second half of 2005, a run that began with a title in Indianapolis and ended with a No. 15 ranking at the end of the season. He couldn't have been in a better position to make a move on the top 10, since he had very few points to defend in the first half of 2006.

But he's 36-45 since the start of '06, and he's dropped to No. 134, which is his lowest point in 5 1/2 years and well beyond getting directly admitted into the Aussie Open. Without the wild card, he'll have to qualify, and that's where we'll find out if all the time he's putting in with coach Jose Higueras in California this offseason will reignite his motivation and his game.

I'd like to think his attitude has changed, and he's simply had a lot of tough-luck draws — Andy Murray in the first round at Canada, Nikolay Davydenko in the second round at Cincinnati, a five-set loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic in the first round at Vienna, Roger Federer in the second round at Madrid. But you expect him to win at least one of those matches.

idolwatcher1
02-19-2008, 06:29 AM
Robby Ginepri climbing the mountain again (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/tennis/sfl-flspitc11sbfeb11,0,528021.story)
By Harvey Fialkov | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 11, 2008

Robby Ginepri was on a major roll during the hard courts summer swing of 2005.

Ginepri had sped past injured pals James Blake and Mardy Fish, and was closing the gap on Andy Roddick for the unofficial title as the top young American in the game. He knocked off six top-10 players in the final six months of the year, including Roddick for the first time in seven attempts, on his way to his second tour title at Indianapolis.

Ginepri's rank soared from 103rd to 15th after a magical run to the semis at the U.S. Open in which he won three consecutive five-set matches before losing a dramatic marathon to fading legend Andre Agassi.

And that was it — Ginepri's meteoric rise stalled at the start of 2006 and then went into reverse.

Ginepri is now parked at No. 170. He needed a wild card to get into the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships where he begins play today against unheralded Frenchman Mathieu Montcourt.

Just 25, Ginepri is confident he can recapture his form and momentum of 2005.

"I had a good offseason and hired [coach] Jose Higueras," said Ginepri, who has played just two matches this year because of a neck injury. "He's taught me to be more patient, to work the point, take time away from my opponent and improve my transition game."

Ginepri couldn't pinpoint the reasons for his sudden slide. Unlike Blake and Fish, it seemed to be more a case of shattered confidence than shattered bones.

"That's tough to say," Ginepri said. "A lot of guys have bad years, but I put myself in that spot to have the pressure, the expectations to do better the next year. I lost some close matches. All players go through it. You've got to rebound and stay positive."

Ginepri lost a two-set lead and five-setter to journeyman Denis Gremelmayr at the 2006 Australian Open. He then dropped a first-round match to Hyung-Taik Lee at the ITC that left his voice cracking with emotion as he searched for answers at the postmatch news session.

"I think the match in Australia carried over to Delray," said Ginepri, of the disappointing start to 2006.

And 2006 seeped into 2007, when he failed to reach a single quarterfinal and was just 11-20.

"Then you start playing the top-ranked players in the world [in the early rounds]," he said.

In addition to hiring Higueras, who guided Michael Chang and Jim Courier to three titles at the French Open, Ginepri has watched hours of tapes of the now retired Agassi — the same player who signaled both the zenith and nadir of his career in that epic match at Flushing Meadow.

Blake and Fish have rebounded, and younger Americans Donald Young, Sam Querrey and John Isner have all passed the Fort Lauderdale native by. All are in the draw, except for Isner, who has a foot injury. Tour rookie Jesse Levine of Boca Raton also received a wild card.

"I talk to James all the time about his injuries and I still get advice from Mardy," Ginepri said. "You just take it one day at a time, get some matches under your belt and get some wins."


Ginepri's old self shows in quick win (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2008/02/12/a10c_ginepri_0212.html)

By CHARLES ELMORE
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 12, 2008

DELRAY BEACH — Robby Ginepri ran into a guy who looked familiar Monday - himself.

His old self.

Ginepri needed just 45 minutes, 19 seconds to defeat No. 160-ranked Mathieu Montcourt 6-3 6-0 in the opening round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

"It's been a while since I felt that way on the court, kind of playing within myself," Ginepri said. "I felt like I'm the old Robby."

An easy win like that would have been no big deal when the Fort Lauderdale-born Ginepri was ranked in top 20. Now it means something again. Ginepri, 25, lost his first match in 12 of 20 tournaments in 2007.

The old Robby was ranked No. 15 in the world in 2005, a U.S. Open semifinalist who beat six top-10 players in the sizzling second half of that year. In a record four consecutive five-set matches at the U.S. Open, Ginepri took down Tommy Haas in the third round, Richard Gasquet in the fourth round and Guillermo Coria in the quarterfinals. Only the legendary Andre Agassi could hold him off in the fifth set of their semifinal.

He can remember the intimidation factor that comes with a top-20 ranking. Sometimes opponents would figure they had to press a little harder and take more chances, and it would usually translate to a game or two in his favor.

These days, Ginepri can't scare many folks with his ranking of No. 169. He was ranked lower than Montcourt, for example. He's trying to work his way back up the ladder after a two-year slump.

A neck injury, among other ailments, has limited Ginepri to two matches this year. Yet even when healthy, he has struggled to play confidently and make smart tactical decisions during most of the last two seasons. In 2007, he finished out of the top 100 for the first time since 2002.

"I'd get flustered on the court every single match," said Ginepri, who lives near Atlanta. "One or two things went wrong, and it would disrupt my whole attitude. Now, obviously, I have nowhere else to go but up in the rankings."

http://img301.imageshack.us/img301/7552/1fgk8vt2.jpg

Coach Jose Higueras, an offseason hire, has helped Ginepri stop giving points away. That, in turn, allows him to capitalize when opponents play erratically themselves, as Montcourt did.

The Frenchman never got a look at a break point against Ginepri, and double-faulted four times against one ace on his own serve. In contrast, Ginepri struck five aces and double-faulted once. The final set took just 20 minutes.

"The first four games, he was playing extremely well," Ginepri said. "Then I broke him, and he kind of went downhill from there."

Ginepri was granted a wild card to enter Delray Beach, and he hopes for a similar path into San Jose, Las Vegas and Indian Wells. That's one way to get around a low ranking. He would prefer to get in the old Robby way: winning enough matches to get a high ranking.

"I need to go out there and play relaxed and get my rhythm back," Ginepri said. "And start to believe again."


Ginepri cruises into semifinals in Delray (http://www.miamiherald.com/673/story/421567.html)

BY MICHELLE KAUFMAN
mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com
Posted on Sat, Feb. 16, 2008

DELRAY BEACH -- Robby Ginepri can hardly remember how powerful and invincible he felt during his magical summer of 2005, when he soared from No. 103 to No. 15 in the world and made a sizzling run to the U.S. Open semifinals before losing an epic match to Andre Agassi.

Everyone, including Ginepri, assumed he was on the verge of breaking into the Top 10 and contending for Grand Slam titles on a regular basis. Instead, he unraveled, lost his confidence, and plummeted in the rankings.

He kept wearing his trademark muscle T-shirts, but his game lost its punch. He didn't reach a single quarterfinal in 2007, was relegated to the qualifying rounds at the Australian Open last month, and entered this week's International Tennis Championships as a 169th-ranked wild card.

Friday night, for the first time in as long as he can remember, Ginepri felt like a winner again. He beat his good buddy Mardy Fish 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and earned his first semifinal berth in more than a year. As he walked off the court, he turned to his trainer and said: ``Gosh, I forgot how good it feels to win. It's addicting.''

Ginepri admitted he had gotten used to losing. But he started working with legendary Spanish coach Jose Higueras in Palm Springs late last season, and the results are starting to show.

''When you're losing so much, you get into a routine of losing out there and you forget what it feels like to win,'' Ginepri said. ``It feels good to be back in the semis. Jose told me this tournament is where my season starts. I'm taking it one day at a time.''

Fish was bothered by patella tendinitis in his right knee, but didn't use that as an excuse.

''Robby played a great match,'' he said. ``I like seeing Robby win, but not at my expense. His confidence was huge in 2005, and that's what's lacking now, but these wins will help him get back on track.''

Ginepri will play top-seed and fellow American James Blake in the semifinals. Blake advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Igor Kunitsyn of Russia in Friday's late match.

''Each match I play better and better, and hopefully that will continue in the semis,'' said Blake, who is ranked No. 12. ``It will be an All-American battle and I hope the crowd is a little bit favoring me. I'm very familiar with Robby. It's tough to play a friend. Last time I played him beat him in a close match, and I hope that happens again.''

"Breaking Back" Is the Story in Night's Semifinal (http://www.yellowtennisball.com/mt_news_detail.php?news_id=22)

by Joshua Rey
February 16, 2008

Delray Beach, FL - It's only fitting that "Breaking Back" is the title of James Blake's best-selling autobiography because that's just what Blake did against Robby Ginepri Saturday night- twice. In a semifinal showdown between two Americans, Ginepri led Blake 4-2 in both the first and second sets before Blake recovered for a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

The top-seeded Blake will play qualifier Kei Nishikori in the singles championship of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Sunday.

"I wasn't shocked that I was down in both sets and that didn't change my outlook," said Blake. "I still had to keep going for my shots and making him work. Luckily both times it worked out to my advantage."

Blake's win ended a good run by Ginepri. Once the 15th-ranked player in the world, Ginepri has since fallen to No. 169 and needed a wild card to gain entry into the Delray Beach ITC. He was vying for his first spot in a final since he won Indianapolis in July 2005.

"I thought the sets ended at four," joked Ginepri. "It stings definitely. It kind of showed where I was a top-15 player when I was playing the first half of a set, and then I was 150. It's a fine line of keeping it all together through a whole match."

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Blake blew a game point to open the match, then double-faulted to give Ginepri the early lead. The wild card played well in the opening stages, quickly retrieving a Blake drop shot and steering a down-the-line backhand past his countryman to take a 2-Love lead. He saved a break point with a 120 mile-per-hour ace out wide, then hit a pair of service winners to take a 4-2 lead.

After holding for 3-4, Blake traded in his powerful offense for timely defense to break back, scampering back-and-forth behind the baseline to retrieve Ginepri's groundstrokes. He was rewarded when Ginepri missed a forehand on break point.

"He's one of the fastest guys on tour by far," said Ginepri, "sitting in the back of a lot of players' minds and mine tonight. I was missing a couple easy shots that I normally wouldn't miss against a slower player."

The good-and-bad of Blake's game appeared in the following game as he hit back-to-back aces then made two unforced errors off his backhand to reach 30-All. He managed to hold with an overhead smash.

Blake's backhand served him better with Ginepri serving at 4-5 as he hit a pair of down-the-line winners en route to a set point. He clinched the set when Ginepri missed a backhand long.

The good Ginepri, the one who took Andre Agassi to the limit in a US Open semifinal in 2005, reappeared at the start of the second set. When Blake failed to put away a forehand volley, Ginepri gained the early break by whipping a cross-court forehand passing winner at a wicked angle.

He hit an ace to take a 4-2 lead before the wheels came off his game again. Serving at 4-3, Ginepri made unforced errors off his overhead, his backhand and his forehand, allowing Blake to break back.

After Blake held for 5-4, Ginepri quickly fell behind Love-40 after making three more mistakes off the ground. Blake wrapped up the win on his second match point, smacking a backhand off the near sideline that Ginepri couldn't hit back over the net.

"I had a few first ball errors in each of my service games that really let him back into the match," said Ginepri. "I was dictating a lot of the points but I felt like I couldn't close it out today."

Blake advanced to his second straight Delray Beach ITC championship match where the young upstart Nishikori will be waiting across the net. Blake watched the latter stages of Nishikori's semifinal match on television and was surprised with the way the Japanese teen saved four match points to defeat Sam Querrey.

"I was pretty impressed with his poise for 18 years old," said Blake. "I was at college trying to pass freshman econ at Harvard when I was his age so it's shocking to me to see how well some of these guys can do at that age and how mature they can act on the court. He's no different. He's incredible."

Blake is 10 years and a day older than Nishikori, who's won 247 less matches than Blake on the ATP Tour and is ranked 232 spots lower than the American. But Nishikori has already upset five Americans with a higher ATP ranking than him during his run from the qualifying draw to the championship match.

"Whether it's the media, the odds makers or the people around the player's lounge saying I'm a heavy favorite, I never go in thinking that," said Blake. "I always have a great deal of respect when I'm talking about opponents with my coach because I know on a given day any of these players can beat me."

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One more ace at the right time could have sealed the deal for Querrey, 20, but he can take consolation in the fact he reached his second career semifinal. He next plays in San Jose.

He will be joined in California by Ginepri, who received a wild card into the event. The former top-20 player born in Fort Lauderdale will climb from No. 169 to 134.

Ginepri led 3-1 and 4-2 in both sets against Blake Friday but could not hold his own serve when it counted.

"Unacceptable," Ginepri said. "I played like a top-15 player to start the set, and then 150 after. I'll regroup and go to San Jose and hopefully won't let this happen again."

16681
02-19-2008, 08:13 AM
Thanks for all the great articles :D And didn't Robby look hot :hearts: I found his Match with James by sheer luck while channel surfing :)

tangerine_dream
02-28-2008, 09:55 PM
Robby :yeah:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3268657
Ginepri's offseason boot camp paying dividends
By Bonnie D. Ford
February 28, 2008

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His wheels have been spinning since 2005, but Robby Ginepri hopes coaching savant Jose Higueras will set him on track once again.

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It's a time-worn classified ad: Talented, slumping athlete seeks no-nonsense coach to rejuvenate his career. Sometimes the guy is right for the job, and sometimes the chemistry experiment blows up.

Jose Higueras, the former top-10 player from Spain who runs a training center in Palm Springs, Calif., has a reputation for making players rise to his high standards and hunker down to his regimen of hard labor. He doesn't care to travel much and tries to mold independent players who know how to apply what he teaches them rather than glance at him in a courtside box between shots. He's not willing to take on every project. If you want to work with him, you come to him, not the other way around.

"At my age, I'm a little more picky," said Higueras, who turns 55 Friday and whose former pupils include Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Todd Martin, and more recently, Israeli star Shahar Peer.

His latest work in progress is Robby Ginepri, who pronounced himself reborn after dispatching his buddy James Blake 6-2, 6-2 in a crisp 51-minute quarterfinal at the SAP Open in San Jose, Calif. last week -- his first win over a top-10 player in more than a year.

"I think I'm better overall than in '05," Ginepri told reporters, referring to the stellar season that has been his yardstick ever since. "I attacked that whole match. When you're feeling like that, it's easier to take risks."

Ginepri's agent, Octagon's Tom Ross, connected the dots that led to last week's mini-break. Ross and others in Ginepri's camp thought that after a string of solid-citizen coaches like Francisco Montana, Steve DeVries and Diego Ayala, the 25-year-old Ginepri was at a juncture where he needed a taskmaster who would push him out of his comfort zone.

After Ginepri lost in the first round at Wimbledon last summer, Ross placed the call. Higueras did some homework. No one he talked to questioned Ginepri's athleticism and ability. What they wondered about was his drive.

Ginepri's MO was pretty obvious -- slow starts followed by better second-half results, beefed up by his favorite stretch, the U.S. summer hard-court season, where he relies on punishing ground strokes. In 2005, at age 22, he had a breakout stretch that culminated in a scintillating U.S. Open semifinal against Andre Agassi. Ginepri rose to No. 15 and looked poised to challenge his pals Andy Roddick and James Blake for U.S. supremacy.

A season and a half of wheel-spinning followed and Ginepri, an Atlanta-area native who made headlines when he became the first man to bare his biceps on court at Wimbledon in 2003, found himself in danger of being remembered chiefly as a fashion footnote.

"Robby needed focus and discipline," Courier said. "He's a very gifted athlete, but he was, self-admittedly, floating and wondering how he was going to resurrect himself. Robby's an unfinished product, and Jose is one of the best at finishing players."

Ginepri's coast-and-accelerate pattern was familiar to Higueras, who initially agreed to work with him only on a trial basis. "I needed to see where he was in terms of desire," the coach said. Higueras also admits that Ginepri's laid-back exterior makes it easy to assume he's not hungry enough -- a perception that since has been altered.

The two bonded during a grueling six weeks of offseason boot camp at Higueras' desert operations base.

"I had my doubts that he was going to go through with it," Higueras said. "But he's a good competitor. He doesn't like to lose. There's no reason he can't get back [to the top 20] unless there's a lack of doing the things on a daily basis that I think professional tennis players should do."

Those things involve hours of conditioning and hours of instruction, habits a lot of players in their mid-20s have lost. Higueras emphasized movement and had Ginepri do more running. He tinkered with Ginepri's serve. "It goes on and off too much for my taste, and his second serve has to improve. He needs more [speed], more depth and bite," Higueras said.

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At 25, Robby Ginepri is at the juncture of his career where he'll either fight his way back or fade into the ATP's vortex of struggling veterans.


Ginepri isn't a natural net player, but "he should be able to use his court position and good ground strokes and rally pretty confidently," the coach said. "I want him going to net more, not to intercept but with an advantage."

When Ginepri agreed to enlist as an extra player for the U.S. Davis Cup team at the championships against Russia in December, the gang there was unflaggingly supportive.

But as Ginepri, wearing a champagne-and-beer-soaked T-shirt, joined in the general hilarity at a post-victory press conference, it was hard not to wonder whether he would ever rejoin Roddick and Blake in the ATP's top echelon.

U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe spotted the seeds of a new commitment from Ginepri in Portland.

"He was working his tail off," McEnroe said. "He was grinding away with the boys and when he wasn't doing that, he was off at the gym or doing extra drills with my assistant, Jay Berger. He was obviously in great shape, and there's no doubt that Jose has gotten his work ethic back going.

"Robby's in that mid-age range where you realize you've been around for four or five years, you've had a couple good years and a couple of terrible ones, and you think, what am I going to do to maximize these next few years? Jose was the perfect guy for him."

Ginepri, who played a couple of Davis Cup matches in early 2004, said the trip was important for him. "Sitting there on the sidelines watching the matches and being intense with them every single point is definitely a feeling that kind of brought me back to life a little bit more," he said in San Jose last week.

Before any newfound fitness, technique or confidence could be put into play, however, there was another setback. Illness and a neck injury knocked Ginepri out of qualifying for two Australian Open lead-up tournaments and short-circuited his plans to start the year strongly Down Under. His ranking plummeted to a five-year low of No. 171. "It was definitely disheartening," he said.

Higueras encouraged him not to think about what number happened to be next to his name. "Your season begins now," he told Ginepri before the Delray Beach, Fla. tournament early this month, a statement that proved clairvoyant.

Ginepri beat Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals before losing to Blake in the semifinal, his best showing in a tournament since mid-2006. Footage of a lashing cross-court forehand in that encounter made the ATP's Web site as "play of the week," a welcome nod for a player who hasn't landed on many highlight reels lately.

Then everything jelled one evening in San Jose.

"The more matches I get, the more confidence I'm going to build, and obviously when you have confidence, it's a lot easier to play and take care of matches, take care of points and do the right things on the court that you've trained to do," Ginepri said before beating Blake.

Although Ginepri lost the SAP Open semifinal to Radek Stepanek, those back-to-back strong outings in Florida and California moved him within striking distance of Grand Slam main draw territory again (No. 108) and earned him a wild-card invitation to Las Vegas next week. McEnroe said he expects good things from Ginepri at the upcoming Masters Series events in Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami -- provided he gets the wild cards he needs to compete there.

"When he's playing his best, Robby plays a style similar to Agassi -- taking the ball early off both wings, returning very well, constantly putting pressure on his opponent with aggressive, high-percentage tennis from the baseline," McEnroe said.

Ginepri is training with Higueras again this week, and the coach said things are going well. "In San Jose, he tasted that feeling of winning again," he said. "That doesn't come for free. I hope he understands that he wouldn't have gotten there without what he's been going through the last few months."

idolwatcher1
03-01-2008, 08:12 AM
Thanks for posting the article here, Tangy! :)

Thanks also to Bonnie for publishing it! I always love these types of articles the most... They present information that would otherwise be untold from post-match press conferences, etc., It's really nice to hear from Jose for once! :p

idolwatcher1
05-11-2008, 07:31 AM
Ginepri Visits Schools to Promote Healthy Active Lifestyles (http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/ginepri_school.asp)

May 8, 2008

Former Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly winner Robby Ginepri visited schools in Indianapolis and nearby Carmel on Thursday to promote the tournament's Healthy Active Lifestyles (HAL) initiative.

The HAL Outreach Program is partnering with Anthem, the largest health insurer in Indiana, to inspire people of all generations to live healthy active lifestyles through the sport of tennis.

"We are proud to partner with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to bring world-class tennis to Indianapolis-area youth and help them see how tennis can help them live a healthier life," stated Kevin Martin (pictured with Ginepri), tournament director. "Anthem is a perfect partner for this initiative, because they have a 60-year history in the community as a promoter of healthy lifestyles and a leader in the business community.”

Ginepri visited Forest Dale Elementary in Carmel in the morning and then made an appearance at IPS Meredith Nicholson School #96 in Indianapolis during the afternoon. He was joined by representatives from Anthem, the tournament and the United States Tennis Association’s Midwest Section.

The convocation will educate the students on the importance of making healthy choices in their lives and to help fight the growing problem of childhood obesity by encouraging them to begin regular exercise through tennis.

Ginepri, who won the title in 2005 and reached the semifinals in 2006, demonstrated on a mini tennis net, as well as engaged in a question and answer session with the children on his own exercise and health regimens.

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Ginepri currently serves as an advisory board member of the Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the under- served children in the Atlanta area.

"Joining with the tournament, and our local schools, will help to further our mission to improve the health of the people we serve," stated Robert W. Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

"We are excited to introduce students in Indiana to the game of tennis and, more importantly, to the benefits of exercise, fitness and healthy eating habits. As a company, we are committed to improving the health of our community. That’s why we’re pleased to be a part of this event.”

The Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly is becoming an ally in Indiana’s movement to promote physical fitness and healthy choices by partnering with Anthem, the United State Tennis Association, and the Association of Tennis Professionals through a new statewide initiative that will focus on Healthy Active Lifestyles (HAL).

The goal of HAL is to inspire people of all generations to live healthy active lifestyles through the sport of tennis and through partnerships with multiple health organizations that can leverage existing programs that promote well-being. Indiana’s governor and the State Department of Health have placed a high importance on getting Indiana healthier and initiated goal-oriented programs to help fight the growing problem of childhood obesity and motivate people to begin regular exercise. More than 15 percent of the state’s youth are classified as obese and a recent survey indicated nearly 50 percent said they were trying to lose weight. More than 60 percent of youth surveyed said they exercised to lose weight.