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02-04-2006 05:24 AM
Deboogle!.
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

some pics from the palm beach post from andy's infamous practice session
02-01-2006 06:24 PM
acoffeygirl
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fee
I read their daily update because its like someone else has taken the wire reports and summarized the headlines for me, then sprinkled a little bit of the National Enquirer on top of it. It's fun, really.
I actually do get a good laugh out of it too...that is why I tend to pop in a see what they have to say.
02-01-2006 06:23 PM
Fee
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

I read their daily update because its like someone else has taken the wire reports and summarized the headlines for me, then sprinkled a little bit of the National Enquirer on top of it. It's fun, really.
02-01-2006 02:34 PM
Noelle
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

I don't anymore
02-01-2006 02:25 PM
Deboogle!.
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

They call themselves "news" but they're really more like a big editorial. Why do you guys even go there
02-01-2006 08:23 AM
Noelle
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

I'm kidding. But they're the most biased tennis news source I've ever seen.
02-01-2006 07:46 AM
whosthis77
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

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Originally Posted by Noelle
Tennis-X has built in filters that automatically drop pro-Andy news items.
really? wow ...
tennis-x is scary.
02-01-2006 05:17 AM
Noelle
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

Tennis-X has built in filters that automatically drop pro-Andy news items.
02-01-2006 05:12 AM
Fee
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

well, that won't be quoted by Tennis-x now will it?
02-01-2006 04:44 AM
Deboogle!.
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

For those who didn't read it, here are the parts from PMac's Davis Cup press conference that address the Delray Stuff
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Q. Maybe you could respond to what I would classify as a Super Bowl rumor. This story deals with tennis. The story is that after his defeat in Melbourne, Andy was anxious to get in another tournament, and he contacted the directors of the event in Delray Beach, asked them if they might have a wildcard. They didn't, at which point he volunteered to play in the qualifying with a proviso that he wouldn't show up unless they did not seek advance publicity. They sought the advance publicity and he didn't show up. Is that story accurate?

PATRICK McENROE: As far as I know, and I did speak to Andy when he was getting ready to go to Delray Beach, and his attitude at that point was, "I'm going to go and play the qualifying." I spoke to him probably two days before he was getting ready to go. I haven't spoken to him since. But based on what I read and heard, I don't think Andy was particularly pleased that it came out in advance. I also think his understanding initially was that he was going to have to play just one match per day, meaning two matches total. I guess because so many players -- they don't know how many players are going to show up for qualifying until the day before, and I guess it turned out that enough players were showing up that he would have to play two matches in one day. Andy Roddick is one of the fittest players in tennis, but I don't think he wanted to put himself through playing two matches in one day. Maybe not the smartest thing for him to do in the long run. So I think when he heard that, combined with the fact that they released this information maybe a little earlier than he had hoped, I think that was a determining factor.

Q. The fact he was willing to go to Florida and do that, do you think that speaks well for his eagerness to play?

PATRICK McENROE: Oh, definitely. He takes Davis Cup very seriously, thankfully for all of us Davis Cup tennis fans. There's one of our top guys who is always committed and always played. I think sometimes people take that for granted. I know I don't. I think it was a good sign. Look, he didn't play that much in the end of last year. He had the injury to his back. He trained his butt off. He went to Australia, played in the warm-up event, which is a couple of practice matches, then played the Australian Open and lost earlier than expected. He got home. He was home a full week before he expected to be. He thought, "Well, I might go, and I'm ready to play. I've done all my training, I've done the off-court work, now I need to play." I think that's why he wanted to do it. I think Davis Cup is part of that to get himself ready. It's too bad it didn't happen. At the same time it's certainly not the end of the world

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Q. About the rule why Andy couldn't play in Delray, that you had to either get one of threes wildcards or apply six weeks in advance, should there be some sort of exemption for top 10 players? It seems like it would have been a win-win for Andy and for the tournament if he had played here.

PATRICK McENROE: You know, I have trouble saying that. Maybe there's some way to do that if I guess a couple people pulled out, right, at the last minute?

Q. James Blake pulled out, for one.

PATRICK McENROE: It's sort of tricky because it does hurt the guys that are waiting to get in. That sort of goes against what the ATP has been about for many years. I'm a little torn by that. At the same time I would have loved to have seen Andy been able to play. It seems like something could have been worked out. The tournament director has the prerogative and has the wildcards at his disposal. It was a tough situation. I mean, I think it's worth looking into. I'm not going to go out and say I think they should change it because, quite honestly, I haven't given it that much thought.

Q. Not that common of a situation.

PATRICK McENROE: It doesn't happen that often, so I hadn't really thought about it. I guess if there's a situation where a couple of players pull out, maybe that's not a bad idea to think about. But I'm not going to go out there and say it's a huge problem. It just doesn't happen that much.
02-01-2006 04:37 AM
Noelle
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

02-01-2006 04:31 AM
Deboogle!.
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

this is from the Palm Beach Post (from the end of another article), so it seems the WC wasn't really an issue if Sarge didn't even really know what was going on. You have to think the tourney is just KICKING itself though. lol.
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Too late now: There was no room for Roddick in the main draw here because all the wild-card spots had been awarded before the top-ranked American expressed an interest in playing. Tuesday night, after losing his first-round match to Xavier Malisse, one of Delray's wild cards said he might have considered withdrawing himself if it meant getting Roddick in.

"It's crazy," said Sargis Sargsian, who was playing his first match on tour since last summer. "I kind of felt bad having it. It's a strange situation. On Friday, I heard that Andy would play in the qualifying tournament. If somebody had approached me (about withdrawing), I would have given it consideration, but at the same time I've been working so hard and I was excited about playing."
01-31-2006 02:41 AM
Deboogle!.
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread





I really try not to
01-31-2006 02:33 AM
MisterQ
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

Deb doesn't get the news, she makes the news!
01-31-2006 02:01 AM
Deboogle!.
Re: The well, at least the discussion was fun for a day not-really-Delray-Thread

nah I don't read blogs (just write about 'em ) I read the barebones wire stories, which are still biased pretty badly, but not like newspapers!! Newspapers are about the worst place for news IMO. Editorials, yes, but not if you just want to know what's going on in the world.

Honestly, I don't have time to get in detail news anyway, so I browse the headlines and just try to know what's going on in the world. I don't read full stories much so I don't let my mind get filled. I just try to get the barebones facts. It's nearly impossible to get unbiased stuff but I try to do the best I can, considering I have no time
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