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Old 07-27-2009, 02:25 AM   #31
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his hair's a nice length I saw him today
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Are you trying to make me even more jealous? ... because it's working! Photos please!
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uhhh hang on. might have to resize them
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right, so what happened was I was actually there at 9am! And the gates weren't open! We asked the security and gatekeepers when they'd be open etc and they had no clue! Told us the practice sessions were open to the public on friday but not yesterday (saturday) and they weren't sure about today. What a load of rubbish.

Anyway, so we waited till about 10 plus urrrrgh! tried peeking in through the fences, on a little slope overlooking the main court, saw Taylor Dent that way

Then gave up and went to Westwood village to walk around a bit. Then came back to get my car but saw that the gates were open! So we scrambled in and saw Marat sitting around chatting with Tommy. That was about noon. Then marat left so these are the only pics of him

So...conclusion: it's all the organisers' fault
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To kill time before Monday night, a couple of practice pics from the 2008 LA Countrywide Classic (as was) on this awesome flickr album by Debstah, which I'm sure everyone has seen already:

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Plus a sweet fan photo from 2007: http://ratednfornasty.wordpress.com/?s=safin





No way, it's barely one inch long! Any shorter and we're back to the 2009 Miami "escaped convict" length ... and try running your fingers through that!
The Miami skin head was pretty different, unusually refreshing, I kind of thought, plus, he played good tennis against Monfils, he just choked big style and I was physically sick afterward.
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Plus a sweet fan photo from 2007: http://ratednfornasty.wordpress.com/?s=safin

I do love the 'MIA' tee on the man as you well know,

Thanks Heids was that partially for me benefit??
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thank you all for the pics (Penny! ) and updates!!! let's see how he will do....
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:15 AM   #38
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what a cool exhibition match this should be lucky penguin
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I am thinking of waking up very early to catch a glimpse of the exho. Hopefully there will be streams....
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Yesterday's practice session (slow-mo) with Yen-Hsun Lu. "C" hasn't been uploaded yet, I don't think....

A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9nMH7wOqo4

B http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg0wYOyLt-Y

D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkZAXihswAY

E http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsxzmThhGMo

More up-close footage of him practising with Dudi Sela:

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Thanks for the great photos! ... but why the winking smiley? I hope that's not a reference to my super-sized wimbly snaps!
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This one's for you, Burrow! Again from yesterday's practice with Yen-Hsun Lu:

F http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNGtrlyBq5M

Sterling moments: the running forehand down the line @ 0:20. What can't he do when he shifts his pert little backside?! Excellent serve, tho', from Lu straight afterwards but Marat's not done yet! Wrong foots Lu at 2:36, and a sizzling return @ 3:43 ...

Right, gonna unpause it now to watch the rest ...
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Intriguing tweet from Justin Gimelstob: http://twitter.com/justingimelstob/statuses/2864787123

"Home sweet home, back in LA for @latennisopen, busy day tomorrow, filming for "ATP World Tour Uncovered" and MCing the Sampras/Safin match"

Will this be, I wonder, an informative, objective glimpse into the gruelling world of pro tennis, or a dirt-dishing exposé of its seedy underbelly? I get the feeling, with Gimelstob, it's anything goes.
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Sampras

If this was 2000 I would have been more confident in Marat winning

But Sampras is probably better than him now
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