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Old 05-06-2010, 12:55 AM   #751
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good luck with the exams henry.

what up karin?

still waiting for some more pics. we are never easily satisfied.

amanda i read the article. good read:

Is Ernests Gulbis the Next Marat Safin? Probably.
May 5, 2010


reading the tea leaves for future guidance into Ernests Gulbis’s career after his semifinal run at the Italian Open last week. One thing is for sure, the 21 year old Latvian who has been touted as the “next big thing” is finally, and I do mean finally, living up to that hype.

After several years of showing flashes of brilliance and flashes of awful, mixed in with a bad judgment call last year in Stockholm involving certain “ladies”, Gulbis, with his powerful strokes and his candid yet funny demeanor, reminds me of another past champion — Marat Safin.

I remember watching Gulbis take on Safin at last year’s L.A. Tennis Open and couldn’t help but notice the similarities in both players, playing and personality wise. In a previous post, I wrote the following, “This match was like the younger brother taking on the older brother…Both players tossed their racquets around and moaned their plights throughout the match. Gulbis has long been cited as a player to watch, but he’s slipped a bit in the rankings, now at 62. From what I saw, he doesn’t have a “shot” in his arsenal yet, and his mind games will need to be worked on if he wants a shot at the top tier.”

Safin won that match as part of his ‘09 retirement tour and as result of his departure from the game, Safin’s former coach, Hernan Gumy, signed on with the Latvian late last year. Since then Gulbis, who shared a similar Safin trait of not being too keen on practicing, has now embraced hard work along with toning down his mind games, especially when he loses points. In the past, Gulbis would immediately smash a racquet or scream in “pain”. Now, as we saw in Rome, he seemed to brush off adversity almost with a shrug. Another Safin-like trait that Gulbis definitely shares off the court is his reputation as a ladies man. And though I don’t expect Gulbis to be lusted after the same way Safin was, it’s certainly not a bad rep to have, so long as Gulbis doesn’t get carried away with it.

The timing of both men’s ascent in the game is another parallel to note. Safin defeated Pete Sampras for the U.S. Open title back in 2000 and, although we didn’t realize it at the time, that moment was actually the beginning of the end of the Sampras reign on tour. And though I’m not suggesting that Gulbis’s recent defeat of Roger Federer in Rome is equal to Safin’s win, talk is just starting to creep in on who will be the next king of tennis once Federer finally retires. At 21, Gulbis certainly has enough time on his side to do that, as long as fulfills his potential.

Many fans and critics thought the talented and charismatic Safin left the game too early last year but, in the same breath, stated that Safin never really cared enough about his game to fulfill his true potential. Sure he was No.1 in the world and won two Grand Slam titles, but many felt Safin’s “whatever” attitude cost him a chance for greater glory. If Gulbis has discarded his own “whatever” attitude for good remains to be seen. If nothing else, the Latvian’s personality certainly mirrors Safin’s and the game will be better off with another charismatic player in the mix. After his tough loss to Rafael Nadal, Gulbis expressed optimism about his chances in the upcoming Grand Slams by saying, “I hope I’ll be in form for the French Open and Wimbledon and I hope I don’t have to play against the top players right away because it’s the first matches which are the toughest ones. “I think I have a good chance in these tournaments if I’m stable enough, if I don’t go out of my mind and if I don’t take a holiday when I shouldn’t be taking one.”
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Hi there, CD!

All's very well with me. Did a lot of 'gardening' today on my doorstep. Folks like it that I plant all kind of plants over there, and it looks like they'll be blooming again like they did last year.



And yes, all's even better on the Bridge Front - my BF is back on the TOP of the A-line at The Star Club!
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Well I meet plenty of them, but this particular one is one to stay I think.
Very appreciative and willing to LEARN - that's so nice.
BTW, so am I.
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VAMOS I'd say. Be happy you don't live in Northern Europe when it comes to rain.

I guess that's one reason to be happy that I didn't start playing until I moved here Hopefully the weather will be fine next Wednesday.
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Sounds great. Good luck
Thanks so much. I can't express how much The Mind Games give me pleasure each and every day!

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Karin I really used to love to play bridge! I don't have anyone to play with any more though..

And Cath - you have to try out to play on the tennis team?
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Hi there, CD!

All's very well with me. Did a lot of 'gardening' today on my doorstep. Folks like it that I plant all kind of plants over there, and it looks like they'll be blooming again like they did last year.



And yes, all's even better on the Bridge Front - my BF is back on the TOP of the A-line at The Star Club!
beautiful flowers karin.


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Karin I really used to love to play bridge! I don't have anyone to play with any more though..

And Cath - you have to try out to play on the tennis team?
Amanda, you and Karin have a lot in common if you like bridge

On the tennis front, I only joined the club last year, but just took a few lessons and not much else. I'm told everyone makes a team provided they are not a total beginner, but I'm still worried about how bad I am
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You played BRIDGE??? WOW

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beautiful flowers karin.

well done on the bridge front.
Thanks CD. I love flowers, I am a gardener without a garden, my doorsteps serve as one. And everybody seems to like it.

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well nice to know eh!

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- my BF and me are going to play as well coming summer. I know for sure we are dreadful.
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i know you love flowers karin. we all do too.

my favorite will always be the yellow and white roses. i just love the roses in those 2 colors.


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On the tennis front, I only joined the club last year, but just took a few lessons and not much else. I'm told everyone makes a team provided they are not a total beginner, but I'm still worried about how bad I am
Here even the beginners can play - they just have the lowest rating and play other beginners. I used to get to do a bit of that too but alas these d**n children have taken away all my hobbies..

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Yes - it's been a long time now but we used to drink a few bottles some wine and play all the time. Super fun! Did I understand correctly that you are playing online?
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i know you love flowers karin. we all do too.
Tulips are my favorite! Especially white.
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the highlander is back this month folks. daniel will be here at the end of the month. we will have him just in time for the roland garros final.



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i know you love flowers karin. we all do too.

my favorite will always be the yellow and white roses. i just love the roses in those 2 colors.


How lovely, CD!

Well here's a few of my flower piccies:


(from my doorstep, last Summer)


(La Palma, my beloved Island )


(idem dito)


Peru, Machu Picchu

OH MY GOD so many more on my HD!!!
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