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Old 02-18-2003, 05:54 PM   #31
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Hehe, I'm glowing now *blinkblink*

The thing PMac is concerned about is the fact that he won't have a back up singles player.

If something would happen to James or Mardy (in this case), he wouldn't have a back up. And it is true that Robby and Taylor are ranked higher than Bob or Mike. But if you take a look at Bob's results in Joplin: he won 8 matches and lost only one set along the way (in the finals). I think that says something too.

Thing is: PMac doesn't want to take the risk of not having a back up. But I think he's taking a big risk in not bringing Mike and Bob on the team. That doubles point would have been practically a sure thing. James wouldn't have had to play all or nothing against Ljubicic and I believe Mardy could have given Ancic a good run for his money. Of course this is always easier said afterwards. But it is something Patty should consider for the next time. Maybe I should send a copy of this thread to Patty

And I think you are very right saying Mike and Bob will have a tough time getting on the DC team when Andy is back. Taking Mike and Bob would mean leaving Mardy at home. And for some reason, I don't think Patty is ready to take that step yet

As for James and Mardy, I think they are both terrific players and still have a lot of potential. They have already come a long way last year and are improving at every tournament. But they don't have a lot of experiance in the tougher matches. And that is something they won't learn in practice, but in playing those matches. I'm positive they will pick up on that, but in the mean time, Patty, don't put everything on them.

Of course this is just my humble opinion...

I'm really getting into these rambles, aren't I? And I'm not even a law student With this I warn you: if you get me started on something I'm pretty passionate about, there's no stopping me, nobody knows where that will end...
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Old 02-18-2003, 11:46 PM   #32
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nothing wrong about getting passionate about something.

i get your point that PMac wanted to have a backup singles player in case something happened to Mardy or James but honestly how good would Dent or Ginepri have been? Taylor was injured and lacked match play while Ginepri is extremely inexperienced in big matches. at least the Bryan Bros. have played in some big doubles matches like the USO mixed doubles final. *sigh*

hey this thread finally reached 3 pages. i think we should give ourselves a pat on the back.
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Old 02-19-2003, 06:28 AM   #33
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Yep! Very very true! I couldn't agree more...

And yes, we do deserve a pat on the back. It's quite an accomplishment to have three pages with just two persons talking How about a party? *celebrate good times come on! it's a celebration* I would sing it for you in audio attachment, but I sing about as good as my sick cat...

Anyway, Mike and Bob are back in action. Woohoo!

First Bob is playing his singles match against Voltchkov (10.30am, Grandstand). I'm so curious as to how Bob is gonna do in that match. Volchtkov doesn't seem te be the easiest of opponents. He challenged Agassi last week to a three setter. I don't know that much about Voltchkov, but if you can do that, you're doing something right...

And after that Mike and Bob will play their doubles (third match, players arena) against Dent and Ginepri! lol! Clash of the US DC team!

Go Mike and Bob!!
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Old 02-19-2003, 04:53 PM   #34
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Take a look at this article: very interesting...

US Davis Cup team in tatters
Todd: pressure of playing 3 matches too much for Blake, Fish
What's ahead for PMac?; Gambill calls for the Bryans

By Matthew Cronin
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FROM THE SIEBEL OPEN IN SAN JOSE, CALIF. – It can't get much worse for U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe: or can it?

Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras have sworn off Davis Cup; Jan Michael Gambill won't play indoors in Europe; Andy Roddick has tendonitis in his wrist; James Blake has yet to make a major breakthrough and none of PMac's greenhorn threesome of Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent or Robby Ginepri has proven to a big-time player and may never crack the top-50.

The US' 4-1 loss to Croatia in Zagreb was nothing pretty. In fact, it was borderline embarrassing. The US has won more Davis Cups than anybody else, but hasn't won the title since 1995 and had lost in the first round in two of the last three years under PMac. What are US fans to think of the future of a team that in 2004 will likely look much the same?

Todd Martin, who was not chosen for the team because PMac though he was too rusty, says that this team is in a different position than when he started playing in the early '90s.

"That group of young players back were better and more accomplished and there was still John McEnroe picking up the slack and playing doubles, the role I've played the last few years," Martin said. "If they are five percent less than Andre, Pete and Jim [Courier], and I'm 25 percent less than John McEnroe was, that puts us back a little bit. But then again, last year we were in the semis and if by chance we would have played France at home, I think we would have won."

Please spare us the coronation that was given to the mentally erratic Ivan Ljubicic by some analysts. Ljubicic beat Fish in straight sets, teamed with Goran Ivanisevic to take down Blake and then upended Blake 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 to give Croatia an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

"He had the weekend of his life," McEnroe said of Ljubicic, who smashed up 29 aces against Blake, 30 against Fish and added 22 in doubles.

BIG GUNS WOULD HAVE MOWED THEM DOWN
Nothing against Ivan the Not-So-Terrible, but Agassi and Sampras (and maybe Andy) would have eaten his lunch. Ljubicic has mediocre groundies, is not the good of a volleyer, has routine return and last year, had a 3-7 record in third-set breakers.

The somewhat inexperienced Blake was called to lead a team in hostile territory and simply wasn't up to the task. He took out Mario Ancic in straight sets on Friday, but he and Fish gagged their doubles match, blowing a two sets to love lead and losing 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4 – the first time since 1965 that's happened to a US doubles duo. Blake said on Wednesday in San Jose that he doesn't get nervous closing out matches, but when he was serving at 4-4 in the fifth, he double faulted and missed two makeable volleys.

Blake also numerous chances against Ljubicic, but lost his head at key moments. He broke serve in the third game of third set but Ljubicic broke back in the eighth game, evening the set at 4-all. He then lost his concentration in the game and fell behind love-40, screaming at a fan: "Put the sign down." In the fourth set, Blake simply couldn't find his rhythm and failed to take advantage of the few returnable Ljubicic second serves that he saw.

Blake says it's not the jitters that keeping him from winning big matches. "It's not nerves. It's not being as comfortable as other guys," he said. "The more you do something the more at ease you feel doing it and at ease with the situation and your emotions."

Todd: pressure of playing 3 matches too much for Blake, Fish
Martin said that Blake and Fish had too much on their shoulders.

"Both he and Mardy knowing and approaching the weekend knowing they were going play three matches, you can't ever fathom what a responsibility that is until you incur it. They both played fairly well, but it was very tough."

What's ahead for PMac?; Gambill calls for the Bryans


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Where's McEnroe to go now? He's has a full six months to go before the US plays its relegation tie to stay into the World Group and it's not like he'll have a ton of time to spend with the players, given that all of them have private coaches. He can only hope that Roddick heals, that Blake steps up another level and that Fish or Dent or Ginepri find thinking man's games and become technically sounder. It's a tough spot to be in for PMac, a well-respected, smart guy who knows he needs two star-quality players to be able to win the Cup but who has rarely had one.

Gambill, who chose not to watch the tie because it was "too painful," said that PMac should have chosen Bob and Mike Bryan to play doubles. "I fully support the Bryans getting the call," said Gambill. "We should be able to go to a tie with two good singles players and a proven doubles team."

McEnroe hasn't chosen the Bryans because they have become doubles specialists and he feels he needs a back-up singles player. Bob Bryan knows this, which is why he began playing singles again last week, winning eight matches to take the $50,000 USTA Challenger in Joplin, Missouri. The lefty Bob is a former NCAA singles champ who should have already cracked the top-50. That he and Mike have chosen to spend much of their career playing doubles is not PMac's fault – it's their own. Now it's up to prove they can play competent singles, not on McEnroe to hope one of his singles guys doesn't get injured so he doesn't have to take a huge risk by bringing them along.
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Old 02-19-2003, 04:57 PM   #35
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I have question (nothing to do with Mike and Bob).

I know it's possible to post pictures on this board. But how do I do that? Do I have to use somekind of HTML or something? I'm a complete computer idiot when it comes to something like this...

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Old 02-19-2003, 05:10 PM   #36
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Crap! Bob lost!

Voltchkov d. Bryan 63 63

Better luck in doubles guys!
Go Mike and Bob!!
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Old 02-19-2003, 08:35 PM   #37
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first of all, poor Bob but Vladimir is an extremely tough opponent (former Wimbledon semifinalist in 2000) and this is Bob's first singles match in soooo long...

and well said, JMG! now let's hope PMac will listen to some of his own players and pick the Bryan Brothers for the relegation tie.

and posting pics is easy. the easiest way is to use the IMG tags. click on "Post Reply", then hit the button on the top that says IMG and put in the picture's url address. you can also attach pictures from your computer but that's much more complicated.
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Old 02-20-2003, 01:21 AM   #38
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good news, Ellen:

(2)B. Bryan-M. Bryan d. T. Dent-R. Ginepri 67(4) 76(5) 62

great win, boys keep it up!
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Old 02-20-2003, 05:18 AM   #39
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Phew, that was close!

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Yes!! Great job guys! Looked like it was pretty close though indeed. But we won! Yay!
This makes me very happy! (Can you tell... ) I do feel kinda silly though, jumping up and down and yelling in front of a computer screen... lol

Next up: Fish and Morisson. Another friendly get together?

Thanks for the info on the pics Leo, I'll try and post some. Bring some color in this thread...

And did you notice we're not alone anymore... Yay for the Bryanrooters!!
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Old 02-20-2003, 07:32 AM   #42
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Mmm, first one doesn't work for me... And URL is correct...
Does it come up for you?
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This is fun, let's try another one...

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Hehe! I did it! Got it right from the first time. I'm very proud of myself now...

I know, there's nothing to it, but let me have my moment of glory okay?
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Yeah, i noticed someone had joined us. hope to see ya around more often, Hurley.

I'll try to find some Bryan Bros. pics too to make this thread more exciting..

Btw, good luck to the Twins tonight. Their match should be starting soon.
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