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Old 07-25-2012, 08:36 PM   #16
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I do remember an ATP player being refused permission to smoke on court during an injury time out. Must have been about 10 years ago. Can't remember his name though. Think it was the guy who beat the Williams sisters .
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #17
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I do remember an ATP player being refused permission to smoke on court during an injury time out. Must have been about 10 years ago. Can't remember his name though. Think it was the guy who beat the Williams sisters .
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WADA banned it this season though i saw a journeyman czech player drinking beer before his performance in prague

performance was awful
you don't say seriously though why ban it if it is not a perfomance enhancing stimulant ? Good value for money especially in mug tournaments where tennis isn't taken so seriously by anyone other than the competing journeymen
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I play my best tennis after a couple of beers.
It has the opposite effect with my game.

Have you ever played a six-pack set? You have to finish a six pack of beer before you win the set and you can only drink on changeovers. It's loads of fun but obviously one cannot drive him or herself to the courts if the want to try it. You're plenty drunk after drinking 6 beers in about 30-45 minutes and running around on top of that.

They should hold six-pack set tournaments, in my opinion. I'd certainly pay to see them.
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It can definitely have performance enhancing effects in the sense that a drink or two can loosen you up and help you to play more freely and not get caught up in your thoughts so much. However, there is a very small window in which this occurs and it is very difficult to not go beyond this point, after which your performance definitely suffers due to decreased coordination. xkcd did a funny comic about this (though I think he placed the peak a bit too far into the BAC range):

http://xkcd.com/323/



Really it's similar to beta blockers which are banned because they have a calming effect (they are often used by performers to reduce the effects of stage fright).
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It has the opposite effect with my game.

Have you ever played a six-pack set? You have to finish a six pack of beer before you win the set and you can only drink on changeovers. It's loads of fun but obviously one cannot drive him or herself to the courts if the want to try it. You're plenty drunk after drinking 6 beers in about 30-45 minutes and running around on top of that.

They should hold six-pack set tournaments, in my opinion. I'd certainly pay to see them.
That is just trolling for injury
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Back in the day, it was almost mandatory.
Yeah, when men were real men etc..
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Dolgopolov can handle it but not during the match...
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There's really no way they could stop you but you wouldn't make it far as alcohol is a substance that impairs your senses and slows your reactions. Trust me...it would suck all the fun out of drinking. The players from back in the day were like the characters on Mad Men, they just drank all day long...it was part of the culture and they didn't have the literature yet about how harmful it was to you.

It's one thing to play tennis at your club after a few beers...it's goofy and fun. No professional player could do this with any success.

After their match however, the pros can get down! I remember Gaudio talking about the players at one South American tournament...they got wasted every night and he woke up hungover and played some of his best tennis. I think Action Jackson could elaborate a bit more on this.
I think it was Kitzbuhel that Gaudio said this about.

Dolgopolov was drunk off his ass in a club 2 days before he beat Fognini in Umag
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I saw some pics of Ferrer smoking (I assume he is just a casual smoker, not sure tho).
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Dolgopolov was drunk off his ass in a club 2 days before he beat Fognini in Umag
I can confirm that.
Also, Klec was drinking with us the night before he beat Viola
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I think it was Kitzbuhel that Gaudio said this about.

Dolgopolov was drunk off his ass in a club 2 days before he beat Fognini in Umag
Awesome.

Really, where did the info come from on that? 2 days is plenty of time to recover...only a true pimp like Gaudio can get hammered the night before and play awesome tennis.
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I remember taking 5 shots of Captain Morgan before playing a doubles match back in my club college days. We got beaten 1-6, 0-6, serving was a real adventure I was pretty fucked, swung and missed on more than one forehand

Oddly, smoking cannabis before a match, I have played my best tennis ever while stoned, beating guys I win one and loss one against by the tune of 6-0, 6-2, but also I have played some pretty lethargic tennis while high, and if the match goes to a 3rd, 4th, or 5th, I was fucked. A bit of a crap shoot.
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I remember taking 5 shots of Captain Morgan before playing a doubles match back in my club college days. We got beaten 1-6, 0-6, serving was a real adventure I was pretty fucked, swung and missed on more than one forehand

Oddly, smoking cannabis before a match, I have played my best tennis ever while stoned, beating guys I win one and loss one against by the tune of 6-0, 6-2, but also I have played some pretty lethargic tennis while high, and if the match goes to a 3rd, 4th, or 5th, I was fucked. A bit of a crap shoot.
LOL - I'm way too serious about winning my USTA matches that I would never play while I was F-ed up. Hungover maybe...do I drink some beer after my matches hellzyea...even more if I lost yessir...but beer while playing I mean, there's so many better games made for that like billards, bowling, cards, darts, bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, beer pong, ping pong and any video game...just to name a few.

NOW HOWEVER...if you aren't playing tennis then drinking is a perfect thing to do while watching live tennis matches. There are several drinking games you can play while watching the top players like every time Rafa picks a wedgie a take a sip, if Novak bounces the ball before a serve more than 3 times take a sip and if Murray fails to covert a break point take 2 sips....etc etc.
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