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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/jon_wertheim/08/24/usopen.bag/2.html

A quick tip to those who are unhappy with the price of U.S. Open tickets: Check out the U.S. Open qualifying tournament! At last look it was still free, the matches are still great and there are a number of young prospects and older once-higher ranked players who are worth watching. If that's not enough, consider the fact that attending qualies lets you beat the main draw crowds. I've attended the USO for the last three years, and this year I'm passing on the main draw altogether. Last year the qualies allowed me the chance to catch Marcos Baghdatis, Sesil Karatantcheva and Vaidsova, just to name a few -- for free! -- Rebecca, Toronto

Excellent point, thanks. Matches started yesterday at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., so get out there!


I also liked this one about Hrbaty:

My friend and I saw Dominik Hrbaty clinically take apart Juan Carlos Ferrero, who wasn't far from his best, in Montreal. Watching the Dominator on a side court at such close quarters made us wonder why he isn't one of the elite five players in the game today. His maddeningly efficient game has no tangible weaknesses, he is supremely fit and often gave us the impression that we were watching the second coming of Ivan Lendl. In addition, I was surprised to see that Hrbaty has winning records against Federer, Nadal and Safin. What really befuddled me was that Hrbaty somehow contrived to lose to Greg Rusedski the next day. How can this possibly happen?-- Anandam Mamidipudi, Chelmsford, Mass.

I have no answer. But here's my testimonial: I watched Hrbaty play Patrick Rafter at a night match in Australia a few years. The guy played one of the high-quality sets of tennis I've ever seen, blocking out the crowd and passing the Australian. Rafter then won the third set, but again, the tennis was terrific. I went to get dinner, steeling myself for a classic. I returned to watch Rafter serve out the fourth set 6-0 to win the match. Hrbaty just totally disappeared.


Someone needs to watch some more Hrbaty matches, starting with his defeats against Ferrer, Agassi and Safin in TMS event this year. If this correspondent knew anything about the Dominator's previous head-to-head with Rusedski, he would also realise why that loss wasn't such a shock.
 

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Chloe :hug: Another step towards stardom. Next, sex tape with Adam Chadaj ;)
 

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Chloe :hug: Another step towards stardom. Next, sex tape with Adam Chadaj ;)
:lol: naughty Alfie!
 

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I dont think that is her. As far as I know, she attends the main draw too and enjoys it.

The Dominator is very frustrating. Depending on what day you catch him on, you can be wondering why he isnt in the top 5, or wondering why he is even ranked in the top 100.
 

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I dont think that is her. As far as I know, she attends the main draw too and enjoys it.
Where did she say she doesn't enjoy the main draw exactly?

Unless there's 2 Rebecca living in Toronto who both happen to attend the US Open the last 3 years, who both happen to care about Karatantcheva and Vaidisova and who both wrote to Weirtheim, I think it's safe to say it's our Chloe-Becky.
 

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I holla from NY ;)

Yeah, that was me. I have another one for him this week...had a feeling he would print that one :)
 

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I would be posting on my board Sjengster, but for some reason I can't login. lol

I will get on when i get home Saturday.
 

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Paul Banks said:
Where did she say she doesn't enjoy the main draw exactly?

Unless there's 2 Rebecca living in Toronto who both happen to attend the US Open the last 3 years, who both happen to care about Karatantcheva and Vaidisova and who both wrote to Weirtheim, I think it's safe to say it's our Chloe-Becky.
It said in the letter that she would bypass the main draw. I was just thinking that Rebecca is a common name, so it wouldnt surprise me that there were two Rebeccas who like tennis and would attend the US Open. Though obviously I was wrong.
 

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Good work from one of Toronto's finest.
 

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Chloe said:
I would be posting on my board Sjengster, but for some reason I can't login. lol

I will get on when i get home Saturday.
I was on your board. :eek: what a clean forum :) . I felt i was in "Gataca" or "The Island". Can i join it :angel: ?
 

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Paul Banks said:
Where did she say she doesn't enjoy the main draw exactly?

Unless there's 2 Rebecca living in Toronto who both happen to attend the US Open the last 3 years, who both happen to care about Karatantcheva and Vaidisova and who both wrote to Weirtheim, I think it's safe to say it's our Chloe-Becky.
Is that you in your avatar? If so, you're a really nice looking guy.
 

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I think the guy in that avatar is the vocalist of the rock band Interpol
 
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