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|Feb-03-16|| ||Jim Bartle: Is this Federer's first surgery, at age 34?|
|Mar-04-16|| ||strifeknot: The inimitable Bud Collins has died. It'll be a travesty if he's dressed in anything but his most garish suit for his funeral.|
|Mar-04-16|| ||Jim Bartle: Too bad. He was a great announcer, almost the only one in the 70s, and an excellent writer as well.|
|Mar-04-16|| ||HeMateMe: Breakfast at Wimbly with Bud was must see tv.
He had great nicknames for the players. Big hitter dutch girl Brenda Shultz was "Bombs Away Brenda!"
Someone I knew slightly who was in the book publishing business was telling me one day that he had an appointment to have breakfast with Collins, they were business acquaintances. He said that Collins thought that John McEnroe was mentally ill, not just boorish or mean spirited, but someone who could be diagnosed with a true mental illness, probably manic behavior of some sort.
I'm reminded of him grabbing a reporter by the neck in Australia and bending the guy over backwards on a couch. I suppose the drugs you might be prescribed for manic behavior might damage one's tennis performance, so Mac was never going to see a doctor for his problems or take any meds. Some thought it was the anger that appears when one is taking steroids, but he always looked skinny and has denied ever taking 'roids while a player.
|Mar-04-16|| ||Jim Bartle: Collins was great, always fun to listen to. I did think his naming of the net-cord judges as all from one big family was sort of dumb.|
He didn't put up with any crap. I remember in the 1975 Wimbledon women's final Billie Jean was just crushing Goolagong. The other announcer (not Dick Enberg) asked him seriously, "Is this the best you've ever seen Billie Jean play?" And he said, "No. She's playing fine, but Evonne is just playing terribly."
Nastase would complain that his English wasn't good enough to understand a question, and Collins would say, "You understand fine, now answer the question."
He had names for particular shots. Harold Solomon's slow stuff was the "Solly Slop," and Nastase's over-the-shoulder shot was the "Bucharest Backfire."
Lots of tournaments in the 70s were on PBS, and there was lots of down time. Collins would just chat with players, not really interviews but just conversations. Sometimes they seemed to forget they were on TV.
|Mar-04-16|| ||perfidious: From Wikipedia on Collins:
<From 1959Ė1963 he served as the tennis coach at Brandeis University, where one of his players was Abbie Hoffman. Afterward, Hoffman became a political and social activist.>
So <that> explains why Hoffman went that route.
|Mar-05-16|| ||HeMateMe: jb, did you read Connor's book The Outsider?|
|Mar-05-16|| ||Jim Bartle: No, never seen it. But I don't like Connors much at all, I probably wouldn't like it. I did read McEnroe's and Agassi's books.|
|Mar-05-16|| ||HeMateMe: I never really liked Jimbo either, but he did make it interesting. His anecdotes and views of other players are interesting. |
In describing his early tennis training he tells a story about practicing on the public courts in Illinois as a little kid, with his mom. Some teenagers were in the area with a boom box radio and she told them to take the radio somewhere else. One of the guys actually hit her the face, knocked her down. The next day she was out there hitting with her Jimmy, swollen jaw and all.
"A champion can't make excuses, Jimmy."
I guess not. I would have taken a baseball bat with me next time I went to practice and been looking for those people.
|Mar-05-16|| ||Jim Bartle: Agassi despises Connors, takes shots at him over and over in his book.|
|Mar-05-16|| ||chancho: After 1999, Agassi went commando for the rest of his playing career:|
|Mar-05-16|| ||HeMateMe: like him or not, Connors didn't pizz away some of his best years the way Agassi did.|
"Image" Andre wasn't always the poster boy for good behavior either. Taking fat appearance fees for tournaments then showing up 20 pounds overweight, losing in the first round, off to shoot some more tv commercials then off to another tournament and another quick exit.
When he got serious about tennis, at age 30, you could see the results.
|Mar-05-16|| ||Jim Bartle: No question about that. Agassi messed around during his first years, getting by on pure talent. Then he went way down for a year or two. The key was connecting with UNLV trainer Gil Reyes, who got him into top shape physically and mentally.|
That article says Agassi didn't reveal he was going commando from 1999 on until now, that it wasn't in the book. But it was most definitely in the book. It happened just because he forgot to pack underwear for his first-round match.
|Mar-31-16|| ||shivasuri4: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/vide...|
A ridiculously funny doubles rally.
|Apr-03-16|| ||shivasuri4: Djokovic breaks Nadal's record for most Masters 1000 titles won, with his 28th such title at Miami. Federer is third on the list with 24.|
|Apr-03-16|| ||HeMateMe: what happened to Sharapova? It takes a long time to decide on her suspension time, if she is to be suspended?|
|Apr-03-16|| ||Keyser Soze: <shivasuri4: Djokovic breaks Nadal's record for most Masters 1000 titles won, with his 28th such title at Miami. Federer is third on the list with 24>|
And he will keep on winning..It's getting almost `boring`..As long as the new generation don't step up and the old guns like Nadal and Fed don`t stay 100% healthy, Djokovic will keep on moping the floor..
|Apr-03-16|| ||chancho: <Djokovic breaks Nadal's record for most Masters 1000 titles won, with his 28th such title at Miami.>|
<Novak Djokovic has passed Roger Federer as the alltime prize money leader in menís tennis with more than $98 million in on-court earnings after he won the Miami Open.>
|Apr-03-16|| ||Jim Bartle: Federer tends to stay 100% healthy, and is playing great, but Djokovic somehow keeps him from playing his best. Djokovic is simply better.|
Nadal is clearly on the way down, but he had an incredible run for eight years or so. And he won the 2008 Wimbledon Final, the greatest match ever played.
|Apr-03-16|| ||Keyser Soze: < Jim Bartle: Federer tends to stay 100% healthy, and is playing great, but Djokovic somehow keeps him from playing his best. Djokovic is simply better.>|
Sure,better but he is 34 35 or so, he doesn't move anymore like a 25 27? That makes a big difference no? Remember they still have an even H2H score...I still think Fed 200-2007 is the most beautiful I ever saw..But let us not compare dominance with brilliance. Djoko is probably the most complete and dominant player ever..
|Apr-03-16|| ||Jim Bartle: <Sure,better but he is 34 35 or so, he doesn't move anymore like a 25 27? >|
He's pretty damn close, wasn't much quicker back then.
Yes, Federer won 11 of 16 Slams from 2004 to 2007, but there was no Djokovic, and really no Nadal except on clay, in those years.
|Apr-03-16|| ||Keyser Soze: Well we can say the same for Djoko on the past 2 years..No Nadal and a 35 year old Fed. Still great but not enough to match Djoko fitness, especially on 5th sets playing Slams..|
|Apr-03-16|| ||Jim Bartle: Federer played as great a match as he ever has against Murray in the Wimbledon semis last year. Just incredible. If he had played at the same level against Djokovic he would have won.|
But he just can't reach that level against Djokovic.
|Apr-03-16|| ||luftforlife: Agonizing it was to watch Berdych and Goffin each tank the overhead smash in their matches at Miami against Djokovic. Those points were not decisive, true, but then one must derail Djokovic at any opportunity, and the abject failure of these players (Berdych is 6'5") to execute this shot at key points in their matches speaks to the lack of preparation, fundamentals, repertoire, and execution too often seen in today's men's "power game." |
I was never a Sampras fan, but he had the best overhead smash I've ever seen. Unreturnable -- just as that shot should be. He didn't push the ball, didn't shank it, didn't temporize. He simply drew the racquet to the back-scratcher position, timed himself perfectly, used his legs well, and leapt up to whip his wrist and use his whole physiognomy to drive the ball down with remorseless force, causing it to bounce unreachably high, whereupon he would demolish his opponent's chances of winning the point and demoralize him at the same time.
The "pattern tennis" (Justin Gimelstob's Pavlovian phrase) at which Djokovic excels is awfully hard to break down, but if, after you've carved out a winner for yourself, you muff the overhead smash with poor execution by pushing the ball and making an unforced error, you lose the point, and you lose face as well.
|Apr-17-16|| ||shivasuri4: Nadal equals Djokovic in the Masters titles category, with his 28th such win. Also his 9th Monte Carlo title.|
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