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|Jan-27-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Gerulaitis beat Connors after losing 16 straight, walked into the press conference, and announced, "NOBODY beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row!"|
|Jan-27-15|| ||tamar: You're right. I looked it up. It was Connors. And he threw in the priceless remark "let this be a lesson to all of you"|
|Jan-27-15|| ||Jim Bartle: That's an opening for a pointless story:
Around 1975 I was playing at the Stanford courts one day and Sandy Mayer walked onto the next court and began hitting with a guy I didn't know. Mayer had been the local star and was a very good player, world top twenty, but this other guy was at least as good, probably better. So one time when I was returning a ball, I said, "Sandy, who the heck is that?" "Vitas Gerulaitis." "Who?" "Gerulaitis, from New York, my doubles partner."
|Jan-27-15|| ||Shams: Gerulaitis died young, I think from CO poisoning.|
|Jan-27-15|| ||chancho: In Wikipedia it mentions that he died at a friend's guest house due to a pool heater that was improperly installed. |
The carbon monoxide went into the guest house where he was sleeping and took his life.
He was only 40 years of age.
|Jan-27-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Improperly ventilated space heater. At first everyone thought it was drugs, of course.|
McEnroe had to play Chang in an exhibition that night. He was 35 and Chang was 24, but McEnroe was so upset he didn't even think, just hit the ball and absolutely blew Chang off the court.
|Jan-27-15|| ||HeMateMe: Did anyone read The Outsider, the Jimmy Connors autobiography? I think he may have rigged his own match with Martina Navratilova. Around age 38, 39, Jimbo signed up for a two set exhibition match with Navratilova, one of those silly Challenge of the Sexes, things.|
Connors would only get one serve, and would have to play the regular court lines, whereas MN would be able to hit balls into the doubles boundaries, and those shots would be considered good.
After a few games I think it was 2-1 in favor of MN, or tied at 2-2. At this point the betting houses were still taking action on the match. He found a way to place a bet during a time out--he bet $1M on himself. He then proceeded to tear up MN, and win easily.
I'm pretty sure he held off on the first few games to keep the odds close, to maximize his return. You can see the match on utube and decided for yourself. Connors liked to gamble. He would play corporate honchos for $5,000 a set at resorts, playing right handed, stuff like that. He would occasionally lose a bundle in Vegas at the tables, though he later gave that up.
|Jan-28-15|| ||achieve: Both Stantastic Wawrinka and Mr Djokovic were in imperious form today.|
Their epic encounters the last two years in Melbourne are Classics, and hopefully, -I am quite sure actually-, we are in for another jaw dropping spectacle.
|Jan-28-15|| ||optimal play: Come on Madison!
You've dispatched one Williams sister, now for the other!
|Jan-29-15|| ||achieve: Her time will come, very soon!
Btw does anyone know her ethnic ancestry? Just curious, as Serena referred to her (Madison Keys), being proud of a new "African" american, on her way to the tennis elite.
Might she be related to <Alicia Keys>? Similar complexion, it seems to me.
|Jan-29-15|| ||achieve: Murray is playing some serious mind games with Berdych and the ref, and seems to enjoy it...|
AM also just now lobbed in a serve at 117 kmh; shades of Sabatini? ;)
|Jan-29-15|| ||optimal play: <achieve> <... does anyone know her ethnic ancestry? Just curious, as Serena referred to her (Madison Keys), being proud of a new "African" american, on her way to the tennis elite ...>|
She explains herself... <Serena labeled her African-American, but how does Keys, whose mother is white and father is black, identify? ďItís something thatís always there obviously, but Iím very much right in the middle,Ē Keys said. ďI donít really think of it. I donít really identify myself as white or African-American. Iím just me. Iím Madison.Ē>
I don't think Wawrinka will get a chance to defend his title in the final, I expect Djokovic to be too good tonight, but here's hoping that whoever Murray plays, he finally wins it down here!
I still think Maria & Andy will each win it this year.
|Jan-31-15|| ||HeMateMe: Serena in the final against Sharapova. Looks to be another spanking. She is 16-2 against Maria. Ouch. Gonna be some serious grunting.|
Maybe Sharapova should change up her tactics? She could scream "Omaha! Omaha!" like Peyton Manning does, instead of screeching at 120 decibels. Just a thought.
|Jan-31-15|| ||OhioChessFan: I can't watch when the women get to shrieking like that. It's beyond ridiculous.|
|Jan-31-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Only one was shrieking, though that was enough for two.|
|Jan-31-15|| ||achieve: <optimal play> <[Madison Keys] explains herself:>|
Brilliant answer by Madison, color blind, the right way. And thanks for looking that up; I couldn't find the answer from wiki.
Djokovic imo ought to have quite an edge on AM's second serve, but Mats Wilander said today that Novak had three times postponed his practice, and isn't that fresh, possibly. Murray will have had an extra 24 hours and several extra meals, and hours of sleep and recuperation... Murray might grab his chance, if Djokovic indeed is struggling a bit with getting back to optimal condition, relative to the circumstances, of course.
|Jan-31-15|| ||MissScarlett: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.|
|Jan-31-15|| ||HeMateMe: Serena is one of the few "oldsters" in tennis who is winning/contending for grand slams singles titles. She's sort of a throw back to the old guard, when players could do it at or near their mid-30s. ken Rosewall, Billie Jean King, evert, Connors, Navratilova, Agassi-- all won slams or made the semis in slams singles in their mid-30s.|
|Feb-01-15|| ||HeMateMe: Martina Hingis back in Oz, wins mix dubs with a 40 year old guy from India. Good for Martina.|
Joker really crushed Murray. Andy doesn't seem to have the kind of body that Jjokevic has. He's like a giant pogo stick out there, really covers the court fast. Maybe not as accurate as Federer is/was, but he's younger and this is his time.
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: Leander Paes is 42 or 43 already!
Btw, a rather strange final, Murray collapsing after 2-0 up a break in the 3rd set.
Plus he was freaking out from tension at the start of the 2nd set as well; very weird; I thought these periods were by now firmly in his past....
|Feb-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I only saw the 1st and 4th sets. Djokovic was brilliant in the first, I thought he was a sure winner. Then I woke up for the fourth as Murray really collapsed.|
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: Yes, it was a Sunday after all for you guys ;) - and I didn't watch the on court reactions, just got home, so let's see if some interviews and pressconferences have been done, and uploaded...|
|Feb-01-15|| ||Jim Bartle: Overall I think the quality of both the top men's and women's matches is just off the chart, unreal.|
In my broadcast there was a replay camera from the side oourt, which was fantastic. Showed how hard the ball was hit, and how much ground the players had to cover.
At about 4-4 the pace was so punishing I wondered how the players could get through the match if it went to a fifth. Maybe Murray ran out first.
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: <Jim> The 8th and quarter finals were on the chart, I watched them all, but parts of those semis and finals were like slow motion, Djokovic struggling with his movement, Andy struggling with himself, mostly. Not gripping or on the edge at all. Djokovic at some point just lobbing the ball over the baseline, seemingly out of steam and sugar...|
Wawrinka played some amazing stuff, forcing Djoko to dig inhumanly deep, which he did, and the backlash was there for all to see and hear as by Waw's admission: I was dead mentally at a certain point.
Murray admitted candidly before the final that the match with Dimitrov was by far his best showing, so POSSIBLY there, you may look for off the chart rallies, and there were plenty, but not in the final. Sorry. A few, in patches, but not remotely near to what we saw last year in the semis from Djoko.
But it does appear as though he was far from 100% according to Wilander.
|Feb-01-15|| ||achieve: just to avoid misunderstanding I do feel like many that Serena's composure and serving were OFF THE CHART, best serving under pressure I have seen for a decade, Men, or Women.|
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