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|Aug-03-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Achieve: I'm having fun on the World Blitz 2012 page with those nuts, exposing them for what they are. But I admit it was a mistake to get mixed up in it on the Magnus Carlsen page. Poor judgment.|
|Aug-03-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I need the time between points to enjoy a tennis match. The youtubes with all action are OK, though, because you can always watch a point a second time.|
What I do like is cutting out the changeover time. I've seen entire matches in person where the players never even sat down, just switched sides (I remember Tanner vs. Nastase in LA in 1972), which is really fun.
|Aug-03-12|| ||achieve: Do you perchance know when they introduced the "sitting down" during change-overs?|
I can hardly remember it, and let's say that my tennis memory goes back a about 30 years...
|Aug-03-12|| ||Jim Bartle: No, I don't. But now the obligatory sitting down for 90 seconds is largely due to TV. If you listen to the umpire's instructions at the beginning of some matches, he or she will tell the players "It's a TV match, so the 90-second changeover is enforced."|
The "sitting" I remember best was Arthur Ashe at Wimbledon in 1975. He'd sit there the whole time with his eyes closed, sitting straight up. People commented on him "meditating," but Ashe said he was just concentrating.
|Aug-03-12|| ||achieve: <sitting down dating>|
I remember having seen footage of a young Borg at Wimbledon just toweling down at the Umpire Chair during change-over, which leads me to deduce that it was introduced in 1973, at the earliest? Could that be correct?
I googled it, but no dates came up there...
|Aug-03-12|| ||achieve: At Youtube I watched some of the 1974 Wimbledon final, and directly behind (about a metre) the Umpire Chair there are two small chairs, placed close with the backs to each-other... My guess is it was optional at that time to sit down, no tennis bags either! Remarkable...|
|Aug-03-12|| ||Jim Bartle: That youtube must be awfully short. Rosewall was gone in about 10 minutes.|
|Aug-03-12|| ||HeMateMe: < harrylime: The host nation's media coverage on this olympics is the most unbiased and egalitarian in Olympic history. >|
Is that because you aren't going to win many medals?
|Aug-03-12|| ||achieve: Borg-Tanner 1979, just watched some of that... Stunning play by Tanner, with BH winners sometimes shooting off the blade with astonishing speed. Same with some lasers down the middle (serves) - pace surely very close to today's, and really a pity that for some reason, Borg being one of them, Roscoe Tanner didn't win Wimbledon that year.|
|Aug-04-12|| ||kasparvez: This guy has to be the most over-rated and over-written chess player ever!!|
|Aug-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: Serena/maria starts soon--which will go over 120 first? Serena's mph serves or Maria's grunts, on the decible meter?|
|Aug-04-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: a very good point <HMM>!|
I hope the Williams-Sharapova match is as crazily exciting as "the Fed" against del Potro. (Like his loss to Roddick at Wimbledon 2009.)
|Aug-04-12|| ||achieve: Murray/Robson in the mixed semi; Murray all smiles, this guy is going through a transformation of sorts since his public emotional outbreak last month, much to his credit. Look out Roger! - and good luck, Andy!|
Best of five tomorrow, set your watches...
|Aug-04-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Maybe the change in Murray is that he's not under a microscope, his every move analyzed, the way it is during Wimbledon. There's so much going on at the Olympics that the press and public don't concentrate on him as much.|
Meanwhile the titanic duel Serena vs. Maria continues, all in doubt: will Sharapova win a game or not?
|Aug-04-12|| ||achieve: apparently so -- 3-1 second set; let's see if she can stage a comeback, however unlikely...|
|Aug-04-12|| ||OhioChessFan: Serena is putting a major beatdown on Sharapova.|
|Aug-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: Geez, it was a Golden Bagel! Serena gets the medal.|
|Aug-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: Tennis grunting update:
Maria's grunting registers 101 decibels. I think 115 causes nausea, according to the WHO. I think it is gamesmanship, and should be stopped.
|Aug-04-12|| ||chancho: It was 6-0 6-1.
Williams just steamrolled poor Sharapova.
|Aug-05-12|| ||kellmano: Big day for Andy Murray. I think he'll do it to be honest. It's quite an odd situation in that the time of the big match is unknown as it is after the bronze medal match (I think they're on the same court).|
As we know, with no tie-breaker in the deciding set, these matches can go on a bit.
|Aug-05-12|| ||kellmano: I got that wrong actually. Williams sisters on centre court first. Will probably be very quick.|
I have arranged to go out on the bike at two, which is when the game starts UK time. Am kicking myself.
|Aug-05-12|| ||shivasuri4: del Potro won the bronze. Djokovic would be rather disappointed. He didn't have to play either Federer or Nadal, and yet didn't get even a bronze for his efforts.|
Federer will hopefully continue playing well for the rest of the year. Tough loss for him. Well done, Andy Murray. He lost just one point on serve in the final set.
For those who want to read the set-by set commentary, with many interruptions though, here you go.
|Aug-05-12|| ||achieve: Congrats to <Andy Murray>!|
His name will be writ in Gold.
Murray's finest two hours.
New York up next. (Mixed Final first, though.)
|Aug-05-12|| ||HeMateMe: Hey, it was the "wrong Wimbly", but still, Murray finally beats Fed here and gets a gold medal. Well done.|
|Aug-05-12|| ||Jim Bartle: My TV showed the bronze medal match, then rehashed it, interviewed del Potro for about ten minutes, rehashed it again, only then changed to Federer vs. Murray, at 2-2 in the final set. Then they played the del Potro interview plus highlights at 3-4. Only returned to the gold medal match at 5-4. Unbelievable.|
Djokovic really didn't seem into it at all. He tried to play well, but certainly didn't concentrate the way he usually does.
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