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|Jan-30-12|| ||The17thPawn: <Marmot PFL> - Good stats but they also point out how consistently Djokovic was getting into Nadal's service games. Nadal was forced to serve more often and constantly defend his serve and that is a total grind especially in a five set marathon. A couple extra easy holds can give you that mental break that is desperately needed. I think Nadal struggles with Djokovic not because of their similar all court coverage and astonishing shot making but because Djokovic is arguably the only player on tour that returns service better than Nadal.|
|Jan-31-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Djokovic returns serves so consistently and so deep, though not usually for winners, that it becomes routine, I forget how exceptional it is.|
|Feb-08-12|| ||HeMateMe: Bad luck for the Bumblee Bee. Sanchez-Vicario says her parents lost her whole $60M in earnings and endorsement monies:|
|Feb-08-12|| ||KKDEREK: This is very funny..Bit old, but..Enjoy.
|Feb-09-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I was very surprised to read that from Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. First of all, terrible that the parents controlled the money she earned. And then, how can they lose it all?|
She was a marvelous player, gutsy, super steady and seemed to be able to run down anything. She had no power, but her speed enabled her to battle Steffi Graf, and they had some great matches.
|Feb-09-12|| ||HeMateMe: Yeah, SV was a fighter, not so graceful, but tough as nails. I think she had that same father-daughter complex that Steffi Graf and Mary Pierce had--to please the father and keep his love, the young athlete lets her father be the coach and manage, handle the money. Absurd to not get advice from a professional, but that was her mindset.|
|Feb-09-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Well, she was French Open champion at age 17, so it was natural her parents would handle finances at that point. Seems she just didn't make any adjustments when she became an adult.|
Today players under 18 aren't allowed to play many tournament, and it's been a while since a real young player made an impact. Since Sharapova in 2004, I'd say.
Lots of bad tennis fathers to female players. Pierce and Dokic were the worst.
|Feb-09-12|| ||HeMateMe: I still remember watching some of Graf's matches, when her father would sit VERY close to her chair on the court. Her father would voice instructions to her, trying not to speak loud enough for the court ump to hear. She would sort of lean towards him, at courtside, to better hear, as though she could somehow benefit from this hungover drunk's opinions, in a grand slam tennis match. (No coaching is allowed in tennis.) Eventually the refs were well warned, and they watched her pretty closely, whenever it looked like her father was trying to talk to her.|
He screwed up her finances, too, as her "manager". She wasn't paying German income tax on her earnings outside of Germany, something like that. The case may have gone to court. He's quite lucky to not have done time for fraud, underreporting income in the $millions. I think her popularity in Germany saved his a**. That was a turning point for her, I think. She started using a big five accounting firm, someone like Ernst & Young, to handle her taxes, and she got her pops into alcohol rehab.
In the book "Open", Andre Agassi "...worried about these two [his own headstrong father, and Graf's] getting together, for the first time. At first they were sort of like two clumsy bulls facing off, but then they got on ok, according to Agassi.
|Feb-10-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Graf´s father did go to jail for tax evasion, for almost two years.|
I don't know what real instructions (other than "you can do it," "stay strong," etc.) her father could have given her except "hit your forehand harder and run around your backhand."
|Feb-10-12|| ||HeMateMe: Earlier in Graf's career the media made fun of Steffi's big nose. She was killing everyone on the court; they had to try and take her down a peg. Some of the ladies in tennis have made a ton of money as cosmetics queens, endorsing clothing, etc. It's no small insult to call a female player ugly.|
Steffi's father would have none of that, his princess being treated in such a manner. He threatened to take her off of the women's tour and start a separate ladies tour with Graf as the centerpiece. Didn't happen.
This new group of power hitters, the Russian women, don't seem to have any crazy fathers lurking, at least none that we see. The sport seems to have progressed to the next level, where the girls are in better control of their careers. At least, they seem to pick competent management.
|Feb-10-12|| ||Jim Bartle: A big part of that is that they don't let them play full time, or anywhere near full time, before they're eighteen. Makes a big difference.|
I listened to a long interview with Svetlana Kuznetzova the other day, now clearly on the downside of a good career. Really enjoyable, lots of spirit and humor, open and realistic.
|Feb-10-12|| ||Jim Bartle: US up 2-0 on Switzerland in Davis Cup. Isner defeated Federer and Fish beat Wawrinka.|
I still think Switzerland will win 3-2, with one of the Bryans out for the doubles.
|Feb-12-12|| ||achieve: Bryan/Fish sealed it for the Americanos.
Spain's Ferrero (is he over 30 now?) and Almagro were strong enough to overcome Kazakh resistance. 3-0
|Feb-12-12|| ||achieve: Let me then answer my own question:
Happy Birthday, JC Ferrero!
Today Juan Carlos turned 32; quelle coincidence.
|Feb-12-12|| ||Jim Bartle: How`s my prediction look now?|
|Feb-12-12|| ||achieve: Not a pretty sight, Jim, not pretty at all.
Holland though, with cracker jack Haase, is slugging it out with Finland in Division three, so...
|Feb-15-12|| ||shivasuri4: Fernando Gonzalez will retire next month, with Miami being his last tournament.May his powerful ground-strokes continue to resonate amongst us!|
|Feb-15-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Gonzalez probably hit the hardest forehands I've ever seen.|
|Feb-15-12|| ||WannaBe: <JB> Obviously, you've never been hit by my mother. =))|
|Feb-15-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I said "seen," not "felt."|
|Feb-15-12|| ||HeMateMe: No Brooke Decker in this year's Sports Illustrated bikini issue. Is she stepping out of the spotlight, because it is a distraction to her husband's tennis career? The last time I saw Brooke at a tennis event, the camera went to her so many times, she had to put on a coat, to cover up her girls.|
|Feb-16-12|| ||achieve: Federer is the big affiche this week in Rotterdam for the ABN Amro tournament, obviously, and, ironically, will be defending his title from <seven> years ago, after which he never was in the draw again, UNTIL 2012!|
And with Berdych, Del Potro, Gasquet and Baghdatis in the draw some very nice matches will be played come the semis, I hope. Maybe Berdych will break through now; he's on the verge of joining Murray, making it a Big Five, as they hunt down the Big Three.
|Feb-16-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I think Berdych has a long way to go to get rid of his inconsistency. I'd say Tsonga is the best bet to join the top four, along with del Potro if his injuries are totally healed. Odds are against both, though.|
|Feb-16-12|| ||AlphaMale: If someone joined the top 4, wouldn't it be the top 5?|
|Feb-16-12|| ||achieve: Yes, Making it then the Big Five, as Jim and I mention.|
I think Berdych and a healed, recovered, Del Potro are the closest Challengers, but Tsonga deserves a place in there as well, toss of a coin, but Berdych has more potential as an efficient and consistent pressure applier in my view. Provided he gets his mental attitude under control.
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