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Tim
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Interests: reading, exercise, -sports (tennis specifically), hanging with pals
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Who knew Pat Reilly was getting an award? Seriously, though, Rafa looks like he wants to put a horse's head in my bed.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2011 on You Do Still Exist. at Forty Deuce
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Ana never seemed that enthused with Van Grichen being her coach anyway so I really shouldn't be surprised she kicked him to the curb. But I at least thought this partnership would last until Indian Wells/Miami. Love Ana, love Leather, but I don't want Ana getting the reputation of being difficult to work with (or for) and a coach killer. Yeah the AVG hire was suspect but what top-notch coach is going to look at Ana's situation, her team's poor decisions the past couple of years and say to themselves, "Yeah I wanna get in on that." Maybe Heinz will come back as a part-timer and Marija can be her coach/trainer the rest of the time. That's the only saving grace for Ana that I can see. If not Heinz, she will always have coaching issues because they will clash with Marija over her training and fitness. Heinz and Marija seemed to co-exist peacefully.
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2011 on See Ya, Greasy. at Forty Deuce
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I didn't see the match live but watched it off the DVR this morning when I woke up. I know this is a cop-out stance, but I would have been fine with either woman winning. Even though there were lots of breaks, I thought this was a pretty solid match. Props to both Li Na and Kim for their great two weeks and I agree that this has been an awesome tournament on the WTA side. Probably the first time in a long time the women's side has been better than the ATP side. And to think people were saying that with no Serena the WTA side would be a bust.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2011 on It's Official: Aussie Kim. at Forty Deuce
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Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Lopez single out Paes in his presser as the one who was acting like an asshole? Not saying Bhupati didn't do anything wrong but I thought Lopez and Monaco's real beef was with Paes' behavior. Of course I didn't see any of the action, only read about it. Cilic is back! Finally after a year of garbage play Cilic rises from the dead to become a force again. As for the women, in all honesty, both Vera and Kim could easily have lost last night; Vera because Lucie played pretty well and helped beat herself with double digit DF's and Kim because, well, she played like utter shit and should have won this match in under an hour.
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The most hilarious thing: As I was getting ready for work this morning and watching the rest of the Baghdatis-Del Potro match they replayed this interview but didn't bleep out the "boobs" part. This was roughly roughly 7/7:30 AM. If ESPN was concerned about the FCC or children watching, I can tell you a hell of a lot more kids are up watching TV before school at 7 AM then they are at 11:30 PM. ESPN knew they were being ridiculous by bleeping it out. But networks, even cable ones, have become so afraid of the morals groups/parent's groups flipping out over innocuous and innocent words like "boobs" that they censor it before they get complaints.
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2011 on BOOBIES. at Forty Deuce
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I hear you. When I went into work Tuesday morning several people joked that I looked like hell and asked what bar I went to last night. Of course that was the night that Ana's match lasted until 4AM. And of course that was the day I had several appointments at work - what I do for my tennis. Damn East Coast-Australia time difference. Fat Dave will probably lose, Bepa will win, Delpo beats Baghdatis, don't know if I want to make anymore predictions.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2011 on Thursday OOP at Forty Deuce
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As for Dinara, I wasn't expecting much of her, especially against Kim. But 6-0, 6-0. Ouch that's got to be quite the blow psychologically. I hope she can get back to the top but right now her future looks even bleaker than Ana's. Back injuries have knocked scores of players out of the game.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2011 on She Rules. 'Nuff Said. at Forty Deuce
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I'll be honest, this is really my first glimpse of Ana since watching her get routed by Kimmy at the USO. I saw brief clips of Linz and Bali but not enough to really judge what some say was a "comeback." If this is what a "comeback" looks like then we need to redefine the term "comeback." This looked like the same old Ana that we've seen for the past two years. The announcers kept saying this match reminded them of Ana-Kleybs at the Aussie two years ago, but I think it is more reminiscent of Ana-K Bond at the 2009 U.S. Open. Ana starts like she was on the clock, wins the first set, then inexplicably backs off and gets sloppy and lazy in the 2nd set, has craploads of break chances in both 2nd and 3rd sets and can barely convert, and ends up losing in a tight, tense 3rd set. I still love watching her and I will always root for her, but it is getting harder and harder to stay optimistic regarding Ana's future. Maybe I'll be more generous when I've had some more sleep (getting up at 1 AM to watch tennis is a pain in the ass when you're on the East Coast) and not so disgusted by this match.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2011 on She Rules. 'Nuff Said. at Forty Deuce
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Wow, I really have been gone for far too long. I had no idea you were actually at the Aussie Open. That's what happens when too much work and play keeps me from doing my "fun" surfing of the Internet. I hope you have a hell of a time. I loved Australia when I went (sadly not during the Aussie Open). I kind of zone out on tennis after the USO even though I consider myself a tennis junkie. Too much crap to catch up on.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2011 on I Promise I'll Figure It Out Soon. at Forty Deuce
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Yeah, initially back in July when she hurt her foot I laughed it off thinking it was Serena being a drama queen and that she would roll back in time for the U.S. Open and stomp everyone in her path. But now that she missed the U.S. Open and could very well miss the Aussie, I'm thinking to myself that this must have been quite the injury if she's missing Slams. This is the same Serena who even though she wasn't 100% would crawl on glass and play in pain if it was Slam time.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2010 on It's Official. You're Avoiding Me. at Forty Deuce
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Pathetic statement from Becker re: Muzz's mom and g-f. Maybe to get Boris' respect Andy needs to start knocking up some skanks in broom closets. Yeah more WTA tournaments is what the WTA needs. Another Doha tournament? What, for the 4 people in Doha who actually attended the WTA YEC? And Azerbaijan? Another hotbed of women's tennis. It's embarrassing when the WTA holds these tournaments in places where 5 people show up.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2010 on Required Reading at Forty Deuce
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Yeah, same here. Don't care for the guy but it's always nice when a players wins his/her home tournament.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2010 on Trophy Hoister Sunday at Forty Deuce
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I can't even begin to imagine the rocking celebration these girls had after they won the Cup. I knew I should have booked that flight to San Diego last week. I would have killed to be at Italy's after-party.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2010 on Pic This: Take Your Reward, Frank. at Forty Deuce
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Whenever I read books about tennis history, they always mention how the Australian Open used to take place in December. Too bad they still don't do that because Ana would be the clear favorite going into the Aussie if it was still held in December. Amazing win from her. It's hard to believe this is the same player she lost to at the French 6-2, 6-0. Just stunned at the transformation she has made since July.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2010 on Suck It, Haterz. at Forty Deuce
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Yep. You nailed it. This is all about taking shots at Rafa (and to a lesser extent, Serena and Justine) and trying to demean and belittle his accomplishments. If people have proof that Rafa (or Serena, or Justine, or anyone else) is doping, they need to stop hiding behind anonymity and give us their evidence. Taking internet cheap shots without facts and relying on mere speculation is dangerous. I'm sure there are players who are doping and "beating the system" but name names (with evidence, please) and let us know so the ITF can give them the suspensions they deserve.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Making a Rochus. at Forty Deuce
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Congrats to Kim. I love her, outside of Serena and maybe Bepa, she had a better year than anyone else on the tour. Nice picture of Caro, but can I just say that I think on-court coaching needs to be banned? I hate it and I hate that it was a part of the YEC. It makes the players who call their coaches down look weak. Tennis is all about figuring the game out for yourself. I hate it no matter who does it, even when it's Ana or Masha doing it. You never see Serena, Venus, or Kim calling their coaches down for assistance.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on Pulpo Sam Does It Again. at Forty Deuce
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Good for Melzer. I like the fact that he's finally gotten his act together and gotten his game to a top level. He's had a hell of a season and I hope he makes it to London. Nice of Flavor Flav to let Montpellier raid his attic and use one of his old clocks for their trophy. Kukushkin pulling a Rafa, good choice of role model to emulate. The ATP has a hell of a class of young guns who are going to hopefully make some real noise over the next couple of years.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on Trophy Hoister Sunday at Forty Deuce
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This is a tricky issue. Do I think there is doping in tennis? Of course there is, just look at the Odesnik case. Do I think it as rampant as some conspiracy theorists out there believe it to be? Nope. We're at a point right now where anyone who has any kind of decent results is having the "doping" allegations thrown in their faces and it is blatantly unfair and borderline slander. I'm not saying tennis drug testing is perfect, there are a lot of drugs out there that are undetectable, but tennis players get tested a hell of a lot more than almost any pro athlete out there. If Rochus or anyone else begs to differ they are free to go all Jose Canseco/Floyd Landis on us and spill what they know. Start naming names and give us some real evidence or shut the hell up. Stop hiding beyond anonymous accusations and speculation about whom who "think" might be doping. If you think someone is doping, give us names and give us what evidence you have.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on Making a Rochus. at Forty Deuce
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Hey I'm game for that. No, seriously, I mean it. Why the hell not? You'd probably be a better coach for her than Kardon was and probably motivate her better than Sven ever did. I say she should give her #1 fan a shot.
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2010 on Goddamit, Heinz, You're So Lazy. at Forty Deuce
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Even though I'd love to see Rafa complete the Career Slam, if it happens to be Djokovic-Youzhny in the final, I wouldn't complain. As long as it's quality tennis, I don't care who's on either side of the net. Some of the "We might never see a Fedal final again!" whining by the media has irritated me. It's almost as if the other guys in the draw are afterthoughts. Very disrespectful.
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If you had told me at the beginning of 2010 that a Russian woman would make it to two GS finals this year I would have said to myself "Looks Like Masha/Sveta/Elena are finally back where they belong." However, if you had told me that Russian woman would be Vera Zvonareva, I would have asked you to check yourself in at the nearest mental health facility. She played a hell of a smart match out there today. And even though she can bring the crazy sometimes, I think Bepa is fucking gorgeous and I would take her in a heartbeat. As for Caro, can't say I always like her game but I have always admired her mental tenacity which automatically makes her better than 99% of the current WTAers. Also Adidas finally gave her a dress that shows off her body and doesn't make her look like a wedding cake tier. But I think the pressure finally got to her. After she beat Masha so easily, CaroMania was everywhere - top news searches, front of every major paper, people already placing her in the finals, and hell, even holding the trophy. When she played Cibulkova you could see how edgy she was - part of that was the wind, but I also think she was battling expectations. If Cibulkova was a better wind player she might even have beaten Caro that night. Caro came out utterly flat against Vera and seemed to have none of her usual passion or desire to win. As for Vera-Kim, I just hope it's a competitive final and not the usual UE horror show we usually get from the women these days.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2010 on BOOM. Did I Just Blow Your Mind? at Forty Deuce
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Does this chick have a death wish? She played injured throughout most of the year because she didn't want to be fined by the WTA (a policy they need to change - let injured players rest), and now she takes the court in 90+ degree heat with a head injury. I guess I give her props for trying but you don't mess with head injuries.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on Holy Crap. Get Well, Vika. at Forty Deuce
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This was a match where I was hoping both players would lose - can't stand either one of them. Roddick is Roddick as usual. Whiny, petulant, brattier than a 5-year-old who was denied a toy at the store by mommy or daddy; Typical Roddick. Yeah all the 2009 Wimbledon goodwill has been thrown out the window. There's no words for his insane rant at the lineswoman. Inexcusable and simply because it's Roddick he'll get a pass - grow up Andy. Part of me wanted A-Rod to win so that we could see a rematch of the nutty 2009 French match with Roddick's fellow rodeo clown Monfils. Those two were jawing at each other like crazy that match and it would have been highly entertaining to see the craziness if they had played each other - it would have been nice to see who would have out-clowned the other. Second time Tipsy beats Roddick in a major. So props to him for keeping his cool and winning the match, but I'm still not a fan. Don't care for him and likely never will.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on "Janko, Janko, Janko! Oi Oi Oi!" at Forty Deuce
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This is both dumb and comedy gold at the same time. Comedy gold because we all know damn well there will be family members/coaches/entourage hangers-on that will forget all about the mic and say something they never wanted made public. Dumb because well here come the FCC fines once the first "fuck" comes over the airwaves. The U.S. Open will now be brought to us on a 5-second delay.
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If going into the Open unseeded, Nalbandian will be the player everyone hopes isn't in their quarter. Of course this is Nalbandian we're talking about and he could get triple bageled in the opening round of the USO if his head isn't into it. Having a healthy, head-in-the-game Nalby around makes the ATP that much more interesting. I know it's a cliche to say this, but he is one of those players who if he brings his A-game is virtually impossible to beat.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on The Train Keeps Rolling. at Forty Deuce
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