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MB.
Portland, Oregon-->Orange, California-->Sarajevo, Bosnia
Interests: running, tennis, swimming, etc., working out...stalking tennis players, trying to get a degree and failing miserably, being a (mostly hungover) college student...
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Dude, I keep popping in here expecting new shit, but what can you do. You seem busy af at SI--you're posting a lot, watching a lot of tennis, and tweeting pretty much nonstop. How are you alive? Take it easy. A few thoughts on BTB: No FD community there. And I don't understand how the comments work, but that's probably because I'm an idiot. I miss your snark. If someone at SI is telling you to be PC, I'll personally take a fucking tennis ball and--you know the drill. Also, I liked that at FD your posts went from long, in-depth analysis (rarely) to just a photo and a few sentences. Maybe I have a short attention span, but that was one of the benefits of FD IMO, that it was so easy to peruse. Like I said, I love how prolific you are over there, but it's also more superfluous and packs less of the "Courtney punch" that FD does/did. Also, I'm confused with your Twitter now--how are you deciding what to post on the FD handle and the new one?
Toggle Commented Sep 5, 2011 on Come On Over. It's Nice There, Too. at Forty Deuce
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I always say I refuse to cheer for this girl until she starts to show sings of life, but I found myself doing so, again. But really, what the crap was this? I've read all sorts of theories; a popular one being, "her new coach told her to play instinctively and she wanted to impress him and she got nervous," or something along those lines. Really? Playing at a random ass tournament against a player most casual fans have never heard of or seen and you got NERVOUS? About what, dear child? You didn't get nervous at RG 08, or any GS in 2007. Another week, another disappointing loss. It happens. Sure, kick the kid while she's down. Crack the jokes, have a giggle, revel in the fact that the pretty girl sucks at tennis. I still believe in the kid. I really do. A lot of people (as usual) are literally rolling with glee at the fact that Ana lost. That, there's nothing more to do than ignore. Cracking jokes is fine, if you ask me--there's only so much pain you can deal with (I say this as a JJ fan as well..f my life). Also, she does suck at tennis. Seriously. You can only call it a "slump" for so long. A slump is a few months. A year, year and a half at most. 3 years? THREE YEARS? Kim stopped training, had a baby, and came back and won a Slam in that period. Also; there's no excuse. If you're making excuses for these sorts of abysmal performances at this point, that says more about your own sense of delusion and less about you being a fan of Ana. Girl needs to stop making coaching changes and literally get a lobotomy. Like, literally. Get. a. lobotomy. Should we start a petition?
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2011 on Buckle Up, Nigel. This Happens. at Forty Deuce
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Lol, freaking Stephanie Myles--no love lost between you two, eh, Forty? Agreed with that you wrote here; posting pictures without mentioning credit when you're a casual fan/nobody (read:me)= probably okay, but when you're a journo? Walking the line between ethical and unethical. Also...hope this Caro/Rory thing turns out to be true. Much laughs to be had, I just find both to be so awkward. And Rory is shorter (and younger?), too.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2011 on UPDATED: Roro McWoz at Forty Deuce
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Kind of disappointed to see this--usually I see you as the bigger person/not resorting to your blog to passive-aggressively poke fun at someone (who ironically was passive-aggressively insulting you). Anyways, you do tweet a lot, but it's usually pretty funny, and not "quantity junk"--which, seriously, there is a lot of in the Twitter world. Teach these people a thing or two if you ever get the chance...
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Wouldn't recognize Fernando without the tag. Dinara looks oddly badass.
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Welcome back, Courtney. From following your Twitter around the world, it seems like you had a blast.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2011 on Smooth Move, Ex-Lax. at Forty Deuce
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Ana fires Coach. Ana hires Coach. Everyone looks forward to a big turn around. ...This storyline sounds familiar.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2011 on Of Silver Foxes and Mandals. at Forty Deuce
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Allusion to Serena's nose job. Gotta give you props for that.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2011 on My Two Pence. at Forty Deuce
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Dream results: Fran def. Pavs Sveta def. Mono Vika def. Na Masha def. Petko Sveta def. Pavs Vika def. Masha 6-1 6-0 or something. And then either result would make me happy.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2011 on Quarter For Your Thoughts. at Forty Deuce
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As long as you're satisfied with that dakimakura and aren't trying to skin Ana (Or Fernando) and glue her onto it, yeah, you're probably okay.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2011 on One Down. Three To Go. at Forty Deuce
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"It sucks, obviously." More like Ana sucks. Very obviously. What the hell has happened to this girl? She's a train wreck, and just when I think she'll rise up from the ashes, she falls to lower and lower depths. What's next? Her and Jelena both suck, and frankly would be lucky to get near to the level of success they experienced in 2008. Hoping they'll improve, but brain says Serbia should be lucky to have Novak (and maybe put some hope into BJ). Also, I understand being a hardcore tennis fan, but some "fans" need psychological help. Like...seriously. People are obsessed with some of these players--it's unhealthy obsessions like that that lead to horrible incidents like what happened to Monica Seles.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2011 on One Down. Three To Go. at Forty Deuce
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It seems to me that when you direct your negativity outward, blaming anyone and everyone else for your circumstances (a) it gives you an outlet, (b) it takes the pressure off of you, and (c) it allows you to relax because you know you can't control what other people do so you just focus on playing your game. On the otherhand, bottling the negativity and directing at yourself only puts more pressure on you to fix the situation. "I'm fucking up. I'm the problem. I need to stop being the problem." With no outlet for the negativity (other than some F-bombs and pulling at your collar) it's just a dark cloud that builds on itself... Like this writeup as a whole. But I almost think it's getting too much into looking for an excuse as to why Andy sucks/can't close. Paragraph above is what I wholeheartedly disagree with. Blaming other people for your issues is what you think is the better decision in this case? I can't think of a time, ever, where that's the smart thing to do--even if you're doing to yourself mentally. It's the opposite of the pragmatic thinking a player should be doing. Sets a horrible precedent; if this sort of thinking starts in a match, could easily carry over to training and working out, which would be a disaster. Also, that kind of thinking tends to make you a pretty shitty person, from personal experience. "With no outlet for the negativity..." 1.) Why is there a feeling of negativity? If that's an issue, it's up to the player himself to build his own perception around it. Don't see it in such a negative light. Get a sports psychologist. Sounds easier than placing the blame on others. 2.) No outlet for whatever emotions it is? Also said players problem. Let out a primal roar, bang your chest.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on Machinehead. at Forty Deuce
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You are going to have the time of your life. Safe travels and have a good time unwinding and relaxing in Barca!
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on EuroTrip. at Forty Deuce
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This is a huge tradition in the Balkans; my family still actually does this every Easter. What JJ does is what every kid is usually taught to do; go for the smallest, roundest egg at the beginning. Obviously, Ana never got that lesson before.
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This is why you can't have nice things! needs to be the title to this post :lol: I love what Victoria posted on Twitter regarding how many WCs DY was actually given--something in the 60s! That's insane. He apparently had 4 USO MD WCs, only won one of those matches; the total from those 4 WCs itself has been almost 100k. That's at the top of my head since Twitter isnt working for me; maybe I'll repost what Victoria wrote later. Still, startling stuff; you can't help but think that Donald Young is being, well, a brat. I'm curious to what his side of the story is--has something happened behind the scenes we dont know about? From what I see, the USTA has been nothing but good to him.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2011 on UPDATED: Work Harder, Be Better. at Forty Deuce
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Infrequent Triumphs. I'm dying. You gotta love Google translate. What Jelena said is so true--couldn't have won this tie without Ana there. Nice to see the girls supporting one another!
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Loved this weekend. Too many thoughts. Re: JJ/Ana drama....give it a rest, people. Fed Cup = we're all in this together. Plus, each lady was there for the other this weekend. Jelena's interviews for Fed Cup gave Ana major props (like she should)--we couldnt have won this without either of them. And holy crap the final day. First of all, JJ, you bint, you needed three sets and 7-5 to beat Dani in the last one. In dramatic fashion, as is your wont, you managed to snag it. Good for you. There should be no hate for Bojana--girl won all THREE of her matches against Canada to get them here. She's a vital part of the team. Ana unfortunately was injured against Domi, but wow, did she set the stage with her match against Dani. Completely dominated her and gave Srbija the early confidence on in the tie. The doubles was the match of the weekend though; so dramatic. Dani should kind of be ashamed for not winning it at 62 5-1; seriously, she has a career mixed doubles Slam, Magda plays a bit of doubles and here they are against 30 kilo Aleksandra and JJ, who has no idea how to play doubles. Yet, somehow these girls did it. I don't know if the media will do so, but credit for that match belongs to Krunic. Seriously. Down 1-5 in the 2nd, Krunic kicked it into a gear that none of us would ever guess she had; she returned and hit deep shots, she was putting away volleys and poaching successfully left and right. It was a sight to see. Jelena, you were lucky to have her on your team. The 3rd set was all about keeping it together and taking their chances, like that last point of the match demonstrated. Truly astounding. Congrats to everyone!
Toggle Commented Apr 18, 2011 on Drama Queens. at Forty Deuce
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This blogger v journalist thing needs to die. Shame whoever started that whole thing on Twitter. C Note--definitely agree with everything you've posted on the matter, and with other posters, as well. I hope we can lay this issue as a whole to rest, at least for now, because it's honestly turning ugly with things like the comments above and the transcribed comments from the last post. I vote we all go on being best friend. Like Ana and JJ. Except, you know, not.
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Mark Ronson, Bloc Party, and freakin' Miike Snow? Make it happen, Petko, and I'm there. Make it happen.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on Oh, I'm Not Done With You Yet. at Forty Deuce
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Totall noticed all of those, too--Gotta love Caro. Or, hate her. You know, whatever. My favorite ones were the Rolex dinner one, and the "lying out and decided to take a trip to NYC...". SO Caro.
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Loved the writeup by Hickman--sounds more intense than I expected. And that female journalist is right, you know. Minus the Caro = Barbie part.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2011 on Required Reading at Forty Deuce
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I'm dying. And getting the popcorn out. This is too good. You're creepy for going through all that trouble to identify that commentator, but so glad you did--well done. Courtney: 4519591941 Everyone Else: 0
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Oh, PS: When I saw those tweets by Neil and Matt, I immediately thought of you and then I thought, 'Oh, hell no.' Don't let people get away with crap like that.
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I feel like tennis bloggers get shit on a lot by the "established" tennis community, and maybe you in specific, Courtney (though I haven't seen anything yet--I'd have to kill them if they said anything bad). Good for you for making this post; don't worry about the criticism and just keep doing you. I've been following this blog since late Spring 2008--how time flies. Obviously, I'm back here everyday and so are many, many other people. Courtney; you're doing something right. "Professional" journalists: GTFO.
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My eyes seemed to read this whole thing, but the only thing I could see was "CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE CHOKE". Horrible day for her (and me) yesterday. Good for her for taking Marbella off--gotta get ready for the important clay tournaments, not these MMs.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2011 on "E" Is for "Empty." at Forty Deuce
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