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User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Well I am happy to say that coverage here in Maine of the Championships is pretty good this year. There is a non-premium cable channel that is showing live coverage 6 hours a day during the week with I think a regular channel taking over for the weekends. In the past HBO covered it and you had to pay extra to get them....so this is great!
Sampras and Kucera are playing at the moment and it is quite boring. Sampras is a great player but not exciting to watch. Everything seems to be going predictably. What do you think of the Spaniards pulling out because of the seedings? Apparently they didn't like the idea of the seeding being done according to play on grass and not by ranking!

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User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 805 times:

Hey, Dk. How are you?

Yes Wimbledon has started. Happy that you're getting good coverage.

About the Spaniards. I think they should have played. If they did and won a couple of rounds the seeding committe would have looked even more stupid than they do. Rusedski, Krajicek have lost. They were elevated. what does that tell us? I think Wimbledon should just go straight down the ATP rankings (like the other slams do).

Do you think the Williams' sisters have a chance? They are looking impressive. I would like to see a player who doesn't do well here win. Maybe Pierce or Clijsters. Clijsters is a great prospect.

The tournament is even better for the presents of the legend. Martina Navratilova. What a champion. She is a great athlete, at 43 she looks great.

Sampras was taken to hospital. something wrong with his ankle. I do agree with you. His matches are a little boring.

Gotta run, (my connection is about to dis-connect)

Regards.


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 786 times:

Hello B-707!! Things here in Maine are great! Summer has finally "kicked"in!
I think you are right about the Spaniards, they should have played and showed what they could do, especially Corretja, he has already shown that he can play on hard courts, why not grass? Didn't he play Wimbledon last year and do fairly well?
I also would like to see a Williams or some relatively unknown win it, that's what makes it exciting in my opinion. Serena was awesome yesterday.
I think that at last count about 7 women's and 7 men's seeds have been eliminated!
I also hear that Jeff Tarango has been up to some of his antics too but the newspaper I read this A.M. did not elaborate.
My prediction is that Sampras will be eliminated within the next 2-3 rounds and someone completely unknown (men's side) will win! (Prediction or wishful thinking?) Ha!
Am at work so probably should do something work related!
Dk.


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 782 times:

Hi, Dk. Not working too hard I hope.

Well, so much for my predictions. Pierce and Clijsters both lost. Hmmm, maybe I jinxed them.

Davenport nearly tripped up today. You know there will be another un seeded semi finalist (like last year) in the womens draw.

About Tarango. There is a man who I really do not like. He refused to shake the hand of Paul Goldstein. Later, in the press conference Tarango said Goldstein was faking an injury so he could have the trainer on court. He actually called him a cheat.

Maybe, Tarango should have asked his wife to slap his opponent. Remember last time? lol

Agassi is stuggling against Tod Martin as I type. Tim Henman won *sigh*.

I agree about Venus and Serena. It's a shame they have to meet in the Semi final. (should Venus get past Miss Hingis of course)

Regards from London.



User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 784 times:

The job doesn't require me to work hard all day and I get a lot of flak from friends because of it but hey they're just jealous!!
Tarango is just awful, I am embarassed when I watch/hear of him acting up. He gives tennis and the USA a bad name. McEnroe was pretty bad too but at least he was a brilliant tennis player, which really doesn't justify anything I guess.
I had the Martin/Agassi match on just before leaving work and they were talking about suspending the match because of rain and I am not sure what happened.
(Not only do I have a computer at work but T.V. too, what can I say?)
I have never seen a grass court before and am curious as to what it is like. Is it hard packed flat earth with grass or is it just like a regular lawn cut short?
In my opinion I think that they should ban hard courts altogether as they are too rough on the body, and just play on clay and grass (assuming that grass is less hard than hard courts, I would imagine that the grass would absorb some of the stress of running whereas hard courts do not absorb much at all).
I would hope (which always springs eternal) that Venus, if she gets that far, does beat Hingis, as I have said before I don't like Hingis, she needs to grow up! However having said that, I suppose that it is very hard for these young tennis prodigys to have a normal growing up period, which is sad, and probably contributes to the tempers etc.
O.K. off to get another beer and to get ready for another day of hard work tomorrow!!  
Cheers!


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 779 times:

I just wanted to say that anyone else out there who would like to jump in and comment on Wimbledon please do so. I did not intend to exclude anyone, and am sorry if I gave that impression!
Dale.


User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 774 times:

Thanks DK...I thought this was a private discussion  

One thing I do have to say is about Dokic...the young Aussie tennis player.

She has (thru her father) had a few run ins with the media, and this has continued into Wimbledon. First of she refused to allow Aussie media into her press conference. Then her father smashes some Sky TV reporter and breaks his camera.

Her father just so happens to be her manager as well. And I am sure he is just rolling in the money that she is making for him (almost like prostituting her out). Why can't parents of young sportsmen/women just sit on the sidelines and give their support to their kids, instead of being in their face all the time.

As for my pick for *winners*

Based on how Agassi came back against Martin, I would have to say he is a certain. Although, personally, I would like to see Rafter or Full-a-poo-sis up there.

For women's....how could one go against Hingis? She has short odds to win here with Centrebet....3/2...... hardly worth putting money on.

Good to see Navratilova out there again too.


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 771 times:

Hey, Dk. Welcome Brissie_lions.

Dk, you're correct in assuming grass is easier on the body. It absorbs all the stress. The rallies are shorter too (unlike clay) so the body also doesn't have to take too many long points.

Did you see Serena Williams today? She is something else. She looks like the favourite to me. If anybody can match her power then maybe they have a chance. (I've probably jinxed her too)

The mens draw is opening up more and more. I agree with you Brissie_lions about Agassi. He looks dangerous now. He must be confident now too.

Navratilova looks fitter now than she did 10-15 years ago. The woman is incredible.

I have only one complaint. We have to endure McEnroe in the commentary booth. The man has an opinion on EVERYTHING and I mean everything.

I hope you get to see the "Parade of Champions" tomorrow. that should be good.

Dk, your job sounds pretty cool. TV too!! Wow.  


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 770 times:

Good morning guys! Brissie..sounds like your a Hingis fan! She certainly has the game I guess, however I don't see how she beats her opponents so easily, they say she can think better on the court than anyone else (women) and that is what does it.
Poor Dokjic, remember Mary Pierce's father? He was like that plus didn't he berate Mary from the stands or something? Parents should only be spectators and not managers and coaches. Having said that though I am sure there have been great parent coaches, Seles's father comes to mind and Hingis's mother.
Yeah B-707, Serena has been awesome but she has not played a lot of tennis lately and I wonder if she will be able to win when she is really tested in the later rounds?
I agree with you both about Agassi, that was an incredible match against Martin, that is what I like about this game, you never know what can happen!
My sentimental favorite to win on the women's side would have to be Seles, and that is just because I think she is a class player, however her fitness has been in question for a while now.
I wish that they would show some of Navritalovas doubles matches, the network here showed a small part of one a couple of days ago but certainly not enough,she is still a great player and I admire her!
O.K. I got someone else here who is chomping at the bit for this computer so I will give it up for now!
Regards!


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 768 times:

Hello.

I just wanted to say that the BBC showed a Navratilova match today. and what a match it was. Martina (the real one) and her partner saved 5 match points and went on to win 7-5 in the third. She is so focused, it's un- believable.

I saw Davenport and Seles (who is looking good) today. Davenport seems to be un interested. I can't understand it. Maybe because (like the Williams sisters) she hasn't played too much this year (or lately)

Regarding Jelena Dokic. I think her father needs to stand back and let the girl breath. Apart from being an oath, he is so un diplomatic. She has enough to think about without answering all the questions about him at her press conferences.

Nice to see Jennifer Capriati playing well again.

Well, They just put Tim Henman's match on. So now I will run for the hills. As if I could avoid it, if I tried.  

PS The "Parade of Champions" was fantastic. To see all those great champions again was so nostalgic. I am sure Chris Evert gets better looking as the years go by.

Speak soon.


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 22 hours ago) and read 754 times:

Good afternoon! Well after a day of rest most of the players look fresh. Hey I have a question. Why do they take the middle Sunday off at Wimbledon?

Lisa Raymond, a fine US player, has made it to the quarters, not too much of a surprise as she does well on grass, but I forgot all about her until today!
Serena and Venus have made it , and my favorite Seles also. The only women's player that in my opinion does not look too fresh is Davenport, she looks as though she is going to fall over in a dead faint every time I see her play!

Sampras looks pretty strong, I think that he is faking his so called injuries in order to psyche out his opponents! If that is the case it seems to be working.
Who are Voltchof (sp.?) and Popp? They are in the quarters, nice to see some unknowns there.

In relation to my job, I work for the University of Southern Maine in the Instructional Tech.and Media Services Dept. and one of the things we do is record off-air programs for instructors to use in class, hence the T.V.. The boss doesn't mind if we watch as long as it does not interfere with work of course. I am not a big Television fan anyway, but do watch when there is tennis on!!
Well, off the watch some more tennis!
Dale.


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 758 times:

Good Morning. (It's evening here) I guess it's afternoon there now?

Anyway. Did you see the Monica Seles match? I have to say she looked like the Monica of old (pre stabbing). Talk about intense. ASV is no pushover. But she made short work of her. Davenport next.

Talking about Davenport, You're right, Dk. She looks so negative. When she starts to slump her shoulders you know she is feeling down. Why though I do not know, because she is playing well.

Lisa Raymond is a fine grass court player. A dark horse. She won a grass tournament in Birmingham befre Wimbledon. But she runs into Serena next. That will be tough.

Voulchkov is a qualifier. What a story it would be if he went even further. Popp is a German player with a British mother. You can imagine the hype the press are making over here. Could he play Davis Cup for GB? We need him that's for sure.

Sampras looks good. He could be faking an injury, but I doubt it. He is head and shoulders above the rest, injury or not.

That rest day thing is annoying. It's just a tradition (like the bowing, white clothing etc).

Henman is a game from defeat, as I type this. Two points from defeat. Match point to Philippoussis. Henman just lost. Now maybe we will get some im partial coverage!!


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 749 times:

Well, the Williams sisters are going to battle it out in a semi-final! I would not want to be the father. Although they have been in this situation before and have been "trained" for it, it still must be difficult. I think that Serena has an edge, only because she has more finesse then Venus who is all power and cannot pace herself too well at times. Of course having said that, Hingis has finesse also, not power, and Venus just beat her, but Serena has that and power too so this will be interesting.

My sentimental favorite has lost, but put up a fairly good fight until the last set I see. I wasn't able to watch the entire match as I went to see The Patriot with Mel Gibson, which by the way it is a pretty good movie, however we would think it was a good movie anyway but I don't know about you people from Britain!   seeing it is about the war we fought for independence! (Hmmm.. I didn't see the movie with Mel Gibson but he was in it ! How does one say that? I have lost complete control of my grammar! I will blame it on age!!)

Anyway... I think that Davenport will win her match against Dokjic, so I will predict that it will be a Davenport vs. Serena W. final which should prove very exciting!

The men's quarterfinals are today and coverage here starts at 10:00AM our time, which is 3:00 PM your time so some will have already been played, they will probably start the Sampras and Agassi matches later to coincide with the coverage here so that us Americans can see "our" boys play! Similar to when Tim Henman plays there I am sure. Too much coverage of them, resulting in us not being able to see others who we might want to see play!! We seem to be ruled by the media! I had better not get started about that!
Cheers!
Dk.


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 746 times:

I just typed out a really long post and my (ready-for-the-dustbin-computer) froze.  

You're right, Dk we are definitely ruled by the media.  

My heart wants Venus to win. But my head tells me Serena will do it. It's Venus' dream to wim Wimbledon. Serena' dream was to win The United States Open, which she did last year. There are rumours over here that Pappa Williams will decide who should win. Let's hope they are just that...rumours.

Lindsay should (I say should) beat Dokic. But Lindsay looks so negative. Imagine what she could do if she were confident.

Voltchkov made the SF (first qualifier since (McEnroe) in 1977 to do so) Sampras should win. Agassi and Rafter is anyone guess.

Well those are my predictions. Now sit back and watch the complete opposite happen.  

I'll keep an eye out for that movie, Dk. It sounds interesting.

Cheers


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 737 times:

We are anxiously waiting for the outcome of the Williams show, but are not going to be able to see it until 1:00PM our time unfortunately! The local station has decided to show a tape delay of the match and not live!! So I am going to have to either keep my ears and eyes closed until then (meaning no radio news or T.V. news) or just log on to the internet site for Wimbledon if I can't wait any longer!!
There is one other channel, the one I mentioned earlier that was showing live coverage, they may still be broadcasting it but I can't find any schedules at the moment. The local channel is an NBC affiliate and I think that NBC took over the coverage from this other cable channel a couple of days ago, meaning they paid for the rights to show the semi's and finals and the cable channel can stuff it!! Of course the ones with the most money will win! And they will show us tape delay stuff!!!
Oh well, let us hope it is a good match and that what you heard is untrue (Richard deciding the outcome)!
Dk.


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 736 times:

The Williams match was a little bit of a let down. Too many un-forced errors. I think Serena was very nervous too. What a way for it to end. A double fault is not a nice way to end a match.

The Davenport match too. Davenport did just enough to win, she didn't get into top gear.

The final is a toss up. I just don't know. I hope the un-forced error tally is a little lower.

Dk. What a confusing situation you have in America, regarding TV coverage. A friend of mine e-mailed me from Chicago and told me a similar situation to yours. I guess I should be happy. We get practically every point live (even doubles). But, alas only Wimbledon. The rest of the tennis calender is not catered for. Unless I am happy to pay for it (satellite) of course.

Regards.


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 735 times:

Boy are you right, both women's semi's were kind of flat, but I suppose it is very hard to keep focused and at the top of your game 100% of the time. I felt really sorry for Serena when she double faulted on match point!

We, of course, have better coverage when the U.S. Open is going on. Most if not all of the matches are broadcast live and for most of the two weeks also. We have a cable channel called USA and it has very good coverage, however there are times when NBC will take over and the coverage goes down hill, usually they (NBC) cover the semi's and finals and make a mess of it. It is all commercials and such. I guess they have to cater to the sponsers! (Money again!)

Let's hope the men's semi's are a little more exciting! I heard in the news here that Voltchov had to borrow shorts and sneakers before playing Wimbledon???
What's the story there? I assume he has made enough by now not to have to worry about that anymore!

On to the men's semifinals!
Dale.



User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 735 times:

Yeah, Voltchkov had to borrow shoes and shorts before Wimbledon. Notice, though during the semi final he had a Nike outfit on. Sponsorship is a great thing, huh. Nobody was interested before. Shows what a Semi Final in Wimbledon can do.

Well done to Venus Williams. 2000 Champion. Althea Gibson would be proud of you.   Venus played a good solid match. And surprisingly did not choke. She has matured. Shame about her father though. He thought he had won.


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 730 times:

Yes, I noticed that Voltchov had a Nike shirt on, but I think that his shorts had a different symbol, it didn't look like a Nike one! However the T.V. did focus mostly on the shirt. Sponsership can do wonders. Too bad Navratilova was never able to get sponsored, she earned her money the hard way!

Venus played a wonderful match, I think that she made Davenport look even more out of it. Yeah, the father is a bit much, that sign was a slap in the face to Davenport I think and not necessary!! He's quite the character and Chris Evert, who was commentator for NBC, sort of downplayed his reaction to Venus's win! I think a silence on her part would have been better.

O.K. Sampras or Rafter?? One to make history or a new champion? I can't decide who I am in favor for, which makes it easier to watch! 


User currently offlineDk From France, joined Jan 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 729 times:

Well, congrats to Sampras, he is probably now one of the best tennis players ever. It was a pretty good match regardless of rain delays, but it seems that Rafter kind of folded at the end, he is a very gracious looser though which brings to mind that Americans can be very bad ones. Every time I see an American loose a tennis match or soccer match or any kind of sport related thing they act like it is the end of the world and it's embarrassing to me!
People from other countries seem to take losses much better than we do! It is ingrained in us from an early age that winning is everything, what a bunch of crock! I'd better stop here, I am venting a little too much!

I heard that the women's doubles was postponed until today, we will see if Venus can make it two titles (singles and doubles)!

Cheers!


User currently offlineB-707 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 725 times:

Yes, Sampras has beaten Emersons' record and now stands alone with 13 Grand Slams.

I agree with you, it was a very enjoyable match even if it did finish seven hours after it started. Some cynics are still saying until Pete wins the French Open he is not considered the all time best. I find that a moot point. Remember when Emerson won his slams The US Open, Australian Open and (obviously) Wimbledon were/are all played on grass. So he only had to win on TWO different surfaces. Todays it's THREE. I think the courts at Flushing Meadow are different from Melbourne Park too. Another thing to think about. What I am trying to say (in a long winded sort of way) is I think Mr Sampras is now the all time best player.

Talking about Americans when they lose. I'll just mention one player who comes to mind. Jimmy Connors. He really was a bad loser. But not all American players are bad losers. Chris Evert was well know for being very gracious in defeat.

It is official Venus and little sister Serena are the doubles champions too. This really was a Williams Wimbledon.

Regards.


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