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Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:14 pm
by garth cartwright
Only time I get to see tennis is Wim' although I do keep an eye on the sports pages to see how things are shaping up at the major slams. A corker year for men's tennis with the Top 3 all being amongst the best ever players and our boy Andy at No 4 still trying to find his mojo and show that he is not just the eternal support act. I like Andy, droll sense of humour, remarkable skills, great facial expressions and wild hair - he really should grow an afro! As for the women, I won't be too surprised if Serena walks it as the level of play is so poor. And to think they earn the same as the men. Ridiculous. Let's give female footballers and boxers the same then. Altho at least female footie and fighters spend the same amount of time competing as men - whoever takes this year's women's W' title will be back in the changing rooms in around an hour, f' sure.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:41 pm
by Des
Come on Tim!

I get very frustrated that we don't get young British players coming through - the 'white middle class' image of tennis is not helped by the fact that schools rarely have facilities and commercial tennis courts are too expensive to hire for practice. I think the LTA are largely to blame for not playing an active part in nurturing young British players.

I'm not particularly a fan of tennis but I would like to see at least some British talent coming through.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:39 pm
by will vine
When I saw the thread title I thought it was going to be this -

http://youtu.be/MB2f6-U72Zk

uncompromising stuff from king of the blues guitar.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:03 pm
by AndyM
I just hope the robotic, charmless Djokovic doesn't win.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:51 am
by Adam Blake
will vine wrote:When I saw the thread title I thought it was going to be this -

http://youtu.be/MB2f6-U72Zk

uncompromising stuff from king of the blues guitar.


That is hilarious, Will! Thank you. Ginge looks well chuffed dunnee?

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:44 pm
by Des
Well done to young Brit Laura Robson who won her first match this evening. I know it'll end in tears, but hope springs eternal. Andy also seems on good form by all accounts although I didn't see the game.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:12 am
by Des
Does anyone know Andy Murray's world ranking in facial hair these days?

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:27 pm
by Philellinas
It seems the robotic, charmless Novak Djokovich may win. I have not met many charismatic Serbs. Andy Murray may have peaked early and played his best tennis already. I once received an LTA coaching badge so I know what I am talking about...for a change.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:02 pm
by garth cartwright
I've met many charismatic Serbs - I think Novak's problem, like a lot of pro athletes, is that all he has done his entire life is play tennis. This is why the likes of Rafa, Agassi and the Williams sisters shine so brightly, you get the idea they have thoughts on other things than forehand slices and power serves.

Anyway, a bit of an anti-climax this year's men's final with Rafa seemingly not in his best form - unlike against Murray where he started poorly then steamrolled poor Andy. Novak is a remarkable player but, yes, there is something rather robotic about him.

What can be done about the women's game? Such shoddy play.

At least David Haye lost - I am so tired of his bullshit. He may be from Bermondsey but I feel no territorial loyalty.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:43 pm
by garth cartwright
I'm in La Reunion so the only TV I can understand is the French Open. Tonight is epic - Novak has just levelled with Jo at 2 sets each. what giants these players are - battling for every point across the red clay. The crowd are incredibly partisan - way more so than Wimbledon - and so are the commentators: whenever Tsonga scores a point they scream "magnif" "bravo" etc.

Federer was in trouble earlier on - 2 sets down: imagine if both Roger and Novak went out in the quarters? Good tennis like this is like good boxing, such concentrated force and determination and aggression. That it goes on for hours means its not really like boxing - I like a good fight cos I know it won't take up more than an hour of viewing (as most women's tennis also doesn't - unfortunately this is cos the players are so poor).

Anyway, it's obviously summer as tennis is underway. Even if Paris looks freezing.Oh, just seen Federer came back and won. God, he really is a terminator. Hard to like but impossible not to admire.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:00 pm
by AndyM
Djokovic is much harder to like. A face made for peeping out of tank turrets.

Agree with you re the boxing comparison. Tennis is middle-class boxing.

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:18 pm
by David Flower
more nonsense from Garth on tennis I'm afraid. Djokovic robotic and Rafa not? Silly argument when Federer is by a distance the most stylish player around, capable of all the shots in the book. What the first two have introduced is an insane level of physical endurance and unbelievable guts. Fantastic to watch. Robots never had such big hearts as them
I'd forgotten till the other day that Rafa's uncle Miguel Ángel played for Spain against England in the 1996 Wembley 1/4 final at the Euros and took a howitzer full in the balls and had to be carried off. He later missed in the penalty shoot-out. So sad

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:00 pm
by garth cartwright
Andy: great line on Novak: will mention to Serb friends who see him as The National Hero.

David: oh shut up u twat!

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:07 pm
by David Flower
watch it lad

Re: Anyone For Tennis?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:30 am
by garth cartwright
Well, not a great final, ay? Neither Rafa nor Novak playing to their height. Some great rallies but so many mistakes from both and then the bad weather forcing the delay. Rafa deserved to win but also got lucky that the match was cancelled when it was on Sunday. The women's final was predictably terrible. Tsonga-Novak was the epic of the Open - tennis on that level of intensity and aggression is draining to watch - both players pulling out such startling shots. Interesting to see how Rafa-Roger has now shifted to Rafa-Novak as the two true heavyweights of the game. Wimbledon should be interesting.