General Discussion: The Tennis Appreciation Thread


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Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

14 Jun 2009 19:12
I find Wimbledon enjoyable in the latter stages. The fact it's English (ok BRITISH) makes it all the more important to me, an English citizen of the UK. Throughout the 90s before and during the Agassi/Sampras years I watched it religiously… the game has moved on, I don't like it so much now, it lacks character. Andy Murray has a one dimentional personality. He is not a likeable person, the only reason people do is because he's British and better than the likes of Tim Henman and Jeremy Bates. Greg Rusedski's face pissed me off. He had that smarmy "I've got a fast serve and fuck all going on with my game but who cares when I get so much £$£s. tee-hee /wink /smile"
Antmusic
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2592 posts since 23/9/06

14 Jun 2009 19:25
Who doesn't appear to have a one-dimensional personality when presented with the same fuking boring questions day in day out? It's draining at the best of times.

Was funny today when the guy from the sponsors told Murray to do a lap of honour with the cup, he did not enjoy that.
Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

14 Jun 2009 19:28
Any non-Scottish player from the past 100 years.

Antmusic wrote: Who doesn't appear to have a one-dimensional personality when presented with the same fuking boring questions day in day out? It's draining at the best of times.
stoney
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17814 posts since 22/1/05

14 Jun 2009 19:29
im going down wimbledon for the opening monday, going to camp out on the sunday, done it a couple of times before, its a right laugh, good banter and beers in wimbledon village at night, some club there too, cant remember the name. You get some pro's knocking around the streets and last time there was loads of bait out.
thoMASSS
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541 posts since 4/9/07

14 Jun 2009 22:06
Take them back to the tent?
stoney
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17814 posts since 22/1/05

14 Jun 2009 22:09
nope, a bunk up in a tent on the streets of sw19 isn't much of a draw to be honest.
themistake
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10865 posts since 20/2/06

14 Jun 2009 22:40
stonefish wrote: im going down wimbledon for the opening monday, going to camp out on the sunday, done it a couple of times before, its a right laugh, good banter and beers in wimbledon village at night, some club there too, cant remember the name. You get some pro's knocking around the streets and last time there was loads of bait out.


doing this on the 25th night/26th days play. never done it before. loads of us going.
so they just let you stick a tent up and that?
stoney
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17814 posts since 22/1/05

14 Jun 2009 22:49
yep, my mate says the camping arrangements have changes a bit, bit basically get there no later than like 6pm id say, join the que, pitch up get pissed

(whenever ive done it, you can just leave your car on the curb next to your tent, then the mrshalls get you up at like 7 and you park on the golf course next to the courts, i best check the website to see if its changes.
Charles Winthorpe III
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5484 posts since 29/7/05

14 Jun 2009 23:06
X wrote: I find Wimbledon enjoyable in the latter stages. The fact it's English (ok BRITISH) makes it all the more important to me, an English citizen of the UK. Throughout the 90s before and during the Agassi/Sampras years I watched it religiously… the game has moved on, I don't like it so much now, it lacks character. Andy Murray has a one dimentional personality. He is not a likeable person, the only reason people do is because he's British and better than the likes of Tim Henman and Jeremy Bates. Greg Rusedski's face pissed me off. He had that smarmy "I've got a fast serve and fuck all going on with my game but who cares when I get so much £$£s. tee-hee /wink /smile"

i used to love it for all the same reasons, agassi, sampras, courier, becker, that era produced a nice vibe in tennis at wimbledon but i also despise it for a number of reasons.. those which have been mentioned numerous times by many people, elitist attitude, middle class seasonal crowd, cheezy bbc coverage, sue barker. you don't get the hardcore crowd you get in paris/nyc.. and the pisstake all england club ticket policy. i have attended first week in paris and new york and it was a peace of piss to get tickets, in particular in evening matches in new york as one time it was a last minute decision. there is no hope for doing that at wimbledon, not even on show courts.

themistake wrote: think hd started on wimbledon in 2006. it only has hd camera's on centre/court 1.
as ive said before hd broadcasting is $$$$$$$$.
the bbc dont even own a single hd camera capableof covering live sport such as tennis, they sold it all last year…

wow! thats pretty ridiculous if you think about it. fair enough bbc is publicly funded (majority of it) but a network that size should have hd cameras considering the sporting coverage it has.
themistake
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10865 posts since 20/2/06

14 Jun 2009 23:17
but it doesnt have any sporting coverage does it really.
for something to be produced in HD, the event would have to be of great sporting spectacle, like the ucl, prem league (not for the english audience mind you), world cups, grand slam events.
the bbc stopped producing the fa cup in HD after only 1 season (06/07) as it was far too expensive for the return.
they sold all the equipment as whats the point in having 18 x £100,000 camera's, couple of million quids worth of trucks and all the rest just sitting in a warehouse waiting for 2 weeks of wimbledon, a euro championship/world cup (which wouldbe just the studio anyway) every two years. they sold it and just hire it all back when they need it. something every other tv company does.
Von Sextron
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462 posts since 30/6/08

14 Jun 2009 23:49

those were the days
Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

14 Jun 2009 23:52
I'd go for a beer with Pat Cash…. them ^ never.
rural
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17873 posts since 26/9/06

14 Jun 2009 23:56
What you on about Sextron? The current crop of players in the mens game, are some of the most talented there has ever been in the sports history..
Von Sextron
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462 posts since 30/6/08

15 Jun 2009 00:15
10 different world #1's between '99 and '03 compared 2 between '04 and now.

i just preferred the competition back then although im probably biased as thats when i played the most
misled
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4471 posts since 3/1/02

15 Jun 2009 00:22
murray doesn' t show any personality because he's a winner. sorry to disappoint all you run of the mill british losers. when he wins a major that's when he'll shed a tear. anything below that is beneath what he is aiming for. the more of you that hate him, the more I like him!!
Kingmob07
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9190 posts since 11/5/07

15 Jun 2009 00:30
Exactly. Guy's a professional. He'a already commented on the ridiculous pressure this country puts on its players and he's just shutting it out and getting on with things. Queens is a warm-up for christs sake.
ChrisAlright
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1475 posts since 29/6/08

15 Jun 2009 00:45
I'm starting to dislike Murray less and less.
He used to piss me off cos he'd be like "COME ON" and stare down the opponent when they make an unforced error, or swear and get disappointed with himself when he gets soulcrushed in a point and acts like he made a basic mistake. He'd never give credit to the other players and always put his losses down to him not playing well, which was a little disrespectful in my opinion. Then he started getting too big for his boots at Wimbledon showing off his "guns" even though he was unfit. God, I wanted that french guy to life own him.
Anyway, he seems way more humble now, less arrogant so I don't hate him as much as I used to.
But obv when the whole nation/every other punter that watches tennis for about 2 weeks of the year is on his nuts and all the british pundits/commentators bigging him up, I can't help but want him to fail so they can get a fucking reality check.

Cliffnotes: Murray is better than before and has improved loads. I want him to fail mainly because of the fans overhyping him.
misled
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4471 posts since 3/1/02

15 Jun 2009 00:52
…exactly. he's doing his own thing. however, how can you dislike him based on what OTHER people think of him?
ChrisAlright
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1475 posts since 29/6/08

15 Jun 2009 00:53
Nah, wanting him to win is fine, but they're blind to the facts. It's like all my mates are Villa fans, and they think Young is the best winger in the EPL and Agbonlahour is the next Henry. It's fucking annoying cos obv it's not true.
Von Sextron
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462 posts since 30/6/08

15 Jun 2009 00:53
i like him

on another note has anyone seen this blog? some of the stuff makes me wonder but some just seems to be calling out any player with slightly defined muscles as a nandrolone abuser http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/