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pete eagle
10-01-2006, 12:38 AM
That time of year again and this time next week, we will be in full swing over in Melbourne.

Any lucky buggers going?

My tips for the title this year

On the men's side, well it's hard to look past Roger Federer and with Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi struggling or not taking part, it would seem like a cakewalk for him. I can see his biggest threat coming from Nalbandian if the others don't make it but he will be keen to set Shanghai's defeat right.

On the women's side, Kim Clijster's seems to be the safe money now she's broken her duck in grand slams. The Williams sisters seem out of form, Davenport will again provide a strong challenge and i think it will be too early for Henin. Hingis could do well if given a good draw.

SmithEagle
16-01-2006, 10:14 AM
Henman won first set 7-5 but just lost second set 6-3!

COME ON TIM!

Mark_cpfc
16-01-2006, 11:53 AM
Originally posted by SmithEagle
Henman won first set 7-5 but just lost second set 6-3!

COME ON TIM!

Henman was 5-1 up in the forth set, Its now 6-5 and Henman is serving to stay in the match.

Mark_cpfc
16-01-2006, 11:54 AM
Which he lost.

Henman out!

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:02 PM
Time to call it a day Timmy.

Outpowered by a bloke who really didn't have much of a clue on the court. Just swinging away, hitting it as hard as he could.

Interesting listening to Turd-asov being interviewed now. He's got an American accent.

Palace Guard
16-01-2006, 12:04 PM
henman is fecking useless...retire!!
Tiger,my arse ;(

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:11 PM
Australian tennis down and out.

6 matches, only one set won (and that was Dog-chick).
With Hewitt's career finished after poking that rake from Home & Away it's going to be a long dry spell.

Maybe Lucky-Zak...

davematt
16-01-2006, 12:18 PM
This really could spell the end for Tim :(

I do hope his saves his last hurrah for SW19. Keep your head up Tim!

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by davematt
This really could spell the end for Tim :(

I do hope his saves his last hurrah for SW19. Keep your head up Tim!

No chance.

Too old and too slow.
The new breed are too quick and too powerful.

davematt
16-01-2006, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
No chance.

Too old and too slow.
The new breed are too quick and too powerful.

Harsh but so true. Tim has always had too much of a nice streak about him.

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by davematt
Harsh but so true. Tim has always had too much of a nice streak about him.

Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
Was never good enough to take the next step.

He is/was an above average solid professional overhyped by a hungry for success British public/press.

davematt
16-01-2006, 12:29 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
Was never good enough to take the next step.

He is/was an above average solid professional overhyped by a hungry for success British public/press.

I disagree there. I have seen Henman completley outplay some of the greatest players in the world i.e. Federer, Roddick, Safin but he just lacks the winning mentality. When at his ultimate best, Tim was one of the best in the world. He will go down as one of those great players that never won a Grand Slam.

pete eagle
16-01-2006, 12:34 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Not sure if that has anything to do with it.
Was never good enough to take the next step.

He is/was an above average solid professional overhyped by a hungry for success British public/press.

Anyone who sustains a top 10/20 ranking for the period he did is not just above average. He is an excellent tennis player, never going to be World Class but not average.

His problem has always been with his first serve, it has never been good enough to take him to the next level. Never powerful enough to win him a Grand Slam. Today at 5-1 up he just collapsed, his first serve went on the blink and Tursunov was just hitting winners left,right and centre. The belief wasn't there and that was the problem.

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:35 PM
His one chance was the year Ivanisevic won Wimbledon. Really blew it there.

To be classed a great player you have got to have at least reached a Grand Slam final, let alone won one.

Apart from boosting one's bank balance beating great players away from the Grand Slams means very little.

pete eagle
16-01-2006, 12:37 PM
I didn't say he was a great player, I said he was an excellent player. There's a big difference there.

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:40 PM
Originally posted by pete eagle
Anyone who sustains a top 10/20 ranking for the period he did is not just above average. He is an excellent tennis player, never going to be World Class but not average.

Of course he is an excellent tennis player. Anyone who can succeed and make a living on tour is an excellent player.

But, in the "grand scheme" of tennis professionals throught out the years he is above average.

pete eagle
16-01-2006, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
His one chance was the year Ivanisevic won Wimbledon. Really blew it there.

To be classed a great player you have got to have at least reached a Grand Slam final, let alone won one.



Mal Washington? Albert Costa?

I'd say Henman was better than both, and that he is well above average. :)

oz_da II
16-01-2006, 12:51 PM
I said at least.

Given a choice I'd take Costa's career over Henman's career.

ozeagle
16-01-2006, 01:16 PM
anyone would,
1 grand slam to none,
tim would give his gammy front teeth for costa's title.
:)

Oisin
16-01-2006, 01:40 PM
Does anyone else think the Australian open is scheduled a month too early? Its so near to the beginning of the season that some of the players aren’t warmed up yet and others have to miss it because they haven’t recovered from last years injuries. And there’s always a couple of days when its too hot to play good tennis. Even if they moved it a month it would be a long way from the French open.

They should push Wimbledon back a couple of weeks as well so there can be a meaningful grass court circuit and so it never clashed with big football tournaments.

Flat Noodle
16-01-2006, 05:22 PM
Originally posted by pete eagle

On the women's side, Kim Clijster's seems to be the safe money now she's broken her duck in grand slams. The Williams sisters seem out of form, Davenport will again provide a strong challenge and i think it will be too early for Henin. Hingis could do well if given a good draw.

News came out that Clisjster is injured... so i doubt she'll be able to play 100% this week... Henin is definitely the best player out there right now... :p

pete eagle
16-01-2006, 09:40 PM
Originally posted by Flat Noodle
News came out that Clisjster is injured... so i doubt she'll be able to play 100% this week... Henin is definitely the best player out there right now... :p

I noticed that, if it doesn't affect her too much then she would still be my favourite. My problem with Henin is her ability to go the full distance physically after only one week back on the tour and her training starting late. She has the talent, but physically she may not be up to it. Davenport looked pretty decent.

Celestial Empire
17-01-2006, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by pete eagle
Mal Washington? Albert Costa?

I'd say Henman was better than both, and that he is well above average. :)

All you Henman groupies should rejoice - Murray has just lost, and gave a Henman/Bates type interview : too much pressure of expectation, feeling the strain etc. etc. Rejoice ! Scotland's very own wimp, and a worthy successor to Jemmy Bates and Timid Henman. :eek: :lux: :rolleyes: :S:

davematt
17-01-2006, 03:48 PM
Martina Hingis won her first game back in a Grand Slam competition after 3 years out with injury. Great too see her back!! :lux: :p

Steve in Phoenix
17-01-2006, 08:28 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II His one chance was the year Ivanisevic won Wimbledon. Really blew it there.

To be classed a great player you have got to have at least reached a Grand Slam final, let alone won one.

I agree with the first statement.

However Rusedski has reached a Grand Slam final but Henman is consumately the finer tennis player. There will always be players in every sport considered to have been greater than the sum of their achievements and he is one. Establishing criteria like the above ranks Rusedski above Henman as a better 'candidate' which doesnt compute.

pete eagle
17-01-2006, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Celestial Empire
All you Henman groupies should rejoice - Murray has just lost, and gave a Henman/Bates type interview : too much pressure of expectation, feeling the strain etc. etc. Rejoice ! Scotland's very own wimp, and a worthy successor to Jemmy Bates and Timid Henman. :eek: :lux: :rolleyes: :S:

He made a valid point I thought, that people are building him up far too much, he didn't say the pressure of expectation affected him just that he is still learning and people shouldn't be expecting him to win every match when quite clearly he is still a novice on the tour and people like Chela are going to get the better of him while he builds up his experience.

oz_da II
17-01-2006, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by Steve in Phoenix
However Rusedski has reached a Grand Slam final but Henman is consumately the finer tennis player. There will always be players in every sport considered to have been greater than the sum of their achievements and he is one. Establishing criteria like the above ranks Rusedski above Henman as a better 'candidate' which doesnt compute.

I didn't say reaching a Grand Slam final automatically makes you a great player and better than anyone who hasn't reached a GS final.

My statement was, to be classed as a great player one should have at least reached a final and more likely to have at least one GS win.

Rusedski is nothing short of a hack, a one shot pony with the worst backhand in the game. Not to mention a traitor.

pete eagle
17-01-2006, 11:36 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
I didn't say reaching a Grand Slam final automatically makes you a great player and better than anyone who hasn't reached a GS final.

My statement was, to be classed as a great player one should have at least reached a final and more likely to have at least one GS win.

Rusedski is nothing short of a hack, a one shot pony with the worst backhand in the game. Not to mention a traitor.

Who bar Henman and Philipoussis has the finest touch around the net in the men's game.

Rusedski isn't a great player, but he's reached no.4 in the world, got to a grand slam final. He's a pretty decent player in my eyes.

oz_da II
18-01-2006, 12:00 AM
Originally posted by pete eagle
Who bar Henman and Philipoussis has the finest touch around the net in the men's game.

Rusedski isn't a great player, but he's reached no.4 in the world, got to a grand slam final. He's a pretty decent player in my eyes.

1) Federer? could probably also name any doubles specialist as well. A fine touch around the net doesn't mean too much on today's tennis tour.

2) Decent compared to who? My gran? Wayne Arthurs? Andres Gomez? Mats Wilander?

pete eagle
18-01-2006, 12:12 AM
I could reel off a list of players who Rusedski has beaten in finals of tournaments, including Lleyton Hewitt when Hewitt was considered to be at his peak and others like Sampras and Agassi in the late 90's. Federer's touch at the net isn't that great, he doesn't come forward enough to really have that delicate touch, as for doubles specialists, many have a good touch, but I'm talking about the singles game here. I don't get the thing against Rusedski, he's a good player, you don't get what he has achieved by being a one shot player.

oz_da II
18-01-2006, 12:32 AM
Originally posted by pete eagle
I could reel off a list of players who Rusedski has beaten in finals of tournaments, including Lleyton Hewitt when Hewitt was considered to be at his peak and others like Sampras and Agassi in the late 90's. Federer's touch at the net isn't that great, he doesn't come forward enough to really have that delicate touch, as for doubles specialists, many have a good touch, but I'm talking about the singles game here. I don't get the thing against Rusedski, he's a good player, you don't get what he has achieved by being a one shot player.

Rusedski has one game plan. Hope his serve is on, and when it is it can be impossible to break, then hit and hope when receiving. If he can't break serve, win it in the tiebreak.

Makes for great tennis. :S:

His serve is slightly off and he gets thumped.

ozeagle
18-01-2006, 12:34 AM
pete, the sooner you get out of the education system the better,

it's been ruining your brain for years, all this left field, weird arse sports talk, contrary to what the rest of us see.

granted rusedski is a top tennis player, that can't be argued, FFS, he did get to no.4, then again, so did jelena dog-chick, i have to disagree with Oz_Da on that one, but he's been a hack for ages. how he gets away with a backhand like that is beyond me, and as for net ability, matters nil, serve volleyers have been finished for years now, which is why the plastic pom is finished.

as for murray, the scot, he has a long way to go to becoming a top class player. what galls me more are the english who call him british,

FFS, i don't claim mark neilson or daniel travener-king or whatever his name is as Australian.

:(

ozeagle
18-01-2006, 12:38 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Rusedski has one game plan. Hope his serve is on, and when it is it can be impossible to break, then hit and hope when receiving. If he can't break serve, win it in the tiebreak.

Makes for great tennis. :S:

His serve is slightly off and he gets thumped.

who could forget the magical game in Madrid last season, Rusedski v Karlo*******.

7-6 6-7 6-7

2 insipid (relative) hacks,

they should have just played tiebreaks,

most of the crowd went home or were asleep.

oz_da II
18-01-2006, 01:09 AM
Originally posted by pete eagle
I could reel off a list of players who Rusedski has beaten in finals of tournaments, including Lleyton Hewitt when Hewitt was considered to be at his peak and others like Sampras and Agassi in the late 90's.

Which tournament did he beat Mr. Cartwright in?
I couldn't find it.

I'll do the list for you if you like:

Frana
Damm
Rosset
Kiefer
Haas
Golmard
Fish (what's happened to him?)
Popp
Spadea
Rehmann (ret)
Kucera
Poo
Mantilla
Sampras
Baldy Clown Boy

No big deal apart from the bottom two.
Five titles on grass.

ozeagle
18-01-2006, 01:52 AM
fish, another chasing skirt, gets about rod-penis, ginepri, gimelstob flaying the groupies left, right and centre.

sydney eagle
18-01-2006, 04:54 AM
I'm still in shock Australia accepted Dokic back

why oh why did they? Anyone who turns their back on a country the way she did has no right coming back,I don't care if she blames that lunatic father of hers or not,she shouldn't of been allowed back to represent the country

I haven't really been folling the open this year,not sure why really since I usually am a fan of the tournament...Nice to see Williams out early though

oz_da II
18-01-2006, 05:07 AM
Originally posted by sydney eagle
I'm still in shock Australia accepted Dokic back

why oh why did they? Anyone who turns their back on a country the way she did has no right coming back,I don't care if she blames that lunatic father of hers or not,she shouldn't of been allowed back to represent the country


Harsh.

Blaming her father is a good enough reason for me.
The man belongs in a lunatic's asylum.
Couldn't imagine what it would be like to have that clown running your life.

Not really a big deal anyway. So she didn't play in the Fed Cup, who cares?

chelmsfordeagle
18-01-2006, 10:16 AM
Henman was a good player but there was always a small group of players a class above him. Personally I've enjoyed many games he's played and I think in ten years he will be appreciated more than he is currently.

I haven't seen the turnasov game but he is a big hitter who either fires hot or cold. A player who years ago would've never been as affective as he can be now, due to the current rackets having a bigger sweet spot. Gonzalez is 10/11th in the world and he plays the same.


as for the oz open. federer looks so good. if i was going to pick a less favoured player i'd go for lubjcic (sp) I also think this will be bagdahtis's break through year. he is a great player to watch and was the top junior in 2003.

sydney eagle
18-01-2006, 09:44 PM
Watched Sharapova V Ashley Harkleroad yesterday.I Wouldn't mind being in the middle of those two ;) :p

oz_da II
18-01-2006, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Harsh.

Blaming her father is a good enough reason for me.
The man belongs in a lunatic's asylum.
Couldn't imagine what it would be like to have that clown running your life.


As if I needed some confirmation... :eek:

Have a read of this:


Australia has brainwashed Jelena: Damir
Thursday Jan 19 08:04 AEDT

Damir Dokic says he is seeking to kidnap his estranged daughter Jelena, and has threatened to kill an Australian as revenge for her returning to the country.
In a sensational rant to a Serbian newspaper, Damir Dokic has vowed revenge against Australia for conspiring to return the 2000 Wimbledon semi-finalist to the country.
Damir, renowned for his erratic behaviour, says he wants to drop a nuclear bomb on Australia and accuses Croatia and the Vatican of influencing her decision to quit Serbia and return to Australia.
Under her father's guidance, Jelena Dokic quit Australia for Serbia in 2001, and has only just returned to the Australian fold after becoming estranged from Damir.
"Australia with the help of Croatia and the Vatican have brainwashed my daughter," Damir told Serbian daily Kurir.
"I have thought about dropping a nuclear bomb on Sydney since Jelena lost in the first round this week, for which Australia is to blame.
"I have even thought about killing an Australian in revenge, but I wouldn't gain anything from it."
Damir has sought help from Serbian politicians, including an accused war criminal, in kidnapping Jelena.
"Only two were ready to help," Damir said.
"One of them however, Vojislav Seselj, is waiting to be tried at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague."
Damir said it was Australia, rather than him, that was mentally suspect.
"Australia is a spoiled nation," Damir said.
"They can expect my revenge.
"I'm not crazy when I say this, they are the crazy ones who give you hot sausages before the match when it's 40 degrees Celsius outside."

ozeagle
18-01-2006, 11:24 PM
Originally posted by sydney eagle
Watched Sharapova V Ashley Harkleroad yesterday.I Wouldn't mind being in the middle of those two ;) :p

sorry, i bags-ed it first, see betting thread.

:hi:

chelmsfordeagle
19-01-2006, 02:37 AM
i'm a big fan of gisele dulko. shame she lost 6-1 6-1 today

Celestial Empire
19-01-2006, 12:25 PM
You can take the Serb out of Serbia, but you can't take Serbia out of the Serb. :rolleyes: (Curcic ?)

pete eagle
19-01-2006, 04:39 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Which tournament did he beat Mr. Cartwright in?
I couldn't find it.



Indianapolis 2003, I believe it was the final.

I didn't say Rusedski was that great anymore, I said that he was a very good tennis player and still had very good touch at the net. It's just you boys looking to twist it a little bit, making it out like I said he was the best thing since sliced bread.

As for net ability being finished, probably true, although I think you might see a resurgence when Federer starts coming in more, something he sees himself doing more when he slows down a bit.

And I thought Roddick had first dibs on the Sharapova - Harkelroad sandwich?

pete eagle
19-01-2006, 04:41 PM
Oh and Rusedski's backhand is terrible, it used to be better when he was younger, he would actually hit it. Now he seems to just slice it.

Jim Cannons Moustache
19-01-2006, 04:43 PM
Originally posted by oz_da II
"Only two were ready to help," Damir said.
"One of them however, Vojislav Seselj, is waiting to be tried at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague."

That's a common problem that I'm sure we've all run into from time to time when trying to organise a kidnapping.

its a bugger but what can you do?... :(

oz_da II
19-01-2006, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by pete eagle
Indianapolis 2003, I believe it was the final.



2002 R16

2003 he lost first round to Scott Draper.

Lots of love for Little Lleyton in his home town. 30 blokes watching last night's match at the cricket club. All 30 cheering on the argie.

:lux:

oz_da II
19-01-2006, 08:54 PM
Nice to see Mr. Cartwright gracious in defeat once again.

Needs to grow up.

ozeagle
19-01-2006, 11:11 PM
really not sure why the dislike of lleyton,

FFS, best tennis player this country has produced for 30 years, one of the all time best overall, great australian, great fighter, yes, a shit when he was 16, but who cares, who isn't?

dumps a belgian smashed crab, and marries a good aussie girl

why your dislike Oz_Da?

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 12:46 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
really not sure why the dislike of lleyton,

FFS, best tennis player this country has produced for 30 years, one of the all time best overall, great australian, great fighter, yes, a shit when he was 16, but who cares, who isn't?

dumps a belgian smashed crab, and marries a good aussie girl

why your dislike Oz_Da?

He's a dickhead.

He is still a shit now at 24. How was he last night? Blaming the court and Tennis Australia officials for his loss. Had nothing to do with coming up against a player who was far better on the day, Lleyton? Nothing to do with you being completely out of form, should have lost in the first round. To say the courts are as slow as Roland Garos is laughable.

His actions on court are embarrassing. "Come onning" after every point, always looking up to mummy and daddy for reassurance. Get a grip. Disgrace. That racial incident vs Blake at the US Open was pathetic and an embarrassmnet to the nation.

Don't get me started on that stick from Home & Away. Is it completely necessary for those two buffoons to appear on every current affair program and every woman's magazine in the nation? Have a bit of class. Got more cash than they know what to do with. Their publicity activities stinks of greediness.

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 12:50 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
FFS, best tennis player this country has produced for 30 years

I disagree.

Cash at his best would wipe the court with Lleyton at his best
A real shame injuries prevented Cash from going further.

limited_edition
20-01-2006, 01:01 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Cash at his best would wipe the court with Lleyton at his best
A real shame injuries prevented Cash from going further. I liked Rafter a lot. Crap girly hairdos (something about southern Hemisphere sportsmen that makes them have shit haircuts at some stage of their career ?), but a superb serve-volleyer, good competitor, sporting and a top bloke. Hewitt's a bellend of the highest order. He's not fit to lace Rafter's boots. And Hewitt's taste in mingers leaves a lot to be desired.

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 01:18 AM
Originally posted by limited_edition
I liked Rafter a lot. Crap girly hairdos (something about southern Hemisphere sportsmen that makes them have shit haircuts at some stage of their career ?), but a superb serve-volleyer, good competitor, sporting and a top bloke. Hewitt's a bellend of the highest order. He's not fit to lace Rafter's boots. And Hewitt's taste in mingers leaves a lot to be desired.

Agree.

re. Sportsmen's Haircuts

I won't mention Waddle...Seaman...Rio...

Kevin Pieterson doing the southern hemishere "proud" with his catastrophy of a barnet.

Fully agree with the your last statement.

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 01:25 AM
Originally posted by limited_edition
I liked Rafter a lot. Crap girly hairdos (something about southern Hemisphere sportsmen that makes them have shit haircuts at some stage of their career ?), but a superb serve-volleyer, good competitor, sporting and a top bloke. Hewitt's a bellend of the highest order. He's not fit to lace Rafter's boots. And Hewitt's taste in mingers leaves a lot to be desired.


everyone liked rafter a lot, he was a top tennis player.
why is hewitt a bell end of the highest order,
because he gets fired up?

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 01:29 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
I disagree.

Cash at his best would wipe the court with Lleyton at his best
A real shame injuries prevented Cash from going further.


think you forget just how good the kid was at 19,

absolute garbage about cash's injuries, he was a mental midget, nothing more, nothing less, phillipoussis reincarnate, or the other way around, a prodigious talent with no brain and poor coaching.

still goes around wearing headbands he wore in '87, now there's a brainiac for you,







:clown:

limited_edition
20-01-2006, 01:32 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
everyone liked rafter a lot, he was a top tennis player.
why is hewitt a bell end of the highest order,
because he gets fired up? Arrogant, racist, ugly girlfriends, take your pick.

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 01:49 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
think you forget just how good the kid was at 19,

absolute garbage about cash's injuries, he was a mental midget, nothing more, nothing less, phillipoussis reincarnate, or the other way around, a prodigious talent with no brain and poor coaching.


Snapping your achilles tendon is garbage?

Do you even know who is coach was?

Comparing Cash to the Poo is like comparing Australia with Zimbabwe in cricket.

Hewitt gets the ball back :S:
Cash played tennis like it should be played. Attack.
Those were the days.

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 01:56 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II


Hewitt gets the ball back :S:
Cash played tennis like it should be played. Attack.
Those were the days.



agreed, alas, that's not how it is played, the serve volleyer is dead.
fact remains, lleyton will be remembered as a 3 slam guy, cash a 1 slam guy, and rafter a 2,

any word as to lleyton's commitment to australian tennis? any word to his fighting qualities that should be admired by all?

;)

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 01:57 AM
it's like peter bell,

good footballer,

cockhead of a bloke,

doesn't detract from him being good on the park, and having played 250 odd games and a few premierships.

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 02:02 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
it's like peter bell,

cockhead of a bloke,



I've got no idea what he's like as a bloke.
How'd you come up with this conculsion?

Originally posted by ozeagle
lleyton will be remembered as a 3 slam guy

So no more slams from Mr. Cartwright?

philaire
20-01-2006, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
He's a dickhead.

He is still a shit now at 24. How was he last night? Blaming the court and Tennis Australia officials for his loss. Had nothing to do with coming up against a player who was far better on the day, Lleyton? Nothing to do with you being completely out of form, should have lost in the first round. To say the courts are as slow as Roland Garos is laughable.

His actions on court are embarrassing. "Come onning" after every point, always looking up to mummy and daddy for reassurance. Get a grip. Disgrace. That racial incident vs Blake at the US Open was pathetic and an embarrassmnet to the nation.

Don't get me started on that stick from Home & Away. Is it completely necessary for those two buffoons to appear on every current affair program and every woman's magazine in the nation? Have a bit of class. Got more cash than they know what to do with. Their publicity activities stinks of greediness. Couldn’t agree with you more, oz_da. Hewitt makes me feel embarrassed to be a Crows supporter, and embarrassed to be an Australian. His only redeemable features are his fighting quality and putting in in the Davis Cup. But his perpetual arrogant treatment of umpires, the whole Team Hewitt thing, the racist stuff, the “*******” comment, the “I can’t believe how awesome I was out there” or whatever it was comment; all of it was barely excusable when he was 16. Now he falls wholly and solely into prime dickhead classification.

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 02:10 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
I've got no idea what he's like as a bloke.
How'd you come up with this conculsion?



So no more slams from Mr. Cartwright?


no chance,

why would he be interested?

3 slams by 21,

wife and kid, $30mill plus in the bank, loves australia, loves his crows,

he'll just go about and win a few tournaments a year,

if federer disappears and he gets serious again, then maybe.

one thing's for sure, if he meets the most overrated dud on the circuit, roddick in any final, he'll puverize him.

as for peter bell, i remember hearing him on the radio after north had beaten the crows via the only free kick in the last quarter against shaun rehn, when rehn, all 7ft of him, bent down to pick the ball up next to the boundary line next to the point post, stood up, got tackled, and the umpire paid holding the ball in one of the worst game deciding decisions known to man (especially in the context of the game, no goals, no frees in the last qtr, end to end stuff), ball got passed to bell who goaled.

interviewed the next day, went on larging how north deserved to win it and that anyone who knew anything about football would know it was a free - despite every commentator saying that it was a shocker.

saying that, we did f uck the dirty turd over in the GF later that year, so he copped his.

never forget it,

bit like the umps costing me a $10K collect with that shitty decision v st.kilda in Tassie (even if the Freo bloke did do something stupid)...

:veryangry

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 02:11 AM
you blokes are a disgrace,

so, you'd rather see a spitting Argentinian win than an Australian.

:(

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 02:12 AM
phil, see AFL thread.

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 02:21 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
you blokes are a disgrace,

so, you'd rather see a spitting Argentinian win than an Australian.

:(

The only entertainment I get from Hewitt matches is cheering on the opposition. Unless it's Rusedski, Agassi or Davis Cup.

The best opinion of him would have to come from his home crowd here in Adelaide. One would expect 100% backing from your home town. I went last year. It wasn't even 50%. More people were cheering on Haas who won it in the most boring three sets I've ever watched.

On that other note:
Carr broke that tackle without breaking stride.
The bloke had his arms on him (not even around him) for what I would estimate was half a second.
The worst game-defining decision of all time. No question.

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 02:23 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
The only entertainment I get from Hewitt matches is cheering on the opposition. Unless it's Rusedski or Davis Cup.

The best opinion of him would have to come from his home crowd here in Adelaide. One would expect 100% backing from your home town. I went last year. It wasn't even 50%. More people were cheering on Haas who won it in the most boring three sets I've ever watched.

On that other note:
Carr broke that tackle without breaking stride.
The bloke had his arms on him (not even around him) for what I would estimate was half a second.
The worst game-defining decision of all time. No question.

no way, try a free kick when not 1 goal had been kicked in one of the best quarters of footy ever, then with 30 secs to go, the tallest player on the park bends down to pick up the ball in the back pocket, rather than knock it out, as most weak c unts would, raises his head, and is bundled out of bounds and a free given.

:rolleyes:

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 02:24 AM
then again, that decision last year cost me $10K,

if you feel hardly done by, try sparing a thought for yours truly.

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 02:31 AM
Sounds like Rehn should have got rid of it. Kick for touch or fist off the ground would have been the smart play.

Not too sure you were hardly done by. You know what Clownelly and the bozos in charge of Fremantle are like.
I had a good long think about it and let it go through to the keeper.
Smart play from yours truly.

Skid Row
20-01-2006, 02:34 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
you blokes are a disgrace,

so, you'd rather see a spitting Argentinian win than an Australian.

:(
No I wouldnt oz. I would have preferred Chela to shit on the little cock sucker. :lux:

Bye bye Lleyton. :hi:

oz_da II
20-01-2006, 02:35 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
than knock it out, as most weak c unts would,

Replace weak c unts with smart players.

Rehn showed his football knowledge and expertise coaching West Adelaide last year.
Pathetic.

chelmsfordeagle
20-01-2006, 02:44 AM
i thinkk Hewitt has another slam in him. Federer can't win eveything for the next few years (though he may go close) and Hewitt is one of the 5 or 6 players that can be there if he slips up.

as a representive of tennis he isn't my favorite player but i dont see a problem with most of the stuff he does on court. if the fist pumping shouting is what makes him play his best then so be it.

pete eagle
20-01-2006, 03:01 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
2002 R16

2003 he lost first round to Scott Draper.



My apologies, I was a year out. Rusedski did indeed win the title in 2002, but I misplaced my faith in Hewitt, he beat him in round 3

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/Titles/default.asp?playernumber=R237

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/Highlights/default.asp?playernumber=R237

ozeagle
20-01-2006, 03:16 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Replace weak c unts with smart players.

Rehn showed his football knowledge and expertise coaching West Adelaide last year.
Pathetic.


one of the best ruckmen of (semi) recent times.

:p

pete eagle
23-01-2006, 09:51 PM
Good old Roger Federer giving the crowd some entertainment by being taken to 5 sets after winning the first two and the second by 6-0. Apparently Federer was never close to losing, although on the evidence of the first three games of the fifth set, I would say that you were Roger.

rhiannapaul
24-01-2006, 12:00 AM
enough of the men at least the heat mean the girls get them skippy shorts on sweet:p
Daniela Huntachova lovely

ozeagle
24-01-2006, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by pete eagle
Good old Roger Federer giving the crowd some entertainment by being taken to 5 sets after winning the first two and the second by 6-0. Apparently Federer was never close to losing, although on the evidence of the first three games of the fifth set, I would say that you were Roger.


haas destroyed him for 2 complete sets.

federer's game disintegrated under pressure.

nalbandian will have watched that, and learnt from it.

i'm expecting big Dav to win the final, and how.

:p

ozeagle
24-01-2006, 12:06 AM
nice camel's foot there rhianna.

:lux:

oz_da II
24-01-2006, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
haas destroyed him for 2 complete sets.

federer's game disintegrated under pressure.

nalbandian will have watched that, and learnt from it.

i'm expecting big Dav to win the final, and how.

:p

What has Nalbandian got to learn from yesterday's match?

He leads the head-to-head against Federer 6-4.

ozeagle
24-01-2006, 04:44 AM
that putting the great one under extreme duress, at the earliest moment, results in him making a vast array of errors.

straight sets in the final, nalbandian, lump on for a huge win.

chelmsfordeagle
24-01-2006, 04:55 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
What has Nalbandian got to learn from yesterday's match?

He leads the head-to-head against Federer 6-4.

I think that he (DN) did lead him 5 - 0. and that the first time Federer beat nalbandian was in the OZ open in 04. DN also used to beat him in the juniors.

i hope they both make the final as them in it has the best chance of it being a classic.

oz_da II
24-01-2006, 05:12 AM
Originally posted by ozeagle
that putting the great one under extreme duress, at the earliest moment, results in him making a vast array of errors.


Bit of a no-brainer.

That's the same with anybody.

It's all about being good enough on the day to be able to put him under the extreme duress required.

philaire
24-01-2006, 07:10 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
What has Nalbandian got to learn from yesterday's match?

He leads the head-to-head against Federer 6-4. Got to check out Nalbandian's stroll against Sontoro this afternoon at Melbourne Park. First set wasn't bad, next two 6-0, 6-0. So not really steeling him for the challenge ahead ...

chelmsfordeagle
24-01-2006, 08:07 AM
Originally posted by oz_da II
Bit of a no-brainer.

That's the same with anybody.

It's all about being good enough on the day to be able to put him under the extreme duress required.

both roddick at wimbeldon and aggasi at the US put a lot of pressure on him and he came through. he did get a bit of help with a rain break against roddick.

pete eagle
24-01-2006, 02:39 PM
Federer will beat Nalabandian if they play, because he has a score to settle from the Masters Cup in Shanghai.

chelmsfordeagle
24-01-2006, 02:44 PM
Originally posted by chelmsfordeagle



as for the oz open. federer looks so good. if i was going to pick a less favoured player i'd go for lubjcic (sp) I also think this will be bagdahtis's break through year. he is a great player to watch and was the top junior in 2003.

i should've put some money on him.

leelouca
24-01-2006, 03:30 PM
Have just been listening on AO radio to the Ljubicic vs Baghdatis QF the 20 year old cypriot has just gone through to the semis after beating the Croat 3 sets to 2! Baghdatis a Dark Horse? He has beaten Nalbandian before! maybe worth a bet.

pete eagle
24-01-2006, 05:07 PM
I think Nalbandian might have a little too much for him, but with Baghdatis' ability to create shots out of nothing, he might be able to steal it.

davematt
24-01-2006, 05:12 PM
Federer will win ALL four Grand Slams this year. He can beat every player in the world playing in 3rd gear. He still has so much more to offer which is a scary thought. The women's draw seems to be the eye catcher this year.

pete eagle
24-01-2006, 05:21 PM
He won't win the French, that's the ultimate leveller.

selhurstparkflyer
26-01-2006, 05:16 PM
Can I just say what a pleasure it was to see young Marcos Bagdatis get through to the final. Absolute quality.

DeadPanX
27-01-2006, 01:57 AM
Originally posted by selhurstparkflyer
Can I just say what a pleasure it was to see young Marcos Bagdatis get through to the final. Absolute quality.

So pleased that finally a Cypriot has taken centre stage at some kind of major event for all the right reasons. All the very best of luck in the final I know I'll be on the edge of my seat on Sunday.