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Anyone like Tennis?

 
 
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 05:30 pm
@Ragman,
Nadal is not known for bad manners.
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 05:33 pm
@ossobuco,
My idea of a cheap shot and some levity. Feel free to ignore.

Howevetr that being saidf, I've seen Nadal play some mind games often with his opponents. This was the first time I've read about him stooping to being that boorish and try that sort of crap. Oh well, frustration got the better of him. I understand that Rosol's noise making during the match (and the ref ignoring it) got into his head.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 05:40 pm
@Ragman,
Ahh, similar to Sharapova, who uses her high decible screetches/grunts selectively.

This will possibly come up as renewed controversy.

Time for me to look at the match...
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 05:49 pm
@ossobuco,
I heard that the tennis regulatory group (whoever that is) is looking making a regulation that takes the future group of newbies and cut the decibel level down, limiting the grunts and noise level; however, the veterans will get a pass- grandfathering them in. Niiii-icce!

Whooo-hah./...yunnnnnh! Picking up my wine glass now.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 06:32 pm
@Ragman,
Don't step on it or you may end up married..
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 06:33 pm
@ossobuco,
The Guardian bit on it (that I saw so far) was mild -


http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jun/28/rafael-nadal-lukas-rosol-wimbledon-2012
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 08:55 pm
@Ragman,
Anybody have a link to Nadal behaving badly? SI and ESPN just commented on the match.
snood
 
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Reply Thu 28 Jun, 2012 09:08 pm
@engineer,
Excerpted from site at link:

"WIMBLEDON, England -- First Rafael Nadal took a tumble into the net. Then he began complaining to the umpire. Then he bumped his opponent, Lukas Rosol, during a changeover.

Rosol thought the contact was intentional."...

..."Nadal's demeanor grew glum as the match progressed, and in the third set, he bumped into Rosol as they crossed to reach their chairs for a break.

"He wanted to take my concentration," Rosol said. "That's OK. I knew he would try something, but I was concentrating."..."

..."Following the match, Nadal declined to say what had him annoyed.

"Anything that I will say now will sound against me," he said. "It's not the right moment for me to say what happened out there, because it's going to sound like an excuse."..."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/28/rafael-nadal-upset-lukas-rosol-wimbledon_n_1635606.html


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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Jun, 2012 11:30 am
From the Guardian's Day 6 live blog (times are GMT):

5.01pm: It's time to report a crime, one which probably goes some way towards explaining the picture at the top of this blog. According to Reuters:

Rufus the Harris hawk which patrols the skies above Wimbledon to deter pigeons has been stolen, police said on Saturday.

The bird was taken, along with his cage, from a car parked in a private drive in Wimbledon with the rear window open for ventilation.

Rufus, a four-and-a-half-year-old hawk, is environmentally friendly because he scares off pigeons, which can distract players, purely by his presence.

His distressed owners are appealing for help in getting the bird of prey back so he can resume his role of turning the world's most prestigious tennis tournament into a pigeon-free zone.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jun/30/wimbledon-2012-day-six-live-andy-murray
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 09:56 am
@ossobuco,
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/01/rufus-hawk-stolen-wimbledon

Here's the missing Rufus:

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/7/1/1341111972051/Rufus-at-Wimbledon-008.jpg
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 01:23 pm
@ossobuco,
No more panic: Rufus has been found

http://i47.tinypic.com/288z3ah.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 01:44 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Well, that's good news!
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engineer
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 02:42 pm
Anybody following the story of Brian Baker? The guy has been out of tennis for several years and had six surgeries including one on his elbow. After winning a few challengers he got a wildcard into the French but Wimbledon wouldn't give him one so he got in through the qualifiers and is now entering the second week, one of only three US players remaining.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 02:56 pm
@engineer,
Yes - I read he'd been through all those surgeries, including hip too, I think.

Mardy Fish also recently had some procedure (a surgery?) for heart palpitations of some sort, and also made it through.

I'm still a Federer fan; that last match was a squeaker.

And Serena's still in there.


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snood
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 04:10 pm
Is Young (american young black guy) still in it?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 05:39 pm
@snood,
Donald Young -
I'm still looking it up.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 1 Jul, 2012 05:45 pm
@ossobuco,
He lost to Youzhny in the first round -
http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/players/1257
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 2 Jul, 2012 10:47 am
Sharapova is gone in straight sets so once again the women will not have a player win consecutive slams. Serena gets by in three, still not showing the absolute confidence that characterized her game for so long.
engineer
 
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Reply Tue 3 Jul, 2012 02:27 pm
@engineer,
A confident Serena looks sharp today knocking out defending champion Kvitova in a nice display of tennis on both sides. Feel good story Brian Baker ends his run and Fish does as well. Sharapova will lose the number one ranking, don't know who will take her place.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 3 Jul, 2012 02:32 pm
@ossobuco,
Quote:
Oxfam could be set to reap more than £100,000 in winnings if a late benefactor's Wimbledon wager comes off.

In 2003 Nick Newlife, from Oxfordshire, put £1,520 on six-time champion Roger Federer winning seven Wimbledon titles by 2019, at odds of 66/1.

He died aged 59 in 2009 but had left the betting slip, potentially worth £101,840, to Oxfam in his will.

Oxfam spokesman said "we will be keeping our fingers firmly crossed for Federer's success".

'Unique wager'

Mr Newlife, from Tackley, had written to bookmakers William Hill with the request for the bet in 2003.

Graham Sharpe, who took the original bet, said the wager was "unique".

"We're not likely to see its like again for some time," he said.

He added that "a number of people have drawn Federer's attention to this bet".

"I don't know whether he's thinking about this hugely philanthropic gesture to Oxfam.

"It's certainly not going to harm his reputation if that's a side project," he said.

Andrew Barton, head of relationship marketing for Oxfam, says: "Legacies amount to 12 per cent of our total income from individuals, so they're essential to us, and as this case proves they can come in all shapes and sizes.

"We wish Roger Federer all the very best for Wimbledon."

Federer had to overcome a back injury and the rain to beat Xavier Malisse in the Wimbledon fourth round on Monday.

The Swiss tennis legend is currently second favourite to win the title behind defending champion Novak Djokovic.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-18686100
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