Saturday, July 19, 2014

This is Tennis


Here's Simon Cambers's take on the wild card.

Here's another take on Troicki's return to action.

24 comments:

  1. A doctor's opinion on drugs in sport (VERY similar to most of the opinions stated in this blog).

    http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3646073&pagenumber=1

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  2. Troicki is just a scapegoat for the real doping going on at the top of the game. Funny, I've never seen Cambers whine on about Serena refusing a drug test or Nadal's missed tests over the years. He has a selective opinion and tries to make everything out to be Lance Armstrong-esque.

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    1. Troicki is not a scapegoat because he didn't fail a test. He refused to take a blood test which is the stupidest thing ever since we all know the testing is a joke. If he had taken the test and failed it he would have gotten either a proverbial slap on the wrist (silent ban) or it would have been swept under the rug. But because he refused a test he pretty much admitted guilt and therefore a public ban was necessary. It's surprising that his friend Novak didn't advise him in this regard.

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  3. http://m.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/07/back-exile-viktor-troicki-returns-tennis/52185/#.U83ggom9LCQ

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    1. Nothing like taking responsibility for yourself in life, is there Viktor? and that would include any dumb decision one made along the way, wouldn't it Viktor?

      Playing the victim card is the usual par for the course response of drug cheats, an indicative sign, pretty much, of their own delinquence as they cannot, but cannot, ever show humility or remorse, other than for themselves. Ivanisovic shows himself up too for the sly fool he clearly is.

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  4. It takes a wildcard for him to start s***ing D.

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  5. HGH use doubles for teens.

    http://www.drugfree.org/join-together/commentary-risking-well-short-term-gains-alarming-increase-teen-hgh-use/

    Backs up my previous suspicions.

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  6. http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/559818/20140722/roger-federer-rafael-nadal-tennis-news.htm#.U8635IBdUpQ

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  7. just one TWEAK and you, too, can improve the POWER and ACCURACY of your serve...if you have the SPECTACULAR, ALL-KNOWING UNCLE TONI as your coach!!!

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    1. exactly... we all know it's code word for doping in broad daylight. I long for the day someone in power will have the balls to go after the Roiding Bull.

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  8. Maybe now that Neil Harman has been exposed as a plagiarist and has resigned from the International Tennis Writers Assoc. he will expose some high up tennis players as dopers. Why not take others with him as his career flushes down the drain? Isn't this what we've been waiting for? Come on Neil, start a new career as a whistle-blower!!!

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  9. Clearly, Uncle Toni is making a pre-emptive excuse for Rafa finding his magic serve (I suspect that he wants Rafa to use IGF1 and testosterone patches to up his serve speed to 120 mph).

    The only thing stopping him would be enough publicity.

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  10. Anyone who believes Nadal is tweaking his serve truly has his head in the sand. What amazes me is not only that the average tennis fan believes that nonsense but that the tennis pundits jump on the bandwagon as well. What a freaking joke.

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    1. Do they believe TFA's BS? They've been instructed to write?

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  11. By the time Nadal is done, tennis will suffer the same fate as cycling. His super human feats would make Asterix and his druid jealous with envy.

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  12. It's beyond absurd to think that anyone would not serve as well as they were capable of doing, excepting for one tournament a year in New York where they suddenly become a power serving ace machine. How stupid do they think we are? Tell us why he wouldn't do it in Paris, or London, or Melbourne? Or Rome, or Tokyo, or Montreal? Are the "tweaks" only effective in the barometric pressure and humidity of Queens in August? Give me a f***ing break.

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  13. How ironic that Wertheim is visibly upset about Harman's cheating ass, stealing Wertheim's very own ingenious, precious thoughts on all-things-tennis while pretending they were his own...

    Now, if Wertheim could only take the next step and realize how many of us feel or have been feeling for ages when watching the like of Nadal or Troicki tweaking and wildcarding their way through tennis pretending to be clean... Will we ever see this happening? I doubt it.

    Glad Harman gets to enjoy a looooooooong break - he was an insufferable pompous toff anyway, liking himself far too much in the second-hand limelight. Thank god he killed his twatter as well. Has anybody checked whether his wordy tennis prose well-hidden behind that Times paywall was not also stolen from some obscure romantic poet...

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    1. Complete pompous toff he absolutely was. Don't ask me why he used to report on football of all things. He did write one good article though, about Djokovoc during an AO, the 2013 one I think, after he beat Stan in 5 then backed up and thrashed Ferrer in 3 easy sets. He all but claimed he could be doping, was enlightening. Other than that, good riddance.

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  14. Interesting post on HuffPo. Enjoy :)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/26/veiny-legs-tour-de-france_n_5623565.html

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  15. Sick looking legs. Remind me of the pic in this blog of tipsarevic a few years ago, back when he was actually playing tennis and not off with some mystery illness.

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    1. No way are they natural no matter how long you cycle for. Blood doping is surely an issue here. We are after all, speaking about a TDF cyclist!!

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  16. I think he shouldn't have gotten a wildcard. All the people defending him like "he already got suspended one year it shouldn't be a 2 year suspension in disguise". First of all he should have thought about it before, he knew the rules like every top player should, but seeing how some of them are so into time violations and violating rules in general maybe they don't.
    Secondly, he paid his fault okay, but he is still a jerk, he didn't apologize and show any maturity whatsoever during that whole year, saying stuff like "they want to plaster my photo in the entire arena". There are no reasons to give wildcard to jerks unless you want to squeeze money. I will side with the article linked they should have given to some young player who probably needs more anyway. But it's all about squeezing money.
    And ok he got caught in his doping attempts, he isn't the only one and is sort of the scapegoat. I would feel sorry for him, if only he shown more soul and didn't try to run over that woman. HE KNEW THE RULES. If he is scared of needles he shouldn't play tennis or any sport for that matter.

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