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Want to achieve ‘nirvana’ or salvation? Try this.

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Want to thank all lunatic ‘wanna post’ contributors.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 1, 2007

You freaks are getting some serious hits on your posts. I was skeptical opening this up in the beginning, thinking of all the junk, I will have to waste my time sorting through.

But it sure has been a surprise. I truly did not expect this level of knowledgeable and indepth insight, from lunatic freaks like you.

Some of you go way back, to dig out people and stats, from the graves to prove your point. Others work hard to pile up impressive numbers to support your post. Still others uncover prehistoric and hidden videos and pitchkers to thrill visitors. Are you freaking kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!

Give me at least one post that I can trash, to satisfy my inner cravings and sadistic pleasures. You don’t understand, I need all that turmoil to live. This straight shoot, with no curves and up and downs is killing me here.

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am truly proud of all you lunatics.


A bigger Lunatic Junkie.

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If you don’t watch all these vids in one sitting, you seriously need to go drown yourself in the kitchen sink, for your own good.

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The royal thumping of Sharapova.

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Just look at the freaking score!!!!!!!!!

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Is Nadal improving on surfaces not called clay?

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Click here.

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Ball boy extraordinaire. From Jason. Thanks.

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Federer vs Connors: Weeks at No 1 etc. From Anand 101. Thanks. Good work.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 1, 2007

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Fed vs Connors

Fed is now at 192 weeks #1. The comparison with Connors at a similar time (192 wks from the start of reign) looked like this:

—————- Federer – Connors
Weeks #1………. 192…… 191
Tournament Wins…. 39……. 36
Slam Wins………. 10…….. 2
Slam Finals……… 2…….. 5
Slam Other………. 2…….. 1
Match Wins…….. 294…… 293
Match Losses……. 21……. 32
Win Ratio………. 93%…… 90%

(Hope the table comes out OK, the user interface is not very friendly)

As you can see, Connors was remarkably similar in most things: weeks #1, tournament wins, and reached the Finals of Slams 7/8 times (with one QF) vs Fed 12/14 times (with two SF).

However the one blemish was the Slam Wins. Connors lost a final each to Borg, Vilas and Newcombe, no pushovers; he did not play in all the French and most of the Australians in that time. But at 10 to 2 Slam Ws, you begin to see why nobody talks seriously about Connors’ “domination”.

Still, pretty amazing to see how someone had more or less been there, done that, with everything but that last step, the Slam Win. Which is why I believe when Fed reaches 15 Slams, 99% of the world population will dub him GOAT. (Assuming 1% are those pesky Aussies.)

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Is this the future Nadal? From Deisi. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 1, 2007

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Here are some nice pics I’d thought you all would enjoy!

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Sampras’s 12 Grand Slam story.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 1, 2007

GS 3 sets 4 sets 5 sets Sets lost Tie-breaks .
USO-1990 4 2 1 3 0
W-1993 4 2 1 3 6
AO-1994 4 2 1 3 6
W-1994 6 1 0 1 4
W-1995 2 4 1 6 5
USO-1995 4 3 0 3 3
USO-1996 4 1 2 5 4
AO-1997 4 1 2 5 3
W-1997 5 1 1 3 5
W-1998 5 1 1 3 6
W-1999 6 1 0 1 0
USO-1993 5 2 0 2 4
Total 53 21 10 38 46

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How important are good looks to reach No. 1 spot?

Posted by tennisplanet on October 1, 2007


Looks like it is vital. Just look at the past No.1s.

In fact, isn’t that the rule in practically any worthy prize in life?

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Like they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Their game may not be the only obstacle in reaching the peak. It is the configuration on their face, that may be more deadly to overcome, than the lunatic standing across the net, to block their route to the mountain top. 

Studies after studies have confirmed this trend, in almost any human endeavor with high stakes. Even the ‘President of the United States’ position is not immune. OK, this present one has to be an exception.

Just look around your own miserable lives, and you will find good looking people holding positions of authority and influence.

The self esteem boost, good looks provide, permeates many areas of our lives, to lift us above our average and ugly looking beings. It is a fact of life.

No wonder, there has been a massive increase in men electing to go under the knife, to enhance their looks to promote their careers.

So, Steponyrneck, Chela and the like, have this psychological barrier with tremendous backing from the history books, to deny them the top prize. They can improve their game only so much, before they hit that impenetrable ceiling.

It is even more pronounced, understandably, on the women’s side. Some, like Serena, are in denial and disillusioned about it, but it goes to show, you can fake it till you make it. So, it actually boils down to how you perceive yourself to be, irrespective of how you really are, or how others see you. This is getting too confusing, even for me.

Justine, by this yardstick, has to be some freaking freak of nature, to be doing what she is doing, with what she has. 5’5″ frame is not helping either.

According to this theory, all we have to do is take a poll who is better looking, Nadal or Djokovic, to accurately predict who will be the next No. 1, right? Maybe.

What it means to you? Look your best at what you strive to excel in, and you are half way there. In fact, I read a book where the guy actually went out and took a survey, of which colors people associate with successful people and vice versa. Or even the type and style of clothing has a positive and negative effect.

For instance, women find a combination of dark blue and maroon color on a man irresistible. Like a blue jean and a maroon round neck jersey. You should read the book and choose your wardrobe wisely, to enhance your best features and hide your deficiencies.

No wonder I am stuck with these inflatables. Never thought clothes were that important. I thought they were more like ‘in the way’.

I am forgetting the title. But if you google ‘how to dress’ or something like that, I am sure you will find enough to get you started.

Mohammad Ali (here we go again. Anyone has any doubt who my idol is, by now?) actually made it part of his arsenal declaring, that ‘Heavyweight champion of the world should be pretty and good looking like me’. You think that hit most of his opponents, exactly where he wanted? You bet.

Maybe that’s what Roddick is missing: a long nose and disappearing teeth. And all this while, Connors has been working on his backhand. Wrong target.

If you need any further advice and you are a female, please visit my ‘basement clinic’ after 11:00 pm. Mom goes to sleep at 10:55, I think. Please bring a mattress with you.

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I love to see players, treat the ball kids with respect.

Posted by tennisplanet on October 1, 2007


These cute little kids take their job seriously. It is a pleasure to see them scamper around as fast as they can, to get to the ball and then to their spot in time.

I invariably get emotional when a player goes out of his way to help a ball kid. These kids are at the bottom of the food chain, but their enthusiasm and energy to do the job to the best of their ability, sometime sparks a very teary response.

They deserve a lot more praise and recognition than they get out there. I, particularly, like when the player will stop play to let the kid complete his/her job. I don’t mean, get in position. It’s when they have to get the balls across to the other side, and the player will stop and ask them to go ahead, or will actually take the ball from them and do their job.

It is always a pleasure to watch someone do a good job, but when small kids are involved, it is special. And throwing pizza parties for them after the match – that does it for me. Just imagining how wonderful they must be feeling to have the top tennis player acknowledge them and be with them for photographs, autographs etc. is enough to get the tissue box out.

I think I have noticed only Blake, thank the kids, everytime they hand him the towel, for the break or changeover. It is the least you can do for these nameless and hardworking kids, working so hard for $7 or so an hour. Always handing the towel back in their hands, instead of dropping it on the ground for them to pick up, is another act that gets my attention.

It is not an easy job. It requires complete concentration under pressure. I always admire their work.

And the ultimate one is at Wimbledon, when the top royalty stops on his way to the award ceremony to talk to these wide-eyed kids, standing at attention in rows. That is one of my best parts of that ceremony.

The crowd is always eager and willing to applaud any extra effort by these kids on the court. They fully deserve it.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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