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Argentines ready to face the Swedes.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008

Argentine tennis players (L -R)_Guillermo Cañas, David Nalbandian, coach Alberto Mancini, Juan Monaco and Jose Acasuso pose during a press conference in Buenos Aires on April 8, 2008. Argentina will face Sweden next weekend for the Davis Cup World Group quarter finals. AFP PHOTO / NA - JUAN VARGAS ---------ARGENTINA OUT-INTERNET OUT-------------------- (Photo credit should read JUAN VARGAS/AFP/Getty Images) 


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All you babies crying in the crib, I have added more names to the mail box. Geeezzzz!!!

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008

I can’t believe I am stuck with freaking infants sulking because their name is not on the freaking mail box. Now I had to sit through hours and hours of painstaking work to get everyone up on the board. You think I have nothing else to do? OK, wrong question.

Stop the freaking crying and moaning and check out your name and make your freaking day.


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Nadal’s new girlfriend? From Sarah. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008


Could this be true? Got this from Espn’s Tennis Board.

Nadal and Wozniacki: new tennis couple?

According to newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Danish Caroline Wozniacki are good friends and have already dated several times. Caroline Wozniacki, who on July will turn 18, is world number 30 and one of the most promising young women in the circuit, in which she also draws everybody’s attention for her beauty.

According to the newspaper, Nadal’s interest in the young girl dates back to two years ago, when both tennis players coincided in the shooting of a commercial of cups.

In statements made to Ekstra Bladet, Wozniacki admitted that they keep in touch and that frequently go out. There was even a formal date, but she denied having a formal relationship with the tennis player.

“We are not dating, but we do see each other from time to time,” said Wozniacki, four years younger than Nadal.

Wozniacki described the Spaniard tennis player as “a sweet person, somebody nice to talk to,” but added that for the time being he is just “a good friend from the tennis world.”

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Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on Oprah today. From Steph. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008


Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova are going to be featured on Oprah today!

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Murray to play in Olympics. From Louise. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008


murray has announced he is going to play in the olympics

Andy Murray insists he will represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Beijing this summer, despite the Games being very close to the US Open.

“I’m definitely going to play at the Olympics,” said the British number one.

“It’s something that not all athletes get the chance to do in their career. It’s an honour to represent your country and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m just hoping I can get a good run this year and not have any problems with injury.”

The tennis competition at the Olympics is set to finish on 17 August, with the US Open scheduled to start on 27 August.

The Games have been in the news for reasons other than sport this week, with the torch relays through London and Paris targeted by protesters displaying their anger over hosts China’s human rights record.

For me, the Olympics is more about the sport

Andy Murray

However, Murray, 20, is simply focusing on the court challenges ahead.

“For me, the Olympics is more about the sport,” he added.

“I’m just concentrating and looking forward to playing in the tennis. I’m not a politician.”

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Battle for No 1: Point break up. From Gracie. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008


“Wawrinka permitting” – You’re so funny!

Fed needs to work more consciously on his fitness right now, IMO. And maybe the slower surface, slower game could make it somehow easier to find his timing on clay this year. As you say, he’s still second best on the surface and a few early losses last year give him a bit of wiggle room in the points race.
For a decent analysis of the points and ranking scenarios of the top three players going into Roland Garros, check out article, ‘Battle for No 1: Outlook for the Clay Season’ here:

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Don’t you have to be past mental retardation to speak like this?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008

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Will Volandri do for Federer what Canas has done for him thus far?

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008

If it wasn’t for Canas, Federer would have been down to the wire on his points for the top rank. Will Volandri prove to be the clay friend Canas has been on hard courts?

Volandri defeated Federer in the third round at Rome last year in straight sets. If Federer falters from his last year performance on clay he does have that cushion at Rome to catch up. If he goes deeper at Rome, and falters earlier at say Hamburg, it may take the sting out of the fall.

Once he gets past this loophole, he will have nothing to chew on until the Masters Series at Paris where Nalbandian knocked him out in the third round. Everything between Volandri and Nalbandian is either a trophy or a final.

Federer is hoping he will be able to recuperate fully by the time the gravy dries up. Maybe Federer needs to adopt this strategy for good by dropping out in the opening rounds of some events to give himself wiggle room next year and frustrate Nadal and Djokovic even further.

Despite Federer not winning any title this season and being knocked out early, and Nadal gaining points at all but one event he has played this year, Federer has been able to increase the lead from 350 to 670 points. Canas clearly deserves a dinner and more, Wawrinka permitting.

At the big four on clay (Monte Carlo, Rome, Hamburg and Roland Garros), Federer has one title, two finals and one third round from last year. That currently looks like a Herculean task based on his showing at his favorite surface. Add to it the fact that Nadal appears even more motivated and determined than last year, with critical improvements in his game, more importantly his serve and ace count.

It’s like going into a lion’s den without a gun or even a knife, when the lion has grown in strength from the last time you visited.

But unlike hard courts, there are fewer clay court specialists capable of knocking him out early. Other than Ferrer and maybe Almagro, there is no one to challenge Federer like he was by the likes of Djokovic, Murray, Fish and Roddick on hard courts.

Besides, despite losing to Canas twice and to Volandri last year, Federer did have a pretty good clay court season. Although there are many more marbles in the mix this year, if his physical condition is progressively getting better as he claims, on paper he is still head and shoulders better than anyone on clay, except Nadal.

Federer may not admit to it, but the pressure has to be immense and relentless, considering what all could have been / can be achieved this crucial season – from No. 14, Calendar Grand Slam, Golden Grand Slam, Roland Garros and the GOAT title to Olympic medal. Sudden emergence of Djokovic and his defiance is not helping matters either. And if there is something really brewing at home, it could not have popped up at the worst possible time.

The tennis Gods are coming half way to support Federer in his quest to retain his perch at the top spot. Will Federer keep his half of the bargain?

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Improve digestion to freaking improve quality of your freaking life.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 8, 2008

-Eat at set time every freaking day. The digestive juices perform better when you stick to a schedule. It’s scientifically proven, don’t even tax your tiny brain on this.

-Eat your liquids and drink your solids. Do you really want me to esssplain this? No you don’t!!!!!! If you don’t get this, please visit my basement after 11:00 tonight. Bring along a pair of crutches.

-Flush out the BS sticking to the walls of your intestines by eating food that are in existence just for that like papaya, cantaloupe, melon, carrots etc.

-Water. You don’t me to elaborate on that!!!!!!!!!

-Consider fasting once a week. OK with you freaks just once a month will be an achievement. Drink just liquids like fruit and vegetable juices, soups etc.

-If you don’t see the pink in your cheeks within a week, find the nearest well and lessen the burden on this earth.

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