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Have you heard of this 15-year old already? From Claire. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

Claire

Have any of you heard of a 15 year old American player named Ryan Harrison?? Well, he will play the winner of the Blake/Nishikori match!!! Imagine Blake playing a 15 year old in a tournament!
Per the Houston Chronicle “…it appears he would become the only the 10th player of the Open Era to win an ATP tour match before his 16th birthday. The last one? Rafael Nadal in 2002.”

My husband and children saw Harrison play on a side court Sunday. They said he is awesome!

Today, Harrison beat Cuevas. The Chronicle said of Cuevas, “the 22 year old from Uruguay is a clay-court specialist who, earlier this season, reached the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Vina de Mar, Chile.”

WOW!!!!
“Harrison is from Shreveport, Louisiana, and trains at Newcomb’s tennis ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. Harrison is the 7th ranked junior in the world, but he has already turned professional”
My sons went to Newcomb’s camp last summer, awesome place!
Tomorrow we see Haas, then Blake playing doubles! )

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This is the arrangement Federer should have with his new coach for it to be mutually beneficial.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (R) listens to his new Spanish coach Jose Higueras (R) during their training session at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon on April 14, 2008 in Estoril. Federer will play vs Belgian Olivier Rochus at the Estoril Open on 15 April 2008.                 AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

Jose whatever has already gained tremendously from this partnership. He has a huge name on his resume which is bound to pay rich dividends for many years to come. What has Federer gained? Zilch, Nada, Jack, Zero…

This relationship should be strictly on commission. Translation: Jose whatever gets paid only and only if Federer wins Roland Garros. That should light some fire under him. Don’t you think?

Roche got away with easy money with his part time contract with no accountability, no travel and Jack results. Shouldn’t we be learning from that fiasco?

If Mr. Jose whatever doesn’t want it, the door is open. You think he will quit this assignment? No way, Jose!!

So the alliance should be made fair to both parties. Jose has already earned big time just by getting Federer to choose him. If he thinks he cannot deliver on the promise for which he is being hired, he should quit now OR accept the prize money tied to getting the results.

Otherwise Federer is being taken for a ride and his current vulnerability is being clearly exploited. Isn’t that the goal of every freaking job you land? If you cannot achieve the end result, you are out. You cannot just jump on the bandwagon with no risk or accountability.

There cannot be any other job with a clearer objective: You are here solely for the purpose of winning Roland Garros. Period. If you cannot deliver, get the ef out of here.

And if you tout yourself to be such an expert at producing clay court champions, you shouldn’t have any fear, specially when you have the best weapon that tennis has ever produced as your pupil. In fact, if you are an upstanding person, not out to take advantage of a superstar in a slump, you should bring it up on your own. You think that will lend credibility and bring the admiration of the entire tennis world? You think!!!

Otherwise you are just another opportunist taking full advantage of the situation with absolutely nothing to lose. Even if you fail, you will still have Federer as one of your pupil on your resume and you know you can always bring up the last three month’s performance as an alibi, if Federer fails at Roland Garros. So you are in a win win situation either way.

If this is the joker Federer has finally decided on, at least for this clay season, he should make it count by tying the rewards to the title. He will get better results. Are you freaking kidding me!!!!!!!!! There’s just no other way to maximise the contract for both parties.

If Federer wins RG, he becomes the GOAT, and Jose gets his millions alongwith a huge endorsement from the greatest tennis player of all time. Wouldn’t you call that a win-win? Conversely, both split as friends with Federer’s millions in tact. Even then Jose will have won something: Federer as his pupil. You think that will have some slight affect on the enrollment at the academy?

Get the joker to be accountable to have any realistic chance to get the best out of him to get to your goal. If not, you are just dealing with another Tony Roche.

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Short Interview with Roger in Estoril. From Sarah. Good work. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

Sarah

Short Interview with Roger in Estoril

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Women’s tennis asking for and getting some attention.

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Mahut is already freaking out to some freaking wild card at Estoril.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer returns a forehand during his training session at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon on April 14, 2008 in Estoril. Federer starts the competition at Estoril Open on April 15, facing Belgium's Olivier Rochus. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

The whole freaking rationale of playing warm up events specially when you are where Federer is now, is to get some quality match play against reasonably good players, to gradually move up your peak indicator leading up to Roland Garros.

As it is there were just three freaking seeds in Federer’s half to begin with. With one already out, just Nieminen (4) and some Berrer (8) are left, with Berrer to face another freaking wild card.

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, throws a ball as people watch his training session on the courts of the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  

Maybe Federer needs to include Karlovic and Davydenko in his coaching schedule with Jose, to make sure they are alive at least till he plays them here. Playing against wild cards and qualifiers is not going to get it done for Federer, even if it’s on clay.

The contrast is too stark when the scale reaches the Masters Series events to justify any traction you get playing against such talent depleted field. Add clay to the mix and you are looking at complete waste of time.

Hope Olivier Rochus is alive and breathing, for any walk over will completely defeat the whole purpose of being here.

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The new partnership begins for Federer.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (R) listens to his new Spanish coach Jose Higueras (R) during their training session at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon on April 14, 2008 in Estoril. Federer will play vs Belgian Olivier Rochus at the Estoril Open on 15 April 2008.                 AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

Jose Higueras, the new coach of world number one tennis player Roger Federer watches a training session on the courts of the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (L) chats with his new Spanish coach Jose Higueras (R) during their training session at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon on April 14, 2008 in Estoril. Federer will play vs Belgian Olivier Rochus at the Estoril Open on 15 April 2008.                 AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

Jose Higueras, the new coach of world number one tennis player Roger Federer watches a training session on the courts of the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday. (AP Photo / Armando Franca) 
World number one tennis player Roger Federer, left, from Switzerland, talks with his new coach Jose Higueras during a training session on the courts of the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, right,  from Switzerland, listens to his new coach Jose Higueras during a training session on the courts of the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  
World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, talks with his new coach Jose Higueras during a training session on the courts of the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  
World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, during a news conference at the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  
World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, answers journalists during a news conference at the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.  

World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, rubs his face during a news conference at the Estoril Tennis Open  in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, April 14 2008. Federer will be participating in the tournament that started Monday.

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer attends a press conference after his training session at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon on April 14, 2008 in Estoril. Federer starts the competition at Estoril Open on April 15, facing Belgium's Olivier Rochus. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images) 

Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (L) chats with his new Spanish coach Jose Higueras (R) during their training session at Jamor Stadium in Lisbon on April 14, 2008 in Estoril. Federer starts his competition at Estoril Open on 15 April, facing Belgium's Olivier Rochus. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s Jose thinking? “If I can get this joker to win this thing, my tennis academy enrollment and the windfall will shoot through the roof, enabling me to buy hair dye, fancy glasses and that potion to increase height. Even if this clown doesn’t win at RG, I have already achieved enough to jump start my sorry business.”

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Federer should shelve his ego and call Borg NOW.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

There is no one who has that ‘been there done that, more than anyone else in the history’ credential on clay than Borg.

Granted he is not the coach, but do you really think Federer needs someone to do the Xs and Os for him at this stage in his career? What he needs is practical, sure fire, workable formula. And having been to the RG finals twice already, it’s not that a huge lesson is in order. Just some minor adjustments will do the trick. And when they come from a player like Borg compared to Jose who? they carry a lot more belief, conviction and weight behind them.

It’s like the experiment conducted at a hospital recently. Did you hear about this? They divided patients of a certain disease into two groups. Each group was given the same medicine. One group was told it’s a new experimental medicine, and the other group was told that it’s been through years of testing and has now been finally approved to the joy of many patients who have already recovered in record time.

Guess who benefitted the most from it? Don’t even ask me the answer to that. OK, for the ‘living under the rock and just coming out of a coma freaks’ amongst you, it was the second group. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzz!!! I can’t believe I have to spoon feed you freaks every freaking time. Unfreakingbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now can you at least put two and two together here, or do I have to come down there and essssplain every freaking thing?

If Federer can really get Borg on board, I have no doubt Borg can solve the problem within 24 hours at the most. With so much at stake, specially with the way things are looking right now, I would offer him millions for his services, if that’s his motivation. It should be, considering he was close to selling his five Wimbledon trophies to stay afloat financially.

How about an assurance that Federer will not break his record of five straight Wimbledon titles? Will both be willing to go for it? From what has come out of Borg’s mouth of late, it should be a slam dunk. Will that be enough of a trade off for Federer? I am not sure. But it should be, at this point.

Borg has the antidote to Nadal and whoever else on clay with Federer’s game as a weapon. Are you freaking kidding me!!!! He already knows it. All he needs is enough sucking up and a worthy offer to bring it out of him.

Mr. Jose whatever is just another Roche of a lesser degree. Granted he has coached some names in the past, but to hear it from someone who has done it has a lot more power. Why do you think Roddick’s performance soared after Connors joined his camp?

That is also the reason why Jordan won his six championships after he bought into Phil Jackson’s triangle system, or why Shaq and Kobe won three championships under Phil, after trying everything before that with nothing but a first round playoff exit.

At that level, it’s more mental and psychological than any major shift in the physical game. Just having Borg in his box before he takes the court at RG final, is more than enough to eclipse what Mr. Jose whatever can achieve from hours and hours of drilling his usual routine.

Federer is way past any major transformation in his game, and if the recent dismal results forces him to push it, he may end up violating his free flowing natural game.

There’s still time. Make the call, Roger. It will be more than worth it. But it will work only if you have a juicy enough carrot to dangle in front of Borg. He has a huge ego like you do. He may not show it. If the offer is not beyond Borg’s expectations, it will never work, even if Borg agrees to join the camp physically.

It could be a win win situation for both if handled with care. Ball is in Federer’s court. The answer is there. It’s how to unlock it that will deliver the goods.

These half ass attempts with another Tony Roche is not going to get it done. They may actually end up hurting him. Why settle for aspirin for serious heart trouble when you can go for the surgery once, bite the bullet and be over with for ever?

Is this a no brainer or what?

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Letter to Roddick.

Posted by tennisplanet on April 14, 2008

Dear Roddick,

What you are about to read will not be told to you by the clowns surrounding you for variety of reasons. Even your own family members will leave it at ‘you are sure you are doing the right thing?’. Reason why, can range from fear of losing the benefits that these jokers enjoy from your celebrity status and money to it’s his business with a huge pot in the middle.

You are making a big mistake by hooking up with this frivolous 20-year old. Statistically the marraige is destined for the rocks even before you decide to tie the knot. Most marriages of young people in their teens or early twenties end up in a divorce court. There is a huge pile of stats to substantiate that. Sure, you know of people who have succeeded despite violating this rule.

Yeah, and I know of a boy who fell from a ten storey building and lived. Does that mean every freaking boy should start jumping? If you are spurred to action by such people in minority without looking at the complete canvas, then you deserve what’s inevitable.

Just pull anyone from the street and give a brief description of ‘barely out of teens’ doll of yours, and ask them if this is marriage material. Nine out of ten times you will receive an unequivocal NO. She has been almost or even actually nude who knows where and with whom. If you think this is what you will settle down with and live happily ever after and have kids, you have got to be out of your freaking mind.

Have you heard of some guy named Andre Agassi when he went on this phase and hooked up with Barbara Streisand and Brooke Shields to not only have his heart broken but also his career almost ruined?

You are a smart healthy male and I am appalled to see you making this knucklehead decision. I know from some of your comments at your pressers that you visit this site, which makes you a freak but not a knucklehead, yet.

If still all this is not enough, have you heard of Borg, McEnroe, Henin etc. lately? This is not the best time to be getting married with divorce rate hovering around 50 percent. And that’s when all cardinal rules of marriage have been followed. What you are getting into is like attempting to jump from that building, just because Tiger Woods or even Sampras have pulled it off, so far.

You are not even close to any one of them at ANY freaking plane. Why do you think Federer is not even engaged, forget about married, despite having a girl friend for eight freaking years? You think he is a smart guy and plans his life meticulously? You bet!!!!!!

Learn from a plethora of mistakes from people who have already walked the path you are on now, and get out of this mess because it turns into quicksand in a hurry.

Like I said, no one will tell you this, unless they really care for you and are not afraid of aggravating you for your own good.

Dodge a bullet NOW.

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