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Onibaba 2006-08-28 21:36

Tennis discussion thread
 
After 21 consecutive years (of U.S. Opens), Andre Agassi will be retiring.

He's currently in the 2nd set against Pavel (On the 'USA' channel in the states).

Hard to believe that aged bald wonder once dominated the courts looking like this:



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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Andre Kirk Agassi (born April 29, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. He has won eight Grand Slam singles titles and is one of only five players to have won all four Grand Slam singles events during his career. He is considered by many tennis fans to be one of the most complete and natural talents tennis has ever seen. Agassi is the only player in the open era to have won every Grand Slam singles title, the Masters, the Davis Cup, and the Olympic Gold medal.

As an avid tennis player/follower, the community won't be the same without him.

Good luck to him in whatever he does with the rest of his life (perhaps a comeback? *cough* Sampras *cough*)

mit7059 2006-08-28 21:41

It'd be cool if he could win his last U.S. Open
Hmmmm...the change in hair styles is worrying, my hair is thick now, I don't want to ever have to worry about going bald....

Onibaba 2006-08-28 23:39

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Originally Posted by mit7059
It'd be cool if he could win his last U.S. Open
Hmmmm...the change in hair styles is worrying, my hair is thick now, I don't want to ever have to worry about going bald....

Hah, I feel the same way.

Update: Agassi has just won his first match over Pavel! Three tie-breakers, what a first round.

Ending 2006-08-29 07:04

So the time goes by. Hair-gods become bald, pretty become ugly, and the good become grudgy. Wonder who will be next? :hmm:

Agassi was leading by 5-4 a moment ago, IIRC.

mit7059 2006-08-29 07:18

All he needs to do now is look out for Echizen ;)

Sazelyt 2006-08-29 18:29

Now he can comfortably concentrate on playing together with his wife in the doubles games (forming the most fan-favorite doubles team of all times). If Navratilova is still playing, it might be nice to see the aged rivals from the old times compete again.

Anyways, he has been my favorite player for a long time, both with his attitude towards tennis and people attending his games, and his pertinacious play. He was unlucky to go against Sampras throughout a long-time of his career, and lucky to be able to play during an era without Sampras competing. He has already taken his place among the greatest, I guess that says a lot.

Aoie_Emesai 2006-08-30 08:47

OMG! He's going all 80s on us. Agassi looks almost indistingunishable, no. Reminds me of Richard Dean Anderson.http://cinedestin.privatedns.com/tel...ananderson.jpg

He was a great tennis professional, I hope he enjoys his life time off of tennis.

obentou 2006-08-31 19:36

Really? I didn't know that. Well, good luck to Agassi in this year's US Open.

Catgirls 2006-09-03 13:38

He's Out
 
Well, it looks like that's it.

Quote:

German qualifier Benjamin Becker ousts Andre Agassi from the U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Andre Agassi finally couldn't keep going.

Agassi lost to unseeded Benjamin Becker in the third round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, falling 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 in their rain-delayed match.

(read more...)
Auf wiedersehen Mr. Agassi and thanks for all the fish.

mit7059 2006-09-03 14:07

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Originally Posted by Catgirls
Well, it looks like that's it.

Auf wiedersehen Mr. Agassi and thanks for all the fish.

What? Why are the dolphins leaving?

Sazelyt 2006-09-03 15:05

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Originally Posted by Catgirls
Well, it looks like that's it.

Auf wiedersehen Mr. Agassi and thanks for all the fish.

Guess, Agassi lost to the ghost hidden within his opponent's surname...

By the way when I googled Agassi and Becker, that came as the first result: "Third-seeded Andre Agassi led unseeded Boris Becker, 6-7 (4-7) 6-4, 2-0, yesterday when rain halted play in the final of the Salem Open in Hong Kong", another unseeded Becker, another rain interruption, interesting coincidences...

Kinny Riddle 2006-09-04 09:04

Easily one of the greatest tennis players of his generation. While Sampras has more titles (including Grand Slams) than Agassi, Agassi did what Sampras couldn't by winning on all four Grand Slams. And if it wasn't for Agassi, Sampras wouldn't be at his best. I basically grew up watching him and Sampras duel it out all the time, so he'll really be missed.

This is really the change of guards at the male singles, out Sampras-Agassi, in Federer-Nadal?

Onibaba 2006-09-04 21:25

Indeed, it was one hell of a match though....the crowd gave him an 8 minute standing ovation as he cried in his seat after the match. It was quite depressing.

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Originally Posted by Kinny Riddle
This is really the change of guards at the male singles, out Sampras-Agassi, in Federer-Nadal?

I think you're forgetting (Andy) Roddick and (James) Blake :-) good luck to both of them in the rest of the tournament.

makeyourself 2006-09-07 01:18

YouTube - Andre Agassi's last match, retires from tennis
 
For those who didn't manage to see it, a very touching moment.

Reckoner 2008-01-22 02:15

The Tennis Thread!!!
 
Hello everyone, I am not sure how many of you out there are tennis players or watchers, but I hope to have this thread more organized.

When I say in general about tennis, I literally mean it. Whether it be discussing the ATP tour, to the type of strings you use on your racket, to the type of forehand/backhand grip you use, I find it all acceptable in this thread.

Although since such a broad subject exists, I'll get everyone started with a template to use.

1.Are you a watcher or player of tennis, or are you both?

(Questions Below Here Pertain to Watchers)

2.Name your three favorite ATP/WTA players and explain why:

3.Who do you consider the greatest player of all time? Why?

4.How do you feel about the state of Pro Tour? Basically as in coverage, announcers, etc.

5.Since it is a current event, who do you think men&women is going to win the 2008 Australian Open?

(Questions Below Here Pertain to Players)

6.Are you a casual player, club player, or a serious player?

7.If you are a serious player, what is your ranking? (Wherever you are from)

8.What kind of forehand grip do you use? (Western, Semi-Western, Eastern, Extreme Easter, Hawaiian, Continental, etc.)

9.What kind of backhand do you have, one or two hander? What kind of grip do you use on that backhand?

10.What racket do you use?

11.What strings do you use? What tension do you string at?

12.On the NTRP rating scale, what would you rate yourself? (http://www.tennismates.com/ntrp.asp) <-- For more information

13.What style of play are you? (Aggressive base liner, counter puncher, serve-and-volleyer, etc.)
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I'll start off.

1. Watcher and a player of tennis.
2. Roger Federer - He's just pure perfection, what more can I say about him. GOAT.
Raphael Nadal - This player has some wicked spin and physical endurance, captivating.
Justin Henin - Her backhand is just love to a one handed player like me.
3. Roger Federer - Haven't seen anyone that can pull of his shots in a match all the time. He's been number 1 for a little over 4 years now.
4. I wish the coverage would be better, French Open doesn't get much attention. The announcers are annoying a lot of the time, they don't know what they're talking about half the time. I am very disappointed in how much the WTA has degraded, its a bunch of girls slapping balls as hard as they can now these days. Justin Henin is the only good player left in my opinion.
5. Either Roger Federer, or Novak Djokovich for mens, and Justin Henin for womens.
6.Serious player
7. Somewhere in 400s in boys 16s Souther California in the USTA. Plan to actually play a lot more USTA tournaments this year though.
8. I have a western forehand grip.
9. One handed, eastern backhand.
10. Head Liquid Metal Prestige Mid
11. Head Ultra Tour 17 at 57 tension.
12. I'm almost a 4.5 level player, my second serve is a bit too weak.
13. My style is counterpunch, I like to drive aggressive baseliners crazy :heh:

Sazelyt 2008-01-22 03:04

I have never been a serious follower, but before I was following quite regularly, though not a technical-based follower, more like following the enjoyment aspects of the plays (hence, the favorite games, xxx-agassi, seles-graf, sanches-graf, etc.)

- For the favorites, I will list the older generation, as I do not have a favorite right now.
ATP: Becker: Cannot say a lot. I was just enjoying him win, even though he was not the best. Something like a unique bond, I guess.
Agassi: His character was the most attractive feature. And the way he beat power tennis with his struggle-filled play (meaning running at the back, fighting for every single ball at high level) was really admirable. Of course, his marriage with Graf was a bonus.
Sampras: For me, he was the best male tennis player, ever. Even though, his play was not really entertaining (having mechanical accuracy), he was really strong.

WTA: Graf: My favorite player, ever (at the level that I had felt a guilt-filled-happiness after Seles injury, sad but true). She was powerful, yet playing in a highly artistic way.
Navratilova: I doubt there will be anyone who hadn't enjoyed her game. The best female player ever.
Seles: Before the sad injury, she was on her way to become one of the greatest female players of all time. She was so strong, even Graf, despite her powerful play compared to the rest, was not able to reach Seles's level.

Kinny Riddle 2008-01-22 10:04

Ah, a tennis thread. :D

2007 was a good time to watch tennis, but I didn't create a thread as I noticed no-one seems interested in discussing. Who could forget that epic five set Wimbledon final between Federer and Nadal? And just one month after their meeting in clay in the Roland Garros final as well.

Both are now on course to reach the final of this year's Australia Open this coming Sunday. Though Novak Djokovic may want to contest this issue.

As for the women's side, defending champion Justine Henin has just been dumped out by Maria Sharapova. :o

2H-Dragon 2008-01-22 10:15

We live in awesome times. To think we can see two of the greatest tennisers of all times playing. =o Ofcourse we had our fair share of awesome tennisers, but Nadal and Federer are godlike. o_O

Reckoner 2008-01-22 18:34

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Originally Posted by Kinny Riddle (Post 1355661)
As for the women's side, defending champion Justine Henin has just been dumped out by Maria Sharapova. :o

She got crushed by a power whore, now I am crying. Oh well, at least she's hot.

Iron Fist 2008-01-22 21:41

Cool, a tennis thread. :D I love tennis.

Is anyone watching the Austrailian Open? The tournament has been full of surprises and full of great matches. The matches on Saturday were just fantastic. Federer was taken to five sets! I can't wait for Federer vs. Blake later tonight. Should be a great match.

Tran225 2008-01-22 22:13

omg omg theres actaully a tennis thread xD im in the tennis team for my high school but im still a beginner but i really enjoy playing tennis

Reckoner 2008-01-23 16:19

Blake beaten by Federer in straight sets, he's just too good.

Djokovich takes out Ferrer in straight sets, but if Ferrer won the 3rd I think he would've won the match due to how tired Djokovich was getting.


Ana Ivonovich takes out Venus Williams, yay!

This tournament is getting interesting. I hope Nadal beats Tsonga.

Iron Fist 2008-01-23 21:25

I think Nadal will beat Tsonga. As for Federer and Djokovich again, it should be interesting.

Kinny Riddle 2008-01-24 08:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iron Fist (Post 1358804)
I think Nadal will beat Tsonga. As for Federer and Djokovich again, it should be interesting.

Tsonga has defied the odds and dumped Nadal out in straight sets. Pity that Nadal still can't get used to winning in the hard-court Grand Slams, where the ball tends to bounce much faster than in clay, where he is king, and grass, where he's equally adapting fast.

Tomorrow will see that other semi-final between Federer and Djokovich, a re-match of last September's US Open final.

On the women's side, while Jankovic lost to Sharapova in straight sets, her Serb compatriot Ivanovic came from behind to beat Hantuchova 2 sets to 1.

Reckoner 2008-01-24 11:17

Wow, Tsonga was amazing in that match... Nadal didn't even play bad, his opponent was zoning!

Now I really hope Federer stops another zoner like Mr.Gonzales last year.

arcadeplayer987 2008-01-24 14:50

I saw the match between Nadal and Tsonga and Nadal had no chance. If is playing like this, Tsonga will win the title, no doubt

Reckoner 2008-01-24 16:26

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Originally Posted by arcadeplayer987 (Post 1360124)
I saw the match between Nadal and Tsonga and Nadal had no chance. If is playing like this, Tsonga will win the title, no doubt

Well Gonzales was zoning like Tsonga last year and then Federer put the smack down on him.

BellaD 2008-01-25 08:51

Even though Tsonga seems good I still believe Federer will win. But how about Sharapova and Ivanovich ? To me seems like it's going to be one of those boring matches for some strange reason.

Kinny Riddle 2008-01-25 10:00

First Nadal is out, then Djokovic cements his place as the new challenger to Federer by doing the unthinkable and beating the Fed-Express in straight sets.

I've been very impressed with this young lad since I saw him play against Nadal in the Roland Garros semis last year, his strikes are just so full of power, and it requires a lot of effort from Nadal to actually match him. So my money's on Djokovic getting his first Grand Slam on Sunday. Come on Novak.

arcadeplayer987 2008-01-25 15:37

Who would think will see a Tsonga - Djokovic final act??

boggart 2008-01-25 16:21

I'm actually going for the Frenchman on Sunday. Have you seen the guy play?? O_O The way he mixes up his hits around the court is just a pleasure to watch. It should be good regardless of who comes out on top in the final.

Oh and GO IVANOVIC! :p

Reckoner 2008-01-25 16:42

I'm quite depressed about Federer's dismal performance against Djokovich. This match was a guy playing bad vs a guy giving 110%. I do personally think that this is going to relieve a lot of pressure off Federer, as he may not feel anymore like he "has" to win every gland slam and finally play unhindered.

I'm a little torn on this final though, I think I am going to root for Tsonga. Djokovich kind of pisses me off with his attitude at times which makes him less likable.

Ah, supporting Sharapova for women's finals.

Iron Fist 2008-01-26 21:56

It's really been a great Austrailian Open. I was surprised that Tsonga beat Nadal, I had no idea he'd come out the winner. I was rooting for him, but I thought Nadal would beat him. I'm really glad Tsonga won and in straight set even!

Federer losing wasa big surprise. Novak played great tennis, and I simply think Federer wasn't playing his best. The Grand Slam streak has ended and I look forward toa new champion. I hope Tsonga wins, he's just been great throughout this whole tournament.

I knew Maria was going to win in the finals. She's just been dominant this whole tournament. I personally think that if she continues to play the way she did, she could win the other three slams.

Sazelyt 2008-01-27 00:08

I am really disappointed in the match between Federer and Djokovic. The level of the match between the 1st and the 3rd ranked players shouldn't be that bad. It was like watching players around rank 40-50 or even worse from the past. Maybe my luck, but maybe it was a good decision to give a break from watching tennis.

boggart 2008-01-27 00:19

Mr Tsonga is my red-hot favourite to win tonight! :D He has the skills, but has he got the patience and level-headedness to finish on top? I think he does.

GO TSONGA!

Reckoner 2008-01-27 01:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sazelyt (Post 1364507)
I am really disappointed in the match between Federer and Djokovic. The level of the match between the 1st and the 3rd ranked players shouldn't be that bad. It was like watching players around rank 40-50 or even worse from the past. Maybe my luck, but maybe it was a good decision to give a break from watching tennis.

Federer was playing horrible, trust me. He is the most graceful player to ever pick up a racket, I think the stomach disease he got before the big tournament affected him a bit.

anti-random 2008-01-27 05:56

doesn't look to good for tsonga. won first set, lost second set to djokovic. And djokovic has taken over the match by the looks of it. Yes the match is still on going as i write this.

holyman282 2008-01-27 06:11

djokovic is leading 2 sets to 1.. If Tsonga does make a come back it's going to reach a 5 set match and it makes me think, damn tennis is a sport that requires alot of stamina...

boggart 2008-01-27 07:35

Whoa... what an awesome match! Congrats to Djokovic.

4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-2)

Kinny Riddle 2008-01-27 13:01

A great game, congratulations to Djokovic on winning his first Grand Slam, ending the duopoly of Grand Slam titles by Federer and Nadal since Roland Garros 2005 (mostly Federer, with Nadal dominating in clay). It's also the first Grand Slam final for a long time to not have either Federer and Nadal.

Tsonga must be given credit for this game, he had every chance of winning this, and he would have deserved it if he won. But let's not take anything away from "Nole".

I liked how he pushed the audiences' right buttons afterwards by saying he still loves them even though he knew they mostly wanted Tsonga the underdog to win, which definitely throws your concerns about his so-called attitude out of the window, Reckoner (which I hardly noticed).


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