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Wimbledon 2011
« on: June 20, 2011, 02:51:28 PM »

It begins!!

Jelena Dokic is back at wimbledon! She unfortunately has to play Francesca Schiavone in Rd 1
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2011, 07:58:23 AM »

It was 30 years ago? You cannot be serious!
Reuters June 24, 2011


John McEnroe. -AFP Photo

 
LONDON: It was 30 years ago this week when John McEnroe uttered what has become the most immortal phrase in tennis, if not all sport, when he screamed “you cannot be serious” at a Wimbledon umpire while disputing a line call.

For players brought up in an era of Hawkeye electronic detection devices, when line-call challenges are enshrined in the rules of the game, it is impossible to understand the furore McEnroe’s outburst caused in the civilized world of tennis.

McEnroe already had a reputation and had been labelled “Superbrat” by the British tabloid media for his verbal volleys during his previous Wimbledon appearances.

His moment came in a first-round match against fellow American Tom Gullikson, who was serving at 15-30 and 1-1 in the first set when a McEnroe shot was called out.

Approaching the umpire, he said: “Chalk came up all over the place, you can’t be serious man.”

Then, his anger rising, he bawled the words that would stay with him for a lifetime and, for all his wonderful play and myriad achievements, earn him a special niche in the sporting annals.

“You cannot be serious,” he screamed. “That ball was on the line.

“Chalk flew up, it was clearly in, how can you possibly call that out?” he went on.

“Everybody knows it’s in in the whole stadium and you call it out? You guys are the absolute pits of the world, you know that?”

On the receiving end of the tirade was umpire Edward James, who eventually responded by politely announcing: “I’m going to award a point against you Mr McEnroe.”

HALLOWED TURF

That was not the end of it as the referee was later called amid another rebuke for the headband-sporting, wild-haired American after he smashed his racket into the hallowed turf.

“You are misusing your racquet, Mr. McEnroe,” said James.

“You are an incompetent fool, an offence against the world,” boomed McEnroe, who was docked another point.

It made little difference in the end as McEnroe went on to win in straight sets to begin a campaign that would end two weeks later with his final victory over Bjorn Borg.

Gullikson was unimpressed, saying at the time: “It has no place. Everyone’s afraid of these guys. All it would take is one default to put them in line. If it was the 120th player in the world they would have defaulted him.”

The outraged Wimbledon officials were equally annoyed and broke with tradition by not making their new 22-year-old singles champion an honorary member of the All England Club.

McEnroe boycotted the Champions’ Dinner in response, missing a chance to dance with women’s champion Chris Evert in the process.

“You cannot be serious” moved quickly beyond tennis as the phrase, and McEnroe’s accompanying tantrum, featured in comedy sketches, TV adverts and pop songs and the man himself even used it as the title of his autobiography.

McEnroe continued to rail against the authorities throughout his career and fans came to be almost disappointed if he held his tongue and merely entertained them with some of the most sublime tennis ever produced.

Eventually, though, technology came to wield a greater influence than the human eye and courtside rows generally went the way of wooden rackets.

Back in 1981 Wimbledon fans responded to McEnroe’s rant with a slow hand-clap which, in some sort of delicious irony, is now the accompaniment to the big-screen replays of line calls that have been appealed against by players as part of their three challenges per set allocation.

When once they booed a line-call query, they now cheer and clap when a challenge is successful and as “Superbrat” mellowed to become a widely-respected TV analyst of the game, memories of his behaviour attracted a rose-tinted tinge.

In a poll last year to discover their most memorable Wimbledon moment, 5,000 fans paid lip service to Briton Virginia Wade’s emotional home success in 1977, the epic 2008 Roger Federer-Rafa Nadal final and even the momentous Borg-McEnroe tie break in 1980.

There was, of course, only one winner. And yes, they were being serious.
http://www.dawn.com/2011/06/24/it-was-30-years-ago-you-cannot-be-serious.html
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 05:43:31 PM »

Good to see Sachin Tendulkar at Wimbledon again. Roger Federer is a fan of Cricket. They both met after the match.(You can see the photo at Cricinfo)
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 06:43:10 PM »

great match between Del Potro and Nadal - 1 set all and on serve.

Nadal playing with an injured foot....and now Potro just slid and injured himself quite badly - he is off the court
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 12:27:50 PM »

weird triangle....


Sania Mirza's Ladies Doubles partner is the same as Bhupathi's Mixed Doubles partner... russian lass named Elena Vesnina
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2011, 03:50:06 AM »

WTH sharapova lost
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2011, 05:25:57 AM »

WTH sharapova lost

kvitova is (a) powerful man...

sad for sharapova but at least she is back!

now for the real tennis!
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2011, 12:10:19 PM »

mirza and vesnina made it to the ladies doubles semis

bhupathi and vesnina are in the mixed doubles final
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2011, 10:04:06 PM »

Novak cleans up Rafael..

2 days ago, i was reading an article by a brit in the telegraph..he was calling Nadal the GOAT.

I laughed so hard..I tell you
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2011, 10:17:40 PM »

Novak cleans up Rafael..

2 days ago, i was reading an article by a brit in the telegraph..he was calling Nadal the GOAT.

I laughed so hard..I tell you

only time will tell  :P mock a 24 yr old with the slam and 10 titles at your own peril!
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 01:19:23 PM »

I am so happy at Djokovic win over Nadal. I am a big fan of Federer and then started liking Djokovic for his easy going attitude and his skills. Somehow I never felt that fan-connection with Nadal although he too is extremely skilled and a nice human being too. Maybe it is so because Fed was never able to beat him consistently.

Djokovic's victory over Nadal is probably the beginning of a new era in Tennis. Fed is on his way out. He can get to finals but will find it tough to win Grand Slams. Murray and Djokovic are on the ascendency. Murray, maybe not that much, but Djokovic certainly so. Djokovic will now be the biggest thorn in Nadal's flesh, when it comes to winning Slams.

Nadal is 25, Djokovic is 24. Nadal has sustained some injuries, Djokovic has infact improved his fitness in recent time. In my opinion, Nadal will find it difficult to win 6 more Slams 'cause he will often run into Djokovic. It may not happen the way I am seeing it, but now we will know why Fed is the GOAT with 16 Grand Slam titles. It remains to be seen how Nadal and Djokovic fare in coming years, but Djokovic has set up the tone in 2011 by defeating Nadal 5 times in various tournaments... similar to the tone Nadal set against Fed few years ago.
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 05:02:32 PM »

Novak cleans up Rafael..

2 days ago, i was reading an article by a brit in the telegraph..he was calling Nadal the GOAT.

I laughed so hard..I tell you

Why laugh? He is incredibly good and if he can somehow remain injury free, he could well hit that number of 16. He pwns Federer in Slams.
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2011, 02:35:59 AM »

Novak cleans up Rafael..

2 days ago, i was reading an article by a brit in the telegraph..he was calling Nadal the GOAT.

I laughed so hard..I tell you

Why laugh? He is incredibly good and if he can somehow remain injury free, he could well hit that number of 16. He pwns Federer in Slams.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/8609140/Wimbledon-2011-rampaging-Rafael-Nadal-is-tenniss-Greatest-of-All-Time-not-Roger-Federer.html

It is a warped article, but I do accept the point about Rafa's lack of grace and elegance in shot making causing him to be passed over for GOAT. His dominance over Federer in head-to-head Grand Slam meetings is a major thing, and if he keeps fit and healthy, his record could very well match up with Federer's.
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Re: Wimbledon 2011
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2013, 11:52:36 AM »

Wimblendon 2013 will begin on 24 june. I cannot wait to see all matches. I hope Andy Murray wins this year wimblendon championship.
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