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Post by bogbrush on Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:55 pm

I mean, are we expected to believe these players are really as excited about this as they act? Why would they be?

What a load of garbage.

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Post by Tenez on Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:36 pm

Agreed. Business at its best!

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Post by Jahu on Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:12 pm

Biz, top hospitality, bit of american hormone injected aged stakes, some money, bit of fun while they were in US for USO anyway, why not? Fed dipping his toes into biz a little for after tennis life.

Only Djoko lost singles, but the doubles Fed/Djoko was fun.

Fed saved 2 MP last night with Isner, pretty good it was.

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Post by Slippy on Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:28 pm

Seems a really strong addition to the calendar, although an exhibition. Great to see the players enjoying themselves and taking it seriously.

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Post by bogbrush on Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:42 pm

Slippy wrote:Seems a really strong addition to the calendar, although an exhibition. Great to see the players enjoying themselves and taking it seriously.
That's an oxymoron. Competitive sport is serious business and you enjoy it in an entirely different way. You don't take exhos seriously, you do stupid stuff like lark about and laugh. I don't see how you can take it seriously and enjoy yourself.

I hate anything like this, I watch sport to see people go to the limit to win.

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Post by Slippy on Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:48 pm

Of course it’s not - players can enjoy themselves supporting their team mates, whilst taking their matches seriously. It seemed to me that the players were certainly trying their best - Fed turning around his match against Isner was a great demonstration.

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Post by bogbrush on Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:59 pm

Really? I think we have a different interpretation of competitive stress.

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Post by DEC1M8 on Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:35 pm

I do think the players were trying on each particular point (not like the charity exhibition events we see), but overall I doubt they cared that much given neither Fed nor Djokovic practiced much in the build up to it.
Also the celebrations were too OTT, obviously a marketing ploy.

However from what I've seen, Jack Sock, Kyrgios, and Isner do take this competition very seriously. Kyrgios was in tears after losing to Fed last year, I think he has odd origins of motivation, and playing for his team mates seems to naturally motivate him. Sock and Isner, well it's not like they'll win much else, and this is in front of their home fans, they were emotionally invested.

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