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Post by Tenez on Mon May 16, 2016 4:57 pm

Just saw good old  John Prescott in the Eurostar...going to Brussels to get his cheque I guess. He has changed quite a bit.

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue May 17, 2016 7:37 am

Tenez wrote:Just saw good old  John Prescott in the Eurostar...going to Brussels to get his cheque I guess. He has changed quite a bit.

Wow...Prescott the two jags....I can't believe he's still around...I don't want to know what Mendelson is doing...

What a rotten lot they were.

How has Prescott changed?

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Post by Tenez on Tue May 17, 2016 12:18 pm

I took a profile picture. He certainly looked diminished as one would at 77. Will post it when I'm back. But it's strange how politicians can still get paid by the EU long after they retire for having betrayed their country.

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Post by Jahu on Tue May 17, 2016 8:38 pm

Bunch of Cons & Brexit you lot  Doh


At least he counter-punched nicely an egg thrower smiley

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Post by legendkillar on Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:33 pm

Federer topped Forbes list of most valuable brand for an athlete. 

Bet the tour is praying he comes back.

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Post by Jahu on Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:44 pm

No Djoko and his Uniqlomsy brand? Monaco in tears.

Another win for Fed, beating some NBA stars and that Tiger guy.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/federer-forbes-fab-40-list-brand-value

LK give news properly, a link, some anti-Djoko comment, etc, do it properly man  

P.S This is not gossip, should be a sticky on Main forum Laugh

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Post by Veejay on Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:02 pm

legendkillar wrote:Federer topped Forbes list of most valuable brand for an athlete. 

Bet the tour is praying he comes back.
i saw that earlier today and he is also the highest paid athlete in the world this year in terms of off court earnings and endorsements..over $60 million i believe..not ad for a season that he barely even played..
i think that his appeal,the respect and admiration people have for him and how much he is loved everywhere he goes leads me to think that its going to have to take some kind of miracle for any athlete to top him even years after he retired 
most if not all athletes end up smelling like poo because of whatever scandal they get exposed for

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Post by legendkillar on Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:33 pm

Federer certainly in my view has impeccable professionalism and certainly conducts himself so well with the talent he has and his achievements. His demeanour certainly matches well with his game. Cool and calm. 

Tennis is style and grace and not sure any personifies that more than Federer.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:32 pm

Jahu wrote:No Djoko and his Uniqlomsy brand? Monaco in tears.

Another win for Fed, beating some NBA stars and that Tiger guy.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/federer-forbes-fab-40-list-brand-value

LK give news properly, a link, some anti-Djoko comment, etc, do it properly man  

P.S This is not gossip, should be a sticky on Main forum Laugh

Silly me! Doh

Why did it take me so long to work out you are jealous of ""Djoko"....

You are obsessed with Monaco and money, aren't you?

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Post by Tenez on Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:18 pm

He is just a genius. the rest is irrelevant.

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Post by Jahu on Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:37 am

Thanks for your support nitb and Tenez, gives me motivation to carry on smiley

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Post by luvsports! on Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:19 pm

Just found these cracking highlights of Feds vs Safin in 02!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKRNtNkS-gE&list=WL&index=19

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Post by Tenez on Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:35 am

Poor Federer. He did not know that a few years later he'll have to face a few rabbits with duracells able to bring all those winners back.


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Post by Jahu on Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:39 pm

Bo5 as a Masters final should be and not a girly 3 set crap.

Thanks for the vid LS.

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Post by noleisthebest on Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:31 pm

Fed looked like a peasant with that pony tail, beard and necklace... raw un-PRed image gives some insights.

His FH was really good then.

Did he play with 85" at that stage, or was his smalest racquet head 90"?

I didn't watch the whole clip, in fact, I prefer his game much more now, esp on grass.

This all looks slow compared to some better matches in recent years.

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Post by legendkillar on Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:06 am

I see that Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement via Facebook last night at the age of 29.

Certainly admired for the wrong reasons and almost was held in the same light as Kournikova.

Wish her all the best in her future.

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Post by noleisthebest on Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:34 am

legendkillar wrote:I see that Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement via Facebook last night at the age of 29.

Certainly admired for the wrong reasons and almost was held in the same light as Kournikova.

Wish her all the best in her future.

Ooooh, I think that's a bit harsh on Ana.
After all, she won Rolan Garros and was a number one...and had a great attacking game. Unfortunately that game was fragile because of her nerves.

All Serbs were so proud of her when our national anthem was played in Paris that day.

Ana is a graceful creature, not a glamazon.

Just too emotional. I saw her twice at Wimbledon. Her serve/toss was the end of her.

Hopefully will find her feet in more relaxed scenes od life.

Tennis court has become a cruel place these days where nice people are devoured like fodder.

She could play tennis, though!


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Post by Slippy on Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:10 pm

People forget that Kournikova was a very stylish player. Of course, she realised that she didn't actually need to prioritise tennis and, coupled with a few injuries, that meant that she never came close to fulfilling her potential. However, I think she probably had the potential to have at least as good a career as Ana.

Ana was a top 5/10 level player who maximised her potential initially and was fortunate that she played well at a time when the ladies game was at a very low point. That said, her game could be fun to watch and her career was devastated by the yips on her serve. Given how pretty she is, she could have easily gone down the Kournikova route but instead has kept working hard to try and get back to the top. A good career and the right time to choose to retire.

I don't agree that tennis has become a cruel sport either. I'm sure there is some bitchiness in the women's game particularly but, in general, it's a sport played by the rules where examples of blatant cheating are few and far between. Of course, they all have a bit of an edge, but the big 4 in the men's game generally strike me as being fairly "nice" and it hasn't stopped them succeeding. Had Ana been a better player, the fact she is a nice girl wouldn't have stopped her from winning more.

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Post by legendkillar on Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:32 pm

NITB wrote:
legendkillar wrote:I see that Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement via Facebook last night at the age of 29.

Certainly admired for the wrong reasons and almost was held in the same light as Kournikova.

Wish her all the best in her future.

Ooooh, I think that's a bit harsh on Ana.
After all, she won Rolan Garros and was a number one...and had a great attacking game. Unfortunately that game was fragile because of her nerves.

All Serbs were so proud of her when our national anthem was played in Paris that day.

Ana is a graceful creature, not a glamazon.

Just too emotional. I saw her twice at Wimbledon. Her serve/toss was the end of her.

Hopefully will find her feet in more relaxed scenes od life.

Tennis court has become a cruel place these days where nice people are devoured like fodder.

She could play tennis, though!


I don't think it is. The point I am making is that people (certainly casual fans and players I know) always seemed to remember Ana for her beauty rather than her tennis. I agree that she is much more than that.

She had a career many on tour now would hope for.

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Post by legendkillar on Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:17 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/38601762

Interesting. Intriguing that Fuller is gushing about him. Getting rid of Roehampton was a no brainer to be honest. Other than that, didn't do a lot else.

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:59 am

legendkillar wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/38601762

Interesting. Intriguing that Fuller is gushing about him. Getting rid of Roehampton was a no brainer to be honest. Other than that, didn't do a lot else.

What do you mean?

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Post by legendkillar on Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:31 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/11052353/LTA-scraps-40m-National-Tennis-Centre-at-Roehampton-seven-years-after-it-opened.html

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Post by noleisthebest on Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:42 pm

I see.
I was worried they got rid of those lovely grass courts where qualies for Wimbledon are played on.

Still not sure what this "getting rid of Roehampton" mean, surely, they are not going to bulldoze the complex and build executive flats!!!! Yikes

I know Draper was not popular among coaches as he was cutting funding for juniors and trying to encourage adults to play tennis, but tbh, tennis in the UK is so elitist...I wonder who actually trained in that complex?

We have several national junior champions in our club and none of them have been there.

In fact, I don't even care about the state of tennis in the UK...all they do is import foreign talent anyway.

Murray brothers are a credit to their mother, nothing else.

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Post by legendkillar on Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:20 pm

You never know. Kempton Park which held some of the most famous horse races is being demolished for housing! Grr Grr

No-one trained at the complex. Hence the biggest issue that faced that complex. I remember Murray posting a video when he went to train there and not a single other player was in sight.

I do actually care for the state of the development of tennis in this country. You have to go as far back as Henman for a top 10 player in these shores that was developed in this country.

The LTA will always face growing pressures to provide tennis to juniors at affordable prices. They also face a real skill shortage amongst coaches that convert those promising juniors to top tour level pros.

I agree that the bedrock for that conversion has been developed in other countries.

I remember the LTA trying to woo Dustin Brown to become a Brit and ended up with Bedene.

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