Sunday, October 18, 2009

Comment Of The Week

From Whole Sight:

6:47 a.m., EST - Over in Shanghai, Rafa hits it long, it's called long. He challenges and Davydenko on the other side of the court sinks to his knees to watch the Hawkeye replay with the rest of the stadium: the expression on Davydenko's face is halfway between pleading & exultation. Indeed the shot was long. He jumps up & bounces happily to the net, where Rafa trudges up and offers a grim handshake but not much more.

The picture at the top of the open thread, which I found and posted before even reading the above, is perfectly described by this excellent writing.


Dapxin said...

when you read
like that...
see pictures,
like that,
like that,
you can only begin,
to wonder,
what torrents,
or waves,
of emotions,
goes on...
that a players mind!

you couldnt put it better! Terrific quote.

edma1022 said...

Great stuff, WS!

Is that avatar a reflection of your passion? or does it mean St. Peter?

Then, these both are for you:

"As she bobs on the water with fishermen on board
You can see the flag's waving like their talking to the Lord.
So if you want to believe my dad's life is glamorous you see.
But the life of a fisherman I never will be." (Melissa Hughes)

"And he saith unto them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.' And they straightaway left their nets, and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)

Whole Sight said...

Hm, the avatar . . . I liked the look of the guy in the photo but I can't remember where I found him. I do like the water, used to fish, but now find myself surrounded by mountains not waves. At any rate thanks for the quotes!

edma1022 said...

:-) oh well...

fyi, the title of the avatar is "Life of a Fisherman"

cheers, Ed

Graf_sampras said...

Shanghai Masters deemed a success

Eurosport - Mon, 19 Oct 10:01:00 2009
Buzz Up!

The high-profile withdrawals and the mass retirements may have been disappointing but the inaugural Shanghai Masters was still a great success, according to tournament director Leon Sun.
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Roger Federer and Andy Murray both pulled out before the new $3.24 million event began, while U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro was among nine players who retired injured during the week.

Shanghai, however, is used to that.

In 2005, organisers protested that they "thought they had purchased a Mercedes only to find it was a jalopy" when five of the top eight players in the world pulled out of the first season-ending Masters Cup to be played at the Qizhong arena.

"Injuries are part of the sport, as a tournament director I have to get used to that," Sun said.

"From a fan's point of view, we were obviously a little bit disappointed, but we're trying to educate the fans that you are not just following the stars but the whole tournament.

"We had a worst situation in 2005 but we still had good crowds and a good tournament."

The season finale has now moved to London but in its place Shanghai was awarded the only one of the nine Masters series events to take place outside of Europe and North America.

That paved the way for a new 5,000 seat grandstand court and a third court with 2,000 seats to supplement the 15,000 capacity main arena although the extra seats did not amount to extra spectators.

"If you look at the ticket numbers, it's pretty similar to last year," said Sun.

"It looks like we have lower attendance than last year. But this year we have more stadiums and people are more spread out."

While ticket sales did not improve significantly, sponsorship deals were encouraging and with the Shanghai city government covering the building costs, tournament organisers expect to break even in their first year.

Sun said officials had also managed to attract more Chinese partners this year and around 95 per cent of sponsorship revenues would go directly to the organisers.

"We have definitely hit our target on the sponsorship side and on the ticket side, we're very close," he said.

"We're pretty much there.

"If the players, the officials and the sponsors say you're good, and your audience are positive, that's very encouraging."

BooksHere said...

Actually, though the handshake at the net was grim and brief, Rafa's comments during the awards ceremony were gracious, sweet, and not curt. I think he must have been feeling as bad as at any time in his playing career, but he neither stood Andy Murray-like in haughty indifference (remember IW?) or Federer-like in weepy hysteria. Rafa may be completely off his game (that no injury can really explain), but he has not lost his class or gentlemanly consideration for the feelings of others or his innate kindness when he's lost and lost in humiliating fashion.

Craig Hickman said...

I think Rafa is still very much in recovery from the injury he just took time away from competition to recover from.

He looks like he's just going through the motions.

And since I said the same about Miss 100%, I suspect he'll win a title again soon, and get a bit of confidence back.

From there, anything is possible, including more of doldrums.

When injury strikes at the peak of a player's momentum, it can be doubly devastating.

Graf_sampras said...

True about rafa. of course he is disappointed because experienced as he is now on injuries and "pace" and building confidence and all that -- this is unusual in that he has lost so many months, TWO major titles, his top ranking, all so swiftly , in a row , and all due to his injury that curtailed his practice, and everything follows from that.

naturally he wants to do better QUICKLY - and having reached another finals - to lose in the end....that TOO is unusual for him.

Don't forget also:

Davydenko was VERY gracious about his win. he acknowledged it was very important for him, also because he had serious injuries though they did not cost such HUGE blows as for Rafael..

but he acknowledged that he also won partly because of the injuries to other players coinciding with HIS refreshed return to the game.

NOT MANY winners who were partly aided by injuries to OTHERS , especially "nemeses" - would even come close to sniffing that acknowledgement...

some have previously downplayed the injuries of their opponents , and then lo and behold, the day comes when THEY have injuries that are downplayed by THEIR conqueror.

these players who do that -- are LUCKY if another player doesn't make little of their discomfort the next time around.

that's why in this matter of injuries and losing - rafael has been quite exemplary - when HE is the one injured or when his opponent is in discomfort. davydenko has also become this way.

it is difficult to say so of much of the others.

Whole Sight said...

All this talk of graciousness!

Well, yes, it's nice to think that Player X whom we like is a nice player, certainly. But then I loved to watch McEnroe on TV when I was a kid for the electric grace of his hands at net - not for the gracelessness of his mouth. Ditto Connors, and so on down a long list. If Rafa were tactless rather than charming in what he did off the court, would that be so terrible? It reminds me of the debate about Ezra Pound: can we still read & enjoy his poetry, or must we reject it, knowing he was an anti-Semite? Beauty is like that sometimes.