Saturday, November 14, 2009

Face Of The Day

PARIS - NOVEMBER 14:  Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on prior to his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the ATP Masters Series at the Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy on November 14, 2009 in Paris, France.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on prior to his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the ATP Masters Series at the Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy on November 14, 2009 in Paris, France.

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Singles - Semifinals
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) d [2] R Nadal (ESP) 62 63
[15] G Monfils (FRA) d [13] R Stepanek (CZE) 64 57 64

Doubles - Semifinals
[1] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [8] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 67(2) 64 10-2
M Granollers (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) d [7] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 62

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Two finals in as many weeks when I don't care who wins.

I'm going to enjoy it once more.

6 comments:

Dapxin said...

when is the final?

Graf_sampras said...

14:00 according to Eurosport. that would be 2 PM paris time.

Graf_sampras said...

Wimbledon - Draper slams SW19 free-to-air idea

Eurosport - Fri, 13 Nov 15:10:00 2009
Buzz Up!

LTA chief executive Roger Draper has hit out at the recommendation that all of Wimbledon should be broadcast on free-to-air television exclusively, claiming it could damage grass roots tennis.
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A review, led by former FA executive director David Davies, recommended to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport that all of the All England Championships as well as the Ashes, should be placed on the crown jewels' list of sporting events those protected for free-to-air broadcasting.

Previously, only the Wimbledon finals were on the list and the LTA fear that the proposed changes could impact negatively on their ability to negotiate competitive market rates with the BBC, who are contracted to broadcast the Championships until 2014.

"We are extremely concerned at the recommendation that the entire Wimbledon Championships be added to the list due to the negative impact we believe this will have on investment in tennis," said Draper in a statement.

"We will be engaging fully with the Secretary of State during the proposed consultation and we will argue strongly that the listing should not be extended if we are to avoid damage to grassroots tennis.

"Why change the status quo if the only effect of that is to damage the sport by reducing the investment we have available to grow tennis, including to new audiences, and develop British talent?"

The statement went on to reveal that the 2009 profits from the All England Championships, £29.2 million, makes up more than 50 per cent of all income to British Tennis and that all those profits are invested in growing tennis and supporting British talent.
More than the Games / Eurosport

Graf_sampras said...

This is a rather ORWELLIAN language coming from Draper.


airing Wimbledon FREE - (Britons, incidentally, "rent" free TV programming from the state..in a kind of commong public support for their state programming, so, in a way, they pay for every "free programming" on top of buying the unit)

is supposed to "HARM GRASSROOTS" growth?

it's like saying "if you let people watch wimbledon free on tv, they might not get interested at all".

his fellow Briton George Orwell would be turning in his grave...

oddman said...

BTW, that's a nice pensive pic of Rafa in the dark, in the shadows - looks all broody.

I read an interview of his, postmatch, and he's still very pleased with his play, and gives all credit to Djoke, who 'played unbelievable' - Rafa never says that, lol.

Graf_sampras said...

Oddman ...according to someone that saw Rafa's post match interview ...

RAFA not only praised Djoko...Rafa made a point that

he "never played Djokovic playing THIS WELL before".