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Date: 10 Jan 2009 23:32:41
From:
Subject: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
apartment buildings:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html

Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?

wg




 
Date: 12 Jan 2009 11:09:29
From: viper
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts

<wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk > wrote in message
news:CJ6dnSE_NZ7kGfTUnZ2dnUVZ8j-dnZ2d@giganews.com...
> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
> good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
> apartment buildings:
>
> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>
> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>
> wg


Can't open the Age link, but there are tennis courts available to hire in
capital cities all over Australia at $10-$15 hour. Many councils have 2-4
free courts in some suburbs, that operate on the hourly/honesty basis. Most
private schools have 6-10 courts, many of which are available to local
communities. Compared to the US or the UK, we are spoiled for court
availability.

There are a number of reasons that Tennis is now no longer as popular as a
summer/winter sport. Cricket and Rugby are now highly
professional.Basketball has become popular with 'time challenged' parents
(fuck knows why), Surf Life Saving offers outstanding programmes for kids,
Little Athletics ditto, Swim squads are popular and sports such as Water
Polo are on the rise.

Tennis Clubs, such as my local lawn club, are regrettably still run by
geriatrics. I'd love to join, but my kids would only be able to play on a
Sunday morning between 9 and 11.30am, so they can stick their membership up
their arse. I've just checked the synthetic grass courts around the corner,
at our very salubrious local licensed club and they are available just about
the rest of the day at the rate of $16 per hour. Play and then have a beer
on the verandah , yeah............

Viper





  
Date: 12 Jan 2009 11:11:56
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
viper wrote:
> <wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk> wrote in message
> news:CJ6dnSE_NZ7kGfTUnZ2dnUVZ8j-dnZ2d@giganews.com...
>> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth
>> of good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>> apartment buildings:
>>
>> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
>> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>>
>> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>>
>
> Can't open the Age link,

The link is broken into two lines. Just join the pieces.




 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 05:41:31
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
On 11 Jan., 14:35, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided > wrote:
> arnab.z@gmail wrote:
> > wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
> >> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth
> >> of good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
> >> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
> >> apartment buildings:
>
> >>http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tenn...
> >> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>
> >> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>
> > Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
> > year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.
>
> The Asian mainland has no tennis history, so forget it. What's the slam total
> for native Asian players?

Who cares? We have the money. We have the players. We will build the
infrastructure. And we will create and dominate tennis history. For
the entire 21st century. Get used to it.


  
Date: 12 Jan 2009 21:47:59
From: john
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts

"arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zaheen@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:22ae5ca5-6f82-4e8d-8478-d89af2655d48@35g2000pry.googlegroups.com...
> On 11 Jan., 14:35, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
>> arnab.z@gmail wrote:
>> > wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
>> >> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth
>> >> of good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>> >> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>> >> apartment buildings:
>>
>> >>http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tenn...
>> >> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>>
>> >> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>>
>> > Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
>> > year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.
>>
>> The Asian mainland has no tennis history, so forget it. What's the slam
>> total
>> for native Asian players?
>
> Who cares? We have the money. We have the players. We will build the
> infrastructure. And we will create and dominate tennis history. For
> the entire 21st century. Get used to it.

It is pretty stupid argument to say just because Asian mainland has 0 slam
from native Asian
players, they shall not have a slam in Asia. How many slams has Australia
got when it started
out here about 100+ years ago ? Zero. Before 84 Olympic China has 0 medals
now they are
the leading nation in gold medal counts in last year's Olympic and maybe
they should never allow
China to participate in Olympic because it has no history in participating
in Olympic Games.
To spread the interest and participation of tennis in the most populated
continent in the world
I think it will be great to move a grand slam into Asia.




  
Date: 11 Jan 2009 17:51:29
From: *skriptis
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts

"arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zaheen@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:22ae5ca5-6f82-4e8d-8478-d89af2655d48@35g2000pry.googlegroups.com...
> On 11 Jan., 14:35, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
>> arnab.z@gmail wrote:
>> > wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
>> >> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth
>> >> of good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>> >> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>> >> apartment buildings:
>>
>> >>http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tenn...
>> >> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>>
>> >> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>>
>> > Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
>> > year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.
>>
>> The Asian mainland has no tennis history, so forget it. What's the slam
>> total
>> for native Asian players?
>
> Who cares? We have the money. We have the players. We will build the
> infrastructure. And we will create and dominate tennis history. For
> the entire 21st century. Get used to it.


I thought the British left India after you had been succesfully civilized
and reasoned?
It certainly doesn't seem so when reading your posts.

Stop talking nonsense, you could be colonized again.




 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 12:57:46
From: Dave Hazelwood
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
On Sat, 10 Jan 2009 23:32:41 -0600, wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:

>INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
>good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>apartment buildings:
>
>http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
>rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>
>Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>
>wg


They should lock Australia up again and throw the key away this time.


 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 21:40:28
From: Whisper
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
> good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
> apartment buildings:
>
> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>
> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>
> wg



Sure. I posted the other day about this, so no doubt some Age journo is
reading rst for story ideas.

Real estate prices have gone through the roof in some areas, so if no
one plays tennis why not subdivide & make some serious cash?



 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 19:33:59
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth
> of good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
> apartment buildings:
>
> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>
> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?

Since I don't play I'm shamefully ignorant of this. The first I heard of it was
your post (and I buy The Age too).





 
Date: 11 Jan 2009 00:05:05
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
> good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
> apartment buildings:
>
> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>
> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>
> wg

Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.


  
Date: 11 Jan 2009 21:50:51
From: Whisper
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
arnab.z@gmail wrote:
> wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
>> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
>> good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>> apartment buildings:
>>
>> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
>> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>>
>> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>>
>> wg
>
> Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
> year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.


No good players in Asia - be the same as moving it to Iraq.






   
Date: 11 Jan 2009 19:59:03
From: Javier Gonzalez
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
Whisper <beaver999@ozemail.com.au > wrote:
> arnab.z@gmail wrote:
>> wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
>>> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth of
>>> good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>>> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>>> apartment buildings:
>>>
>>> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
>>> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>>>
>>> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>>>
>>> wg
>>
>> Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
>> year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.
>
>
> No good players in Asia - be the same as moving it to Iraq.

What continent was Iraq in, again?


  
Date: 11 Jan 2009 19:35:49
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Australia: vanishing tennis courts
arnab.z@gmail wrote:
> wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk schrieb:
>> INteresting piece in The Age claiming that the reason for the dearth
>> of good Australian players these days (excepting Hewitt, Stosur, and
>> Dellacqua) is that so many courts have b een dug up and replaced with
>> apartment buildings:
>>
>> http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/tennis/game-set-and-match-to-tennis-cou
>> rt-developers/2009/01/10/1231004366013.html
>>
>> Those of you from Down Under: does this ring true to you?
>>
> Since Australians themselves are not keen about tennis, may be the
> year's first slam should move to Asian mainland.

The Asian mainland has no tennis history, so forget it. What's the slam total
for native Asian players?