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Date: 24 Jan 2009 00:12:08
From: pltrgyst
Subject: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?
Anyone know why Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram were playing together this week?

Tnx -- Larry




 
Date: 24 Jan 2009 16:54:16
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?
pltrgyst wrote:
> Anyone know why Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram were playing together this
> week?

Been watching the AO again?





  
Date: 24 Jan 2009 13:19:38
From: pltrgyst
Subject: Re: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?
On Sat, 24 Jan 2009 16:54:16 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided > wrote:

>pltrgyst wrote:
>> Anyone know why Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram were playing together this
>> week?
>
>Been watching the AO again?

Now cut that out. 8;)

(But Gonzales/Gasquet was one hell of a match...)

-- Larry


 
Date: 23 Jan 2009 21:53:08
From: Pedro Dias
Subject: Re: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?
On Jan 24, 12:12=A0am, pltrgyst <pltrg...@spamlessxhost.org > wrote:
> Anyone know why Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram were playing together this week?
>
> Tnx -- Larry

I didn't look at the Men's Doubles draw. But I did look at the
Women's, and I thought there were a lot of new pairings. Thinking
about it, I thought that it was probably just the case that Australia
is just a long and expensive trip. There are few other chances to
collect some prize money before the AO, doubles players often don't
have much of a chance to make a paycheck in the Singles draw - may be
ranked too low even to get into the qualies draw - and many of them
probably wouldn't even expect to go deep in doubles. So you do get
some of the top teams, like Black/Huber, who are doubles specialists,
but who can compete with top singles players for good partners in the
Mixed Doubles, to supplement decent Women's Doubles prize money. And
then you get a lot of half-teams and singles players, all having to
pair up for just this tournament.


  
Date: 25 Jan 2009 06:46:50
From: Pedro Dias
Subject: Re: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?
In another interesting piece of data, none of the Women's Doubles
matches so far have come out according to seeding.


 
Date: 23 Jan 2009 21:51:54
From: Pedro Dias
Subject: Re: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?
On Jan 24, 12:12=A0am, pltrgyst <pltrg...@spamlessxhost.org > wrote:
> Anyone know why Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram were playing together this week?
>
> Tnx -- Larry

I didn't look at the Men's Doubles draw. But I did look at the
Women's, and I thought there were a lot of new pairings. Thinking
about it, I thought that it was probably just the case that Australia
is just a long and expensive trip. There are few other chances to
collect some prize money before the AO, doubles players often don't
have much of a chance to make a paycheck in the Singles draw - may be
ranked too low even to get into the qualies draw - and many of them
probably wouldn't even expect to go deep in doubles. So you do get
some of the top teams, like Black/Huber, who are doubles specialists,
but who can compete with top singles players for good partners in the
Mixed Doubles, to supplement decent Women's Doubles prize money. And
then you get a lot of half-teams and singles players, all having to
pair up for just this tournament.














and who is not a favorite to finish in the later rounds even in
Doubles. So the players who are entered are the top Doubles teams, and
then players who wanted to play often had to find themselves a partner
for the duration of this tournament.


 
Date: 23 Jan 2009 21:28:36
From: Carey
Subject: Re: Doubles: Mirnyi/Ram?


pltrgyst wrote:
> Anyone know why Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram were playing together this week?
>
> Tnx -- Larry

I don't know why in particular, but Ram is a very fine
doubles player with excellent hands... which you prob
know already. Just the ad hoc pairings that often happen in the dubs?
I wish Ram could make it on the singles
tour- the skills are there, just that whiff of confidence
needed, maybe; an old story.