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Date: 17 Dec 2008 20:40:39
From: Vari L. Cinicke
Subject: Is Murray The One?
Murray is defending a title in Doha.

Guess who decide to show up in Doha?

#1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.

Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!

Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
meeting!

--
Cheers,

vc




 
Date: 18 Dec 2008 02:09:05
From: ahonkan
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 18, 2:27=A0pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> On Dec 18, 9:08=A0am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
>
>
>
> > arnab.z@gmail wrote:
> > > On Dec 18, 2:40 am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
> > >> Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> > >> Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> > >> #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling=
.
>
> > >> Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> > >> Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> > >> that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the la=
st
> > >> meeting!
>
> > > Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered =
a
> > > lot to switch from Chennai.
>
> > In the past, I think he went to Chennai to avoid Doha. I think this is =
a
> > bold move on his part.
>
> > Also, Doha can offer more money than Chennai. Though a Honorary
> > Doctorate from Chennai is probably worth more than one for Doha.
>
> > He needs someone to look after his interests. Dr. Rafa has a ring to it=
!
>
> > --
> > Cheers,
>
> > vc
>
> I think the Sania honorary doctorate thing is more of an Indian
> thing.
>
> It's somewhat similar to how tennis players are selected for Sports
> Illustrated covers or inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. Both are
> disproportionately biased towards American tennis players.

I have never understood the Sania Mania, despite India being
a country perpetually starved of sports heroes, esp of the female
kind. Sania's claim to fame is a junior Wimbledon tennis doubles
title and a hometown tier 3 (or tier 4) singles title - both won
many
years ago. Last year she slumped from #31 to below #100 and
she gets an honorary doctorate! The folks at MGR University must
have gone completely mad.
Sania is not much different from Anna K - more famous for non-
tennis reasons. High time she quit tennis and started 'acting',
which in Indian context usually means wearing a little more than
her smile and gyrating to music.


 
Date: 18 Dec 2008 02:02:18
From: ahonkan
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 18, 10:56=A0am, Pedro Dias <pedrod...@snip.net > wrote:
> On Dec 17, 9:49=A0pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Dec 18, 2:40=A0am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
>
> > > Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> > > Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> > > #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>
> > > Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> > > Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> > > that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the las=
t
> > > meeting!
>
> > Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered a
> > lot to switch from Chennai.
>
> If that's true, he needs to get his act together: appearance money
> should matter little or not at all in making your schedule, once
> you're at the top. I don't think it is, though. I think Nadal is
> confident enough to feel he can go toe-to-toe with the rest of the top
> players, on hardcourt, right at the start of the season.
>
> Makes it a much interesting tournament, I think.

Petro-dollars at work, I am sure. F1 makes a stop (or two)
in the Gulf now to go with a couple of high-profile tennis
tournaments. I am afraid appearance money must be larger
than the prize money.


 
Date: 18 Dec 2008 01:27:02
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 18, 9:08=A0am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net > wrote:
> arnab.z@gmail wrote:
> > On Dec 18, 2:40 am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
> >> Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> >> Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> >> #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>
> >> Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> >> Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> >> that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
> >> meeting!
>
> > Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered a
> > lot to switch from Chennai.
>
> In the past, I think he went to Chennai to avoid Doha. I think this is a
> bold move on his part.
>
> Also, Doha can offer more money than Chennai. Though a Honorary
> Doctorate from Chennai is probably worth more than one for Doha.
>
> He needs someone to look after his interests. Dr. Rafa has a ring to it!
>
> --
> Cheers,
>
> vc

I think the Sania honorary doctorate thing is more of an Indian
thing.

It's somewhat similar to how tennis players are selected for Sports
Illustrated covers or inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. Both are
disproportionately biased towards American tennis players.


 
Date: 18 Dec 2008 00:19:54
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 18, 11:56=A0am, Pedro Dias <pedrod...@snip.net > wrote:
> On Dec 17, 9:49=A0pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Dec 18, 2:40=A0am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
>
> > > Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> > > Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> > > #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>
> > > Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> > > Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> > > that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the las=
t
> > > meeting!
>
> > Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered a
> > lot to switch from Chennai.
>
> If that's true, he needs to get his act together: appearance money
> should matter little or not at all in making your schedule, once
> you're at the top. I don't think it is, though. I think Nadal is
> confident enough to feel he can go toe-to-toe with the rest of the top
> players, on hardcourt, right at the start of the season.
>
> Makes it a much interesting tournament, I think.

Having read some Nadal interviews of the past, I think he takes the
"tuneups" before any slam seriously. If he is describing his true
feelings in these interviews, he believes that winning smaller
tournaments before a slam makes a player favorite for that slam and
makes that player more confident in his abilities (the more "tuneup"
wins the better). If that kinda logic is an integral part of Nadal's
belief system, then wanting to play Chennai or Doha before the
Australian Open makes a lot of sense.


 
Date: 17 Dec 2008 21:56:43
From: Pedro Dias
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 17, 9:49=A0pm, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> On Dec 18, 2:40=A0am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
>
>
>
> > Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> > Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> > #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>
> > Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> > Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> > that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
> > meeting!
>
> Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered a
> lot to switch from Chennai.

If that's true, he needs to get his act together: appearance money
should matter little or not at all in making your schedule, once
you're at the top. I don't think it is, though. I think Nadal is
confident enough to feel he can go toe-to-toe with the rest of the top
players, on hardcourt, right at the start of the season.

Makes it a much interesting tournament, I think.


 
Date: 17 Dec 2008 18:49:39
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 18, 2:40=A0am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net > wrote:
> Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>
> Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
> meeting!
>
> --
> Cheers,
>
> vc

Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered a
lot to switch from Chennai.


  
Date: 18 Dec 2008 03:08:51
From: Vari L. Cinicke
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
arnab.z@gmail wrote:
> On Dec 18, 2:40 am, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
>> Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>>
>> Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>>
>> #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>>
>> Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>>
>> Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
>> that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
>> meeting!
>>
>
> Who's the real winner here, though? Nadal? He must have been offered a
> lot to switch from Chennai.

In the past, I think he went to Chennai to avoid Doha. I think this is a
bold move on his part.

Also, Doha can offer more money than Chennai. Though a Honorary
Doctorate from Chennai is probably worth more than one for Doha.

He needs someone to look after his interests. Dr. Rafa has a ring to it!

--
Cheers,

vc


 
Date: 17 Dec 2008 18:38:07
From: Pedro Dias
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Dec 17, 3:40=A0pm, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net > wrote:
> Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>
> Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>
> #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>
> Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>
> Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
> that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
> meeting!

Either Federer is feeling very good right now, and is confident of
being fully prepared by Dubai, or he's a hopeless idiot, as far as
scheduling is concerned. I mean, I understand the lure of playing a
tournament that doesn't even require him to sleep on a strange
mattress, but still...



  
Date: 18 Dec 2008 15:27:12
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Is Murray The One?
On Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:38:07 -0800 (PST), Pedro Dias
<pedrodias@snip.net > wrote:

>On Dec 17, 3:40 pm, "Vari L. Cinicke" <cini...@netscape.net> wrote:
>> Murray is defending a title in Doha.
>>
>> Guess who decide to show up in Doha?
>>
>> #1 Nadal switching from Chennai and #2 Federer switching from idling.
>>
>> Hmmm! And #3 Djokovic was too chicken to show up in Doha!
>>
>> Will Murray draw Nadal or Federer in his half? He should be thrilled
>> that either of them would be seeking revenge over a loss from the last
>> meeting!
>
>Either Federer is feeling very good right now, and is confident of
>being fully prepared by Dubai, or he's a hopeless idiot, as far as
>scheduling is concerned. I mean, I understand the lure of playing a
>tournament that doesn't even require him to sleep on a strange
>mattress, but still...

I am not exactly sure what you are saying, but the tournament in
question is Doha. Dubai is on March.