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Date: 18 Feb 2009 16:09:41
From: grif
Subject: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
Greg Rusedski, for all his smiles, was never the most popular player on the
tennis circuit. It was sad, and not a little pathetic, to see him trying to
resurrect his career at the age of 35. Anybody, other than a sycophant, who
he had listened to before suggesting a comeback this year would have told
him bluntly that in a time of recession and cutbacks nobody is interested in
a British has-been, even if he did once - and it was nearly 12 years ago -
reach the final of the US Open.

Wild cards - a free entry into a tournament - are doled out at the
discretion of those running the shows. Rusedski, who could not qualify any
other way, did not seem to realise, or was in denial, that hardly one,
unless it was a minor event in Ukraine, would pick up the phone and offer
him a place. And that includes tournaments in Britain such as Queen's.

He has always been an opportunist, and nobody can blame him for that, but to
suppose he could get into the British Davis Cup squad, who play Ukraine next
month, was never a starter. There are clear logistical reasons, namely that
under the 2009 Davis Cup doping regulations, players have to serve a
three-month notice period, and be part of the testing, before they are free
to play.

But more to the point, nobody wanted Rusedski in the team, least of all,
apparently, Andy Murray. True there is currently a dearth of British male
players, with matters so bad that John Lloyd, Britain's Davis Cup captain,
has been persuaded to concoct a ridiculous play-off system to decide who
should fill the second singles place.

Lloyd, who lives in California, should know by now who might be up for the
task. That's an intrinsic part of his job, or so you might imagine. After
all, he has nothing much else to do, other than keep Murray sweet of course.

Rusedski, like all ageing players, lives in a world where his body remains
forever 28. He could barely move when he played in the oldies exhibition at
the Albert Hall, so why on earth should he suppose he could play Davis Cup
tennis? It's pure ego.

But egos have their day. Murray has remained extremely polite in public,
limiting himself to saying that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind
the scenes he is said to have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to be
considered for a recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of
story.

The comeback was never realistic, Greg. This time, your country (no, not
Canada) doesn't want you

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/feb/17/tennis-greg-rusedski-andy-murray





 
Date: 18 Feb 2009 15:18:29
From: Mortimer
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
On Feb 18, 11:09=A0am, "grif" <griffin_...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> Greg Rusedski, for all his smiles, was never the most popular player on t=
he
> tennis circuit. It was sad, and not a little pathetic, to see him trying =
to
> resurrect his career at the age of 35. Anybody, other than a sycophant, w=
ho
> he had listened to before suggesting a comeback this year would have told
> him bluntly that in a time of recession and cutbacks nobody is interested=
in
> a British has-been, even if he did once - and it was nearly 12 years ago =
-
> reach the final of the US Open.
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/feb/17/tennis-greg-rusedski...

Even if Rusedski's skills are greatly diminished, he would be a
welcome addition to the Canada team (seriously), and even the GB team.


 
Date: 18 Feb 2009 17:51:11
From: felangey
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
> Murray has remained extremely polite in public, limiting himself to saying
> that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind the scenes he is said to
> have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to be considered for a
> recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of story.

Say what you will about Rusedski, and believe me I am no fan, but if Murray
said that then that is surely a display of his ego. His job is to represent
his country the best way the elected team coach sees fit...and if that is
with Greg in the team, then Murray should stfu and get on with it. :)
Honestly...professional sports people just get so above their station.




  
Date: 19 Feb 2009 02:27:22
From: ghell666
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
On Feb 19, 10:03=A0am, "Iceberg" <iceberg.ru...@googlemail.com > wrote:
> "ghell666" <matt.tip...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:96b86066-3f98-4f8a-a261-a0056586c438@i38g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
>
>
>
> > On 18 Feb, 17:51, "felangey" <b...@home.com> wrote:
> >> > Murray has remained extremely polite in public, limiting himself to
> >> > saying
> >> > that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind the scenes he is s=
aid
> >> > to
> >> > have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to be considered for a
> >> > recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of story.
>
> >> Say what you will about Rusedski, and believe me I am no fan, but if
> >> Murray
> >> said that then that is surely a display of his ego. His job is to
> >> represent
> >> his country the best way the elected team coach sees fit...and if that=
is
> >> with Greg in the team, then Murray should stfu and get on with it. :)
> >> Honestly...professional sports people just get so above their station.
>
> > All Murray said was let him earn it .
>
> > In saying that I do think Rudeski with his experince would of been a
> > boon to have in the doubles ...
>
> > I dont care who they get there is no one in British team other than
> > Murray and that puts him in an impossible sitaution of always having
> > to win against everyone with no backup.
>
> > I dont like him much either but hes probably still go killer serve and
> > enough know how to help Jamie a lot in the doubles or even Murray in
> > the singles.
>
> > Really who else is there - that choker Bodogovic ?
>
> > No one with any big time experince like Greg thats for sure..
>
> Agreed. I cannot understand why they wouldn't let Greg at least try to
> qualify for it. I have no sympathy of these useless lower Brit players an=
d
> it would teach them a lesson if they were beaten by old Greg. The play-of=
fs
> next week feature Josh Goodall, Alex Slabinsky, James Ward, Dan Evans, Co=
lin
> Fleming and Chris Eaton ONLY after Jamie Baker pulled out with an injury!
> Chris Eaton is the one true fighter Brit I've seen and yet he's only in
> because Baker was injured!

Couldnt James Blake play ?

Wasnt his mother English ?



  
Date: 18 Feb 2009 11:05:18
From: ghell666
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
On 18 Feb, 17:51, "felangey" <b...@home.com > wrote:
> > Murray has remained extremely polite in public, limiting himself to saying
> > that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind the scenes he is said to
> > have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to be considered for a
> > recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of story.
>
> Say what you will about Rusedski, and believe me I am no fan, but if Murray
> said that then that is surely a display of his ego. His job is to represent
> his country the best way the elected team coach sees fit...and if that is
> with Greg in the team, then Murray should stfu and get on with it. :)
> Honestly...professional sports people just get so above their station.

All Murray said was let him earn it .

In saying that I do think Rudeski with his experince would of been a
boon to have in the doubles ...

I dont care who they get there is no one in British team other than
Murray and that puts him in an impossible sitaution of always having
to win against everyone with no backup.

I dont like him much either but hes probably still go killer serve and
enough know how to help Jamie a lot in the doubles or even Murray in
the singles.

Really who else is there - that choker Bodogovic ?

No one with any big time experince like Greg thats for sure..


   
Date: 19 Feb 2009 10:03:06
From: Iceberg
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
"ghell666" <matt.tippen@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:96b86066-3f98-4f8a-a261-a0056586c438@i38g2000yqd.googlegroups.com...
> On 18 Feb, 17:51, "felangey" <b...@home.com> wrote:
>> > Murray has remained extremely polite in public, limiting himself to
>> > saying
>> > that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind the scenes he is said
>> > to
>> > have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to be considered for a
>> > recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of story.
>>
>> Say what you will about Rusedski, and believe me I am no fan, but if
>> Murray
>> said that then that is surely a display of his ego. His job is to
>> represent
>> his country the best way the elected team coach sees fit...and if that is
>> with Greg in the team, then Murray should stfu and get on with it. :)
>> Honestly...professional sports people just get so above their station.
>
> All Murray said was let him earn it .
>
> In saying that I do think Rudeski with his experince would of been a
> boon to have in the doubles ...
>
> I dont care who they get there is no one in British team other than
> Murray and that puts him in an impossible sitaution of always having
> to win against everyone with no backup.
>
> I dont like him much either but hes probably still go killer serve and
> enough know how to help Jamie a lot in the doubles or even Murray in
> the singles.
>
> Really who else is there - that choker Bodogovic ?
>
> No one with any big time experince like Greg thats for sure..

Agreed. I cannot understand why they wouldn't let Greg at least try to
qualify for it. I have no sympathy of these useless lower Brit players and
it would teach them a lesson if they were beaten by old Greg. The play-offs
next week feature Josh Goodall, Alex Slabinsky, James Ward, Dan Evans, Colin
Fleming and Chris Eaton ONLY after Jamie Baker pulled out with an injury!
Chris Eaton is the one true fighter Brit I've seen and yet he's only in
because Baker was injured!



   
Date: 18 Feb 2009 19:48:27
From: felangey
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
I was refering to this bit:

>>Behind the scenes he is said to have made it clear that if Rusedski were
>>ever to be considered for a recall then the LTA could forget about him
>>playing. End of story.<<

Granted, it is mere speculation, thats why I lead with an "If". ;)




 
Date: 18 Feb 2009 08:18:54
From: drew
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback
On Feb 18, 11:09 am, "grif" <griffin_...@hotmail.com > wrote:
> Greg Rusedski, for all his smiles, was never the most popular player on the
> tennis circuit. It was sad, and not a little pathetic, to see him trying to
> resurrect his career at the age of 35. Anybody, other than a sycophant, who
> he had listened to before suggesting a comeback this year would have told
> him bluntly that in a time of recession and cutbacks nobody is interested in
> a British has-been, even if he did once - and it was nearly 12 years ago -
> reach the final of the US Open.
>
> Wild cards - a free entry into a tournament - are doled out at the
> discretion of those running the shows. Rusedski, who could not qualify any
> other way, did not seem to realise, or was in denial, that hardly one,
> unless it was a minor event in Ukraine, would pick up the phone and offer
> him a place. And that includes tournaments in Britain such as Queen's.
>
> He has always been an opportunist, and nobody can blame him for that, but to
> suppose he could get into the British Davis Cup squad, who play Ukraine next
> month, was never a starter. There are clear logistical reasons, namely that
> under the 2009 Davis Cup doping regulations, players have to serve a
> three-month notice period, and be part of the testing, before they are free
> to play.
>
> But more to the point, nobody wanted Rusedski in the team, least of all,
> apparently, Andy Murray. True there is currently a dearth of British male
> players, with matters so bad that John Lloyd, Britain's Davis Cup captain,
> has been persuaded to concoct a ridiculous play-off system to decide who
> should fill the second singles place.
>
> Lloyd, who lives in California, should know by now who might be up for the
> task. That's an intrinsic part of his job, or so you might imagine. After
> all, he has nothing much else to do, other than keep Murray sweet of course.
>
> Rusedski, like all ageing players, lives in a world where his body remains
> forever 28. He could barely move when he played in the oldies exhibition at
> the Albert Hall, so why on earth should he suppose he could play Davis Cup
> tennis? It's pure ego.
>
> But egos have their day. Murray has remained extremely polite in public,
> limiting himself to saying that when he retires he will stay retired. Behind
> the scenes he is said to have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to be
> considered for a recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End of
> story.
>
> The comeback was never realistic, Greg. This time, your country (no, not
> Canada) doesn't want you
>
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/feb/17/tennis-greg-rusedski...



He could call Sampras and see if he can get an exo.

That's one guy that Sampras should still be able to beat....btw, he
almost lost to Rusedski on his way to his famous final USO victory.
So an exo could be a real draw for lovers of old shit.


  
Date: 18 Feb 2009 16:23:48
From: grif
Subject: Re: Pure ego at the heart of Rusedski's doomed comeback

"drew" <drew@technologist.com > wrote in message
news:f6bd92b8-19d5-4ebf-a2ed-8bb45761e0d3@r27g2000vbp.googlegroups.com...
> On Feb 18, 11:09 am, "grif" <griffin_...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> Greg Rusedski, for all his smiles, was never the most popular player on
>> the
>> tennis circuit. It was sad, and not a little pathetic, to see him trying
>> to
>> resurrect his career at the age of 35. Anybody, other than a sycophant,
>> who
>> he had listened to before suggesting a comeback this year would have told
>> him bluntly that in a time of recession and cutbacks nobody is interested
>> in
>> a British has-been, even if he did once - and it was nearly 12 years
>> ago -
>> reach the final of the US Open.
>>
>> Wild cards - a free entry into a tournament - are doled out at the
>> discretion of those running the shows. Rusedski, who could not qualify
>> any
>> other way, did not seem to realise, or was in denial, that hardly one,
>> unless it was a minor event in Ukraine, would pick up the phone and offer
>> him a place. And that includes tournaments in Britain such as Queen's.
>>
>> He has always been an opportunist, and nobody can blame him for that, but
>> to
>> suppose he could get into the British Davis Cup squad, who play Ukraine
>> next
>> month, was never a starter. There are clear logistical reasons, namely
>> that
>> under the 2009 Davis Cup doping regulations, players have to serve a
>> three-month notice period, and be part of the testing, before they are
>> free
>> to play.
>>
>> But more to the point, nobody wanted Rusedski in the team, least of all,
>> apparently, Andy Murray. True there is currently a dearth of British male
>> players, with matters so bad that John Lloyd, Britain's Davis Cup
>> captain,
>> has been persuaded to concoct a ridiculous play-off system to decide who
>> should fill the second singles place.
>>
>> Lloyd, who lives in California, should know by now who might be up for
>> the
>> task. That's an intrinsic part of his job, or so you might imagine. After
>> all, he has nothing much else to do, other than keep Murray sweet of
>> course.
>>
>> Rusedski, like all ageing players, lives in a world where his body
>> remains
>> forever 28. He could barely move when he played in the oldies exhibition
>> at
>> the Albert Hall, so why on earth should he suppose he could play Davis
>> Cup
>> tennis? It's pure ego.
>>
>> But egos have their day. Murray has remained extremely polite in public,
>> limiting himself to saying that when he retires he will stay retired.
>> Behind
>> the scenes he is said to have made it clear that if Rusedski were ever to
>> be
>> considered for a recall then the LTA could forget about him playing. End
>> of
>> story.
>>
>> The comeback was never realistic, Greg. This time, your country (no, not
>> Canada) doesn't want you
>>
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2009/feb/17/tennis-greg-rusedski...
>
>
>
> He could call Sampras and see if he can get an exo.
>
> That's one guy that Sampras should still be able to beat....btw, he
> almost lost to Rusedski on his way to his famous final USO victory.
> So an exo could be a real draw for lovers of old shit.

That match almost happened at the Albert Hall a few months back. Would have
been funny to watch, considering their past remarks about each other.