We had one in the previous forum, let's have one here. All about your favorite ATP-players can be posted here so we don't mix/mess up Masha's site. Thank you all:)
Just hope Novak AND Janko are sufficiently recovered from USO-injuries to handles Davis Cup in Belgrade this weekend. The team needs both of them to beat the Argentine lineup:
(Hey, why wasn't one of those guys playing mixed doubles with Dulko instead of that lame-o Schwank? )
Have anybody noticed Djokovic took a pill during the match?
do you guys know whether they proceed a blood test before and after any tournaments?
Blood test, I dunno. But after Masha won USO she delivered a great line on Leno's show about "pissing in a cup at midnight". lol
Yeah, they test incessantly at that level. He probably took a pain-killer. Lotsa stuff is legal (no doubt all made by Roche, who control the drug authority :P). You can be sure anything he openly consumed is authorized.
THERE IS NO PILL. DJOKOVIC IS NOT AGASSI WHO TOLD US THAT HE DRANK SPECIAL PILLS TO WIN HIS OPPONENT.
DJOKOVIC IS AT THE PICK OF HIS CAREER. THAT IS WHY HE PLAYS HIS BEST TENNIS. HE STARTED PLAYING TENNIS A VERY LONG TIME AGO. AND NOW HE SHOWED US THE RESULTS OF HIS HARD WORK.
X: What do you like the most about tennis?Novak: Forehand, backhand, volley. With those we win the opponents. X: Are the opponents angry when you win? Novak: No.X: And you when they win?Novak: No.X: So a true fair play. Ok, so tell me, do you play (children games)?Novak: I play... I play at night, because during the day I have school, then in the afternoons I practice, after practice I do homework, and that's why I play at night.X: Is tennis for you a game or an obligation?Novak: An obligation.X: What's your goal?Novak: My goal in tennis is to be a champion.
GOD HELPED DJOKOVIC THIS YEAR BY GIVING HIM A GOOD HEALTH TO FIGHT HIS OPPONENTS
Check this out, from Soviet Sport:
List of participants St. Petersburg Open Announced
On Wednesday, September 14, the official announcement of the participants St. Petersburg Open-2011 (22-30 October), according to Fitness-Live . In the tournament will play: Gilles Simon (11-ranked ATP), Janko Tipsarevic (13) Alexander Dolgopolov (20) Marin Cilic (26), Marcel Granollers (30) Mikhail Youzhny (32) Alex Bogomolov (40 ) Dmitry Tursunov (41), Philip Kolshrayber (48) Gilles Muller (49) Potito Starace (50) Andreas Seppi (51), Lukas Kubota (56) Donald Young (57) Igor Kunitsyn (60) Mikhail Kukushkin (61), Sergiy Stakhovsky (63), Somda Devvarman (65) Adrian Mannarino (67), Carlos Berlok (68), Lukas Rosol (69), Pere Riba (70) Julien Benneteau (71).
Lesser-quoted remarks over some time make clear Young is NOT a big fan of USTA. Possible we might have a young friend of Russia here?
Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov has won the Istanbul Challenger tennis tournament by beating France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 7-6.
The final match lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes.
In a match between Torsunov and Ukrainian Ilya Marchenko, the Russian sportsman won with the score 7:6, 6:7, 6:3.
This is already the 12th time when Dmitry Torsunov wins the Challenger tournament. The last time that he won it was one week ago in Istanbul.
He had already triumphed in the Challenger tournaments in Trnava, Slovakia, and Todi, Italy, earlier this month.
SYDNEY, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Australia will not consider Bernard Tomic for their Davis Cup tie against Taiwan in February because of doubts about his commitment, Tennis Australia said on Thursday.
Tomic, 20, was dubbed "Tomic the Tank Engine" this season after appearing to give up towards the end of a string of matches as he tumbled from a career-high world number 27 to his current ranking of 52.
"As a team, we just felt that part of the commitment that we make to athletes and athletes make to the sport is they always put 100 per cent commitment and effort in competing for their country," director of tennis Craig Tiley told the Tennis Australia website (www.tennis.com.au).
"It's not one specific incident, just an aggregation of his approach to the game ...
"We just felt that this decision should provide additional motivation every time he walks on the court to be a total professional in his approach to not only his preparation but competing in the match and post-match.
"And it would be no different if he was the number one player in Australia, or the number one player, or a junior."
Tomic's late season slump lost him the title of Australian number one with Marinko Matosevic taking over as the country's top ranked player.
Australia, who lost a World Group playoff to Germany in September to extend their stay outside the Davis Cup elite, face Taiwan in a Asia-Oceania Group 1 tie in Kaohsiung from Feb. 1-3. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Greg Stutchbury)
His next meet will be with the winner of a clash between his compatriot Mikhail Yuzhny and Germany’s Benjamin Becker.
The prize fund on Doha is over $1mln.
Voice of Russia, RIA
In his final meet in Doha, the 31-year-old Russian player will confront France’s Richard Gasquet, the defeater of Germany’s Daniel Brands, 7-5, 7-5.
The prize fund in Doha is $1mln.
Good to see Kolya is back.
Feb 21, 2013
Later this week, Tursunov will meet Gilles Muller of Luxemburg.
The tournament’s prize money is 500,000 euros.
DUBAI, March 1 (R-Sport, Eleanora Kochkaryova) - Russian tennis ace Nikolai Davydenko is considering following Marat Safin into Russian politics after his sporting career comes to an end, he told R-Sport on Thursday.
Davydenko, a 31-year-old veteran of the tour with nearly 14 seasons in pro tennis, believes he has one or two years left at the top of the game, after which he sees politics as the only viable career path.
"If they invite me into politics, I'll go into politics," Davydenko said after losing to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday.
"I'm not sure, of course, because politics is not exactly straightforward. You need to move in the right direction, where to go, what to do. But if the interest is there, I would go into it," he said.
He pointed to his longtime mentor and former world number one Safin as an example.
Safin, who retired in 2009, was elected to the lower house of parliament in 2011, representing the Nizhny Novgorod region for President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.
"Safin is doing well. He's advancing, progressing. After tennis, he entered politics in the right way. We meet up pretty often, have a chat, he's doing great. He hasn't lost touch with us, he gets in contact quite a lot, I've been quite surprised," Davydenko said.
Were the seemingly natural progression into the Russian tennis federation a possibility as a future career path, Davydenko said he might have been tempted.
"In Moscow it's really hard to stay in sport," he said.
"There it's easier to go into business or into politics. Because sport, tennis, at the moment is not really progressing. Everyone is firmly rooted to their spot and it's very tough to budge someone from their place. Pretty much impossible, in fact, so it's best not to touch them. I don't think that any of our players want to stay in tennis. It's hard to do something with the federation."
But the Moscow-born player, who has racked up more that $15 million in career prize money, insists he still has the necessary drive to win a 22nd career title.
"I have no specific aims, I just want more titles. Winning any tournament is very prestigious. ... I've won 21 titles and I want to win more."
Many Russian sports stars have entered the world of politics after retiring, with several joining United Russia.
They include former WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev, former rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva and, albeit briefly, 2006 Olympic figure skating champion Yevgeny Plushenko.
The Russian-Finnish duo of Dmitry Tursunov and Jarkko Nieminen has come on top in the doubles contest of the Munich tennis tournament by defeating a Cypriot-American duo 6-1, 6-4 in a hard-fought final meet which lasted 57 minutes.
Tursunov’s latest ATP title is his sixth, and Nieminen’s, third.
The prize fund in Munich is more than $400,000.