Thirty Love: The Tennis Thread

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Thirty Love: The Tennis Thread

Post by islandhopper » Mon Jun 30, 2008 21:25

Mr Andy Murray's getting very close.

It's also getting rather dark...

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by roobee » Mon Jun 30, 2008 21:28

it's quite exciting, isn't it? i've never listened to tennis on the radio before. I don't really know what's going on.

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Post by islandhopper » Mon Jun 30, 2008 21:30

trickster wrote:it's quite exciting, isn't it? i've never listened to tennis on the radio before. I don't really know what's going on.
I was pretty convinced he was out when he dropped serve in the third set. Gasquet crumbled mentally after Murray broke back though.


Match point......


edit: and he's won.

Well deserved. Entertaining game there.

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Post by roobee » Mon Jun 30, 2008 21:32

i am quite literally (!) on the edge of my seat.

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Post by cuppie » Mon Jun 30, 2008 21:36

I want to like Andy Murray, but I can't. He's a little bitch. And he's supposed to be Scottish, so why does he have an American accent? That was a very entertaining match though.

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Post by alongwalkhome » Mon Jun 30, 2008 21:49

I should have known there'd be spoilers.

I really want to like Andy Murray too, but he reminds me of that horrible older brother in The Squid and The Whale. We definitely support him in our house (I am still completely shocked by how much tennis Ewan actually watched with me yesterday. Granted, I took him to see Kung Fu Panda first, so he kind owed me, but...) cuz we play up the fact that he's (my son) half Scottish. You're right though--he's totally fake Scottish, isn't he? Some American kid thought he'd get more press by going around saying "Och I dunnooo. I'm only frae a wee vuhllege."

I'm gonna go home and watch the highlights from the Federer match. Naked.
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I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank islandhopper for starting this thread w/out any reference to my pants wetting incident of '85.

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by cuppie » Mon Jun 30, 2008 22:14

alongwalkhome wrote:You're right though--he's totally fake Scottish, isn't he? Some American kid thought he'd get more press by going around saying "Och I dunnooo. I'm only frae a wee vuhllege."
Yeah! "I'll talk smack about England, because that's what Scottish people like to hear, isn't it?" Jerk. I'm looking forward to watching him play Nadal. That should be interesting.

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by islandhopper » Mon Jun 30, 2008 22:20

alongwalkhome wrote:
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank islandhopper for starting this thread w/out any reference to my pants wetting incident of '85.
If I'd only remembered. There was too much excitement at the time.

Murray sounds plenty Scottish to me. He was in Barcelona for a good few years so I guess that could account for his, erm, American accent.
I've certainly heard people who've lived here their whole lives talk a whole less Scottish so I'll give him a pass on that one (I only have to go south of Inverness to have some people start wondering where the hell I'm from).

I can understand how he's so easy to dislike but I can't help but support him - and alarmingly join in on the fist pumps for the big points!

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by islandhopper » Mon Jun 30, 2008 22:21

cuppie wrote: Yeah! "I'll talk smack about England, because that's what Scottish people like to hear, isn't it?" Jerk. I'm looking forward to watching him play Nadal. That should be interesting.
He's a bit of a jerk right enough but I think that whole thing was taken a bit out of context from some playful banter with Tim Henman (if such a thing is possible).

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by humblebee » Tue Jul 01, 2008 08:55

That was a great match.

I like Andy Murray. Partly because he's not so poised and cybernetic as most of the top players, not quite so scripted and supremely in control of himself, and thus more interesting. And partly for the same reason I like the French: they, and Murray, are hated by default by hordes of chauvinistic English morons.

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Post by grumpytimes » Tue Jul 01, 2008 09:15

i don't think i can support a player who flexes his muscles after winning a game - it just seemed absurd.

i didn't realise i didn't like him until i started watching last night, but i wanted him to lose so badly and i don't know why.

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Post by a layer of chips » Tue Jul 01, 2008 09:20

Indeed. That was a spectacularly cunty thing to do, wasn't it?

Mind you, I hate tennis. I'll leave the thread.

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Post by Mr Bear » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:23

grumpytimes wrote:i don't think i can support a player who flexes his muscles after winning a game - it just seemed absurd.
I don't know, I quite liked it in a strange way - it's about time we had a British sportsman with a bit of cockiness to go with their talent. ie. someone who is more than just a good loser. See also, Lewis Hamilton.

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by Wheatabeat » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:11

I don't like or dislike him to be honest. Tennis is such a sport for middle england anyway. I suppose he isn't half a twat as Tim Henbaby was mind.

But watching him last night... he's still way, way off the level Nadal or Federer are at now IMO.
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Re: Wimbledon

Post by daniel » Tue Jul 01, 2008 17:31

I figured the whole muscle flexing thing was a response to all the papers who constantly say that he's not fit or strong enough to be a top tennis player. It's still a bit of a moronic thing to do.

Really good game though, and to think I almost turned it right off again when I tuned in during the third set.

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by alongwalkhome » Tue Jul 01, 2008 19:04

It's time to start talking about the important things, like clothing. I'm loving all the cardigans and though I know it's not at all forward thinking of me, I loves me a "gentlemanly" tennis player. Roger Federer embodies the Arthur Ashe school of player in this sense. And he's graceful and shit. That said, Becker was my absolute favorite player at one time cuz he was an oaf who would break every bone in his body just to get to that fucking ball.

Sherapova looked ridiculous and not hot (OK, maybe those attracted to women would disagree) in this tuxedo get up. She looks stick straight. I'm sorry but there's nothing hotter than those super-short skirts that flip up when they fall over and you feel like you're seeing their knickers, right?:

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I liked Serena's twisty knot number she wore yesterday.

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Post by grumpytimes » Wed Jul 02, 2008 08:56

i thought sherapova looked okay - i didn't really know what the big deal was. i wanted to slap that judge from britain's got talent that said "ladies should look like ladies" as if sherapova was totally butch. federer
looks awesome - that's not being old fashioned, just appreciating when somebody makes an effort. it's like the guy at my work who wears a tie every day even though everyone else just wears jeans and a shirt. the world needs people like that.

i think for people should be outraged that murray wears a tee shirt. a tee shirt!!! he looks like he's going to the beach.

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Jul 02, 2008 19:54

I hope this match finishes soon - Celebrity Masterchef is supposed to be on at 8!

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Re: Wimbledon

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Jul 03, 2008 09:19

Wheatabeat wrote: But watching him last night... he's still way, way off the level Nadal or Federer are at now IMO.
Indeed he was. An absolutely stunning performance by Nadal, Murray was some way off the pace.
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Re: Wimbledon

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 03, 2008 09:26

PandaBear wrote:I hope this match finishes soon - Celebrity Masterchef is supposed to be on at 8!
Clare Grogans's looking old, isn't she?

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