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Andy Murray:What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Andy Murray Goes ‘Bollocks’

What he said:

“I have been to watch a lot of football matches and you say a lot worse than that and you don’t get yellow card."

Andy Murray compares the code violation he received in his match against Tomas Berdych at the Paris Masters to a yellow card.

Murray was complaining about the change in balls. Berdych felt the balls were too soft and called for fresh ones.

Murray said:

Tomas decided that the balls were too soft—which they weren’t. The umpire gave him three brand new balls to serve with … I wasn’t aware that they were just changing three brand new balls. Then that totally changed the way the ball plays and the court plays. That was what happened. I just asked, ‘Is it not normal to let the opponent also see the balls?

On the warning he received, the Scot added:

"Actually I said bollocks to the chair umpire and that got me a warning.”

What he really meant:

“They don’t change balls either and  they have substitutes.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“What a soccer!”

Otto, the German Shepherd, analyses the US Open men’s draw


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga US Open 2009

My dog, Otto the German Shepherd, is a tennis nut.

“You haven’t analysed the men’s draw for the US Open. Today’s the 27th and the tournament begins on the 29th.” pestered Otto.

“I know. I’ve just been a little wrapped up in other things.” I reply, tiredly.

“But you have to do the men’s draw. That’s like manna for tennis followers.” insists Otto.

“Oh, I’m sure, they are multiple draw analyses floating around the internet. The smart ones can visit USOpen.org and figure it out themselves.” I attempt to fob off my companion.

“But that’s not the point, is it? It’s good for you too. You can’t follow the US Open without delving into the draw. It’s like going into a dark night without a torch.” Otto is a member of the local debate club.

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Nine serious contenders for men’s title at Wimbledon: Milos Raonic, dark horse


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In the men’s section, the top four seeds each have designs on the title.

Will it be Rafael Nadal, last man standing, on July 3, 2011 making it a treble of French Open and Wimbledon crowns in the same season, emulating his 2008 and 2010 feats—further etching in stone comparisons to the marvellous Bjorn Borg?

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Stephane Robert: What he said,really meant and definitely did not


Tomas Berdych against Stanislas Wawrinka at th...

What he said:

“It’s just to say thank you to mother nature for being so nice to me and allowing me to produce such good shots. In those moments you have the feeling that you live in perfect harmony with the nature.”

Stephane Robert explains the ecstatic  kisses he blew to the sky during his shock victory over sixth seed Tomas Berdych.

What he really meant:

“I have to thank someone and I couldn’t blow kisses to just anyone in the stands. My girl-friend won’t understand.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Next match, it’s the Tarzan costume for me.”

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Australian Open 2011: Not quite giant-killers but no fly-swatters either


Daniela Hantuchova forehand.

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It’s always difficult coming into the first Grand Slam of the year. It is as though one has to shake off the excesses of the Christmas festivities ,shed the trappings of the successes in the previous year and get down to business on a clean slate. Yet, one has to act as though one were never away from the hurly-burly of the action on court.

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Of Sania Mirza, almost a Swiss miss and Four consecutive slams (maybe)


Sania Mirza at the 2007 Australian Open

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The WTA Tour may have shut down shop for the year. But the International Tennis Federation show rolls on. And doesn’t Sania Mirza know it.

The 24-year-old won the $75,000 Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge knocking over Serbian Bojana Jovanovski in the final 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

The little known Serb is her nation’s No. 3. Her favourite book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.

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Tennis Bytes:World Tour Finals, Serbian friendship and Chennai


Roger Federer at the Australian Open 2010.

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Roger Federer had a plan and stuck to it. Come hell or high water!

Poor Nadal! If only he had known! Federer may have just a solitary Slam to his credit this year but he sure knows how to throw a year-end party.

He conquered the World Tour Finals for the fifth time, one of among a select few to do so.

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Tennis Bytes: World Tour Finals roster finalised, Bhupathi and Paes qualify for event


Never discount home advantage. Never discount serve and volley either especially on a super fast hard court.

That is the lesson Novak Djokovic will take away after his shock defeat against Frenchman Michael Llodra in the third round of the Paris Masters tourney.

This is Llodra’s second major upset in recent times. He knocked out Tomas Berdych at the 2010 US Open. This also gives the French a psychological advantage going into the Davis Cup final to be played at Belgrade from December 3 – 5, 2010.

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Llodra slips a mickey to a doubting Tomas


Michael Llodra of France returns the ball to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during second-round action at the U.S. Open held at the National Tennis Center on September 1, 2010 in New York.   UPI Photo/Monika Graff... Photo via Newscom

The Has!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Serve and volley? Ha!Ha! Ha! Serve and volley is dead!

Net play? Ha!Ha!Ha!

Are you nuts?

A woman coach? Amelie Mauresmo? Ha! Ha! Ha! You must be crazy!

These are the kinds of barbs , taunts, scorn and scathing attack you would imagine that Michaël Llodra endured when he decided to seek coaching from his compatriot Mauresmo.

Changing your game plan is never easy. Remolding and remodeling it is even harder, especially late in your career. The trick lies in not changing a lot of stuff, just a few things.

Quote of the day:
When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. – Bernard Bailey

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Wimbledon 2010: Post-mortem


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their winners trophies at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Or woman!

And may it never be said that Serena and Rafael don’t know how to party!

They came to the Wimbledon party and how!

Nadal, as though his year-long hiatus from the sport was a mere blip in the chasm of tennis time!

And Serena, who perhaps believes that it’s  now time to just buckle down to it and claim her space in among the greats! Not that she does not belong there already but who’s to say that she might not have been the greatest?

Quote of the day:
If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner. – Tallulah Bankhead

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