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2009/12/29

Athlete of the decade


Just a small seasons gift for all the fans of the athlete of the decade, hands down. Please pleaze me by Dean Allen Foyd and the Gimmicks is the song. Apart form Rog it is starring Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic.

Vai Rogelio! Dedicato a Gene.

iulaica?

 

here's some more

BTW the complete "ADC athlete of the decade" ranking goes like this

1. Roger Federer

2. Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi
the Italian won 7 world championships out of 10, finishing second twice and third once in the only three years that he didn't win the title (let alone two more world championship titles in the previous decade while still a teenager and add to that more than 100 races won)

 

3. Usain Bolt 
Usain Bolt
the Jamaica lightning, runs in his own league 

 

4. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps
America's medal machine 

 

5. Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong
just won't go away no matter how dark it looks

 

6. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Spanish clay court king and the best clay court player ever by far, even better than Borg

 

7. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
the man 

 

8. Shaun White
Shaun White
snow, street, pipe or freeride he just flys, can't count his titles plus olympic gold for the USA

 

9. Hermann Maier
Hermann Maier
after the Austrian had been counted out twice he returned just as strong as before

 

and 10th some football player or other team sports guy, sue me ;)




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2009/11/30
 
WTF happened, "what the fudge" is gonna happen next?

 
With Spain defending the Davis Cup title and master Kolya winning the WTF it's fair to say that the 2009 season is over, so let's have a quick look at the top twenty of the ATP ranking.
 
1 Rogelio Federer
 
Roger Federer
the laughing king

from Basel, Switzerland
age 28 (08.08.1981)
tennis-school Switzerland
racket Wilson
shoes Nike
clothing Nike
grand slam titles: 15
year end masters: 4
Davis Cup titles (best): 0 (SF)
masters series tournaments won: 16

 
total ATP level tournaments won: 61
career win - loss: 722:182
best ranking: 1 (reached first on 02.02.2004)
year end ranking: 1997-704, 98-301, 99-65, 00-29, 01-13,
02-6, 03-2, 04-1, 05-1, 06-1, 07-1, 08-2, 09-1 
Olympics: Gold 2008 (in doubles with Stan Wawrinka)
Wood at Sidney 2000

grand slam results 2009: Australian Open Final,
Roland Garros Winner, Wimbledon W, US Open F

Davis Cup results 2009: 2:0
WTF masters result 2009: SemiFinal

tournaments won in 2009: 4
win - loss  2009: 61:12

height / weight: 185cm / 85kg
best surface: grass, hardcourt, clay
playing style: allcourt, righthander, one-handed backhand
influences on game: Peter Carter, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras
great: footwork, defense, attack, serve, second serve, return, forehand, backhand, matchplayer
problem: too good

 

 

2 Rafa Nadal

Rafael Nadal
the London tourist

from Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
age 23 (03.06.1986)
tennis-school Spain
racket Babolat
shoes Nike
clothing Nike
grand slam titles: 6
year end masters (best): 0 (SF)
Davis Cup titles: 3
masters series tournaments won: 15

total ATP level tournaments won: 36
career win - loss: 480:115
best ranking: 1 (reached first on 18.08.2008)
year end ranking: 2001-811, 02-200, 03-49, 04-51, 05-2,
06
-2, 07-2, 08-1, 09-2 
Olympics: Gold 2008

grand slam results 2009:
AO W, RG 4R, WIMBLEDON Absent, US SF

Davis Cup results 2009: 4:0
WTF masters result 2009: Round Robin

tournaments won in 2009: 5
win - loss  2009: 64:14

height / weight: 185cm / 85kg
best surface: clay
playing style: baseline, righthander plays lefthanded, two-handed backhand
influences on game: Uncle Toni, Carlos Moya, Sergi Bruguera, Thomas Muster, Lleyton Hewitt
great: machine, defense, topspin forehand, return, backhand, nerves, tactics, matchplayer
problem: knees...


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2009/08/24

Daniel Köllerer von Wels

There are a couple of  players on the tour that you rarely will see on TV but kinda jump out of the frame just like Fabrice Santoro does amongst the more known ones, one of them for instance could be the time travelling Falvio Cipolla with his old school touch game or Dusan Vemic, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Rohan Bopanna, each for a different reason. The following is about the Austrian number two, arguably the most combustible guy on the tour who keeps collecting point after point at the Challenger level just as he is collecting enemies, doesn't seem to bother him too much actually looks more like the contrary could be true.

Let's not get confused here, I confess that I admire the tennis of Roger Federer, well who doesn't? Novak Djokovic might not have the same crowd following as Roger but I guess this will change as he is not only a great player but an outstanding entertainer, so naturally one would look forward to a final of the two, well if it would be a major. This was the Cincinnati "insert some bank or insurance company name here" Masters 1000 though and so while waiting for the broadcast from Cincinnati to start I had a look at the web cast streaming from Trani.

You might well ask Trani, where is that?
Well it's some village in south eastern Italy, where at the local country club they had set up a metal construction for tribunes, and they were packed and overflowing with taunting whistling and swearing well let's call them people. It was the final day of the Trani Challenger, and the noise coming from the stands was against Daniel Köllerer more that than a rooting of tifosi for the Italian Filippo Volandri. The images running on the screen were so surreal that I skipped the Federer Djokovic match and watched the Challenger final (I managed to see the end of Federer's win though). On the Trani broadcast there was no need for any commentary (not that there was any) since the continuous discussions between the players, the unpair and the players, the players and the spectators or audience and Köllerer and the Supervisor in the atmosphere of a Brazilian jungle Davis Cup match were sufficiently intriguing...


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2009/07/12

KNOW YOUR GOAT

XV

XV meaning fifteen grand slam tournaments out of the last twentyfive won by one man, Roger Federer. Facing this number it was inevitable that the discussion about the GOAT had to get virulent, now that Roger Federer has surpassed the 14 majors of Pete Sampras, the former record.

Some say that there is nothing left to talk about since Roger won also on french clay, some of those are named John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Andre Agassi and have actually stood on court with him. Others like Rod Laver have said that it is impossible to compare players from different eras, but they have also said that the game since then has evolved a lot and that the athleticism nowadays makes a hypothetical match up impossible. Some doubt that one can be declared GOAT when he has a losing record against other players that makes them doubt he is even the best of his era, and others say that a GOAT can not exist because players from different eras can not be compared...

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2009/06/28

Roger Federer wins at the Roland Garros 2009 and completes the career grand slam

Fred Perry has a new follower


Earlier in June I was locked away from time and space in the middle of nowhere surrounded by prickly pears, dunes, waves and weird people at DUNAjam and PRICKLYpeaBOWLS so I missed the end of the tournament at the Caja Magica, I had not seen the epic 4 hour 3 set match that Nadal won against Djokovic in the semifinal and I did not know Federer had beaten him in the final, in fact the isolation went that far that I had no clue of what had happened at the Roland Garros.

Then I found out that the King Salami singer was actually a french tennis instructor from a junior academy near London, so I went and talked to him and I really thought he was kidding me when he told me that Federer had won the French Open. I had troubles believing the news and it sure didn't help me in trusting the king when he told me that Roger's opponent in the final was Robin Söderling who had eliminated Nadal at the end of the first week, the same swede I had seen lose 6:0 6:1 to Rafa in Rome. So at first I really thought it was more like a joke, but the more details the King told me about Söderling's new trainer Magnus Norman and the tough opponents that Federer had in Haas and del Potro, the more it started to seam that he was actually telling the truth. Still the fact that Nadal had been beaten in a best of five sets match on clay sounded quite unbelievable and so I had to wait a few more days to get back to a place with a connection to the odd interweb to reassure my self that Roger Federer had completed the career grand slam. And I can't deny that it was a joyful moment when I read that he really did. Actually it is not impossible that at the end of the year Rafael Nadal might join the club of Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer by winning the US Open. He would be only the fourth man to winn all grand slam tournaments in the open era, Laver, Agassi and Federer being the other three, Laver has obviously won the grand slam winning all 4 in one year, the difference to now is that at the beginning of the open era 3 tournaments out of 4 where still held on grass. So Agassi and Federer are the only two men to have won all the 4 grand slam tournaments each on a different surface, grass, clay, concrete and synthetic winning 7 matches in a row during a two week long tournament held in the best of five sets format.


tennis paris 2009 federer from Avec Double Cordage on Vimeo.


Above is a video that contains some moments of the French Open that I had missed, it starts with a fan then there's one of the greatest talents of the sport that interviews Roger in English, followed by the highlights commented by Roger in French, a few words from Rod Laver and finally Roger on Swiss German TV receiving a messages by Valentino Rossi.

post scriptum: let's hope that now that Rog has equaled Fred Perry he get's someone sent over from there, to do his mandatory "predominantly white" line for Wimpeltn, to finally replace that Brüno guy at Nike

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2009/05/03
 Marco Mazzoni, Gulbis, Nadal, Nalbandian, Tsonga

An interview with Marco Mazzoni of 0-15 magazine

Marco Mazzoni writes for the Italian tennis magazine 0-15 www.zeroquindici.com which covers the reader spectrum of well-informed tennis enthusiasts, it comes in the A3 format with a particular love for the graphic layout and big sized photography. Apart from following the international tour for 0-15 Marco Mazzoni also runs a blog "Gesti Bianchi" http://doppiofallo.sport-blog.it in which he brings news and insider details about everything going on in the tennis world, and his own website www.marcomazzoni.com, that includes reportages and articles focused on the main tennis themes.

Avec Double Cordage: last year with Jo Wilfried Tsonga we had a relatively "old" player bursting into the midst of the top players seemingly out of nowhere with already 23 years of age. Do you think we will see more of such explosions, due to the increased amount of technical skills necessary to compete with the best and the frequent injury stops?

Marco Mazzoni: tennis is becoming more and more a physical sport, and this especially due to the latest technological evolutions of racquets and strings, let’s say from the year 2000 on, when this important development touched the new tennis generations. It is now more difficult for a player without huge physical strenght to become a great champion: the new racquets allow to hit stronger and more accurately and the latest strings allow to generate great top spin and precision on shots. The first example is Nadal, who is now dominating tennis: certainly talented, huge concentration and determination, but most importantly an extremely physical tennis. Nadal is the top of this new pyramid, and will probably be unique in the history (hope so!). To create new “Nadals” is already the goal of most coaches in the world, so for players with great technical talent and not so great physical stregth, it will be harder to be tennis champions. This, to explain why Tsonga exploded so late: he has suffered important physical trouble to the back and knees in the past, and a player like him, with great potentialities, has been able to give his best only for a short period of time, when healthy. Another player is Gilles Simon, who increasing the strength of his shots has been able to reach the top ten. A negative example of this modern tennis, on the other hand, is David Nalbandian, technically number 3 in the world behind Federer and Nadal, but due to his bad shape is struggling to enter in the quarterfinals of bigger tournaments. Even Novak Djokovic started 2009 very badly, compared to 2008 because of a slight shape decrease, underlining how important it now is to be 100% perfect, even for a strong player like him...


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2009/04/29


Fuzzy Yellow Eyes


let's let the images talk cuz everybody knows anyway, youtube you know. If you can't get enough then check those channels
www.youtube.com/user/neibaf3
www.youtube.com/user/krosero
www.youtube.com/user/tennis24TV
www.youtube.com/user/FYB2007
and actually we got one as well
www.youtube.com/user/AvecDoubleCordage
then if your eyes aren't completely fuzzed out after this you can always get them day glow yellow by looking up some live stream services...

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2009/03/01

Ion Tiriac and Guillermo Vilas and a few Kneissl rackets from www.80s-tennis.com

An Interview with Jens Wehrmeister of 80s-tennis.com

The first decades following the birth of "open tennis" in 1968 were the seventies and early eighties, and naturally with them came a fresh wind in the visual aspect of tennis not only in the way of playing the game. www.80s-tennis.com is a page dedicated entirely to the rackets, apparel and aesthetics of those years, we had a chat with the mind behind it, Jens Wehrmeister.


Avec Double Cordage: Jens naturally your focus is on the eighties, but particularly the early eighties stuff is a development of the innovative introductions of the seventies, when some ski brands stepped into tennis, like Rossignol and Fischer. Can you tell us a bit about some of the names that expanded form winter sports into tennis?

Jens Wehrmeister: Indeed, there were a couple of European ski brands stepping into tennis in the seventies, amongst them several Austrian companies. Let me pick out three ski & tennis companies and tell you a little bit about their history. One has to mention Head in the first place here I think, because Howard Head was one of the most ingenious and versatile sports engineers ever, having contributed a lot of innovations to both the ski and tennis industry. He founded the Head Ski Company in 1948 and sold it to AMF in 1969. The Head/AMF company made itself a name as racquet producer in the 70s, when they had American top star Arthur Ashe under contract. Howard Head then became majority share-holder and chairman of the board of Prince Man. Inc. Striving to improve his own poor gameplay, Head invented the first oversize racquet Prince Classic and obtained a patent in 1976 that covered tennis racquets with size 95-135 square inches. The Prince Classic, made of aluminium, was released to the market in 1976 and became and a very popular racquet. Howard Head also pioneered the development of the legendary Prince Graphite racquet, the first racquet solely made of graphite.
Another big name is German company Völkl that was founded already in 1880. However, it took almost a century until Völkl started constructing tennis racquets. Their first one was introduced in 1972: The legendary
Völkl Zebra - the first all-fiberglass tennis racquet ever available on the market. In the late 70s, the Servo Soft type became Völkl’s best selling racquet with more than 300,000 Servo Soft frames sold on the German market alone, pretty amazing. Now I’d like to turn to my personal vintage racquet brand #1 – Kneissl. This Austrian company is even older than Völkl, founded in 1861. Between 1919 and 1921, Franz Kneissl became the first to mass-produce skis. In 1932, Kneissl was renamed as “First Austrian Ski Company”. They expanded their range of products to tennis goods in the 70s and presented the first fully synthetic tennis racquet in 1978, the White Star Pro (head size +8%), a real silver bullet with previously unknown ball acceleration power and precision, impressively demonstrated by young Czech Ivan Lendl hammering himself way up to the top with the White Star Pro. It marked the beginning of a unique chapter in the graphite racquet era, being the prototype of a lot of follow-up models by both Kneissl and Adidas (Adidas racquets were produced by Kneissl until the early 80s) that basically remained unaltered over ten years until 1987, when the very last model of the White Star Pro / White Star Masters line was launched, the White Star Master 10. All these racquets, including the famous Adidas GTX Pro Ivan Lendl and GTX Pro-T Ivan Lendl frames, were more or less merely paintjobs of the White Star Pro prototype from 1978. Nowadays it is totally inconceivable that a newly developed racquet stays on the market almost unaltered for 10 years! The very last White Star type, the White Star Masters 10 racquet, also marked the definite end of the small-headed racquet era in 1987. Back then, the Masters 10 had already been kind of exotic, the last dinosaur...

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