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« on: April 23, 2007, 01:30:04 PM »
I've now had 4 favorite active players, and the writing is on the wall  ;>)  that I may soon have to come to terms with finding my next generation fave.

1. Johnny Mac, passed the torch to...
2. Jim Courier, who passed the torch to...
3. Patrick Rafter, who passed the torch to...
4. Marat Safin (don't know what's left in the tank)
5. ?

Candidates:
At this point, Richard Gasquet leads the class that includes Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray and Sam Querrey. Waiting for Marcos Baghdatis to get out of my doghouse.

Gasquet's serve and lack of mental fortitute aside, he's got tremendous talent. I'm a sucker for style, and the kid has panache. I also prefer the 1HBH, and he's the only young gun that's got one.

I already know who likes Federer, Nadal and Murray. But I am curious, anyone else find they are nearing a passing of the torch?
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Re: passing the torch
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007, 03:06:26 PM »
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I've now had 4 favorite active players, and the writing is on the wall  ;>)  that I may soon have to come to terms with finding my next generation fave.

1. Johnny Mac, passed the torch to...
2. Jim Courier, who passed the torch to...
3. Patrick Rafter, who passed the torch to...
4. Marat Safin (don't know what's left in the tank)
5. ?

Candidates:
At this point, Richard Gasquet leads the class that includes Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray and Sam Querrey. Waiting for Marcos Baghdatis to get out of my doghouse.

Gasquet's serve and lack of mental fortitute aside, he's got tremendous talent. I'm a sucker for style, and the kid has panache. I also prefer the 1HBH, and he's the only young gun that's got one.

I already know who likes Federer, Nadal and Murray. But I am curious, anyone else find they are nearing a passing of the torch?

I just have this mental picture of a scene very much like the Progressive adds that show banks competing for the customer's business.
You sitting on a nice chair with Djokovic, Berdych, Murray and Gasquet all vying for your affections. While Bags is fumbling around like Danny Kaye or Bud Abbot tyring to get into the inner circle. :H  ..-)

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Re: passing the torch
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007, 03:15:19 PM »
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I've now had 4 favorite active players, and the writing is on the wall  ;>)  that I may soon have to come to terms with finding my next generation fave.

1. Johnny Mac, passed the torch to...
2. Jim Courier, who passed the torch to...
3. Patrick Rafter, who passed the torch to...
4. Marat Safin (don't know what's left in the tank)
5. ?

Candidates:
At this point, Richard Gasquet leads the class that includes Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Andy Murray and Sam Querrey. Waiting for Marcos Baghdatis to get out of my doghouse.

Gasquet's serve and lack of mental fortitute aside, he's got tremendous talent. I'm a sucker for style, and the kid has panache. I also prefer the 1HBH, and he's the only young gun that's got one.

I already know who likes Federer, Nadal and Murray. But I am curious, anyone else find they are nearing a passing of the torch?

I just have this mental picture of a scene very much like the Progressive adds that show banks competing for the customer's business.
You sitting on a nice chair with Djokovic, Berdych, Murray and Gasquet all vying for your affections. While Bags is fumbling around like Danny Kaye or Bud Abbot tyring to get into the inner circle. :H  ..-)


lol It must be the premature 2016 Olympic buzz around here that brought that image to mind.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2007, 03:22:08 PM »
Gasquet: 'Can I get you some more coffee, Mr Babbalot?'  :))
Berdych: 'Here, let's get your feet up there, Mr babbalot...'  :))
Querry: 'I can change that light bulb on the ceiling in a snap'  :shiny:
Baghdatis: 'I... Ouch...' trips over the foot stool and spills cream in your lap..... ;>)

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2007, 03:27:28 PM »
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Gasquet: 'Can I get you some more coffee, Mr Babbalot?'  :))
Berdych: 'Here, let's get your feet up there, Mr babbalot...'  :))
Querry: 'I can change that light bulb on the ceiling in a snap'  :shiny:
Baghdatis: 'I... Ouch...' trips over the foot stool and spills cream in your lap..... ;>)



Nadal:   Can I clean that up for you Mr. Babble, no?

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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2007, 03:30:40 PM »
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Gasquet: 'Can I get you some more coffee, Mr Babbalot?'  :))
Berdych: 'Here, let's get your feet up there, Mr babbalot...'  :))
Querry: 'I can change that light bulb on the ceiling in a snap'  :shiny:
Baghdatis: 'I... Ouch...' trips over the foot stool and spills cream in your lap..... ;>)



Nadal:   Can I clean that up for you Mr. Babble, no?


You saved it with the "no?"   :lmao!:
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2007, 03:39:37 PM »
My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2007, 03:40:32 PM »
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Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "dmastous"
Gasquet: 'Can I get you some more coffee, Mr Babbalot?'  :))
Berdych: 'Here, let's get your feet up there, Mr babbalot...'  :))
Querry: 'I can change that light bulb on the ceiling in a snap'  :shiny:
Baghdatis: 'I... Ouch...' trips over the foot stool and spills cream in your lap..... ;>)



Nadal:   Can I clean that up for you Mr. Babble, no?


You saved it with the "no?"   :lmao!:

That would be a Nadal 'no' which would be your cue to RUNNNNN....

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2007, 03:44:02 PM »
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My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Yeah, Dallas!

An unlikely playmate. Shocked to see you're actually forward looking with 5+ years to go.
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2007, 03:44:11 PM »
Quote from: "Dallas"
My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Hey D, have you read the Arthur Ashe book?

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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2007, 03:44:56 PM »
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Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "dmastous"
Gasquet: 'Can I get you some more coffee, Mr Babbalot?'  :))
Berdych: 'Here, let's get your feet up there, Mr babbalot...'  :))
Querry: 'I can change that light bulb on the ceiling in a snap'  :shiny:
Baghdatis: 'I... Ouch...' trips over the foot stool and spills cream in your lap..... ;>)



Nadal:   Can I clean that up for you Mr. Babble, no?


You saved it with the "no?"   :lmao!:

That would be a Nadal 'no' which would be your cue to RUNNNNN....


Indeed!   Unless, thats your bag baby!   ||-|

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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2007, 03:46:55 PM »
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My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Hey D, have you read the Arthur Ashe book?[/quote]

If you're talking about the book he wrote back in the 70's?  Not only did I have that book, but I worked at a University and he came to speak.  I got his autograph!  Unfortunately, that was a long time ago, and I can't find the book now! :(   But I actually met him and had a conversation with him which I'll always cherish now.  (Didn't know what I had back then!  Like they say - you never really miss something until you don't have it!)...

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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2007, 03:48:29 PM »
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Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "Dallas"
My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Hey D, have you read the Arthur Ashe book?[/quote]

If you're talking about the book he wrote back in the 70's?  Not only did I have that book, but I worked at a University and he came to speak.  I got his autograph!  Unfortunately, that was a long time ago, and I can't find the book now! :(   But I actually met him and had a conversation with him which I'll always cherish now.  (Didn't know what I had back then!  Like they say - you never really miss something until you don't have it!)...



Now that is seriously cool!    ;)

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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2007, 03:49:14 PM »
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Quote from: "Dallas"
My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Yeah, Dallas!

An unlikely playmate. Shocked to see you're actually forward looking with 5+ years to go.


Believe me...it was hard to do! :))   But I know Roger can't be around forever.  By the time he retires, there may be some new star that grabs my attention. :))

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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2007, 03:55:49 PM »
Quote from: "Dallas"
Quote from: "Babblelot"
Quote from: "Dallas"
My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Yeah, Dallas!

An unlikely playmate. Shocked to see you're actually forward looking with 5+ years to go.


Believe me...it was hard to do! :))   But I know Roger can't be around forever.  By the time he retires, there may be some new star that grabs my attention. :))


For the sake of the game, let's hope so. No one has displaced McEnroe as my All-Time favorite player, but I'm quite happy with Safin as my active #1.
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2007, 03:57:50 PM »
Quote from: Dallas
Quote from: "OSU Buckeye"
Quote from: "Dallas"
My favorites have been similiar to yours:

Borg passed the torch to Lendl
Lendl passed the torch to Pete
Pete passed the torch to Roger
I hope Roger keeps it at least 3-4-5-6 more years!
and after Roger... who knows... Right now the candidates are Djokovic and Gasquet but I might change my mind later.
 :))
Actually, Ashe was my favorite, but I don't think he really passed the torce to Borg...but Ashe was the 1 person that got me into tennis back in the early 70's...so I guess I really do owe a lot to him!


Hey D, have you read the Arthur Ashe book?[/quote]

If you're talking about the book he wrote back in the 70's?  Not only did I have that book, but I worked at a University and he came to speak.  I got his autograph!  Unfortunately, that was a long time ago, and I can't find the book now! :(   But I actually met him and had a conversation with him which I'll always cherish now.  (Didn't know what I had back then!  Like they say - you never really miss something until you don't have it!)...

I have read Days of Grace. Enjoyed the first half, but the second was tough going. I don't remember much why (it was 8 or 10 years ago), but I think I felt he was a little too whiney. I know he was dying and going through a trajic period. But that's what I remember.
He was a good tennis player, and a great man. That's how I will remember Ashe.

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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2007, 04:01:03 PM »
Yeah, I couldn't remember the title......but. anyway, I bought it recently but haven't had a chance to read it!

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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2007, 08:11:15 PM »
Being a Safin fan is both torture and bliss. Before Safin, my favorite players in the 90s for the men were Rafter and Krajicek. Lately I have been looking for someone to root for who doesn't give me stomach ulcers. I like Gasquet quite a bit, and I am also a fan of Querrey. I love Ancic, but he always gets injured :(.

I shudder to think who my favorite women's player will be when the current top gals are gone. Besides Serena, Francesca, and well I don't really know who else. There aren't many up and coming girls that I like. There is Ivanovic and Misa Krajicek. But other than those two, there really aren't many exciting female 'young-guns.'
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2007, 11:07:22 PM »
Seeing how i only recently hooked onto pro-tennis, I would say my one and only favourite has been Roger. That said, I really like Rafter from the 90s and just like you, have hopes on Gasquet for the future. That said, if not Roger right now, my favourite is Ancic.
I agree with you about style, even if they aren't the best sometimes its all about the grace. And Gasquet has this. And I definitely think Rafter had this, from what I have seen of him and his tennis. and Roger's game - i don't think i need to elaborate on that at all.


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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2007, 09:47:46 AM »
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Being a Safin fan is both torture and bliss. Before Safin, my favorite players in the 90s for the men were Rafter and Krajicek. Lately I have been looking for someone to root for who doesn't give me stomach ulcers. I like Gasquet quite a bit, and I am also a fan of Querrey. I love Ancic, but he always gets injured :(.

I shudder to think who my favorite women's player will be when the current top gals are gone. Besides Serena, Francesca, and well I don't really know who else. There aren't many up and coming girls that I like. There is Ivanovic and Misa Krajicek. But other than those two, there really aren't many exciting female 'young-guns.'



And, no mention of my girl Vaidisova???   :;:-|     She should definitely be mentioned with your discussion!    And, she is fine!   ;)