Monday, June 30, 2014

Wimbledon Redemption...?

I was wondering if anyone in the tennis press would tackle this question...

Steve Tignor's take on a couple of players who are into the 2nd week of Wimbledon.

Let's say this involved 2 baseball players, or 2 cyclists: How would the tone of the piece be different?

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  2. Pretty weak journalism, IMHO............

    A balanced article would have made it explicitly clear that 1] professional athletes are told, ad nauseum, they are responsible for what they ingest, 2] they have 24 hour information about supplements available to them, and that 3] if they stuff-up by taking something containing a banned substance, they have to suck up the consequences....... It's their job to understand this.

    There was some balance in the last paragraph, and an intriguing reference to fake injury absences, but the words "retribution" and "vindication" appeared so many times, I can only roll my eyes.

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  3. I really have trouble cheering for these players who have been caught red-handed but at the same time I see other players getting away with it and it makes me sick.

    and now I've heard that Almagro will be out for a year with a foot injury (a year sounds suspicious) and what about Tipsarevic who has virtually disappeared off the face of the earth, also with a foot injury? Why do I feel these are both silent bans? And when is Troicki coming back? Shouldn't he already be back on tour?

    When are they going to catch a big fish? Probably never. ;(

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    1. Too much money is involved to catch a big fish, especially if its Nadal, the most suspicious of all. Maybe a few years after his retirement, at best!

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  4. A few years ago, I would have been more critical of a piece like this, but I can see that this is about as far as someone like Steve Tignor can take a story like this without some facing some backlash. To take it any farther, he would have to call the players liars and the ITF whitewashers. Both are probably true, but we can say it here and he can't say it there, which is the value of this blog.

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  5. I heard Pam Shriver mention Strycova's doping ban last year, as the Czech beat the 45 year-old Na Li. Just one of those things. It was like she had been on maternity leave. Yeah, doping is never intentional.

    Murray is looking strong, isn't he?

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    1. It is very annoying how doping is brushed off as no big deal once the player comes back from a ban & Itz hardly mentioned at all when the player is serving a ban like Troicki. Murray looks like he will take the title since Beast is gone. Letz hope I'm wrong.

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  6. Shriekapova is out!! Now if the men's draw could follow suit...

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  7. Strange Scene At Wimbledon As A 'Dizzy, Disoriented' Serena Williams Is Forced To Withdraw From Doubles Match

    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/wimbledon-serena-williams-doubles-match-2014-7

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    1. Bizarre, indeed.

      If you genuinely feel that ill, you just don't play (and your sister doesn't let you play).

      http://clips.wimbledon.com/g/v/zJmNNG7kEG5

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    2. It actually looked like she was suffering a stroke.

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    3. They r saying she has a viral illness. Now where have we heard that before?!

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    5. One might suspect faulty blood doping or blood transfusion. Maybe they stored the blood bag at the wrong temperature or it became contaminated? See also Tyler Hamilton or Riccardo Ricco (2011)..Never seen anything like it in tennis....

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    6. I've never seen a viral illness affect a person that way. Either she was acting in order to end the match because she had tested positive already and was told they must lose (and this would help save face). She went on court without make-up, a first for her. This would make her look ill. Or she was high on something, She looked stoned. Unfortunately we'll never know for sure.

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    7. My guess is hypoglycemia caused by insulin abuse. Serena's symptoms and Venus' reaction are consistent. Insulin has the effects of anabolic steroids.

      Shakiness, anxiety, nervousness
      Palpitations, tachycardia
      Sweating, feeling of warmth
      Personality change, emotional lability
      Fatigue, weakness, apathy, lethargy, daydreaming, sleep
      Confusion, amnesia, lightheadedness or dizziness, delirium
      Staring, "glassy" look, blurred vision, double vision
      Flashes of light in the field of vision
      Ataxia, incoordination, sometimes mistaken for "drunkenness"
      Focal or general motor deficit, paralysis, hemiparesis

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  8. Interesting how Nadal has lost the first set in every match so far at Wimbledon. Then he takes a bathroom break and comes back to win in 4. Now today's match is still ongoing but I've no doubt the result will be the same. Hope I'm wrong. Would love to see this kid Nick Kyrgios score the upset.

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    1. Glad I was wrong about the 4 set thing. The kid took the 3rd. :D

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    2. Unfortunately, that also doesn't mean anything. But awesome for Kyrios with a break of serve in 4th.

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    3. Can't believe it! Awesome! Just awesome!

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    4. Dynamic duo of Shriekapova & Nadoosh are out. Nobody saw that coming!

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    5. oh boy was I wrong. Nick did it. Third year in a row a player ranked 100 or lower takes out Nadal.

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    6. Awesome win for Kyrgios. I am encouraged to see a teenager step up and take out the hulk. This win shows what can happen when conditions are not loaded in favor of physical beasts.

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    7. Wow! out of nowhere!

      The kid was firing bombs left and right, not unlike other guys that have troubled Nadal in the past (i.e. circa 2009 JMDP, Rosol, Soderling). Still, this is incredibly surprising, granted that Kyrgios has yet to record even 10 (!) ATP tour matches.

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    8. I had never heard of that kid before... was he a "top prospect" of some kind? Who was the last male teenager to leave its mark on the tennis world, Nadal in 2004 or something? We'll see if he can back it up, but I'm obviously glad Nadal is out. Now the question remains: what sorry ass excuse the Nadal camp will retroactively use a couple of weeks from now to explain this loss?

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    9. "what sorry ass excuse the Nadal camp will retroactively use a couple of weeks from now to explain this loss?"
      2 possibilities : his back or his knees, maybe both:-)

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    10. "Awesome win for Kyrgios. I am encouraged to see a teenager step up and take out the hulk."

      Are you surrounded by skinny emo hipsters or why do you refer to Nadal as the Hulk?

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    11. I can't believe Kyrgios beat Nadal! What an upset.

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    12. LOL. Are you for real? Don't you have eyes? (Sorry if you are blind. I didn't mean that as an insult).

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    13. My last reply was for Tommy Hass.

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    14. I do have eyes. Maybe I just have different standards. I wouldn't call Nadal a hulking monster. Ripped maybe, but a hulk? Nah.

      Google the soccer player who is actually called Hulk if you want to see someone who somewhat deserves this moniker.

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    15. Having low bodyfat and a big left bicep does not make you big. Murray is more impressive in my book.

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    16. Compared to pretty much everyone else on the tour, he looks like the fucking beastmaster.

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    17. Murray is bigger than him. So is Tsonga. So is Gulbis. So is Monfils.

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    18. Quite right. Everybody is bigger and more ripped than Nadal. That includes the guy in the corner office. And my mother. In fact Nadal is a puny wimp. Let's go kick sand in his face!

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    19. You're seriously ignoring context, Tommy. That makes sound stupid and arrogant at the same time.
      Regarding Nadal, he's going to the bathroom more frequently? Perhaps he's either using diuretics now because of a different doping regime (which fits, since he no longer sweats THAT much) or he's using them to take the rythm off his opponents.

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  9. Please, an administrator could ban this Troll king named "Tommy Hass"? All his posts consist of insulting other posters and/or stating absurdities

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  10. Of course Nadal was injured. I hear his piles were troubling him in the match. Explains the long toilet break. Too much bum scratching.

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    1. LOL! Gotta love those tics of his!

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    1. But it looks like Stan's doctors are doing a good job. Unbelievable power out there today from the 40 year old Swiss.

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    2. Nah. Let's not make this an everybody who beats Federer is doped fest. Stan is nowhere on the level of some others and the points are quite short.

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    3. Glad was wrong about Beast & Murray. Tourney just got way more interesting. Really amazed that Grigor straight settled him after being handed a easier draw & bulldozing his way thru until now.

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    4. @Beacon Tripper

      The issue is not whether a player beats Federer. But when I see someone become a far better player late in his career - and especially a much more powerful player - then I think I am looking at doping. It's quite a recurrent pattern now in pro-tennis - older getting stronger, faster and fitter. Doping in tennis isn't just about stamina, it's also about power and Wawrinka - at only 6' - generates as much as anyone I have seen - even when he is feeling "off-colour", as he apparently is today. Check him out on Youtube 5 years or so ago. A middleweight then; not a heavyweight like he is now. There is a reason why he lost a dozen or so times to Federer over that period and didn't threaten the top-10 until recently. It is taking Federer to serve and play at his very best to contend with Wawrinka today but nonetheless in the rallies the power is all Wawrinka. Yet I remember when Federer owned his fellow-countryman in every part of the court. No longer. I make the point again - a dramatic increase in power - especially late in a player's career - is highly suspicious - win or lose.

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    5. He isn't a heavyweight and he has always been powerful.

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    6. Murray's my favourite, being British and all, but I'm glad Grigor is through tbh. He is a breath of fresh air to the men's game, which really needs new names coming through. On a side note, what do people make of Bouchard? I think she could be one to look at more thoroughly in the coming months. Halep too I'm not really sure. Her improvement mostly came from winning small titles, but now she's challenging for GS and reminds me of Henin, who was definitely juicing.

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    9. @Tommy Ass

      We not talking kilos here - but I am not surprised you don't grasp that, with your clumsy literal mind - because in the same breath you acknowledge that he has power. Funny how that same power didn't bring him the success earlier in his career he has enjoyed as a veteran player. His game hasn't fundamentally changed. Of course it is always possible that he has become a more powerful player lately than he was earlier but you would need to be a student of the game and not a troll to perceive that.

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  12. What were they banned for? Glucose and some berry weight loss product, not exactly Lance Armstrong-esque, is it? Don't get me wrong I want the sport to be cleaned up, but when they're going ott over things like this, whilst others are getting away with taking steroids really annoys me.

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