Monday, January 30, 2017

Parting Gift

Here you go. And Here. Listen here starting at 36:30.

Ok.

Bye.

40 comments:

  1. Thanks for all your work.
    Best of luck in the future.

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  2. Interesting. I think Paul Kimmage is the only sports journalist with any balls.

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    1. I would have added David Walsh, but he has not been the same since the fallout he suffered during the Armstrong investigations.

      Around 2012, I contacted sports author Richard Moore, who wrote 'In Search of Robert Millar' and 'The Dirtiest Race in History' - the latter tale about the tainted 1988 Seoul 100m final. In congratulating him for a book which I really enjoyed, I did ask him if he planned to write more books investigating doping in sports, among other things. His response suggested the general journalistic interest was quite specific when it in doping. I took that to basically mean "when it is convenient".

      As galling as it may be sometimes, it should be remembered that sports journos possibly cannot afford to risk their livelihoods on some noble crusade. David Walsh was almost ruined professionally and financially when he took on Armstrong. It's very fortunate for him that his investigations were validated following Hamilton and Landis turning on Armstrong.

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  3. SnR, this is why you should stick it out... This site's voice is important, especially when the press won't go after issue like TUEs... There are stories to be told, and everyone needs a place where relevant information is cataloged.

    I feel your pain, but (in my humble opinion), it's the wrong time to quit.....

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    1. problem is, it has been a decade and nothing, nada, zilch. no tangible progress on any of this site's crusade. at some point, you've gotta reassess your goals.

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  4. Glorious, very interesting final post. Delighted too that Kimmage has called out the diva antics of S.Williams. Plus, he is literally the only journo that identified 3 of 4 singles finalists had been outed for TUE use.

    I can only hope Kimmage gets the bit between his teeth as he and David Walsh did prior over Armstrong.

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  5. Sen, you may feel you haven't made a difference to the game but you have kept the spark of truth alive through this blog and enabled a discussion which could not take place anywhere else. That is also about making a difference. We are grateful.

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  6. @SnR - thanks for popping back. Please don't throw in the towel completely. Look how long it took for Armstrong to be called to account. Every little episode adds up, until at some point it tips the balance into action being taken.

    Either way good luck in your future endeavours, and thanks.

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  7. On the Serena issue in SnR's original post, I find it galling that she dares ask for an apology just for a journalist asking a fair question; when if memory serves she has refused to apologise to either the line judge (USO 2009) for threatening to 'shove a tennis ball down her f***ing throat, or umpire Aderaki for another tantrum (USO 2011).

    This of us who followed Armstrong's case from early on know that he was skillful as spinning himself as the 'bullied survivor' when he was feeling the heat from writers and journos. Even if anyone has the cojones to go mano-a-mano with S.Williams, you just know any such investigation will be smeared with 'racist' or 'sexist'. Good luck to anyone who persists, that's all I can say.

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    1. Oh yes, who can forget Serena's roid raging incident when she told umpire Eva Asderaki that she was "unattractive inside" or the infamous abuse of the lines judge. Never apologizes and gets fined the equivalent of a spa day for her. But the press doesn't press her. Ever. This recent incident is just another example in a long line for Serena. But I get that they're afraid of being banned from her press conferences. The diva. Hell, Nadal even got an umpire banned from his matches. These players are running the game.

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    2. Of course they have Nike behind them. And In 2016, Nike overtook Louis Vuitton as the most valuable apparel brand in the world, according to a ranking by Forbes.

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    3. @Lopi

      Good point on player power. A few seasons ago I remember the debate starting in earnest about time taken between points. There was, I recall, a train of though - certainly from several ex-professionals and commentators - that the public love these long rallies, and the powers that be should actually increase allowed time between points, in order to accomodate serial piss-takers like Nadal and Djuicer. Thankfully that never transpired.

      But it struck me the power modern players have, if others can seriously consider changing the rules around them.

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  8. Very interesting indeed. Paul Kimmage has commented on tennis a number of times over the last few years. I get the impression he doesn't follow the sport closely but watches enough of it to see what an obvious farce it is. You can sense just how frustrated he is with his fellow reporters, with such low hanging fruit to go for (just ask a question about the fucking TUE's already!) Interesting as well to note that, reading between the lines anyway, he doesn't seem to view Fed's performance last week with as much cynicism as many of us here, myself included.

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  10. I'm just watching the fifth set of the final again and at 3-2 in games with Nadal taking forever, the commentators (the Mac brothers and Fowler) were discussing the time Nadal takes between points. And John McEnroe said something like "let's hope the umpire doesn't choose now to give him a time violation warning". The next point was a break point for Federer and Nadal took 35 seconds to serve. That's what? 15 seconds over the time limit? Nadal plays by his own rules and the umpires let him and the commentators are ok with that.

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  11. Another reminder of the new blog

    https://tennishasadrugproblem.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. https://www.reddit.com/r/tennis/comments/5r8l9r/fedal_2009_vs_2017/

    It goes to show you how far training and recovery science has come. Obviously Roger's natural physical ability is the prime factor, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this become more normal. Novak, for example, is so into the flexibility and injury prevention protocols that I fully expect him to continue at his high level for another 5-6 years for sure.

    These people are delusional.

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    1. This one made me laugh...

      [–]RainMan500I know everything about tennis 8 points 2 hours ago :
      "That is a good assessment. To add to it, I would say Murray has 3 good years left in him, Wawrinka has 2 years and Nadal has 5 months."

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    2. If they hadn't sped up the court at the AO this year, we'd be looking at a different result right now. I guess the powers that be have had enough of the rubber band man and the pasty Scot. And of course, Nadal defies logic. He's a clay court specialist yet they speed up the courts and he manages to make the final. Go figure.

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    3. @Lopi

      What an absolutely orgasmic outcome for the ITF/ATP with that AO final - Mugray and the increasingly-disliked Djuicevic contesting titles isn't really capturing the imagination of the casual tennis fan.

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    4. No. Their matches are soooooo boring. At least a fedal match is pleasant on one side of the court. ;)

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  13. Slight diversion but just another day in the Russian doping machine... 2012 Olympic 4x400m silver medallists due to be stripped thanks to a retrospective doping test:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/38825752

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  14. I want to thank SNR for taking this over from me when I got burned out and for bringing it to a more professional level the past several years. I don't think either of us realized the difficulty of exposing the truth when there is so much money on the line for so many people, not the least of whom are the tennis journalists. I've learned a great deal just from starting and continuing to follow this blog after I passed it on, including from many of the commenters here. It is a sad day to see it go, but perhaps someone somewhere along the line will have it as a reference if the truth can ever really be brought out. Thanks SNR and all commenters.

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    1. To you, too. For getting it all going.

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    2. Thanks THASP for starting this blog and for finding a worthy successor in SnR. I hope one day your hard work will be rewarded with a true breakthrough in the fight against doping in tennis. Good luck to both of you.

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    3. ThanksTHASP. I think the biggest shock was how difficult it was just to get some people to look at the statistics and admit the testing was designed to fail.

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    4. Thasp, SnR, you guys did great. Tennis is killing itself by not allowing youngsters to come through. The game is flatlining if you look at US tennis industry revenues. You'd think less drugs, more talent, maybe more US talent would fix many issues. But people running the sport lack vision - they won't rock the boat. Let's all move on. It was a great sport with a great heritage.

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  15. Yes, much gratitude to THASP and SnR for building up this community and this body of work. 2017 looks like it'll be the year for the shit hitting the fan - everywhere and on all levels - so hopefully the truth will also surface w/r/t tennis and doping.

    Please feel free to drop an occasional link or comment to the THASP spin-off: https://tennishasadrugproblem.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks again, and best wishes to you both.

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  16. Tennis Australia criticised for lack of action after abuse claims: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-02/tennis-australia-alleged-coach-abuse/8226810

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  18. Thanks to both SnR and THASP... I remember when I first read this blog, I'd been laughed out of tennis forums for even suggesting doping might be an issue. We live in different times, nowadays.

    Even if the vested-interests are still not grasping the nettle, my feeling is that the hard-core fan is far more skeptical than they used to be. That's at least in part due to this blog.

    Kudos.

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  19. Great blog and a great way to sign off, Kimmage & Walshe are for me definate journo's to follow in the future. I hope the spin off goes well too.

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  20. Get busy and stay away for a couple weeks and look what happens! Thanks SnR and your original THASP people I'll try the new site. Love and luck to all.

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  21. A huge thanks to THASP for his desire and energy to create this informative place to share tennis doping information. Then of course, we would not be "here" w/o Sen no Rikyu.

    Tons of great posts have been shared over the years.

    Let is be said that one day, sooner than later, folks will reference the info shared here when doping in tennis is fully and finally exposed.

    Will close with a personal thanks to THASP and SnR. A tip of the hat to you both. You guys rock.!

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  22. Maybe this will motivate SnR to keep the blog going
    Lance Armstrong facing $100 million law suit

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/14/us-lawsuit-seeking-100-million-lance-armstrong-heads-trial/

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  26. Dear THASP and SnR,

    first of all, a Huge Thank you for all your courage, heart and efforts, you have made a Great Job!!

    Secondly, I'd like to give you a piece of advice, here it is!!

    Why don't you make an ebook that contains all the articles and the most meaningful posts written by the readers of this great blog?

    You could make a decent yearly passive income ( 1000 copies x $15 for each downloaded ebook = $15000 per year, not so bad!! ) and in the meanwhile, it would be like you keep on fighting tennis doping, social purpose and money at the same time, not so bad!!

    Think about it, it isn't something to disregard as a weird online business idea, far from it, it's social purpose for first and a sort of financial reward for all your efforts, not so bad at all!!

    All the best!!

    Fabrice, greetings from Italy.

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