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pound cat
04-22-2008, 03:29 AM
BBC

Guaranteed to give a lot of bad ATP wannabes hope.



'Worst player' earns maiden win
A British tennis player dubbed the worst player in the world has finally won a match at the 55th attempt and after three years of trying.

Robert Dee, 21, recorded his landmark victory in the qualifying section of a futures event in Spain.

Dee beat Arzhang Derakhshani 6-4 6-3 in the first round of qualifying for the Reus tournament, near Barcelona.

However, his moment in the sun did not last long - he promptly lost 6-3 6-1 to Artur Romanowski in the second round.

The victory means he remains joint holder of the record for the longest losing streak in the history of the pro game with Diego Beltranena of Guatemala.

Beltranena also lost 54 matches in a row between 1997 and 2005, but he managed to win a set during one of his defeats.

Until he beat Derakhshani, Dee had lost 108 straight sets.

Dee, who has a career-best world ranking of 1466, started his odyssey in April 2005 in Mexico.

He has been trying to win in tournaments at the very lowest level of the professional game in locations as diverse as Rwanda, Iran and Colombia.

daddy
04-22-2008, 03:33 AM
Impressive, no doubt about it.

pow
04-22-2008, 03:46 AM
Too bad he is the joint holder for the record of the longest losing streak... he couldn't just lose one more match and be the record holder!

l_gonzalez
04-22-2008, 04:05 AM
Dee, who has a career-best world ranking of 1466, started his odyssey in April 2005 in Mexico.

Jokes! I played him when I was like 13-14 years old! I beat him in straight sets but I can't remember the score...

Oh yeah, and according to the Lawn Tennis Association he is ranked 3754 in the UK!!! That is awesome!

Vision84
04-22-2008, 04:06 AM
Too bad he is the joint holder for the record of the longest losing streak... he couldn't just lose one more match and be the record holder!

Maybe that was his motivation to finally win. ;)

On a side note how can someone remain eligible to play at that level if they can't win?

l_gonzalez
04-22-2008, 04:11 AM
Maybe that was his motivation to finally win. ;)

On a side note how can someone remain eligible to play at that level if they can't win?

Maybe this can shed some light on that matter:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4539945.stm

my_forehand
04-22-2008, 04:38 AM
Too bad he is the joint holder for the record of the longest losing streak... he couldn't just lose one more match and be the record holder!

54 matches and 1 set...dang...

Jokes! I played him when I was like 13-14 years old! I beat him in straight sets but I can't remember the score...

Oh yeah, and according to the Lawn Tennis Association he is ranked 3754 in the UK!!! That is awesome!

:lol:

Katlion
04-22-2008, 04:51 AM
I don't know what his parents would have done to him if he were Russian...

Moz
04-22-2008, 05:11 AM
Oh yeah, and according to the Lawn Tennis Association he is ranked 3754 in the UK!!! That is awesome!

That's because he hasn't played any LTA events for 3 years.

The last time he did he beat a 5.1 comfortably and lost to a 3.1 6-3, 6-3.

Which probably means he's better than both of us, especially if he's improved in the meantime!

Just goes to show doesn't it....

l_gonzalez
04-22-2008, 05:32 AM
That's because he hasn't played any LTA events for 3 years.

The last time he did he beat a 5.1 comfortably and lost to a 3.1 6-3, 6-3.

Which probably means he's better than both of us, especially if he's improved in the meantime!

Just goes to show doesn't it....

Yeah that's true, he's based in the US now...

Well, he's had plenty of match practice that's for sure. You would think after losing 15-20 matches without winning a set he would have thought that he needed to improve his level of play a little bit... 3 months at a good academy improving his game a little bit and then try your luck again.

Maybe he did that and just kept losing... who knows.

eagle
04-22-2008, 05:38 AM
These lowly ranked players must have either deep pockets or mindnumbing loans to support themselves while not earning anything substantial.

Any links that show ATP or even WTA player incomes on an annual or per tourney basis ?

r,
eagle

Moz
04-22-2008, 06:11 AM
Yeah that's true, he's based in the US now...

Well, he's had plenty of match practice that's for sure. You would think after losing 15-20 matches without winning a set he would have thought that he needed to improve his level of play a little bit... 3 months at a good academy improving his game a little bit and then try your luck again.

Maybe he did that and just kept losing... who knows.

Yes, you do wonder what the story is! Maybe one day he'll surprise us all.

Deep pockets indeed...

DJG
04-22-2008, 06:17 AM
The last time he did he beat a 5.1 comfortably and lost to a 3.1 6-3, 6-3.

Which probably means he's better than both of us, especially if he's improved in the meantime!

Just goes to show doesn't it....

Indeed. It is a different level, but I must say it takes balls to try and try and try and try again... At some point you must realise that it is not for you.

norcal
04-22-2008, 06:21 AM
Maybe this can shed some light on that matter:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4539945.stm

Sounds like rich kids buying an ATP point. Pathetic that a tournament director would allow this.

l_gonzalez
04-22-2008, 06:37 AM
Sounds like rich kids buying an ATP point. Pathetic that a tournament director would allow this.

That's pretty much what i thought when i read the article, but having lived in eastern europe for a year now, you quickly realise that everything and everyone has a price... and here the prices seem to be lower.

ATXtennisaddict
04-22-2008, 07:01 AM
What rating is this guy anyway? he's the world's worst professional tennis player? I don't get it.

PROTENNIS63
04-22-2008, 07:10 AM
congrats is all I can say :)

Mike Danger
04-22-2008, 10:31 AM
so what are we talking 5.0 level at the lowest?
I dont know about these particular guys, but id love to do that, just to get on the list so you could say you were an ATP pro. Id play till I got one ATP win then quit!

Shabazza
04-22-2008, 10:43 AM
He's still way better than me...:-|

Shaolin
04-22-2008, 10:50 AM
He's still way better than me...:-|

He's better than 85% of the people on these boards.

ATXtennisaddict
04-22-2008, 10:51 AM
this article is refreshing in the sense that it shows how hard it is to make it in pro tennis.

Mike Danger
04-22-2008, 11:04 AM
He's better than 85% of the people on these boards.
but 85% of the people on these boards are better at pretending they are better!

jmsx521
04-22-2008, 11:13 AM
Several years ago Vince Spadea had a terrible losing streak.

Jonnyf
04-22-2008, 11:24 AM
Several years ago Vince Spadea had a terrible losing streak.

Wasn't it something like 21 matches?
Also, 4.2 on those mighty accurate :roll: conversion charts...isn't a uk 4.2 supposed to be like a 4.0. Just shows how inaccurate they are.

luca85
04-22-2008, 12:47 PM
That report was too harsh... hes a gd guy

counter_puncher
04-22-2008, 12:53 PM
all you guys, stop slamming him. he won a match and thats one more thann you will ever win ;)

luca85
04-22-2008, 12:54 PM
^^^^^^

exactly

Moz
04-22-2008, 02:11 PM
Wasn't it something like 21 matches?
Also, 4.2 on those mighty accurate :roll: conversion charts...isn't a uk 4.2 supposed to be like a 4.0. Just shows how inaccurate they are.

Makes him a 5.0 on the conversion charts.

I say good luck to him as well. If he can do it why the hell not. It beats being the one stuck in an office laughing at him playing tennis with pros in a variety of different countries.

Moz
04-23-2008, 03:26 AM
The telegraph are now piling in on him, but the article does give some more information.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/04/23/sthodg123.xml

Must admit I find this gloating at his expense quite annoying. Needless to say the journalist who wrote this isn't on the LTA system at all. No doubt he would much rather watch sport and criticise than actually play it. God forbid.

Moose Malloy
04-27-2008, 02:47 PM
Dee’s performances were held up as symptomatic of this country’s woeful underperformance in the game. Soon even the world No 1, Roger Federer, had heard of and shown sympathy for the cruel treatment handed out to the Briton.

Federer first heard about Dee at the conclusion of a press conference after his opening victory in the glittering surroundings of the Monte Carlo Masters Series event. A day later he was still trying to glean more information and offered words of consolation to a contemporary who stands thousands of rungs further down the tennis ladder.

Dee is touched by Federer’s interest, but offers his record on the Spanish professional circuit as evidence of his ability. In the past year he has entered 11 tournaments, registered 19 victories in 30 matches and even reached a final last December in Almeria – hardly an achievement expected of a player who has been widely pilloried for supposed ineptitude.

Unfortunately for Dee, the circuit is independent of ITF jurisdiction and therefore not a contributory factor to the ATP ranking system. Even so, it has been the launching pad for 13 of this week’s world top 100, including Rafael Nadal.

So angry was Dee’s father, Alan, by some of the mocking articles written about his son that he sought the counsel of his solicitors. On Friday they presented their case to the Press Complaints Commission. Understandably, the player admits to being a little psychologically bruised, but even more resolute in his chosen profession.

“I just felt a little bit hard done by because I didn’t know what I had done to deserve this treatment,” said Dee, who has been based in Spain at the family holiday home in La Manga for nearly three years after spending almost two years at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida, which has produced such champions as Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Monica Seles. “I’ve worked hard and kept my head down, just trying to do what I love doing. I was a little bit hurt by the term Worst Player in the World. When you read that about yourself, not just in one newspaper but several, you think it is slightly unfair.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article3822523.ece

spiritdragon
04-27-2008, 03:13 PM
sounds liek he's some spoiled rich kid. he has his parents paying for all of his expenses and is doing nothing to make his own money.

Rafael_Nadal_6257
04-27-2008, 03:26 PM
Read the article jeez...

He's not just some rich kid.

serve/and/volley
04-27-2008, 03:36 PM
He's better than 85% of the people on these boards.

He is better than 100% of the people on these boards. In fact most of the people on these boards would get schooled by a nationally-ranked teenage girl under 16.

Anyone who is rated below NTRP 6.0 is not good enough to compete competitively with anyone who has professionally trained since childhood.

Shaolin
04-27-2008, 03:59 PM
^^Actually its more than 85% but definitely not 100%, I guarantee that. Hes struggling mightily to win matches in futures qualies. Hes not 6.0, more at 5.0-5.5. I have a friend doing the same exact thing Robert Dee is, traveling the world losing in Futures, even got into a main round Challenger due to lack of entrants...hes about 5.0, 5.5 at absolute best. We are at the same level and no way Im 6.0.

goober
04-27-2008, 04:16 PM
^^Actually its more than 85% but definitely not 100%, I guarantee that. Hes struggling mightily to win matches in futures qualies. Hes not 6.0, more at 5.0-5.5. I have a friend doing the same exact thing Robert Dee is, traveling the world losing in Futures, even got into a main round Challenger due to lack of entrants...hes about 5.0, 5.5 at absolute best. We are at the same level and no way Im 6.0.

Yah I would tend to agree. The guy Dee beat, Arzhang Derakhshani, played on a weak D1 team- University of Nevada. He played mostly in the #6 position last year and he doesn't appear to be on the roster this year. So Dee is probably around 5.5 I would guess.

Nuke
06-11-2008, 04:28 AM
Hey, everybody, watch what you say about Robert Dee. I just saw this article where Dee is suing three newspapers for calling him the worst pro tennis player. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/11/medialaw.pressandpublishing

goober
06-11-2008, 05:10 AM
Hey, everybody, watch what you say about Robert Dee. I just saw this article where Dee is suing three newspapers for calling him the worst pro tennis player. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/11/medialaw.pressandpublishing

LOL so you are saying that we should be worried what we post on a message board about him? I don't have anything against the guy but... Fat Chance. 8-)

Nuke
06-11-2008, 05:31 AM
Agreed. :) Fat chance. :twisted: I really need to post more smileys for the humor impaired. :rolleyes:

RobertDee
06-11-2008, 06:48 AM
As sweet as victory tastes, I suppose I busted my chances at setting a negative record. :)

JohnMatrix
06-11-2008, 01:18 PM
Seems the guys found a loophole. I would enter a challenger tourney thru a loophole around my hometown if I could...
"Levinsky said Brighten double-faulted four times in his opening service game. He added that he'd never played a worse pair."

lol 4 times....its rare that you ever hear of pros vs joe's in a legitimate tournament. mustve been fun for the kids...

edmondsm
06-11-2008, 01:39 PM
I feel absolutely horrible for Arzhang Derakhshani. Robert Dee is a microcosm of British Tennis.....futility personified.

Moz
06-11-2008, 01:50 PM
I hope he wins his libel action.

Perhaps fame and fortune from tennis are just round the corner after all....

cmb
06-12-2008, 03:22 AM
lol pros versus joes...there is a video floating around here of Maxime bonami playing some Joe in a geneva challenger hahaha its funny stuff.

adlis
06-13-2008, 02:47 PM
I hope he wins his libel action.

Perhaps fame and fortune from tennis are just round the corner after all....

he could use the money for another wc into another Mexico challenger tournament.

moz why do you get emotive over the dee issue? you also commented on the telegraph website article before it was removed defending him.
He has got a lot of shady entries onto tournaments and his handy main draw wc into mexico's challengers that got him ranking points despite not winning a single set....

Not bad for a 4.5 rated player.

2005 $25,000+H atp challenger
http://************.com/results/2005/ch-mexico2.txt cut off rank 239
2006 $25,000+H atp challenger
http://************.com/results/2006/ch-mexico2.txt cut off rank 319

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/resources/2008/06/robertdee.jpeg

Rickson
06-13-2008, 03:02 PM
'Worst player' earns maiden win
A British tennis player dubbed the worst player in the world has finally won a match at the 55th attempt and after three years of trying.

Robert Dee, 21, recorded his landmark victory in the qualifying section of a futures event in Spain.

Dee beat Arzhang Derakhshani 6-4 6-3 in the first round of qualifying for the Reus tournament, near Barcelona.


Does that mean Derakshani is now the worst player in the world?

D. Dokas
06-13-2008, 03:14 PM
funny if he turns around to win wimbledon:)

adlis
06-13-2008, 03:34 PM
funny if he turns around to win wimbledon:)

who? dee?
http://i27.tinypic.com/ajrswl.jpg

moonbat
06-13-2008, 03:38 PM
Well, at least he should get credit for trying... ;)

beedlejuice22
06-13-2008, 04:30 PM
'Bout time to quit, I'd say.

crazytennis
06-13-2008, 05:15 PM
I'd give him credit for effort. He obviously loves tennis and tries hard to succeed with his limited talent.

beedlejuice22
06-13-2008, 07:12 PM
who? dee?
http://i27.tinypic.com/ajrswl.jpg

Go Cincinnati? Who dey?!

Moz
06-14-2008, 03:56 AM
moz why do you get emotive over the dee issue?

Good question. There are 4 main reasons:

1) No one deserves to get singled out nationally for being the worst at the sport they love. Especially if they are working hard and doing everything they can to be the best they can. The general public in Britain are ill-informed at best - who would want to be singled out as the worst at something by people who don't know better.

2) We live in an excuse culture. I've lost count of the number of people who start sentences "I could have been.....if only...under different circumstances..". Well, here is a guy who, when he tells his story will be able to sit back and say "I did everything I possibly could to make it, I just didn't". He's a guy who is trying to achieve his potential and is pulling out all the stops necessary. How many other people can say that? Or maybe they are too cowardly to find out they never would have been any good.

3) This guy is a 5.0 at the very least judging by an old rating that now seems to have been superseded by subsequent results. The impression given is that despite throwing everything he can at the sport he is absolutely useless. In fact, that's not true - he's achieved a mastery of the game few people could. I think the journalism has been poor and misleading.

4) A lot of the people gloating over articles such as this are doing so through envy. Okay, his financial position MAY be handed to him on a plate. But who can blame him for taking advantage of that. Much of the gloating and resentment is coming from people who don't have that advantage. Fine, he's fortunate - get over it.

Finally....From my own point of view I am trying similar, but way, way too late. I wouldn't want an article in a national paper mocking my ability at a sport I have worked hard at.

The ball was in
06-14-2008, 04:19 AM
I saw him play as a junior as he was in the same squad as my sister...would like to see how much more improved he is now!

But congrats to him on winning :)

Topaz
06-14-2008, 04:37 AM
Good question. There are 4 main reasons:

1) No one deserves to get singled out nationally for being the worst at the sport they love. Especially if they are working hard and doing everything they can to be the best they can. The general public in Britain are ill-informed at best - who would want to be singled out as the worst at something by people who don't know better.

2) We live in an excuse culture. I've lost count of the number of people who start sentences "I could have been.....if only...under different circumstances..". Well, here is a guy who, when he tells his story will be able to sit back and say "I did everything I possibly could to make it, I just didn't". He's a guy who is trying to achieve his potential and is pulling out all the stops necessary. How many other people can say that? Or maybe they are too cowardly to find out they never would have been any good.

3) This guy is a 5.0 at the very least judging by an old rating that now seems to have been superseded by subsequent results. The impression given is that despite throwing everything he can at the sport he is absolutely useless. In fact, that's not true - he's achieved a mastery of the game few people could. I think the journalism has been poor and misleading.

4) A lot of the people gloating over articles such as this are doing so through envy. Okay, his financial position MAY be handed to him on a plate. But who can blame him for taking advantage of that. Much of the gloating and resentment is coming from people who don't have that advantage. Fine, he's fortunate - get over it.

Finally....From my own point of view I am trying similar, but way, way too late. I wouldn't want an article in a national paper mocking my ability at a sport I have worked hard at.

Excellent post. Especially #1 and #4.

cmb
06-14-2008, 06:28 AM
thing I don't understand with people like Dee is this. They obviously don't have the level to play futures/challengers. But yes, they are good enough to play in local tournaments, so why do they travel thousands of miles to play futures and challengers? If its for a vacation, ok then. Although I don't care about his level one bit, it does not concern me. Professional tennis players have to deal with the media, if he does not like it, he should not play professional, he should just play local UK tournaments. I am sure there are heaps of them

carlos djackal
06-14-2008, 08:51 AM
I loved the guy's determination.....very impressive.....he is a role model-determination wise.....if you are down and out...think of this guy and it will make you feel better......this guy is rare....more power to you Bobby...

adlis
06-14-2008, 09:58 AM
For anyone who doesn't know already, Robert dee has taken legal action against several British newspapers.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/11/medialaw.pressandpublishing

Dee said that while he has lost 54 consecutive International Tennis Federation matches he also won 20 other professional matches in that time.

any tt tennis detectives know what the other 20 wins are?

I loved the guy's determination.....very impressive.....he is a role model-determination wise.....if you are down and out...think of this guy and it will make you feel better......this guy is rare....more power to you Bobby...

determination and rich parents, i guess he has blown $500,000+ USD on flights alone.

CyBorg
06-14-2008, 10:03 AM
Good question. There are 4 main reasons:

1) No one deserves to get singled out nationally for being the worst at the sport they love. Especially if they are working hard and doing everything they can to be the best they can. The general public in Britain are ill-informed at best - who would want to be singled out as the worst at something by people who don't know better.

2) We live in an excuse culture. I've lost count of the number of people who start sentences "I could have been.....if only...under different circumstances..". Well, here is a guy who, when he tells his story will be able to sit back and say "I did everything I possibly could to make it, I just didn't". He's a guy who is trying to achieve his potential and is pulling out all the stops necessary. How many other people can say that? Or maybe they are too cowardly to find out they never would have been any good.

3) This guy is a 5.0 at the very least judging by an old rating that now seems to have been superseded by subsequent results. The impression given is that despite throwing everything he can at the sport he is absolutely useless. In fact, that's not true - he's achieved a mastery of the game few people could. I think the journalism has been poor and misleading.

4) A lot of the people gloating over articles such as this are doing so through envy. Okay, his financial position MAY be handed to him on a plate. But who can blame him for taking advantage of that. Much of the gloating and resentment is coming from people who don't have that advantage. Fine, he's fortunate - get over it.

Finally....From my own point of view I am trying similar, but way, way too late. I wouldn't want an article in a national paper mocking my ability at a sport I have worked hard at.

Good post. I hope he wins every single case he files.

goober
06-14-2008, 10:23 AM
any tt tennis detectives know what the other 20 wins are?



determination and rich parents, i guess he has blown $500,000+ USD on flights alone.

...but offers his record on the Spanish professional circuit as evidence of his ability. In the past year he has entered 11 tournaments, registered 19 victories in 30 matches and even reached a final last December in Almeria – hardly an achievement expected of a player who has been widely pilloried for supposed ineptitude.


I don't why some people are down on him. He is trying to do something he likes and he has the funding. Sure beats doing a desk job. :)

adlis
06-14-2008, 10:24 AM
Good post. I hope he wins every single case he files.

why do you want that?

crazytennis
06-14-2008, 01:21 PM
why do you want that?

Because he's trying his best and the media are just getting on his case mostly because they've nothing better to report.

Excellent excellent post by Moz.
How many people can say that they gave everything they could ?
Just a question, if you're ridiculed and singled out by the media in a thing that you love, would you quit doing that or would you want to come back stronger?

BeHappy
06-14-2008, 03:12 PM
this is ridiculous, this guy is a spoiled parasite, he should get a real job.

adlis
06-15-2008, 01:51 AM
this is ridiculous, this guy is a spoiled parasite, he should get a real job.

He has, he is a pro coach .

crazytennis
06-15-2008, 02:48 AM
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080423/oddities/tennis_atp_mon_gbr_federer_offbeat_2

goober
06-15-2008, 04:39 AM
this is ridiculous, this guy is a spoiled parasite, he should get a real job.

Well there are hundreds of thousands of sons and daughters of rich parents around the world that don't work real jobs. Nothing new, but at least he is trying to do something positive. The guy is only 21. He could loaf around all day and have a job that really doesn't require any hard work.

I would be more concerned about a guy who is poor and doesn't have pro level talent to make it in tennis, but goes into huge debt and forgoes an college education and ends up with nothing 10 years down the road.

WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis
06-15-2008, 08:31 AM
Or similiarly but on the opposite end, but one of those with rich parents who are "university" age persons who spend the majority of their time driving uber expensive cars at high speed while texting on mobiles, getting into trouble, misusing alcohol and drugs and basically showing nothing productive except bills for their existence and being ungrateful for that. I think his expenses traveling to this tournaments is only a side point and his personal business and that of his families.

I think the bottom line is the writer of the article was irresponsible and one-sided in their comments, and Dee has an excellent case against them, and likely will get in return more funding for his continued fight. Great perseverance. If he had only lost all matches but one, I would say, he's shown greater than I probably would have. I would have settled back at local tournaments. Given his other results mixed into that however, I wouldn't have had any problem at keep trying for better results overall.

Just my opinion but most of the ones labelling him as a "user" are those who personally would do something else with the money, or think they could do better given it. So many journalists write sensationalism and too many people fall right into it and believe at face value. That's unbelievable in this day and age when so many things are done subjectively, and even photos and videos can be misleading the eyes, certainly words can mislead the reader if they don't look deeper or judge too quickly and harshly.

adlis
06-15-2008, 12:17 PM
Lol according to google "robert dee" gets more hit than tennis ace "Nikolay davydenko"

DEE IS A TENNIS LEGEND!!

http://i27.tinypic.com/21cbdli.gif

crazytennis
06-15-2008, 02:15 PM
Diego Beltranena, the guy who was tied at 54 losses with Dee, came out of a 3 year retirement and lost 6-0 6-1 and reclaimed the record at 55 losses.
Even though Dee has rich parents, he practices for 5 hrs a day and tries to improve. He is giving everything he could. Now, only, if we could say that about Nalbandian or Safin.

adlis
06-15-2008, 03:02 PM
Diego Beltranena, the guy who was tied at 54 losses with Dee, came out of a 3 year retirement and lost 6-0 6-1 and reclaimed the record at 55 losses.
Even though Dee has rich parents, he practices for 5 hrs a day and tries to improve. He is giving everything he could. Now, only, if we could say that about Nalbandian or Safin.

5 hours on virtua tennis 3 does not count...

crazytennis
06-15-2008, 03:02 PM
5 hours on virtua tennis 3 does not count...

Well he's better than you, i guess.

adlis
08-04-2008, 10:26 AM
Well he's better than you, i guess.

My VT skills are 7.0

Cenc
08-04-2008, 10:50 AM
wow good for him
can i see him play anywhere?

NGRSupaEaglez92
08-04-2008, 11:33 AM
wow he even has his own website
http://www.robertdee.co.uk/index.php

fastdunn
08-04-2008, 01:04 PM
This is hilarious. I am now a fan of Dee.

Rickson
08-04-2008, 01:38 PM
BBC

Guaranteed to give a lot of bad ATP wannabes hope.



'Worst player' earns maiden win
A British tennis player dubbed the worst player in the world has finally won a match at the 55th attempt and after three years of trying.

Robert Dee, 21, recorded his landmark victory in the qualifying section of a futures event in Spain.

Dee beat Arzhang Derakhshani 6-4 6-3 in the first round of qualifying for the Reus tournament, near Barcelona.

However, his moment in the sun did not last long - he promptly lost 6-3 6-1 to Artur Romanowski in the second round.

The victory means he remains joint holder of the record for the longest losing streak in the history of the pro game with Diego Beltranena of Guatemala.

Beltranena also lost 54 matches in a row between 1997 and 2005, but he managed to win a set during one of his defeats.

Until he beat Derakhshani, Dee had lost 108 straight sets.

Dee, who has a career-best world ranking of 1466, started his odyssey in April 2005 in Mexico.

He has been trying to win in tournaments at the very lowest level of the professional game in locations as diverse as Rwanda, Iran and Colombia.

I can beat that guy.

pound cat
08-04-2008, 01:46 PM
Sort of like Eddie the Eagle, another Brit, but in the olympic skiiing a few years ago. Couldn't jump worth a dam*, but he got more press than the gold medal winner.

Dee is also determined but unsuccessful, and has received more press than 99% of the most promising wannabee great pro players in the UK have.

Good for Dee. I guess.

Marty502
08-04-2008, 02:05 PM
He's busting his balls harder than 95% of us has probably done for anything. Yeah, his parents are rich. So what? He could have entered some University and study some average thing and that's it. Yet he's taking the hard road and getting hammered for it. And he keeps pushing.

I admire him.

Rickson
08-04-2008, 02:32 PM
Well he'd better try a little harder.