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norcal
01-12-2009, 11:08 AM
2009 Prize Money: $57,150

Singles: $27,650

Doubles: $29,500

Who would have guessed? http://forums.clubsi.com/images/graemlins/default/crazy.gif

sureshs
01-12-2009, 11:11 AM
I would say Fed is the doubles specialist because he couldn't win the Olympic singles Gold last year.

Oui, c'est moi.
01-12-2009, 11:14 AM
He's only played 2 tournaments so far...

oneleggedcardinal
01-12-2009, 11:16 AM
What blows my mind is that he's made that much money already.

NamRanger
01-12-2009, 11:18 AM
What blows my mind is that he's made that much money already.



Alot of it is spent on travelling etc.


Unless you have sponsers, which Nadal has. However for the oh so not so good ATP pros, they have to pay everything.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
01-12-2009, 11:21 AM
I would say Fed is the doubles specialist because he couldn't win the Olympic singles Gold last year.

Way to start the ants nest..lol

zagor
01-12-2009, 11:21 AM
2009 Prize Money: $57,150

Singles: $27,650

Doubles: $29,500

Who would have guessed? http://forums.clubsi.com/images/graemlins/default/crazy.gif

Lol,interesting how things look at the beginning of the season although I always thought that Nadal is somewhat underrated in doubles.He's a very good doubles player as evidenced by the fact that he and his partner Lopez beat the first ranked doubles team in the world in Doha(Nestor and Ziki).

I would say Fed is the doubles specialist because he couldn't win the Olympic singles Gold last year.

Slight problem with this statement is that his 13 singles slams imply otherwise.But what am I saying,Fed never won an Olympic gold in singles so Massu must be a better singles player than Fed.

NamRanger
01-12-2009, 11:24 AM
Way to start the ants nest..lol


Yes! STOMP ON THE SIAFU ANT NEST FOR FUN.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-pzAn8KmF0

Nuke
01-12-2009, 11:28 AM
Why does he play doubles and then complain later in the year that the season is too gruelling?

NamRanger
01-12-2009, 11:35 AM
Why does he play doubles and then complain later in the year that the season is too gruelling?

http://www.pspcrazy.com/images/news/image/FacePalm_picard.jpg



Must we start another war?

norcal
01-12-2009, 11:36 AM
I would say Fed is the doubles specialist because he couldn't win the Olympic singles Gold last year.
This was meant to be a light hearted thread.

kthnxbi

Breaker
01-12-2009, 11:40 AM
Nadal...doubles Slam?

Discuss.

sureshs
01-12-2009, 11:40 AM
This was meant to be a light hearted thread.

kthnxbi

Rafa takes every point seriously.

seffina
01-12-2009, 11:49 AM
Why does he play doubles and then complain later in the year that the season is too gruelling?

He is silly. I think he kind of just enjoys playing doubles.

tacou
01-12-2009, 12:30 PM
I want to commend this board with its substantial increase of random pictures inserted in threads in the past few weeks, bravo!!

veroniquem
01-12-2009, 12:33 PM
He's only played 2 tournaments so far...
He's only played 1 tournament I think.

S H O W S T O P P E R !
01-12-2009, 12:38 PM
http://www.pspcrazy.com/images/news/image/FacePalm_picard.jpg



Must we start another war?

Don't try to stop it. Just get out before the feboys and *********s get here. *starts stocking up on supplies*

veroniquem
01-12-2009, 12:38 PM
Why does he play doubles and then complain later in the year that the season is too gruelling?
He's playing only one (ATP) tournament before the AO, he needs match practise to get in the groove. He also plays doubles when he switches surfaces. He played doubles in Monte-Carlo last year because it was his first tournament of the year on clay and he wanted to get used to the surface. He now has 5 doubles titles, not bad at all!

Oui, c'est moi.
01-12-2009, 12:42 PM
He's only played 1 tournament I think.
Oh yeah sorry, i thought Abu Dhabi would count in terms of prize money.

norcal
01-12-2009, 12:51 PM
Oh yeah sorry, i thought Abu Dhabi would count in terms of prize money.

nice avatar!

http://forums.clubsi.com/images/graemlins/default/sick.gif

veroniquem
01-12-2009, 12:59 PM
nice avatar!

http://forums.clubsi.com/images/graemlins/default/sick.gif
I cannot tell who the player is on it.

Topaz
01-12-2009, 01:08 PM
Why does he play doubles and then complain later in the year that the season is too gruelling?

http://www.pspcrazy.com/images/news/image/FacePalm_picard.jpg



Must we start another war?

Ahahahahahahaaaa!!! Excellent!

Oui...I can't look at your avatar long enough to figure out who it is! :shock:

norcal
01-12-2009, 01:16 PM
Looks like Murray?

Oui, c'est moi.
01-12-2009, 01:17 PM
It is the one and only, future GOAT, true heir to Sampras, guns more dazzling than Rafa's, most bodacious man in the history of the sport, and the current top poster-boy for TTers = Andy Murray.

http://i42.tinypic.com/2m28hls.jpg


I figured since there will be so many Murray avatars on here in the coming weeks that i get there early and nab the best one. :twisted:

Topaz
01-12-2009, 01:18 PM
^^^ACK! My eyes, my eyes!!!

Oui, c'est moi.
01-12-2009, 01:23 PM
You people are always mean to my avatars. :(

oneleggedcardinal
01-12-2009, 01:34 PM
Alot of it is spent on travelling etc.


Unless you have sponsers, which Nadal has. However for the oh so not so good ATP pros, they have to pay everything.

Very true, but that still is a lot of money to make in less than a month. Either way, I think you'll agree, you gotta spend it to make it, eh? :)

oneleggedcardinal
01-12-2009, 01:36 PM
You people are always mean to my avatars. :(

Is this going to be Murray at the AO?

Leublu tennis
01-12-2009, 01:53 PM
Very true, but that still is a lot of money to make in less than a month. Either way, I think you'll agree, you gotta spend it to make it, eh? :)

Its under his average, though. Last year he made $6.7 million in prize money which, considering that he didn't play for the last month and a half of 2008, comes to about $21,000 per day!!

Topaz
01-12-2009, 02:04 PM
You people are always mean to my avatars. :(

No, no, no...I definitely give you major points for creativity and imagination! ;)

tacou
01-12-2009, 02:34 PM
I like the avatar, though I don't think he's really puking.

51,000 plus for a week of work is good money, whatever way you cut it.

I often dream of gaining Federer like talent for two weeks only, winning the US Openand living off the prize money/public appearance fees for the rest of my life.

ah, to dream...it's what separates us from the animals, no?

no.

veroniquem
01-12-2009, 03:08 PM
You people are always mean to my avatars. :(
Sorry but that one is kind of revolting :shock: When was that taken?

NamRanger
01-12-2009, 03:09 PM
It is the one and only, future GOAT, true heir to Sampras, guns more dazzling than Rafa's, most bodacious man in the history of the sport, and the current top poster-boy for TTers = Andy Murray.

http://i42.tinypic.com/2m28hls.jpg


I figured since there will be so many Murray avatars on here in the coming weeks that i get there early and nab the best one. :twisted:



Oh yes, the match where Murray was cramping / throwing his guts up. I do think that was Safin beating him down that day.

1st Seed
01-12-2009, 03:23 PM
Way to start the ants nest..lol

Good post thanks

Leublu tennis
01-12-2009, 03:30 PM
51,000 plus for a week of work is good money, whatever way you cut it.


It isn't really, not for a #1 in a sport. Think of football, basketball, hockey, racing. Thats peanuts compared to what those pros make. I don't follow baseball any more but didn't Rodriguez sign a contract for $250 million or something? I know that some Italian race car driver owes 100 million Euro in taxes! Just back taxes!!

tacou
01-12-2009, 03:36 PM
I meant for normal people, cause someone above was saying how Nadal usually makes more.

but I'd love to make that kind of money.

also, I think it's ridiculous a tennis player can make a million dollars for seven matches, and as you said, it's peanuts considered to other sports. real depressing.

Nadal_Freak
01-12-2009, 04:44 PM
And people say Nadal is one-dimensional grinder. You can't play like that and win in doubles.

Beasty54
01-12-2009, 06:32 PM
I think the doubles he plays at random tournaments really helped his volleying in singles.

marc45
01-12-2009, 06:39 PM
i agree, i just wish he would come to net more...he can use his speed and top spin shots (deep) to get good net position...and how about strategic s&v's?...rafa must realize by now his typical backcourt game on hardcourts (and i'm thinking about them here) does not hurt players as much as clay and grass...he needs a little more variety and surprise, no?

Beasty54
01-12-2009, 06:41 PM
I definatly agree. If you see him play break points on his serve he is typically a little more aggresive and ready to come forward. His game is made around his massive topspin forehand, and he opens up the court so well he could finish points much easier and perhaps could lead to a longer career if he came forward.

DJG
01-12-2009, 07:53 PM
I have watched quite a bit of his doubles matches and he is getting better at it, no doubt. I also think, at the very least, that it will have/has had a positive impact on his singles.

marc45
01-13-2009, 01:13 PM
I definatly agree. If you see him play break points on his serve he is typically a little more aggresive and ready to come forward. His game is made around his massive topspin forehand, and he opens up the court so well he could finish points much easier and perhaps could lead to a longer career if he came forward.

you've hit on something here...he definitely becomes more aggressive when he feels cornered (down break points) and has a tendency to become very conservative when ahead, which allows his opponent to hang around when he could be going all out (with varying tactics) to bury a guy when he's feeling confident (and also saving his legs for later in the tournament/year)

veroniquem
01-13-2009, 01:32 PM
I have watched quite a bit of his doubles matches and he is getting better at it, no doubt. I also think, at the very least, that it will have/has had a positive impact on his singles.
God I hope you're right. I feel he's vulnerable on hard. He has a hard time staying agressive on that surface, at any moment he's liable to revert to cautious defensive. I still hope this will change in the future and he will acquire more confidence to stay aggressive all the time. He has the skills IMO, it's more a mental hurdle in this case.

Beasty54
01-13-2009, 05:47 PM
you've hit on something here...he definitely becomes more aggressive when he feels cornered (down break points) and has a tendency to become very conservative when ahead, which allows his opponent to hang around when he could be going all out (with varying tactics) to bury a guy when he's feeling confident (and also saving his legs for later in the tournament/year)


Exactly. Also coming forward on hard courts, he could really make a push to win a HC slam. I think that is all he is missing. Little more aggresive coming forward and a HC slam is his for the taking.

RoddickAce
01-13-2009, 06:02 PM
Alot of it is spent on travelling etc.


Unless you have sponsers, which Nadal has. However for the oh so not so good ATP pros, they have to pay everything.

Unless Federer's nice enough to let them aboard his private jet as well!

cknobman
01-14-2009, 05:42 AM
http://www.pspcrazy.com/images/news/image/FacePalm_picard.jpg



Must we start another war?

LOL I love that picture.

drakulie
01-14-2009, 06:04 AM
he needs match practise to get in the groove.

He didn't get enough court time in last year???

drakulie
01-14-2009, 06:06 AM
I have watched quite a bit of his doubles matches and he is getting better at it, no doubt. I also think, at the very least, that it will have/has had a positive impact on his singles.

Perhaps he is playing more and more doubles because he knows his knees can't hold out much longer. Therefore, extending his playing career to doubles, and retiring from singles.

Nadal_Freak
01-14-2009, 06:06 AM
He didn't get enough court time in last year???
Dude stop trolling. We know you are doing it. You know you are doing it. It has been played. You don't like Nadal fans making excuses for Nadal. Alright move on.

edberg505
01-14-2009, 06:08 AM
Dude stop trolling. We know you are doing it. You know you are doing it. It has been played. You don't like Nadal fans making excuses for Nadal. Alright move on.

LOL, but don't you do exactly the same thing?

Nadal_Freak
01-14-2009, 06:11 AM
LOL, but don't you do exactly the same thing?
Uh no I don't. I don't keep mocking Fed fans about mono but I guess it would be fun for awhile. :lol:

drakulie
01-14-2009, 06:11 AM
Dude stop trolling. We know you are doing it. You know you are doing it. It has been played. You don't like Nadal fans making excuses for Nadal. Alright move on.

Hey, I'm just asking a question.

Fact is, you are the biggest Nadal critic on the boards>>> always saying how weak he is, and that he is always injured/exhasuted, etc. If anything>>> you are the one that needs to "stop hating on Nadal".

Nadal_Freak
01-14-2009, 06:17 AM
Hey, I'm just asking a question.

Fact is, you are the biggest Nadal critic on the boards>>> always saying how weak he is, and that he is always injured/exhasuted, etc. If anything>>> you are the one that needs to "stop hating on Nadal".
Alright I will try not to make excuses for Nadal. Just give the opponent credit for his great effort from now on.

edmondsm
01-14-2009, 06:36 AM
Wonder if he'll play dubs at the Aussie. Anybody know? Can't seem to find an entry list for doubles.

seffina
01-14-2009, 06:59 AM
I don't think he plays doubles at grand slams.

zagor
01-14-2009, 07:19 AM
Alright I will try not to make excuses for Nadal. Just give the opponent credit for his great effort from now on.

You're hardly the only poster here making excuses when your favourite player loses,in fact the majority of people here do that.Most of the time when our favourite player loses we feel he could have done better and try to find reasons for his loss other than the fact that opponent was the better player that day,that's a natural reaction from fans in any sport,not just tennis.

Frankly,I don't understand why is it that big of a deal for some people here when you particulary do it since as I said most fans act like that in any sport.

drakulie
01-14-2009, 07:56 AM
^^^NF takes it to ridiculous levels. It's embarassing.

thejoe
01-14-2009, 09:02 AM
Its natural for someone to make excuses for their favourite player, but I agree, the "tired" argument is more than a bit irritating.

marc45
01-14-2009, 09:53 AM
Exactly. Also coming forward on hard courts, he could really make a push to win a HC slam. I think that is all he is missing. Little more aggresive coming forward and a HC slam is his for the taking.
and let's face it, the long stroke on his forehand makes it more difficult on quicker hardcourts, the ball gets on him quicker, and then he has to make a choice to try and take it earlier (very tough timing) or laying back to get a full swing and therefore giving up court to his opponent and playing alot of defense...obviously his athletic ability and fight can make up for alot

Beasty54
01-14-2009, 11:37 AM
and let's face it, the long stroke on his forehand makes it more difficult on quicker hardcourts, the ball gets on him quicker, and then he has to make a choice to try and take it earlier (very tough timing) or laying back to get a full swing and therefore giving up court to his opponent and playing alot of defense...obviously his athletic ability and fight can make up for alot

Your very right. Maybe he could chip and charge with the slice forehand? ;)

Not likely. Although maybe if he shortened up his backswing a bit it would be a tad easier to take the ball early.

marc45
01-14-2009, 01:10 PM
i like your suggestion very much, why not try a slice or blocked forehand up the line then cover the net in that direction?...be ready for a volley or overhead, and he has a great overhead

edberg505
01-14-2009, 03:06 PM
Your very right. Maybe he could chip and charge with the slice forehand? ;)

Not likely. Although maybe if he shortened up his backswing a bit it would be a tad easier to take the ball early.

Pigs may fly before you see that happen.