How many fans are fed up with Tiriac?

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  1. christo

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    This SOB has his name on every tournament, blue clay, empty seats everywhere, shameless advertising. What's next, golf?
     
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    What you gonna do - send in the hounds!
     
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    Tiriac doing a great job. Tennis is more popular than ever.
     
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    I can't say I am fan of him myself. I think he is leading a three ring circus with what he has done to the Madrid tournament. Next to Shanghai,it is the worst masters tournie of the year by far.
     
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    I bet, that part of his strategy was to stir up some controversy. He is too experienced, to not have foreseen the resistance, he will get from the traditionalists.
     
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    The Sepp Blatter of tennis, knows where all the bodies are buried, who to pay off, the Chinese and Russians will adore him, that's the reality and welcome to the next generation. Donald Trump, you are toast
     
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    This whole excerpt is full of win:

    Who the heck does Ion Tiriac think he is?
    He thinks he can do anything. He was an obscure Transylvanian who became his country's first billionaire. He was an Olympic hockey player who made himself into a tennis pro afterward—“the best player in the world who doesn’t know how to play tennis,” as Tiriac described himself. He has eaten glass as a party trick. He once walked out of an ATP meeting after singling out every person in the room and calling him a moron. He ran a tournament in Stuttgart when tennis was big in Germany, then moved it to Madrid when tennis got big there. He upended the traditional clay season by moving the event again, from October to May, and building a state of the art, three-retractable-roof facility from scratch. Of course Tiriac can make the clay blue.
     
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    So the OP resents the fact that Tiriac is flamboyant and successful?? I don't have too much difficulty with that. He did a terrific job steering Becker at the start of Boris' career. In the last 15 years of the twentieth century Eastern Europe was the wild wild west for businessmen, and Tiriac was a little more savvy and smart than most of them. A very close friend of mine (who happens to be named Nastase) is Romanian and tells me Tiriac is well thought of back in the home country. He's ballsy, audacious, and yet real and self-deprecating. What's not to like?
     
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    If it was up to the players we never would have had a major played on hardcourt. or tiebreaks. or instant replay. or night matches.

    the world's best tennis players(almost all high school dropouts) probably aren't best suited to make business decisions involving a professional sport.
     
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    +1

    I totally agree with everything you say here.
     
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    Tiriac Leasing
     
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    I'm mesmerized by his mustache
     
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    this guy is perfect for the next most interesting man in the world. kinda looks like the dos equis dude
     
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    He smokes. chain.
     
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    I don't always play on clay, but when I do, it is on blue clay.

    Stay thirsty my friends, and play on blue clay.

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. jakemcclain32

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    I like Tiriac. He says what he feels, and he makes Tennis that much better.
     
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    What age did he start pro tennis?
     
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    Yes!!! wish i had a demotivational poster like that :lol:
     
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    You realize they each handle businesses worth tens of millions of dollars (Federer, Djokovic, Nadal etc)? And they are the best tennisplayers on the face of the earth too.

    I think they know a bit more about marketing and the safety of playing surfaces than some statistics obsessed moron on the internet, or some Romanian criminal.
     
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    Next for Madrid? Fluorescent balls, says Tiriac

    Madrid tournament owner Ion Tiriac tells DPA that despite the controversy over his selection of blue clay for the event, he is already working on another innovation: Phosphorescent green or orange balls. "We will improve the ball well," he said. "We think it fluorescent green or fluorescent orange, which grabs more light and works best in contrast with the blue clay."

    Tiriac added that he has yet to consult the ATP about the new balls. He did admit that the new surface is too slippery and needs to be fixed, but added that, "two weeks ago in Monte Carlo [on red clay] three players broke their legs. Today, after five days of the tournament, I am more convinced than ever that the blue clay is a great step forward."

    The Romanian does not believe there is danger that ATP will force the tournament to return to red clay next year.

    http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=17579&zoneid=25

    Yeah, this guy's an idiot.
     
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  24. Gorecki

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    the more i see *******s mad, the more i agree with him...

    now go start a new thread about it OP.... go boy... go....
     
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    Tiriac addresses Nadal's complaints:

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    What can you lease from Tiriac Leasing? Blue clay?
     
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    Tiriac does for tennis what Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley did for baseball --- infuse a little healthy iconoclasm and businessman's regard for the fans, something tennis sorely needs. Tennis fans are left to daydream and check their email while players sort thorugh a half dozen balls to check for excessive lint before hitting a serve.
     
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  30. r2473

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    I'm amazed how fans can be fine with the pace of NFL football, NBA basketball, etc, but have such a problem with MLB baseball and ATP tennis.

    How long do you take between serves? How about after a long rally? How long are your breaks on changeovers? And bear in mind, you suck and are playing at very low intensity compared to these guys.

    I guess in the end, either you enjoy the sport or you don't.
     
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    Ion Tiriac last year

    "When Federer plays is seems like he's playing the piano, while with Nadal is like he's playing the drums."
     
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    He's still got that mustache eh? I still wish there was some way we could go back to the game where players were moving ALL OVER THE COURT to hit a ball :( Don't know about you guys but I get bored watching everybody hang out in the backcourt.
     
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    "How many fans are fed up with Tiriac?"
    Not me.

    Watching on the internet, red clay is the worst surface to track the ball (since the streams are not so high) and the blue surface is just perfect. As he mentioned, slippery part needs to be fixed, but again this is the first time
     
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    Tiriac is awesome for the speed. Such an innovator.
     
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    without Tiriac there would be no tennis.
     
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    1989 W final (Becker Edberg; great final: watch it)
    Tiriac is Becker's manager
    Anecdote on him from Bud Collins who was in the booth with Enberg:

    So Tiriac was initially a hockey player, playing on the Romanian side. Match with the Russians. The Russians are crowding him in a corner. To which he breaks a hockey stick and shows them threateningly the jagged parts: Want a piece of it? They skate away.

    His preferred proverb on that: Better to make his mother cry, than have my mother cry.

    I'm sure this might have been invented at least in part by Tiriac himself. But I'm sure a part of it might have been true.

    He handled the tennis racquet like a stick. But he reached #6 in the world in Amateurs in one year. Great fighter.

    He's a legend on a par with Jack Kramer in terms of tennis.
    For the good and the bad. Just like Jack.
     
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