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  1. Breaker

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    "He's the hero tennis deserves, just not the one it needs right now" - Andrew Murray.

    "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be James Ward" - Roger Federer.

    "The greatest trick James Ward ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." - Novak Djokovic.

    "He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!" - Alex Bogdanovic

    "He's unbelievable no?" nadal

    Powerful stuff from the top guys on his run. The best English player in the world is making a statement this week and will surely join them shortly.
     
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  2. James WA...what!??
     
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    " My ass just got whipped by the future GOAT!" - Stan Wawrinka.

    " You mean he's only the British number TWO?" - Sam Querrey (still in shock after losing that second set).
     
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    lol

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    5 stars
     
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    Oh how we miss the great Alex Bogdanovic (who can't even win Futures events anymore).
     
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    Ward against Murray in the final here, I reckon. Should be a good indicator for how their rematch in the Wimbledon final will go.
     
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    If tennis has a name, it must be James Ward.
     
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    The Mighty Ward blows away the reigning Queen's Club champion
     
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    Hopefully he wins against Mannarino, he needs the money since his father passed away due to a brain tumor.
     
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    "Even me and my bros at the club can't hit such great tweeners,he's amazing"-TennisandMusic
     
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    Sam Querrey- "James Ward is the the best of all time. I've played against Nadal and Federer and watched the likes of Borg and Sampras, but he is the best I've seen".
     
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    He's one of the favourites at this point I reckon.

    Sports Illustrated Article: "Bogdanovic not even close to Ward's greatness"

    "It's no rivalry, Ward's dominance over the tennis field is absolute" - John McEnroe

    "He said I love you and kissed me. How could anyone not love James Ward!" - Robin Soderling

    James Ward: "I will most likely beat anyone, If I am playing well, I decide the outcome".

    Rapidly gaining pace in the media that he's slept with John Terry's wife recently as well.
     
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    "For three-quarters of a century, no man of British birth shall again win at Wimbledon. After these seventy-five years of darkness, a sudden star will rise from his dark sleep at West Kensington and defeat the English hero."--Prophecy of Fred Perry after being alienated by the British for turning professional (1937)
     
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    That's Federer's boy.
     
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    ^ Breaker, You forgot "James Ward not to drop a turd in grass season" - Zagor

    "Does being English play a role in determining GOAT status" - aphex

    "James Ward has the ability to transcend tennis more than Monfils and Murray" - Gorecki

    "James Wards babies .... awwwww" - Senti
     
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    Ah Bogdanovic - a player with a great future behind him! :lol:
     
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    Nadal at it again - "James Ward is the favorite for Wimbledon"
    "In an era of specialists, you're either a grass court specialist, a clay court specialist or a hard court specialist, or you're James Ward" - J. Connors
     
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    " I want to have James's twins!" - Mirka Federer.
     
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    Mannarino was oddly positive about losing to Ward after fighting his hardest to win the second set: "Ah come on, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this match. It really don't matter if this guy bagels me, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Ward, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that umpire calls the score and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood."

    Mannarino surely is going places with that attitude.
     
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    Ward is projected to jump to around No. 176 if he loses against Tsonga and to around No. 150 if he reaches the final.
     
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    He will be in the 110s when he wins
     
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    :D ..........




    ohh and if you care these are all edited quotes about federer
     
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  24. Breaker

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    Nice, perhaps his run here could give him some confidence at the challenger level and make him a top 100 player. Other than his second set choking he certainly looked a higher level player than Mannarino and has the game to be up there.

    From the recent quotes about him especially the ones above he has every chance to!
     
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    You guys are the best; I haven't laughed this hard for a long time! :)
    All I can say is that Wimbledon gave the wildcard to the wrong James (should have been Ward and not Blake) :)
     
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    “Being told I would play Ward was being told I was to die.”- Marat Safin

     
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    My favourite.

    I missed the third set as I went out to drink cheap champagne, but I take it Ward is clearly flying on the wings some magical beast of some kind. Just sayin'
     
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    Fixed this for you.
     
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  29. Manus Domini

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    Thanks. But won't he also be the only man in the 21st century to have the Grand Slam as well?
     
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    Tsonga had much relief after his majestic victory. "It might be the greatest victory of my career, it takes away so much pressure. Now, I can play in peace for the rest of my career."

    Well said that man.
     
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    Pat Cash: Don’t expect miracles after Briton’s good week

    James Ward has leapt into the spotlight at Queen’s Club but he needs to do so much more if he intends to stay there

    The Sunday Times Published: 12 June 2011

    [​IMG] Let’s put James Ward’s achievements at Queen’s Club into perspective. I hope he uses his experience in the Aegon Championships as a springboard to bigger things, in the next month and further along the track. But to suggest Britain has a bright star to stand alongside Andy Murray is crass.
    As an Australian, I appreciate my country is wide open to criticism. From tomorrow, the country that produced more great champions than any rival will not have a player in the world’s top 100. Lleyton Hewitt’s early loss at the tournament in Halle, where he was the defending champion, means he’ll plummet to about 125 in the ATP world tour rankings. Nobody seems anywhere near talented enough to take up the Aussie baton. What we would give for somebody of Murray’s unquestioned talent and Grand Slam-winning potential.
    In Britain and Australia, people are so desperate they promote players far beyond their accomplishments. A young guy does well in a big domestic tournament — Down Under it was Bernard Tomic at the Aussie Open and here it’s Ward at Queen’s — and people who really should know better start speaking in terms of superstardom. Get real; there’s far more to tennis than just a couple of weeks, and the ranking system is set up so players are graded on what they achieve over 12 months rather than capitalising on the charity of wild cards at home tournaments.
    There is a reason Tomic, for all the hype back home, is ranked 173 in the world: he hasn’t won enough matches. It’s the same for Ward, who because of his Queen’s exploits will go to a career high of 176 when the new rankings come off the ATP computer tomorrow.
    There is, though, one crucial difference. Tomic is only 18 whereas Ward turned 24 in February, which makes him a couple of months older than Murray and Novak Djokovic. I know there is always the chance for a late bloomer but if he was going to reach the top at this game he should have been on the radar by now.
    For most of the year Ward is stuck on the Challenger and Futures circuits, which can be a pretty soulless place. There’s a mix of players; the young ones who are good enough don’t stay long. Then there are the older guys, eking out an existence or looking to recapture better times. They can make pretty bad company.
    I know. I went there at the end of my playing career when I was still under the illusion I could make it back. It’s a life of two-star hotels with stale croissants for breakfast and too many opponents who have a negative attitude and will try to influence sub-standard officials by hooking calls. It was one of the most depressing periods of my life. So many guys are just grinding it, week in week out, and it’s a case of trying to battle through the murky clouds before coming out into the clear blue sky of the main tour.
    Nearly all are not equipped to go that high. Looking at Ward’s record over the past few months, I don’t see anything to shout about. He lost in the first round of qualifying at both the Aussie and French Opens. Apart from a couple of singles wins for Britain against the might of Tunisia, he has amassed just two wins and 11 defeats.
    Clearly he likes the grass, because he reached the quarter-finals at Eastbourne last year with wins over Feliciano Lopez and Rainer Schuettler. But that run cost him the chance of playing the Wimbledon qualifiers. Ward complained when the All England Club refused him a wild card into the main draw and I have sympathy for him in that respect.
    What do I make of his game? Clearly he’s got a good serve and uses his 6ft 3in frame to good effect. The numbers through the week at Queen’s were excellent. Going into the semi-final he’d hit 36 aces, held serve 94% of the time and was at 79% in points won off his first delivery. He has an effective double-handed backhand but there is plenty of room for improvement in most areas, especially shot selection.
    I don’t know him. People who do say he is a nice guy with a tendency to get down on himself if things aren’t going well. Let’s hope the experience of reaching the Queen’s semi-final and guaranteeing a record payday of £22,500 will propel him to better things. As Billie Jean King said: a few points can make or break a career.
    So let’s face reality. As yet Ward is not a megastar in the making. He’s done well this past week but there is far more to making the grade because tennis is an 11-months-a-year sport, not a couple of weeks on the grass. Some might call me harsh but if he is in the world’s top 100 this time next year, I’d be surprised. Let’s hope he proves me wrong. [​IMG]
     
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    Pat Cash is a troll in this article.
     
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    Is he high? :lol:
     
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    Wow, thank heavens we've got Pat Cash to put it into perspective for us. For a minute there i was starting to think we'd actually found the next tennis superstar. Once again, thanks Pat for your extremely enlightening article.
     
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    Where has this guy been? I love his spunk and the way he set about his game. Who knows if it had been a five setter what would have happened against Tsonga. His father, a taxi drive,r worked hard to put him on the courts. I love his story and the way he approaches the games. Hope we see a lot more of him
     
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    Wasn't Pat Cash married to Chris Everett? Or someone like that?:|
     
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    Lolz - no; that was John Lloyd.
     
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    What a cool thread! I managed to see a bit of him this week. Good for him that he did so well, even against Tsonga, who had no choice but to smile at times.
     
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    I met james ward at a challenger, a couple monts ago.
     
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    Wow - no ****, then.
     
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    Whatever happened to this guy??
     
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    Just too inconsistent but he does love playing DC and often produces his best tennis when playing it which is why he is so often picked for Team GB. Looks like it just paid off handsomely yet again!

    For a player of his talent, he shouldn't be hovering so low in the rankings (currently at #175). IMO he needs to find himself a really good coach to help him to get mentally strong and maximise his talent when on tour.
     
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    He's the Ian Poulter of tennis :)

    Poulter thrives in Ryder Cup brilliantly, like Montgomerie used to do. It's a different kind of pressure to the majors and the day-to-day touring.
     
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    Querrey choked... Ward raised his level.

    As a Brit living in US think Courier and Mc Enroe picked the wrong surface for their players...

    Grass no chance. Fine.
    Murray better than both Isner and Querrey on clay. Both who aren't very good on it.

    Should have picked a fast indoor court probably give Isner, Querrey, Young their best chance.


    Cant see Murray losing to Querrey so this tie is basically over
     
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    Yeah, I'm confused about the clay choice. I think the best strategy would have been to accept the two singles losses to Murray and win the rest. Assuming that clay was chosen to hurt Murray.
     
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    I don't know why so many people think clay is wrong choice for the US. Yes, clay slow down their server but it also gives them significant time to run for balls and set up big forehands. Has everyone forgotten what happened last year with the Swiss and French?
    The downfall of this choice is Isner's injury. Had they known Isner won't be able to play a loooooong time ago, they probably would have changed surface. But that injury didn't really come up until the Aussie swing. So it's too late.
     
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    Isner's injury is a major problem but close behind in our list of problems is Querry's head and the notion that Donald Young is actually America's #3 (?#R!@!?).
     
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    On pace for a quarterfinal with Murray if his 100% win rate at this wimbledon is any indication.

    Will be interesting to see who the crowd supports, on one side we've got the best British player in the game arguably the best in the history of British tennis. On the other side we've got Andy Murray.

    Hope the Scot can make it far enough to reach him
     
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