Ljubicic's Player Blog - Awesome Read!

35ft6

Legend

Paradorn is a freak. I saw him change his shirt during a changeover in a qualifier match against Todd Woodbridge at the US Open several years ago and he's incredibly ripped. Look at them arms! For a tennis player that's impressive.
I had arranged to practice today with Spain's Guillermo Garcia Lopez, but that was before the draw came out. I play him in the first round.

In situations like this players take it as automatic that they will find someone else to practice with, so we didn't even need to call each other to cancel our practice. I just went to the tournament desk and told them I would now be practicing with Hyung-Taik Lee. I spoke to Guillermo later at the players' party and he was fine.

When I first arrived in Chennai I practiced with Jiri Vanek. If we both win our first-round matches we will play each other in the second round. Players will still practice with each other in situations like that.

After practice I went back to the hotel for a poolside photoshoot with Paradorn Srichaphan, who is a big start here in Chennai. I went back to the club for a 5pm practice with Thierry Ascione and then had an early dinner.

Tonight my wife and I watched a movie, Shrek, which I had seen before but was happy to watch again. It's a funny and beautiful movie made even more interesting by having famous actors doing the voiceovers.
Best blog evar!
 
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Lee

Guest
ya, you know, i love how ivan is so honest about everything. I learn something new everytime I read his blog. He certainly sounds like an educated man.
 

ChipNCharge

Professional
I haven't been a fan of Ljubicic ever since his anti-Roddick comments from the U.S. Open a couple of years ago, but he seems to be a nice guy.
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
ChipNCharge said:
I haven't been a fan of Ljubicic ever since his anti-Roddick comments from the U.S. Open a couple of years ago, but he seems to be a nice guy.
In a recent lengthy interview in Russia Safin said he doesn't speak to Roddick now either. Something happened in Beijing? last year, but he didn't elaborate. For someone who has publicly never said anything negative about any of the players since he turned pro in 1998, it makes you wonder what it is about Roddick.
 

PM_

Professional
Thanks Lee.
Until this point, I didn't know what a class guy Ljubicic is.
Doesn't he have a nick-like "The Lube" or something?
 

katarddx

Semi-Pro
PM_ said:
Thanks Lee.
Until this point, I didn't know what a class guy Ljubicic is.
Doesn't he have a nick-like "The Lube" or something?
differently...

It is "Ljubo". Kind of hard to say since LJ is actually one leather and is pronaunced
 

pound cat

G.O.A.T.
This behaviour goes back to cramp-faking days. If Nico Lapentti coud have pulled the net out of the court he would have strangled Roddick with it the day that I saw them play in Toronto. Lapentti was beside himself with anger.

All this time I thought it was Hewitt who is most disliked.
 

devila

Banned
Ljubicic's supposed to be the model of unpretentiousness? He flopped down on his knees and cried because he wanted to show his hatred for Roddick and wanted to blame him for getting a bad line call that didn't occur.

Ljubicic has double standards. If his friend Federer had got helped by bad line calls similar to the ones in the Masters Cup final, Ljubicic wouldn't scream like a baby with no cookies to eat.
Ljub liked hearing himself say things he knew weren't true.
He kept changing his remarks when the reporters asked him to repeat them.

Roddick was very immature because he learned from his family/American sport media. Ljub wouldn't have a clue because he's narrow-minded when it comes to judging characters, especially ones that give him insecurities and discomfort.

Seems like Ljub and Safin like to step on Roddick. Safin had a lot of fun with Roddick at Indian Wells. Suddenly, he commented that Roddick wasn't a friend to him anymore and that he really changed ever since the 1990's, which sounds unbelievable to me. Roddick didn't know Safin personally.
 

killer

Semi-Pro
Thanks for the link, Lee. a good read; i hope he (Ivan) keeps it up; gives us just a bit more of a taste for 'a day in the life'..:)
 
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Lee

Guest
Ljub updated again! He has updated his blog every day so far. So, who is this Bopanna guy? I have never heard of him.
 

Docalex007

Hall of Fame
Very cool that Ljub takes the time out in his day to post on a blog. I would love to see more players do it as well.

I think people are starting to expect more politicians to blog as blogging is becoming a very powerful informational tool. It's a way for them to connect directly with the public without having to go through the media first - which could slanderize things a bit. It's straight from them to you without the infamous middleman.

I won't be surprised if in a couple of years from now the presidential candidates have some sort of blog.
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
I read that blog with so much interest because Chennai is my hometown! Glad he likes Indian food!
 

sunrise

Rookie
very candid demonstration, i like the way he describes his day in detail, observing what is happening around him and being conscious about the host city. I am starting to like lubj. thanks
 

Freedom

Professional
I can see the reasoning behind his comments on Roddick though- he does have a big attitude that can certainly grate on someone. It's actually the reason I don't like Roddick. I'm not a fan of screaming "Yes!" or "CMOOOON" or running along the bleachers high-fiveing everyone, so it's understandable to me. But yeah, Roddick has toned it down a lot, which is good.

Hewitt toned it down too, after Coria said "You sometimes feel like killing him out here."
 

35ft6

Legend
rafael said:
This is so awesome, I wish more players did this!
The ATP should have a section for players blogs. At least provide links as I'd imagine that many players would rather keep the blog on their website in order to get people to register. I hate registering for sites.
 

35ft6

Legend
The latest update is good. It's amazing how interested I am in such mundane details. Really, there's hardly any good info out there about what it's like on the tour.
 
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Lee

Guest
35ft6 said:
The latest update is good. It's amazing how interested I am in such mundane details. Really, there's hardly any good info out there about what it's like on the tour.
The mundane detail, as you put it, is exactly what fascinates me, as well. I have no chance to become an ATP pro, yet I am still very interested in every bit of details that goes on in their lives. I feel kind of like a stalker, haha!
 
Lee said:
Ljub updated again! He has updated his blog every day so far. So, who is this Bopanna guy? I have never heard of him.
yea ive never really heard of him, but i went to the atp tennis website first thing i see is bopanna and amritraj win chennai doubles. i guess he was just one of the few players still around to practice with.
 

VamosRafa

Hall of Fame
This is a great blog. The ATP picked a great player to do it, too -- he's very articulate and informative. I hope we see more of these blogs.
 
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