Davis Cup could learn a thing or two from Ryder Cup format
• Funny, I had the opposite reaction. After getting (reluctantly) caught up in the Ryder Cup coverage last weekend -- and watching the match play in real time -- I lamented the state of Davis Cup even more than usual. Why can't tennis get its act together, come up with a sensible format, and generate a global competition of this magnitude? As
A colleague and friend of mine at the ITF has had a respectful disagreement with me about the merits of the Cup in its current incarnation. (She notes, for instance, that the 2010 event will have an economic impact of more than $200 million.) But I maintain that the Davis Cup could be so much more than it currently is.
The McEnroe brothers have their suggestions for improvement. The players have another.
• Hey, at least provide a reason.
I was surprised how strongly many of you feel about Nadal's "cheating" when he solicits and/or accepts coaching from his uncle/coach. I just want to clarify: I don't think we should condone this behavior. I think it's beneath Nadal. I think other players are in their rights to complain. I think it violates the rules both in spirit and letter. I just don't think it's a felony. I was reacting to the notion that Nadal's U.S. Open title was dirty or tainted or somehow ill-gotten. (For a
A few of you accused me of a double standard, coming down more harshly on
In any case, I recognize that many of you -- even Nadal fans like our friend Jerry -- are deeply upset by this. I also recognize that if Nadal is openly admitting to cheating and not getting called for it, the door's now open to every other player. Conclusion: especially with technology available, it's time for tennis authorities to crack down.
One digression here: Is it me, or at a time when national unemployment has eclipsed 10 percent, is it not distasteful to call for anyone's firing? In the recent months, who among us hasn't seen -- directly or indirectly -- the devastating effects of losing a job? The blow to the identity and sense of self. The effect on family dynamics. The financial havoc. I may think that Mets manager
• Your last point is a good one. Here's a guy who clearly cares about fair play and sportsmanship. You wonder why he allows this behavior -- which is a bare minimum is controversial -- to persist. And anyone who can improve his serve and volleying so dramatically can't fall back on the "creature of habit" defense.
Another aspect to this:
• Again, all the more disappointing that he undercuts this with illegal coaching.
• Chill pills were actually put on the banned substance list. But your point is well-taken.
• I think Jim Courier and I had a public disagreement about this very issue last year. "Incent" sounds like corporate-speak ("We incent investors in an impactful way.") But I think it's slithered into acceptable use.
• Thanks. Never knew that. I will obey your command and cease using the term incorrectly.
• I have to draw the line -- or lines -- here. The plural isn't a cliché. It's simply a device to stress interchangeability/random exampledom.
• What you're describing sounds suspiciously like cage fighting. You sure you're in the right place? I've been trying to play a fair bit here in Princeton and the most serious injury I've seen someone suffer is a sprained bladder.
• I'm trying to make a joke about a Sock that was lost in the dryer and it's not quite coming to me. Any help would be appreciated. Yes, while Mardy Fish might be on the back nine of his career, pun lovers take heart: Sock is coming down the tube.
• No doubt. But good to know the bowl cut had
• I'd put Mecir in the mix too then. And while
• Consider this an APB for the folks from the Serena Williams ring line! Where did you guys go? Please contact me so we can equip the winner accordingly!
Me and my psychic friends network have come to collect for the prediction!!
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Have a good week, everyone!