Monday, March 8, 2010

Brookhaven Tourney

I will leave the rest of the draws to you other analysts, but the 4.5 draw is one of the most intriguing I've seen in a long time. Here are my thoughts since I know almost every player in the draw:

1st round:

Griggs v. Kazuo--No contest. Griggs is way too consistent to lose here. Kazuo is a good player but doesn't have the weapons to overpower Phillip.

Sharad v. Crouch--Two great guys that should have a fun match. Sharad is one of my new teammates and I can't see him losing here (unless he is hungover which is always a possibility :) Dane used to be mr. endurance and consistency but I think that has dropped over the past few years.

Kiron v. Chad--I don't know Chad but based on his record Paul is going to be delivering the beatdown in short order. The Brookhaven win streak continues.

Flores v. Musil--Both doubles players as far as I can tell but Oscar has much more game. Jim plays more singles in age division but I don't think he is ready for this level. I give the edge to Flores with my limited knowledge of them as singles players.

Stollenwerck v. Lin--Jeff Lin is actually a guy that just moved to Dallas who has been coming to Fair Oaks for my drills. I thought he played 4.0 but maybe he wants to try his hand at 4.5 here. I think he will give Sam a tough match but I don't think he has been playing enough to beat Sam. Jeff has great groundstrokes though so anything can happen.

Nguyen v. Slezak--Slezak makes his return to the singles court and I expect it to be an easy win. I would be surprised if Chris loses more than a couple of games. One of my ZAT players beat Steven so 4.5 should be a huge step up.

Feuille v. Park--Another great first-round match. Gene doesn't play many tournaments but I watched him play a team tennis match last year and he is a strong player. Forrest has more endurance and a little more consistency though so I expect him to take this in a close match.

Smithheisler and Myers--Two 4.0 bumpups will lead to another competitive match. Smithheisler has a very unorthodox game that makes it tough to play against him. Brandon has shown tremendous success against this type of player though so I expect him to win in two close sets.

Yaremenko v. Rossouw--Two more 4.0 bumpups that I have seen play very little. I will give the slight edge to Yaremenko based on more singles play but I think this could definitely go either way. Marc, enlighten me.

Phelps v. Carter--Chris Phelps is one of my great friends and practice partners and I know he will put up a great fight here but I think this is his first real singles match since his injury so I can't pick him to win. Mark seems like a deserving bumpup so I would assume he will be up to the task.

George v. Layfield--Don't know either player but Layfield beat 4 good players in the Cotton Bowl and lost a close match to Griggs earlier in the year so I think he will pick up an easy win. George has not won a game in main draw tournament play in the last year so it's hard to pick him.

Huffman v. Jenkins--Sorry Mark but Huffman is too good. He's been around a while but I've actually never seen him play. I've heard enough to know that he is one of a handful of players that can win this event.

Benjamin v. Roberts--It will be interesting to see if Jay Benjamin can continue his winning ways at Brookhaven. I am picking Roberts in a mild upset because I think he's too consistent. Benjamin is a streaky player I believe but consistency usually wins out in those battles and Roberts definitely can do that.

Nasser v. Trevino--Nasser's topspin will be too much. He will run Paul to death. Speed, stamina, and consistency are a necessity to beat Anthony and I don't think Paul has enough of those attributes.

Gallegos v. James--Don't know Gallegos but Brent is an amazing player with power and consistency that has an easy path to the semis. This will be the first step.

Trinh v. Bay--Bay will use his power game to beat Trinh. Forehand and serves are too much. I think it could be close though because Trinh has pulled upsets before.

Second Round:

Griggs v. Rao--I really want to pick my guy but morning matches are not his forte. If Sharad can sweat out all the toxins before the match is over, he has a great shot to win, but I have to go with Griggs the ironman.

Kiron v. Flores--Too much power on serves and depth and consistency on groundstrokes will make this a fairly routine win for Paul I think. A win for Oscar here would lead to some singles play during the season I would think though.

Stollenwerck v. Slezak--Assuming Chris has been playing any singles I would expect another easy win. Chris has the talent to be one of the top 4.5 singles players around and I expect that to show this weekend. Sam is a quality player but doesn't have the weapons to compete here.

Feuille v. Myers--I think this will be a very close match for the Lifetime rivals. I'm actually going to pick the upset in the battle of the backhands. I will take Myers in a long three-setter.

Yaremenko v. Carter--Probably the weakest match in this quarter. Not familiar enough with either player so I will give the edge to the seed Carter. Somebody enlighten me because with all the tournament play I bet they've played before.

Layfield v. Huffman--Huffman should chalk up another win here but Layfield should give him some trouble. Justin is too good though and will win a close two-setter.

Roberts v. Nasser--I will give the edge to Anthony here because of his ability to control the points with the forehand. I haven't seen Billy play much but he will have a hard time covering the necessary court to win here I would think.

James v. Bay--Easy win for Brent. Sean does not have the consistency or mobility to compete with Brent. James will be able to control the points early and keep Sean from setting up the forehand.

Quarterfinals:

Griggs v. Kiron--I actually think Kiron will win this fairly routinely. Not a good style matchup for Phillip because Paul will be able to use his versatility and depth to control the shots. Although if conditioning becomes a factor in fairly warm weather, I could easily see Phillip winning in three. Kiron in close two is official prediction though (4 and 4).

Slezak v. Myers--I expect Brandon to be dead after match with Forrest. Slezak will be fresh and overwhelm Brandon. Brandon is one of my guys but I don't like the way the draw worked out on Saturday. Anything can happen though.

Huffman v. Carter--Easy win for Justin Huffman. No comments necessary.

James v. Nasser--James should win this fairly easily with his ability to work the court angles and keep the ball deep. I like Anthony when he can control the points, not when he is on the defensive like he should be in most of this match.

Semifinals (All Branch semifinal at that):

Kiron v. Slezak--Doubles teammates battling each other here. Will be interesting to see how it goes. Both are primarily doubles players too. I will give the edge to Paul for his consistency and his more recent singles experience.

Huffman v. James--James should win. Justin may have lost a step or two over the last couple of years and Brent has the weapons to win.

Finals:

James d. Kiron--Close, fun match but Brent has too much game to lose here. The toll of 5 matches should wear on Paul much more than Brent and Brent has the ability to control every point from the baseline. I will take Brent in three.


Of course all of these predictions are dependent on how much everybody's been playing with all the bad weather we're having but this is one of the deepest fields I've seen in a non-major zone. Hopefully I will get to watch some.

Was this post long enough? You guys feel free to comment on other draws.

142 comments:

  1. Good analysis Nancy!

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  2. Very good predictions. Interesting how each of Team Branch's 4 entrants each ended up in a different quarter.

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  3. They deserve to be in different quarters because they keep getting screwed in doubles. Second Brookhaven tourney they pay $30 each to play their teammates in the first round. Ridiculous.

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  4. AND they are the best four singles players in the tourney. Give them a break, everything does not have to be a consipiracy.

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  5. Of course they are, that's why it's interesting. Doubtful the frequent tournament players that earned seeds agree with your sentiments, however.

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  6. Longest Post ever,
    4.5's love to stroke their ego.
    Who give a flying fuck about this 100 point tournament.

    Everyone needs to chill the fuck out for a month until the season starts.

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  7. Some people live there lives for things other than just tennis so they don't travel to far a way tournaments and waste hours of there lives. Sorry but no one reading this is on the true tour...So no ones making any money...Thats fine if that is your wish but a lot of good players only play in local tournaments. So this weekends tournament is just as big as any of the others to a lot of guys.

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  8. anybody know the 4.0 players well? have any predictions on the 4.0 singles or doubles matches?

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  9. Oak Creek players should man-up and play open like Wescoup. They would have a better shot at Open then any of the other 4.5s now have at 4.5. It would also be a lot more like what they'll be seeing at 4.5 league sectionals.

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  10. Small draw for 3.5 doubs. Who gonna predict 3.5...Anybody know any of these players...After all the bump ups not much left...

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  11. This would be a much more interesting draw if it were a major zone and a lot of the top 10 ranked players in the state were playing with the Branch players. As it is, Griggs is really the only one that does well in the major zones.

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  12. 4.0 singles draw...who are your top 5 out of these 15? (or pick one not on list)

    NTRP Men's 4.0 Singles seeds
    1. Schick, James
    2. Gomez, Gerardo
    3. Rafiq, Anwar
    4. Jones, Jeffrey
    5. Resma, Ernest
    6. Gonzalez, Fernando
    7. Spurgeon, Greg
    8. Taylor, James

    others: Bob Carbo, Terry Carpenter, Michael Bischoff, Adam Mitchell, Zach Stein, Vishal Suvagiva, Noeh Romero, Geofrey Hubler.....

    First Glance, top 5 could be:
    1. James Taylor
    2. Bob Carbo
    3. Micahel Bischoff
    4. James Schick
    5. Fernando Gonzalez

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  13. Watch out for Scott Robinson and Frank Carpenter,Enrique Molina,Could suprise some people!!!

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  14. Scott Robinson will Win it all!!!

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  15. wher does Scott Robinson play?

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  16. Gonzalez should not be seeded he lost to Bazan, shouldn't you lose ranking points for that?

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  17. If you lose to Bazan, you should just give up tennis all together.

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  18. I agree. But that would mean BMO wouldn't be around since he has never beaten me. And then our homophobic crazy poster would have no one to scream out everyday.

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  19. Predictions;
    3.5 Single winner George Bednarz
    3.5 doubles winner Sheilds/Kirk
    4.0 Singles winner James Taylor over E. Molina in final
    4.5 Doubs winner Sullivan/Zackary

    The Swamie

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  20. Cary, is that really true? Brian has never beaten you? Have you guys ever really played? That seems a little hard to believe!

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  21. everyone is entitled to an opinion. but anyone who thinks molina will make it the 4.0 finals needs to seriously think about checking into a drug rehab clinic

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  22. Get used to the new 4.0 world. Guys like Molina with unorthodox style of play and high energy levels will probably be making a lot of finals this year.

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  23. So Cary, are you confirming that BMO is a homosexual? Perhaps it's not tennis you are referring to with the beating?

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  24. so no one thinks the Taylor/Bearden, Somabut/Lazarine seeds will hold up in 4.0 doubles? I think it's odd that Taylor is bing picked to win the singles but no respect for doubles. Is he a singles player that just plays doubles for the fun of it? Does Bearden just suck? How about Somabut? I read how great a coach and player he is but no one thinks he can win doubles? Or Maybe Lazarine just sucks that bad? what gives?

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  25. Somabut never wins 4.0 tournaments. He wins a round or two then tanks. (It's often very obvious.) This helps him keep his 4.0 NTRP every year.

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  26. How long has Somabut been a 4.0? It does seem like he always loses just enough matches/games to keep his 4.0. Very interesting!

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  27. I don't think anyone had commented on the Brookhaven 4.0 Doubles draw until 9:38 anon. I just looked at the draw and I think the top two seeds will be in the final. Carpenter/Downhour in the top half and Mauldin/Mauldin in the bottom are good teams.

    I also think James Taylor will win the singles draw.

    9:38 anon, please enlighten everyone who you think will win that draw.

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  28. Somabut/Lazarine have strong doubles skills and instincts. But they are in their 50's with bodies going on 70. It may be time to hit the gym fellows.

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  29. Sean Bay should not be seeded. He is very inconsistent and will never beat a decent 4.5 singles player. But I guess if you play a lot but never beat a decent player you still build up some ranking points.

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  30. bay is pretty obnoxious as well.

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  31. I agree that if you are seeding based on ability than Sean should not be seeded but that's not how it works. If you don't play tournaments, you don't earn a seed. It actually hurts Sean to be seeded without the top players though because now he has to play Brent in the first round.

    Also, Sean has beaten many good players and he has shown consistent improvement in his game over the last couple of years. But who you beat is also irrelevant; it's based on how far you advance in the draw. Many people don't like this but the pro tour rankings are done exactly the same way. Points per round only.

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  32. Play Brent in the second round I meant.

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  33. Well after posting the 4.0 doubles question I started poking around. Looks like Taylor plays a lot of singles and Bearden not only plays only doubles but seems to only play at Brookhaven, leads me to believe maybe he is a member? Taylor was in the finals of Austin in singles when it was canceled. Bearden has been in the finals of, what looks like the only two tournaments he has played. One with Baker, one with Taylor. The fact that he made it that far I guess means he can hit the ball. As for the other side, Somabut and Lazarine. You are right, It looks like Somabut seems to win a round or two but then falls. That is interesting. As for who will win, honestly, I don’t know anyone in the draw. I just found this Blog and think you guys are great entertainment so I thought I would just ask the question. I guess I have to go with the top seed Taylor/Bearden but for sure you guys would know more than me, that’s why I asked.

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  34. bay's game has improved a little onver the last 2 years but he still has the personality of a turkey

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  35. March 10th 9:35am, are you the "homophobic crazy poster" that Cary is referring to? Or are you just the guy that cant seem to ever beat Morrison at tennis and are therefore very jelous and angry at him?

    On a side note I think that James Taylor will win the singles and doubles at Brookhaven, he is a strong 4.0 and in the the new 4.0 world he is a VERY stong player.

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  36. That is a lot of matches for Taylor. He does not look like he can compete in a triathlon. As a member of Brookhaven, Bearden is not one as far as I know.

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  37. He looks like he would have a struggle walking up the two flights of stairs to report his scores at BH. Despite his ample girth, he seems to have decent stamina.

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  38. Can't beat Morrison, you are kidding right? The only time Morrison ever wins is when he has a solid partner that carries his ass. And surely you're not referring to singles, cause we all know Morrison at singles is a joke. Just accept the fact that he's a homo and leave it at that.

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  39. Morrison is a total cocky piece of shit. who has no game on his own. watch what he will do this 4.0 season... he will take the best doubles player on his team to play with him so that this homo can win some matches... he is the liability on his team... Guys on GH team, please change your captain to someone else. Don't mess with this cocky homo!

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  40. Oscar Flores will win the tourney!

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  42. LOLOL!!! People told me to look on this site. Wow! Looks like I have one seriously disturbed fan.

    Don't you have better things to worry about then focusing on me? I just hope you don't have pictures of me posted up all over your wall with little newspaper letters cut out underneath.

    LOL! You are Disturbed. Seek help immediately. Did not know there was your type in tennis.

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  43. I am there with you, BMO, that there is some homophobic fan of yours out there... but he is right, you are a cocky bitch and you are way overrated in tennis. and your team sucks. we'll crush you 5-0. just make sure there is enough beer for us to drink when you get the thrashing.....

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  44. And that is your opinion, and you are welcome to it.

    I do have a pretty good group of friends whom seem to think differently of me, however, so excuse me if there opinion matters just a litte bit more to me than your anonymous post does.

    I like to think that I am a positive person and a good guy, BUT, just like everyone else, I know I have my flaws (and you do too).

    I am a little old to change who I am now, so if you don't like me or who I am, don't hang around or talk to me. Its a pretty simple solution to a problem IMO. it's a big world out there.

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  45. BMO, just answer the question, are you a homo?

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  46. And one other thing, don't be coming on here with your bullshit that people told you to look on here. We all know that you are the biggest ego in the 4.0 ranks and as such, you are on this blog constantly. Funny how homo comments don't bring you out, but when someone states how cocky and crappy of a player you are, bingo, there you are posting away. The way I see it, you're a fat over-rated cocky tennis player, and you can't even deny that your a homo.

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  47. Last post to the anonymous, and hopefully, my last post. I am 100% NOT GAY, homosexual, or anything else of the likes.

    And NO, really. I am pretty much done with this blog. It no longer amuses me. It used to be fun for me. I tried to keep the level up on this and tried hard to keep it fun. After 3 years, i have learned; its the same stuff.

    This blog isn't about tennis. This blog isn't about tennis at all. it's about bashing people, name calling, and doing everything possible to to tear whatever intended target is down at the moment.

    I was 4.5 last season. I posted on the 4.5 blog. Did you see a bunch of name calling, crying, degrading, bringing other people down on 4.5? No. I don't remember too much of that. I thought it was relatively respectful. Did you see me posting about my tri level team? Again - No.

    I have a LOT more things in my life to worry about than a bunch of anonymous posts on a tennis blog. I am just a regular guy, trying to make it in this crazy world. I don't need negative stuff or negative people in my life. I really really don't. If this were about tennis I would be happy. If this blog was uplifting and helped me be a better person and helped me throughout the day, I would be happy. Unfortunately, its not.

    So you, the anonymous basher, continue to bash anonymously if that what makes your feel better about yourself. Me? I get no joy out of it. I see no point to pull someone else down to bring myself up.

    Again, I am a grown man. I am what I am. I can't change who I am.

    I PROMISE you, I don't think about or talk bad about you. I do find it very odd that you feel the need to think and talk about me.

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  48. It's funny how this works isn't it? If you're a good player and rated 4.0 then you're treated like a king. If you get bumped 4.5 then you're a little fish in a big pond, a face in the crowd, right! Then you go and hang out with the top 4.5 guys and they point to the 5.0s as the real players. So, you go and watch a 5.0 match which I did, leaving me considering dropping tennis for ping pong.

    Most tennis players I've met over the years are pretty good guys but I get on this blog and I don't know if it is for entertainment value or what but it does not represent the majority of players I've met in life. BMO is a good player and my interaction with him he was very humble. Getting to the point, is at 4.0 one is inherently limited in how big of an ego one can have. If not, go watch a 5.0 match and then join me in the fall ping pong league!

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  49. BMO, I'm sorry man, please don't leave.

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  50. With the lower ratings, people can't rely on their game to do the talking and thus have to do more anonymous bashing.

    little man's syndrome...

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  51. Again...
    BMo,

    "PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANON'S"

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  52. Re: 4.0 vs 5.0 Players.

    There is a reason that there are only a hand full of 5.0 players. It's not just being a good athlete, it take a tremendous amount of time to get to that level, tens of thousands of practice hours.

    A tremendous amount of sacrifice, were talking the top 99.9% of human beings. People who have played all their lives.

    There is nothing wrong with being proud of being 4.0, 4.5 whatever...
    No matter what you do there will be somebody better that you.

    Take pride in the effort it took to get there.

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  53. B-Mo, Kamecki's advise is on the money! Dont let some hater ruin one second of you day or life for that matter. Some people just seem to feel better about themselves if they can tear someone else down. It really says more about them than it does about you. They obviously are not happy people and need some serious help which like you I hope they seed before its to late.

    Lets all hope this homophobic stalker of yours is not a postal worker as we all know how that can turn out.

    Seriously man, get some help!

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  54. From an amateur level, there is someone better than you. Who is that guy ranked #1 in the World?? Who is better than #1 in the World?

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  55. pretty sure the crazy anon is from Lifetime. Not to bash lifetimers but it seems rather clear and I am not sure why so much hostility arises from that club, is it the fact the women haven't made it to the pool yet and there is nothing for you to do while you get on the stairmaster.

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  56. Actually, I'm on Morrison's team and am psst of that he is the one who took it over, what a crock of shit. I'll get even though and I need to manage my scores anyhow this season.

    Homophobe

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  57. BMO, what kind of strings do you use and what tension?

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  58. Wow couldn't you just change teams, if you have a problem with the captain! MAN UP, and talk to him about it. Or don't play for them. But don't talk s h t.

    And Morrison don't worry about a Pansy that uses a forum to get his frustrations out. To tell you the truth don't waste your time replying. But don't be blinded by one idiot. Now lets get back to tennis. So anymore thoughts on this weekends tourney?

    A guy who has no clue who you or Morrison is! But hopes he gets to see you on a court someday soon!

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  59. Mitchell Fix, before you joining a pingpong league, maybe you should watch some of their club players play first. :D

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  60. Speaking of Greenhill, why hasn't Fraser signed up for Morrison's team? Fraser's partner got bumped up and now can't carry Fraser at 4.0. Nut up Fraser.

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  61. A fearless prediction: James Taylor beats Bob Carbo 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to win the 4.0 Singles, with Tom Brown my sleeper pick to make the semi-finals.

    A side note. "Homo" seems to be the all-purpose, go-to insult on this blog. Come on people use your imagination and creativity if you have any. And, yes, I know I am a "homo"

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  62. All homosexuals are fearless so your statement is redundant. I mean, what can be worse than taking it you know where, doesn't get scarier than that.

    Homophobe

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  63. As thorough and entertaining as Cordawg's analysis of the 4.5 draw is, history will show he made one major blunder.

    Paulie T. will takedown Nasser in a match that doesn't conclude until after midnight. Before an estimated crown of 75 screaming fans, Paulie T. will use a combination of impeccable ground strokes, under-rated foot speed, and finesse to stun Nasser in a match for the ages.

    At the end of the match, Paule T. pays tribute to Kern for his undying support and encouragement.

    Otherwise Coredawg a job well done and keep up the good work.

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  64. Paulie T. all the way, he will crush all you DIPS.

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  65. BMO can put together an all-homo team. he can get the best homos from across the city. Never mind, it already looks like he did it.

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  66. Wow way to go guys, way to ruin what was once a fun blog that actually talked a lil tennis with occasional rippings. Nothing wrong with that. But guess the maturiity level is not high enough to have a freakin post without the word homo in it....Way to go HOMO's

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  67. It was better when we eliminated anon blogs. Yes we had fewer posts. But the posts were tennis oriented and not personal attacks. This blog is now just a magnet for freaks.

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  68. I would like to point out that I was 15-1 in the first round and 6-2 in the second round. I am pretty confident that all four of my semifinalists will advance based on the matchups. I should have put some money on this.

    I guess the Bay haters were right too.

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  69. not a sean bay hater. but the guy is a prick and not a good player

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  70. Yeah that doesn't sound like you dislike him.

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  71. Damn GTC boys are in the doubles 4.0 final

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  72. GTC will take the 4.0 DCC this year. Count on it.

    - GTC Guy

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  73. Wow! Not only did I pick the semifinals and finals exactly, I also picked the result (Brent in 3 sets). If only I could pick the NFL as well.

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  74. Hey Nancy, have you noticed that you are the only one tooting your own horn all the time. The only thing you pick besides your nose, are the type of skirts you'll be wearing out on the weekends. Shut the hell up.

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  75. Coredawg,
    Picking the semis was not that impressive but I'll give you credit for the finals pick. I think you've found your calling. Maybe you should hang up the rackets and move to Vegas.

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  76. how bout trying to actually play

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  77. nancy is annoying, isnt he?

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  78. Coredawg, since you are on a hot streak as far as prognosticating, who are your picks for the final four in NCAA basketball? And don't give me the four #1 seeds.

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  79. Jimmy Taylor loses 11 games in five matches to win the 4.0 singles. Talk about a man among boys. Somabut may have a lock down in singles, but his doubles teams fizzled out.

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  80. Jimmy Taylor did not have to play anyone good. 4.0 draw lacked singles specialists from both Garland and Greenhill teams. So, just shut up about any lock down on singles by Somabut. When Jimmy the fat ass plays any of those guys, I want you, the anon, tell me how he will do...

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  81. Kudos Jimmy. He's stocky not fat.

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  82. well, one of the GH singles guys played up in the 4.5 draw... Yarmenko. Got to the quarters before withdrawing with an emergency from both singles and doubles. Stopped by to watch his first match. He looks solid. I doubt that Taylor can beat him.

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  83. stocky is the politically-correct word for FAT!

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  84. There are no "good" players in 4.0. The USTA has seen to that. The cream of the crop 4.0 players this year would have been also-rans in recent years, and that includes Oleg and Jimmy and whoever from the
    Garbage Tennis Center.

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  85. The Russian beat two questionable 4.0 bump-ups, so I have my doubts that he is ready for the likes of the mighty Kern or even Sean Bay for that matter.

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  86. Yep, that's me. Mr. Cocky. I would have loved to play but I now have to earn a living on Saturdays so I will not be playing any tournaments until that changes.

    Congrats to all the winners this weekend!!

    I will do some research and come up with some NCAA picks. Seeing as I haven't watched one game all season, I wouldn't bet the farm on them.

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  87. What is "cocky" the politically correct word for?

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  88. Why is this Taylor even playing 4.0 singles in these small tournaments? Get some balls like Oleg and play 4.5, you have nothing to lose, your respect is already lost.

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  89. 4:54 you can kiss my ass when you post you name!

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  90. somebody got under somebody's skin.

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  91. i noticed that john kraemer had a nice win over somabut in dubs. do u think somabut was tanking?

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  92. Was Gilpin playing with Kraemer?

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  93. guys, people have bad days. And some have great days. Get over it.

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  94. Ok I admit it, I dont know anything about 3.5 tennis (as evidenced by my predictions), but I got both the singles and doubles winners correct in 4.0! I know, I know, now I sound like Nancy!

    The Swamie

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  95. Rossouw is arrogant & obnoxious. He's not quite at the Mike Getz level but he's closing the gap.

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  96. I saw Jimmy Taylor play this weekend. We've got at least 2 Garland guys that can kick his ass. One is playing on our 4.0 team the other is playing on our 3.5 team.

    - GTC Guy

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  97. I watched Oleg play this weekend and he is a very good player, but far from unbeatable. Big forehand, spin serve and attackable backhand.

    This past Summer Oleg lost to the #1 Seed in the 4.0 draw, James Schick, of this past Brookhaven tournament. James Taylor beat Schick 6-2,6-1.

    I know results have a lot to do with style match ups, but to think that Oleg is a vastly better player than than James Taylor would be incorrect.

    Last year in 4.0 tennis Oleg went 28-22.

    This is not a knock on Oleg. Like I said, he is a very solid player and seems like a great guy. He is just not too good to play in 4.0 tournaments. If he wants to play 4.5 in tournaments there's nothing wrong with that.

    I have to agree that Oleg is no where near ready for someone like Kern, but then again, neither are most 4.5s.

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  98. Hey GTC GUY We'll see how great your Garland players are once the season starts But for right now stick all you Bullshit up your ASS!!! Who are the players you are referring to on each team???

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  99. Hey GTC GUY We'll see how great your Garland players are once the season starts But for right now stick all you Bullshit up your ASS!!! Who are the players you are referring to on each team???

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  100. GTC guy is probably Sisk. He is trying to convince someone that his team is good.

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  101. Bender's 3.5 team could beat any 4.0 team in the city

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  102. The Garbage Tennis Center/Sisk does appear to have a legitimately fairly strong 4.0 doubles team in Sullivan and Zackary. But as far as hotshot singles players there are no obvious candidates

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  103. You're right. Sisk never has good singles players. Just look at all his sectionals teams and see who played singles. Losers like Defeo, Flora, Courtney, Wickman, O'Bannon. What have those guys ever done? I'm sure this season will be the same.

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  104. Sisk's Sectional teams were at the 3.5 level where Defeo, Flora and Courtney were never close to 3.5 level players. The players you mentioned did not play at the Sectional level last year at the 4.0 level and most, if not all of them have been bumped to 4.5. Those players did not advance past the City playoffs. They were eliminated by Somabut's team who everyone was trying to write off last year.

    Memorize this:

    4.5 Branch
    4.0 Somabut
    3.5 Sisk
    3.0 Bender

    That is where those captains have had their success. As long as those captains have teams that those levels they are a heavy favorite to win. All you have to do is look a the trend over the past few years. Same captains, different players, same results.

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  105. I think Sisk and 4.0 is not going very far. they will make playoffs but no farther.

    They have Courtney and Sullivan and Zackary must be pretty good. Who else do tey have? scottrusselltennis.com may be therir next singles player and doubles. Wiley and Clark were really good at 3.5 but they are no match for the teams Somabut and Morrison will throw at them. They will just get overpowered at 4.0.

    Where is Banjo boy? he could help but even he could not carry Clark against Somabut and partner.

    Nobody else is worth mentioning. What I can see is they have 2 lines.


    GTC guy will be coming back in August and trying to explain why the might Sisk 4.0 team is watching some real 4.0 players at sectiionals.

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  106. Let's face it, there are two Dallas teams that are guaranteed to win DCC this year.

    1) Branch/4.5 Branch again has all the top players in Dallas. None of the other teams will challenge.

    2) Sisk 3.5 - nobody else even comes close.

    We are more likely to see hell freeze over than one of those teams get beat.

    Level 4.0 will be the most interesting this year. You can never bet against Somabut but there are others teams which seem comparable. Sisk 4.0 will certainly be a threat as will Morrison's team.

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  107. Damn it! Let's get it on! When does this fucking season start!! I am sure the best team will win DCC.

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  108. 當身處逆境時,要能忍一時之氣,吃一時之苦,並及早確立自己的目標,總有一天,你會嘗到那甘美的果實。........................................

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  109. I hear Morrison is on the verge of one or two big free agent sign ups.

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  110. Nancy is constantly sucking on Big John's john. Get it over it Nancy and quit singing him praises.

    Yes, John has done quite well with his teams and usually has a self-rated singles ringer in his line up. That's how he gets to where he has gotten.

    But we don't need your red head singing him praises all the time and defending his fat ass.

    Also, throwing Wickman into the mix?? Didn't Kaiser Soze get him DQ'd and he was a non-factor??

    Are you the GTC-Guy??

    And why are you raving about Garland at 3.5?? Just because Feldman had a line with Davis & Myers beat one of Bender's 3.0 bump ups??

    Didn't Toney & Monk beat MacFarland and Davis solidly??

    I see they are on Bender's team.

    I also see Kaiser and Monk won the doubles this weekend at Brookhaven, even giving out bagels in the finals. Good for you Big Bird.

    Bender is not green behind his ears and knows how to sand bag a singles ringer or two. With Toney, Monk, and Kaiser added to his roster, I am not sure how you are tooting the 3.5 horn so loudly. It is far from being a "sure thing" ....Nancy.

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  111. when will the dta come out with the flights? Will we have a major league/minor league approach in 2010?

    did kraemer promise to post something explaining the flighting process? where is it?

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  112. Hey dumb ass 7:05 poster, Wickman didn't even play in the DCC and Sisk won anyway! He always has talent and depth!!

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  113. Wickman, didn't he recently have his arms re-attached?

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  114. Morrison, are you even planning on playing this season, or do you just want to be part of a winning team? You are a fat over-rated homo. Suck it.

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  115. This is probably the first time I have mentioned anything about any of John's teams all year. In fact, I predicted Somabut's team to beat his in the fall. And, I didn't predict them to do anything this season. So what are you talking about exactly? Read what I wrote.

    I'm saying the same thing I've said for the past month. The rosters you are seeing mean nothing. The best captains will add the necessary players in the two weeks preceding and the few weeks into the season. If you think Sisk (or Somabut for that matter) is going to battle with his current roster, you are naive.

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  116. Has there been a Fraser sighting? He's probably shrinking his shorts preparing for the season.

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  117. Kraemer will have Somabut, Sisk and Morrison in the same flight, and the strongest Brookhaven team with Prather,Ratcliff, and Fretz. Talking about a conflict of interest, member of Brookhaven, member of Brookhaven team, and VP of leagues. Why not have 2cpts from each level to decide flights????

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  118. I actually agree with the last poster. Whether there is any conflict or not, he should at least let somebody else decide the level where he has a team. But once again, if there is a formula for doing flights than it doesn't matter who does them. I've yet to see this formula though.

    I will say when Brian from T Bar was the league coordinator I don't ever remember a time when T Bar was in an easier flight. I don't know enough about the lower levels and John's teams to know if he actually put himself in advantageous situations or if you guys are BSing like normal.

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  119. It would be good for a couple knowledgable captains to do the seeding. (Basing everything on fall results just doesnt work and is stupid.)

    Maybe pick 2 or 3 level 4.0 caps to handle seeding for level 4.5. 2 or 3 level 3.5 caps to handle seeding for level 4.0. etc.

    Guys like Cary, CoreDawg, Fantasic would do a great job with seeding.

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  120. We will know for sure that the DTA are cheating sacks of scum this time if Somabut, Sisk and Morrison are in the same flight this spring. This magic "Formula" can't keep putting the best teams in the same flight EVERY time. It happens in league, tri-level, etc.

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  121. SEEDING/FLIGHTING FORMULA
    I put teams into flights any freaking way I want. And if you retards don't like it, then go to hell. Go play in Fort Worth!

    - Jane Glipin

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  122. Everyone just join Brookhaven so we don't have to worry about this anymore!

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  123. No Klameki we won't play in Ft.Worth

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  124. 豆,豆,不可思议的果子,越多您吃,多您吹.........

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  125. Brookhaven was in the toughest flight in the Fall, so quit whining. The Bartlett team was in a flight with Somabut, OC, LTF, Garland -Bruekner and a couple more solid teams that would have done well in anyother flight. They won the flight and won the playoff, get over it.

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  126. Lifetime was weak, when was the last time Brueckner went to the playoffs???? Soft flight for Bartlett!

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  127. 4.5 will be OC/Branch vs HP/Nguyen. HP added Blumberg and Ribman. That should close the gap some with Branch. Those guys can compete with Branch's players. Corey was right that it was too early to crown Branch.

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  128. Of the known quantities, Taylor and Oleg are the front runners for best singles players in 4.0 based on recent matches. Both have good results from the two tourneys they have played in 2010. In fact, Taylor has yet to lose. There are probably some strong self-raters lurking in the bushes. But count on the USTA scrutinizing the play of the self-raters more closely than years past.

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  129. Zack Courtney is at least as good as Oleg and Taylor. I watched Courtney play Ellis in the DCC fall finals and I was impressed. I had never seen him before but he has high 4.5 talent.

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  130. Don't get me started with high 4.5 again.

    Anyway, I was looking at 4.5 rosters today and I see 8 teams with playoff-caliber rosters. Ideally, these would be spread into a 3,3,2 division in three flights. If any flight has four of these 8, it will be disadvantageous for all of them.

    BTW, they are: Branch, Nguyen, T Bar, Noel, Royal Oaks, Harllee, Lakes, Greenhill. I would argue that each of these teams has improved their roster from last season (except maybe Greenhill which leaves them on the borderline).

    I've heard Jamie Ribman is very good but I wouldn't consider Blumberg a bombshell addition for HP.

    So basically 7 of these teams will be hoping for 2 spots. The teams with Branch can shoot for QT.

    I would assume flights are coming out soon but of course that is unknown.

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  131. Zack Courtney does not have high 4.5 talent, considering his exreme lack of consistency and poor volleying. Any good 4.5 would kill him.

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  132. You don't get match ready by playing with your buddies at Garbage Tennis Center. The guys who have been playing tournaments, with three or four singles matches during a weekend, will be better prepared when league play kicks off. You never know when the first match of the season is the one that decides which teams make the playoffs.

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  133. In the match referred to, Courtney lost to Ellis. I can only assume the poster thinks Ellis has at least low 5.0 ability.

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  134. Gtc gets more competition amongst themselves than playing tournaments.

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  135. Wickman and Zackary will be tough to beat in singles.

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  136. 3:46 poster, playoffs are decided when you sign up in Ft.Worth. No player is left behind

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  137. since the garbagemen have so much fun playing with each other, maybe they should skip league play too.

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  138. Again a stupid comment. The Garland guys haven't exactly had a problem being successful in the past, why now? Are you guys serious?

    How many tournaments has Dustin Viktorin or Walt Williams played this year? I don't think they will have a problem in league.

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  139. Core dawg,
    Since you get such satisfaction from breaking down the compitition in these tournaments, can you give us a 8 or 9 page breakdown on the Onion Fest? Thanks in advance for your "insight"!

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  140. Your basing that "satisfaction" on the one tournament I broke down??

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