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  1. On GOATS and weak eras

    When talking about the GOAT, one issue that frequently comes into the discussion is whether a player played “in a weak era”, meaning that the quality of the competition was not as tough as in other periods. Many people claim that a player can certainly make an era look “weak” if he is winning everything around. Cases have been made for Federer and Graf, clearly two dominant players that have been “accused” (for lack of a better word) of having played in a weak ...

    Updated 09-24-2009 at 12:17 PM by ponchi101

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  2. Overdue Thanks!

    Just dropped in to give belated thank you's to every one for their prayers, their kind thoughts, the cards, and their personal pics of Roger! You have all been so thoughtful and I really appreciate it. Thank you.

    Another couple of weeks of radiation and home free, so you really made a difference!

    Best to you all!

    Mary
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  3. Rogers Cup, Monday August 19, 2009

    We were back at the Rogers Cup for the first day of main draw play on Monday. We didnít get there until about 12:30 p.m., so the first matches of the day were over, and the first Canadian (Stephanie Dubois) had already lost in straight sets. The next match on centre court wasnít due on until 1:00, so we went to the grandstand to watch Sam Stosur and Canadian qualifier Heidi El Tabakh. The very pretty and curvaceous El Tabakh, who was born in Egypt, had gotten a wild card into qualifying and defeated ...
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  4. Qualifying Day at the Rogers Cup 2009, Part II

    At the main practice courts, I didnít immediately recognize the player on the near court, but it just took one vocalisation on one point and I knew it was Viktoria Azarenka. She finished up shortly thereafter, and my wife and daughter got their hats signed on her way out.

    Viktoria Azarenka


    Back at the grandstand, Sania Mirza was playing Canadian wild-card entry tournament winner ...
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  5. Qualifying Day at the Rogers Cup, 2009 Part I

    I went to the Rogers Cup qualifying with my family this past Saturday. It was fairly warm and mostly sunny--in fact, this is quite possibly the first nice (that is, not rainy and/or cool) weekend in Toronto this summer. Hereís a not too brief rundown of who/what we saw.

    They actually started playing qualifying matches at 10:00, but we didn't get there until just before noon. The first match on the main stadium was between Canadian Rebecca Marino and German Kristina Barrois. Barrois ...
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