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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #90 on: September 16, 2011, 11:03 PM »
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Just love those Stirling Uni guys, drunk and sober!

they're great at a distance. Sitting near them, when they hop up and down non-stop and are in your line of vision, can be a bit of a pain. However, on balance, would much rather they were there than not!
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #91 on: September 16, 2011, 11:10 PM »
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In all honesty I was dreading someone booing. Not a big fan of it but it's still our anthem.
I'm glad nobody did.  I used to hate it when rugby fans booed it at Murrayfield before Flower of Scotland took over.  Very disrespectful to a sovereign who, whether people like it or not, is still Queen of Scotland.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #92 on: September 16, 2011, 11:11 PM »
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they're great at a distance. Sitting near them, when they hop up and down non-stop and are in your line of vision, can be a bit of a pain. However, on balance, would much rather they were there than not!

I can't say I'd fancy sitting near them.  I was directly across from the umpire. I think they can be amusing and they do create a good atmosphere BUT the chant of 'You're not very good' to the guy playing Ward was out of line.  They were pointing right at him.  No need for that at all.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #93 on: September 16, 2011, 11:15 PM »
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I can't say I'd fancy sitting near them.  I was directly across from the umpire. I think they can be amusing and they do create a good atmosphere BUT the chant of 'You're not very good' to the guy playing Ward was out of line.  They were pointing right at him.  No need for that at all.

We were sat across the aisle from them- some were in the front row in front of us. No idea how they were still standing at the end! And agreed, that chant was way out of order. 
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #94 on: September 16, 2011, 11:19 PM »
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I'm glad nobody did.  I used to hate it when rugby fans booed it at Murrayfield before Flower of Scotland took over.  Very disrespectful to a sovereign who, whether people like it or not, is still Queen of Scotland.

Me too. I would never boo any anthem. Totally disrespectful and all it does is show a lack of class.  I can't say I'm a big fan of the Royal family, mainly because of their love of hunting.  I don't mind the Queen too much and I'll even admit it was nice to see her at Wimbledon.

I'm glad you've pointed out that she's also the Queen of Scotland.  So many people don't get that she is the British Monarch.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #95 on: September 16, 2011, 11:23 PM »
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Absolutely fantastic to see Andy in action tonight. He made hard work of it in the 3rd set though.
He started pushing, that was the problem.  But he may have been taken by surprise at the sudden and unexpectedly high quality of Kiss's game after the ease of the first two sets.  I think though that had it gone to a fourth he'd have had Kiss well sussed out.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #96 on: September 16, 2011, 11:26 PM »
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It was very, very hot in there- (much hotter than when they played there in July, when the air con was set at Arctic levels)- at one point the Ladies' loos nearest us resembled a Casualty Clearing station, with kiddies feeling unwell and older people too.Even the stewards were complaining of the heat. No idea if they can adjust it for the rest of the tie.
Interesting to hear that it's far hotter than in July. Think
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #97 on: September 16, 2011, 11:43 PM »
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He started pushing, that was the problem.  But he may have been taken by surprise at the sudden and unexpectedly high quality of Kiss's game after the ease of the first two sets.  I think though that had it gone to a fourth he'd have had Kiss well sussed out.

Yeah, no doubt.  I did think Kiss played well - better than I expected.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #98 on: September 17, 2011, 06:56 AM »
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that's me just home.  Was sat next to the Stirling Uni guys, and am in awe of the amount of beer they can put away!

Poor Wardy was going so well until his injury, then rushing off court to be sick. It was very, very hot in there- (much hotter than when they played there in July, when the air con was set at Arctic levels)- at one point the Ladies' loos nearest us resembled a Casualty Clearing station, with kiddies feeling unwell and older people too.Even the stewards were complaining of the heat. No idea if they can adjust it for the rest of the tie.

Kiss did so well. I had predicted a 50 minute set, and whilst I never felt the result was in doubt, he didn't disgrace himself. Murray was obviously tired, but the reception he got was fantastic, no matter how he played.

Back for doubles tomorrow. I think it worthwhile pointing out (I had to wait ages afterwards for my daughter) that Andy signed every single tennis ball, ticket, scrap of paper and flag shoved in front of him,mostly by kiddies, at the end.  I've been attending tennis matches for 40 years and have never seen that before. Impressive.

Thanks for sharing Toady.......It's really interesting to hear from people who were at the match! Gives us a better 'flavour' of the atmosphere! You can only get so much from a small screen!
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #99 on: September 17, 2011, 07:00 AM »
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Toady, thanx 4 your first hand account. Always good to have Smile
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #100 on: September 17, 2011, 09:23 AM »
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Thanks, everyone. Being a very newbie here, I wasn't sure how much "eye witness account" would be appropriate!

Having rehydrated (!) and slept on it, there were a couple of other things I didn't mention last  night.

Oliver Golding was presented to the crowd and interviewed before the Tie proper started, don't know if they showed that on the telly. He got a great reception. He spoke about how he had 'warmed the guys up' earlier, I thought  that was a nice touch by Leon Smith, to have the boys along.

James Ward, on reflection, really did well to win his match. The result looked in little doubt, although he looked a bit heavy legged, until he tweaked his ankle, then the cramping, then leaving the court (a friend texted me to say the commentators said he'd been sick....we had no idea what was going on). To come back after losing that 3rd set showed great determination; I wouldn't want to spectate after throwing up, let alone play. It was such a shame his opponent cramped up in the final game, took the satisfaction off the result a teeny bit.

Andy was tired, and probably jet lagged, and it showed by the 3rd set. Not that anyone would blame him for that, and the crowd got more Murray for their money, but it doesn't do the blood pressure any good!

I read somewhere last night that Andy says he is not sure if he is going to play reverse singles. I don't think anyone can blame him for that, but there will be a lot of disappointed children, I hope someone is able to explain to them his reasons for not playing (if that happens) rather than let them think he has let them down...! I realised this morning I have never seen so many kiddies at a tennis match before. Thinking cynically, that may be the 'free child ticket with each seat purchased' policy, but there were lots of kids there from tennis clubs, and the mum of two very small children sitting behind me said she hoped it didn't go on too late because she had to get hers to tennis lessons at 9am today (and of course the Dunblane Primary kids, for whose tickets the Murrays paid.) Here's hoping the LTA (in this case, Tennis Scotland) can build on this enthusiasm in an area where historically the only sport acceptable to kids has been football. Today, the seemingly inexhaustible Judy Murray (she was everywhere last night,providing the inbetween matches filler with some mini tennis kids and Fleming and Hutchins and even getting her pic taken with a Stirling Uni guy and his 'Judy is a babe' t shirt) is opening a renovated local court in Paisley, where for miles around, up till now only private clubs have had decent playing facilities. My 3 year old grandson demanded a 'tennis bat' after Wimbledon, so I bought him a plastic set, and he periodically runs around his house yelling he's 'playing at being Andy Murray', yet when we asked the Mini Tennis people on their stand at Braehead yesterday where the nearest mini tennis was held, they had no idea and suggested I contact Tennis Scotland.  I hope the LTA can build on this enthusiasm and make tennis here more accessible to kids.

Anyway, having ranted and bored you all to tears, need to start  organising for today. My daughter has been granted honorary Stirling Uni status- they are bringing her a tshirt today-even tho I moved seats to get away from them! We've got 3 day tickets but I have given my 3rd day ticket to the kind person who has been babysitting the grandson to let my daughter attend. Even tho it's raining, am going for the sub-tropical wardrobe; here's hoping that will fend off heat exhaustion long enough to see GB  win the tie and gain promotion!  yay yay

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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #101 on: September 17, 2011, 09:26 AM »
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Kiss has a great deal to be proud of.  True Andy went a bit mentally AWOL in the 3rd but Kiss played probably the best tennis of his life (don't they all when they've absolutely nothing to lose! Rolling Eyes)  I don't think Andy'll be too pleased with his own performance - but, for goodness sake, he only arrived back in the UK on Monday!  Jetlag could well have been a factor here.

Did you see that Rafa, presumably more tired than Andy and as jet-lagged, beat Gasquet in 3 easy sets with no mental lapses? This is what Andy is up against, a mental giant! Now Nole too behaves like that.
Andy was serving for the match and LOST his serve. Awful. He needs to address these lapses against lesser players, also needs to be more aggressive against lesser players, only then will it become second nature to him when he faces top 3.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #102 on: September 17, 2011, 09:36 AM »
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Thanks, everyone. Being a very newbie here, I wasn't sure how much "eye witness account" would be appropriate!

Having rehydrated (!) and slept on it, there were a couple of other things I didn't mention last  night.

Oliver Golding was presented to the crowd and interviewed before the Tie proper started, don't know if they showed that on the telly. He got a great reception. He spoke about how he had 'warmed the guys up' earlier, I thought  that was a nice touch by Leon Smith, to have the boys along.

James Ward, on reflection, really did well to win his match. The result looked in little doubt, although he looked a bit heavy legged, until he tweaked his ankle, then the cramping, then leaving the court (a friend texted me to say the commentators said he'd been sick....we had no idea what was going on). To come back after losing that 3rd set showed great determination; I wouldn't want to spectate after throwing up, let alone play. It was such a shame his opponent cramped up in the final game, took the satisfaction off the result a teeny bit.

Andy was tired, and probably jet lagged, and it showed by the 3rd set. Not that anyone would blame him for that, and the crowd got more Murray for their money, but it doesn't do the blood pressure any good!

I read somewhere last night that Andy says he is not sure if he is going to play reverse singles. I don't think anyone can blame him for that, but there will be a lot of disappointed children, I hope someone is able to explain to them his reasons for not playing (if that happens) rather than let them think he has let them down...! I realised this morning I have never seen so many kiddies at a tennis match before. Thinking cynically, that may be the 'free child ticket with each seat purchased' policy, but there were lots of kids there from tennis clubs, and the mum of two very small children sitting behind me said she hoped it didn't go on too late because she had to get hers to tennis lessons at 9am today (and of course the Dunblane Primary kids, for whose tickets the Murrays paid.) Here's hoping the LTA (in this case, Tennis Scotland) can build on this enthusiasm in an area where historically the only sport acceptable to kids has been football. Today, the seemingly inexhaustible Judy Murray (she was everywhere last night,providing the inbetween matches filler with some mini tennis kids and Fleming and Hutchins and even getting her pic taken with a Stirling Uni guy and his 'Judy is a babe' t shirt) is opening a renovated local court in Paisley, where for miles around, up till now only private clubs have had decent playing facilities. My 3 year old grandson demanded a 'tennis bat' after Wimbledon, so I bought him a plastic set, and he periodically runs around his house yelling he's 'playing at being Andy Murray', yet when we asked the Mini Tennis people on their stand at Braehead yesterday where the nearest mini tennis was held, they had no idea and suggested I contact Tennis Scotland.  I hope the LTA can build on this enthusiasm and make tennis here more accessible to kids.

Anyway, having ranted and bored you all to tears, need to start  organising for today. My daughter has been granted honorary Stirling Uni status- they are bringing her a tshirt today-even tho I moved seats to get away from them! We've got 3 day tickets but I have given my 3rd day ticket to the kind person who has been babysitting the grandson to let my daughter attend. Even tho it's raining, am going for the sub-tropical wardrobe; here's hoping that will fend off heat exhaustion long enough to see GB  win the tie and gain promotion!  yay yay



Always good to hear what it's like from those actually there Smile Yeah good to have the boys along, hopefully these junior British boys won't be let down by the system when they get out of juniors and disappear into the woodwork.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #103 on: September 17, 2011, 10:38 AM »
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Hey , just looking at the "current" results Argentina 2 up on Serbia  w00t

Seemingly, Djokovic was too tired to honour his commitment to the Serbian team.  Interestingly, he is the only one of the 4 semi-finalists at the A.O. not to.  I do find that quite surprising, especially as he has been saying all season that it was Serbia's DC win that sparked his individual success this year.
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Re: Davis Cup - GB v Hungary « Reply #104 on: September 17, 2011, 10:47 AM »
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if the Aussies (currently 2-1 up) can beat the Swiss (I know, big ask) doesn't that mean we would play the Swiss next year (assuming we win promotion)?
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