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alwayshingis
Nov 11th, 2004, 06:58 PM
So last night I arrived in time to see the beginning of Kuznetsova/Zvonareva. Me and about 10 other people, and needless to say, I was incredibly disappointed. However as the match continued and Vera continued to look more and more teary, the crowds starting truly streaming in. They were almost all Serena fans, but what would I have expected. And I realized, once Serena's match started that there was a fairly sizeable crowd and it just kept getting bigger. As usual with LA tennis, I was at first put off by people's lack of knowledge: "Venus plays later on right?". However, I quickly forgot about all this because, as the match enetered as third set (which it by no means should have as Nastya self destructed at 6-4 3-0) people began getting truly into the match. And, I have to say, if you get a crowd that gives a standing ovation to a drop shot, it cannot be a bad crowd. This was my high point with the crowd. However, they ALL left before Lindsay's match. I blame this entirely on the tournament organizers. You cannot have a match that begins after 10:30 local time on a weeknight and expect many people to stick around...and remember, LA sports fans never stay for anything. Though I have to say they didn't miss much except for the 18,000 deuce game at 6-0 4-1. So please, don't blame the LA fans, when their girl is playing, they are as great as any other fans in the world.

tobi
Nov 11th, 2004, 07:08 PM
Yes,i cant know the crowd,i watched from tv.i think they looked great at match between S.Williams-Myskina...The arena is very big thats for sure...
But match times are terrible for me i woke up 03.20 and i missed the Davenport-Dementieva match,i had to go early in the morning.
But thats also not a good idea to bring a match time around 22.00 local time to that kind of crowd...

CooCooCachoo
Nov 11th, 2004, 07:56 PM
:smash:

It shouldn't be in LA :(

Kelly
Nov 11th, 2004, 08:02 PM
well lindsay is an LA girl....they could have supported her. im in the uk..i finished work at 10.30pm....tenis started at 2.30am......finished at 8am....and i watched it all...i would do pretty much anything to see it live but it just seems they dont give a damn...send it back to new york or move it around each year.....proberly be better to join it with the mens event

franny
Nov 12th, 2004, 06:42 AM
I think that tonight we will see whether the people leaving after Serena's match yesterday was a result of the time or the players. If the people from the Sharapova match today all left despite Serena playing next, then the organizers need to change the schedule. If the crowds stay, then it's obviously not about the timing, but instead just who is playing.

ics_seitan
Nov 13th, 2004, 02:26 AM
It was kinda sad that everyone left for Davenport's match, but it gave me a chance to see her and Dementieva close up... I moved up right behind Elena's coach.
Do you know the name of the WTA guy who got hit in the head with a ball during Davenport's match? I remember seeing him on the tennis channel but I don't remember what his job was in the WTA.

Kelly
Nov 13th, 2004, 12:17 PM
did he have ginger hair?? if so he does themedia stuff with the players...takes them to post match interviews...helps the media gain interviews and that

Tratree
Nov 13th, 2004, 06:02 PM
That would be Jim Fuhse most likely. Larry Scott is the CEO and he has dark thinning hair.

Experimentee
Nov 15th, 2004, 02:35 PM
Its the 8 best players in the world! They should be interested whether they are from LA or not. Its the YEC not the local Cali tournament :rolleyes:

sunblockisgreat
Nov 16th, 2004, 11:08 AM
It was kinda sad that everyone left for Davenport's match, but it gave me a chance to see her and Dementieva close up... I moved up right behind Elena's coach.
Do you know the name of the WTA guy who got hit in the head with a ball during Davenport's match? I remember seeing him on the tennis channel but I don't remember what his job was in the WTA.

hey i was RIGHT behind olga, i talked to her even. and my friend and i were laughing so hard about that dude. perhaps we were next to eachother man!

anyways, the tournament did a terrible job of letting fans know that there was a match after featuring davenport. i really think they should have had that announcer man (who wore the same black suit EVERY SINGLE DAY) be like "hey dude, #1 player in the world davenport is playing next. stay and give her a crowd to play for. see why she is awesome. shes from la too." but no. i think it might have shown that there was an upcoming match on the scoreboard or something overhead and thats pretty much it.

ics_seitan
Nov 17th, 2004, 02:07 AM
hey i was RIGHT behind olga, i talked to her even. and my friend and i were laughing so hard about that dude. perhaps we were next to eachother man!



were you the guy who asked olga about players having to buy their own plane tickets or something like that? if so, i think i was sitting 2 seats to your right. oh, and my boyfriend and i couldn't stop laughing about the guy (Jim Fuhse?) getting hit in the head either... he acted like it didn't even happen. every time i looked at him after that i'd start laughing again. poor guy...