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JackWalker
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:19 AM
Can't this woman do anything but complain about the game. Thank God she's done after this tournament.

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Martina Navratilova criticised the tennis establishment on Saturday for not having enough regulations to deal with the size and strings of rackets.

"It takes less skill to hit great shots or to hit powerful shots because you just bang away," Navratilova told a news conference at the U.S. Open. "Tennis used to be more like squash, now it's more like

"Hit the ball as hard as you can, it will still go in."

The 49-year-old Navratilova, who won 18 grand slam singles titles during her illustrious career, is playing women's and mixed doubles at the Open in her final tournament.

She said the new rackets are too good for the game and have essentially eliminated the need to volley, changing the way both singles and doubles are played.

"You can be a great volleyer and still not be able to win on a slower court against great baseliners," she said.

"Two people on the baseline, two people at the net, you should win every time. It does not happen. The rackets help the groundstrokes so much more than they help the volley."

Navratilova said "the powers that be aren't regulating" tennis enough.

"I'm disappointed that the racket manufacturers are dictating what kind of tennis we're watching," she said.

"They're saying, 'Oh, this is the rackets we need to be playing with.'"

She praised the strict rules dictated by the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

"If golf regulated their game the same way tennis regulated our game, they'd be hitting 400 yard drives, hooking it left and right, any which way they want to, or keeping the ball straight even though you have a hook swing but the ball still goes straight."

Navratilova has reached the second round of both doubles events in the swan song of her career. She suggested racket heads should be smaller and there needs to be "some kind of restriction on the strings."

"I am disappointed with the direction the game is going, period," she said, noting that even world number one Roger Federer has essentially given up on serve-and-volley tennis.

"I'm the greatest volleyer that's ever played, and I would have a hard time serve-volleying in today's game, so something is wrong.

"The courts are too slow, the rackets are too powerful, so you're going to see much more one dimensional tennis. It takes a genius to play really well at the net.

"Even Federer, he used to serve and volley. Now he's staying back more because it's safer."

IceHock
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:23 AM
Think about the future though,do fans just want to see one type of player??I know I don't.Just slugging away players will be boring their needs to be variety,and eveyone now adays wants to be a hardhitter.

Paneru
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:30 AM
Think about the future though,do fans just want to see one type of player??I know I don't.Just slugging away players will be boring their needs to be variety,and eveyone now adays wants to be a hardhitter.

It's called a trend and they come and go!
Sure, it's nice to have variety but things come and go
in their own time. However, i don't see the power game
for the women going anywhere anytime soon.

And besides this,
Martina is always bitching which
is the plain and simple underlying thing here.

This woman loves to talk and will talk to anyone
that wants to listen to her.

And some here have the nerve to wonder
why so many others see her as nothing more in
these instances but a bitter old woman envious of
today's players and all they have open to them.

GrandSlam05
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:32 AM
Lol I don't think she's envious of today's players. None of these young mindless ball bashers are enough to make a pimple on her ass. She's just giving her opinion, which she has every right to. She's just making a general statement it's not like she's picking on anyone.

IceHock
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:33 AM
It's called a trend and they come and go!
Sure, it's nice to have variety but things come and go
in their own time. However, i don't see the power game
for the women going anywhere anytime soon.

And besides this,
Martina is always bitching which
is the plain and simple underlying thing here.

This woman loves to talk and will talk to anyone
that wants to listen to here.

And some here have the nerve to wonder
why so many others see her as nothing more in
these instances but a bitter old woman envious of
today's players and all they have open to them.


I highly doubt that bud,someone who has the most grand slams is not envious of players today who have few or no slams.The bottom line is Martina is a great and people respect what she has to say,she is a champion and therefore will always have my respect.I highly doubt it is a trend by the way,power is taking over the game and in 10 to 20 years you will see nothing but power and bashing.

mboyle
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:33 AM
She's right. Racket size should be capped at 100 square inches and everyone should use the same strings.

Paneru
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:37 AM
I highly doubt that bud,someone who has the most grand slams is not envious of players today who have few or no slams.The bottom line is Martina is a great and people respect what she has to say,she is a champion and therefore will always have my respect.I highly doubt it is a trend by the way,power is taking over the game and in 10 to 20 years you will see nothing but power and bashing.

:lol:

Then why does she always feel the need to bitch?

Not a year goes by that we don't see or hear
something from her that is either bitching about
the game today, a certain player, or her not being
gioven what she feels she deserves.

Respect her? Yet it's fine for her to
swipe at these players in general?

Yes, it's her opinion to which she is entitled.
And it is also the opinion of many that she loves
the attention and to bitch which naturally may lead
one to believe she's bitter about something. :cool:

supergrunt
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:38 AM
I don't think the racquet has anything to do with the skill of the player so why should the racquet size be reduced. I feel the same about strings. Whoever thinks that someone playing with a racquet with a bigger head has an unfair adavntage is :weirdo: .

Paneru
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:39 AM
She's right. Racket size should be capped at 100 square inches and everyone should use the same strings.

You can't even get the entire US Open Series to use the same type balls
for either respective tour that they use at the US Open, right? :lol:

IceHock
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:40 AM
:lol:

They why does she always feel the need to bitch?

Not a year goes by that we don't see or hear
something from here that is either bitching about
the game today, a certain player, or her not being
gioven what she feels she deserves.

Respect her? Yet it's fine for her to
swipe at these players in general?

Yes, it's her opinion to which she is entitled.
And it is also the opinion of many that she loves
the attention and to bitch which naturally may lead
one to believe she's bitter about something. :cool:



I'm not gunna say much cause you obviously don't like her as you use the word bitch every other word.How is she swiping at players???It's not like she's calling any of them out she's calling the TOUR out,and what needs to be fixed.

SelesFan70
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:40 AM
She's right. Racket size should be capped at 100 square inches and everyone should use the same strings.

And play right-handed, and use the same colored racket... :rolleyes:

Paneru
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:41 AM
I don't think the racquet has anything to do with the skill of the player so why should the racquet size be reduced. I feel the same about strings. Whoever thinks that someone playing with a racquet with a bigger head has an unfair adavntage is :weirdo: .

Thank you!

Things change from era to era!
So naturally things would change
from Martina's time to the present.

What is the mystery? :lol:

selesfan
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:42 AM
Can't this woman do anything but complain about the game. Thank God she's done after this tournament.

NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Martina Navratilova criticised the tennis establishment on Saturday for not having enough regulations to deal with the size and strings of rackets.

"It takes less skill to hit great shots or to hit powerful shots because you just bang away," Navratilova told a news conference at the U.S. Open. "Tennis used to be more like squash, now it's more like

"Hit the ball as hard as you can, it will still go in."

The 49-year-old Navratilova, who won 18 grand slam singles titles during her illustrious career, is playing women's and mixed doubles at the Open in her final tournament.

She said the new rackets are too good for the game and have essentially eliminated the need to volley, changing the way both singles and doubles are played.

"You can be a great volleyer and still not be able to win on a slower court against great baseliners," she said.

"Two people on the baseline, two people at the net, you should win every time. It does not happen. The rackets help the groundstrokes so much more than they help the volley."

Navratilova said "the powers that be aren't regulating" tennis enough.

"I'm disappointed that the racket manufacturers are dictating what kind of tennis we're watching," she said.

"They're saying, 'Oh, this is the rackets we need to be playing with.'"

She praised the strict rules dictated by the Professional Golf Association (PGA).

"If golf regulated their game the same way tennis regulated our game, they'd be hitting 400 yard drives, hooking it left and right, any which way they want to, or keeping the ball straight even though you have a hook swing but the ball still goes straight."

Navratilova has reached the second round of both doubles events in the swan song of her career. She suggested racket heads should be smaller and there needs to be "some kind of restriction on the strings."

"I am disappointed with the direction the game is going, period," she said, noting that even world number one Roger Federer has essentially given up on serve-and-volley tennis.

"I'm the greatest volleyer that's ever played, and I would have a hard time serve-volleying in today's game, so something is wrong.

"The courts are too slow, the rackets are too powerful, so you're going to see much more one dimensional tennis. It takes a genius to play really well at the net.

"Even Federer, he used to serve and volley. Now he's staying back more because it's safer."



Retire already:rolleyes:

Paneru
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:43 AM
I'm not gunna say much cause you obviously don't like her as you use the word bitch every other word.How is she swiping at players???It's not like she's calling any of them out she's calling the TOUR out,and what needs to be fixed.

I can respect her game and what she has done as a tennis
player, but I simply am over her constant griping ;)
about this that and the other.

tennisrox
Sep 3rd, 2006, 04:44 AM
I completely agree with her.