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van£ss
Aug 25th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Here's the video of that well known Madrid hug :
http://img831.imageshack.us/i/madridilu.mp4/

Love the picture you posted Tracy :)Obviously yours too Sarah :p

I'm still annoyed that we didn't get to see the Portoroz Ceremony :(

redsonja
Aug 25th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Egads, the massive inappropriateness. :eek:

I miss it. :sobbing:

~Kiera~
Aug 25th, 2010, 06:33 PM
I'm still annoyed that we didn't get to see the Portoroz Ceremony :(

If only everyone else had stopped going on and on :sad:

I suppose we did at least get to see this (and Dinara wiping her cheek, like Marko had given her cooties :lol:)

http://tinypic.com/m/bfi4q8/3

van£ss
Aug 25th, 2010, 06:43 PM
Marko :haha: I thought he was gonna hug Zeljko :spit: Love also the hesitation from Dinara 'what do i do with him ?' but he decided for her :lol:

Portoroz was awesome ! :sobbing: Well the Final not really, i almost died during the match, we all did ! Zeljko looked sick too :lol:

~Kiera~
Aug 25th, 2010, 07:00 PM
Portoroz was awesome ! :sobbing: Well the Final not really, i almost died during the match, we all did ! Zeljko looked sick too :lol:

Poor Zeljko. She really nearly did give him that ulcer :p

van£ss
Aug 25th, 2010, 07:14 PM
Poor Zeljko. She really nearly did give him that ulcer :p

:boxing: Indeed ! :p

van£ss
Aug 25th, 2010, 09:52 PM
Old, but adorable :awww:


If there is a new pressure at work on Safina, it wasn't evident on Thursday. After her match she sat cross-legged, leaning against a wall outside the women's locker room. Safina had a phone in each hand and was actually working them both at the same time.

After her postmatch interview, she spotted her coach speaking with a reporter. Making the hush sign from behind, she gleefully snuck up on him, grabbed his shoulders and shrieked in his ear.

Krajan, who tried not to smile, shrugged, rolled his eyes and said, "So, as you can see, she's on a roll right now."

It took me forever to find that again but it was worth it :lol:
It was oh-so adorable indeed :awww:
I miss that Dinara :sad:

camilia
Aug 25th, 2010, 09:57 PM
It took me forever to find that again but it was worth it :lol:
It was oh-so adorable indeed :awww:
I miss that Dinara :sad:

Those were the times :sad:

~Kiera~
Aug 25th, 2010, 10:50 PM
I love this pic because it's like Marat finally figured something out ;)

http://i38.tinypic.com/oivk20.jpg

PersephoneDisco
Aug 25th, 2010, 10:58 PM
:sad:

van£ss
Aug 25th, 2010, 11:08 PM
I love this pic because it's like Marat finally figured something out ;)

http://i38.tinypic.com/oivk20.jpg

:rolls: That's exactly what it looks like 'What's going on here :scratch:...:eek:' Some people are just not very good observators i guess :p

camilia
Aug 25th, 2010, 11:16 PM
I miss Marat! I miss Dinara's and Z's coaching time convos! :sad:

DS.Fan.
Aug 26th, 2010, 04:56 PM
thanks Sarah..Love this pic so much.they looks so happy at that time!!:sad:
she spotted her coach speaking with a reporter. Making the hush sign from behind, she gleefully snuck up on him, grabbed his shoulders and shrieked in his ear.

I remember it very wellll!!!!she did likes a kid!!:lol:

~Kiera~
Aug 29th, 2010, 02:03 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellyflopz/4936202309/

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4936202309_8194a2a6c1_z.jpg

After three hours of Dinara serving, hitting and running, Zeljko takes a breather.

:lol:

van£ss
Aug 29th, 2010, 02:30 PM
:spit: He often looked tired, the number of times he could yawn during a match was impressive sometimes :p
Not everyone has Dinara's stamina :shrug: :lol:

redsonja
Aug 29th, 2010, 02:35 PM
That he's sitting on her (pink, of course) mat is just the best. Like he's going to lay down and take a nap or something. :lol:

camilia
Aug 29th, 2010, 03:30 PM
That he's sitting on her (pink, of course) mat is just the best. Like he's going to lay down and take a nap or something. :lol:

To me it looks as if he's taking instruction from Dinara and about to do some sort of exercise :p

DS.Fan.
Aug 29th, 2010, 03:58 PM
:spit: He often looked tired, the number of times he could yawn during a match was impressive sometimes :p
Not everyone has Dinara's stamina :shrug: :lol:

this...totally agree!!!!I love this pic:kiss:

van£ss
Aug 29th, 2010, 10:54 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellyflopz/4936207769/in/photostream/

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/9831/iw09bis.png

Why are you drinking a sports drink, Zeljko?

The picture is priceless, and the caption ain't so bad either :lol:

cyannnnn
Aug 30th, 2010, 04:17 PM
I love this pic because it's like Marat finally figured something out ;)

http://i38.tinypic.com/oivk20.jpg

when was this pic taken???

~Kiera~
Aug 30th, 2010, 04:28 PM
when was this pic taken???

I think last year's US Open.

~Kiera~
Sep 4th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Interview in Gloria magazine

http://a.imageshack.us/img827/5193/gloria1.th.jpg (http://img827.imageshack.us/i/gloria1.jpg/) http://a.imageshack.us/img839/8157/gloria2.th.jpg (http://img839.imageshack.us/i/gloria2.jpg/) http://a.imageshack.us/img199/3272/gloria3.th.jpg (http://img199.imageshack.us/i/gloria3.jpg/)


And the old Nacional interview, since they've removed the other one I uploaded

http://a.imageshack.us/img80/6958/image1du.th.jpg (http://img80.imageshack.us/i/image1du.jpg/) http://a.imageshack.us/img842/8363/image23w.th.jpg (http://img842.imageshack.us/i/image23w.jpg/) http://a.imageshack.us/img175/6026/image4ac.th.jpg (http://img175.imageshack.us/i/image4ac.jpg/)http://a.imageshack.us/img295/5336/image5j.th.jpg (http://img295.imageshack.us/i/image5j.jpg/)http://a.imageshack.us/img214/8753/image6v.th.jpg (http://img214.imageshack.us/i/image6v.jpg/)


She looked so happy in Croatia. I really wish things had worked out for them and other people had kept their noses out of their relationship.
Perhaps then they would have been "together forever and ever" like Dinara hoped for :sad:

van£ss
Sep 4th, 2010, 02:28 PM
Thank you :)


She looked so happy in Croatia. I really wish things had worked out for them and other people had kept their noses out of their relationship.
Perhaps then they would have been "together forever and ever" like Dinara hoped for :sad:

"Forever and ever.........." :hysteric: Croatia looked good on her, that's for sure. Too bad that from the look of things, people voices resonate(d) more in her head than her own.

DS.Fan.
Sep 4th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Thank u sooo much!!!:D she was very happy and relaxed in Crotia.:awww: It's not a good decision to go back to tour so early.
"Forever and ever.........." :sobbing: Dina,u have already forgotten what u said?

Ashi
Sep 4th, 2010, 04:34 PM
She should know better than to say the words ' Forever and ever...' There's a kind of jinx to them.More chances of things turning out wrong.

osseous
Sep 4th, 2010, 07:53 PM
http://a.imageshack.us/img842/8363/image23w.th.jpg (http://img842.imageshack.us/i/image23w.jpg/)

She looks so happy in here. Good times, good times. :sad:

~Kiera~
Sep 4th, 2010, 09:00 PM
She should know better than to say the words ' Forever and ever...' There's a kind of jinx to them.More chances of things turning out wrong.

Well, she didn't actually say that until after they'd split :)

Ashi
Sep 5th, 2010, 07:58 AM
Well, she didn't actually say that until after they'd split :)
:confused:

~Kiera~
Sep 5th, 2010, 08:17 PM
:confused:

After they split, she wrote some stuff on her FB page. It doesn't seem like she was at all happy about it. I feel sad for her, because I'm certain she was (is?) in love with Zeljko. And if Zeljko was telling her "things that she liked to hear as a girl" it must have been reciprocated - at least on some level.

van£ss
Sep 5th, 2010, 08:31 PM
Those stuff she wrote on FB were heartbreaking, i feel truly bad for both of them. :sad:
I wish i didn't care or that i was oblivious so it would be "easier", but i do and i'm not.

Ashi
Sep 6th, 2010, 03:27 PM
I didn;t know about this! :eek:I thought she didn't talk at all on this matter.

van£ss
Sep 6th, 2010, 09:22 PM
To the press she surely never talks about it !

Can i say how glad i am for the people we talked about for the past two years in this thread and their success today ? i'm kind of :sad: that it did not happen with Dinara but what can i say, that's the situation as it is ! :shrug:

~Kiera~
Sep 6th, 2010, 10:02 PM
To the press she surely never talks about it !

Can i say how glad i am for the people we talked about for the past two years in this thread and their success today ? i'm kind of :sad: that it did not happen with Dinara but what can i say, that's the situation as it is ! :shrug:

Seconded. I wish they were both still with Dinara too, but it's nice to see them having some success with Domi. She looked so genuinely happy to have won today. It was a lovely end to the match.

van£ss
Sep 6th, 2010, 10:42 PM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2010-09-06/201009051283720038518.html

Her coach, Zelkjo Krajan, is doing much of the same intense work with her that he did when he took Dinara Safina to No. 1: making sure that she constantly hits the practice court with meaning and trusting in her offense.

It pays off again :)

redsonja
Sep 7th, 2010, 05:54 AM
Seconded. I wish they were both still with Dinara too, but it's nice to see them having some success with Domi. She looked so genuinely happy to have won today. It was a lovely end to the match.

She played great. I was a little worried for her when she didn't manage to serve it out, but whatever they're doing with her seems to be working. :yeah: Congratulations to all of them. That's some real versatility as a team, to be able to work with players as different as Dinara and Domi are.

~Kiera~
Sep 10th, 2010, 10:54 AM
http://sport.pravda.sk/je-tvrdohlava-hovori-o-cibulkovej-kouc-dy5-/sk_stenis.asp?c=A100910_025740_sk_stenis_p28

"It is stubborn" says the coach Cibulkova

Former world number one Dinara Safina it describes as an exceptional trainer who saved their tennis careers. Since June this year, Slovakia has coach Željko Krajan Dominika Cibulkova. "If he wants to go higher, the more you believe," he says of his zverenke 31-year-old Croat.

How do you evaluate Cibulkove performance at the U.S. Open?

QF is a good result, I am happy. On tour in America among us initially bound by communication, but we talk about it and especially since the tournament in New Have is no better.

What was the problem?

I can not help someone without that I know what he thinks and what he feels. In Dominika, I missed more feedback, feedback. But gradually it broke, it is open.

It is difficult to train? Accept everything you tell her?

It is stubborn. Tvrdohlavejšia much as I thought. Very much based on what is already taught tennis and how he plays. But if it wants to proceed, it must change some habits. And it is not easy. On the other hand, I understand that first I must wholly trust. I see great potential in it, but must find in themselves the will to change.

The U.S. tour is her first business failed. You are not from this nervous?

Absolutely not. Even record contributed to the more open and we started to communicate better together. I saw it, that makes progress, the game is improving. Then came the results.

What would you consider it naväčšiu tennis weapon?

Find out forehand.

The U.S. Open has received from the headset to your laptop. Whose idea was it, buy them?

My. I saw that these headphones are very like her so I surprised her. I believe that such things are able to cement our new team.

Since the beginning of cooperation with you when traveling and fitness coach Dejan Vojnovič. What is its position in the team?

Very important, otherwise it would not be here. While Dominika has constant fitness coach, played four-five games and have some problems appear. Player needs daily care, if it wants to move on.

When you take it, you are also asked to change their eating habits.

I did not order it any strict diet. I just want to stravovala as a professional tennis player. That's it.

Do you have a goal you want to achieve Cibulkova?

Of course, I have outlined it as soon as we started to cooperate. She also has it - and they are not identical. If he wants to push the Dominica, the more you believe, believe in their abilities.


Domi's comments on the headphones were totally cute.

http://sport.pravda.sk/stastna-cibulkova-konecne-sa-na-mna-usmialo-stastie-fhe-/sk_stenis.asp?c=A100907_102958_sk_stenis_p28

You mentioned that you want to reward the purchase of modern and fall. It is worth eight Grand Slam greater gift?

(Laughs) I also think. Vykukala I have a wonderful headset to the laptop. I wanted terribly. A win over Domínguez-Lino in the third round has surprised coaches and gave them to me at dinner. It was awesome. Even at that to see how well together based."

~Kiera~
Sep 10th, 2010, 10:24 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704644404575481571041895964.html

It's All About Pressure Points

As Gap Between the Elite Slims, Matches Come Down to a Handful of Moments

During a round of 16 men's match this week at the U.S. Open, American Sam Querrey outserved and outreturned his opponent, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka. Mr. Querrey hit more winners and committed fewer unforced errors, and he created nearly twice as many opportunities to break Mr. Wawrinka's serve.

But Mr. Querrey committed the cardinal sin in tennis today, a game where the level of competition is getting ever-tighter—he buckled during the few key points that determine most matches. He converted just three of 15 break-point chances during the more-than-four-hour marathon. On a key point toward the end of the match, Mr. Querrey rushed the net after his serve, which forced him to play the weakest part of his game—one reason why he hadn't done it all day.

"You have to understand," said Donald Dell, the former U.S. Davis Cup Captain and longtime agent, "not all points are created equal."

Caroline Wozniacki knows that. The top seed plays Friday in a women's semifinal match against Vera Zvonareva. Her straight-set win over Maria Sharapova in the round of 16 may have appeared dominant. But it really came down to her ability to save eight of the nine break-point chances. Had Ms. Sharapova won three more, she would have likely cruised to victory.

Pro tennis once attracted a huge variety of playing styles, equipment and athletic ability, and the top seeds usually cruised through to the later rounds without too much trouble.

Now, essentially everyone on the men's tour serves about 120 miles per hour, hits a huge forehand and prefers to stay back and battle from the baseline. Improved racket and string technology has made it easier for everyone to crush the ball and keep it on the court.

Likewise, miraculous, off-balance shots are easier to pull off, so decent pros can stay in points longer and the top players struggle to truly to dominate anyone. Even Santiago Giraldo, who is the 60th ranked player in the world, holds his serve 80% of the time.

"The 50th and the 100th-ranked player is so much better than he used to be," said Brad Gilbert, a top coach who played on the tour from 1982 to 1995. "These guys are bigger, they're stronger, they're faster."

Thus, the margins between players and the scores of matches are slimmer than ever. There were 20% more tiebreakers played in the Grand Slams of the 2000s than in the 1980s.

These days, even straight-set wins can last more than three hours, but outcomes are determined on the key, pressure-packed points that usually occur late in each set or the handful of break point opportunities that arise.

"It's the genius of the scoring system in tennis," said Patrick McEnroe, an ESPN analyst who this week said he was stepping down as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team. "The game isn't about winning every point but winning the important points."

Roger Federer has seemed largely mortal this year, and the reason may be as simple as his performance on break points. Coming into the U.S. Open he was converting just 39% of his chances, down from a high of 44% in 2005, according to ATPWorldtour.com.

Rafael Nadal, by contrast, converts 47%.

Examples of the even competition abound throughout the draw at this year's U.S. Open, making the tournament as much of psychological contest as a physical one. Gael Monfils of France had a straight-set win over his countryman Richard Gasquet. But Mr. Gasquet had set points in both the second and third sets. After Mr. Gasquet missed his first chances, Mr. Monfils said he knew the match was winnable.

"He showed me like he was, I won't say weak, but he was like, shaky," Mr. Monfils said after the match. "I could have got two sets down, for sure. But my mentality today was to push him hard in the head and hard physically."

Just a two-point swing (92-88) separated Dominika Cibulkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova in their fourth-round match.

"Basically it gets to one point, or maybe two over two or three hours," said Zeljko Krajan, Ms. Cibulkova's coach. "It's whether you do the right thing on those few points, that's it."

Similarly, the difference in Kim Clijsters's quarterfinal win over Samantha Stosur was a single break point in the first and third sets.

The great mystery, of course, is how to become good at winning important points. Coaches say part of it is simply practice. The more big points a player plays, the better he or she becomes at playing them, which gives the best players a clear advantage.

Dutch coach Aad Zwaan said the key is to teach players not to think, to ignore the scoreboard and to play each point individually according to a game plan. "The game today is too fast to think," Mr. Zwaan said. "You start thinking about the score and you play against yourself."

But Mr. McEnroe disagreed. The closeness of the modern game and the intricacy of the scoring system require players to keep the score in mind at all times, he said, and figure out how to win the points that matter the most. Mr. Nadal, for instance, who seems to win big points more often than anyone, goes on the attack with his lethal forehand.

"The more that's at stake, the more a better player will figure out a way to use his best option," Mr. McEnroe said. "This game penalizes players who don't have full confidence at crunch time."

van£ss
Sep 10th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Thanks !

The headphones story was nice indeed.

How nice to get interviews of Zeljko again :)

redsonja
Sep 11th, 2010, 04:50 AM
The headphones story is very cute, but if they were "surprised" when she beat LDL, they must have been shitting themselves when she beat Sveta. :lol:

(Shitting the pants, as it were.)

~Kiera~
Sep 11th, 2010, 10:16 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/sports/tennis/12videos.html

Video Clips on the Web for Scouting and Laughs

This is the era of the screen — touch, wide, flat, etc. — and tennis is not even close to immune.

The players’ lounge at the United States Open was brimming with technology last week. Among the screens in use at 3 p.m. Tuesday were 6 iPhones, 5 BlackBerrys, 24 laptop computers and 2 iPads. Most were being used for Facebook, e-mail and Skype, others for watching movies and some for watching tennis video.

In a world of proliferating information, more tennis footage is available by the day on a Web site like YouTube. Players, particularly younger players, are taking advantage to scout opponents, study new technique and, of course, have a laugh.

“I do get a kick out of it,” the American Alexa Glatch said. “I’ll just go on YouTube browsing and stuff, tennis bloopers or whatever.”

Glatch and her coach, Ryan Segelke, also use YouTube for business, analyzing the style of her future opponents, which is something Andy Roddick and others will sometimes do when they draw an obscure, low-ranked player in a tournament.

“You can find full matches sometimes, but sometimes even clips and a few points here and there can tell a lot,” Glatch said. “You never had that kind of stuff before, but now it’s pretty cool to have access.”

Instructional videos have been part of the game for decades, and coaches (and parents) have long videotaped players to help them grasp and address their own technical weaknesses. But the abundance of free video clips has democratized the access to excellence.

Yulia Putintseva, an intense and promising 15-year-old Russian junior who is in the semifinals of the girls’ competition at the Open, has a slashing forehand that, despite being hit with her right hand, bears a strong resemblance to a forehand hit by a certain indefatigable Spanish champion.

That is no coincidence.

“I’m always going on YouTube and putting the Rafael Nadal shots on slow motion,” Putintseva said. “That’s exactly what I’m copying. I’m always in the practice trying to do the same thing, working on it and on my wrist to make it stronger like Nadal.”

Ben Wagland, a 17-year-old from Sydney, Australia, who played in the boys’ tournament, also studies Nadal. (Wagland is left-handed.)

“Everyone looks at their favorite players on YouTube and tries to copy their technique to get a better sense of how the game is changing and make yourself a better player,” Wagland said. “I like the way Rafa plays. His swing is fast, and I try to copy that.”

Nadal footage is in demand not only among players. Agents interested in signing young, sometimes very young players also make use of it. Lawrence Frankopan, the president of Lagardère Unlimited in Britain, uses Nadal as a measuring stick.

“You see an 11-year-old kid, and it’s only natural to say, ‘Let’s put Rafa Nadal in at 11 to see what he was doing at this age, and how he was playing,’ ” Frankopan said. “So you go online and type in Rafa Nadal, 11 years old and boom! So then I look at my 11-year-old and go, ‘Hmmmm.’ ”

An early video of Nadal dates to July 12, 1998, when he was 12 and playing in a tournament in Barcelona, Spain, not yet picking at his shorts before serves and already running around his backhand and giving polite television interviews. It has been viewed more than 700,000 times.

“There’s not huge amounts of early stuff out there, but there’s enough to get an idea,” Frankopan said.

Search a bit more and you can find footage of Novak Djokovic, ballcap askew, grunting as he whacks serves and overheads at age 7 on a court in Serbia.

One suspects that the rising generation of players will be even better documented, and there are videos of, for example, some of Putintseva’s junior matches on YouTube.

Frankopan said parents and others sometimes e-mailed links to video of a young prospect.

“But normally what happens in our industry is we have this network of coaches and so on that tells you that you should look out for this guy or this guy,” he said. “And the first thing I would do is Google and find the results and see if there is any YouTube footage.”

Glatch, a 21-year-old Californian ranked No. 369 after being as high as No. 102 last year, sometimes uses YouTube to watch herself play, and she is hardly alone. During the Open, Michael Llodra, the flashy French player with the large personality, was asked if he had seen Roger Federer’s no-look between-the-legs winner against Brian Dabul.

“Amazing,” Llodra said. “But for what it’s worth, I did one like that, too, against Tommy Haas at Indian Wells, and I invite you to watch it on the Web, because it’s there.”

Indeed it is. The year was 2007, and Llodra scrambled just about as deep in the court and passed Haas at the net with a tweener, although Federer’s shot was more unusual because he passed Dabul when Dabul was still on the baseline.

More tennis exotica is available for viewing, including Jeff Tarango’s Wimbledon walk-off in 1995; a mind-bending 45-stroke, 62-second rally between Federer and Lleyton Hewitt at Indian Wells, Calif.; a leaping overhead winner that Federer hit off an Andy Roddick overhead in Basel, Switzerland, Federer’s hometown; a serve that Roddick embedded in a clay court (staged for a commercial).

The tennis fan is well served by this, no longer obliged to satisfy nostalgic urges by relying on mail-order DVDs or Wimbledon match footage during rain delays (which, by the way, is no longer an option with the retractable roof over Centre Court).

If you want to know how agile Bjorn Borg really was in 1973 at age 17, a click or two brings him in view. The same goes for Rod Laver playing Ken Rosewall in Sydney in 1970. Or Maureen Connolly and Doris Hart in the 1953 Wimbledon final.

“I went back the other day and looked at Goran videos,” said Zeljko Krajan, the Croatian coach, speaking of his compatriot Goran Ivanisevic. “It wasn’t so much for the tennis, but I wanted to see all the funny things he used to say.”

redsonja
Sep 11th, 2010, 11:07 PM
It's funny, I often do the same thing with Zeljko Krajan videos. Not so much for the tennis, just to see all the funny things he used to say. :lol:

van£ss
Sep 11th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Only Goran's videos ? :p

YouTube is an amazing place, too bad they deleted your videos one by one Sarah :lol:

~Kiera~
Sep 12th, 2010, 12:26 AM
YouTube is an amazing place, too bad they deleted your videos one by one Sarah :lol:

I'm still kinda gutted about that :sobbing: I had like 50 videos on there and I only actually had the Dinara/Zeljko stuff saved on my PC.

van£ss
Sep 16th, 2010, 08:05 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/16092010/58/open-mouratoglou-clijsters-best-bad-bunch.html

Other players had convincing performances, among them former stars Ana Ivanovic and Dominika Cibulkova.

Cibulkova achieved a great US Open result after struggling for months. The former world number 13 is still very young and could have a bright future. Her footwork is amazing and should help her climb the rankings again, especially now that she's helped by Zeljko Krajan, former coach of Dinara Safina.

DS.Fan.
Sep 19th, 2010, 08:52 AM
http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/opencourt/archive/2010/09/08/a-coach-s-work-is-never-done.aspx
A coach's work is never done
If it doesn't seem as though coaches earn their money sometimes (especially because they're not technically allowed to coach during matches, with a few exceptions), their stomachs probably would tell you differently.
Here's Dominika Cibulkova's coach, Zeljko Krajan (former coach of Dinara Safina), earlier in the tournament.

That's fellow Slovak Dominik Hrbaty in the red striped shirt, watching Cibulkova's match. We're not sure what his function was; the 32-year-old hasn't played since losing in the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon (the last of seven consecutive first-round losses). So perhaps he has retired.

We tried to catch Krajan coaching, but he really wasn't doing all that much.

And below is the venerable Tony Roche, watching his charge, the challenging Sophie Ferguson.

The girl has a one-handed backhand which, for a player her age (23), and a non-European at that (she's Australian), is a feat in itself.

She just appears not to be consistent enough, and gives up a little easily.
the pics of Z are so funny as usual!!!!!!!!:worship::lol:

van£ss
Sep 19th, 2010, 12:27 PM
It's always quite humorous to see Zeljko during a match especially with Dejan sitting next to him whom is always calm :lol:

DS.Fan.
Sep 19th, 2010, 02:26 PM
from domi's interview
Helped you overcome bad period recognized Croatian coach Željko homeboy?

Definitely yes, because we have found themselves on the path, which is only now confirmed for the U.S. Open. These results are broken the ice. I need a coach who I believe, that I doubted themselves.

This is your first foreign coach, if we do not count Bulanta Jaroslav Cech. What is another compatriot as the rest of our coaches?
Every coach has their own methods. It is true that a strict coach and compatriot uncommon, but found a way to me. It takes me like a toy, which has a chance to be among the best, and it is important to me.

DS.Fan.
Sep 21st, 2010, 01:39 PM
We can see Z's page on FB now.and his state is Miss u:unsure:(it means Dinara??:p)
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001224079500&v=wall&ref=ts

I still don't understand why she doesn't understand that Gaston will not help her!and Marat?tell the truth,i cant see it will work!she's desperately looking for a solution but can't seem to be willing to acknowledge that only one person can help her, at least in my opinion. She was happy on and off court with Z and had huge success.I still remember her real happy smile clearly! I don't think she is happy right now! it's not sincere now, she's trying to look like she is though. how could she leave the person that she said before she thanked god she had the chance to meet him??it's so sad and weird they looks like strangers!it's precious that u can meet such a person in ur life!

van£ss
Sep 21st, 2010, 01:55 PM
Agreed. Really, i can't say much more than that. ;)

We can see Z's page on FB now.and his state is Miss u:unsure:(it means Dinara??:p)
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001224079500&v=wall&ref=ts

Who else would that be for ? To miss someone you got to be away from that person, so unless he has someone else he wasn't with during his time off, it's Dinara. At least i think so, my logic rarely failed me before :p

redsonja
Sep 21st, 2010, 03:48 PM
Well. If, in some parallel universe, it's about Dinara, he should take that "In a Relationship" status down. Because either he's not (because he's too busy pining after Dinara), or he is and he shouldn't be (because he's too busy pining after Dinara :p).

But overall... :shrug: As if he doesn't know a zillion other people he could be missing. :lol:

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 05:56 PM
Today some Dinafans went to the China Open.they wanted to see Dina.it's a pity they didnt meet her on practise court!But they saw domi and Z twice!first time domi practised with Sveta and 2nd time she practised with Li Na!when he was autographing for them,they asked him when will u go back to Dina!Z looked got upset :lol:and that time domi was next to Z.so u can imagine it's a bit awkward :P
And!the fan told me they notice Z has a Chinese letter of Di and Number13 on his arms!!!:eek::eek: Di-na-ra in Chinese is 迪-娜-拉.Z made that tattoo of ”迪“on the right arm.and Number 13 on his left arm.I remember 13 has connection with Dina too cos she had a barcelet with 13 last year.and she was #13 seed in Berlin and FO08.so It's so obvious Z loves her if the tattooes mean her!:sad:
They took some pics of Z.but the it's a bit diffult to take the 迪 cos the sleeves always covered it so couldnt take it clearly!I'll post some pics here!:D

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:00 PM
this one is too huge so just show the link!http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/2796/img2173c.jpg

U can see the number13 on the left arm.it's a new tattoo:p

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:05 PM
http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/336/httpimgloadl.jpg

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2686/32223.jpg

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:07 PM
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/6484/httpimgloadcaciuj3m.jpg

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/686/httpimgloadcamkpjir.jpg

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:12 PM
http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/2670/httpimgloadcaog55w1.jpg

http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7019/httpimgloadcaoqc3lh.jpg

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:14 PM
http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/127/httpimgloadcatdrhu9.jpg

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/6919/httpimgloadcawch0hc.jpg

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:21 PM
http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/4118/httpimgloadcawn76m2.jpg

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/3858/httpimgloadcayg7sgs.jpg

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:25 PM
http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/4176/rrrs.jpg

http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/6647/99425643.jpg

DS.Fan.
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:28 PM
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/3719/3333av.jpg

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/4969/httpimgloadca4sae29.jpg

~Kiera~
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:40 PM
Thank you, Tracy :)

And!the fan told me they notice Z has a Chinese letter of Di and Number13 on his arms!!!:eek::eek: Di-na-ra in Chinese is 迪娜拉.Z made that tattoo of ”迪“on the right arm.and Number 13 on his left arm.

What?!!!!!!! :eek: :speakles:

~Kiera~
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:44 PM
Wait, does he have three new tattoos? I can see something on the inside of his right bicep:

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/2796/img2173c.jpg

redsonja
Oct 2nd, 2010, 06:49 PM
A. Ummm... why is he back in his Adidas stuff? Domi just made the QFs at USO, surely Lacoste didn't decide to promote her less. :confused: :shrug:
B. Ummm... I'm not going to pretend to know the whole story, but surely getting tattoos associated with your ex is... well, you're kind of stuck with those things, no? :eek:

osseous
Oct 2nd, 2010, 11:53 PM
this one is too huge so just show the link!http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/2796/img2173c.jpg

U can see the number13 on the left arm.it's a new tattoo:p

WOAH! As in, REALLY? :eek:

Thank you for the photos Tracy! :)

Nena_xxx
Oct 3rd, 2010, 12:40 PM
:worship: to Zeljko and incredible fans who asked him all these stuffs... :lol:

van£ss
Oct 3rd, 2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks Tracy (and your friends) for the pictures :)

As for the tattoos :bolt: I did not see this one coming :eek:
The one on the inside of his right bicep looks very nice :awww:
If he wants to get ride of those though it's easy nowadays with the laser tattoo removal thing :shrug:

So, when will Dinara get herself one too ? :lol:

Ashi
Oct 3rd, 2010, 02:04 PM
:worship: to Zeljko and incredible fans who asked him all these stuffs... :lol:
It was a tad insensitive IMO especially because Domi was there too.:o

tejmeglekvár
Oct 4th, 2010, 03:12 PM
i knew i should not open this thread... :tape:

DS.Fan.
Oct 5th, 2010, 05:18 PM
2 new pics from today!:D

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/8531/img3014f.jpg

U can see clealy the tattoos of Chinese Di and the nr13!:D

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/9665/img3012tm.jpg

~Kiera~
Oct 5th, 2010, 07:04 PM
Thanks Tracy :)

I hope for Zeljko's sake she appreciates his efforts :p

van£ss
Oct 6th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Thank you T !

I hope for Zeljko's sake she appreciates his efforts :p

I wish ! ;)

Depor
Oct 17th, 2010, 06:30 AM
Can somebody tell me what the date 28/7/2010 (whit the legend 'Everything comes to an end')and 27/8/2008 means to Zeliko? he's been posting it over his FB page.
He seems to be very down about something, and people are consoling him...

I'm translating very interesting things (omg!!) - google translator rocks (for this case)

DS.Fan.
Oct 17th, 2010, 08:37 AM
Can somebody tell me what the date 28/7/2010 (whit the legend 'Everything comes to an end')and 27/8/2008 means to Zeliko? he's been posting it over his FB page.
He seems to be very down about something, and people are consoling him...

I'm translating very interesting things (omg!!) - google translator rocks (for this case)
sorry,we cant know what happened.28/7/2010 is the date Z was in stanford:)

Ashi
Oct 17th, 2010, 08:40 AM
Can somebody tell me what the date 28/7/2010 (whit the legend 'Everything comes to an end')and 27/8/2008 means to Zeliko? he's been posting it over his FB page.
He seems to be very down about something, and people are consoling him...

I'm translating very interesting things (omg!!) - google translator rocks (for this case)
27/8/2008 im guessing she was playing the USO. We can only speculate about their personal lives. Anyway the chapter has been closed from both sides.

van£ss
Oct 17th, 2010, 08:52 AM
27/8/2008 im guessing she was playing the USO. We can only speculate about their personal lives. Anyway the chapter has been closed from both sides.

:lol: Professionally it is indeed true, although the rest we can't possibly know whether the "chapter" has been closed from both sides or not. That's a speculation too ;)

DS.Fan.
Oct 17th, 2010, 09:47 AM
:lol: Professionally it is indeed true, although the rest we can't possibly know whether the "chapter" has been closed from both sides or not. That's a speculation too ;)

:sobbing:pls I hope the "chapter" will not close!

Ashi
Oct 17th, 2010, 12:52 PM
:lol: Professionally it is indeed true, although the rest we can't possibly know whether the "chapter" has been closed from both sides or not. That's a speculation too ;)
Obviously i meant that the chapter is closed professionally:rolleyes:.
Rest is speculation and then more speculation. :help: And the cycle starts over, Tattoos, Status updates, disgruntled interviews in the media.:tape:.....

van£ss
Oct 17th, 2010, 01:39 PM
Obviously i meant that the chapter is closed professionally:rolleyes:.
Rest is speculation and then more speculation. :help: And the cycle starts over, Tattoos, Status updates, disgruntled interviews in the media.:tape:.....

You know how it goes in this thread, if it bothers you then that's too bad i guess. :shrug: :lol:

Ashi
Oct 17th, 2010, 02:45 PM
You know how it goes in this thread, if it bothers you then that's too bad i guess. :shrug: :lol:
:lol::lol::lol:

Why would it bother me? It's only my opinion.

Their supposed relationship or lack thereoff certainly bother's you no end.;)

You chose to first misinterpret oops quote my post, not vice versa. :shrug:

van£ss
Oct 17th, 2010, 05:36 PM
:lol::lol::lol:

Why would it bother me? It's only my opinion.

Their supposed relationship or lack thereoff certainly bother's you no end.;)

You choose to first misinterpret oops quote my post, not vice versa. :shrug:

Because it's not the first time you share your opinion so i started thinking it was an issue for you, as simple as that :p

The fact that they're not working together anymore, does bother me, that's not new. As for the rest, since i'm just guessing it doesn't matter much.

Yes i first misinterpreted/quoted you, now that's a fact. :lol:

To be back on topic since i forgot Depor, the date in 2008 was the day Dinara played against Vinci if i remember correctly.

Ashi
Oct 17th, 2010, 06:47 PM
Because it's not the first time you share your opinion so i started thinking it was an issue for you, as simple as that :p
Well this forum IS for sharing our opinions.:shrug:;)
For anyone to be a fan of dinara, they really have some issues.:lol: All these are to do with dinara herself, least of all Z, atleast for me.

van£ss
Oct 17th, 2010, 07:16 PM
Well this forum IS for sharing our opinions.:shrug:;)
For anyone to be a fan of dinara, they really have some issues.:lol: All these are to do with dinara herself, least of all Z, atleast for me.

I don't disagree with that at all :)
Insanity is a quality required to support Dinara that's for sure :lol:

~Kiera~
Nov 24th, 2010, 01:20 PM
http://i52.tinypic.com/107p9ap.jpg

van£ss
Nov 24th, 2010, 01:31 PM
:lol: I have to thank you for sharing this :p

redsonja
Nov 24th, 2010, 02:44 PM
His hair is poofy! :lol:

He's not the shortest person in the picture! :lol:

PersephoneDisco
Nov 24th, 2010, 07:22 PM
:haha: This photo looks incredibly old when it reality it's only like 20 years or so old :P

Depor
Nov 26th, 2010, 04:47 AM
think he may have 17 yo, he looks like a teenager in that pic

Aleksandrina
Jan 11th, 2011, 04:19 AM
Domi d. Caro 6-3, 6-3

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1171/25266891.jpg

redsonja
Jan 11th, 2011, 05:52 AM
Zac's looking rough again. Take a nap, dude.

van£ss
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:05 AM
:awww: Zeljko !
Congrats to Domi, Dejan and Zeljko for the win over Woz-Woz ! :worship:

van£ss
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:43 AM
Q. Do you regret the split up with your former coach? New one, you didn't really make a big result.

DINARA SAFINA: Well, I was injured also. Well, we split up. We split up. You don't get back the time. I know now he's working with other player. They're doing good. I'm really happy for them. I have my way now. They have their way.

Just thought this part of her Press Conference should be posted here also :p

redsonja
Jan 18th, 2011, 10:57 AM
The more I see of her game now, the more I think the thread title is also applicable to her current team. Because if they think what they're doing is going to end up working out for her in the end... they're crazy. :p

van£ss
Jan 18th, 2011, 12:20 PM
:spit: that's true, there's clearly something not right with them :p

DS.Fan.
Jan 18th, 2011, 02:24 PM
I will be :eek::eek::fiery::fiery::rolleyes::rolleyes::help: :help:if I still see her TEAM with her next time!!!!I have a strong feeling I want to kill them!!!!:mad:
well,when Gumy recommended Gaston to Dinara,she was still Top5 in the world!but during such a short time(about half an year include the holiday)she is 100+ now!!Everything is so weak..it's hard to lose ur power..but how she is now?Everything sucks!!!!Did u read her interview?what she said made me cry!!!she said I didnt know how to do!so many simliar words like that!GOD,I have been a DSfan for a long time,I never read she is so helpless like now.of course her game too.Really baddddd!!!!If i were her coach,I would leave on my own cos I ruined a good player's career.I did a bad job as a coach!It's shamful to go on working with this player and get money from her!!
Dinara needs the right people,right team around her!!Not these guys from Argentina!:rolleyes:(btw,Gulbis lost too today:rolleyes:)It's the precondition to solve the problems!!the most important thing otherwise no matter what she will do,it's useless!:(

Aleksandrina
Feb 3rd, 2011, 01:48 PM
Happy Birthday, Željko!

redsonja
Feb 3rd, 2011, 01:53 PM
I hope Domi got him something good. I remember during Hopman Cup a couple of years ago it was Dominik Hrbaty's birthday and she got him (if I'm remembering right) a little statue of a stripper on a pole. :lol:

DS.Fan.
Feb 3rd, 2011, 02:34 PM
Happy Birthday Zeljko:aparty::aparty: Best wishes to u!:D