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Brian Stewart
Sep 7th, 2002, 01:15 AM
This from someone who considers himself a tennis writer of some werth (get it? :))

"Though he only stands 6 feet, he plays smashmouth tennis, smacking everything with devil-may-care abandon. When he's on, you won't find a better shotmaker; when he's off, it ain't pretty. Flat forehands that appear springloaded either scream into the corners or into the stands. Backhands either lick the lines or the courtside placards. Gonzalez's game is high risk/high reward, and also highly entertaining."
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So, someone that swings away, and hits balls all over the place, (some of which may actually go in), is now "highly entertaining". I seem to recall this being considered just plain ugly by tennis cogniscenti not that long ago (with different "practitioners").

Crazy Canuck
Sep 7th, 2002, 01:33 AM
You are surprised? :o

Weevee
Sep 7th, 2002, 03:25 AM
Double standards lead to double trouble

Larrybid
Sep 7th, 2002, 06:55 AM
Originally posted by Brian Stewart

So, someone that swings away, and hits balls all over the place, (some of which may actually go in), is now "highly entertaining". I seem to recall this being considered just plain ugly by tennis cogniscenti not that long ago (with different "practitioners").

It is certainly true that some folks considered that "ugly" tennis. But I don't remeber Wertheim being one of them. I do recall plently of posters to this board, and many sending letters to his "Mailbag" column having that opinion, however.