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Crubin
Feb 8th, 2004, 04:54 PM
I mean honestly, these players come to the tour to play singles, not doubles, right? I mean I think it would be kind of offensive or at least to me if I was called a double specialist when really my objective was to become a Singles Slam champ. I dunno but for me its kind of mean when they call Lisa a doubles specialist, I mean I KNOW she is but its not like she hasn't won stuff in singles....:shrug:

PointBlank
Feb 8th, 2004, 05:20 PM
Stubbs will go down as the doubles speicalist because her singles sucked :(

goldenlox
Feb 8th, 2004, 05:38 PM
A top doubles player makes hundreds of thousands a year. Every player outside the top 40 in singles should be playing doubles.

Jane
Feb 8th, 2004, 05:41 PM
Considering that 95% of the girls who start on the tour never become known at all to the majority of tennis fans, being recognized as a doubles specialist doesn't seem so bad.

Leo_DFP
Feb 8th, 2004, 05:42 PM
I don't think so. Some players actually favor doubles and find it to be more important than singles.

Crubin
Feb 8th, 2004, 05:42 PM
I guess...but it still would feel odd for me if I was recognized for 'my wonderful achievements in doubles' :rolleyes: :(

ToeTag
Feb 8th, 2004, 05:50 PM
:) Hey, if I could be a successful doubles player, whom btw make a very nice living, I wouldn't care if ppl called me me a "doubles specialist".There are worst things ppl could call you.

DA FOREHAND
Feb 8th, 2004, 06:06 PM
Kournikova, Natasha, Paula, Pam Shriver, ..

I think it'd be nice to have Hingis back, even if she was just a dubs. specialist.

Redhawk
Feb 8th, 2004, 06:16 PM
as long as you are known!!!!!!

Rtael
Feb 8th, 2004, 06:21 PM
I guess...but it still would feel odd for me if I was recognized for 'my wonderful achievements in doubles' :rolleyes: :(

Well, I guess it doesn't really matter since you'll never be known for ANYTHING. :rolleyes:

croat123
Feb 8th, 2004, 06:54 PM
i'm sure virginia and paola aren't too upset for being considered doubles specialists (even tho paolo is in the top20 in singles)

Vass22
Feb 8th, 2004, 07:07 PM
Doubles players are never as famous as singles. That must be frustrating. Like who is Kuznetsova out there? She is in top-10 in doubles and who knows her? Compare with singles top-10 players.

Jakeev
Feb 8th, 2004, 08:16 PM
I mean honestly, these players come to the tour to play singles, not doubles, right? I mean I think it would be kind of offensive or at least to me if I was called a double specialist when really my objective was to become a Singles Slam champ. I dunno but for me its kind of mean when they call Lisa a doubles specialist, I mean I KNOW she is but its not like she hasn't won stuff in singles....:shrug:
The only real disadvantage of being known as a doubles specialist is that when it comes to Sports, doubles just is not talked about except within the tennis circles.

You don't watch Sportscenter and hear about how Lisa Raymond is doing all week in doubles.

But like somebody said as long as they are making money and perhaps occasionally doing well in singles I sure as hell would not care.

Look at Martina N. She made more money in doubles in 2003 then the majority of the top 100 women who competed in singles. Granted Martina is a legend that is still pretty impressive.

If I could not make it in singles but was awesome in doubles it sure as heck would not bother me.

croat123
Feb 8th, 2004, 08:19 PM
think about the bryan brothers :o

esquímaux
Feb 8th, 2004, 08:33 PM
What an idiotic post :bs: You have no idea what it takes to play tour level doubles. The only reason doubles is considered "odd" is because it receives less media attention than singles. :lol: Didn't the bryan brothers aspire to be doubles specialists and doubles specialists only....and look where they're at ;)

j_dementieva27
Feb 8th, 2004, 09:06 PM
personally.. i am a better doubles player because my serve is so weak

i am the most comfortable in a match when im at net... so why wouldnt i play doubles?... im fine with being known as a better doubles player

for instance... i usually play mixed doubles with my friends and we always win... but when i face the guy from the other team in singles... he can beat me if im off

im happy to say that i played two matches on a high school level... one singles and one doubles... my doubles i won 6-1, 6-3 and my singles i lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(4).. i was not that upset with my loss for singles, but ECSTATIC with my doubles win

look at kournikova, she will always be known as a doubles specialistic... i think that if players didnt want to be known as doubles specialists and they were good at doubles, they wouldnt play... its not bad at all to be a doubles specialist

esquímaux
Feb 8th, 2004, 09:20 PM
personally.. i am a better doubles player because my serve is so weak

i am the most comfortable in a match when im at net... so why wouldnt i play doubles?... im fine with being known as a better doubles player

for instance... i usually play mixed doubles with my friends and we always win... but when i face the guy from the other team in singles... he can beat me if im off

im happy to say that i played two matches on a high school level... one singles and one doubles... my doubles i won 6-1, 6-3 and my singles i lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-7(4).. i was not that upset with my loss for singles, but ECSTATIC with my doubles win

look at kournikova, she will always be known as a doubles specialistic... i think that if players didnt want to be known as doubles specialists and they were good at doubles, they wouldnt play... its not bad at all to be a doubles specialist

Couldn't have said it better myself :)

Leo_DFP
Feb 9th, 2004, 01:28 AM
think about the bryan brothers :o
But that's the thing; they don't care enough about singles to play it on a regular basis. As Roddick said, they're both good enough to get far in singles and probably win some tournaments if they wanted to. But Mike and Bob care more about doubles and want to focus mostly on that.

Singles doesn't everything to all the players.

azza
Feb 9th, 2004, 01:40 AM
Todd Woodbridge :worship:

SerialKiller#69
Feb 9th, 2004, 02:48 AM
Ofcourse NOT. It would suck however if you're known for nothing. :rolleyes:

PointBlank
Feb 9th, 2004, 04:36 AM
Doubles players are never as famous as singles. That must be frustrating. Like who is Kuznetsova out there? She is in top-10 in doubles and who knows her? Compare with singles top-10 players.
:rolleyes: Lana is #26 in singles and has had good singles ...

Volcana
Feb 9th, 2004, 04:46 AM
Being 'known' is tennis NEVER sucks.

Pam Schiver finished n the top ten every year from 1980 to 1988. She won 20 singles tournaments, made a slam final and eight slam semis. That a prety damn good singles career.

But gess what? Someone isn't paying Pam Schiver to travel the world and play at being a TV commentator because of her singles accomplishments. Evn though she did more in singles than 99% of the women who EVER turned pro.

How on earth can it 'suck' to be known as a doubles specialist?

skanky~skanketta
Feb 9th, 2004, 04:50 AM
hell NO it doesnt!

i'm known as the best dubs player in my college!my singles isnt bad, but i just have good skills for dubs.

Pamela Shriver
Feb 9th, 2004, 07:52 AM
Wouldn't it suck to be known for your doubles???
*cough* No.....

skanky~skanketta
Feb 9th, 2004, 07:55 AM
its like saying single skater or a mixed skater. normally, skaters wasnt to go single, but they are more suited for a pair.

tennisvideos
Feb 9th, 2004, 07:57 AM
Considering that most club players compete in doubles most of the time it is surprising that doubles is not better promoted. Billie-Jean King has suggested, more than once, that Mixed should be the premier event, Doubles next, and Singles the least promoted. Interesting....

And, my idol, Francoise Durr won 11 GS Doubles titles and only 1 GS Singles title. So I guess she was better known as a doubles specialist. And that's cool with me. :)

Sam L
Feb 9th, 2004, 08:03 AM
I'd rather be unknown than be a doubles specialist. I wouldn't mind if I won a GS in singles and won a bunch of GS doubles, but if I never won a GS in singles, I wouldn't want it, thanks.

I'd hate to be a semi-celebrity. Do you know what I mean?

Greenout
Feb 9th, 2004, 09:24 AM
This is a very ignorant thread. Not everybody can be a great
singles player! Give them a break. FYI "Da forehand" Natasha
and Kournikova aren't doubles specialists...they were singles players
that also played dubs! DUH!

A pure doubles specialist is a person who isn't even in the top 80!
Someone like a Stubbs, Liezel Huber or Larisa Neiland!! Suarez is
a singles players that plays dubs well. There's no shame in playing
doubles. It's this stupid American attitude that down grades doubles.
The playing of doubles is a tradition that harkens back to old school
classic match styles that incorporates the graceful era when tennis
was as much about sportsmenship as it is a social activity.

esquímaux
Feb 9th, 2004, 10:49 AM
And doubles takes a different kind of skill than the one-two punch power bash play of singles...

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 9th, 2004, 11:05 AM
Well the Romanians were overjoyed at winning the team gold at the Sydney Olympics (gals team all-round), and the same can be said for Khorkina's uneven bars glory, so individual or team, I think anyone would be content on sporting success.

Frank Riley
Feb 9th, 2004, 05:53 PM
I was listed in Inside Tennis Magazine a USTA magazine for my doubles effort, I can tell you I play singles and doubles, the doubles is of course were I can kill people the best, but my singles game an't that bad at all.
I am very happy to tell everyone I kick ass in doubles. What do you like to say about yourself?

Redhawk
Feb 9th, 2004, 06:07 PM
on winning the aus open mixed dubs trophy

ELENA BOVINA: You know, it's just great to get a trophy. Doesn't matter if it's singles, doubles, mixed doubles. You know, it's first place. You know, just fantastic for me.
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2004-02-01/200402011075610002697.html

Postcard
Feb 9th, 2004, 06:24 PM
Stubbs will go down as the doubles speicalist because her singles sucked :(
Basically the reason why Stubbs stopped playing singles was that her body didn't seem to be able to cope with the physical battering of singles. The fact that she was such a good doubles player allowed her to continue to play, and to thrive, on the tour.

Jem
Feb 9th, 2004, 06:36 PM
A good singles player does not necessarily make a good doubles player. Chris Evert was a capable, solid doubles player in her heyday, but there were other players who might not win a set against Chris in singles, but would dominate her in doubles. Rennae Stubbs is a good counterpoint in this argument!

broncosven
Feb 9th, 2004, 10:21 PM
Ther are alot more specailist doubs players in mens then womens . .

alot of women do both to get more money and match practice (well why not if u can do it go for it)

a couple of names of doubles specialist that come to mind include

Stubbs
Huber
Krizan
Navratalova (now after her singles glory)

then others like
Black
Suarez
Razzano
Sugiyama
Srebotnik

who play both


I Dont think it would suckto be know for doubles . . .why would it suck being know as the AO doubles winner or Wimbledon mixed doubles runner up ?? I would luv to have that title . . . the trophy . . the money . . the experience

*JR*
Feb 9th, 2004, 10:36 PM
then others like
Black
Suarez
Razzano
Sugiyama
Srebotnik

who play both
Sven, the main reason Kata plays so much dubs is her lousy excuse for a coach, Tina Krizan. :( To keep the remnants of her own playing career alive, she enters Dubs Draws with Kata all ova.

IMO, a singles player with Kata's potential should only play dubs when not in a singles draw (for the netplay, etc.) The Slovene Fed. or WTA ought to have put a stop To This conflict-of-interest a long fucking time ago. :mad:

hewittrok
Feb 9th, 2004, 10:38 PM
Stubbs will go down as the doubles speicalist because her singles sucked :(Stubbs never did won a single title, so whats wrong with Anna K. shes can be a doubles specialist.

broncosven
Feb 10th, 2004, 08:40 AM
Sven, the main reason Kata plays so much dubs is her lousy excuse for a coach, Tina Krizan. :( To keep the remnants of her own playing career alive, she enters Dubs Draws with Kata all ova.

IMO, a singles player with Kata's potential should only play dubs when not in a singles draw (for the netplay, etc.) The Slovene Fed. or WTA ought to have put a stop To This conflict-of-interest a long fucking time ago. :mad:

Really JR ???

i never know that . . . . krizan doesnt look like a bad player - saw her play in sydney this year and she looked the part in doubles

somtimes doubles can distract players from singles and vice versa . . . its really up too the players best interest and some just are unsure and proboably under pressure then to do whats best for them

*JR*
Feb 10th, 2004, 10:27 PM
Really JR ???

i never know that . . . . krizan doesnt look like a bad player - saw her play in sydney this year and she looked the part in doubles

somtimes doubles can distract players from singles and vice versa . . . its really up too the players best interest and some just are unsure and proboably under pressure then to do whats best for them
Indeed Kata's not standing up To This domineering bitch. I don't give a FF if Tina can play dubs, she Completely Compromises her integrity As A coach with this dual role. :(

Frank Riley
Feb 10th, 2004, 10:37 PM
Can I say Lisa Raymond great in Doubles, kicked Venus Williams in the butt in singles?

Fyndh0rnElf
Feb 10th, 2004, 10:48 PM
This is the stupidest thread I've seen in a while :retard: There are millions out there who would love to have a decent doubles career