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SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 06:14 AM
~ Exclusive PAW Player Profiles and Interviews ~

Hello guys.

This ought to be a fantastic new feature that I am introducing :banana: , I am going to try and interview all of you either via MSN or PM. I think this will make the tour way more interesting and should be a great laugh too. :lol: :yeah:

If you don't have me on MSN, please add me - arma87@hotmail.com :dance:

I will keep on adding interviews as they are completed :) :sport: :cool:


Cheers,

Spikey :bounce: :hug:

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 06:37 AM
:clap2: Getting to Know andrew_uk :clap2:

Awesome Andrew Reveals All

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Country: Great Britain
Current Rank: 104
Current Race Rank: 26

Andrew_uk couldn't have asked for a happier New Year than the one he enjoyed in Australia. Arriving down under without a PAW ranking, the 20-year-old Englishman returned home with a ranking of 178, and several thousands of dollars richer. Playing as a late entry Wildcard in Canberra, Andrew_uk demonstrated his fearless approach to the tour, finishing 7th from 12 picks.

Just a month later, Andrew_uk is the top Brit in the PAW Race to the Championships, ahead of long time veterans Elisse and WTA Handicapper. Andrew_uk is a feisty competitor who never gives up, he is willing to take risks and adapt different techniques depeding on the situation. His best results to date was finishing 7th in Tokyo, a Tier 1 with over 100 players participating, Andrew_uk also finished 12th in Antwerp.

Already, Andrew_uk has taken up a PAW Staff role, managing the Dubai league table with great success. He lists PAW as being a game that he is become addicted to for all the right reasons. Andrew has even pondered the idea of creating a more advanced website, in which players who are not members from WTAWorld can instantly add in their picks by similar filling out the boxes: “Player 1” over “Player 2”, and “Submit.”

The creativity of his mind also represents the blossoming future, this youngster holds.


Q. We don't know much about your background, can you tell us a bit about your upbringing as a PAW player?

andrew_uk: well, first of all, i was so lucky to enter when I did because days later the rules and regulations changed, I enetered just before the rule that I would of had to have been a member for 3 months was implemented … i joined in January this year, and when I signed up to wtaworld I had to wait 3 or 4 days for the validation email to come through, so for those days I could view but not post messages.

I was able to get a wildcard for Canberra which was my 1st tournament and came 7th when I didn't even use all 13 picks (because I was a late entrant), so I was really chuffed with that being my debut tournament.

Q. What are your thoughts on PAW, it's a growing game?

andrew_uk: You know, I’ve only been playing for just over a month and it's turning into an addiction. Especially this week as I've been helping out with the Dubai Rankings I've become really hooked on it.

I do have strategies and I like to swap around and choose my picks differently in each round, for example some matches I'll choose the safe route and go with the favourite; others I'll be more wild and go for the big points, like with Dubai, if I chose Shaughnessy I would have been 2nd going into the final! But yeah, PAW is fantastic and I'm really enjoying it

Q. You have been cited as one of the upcoming risers on the PAW Tour, who are your rivals and do you ever feel the pressure?

andrew_uk: (Smiles and blushes) ... I tend to remember certain names that stick out in each tournament, the ones close to me in the rankings for example. Like in Tokyo I felt j_dementieva27 was a huge rival.There's a few names who I could pick as rivals, j-dementieva27 I feel is a definite rival.

There is also National rivalry. I feel competitive against my compatriots and I'm glad to see them doing well. WTA Handicapper is another rival of mine, probably the biggest rival to me out of all the Brits. I'm really enthusiastic about Britain's success in PAW though we don't have lots of players and each week I update the British rankings and race to the championships.

I am so enthusiastic about Britain's success in PAW that I want every single player from Britain in the year end championships. I am taking a ruthless approach, I even told Philip on MSN that he had no excuse to waste his 13 PAWS in Dubai (laughs), no matter how busy he is lol it takes just 5 mins to post ur picks. That's how serious I take PAW!

Q. How would you describe yourself?

andrew_uk: Myself... As in myself in PAW or as in general?

Q. Both?

andrew_uk: Well, In general I feel that I'm a very down to earth guy and very honest. I'm always up for a laugh and I'm really enjoying university life at the moment. I mean, I graduate in July so I'm very conscious at the moment about my future.

As for PAW, I'd say that I am very ambitious and aiming very high. Coming 6th in Tokyo was a fantastic breakthrough for me but I want to be consistently successful.

Some of my goals in PAW at the moment are to win a Grand Slam and to be the world no 1, so I am starving for success and with goals like these after only competing in PAW for just over a month, reflect the overwhelming enthusiasm I have for PAW

Q. Do you have any other sports interests?

andrew_uk: Well tennis is my main favourite sport. I've played badminton and volleyball in the past which I've really loved. I've also loved table tennis. I don't really care much for soccer, but I watched lots of the Rugby World Cup and got really in to it. It's by far much more entertaining then soccer. I also go to the gym a lot and I'm really enjoying a weight training programme which I've been working hard on. My fitness is very important to me because there are so many benefits of being fit.

Q. Who are your role-models?

andrew_uk: You'll laugh but my role models are two fictional characters from children's books, 1st is Alice In Wonderland, now you're probably thinking how the hell can she be a role model. Well it's very simple. She has drink me bottles and eat me pills which change her height and size.

I would love to just pick something up and eat it or drink it and be the perfect size that I want to be. I would also love to have 364 “unbirthday”s a year! And meet Humpty Dumpty! Not too sure about a baby turning into a pig though! My 2nd role model is Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ever since I saw Julie Dawn Cole's performance as Veruca boy did I become a huge fan. I could ask my dad for anything I want and I would get it! How cool is that! I suppose another reason is that I would like to be a lot more confident I guess.

In PAW my role models are SpikeyAidanm and Sandg. Aidan is a role model because not only is he such a great player and the current world no1 (at the time of this interview), he has such wonderful enthusiasm for PAW and to him PAW is eternal. He is also one of the most friendliest people I have met on the board, in fact probably 'the' friendliest.

Sandg is another role model because he is so consistent and successful. You are almost always guaranteed he will finish in the top 20 of every tournament (at least I'm sure he has done since I've joined PAW). And he gives so much input to PAW, with managing tournaments and the doing the ranking system which must take ages! So yeah definitely Sandg.

Q. What are your goals for this year?

andrew_uk: To win a grand slam, to win at least 5 tournaments, to qualify for the end of year championships and to be the world no 1. I am not defending a single point this year so I have nothing to lose.

Q. What are some of your Hobbies?

andrew_uk: My hobbies include PAW (of course), playing tennis, going to the gym, going to the pub, socialising and watching TV.

9. Who are your best friends on tour?

andrew_uk: Aidan is without doubt my best friend on tour. I call him Aidys as a nickname (laughs) . He's just so nice, so friendly and I can talk to him about anything to do with PAW. He's my bestest buddy on tour. other friends I have made on tour include The Monarch Butterfly, azza, and more recently new.

In the last week I've also made good friends with my compatriot Phil who is great to have around. We have so much in common, we are in a similar age group and are both students in our final year at university. Azza really gets me in hysterics. He is such a laugh, he comes out with the most random things on MSN, he's great. I also like Hantuchov. (Pause) ... I like your suit interviewer.

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 07:10 AM
:worship: Getting to know Rtael Ozomogovic :worship:

Rattling Rtael relinquishes repertoire

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Country: Croatia
Current Rank: 6
Current Race Rank: 4


After a strong start to 2004, Rtael has kept his rivals watching for his rise. Now ranked at a highly six, Rtael broke through for his first title in Tokyo earlier this month. It was a relief to get the monkey off his back as one of the Croatian’s goals was to win a title and “maybe more.”

The bitchy Ozmogovic adds spice to the tour, his arrogance and humour often delight his audiences, and although he doesn’t have the best relationship with his peers, he remains intent on improving his already polished and impressive game style.

Rtael’s Roland Garros final defence is just a few months away, so what better way to prepare to keep on appearing the high positions of the table each week.

The PAW Committee caught up with Rtael, on a tanning bed “resting” his groin injury on the beach of Dubai.


Q. Good morning Rtael Oz….?

Rtael: Ozomogovic

Q. How did you become involved in PAW?

Rtael: Well I first got involved in PAW when it was still under the old management of Simon....you know I don't like to spread the rumors, but I initially joined because I was told he was giving sexual favors to everyone who would play a PAW tournament, well the rumor actually turned out to be false....but I was addicted after my first tournament and kept playing!

Q. You are now world number 6 and you are only on your second year on tour, what has been the key to your success?

Rtael: Well hard training for one, when I first came on tour I was a bit of a blimp (ala Myriam Casanova without the health problems) and I just said enough and got my self into shape, and built up my strength and that helped my confidence some..... and besides that there is also my attitude. I want to win no matter what, and I'll do anything to win. Except have sex with Azza. I'd never do that.

Q. You were runner up at Roland Garros last year in ur first PAW Grand Slam, seems like you play with no fear..?

Rtael: Yes, I believe the game is just not worth playing if you don't take risks! Besides that, clay is my best surface, because even though I'm neither the fastest runner, nor the in the best shape of all the players (though I do try) I can run all day without getting tired, which is more advantageous on clay than on any other surface. Also I have learned to slide into my shots very well, like my idol, Justine Henin!

Q. Speaking of idols, do you have any other PAW role models?

Rtael: No. They are my competition and I can only see them as opponents and nothing else.

Q. You are the only Croatian in the top 50, do you think you can make a good Fed Cup team?

Rtael: Hell, I'll be the entire team myself if I have to! And if that won't work, well I'll just get out my whip (and no, you make not know why I have a whip) and start training those young-croats until our team is strong enough to win the title! Fed Cup isn't the most important event to me, but it's still competition and that gets me motivated.

Q. There was a rumour that you were not going to play the Olympics this year due to scheduling, is this correct or not?

Rtael: Perhaps, perhaps not. I've still not heard any concrete rules or any official announcements from the PAW council, so I will hold off on that decision until more is known about the situation!

Q. What sort of off-court stuff do you do, to prepare yourself for the rigorous demands on the tour?

Rtael: Well, I have my own personal trainer (besides my coach) to go through strength training and conditioning and that sort of thing, and than also besides the physical aspect I think it's important to clear your mind and be mentally fit before you go out on the court. At the beginning of my PAW career I was in a lot of emotional turmoil, and my game dramatically improved once I dealt with the situation.

Q. Do you enjoy the traveling?

Rtael: Well, it is fun going to new and different places and experiencing new things, but really I prefer the comforts of home. Also, the plane rides can be very long, tiring, and uncomfortable.

Q. Before the Championships last year, you declared you were going to win the title, this was not the case, do you think your optimistic, bubbly personality, makes u unique on tour?

Rtael: Well, I don't think I'd call myself bubbly, but oh well. Of course I'm unique, you don't think there could ever be two of me out there, do you? I didn't win the title last year, I know, but this year is a new year and I have a new determination and I won't let anyone beat me in the big tournaments anymore.

Q. Do you have a rival on tour?

Rtael: No, not really. I'd say my only rivals are those ranked ahead of me as of now. They will soon go down in flames. Tonya Harding style, if need be..... Just kidding....of course... *cough*

Q. How many years do you see yourself playing PAW, before you retire?

Rtael: As long as my body can stand it, and so far I've not had any major injuries, so I think it will be many years to come. In fact my only injury since starting on the PAW tour was a groin injury this past week in Dubai, and that's already healed.

Q. Was the groin injury in Dubai by repetitive play?

Rtael: The groin injury didn't happen on court. That's all I'll say about the matter.

Q. Can you give me a sentence on the following players, SpikeyAidanm?

Rtael: SpikeyAidanm, well I can't say anything bad about him… Though only because he's the one interviewing me right now.

Q. sandg?

Rtael: sandg, I don't know much about except that he's a very good player and has performed well recently. He is not quite up to my calibre.

Q. butch?

Rtael: Butch, I really don't know at all. Sounds like a dyke to me.

Q. K&J fan?

Rtael: You keep asking me about all these people I don't really know...(laughs)....I'd like to know what the K & J stand for though!

Q. marcobarella?

Rtael: marcobarella. A cheat. not worth wasting any breath talking about him.

Q. Finally, give us five words to describe yourself?

Rtael: Competitive. Fierce. Willfull. Bitchy. Spirited. Winning at any cost. Never giving up. Speaking my mind.

Q. Thank you Rtael, that was appreciated, good luck for the rest of the year.

Rtael: Thank you.

End of Interview

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 09:13 AM
:drive: Getting to Know Nir :drive:

A Diamond in the rough

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Country: Israel
Current PAW Rank: 20
Current PAW Race Rank: 22

When it comes to spectacular debuts, Nir is up there with the best of them. No one ever has made such a consistent impact within their first few tournaments than the now ranked number 20 Israeli. Nir debuted with four consecutive top 4 finishes, finishing 3rd in Helsinki, equal 4th in Toronto, winning New Haven and then finishing a remarkable 4th at the US Open. All adding to this amazing feat is the fact that Nir remains a youthful 14 years old.

The amiable Ramat-Gan native is currently making the transition from a newcomer to an elite PAW player. Having ended 2003 with a rank of 29, Nir is already up to 20 and hopes to break into the top 10 as soon as possible. Nir’s best result this year was finishing 5th at Sydney, he also was 9th at Antwerp and reached the second round of the Australian Open.

Already the top ranked Israeli, we caught up with Nir after practice on another scorching day at Dubai.


Q. How did you get involved with PAW (Pick-A-Winner)?

Nir: Well I had a forum in Israel and some of the members there were also members in wtaworld so I got in as well and then I found paw...

Q. Do you enjoy playing this game?

Nir: Of course, playing paw is a fantastic way to follow the WTA tour more closely and its nice to compete with other people

Q. Who are your friends on tour? Do you travel with them?

Nir: my friends are my fellow country players like Oren987, nitsansh, camoya, nave2 and others yes we go to the same tournaments and hang out

Q. Last year you finished in the top 4 in the first four tournaments, it has been harder since, is it because others now know your game style?

Nir: Well. That is a part of it but also the fact that a lot of young and talented players came to the tour and made it much more hard to win

Q. What sort of things do you have to do behind the scenes in order to perform well at PAW?

Nir: Well, I follow the results of the players and what surface is there best and also the current form of the player and then I can pick. when we come to the end of a tourney its more tactics: who picked what and so on.

Q. You are beginning to join other games like GTL, will you continue to play PAW?

Nir: Oh yeah for sure PAW remains my number 1 game and there is no way that I am leaving it

Q. You are currently ranked 20, what are your goals this year?

Nir: I want to get in the top 10 by the end of this year and win two tourneys (I won’t resist to a GS) and also to get in the championships which is very important to me

Q. You are one of the younger players on tour, are you surprised by your success at such a young age?

Nir: No I am not surprised I think that age doesn’t make the difference if you know a lot about tennis and tennis players you can do well

Q. What is your favourite tournament to play?

Nir: Well, if there was a tournament is Israel it will be it but since there isn't one I will have to say the GS where all the good players are in and the excitement is big (also big points)

Q. Can you give me a sentence to describe the following players... SpikeyAidanm?

Nir: Great player and a wonderful manager great to work with him

Q. sandg?

Nir: In top form like always and a great contributor for the game

Q. speedster?

Nir: A little tournaments specialist has done great in this year

Q. butch?

Nir: He showed what he can do in the masters and now in Dubai the victory is coming, impressive

Q. bbypk?

Nir: I can't believe that he didn't won a tourney I’m sure he will win soon. one of the stable players in the game

Q. Rtael?

Nir: Oh another great player from the front row ,showed it in Tokyo could be at the top 3 by the end of the year and maybe more.

Q.Wojtek?

Nir: I still don't understand why he retired he was a great player probably the best ever in paw

Q. petosp?

Nir: Has done well in 2003 and I think that in Dubai he will have a first good tourney for 2004 he could cause fear for the first place...

Q. K&J fan?

Nir: A member of the great Belgian group (they are taking over like Henin and Clijsters) a great player who had done well to be in the top 10 he can even do more for my money.

Q. Buitenzorg?

Nir: One of the veteran players I think that him managing to be Australian #2 out of all the Aussies says he is greatly consistent

Q. Pintaled?

Nir: I think that she is a great player, made it to the masters she needs to improve a bit to be a part of the big group (top 5)

Q. aussie_stars?

Nir: If I’m not wrong he won Wimbledon with an amazing record that makes him part of the elite for winning a GS can perform a bit better in the regular tourneys.

Q. danielrosario?

Nir: Was a great player last year but something happened this year and he has not done very well maybe he will find his form back soon

Q. Je_ne_sais_quoi?

Nir: A fresh GS finalist but I that with a little practice he can do even better and from then the sky is the limit...

Q. Jakub?

Nir: Well another great player but hasn’t found his form in 2004 yet a top 10 and maybe more is his place.

Q. Grice?

Nir: Well last year he was great in winning two tourneys almost back to back that got him up the rankings but he is not adjusting this year but when he will its risky for the top.

Q. yucky?

Nir: I remember him winning the US OPEN I was very close to him but not close enough hasn’t done very well since then though

Q. marcobarella?

Nir: He is a great player but its a shame that his fanatics to the game makes him cheat and not play the game like it should be, I hope that he got over it by now

Q. And how would you describe your own game style?

Nir: It's hard to describe I am great mentally but the question for me is can I get to the top and I’m not seeing it happen now but I will keep my cool and will play the same way like before hoping that it will bring me to achieving my goals

Q. Do you think addiction to PAW is due to the desire to win?

Nir: Yes it's a great part of it you want to win and it control you and even it makes you pick against your favourites players if it happens to any of the players then they are addicted.

Q. How many years do you see yourself playing until you retire?

Nir: A lot, I’m hoping to play a lot of years from now but I’m not sure where will I be in this time so who knows...

Q. Do you think this game will grow more and more?

Nir: Oh I’m sure the game is in good hands and there are a lot of ideas to expend this game I’m hoping that it will happen soon

Q. Finally how would you describe your style of play?

Nir: I play calm, not affected by other players picks although I’m aware to them and I’m

Q. Thank you for your time, Nir, we appreciate it.

Nir: You’re Welcome.

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 09:51 AM
:spit: Getting to know azza :spit:

A piece of fruit, becoming more and more ripe

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Country: Australia
Current Rank: 61
Current Race Rank: 80

One of the most patriotic players on tour, azza hails from Australia’s largest city Sydney, but also has family connections in Malta. The flamboyant Aussie, renowned for his down to earth attitude has made a steady improvement on the PAW Tour ever since playing his first event at Wimbledon. Last year, the member of Australia’s Fed Cup team was a finalist in Bali, a Tier 3 with over 60 players participating. So far this year, azza’s best result was a semi-final finish (4th) at Hyderabad. He remains titleless, however.

But that looks set to change. Azza along with his personal trainer have put an emphasis on off-court fitness and the results are set to pay dividends as the year rolls on.

So far people seem to familiarize azza as a source of controversy, however the cheeky Aussie hopes that his PAW success will make him a household name in the not to distant future.

We caught up with azza in the local Dubai gym, as he was preparing for last few rounds.


Q. Welcome to the interview azza

Azza: Hi … I want questions right this instant.

Q. How did you get involved in PAW?

Azza: I was looking at a tourney and saw this Paw title thing and I read it all and played and tis was fun.

Q. Your best result to date as a runner-up in Bali, last week you came 4th in Hyderabad, what were your feelings when achieving such promising results?

Azza: I was very overjoyed and proud of my efforts its such a honour to know all my training has paid off

Q. Who are your idols, both PAW wise and worldwide?

Azza: SpikeyAidanM and Koje, all Aussie fighters.

Q. Does your family travel with you during tournaments?

Azza: Nope just my dog named Scruffy he is a very cute doggy I Love him a lot.

Q. What are some of your PAW goals for this year, being the Olympics year as well?

Azza: I want to win a titles and become a valued member of paw.

Q. How would you describe your style of play?

Azza: Aggressive player affective serve, backhand most powerful shot, can ace players to start pulling there hair out, has a tendencies to flirt with umpires

Q. You seem to get along with all the PAW players on the tour, do you have any friends that you like to travel with most?

Azza: Yes

Q. You seem to get along with all the PAW players on the tour, do you have any friends that you like to travel with most? Can you answer the question, Mr Azza.

Azza: Oh My bad, I travel with most Aussie players with the exception of cooldudedeanzela and Skye

Q. Last year, you were a member of the Aussie Fed Cup team that finished 2nd, is one of your goals this year to win the Fed Cup?

Azza: Hell yeah, I love Australia and will do everything in my power to win for my country

Q. You have a tactic of always predicting your favourites to win, this is unique, is it a good one?

Azza: Errr.. sometimes I’m a Fabrice Santoro of the tour i play my own way and tis unique

Q. Is there any downfall of playing PAW, the traveling perhaps?

Azza: No there’s not, I love traveling

Q. What is your favourite PAW tournament each year?

Azza: Sydney … Adidas International

Q. You had limited success there this year, was it due to pressure?

Azza: No I was sick with a virus that week so I could only hit so hard. My serves were very tentative and I was feeling it after every point, I was very sick

Q. You are one of the youngest players on tour at 14, do you ever fear burn out?

Azza: No I train 5-6 days a week 5-6 hours a day so I’m very fit

Q. There was a rumour last year that you had some troubles with the manager in Pattaya, has that been resolved now?

Azza: No, he is still an arrogant bastard and I really hate him with vengeance

Q. That was not too nice?

Azza: Ok.

Q. How long do you see yourself playing PAW until you retire?

Azza: Till I don’t like it anymore

Q. Azza, may I ask for your height and weight?

Azza: yes. you may

Q. What is your height?

Azza: i height 6’3

Q. In cm, please, be honest?

Azza: 121

Q. Unless my eyes are disproportionate, you are joking..? (Pause) … Stand up please?

Azza: no? … what’s wrong with your eye balls?

(Azza stands up)

Azza: see

Q. You look at good 150cm or above, mate?

Azza: My bad … (Pause) … more questions this instant!

Q. Azza, please cooperate or we will remove you from this interview room

How tall are you, I ask?

Azza: I am about 175cm

Q. And your weight, Sir?

Azza: listen dude I’ve never checked my height so I’m guessing

Q. We need it for PAW records...

Azza: Brb, gunna check

Q. I hope you can measure yourself soon, Sir.

Cheers, there should be a measuring tape in the toilets..

Azza: 58kg

Q. ok thanks.

Thank you for your time today, Azza, we appreciate it.

Azza: You may now leave my presence

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 10:19 AM
:bigwave: Getting to know matija-seles :bigwave:

Perfection Power from Poland

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Country: Poland
Current Rank: 46
Current Race Rank: 15

To PAW tennis fans who know their geography, the first two names that springs to mind when the tiny European nation of Poland is mentioned is undoubtedly Wojtek and Jakub, both are former World No 1 and 3, respectively. But as Wojtek has retired and Jakub is now outside the top 10, 16 year old matija-seles has quietly broken into the top 50 after just a few months of PAW.

Matija-Seles won the title in Sydney this year, carefully picking his way to a comprehensive victory, however he followed up with a disappointing performance at the Australian Open, the next week. In this interview, matija revealed that he would be retiring within the next 2-3 years, but remains a loyal supporter of the game PAW.

PAW Manager SpikeyAidanm chatted with matija-seles at a coffeehouse in Dubai.


Q. Hello matija, how are you?

Matija-Seles: I am fine. Thanks. How are you?

Q. Good. How did you get involved in PAW?

Matija-Seles: I just saw that many members of board are playing. That is how it started!

Q. How would you describe the game to a newcomer?

Matija-Seles: It is hard to a newcomer but when you get into the rhythm it is getting easier.

Q. You won in Sydney this year, is that your most successful result so far?

Matija-Seles: Yes it is. I was very close in Philly last year but that gave me TOP 50 rank and some nice chances for YEC.

Q. What do you like the best about PAW?

Matija-Seles: That we are like a big group of people that loves tennis and gets involved in it.

Q. You are the second highest Polish player behind Jakub, are you good friends with him?

Matija-Seles: Yes we chat a lot. I like him very much. Poland is where I live but it is not my nationality. I am Serbian, btw.

Q.Do you have any role models on tour?

Matija-Seles: Of the PAW or WTA?

Q. PAW?

Matija-Seles: Maybe Wojtek. He was no 1 and retired at the end of last year. He was nice as a person and player. I try to concentrate on myself. I am retiring in next 2-3 years.

Q. Why are you retiring so early?

Matija-Seles: There is life outside the tour. I would like to get more relaxed. It gets you under the pressure when you play all these tournaments get points. I also got caught on cheating. I don’t know. I am disappointed with myself, especially that I was leading that tournament.

Q. What are your other hobbies?

Matija-Seles: I am a very good student I like school. I am very interested in chemistry and my all time hobby is to cheer for Monica Seles who is my inspiration in many ways.

Q. Yes, Monica Seles is a true heroin.

Do you enjoy visiting new places when traveling?

Matija-Seles: Yes very much. It is one thing that I truly love to do.

Q. Have a nice day matija-seles and good luck for the rest of the year, thank you.

Matija-Seles: Thank you. Good luck in PAW! (smiles)

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 10:49 AM
:awww: Getting to know “The Monarch Butterfly” :awww:

Flying amongst the Clouds

Country: Italy
Current Ranking: 166
Current Race Rank: 96

Formerly known as Reflection, The Monarch Butterfly currently holds the longest player name on Tour, his creative name taking up some 19 characters. Currently the 3rd best Italian, behind ULTIMA PALLINA, dario88 and ahead of dubro, “Simone,” as he is called is a player to watch out for in the future.

PAW Manager SpikeyAidanm found The Monarch Butterfly visiting a local zoo in Dubai, they had a drink together and a brief chat.


Q. Hello, the Monarch Butterfly. How did you begin the game of PAW?

The Monarch Butterfly: Well I begin it this year, lot of fun!

Q. What do you like best about the game?

The Monarch Butterfly: I think its fun and well-administrating, that’s why I like it.

Q. You are from Italy, are you friends with the Italian players like dario88?

The Monarch Butterfly: yes, Dario is one of my best friend in wtaworld.

Q. What has been your best performance on Tour, so far?

The Monarch Butterfly: Well.you know I’m playing Paw since 2-3 weeks so my best results has to come!

Q. Do you have any specific goals for this year?

The Monarch Butterfly: yes surely … I wanna catch Rome and Roland Garros, but it will be difficult

Q. What is the best part of playing PAW?

The Monarch Butterfly: The tension to take a match is so nice and give me a chill… always

Q. Good luck Simone, it's a pleasure to have you, on tour.

The Monarch Butterfly: It’s a pleasure to have u as Guide! (smiles)

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 11:23 AM
:drink: Getting to know petosp :drink:

Penetrating and smoking his opponents into submission

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Country: Venezuela
Current Rank: 8
Current Race Rank: 61

There aren't many active players on Tour with more experience than Venezuelan petosp. In fact the former World No 3, participated in PAW’s inaugural tournament in Tokyo 2002. Part of an eight player field, petosp finished 4th, he would go on to win Scottsdale 3 tournaments after.

A fan’s favourite and moreover popular among his peers, 6 time title winner petosp was nominated “PAW Comeback Player of the Year” in 2003. Petosp has had a series of memorable triumphs, but in this interview with the PAW Tour this week in Dubai (his best tournament to date this year), he admitted that it was Filderstadt that was the trophy that he most treasured, a tournament petosp started playing 4 days late.


Q. How did you get involved in PAW?

Petosp: well I first saw the game back in 2002 if I remember well and I won a event in like second or third event, and I kept finishing in the top 5 for a like 2 months, i was called Mr Consistency i remember (laughs)

Q. What has been your most satisfying result, you have won 6 titles, which was the most memorable?

Petosp: well i think lots of them have been very especial, probably the most unexpected one was Filderstadt, i almost forgot playing the event, and i made most of my picks in the round of 16 and got all of them, making the top of the table that day and eventually winning it all.

Q. You have been the longest playing PAW player, and you’ve witnessed a series of changes to the game, do you think it has grown into a successful game, and what do you vision to be the future of PAW?

Petosp: Well i think the game has been great, i think there have been some changes, couple of cheating accusations at some point on another former runner, but its going really well now, really well organized, i mean this game takes a lot of time and PAW Staff has done and i know they‘ll continue the great work.

Q. You have been a former number #3, you are down to 8, there are a lot of newcomers rising up fast, what do u think u need to do to remain a top PAW player?

Petosp: Well i think i have to become a lot more consistent, its tough because i love to pick upsets, and most of them have not been happening lately, but really this week i started to pick, you know a little more smarter than before.

You have to check head 2 heads, recent performances of players, in order to pick correctly and you know I’m ready to do it now, i like my chances from now on and i hope to move up in the rankings with this week’s performance and you know try to maintain the strategy in the main events, grand slams, tier I events, which are the most important events. It wont be easy because there are many great PAW players Sandg, Spikey, Wojtek among many many others, but it‘s a challenge.

Q. What is your favourite tournament to play, each year, petosp?

Petosp: Well many would say the slam events should be the most important ones, but i usually do bad on them, basically because of the many upsets i love to pick, but i hope that would change now, the event i love the most right probably would be Filderstat and Scottsdale..

Q. You are the lone Venezuelan player on the tour, does this give you extra motivation to do well at the Olympics this year, the inaugural PAW Olympics?

Petosp: Yes i would love to come up with that title for my country, i think yes its an extra motivation, for sure i would love to have more people from my country, so i hope that can change as well.

Q. Last year you were voted PAW comeback player of the year, you do have a good relationship with fellow players, who are your closest friends on tour?

Petosp: Well I was surprised with the award, but i think i have won some title over the years so i think kind of deserved that recognition. And with the players from PAW, i really get along well with everybody, personally i have a good relationship with Alek, Wojtek, Spikey ,Buitenzorg among others, i have a good relationship with most people of the board.

Q.You are in a good position in Dubai this week, which will be ur best result of this year, what are you 2004 goals?

Petosp: Yes im, i think i have a good chance i really took a good decision of changing my 12th PAW watching that butch picked on Svetlana so i knew i had to take the risk, otherwise would not have had any chance. As for 2004 i want to win the most titles and especially the bigger ones, so i hope to pick better on them and hopefully the results are going to come.

Q. Would you be able to give a few wordsto describe the following players ... SpikeyAidanm?

Petosp: The Best Paw Player

Q. sandg?

Petosp: did sandg won a slam?

Q. yep

Petosp: the best newcomer

Q.WTA Handicapper?

Petosp: Struggling now, but a sure bet for success.. a former winner of 3 titles, deserves credit

Q. Buitenzorg?

Petosp: The most persistent player, he should do better soon.

Q. There are lots of newcomers on the rise... cooldudeanzela, jrm, andrew_uk Geofry, j_dementieva27, azza, Nir, zorgzamesnip, who has the game to be a really top player?

Petosp: Well i think Cooldudeanzela, Nir, Azza and Zorgzameship have done well i think its very open now anyone could do well.

Q. Finally, can you give us 5 words to describe PAW?

Petosp: It‘s the best game on board…The best game on board

Q. Thank you for your time, we appreciate it petosp.

Petosp: tku

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 12:04 PM
:hug: Getting to know 21 Watts :hug:

Thriving at lower Tiers

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Country: Australia
Current Rank: 82
Current Race Rank: 57

Ended 2003 at 99 after obtaining the highest average tournament finish from any PAW players that had played six or more tournaments that year. This has been the story of 21 Watts’s career, continued success in a short period of time. Last week in Memphis, 21 Watts was seconds away from claiming his first PAW title, as Raymond held 3 match points against Zvonareva in the final. Heartbreaking circumstances which saw Zvonareva fight all the way back from 5-2 down in the 3rd, denied the Australian of his first tournament; however he sees the memorable experience as an important one for his career.

Formerly known as “AlexSydney,” the 18 year old is friendly and an extremely competitive player. Just moments after his fourth place finish in Memphis, SpikeyAidanm caught up with the current world number 82.


Q. How did you get involved in PAW?

21 Watts: Well, I just try it and see if I like it or not during Sarasota 2002 and I don’t played after that until Japan Open last September and I joined the game because of SpikeyAidanm.

Q. You came 4th in Memphis 2004, probably your best result to date, nearly won the title there, is that experience going to help you?

21 Watts: Not really, it’s all about “lucky” because you can’t see the future, aren’t you? But after Memphis, I played Dubai this week and I realised that I’m better at Tier III or lower because many of my favourite players are outside Top 50.

Q. How would you describe your personality?

21 Watts: In real-life, I’m a really nice guy like other people but more like a shy personality. When they want to getting know me more and I’m doing OK.

Q. So far you have had your best results at lower Tiers, why is that?

21 Watts: Yeah, because I’ve seen lots of lower players during attended Sydney Olympics, Fed Cup and of course, Adidas International. So, I familiar with these games, that’s how.

Q. What is your favourite PAW tournament, each year?

21 Watts: I just played the game for like six months now but I really enjoyed all Asian and Oceania events.

Q. Finally, can u give us a sentence to describe PAW?

21 Watts: “The most fun and entertaining game ever on the board”

Q. Thank you for your time, 21 Watts

21 Watts: Your welcome, luv…

End of Interview

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 12:33 PM
:music: Getting to know Alek :music:

Lion heart knocking on the door

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Country: Mexico
PAW Rank: 88
PAW Race Rank: 13

For a professional athlete, there is nothing better than seeing your hard work paying off. And that happened last week, after some draining weeks on tour, Alek’s persistence was awarded as he edged out ghosts for his first title after only five tournaments. Currently at 13 on the PAW Race to the Championships, Alek has his sights on claiming bigger tournaments and to continue moving up the ranks, he is one of the many risers already in contention for the PAW Newcomer of the Year award.

One of the most approachable players on tour, the exotic Mexican with "the guy next door looks" is currently the lone WTAWorld moderator who participates in the game. The PAW team caught up with Alek at Bogota airport, to have a quick chat before his flight to Acapulco departed.


Q. How did you get involved in the game PAW?

Alek: mmm, I think it was coincidence. I simply one day decided to see and when I played the first time I got addicted.

Q. You won Memphis last week, that elevated you into the top 100, what were ur feelings after that victory?

Alek: Oh I was very happy specially after having some bad weeks in Tokyo and Paris. Hope I can repeat this success soon again

Q.You have only played 7 event so far but you look to have the game of a top player, do you think you finish the year within the top 20?

Alek: me, hope I can, I’ll do my best.

Q. You are currently the only Mexican on Tour, however there are 2 tournaments - Acapulco and Tijuana in your home country, are they the tournaments you look forward to, the most?

Alek: Yes, and I really want to do very well in them, in my home. Too sad that I’m the only Mexican though.

Q. Who are your best friends on Tour?

Alek: I don’t have friends, maybe SpikeyAidanM but he’s a real bitch you know.

Q. What is the best part of playing PAW?

Alek: when u see the updated table (laughs out loud)

Q. In Sydney, you did not want jinx your favourite - Asa Svensson by picking her over Shaughnessy in the first round, however you seem to have a tactic with going for your favourites, is this your game style?

Alek: yes, i did an error there. Now I will pick my faves forever, and that will be my style, to risk for my players . So don’t be surprised to see in Acapulco a “PAW 1 Jessica Fernandez over Some seed”. Go Jessica!

Q. You are the runner of FWTT, you play a variety of game on the board, what do you like about PAW?

Alek: The PAW is the only game of it’s kind, there are no copies or anything.

Q. Thank you for your time Alek, and good luck in Acapulco.

Alek: thank you SpikeyAidanM, good luck in Doha

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 28th, 2004, 12:37 PM
Hey guys, I have interviewed others but haven't put them up yet, I will tomorrow though, I need a break now.

Tomorrow I will put up:

~ PointBlank
~ ozfan44
~ KoOlMaNsTeVeN
~ Rossana Fan

After that I will plan to do the rest of the players I have on MSN, and then for those that don't, I will PM you with a set of questions and you can answer them and reply back to me, if you wish :) :wavey:

Nir
Feb 28th, 2004, 12:42 PM
Spikey :yeah:

You are doing a fantastic work with this game :worship: keep up the good work and this special ideas :D

Mattographer
Feb 28th, 2004, 11:38 PM
Great job, Aidan!! :worship: :kiss:

Rtael
Feb 29th, 2004, 12:19 AM
Good job Mr. Spike.


However you should all bow down to your future #1.
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SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 01:59 AM
:tennis: Getting to know PointBlank :tennis:

A mirage in the desert

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Country: Israel
Current Rank: 160
Current Race Rank: 90


Only a tender 13 years old, PointBlank appeared with the leaders in Gold Coast and Dubai in the early days of those tournaments but was unable to sustain his position. However he admits it is the experience that he is currently lacking, but once the Ukrainian Born Israeli who lives in Memphis continues to play tournament after tournament, he may be in for a sparkling series of results.

PointBlank best result so far this year was in his debut tournament in Gold Coast, where he claimed 25th place.

Q. Good evening PointBlank. Welcome to the interview.

PointBlank: Hello

Q. You began PAW this year, how did you get started?

PointBlank: Well I started to talk to the owner. He was telling me about the many people who play, and its history. I played one tournament and it was fun, and I haven't looked back.

Q. You firstly began playing hoping to score points on the board, you picked Henin-Hardenne over Lukasewicz in the Australian Open for 1 point, however recently you have been playing with more tactics like going for the upsets, are you improving now?

PointBlank: Well in some ways yes, and others no. It is really a luck game. I am not one of the players that love to go for obvious wins. I go for spontaneous. One of my most was recently in Dubai I picked Sfar over Henin-Hardenne and I got lucky when I picked Barna over Maleeva. It is a hard game. You need to pick the unexpected. So yes I am improving in ways and no.

Q. You are currently part of a large group of Israelis on the rise, are they your main friends that you travel with on tour?

PointBlank: No. We don’t talk much. We talk time to time you know. We keep to ourselves mostly try to stay alone. I travel with some Aussies and some Americans mostly.

Q. What is the PAW tournament you are looking forward most to this year?

PointBlank: Memphis, but it already passed. But ones coming up it would have to be Miami.

Q. What are you goals for this year, PointBlank?

PointBlank: I hope to be at least top 100. My rank has slipped 10 spots the last 3 weeks. Hopefully soon I will be up there with the best.

Q. You were an early joint leader in Dubai, but slipped a bit, do you need more experience to get in the final stages of the tournament?

PointBlank: For sure. I have held the #1 and #2 positions in 3 tournaments and let them all slip. Experience is what I need and what I am lacking.

Q. Do you have any role models?

PointBlank: Yes

Q. Who are they?

PointBlank: The top Israelis , like Nir and Oren987.

Q. How long do you see yourself playing PAW?

PointBlank: For a while. When my ranking slips I tend to retire, but this is a fun game.

Q. Finally, can you give us a sentence to describe PAW?

PointBlank: Fun and out going, something everyone should try.

Q. Thank you for your time, PointBlank.

PointBlank: You’re Welcome, thank you Aidan.

End of Interview.

PointBlank
Feb 29th, 2004, 02:31 AM
Thanks Aidan :)

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 02:50 AM
:bounce: Getting to know Hantuchov :bounce:

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

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Country: Brazil
Current Rank: 73
Current Race Rank: 63


When PAW tennis discussions turn to the rise of the young PAW players—as they very often do—names like jrm, matthias, cooldudeanzela and Alek are usually the first mentioned. Until recently, Hantuchov’s name wouldn’t have figured in the talk, largely because the Brazilian was busy completing off-court training for the new season. Unlike his fellow players he remain idle in Week 1 and Week 2, debuting in the Australian Open, where he started off well but ended off in equal 65th place.

Last year Hantuchov raised some eyebrows when he posted a bunch of emoticons along with his PAW’s, it is evident that he always picks his favourites, a habit which is discussed in this exclusive interview outside Acapulco city. 2 weeks ago Hantuchov notched a 7th place finish in Antwerp.


Q. Hello Hantuchov, how are you?

Hantuchov: Just fine, thx!

Q. You are a newcomer on the tour, how do you get involved with PAW?

Hantuchov: Last year, I was in New Haven's forum, and I saw some guys predicting the results of the matches. I didn’t know how this game works so I also started to bet on some results, but I really had no idea that there was a limit of picks and the rankings value, I thought the rankings just counts the number of right picks. But after a few tournaments I could understand it clear and I really enjoyed to play it.

Q. You are the only Brazilian currently on the circuit, who are your main friends on Tour?

Hantuchov: My best friends on the tour are Spikey and ghosts. I am also friends with andrew_uk and dubro.

Q. This year you have had a habit to start off well early, but then lose your position, why is this and do you think you need to keep up the concentration?

Hantuchov: Yes, sure, I always start pretty well, giving 100% of my power, but in the last matches, the other guys are more relaxed than me, while I'm much more tired. I think I must don’t take it that serious in the beginning to be equal to the other guys in the end to still have chances to take my 1st title and reach my goals for this season. But I'm working very hard on this lately, but it takes time!

I hope I can solve this problem during the next tournaments.

Q. You have a game style in which you never PAW against your favourite players, will you continue to use this throughout your career?

Hantuchov: I don’t know. It's a question bout feelings and we can fight against them. I know I can do much better if I paw against them, cuz sometimes I know they'll lose but I dont paw against them. But I'm starting to think bout the game and if they win, "ok!", I'll be happy for them, but I just don’t wanna be frustrated if they lose, cuz it's gonna be a double frustration, losing big points and being sad about them.

Q. How many years do you see yourself playing PAW, and what are your ambitions after PAW?

Hantuchov: I can only try to predict the matches result, predict life is much more complicated. I really have no idea bout it. I'll play PAW till I have fun on it and till I have enough time to come there everyday to make my picks.

Q. Are you hoping to perform well in the PAW Olympics this year?

Hantuchov: Sure, you know, Olympics are the most important event this year, cuz 1st of all, you defend your country! It's really special to me, cuz it's gonna be my 1st time in the Olympic Games and it isn’t only one more event on the tour, it's really meaningful , and that's why they only happen from 4 to 4 years.

Q. What do you like about PAW, the most, Hantuchov?

Hantuchov: (Pause) I don’t know....really. I just like it. But I think when you play a competition you always want to win, at least that's what happens to me. So, I think it's the desire of achieving the 1st place.

Q. Thank you so much for your time Hantuchov, it's appreciated.

Hantuchov: K, bye bye.

End of Interivew.

Captain.Canada
Feb 29th, 2004, 07:17 AM
Excellent idea for a thread Spikey!

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 07:54 AM
:cool: Getting to know KoOlMaNsTeVeN :cool:

Relaxed and ready to rumble

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Country: Canada
Current Rank: 49
Current Race Rank: 50

Speaking about setting impressions on their debut tournaments, KoOlMaNsTeVeN did just that in Antwerp 2002, in only his 2nd tournament, the punky Canadian claimed the title with an amazing 31 point lead of 2nd placed saki, whilst this was an astounding result, Canada’s 2nd highest ranked player has not won a title since. He attributes this to a lack of focus in his game. In fact the Canadian has undergone several username changes, but all seems to be settled now.

This year in Paris, KoOlMaNsTeVeN finished a classy 3rd which would elevate his race rank into the top 50. He is hoping to return to the top 20, a destination suited for this fine and talented athlete. We caught up with Steven in a Local Pub in Doha.


Q. How did you get involved in PAW?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: Well I started it when it first came out. I loved the idea of picking winners for matches since it is something i was thinking about before.

Q. You won Antwerp in 2002, but have not won a title since, however you finished 3rd in Paris OGF recently, do you think you are returning to form and maybe coming an elite top 20 player again?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: If I play more I think I can. The main key for me is to see past matches etc.. I really need in the upcoming weeks to focus on the game. Plus I hope I can come back to the top 20.

Q. Are you friends with the Canadians, there is a whole group of them doing well, are you good friends with them?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: I’m good friends with Paul (Polishprodigy). The others are quite new so I haven’t been able to get to know them.

Q. What surface do you adapt to the most?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: Hmm. I would have to say hard. Because I can concentrate on my game more in the summer.

Q. You play a variety of games on the board, what makes PAW different?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: As i said BEFORE its head to head match-ups and ALSO it’s based on actual WTA Matches which is very special.

Q. Do you have any role models, you look up to, on tour?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: which tour?

Q. The Paw Tour, sir.

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: Nope. Im really my own individual and I don’t look around at anyone else to look up to.

Q. Tell us five words to describe yourself?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: punkish, nice, demanding, selfish, sweet … a mix of things

Q. How long do you see yourself playing PAW, and how do you think the game is going?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: I see myself playing for a very long time. I really do think that PAW needs to promote itself more and MAYBE make it a bit more interesting.

Q. What do you mean by “more interesting,” do you have any ideas?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: Hmm.. I think the game should inform the players more about head to heads etc..

Q. But don’t you think that’s the player’s responsibility to do that?

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: i guess so

Q. KoOlMaNsTeVeN:, we appreciate your time, thank you.

KoOlMaNsTeVeN: Thanks soo much!

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 08:12 AM
:dance: Getting to know New :dance:

Inexperienced but not overhauled

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Country: Singapore
Current Rank: 147
Current Race Rank: 78

Like fellow compatriots – Je_ne_sais_quoi, Grice and wateva, New announced his presence to the PAW Tour by brushing aside all odds for a splendid debut (4th in Canberra 2004), a performance that usually requires experience and exposure to the demands of the PAW Tour. But New has already shown adapting capabilities of a genius, a characteristic of his arsenal that is set to assist him during what promises to be a momentous PAW Career. We caught up with the enigmatic prodigy in a pre-Doha tournament press conference, who seemed reluctant to talk to the media at first.


Q. Hey can I interview you for PAW?

New: But my rank is pathetic.

Q. That’s completely irrelevant, you are a youngster on the rise.

New: okie...

Q. Hello New, How did you begin playing the game PAW?

New: I first joined this place i saw this game i thought it was fun and i was totally in love with it so i decided to try.

Q. What do you think distinguishes PAW from the other games on WTAWorld?

New: it is very unique in a sense that you are not really in a draw and have every chance of being in the top few without being knocked out.... it's a race all the time... those top seeds maybe be good but they dun win all the time...

Q. What has been your best result on the tour, to date?

New: wait i gotta check..(laughs)

My best results to date is Hyderabad and Dubai (round of 16 each)

Q. Do you have a mentor that you look up to on tour, you are still inexperienced?

New: yeah you! how on earth did you get so many correct predictions???!!! .. (laughs)

Q. You are from Singapore correct?

New: yes!

Q. You are the 4th best player there behind Je_ne_sais_quoi, Grice and wateva, do you look up to their success?

New: I’m sixth actually...unless you're referring to the race... but anyway yes i do look up to them and hope to even come close to their success but i pick with my heart (who i support rather) than with my brains... which is a disadvantage...

Q. Je_ne_sais_quoi was a finalist at the Australian Open, did you see the final?

New: nope cos i wasn’t aware of who's who yet as that was my first tournament but i know it was very close...

Q. New, it's a delight to have you in PAW, good luck for the rest of the season.

New: Good luck to you too and thanks....

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 08:27 AM
:yeah: Getting to know Nathan27 :yeah:

The Young and the Restless

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Country: Canada
Current Rank: 71
Current Race Rank: 17


Nathan27 is exactly what you would call one of PAW’s youngest hot prospects. The explosive Canadian has certainly made enough steady progress in the second half of 2003 and in the first few months of 2004 to turn lots of heads. Nathan plays with a spontaneous game style relying on natural instinct, fire power and luck to get him through tournaments, and the method has been paying off, when he finished 2nd at Sydney this year, eclipsing his previous best finish – a 4th in Filderstadt on debut.

These top 5 finishes have provided a platform for Nathan27 in 2004, who prefers not to look at the future and concentrate on his performance week by week. We caught up with Nathan27 in a souvenir stop at Dubai.

Q. Good evening today we are interviewing one the players on the rise, Nathan27.

Nathan27: Hi!

Q. Nathan, you began PAW last year, what enticed you to play?

Nathan27: I really liked the idea of betting on matches and I really like the rankings system!

Q. Do you think PAW deals with a lot of concepts it is essentially a game in which you have to yield the most points, do you think strategy is also involved?

Nathan27: There are many concepts involved such as risk-taking and being somewhat knowledgeable of the wta tour such as how players are doing and their favourite surfaces. That's one of the reasons why I like PAW so much, because there's a lot of skill involved and not just luck.

Q. You were 2nd at Sydney this year, what were you feelings after achieving such a result?

Nathan27: I was thrilled and surprised. It was my best finish in my short PAW career. Although I was most happiest with my 4th place finish at Filderstadt because I think it was one of my first tournaments, maybe my first and I wasn't quite aware of all the tactics involved in the game.

Q. You are one the newcomers of the tour now, do you have any rivals?

Nathan27: Not really. Well, there are a few Canadian newcomers that are about in the same ranking position as I am but I wouldn't consider them rivals.

Q. Who is your best friend on tour, I know you are very close to all Canadian players?

Nathan27: Actually we have a thread going now as you know, and I'm just getting to know a lot of them a little bit more. They're all great!

Q. How long do you see yourself playing PAW? And what goals do you have this year?

Nathan27: I'm not sure. I may have to take a break this summer unfortunately because I'm going to be really busy working. This game is really addictive though. I'm actually really busy now and I tell myself I'll take a break but it only takes a few minutes to post my picks so I keep playing. As long as I love playing this game I'll continue to participate!

Q. Yes this addiction seems to be catching everyone, why is this?

Nathan27: I'm not sure exactly. The wta tour is so dynamic and interesting and the personalities and rivalries add so much to the sport. I think people want to be more involved in the tour and this gives them an opportunity to do so. And as for my goals, I'd like to win a tournament or two and get into the top 30.

Q. Can you remember what was the smartest PAW pick that you have ever made in a tournament?

Nathan27: If I remember correctly, it was in Filderstadt when I chose Mary Pierce over Jennifer Capriati. I chose my personal favourite even though I didn't think she would win. I don't usually do that unlike some players. I think it got me 30 points or so.

Q. Do you have a PAW pick that you regret?

Nathan27: Wow, haha, there are too many (laughs)... Actually, I don't think that there are that many because there is so much talent on the tour and the tour can be so volatile that any pick is possible.

Q. Finally Nathan, can you give us a few sentences to describe your game style?

Nathan27: I usually choose matches where the scoring points are close such as (9-11) or (8-12) but a couple times throughout the tournament I'll throw in some carefully chosen upsets based on the player's comfort on the surface and how they've been playing recently.

Q. One more question sorry... polishprodigy has been quoted saying he will make a decision whether to represent Canada or Poland in the Fed Cup, at the moment the Fed Cup has a criteria in which the top 4 players from a nation can play, are you confident about your chances?

Nathan27: I can't say that I am. Canada has many talented PAW players making there way up the rankings so anything can happen from here until the time the players are chosen for the team.

Q. Nathan, thank you a lot for your time tonight, it was appreciated.

Good luck for the rest of the year.

Nathan27: Thanx!

End of Interview.

azza
Feb 29th, 2004, 09:16 AM
:clap2:

9. Who are your best friends on tour?

andrew_uk: Aidan is without doubt my best friend on tour. I call him Aidys as a nickname (laughs) . He's just so nice, so friendly and I can talk to him about anything to do with PAW. He's my bestest buddy on tour. other friends I have made on tour include The Monarch Butterfly, azza, and more recently new.

In the last week I've also made good friends with my compatriot Phil who is great to have around. We have so much in common, we are in a similar age group and are both students in our final year at university. Azza really gets me in hysterics. He is such a laugh, he comes out with the most random things on MSN, he's great. I also like Hantuchov. (Pause) ... I like your suit interviewer.

AWWWWWWWWW :awww: :hug: :inlove: Thx :kiss: i kiss your Lips :kiss:

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 09:47 AM
:wavey: Getting to know ktwtennis :wavey:

Hungry for Success

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Country: United States
Current Rank: 44
Current Race Rank: 101

Ktwtennis has been around for more than a year now and he has tasted the most success at home, having finished 10th at both Sarasota and Charleston (both in the US) last year, two of the numerous successful results that has propelled him to a current rank of 44. Ktwtennis isn’t the flashiest competitors that draws attention but he is well conditioned and has patience. The shy and sly American is looking to have better results on all surfaces on a regular basis in 2004 and we wish him well. The PAW Staff caught up with him in the latest of our “Getting to know” interviews.


Q. Hey ktwtennis, how did you get involved in PAW?

Ktwtennis: i visited one of their threads and joined when i read what it was all about.

Q. What do you think about the game?

Ktwtennis: I love it! But sometimes it's not updated fast enough and sometimes I don't have enough time to play...

Q. You are one of the more experienced players on tour, is experience required at this level?

Ktwtennis: I guess it is to a point. You need to know something about the players you are picking to determine who has the advantage. You also need to know the inside scoop about what's happening with players (problems that may affect a player's performance). But sometimes over thinking gets you in trouble.

Q. You are from the United States, do you travel with your compatriots on tour often or do you travel with your own entourage?

Ktwtennis: I travel with my own entourage.

Q. You seem to be the quiet type, but do you have any close friends on tour?

Ktwtennis: I'm friends with many of the Selestials, but we're not really close...

Q. You were around when Simon was running the game, are there any differences now that the new staff has taken over, is it better or worse?

Ktwtennis: Simon had a better website and was very consistent in updating everything. But the new staff seems to have done very well to divide up the work. They've been improving steadily the past few months.

Q. Do you have any goals this year, ktwtennis?

Ktwtennis: I would like to do better at the majors and put a couple weeks in a row in of good results. First, I have to put one week in of good picks!!

Q. Finally, can you give us five words to describe your PAW game style?

Ktwtennis: Conservative, shy, sly, insightful, and consistent

Q. Thank you for your time ktwtennis, it's appreciated.

Ktwtennis: oh no prob! Ciao.

End of Interview.

SpikeyAidanm
Feb 29th, 2004, 10:08 AM
:hatoff: Getting to know Philip :hatoff:

An opponent not to be taken lightly

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Country: Great Britain
Current Rank: 122
Current Race Rank: 41


There has been a rumour (which has been spreading out fast) that PAW Wimbledon tickets are already sold out, and perhaps it is no surprise when they now have two of the most natural gifted players to cheer on in the name of Philip and andrew_uk, both new to the game this year are mixing it up with the best of them, along with Elisse and WTA Handicapper they ought to make one formidable Fed Cup Team.

Philip, who mixes his PAW career with university studies, finished 3rd in Auckland, his first tournament which incidentally remains his best tournament. The composure and motivation Philip showed in this interview suggests he is not stranger in achieving goals.


Q. Can I ask you a quick set of questions about PAW?

Philip: sure.

Q. How did you begin playing the game?

Philip: Well, i started years ago, i think in 2002/2001 played about 2 tournaments and then disappeared for about 2 years. came back and i like it much more!

Q. You are from Great Britain, are you good friends with your compatriots on tour?

Philip: errm, only one, Andrew (andrew_uk) he is REALLY enthusiastic and even tells me off if i miss any PAWS (laughs), he wants all GBR in championships, he’s quite ambitious, and that’s inspiring.

Q. You play several other games on the board, where does PAW fit in?

Philip: 2nd, after ttt, ive played ttt from the beginning, so i guess im just still addicted to it. played fwtt for about a year, but, i retired at the end of last year.

Q. Do you think PAW is a complex game?

Philip: not at all, once u know how to make paws, and know how many etc, its really simple, and enjoyable too, its fun to predict who is going to win which match, and see how better u are, or worse, against other board members

Q. Is predicting something that you have always enjoyed?

Philip: well, its fun.

Q. Phil, what sort of activities do you do in-between tournaments?

Philip: urrm paw related, i would maybe look up head to heads, or a players recent form to decide on who i will back in the next tourney. otherwise i would maybe look at the paw forum to see ranks, reviews etc.

Q. You have only began this year, I'm sure you have a very bright future ahead of you.

Philip: thanks.

End of Interview.

Hantuchov
Feb 29th, 2004, 05:44 PM
Me :inlove: :lol: :p

Hayato
Feb 29th, 2004, 07:22 PM
still not there :sad: i did the interview on Feb.27!

anyway Spikey is probably busy ;) :lol:

j_dementieva27
Feb 29th, 2004, 08:13 PM
spikey :wavey: i wanna be interviewed and the like!

PM and i will give you my email... send me the questions and ill send back the answers

just coz i dont have msn

j_dementieva27
Mar 1st, 2004, 01:53 AM
and im thrilled that andrew_uk would call me a rival!

i hope we have many more PAW tournaments when we battle it out for the top...

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 1st, 2004, 06:50 AM
:woohoo: Getting to know ghosts :woohoo:

Returning like a boomerang

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Country: Bulgaria
Current Rank: 27
Current Race Rank: 8


Who said humans were too sophisticated for little superstitions? In fact in PAW, a mind and strategy game, it is a fairly common tactic used by all players. Former world number four ghosts, who is the only Bulgarian on tour until bgbgbg makes his debut in Doha next week, revealed that he is sometimes reluctant to pick his favourite – Magdalena Maleeva tin her matches, entirely for superstitious reasons.

But it is no surprise that such complex game plan lies in one of PAW’s true ambassadors. Ghosts, a former winner of Stanford and renowned iron man of the tour was and continues to be a crowd favourite, he well known for his passion and fighting qualities. So far this year, the dynamic 18 year old has indeed appears to be revitalized, rejuvenated and seemed to have counteracted the dovetail which appeared to affect his game late last year. Ghosts finished runner-up in Auckland and Memphis this year, and also was a semi-finalist (4th) in the Tokyo TPP, now at eight on the race, there is no doubt one of PAW’s sentimental favourties has done some intense off-court work during the off-season and it has paid off. We caught up with ghosts in his early dawn jog along the Bogota beaches.


Q. Hey ghosts, you look relaxed today, how are you going?

Ghosts: Oh it's quite early here in Bogota but I already relaxed and I just made my final pick for the tournament here...

Q. You have a plane off to Acapulco soon, so we won't keep you here too long.

Ghosts: yes exactly

Q. You are one of the longest playing PAW players, you have participated in 8 Grand Slams so far, what factors made you begin this game?

Ghosts: Well, at the beginning there weren't many games on WTAworld but PAW was always the best organized one! Actually that's why I love this game so much! There has always been such a dedicated person or team of administrators who runs the tournaments... 2 months ago that made me wanna administrate a tournament in Australia! Soon I'll be running Estoril and I feet excited about that.

Q. Yes you have experienced a variety of changes in the management of PAW, can you comment on the shifts, is the game better or worse than during the Simon era?

Ghosts: Well Simon was doing his job excellent but he was alone and that was tough. Now we have a great team which makes possible to have additional features for every tournament... That makes the game even more enjoyable.

Q. That's nice to hear, you are the lone Bulgarian at the moment however there is a new member of Bulgaria who will participate in Doha this week, are you excited to have a fellow compatriot on tour?

Ghosts: Of course I am excited because I made him wanna play this game... He asked me if there is a game on the board that is worth playing I immediately answered P-A-W!

Q. Now you can play Fed Cup, are you looking forward to that and also the Olympics?

Ghosts: Oh yes! Fed Cup will be incredible experience because I love being in a team and also playing doubles The Olympic Games are the biggest sport event in 2004 and moreover they are in Athens and many Bulgarians will come to support us! I feel both competitions (Fed Cup and Olympic) for one of my main goals throughout the year.

Q. You had tremendous tournaments in Tokyo (4th) and Memphis (2nd), you had interesting tactics in Tokyo my "PAWing" your favourite - Maleeva throughout the tournament, however not against Sugiyama in the QF, if you had done that, you would have finished 2nd, why was this?

Ghosts: It is very tough for me to PAW Maggie because I'm a bit superstitious. I'm still not sure whether to pick her in a tournament or not. It's great pleasure when she wins and gives points to me but sometimes I paw against her and say: "If she wins it's OK. I won't win points for the game but at least she is in the next round! On the other hand when she loses I have the consolation that I win something.

Q. Hmm, yes that is interesting. Do you have any other secrets that you can tell us?

Ghosts: Secrets are secrets and I won't tell you anything more But they are not big secrets as you can see from my current ranking! It's great that I have good year so far but I still need to improve! As you know my aim is the Year-End Championships

Q. You arguably have one of the most beautiful entourages on tour, does this keep you confident?

Ghosts: Pardon.

Q. Your support group?

Ghosts: Oh yes, friends are very important during the weeks I'm far away from my family... You know I played 35 tournaments last year and friends like you Spikey, have always been something special for me!

Q. There are definitely plenty of newcomers on the rise, who do you think is the one who is most likely to become a genuine champion PAW player?

Ghosts: I'd say the Australian Open champion and cooldudeanzela have potential because they often make surprise picks in a tournament! Hantuchov from Brazil is also a young gun.

Q. Within one year you have been in the top 10 and also out of the top 30, you now seem revitalized with a race rank 8, what sort off-season work did you do?

Ghosts: I'm looking forward to a Top 16 finish! If I perform good in a Grand Slam I'll have chances for Top 10, too!

Q. You definitely must have trained hard for the 2004 season, no?

Ghosts: Yeah I've cleared out my tactics and I use more time for playing the game! Now I don't act too hastily and wait for the accurate shot.

Q. You also look very fit.

Ghosts: I spend about 2 hours every day at the gym! I feel great in my body and that helps me always.

Q. Do you have a nickname?

Ghosts: Different people name me in different ways... Some years ago when I was still training in Bulgaria I had nicknames which you surely cannot even pronounce

Q. It has been a pleasure to speak to you ghosts, good luck in Bogota next week.

Ghosts: I'm sure you meant Acapulco

Q. (Interviewer blushes) Yes, sorry.

Ghosts: Thank you Spike.

End of Interview.

ghosts
Mar 1st, 2004, 10:53 AM
Thnk you Spikey :woohoo:

:worship: ;)

marcobarella
Mar 1st, 2004, 12:20 PM
Great job Spikey!
:worship: :wavey: :bounce: :hug: :bigwave:

I'm ready to be interviewed by pm or email

Philip
Mar 1st, 2004, 01:45 PM
:yeah:

cool :D

bbypk
Mar 1st, 2004, 02:08 PM
So nice... :)

crazillo
Mar 1st, 2004, 06:03 PM
Nice interview!!

Hantuchov
Mar 1st, 2004, 10:07 PM
Alex :yeah:

Who's gonna interview Aidan? :confused: :p

Hayato
Mar 2nd, 2004, 04:44 AM
good interviews :bigclap:

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 2nd, 2004, 05:19 AM
:aparty: Getting to know Rossana Fan :aparty:

It's about Quality not Quantity

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Country: Australia
Current Rank: 125
Current Race Rank: 55

Whereas the majority of PAW players will be busily competing each week on the PAW Tour, Rossana Fan emphasises quality performances rather than a quantity of mixed results. The Australian finished runner-up to zorgzamesnip at the Gold Coast, before a lackluster finish in Sydney, affected by mental disturbances forced him to skip the Australian Open. Returning back 3 weeks later, a refreshed and motivated Rossana Fan wasted no time in authorizing his presence, finishing an impressive 10th in Bogota. Having only played 5 tournaments, Rossana Fan is already up to 125 in the rankings, and with a race rank off 55 from three tournaments, he is ought to be a dangerous floater in many PAW tournaments to come. We caught up with Rossana Fan in an exclusive interview in Qatar this week.


Q. Rossana Fan, how did you become involved in PAW?

Rossana Fan: i was going through games and i saw PAW and i thought......hmm i wonder what that’s about. So i went in and it stuck from there on.

Q. You debuted magnificently in Gold Coast, finishing 2nd, then you took a break after Sydney, do you think you are back better than ever?

Rossana Fan: well Gold Coast was my 3rd tournament but that was one i was waiting for, for a long time...i only came back to do Bogota, but now i will stay as i have had so much fun doing Bogota.

I dont know as yet if i am back better than ever.

Q. What do you think of the game PAW, do you find it unique?

Rossana Fan: It is a great game because you can have a bad tournament and a good tournament straight after, so it keeps you guessing more than others. You don’t know what will happen.

Q. What sort of tactics do you employ to do well?

Rossana Fan: i always take a long hard look at the draw and see which players are in good or bad form. If they have had a good previous tournament then it’s likely they will do well here. That’s how i do my PAW’s.

Q. What are your goals short term and long term for PAW?

Rossana Fan: Well my goal was to win Bogota either singles or doubles...but seeing as that isn’t possible anymore (laughs) then i would just like to enjoy the game and get my rank inside the top 50 (if possible!)

Q. Do you have any friends on tour, who do you travel with?

Rossana Fan: I travel with my mum and my dad and my coach. I get along well with Catriel and Mack_Daddy and Gregorian but they don’t play PAW so really i try to get along with everyone and have no enemies.

Q. Are there any downfalls of playing PAW, the traveling perhaps?

Rossana Fan: waiting for results are the worst!! The traveling isn’t too bad, i don’t mind planes. I enjoy getting around. … I’ve got 5 mins! (Rossana Fan hobbles off to the toilet)

Q. Thanks for your time Rossana Fan.

Rossana Fan: cool, see ya.

End of Interview

Hayato
Mar 2nd, 2004, 05:22 AM
lol my interview is so funny :lol: thanks spike

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 2nd, 2004, 06:14 AM
:angel: Getting to know köj-è :angel:

An ambassador for PAW

Country: Indonesia
Current Rank: 59
Current Race Rank: 88

When people wonder who was the first to catalyze Indonesia’s rise to a PAW country of “superpower status,” most will think of an elite group of Indonesians which includes köj-è for revolutionizing PAW in South-East Asia. Ever since players such as speedster (INA) and Je_ne_sais_quoi (SIN) have witnessed their success and been inspired by it. But his role-model qualities do not stop there, he also introduced his own country’s PAW thread and since, around 10 other countries have followed suited, an innovative and creative person indeed. In 2003, köj-è won in Doha and Tokyo (Japan Open), but still finished outside the top 30, he was plagued with injury and concerns all year and was unable to play a full schedule. So far this year, köj-è claimed 70th spot in the Australian Open, and was impressive in Hyderabad where he ended up 16th. The PAW Tour caught up with the teenager in the latest of our PAW Interviews in Doha, as he prepares to defend his title.


Q. G'Day köj-è, how are you?

köj-è: I’m fine.. thank you.. how are u?

Q. I'm fine too.

You began PAW way back in 2002, what catalyzed the start?

köj-è: (laughs)... what does catalyzed mean?

Q. began...

köj-è: oh.. i think PAW is a very interesting games.. and i found a lot more interesting when we have to do the commitments things, and also when we represent our beloved country! It more realistic..

Q. Indonesia has had extraordinary success on tour, do you aspire to both sandg and speedster_?

köj-è: really? yeah not only those two friends.. all Indonesian friends has made me to have more spirit to compete in PAW..

Q. You started a PAW - Indonesia thread, since then about 8 countries have followed suit, you also introduced the idea of a commitment list with ranks last year, are proud of the innovations you have made to the game?

köj-è: of course.. *laughing* I’m so honoured to do that as my contribution to the best games in the board..

Q. You changed your name from Kojangs to köj-è, was that a new tactic to keep your PAW opponents confused?

köj-è: no, it was just becuz i'm bored with the name. but if it does make effects, that's good..

Q. You are the defending champion in Doha this week, do you think you are ready to put in a top 10 finish or higher?

köj-è: in the end of this year?

Q. In Doha?

köj-è: oh the weekly ranks, yes i should be optimist but i don't want that to be my target bcuz it will be mentally effected to me.. so, i'll just do my best i think

Q. WHo is your best friend on tour?

köj-è: mm.. all.. no one specific.. i play with them all..

Q. You have been in the Simon era and now the Spikey/Sandg era, has the game gone through any significant changes?

köj-è: yes.. some people like the original idea but some others like the recent games. i would just play as long as i like the games. and i really appreciate those changes.

Q. Do you think the committing to tournaments is a good idea?

köj-è: yes, it makes the games more realistic. with more than 130 players in the tour it makes me feel like a WTA player... (laughing)

Q. Is there any things of PAW that could be improved?

köj-è: mmm maybe players data from the beginning of their start. it makes the player could review how they were going and could make a tactics for their future..

Q. You are a player that seems to put emphasis on quality rather than quantity, you did not play a full schedule last year but you still won 2 tournaments, do you think it is important not to over-play?

köj-è: yes of course.. we have to always keep our physique in a fit condition. and i also have my private life, it for my mental, if i have both fit, i could play better on the tour. Actually that's my secret.. (laughing)

Q. Finally can you give us a sentence to describe PAW?

köj-è: The biggest and the most interesting games in the board. (smiling)

Q. Thank you for your time today, köj-è, good luck in Doha.

köj-è: thank you, oh ya, but before i leave, i would like to say thank you for all people who has support my career including the PAW staff, thank you Spikey!

End of Interview

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 2nd, 2004, 07:08 AM
:bigclap: Getting to know polishprodigy :bigclap:

Rising up to the occasion

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Country: Canada
Current Rank: 25
Current Race Rank: 47

When one looks at polishprodigy’s resume, there is one result which captures that reader’s impression immediately, US OPEN Runner up 2003. Which polishprodigy, a 20 year old Canadian, born in Poland, worked hard for and thoroughly deserved. Now just sitting outside the top 20, polishprodigy has failed to make the best of starts to his 2004 campaign, but has been working on new game strategies that will and should pay dividends over time. Howevers factors which sway in polishprodigy’s favour in eventually becoming an elite PAW player lies in the fact that he always performs consistently well in the Grand Slams, the real pinnacle of PAW. Even somewhat out-of-sorts, the Canadian number one managed to finish a very promising 24th, fully living up to his seeding of 23. Performances like these prove there is indeed plenty of petrol left in the tank.


Q. Hello polishprodigy, you began PAW in Wimbledon last year, what catalyzed your debut?

Polishprodigy: oh (laughs) Well, i heard about the game and i thought it was interesting, and i like betting, so i wanted to play and i did well in my first tournie, so i wanted to continue.

Q. You play several games on the board, what do you find interesting about PAW?

Polishprodigy: the fact that it is in competitive.

Q. You are currently the top ranked Canadian but sometimes you have opted to play for Poland, can you tell us a bit about your frequent Nationality changes?

Polishprodigy: (laughs) Well, i live in Canada but my parents are from Poland, so I share my time equally between the two nations as they are both close to my heart. I speak both English and Polish.

Q. Both Poland and Canada have lots of highly ranked PAW players, who will you represent in the Olympics?

Polishprodigy: hmmm, how many for each nation?

Q. Not sure, maybe top 3...

Polishprodigy: I will have to consider this at a later time. I will speak to my coaches and make a final decision later.

Q. Last year you came 6th in Toronto after only 11 picks, this obviously displays your talent, has it been a bit of a slow start this year?

Polishprodigy: Yes, for sure. last year I did not play a full season so i have a great opportunity. And i have certainly been dismayed with my results. But I will continue to work hard and hopefully i will have a breakthrough soon.

Q. Do you think PAW is a complex game, but do you take it easy on yourself?

Polishprodigy: I think it can be complex, as women's tennis is becoming more competitive. But the concept is simple.

Q. Who are your best friends on tour?

Polishprodigy: umm, Wojtek and Jakub.

Q. Finally can you give us five words to describe PAW as a game?

Polishprodigy: Competitive. Challenging. Easy-to-play. Fun. Long.

Q. Cheers Paul.

Polishprodigy: (Smiles)

End of Interview.

cooldudeanzela
Mar 5th, 2004, 11:14 AM
spikey can u unblock me from msn and interview me plese

Buitenzorg
Mar 9th, 2004, 05:14 AM
Well, spikey where is my interview...aren't you going to post here ;)

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 9th, 2004, 06:47 AM
I have stopped interviewing people temporarily, I just copped a lot of flak, and a lot of game organisers are now copying my idea :rolleyes:

If I get the motivation back, I may resume...

HotSpot
Mar 9th, 2004, 11:08 AM
..... take your time... Spikey :)

köj-è
Mar 9th, 2004, 11:18 AM
spikey... where is my stars?! :sad:

SpikeyAidanm
Mar 17th, 2004, 11:04 AM
Interviewing will resume tomorrow. :)

SpikeyAidanm
Apr 2nd, 2004, 08:38 AM
:sport: Getting to know zorgzamesnip :sport:

Real Belgium Dynamite

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Q. Good morning zorgzamesnip. How was it that you began playing PAW?

Zorgzamesnip: well, I visited the board a few times, and noticed that there was always a thread were people didn't talk, just put up matches that were about to be played.... I found that a bit strange. I followed that a while and discovered they were playing a game... It looked fun, so I joined.

Q. Your first tournament was Wimbledon 2003 I believe, how did you go there?

Zorgzamesnip: I thought I did very well there for a first time (45 or something like that). To bad that is still my best GS result

Q. Yes, so far your best results have come in the weekly tournaments, what makes Grand Slams harder to do well in?

Zorgzamesnip: There are to many matches to pick from... I always go for the wrong upsets, and don't like picking a favorite in these GS... In the smaller tournaments i find it easier

Q. What has been your most satisfying moment in PAW so far in your career?

Zorgzamesnip: Winning Gold Coast off course. Hope to have some more moments like that

Q. That achieved one of your goals of this year, to win a title, the other was to finish in the top 20, you are now 35, how long do you think it will take until you reach the top 20?

Zorgzamesnip: well, it depends. If I can have another 2 good tournaments I can get there quiet fast, but I think after the FO I should be able to get in that top 20. I have no points to defend there, and there are others that will lose many points...

Q. What is your favourite surface?

Zorgzamesnip: well, i have to say Hard Court, my best results came on that surface. I never played on clay, so maybe that could be a good surface for me to.

Q. You seem very close to your fellow Belgians, do you have any other friends on tour?

Zorgzamesnip: well, I consider everybody as a friend on the tour , but the Belgians and spikey deserve a special mention. They always support me, and I support them offcourse! I hope they all qualify for the YE championships

Q. You have one of the most dynamic names on tour, can you tells where "zorgzamesnip" came from?

Zorgzamesnip: hmm hard to explain in english... I'm a member off the boy scouts here in Belgium, and my 'totem' (don't know how to translate that) is zorgzame snip. A snip is a little bird and zorgzame means : someone who allways takes care that everybody and everything is all right., a totem is an animal name they give you.

Q. That is nice name, some players often mistake it for being zorgzameSHIP...

Zorgzamesnip: that's ok, as long as the ship doesn't sink, I don't mind.

Q. (laughs) Belgium PAW players have won three titles this year, do you think they are set to become a leading PAW nation?

Zorgzamesnip: I hope so, but it's hard to tell. PAW is too unpredictable to tell if we can come a leading nation. For the moment we are playing very well, and I hope we can all have some more good results.

Q. You also seem to have a pretty formidable Fed Cup / Olympics Team, it will be unfortunate to see whoever misses out.

Zorgzamesnip: I hope nobody misses out. How many can play FedCup?

Q. Top 5.

Zorgzamesnip: hmm, I don't know. Everybody of our team deserves to play, and i am sure the ones that fall out, will come and cheer on the others

Q. What sort of tactics do you use before making your PAW's?

Zorgzamesnip: I always look at past results, and in form players. But most of the time I just go with my feelings. (for the moment I always pick against Dokic, because she is worth a lot of points, and i always think she will lose). Furthermore I like to mix picks for upsets with a few picks for favorites, just to get my points total a bit higher.

Q. That is interesting, do you ever base your picks on other's picks?

Zorgzamesnip: Not in the beginning of a tournament. But sometimes, near the end, if I'm ranked high, I look at what my concurrents picked, and then decide.

Q. Finally can you give us a few sentences to describe PAW?

Zorgzamesnip: PAW is a great game, it's fun, exciting and addictive.

Q. It's addictiveness is catching us all, any explanations?

Zorgzamesnip: I think this year the tour has become more competitive, so we all want to play more to get more good results. Also the additional features: the race, the threads for every country,... Everybody wants to look good in those threads, so we play more to get better rankings.

Q. Thank you for your time zorgzamesnip, you are a player on the rise, Good luck.

Zorgzamesnip: Thanks, and good luck to you to in Qatar!

End of Interview.

zorgzamesnip
Apr 2nd, 2004, 08:48 AM
:wavey: Thanks Spikey!