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Quiz Pat Rafter

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comment by Simba (U3196220)

posted Jul 29, 2008

Wow, what a treat, you can keep all your modern day diva's and bellerina's, I would happily pay good money to watch that line up, chuck in a Jonnie Mac and a Becker for good measure and you have pure gold.

What I would like to know is.. Who is Pat most looking forward to playing and why? also, is winning now as important as it was way back when?..... (before the war.. Hahaha).

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,

Does that shirt have pink trim or are my eyes clouded today?

Thanks

Tarquin P Blancmange Mould III

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi. How's the shoulder doing?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,

What Slam in your career did you most want to win?

Bye!

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Have you forgiven Goran yet?

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comment by Magpie (U10992222)

posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,
Was losing to Goran Ivanisevic at Wimbledon '01 the most disappointing match in your career?
And if you'd won, how would it compare with your two US Open victories?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

What’s happened to Australian tennis? Outside of an ageing Hewitt, you’ve got no-one of world class any more – almost unthinkable in years gone by…

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,

1) You enjoyed a 3-0 record against Federer in your career. Did you recognise anything about his game in those matches which made you think he would become such a dominant force?

2) You were still a force in the men's game when you announced your retirement. Do you miss competing? How do you think you would fare against Nadal?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat.

How many Slams do you think you'd have won if you'd have carried on playing during the weak Federer era? By my calculations, you'd have won 6 Wimbledons, 5 US Opens, 5 Australian Opens and one French Open. Do you regret quitting so early?

Salutations.

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi pat
could you please name your five greatest tennis playes ever in the open era. Also could you name in order the level of prestige each grand slam holds. Thanks!

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comment by ark_28 (U2205532)

posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat, while many remember your epic Wimbledon final against Goran, the year before you gave Pete Sampras a great match in the final.
Sampras said in that second set tiebreak he went from feeling he was going to lose the match to feeling he was going to win it in the space of two minutes would you say that you felt the same but in reverse?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hello Pat. Do u think that Lleyton Hewitt can becone a top player again and win a few more grand slams?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

"Hello Pat. Do u think that Lleyton Hewitt can becone a top player again and win a few more grand slams?"

No need to ask this one, I can give you the answer right now:

PR - "Lleyton's a great champion and has been tremendous for tennis and Australian sport. Obviously as you get older it's tougher to win the big titles, particularly with all the good young players coming up through the ranks, but if he can steer clear of injury I can see him still being a contender for titles, sure."

That's what he'd say :-).

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comment by AIR (U11839106)

posted Jul 29, 2008

Salutations Mr Rafter.

I hope you are enjoying your well earned retirement.

Q1. Who was the worst tennis player that you ever played? I am guessing that as clay was by far your worst surface, it would probably be someone that you somehow, by some miracle, managed to bagel on that surface? <laugh>

http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/headtohead/?player1=Rafter%2C+Patrick&player2=federer

Q2. What are your memories of your opponent's catastrophic performance that day? Please do share them with the knowledgeable members of the board!

Thanks!

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posted Jul 29, 2008

How disappointed are you to see that there are virtually no specialist serve-volleyers on the tour anymore like you or Edberg?

P.S. Forget Fed v Nadal, your wimbledon semi 2000 against Agassi was the best match that I have ever seen. 2 differing styles and both men on top form!

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat!
Outside the current 'big 3', who can you see possibly winning a slam in the next few years?
Thanks

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat, it's great to see you back on tour. <ok>

Would just like to say you were one of my faves. Being a big fan of grass and serve and volley, I was gutted when you retired. :( Anyway thanks for being such a great part of probably the greatest Wimbledon back in 2001, your matches with Andre and Goran are among the best I've ever seen, I'll never forget them. <magic>

Questions ... so many sorry!

1. Why do you think there is a decline in serve and volley? Will we ever see it back again? Do you think any changes to the conditions at Wimbledon are responsible?

2. Who are your favourite players in the game now and why? Who would you most like to play if you had the chance and on what surface?

3. Growing up, who were your role models and idols?

4. Since you've retired you do a lot of good work for children's charities and have lovely kids of your own. How is this going and what else have you been up to?

Thanks very much and best of luck with your return to tennis, family life and charity work. <ok>

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posted Jul 29, 2008

I forgot to ask the crucial question to Pat -

So when will you join me for dinner? Just kidding <biggrin>

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posted Jul 29, 2008

1. Pat, what do you think the future holds for serve-volley in tennis?

2. Which player do you find more difficult to play against, Tim Henman or Greg Rusedski?

3. What changes, if any, do you think need to be implemented to the Davis Cup to improve its appeal amongst both fans and players?

4. Which players on the current ATP player have the best volleys?

5. Does the recent run of scandals over alleged match-fixing in tennis surprise you? Was this ever perceived to be a problem during the time you played tennis?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hello Pat,

1) As one of great exponents of the volley & serve/volley do you bemoan the fact that they appear to be a dying art in the current game?

2) I believe one major factor which makes Federer stand out from almost all other current players is his innate understanding of how to play in the forecourt, and yet he does not seem willing to exploit this. If you were Federer's coach would you encourage him to employ these tactics more in an attempt to get the edge back to his game?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Oops, question 2 should have read, which played DID you find more difficult to play against, Henman or Rusedski...

And...

6. Have you forgiven Goran Ivanisevic yet for denying you the Wimbledon singles title in 2001?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,
What is the one thing that you desired to achieve in your career, but failed to do so?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Pat, After your Aus Open '01 semi-final loss to Agassi - where you looked like winning - Agassi basically said that he felt you cramped because of his tennis.

Weren't your cramps a medical condidtion due to your sweating and did his comment annoy you?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hello Patrick, do u have any plans on becoming a coach in the future? I feel that you could be a top quality coach and teach the youngsters how to volley well.

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Welcome back to tournament tennis Pat.

Your style of tennis was so very popular with the public, especially in the UK at Wimbledon. With serve-volley tennis dying out, do you think something radical needs to be done to bring more variety to the main tour?

Although he concedes that it is very unlikely, John McEnroe has in the past suggested a return to wooden rackets. Would you welcome this?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,

Will you please play at the Royal Albert Hall this year?

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comment by Arzeee (U10925682)

posted Jul 29, 2008

Hello Patrick,

What're you up to nowadays?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

i feel ur all sad

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Pat,

Liverpool football club: would you honestly care if it fell into the sea?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Patrick,
as you know that Nadal is about to become ranked world number one, but what do you think to roger federer making a come back and regaining his spot at the top, we all know that he has be around for a while now And he has lost a few consecutive match’s I.E Wimbledon, but do you honestly think that these loses will dent his confidence or just make him come back stronger?

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comment by 40love (U9578949)

posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Patrick

which player do you think has the best
baseline play?

which player do you think wins points well?

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hello Patrick its brilliant you are playing again. What is the best thing about living in Noosa? When do you think Australia and England will have a Grand Slam Champion again? The way our countries are going we should have a joint team in Davis Cup!

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Liverpool football club: would you honestly care if it fell into the sea?
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made me laugh lol

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat

Welcome back to competitive tennis.

If there is one thing you want to be remembered for after your gone what would it be? Or perhaps more than one thing? =]

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posted Jul 29, 2008

It's great to see you back in action Pat!

Wish you luck!

My question to you is : How do you rate the current state of Australian Tennis and how do you see it progressing in the next few years?

Much like Great Britain, Australia, for a country that has such a great tennis tradition, there is a remarkable lack of strength in depth at the top of the game. Back home is there a lot of apathy towards Australian tennis or did the achievements of Casey Dellacqua at the Open this year overshadow the other shortcomings?

Also:

Do you think Leyton Hewitt will reach another grand slam semi/final/top 10?

Do you think Andy Murray has the potential to win a Grand Slam, and more to the point will he win one?

What is more likely Hewitt in the Top 10 or Guccione in the Top 25?

Dop you think Australia will beat Chile in the Davis Cup?

Good Luck in Austria and hopefully a trip to London (Albert Hall) isn't too long away.

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Dear Pat,
I had the pleasure to see you play in Toronto in 1998 when you beat Tim Henman in the semi-final and then proceeded to win the championship. You are my favourite all-time player along with Stefan Edberg.

Do you regret retiring so early? Did you miss playing?

Many thanks!
Fiona Lamb, Canada

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi Pat,

Great to see you back playing again

1. How is your shoulder shaping up - fixed or still a problem?
2. How long have you been back in training and how much practice are you doing (eg x hours, y days a week)

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posted Jul 29, 2008

Hi pat, sorry to see you go for so long. it seems like you caught a bad patch of sampras fever before you retired from tennis. after the bahamas how competitve do you think you can be in the face of the new generation of federers and nadals?? and also, the game has changed racquet wise, how will that affect your game style?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi Pat,

What music, if any, did you listen to before matches to get the adrenaline pumping? Was it stuff like Oasis and Led Zepplin?

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comment by Lydian (U11731418)

posted Jul 30, 2008

Pat - which person do you a) fear (if thats the right word) b) look forward to playing again on the BlackRock tour?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Pat,

Great to see you playing again, especially as there are so few natural serve volleyers these days.

Just wondering whether you have kept in contact with many of your fellow pros from your tour days, especially some of the big names like Agassi who you had some great semi-final matches with at Wimbledon?

Also since your retirement how often do you play these days?

All the best

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi Pat

Glad to see you back in action! When we were at high school my friends and I thought you were there hottest player of the Sampras era! How have you spent your time since retirement and who's tennis do you admire now?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi Pat,

First of all, it's fantastic to see you playing again.

(1)Although your breakthrough year on the ATP tour was in 1994, it wasn't until 1997, when you were 24, that you reached the top 10 and won your first Grand Slam. What do you feel made the difference between 1997 and the two previous years?

(2)What have you been up to since retiring from the tour - and what aspects of retirement have you enjoyed the most?

Thank you for being such a great role model over the years!

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi pat,
I was a big fan of your style of play, but i wanted to know how you felt your net rushing style would fare against the top players of the modern era- players like Nadal who hit with such pace and spin?

Simon Mundie

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hey Pat!:D

Some players like to be incredibly relaxed and calm when they play but others like to be very angry and fired up. Which did you prefer? And if you were fired up what angered or pumped you up? Was it the opponent or music etc?

Great to see you back on the court!!! :]

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi Pat,

What are your memories of the incredible 2001 Wimbledon final you played against Goran Ivanisevic?

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comment by karamjit (U557449)

posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi Pat

Good to hear that you'll be back on court again!! I just want to ask you how many times you think you would chip and charge Nadal's serve on grass..I would reckon 75% of the time..And i'd also reckon you would win in four sets..What do you think?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi pat,
I am a huge fan of your style of play, serve and volley.You have been labelled as the greatest serve and volley player never to win a wimbeldon, i think the comments are very harsh what do you think?

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comment by Marcas (U11791940)

posted Jul 30, 2008

Good to see you back Pat,
I was wondering what have you been up yo in the last seven years and what it was like to end your career as a pro, difficult to deal with not being part of it anymore or just a big relief?

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posted Jul 30, 2008

Hi pat,
I have to say, I have been your biggest fan forever. No tennis player can replace you in terms of style and net approach.

Have you ever been a victim of defamation by the Media? If you were, how did you handle it?

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