Archive for September 7, 2007

Dream Girl’s quandary

Yuan Meng has a dilemma, her mom/manager/financier. Pix on FB

Tony arranged a lunch with Ras last weekend in a Greek restaurant in Astoria.  I was dumb founded.  The two women had skipped the town; he’s just her one time practice partner.  The relationship should have ended.  They go their separate ways.  Apparently it’s not.  Tony wanted to help the Dream Girl, so does Ras.  Tony’s interest was purely doing good.  Ras’s bit more, he’s also interested in finding coaching/managing  in China in the near future, for he is smart enough to know that he isn’t going to make it on the ATP circuit.

He is the same age as Dream Girl but much more mature, can have a conversation.  Not just “I like to read comic books, I love to watch TV ..”  He ranked #2 in Greece as junior, but didn’t get alone with the president who ran the federation.  Not only been denied sponsorship, he’s even scratch off fm the Olympics in Athens in 2004.  Right now he lives in LA, attending Irvin as senior or had just graduated.  He and Tony agree on one thing: Dream Girl needs help, needs a know-how coach, needs a worldly manager, and on top of them all, a solid financial backer.  Yu’s smart enough to take her so far, but now she stands on the way.  After all, 鸟枪换炮 era, you got to use the cannon to survive, in order to win.  Yu just doesn’t have it.  They reasoned that when she saw Dream Girl leap at Australian Open, shot up to 90+ in ranking, she thought the time to reach top 10 was just few more months.  (She perhaps signed the Adidas deal without consulting a lawyer, or anyone with tad of knowledge.)  But she didn’t realize the higher you go, the more difficult it becomes.  She has Dream Girl practice only 2 hours a day.  There is no training regime.  This just doesn’t cut.  Jonathan’s said he could be her manager, but too bad she can’t afford him; he also commented on my question whether they had consult a lawyer before ink the Adidas deal: “hiring a lawyer needs money … .. ”  Yu is very sensitive about people who offers help (suspicous of their motives?) – she doesn’t seem to be asking, and is very protective of Dream Girl (guarding her investment?).  I found it’s one of the saddest things that one doesn’t know his or her limit.  (Or Yu knows but afraid losing control, hence her investment?)  Would Chairman Mao be remembered or judged differently should he retired after 1949?  I’d think so.

This shortsightedness, 鼠目寸光 sounds familiar?  China’s improvement over the past 30 years is tremendous, and I’m very proud of it.  But in the company of other highly developed nations, China is green, unsophisticated, can only see what’s under its nose.  If you want to be in the major league, make the investment.  Lacking education?  Hire a pro.  Between financial means (that can make many things happen) and talent, I think talent plus hard working is more vital.  Ivan Boesky had hoped that his son would make into tennis.  He even built an indoor tennis court on his compound.  Obviously money can’t buy talent in this regard.  (Or maybe his son found better thing to do.)

I asked out loud, does Dream Girl want your help, or Yu appreciate your help?

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We were on court playing, suddenly heard some little unfamiliar sound above.  Looked up, saw this beast through the opening of tall trees, slowly moving.  Perhaps taking a break from the US Open.  It’s little spooky.

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I’m a 5.0

player in tennis, the boo-boo queen, 多手多脚, 爱管闲事 八婆, and the most popular jester.  Last week I finally got the chance to play with Tony, as his partner.  Did he need me?  No.  I guess that everyone wanted to see a good show, so they paired me up with Tony, the real 5.0 against two guys.  Having seen me play, Tony told me at the get go, that I should just stay in the back and not to get too excited .. meaning not to reach for the ball that’s not mine.  OK.  Simple enough.  I understand.  But in reality, as usual, I did everything the opposite.  Looking like a fool and entertained everyone.  And we lost.  Tony was mad.  Horrified.  So the next day when they paired us up again, I smartly asked Tony, darling, which side of the court should I take a seat, left or right = so I don’t get into his way.  He firmly replied, “go to sit in the living room.”  Yessir.  We lost again.  Haven’t heard from Tony since, :).  Simon is losing his patience, on the verge to drop me, “you never listen to me!”  Don’t hit the shot that’s not yours!  Yessir, everything you said is right, makes sense .. ..  but in the heat of the battle, I just don’t remember what you said, lol.  Never change, never improve ..

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Men’s doubles final

What a surprise that CBS is broadcasting it live.  Too bad neither Mark Knowles nor Justin Gimelstob made it this far with their respective partners, or the pinky cheeked Bryan bros.  The winners will split $400k and runner ups perhaps half of that.  One of the four players, Pavel Vizner of Czech is grand 37 years old.  If Pete Sampras still has fire in his belly, why not try some doubles, I’m sure he can make it on the pro tour and may even win few more grand slams.

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