Field Theory by Hadyn Green

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  • Naly D,

    Did you mention that the problem with having women play five sets is that there are so many mismatches, particularly in early rounds of tournaments?
    Because that’s the official reason.

    After being forced to debate for 3-set matches, that was my only point.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2008 • 307 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Did you mention that the problem with having women play five sets is that there are so many mismatches, particularly in early rounds of tournaments? Because that’s the official reason.

    But why would that make any real difference? So the match goes to 3 sets instead of 2? Maybe half an hour or an hour more? They can't fit that into the schedule? And wouldn't more game time against the really good players eventually help to even out the competition?

    I suspect that the point upthread about only being able to watch the pretty ladies for so long is more the point, which makes me really sad.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Apropos the Fed's uniform, from Giles Smith in this mornings Times ..

    this was the Wimbledon at which Federer routinely turned up with a gold-trimmed racket bag. If he had opened it up and a Chihuahua had popped out, it would have been no surprise.

    Standing by Federer and defending him against all detractors has, for many years, been easy, but it's getting harder and with every new dodgy jacket, the firmness of one's belief slightly corrodes. I don't wish to sound alarmist, but some of our number could be as little as one further piece of gold accessorising away from crumbling altogether.

    Here's what we'd like to see Federer wear for the opening Monday of Wimbledon 2010, when he returns to defend his title: a tracksuit top. A white one, maybe. Certainly not gold. No “utility detailing”. No cinched waist. No “military inspired” pockets and flaps halfway up the arms. Just a zip. And no gold numbers.

    And certainly no waistcoat underneath it. And if he could bring his rackets out in some kind of bog-standard holdall rather than Coleen Rooney's overnight bag, that would be good also.

    But you know what? I've got this awful feeling he's going to come on dressed as a Sea Scout, and trailing his stuff behind him on wheels, like an air hostess. And he's the greatest tennis player ever. Someone have a word.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Ironically the next F1 race is the German one, in Nuremburg. Not sure why the question was asked, but not the best answer.

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  • Hadyn Green,

    But you know what? I've got this awful feeling he's going to come on dressed as a Sea Scout, and trailing his stuff behind him on wheels, like an air hostess. And he's the greatest tennis player ever. Someone have a word.

    Really? Why not send him out in a tri-colour headband, stubbies and a dirty singlet?

    It's Wimbledon so they have to wear white. If the man wants to stride out looking very impressive, let him. Fuck humble.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    It's Wimbledon so they have to wear white. If the man wants to stride out looking very impressive, let him. Fuck humble.

    And isn't there a kind of snide, insidious, 'man up and stop caring about your clothes' tone going on there?

    I would have thought he'd earned the right to wear whatever the hell he likes, and if that means he gets to dress up nice, so be it.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    he'd earned the right to wear whatever the hell he likes

    Absolutely true Megan and Hadyn. The Fed can do no wrong by me and can wear PJ's on court if he so wanted. But surely, given the long and (occasionally) distinguished history of english fashion commentary, its OK (in fact almost mandatory) to take the piss out of sartorial excess?

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    <scarcasism>It's not like clothing can turn anyone's heads like</scarcasism>. He's fronted for men's clothing sponsers hasn't he. Has been asked to pose like a model in how many magazine shoots? So why the surprise when he turns up in something eye-catching?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

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