GuestBook Entries  Nov/98 (started) till Apri 1, 99
 
 
Name: Krishnan Narayan
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Bangalore, India and Plano TX
Time: 1999-03-26 17:43:38
Comments: Jay, Just read your comments on a Women's coach for Indian Tennis. I think Udaya Kumar, who still coaches in Bangalore at the Bowring Institute, is a good candidate. She was the Indian women's national champion during 1972-1973 I think, Certainly the ITF wouldnt fault her strokes since she executes flawlessly on both sides, albeit in the old classical tradition. I should know, since a bunch of us in Bangalore were her sparring partners during her run for the national title. Mrs. Nirupama Mankad certainly knows her since Udaya beat her in one of the National finals during that period. I've lost touch with Udaya for sometime now. If she is still in the coaching scene she should certainly be a good candidate. Rgds, krish

Name: R. Jayakrishnan
Website: TennisIndia
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kerala .. now in California
Time: 1999-03-24 16:52:10
Comments: Thanks, "prof", for the comments on stretching .. Very true, about Jordan's stretching ideas, but we don't see tennis players do much of stretching before or during the matches at tournaments .. I remember the TV cameras catching Sanjay Singh supervising some stretching for LP outside the main court at Newport during the semifinal last year, right after he had his ankle twist .. It looked like a miracle that he looked perfectly fine next day in the final! This particular injury to Mahesh happened during practice, though. He has been into some very intense physical training lately with his new trainer, Will Upton. Hopefully Hesh will be fine by Davis Cup and Chennai. Let's all wish him the best ------ Jay

Name: Krishnan L Narayan
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From: Bangalore, India and Plano, TX
Time: 1999-03-23 18:18:19
Comments: I am very disappointed to hear about Mahesh's hamstring problem. Also with Lee's continuing problems with injuries. It looks like even with Bill Norris and Sanjay Singh's help, these injuries continue to persist. Lee and Hesh, if you are reading this, please take a look at http://www.stretching.com. Michael Jordan's longevity on the basketball tour has been ascribed by Michael himself to be due to his stretching routine. In about 8 minutes, Michael does a complete stretching routine from the tips of his toes to his neck. He does this a total of SIX times a day, before and after his three workouts that he does each and every day when he he is not playing matches. He even has a stretching routine that he employs DURING matches. Guys, stretching is VERY IMPORTANT. I know. I had to drop out of the tour in the early 1970's because no one at that time told me about the importance of stretching; I hurt my lower back and damaged a disc in my lumbar region and that was that. My tennis career was finished. I am even now suffering from this. Don't let the same thing happen to you. Rgds, K. L Narayan ("Prof").

Name: Prakash Hemdev
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Time: 1999-03-23 18:04:13
Comments: Get well soon, Hesh.

Name: paola calderon
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From: la quinta
Time: 1999-03-19 15:20:03
Comments: leander tell will paula from indian wells said "I miss you"

Name: LpMbFan
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From: sarasota, Fl
Time: 1999-03-14 18:01:14
Comments: oooh aaah ooouch - the sissies lose once again - first Davis Cup & then doubles - heck, we are not even mentioning singles any more !!! They spoiled your damn weekend Dr.Jaykay - what a bummer ! Talking about our young players, how about a Vinod Sridhar Vs Sampras final at this years Wimbledon ! Comments are welcome - meanwhile my deepest condolences to jaykay and his family over the heartbreaking loss at Indian Wells...................... Keep smiling.......................... LpMbFan

Name: C S Siddharth
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From: India
Time: 1999-03-04 10:17:04
Comments: OH!! Finally I found a site which is devoted to INDIAN TENNIS. I was just desperate to get the latest news in tennis in India. This site is doing great in that aspect. My hats off to this site. As for my comments on Indian tennis at present...I think we should think hard why we are not able to produce good players like Ramesh Krishnan,Amritraj brothers,Leander Paes,Bhupathi regularly. What is it that we are lacking? Infrastructure? Tournaments? Exposure? I really cant answer this one. Only time will tell us I think.

Name: Dr. B. Bhushan Sharma, M.D.
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From: USA
Time: 1999-03-03 17:17:15
Comments: How important is a coach in Davis Cup? The great tennis player from Australia, Neal Fraser, once said about an equally great Australian Davis Cup coach, Mr. Hopman, that Mr. Hopman was worth 15 extra points in every game of a tennis match! Why? Because Mr. Hopman knew his players well, could motivate them for peak performance, and could give timely tactical advice to his players during a match. I have seen both Jaideep Mukherjee and Ramesh Krishnan play tennis and both were great players. I do not know who can motivate and get along with the players better. Jaideep Mukherjee should not be made a scapegoat for India's loss in Korea but the person most suitable for the job should be the coach. The input of the players is crucial. One person could be a coach of the Davis Cup team, another person could be the coach of the top junior players, and a third person could be directing the junior player development in India. The person best suited for each job should get the job. Long term planning is essential.

Name: R. Jayakrishnan
Website: TennisIndia
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kerala, now in Irvine, California
Time: 1999-03-03 15:09:42
Comments: Deccan Herald has an opinion piece today calling for Jaideep Mukherjea to be replaced as the Davis Cup non-playing captain, and for Ramesh Krishnan to take over .. Any comments ? I personally do not like it when we make anybody a scapegoat after any loss (as happens in cricket and hockey all the time) and a non-playing captain anyway doesn't play! .. but at the same time Ramesh is not a bad suggestion either .. How important is motivational abilities of the captain to get our players going, when adversity strikes on foreign soil, etc ? .. Any thoughts, anybody ? --- Jay --- (PS: Thanks, Jeff, for that piece on how nice LP was at toronto! I had got your detailed note last year on that, but forgot to put it up at the notes page)

Name: Jeff Leavoy
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Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Depew, NY (suburb of Buffalo, NY)
Time: 1999-02-25 13:58:05
Comments: Hello from sunny Buffalo, As a tennis fan who has had the pleasure of meeting Leander Paes (in Toronto at the Canadian Open), I feel compelled to pass along the following comment. It is my opinion that India is very fortunate to have such a fine representative participating on the professional tennis circuit. Indeed, with all the focus on winning, it is easy to overlook the importance of character and integrity as demonstrated by a professional athlete like Leander. Last summer, Leander took the time to speak with a young group of tennis players from my hometown during the Canadian Open. Even the tournament's security force was amazed that a tour professional would take the time to talk to a group of kids without any cameras or media nearby. In fact, despite nagging injury concerns, Leander honored his commitment to meet with our group when other tour professionals would have undoubtedly cancelled. Instead of bemoaning every loss, all of us who are Leander Paes fans should celebrate his successes and realize how lucky we are to be associated with such an exceptional young man. In the local Buffalo newspaper this weekend, an article appeared about the increasing cheating occurring in tennis at all levels because of the pressure to win. Perhaps if the tennis world was comprised of more examples like Leander, this concern could be mitigated. In any event, I count myself lucky to have met Leander, and I will continue to cheer him on because of who he is as an individual and not because of his current tour ranking. Take my word for it, the tennis world would be a much better place if there were more tour professionals like Leander! Go Leander! Jeff Leavoy

Name: R. Jayakrishnan
Website: TennisIndia
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kerala, now in Irvine, California
Time: 1999-02-25 07:51:22
Comments: Now we know that lpmbfan is somebody in the fanclub email list .. The comments about top-15 "most respected players" of his time was made about Vijay Amritraj in the email exchange in the fanclub list - so clearly lpmbfan knew about it only from there! - Very interesting .. We even have people infiltrating the fanclub - Man, we have made it! --- Jay -------(PS: Ask Bud Collins why he picked Vijay as part of the ABC .. He did it .. He could have easily picked a certain Arthur Ashe, if he just wanted an A, though Ashe was not that young to be counted with the other two)

Name: Sharda Ugra
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From: Bombay, India
Time: 1999-02-25 06:59:19
Comments: Not to start off a slanging match or anything but a msg for LPMBFAN: thanks for your views on Indian tennis. it is certainly useful to be reminded of where Indian tennis stands in the real world. but come on wiseguy, stand up and identify yourself. since your opinions are such strong and definite ones, you must have all the arguments to back them up. so why hide behind an alias? Hi Jay, terrible loss to Korea... hope the davis cup tie is in Bombay!

Name: Dr. B. Bhushan Sharma, M.D.
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From: USA
Time: 1999-02-25 04:45:17
Comments: Jay, you have done a terrific job of hosting this Indian tennis site. Reading only the results of the tennis matches without the "comments" is like eating food without the spices! I may not like some spice or the other but bland food is still tasteless. I may not agree with all your comments but then again nobody agrees with another person totally anyway. I am glad that Bilquis has raised this "mild" controversy, and he is entitled to his opinions. That is what a Guestbook or Message Board is for. Although I was annoyed with the antics of "LPMBFAN" during the Australian Open final at the chat room, I do not mind his "ribbing" about the state of Indian tennis in the Guestbook. Keep up the good work and keep the "comments" rolling!

Name: R. Jayakrishnan
Website: TennisIndia
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Kerala, now in the US.
Time: 1999-02-24 20:15:16
Comments: Aaah, good to see some criticism - I almost *never* get any, and it often makes me paranoid .. I can see why Bilquis makes the comments he does, but I am not sure of specific instances where I have made opinions without the discalimer that "it is just my uneducated opinions"! .. By the way I get a ton of first-hand information from a ton of people, and almost *never* mention their names here, to avoid causing problems to them .. My policy is to pretty much never criticize a player .. In the Harsh Mankad situation, I did not say anybody had any vicious motives towards him - I only presented facts if you go back and look at it .. It was a case where Harsh had been badly affected already (I had first-hand info on that - I met him as I mentioned) .. I know that he has certainly pulled through and is fine by all means now - I believe nobody has held anything against him because I wrote on the "situation" .. As for Manisha, once again I only presented facts - she is #3 in India and deserves to be in the team - a case where I felt that plain results by the player had gone unrewarded .. Shouldn't I have done that ? (It just wouldn't be right, if I let go of a fact that I noticed!) .. I have never seen her play, and only have results with me .. In any event, I specifically referred to an article written on that in the Hindustan Times by a reporter who keeps up well with what goes on .. If something is written in the press about something, if it looks truthful/sincere/well-researched and without any malicious intent towards the players, I mention it in the notes .. There were quite a few articles mentioning the string off losses Fazal and Vijay recently had (though almost always against higher ranked players), and I chose not to repeat some opinions in the press and just gave the numbers (all I said was that I hoped both would get out of their funk!) .. You never find me reading anything more into the way a player plays (darn, I have *only* seen LP and MB play among *all* the players whose results I keep up with here!), and only make comments like "so and so made a spirited comeback after being down 2-5 in the 3rd set," which one can see from the scores (also if I have the match statistics at a GS match, I can say things like somebody was "mistake-prone in set-2" if I see a bunch double faults and unf-errors in set-2) ! .. And I try to strictly avoid opinions I get on the playing styles, weaknesses and potential of several players from many reporters and others who keep in touch with me .. If there are consensus positive opinions on the potential of some players from everyone (players such as Shruti, Sheetal, Sunil Kumar, etc), I certainly mention them .. Gee, you have no idea how the pages would look if I wrote the opinions I have on players .. I don't do that because I know I don't have the right to do that without seeing anybody play, myself with hardly *any* background of having played tennis either .. I take it that you get a bit bugged when I say somebody is good (if I hear that opinion from many), but I know it doesn't hurt anybody .. If somebody else becomes "good" based on their results later, I try my best to not let it escape my attention .. Not many were talking about Vinod Sridhar and Sheetal Gautam, and I didn't know much about either for a while - but lately they both have had some good results, and I mention them more .. In other words, I try my best to be impartial .. Thankfully, no player has contacted me objecting to something I said, as to have affected them (both the players you mention, Harsh and Manisha, know how to contact me) .. As for AITA, I have had way too many people send way too many comments about how badly they operate (check some of the comments even below), most of which I do *not* agree with .. I have often said that AITA, in my opinion, is perhaps the best among the sports federations in India in getting some things done .. I do write things I see as players' opinions, etc, on what more AITA should do (hence my whining for futures events for women, as our players have voiced that opinion in the press .. and coaches to travel with players, said by Naresh Kumar, again mentioned by the press - all of which you will find refereces to in the notes) .. But the points you raise are things that I constantly am aware of - and I do not write things without thinking as much as I can about the consequences - I often spent way too much time trying to word things the right way to avoid the kind of impression you had, but I may not have always succeeded .. Anyway, do feel free to point out any cases where I seem impartial or unfair - and do that *right here* ! - I will certainly respond and put retractions on the web notes too.. That's a promise. Any specific comment that I should withdraw from the pages ? (see, I have *nothing* to lose by doing that, unlike regular journalists and others in the tennis circles, so I am always willing to do that !) .. Thank you .. Let's keep this going - this is what a fan forum is all about! --- Jay.

Name: Bilquis Harappa
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Time: 1999-02-24 00:36:12
Comments: Jay, I totally appreciate the time and efffort that you put in to make the Indian Tennis site as informative as possible. Increasingly, I have noticed that you try to put a variety of spin on players/issues in a way that you would like the audience to perceive. This trend is a little bit annoying as, in almost every case, you don't have any first hand information. There are many instances where you had not even watched matches either in person or on TV, but analyse as if you know everything about any Indian who has ever hit a tennis ball. I suggest that you present facts(if you can) and let us make our own judgement if we want to! You are not going to alter the way AITA functions by your statements here, as it is very evident in many cases, even though you would like it to be otherwise. I worry that you may have affected some youngster's career by saying some things on this forum(Harsh Mankad for instance and AITA's reluctance to give him wildcards, Manisha's exclusion etc..). I know you intend it all with a good heart. Further, it is very easy to talk tennis than to actually play it out there under competitive pressure, so litlle bit of humility would help. Thanks, I used to like your site!

Name: lpmbfan
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From: sarasota, florida
Time: 1999-02-22 19:59:41
Comments: Hey Dr.Jaykay, Looks like the losers lost again. No problems, but why in the Davis Cup ?? Or are they good at Davis Cup matches played only at home ?? Something to think about huh ??? Are your so called heroes just a bunch of sissies who can give off their best (whatever that is!!) only in familiar surroundings and/or in the company of each other ?? Looks like more of an attitude problem than a tennis problem!!! Not that the quality of tennis they play is very inspiring anyway!!! And, by the way, there is nothing like the top 15 most respected players on the tour etc. It is a figment of your (& your friends in the circuit) imagination & is hence limited to the scope of your fan club.... Borg and Connors won a host of Grand Slams & other tourneys. Not sure how the name of V.A. got attached with theirs. Probably, at that time V.A. was the highest ranked player whose last name started with an 'A'. Can't be purely for tennis reasons, as some rational people in your fan club will probably agree..... Comments are welcome... Yours sincerely, LpMbfan

Name: Jacob Chacko
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From: INDIAAAAAAAAAAAA ; Kerala, cochin
Time: 1999-02-17 17:18:31
Comments: Hey Jay, Well well let me see what I can do. After going and watching Hesh and Lea play, I have been motivated a hrll of a lot. So you never know I could be the star from God's own country. I definetly have the heart but I just ain't sure bout the talent..??? we'll see Jacob

Name: lpmbfan
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From: sarasota, florida
Time: 1999-02-06 03:20:45
Comments: Hey Jaykay, remember me from the Aussie open final last week. Looks like the losers are getting a few easy points here. hey, if you guys can have about 28 challengers in india, next year, may be your guys will have a chance to crack the top 10. ATP considers the best 14 and LP will have a 50% hit rate in India I assume... Keep up the great work on the WWW. Cheers, The Ultimate Aussie, lpmbfan

Name: Krishnan Narayan
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From: Bangalore, India and Plano Texas
Time: 1999-02-05 16:42:45
Comments: Its so nice to hear that Leander and Mahesh have made it to the final of the Calcutta Challenger. This is one of those matches which one can enjoy fully irrespective of who wins. I hope they use this occasion to dig deep down and create some great tennis. Too bad as usual we wont get to see any of this live.

Name: jb
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Time: 1999-02-04 12:13:00
Comments: Could it be that Leander putting up his best performances after injury layoff's has something to do with him following a overcrowded shedule; which incidentaly may also be the cause of his ( and Hesh's ) injury problems?

Name: Raj
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From: Chicago, Kerala
Time: 1999-01-31 22:43:10
Comments: Leander and Mahesh played their hearts out on Saturday and although they lost a thrilling five setter I believe 1999 will be their year.They are still young and have a lot of tennis ahead of them.Just like the Woodies predicted: The top spot in doubles is theirs to grab. Go LP, Go MB.

Name: jb
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Time: 1999-01-30 11:16:40
Comments: MB-LP 's loss must deepen India's foreign extange problems

Name: Krishnan Narayan
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From: Bangalore, India and Plano, Texas
Time: 1999-01-29 16:33:11
Comments: I am so happy to see Lee and Hesh make the Australian Open final. It is too bad that TV coverage, as usual, will fall short. I would like to suggest that for all of you who can, please log into www.espn.com and fill in the comment form to ESPN. I would start off by complementing them on their fine coverage, and make a request that they extend their coverage past the women's singles final for tonight. If they get flooded with requests, they may consider showing the doubles final after all!

Name: Ken Paes
Website: casatennis.com
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From: Canada
Time: 1999-01-28 03:45:06
Comments: I just dropped in to congratulate Jay for the exceptional job he is doing to promote Tennis in India. Also for giving Leander & Mahesh the exposure they deserve. I understand the unfairness Tennis is receiving in India, because in Canada there is a simular injustice. I have co-founded a internet site called www.casatennis.com to help promote tennis in Canada, please take a look & email your comments. Thank you again Jay for this Informative site. P.S I am not directly related to Leander, but have the same fire for tennis.

Name: Bobby John
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From: Kerala, India.Presently at TLH, FL,US.
Time: 1999-01-24 02:15:42
Comments: Thanks for maintaining this site. I have followed the news and results here the last 14 months. At the outset I wish LP/MB the very best at the AO. They have been good ambassadors for Indian Tennis. A little more consistency in play will bring more victories and leave yesterdays stars like John McEnroe permanently retired and not contemplate a comeback. So lets go guys and get those titles in a hurry. GOOD LUCK.

Name: Hemant Kataria
Website: HeMaN's Home on the Net!
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Delhi
Time: 1999-01-23 03:19:37
Comments: Hey guys! Love the work ure doing for Indian Tennis and all, hope someday it will become really huge and we'll see a lot more player coming out from this land of ours. Lp/Mb love ure game man. Hope u continue and win quite a few Grand Slams. BTW Paes I really hope u lift the standard of ure singl;es play too...

Name: R. Jayakrishnan
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From: Kerala - now at Irvine, CA.
Time: 1999-01-22 21:33:05
Comments: Thanks folks, for writing in .. There are so many things you have all said that I should reply to and comment on Will get around to it soon .. Let us keep this going, though. Keep your comments coming in. Let us build this fan power!! LP-MB all the way to the Grandslam Title !!!!! Jay

Name: Jetdarin (Jan ) Kongtako
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From: Bangkok, THAILAND
Time: 1999-01-19 13:28:23
Comments: Hi,Leander-Mahesh I hope you can remember me.(from Bangkok challenger)last year.and also hope you both are well..Take care and good luck....member of fanclub..

Name: Rahul Patel
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From: USA
Time: 1999-01-15 21:03:16
Comments: This is a nice site. I think India should get Divya Merchant to represent them in International competition. She grew up in Bombay and is a former girls and womens #1 in India. She left for Bolleteireis' Tennis Acadamy in Florida six years ago when she was 16. She went on to be one of the top five college tennis players in all of the USA. She would be a great help.

Name: Sriram Panchanathan
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From: portland, or
Time: 1999-01-13 21:15:07
Comments: Jay Happy new year and congrats for the wonderful site. I am a avid tennis follower and a #1 fan of Indian Tennis and LP/MB. I have been tracking the likes of sashi menon and vasudevan long before the internet, let alone amritraj and krishnan. LP and MBs arrival was awesome just as the vijay and ramesh departed. Now I have a reason to look out and check the tour time and again. This website is a godsend for a tennis nut like me. Almost the first thing I do coming into work is to go to this site. Jay, a chest bump LP/MB style to you for keeping this site up. All the best to LP/MB and yessssss beat the crap out of the woodies and the other blokes and win all the slams. sriram

Name: farrah
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From: Philippines
Time: 1999-01-11 10:47:09
Comments: Hello there! Go LP-MB! That grand slam title is waiting for you!

Name: jega JOTHY kandasamy
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From: Malaysia / Scotland
Time: 1999-01-07 15:08:24
Comments: As the first comment of 1999 in this guestbook , I will make a prediction - LP & MB will get their first Grand Slam title this year and with a bit of luck LP will crack the top 50 in singles. Lets sit back and enjoy the performance of the dynamic duo and also the upcoming talents of NV.

Name: Dr. B. Bhushan Sharma, M.D.
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From: Tulsa, OK, USA
Time: 1998-12-25 19:48:13
Comments: Thanks Jay, for all the news about Indian tennis. It appears that your provocative articles on the state of Indian tennis are being read by the Indian news media, the Indian tennis officials, and the well-wishers of Indian tennis. Your hard work is bearing fruits - more tennis players represented India at the Asian Games than were originally planned, more tennis tournaments are being planned in 1999 in India, and more coverage is being given about tennis in the Indian news media. Indian tennis had a good but not a spectacular year in 1998. Untimely injuries to LP and MB prevented what could have been a memorable year. The year 1999 promises to be a better year, and LP, MB, VR, SP, VK, MM, UK, and the rest of the Indian alphabet soup will rise to the occasion and bring glory and fame to India and themselves. The prayers and good wishes of millions of fans of Indian tennis will always be with these players. HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Name: rq
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From: Bombay
Time: 1998-12-23 07:49:42
Comments: Jay, thank god for your web page 'coz otherwise we would really have no idea about what's happening in the Challenger in Ahmedabad. Since the papers couldn't really give a damn. Anyway great job jay. rq

Name: Preeta
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From: Mumbai
Time: 1998-12-23 07:46:45
Comments: Jay, it's great to know that someone's as positive about the tennis thing in India as you are. Thank god you're not just another non-beliver who thinks that Indian tennis is where it's at just 'coz we have Leander. Halleluaih and may this Christmas bring you all that you want and more. Love, Preeta (yet another believer)

Name: J.Vinayagaraman
Website: Vinayagaraman's Home page
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From: INDIA
Time: 1998-12-18 18:41:10
Comments: Hey, While everybody keeps cribbing about the system and about the fact that new players are not coming out into the top league, I would like to hail the stars we already have !!! Leander, Mahesh, Nirupama and all others, I might be away from my country at the moment, but never away for a second from all the news about your fantastic victories and bravados ! Keep it up. Im a basically a very proud Indian, but seeing you guys play makes me even prouder... And lastly, For all those who help in maintaining this site, THANKS a TON. I really appreciate your efforts in keeping us up to date on Indian sports. Great show.

Name: Raj Pillai
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From: Toronto
Time: 1998-12-17 15:01:25
Comments: Congratulations to Mahesh and the rest of our tennis team who won four medals inspite of all the chaos and confusion Our authorities are something ,eh!! they find newer methods to aggravate our sportspeople and sportsloving public. Anyways hope we get that Gold in hockey which has eluded us for a long time and restore some pride.

Name: SR
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From: Mumbai, India
Time: 1998-12-17 13:58:16
Comments: Jay - I have been reading the Indian Tennis home page regularly. It is a great service appreciated by all Indian Tennis fans. LP/MB have been making the Indians proud. But India needs to produce many more of them. I think the only way is to have the best Indian juniors / second string sponsored for continuous international coaching and competetion. AITA needs to sponsor either themselves or thru corporate houses. Some of the talent have already left for US universities since there is no scope locally to get sponsorship. Even these youngsters need to be located and made part of the scheme. May be some of the fanclub members can also pitch in. I know Jay has initiated something. Regards

Name: rq
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From: Bombay
Time: 1998-12-15 10:30:52
Comments: hi jay, been reading up your page every single day of the asian games and think it's really cool. Great going. Hope Mahesh makes the gold, coz we've all got our fingers crossed. But the amount he has already done is pretty cool too.

Name: Monty Sangam
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From: India
Time: 1998-12-15 04:49:42
Comments: Jay, Good job with the page buddy! 1999 looks to be a big year for the Indians, there are many up and comers out there who are making points on the tour. If only we can get rid of those chumcha's who are running the show Indian tennis would be prospering. I hope R.K Khanna is ousted from his role as President. Those fools don't a tennis racquet from a broom, how did he get that job anyways. He bloody hell spent all of the federations money on holidays with his families to place like Wimbledon and so on, that money is supposed to be used for Indian development, no wonder this country's so far behind in sports, it's because we got dungres like him running the show. Oh well that's all I had to say, I just wanted to say hi to my friends all over the country. Good luck MB-LP-SP-FS

Name: Krishnan L Narayan
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From: Bangalore, India and Dallas, Texas
Time: 1998-12-09 15:08:38
Comments: I was quite impressed with Mahesh's performance at the Asia Cup and now again in the Asian Games. My best wishes to him for a great future both in singles and doubles. Let's hope he gets to play more singles also next year

Name: Kamesh Srinivasan
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From: New Delhi
Time: 1998-12-06 05:22:50
Comments: Was browsing through Jayakrishnan's tennisindia home page. Would like to wish Leander Paes a speedy recovery from all the injuries, and Mahesh Bhupathi the very best of luck for the Asian Games in Bangkok. Kamesh Srinivasan.

Name: jb
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Time: 1998-12-04 08:00:29
Comments: If Leander would have been fit against Italy then there would have been no way that India would not have been playing the Davis Cup final coming weekend

Name: B. Bhushan Sharma, M.D.
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From: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Time: 1998-11-27 22:01:36
Comments: Congratulations to Mahesh and his teammates for winning the championship in India. I agree completely with your statement about how some of our tennis stalwarts in India play their hearts out while representing their country. Ramanathan Krishnan, Joydeep Mukherjea, and Premjit Lal showed how to play above their caliber when India consistently made it to the final or semifinal of the old Davis Cup format. They even took the doubles tie against Australia in the Davis Cup (in Australia against a great doubles team). LP and MB have brought glory to India in recent times. Most Indian sportsmen barring a few (LP, MB, Rana - shooting, Tendulkar, Prakash P. - badminton, women's weight lifters, and our chess grandmaster) usually perform below expectation in International meets. Yet the newsmedia in India especially Door Darshan consistently ignore publicising the exploits of these few true stalwarts. The big business corporations in India spend a lot of money on cricket, football and hockey but we are not even in the top four in cricket or the top ten in hockey or in the top hundred in football in the world. Our best woman tennis player goes all over the world bringing name and fame for the country yet does not get a single rupee in sponsorship from any Indian organization or business. I hope LP's injury will heal with rest, and with MB's renewed confidence in his singles game who knows we may have an all Indian final in tennis at the Asian Games! Go LP-MB Go!

Name: Joseph
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From: Kerala, now in San Jose California
Time: 1998-11-22 22:51:47
Comments: Jay, you are doing a tremendous job in maintaining this page. I believe 1999 would be a great year for Indian tennis. LP-MB will win at least one grand slam (probably two) doubles championship(s) next year. This will create more tennis awareness in India than any of their wins in this year or the last. This will also be a great motivating factor for the upcoming young tennis players like Fazal, Vijay etc.

Name: Arunava Chaudhuri
Website: The (unofficial) Indian Football Site
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From: Germany
Time: 1998-11-19 14:08:10
Comments: Dear Jay, You have been doing a tremendous job with your Tennis Website and I now understand how much work it is to keep a sports site with informations uptodate but if you have fun in doing that, it isn't that much work for oneself. I remember that you said I should start with my site on Indian Football, I did and half-a-year further I have a fanclub like your Tennis one. Like you I see the importance to inform the Indians all over the world about what is happening to their sporting heroes. The nice thing is that the net helps us all. yours, Arunava.

Name: Salil Seshadri
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From: Bombay, India (studying at Columbia University now)
Time: 1998-11-19 05:14:40
Comments: I heard about the site from Mahesh and being a former #1 junior from India i just wanted to let you know that you are doing a great job of maintaining this website. It's definitely a boon for Indian tennis fans and for the Indian players' too cause it is a great way to make people aware about the tennis scene back home.

Name: Prakash B. Hemdev
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From: CA, USA
Time: 1998-11-19 02:35:36
Comments: Hi Jay, hats off to you for a fantastic job of creating the fan club and keeping the info current ALL THE TIME. Hello LP and MB. Hi to everybody in the fan club. Jay, has done it again. Here is another forum for all of us to meet. -- Prakash

Name: Krishnan Narayan
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From: India
Time: 1998-11-18 18:50:33
Comments: Just thought I'd say hello. Vijay Kannan's loss in Pakistan shouldnt be taken very seriously at this time. having never seen Vijay play, I cant comment on his game there, but losing is not a bad thing, In fact, one learns more from one's losses provided of course that the player is willing to learn. I'm hoping that Vijay and the others that lost there learnt more about themselves and are willing to work hard to overcome their shortcomings. This is what differentiates the champions from the also-rans. Rgds, Krishnan

Name: Krishnan Narayan
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From: India
Time: 1998-11-18 18:45:02
Comments: Just thought I'd say hello. Vijay Kannan's loss in Pakistan shouldnt be taken very seriously at this time. having never seen Vijay play, I cant comment on his game there, but losing is not a bad thing, In fact, one learns more from one's losses provided of course that the player is willing to learn. I'm hoping that Vijay and the others that lost there learnt more about themselves and are willing to work hard to overcome their shortcomings. This is what differentiates the champions from the also-rans. Rgds, Krishnan

Name: B. Bhushan Sharma, M.D.
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From: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Time: 1998-11-17 22:16:35
Comments: I agree with Susan's comments that some one should arrange a tennis doubles tournament in India and invite the top doubles teams in the world. Young Indian tennis players need to see their countrymen at the top of their game. LP/MB have not played doubles as a team in India, and it is high time that the people in India get to see their talent and skill. I hope that the news media and especially Door Darshan will give enough prominence to it in their coverage. I do not envy the coverage afforded to the Indian cricket team in the Indian newspapers and TV, but here we have the second best doubles team in the world (and soon to be number ONE) and yet their efforts and achievements are relegated to some corner of the sports page. Even the weekly Indian newspapers in USA have scant information about LP and MB. Shame on them for ignoring the best sportsmen to come out of India for a long, long time!

Name: Susan
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Time: 1998-11-16 13:59:35
Comments: hello everyone, Thanx jay once again for giving us indian tennis lovers this place we could call home. I wonder what it would have been like if u had not come up with this website. Hugz to lee and hesh for winning all the tourny's and giving us so much to be proud about. I have just one suggestion to make. I am not sure if leander and mahesh have played a lot of doubles in india. Everyone in india would love to see them play together. How about if AITA could come up with a doubles tournament bring in the top doubles teams in the world. It could help raise the money we need for our juniors. I truly think that its nothing unachievable. They could do it. Here's to praying that LP-MB do well at hartford. Go LP-MB.

Name: R. Jayakrishnan
Website: TennisIndia
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From: Kerala, now in Irvine, California
Time: 1998-11-14 15:45:16
Comments: I agree with Prasenjit's comment below about AITA doing their job lately. Yes, it can only help the upcoming Indian players - I am glad to see Vijay Kannan, Vinod Sridhar, Harsh Mankad, Saurav Panja, Vishal Uppal, Mohammed Ghouse, Vijendra Laad, etc, all doing well at various time during the last few weeks - none has slipped, though none has shown world-beater results either. The next 2-3 years are crucial if somebody from that group (and a couple of others too) to take some really big steps and show up for India - LP and MB won't be around for ever, though they are not old or anything. Need some careful planning from AITA and its junior development officer to get our youngsters to play good international competition and improve. Things are on the right track for the time being, hopefully ........... Thanks to everybody for the nice words on this site .... Special thanks to Mahesh and Bhupathi Sr. for writing in ... Bhupathi Sr. makes a great point about the those who matter in the Indian tennis establishment taking note - it's up to us fans to show everyone that we are closely watching all their moves - better do your job, or we will damn you for ever for messing up the one global sport in which we have time and again shown we can produce world-class players ! ... Jay

Name: Rajaneesh
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From: Mangalore, India
Time: 1998-11-14 03:52:27
Comments: Jay, I read every note of yours everyday. I appreciate your commitment and dedication towards the job you have undertaken with an unselfish motive. Wish you all the best in your future endevours.

Name: srinivas
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From: India
Time: 1998-11-13 14:34:22
Comments: Jay You do a great job. Keep up the good work. My best wishes to you and all tennis players and fans. srinu

Name: P.K. Basu
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From: Singapore
Time: 1998-11-13 08:40:00
Comments: Jay: Keep up the great work. For once, there is something to commend the AITA about. The long program of satellites, futures, challengers and finally the (Gold Flake still?) Indian Open are the sort of shot-in-the-arm that Indian tennis sorely needed. If only we had this long a program at the start of Leander or Hesh's career (or Niru's for that matter), how much more they might have achieved...It was a stroke of terrible luck that Fazal had to miss the satellite circuit, and now Prahlad is missing out on the first of the Futures. But with the points from this round of satellites and futures, we should soon have Srinath in the top 300 and Fazal in the top 500. Hopefully, after taking on the world at Hartford, Hesh will be able to devote some time to gaining a few challenger points to get his singles ranking to the respectable levels where it belongs (in the top 200, if not 150). Cheers, Prasenjit

Name: Krishna Bhupathi
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From: bangalore, India
Time: 1998-11-13 05:25:01
Comments: Congratulations Mr. Jayakrishna, what you are doing for Indian Tennis and its future is invaluable. The benefits of all this work you are putting in will show from the next generation tennis players onwards. Already Tennis people who matter are aware of the implications of having such a close watch over them, that too by some one with no personal interest and who can communicate to all Indians Worldwide with the touch of a feather. THINGS WILL HAVE TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. Well done & more pwer to you. Krishna.

Name: MB
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From: India
Time: 1998-11-13 02:33:36
Comments: Jay, You do a great job. I read you're notes everyday and have to admit that half the time I myself don't know all the details you fill in. Thanks for all the support you have generated through the fan club. Both of us are very touched by it. keep praying for us in Hartford. Hesh.

Name: Sten-Ake Wahlstrom
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From: Sweden
Time: 1998-11-12 08:34:37
Comments: I am very impressed of your different reports of Indian Tennis and I am very often reading your thoughts, reports and critics of especially Indian Tennis. It is even of interest to read about the Swedes that entered the just past Satelitte in India. Even in Swedish newspapers this week it is reported that Andreas Vinceguerra perhaps will go to India in the near future. Best wishes.

Name: Raj D.
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From: Originally from Madras, now in New York
Time: 1998-11-11 20:54:10
Comments: Jay, U are doing a fantastic job by providing us with timely updates on LP/MB progress. Keep up the good work.

Name: Sarat Kunapuli
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From: Originally from Hyderabad, AP. Now in Tulsa
Time: 1998-11-11 19:44:09
Comments: Mr. Jaykrishnan, I am a frequent visitor to the LP-MB homepage and I have to commend on your excellent job on maintaining the site. Both Leander and Mahesh are doing an outstandng job of representing India, even though tennis is an individual sport. I am very happy that someone from India is finally coming out and displaying their potential in the international arena. Go INDIA!

Name: Tom Pulikal
Website: Tom's Page
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From: Kerala, currently in Syracuse, NY
Time: 1998-11-11 19:15:01
Comments: Keep up the good work Jay !!! Go LP/MB !!!

Name: Anubrati Mukherjee
Website: Anubrati's home
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From: Austin,TX
Time: 1998-11-11 18:47:04
Comments: Jay, u do an incredible job in maintaining this site, thanks and keep it up!! - A.

Name: Ara
Website: aiyoo
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From: NY
Time: 1998-11-11 17:13:39
Comments: Jay, keep up the good work.... ara

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