(Pictured above is Erin Faulkner, who has played at Michigan State and trained in Raleigh)
Here are some colleges to consider for tennis:
Information on colleges and the players who play there can be found on “tennis recruiting . net” you can see who the players are, how many stars they have, and what college they go to.
In order to play on a “nice” college team like a Lower D1 School or better, then the player needs to be a 3 star recruit or higher. In order to go higher than 3 star, a player needs to compete in tournaments that are outside the state, and they would need a “sectional” ranking or a “national” ranking
DJ ROBO BISCUIT
The man awoke in his bed.
His eyes were heavy with sleep and his body was heavy with drink from the night before.
“Must get up.” The man murmured.
He arose. He showered he dressed. He had to move quickly to get to the train so he could get into the city. He had to get to the office.
There were many men and women moving about. All trying to get to their destination. The man arrived at his corporation. He moved into the elevator and curtly nodded to people he recognized. As the elevator opened, the man made his way towards his cube.
He had a long day ahead. He would have to work all day with an extra hour to finish his project. Afterward he would meet his colleagues at a hostess bar so he could network and try to social climb.
The man is tired. His life is often in a loop. He must awake and go to work. After work he goes to one of many bars to drink and socialize. He then goes home so he can go to sleep and then wakes up and does it again. He is the salaryman.
This man often does not have the time to think his own thoughts or to decide what is best for himself. He must do what is best for his family but also what is best for society. The hopes and dreams of one man do not compare to the needs of the whole society.
Sometimes the man considers to end the loop. “Should I exit?” The Salaryman thinks to himself. He knew others had done it. It was a tough choice to make. Some men died because they had to work too much and there was not enough time for sleep. Some men decided to take their own life and end the loop. The man persisted as he hoped that slowly he could move towards a better life.
(End of post, biscuit, Salaryman)
I read Memoirs of a Geisha. What a read!
I have often been interested in underworld kind of stuff like drug dealing and prostitution. I recently watched Breaking Bad as I had never seen it before so I got a sense of a drug dealing so I thought I should read a book about Prostitution.
Geisha actually are not prostitutes. They are entertainers who sit with men and pour them sake and delight them with conversation and dance and song. The geisha can have sex with them if they choose but usually they do not.
The world of the Geisha is a social world where you have to struggle for power. The story reminded me of Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power in that there were certain rules the characters had to follow in order to succeed and “play the game” so to speak.
Also, in the world of the Geisha if you are a beautiful young lady then you can auction off your virginity for a large fee. Quite an interesting phenomenon.
Memoirs of a Geisha is not a book for girls only. It is an interesting tale about trying to survive in a strange world with its own rules.
The book is a bestseller for a reason. Once you start reading it, it becomes a “page turner.”
2 thumbs up.
Stay fluffy, DJ ROBO BISCUIT
This book is interesting. It is a sociological study of street life at “Jelly’s” which is a bar and liquor shop. Anderson when he was a college student spent time with and observing the men of Jelly’s. He broke them down into 3 groups: “The Regulars” “The Wineheads” and “The Hoodlums”
I recommend the book if you want to read someone trying to understand the life and psychology of men “of the street” as well as men who are in the “inner city” of America and who are men who are kind of on the fringe of society in a means of lower middle class to lower class. There are also “hustlers” and some beggars. The books is really really fascinating.
Here is just one example with an excerpt from the book:
Around Jelly’s, Oscar often expresses his desire for “big money.” He is usually hatching some scheme to get “some quick money” with a friend from the corner. Sometimes he will whisper to one person about his designs on another. He might say, “Psst. Hey, Eli. Watch this. Hey Sam, lemme hold a dollar till payday?” If Sam, a friend of his, will “loan” Oscar the money, Oscar will then wink or hunch another person, to communicate how “smooth” and “slick” he is. With money in his pocket already, Oscar feels he has “beat” the person making the loan.
Another except still in regards to “Oscar” :
Like other hoodlums around Jelly’s, Oscar lives and actively participates in what might be described as the subculture of violence of the ghetto streets. He is commonly armed with his .38 caliber pistol, which he occasionally flashes. He expects others to be “carryin’ somethin’ ” . Frequently he may be seen standing with his hands dug into his pants pockets, as though he were ready to come “up with somethin’ ” at any moment should the need arise. He says this posture will “make anybody think twice before they try to do somethin’ to you.” He refers to his weapon as “my li’l equalizers that keep me alive” and that allow him to make his rounds. Among group members he is known as someone who can “really go,” meaning he is considered a good street fighter and will not hesitate to fight. Oscar has fought often and has threatened to cut people around Jelly’s. Although I have never seen him do it, some say he has drawn his pistol on others around the corner more than once.
Those are just a couple of excerpts from the book. It depicts men who are living their life socially by hanging out at the liquor store and bar.
This information came from the book which I had to special order from my local library.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT, stay fluffy
July 8-9 Cary Summer Championships L4
July 15-16 Greene Central Summer Classic NC L4
July 28-30 DOCTA Open Jr Challenge
August 19-20 RRC Summer Challenger
September 1-3 Raleigh Summer Junior Tournament L4
September 30- October 1st Raleigh Fall Junior
July 15-16 RRC Summer Junior NC L5 tournament
July 21-23 2017 North Hills Club Summer Junior NC L5
August 5-6, 2017 12th Annual Croasdaile Country Club NC L5 Durham
DJ ROBO BISCUIT
Here is an update on this year’s French Open. I had previously said that these women would make the Quarterfinals.
Carla Suarez Navarro
Only 3 of them are still left in the tournament. Kerber lost, Cibulkova was upset by Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, Davis was knocked out, Gavrilova lost, and Siegemund was out with injury.
Carla Suarez Navarro
These 3 are the players to watch. Also, Ostapenko is very dangerous; CiCi Bellis I think will lose to Caroline Wozniacki. Muguruza is a former champion. Svitolina is talented. And Pliskova is #2 in the world.
So now look for these 8 in the quarterfinals.
Carla Suarez Navarro
Pliskova (World #2)
(and here is one more contender: Timea Bacinsky)
The current women’s pro tour is extremely difficult to predict. It appears to be very common that in grand slams the upsets just rain like hellfire. Unknown players get HOT and rip winners; the seeds get cocky and can’t make their shots, and some players just mentally breakdown. Just look at Ons Jabeur of Tunisia! Nobody was expecting her to come through qualifying and then knock out Cibulkova.
Also, on the Men’s side: Tsonga was upset in the first round. Nick Kyrgios was defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Monfils will play Richard GasQUET (I am expecting Monfils to win that one, BUT Richard is extremely talented on the clay)
It looks like there is a high chance of NADAL and MURRAY and DJOKOVIC and WAWRINKA going deep in the tournament.
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On this post I want to highlight some pro players who are good or cool who are much less famous than the players who always win titles and such. The Pro Tour is big and there are many players who are always battling to get inside the Top 100 and get fame/fortune.
CAGLA BUYUKAKCAY – is a Turkish tennis player. Currently 157 in the world on the WTA circuit. With a career high of 60 in the world. In 2016, she won the Istanbul Cup defeating Danka Kovinic in the finals.
IPEK SOYLU – is another Turkish tennis player. Currently 155 in the world. She has had success on the ITF circuit and in 2014 she won the US Open Girls doubles. Only 21 years old, so she still has time to make her WTA tour success.
SABINA SHARIPOVA – obviously her name is very similar to Maria’s. She is an Uzbek tennis player. She has won title on the ITF circuit.
JANG SU-JEONG – A south Korea player. Age 22. She has had ITF success. Currently 125 in the world.
BEATRIZ HADDAD MAIA – A 20 year old player from Brazil. Currently 108 in the world. She has won 2 doubles titles on the WTA tour. She appears to be “on the rise.”
ALEXANDER BUBLIK – he is a lesser known “young gun” only 19 years old from Russia and playing for Kazakhstan. He is talented and can win matches at the highest level.
MARIUS COPIL – Currently at a career high ranking of 90 in the world! Romania. One-handed backhand.
CASPER RUUD – 18 years old from Norway. He is another ATP young gun. He is currently a Yonex player.
The ATP and WTA is vast. Usually the light is always shown on players who make it to the semifinals of tournaments. I do my best to follow up and coming players to see if they are able to win just one match here and there and slowly pull the ranking up so they have the opportunity to actually play the real players. Real players being top 100 tennis players. On the ATP and the WTA, once you are top 100 then you are for real. If you are a pro player who is consistently top 80 in the world then you are making a good living. Sometimes, the lesser known players, in the course of one year they only have one or two notable wins. It is a grind!
I hope my post can bring a little more light to some of the lesser known players on the tour.
Thank you! DJ ROBO BISCUIT