Let's talk about them.
Let's talk about them.
|by Anonymous||reply 389||9 hours ago|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||09/21/2018|
OP....WTF? Link relevance?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||09/21/2018|
We need to discover some new cakes for future threads.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||09/22/2018|
Murray's ending his season after Beijing to concentrate on his fitness.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||09/22/2018|
Next year should be interesting on atp (on wta not so much, wta really needs new rising stars as soon as possible)
|by Anonymous||reply 5||09/22/2018|
Porna in Shenzhen
|by Anonymous||reply 6||09/22/2018|
I was at the Laver Cup night session yesterday. Great match between Schwartzman and Goffin, actually more compelling than the Federer/Djokovic doubles match. The two of them looked like they just couldn’t get in a rhythm.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||09/22/2018|
I thought it was really cruel of the organisers to put Schwartzman next to Isner in that publicity photo. It made Schwartman look like a child.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||09/22/2018|
Damn Porna is hot!!
|by Anonymous||reply 9||09/22/2018|
I had a good view of the players’ couches from where we sat. Team Europe was very restrained and low-key, Team World was all over the place. Also Isner has absolutely ENORMOUS hands. Every time he started clapping they were all I could focus on.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||09/22/2018|
That kid Jary from Chile is pretty!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||09/22/2018|
Jack Sock & Lil' Diego
|by Anonymous||reply 12||09/22/2018|
Guangzhou: Q. Wang def. Putintseva to win second title of career and year
Seoul: the final will be between Bertens and Tomljanovic seeking her first title
Tokyo: Osaka will face Pliskova. Nice to see Osaka has kept her USO momentum going
St. Petersburg: Thiem will face Klizan who upset Wawrinka today
Metz: Bachinger upset Nishikori and will face Simon for the title
|by Anonymous||reply 13||09/22/2018|
I think Osake is going to be a nightmare for most top players. She has the big weapons but at the same time she has the defensive skills and she seems able to keep calm on court
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/22/2018|
I really like Osaka but just can't see her dominating. There's something missing but I can't put my finger on it.
Anyone else feel this way or am I just a dreadful pessimist?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/22/2018|
She’s already doing much better than other first-time GS winners.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/22/2018|
Europe Team or the rest of the World Team?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/22/2018|
Europe team is way better.
With Osaka is difficult to know. She did fantastic at IW, she wasn't even nervous in the final, but she didn't rise her game till the US OPen. Next year will be useful to know if she is really going to be an amazing player or simply a good player who shows her skills from time to time like all the other top players. If she is comfortable being inconsistent like Kvitova or Muguruza or if she really wants to be one of the greats. In my opinion she has some advantages over most top players. She has weapons, a good serve, but she is able to defeat and even better she seems able to keep calm in the big matches. Of course you need some killing instinct, a hunger for winnng to really get into the next level (the young Monica Seles is a perfect example of that) and i don't know if she has that. But i will be surprised if she won't win at least a couple of more GS
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/22/2018|
Osaka always had a big forehand and decent first serve. Her backhand will always be her weaker side though it's improved. The 2 biggest improvements she's made under Sascha are improved movement and consistency. She's getting to more balls which allows her to set up better and be more patient. I was very eager to see how she'd handle the fast and powerful (but inconsistent) Giorgi in the SF and she almost breezed through the match. Osaka won most of the longer points and wasn't bothered by the pace Giorgi was throwing her way.
Osaka has been dominant all week long whereas Pliskova has gone 3 sets in every match. The last time they played in IW Osaka won handily too. The final should be interesting
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/22/2018|
Nadal sits it out. So I will too. And I love tennis.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/22/2018|
Genie Bouchard, clearly out of the goodness of her heart, decided to give someone else a chance to win Wuhan this week. She instead chose to enter Tashkent, where she is the CLEAR title favorite
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/22/2018|
To whom does A. Zverev appeal?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/22/2018|
I am most definitely not one of the whoms, R22, given AZ's arrogance, petulance, and overall assholery.
And yes, you are a dreadful pessimist, R15. Osaka is one of the few from the WTA whom I enjoy watching any more--crafty, nimble, understated, professional and seemingly effortless.
Coric needs a thread gathering all of his shirtless and ass pics. I don't understand why Thiem is the DL tennis poster boy instead. That ass is outweighed by the Keebler elfishness and his beard.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/22/2018|
Chengdu and Shenzen draws out too.
Lots of opportunity in Chengdu with someone unexpected to win the title as unreliable Fognini (who has just 1 hardcourt title he won this year) and titleless Chung as the top 2 seeds.
Shenzen has the better field including WC Murray. Goffin and titleless Tsitsipas are the top 2 seeds.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||09/22/2018|
*Lots of opportunity in Chengdu FOR someone
|by Anonymous||reply 25||09/22/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 26||09/22/2018|
R22 His appeal ends at his hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||09/22/2018|
it's so weird seeing Roger and Novak acting like bffs during the Laver Cup. They've been seen talking to each other for long periods of time and laughing, cheering each other on etc. just weird!
|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/22/2018|
Pliskova def. Osaka 6-4 6-4 for the Tokyo title. For the first time all week, Osaka was visibly nervous and frustrated. Her backhand was too flat and she made a lot of unforced errors off that side.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/22/2018|
R27 I'd say Z's appeal ends at his personality.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/22/2018|
Kevin’s Anderson’s wife was just on Instagram and she was showing all the swag they received from the Laver cup! She’s real sweet and very attractive!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/23/2018|
Bertens wins Seoul in 3 sets
Thiem wins St. Petersburg easily
Simon wins Metz in straights
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/23/2018|
Simon will never fade away
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/23/2018|
Simon is a vulture. He takes advantage of when top players (in this case Nishikori) get upset. Simon and Gasquet are small-tournament whores as that's all they can win.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/23/2018|
I think Zverev could be a fan favourite, he is quite handsome and he knows how to be charming when he wants. Unfortunately he is arrogant and his behaviour on court is far from being the best. If he is able to start to behave on court and downs the ego a bit it could work (but i don't have high hopes about that). And right now he is clearly the best young player (in fact he is the only one who is a top player) but i don't know how he'll react when the rivals start to catch him, specially if he didn't reach the next level on GS soon
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/23/2018|
A. Zverev is a poor loser and has already set a precedent of being a jerk to umpires, linespeople, the press, and pretty much everyone else. Let's hope he's overtaken soon by the likes of Tsitsipas, Auger-Aliassime, Coric, Tiafoe and others who may not have reached their potential as quickly but at least know how to be gentlemen on the court, even if they have the occasional broken tennis racket.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/23/2018|
R36: You have a very loose concept of gentleman. Maybe none of them has reached the Zverev levels of assholery but most of them had their moments of bad behaviour in their short career. Even a nice guy like De Miñaur smashed a raquet on the US Open.
Most young players seem very nice outside court (in fact even Zverev seems nice most of the time even he can't hide his big ego) but on court they are generally very aggressive and they seem to have some problems when things don't go their way. It's true that Zverev behaviour should be corrected as soon as possible, but the rest are no angels (not even Tsitsipas who seems a very nice and inteligent guy).
And i hope Felix problems on the US Open were not important, that guy has a lot of potential
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/23/2018|
man, that Coric has a cock on him... whew
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/23/2018|
He pulled out of Laver cup.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/23/2018|
Shapo's idol is Vladimir Putin and he dreams of the possibility of meeting the Russian president.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||09/23/2018|
R40 did he really say that?
|by Anonymous||reply 41||09/23/2018|
He even wants to move to Russia.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||09/23/2018|
wow. I wonder if he even pays attention to the news. I'm sure they're as hard on him in Canada as they are here.
Then again, Shapo had no clue Celine Dion is Canadian so he's quite ignorant.
I mean if he supports the way Putin rules Russia with his corruption, money laundering and crackdown on human rights, that's problematic.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||09/23/2018|
When you want to please the audience on a tournament things like this can happen and i don't know if his comments will be that popular on his own country He doesn't seem particulary bright (which is not rare on profesional sports)
|by Anonymous||reply 44||09/23/2018|
I am not a fan of Laver Cup, which is just a glorified series of exhibition matches, but I do like seeing Isner lose.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||09/23/2018|
I think the Laver is fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||09/23/2018|
Yes, R37, it's a low bar: Don't scream invective at umpires and the crowd, don't roll your eyes and walk out of press conferences when asked questions that aren't adulatory, and don't yell "this is my fucking court" when you win a match. The younger Zverev doesn't even get over the low bar, whereas the others do. A broken tennis racket doesn't mind getting abused.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||09/23/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 48||09/23/2018|
His sculpted brows....
|by Anonymous||reply 49||09/23/2018|
Genie Bouchard put up a valiant effort but lost 3-6 3-6 to World #1 dominant player Nao Hibino in the first round of grand slam Tashkent. Bouchard has been so unlucky this year drawing Hibino 3 times, including just last week and lost all 3 times.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||09/23/2018|
Team Europe with the Laver Cup
|by Anonymous||reply 51||09/24/2018|
What do we think will happen to the Laver Cup when Fed retires (sooner rather than later if I had to put money on it)? Will he take over as Team Europe captain?
|by Anonymous||reply 52||09/24/2018|
R52, Fed will be assimilated into the Borg collective. Resistance is futile.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||09/24/2018|
Carlita shows her pussy
|by Anonymous||reply 54||09/24/2018|
[quote] Carlita shows her pussy
|by Anonymous||reply 55||09/24/2018|
[quote]Shapo's idol is Vladimir Putin and he dreams of the possibility of meeting the Russian president.
[quote]He even wants to move to Russia.
Nonsense. I suspect the article is concocted by Russian media, and we know Putin controls that... in other words, I speculate that it is Putin who would like to meet Shapo, and offer him citizenship. Shapo is fluent in Russian, which is rare on the world-stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||09/24/2018|
R55 Carla Suarez Navarro, Spanish tennis player. Last seen losing to Madison Keys in the US Open quarterfinals.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||09/24/2018|
[quote]Last seen losing to Madison Keys in the US Open quarterfinals
CSN actually played in Wuhan today, but lost to Sabalenka
|by Anonymous||reply 58||09/24/2018|
Carlita has a beautiful pussy.
And it's quite obvious that Federer has a thing for bad guys, he really seems to care for Zverev (and Kyrgios) and the advice he gave Sascha was really good
|by Anonymous||reply 59||09/24/2018|
Shapo said it all. If you read the Russian interview he says that he has a "Russian soul" and that he's annoyed that Anglophone Canadians still can't say his name properly.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||09/24/2018|
R60: Great way to become a fan favourite in your country
|by Anonymous||reply 61||09/24/2018|
Canadian press I would think is against Putin too...I hope Shapo gets destroyed for these comments. What an ignorant brat. I hope he never wins a slam
|by Anonymous||reply 62||09/24/2018|
Bieber is also very ignorant too.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||09/24/2018|
[quote]Osaka is one of the few from the WTA whom I enjoy watching any more--crafty, nimble, understated, professional and seemingly effortless.
Couldn’t agree more, r23.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||09/24/2018|
Is this where we talk about tennis death? If not let’s make it so.
Tennis Star's Ex-Husband Killed Their 2 Children as They Slept Before Turning Gun on Himself
On September 21, Stephanie Reece received a call that no parent wants to get. Her two children, Harrison, 15, and Shelby, 13, had not shown up to school.
When the former pro tennis player — who competed at Wimbledon and in the US Open in the Nineties — could not get a hold of her children or her ex-husband, Michael Hunn, she drove over to Hunn’s house in Zionsville, Indiana but the doors were locked and secured and nobody answered.
She knew something was wrong, so she called the police.
Officers entered the home around 10:30 a.m. and discovered Shelby and Harrison in their beds, fatally shot, and Hunn, 50, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||09/24/2018|
Wow I guess no one cares about the much vaunted Asian Swing.
Help lost 06-, 5-7 today to Cibulkova.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||09/25/2018|
R66 I'm following it. A lot of upsets so far in Wuhan
btw a rumored #nextgen couple is Michael Mmoh and Fanny Stollar
|by Anonymous||reply 67||09/25/2018|
[quote] Carla Suarez Navarro, Spanish tennis player. Last seen losing to Madison Keys in the US Open quarterfinals.
I don't know her.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||09/25/2018|
Puig! def. Wozniacki 7-6 7-5 in Wuhan. Kvitova and Kerber also lost, so none of the top 10 seeds reached the QF
Shapovalov & Tsitsipas both lost in Shenzhen
|by Anonymous||reply 69||09/26/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 70||09/26/2018|
Serena's pulled out of the China Open.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||09/26/2018|
[quote] Serena's pulled out of the China Open.
Fortunately her husband pulled out so she never had a baby.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||09/26/2018|
Puig is great but frustrating to root for, all the ingredients are there, but wildly mentally inconsistent. In many ways, she's Sloane Stephens without a major.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||09/26/2018|
I wish the Asian Swing kicked off the year, leading up to the Australian Open, and the season just ends after the US Open. The top players are done, hurt, or going through the motions, opening the door for the Jack Socks and Caroline Garcias to get an inflated ranking for a year that doesn't really reflect their playing level.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||09/26/2018|
The 'Asian Swing' has never really taken off.
As R74 says, the top players are done for the year and the spectator numbers are embarrassing.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||09/26/2018|
Puig doesn't have as good of a serve as Sloane
|by Anonymous||reply 76||09/26/2018|
Muguruza just lost to Siniakova (who defeated defending champ Garcia the other day in rd1)
Auger-Aliassime lost in the final round of qualifying but as a lucky loser is now into the QF of Chengdu after defeating Chung in 3 sets. He'll have a good shot at reaching the SF since his opponent will be Tomic
|by Anonymous||reply 77||09/26/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 78||09/26/2018|
Coric just lost to Norrie in straight sets. For someone whose game is predicated on consistency, Coric sure is inconsistent.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||09/26/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 80||09/26/2018|
The Lavatory Cup
|by Anonymous||reply 81||09/26/2018|
The Asian Schwing
|by Anonymous||reply 82||09/26/2018|
Muguuruza should focus on her tennis and not on red carpets. She has everything to be a multi GS winner but sometimes she seems that she doesn't care
|by Anonymous||reply 83||09/26/2018|
So a WTA Tier I, with most of the top players present, and the draw cut-off at No. 48, is down to the eight remaining players ranked 17, 20, 27, 31, 34, 39, 47, and 51.
Is it any wonder stands would be empty? These aren't bad players - all but Puig are top 50 - but if you don't follow the sport closely, you're lucky to know one of the remaining 8 players. Will the casual tennis fan decide to attend even if they don't know *anyone* on court?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||09/26/2018|
last 8 in Tashkent
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
|by Anonymous||reply 85||09/26/2018|
Draw for Qualifying round of Davis Cup 2019 (to be held on 1-2 Feb)
The TBA will depend on the regulation play off of group 1 to be played next month. It is either Portugal, Slovakia, Belarus or South Africa depending on the ranking after these matches
|by Anonymous||reply 86||09/26/2018|
The equivalent would be a Tier I Men's event that saw all the top guys lose early: Nadal AND Federer AND Djokovic AND Murray AND DelPotro AND Wawrinka AND Zverev AND Thein AND Cilic AND Anderson AND Dimitrov AND Isner.
I think the closest we saw was Paris last October, which had the final eight as :Nadal, Krajonovic, Del Porto, Isner, Benneteau, Cilic, Verdasco, Sock
|by Anonymous||reply 87||09/26/2018|
to be fair, Serena, Venus, Sharapova, Azarenka and Osaka all withdrew from the tournament.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||09/26/2018|
the Thiem brothers in an elevator
|by Anonymous||reply 89||09/26/2018|
Murray will face Goffin today...should be an interesting match
|by Anonymous||reply 90||09/26/2018|
[quote]Murray will face Goffin today...should be an interesting match
|by Anonymous||reply 91||09/26/2018|
Thiem Thiem team
|by Anonymous||reply 92||09/26/2018|
I am on Thiem team too.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||09/26/2018|
[quote] Murray will face Goffin today...should be an interesting match
I am on Misery team.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||09/26/2018|
Would be so fun to be double Thiemed
|by Anonymous||reply 95||09/26/2018|
[quote]Fortunately [Serena’s] husband pulled out so she never had a baby.
But I heard somewhere she HAD A BABY!!! and was the only woman in the world who had won a tennis match after having A BABY!!!!, r72.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||09/27/2018|
Is Serena going to play the YEC?
|by Anonymous||reply 97||09/27/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 98||09/27/2018|
Hadley Freeman in the Guardian has written a rather ill-advised article about how Serena is representative of all women (?). The 800-plus comments are not very Serena-friendly.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||09/27/2018|
R97 she hasnt qualified and wont
|by Anonymous||reply 100||09/27/2018|
I think Serena's days of playing the Asian Swing are over unless she does it as part of a farewell tour. She's in it for Grand Slam titles only. I mentioned it on another thread but I think at most it will be the 4 GS, one tuneup tourney before AO, French and the US, and maybe Indian Wells or Miami but not both.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||09/27/2018|
The latest Beyond the Baseline podcast has Wertheim and Annacone gushing over The Laver Cup, culminating in Wertheim suggesting the event could challenge The Grand Slams in popularity.
Is Wertheim heavily medicated? Or am I missing something by thinking of Laver Cup as a glorified exhibition?
|by Anonymous||reply 102||09/27/2018|
[quote] culminating in Wertheim suggesting the event could challenge The Grand Slams in popularity.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||09/27/2018|
if they want to hold that Laver Cup shit DO IT IN THE OFF SEASON. Stop acting like an exho is more important than a real event. What a dumbass thing for them to say
|by Anonymous||reply 104||09/27/2018|
Laver Cup appeal comes from an opportunity to see players who normally fight against each others as a part of one team - it worked great with Rafa and Roger last year, not nearly as good with Djok and Roger this year though. Another pairing people were hyped about was Zverev & Roger as the representation of two distinct generations. If Laver Cup can guarantee the line up of charismatic players it will survive, but without it the Europe- rest of the world rivarly is not enough to make people that interested.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||09/27/2018|
Well Misery beat Goffin and will face Vedasco again.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||09/27/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 107||09/27/2018|
US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier has stepped down after 8 years
|by Anonymous||reply 108||09/27/2018|
R108, is he going to coach young Grigor?
|by Anonymous||reply 109||09/27/2018|
I was watching a rerun of a Hopman Cup match between Federer and Sock. I knew Sock had a big ass but I never noticed it was that huge. It’s probably bigger than that of Domicakes Thiem. Thoughts on Sock’s ass?
|by Anonymous||reply 110||09/27/2018|
Zverev and Melo are having fun in Beijing.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||09/27/2018|
I'm watching the Shenzhen Open quarters with Ramos-Vinolas and Herbert. Ramos-Vinolas is showing a nice package in his white shorts. Herbert's trim-fit blue shorts are cute as well. Both guys look like they can use some sleep and a cheeseburger though.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||09/28/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 113||09/28/2018|
The final day scheduling of the tacky Laver Cup was designed for Roger's ego. Scheduling him in the 1st 2matches of the day - back to back - he could clinch it with 2 wins. Leaving Novak to play the final match would have put the pressure on him if it had come down to a live final match. As it turned out Novak didn't get to play. Roger is such an asshole and if anyone thinks mental midget Bjorn Borg set that schedule, well......
|by Anonymous||reply 114||09/28/2018|
The Laver Cup has been a huge success but it is still a glorified exho. It's a good chance for the relatively lesser known players to raise their profiles and of course there's loads of money in it for everyone.
There are tournaments out there that could only dream of attendance figures like those.
|by Anonymous||reply 115||09/28/2018|
Mmmm, I like a furry Popsicle.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||09/28/2018|
Would suck him dry on Centre Court 😋
|by Anonymous||reply 117||09/28/2018|
Serena to take the rest of the season off.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||09/28/2018|
I didn’t realize Popsicle had chest hair. Surprised.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||09/28/2018|
[quote] Serena to take the rest of the season off.
Is it because she had a...?
|by Anonymous||reply 120||09/28/2018|
So will he come out now, r108?
|by Anonymous||reply 121||09/28/2018|
[quote]Is it because she had a...?
a hangnail, r120?
|by Anonymous||reply 122||09/28/2018|
Verdasco beats Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 to reach the Shenzen SF
|by Anonymous||reply 123||09/28/2018|
God, Popsicle is yummmier than before with his chest hair. I was losing interest in him, but schwing, he's got my attention again.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||09/28/2018|
yeah, that chest is droolworthy
|by Anonymous||reply 125||09/28/2018|
Murray had already lost that match when he said he was pulling out for the rest of the year.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||09/28/2018|
Tomic having one of his few good weeks. People like Tomic are the reason Roger, Novak and Rafa's career are lasting that long. It's not the same playing with 33 when you know you only have a little odd of winning a GS that playing when you are one of the big favourites. There were a couple of generations who had the game but not the mentality to dethrene the big three. And the next gen is probably the same but they had the big advantage that now Roger, Nole and Rafa are old, so it's only a question of time
|by Anonymous||reply 127||09/29/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 128||09/29/2018|
Is this where we talk about Ryder Cup?
|by Anonymous||reply 129||09/29/2018|
R128 Ugh Verdasco is disgusting.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||09/29/2018|
yay new titlist! In Tashkent, Margarita Gasparyan (who became top 50 a few years ago before injury) def. rising 17 year old Anastasia Potapova 6-2 6=1
in Wuhan, Sabalenka wins her second career title def. Kontaveit 6-3 6-3
in Chengdu Fognini def. Fritz in 3 sets and will face a resurgent Tomic who def. Sousa in straights
in Shenzen we're guaranteed a new titlist! yay! Nishioka won a third set tiebreak over Verdasco and will face Herbert who also won a third set tiebreak over de Minaur
|by Anonymous||reply 131||09/29/2018|
Beijing and Tokyo draws are out. Women's action in Beijing has already started with Kvitova getting crushed by Gavrilova and Svitolina choking to lose in 3rd set tiebreak to Krunic
As expected, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Serena and Venus aren't playing. Azarenka and Osaka have both withdrawn again too
|by Anonymous||reply 132||09/29/2018|
Please anyone! What's next WTA final to pencil Genie Bouchard into? Asking for a friend.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||09/29/2018|
Svitolina's days in the top 10 are numbered if she can't even successfully vulture the Asian swing.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||09/29/2018|
By the way Marcelo Rios called Federer Mrs (señora in spanish) supposely to show (with some misoginy included) that he is too polite for his taste. He called Sock a clown (i don't know what Sock did to upset him) and Sampras was boring to him (i suppose not winning any of their matches made him more boring).
Ríos was a very talented player but he always had a big mouth. He is probably the worst number one ever, slamless (he lost his only GS against Korda bordering ridicule) and his other highlight was when he spend a press conference crying because his girlfriend dumped him (if my memory doesn't fail he cheated on her). As i say he was talented but not a champion by any means (very weak mentally)
|by Anonymous||reply 135||09/29/2018|
The attendance for all these Chinese events has been pathetic. (Japan has had typically great crowd numbers). Even the Murray/Verdasco match, held on a Friday night, in Shenzen (a very large city) was played to a mostly empty stadium.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||09/29/2018|
Only in tennis do you have 12 year old kids running around the work place, taking care of the needs of millionaires, fetching them their soiled towels, holding umbrellas over their head, picking up their trash, giving them water bottles and going unpaid.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||09/29/2018|
Rios made Nastase look like Kim Clijsters. What a surly motherfucker.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||09/29/2018|
God, I love Pospisil. Thank you forever, R113.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||09/29/2018|
[quote}in Wuhan, Sabalenka wins her second career title def. Kontaveit 6-3 6-3
Sabalenka with her coach Dmitry Tursunov
|by Anonymous||reply 140||09/30/2018|
If Sabalenka is able to control her nerves and keep the focus she will be a top player in no time
|by Anonymous||reply 141||09/30/2018|
Tomic and Nishioka wins Chengdau and Shenzen. Both in 3 sets
|by Anonymous||reply 142||09/30/2018|
[quote]Tomic and Nishioka win Chengdu and Shenzen
Tomic looked really happy with the win, he's back in the top 100 again
Scone Stephens just won her 1st match on the Asian Swing in 3 years
|by Anonymous||reply 143||09/30/2018|
happy to see another first time ATP winner. Nishioka in particular. He was rising quickly in 2017 but then ruptured his ACL.
I hope Sloane can qualify for the YEC but there are several contenders who have a chance as well
|by Anonymous||reply 144||09/30/2018|
Don't tell Serena, Martina Hingis is going to have a baby!
|by Anonymous||reply 145||09/30/2018|
whoa i've NEVER seen Sloane get so angry before
Pavlyuchenkova called for the trainer just before Sloane was serving for the second set I think it was 5-2. Sloane went on to win that set 6-4 (and the third set too). She was having words with the umpire for allowing it when Pavlyuchenkova overheard the conversation and came over to call Sloane "disrespectful". They went back and forth before the umpire had them both go back to their sides. Then after in a point, Pavyluchenkova tried to hit Sloane with an overhead. Sloane won the point and as she turned around said "this fucking bitch tried to hit me" lol drama!
|by Anonymous||reply 146||09/30/2018|
Jack Sock will be defending 1,545 of his 1,850 singles ranking points from now (China Open in Beijing starts tomorrow) until the end of the season
|by Anonymous||reply 147||09/30/2018|
Poor, adorable PHH :-(
|by Anonymous||reply 148||09/30/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 149||09/30/2018|
ATP service for the AZverev-Melo fan
|by Anonymous||reply 150||09/30/2018|
after winning back-to-back challengers, Mmoh has now debuted in the top 100 at #96 !!! Looks like he'll at least start next draw in several main draw ATP tournaments
|by Anonymous||reply 151||09/30/2018|
R150 we no longer have a Melo-Zverev fan here. Was it ESL?
|by Anonymous||reply 152||09/30/2018|
I'm a Melo/Zverev fan, R152, and not ESL, but it seemed to me that nobody was that interested in them here, so I mostly stopped mentioning them.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||09/30/2018|
Embarrassing outdoor hardcourt loss for Coric to 37 year old #71 Lopez!
|by Anonymous||reply 154||09/30/2018|
Is Rafa injured are just relaxing?
|by Anonymous||reply 155||09/30/2018|
he had that knee injury at the USO so he's out for now. Not sure when he'll play again
|by Anonymous||reply 156||09/30/2018|
I don’t think ESL has gone far.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||10/01/2018|
Rafa didn't want to play Davis Cup indoors vs. France, hence the 'injury'.
|by Anonymous||reply 158||10/01/2018|
Please, no more homo fanfic for Zverev and Melo. It was nonsense to wade through that shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 159||10/01/2018|
Zverev and Melo is very difficult to believe, they are even clearly joking about it.
An openly gay tennis players shouldn't be that hard to find but i suppose we'll have to wait some years
|by Anonymous||reply 160||10/01/2018|
maybe if we dig hard, we can find a gay in the top 500. somewhere
|by Anonymous||reply 161||10/01/2018|
[quote] maybe if we dig hard, we can find a gay in the top 500. somewhere
In the WTA they’re everywhere!
|by Anonymous||reply 162||10/01/2018|
R161: There's probably more than one gay player in the top 200 (simple estadistics) but i doubt they'll come out in a near future
|by Anonymous||reply 163||10/01/2018|
yup all we have currently is retired former top 15 Gambill and retired journeyman Vahaly
|by Anonymous||reply 164||10/01/2018|
Gasquet is obviously gay tho.
|by Anonymous||reply 165||10/01/2018|
R165 It's not true. I've kissed him
|by Anonymous||reply 166||10/01/2018|
Was Gambill journeyman?
|by Anonymous||reply 167||10/01/2018|
^ yeah. A hot one, though.
Rafa is gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 168||10/01/2018|
I rubbed one out to that pic of Porna. Damn.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||10/01/2018|
"Beginning in January 2019, the Tennis Channel will be the U.S. television and digital media home of the WTA, featuring Premier and International tournaments as well as the WTA Finals."
|by Anonymous||reply 170||10/01/2018|
That’s compelling, R170.
|by Anonymous||reply 171||10/01/2018|
Truly compelling, r170.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||10/01/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 173||10/01/2018|
Noone but the tennis channel would have the WTA. Tennis Channel must’ve received quite a discount from the WTA to unload all their tournaments onto them.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||10/01/2018|
The ball kid pings (the sweat of male tennis players, indeed), and says a lot of interesting things about being a ball kid.
What shocked me, though, is that the ball kids are told to expect abusive language from players and to stand there and take it. Players who behave like Verdasco should be fined, and NO player should think of ball kids as their personal slaves and towel-bearers. Players never used to ask for a towel after each rally until about ten years ago, and now every player seems to be using that offensively off-handed palm-hovering-around-face gesture, sometimes without even looking in the ball kid’s direction, when summoning a towel. Ugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||10/02/2018|
Ostapenko was double bageled by some random Chinese player.
Such depth of the WTA tour!
|by Anonymous||reply 176||10/02/2018|
R175 and I don't understand why the ballkids don't get the same respect as the chair umpire. I agree it should not be OK to be rude or verbally abusive to a ballkid/adult
|by Anonymous||reply 177||10/02/2018|
R176 she's not random. She's currently having a hot streak and recently broke into the top 30 with 2 titles this year. Ostapenko shouldn't have been double bageled by her Qiang Wang is not some random scrub
how about Cilic choking a 6-5 in the third set lead to lose to journeyman Struff?
|by Anonymous||reply 178||10/02/2018|
R166: It's funny that the kiss excuse is the one Shawn Barber used too (he came out months later)
|by Anonymous||reply 179||10/02/2018|
Apparently Sascha has a girlfriend now...
Btw., I was rereading old threads and there seemed to be some speculation about Djokovic being bi? Does anyone still think that?
|by Anonymous||reply 180||10/02/2018|
What girlfriend? Did Melo wear a dress??
|by Anonymous||reply 181||10/02/2018|
A girlfriend is almost mandatory if you are prominent enough (unless you don't mind gay rumours).
Anyway, Sascha is like a typical straight teen with a big ego. I find curious that he has gay rumours at all (his relationship with Melo seems similar to what he had with his big bro, and Melo seems to have a teen mentality too)
|by Anonymous||reply 182||10/02/2018|
[quote] his relationship with Melo seems similar to what he had with his big bro
|by Anonymous||reply 183||10/02/2018|
R182 some athletes are very immature as they didn't go through the whole school process. I'll never forget Jankovic complaining a few years ago that a lot of them "have never seen the inside of a classroom". You don't have to be that mature if you're an athlete or entertainer.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||10/02/2018|
R184: True, if you are not bright and you don't have a real interest in knowing what's happening around you you can look dumb as a rock in interviews.
That's not Zverev case, he simply looks very inmature, he has a lot of teenage traits and an ego difficult to hide. He can be charming too when he wants.
I think the Federer/Nadal strategy to not get themselves in hot waters keeping the conversation focused on tennis maybe make them less interesting as characters but in the long run keep them for putting their feet in their mouth more often.
AT least in tennis being well spoken, like to read and arts and being smart is not something that makes you suspicious like in soccer (they seems to like their idols the dumber the better)
|by Anonymous||reply 185||10/02/2018|
According to rumors, it is Ivan who pushed Melo out of Sasha's life.
|by Anonymous||reply 186||10/03/2018|
Rumours where? And any source for the girlfriend news?
|by Anonymous||reply 187||10/03/2018|
Didn't someone post that Melo and Sascha were together in Beijing just this week? So he's hardly been pushed out?
|by Anonymous||reply 188||10/03/2018|
Someone posted a photo of them alone at a restaurant together but they were not sitting next to each other as straight bros do.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||10/03/2018|
Melo is in Sascha's story from a few minutes ago. The alleged gf was at his 1st round match.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||10/03/2018|
Well, to be fair, an athlete (or an actor, singer) doesn't need to do anything to "have a girlfriend". He only needs to be seen in public with an appropiate girl to the rumours spread like butter. PDA is not needed and he can even go full Shawn Mendes and saying she is just a friend, the rumours will spread if his team wants (or even if a journalist wants).
I always cringe when some (not all) sport journalist ask about the dating life of an athlete. And they sometimes are very eager to spread gay rumours. Italian journalists seem to be very pressed about Marc Márquez sexuality, everytime there's a conflict with Valentino Rossi, you have the "Marquez likes to go to gay bars" in the italian press.
Saying that, Zverev needs to make some changes in his life, i don't know if he is too focused on his career not focused enough, but he needs to find a balance between his job and his personal life. Right now he has in a position of advantage, he is a top player for some time, the other young players are not there. We'll see if hitting machine Djokovic last or he'll be erratic again, but if Zverev is not the first young player in winning a GS the pressure could be too much for him
|by Anonymous||reply 191||10/03/2018|
Richard Gasquet def. Nick Kyrgios 7-6 7-6 to reach the QFs in Tokyo. Alex De Minaur will be the new Australian number 1 on Monday
|by Anonymous||reply 192||10/04/2018|
Aryna Sabalenka comes back from 5-7, 3-5 to beat the defending champion Caroline Garcia 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-0 in Beijing and make the QFs.
Keeps her Singapore dream alive.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||10/04/2018|
A. Zverev looks awful under artificial lighting.
|by Anonymous||reply 194||10/04/2018|
Maybe Goffin is gay..he kind of pings
|by Anonymous||reply 195||10/04/2018|
Sabalenka has played an awful lot since the Open. She better hope to win Beijing otherwise she has to fly to Moscow and win a few rounds there to qualify before flying back to Singapore. She might not have anything left. She's quite a bit out of the last spot. Even a runner-up finish in Beijing leaves her at #10 in the Singapore race, roughly 200 points from the last spot. Halep has a herniated disc so I assume she will bow out, or show up and get bageled again before withdrawing. Alternates likely will play.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||10/04/2018|
Probably the best point of the season
BTW Sasha lost to Malek
|by Anonymous||reply 197||10/04/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 198||10/04/2018|
Is Lendl there with A Zverev?
|by Anonymous||reply 199||10/04/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 200||10/04/2018|
Dimitrov and Sock's rankings are going to take major hits after the WTF as neither will qualify
Same with Venus for the YEC
Qiang Wang def. Pliskova for the second week in a row
|by Anonymous||reply 201||10/04/2018|
[quote]Sabalenka has played an awful lot since the Open. She better hope to win Beijing otherwise she has to fly to Moscow and win a few rounds there to qualify before flying back to Singapore
I think she's playing in Tianjin before Moscow as well...it's only an 'International' though, so she'll probably withdraw if she wins Beijing
|by Anonymous||reply 202||10/04/2018|
R195: Goffin has a gilrfriend and i think she is previous to his rise on the rankings
|by Anonymous||reply 203||10/04/2018|
sometimes it's hard to tell with Euro guys. "Euro or gay?" is a common question
|by Anonymous||reply 204||10/04/2018|
[quote] sometimes it's hard to tell with Euro guys. "Euro or gay?" is a common question
Does the same apply to Euro gnomes?
|by Anonymous||reply 205||10/04/2018|
Dimitrov will be a dangerous floater at the Aussie Open-- his ranking is going to sink. Sock's will too, but he's less dangerous. And Stan is playing well again--it's only a matter of time before he starts beating the big guys again.
|by Anonymous||reply 206||10/04/2018|
Agreed, R203. Lots of pics of them together online.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||10/04/2018|
Local favorite Qiang Wang ends Aryna Sabalenka’s winning streak with a 7-5, 7-5 win to reach the last 4 in Beijing. I don't think Sabalenka is able to make the WTA Finals after this loss
Beijing WTA SF:
Anastasija Sevastova vs. Naomi Osaka
Wang Qiang vs. Caroline Wozniacki
Beijing ATP SF:
Juan Martín Del Potro vs. Fabio Fognini
Kyle Edmund vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili
|by Anonymous||reply 208||10/05/2018|
Sabalenka could be an alternate and play if someone like Halep, who is injured, retires.
|by Anonymous||reply 209||10/05/2018|
Halep will probably pull out of the YEC and Kerber, Osaka, Kvitova and Wozniacki have qualified. If Halep doesn't play, that leaves open 4 more spots between Stephens, Svitolina, Pliskova, Bertens and Sabalenka. Mertens had a shot but lost early in all the Asian events so I think she could only be an alternate at this point.
|by Anonymous||reply 210||10/05/2018|
'Moni' (aka 'Money') Halep seems pretty determined to play Singapore
|by Anonymous||reply 211||10/05/2018|
Does Halep need help?
|by Anonymous||reply 212||10/05/2018|
Halep does a lousy job of managing her schedule and taking care of herself. Playing through back injuries?? Ask Tracy Austin how well that worked out. Or Tiger Woods if you want a recent example even though he's older. Just because both tours insist on prolonging the season beyond the point it makes sense doesn't mean you have to play. Kudos to Nadal and Serena for recognizing this.
|by Anonymous||reply 213||10/05/2018|
Should they get rid of the much-vaunted Asian swing and move the “year-end” championship to October? Shout there even be a YEC?
|by Anonymous||reply 214||10/05/2018|
Sabalenka should take some time to adjust after becoming a top player out of the blue and work in improving her mentality. She has potential but given that she never was a top junior player i doubt she thought she could get that high so soon (and right now her level is better than her ranking)
|by Anonymous||reply 215||10/05/2018|
They only play the Asian Swing because the Chinese government subsidizes the tournaments on the WTA side to a huge degree. The WTA's contact for the year end championships which will be moved to China is enormous even though ticket sales won't pay for it at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 216||10/05/2018|
Shanghai draw out. Nadal isn't playing but I think everyone else is
|by Anonymous||reply 217||10/05/2018|
Who is everyone?
|by Anonymous||reply 218||10/05/2018|
I wouldn't be surprised if Simona is just concentrating on making as much money as she can, while she can. Perhaps she considered surgery and decided 'You know what? Fuck it! There's no guarantee surgery will work so I'm just gonna turn up and get paid"
|by Anonymous||reply 219||10/06/2018|
C'mon, Frankie, this is no Legends Tour!
|by Anonymous||reply 220||10/06/2018|
Wozniacki-Sevastova final in Beijing. Both semis ended in 2 sets
Nishikori-Medvedev in Tokyo
|by Anonymous||reply 221||10/06/2018|
R221: Not very exciting finals. Medvedev is playing better lately but i doubt he'll be able to defeat Nishikori. Kei maybe is unable to step up and win against top players (at least no in finals) but he is like a wall when he plays younger players.
Osaka is struggling a bit to capitalize the good result in New York. She is not losing in the first rounds but she is unable to win either, and frankly Sevastova should not be that difficult to defeat right now
|by Anonymous||reply 222||10/06/2018|
and also in Beijing Del Potro got a walkover from Fognini and will play Basilashvili who def. Edmund
|by Anonymous||reply 223||10/06/2018|
Medvedev rolled over Nishikori
|by Anonymous||reply 224||10/07/2018|
[quote]Medvedev rolled over Nishikori
wow, I think Kei lost his last 8 finals
|by Anonymous||reply 225||10/07/2018|
Poor Kei, but it's good that Medveded after so many time without improving is showing signs that he could be more than a journeyman.
But with russians you never know, they are headcases most of the time. No matter how much talent, they had a tendency to blow their chances. Even Safin who is by far the most prominent is an underachiever (that AO against Johannson was clear sign that no matter if he was able to defeat Federer, he was able to lose against an inferior rival at a big final too)
|by Anonymous||reply 226||10/07/2018|
Wtf? Halep is still playing Moscow and Singapore after announcing her serious back injury.
|by Anonymous||reply 227||10/07/2018|
Basilashvili was on fire this week. He wins Beijing
|by Anonymous||reply 228||10/07/2018|
[quote]Basilashvili was on fire this week. He wins Beijing
that's one big ass trophy he won
|by Anonymous||reply 229||10/07/2018|
[quote]Wtf? Halep is still playing Moscow and Singapore after announcing her serious back injury.
Back pain? We've heard it's a serious side effect of straight sex but for some reason never goes beyond 9 months.
|by Anonymous||reply 230||10/07/2018|
Jack Sock is in danger of falling out of the Top 100 by year's end with all the points he needs to defend from Paris and YEC.
|by Anonymous||reply 231||10/07/2018|
and he just lost yesterday first round in Shanghai. Soon he'll be playing ex doubles bff Pospisil in challengers
|by Anonymous||reply 232||10/07/2018|
While I'm not a Sock fan, I'm very interested in this train wreck of a season. It's easy to forget he was Top 25 for about a year before winning Paris and launching into the Top Ten. Clearly, if he wants to continue to play singles, he needs to return to the Challengers to rebuild his ranking. Or, will he stay on the main tour and focus on doubles? He's still very capable of winning at top level doubles, and players can make a nice living by succeeding in doubles only.
If he did want to focus on rehabbing his singles, he should have probably dropped down to Challengers after Wimbledon or The US Open, because the longer he waits the more this will eat at his confidence. I can't help but feel he's getting some bad advice from his coach, family, and/or management team.
|by Anonymous||reply 233||10/07/2018|
Raonic should be ashamed of himself.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||10/08/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 235||10/08/2018|
He lost to some turkey burger from MacDonald
|by Anonymous||reply 236||10/08/2018|
If this is a turkey burger, I'll order a dozen.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||10/08/2018|
R233 Or he might be too stubborn to take advice. And to be fair to him, many of the matches he has lost have been in 3 sets, so it's not like he is getting routed and has completely forgotten how to play at ATP level. He might be hoping to turn it around in ATP tournaments as long as he can enter them without having to qualify. Iirc he tried to qualify on grass and lost there too... Apparently Paris counts in the points race for the Aus Open wildcard for Americans, so if he finds some form there, he could conceivably get the WC. And he can probably count on WCs for American tournaments as well. (Not a fan either, and find the whole thing interesting too)
|by Anonymous||reply 238||10/08/2018|
Sock's ego is enormous. I doubt he'll drop down to challengers; instead he'll beg for WCs at tournaments.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||10/08/2018|
Sock is #157 in the Live ATP Race provisional rankings.
|by Anonymous||reply 240||10/08/2018|
R233: More than rebuild his ranking he needs to rebuild his confidence. He was a trainwreck the whole season.
When you start losing sometimes it's better to down your expectations and play some minor tournament.
It happens all time. Nicola Kuhn was getting into the top 200 at 18, suddenly he had an injury on a toe and spend a bunch of months without playing. He returned on the same kind of tournaments he was playing and it's not working at all. But instead of playing some 25k to try to win some matches and gain confidence he is sticking in the kind of tournaments he was playing before the injury. That and some back luck in the draws and he will probably end the year outside top 300 even when he has no points to defend
|by Anonymous||reply 241||10/08/2018|
David Ferrer just won a challenger title.
|by Anonymous||reply 242||10/08/2018|
Over Ivo Karlovic, too. #geritol
|by Anonymous||reply 243||10/08/2018|
Yes Sock is stubborn. At the start of the season before 1 of his matches aired I saw a segment about his regimen. He lives in Kansas City, originally from Omaha. He refuses to move or at least spend a significant amount of time training in Florida or California where the majority of American and a good number of other professional players are. Clearly his diet is shit as he's flabby. He's fitter than when he first came on tour but it's clear he enjoys a "middle American" diet. You can't out-train a horrible diet either. He was doing more stretching and preventative work from what I saw. I saw a similar program for Isner before that. They don't go as hard at training as someone like a Thiem
|by Anonymous||reply 244||10/08/2018|
Kyrgios is also fat and lazy but he's taller and a better athlete than his friend Sock. He also wears a girdle like shirt to hide his flab.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||10/08/2018|
Sock is journeyman.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||10/08/2018|
We never talk about Roberto Bautista Agut anymore since he came out as heterosexual. What does our Spanish poster think of him?
|by Anonymous||reply 247||10/08/2018|
I am also interested in how Jack Sock went from a solid top 25 player to an unexpected top 10 player and now dropping out of the top 100 player in a year. Winning the Paris Masters seems to have had a huge detrimental effect on his career. For comparison, John Isner has only played better since he won his Masters earlier this year.
|by Anonymous||reply 248||10/08/2018|
Game-wise Sock's forehand is massive with tons of spin but because of his wonky grip, he can litter errors off that side if his timing is off. There's more of a chance that his timing goes off because of the big take-back and weird grip. If you rush him on that side and he doesn't have time to set up, he's fucked. His backhand is more compact but that side is always error-prone, more so than his forehand. His volleys are pretty solid which makes sense as he's had a lot of doubles success
|by Anonymous||reply 249||10/08/2018|
Recently Cilic and Del Po turned 30. and now first time in the history of ATP we don't have any active grand slam winner under 30.
Forget about winner we have only 2 active players under 30 who have reached a grand slam final Domi and Kei.
And Kei is turning 30 next year
|by Anonymous||reply 250||10/08/2018|
ohh sorry Milos is third one.I completly forgot about him.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||10/08/2018|
How long before Tiafoe is US no. 1?
|by Anonymous||reply 252||10/09/2018|
JM Gambill went to see Keith Urban with Coco (and Shelby Rogers)
|by Anonymous||reply 253||10/09/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 254||10/09/2018|
R247: I think our future is very dark when Rafa retires (unless Kuhn and Davidovich are able to translate junior success into pro stardom). We have a good bunch of good journeyman (Carreño, Bautista Agut, Munar) but absolutely nobody to really fight for big tournaments (and our top 100 players are very very old). After Rafa is dark dark void
|by Anonymous||reply 255||10/09/2018|
In 5 years, Kyrgios and Sock will own a tennis academy and sit around drinking beer. Both are barely athletes. More like frat bros who don't know when it's time to stop hanging out with the undergrads.
|by Anonymous||reply 256||10/09/2018|
The ATP failing to sell tickets in China.
|by Anonymous||reply 257||10/10/2018|
Federer's had 2 consecutive 3 set matches...rusty or losing his touch?
|by Anonymous||reply 258||10/11/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 259||10/11/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 260||10/11/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 261||10/11/2018|
JMG bought a shirt!
|by Anonymous||reply 262||10/12/2018|
I’m glad the women’s events are coming back to the Tennis Channel. The BeIN tennis coverage was embarrassing for both the network and the WTA, which deludedly believed it was their ticket to stardom and respect.
|by Anonymous||reply 263||10/12/2018|
Federer is having a very nice draw (no matter the three sets matches). Djokovic-Zverev should be interesting
|by Anonymous||reply 264||10/12/2018|
|by Anonymous||reply 265||10/12/2018|
Porna is going to face 🐐 again. Will he prevail for a second time this season?
|by Anonymous||reply 266||10/12/2018|
Porna needs to sit on my face.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||10/12/2018|
I see Federer going into decline this next year. I highly doubt he will repeat in Australia unless the draw falls apart and he's the last one standing. He always has a shot at Wimbledon if he catches fire. Djokovic looks like he has the desire back, so watch out ATP. Nadal is the big question mark for me. He played remarkably well this past year. He would have won Wimbledon if he'd gotten by Djokovic, but as we've seen many times, his knees started to give out by the US Open.
The Young Guns of the ATP are still a question mark. Thiem came so, so close to beating Nadal at the US Open. I think that's a match he should have won. Zverev needs to figure out how to play best of five. But there are a lot of young guys who could mature and really become the next #1--Tsistipas, Coric, Khachanov, Shapavalov--the list goes on, but like Zverev they seem to struggle in five set matches.
As for the veterans, Del Potro--I don't know. I think his body is too fragile for him to ever really make a breakthrough and win multiple Slams, but I could see him adding another one or two before he calls it a day. Cilic has played well the last two years, but mentally he'll never be the strongest. With Murray, it's all about his body and whether it can take any more. Like Cilic, Anderson has had nice results the last two years, but it's hard for me to see him ever winning a Slam--maybe one only at the most. Wawrinka is always a threat if he gets his game back. Nishikori is too fragile.
We'll see what 2019 brings us. By the end of this year, though, I think Djokovic will be back to #1.
|by Anonymous||reply 268||10/12/2018|
Thank you, R268, for naming all the Big Four.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||10/12/2018|
Atp is interesting right now, they could end being like wta at the end of the 90's with a good bunch of veterans and new players fighting for GS.
On the other hand wta is on a slump, the big names are near to retire, the top players are not consistent and there's no teen prodigy to catch the attention of fans. Even rising stars like Osaka or Sabalenka don't look like a sure shot for the next year
|by Anonymous||reply 270||10/12/2018|
"ATP is interesting right now" huh? with the same damn people winning all the slams that's interesting to you? There are always young players coming on tour every year. It seems like we have a good bunch now but until 1 of them wins a slam the ATP won't be that interesting.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||10/12/2018|
R271 so true
|by Anonymous||reply 272||10/12/2018|
R271: Atp is interesting right now because it's the end of an era. I doubt Djokovic will dominate as he used to do, and Nadal and Federer and near retirement, and there's a good bunch of new player who could be the next best thing (or ending being journeymen)
|by Anonymous||reply 273||10/12/2018|
Well, the WTA has the opposite problem. Every tournament is open and no one is consistent. None of the recent slam winners have star power (Kerber, Wozniacki, Halep, Stevens) that will draw in new fans or the consistency to win a large number of slams. Osaka is still relatively young, so she may develop into something, but we'll have to see if she survives the post-slam slump first.
Venus, Serena, and Sharapova are the only big names that the general public would know. Once they retire, the WTA will struggle mightily.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||10/12/2018|
and in the late 90s/early 2000s critics were saying the opposite. You never knew who was going to win any ATP event during that period and a lot of people said "that's exciting". Conversely they said the WTA was boring because it was usually the same handful of players winning the big events. Now the situations have reversed yet the men are still being praised.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||10/12/2018|
R247 and in the ATP? Federer and Nadal are the only superstars. Djokovic is a superstar in tennis but not that popular outside of it. Murray has the benefit of being British so he's the 4th best known even though he's far less accomplished. If Federer and Nadal left the game right now, the tour would be in trouble.
Both tours need to develop new stars. At least people like Sloane and Osaka have won slams and have the potential for more but we need to see how consistent they will turn out to be. The ATP is in worse shape as no one under 30 has a slam! How is that interesting?
|by Anonymous||reply 276||10/12/2018|
[quote] Murray has the benefit of being British so he's the 4th best known even though he's far less accomplished.
But he’s a knight!
|by Anonymous||reply 277||10/12/2018|
“Interesting”. What does that word mean?
|by Anonymous||reply 278||10/12/2018|
R276: Right now the popularity of atp and wta are not even in the same league. I think americans don't have a proper perspective because they don't have a star on the atp and they have the biggest star on the wta, but the USA is very far from being the only important market
Atp has a good bunch of consistent players. Maybe they are not superstars but they are able to perform week after week. You don't have that at the wta, not even their top players are able to play well more than a couple of week in a row
|by Anonymous||reply 279||10/12/2018|
[quote] but the USA is very far from being the only important market
Quite. That’s why there is the much-vaunted Asian swing.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||10/12/2018|
With the WTA, the quality players are mental midgets and have been for years. Also, there are too many highly ranked players who just aren't that good or exciting to watch. The players who should be consistently winning Slams based on their abilities (e.g., Kvitova, Mugurutha) just shit the bed after winning big. Kerber is consistent, but frankly I'm surprised she's one French Open away from a career Slam. Pushers like Wozniacki have won Slams, and other pushers like Svitolina are highly ranked (Top 5). Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys should be challenging for Slams at every tournament, but Sloane's interest seems to fade in and out (although she was a bit more consistent this year), and Keys is a head case. Halep makes and unexciting #1, and she only won the French this year because Sloane imploded in the final.
The ATP seems to have more quality young players, but they struggle in 5 sets in the Slams. Players like Zverev, Thiem and Tsitsipas can win important non-Slam tournaments, but at the Slams they consistently disappoint. Thiem did well to get to the French final, but then folded like a hand of cards against Nadal in the final. It was a poor effort. Then there is the mid-to-late-20s Lost Generation like Dimitrov et al. Then of course we have the veteran Big 4, which is now a Big 3, who are tenaciously holding on to the biggest prizes in tennis.
It does ebb and flow between which tour is the more exciting. Right now, I'd give the edge to the ATP. In five years, who knows? I hope Osaka lives up to her promise. I've just seen too many WTA players these past few years fade after a breakthrough.
|by Anonymous||reply 281||10/12/2018|
ATP is boring right now. Chinese are only showing up to watch Roger. Everyone else its an empty stadium, even worse than Dubai
|by Anonymous||reply 282||10/12/2018|
[quote] Then of course we have the veteran Big 4, which is now a Big 3
I should wash your mouth out with soap, young man.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||10/12/2018|
uh you want to talk about lack of mental toughness? The ATP lost generation fits that bill completely. Dimitrov? Nishikori? Raonic? Those were supposed to be the big challengers to the GOAT generation but all they have is 2 slam finals between them. Dimitrov after having his best year on tour last year with Cincinnati and the WTF wins was a COMPLETE FLOP this season. Nishikori doesn't have enough power and Raonic doesn't have that intensity if you can get back his serve and forehand.
You think fuckin' Isner having his best year this year by winning Miami and reaching the Wimbledon SF at the age of 33 is a good look for the tour? I don't mind Anderson because he can serve, return serve and has good groundstrokes but Isner is unwatchable. Most tennis fans don't like Isner either because of how dull he is (even if you ignore his deplorable-ness).
|by Anonymous||reply 284||10/12/2018|
I want this guy's job lol
|by Anonymous||reply 285||10/12/2018|
There's something swollen high up on the thigh!
|by Anonymous||reply 286||10/12/2018|
I'm encouraged by Osaka and Sabalenka.
Osaka really came through in a US Open final even though Serena tried every trick in the book to throw her off. And she's done pretty well in Asia, not winning events, but not flaming out in the first round either (see: Stephens, Sloane). She could be a huge draw internationally, too.
Sabalenka has also looked strong in the last few months. Obviously, she needs to maintain next year, but she certainly has the game. It's between the ears for her. But I like what I see.
I think Stephens is probably the other biggest potential name to lead the tour if she can rack up some major titles. No offense to Halep, Pliskova, Svitolina, Kerber, and Muguruza, but they all appear to lack the "it" factor. Even if one of those players could win 2 or 3 majors next year, I suspect it would be met by the general public with a collective yawn.
The criticism of the ATP is fair, but at least the old names (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic) are still winning when it matters. Contrast with Williams x 2 and Sharapova, who just haven't been able to win. That's a big difference in the last 2 years.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||10/12/2018|
Djokovic is playing at such a high level now. Really enjoying watching him.
|by Anonymous||reply 288||10/12/2018|
I worry about Del Potro dealing with pain next year from his existing injuries, and Roger dealing with back issues.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||10/12/2018|
Djokovic just sent A. Zverev home 6-2/6-1.
Pique is also there in shanghai. Probably trying to get Djokovic and Federer onboard with his Davis Cup reform plan.
|by Anonymous||reply 290||Last Saturday at 2:44 AM|
R290: Try to convice Federer is just a waste of time, Federer never cared about Davis cup, only when he thought he was going to retire without winning it started to care about it. And frankly he won it because Stan was there. So no matter is he thinks is ok the new davis cup or not, his opinion doesn't matter at all.
Djokovic is a totally different story, if Pique is able to get Djokovic and Nadal on board it doesn't matter if people like Zverev say they don't care about the new Davis Cup, the problem is Nole is not convinced at all, and trust that Nadal will be perfect by the end of the year is a question of faith
|by Anonymous||reply 291||Last Saturday at 2:57 AM|
R285, the line starts behind me, bitch.
|by Anonymous||reply 292||Last Saturday at 3:07 AM|
As I have said before, I really like that these two seem close
|by Anonymous||reply 293||Last Saturday at 4:21 AM|
Porna should just play naked. His body is a thing of beauty.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||Last Saturday at 4:50 AM|
Coric is playing well, but Federer is WAY off his game today. He's gone back to the inconsistent Fed we saw from 2013-2016, playing brilliantly one day and serving up a shank-fest the next.
|by Anonymous||reply 295||Last Saturday at 5:11 AM|
Porna has done it again!
|by Anonymous||reply 296||Last Saturday at 5:26 AM|
Amazing reversals during 2018 from Federer and Djokovic.
Federer started hot, winning his first 17 matches this year to take the Aussie Open and Rotterdam titles before losing the Indian Wells final to Del Porto. Since that time, he's lost in 6 of the 7 events he's played, and the one win (Stuttgart) was an event that featured no other players in the Top 15.
Djokovic started the year playing .500 tennis, and hit the low point losing back to back opening matches at Indian Wells and Miami. Started to recover his form on clay, and now since Wimbledon has gone 27-1, winning 2 more majors, and the one big title he had never won in his career (Cincinnati). He'll pass Federer to reclaim No. 2 this week, and if he wins Shanghai tomorrow, he'll be just 50 points in back of Nadal in the 2018 Race.
The last six months have just been a huge turnaround from how this year originally was shaping up.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||Last Saturday at 5:47 AM|
Love Novak. He makes you play so many extra shots that Zverev just cracked.
Fed please retire before it starts getting embarrassing. I know he wants to win 110 titles to pass Connors but I think it's gonna be hard unless he starts playing mostly 500 events.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||Last Saturday at 6:10 AM|
Boobies, boobies, boobies!
|by Anonymous||reply 299||Last Saturday at 6:43 AM|
I'm watching the Coric/Federer match now, on a replay since I'm in California. Why is Borna's thigh wrapped? Lots of very pleasant close-ups of his thigh. New tattoo?
|by Anonymous||reply 300||Last Saturday at 7:45 AM|
A slight injury, R300. If you want to watch him receive treatment...and more, check out this account
|by Anonymous||reply 301||Last Saturday at 8:41 AM|
Zverev has definitely hit a wall so far. He's unable to defeat Nadal, had no answer for a much-better-playing Djokovic and still struggles at slams. I realize he's young so he's got plenty of time to improve but his level this year hasn't been better than last year.
I had a feeling Federer would have a tough time today. He wasn't having an easy time at this tournament except for the Nishikori match (Kei seems to have regressed himself). Coric is improving which is nice to see.
Now we'll see Djokoivic vs. baby Djokovic. I expect Djokovic to win in straights but it'd be nice if Borna could surprise us
Qiang Wang continues her hot streak in Asia and reaches the Hong Kong final by defeating Muguruza in a marathon 3 setter after having defeated Svitolina easily in the previous round. She'll face 18 year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine
In Tianjin, Pliskova will face Garcia
In Linz, Giorgi has continued her resurgence this year by reaching the final and will face Alexandrova.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||Last Saturday at 8:48 AM|
Zverev was bulging the entire match--I've never seen him bulge before. It was nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 303||Last Saturday at 9:34 AM|
Yesterday Zverev and Tsisipas both wearing the same tennis shorts. Tsispas looked much bigger than Zverev though
|by Anonymous||reply 304||Last Saturday at 10:02 AM|
If Djokovic recaptures No. 1 at Paris (a very real possibility), he'll probably finish out the year at No. 1, tie Federer for the most year-end No. 1s (6), and would be 78 weeks behind Federer for total weeks spent at No. 1... Would need to spend 18 more months at the top to pass Federer. And while Federer has six more Slam titles than Novak, I'm guessing that could shrink to three or four in another year.
I don't think I'd say it's likely, but it's a very real possibility Novak passes Roger in those categories, which would leave Federer very little claim on the title of GOAT. Mirka's probably sewing a Djokovic voodoo doll as I type this.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||Last Saturday at 12:09 PM|
A. Zverev should never play in indoor arenas.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||Last Saturday at 2:05 PM|
Hopefully Djokovic will be challenged next year or the atp will be very boring.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||Last Saturday at 2:24 PM|
In WTA world boring = compelling.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||Last Saturday at 2:30 PM|
The ATP has interesting players (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Del Porto, Zverev, Dimitrov, Kyrgios, Fognini, Coric, Tsisipas, etc.), but relatively dull and predictable results.
The WTA has interesting results, but with the exception of the Williams sisters and Sharapova, dull and bland players (Halep, Wozniacki, Pliskova, Svitolina, Kerber, Kvitova, Garcia, Keys, Muguruza). Hopefully Osaka can turn the tide.
|by Anonymous||reply 309||Last Saturday at 2:38 PM|
Haha, r308, in his (solo) podcast this week, where he’s interviewing the great Judie Hellman (daughter of Gladys Heldman), Ben Rothenburg actually says, sans irony, that the WTA tour is so great today as the number 5 playing the number 35 would be a “compelling” match.
I looked up today’s WTA rankings, and that very compelling match would be between Svitolina and Pavlyuchenkova. I could skip my sleeping draft with that match and still get a solid night’s sleep.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||Last Saturday at 2:49 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 311||Last Saturday at 2:51 PM|
[quote]Ben Rothenburg actually says, sans irony, that the WTA tour is so great today
I think he believes if he keeps saying it, it will come true. The harsh reality is that 90% of the tour is void of personality. And tennis is a sport that sustains itself on personality.
|by Anonymous||reply 312||Last Saturday at 3:08 PM|
Yastremska demolished Wang
Garcia beats Pliskova
|by Anonymous||reply 313||Last Sunday at 1:31 AM|
[quote]Yastremska demolished Wang
apparently Justine Henin is Yastremska's 'special consultant' (she trains at her academy in Belgium)
|by Anonymous||reply 314||Last Sunday at 2:44 AM|
Yastremska was always a top player on u14, u 16 and juniors but she is rising her level really fast. She'll be top 100 next week
|by Anonymous||reply 315||Last Sunday at 3:02 AM|
Porna lost. I volunteer to console his sweaty ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||Last Sunday at 3:05 AM|
R305, Federer was year-end Number 1 five times, not six. If Djokovic finishes 2018 as #1 on the ATP, which I fully expect him to do, he will tie Pete Sampras, who finished year-end Number 1 six times in a row from 1993-1998. Federer, however, has the most total weeks at #1 and the most consecutive weeks at #1, so odd that he doesn't have the most year-end Number 1s. But there you have it.
|by Anonymous||reply 317||Last Sunday at 4:13 AM|
Djokovic is looking very much in form again. He beat Coric easily and looked like he had an extra gear or two that he didn't have to reach for.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||Last Sunday at 6:12 AM|
Djokovic was playing well the whole year, but he lacked confidence so he lost some important matches. Wimbledon changes everything, now he is confident and rose his level. In tennis sometimes a win can make a big difference (specially for the younger players)
|by Anonymous||reply 319||Last Sunday at 7:02 AM|
Humbert beats Herbert to win Ortisei challenger
|by Anonymous||reply 320||Last Sunday at 7:18 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 321||Last Sunday at 7:30 AM|
It looks like at a minimum, Djoker will hold all 4 slams again and possibly have a calendar year slam as well. Poor Roger will be lucky to stay in the top ten next year and will likely retire after the 2020 Olympics (as Venus likely will too).
|by Anonymous||reply 322||Last Sunday at 9:59 AM|
R322: Sorry but everytime people predicted that kind of dominance in the past there was a change of cicle.
Djokovic always was amazing in Australia so i wouldn't be surprised if he wins there, but i doubt he'll dominate clay season, we are not in 2011 anymore. And he always (even in his most dominant years) was vulnerable at Roland Garros
|by Anonymous||reply 323||Last Sunday at 10:24 AM|
Giorgi wins Linz for her second career title
Bouchard has reached the final round of qualifying in Luxembourg!
This week's draws are out-Moscow is the showdown between the final contenders for the YEC and alternates. Svitolina and Sabalenka aren't playing but Pliskova, Stephens, Bertens and Mertens all are. Shockingly, Halep with her back issues is there too.
Kyrgios took a WC into Moscow
Isner is the only top 10 ATP player in action and there are 3 men's events this week
|by Anonymous||reply 324||Last Sunday at 10:25 AM|
Del Potro has a fractured kneecap.
|by Anonymous||reply 325||Last Sunday at 10:37 AM|
wtf how did that happen
|by Anonymous||reply 326||Last Sunday at 10:40 AM|
When is year end championships?
|by Anonymous||reply 327||Last Sunday at 10:59 AM|
The ATP Finals are November 11-18, R327.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||Last Sunday at 11:01 AM|
Del Potro had a bad fall in his recent match against Coric, but I don't know if that's how he fractured his kneecap.
|by Anonymous||reply 329||Last Sunday at 11:07 AM|
Thank you, R328.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||Last Sunday at 11:11 AM|
Really bad luck for Del Potro.
|by Anonymous||reply 331||Last Sunday at 11:19 AM|
JMDP had just reached his highest ever ranking at #3 and has been in great form this year...I was thinking he might have a chance next year at the AO or the USO again...this really sucks
|by Anonymous||reply 332||Last Sunday at 11:30 AM|
I read that with treatment, a fractured patella bone may take 6 to 8 weeks to heal
|by Anonymous||reply 333||Last Sunday at 11:33 AM|
That's two months without proper training. He's back to square one.
|by Anonymous||reply 334||Last Sunday at 11:34 AM|
God DelPo should just throw in the towel...what a bummer
|by Anonymous||reply 335||Last Sunday at 11:36 AM|
even if he fully recovers, his movement will be compromised. Look how long it took him to try doing a 2 handed backhand consistently again in matches. He said in 2017 he was avoiding it out of fear. This year he uses it a lot in big matches but in matches he expects to be easy he'll mostly do the 1 hander. I bet he'll be moving very gingerly when he first comes back.
|by Anonymous||reply 336||Last Sunday at 11:40 AM|
[quote]Del Potro had a bad fall in his recent match against Coric, but I don't know if that's how he fractured his kneecap.
I think that's when it happened, here's some footage of it
|by Anonymous||reply 337||Last Sunday at 11:41 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 338||Last Sunday at 11:51 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 339||Last Sunday at 2:25 PM|
Update for the YEC as the new rankings came out tonight:
Halep, Wozniacki, Kerber, Osaka, Kvitova and Stephens have all qualified.
Svitolina, Pliskova and Bertens are up for the last 2 spots. Svitolina isn't playing this week. Bertens must reach the SF in Moscow to qualify. If both Pliskova and Bertens reach the SF, Svitolina will drop from #7 to #9 (first alternate).
The second alternate spot is also up for grabs. Sabalenka is not playing this week but currently is #10. Mertens, Sevastova and Kasatkina all have a shot but they have to go deep in the tournament.
As for the ATP, Nadal, Djokovic, Del Potro, Federer and Zverev have qualified. There are several contenders for the last few spots. Del Potro obviously won't play so that opens it up further
|by Anonymous||reply 340||Last Sunday at 6:58 PM|
you gotta think that Novak will really be gunning for a second French Open title next year--something that Federer could not accomplish. Might mean more than a seventh Australian...
|by Anonymous||reply 341||Last Sunday at 8:11 PM|
I agree, R341, that Djokovic winning a second French Open would be an important accomplishment, one of the most important reasons being to stop Nadal from winning another one! But seriously, Djokovic would have at least two of each at that point, something neither Nadal or Federer have accomplished (Australian for Nadal, French for Federer).
|by Anonymous||reply 342||Last Monday at 5:50 AM|
We desperately need someone NEW to win a slam on the ATP side next year. If Djokovic dominates again or Nadal magically recovers again and dominates that would be beyond boring. I don't think Federer will win any though.
|by Anonymous||reply 343||Last Monday at 2:39 PM|
yes, good point R342, I always forget Rafa only has one Australian... for Novak to have two of each, does anyone else in the history of the men's game have that? I remember when Graf had 4 of each and it just amazed me. She was so awesome.
|by Anonymous||reply 344||Last Monday at 6:47 PM|
R344 here. I looked it up, it's Laver and Emerson:
Laver: 3 Aussie, 2 French, 4 Wimbledon, 2 US - two calendar Grand Slams are part of this Emerson: 6 Aussie, 2 French, 2 Wimbledon, 2 US
So for Rafa to get that second Aussie or--even more--Novak to get that second French, would be quite the accomplishment.
|by Anonymous||reply 345||Last Monday at 6:55 PM|
Nadal should have been a much more dominant player considering how much they've slowed down the courts at every other major.
|by Anonymous||reply 346||Last Monday at 6:58 PM|
Nadal can get hit off the court if he runs into a zoning shotmaker/power player. Obviously he still wins more often than not but it does happen. His serve can be attackable too and he gets aced a lot. Dustin Brown is very talented but a journeyman because he's so inconsistent. He is 2-0 against Nadal though because he didn't allow Nadal to get into a rhythm on grass.
|by Anonymous||reply 347||Last Monday at 7:04 PM|
To no one's surprise, Halep has withdrawn from Moscow due to back injury
|by Anonymous||reply 348||Last Tuesday at 3:14 AM|
[quote]To no one's surprise, Halep has withdrawn from Moscow due to back injury
|by Anonymous||reply 349||Last Tuesday at 3:33 AM|
The WTA's exciting!
|by Anonymous||reply 350||Last Tuesday at 3:41 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 351||Last Tuesday at 3:44 AM|
Will she play in Singapore? Whoever is the first alternate should feel pretty confident that they'll play.
|by Anonymous||reply 352||Last Tuesday at 4:04 AM|
Halep will probably try to play, get her clock cleaned in her first match, then withdraw. It looks like Kerber could end at #1 for the year if she goes undefeated in Singapore and Halep doesn't play which is probably her misguided incentive to show up. Wozniacki can't catch her since she's defending her points from winning last year, but Kerber has no points to defend.
|by Anonymous||reply 353||Last Tuesday at 6:13 AM|
Kerber's just split with Fissette for some reason. Seems a strange time of year for it to happen.
|by Anonymous||reply 354||Last Tuesday at 6:44 AM|
Lil' Diego doing yoga (?)
|by Anonymous||reply 355||Last Tuesday at 7:31 AM|
Tennys Sandgren def. Pouille, 6-4 6-4 in Stockholm 👀
|by Anonymous||reply 356||Last Tuesday at 7:32 AM|
R354 she's been losing a lot lately
|by Anonymous||reply 357||Last Tuesday at 8:33 AM|
Nadal is vulnerable (well maybe that's a excessive word given he generally ends winning) to players with big backhands. Players who use only one hand to hit the backhand generally struggle because their backhand generally face his huge left handed forehand and the ball gets very high which is very uncomfortable is you hit with one hand.
And yes, his serve is not huge, but his return to serve is very good, so breaking his serve generally doesn't mean being in control of the serve. Anyway what makes Nadal the exceptional player he is is his mentality, he is mentally stronger than anybody on the circuit. He was able to win a lot of matches that he should be lost
|by Anonymous||reply 358||Last Tuesday at 9:49 AM|
Genie gets her first win over Babos (she was 0-2 before)!! She's BACK!
|by Anonymous||reply 359||Last Tuesday at 11:13 AM|
Halep leads Kerberos by 1500+ points in the Race rankings, so I think she's locked in as YE No. 1.
She will soon move to No. 10 all-time for total weeks at No. 1. More than Venus, Clijsters, Davenport, Capriati, or Sharapova.
We're in a most compelling era of women's tennis.
|by Anonymous||reply 360||Last Tuesday at 12:30 PM|
if Genie wins 1 more match in Luxembourg she'll be back in the top 100 (she's playing CSN next)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got his 1st win since February
|by Anonymous||reply 361||Last Tuesday at 12:40 PM|
^ dafuq is going on with her top lip?
|by Anonymous||reply 362||Last Tuesday at 1:18 PM|
R361 until today Tsonga hadn't won a main draw match since Feb? wow
|by Anonymous||reply 363||Last Tuesday at 1:27 PM|
Tsonga had a knee injury R363 , so he hasn't played that many matches (his ranking has dropped to #75)
|by Anonymous||reply 364||Last Tuesday at 2:29 PM|
Lots of injuries/comebacks from the 30+ crowd. Tsonga, Murray, wawrinka, berdych.
|by Anonymous||reply 365||Last Tuesday at 3:23 PM|
No. 101 Ons Jabeur def Sloane Stephens in Moscow, dropping only five games.
If the players don't care, why should you?
Eh, maybe that's harsh, and better applies to Nick Kyrgios. But once I heard Stephens had qualified for the YEC regardless of how deep she went, I predicted (another) early loss.
|by Anonymous||reply 366||Last Wednesday at 1:49 AM|
I saw part of it...Sloane was pathetic. She made Jabeur look like some GOAT.
Pliskova got destroyed 1-6 2-6 by Zvonareva! whoa
Bertens also lost in 3 to Sasnovich. That means now the YEC is set. the final 2 spots go to Svitolina and Pliskova who join Halep (if she plays), Wozniacki, Kerber, Osaka, Kvitova and Stephens
meanwhile, Genie wiped the floor with CSN, winning 6-1 6-0 that was quite unexpected
|by Anonymous||reply 367||Last Wednesday at 8:50 AM|
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|by Anonymous||reply 369||Last Wednesday at 3:42 PM|
Is Rafa supposed to be ready for Paris and the YEC?
|by Anonymous||reply 370||Last Wednesday at 4:03 PM|
I am not a fan of Jack Sock's ass, but his ass is scrumptious.
|by Anonymous||reply 371||Last Wednesday at 6:37 PM|
LOVE ME SOME POPSICLE
|by Anonymous||reply 372||Last Wednesday at 7:29 PM|
R372 = Bill Taylor
|by Anonymous||reply 373||Last Wednesday at 7:32 PM|
Interesting Beyond the Baseline podcast, an interview with Mats Wilander. While he doesn't write off Federer and Nadal's chances in 2019, I got the sense that he expects much less from them. I was a bit surprised that when Wertheim asked about young guns that would win majors, he didn't go to the knee-jerk response of "Zverev" that many give. He seems to think that middle generation (Nishikori, Raonic) might be able to win a few majors before the "Next Gen" takes over.
I remember when I started following tennis in the mid 80s, I thought that players like Mandlikova, Shriver, Sukova would take over the top of women's tennis once Chrissie and Martina left the scene. But before you knew it, up come Graf, Sabatini, Seles, Sanchez Vicario, and they just ran past that middle generation. I think the same will happen in the men's game.
|by Anonymous||reply 374||Yesterday at 2:49 AM|
Rafa and Novak are getting crucified for playing that exho in Saudi.
|by Anonymous||reply 375||Yesterday at 2:50 AM|
Halep withdrew like i expected
|by Anonymous||reply 376||Yesterday at 2:56 AM|
There should be a rule that Popsicle pics must show some state of undress.
|by Anonymous||reply 377||Yesterday at 2:57 AM|
For the first time in 12 years, neither Venus nor Serena will have won a WTA tournament this year
|by Anonymous||reply 378||a day ago|
R375 when is it? if they haven't already played, then yeah I get the backlash
R378 understandable at this point given their ages though Serena reached 2 slam finals
|by Anonymous||reply 379||a day ago|
[quote][R375] when is it? if they haven't already played, then yeah I get the backlash
|by Anonymous||reply 380||a day ago|
I suppose it's the situation right now, the truth is top players play that kind of exhibitions all the time, curiously some of them use the excuse of how tough is the circuit when they don't want to play Davis Cup.
I don't think the middle genreation will dominate, not even for a year. Some of them could win a GS like Cilic did, but i think it's the next gen who will dethrone the big tree, and it will be better if the do before they drop the level. Of course i find difficult to believe that any of them will be as dominant as Nole/Rafa/Roger were
|by Anonymous||reply 381||21 hours ago|
Exhibitions are glorified practice sessions. They put very little effort in and get a ton of money back. Of course they will play them. They have nothing to do with the regular tour grind at all.
|by Anonymous||reply 382||20 hours ago|
I've been thinking about the whole Nadal and Djokovic playing in Saudi thing. They could argue that tournaments are played in Qatar or Russia for example and they have very questionable human rights records.
But what gets me is that it's not as if Nadal or Djokovic needs the money. Yes it's easy money for a glorified practice session but they can't even say Saudi is an important country on the tour or anything like that. They can't justify it in any way apart from greed.
|by Anonymous||reply 383||20 hours ago|
Is there no Middle East Swing?
|by Anonymous||reply 384||19 hours ago|
Shapovalov is criminally overhyped.
|by Anonymous||reply 385||17 hours ago|
Genie Bouchard STORMS her way into the Luxembourg semis! She defeated Petkovic 4-6 4-0 ret.
|by Anonymous||reply 386||11 hours ago|
Pencil at the ready.
|by Anonymous||reply 387||11 hours ago|
Verdasco served at 6-4 5-4 even saved break point to get to match point and choked to lose to Kohlschreiber 6-4 5-7 6-7(5)
|by Anonymous||reply 388||11 hours ago|
[quote]I've been thinking about the whole Nadal and Djokovic playing in Saudi thing. They could argue that tournaments are played in Qatar or Russia for example and they have very questionable human rights records.
We could also point out that there are large tennis events played every year in United Arab Emerites (Dubai), a country that restricts homosexuality, continues to discriminate against women, and has had multiple "disappearances" over the years. In addition, there are players - including Federer - who are part-time residents of Dubai.
I get the impulse to call for Nadal and Djokovic to cancel the exho. But if the tennis community is being genuine about this and wants to stand on its soapbox, there are A LOT of similar changes that should be made.
|by Anonymous||reply 389||9 hours ago|