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The Gays and Tennis 35: Heat of Clay Edition

Wherein we discuss the hot tournaments of Indian Wells (formerly known as the Congoleum Classic/Grand Marnier Tennis Classic/the Virginia Slims of Indian Wells/Palm Springs/the [Matrix Essentials/State Farm] Evert Cup) and the Miami Open.

We then move to the hot, if not humid, Marrakech for the start of the clay season at the Grand Prix Hassan II followed by the hot and humid U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 602Last Sunday at 11:10 AM

He is Ok, Neither love him or hate him,

by The Pacific Life Openreply 103/07/2019

I'm pretty sure that's 1980s Martina Navratilova....

by The Pacific Life Openreply 203/07/2019

really seems like a dope or a sheep dog

by The Pacific Life Openreply 303/07/2019

I like watching him play. He's flashy.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 403/07/2019

Fun to watch but what an idiot. Lol I hope he reads about his nickname here, whatever his reaction is. /Canadian

by The Pacific Life Openreply 503/07/2019

The op pic should always be Nadals ass.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 603/07/2019

Borna’s ass is nice, too. And Feli’s. And Gael’s.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 703/07/2019

What do we think of Reilly Opelka?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 803/07/2019

He’s cartoonish, R8.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 903/07/2019

There are at least a dozen others to add to that list, R7...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1003/07/2019

why is this called "heat of clay"? We're not at the clay season yet. This is the Sunshine Double time.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1103/07/2019

R11, read the opening post. It’s about the Sunshine Double and the start of the clay season in a few weeks. It’s also apparently a play on “feet of clay”.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1203/07/2019

The way we've been running through these threads, I doubt we'll be at clay by 600.

Marcos Giron's currently closing out a first-set tie break against Chardy. I'd never seen the game of Giron and his model good looks. This should break him into the top 200 if he takes the second.

FAA and Tsitsipas have never met before. Hard to believe considering their birth dates are almost exactly only two years apart.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1303/07/2019

Dzumhur is on a real downward spiral this year after having the best seasons of his career in 2017 and 2018. Getting just 3 games off of Ramos-Vinolas on a hardcourt is not a good sign

Injured Klizan still straight setted M. Zverev, preventing an all-Zverev meeting in the next round

Mladenovic back in form with a comfortable win over Zhang. Just 2 double faults!

Venus was very low energy today and swallowed a second set bagel but was able to grind out a win over Petkovic...next round she meets Kvitova

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1403/07/2019

By far, Paire has the worst forehand in the top 300 of the ATP. It's as bad as the Dementieva second serve was

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1503/07/2019

Someone in the last thread made a great comment about the WTA having a bunch of marketable players but the efforts to turn them into big stars was sabotaged by the players consistently flopping (Muguruza and Stephens) and being sulky. Bouchard of course is another one and the desperation to turn her into a superstar was palpable. Remember WTA prez Stacey sending a plane load of Genie fans to Singapore? The other one is Monica Puig. Her victory in Rio was stunning and she's the only relevant Latin American on tour but she's done exactly nothing since then.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1603/07/2019

Paire is so hot but so bad at tennis right now. He got booed by a home crowd in Marseilles two weeks ago for a lack of effort and withdrew earlier that month from a challenger event in France because he just didn't feel like playing. And tonight he loses to someone who'd won one match on tour before.

Jordan Thompson has a great style of play ... for the WTA. He's a very accurate pusher and with it being windy and this being a slow court that style worked very well today.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1703/07/2019

Genie needed her blood pressure checked.

Townsend is playing someone with more junk in the trunk than her (Bonaventure).

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1803/07/2019

[quote] The other one is Monica Puig. Her victory in Rio was stunning and she's the only relevant Latin American on tour but she's done exactly nothing since then.

Puig!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 1903/07/2019

Is Bouchard okay? She looked awful during that medical time out.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2003/07/2019

Are you on Flipkens team or Bouchard team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2103/07/2019

Someone go console Chrissie

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2203/07/2019

[quote]Townsend is playing someone with more junk in the trunk than her (Bonaventure).

That explains the tremors in So Cal.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2303/08/2019

R16 that was me who made that post. I'd forgotten about flying Genie's fans out! What a waste of all that money (which is now desperately being funnelled into China). You're right about Monica Puig, the first huge result for a Latina player since Sabatini and really quite beautiful as well. She actually beat some pretty tough players to win that Olympic gold, I don't even know what the reason for her miserable flopping since then has been (unlike the other marketable beauties she actually does seem to try and NOT tank matches lol).

Flipkens was pretty tremendous today considering the surface and conditions. So many fun rallies from her, she was bullying BouBou.

Also Mladenovic beat Zheng* (SaiSai) not Zhang (Shuai). Which is a much less impressive victory. Osaka will be licking her lips at the revenge match in R2.

Venus looked like she was gonna pass out. I don't remember the last time she called the trainer (and I believe the doctor as well? They actually DID check her blood pressure). Her serve dropped down into the 80s for the rest of the match. It seemed like an illness or Sjogrens more than an injury though so hopefully her health improves and she can give Kvitova a match.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2403/08/2019

R13, I suppose Giron is one of those college late bloomers tennis players, because he will be 26 this year and i've never heard his name before. He defeated Kecmanovic on the qualifying, the serbian is one of the bunch of promising young players (he is suffering a Casper Ruud experience, very close to the top 100 for a while but having problems getting there)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2503/08/2019

R8: The problem with Opelka is his game. He is an Isner/Quarry/Roddick type. Big big serve, and very little of the rest

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2603/08/2019

The Bryan brothers' band: Bob, Mike and Pierre-Hugues.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2703/08/2019

I expected Ugo Humbert to do better but i suppose he is not used to bigger stages yet

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2803/08/2019

[quote] I expected Ugo Humbert to do better but i suppose he is not used to bigger stages yet

Too busy diddling teenage girls.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 2903/08/2019

I don't know anything about his private life so i don't know what you wanted to say. Anyway he is 20 so being with teenage girls won't be such big deal

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3003/08/2019

I suppose R29 is joking about Ugo's last name, not referring to his private life (I hope?)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3103/08/2019

R31, correct.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3203/08/2019

God, i feel stupid now (and i even read Lolita)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3303/08/2019

Humbert wore black knee length socks in his match with Marterer. Looked like a nod to Nabokov...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3403/08/2019

I like his game.

Kasatkina collapse is almost complete. On the other hand Caroline seems ready to give a fight (not sure it'll be enough) and Garbiñe seems to be in positive mode

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3503/08/2019

I'm quite interested in the Munar/Popyrin match, both are young, they know each other for sure (Popyrin used to play in Spain when he was young) and their games couldn't be more different

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3603/08/2019

[quote]Sorry, can't find any pics to illustrate..

Here's a gif:

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3703/08/2019

That's a change, in Marseille he wore white short socks

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3803/08/2019

Does he wear short shorts?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 3903/08/2019

Fognini and Djokoic playing doubles together? That's way too much ego for just one half of the court...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4003/08/2019

Djokovic*

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4103/08/2019

Bye bye, Berdy...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4203/08/2019

Am I the only one who thinks FAA is adorable? Much more so than Tsitsipas, who's already becoming a prima donna.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4303/08/2019

He is adorable, R43.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4403/08/2019

Nole

Fog

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4503/08/2019

Jeez I didnt watch the match but did Sloane just not give a shit again?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4603/08/2019

Cicak in the chair for yet ANOTHER Serena match. Tell me that's a coincidence.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4703/08/2019

I was at Indian Wells yesterday.

Left the Sam Querry match at Stadium 1 early in the 1st set, and walked out to see both Roger Federer/Gael Monfils on a practice court 2, and Dominic Theim/Kei Nishikori on Practice Court 1. Both courts are open to public viewing. It's really cool to watch them practice, and have fun. They smiled, interacted with the crowd, chatted up their neighboring courts.

Domi-cakes does have the most perfect ass in person. Although, he shaves his legs and I think it's not as sexy.

Here are the matches I watched: Herbert v Kohlschreiber. I watched Herbert last year play Giles Simon. Didn't want to miss him this year. I totally have a crush on him.

Querrey v. Berrettini Berrettini is fucking sexy in person. Beautiful legs. Querrey was shitting the bed early in the set, so I decided to leave. Walked out to see Roger and Dominic practicing on neighboring courts.

I spent the rest of the day camped out at Court 3.

Kudla v. Nishioka. Caught the last set. Kudla was just visibly tired. His wheels just gave out on him.

Paire v. Gunneswaran (Q) Benoit is a lot hotter in person, but also a bit more lanky than I was expecting. The conditions on the court were ROUGH. Super windy, relatively cold, and debris constantly flying on the court. Benoit was really frustrated. I wish I understood french, because he was going on some long monologues inbetween points. Two hours prior to the match, I noticed him on the huge lawn next to the practice courts kicking around a soccer ball, and tossing around a football.

Sturff v. Millman. I saw Struff last year as well, and I just find him so fucking sexy in person. This guy also hits cannon balls. It's just impressive to watch 136mph serves and groundstrokes that are 20mph faster than my fastest serve. Conditions deteriorated on court 3, and Millman was being manhandled by Struff. I decided to leave after the first set for my two hour drive home.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4803/08/2019

This Vika/Serena match is terrible. If they play like this next round Mugu should destroy either of them.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 4903/08/2019

[quote] Domi-cakes does have the most perfect ass in person.

Please describe it. Could it be referred to as a Sunshine Double?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5003/08/2019

R46 Sloane actually slammed her racket though didn't break it. For whatever reasons she has a huge mental block against Voegele and it's hard to understand why. Voegele is a very aggressive player who continually goes for her shots but she's not close to being the most powerful player on tour and she's not a good mover. I've seen the last 4 times they played and Sloane just feels uncomfortable playing her. She's now 1-5 against someone who has trouble staying in the top 100. It's bizarre.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5103/08/2019

R43 I'm a big fan. He's going to be a stud by the time he's 21 if he keeps improving and staying fit. His father is a DILF

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5203/08/2019

R52, his father looks somewhat like Tiafoe.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5303/08/2019

R50 To paraphrase a quote from the SNL sketch "The Ladies Man"

It looks like somebody stole 2 fine hams and shoved them down the back of his shorts.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5403/08/2019

What has DL fave and worldwide tennis sweetheart Danielle Collins been up to?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5503/08/2019

Any updates on young Grigor? I'm just asking for my friend Andre who's his coach? He asked me to check. No really he's very worried about his health. And where his head is. He doesn't want him going to Hollywood parties and getting distracted by a bunch of fake breasts and coligen lips. I mean he a point.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5603/08/2019

R55 she plays Flipkens tomorrow. Too bad Bouchard didn't win. It would have been fun to watch a Collins-Bouchard handshake

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5703/08/2019

Sloane is so bad right now. Why the hell did she fire Kamau Murray (now coaching Puig)? She's athletic but that's all wasted because she walks to balls.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5803/08/2019

Courtney and Ben are collectively orgasiming over this Vika-Serena matchup.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 5903/08/2019

Serena and Vika have had some great points tonight. Shame it had to happen in the second round

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6003/08/2019

not any easier for Serena. Next up is Muguruza on Sunday

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6103/08/2019

Very good match between Serena and Vika.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6203/08/2019

Thank you for the tour, R48. I'm also a fan of Struff and Herbert.

Are you going tomorrow? I'd catch FAA v. Tsitsipas, Monfils v. Mayer, V. Williams v. Kvitova, Osaka v. Mladenovic, Struff v. Berankis, and Ramos-Vinolas v. Cecchinato, Djere v. Andreozzi, and Coric v. Karlovic if I were.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6303/08/2019

lol Carillo just admitted she just to have a crush on Jarry's grandfather who played back in the day.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6403/08/2019

Jarry's grandfather Jaime Fillol

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6503/08/2019

Who is that commentator at the Olympics opening ceremony who sounds like my fifth grade gym teacher?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6603/08/2019

R64, did she say grandfather or grandmother? The latter seems more plausible.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6703/08/2019

Jarry's grandfather must be super sexy because everyone know's Mary C. is a big Lez!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6803/08/2019

Osaka's first two matches as Number One will be against DL Fave Kiki.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 6903/08/2019

R63 I usually go just once a year to get my fix. I'd like to go again, but the tickets get increasingly expensive, and don't want to spend the money.

On a side note: I signed up for a gay tennis league here in the LA area. I'm super excited, and kind of nervous.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7003/08/2019

I enjoyed the Serena / Vika match. I don't actually like either of them (especially as personalities), but the tour sorely needs great champions fighting that hard for every point in marquee matches. It felt like a throwback and aside from a shaky start (and Serena's serve being missing) the level was consistently very high. Williams plays Muguruza next, their first meeting in 6 that isn't in a grand slam.

Sloane is a fraud and needs to be fined for that performance - and many others. The fall has DEFINITELY come for defending finalist Kasatkina (who only won 3 games today against Vondrousova), whereas Ostapenko is turning around her fortunes with a win over Zhang Shuai. Jennifer Brady has now beaten Garcia 3 times this year, but to be fair she's been in a lot better form than her ranking would suggest.

Alex Bolt backs up his few Australian Open wins with a nice victory over Gulbis. He seems a lot less douchey than the other young Aussies... rooting for him to keep improving.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7103/08/2019

Carillo was married and had two kids back in the day. So it's not completely surprising if she had some attraction to men at one time.

**********

Twitter abuzz with news of ATP Chairman Chris Kermode not being re-appointed to the role after 2019. It's not a complete shock, especially after Pospisil tweeted out his letter a couple of months ago suggesting the lower-ranked players needed a larger share of revenues. But the Brits and some top players not happy to see fellow Brit Kermode shoved out.

Certainly you can say the tour flourished under Kermode, but he did have a huge advantage of ruling during the reign of Federer-Nadal, when the sport has been incredibly popular internationally. But on the down-side, the lower ranked players have clearly not been happy, you continue to have betting houses as tournament sponsors (crazy!), the sport seems to have a match-fixing problem, and the PED issue is always an undercurrent (although most of the tennis media fail to acknowledge it). Plus there's the mess with the Davis Cup vs. Laver Cup vs. ATP Cup. The ATP isn't the utopia that some are suggesting.

Some fear Gimelstob will be angling for the job. That would be the worst of scenarios; he should be out of the governance of the sport. Personally, I'd love to see Anne Worcester in the role (former WTA CEO and tournament director of the old Pilot Pen event), but I suspect the players don't have the balls for that.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7203/08/2019

[quote]Carillo was married and had two kids back in the day.

And I was married for 22 years with the same man. That doesn't mean I'm a man eater: I'd rather throw my tongue between two nice swollen red beef curtains!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7303/09/2019

R40: It's beyond me that a journeyman like Fognini can have such big ego. Yes, he is very talented but it's pretty clear by now he is going to waste his talent no matter what

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7403/09/2019

Degenerates!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7503/09/2019

Just because

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7603/09/2019

So Tiafoe Australian Open was an exception and not the beginning of his rising

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7703/09/2019

Evan's backhand is incredibly old fashioned

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7803/09/2019

Thank you above to the poster who gave us the tour of his day at IW. I was struck by his comments about Struff. I've watched him from time to time and agree with the sexy part, but I watched his match against Millman and his first round doubles match, and he seems, at least for now, to be hitting the ball massively hard and accurately. I hope he achieves a consistently high level of achievement.

Regarding the ATP president, I've read a few articles about it, but mostly glancing, and it's difficult for me to figure out who would be best in charge. I recall Popsicle's letter, and I think it was the recognition that without a supporting cast who are allowed to travel to some of the necessary tournaments, then their game suffers, and its a domino effect. If I'm right about my recollection, then I guess I'd agree with Popsicle. I'm not sure what the motivation would be of Gimelstob and Djokovic.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 7903/09/2019

The motivation of Gimelstob is that he wants the job.

The motivation of Djokovic (I think) is that he seems to want a players union... not all that different from Pospisil, I guess. Not sure if there are other reasons.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8003/09/2019

With Kasatkina losing her Indian Wells points, there will be no Russian woman ranked in the Top 20 for the first time since 29 March 1998, i.e. since before Kournikova broke into Top 20

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8103/09/2019

Tsitsipas on Stadium 1 while Zverev;s match on parking lot on saturday?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8203/09/2019

Well, there's still hope for Tsitsipas while some people are lowing their expectations on Zverev.

No, seriously. The reason is obvious Zverev plays against Klizan. It's not exactly an exciting second round match, meanwhile Tsitsipas is playing FAA, it's a battle between two of the players who are supposed to dominate the circuit after the retirement of the big three. Stefanos is having a great year and he is already a top player by his own merits, and FAA is having his break, a month ago he was outside the top 100 but now he is on the verge of breaking the top 50. It's a way more interesting match (in fact it's the most interesting second round match)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8303/09/2019

Titsy-Faa!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8403/09/2019

To me Felix has the most ATP charisma since Nadal...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8503/09/2019

On court or outside the court?, because i agree that Nadal has something in his game that makes him very attractive to a lot of people but outside the court he is not exactly interesting, he is a good guy but he seems to worried to not offend anyone.

Nadal was probably the best 18 yo player of this century, Felix is not there yet, but he is showing a big progression this year (which is interesting because the year didn't start well)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8603/09/2019

Felix doesn’t have Rafa’s animal sexiness, does he?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8703/09/2019

Too early to say regarding off court, though he's articulate and humble when interviewed. On court he's got an effortless grace and fluidity that is sexy in its own cerebral waym and the shots are sublime in the video upthread . Nadal's animal sexiness can seem a bit cartoonish in comparison.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8803/09/2019

I like to watch them play, but the way the announcers keep pimping out Tiafoe and FAA when they are tanking in matches gets tiresome.....

by The Pacific Life Openreply 8903/09/2019

Domi cake

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9003/09/2019

wow FAA is off to a strong start. He's dictating play in the first few games

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9103/09/2019

also if Klizan's ankle is still hurting from his match against M. Zverev, A. Zverev will likely mop the court with him quickly.

Tsitsipas vs. FAA is infinitely more interesting

but lmao I bet A. Zverev is pissed he was thrown on stadium 3, not even stadium 2

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9203/09/2019

Stefanos looks so much better clean shaven

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9303/09/2019

R89: FAA is 18, it's pretty normal he'll be irregular at this stage of his career, Tiafoe is young but he should be doing better.

Tsitsipas has a tendency to lose his serve at the beginning of the matches, generally is not a problem but it was a big problem against Nadal in Australia and against Federer in their final. Letting a more experienced player take advantage at an early stage of the match put extra pressure on him

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9403/09/2019

I'd hardly call this a tank, R89, or anything else from FAA since he went South.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9503/09/2019

[quote]Fognini and Djokoic playing doubles together? That's way too much ego for just one half of the court...

They were doing the 'boobs out' together

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9603/09/2019

The moment of truth, serving for the first set

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9703/09/2019

wow FAA very nice first set.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9803/09/2019

And he won the first set without hesitation.

Stefanos better react or all the buzz and hype will go for FAA

by The Pacific Life Openreply 9903/09/2019

FCC!!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10003/09/2019

Kenin gave a tough fight to Svitolina

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10103/09/2019

The commentators mentioned early on that FAA won all three of the meetings between Tsitsipas and FAA in Juniors.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10203/09/2019

wow a set and a break!!!!!!!! Can FAA keep it up? Young guns don't want to lose to an even younger gun lol

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10303/09/2019

And once again Stefanos lost his serve early on the set

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10403/09/2019

Carebear is destroying Putintseva.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10503/09/2019

Yes, he lost his three junior matches against FAA which is a rarity because Tsitsipas was a junior number one and he is two years older. Of course he lost to Shapovalov two times on a row at RG and Wimbledon and he is doing way better than Shapo right now.

And Gasquet defeated Rafa on U14 and itf but was unable to win a match in their pro career.

Anyway, the fact that he is struggling when he was obviously at a way higher level maybe indicates that FAA game is not a good match for Stefanos. He is giving Felix too much advantage, if he feels no pressure he will close the match without a problem

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10603/09/2019

So glad Titsy is losing. His game irritates me to no end.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10703/09/2019

And Kecmanovic is on the verge to take profit of his LL status and going to third round. Maybe luck was just what he needed to finally crack into the top 100

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10803/09/2019

And after being trashed on the first set Giron is serving to win the second against Alex de Miñaur

by The Pacific Life Openreply 10903/09/2019

Carlo gone! Bageled in the 2nd set too. Ha ha!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11003/09/2019

Carla is so apathetic most of the time. She has the talent but with her height she needed a strong mentality to take profit of it. Unfortunately she is not strong or even motivated most of the time

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11103/09/2019

And three break points to Felix

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11203/09/2019

And now serving for match.

This is going to be a really bad result for Stefanos. One thing is to lose against a talented player and other very different to lose this way

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11303/09/2019

I'm surprised Tsitsipas isn't getting more free points with his serve.

FAA has been very impressive today. If he keeps playing this way he'll win a title very soon.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11403/09/2019

and it's over wow

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11503/09/2019

Wow Tsitsipas was really spanked this time. I'm eager to see his reaction.

I hope Felix will be able to carry on and have a nice run at IW

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11603/09/2019

That is what should happen to Titsy's ratty game all the damn time.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11703/09/2019

Felix!!!!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11803/09/2019

Give credit where credit is due, R113. FAA kicked ass. This will probably be remembered more as a breakthrough match for Felix than a poor one for Tsitsipas.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 11903/09/2019

And Giron is winning 3 0 in the third set (i think Alex won the first five games in the match).

Djere is serving to win.

FAA won very easily against Norrie, and Norrie was playing well lately, but i didn't expect this kind of result. And as i say, one thing is to win (which in this case it would be awasome no matter what) and other winning against an in form top player this way.

The good thing is that he seems very down to earth because the hype was high and now it's going to be higher. There's only two other players born in 2000 in the top 250, and none is even close to reach top 100. Anyway, Felix was always the first of the class by far

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12003/09/2019

Sabalenka's on-court interview was funny. She basically turned every question into an opportunity to thank the crowd for watching and supporting her. I guess she's embracing the spotlight rather than shying away like Osaka. Good to see. I like her game and personality and hope she has more success.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12103/09/2019

And Giron defeated De Miñaur

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12203/09/2019

Regarding Zverev on Stadium 3. I wonder if the tournament's powers that be are being a bit passive aggressive as punishment. He was scheduled to be on Practice Court 1 on Thursday at 4:00. There was a large crowd in the bleachers waiting for him, his face was on the screen on the corner. He never showed up.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12303/09/2019

And Coric lost the first set against Karlovic

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12403/09/2019

Coric is now 0-3 against 40 year old, #89 Karlovic. He'll lose a lot of ranking points too

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12503/09/2019

Bye, bye Kyrgios! Now we just need to have the monster (and its baby) lose and this will be a great IW.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12603/09/2019

America's sweetheart, Danielle Collins, looks to be back to her winning ways. DLers are ecstatic, I'm sure.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12703/09/2019

Who could not root for someone as charming and self-effacing as Danielle Collins!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12803/09/2019

[quote] They were doing the 'boobs out' together

Ugh. How cloying.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 12903/09/2019

[quote] So glad Titsy is losing. His game irritates me to no end.

Which characteristics of his game irritate you?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13003/09/2019

[quote] Carla is so apathetic most of the time.

Who?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13103/09/2019

Venus vs. Kvitova has to be the only matchup with multiple meetings on the WTA to always go 3 sets. It's insane

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13203/09/2019

wow Venus was down 4-6 0-3 double break and came back to win 4-6 7-5 6-4 . Kvitova was also up 4-3 break in the third.

It's weird to see Venus being more of the counterpuncher in a match lol but at her age she has lost some of her power so Kvitova is going to dictate most points unless Venus hits a great serve.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13303/09/2019

VENUS!!! YES!!!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13403/09/2019

BREAKING NEWS as just reported by Jim Courier:

A. Zverev no longer wants to be called Sasha! He wants to be known as Alexander!!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13503/09/2019

That’s old news, R135.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13603/09/2019

The Davis Cup team initiated FAA with these compression shorts.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13703/09/2019

Is Lendl still coaching Sascha?

Has anyone run into him @IW?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13803/09/2019

Pusher Djokovic won the first set.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 13903/09/2019

Kvitova really could have made another push for #1 ranking in this tournament. Sigh. Always so close. From here on in a lot of points to defend.

Say what you will about the Williams sisters, but damn Indian Wells is lucky to have them back. The energy in both their blockbuster R2 matches was amazing, they both got difficult draws but delivered on the marquee matches for the crowd.

Watching Granny Vee fight today even though she has an injured elbow, was sick as a dog in her first round match, has the pressure of defending SF points, and playing the strongest player of the year (#1 in the race to the WTA finals) - from a set and a double break down, at 40 years old only makes the younger gen look even worse.

Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens will barely get out of bed in the morning unless you dangle $3million in front of them (both already eliminated from the tournament). I'm watching Wozniacki lose to Alexandrova now and the audience is almost falling asleep. K. Pliskova's earlier match had a similar effect, and Svitolina and Halep's matches yesterday were not much better. Osaka might have a bit more natural star power (I guess.... because she's Japanese and people like her cutesy 'awkward' thing), we'll see what kind of display she puts on for the crowd next.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14003/09/2019

I didn't go to the tennis today. But I still saw Angie Kerber, Darren Cahill, Andreas Seppi, Robin Haase, Christina McHale and Bianca Andrescu in person and all within about an hour at .... the Rancho Mirage Cheesecake Factory. Apologies for my bourgeois taste. It must be good luck because all those players, except Seppi, are still alive in the tournament.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14103/09/2019

LOL WHET to Nick K and Porna today? Caroline Woz can't even push properly these days

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14203/09/2019

Lots of bad flops today apparently. Coric, Kyrgios, Basil, RBA, De Minaur all lost to players barely in the top 100 or even outside the top 200 (De Minaur).

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14303/09/2019

I only caught the Nishioka v RBA match, the Japanese player was amazing. Don't have an explanation for the others... De Minaur always needs to come back down to earth a bit after the overhype they burden him with during the Australian season.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14403/09/2019

Nishioka was on the rise nearing Top 40 two years ago when he blew out his ACL in Miami, so not that bad of a loss for RBA. Same for Kyrgios against Kohlshcribber.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14503/09/2019

I just don't like that a lot of the biggest threats to the BIG 3 lost already lol. While I'm hoping for more upsets in the men' s game, it's the BIG 3 I want to see lose.

Djokovic wasn't going to lose against Keys' bf. I'm surprised the first set even went to a tiebreak

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14603/10/2019

R144: De Miñaur is one of the younger players with less potential in terms of shots and talent, but like Munar, he has focus and determination and he is fast. The same way i'm sure he will never be a dominant number one, i'mm pretty sure he could be a top player for years and years (David Ferrer style).

He seems nice and humble on interviews but some of his behaviour on court is on Sascha Zverev league.

I didn't hear Tsitsipas press conference but his handshake was pretty nice. Some people on youtube are overreacting to FAA victory, it was a great victory and he played amazing but declaring him double digits GS champion it's a bit premature

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14703/10/2019

R146 But he deserves some credit, it's true that he flopped when he was serving for the first set but at least he showed the right attitude and gave a good fight. Some players are defeated against the big three even before the start of the match, that was not his case

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14803/10/2019

R144 I can definitely see the David Ferrer comparison. He does have some really annoying on court vamping and facial contorting (it's no surprise his coach is Hewitt lol)... it's just so campy to me, reminds me of Sharapova with all her evil-eyes and fist-clenching. Looking like a damn soap opera villain. Maybe if De Minaur wins a few more titles it'll be less embarrassing but he just looks like a puny kid trying to seem tough.

The other thing with him is that the way he plays, there is almost no way he gets to his mid 20s without some kind of injury. Running all over the court and diving around with his frail body for long, endless points. It's hard for players to sustain that kind of gamestyle for a long career (Ferrer is an exception more than a rule). I can see him being like Nishikori, constantly out healing, unless he adds SOME weaponry to his game.

The handshake was nice from Tsitsipas, it seems he had a healthy respect for FAA's performance. I agree that people are going a bit overboard. He's had a good few weeks (and could go deep here too!) but we've seen these breakthroughs before. And it's worth mentioning that Stefanos has played like 100 matches in the past few weeks, he wasn't quite at his best (not to take anything away from Felix's great performance!).

by The Pacific Life Openreply 14903/10/2019

Martina Hingis had a baby!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15003/10/2019

FAKE NEWS!!!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15103/10/2019

FAA is hardly a flash in the pan, though. He's just getting started and already has become the youngest player ever to reach an ATP 500 final. And has anyone since Nadal entered the top 50 (where FAA is likely to be after his IW performance) at a younger age?

Hingis looks like the grandmother.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15203/10/2019

Is Hingis returning to the tour?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15303/10/2019

[quote] Caroline Woz can't even push properly these days

Is she giving birth?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15403/10/2019

R152: True, but at this stage is impossible to know where his career will go. For example Zverev won a masters 1000 at a very young age but his performance on GS is subpar for a top 10 player.

Felix is a really great prospect, if you look other promising youngsters they generally have some strong points and some weakness (kuhn for example has an amazing backhand but his forehand is not nearly as good, Shapovalov has impressive groundstrokes but his serve is not remotely on that level) but Felix has all the shots. But tennis is more than a big serve and great forehand and backhand, it's about determination and strong mentality and chosing the right shot at the right moment. One of the most interesting things of yesterday's match (yes, Felix played really well, but Tsitsipas played way below his level with a good bunch of absurd unforced errors) is the fact that when he served for the first set and the match he had no hesitation. That's a very good sign

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15503/10/2019

Nole.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15603/10/2019

Pete Sampras was at the Djokovic match last night

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15703/10/2019

wow Edmund destroyed Jarry and Krajinovic whupped Goffin. First 2 completed singles matches of the day

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15803/10/2019

[quote] Pete Sampras was at the Djokovic match last night

Djokcovic posted about it on his Twitter account, DjokerNole, last night:

[quote] Very special to have my idol watching tonight 🙏🙏🙏 #50 #BNPPO19

by The Pacific Life Openreply 15903/10/2019

Gojo team or Fed team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16003/10/2019

I am #TeamAnyoneWhoBeatsBig3 team (except the bigots)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16103/10/2019

Goffin is the kind of player that needs to be in top form, he doesn't have the weapons to compete so if he is not fast and playing at his best he is an easy target. The only player of that kind who was able to stay as a top player for long was David Ferrer but in terms of being in form David is a beast and he had a good forehand.

Edmund seems to be playing well again. He won against Rublev last week very easily. He can be accused of vulturing on small tournaments but sometimes a player only needs a couple of victories to have his confidence back

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16203/10/2019

R161 but most people who could be an alternative are failing in early rounds

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16303/10/2019

[quote] he doesn't have the weapons to compete

He is magically delicious though.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16403/10/2019

[quote] I am #TeamAnyoneWhoBeatsBig3 team (except the bigots)

Big 3. I'm crying. I yearn for the Big 4.

Those were the days my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

For we were young and sure to have our way.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16503/10/2019

Gojo can be tricky when he plays well. He's not very big but he absorbs pace well, takes the ball early and can redirect shots. These slow courts might help him at least make the match competitive

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16603/10/2019

lol Courier just said Federer stays at the house Stallone used to own in the PS area

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16703/10/2019

[quote] He's not very big but he absorbs pace well

Pace? Journeyman from Bologna in the early 90s right? Yes, easily absorbable.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16803/10/2019

I was watching a video of Tsitsipas-FAA at the US Open junior and the match started exactly the same, with a break on the third game and with Tsitsipas wasting break point to break back.

Stefanos looked way better with shorter hair

Roger won the first set very easily

by The Pacific Life Openreply 16903/10/2019

Always the drama with Miss Williams. Ugh.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17003/10/2019

Wonder what the injury is

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17103/10/2019

I think her BABY!!! got her sick

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17203/10/2019

She wasn't moving well after going up 3-0 and she rarely retires. It's a shame when a marquee match ends like this. Hopefully she can play Miami

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17303/10/2019

Ostapenko down to 103. That's some fall.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17403/10/2019

R173 Has she retired? I'm watching on the ESPN app and it's been on the "Your Event Is About To Begin Please Stand By" screen ever since the end of the 4-3 game.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17503/10/2019

yes Mugururza wins 6-3 1-0 ret.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17603/10/2019

Thanks. The stream I was watching didn't show anything after 4-3.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17703/10/2019

I didn't lose. I retired from the match with an injury.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17803/10/2019

Serena got up 3-0 because Garbine apparently came out with the oh so clever plan to hit every damn ball right back to her. Plus she was floating returns long when Serena was barely hitting her serves. I got so annoyed I had to stop watching.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 17903/10/2019

[quote]Ostapenko down to 103. That's some fall

That's the 'WTA Race' (to Singapore) ranking, her regular WTA ranking is #22. She lost in the 3rd round lasr year as well so her ranking won't change much. She has a lot of points to defend in Miami though

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18003/10/2019

Shopbottom team

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18103/10/2019

Federer said Sunshine Double. My day is now sunshiny.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18203/10/2019

Rafa team

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18303/10/2019

[quote] Rafa team

And I abhor Rafa.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18403/10/2019

you abhor Jared D. even more?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18503/10/2019

Rafa in neon pink. Or is that technically fuchsia?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18603/10/2019

Jared D has a gut.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18703/10/2019

R187 I was thinking the same thing! The guy looks reasonably lanky/skinny (look at his legs) yet he's got a gut, and working on a double chin.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18803/10/2019

At 22 Jared D. already looks like a middle-aged Republican

by The Pacific Life Openreply 18903/10/2019

Serna never gives her 100% in non-grand slams tournaments. She saves her best for grand slams. She barely plays 6-7 tournament per year which is a good strategy considering her age.

the problem is that she is not even winning grand slams anymore.

This year Wimbledon is her best shot to surpass MSC

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19003/10/2019

Serena is just making bank.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19103/10/2019

R189 holy shit that's bad. and so was his beatdown tonight. He's not close to an elite level

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19203/10/2019

Fucsovics is hot.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19303/10/2019

lmao this Wawrinka-Fucsovics match is a mess.

Federer must be thrilled.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19403/10/2019

Another embarrassing loss for Lucas

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19503/10/2019

Marton can crank it.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19603/10/2019

I want Stan to beat Rogie, but he's already lost to him 3 times in Indian Wells alone, and has never beaten him outside of a clay court. The courts might as well be clay though they are that fucking slow this year.

Serena match was weird. She was up 3-0 and dominating and then somehow couldn't breathe or move properly. She lost the next 7 games in a row (which nobody does against Muguruza these days) and for some reason the trainer took forever to come to the court. I'm not a fan but I also don't really like Garbine (lol). It's a bit unfortunate after the great match against Vika.

That section of the draw is now between Garbine and Kiki Bertens, two clay grinders. I give the edge to Kiki to make the QF.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19703/10/2019

Crybaby

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19803/10/2019

I saw the following matches live today.

Goffin-Krajinovic. Goffin was always on the back foot and couldn't transition from defense to offense. He looked dejected and out of confidence. It was cute to see him yell "Come on" in his soft, delicate voice. Krajinovic appeared totally healthy again and his ground strokes were smooth as he easily overpowered Goffin who as of now is ranked 90+ ahead of him. Krajinovic is obviously much better than his current ranking.

Schwartzman-Carballes Baena. Ugly match especially at the beginning. Error, error, error. Diego is cute and all but he got into the top 20 mostly on willpower. Still he eventually put away Carballes Baena by being consistent enough. Carballes Baena could not finish a point.

Pella-Bolt. Bolt hit the ball harder (great serve too) and appeared to be on his way to victory in the third set but a few small errors led to a single Pella break who then served the match out. Very little separated these today. Pella is extremely good looking. He also signed everything put in front of him and took photos with everyone who asked.

Khachanov-F. Lopez. MESS. Khachanov can't keep the ball in the court these days and Lopez is old, slow, and stiff now and has trouble rallying. It's weird to see a guy six foot four basically push but that's what Lopez did and it was successful for some of the time. His serve is still great, though. Lopez was extremely surly and from the very beginning of the match he was screaming at his box. Somebody must've pissed in his paella. He was up a break up in the final set only to promptly crumble including a double fault in his last service game. After the last point, he destroyed his racket, screamed more at his box, and then marched off the court ignoring everyone but Khachanov. The new Madrid Masters tournament director everyone! He's very hot but he also knows it. Khachanov is very easy to like but he needs to learn how to control all his power.

Wawrinka-Fuscovics. I saw part of this and it was indeed messy but highly entertaining with some great rallies, shot making and some hilarious misses. The crowd was loving it and both Stan and Fuscovics were appreciative and having fun (unlike Feli Lopez). His frosted tips are ridiculous though. :)

I saw bits of Andreescu's match but the crazy Romanians who haunt tournaments all around the world made it intolerable to stay very long. Hubert Hurkacz who beat Pouille is very good; moves extremely well for his size. He just outplayed Pouille.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 19903/10/2019

Krajinovic, Farah and Cabal

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20003/11/2019

I think Serena is officially over. Margaret Court can go back to bookmarking her wrinkles and denouncing the lezzies in the locker room.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20103/11/2019

[quote]I think Serena is officially over

Nah. Serena at Slams > Serena on regular tour.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20203/11/2019

Thanks for all of these posts, folks! I love the experts here and the eye-witness accounts. Makes watching on TV even more enjoyable!

There was a quick shot on Saturday of a ball boy who must have weighed about 200 lbs that was pretty funny.....didn't see him again.....but it made me laugh.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20303/11/2019

introvert Osala will play extrovert Collins.

Who would be supported by Dlers?

introvert or extrovert?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20403/11/2019

Introvert Osaka. I’m an introvert myself.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20503/11/2019

No one will be rooting for Collins except maybe her parents and Kathy Rinaldi.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20603/11/2019

Courier loves talking about the ATP player bodies. He just said Giron is "very solid from the waist down"

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20703/11/2019

R202 Serena only has a chance at slams if she can avoid Osaka, Pliskova, Muguruza (on clay esp.), Kerber, Kvitova, Sabalenka, and Collins (if she's on). If she has to play 2 or more of them, she's gone. Of course, she's been incredibly lucky with draws for the last 3 or 4 years, so she'll probably get a couple more cakewalks if she hangs around long enough. Let's hope that baby keeps sabotaging her.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20803/11/2019

R208 what are you talking about? She was up 5-1 on Pliskova in the final set at the AO until she hurt her ankle. Yesterday she was up 3-0 before her medical issue. Hate her all you want but she played very well in taking out Azarenka. Azarenka would have beaten most other players with her form that day.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 20903/11/2019

R197 Garbine is hardly a clay grinder. You have to play spectacular defense to be considered that and defense is NOT her strength. Plus, she won Wimbledon (while reaching the final twice).

Also, Serena was only "dominating" because Garbine was doing absolutely nothing with the ball (Serena literally did not have to move). Once she started hitting away from her things turned around.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21003/11/2019

Serena has been out of shape for years. Many of her "injuries" stem from that lack of fitness.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21103/11/2019

Let's be fair, Garbiñe is subpar against big hitters with the exception of Serena. With the exception of their first match she always find a way to give Serena trouble. And yes, she is playing like crap and looking like she doesn't care at all, but she was playing bad before her Wimbledon win, just like Serena, she is a player the generally gets motivated on GS.

And Serena is just like Rafa or Roger, maybe she is in bad form but if she reach the second week on a GS she becames a thread. Apart of Osaka and Garbiñe who know what it is defeat her on a GS final, i doubt most of the tops will be able to play their best against Serena on a GS final (at least without choke)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21203/11/2019

R209 I'm the one upthread that mentioned how poor the quality of the Vika/Serena match was. What match were you watching? The only time in the match Azarenka actually hit the ball was in the last 3 games. And she lost 2 of them because she screwed up 2 easy put aways and then Serena framed a ball from one line to another when down break point in the last game. Typical. If there's one thing Azarenka has gotten really good at lately, it's finding a way to lose.

And what's your point about the Pliskova match? The head-to-head is even. If you remember, Pliskova had 4-2, 40-0 in their US Open match and then tanked it. Serena completely choked while up 5-1. It happens. I don't see how bringing that match up strengthens an argument for Serena winning slams.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21303/11/2019

wow Giron up 6-4 over Raonic

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21403/11/2019

R212 You forgot that Kerber has beaten her twice.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21503/11/2019

R213 the last half of the first set and most of the second set were good quality but you're too biased against Serena to admit it.

and how is hurting her ankle and then losing while up 5-1 a choke? If your ankle is hurting you it's hard to play well.

but don't let your hate for Serena get in the way of the truth. You don't win that many grand slams by luck and because everyone else sucks.

She's out of the tournament but you're still obsessively talking about her as you always do

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21603/11/2019

Kerber at her best gets almost everything back that Serena throws at her and makes her move.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21703/11/2019

[quote] Courier loves talking about the ATP player bodies. He just said Giron is "very solid from the waist down"

During one of the matches yesterday courier complimented something (“tantalizing treat” or something like that), and my first thought was “That sounds like something Courier would say about a player’s body.”

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21803/11/2019

It's nice to see Giron playing well but let's hope he can do it for more than 1 tournament. I hope he's not a deplorable though he is from Thousand Oaks

Too bad Sandgren couldn't have started flopping before he won that title in New Zealand

by The Pacific Life Openreply 21903/11/2019

oh wow Giron has had both his hips operated on. That's a bad sign for the future if he keeps progressing

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22003/11/2019

Is he gay? And what is wrong with Kerber these days?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22103/11/2019

Vikhlyantseva is a big hitter who doesn't move well and is usually inconsistent. Kerber should cruise against her on these slow courts unless Natalia is suddenly not making any errors

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22203/11/2019

wow Raonic just tagged Giron at net, hitting his forehand into Giron's shoulder.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22303/11/2019

He would never dare to do that against big 4

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22403/11/2019

R215: You are right, i forgot Kerber and when she is on she gives Serena a run for the money.

I hope Giron wins, it's nice to have a surprise player doing a great run at a big tournament. And frankly Raonic's game bore me to tears

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22503/11/2019

R219 Giron retweeted this on election day 2016, that's the only remotely political thing I found on his social media on a quick glance.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22603/11/2019

R216 No. Azarenka is nowhere near her usual level and while Serena's groundies were typically inconsistent -- which is part of why she wins -- she served poorly. Most of the match was not good quality.

You're right, Serena doesn't just win because she's lucky and everyone sucks -- she cheats too!

Serena has been the beneficiary of some of the greatest chokes I've ever witnessed and is BY FAR the luckiest player I have ever seen. Not to mention the powers that be have done everything they could to protect and aid her because she means huge money for the tour. Wake up to reality. Anyone else would've been removed from the tour for at least a year after the 2009 US Open incident. That would've had a profound impact on her career. But let's protect our cash cow! She should've been defaulted at the 2016 Wimbledon. Again, let's protect her. They saved her ass not once but TWICE while losing against Kuznetsova by interrupting play to close the roof. I could make a list a mile long, but I'm not going to waste my time trying to convince one her apologists.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22703/11/2019

R226 that is a good sign

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22803/11/2019

R227 you sound unhinged dear but clearly it makes you feel better to repeat the same garbage in thread after thread, even when Serena is already out of a tournament

by The Pacific Life Openreply 22903/11/2019

I'm not Serena's biggest fan but other players don't choke against Serena for the sake of choke, they choke for a reason

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23003/11/2019

Actually, I think Pliskobot was ahead 4-3. My mistake.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23103/11/2019

R229 Or you just can't handle a little truth telling, dear

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23203/11/2019

R232 nope no one takes that seriously. You think all Serena can do is serve yet she's won RG and other clay titles as well as the AO when it used to be rebound ace. The truth is you just hate her which is your right but your BS explanations for why she's won so much are laughable. You act like every top player would beat her if they just played their best, as if their best is better than her best.. No tennis expert would agree with you.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23303/11/2019

If only ATP/WTA tennis courts were equipped with these for when players launch into rants against umpires...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23403/11/2019

R234 lol then 3/4 of the top 100 would have fallen through by now

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23503/11/2019

BS explanations? All of those things happened. I didn't make them up. How are they BS?

The FACT is she has at least 4 slams that she should not have because of what I mentioned.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23603/11/2019

Novotna choked against Graf in their Wimbledon final.Medvedev choked in his final against Agassi, it happens all the time.

When you play against Serena you play against someone who puts you under pressure when you are serving, someone who is intimidating, it's not surprising that some players (and the circuit is not exactly full on players with strong mentality) choke on the moment of truth

I think it's perfectly ok not to like Serena's game or even herself, but deny she is one of the greatest is ridiculous

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23703/11/2019

And talking about chokes, Giron lost his five last games just to lost against Raonic

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23803/11/2019

Nole snubbing Roger...read about it in the news.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 23903/11/2019

r238, Ohh that's bad I hope he doesn't join his fellow countrymen like Querry, Isner, Steve Johnson, Jared Donaldson and Tiafoe as a certified loser.

And choking against Raonic is bad who himself is a certified loser.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24003/11/2019

Great shot of Shapavolov- he's a kid- give him a break. Tsitsipas did not have a good day, but then again FAA is a younger peer which is always hard to handle. Also Tsit coming off a great run to get to #10. Of all of them, I think Tsit and then Shap have the best chance of winning slams- both have to harness their talent more. But both have big time all court games- no real weakness. Shap's return of serve sucks but that can be corrected. We'll see, both are exciting young players, and I think potential stars.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24103/11/2019

Shapo has a semi decent serve and he is not good at return to serve. In my opinion his groundstrokes are so good (and so entertaining to watch) that overlook his clear flaws.

I think FAA has a lot of potential but it's simply too soon.

Tsitsipas in on the good path to be a top player, it will have his ups and downs but even if he lose his top 10 position this week he'll recover it soon.

Right now there's a good bunch of young players climbing in the rankings. Like it happened to FAA they could stall for a while but then they win a couple of matches and show their potential. I think next year will be very interesting and hopefully some of them will rise this year

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24203/11/2019

[quote] Nole snubbing Roger...read about it in the news.

Link please.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24303/11/2019

And Sascha is losing in great fashion against Struff

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24403/11/2019

Struff is playing amazing. Isn't Zverev supposed to be ill?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24503/11/2019

[quote] And Sascha is losing in great fashion against Struff

Alexander.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24603/11/2019

R239 is referring to some players' council intrigue.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24703/11/2019

Well, he snubbed Nadal too

And Sascha lose his match. Maybe he was ill after all because a 63 61 lose is not usual for him (at least outside of a GS). He starts to defend a lot of points in Miami

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24803/11/2019

It seems that Kecmanovic and Rublev really want to take profit of their LL. I wouldn't be surprised if Rublev defeat Khachanov, Karen is playing badly lately. And Miomir is defeating Djere (who is not playing bad at all lately)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 24903/11/2019

Roger Federer accuses Novak Djokovic of SNUBBING him as public schism grows between top tennis stars after Serb led move to oust ATP tour supremo Chris Kermode.

In a rare public schism, the Swiss legend revealed that he and Rafael Nadal are on the opposite side to Djokovic in the wake of the Serb leading a move to oust the English supremo of the ATP Tour, Chris Kermode.

After making the third round of the Indian Wells Masters event Federer told Swiss reporters that he had tried to speak to Djokovic - head of the Player Council - ahead of the meeting where he oversaw the narrow passing of a vote not to renew Kermode's contract.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25003/11/2019

I enjoy Raonic's 70's style white trimmed gym trunks.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25103/11/2019

ooh BIG 3 drama!

I bet Andy is seething now since he can't even be part of this off-court situation

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25203/11/2019

Félix!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25303/11/2019

Kerber, Sabalenka, Venus, Barthel, Kontaveit and Pliskova all winners today.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25403/11/2019

Monfils continuing his great form. Being with Svitolina seems to have given him mojo.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25503/11/2019

[quote] Félix!

Yay!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25603/11/2019

What is going on with WTA and this viral illness? Half the players in Doha/Dubai caught it and withdrew or said they felt sick (Wozniacki was one of the withdrawals). This week Venus was clearly hit by it in her round 1, Serena retired in her match with Muguruza, and today Sevastova retired against Kontaveit with the same thing? I would be staying the hell away from the locker room. Still, Venus lives to see another day.

Watching FAA vs Nishioka now and though it's early days (still on serve at 3-3), FAA looks a little rattled today. After only one or two points he told the umpire to tell the crowd to be quiet (in the first game), he is shanking a lot of balls or making easy errors, and he doesn't look quite as composed as he has earlier in the week. Nishioka is giving him a lot of free points with his errors and even hitting putaways right back to him but he is unable to take full advantage the way he did against Stef.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25703/11/2019

[quote] What is going on with WTA and this viral illness?

It’s lesbianism. It’s catching. It’s an infectious disease!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25803/11/2019

Yep. FAA getting super tight and rattled at the end of that set. Hit 2 consecutive double faults (though got away with the second one as the line judges failed to call it), Nishioka takes the set 6-4.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 25903/11/2019

[quote] Yep. FAA getting super tight and rattled at the end of that set.

Must be the recent Boeing 737 crashes.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26003/11/2019

I’m such a fan of Nishikori! I want him to beat that Felix guy. Did I tell you I also love Chinese? I’m ready to eat again after 30 minutes though.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26103/11/2019

Nishikoka fails to serve out the match at 5-3

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26203/11/2019

Osaka team or Collins team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26303/11/2019

OSAKA

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26403/11/2019

Was almost a mammoth choke from Nishioka after 5-1 up in the 3rd set. Just couldn't find the court until suddenly FAA was in a final set tiebreak with 5-4 and the next two serves, but finally Nishioka was able to close it. He was the better player for the majority of the match so i'm glad he got it done in the end, would have been sad to lose with such a lead.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26503/11/2019

Nishioka is fun to watch with his super speed but I also wanted FAA to win. Hopefully both can make some noise in Miami too

it's a bit annoying that so far the lower ranked challengers did not draw any of the big 3. They ended up drawing seeded challengers of the Big 3

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26603/11/2019

Heartbreaker for FAA. He was so close to pulling out a huge win from so far behind in the third set.

Nishioka's stumpy body and guttural yells are not fun at all. And his hair dye and earring just reinforce the sow's ear.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26703/11/2019

Osaka handled Collins with ease. Guess Danielle will have to get used to LOSING

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26803/11/2019

Cocky Collins Collapse is Complete

by The Pacific Life Openreply 26903/11/2019

R269 = Bud Collins

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27003/11/2019

MioMir Kecmanovic who is only 19 and is from Serbia has defeated his felliw ciountryman Dejere in straight sets. Can he become next up and coming ?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27103/11/2019

ESL!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27203/11/2019

As much as I love Alexander Zverev, I'm stoked that Struff won. I was there for his first round match on Thursday evening, and he was hitting cannonballs. I also think there's a chance he might be gay. Something about his feature on Tennis Channel's "Bag Check" sets off my gaydar.

Maybe it's just wishful thinking, because I find him really sexy. I want him to yell at me in German to take all if his dick.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27303/11/2019

Melo Insta

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27403/11/2019

Overheard at IW today.

"Milos would've won multiple slams by now if Canada had its own slam." "The Americans are so disrespectful. Shapo should be on stadium one ONLY." "Thiem's ass is at war with his shorts and his ass is winning."

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27503/11/2019

[quote] "Thiem's ass is at war with his shorts and his ass is winning."

Tehe.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27603/11/2019

Nadal’s crack is at war with his OCD, and the OCD is sinking his fingers into the depth of the trench.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27703/11/2019

All the furore about the Player Council ousting Chris Kermode is apparently down to Kermode's support for more combined events and the ATP players disliking them because of equal prize money.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27803/12/2019

Team Ass!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 27903/12/2019

[quote]Team Ass!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28003/12/2019

[quote] Team Ass!

Who’s on it?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28103/12/2019

Who ISN'T???

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28203/12/2019

a lot of potentially good matches today

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28303/12/2019

Bitsipas? Tsibipas? Tsitsibis?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28403/12/2019

Does he support the Green party?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28503/12/2019

Garbine should've won this set 6-1 or 6-2. Screwed up 3 easy short balls and has paid dearly for it.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28603/12/2019

If you hit too many balls in the center of the court to Bertens' forehand, you'll be in trouble. Muguruza wasn't attacking her backhand enough in the second half of the set

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28703/12/2019

[quote] If you hit too many balls in the center of the court to Bertens' forehand, you'll be in trouble.

None of these girls are used to having balls anywhere near them. None of them!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28803/12/2019

Has Sumyk been on court yet?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 28903/12/2019

Kecmanovic is on the verge of top 100 now. After a not so great results this year he is taking full profit of his luck (LL) this week

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29003/12/2019

And russians really have a problem, both Khachanov and Medvedev were doing really well till they became top 20, the moment they went from underdogs to favourites they started to tank. Not a good sign

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29103/12/2019

For once i'm rooting for Shapo (even it's mostly because i want Tsitsipas to stay in the top 10)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29203/12/2019

Nadal's OCD is hard to watch.....and Schwartzman is easy on the eyes - from the neck down....AND my 200 pound ball boy is back!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29303/12/2019

Dennis is dreamy.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29403/12/2019

wow upset special today!!! So far Nadal is the only higher ranked player to win (though Isner is about to join him)

Muguruza upset top 10 Bertens

Vondroussova 3 set win over Halep!

Andreescu def Q, Wang

Hurkacz def. Nishikori

Shapovalov def. Cilic

Krajinovic def. Medvedev

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29503/12/2019

Halep was actually embarrassing to watch today, only 6 winners in a three set match... she just refuses to follow her shots in and always pays for it. Nishikori not much better in that regard. Muguruza beat Bertens but this is still the furthest Kiki has gone in Indian Wells so not a bad week. She will want to step her game up before clay season arrives though.

Andreescu basically couldn't ask for a better start to the year. I keep expecting her to hit a wall, but the girls are just having so much trouble penetrating her game. We'll see how Garbine does. Maybe on mute because Muguruza's fake grunt has become beyond unbearable.

Djokovic just lost his first ever set to Granny Kohlschreiber. Racquet smash already done, tantrums incoming.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29603/12/2019

Wawrinkass

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29703/12/2019

R284, what *is* that??!!?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29803/12/2019

He likes both the titsy and the ass?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 29903/12/2019

Djokovic is not pleased with the proceedings.....

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30003/12/2019

lol Courier is calling Djokovic low energy

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30103/12/2019

I hope Kohlschreiber kicks Djokovic’s arse from here to next year’s Australian open.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30203/12/2019

what r302 said

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30303/12/2019

Kohlschreiber team

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30403/12/2019

Null!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30503/12/2019

Tits!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30603/12/2019

Buh-bye Nolé!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30703/12/2019

Wonder who will make it through the top half now. Raonic?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30803/12/2019

Svitolina avoids the upset bug with a long 3 setter over Barty

by The Pacific Life Openreply 30903/12/2019

Courier prefers high energy tops

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31003/12/2019

Venus and Khachanov through

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31103/12/2019

I can't believe both Novak, and Naomi shat the bed.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31203/12/2019

wow didn't expect Bencic to defeat Osaka so easily

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31303/12/2019

Tennis is about matchups, folks! And that one was bad for Osaka.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31403/12/2019

Stan team or Gramps team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31503/12/2019

omg Djokovic has taught Fognini to do his "giving you my heart" gesture after wins. They just did it together just now after winning their match tonight

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31603/12/2019

Cringe squared.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31703/12/2019

[quote] omg

Dyatlov right?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31803/12/2019

[quote] omg Djokovic has taught Fognini to do his "giving you my heart" gesture after wins

It’s properly called “boobs out”. They did it in the prior round as well.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 31903/12/2019

I call it the Tit Toss.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32003/12/2019

Womens QF are almost all set and look how disparate the competition is on both sides of the draw.

Bottom half: Svitolina (in tragic form), Andreescu, Vondrousova, Muguruza (also in rather trash form).

Top half: Bencic (currently in god mode), Venus, Pliskova, and either Kerber or Sabalenka.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32103/12/2019

Gramps!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32203/12/2019

and once again Wawrinka bends over for daddy Federer. His game is just largely ineffective against him.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32303/12/2019

If it comes to this in the quarterfinals: Shopbottom team or Gramps team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32403/12/2019

from the other night...the celebration

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32503/12/2019

Overheard today at IW

"I find Shapo cute even though he looks like a Cabbage Patch doll."

"You can tell this is a violent country because only in America do people cheer racket smashing."

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32603/12/2019

[quote] "I find Shapo cute even though he looks like a Cabbage Patch doll."

I think he looks more like Janice from the Muppets.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32703/12/2019

The top half of the men's draw is sad. Let's hope Thiem can come through, although I fear we'll have some shit-fest like a Raonic-Karlovic semi-final instead.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32803/12/2019

Kerber wins 6-1 4-6 6-4 over Sabalenka. Aryna had 4-1 in the third too

by The Pacific Life Openreply 32903/12/2019

Aryna was up a double break! She was even going okay in that service game before double faulting twice in a row. After that she couldn't even keep a ball in the court. Kerber just had to stand there basically.

It was a weird day, Sabalenka had a fight or something with her coach Tursonov (they had a bizarre dead silent OCC) and then after that she was absolutely dominating Kerber and shooting him dirty looks. The commentators said she asked him "can't you support me?" and he replied "no". Then from 4-1 up and on her serve she just had a mini meltdown. She also blew 6 match points against Bencic in Dubai so she will want to watch out for these choking tendencies.

Kerber got VERY lucky. Even Granny Vee with her elbow injury (who she plays next) probably wouldn't choke a lead that big.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33003/13/2019

I saw the final set. Sablenka was playing amazing. then at 4-1/30/15, I saw Berdy or Gasquet level of choke. Sablenake was lucky that the crowd didn't booed her off the court which she rightly deserved.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33103/13/2019

Team Shopbottom. He may be dumb but he's likable and fun to watch.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33203/13/2019

Oh Chrissie..

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33303/13/2019

[quote] Oh Chrissie..

Her pencil is doing it’s work.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33403/13/2019

Bummed for Nole, but he was clearly out of sorts. Interesting how wild his FH gets and then he layers it with all that drama. Fed and Rafa tend to just shake their heads and sulk; Nole is more demonstrative.

Can't help but love Shapo and the blonde fur on his legs, mmm.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33503/13/2019

Mari Osaka gets a MD wild card into Miami.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33603/13/2019

[quote]Her pencil is doing it’s work.

Oh, dear.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33703/13/2019

All Miami wild cards

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33803/13/2019

[quote]what [R302] said

And r302 got what he wanted—maybe not right up to the Australian Open, but at least until Miami. R302 is very, very happy.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 33903/13/2019

[quote] Oh, dear.

I apologize. I wish my pencil had an eraser.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34003/13/2019

wow Miami is making Tsonga go through qualifying

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34103/13/2019

so Shapovalov wants to be a rapper.

the Putin lover has no flow

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34203/13/2019

[quote] so Shapovalov wants to be a rapper

That’s quite pathetic.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34303/13/2019

R296, well this is in fact the second time Djokovic lose to Kohlschreiber. The german defeated Nole in great fashion at RG 2009 without dropping a set. Kohlschreiber is very talented, with a better mentality he could have achieved way more.

I don't find Garbiñe victory against Bertens a surprise at all. At this time Garbiñe winning or losing is hardly a surprise no matter the rival, she can defeat anyone on a good day and lose against anyone on a bad one.

R338 People complaining about Djere and FAA not getting a wc are funny (they were already on the MD). And complaining about Kuhn's wc is absurd. Miami always gives a wc to a img promising player. Kuhn has a low ranking (he is the third player born in 00 anywat) but that's because he had a injury last year that cut his progression when he was already top 200 (back then only FAA was ahead him of the players born in 2000)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34403/13/2019

And i really like they give a wc to Tseng. He is one of the best juniors in recent year (champion on RG and Wimbledon, finalist at AO and semis at US Open). He has a very entertaining game. Unfortunately he is short and his serve needs a lot of improvement but he is funny to watch for sure (and he is very young, he is still a junior)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34503/13/2019

And Kecmanovic is top 100 now. He is the second youngest player on the top 100. Young promising players can struggle for a while but suddenly they have a good week and their real career starts

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34603/13/2019

wow, after a great win Garbiñe is being bashed today by Andreescu.

Shapo played very well against Cilic

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34703/13/2019

Team Hurkacz. Rappin' Putin lover Shapo is as annoying and obnoxious as compatriot FAA is charismatic and diplomatic. I couldn't even get through the first five seconds of the Shapo post-match cringe at R342. Too bad Felix isn't still in the draw.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34803/13/2019

I'm kind of freaked out by those pockets on the inside of the women's skirts....it looks like they are pulling that second serve ball out of.....well....someplace I wouldn't want a ball served to me from.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 34903/13/2019

Joe Willy Tsonga as a WC in quallies?! Seems like they're giving him the middle finger.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35003/13/2019

R348: To be fair, Shapo was very nice with FAA after Felix collapsed on their match at the US Open (by the way that highlights were one of the worst i've ever seem, the US Open should hire someone who know how to make highlights of a match)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35103/13/2019

Agreed, R351, I just wish he'd drop the rap (because he's so bad at it) and educate himself enough to realize that Putin is not the least bit admirable. Also the racket abuse, but at least he's learned his lesson about not trying to knock balls out of the stadium.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35203/13/2019

The raquet abuse is a trend between the next gen. Even someone so shy and nice as Alex de Miñaur is a danger for raquets

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35303/13/2019

Shapo is a ball of fun and I hope he can find great success in years to come. I actually love his personality. He's young and on the professional tennis circuit. Lucky guy.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35403/13/2019

Aaaand, just as soon as you write that R353, Shapo smacks his racket to the ground as he loses to Hurcarz.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35503/13/2019

The Miami (IMG Open) wild cards are always hilarious. People mock the US and French tournaments for giving their young players, including many scrubs, wild cards but IMG manages to top them. Mari Osaka is ranked something like 375 and isn't young anymore so that excuse doesn't work. I didn't even know Kuhn was still playing. And David Ferrer's farewell tour makes another unexpected stop in Miami. Also Eubanks over Giron?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35603/13/2019

Who hits a forehand like this? Jesus. That's where he gets the spin.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35703/13/2019

Khachanov now 4-0 against Isner. Pretty sure that only Nadal and Murray have even better records against the servebot

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35803/13/2019

Muguruza was absolutely pathetic today. Andreescu played well but Muguruza should have gotten at least 4 more games.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 35903/13/2019

M. Osaka

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36003/13/2019

Karen’s legs

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36103/13/2019

One of the guys involved in the college entrance cheating scandal is supposedly a former pro tennis player named Mark Riddell. According to the below-linked article “he is described as a Harvard University graduate and former Division 1 NCAA tennis player.”

Are any of you aware of him as a tennis player?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36203/13/2019

According to this article “Sasha and Malia Obama's tennis instructor and the former Yale women's soccer coach are among those indicted in sprawling college bribery scheme”. The tennis coach’s name is Gordon Ernst.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36303/13/2019

looking at his ATP page he never had a singles ranking but in 2005 he hit #1581 in doubles

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36403/13/2019

Thanks, R364.

[quote] $892 Prize Money Singles & Doubles Combined

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36503/13/2019

I'm actually surprised Thiem won comfortably over Karlovic. His return-of-serve is probably the weakest part of his game and obviously Karlovic's serve is his biggest strength.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36603/13/2019

The court is super slow. That helps Thiem.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36703/13/2019

Kohlschreiber team or Monfils team? Winner meets Domicakes.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36803/13/2019

ugh Svitolina keeps on winning

by The Pacific Life Openreply 36903/13/2019

Karen Hemsworth team or Rafa team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37003/13/2019

Kohlschreiber should get rid of that disgusting back neck mole.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37103/13/2019

wow Monfils with a bagel.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37203/13/2019

Gasquet and Pavlychenkova should get a joint Instagram account. It's done wonders for some players.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37303/13/2019

If Shapo tries that rap nonsense in New York he'll get shot on his way back to the hotel.

How much did the Osaka family and IMG play for Mari Osaka to get a WC for Miami? This is beyond shameless. The girl has never even been ranked higher than 280. She has only played two matches this year. Both times she was thrashed in straight sets, one was a double bagel. Really unfair to all the girls who have worked hard and are in form... even a qualifying WC would be too much, all just because of who her sister is. She better pray she draws Mladenovic in the first round.

Making Tsonga and Opelka go through qualifying despite their recent results (and in Tsgona's case box office potential?) is also pretty low. Wtf is happening James Blake!?

Elina Svitolina keeps surviving her opponents who play much better than her for most of the match. On these courts her movement and mentality are pretty hard to defeat. To her credit you really have to BEAT her, she is not going to give it to you. The way Monfils is playing... could we be looking at a G.E.M.S L.I.F.E Indian Wells double?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37403/13/2019

[quote] could we be looking at a G.E.M.S L.I.F.E Indian Wells double?

How does that compare to a Sunshine Double?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37503/13/2019

I've watched La Monf's matches for over a decade and this is close to if not the best I've ever seen him play.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37603/13/2019

wow Monfils with the beatdown. Even in the 2 games Kohlchreiber held, Monfils had break point in both

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37703/13/2019

Miami (IMG) is making four recent title winners Opelka, Djere, Albot and Londero, the best teen FAA, and former top five player Tsonga play qualies.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37803/13/2019

James Blake is responsible for this??? Pathetic that any of them are being forced to qualify while Eubanks and Tseng are squeezed in at their expense.

From reddit:

"Opelka made the mistake of not signing with IMG.

It's not a coincidence that nearly every single player to get main draw wildcards into Miami in the last three years is signed with the same agency that the tournament director is involved with"

by The Pacific Life Openreply 37903/13/2019

Is he a Sunshine Double winner!?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38003/13/2019

Isn't it also a rule generally that if you get a WC at IW, you don't get one at Miami? Unless it's a superstar who needs one in both

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38103/13/2019

IMG owns the Miami tournament so every year all or most of their wild cards go to their clients, so it's not because James Blake is also their client. Although if he wasn't, then he likely wouldn't have been made TD at Miami in the first place.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38203/13/2019

I'm eager to see the new Miami courts and facility.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38303/14/2019

IMG already have most of the promising young players anyway. So it's not usually that bad. But the egregiousness of who got QWC and who got a MD WC is crazy. Tsonga in qualifying? Christina McHale almost made it to the Indian Wells second week, and yet she's in qualifying here and Mari 'double bagel' Osaka gets an MD spot? For literally no other reason than nepotism?

It just comes across even worse after the Lori Loughlin/Felicity Halfman college bribe scandal. They are taking these spots away from players that work so hard.

Also just because IMG are a bigger machine doesn't mean James Blake should be let off the hook. He's the fucking tournament director lol.

I hope M. Osaka draws Serena in R1.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38403/14/2019

Why don't they grow a brain and make Miami a green clay court event? We keep hearing how badly US players do on clay overseas. Maybe if they played more than 1 or 2 clay events stateside they wouldn't be. I know it will fall on deaf ears. Tennis is so stupid now.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38503/14/2019

r385 great idea

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38603/14/2019

Grrrrrrr

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38703/14/2019

R385 Miami is one of the 'veteran' events on the tour and I don't think they'd wanna change it now (especially since they've already switched venues). It's also the biggest PR opportunity for tennis in the US after the US Open, consistently high viewership on TV (historically more than Indian Wells), and they've adopted the title of "the Glam Slam". They want the Americans and big stars to win, and that's how it's been such a big moneymaker because they have.

The event became the success it is because of all those consecutive blockbuster finals matches between Agassi/Sampras, as well as Capriati (Miami native) and the Williamses... Agassi Sampras and Roddick collectively won it 11 times, Venus and Serena have won it a combined 11 too. This was the era where it drew the kind of numbers to become a real Tier I event and one of the biggest on the tour.

Since American players today are absolutely tragic on clay it would completely undermine their interests. 90% of players (American and otherwise) learn to play in Miami/Florida tennis camps and facilities on nothing but hard courts. The one tournament in Miami was never going to be on any other surface.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38803/14/2019

R356: Still playing? Kuhn is 18

by The Pacific Life Openreply 38903/14/2019

It should be a given that a MD WC will be granted to any player who's entered the top 75 after the original player entry list was created. The six weeks that elapse from the time of the player entry list creation until the first day of play is too long. Leaving FAA and Djere off the Miami MD is unacceptable.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39003/14/2019

I'm starting to like Kyrgios, the fact that he doesn't give a fuck about the opinions of others is quite refreshing (even if he generally doesn't make it the most polite way).

He was making fun at the fact that a lot of people were saying that something happened with Djokovic, and he simply said the obvious, first Kolshreiber is a good player, and second Nole wasn't so ill when he played (and won) the doubles match after being defeated in singles

And sorry, but i don't understand the drama with the Miami wc, this happens on GS all the time

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39103/14/2019

ACLU disagrees with Martina

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39203/14/2019

Kyrgios was also the only player to publicly criticise Shapo's rap.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39303/14/2019

It's not drama, R391, just continued disgust with a system that awards wild cards to players who clearly don't deserve to be chosen over players who have demonstrated great recent improvement, etc. It's understood that GS will grant wild cards to compatriots, but ATP needs to look at some WC reforms for their events, especially at the 1000 level.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39403/14/2019

Shapo was way less inspired yesterday, a lot of UE, a lot of aggressive come ons and fist pumps and some raquet smashing

R394: Kuhn and Tseng were top juniors both are among the best of their age. People are talking about FAA having to play the qualification when he is one of the players who benefited from this kind of wc in the past. Djere being an almost top 30 should be in the MD no matter what, but this kind of things happens all the time

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39503/14/2019

[quote] Kyrgios was also the only player to publicly criticise Shapo's rap.

For how badly it sucked?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39603/14/2019

I think generally Indian Wells and Miami do not give the same players a WC in the same year

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39703/14/2019

R396: More than criticise he was making some fan. Shapo's rap was not popular on internet, and Kyrgios simply said that Shapo is good, he will be a great player for years and years but that rap was hard to watch

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39803/14/2019

R396 yeah he wrote something along the lines of "you have a huge future but this was tough to watch".

Also there's a difference between 'promising juniors' and Mari Osaka getting the biggest paycheck and ranking boost possible on the tour, while barely ranked in the top 400, just because her sister is the WTA's golden girl.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 39903/14/2019

Yes, Mari Osaka wc would be difficult to justify even if it was only a qualifying wc

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40003/14/2019

R395, why would the level of frequency justify sketchy wild cards?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40103/14/2019

Belinda is on fire

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40203/14/2019

R401: Frankly, men's wc are not that surprising, a veteran and four young and promising players on the MD. Of course Tsonga should get a MD wc but the rest is what you expect. Women's wc are more random

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40303/14/2019

Not what I'd expect, R403. Tseng is only a year younger than FAA and hasn't yet cracked the top 400. Eubanks is almost 23 and has never cracked the top 150. And Kuhn, currently ranked 248, over Djere and FAA makes no sense either. There's nothing that precludes WC entries into both IW and Miami. IMG bites.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40403/14/2019

Sorry, but it seems you don't know nothing about what this thing works. Muguruza was a complete nobody when she received her wc. And don't get me start with Paula Badosa (who didn't crack the top 100 because she is unable to stop her diva antics but the truth is she took profit of the wc and even won some matches on the MD

Tseng was junior number one and won Roland Garros and Wimbledon (and was finalist at the Australian Open), he is the player born in 2001 with the best ranking. And a year makes a world at those ages. Anyway he is not Felix, he is indeed a small guy who will rely on his talent so he'll probably get more trouble to get near the top 100. You never know with young players, nobody expected Alex de Miñaur to rise on the rankings the way he did last year. Kecmanovic could be near top 60 if he wins today but just before this week he is getting a lot of trouble to hit the top 100.

Felix is not the meassure of anything. Yes, he is very talented, but he has a big serve and he is a big guy. Other talented juniors need way more time to develop because they don't have those natural advantages

Kuhn was top 200 last year before getting injured. He didn't recover yet, he is irregular, but he is a talented player, he used to be the second best player born in 2000 behind FAA.

Felix received a good bunch of wc in the past. And receiving too many wc didn't do any favour to Richard Gasquet career.

There are random wc every week

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40503/14/2019

Tseng

Tsonga

Tsurenko

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40603/14/2019

I know how it works, R405. I just don't agree with the IMG-biased choices. Djere and FAA should be there rather than Tseng and Eubanks. Consequently we're missing what's more likely to be better tennis.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40703/14/2019

No, we are not missing anything because Djere and FAA should qualify anyway.

And they won't have this problem on clay season. Yes, they have to play qualys on Miami but in fact both rose on the ranking at the right time to get into the MD of the res of Grand Slams this season.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40803/14/2019

I iwas hoping Kecmanovic could pull a surprise but it seems it won't be this time. At least the Monfils-Thiem should be interesting. The other semi should be Federer-Nadal, i suppose it's what most people want but i was hoping for new faces on the last rounds of master 1000

by The Pacific Life Openreply 40903/14/2019

Yes, Djere and FAA should qualify, but should they be forced to qualify when both are ranked in the top 60? That puts them at an unfair disadvantage compared to the others in the MD. But I'll stop beating this dead horse.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41003/14/2019

R404 there's no official rule but it seems to be customary. Unless you're a superstar who's returning from a long layoff, you only get 1 not both.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41103/14/2019

[quote] Unless you're a superstar who's returning from a long layoff,

How about having a baby or taking an involuntary vacation related to a heart condition?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41203/14/2019

SF set. Svitolina vs. Andreescu and now Bencic vs. Kerber

when's the last time a big tournament had no women in the SF who were over 6' tall? Svitolina and Bencic are listed as 5'9. Kerber 5'8 and Andreescu 5'7

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41303/14/2019

Monfils withdraws?? Wtf?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41403/14/2019

left Achilles heel pain. I knew he'd get injured at some point. It's a shame as he was playing so damn well. It's his desire to chase down impossible balls though that keeps leading to his injuries

so Thiem gets a walkover and will face Raonic in the SF

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41503/14/2019

Granny Vee was basically on one leg, had a clear elbow injury, and still nearly got the better of Kerber... the German (read: Pole) will have to improve tenfold to have a chance against a hot Bencic. They both play kind of similar so should be interesting watch.

I've never seen something like that, Gael personally coming out and apologising to the crowd for retiring. What a shame because he was in really strong form.

The possibility of a GEMS LIFE double is out then. Swiss Double and Canadian Double still in play.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41603/14/2019

[quote] so Thiem gets a walkover and will face Raonic in the SF

Thiem team or porcine Raonic team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41703/14/2019

[quote] I've never seen something like that, Gael personally coming out and apologising to the crowd for retiring

Did he rap his apology?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41803/14/2019

[quote] The possibility of a GEMS LIFE double is out then. Swiss Double and Canadian Double still in play.

How about a Sunshine Double?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 41903/14/2019

R416 it's happened a few times with other players. They do it when it's announced last minute. No one knew it was coming as commentators were ready to announce the match

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42003/14/2019

Was there booing and hate speech? IW does not like a late withdrawal...so I've heard.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42103/14/2019

Granny V hit 41 winners in a two set match and lost both sets!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42203/14/2019

That's what happens when your movement is compromised!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42303/14/2019

R421 the IW crowds these days have really improved. They were politely applauding and appreciated he spoke to them on court

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42403/14/2019

Venus had the right idea today as she was mixing in high looping balls which Kerber hates. If she didn't have a nagging knee and elbow issue, she probably would have won today. Backing Kerber up with loop balls, get a weak reply and then smack a winner was working for her tonight.

I think Bencic will destroy Kerber if both play the way they did today

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42503/14/2019

At least Thiem should have the decency to moon his ass to the crowd now that their money on the ticket has wasted. That would not have recovered their loss but at least they would have got some worth of their money.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42603/14/2019

Miami update: OUT: Kohlschreiber

IN: Tomic

Next: Humbert

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42703/14/2019

Humbert

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42803/14/2019

I wonder if Federer and Nadal will get much of a test tomorrow...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 42903/14/2019

Gramps has an 11 am start tomorrow. We might see Crankerer tomorrow.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43003/14/2019

r413 Don't think there are that many female tennis players over 6' and also at 6', if they are listed as that, it is probably false, Americans like to lie about this and in general a lot.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43103/14/2019

Zzzzz--with Monfils defaulting we're stuck very likely with a Fedal/Raonic/Thiem semifinal slate. Could it get much duller?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43203/15/2019

James Blake did even bother to give wild card draw for qualifying to Marcos Giron. He is the second most useless tournament director after that US open director. I forgot her name. She recently left, I think

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43303/15/2019

And what do those two tournament directors have in common, eh ESL?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43403/15/2019

That would be Katrina "Serena Stan" Adams, R433.

And who are we to quibble about IMG's WC choices? The sages on this board have already enlightened us about how Tseng, Eubanks and Kuhn are infinitely better for direct entry into the main draw than Djere, FAA or Giron would be...Along those lines perhaps IMG's next WC entry will be Mark Riddell.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43503/15/2019

Sorry I meant, Blake did NOT give qualifying wild card to Giron.

Katrina Adams was pathetic. Just googled her and found that she has been replaced by Patrick Galbraith.

I had almost forgotten him. Saw him almost 26 years ago playing doubles US open with Richey Renberg.

Why USTA do not nominate well-known players as their tournament director? Richard Krajicek has been tournament director for ABN Amro Rotterdam forever. Michael Stich has been the tournament director for Hamburg tennis forever And these are only ATP500 tournaments. Rober Soldering and Thomas Enquist have worked as a part-time director in Swedish indoor tennis. There are many more examples like this

Are Sampras, Agassi, Chang, Todd Martin, Andy Roddick too rich to do these jobs?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43603/15/2019

R435: Nobody said that they were better wc, what i said is that there's nothing wrong in those wc.

WC on big tournaments never go to players who are 60-80, unless they are from the host country, young promising players or top players who came from an injury. And i repeat, Felix received a good bunch of wc, so he has absolutely nothing to complain.

And Djere is not the kind of player who receives wc at this type of event. He has potential. he was a top junior, but there was no buzz around him, he is 23 and started the season at 92, his recent rise is a surprise.

All the three players you mentioned lost on third round on IW, so they are doing well but they are not on the verge of becoming top players.

Giron should receive a qualifying wc, he seems to be on good form and it would be a pity not profit of that

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43703/15/2019

[quote] Saw him almost 26 years ago playing doubles US open with Richey Renberg.

Now that’s a name I have not heard in a long time. A long time.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43803/15/2019

[quote] Are Sampras, Agassi, Chang, Todd Martin, Andy Roddick too rich to do these jobs?

Martin is the head of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Roddick is too busy with his duties as a member of said Hall of Fame.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 43903/15/2019

Oh please, R437--as if Eubanks (almost 23 and yet to crack the top 150) and Tseng (currently # 449) have the buzz to sustain MD WC entry. Can you say IMG clients over more deserving recipients? If less deserving WCs are chosen, then there IS something wrong with the system.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44003/15/2019

James Blake was unable to stop the threats of violence which were hurled towards 10 years old kids who just happened to be relatives of Caroline Woz 's fiance,

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44103/15/2019

What’s going on here?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44203/15/2019

There are a lot of people for an 11 AM match, That is the power of Elderer

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44303/15/2019

I wonder if Roger's friend Bradley Cooper will show up for a finals match?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44403/15/2019

Either Titsy and Osaka are really dating or some Wills and Grace is going on between those two.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44503/15/2019

Bradley 15 mins are over

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44603/15/2019

[quote] Either Titsy and Osaka are really dating

M. Osaka or N. Osaka?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44703/15/2019

R440: Are you kidding me? Right now players who are starting have to endure the stupid transition tour that seems designed to keep poor players out of the elite. Not precocious players (and right now most players peak later in their career) are going to struggle to make a living of tennis.

Giving some wc to img players is hardly an outrage. And i repeat, Tseng is a former junior number one, he has the best junior career since Monfils, i don't think there's nothing wrong with his wc no matter what's his ranking right now

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44803/15/2019

R445: There's nothing like a couple of gay rumours on DL to make a tennis player find a girlfriend. He is two steps from making cheesy videos with a girlfriend Sascha's style

by The Pacific Life Openreply 44903/15/2019

N. Osaka

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45003/15/2019

No, R448, I'm not, though I'd hardly call it an outrage--just ho-hum nauseating status quo. Tseng's results this year have been sad, and FAA and Shapo were ranked far higher when they were Tseng's age. And I'm still waiting for a less than nonsensical explanation for why Eubanks got a MD WC.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45103/15/2019

Having a high ranking at a young age means absolutely nothing. Hewitt had a better ranking than Federer during the first years of their career.

And Felix is not only talented but a big guy, he has a big serve (the main flaw in Tseng's game) which is a big advantage to get a better ranking at a young age.

Most young players stall for a good while, Felix, Rudd and Kecmanovic did it at the verge of top 100, but other's have more problems to get there.

Tseng is going to receive wc to the qualification of Roland Garros and Wimbledon because he is the junior champ.

I don't have an explanation for Eubanks (in my opinion Tseng and Kuhn are very obvious, they are talented juniors who sign with IMG), i suppose there this type of random wc at every tournament. In Madrid a good bunch of romanian players receive wc just because it's owned by Tiriac, some are good some are pretty bad

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45203/15/2019

Eubanks had a great college tennis career and decided to go pro in October of 2017 so I'd give him a couple years to see if he develops further.

Collins went pro in mid 2016 and started her big rise in 2018

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45303/15/2019

Well Hurkacz put in a decent performance but Fed won 6-4 6-4

I hope Khachanov can at least win a set

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45403/15/2019

[quote] Collins went pro in mid 2016 and started her big rise in 2018

And nothing but winning and winnng. You better get used to it!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45503/15/2019

Karen Hemsworth

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45603/15/2019

I don't know that Hewitt is the best example of "absolutely nothing", R452, unless you consider 3 GS championships plus being the youngest player ever to reach the # 1 ranking to be nothing.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45703/15/2019

R457: Stop putting words in my mouth. What i said is that Hewitt was way higher in the rankings than Federer at the start of their careers but Federer ending with a way better career. What i wanted to say, and i thought it was pretty clear, is that getting very high on the rankings very young doesn't mean you are going to have a better career. So Tseng being low in the rankings (and he is the player born in 2001 with a better ranking) means nothing. Specially when at that age a couple of wc on a home country tournament can mean a huge difference in the rankings

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45803/15/2019

Hewitt is the best example of "everything" if you consider that peculiar detail of his anatomy.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 45903/15/2019

yeah some players peak at different times. Hingis and Hewitt peaked early in their careers. Then you have a Wawrinka who didn't become a factor until his mid-late 20s. Same with Stosur for a few years

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46003/15/2019

Actually I was quoting you directly, R458, but I get your drift. Regardless, I still think that Djere and FAA should have been granted wild cards given how much they've achieved in the last six weeks and despite the supposed tradition of either granting wild cards to IW or Miami, but not both.

Interesting comment at the link about how the MO "tends to have contrarian wild card choices that usually go to players represented by IMG". Obviously WC snubs are an IMG tradition.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46103/15/2019

Also, R460, Anderson who didn't reach a steady run in the top 10 until he was 31.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46203/15/2019

Ohh come on guys stop arguing for so long for this pity thing. I really hate to play hall monitor but even Djere , Tsonga and FCC are over this wild fiasco. It is done.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46303/15/2019

Thanks, R427! No doubt Bernie will make the most of this exciting opportunity!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46403/15/2019

PCB has also withdrawn from Miami :( along with Nishioka. Gross Gulbis and Thomas Fabbiano are their replacements.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46503/15/2019

Khachanov really tried it, but it was obvious that he was going to lose the first set. At least he is giving a fight but i still think he will be the new Berdych or if he is lucky the new Cilic

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46603/15/2019

I really like Khachanov's game and he played such a solid first set against Nadal, but then those loose points in the tiebreaker really did him in. I hope he can regroup in the second set.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46703/15/2019

Khachanov was up a break. Then I check back a while later and he's lost the first set in a tiebreak. Can't any of these young guys ever beat Nadal? If Nole goes on another mental walkabout for a few months, Nadal could win the next three Slams. Maybe Federer can stop Nadal in the semis, but I haven't seen Roger play yet at IW.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46803/15/2019

I wouldn't mind a bit if Karen sent Rafa home...... It won't happen, but maybe it will keep Rafa awake a few extras minutes.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 46903/15/2019

Zzzzzz

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47003/15/2019

I'm surprised didn't unwrap that bandage and rewrap it himself.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47103/15/2019

Isner, Delpo and PCB are going to lose a ton of points after Miami.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47203/15/2019

[quote] Zzzzzz

Z. Zverev

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47303/15/2019

Mohamed Lahyani is kinda sexy, no?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47403/15/2019

He's my fave.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47503/15/2019

Khachanov is a good player but his forehand grip will get him into trouble against the best of the best, just like Wawrinka. Khachanov has a lot of trouble if you hit a super low ball to his forehand

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47603/15/2019

Khachanov can't even beat a hobbled Nadal. I have no faith in the younger players. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic will be Grand Slam champions in their 60s.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47703/15/2019

Coric has beaten Nadal but Nadal was injured in 1 of those matches and terrible form in the other

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47803/15/2019

So clearly Federer will double bagel an injured Nadal and then win the final over Raonic/Thiem

Then I'm guessing Djokovic will rediscover his form and win Miami

the Big 3 aren't going away and no one seems to be able to stop them except for injuries which is embarrassing

by The Pacific Life Openreply 47903/15/2019

Rafa finds the win! Rafa!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48003/15/2019

I'm presuming those exclamation points are tongue in cheek.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48103/15/2019

[quote] I'm presuming those exclamation points are tongue in cheek.

Where are the upside down exclamation points?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48203/15/2019

[quote]Khachanov is a good player but his forehand grip will get him into trouble against the best of the best, just like Wawrinka. Khachanov has a lot of trouble if you hit a super low ball to his forehand.

Is his grip a very extreme Western grip?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48303/15/2019

Rafa again complaining about playing on hard courts. Says it destroys bodies. Does anyone else complain about this issue?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48403/15/2019

Rafa is seriously injured again. He plans on playing the SF tomorrow but Miami is probably a NO.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48503/15/2019

No cause it doesnt. His style of play along with how long he has played is destroying his body.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48603/15/2019

Rafa says a new, softer surface needs to be developed to replace hard courts. Good luck with that.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48703/15/2019

[quote] Rafa says a new, softer surface needs to be developed to replace hard courts

Let me guess - clay?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48803/15/2019

R483 yes extreme western grip.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 48903/15/2019

well the answer could be to speed up the hardcourts but Nadal wouldn't like that either with his style of play

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49003/15/2019

The Boobs Out duo has fortunately deflated.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49103/15/2019

No one is forcing Rafa to play hard courts. If he doesn't want to do so, skip the tournament.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49203/15/2019

He will now forever be known as “boobs out proponent Fabio Fognini“.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49303/15/2019

In Fabio Fognini's case its "MOOBS OUT"

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49403/15/2019

I had a feeling that Svitolina would be the perfect antidote to Andreescu's game.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49503/15/2019

Spoke too soon. She's decided to give it right back.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49603/15/2019

why doesnt Svitolina display this kind of grit and determination in Grand Slams?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49703/15/2019

Phoenix Challenger QF

No. 168 Caruso d. Goffin 26 63 62

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49803/15/2019

Karen K totally ruined his career by marrying in his teens and becoming a teen dad just like Taylor Fritz. Both are doomed

by The Pacific Life Openreply 49903/15/2019

Svitolina is so basic. She's hit 12 winners in 26 games so far that's less than 0.5 winners per game.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50003/15/2019

[quote] Svitolina is so basic.

M. Basic?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50103/15/2019

Svitolina is like a cockroach. Besides her scrambling to get balls back that is the only real impressive thing about her. She rarely doesnt try. Something Sloane and Keys could learn from.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50203/15/2019

Andreescu can hit the ball hard.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50303/15/2019

Lousy handshake from Svitolina. She only hit 14 winners the whole match!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50403/15/2019

Yeah I don't find Svitolina to be that impressive except for her doggedness and determination. Sweet backhand but her serve and forehand are just meh.

Andreescu has an impressive game except her serve can be attacked by a good returner. She's got a good shot at winning the title against either Bencic or Kerber as neither is a big hitter.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50503/15/2019

I wonder what Genie Bouchard thinks about her. She is not even Canada no .1 anymore

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50603/15/2019

Peak Kerber reappears only rarely these days but how nice is Angie's game when she cares.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50703/15/2019

I'm surprised. Coming into the match I thought Bencic was going to win but Kerber was very solid today and was able to grind out points.

Gonna be an interesting final

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50803/15/2019

When's he coming out?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 50903/15/2019

R506- It's karma for Bouchard. Ever since she refused to shake the hand of her opponent at the pre-match ceremony of some tournament, it's been downhill all the way for her.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 51003/15/2019

R509 interesting as Michael B Jordan is Naomi's celeb crush

by The Pacific Life Openreply 51103/15/2019

R510 It was Fed Cup where she refused that handshake, in such a rude and entitled way too ("i'll pass").. Barbie Strycova would have slapped the shit out of her.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 512Last Saturday at 1:32 AM

Camila Giorgi got her back though. The only one with a worse handshake than Bouchard's is Yulia Putintseva. Actually for such an experienced and successful player Kerber's is pretty awful when she loses too (most of the time).

Anyone know when the Miami main draw comes out?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 513Last Saturday at 1:37 AM

[quote]Yeah I don't find Svitolina to be that impressive except for her doggedness and determination. Sweet backhand but her serve and forehand are just meh.

Basically Jankovic without the personality.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 514Last Saturday at 2:39 AM

I never had any strong feelings for or against Svitolina until her and Monfils unleashed GEMS LIFE and it made me wish both of them serious harm.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 515Last Saturday at 3:00 AM

I do so hope that Mrs. Janice Towsend does not advance to meet Miss Joyce Barclay at the London Bio Strath Championships.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 516Last Saturday at 3:02 AM

R515 are you the one that called the police on them this week? Apparently they held them up with guns and searched the room and everything.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 517Last Saturday at 4:56 AM

R484: The problem Rafa has with hard court is his weight, he has way more mucle than anyone else. He has the same height Federer has but he is 15 kilos heavier. And during good part of his career he played too defensively and a lot of tournaments. He had injuries from the very beginning so it's obvious that his body is going to put a stop to his career

by The Pacific Life Openreply 518Last Saturday at 5:40 AM

[quote] it's obvious that his body is going to put a stop to his career

Not likely.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 519Last Saturday at 5:42 AM

why not have a indoor carpet season like they used to back in the day (70s/80s)? you know during WINTER! all indian wells and miami is a money grab for all involved... wouldn't a soft indoor carpet surface and indoors be kinder on the bodies? you want to have indian wells or miami tournament? have it or one of them part of the summer hard court season leading up to the open..

by The Pacific Life Openreply 520Last Saturday at 5:47 AM

WTF is GEMs Life?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 521Last Saturday at 5:48 AM

Well Nadal has zero chances of winning a title on indoor carpet (he was very lucky they don't play on that surface anymore), he really sucked on that surface. Anyway, it was very boring with big serves, ace after ace after ace. I prefer slower courts

by The Pacific Life Openreply 522Last Saturday at 5:50 AM

R521 It's the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to social media.

It's Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina's joint instagram account. Just the name of it alone makes me break out in a rash.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 523Last Saturday at 5:52 AM

R523: Even more than Sascha's video with his girlfriend after losing in the Australian Open?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 524Last Saturday at 5:55 AM

#522, not all indoor carpets are faster then faster surface.. they CAN BE slowed down (extra fuzz on the carpet) and they would still be gentler and kinder on the bodies...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 525Last Saturday at 5:57 AM

r520 The women would love that.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 526Last Saturday at 6:01 AM

It's actually not bad as these social media things go, R523. What do you find to be so embarrassing about it, R523, other than the entire concept of people publicizing their lives? I've linked it for your viewing pleasure.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 527Last Saturday at 6:07 AM

Er...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 528Last Saturday at 6:31 AM

If there was a grand slam tournament on carpet, Isner would be ranked in the likes of Agassi and Connors with 7 grand slams! Dr. Ivo would come close and would still be a contender for the title at the ripe age of 40.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 529Last Saturday at 6:39 AM

#529.. no one is saying a grand slam should be on carpet.. but the fact that NOT A SINGLE tournament is played on carpet indoors is actually pretty shocking... but then you have the men and women all year long complaining of injury, wear and tear on the bodies, the season is too long and so on and so on..as i stated before, indoor carpets can be made slower.... another fault lies in the technology of today's strings and rackets!.... something is wrong here if a 12 year old today with today's rackets and strings can hit the ball harder and with more spin then a pro male or female tennis player back in the 70's!... technology should have stayed and ended with 1980's strings and rackets and basic graphite compositions...

by The Pacific Life Openreply 530Last Saturday at 7:16 AM

They complain of a long season, but have no qualms about taking $$$ for exhibition matches

by The Pacific Life Openreply 531Last Saturday at 7:27 AM

There is one tournament on carpet. The WTA event in Quebec, and it's refreshing every year to see the difference in surface even if it sadly doesn't attract many top players (fast courts, different to move on but you can still slide, high bouncing and fun to play on). We barely even have any grass tournaments any more, the whole tour is clay and slow hard.... and the reason is because the pushers like Nadal and Djokovic actively campaign for it and it's sometimes one of the terms in their appearance contract at a smaller tournament (eg. i'll come if you make the surface ideal for me!).

Nobody likes Isner's servebotting but I also don't want to watch 25 shot rallies where nobody has the gall to pull the trigger, eventually ending in a tepid unforced error. If today's match between Andreescu and Svitolina were on carpet it would have been more about great shotmaking than who can get one more ball back... over and over again, for hours and hours (yawn).

I remember Tsonga was one of the players who criticised the surface homogenisation and protested the removal of carpet tournaments. And it's not like it's ONLY big servers who have success on carpet. Crafty players like Marcelos Rios have won multiple carpet titles... the Quebec winners include variety girls like Kirsten Flipkens and Barbora Strycova. Again, you can still have slower carpet courts.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 532Last Saturday at 7:32 AM

Roger, Serena and Venus would have won tons of indoor carpet events. Roger especially. The women used to play on sportface, then the faster sporteze which was a 70's retaliation against women having to play Chrissie Evert on clay. The entire Winter/Spring circuit for the women went indoors. The men on the old WCT tour played a lot on supreme court which was rubbery and slower. It helped big topspin guys like Borg and Vilas.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 533Last Saturday at 8:10 AM

....

by The Pacific Life Openreply 534Last Saturday at 9:15 AM

[quote] The WTA event in Quebec

Is this where we talk about it?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 535Last Saturday at 9:19 AM

I prefer seeing tennis on natural surfaces - clay and grass.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 536Last Saturday at 9:44 AM

I hate indoor tennis.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 537Last Saturday at 9:50 AM

Rafa unlikely to play today.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 538Last Saturday at 9:50 AM

Does Domi has got what it takes to defeat Botonic?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 539Last Saturday at 9:55 AM

I think Rafa would have said so already if he was pulling out.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 540Last Saturday at 9:58 AM

Rafa officially out.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 541Last Saturday at 10:02 AM

Just announced on ABC coverage.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 542Last Saturday at 10:04 AM

Amazon Prime also confirming Rafa has pulled out.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 543Last Saturday at 10:05 AM

He does pull out.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 544Last Saturday at 10:04 AM

Was Fed sporting pigtails or a misbegotten mullet back in 2004?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 545Last Saturday at 10:04 AM

Great news - one less time I have to see that ugly mug. Whew! Poor guy is lucky he can play tennis.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 546Last Saturday at 10:06 AM

Do the IW crowd pay for tickets by the match or would this same crowd have also been there for the Fed/Nadal match?

Would be amusing if they all got up and left now.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 547Last Saturday at 10:08 AM

poor poor rafa, how long before his "ahem" cough cough injury does a miraculous recovery and he starts winning clay tournament after clay tournament after clay tournament! personally I think didn't want to play fed and lose for the 6th time in a row.. rafa is now on purpose ducking fed to keep the head to head number edge.. i mean they haven't played each other since the fall of 2017?!...

has rafa ever been tested for growth hormone or e.p.o.? i refuse to believe he is in THAT MUCH better condition to continue to beat guys in their early 20's on clay, the most taxing, winded, grueling surface... i mean what is rafa going to be 40, 45, still winning the french and all the other warm-up tournaments? ridiculous and shame on the new guard!....

by The Pacific Life Openreply 548Last Saturday at 10:09 AM

R539: Raonic is only in semis because Giron choked, so yes, Thiem could defeat him even (and should do it)

by The Pacific Life Openreply 549Last Saturday at 10:18 AM

wow the ATP IS SO COMPELLING RIGHT NOW! First Monfils withdrew and now Nadal!!!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 550Last Saturday at 10:31 AM

There's an interesting debate going on on twitter that's suggesting Khachenov should be allowed to move into Nadal's place and play Federer, almost like a Lucky Loser, since Nadal pulled out before the match was played.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 551Last Saturday at 10:41 AM

Strategy by Nadal. He fears playing Fed 2 of 3 on hard and since he did not play IW last year he gains those semi points. Fed won't get bonus points for the walkover since he and Rafa didn't actually play.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 552Last Saturday at 10:40 AM

R551: Khachanov lost and he is eliminated. LL is only for qualifications it would be absurd if players were able to pass rounds just because the one who eliminated them withdraw in the next round.

The truth is Nadal was clearly injured in the second set and Khachanov was unable to win

by The Pacific Life Openreply 553Last Saturday at 10:48 AM

R548 stole my post

by The Pacific Life Openreply 554Last Saturday at 10:51 AM

Thiem team...one set down.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 555Last Saturday at 10:53 AM

To be fair, Rafa rarely is really challenged at the French Open. The conditions of the tournament are perfect for him and most players are simply too intimidated. He only needs to start the match well and his rival ends quitting. And generally he reach the final with a lot less time on court than his rival.

What i find surprising it's not that Rafa, Nole and Federer continued to win but the fact that they do it without too much opposition

by The Pacific Life Openreply 556Last Saturday at 10:54 AM

and of course Thiem and Raonic have gone 3 sets after 2 long tiebreak sets.

Just hand the title to Federer

If Raonic wins today, he'll be pooped. Thiem is much fitter and it probably wouldn't be a problem but he's working harder to win points in this match

by The Pacific Life Openreply 557Last Saturday at 11:53 AM

Thanks R557 - I didn't realize it was on NETWORK tv.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 558Last Saturday at 11:58 AM

Raonic got so lucky with that netcord in the TB. I'm guessing this third set will go to a TB too... sigh. Wrap this up for Gramps and Mangie Kerber and bring on Miami.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 559Last Saturday at 12:03 PM

Bring back wood courts! Women could need wood for a change.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 560Last Saturday at 12:18 PM

R558 the odd thing is the SF are on ABC today but both finals are back on ESPN tomorrow. Not sure why they do that. This was obviously scheduled way before anyone thought Federer and Nadal might play each other

by The Pacific Life Openreply 561Last Saturday at 12:19 PM

They won't even wrap their hands around it any more, R560.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 562Last Saturday at 12:20 PM

Please don't screw this up, Domi. Please!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 563Last Saturday at 12:22 PM

Party at my home for all you guys

by The Pacific Life Openreply 564Last Saturday at 12:38 PM

R561 College basketball conference tournaments are on both ESPN channels all day today. There aren't as many games tomorrow, so room for tennis in their lineup.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 565Last Saturday at 12:40 PM

If Thiem has a good day it will be a good final

by The Pacific Life Openreply 566Last Saturday at 12:42 PM

Nadal confirms that he won’t play Miami as well. Back in Monte Carlo.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 567Last Saturday at 12:41 PM

LOL Commentator said Domi had Roger on the grass twice......the mental picture is boggling.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 568Last Saturday at 12:42 PM

aww...Domi wrote "Play for the ocean" on the camera. Clearly he meant he wants to swim in my ocean

by The Pacific Life Openreply 569Last Saturday at 12:45 PM

Domi was very, very good today. Glad he won.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 570Last Saturday at 12:52 PM

As a consolation to fans disappointed with Rafa's withdrawal, Djokovic is playing doubles with Pete Sampras against John McEnroe and Tommy Haas.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 571Last Saturday at 1:33 PM

R571 I think that's good tournament management right there. Imagine the quick thinking involved to get everyone to say Yes. I think Tommy Haas as the tournament director made it happen. Good thing Pete has been there all week. They should have enlisted Bill Gates and Ben Stiller who were also there.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 572Last Saturday at 5:49 PM

Not sure why Nadal doesn't just sit out the post-Australian/pre-European clay season at this point, much like Federer has skipped the last couple of clay seasons. It's not like his legacy is going to be enhanced by winning IW or Miami. He's not likely to recapture #1 and not sure why that would even be a goal now. For all the Big 3, it's about how many more Grand Slam titles they can rack up So I am surprised that they all don't do whatever they can just to put themselves in that position. What are they going to lose? $20,000 in fines to skip these "mandatory" events? That's not going to matter to them. I think they've paid their dues and they can cut back their schedules if they want. It's not their fault that the following generation hasn't made enough of a splash to help carry the tour.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 573Last Saturday at 6:14 PM

r573, follow the money. He made serious coin getting to the quarters. Legacy be damned at this point, like all of them. Expenses gotta get paid ....

by The Pacific Life Openreply 574Last Saturday at 6:22 PM

JMG and Coco

by The Pacific Life Openreply 575Last Saturday at 6:47 PM

Miami update:

OUT: Nadal

IN: Humbert

Next: Klahn

by The Pacific Life Openreply 576Last Saturday at 10:20 PM

[quote]JMG and Coco

One of the comments is "new couple alert!" lol

by The Pacific Life Openreply 577Last Sunday at 2:52 AM

Sorry if this has been discussed before, but I find it hard to believe that JMG is such good friends with Coco.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 578Last Sunday at 3:59 AM

R578 I think it was just a pic that benefitted both of them. Both are trying to raise their profiles. JMG is still very active in tennis circles and Coco's career ain't going nowhere atm.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 579Last Sunday at 4:01 AM

Gambill used to coach her.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 580Last Sunday at 4:09 AM

Thanks, r580, I did not know that.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 581Last Sunday at 4:23 AM

Just because a woman acts like a cunt doesn't mean a gay man won't be friends with her. But damn, CuntCunt looks like a flabby frau. Get in the gym CC!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 582Last Sunday at 4:27 AM

R578: Maybe Coco is not as bad as she seems

by The Pacific Life Openreply 583Last Sunday at 5:25 AM

Nadal will never renounce to play a GS is he is healthy. Unlike Roger at RG Nadal has always chances to win. Maybe he sucked at Wimbledon for years, but suddenly he gets into second week and he became a favourite. Djokovic had a lot of trouble to stop him at semis last year, and if he reach the final he can defeat anyone on a good day

by The Pacific Life Openreply 584Last Sunday at 5:32 AM

I guess the finals are on at 4 p.m. EST on ESPN2.....if I am reading correctly.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 585Last Sunday at 8:58 AM

Correct.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 586Last Sunday at 9:12 AM

Thank you!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 587Last Sunday at 9:13 AM

Are you on Gramps team or Thiem team?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 588Last Sunday at 10:37 AM

Thiem team, but fully expecting a drubbing from Gramps, alas.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 589Last Sunday at 10:47 AM

Same here R589, But we still got time. If someone makes a new thread and put Gramps photo in OP then DL jinx may stop Gramps

by The Pacific Life Openreply 590Last Sunday at 10:52 AM

Miami update:

OUT: Verdasco

IN: Klahn

Next: Tipsarevic

by The Pacific Life Openreply 591Last Sunday at 10:53 AM

[quote] If someone makes a new thread and put Gramps photo in OP then DL jinx may stop Gramps

As you wish, R590. Here's the new thread with a special treat:

by The Pacific Life Openreply 592Last Sunday at 10:57 AM

Thanks R592

by The Pacific Life Openreply 593Last Sunday at 10:58 AM

Thiem team. Is there going to be anyone left to go to Miami?

by The Pacific Life Openreply 594Last Sunday at 11:00 AM

Thiem team.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 595Last Sunday at 11:01 AM

Gramps and Thiem apparently, R594.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 596Last Sunday at 11:02 AM

Nole.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 597Last Sunday at 11:04 AM

I'll be there.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 598Last Sunday at 11:04 AM

Well, they haven't made it through today yet, R596.

by The Pacific Life Openreply 599Last Sunday at 11:05 AM

I hope Thiem at least makes Federer work for it.

I think Kerber vs. Andreescu will be close

by The Pacific Life Openreply 600Last Sunday at 11:04 AM

Puig!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 601Last Sunday at 11:04 AM

Equine Angie!

by The Pacific Life Openreply 602Last Sunday at 11:10 AM
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