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The Gays and Tennis part 55: will the USO and other summer events actually happen?

last thread just got payrolled after only 21 days

a number of top foreign players have pulled out of the USO

given the problems we're seeing in baseball, this looks like it's going to be a real shitshow

last thread linked below

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by Anonymousreply 15313 hours ago

Thanks for the new thread, OP.

by Anonymousreply 107/29/2020

Which top players do you think will decide to play the US Open? If few or none do, will they cancel it?if they don’t, will Margaret Court try to get a wild card to get yet another major via an easy draw?

by Anonymousreply 207/29/2020

It seems like the Americans, Canadians, some eastern Europeans and some Asians are playing. A lot of western and central Europeans are pulling out. I haven't heard about south Americans yet

by Anonymousreply 307/29/2020

I think the lists you see for Cincinnati are who you'll see at the US Open considering that's the only hard court tune-up for the men (the women also have Lexington). Obviously more withdrawals will come, but so far:

Men: Only four top 20 players out (#4 Federer, #9 Monfils #11 Fognini, #17 Wawrinka) and two of those have had surgery. A few other missing names include Kyrgios and de Minaur.

Women: A little more barren. Missing half the top 10 alone (#1 Barty - already withdrew from USO as well, #2 Halep, #5 Svitolina, #6 defending champ Andreescu, #10 Osaka - who apparently still plans to play USO, #15 Martic). Also NO Chinese players aside from Zhang Shuai, players like Goerges, Pavlyuchenkova, and former champ Kerber are missing.

Although it must be said that the women have 2 more clay tournaments than the men, so perhaps some players would rather just have one long clay season on the one continent than fly to the states for 2-3 events.

by Anonymousreply 407/30/2020

Barty did the right thing withdrawing early. It's a shame to be missing the #1 player in the world, but Australia is so far and she has genuine safety concerns. Also she's not the 'name' that #1 Djokovic is so it doesn't make as much of an impact (the womens 'draws' are Serena, Venus, Clijsters and Gauff at this point).

Will Osaka and perhaps even Andreescu enter with no warm-up tournaments? The latter has proven that she can win big titles while having barely any matchplay.

What's interesting is Nadal suddenly committing to Cincinnati despite him (and Novak too) originally saying they had concerns about safety and would likely skip the US hard court events. I wonder if he has some intel or just an inkling that the European clay swing (including the French Open) could be cancelled due to rising numbers??? Madrid Masters may be in trouble after COVID cases spike in Spain.

by Anonymousreply 507/30/2020

Well, Kyrgios and Coric keep insulting each other on twitter. Kyrgious said that his I Q was a big fat zero, and Coric called him drunk.

by Anonymousreply 607/30/2020

R4 De Miñaur is in Spain. He is playing a tournament at Juan Carlos Ferrero academy. He is in a round robin with Joao Sousa and Carlos Alcaraz

by Anonymousreply 707/30/2020

CINCINNATI? R4 What the fuck are you talking about? Cincy is my home tournament and now it's bastardized being played in New York right before the Open. For years European or Asian cities want the Cincy slot. We just spent millions renovating the place in Mason - albeit for really. really rich folks only - but there are fears if things get back to normal Cincy's date will be sold overseas.

by Anonymousreply 807/30/2020

R8 Erm... we are in the middle of a pandemic. Obviously it's not ideal to play the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadows and then play a slam immediately afterward at the same venue (after all, why should one be worth more than the other?), but your home tournament will be MUCH better off financially for having been held at all. It's the smaller tournaments who have been cancelled and are all taking a loss this year that will go into the red and struggle to be put back on next year without insurance.

Besides, Cincy will be fine. Almost every major player signs up every year, and the event is generally well-attended. It is the biggest, most historic, most prestigious, and most successful tournament in America after the US Open - it's not going anywhere lol, and European/Asian cities will not be able to randomly steal their Masters license in the middle of the US hard court swing. Nobody would fly back to Europe to play it. Even if the USTA went broke, first on the chopping block would be WTA San Jose, and then ATP Winston-Salem or ATP Houston which never get strong players.

The only ATP tournaments doing badly are most of the Chinese ones (which doesn't matter to them because their govt. will keep throwing money at ATP/WTA anyway), because everyone is tanking or withdrawing after a long season unless they are desperate to qualify for the YEC. And a few in the random stretch between the AO and IW/Miami - like some of the small French indoor tournaments that are losing spectatorship, and then tiny clay events such as Morocco and Munich. Cincy is fine.

by Anonymousreply 907/30/2020

wow how did this Kyrgios Coric feud start? lol

by Anonymousreply 1007/30/2020

Coric said he didn't care about Kyrgios' criticism of the Adria tour and then Kyrgios wrote he should care and basically called him dumb

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by Anonymousreply 1107/30/2020

I never thought the day would come when I'm 'Yay, Team Kyrgios!'.

by Anonymousreply 1207/30/2020

[quote] basically called him dumb

I iz smart.

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by Anonymousreply 1307/30/2020

Poor Borna :(

by Anonymousreply 1407/30/2020

I agree with Kyrgios' criticism of the Adria bullshit, and he's right that Coric SHOULD care. I also can't say Coric seems like the sharpest tool in the shed, though he is gorgeous to look at, so Nick is probably right about that.

However, the comment about him and his tennis being boring and not exciting for the sport is (a) completely irrelevant, (b) not necessarily true, (c) a bit of a low blow, and (d) very conceited. Oh yes Nick, you are so exciting because you threw a few chairs around on the court...... yawn.

Clijsters, McNally, Venus, Stephens and Osaka have been given WCs to Cincy, so it turns out you should see Osaka at the USO. Pretty shameful that Stephens and Osaka would have made it with direct entry, but simply they or their teams didn't enter them by the due date so they now need the WC (which could have been given to another player, perhaps a lower ranked one). Very poor form especially with the struggles the lower ranked players are facing right now. Stephens' case is especially dumb because she DID enter Lexington directly by the due date, which was a week earlier than Cincy.

Kim Clijsters and Hailey Baptiste will play doubles together at the US Open apparently.

by Anonymousreply 1507/31/2020

I like Kyrgios and find his SM aggro entertaining. He's been right to call out the Adria players for being so stupid, but openly criticising another player's tennis makes me feel uncomfortable. It's like a line has been crossed. There's no way that can be good for the game unless Coric is somehow inspired to thrash Kyrgios next time and it turns into a rivalry.

by Anonymousreply 1607/31/2020

It seems the fight is still going on

And Tsitipas gave an interview were he said that he was Pitagoras or Socrates in another life (because he is very philosophical), that there's no real friends in the circuit (he even said something about only having a woman and a friend as a life philosophy or something like that).

Next gens don't win GS, but they are not boring.

On an exhibition in Spain Alejandro Davidovich proved that he is still a hot head and lost a match he should have won against Pablo Carreño. Just the opposite of Carlos Alcaraz who lost 60 the first set but ended winning his match against Joao Sousa

by Anonymousreply 1707/31/2020

Meanwhile, back in the UK the Battle of the Brits is providing an interesting format and some really hot Liam Broady.

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by Anonymousreply 1807/31/2020

[quote] It is the biggest, most historic, most prestigious, and most successful tournament in America after the US Open

Fuck you.

by Anonymousreply 1907/31/2020

Sumit Nagal is so hot! Loved when he took that set off Federer at the US Open.

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by Anonymousreply 2007/31/2020

R18 There seems to be no love between Evans and Edmund either. It seems now the big 3 era is close to an end most players don't give a shit on pretend they are friends

by Anonymousreply 2107/31/2020

Yep, I noticed that, r21. “Be careful, Kyle. Be very, very careful,” said Evans very darkly across the net after their match two days ago.

And what about Evans’s little Hitler ‘tache? Very close to his politics, I dare say.

by Anonymousreply 2207/31/2020

R21 that makes the tour more fun

by Anonymousreply 2307/31/2020

R20 yes he is

by Anonymousreply 2407/31/2020

Novak Djokovic Finally Wears a COVID Mask ... It's a Miracle!!!

TOOK LONG ENOUGH!!

Here's Novak Djokovic FINALLY wearing a mask out in public -- and all it took was global public shaming after he contributed to an outbreak!

Remember, Novak blew off social distancing advice and hosted a tennis tournament in Croatia back in June -- and shocker -- a bunch of people tested positive!

Both Novak and his wife contracted the virus -- and while they eventually recovered, they were still spotted out in Spain just a few weeks ago without masks!!

But now, Djokovic has come around ... kind of!

The #1-ranked men's tennis player in the world was masked up during a shopping trip in Cadiz, Spain with his wife, Jelena, this week.

AMAZING, RIGHT?!

All it took was 674k reported global coronavirus deaths before he wised up!

Novak dropped his mask during part of the outing -- but hey, progress is progress.

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by Anonymousreply 2507/31/2020

lmao you know Djokovic is fuming this summer. Nothing means more to him than good pr and the last few months have been an epic failure

by Anonymousreply 2607/31/2020

Djokovic should just give up trying to get good pr and become the bad boy of tennis. He's not naturally likeable, and his attempts to be likeable have always seem forced and false.

by Anonymousreply 2707/31/2020

I really hope Djokovic and Kyrgios face off sometime this year. The antics during the match would be hilarious given the coronavirus feud

by Anonymousreply 2807/31/2020

R25 At least he seems to learn something from the Adria tour debacle, i can't say the same about Thiem or Coric

by Anonymousreply 2908/01/2020

Evans and Edmund had dinner together after the match, so there’s not much of a feud there.

by Anonymousreply 3008/01/2020

Shapo released a single too.

I don't mind tennis players looking to express their artistry but maybe they should focus on tennis for a while (and have some talent)

by Anonymousreply 3108/01/2020

Yastremska has also just released this slutty club banger. Interesting next move after defending Djokovic and her naked blackface photo.

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by Anonymousreply 3208/01/2020

Palermo qualies don't start until tomorrow. But a player has already tested positive.......

This is just a small sample size. Gonna be a lot harder at the US Open to prevent this from happening. Cautiously hoping for the best.

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by Anonymousreply 3308/01/2020

R33, I think they should cancel the US Open and possibly the French. There's just too much risk.

by Anonymousreply 3408/01/2020

Dan Evans is so embarrassing. This is after one game played. In an exhibition. Alongside your countrymen.

He makes Kyrgios look like Kim Clijsters.

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by Anonymousreply 3508/01/2020

Who are the old equivalents of modern players?

Nicolas Mahut reminds me of Michael Stich.

by Anonymousreply 3608/01/2020

ON the Juan Carlos Ferrero academy exhibition Carlos Alcaraz defeated Alex de Miñaur 63 26 64

by Anonymousreply 3708/01/2020

Day 1 of Qualification tournament in Palermo

M. Trevisan vs G. Gatto-Monticone 64 76

M. di Giuseppe vs C. Paquet 06 62 64

[4] O. Dodin vs [WC] F. Biliardo 63 61

[6] A. Sasnovich vs A. Komardina 75 62

[1] V. Gracheva vs [WC] M. Paoletti 60 61

L. Arruabarena vs [3] G. Minnen 60 26 61

T. Martincova vs L. Kung 46 62 61

[8] Y. Bonaventure vs I. de Vroome 36 76 62

N. Podoroska vs R. Jani 63 61 Y. Wickmayer vs B. Haas 06 62 63

by Anonymousreply 3808/01/2020

Have they confirmed which player tested positive for Covid in Palermo?

by Anonymousreply 3908/01/2020

R39 Vktoriya Tomova from Bulgaria. She was entered in the qualification draw.

by Anonymousreply 4008/01/2020

Kyrgios has pulled out of the US Open.

by Anonymousreply 4108/01/2020

In Spain, a mask is mandatory now. That might be the reason why Novaxx is wearing one.

by Anonymousreply 4208/01/2020

And it seems Zverev break up with his girlfriend.

Maybe this time he'll learn a lesson and don't start posting pics at the beginning of a relationship

by Anonymousreply 4308/02/2020

Looks like Madrid is going to be cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 4408/02/2020

Misery is still up for the US Open as of today.

by Anonymousreply 4508/02/2020

Nobody really cares about World Team Tennis, but the New York Empire team won (Kim Clijsters, Jack Sock, Coco Vandeweghe, Neal Skupski, Nicole Melichar)

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by Anonymousreply 4608/02/2020

Empire team

Next...

Misery team

by Anonymousreply 4708/02/2020

Jack Sock was named MVP ! (and Coco too)

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by Anonymousreply 4808/02/2020

Skipping to US Open sounded like a sensible idea before France and Spain started tallying 1,000 cases a day again. Considering Europeans have been much more responsible and willing to shut things down, it seems more likely cancellations will occur there than in the US. Certainly the ludicrous French plan to have thousands of spectators has to be thrown out now.

by Anonymousreply 4908/02/2020

Donna Vekic in Palermo: "Here they talk about us being in a bubble but it’s not at all. I don’t want to pretend that I’m locked in the room the whole day when I’m not. I went to dinner in the city...I’m not locked in the room and 90% of the players aren’t."

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by Anonymousreply 5008/03/2020

What's weird is that Vekic says she is going to the city for dinner in Palermo but then says she wants to see fines from the USTA for people going outside the bubble in NY.

Why are tennis players so childish? Here Zverev dodges questions about the Adria tour and walks out of the interview.

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by Anonymousreply 5108/03/2020

Madrid is cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 5208/03/2020

First round matches started in Palermo.

Vekic demolished Rus 61 62

Siegemund prevailed over Begu 63 64

by Anonymousreply 5308/03/2020

FAA is against coaching (i like him more now) and Zverev run out of an interview after being questioned about the Adria Tour (it was supposed to be a banned theme, they could only ask about the tournament, which is censorship no matter how they try to put it)

by Anonymousreply 5408/03/2020

Medvedev and Dimitrov have been fined for speeding, going 40-60km over the speed limit in Monaco. A bunch of drivers were caught by police speeding on the same highway.

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by Anonymousreply 5508/03/2020

Errani - Cirstea 75 16 64

Alexandrova-Mladonna 57 60 61

Cocciaretto-Hercog 76 63

by Anonymousreply 5608/03/2020

Murray gets a wild card for Cincy.

by Anonymousreply 5708/03/2020

Would you FUCK R57 stop calling it CINCY!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 5808/03/2020

Nadal isn't playing the US Open.

by Anonymousreply 5908/04/2020

Smart move, R59. They should cancel the tournament.

by Anonymousreply 6008/04/2020

Wawrinka not playing either.

by Anonymousreply 6108/04/2020

The last GS without Federer and Nadal was 21 years ago

by Anonymousreply 6208/04/2020

The red top on that car at R55 is hideous.

by Anonymousreply 6308/04/2020

Palermo Day II

Voundrosova lost to Juvan

Mertens lost to Sasnovich

Easy win for Martic

by Anonymousreply 6408/04/2020

they really should just cancel tennis for the rest of the year and all other sports

it's no fun having slams with 1/3 of the top 100 players there

by Anonymousreply 6508/04/2020

Is there any news about young Grigor? Was he arrested? Did he go to jail? Did anyone do something bad to him there's? I'm just curious. Like I would be for anyone. Concerned. On a human level only I mean there would no other reason. I have children. And a wife. A real one.

by Anonymousreply 6608/04/2020

Milos Raonic packed on some Corona pounds

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by Anonymousreply 6708/04/2020

The porcine Milos Raonic and the dwarf.

by Anonymousreply 6808/04/2020

Not only has Milos packed on the kilos but he also appears to be wearing a Guga Kuerten wig.

Lil' Diego is so hot. Here he is with Shopbottom. His titties are looking nice.

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by Anonymousreply 69Last Wednesday at 3:14 AM

Poor Raonic is getting dragged on SM. One of the replies was from Fognini who said it looked like Raonic had 'eaten an elephant' and Lil Diego had to disable comments.

by Anonymousreply 70Last Wednesday at 3:59 AM

It seems they want to make Rome a bigger tournament this year (like IW or Miami).

And Rafa is thinking of skipping Rome too, it's quite risky, but i don't think he has serious risk of losing in the first rounds and by fourth round he'll have rhythm enough to compete against top players

by Anonymousreply 71Last Wednesday at 9:24 AM

Djokovic has suggested he still might pull out of the US Open and won't confirm his decision for a couple of days.

by Anonymousreply 72Last Wednesday at 9:37 AM

R72 He will be incredibly stupid if he does that. At Roland Garros he is not the favourite unless Thiem goes on Nadal's draw.

Australian Open showed that the end is near for the big 3, the time when they will be contenders instead of the strong favourites will be there soon. Nole needs to win his 3 GS as soon as possible or he won't reach Federer

by Anonymousreply 73Last Wednesday at 9:54 AM

Titsy sharing a hammock in Mykonos with his friend Manolo (who's a professional POLE vaulter ;-)

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by Anonymousreply 74Last Wednesday at 10:08 AM

Well, he said it very clear, the one woman one friend rules is perfect for him

by Anonymousreply 75Last Wednesday at 10:27 AM

R74 when was that pic taken? I didn't see it on his instagram

what's the friend's last name?

by Anonymousreply 76Last Wednesday at 2:22 PM

never mind found him

good taste, Stefanos

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by Anonymousreply 77Last Wednesday at 2:25 PM

Cocciaretto ousts Vekic

by Anonymousreply 78Last Wednesday at 2:27 PM

R69, those shorts are quite see-through.

by Anonymousreply 79Last Wednesday at 3:11 PM

Diego dances...

Watch the short video for a sexy dance

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by Anonymousreply 80Last Wednesday at 3:16 PM

Diego is adorable and such a hottie.

by Anonymousreply 81Last Wednesday at 4:37 PM

[quote] It seems now the big 3 era is close to an end

[quote] Australian Open showed that the end is near for the big 3

It seems my Andy may be back, and his end is not near.

by Anonymousreply 82Last Wednesday at 9:31 PM

[quote]One of the replies was from Fognini who said it looked like Raonic had 'eaten an elephant'

LOL, leave it to the Fog to get cunty. But Pig Snout looks like he has pigged out.

by Anonymousreply 83Last Thursday at 2:37 AM

ATP Challenger Tour to start on 17 August with Prague tournment. A second tournment will be held in Prague the following week. Then Ostrava and Prostejov will follow

Todi (Italy) tournment will start on the same week. It will be follow by 3 other tournements in Italy: Trieste, Cordenons and Parma.

Vesely, Kohlschreiber, Fucsovics, Dzumhur, Haase, Herbert, Gulbis, Troicki, Klizan are entered in Prague.

Delbonis, Mager, Seppi, Carballes Baena, Travaglia, Caruso, Lorenzi and Cecchinato will be featured in Todi.

Prague Entry List (48 draw): Attila Balazs, Alex Bolt, Jay Clarke, Kimmer Coppejans, Enzo Couacaud, Steven Diez, Joao Domingues, Damir Dzumhur, Marton Fucsovics, Daniel Elahi Galan, Peter Gojowczyk, Ernests Gulbis, Robin Haase, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Filip Horansky, Denis Istomin, Ilya Ivashka, Martin Klizan, Dominik Koepfer, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Jozef Kovalik, Andrey Kuznetsov, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Henri Laaksonen, Yannick Maden, Pedro Martinez, Nikola Milojevic, Sumit Nagal, Sebastian Ofner, Dmitry Popko, Arthur Rinderknech, Blaz Rola, Lukas Rosol, Emil Ruusuvuori, Roman Safiullin, Mohamed Safwat, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Viktor Troicki, Botic Van de Zandschulp, Juan Pablo Varillas, Jiri Vesely

Todi Entry List (32 draw): Facundo Bagnis, Roberto Carballes Baena, Salvatore Caruso, Marco Cecchinato, Maxime Cressy, Federico Delbonis, Federico Gaio, Alessandro Giannessi, Lorenzo Giustino, Emilio Gomez, Yannick Hanfmann, Antoine Hoang, Lukas Lacko, Paolo Lorenzi, Gianluca Mager, Roberto Marcora, Joao Menezes, Alexei Popyrin, Jurij Rodionov, Andreas Seppi, Pedro Sousa, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Carlos Taberner, Stefano Travaglia, Mario Vilella Martinez

by Anonymousreply 84Last Thursday at 6:07 AM

I don’t know if skipping the US Open in order to play RG is more heroic. RG is going to have up to 60% of the stands full of spectators, creating more possibilities for transmission of the virus. (The US Open will not have spectators). And there’s a separate issue to consider: because RG has been pushed back in the calendar, weather conditions will be different—apparently it will be more humid. Is there any player that benefits?

by Anonymousreply 85Last Thursday at 6:46 AM

I still think the large-format tournaments might get cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 86Last Thursday at 6:47 AM

R85 I think it's more to do with the fact Covid is out of control in the US and no-one in their right mind would want to travel there at the moment.

by Anonymousreply 87Last Thursday at 6:55 AM

R87, it’s a volatile situation all over the world. NYC actually has done very well (just don’t take a side trip to New Jersey), while cases are rising again in France.

by Anonymousreply 88Last Thursday at 8:22 AM

I know RG want to pay off that new roof, but they are definitely going to have to compromise on that rule about having spectators. Can't imagine that will stay in place when the tournament comes around.

At this point it would be shocking if Djocovid didn't play the US Open, for any other reason than safety a la Ash Barty. It's basically a slam waiting to be picked up for him. He already got the virus, and his two biggest threats (Nadal and Wawrinka) are out. It would take a real peaking performance from someone like a Medvedev, Sissypants, or (most likely) Thiem to stop him. With no crowd he probably benefits the most too, given how much they bother him.

by Anonymousreply 89Last Thursday at 10:20 AM

Wild cards for the US Open have been announced. Mostly American players this year + Kim Clijsters & Andy Murray

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by Anonymousreply 90Last Thursday at 10:22 AM

Interesting that they're not doing the reciprocal WCs with Australia and France this year? Not that we will miss some sub-200 flop that they will rig the draw to put against a top player (Bouchard getting club-level French player Harmony Tan in the first round springs to mind), but I wonder if it has something to do with the French Open being such cunts about reserving the good date for their own slam and fucking up the calendar.

by Anonymousreply 91Last Thursday at 10:28 AM

I suppose Nakashima and Korda are expected. And the lack of play probably made the promising juniors unsuitable (if there's a qualification it'll be a different story).

by Anonymousreply 92Last Thursday at 10:40 AM

[quote] With no crowd he probably benefits the most too, given how much they bother him.

He seems to curry their favor though. Perhaps not having a crowd will affect him. Who would he boobs out to?

by Anonymousreply 93Last Thursday at 10:46 AM

[quote] ....it’s a volatile situation all over the world. NYC actually has done very well (just don’t take a side trip to New Jersey), while cases are rising again in France.

NY is doing better, yes, but all of that international travel in and out of NY is a problem. Folks who live, work, and visit NY are then gathering in subways, airports, etc. Air traffic has slowed, but cases are still being spread around, even more so in areas that have not been as strict as NY. The only way to get this to settle down is for people to stay the hell home as much as possible.

by Anonymousreply 94Last Thursday at 10:47 AM

R74. Did Stefano post this? Lying in a hammock with a hot man, with post orgasmic faces, on Mykonos? I demand more information!

by Anonymousreply 95Last Thursday at 11:29 AM

WTF, is Titsy coming out??!

by Anonymousreply 96Last Thursday at 1:05 PM

Palermo Last 8

Martic-Sasnovich

Kontavei-Cocciaretto

Ferro-Errani

Yastremska-Giorgi

by Anonymousreply 97Last Thursday at 3:33 PM

R96 Not going to happen, not now, not never.

I remember what Ian Thorpe said about the impossibility of coming out when you are considered a national hero. Well, Australia had a lot of amazing swimmers (none like Thorpe, that's true), Tsitsipas is the only greek tennis player who reached top 100, in history. There's no way he'll come out, and i think a bearding contract will be on his way

by Anonymousreply 98Last Friday at 5:29 AM

Svitolina and Bertens have pulled out of the US Open. Monfils too.

by Anonymousreply 99Last Friday at 5:47 AM

Wawrinka asked for wild card for the 2 Prague Challengers.

by Anonymousreply 100Last Friday at 6:03 AM

R100 Challengers? Odd... he is probably one of the 15 or so best players in the world right now lol. But these are different times I guess and with all the clay warmups looking perilous (eg Madrid being cancelled) he probably wants the matchplay where he can get it.

Is anyone sick of seeing people/websites/blogs repost that video of Federer "SURPRISING" two young Italian girls and hitting with them? Not realising it's a massive corporate ad for Barilla that they are all just happily sharing.

In other ad news, Call Me Coco getting a damn MICROSOFT campaign? This chick will be richer than Ion Tiriac by the time she's 19 lol. Also what's with this Serena story about her getting migraines for years and signing on as a spokeswoman for some drug? She getting that Big Pharma $$$?

by Anonymousreply 101Last Friday at 6:15 AM

Apparently Djokovic has threatened the ATP Top 20 will boycott the US Open if quarantine exemptions are not guaranteed for those returning to Europe for the French Open.

by Anonymousreply 102Last Friday at 6:39 AM

[quote] Did Stefano post this? Lying in a hammock with a hot man, with post orgasmic faces, on Mykonos? I demand more information!

R95, his friend has a bunch of photos of the two of them in recent weeks. I guess they've been on vacation together - or hanging around each other a lot - this summer. The photos gave me the impression that they're either really, really good friends (and the photos show no one else) or they're together as a couple. Either is fine, and I'm not passing judgement in any way. Everyone deserves to be happy.

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by Anonymousreply 103Last Friday at 9:41 AM

According to OK Grece magazine Stefanos and his girlfriend Theodora were enjoying a vacation in Mykonos with their friends.

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by Anonymousreply 104Last Friday at 10:00 AM

I get massive gay vibes from both Stef and Mano but I can't say for sure they are together. Mano is very quirky and silly on social media in general and close to a lot of athletes. He and Sakkari are also good friends and had dating rumours a while back, for example.

I can see Tsitsi coming out a few years down the track (when he has tumbled far down the rankings, like Stosur recently coming out), like most of the YouTubers he grew up watching and admiring. But not when he is his country's greatest athlete, meeting with the prime minister, lots of endorsements, etc. Especially a country like Greece (I am half Greek, btw). I certainly wouldn't imagine him to be in a public relationship with a black/biracial guy, as sadly old fashioned as that sounds.

by Anonymousreply 105Last Friday at 10:11 AM

Jan Michael Gambill still hasn't come out and he retired years ago.

by Anonymousreply 106Last Friday at 10:13 AM

R105 Not going to happen.

There will be too much pressure on him. A tennis player from a country with a lot of tennis players and with a good rating on gay rights is probably the best option.

Anyway, i don't want to be mean but Zverev and FAA started to tank after they start to post pics of the girlfriends on instagram, so he better keep his girlfriend, real or fake, out of social media

by Anonymousreply 107Last Friday at 10:22 AM

from @AtpThirst:

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by Anonymousreply 108Last Friday at 10:35 AM

Is Fed play the US Open? A great opportunity for him, though he would have to do it without being constantly fawned over.

by Anonymousreply 109Last Friday at 10:38 AM

Federer is injured

by Anonymousreply 110Last Friday at 10:40 AM

Straight men don't go to Mykonos with their girlfriends and then lay in a hammock togethe with freshly fucked faces and then post it on Instagram.

And you use rumors of Sakkari as evidence of straight?

Poor Maria, can't seem to find the right man.

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by Anonymousreply 111Last Friday at 10:46 AM

I always thought Maria would be the chosen one, they would make a beautiful lavender couple

by Anonymousreply 112Last Friday at 11:50 AM

Now that your latest fantasy turned out to be as straight as expected, can we back talking about our -restart?

There is a compelling match between Ferro and Errani right now

by Anonymousreply 113Last Friday at 11:54 AM

Tittypas on Mykonos makes me think of sex like Errani makes me hungry for a bowl of Lucky Charms.

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by Anonymousreply 114Last Friday at 12:14 PM

Speaking of elves, Goffin is still undecided.

R102. Where did you hear this?

Once again Djokovic is making everything about himself. How dare he expect to know if he'll be able to return to Europe to play the French Open if he goes to NY. He probably threatened all the other players to agree with him just so he can try to cheat his way to another grand slam which he obviously does not deserve. He probably even spread the virus on purpose, knowing he already had it. The other day, he was driving 150 miles an hour in Monaco but only the other players got caught. I'm certain Djokovic called the police to make sure the other guys got tickets. Also, He says he's vegan but I know for sure he drinks babies blood, like his parents. Never ever forget the time he stopped play in the rain. Never, ever.

by Anonymousreply 115Last Friday at 1:01 PM

The concern about RG is legitimate. The tournament are very close together in time, aren't they?

by Anonymousreply 116Last Friday at 1:29 PM

R116 There's three weeks between the two. If they have to quarantine for 14 days that really messes up their preparation. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more players pull out of the US Open since I can't see how they'd be able to guarantee exemptions for so many players from so many different countries.

by Anonymousreply 117Last Friday at 1:54 PM

makes sense to me R117

by Anonymousreply 118Last Friday at 1:56 PM

No, US Open final is 9/13, Roland Garros starts 9/21, 9/29 main, final on 10/11.

It's either safe or it's not and it's obviously NOT, because nothing has changed in the past few months except attitudes. The virus is just as dangerous and prevalent as ever. We've done great in NY by staying home and wearing masks. They should cancel everything for the year.

by Anonymousreply 119Last Friday at 2:34 PM

Martic, Kontaviet, Ferro and Giorgi are the last 4 standing in Palermo

by Anonymousreply 120Last Friday at 3:44 PM

r9, IW is the biggest after US Open

by Anonymousreply 121Last Friday at 4:59 PM

I think players who love clay are going to skip USO. Players who suck on clay or who love hard are going to play the USO

by Anonymousreply 122Last Friday at 6:15 PM

[quote] I think players who love clay are going to skip USO

Who are clay specialist?

by Anonymousreply 123Last Friday at 6:18 PM

[quote] Players who suck on clay or who love hard

That doesn't include any WTA players because they're lesbians. All of them!

by Anonymousreply 124Last Friday at 6:23 PM

"Who all" is for cancelling the US Open and/or the French Open?

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by Anonymousreply 125Last Saturday at 12:19 AM

R113 Turned up to have a girlfriend (or at least that's what the press in his country said, and the press in his country seems quite desperate for a girlfriend becuase they linked him with Sakkari before). Saying that the only gay player who came out, Vahaly, had a girlfriend during his whole time in the circuit

by Anonymousreply 126Last Saturday at 1:21 AM

you mees me beetches, no?

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by Anonymousreply 127Last Saturday at 3:03 AM

This will be a compelling day of tennis.

by Anonymousreply 128Last Saturday at 7:08 AM

Kontaviet vs Ferro for Palermo's final showdown

by Anonymousreply 129Last Saturday at 10:56 AM

Prague draw is out. Pretty stacked for such a small event

Halep, Hercog, Sevastova, Pavlyuchenkova, Yastremska, Begu, Siegemund, Strycova, Bouchard, Siniakova, Giorgi, Mertens, Kasatkina and Martic.

by Anonymousreply 130Last Saturday at 11:03 AM

Ben R is seemingly opposed to any tennis being played right now whatsoever. He's very scoldy.

by Anonymousreply 131Last Saturday at 1:16 PM

Jan Michael Gambill doesn't hide his partner. Why does he or anyone else need to make a grand pronouncement to the media about their sexuality? They're just trying to live their lives. As long as they're not being hypocritical like Aaron Schock, let them do their own thing.

by Anonymousreply 132Last Saturday at 3:08 PM

R132 I don't believe he's obligated to have some huge coming out event and I know these things are complex and personal. However I do think were he to come out publicly, it'd be good for the sport - he'd be the most famous male player to do so.

I understand that's probably what's stopping him from doing so as he seems to be pretty happy with things how they are, but you can't deny if he were to come out it'd have an immeasurable effect on those who haven't had the courage to do so yet.

by Anonymousreply 133Last Saturday at 3:25 PM

[quote] ...on those who haven't had the courage to do so yet

So you ARE shaming them for not coming out publicly, as in they lack courage.

by Anonymousreply 134Last Saturday at 4:25 PM

Lexington draw out!

top section is loaded Serena vs. Pera will get winner of Venus/Azarenka. Stephens is also in the quarter

Anisomova, Zvonareva, Putintseva, Konta, Jabeur, Gauff and Sabalenka in the other 3 sections

by Anonymousreply 135Last Saturday at 7:10 PM

R134 There's a lot of reasons to not come out and yes, lack of courage is one of them.

This is not soccer, football or basketball. You don't have to deal with teammates or coaches, you don't have to deal with far right hooligans, coming out won't make more difficult to get a contract from another team, and so on.

It's difficult nobody denies that, because a player can lose his focus on the game, and because not everybody is going to react well, but right now a gay tennis player won't lose sponsors (probably the other way around), and tennis is a sport where you can win a lot of money if you are good only with your results.

Unlike gymnast or divers or even most athletes, a tennis player doesn't depend of anyone but himself.

So yes, if a player really wants to come out he could do it without too many problems. But that's exactly the problem, you need to be a special kind of person, someone who feels uncomfortable lying (because you will lie sooner or later).

And i'm not talking even about a big coming out, just doing what straights do, letting your partner go to your matches.

Of course, every player is a different world, and it's not the same if the player is from France, Spain or the USA than if he is from Russia, Belarus or China. And of course there are personal reasons. Most tennis players come from conservative enviroments

by Anonymousreply 136Last Sunday at 2:26 AM

I'd like to see Malek eat out JM's ass in the commentary booth. THAT would be coming out!

by Anonymousreply 137Last Sunday at 3:51 AM

I'm with R137 - and willing to pay to see it.

by Anonymousreply 138Last Sunday at 5:03 AM

That Top Seed Open draw is ridiculous... USTA loves a good rigging. Poor Venus and Azarenka always getting screwed. I hope Sabalenka stops the Coco train in round 2.

Palermo is far from my favourite tournament but i'm impressed at how they've put it on this week without a hitch. I'm watching the final now and it's an enjoyable level (Fiona Ferro will soon be the French #1 if she keeps playing like this) and as close to the regular tour as we could possibly get. Hopefully a good omen for the other events going forward, especially the bigger events and combined WTA/ATP ones.

by Anonymousreply 139Last Sunday at 11:12 AM

where has this form from Ferro come from? She's 23 and barely done anything previously and now here she is winning the first title since the tour resumed!

To win her first title she defeated Alexandrova, Errani Giorgi and know Kontaveit

I am expecting this next couple months to see a bunch of unexpected results. Long layoffs affect players differently. We'll probably see some previously not very successful men and women upsetting a few top 50 players like this week

by Anonymousreply 140Last Sunday at 11:22 AM

Do we know if young Grigor will be making the trek to New York for the US Open or should I wait to quarentine for Paris? For work I mean. No other reason. I have kids like Serena.

by Anonymousreply 141Last Sunday at 11:36 AM

Celebrering with the Trophy

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by Anonymousreply 142Last Sunday at 11:43 AM

R140 She emerged in 2019. She won Lausanne and she reached R3 at US Open (beating Gavrilova and Mladenovic). She is #53 in the ranking. She will go up to #44 now

by Anonymousreply 143Last Sunday at 11:47 AM

R140 I remember her from U14 tournaments. She is a brainless ballbasher, when she is on she is very dangerous, but she is not usually on. I remember CSN defeating her very easily (she only had to put the ball on the other side of the net and let Ferro destroy herself)

by Anonymousreply 144Last Sunday at 11:57 AM

David Ferrer is coaching Zverev, but he's still 156 in the world. A few more no shows and he could get a wc.

by Anonymousreply 145Last Sunday at 12:01 PM

R145 I don't think they'll last. Zverev is a spoiled brat and Ferrer has bad temper. If everything goes their way they'll be ok but once the problems start (and they will start soon) it'll be a time bomb

by Anonymousreply 146Last Sunday at 12:04 PM

Are you on Kafelnikov team or Martin team?

by Anonymousreply 147Last Sunday at 12:04 PM

R143, is she journeywoman?

by Anonymousreply 148Last Sunday at 12:07 PM

[quote] Zverev is a spoiled brat

I saw Zverev talking on a headset to his coach the other day during that recent team match, and he seemed like a real dick -- cocky and self-important - especially for being only 23 and not being in the top tier for very long.

by Anonymousreply 149Last Sunday at 2:14 PM

I have a daughter.

by Anonymousreply 150Yesterday at 12:03 AM

R149 Just watch how he talked to his father at the atp cup and you know everything you need to know about him. Making your father cry on court blaming him from your own mistakes is a new low.

Anyway, you can't expect nothing better from someone who trashed his best friend on an interview like he did

by Anonymousreply 151a day ago

Bouchard wins 60 63 in Prague vs Kudermetova

by Anonymousreply 15217 hours ago

The tackiness of the WTA Lexington is epic. Brave Jo Konta needed medical time out for heart palpitations after ONE game. There is a busy roadway behind the court, you see traffic in full flow. There's a fire station next to the court McNally is playing on - and of course it a fire truck went off blaring. I know Serena an Venus grew up in Compton and saw worse things than can be imagined, but this is a joke. 1st prize is $25,000!!! That's what the US Open women's champ made in 1973.

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