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The Gays and Tennis Part 64: RG men's final and fall tournaments

last thread paywalled

so we have another new WTA slam champ in Iga Swiatek. This is also her first singles title.

men's final is the predictable Nadal vs. Djokovic

other tournaments set to start too

by Anonymousreply 32412 hours ago

Team Rafa.

I feel an intense loathing of Djokovic and NEED him to lose.

by Anonymousreply 110/10/2020

what r1 said.

by Anonymousreply 210/10/2020

St. Petersburg draw is out.

Medvedev is top seed and opens against Gasquet

Sinner vs. Opelka!

Coric vs. Lopez!

Rublev vs. Pospisil!

Shapovalov vs. Querrey!

Cologne draw interesting matches

A. Zverev is top seed

Verdasco vs. Murray!

Millman vs. M Zverev who I guess is back playing

Simon vs. Fucsovics

Sardinia draw

Fognini is top seed

Tiafoe vs. Moutet

Cuevas vs. new phenom Musetti

by Anonymousreply 310/10/2020

Hmm I think Novak’s bum is looking better. It’s perhaps shallow to observe that for the longest time that his ass has looked like two poached eggs.

by Anonymousreply 410/10/2020

Rafa will win, of course. He's going to keep winning the French Open for the next 10 years at this rate.

by Anonymousreply 510/10/2020

Rafa team or Nole/Novaxx team?

by Anonymousreply 610/10/2020

Rafa for 20 in '20.

by Anonymousreply 710/10/2020

I would like Rafa to win but I am not optimistic. Novaxx is a beast but he has been a drama queen this summer. I know, I know...he has always been a drama queen but lately bitch is unbearable. And the boobs out needs to stop. Where are his agents?

by Anonymousreply 810/10/2020

Who's he boobs outing to now that the audience is limited?

by Anonymousreply 910/10/2020

The bald man will lose.

by Anonymousreply 1010/10/2020

R9 exactly

by Anonymousreply 1110/10/2020

r9, it's now an all-organic pan-galactic love fest when he wins. He yanks down whatever it is from the skies, bends to touch the red clay, then yanks something else down from the heavens before he starts distributing whatever it is from his boobs to at least three areas of the crowd. With each tournament, it seems, this quasi-religious ceremony takes on extra permutations, and has now reached levels of complexity that can only be compared to Nadal's jock-strap yanking, ear twitching and nose-and-forehead touching before each serve. I'm sure that virgins and volcanoes will soon feature in the display.

by Anonymousreply 1210/11/2020

Go Djokovic! I love a villain. Slay the OCD freak!

by Anonymousreply 1310/11/2020

I hope it's a good match. I don't really care who wins, but I will tune in to see Pam Shriver eat Rafa's ass at the trophy presentation.

by Anonymousreply 1410/11/2020

yesterdays match was shit, what the fuck was that? tennis? Today we have tennis. Who is able to watch that stuff is beyon d me..

by Anonymousreply 1510/11/2020

pussy tenis is boring as hell. Swiatek lost in rome in first round , halep won overall and week later she is a genius? Maybe weather condituions were suitable for..her balls were wery slow , it was weird to look at. If that argentinian got to QF, it says a lot about that tournament. She was afwul.

by Anonymousreply 1610/11/2020

It's curious that Nole has reached the semifinals more in the US Open and Roland Garros than on Wimbledon and the Austrlian Open.

I think Rafa will win, but i won't be surprised if Nole ends winning. Generally he was very anxious on RG, but now he has the title he should be more calm

by Anonymousreply 1710/11/2020

Carlos Alcaraz won his second challenger against Damir Dzumhur 46 62 61 and he reach 158 in the rankings. If he keeps progressing he'll be top 100 before his reaching 18

by Anonymousreply 1810/11/2020

Glowering skies over Chatrier. It's just as well; it was sunny yesterday, and there were odd shadows on the court.

by Anonymousreply 1910/11/2020

Now they are closing the roof.

by Anonymousreply 2010/11/2020

mcenroe claiming swiatek is a "CHAMPION" now and could win multiple majors? up to 6 or more! oh brother! just shut up 'johnny mac".. with your past you should have been banned from the sport and that includes your non stop your opinion isn't opinion but fact about everything motor mouth commentary! and take your nepotism thank god my last name is mcenroe brother patrick with you and while your at it, take i was in the right place at the right time years ago and success by association to you john mary carillo!...

by Anonymousreply 2110/11/2020

It's time to bring new blood in the NBC booth. Carillo and McEnroe are tired. The ass kissing sent Mac's way by Mr. Hannah Storm and Carillo is sickening.

by Anonymousreply 2210/11/2020

Well, it's too soon to take conclussions but Rafa is destrying Nole right now

by Anonymousreply 2310/11/2020

The Dropshot ain’t gonna work today sis. She may need to rethink her strategy !!

by Anonymousreply 2410/11/2020

Is something the matter with Djoko? I am rooting for Nadal but, not even in my wildest dreams, I could have predicted 6-0 to start things off

by Anonymousreply 2510/11/2020

I’ve seen Rafa playing in Paris and his butt is stunning. Add his sexy voice and it is extra pleasure. Team Rafa.

by Anonymousreply 2610/11/2020

Novax's plan to lull Rafa into a sense of security is working well.

by Anonymousreply 2710/11/2020

R27 Yes, losing 0-6 does it

by Anonymousreply 2810/11/2020

compare THIS with wta match from yesterday lol

by Anonymousreply 2910/11/2020

nadal has broken Novaxx again....something's up with Novaxx

by Anonymousreply 3010/11/2020

Mac is a motormouth, but I give him props for the protest he and Martina did at the Australian.

by Anonymousreply 3110/11/2020

Novak must have a fever.

by Anonymousreply 3210/11/2020

Enough with the drop shot!!!!

by Anonymousreply 3310/11/2020

Novak plays very good, only nadal is amazing

by Anonymousreply 3410/11/2020

I have to go - tell me what happens.

by Anonymousreply 3510/11/2020

Who do you think Federer is pulling for?

by Anonymousreply 3610/11/2020

damn, rafa got fat in the lockdown!

by Anonymousreply 3710/11/2020

Rafa is humiliating Novak so far, and I am lovin' it!

by Anonymousreply 3810/11/2020

omg wtf is she wearing?

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by Anonymousreply 3910/11/2020

On a personal level, Roger probably wants Rafa to win. Though if Nadal ties in GS, a case can be made that Rafa, not Roger is GOAT.

by Anonymousreply 4010/11/2020


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by Anonymousreply 4110/11/2020

probably rigged. he's taking big bucks to tank the match. i wouldn't put it past him.

by Anonymousreply 4210/11/2020

Roger is definitely pulling for Rafa, no questions asked. There's no way Roger is clinging to a GS record at this late time in his career., he' s gotta know that will be snatched from him.

by Anonymousreply 4310/11/2020

And Novak made it easy for Roger turn dislike him for infinity early in their careers.

by Anonymousreply 4410/11/2020

Novaxx looking like a deer in the headlights now.

by Anonymousreply 4510/11/2020

Novak is making simple mistakes. So far easy 2-0 for Rafa. This might be one of the shortest finals. Rafa to win!

by Anonymousreply 4610/11/2020

Evil has been winning in so many categories around the world for so long now. Please Rafa, flip the karma.

by Anonymousreply 4710/11/2020

J'adore Rafa.

by Anonymousreply 4810/11/2020

R39 She looks like boy in dress

by Anonymousreply 4910/11/2020

I’m very happy.

My OCD would like to see 6-0, 6-2, 6-4.

by Anonymousreply 5010/11/2020

C'mon Rafa, finish this in the third. I've a got a thanksgiving dinner (Canada) to pull together today.

by Anonymousreply 5110/11/2020

Marry me r50!

by Anonymousreply 5210/11/2020

Nadal will have 25 GSs when he retires.

by Anonymousreply 5310/11/2020

Iga is not exactly Anna K. The dress at least shows some personality.

Novak breaks back (finally). Will we get a match?

by Anonymousreply 5410/11/2020

Jeez, tennis is an expensive sport. None of you have $18 to post?

Go Rafa! 3 Championship Points!

by Anonymousreply 5510/11/2020

Match point. buh bye!

by Anonymousreply 5610/11/2020



by Anonymousreply 5710/11/2020

Now who's your GOAT?

I know, I know....

by Anonymousreply 5810/11/2020

I jinxed it! Oh well...

Go Rafa! Lucky 13!

by Anonymousreply 5910/11/2020

[quote]Now who's your GOAT?

They're a cute couple. Let them have it together.

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by Anonymousreply 6010/11/2020

Let the Rafa/Roger GOAT debate begin:

Roger has the overall wins edge, but has played much longer.

Both finished number 1 five times, but Roger leads in over all days at number one.

Rafa has a singles gold medal; Roger has tons more YEC.

Each has the career grand slam.

Rafa destroys him head to head overall, on clay, and on hard courts. Rafa also wins in grand slam head to head and finals head to head. This is what, for me, gives Rafa the very slight edge.

by Anonymousreply 6110/11/2020

Rafa will be my GOAT irregardless of GS wins

by Anonymousreply 6210/11/2020


by Anonymousreply 6310/11/2020

I agree R62. Rafa, as of now, is the GOAT.

by Anonymousreply 6410/11/2020

The GOAT debate will be between Nadal and Djokovic. No one will talk about Federer 2 years from now.

by Anonymousreply 6510/11/2020

Rafa's wife is pregnant

by Anonymousreply 6610/11/2020

Happy for Rafa and Xisca!

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by Anonymousreply 6710/11/2020

Get back to us when Djokovic reaches #20, R65.

by Anonymousreply 6810/11/2020

Which wife is pregnant - Xisca, Mary or Maria?

by Anonymousreply 6910/11/2020

Who is GOAT - clay specialist or the Swiss?

by Anonymousreply 7010/11/2020

Nadal is a clay specialist so he can't be the greatest of all time.

by Anonymousreply 7110/11/2020

[quote] I’ve seen Rafa playing in Paris and his butt is stunning. Add his sexy voice and it is extra pleasure. Team Rafa.

What does his ass look like in person? Did you hear him speak in Spanish or English, because his voice certainly isn’t sexy in English? He sounds like a muppet. Penelope Cruz sounds fine in Spanish but in English also sounds like a muppet.

by Anonymousreply 7210/11/2020

[quote] Nadal is a clay specialist so he can't be the greatest of all time.

Nadal is clay specialist but not journeyman.

by Anonymousreply 7310/11/2020

[quote]clay specialist

7 GS titles and an Olympic gold across hardcourts and grass aren't chump change.

by Anonymousreply 7410/11/2020

[quote] Who do you think Federer is pulling for?

Not me.

by Anonymousreply 7510/11/2020

[quote] omg wtf is she wearing?

Bath robe, duh.

by Anonymousreply 7610/11/2020

Rafa leads in the H2H AND in GS Finals. Clear edge to Rafa.

by Anonymousreply 7710/11/2020

Only moronic non-tennis fans call Rafa a clay court specialist. He's won 2 Wimbys and been in 5 finals. His 4-1 at the Open. 1-4 at the Aussie. Sure, a clay court specialist who has 15 finals appearances and 7 wins in the the 3 non-clay Slams.

Those 7 wins? Just as much as McEnroe and Wilander. One behind Agassi and Connors. And ahead of Edberg and Becker.

by Anonymousreply 7810/11/2020

[quote] 7 GS titles and an Olympic gold across hardcourts and grass aren't chump change.

[quote] Only moronic non-tennis fans call Rafa a clay court specialist.

"Clay specialist" is a DL "gays and tennis" meme. People aren't serious when they write that.

by Anonymousreply 7910/11/2020

Not convinced by the significance of overall heat to heads. If Fed does better on clay than Rafa on grass (which I think he does), for example, there will be more h2hs on Rafa's best service.

by Anonymousreply 8010/11/2020

r80 huh?

by Anonymousreply 8110/11/2020

R80 Rafa leads in their outdoor hardcourt H2H (8-6). Fed does lead overall on hardcourt (11-9), which is very close considering the fact that Fed should destroy Rafa on HC - which is basically just grass these days in terms of speed. Fed leads 3-1 on grass.

So Fed leads 14-10 on his two best surfaces. Rafa leads 14-2 on his best surface. That sort of says it all to me. Rafa is incredibly competitive on Roger's best surfaces. Roger doesn't stand a chance on Rafa's. Also, just think if Rafa had two Slams that were on clay? He's have about 30 Slams. And Roger has three Slams!

Rafa also leads Fed H2H in:

Slam wins: 10-4

Slam Finals wins: 6-3

It's simply Rafa by just about every metric, at least in terms of H2H.

by Anonymousreply 8210/11/2020

I once was watching a video of Medvedev with the close captioning on because it was hard to make out what was being said, and the close captioning had his last name as "Papa Devil".

by Anonymousreply 8310/11/2020

Rafa has perhaps the greatest male achievemnt of the Open era and no one mentions it. In 2010 he won French, Wim and US - 3 majors on 3 different surfaces. Not a Grand Slam but damn the other two never did that.

by Anonymousreply 8410/11/2020

I agree R84. Not to mention the fact he's one one major 13 times! Every player has a preferred surface and no one has ever come close to that. It's remarkable.

by Anonymousreply 8510/11/2020

Its doubles match

by Anonymousreply 8610/11/2020

[quote]Rafa's wife is pregnant

been there, done that

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by Anonymousreply 8710/11/2020

R72 It is bubble butt and easily seen through his shorts. I meant the sound which comes out when he hits the ball, it sounds erotic. He spoke French with very heavy Spanish accent. People yelled lots of support to him and when he changed his shirt there were screams around the arena.

by Anonymousreply 8810/11/2020

R72 And I think he changed his shorts and had towel around his waste. Nevertheless some people sounded hysterical. He knows how to entertain.

by Anonymousreply 8910/11/2020

R87 he is the daddy?

by Anonymousreply 9010/11/2020

it's nauseating how a lot of the tennis establishment keep rooting for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. I like Martina but when she said Nadal vs. DJokovic "is the final we all wanted" I was like, uh no. There are a lot of people who aren't just fair weather fans and want new guys to finally step up and win slams. Men's tennis has been incredibly boring for a decade now with only the occasional surprise.

For the last couple years there have been a bunch of guys who've come close but then fail at the end.

Thiem has shown he's "the best of the rest" but we need some major change next year. I'm tired of writing this.

by Anonymousreply 9110/11/2020

The simple fact is, R91, no one is as good. Thiem won when Rafa and Fed didn't play and Nole got kicked out. Thiem is fantastic, and may have won regardless, but no one can do it consistently. Not yet, anyway.

At some point the Big 3's reign HAS to come to an end (perhaps Fed's chances are finally finished), but until then? I say we just enjoy Rafa and Nole and Fed. As we saw at the Open, the next gen don't seem to have the same game as the Big 3. That Thiem/Zverev match was boring AF for the most part.

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by Anonymousreply 9310/11/2020

nadal may have a nice ass, but the rest of him is blah... one would think he would have ripped abs and muscular arms/shoulders/back (when not in motion) with the style he plays but he doesn't....

by Anonymousreply 9410/11/2020

I've never liked his face (it's monkey like), R94, but his ass is very nice.

by Anonymousreply 9510/11/2020

There's a kid on Instagram, DopeyJoey, who is the subject of a DL Instaho-type thread. He looks a bit like a young Andy Roddick (sans his major title and International Tennis Hall of Fame membership).

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Shirtless DopeyJoey

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by Anonymousreply 9810/11/2020

You know what's also tiring, R91? Annoying people who complain about the Big 3 winning everything.

Instead of enjoying the level of tennis the Big 3 produce, you moan about it being boring that there's no new winner.

Thiem-Zverev final is the definition of exciting to you?

by Anonymousreply 9910/11/2020

Yeah today's match was real exciting. So competitive, right?

by Anonymousreply 10010/11/2020

So happy Rafa won! He is humble. Unbelievable shot-making and tactics. He's a thinker.

He's also hot AF.

by Anonymousreply 10110/11/2020

Diego Schwartzmann also very cute.

by Anonymousreply 10210/11/2020

Yes, because Nadal delivered an incredible out-of-this-world performance, R100.

The same could never be said for either Thiem/Zverev. Or any NextGen, period.

by Anonymousreply 10310/11/2020

I can't imagine that the Big 3 will continue with Fed's return next year. He'll be turning 40 and is likely to lose a lot of 2019's ranking points in just in the first quarter of 2021 alone unless he's gone bionic. With Nadal and Djokovic farther into their mid-30s, how much longer before time takes its toll on their level of play?

by Anonymousreply 10410/11/2020

I think hardcourts will be more of a neutralizer next year.

Djokovic's defense and drop shots beat Tsitsipas. A lot of Tsitsipas' shots would have been out of reach on a hardcourt

by Anonymousreply 10510/11/2020

For as shittily as Djokovic played today, he still made the final. Tsitsipas, Zverev, Thiem all took a seat.

If you want to complain about the Big 3, take a seat until someone beats them. Boring or not, these 3 actually win big matches, and don't hide from match points against them (and think about that shitfest US Open final if you want to watch the "next gen" who can't be bothered to find some mental toughness and fight for a title).

I personally loathe Djokovic, indifferent to Nadal, and admire Federer, but I appreciate all 3 as actual fucking champions. Shoot me dead if I have to watch Thiem-Zverev fight to see who shits the bed least.

by Anonymousreply 10610/11/2020

Nadal has never won the World Tour Final or Miami so he can't be the GOAT

by Anonymousreply 10710/11/2020

But Nadal has the Olympic gold medal, R107!!!

by Anonymousreply 10810/11/2020

Djokovic should be ashamed of the way he played today.

by Anonymousreply 10910/11/2020

R107? Miami? Sorry that doesn't matter for GOAT status.

As for the WEC, it's definitely a hole in his resume. (Just as Fed and Nole not having Olympic Singles Gold is for them.) But he's only played it 8 or 9 times and it's on his nightmare surface. I believe he's made it to the final a couple of times so he's been competitive for sure.

by Anonymousreply 11010/11/2020

Did either papist Nadal or Federer ever win a Virginia Slims tournament?

I thought not.

by Anonymousreply 11110/11/2020

The Olympic gold medal doesn’t matter.

by Anonymousreply 11210/11/2020

R112, ask any player and most would totally disagree with you. Hell, even Granny Williams is continuing to play so she can play in Tokyo.

by Anonymousreply 11310/12/2020

I want new winners, but i want them to rise the level not the big 3 lowering theirs.

Right now only Thiem seems regular on GS (i'm pretty sure he would do better at RG is he had the time to prepare it well).

The moment Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Zverev and Thiem became consistent at GS the probabilities of a big 3 winning will be lower because they will have to fight on early rounds to get to the final, and at that age is not that easy to have the energy to do it.

I think on hard courts they will be fight, there are more players that are able to put them in trouble than on clay or even grass

By the way, the rumours of Rafa's wife pregnancy are very very long, the kid should be born and have a couple of months by now (sooner or later the rumours will be right i suppose).

By the way, Nole's wife show she has way more class than his parents and Ivanisevic (i still don't understand his words, he puts a lot of pressure on Nole for no reason) and congratulated Rafa

by Anonymousreply 11410/12/2020

Tiafoe wins in Parma

by Anonymousreply 11510/12/2020

I'm curious about next gen finals. The first 7 on the ranking qualify and then the italians chose one of their youn players but with Sinner being the 5 in the race they will chose another italian or they will go with the ranking?

by Anonymousreply 11610/12/2020

They canceled NextGen finals, didn't they?

by Anonymousreply 11710/12/2020

[quote]They canceled NextGen finals, didn't they?

Yeah, I think it's been postponed until November 2021

The ATP Finals will still take place at the O2 Arena in London from 15-22 November

by Anonymousreply 11810/12/2020

Nakshima on clay is not that good

by Anonymousreply 11910/12/2020

I'm guessing if Xisca is pregnant, they're a passionate couple, indeed!

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[quote]they're a passionate couple, indeed!


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La Pareja Feliz

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by Anonymousreply 12210/12/2020

R120 you are mean

by Anonymousreply 12310/12/2020

I THINK some of the "variables" that hurts nadal in the goat talk are 1) none of the others claim to goat status (roger and novak) have lost as many times in early rounds as nadal has at the greatest slam wimbledon 2) 13 of his slams are now at 1 slam... 3) he seems to "duck" more than the others in regards of won't play a tournament because of the surface or pulls out saying he's injured when he's not playing well.. 4) his particular style is NOT all time how should i say "classic" what i mean is his style of play, the way he holds the racket, the way he strokes the ball, his stroke production is a TOTAL product of today's out of control racket technology and strings... roger and novak could play with any racket and strings, with their style of play and stroke production, whether it be a 1950's wood racket with cat gut or a early 1980's heavy graphite racket, i suspect nadal could not.... so perhaps this bias hurts rafa in the goat talk...

just saying... p.s. i still think sampras is the greatest fast court player of all time at his best and given today's rackets and strings...

by Anonymousreply 12410/12/2020

Sam Querrey tests positive for Covid.

by Anonymousreply 12510/12/2020

His style of play is unique, i don't think that plays against him at all.

And yes, nobody dominates ever (or it's going to dominate) a GS like Rafa dominate Roland Garros, even without all the rest of his GS, he will be fourth on the number on GS won.

But without RG, he is even ahead of legends like Becker and Edberg.

I think his main flaw is the fact that he never won the nitto finals.

Losing at the early stages of Wimbledon is not a problem. He was never born to be a great grass court player (i remember Muller saying he would never win Wimbledon), but he has two wimbledons , was a finalist three times and a seifinalist two more and those numbers are better than some grass specialist have.

The debate about the goat is something difficult to solve (unless one of the three ends with more GS than the rest) because all of them have pros and contras. For example it's difficult to argue that Federer is the best ever when he has negative h2h against his two main rivals

by Anonymousreply 12610/12/2020

R126... well that's a knock of federer his head to head with rafa and novak.. although arguments can be made that 1) most of nadal's wins more than half i believe came on clay, if they had played on carpet or grass, the head to head would be quite different... 2) that if it wasn't for nadal, federer would be and was the greatest clay court player, the same could NOT be said for rafa being the best grass court player, hard court player or carpet player if it wasn't for federer.. 2) in regards to novak, some have suggested that the head to head is still close and that novak overtook roger head to head only after roger had passed his peak...

off topic, but one could go round and round in discussing martina vs chris head to head.. so so many variables and pros and cons.. personally while the head to head numbers was 43-37 martina, i think a 6 win differential over 80 matches and 18 years is pretty much a statistical tie..

towards the end, it really depended on what surface they were playing on, the faster martina won, the slower evert won, which one has to take into account when martina lead 12-7 in their final matches (and at their best?) from 1985 to 1988.. they played more on surfaces that favored martina (grass and indoors) thus martina won more.. in actuality if one took into the most "neutral" surface that being hard courts, evert actually had the 3-2 edge from 85 to 88... what hurts evert were those 13 straight losses to martina, than again, one could argue, that it was because evert was still playing with wood, which than again isn't martina's fault, so as i stated one could go round and round and round until doomsday....

personally i think it's non-sensical and ridiculous to name ANY 1 PLAYER the greatest of all time in a individual sport that has literally countless variables known and unknown... at best only a top 10 list should be made male and female of all time greatness and NOT in numerical order...

by Anonymousreply 12710/12/2020

[quote] Sam Querrey tests positive for Covid.

Thoughts and prayers.

by Anonymousreply 12810/12/2020

Do you guys like Grigor's outfit?

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R129.....well, it was coming out day yesterday. Read between the obvious-sodomite lines?

by Anonymousreply 13010/12/2020

R125, thoughts and prayers, but it is what it is. I hope he doesn’t let it dominate his life.

by Anonymousreply 13110/12/2020

[quote]The Olympic gold medal doesn’t matter.

Tell that to Novak, 2008 Olympic BRONZE medalist.

All the big names were there to compete. They all wanted it.

by Anonymousreply 13210/12/2020

Someone at LPSG posted a picture of PCB in cycling shorts

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by Anonymousreply 13310/12/2020

Four new players have been elected to the ATP Player Council: Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jeremy Chardy, John Millman and Andy Murray. They were elected by the existing members of the Council to fill the roles vacated following the resignations of Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Vasek Pospisil and Sam Querrey prior to the US Open.

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Are all the player forming the new “union” right wingers?

by Anonymousreply 13510/12/2020

Didn't Felix also join Novaxx's breakaway?

by Anonymousreply 13610/12/2020

R133 for the win. HAF.

by Anonymousreply 13710/12/2020

That pic of Pablo is almost porn.

Sinner became a new top 50, he is one of the youngest players in the last two decades. I think he could have reach that mark sooner if it wasn't for covid (and his bad luck on GS draws)

by Anonymousreply 13810/12/2020

FAA entered the top 25 when he was only 18 but seems to have plateaued. Rooting for him to reach the next level soon.

by Anonymousreply 13910/12/2020

FAA had a very different path, unlike Sinner he was a top junior and received tons of wc. He was on the verge of top 100 for a good while, but then he had some very good months and he went very fast top 50, even top 30.

Unfortunately his progression stopped there (but with this crazy 2020 is understable)

by Anonymousreply 14010/12/2020

FAA hasn't left the top 25 since he entered in May of last year, has reached as high as #17.

by Anonymousreply 14110/12/2020

Yes, but he didn't have to defend most of the points he won last year

by Anonymousreply 14210/12/2020

The rankings are really weird this year because of COVID and the best of 2019/2020 system. Ash Barty will be the year-end #1 even though she only played for the first two months of the year. Andreescu will stay in the top 10 even though she hasn't played any matches this year.

by Anonymousreply 14310/12/2020

It amuses me how all talk of the PTPA just vanished once they realised it didn't get the reaction they wanted.

by Anonymousreply 14410/12/2020

Which is also true of anyone else on the ATP tour, R142. ATP should have only carried over 2019 results for those tournaments that were cancelled in 2020. The way they've reconfigured makes no sense.

by Anonymousreply 14510/12/2020

R124, Rafa has made 5 Wimbledon finals! And lost his three to Fed and Nole - two of the best grass court players ever. He's played in 11 hardcourt Slam finals! And, again, lost five of six to Nole or Fed! He never loses to lesser players in Slam Finals. And some may think Wimby is the "best" Slam, but a Slam is a Slam. I personally think the US Open is the best. As far as Rafa's style? That's purely subjective. I love watching him whip that forehand in a way no one ever has done. That stats say it's either Rafa, Fed, or Noval for greatest of all time. I pick Rafa.

Racquet tech is no players fault. And, for the record, Agassi DESTROYS Pete if they played with wooden rackets. Pete was good not great once a point got passed his serve + first forehand.

by Anonymousreply 14610/12/2020

R146... chris evert won wimbledon 3 times and reached 7 other finals losing mostly to the greatest grass court player of all time martina, is evert thus considered the 2nd greatest grass player of all time? no...

the idea that only because the points would last longer with wood rackets and so agassi being the baseliner would destroy sampras is silly..

plenty of serve and volleyers with wood rackets destroyed baseliners with wood rackets.. you forgot to mention sampras also has the best overhead, best second serve and was one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game....

you conveniently forget how many early round losses nadal has had at wimbledon, regardless if it's wimbledon, the french, or the aussie, this IS a strike against him that he has lost a number of times in early rounds at this one particular grand slam, something a person claiming to be in the discussion of all time greatest does not do...

rafa probably has the ability to have been a all time great in any era, but NO WAY NO HOW could he play the way he plays, stroke production and grip with rackets of the past... the ball would never ever stay in the stadium, much less the court... he would have to change his stroke production and grips with rackets and strings of the past, so how good he would be is conjecture..

by Anonymousreply 14710/12/2020

The number of early round (3rd round or earlier) GS losses between Fed (14), Nadal (12) and Djokovic (10) are roughly commensurate with their career tenures.

by Anonymousreply 14810/12/2020

That's not it at all, R147. Agassi was a better tactician. He has every shot in the book. Pete was a mediocre player in rallies. Racquet tech helps bigger servers, that's undebatable. But I hate talking racquet tech because all players have the same access to it.

Who cares if Rafa lost a few times in earlier rounds? I've never, ever heard that being a detriment to any player. And I'm a big tennis dork. If it's Wimby? Ever think it might be that he plays the Finals at RG every freaking year and is exhausted two-three weeks later when Wimby starts? There's a reason winning the Wimby/RG double is so rare.

Also, Wimby and the Open come after the clay season. Again, he's constantly in the finals for all of those. Of course wear and tear would hinder his mid to late season results.

Let's look at his Aussie Open results since it's the first Slam and, presumably, gives players the best chance to be healthy and fit. From 2006-2020 he didn't play twice, and was knocked out before the QF exactly ONCE. And the Aussie is his worst Slam.

Btw, at the Open from 2006-2019 he made the QF 9 of the 12 times he played.

So I think your theory on Rafa being knocked out in early rounds a bit suspect.

by Anonymousreply 14910/12/2020

R135 seems like it

by Anonymousreply 15010/12/2020

RE: Chris v Martina. The 1st tournament they played together was Ft. Lauderdale 1973. Mar lost in the qualies and Chris won the title. If you count ALL the tournaments they entered together from 73 to 89, Chris comes out WAY ahead. Martina's bad losses over the years were numerous. At CE's peak, Martina lost to Newberry, Turnbull, Shriver(twice) and Mandlikova while Evert wad dominating the USO in the 70's/early 80's.

by Anonymousreply 15110/12/2020

St. Petersburg

Wawrinka survives 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5 over Evans

Bublik survives 2-6 7-6(2) 6-4 over McDonald

Karatsev def. Sandgren 7-5 3-6 7-5

Norrie upsets Fritz 6-4 4-6 6-3


Johnson upsets Krajinovic 3-6 6-4 6-4

Otto upsets Struff 6-4 6-3

Albot def. Herbert 6-2 4-6 6-4

Hurkacz def. Polmans 6-2 7-5

M. Zverev def. Millman 6-1 6-4


Paul def. Martin 5-7 6-3 7-5

Musetti upsets Cuevas 7-6(4) 7-5

by Anonymousreply 15210/12/2020

Agassi also had better hair than Pete... then.

by Anonymousreply 15310/12/2020

Agassi wasn't even out of his teens when he started losing his hair.

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by Anonymousreply 15410/12/2020

R151... evert was overall more consistent than martina for sure in the 70's and early 80's (before she went past her prime and then suffered bad losses) but EVERT DID have the occasional bad loss too, players like greer stevens, dianne fromholtz (a good player, so perhaps not a bad loss), turnbull once (her only to turnbull in 1979).....

R149... maybe it's only me, but I DO consider consistency in all the slams over years and years and that INCLUDES bad losses and early losses in any of the slams when one is being considered in the argument of GOAT...ESPECIALLY if it occurred during their prime, NOT before their prime or after their prime...

agassi had every shot in the book? really? very mediocre volleyer for starters, to me, he was a improved jimmy arias with a 2 handed backhand bolletieri product nothing more... sampras was the better athlete that is indisputable... and just because one is a baseliner doesn't mean that AUTOMATICALLY they are a better tactician than a serve and volleyer... tell that to martina when she played evert......

at the end of the day however you want to see it, sampras finished with the head to head over agassi, had more slams and was simply a better player. p.s. i'll take sampras body wise and sexually over agassi anyday....

by Anonymousreply 15510/12/2020

To change the subject completely, type "Djokovic impressions" in the Youtube url.

Djokernole gives some truly hilarious impressions of Rafa, Fed, Sharapova and others.

by Anonymousreply 15610/12/2020

That's back when Djokovic had a sense of humor. The current Djokovic believes in weird stuff like purifying water by thinking positive thoughts.

by Anonymousreply 15710/12/2020

[quote]That's back when Djokovic had a sense of humor.

... belittling others hardly qualifies as a sense of humor...

by Anonymousreply 15810/12/2020

yeah I enjoyed younger Djokovic. He's beyond tiresome now and a real egomaniac

by Anonymousreply 15910/12/2020

R149, Rafa HAS been consistent in three of the four majors! And even at Wimby, he's made seven SF or better in the 12 he's played since 2006.

Eh, you're just a Fed fan. I get it.

by Anonymousreply 16010/12/2020

Just imagine what an impression of the current Djokovic would look like.

by Anonymousreply 16110/12/2020

[quote] Just imagine what an impression of the current Djokovic would look like.

Sieg heil! Boobs out!

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R161 I'm sure Kyrgios would have no problem doing one at the 2021 AO

that's a match I'd LOVE to see. Kyrgios vs. Djokovic with the Aussie crowd vehemently rooting for Nick

by Anonymousreply 16310/12/2020

Novak has jumped the shark to be a living caricature of himself at this point.

by Anonymousreply 16410/12/2020

Novak was a lot more fun before he went crazy. Yes, the impressions were a bit offensive to players that were a bit touchy (I think Sharapova and Nadal at the time?), but they were also super funny. The whole boobs out thing is waaaaaay worse.

by Anonymousreply 16510/12/2020

and Djokovic had a nice body until he went hardcore quasi anorexic looking

by Anonymousreply 16610/12/2020

Novak is still good looking, now that he has gained some weight back after that anorexic spell. He has great legs. I feel sorry for him as he just seemed to lose his way as he got to the top. Maybe it was more about getting older and getting married, etc. He just seems like a little boy who really needs approval.

by Anonymousreply 16710/12/2020

I wonder if Kyrgios is serving a "silent suspension" for something. Everyone that is healthy is back playing, and yet he's out galavanting with his chick on a boat.

by Anonymousreply 16810/12/2020

R168 Barty skipped the USO and RG too

by Anonymousreply 16910/12/2020

wow Evans had 6-3 6-5 and 0-40 on Wawrinka's serve lol but went on to lose

by Anonymousreply 17010/12/2020

R170 The effect of coke probably wore off.

by Anonymousreply 17110/12/2020

Djokovic has taken a wildcard into Vienna.

by Anonymousreply 17210/12/2020

When did Djokovic lose his sense of humor? Was it triggered by the "they love Fedal more than they love me"?

by Anonymousreply 17310/13/2020

During one of those lockdown Instagram interview things, Djokovic was asked what’s the first thing he does in the morning. He said something along the lines of “I kiss my wife, I meditate and say a prayer of thanks to God”.

Andy Murray was asked the same question and replied “I go for a piss”.

by Anonymousreply 17410/13/2020

R173 He changed when the reaction of fans changed.

He was the new funny guy who played very well, but after a while he was the guy who was beating their beloved Rafa and Roger.

It's nothing new, people loved Seles when she appeared but when she started to dominate suddenly eveyrbody found her grunting annoying

by Anonymousreply 17510/13/2020

Oh please, R175. He's always been overfull of himself.

by Anonymousreply 17610/13/2020

I suppose Travaglia was one point away from being thrown out by the umpire when he withdrew from his match against Pellegrino in the Sardinia tournement.

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by Anonymousreply 17710/13/2020

R176 you are describing Queeny Roger Federer.

by Anonymousreply 17810/13/2020

Two blokes, one stone.

by Anonymousreply 17910/13/2020

Today's results

St. Petersburg

Coric finally gets a win over Lopez 6-3 7-6(2)

Khachanov def. Duckworth 6-4 6-4

Raonic def. Wolf and his mullet 7-6(5) 6-1

Kecmanovic def. Kukushkin 6-3 7-6(7)

Rublev def. Pospisil 6-2 6-4


Verdasco def. Murray 6-4 6-4 Murray now on 3 match losing streak

Harris def. Edmund 7-5 7-6(1)

Davidovich Fokina def. Ruusuvuori 7-5 6-4

Cilic def. Giron 6-2 4-6 6-3

Laaksonen def. Altmaier 3-6 6-3 7-6(5)

Simon def. Fuscovics 6-0 6-3


Carballes Baena def. F. Coria 7-5 6-4

Delbonis def. Seppi 7-5 7-6(6)

Andujar def. Kovalik 7-5 7-5

Cecchinato def. Mager 5-7 7-6(7) 6-2

Sonego def. Zeppieri 6-2 7-6(4)

Djere def. Nagal 6-3 6-1

by Anonymousreply 18010/13/2020

The 'rona sure loves the ATP:

Grigor Dimitrov Borna Coric Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena Kei Nishikori David Goffin Sam Querrey Fernando Verdasco Seyboth Wild Benoit Paire Frances Tiafoe Viktor Troicki Goran Ivanisevic Patrick McEnroe Alexander Zverev’s parents

by Anonymousreply 18110/13/2020

I watched some of the Murray match and it's painful watching him hobble around the court. He actually looked better a year ago than he does right now. I was really hoping that his comeback would gain steam after 18 months or so, but now I think he is going to retire (again) soon. Hopefully, he can stay on the ATP council even if he does retire.

by Anonymousreply 18210/13/2020

Murray needs to retire ASAP.

by Anonymousreply 18310/13/2020

Murray did show some life before the USO though. He did get a win over Zverev and then of course 2 weeks later Zverev reached the USO final

by Anonymousreply 18410/13/2020

I was shocked that Murray did come back to the tour. Artificial joint replacements are not meant to withstand heavy athletic use. If he grinds this hip down he may have trouble getting a second replacement.

by Anonymousreply 18510/13/2020

DopeyJoey (aka young Andy Roddick doppelganger) blowing his lips.

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by Anonymousreply 18610/13/2020

[quote]Khachanov def. Duckworth 6-4 6-4

Damm, Tammy must be fast in that wheelchair.

by Anonymousreply 187Last Wednesday at 2:34 AM

Fognini tested positive to Covid at ATP Sardinia

by Anonymousreply 188Last Wednesday at 4:19 AM

Taylor Townsend is pregnant.

by Anonymousreply 189Last Wednesday at 4:45 AM

[quote] Taylor Townsend is pregnant.

How can they tell?

by Anonymousreply 190Last Wednesday at 5:23 AM

i worry murray is going to have to use a cane and then a wheelchair in the not too distant future and for what?...

by Anonymousreply 191Last Wednesday at 6:02 AM

Misery team

Flopos team

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by Anonymousreply 192Last Wednesday at 9:01 AM

I prefer when Murray tweets his own dick pics.

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by Anonymousreply 193Last Wednesday at 11:52 AM

[quote] He did get a win over Zverev and then of course 2 weeks later Zverev reached the USO final

A. Zverev?

by Anonymousreply 194Last Wednesday at 11:58 AM

Ha. Sam Querrey's 'ordeal' is wild. He, his wife and baby all tested positive for Covid in St Petersburg so they left the Four Seasons hotel (which probably isn't the worst place to have to self-isolate), got on a private jet and left Russia for an undisclosed country that didn't require a negative test result for entry.

ATP is investigating and if found guilty he could be suspended for up to three years and fined $100k.

by Anonymousreply 195Last Wednesday at 12:25 PM

[quote] ATP is investigating and if found guilty he could be suspended for up to three years and fined $100k.

Let us hope he is.

by Anonymousreply 196Last Wednesday at 12:43 PM

[quote] so they left the Four Seasons hotel (which probably isn't the worst place to have to self-isolate),

apparently they were called by Russian Health Authority telling them they would send a doctor and if the Querreys had shown some symptoms they would have been hospitalized. The fear of a Russian hospital...

by Anonymousreply 197Last Wednesday at 12:47 PM

but I wonder...why did he take wife and little son to St Petersburg. in the middle of a pandemic?

by Anonymousreply 198Last Wednesday at 12:49 PM

More players tested positive in Sardinia. Unconfirmed number so far.

by Anonymousreply 199Last Wednesday at 1:13 PM

I wonder whether Stan is one of them, R199? He’s there is he not?

by Anonymousreply 200Last Wednesday at 1:25 PM

There are reports it's up to 20 players who've tested positive in Sardinia.

by Anonymousreply 201Last Wednesday at 1:27 PM

Meanwhile..... Novaxx at the pyramid of the sun, by his friend Semir Osmanagic.

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by Anonymousreply 202Last Wednesday at 3:21 PM

From the article R202 linked:

[quote] During his visit, Mr.Dokovic stated: “If there is a paradise on earth, then it is here.”, adding “I’ve seen many energy spots on the Planet, but this was the strongest’ and ‘Bosnian Pyramids are home for my soul’.

by Anonymousreply 203Last Wednesday at 3:36 PM

My, Novaxx is quite besotted with himself!

by Anonymousreply 204Last Wednesday at 4:00 PM

lmao Querrey is a deplorable so not surprised he did something stupid. I wouldn't mind seeing him suspended 3 years

by Anonymousreply 205Last Wednesday at 4:38 PM

The Querrey saga is crazy. What an asshole. Who brings an 8 month old baby to Russia in the middle of a pandemic? Answer: A Trumper.

I wonder if there really are 20 poz players in Sardinia? That’s practically everyone!

by Anonymousreply 206Last Wednesday at 5:14 PM

[quote] “The Querreys, who were experiencing what they considered mild symptoms, feared any or all being hospitalised in Russia

So it's fine to cozy up with Putin and allow him to influence U.S. elections, but it's not fine to expose ourselves and our child to Russian medicine?

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by Anonymousreply 207Last Wednesday at 5:19 PM

And of course Querrey was partnered with Sandgren for doubles. Birds of a deplorable feather stick together, until it's time to flee.

by Anonymousreply 208Last Wednesday at 5:21 PM

He so ugly surprised he is married

by Anonymousreply 209Last Wednesday at 5:31 PM

R209 = Jannik Sinner

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by Anonymousreply 210Last Wednesday at 5:33 PM

In Sardinia they are playing as normal

by Anonymousreply 211Last Thursday at 1:03 AM

The reporter who "broke" the news of the 20 players testing positive is being dragged on twitter.

by Anonymousreply 212Last Thursday at 1:20 AM

Even Musettti who played double with Fognini 2 days ago is playing right now

by Anonymousreply 213Last Thursday at 2:26 AM

She is now free to enjoy all the bagels she wants!

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by Anonymousreply 214Last Thursday at 4:13 AM

R201 Fognini direct contacts were all tested and none of them was positive

by Anonymousreply 215Last Thursday at 6:22 AM

R201 At Roland Garros they would not cared

by Anonymousreply 216Last Thursday at 7:14 AM

R200 Stan is in St. Petersburg. Med is

by Anonymousreply 217Last Thursday at 8:37 AM

Thanks, R217.

by Anonymousreply 218Last Thursday at 8:50 AM

Med lost to Opelka!

by Anonymousreply 219Last Thursday at 8:55 AM

Medvedev totally tanked his match. Not a surprise because he played pretty bad against Gasquet.

Gasquet should at least try to be in good form, he still has his talent but he clearly run out of gasoline even if the match is not that long. He had a nice career, but underperformed big time. Right now it's impossible to even thing he was considered to be Rafa's big future rival, but it was not absurd back then, both had stellar junior careers, both showed a lot of promise when they started as pros, they even had some close matches on the challenger tour, but Richard never was up to the challenge. And i blame the french federation that put a lot of pressure in every young promising player just too soon.

Davidovich eliminated Cilic. A good victory for him who never had won a match on hard indoor before this tournament.

Rublev defeated Humbert in a close match

by Anonymousreply 220Last Thursday at 9:13 AM

Virgin Mery (Xisca) is praying for an immaculate conception

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by Anonymousreply 221Last Thursday at 9:15 AM

stick a fork in Cilic's career I think he's done.

by Anonymousreply 222Last Thursday at 9:59 AM

Where is Querrey now?

by Anonymousreply 223Last Thursday at 3:23 PM


by Anonymousreply 224Last Thursday at 5:29 PM

I'm really curious about Russian reaction to Davidovich Fokina. His name is quite unusual. First of all, in Russian, "ovich" is more often the ending for a male middle name and follows the name of the father. So Russians might assume his father's name is David but actually his father is Edward Davidovich. Additionally, his parents gave him 2 last names as is common in Spain but the female ending of his mother's maiden name. So Russians would think his name should be Alejandro Davidovich Fokin with Fokin as the last name, not Davidovich. Instead they see Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and must be quite confused.

by Anonymousreply 225Last Thursday at 5:31 PM

I is named Shapo. Den is Shapo.

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by Anonymousreply 226Last Thursday at 5:35 PM

TsiTsipas' best friend....

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by Anonymousreply 227Last Friday at 2:28 AM

Shapo and Titsy would make beautiful babies together.

by Anonymousreply 228Last Friday at 3:25 AM

Stan lost to Shapo.

by Anonymousreply 229Last Friday at 7:01 AM

Porna won vs. the giant

by Anonymousreply 230Last Friday at 7:07 AM

K. Hemsworth team or Porcine Raonic team?

by Anonymousreply 231Last Friday at 7:11 AM

Pork team!

by Anonymousreply 232Last Friday at 7:12 AM

I love Bacon!

by Anonymousreply 233Last Friday at 7:13 AM

Stan drank too much with Med?

by Anonymousreply 234Last Friday at 7:21 AM

Pork also!

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by Anonymousreply 236Last Friday at 8:17 AM

Djokovic will not play the Paris Masters.... surprising indeed.

by Anonymousreply 237Last Friday at 10:17 AM

[quote]Djokovic will not play the Paris Masters.... surprising indeed

He will play the Vienna tournament instead

[italic]"Being the defending champion in Paris, Djokovic cannot gain any points there. Conversely, the Serb stands to earn 500 points in Vienna, which could potentially cement his place as the World No. 1 for the year."[/italic]

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by Anonymousreply 238Last Friday at 10:25 AM

I still think that, points aside, he could easily win as he did in "Cinci"

by Anonymousreply 239Last Friday at 10:35 AM

Hurkacz is so cute. He lost the first set in a tiebreaker but he is playing very well right now.

by Anonymousreply 240Last Friday at 11:24 AM

wow so Djokovic is playing the ranking system

since they're taking the best result of 2019 and 2020 he's going to skip Paris. I hope he loses early in Vienna

by Anonymousreply 241Last Friday at 11:52 AM

How ironic and twisted is it that Novaxx, ATP maverick and host of a superspreader tennis exhibition, is manipulating a ranking system loophole created to accommodate the COVID situation, to his benefit.

by Anonymousreply 242Last Friday at 12:33 PM

Now, Nadal should enter Paris and London

by Anonymousreply 243Last Friday at 12:34 PM

I'm not sure Rafa cares so much about ranking.

by Anonymousreply 244Last Friday at 1:59 PM

R242 he's a sociopath

by Anonymousreply 245Last Friday at 2:03 PM

I wanna see TsiTsipas nude

by Anonymousreply 246Last Friday at 2:23 PM

Titsy's hair at R227 made me cum

by Anonymousreply 247Last Friday at 2:27 PM

omg when Shapovalov yells during matches after missing shots he sounds like an adolescent whose voice is just starting to change. He doesn't sound like a fully grown man. very odd

by Anonymousreply 248Last Friday at 2:31 PM

but he's hot

by Anonymousreply 249Last Friday at 2:33 PM

I iz hot.

by Anonymousreply 250Last Friday at 2:35 PM

If you go for the Bamm-Bamm Arrested Development type.

by Anonymousreply 251Last Friday at 2:41 PM


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by Anonymousreply 252Last Friday at 2:51 PM

Yet another reason Novak will never be Fed or Nadal. At least be more stealth in your gaming of the system. Sheesh.

by Anonymousreply 253Last Friday at 3:23 PM

I'm glad Novak is neither the fag phony Roger Federer is, or the closet case 'husband; Nadal is.

by Anonymousreply 254Last Friday at 8:49 PM

[quote] the fag phony Roger Federer is

Posted on a gay message board.

by Anonymousreply 255Last Friday at 8:54 PM

Tone deaf like all Djokovic fans.

by Anonymousreply 256Last Friday at 9:15 PM

Rublev vs shapo now on. Both dressed the same.

by Anonymousreply 257Last Saturday at 3:20 AM

Musetti had to retire in semis against Djere on the third set. He reach 123 on the rankings.

Alcaraz will play his second final of a challenger in a row (fourth of the year), right now he is 144, if he wins he'll be 135.

Both are the youngest players in the top 200 and had a really great progression this year, specially under the tough circumstances

by Anonymousreply 258Last Saturday at 3:49 AM

Shapo is inspired so far. He broke Rublev once and rublev ended up smashing a water bottle with his racket

by Anonymousreply 259Last Saturday at 3:56 AM

Shapo out in three sets in St. Petersburg.

by Anonymousreply 260Last Saturday at 5:25 AM

R259 How?

by Anonymousreply 261Last Saturday at 5:40 AM

Porna is so beautiful. Third set vs. Raonic.

by Anonymousreply 262Last Saturday at 6:41 AM

The toilet has magical features. I dont know what they are doing there

by Anonymousreply 263Last Saturday at 6:55 AM

What are Porna’s and Shapo’s respective skin colors?

by Anonymousreply 264Last Saturday at 7:26 AM

The best part of the Cologne semi between FAA and RBA, other than Felix winning, was when the live band sang PYT to Felix.

by Anonymousreply 265Last Saturday at 8:16 AM

What's PYT?

by Anonymousreply 266Last Saturday at 8:40 AM

Pretty young thing, R266.

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by Anonymousreply 269Last Saturday at 10:12 AM

Zverev and Melo are always together?

by Anonymousreply 270Last Saturday at 10:38 AM

Bad link, R269.

by Anonymousreply 271Last Saturday at 10:39 AM

R271 now?

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by Anonymousreply 272Last Saturday at 10:55 AM

Shapo working with a sports shrink now...

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by Anonymousreply 273Last Saturday at 10:58 AM

Happy weekend everyone!

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by Anonymousreply 274Last Saturday at 11:01 AM

Shapo was really angry with someone of the audience

by Anonymousreply 275Last Saturday at 11:25 AM

R258 Why do you have such a hard-on for Carlos Alcaraz? He's 17 and 150 in the world. SO what? Call me when he's in the top 50 and actually a contender.

by Anonymousreply 276Last Saturday at 1:18 PM

Very bizarre match between Coric and Raonic

by Anonymousreply 277Last Saturday at 7:47 PM

It was icky, R277,

by Anonymousreply 278Last Saturday at 7:49 PM

Coric and Raonic? Talk about beauty and the beast!

by Anonymousreply 279Last Saturday at 10:20 PM

R276 He is 17 and 150 in the world. The next 17 yo in the rankings is Holger Rune who is 548 in the world.

I don't understand why the mention of Alcaraz upsets you but not about Musetti who is 18 and 123. He is not top 50 either or a contender to anything.

By the way, people talked about Felix here way before he was top 100

by Anonymousreply 280Last Sunday at 1:53 AM

draws for next week out (Antwerp, Cologne again and for the ladies Ostrava)

I'm guessing covid is the reason why there's back to back tournaments in Cologne?

by Anonymousreply 281Last Sunday at 2:39 AM

And double spanish victory on challengers this week.

Munar defeated Sousa (76 62) on Lisbon. Alcaraz defeated Martinez (76 63) on Alicante

by Anonymousreply 282Last Sunday at 3:02 AM

I think Felix is going to lose his sixth consecutive final

by Anonymousreply 283Last Sunday at 5:10 AM

Zverev wins 63 63.

Felix won zero sets in his six finals. Something he should improve as soon as possible

by Anonymousreply 284Last Sunday at 5:27 AM

Zverev won a tournament. Gross.

by Anonymousreply 285Last Sunday at 5:46 AM

Rublev won in St. Petersburg

by Anonymousreply 286Last Sunday at 7:28 AM

WTF is with this bizarre trophy ceremony in St. Petersburg? They had a useless dance number and a silly concert with a Kylie lookalike. Was the ghost of Allan Carr involved?

by Anonymousreply 287Last Sunday at 7:46 AM

I saw that R287, Cheap Eurovision-like trash.....I have never seen anything like that.

by Anonymousreply 288Last Sunday at 8:04 AM

Djere won in Sardinia

by Anonymousreply 289Last Sunday at 8:22 AM

mmmm, Laslo Djere

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by Anonymousreply 290Last Sunday at 8:33 AM

Who's hotter than Borna?

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by Anonymousreply 291Last Sunday at 9:02 AM

What is Borna’s skin color?

by Anonymousreply 292Last Sunday at 9:06 AM

he has an outie...eww

by Anonymousreply 293Last Sunday at 9:15 AM

R287... i know, i know i was laughing my ass off! totally WEIRD-A-RAMA! i would have been crying tears if i am been there in person! lol!...

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by Anonymousreply 295Last Sunday at 10:08 AM

Poor Borna lost the final and had to stay and watch the entire silly show. Last year they had Anastacia! (the singer)

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by Anonymousreply 296Last Sunday at 10:19 AM

The director of Saint Petersburgh made a "joke" hopeing Borna (who lose his second final there) don't do like the loser of Cologne who just "lost his 8th final". Apart of the obvious mistake (Felix only played six finals), the joke is not funny for several reasons. Making fun at someone who is not there is bad taste, second Borna already has 2 titles.

The 40 minutes ceremony was enough torture without the need of bad jokes

by Anonymousreply 297Last Sunday at 10:45 AM

'He has such a great heart and soul': Fans hail Novak Djokovic as he stops to give tennis tips to young children while walking his dog in Belgrade... but others question whether world No 1 should have been wearing a face mask

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by Anonymousreply 298Last Sunday at 10:50 AM

Fortunately they skipped the cringe-inducing trophy ceremony when they replayed the St. Petersburg match on Tennis Channel.

by Anonymousreply 299Last Sunday at 12:21 PM

R280 You're the only one who seems to be talking about Carlos on this board. Are you into teen boys?

by Anonymousreply 300Last Sunday at 12:28 PM

I'm way late to this thread - and that's as someone who has played tennis since I was 8 and am a huge fan.

Anyway, have Rublev gay rumors been discussed. For years I've participated on the Talk Tennis forums and someone posted something today suggesting Rublev might have outed himself during the St. Petersburg trophy presentation.

Page 39 (the link should take you right there) and the poster "phl92."

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by Anonymousreply 301Last Sunday at 5:00 PM

here's the next thread in advance for when this gets paywalled, probably happening soon

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by Anonymousreply 302Last Sunday at 5:11 PM

R301 that's interesting but how do we know he's not just joking?

I don't know enough about his personality except that he loves heavy metal music

by Anonymousreply 303Last Sunday at 5:23 PM

We don't R303. I honestly have no idea and had never heard anything about Rublev - though I only started paying attention to him in the last year. The Talk Tennis poster seemed genuine in his curiosity - wasn't saying he was absolutely gay; wasn't being homophobic if he were.

Rublev reminds me of a shorter Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth.

by Anonymousreply 304Last Sunday at 5:27 PM

He's not remotely gay with hair like that!

by Anonymousreply 305Last Sunday at 6:20 PM

[quote] Rublev reminds me of a shorter Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth.

My thoughts carried me elsewhere.

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by Anonymousreply 306Last Sunday at 6:29 PM

Rublev looks fine in the link and the hug is sweet. Medusa arrives though when he scowls and his hair is in a sweaty mop.

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by Anonymousreply 307Last Sunday at 6:44 PM

I don't mind Rublev at all. He's feisty and has a beautiful FH and is a good mover. I don't think he's hot, but hes' got game.

by Anonymousreply 308Yesterday at 2:35 AM

Rublev, looks best with straight shorter hair and bangs like in R307 posting.... funny how he can look so "blah" on court while playing but in photos off the court he can look almost male model handsome....... never seen such a huge contrast in this matter of any male player in recent years....

by Anonymousreply 309Yesterday at 5:42 AM

R300 I am spanish, he is our best prospect. I talk about Musetti too and i talked about Sinner when he was in challengers.

The thread is about tennis, i found interesting to see who is going to be the next big thing (or the next overhyped fail).

If you have a problem with that there's a block buttom and you can skip all my posts

by Anonymousreply 310Yesterday at 6:24 AM

And i don't know a thing about Rublev, but even if he was more open (he is living in Spain most of the time) i doubt any russian will come out on any sport with the way thing are in their country right now.

Anyway, he seems to be religious (like Coric and some other youngsters)

by Anonymousreply 311Yesterday at 6:27 AM

OK, I watched that video and Rublev just says "I love you" to his coach during the trophy presentation. I also watched the end of the match and Rublev collapsed and cried on court like he had won a slam, so I think winning the title in Russia was just very important and emotional for him.

by Anonymousreply 312Yesterday at 6:32 AM

Rublev's grandma died friday, so i suppose that was a big part of the emotions he felt

by Anonymousreply 313Yesterday at 7:05 AM


Lopez def. Paul 6-3 6-2

Tiafoe def. Lajovic 6-3 7-6(6)

Humbert def. Coppejans 6-4 6-3

Cologne 2

Kecmanovic def. Nagal 4-6 7-6(4) 6-1

Mannarino def. Popyrin 6-2 6-2

Simon def. Thompson 6-3 7-5

Nishioka def. Edmund 6-4 6-0

Gerasimov def. Altmaier 6-1 6-0

Johnson upsets Cilic 7-6(3) 6-4


Sakkari def. Krystyna Pliskova 6-3 6-3

Krejcikova def. Martincova 7-6 6-1

Kontaveit def. Alexandrova 4-6 6-2 7-6(6) saves 2 match points

Sorribes Tormo def. Linette 6-1 6-3

by Anonymousreply 31421 hours ago

There's suddenly a whole bunch of youngsters I really enjoy watching. Don't know why this group excites me, as where the mid 20s-30 group (Thiem's peers) never really did much for me.














by Anonymousreply 31520 hours ago

JUST OUF OT CURIOSITY: SO WHAT EXACTLY is wrong with andreescu and on the men's side, south korean chung?

by Anonymousreply 31620 hours ago

I'm a bit mystified by Andreescu. Did she have some big surgery? Or does cray run in the family?

by Anonymousreply 31720 hours ago

What happened with Andreescu?

by Anonymousreply 31820 hours ago

R315, some of those guys are closer to Thiem's generation or even older. Cecchinato is 28. Medvedev (shudder), Zverev (gag), Coric and Berrettini are in their mid-20s now, a couple of years or so within Thiem's age. FAA, Tsitsipas, Sinner and Rublev are the most exciting of of the 19-22 crowd, at least from my perspective. Shapo can't be discounted, but he seems to be all serve and blast.

by Anonymousreply 31920 hours ago

Andreescu. Explanation please.

by Anonymousreply 32020 hours ago

You're right, R318 - Medvedev and Berrettini are 24 now, so mid 20s.

Checchinato - I thought there was ANOTHER young Italian. Maybe he's just new to me and that's why I thought he was younger.

Everyone else is 23 or younger, though birthdays could be soon for some. Zverev and Coric and still 23, at least according to the ATP rankings webpage.

by Anonymousreply 32119 hours ago


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by Anonymousreply 32219 hours ago

Andreescu is taking the year off. I think she's smart to do so, and I love her attitude.

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by Anonymousreply 32319 hours ago

Good player, but I don't like Andreescu. She's done; she won't win another Slam,

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