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The Gays and Tennis Part 77: au coeur de Roland Garros!

we're in the thick of the tournament now as we begin the second week. Last thread just paywalled

Final 16 is set


Djokovic vs. Musetti

Berrettini vs. Federer

Nadal vs. Sinner

Schwartzman vs. Struff

Zverev vs. Nishikori

Davidovich Fokina vs. Delbonis

Tsitsipas vs. Carreno Busta

Garin vs. Medvedev


Jabeur vs. Gauff

Stephens vs. Krejcikova

Kenin vs. Sakkari

Kostyuk vs. Swiatek

S. Williams vs. Rybakina

Azarenka vs. Pavlyuchenkova

Zidansek vs. Cirstea

Vondrousova vs. Badosa

by Anonymousreply 405Last Sunday at 12:10 PM

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by Anonymousreply 106/05/2021


Federer team

Sinner team

Lil’ Diego team

Kei Pond team

Davidovich Fuckina team

PCB team

Garin team

by Anonymousreply 206/05/2021

Jabeur team

Sloth team

Sukkuri team

Shi-vi-tek team

Serena team (only to get her closer to exceeding Court)

Alphabet soup team

Cirstea team

Ova Vondrous team

by Anonymousreply 306/05/2021

have to say Koepfer really made Federer play to win that match.

by Anonymousreply 406/05/2021

Thank you!

I can’t believe Med has made it this far. 0-4 and then this! Covid brought him luck. Lol

by Anonymousreply 506/05/2021

[quote] Covid brought him luck

Not so fast, von Ryan.

by Anonymousreply 606/05/2021

For R6: some white diamonds, perhaps?

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by Anonymousreply 706/05/2021

Roger most probably will not play Rd4

So Matteo is in QF I guess

by Anonymousreply 806/05/2021

Next up: a daunting fourth-round match on Monday with Matteo Berrettini of Italy, but only if Federer decides to play. This is only his third tournament in 16 months after two knee surgeries, and he said he would make a final decision on whether to remain in the French Open only after seeing how his body reacted to Saturday night’s grueling match. Wimbledon, which begins June 28, remains his main priority.

“I don’t know if I’m going to play,” he said of the Berrettini match. “I will discuss with the team, and I go from there.”

by Anonymousreply 906/05/2021

Roger is such a weak pussy, no? I can play a five set match for 7 hours tonight and still be magically fresh and ready for another five set match tomorrow morning.

by Anonymousreply 1006/06/2021

R10 your invincibility only exists on clay. You're always injured in the hardcourt and sometimes mini-grass season!

by Anonymousreply 1106/06/2021

Andy, how is the *wink* groin injury? What was you trying to do? Were you trying to see how many of your three (poor Andy, only three) Grand Slam trophies you could fit in your flat ass? But Judy fucks you real good with a dildo, no? Do you cry when she fuck you? You always cry on the court after losing, no?

by Anonymousreply 1206/06/2021

Andy, you have one US Open, no?

I have four, yes?

That is not clay, no?

by Anonymousreply 1306/06/2021

Sí, Andy. I have more USA Open and Australia Open titles than you. Even at Wimbledon I win the same number of times as you, no?

You know what I think, Andy. Your career was halted by the number 3. The Big 3. You winning only 3 Slams. The number of times Judy let you have sex with anyone else.

Are you crying again now?

by Anonymousreply 1406/06/2021

R11 And even with that he was able to win more US Open than Novak king of hardcourts Djokovic

by Anonymousreply 1506/06/2021

Looking forward to Titsy-PCB.

That's some strapping, bulging, irresistible hunks of mins playing that match!

by Anonymousreply 1606/06/2021

Who is more convincing as a cough heterosexual cough? Cames Jourier or Spam Hriver?

by Anonymousreply 1706/06/2021

Since when Wawrinka is such fan of Tsitsipas?On his insta story there is a lot of stefanos

by Anonymousreply 1806/06/2021

Azarenka is out. Alphabet soup wont do shit against Serena. Azarenka probably wouldn't challenge her either but I thought it was a better match up for a Serena loss.

by Anonymousreply 1906/06/2021

Palyuchenkova reach quarterfinals a decade later

by Anonymousreply 2006/06/2021

How sad would it be for mama Serena if she makes her way to the final only to get her ass whooped by Swiatek?

by Anonymousreply 2106/06/2021

I think Serena has options against everyone on her part of the draw if she is ok, but if Swiatek reach the final i doubt she'll have any chance.

Swiatek is probably the best clay courter since Justine Henin. She is very comfortable on that surface. Serena needs her serve working 100% to even think on winning (if Iga plays well, of course)

by Anonymousreply 2206/06/2021

If she does, then that's the game: Swiatek is probably currently be the best at clay. But unlike special snowflake Osaka, Serena knows that you have to be in it to win it - even the best clay courters of the day can have an off-day. Osaka just gives up, folds like a cheap tent. Serena stays in there and gives it a go.

by Anonymousreply 2306/06/2021

r22 Barty is better on clay, more versatile, better game etc

by Anonymousreply 2406/06/2021

She won with Swiatek on clay last month , in straight 2

by Anonymousreply 2506/06/2021

Badosa is impressive. Really goes to big shots but can also mix it up with touch.

by Anonymousreply 2606/06/2021

Osaka will never be in Serena's league.

She is amazing on hard courts, but on hard courts she is going to have a lot of competence. Serena was able to win three Roland Garros and clay is by far her worst surface.

Unless Osaka moves her ask and start to train on clay and grass she'll never have a chance on Roland Garros or Wimbledon

by Anonymousreply 2706/06/2021

And Badosa reach her first quarterfinals

by Anonymousreply 2806/06/2021

I love Pablo’s crazy eyes when he focuses on the ball.

by Anonymousreply 2906/06/2021

Garin should give Medvedev way more trouble than this.

Tsitsipas is winning very easily till now

by Anonymousreply 3006/06/2021

Iga should not play doubles and focus on singles only .Mattek Sands is a vulture

by Anonymousreply 3106/06/2021

Medvedev is winning so much more easily than I thought he would.

by Anonymousreply 3206/06/2021

Federer officially withdraws from the tournament. That may have been the last Roland Garros match he ever played. On a winning note.. ;)

by Anonymousreply 3306/06/2021

Doepfer must be pissed off. Gramps could have defaulted the match yesterday instead of winning it and then pulling out. It's going to be funny if after all this he flops in the first round at Wimbledon and the Tokiolympics.

by Anonymousreply 3406/06/2021

Congrats Matteo

by Anonymousreply 3506/06/2021

Yeah, I hate Bethanie. I’m pretending Iga was desperate for a partner.

Shame about Koepfer. But if he couldn’t beat Fed then it’s on him I guess.

by Anonymousreply 3606/06/2021

Fed wont flop but I dont see him winning Wimbledon. He will probably go deep though.

by Anonymousreply 3706/06/2021

Fed- "After talking with my team, they agreed that I was totally disrespected by the RG organizers and should withdraw from the tournament to punish them". "Plus, no fucking way I'm going to lose my last match here the Serb."

by Anonymousreply 3806/06/2021

:-( Was hoping PCB would turn it around.

by Anonymousreply 3906/06/2021

Federina probably wanted the Garros organizers to suck his dick and give him preferential treatment like the AELTC does at Wimbledon.

by Anonymousreply 4006/06/2021

Is he NextGen?

by Anonymousreply 4106/06/2021

Looking on the bright side:

At least Matteo will be well rested for his next match! Maybe he can take out Novaxx.

by Anonymousreply 4206/06/2021

^I'm sure that's what Roger is counting on.

by Anonymousreply 4306/06/2021

Then I wholeheartedly approve!

by Anonymousreply 4406/06/2021

Yes, we know, we know. You AND your mother.

by Anonymousreply 4506/06/2021

The way Medvedev is playing he could really challenge Tsitsipas.

by Anonymousreply 4606/06/2021

I like Garin. He's cute too.

by Anonymousreply 4706/06/2021

That guy spitting last night was so gross!

by Anonymousreply 4806/06/2021

There are tumors about Koepfer

by Anonymousreply 4906/06/2021

Didn't Fed have to have a medical excuse to default? His knees seemed fine. Again, a selfish prima donna wants things his own way, without regard to the tournament or his fellow players. Osaka deserved all the heat she got, and Fed deserves a skeptical eye here. I guarantee Mary Carillo and Johnny Mac will swinging on Fed's dick when the NBC coverage starts.

by Anonymousreply 5006/06/2021

r49, Cancer?

by Anonymousreply 5106/06/2021

Davidovich Fuckina team or Del-bone-is team?

by Anonymousreply 5206/06/2021

Odd choice for Roger to withdraw from RG and put even more pressure on himself to win Wimbledon.

by Anonymousreply 5306/06/2021

Delbonis is a great name (so is Davidovich Fokina, actually). He kinda looks like what I'd imagine a Delbonis to look like. (big and somewhat dorky)

by Anonymousreply 5406/06/2021

Looks like Serena has her hands full with Rybakina

by Anonymousreply 5506/06/2021

Can Rybakina get the upset? Good start for her.

by Anonymousreply 5606/06/2021

It massively pisses me off when the likes of Federer pull out like this. He's not injured, and has effectively just deprived another player of prize money and ranking points.

by Anonymousreply 5706/06/2021

Serena's leg is fucked. she can barely move.

by Anonymousreply 5806/06/2021

Gramps needs to be banned from Wimbledon and Tokyo for this diva stunt, but all the suits in tennis are too fucking biased and worshipful at the altar of Lord Roger to consider it. If a Serena had pulled something like this she would have faced a lynch mob like the evil hag Chrissy accusing her of doing drugs.

by Anonymousreply 5906/06/2021

he won fair..he ddnt steal anything...anyone can withdrew anytime heshe wants.. djoko tanked a match with sonego last year , what is the difference ?

by Anonymousreply 6006/06/2021

And Rybakina chokes the lead.

by Anonymousreply 6106/06/2021

Serena looks so awkward in her movement and hitting.

by Anonymousreply 6206/06/2021

Is Serena hurt or has she just not woken up yet?

by Anonymousreply 6306/06/2021

I'm still waiting for Tiger Woods to just magically appear on the green one of these days.

by Anonymousreply 6406/06/2021

R63 her leg is heavily taped though some players do that for precaution.

by Anonymousreply 6506/06/2021

Does anyone actually buy any of the unsightly rags TPTB force female players to wear during tournament matches?

by Anonymousreply 6606/06/2021

i know that the purple adidas shorts Stefanos Tsitsipas wears is sold out. I tried to look for it online but can't find it.

by Anonymousreply 6706/06/2021

Queens probably think those shorts will make their booty look like Titsy's.

by Anonymousreply 6806/06/2021

I'm a member of a tennis club and I've never seen any of the women there wearing any of Serena's more garish ensembles.

by Anonymousreply 6906/06/2021

Serena's NIke gear is made just for her.

by Anonymousreply 7006/06/2021

It must be genetic r45 😉

by Anonymousreply 7106/06/2021

I talked shit about Zverev and his sleeveless black top with purple shorts and now I’m eating crow because I like them with Stef’s white shirt.

by Anonymousreply 7206/06/2021

Serena's body language is bad. Think she's gonna lose.

by Anonymousreply 7306/06/2021

Choked another lead.

by Anonymousreply 7406/06/2021

Serena's husband looks terrible with long hair and she told him to keep it long.

by Anonymousreply 7506/06/2021

Rybakina serving for the match. Will she close it out?

by Anonymousreply 7606/06/2021

rybakina with badosa next match?

by Anonymousreply 7706/06/2021

Serena is just too old to win majors now it seems.

by Anonymousreply 7806/06/2021

match point for Rybakina.

by Anonymousreply 7906/06/2021

R77 no she would get her doubles partner Pavlyuchenkova

by Anonymousreply 8006/06/2021

I don't understand why doesn't she lose the weight? your old bones and joints will thank you.

by Anonymousreply 8106/06/2021

it's over for serena

by Anonymousreply 8206/06/2021

Better luck next time Serena!

by Anonymousreply 8306/06/2021

Great Auntie Ree out. The 21st seed Rybakina is the highest seed left in the bottom half now.

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by Anonymousreply 8506/06/2021

Serena's lost that intimidation factor.

by Anonymousreply 8606/06/2021

R85 Margaret will always be known as a disgusting bigoted old dinosaur.

by Anonymousreply 8706/06/2021

Davidovich Fokina ahead two sets to one against Delbonis.

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by Anonymousreply 8806/06/2021

Serena needs to fire that coach and lose some weight.

by Anonymousreply 8906/06/2021

Is she still with her ex-lover coach?

by Anonymousreply 9006/06/2021

Yeah, she needs to change something and give it one solid push. What she's been doing for the last 4 years hasn't been cutting it.

by Anonymousreply 9106/06/2021

R90, yes, saw him in the stands

by Anonymousreply 9206/06/2021

The coach pays her though.

by Anonymousreply 9306/06/2021

He pays her? What?

by Anonymousreply 9406/06/2021

I also can’t understand why she doesn’t lose weight. It sometimes seems as if she can’t move she’s so heavy. Her choice though...

Also - husband looks like shit! He looks like some slobby bitch with an ugly bob.

by Anonymousreply 9506/06/2021

Serena had cut some weight for the Australian Open several months ago but it appears she's gained it all back and then some.

by Anonymousreply 9606/06/2021

Will the pressure get to Swiatek? She is now the overwhelming favorite. But her half of the draw looks tougher. 2 other slam winners in it.

by Anonymousreply 9706/06/2021

her husband dresses like a hobo too.

by Anonymousreply 9806/06/2021

They are all one time slam winners though.

by Anonymousreply 9906/06/2021

I think Kenin Kardenne could actually win this now.

by Anonymousreply 10006/06/2021

Only krejcikova is able to stop swaitek, she almost won with her in rome, she had match points. The rest are pussies and Iga knows it.

by Anonymousreply 10106/06/2021

Kenin is good this year?

by Anonymousreply 10206/06/2021

R101, you are forgetting Coco GAUFF who is all set to DOMINATE tennis for the next two decades! She is already the 🐐 even before winning a Alam, she's that great!!!!

by Anonymousreply 10306/06/2021

[quote] even before winning a Alam

I went to doctor school!

by Anonymousreply 10406/06/2021

At 17 Gauff is damn good. If she can put all together and get a deep run going here, who knows?

by Anonymousreply 10506/06/2021

[quote] She is already the 🐐 even before winning a Alam

I am GOAT and no "lam".

by Anonymousreply 10606/06/2021

wow the women's bottom half really fell apart

I didn't think Serena was going to win RG at this point. Wimbledon, the USO and AO are her only chances.

I agree if Federer is not truly injured and he's just doing this as precaution to preserve his body for the grass season, he deserves to be criticized. I'm glad Berrettini can rest for the QF but I was looking forward to their match. I think Berrettini could have beaten Federer at this point if he served well.

by Anonymousreply 10706/06/2021

Is Zverev vs. Nishikori going to be another Peacock exclusive? I think tv coverage today ends at 2 PM. I guess NBC wants all that smoke from fans who were pissed off about Federer's match yesterday

by Anonymousreply 10806/06/2021

The withdrawal may hamper Berrettini. Some players need to stay in a rhythm to play well.

R108, apparently yes, this will be on Peacock, because nothing says “premium” like Zverev.

by Anonymousreply 10906/06/2021

Hopefully the winner of Tsitsipas-Medvedev makes the final. I can't stand Zverev.

by Anonymousreply 11006/06/2021

R105, yes Gauff is very good but it's BS to suggest at this stage in her career that she is going to be greater than Serena and dominate tennis for the next two decades, like the hype machine tends to.

by Anonymousreply 11106/06/2021

Iga and Barbora will not win since they will be too tired due to their doubles commitment

Barbora is playing mixed too

Pav is also playing doubles(with Rybikinna) and she is injured too.

My bet would be on Sloth.She is playing amazing tennis

But problem with Sloth is that she is a sloth. She can very well decide that she is not in mood during final.

Cori is also playing very solid and she has got winner mentality but can she really win all the way to the end? That is a big ask from a 17 year old..

Personally I would love to see Badosa win

And Serena .you go and get fucked with your Gusband.

No one is buying your fake marriage.

by Anonymousreply 11206/06/2021

R111 true but I see the reverse where people are saying she wont win shit. She is obviously talented enough to be at least a top 20 main stay.

by Anonymousreply 11306/06/2021

barbora plays mixed and doubles too, she is crazy..

by Anonymousreply 11406/06/2021

Sloane, please, please, pretty please, for fuck's sake, get your act together and win this French Open.

by Anonymousreply 11506/06/2021

Fokina had a break in early part of third set but he blew it. He could have been in QF by now

by Anonymousreply 11606/06/2021

Sloane is playing better than she has in a long long time. When she is focused she is tough to beat.

by Anonymousreply 11706/06/2021

Glad Delbonis got that set after that cunty underarm serve by Davidovich Fokina on set point.

by Anonymousreply 11806/06/2021

Sloane is playing well but Krejcikova will be tough to beat she is a solid hitter who wasn't letting Svitolina get away with passive points yesterday. If Sloane plays passively she'll lose

by Anonymousreply 11906/06/2021

With Davidovich you never know when he is going to start to choke.

And say what you want about Serena, but at least she tried, what Federer did is pathetic

by Anonymousreply 12006/06/2021

Casper Rude must be kicking himself in the butt for losing his winnable match in Rd 3 against Fokina.

He had a great draw to semis

by Anonymousreply 12106/06/2021

The problem with Ruud is that he is a very solid player but his peak is low, Davidovich is way more unstable but when he plays well he is a better player.

And ater a week, Andreescu lost doesn't seem so bad, Zidansek is clearly a good player and she is in good form

by Anonymousreply 12206/06/2021

I get the Serena/Fed comparison - BUT:

Roger had both knees operated on

Had to move more than Serena

Has to play best of 5

I think that he knew he wasn’t going to go too far with this draw and chose not to fuck up his chances on grass by pushing himself too hard for nothing.

by Anonymousreply 12306/06/2021

He is not injured, he is simply tired and doesn't want the challenge his Wimbledon options (which in my oppinion are close to zero)

by Anonymousreply 12406/06/2021

So many top players just withdraw rather than face defeat these days. Back in the 70s and 80s did Evert, Navratilova, Lendl, Connors etc ever call it quits before a match?

by Anonymousreply 12506/06/2021

So many? Who exactly apart of Roger and Osaka

by Anonymousreply 12606/06/2021

Anyway I am just glad that he has pulled out of RG.

I don't want to see any of big 4 or Serena on my tennis screen

by Anonymousreply 12706/06/2021

Federer deserves as much criticism as Osaka but he won't because he always gets a pass. He shouldn't have entered RG if he was going to possibly pull out to save himself for Wimbledon. I hope he loses first round there

by Anonymousreply 12806/06/2021

There is no Big 4, Andy.

by Anonymousreply 12906/06/2021


I am a MOTHER. You forgot that

by Anonymousreply 13006/06/2021

By the way, mister wc Holger Rune won his first challenger. He is getting near the ranking that will let him play US Open qualifications

by Anonymousreply 13106/06/2021

Just to let you guys know that former DL icon Coco W has lost in Nottingham qualies

by Anonymousreply 13206/06/2021

And Davidovich won, but of course he couldn't do it in an easy way so he had to overcome a 0-40 and another break point.

the guy loves drama

by Anonymousreply 13306/06/2021

And Medvedev just said that maybe Roger's retirement is unfair to Koepfer and he could think and retire before the end of the match

by Anonymousreply 13406/06/2021

you know the first week grass tournaments are pissed at RG for moving back a week.

The Nottingham draw is very weak. Konta and Riske are the top 2 seeds. Vekic, Giorgi, Mladenovic and Collins are the only other notables.

The men's Stuttgart draw is delayed a couple days but there are already a bunch of pullouts even from those who weren't at RG such as Raonic and Kyrgios.

by Anonymousreply 13506/06/2021

Where are you all watching? Peacock is rerunning Serena’s match. Where is the live coverage?

by Anonymousreply 13606/06/2021

Gramps's one goal is to go out of each Slam on a win. I suspect he'll pull the same kind of stunt at Wimbledon if he's tired and due to face someone great.

by Anonymousreply 13706/06/2021

Porhofukalova beats Horlover in a surprise bout.

BDK next against Bobo - who expected that one?

Did Kayalekervich's coach actually say that?

by Anonymousreply 13806/06/2021

Uh oh... Medvedev must not have gotten the memo that NO criticism of Federer is allowed. EVER!!!

by Anonymousreply 13906/06/2021

R139 What did Medvedev say about Federina?

by Anonymousreply 14006/06/2021

^See R134^

by Anonymousreply 14106/06/2021

Thanks R141 I agree with Medvedev.

by Anonymousreply 14206/06/2021

R134 why is it unfair to Koepfer ? Koepfer couldn't beat an old injured grandpa. Next time he should spit on himself rather than on the line

by Anonymousreply 14306/06/2021

Serena still thinks she can sit out most of the season and find her form in the early rounds of a major and win it. But she needs much more match play. You see it when she plays a point really well up until that last easy shot, which she blows.

And her fitness is clearly an issue. I know she has a thick build but she’s just not at a weight/fitness level typical of an elite athlete.

I think she needs a new coach.

by Anonymousreply 14406/06/2021

You know how has a cute bum? One Mr. Kei Nishikori, that's who.

by Anonymousreply 14506/06/2021

R143 AT least it's unfair to Djokovic or Musetti, because they are going to face a rested Berrettini.

The problem is not the withdraw, the problem is he is not injured at all.

On a forum someone has the nerve to compare this with Nadal in 2016, but Nadal was injured and he didn't even play Wimbledon

by Anonymousreply 14606/06/2021

even with the rest in the last round, Nishikori is not putting up enough resistance against Zverev today

by Anonymousreply 14706/06/2021

For Roger, it was either pull out now, or with some luck get past Berrentini and then have to pull out ahead of the Djokovics match, which of course, would paint him as afraid to lose to Djokovics (which he likely is) and of course Roger pulling out of that match would be a gift to Djoko, and Roger would rather die than give Djoko a walkover.

by Anonymousreply 14806/06/2021

R123, Fed will get away with this without any criticism. The comparison with Serena was in the sense of how much she would have been criticized and attacked if she had pulled out like this even if she had a legit injury.

by Anonymousreply 14906/06/2021

So I have The Tennis Channel and the 9pm French time match, is now ONLY on Peacock? How fucked up is that....I can't see Nadal/Sinner tomorrow live. WTF???

by Anonymousreply 15006/06/2021

R150 no its Swiatek that will be on Peacock

by Anonymousreply 15106/06/2021

Unfortunately the Tennis Channel doesn't have the ratings numbers or money to compete with NBC and ESPN for coverage rights. Whatever those channels want, they get. NBC is pushing its Peacock streaming service as many see streaming as the future of tv. That sucks for us while they test out tennis viewership. People were furious about the Federer match check out the comments under their post yesterday

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by Anonymousreply 15206/06/2021

if 2016 is the year nadal had hide from dope testing? I remember one AO he had to withdrew because of it

by Anonymousreply 15306/06/2021

Those comments! 😂 My thoughts exactly. I signed up for the peacock premium free trial after I realized that NBC wouldn’t be covering it last weekend. Fuck them! This splitting of coverage is fucked up.

And there was no way I was paying for it, so I couldn’t watch the zverev/nishikori match.

by Anonymousreply 15406/06/2021

[quote] I know she has a thick build but she’s just not at a weight/fitness level typical of an elite athlete.

She looks just fine to me.

by Anonymousreply 15506/06/2021

Free sreaming here...

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by Anonymousreply 15706/06/2021

Serena is fat and will never win another slam in her current condition.

Gramps should be fined for pulling out of RG, since he's clearly simply saving himself for Wimby.

I'd rim ADF from midnight till 6 a.m. without coming up for air.

by Anonymousreply 15806/06/2021

^say what !?

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by Anonymousreply 15906/06/2021

bad pic, but that's not the end I was talking about

by Anonymousreply 16006/06/2021


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by Anonymousreply 16106/06/2021

Sock def. Gomez to win the Little Rock slam

by Anonymousreply 16206/06/2021

R112 what makes you think Serena’s marriage is fake?

by Anonymousreply 16306/06/2021

R143 which forum? Always looking for more tennis chatter.

by Anonymousreply 16406/06/2021

Which white male players have yellow skin?

by Anonymousreply 16506/06/2021

Which white male players are actually (or look) bi-racial?

by Anonymousreply 16606/06/2021

What’s up with this? Popped up on my fb feed.

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by Anonymousreply 16706/06/2021

[quote] What’s up with this?

Rafa got married.

Serena had a baby.

by Anonymousreply 16806/06/2021

He got married in 2019, which is why that FB post is odd.

by Anonymousreply 16906/06/2021

I adore Rafa

by Anonymousreply 17006/06/2021

That’s weird. Maybe he is on Facebook and bored. Lol. He’s not the GOAT of social media - Remember his Instagram Live with Roger? 😬

by Anonymousreply 17106/06/2021

I hope Gramps draws some big-serving player who plays out of his mind and knocks Queenie Federina out in the first round at Wimbledon. He can then get all the rest he wants. Two weeks of doing nothing but screaming at Mirka and reliving his missed match points in the 2019 final.

by Anonymousreply 17206/06/2021

Roger was a jackass to withdraw *after* winning the match. Koepfer should be allowed to advance in a situation like that. Roger deserves a lot of criticism for this.

I love Tsitsipas and Nadal. I hope one of them wins.

by Anonymousreply 17306/06/2021

Gramps will explode with anger when Rafa gets to #21 on Sunday and if Novaxx subsequently gets to 20 or 21 next year.

by Anonymousreply 17406/07/2021

Rafa will most likely get 21 or 22. Novaxx (whom I loathe) will end up with 25 or so.

Gramps will be like Sampras. The undisputed GOAT... for a very short time.

by Anonymousreply 17506/07/2021

At least Sampras held the record for a few years after retirement. Gramps will be seething with rage over being overtaken while still an active player.

Rafa could win the US Open this year and get to 22. By next year he could overtake Great Auntie Ree as well.

by Anonymousreply 17606/07/2021

Novaxx at 25, R175? I don't think so. He already looks ancient, emaciated and desiccated.

by Anonymousreply 17706/07/2021

WTF Sloane? Down 1-5 to some unknown also-ran Ova.

by Anonymousreply 17806/07/2021

Even if Rafa ends up with only 21, his dominant h2h against Gramps, including the bitchslaps at Roland Garros, will skew the record in his favor. Likewise Novaxxx and his record versus Gramps at Wimbledon and USA Open.

by Anonymousreply 17906/07/2021

R178 she's not making Krejcikova move enough. Krejcikova is good at planting her feet and dictating with her heavy shots. She doesn't move well so the key is to get her off balance by side to side. So far Sloane is too passive like Svitolina the other day

by Anonymousreply 18006/07/2021

Why is a former Slam winner and Garros finalist Sloane relegated to Suzanne Lenglen while Gauff and the pigeon Jabeur get to play on Chatrier?

by Anonymousreply 18106/07/2021

R181.After todays performance of sloth I am sure FFT we're happy with their scheduling decision

by Anonymousreply 18206/07/2021

Sloane Stephens collapse is complete

by Anonymousreply 18306/07/2021

Sloane lost 2 and love? WTF. Probably nobody with tickets was even seated before the match was over.

by Anonymousreply 18406/07/2021

What the hell happened to poor Sloane? Why couldn't it have been Jabore or Gruff or Unknown-Ova playing like that instead?

by Anonymousreply 18506/07/2021

Anyone saw Kei/ Sasha match? What a hammering Kei got from Sasha

6 4 6 1 6 1

by Anonymousreply 18606/07/2021

I doubt Rafa will win the US Open. His options outside clay are not that high.

On clay he is almost untouchable, but on hard courts there's a good bunch of players who can defeat him

Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev are more regular now, they don't lose before the final rounds. I doubt the big 2 (Roger is a non factor now) will win all the GS from now on.

Nole will be the favourite on Wimbledon, but he is far from being untouchable there, and the same on the US Open.

And there are even younger player who will be a factor soon if they improve at the same rhythm they are improving till now

by Anonymousreply 18706/07/2021

Gauff won easily her match and she made her first quarterfinals

by Anonymousreply 18806/07/2021

r167. I wasn't going to say anything the thread but since you brought it up; did you see the IG video from a couple of days ago where they brought presents to his hotel room? It's very fun, except no wife, no room for her, no place setting, Oops!

She must be too shy to share a hotel room with him and WAY to private to be with him on his birthday. It would be far too distracting for him.

Today's "mistake" was just a reminder from his public relations team that he is heterosexual.

The 60 Min interview he did last month was ONLY to show he was married. He wasn't promoting anything and had no reason to do it and he revealed nothing. It was just a chance to point to the shy wife "look I'm married" but not talk to her or see them interact because their love is so special and private and he's so complicated.

by Anonymousreply 18906/07/2021

If Rafa were gay would anyone care if he were to come out? Most of Spain isn't that conservative or even that religious anymore, so what would he risk by coming out that he would need to stay closeted?

by Anonymousreply 19006/07/2021

It's not about the country it's about the sports enviroment.

I remember a gay magazine director saying he knows about a former soccer player who is now married with a man, but the guy doesn't want to come out publicly because he lives well and doesn't want all the hate he'll receive if he comes out.

Tennis is a sport with a lot of gay following but till now no active player came out.

Now young people come out at a younger age so probably it'll change in the future, but players are generally isolated in academies so probably not the best enviroment to come out. Probably the first one to do it it'll come from college tennis (now people start to get good results older so we'll se more and more college tennis players breaking in the circuit)

by Anonymousreply 19106/07/2021

r190- $$$Because of the Academy- Parents wouldn't want to send their kids to an academy owned by a homo.

For many years he was "don't ask, don't tell" the wife was just "a friend" for years and then on ONE day everyone called her "girlfriend". As if they got the word from above. We all see the same matches, there were discussions about it at the time. The commentators were like, so I guess we're calling her his girlfriend? Darren Cahill practically choked on the word the first time he said it and someone had to jump in to cover it, "Yes , that's his girlfriend".

In candid pictures he looks more comfortable hugging a busboy than his wife.

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by Anonymousreply 19206/07/2021

Musetti breaks!

by Anonymousreply 19306/07/2021

What a great first set by Musetti. Finally, a newbie who isn’t afraid to stand up to the big boy bullies.

by Anonymousreply 19406/07/2021

It was a great set!

by Anonymousreply 19506/07/2021

And isn’t it great to see Djokovic’s camp stunned into immobile silence?

by Anonymousreply 19606/07/2021

[quote] Gramps will be like Sampras. The undisputed GOAT... for a very short time.


by Anonymousreply 19706/07/2021

R197 Sorry Marge, but nobody thinks you are the goat. You are not even in the top 3

by Anonymousreply 19806/07/2021

You can pretty much bank on Roger not having to face a seeded player at Wimbledon until the QF.

by Anonymousreply 19906/07/2021

Will Cames be waiting in the locker room to comfort Struff?

by Anonymousreply 20006/07/2021

R199, how could they guarantee that? Even with their draw fixing they could not ensure that the 17-32 player and the 9-16 player in Grampy Fed's draw would both lose early.

by Anonymousreply 20106/07/2021

Oh dear. Novaxx down 2 sets.

by Anonymousreply 20206/07/2021

Second set to Musetti. Blimey. Dare we dream?

by Anonymousreply 20306/07/2021

Musetti up two sets!

by Anonymousreply 20406/07/2021


by Anonymousreply 20506/07/2021

Lil Diego in quarterfinal without losing despite being in shoddy form

by Anonymousreply 20606/07/2021

Yay! Musetti 👏👏👏

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by Anonymousreply 20806/07/2021

I think it is still a tad early to dream, but I have faith in Lorenzo. Also Novaxx, so far, is not playing a very impressive game.

by Anonymousreply 20906/07/2021

Lil Diego through in straight sets. So pleased he's managing to rescue his season.

by Anonymousreply 21006/07/2021

Musetti has a large, black and unsightly chin mole that the DL Mole Patrol will not like.

by Anonymousreply 21106/07/2021

If Lorenzo Mussy pull out a win then I will give party to all you guys

by Anonymousreply 21206/07/2021

He needs to grow a beard ASAP. It would be a 💯 improvement.

He does have beautiful legs.

by Anonymousreply 21306/07/2021

djoko is not gonna win RG anyway so who cares? he could lose now and preapre for Wimbledon when he has much better chance of winning

by Anonymousreply 21406/07/2021

I hope Sinner is extra motivated by Musetti's feat, even if Musetti ultimately loses. Taking two sets off Djokovic at age 19 is impressive. Djokovic looks like he's rolling now, though, but it's not over yet.

by Anonymousreply 21506/07/2021

How hung is Sakkari?

by Anonymousreply 21606/07/2021

Well obviously we jinxed Musetti with our mole talk.

by Anonymousreply 21706/07/2021

Seem to be partial to Cocomania.

by Anonymousreply 21806/07/2021

Lorenzo is welcome to sit on my face.

by Anonymousreply 21906/07/2021

We need to jinix these big bitches

Hey OP, Kindly include picture of Rafa / Nole in the next OP post

by Anonymousreply 22006/07/2021

Nole not Mole!

by Anonymousreply 22106/07/2021

Musetti withdrew what a brat

by Anonymousreply 22206/07/2021

What a sore loser Musetti to retire 2 games away from defeat out of spite because he didn't want to be given the double bagel. It's not the first time he pulls this. He did the same against Djere in Sardinia last year, he retired 2 games from defeat. Not the behaviour of a champion that's for sure.

by Anonymousreply 22306/07/2021

Kenin needs to burn that abortion of a tennis dress she's wearing.

by Anonymousreply 22406/07/2021

Kenin always looks like her dress has been altered to be shorter than normal.

by Anonymousreply 22506/07/2021

Kenin out!

by Anonymousreply 22606/07/2021

Isn't it great to see r196 stunned into immobile silence~!

by Anonymousreply 22706/07/2021

Musetti also has unsightly, black neck moles. Ewwwww!

by Anonymousreply 22806/07/2021

Gauff is going to win this thing now. The US media hype is going to be out of control.

by Anonymousreply 22906/07/2021

Sinner team or Rafa team?

by Anonymousreply 23006/07/2021

Sinner all the way!

by Anonymousreply 23106/07/2021

Chokes the early lead away. Typical.

by Anonymousreply 23206/07/2021

And Sinner blows a break lead and drops the first set. I wonder how quickly Nadal will run away with this now.

by Anonymousreply 23306/07/2021

Sinner making lots of errors now and Nadal is running away with it.

by Anonymousreply 23406/07/2021

I didn't realize that Novaxx has to play Berretini tomorrow? He must secretly hate Paris he'd had so many bad breaks over the years; 3rd billing, rain/darkness, coach died, grandfather died?, touched the net, beat Rafa in the semi but lost the final.

No way he beats Berretini and a fresh Rafa.

Also, credit to Roger for the power move to give Berretini the boost. . I hate it but the German kid couldn't get it done. The top 3 are mentally tougher, it's a fact.

by Anonymousreply 23506/07/2021

tomorrow is zverev/fokina and tsitsi/med

by Anonymousreply 23606/07/2021

^Thanks, I see that now, good.

by Anonymousreply 23706/07/2021

I'm Team Rafa all the way to hoisting the trophy!

by Anonymousreply 23806/07/2021

Sinner is not remotely ready to defeat Rafa on a GS.

The kid is talented but he seems unable to close sets and has trouble everytime he has to serve to stay in the set, that is lethal against Nadal

And he does the same everytime they play.ç

Maybe on hard court or grass, but on clay he doesn't have any chance.

Musetty needs to improve physically or he'll never take profit of his inmense talent

by Anonymousreply 23906/07/2021

I shall never by a Rolex. They 'salute the best of Rolland Garros' and show everyone but Rafa. And whats with the snotty english accent on the commercial as well. I thought Rolex was a Swiss company, why the english accent? Patek Philippe is quality. Rolex are for the suburban McMansion crowd.

by Anonymousreply 24006/07/2021

Disappointing effort from Sinner. I knew he wasn't ready to beat Nadal on clay. Who is, after all? But I was hoping for him to give Nadal more of a match, maybe take at least a set. Instead he gets bageled in the third.

Ugh, another motherfucking Nadal RG win. Wake me when the nightmare is over.

by Anonymousreply 24106/07/2021

Sinner performances was dissapointing, way worse than last year.

I don't think Nole and Rafa are unbeatable at all but they were able to survive anyway without much trouble (well Nole had trouble during more than two hours)

by Anonymousreply 24206/07/2021

PUSSIES ALERT! musetti, (how do you win the 1st 2 sets and then lose the 3rd and 4th set 6-1 6-0 and only get 14 points TOTAL in both sets?????????..

Sinner, up 5-3 in the first set and then ONLY GETS 3 MORE GAMES????????????

Shameful and ridiculous on both their accounts of the "cough cough" next gen!...

by Anonymousreply 24306/07/2021

R240, Rafa has a sponsorship deal with another watch manufacturer, so he can’t be in a Rolex ad. It’s sports—it’s strictly business.

by Anonymousreply 24406/07/2021

So if Nadal went on to win this FO, he will pass Federer as the most GS win for men? That might add extra pressure for Gramps to win Wimbledon. Tall order for him.

by Anonymousreply 24506/07/2021

Is Mirka stuffing herself with donuts and cookies yet? She must be terrified of the hissy fits she's going to have to deal with starting from Sunday when Rafa overtakes Prima Donna Federina. And when Federina crashes and burns at Wimbledon and USA Open, poor Mirka will need bodyguards.

by Anonymousreply 24606/07/2021

Given the current state of the game and the lack of mental toughness all the younger guys have shown over the years (e.g., Thiem acts like a pussy after winning his first Slam), it's hard not to see Nadal winning 2-4 more, or maybe even more than that. I can't see Federer taking more than one maybe, and that would be at Wimbledon, but I think Fed may be done. He really blew it at 2019 Wimbledon.

Nadal peaked earlier than Fed (Nadal won first GS at 18, Fed was 21) and Nadal is five years younger AND no one can beat Nadal at RG, so he'll just keep winning them. He'll likely win others, too, if the draws fall apart like the US Open in 2017 and 2019.

I think the battle now is between Djokovic and Nadal for most Slams. Djokovic has more options with Wimbledon, Australia and the US, but never count out Nadal from winning all those once or more again.

by Anonymousreply 24706/07/2021

Nadal was 19 (he was 19 just before winning his first RG) and Fed was on the verge of 22. Nole was 20 (the year he turned 21 and he had to wait three years for the second one).

Sinner is 19 (He'll turn 20 this year), Musetti is 19 and this is his first GS (he played qualies in Australia but he lost in first round).

I don't think they are the ones who should challenge Nadal and Nole right now but Medvedev (who will turn 25 this year), Zverev (24) and Tsitsipas (23)

by Anonymousreply 24806/07/2021

well after a promising start this year's RG is starting to really suck. I was hoping for more consistency on the women's side and more unpredictability on the men's side. Nadal and Djokovic seem very likely to reach the SF. At least they won't play each other in the final. I wish Zverev and Rublev had switched places in the draw. Very disappointing performance from Sinner and what a collapse from Musetti. I'm hoping for a Berrettini/Schwartman SF but that's likely to much to ask.

I hope Swiatek wins the title now. If not then I want a Gauff/Badosa final as they're both 2 on-the-rise young players. We definitely don't need more random veterans or journeywomen to win a slam.

by Anonymousreply 24906/07/2021

Stuttgart draw is out

Shapovalov is top seed and faces a tough opener against either Lopez or Popyrin who should do well on grass

#2 seed is Hurkacz who has struggled during the clay season after winning Miami. Not sure how he does on grass.

#3 seed is FAA whose partnership with Tio Tony really hasn't worked out too well. He'll open against Harris or Simon

#4 De Minaur who despite his counter punching game sucks on clay too so maybe he'll like switching to grass.

#5 seed Basilashvili will play WC Dustin Brown in what could be the most unpredictable first round match with those 2 lol

#6 Humbert opens against DL and Courier favorite Fuscovics.

Cilic is also in the draw unseeded.

by Anonymousreply 25006/07/2021

This should be a good opportunity for Felix winning his first title. He used to play well on grass back in 2019

by Anonymousreply 25106/07/2021

R220 lol I'll try to remember

by Anonymousreply 25206/07/2021

I like the unpredictability of the womens side though I do want a seeded player to win this year. I'm gonna skip the men's final. I dont care at all to see Nadal win the fucking tournament yet again. Got better things to do.

by Anonymousreply 25306/07/2021

Swiatek is so fucking annoying and cringy.

by Anonymousreply 25406/07/2021

And fake

by Anonymousreply 25506/07/2021

No wonder she plays with Mattek - Sands.

by Anonymousreply 25606/07/2021


by Anonymousreply 25706/07/2021

Genie Bikini had surgery on her shoulder and won't be able to play for a while. One less contender for the Wimbledon title!

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by Anonymousreply 25806/07/2021

If nothing else I hope Kostyuk at least takes a set off of Swiatek. I dont want to see her bulldoze her way to the title.

by Anonymousreply 25906/07/2021

I can’t wait for Tsitsy/Med tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 26006/07/2021

I love Swiatek's game.

She was born to play on clay

by Anonymousreply 26106/07/2021

R261 until the opponent make UE?

by Anonymousreply 26206/07/2021

Kostyiuk is a choker. Broken like a child.

by Anonymousreply 26306/07/2021

And Swiatek won 63 64.

Curiously it was the closest match of the women's by far

by Anonymousreply 26406/07/2021


by Anonymousreply 26506/07/2021

r252, If we're taking requests could we please have a creative introduction like we've had in the past and if r1 could at least make an attempt at humor. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 26606/07/2021

Someone mentioned nadal and grandpa's insta live and I've never seen it so I went onto YouTube to watch it and got sucked into watching tennis videos for hours!

by Anonymousreply 26706/07/2021

remember when Djokovic first started on the pro tour he had trouble playing best of 5 matches too. He was known for retiring a lot and got a ton of criticism for it. So Musetti has time to build up his endurance

by Anonymousreply 26806/07/2021

^Yes and in 2005 Miami best of 5 ,18yo Rafa collapsed against Abuelo up 2 sets up with all of Latin America behind him. He never won Miami. Pobrecito.

by Anonymousreply 26906/07/2021

German Open confirms Naomi Osaka won't take part next week following the 23-year-old's withdrawal from the French Open due to mental health concerns... with Wimbledon just three weeks away

Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the upcoming German Open, which will kick off just two weeks before the start of Wimbledon.

The world No 2 and four-time Grand Slam winner dropped out of the French Open at the second-round stage last week due to mental health concerns having chosen not to speak to the press during the tournament.

Her latest decision not to play in the Berlin tournament, which begins on Monday 14 June, casts some doubt on her participation at the All England Club.

In a statement, the organisers of the event in the German capital said: 'Unfortunately, we have also received notification that Naomi Osaka cannot start in Berlin.

'After consulting her management, she will take a break. We wish her all the best for the rest of the season and hope to see her next year.'

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by Anonymousreply 27006/07/2021

Sorry r267! 😉 Been there...

by Anonymousreply 27106/07/2021

R271, no worries, I had a good time watching !

by Anonymousreply 27206/07/2021

I don't think that Danish twink is homophobic, I don't find any kind of ban on him

A fine and 2 weeks max suspension may be at most but not a long term ban which some people are demanding on twitter

Anyway ATP has already launched an investigation

by Anonymousreply 27306/07/2021

Tell us more about this please, R273.

by Anonymousreply 27406/07/2021


by Anonymousreply 27506/07/2021

Looks like Porky Pig Jr....

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by Anonymousreply 27606/07/2021

I need to see him shirtless before I decide if this bothers me or not.

by Anonymousreply 27706/07/2021

R277, said like a true DLer.

by Anonymousreply 27806/07/2021

The Trans and Tennis Part 2

[quote] At age 28, I began transitioning. But my body didn't become mine until I picked up a racket.

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by Anonymousreply 27906/07/2021

A straight female friend told me yesterday she finds John McEnroe sexy. I almost threw up when she mentioned it. The troll JMac? With a personality even uglier than his hideous face? I still can't get over someone actually being attracted to him. Ewww!

by Anonymousreply 28006/08/2021

I still love Rafa Nadal.

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ATP has confirmed to Danish TV that it has launched an official investigation into inappropriate comments made by Danish player Holger Rune.

Holger Rune is an 18-year old tennis player who has been breaking out in 2021 with some stellar results especially on the clay courts of South America. The youngster recently won the Biella Challenger and it was in Italy that this incident occurred. During the semifinal match vs Etcheverry Rune made homophobic comments directed towards his opponent.

Danish television station TV 2 SPORT reached out to ATP and received a written response from the Organization that read:

"ATP is committed to ensuring an inclusive environment for all players, staff and fans, and there is absolutely no room for homophobic remarks in tennis."

by Anonymousreply 28206/08/2021

The "it was direct to my self" justification by Rune proves he is really an idiot. He doesn't even understand that the problem is using "faggots" as an insult rather who is the receiving end of the comment.

by Anonymousreply 28306/08/2021

r280, don't be shocked, but I also find JMac sexy. And I'm a gay male, before you have to ask. Not everyone has the same tastes.

by Anonymousreply 28406/08/2021

There is no doubt in my mind that Pico (Juan Monaco) and Rafa were fucking. You look at those pictures and Pico is HAF and there is very obvious sexual chemistry between them. Pico must be hung to deal with all dat booty.

by Anonymousreply 28506/08/2021

I'm as avid of a tennis fan as they come and I have never heard of Zidansek. Possibly I've seen her name in a draw before and forgot. Watch her win this whole thing lol.

by Anonymousreply 28606/08/2021

So, is Rune a faggot or not?

by Anonymousreply 28706/08/2021

I was calling myself a fag! I’m the victim! Of a hate crime! Lol

His mom and mouratoglou come off just as bad though tbh.

Don’t care for him anyway. Rune < Ruud

by Anonymousreply 28806/08/2021

I’ve seen Zidansek in the draw but i don’t think I have watched any of her matches. I only watch wta matches during the slams though...

I guess it’s easy to miss some players.

by Anonymousreply 28906/08/2021

I agre, r288. Rune's botched "apology" could be down to his age, but there are no excuses for his mother, and certainly none for Mouratoglou, who I think is one of the vilest and most blatant self-promoters I've ever seen.

by Anonymousreply 29006/08/2021

R283 That excuse didn't work for that golf player.

But to be honest, allez faggot doesn't make any sense as insult to his rival. But unless he comes out of the closet i don't think it'll work as defense either

by Anonymousreply 29106/08/2021

I think the intention was to say "Allez!" to himself and "f****t!" to his opponent, as in "Yes! Take that, f****t!," r291.

by Anonymousreply 29206/08/2021

who the faggot is?

by Anonymousreply 29306/08/2021

Badosa has great bone structure- those cheekbones!

Zidansek looks like Kylie Jenner pre-surgery

by Anonymousreply 29406/08/2021

what a bitch iga is, what a mean cunt, she is accusing rival of cheating

by Anonymousreply 29506/08/2021

r285, That's a lot of social media and socializing for someone who is so private, no?

The wife and sister are so private they stay in their own hotel room and order room service.

Sad that Rafa's sister could never find the right man in country with the hottest men in the world.

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by Anonymousreply 29606/08/2021

Where'd you get that from, r295? Are you talking about Mattek-Sands's "rubbing out" incident in the doubles match? Because if you are, then no-one accused anyone of cheating.

by Anonymousreply 29706/08/2021

R297 are you polish or something ? or her PR?

by Anonymousreply 29806/08/2021

No, neither, r298. I just saw the entire point on Eurosport Player, and rewound to see exactly what happened. The four girls were all pretty happy with the umpire's decision to replay the point.

Are you a shit stirrer?

by Anonymousreply 29906/08/2021

[quote] There is no doubt in my mind that Pico (Juan Monaco) and Rafa were fucking. You look at those pictures and Pico is HAF and there is very obvious sexual chemistry between them

[quote] Juan Monaco splits with girlfriend, dates a friend of Rafael Nadal The former top 10 player is going through confusing times

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by Anonymousreply 30006/08/2021

^Delicioso, delicioso!

by Anonymousreply 30106/08/2021

I read some comments on forums disliking players like Sinner and Alcaraz because they are too polite (translation, they don't have a personality) but in the end that's way better than acting like a jerk on court, because this was far from being Rune's first incident.

It's true that the danish is a rising star, but he received a lot of wc (even more than Musetti or Alcaraz who have a way better ranking) and he has a tendency to smash raquets and to have temper tantrums on court. Of course homophobic insults is going too far, and his mother and Moratoglou are not doing him any favours with their behaviour either.

For some reason it seems to be an interest on him, there are tons of articles (some as ridiculous as calling him the James Bond of tennis) praising him

by Anonymousreply 30206/08/2021

Today he has a match against a player ranked 703.

Let see how this controversy affects him.

It is obvious that he is a gay and a bottom at that.

Let hope ATP official will not be too harsh on him

by Anonymousreply 30306/08/2021

So would being a bottom make him 'even more' gay? SMDH.

by Anonymousreply 30406/08/2021

No R304 But since he is a bottom he deserves our empathy even more because most of us here are bottom.

by Anonymousreply 30506/08/2021

Poor Badosa. She had a good chance to reach the final from the bottom half and didn't seize the opportunity. Jeez, are we going to get a Zidansek v Pavlyuchenkova demifinal?

by Anonymousreply 30606/08/2021

I like Badosa a lot.

by Anonymousreply 30706/08/2021

Badosa is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 30806/08/2021

Pavlyuchenkova is a good player. The winner of her match with Rybakina better get to the final.

by Anonymousreply 30906/08/2021

Very impressed with Rybakina. She doesn’t seem to wilt and few on court dramatics

by Anonymousreply 31006/08/2021

Happy for Pavlyuchenkova. At almost 30 she finally gets to a slam semifinal. Rybakina is fairly young and will have more opportunities.

by Anonymousreply 31106/08/2021

Alphabet Soup! She also received the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award in Paris (no idea what it stands for)

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by Anonymousreply 31206/08/2021

Marion Bartoli is a better interviewer than Fabrice Santaro and Cedric Pioline .

Blonde hair suits her.

Cedric has not aged well .I use to find him hot when I wasa kid

by Anonymousreply 31306/08/2021

Cori Gauff is going to win this whole thing. She is the only one remained in the draw who is physically not very tired and has got a winner mentality.

by Anonymousreply 31406/08/2021

R314 I dont know. Almost every comment I see everywhere thinks Swiatek already has one hand on the trophy.

by Anonymousreply 31506/08/2021

Swiatek troll, again

by Anonymousreply 31606/08/2021

R316 I'm a troll? I'm just saying many think she is going to win and win easy. Not saying I want her to though I'm a casual fan of her.

by Anonymousreply 31706/08/2021


by Anonymousreply 31806/08/2021

Davidovich-Fokina has a nice tokhes.

by Anonymousreply 31906/08/2021

Agreed r319. Would that he could get past Zverev.

by Anonymousreply 32006/08/2021

R315, Iga is favorite on paper but she has doubles commitment too.which might put dent on her physical fressness in the coming matches..

Also after getting past agile players like Maria S I don't think that she will have enough in her tank to face Ciori

Also the way her game completely collapsed after easily winning the first set against Simona Help during AO makes me doubtful of her mental toughness despite having one Slam under her belt.

by Anonymousreply 32106/08/2021

Very happy for Nastia. She's maybe the most cultured player on tour, likes to play chess and go to see philarmonic orchestras playing classical music. Am I posh? Yes I am.

by Anonymousreply 32206/08/2021

I think Iga has this. Unless she literally has zero left physically I can’t see coco having enough to take her.

I’m happy for pavlyachenkova (I am totally guessing on spelling and too lazy to check!) and Rybakina is young and has a great future.

by Anonymousreply 32306/08/2021

just saw davidovich being interviewed on eurosport and up close the guy has totally yellow teeth. erotic dream ruined.

by Anonymousreply 32406/08/2021

A. Zverev team or A. Davidovich Fukina team?

by Anonymousreply 32506/08/2021

[quote] I am totally guessing on spelling and too lazy to check!

Just call her Alphabet Soup. We all do so here on The Gays and Tennis.

by Anonymousreply 32606/08/2021

I’ve seen alphabet soup mentioned 😭 I tend to scroll by wta chat because I only watch during slams.

Added to my nickname list! ✔️

by Anonymousreply 32706/08/2021

I’m team whoever can hold their fucking serve! Damn.

by Anonymousreply 32806/08/2021

Fuker is slightly less assholey than Zverev so I'm going with him.

by Anonymousreply 32906/08/2021

Sloppy first set goes to Zverev over Davidovich Fokina. Seven breaks in that first set. DF made a ton of errors at terrible times. Zverev couldn't close the deal when serving for the set.

by Anonymousreply 33006/08/2021

Iga should take a page out of Federer and Osaka's book and drop out of doubles for no reason whatsoever. "I've talked to my team..."

by Anonymousreply 33106/08/2021

Swiatek barely has opposition in her singles matches. She is not tired.

I don't think Gauff is there yet, Swiatek is really good on clay. Anyway, that should be an interesting semifinal

by Anonymousreply 33206/08/2021

By the way, Rune just lost the second set 61 (after winning the first one on the tie break)

by Anonymousreply 33306/08/2021

wow I cannot believe what happened in the women's bottom half of the draw.

by Anonymousreply 33406/08/2021

$331 No, she is full of herself , she told polish media that she is able to win so many matches , day after day . she is tough and strong because she won two matches in Rome, QF and SF this year so dubles matches dont bother her

by Anonymousreply 33506/08/2021

A. Zverev advances.

by Anonymousreply 33606/08/2021

It’s doubles match.

by Anonymousreply 33706/08/2021

Tsitsy team or Daniil team?

by Anonymousreply 33806/08/2021

Sasha madly flirting with Marion Bartoli. Did not see that coming.

by Anonymousreply 33906/08/2021

That’s hard! I think Tsitsy has a bigger chance at winning BUT what if Med made it thru to the final?! That would be an amazing turn of events.

by Anonymousreply 34006/08/2021

I like Swiatek but now I'm rooting for an upset cause everyone and their mother is so sure that she will win.

by Anonymousreply 34106/08/2021

Maria is no pushover. The way she destroyed Kenin was very impressive

by Anonymousreply 34206/08/2021

Sasha is a new dad.

by Anonymousreply 34306/08/2021

R342 Kenin was not playing well the whole tournament (in fact the whole year, but she is a great competitor who always rise her level for the GS)

Sakkari has a tendency to tank and choke on the big moments. She has the game to challenge Swiatek, but i think the polish will win anyway

by Anonymousreply 34406/08/2021

Kenin was not playing well last year, too, yet she was in final somehow.

by Anonymousreply 34506/08/2021

Alexander Zverev involved in heated row with umpire Alison Hughes over a tight line call in his French Open quarter final... before going on to claim a straight sets win and become the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since 1996

Alexander Zverev was involved in a heated row with the umpire during the early stages of his French Open quarter-final on Thursday night.

The German, who went on to book his place in the last four with a straight sets win, was left furious with a a close line call during his encounter with Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Zverev chose to make his own decision and called a wide backhand from Fokina out during a point in the fourth game of the match, which would have given the 24-year-old a break of serve.

But the umpire, Britain's Alison Hughes, climbed down from her seat to inspect the ball mark and did not agree with Zverev's decision that the ball was out.

Believing she had looked at the wrong mark on the court, Zverev rushed back towards the mark and said: 'No, no, no! It's here! No!'

But as Hughes returned to her seat and declared it was not a full mark, the German crouched to his knees and protested.

He said: 'I never complain about much - if you say it's in or out I always agree. But how do you call this in?

Hughes replied: 'For me it is not a complete mark.'

Zverev, still not convinced with her decision, replied: 'I understand that for you it's in because you say it's in, but it is not!'

After play resumed, Zverev cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Fokina.

Sixth seed Zverev became the first German to reach the last four at Roland Garros since Michael Stich in 1996.

He was simply too good for the world No 46, who managed to hold serve only three times for his first appearance on court Philippe Chatrier.

After a tense opening set in which both players had struggled to hold serve, world number six Zverev stepped up a gear as the Spaniard faltered.

Another double break in the third set saw Zverev move 4-1 ahead before Davidovich Fokina failed to hold again as the German took his place in the last four, completing a comfortable victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

Zverev will face either Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia.

'Obviously it's very nice to be in the semi-finals but that doesn't satisfy me,' said Zverev.

'I've been playing better and better and now we'll see what happens next.'

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by Anonymousreply 34606/08/2021

Good thing baby mama is fighting for full custody to keep rat-faced Zverev away from the kid, R343, or AZ would probably become a child beater too.

by Anonymousreply 34706/08/2021

Zverev yelling at a female umpire. Great optics given the abuse allegation of 1 ex gf

by Anonymousreply 34806/08/2021

Is the mutual dislike between Tsitsipas and Medvedev simply because they're both trash talkers during a match? or there's more to it?

by Anonymousreply 34906/08/2021

I don't know, but i suppose called someone bullshit russian is not the best way to make friends.

I think they don't like each other but i don't know why their behaviour on court is equally bad

by Anonymousreply 35006/08/2021

The history between the hotheads...

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by Anonymousreply 35106/08/2021

I’ve always thought “Shut your fuck up!” was a very funny flub. Tsitsy looks like such a baby in that clip.

by Anonymousreply 35206/08/2021

And Medvedev looks like a runaway train to Siberia.

by Anonymousreply 35306/08/2021

Tsitsipas may have initiated their feud but Medvedev has gotten into it with several other players over the years, even some before he was a top player

by Anonymousreply 35406/08/2021

I think Medvedev definitely needed his sports psychologist!

by Anonymousreply 35506/08/2021

He blocked Medvedev in insta lol.

Medvedev is very tough mentally.

by Anonymousreply 35606/08/2021

If Medvedev is so tough mentally, then why does he constantly erupt like Vesuvius?

by Anonymousreply 35706/08/2021

Like he did 20 minutes ago?

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Yeah, I think Med’s problem was anger over some really trivial things. He’s said that his psychologist helped a lot. Incidentally, his psychologist is Gilles Cervara’s wife.

by Anonymousreply 35906/08/2021

Titsy and his volumptuous purple booty all the way!

by Anonymousreply 36006/08/2021

According to Tennis Channel, Med has never come back from being down two sets.

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by Anonymousreply 36206/08/2021

What a way to end the match...

Tsitsy > Zverev

by Anonymousreply 36306/08/2021

That could be an amazing match. They're both playing REALLY well.

by Anonymousreply 36406/08/2021

Jesus, Medvedev is a fucking idiot!

by Anonymousreply 36506/08/2021

wow, can't believe he lost!

he lost focus.

by Anonymousreply 36606/08/2021

No, he was outplayed R366.

by Anonymousreply 36706/08/2021

It's rather depressing that it's been 18 years since an American man has won a grand slam. I'm not getting any younger here.

by Anonymousreply 36806/08/2021

Lost focus, R366? That was a walkabout from first point to match point.

by Anonymousreply 36906/08/2021

I'd love Tommy Paul to win one just on aesthetics but I'm not holding my breath.

by Anonymousreply 37006/08/2021

What kind of relationship do Medvedev and Kyrgios have? I feel like they should hate each other but I don't recall hearing anything about them having a feud

by Anonymousreply 37106/08/2021

[quote] then why does he constantly erupt like Vesuvius?

Her name is spelled “Venus”.

by Anonymousreply 37206/08/2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas could be making his move into tennis' elite at the 2021 French Open

As he approaches his 23rd birthday in August, Stefanos Tsitsipas has already achieved more than most tennis players ever will: seven career titles (including the 2019 ATP Finals and the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters, his first 1000-level win), three Grand Slam semifinal appearances.

Entering the French Open, he had won 25 matches in his first 14 Slams, only one behind where Roger Federer was through 14, with the same number of first-round exits and more trips to the quarterfinals or later (three to young Federer's two).

The Fed similarities don't end there. Tsitsipas has one of the most dominant serves on tour, a one-handed backhand and a forehand that creates sharp angles out of nowhere. (His flowing locks are better than anything Federer could have dreamed of, as well.) He has flashed enough upside in his young career that long ago -- perhaps right around the time he was knocking Federer, the two-time defending champion, out of the 2019 Australian Open -- we began wondering if or when he might force his way into the sport's ruling class.

We wonder that about a lot of players, of course. Hell, we wondered it once of Federer himself -- the eventual 20-time Slam champion had been a frustration, eliminated before the quarterfinals in seven consecutive Slams before finally breaking through at Wimbledon in 2003.

Sometimes the breakthroughs never happen, but after making the semis in both October's French Open and January's Australian Open, then enjoying a ferocious clay-court season this spring, Tsitsipas might be making his move. And if he can maintain his recent form, the draw he was given in Paris could produce his strongest Slam performance yet.

Sometimes it happens before you even know to anticipate it. Eighteen-year-old Rafael Nadal was ranked 51st in the world at the end of 2004, then surged, reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open, taking Federer to five sets in the finals at Miami, entering his first French Open as the No. 4 seed and dropping only three sets on his way to the title. His draw wasn't particularly easy -- he had to beat former semifinalist Sebastian Grosjean, future finalist David Ferrer and future champion Federer on his way to the final. He would win the next three tournaments at Roland Garros as well before eventually finding success on other surfaces.

Sometimes, however, your breakthrough requires fortuitous circumstances. Dominic Thiem won his first Slam title at a 2020 US Open in which Nadal opted out, Federer was out injured and Novak Djokovic had been disqualified in the fourth round. And Federer's own first Slam win included some breaks.

The 2003 Wimbledon Championships were taking place without seven-time champion Pete Sampras, 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic or two-time recent finalist Patrick Rafter, all of whom had retired within the previous year. Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt lost in the first round to a young Ivo Karlovic as well, and No. 2 seed Andre Agassi lost in the fourth round to veteran Mark Philippoussis.

The draw was wide open for Federer, especially after burgeoning nemesis David Nalbandian, who had beaten Federer in five sets at the Australian Open and would beat him again at the U.S. Open, fell to Tim Henman in the fourth round. Federer blazed through four unseeded players and dropped only one set on his way to a semifinal battle with Andy Roddick. That gave him all the confidence he required: He beat both Roddick and Philippoussis in straight sets and lifted the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy for the first of eight times.

by Anonymousreply 37306/08/2021

It's hard to look at Tsitsipas' French Open draw and not get 2003 Wimbledon vibes.

Granted, all of tennis' Big Three -- Federer, Nadal, Djokovic -- remain in the field, so it's not a full-on Thiem or 2003 Fed situation. But all of these grand champions are in the top half of the draw. Roland Garros' inexplicable policy of using overall ATP rankings for its seeds meant that the greatest clay-court player ever (Nadal) got the No. 3 seed behind a player who entered this week 0-4 lifetime in the French Open (No. 2 Daniil Medvedev).

Nadal landed the No. 1 seed in Djokovic's side of the draw, and Tsitsipas, the No. 5 seed and probably the third-best clay-courter on the planet, landed in Medvedev's half. When Thiem, a two-time French Open finalist who has been battling knee issues, was eliminated by Pablo Andujar in the first round, it opened up Tsitsipas' draw even more. Tennis Abstract currently gives him a 58% chance of reaching what would be his third straight Slam semifinal, a 38% chance of reaching the final and a 19% chance of winning the whole thing, the third-best title odds behind, of course, Nadal (30%) and Djokovic (23%).

Federer's first junior-circuit breakthrough came when he won the 1998 Wimbledon junior title, so it made sense when his first Slam also came on grass. Tsitsipas' first challenger-level title and Slam qualification, meanwhile, were both on clay, and he has seen extended success on the surface of late. Granted, with Nadal's continued dominance, clay might be the worst surface for snaring your first Slam title, but Tsitsipas might have as good a chance as anyone.

"I really like playing in Paris," he said on court after his second-round win. "I feel like the fans have embraced me and made me one of them. ... My tennis is there, my performance is there, and I'm able to deliver not just good tennis but also create a good atmosphere on this court."

Heading into the French Open, he was 25-6 on clay over the past 52 weeks. He won in Monte Carlo and Lyon and reached the finals in Hamburg and Barcelona, where he took Nadal to 7-5 in the third set, and two of his other five losses were to Djokovic (including another 7-5 third-setter).

Among those who have played at least 10 matches on clay in the past year, only ninth-seeded Matteo Berrettini is winning more points on his serve or holding a higher percentage of the time than Tsitsipas, and only Nadal is winning a higher percentage of sets.


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by Anonymousreply 37506/08/2021

r373 if you link the story you don't have to paste it. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 37606/08/2021

First time since 1973 in the ATP rankings, not a single American male in the top 30!....Beyond shameful and embarrassing!

Then again, what do you expect when you have brilliant tennis minds like patrick mcenroe, jimmy arias, and katrina adams leading the way!

I swear is tennis the biggest "clique" professional sport where if you have any connections and remotely some name, you are hired for positions that one isn't remotely qualified or experienced for!.... (i.e prakash amritraj anyone?)....

Add in that all of the American men are spoiled, entitled brats, used to getting their way and coasting and well there you have it.

by Anonymousreply 37706/08/2021

^Yes, entitled spoiled brats sums it up nicely.

by Anonymousreply 37806/08/2021

R377, the problem, I think, is recruiting. If you are an American boy who is an outstanding athlete, you will be drawn at an early age to basketball or football or baseball, not tennis. The U.S. men in who wind up playing tennis are second tier athletes at best, maybe third tier. They'd never survive in another professional sport; they're just not athletic enough. Whoever the overlords of U.S. tennis are, they are not trying hard enough to attract truly gifted players.

by Anonymousreply 37906/08/2021

WHET Gimelstob/Jeff Tarrango, America's sweethearts.

I'm sure Whatshercara would never slap an umpire.

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R379, although I don't necessarily disagree with your analysis, basketball and football were even MORE attractive to young athletes back in the 1970s and 1980s, yet the USA produced many great tennis players during that time. I'd say Roddick was the last really good one, but he came of age during the Big 3 era and was fucked, but still managed several Wimbledon finals. Plus being a GREAT tennis player involves mental toughness that can't be measured. Too many pussies raised in the US where if something is hard, you just quit. I see if even in my profession, which believe me is not elite sports level pressure.

by Anonymousreply 38106/08/2021

[quote] Pavlyuchenkova Peachy Kellmeyer Player

[quote] Pavlyuchenkova Peachy Kellmeyer Player

[quote] Pavlyuchenkova Peachy Kellmeyer Player

by Anonymousreply 38206/08/2021

What's Katrina Adams up to nowadays?

by Anonymousreply 38306/08/2021

I think part of the problem with American tennis at least on the male side is that they can spend almost all of the year playing challengers in the US. It would really help them more if they were forced to play challengers around the world and play different players. Now there are plenty of non-Americans entered in the American challengers too but you see the most amount of American vs. American matches outside the top 100 in US challengers. Players from other countries are forced to spend most of the year traveling around as they work their way up into the top 100.

by Anonymousreply 38406/09/2021

While Cori Gauff has the weakest game amongst rest of the six players.

However mentally she is strongest among six.

She has also has spend least amount of time on court in this tournament.

Both the above points are most critical in the latter part of any grandslam specially when the draw is so wide open

Barbora has better game but she has problem in closing big matches.

She was full the nerves in her last games of her last two matches

Only player who can possibly beat Cori now in this RG is Iga. But is she going to be 100% fit?

by Anonymousreply 38506/09/2021

Who is that handsome Umpire officiating Gauff and Krejcikova?

by Anonymousreply 38606/09/2021

Gauff is a set down (after having set points) and 2 breaks down (0 : 5), staring defeat in the face. The allegedf mental strength isn't showing up too much.

by Anonymousreply 38706/09/2021

R387 As I said Barbora has big problem closing the match. There. Is a huge IF she going to close it.

by Anonymousreply 38806/09/2021

The czech to serve for it again at 5-3

by Anonymousreply 38906/09/2021

Gauff isn't playing great, but she's still trying. She might not win this, but that's a good sign that she's not giving up.

by Anonymousreply 39006/09/2021

Is Krejcikova going to win this year’s RG?

by Anonymousreply 39106/09/2021

Barbora won !! Thank God. Because she is definetely a better player than Cori.

Womens draw is now wider than Domi's asshole .

Anyone can win it now.

by Anonymousreply 39206/09/2021

NBC and New Balance just shat themselves after CoCo's meltdown.

by Anonymousreply 39306/09/2021

R286, His name is Nico Helworth .. He was also the umpire of late last night match between Stefano and Danil.

by Anonymousreply 39406/09/2021

Has the unknown Ova Commie been tested for PEDs? How is it possible that she beat Gauff who is already greater than Serena, Graf, Martina and Chrissy, and is going to dominate tennis for the next two decades?

by Anonymousreply 39506/09/2021

Sakkari looks set to pull off an upset too. The FFT must be weeping over the last four lineup.

Sakkari, Krejcikova, Zidansek and Pavlyuchenkova. That's got to be the first major semi made up entirely of unknowns and players ranked outside the top 15.

by Anonymousreply 39606/09/2021

Sakkara and Alphabet soup aren’t unknowns

by Anonymousreply 39706/09/2021

Lil' Diego showing a lot of heart. Just wish they could make him 9 inches taller.

by Anonymousreply 39806/09/2021

Wow, the cheering when Nadal misses a shot is deafening. He can’t be entirely immune to that, surely?

by Anonymousreply 39906/09/2021

I figured that DL would be in meltdown mode over Novak winning

by Anonymousreply 40006/09/2021

R400, outrage was expressed:

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by Anonymousreply 40106/09/2021

All you Queers who hate Novak - SUCK IT!

by Anonymousreply 402Last Sunday at 10:19 AM

R402, did you get lost on your way to some Nazi site? You're not even on the current tennis thread, MAGOO.

by Anonymousreply 403Last Sunday at 10:39 AM

R403 you fucking Fed/Nadal lover, soak in your own piss and kiss the feet of Mirka.

by Anonymousreply 404Last Sunday at 11:27 AM

Must be nice to know everything, R404--hate to break it to you but I don't love Fed or Nadal.

by Anonymousreply 405Last Sunday at 12:10 PM
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