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Nadal will be #1 on 18/8. Can't quite believe Fed's slump post-SW19; loss to Simon, near-loss to Ginepri, loss to Karlovic. Thought he might have at least made a fight of the #1 ranking (his form was fine for 18 of 19 matches in Paris, Halle and London); I had this romantic notion of the baton being passed as Fed beat Nadal at Flushing Meadow (Nadal's points surge taking him past the repeating champ despite the loss). Fed will be lucky to get out of the sixteens in NYC. Does Beijing have any ranking points?

Michael Jones, Monday, 4 August 2008 00:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, it does. i think a few less than a masters event for the dudes, a few more than a tier ii for the chicas.

GOD that feels ridiculous looking at it! thinking about how much the olympics mean to, like, track&fielders and rowers and the like, and in tennis it's like...a TIER II.

anyway in other news, THIS is the 15-year-old saviour of the WTA who in the past month has taken sets from both serena and sweta, michelle larcher de brito:

she makes sharapova sound like a trappist. seriously i can't believe she hasn't been asked to stop that bullshit yet, or like MURDERED ON COURT by a deafened opponent. that's not a grunt, that's a scream with a sustain pedal on. i'm not sure i'm going to be able to actually watch any of her matches.

oh and in other news silliams has pissed on her phone at the beach:
sometimes you just long for the days before celebrities discovered how to work the internet themselves :(

(also note "enuf boring stuff" LIKE TENNIS)

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

you know, i used to watch all the nonslams cuz my stepdad taped them. then i didn't speak to him anymore. i wish i knew when they were on -- i think i'm gonna have to get on top of that!

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

they're on every week! televised or not is another qn

lex pretend, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Blake was asked about the partisan crowd before today's final and reminded everyone he's half English :)

BBC giving it "Blake is just happy to be here" bollocks - dude isn't here to make the numbers up. I think I'll be pro-Blake today, as he does things like this

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 13:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bit of a dull game lit up by a few stunning forehands. Shoddy line calls all day, none of which helped Blake. Well done to Murray on being the first Brit in yonks to win Queen's, which I'm sure won't lead to even more Wimbledon hype.

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

I predict Murray will cave under the pressure and be out by round 3.

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

he doesn't seem to be the sort to cave under pressure. but a friendly first-week draw would certainly be nice...

didn't watch the Queen's, but watched the Edgbaston SFs (Li d. Sharapova and Rybarikova d. Mirza) and a bit of the final today - Magdalena Rybarikova is a real discovery, such a classic grass-court game! Slices and volleys and good serving! she looks weirdly like Samantha Morton, too. i remember seeing a photo of her from her junior days when she lost some random final - she was posing w/the trophy and seriously looked like she was about to go bowling for columbine. so it was lucky for Edgbaston that she won today!

Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

in other news, larcher de screamo gets a wildcard to wimbledon. FUN.

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

The weird transatlantification of Murray's pan loaf accent has meant I can't actually hear what he's saying - it's just a series of droning noises that makes my ears stop working.

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

pan loaf accent

is that how you talk with your mouth full of bread?

Beth Parker, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

It was once more expensive and regarded as more fashionable than the then more common plain loaf. Hence, to speak with a pan loafy voice is to speak in a posh or affected manner.

SB "A Good Story" (onimo), Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

How on earth does Murray speak with an affected accent?! He just mumbles.

I found that picture of Rybarikova looking like she's ready to go bowling for Columbine after losing the Wimbledon juniors final!

Fortunately today was more to her liking.

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.

!!! interesting result for sure. fed dropped out?

Lamp, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah...Djokovic was lucky to be in the final at all, he had to come back from 5-7, 2-5 down and save 5 match points against Florent Serra (!) in the 2nd round.

lex pretend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...


French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fuckin' hell. (Though my initial shock was because I thought you meant Paul-Henri Mathieu...)

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh right, sorry! To avoid confusion to others: it's Mathieu Montcourt.

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

The Lex's favourite choker, Richard Gasquet avoids getting suspended after testing positive for coke.

The full findings are here (pdf): pretty lol-worthy just for the kissing descriptions and finding out that he was allegedly "contaminated" at a Bob Sinclar event.

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

hingis should've found a french waiter of her own to blame. or maybe just one of the 9494439 atp players she'd slept with.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 20:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

her ban ends in january right? think she'll come back?

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

wtf federer?! 5-2 up in the final set, somehow fails to serve it out twice and then DFs on match point in the tie-break to give Tsonga the win.

all credit to Jo-W for stepping it up right at the end, but still... that was some breakdown.

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

5-1 up in the third! :o

at the same time I was watching Flavia Pennetta try to choke away her match - she beat Venus in the last round, and winning this would mean a top 10 debut. 6 match points came and went, double faults on at least two of them, but her opponent was Hantuchova so it was OK in the end.

btw, Serena's post-Wimbledon record = QF loss in Stanford to Stosur and 3R loss in Cincinnati to Bammer, who now owns a 2-0 record over her. The Real Number 1!

am endeavouring to pretend the horrific Clijsters comeback isn't happening. never liked her.

best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

obv didn't see the Fed match but am guessing that J-W just started going even more for broke than usual when down 1-5, and everything began going in.

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

yep and suddenly firing aces as well when he hadn't been able to get a good first serve in since like the end of the first set. meanwhile fed's serve just went to pieces after that.

also yay dinara fighting back a break in both sets to beat kimmy. would've hated it if she lost this one.

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3

this whole presser was fucking classic.

Q. Now that you stopped, what about coaching her?

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, you want me to hang myself? (laughter.)

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wow, Pennetta will be Italy's FIRST EVER top 10 woman! Both Schiavone and, before her, Farina Elia peaked at 11.

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, Andy Murray becomes the first man not named Roger or Rafa to hold a spot in the top two since forever. More importantly, Del Potro beat Roddick.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

i am enjoying Del Pony's hardcourt domination of Roddick v much.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Does it mean Del P gets his #5 ranking back? I know he lost a bunch of points in the second half of July. In fact, I'm happy to support Juan Martin today if it makes the difference... ;)

Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, if he wins today he'll be back at no 5.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

How is Nadal doing post-injury? Lost an edge, or is it too early to tell?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

he's only played two or three proper matches so yeah still rusty/cautious but he seems to be getting better everyday.

gonna be a great USO - with Murray at number 2, it's likely that Nadal will end up on the same half of the draw as Fed which is just weird to think abt. they've both been at the top for *ages*.

Roz, Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

henin to unretire

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

can only be a good thing

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

i have no problem with these comebacks, but geez, i wish these "i am gonna quit tennis"-people just announce a sabbatical instead.

also, on another forum i heard a theory that Henin will have a much more difficult time getting back in top shape, since "she's no athlete" and only got to number 1 after years and years and years of hard work.

otoh Clijsters had a kid.

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Subconsciously, it might have had an impact," Henin said of Clijster's successful comeback. "But it certainly was not the most important reason."

loooool keep telling yourself that, honey

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Whatever the reasons this is good news.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Justine <3

This is only a good thing if we WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN. And everything else. And get that Wimbledon title. And overtake Serena's Slam total.

I love the idea that she's only doing it to bully St. Kim again :D

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

exactly... like she'd ever let kim be the number one belgian. :P

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wonderful news. Unless it's a total failure and she runs out of wildcards after a few months.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

This is so hilarious! Welcome back, Justine!

sturdy, ultra-light, under-the-pants moneybelt (HI DERE), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

women's tennis is so fucked.

mizzell, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

3/1 To win 2010 French Open

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Need to point out that 38-yr-old Kimiko Date-Krumm - she will be 39 next month - has just reached the Seoul final, beating Kleybanova, Hantuchova (lol Hantuchova) and Kirilenko in consecutive three-setters! So happy for her. From the bits and pieces I've seen of her this year, her old-school flat strokes are still a joy to watch and she's still a superior athlete to many of the girls half her age. She'll play Groenefeld or Medina Garrigues in the final - surely either are winnable matches.

And the WTA used "age ain't nothing but a number" as the headline for their story :D

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2009 09:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2009 09:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jeff Sackmann ‏@tennisabstract 1h

Wins versus top 100, before 18th birthday (active players):
Nadal: 24
Hewitt: 9
Federer: 7
Zverev: 6
Gasquet: 5
Delpo: 4

lex pretend, Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

and he's the youngest to make an ATP QF since Nadal

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 17 July 2014 19:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

at a 500 no less

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 17 July 2014 19:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

Jeff Sackmann ‏@tennisabstract 1h

Wins versus top 100, before 18th birthday (active players):
Nadal: 24
Hewitt: 9
Federer: 7
Zverev: 6
Gasquet: 5
Delpo: 4

― lex pretend, Thursday, July 17, 2014 4:29 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

didn't fully process this because I didn't realize he doesn't turn 18 until April 2015!

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 17 July 2014 23:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

Into the top 200, into Slam qualy territory

will be interesting to see how he fares as the favourite against Kamke, someone he's beaten recently and the first opponent here that people "expect" him to beat, regardless of ranking

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 07:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

I didn't see it, but 0-6 7-5 6-3 is a score that says a lot about Zverev's mental resilience.

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 13:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

Jaw just dropped at that winner from Konjuh. Raced across the court to nail a BH pass off a Svitolina smash. Played a loose second set but has been peaking in the third set...

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 13:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Konjuh wins 6-4 1-6 6-1 with a clean dropshot winner on MP. So impressive. 28-9 in three-setters now. It feels very appropriate that these two 1997 kids are having their breakthrough weeks at the same time...

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 13:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

I suddenly had that horrible feeling that I'd seen Zverev's DAD play but no... it's Alexander VOLKOV that I saw play McEnroe in the Wirral International in '88. Doesn't make me any younger, mind.

Michael Jones, Friday, 18 July 2014 14:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

We've seen Zverev's big bro play - 26yo Mischa, former world #45 and 2010 Metz finalist and uhhhh nothing else of note

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 14:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

Though if you remember Rossana Neffa De Los Rios or Patricia Hy-Boulais, you may not be comforted to know that both their daughters have competed in ITF pro events this year

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 14:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

I do recall those names. But if we're talking about pro offspring, on the same day and on the same court I saw Volkov-McEnroe in West Kirby in '88, I saw Miloslav Mecir lose to Jim Pugh.

Michael Jones, Friday, 18 July 2014 14:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah I saw his son in Wim qualies. But I was too young to see his dad so it doesn't count for me! ^_^

lex pretend, Friday, 18 July 2014 14:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

ferrer steamrolled zverev, too bad but impressive of him to get there

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:15 (1 week ago) Permalink

been away all week seems like I missed some good tennis. had a tennis dream last night though fwiw. can't remember which player was in it or if I'd even recognise them irl

cerealbar, Saturday, 19 July 2014 23:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

of course Tomic wins a title the week after IMG drops him

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 20 July 2014 22:44 (1 week ago) Permalink

people always say the interzome between Wimbledon and the US hard court swing is dead air but the kids just keep coming this year. 17-yr-old Borna Coric beats 7th seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Umag. Really impressed with his power, anticipation, mental strength - he won so many games from 0-15 or 0-30 down.

lex pretend, Monday, 21 July 2014 17:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

lmao, Young and Harrison won five games (and were fed two bagels) between them in their R1 Atlanta matches vs Sela and Smyczek.

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

and now Coric is in a main tour QF. New era it seems.

Matt Armstrong, Thursday, 24 July 2014 17:20 (5 days ago) Permalink

Coric a set and a break up on Fognini. I think he might be about to push Fognini into tank mode

lex pretend, Friday, 25 July 2014 19:07 (4 days ago) Permalink

two seventeen year olds making semifinals in a week?

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 25 July 2014 19:34 (4 days ago) Permalink

Fognini thrives on this kind of dreamcrushing tho

Matt Armstrong, Friday, 25 July 2014 19:34 (4 days ago) Permalink

h8 watching isner and hes always on

johnny crunch, Friday, 25 July 2014 21:31 (4 days ago) Permalink

I'd like to highlight this hilarious wording from a story (caught it on Tennistemple):

"France's Gael Monfils has withdrawn from next week's ATP and WTA tennis tournament in Washington with a nagging right knee injury..."

I know what they're trying to say is that it's a joint event, but I can't help but read it as saying that Monfils was also entered in the women's draw. I think he might be too much of a headcase even for the WTA though.

oh, boy, .GIF! That's where I'm a Viking! (edwardo), Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:51 (3 days ago) Permalink

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