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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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

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

ten 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

three weeks pass...


French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

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

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

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

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

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

four 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

<3 <3 <3

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

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

henin to unretire

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

can only be a good thing

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

Whatever the reasons this is good news.

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

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

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

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

women's tennis is so fucked.

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

3/1 To win 2010 French Open

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

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

wau @ the scoreline of coric over rafa

also stevie johnson over tsonga, johnson leapt isner as the highest ranked us male i believe w that

johnny crunch, Friday, 19 August 2016 01:43 (two months ago) Permalink

im @ nhaven qualies some good stuff

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 16:48 (two months ago) Permalink

kozlova played some great dfense, but doesbt have weapons to hurt kontaveit really and immed after getting back onserve 3rs set dumped the match at love ouch

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 16:54 (two months ago) Permalink

16 yr old kayla day v flipkens

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

day looks ok - lefty, good serve, good ct coverage just think flipkens is prob crafty enough to not let any16 yr old beat her

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 18:19 (two months ago) Permalink

its really cool the scores app updates in real time pt by pt so i can know whats up on the ct behind me ~40 feet

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 18:20 (two months ago) Permalink

kd took a medical timeout at 4-all second set, came back looking fine and flipkens is p pissed

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

i can see how qualies can b super frustrating thereve been sum iffy lines calls

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

kd up 4-1 3rd set!
flipkens cursing in german rn

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:28 (two months ago) Permalink

konjuh looks imposing, has a real serena-esque thickness to her

lucic baroni looks .... bad :(

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 August 2016 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

keys w/draws :(
i saw her practice for a sec yesterday, looked fine but i get it

johnny crunch, Sunday, 21 August 2016 17:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Keys gets minor injuries at the worst times...

jealous, qualies are so much fun

Kerber is one win over Pliskova from becoming world #1! (And if they gave points for the Olympics she'd probably have made it already)

lex pretend, Sunday, 21 August 2016 17:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Went to Cinci for the women's SF yesterday. Grounds are pristine, and the staff are friendly and committed to putting on a good show.

Pliskova d Muguruza was even less competitive than the score line suggests. Muguruza's play was sloppy and indifferent to the outcome. The majority of her shots that stayed in the court landed halfway between the service box and the baseline, which allowed Pliskova to set up and crack winners at will. When Muguruza missed, she sent the ball sailing feet past the baseline: She reminded me of Capriati whenever J-Cap came out flat and unable to keep the ball in the court. She had no plan B, and Pliskova was unfazed by springing the upset.

Kerber d Halep was odd. It's impressive to see how Halep generates power off her forehand, because she is even more slight in person. She lost the match be cause she kept pulling the trigger too soon and over-hit when she did. Particularly after the rain delay, she was struggling to find the range on her shots. She rallied late, but Kerber was too consistent to let the lead slip. Kerber's backhand looks incredibly awkward in person: it's not like the capoeira dance move Jack Sock does on his, but it's an unnatural-looking shot. She definitely played more of a defensive match, but she used some surprise power and changes of pace off her forehand side to crack some winners. She'll need to do that today to beat Pliskova.

jon_oh, Sunday, 21 August 2016 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

pliskova 4-0!

johnny crunch, Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:24 (two months ago) Permalink

could watch pliskova all day. such an effortless game

groovemaaan, Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

So Serena is now guarantee to tie Graf's record of consecutive weeks at #1. Kerber's still within striking distance, but stoked for Pliskova today!

jon_oh, Sunday, 21 August 2016 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

abcfsk, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm the biggest Sharapova fan around but as I said when this thing first rolled out obviously some blame should be placed on her. The celebratory mood over a punishment that is still being executed and still will affect next season is a bit much. I think the CAS marks a solid line between negligence and intentional 'doping' - while maintaining that negligence is still the player's responsibility. Even though the ITF is rightly criticized for _their mangling of the whole process.

A final ruling is good to have, anyway, and I hope for some more years of tennis.

abcfsk, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 12:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

goffin is just a difficult matchup for cilic but that match gave me a whiff of cilic as berdych-ish, abt the worst thing i could say abt a ~top level player

johnny crunch, Saturday, 8 October 2016 15:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

just when u it seemed nick may'ev been maturing

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I was just coming in here to mention that Mischa Zverev is outstripping his kid brother for once! Older Zverev took out Granollers too and now plays Novak in the QF - only his second ever last-eight appearance at this level (Rome, 2009 being the other), and as a qualifier ranked 130-odd.

Younger Zverev lost to Tsonga 7-5 in the 3rd, last 16.

I do wonder just when Mischa started losing regularly to Sascha on the practice court. Maybe only in the last year or so.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 October 2016 11:47 (one week ago) Permalink

sock/zverev is p fun to watch

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 October 2016 15:26 (two days ago) Permalink

i know he's a petra fan and that he doesn't seem to be posting much but i'm sure lex of all people would have enjoyed niculescu's play in the final y'day. v v cool to watch.

pandemic, Sunday, 23 October 2016 10:03 (yesterday) Permalink

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