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1st titles of 2008, for reference:

WTA Gold Coast: LI Na d. Victoria AZARENKA 4-6 6-3 6-4
WTA Auckland: Lindsay DAVENPORT d. Aravane REZAÏ 6-2 6-2

ATP Doha: Andy MURRAY d. Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-2
ATP Adelaide: Michaël LLODRA d. Jarkko NIEMINEN 6-3 6-4
ATP Chennai: Mikhail YOUZHNY d. Rafael NADAL 6-0 6-1

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

go davenport!!

Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

Week 2/2008, with all eyes on the AO anyway:

WTA Sydney: Justine HENIN d. Svetlana KUZNETSOVA 4-6 6-2 6-4
WTA Hobart: Eleni DANIILIDOU walk-over vs Vera ZVONAREVA

ATP Sydney: Dmitry TURSUNOV d. Chris GUCCIONE 7-6(3) 7-6(4)
ATP Auckland: Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER d. Juan Carlos FERRERO 7-6(4) 7-5

anatol_merklich, Monday, 14 January 2008 07:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Watching Sharapova vs Obziler in the Israel-Russia Fed Cup tie now, and wow is the crowd noisy! Rapturous cheering on every serve fault by Maria, tauntingly SCREAMING along with her on every shot etc. Umpire totally unable to silence them haha!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 2 February 2008 12:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

fuck what channel? we need to sign up for the tennis channle, i can't be missing stuff like this

Surmounter, Sunday, 3 February 2008 02:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just go to and check whether anything is available ("Live Sports" tab -> "Tennis" button). Note: playing stuff may in general entail installing various Chinese tv apps (sopcast, tvants, uusee...). That particular tie, however, is on some Israeli sports station showing through Windows Media Player or I guess any other .wmv-showing app.

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 3 February 2008 10:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

How useful it is if you're not using Windows I've no idea. Also, quality unsurprisingly varies wildly; this Israeli broadcast is pretty decent.

Pe'er was double-breadsticked by the Shazbot right now, making it 2-1 to Russia. Elsewhere, France vs China will be decided by the doubles.

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 3 February 2008 10:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Murray knocks out Federer in the first round of the Dubai tournament.

nice one you unpatriotic little shit.

Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 17:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

he was wearing a saltire cap when he was playing, which doesn't seem desperately unpatriotic to me.

ailsa, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

i was only referring to his disinclination to play davis cup.
and i was kidding about that anyway - i care no more about it than he does.

still, 'unpatriotic' was probably a poor choice of word. well done young man!

Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

It was more the "little shit" that you coupled it with, to be fair.

Anyway, yes, two out of three won against Federer now.

ailsa, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

God knows why he'd want to play the Davis Cup. Who else is going to be on the team? I wouldn't want to be winning matches and carrying a team full of useless people in a tournament that has long since lost its cachet and relevance except in the eyes of really, really old tennis commentators.

edwardo, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

x-post take umbrage wherever you like it was all meant in jest, apart from the congratulatory bit. internet does not do deadpan.

But I genuinely like Murray. I also agree with the above post. I can't be arsed to even watch Davis Cup so I can't blame him if he's rather not play in it.

Upt0eleven, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

He has won about 4-5 career titles before...but yes, its his biggest win

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is his third title of 2008 alone. by far the biggest though! wish i could've seen it, sounds like a fantastic match, and it's good to see him encroaching on THE TRIVALRY even if i do like nole more (lol the way fed's playing, nadal/djokovic/murray is the real trivalry).

on the WTA, dinara safina has won two big titles in a row! she is the only woman out there who is stepping up to fill the void at the top. jankovic is going to be world no 1 next week, that is embarrassing. the WTA is probably in the worst shape i've ever witnessed.

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh I know he's won stuff before but not a big tourney. It was a good match. He looks so much fitter and stronger than he was a year or 2 ago.

Herman G. Neuname, Sunday, 3 August 2008 23:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

lucic baroni looks .... bad :(

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

pliskova 4-0!

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

could watch pliskova all day. such an effortless game

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

one month passes...

abcfsk, Tuesday, 4 October 2016 14:41 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

just when u it seemed nick may'ev been maturing

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 12 October 2016 13:23 (four months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

sock/zverev is p fun to watch

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 October 2016 15:26 (three months 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 (three months ago) Permalink


¶ (DJP), Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:57 (three months ago) Permalink

big win for struff !

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 2 November 2016 23:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Cilic maintains his recent form to take out Nole. Murray, two wins from #1, wins first set over Berdych from 1-6 in t/b. Up a break in the second now.

Michael Jones, Friday, 4 November 2016 20:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Raonic tears a quad, Murray gets #1. It would compound the sense of anti-climax if he proceeded to lose in two tie-breaks to Bloody Isner tomorrow.

We are going to have another WTFinals where everyone is knackered, aren't we? Can we parachute Roger in? I'm sure he's better now.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 5 November 2016 15:01 (three months ago) Permalink

crazy that andy got to #1, good for him

johnny crunch, Saturday, 5 November 2016 15:08 (three months ago) Permalink

We are going to have another WTFinals where everyone is knackered, aren't we? Can we parachute Roger in? I'm sure he's better now.

― Michael Jones, Saturday, November 5, 2016 11:01 AM (five days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hoping for some gd matches but ya def
cant believe bautista agut is the final alternate lmao

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:29 (three months ago) Permalink

also the murray group is much harder than novaks

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 November 2016 14:30 (three months ago) Permalink

3.5 hrs for this murray/raonic match

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:45 (three months ago) Permalink

murray hit some great angled serves and v good service returns late in that tiebreak

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 17:54 (three months ago) Permalink

i like kei a lot but i wanna see novak/andy in the finals tbqh

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 20:47 (three months ago) Permalink

this looks like it'll be a quick one

k3vin k., Saturday, 19 November 2016 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

lol yup

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 21:19 (three months ago) Permalink

so happy for andy finally getting to #1 btw ^_^

k3vin k., Saturday, 19 November 2016 21:27 (three months ago) Permalink

what an epic comeback for delpo

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 November 2016 18:02 (two months ago) Permalink

ivo/delbonis for the cup !

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 November 2016 18:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Cilic - Delpo was a bloody great match, best 5 setter I've seen in ages. great standard of tennis, great drama, great Maradona reaction shots. Cilic should've really won given his high level in the first 2.5 sets, wouldn't call it a major choke though.
so much love for JMDP

cerealbar, Sunday, 27 November 2016 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

kinda bummed out Karlo is losing this. otoh Argentina deserve a Davis Cup

Ludo, Sunday, 27 November 2016 20:16 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah felt badly for ivo.. so hes retiring?? was that his last match ever?

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 November 2016 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink

oh i guess not... thought i heard the commentators say something abt it but i think it was just something abt coming back to the national team cuz of coric being injured

johnny crunch, Sunday, 27 November 2016 23:20 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Horrifying news. Petra attacked in her home, sustained knife wounds to her left hand:

Roz, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 13:57 (one month ago) Permalink

hopefully it won't derail her career cf. chakvetadze

groovemaaan, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 14:29 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

surprised that nishi changed his shoe deal from adidas to nike!

1st legit tragedy of 2017, my current cable provider is in a dispute and isn't carrying tennis channel!!

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 3 January 2017 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

what a way to lose a davis cup tie!

arron banksy (cajunsunday), Monday, 6 February 2017 18:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Pretty much how Henman started his top-level career (ball girl on that occasion), so expect the kid to get over it and go top 5...

(So much worse if the match vs Edmund had actually been tight)

Michael Jones, Monday, 6 February 2017 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink

oh man the video of this

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Monday, 6 February 2017 19:30 (one week ago) Permalink

great win for qualifier pierre hughes hebert over thiem @ rotterdam

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 February 2017 22:43 (two days ago) Permalink

also good revenge for goffin to knock out dimitrov

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 February 2017 22:43 (two days ago) Permalink

basilashvili v ebden is an entertaining watch but im sure the memphis open would prefer some players anyones heard of lol

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:23 (yesterday) Permalink

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