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SYDNEY, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Former Australian tennis professional Scott Draper won his first golf tournament on Sunday with victory in the New South Wales PGA Championship.

Draper shot a final round of seven-under-par 65 to finish with a four-round total of 20-under-par 268 and one shot clear of Andrew Bonhomme and Aaron Townsend.

Draper, 32, is among a rare group of sportsmen to succeed in two professional sports.

He won the Wimbledon junior doubles title before taking up tennis professionally in 1993.

He reached a career high of 42 in singles, but retired from tennis in 2005, shortly after winning the Australian Open mixed doubles title, to pursue a new career as a professional golfer.

Draper made a brief return to tennis when he agreed to coach Lleyton Hewitt at last month's Australian Open but turned down the chance of a longer term coaching job to continue with his own golfing career.

=== temporary username === (Mark C), Sunday, 11 February 2007 11:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Sybille Bammer just won a tournament! That's got to be worth millions to the ILX tennis punsters association.

(Hingis won one too, but I'm not sure how much hilarity we're ever going to get out of her)

=== temporary username === (Mark C), Sunday, 11 February 2007 12:19 (thirteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

This was a good idea that never took off! Thus, revive.

Offseason now, so gossip rubbish instead: Dumped by Hingis, Radek Stepanek is apparently marrying Nicole Vaidisova!


anatol_merklich, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

i love the fact that one of the 10 ugliest sportsmen i've seen in the past 3 years is so unbelievably fortunate in matters of the heart, gives us all hope innit

Just got offed, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:47 (twelve years ago) link

I like to think he's a real nice dude, but of course I've no idea.

Microscandal dept: Starace (best tennis name beside Smashnova) & Bracciali are suspended for a short while for betting insignificant amounts on matches not their own.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:55 (twelve years ago) link

Mardy Fish a strong candidate for best name IMO

Just got offed, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fed vs Sampras at MSG, 3/10/08

gabbneb, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 06:48 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

go davenport!!

Surmounter, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:42 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

five months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

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

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

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 3 August 2008 21:45 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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 (eleven years ago) link

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

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

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 (ten years ago) link

Well done Andy!

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:02 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

ailsa, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:09 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:56 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

pan loaf accent

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

Beth Parker, Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:17 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

Haas beat Djokovic in the Halle final this week too.

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

Lamp, Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:22 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

three weeks pass...


French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 15:55 (ten years ago) link

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

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:00 (ten years ago) link

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

anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 16:08 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

Roz, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 21:03 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

Obv I continued to keep an eye on it. Absurd drop half-volley from Delpo to save BP, but ultimately to no avail.

Michael Jones, Friday, 17 May 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Nice to see Dustin Brown having success on the grass in Stuttgart - plays Zverev next!

DB's win over Millman today was his first at ATP Tour main-draw level since 2017 US Open; he's been plugging away on the Challenger tour. He even won a title on clay at Sophia Antipolis in France in April to get himself back in the top 200. He got 9000 euro for that. Less than a fifth of what he'll get if he get into the main draw at Wimbledon.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 15:26 (eleven months ago) link

And Dustin wins! 6-4 6-7 6-3. With the help of... FOURTEEN double faults from Zverev.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 June 2019 15:41 (eleven months ago) link

I really shouldn't be enjoying Zverev's slow implosion this much

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 13 June 2019 17:59 (eleven months ago) link

I bet he wins Wimbledon now. Weird thing is, his first-serve percentage was pretty good: 69%. He only had to hit 32 second serves in the match. He missed the box with almost half of them.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 13 June 2019 20:51 (eleven months ago) link

dreddy vs faa is a wildly entertaining matchup, 3rd set rn

johnny crunch, Friday, 14 June 2019 14:52 (eleven months ago) link

felix comes back from a break down in the 3rd to take it in a tiebreak; similarly coric did the same thing in den bosch earlier tday

johnny crunch, Friday, 14 June 2019 15:42 (eleven months ago) link

Heading to Wimbledon for the first time this year, first two days, hoping for ground passes. Would we be likely to get those arriving at, say, 6 in the morning?

abcfsk, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:50 (eleven months ago) link

haven't been for ten years but back then yeah you'd be fine don't think it has changed too much in the meantime but could be wrong

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:56 (eleven months ago) link

Was thinking of taking a day off next week for Roehampton qualies (used to be you could just rock up and walk in - now it's £10 tickets online + photo ID at the gate) but the forecast is not great. If I could be *sure* the weather was terrible Tue-Thu, I'd go the Friday and there'd be a glut of matches left (I did this in 2016). But... the event is supposed to be over by Thu, and so there are no tickets for Fri. Meh.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 12:27 (eleven months ago) link

xp thanks, hopefully

abcfsk, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 13:51 (eleven months ago) link

feli is having a week @ queens club, upstaging andy

4:07pm: starts singles SF

6:23pm: wins singles SF

6:44pm: resumes doubles QF

6:57pm: wins doubles QF

7:08pm: starts doubles SF

8:51pm: wins doubles SF

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 June 2019 20:23 (eleven months ago) link

Simon was terrific earlier - Medvedev couldn't break him down. Painted the line on 49th stroke of rally to save bp early in 3rd, and went on from there.

Maybe I'd never noticed before, but FAA has same b'day as Fed. 19 years younger. FAA, RF, Laver and Sampras all have their birthdays within four days of each other August. I'm one day outside of that group, hence my lousy overheads.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 22 June 2019 22:33 (eleven months ago) link

xpost I just really love how Feli Lopez has carved out a career as a grass court specialist in a world where all other Spanish male players prefer clay. up a set in the final against Simon rn.

Roz, Sunday, 23 June 2019 13:38 (eleven months ago) link

Edging closer to the first 12-12 breaker at Roehampton; Sinner and Bolt are deep into the decider...

Michael Jones, Monday, 24 June 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

Edging closer to the first 12-12 breaker at Roehampton; Sinner and Bolt are deep into the decider...

Michael Jones, Monday, 24 June 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

Jinxed it! Bolt wins 12-10 as soon as I posted that.

Michael Jones, Monday, 24 June 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

four weeks pass...

compelling atlanta match, tiafoe had break pt vs bernie tomic to go up 5-0 in the first set, tomic looked his usual uninterested ~ set got to 4-4, 'foe won 6-4. bernie then came back, played hard & showed how skilled he is & won in 3 sets

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 22:13 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

andreescu is, amazingly, back at it again ~ 3 straight 3 set wins @ rogers cup, today over kiki bertens; up next is karolina pliskova in the qtrs

johnny crunch, Thursday, 8 August 2019 21:20 (nine months ago) link

yet again, this gal is wild - 6-0, 2-6, 6-4

serena/osaka tnight also btw

johnny crunch, Friday, 9 August 2019 20:36 (nine months ago) link

fed unexpectedly flat & out of cincy to rublev (!)

johnny crunch, Thursday, 15 August 2019 21:04 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

deminaur is abt to close out rba 2 & 2 o_o

johnny crunch, Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:45 (eight months ago) link

andreescu finally lost a match (to osaka & it was a battle)

johnny crunch, Friday, 4 October 2019 18:05 (seven months ago) link

ascendant next gens @ shanghai

meds v tsitsy / zverev v berretini

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 October 2019 19:27 (seven months ago) link

Fed was untouchable for approx 10min today, in the process of saving 5mps, and Zverev rode it out (a rattled RF getting himself a point penalty and needlessly haranguing the ump for failing to remind him when it was the last game with the old balls). Pretty impressive from Sascha. Glorious from Tsitsy too.

Maybe... it's finally happening? Until the next Slam when there's no one under 30 in the second week.

There's this idea going around that Zv, Dom and Tsits have somehow been emboldened by the Laver Cup experience, turning around their stuttering seasons. Which seems far-fetched. Kinda funny if being coached and cajoled by Fed courtside actually gives you the key to beating him forever after.

Michael Jones, Friday, 11 October 2019 19:48 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, that occurred to me too.
Medvedev in his sixth consecutive final!

willem, Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:44 (seven months ago) link

Of course, DM skipped the Laver Cup altogether :)

Michael Jones, Saturday, 12 October 2019 10:46 (seven months ago) link

6 straight finals is madness

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 October 2019 12:47 (seven months ago) link

thats like novak territory or rafa on clay

johnny crunch, Saturday, 12 October 2019 13:19 (seven months ago) link

I hope Medvedev can sustain this for a few years

brigadier pudding (DJP), Sunday, 13 October 2019 11:24 (seven months ago) link

btw I am fully engulfed in COCO FEVER

brigadier pudding (DJP), Monday, 14 October 2019 11:20 (seven months ago) link

As Lex pointed out elsewhere, we completed the triangle in Linz:

Qual R2: Korpatsch 6-4 6-2 Gauff
Round of 32: Ostapenko 6-1 6-3 Korpatsch
Final: Gauff* 6-3 1-6 6-2 Ostapenko

(* - reinstated as Lucky Loser when Sakkari withdrew from main draw)

Andrea Jaeger won a title in Las Vegas in 1980 as a lucky loser (Wiki says the Sept '80 event, but she was already a five-time finalist by then; more likely the Jan '80 event), and there was also Olga Danilović in Moscow last year. Happens more often with the men (though still rare). Rublev (Umag) and Mayer (Hamburg) did it in consecutive weeks in 2017. I think you should be made to play the person who knocked you out, best of three tie-break tens, in a challenge round, before you get the trophy. Unless they've skipped town.

Michael Jones, Monday, 14 October 2019 11:41 (seven months ago) link

You can lose an hour looking at (or I can).

Fun fact: nearly everyone down as far as Aljaz Bedene at #66 in the ATP Race is still in with a shot of a place at the O2 :) (Off to put a fiver on Felly Lopez to win Antwerp, Vienna and Paris for that 8th spot).

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 15:03 (seven months ago) link

murray gets into the semis in antwerp

fun other side of the bracket also, rematch of one of the better us open rd 1 matches this year -- sinner v stan

johnny crunch, Friday, 18 October 2019 19:40 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

shapo is kinda having a breakout, into the semis in paris (& then will play next gen yr end i think?)

also a formidable doubles team w 39 yr old rohan bopanna shap/bop

johnny crunch, Friday, 1 November 2019 20:18 (seven months ago) link

ah n/m i see shapo (and felix) withdrew from nextgen

johnny crunch, Friday, 1 November 2019 23:00 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

tsisty wins atp finals, after winning nextgen last yr o_o

johnny crunch, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:52 (six months ago) link

Terrific final, and despite my nascent ST fandom I started to root for Dom at the end.

Sinner was scary good last week in Milan. Don’t think he’s quite ready to do the same double but he’ll be top 10 in two years.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:59 (six months ago) link

So... a 4:04am finish in the ITA-USA Davis Cup doubles last night and most sites seem to be leading on the fact that, despite this, both countries are eliminated? Is this actually the case? By my reckoning, if FRA and KAZ get thumped 3-0 today, and GER-CHI is a 6-0 whitewash in sets one way or the other, then the USA will rise to second spot in the runners-up table (3-3 in match wins and 7 sets won), and get a QF place. ARG will be group winners and not a factor. I must be missing something. (And this would be thanks to CAN forfeiting the "dead" doubles rubber to USA in the first match - counts as a 6-0 6-0 win for USA).

(When I went to bed last night Fritz had just pinched the second set vs Berrettini, so I thought there'd be a 1am curfew and they'd play the doubles this morning.)

Michael Jones, Thursday, 21 November 2019 10:52 (six months ago) link

dunno why the aussies played millman over kyrgios ~ pospisil is canadas secret weapon, dude has been playing well the last few months

johnny crunch, Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:58 (six months ago) link

Oh yeah - that had passed me by. Back to back Challenger titles.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 21 November 2019 19:05 (six months ago) link

lotta compelling angles to the final -- v interested to see how rba/faa goes

johnny crunch, Sunday, 24 November 2019 15:50 (six months ago) link

stylistically this match is prob on faa's racquet; id worry rba is too solid & felix will eventually hit too many errors

johnny crunch, Sunday, 24 November 2019 16:25 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

this fed latin american tour doc is good fyi -

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 01:44 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

watching 16 yr old carlos alcaraz, 1st atp level match in rio vs ramos-vinolas ~ alcaraz is scary talented

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 03:25 (three months ago) link

how bout elena rybakina this yr

finals @ shenzhen
wins hobart
loss to barty at ao
finals @ st pete
now finals in dubai

johnny crunch, Friday, 21 February 2020 15:34 (three months ago) link

o yea also fed out after knee scope, hope to see him for grass season

johnny crunch, Friday, 21 February 2020 15:34 (three months ago) link

Sharapova burst onto the tennis scene at 17 by upsetting Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in 2004. She would beat Williams again at that year's season-ending tour championship to improve to 2-1 against the American -- and never won another one of their matchups, dropping the next 19 in a row.

Even in retirement, Sharapova is stuck in Serena's shadow.

totally unnecessary bewbz of exploitation (DJP), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:48 (three months ago) link

Stood in a queue for 40min at Schipol airport Friday evening (lesson learned, train *both* ways in future), watching Monfils edge closer to victory on my score app. “No one beats Gael Monfils seventeen times in row”. 6-3 in the t/b. Marvellous. And then he blew it. By the time I was on the tarmac in the pouring rain walking to the plane Novak had levelled. I guessed the rest.

Up to that point Monfils had won 25 consecutive sets. One decent serve for 26. Damn it.

So, Novak and Rafa win their respective post-AO ATP500s and nothing changes. We better see some upsets in IW and Miami.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 1 March 2020 09:31 (three months ago) link

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