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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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) link

Mardy Fish a strong candidate for best name IMO

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

two weeks pass...

Fed vs Sampras at MSG, 3/10/08

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

go davenport!!

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

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

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

five months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

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

also i didn't know this thread existed!

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

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

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

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tsitsy getting from 2-4 down to 6-4 up in the 2nd set tiebreak was wildly impressive

johnny crunch, Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:43 (six months ago) link

great match, great momentum swings.. each player w championship pts

nadal was below his peak, costly doubles, uncharacteristic errors but in toto not a staggering amt; stef was just solid throughout, cant say enough for his play really

johnny crunch, Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:50 (six months ago) link

match time: 3:40

johnny crunch, Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:51 (six months ago) link

That horrible forehand error at 5-5 15/0 seemed to be the moment it swung away, but even then, it was no capitulation - chances to hold, and to break back. 3hr 40!

My Amazon stream had no commentary. It was really quite nice like that.

In Belgrade, Berrettini lost only six points in the deciding set vs Daniel last night, and whitewashed Karatsev in the 3rd-set breaker today. Strong finisher.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:56 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

A flurry of grass court action, even overlapping with Roland Garros this year, thanks to the re-schedule.

Jo Konta wins her first WTA title in four years in Nottingham... also in Nottingham, a pair of strong-draw ATP Challenger events: Evans top seed in week 1, loses qf, Tiafoe takes title; Gasquet top seed in week 2, ongoing... Cilic wins Stuttgart, as FAA maintains his 0% record in ATP finals (now 0-8, and 0-16 in sets!)...

And now we're on to 500-level events at Queen's Club (Murray takes out a barely-arsed Paire, will face top seed Berrettini tomorrow; Jack Draper beats Sinner in straight sets from 0-4 down), Halle (Federer through, will face birthday-twin FAA! Medvedev out), Berlin (Sabalenka, Svitolina, Andreescu top three, Osaka absent).

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 08:23 (four months ago) link

Of course, "grass court season" isn't an exclusive thing, and there are four ATP Challengers on clay this week - Almaty, Aix-en-Provence, Prostejov, Forli, albeit with lesser draws than Nottingham - plus some Davis/Federation(BJK) Cup. And who's that familiar name turning out for Georgia vs Iceland in Davis Cup? Ah, it's the GRANDSON of the 1973 Wimbledon finalist Alex Metreveli. Not even a kid, 27yo, ranked in the 600s.

(Ok, I'm not quite that old. I don't remember watching Kodes win it in '73... I feel like I saw the Taylor-Borg QF but that's only cos they used to show it so often during rain delays).

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 11:49 (four months ago) link

FAA beats 19y-his-senior Fed. For a three-setter, not particularly close - Fed only had one bp (and took it), FAA had 15 (took three).

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14:55 (four months ago) link

yea wow was gonna say losing in 3 to felix is not a bad loss per se, but that break pt differential don't look good

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 15:29 (four months ago) link

rafa is not playing wimbledon & olympics

johnny crunch, Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:45 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

tiafoe/brooksby in dc has had some incred rallies

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 4 August 2021 01:32 (two months ago) link

now rafa/sock has also been v compelling, great fight by both…

johnny crunch, Thursday, 5 August 2021 01:56 (two months ago) link

nadal looked to somewhat reaggravate his foot injury but props to him for gutting out this match, sock is back in p decent form actually

johnny crunch, Thursday, 5 August 2021 02:29 (two months ago) link

lloyd harris takes out rafa; wonder if nadal will go play canada

johnny crunch, Friday, 6 August 2021 01:23 (two months ago) link

Watching overnight highlights on Amazon Prime without knowing the scores - Harris-Rafa didn't look it was going to go that way! And Brooksby taking out FAA in straights... seems to have a decent amount of variety, is having a great week, but we've seen WC-aided Americans fail to break through before...

Michael Jones, Friday, 6 August 2021 10:44 (two months ago) link

commentators have said it enough that im convinced brooksby is the next coming of murray m/l
if he can serve a little bigger he is scary, i really like watching him

johnny crunch, Friday, 6 August 2021 12:01 (two months ago) link

brooksby routined & dominated millman

johnny crunch, Friday, 6 August 2021 19:16 (two months ago) link

If he’s the new Murray that completes the quartet, seeing as we already have Sinner, Musetti and Alcarez :)

It had passed me by that Brooksby won back to back Challengers in Florida in the spring, and reached the final in Newport. He’s piling up the wins.

Michael Jones, Friday, 6 August 2021 20:37 (two months ago) link

i like that next-next gen analogy. we'll see how brooksby/sinner rd 1 goes

johnny crunch, Saturday, 7 August 2021 00:06 (two months ago) link

RIP Brooksby

Jenson Brooksby is the sort of player I love to watch…lots of variety..high tennis IQ….great in defence..🔥
His slice and backhand volley are almost identical to Florián Mayer.#tennis @atptour

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) August 6, 2021

Roz, Saturday, 7 August 2021 01:57 (two months ago) link

really happy to see that petko got her first title since 2015.

oscar bravo, Sunday, 8 August 2021 20:25 (two months ago) link

1st set still going in dc, mackie has saved ten (10) set points

johnny crunch, Sunday, 8 August 2021 22:16 (two months ago) link

cant save the 11th

johnny crunch, Sunday, 8 August 2021 22:18 (two months ago) link

happy 40th to fed btw, hope he can play the us open but its not looking good

johnny crunch, Sunday, 8 August 2021 23:02 (two months ago) link

this jannik/mackie match.......

johnny crunch, Sunday, 8 August 2021 23:53 (two months ago) link

Nice to see Double-Mc winning matches again. Don't think he's registered with me since this same event three years ago, when he lost over three hours to a labouring Murray. McMc seems to have missed half of the 2019 season with injury, so a long road back.

So: a SE for him into Toronto (va Paire, who seems to have started to give a damn again), a WC for Brooksby (and Kyrgios)... no such treatment for Tiafoe: doesn't make it out of qualifying.

Michael Jones, Monday, 9 August 2021 14:26 (two months ago) link

Oh yeah, bonne anniversaire to FAA too, only 21.

Always a glut of men's elite birthdays around this time (Sampras, Laver; Sinner turns 20 next week)... or maybe I only notice the birthdays around my own. (North Cheshire tennis club, round of 16, May '86).

Michael Jones, Monday, 9 August 2021 14:30 (two months ago) link

Also: "always"..."around this time". This is how birthdays and calendars tend to work, of course. Double fault.

Michael Jones, Monday, 9 August 2021 14:35 (two months ago) link

tiafoe back in as a lucky loser for korda

johnny crunch, Monday, 9 August 2021 18:46 (two months ago) link

rafa now w/draws from toronto & cincy

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 22:21 (two months ago) link

opelka through tsitsy in toronto o_o

johnny crunch, Saturday, 14 August 2021 21:44 (two months ago) link

servebot showdown averted, medvedev easily past isner 2 & 2

johnny crunch, Sunday, 15 August 2021 01:06 (two months ago) link

Both servebots hitting 75%+ first serves too, but Daniil apparently no trouble picking it out - limited Isner to four aces. Bodes well for the final.

Sadly no prospect of a Medvedev North American ATP1000 double displacing Novak as #1 because, as far as I can tell, Medvedev is also effectively defending champ in Cincy. I've rather lost track of when and how many points drop these days, but I assume DM's 1000 from Cincy '19 drop on 23/8, to be replaced by either 500 (-> Aug '22) or a better result from this year's event (or is the 50% rule over now?). Novak's 1000 from "Cincy" '20 have no lifespan beyond next week?

DM has more to defend at Flushing Meadow, of course, however you slice it.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 15 August 2021 11:21 (two months ago) link

Slice it?

Oh, and he has!

the pinefox, Sunday, 15 August 2021 12:01 (two months ago) link

“Spin it” may also have worked. Lob, not so much.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 15 August 2021 14:23 (two months ago) link

wonderfully frosty handshake from sabalenka to pliskova after pliskova beat her in the semis yesterday.

oscar bravo, Sunday, 15 August 2021 20:28 (two months ago) link

still haven't heard anyone in the tennis media give a compelling reason as to why naomi osaka should be attending pressers. nothing is gained from it from a fans perspective imo and clear harm being done to the player because of the process not necessarily the questions.

missed this from last week. coco vandewegue refusing to warm up before the third set (after a weather delay) then when being told it was compulsary just barely moving and soft lobbing the ball back to her unimpressed opponent

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 15:32 (two months ago) link

Liking the look of the Winston-Salem semis - Ivashka-Ruusuvuori, Alcaraz-Ymer. The 18yo Alcaraz being the only seed left!

Michael Jones, Friday, 27 August 2021 12:00 (one month ago) link

So it's Ivashka-Ymer.

That Ivashka has the chance to be the first Belarusian to win an ATP singles tournament since Max Mirnyi beat Federer on the way to the Rotterdam title 18 years ago is one thing, but Ymer is the *first Swedish finalist* on the main tour since Soderling at Båstad ten years ago. Having grown up with the post-Borg generation, that's nuts.

(Not sure I realised that Soderling was pretty much at his peak - in the top five - when he got ill in summer 2011, and that Båstad title was his last event, at 26).

Michael Jones, Saturday, 28 August 2021 09:44 (one month ago) link

And now I wish I'd written Söderling in that post :)

Michael Jones, Saturday, 28 August 2021 09:48 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

this metz match btwn basilashvili & davidovich fokina is amazing

johnny crunch, Thursday, 23 September 2021 20:41 (one month ago) link

Glad for heads-up there - caught the last couple of games on Prime. DF's hair is a bit of a disaster though.

It's Laver Cup time again. I know, pointless, contrived exhibition, but I do quite like it. Or maybe it's just Roger and Rafa cracking each other up that I like, and there's none of that this year.

Michael Jones, Friday, 24 September 2021 12:05 (one month ago) link

it does feel rather pointless w/o fed and rafa; nonetheless, i am attending the day session tomorrow, hope to see some fun matches

johnny crunch, Friday, 24 September 2021 12:53 (one month ago) link

Oh cool - enjoy!

Michael Jones, Friday, 24 September 2021 12:55 (one month ago) link

From the conversations I’ve had, the players’ public silence isn’t because they don’t know or don’t care, but because no one is asking them on record.

They know about it, and they have strong opinions about it. But they’re very unlikely to speak out unprompted.#askthequestions

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 25, 2021

McEnroe: “Fuck this guy.”

Isner: “He said that? Fuck him…”

Schwartzman: “What did he say?”

McEnroe: “He said that’s the last point we’re gonna win.”

Opelka: “He also said he’s innocent.”

McEnroe: “Yeah, good point.”

h/t @tennisems

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 25, 2021

mens rea activist (k3vin k.), Saturday, 25 September 2021 13:54 (one month ago) link

seeing zverevs backhand in person was v impressive

johnny crunch, Sunday, 26 September 2021 02:17 (four weeks ago) link

Ugh, Zverev was right. Will they still play some of the singles?

Michael Jones, Sunday, 26 September 2021 18:02 (four weeks ago) link

only 1 more match & the changed it to dubs ruud/meds v felix/diego

johnny crunch, Sunday, 26 September 2021 18:46 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

indian wells ~ was thinking medvedev would be unbeatable here considering his form and sloww hard courts are perfect for him ~ watched him vs dimitrov today and shut it off at meds a set up and 4-1......& grigor comes back to win... the degen in me wonders what the live bet price was

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 23:32 (one week ago) link

Ha, I flipped over at the end of Norrie-Paul in time to see DM disintegrate. Some lovely Fed-esque early ball striking from Dimi but he didn’t have to do a lot to close it out other than slice and steady. No 45sec holds from DM on this surface anyway and his serve was off.

Such a peculiar part of the world, that desert valley. I have dim memories of USA-GB Davis Cup final in Palm Springs in ‘78 and the reports at the time saying it was being staged “in the middle of nowhere”.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 14 October 2021 09:03 (one week ago) link

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