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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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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!

http://im.sport.cz/363/93634-article-pz54g.jpg http://sportsposterwarehouse.com/warehouse/vaidisova05ps-1.jpg

cake!

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mardy Fish a strong candidate for best name IMO

Just got offed, Saturday, 22 December 2007 20:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Fed vs Sampras at MSG, 3/10/08

gabbneb, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 06:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

go davenport!!

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

I just go to myp2p.eu 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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7274636.stm

nice one you unpatriotic little shit.

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

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

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

five months pass...

Andy Murray wins something

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

also i didn't know this thread existed!

lex pretend, Sunday, 3 August 2008 22:09 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kxaLo1riGo&feature=related

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: http://serenawilliams.com/home/
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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (ten 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYE8gper9VM

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

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_loaf

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 (nine 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!

http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/6027/wozrybwimb2006juniortrophies6a.jpg

Fortunately today was more to her liking.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/2d/fullj.78eac332e51971240cfb28c1cb4cf0ab/78eac332e51971240cfb28c1cb4cf0ab-getty-tennis-gbr-wta-aegon_classic.jpg

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

three weeks pass...

waht

French tennis player banned for betting found dead

Natural causes apparently.

RIP Mathieu

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

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

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

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

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

I didn't see much of Andreescu but what I did see made her one of my favorite players on the tour right now

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Monday, 18 March 2019 13:27 (two months ago) Permalink

she came back and won tday miami rd one, was down a set and 1-5

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 March 2019 04:52 (two months ago) Permalink

felix now into the 4th rd @ miami, into the top-50 rankings

andreescu still hasnt lost in a whiile, beat kerber again

krygios hit an underhand ace, no look volley winner, & is jawing w a fan non-stop all w/in the last 5 minutes

johnny crunch, Monday, 25 March 2019 02:31 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know why Kerber being such an incredibly poor sport about Andreescu is so funny to me but it really is

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Monday, 25 March 2019 13:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Delbonis was emphatically hitting through Novak for about 25min last night before he started to miss, and that was the end of that. Novak does not look happy though. But he didn't at Wimbledon, where this whole sweep back to #1 started. Continuing in the vein of turning off the Amazon stream around midnight GMT just before a match takes an unexpected turn, couldn't quite believe Ferrer came back against Sascha.

Now to find a Nick K highlight reel. And Andreescu on YT.

Michael Jones, Monday, 25 March 2019 13:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Nick K tells a spectator "F U", incurs a penalty point for a double-break in the 3rd and spends his last change of ends sarcastically applauding the ump for failing to control the crowd.

Bautista Agut loses first seven of first eight games vs Novak but outlasts him over three sets. Really good stuff towards the end. Both players looked utterly spent. Not sure what 25C + 77% humidity feels like, something like the Central Line in summer I'm guessing.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 23:44 (two months ago) Permalink

yea rba is a tough dude & having a nice start to 2019

id've prob thought it more likely of novak winning both of indian wells+miami as opposed to neither but these things happen

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Back to fragility of the early months of his 2018 return - only takes a minor setback to have ND looking at his box, chuntering away, pushing the shot clock. You knew he was in trouble last night as soon as RBA got a toe-hold in the 2nd set. Can't serve out sets, take BPs. No doubt he'll sort it out, and the Slam format is so much more forgiving of these mid-match distractions. Last year's Wimb QF vs Kei was maybe a three-set defeat in another venue.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Seeing shots of Thomas Carbonell in RBA’s box... the one thing I know about TC (from World of Tennis annuals of the 1980s) - he was born on exactly the same day as me. I think Thomas has seen a little more sun over the years than me :/

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Shapovalov-Tiafoe very entertaining. Federer playing at very high level vs Anderson. Two thirtysomethings and two teenagers left.

Michael Jones, Friday, 29 March 2019 11:57 (one month ago) Permalink

yiiikes, felix has chances to serve out each of set 1 and set 2 vs isner and gets broken, notably w 3 double faults the first time

johnny crunch, Friday, 29 March 2019 18:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Isner this week:
7-6 7-6 7-5 7-6 7-6 7-6 7-6 7-6 7-6 7-6

Jfc.

And the climax vs Edmund was a farce. Not my favourite player.

Michael Jones, Friday, 29 March 2019 19:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Fed with way too much variety for Shapo, even on a bad serving day. ATP website did point out how way down the rankings RF is in BP conversion though (which killed him in his last three Slam exits / vs Thiem last week) and today was also only 3/11. I fear a 6-7 6-7 vs Bloody Isner. "Penalty shootout and I'm the goalie," said RF about the final.

With a win Fed would top the Race to London.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:43 (one month ago) Permalink

i think fed can handle isner, frankly faa shouldve handled isner tday

fed is obv complementary to everyone but i liked him saying nice things abt isner, i actually also dont dislike watching his matches

johnny crunch, Saturday, 30 March 2019 01:17 (one month ago) Permalink

tough finish w isner hobbling, 3 service breaks in the 1st set tell the story tho, fed played really well this tourney

johnny crunch, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Seems like everyone struggled a little with the new venue - the shadows on the stadium court, the gritty, low-bouncing surface, the ball-fluffing humidity, the crowd. Fed just maximised every opponent's discomfort. He's downplaying the clay return (has he entered more than Madrid?) - "I can't even remember how to slide." Yeah ok.

Michael Jones, Monday, 1 April 2019 13:56 (one month ago) Permalink

very satisfying to see fed take the first set 6-1. too bad isner got hobbled in the second, but i can't help but feel federer would've found a way to pull it out anyway. i can barely stand to watch a match of isner's. all that lumbering around. it's bullshit. my distaste for him is legendary around my living room. ask the cats.

andrew m., Monday, 1 April 2019 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Novak-Kohlscr just had eight consecutive breaks of serve. And Novak saved 3BPs in the next game.

Novak now up a break in the decider but that, as we have established, means nothing. (Every game held to love from this point, I'm guessing).

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 15:28 (one month ago) Permalink

novak drop shotting the hell out of meds (to varying effect) ~ looks destined to go 3

johnny crunch, Friday, 19 April 2019 12:40 (one month ago) Permalink

jeez pella has broken rafa 1st 3 service games, up 4-1

johnny crunch, Friday, 19 April 2019 14:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Tuned into Amazon Prime in time to see Pella fall apart.

Michael Jones, Friday, 19 April 2019 15:46 (one month ago) Permalink

fognini/lojovic final!

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 April 2019 17:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Rafael Nadal calls loss to Fognini ‘one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years’

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/apr/20/rafael-nadal-thrashed-fabio-fognini-monte-carlo-masters-semi-final-tennis

johnny crunch, Saturday, 20 April 2019 22:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I saw only the very end of this - in fact, I got home at 6-4 5-0 30/0 and Fabio was so tight for 10min that I thought I was going to see another Rafa comeback. Extraordinary that FF saved five break points to avoid going down 4-6 1-5 vs Rublev in r1. He was getting pasted by Coric for 45min yesterday too.

A clay Masters final without the top two. Let's have a couple more.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 20 April 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Fognini is hilarious to watch. Even when he’s dialed in and playing amazingly, like today, he gives off this aura that makes me think he would really just rather be at the bar.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Saturday, 20 April 2019 23:28 (one month ago) Permalink

farewell ferrer

johnny crunch, Friday, 26 April 2019 01:08 (one month ago) Permalink

michael jones, u would like this book prob

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41ANDYgwDRL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

johnny crunch, Friday, 26 April 2019 13:47 (one month ago) Permalink

good match in estoril, tsitsy grinds thru the local joao domingues who played p well

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 May 2019 14:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Is anyone else low-key enjoying the Zverev implosion?

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Friday, 3 May 2019 19:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Bought that Circuit book on Kindle; a fair enough run-through of a year I suppose, but I felt the writing jarred at many points. I sensed a discrepancy between ambition and performance. Now, in some blurbs after the end of the actual book, it turns out the guy is apparently a published poet in his (I presume?) native English, which made me question my own (non-native-English) judgment a bit, but... nah, unless you are some hitherto unknown contortionist, I do not believe you can lie prone on your back, even if your leg is hurt badly. And if you can, I do not believe a professional tennis player soon does it after you, right there on court. It would have made some news.

(That was just one jarring example; I flinched or goggled at a few other vocabulary choices as well, but maybe they could be taken as poetic licence or something, I dunno)

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 5 May 2019 23:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

interesting idk i read it & enjoyed.. did not notice that specifically, i felt he did try to add sorta unnecessarily florid language @ times but it usu did not bother me

johnny crunch, Monday, 6 May 2019 12:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, the florid language thing probably added to my feeling that attempted style clashed a bit with ability.

And I didn't mean to be too harsh either -- I agree that it is a fine enough first essay into a niche which could have some real potential; there are plenty of sports books on single seasons seen either as a whole or from a particular team's viewpoint in e.g. soccer or baseball, and I see no reason there couldn't be a tennis literature of this sort as well. There were several things I enjoyed and found insightful, such as his stuff on Goffin and the particular unglamourous insiderness of the post-US-Open indoor swing.

anatol_merklich, Monday, 6 May 2019 13:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(But you simply cannot lie prone on your back. The word the author was looking for is supine. :-P )

anatol_merklich, Monday, 6 May 2019 13:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

juicy madrid quarters:

novak/cilic
fed/thiem
tsitsy/sascha
stan/rafa

johnny crunch, Thursday, 9 May 2019 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

have some dignity stan

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 May 2019 03:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

no shame when its vs rafa

johnny crunch, Saturday, 11 May 2019 03:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It seems like Fed loses a lot of matches from MP up in the twilight of his career. Pretty good battle though and Thiem is a master of clubbing his way out of trouble. Hopefully he can win this.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 11 May 2019 09:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yea thiem is confident in his serve & groundstokes at all times basically, i dont fault fed too much for squandering those match pts

johnny crunch, Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And... Thiem just comes up short vs Novak. Up a break in both sets, ultimately a DF in the second set t/b did for him. Oh well, go win the French.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 11 May 2019 18:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Genuinely great performance from Tsitsipas. The slices! He’s my guy for the next decade I reckon.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 11 May 2019 22:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

quite a day in rome

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 May 2019 11:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Yep. Wednesday washed out = Thursday So. Much. Tennis. Amusingly, the first six WTA matches of the day all went the distance too, pushing the schedule ever later. Not sure of the circs surrounding Serena's withdrawal - meant that Venus was the only person to progress yesterday (after 3hr+ vs Mertens on Tuesday). And now she gets to rest ahead of Konta match in mid-afternoon L16, who just played 2hr30 vs Stephens this morning.

Nadal seems to be peaking at the right time? Even in defeat, performance vs Tsitispas (Madrid) > vs Thiem (Barce) >>> vs Fognini (MC), and he's just allowed Chardy a single game here.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 16 May 2019 12:30 (one week ago) Permalink

And... Nick K chucks a chair and gets DQ'd. He *started* his first round match with an underarm serve.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:40 (one week ago) Permalink

prob was too much overlap but it wouldve been amazing to see in person in one day each or fed rafa and novak play twice

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:15 (one week ago) Permalink

kyrgios wow, that podcast was p hilarious that all he truly wants to do in life is get iced coffees shoot hoops and hang out ~ ok bro

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:18 (one week ago) Permalink

nadal wins two matches and drops two total games o_O

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 May 2019 18:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Horrific shank wide from Delpo on double MP vs Djoko, after he'd been nailing FHs all night. I don't think I can bear to watch the 3rd set.

Michael Jones, Friday, 17 May 2019 22:21 (one week ago) Permalink

excellent match, both have missed tons of massive opportunities

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 May 2019 22:40 (one week ago) Permalink

love how now both are playing to the crowd~

johnny crunch, Friday, 17 May 2019 22:44 (one week ago) Permalink

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 week ago) Permalink


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