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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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

Mardy Fish a strong candidate for best name IMO

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

two weeks pass...

Fed vs Sampras at MSG, 3/10/08

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

go davenport!!

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

Federer was too busy not thinking about yesterday

Matt, Monday, 3 March 2008 22:05 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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

nadal/thiem tmorrow in monte carlo qtrs

johnny crunch, Thursday, 19 April 2018 22:20 (six months ago) Permalink

welp so nadals not losing again til say wimbledon qtrs ish, he is a legend

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 April 2018 01:28 (six months ago) Permalink

The gulf on clay between RN and everyone else who has ever lived is extraordinary. Thiem had just beaten (a semi-rejuvenated) Novak, ffs. I was watching the point-by-point on my phone app yesterday and practically every game was going to multiple deuces, but Rafa was winning them all anyway. I'd give Dimi a 15% chance today, which is more than I'd give Kei or Sascha on Sunday.

The idea that Roger can just sit out the CC season and have #1 drift back to him seems silly now. But... you never know. Rafa's knees and so on. It's still six weeks of slog, even if he's killing people one and three. There may be a Soderling moment yet.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 21 April 2018 11:19 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

50 consecutive sets won on clay

johnny crunch, Thursday, 10 May 2018 22:12 (five months ago) Permalink

this is a great 1st set rafa/thiem

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 May 2018 16:21 (five months ago) Permalink

rafa w two really uncharacteristic errors, 2nd chance for dom to serve it out ~

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 May 2018 16:22 (five months ago) Permalink

props dom! 7-5 1st set.. he played really well

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 May 2018 16:29 (five months ago) Permalink

two set losing streak on clay now !@!

johnny crunch, Friday, 11 May 2018 17:19 (five months ago) Permalink

A 3-6 record vs Nadal on clay (and they've only ever played on clay) is really pretty good - better than Djokovic!

Michael Jones, Friday, 11 May 2018 17:24 (five months ago) Permalink

nice rome final 4 -- rafa v novak; cilic v zverev

johnny crunch, Friday, 18 May 2018 22:55 (five months ago) Permalink

sascha got great bounce height on smashing his racquet

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 May 2018 19:37 (five months ago) Permalink

cilic is tough, couple gutsy as hell shots down set pt, is currently 10-10 1st set tiebreak

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 May 2018 19:38 (five months ago) Permalink

zverev takes it 15-13

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 May 2018 19:45 (five months ago) Permalink

Well, that was inevitable. As soon as the rain came I had a feeling Rafa would just roll through on the resumption.

Quite impressed with Sascha this week, coming through some tight matches (I’d pegged him as a bit fragile after losing a lead) but to fold after winning 9 of 11 games before the rain delay was really disappointing.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:26 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

queens club semis tmorrow are interesting

krygios v cilic
&
djoko v chardy

chardy has been on fire but notably is 0-10 all time vs novak, has never won a set and only once has even gotten to a tiebreak o_o

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 June 2018 18:32 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

check out these qtrs in newport (ill be in attendance for the later two matches):

jung/smyczek
ramanathan/pospisil

mannerino/granollers
stevie johson/dudi sela

johnny crunch, Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:54 (three months ago) Permalink

theres also an xhibition match btwn sloane/keys iirc so that may be decently fun actually

johnny crunch, Thursday, 19 July 2018 02:04 (three months ago) Permalink

mannarino crumbled & sela couldnt handle steve johnsons serve after beating ivo last rd ~

johnny crunch, Saturday, 21 July 2018 02:58 (three months ago) Permalink

interesting night of matches in dc, impacted by lotsa rainouts already this wk

currently zverev v zverev
noah rubin took out isner & has to play again like 2hrs later v rublev
tiafoe/goffin
chung/deminaur
kei/shapo
murray is also still alive

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 August 2018 00:48 (two months ago) Permalink

well jeez - https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/45055266

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 August 2018 12:08 (two months ago) Permalink

I've been watching highlights of AM's matches this week - he fights and chases as much as ever did but, damn, 75mph second serves half way up the box. No wonder he's going three hours vs Copil and McDonald, he's not getting any free points.

Michael Jones, Friday, 3 August 2018 13:24 (two months ago) Permalink

It's a tough MATCH-UP for Andy, with the CONDITION he's in at the moment.

the pinefox, Friday, 3 August 2018 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

andy out of dc & out of toronto

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 August 2018 23:52 (two months ago) Permalink

did drop a tiebreak but otherwise titsy gets thru djoker w/ not a tonne of resistance, never broken o_o

johnny crunch, Thursday, 9 August 2018 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

And now takes out Zverev from MPs down. He’s a bit good.

Michael Jones, Friday, 10 August 2018 21:29 (two months ago) Permalink

real grind of a opening night match in cincy, djoker v steve johnson

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:40 (two months ago) Permalink

novak wins it on his 9th match point ~

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 02:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Real shame Titsy couldn’t take that set-point vs Rafa in Toronto and turn it around. No one has ever beaten five top-10 opponents in a single event* and he had a chance there.

(* men’s tour, since computer rankings in ‘73)

Kinda grimly curious to see just how many points Murray can scramble together before the protected ranking expires. Not that it matters, I guess - even ranked 250 Melbourne, Miami and the rest are likely to wildcard him next year. Can’t last forever for Stan W though.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 07:52 (two months ago) Permalink

Ah, but that’s a great win for Stan overnight! He’ll be fine.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 07:54 (two months ago) Permalink

hes looking p decent suddenly

chung looked as bad as ive seen a pro look vs delpo, who also looked not super interested

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:14 (two months ago) Permalink

new haven quallies gets going tmorrow - 24 matches w some good names! for $7, i really should have planned better to be going to this :\

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Connecticut_Open_%E2%80%93_Singles

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Held over from last night? Which means, with more rain today, Delpo is playing Kyrgios in a few hours. Off to bed, hopefully not to wake to a collapse from Dimi, who is suddenly all late-'17 vs Djoko.

xp

Michael Jones, Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:19 (two months ago) Permalink

yea i could be wrong but im not bullish on djoko for the us open

johnny crunch, Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:25 (two months ago) Permalink

fed/stan good so far

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:38 (two months ago) Permalink

damn delpo/goffin set2 is nice also

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:50 (two months ago) Permalink

fed giving it away whoa

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:01 (two months ago) Permalink

stan!

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:02 (two months ago) Permalink

goffin beating anderson then delpo in the same day is impressive as hell

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:07 (two months ago) Permalink

stans bhand is looking great

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:08 (two months ago) Permalink

some sloppiness but this is def a compelling match, fed rarely has recently been a match where he cant dictate as far as i can recall

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:47 (two months ago) Permalink

that pt 2nd set fed 5-4 up in the tiebreak was thrilling

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:59 (two months ago) Permalink

it better not fucking start raining lmao

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:02 (two months ago) Permalink

killer semis, tho all are prob tired

novak/cilic
fed/goffin

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:58 (two months ago) Permalink

fed looked really sluggish to me today

johnny crunch, Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Only following by score app and RF has thrown in three DFs at crucial moments. After a week of not dropping serve.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 19 August 2018 22:08 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

& playing doubles w novak for laver cup

johnny crunch, Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:44 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

djoko 2 & 1 over sascha in an hour

fed loses to borna in straights, borna played/served great he didnt even face a break pt

johnny crunch, Saturday, 13 October 2018 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Novak pretty unstoppable at this point. No one has risen from outside the top 20 to be year-end #1 before, and he's going to do it inside 5 months.

Fed clearly a notch below his 2017 level in all respects. Age, finally. Back in March, right up to the point he held MP vs Del Potro in Indian Wells, he seemed a shoo-in for year-end #1, given Nadal's injury, Novak's form. I thought Thiem or Zverev might be the challengers by summer. It's out of his hands now, even if wins 15 straight matches through to the end of the year (Basel/Paris/London) - that's 8160pts and Rafa/Novak pass that with decent runs anywhere. Of course, I've devised a scenario where he manages this ;) Gonna be so disappointed when Novak enters Vienna on a whim* and wins it, ruining my plans.

(* - maybe he's in the draw for this or Basel, hadn't checked; assumed he was skipping the 250s/500s ahead of Paris).

Next year, it's all about Thiem (clay) and Tsitsipas (everything else). I hope.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:36 (six days ago) Permalink


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