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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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

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

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

exactly, that's the thing.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 5 August 2008 20:23 (nine 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Well done Andy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5-1 up in the third! :o

at the same time I was watching Flavia Pennetta try to choke away her match - she beat Venus in the last round, and winning this would mean a top 10 debut. 6 match points came and went, double faults on at least two of them, but her opponent was Hantuchova so it was OK in the end.

btw, Serena's post-Wimbledon record = QF loss in Stanford to Stosur and 3R loss in Cincinnati to Bammer, who now owns a 2-0 record over her. The Real Number 1!

am endeavouring to pretend the horrific Clijsters comeback isn't happening. never liked her.

best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

obv didn't see the Fed match but am guessing that J-W just started going even more for broke than usual when down 1-5, and everything began going in.

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

yep and suddenly firing aces as well when he hadn't been able to get a good first serve in since like the end of the first set. meanwhile fed's serve just went to pieces after that.

also yay dinara fighting back a break in both sets to beat kimmy. would've hated it if she lost this one.

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

best recent press conference = Marat defending baby sis by telling the press to "go fuck themselves" <3

this whole presser was fucking classic.

Q. Now that you stopped, what about coaching her?

MARAT SAFIN: Oh, you want me to hang myself? (laughter.)

Roz, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=58340

<3 <3 <3

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wow, Pennetta will be Italy's FIRST EVER top 10 woman! Both Schiavone and, before her, Farina Elia peaked at 11.

lex pretend, Friday, 14 August 2009 21:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, Andy Murray becomes the first man not named Roger or Rafa to hold a spot in the top two since forever. More importantly, Del Potro beat Roddick.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

i am enjoying Del Pony's hardcourt domination of Roddick v much.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Does it mean Del P gets his #5 ranking back? I know he lost a bunch of points in the second half of July. In fact, I'm happy to support Juan Martin today if it makes the difference... ;)

Michael Jones, Sunday, 16 August 2009 09:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, if he wins today he'll be back at no 5.

lex pretend, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

How is Nadal doing post-injury? Lost an edge, or is it too early to tell?

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

he's only played two or three proper matches so yeah still rusty/cautious but he seems to be getting better everyday.

gonna be a great USO - with Murray at number 2, it's likely that Nadal will end up on the same half of the draw as Fed which is just weird to think abt. they've both been at the top for *ages*.

Roz, Sunday, 16 August 2009 11:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

henin to unretire

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

can only be a good thing

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

i have no problem with these comebacks, but geez, i wish these "i am gonna quit tennis"-people just announce a sabbatical instead.

also, on another forum i heard a theory that Henin will have a much more difficult time getting back in top shape, since "she's no athlete" and only got to number 1 after years and years and years of hard work.

otoh Clijsters had a kid.

Ludo, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Subconsciously, it might have had an impact," Henin said of Clijster's successful comeback. "But it certainly was not the most important reason."

loooool keep telling yourself that, honey

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Whatever the reasons this is good news.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Justine <3

This is only a good thing if we WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN. And everything else. And get that Wimbledon title. And overtake Serena's Slam total.

I love the idea that she's only doing it to bully St. Kim again :D

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

exactly... like she'd ever let kim be the number one belgian. :P

Roz, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

http://www.7sur7.be/static/FOTO/pe/9/14/3/media_l_1750878.jpg

lex pretend, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 19:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wonderful news. Unless it's a total failure and she runs out of wildcards after a few months.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

This is so hilarious! Welcome back, Justine!

sturdy, ultra-light, under-the-pants moneybelt (HI DERE), Tuesday, 22 September 2009 20:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

women's tennis is so fucked.

mizzell, Tuesday, 22 September 2009 21:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

3/1 To win 2010 French Open

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 10:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Need to point out that 38-yr-old Kimiko Date-Krumm - she will be 39 next month - has just reached the Seoul final, beating Kleybanova, Hantuchova (lol Hantuchova) and Kirilenko in consecutive three-setters! So happy for her. From the bits and pieces I've seen of her this year, her old-school flat strokes are still a joy to watch and she's still a superior athlete to many of the girls half her age. She'll play Groenefeld or Medina Garrigues in the final - surely either are winnable matches.

And the WTA used "age ain't nothing but a number" as the headline for their story :D

lex pretend, Saturday, 26 September 2009 09:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

i figured theyd re-seed, cant be too often that a lucky loser gets a bye (tipsy @ cincy replacing kei)

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 11:51 (three months ago) Permalink

fed out of cincy now

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 15:59 (three months ago) Permalink

meaning another LL w a bye -- tom fabbiano

johnny crunch, Monday, 14 August 2017 16:01 (three months ago) Permalink

monfils w/draw also

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:04 (three months ago) Permalink

tiafoe just knocked out a spent sasha zverev

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 16 August 2017 21:18 (three months ago) Permalink

watching flipkens in the quarters @ new haven, shes dwn a set to gavrilova altho could be worse, last yr here i saw her lose in quallies to kayla day

johnny crunch, Thursday, 24 August 2017 18:07 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Laver Cup teams o_o

Team Europe (Borg)

Player

Rank*

Spain Rafael Nadal 1
Switzerland Roger Federer 2
Germany Alexander Zverev 4
Croatia Marin Čilić 5
Austria Dominic Thiem 7
Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 19

Team World (McEnroe)

Player

Rank*

United States Sam Querrey 16
United States John Isner 17
Australia Nick Kyrgios 20
United States Jack Sock 21
Canada Denis Shapovalov 51
United States Frances Tiafoe 72

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 12:01 (two months ago) Permalink

lol

this iphone speaks many languages (DJP), Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Seeing as this is supposed to be the Ryder Cup of tennis, perhaps some Ol' Team Spirit will enable World to prevail, seeing as Europe kept beating USA in the golf with ostensibly inferior players. Strokeplay is not like matchplay, mind, whereas this is still regular tennis scoring.

Weird format though. Matches are worth progressively more over the three days. Europe could win the first eight rubbers, but lose Sunday's four, and it would go to a doubles single-set play-off.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 13:55 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm admittedly excited to see if Federer and Nadal will play doubles, which is the first time I've been excited about anything to do with Fedal in years.

Roz, Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:38 (two months ago) Permalink

This Nadal/Berdych doubles pairing will be interesting, pretty sure they used to hate each other.

Anyone else watching this? Loving the team reactions tbh, a bit like watching Davis Cup but with players you don't normally expect to interact with each other.

Roz, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm admittedly excited to see if Federer and Nadal will play doubles, which is the first time I've been excited about anything to do with Fedal in years.

I take this back btw, all the Fedal shipping posts/gifs on tennis Twitter are getting on my nerves.

Roz, Friday, 22 September 2017 20:11 (two months ago) Permalink

its reasonably fun..world really needs this pt as w/e singles matchup they structure tmorrow arent v favorable

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:33 (two months ago) Permalink

berdych is p decent @ the net

johnny crunch, Friday, 22 September 2017 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

this is what it looks like when a mortal swiss player (chiudinelli) fights off retirement

johnny crunch, Monday, 23 October 2017 21:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Fed withdraws from Paris, which was always on the cards, but it means the race for #1 is essentially over. Unless Rafa gets a season-ending injury in round one.

Bit of a shame, as, with the return of Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Nishikori next year (plus the likely Slam-level breakthrough of Zverev et al), I can't see Fed defending all those early-2017 points. So this was likely his last shot at #1. But I think I said that in 2012. He could potentially end the year with just four defeats, eight titles and a six-win streak over Nadal and still be only #2. Can't quite recall how the old pre-1990 rankings used to work (specifically the minimum tournament divisor), but I'm pretty sure he'd have #1 in that system.

Michael Jones, Monday, 30 October 2017 11:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've come round to the idea that year-end #1 for Nadal at 31 is the greater achievement anyway (I'm sure you are all relieved, it's been a journey). He's played the full mandatory schedule, risking injury and fatigue, not just cherry-picking like Fed. Fed's only regret at this point is probably not that he skipped the clay-court season but that he played slightly *too much*. Pulling out of the Montreal final (or Montreal altogether) and he might have made the final at Flushing Meadow. I wonder if he'll refine this into his 40s, so he basically just sits out 48 weeks, takes wildcards at Halle, Wimbledon and Basel, and wins them all.

Michael Jones, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://deadspin.com/look-at-god-1819922487

k3vin k., Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^was watching that live

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

krajinovic is doing his best novak impersonation, into the qtrs of paris

johnny crunch, Thursday, 2 November 2017 16:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

isner is tough indoors

semi of isner v kraj ~

star power esp w rafa now withdrawn is really lacking, everyones gonna be pulling for benneteau

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 November 2017 16:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

benneteau !

johnny crunch, Friday, 3 November 2017 20:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

RIP Jana Novotna

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Monday, 20 November 2017 16:35 (three days ago) Permalink


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