Tennis Thread - Grand Slams & The Tour

Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by I Blame Bassett, May 28, 2018.

  1. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Can this be Andy's year? Oh no wait,he's still injured,possibly never to return.
    Jo Konta already out and making a bit of a noise at the press and Heather Watson not in the best form either.
    British hopes rest therefore on Kyle Edmund and Cam Norrie,who beat 'Tiny' John Isner last week in Geneva.
    The smart money,as ever,in the men,is on Rafa but could Sasha Zverev justify his seeding and prodigious talent by reaching the final? He was slightly unfortunate to lose in Rome last Sunday but perhaps a year too soon,assuming Rafa's knees hold up.
    Players to look out for I would suggest are Fabio Fognini,always a great entertainer,Cheung,the Korean,having a good year and a returning Serena Williams,unseeded and returning post childbirth.
    The other question of course is Eurosport or ITV4?
     
  2. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Never heard of him but sounds like another Johnny Foreigner so I'm in. Can he play the Chalobah role ? Wages ? etc....
     
  3. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Born in South Africa,educated in New Zealand,father and mother Celts I think.
     
  4. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Hmmm. Is a visa going to be an issue ? I guess if his father and mother played for Celtic, that's got to help ?
     
  5. Bring Back Standing

    Bring Back Standing First Year Pro

    Hmm - a John Clark and Bobby Lennox love-child?

    If so there's a good chance that he's a left-footer and maybe he is the answer to the Holebas problem.
     
  6. Been out of work since Grange Hill
     
  7. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Get him in the cricket team.
     
  8. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    One of very few that hasn't had a go!
     
  9. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    He doesn't also trade under the name 'Ben Stokes', does he?

    Born in NZ with, I would go out on a limb & guess, Irish ancestry.
     
  10. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    One remaining Brit.
    Edmund stands alone as Norrie falls to Pouille in four sets.
    Is anyone brave enough to tell Serena she looks absurd in her one piece?
    She's no Emma Peel!
     
  11. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    She looks like a small planet.

    Btw, what will Henman Hill/Murray Mount be called this year if neither make it through the qualifiers?
     
  12. Aberystwyth_Hornet

    Aberystwyth_Hornet Squad Player

    Heathers Hump?
     
  13. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    !
     
  14. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    A brilliant day's play so far has shortened my admin catch up plans !
    Sasha Zverev and Damir Dzumhur produced a thrilling 5 sets and Zverev managed to hold out,but is living dangerously.
    Damir clattered into a ball boy as they went for the same ball and was very concerned for the petit enfant. He was fine.
    Sasha continued his double act with a Yorkshire radio chap and insisted he asked the first question.
    Novak overcame Roberto Batista Agut in four in another excellent game,with some splendid racket smashing by Nole. I've never liked Head rackets either!
    Tomorrow sees one of my favourite players Fabio Fogninni play Kyle Edmund. Flair v Brutality.
     
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  15. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Bet they cannot wait till the roof is built!!
     
  16. Aberystwyth_Hornet

    Aberystwyth_Hornet Squad Player

    Was "there" 2 years ago on the only day in years when there was absolutely no play due to the rain. Was traveling with a friend and we'd already done Australian open and Wimbledon together (not in the same years). Watched the Williams match on tv yesterday, phenomenal how she keeps going and has the inner strength to pick herself up when she appears to be in trouble (was a set and a break down and totally turned match around in 10 minutes)
     
  17. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    Many congratulations to Serena on her first round victory.

    Her superhero's catsuit seemed like it was a tribute to the Black Panther film

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    She is still in very good shape after becoming a mother. We Serenaphiles are reminded of her previous competition wear.

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  18. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Clive, please don’t just assume Serena is a socialist.

    Sometimes people just have other plans.
     
  19. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    The way the Williams sisters and their cronies treat people working in tennis, I am certain they aren't socialists!
     
  20. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    Hoping Nadal doesn't win it for once. Can't stand the guy and beyond bored of his clay court dominance.
     
  21. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I have nothing against Rafa but I agree it would be good to see a different winner,hopefully Zverev or Fognini.
     
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  22. NathWFC

    NathWFC First Team

    Personally I'd also love to see Del Potro win it. Unlikely, but I've always liked him. He's one one of very few of the "big guys" that has more to his game than just a massive serve and powerful strokes (please take note, Mr Raonic).
     
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  23. Stevohorn

    Stevohorn Watching Grass Grow

  24. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I would also be happy to see Del Boy win.
    Seems to be nearly back to his best after his injury woes and moves very well for such an enormous chap.
    Likeable guy too by all accounts.
     
  25. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Just so!
    A war hero I believe.
    RG built to house the hordes who came to see the Muskateers: Cochet,Brugnon,Lacoste and Borotra,The Bounding Basque!
    Sorry if I'm repeating your link.
     
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  26. Clive_ofthe_Kremlin

    Clive_ofthe_Kremlin Squad Player

    I hadn't heard about this. Could you give more details? I suppose being ordinary poor people, they might have given some righteous grief to the "I say, anyone for tennis?" Pimms and Strawberries mob.
     
  27. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    It's not widely known.
    Venus is worse than Serena but both treat people working at tournaments* like something they've stepped in.They are rude,keep the volunteers waiting,never say please or thank you and are generally obnoxious.
    They are certainly not the only ones,but have always been like this, I'm told by people who have experienced it first hand.
    *People working in the locker rooms,the press liaison officers who escort them to and from their media interviews and sit in with them,people who work in the referee's office,courtesy car drivers,volunteers from the club/tournament,FFT,LTA,AELTC etc etc.
     
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  28. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Anyone but a grunter.
     
  29. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Shame.

    Did they grow up in a tennis bubble from age 5?
     
  30. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Harpenden behaviour.
     
  31. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    You;ve heard the story of their conception?
    Harpenden would be very unlikely to allow anyone of their ethnicity within the club grounds,I believe they have an old buffer positioned on the balcony of the clubhouse with Raheem's gun!
    Brookman's Park were interesting today.
    Got very narky with our captain and had one court that was infested with mosquitos.Their captain said "use the gents as it doesn't have mosquitos".
    Clearly the golf club receives all the funding!
     
  32. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Zverev, the 5 set king beats the man named Karen and plays Thiem in the quarters.
    Cecchinato going well and Max Marterer, another young player making an impressions, plays Nadal (I think?) tomorrow.
    Grunt fest between Shazza and Serena will require mute button work from viewers and no doubt laughter from the RG crowd.
    I'd like Caroline Garcia to win but maybe a step too far?
     
  33. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Do the French laugh at grunters?

    Probably the best remedy.
     
  34. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    How did you fare today?

    Btw, the auto writer function did insist that should be ‘fart’.
     
  35. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    They cannot hide their displeasure and do titter!
    No farting that I could determine,I'm pleased to say!
    We won on what is unfortunately named a 'shoot out'.
    The match was tied 2-2,this being 'Hot Rackets' and a two pair competition Georgina and I won 6-0 6-2 and 6-1 6-0 but our second pair lost 6-0 6-3 and 5-7 6-3 and 10-6 in the deciding Championship Tie Break.
    Due to this one player from each pair plays a one set finale.
    We won 6-2,with Yvonne nearly choking on a gel energy sachet I gave her,as she was very tired!
    Lots of very expensive cars in the car park but dripping taps and bugs in the changing rooms,odd.
     

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