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

    GB take advantage of a very kind draw.
    The Magic Box was pulsating last night as Rafa and Marcel Granoellers beat Mayer and Gonzales.
    Can't see anything other than a Spain win but I've certainly been wrong before!
    Russia play Canada in the other half. Khachanov and Rublev defeat Troicki and Djokovic in an epic third set tie break.
    Frankly Zimonjic should have selected himself as Djokovic is a dreadful doubles player,considering his singles ability and Troicki usually chokes.
     
  2. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Canada through beating Russia 2-1.
    Edmund beats Lopez as Spain appear to be running out of players.
    However they still have Nadal!
     
  3. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Nadal beats Dame Edith 4&0.
    Evans played very well,mixing it up with skill but ran out of gas and that was that.
     
  4. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Nadal 2
    GB 1
    Jamie Murray's dreadful volley technique proves costly in the end.
    Skupski played very well throughout.
    Spain favourites tomorrow,especially if Batista Agut returns.
     
  5. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Shame for GB - one too many mistakes I gusss .
     
  6. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Spain played better on the big points,considering how poorly both Lopez and Nadal returned.
    Clever selection by Bruguera to play Lopez ,thus removing Murray's favourite return,the lob over server's partner.
    Lopez serves and smashes brilliantly,one overhead in the second tie break apart!
     
  7. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Canada select Felix Auger Aliassime in the second singles.
    He loeses to Roberto Batista Agut in the battle of the three man midfields.
    Good for RBA after his sad news.
    Spirited effort by Shapovalov but Nadal wins 3&6.
    Canada will win this within two years you would think.
     
  8. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Kosmos,Gerard Pique's company have raised 2.2 billion for 20 years of Davis Cup.
    Nadal and Djokovic had 1m appearance money from them,aside from what their federations paid them.
    Not sure it's sustainable at that rate. Pique didn't looked overly chuffed at the final. Crowds,understandably,were thin if Spain weren't playing.
     
  9. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I've just received a cv of sorts from a young lad from India.

    It appears tennis coaches are now sending cakky YouTube videos of themselves to wild narcotic music.

    Good grief!
     
  10. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Big match today in the NPL ladies.
    Hazelwood v Sutton.
     
  11. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    A 3-1 defeat for the Hazelwood NPL team but that tells nothing.
    Jane and I had a match point at 6-5 in the second set on Jane's serve and I missed a high forehand volley,that I lost slightly in the dome lights. I woke up at 4am thinking about it! Baa and Fran had three match points in the match tie break,also in the first round,so we could have been 2 up.
    However it was great tennis and as the oldest player in their team was 27 and the youngest in ours 42,we felt as ok as you can do about such a narrow loss.
    I'd like to pay tribute all my colleagues who have played an incredible amount of tennis this year for Hazelwood,Hoddesdon and they,for Middlesex.
    For Middlesex they have won the national 35s and 40s tournaments. For Hazelwood we won the national 40s club competition.
    They are an inspiration to play with for their skill, grace,endeavour,humility,humour and love of the game. they have done wonders for my game,I need to be reaching a great level just to make the team.
    The captain of Sutton would do well to take a leaf from their book,chippy girl* who constantly moaned at calls and appeared keen to claim the moral high ground in a dispute that wasn't even on her court! Decent player but just because you're captain it doesn't make you a deity. I would never have guessed she was a teacher!
    * or lady!
     
  12. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Sally Bolton to succeed Richard Lewis as CEO of AELTC.
    Has an impressive cv.
     
  13. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

  14. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    He is in a no win situation.
    He needs to play more and win more often to regain a decent ranking. However the more he plays the more burden he places on his hip and connected areas.
    Great dedication to return but I expect this year to be his last as a singles player.
    He could continue on the doubles tour for a few years as no lateral movement required,at least not to the degree he needs for his game style in singles.
     
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  15. I Blame Bassett

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    GB lose 2-1-to Bulgaria in the ATP Cup in Perth.A man named Lazarov leads the comeback!
    Kyrgios is donating money for every ace he serves to help the bush fire catastrophe. Well done him.
     
  16. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Spain v Serbia in ATP Cup Final.
    Shame for Australia,given the catastrophe.
     
  17. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    I guess this won't take too much out of Djokovic and Nadal - probably just replaces another tournament they might have played in?
     
  18. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    No other tournaments this week,this replaced the Hopman Cup.
     
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  19. I Blame Bassett

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    Actually I must correct myself.
    What I should have said was 'no other big tournaments'.
    Silly Bassett.
     
  20. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Serbia win,ND beats RN and then joins Troicki to defeat Lopez and Carreno Busta.
    Well done Serena who donates her winnings in Auckland to the appeal.
     
  21. Otter

    Otter Gambling industry insider

    This is frightening:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/51100706

    A Slovenian player had to retire having gone in to a coughing fit during the Australian Open qualifiers because of poor air quality. With the main event about to start and the residents of Melbourne told to stay indoors whenever possible you can't have the tournament going ahead to the detriment of players' health.
     
  22. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    I agree 100%.
    it should be cancelled now and the prize money given to the appeal fund.
     
  23. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

  24. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Craig Tiley came across as an arrogant twerp on the interview I saw.
    Melodic first round for Tsitsi,playing Caruso!
     
  25. UEA_Hornet

    UEA_Hornet First Team Captain

    Last man and woman standing get the trophy, the prize money and the obligation to repopulate Australia.
     
  26. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    That'll be Margaret Court then,she's a tough old bird,with some very antediluvian views.
     
  27. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Tsitsi starts very well v Caruso.
    Orpheus 1
    Opera singer 0.
    Routine for Serena and Federer. Evans recovers from two sets to win. Edmund 5-2 when rain delays play on all but three covered courts.
    Shapovalov out in first shock.
     
  28. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Seems like loads of games have been suspended- is that due to the weather?
     
  29. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Yes.
    Rain.
    Play possible on three covered courts.
     
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  30. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    It's serious ofcouse but in some sense the rain will be a relief.
     
  31. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Most certainly.
    Edmund and Konta out.
    Boulter hanging in against Svitolina,who was a set and a break up but now back on serve.
     
  32. I Blame Bassett

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    Watson beats the leftie Pliskova.
    ND wins comfortably and Tsitsi receives a WO from Kohlschriber.
    Fabulous Fabio plays local boy Thompson now.
     
  33. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Fabio wins in tie break fifth set,knuckles bloodied from punching his Babolat Pure Drive to the floor on numerous occasions!
    Durable bat the PD,didn't buckle or bend!
    Mad as a balloon but a special talent.
     
  34. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Evans loses to leftie Nishioka from Japan.
    Dart playing Halep and 4-1 down.
     
  35. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Will Serena ever get to Grand Slam 24?!
     

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