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The Happy Slam is over and it's time for muggery. St Petersburg has a decent field with reigning Slam champions Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko as top seeds. This is also where Kiki Mladenovic starts to defend her GOAT run from last year, and we see the comeback of Timea Bacsinszky. For those who enjoy watching tennis at weird hours, there is also Taiwan Open this week where Sabine Lisicki makes her return to the tour. No ATP main tour tournaments this week, but plenty of Davis Cup tennis this weekend
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Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 11:13 AM GMT
well that was short lived
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 11:24 AM GMT
Spanish hooverers at work in Marbella
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 11:59 AM GMT
Murray was in a grand slam final aged 20 but most are just hearing about Norrie at 22, is it actually worth going through the college system in America?
Report tof February 4, 2018 12:01 PM GMT
bamos Cameron !!
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 12:11 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 11:59AM, mesmerised wrote:


Murray was in a grand slam final aged 20 but most are just hearing about Norrie at 22, is it actually worth going through the college system in America?


depends what the expectations are for you really

the very best prospects shouldn't but it does seem to provide a solid base for those who want to be a constant on Challengers and in some cases get even better

Isner one of the few top players to come out of college in singles in past 20 years

Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:14 PM GMT
I dislike Mannarino so much I might actually root for Hase. strange days
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 12:16 PM GMT
no way
Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:19 PM GMT
i know right
Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:19 PM GMT
he was just associated with an actual premeditate murderer. gotta give the lad some slack i suppose
Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:23 PM GMT
how nice is that Tiemo never plays any tournaments whatsoever except DC. there's no money neither in that you know. a true patriot
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:24 PM GMT
Seems to me the College system is not a good one given it's lack of top players it's produced.

Also just looked that the entry list for Rotterdam, Felix has been given a wildcard it seems, must have a rich daddy with a name like Felix.
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:24 PM GMT
feck me norrie away to win again on the dirt, where did this new zealander come from??
Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:27 PM GMT
Holland
Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:28 PM GMT
they part of our Commonwealth
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:31 PM GMT
vinolas just chinned the all black
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:33 PM GMT
petra looks very free money 2day
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:34 PM GMT
go full bank grant
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:37 PM GMT
Can already sense the level of disappointment from British casual fans at Wimbledon when they listen to Norrie speak for the first time after being told of this new British sensation, only to hear a Kiwi accent, Konta tries hard to disguise her Aussie twang, but she left to come here too late.
Report nofx February 4, 2018 12:37 PM GMT
n88 did his utmost best to jinx that in favour of his fav french bish so tread with care
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:38 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 12:37PM, nofx wrote:


n88 did his utmost best to jinx that in favour of his fav french bish so tread with care


LaughLaugh I just asked him in the spam thread not to jinx petra after jinxing swaggy nick through the night

Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:39 PM GMT
Has James Ward retired from Tennis?
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:40 PM GMT
if he hasnt he should do!
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:40 PM GMT
would he retire tho when hes guaranteed a wildcard at SW19? thats worth what 30k?
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:41 PM GMT
thats like the main reason laura robson is still playing isnt it, 30k for turning up
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:41 PM GMT
he's not getting no wildcard this year, at best it would be  into qualifiers, but I even doubt that
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:41 PM GMT
vinolas is a proper mugger isnt he
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:44 PM GMT
Last year they handed out 9 wildcards to Brits in Qualfying, James Ward is currently Britain's 20th ranked player, would have to win a pre grass event
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:46 PM GMT
I absolutely despise the wildcard thing
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:46 PM GMT
if ur not good enough to qualify u shouldnt be in the tournament imo
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:56 PM GMT
vinolas in massive trouble here, hes utter filth
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 12:57 PM GMT
Scots having to save us in DC again
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 12:58 PM GMT
DC?
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:59 PM GMT
correct
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 12:59 PM GMT
that correct was after I quote a post, which didn't postConfused
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 1:00 PM GMT
can young edy play R5?
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 1:01 PM GMT
or is Broady just gonna lose that 1
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:01 PM GMT
whats the DC stand for? doubles something?
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 1:01 PM GMT
Plain
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 1:02 PM GMT
Davis Cup
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 1:02 PM GMT
Broady has never beaten any player ranked inside the top 30 before, I can't see him beating RBA on clay
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:03 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 1:02PM, mesmerised wrote:


Davis Cup


Laugh doh]

Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:10 PM GMT
Laugh wtf that wasnt out
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:10 PM GMT
wtf is the umpire doing
Report doridoru February 4, 2018 1:12 PM GMT
LaughLaugh
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:15 PM GMT
oh my, this is true NZ grit here
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 1:22 PM GMT
In what other sport is the manager allowed to talk to the Referee/umpire during a match an infinite amount of times like Sergi Bruguera is, should be accused of trying to influence the officials with the sheer amount of rabbiting his been doing in his ear.
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 1:25 PM GMT
football
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:27 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 1:22PM, mesmerised wrote:


In what other sport is the manager allowed to talk to the Referee/umpire during a match an infinite amount of times like Sergi Bruguera is, should be accused of trying to influence the officials with the sheer amount of rabbiting his been doing in his ear.


nfl

Report caramba February 4, 2018 1:27 PM GMT
pro wrestling
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 1:28 PM GMT
to the 4th official who have zero impact on a game
Report aaronh February 4, 2018 1:28 PM GMT
good shout, caramba
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 1:28 PM GMT
Wrestling is not a sport, just men who enjoy grappling each other
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:30 PM GMT
Laugh its true
Report doridoru February 4, 2018 1:35 PM GMT
WRESTLING LMFAO
Report doridoru February 4, 2018 1:36 PM GMT
Makes the lentil soup brigade feel tough Laugh
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 1:38 PM GMT
LaughLaughLaugh
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 1:41 PM GMT
WWE threads on the football forum used to be huge
Report tof February 4, 2018 1:42 PM GMT
so sorry n00rie
Report ayt February 4, 2018 1:57 PM GMT
Bank job petraLove
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 2:07 PM GMT
petra is unbeatable indoors, simple!
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:11 PM GMT
Looks like women v girl. Kiki a spectator.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:15 PM GMT
They really should have translators on stand by so we know what they're saying when they've requested the coach at the changeovers. It's gamblers that keep their viewer-ship up, least they can do is give us some insight as to whether we should lay a player who wants to retire, says he/she is injured etc, common courtesy.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:24 PM GMT
She only just spoke to her coach, ban this nonsense
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:33 PM GMT
This'll be Kiki's 7 loss in 8 finals at tour level.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:35 PM GMT
Runner–up    1.    23 May 2015    Internationaux de Strasbourg, France    Clay    Australia Samantha Stosur    6–3, 2–6, 3–6
Runner–up    2.    11 June 2016    Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands    Grass    United States Coco Vandeweghe    5–7, 5–7
Runner–up    3.    16 October 2016    Hong Kong Open, China    Hard    Denmark Caroline Wozniacki    1–6, 7–6(7–4), 2–6
Winner    1.    5 February 2017    St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Russia    Hard (i)    Kazakhstan Yulia Putintseva    6–2, 6–7(3–7), 6–4
Runner-up    4.    4 March 2017    Mexican Open, Mexico    Hard    Ukraine Lesia Tsurenko    1–6, 5–7
Runner-up    5.    30 April 2017    Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Germany    Clay (i)    Germany Laura Siegemund    1–6, 6–2, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up    6.    13 May 2017    Madrid Open, Spain    Clay    Romania Simona Halep    5–7, 7–6(7–5), 2–6
Pending    2./7.    4 February 2018    St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy, Russia    Hard (i)    Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
Report nofx February 4, 2018 2:36 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 2:33PM, mesmerised wrote:


This'll be Kiki's 7 loss in 8 finals at tour level.


excellent

Report nofx February 4, 2018 2:36 PM GMT
these are the stats I like to see. keep em coming
Report nofx February 4, 2018 2:37 PM GMT
did you know one of her other records is having the longest losing streak in WTA history? it's true
Report caramba February 4, 2018 2:45 PM GMT
We're in the Top Ten!!!
Report caramba February 4, 2018 2:48 PM GMT
St Petrasburg.
Report caramba February 4, 2018 2:49 PM GMT
Interviewer reading the phorum I see.
Report caramba February 4, 2018 2:50 PM GMT
Greatest ceremony in tennis starting now.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:51 PM GMT
That guy all week has been asking daft questions, one of worst on court interviewers
Report caramba February 4, 2018 2:51 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 2:50PM, caramba wrote:


Greatest ceremony in tennis starting now.


Mes is a big fan of this sort of stuff imo.

Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:52 PM GMT
God I can't bare this cringy rubbish, wtf is thisLaugh
Report nofx February 4, 2018 2:52 PM GMT

Feb 4, 2018 -- 2:45PM, caramba wrote:


We're in the Top Ten!!!


Love
we helped a little

Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:54 PM GMT
who devise this limp ceremony, why would people want to sit and watch a load of stick insects in a tutu dancing around

WHAT HAS THIS GOT TO DO WITH TENNIS
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 2:55 PM GMT
imagine there was an indoor grand slam, petra would win every year!
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:58 PM GMT
God help us at the Russia World Cup opening and closing ceremony in 4 months if this is what we can expect.

To be fair, the opening ceremony at the UK Olympics was absolute dross as well, like a middle class mans wet dream, Mary Poppins, Darwin smoking a pipe and all, horrific.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 2:59 PM GMT
I admire the effort they've put in to be fair, but I prefer Taiwan, here is a vase, goodbye.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:01 PM GMT
s*** a singing drag queen
Report GRANTCKING February 4, 2018 3:01 PM GMT
Laugh mes do u actually watch the opening and closing ceremonies ffs?!?!#
Report caramba February 4, 2018 3:01 PM GMT
I thought the elite appreciated this sort of stuff.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:03 PM GMT
What a racquet that was, there must have been rats in the basement hanging themselves listening to that
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:10 PM GMT
This is actually not good for injury prevention, you're meant to do a warm/cool down after exercise, sitting down for so long could damage muscles.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:16 PM GMT
You would think this was a slam rather than just a fourth tier event
Report caramba February 4, 2018 3:16 PM GMT
at least these two were allowed to sit down, unlike Novak and Rafa in Australia.
Report caramba February 4, 2018 3:17 PM GMT
Mladenovic showing off her Russian language skills.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:18 PM GMT
Probably worse to sit down, they need to move after intense exercise to prevent injury
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:19 PM GMT
Glad kiki said football and not soccer.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:27 PM GMT
And that's it, amused myself at least.
Report dlarssonf February 4, 2018 3:36 PM GMT
I still find it staggering that a top ten player can lose 15 games in a rowLaugh
Report Angela Rebecchi February 4, 2018 3:37 PM GMT
Vintage Adrian Mannarino choke !
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:50 PM GMT
Aother amazing stat is Serena won Wimbledon in 2010, didn't play next til Eastbourne in June 2011, she was still in the top 10.
Report caramba February 4, 2018 3:54 PM GMT
she was 26th. But was seeded 7 for Wimbledon 2011 because they don't follow rankings.
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:54 PM GMT
....still in the top 10 9 months later I should say
Report caramba February 4, 2018 3:54 PM GMT
or didn't back then anyway.
Report caramba February 4, 2018 3:54 PM GMT
oh
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:56 PM GMT
Similar thing with Pennetta after winning the US Open
Report mesmerised February 4, 2018 3:58 PM GMT
I've never understood why they don't just remove players from the Rankings when they've announced their retirement, no point in clogging up the rankings with a permanently inactive player, even if they do announce within the next year they're coming back, sods law.
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