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caramba
26 Aug 17 23:11
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The final Slam of the year is upon us, unfortunately with the weakest field for a Slam in forever: no Djokovic, no A Murray, no Wawrinka, no Raonic, no Nishikori, no Serena, no Azarenka and no Zvonareva. At least Sharapova is back, so that's something and maybe USTA can still get some tickets sold. On a positive note, all the withdrawals leave room for some young players to step up, which is badly needed especially on the men's side. It's very likely we get a new women's no. 1 since Ka Pliskova is defending a final here from last year. Weather forecast for this event is promising.
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Report caramba August 27, 2017 2:06 AM BST
Edy, I have some fantastic news for you.
Report Hank Hill August 27, 2017 10:35 PM BST
An asterisk against this years winner unfortunately. I do hope Dimitov, Zverev and Kyrgios do well. Otherwise can see the Men's side be a proper yawn fest.
Report johnni August 28, 2017 3:59 AM BST
Ok. What do you suggest people have in advance of a match to be properly prepared.

Ideas: so called "order of play". Either printed or ready for opening on computer monitor.
Have some familiarization with players, maybe print the players name with a picture of him/her.
Have good fast stats for every game you watch so you see points fast.
Internet tennis stats page so you can check player and tournament stats how these games usually go (those well prepared have probably all this already figured out).

Ofcourse you will try to find fastest streams too to watch your particular games.


There are very many games starting at the same time in the first couple rounds. Must be hard to follow a lot of games at once. Anyone have tips how to follow many games at once or should you stick to only the amount you actually can handle and starting with those matches with players you have seen playing before?
Report tinyelf54 August 28, 2017 7:21 AM BST
you've got it pretty much all figured out johni boy, make sure you use ad-block for all the streams youll be using and you wouldn't want to trade every match obviously because youll want be very selective in terms of matches you want to get involved in so you wouldn't need streams for every match, be cautious in early rounds of slams, matches can be quite muggy/turnable
Report aaronh August 28, 2017 10:58 AM BST
Ideas: so called "order of play". Either printed or ready for opening on computer monitor.
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/p_schedule7.pdf

Have good fast stats for every game you watch so you see points fast.

best scoreboards used to be bet365 although for slams that goes down a little bit. The slams have their own scoreboards that are sometimes a bit dodgy, and only some of them record stats in full.

Internet tennis stats page so you can check player and tournament stats how these games usually go (those well prepared have probably all this already figured out).
www.tennisabstract.com is probably the best here. you can filter into all sorts
Report djwebby August 28, 2017 11:18 AM BST
johnni 28 Aug 17 03:59 Joined: 05 Jun 10 | Topic/replies: 1,362 | Blogger: johnni's blog
Ok. What do you suggest people have in advance of a match to be properly prepared.

Ideas: so called "order of play". Either printed or ready for opening on computer monitor.
Have some familiarization with players, maybe print the players name with a picture of him/her.
Have good fast stats for every game you watch so you see points fast.
Internet tennis stats page so you can check player and tournament stats how these games usually go (those well prepared have probably all this already figured out).

Ofcourse you will try to find fastest streams too to watch your particular games.


There are very many games starting at the same time in the first couple rounds. Must be hard to follow a lot of games at once. Anyone have tips how to follow many games at once or should you stick to only the amount you actually can handle and starting with those matches with players you have seen playing before?
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You remind me of John Inverdale with all this talk of 'games' instead of 'matches'; pet hate of mine Laugh

A two sets to love lead can easily become a 5 set match depending on who the players are; just something to bare in mind.
Report aaronh August 28, 2017 12:51 PM BST
The final Slam of the year is upon us, unfortunately with the weakest field for a Slam in forever: no Djokovic, no A Murray, no Wawrinka, no Raonic, no Nishikori, no Serena, no Azarenka and no Zvonareva.


LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report caramba August 28, 2017 12:52 PM BST
Excited
Report caramba August 28, 2017 12:54 PM BST
also, brave shout to go with Isner in USO comp. I did consider him because his draw his great, but he always mugs in Slams so I went with another option.
Report edy August 28, 2017 12:55 PM BST
very funny. I am literally rolling on the floor laughing. Ha ha ha ha
Report caramba August 28, 2017 12:57 PM BST
that was a compliment to Vera, to include her with other such big names.
Report caramba August 28, 2017 12:57 PM BST
is this thread mugging for others? Cry
Report aaronh August 28, 2017 12:58 PM BST
yes
Report caramba August 28, 2017 1:08 PM BST
THIS THREAD HAS ENDED (due to muggery). Tennis Talk 31.1 up instead.
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