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By:
nofx
When: 09 Jun 18 15:35
Excited
By:
caramba
When: 09 Jun 18 15:36
that's the PLAY (your heart smileys in opening post)
By:
mesmerised
When: 09 Jun 18 16:55
Now she deserves the slam. Well done Simona.
By:
nofx
When: 13 Jul 19 14:44
Wimbledon!! (That's on grass!) Happy
By:
john42
When: 13 Jul 19 15:29
Amazing performance,firstly I hate Williams and im certainly not a halep fan but she was stunning today.
Sick of listening to bbc saying it was down to williams lack of practice,nerves,unforced errors etc,they werent unforced at all,there was someone on the other side of the net who not only never gave up,but after running the ball down time and time again still managed to play some breathtaking passing shots.
This was one of the most impressive displays of tennis ive seen,the girl gave everything and i think she desrves far more credit than shes getting,well done simona Halep.
By:
aaronh
When: 13 Jul 19 16:08
who are these caramba and mesmerised guys
By:
johnnyrant
When: 14 Jul 19 07:54
Halep destroyed her, just as Kerber did last year. But rest assured, Simona can look forward to being shoved out to Court 2 to play one of her matches as defending champion next year - same as Kerber this year, & Muguruza the year before, while Serena will be booked in for the showcourts for every round. The Wimbledon committee are as biased as the BBC.
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darren_discombobulates_sports
When: 14 Jul 19 09:41
the showcourts at every grand slam are more about public interest, Serena is a name that transcends the sport and will always generate a much bigger interest level than Halep which is why she plays there, and why Nadal was given preference over Barty this year even though she had just won the French and was World Number 1. It's about maximising revenue/selling tickets/creating better atmospheres/TV viewership interest, it is true however many of these bigger names end up in non events when they steamroll their opponents however but based on their careers they have earned the right to be there and it wouldn't be right to put someone like Serena 7 time Wimbledon Champion on court 2. There are only 6 active tennis players who really command show courts, Serena/Venus/Sharapova/Novak/Nadal/Federer + a fit Murray, it's nothing personal against Halep or biasm towards Serena, just the way the cookie crumbles in tennis, happens at smaller events too not just WimbledonSilly
By:
johnnyrant
When: 14 Jul 19 10:14
It doesn't merit automatically being put on the showcourts due to past records. Who wants to watch Serena or Federer steamroll inferior opponents? I don't think genuine tennis fans do. It's like when they put Kerber vs Muguruza on Court 2 a few years back - it was teed up to be a spellbinding encounter & it was, but very few people saw it.

All they are doing is pandering to once-a-year tennis fans. They really shouldn't be questioning Nadal re. his match scheduled on Centre and Barty on 2. Nadal is world no2 & made the sf last year. The question would be more appropriately posed to Serena or Federer. Rafa was also hard done by this year not being seeded 2. Again, favouritism shown towards Federer by the Wimbledon committee.
By:
darren_discombobulates_sports
When: 14 Jul 19 11:10
Nadal being seeded 3rd when ranked 2nd makes sense because it reflects grass court form, it wouldn't make sense seeding him 2nd based largely on clay or hard court form, it's not only something the other slams should also do, but given Federer, as 2nd seed, beat Nadal as 3rd seed, it justifies it, Federer is a better grass court player.

Showcourts are not for the best matches it's about the biggest audiences in the stadium and watching at home, with careers like Nadal and Serena have had they also deserve the platform, the tournaments job is to appeal to the masses, Nadal and Serena on centre court regardless of recent runs, does that, nobody know who Barty is or has that much affection for Kerber/Muguruza outside of tennis, which is what dictates order of play on showcourts, I agree that it's not entirely fair but the tournament is given the majority of the public what they want, the big names on the big courts.

Re public interest as earlier, Cori Gauff played her 2nd and 3rd round opponets on the showcourts when neither her or her opponents had acheived much in their careers slam wise, but because she was 15 and had beaten Venus, being primed for stardom, gained untold news coverage and column inches, that newfound public interest warrented a showcourt match even though career wise they were more deserving matches/players, all slams operate the same way and other tournaments, they never put Federer/Nadal/Serena on small courts regardless of form, it's them that sells the tickets. I personally would rather watch Kerber/Garbine than Serena v lowly ranked Italian player, but her name alone attracts more media and casual fans, casuals making up most of the numbers.
By:
nofx
When: 14 Jul 19 11:39
Can everyone not here to hallow Simona kindly get the fuck out of my celebration thread
By:
nofx
When: 14 Jul 19 11:39

Jul 13, 2019 -- 11:08AM, aaronh wrote:


who are these caramba and mesmerised guys


doesn't ring any bells

when i looked for this thread i first thought posts were missing from it, then i remembered them wretched couple of finals :/

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