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SamuelMertensBertens
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Let's keep tennis talk in here during this corona hiatus so it doesn't get buried in other discussion.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens April 12, 2020 12:54 AM BST
New York schools shut til September, so it doesn't look good.
Report edy April 12, 2020 10:14 AM BST
Should just play the US Open in Indian Wells.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 16, 2020 4:27 AM BST
Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser
The likelihood of the US Open going ahead just took another hit. CNN reporting tonight that the local mayor has cast doubt on any major sporting events taking place in New York City with spectators this year.
Report wisewords April 16, 2020 2:49 PM BST
Would they play the tournament behind closed doors?
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 16, 2020 5:42 PM BST
So much of the revenue comes from attendance. I think Rogers Cup said it wasn't worth it for tv revenue alone.
Report wisewords April 16, 2020 7:28 PM BST
Oh. So no Wimbledon, no US Open and no Roland Garros in 2020?
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 16, 2020 7:33 PM BST
Too early to say.
Report wisewords April 16, 2020 7:35 PM BST
I'm not hopeful
Report EatMySalada April 16, 2020 10:23 PM BST
Can see only minor and local tournaments for some months, do you think the top players will be playing with the covid19 still causing some fear?
The only one could be Federer surprisingly: not so much left to play and a special present (vaccine) from his friend Gates
Report edy April 16, 2020 10:45 PM BST
Colette Lewis
@zootennis
USTA Executive Director Dowse says it is "highly unlikely" US Open will happen if spectators are not allowed.

dirk hordorff
@dirkhordorff
New plan of ATP and WTA , in case USOpen will be not played. Clay court season in September. @rolandgarros needs to move one week, and play q, before Madrid and Rome sheduled, before may be some european clay court events. After Beijng ,Tokyo, after Shanghai @StefMylesTennis

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Report SamuelMertensBertens April 16, 2020 11:00 PM BST
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/not-really-in-the-spirit-us-open-unlikely-to-go-behind-closed-doors-20200417-p54knu.html
decision will be made in June.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 17, 2020 2:12 PM BST
Laver Cup postponed til 2021.
Report edy April 17, 2020 2:31 PM BST
Sad
Report wisewords April 17, 2020 2:40 PM BST
Still can't see Roland Garros going ahead
Report edy April 17, 2020 3:12 PM BST
I can
Report wisewords April 17, 2020 3:40 PM BST
Shocked
Report edy April 19, 2020 5:14 AM BST
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/29056580/serena-williams-coach-starts-independent-tennis-league

.
Report edy April 19, 2020 5:17 AM BST
Gaspar Ribeiro Lança
@gasparlanca
Big news: Rafa Nadal Academy has made its facilities available for ATP and WTA elite players to "reside, train and compete between themselves in matches that will be televised."

583
6:41 PM - Apr 18, 2020
Report EatMySalada April 19, 2020 2:58 PM BST
I said that long time ago.. it's clear that national tournaments are the solution to keep fitness and income to players (low rank expecially)
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 23, 2020 9:48 PM BST
José Morgado @josemorgado
30m Roland Garros gonna be pushed back *one more week*, with the main draw starting september 27th.
'Le Parisien' saying that the request came from the ATP/WTA so it's part of the tour rescheduling that they are planning.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 28, 2020 7:00 PM BST
John Horn @SportsHorn
Carla Suarez Navarro who is expected to retire at the end of the 2020 season said during Virtual chat that she wants to retire on court not off court so will re-evaluate at the end of this season & make a final decision #WTA #MMOpen

Sad
Report edy April 28, 2020 11:30 PM BST
Hopefully Rybarikova will make the same decision.
Report edy May 1, 2020 9:42 PM BST
Women's tennis will finally re-open on a local level in the United States with the UTR Pro Match Series. The first event is scheduled in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 22-24 and will feature Anisimova, Riske, Collins and Tomljanovic. The event will be televised by the Tennis Channel.

The ATP version of the UTR will start on May 8
Report edy May 1, 2020 9:47 PM BST
Men's UTR is meant to have Ajla's hubby and Opelka.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 1, 2020 9:48 PM BST
do we know the match format?
Report edy May 1, 2020 10:00 PM BST
No. It's been announced that it's RR tournaments with four players, held for three days per tournament, with about three hours of play each day (they say three hours of coverage).

It could be a lot of things based on that. I think it could well be two full normal pro tour format matches on each day of a tournament.
Report wisewords May 1, 2020 10:01 PM BST

May 1, 2020 -- 9:42PM, edy wrote:


Women's tennis will finally re-open on a local level in the United States with the UTR Pro Match Series. The first event is scheduled in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 22-24 and will feature Anisimova, Riske, Collins and Tomljanovic. The event will be televised by the Tennis Channel.The ATP version of the UTR will start on May 8


Happy

Report wisewords May 1, 2020 10:04 PM BST
that's good news edy
Report edy May 1, 2020 10:05 PM BST
It's backed by Oracle and they said they're planning to stage these things in other places too.
Report wisewords May 1, 2020 10:08 PM BST
Happy
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 10, 2020 1:42 PM BST
classic Belinda
https://twitter.com/FanOfBencic/status/943896282703200256
Report wisewords May 10, 2020 9:51 PM BST
classic Belinda indeed!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 15, 2020 2:46 PM BST
https://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/story/_/id/29313288/usta-plans-us-open-start-aug-31
,
Report wisewords June 15, 2020 4:05 PM BST
is this a good idea?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 15, 2020 5:28 PM BST
yes
Report wisewords June 15, 2020 8:08 PM BST
are you sure?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 16, 2020 1:06 AM BST
no
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 16, 2020 1:18 PM BST
Simona not playing USO or Asian events.
https://twitter.com/elenaclaudia22/status/1272840093963816960
Report wisewords June 16, 2020 5:38 PM BST
Shocked
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 17, 2020 5:31 PM BST
https://twitter.com/WTA/status/1273263334842908673/photo/1
only one WTA event after Elite Trophy, Guangzhou of course.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 18, 2020 2:24 PM BST
https://www.eurosport.com/tennis/us-open/2020/exclusive-novak-djokovic-very-glad-us-open-going-ahead-can-t-wait-for-roland-garros_sto7779529/story.shtml
,Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 20, 2020 1:49 PM BST
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/53119479
RG can have crowds now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 20, 2020 6:27 PM BST
classic Sascha Zverev:
https://twitter.com/doublefault28/status/1274339035935358977
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 28, 2020 3:20 PM BST
https://twitter.com/ula_radwanska/status/1277241513756561413
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 7, 2020 11:23 AM BST
I feel like qqqqqw

anyway:
Svenja Mastroberardi @svenja_mastro
Roger #Federer: "I was in touch with the US Open (organisers) just yesterday. They told me they will decide between 15-30 July about what will happen. (...) These are uncertain times for tennis. Travelling and quarantine are big problems."
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 7, 2020 11:25 AM BST
also, more cases in Melbourne (sixweek local lockdown ordered today) is a concern for Australian Open, even if it's +6 months away.
Report wisewords July 7, 2020 12:14 PM BST
Sad tennis season is in total ruins
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 7, 2020 12:40 PM BST
it's strange because you have football up and running with not many issues (with way more players than tennis), UFC seems to be doing alright as is golf, and both those have been running events in US. But I suppose tennis, with its international travelling and several ATP players being irresponsible is a bad combination.
Report wisewords July 7, 2020 12:45 PM BST
also tennis' lack of a big powerful force running the whole thing holds it back. the individual Grand Slams are standalone entities. if the whole thing was controlled by one organisation and all the money pooled in one place, things would be far easier to get back going effectively
Report wisewords July 7, 2020 12:47 PM BST
UFC runs the whole show etc. if every Grand Slam and high profile men and women's tournament was all under one leadership/ownership, I think things would be far more organised by now regarding future planning and direction for the rest of the year. right now they're relying on the USTA to be the guinea pig
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 7, 2020 2:06 PM BST
https://twitter.com/ultravoxing/status/1280459382443081735
what a Dumbinic
Report wisewords July 7, 2020 2:35 PM BST
oh Domi, why are you saying this rubbish
Report wisewords July 7, 2020 2:37 PM BST
what a legend Legend

https://twitter.com/AndreyRublev97/status/1279921097820049408
Report wisewords July 7, 2020 2:44 PM BST
Thiem also hit back at Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios called Zverev ‘selfish’ for partying and risking other people’s life. The Australian went on a huge rant on twitter about Zverev. Thiem defended Zverev against Kyrgios’ comments, the Austrian deemed all his talk as nonsense and wanted Kyrgios to mind his own business.

“Kyrgios has built a lot of nonsense himself. I understand even less when he interferes with everything. It would be better if he came to terms with himself rather than always criticizing others.” said the World No.3
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 8, 2020 7:33 PM BST
https://twitter.com/TorbenBeltz/status/1280857848268939266
Donna finnish.
Report wisewords July 8, 2020 8:14 PM BST
wow. seems a stupid move to me
Report wisewords July 8, 2020 8:14 PM BST
he wanted too much money? she didn't want to give him a fair amount of money?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 9, 2020 12:40 PM BST
https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1281176934232330241

Not many details here yet, but Xinhua is reporting that China plans for "no international sport events" for the remainder of this year.

If this applies to ATP/WTA, it would have a massive impact on the tennis calendar, particularly for the WTA Tour.

http://xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/09/c_139200356.htm
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Report wisewords July 9, 2020 1:07 PM BST
Another blow to this already heavily diminished season
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 9, 2020 1:10 PM BST
If they play with no crowds, it will only impact Zhengzhou.
Report wisewords July 9, 2020 1:25 PM BST
We all know how much you love Zhengzhou!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 9, 2020 6:36 PM BST
https://apnews.com/353426b023ed077daa5dae644ffc5b51
China cancels all international sports events for the yearAP NEWS
China cancels all international sports events for the year
today
BEIJING (AP) — China says it will not stage any international sports for the rest of the year, apart from trials for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and the neighboring city of Zhangjiakou.

The order from the General Administration of Sports affects at least six WTA tennis events, including the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in November. China also has four ATP tournaments lined up.

Shanghai was also due to host two big golf events, the men’s HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event two weeks after the LPGA Shanghai.

Xiamen was to host the Asian sport climbing championships in October, and Guangzhou the badminton World Tour Finals in December.

The decision puts paid to any chance of reviving Formula One’s Shanghai Grand Prix postponed in April, and affects two cycling stage races in October, the men’s Tour of Guangxi, and the women’s Tour of Chongming Island.

China has largely contained local transmission of the coronavirus but remains on guard for imported cases.

The General Administration of Sports cited “science and order” in issuing its plan to proceed on Thursday.

Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 10, 2020 11:52 AM BST
Palermo Ladies Open @LadiesOpenPA
The Country Club’s President, Giorgio Cammarata, and the Director of the 31st Palermo Ladies Open, Oliviero Palma, tomorrow (Saturday, 11th of July) will announce an important news regarding the tournament in a press conference at 10 A.M. #PLO20

Scared
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 11, 2020 12:29 PM BST
Simona will play Palermo.
Report wisewords July 11, 2020 1:19 PM BST
edy will be pleased.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 11, 2020 1:46 PM BST
Paula Badosa @paulabadosa
Replying to @Simona_Halep
Can you please stay home? Hot face Folded hands Smiling face with halo

classic Paula Badass.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2020 3:47 PM BST
Jimmie48 Photography
@JJlovesTennis
· 1h
As of now, Elina Svitolina has no plans to play in New York. Aims for Madrid to restart her season.
Report wisewords July 14, 2020 4:06 PM BST
seems quite a few are going to boycott NY if they don't cancel it
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2020 4:57 PM BST
wow, this is gonna be such a cool tourney.
https://twitter.com/LadiesOpenPA/status/1283058375987793930
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2020 4:58 PM BST

Jul 14, 2020 -- 4:06PM, wisewords wrote:


seems quite a few are going to boycott NY if they don't cancel it


really? Simona, Svito, some ATP no-hopers ...
Anyone else?

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2020 4:58 PM BST
Gael?
Report wisewords July 14, 2020 5:14 PM BST
Rafa? Carina Witthoeft?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2020 5:24 PM BST
I see Rafa practiced on clay the other day which lead to speculation about him skipping USO. That would be big.
Report wisewords July 14, 2020 5:27 PM BST
Also confirmed he'll be playing Madrid. clearly not taking US Open seriously. not sure if he'll actually skip it though
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 15, 2020 1:03 AM BST
Rafa doesn't do anything half-hearted so either he goes to NY to win or doesn't go at all.
Report wisewords July 15, 2020 2:03 AM BST
I feel like he's not going to go at all, but he's waiting closer to the time to make a concrete announcement
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2020 2:08 AM BST
Katie Boulter won't be playing USO.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2020 8:16 AM BST
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Edaw_mDWAAAFF5b?format=jpg&name=small
oh no DCR
Report edy July 21, 2020 9:07 AM BST
oh no
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2020 10:04 AM BST
I thought tennis women were sensible when it came to dealing with the pandemic.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2020 10:39 AM BST
But I'll stop hating for now, maybe she had good reason to leave.
Report wisewords July 21, 2020 2:59 PM BST
she deleted her Instagram account now?
Report edy July 21, 2020 3:14 PM BST
All the Novak fans must've gone after her.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 4, 2020 8:17 PM BST
José Morgado
@josemorgado
·
12m
Not playing the US Open, including 4 former champs (Stosur is out too)

Men
2 Nadal
4 Federer
9 Monfils
11 Fognini
17 Wawrinka
40 Kyrgios
49 Tsonga
58 Pouille
71 Herbert

Women
1 Barty
29 Wang
30 Pavlychenkova
34 Zheng
38 Goerges
74 Zhu
84 Potapova
92 Bogdan
97 Stosur
103 Peng
Report wisewords August 4, 2020 8:44 PM BST
Andy Murray free money?
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 4, 2020 8:51 PM BST
if he had had a little more court time under his belt, he could have been a contender.
Report edy August 5, 2020 6:46 AM BST
Madrid cancelled
Pörtschach 125k a new addition, starting August 31
Report wisewords August 5, 2020 10:47 AM BST
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2020 5:53 PM BST
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
·
35m #USOpen wild cards went to:

Arconada
Bellis
Clijsters
Dolehide
Di Lorenzo
Li
Montgomery (15 year old from DC)
Osuigwe

Blanch
Cressy
Korda
Kwiatkowski
Mmoh
Murray
Nakashima
Wolf
Report wisewords August 6, 2020 7:39 PM BST
Anett dreamboat marches on.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 6, 2020 8:01 PM BST
José Morgado @josemorgado
·2m Marca reporting that there was a secret zoom call between players, USTA and ATP. Players said that the top 20 will collectively withdraw if they aren’t assured that they don’t have to quarantine in Europe coming from the USO


Ooooh great chance for Kerber and Big John.
Report edy August 17, 2020 2:46 PM BST
35m #USOpen wild cards went to:

Arconada
Bellis
Clijsters
Dolehide
Di Lorenzo
Li
Montgomery (15 year old from DC)
Osuigwe


Li Na?
Report edy August 17, 2020 2:47 PM BST
Halep officially out of the USO (joining Barty, Andreescu, Bertens, Bencic...), and Kei Nishikori tested positive when he wanted to travel from Florida to NY.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 19, 2020 7:14 PM BST
Woz doing commentary for ESPN at USO.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 21, 2020 9:41 PM BST
WTA Insider
@WTA_insider
·
5m
Andrea Petkovic has withdrawn from the US Open.

Marta Kostyuk moves into the main draw.
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 21, 2020 9:42 PM BST

Aug 17, 2020 -- 2:46PM, edy wrote:


35m #USOpen wild cards went to:ArconadaBellisClijstersDolehideDi LorenzoLiMontgomery (15 year old from DC)OsuigweLi Na?


Na

Report wisewords August 21, 2020 9:46 PM BST
Petko injured? or doesn't want to risk catching covid19?
Report SamuelMertensBertens August 21, 2020 9:51 PM BST
no info yet
Report edy August 21, 2020 10:57 PM BST
At the Berlin exhibition she said that her parents were strictly against her going to the US and playing. I'd assume it's connected to that.
Report wisewords August 21, 2020 11:03 PM BST
ok thanks edy
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