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SamuelMertensBertens
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The Happy Slam is over and it's time for muggery. Well I suppose WTA Adelaide is pretty good, but besides that it's muggery.
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Report wisewords February 22, 2021 8:54 AM GMT
Zheng owning Danielle now
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 8:56 AM GMT
could this turn into set 1 Danielle, set 2 Zheng, set 3 Danielle ret or Danielle owned hard 6-1ish?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 8:57 AM GMT
Danielle not the retiring type.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 8:57 AM GMT
but injury could flare up again if this goes long so latter scenario is possible.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 8:59 AM GMT
Zheng has been trying to make the points long and physical from the start
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:01 AM GMT
Andy Murray playing in a proper tournament tomorrow
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:05 AM GMT
not looking great for Dreamy Danielle
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:06 AM GMT
Gerasimov no mug. Then Sinner R2.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:07 AM GMT
when Felix owned Andy at the US Open it felt like the real end
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:07 AM GMT
Would even say Gerasimov is good odds against Murray. Murray hardly convincing last week. And that was against proper mugs.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:08 AM GMT
LET'S GET LOUD
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:11 AM GMT
Even in his prime, Murray needed weeks to play himself into form after a lengthy absence. He was never like Ash Barty or Roger Federer in that sense.
(And these days it's harder for him because he is so injury prone his body won't allow him to play lots of tennis and find form).
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:13 AM GMT
Danielle must be so annoyed about Saisai's fighting.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:14 AM GMT
yeah she's grinding Danielle down
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:14 AM GMT
TAKE IT DANIELLE! (you'll probably still lose in 3)
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:15 AM GMT
yeah, great odds on Saisai here.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:16 AM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 3:11AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Even in his prime, Murray needed weeks to play himself into form after a lengthy absence. He was never like Ash Barty or Roger Federer in that sense.(And these days it's harder for him because he is so injury prone his body won't allow him to play lots of tennis and find form).


is it totally gone or will we sometime in the future see a Murray capable of making a Slam run? it feels like this time has been and gone to me

Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:19 AM GMT
it's actually interesting to see how this plays out now. Zheng has the gas tank to play for 3 hours usually, but she's not fantastic at tennis. If she can drag Danielle into that battle you've got to really favour her to win. I suppose Danielle could try some clever tactics by playing at 20% for the next set and then putting everything into the 3rd
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:19 AM GMT
the danger is she puts everything into this 2nd set, loses it, and therefore is a sitting duck in the 3rd
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:20 AM GMT
most likely he is done. can perhaps beat a good player here and there, but don't see him go deep in big tournaments.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:22 AM GMT
the manner in which Felix beat him was difficult to watch. Murray just couldn't produce the athleticism needed to be competitive in the match at all
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:25 AM GMT
he probably needs to change the way he plays, shortening the points etc cause playing 5 sets against a mug like Nishioka the round before sure didn't help. But easier said than done when you have played a certain way your whole career. At least Rafa improved his serve and stuff.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:26 AM GMT
well Saisai going 0-3 here isn't the way to get this done.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:27 AM GMT
it's good news. means we get another Danielle match in a few days
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:28 AM GMT
against Barty Shocked
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:29 AM GMT
cool. Danielle can play full villain in that match.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:31 AM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 3:25AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


he probably needs to change the way he plays, shortening the points etc cause playing 5 sets against a mug like Nishioka the round before sure didn't help. But easier said than done when you have played a certain way your whole career. At least Rafa improved his serve and stuff.


I hope we're wrong and Murray finds a way back to top 20 sort of level. Feels very unlikely though, as his game style was all about movement

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:34 AM GMT
Linejudge: "OUT!"
Danielle with death stare: "Sure about that one?"
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:36 AM GMT
LOUD
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:38 AM GMT
I would love to see Danielle play a French woman on a packed Lenglen or Chatrier.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:40 AM GMT
same. or a crappy Brit at Wimbledon on centre court. Danielle isn't v good on grass so it would have to be someone lame
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:41 AM GMT
it's cool that tennis is back properly now. some good tournaments every week for quite a while
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 9:43 AM GMT
well let's hope that lasts. one outbreak and things could go back on pause. but with so many tournaments there should at least always be something on offer.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:47 AM GMT
I wonder how many of these upcoming tournaments will have fans?

Qatar
Lyon

Dubai
Guadalajara

St. Petersburg
Monterrey

Miami
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:49 AM GMT
if there's no fans, even if there's an outbreak they can just carry on anyway?
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:50 AM GMT
Danielle marches on!!
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 9:53 AM GMT
I think Bianca is out of Dubai too btw
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 10:06 AM GMT
Last time I heard it was just Doha and Adelaide, but then Stephanie Myles who reports on Canadian tennis and follows it very closely said Dubai as well.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 10:07 AM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 3:49AM, wisewords wrote:


if there's no fans, even if there's an outbreak they can just carry on anyway?


yeah. when I said outbreak I meant amongst the players like there have been with NBA and NFL. If it's in the city they're they'll just play go on with no fans in most cases, unless it's somewhere super strict like Germany imo.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 10:08 AM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 3:47AM, wisewords wrote:


I wonder how many of these upcoming tournaments will have fans?QatarLyonDubaiGuadalajaraSt. PetersburgMonterreyMiami


I haven't looked this up, but a guess would be all.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 10:08 AM GMT
Montpellier later today will give a good indication on Lyon.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 10:09 AM GMT
wonder if SIG will return today for Tsonga's comeback.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 10:11 AM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 4:07AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Feb 22, 2021 -- 10:49AM, wisewords wrote:if there's no fans, even if there's an outbreak they can just carry on anyway?yeah. when I said outbreak I meant amongst the players like there have been with NBA and NFL. If it's in the city they're they'll just play go on with no fans in most cases, unless it's somewhere super strict like Germany imo.


I feel this is more likely in some random ATP tournament where someone like Alex Zverev ignores the rules

Report wisewords February 22, 2021 10:12 AM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 4:09AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


wonder if SIG will return today for Tsonga's comeback.


doubt it. haven't seen him post here for a long time now

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 11:00 AM GMT
ballkids in Singapore with masks AND face shields. East Asia not messing around.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 1:22 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1363830760705204232

how can I have hated Danielle? she's a treasure.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 1:24 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/kmtf2020/status/1363561731834998787/photo/1

rankings without frozen points. poor Jen B.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 1:43 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/rennaestubbs/status/1363633201512505347/photo/1
Serena and Naomi GOATing in the ratings.
Report wisewords February 22, 2021 7:14 PM GMT

Feb 22, 2021 -- 7:24AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


https://twitter.com/kmtf2020/status/1363561731834998787/photo/1rankings without frozen points. poor Jen B.


when will the rankings go back to normal?

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 10:25 PM GMT
completely normal hopefully end of March 2022, because that's when they points from Indian Wells 2019 falls off, but hopefully somewhat normal by the end of this year/late January 2022 if all planned events for this year go through.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 22, 2021 11:42 PM GMT
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hopefully this will not interfere with Laura vs Poots, but good chance it will.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 4:48 AM GMT
market really hating Stosur these days. 3.75 prematch against Inglis.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 9:39 AM GMT
Poots playing mind games with Laura.
Report wisewords February 23, 2021 10:07 AM GMT
.
Report wisewords February 23, 2021 10:14 AM GMT

Feb 23, 2021 -- 3:39AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Poots playing mind games with Laura.


what was she doing?

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 10:32 AM GMT
did a shoe laces break at 4-4 in 2nd set.
Report wisewords February 23, 2021 10:42 AM GMT
TENNIS star Eugenie Bouchard went Instagram official with her NFL star boyfriend Mason Rudolph on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback uploaded a picture of the pair on a beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and captioned it: "My valentine."
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 11:04 AM GMT
poor John Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 11:29 AM GMT
https://twitter.com/tennis_gifs/status/1364144355955466244
classic Poots
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 11:34 AM GMT
Ed Salmon @fogmount
· 1h No handshake or racket tap after the match. Neither player even went anywhere near the net.

Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 12:02 PM GMT
My flag is embarrassing.
Report nofx February 23, 2021 1:02 PM GMT
market done screwed up on Diez mto. five mins later he's 1.0x
Report nofx February 23, 2021 1:06 PM GMT
with this camera you can't even tell what is going on with a medical at all. why would you lay someone who is up a break at evs
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 1:10 PM GMT
Tennis Majors@Tennis_Majors
Total prize money at the @MiamiOpen is also down from $16.7 million in 2019 to $3.34 million in 2021
Report wisewords February 23, 2021 1:13 PM GMT
Shocked
Report edy February 23, 2021 1:57 PM GMT
Shocked
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 23, 2021 3:19 PM GMT
OMG that Gilles Simon point.
Report wisewords February 23, 2021 6:41 PM GMT
Andy in action now
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 24, 2021 9:17 AM GMT
easy for Danielle over the world fake no 1.
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 9:18 AM GMT
Happy
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 9:18 AM GMT
Danielle is super feisty
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 24, 2021 9:19 AM GMT
so disappointed in myself, missed almost the entire night of WTA Adelaide Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 24, 2021 9:20 AM GMT
was gonna do a quick nap, ended up sleeping for 6 hrs. of course schedule this week is brutal so my work 22 hrs per day plan was gonna backfire.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 24, 2021 9:20 AM GMT
should be set for the rest of this week with this 6 hr sleep boast though.
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 9:48 AM GMT
you need to recharge after Aus Open. I've missed alot of this tournament to catch up sleep
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 9:50 AM GMT
noticed some funky results involving Storm Sanders in this tournament
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 9:54 AM GMT
also it was very sad to watch Andy getting owned again by a mug last night
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 10:08 AM GMT
Andy Murray has revealed he could not bring himself to watch the Australian Open and unfollowed other players on social media after being forced to miss the event.

The former world number one was unable to travel to Australia following an untimely bout of coronavirus and, while the rest of the leading names in the sport were doing battle in Melbourne, he was competing at a lower-level Challenger tournament in Italy.

Murray said: “I didn’t watch any because I wanted to be there myself. It was a struggle to be honest. I stopped following all the tennis players I follow on social media and stuff because I just didn’t really want to see it.”
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 10:13 AM GMT
“The younger guys, for me, they’ve not shown that they’re particularly close. Obviously what happened at the US Open, (Dominic) Thiem did what he had to do to win the event, but, if Novak hadn’t put a ball through the line judge’s throat, it would be the same outcome I think.”
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 10:16 AM GMT
“I play in practice with lots of top players and I know how I get on against them. If I was getting smoked when I was practising, I wouldn’t keep going through it. But I know the level I am playing at.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 24, 2021 1:20 PM GMT
https://twitter.com/popalorena/status/1364489697750364162
Danielle not happy with umpire.
Report wisewords February 24, 2021 2:29 PM GMT
feisty!!! Danielle Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 8:59 AM GMT
Danielle at it again!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 9:00 AM GMT
Diego Barbiani @Diego_Barbiani
·
6s
Danielle Collins said the polish fans are too loud and she can't hear her team, asking if they can change seats
Report wisewords February 25, 2021 9:08 AM GMT
Laugh
Report wisewords February 25, 2021 9:09 AM GMT
did you do the 2 earlier matches? much carnage in the markets on Sevastova and Rogers?
Report wisewords February 25, 2021 9:14 AM GMT
ret Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 9:14 AM GMT

Feb 25, 2021 -- 3:09AM, wisewords wrote:


did you do the 2 earlier matches? much carnage in the markets on Sevastova and Rogers?


GOAT match.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 9:14 AM GMT

Feb 25, 2021 -- 3:14AM, wisewords wrote:


ret


Sad but Excited for my wettquotens. on the lucky side for once.

Report wisewords February 25, 2021 9:15 AM GMT
tell me more
Report wisewords February 25, 2021 9:15 AM GMT
about the GOAT match
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 9:19 AM GMT
just lots of cool swings and stuff.
Report wisewords February 25, 2021 9:21 AM GMT
in Jill v Seva? looks crazy from the scoreline
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 9:23 AM GMT
yes
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 25, 2021 1:23 PM GMT
Donna Vekic @DonnaVekic
· 1h
Hi a quick update,I had a small surgery on my right knee yesterday and thanks to Dr.Biedert everything went well Already started my rehab today and look forward to being back on court soon!Thank u everyone for ur messages and support ,especially to my family,team and friends
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 26, 2021 10:08 AM GMT
Luigi Gatto
@LuisGatTWI
·
33m
Nadal will not play in Acapulco this year because the event does not have the funds to pay him the appearance fee which is estimated to be between $500,000 and $1 million.


woah, Rafa so greedy.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 26, 2021 11:53 AM GMT
https://twitter.com/JJlovesTennis/status/1365264987443372039
Jimmie48 Photography
@JJlovesTennis
The Qatar Total Open will welcome 10% of the usual spectator capacity.

Crowds will maintain social distancing and get rapid-tested at the gates before entering the venue, no kids will be allowed in.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 26, 2021 11:58 AM GMT
Luca Fiorino @FiorinoLuca
· 19h
Elena #Vesnina will play in doubles next week after more than two years away from the WTA Tour.

Her partner in Doha will be Laura #Siegemund
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 26, 2021 1:25 PM GMT
Tumaini Carayol @tumcarayol
· 10m
Gilles Simon says he is taking a break to preserve himself mentally because "my heart is no longer there to travel and play in these conditions." I wonder if more players will do the same.

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Gilles SIMON @GillesSimon84
· 14m Le cœur n’y étant plus du tout pour voyager et jouer dans ces conditions, je suis malheureusement obligé de faire une pause afin de me préserver mentalement. En espérant que le moral revienne le plus rapidement possible.
Merci à tous les fidèles pour votre soutien. À bientôt
Report edy February 27, 2021 1:10 AM GMT
Sad
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