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SamuelMertensBertens
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The final stop before Roland Garros is here. In addition to the three tournaments above, we'll also have Roland Garros qualifying starting Monday.
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Report edy May 25, 2021 6:30 PM BST
Why did Cornetto retire today?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 25, 2021 6:39 PM BST
injured her hip area in 1st game of the match, spent the next hr doing her hobbling around thing but looking ok in the rallies.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 25, 2021 6:43 PM BST
I think it was a legit injury for sure, and not a I'm retiring because I'm losing Kerber type of injury. She never called for the trainer, so there was some free money 2 mins after the handshake because she needed physio approval before officially retiring.
Report edy May 25, 2021 7:57 PM BST
cheers (but I do not want to hear such defamations about Kerber again)
Report nofx May 25, 2021 8:11 PM BST
what a mess, Lesya
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 25, 2021 8:24 PM BST
Ymer loves a good argument.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 25, 2021 8:35 PM BST
Munar *5-5. 30-0. Ymer gets game of delay code violation. Not happy about it. Argues and argues and ends up getting a point penalty and then a game penalty. So 6-5* Munar after all that.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 11:28 AM BST
lil Struffi beat my flag (in a tiebreak of truth and justice).
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 12:11 PM BST
Carole Bouchard @carole_bouchard
·2h Andrea Petkovic will be the @hamburgopen (7-18 juillet) ambassador. The tournament is currently holding a press conference with her to announce it. She says she always wanted to help growing tennis in Germany, so she’s really happy to take on that part with the tournament.
Report edy May 26, 2021 12:38 PM BST
The Copenhagen UTR is not a nice promotion for a sunny holiday in the city.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 1:04 PM BST
is anywhere in Europe?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 1:12 PM BST
European Cities With the Driest Weather
Athens clearly leads the pack as Europe's least rainy major city. Over a year, Athens averages the lowest amount of precipitation at 365 millimetres (14.4 inches) and the fewest wet days at 43.


Time to step up Athens! You have both Sakkari and Tsitsipas.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 1:14 PM BST
woah, Copenhagen is 8th!
Annual precipitation a year on average for Europe's ten driest major cities
City    Inches    Milli­metres
Athens, Greece    14.4    365
Volgograd, Russia    15.9    403
Madrid, Spain    17.2    436
Odessa, Ukraine    18.3    464
Skopje, Macedonia    18.7    474
Warsaw, Poland    20.3    515
Marseille, France    20.3    515
Copenhagen, Denmark    20.6    523
Kharkiv, Ukraine    20.7    525
Prague, Czech Republic    20.7    526
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 1:15 PM BST
but not enough outdoor tennis events in these cities!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 1:16 PM BST
tbf, not many in the worst either.
City    Inches    Milli­metres
Podgorica, Montenegro    65.4    1661
Ljubljana, Slovenia    53.9    1368
Tirana, Albania    48.0    1219
Glasgow, United Kingdom    44.3    1124
Zurich, Switzerland    41.2    1048
Leeds, United Kingdom    40.3    1024
Naples, Italy    39.7    1008
Turin, Italy    38.6    981
Munich, Germany    38.1    967
Andorra la Vella, Andorra    37.5    952
Report edy May 26, 2021 2:03 PM BST
nando's changed the colour of the dot that indicates the server and it's driving me crazy.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 2:07 PM BST
it's yellow now? what did it use to be?
Report edy May 26, 2021 2:09 PM BST
I wasn't sure at first actually.

It wouldn't let me click way the inactive notice, so I reloaded and it immediately looked strange to me. Like something had changed. So I googled and found a picture of it being green-ish earlier.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 2:10 PM BST
another retirement in Strasbourg (Tan this time).
Report edy May 26, 2021 2:11 PM BST
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 2:16 PM BST
see it as an opportunity for Vera to get in as LL incase she loses on Friday Devil
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 2:16 PM BST
I would say Jil is most likely to withdraw out of those who have retired in Strasbourg this week.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 2:22 PM BST
umbrellas Scared
Report edy May 26, 2021 2:29 PM BST
Lose on Friday? Vera beat this girl 2 and 1 a mere few weeks ago.
Report edy May 26, 2021 2:32 PM BST
Osorio with two bandaged thighs today.
Report edy May 26, 2021 2:33 PM BST
Another week of tennis and she'll be full mummy.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 2:55 PM BST

May 26, 2021 -- 8:29AM, edy wrote:


Lose on Friday? Vera beat this girl 2 and 1 a mere few weeks ago.


Excited

Report edy May 26, 2021 3:03 PM BST
Why Friday btw? Is there no play tomorrow? I can't find a general tournament schedule on the quick.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 3:05 PM BST
is it not Monday, Wednesday, Friday? I have no idea how qualies normally work.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 3:05 PM BST
or was all of R2 today?
Report edy May 26, 2021 3:14 PM BST
No, not all, but some players from the lower half that had their first round on Tuesday were already back in action today. Not sure how they decide that.

First two days were upper half on Monday, lower half on Tuesday.

Found a schedule by now though and generally there will be play tomorrow and Friday. When Vera plays...no idea though.
Report edy May 26, 2021 3:16 PM BST
Though that Monday/Tuesday upper/lower split isn't 100% correct either. E.g Liu from the upper half played her first round match yesterday.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 3:20 PM BST
^maybe rain delays
Report edy May 26, 2021 3:30 PM BST
Did someone say rain delays?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 3:33 PM BST
these Frenchies don't take any chances the week before their home Slam. I see Paire retired as well.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 3:33 PM BST

May 26, 2021 -- 9:30AM, edy wrote:


Did someone say rain delays?


Sad

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 4:48 PM BST
The Boodles cancelled.
https://twitter.com/TheBoodles/status/1397577110852677636
Report edy May 26, 2021 4:58 PM BST
good!
Report edy May 26, 2021 4:59 PM BST
Let's hope they cancel Wimbledon too and are able to organise some clay tournaments in its stead.
Report edy May 26, 2021 5:17 PM BST
What's Lottner been up to lately?

This is just her fifth tournament since the pandemic started. Only played RG last year after the tour restarted. This year only AO, one ITF tournament in Switzerland, Stuttgart and now RG.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 5:31 PM BST
Rogers/Niemeier suspended.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 5:34 PM BST
the Strasbourg covers consist of four different parts.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 5:44 PM BST
Michal Samulski @MichalSamulski
·30m UPDATE: Roland Garros main draw ceremony will be held in the office of referee Remy Azemar on Thursday at 4:30pm CEST.


didn't know the person Louise is married to is some tennis bigshot.
Report edy May 26, 2021 5:44 PM BST
Confused
Report edy May 26, 2021 5:45 PM BST
Engzell?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 5:48 PM BST
yeah.
Report edy May 26, 2021 5:49 PM BST
Is she still umpiring or making children with her big shot husband?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 5:56 PM BST
could be doing both but she was umpiring today.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E2P0cdlXsA420wY?format=jpg&name=large
Report edy May 26, 2021 5:58 PM BST
Ah ok, thanks.

Far too many matches to watch or follow them all.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 6:00 PM BST
can you tell the difference between Louise and Eva?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 6:02 PM BST
Strasbourg video provider trolling us. Showing a court with no covers, then we see Burel and Alexandrova enter the court.
I wonder if that means they have cancelled play for the day.
Report edy May 26, 2021 6:03 PM BST
One is Swedish, the other Greek.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 6:05 PM BST
tell that to Serena.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 6:15 PM BST
https://www.rolandgarros.com/en-us/article/osorio-serrano-soaring-towards-federer-main-draw-goal-roland-garros-2021
what a fangirl
Report edy May 26, 2021 6:20 PM BST
Not surprising. She was already fangirling as a ten year old. Some say she only ever became a tennis pro because her auntie took her to the tennis, and got her a photo with Mariana Duque-Marino.
Report edy May 26, 2021 6:24 PM BST
Tbf, I think there is just one tennis pro, male or female, who isn't fangirling really hard for Roger - Novak Djokovic. Even Rafa is  a huge Federer stan.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 6:24 PM BST
nothing wrong with fangirling when you're 10.
Report edy May 26, 2021 6:32 PM BST
"When I was nine years old I was at Copa Colsanitas and [former world No. 66] Mariana Duque-Marino won the tournament," she said. "I was with my auntie and she was taking me everywhere to get a picture with her.

"I was talking with my parents recently and apparently after getting that picture I said, 'I am going to win that tournament when I am bigger'. I don't remember saying that but apparently I did.


If only my auntie had taken me everywhere on the grounds to get a picture with....Boris or Steffi. It would have driven me to become the best tennis player ever. People would only know Roger and Nadal as being my eternal, but far inferior, rivals.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:24 PM BST
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:26 PM BST
I got Stefan Edberg's autograph in person when I was 9. Didn't make me any better or more motivated at tennis Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:35 PM BST
WTA Tennis DE @WTATennisDE
· 1h
Das Match bei den @WTA_Strasbourg zwischen Jule Niemeier und @Shelby_Rogers_wird am Donnerstag beim Stande von 6:4 und *2:1 als zweite Partie nach 11 Uhr auf Patrice Dominguez fortgesetzt.


so this was posted an hour ago. still no updates by WTA or official tournament site on twitter PlainPlain
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:35 PM BST
I figured this was the case when streams started showing previous matches again.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:36 PM BST
but all in all a good day for Strasbourg, getting through almost the entire day on a day with lots of rain in the forecast. Two retirements will have helped.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:39 PM BST
Gael back to not having any confidence Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 7:50 PM BST
and injured. trainer out at 0*-5.
Report edy May 26, 2021 9:51 PM BST
Vera scheduled for tomorrow. I really don't get the scheduling. There are 10 final round qualies matches from the men and women respectively tomorrow.

So 6 for each left for Friday. Why such an uneven split?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 26, 2021 10:05 PM BST
Gael lost a tiebreak of truth and justice again Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 27, 2021 12:33 AM BST
https://twitter.com/naomiosaka/status/1397665030015959040

haha classic Naomi.
Report edy May 27, 2021 9:40 AM BST
Plain
Report edy May 27, 2021 11:14 AM BST
Oh Vera....
Report edy May 27, 2021 11:18 AM BST
Should have known this would end badly when Vera almost started crying when she had failed to break for 6-1 in the second set.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 27, 2021 11:30 AM BST
Cry
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 27, 2021 12:02 PM BST
so this is what it's like to be a Vera fan? Sad
Report edy May 27, 2021 12:03 PM BST
6-1, 5-1* deuce...

6-1, 5-1* deuce... Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 27, 2021 12:08 PM BST
Cry
Report edy May 27, 2021 12:10 PM BST
I've seen....better efforts at closing out matches from that position.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 27, 2021 12:12 PM BST
will you stay a fan or dump her like SIG dumped Sabine when she lost to Begu in similar fashion?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 27, 2021 12:12 PM BST
woah Julie Niemeier is in the QF. And to think I had never heard of her before this week.
Report edy May 27, 2021 12:56 PM BST

May 27, 2021 -- 6:12AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


will you stay a fan or dump her like SIG dumped Sabine when she lost to Begu in similar fashion?


I would never!

Report edy May 27, 2021 4:02 PM BST
Western & Southern Open
@CincyTennis
·
59m
We are pleased to announce the 2021 Western & Southern Open will be held with full capacity for spectators! Tickets will go on sale June 3. More details

https://twitter.com/CincyTennis/status/1397915819544248323

No more double Flushing Meadows Sad
Report edy May 27, 2021 8:16 PM BST
There are apparently two lucky loser spots in the just published RG draw already. Please let it be Vera!
Report edy May 27, 2021 8:19 PM BST
Miscounted. One Lucky Loser spot so far. Teichmann is the one who withdrew, as you suggested the other day was likely after what had happened to her in Strasbourg.
Report nofx May 28, 2021 12:19 PM BST
Draw Update: 27th seed Alison Riske has withdrawn from singles
Report nofx May 28, 2021 1:39 PM BST
came across this link for presser' full transcripts. if you're into that kind of stuff

http://www.asapsports.com/show_event.php?category=7&date=2021-5-28&title=ROLAND+GARROS
.
Report nofx May 28, 2021 2:50 PM BST
Belgrado mafia & Djokotricks is a match made in heaven
Report edy May 28, 2021 3:08 PM BST
https://twitter.com/osakaesc/status/1398235927571427330
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 28, 2021 3:30 PM BST
laying Naomi at 17.5 is the freest of money.
Report nofx May 28, 2021 3:42 PM BST
back Tzig
Report nofx May 28, 2021 4:01 PM BST
a Frenchie atp 1.01 to finish off the French qualifiers in France. how appropriate
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 28, 2021 5:18 PM BST
Sloane 1.1 against Carla is asking for trouble.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 28, 2021 5:35 PM BST
2 LL spots awarded, none of them was Vera Cry
Report edy May 28, 2021 5:40 PM BST
LL Govortsova is just going to get double bageled, whereas Vera would at least have jumped out to lead by a set and 2-3 breaks before getting double bageled.
Report edy May 28, 2021 5:42 PM BST
Actually, Govortsova gets to play Vesnina. That's not going to be a double bagel.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 28, 2021 5:42 PM BST
Vesnina should do the right thing and withdraw.
Report edy May 28, 2021 5:43 PM BST
Gorgodze with her slam main draw debut at 29 years of age is interesting.
Report edy May 28, 2021 5:46 PM BST
Vera not finishing the match off hurts extra much because Schmiedlova was drawn against a walking bye in the first round (for a decent player anyway)
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 28, 2021 6:07 PM BST
Djokovic will play the final against someone I've never heard of before this week.
Report edy May 28, 2021 6:54 PM BST
Did you know PHH is one of the co-owners of the WTA Strasbourg tournament btw.?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 28, 2021 6:59 PM BST
explains why he was ballboying last year.
Report edy May 29, 2021 3:42 PM BST
This Alipieva girl playing in the Copenhagen UTR made her pro debut against Anna Chakvetadze in Copenhagen 2012...at the age of 14.

Then didn't play again until 2015 (four tournaments, four losses).

Now randomly, six years later, plays a UTR tournament.

Also, they are making small children that look of elementary school age, do the court maintenance in between sets in Copenhagen. Not sure I've ever seen that anywhere. You know, dragging the giant brushes, cleaning the lines and stuff.
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