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SamuelMertensBertens
12 Jul 21 00:46
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Lots and lots of tennis this week. Prague is hardcourt unlike previous editions, Newport is grass of course and the rest is clay. The road to Tokyo has begun.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens July 13, 2021 6:18 PM BST
Excited
Report differentdrum July 13, 2021 6:34 PM BST
It's great how this thread engages with posters. Must be the biggest clique on Betfair Forums, or any other forum for that matter. Just the same two or three people talking to each other. Easy to see why nobody else can be bothered to join in. 

Very easy for Giorgi. Striking the ball well, but under no real pressure.

Can't be many service actions like Parks. Literally jumps at the ball. Good when it goes in. Just about as far removed from a tennis outfit that I have seen.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 13, 2021 7:10 PM BST
Konta out of the Olympics.
Report Giuseppe July 13, 2021 8:37 PM BST
who invited you drum?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 13, 2021 9:00 PM BST
I engaged with the casuals during RG and Wimbledon. Not many people here on a week with only lower level events.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 13, 2021 9:25 PM BST
OMG look who's in the main event of Newport tonight #cliquetalk
Report Giuseppe July 13, 2021 9:26 PM BST
is that all we are to you sam? "casuals"?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 13, 2021 9:51 PM BST
Casuals are the posters only here for the Slams.
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:22 PM BST
Everybody can post as they see fit, differentdrum.

It simply is the situation that the very few people that are on here do no necessarily have an interest in the same matches as you do, with so many simultaneous matches going on most of the time.

People have "broken into" the "clique" in the past, and have done so on the quick. Positivity helps break the ice Happy
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:35 PM BST
Or sometimes people are somewhat interested in your talking points, but don't know the answer to your question(s). E.g when you asked about Lausanne today, I turned on the Govortsova stream a few times at different moments, but there was always only an overview of the grounds with courts that had no covers on. I didn't catch a moment of them sweeping around on the covers of centre court.
Report Giuseppe July 13, 2021 11:36 PM BST
"Everybody can post as they see fit, differentdrum."

they better not post any racism
Report n88uk July 13, 2021 11:37 PM BST
Everyone here does engage, don't really see what the complaint is, it's not like it's a closed shop where no-one else is welcome.

Not a lot can be done about the lack of users, Betfair forum is losing users, everyone knows that, tennis has much less people following than football, a lot of other forums are dead.

If the complaint is on a day like today, probs because not only is it a week of mug tennis, there are 6 events going on, 5 going on at same time, you had like 10+ matches going on at same time, I note you talked about the rain delay in Lausanne, but no-one probably had the answers and no-one else was probably watching, just cos rain delay = move on to one of the other 10 options.
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:39 PM BST
and WTA I mostly watch on betfair livevideo, which is commentator-free. So your question regarding the delayed British TV commentary for presumably the Kvitova-Sramkova match was a no-go for me personally as well. I don't think SamuelMertensBertens watches much tennis on TV or things like Amazon Prime either, given that speed is often vitally important for him.

I guess I could engage you with "Sorry, dunno" every time, but that does also seem a bit silly.
Report n88uk July 13, 2021 11:39 PM BST
It's also that activity breeds activity, the more active users there are, the more those that are left will post. It's not that easy to just generate conversation yourself when there's so few people around, especially on a week like this week where discussion points are few and far between.
Report n88uk July 13, 2021 11:41 PM BST

Jul 13, 2021 -- 5:39PM, edy wrote:


and WTA I mostly watch on betfair livevideo, which is commentator-free. So your question regarding the delayed British TV commentary for presumably the Kvitova-Sramkova match was a no-go for me personally as well. I don't think SamuelMertensBertens watches much tennis on TV or things like Amazon Prime either, given that speed is often vitally important for him.I guess I could engage you with "Sorry, dunno" every time, but that does also seem a bit silly.


Just saw what was said here, it was like this on Prime for some matches yday, Kvitova match wasn't only one like this in Prague, likely just technical error. Probs not even Prime, it's not Prime's own commentators on a week like this, it's coming from a world feed, probably WTA TV I presume.

Report edy July 13, 2021 11:42 PM BST

Jul 13, 2021 -- 5:36PM, Giuseppe wrote:


"Everybody can post as they see fit, differentdrum."they better not post any racism


Everybody can post racism too. They will just have to live with the repercussion of you telling them how uncool they are.

Report Giuseppe July 13, 2021 11:44 PM BST
lol I'll do more than that I'll get then BANNED
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:45 PM BST
That would explain why you seemingly were the only to notice Eric.Cartman having gotten banned. Maniacally refreshing his profile in eager anticipation of it being gawn.
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:46 PM BST
It's how you can always tell who got people banned. Like when Hamlin maniacally refreshed the profiles of GRANTCKING and tof and then came in here gloating.
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:47 PM BST
before anyone else had most likely noticed the ban of even one of them, nevermind both.
Report n88uk July 13, 2021 11:48 PM BST
All I noticed was a bunch of threads just disappeared altogether.
Report edy July 13, 2021 11:50 PM BST
From the soccer forum?
Report n88uk July 13, 2021 11:52 PM BST
Should be added engagement is literally always low on weeks like this. Something super, super special and abnormal would have to happen to get people really interested on a week like this. Even like 10 years ago the week after Wimbledon would be pretty dead.
Report Giuseppe July 13, 2021 11:53 PM BST
the only person I've been trying to get banned recently is you
Report n88uk July 13, 2021 11:53 PM BST
Politics defo some disappeared, dunno on football, didn't keep track of everything.
Report Giuseppe July 13, 2021 11:55 PM BST
I'm switching my focus to the tennis forum now

you lot better behave
Report n88uk July 14, 2021 12:12 AM BST
This forum is very well behaved.
Report Giuseppe July 14, 2021 12:14 AM BST
if that's true you will have nothing to worry about
Report edy July 14, 2021 12:33 AM BST
If you ever get me banned, I swear to you that my ghost will come back to haunt you as SuckMyBallsGiuseppe.
Report Giuseppe July 14, 2021 12:48 AM BST
I'll keep an eye out for someone with that username
Report Giuseppe July 14, 2021 12:49 AM BST
and then get them banned too
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 9:53 AM BST

Jul 13, 2021 -- 11:22AM, edy wrote:


Why they still put summer outdoor events near mountains I will never know.


indeed. also a horrible advert for these towns to host a WTA tournament in the summer. No tennis fan will never want to move or even go there, unless they love rain.

Report edy July 14, 2021 10:31 AM BST
Irony is that I'm pretty sure that tournaments like Bad Gastein were backed by their local tourism boards. Lots of tournaments all around the world actually are. To spread the word that those places exist and what a beautiful scenery they provide.

Probably works better with places like Portoroz than Bad Gastein.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 11:00 AM BST
any news on WTA post US Open?
Report Angela Rebecchi July 14, 2021 12:09 PM BST
Wonder if they will put Rus v Rakhimova in play seeing as they are in the middle of the 3rd game.
Report edy July 14, 2021 12:34 PM BST
I've even seen them put matches in play in which the first set had completed this year, but I think overall they are a bit inconsistent on this topic. Last year I've seen them fail to put matches in play that they were just a little bit late for.
Report edy July 14, 2021 12:34 PM BST
There should really be a consistent policy.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 12:55 PM BST
Has Betfair slowed down the streams?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 12:57 PM BST
I know it will always differ from tournament to tournament, but the events with very basic graphics, so ATP Båstad for instance, feels like they're normally faster than this.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 1:42 PM BST
Lugaid Ó Cearbhaill @Dodgson_32
Read it on TF

"Fun fact : Caroline Wozniacki could be #100 this week with her remaining 2019/2020 points (832)."


classic rankings
Report Angela Rebecchi July 14, 2021 2:02 PM BST
Kamilla Rakhimova with a wee bit of a collapse
Report Angela Rebecchi July 14, 2021 2:16 PM BST
Pre match Rebecca Sramkova drift on the money so far.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 2:59 PM BST
She looked, to me anyway, to be on the verge of cramping in her previous match.
Report edy July 14, 2021 5:16 PM BST
https://youtu.be/AHC5tbMX_SY

Iga and Hubert battled it out for the ultimate Polish tennis crown.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 8:29 PM BST
oh look we have a commentator for tennis on Nando's Happy

oh no it's Error Clearly Cry
Report edy July 14, 2021 9:07 PM BST
Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 14, 2021 9:46 PM BST
he's doing the Querrey match as well.
Report Angela Rebecchi July 15, 2021 9:19 PM BST
Benoit on fire, JPV cooked!

1.17            £9,417
1.18            £24,195
1.19            £21,729
1.2            £31,883
1.21            £41,891
1.22            £43,220
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 16, 2021 9:06 AM BST
https://twitter.com/TimeaOfficial/status/1415928911230287874/photo/2
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 11:48 AM BST
Burel setting the venus flytrap.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 11:56 AM BST
Won like 14 points in a row now.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:05 PM BST
Clara B fell. Looks ok, but trainer is coming on.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:06 PM BST
Didn't look that ok to me lol. She could barely walk.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:07 PM BST
market meant from ~1.36 to ~2.80, now back to 1.6-1.8
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:09 PM BST
The definition of just guessing really.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:12 PM BST
to me, the walking just after something like this happens usually looks worse than it is, because there's an element of shock, pain and carefulness, but the fact she is walking at all is a good sign. We'll see soon.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:16 PM BST
Burel also does the Del Potro of walk so slowly between points in normal times that you can't get a great read.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:18 PM BST
the Claras both so young and they still know all the tricks.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:19 PM BST
this going for shots not a good sign though.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:23 PM BST
Garcia did a long look towards Clara's side as she was sitting down, and cameraman didn't show Clara so I thought a retirement was imminent but it was false alarm.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:28 PM BST
Moved fine to that drop shot!
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:41 PM BST
Took your advice and posted my first flag Grin
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:44 PM BST
Excited
I was thinking about her the other day, and that she was unflagged.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:45 PM BST
She is playing right now, in semi's of a $60k. Got a good win yesterday. Plus beat Linda at Wimbledon, ie. must be good.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:49 PM BST
Actually pretty sure I have stream of this $60k. They stream them on La Liga TV, which takes like 30 seconds to sign up to.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 12:49 PM BST
Stream there:

https://www.laligasportstv.com/media/video/ll-ef8b6173-4d48-4078-01b6-08d92c08da56
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:50 PM BST
Clay Madrid 2021 (Q) 1st Round Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-7
not a bad result.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 12:51 PM BST
and for a Spaniard to be able to play on grass is a good sign.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 1:06 PM BST
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E6fzJAKWUAAVd70?format=jpg&name=900x900
Kiki Bertens calling it a career after the Olympics.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 1:15 PM BST
Forehand has defo been developed on a clay court. Looks modeled off Rafa's (right handed though).
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 1:33 PM BST
The players in Lausanne look like the walking wounded, but maybe it's not surprising with the scheduling.
Report edy July 17, 2021 1:55 PM BST
and Schunk
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 2:42 PM BST
Laugh
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 2:57 PM BST

Jul 17, 2021 -- 7:33AM, n88uk wrote:


The players in Lausanne look like the walking wounded, but maybe it's not surprising with the scheduling.


looks the same with Budapest. These mugs not used to going this deep in tournaments.

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 3:20 PM BST
when was the last time we had a Brillenschlange in tennis?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 4:04 PM BST
Qinwen beating a former Madrid semifinalist in Palermo qualies.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 4:12 PM BST
Galfi looked like the walking wounded in R1.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 4:13 PM BST
Think some of the players have been grinding really hard recently though. Kalinina for example has won the last 2 weeks, can't even remember the last time someone won 3 weeks in a row.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 4:14 PM BST
Kalinina even beat Edy's fav Qinwen in both those weeks.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 4:15 PM BST
Kalinina's record is quite ridiculous actually. Has actually won 4 straight ITF's on clay, beat Kerber at the French, but was absolutely hammered in R2 by today's opponent Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 5:47 PM BST
Collins with trainer on, but I think it was just to remove/readjust the tape on her arm.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 17, 2021 5:48 PM BST
was hoping she'd win today so we get Collins vs Poots.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 6:13 PM BST
Collins getting conned here.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 6:13 PM BST
Lol that is a straight con.
Report n88uk July 17, 2021 6:13 PM BST
Now calling for supervisor.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 12:21 AM BST

Jul 13, 2021 -- 8:54AM, edy wrote:


I miss wisewords. I hope he's really just decided to stay away/close his bf account, and that he's fit and healthy.


never seen again here after that afternoon when he had issues with the Betfair site.

Report n88uk July 18, 2021 12:12 PM BST
Burel streaking points early today.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 12:37 PM BST
so rare to see hardcourt tournaments outside in Europe. But makes perfect sense to play on them at this part of the season.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 1:01 PM BST
few months old, but I missed it at the time.
Podcast with Ana Ivanovic.
https://twitter.com/insidetennis99/status/1396166349458710528
Report n88uk July 18, 2021 1:19 PM BST
The market kinda hates Burel.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 1:44 PM BST
TZ bigger odds now than she was a break up in 2nd.
Report n88uk July 18, 2021 2:24 PM BST
Lausanne trophy pretty nice.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 4:30 PM BST
Ed Salmon@fogmount
Yikes. Putintseva, Zidansek, Martincova, Burel, and Voegele all withdraw from Gdynia. Five lucky losers in the main draw, including Jamie Loeb, who lost her 1st-round qualifying match in straight sets to #482 Weronika Falkowska.


Gdynia will be muggy.
Report n88uk July 18, 2021 7:46 PM BST
Kalinina is still down to play next week for the 4th straight week after W, W, F.
Report n88uk July 18, 2021 7:47 PM BST
Free points really for someone to take advantage of.
Report n88uk July 18, 2021 8:05 PM BST
I'm with Edy btw, the grass courts in Newport just look so slow.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 8:13 PM BST
Gauff out of Olympics
https://twitter.com/CocoGauff/status/1416834632188796929
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 8:53 PM BST
#carambatrivia: If Jenson Brooksby wins today, he'll be the 4th male ATP title winner born in the 2000's. Who are the other three?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 9:07 PM BST
so Elina is gonna be Elina Monfils now. That's gonna be weird for a while.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 18, 2021 9:10 PM BST

Jul 18, 2021 -- 2:53PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


#carambatrivia: If Jenson Brooksby wins today, he'll be the 4th male ATP title winner born in the 2000's. Who are the other three?


jinx trivia Sad

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