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SamuelMertensBertens
13 Sep 21 01:37
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The final Slam of the year is over, but the tennis most go on. Portoroz is back after a lenghty hiatus and Lux is earlier in the calendar than it usually is. No ATP this week.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 6:57 PM BST
it's as if camera guy is sat on row 2.
you do not see the other side of the court as it's entirely covered by the net due to the low camera angle.
Report edy September 17, 2021 6:59 PM BST
That is not very good.
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:01 PM BST
Espoo Metro Areena, which is the place of the tie, seems to have more than two rows too, so that's no excuse.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 7:07 PM BST
https://twitter.com/whitelinefervor/status/1438889390814736393
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:13 PM BST
Your twitter skills Love

Thanks!
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:23 PM BST
Can you believe Rune chose to play the challenger in Stettin this week over Davis Cup? Should always play Davis/Fed Cup when you are 18 imo. It's a home tie too, so not like he'd have had to travel to the middle of nowhere.

...This Denmark-Thailand tie looks brutal. Two top 1000 singles players (one for each team), one top 100 doubles player (Denmark's Nielsen), one more top 1000 doubles player (the Thailand player that is also their top1000 singles player). Seven of the ten nominated players across both teams are neither top 1000 in singles, nor top 1000 in doubles.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 7:25 PM BST
He did a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG post on social media recently about his reasoning. He wants to focus on getting his ranking up for now so he doesn't have to play Novak Djokovic in R1 of Slams, and also promised to return to the Danish DC team in the future.
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:28 PM BST
Bit sad for Denmark they couldn't convince at least one out of Rune and super fast court specialist Torpegaard.
Report Angela Rebecchi September 17, 2021 7:30 PM BST
Finn Reynolds is a cool looking Kiwi
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:32 PM BST
New Zealand playing its home tie on the courts of the ATP grass tournament in Newport.

Funky.
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:33 PM BST
I was slightly confused at first why New Zealand played its home tie at 6am in the morning New Zealand time.
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:34 PM BST

Sep 17, 2021 -- 1:30PM, Angela Rebecchi wrote:


Finn Reynolds is a cool looking Kiwi


He looks like he took inspiration from JJ Wolf and then even improved on it!

Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 7:35 PM BST
the Nordic countries could almost do their own Hopman Cup now. Only thing is missing is a Finnish female player.
Report Angela Rebecchi September 17, 2021 7:35 PM BST

Sep 17, 2021 -- 1:34PM, edy wrote:


Sep 17, 2021 -- 6:30PM, Angela Rebecchi wrote:Finn Reynolds is a cool looking KiwiHe looks like he took inspiration from JJ Wolf and then even improved on it!


LaughLaughLaugh

Report edy September 17, 2021 7:36 PM BST

Sep 17, 2021 -- 1:35PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


the Nordic countries could almost do their own Hopman Cup now. Only thing is missing is a Finnish female player.


Anastasia Kulikova, mate.

Report edy September 17, 2021 7:37 PM BST
Though she can only play on quicker courts I think.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 7:38 PM BST
ok I'll allow it. We need the Finns in, to make sure Sweden don't finish last.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 7:40 PM BST
woah, Simona already back working out!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E_fD9wwVkAY8izp?format=jpg&name=medium
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:40 PM BST
Does Sweden even have a better female player than Kulikova?
Report edy September 17, 2021 7:41 PM BST
Oh, there is Peterson. Sorry, forgot about her for a moment.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 17, 2021 8:12 PM BST
wta @WTA
Sensational shot making Flushed face
Kaja Juvan ends the rally with a stunner!


surely that can't be allowed on a tennis court.
Report edy September 17, 2021 8:27 PM BST
Speaking of rallies - did you see how much more pushery the men were at the US Open?

https://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/extrastats/index.html?promo=subnav

Change the selection to "Loungest Rally Count"
Report edy September 17, 2021 8:42 PM BST
Trevisan won six consecutive games after she had been extremely injured at 0-3* double break down in the final set. Tbf, Bolsova was already extremely injured after the second set immediately before she won the next three games.
Report wisewords September 18, 2021 1:06 AM BST
n88uk must be pleased for his Kaja Juvan
Report edy September 18, 2021 11:04 AM BST
Reka-Luca Jani (who generally hovers in the 150 to 300 range) is now 0-3 in the h2h against Aneta Kladivova (currently ranked outside the top1000, never ranked above #681), without ever having won more than four games in the six sets they've played. Quite astonishing for someone like Jani, even if two of the three losses came relatively early in a Jani comeback after she had not played for close to a year.
Report n88uk September 18, 2021 2:03 PM BST
Fiona Ferro was 1.02 pre and is down a set and in 2nd set tiebreak.
Report edy September 18, 2021 3:02 PM BST
Easy never in doubt for Ferro really.
Report edy September 18, 2021 3:55 PM BST
Schwartzman lost the first set against an 18 year old that has never even played a pro match. His only other match on record is a loss in Davis Cup.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:07 PM BST
Schwartzman now set and break behind.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:08 PM BST
Schwartzman was 1.001 on nando's prematch. Not sure about BF, but I think he was 1.01 to lay prematch there as well.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:14 PM BST
Schwartzman now set and double break 0-4* behind.
Report n88uk September 18, 2021 4:16 PM BST
Never heard of his opponent.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:16 PM BST
....getting close to a biggish upset here.
Report n88uk September 18, 2021 4:16 PM BST
Lol it's on clay too.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:17 PM BST

Sep 18, 2021 -- 10:16AM, n88uk wrote:


Never heard of his opponent.


That will be because he has never played an ATP tour match, never played a challenger match, never played a futures match...and from a quick look it seems he has never played a junior slam either.

Report edy September 18, 2021 4:18 PM BST
The guy literally has one men's match on his record. A 0 and 2 loss to Koepfer in Davis Cup.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:21 PM BST
If he manages to win the match...I'm not sure if I ever witnessed a bigger upset in tennis.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:28 PM BST
Schwartzman broke for 1-4. PONR?
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 18, 2021 4:29 PM BST
yes. crowd will do the rest now.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:30 PM BST
Kid had a ton of game points for 5-0 too Sad
Report n88uk September 18, 2021 4:30 PM BST
What a mug Ostapenkov.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:36 PM BST
One game away.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:39 PM BST
Y'all should flag this Daniil guy.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:42 PM BST
Coach Gaudio should have nominated Maximo Gonzalez for this singles clash.
Report edy September 18, 2021 4:46 PM BST
The kid actually did it. Laugh
Report n88uk September 18, 2021 4:57 PM BST
What a mug Schwartzman.
Report edy September 18, 2021 5:03 PM BST
Bolivia must have some tough covid restrictions. They are playing their Davis Cup tie in Paraguay.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 18, 2021 5:13 PM BST
n88's Kaja Juvan injured.
Report edy September 18, 2021 5:26 PM BST
14% of points won on her first serve is kind of not so good.
Report edy September 18, 2021 6:03 PM BST
Never knew Hugo Dellien has a brother called Murkel.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 18, 2021 11:04 PM BST
did he have a wedding?
Report edy September 19, 2021 12:20 AM BST
Confused
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 12:24 AM BST
you've not heard of the movie Murkel's wedding?
Report edy September 19, 2021 12:28 AM BST
No
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 12:42 AM BST
Sad
Report Giuseppe September 19, 2021 12:58 AM BST
tennis in La Paz (4,000m) or Quito (3,000m) would be interesting

does it happen?
Report Giuseppe September 19, 2021 12:59 AM BST
the big cities in Colombia are all about 1,000 - 2,000 m altitude too
Report edy September 19, 2021 1:06 AM BST
There is a challenger in Quito this week...
Report Giuseppe September 19, 2021 1:08 AM BST
imagine playing a five setter in La Paz

according to wikipedia there have been davis Cup ties there in recent years

they even hosted an entire group qualifying comeptition with sveral other teams
Report Giuseppe September 19, 2021 1:09 AM BST
would the ball fly differently?
Report Giuseppe September 19, 2021 1:14 AM BST
supposedly NFL field goals are easier to score in Denver, and that is only 1,600m
Report edy September 19, 2021 2:04 AM BST
The ball flies differently, which is why they usually use special high altitude balls in such places.
Report edy September 19, 2021 2:05 AM BST
Bogota is the highlight of the WTA tour every season.
Report edy September 19, 2021 11:46 AM BST
The WTA Linz tournament was moved from its slot that was the same week as the second week of IW.

...to it now sharing the week with the YEC.
Report edy September 19, 2021 12:49 PM BST
https://www.menstennisforums.com/threads/2023-atp-looking-to-reform-the-masters-series.1001046/

ATP is apparently really going to convert a lot of Masters1000 events to two week events Cry
Report edy September 19, 2021 12:50 PM BST
They better have a lot of challengers in the second weeks of those.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 2:34 PM BST

Sep 19, 2021 -- 5:46AM, edy wrote:


The WTA Linz tournament was moved from its slot that was the same week as the second week of IW....to it now sharing the week with the YEC.


it's a better spot, but also means shorter off season for the players outside of the top ten.
I take it no Zhuhai? Even in a new location?

Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 2:35 PM BST
Osty in mug mode today.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 3:31 PM BST
Osty in fighting mode today. Good, I don't like Tauson.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 3:34 PM BST
Holger wins his 236th match of the year.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 3:48 PM BST
Tauson saying Foxtenn is wrong.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 4:15 PM BST
I'm in shock. It's raining in Portoroz.
Report edy September 19, 2021 4:16 PM BST
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 5:51 PM BST
No more Lux! Cry
https://twitter.com/WTAluxembourg/status/1439621627566772224
Report edy September 19, 2021 5:55 PM BST
They decided they can happily retire together with Minella now that they got a main draw win out of her. How romantic. Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:24 PM BST
Sure, but it was one of few tournaments with a good surface for the women.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:46 PM BST

Entry List Updates Women
@EntryListsWomen
· Sep 17
Ostrava update

OUT: Krejcikova

IN: Zhang

NEXT: Linette


ExcitedExcitedExcited
Report edy September 19, 2021 6:47 PM BST
And they had FOXTENN!
Report edy September 19, 2021 6:47 PM BST
Why are you excited about Zhang replacing Krejcikova?
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:48 PM BST
Because Krej is even more boring than Barty.
Report edy September 19, 2021 6:49 PM BST
MaCOS' best friend just won the W25 Medellin (clay) with a double bagel in the final.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:50 PM BST
the ten year old kid?
Report edy September 19, 2021 6:50 PM BST
No, Arango.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:51 PM BST
don't know her. just know the kid and the nerd.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:53 PM BST
and not even sure she's friends with the nerd.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:54 PM BST
ooh Portoroz about to start.
Report edy September 19, 2021 6:55 PM BST
Don't actually know if they are bestest buddies, but they are both Colombian tennis players that are about the same age. They are bound to be best buddies.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:56 PM BST
how can you not be best buddies with MaCOS?
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 6:58 PM BST
You would need to be a Tauson type of person not to.
Report edy September 19, 2021 7:00 PM BST
Raiden said:
ROFL — Tauson paid her dust in her victory speech.

Osta deserved the silent treatment, after her delusional runner-up speech (which was conducted first) where she was overly stressing on about how good she was at all the other matches but how bad she was today.


lol if true. Did you watch the ceremony?
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 7:00 PM BST
I did not.
Report edy September 19, 2021 7:01 PM BST
It would be very Ostapenko...
Report edy September 19, 2021 7:02 PM BST
I had the match on till the end, but then decided against watching the ceremony Cry
Report edy September 19, 2021 7:36 PM BST
Oh boy Riske
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 7:56 PM BST
oh boy. and against an injured player. Trainer on for Jessica now.
Report edy September 19, 2021 8:10 PM BST
oh boy oh boy
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 19, 2021 8:25 PM BST
not fair to oh boy her imo. She's done well this week after her hiatus.
Report edy September 19, 2021 11:44 PM BST
https://www.atptour.com/en/atp-challenger-tour/challenger-tv/challenger-tv-search-results/2021-9194-qs009-columbus-evan-king-vs-donald-young/2021/9194/all

Look at Evan King tweenering around as he served for the match against Donald Young (2:31:45)
Report Giuseppe September 20, 2021 2:34 AM BST
did you just make up that word edy
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 20, 2021 3:10 AM BST
Romania vs Portugal also had the hipstery angle.
https://twitter.com/sPETEcore/status/1439701996336988163
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