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SamuelMertensBertens
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Life on the tennis tours continue with grass events across Europe in the final week before Wimbledon. Normally the week before Slams is for the mugs to shine, but this week there are several big names in action, both men and women.
There is of course also Wimbledon qualifying this week.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 4:27 PM BST
the problem is they all lie Cry
So it's hard to know who to believe.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 4:28 PM BST
Boom!
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 4:31 PM BST
I think the 10 month ban reflects that she wasn't trying to cheat, but she has to take responsibiity for what goes into her body and using a pharmacy to mix up bespoke vitamins when there was a possibly for cross contamination was a bad idea
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 4:31 PM BST
If they thought she was trying to cheat she'd have got 2 years minimum
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 4:35 PM BST
yeah
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 4:36 PM BST
go Bia!
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 4:50 PM BST
your thoughts on Bia edy?
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:01 PM BST
McHale qualified for Wimbledon
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:01 PM BST
She's doing her Brazilian Kvitova nickname proud this grass season.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:03 PM BST
she is. thoughts on the drugs thing? cheater or just unlucky?
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:03 PM BST
/dumb
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:05 PM BST
I think her stuff will more likely have been contaminated, just like Farah ate contaminated beef and like Moore's and Gatica's recent positive doping samples from Bogota will be down to beef consumption. Though for the latter two it really is negligent with there having had been such a high profile case with Farah regarding contaminated Colombian beef.
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:06 PM BST
I.e they should have known better than eat meat in Colombia if they aren't interested in all the stress associated with a positive doping sample.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:08 PM BST
fair
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:09 PM BST
Maja just qualified for Wimbledon, defeating big, bad and loud Colleen Vandeweghe

1.09            £339
1.1            £220
1.11            £7
1.12            £122
1.13            £2,544
1.14            £1,085
1.15            £1,975
1.16            £1,326
1.17            £2,904
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:11 PM BST
that's gotta make you smile edy
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:11 PM BST
Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 5:11 PM BST
If Sorana ever gets caught doping she can use the Dayana defence AND the contaminated Colombian beef defence.
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:12 PM BST
Always good to see players like her, who stopped for a while due to depressions, maybe have somewhat of a breakthrough.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:14 PM BST
just heard Maja do an interview. she's really happy
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:15 PM BST
33 unforced errors by Colleen versus only 9 by Maja
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 5:17 PM BST
since Beatriz already has a song, Polish Maja can get this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ugzKZkvKO0
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:22 PM BST
Catherine Harrison was super emotional for qualifying. well done Catherine!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 5:23 PM BST
a FANTASTIC day for C Harrison's in Roehampton.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:28 PM BST

Jun 23, 2022 -- 5:17PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


since Beatriz already has a song, Polish Maja can get this one:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ugzKZkvKO0


go Maja

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 5:28 PM BST
edy took the first jet out of Bad Homburg as soon as Sabine lost.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:29 PM BST
yeah. he hopped in a cab and travelled the 15km home
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:30 PM BST
Mirjam getting close to qualifying
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:30 PM BST
I was silly for not picking Mirjam
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 5:32 PM BST
I considered her, but thought since Queen's would allow her to practice she'd have no chance.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:34 PM BST
was it her that Queens denied?
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:34 PM BST
aw Mai is super happy too
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:37 PM BST
wow Inglis screamed super loud when she won
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:44 PM BST
Colleen's going to qualify as a lucky loser, right edy?
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:45 PM BST
Let's hope not.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:46 PM BST
Mirjam qualified!
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:47 PM BST
Maja hit the ball towards Colleen when Colleen tried to close down the net. Colleen wasn't impressed
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:50 PM BST

Jun 23, 2022 -- 5:45PM, edy wrote:


Let's hope not.


she was seeded like 2 at qualies. feels like she's nailed on to play

Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:51 PM BST
although withdrawals at slams are much less so let's see
Report edy June 23, 2022 5:52 PM BST
Björklund really has been rising since Lindebergens gave her a big contract so she can concentrate a bit more on improving without an urgent need for money every step of the way.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 5:54 PM BST
top flagging by J Lindeberg.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:56 PM BST
who's excited for Wimbledon??????????????????
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 5:57 PM BST
ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 6:00 PM BST
Colleen is such a villain. if she'd won today I'd have won Wimbledon hipster comp
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 6:00 PM BST
still, I went 5 from 7 for the day so not too bad. however I consider this a below par performance overall
Report edy June 23, 2022 6:06 PM BST
Djokovic
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 6:29 PM BST
Easy for Double Crust Alex De Minaur.
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 6:31 PM BST
MTO Amanda
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 6:38 PM BST

Jun 23, 2022 -- 6:00PM, wisewords wrote:


still, I went 5 from 7 for the day so not too bad. however I consider this a below par performance overall


Is it not a tie between you and mes? I get 5.75 each.
I had so many chances on the final day, but so many flops. And poor Priscilla Hon had to withdraw.

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 6:49 PM BST
woah, Felix playing Newport!
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 7:14 PM BST
yeah I think it is, but I would have won it outright if Colleen had been victorious
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 7:17 PM BST
testing testing?#
Report wisewords June 23, 2022 7:17 PM BST
annoying thread Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 23, 2022 10:46 PM BST
https://twitter.com/NVikhlyantseva/status/1540067112886177797
Nata Vikhlyantseva @NVikhlyantseva
I guess Russian / Belorussian players can’t play @ITFTennis in Liepaja? And I don’t have any emails regarding this in advance :(


she links some screenshots but I don't see anything about this in those.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 10:25 AM BST
Fairly easy draw for Serena at Wimbledon.
Harmony Tan 1st round.
Sorribes Tormo 2nd round, great as long as Serena can just ballbash through her. If it turns into a grind fest, she's screwed.
KaPlis in 3rd round. Depends on which KaPlis shows up.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 10:25 AM BST
Emma drew AVU Sad
Report edy June 24, 2022 11:25 AM BST

Jun 23, 2022 -- 10:46PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


https://twitter.com/NVikhlyantseva/status/1540067112886177797Nata Vikhlyantseva @NVikhlyantsevaI guess Russian / Belorussian players can’t play @ITFTennis in Liepaja? And I don’t have any emails regarding this in advance :(she links some screenshots but I don't see anything about this in those.


The Latvian tennis federation banned all Russians and Belarussians, yes.

Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 11:25 AM BST
Simona withdraw From Bad Homburg. Bianca into the F. Hopefully just a Naomi style withdrawal from Simona.
Report edy June 24, 2022 11:25 AM BST
See e.g

https://twitter.com/schnejan/status/1540007013480005632
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 11:27 AM BST
oh it's Latvia.
It confused me that the screenshots were in French.

Is this just Latvia or the other Baltic countries as well? Thinking about the Tallinn Open.
Report edy June 24, 2022 11:28 AM BST
Or rather it seems that it was Latvia as a whole banning Russians and Belarussians from competing.
Report edy June 24, 2022 11:29 AM BST
Yeah, I wondered why Vikhlyantseva chooses to receive her ITF emails in french as well. Maybe she is very metropolitan.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 11:30 AM BST
I didn't watch the draw but:

Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
You guys I’m still not over “Julia Pegula.”

She’s a top 10 player!
Report edy June 24, 2022 12:03 PM BST
https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/andrea-jaeger-sexually-harassed-at-least-30-times-by-wta-member-when-a-teen-star-in-early-80s.1393813/

.
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 12:25 PM BST

Jun 24, 2022 -- 11:25AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Simona withdraw From Bad Homburg. Bianca into the F. Hopefully just a Naomi style withdrawal from Simona.


Simona is a Bad Homburg

Report wisewords June 24, 2022 12:32 PM BST
Bia :(
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 12:50 PM BST
Ons vs Mirjam R1
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 12:51 PM BST
Maja vs Curly Kat
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 12:54 PM BST
let's go Bia
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 1:06 PM BST
top 8 in the live race:
✓ Iga Świątek                               
Ons Jabeur   
Cori Gauff   
Jessica Pegula   
Maria Sakkari   
Daria Kasatkina   
Paula Badosa   
Belinda Bencic   

which out of these make the WTA Finals?
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 1:12 PM BST
top 5 all do, then dunno
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 1:16 PM BST
Iga, Ons and Sakkari my only 3 certs. Probably Gauff as well.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 1:18 PM BST
I didn't list the points, but Iga has more points than Ons, Coco and Jessica combined!
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 1:50 PM BST
Naomi Broady commentating Osty's match. I don't get the impression she hates her.
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 2:13 PM BST
wouldn't be a good look if she showed bias. if she wants to be a broadcaster she has to be professional
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 2:29 PM BST
Poor Emma Sad
Stuart Fraser
@stu_fraser
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2m
Emma Raducanu has not turned up on No 1 Court for her scheduled practice session with Garbine Muguruza at 2:15pm. Saw her heading in the opposite direction about 20 minutes ago looking rather downbeat.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 2:30 PM BST
it was 5-6 years ago, maybe she doesn't hold grudges like Serena does.
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 2:36 PM BST
Osty loving the grass courts
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 2:37 PM BST
Raducanu is made of glass
Report n88uk June 24, 2022 4:58 PM BST
Christopher Clarey
@christophclarey
·
14m
No sign yet of a Saudi-backed rival #tennis tour but the kingdom definitely wants an official tournament (or two) and continues to make that clear to the ATP & WTA

For now, the tours are resistant

Our latest


https://twitter.com/christophclarey/status/1540359788277678081
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 5:01 PM BST
Must be tricky for them.

Say yes a face lots of backlash.

Say no and risk ending up with a rival tour.
Report edy June 24, 2022 7:06 PM BST
Has it been posted that the ATP announced on Wednesday that they'll allow coaching from the stands from after Wimbledon until the end of the year on a trial basis?
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 24, 2022 7:40 PM BST
don't think it has.
Report edy June 24, 2022 7:54 PM BST
Ok

The ATP announced on Wednesday that they would trial coaching from the stands for the rest of the year, starting after Wimbledon.
Report wisewords June 24, 2022 11:46 PM BST
you excited for Wimbledon yet edy?
Report edy June 24, 2022 11:57 PM BST
Not at all. Excited for the clay W125 in the second week of Wimbledon however.
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 12:02 AM BST
ffs edy! you're meant to say yes, very
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 12:07 AM BST
how far will Bia get at Wimbledon?
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 12:19 AM BST
1 BAPTISTE, Hailey (USA) 125
2 BUCSA, Cristina (ESP) 127
3 JANI, Reka Luca (HUN) 128
4 VANDEWEGHE, Coco (USA) 129
5 DIYAS, Zarina (KAZ) 131
6 SNIGUR, Daria (UKR) 133
7 VOLYNETS, Katie (USA) 136


these are the alternates. maybe Colleen won't get in afterall. not heard of anymore withdrawals, although Raducanu and Ons are both nursing injuries. let's wait and see
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 12:20 AM BST
Iga will open Wimbledon btw. it was going to be Simona but her withdrawal at Bad Homberg made them worry about her fitness and changed to Iga instead
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 12:33 PM BST
time for Petra v Osty
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 25, 2022 1:52 PM BST
Keys withdrew from Wimbledon.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 25, 2022 1:56 PM BST
Tennisform @Tennisform
·48m
Keys has withdrawn from Wimbledon. Shuai Zhang will become the #33 seed and move onto her line of the draw; lucky loser CoCo Vandeweghe moves onto Zhang’s line.
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 25, 2022 3:26 PM BST
#FlyWithCaroG
Report SamuelMertensBertens June 25, 2022 3:32 PM BST
Bianca crying.
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 7:27 PM BST
Colleen knew
Report wisewords June 25, 2022 9:23 PM BST
is there a difference between a lucky loser and alternate edy?
Report wisewords June 26, 2022 2:30 PM BST
and an* alternate? Colleen got in before Baptiste, Bucsa and Jani?
Report edy June 26, 2022 9:33 PM BST
tl;dr version: Alternates fill main draw vacancies that open before qualies start. Lucky losers fill them after qualies started.

Oh edy please tell me more version:

Yes, there is a difference.

An alternate replaces a vacancy in the main draw that opens up before qualies start. This is simply an ordered list sorted by entry ranking, which is the ranking six weeks ahead of a main tour event unless they changed the entry deadline lately. Alternates are first ranked, first served. So taking your list, if there had been one more withdrawal from the tournament before qualies started, then Baptiste would have taken that spot. Another withdrawal would have been given Bucsa a place in the main draw.

Lucky losers come into play when there are withdrawals from the main draw after qualies started. With them you usually need a bit of luck to get into the main draw as the tennis bodies introduced a draw of straws element so to speak a few years ago after it was deemed that players tanked in the final round of qualies when they knew there was an opening and they were guaranteed that spot due to being the highest seed. However, seeding and ranking still counts here as the players to be put into the hat will be the highest seeds/highest ranked players that lost in the final round of qualies (or previous round of qualies if there are a lot of withdrawals).

So for Keys withdrawal it will have been:

Vandeweghe (2nd seed)
Kerkhove (14th seed)
Yuan (15th seed)
Ferro (16th seed)

in the hat from a quick scan of those that lost in the final round of qualies. Vandeweghe actually got lucky there that she was drawn first from those four to replace Keys.
Report wisewords June 27, 2022 12:14 AM BST
thanks for the info edy. of course, Colleen could have bribed the officials to ensure she was drawn first too
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