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SamuelMertensBertens
17 Jul 23 10:35
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Lots of tennis this week including the return of Hopman Cup. In Nice these days and on clay.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:33 PM BST
and their insta posted a Carlos pic one day to promote the event.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:33 PM BST

Jul 19, 2023 -- 12:26PM, edy wrote:


https://www.instagram.com/p/Cu4Cn4qNZYk/Carlos is not on the Hopman Cup team picture. Also note that Riedi and who I presume Naef to be (woman between Vekic and Tauson) are the only two teammates not standing next to each other.


seem to get along fine though.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Cu4Blu2N11j/

Report edy July 19, 2023 12:39 PM BST
I guess the woman between Vekic and Tauson must be Naef, but she looks surprisingly short (Vekic and Tauson are of course relatively tall). An impression I never got watching Naef on the tennis court.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:42 PM BST
there's an extra woman in the photo.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:43 PM BST
yes, their links say so.
Report edy July 19, 2023 12:44 PM BST
Ah ok, I'm still using Instagram without an account, so don't see the tags/account names on the pictures.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:45 PM BST
I hope the event is a success. But with Carlos, Hoger and the French players it should be.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:46 PM BST
I wish they had invited Australia, at least for this 1st edition at the new place for the lineage.
Report edy July 19, 2023 12:48 PM BST
I think the extra woman, if she isn't tagged, is the tournament interviewer/media person who is seen in the interview clips on their instagram, just with her hair tied back. Like this one

https://www.instagram.com/p/CumimOvuXMg/
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:49 PM BST
Iva Majoli the tag says.
Report edy July 19, 2023 12:49 PM BST
Ah, her!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:49 PM BST
and would explain why she's friends with Modric.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 12:50 PM BST
no hype at all on me twitter on Hopman Cup.
Report edy July 19, 2023 12:51 PM BST
Maybe they invited Australia, but Australia couldn't find any players. Kyrgios hates clay and expected to at least be in the Wimbledon final, Tomic hates clay, Thompson hates clay, de Minaur possibly had his holiday with Katie booked (no other holiday spots available in their schedules with the US hard court season coming up).

On the women's side they would for sure have found Saville, but men looks problematic.
Report edy July 19, 2023 12:57 PM BST
Guess they could probably have had O'Connell or Kubler.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 1:20 PM BST
Luke!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 1:22 PM BST

Jul 19, 2023 -- 1:20PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Luke!


but tbh the lineage isn't THAT important.

Report edy July 19, 2023 1:33 PM BST
Not sure Luke Saville was up to embarrassing Australia. The guy has won exactly one match on clay in challenger main draws....in some random clay challenger in China against some other Australian clay no-hoper.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 1:58 PM BST
Richard Ings : stop attacking @ringsau
·30m
Replying to @BenRothenberg
It was a line call at 15:15 called out by the line umpire, ballmark inspected and confirmed as out by the chair umpire.

Once decided it’s over. The erased ball mark came after the next point. Sure it was in your face to erase it but it was by then a meaningless mark.
Report edy July 19, 2023 2:45 PM BST
People realise that, but it's still uncool to deliberately further tilt your opponent that was asking you not to erase it. An opponent that you absolutely know was cheated.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 3:07 PM BST
yeah, I know. I was posting because it's from an umpire's point of view.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 3:17 PM BST
Jannik Schneider @schnejan
·1h
A spokeswoman for the Berlin criminal courts confirmed to german media RTL that the Berlin public prosecutor's office has applied for the issuance of a criminal order against A. Zverev. Whether a penalty order will be issued is currently being examined.


same old case or something new?
Report edy July 19, 2023 3:42 PM BST
The old case (that I know of anyway) from New York (?) was regarding another woman. This is about the mother of his (I think estranged) child.
Report edy July 19, 2023 3:54 PM BST
Olga Sharipova was the other accuser. This is Brenda Patea.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 4:09 PM BST
thanks for the info.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 4:10 PM BST
https://twitter.com/kostekcanu/status/1681679085301551105

Budapest tournament comments on Toth/Zhang and latter's country.

ShockedShocked
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 5:23 PM BST
Let's not turn this all political, but I thought China-Hungary relations were good.
Report edy July 19, 2023 5:39 PM BST
Hungary just lashes out towards everyone apart from Russia.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 6:15 PM BST
Holger better try harder at the Olympics with Woz.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 7:03 PM BST
oh my a classic edy match in progress
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 8:17 PM BST
https://twitter.com/DKasatkina/status/1681673887623397378

classic Dasha tweet
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 8:35 PM BST
Poots 2nd set 5-0 ----> 5-6 (has to break to stay in the match) ---> 6-6 ---> loses the breaker and the match after having saved two MP's and lost two SP's in it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 8:39 PM BST
what a plot twist it would be if Leo Borg actually turned out to be decent. He's been impressive in the Stockholm and Båstad events.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 8:41 PM BST
But on the hipster circuit he doesn't have any impressive results, other than maybe a win against Donskoy. I don't know how good he is in 2023.
Report edy July 19, 2023 8:45 PM BST
Daniel Radu
@danielradutenis
BREAKING NEWS | A last minute change occurred on Tuesday and for the 1st time in 2023
@Simona_Halep
appears on a tournament entry list. On Monday she wasn't on the preliminary US Open list and the organizers, as well as the
@WTA
delayed publishing the final one by more than 24 h.

https://twitter.com/danielradutenis/status/1681721082858881030
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 8:58 PM BST
I like this Ymer for Simona trade Love
Report edy July 19, 2023 9:31 PM BST
It's not confirmed yet that she will actually be back. Let's be cautious with our celebration.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 9:31 PM BST
I know.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 9:33 PM BST
She was my potential replacement for Bouzkova in my fave five, but I didn't trust her enough to pull the trigger Scared
Report edy July 19, 2023 9:34 PM BST

Jul 19, 2023 -- 6:15PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Holger better try harder at the Olympics with Woz.


Now at 1-1 (Tauson won for Denmark), doubles match will decide. From the bits I saw, Rune looked a bit unfit, slowish and with tons of slices than usual (wrist injury was mentioned on the broadcast)

From MTF

Report edy July 19, 2023 9:35 PM BST
Holger Rune loses his opening match at the Hopman Cup in Nice to world No 160 Leandro Riedi 4-6, 3-6.

He has reportedly been sick the past few days and has had wrist problems. Backhand and movement were visibly slower #hopmancup

https://twitter.com/running_rune/status/1681714182423445533
Report edy July 19, 2023 9:53 PM BST
The umpire in the Zheng-Parry match sounds a bit depressed. The sports needs more Lahyani, less depressed umpires for some positive vibes.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 10:04 PM BST
I saw him huffing and puffing towards the end of that Riedl match and the market turned on him.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 10:23 PM BST
Players are back in Båstad!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 11:26 PM BST
https://twitter.com/josemorgado/status/1681792358172459010

what a nutcase!
Report edy July 19, 2023 11:38 PM BST
Classic Moutet.

During that particular shot he was set and break down, so he might as well try all his most crazy things to make Isner lose concentration.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 19, 2023 11:51 PM BST
I looked for his moonball serve, but I couldn't find it.
Report wisewords July 20, 2023 12:05 AM BST
anyone know when Jenny will play her match tonight?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 20, 2023 8:14 AM BST
future of tennis in ruins Cry
https://twitter.com/sanyabublik/status/1681567476193140736
Report edy July 20, 2023 2:30 PM BST
As long as he only teaches girls, that'll be ok. They are too serious and mature for it to influence them down the line. They are not the teenage and 20-30 old men whose heads are constantly just full of poo.
Report edy July 20, 2023 5:39 PM BST
Heard Shapovalov dirtied his fancy trousers falling down on one of his knees in Båstad.
Report wisewords July 20, 2023 9:21 PM BST

Jul 18, 2023 -- 3:52PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


John Horn@SportsHorn·36sBelinda Bencic pulls out of this weeks Hopman Cup to focus on US hardcourt swing #WTA


Don't Call Me BeBe!

Report wisewords July 20, 2023 9:31 PM BST

Jul 18, 2023 -- 4:50PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Kevin Andersson 2.56 against someone I've never heard of. Always a gamble with players after a long break away from the sport but I'm looking those odds on grass.


niceeeee

Report wisewords July 20, 2023 9:46 PM BST
let's goooooo Erika!
Report Angela Rebecchi July 21, 2023 12:13 AM BST
James Kent Trotter takes the 1st !!
Report wisewords July 21, 2023 12:18 AM BST
who?
Report Angela Rebecchi July 21, 2023 12:20 AM BST
James Kent Trotter
Report Angela Rebecchi July 21, 2023 12:24 AM BST
Breaks straight away in the 2nd set too !!
Report Angela Rebecchi July 21, 2023 12:28 AM BST
taps !!!!!
Report Angela Rebecchi July 21, 2023 12:32 AM BST
carnage there, slow market. was coming a long way out too. looked disinterested/impaired
Report wisewords July 21, 2023 12:37 AM BST
is James Kent Trotter your new favourite player?
Report wisewords July 21, 2023 12:46 AM BST

Jul 19, 2023 -- 9:33PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


She was my potential replacement for Bouzkova in my fave five, but I didn't trust her enough to pull the trigger


Sad

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 11:20 AM BST
Daria Saville @Daria_gav
Hiring for a doubles partner for Us Open. Dms are now open for applications. Reach out for more information.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 11:20 AM BST

Jul 20, 2023 -- 9:31PM, wisewords wrote:


Jul 18, 2023 -- 4:50PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:Kevin Andersson 2.56 against someone I've never heard of. Always a gamble with players after a long break away from the sport but I'm looking those odds on grass.niceeeee


thanks.

Report edy July 21, 2023 12:17 PM BST
Saville wins one doubles match easily in her career and already gets arrogant and wants to ditch Ellen Perez.
Report edy July 21, 2023 12:19 PM BST
"Sorry, Ellen, I am too good to keep playing with you now. Maybe I will still carry you through some tournaments here and there if my new partner is busy those weeks".
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 12:24 PM BST
Does Ellen not have other commitments?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 12:26 PM BST
see, you can not do these kind of jokes for doubles.
Report edy July 21, 2023 12:29 PM BST
Perez has occasionally played a big tournament with Melichar here and there.
Report edy July 21, 2023 1:09 PM BST
Just learned from the advertisement board in Bästad that Mans and Jonas are the figure heads of a foundation.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 1:17 PM BST
in Africa I think.
Report edy July 21, 2023 1:42 PM BST
yes
Report wisewords July 21, 2023 2:02 PM BST

Jul 21, 2023 -- 11:20AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Daria Saville @Daria_gavHiring for a doubles partner for Us Open. Dms are now open for applications. Reach out for more information.


I wonder if it will be Kasatkina? or maybe Kasatkina is meant to partner with Ajla so? I forgot the details..

Report wisewords July 21, 2023 2:05 PM BST
stupid rain
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 2:46 PM BST
I can't believe they don't have a whatsapp group for partner requests.
Report wisewords July 21, 2023 5:52 PM BST
calling edy
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 6:40 PM BST

Jul 20, 2023 -- 5:39PM, edy wrote:


Heard Shapovalov dirtied his fancy trousers falling down on one of his knees in Båstad.


Mirjam pregnant? They didn't want a bastard in Båstad?

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 21, 2023 6:41 PM BST
well done flagging Alex, edy.
He was on my watch list, but if you snooze you lose and all that.
Report edy July 21, 2023 6:44 PM BST
Happy
Report edy July 21, 2023 6:51 PM BST
He's still signed up to start playing collegiate tennis for UGA from the upcoming term onwards, but I kind of hope he changes plans.
Report edy July 21, 2023 6:52 PM BST
Or I gambled on him changing plans anyway. I knew about the UGA plans when I picked him.
Report wisewords July 22, 2023 1:11 AM BST
Qinwen did me proud tonight! Daria K lost to home favourite Paolini in a classic Daria way
Report edy July 22, 2023 9:00 AM BST
Daria K's latest vlog is a blockbuster episode. She unleashes on the new no-top30-player-in-WTA250s and the special guest is no other than Camila Osorio.
Report edy July 22, 2023 9:55 AM BST
The ITF scoreboard has Ignatik-Cadantu as CAD instead of the usual CIA today. Cry
Report wisewords July 22, 2023 1:00 PM BST
oh no Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 1:06 AM BST
big drama involving Vera and not a word on this phorum Sad
Report wisewords July 23, 2023 1:50 AM BST
oh no Sad what happened with Vera?
Report edy July 23, 2023 7:21 AM BST
She messed up her travel to Poland by not going through another Schengen country first and was promptly denied entry.
Report edy July 23, 2023 7:21 AM BST
Must not be good friends with Diatchenko or she would have known.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 10:39 AM BST
WTA must like Vera then because they made a big statement for Vera and (as far as I know) nothing for Diatchenko.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 10:49 AM BST
PTPA haven't commented on this one or the Zhang/Toth drama. They usually love to point out some nonsense tweet when something controversial happens.
Report edy July 23, 2023 11:05 AM BST
Maybe the difference is more that Vera traveled to Poland to play a WTA tournament in Poland whereas Diatchenko tried to travel from Egypt to an ITF tournament on Corsica on a really complicated route and with a stop in Poland.
Report edy July 23, 2023 11:07 AM BST
Petra Kvitova and Jiri Vanek wore a white dress and a smart blue suit yesterday.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CvCL-Rbu0Sc/?hl=de
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 12:39 PM BST
thanks for the heads-up. this will prevent me from betting against some no-hoper called Petra Vanekova.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 4:54 PM BST
Everytime a Ukrainian makes a final this year, there's a Russian on the other side!
Report wisewords July 23, 2023 6:16 PM BST
beatdown 3rd set Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 6:44 PM BST
Unlucky draw for Gavrilova, having to play Timofeeva in R1.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 23, 2023 6:51 PM BST
Timofeeva 3.55 against Rus for Hamburg R1.
Report edy July 23, 2023 9:53 PM BST
Wim Fissette is the best.
Report wisewords July 23, 2023 11:40 PM BST
back Queenwen USO 23, AO 24 and RG 24
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