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Another week with lots of tennis is here.
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Report edy July 26, 2023 5:23 PM BST
Bajin and KaPlis are done with each other again.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 5:39 PM BST
Sad
Report wisewords July 26, 2023 5:55 PM BST
Noma Akugue Noha's path to the final remains clear
Report wisewords July 26, 2023 6:01 PM BST
NID really
Report edy July 26, 2023 6:04 PM BST
Yeah, Storm Hunter only ever had two match points on her own serve too.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:15 PM BST
not seen anyone try the moonball tactic against Mirra, but it's working
Report wisewords July 26, 2023 6:20 PM BST
Anna Bondar "old womaned" Mirra here
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:20 PM BST
Mirra owned. Got a break early in both sets, failed to go 2 breaks up, then Bondar mixed it up a lot and played lots of moonshots and angles. Mirra looked lost out there today, wasn't playing well. Bondar did.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:21 PM BST
*moonballs
Report edy July 26, 2023 6:23 PM BST
Mirra's antidote found. There goes her career.
Report wisewords July 26, 2023 6:23 PM BST
Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:23 PM BST
Can it not be taught to counter this?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:24 PM BST
or does she have to wait til she's 26 until she can handle this?
Report wisewords July 26, 2023 6:25 PM BST
wait until she's 17 imo
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:34 PM BST
Isner hints he may be playing his final season
"I maybe turned a corner last week [in Newport], but my body physically this year hasn't allowed me to train the way I want to train, and because of that my results have been subpar to the standards that I've held myself to for the longest time now.

I'm in a situation that not many players are in, where tennis is not my priority right now. Of course, I want to do well, but family always comes first. They went to Australia and they went to London and I think they’ll come to Cincinnati.

They'll certainly come to New York if I decide that it could be my last tournament," Isner said. Isner, a 16-time ATP champion, owns a 487-313 record on the main level. Before retiring, Isner would like to reach the 500-match wins mark.


https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/ATP_Tennis/135575/john-isner-38-hints-end-of-pro-tennis-career-might-be-very-near-/
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Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:36 PM BST
unlikely to reach 500 by then though.
Report edy July 26, 2023 6:52 PM BST
2 wins in Canada, 3 in Cincy, 6 in Winston-Salem, 2 at the US Open

Easy
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 26, 2023 6:56 PM BST
it's not 2012 anymore.
Report edy July 26, 2023 7:04 PM BST
Ok

3 in Washington, 2 in Canada, 3 in Cincy, 3 in Winston-Salem, 2 at the US Open.
Report wisewords July 26, 2023 7:51 PM BST
Noma Akugue Noha vs. Eva Lys final is still on
Report edy July 26, 2023 8:34 PM BST
For instance, this week in Lausanne they're using "RS tour edition"
I'd never heard of this brand and I googled it. It's a brand started by Robin Soderling and he designed the ball. They're literally playing with Robin Soderling's balls in Sweden [sic] this week.


https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/wta-plans-on-using-us-open-extra-duty-balls-for-2023-uso-and-na-hard-court-tournaments.1406108/page-2#post-84338934

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Report edy July 26, 2023 8:58 PM BST
TBOTAJ between Cristian and the (as of now) lesser Jorge sister. Matilde already had a bunch of match points in the second set on her own serve, none of which she was obviously able to convert. Now she's trying to do better in the TBOTAJ and give joy to the raucious home crowd of 10.
Report edy July 26, 2023 8:58 PM BST
Looks more like 15 to 20 actually.
Report edy July 26, 2023 9:06 PM BST
Matilde saves a match point herself to make it 6-6. Very exciting this.
Report edy July 26, 2023 9:11 PM BST
Matilde with the dropshot on match point that Cristian can't get back over the net. The crowd goes wild!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 1:21 AM BST
Omnium Banque Nationale @OBNmontreal
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Wozniacki's long awaited return to tennis has a date and a time set
Caroline Wozniacki will play her first match since 2020 on Tuesday, August 8, during the day session!
Report wisewords July 27, 2023 3:19 AM BST
Happy
Report edy July 27, 2023 7:25 AM BST
Saw a thread on TF yesterday on that where someone went all "HOW CAN THEY ANNOUNCE WHEN WOZNIACKI AND ANDREESCU PLAY IF THEY DON'T KNOW THE DRAW YET AND THE DRAW ISN'T FIXED????????????"
Report edy July 27, 2023 8:16 AM BST
The US Open are introducing video review on its show courts for double bounces, to decide whether a wrong call hindered a player or not (why the need for this with hawkeye live?) and all that stuff.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 11:18 AM BST

Jul 27, 2023 -- 7:25AM, edy wrote:


Saw a thread on TF yesterday on that where someone went all "HOW CAN THEY ANNOUNCE WHEN WOZNIACKI AND ANDREESCU PLAY IF THEY DON'T KNOW THE DRAW YET AND THE DRAW ISN'T FIXED????????????"


well spotted!

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 11:28 AM BST

Jul 27, 2023 -- 8:16AM, edy wrote:


The US Open are introducing video review on its show courts for double bounces, to decide whether a wrong call hindered a player or not (why the need for this with hawkeye live?) and all that stuff.


double bounce hawkeye live should be able to determine on its own, hindrance/whether a call affected a player's shot or not is more of a judgment call that human eyes are needed for.

Report edy July 27, 2023 11:39 AM BST
Yeah, but with hawkeye live you don't get overturned calls that could have hindered a player.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 11:41 AM BST
ah true!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 2:15 PM BST
feels so weird to watch outdoor hardcourts in fairly big stadiums in Europe.
Report edy July 27, 2023 3:01 PM BST
Muchova had four match points when she served for an easy 6-1 final set victory. She lost all of them and didn't win another game in the match.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 3:09 PM BST
Sad
Report edy July 27, 2023 4:46 PM BST
Marina Bassols also lost a 5-1 final set lead today against the pride of Britain.
Report edy July 27, 2023 4:54 PM BST
Don't mess with the Noma!
Report edy July 27, 2023 4:54 PM BST
aw, I think she's crying.
Report edy July 27, 2023 5:13 PM BST
[i]Rennae Stubbs
@rennaestubbs
And I’m sorry that was a pathetic “hand shake” if that’s what u call it from Trevisan! Bloody hell, the kid legit beat u and she’s in tears walking to the net and u barely shake her hand. Not approved!!!
Report edy July 27, 2023 5:13 PM BST
https://twitter.com/rennaestubbs/status/1684594322820251648

Stubbs slaying
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 5:18 PM BST
no smile!
Report wisewords July 27, 2023 7:34 PM BST

Jul 27, 2023 -- 3:01PM, edy wrote:


Muchova had four match points when she served for an easy 6-1 final set victory. She lost all of them and didn't win another game in the match.


Sad 1.01 gubbed

Report wisewords July 27, 2023 7:36 PM BST
Noma Akugue Noha vs. Eva  Lys final is cancelled, but it wasn't Noma Akugue Noha's fault
Report wisewords July 27, 2023 9:50 PM BST
Dan Evans Plain
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 27, 2023 10:25 PM BST
Just choked/played poorly or did he do something silly? I was only sb watching.
Report wisewords July 27, 2023 11:25 PM BST
he lost from 6-2 5-3 *40-0
Report edy July 28, 2023 7:37 AM BST
Very plucky
Report edy July 28, 2023 12:07 PM BST
Avanesyan led 5-0, but never managed to even get to set point and eventually lost the set 5-7.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 28, 2023 12:37 PM BST
Arantxa Rus!!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 28, 2023 12:39 PM BST
52 in the live rankings! She might be able to afford herself the luxury of not playing the most degenerate hipster stuff for a while.
Report edy July 28, 2023 12:41 PM BST
She is a great asset to the ITF tour.
Report edy July 28, 2023 12:42 PM BST
Great effort though. Not often do you see players reach career highs at the age of 32+.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 28, 2023 12:43 PM BST
August is gonna come and I won't have any jokes about her!
Report edy July 28, 2023 12:48 PM BST
Rus might well be the biggest inspiration since a certain Paolo Lorenzi.
Report edy July 28, 2023 1:05 PM BST
Noha Akugue already got rid of her right leg taping.
Report edy July 28, 2023 2:16 PM BST

Jul 24, 2023 -- 12:04PM, edy wrote:


My fellow WTA flagging compers should be very afraid now that Noma Noha Akugue played and won her first WTA main draw match.


Even I couldn't have dreamed of this post aging this well, regardless of what happens in the final.

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 28, 2023 3:22 PM BST
https://twitter.com/GoncharenkoUa/status/1684503884767657984

fencing's hand shake gates are even muggier than those in tennis.
Report edy July 28, 2023 3:26 PM BST
and then there were reports of her having had been disqualified from the competition over it, then that she had been de-disqualified, and then that she had not been de-disqualified after all.
Report edy July 28, 2023 3:28 PM BST
Reports also btw. that Czechia isn't allowing Russians and Belarussians into the country for Prague.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 28, 2023 3:31 PM BST
can't wait for WTA and PTPA's statements on this.
Report edy July 28, 2023 3:36 PM BST
It's all a bit a bit weird. These former eastern bloc countries are understandably all real hardline towards Russia because they lived under Russian oppression for so long. Yet Eastern Germany, where Russia also struck down protests by rolling tanks over protesters, love themselves some Russia.
Report edy July 28, 2023 3:58 PM BST
Altmaier had a last desperate attempt at victory when he went sent a full throttle ball right at Zhang's balls when Zhang was serving for the match at 30-0, but it didn't damage the Chinese man enough for him to forfeit the match.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 28, 2023 4:00 PM BST
I like the strategy. We see hail mary plays in other sports, why not tennis.
Report wisewords July 28, 2023 7:26 PM BST
the Noma Akugue Noha vs. Eva Lys final didn't happen, but it wasn't Noma Akugue Noha fault!
Report wisewords July 28, 2023 7:32 PM BST
Noma Akague Noha did all she could to make this fairytale a reality for the citizens of Hamburg!
Report edy July 29, 2023 1:32 PM BST
The tennis legends are all at the courts today. Swiss Timea B. is at Lausanne, swiss Martina H. is in Hamburg and even got to do the coin toss.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 29, 2023 2:54 PM BST
what a hero Arantxa Rus! Top 50!
Report edy July 29, 2023 3:11 PM BST
Decent summer for her. Wins her first two WTA125 titles, followed up by her first WTA main tour title.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 29, 2023 3:59 PM BST
and I thought market was so silly making her 1.38 against Timofeeva.
Report edy July 29, 2023 4:01 PM BST
Well, you weren't alone as she did drift out further yet before the start of that match.
Report Blencathra July 29, 2023 7:34 PM BST
What's going on in Warsaw ??
Report Blencathra July 29, 2023 7:38 PM BST
Black out,
Report edy July 29, 2023 8:55 PM BST
Without having watched Warsaw, I think it just got dark. I read earlier this week that, while they do somewhat have some lamps on centre court, they don't have real floodlights that are approved to play under when it gets a bit darker.
Report wisewords July 29, 2023 11:58 PM BST
who the hell did Anna Blinkanditsova lose to?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 12:47 AM BST
the person who double waffled edy's flag in the Wimbledon juniors final.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 12:48 AM BST
and won French juniors in doubles.
Report wisewords July 30, 2023 12:51 AM BST
did anyone flag her?
Report wisewords July 30, 2023 12:59 AM BST
I'll take her if I've got any picks left for this year? not sure
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 2:14 PM BST
Hamburg still with the worst roof in tennis.
Report edy July 30, 2023 2:30 PM BST
*best roof that occasionally leaks
Report edy July 30, 2023 2:31 PM BST
Perfect roofs that always work and never leak are for nerd imo. Hamburgers like a bit of rain at all time. It's what they grow up with.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 6:50 PM BST
Sure, but that's no excuse to have players and tv viewers put up with it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 9:39 PM BST
Umag court broken!
Report edy July 30, 2023 9:54 PM BST
whodunit?
Report wisewords July 30, 2023 10:05 PM BST
you
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 10:48 PM BST
I think it broke itself. But it was on a crucial point, bp against Stan. Pop broke immediately once play resumed.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 10:48 PM BST
ww dj'ing in Atlanta.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 10:49 PM BST
only one more week of tennis in different continents!

Then all North America!

Then China for the first time in 4 years CryScaredScaredScared
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:06 PM BST
so for Svito vs Vika in DC there will be an announcement before the match that there will be no handshake post match. Hope it's a well worded announcement and that it gets the intended result and there won't be any repeats of the muggery at RG and Wimbledon.
https://twitter.com/dannymiche/status/1685772993337688067
Report wisewords July 30, 2023 11:07 PM BST
what did they play?
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:09 PM BST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3JIkF0LdQI&ab_channel=InfiniteProWrestling
(but the original version)
Report wisewords July 30, 2023 11:12 PM BST
SHUT UP AND DANCE!
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:15 PM BST
one of the best songs of the past 10 years.
Report edy July 30, 2023 11:15 PM BST
They've also done Super Mario music or rather sound effects during this final, which I don't remember ever having heard elsewhere.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:17 PM BST
they do (or did anyway) the coin sound in NBA when the home team made a successful free throw.
Report edy July 30, 2023 11:18 PM BST
Yeah, I meant tennis changeovers.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:19 PM BST
WTA should have done what WWE did and have the players from countries who are in the Women's world cup pose with team jerseys on their site.
Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:20 PM BST

Jul 30, 2023 -- 11:18PM, edy wrote:


Yeah, I meant tennis changeovers.


I see potential in this. They can do this one when Novak drinks his secret potion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G-k4zxou7Y&ab_channel=IltubodiFlegias

Report SamuelMertensBertens July 30, 2023 11:27 PM BST
so for tomorrow you could have Naomi and Badosa pose, Bianca and Aussie Dasha, Simunyu and Qaudre, Alfaro and Mugala.
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