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SamuelMertensBertens
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ATP schedule seems a little odd these two-three next weeks with events starting and ending in the middle of the week, but let's stick with the normal weekly schedule here.

Laver Cup is this weekend.
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Report wisewords September 22, 2023 3:59 AM BST
no boy today Mr. edy
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:00 AM BST
Surprised
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:01 AM BST
shame I'm gonna miss Sakkari v Arango
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:03 AM BST
Dolehide is nuts
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:03 AM BST
crappy handshake there
Report edy September 22, 2023 4:03 AM BST
Dolehide has really profited this season from slimming down considerably.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:03 AM BST
Trevisan wasn't interested
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:03 AM BST

Sep 22, 2023 -- 4:03AM, edy wrote:


Dolehide has really profited this season from slimming down considerably.


she's been trying to do that for about 4 years

Report wisewords September 22, 2023 4:04 AM BST
how low did Ons trade last night?
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 2:56 PM BST
Plain
Report edy September 22, 2023 6:02 PM BST
Plain
Report Journeyman September 22, 2023 6:45 PM BST
Kenin makes zero sense.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 6:54 PM BST
Sonya Sakkari final pending
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 6:54 PM BST
edy's very rude!
Report Journeyman September 22, 2023 7:06 PM BST
Agreed.
Report Journeyman September 22, 2023 7:08 PM BST
However he gets flowers for staying up for the muggy Ons match Grin
Report edy September 22, 2023 7:58 PM BST
wisewords is very rude!
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:08 PM BST

Sep 22, 2023 -- 4:03AM, wisewords wrote:


Sep 22, 2023 --  4:03AM, edy wrote:Dolehide has really profited this season from slimming down considerably.she's been trying to do that for about 4 years


But now she is actually at a reasonable weight for a tennis player.

Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:08 PM BST
I'm not!
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:08 PM BST
you called me rude. apologise!
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:09 PM BST
Or else...?
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:09 PM BST
otherwise Werder will lose 0-4 to FC Koln because of... karma!!!
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:10 PM BST
That sounds like an improvement for Werder's defence instead of supposedly bad karma making it worse.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:11 PM BST
nope. that's a fake news viewpoint^
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:11 PM BST
Bring it on either way if it advances Werner's sacking.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:11 PM BST
Werder will win 2-1 with some good karma
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:12 PM BST

Sep 22, 2023 -- 8:11PM, edy wrote:


Bring it on either way if it advances Werner's sacking.


Plain who's the manager?

Report edy September 22, 2023 8:12 PM BST
Ole Werner Happy
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:13 PM BST
edy Werder not a fan of Ole Werner. who did he manage before SV Werder?
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:14 PM BST
Kiel
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:15 PM BST
He's a nice lad and I wish him all the best for this career, but I simply think Werder could use someone new on the post.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:15 PM BST
can Werder somehow get the Leverkusen manager? he's pretty good imo
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:17 PM BST
Very rude mocking of Werder that. You know full well that someone like that would never sign with current Werder.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:18 PM BST
I know. now you know what it feels like when someone is rude to you!
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:18 PM BST
Bayern will be trying to get Alonso before long when Tuchel has a meltdown
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:20 PM BST
why did Werder appoint a Bundesliga 2 manager?
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:21 PM BST
wait, was it Ole Werner who got Werder back up?
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 8:23 PM BST
I think it was. edy you should show some respect to Ole Werner! he did really well for SV Werder Bremen. you're so ungrateful!!!!
Report edy September 22, 2023 8:56 PM BST
He's also won 5 of the past 23 games.
Report wisewords September 22, 2023 9:24 PM BST
not bad. how many draws?
Report edy September 22, 2023 10:40 PM BST
15 losses, 5 victories, 3 draws
Report edy September 23, 2023 4:57 AM BST
It's a few days old, but former top20 player Guido Pella announced his retirement from the sport last week.
Report edy September 23, 2023 5:05 AM BST
Speaking of a few days old, did you guys all get to read the explosive match fixing story about The Maestro that shook the world of tennis a few weeks ago? Was reminded of it a moment ago because I saw news about a french low level player having had been provisionally suspended

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2023/tennis-match-fixing-itf-grigor-sargsyan/

That's part one of the story. Part two is linked on that site or....I guess I can also link it here

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2023/tennis-match-fixing-gambling-investigation-belgium

.
Report edy September 23, 2023 5:06 AM BST
Maestro in that case is not referring to Federer....or is it? Mischief
Report edy September 23, 2023 8:13 PM BST

Sep 22, 2023 -- 8:09PM, wisewords wrote:


otherwise Werder will lose 0-4 to FC Koln because of... karma!!!


Will insult you ahead of every Werder game from now on.

Report wisewords September 23, 2023 9:24 PM BST
you stink of fisch edy... edy spagheddy!
Report edy September 23, 2023 10:39 PM BST
It's a distinctive and fine scent, not a stink.
Report wisewords September 23, 2023 10:42 PM BST
stinky!
Report edy September 23, 2023 10:45 PM BST
You wish you were as stinkalicious.
Report wisewords September 23, 2023 11:34 PM BST
no, I definitely do not!
Report Angela Rebecchi September 24, 2023 12:14 AM BST
Mesmeric shift in SP on Ruud. 1.8 start, 1.2 early, 2.5 going into TV, 1.53 after taking the 1st set
Report Angela Rebecchi September 24, 2023 1:14 AM BST
Market got an absolute beatdown like Joe Joyce !
Report edy September 24, 2023 1:29 AM BST
Apparently there was a bit of confusion last night between Monfils and FAA at the Laver Cup.

Monfils thought he was there to have fun and clown around, but his opponent FAA wanted none of it and wanted to be all business and competitive.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 1:59 AM BST
Someone didn't get the memo about what kind of tournament Laver Cup is.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 2:08 AM BST
Rybakina calling WTA clowns Happy
https://twitter.com/mrenzaero/status/1705713854536204636/photo/1
Report edy September 24, 2023 2:11 AM BST
Performance byes are a good thing in general, and I think the WTA used to have them under a different name, but if indeed it had not been announced before the draw that's bad. Can understand Rybakina being a bit mad at it as she missed out on a bye due to it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 2:13 AM BST
I did read return of the Performance bye somewhere, so yeah.
I'm not sure it's a good thing. Sure it's good for WTA in a way, because it could encourage players to play more tournaments, but then that could lead to more injuries.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 2:14 AM BST
It's also such a joke that Tokyo is 500 and Guadalajara 1000.
Report edy September 24, 2023 2:20 AM BST
Performance byes themselves do get a mention in the WTA rulebook from months back, though without specifying which tournaments. Not sure why they call it a trial really as Tokyo itself has had performance byes in the past.
Report edy September 24, 2023 2:22 AM BST
Tokyo 1000 licence -> Wuhan -> Guadalajara instead of back to Japan. Sad

Knowing the WTA, they most likely didn't even ask Tokyo if they wanted it back after taking the licence away against their will initially.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 2:57 AM BST
Sakkari won a WTA 1000 Laugh
Report edy September 24, 2023 2:58 AM BST
Finally!
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 3:25 AM BST
oh wait I promised to be nice to Sakkari. I don't remember what the end date for that was.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 3:29 AM BST
there was no end date. Just said I wasn't gonna bully her like most of tennis internet does.
Report edy September 24, 2023 3:33 AM BST
Looks like you will have to be nice to her for at least another three months if you cancel the promise now. It's the law.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 3:48 AM BST
I don't want to cancel the promise. I'll try to be better.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 4:33 AM BST
Betfair doesn't even have tie winner up for Team Europe vs Team World. Tells you all you need to know about how prestigeful this tournament is.
Report wisewords September 24, 2023 4:49 AM BST

Sep 24, 2023 -- 2:57AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Sakkari won a WTA 1000


Cool

Report edy September 24, 2023 5:05 AM BST
Back in 1935 people probably also thought Ryder Cup was a big ol' joke of a tournament.

Give Laver Cup a few decades. I think next year will be interesting in terms of attendance when it comes to Berlin. Organisers better hope Federer announces a Laver Cup doubles comeback to send Rafa into retirement.
Report edy September 24, 2023 5:07 AM BST
Am surprised prestigeful is an actual word btw.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 6:14 AM BST

Sep 24, 2023 -- 5:05AM, edy wrote:


Back in 1935 people probably also thought Ryder Cup was a big ol' joke of a tournament.Give Laver Cup a few decades. I think next year will be interesting in terms of attendance when it comes to Berlin. Organisers better hope Federer announces a Laver Cup doubles comeback to send Rafa into retirement.


agreed on the latter. This one was sold out before it was announced Europe was sending its B-team. In the past this tourney has at least always managed to get the big stars. People might be more aware and think twice before buying tickets next year due to who played this year. Then again having Federer just associated with the tournament might be enough.

Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 6:20 AM BST
edy • September 24, 2023 5:05 AM BST
Back in 1935 people probably also thought Ryder Cup was a big ol' joke of a tournament.


Probably Laugh
pretending you don't know ...
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 6:30 AM BST
Europe needs to win everything tomorrow. Would be funny if World wins the 1st match and the fans only get one match.
Report wisewords September 24, 2023 5:51 PM BST
edy did you see the doubles trophy ceremony last night? Dabrowski was taking the loss very badly and at the end of the ceremony they made them all pose in Mexican sombrero hats and she looked like she was dying on the inside. has Gaby always been such a sore loser? wasn't there some drama earlier in the year about a partnership she was meant to be a part of not happening?
Report wisewords September 24, 2023 5:52 PM BST
she was also clearly in a terrible mood during the runners up interview etc
Report wisewords September 24, 2023 5:55 PM BST
Dabrowski looked like she'd been eating salt directly after losing the final
Report Journeyman September 24, 2023 8:15 PM BST
Linda N versus Rybakina will be interesting if Noskova can reach the level she showed in her enthralling match with Ons in New York. Rybakina coming from an early bath at the hands of Cirstea at the US Open and you guys have already posted about the performance byes. Surprisingly angry post by her on instagram.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 9:32 PM BST
Is inviting the B Team Federer's masterplan to try and make LC look competitive? Looks like we'll have Team World wins to years in a row now.
Report Angela Rebecchi September 24, 2023 10:06 PM BST
Team World champions !!! A nail biting Laver Cup !!
Report wisewords September 24, 2023 10:14 PM BST
was it any good? didn't consume a second of it
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 24, 2023 10:20 PM BST
2017     Team Europe    15–9     Team World     Prague, Czech Republic    O2 Arena    Nick Kyrgios on Team World
2018     Team Europe    13–8     Team World     Chicago, United States    United Center   Nick Kyrgios on Team World
2019     Team Europe    13–11     Team World     Geneva, Switzerland    Palexpo     Nick Kyrgios on Team World
2021     Team Europe    14–1     Team World     Boston, United States    TD Garden     Nick Kyrgios on Team World
2022     Team World    13–8     Team Europe     London, United Kingdom    The O2 Arena    Nick Kyrgios not on Team World
2023     Team World    13–2     Team Europe     Vancouver, Canada    Rogers Arena    Nick Kyrgios not on Team World
Report edy September 24, 2023 11:18 PM BST
hmm.....
Report edy September 24, 2023 11:19 PM BST

Sep 24, 2023 -- 5:51PM, wisewords wrote:


edy did you see the doubles trophy ceremony last night? Dabrowski was taking the loss very badly and at the end of the ceremony they made them all pose in Mexican sombrero hats and she looked like she was dying on the inside. has Gaby always been such a sore loser? wasn't there some drama earlier in the year about a partnership she was meant to be a part of not happening?


I never get to watch ceremonies anymore...

Report edy September 24, 2023 11:23 PM BST
Dabrowski used to be with Olmos (Mexican), but they split after the AO this year. Maybe the sombreros reminded her of her previous doubles partner. In general though, looking from the outside, she has not real reason to be too sour about that partnership having ended as she already won more doubles majors with Routliffe than she did with Olmos.
Report edy September 24, 2023 11:28 PM BST
Not even sure the split from Olmos was even unexpected as Olmos was really only a Stefani replacement (who had injured herself during that 2021 US Open doubles semifinal) and Dabrowski and Stefani immediately linked up again for a few tournaments (without much success) after Dabrowski/Olmos was over.
Report edy September 24, 2023 11:44 PM BST
The tennis event at the currently held Asian Games seem like a bit of a non-event. There are some good players (Qinwen) and some countries have sent their best or close to their best, but there are also notable names missing.
Report edy September 24, 2023 11:46 PM BST
Kind of like when the olympics were robbed of being cool when Kohlschreiber played Kitzbühel instead.
Report wisewords September 25, 2023 12:19 AM BST

Sep 24, 2023 -- 11:28PM, edy wrote:


Not even sure the split from Olmos was even unexpected as Olmos was really only a Stefani replacement (who had injured herself during that 2021 US Open doubles semifinal) and Dabrowski and Stefani immediately linked up again for a few tournaments (without much success) after Dabrowski/Olmos was over.


I can't remember the story I read a while back. It was hinting at Dabrowski having been let down this year on a doubles partnership. Thinking about it, it might have been included in Kasatkina's vlog episode from Eastbourne when they were talking with Daria Saville. Daria Saville played dubs with Dabrowski at Eastbourne, but I don't think that was the original plan for Dabrowski.

Report wisewords September 25, 2023 12:24 AM BST
also is Dabrowski dating Emily Webley-Smith or are they just besties?
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 25, 2023 12:40 AM BST

Sep 24, 2023 -- 11:46PM, edy wrote:


Kind of like when the olympics were robbed of being cool when Kohlschreiber played Kitzbühel instead.


ShockedShockedShocked
edy saying nice things about a Bavarian!

Report wisewords September 25, 2023 12:44 AM BST
here's how it went... Dabrowski played doubles with Saville in Eastbourne. Kasatkina says Gaby came to Berlin but didn't get in. Saville replies that there is a chance that Saville/Gaby won't get into the doubles draw in Eastbourne either, but Saville "hopes she signs again" whatever that means. Signs into the draw? Kasatkina replies "F**k, but how? She didn't agree with anyone?". Saville replies "Do an interview with her". Kasatkina jokingly does an impression of herself interviewing Dabrowski and asking her "Why didn't you agree (to partner) with someone here?". Saville laughs and says "There is...ok", Kasatkina says "what?" and then Saville looks into the camera and says "off camera" while laughing and Kasatkina laughs too. Then the conversation moves on to something else!
Report wisewords September 25, 2023 12:47 AM BST
So from this, I gather Dabrowski had agreed to partner with someone for Berlin, Eastbourne and probably Wimbledon too (she played SW19 with Krunic). But this person let her down! Then Gaby played Washington with Aoyama and then the Dabrowski/Routliffe super team was born in Montreal!
Report wisewords September 25, 2023 12:53 AM BST
also none of this explains why Dabrowski was such a very sore loser yesterday and definitely didn't enjoy the ceremony at all. Routliffe was normal
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 25, 2023 12:54 AM BST
I know you love the blog (I haven't seen enough to comment), but that's pretty unprofessional to not edit out. That's Gaby's business and shouldn't be aired on camera even if they only hinted something and didn't specify what it was.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 25, 2023 1:05 AM BST
From what I understand it is great content and gives an excellent insight into life as a tennis player, but neither DashaK or her partner has journalistic background (as far as I know), so they will occasionally air things they shouldn't. Similar to how Colt Cabana, whose podcast I enjoyed, ended up getting sued because he had Punk come on the show and badmouth WWE and their doctors and they didn't take kindly to that. A program where the hosts have a background in journalism would be more aware of what's ok to publish and what's not.
Report SamuelMertensBertens September 25, 2023 1:06 AM BST
If you followed hockey like edy and I do you would know Canadians are super sore losers! (which also is what makes them very successful).
Report wisewords September 25, 2023 1:34 AM BST
The vlog is very entertaining, especially the interactions/conversations between Daria and other players on the tour. The vlog has made me like Osty! She's quite misunderstood. Also it makes you realise that on tour you may be friends with certain players and then there's other players that you don't even talk to. It's full of cliques
Report edy September 25, 2023 5:58 AM BST
Andreescu was the one signed up to play doubles with Dabrowski in Berlin, but doubt that would have been the Wimbledon partnership.

Maybe Dabrowski wanted to play Wimbledon with Stefani still, for lack of time to fine a replacement, even though Stefani and the partnership had been a bit of a mess, but they fell out and Stefani wasn't interested.
Report edy September 25, 2023 5:59 AM BST
And Andreescu didn't renege on Dabrowski in Berlin btw. They simply weren't ranked high enough to gain entry.
Report wisewords September 25, 2023 3:53 PM BST
Thanks. Yeah, Kasa said she "didn't get in" so took that to mean not ranked highly enough. But who was Dabrowski meant to play Eastbourne with I wonder? and I doubt Andreescu was Gaby's first choice for Berlin, so there must have been someone before she approached Bianca about playing
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