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The part of the tennis season where we get no sleep is here.
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Report edy February 8, 2024 5:20 PM GMT
It's weird because before those three, the Danes had good people like Jeff Tarango inspire them and their behaviour.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:21 PM GMT
Wait, he was American. Why did I put him in Denmark?

...Maybe the forumite was Danish.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:21 PM GMT
I think so. It was same guy as Karbacher something no?
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:24 PM GMT
...think so.

Torpegaard (the tennis player) seems to be retired from the sport, or is on a very long injury lay-off (retired in his latest match in 2022). Remember when he stole the world's hearts by storming through the challenger tournament of his alma mater?
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:25 PM GMT
no sulk retirement here (hopefully).
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:26 PM GMT
If she intents to do a sulk retirement, she sure leaves it late.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:28 PM GMT
it could happen if something triggers her, but with points from GSM unlikely to happen.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:28 PM GMT
another bad call for instance.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:28 PM GMT
Only fixers retire at this score.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:29 PM GMT
Or if they cramp real bad.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:29 PM GMT
oh wow she shook the blind man's hand.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:31 PM GMT
Qinwen did once, and none of those applied to her.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:32 PM GMT
Makes her a nicer woman than Kenin, who failed to shake the umpire's hand after the Watson loss. Presumably over one call she perceived as really bad (1-1, deuce in the final set. Allegedly bad call gave Watson a break point she converted for the break)
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:33 PM GMT
for the hipsters:
https://twitter.com/granttennis15/status/1755432919911248331/photo/1
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:34 PM GMT
Was gonna say maybe bad memory for Clara, but then I remembered she remembers everyone scoreline in the history of tennis.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:36 PM GMT
Everybody is in the 40 to 50 lbs or 20 to 25 kg range and then you Mannarino at half that.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:38 PM GMT
Zach Svajda and Ethan Quinn must be using super next level strings with them stating "confidential" for them.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 5:40 PM GMT
Mannarino is very unfrench on court (never any drama), but then he has some of the biggest quirks off court (the light racquet tension + never looking at draws) so still finds a way to stand out.
Report edy February 8, 2024 5:48 PM GMT
The Moutets, Paires and Gastons of this world are just ruining the reputation of french players. Tsonga, Gasquet, Simon, Humbert, Halys, Rinderknech all reasonably normal and drama free. Monfils does drama, but the positive kind (if you haven't bet on him).
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 6:02 PM GMT
that is true. There's also Cornet, but most French girls don't do drama.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 6:04 PM GMT
nice of the Cordoba players to not do lots of +3 hr matches this year.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 6:13 PM GMT
You forgot Björn Borg when you listed Swedish musicians
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FixFjBfyBic
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 6:43 PM GMT
for Abu Dhabi tomorrow they put the players who played today as the first two matches and those playing yesterday as the final one. They wanted Ons later or why? No super long matches today so everyone should be ok, but I find it odd.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 6:43 PM GMT
*final ones
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 6:44 PM GMT

Feb 8, 2024 -- 6:04PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


nice of the Cordoba players to not do lots of +3 hr matches this year.


jinx alert! Cry It's now raining there.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:19 PM GMT
Tennis Talk 2023: Vol 17 (French Open)
By wisewords on 5 Jun 23 13:30
Astrid Lew Yan Foon. what a name!


in action today.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:39 PM GMT
for ATP on the exchange, in the menus Betfair just lists the matches as singles matches and not 1st round matches, 2nd round matches, Quarter finals etc. Is this new? For WTA they still have the round listed in the menu.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:48 PM GMT
Doha qualies tomorrow + quarter final action from Abu Dhabi, Cluj and Mumbai. Busy day for WTA.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:49 PM GMT
Collins is scheduled for Doha tomorrow.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:50 PM GMT
so is Bucsa and Sorribes Tormo.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:50 PM GMT
and a local waitress Excited
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:53 PM GMT
13‑Feb‑2023    Doha    Hard    Q1        37    (5)Elise Mertens [BEL] d. (WC)Al Naimi    6-0 6-0   
7‑Mar‑2022    W15 Monastir    Hard    Q1            Amira Bargaoui [TUN] d. Al Naimi    6-4 6-3                               
28‑Feb‑2022    W15 Monastir    Hard    Q1        1149    (9)Natalia Orlova [RUS] d. (WC)Al Naimi    6-2 6-3                               
21‑Feb‑2022    Doha    Hard    Q1        54    (1)Marta Kostyuk [UKR] d. (WC)Al Naimi    6-1 6-2   
1‑Mar‑2021    Doha    Hard    Q1        503    Ena Shibahara [USA] d. (WC)Al Naimi    6-0 6-1   
24‑Feb‑2020    Doha    Hard    Q1        68    (7)Laura Siegemund [GER] d. (WC)Al Naimi    6-0 6-0   
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 7:58 PM GMT
she made progress in every match and then my wife put a stop to that Sad
Report edy February 8, 2024 8:05 PM GMT
Doha probably has (2) Special Exempt slots (would need to confirm), so if Collins cannot make it to qualies due to still being in action at Abu Dhabi she might directly get into the main draw through that mechanism.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 8, 2024 8:40 PM GMT
Sounds like Cordoba is about to resume. I hope we get our streams back.
Report edy February 8, 2024 9:56 PM GMT

Feb 8, 2024 -- 8:05PM, edy wrote:


Doha probably has (2) Special Exempt slots (would need to confirm), so if Collins cannot make it to qualies due to still being in action at Abu Dhabi she might directly get into the main draw through that mechanism.


But Collins lost today, so it won't apply to her. Relevant for Bucsa though.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 12:27 PM GMT
Al-Naimi bageled in set 1.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 12:47 PM GMT
double bagel. won 14 points all match. finished strong by getting to deuce twice in the final game.
Report edy February 9, 2024 12:50 PM GMT
yay
Report edy February 9, 2024 12:50 PM GMT
Doha better start working on their onscreen scoreboards before the main draw starts. Get stuck all the time.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 1:52 PM GMT
if they are gonna have broken scoreboards, they should at least make sure books get this inaccurate information.
Report edy February 9, 2024 2:03 PM GMT
Tomova vs. Pigossi has completed three games and the onscreen scoreboard still shows the end of the Masarova-Minnen match.
Report edy February 9, 2024 2:22 PM GMT
Just read that Zhizhen Zhang took sole ownership of being the best ever ATP ranked chinese player and the first top50 player after the Australian Open. At the AO he still shared the honours with Wu Yibing with both having a career high ranking of #54 then.
Report edy February 9, 2024 2:30 PM GMT

Feb 9, 2024 -- 2:03PM, edy wrote:


Tomova vs. Pigossi has completed three games and the onscreen scoreboard still shows the end of the Masarova-Minnen match.


They got rid of that Masarova scoreboard in the 4th or 5th game of the Tomova match, then just had nothing for a while and for the 8th game they finally found a fitting scoreboard for Tomova.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 2:37 PM GMT

Feb 9, 2024 -- 2:22PM, edy wrote:


Just read that Zhizhen Zhang took sole ownership of being the best ever ATP ranked chinese player and the first top50 player after the Australian Open. At the AO he still shared the honours with Wu Yibing with both having a career high ranking of #54 then.


Felix is such a generous guy.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 2:44 PM GMT

Feb 9, 2024 -- 2:03PM, edy wrote:


Tomova vs. Pigossi has completed three games and the onscreen scoreboard still shows the end of the Masarova-Minnen match.


when will they fix this do you think? Today or when they main draw starts on Sunday.

Report edy February 9, 2024 2:50 PM GMT
Tomova worked splendidly in the two games it has had a scoreboard. Maybe it is fixed now.
Report edy February 9, 2024 2:52 PM GMT
Felix losing to Zhizhen didn't enable the record in itself for Zhang. He claimed that #50 in the rankings following the AO already. Felix just allowed him to solidify it and improve on the record.
Report edy February 9, 2024 2:57 PM GMT
The bigger problem than the scoreboard has been bet365 removing streams or not having them to begin with. For some random reason they removed Tomova after about 2 and a half games and haven't brought it back. The feed itself works as I have been watching elsewhere.

Earlier in the day they also failed to put the stream online for at least one other match for a while (Rodionova-Shnaider I think).
Report edy February 9, 2024 3:16 PM GMT
Hidden double bagel for Tomova. Pigossi led 4*-0, 40-30 without Tomova having had either a break or game point. Tomova ended up winning 6-4,6-0, with Pigossi only having gp/bp on two of those final 12 games from a quick look.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 3:51 PM GMT

Feb 9, 2024 -- 2:52PM, edy wrote:


Felix losing to Zhizhen didn't enable the record in itself for Zhang. He claimed that #50 in the rankings following the AO already. Felix just allowed him to solidify it and improve on the record.


Sad

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 5:03 PM GMT
Collins out there playing today. Respect to that old woman!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 5:04 PM GMT
ah, it's only an 1 hr flight.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 5:59 PM GMT
Osaka got Garcia again in Doha.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 6:01 PM GMT
NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ @naomiosaka
Hmmmmm
3:16 PM · Feb 9, 2024
Report edy February 9, 2024 6:03 PM GMT
Perfect for revenge.
Report edy February 9, 2024 6:04 PM GMT
Osaka with her own big serve and blatant lack of returning must be cursing her draws to an extend in this comeback.

Pliskova and twice Garcia out of five matches.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 6:16 PM GMT
with her luck she's get Errani in Dubai.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 6:23 PM GMT
Cluj DJ playing such random remixes that Shazam came back with the wrong song.
Report edy February 9, 2024 7:02 PM GMT
https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/the-2024-off-court-photo-video-thread-%F0%9F%93%B8.1410453/page-41#post-84711086

Linda Noskova doing disrespectful things in what looks like a place of prayer.

#PrayForLindy
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 7:07 PM GMT
someone keep her away from that prayer room at Wimbledon.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 7:37 PM GMT
Bogdan pretty happy about that win.
Report edy February 9, 2024 7:55 PM GMT
Errani already lost a service point today Sad
Report edy February 9, 2024 8:04 PM GMT
Errani already lost a service game today Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 10:26 PM GMT
"cdunn
February 9, 2024
Oslo 2024

Gael Monfils has been disqualified from UTS Oslo due to a code of conduct violation stemming from his behaviour towards the tournament supervisor.

Monfils began his 2024 UTS campaign against Alex de Minaur, The Demon, losing 15-12, 17-8, 16-9.

Lucas Pouille, The French Flair, will replace La Monf in Group B for the rest of the tournament and will make his debut in Norway against Benoit Paire in Friday night’s final match."

https://www.uts.live/league-2024/oslo/news/4915-pouille-replaces-monfils-in-uts-oslo/
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 9, 2024 10:55 PM GMT
old new Rafa being injured or possibly just dramatic
Report Angela Rebecchi February 10, 2024 2:13 AM GMT
Giron with a beat down !
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 10, 2024 2:24 PM GMT
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GF-qQJmXEAEtoN1?format=jpg&name=small
Gael is out of control!
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 10, 2024 4:22 PM GMT
Frenchies even booing Hubi
Report edy February 10, 2024 5:42 PM GMT
The Argentinian crowd is not pleased with Moutet using underhand serves here and there.
Report edy February 10, 2024 5:52 PM GMT

Feb 10, 2024 -- 2:24PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GF-qQJmXEAEtoN1?format=jpg&name=smallGael is out of control!


Bit weird that this exhibition clown show is trying to appear all serious by suspending someone over an accident during friendly fun.

Report edy February 10, 2024 7:02 PM GMT
Moutet is having trouble with his right wrist for his backhand here imo, but Navone is a mug.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:03 PM GMT
And Moutet is of course also a mug who might suddenly decide again that he can hit backhands after all.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:04 PM GMT
Now he's not jumping on his serve.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:06 PM GMT
Maybe he didn't actually have trouble with his right wrist, but was cramping and the weird backhands were due to footwork and being a moody mug.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:10 PM GMT
He is now doing standing sidearm serves hit hard. That's unique. Something I've never seen.

Like, he stood there and slapped at the ball at his side.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:17 PM GMT
Definitely also wrist problems.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:22 PM GMT
Jumping on serve again.
Report edy February 10, 2024 7:23 PM GMT
Somewhat.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 10, 2024 9:24 PM GMT

Feb 10, 2024 -- 5:52PM, edy wrote:


Feb 10, 2024 -- 2:24PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GF-qQJmXEAEtoN1?format=jpg&name=smallGael is out of control!Bit weird that this exhibition clown show is trying to appear all serious by suspending someone over an accident during friendly fun.


gimmick to get publicity.

Report edy February 10, 2024 11:34 PM GMT
But it's lame. In exhibitions like that you even more so than with normal tournaments buy your tickets with the expectation to see specific announced players. To then have Monfils taken away sucks.
Report edy February 10, 2024 11:37 PM GMT
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/YQk5k42XXmY

Brilliant fan joke makes Nick Kyrgios laugh mid-match
@Wimbledon
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 10, 2024 11:45 PM GMT

Feb 10, 2024 -- 11:34PM, edy wrote:


But it's lame. In exhibitions like that you even more so than with normal tournaments buy your tickets with the expectation to see specific announced players. To then have Monfils taken away sucks.


When I say a gimmick I'm thinking Gael couldn't play for whatever reason (injury, illness) so they come up with a wacky reason. If not, yeah like you say it is silly. But even with my wacky theory it's silly because then fans will still be mad at the organization.

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 10, 2024 11:49 PM GMT
some good/lucky timing there. only really works for a let serve, because while it would have been funny on a df as well Kyrgios might not have seen the funny side.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 10, 2024 11:53 PM GMT
I see that clip is from 2019. That's the year he stayed at a hotel/airbnb on my street!
Report edy February 10, 2024 11:57 PM GMT
The UTS also had Thiem and some other guy withdraw today due to a stomach bug.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 12:00 AM GMT
They should have made up a story that Gael punched Thiem and that other guy in the stomach to explain everyone's absence. Then build to future matches involving these players.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 12:06 AM GMT
Darderi is a proper clay mug Love Since Acapulco last year, he's played TWO matches outside clay, Aussie Open and Wimbledon qualies.
Imagine if he and Katie Boulter were soulmates, they would likely never have met Sad
Report edy February 11, 2024 12:07 AM GMT
With that other guy, Rune, it would even have been believable that he deserved it.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 12:08 AM GMT
that's 74 matches on clay and 2 not on clay.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 12:08 AM GMT

Feb 11, 2024 -- 12:07AM, edy wrote:


With that other guy, Rune, it would even have been believable that he deserved it.


JAAAAAAAA!!!!

Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 2:15 PM GMT
rain in Abu Dhabi two points before GSM.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 2:20 PM GMT
I like Abu Dhabi rain. Only lasted for 3 minutes. Game on now and GSM Ryba.
Report edy February 11, 2024 2:21 PM GMT
My flag Efremova won her first professional title in Monastir against Germany's Selina Dal in the final in late December of last year.
My flag Samson won her first professional title in Monastir against Germany's Selina Dal in the final in mid February this year.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 2:29 PM GMT
Thanks. I look forward to having both ot them on my Flag comp vol 2 roster once Mirra has won first two Slams and sealed the current Slam comp for me.
Report edy February 11, 2024 2:34 PM GMT
Comp 2 needs to have a mechanism that lets you protect a number of existing flags.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 4:09 PM GMT
I have actually thought about this. There is a possiblity that there will be something like this, but no decision yet. If so it's likely to be very limited, details will be presented at some point, but for now all the information I can give is there MAY be some sort of (likely very limited) flag protection for future comps so this can be taken into account when placing picks for this current one.
Report edy February 11, 2024 4:12 PM GMT
Maya Joint also rolled to her first pro title today  btw.

Without wanting to blunt the euphoria, she was however a bit older than Samson and Efremova were for theirs. Although at W75 level it was also a much bigger title than the W15 title of the other two.
Report SamuelMertensBertens February 11, 2024 4:44 PM GMT
for young players tournaments at this level are good to weed out who the talented ones are.
Report edy February 12, 2024 1:33 AM GMT
Yesterday during Doha's first round match between Lin Zhu and Varvara Gracheva, the chinese player won every point between 2*-1 30all in the first set and 2*-0 30-0 in the second set - good for 24 consecutive points or perfect six games.
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