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Play is already underway in Monte Carlo. No WTA main draw tournies this week, but BJK Cup stuff later in the week.
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Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 4:46 PM BST
https://twitter.com/BJKCup/status/1778445175502639152
classic Emma aka Beans
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 4:58 PM BST
that Rune MTO sure spooked the market.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 4:59 PM BST
serving ok here for someone with abdominal pain.
Report Angela Rebecchi April 11, 2024 5:03 PM BST
Lumpy certainly was, £58k 1.3 !
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 5:04 PM BST
yeah, before a point had been played post MTO. Madness.
Report Angela Rebecchi April 11, 2024 5:05 PM BST
Yeah, that was insane. He does look cooked here right now, though acting ability/time are variants !
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 5:11 PM BST
you, this could be a tap or not. As long as he keeps things close, I think he'll hang in there.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 5:28 PM BST
had red on Holger tap, but managed to get out. Was hard work though.
Report edy April 11, 2024 5:48 PM BST
What body part is Rune pretending to nurse this time?
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 11, 2024 5:57 PM BST
abs
Report Angela Rebecchi April 11, 2024 6:25 PM BST
That was very swaggy !!
Report Angela Rebecchi April 11, 2024 6:40 PM BST
Rune does it !!
Report edy April 11, 2024 6:40 PM BST
What a fighter and true hero to withstand serious injury and come out victorious.
Report Angela Rebecchi April 11, 2024 6:41 PM BST
They will write books about him !! Fables even !!
Report edy April 11, 2024 6:42 PM BST
Generations of danish kids will learn about his fable alongside the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
Report edy April 12, 2024 12:22 AM BST
15 year old Swedish sensation Lea Nilsson got a 6-4,2-6,6-3 victory in 2:53 against Buyukakcay in the positional BJK Cup playoffs. The player from Turkiye is not in her prime anymore, but it's still a nice win for such a young player in BJK Cup on clay.
Report edy April 12, 2024 8:09 AM BST
Siniakova needs to find herself a new doubles partner for the season (and beyond).
Report edy April 12, 2024 8:10 AM BST
As Storm Hunter ruptured her achilles tendon.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 12, 2024 10:16 AM BST
Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 12, 2024 1:55 PM BST
Rune is such a good heel, because he doesn't see what he is wrong with his actions.
Just now he got a unsportsmanlike conduct warning for doing the shut up gesturing with his hand. Then tried to argue his case with both the umpire and supervisor saying it's not worthy of an unsportsmanlike to tell the crowd to be quiet and if it would have been different if he had used swear words.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 12, 2024 1:57 PM BST
*that, not if
Report edy April 12, 2024 5:47 PM BST
Today will not have raised Boulter's eagerness to play on the rich orange clay courts this season. Emma though.....maybe she's been encouraged.
Report edy April 12, 2024 5:57 PM BST
Tanya @ScriptedTanya
Star Wars “The Imperial March” as Poots enters the court

https://twitter.com/ScriptedTanya/status/1778675994691567905

I don't know if teams/players got to pick their introduction music themselves, but that is pretty iconic irregardless of which party picked this.
Report Angela Rebecchi April 12, 2024 6:13 PM BST
Rad You Can !!! Garcia 1.05 busto !!
Report Angela Rebecchi April 12, 2024 6:14 PM BST

Apr 12, 2024 -- 5:57PM, edy wrote:


Tanya @ScriptedTanyaStar Wars “The Imperial March” as Poots enters the courthttps://twitter.com/ScriptedTanya/status/1778675994691567905I don't know if teams/players got to pick their introduction music themselves, but that is pretty iconic irregardless of which party picked this.


This is brilliant and very fitting !!!

Report edy April 12, 2024 7:16 PM BST
https://www.reddit.com/r/tennis/comments/1c2e8pj/raducanu_thinking_shed_won_the_match_at_51_in_the/

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Report edy April 12, 2024 10:33 PM BST
It's finally time for the mother of all BJK Cup ties. The rematch of last year's classic in which the first three matches all had a final set.
Report edy April 13, 2024 9:39 AM BST
So easy for ze Germans.
Report edy April 13, 2024 11:49 AM BST
Putintseva had a 6-2 lead in the final set tiebreak today to get Kazakhstan back into their ti against Japan, but Hibino came back to secure a 3:0 victory for Japan.
Report edy April 13, 2024 12:51 PM BST
Boulter won a game!
Report edy April 13, 2024 12:59 PM BST
Boulter won a second game!
Report edy April 13, 2024 1:13 PM BST
Katie with her big red fluffy hair tie actually looks competitive in this match.
Report edy April 13, 2024 1:13 PM BST
The hair tie really is a very nice touch for a true patriot like Katie.
Report edy April 13, 2024 1:22 PM BST
The Frenchies right now rueing their decision to have this tie indoors with Burel hitting the roof to lose a break point.
Report edy April 13, 2024 2:29 PM BST
Burel broke emphatically to lead 5*-4 in the first set, but then Claytie Boulder stormed back to win all nine games that followed.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 2:34 PM BST
now that both Emma R and Claytie have mastered indoor clay, will Team GB put all their home indoor ties on this surface?
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 2:35 PM BST
and why did France not choose outdoor clay? Big difference between indoors and outdoors as we have learnt by studying Angelique Kerber.
Report edy April 13, 2024 2:57 PM BST
Aprils might be tricky for outdoor tournaments in most parts of France in regards to temperatures and rain. The WTA125 Rouen is also on indoor clay next week.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:06 PM BST
there's gotta be something in southern France, like Nice or Marseille. Not any issues with playing in Monaco this time of the year.
Report edy April 13, 2024 3:07 PM BST
They had rain in Monte Carlo earlier in the week.
Report edy April 13, 2024 3:07 PM BST
Or in France I should say. The Monte-Carlo masters are actually played in France.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:08 PM BST
True, a 2 day tie is more sensitive to rain, but there have been other ties outdoors and there will always be a possibility of rain.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:09 PM BST
But I could see why they would wanna avoid the potential hassle and thinking it just being clay would be enough to damage Team GB.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:13 PM BST
Stef breaks back. Wonder how much this leg is bother Jannik.
Report edy April 13, 2024 3:16 PM BST
Rublev reportedly allowed Rafa to win 6-1 in a practice set in Barcelona.
Report edy April 13, 2024 3:22 PM BST
Sinner needs to stop skipping leg day.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:22 PM BST
Stef wins.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:23 PM BST
1.02 busted.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 3:23 PM BST
Skiers are meant to have strong legs Sad
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 3:35 PM BST
wow. what a mug Jannik Sinner
Report edy April 13, 2024 3:48 PM BST
The Brits seem unbeatable.
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 3:52 PM BST
Beans rap made me cringe... alot
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 3:53 PM BST
she's Emma Raducando when she plays for GB
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 3:55 PM BST

Apr 12, 2024 -- 8:10AM, edy wrote:


As Storm Hunter ruptured her achilles tendon.


SadSad

Report edy April 13, 2024 3:58 PM BST

Apr 13, 2024 -- 3:52PM, wisewords wrote:


Beans rap made me cringe... alot


Ancient people very rarely find themselves able to appreciate the art of the young.

Report edy April 13, 2024 4:04 PM BST
Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, MC Beans Y'All - all condemned as satanic and decadent "musicians" that will lead to the downfall of the west.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 4:08 PM BST

Apr 13, 2024 -- 3:52PM, wisewords wrote:


Beans rap made me cringe... alot


The beginning was awful, the 2nd part was quite endearing I thought.
I think it should be judged on the "a joke between friends" scale, it wasn't meant to wooo a world wide audience. And it "worked for the crowd" as Dave would say.
Apparently she wrote the whole thing in 5 minutes.

Report edy April 13, 2024 4:12 PM BST
Asked ChatGPT to write a rookie rap. MC Beans Y'All's was a lot better.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 4:13 PM BST
See! Happy
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 4:46 PM BST
The beginning was extremely cringeworthy, but as it went on the cringe feeling subsided a bit and it was okay. Good on her for trying though
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 4:50 PM BST
do you believe in Parry or Raducanu, edy?
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 5:49 PM BST
Emma is doing it for Great Brittania!
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 5:50 PM BST
Britannia* Blush
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 5:51 PM BST
HappyHappyHappy
Report wisewords April 13, 2024 5:51 PM BST
Novak loves to do his spectacular comeback routine for all his adoring fans
Report edy April 13, 2024 6:04 PM BST
In the RG final Djokovic will still beat Ruud 2, 2 and 0.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 6:06 PM BST
woah, there was electronic live calling back in the day! BEEP!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeA2TCvNyHs
Report edy April 13, 2024 6:14 PM BST
That system is apparently looking towards a revival and challenge Hawkeye and FOXTENN Live with electronic line calling becoming mandatory.

https://www.perfect-tennis.com/tel-tennis-electronic-lines-system/

Novak would refuse to play on a court with it imo.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 13, 2024 6:56 PM BST
haha, yes for sure.
Report edy April 13, 2024 8:19 PM BST
Haddad Maia losing the first set from a 4-0 lead kind of dampened the joyful atmosphere in Sao Paulo.
Report edy April 13, 2024 8:47 PM BST
Mike Cation just said on the stream that Brooksby is hoping to be back for the hardcourt season. Did not say why it will be that long yet, though. Brooksby was cleared to be eligible for tournament play in March after all.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 2:59 AM BST
I see Ukraine's home tie against Romania was played in ... the United States. I understand Ukraine is not possible to play in, but North America? Is this because players were in the US the week(s) before or is this some sort of US/Ukraine friendship thing?
Report edy April 14, 2024 10:01 AM BST
I read Svitolina explaining it the other day. It basically came down to them wanting to play on clay, but outdoors clay in Europe being difficult (weather), indoors clay being hard to book in Europe and them already having been in the USA due to Charleston.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 10:32 AM BST
I see. Thanks.
Report edy April 14, 2024 10:37 AM BST
Discussion starter · #5 · 2d ago

Samsonite said:
Why are they playing in the US? Odd choice
Svitolina’s explanation:

"When we were choosing where to play, the number one question was the surface. Since the clay court season has already begun, we wanted to play on clay to make it more comfortable for the players. We preferred playing outdoors, but in Europe, it's difficult to find open courts and there could be weather problems. Indoor courts with the possibility of setting up stands are practically impossible to find. So when we found this place, plus the fact that there was a tournament in Charleston on the same surface just before, everything aligned, and I think it's great. The court here is more like traditional red clay in its characteristics. It's a heavier and slower surface compared to Charleston."


https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/bjk-cup-tsurenko-def-bogdan-3-6-6-2-6-0-ukr-vs-rou-1-0.1413711/#post-84835879

Although I can't find the original source on the quick, but I am assuming the person is not lying and made the Svitolina quote up.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 11:17 AM BST
Carlos out of Barcelona.
Report edy April 14, 2024 11:20 AM BST
Scared of Rafa.
Report edy April 14, 2024 11:32 AM BST
Rafa did win that practice set against Rublev 6-1 after all. The king is back and ready to rule over his peasants once more.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 11:35 AM BST
Was that once this practice set?
Report edy April 14, 2024 11:38 AM BST
....no, that's the entire clay season until its culmination in the RG final.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 11:40 AM BST

Apr 13, 2024 -- 6:04PM, edy wrote:


In the RG final Djokovic will still beat Ruud 2, 2 and 0.


so this is not happening then?

Report edy April 14, 2024 11:45 AM BST
Blush
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 11:46 AM BST
https://twitter.com/oktennis/status/1779453399622107197
Ons **** blocking! She's playing doubles with Paula this week.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 11:46 AM BST
*rooster
Report edy April 14, 2024 12:40 PM BST
During this week's BJK Cup, Nina Stojanovic, most famous for making Johanna Konta chop her balls in Nottingham in 2021, saw her first pro tennis action since November 2022. She played in two of Serbia's doubles matches.
Report edy April 14, 2024 1:13 PM BST
When Tamira Paszek later today plays her qualification match at the WTA125 Oeiras, that seems to be her first attempt at playing a tournament above ITF level since 2016.
Report edy April 14, 2024 1:14 PM BST
Probably just playing it because she was already in Oeiras due to the zonal BJK Cup there this week though....
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 1:15 PM BST
I remember when she was 16 ...
Report edy April 14, 2024 2:34 PM BST
N88's flag Sara Bejlek led 6-0,3-0. Now 6-0,4-6,0-3.
Report edy April 14, 2024 2:35 PM BST
Against SaMeBe's flag Diana Shnaider.
Report edy April 14, 2024 3:11 PM BST
The old Italian war oss just came back from a 2-6 tiebreak deficit against Kalinskaya (the Russian had previously also led 40-15 when serving for the set).
Report edy April 14, 2024 3:17 PM BST
Old argentine war oss stumbled out of the gates.
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 3:21 PM BST
Diego Barbiani @Diego_Barbiani
Errani 2nd serve on 5-5 30-40 was disrupted by... 3 pigeons

We are indoor yet somehow they sneaked in and started flying around the court

Still she found a great hold and from *5-4 40-15 Kalinskaya now has to serve to stay in the set

Lot of people, many are cheering for Sara


Sad
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 3:26 PM BST
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GLD2Do1XYAECQA2?format=jpg&name=small
eeeeww!!
Report SamuelMertensBertens April 14, 2024 3:42 PM BST
1.1 Errani backers have never seen a Kalinskaya match before.
Report edy April 14, 2024 4:28 PM BST
1.1 Kalinskaya backers have never seen a Kalinskaya match before either.
Report edy April 14, 2024 5:17 PM BST

Apr 14, 2024 -- 12:40PM, edy wrote:


During this week's BJK Cup, Nina Stojanovic, most famous for making Johanna Konta chop her balls in Nottingham in 2021, saw her first pro tennis action since November 2022. She played in two of Serbia's doubles matches.


Just wondered if she is coming back to play doubles at the olympics with Djokovic. He better not snub her.

Report edy April 14, 2024 6:12 PM BST
https://www.atptour.com/en/players/bogdan-bobrov/bm05/overview

Bogdan Bobrov's ATP profile picture really doesn't do him justice.

https://www.instagram.com/beggi911/p/C4OVYuSgEhL/
Report edy April 14, 2024 7:56 PM BST
https://www.atptour.com/en/players/richard-gasquet/g628/overview

Richard Gasquet officially sits at 999 matches played.
Report edy April 14, 2024 8:22 PM BST
Mpetschi Perricard has hit exactly 100 aces through four matches so far this week. It's altitude conditions, but that's still reasonably good. If he ever learned how to play off the ground he could make the main tour.
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