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SamuelMertensBertens
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All roads lead to Rome, except for in clay court tennis where Rome is just a stop on the road to Paris.

Let's see if we get some answers about Carlos's arm, Novak's old body and Stef's heart this fortnight.
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Report edy May 17, 2024 8:38 PM BST
I cannot wait for Erin to lift the olympic doubles trophy with Lulu Sun or Paige Hourigan, whoever she chooses to reward with her presence as a partner.
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:42 PM BST
yeah we've all read the thread on TF tracking the progress of Paige's attempt to earn the points needed to make the Olympics. Erin Goatliffe has a better chance of winning mixed gold than women's doubles gold imo
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:43 PM BST
also if Erin picks Lulu over Paige it will be a travesty of justice
Report edy May 17, 2024 8:46 PM BST
Just because Lulu switches countries all the time for the olympic games?
Report edy May 17, 2024 8:47 PM BST
She is the much better player over Hourigan...
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:48 PM BST
because Erin and Paige have played doubles together in the past and Paige has done this comeback campaign to make the Olympics in doubles. Erin isn't gonna win a women's doubles medal with either Paige or Lulu so she might aswell just pick Paige
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:49 PM BST
you're a much better player over Hourigan!
Report edy May 17, 2024 8:49 PM BST
No, I'd lose 0-6,0-6 and win fewer service points than Erika today.
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:50 PM BST
HA HA!
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:52 PM BST
not every day is an Erika Day, but yesterday was an Erika Day. but sadly today was not an Erika Day, but perhaps there will be more Erika Days in a few days
Report edy May 17, 2024 8:52 PM BST
I will stop making Erika the butt of the joke now or Journeyman will consider me as bad as the TF Leylah hatahs.
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:53 PM BST
she might eventually end up playing Kayla Day on Roland-Garros Kids Day and it will once again be an Erika Day on that very day against Kayla Day!
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:55 PM BST
or perhaps she'll play Tay Tay's Ukrainian sister Day Day on Roland-Garros Kids Day and we will all be able to say that this isn't an Erika Day on that very day in the month of.. May!
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 8:59 PM BST
so we can all wait in anticipation of another Erika Day when she defeats Kayla Day before Tay Tay plays Day Day on the 27th of May and everyone will say what a great day it was when we witnessed Erika play Kayla Day on Roland-Garros Kids Day before Tay Tay and Day Day play, on Erika's Day Cool
Report wisewords May 17, 2024 9:04 PM BST
so what do you say? let's play in a great way on Erika Day on the 27th of May until they all say I will forever remember this day as the very best way to celebrate Erika playSilly
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 11:49 AM BST
Paolini on the latest DashaK vlog.
And Vika & Poots singing a duet! Vika must have changed her mind about her since saying Poots needs a psychiatrist.
Report edy May 18, 2024 11:59 AM BST
We have heard Vika sing before. If you agree to a public duet with her, you do need a psychiatrist.
Report edy May 18, 2024 12:08 PM BST
Zabiiako spelt Vondrousova's name wrong in the chapters.
Report edy May 18, 2024 12:11 PM BST
Very good that Cocciaretto taught Kasatkina some basic manners.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 12:18 PM BST

May 18, 2024 -- 11:59AM, edy wrote:


We have heard Vika sing before. If you agree to a public duet with her, you do need a psychiatrist.


doesn't sing a duet with Vika make you sound good? Or does she drag you down?

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 12:19 PM BST

May 18, 2024 -- 12:08PM, edy wrote:


Zabiiako spelt Vondrousova's name wrong in the chapters.


it's a very hard name to spell Sad I often go with just Marketa.

Report edy May 18, 2024 12:26 PM BST
Drag you down. If Taylor Swift has the choice between recording and publishing a song with Ed Sheeran or me, she'd most likely choose Ed Sheeran.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 12:30 PM BST
Sad
Report edy May 18, 2024 12:40 PM BST
11 aces from Chloe Paquet today.....in 9 service games so far. Kenin really has no jump at all in her legs anymore/these past months.
Report edy May 18, 2024 12:57 PM BST
17 after 10.
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:18 PM BST
hey edy, did you back Mayar at 1.07?
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:20 PM BST

May 18, 2024 -- 12:08PM, edy wrote:


Zabiiako spelt Vondrousova's name wrong in the chapters.


yes she spelt it wrong in the uploaded pratice short about 2 weeks ago also

Report edy May 18, 2024 1:20 PM BST

May 18, 2024 -- 1:18PM, wisewords wrote:


hey edy, did you back Mayar at 1.07?


No, you?

Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:24 PM BST
nope. can you believe today is another Erika Day?
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:24 PM BST
Mayar is in big troubles
Report edy May 18, 2024 1:25 PM BST
Hasn't even had match point against her yet.
Report edy May 18, 2024 1:29 PM BST
Every day is great if it's Erika Day.
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:30 PM BST
do you believe in the power of 125 Mayar?
Report edy May 18, 2024 1:31 PM BST
I really see Jacquemot vs. Erika as one of the defining rivalries of the WTA125 and main tour qualifying for years to come.
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:31 PM BST
how about Vera's day?
Report edy May 18, 2024 1:32 PM BST
Please do not mention that name today.
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:32 PM BST
which name, Vera?
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:32 PM BST
Zvonareva?
Report edy May 18, 2024 1:33 PM BST
3h40m yesterday, 2h54m today for Schmiedlova. Gritty stuff.
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:35 PM BST
the WTA125 Parma Champion... Anna Karolina Schmiedlovaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 1:36 PM BST
why did Putintseva have to play qualies for Strasbourg? was the cutouff like 6 weeks ago or something? currently ranked 41..
Report edy May 18, 2024 2:09 PM BST
It's a small main draw and everybody wants to play this WTA500. Putintseva's ranking of 50 at the main draw entry deadline, WTA tournaments use four weeks prior to the tournament's first monday (majors use six weeks), simply wasn't good enough.
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 2:11 PM BST
when Poots wins this and then RG it will be good enough!!!!!!
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 2:12 PM BST
80% first serve points won by Erika in set 1
Report edy May 18, 2024 2:13 PM BST
Erika clearly tanked to play Strasbourg
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 2:14 PM BST
she's just that damn good Cool
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 3:32 PM BST
today is Erika Day Happy
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 3:49 PM BST
this gimmick is the worst Sad
Report wisewords May 18, 2024 3:55 PM BST
it's an Erika Day yes it is!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:12 PM BST
Rabat main draw
https://x.com/melanie_lautrup/status/1791843876740698573

Maroccan waitresses Love
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:35 PM BST
Roger and Rafa climbed a mountain, like Garbine did.
https://x.com/dannymiche/status/1791845558493011989
Report edy May 18, 2024 4:38 PM BST
Roger and Rafa sitting on a mountain

T-A-L-K-I-N-G
Report edy May 18, 2024 4:39 PM BST

May 18, 2024 -- 4:12PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


Rabat main drawhttps://x.com/melanie_lautrup/status/1791843876740698573Maroccan waitresses


Who the underworld is number 1 seed Yue Yu here?

Report edy May 18, 2024 4:42 PM BST
Also, from one non-native speaker to another: In English it is Morocco and moroccan. The English are weird like that.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:45 PM BST
I knew that. Sometimes I troll the English by writing Marocco.
Report edy May 18, 2024 4:46 PM BST
Should have known really there is nothing I can teach you about the English language.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:46 PM BST
I'm sure there's a lot.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:47 PM BST
Very disrespectful to their no 1 seed that.
Report edy May 18, 2024 4:48 PM BST

May 18, 2024 -- 4:46PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


I'm sure there's a lot.


Yeah, slang things maybe. The kind of stuff they don't teach you in school and movies. The other day I learned something from Aaron when he taught me the finer details regarding the use of "warra".

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:50 PM BST
“what are
It's just British slang for “what are”. For example “warra you doing”.


this sounds very uneducated.
Report edy May 18, 2024 4:52 PM BST
I thought so too, but Aaron explained to me that it is sophisticated stylistic device to add a sarcastic note to your expression.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:54 PM BST
like innit?
Report edy May 18, 2024 4:55 PM BST
Yes
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 4:57 PM BST
making fun of chavs doesn't make you sound sophisticated, makes you just sound like a bully imo.
Report edy May 18, 2024 5:01 PM BST
Class structure and punching down is an inherent part of English culture and tradition. It's not a coincident that Marx turned all crazy while being exposed to English people and their very strong obsession with class structure.
Report edy May 18, 2024 5:03 PM BST
I would imagine in Sweden everybody just pretends to be middle class just like Germans do. Whereas in Britain people seem obsessed with the working class, which at this point also seems to often be more about vibes and heritage than....well....actual job or fiscal classification.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 5:22 PM BST
Sabalenka: "I was adjusting my strings when getting ready for Iga's serve so I wasn't ready"
Cicak: "That's not a reason."
Sabalenka: "What is with you today? You are so strict!"
Smiles from Cicak, none from Sabalenka as she walks on court again for the next game.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 18, 2024 5:24 PM BST
https://x.com/StefMylesTennis/status/1791866879016906939

https://x.com/BenRothenberg/status/1791866913489891409

^possibly with more accurate quotes.
Report edy May 18, 2024 5:26 PM BST
Yeah, Ben's version with the "mood" is correct.
Report edy May 18, 2024 5:26 PM BST
Funny exchange
Report edy May 18, 2024 7:30 PM BST
Rumours that Tsitsipas and Badosa have recombined into Tsitsidosa.

https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/badosa-and-tsitsipas-have-said-i-love-you-soulmates-back-together.1404264/page-39?post_id=84913006#post-84913006

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Report Journeyman May 18, 2024 7:39 PM BST
this gimmick is the worst

Just in from a day at the beach. I asked a passing cat what day it is. He said it's erika day
Report Journeyman May 18, 2024 7:40 PM BST
Beating 'slow motion' Jacquemot who'd played a very decent match against Schnaider match on Thursday as well.
Report edy May 18, 2024 9:52 PM BST
Mladenovic has to be the worst main draw wild card the FFT has handed out in years.
Report wisewords May 19, 2024 1:12 AM BST

May 16, 2024 -- 10:07PM, wisewords wrote:


I think Usyk wins, probably on points, but I'm not ruling out a late stoppage due to Fury's gas tank being totally empty by the 10th/11th round. if Fury tries to keep up with Usyk's pace he's gonna gas hard late


Cooper my friend, you are welcome Happy

Report edy May 19, 2024 10:24 AM BST
Wow, so good.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 11:31 AM BST
Entry List Updates
@EntryLists
Roland Garros update:
OUT: Lehecka
IN: Marterer
Next: Wolf


Sad
Report edy May 19, 2024 11:34 AM BST
Sad
Report edy May 19, 2024 11:38 AM BST
Bouzkova vs. Bucsa is proper WTA with about two thirds of service games having ended in a break so far.
Report edy May 19, 2024 12:16 PM BST
La Repubblica writes that the owner of the villa the Giorgi family rented from him is half a year behind rent payments and also stole quite a bit of furniture.

https://firenze.repubblica.it/cronaca/2024/05/18/news/firenze_camila_giorgi_proprietario_villa_arretrati_mobili_denuncia-423007777/

https://www.tennisforum.com/threads/giorgi-tennis-career-is-over-as-her-swindler-career-reaches-new-peak.1414832/

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Report edy May 19, 2024 12:20 PM BST
That came out wrong. The owner of the villa that the Giorgi family rented alleges that the Giorgis are half a year behind with payments and also took quite a bit of his furniture.
Report edy May 19, 2024 12:21 PM BST
Sergio lost all of Camila's money with Doge, NAP.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 12:23 PM BST
kinda weird that Camilia, if she's in financial trouble, retires from tennis where she's still good enough to get a solid income. Or maybe the lingerie modelling is a goldmine I have underestimated.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 12:23 PM BST
*Camila
Report edy May 19, 2024 12:24 PM BST
Maybe Sergio didn't tell her that he lost all of her money.
Report edy May 19, 2024 12:26 PM BST
"Camila, principessa, the NFT collection I invested in for you is going splendidamente!"
Report edy May 19, 2024 1:04 PM BST
Stefanos Tsitsipas' other brother besides Petros, Pavlos, is playing his first ever match above futures level today from what I can tell.
Report edy May 19, 2024 2:01 PM BST
Moyuka Uchijima has quietly won two W100s (1 hard court, 1 clay) and a W60 (clay) in the span of three weeks.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 2:22 PM BST
uh-oh, is Emma gonna reach 100%?
https://x.com/josemorgado/status/1792180013824893307
José Morgado @josemorgado
Emma Raducanu withdrew hours before the draw and will miss Roland Garros.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:02 PM BST
TT retires.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:24 PM BST
the Aftonbladet story makes it sound that Camila stole all those things from the villa rather than the entire Giorgi family.
https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/a/bm50d5/camila-giorgi-anklagas-for-stold-fran-villa-i-calenzano
,
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:31 PM BST

May 19, 2024 -- 12:20PM, edy wrote:


That came out wrong. The owner of the villa that the Giorgi family rented alleges that the Giorgis are half a year behind with payments and also took quite a bit of his furniture.


including Persian rugs! I always learned if you're gonna steal things, go for smaller but still valuable objects.

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:48 PM BST
Eva in Geneva this week. Rare to see her at tinpot events. Practice for Roland Garros?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:51 PM BST

May 19, 2024 -- 4:31PM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:


May 19, 2024 -- 12:20PM, edy wrote:That came out wrong. The owner of the villa that the Giorgi family rented alleges that the Giorgis are half a year behind with payments and also took quite a bit of his furniture.including Persian rugs! I always learned if you're gonna steal things, go for smaller but still valuable objects.


Melanie Lautrup @melanie_lautrup

The Giorgi saga continues:
The owner of the villa where she and her family used to live claims they left with six months of unpaid rent and took half the furniture, including Persian carpets, expensive pieces, and a 500 kg antique table..


Shocked

Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:51 PM BST
and here I am talking about rugs!
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 4:59 PM BST
why is a mug like Clara Burrell Burel fave against KaPlis?
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 5:01 PM BST
Stuart Fraser @stu_fraser
Emma Raducanu on her French Open withdrawal: “It’s important for me to keep laying on the foundations and I will use the time to do a healthy block before the grass and subsequent hard court seasons to give myself a chance to keep fit for the rest of the year.”
Report edy May 19, 2024 5:30 PM BST
SamuelMertensBertens • May 19, 2024 4:31 PM BST
including Persian rugs! I always learned if you're gonna steal things, go for smaller but still valuable objects.


You learn interesting things. Must have interesting acquaintances.
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 6:17 PM BST
Whoops
Report SamuelMertensBertens May 19, 2024 7:54 PM BST
One more game in Strasbourg, then play will be suspended for darkness.
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