Tennis



  • Rafa might have got his clock cleaned in Melbourne, but back to Roland Garros and it's business as usual. Eighteenth Grand Slam.

    Going back to that 2017 Australian Open final, where I thought Rafa would walk home against Fed, but lost in five - all else being equal, if Rafa wins that one those two would be nineteen apiece.

    Novak has fifteen - if he'd won that one he'd have held all four at once for the second time. Given the edge he seems to have at present on all other surfaces, this time next year he'll likely be pretty close to Rafa and breathing down Roger's neck as well.

    Ash Barty wins the ladies' singles with all the biggest names getting tipped out early.



  • @Chris-B said in Tennis:

    Rafa might have got his clock cleaned in Melbourne, but back to Roland Garros and it's business as usual. Eighteenth Grand Slam.

    Going back to that 2017 Australian Open final, where I thought Rafa would walk home against Fed, but lost in five - all else being equal, if Rafa wins that one those two would be nineteen apiece.

    Novak has fifteen - if he'd won that one he'd have held all four at once for the second time. Given the edge he seems to have at present on all other surfaces, this time next year he'll likely be pretty close to Rafa and breathing down Roger's neck as well.

    Ash Barty wins the ladies' singles with all the biggest names getting tipped out early.

    Great win for Ash Barty, some of the Oz men could learn from her success about commitment, hardwork and being a humble winner and general all round good sportsperson. Likewise for Rafa, fantastic sprortsperson who works his guts out for the sport. Two well deserved winners for tennis this weekend



  • I have been very impressed with Barty, I was lucky to watch her live at the Aussie Open this year and she really is a great sportswoman. She appears to have a great head on her shoulders and does not appear to let things get to her, she is always relaxed and open and just appears to be fair dinkum. The same cannot be said for the petulant entitled Aussie duo.



  • Tomic has pretty much been surpassed by more level headed people like Millman and de Minaur, I think. He's become a bit of a sideshow. Kyrgios continues to be a bit of a plonker.

    So it's nice to see someone like Ash Barty capture the Oz tennis headlines.Heard on radiosport that she lucked out a bit with her draw - didn't face anyone ranked in the top 10 - but, the French Open can be like that.



  • @Chris-B said in Tennis:

    Tomic has pretty much been surpassed by more level headed people like Millman and de Minaur, I think. He's become a bit of a sideshow. Kyrgios continues to be a bit of a plonker.

    So it's nice to see someone like Ash Barty capture the Oz tennis headlines.Heard on radiosport that she lucked out a bit with her draw - didn't face anyone ranked in the top 10 - but, the French Open can be like that.

    I like the fact that Womans tennis bar Serena Williams is so competitive. Just looking at Open winners this decade there have been 18 different woman winners. The men by comparison 6

    14 Djokovic
    12 Nadal
    5 Federer
    3 Murray, Wawrinka
    1 Čilić



  • Why do I like Nkck Kygrios?



  • @booboo maybe, if you're like me, you've seen him being a just plain honest kid a few times, in an industry where the money generators are teen age kids.

    Kids that hit the court everday from the age of 5. Hell of a childhood if you don't value fame and fortune, or it loses it's appeal.



  • @booboo said in Tennis:

    Why do I like Nkck Kygrios?

    i do to! I mean, he's a tool, but the kid can play, and he has zero fucks to give, and everyone else in that sport is so boring. He's got talent but he's flawed, people normally like that.

    And a sport that has been dominated by 3 blokes devoid of personality for what feels like 30 years needs it.


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    Guy who throws a hissy fit, because he didn't get a white towel. What's not to like?



  • @booboo said in Tennis:

    Why do I like Nkck Kygrios?

    I’m a big fan, he’s very entertaining to watch. Plays a great style of tennis.

    He’s quite a nice guy too, unlike Tomic who is just a prick.

    Apparently he’s very popular with younger players.



  • @booboo said in Tennis:

    Why do I like Nkck Kygrios?

    I really like him.

    In this era of hyper-competitive sport, there's something so refreshing about someone who:

    1. Doesn't try that hard
    2. Acknowledges he doesn't try that hard, but
    3. Is still really fkn good at tennis.

    And yes he could be great, but he doesn't really want to be. It causes you to rethink everything about sport because for decades I've thought that effort is inherently good, and laziness means you 'waste your talent'.

    But he's so comfortable with a ranking in the 30s, earning great coin, traveling the world, winning some circuit tournaments but never getting close to a Slam. It's so different but I find it weirdly refreshing.



  • What a highlight reel!

    https://www.facebook.com/24410993700/posts/10157442506553701?s=610885425&v=e&sfns=mo

    Most talented guy on tour and hands down the most entertaining to watch.

    Always makes time for young kids apparently too.


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    @barbarian said in Tennis:

    @booboo said in Tennis:

    Why do I like Nkck Kygrios?

    I really like him.

    In this era of hyper-competitive sport, there's something so refreshing about someone who:

    1. Doesn't try that hard
    2. Acknowledges he doesn't try that hard, but
    3. Is still really fkn good at tennis.

    And yes he could be great, but he doesn't really want to be. It causes you to rethink everything about sport because for decades I've thought that effort is inherently good, and laziness means you 'waste your talent'.

    But he's so comfortable with a ranking in the 30s, earning great coin, traveling the world, winning some circuit tournaments but never getting close to a Slam. It's so different but I find it weirdly refreshing.

    You really like him? Wouldn't it be awesome if all sportsmen were like him? How refreshing that would be. Yes I wish all sportsmen could have a meltdown over the wrong coloured towel and have temper tantrums that would put a toddler to shame. What a breath of fresh air. So boring watching people try their best and be respectful to the fans and officials. That's not what sport should be about.

    Seriously, people declaring their love for this guy need their heads examined.

    I would also add there are probably a heap of guys on tour phoning it in and just living life. Doesn't mean they have to be prize fückwits about it and act like spoilt brats.



  • @Rancid-Schnitzel I’m with you here. I wonder how many fans of him would accept the same from a talented AB.



  • because the expectations on top level individual and team athletes are exactly the same



  • @Nepia said in Tennis:

    @Rancid-Schnitzel I’m with you here. I wonder how many fans of him would accept the same from a talented AB.

    The difference is that tennis isn’t a team game, he’s not letting down any teammates by acting this way.

    And he’s not representing his country. It’s an individual sport.

    anyone that gets angry about him or criticises people for liking him needs to grow up.

    He’d be the most popular player with the younger generation easily, and he’s a nice bloke by all accounts. Makes time to chat with young fans and does quite a bit for charity apparently.

    Watch the highlight reel, he’s very entertaining



  • @SammyC said in Tennis:

    @Nepia said in Tennis:

    @Rancid-Schnitzel I’m with you here. I wonder how many fans of him would accept the same from a talented AB.

    The difference is that tennis isn’t a team game, he’s not letting down any teammates by acting this way.

    And he’s not representing his country. It’s an individual sport.

    anyone that gets angry about him or criticises people for liking him needs to grow up.

    What, because someone has a different opinion from you they need to grow up? Ok then. 🤔

    You can like him. I don’t, because every time I see him interviewed/play he comes across as an utter twat, and he’s not winning grand slams so what’s the point?



  • @Nepia said in Tennis:

    @SammyC said in Tennis:

    @Nepia said in Tennis:

    @Rancid-Schnitzel I’m with you here. I wonder how many fans of him would accept the same from a talented AB.

    The difference is that tennis isn’t a team game, he’s not letting down any teammates by acting this way.

    And he’s not representing his country. It’s an individual sport.

    anyone that gets angry about him or criticises people for liking him needs to grow up.

    What, because someone has a different opinion from you they need to grow up? Ok then. 🤔

    You can like him. I don’t, because every time I see him interviewed/play he comes across as an utter twat, and he’s not winning grand slams so what’s the point?

    The post above you said anyone who likes him needs their head checked and you said you agree with him. whats the difference?

    He's one of the most honest and open players on the tour when interviewed. I'd suggest you havent actually listened to anything other than the odd media soundbite. His interview on Ben Rothenburgs podcast was great... an hour or so of real talk. Nadal etc are so boring and robotic.


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    He's such a fresh breeze



  • @Rancid-Schnitzel said in Tennis:

    He's such a fresh breeze

    Didn't have the balls to admit what he did.



  • much more class from Rafa



  • @Nevorian said in Tennis:

    much more class from Rafa

    you're a fucking good lad @Nevorian


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  • @SammyC said in Tennis:

    @Nepia said in Tennis:

    @SammyC said in Tennis:

    @Nepia said in Tennis:

    @Rancid-Schnitzel I’m with you here. I wonder how many fans of him would accept the same from a talented AB.

    The difference is that tennis isn’t a team game, he’s not letting down any teammates by acting this way.

    And he’s not representing his country. It’s an individual sport.

    anyone that gets angry about him or criticises people for liking him needs to grow up.

    What, because someone has a different opinion from you they need to grow up? Ok then. 🤔

    You can like him. I don’t, because every time I see him interviewed/play he comes across as an utter twat, and he’s not winning grand slams so what’s the point?

    The post above you said anyone who likes him needs their head checked and you said you agree with him. whats the difference?

    I agreed with him about his twatness.



  • Rafa Nadal wins his 4th US Open and his 19th Grand Slam tournament.



  • @sparky And just one short of Fed. Both of them will be aware that the 2020 French Open is pending!

    Interestingly, if you remove French Open victories from players' tallies (Open era), you get:

    Federer 19
    Djokovic 15
    Sampras 14
    Connors 8
    Nadal 7
    Agassi 7
    McEnroe 7
    Edberg 6
    Becker 6
    Borg 5
    Lendl 5
    Newcombe 5
    Wilander 4
    Laver 4

    On non-clay surfaces Rafa is still one of the most successful players - and he's got his victories in the era of the two most successful!



  • Bloody good final. Nadal appeared to be cruising until Medevev hit a purple patch right at the end of the third. He gave Nadal's backhand a real peppering and Nadal didn't have enough to run around it. Impressive that he managed to find that extra in the fifth.



  • Apparent "flog of the highest order" Nick Kyrgios has promised to donate $200 for every ace he hits in every event he plays this Australian tennis summer to the bushfire appeal. Has convinced other Aussie players to follow suit.

    Apparently also trying to spearhead other initiatives to raise funds while the world's best players are in Aus.

    Follows on from a lot of reports that when he is representing Aus, he is the quintessential good team mate. Seems he likes playing for his country more than than he likes playing for himself.

    But, you know, disgraceful selfish flog and all that...



  • @mariner4life I kinda like him. Got abused last time I said that.



  • @mariner4life said in Tennis:

    Apparent "flog of the highest order" Nick Kyrgios has promised to donate $200 for every ace he hits in every event he plays this Australian tennis summer to the bushfire appeal. Has convinced other Aussie players to follow suit.

    Apparently also trying to spearhead other initiatives to raise funds while the world's best players are in Aus.

    Follows on from a lot of reports that when he is representing Aus, he is the quintessential good team mate. Seems he likes playing for his country more than than he likes playing for himself.

    But, you know, disgraceful selfish flog and all that...

    If he resorts to serving underarm (something not unknown to Australians) he won't be having to fork out much.



  • @booboo said in Tennis:

    @mariner4life I kinda like him. Got abused last time I said that.

    Though presumably not as severely as Fergus Murphy unless someone got banned.

    At a rough calculation, assuming Nick serves 20 aces per match, he'll be up for $4K for every game he plays. He'll be able to play 40 matches before he's equaled his Cincinnati fine...

    Kyrgios was fined US$113,000 for five separate incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters tournament. During the second set, Kyrgios felt that the shot clock – which counts down the time allowed between points – had been started too early, and he delivered an expletive-laden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy, stating the Irish umpire was "the worst, hands down". He then walked off court, claiming he needed to use the restroom, but instead used the time to smash two racquets on the floor in a corridor. At the end of the match, Kyrgios told Murphy he was "a fucking tool", chose not to shake the official's hand, displayed a vulgar gesture, and appeared to spit at him.



  • @Chris-B said in Tennis:

    @booboo said in Tennis:

    @mariner4life I kinda like him. Got abused last time I said that.

    Though presumably not as severely as Fergus Murphy unless someone got banned.

    At a rough calculation, assuming Nick serves 20 aces per match, he'll be up for $4K for every game he plays. He'll be able to play 40 matches before he's equaled his Cincinnati fine...

    Kyrgios was fined US$113,000 for five separate incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters tournament. During the second set, Kyrgios felt that the shot clock – which counts down the time allowed between points – had been started too early, and he delivered an expletive-laden rant at umpire Fergus Murphy, stating the Irish umpire was "the worst, hands down". He then walked off court, claiming he needed to use the restroom, but instead used the time to smash two racquets on the floor in a corridor. At the end of the match, Kyrgios told Murphy he was "a fucking tool", chose not to shake the official's hand, displayed a vulgar gesture, and appeared to spit at him.

    Or a shorter way to describe it is the most interesting thing to happen at a tennis match in recent memory.



  • I liked how he finished one of his profanity laden tirades at Murphy, words something like this:

    "and your hat looks stupid. It's not even sunny".

    He had genuinely run out of abuse and resorted to that. Amused the hell out of me.



  • Biggest month of the year for tennis downunder - best ever field assembles for the womens' tourney in Akl, mens underway players in Aussie complaining they can't breathe because of the bush fire smoke. No rugby, bugger all cricket. Wheres the love for the "allegedly" 2nd biggest sport on the planet?

    I listened to this podcast last night.

    Akl Tournament Director Karl Budge talking about how he lures players to Akl. This guy is worth every cent he gets paid and more. Well worth a listen IMO.

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/the-detail/story/2018727106/the-big-stars-at-auckland-s-tiny-tennis-tournament



  • I think Budge is one of the best operators in NZ. Dude has built awesome relationships with players and organizers, and he plays the long game really well to. Just keeps upping the ante every year.

    Well done and I bet he was happy Serena got the W too 😁



  • @Paekakboyz said in Tennis:

    I think Budge is one of the best operators in NZ. Dude has built awesome relationships with players and organizers, and he plays the long game really well to. Just keeps upping the ante every year.

    Well done and I bet he was happy Serena got the W too 😁

    Serena has got the W in four different decades! She's probebly the most amazing athlete of this era



  • @Machpants said in Tennis:

    @Paekakboyz said in Tennis:

    I think Budge is one of the best operators in NZ. Dude has built awesome relationships with players and organizers, and he plays the long game really well to. Just keeps upping the ante every year.

    Well done and I bet he was happy Serena got the W too 😁

    Serena has got the W in four different decades! She's probebly the most amazing athlete of this era

    Really??? That is incredible. Was her first ATP win (or equivalent back then) in the late 90's?



  • When she was 17 in 1999 was her first singles title, then this last one in AKL in the 20s



  • @Machpants far out. That is pretty special


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