The Generic Tennis Thread

Discussion in 'general sports' started by belboid, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Seeing as how there isn't sufficient interest to have a thread per major, and the Andy Murray thread leaves quite a bit uncovered....

    Aussie Open then.....quite an exciting start. Wozniacki out, and now joined by Nadal and Halap. And then there's Venus Williams - knocked out by a Brit (well, sort of).

    I reckon this means Murray out in round three
     
  2. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Aye, think it's a good idea :)

    This, less so :p

    Anyway, Konta through to the QFs.

    Djokovic had a horrendous match the other day, 100 unforced errors :confused: Just trying to make things interesting for himself? :hmm: Haven't seen any of his matches but Fed seems to be breezing through the rounds quite comfortably.
     
  3. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Brit's in the quarters in four out of the five competitions! And it is actually plausible that they could all reach the final, Konto's side of the draw looks eminently winnable.
     
  4. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Three Brit semi-finalists then, wonder what the odds on that were a couple of weeks ago
     
  5. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Djokovic v Federer will be the 45th time they've played each other, with both currently having 22 wins each.

    I think it should be winner takes all - whoever wins this semi gets all the credited trophies and titles of the other, like conkers.
     
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  6. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Murray-Raonic.

    Raonic is dangerous, but that's very winnable. Yet another Murray-Djokovic Aus final on the cards.
     
  7. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    sooner or later Murray has to beat him in one
     
  8. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Tell that to the likes of Roger Black and Jimmy White :(
     
  9. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  10. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    grr, woken up early, may as well listen to the tennis
     
  11. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    One set each now - this is going to be a a long long match.
     
  12. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    2-1 to the canadian now. Murray doing to much retrieving to get his shots off atm.
     
  13. butchersapron

    butchersapron blood on the walls

    2-2. Murray fighting for his life in that last set.
     
  14. The Octagon

    The Octagon Stop...Hammertime

    Pressure cranking up now, Raonic looks to be struggling.

    Murray still to get annihilated by Djokovic sadly, he looks on top form at the mo.
     
  15. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Been on a course so only just managed to check in with the match. That's Britons in four finals this year, and we had another in the semis! Not bad :cool:

    Murray Jnr is probably fucked though, right? Longer match, a day later, and playing Djokovic in serious form.
     
  16. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    He's got a day off tomorrow. I can't see fatigue being a factor. If anything, Djokovic has the harder task in staying focused.

    Djokovic hasn't been consistently brilliant this tournament, although I wouldn't bet against brilliance in the final.

    Last year, Murray was a break up in the third! He fell apart. But he can beat Djokovic, and has done so twice to win majors. They're the same age, and Djokovic isn't going anywhere, so Murray will probably need to beat him again to win another major. But he knows he can do it.

    Djokovic favourite, but by no means a sure thing. I couldn't see Federer beating him, but I can see Murray doing it.
     
  17. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    Well, well, well, Serena loses! Wasn't expecting that. Must make Murray believe he can win slightly more.
     
  18. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees

    I hadn't realised until now that Wimbledon is the only tournament that has the Men's Doubles as a five setter.
     
  19. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    My living room and the TV are less than 10m from me, yet here I still am in bed listening to 5Live :oops: :D
     
  20. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Ohhhhh, hell...
     
  21. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    And Sharapova officially kicks off the "what do you mean the sport is riddled with doping?" era in tennis.
     
  22. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    Meanwhile Serena Williams left her panic room to issue a statement expressing shock and dismay.
     
  23. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    As excuses go it's not that outrageous, particularly if she's been relatively open about using it up till now (has she? I honestly don't know). That said, the idea that as a professional athlete you or your team don't check updates to that list is pretty refusing to say the least!
     
  24. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    She should have been more organised, after all, with all her sponsorship deals she is (was) a significant business. The drug was listed as illegal some time ago and should in any case only be used for a few weeks to clear up a specific condition so for two reasons she should not have been measured with it in Australia. Now she is facing a ban and has no one to blame but herself and perhaps her team.
     
  25. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    The part about how and why she failed a test isn't outrageous at all. The part about why she was taking the substance in the first place is where credibility becomes an issue.
     
  26. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Been there, heard all the excuses in cycling years back. Sports people have not learnt a thing and should be shown no mercy. They should receive life bans, not from playing but from taking any further role in sport. The one good thing is the sponsors immediately distanced themselves from her.
     
  27. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    Most pros and even ITF officials lauding Sharapova's bravery. Tells you everything you need to know about the prevalence of doping in tennis.
     
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  28. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Does she have a heart condition? Young, super-fit, yet needs to take this medication? Sounds very unlikely to me - she's been taking it for years, but for a medical condition? Nah. She's been taking it for years because it aids recovery, and it was legal. Rank stupidity to continue taking it after it was banned.

    There's precious little honesty on display here. She was taking it for ten years to help performance - she might at least be honest about that bit.
     
  29. Nigel Irritable

    Nigel Irritable Five, Ten, Fifteen Years

    She can't admit that because it would constitute admitting to a "generic" doping offence - it's against WADA rules to use a medical product for performance enhancement even if the product hasn't yet been individually listed.
     
  30. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Well, in that case, aren't they putting her life at risk by denying her her heart medicine. Except, of course, hundreds of athletes have been found to have been taking this. Hence its banning, no doubt.

    Still the polite fictions, then.

    Meanwhile, the drug's inventor has come out swinging, making the same point.

    Right. No change there, then.
     

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