SMB Tennis thread

Discussion in 'SMB' started by The Bridge Lad, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    So another 4 months until the next slam but some big tournaments before then, particularly Indian Wells which starts in 6 weeks. I'll cut down on viewing the WTA international events (ATP 250) but will catch a lot of the below, particularly on the women's side. Reds are Master 1000s or the PM / P5 women's equivalents. Black are Premier / ATP 500s.

    WTA
    w/c 29th Feb - St Petersburg Trophy
    w/c 5th Feb - Fed Cup quarter finals
    w/c 12th Feb - Qatar Open
    w/c 19th Feb - Dubai Championships
    w/c 5th Mar - Indian Wells
    w/c 19th Mar - Miami

    w/c 2nd Apr - Charleston Open
    w/c 16th Apr - Fed Cup semi finals
    w/c 23rd Apr - Stuttgart Open
    w/c 7th May - Madrid Open
    w/c 14th May - Rome Open

    w/c 28th May - FRENCH OPEN

    ATP
    w/c 29th Feb - Davis Cup first round
    w/c 12th Feb - Rotterdam Open
    w/c 19th Feb - Rio DJ Open
    w/c 26th Feb - Dubai Championships
    w/c 26th Feb - Mexico Open
    w/c 5th Mar - Indian Wells
    w/c 19th Mar - Miami

    w/c 2nd Apr - Davis Cup quarter finals
    w/c 16th Apr - Monte Carlo Masters
    w/c 23rd Apr - Barcelona Open
    w/c 7th May - Madrid Open
    w/c 14th May - Rome Open

    w/c 28th May - FRENCH OPEN

    The French (and clay in general) is my least favourite slam / surface, but unlike Wimbledon and the other slams, play starts on the Sunday (27th May) and Monday 28th is a bank holiday, plus there is obviously play on the middle Sunday, so that's an extra 3 days where people can easily watch should they want to. ITV (mainly ITV4) and Eurosport will be covering it again this year.
     
  2. MarcoG

    MarcoG Striker

  3. Session

    Session Midfield

    Tomic :lol:

    Is the Davis Cup on TV or online? Tough tie, especially if Edmund isn't fit for it.
     
  4. MarcoG

    MarcoG Striker

    Tomic said 'Im a celeb, get me out of here' to quit his first trial and has now apparently left the jungle :lol:

    Poor Bernie.
     
  5. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    It's live on BBC2 for a couple of hours on Friday and Saturday afternoon. I'd imagine the rest would be available online.
     
  6. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    Website says BBC2 plus red button, which usually means online also. Don't Eurosport also tend to show our Davis Cup ties?

    As has been mentioned, if Edmund isn't fit, we're not looking at a strong team (for singles at least) with Broady and Norrie as the two others currently in the team. If Nadal misses out for Spain, they'll still be picking two from Carreno Busta, Granollers, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Verdasco, Ramos Vinolas and Bautista Agut.
     
  7. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    No sign of it on Eurosport this year plus they didn't mention when wrapping up the other day, just FO and Wimbledon highlights.

    Many were thinking Broady ahead of Norrie if Edmund was fine. He's had a decent run in a challenger event in France whereas Norrie's form has been poor since October. You wouldn't feel too confident if those 2 are leading the charge.
     
  8. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    Broady has moved ahead in the rankings so I'd say it was likely. TBH, minus Edmund, I could only see us winning the doubles unless something very strange happens.
     
  9. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Didn't realise he had moved ahead, must have got some decent points for his SF run or Norrie has dropped a bit (or both). Apparently Liam is better on clay as well. I remember PCB dispatching Norrie pretty easily at the US Open.

    Just had a quick check, looks like Norrie is still a bit ahead on 113 with Broady almost at a career high now but still a fair bit back on 162.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2018
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  10. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    Actually, he hasn't. I got that mixed up. Broady is still 50 places or so below Norrie. :oops:
     
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  11. alexander

    alexander Striker

    Have always prefered Wimbledon but used to love the French Open as well. But for me it was when Thomas Muster played, probably somewhere round the early or mid 1990s. I had a bit of a thing for him (and Jim Courier). I quite like how the players slide on the clay and also that the clay slows the game down a bit. I also like to think the French Open has fewer aces served per match but no idea if that can be backed up by anything. Just seems that way to me and never been a fan of players who pull off thirty+ aces a match the French Open suits me fine.
     
  12. MarcoG

    MarcoG Striker

    Norrie's just gone a double break up in the fourth set, looks like it's going to a decider. Some effort this from 2-0 down. Bautista Agut was 1/20 before the match and you couldn't even back him after the second set.
     
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  13. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Superb performance no matter what happens from here. In Spain, on clay where he hardly ever plays and against someone ranked circa 20.

    He was 4-2 up in the first set as well before losing 4 games straight.

    Mind, you'd think GB was the home side going by the crowd reactions. In listening to the online coverage at work so can't see it but every point Norrie wins in greeted with massive applause.
     
  14. chopsfc007

    chopsfc007 Striker

    Norrie ranked 629 his opponent must be ranked high
     
  15. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    Just switched on for that massive hold from Norrie there. Cracking stuff!
     
  16. chopsfc007

    chopsfc007 Striker

    One of the biggest upsets ever potentially?
     
  17. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    Not quite. You've read his doubles ranking when you said 629. Norrie's 114 in singles.
     
  18. Colbert

    Colbert Goalkeeper

    I’d turned this off at 3 o’clock
     
  19. chopsfc007

    chopsfc007 Striker

    Still massive gerrin lad
     
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