SMB Tennis thread

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

  1. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    Djokovic looking sharp today. Long road ahead but it's a start. Could play Nadal early doors as well.
     
  2. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Yeah, looked decent in the clips I've seen which is somewhat encouraging, certainly more so than in the Sunshine Double.

    I see Dan Evans has got a QWC for the Glasgow challenger at the end of the month. The tournament needs it as with the likes of Norrie, Broady and Clarke opting to foucs on clay, the line up was very underwhelming, I'd genuinely only heard of 4 or 5 of them and it's at least a 100k level event.
     
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  3. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    Where did you see the line up? I did read Evans would get a wildcard if he behaved himself. I really like the challenger tour. It's really desperation stuff, players barely breaking even in the hope of gathering points to get into the top 100.
     
  4. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Glasgow Trophy Tennis Tournament Player Entry List | LTA

    Only 4 inside the top 250. Think I'd only heard of Bhambri, Lacko, Granollers, Mertens and JC Aragone. Looks like J Ward, Glasspool and Jonathan Gray have got main draw WCs. There's another similar event in Loughborough at the end of May.

    I've started to watch a lot more ITF stuff now where it's streamed, mainly on the women's side, and it is really strange seeing literally just the 2 players and umpire and the players having to collect the balls at the 15k and even 25k level.
     
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  5. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    It's a tough life for the those on the futures tour especially for those from non grand slam countries where funding is non existent.
     
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  6. MarcoG

    MarcoG Striker

    Funnily enough they've just made it even worse today, ITF events from next year are worthless at ATP level. You won't get any ranking points for them. Challenger level will be the first entry point to pro level.

    Seems a strange and rather unnecessary move.
     
  7. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    Without knowing the full facts, that seems ridiculous. How are you supposed to get your ranking high enough to get and invite or even a wild card to the qualifying for the Challengers?
     
  8. Colbert

    Colbert Goalkeeper

    Early exit for Edmund in Monte Carlo, disappointing loss to Seppi, thought he’d do well here on clay.
     
  9. chopsfc007

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  10. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Didn't see any of it young Chops. Good to see Dimitrov win though as he's had an awful run since losing to Edmund in the Aussie Open quarters. Just got back now so have stick the Zverev match on. More looking forward to the Fed Cup tie this weekend, but being in Japan, it's on in the early hours.
     
  11. MarcoG

    MarcoG Striker

    It doesn't seem as bad as I was expecting looking at this - http://www.itftennis.com/news/278962.aspx

    Guess we'll have to wait to see if it makes any difference.
     
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  12. LD19SAFC

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  13. JL1985

    JL1985 Winger

    I'm glad to hear this. A fully fit Nadal is the best player on earth. Federer is class but Nadal will always be the greatest in my eyes.

    Amazon Prime have won the rights for the US Open. They will be the only place you can watch it in the UK and Ireland starting this year. They plan to win the rights to all ATP for next season as well.

    I have to say I'm really disappointed with this. Yet another subscription to pay if you want to watch. Pricing fans out really.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2018
  14. MarcoG

    MarcoG Striker

    Was skimming through some stuff the other day, forgot how dominant
    Nadal was at RG last year. No sets lost, no tie breakers, only three times
    did someone even reach 4 games in a set against him. Three 6-0's, six
    6-1's, four 6-2's, three 6-3's and three 6-4's. Most games he dropped
    in one match was eight. Absolutely brutal.

    Looks like this year's gonna be no different. 8/1 for him to win it without dropping a set, or at least it was yesterday. Probably dropped now.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2018
  15. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Didn't see aby if it, but that Nadal scoreline is ominous for the coming months ahead, especially as it's against arguably his biggest clay rival.
     
  16. Colbert

    Colbert Goalkeeper

    Nadal man, Thiem did well yesterday v Djokovic different today.
     
  17. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Fed Cup tomorrow, BT Sport 1, early start:

    5am: Naomi Osaka vs Heather Watson
    Followed by: Kurumi Nara vs Johanna Konta

    I'd like to think it will be at worst 1-1 after day 1 (that's the most likely outcome). Really can't see Watson doing much tomorrow, hope I'm wrong.
     
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  18. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    In theory, Watson is less of an underdog against Osaka than Nara is against Konta but I suspect 1-1.
     
  19. The Bridge Lad

    The Bridge Lad Striker

    Yeah, in terms of odds (albeit UK bookies) and rankings, it is slightly closer in GB's favour:

    Osaka #22 vs Watson #77, Watson 3/1
    Konta #23 vs Nara #100, Nara 4/1

    BUT, I've seen Konta lose twice to players ranked lower than Nara in 2018 alone, Pera (circa 123) at the AO and Stollar (200 odd) in Charleston the other week, plus Japan have home advantage, but hard indoors should help a bit. Nara may well have been almost favourite on clay.

    Watson does usually play better at Fed Cup, but she is in even worse form than Jo and has lost he last 7 matches. She'll no doubt peak in the grass season again to maintain her top 100 ranking.
     
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  20. Arkle

    Arkle Striker Contributor

    We're underdogs for sure...
     
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