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danafan
09-25-2010, 02:04 AM
Darn the March 4-6 dates work for me next year. :wuzrobbed of Davis Cup in Toronto.

I think I must be reaching a new level of tennis uberdom as I plan to attend a futures event tomorrow (until last week I didn't know what the futures circuit was...)

Should be fun though!

Megi
09-25-2010, 02:38 AM
Darn the March 4-6 dates work for me next year. :wuzrobbed of Davis Cup in Toronto.

I know,we definitely wuzrobbed! :wuzrobbed


I think I must be reaching a new level of tennis uberdom as I plan to attend a futures event tomorrow (until last week I didn't know what the futures circuit was...)

I'm looking forward to this event, too. We're such tennis junkies now! :watch: I'm pissed at the party poopers that Canadian players are. Dancevic, Duclos and Chvojka all lost in the quarters. There goes my all-Canadian semifinal fantasy. Only Diez (the latest import from Spain I was telling you about) made it. Oh well...

But hey,maybe next week! Another Futures event starts tomorrow in Markham! :saint:

CaptCrunch
09-27-2010, 01:19 AM
From the OMG Dept:

Flipping channels I came across the ladies final from Guangzhou, China which (I think) was from last weekend. Jamila Groth is playing Russian Ally Kudryatseva and they panned the stadium and OMG there is no one in the stands!! There couldn't be anymore than 30 to 35 people watching this match! :eek::eek: This is the finals. The place must have been empty like this the whole week. Its shocking to see. Anyone else watching this?

In other news:

the Austrian federation is seriously considering giving Thomas Muster a wild-card to the upcoming ATP event in Vienna in a few weeks.

allezfred
09-27-2010, 12:34 PM
Kimiko Date Krumm beats Maria Sharapova in first round at Pan-Pacific Open (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/sep/27/maria-sharapova-date-krumm-tokyo)

:eek:

Beefcake
09-27-2010, 04:43 PM
Kimiko Date Krumm beats Maria Sharapova in first round at Pan-Pacific Open (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/sep/27/maria-sharapova-date-krumm-tokyo)

:eek:
Guess there's a solitary saving grace for Maria ... thanks to the tournament schedulers, she didn't lose to a 40-something.

Beefcake
09-27-2010, 07:40 PM
So . . . I'm incredibly ignorant about Davis Cup. What was the U.S. playing for in its last tie? If they'd lost, would they not have played Davis Cup next year? Or would they have played a "minor circuit"? I guess I'm wondering how the schedule is set up and how each year's champion is decided, if some nice person has time to explain it to me. :saint:
Since no nice person responded, I'll give it a shot. :lol:

Yes, there are 16 nations in the main draw, and each of the eight losers in a year's first round have to play a win-or-be-demoted tie with whoever arises from "zonal" play. Ergo, Colombia, which was dispatched by Mardy Fish -- aka the USA -- will remain in the Americas Davis Cup zonal league or whatever they call it. If Colombia had prevailed, it would have replaced the USA in the World Group.

Who hosts and who must travel is determined by who hosted between the two nations, last time around. Hence, next time Colombia and the USA meet it'll be on US soil. BIG advantage for the host nation! Home crowd, less travel, and -- notably -- get to choose and manipulate the court as you wish. e.g. slowest clay if you're hosting the USA, and fast hardcourt if you're hosting Spain. Got a guy who's great on high-bounce-making rubber courts? Get your scientists busy, and create that surface. All's fair.

The World Group plays R16, QF, SF and final throughout the year, scheduling to miss the Slams and the Masters tournaments. Actually, DC usually misses all tournaments but the very minor ones. There is much debating afoot about changing this to help lessen the toll the long season/too much playing is having on some players. Despite my bitching about the home field surfaces, I, for one, hope that the DC format and scheduling remains as-is ... with perhaps just a shortening to a 8-month schedule. Davis Cup is SUPPOSED to be an addition to the ATP tour, and it will suffer hugely if the PTB try to make it a two-week event or something radical like that.

www.daviscup.com/about/index.asp

Rottie
09-28-2010, 02:29 AM
You rock, Beefcake! It all makes sense now.

(I must spread some rep around before bestowing more on you.)

oleada
09-29-2010, 02:15 AM
Del Potro lost 76 64 to Rochus in the first round of Bangkok :(

neptune
09-29-2010, 03:50 AM
Guess there's a solitary saving grace for Maria ... thanks to the tournament schedulers, she didn't lose to a 40-something.

Totally. I mean, Maria must be thrilled that she only lost to a 39.997-something instead. :lol:

neptune
09-29-2010, 03:52 AM
Del Potro lost 76 64 to Rochus in the first round of Bangkok :(

I guess we'll have to dedicate the song "One Night in Bangkok" to him. ;)

That's too bad, though. Wish he could've stayed longer, and hope he can get back on track soon.

Megi
09-29-2010, 04:06 AM
Andy Murray's dog (http://yfrog.com/ju2flj) is adorable :swoon:

Rottie
09-29-2010, 06:01 AM
Andy Murray's dog (http://yfrog.com/ju2flj) is adorable :swoon:

It even looks like him. Except, as you say, adorable.

neptune
10-01-2010, 03:38 AM
I'm surprised that Dementieva ousted Zvonareva in straight sets. :respec: And the Schiavone-Kanepi match sounds like it was a great one--three tough sets.

In other news, apparently Date Krumm's 40th birthday party went off without a hitch. She actually did have 40 candles too, and blew them all out after only the second try. And guess what--turns out that Maria is the one who ended up pinning the tail on the donkey :cheer2: (though Flavia Pennetta came awfully close), so she's taking that as a sign that she'll do very well in upcoming events. ;)

Megi
10-02-2010, 01:51 PM
Rafa lost to Garcia-Lopez in Bangkok! :eek:

Beefcake
10-05-2010, 08:45 PM
Much can change, as there are five more weeks and a handful of tournaments left to play, including two Masters events (Shanghai, next week, and Paris, Nov. 7-14), but here is the Race standings.

All points earned are points added! Roddick has a clear road. Wonder if Berdych can hold on to his lead? Melzer is shockingly close, and has been excellent indoors, this season. Fish is pretty far back, but he's been rocking the Masters tournaments this season. :watch:

1 Rafael Nadal QUALIFIED 10,860
2 Roger Federer QUALIFIED 6,025
3 Novak Djokovic 4,825
4 Andy Murray 4,045
5 Robin Soderling 3,975
6 Tomas Berdych 3,535
7 Andy Roddick 3,170
8 Fernando Verdasco Lost 1st Rd. loss this week 3,140
9 David Ferrer 3,000
10 Mikhail Youzhny 1st Rd. loss this week 2,615
11 Jurgen Melzer :eek: 2,220
12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1st Rd. loss this week 2,075
13 Nicolas Almagro :eek: 2,060
14 Marin Cilic 2,035
15 Mardy Fish not counting him out! 1,946
16 Marcos Baghdatis 1st Rd. loss this week 1,670