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June Off-Topic Thread

Posted by Staff on June 5th, 2017 @ 9:16 am

Non tennis talk goes here.

Poll: Who’s Your Early Favorite To Win Wimbledon?

Posted by Staff on June 28th, 2017 @ 3:35 pm

A year after Novak Djokovic won his 4th straight Major, the tennis world has been flipped this season. The Serb and co-hort Andy Murray has slumped while the legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have regained control of the tour, sweeping both Slams and taking four of the five Masters events.

Will that continue at Wimbledon or can Djokovic, Murray win on the grass? Or can someone outside the favorite Big …

2017 Wimbledon Women’s Seedings: Kvitova, Venus Only Former Champions In Field

Posted by Staff on June 28th, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

2017 finalist Angelique Kerber will be the top seed at Wimbledon for a first time. The German, who lost to Serena Williams last year in the final, has struggled this season reaching just one final in 12 events, and losing first round at the French and fourth round at the Australian.

Simona Halep is second followed by US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina.

Of the Top 8 seeds, only Kerber …

2017 Wimbledon Men’s Seedings: Big 4 Are Back! Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray Lead Field

Posted by Staff on June 28th, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

As if time stands still, eight years after first occupying the Top 4 seeds at Wimbleon, the Big 4 again lead the men’s field at the AELTC, the club announced today.

Andy Murray returns as the top seed followed by former champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Combined the quartet has won every Wimbledon since 2002! And it’s the first time they’ve held the Top 4 positions at a …

Pregnant Serena Williams Bares All For Vanity Fair Cover

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 27th, 2017 @ 6:59 pm

Taking the lead from Demi Moore, Serena Williams has bared all for the cover of the latest Vanity Fair issue. The 35-year-old tennis star is set to get give birth to her first child in early September.

V.F. cover star @SerenaWilliams—world’s best athlete (plus, mom and wife-to-be)—still has her eyes on the prize

— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 27, 2017…

What To Hear Roger Federer Make Fighter Jet And Missile Sounds? [Video]

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 27th, 2017 @ 6:52 pm

Wilson just posted this from Roger Federer:

Discovering @RogerFederer's hidden talents.

— Wilson Tennis (@WilsonTennis) June 27, 2017

The fighter jet is decent. The missile sound needs more work.

The racquet company clarified this footage is not related to a new campaign for Federer. “This is from an old shoot, we just re-discovered it!,” they tweeted.

Novak Djokovic: I’m Just Trying To Embrace Whatever Life Throws My Way

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 27th, 2017 @ 6:44 pm

A “chilled” Novak Djokovic met the press yesterday in Eastbourne, and the Serb doesn’t sound overly concerned or worried that a year ago he held all four Grand Slams, and no he holds none.

“I’m expressive, I’d say, with my emotions generally in my life,” Djokovic said. “I try to be as aware of all these emotions as possible in every single day, every single moment. It’s not easy. We’re all …

Novak Djokovic Confirms Andre Agassi Will Be Coaching Him At Wimbledon

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 27th, 2017 @ 6:36 pm

Novak Djokovic confirmed yesterday at Eastbourne that Andre Agassi will re-join him at Wimbledon.

“He will be in London for Wimbledon,” Djokovic said. “He will stay as long as I stay in the tournament, so that’s great news. Obviously Roland Garros, the eight or nine days that we spent together, were very valuable for me to get to know him, to learn from him. We shared a lot of experiences on …

Andy Murray Has A Hip Issue Ahead Of His Wimbledon Title Defense

Posted by Tom Gainey on June 27th, 2017 @ 6:29 pm

Just days before he opens his Wimbledon title defense, Andy Murray is dealing with a sore hip. The World No. 1 was scheduled to play Lucas Pouille in an exo today at Hurlingham but had to withdraw due to the issue.

Murray is still expected to play a second exo match on Friday at the club.

Just yesterday, Murray was practicing with the Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov at Wimbledon….

Federer Shows Grasscourt Best, Destroys Zverev in Halle Final

Posted by Staff on June 25th, 2017 @ 4:59 pm

If Roger Federer’s grasscourt status was up in the air before this week after a long layoff, it was set to rest on Sunday when the Swiss decimated rising star Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Federer won the first seven points of the match en route to his ninth Halle crown.

“It’s great to get off to a good start in the …

Sevastova Wins 1st Grass Title at WTA Mallorca

Posted by Staff on June 25th, 2017 @ 4:11 pm

Last year’s runner-up Anastasija Sevastova this year crossed the final hurdle at the Mallorca Open in Spain, claiming her career-first grasscourt title after outlasting German Julia Goerges 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

It was her second career title, coming seven years after her first at Estoril in 2010 at 20 years old. In 2013 she left the sport for three years due to injury and illness.

“I’m so glad I was able to play …

Kvitova Wastes No Time Back with WTA Birmingham Grass Title

Posted by Staff on June 25th, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

In her second tournament back since injuring her left hand last year, and her first back on grass, Petra Kvitova on Sunday won the Aegon Classic in Birmingham from a set down, in the final defeating Aussie Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“I didn’t expect this in my second tournament of my comeback,” said the former Wimbledon champion. “So yeah, I think it’s kind of a fairytale…I was nervous. It wasn’t …

Thiem Leads This Week at Inaugural Grasscourt ATP Stop in Turkey

Posted by Staff on June 25th, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

ANTALYA, Turkey; surface: grass

Seeds: Dominic Thiem, Paolo Lorenzi, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer, Karen Khachanov, Viktor Troicki, Borna Coric, Martin Klizan

Floaters: Carlos Berlocq, Adrian Mannarino

Notes: Grasscourt tennis in Turkey? Why not at this the inaugural edition of the 250 event in Belek…

Top 10er Dominic Thiem the only Top 30 player in the field…

Potential tough openers for (6) Troicki vs. Berlocq and (7) Coric vs. Mannarino…

Wildcards went to Ferrer and Turkey’s …

Preview: Kerber, 8 of Top 10; Djokovic at Combined ATP/WTA Eastbourne

Posted by Staff on June 25th, 2017 @ 10:02 am

The Aegon International Eastbourne returns to a men’s and women’s combined event the week before Wimbledon, where eight of the Top 10 turn out for a stellar women’s field.

Six former champions are in the field, including world No. 1 Angie Kerber, and former Wimbledon winner and comebacker Petra Kvitova. The dense field includes a number of opening-round challenges for seeds, including Kerber, Pliskova, Radwanska, Muguruza, Wozniacki and Ostapenko.

On the men’s …

Cilic Bids For Second Queen’s Title, Will Meet Lopez In Final

Posted by Staff on June 24th, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

Former champion Marin Cilic is back in the Queen’s Club final seeking a second title at the Wimbledon tune-up in London. On Saturday in the semifinals, Cilic got through the rain and a tough Gilles Muller 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to reach his third final at the event.

“It’s just amazing to get to the final,” said Cilic who won the title in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2013. “Also considering that …

Dream Final Set In Halle: Roger Federer v Alexander Zverev

Posted by Staff on June 24th, 2017 @ 5:09 pm

The dream final was set in Halle Saturday as Roger Federer and local wunderkind Alexander Zverev advanced to a tasty title match tomorrow.

Federer eased past Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6(5) in his first meeting with the powerful 21-year-old.

“I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set,” Federer said. “I’m still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the tiebreaker.”

Federer was broken early and again …