Tennis-X Notes: Tursunov Kicked Out of Tournament; Nadal Wimbledon Pick
by Staff | June 17th, 2008, 11:13 pm
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Russian Dmitry Tursunov was booted out of the Slazenger Open in Nottingham after walking off the court during a doubles match.


Tursunov walked off trailing 6-4, 3-1 after arguing over a line call.

“After reviewing the situation, the ATP Supervisor has withdrawn Dmitry Tursunov from the singles tournament at the Slazenger Open,” the ATP released in a statement.

Tursunov’s opponents were awarded the doubles victory, and the ATP also defaulted him from his upcoming singles match against Swede Thomas Johansson who was advanced into the quarterfinals.

Tursunov did not speak to the general press following the match.

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24 Comments for Tennis-X Notes: Tursunov Kicked Out of Tournament; Nadal Wimbledon Pick

Jo Hughes Says:

In re: remarks by Boris Becker quoted in Tennis-X News, Notes, Quotes and Barbs…. I agree that grunting should not be allowed in tournaments. But what Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams do is worse – they shriek. It’s hard to focus on the game when you hear that on every shot, from both players!


TD (Tam) Says:

Tursunov’s behavior is disgraceful. It’s one thing to get yourself defaulted from a singles match but Tursunov’s immature and loutish behavior also affects his doubles partner and causes unnecessary anguish. Why do these players get away with such selfish behavior while other (certain American) players get put through the wash for lesser transgressions?


TA (Tom) Says:

“23 sets won in a row in Paris going back to ‘07 final”

Idiots! Nadal lost in straight sets in the final of the Paris Masters Series in Paris in early November (of 2007). You can’t just call the French Open ‘Paris’, you’ve gotta be more specific; there’s two big tournaments in Paris. GOSH


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Von Says:

TD:

“Why do these players get away with such selfish behavior while other (certain American) players get put through the wash for lesser transgressions?”

If it were our guy instead of Tursunov he would have been wrung out already.


PJ Says:

I’m a big fan of Dmitry (best blogger EVER), but that is not good behavior at all. I agree that it’s especially bad when it’s a doubles match because it has an impact on someone else.


funches Says:

Funny, I would have thought Henman would be the last player to say something controversial. I never knew he had that funny offensive side to him.

Plus, I always like to add to my vocabulary, and I wasn’t aware of the British word, “niffy.”


Skorocel Says:

funches said:

“Plus, I always like to add to my vocabulary, and I wasn’t aware of the British word, “niffy.”

You can bet that I wasn’t as well :)


Skorocel Says:

Can someone of you guys tell me what exactly happened in that Tursunov’s doubles match? Did he just walk off the court because of not being happy with some line call, or did they send him off after addressing some “nice” words to the umpire/line judges?


Von Says:

For my English 101 pupil; :)
(You know who you are). :)

“Plus, I always like to add to my vocabulary, and I wasn’t aware of the British word, “niffy.”

You saud: “You can bet that I wasn’t as well.”

Yes, “niffy” is a British word meaning “malodorous — a bad odor or stinky smelling.”

The British are so very genteel — an American commentator would say “he stinks — put a fork in him.”

I don’t know the context of the commentator’s description, but I’d say he meant something along the above lines. Hope this helps. Enough English lessons for one day. :)

The stool pigeon arrived with your email. have some more jokes/trivia to send to you. In the meantime, be good, if not be …. :)


C Note Says:

“The women’s French Open final featured 50 unforced errors in two sets, while the men’s featured 42 in three sets…”

The womens’ final also featured 78 winners in two sets, while the men’s featured 77 in three sets.

Just sayin’.


Daniel Craig Says:

wow 78 winners in two sets? goes to show that one or both of the finalists suck at defense…


Jack Says:

78 winners in 2 sets for a women’s match sounds highly unlikely. I donot know if you got those stats from the French Open website. That site was way off in the winners count since quarter finals or so. I saw some posts on some tennis site that the FO website was screwed up regarding the numbers in winners category.

I dont know if the UFE category was screwed up as well.


Susan Says:

As much as I’ve tried to watch Serena & Maria (and even Venus) play their matches, their grunting makes it impossible!!! It’s like listening to animals in pain, UGH!


Colin Says:

Funches – one of the fascinating little things about these forums is the way I keep discovering the differences between British and American English. I never would have guessed “niffy” was exclusively British.
Tim Henman wouldn’t have liked the great Bill Tilden, who allegedly never showered after a match, so he wasn’t nice to get close to!


JCF Says:

“Bjorn Borg’s pick for Wimbledon, and Great Person of the Year: “[Rafael] Nadal can play on any surface. If I would pick a winner for Wimbledon in 2008 I would pick Nadal. He knows he can play on grass now and he knows he can win on it. He’s a great player and a great person.” — then again, it was Borg who said Roger Federer had a “really, really good chance” of beating Nadal in the French Open final before he won only four games…”

Maybe Borg is just a nice guy and want to see both their dreams come true. I know I did in 2005 and 2006.


JCF Says:

“The women’s French Open final featured 50 unforced errors in two sets, while the men’s featured 42 in three sets…”

And 35 of those 42 came from Federer… nice work Roger.

“Boris Becker tells GQ magazine that grunting in women’s tennis needs to be stopped: “I’m amazed whenever I watch Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. I can’t help thinking it’s bad for their vocal chords. It can’t be healthy and it can’t go on. Grunting serves no athletic purpose and should be banned.”…”

Yep, that’s the one big reason I don’t like Sharapova. And Serena, but she has more reasons than that, least of all her attitude.


kofi ofori Says:

C Note Says:
“The women’s French Open final featured 50 unforced errors in two sets, while the men’s featured 42 in three sets…”

The womens’ final also featured 78 winners in two sets, while the men’s featured 77 in three sets.

what i believe this means, C Note, is that the men guard their tough better than the women. women’s tennis is crap. take for instance sharapova; no slice, no drop shot, no nothing. just plain power hitting and grunting [no, its shrieking]. no variety. i’d rather watch paint dry than sit through it.
thats why Double H’s departure hurt the women’s game. of course larry scott wont admit that. all he care for is image for which the game’s best player didn’t have.


Skorocel Says:

To kofi ofori:

Couldn’t have agreed with you more!


Von Says:

Sharapova/shriekapova is a shriekarama in full bloom. She over does it with her shrieking. It’s total disregrd for the fans and her opponents — a very selfish and self-indulgent player.

Serena shrieks also but it’s selective — it’s only when she’s on a roll. Sharapova on the other hand, just does it, and it goes up by decibels with each point he wins against a lesser ranked opponent. She asserts her authority — how very sick and juvenile too. Maybe if the fans are lucky her vocal cords will freeze during her matches.

I’m waiting to see what the Wimby crowd will do this year when she plays — they laughed at her a couple of years ago. And, the shriekarama continues ….


freakyfrites Says:

I thank CNote for sticking up for the ladies.

I thought the Safina – Sharapova match was one of the matches of the tournament – men’s or women’s.


Vulcan Says:

Sharpova’s shrieking is trivial compared with the times she has turned her chair so her back is to her opponent during the changover. I have seen Jan Michael Gambill do this also. Childish and disrespectful to the opponent.


PeterB Says:

Boris Becker, of all people, got it right! The shrieking ruins the viewing experience, and we fans pay the bills. Fewer fans= less revenue. The other players should show a little courage and demand that it stop- just a few players, trying to get an unfair advantage, hurt everyone else.


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