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FleetingEileenM



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ATP Finals are being played in London this week and are on the BBC. Federer lost to Nishikori last night and looked out of sorts. Cilic plays Zverev this pm and Djokovic vs Isner this evening.

https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/scores/current/nitto-atp-finals/605/daily-schedule?day=1
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eileen! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such a shame the semi final match ended the way it did,this afternoon, with some of the crowd booing Zverev. Sad They should all be ashamed of themselves He handled it superbly well.

Good to see Annabel Croft putting them in their places. Well done to her too.

I didn't know much of this young man before this week but I'm looking forward to seeing more of him.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Becky, they were appalling. It's easy to forget he's only 21, the youngest in this competition. He's an excellent player, I've been watching him over the last couple of years, it will be interesting to see how he does with Lendl.

He also has Jez Green, Andy Murray's ex trainer, working with him. I saw an interview with him and he was saying they are working to ensure they look after his body as he matures, especially as he is so tall.

I would love to see him win but think Djokovic is playing too well.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the match this evening and was so pleased for Zverev. He is such a mature and likeable chap and is certain to be a Grand Slam winner of the future, after the way he beat Federer yesterday and Djokovic today.

How odd that his mike was cut off during his speech in order to present him with the champagne. He dealt with it well, saying that although he was talking a lot he hadn't quite finished (i.e. he hadn't thanked the fans yet)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red Baron wrote:
I agree, Becky, they were appalling. It's easy to forget he's only 21, the youngest in this competition. He's an excellent player, I've been watching him over the last couple of years, it will be interesting to see how he does with Lendl.

He also has Jez Green, Andy Murray's ex trainer, working with him. I saw an interview with him and he was saying they are working to ensure they look after his body as he matures, especially as he is so tall.

I would love to see him win but think Djokovic is playing too well.

A surprise eh Red,with a well deserved win for Sascha...a very well spoken,articulate young man who seemed as much at home holding a microphone as he does holding a tennis racket. After 4 all in the first set there was only one player in it.

Still with tennis I watched the film Battle of the Sexes the other night...the story behind the tennis match between Billy Jo King and Bobby Riggs. Interesting and entertaining ...the women had it tough back then. I always enjoyed listening to Jack Kramer on the BBC at Wimbledon.. saw him in a different light in this...not a very favourable one, at that. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor old Andy. Sad It must be gutting to have to retire from something you love doing so much.

Said today,after his match, that he could still return to Melbourne so in his mind he hasn't given up,quite yet.

Lovely tributes, after the match today, from his peers. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Andy has been questioning Bob Bryan very closely about his recent hip operation as he is back to playing doubles with his twin brother and Andy would be having a similar operation.

Dan Evans had a good match against Roger and though he lost in three sets the first two were tiebreakers. I do hope he is back on the straight and narrow now regarding recreational drugs. He has potential as a player.

Thursday 17th:
What a good match between Konta and Muguruza but what a ridiculous time to play, starting at half past midnight and not finishing until 3.15am. Well played both but a shame it ended with the wrong result for us Brits.

The previous match was a humdinger with Zverev beating Chardy in 5 sets. Zverev gave a lovely on-court interview afterwards - what a charming young chap he is.
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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fun afternoon yesterday of music and tennis at Wimbledon to mark the re-opening of Wimbledonís No.1 Court as the All England Club showcases and tests a new retractable roof.

I didn't know it was on ...was looking for the cricket and found this instead!

Lovely to see some of the veteran players going head to head.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00059lr/tennis-from-wimbledon-the-no1-court-celebration

Sad to hear Sue Barker talk about the passing of Paul Hutchins - he was a stalwart of British tennis.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was away on holiday in Norfolk so I heard about that event after it had finished. I must iPlayer it. Sounds really good fun.
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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well worth a look if you get the time,Eileen. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky, I am watching a few games at a time. They are still all pretty nifty players and it is highly entertaining. I do worry about the musicians and their instruments though as they are awfully close to the action.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2019 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
Becky, I am watching a few games at a time. They are still all pretty nifty players and it is highly entertaining. I do worry about the musicians and their instruments though as they are awfully close to the action.

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That Maltese tenor (Joseph Calleja) has a fabulous voice. Cool I've never heard of him before.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roger gave a masterclass in elegant tennis yesterday in his first round match at the French Open.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was quite a battle today between Kyle Edmund and Jeremy Chardy, postponed at 5-5 in the final set because of failing light.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No play at Queens - rain - turned the TV on and thought Len Goodman was going to represent us Wink Very Happy

Glorious weather here. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it has been bucketing down here in Hampshire this afternoon. There were some tempting matches scheduled for today but it looks as if it is all over for today. Stan the Man was due to play our Dan at 5.30pm but it doesn't look hopeful but I shall check later on.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sensational tennis today. Dear "old" 37 year old Feliciano Lopez beating teenager Canadian Felix Aliassime in the singles, then he and Andy finishing off their match and beating Evans and Skupski, then staying on court to beat the current holders Kontinen and Peers. Lopez is going to be a busy chap tomorrow, playing in both finals. Great to see Andy playing and moving so well.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Due to one thing and another,Eileen, I just haven't been able to watch much tennis this week,but hope to catch some this afternoon. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great tennis to end the week - thoroughly enjoyed it. Cool

Shame the other Brit had to lose but it really was lovely seeing Andy playing again.

A Fever Tree hamper - wonder what's in that and why did Andrew (he doesn't half talk some drivel sometimes) Castle say the prize money in dollars?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was such a wonderful afternoon of tennis. How lovely for Feliciano at 37 to be both singles and doubles champion, and it was great to see Andy enjoying himself on court. Joe Salisbury was impressive - he was so quick around the court. Years of playing US college tennis seems to be of great benefit to various players' ability, including Cam Norrie.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andy's quest for a mixed double's partner could be at an end.

Miranda Hart on Twitter

Joyous. Weíve missed you @andy_murray You say you havenít found a mixed doubles partner so this is me formally putting my hat in the ring. Iím VERY tall and the extra weight means Iím very grounded emotionally and physically. Also a GSOH - useful at stressful points @the_LTA


Judy Murray replies..

Dear Andy, please give this serious consideration. It would be Ďsuch funí. Miranda has a remarkable overhead and reach PLUS she would be happy to stand in the tramlines and do what u tell her. Love from Mum x

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That would be a laugh and a half Becky!!

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Great pairing for future charity events,Helen! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a wonderful idea. I like Miranda. I thought she was such a good compere (commere?) at the Royal Variety Performance a couple of years ago. She even had Prince William doing a gallop up in the royal box Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the disappointment of Saturday's match between Evans and Sousa today the hopes for a British player, going further, lie with Johanna Konta.

The odds are against Cori Gauff going any further than her match with Simona Halep but the match has still to be played....
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It was disappointing Becky but I've enjoyed the tennis that I've watched over the first week.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes,Helen,there have been some really good matches.

Big upset already today. Ash Barty - the No 1 seed is out to Alison Riske,who is ranked just 55 in the world.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was away in Cornwall last week but still managed to watch some good matches. I didn't know Ash Barty was out. I was pleased that Pella beat Raonic - I am not keen on these giant players who rely on a huge serve from a great height to win a lot of points, although Raonic's movement around the court has improved in the last couple of years.

I saw about half of Konta's match when I arrived home and she is doing really well.
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FleetingEileenM wrote:
I was away in Cornwall last week but still managed to watch some good matches. I didn't know Ash Barty was out. I was pleased that Pella beat Raonic - I am not keen on these giant players who rely on a huge serve from a great height to win a lot of points, although Raonic's movement around the court has improved in the last couple of years.

I saw about half of Konta's match when I arrived home and she is doing really well.


Not her year this year - be interesting to see how her victor,from the other day, goes on against Serena Williams today.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So ... it will be a Serena/Halep final. Halep seems to have a good temperament so it shouldn't be one-sided.

Roger/Rafa tomorrow. They showed some of their final from 2008 this evening but I missed most of it. That was Rafa's pre-twitching era. They both looked so young.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
So ... it will be a Serena/Halep final. Halep seems to have a good temperament so it shouldn't be one-sided.

Roger/Rafa tomorrow. They showed some of their final from 2008 this evening but I missed most of it. That was Rafa's pre-twitching era. They both looked so young.


Did he get that from Pancho Gonazales? Laughing (think I've got the right one there)

Halep is good but you can't see Serena being beat - what an athlete she is.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful match between Roger and Rafa. So pleased for Roger. Bautista Agut gave Djokovic a reasonable match and he did well to get so far.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
FleetingEileenM wrote:
So ... it will be a Serena/Halep final. Halep seems to have a good temperament so it shouldn't be one-sided.

Roger/Rafa tomorrow. They showed some of their final from 2008 this evening but I missed most of it. That was Rafa's pre-twitching era. They both looked so young.


Did he get that from Pancho Gonazales? Laughing (think I've got the right one there)

Halep is good but you can't see Serena being beat
- what an athlete she is.


Happy to be wrong - Halep was just superb,never giving Serena a chance. What a delightful woman she is - lovely speech from her at the end....I think she's endeared herself to Wimbledon.

Nice to see Virginia Ruzici in the Romanian's team - I used to like her..
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought Halep had a good chance the way she has played all tournament. I didn't expect her to win so decisively, she was brilliant.

It really shocked the Pro Serena commentators, yet I don't think Serena, as they said afterwards, has moved well in her matches so it just needed someone to make her run.

Enjoyed Serena's games with Andy yet I was pleased a proper mixed doubles team won, they don't get enough prize money and Serena and Andy have enough nowadays......
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Oh, and the Roger v Rafa game was fab!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely can't call tomorrow's men's final.

I'll be switching channels between the tennis and the cricket. Have to say though, I felt like we had won the final the other day with our magnificent win over Australia. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Happy to be wrong - Halep was just superb,never giving Serena a chance. What a delightful woman she is - lovely speech from her at the end....I think she's endeared herself to Wimbledon.

Nice to see Virginia Ruzici in the Romanian's team - I used to like her..


It's ages since I've heard any mention of Virginia Ruzici as well Becky.

It was a great match and she was so lovely at the end.

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The pundits certainly got it wrong! Simona Halep played superbly, chasing every ball, finding good angles and returning balls to Serena which normally would have been winners. She wasn't at all fazed by the Centre Court atmosphere and she was so thrilled that now she can be a lifetime member of the Club. She was a charming winner and as usual Serena was generous and gracious at being defeated.

Now ... tomorrow! Come on, Roger!
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What a day of sport that was (I don't count F1 - no time for it).

And yet, I felt so down and deflated, once it was over. My heart went out to The Fed, having been by far the better player, yet finishing runner up to Djokovic yet again. Those two match points he didn't convert, will haunt him forever and a day. Even that first set tiebreak, he should have won comfortably. He'd played unbelievable tennis in the semi and the final. How did he end up losing?

Neither could I summon up the expected joy, when England scraped home against the gallant Kiwis. To me, that was no way to conclude any tournament, let alone a World Cup. Why couldn't they just accept a tie and both teams go away winners? It has to be better and more dignified than winning/losing on boundaries scored. So I just felt sorry for the Kiwis.

I know that's what sport is...ups and downs, but I don't remember feeling that way before, even when England got knocked out in the semi-finals in last year's Football World Cup, by Croatia. Not even when Liverpool just failed in their attempt to win the Premiership last season.
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