New TENNIS thread here! Montreal starts Monday at 5pm Sky sports 3!

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GameSetAndMatch Fri 02-Aug-13 21:38:54

Yipee! the Rogers cup. Live!!!!
lead up time to the US Open! Yay!

there is also WTA tennis on eurosport atm but i never seem to catch it live and when I put it on ita always Radwanska and Cibulkova match!hmm.

Federer has withdrawn from montreal citing a back injury-rare for him.

dont know if rafas playing, havent heard hide or hair (or bum!) from him since Wimbledon [tennis].

and wheres Andy gone? must have finished his hols by now.

anyway cant wait for Monday!

GameSetAndMatch Fri 02-Aug-13 22:00:15

come on come on, roll up, one and all!

still miss Wimbledon sad but now were over the hump and can look forward to the US open and davis cup GB against Croatia, really hope Cilic gets sorted out and the LTA's wrong about him, hes one of my faves, mind you so's Troiki so i sooooo hope theyre not dabbling.

Raahh Fri 02-Aug-13 22:10:50

ooh- lost the old thread<numpty> so hello!
Just read that Fed is out of Montreal.That's quite sad, really. I won't be able to watch, but will keep up with my up-dates on the Beeb websitegrin

Rafa is playing in Montreal Facebook stalker seems to be taking the training one day at a time, which is good.

And Del Potato is progressing well in Washington, which is also good news.

My dcs have been off a whole week, it feels much longergrin

PetiteRaleuse Fri 02-Aug-13 22:14:08

Ooh good. Hopefully the French TV will show it. They're more tennis friendly than the UK. But maybe that will change if Andy continues to kick ass. He likes hard courts so fingers crossed for the next few months.

GameSetAndMatch Sat 03-Aug-13 14:27:48

yep.Andy and Novak playing for sure.

and yes glad potatoes doing well [tennis]

maybe MNHQ can give us a stars n stripes tennis ball emoticon!for he US Open!

siezethenight Sun 04-Aug-13 10:02:34

Okay then - give me channels as I am clueless.
I need this actually - game re the other thread - never underestimate the power of a pissed off woman. I have appealed. Last night I was up on the hour every hour as it was raining and Ds cat was out. He said he had tried to unlock the door to get out but couldn't (thank f*ck) but I had to get up to find the cat. This went on, on the hour until 5am this morning. Because he times it - exactly 60 minutes and he's back upstairs to wake me. This is apparently, not being needed up at night? This is exactly why I hide our door keys at night... We shall see grin I am pretty confident the appeal will go as it should.
But that aside - what channel is [tennis] on.
And - can we get the [tennis] back for this!?

Raahh Sun 04-Aug-13 11:01:24

sieze- I can't help re-channels, as I only have basic Virgin freeview. I imagine, if it is shown, it will be on ESPN/Skysports/ Eurosport <makes it up> grin

and good luck with your appeal! [tennis]

GameSetAndMatch Sun 04-Aug-13 17:30:58

its on skysports and Eurosport.

theres a new BT channel showing some [tennis] but you have to upgrade somewhere for it.

sieze thanks for

ClayDavis Sun 04-Aug-13 22:00:58

flowers seize. If it helps at all I think about 80% of decisions get overturned at appeal. Not sure how that figure will change with the move from DLA to PIP.

[tennis]. Probably not going to be able to find anywhere to watch the tennis. Had got a bit distracted by the [cricket] over the last few days. Might need to get my tennis head back on.

siezethenight Mon 05-Aug-13 08:06:47

clay I was told that stat also. Which is why I am going to appeal. Normally, I can't be bothered with the scrap for something when it comes to Government. I seem to be more likely to fight if its regarding one of the Dc's though so, yes. I am going for it. Pip seems to be unfair to those physically disabled and fairer to those who have mental disabilities. So I am told but stress I have no experience of it yet so can't make a proper opinion on it all.
game where's your name change then?
I am going to pop onto Sky online and check out the sports channels, see what tennis they are showing and when. Then make the call for the free month in about 2 weeks time.

PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 15:40:47

Yay it's showing on the channels I have here in France. One of the rivals nicked loads of the tennis tournaments and I refuse to pay any more just to get decent tennis coverage. Starts at 8.45 tonight my time. Allez the French and of course Murray.

PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 15:45:08

Oh there's only Gasquet that has a hope on the French side. I didn't realise Ferrer had overtaken Nadal and Federer in the ATP rankings:

PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 15:45:21
Raahh Mon 05-Aug-13 16:03:11

I'm glad Del Potato won in Washington, and if he can stay injury free, hes having a great year.

Re- the rankings, I'm obsessed with them. And check up on them updating live here

Nadal was always going to drop, after his 7 months off, but because of that he will (if he progresses in the next few tournaments) be able to make up points,as points are defended, not won. (iyswim). The points from the Olympics have dropped off as well, which changes things a bit.

I'm very envy that France are showing the Rogers Cup, Petite, and sad that Tsonga isn't playing.


PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 16:12:45

Yes, but it's weird not seeing them in the top 3 or 4. I think Nadal might be able to climb his way up again but I think Federer has had his (very long) moment at the top.
I pay for a certain TV package, like sky but a lot smaller. The reason we pay for it is because they show good tennis and the English premier league, but a competitor (Orange) nicked the tennis contract the last two years, except for the slams. It appears my package has won back the rights to some of them at least. Phew.

PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 16:13:17

Yes i wish Tsonga was playing. Is he still injured from Wimbledon?

GameSetAndMatch Mon 05-Aug-13 17:16:24

Yay! its starting! [tennis] i want the [tennis] balls back!

okay. Seize , Ill go with what you lot suggest.

either i stay Game but tweak it to GamesetandMATS !

or- this is lame but tennis historians and beatles fans will get this, and come on, took me ages to get this but...

TheLenglenWildingHOad - get in!

or a play on the film titel Tango and Cash, TarangoandCash
or a play on Black and Decker -*MacandBecker*.

I know, I know, in fact I had about 3 more but Ive forgotten them!

Raahh Mon 05-Aug-13 17:19:09

I'm not sure, Petite- I've not been able to find out much. i hope he's around for the US.Maybe he just needs an extended break.

I do think Federer is on his (probably) slow descent down the rankings,but yes, he's been at the top for so long now. There is still a big difference between being top 5, and top 10. He will be around,at least on paper, for a while. Djokovic has the number 1 sewn up until after the Australian Open at least, unless something drastic happens.

My mum has some sports channels with her Virgin package that have been pinched by BT,I think. She's not happy. She watches lots of sportgrin.

The day Wimbledon ends up on a Sky sports channel is the day I will have to sell my first borngrin

In other news, Johanna Konta, our 3rd ranked woman, won a tournament at the weekend. Vancouver? She is climbing the rankings steadily, which is good for the Women's game here. Our men have a lot of work to do still.

Raahh Mon 05-Aug-13 17:20:51

Ok- those of you watching can keep me up to date. I will keep re-freshing the ATP pagegrin

TarangoandCash- geniusgrin

GameSetAndMatch Mon 05-Aug-13 17:35:23

watching Tomic and Mayer atm! ive missed tennis so much!
peering over the pc screen at tv at same time as mnetting and back to our tennis talk!

ok 1 voet for Tarangoand Cash! Thanx Raah

PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 18:26:36

According to his website Tsonga was 'signed off' for four weeks at the beginning of July and was going to undergo more medical testing at the end of July. I assume that means he's still injured now.

GameSetAndMatch Mon 05-Aug-13 19:46:46

vamos Lopez. cant stand Gulbis, little tantrum brat!

you can get latest results and stuff on the eurosport tennis website btw.

well done Mayer! beat Tomic.

GameSetAndMatch Mon 05-Aug-13 19:48:39

Clay you traitor! don't you dare watch cricket! you get back here NOW !!!!! grin

ClayDavis Mon 05-Aug-13 20:45:04

Ok, Ok, I'm back. <hangs head in shame> I'm feeling strangely disappointed by the cricket today anyway.

Partly because I'm so tired and partly because the light is shining of the screen in an odd way I've just read PetiteRaleuse's post as saying that Tsonga will be undergoing more naked testing at the end of July. I may be reading what I want to read there.

Have bookmarked the eurosport website now so should find it easier to keep up to date.

Raahh Mon 05-Aug-13 20:51:48

naked testing shock

now that, I'd pay a Sky subscription to seegrin


ClayDavis Mon 05-Aug-13 21:14:17

I think I'd be willing to pay the sky subscription and the TV License to see that, Raahh.

PetiteRaleuse Mon 05-Aug-13 21:19:32


Raahh Mon 05-Aug-13 21:19:47


ClayDavis Mon 05-Aug-13 21:49:16

There is the slight problem that I don't have a television but I'm sure that can be solved. grin

siezethenight Tue 06-Aug-13 10:11:34

Naked testing? I am in... This needs to be carried out on every male player in every tournament. I am starting a petition to have it shown live on Tv as well, so we are all clear the players are fit, we have seen it all with our own eyes!

magimedi Tue 06-Aug-13 16:34:43

Hallo lovely tennis ladies!

If there is to be naked testing I am going to be a tester!

Am not watching any of the tennis as have neither Sky nor Eurosport.

Being retired, I'd spend far too much time in front of the TV if I did.

I wonder if Fed is contemplating retirement? He's had some awful defeats post Wimbledon.

Am going to be away fron TV for all the US open as well - but as I'll be with DS & DIL I'm not too fussed.

Raahh Tue 06-Aug-13 17:00:12

Hello, magi- my gran, after she retired, having never been interested in sport at all, became an expert on EVERYTHING. There is no sporting event she will not watch. At one point, she combined this with her knitting obsession and made an entire knitted Manchester united team, which she sold for a local cancer charity. It was during the Beckham era, he was a big sellergrin 25 years on, she is still obsessed with sport- and has finally got to grips with the rules of mostgrin

magimedi Tue 06-Aug-13 17:21:17

Raaah - I hope I am not old enough to be your gran!!

Am not a gran yet - aching to be!

Retired quite early, due to DH being ten years older than me.

And we vowed never to watch daytime TV - apart from Wimbledon or absolute 'one-offs' like coronations!

I know too many people of my age who spend (IMHO) far too much time in front of the TV & have become very isolated due to this.

If ill or disabled it is obviously a different matter.

So Sky/euro sport would be too much temptation for me!

Raahh Tue 06-Aug-13 17:31:41

magi- I don't think so, she's 86!

I lost my job when pg with dc3, - and nearly 3 years on, I am afraid I have become a couch potato grin

GameSetAndMatch Tue 06-Aug-13 20:11:20

hi. just managed now to get internet connection! reception so bad where I live.

so whos the biggest toddler tamtrum then, Gulbis or Janovic?

Isner palying atm, love when he serves the way he bounces the ball through his legs!

PetiteRaleuse Tue 06-Aug-13 20:39:30

They showed Benneteau losing here and now on the Isner match.

magimedi Tue 06-Aug-13 22:24:13

Raahh - I am a long way off 86!

Please keep the tennis gossip going, everyone.

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 09:27:12

Llodra, Benneteau and Gilles Simon are all out. Only Gasquet left in the interesting French players. When is Andy playing? Today?

I watched Gasquet play in Metz (local to me) a few years ago. It's an ATP 250 so not massive (though Tosonga plays there too). Anyway, Gasquet, after his match, was called up for some presenter/crowd interaction. He basically shot a tennis ball or three into the crowd and those who caught it were invited down to play a few shots with him. It was kind of fun. Seemed like a nice guy, but he was trying to improve his image after the cocaine scandal. So he might have been a twat pretending to be nice.

Raahh Wed 07-Aug-13 15:27:31

Nadal is playing in the doubles as well, this time, with Anduja- sadly they beat Ferrer/Lopez ,but it's a good start to getting back on track. I like watching Nadal play doubles. Djoko safely through to the third round.

Just wish I had chance to watch it allsad

Raahh Wed 07-Aug-13 17:56:45

Just looking up scores, and Murray is playing Granollers now- 5-3 in the first set.

Nadal up next, and then Del Potato. (probably middle of the night uk timegrin)

order of play

GameSetAndMatch Wed 07-Aug-13 19:00:44

oh dear, Andy, whats happened? 1st set almost a doddle, then Marcel comes back for the 2nd and now Andys 4-2 up.

drives me mad this guy, just cant watch him he makes me nervous! [tennis]

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 19:06:54

Yay. He's through. Nadal now on French TV as far as I can see with the sound off.

GameSetAndMatch Wed 07-Aug-13 19:17:48

yep the itchy and scratchy show now on court!!!

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 19:22:43


He really needs to sort out his, ahem, itchy bum.

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 19:23:11

Oh they've out the Berdych match on here, but the French are none to keen on Nadal.

GameSetAndMatch Wed 07-Aug-13 19:45:47

why aren't they keen on Nadal?

Berdych gets the itches too round the front but when hes not doing that I love watching him play, hes got an old fashioned 50's/60's cleanline look about him.

and im with the French on nadal too!! I like Uncle Tony though!

Raahh Wed 07-Aug-13 19:48:00

Well I still love Nadal- he's a genuinely lovely bloke, unlike some. grin

ClayDavis Wed 07-Aug-13 20:06:01

Well Berdych is through. What's happened to Haas? He's 5-0 down. Is he injured or something?

ClayDavis Wed 07-Aug-13 20:09:59

Must be. Haas has retired from the match since I posted that.

Raahh Wed 07-Aug-13 20:20:07

Poor Haas-he's had such a good run so far this year. Hope it's nothing serious.

Raahh Wed 07-Aug-13 20:44:33

Stan's out toosad

Raahh Wed 07-Aug-13 21:33:26

But Rafa wasn't messing about. grin

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 23:17:45

There is a very well respected journalist who explained Nadal's long absence from last year's Wimbledon to this year's clay season (about 8-9 months) as being drug related but covered up.

Now, you could say that was just gossip. But he is a very well respected journalist, and certain things that other players said (including Federer but I don't trust him an inch) backed him up. Anyway. It was taken as read in France, and the Spanish are pissed off with French reporting over the tennis and cycling scandals. Tomorrow I'll post some links (but they won't be much use as they are in French)

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 23:28:09

OK I did a quick search but here is a blog post which debates the issue (in French):

The debate is interesting but what is more interesting is that Les Guignols which is the Spitting image in France dared do several skits on it over the last few years. And they were sued of course, but not for huge amounts.

You can google Les Guignols and Nadal to get an idea.

PetiteRaleuse Wed 07-Aug-13 23:36:26

Sorry, it wasn't a journalist, it was a player- a Belgian:

But anyway, the Fed interviews round about the time were very evasive; there are even rumours that some of Federer's injury times were in fact covering up doping. And I remember watching a Federer press conference where he didn't deny drugging as far as Nadal was concerned. Could be PR (they're not friendly) or could be something to think about.

Bt like lots of things in sport we just havebblogs and the odd interview to go on...

I like Nadal; I personally choose to believe that all our top tennis players are clean and i luffs them, apart their scratchy arses. But I do worry that they will be exposed like the cyclists or 100m runners...

siezethenight Thu 08-Aug-13 09:10:49

Morning peeps...
I thought the players were tested after every game? I was under the impression that [tennis] was one of the cleanest games about because of the strict testing and how well documented it is how hard the top seeds men and women all train up in gym as well as on court?
It will be a huge shame if this is all true about Nadal.
I personally prefer to think that, because he is young and very fit he can bounce back fast after injury and play to the insane level of fitness that he does. I hold onto this hope...

I maybe will call Sky today and ask for a free 6 week sports trial. I figure, its been 20 years since I joined them, the slight suggestion that I may pop off to another for my telly, phone and internet maybe would sway them into giving it up!
This certainly worked with my energy people yesterday! They owed me over 450.00 and were carrying it over to next bill - uh, no. Not when 350.00 of that was electric!! Do they think I am planning on lighting up the street in the next 4 months? Return it or I leave you, its as simple as that. They said they would, its not showed up in my account yet so am giving it till Friday to register in there. I looked to switch but the energy companies now have this contract thing, like phone's do - leave before 18 months is up and face a fine. Would rather stay put and come the winter if my company hikes prices I can leave them then without a fine as have been with them too long for a contract to apply anymore. If I switched now and it happened with a new company - if you see what I mean... Anyhow, they bended on my demands so - I miss tennis so much, I might give Sky a shot today.

No baby yet - God darn her. Midwife says if Dd is still here in 2 weeks she's doing an internal - wey-hey - that's what brought Dd on a long, long 22 years ago!

ClayDavis Thu 08-Aug-13 10:31:51

If PetiteRaleuse's article is correct only the losing player gets tested after each game seize, and then both players in the final. I don't think there's much random out of competition testing like in other sports either. This is what they've been trying to change. There aren't yet tests for every performance enhancing drug, so it's possible to take things that won't be picked up by routine doping tests.


Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 17:50:37

I've been out all day and have only just seen that Ferrer lostsad

Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 19:09:34

But Nadal has just won, so all is not lost. grin

Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 19:13:22

And if he wins the next round, he should move up to number 3 in the rankings.

Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 21:00:33

looks like Murray could be going out. <frantically updating the ATP page>

Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 21:01:32

And he is!

PetiteRaleuse Thu 08-Aug-13 21:17:52

He played badly, didn't seem to be in the match at all. sad

Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 21:20:13

Del Potato up next <wishes she could actually see it>

magimedi Thu 08-Aug-13 22:33:34

Del Potato is MINE! All mine.

I am telling you - only moi would appreciate him.

I just might have to get Sky............

Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 22:37:04

magi - I've grown very fond of Del Potato over the past couple of months, but I will stay loyal to Rafa. grin I'll cheer Delpo on,though.


Raahh Thu 08-Aug-13 23:15:06

And Berdych is outsad

Raahh Fri 09-Aug-13 06:50:50

Noooo! Del potato is out sad
Sounds like he has a back injury, and there was a dodgy non call that went raonics way, too. Very sadsad
[ tennis]

GameSetAndMatch Fri 09-Aug-13 18:22:18

And Posposil going through at the expense of davydenkos injury.

do like Posposil though.

oh no not Delpo! sad.

Andys playing doubles, skysports said theyd keep updating that one as its on a non-televised court. [tennis]

GameSetAndMatch Fri 09-Aug-13 18:32:11

co-incidence ahoy! had to switch channels for a bit for DC to watch top gear and Boris Beckers the star in the car!

Raahh Fri 09-Aug-13 19:46:21

Game grin

angry just reading that Raonic has admitted he touched the net during the match against Del Potato- but it was important a point to admit to ithmm Nice sportsmanship, there, Raonic. I doubt very much Del Potato could have salvaged the match, but I'm not surprised he's angry about it.

So , C'mon Gulbis!

GameSetAndMatch Fri 09-Aug-13 21:05:41

dint that happen to Djoko and he lost the point?

agree bad sportsmanship on raonics part.

trivial and silly but today we were listening to the radio and a song from the 70's came on by the Gibson bros 'cuba'.

if you know it, we started singing 'Kubot' instead! and another tennis song is the old hymn 'Macenroe the boat ashore' !!

GameSetAndMatch Fri 09-Aug-13 21:08:26

magi were all have to share your potatoes with us!

El potato and (Mardy) Fish!

Raahh Fri 09-Aug-13 21:22:04

Now I'm singing 'Kubot'....dh is looking hmm

siezethenight Sat 10-Aug-13 07:25:22

Ladies - you are angels in disguise... Keep up the information, reading with gusto every day even if not participating. Not got Sky Sports - yet grin
On to it though...

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 07:37:38

Morning sieze. Over night results make the semi finals a very tasty match between Rafa and djokovic ( vamos!) and in an all

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 07:41:23

Stupid phone!
And an all Canadian semi with pospisil and Raonic .

My phone kept trying to correct djokovic to 'skimobiles' confused

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 10:42:29

I think I'd have preferred a Djok/Rafa final to a semi-final. It'll probably feel more like the final.

Vamos Rafa


Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 11:27:32

Clay- I know-the French semi was great, really made the final feel a bit flat- which potentially could happen here. (If i was actually watching , that is,and not just watching live scores on the ATP site- that's a bit 2 dimensionalgrin)So Vamos! Rafa,and C'mon Pospisil.


Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 11:32:09

The draw is out for Cincinnati too- much is being made of Rafa meeting Fed in the quarter finals. Tbh, the way things have been going for Roger, I don't think that is now as big a deal as it would have been 12 months ago. I know Roger is the defending champion, but I don't think he'll have it easy.

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 11:55:22

Agree about 2D-ness of tennis scores. I have the live scores up in a tab on my browser but it's not quite the same. Seems to work for cricket in a way it doesn't for tennis.

PetiteRaleuse Sat 10-Aug-13 15:37:23

What time is the Djok Rafa match?

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 16:00:28

Rogers Cup site is saying not before 8pm. Assuming that's Montreal time, I think that's 1am UK time.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 16:32:20

1 amsad

That's too late for me to sit watching my screen refreshgrin

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 16:36:47

grin, Raah. I think I'll have stopped watching my screen refresh by then too. At least there's live athletics to watch while watching the screen refresh today.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 16:37:19

I've just worked out--I am bored-- that if Rafa wins this tournament, he will be within 750 points of Murray, and the number 2 slot. I like thatgrin

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 16:38:00

Yes, Clay- I've just enjoyed watching Mighty Mo!

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 16:44:55

He had me worried there for a second. I thought he was going to get boxed in.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 16:50:40

It did look a bit iffy for a while. I love watching the images of the commentators watching the race and getting really into it. But where is Michael Johnson? I LOVE Michael Johnson.blush

GameSetAndMatch Sat 10-Aug-13 16:57:17

clay Im sure its 8pm UK time, if you're on skysports. whats the time difference between us and Canada?

like the other day they said Murray not before 7pm and they showed it UK time at 7pm?

im looking forward to the canadian match, come on Posposil!

and come on Novak! [tennis]

i just love the way we're all still stubbornly typing [tennis] !!

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 16:57:27

It's always funny when they show that. I absolutely was not doing that at all.

Do we have any decathletes these days? I can't think of any off the top of my head.

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 17:01:55

They're 5 hrs behind. It's this site. I'm not sure whether its UK or Montreal time. I assumed Montreal because the 1st match starts at 1pm which would be 8am in Montreal if the time on the site is UK.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 17:27:11

ohsad Michael Johnson has had a family bereavement, so will be at the athletics on Monday. I LOVE HIM (did I mention that)grin .
I get really confused by the times, but the ATP site does helpfully show a clock, which is nice and nothing to do with the Rolex sponsorship at all, oh no grin


ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 17:36:54

Poor Michael Johnson sad. I do love Colin Jackson though. Live streaming 100m races is frustratingly jumpy. Takes a lot of the excitement out of it.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 17:56:03

the small people have taken over the remote.sad It had to happen eventuallygrin[tennis]

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 18:38:06

Probably a good thing Raah. WTF was going on with that opening ceremony for the Athletics. Although I have spent the afternoon wondering why there was what looks like a large inflatable spaceship over the stadium. It makes a bit more sense now.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 18:40:35

Gabby was of the opinion it was all a rip off of the GB Olympics ceremonygrin , only I don't think they had a £27 mill budgetgrin

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 18:42:16

more like a 27p budget by the look of it grin.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 18:45:44

At the most. grin

GameSetAndMatch Sat 10-Aug-13 18:53:31

Raah thats another one I could nc to...Kubot,quierobailarlasalsa grin

bet the later match will be the Djoko one? id rather watch the other though, less erm-''always the top 4 in the semis''!!!

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 19:06:29

Right, my tennis page seems to have started refreshing at about 6pm UK time or 1pm Montreal time. So
Popsil v Raonic is not before 8pm UK time
Flemming/Murray in doubles is not before 11pm UK time
Nadal v Djok is not before 1am UK time.

I think. Disclaimer: Mental arithmetic mistakes may have been made.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 19:26:25

Game- that is brilliant- but you'd never remember it if you accidentally logged out! I do this all the time

GameSetAndMatch Sat 10-Aug-13 20:22:35

just had to log back in and couldn't remember Game!!!!

Right, ill lay claim to Kubot for the US open start!! Cuba just came on radio again as we were listening to radio (shit tv till now) before the match. well, we were flitting between radio and womens match. wanted Li Na to win.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 20:48:43

It's an omen!

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 21:11:59

oh rubbishsad
Raonic won the first set. I don't like him at the moment <sulks>

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 21:30:04

It's OK Raahh, Pospisil looks like he's walking the second. As far as I can tell. It's difficult when you only have numbers refreshing on a screen.

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 21:30:38

yay! go Pospisil! 5-1 in the second!

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 21:31:20

Clay grin x-post with the screen thing!

ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 21:32:39

Wimbledon has spoilt me. It's always better when you can actually see the tennis. grin

Raahh Sat 10-Aug-13 21:34:00



ClayDavis Sat 10-Aug-13 22:02:05

I've haven't had digital TV reception for the 3 years I've been in this flat. The broadband has only been in for a few months so pretty much everything has been either live text or scores updating on my mobile. Other than the Olympics, Wimbledon was the first thing I've watched live in years. Live scores seem a bit disappointing now.

On a completely unrelated topic, I've just read the letter my boss handed me last thing yesterday afternoon. It has the date of my sickness absence monitoring meeting with HR on. It's 11.15am on Monday. I assume they've arranged this with the man who normally accompanies me to these meetings as they usually do. It doesn't really give me a chance to meet with him to discuss the report from Occ Health that I only got on Friday morning. Grrr.

ClayDavis Sun 11-Aug-13 02:18:32

Rafa's taken the first set.


Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 09:44:57

Well done to rafa! VAMOS!
Definitely want him to beat Raonic. Happy daysmile [tennis]

ClayDavis Sun 11-Aug-13 16:56:47


Well done Rafa!

Looks like Murray/Flemming doubles final should be on at 5.30pm UK time and Nadal v Raonic should be on about 8pm.

GameSetAndMatch Sun 11-Aug-13 18:11:50

oh flubber! just put skysports on now as i cant stand you know who.

didnt know the doubles was on! come on Andy and Colin!

doesnt Colin have a wierd serve?

and what with these bright neon shirts atm? i cant see the ball when they have it near them, how can the player on the other side?

and why does the ball always have to be yellow? theyd see a darker colour better!

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 19:58:46

yay! they have started .

VAMOS !!!!!

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 19:59:09

<Gets refresh finger limbered up>

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 20:07:16

ok, I'm a bit ahead of myself <clicks refresh>

GameSetAndMatch Sun 11-Aug-13 20:07:58

and Ive itched switched off channel! gonna be unsociable now!

Shame about Murray/Fleming but hey, they got to the final.

GameSetAndMatch Sun 11-Aug-13 20:17:05

you know, if I was a fan id have called myself GamesetandSCRATCH (just winding you all up) grin

and another coincidence- the other day it was Becker on topgear.

just now-switch off sports channel and put radio on and that song 'I touch myself' came on!!! grin

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 20:38:47

4-1 VAMOS!!

ClayDavis Sun 11-Aug-13 20:52:45

Oops, fell asleep and missed the first set refreshing. Vamos.

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 20:54:49


ClayDavis Sun 11-Aug-13 20:58:50

I don't think this match is going to take too long.

GameSetAndMatch Sun 11-Aug-13 21:03:53

back one more time and still boycotting [tennis]!

someone start a new thread tomorrow for Cincinati (pref someone who spells the place right!!)?

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 21:25:34


Well done Rafa!!!!![tennis]

ClayDavis Sun 11-Aug-13 21:29:36

So what does that do to the rankings then?

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 21:40:30

Rafa is now 3rd- but only 750 points behind Murray (Djokovic is way ahead), but Rafa has no points to defend so could end up 2nd after the US open if he gets through a few rounds (if my maths is right) Vamos!!

Raahh Sun 11-Aug-13 22:31:00

And good news from a British perspective- we now have a second bloke in the top 200grin Daniel Evans has reached the final of the Aptos challenger tournament and now stands at 169!

ClayDavis Sun 11-Aug-13 23:45:47

What about James Ward at 175. Isn't that 3 in the top 200 not 2?

Raahh Mon 12-Aug-13 00:06:30

Ooh- Clay- I missed him. Aren't we doing well?? grin

ClayDavis Mon 12-Aug-13 01:07:52

World domination is just months away! grin

GameSetAndMatch Mon 12-Aug-13 12:58:25

and don't forget the girls!

great about evan.

so come on, start a new thread for this weeks tournament! got stuff to do nowso see you later

Raahh Mon 12-Aug-13 13:26:32

No Tsonga again in Cincinattisad

ClayDavis Mon 12-Aug-13 17:40:31


can't seem get the live scoreboard to load. sad

Raahh Mon 12-Aug-13 17:46:33

I usually use this ATP

Mardy Fish has lost- didn't realise how far he had fallen in the rankings. I like Fish- but Mardy, I mean who looks at baby and thinks Mardy is an ok name?grin (am aware mardy probably doesn't mean the same stateside)grin

ClayDavis Mon 12-Aug-13 18:04:44

Thanks, Raahh. That's what I couldn't get to load though. Have tried it again and still having a problem. My internet seems quite slow tonight so might be that. I need tennis today. Might have to hop Doctors is appropriately WTF instead.

I can't imagine that too many people look at a baby and think 'Mardy' is a good name.

Raahh Mon 12-Aug-13 18:17:33

Doctors was ok. Mrs T had some classic linesgrin

My internet is rubbish, has been rubbish since we changed to Virgin.

ClayDavis Mon 12-Aug-13 18:29:50

Am with Plusnet. Did have some problems with speed at the beginning but they sorted them out quickly and I've had no problem since then. Might be because I'm streaming the athletics at the same time but that's not normally a problem. As it seems to be National Kick Clay While She's Down Day I'm guessing the Internet is just joining in. grin

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 16:28:15

Just seen Ferrer is in action later, and Raonic is playing Jack Sock. His name always makes me smilesmile

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 16:57:07

Jack Sock is an awesome name. I think Fed is playing later as well.

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 17:11:19

Yes, he's playing Kohlshreiber, who is quite a dangerous opponent really, though I don't think he's ever beaten Fed. But, the way Roger's luck is going, who knows.

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 20:55:42

Lopez is through to the next round and Ferrer has won the first set. Which reminds me I meant to post this at the weekend. Enjoy.

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 21:01:43


Shirtless football- I might even start to like itgringrin
Phwoarrrrr! <shameless lustful thoughts>

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 21:09:11

Going by the scoreline, Ferrer isn't making it easy.

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 21:14:52

No. It was 6-6 in the first set when I first checked the score. Looks like he might have scraped the tie break and is about to go 4-1 down in the second.

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 21:17:30

oh crapsad

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 21:34:46

Oh no. Vamos Ferrer.

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 21:35:58

Vamos- c'mon!!

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 21:41:14

He's a break down in the third. sad

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 21:41:46


Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 21:51:35

Well it's looking better now!

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 21:52:47

So it is. Go Ferrer.

ClayDavis Tue 13-Aug-13 22:09:27

Match point. Come on.

Raahh Tue 13-Aug-13 22:51:10

My Internet died. Yay ferrer! Hope he took his top off grin

Raahh Wed 14-Aug-13 00:47:53

I really should be going to bed. But jack is Sock-ing it to Raonic grin at the moment. <tired refresh finger>

ClayDavis Wed 14-Aug-13 01:34:13

I'm so with you there on the should be going to bed. The site I'm using refreshes automatically so my refresh finger is nice and rested, unlike the rest of me. The only time these 2 have met before was earlier this year and Sock won so could go either way I reckon.

ClayDavis Wed 14-Aug-13 11:15:38

Murray, Djok, Del Potato and Rafa all playing today.

Raahh Wed 14-Aug-13 11:49:24

ooh Del Potato and Rafa on the same day. shirtless . Will image that whilst pressing my re-fresh buttongrin

Raahh Wed 14-Aug-13 11:49:37


ClayDavis Wed 14-Aug-13 18:41:35

How's that imagining going? Del Potato has taken the first set.

magimedi Wed 14-Aug-13 19:42:39

Del Potato is doing it all for me!

I have transferred my love from Rafa to Del Potato.

I want him - in more ways than you could believe.

Raahh Wed 14-Aug-13 20:54:17

I have only just sat down to catch up. Go Del Potato!

I really like him, but will remain loyal to Rafagrin. I can support them individually, but the gloves are off if they meet at the semi final stage (i think that's where they may meet). Ferrer is due to meet Del Potato again in the next round- payback for Wimbledon maybe? .

So long as Djoko or Murray don't win the tournament, I'm happy. grin

ClayDavis Wed 14-Aug-13 21:57:34

Well Djok is through so just Nadal to go today. Not sure what time he will be playing. Vamos.

Raahh Wed 14-Aug-13 22:06:36

Vamos! Think he's up about midnight. Not sure I will besad

ClayDavis Wed 14-Aug-13 22:33:26

Neither will I. And this time I actually mean it...probably. grin

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 00:21:36

Well, I'm refreshing the first game and imagining Rafa shirtless .But I will be going to bed soon.Reallygrin


Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 00:41:23

3-0 . So far, so goodgrin

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 00:59:19

First set Rafa,Vamos !

ClayDavis Thu 15-Aug-13 01:15:09

Well I couldn't leave you to post alone all night Raahh. grin.



magimedi Thu 15-Aug-13 07:56:59

I was amazed & a bit sad to hear about Bartoli's retirement. At least she has her Wimbledon.

Mama1980 Thu 15-Aug-13 07:58:33

ds2 decided to sleep during rafas match, something he hardly ever does so I missed it. Great result though.
Sad about bartoli but hope its the right decision for her.

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 10:12:10

Just read that about Bartoli- she's going out on a high, good for her. It's a shame she won't be defending her title, but really this year was her best shot, with all the unprecedented upsets. I really warmed to her by the end, with her little gigglegrin

I couldn't stay awake to stare at my scoreboard, so am glad to see rafa didn't blow it. VAMOS!!!

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 10:13:17

And [tennis] in honour of Marion.

siezethenight Thu 15-Aug-13 10:15:14

[TENNIS] Ladies!
Excuse my absence - work and a mahoosive headache.
But - Marion has retired!? Quite shocked this morning when I read the news.
I shall miss her a lot around the tournaments sad

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 20:30:48

eek! not the best first set from Federer. Doing better in the second.

And Ferrer is outsad

But Del Potato is still in- despite an iffy second second set.

ClayDavis Thu 15-Aug-13 21:49:17

Seize you're back. sad about ferrer but pleased potato is still in.

Unless i can find an app I'm going to be a bit tennis free tonight.

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 22:26:37

murray is through unfortunately . Federer fought off Haas.

Fingers crossed for Nadal -VAMOS !! (might not be awake then).

ClayDavis Thu 15-Aug-13 22:48:57

oi. leave murray alone. vamos nadal. off to see if i can find a tennis app.
hang on. we seem to have cake. why no [tennis]?

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 23:02:00

Why have we got cake???

I am not a Murray fan, and refuse to be made one just because he's Britishgrin


bloody cake

ClayDavis Thu 15-Aug-13 23:13:00

i have no idea. we still have the crown as well. just remembered i changed my google account settings and haven't added my phone as a device. so as im a complete numpty and cant use laptop either tonight i can't download apps from google play either.

no [tennis].

must remember not to let the electric run out in future.

Raahh Thu 15-Aug-13 23:36:09

does the [crown] work?

I need to go to bed. It's dd1's 7th birthday tomorrow- she's very excited. I need sleep to deal with her giddiness!



GameSetAndMatch Fri 16-Aug-13 19:51:04

o ffs shoutapovas 'parted ways' with Jimmy Connors after just 1 match and a match she lost.

spoilt illittle brat. just wants to surround herself with yes people and Jimmy obv speaks his mind.

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 20:29:53

Shrieky is a spoilt madam. She is very talented. But her 'off-court' stuff seems far more important, and obviously lucrative, than anything she does oncourt. Which is probably unfair of me, but it's the way she appears. Like her relationship with Dimitrov- she'll probably drop him like a hot potato when someone better for her career comes along. grin

I like Jimmy. He can coach me. <disclaimer: I can't play. At all grin>

Just got back from DD1's birthday shopping trip/tea. Large amounts of money spent on ppink glittery tat from Claire's. She's had a ballgrin

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 20:31:01

Jimmy doesn't strike me as someone who would put up with her ego. Probably why they didn't last, the last time they hooked up.

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 20:41:57

And Del potato is inthe semi's , lovely. Just need Federer to play as indifferently as he has been of late, and Nadal will go through. Bet theis will be the day Fed finds his form!

And Djoko isn't having it all his own way against Isner!

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 20:50:40

Isner won! The King of Cincinatti has been de-throned.

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 20:52:32

ffs- I can't spell Cincinnati grin

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 20:53:29

and Berdych is winning his first set against Murray. Go Tomas grin

Mama1980 Fri 16-Aug-13 20:55:16

Great match from isner he really went for broke
Now c'mon rafa!

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 21:03:50

I'm gutted I can't actually watch. I like Isner. He's always on the fringes, plodding away(and will be forever connected to his match against Mahut). he has nothing to lose by going for it- I like players who play like that.

Mama1980 Fri 16-Aug-13 21:14:56

Me too. Thought isner was a very good sportsman at a couple of difficult moments too, Like to see that.
I treated myself to a tennis tv subscription grin

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 21:29:53

grin I might have to succumb at some point--will sell a child--

Raahh Fri 16-Aug-13 21:50:26

Woot!Go Tomas!grin

Bet Nadal loses now, will serve me right for being smuggrin

but if Rafa wins the tournament, he goes up to number 2 in the rankings- VAMOS !

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 01:12:10

oh rubbish- what did i say? Roger is has won the first set, and is going to choose today of all days to remember how to play.


C'mon Rafa!!!

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 09:39:50

Nadal through, so that makes the semi-finals Isner v Del Potato and Berdych v Nadal. Both on at sensible times as well. 6pm for Isner/Potato and after 7.30pm for Nadal/Berdych.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 12:52:47

But potentially it could mean a Del Potato/Rafa final- which is a shame. I want Nadal to win the tournament, but wouldn't be too sad if Del Po beat him.


Looks like I the Nadal/Fed match was a good one. When they are both playing well,it's a classic match up.

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 14:13:23

I know. I haven't decided which side of the fence I'm going to be sitting on if it's a Rafa/del Potato final. I think I'd put my money on Rafa to win.

Wimbledon looks like it might have been a blip. Maybe he just can't do grass with that knee. Is going to make the US interesting with Rafa having beaten Djok in Montreal and Djok and Murray going out relatively early in Cincinnati. Especially if Fed has remembered how to play.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 16:20:27

Wimbledon was definitely a blip,imo, and it's known that the grass is the worst surface for his knee. That and playing half a dozen or so tournaments since his comeback and getting to final of all of them. It's not a bad statisticgrin. He could have chosen to skip Wimbledon, he gave it a go.

No doubt the dissenters will be spreading the drugs rumours, if he does well here and at the US open.

I hope if Rafa and Del potato make the final, they will do it topless. Since I won't be able to watch, I will just imagine that they aregrin.

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 17:06:40

Just watching the athletics at the moment. The sound of the crowd is phenomenal.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 17:33:42

I keep missing the athleticssad

Am so glad Mo Farah did well.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 17:41:37

<sigh> we have just dismantled dd2's cot bed and put it in the loft. We acquired a proper single bed from a friend who couldn't fit it in her new house. No more babiessad

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 19:22:08

First set Del Potato!

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 20:04:35

sad, Raahh. She will always be your baby though.

Crunch time for Del Potato.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 20:13:04

I knowsad <whispers> she's only got out twice and is now asleepgrin

C'mon Del Potato!

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 20:17:05

Oh, Del Potato!!

Mama1980 Sat 17-Aug-13 20:21:02

Just got in ds2 on boob, ds1 and dd got out monopoly, tennis on ipad for me = evening sorted grin looking forward to rafa!
Crowd is really getting behind isner

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 20:34:48

I suppose home support is an advantage.

C'mon Del Potato!grin

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 20:36:30

Twice is good going. My aunt had to move her youngest from a cot when she learnt to climb out. We'd be sitting downstairs eating and you'd hear 'thud' as she hit the floor. Was much safer in a bed even if she never stayed put.

Potato might be in trouble here. Come on El Potato.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 20:40:25

Oh Potato!! Don't give up! (though I like Isner, I want Juan to wingrin)

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 20:46:22

I think Isner maybe winning the battle of the giants.

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 20:51:49

His serve is massive. It's usually difficult to break him. I think this might be the end for Potato.

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 21:06:34

sad for Del Potato.

VAMOS Rafa- his record against Berdych is very good- Berdych last beat him about 7 years ago!

Mama1980 Sat 17-Aug-13 22:15:45

Yay first set rafa grin

Raahh Sat 17-Aug-13 22:16:43


ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 22:32:56

Vamos Rafa. First set won.

ClayDavis Sat 17-Aug-13 23:36:41


Rafa/Isner final. Solves my fence sitting problem nicely.

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 05:57:47

I fell asleep. Somehow, refreshing a screen doesn't keep me awake the way a live match would.grin

VAMOS! Rafa!

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 11:48:14

So- 5.30pm start for the final? I hope Rafa can do it, but I have a niggly feeling Isner might cause an upset. He'll have the crowd-and a 9 inch height advantagegrin

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 13:20:28

It's his serve that's the problem. He doesn't really have much of a game other than that. He's capable of winning almost every service game on his serve alone and it's difficult to find a break. It's why so many of his matches go to tie breaks in every set and a ridiculous number of games in the final set.

A 9 inch height advantage helps as well. I think you're right about an upset though.

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 14:20:01

It's funny about the serve thing-there have been a lot of heavy servers over the years, who have never really made it. They've made top 10,but never won major titles. Karlovic springs to mind- another 6ft 10 giantgrin

I hope we are wrong about an upset, he's never beaten Nadal (hasn't played him that often though, and twice they met on clay). I'm strangely excited, for something I can't even watch!!


ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 14:28:13


Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 17:41:08

and they're off

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 17:49:37


<crosses everything>


Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 18:25:27



Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 18:37:35

I bloody hate tie breaks

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 18:43:50


Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 18:44:23

now bagel the next set, my nerves are frayinggrin

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 18:56:26

Just nipped out to Tesco 'quickly' and missed the end of the first set. Must make a note not to ever go there at this time on a Sunday evening.

Vamos Rafa. I have a feeling this is going to be a long match. Hope his knee can take it.

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 19:30:18

I hate tie breaks. Have I said that alreadygrin?

Fortunately he has a week to recover before the US open starts- and hopefully will get a reasonably good draw.If he wins, he'll be second in the rankings, so I hope that is reflected in his seeding.

<whispers> it's looking good....

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 19:34:19


go Rafa!!

Mama1980 Sun 18-Aug-13 19:46:17


ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 19:51:54

Yay Rafa!!

Strangely disappointed that there wasn't a third set. That would make sense if I was actually watching the tennis but I'm not. Just looking at a screen refreshing itself.

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 20:00:44

it reminds me of the good old days, watching Ceefaxgrin

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 20:01:26

Think I might have skipped that stage. grin

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 20:04:32

It was scintillating stuff, Clay grin


ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 20:36:27

Williams/Azarenka in women's final at about 9pm ish. Not having to listen to Azarenka shreik might be an advantage of a refreshing screen over watching tennis live.

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 20:45:19

grin@ Clay

Yes- this 'scoreboard only' tennis watching has some advantagesgrin

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 21:17:50

All it needs now is some more interesting photos than head shots and we'd be set.

Raahh Sun 18-Aug-13 21:54:52

I have been reading a few accounts of the match- it seems Rafa's serve was just as problematic for Isner as the other way around. And after a week of failing to spell Cincinatti/Cincinati/Cincinnati correctly, I realise no-one can- hence it keeps getting shortened to Cincygrin

A week to the US open. A whole fortnight of scoreboard watching action to look forward togrin

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 22:01:06

One week. Where did that time go? Hope seize has got her sky trial sorted. Am guessing the chance of getting [tennis] back for the US Open is slim to none.

First set of women's final is looking a bit one sided.

ClayDavis Sun 18-Aug-13 22:45:20

I take that back. One set each.

ClayDavis Mon 19-Aug-13 00:14:32

Jinxed that one completely. Go Azarenka.

NoComet Mon 19-Aug-13 01:01:03

Vamps Rafa
And sod not being able to watch any of it.

siezethenight Mon 19-Aug-13 10:28:43

Tennis fans - one gigantic migraine later and I am back!
No baby as yet - the stinker is late.
I am calling Sky today clay Its on my list of things to do before I can't do anything because baby is coming - if she ever comes. She better flipping not arrive when I have got my free months worth of tennis meaning i am stuck in a maternity ward missing out on New Balls Please... Utterly selfish of me really!

Raahh Mon 19-Aug-13 19:56:28

Ooh, Monfils is playing at the Winston-Salem open- not 'seen' him in action since RG.


ClayDavis Mon 19-Aug-13 20:06:23

Winston-Salem you say. Was wondering what I was going to 'watch' this week.

I think I read somewhere that Tsonga was going to be out of US Open as well.

Raahh Mon 19-Aug-13 20:35:44

No, Tsonga out if US as well? sad

Raahh Mon 19-Aug-13 20:37:36

I hope it's nothing serious. I can't even remember waft he pulled out of Wimbledon with.

Raahh Mon 19-Aug-13 20:38:30

Waft?? What!

ClayDavis Mon 19-Aug-13 20:52:48

I'm pretty sure he didn't waft out grin

Knee injury according to this.

Turns out we missed International Apostrophe Day on Friday. wink We could have had load's of fun with misplaced apostrophe's.

Raahh Mon 19-Aug-13 23:03:05

I will never be able to live down my misplaced apostrophegrin

Raahh Mon 19-Aug-13 23:04:01

There's a lot of knee trouble about.

Tsonga needs Del Potro's magic medicinegrin

ClayDavis Mon 19-Aug-13 23:28:44

We all need some of Del Potro's magic medicine.

siezethenight Tue 20-Aug-13 07:22:02

I have a spot of knee trouble myself raahh The inability to uncross legs and get up and move... Knees simply won't allow it. Been far, far too lazy this summer.
Okay - I have looked up the Sky Sports thingie ahead of my call to them today (yesterday was manic - no, no baby). According to website I can upgrade to Sky Sports and get free broadband for 12 months but it does not make it clear if this is for existing broadband customers or if its an offer for those without their broadband.
I think it will be better for me to get the free months trial tbh, if there is one as it does not say on their site so am going to have to pull the loyal customer card on them I think... But then what do I do next year when I can't get a free month trial?
Worry about htat at the time perhaps?

Midwife informs Dd is going in on 28th to be induced if baby does not arrive of own accord - calamity! Tennis will be on and I sincerely doubt the hospital has Sky Sports...

Raahh Wed 21-Aug-13 20:22:07

Not long now til the US open starts (VAMOS Rafa!)

We probably need a new thread in it's honour.

seize that baby needs to make an appearance soongrin

ClayDavis Wed 21-Aug-13 21:01:28

5 days, Raahh, 5 days. Not that I'm counting or anything.


Raahh Wed 21-Aug-13 23:11:05



ClayDavis Thu 22-Aug-13 11:33:00

Those of you with Sky may put your ear plugs away. Shrieky has pulled out of the US Open with a shoulder injury.

Samantha Murray, Baltacha and James Ward all playing in qualifying rounds today.

Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 13:11:08

and the seedings are out- Rafa seeded 2, which is good. The draw should be out today sometime.


Shrieky is probably sulking about something. There is something about her whole attitude, however good she is, that I don't like. Connors is well rid of hergrin

PetiteRaleuse Thu 22-Aug-13 13:17:31

Jsut FYI I got an email to say that Tsonga will come back from injury at the Metz tournament in September. It's my local ATP event, I might just have to go and have an ogle a look.

Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 14:59:07

ooh, Petite-ogle away!

ClayDavis Thu 22-Aug-13 20:26:28

Of course, you will be totally focusing on the tennis, Petite. Supporting your local ATP event.

Qualifying round of the US Open rained off at the moment so not much play going on there. Baltacha was doing quite well (6-3, 5-0). but not sure what time the other Brits are playing.

Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 21:09:01

On a different note, and inspired by an 'awol posters' thread, I haven't 'seen' MrsVamos for AGES. Not since Wimbledon 'Black Monday' when Rafa went out. Hope she's ok, or just NC'd and ready to cheer on the master- because he is going to do well at the US Open. He is. <stamps foot>.<takes care not to bugger up knee> grin


PetiteRaleuse Thu 22-Aug-13 21:10:03

Absolutely. Will not AT ALL try to get the seats next to where the players sit abetween games nd change shirts oh no not at all. Watching Monfils and Gasquet from very close quarters a few years ago was only good for the superb quality of the tennis. Actually Monfils' match was cut short because Tipsarevic got injured. V dull.

Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 21:19:53


Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 21:21:12

And who do we lobby to get out [tennis] back for the US Open?

cake is not the samegrin

Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 22:23:58

Right- I've been very brave (after 7 years) and posted in site stuff.

Petition for the return of the [tennis] HERE

magimedi Thu 22-Aug-13 22:55:02

I've gone in backed you up, Raahh.

Even though I won't be here to watch it.

Got to go to son's wedding party - at least he had the decency not to arrange the actual marriage over Wimbledon fortnight.

KIDS!! I ask you. Play havoc with your tennis time! grin

PS I ain't been here a year yet & have posted several times in site stuff and in AIBU!!

ClayDavis Thu 22-Aug-13 22:55:59

cake is definitely not the same. You can't play [tennis] with cake. Well you could but it would be a) messy and b) a waste of cake.

Since I've already been brave/stupid with my mumsnet posting today I will petition with you.

Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 23:02:14



I won't be able to watch the US Open either- apart from the final, probably, which is usually on tv. But I still think we need the [tennis].


Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 23:03:56

magi- my dc's are never getting married (they are only 10.5 ,7 and nearly 3, but they are still NEVER GETTING MARRIED)


Raahh Thu 22-Aug-13 23:05:03

yay! I've started a petitiongrin

but after apostrophe-gate, they probably think I'm a numpty grin

ClayDavis Thu 22-Aug-13 23:21:37

I won't be able to watch it. My refreshing finger is limbering up though.

Just checked the schedule for the online course I signed up to. The first exam period is 26th August to 9th September. What utter numpty scheduled that for the exact dates of the US Open?

magimedi Fri 23-Aug-13 07:31:41

Raahh - I can guarantee you that after the teens & early 20's you will be positively delighted when they do. grin

siezethenight Fri 23-Aug-13 10:47:45

Baby has been born. She's a very good girl, born before the tennis begins. She'll get a very nice rattle for that.
48 hour labour. Last night was the first sleep I got and Dd & partner got in all that time. It was heaven last night, so much sleep - 5 hours straight. Blissed out.
Off out to get milk, coffee, tea bags now as all out thanks to visitors. Home then to call Sky at last!

Raahh Fri 23-Aug-13 10:54:12

Huge congratulations, seize- flowers.

And excellent timing!

magi- you are probably right. grin

Clay- your course has clearly not been set up by a tennis fan.!

My refresh finger is limbered up and ready!

ClayDavis Fri 23-Aug-13 11:41:21

Congratulations, seize. flowers. She's clearly a tennis fan and has arrived in time.

Raahh. I'm envisaging a hefty cramming session over the weekend and then trying to see if I can get the exam out of the way as soon as possible. Since I can't really be arsed to pay the money to get it accredited it's not really that important whether I pass it or not.

magimedi Fri 23-Aug-13 12:06:11

Many congratulations, siexe - enjoy that wonderful newborn time & cuddles & sniffing their lovely smell & softness and, and I want one!

(Waiting for a DGC)

magimedi Fri 23-Aug-13 12:06:29

sieze obviously.

MrsVamos Fri 23-Aug-13 22:48:57

<runs in screaming>


<waves to all>

Raahh He's going to win. grin

ClayDavis Fri 23-Aug-13 23:51:28

MrsVamos you're back. We were wondering where you were. <waves>

Raahh. They're thinking about your [tennis] request. That sounds as though it might be promising.

MrsVamos Sat 24-Aug-13 00:05:24

Well, I didn't really go anywhere, just that RL has been so busy I haven't been here. grin

We need balls.

ClayDavis Sat 24-Aug-13 00:09:24

Damn that RL grin. I agree we need balls. We have cake so should have [tennis]. Much fewer calories. grin.

magimedi Sat 24-Aug-13 11:51:29

Give us our balls!


Raahh Sat 24-Aug-13 14:58:07


MRSV!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is!grin

We need our balls back. Or we will be spamming the boards with

if Icould be bothered


Raahh Sat 24-Aug-13 18:00:51

Just been watching the clip of the No.1s celebrations on the ATP site. Lovely to see the lovely Stefangrin. And Rafa, obviously. Some have aged better than othersgrin.

And Monfils is in the final at Winston-Salem. That's good.

Raahh Sat 24-Aug-13 19:36:28

sadly, Gael lost sad

ClayDavis Sat 24-Aug-13 20:10:27

I'd forgotten about Winston-Salem. Got a bit carried away with checking the US Open news.

FarleyD Sat 24-Aug-13 20:41:39

Hello lovely people, have you been here all along? Has Seize's daughter had her baby yet (have only just discovered thread and too excited to read it before posting, so apols if all info is in the thread).

Can't believe how quickly the summer has gone and that US open is nearly upon us. Have been away a lot so haven't seen much tennis but have been keeping up with the news. Also been following lovely potato on FB! And have got tickets for ATP final in O2 so looking forward to that. Hit me with the gossip then

FarleyD Sat 24-Aug-13 20:43:38

Ooh, just read the baby's arrived! Lovely. Is she going to have a tennis themed name? Serena perhaps? Or Steffie?!

Raahh Sat 24-Aug-13 20:56:23

<waves> @ Farley [tennis]

I'm really looking forward to the US, even though I can't watchgrin

Am envy @ the ATP finals ticket.

Rafa's on a roll, and Del Potato has been looking good. Also hoping for a good run for Ferrer. It's shame Tsonga is still out, though. Grudgingly, though, I think Djoko is the man to beat.


ClayDavis Sat 24-Aug-13 21:11:23

<waves to Farley>


FarleyD Sat 24-Aug-13 21:12:08

Hi Raahh, nice to see you! I've been onto Site Stuff and joined your campaign for balls! Come with me to ATP - Dh is coming under protest, and has made me promise not to drool too openly .... Not sure I can comply with that!

Why can't you watch US?

FarleyD Sat 24-Aug-13 21:14:19

Hi Clay. Do I have to do this - [tennis] - in every post? Does it help the campaign?!

ClayDavis Sat 24-Aug-13 21:15:41

I don't think you have to do it. It's just some of us are in denial about the loss of the tennis balls! grin Probably won't help the campaign.

Raahh Sat 24-Aug-13 21:17:37

Farley- I only have a bog standard Virgin package- so I'm hoping some of it will shown on 'proper' telly. The final usually is. I have been flexing my re-fresh finger on the ATP site, and pretending I can see the players topless



ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 15:41:46

One day to go. Order of play is out.

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 16:54:56

My ability work out tie differences is rubbishgrin. I'm assuming they are 5 hours behind, so 1pm would be 6pm here?

<Has everything crossed the first on day does not throw up any surprises>

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 16:56:44

not sure where that'on' came from.


ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 17:10:34

It's New York isn't it so yes 5 hrs behind. I added 5 hrs for Montreal and cincinnati so should work.


Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 17:21:23

I've just re-read my message. WTF are 'tie differences'? Bow or windsor knot? grin

FarleyD Sun 25-Aug-13 17:23:04

Thanks for order of play Clay. Yes, NY five hours behind us. Potato puts some lovely pics up on his FB! If you have a chance, go take a look - it's the only use I make of FB!

ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 17:40:40

Is it worth joining facebook just to see them?

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 17:48:40

I have been stalking reading about Edberg and Nadal on Facebook for ages. The Edberg stream is especially good, as it often puts up things from years ago. And a picture of Nadal's legs always makes my morning. There was a really sweet picture of him and Federer at a charity event on there this morning. I may have to add Del Potato too. grin

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 17:50:31

Of course, when looking up Del Potro, don't put 'Del Potato' into the search boxblush

FarleyD Sun 25-Aug-13 18:11:35

I'd say it's worth it Clay but I am a bit obsessed biased!

Raahh you may get something you def didn't bargain for if you search for Potato! I spent some time on YouTube few weeks ago watching Djok doing various impressions of other players, thought he was funny.

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 18:22:15

I must admit, though not a fan of Djok, that some of his impressions are very funny.

ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 18:23:07

I might have to youtube his impressions then.

ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 22:25:29

<stomps into thread to throw massive tantrum>

I want the tennis to start now. The cricket was exciting this afternoon. Now there seems to be a massive hole that should be filled by the tennis starting tonight.

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 22:30:36



magimedi Sun 25-Aug-13 22:33:57


0 0 0 0 0 0 0

I want balls - preferably potato ones!

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 22:36:07

<arf> @ Potato balls grin

Raahh Sun 25-Aug-13 22:40:46

Am contemplating a name change.

But it didn't go so well for Wimbledon.grin



Or summat.

ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 22:45:49

There is always the chance that that name could be an almighty jinx, Raahh.

magimedi Sun 25-Aug-13 22:47:29

Potato for US glory (again)

He is so F I T !!!

ClayDavis Sun 25-Aug-13 22:52:21

Go Del Potato. You're winning me over on Nadal. I still love Fed more though.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 10:43:10

You're right about the name change clay, I am a jinx, debates changing to GoMuRaahh grin

I hope fed has a good run. He clearly doesn't want to retire yet, but another early loss here would be very sad. I like the fed/nadal rivalry because they are so very different. Like watching edbetg/Becker. Djokovic/Murray doesn't do it for me because they are so very similar.

Good to see so many of the top players there, sad to see the gap where cilic should be- I hope the allegations come to nothingsad.


Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 10:43:50

The [tennis] isn't back yetsad

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 14:00:56


Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 14:01:06


ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 16:27:12

The [tennis] isn't back sad but the tennis is grin.

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 16:29:45

Robson and Dan Evans both a break down in the first set.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 16:47:14

Once again, I am going to get obsessed with refreshing the screengrin

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 17:04:31

I think I reached levels of obsession last night when nothing on it was refreshing.

Set point for Robson.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 17:47:24

Evans is doing well!excellent result if he can pull this off.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 17:52:21

And well done Robson!

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 17:54:44


ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 18:02:04


Should move him up the ranking nicely if he wins this. I think.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:09:06

Yay!Evans! [tennis]

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:13:02

my live ranking update-y thing, is not very livehmm- I reckon he'll go to about 156-ish . was 162 at the start.

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 18:15:14

If it's the live one I'm looking at it reckons it last updated at 17:39.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:17:11

that's the one. But it hasn't updated his win yet. Get your fingers out!grin

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:20:19

Need Venus to get rid of Pipkins super quick, so Nadal can win his first match, and I can sleep easilygrin. Of course, as she isn't seeded, it would count as a big upset. (though past form would dispute that).

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:22:39

erm. What's that funny symbol I seem to have created?

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:22:54's gone....

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:23:16


ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 18:26:21

Yeah, I had refreshed it a couple of times but no joy.

Not too quickly. I have a big stack of human physiology stuff I'm trying to read. I'm not sure it'll be an upset at all if she wins.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:32:07

No, it won't be, really. Pipkins had a good run at Wimbledon, but got lucky I think.

I ought to clear up. i had an impromptu BBQ. Seemed like a good idea at the timegrin

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 18:56:37

yay, I was right. Evans at 156!

Mama1980 Mon 26-Aug-13 19:37:22

Just got home, having takeaway so we can all sit down and watch the rafa match smile

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 19:43:38

I am going to sit and visualise the Rafa match grin

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 19:55:37

Will this help the visualisation?

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 19:56:09


ooh yes, Clay


ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 20:06:04

That's a good start.

Mama1980 Mon 26-Aug-13 20:07:31

Break to rafa first game, grin
Lets hope this is nice and easy
Some amazing shots too

Mama1980 Mon 26-Aug-13 20:08:04

grin Very pretty pics

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 20:48:06

First set. Vamos !

FarleyD Mon 26-Aug-13 21:26:04

Rafa off to a good start!

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 21:27:46



ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 21:33:33

Vamos, second set won.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 21:36:36

Rafa! Rafa!


<the ball is never coming back,is it?sad>

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 21:39:52

I think they've forgotten. Isn't tech in New York? Maybe he's watching the [tennis].

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 21:41:39

<waves> @ tech.

chucks a [tennis] in his directiongrin

I would bump my own begging thread in site stuff. But that would look sad and needy grin

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 21:51:10

Bumped it for you. Pretty sure I now look sad and needy. grin.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 22:00:05


but Rafa is winninggrin

happy Monday grin


Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 22:09:59


oh yes!!

I can go to sleep happy now.

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 22:21:04

And Gulbis is out!

Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 22:52:44

So, to re-cap RAFA IS THROUGH grin

and Robson, and Evans after a brilliant career result.

I'd love to be awake to 'watch' Fed, but don't think it's going to happengrin

ClayDavis Mon 26-Aug-13 23:00:00

Djok, Monfils and Watson all playing tomorrow. And Jack Sock too.


Raahh Mon 26-Aug-13 23:08:48

I love Jack Sock. Just because he has the best name ever . grin

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 12:07:21

Vamos! Ferrer!- closing in on the number 3 ranking spot too.

Tuesday order of play

ClayDavis Tue 27-Aug-13 18:31:40

Might get to 'see' Federer after all.

ClayDavis Tue 27-Aug-13 20:41:02

Monfils is through.


Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 21:04:51

and first set Fed!

ClayDavis Tue 27-Aug-13 21:15:57

He's a break up in the second as well. Still no balls though. I think we're being ignored.

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 21:23:46

I've just seen Janowicz has lost- that's a shocker, none of the 'new breed' seem to be fufilling their potential yet.

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 22:14:12

Fed's through. That's a good start for him.

ClayDavis Tue 27-Aug-13 22:17:42

Pretty much going to plan so far. A set each in the Jack Sock match.

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 22:36:05

Sock needs 2 sets. A pair of Socks.


ClayDavis Tue 27-Aug-13 22:40:15


He's on his way to a pair. 4-1 in the third.

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 22:56:38


C'mon Sock-y!

ClayDavis Tue 27-Aug-13 23:04:27

Oh Petzschner's retired. Go Sock.

Heather's on now. Go Heather.

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 23:51:21

yay!First set to Heather- I hope she does well, she is really very good. Such a shame illness has put her back, getting through this round will be a huge boost.

Raahh Tue 27-Aug-13 23:52:00

Sock-it to 'im....etc.

he has such a good name...envy

ClayDavis Wed 28-Aug-13 00:12:40

She's not completely better yet. As far as I know she's still having up and down days but is improving. Hope she can get through a couple of rounds here.

Jack Sock. It gets better every time you say it.

gailforce1 Wed 28-Aug-13 08:50:30

Is the Murray match going to be shown anywhere other than Sky can anyone tell me? In need of a tennis fix this morning!

NotAQueef Wed 28-Aug-13 09:28:52

Found you all! [tennis] [tennis] [tennis]
<hopeful> [tennis]

NotAQueef Wed 28-Aug-13 09:30:06

boo - just seen the Murray match is at midnight UK time. Fingers crossed he gets through to next week as have the whole week off! whoop.

magimedi Wed 28-Aug-13 11:57:02




Mama1980 Wed 28-Aug-13 12:18:02

Think the Murray match will be on Eurosport, its on the player app schedule.
Luckily (or not grin) ds2 still breast feeds every two to three hours so midnight isn't much of a problem for me.

BBMs Wed 28-Aug-13 13:05:44

Yay! I have found you all again! smile

Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 13:49:28


Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 14:24:32


Del Potato, Wawrinka also in action today. And Laura Robson. Weather permitting (the forecast is iffy,apparently) should be a great day to sit and refresh the results screen grin


ClayDavis Wed 28-Aug-13 17:54:35

tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis

Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 17:59:00

ahh, it's nice to have them back, isn't it?

ClayDavis Wed 28-Aug-13 18:07:25

Play suspended. It's timed that just as I get in from work. angry

FarleyD Wed 28-Aug-13 19:20:32

Getting excited about seeing el potato, how sad am I?! Hope nobody gets struck by lightning, I'm terrified of it.

Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 20:01:17

Ooh, del Potato is playing now <refresh, refresh>

Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 20:24:45

suspended again sad


FarleyD Wed 28-Aug-13 20:26:38

Oh dear, bloomin rain.

magimedi Wed 28-Aug-13 22:28:41

I am not jellus of you seeing el spud man - oh no. oh not at all. envy


ClayDavis Wed 28-Aug-13 22:35:54

Their on court again. Potato going well in the first set.

Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 23:13:21

First set to Delpo, doing well inthe

First set Robson! tennis

Raahh Wed 28-Aug-13 23:13:58

'el spud man'


ClayDavis Wed 28-Aug-13 23:15:00

Vamos Del Potato tennis

FarleyD Thu 29-Aug-13 00:46:21

Looking good for my potato! You'll note I said "my" - hands off!

FarleyD Thu 29-Aug-13 02:16:27

Hope I didn't speak too soon.

siezethenight Thu 29-Aug-13 08:47:49

I go away to tend to work and the new baby and not only does Farley come back but the frikking tennis are back also!
I am so happy....
How are you Farley? We missed you when you went awol - where did you go!?
I have not got Sky Sports. I have been up to neck in work (for those who are interested that is!) and New Baby Leah has been captivating so, between work and staring lovingly at a baby I forgot to make the call.

I am off right now this nano second to call Sky - Oh yes I am and heaven help the child in my house who wants to watch the X Factor on the weekend as it ain't going to be happening if there is a game on!