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TENNIS THREAD- and it's the US OPEN already! where is 2017 going??

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Raahh Fri 25-Aug-17 20:51:34

New thread ,as we are very close to the end of the other.

I'm in denial that it is nearly September.

I am looking forward to Flushing Meadows. I feels like ages ages since I was able to 'watch' any tennis.


hugoagogo Fri 25-Aug-17 20:57:43

Yay tennis! I have been lost in A level hell, but need some tennis to concentrate on -except it's on at night! I take it's too late for us to run a campaign to change it?

Raahh Fri 25-Aug-17 21:05:07

hugo grin probably.

hugoagogo Fri 25-Aug-17 21:35:55

All is quiet on the Murray front I see,hmm

DramaAlpaca Fri 25-Aug-17 23:02:20

Signing in smile

Raahh Sat 26-Aug-17 19:37:13

Well, Murray definitely has the easier draw, of the top 3. But it all depends on whether he is actually fit.

I wouldn't bet against Federer, although his back is an issue at the moment. This has been a bit of a miracle year for the 2017 Roger rebootgrin.

I'm hoping Rafa can go a few rounds, but I'm not sure, he has some tricky opponents after the first round. But I can hopegrin.

It's been a funny old year- I wish I'd put a bet on Federer and Rafa this time last year. I wonder what odds I'd have got, when Roger was off for six months , and Rafa with an iffy wrist that eventually put him out for the 2016 season- that they would split most of the 2017 tournaments
between them? I'm sure it would be enough to buy me a pint. grin.

Hels20 Sat 26-Aug-17 20:55:28

And Murray's withdrawn. Not surprising...

Raahh Sat 26-Aug-17 20:56:05

Ooh, update Murray has with drawn from the US Open.

I'm pissed off, really, as I'm sure his fitness was known before the draw was made. There should be penalties for pulling out now. And now he has withdrawn, leaving his place (presumably) to be filled by a qualifier or lucky loser. Really, Rafa and Roger should always have been seeded 1 and 2.

It leaves one half of the draw very open.

Raahh Sat 26-Aug-17 20:56:24

x-post grin

Raahh Sat 26-Aug-17 21:10:15

And I've just been reading that Dogs defeat in the first round at Winston-Salem is being investigated, due to possible match fixing. Seems there was irregular betting in favour of his opponent.

I'd be surprised if someone so high profile was involved in match fixing, but you never know, where money is involved, I suppose.

Raahh Sun 27-Aug-17 10:46:57

Looks like Cilic will take over Murray's spot. I'm still annoyed he pulled out after the draw. angry

Raahh Sun 27-Aug-17 12:24:59

And Shania Twain is performing at the opening ceremony thingy. grin. It's not like the brass band thing at Wimbledon, is it? grin

It's my least favourite tournament, the US open. It always feels a bit odd. I think it's because it is so obviously geared for the tv viewers and audiences, and doesn't seem to be for the benefit of the players. It has an odd atmosphere. Unless you like the glitzy stuff. grin

And the fact they don't seem to mind the crowds wandering around between points- which I noticed a lot last year.

QuiQuaiQuod Sun 27-Aug-17 16:14:52

Oh no, Shitaia Twain? Will skip that bit.

Yep. NO murray.

I lie the US open cos its the final one of the year, but dont like it cos its too showbiz and loud, more like a Las Vegas boxing match, like theres been over the weekend, all the hype and glitz.

Raahh Sun 27-Aug-17 17:40:47

I think skipping Shania is wise, Qui. grin

I know Davis Cup is a bit louder and more crowd 'friendly' (and I'm not that keen on that , really, I like my tennis without audience participationgrin)- but the US open takes is to another level. yes, like the boxing (which thanks to very rowdy neighbours, I was kept awake by).

It's nor quite Superbowl levels of special guest, though is it? Shania? grinShows the 'importance' of tennis in the US hierarchy of sport I suppose.
Things were probably different when they had more players who were winning things, I guess. They are pretty much reliant on Serena at the moment, and their blokes just seem to make up the numbers.

bookbook Sun 27-Aug-17 19:20:29

Just signing in. Been busy, but heard Murray had pulled out on the news, and realised its nearly here shock
Never really watched the US open, but may try this year
I quite like a bit of Shania - It dont impress me much grin, but maybe not mixed with tennis

bookbook Mon 28-Aug-17 18:35:53

just seen that Kyle Edmund is through, but Heather Watson isn't ...

Raahh Mon 28-Aug-17 18:41:30

Well, Marin has taken the first set of his match.

Whilst it is nice to have 'live' tennis to watch- it takes a while to get used to the blue courts grin And the empty stands...

And he is playing an American called Tennys. grinFrom Tennessee. Though he's named after a grandparent apparently, who was neither a tennis player, nor from Tennessee grin.

Raahh Mon 28-Aug-17 18:42:01

Evening book .

Shame about Heather.

bookbook Mon 28-Aug-17 18:55:07

where are you watching it Raahh ? I am looking at live text on BBC website , and I think its going to be on radio too shortly

Raahh Mon 28-Aug-17 19:09:04

It's on Eurosport,. I have Virgin, so it's on 523/24 I think.

I used to forget to check- I used to miss the first week of the Aussie opengrin.

Sadly, the dc have taken over the tv, and we will be catching up with Game of Thrones later... but not sleeping has it's benefits, and I can watch some more later.grin

bookbook Mon 28-Aug-17 19:16:34

Konta is on - just broken so 2 games to 1 - just getting DH to see if we can find it somewhere - we don't have virgin, or sky <pah>

Raahh Mon 28-Aug-17 19:20:20

tbh, we have the most basic Virgin package, and I'm sure I read last year that the US open wouldn't be on Eurosport/something to do with Sky this year . But l'm glad it is.

I don't know whether I've missed the Shania extravaganza though grin

bookbook Mon 28-Aug-17 19:31:51

shame - you could have sung along!
I see Marin is two sets up

Raahh Mon 28-Aug-17 19:40:03

He is, but struggling in the 3rd (now I have briefly got the remote back).

Not keen on the shirt Tennys is wearing- it is red with yellow splatters on it, looks like a volcano eruptiongrin.

bookbook Mon 28-Aug-17 19:43:38

Konta 5-4 up
I am an old fuddy duddy - the coloured weird shirts are just erm interesting

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