The rest

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  1. Lots of youngsters successfully through to the second round of qualifying in Melbourne. The young Aussie Blake Mott crushed Kudryatsev, Rublev beat Aussie Max Purcell in three, the deaf 18 year old Duckhee Lee came back from a set and double break down to beat five seed Kicker 6-1 in the third, and Casper Ruud cruised past gabashvili. Young Americans along with older Americans fared well. American teens Opelka and Tiafoe advanced along with 20 year old Rubin, 20 year old Escobedo, and 22 year old Krueger. Also Fratangelo, who is still pretty young at 23, won his match. Other American winners were Sarkissian, Rampras, Smyczek, and Kudla. Overall, good start for the Americans in qualifying. 10 out of 16 advancing to the next round. The American losers on day one were Bangoura (took top seed Stepanek to three sets), Kozlov (beat by Bhambri), Sandgren (beat by Coppejans), Baker (beat by Kibi), Klahn (lost to Fabbiano), and Novikov (lost to Kamke).

  2. Other youngsters that won were Akira Santillan of Japan, Bradley Mousley of Australia, Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, and Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan. Also, a huge disappointment for me was Pospisil losing to Uladzimir Ignatik (really Vasek?) and a result I was happy about was the big serving De Schepper getting through 9-7 in the third set over the seeded Norbert Gombos.

  3. Also the home contingent fared decently. 5 of 13 Aussies won with Ebden destroying Golubev, Mott demolishing Kudryatsev, Mousley upsetting Fucsovics in three, John-Patrick Smith beating Velotti in straights, and world number 631 Alex Bolt, a former world number 164 in 2015, upset the in form Marius Copil of Romania. The eight Aussie losers were Marinko Matosevic, youngster Scott Jones, Maverick Banes, Max Purcell, Marc Polmans, Gavin Van Peperzeel, Harry Bourchier, and Luke Saville.

  4. Marcus Willis, the Wimbledon week one here, ended last year with a futures title in Kuwait then an early loss at an Egyptian challenger that was apparently somewhat due to an injury. He just started his year at a British futures last week but lost second round to a guy ranked less than 600 and apparently couldn’t find his serve according to a post on his twitter lol. He got his first round win in three sets to start this weeks British futures. Hopefully this time he can make a run at home unlike last week. He’s ranked just inside the top 450. Really hoping the Briton can have a good 2017. I’ve got almost no doubt he will receive a Wimbledon main draw wild card after what he did last year. Come on Willis!!

  5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga‏Verified account @tsonga7 8m8 minutes ago
    Bonjour à tous, je suis déçu de vous annoncer mon retrait du tournoi de Miami mais j’ai dû rentrer pour la bonne cause… #babycomingsoon ??
    Translated from French by Bing Wrong translation?
    Hello all, I am disappointed in you announce my withdrawal from the Miami tournament but I had to go for a good cause… #babycomingsoon ??


  6. Wow. I just discovered this. Free livestreams of challenger events by ATP (i.e., good quality video, no malware risks):

    Am I the last one to find out about this?

    Here’s the one I’m interested in. FAA vs Shapovalov. Canada’s best new young guns going h2h: Shapovalov turning 18 next month and FAA still just 16.

    FAA made junior FO final and won junior USO while Shapovalov won junior Wimby last year.

  7. RT Steph Trudel‏: “Lucas Pouille withdraws from Miami Open doubles ( with Haas ) with abdominal injury…”
    It can take several weeks to fully recover from an abdominal injury.

  8. Karma hit Yannik Noah! Hahahahhahahahahhaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Tennis World: ¤¤ Yannick Noah’s son banned due to doping in the NBA competition!
    Yannick Noah’s sayings went worldwide in 2011 when he said that all the Spanish players, including Rafael Nadal, were involved in doping. Now six years after, Noah’s son Joakim, New York Knicks basketball star who signed a four-year contract with the team last year for $72 million, has been banned for 20 NBA games (ten this year, the other ten in the next Championship) as he was tested positive for a substance found in some over-the-counter supplements that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement. The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe. ¤¤

    • I add to My post AT 7:39 PM…
      Stephanie Myles‏ @StefMylesTennis
      Replying to @RobKoenigTennis
      There are lots of different kinds of talents. Important thing is to use the ones you have to their fullest.

      Rob Koenig‏ @RobKoenigTennis
      Rob Koenig Retweeted Stephanie Myles
      Too true! I believe the greatest compliment you can pay a player is to say they have/are maximized(ing) their ability/talent.


  9. Qualifiers have it a lot tougher this year than last year. There were multiple qualifier vs qualifier matchups in round one last year and this year there are none. Only super good draws for qualifiers I can see are matches with Janowicz, Halys, Seppi, and Lu. Getting Schwartzman, M. Zverev, or maybe Khachanov as a qualifier isn’t awful draw either. Quite a few seeds drew qualifiers though, including Zverev, but he’s susceptible to upset on the Parisian clay, even if he is balling on the Geneva clay. Zverev better hope he doesn’t draw a qualifier like Pella, Mathieu, or Fratangelo, players who can really play on the dirt at a pretty high level. Speaking of Fratangelo, he had an epic win over Gerald Melzer to qualify. 5-7 7-6(5) 7-6(1) for the American. I think it’s safe to say he is one of the top 5 Americans on clay courts. His qualification here and win last year over Querrey in round one here prove that.

  10. Why the fuck did Wimbledon hand James Ward a main draw wildcard and not Marcus Willis. They only gave Willis a wild card into qualifying even though he is in the top 400 and has posted some solid results lately and since his Wimbledon heroics. Meanwhile James Ward used to be pretty good but is now ranked outside the top 1000. So stupid.

  11. Willis loses in straights to Marchekno. Wimbledon just got a little less interesting… And teenager Jay Clarke of Great Britain lost two set to love lead to Sebastian Ofner so Ofner is in his first grand slam. And other British player in final round qualies won. Alexander Ward won perhaps the toughest match for the three Brits by impressively upsetting Gabashvili in four sets.

        • Yeah. Maybe he’s got life balanced now: marriage, fatherhood, tennis?

          Something I have never noticed or overlooked is that the qualifying final is best of five at Wimbledon. Is it like that in all GS qualification finals?

          WTA has one more day of qualifying. I hardly know any names in the draw.

          • Nope just Wimbledon. And yeah that is good from Fritz who has otherwise been bad the last year. Must’ve had a kid by mistake and married for that reason. Honestly doesn’t seem like a good recipe for success. Probably holding him back from being as good as he can be. Of course I hope I’m wrong.

  12. Also for Wimbledon seeding my man Muller is the 16 seed!! I’m pumped!! That’s what he earned through all the great grass court play he has displayed recently. Let’s go Gilles!!

  13. This year’s Wimbledon qualifiers:
    – Tsitsipas (beat De Loore 7-5 in the fifth, total baller, all court player w tons of potential)
    – Fritz (cruised past Millot in three, got through qualies easy, possibly back in good form and is arguably most dangerous qualifier)
    – Gojowczyk (impressively blasted Lacko, good on fast surfaces)
    – Alexander Ward (home hope ranked 855 in the world due to missing six months last season due to wrist injury, impressively beat Gabashvili, could make some Willis-like headlines)
    – Whittington (saved match points in comeback win from two sets to love down over Kudla, made this year’s Aus Open second round)
    – Rosol (beat King, nobody likes him, hope he gets Nadal first round and loses 6-0 6-0 6-0)
    – Marchenko (sadly disposed of Willis easily, made US Open 2016 fourth round, has been out of form lately but obviously playing better again, can win a match or two)
    – Brands (won epic match over Bublik 12-10 in the fifth, can play on all surfaces, big serve)
    – Stakhovsky (beat Ito 8-6 in the fifth, beat Fed at Wimby 2013, grass court player, capable of doing main draw damage)
    – Bemelmans (beat Gerald Melzer easily, unsure of his past results on grass, solid lefty)
    – Garin (somehow got through to his first grand slam main draw at Wimby even though he is a clay courter, shockingly beat grass courter JP Smith 12-10 in the fifth, unlikely he wins a match)
    – Ofner (beat home hope 18 year old Clarke from two sets to love down, this was his first grand slam qualies and now first grand slam main draw, low chance he wins a main draw match)
    – Travaglia (beat Polansky in five setter, I think he is more of a clay courter, first time winning even a qualifying match at a slam and is through to first main draw, in great form at Challenger events lately)
    – Jarry (beat Novikov in four, surprising as he typically plays his best on clay, qualified for French Open as well, probably only shot at a match win is another qualifier with little slam experience)
    – Rublev (beat Mathieu in four, another reason for me to hate Rublev because Mathieu is in his last year on tour, not sure if he has improved his attitude but he was a total brat not too long ago who tries to intimidate his opponents and is very rude according to guys like Verdasco and Olivo, he also gets angry and overall annoys me but I think he has toned down the getting mad quite a bit, although he was yelling profanity against Polansky in Melbourne qualifying)
    One qualifier spot left. Pedro Sousa, typically a clay courter, plays the more accomplished Bolelli for a spot in the main draw. Bolelli will likely take that match with relative ease.

    • Also Tsitsipas is just 18 and qualified for French Open too. He has a game that should suit grass well as he has an all court game with ability to hit good groundies and most importantly play really well at the net.

    • Benny G says AT 2:21 AM: “Garin (somehow got through to his first grand slam main draw at Wimby even though he is a clay courter, shockingly beat grass courter JP Smith 12-10 in the fifth..).”

      C.Garin practiced with Rafa in Mallorca last week. 🙂

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