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    Jon Wertheim Sums Up the French Open

    I can't get this to cut and paste so here's the link. Good summary.

    http://www.si.com/tennis/2015/06/07/...rting-thoughts

    Highlights:

    My dealings with her have been thoroughly pleasant. (That she had a
    recent boyfriend from Indiana wins her big points, as far as I am
    concerned.) Still, I was struck by the gushing praise thrown Lucie
    Safarova’s way. (Why, it was almost Clijsters*ian.) I was told that players
    crowded around the TVs in the locker when Safarova was playing
    Sharapova and cheering like crazy. Not out of schadenfreude or
    happiness at seeing a lesser player beat a star. But out of genuine
    pleasure for Safarova, watching a popular colleague succeed in such a big
    match.
    Here’s a new trend to watch for: players hiring specialty coaches. That
    is, a coach who works only on returns. A coach who works only on
    preparation against lefties. A volleying coach. Almost like hitting
    instructors on baseball teams. As prize money goes up and players have
    more dispensable income, they will find ways to reinvest it in performance.
    To Hades with the rankings. If Victoria Azarenka isn’t a top five player,
    my name is Benedict Cumberbatch.

    Speaking of Azarenka, after getting the business end of a call against
    Serena, she off*handedly said that tennis should expand replay. She is
    right. It’s nuts that fans watching the match at home a continent away
    know what really happened, while the chair umpire and the two players
    are left to speculate. Don’t blame Kader Nouni for missing a call on a
    bang*bang play; blame infrastructure for not giving him the means to get it
    right. And while we’re at it, it’s time to rethink Hawk*eye on clay. Too often
    the technology and the ballmarks were at odds.
    I feel like this issue has been discussed enough already, but a few
    thoughts on the Carlos Bernardes and Rafael Nadal situation.
    1) Still puzzling over the origins of this mishegas. You’re at a small ATP
    event in Rio. A veteran player—never mind a star—puts on his shorts
    backwards and asks to change. You’re the chair umpire, imbued with
    discretion. You’re not letting him leave the court to change? Really?
    2) Nadal’s unwillingness to speed up his play is maddening in the
    extreme. The guy does so much right and is so sporting in so many other
    respects. Why not adjust your behavior to comply with the rules? Why
    even let this become the issue it has?
    3) When there’s a dispute between an official and players, it’s thoroughly
    reasonable for the ATP and/or ITF to give them a “vacation” from one
    another. We do this all the time in other contexts. Siblings fight and we
    parents separate them. Attorneys feud with judges and efforts are
    sometimes made to keep them apart from the next trial. I would go further
    and suggest that it would be lousy judgment for the ATP/ITF had they
    NOT separated the feuding parties for a while.
    4) But the issue here is the formalization of the policy. When Nadal
    admitted making the request and the ITF supervisor admitted that the
    request was granted, precedent has been set. The next player to have a
    beef will cite this case and we will have embarked on everyone’s favorite
    amusement park ride, the slippery slope.
    In the wake of the controversy, here’s an email an anonymous official
    sent me: “I found it interesting that it has gotten so much attention as this
    situation is relatively common through all levels of tennis. All chair
    umpires, from college through the futures, challengers and ATP/WTA have
    a “no list” of players whose matches they don’t want to officiate, generally
    due to an issue that arose in a recent match. Most of the time umpires will
    only put a player on the list for a few weeks to give tensions time to
    defuse—in rare circumstances, perhaps after repeated issues, it might be
    permanent. This happens all the time, and most of the time the player
    doesn’t even know about it.

    A player making the request, like Nadal did, is much less common, but is
    usually honored just like if the umpire had made the request. So much of
    being an effective chair umpire depends on having the confidence and
    respect of the players, and if a recent incident is in the back of a player’s
    mind, it can cause there to be a lack of confidence in the official before
    the match even starts. Our goal as officials is to give players a fair match
    without unnecessarily becoming part of the match, and you never want
    something from a past match to affect a future one—from either the
    player's or official's side. There are many qualified officials at all of these
    tournaments, so keeping one player away from a specific official, doesn't
    burden the officiating assignments too much and generally makes for a
    smoother match for all involved.”
    After losing a first round match to Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams
    declined to attend a press conference, earning a $3,000 fine. This rarely
    happens. Venus was criticized for this perceived breach of
    professionalism. But viewed strictly as a transactional matter, maybe it’s
    not so irrational. Hmm. I’m worth millions of dollars in tennis. I can go into
    the interview room and dissect my defeat, get asked for the millionth time
    about my retirement plans and an opponent with whom my family has
    shared an uneasy history. Or I can pay $3,000 to a tennis development
    fund—that’s probably tax deductible anyway—and go to dinner.
    Big sources of chatter in the players’ lounge: the recruitment of Frances
    Tiafoe, the talented American teenager who played in the main draw.
    Declining offers from the traditional management agencies, Tiafoe chose
    Jay*Z and his company, Roc Nation. Was this a case of paradigm shift?
    Or a teenager getting seduced (understandably) by celebrity and social
    currency? Now Tiafoe’s agent is no longer with Roc Nation. (Rendering
    unclear Tiafoe’s status with the agency.) There are a lot of elements to
    this: race, class, culture. You just hope this all works out and, put crassly,
    Tiafoe and his family don’t leave money on the table.
    Prior to the women's semis, Jana Novotna—on*hand competing in the
    legends—walked into the locker room, saw Serena in clear discomfort and
    reported her observation to a journalist before the match. I think the
    players who viewed this as a breach of the sanctity of the locker room are
    correct. Players should be entitled to a "safe place." (While we're here, if
    the tennis gods have any sense of justice, Serena will draw Tara Moore in
    the first round of Wimbledon.)
    Another “inside baseball” story to follow: Novak Djokovic never
    committed to a grasscourt tournament before Wimbledon. He is unlikely to
    play the week after the French Open. He is unlikely to play the week
    before Wimbledon. The middle weekend offers Queen’s Club and Halle.
    The LTA has been holding a wild card for Djokovic at Queen’s Club, but
    he’s going to have to commit soon. Or risk playing qualies—which would
    surely be an ATP first for the top*ranked player. More tune*ups news:
    Maria Sharapova, still trying to kick that cold, won’t play a grass tune*up.
    Milos Raonic, on the other hand, the highest ranked player not to play in
    Paris, had foot surgery and expects to be 100% for Queen’s Club.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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    Re: Jon Wertheim Sums Up the French Open

    Someone else was able to cut and paste so I copied what I thought was interesting from their post on another fan site.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




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    "Prior to the women's semis, Jana Novotna—on*hand competing in the
    legends—walked into the locker room, saw Serena in clear discomfort and
    reported her observation to a journalist before the match. I think the
    players who viewed this as a breach of the sanctity of the locker room are
    correct. Players should be entitled to a "safe place." (While we're here, if
    the tennis gods have any sense of justice, Serena will draw Tara Moore in
    the first round of Wimbledon.)"

    Here is what Tara Moore tweeted:

    Tara Moore
    ✔ ‎@TaraMoore92
    Not only is serena one of the best women players of all time, she's also one of the best actresses #suckitup #learnhowtolose #pathetic
    11:34 AM - 4 Jun 2015

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    Much has been said about the flu/cold bug going around Paris, but I just wanted to add that yesterday I spoke with a friend who was in Paris about two+ weeks ago, and then traveling through Europe after that. On her last day in Paris she got sick and unfortunately stayed sick the entire rest of her trip. It was a combination of flu and severe cold symptoms that just lasted forever. Her husband caught it too. She's back home now recovering and she still sounded wiped out. This was a nasty nasty bug and full credit to Serena for playing through it. #learnhowtowin

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    Re: Jon Wertheim Sums Up the French Open

    Anything in non-public areas other than the interview room and practice courts is assumed off-the-record, I'd say.

    Tara Moore is 22, she should have learned about office politics by now.


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    Hooray for Tara Moore!
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TennisAnyone74 View Post
    Here is what Tara Moore tweeted:
    Tara Moore
    ✔ ‎@TaraMoore92
    Not only is serena one of the best women players of all time, she's also one of the best actresses #suckitup #learnhowtolose #pathetic
    11:34 AM - 4 Jun 2015
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    Anything in non-public areas other than the interview room and practice courts is assumed off-the-record, I'd say.

    Tara Moore is 22, she should have learned about office politics by now.
    Tara Moore works in a totally different building.

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    Re: Jon Wertheim Sums Up the French Open

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    Tara Moore works in a totally different building.
    Those were two separate thoughts, but you got me


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    Ha! I was only referring to the second thought but I suppose it's equally valid. Wimbledon is the only place where Tara Moore would even get close enough to ask for an autograph. I can imagine the tweet now.

    @serenawilliams has terrible handwriting and she made me wait in line. #pathetic #bettercursive #anyonehavetenbucks?

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    ladies and gentlemen I give you Tara Moore:

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    #nevergoingtobenumber1 #nevergoingtobeachampion #knowshowtolose #pathetic
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    If she had left out the "learn how to lose" part...couldn't you imagine how some players could think that? Call it jealousy, whatever, but I am not surprised some have that thought process. Now...saying it? Well...

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    Serena is an amazing tennis player and an awful person. I'm not gonna lose sleep over this like y'all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miles View Post
    Serena is an amazing tennis player and an awful person. I'm not gonna lose sleep over this like y'all.
    I wouldn't say 'awful,' but I can't imagine any world where I'm friends with her. I would say 'ego-centric,' which is the newer and more kind term for a person who might also be labeled a narcissist.

    I don't think it's mutually exclusive from considering Tara Moore to be a lunatic troll.

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    For those who are Serena fans, or just incurably curious, there's a feature by Doug Robson at a NBC site:

    http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/ser...f:nbcnews:text

    I met Williams on Monday at the newer of her two apartments in Paris. She traded up from a two-bedroom apartment a couple of years ago, which she says is “still on the market.”

    Her four-bedroom flat in the eighth arrondissement sits along the more residential section of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, one of the city’s swankiest shopping streets and a short distance from landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Élysée Palace.

    When I arrived, she was lounging on a couch in the living room of her apartment with her well-traveled Yorkshire terrier Chip, who was having the run of the place. She was dressed in an orange and white striped Nike top and short, gray athletic shorts. Her hair was pulled up into a ponytail.

    She apologized for the “mess” in the apartment (it wasn’t particularly) and the lack of food. She offered me a drink. “I make really good coffee,” she said, and then prepared me a mean double espresso.

    There were no handlers present. No agents. No bodyguards. No family except her half-sister, Lyndrea, and a male assistant who popped in and out.

    Williams, still coughing and sniffling, was fresh off a night of low-key revelry. She looked worn out. She had hosted a team dinner and then met up with men’s French Open winner Stan Wawrinka at the Le Royal Monceau hotel.

    She wanted to celebrate harder but wasn’t up to it yet, so they hung out for a couple of hours. “We’re good friends so I was happy for him and we both wear the same watch (Audemars Piguet),” she said.

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    Re: Jon Wertheim Sums Up the French Open

    When I met Serena (and by met I mean spoke 3 words to her) she was extremely nice and almost shy and this was back in 2009 and it struck me as odd
    because I though for sure she wasn't going to be that nice. It left me thinking that her on court persona is not the same as her real life....

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