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  1. #46

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    I didn't know we hated Daniel Evans. What did I miss?
    lol yes, I wasn't aware we felt one way or the other about him
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  2. #47

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    Hmm, I wonder why Dan Evans' consistently obnoxious Twitter account has disappeared
    Let Dan Evans be a reminder to be better ppl & nicer to others, so that when our mistakes do come, they're met w compassion, not pitchforks.
    Those are a couple of Tweets that come up if you search for Dan Evans. Sounds like he's made some controversial or brash statements in the past.

  3. #48

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    Something against Bedene I believe...
    Meet again we do, old foe...

  4. #49

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    Something against Bedene I believe...
    He said Bedene shouldn't be allowed to play DC for GB.

    He also has a reputation of not training seriously early on in his career.

    Plus he has a tattoo, which might be the worst!

  5. #50

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    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    I didn't know we hated Daniel Evans. What did I miss?
    Dan Evans questions Aljaz Bedene changing nationality and says: 'I don’t think he believes he is British either'

    Simon Briggs, tennis correspondent

    8 MAY 2017 • 5:53PM

    Dan Evansmade his unhappiness plain on Monday about being relegated to British No  4 by Aljaz Bedene, the 27-year-old who represented Slovenia until officially changing nationality two years ago. Bedene, according to Evans, is not genuinely British.

    The issue came up in Madrid, where Evans had just been ousted from the Masters event by Robin Haase. When asked about Bedene – who stands two places ahead of him on the rankings ladder at No 56 – Evans replied: “I don’t think he really believes he is British either.

    “It’s nothing against Aljaz. I like him, he’s not confrontational in any way – but, to me, it doesn’t sit well if you play for another country. I don’t feel bad about him, but for me it’s a bit baffling as to why.”

    Bedene received his British passport in March 2015 after living in Welwyn Garden City for seven years. But his attempts to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup have been repeatedly rebuffed by the International Tennis Federation, which will not allow players to switch nationality in the competition once they have made their first appearance.

    As he prepared for his first grand slam event after his conversion – the 2015 French Open – Bedene was asked what he most appreciated about his new country. “Whenever I say I want to achieve something big, I get positive comments, not even one negative,” he replied.

    “Back at home I was getting too many negative comments. I was 14 and I said, ‘I want to be a top 100 player.’ My ‘friends’ – if I can call them that – they were laughing because no one believed someone could do it. The best Slovenian tennis player before was 196, so it was a big step forward.”

    Evans’s defeat on Monday came after he had wasted a promising position at 5-5 in the first set, losing his own serve immediately after breaking Haase’s. He reacted with a vicious racket smash, and then spiralled to a 7-5, 6-2 defeat.

    Evans was the second Briton to lose in the opening round of Madrid after Johanna Konta had gone down to Laura Siegemund in a late finish on Sunday night. Their three-set match had to be staged on the main court because of TV commitments, and did not end until 2.17am.

    “It’s happened quite a few times and it continues to happen,” said Andy Murray, now the last Briton standing in Madrid, who will open his own account today against Romanian wild card Marius Copil.

    “I don’t see how it’s positive for the players or the tournament or spectators,” added Murray, who holds the record for the latest finish in Madrid after he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber here at 3am in 2015. “You finish at 2.30 in the morning and by the time you’re in bed it’s 5.30 or 6am, it’s not easy to recover. When I played Kohlschreiber it was ridiculous.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/20...ity-says-dont/
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  6. #51

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    Dan Evans will pay a heavy penance but British tennis needs a working-class hero

    CHIEF SPORTS FEATURE WRITER Oliver Brown 23 JUNE 2017 • 9:15PM

    On his darkest day, Dan Evans at least had the good sense not to reach into Richard Gasquet’s book of excuses. Notoriously, the Frenchman, eschewing any Gallic chivalry, tried to explain a positive test for cocaine in 2009 by claiming that he had exchanged several prolonged kisses with a Miami nightclub waitress referred to only as ‘Pamela’. Evans, true to his straight-talking Brummie nature, was nothing like so squirming, simply blaming his disgrace upon a “context completely unrelated to tennis”.

    It is this extramural activity that has always been the problem for Evans. As he put it three years ago, with bracing candour: “I don’t train hard enough or work hard enough – I’m obviously pretty bad at my job.”

    He is an instinctive party animal, whose idea of knuckling down for his doubles match at Wimbledon in 2008 was to stop out in a local bar until 3am the night before. And yet despite the constant compulsion to hit the tiles, Evans marshalled the better parts of his character to break into the world’s top 50. Now, in one senseless moment of stupidity, he has thrown all that good work away. His contrition on Friday appeared genuine, even if there were inescapable parallels with Maria Sharapova’s disclosure of her own doping violation.

    There is nothing like an antiseptic function room, clearly, to convey sackcloth and ashes on the confessor’s part. Where Sharapova chose the LA Hotel Downtown, Evans plumped for the Novotel Hammersmith. Mercifully, he had the foresight to avoid dressing head to toe in shimmering black or making disobliging remarks about the carpet.

    Life on the tennis hamster-wheel always seemed an inversion of the real Dan Evans. While he belatedly realised that he ought to put his talent to proper use, he often let slip that he hankered to let his hair down back in Solihull. In a Telegraph interview in 2014, he sounded as if the ascetic lifestyle of a top-rank player, interspersing monotonous training sessions with sparrow-sized portions of sushi, was making him thoroughly unhappy. “All I do is watch television and FaceTime my girlfriend,” he said.

    But there was also a precious artlessness about him. For a start, he was not cut from starchy Home Counties tennis cloth, instead making his way as the son of an electrician and a nurse, pursuing tennis not because of family expectation but pure natural aptitude. He was also refreshingly connected to his roots. While his peers in the tennis stratosphere were perpetual wanderers, making their bed in Monaco or the Swiss cantons, Evans was a West Midlands boy to his bones. He lived there, had a partner there and, yes, did his fair share of socialising there.

    It feels peculiar to be writing about Evans in the past tense. He is 27, not dead, although in the short term his career prospects might as well be. Quite apart from the doping suspension to be imposed, there is a real danger that British tennis will now seek to excommunicate him altogether.

    The Lawn Tennis Association has withdrawn his funding over his out-of-hours antics before, and this bust for cocaine suggests a return to the caricature of Evans – the incorrigible wild child, the feckless tattooed renegade – that he has struggled to escape.

    Disowning him, though, would be a mistake. Tennis in this country needs a working-class hero in the Evans mould, a figure who has made it to the upper echelons despite none of the traditional privileges, who has warded off the temptations of youth to be a serious international contender. There is no performance-enhancing motive at play here, which limits the reacceptance of Sharapova into the fold. Evans took cocaine in the same month that he competed in the Davis Cup against France. It was a staggeringly half-witted thing to do, but it was hardly likely to heighten his capacity to deal with Jérémy Chardy’s backhand.

    Look at Martina Hingis and one sees that there is the chance, further down the line, of a reprieve. The ‘Swiss Miss’ had a metabolite of cocaine in her system in 2007, served a two-year ban, and was later inducted into the World Tennis Hall of Fame. Evans should pay a heavy penance but this need not be the end.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/20...working-class/
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  7. #52

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    I guess the Brits weren't aware that tennis fans just don't like Evans. Still, why ask this of Petra and why are they trying to make an excuse for him? Is the stress of the tour his Pamela?

    Ben Rothenberg‏ @BenRothenberg 15m15 minutes ago
    One of the most bizarre questions I've ever seen in a transcript. This is some narrative to reach for. From Birmingham today:
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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie02123 View Post
    Those are a couple of Tweets that come up if you search for Dan Evans. Sounds like he's made some controversial or brash statements in the past.
    Ah. I had no idea. (Been saying that A LOT lately.) So all indications are he had successfully reformed himself when it comes to training harder, but he still had a penchant for saying dumb or ignorant things. Even if he stopped verbalizing or tweeting them because they got him in trouble, chances are those thoughts are still there, festering in his brain...

    I'm not going to shame anyone for partying, but doing coke was a really dumb thing to do.
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  9. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Dan Evans will pay a heavy penance but British tennis needs a working-class hero
    I really rolled my eyes at this article.

    Translation: "It's not hypocritical to burn Sharapova at the stake while literally calling Evans a hero."

    I'm impressed with his contortionism, though.

  10. #55

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    So, does taking cocaine make you working class?
    I don't deny myself bread. I have bread every day.

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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by JTContinental View Post
    So, does taking cocaine make you working class?
    The working class of Britain can't afford cocaine after the Brexit. I don't think any non tennis fan Brits even know who he is, let alone see him as some kind of hero. Even Konta isn't that well known here as she's top ten

  12. #57

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    Four tournaments this week and in each, one of the players is playing in the singles and doubles final - well Cilic is still in the semis of the doubles still but he Matkowski are up a set so it could happen. Zverev, Barty, and Sevastova have the chance to be double winners - well maybe not Zverev as Federer is serving for the match after less than an hour.

  13. #58

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    An explanation as to why we can't see WTA matches the way we want. This was in response to @benrothenberg saying how bad the tv situation is for fans of the WTA.

    daniel kaplan‏ @dkaplanSBJ 54m54 minutes ago
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    daniel kaplan Retweeted Ben Rothenberg
    The issue Ben is they sold the rights to Perform. Perform than sells the rights to outlets like BeIN. Doubt it would be easy to get out of.
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  14. #59

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    Skating I moved your post to the TV thread but it made sense here too. I don't know what they were thinking.
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    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

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    Very nice interview between Woz and a former top Badminton player. Here's where she talks about critics and her relationship with her father.



    Translated from the Danish by Mark Nixon

    https://tennistranslations.wordpress...illa-norgaard/
    Nice one here too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMoXxCobgKc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPyshURWYeI . Nothing "new" but I liked it

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