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  1. #3721

    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Drop-shot View Post
    Berdych is also retiring apparently.
    That feels like it's for the best. He doesn't seem to capable of staying uninjured for even a 3 month stretch.

    He was back from injury at like Atlanta or Winston Salem this year and he looked great in the match I saw, like really played so well. A single game away from winning in two relatively routine sets, truly exactly as you'd typically expect from old Tomas in an earlier round of a lower tier tournament. And it was against a good player though I can't remember who right now. I don't know what injury happened right then, but pretty sure it was something different than he'd been out for and when I say he could barely muster winning another game, I mean it. It was sad and so unfortunate. I basically kept watching even though it was far from entertaining because he didn't retire even though he definitely should have and I had that bad feeling that I might be watching his final match.

  2. #3722

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    Bryan Brothers just announced on TC Live that they will retire after the US Open in 2020.

  3. #3723

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    Bob Bryan

    We dedicate 2020 to all those who have shared this journey with us. Whether you root for us or against us, we are grateful for your passion in the sport that has given us so much. We’ll always do our best to return this love. Thank you for letting us live out our dream. 🙏❤️

  4. #3724

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    Former tennis stars slam ATP Finals crowd over Novak Djokovic treatment during Roger Federer defeat
    Louis SealeyThursday 14 Nov 2019 10:47 pm

    A number of former tennis stars have slammed the ATP Finals crowd over their treatment of Novak Djokovic during his defeat to Roger Federer. Djokovic’s hopes of winning the ATP Finals for a sixth time and end the year as world number one were ended on Thursday evening as he suffered a 3-6 4-6 defeat to a revitalised Federer. Federer produced a brilliant performance at the O2 Arena in London to down his great rival and advance to the semi-finals of the season-ending event.

    But a number of former stars have criticised the partisan ATP Finals crowd after several Djokovic mistakes were greeted by cheers and applause. Speaking after the match, former British number one Greg Rusedski told Amazon: ‘I think it’s disrespectful when you’re clapping double faults. That’s too much. ‘I don’t mind fans supporting one guy over the other – that’s your choice – but there’s a certain etiquette you have to have out there.

    ‘That really got into Djokovic’s head because he double faulted, some of the crowd applauded and he double faulted again. Then he got broken and from that point on he was always behind in the match. ‘He never recovered. He gets too hard a time sometimes.’ Another former British number one, Annabel Croft, added: ‘I felt sad for Novak tonight. Here is a great, great champion. Someone who has achieved so much in the game.

    ‘What does he have to do to get a crowd on his side? He was playing some beautiful tennis and it was just met by polite applause. ‘Some of his double faults were being clapped and cheered. It looked to me like he became very subdued and went into his shell after that. ‘He couldn’t fire himself up. I did feel a tinge of sadness for him because he looked a little lost out here and it can’t be easy when you’re taking on 20,000 people.’

    SWEET REDEMPTION FOR ROGER!@rogerfederer has defeated Novak Djokovic and has made the #NittoATPFinals semis!��: @TennisTV— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 14, 2019
    The former Australian Open semi-finalist, Daniela Hantuchova, also criticised the treatment of Djokovic and said it was one of the reasons the Serbian legend was unable to hit back at Federer during a difficult defeat. ‘I almost felt sorry for him as well because he’s done so much for our game,’ she said. ‘What else does he need to do to get respect from this crowd? ‘I think it got to his head a little bit. He didn’t even wave as he went off and that’s understandable. It’s not pleasant when someone claps your double faults so I can understand his frustration. ‘After everything he’s done it’s a little bit disrespectful. Roger is Roger but at the same time Novak is Novak so maybe a more even crowd would have been ideal tonight.’

    Djokovic, meanwhile, played down the importance of the crowd on his defeat to Federer in his post-match press conference. ‘Look, it was an important match, and I think every time I face Roger or Rafa anywhere in the world, there’s a lot of excitement,’ he said. ‘So it was a full stadium, which was nice to see. It was loud. It was electric. You know, it was a good atmosphere.’

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  5. #3725

    Re: Tennis Random, Random 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Former tennis stars slam ATP Finals crowd over Novak Djokovic treatment during Roger Federer defeat

    Roger is Roger but at the same time Novak is Novak so maybe a more even crowd would have been ideal tonight.
    Yes we know, that's always a big part of the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    Yes we know, that's always a big part of the problem.
    Yes , everyone knows and expects this including Djokovic .

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  7. #3727

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    I know we all love tennis and it's really great to be able to watch it so late in the year, but the ATP has got to do something about the length of the calendar. As the WTA players are relaxing with family and friends or chilling on the beach somewhere for at least a week now with plenty of them 3 weeks into their off-season, ATP still has another week on the schedule that a number of players have to compete in.

    And this new ATP Cup has plenty back the first week of the year, really the last week of this year since the first day is a Friday.

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