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    Tennis Random, Random 2.0

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    I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with @milosraonic and his team. Great first day of practice on the grass @QueensTennis
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    Serena Williams‏Verified account @serenawilliams 5h5 hours ago
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    Just posted a video https://www.instagram.com/p/BVXGu54hVQB/
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    Tennis Random, Random Part II

    After three years it's time to close the original thread and start a new one. New RPB's new Tennis Random Random.
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    Josť Morais‏ @ZezeAM 2m2 minutes ago
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    When the journalist asks "is your daughter into tennis" and you be like "do you actually know who my dad is..."

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    OMG the chipie sounds like she was acting up!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/entertain...156140869.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlhct View Post
    OMG the chipie sounds like she was acting up!

    http://www.miamiherald.com/entertain...156140869.html
    Turns out she was a chippy after all. I was thinking about Kanye's "Golddigger" but if she doesn't want to be bothered with her son I don't know what to call her. Well I do but this is a family oriented forum.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Turns out she was a chippy after all. I was thinking about Kanye's "Golddigger" but if she doesn't want to be bothered with her son I don't know what to call her. Well I do but this is a family oriented forum.
    Hey, I call 'em like I see em! LOL

    It's sad and a mess all at the same time, for Dylan and Richard. At least Dylan will be getting a little niece or nephew soon to grow up with *SMH*

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    I guess things like that happen if you go for a trophy wife...
    Roger forever

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    So, with two WTA tournaments going on during this weekend, what does SONY Latam show for the WTA? Which of four matches do you broadcast?
    Nah, don't bother with the boring grass. Go back and show the Semi Finals of Madrid. Why show a live event when you can go to taped?

    I really don't get that industry.
    Starry starry night

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    If you suck it up and go to the WTA site they're promoting the Finals for tomorrow. BeIn is showing Kontaveit vs Tsurenko which completed hours ago. It seems as if Simon wants to bury women's tennis not promote it.

    Oh and don't get me started in the BeIn app. I've had to uninstall and reinstall it twice in the last two days because it won't even load.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




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    Nick Kyrgios admits some days it's fun to play tennis, but other days he would rather do anything else
    Nick Kyrgios spoke to Sportsmail's tennis correspondent Mike Dickson
    Kyrgios has become known for his fiery temper and a short patience
    But he says his approach to tennis has now changed as has his attitude
    He admits that some days he would rather doing something else than playing
    Sportsmail sat down to speak with the Australian... and his mum

    Nick Kyrgios sinks into the sofa at his rented home by Wimbledon Common, wearing his favoured off-duty kit of baggy shorts and basketball top, and is wondering how he ever came to be here.

    'Growing up I never thought that I would be a professional tennis player, never crossed my mind,' admits the 23 year-old Australian. So you're the accidental tennis player? 'You could say that, yeah.'

    Some days he is very happy in the role, other days he is not. This goes some way to explaining his unpredictable behaviour on court, about which he is disarmingly honest.

    'I played eighteen tournaments and I probably tanked eight of them, but I'm still ranked in the top twenty,' he says, with a jaw dropping matter-of-factness.

    Kyrgios defies simplistic analysis and divides opinion like no other player in the game. But on one thing everyone is agreed, including sages such as John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert: he has more raw talent than anybody tennis has seen since members of the 'Big Four' first emerged.

    The invite to go round comes on Thursday afternoon. He is on his way back from practice at Queen's Club when I arrive, to be let in by his mother Nill who, it turns out, is absolutely charming.

    Over a mug of tea she tells of how her younger son morphed from a tubby child into a pristine athlete; how she met his father George while they were students at Canberra's university; of overnight car journeys to country towns where they would stay at caravan parks while he played junior tournaments.

    And also of the hurt she has sometimes felt at vehement criticisms of her son. She admits can be headstrong but feels he is undeserving of some of the more personal attacks.

    After a while Kyrgios arrives back with a cheery 'Hello!' and a beaming, natural smile. It is a scene of normal domesticity miles removed from the portrait of him as some Prince of Darkness.

    Andy Murray has become a good friend and is among those who have said that the latter image is way different to reality. It turns out they have just been in the gym together, where Murray has been winding him up about his basketball skills compared to those of his compatriot Bernard Tomic.

    The Scot and Kyrgios have much in common, from a not immediately obvious personal warmth, to a tendency to question received wisdom, to an uncanny tactical reading of the game. Murray knows what it is like to feel misunderstood while you make youthful mistakes very publicly.

    What they do not share is an unabashed love of the sport and a meticulous attention to detailed preparation. And while Murray has learned to choose his words carefully, Kyrgios remains gloriously unfiltered.

    'Some days it's fun to play but sometimes I'd rather be doing something else,' he bluntly concedes. 'When I'm on the road there are times when I find the motivation tough. I don't like the long trips, I dread them. I hate the travelling.'

    At Queen's last year - where he is playing next week - the story went that, when his first round match against Milos Raonic was called, he was lying on a sofa in players' lounge. He then just picked up his racket bag and walked straight out on court without warming up. You ask if this is true.

    'Yes, that's what happened. I just like to go out on court and play some tennis, although I don't think people believe me. I couldn't have the same approach as Raonic. He has a big team around him and does everything very diligently, that isn't me.'

    He has, though, stepped up his level of professionalism since an early exit from January's Australian Open left him feeling 'in a dark place'. He has spent most of his career without a coach, but since then he has been doing some work with Frenchman and ex Wimbledon semi-finalist Sebastien Grosjean.

    Kyrgios is again startlingly direct about their arrangement. 'I really like Seb, he is a caring guy who is helping me and we get along great. But I would rather not have a coach if I'm honest. I got sick of people around me saying I need a coach so I've got one. He's not too full on.'


    (...)

    There is no history of tennis in the genes but his mother was a national college badminton champion. His father had a season playing professional soccer in Melbourne and was offered terms to go and play back in Greece, where his family are originally from, but turned it down.

    Nill, who has not spoken publicly before, describes how her younger son was initially unexceptional at tennis due to his build: 'He was a chubby little boy but always very strong and competitive. We knew that he would lose his puppy fat eventually because that was what happened with his older brother. He was also lucky in that there was a very strong group of boys his age in Canberra, and they all pushed each other. Quite a few went on to win tennis scholarships to colleges in the United States.'

    (...)

    As a sport tennis is unsure about what it wants from Kyrgios. Desperate for new stars who generate interest as the stellar generation of Murray and co. get older, it craves his untamed, box office appeal. But then it cannot look the other way, such as when he tanked in Shanghai last October, which led to a suspension.

    He is not a saint, but he is far from an irredeemable sinner. In the next few weeks it will be hard to avert the eyes from this most compelling, deceptively complex athlete.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/ten...#ixzz4kHSWFT2D
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    Happy Birthday to Venus Williams!

    Here's the best victory celebration ever: https://twitter.com/australianopen/s...56187509936128

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    Hmm. Publicly admitting he tanked 8 tournaments? What will the ATP do?










    Nothing...
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    "pristine athlete"?

    Granted, I pretty much feel like I've downed a bacon-donut sammie with a Coke chaser after I skim anything from the Mail. Pieces like this make me cheer harder for the Raonic types.

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    Aside from admitting to tanking matches the entire piece was written by some PR hack. "Pristine athlete" indeed.
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