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  1. #1291

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    I didn't look closely. Got the alert, opened the app briefly to double check and posted here. But I thought the court looked to be the same colors as a standard clay court.

    HD is the standard in the US now, not sure about their other major media partners around the world for broadcasting this.

  2. #1292
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    I just heard that the attendance was 51,954, a record for a tennis match

  3. #1293

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    Coco Gauff beat the reigning NCAA champion Estela Perez-Somarriba 6-3, 6-3 in an exo opening up the action in Delray Beach
    This is not the bouquet you toss

  4. #1294

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    It was sold out too! The trend of having a WTA exhibition at an ATP event has been really successful.

  5. #1295

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    Wozniacki vs Serena exhibition match scheduled for May 18th in Copenhagen has been fully sold out. There will be 13,000 spectators and another 9,000 would have bought tickets if only the arena was any bigger. In Denmark one couldn't have a higher drawing match. Probably not even Federer vs Nadal would be this highly sought after.
    Roger forever

  6. #1296

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    World TeamTennis Announces 2020 Season To Be Played At Historic Greenbrier Resort, July 12-Aug. 2
    Posted on May 26, 2020 by World TeamTennis

    All 66 Matches – Contested Among WTT’s Nine Teams, Including New Chicago Franchise – Will Be Televised or Live-Streamed on CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ and

    World TeamTennis announced it has committed to play the entirety of its 45th season at The Greenbrier “America’s Resort” in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This will be the first major professional tennis league to resume operations since the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

    The 2020 World TeamTennis season will showcase a 63-match regular season over 19 consecutive days from July 12-30, with the WTT Playoffs to follow on Aug. 1 (WTT Semifinals) and Aug. 2 (WTT Final). The top four teams from WTT’s regular season standings will advance to the WTT Playoffs. CBS will air a regular season match on July 19 and the WTT Final on August 2. CBS Sports Network will carry 13 regular season matches and both semifinals on August 1.

    WTT’s schedule will include at least three matches per day at The Greenbrier’s 2,500-seat outdoor stadium, with an indoor court to be installed as a backup option, for the league’s nine franchises – the expansion Chicago Smash, New York Empire, Orange County Breakers, Orlando Storm, Philadelphia Freedoms, San Diego Aviators, 2018 and 2019 WTT champion Springfield Lasers, Vegas Rollers and Washington Kastles. The matches are scheduled to begin anywhere from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. ET (subject to changes in broadcast schedules).

    In accordance with state health guidelines, WTT will allow up to 500 fans (20% capacity) to attend its outdoor matches. Ticket pricing and access points will be announced at a later date.

    Participating players in the 2020 WTT season include 2020 Australian Open champion and World No. 4 Sofia Kenin (Philadelphia Freedoms), 2017 U.S. Open champ and 2018 French Open finalist Sloane Stephens (Chicago Smash), Grigor Dimitrov (Orange County Breakers), the Vegas Rollers’ Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan, the winningest and most accomplished doubles team in tennis history,Tennys Sandgren (Orlando Storm) and doubles specialists Rajeev Ram (Chicago), Jean-Julien Rojer (Springfield Lasers) and Neal Skupski (New York Empire), the 2019 WTT Male Most Valuable Player.

    The 2020 World TeamTennis season will be powered by Universal Tennis Rating (UTR), the world’s most accurate tennis rating system. All WTT matches will count towards players’ UTR rating, and technology will be used to set daily matchups by WTT team coaches and be integrated in WTT’s media broadcasts throughout the three-week competition.

    All of WTT’s 2020 regular season and playoff matches will be televised or live-streamed on media partners CBS, CBS Sports Network, Tennis Channel, ESPN+ and/or, the league’s official website. World TeamTennis’ complete regular season schedule and its daily broadcast schedule will be announced on at a later date.

    “All of us at World TeamTennis are extremely grateful to be able to play the 45th World TeamTennis season and present professional tennis to our sports-starved and tennis-starved audiences through our media partners at CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel,” WTT CEO Carlos Silva said. “The overwhelming feedback from our players is that they want to play WTT and are comfortable in doing so in a safe environment, which is our number one priority. West Virginia has among the nation’s fewest cases of COVID-19 and I’m grateful to The Greenbrier, the city of White Sulphur Springs, and Dr. Jill Justice for being so welcoming and allowing World TeamTennis to play on in 2020.”

    “We’re thrilled to welcome World TeamTennis to West Virginia and The Greenbrier,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. “America’s Resort has a rich history with professional tennis, and we’re excited to write another chapter and add to the storied history of World TeamTennis.”

    World TeamTennis will follow the direction of local and state government officials in West Virginia while adhering to all health and safety protocols set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and take every precaution to ensure the safety of its players, coaches and essential staff in executing the operation of its matches. WTT will engage with its teams and league and venue personnel in conducting all necessary testing and screening for COVID-19, as well as outfitting all parties with the personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to conduct its 2020 season matches while preserving the health and safety of everyone at The Greenbrier over the three-week season.

    In 2020, WTT is increasing its prize money to a record $5 million and an added $1,000,000 awarded in WTT Playoffs compensation, including a $500,000 bonus to the team hoisting the King Trophy on Aug. 2.

    WTT introduced professional team tennis in 1974, with Billie Jean King serving as its co-founder. WTT is one of five active U.S. pro sports leagues which has been in operation for over 40 years, along with the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. For more information on World TeamTennis, please visit
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  7. #1297

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    BERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July.

    With professional tennis shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said Friday one exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass at Steffi Graf Stadium. The other is on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.

    Each of the Bett1 Aces tournaments will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money.

    Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.

    Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.

    Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set to avoid fatigue for players facing a potential six matches in seven days. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.

    Edwin Weindorfer, the CEO of the company organizing the exhibitions, said the plan was to have 80-90 people in the stadium to host games. That includes players, umpires, TV staff and coaches. He added that if there’s a change in the law by July, a limited number of spectators could be permitted, perhaps with a limit of 500 or 1,000.

    Organizers are working on arrangements to allow Kyrgios to travel to Germany from Australia for the events.

    The exhibition week replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off. It had been meant to mark the return of tour-level tennis to Berlin for the first time since 2008, when the International German Championships was last played on the WTA Tour.

  8. #1298

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    Michal Samulski @MichalSamulski

    Players confirmed for

    Novak Djokovic
    Dominic Thiem
    Alexander Zverev
    Grigor Dimitrov
    Borna Coric
    Marin Cilic
    Viktor Troicki
    Dusan Lajovic
    Filip Krajinovic

    ETA: Jelena Jankovic will play mixed doubles with Djokovic.

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  9. #1299

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    Adria Tour Official
    Jun 4
    First 1.000 tickets for the charity sports event #AdriaTour have been sold out in seven record minutes!

    For all those who did not manage to get the tickets for Belgrade matches, we have good news – we have decided to release another 1,000 tickets on Friday.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  10. #1300

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    Tennis Channel @TennisChannel The decision to bring all matches to the Greenbriar Resort for the 2020
    @WorldTeamTennis season means a neutral site, a safer venue, and 500 fans in the stands. Partying face
    CEO @carlossilva joins
    @BrettHaber to break down what else to expect this year→
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  11. #1301

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    I stayed at the Greenbrier once, for 4 nights around the 1994 Solheim Cup that was played on one of their several golf courses. This is a very swank place, great rooms and great food, as well as being in wonderful mountain scenery. Having to stay there for a 3-week WTT season is about the least painful thing that could happen to anyone. They get to stay in one luxurious place and avoid having to travel every day or about a good compromise location!!! They will not want to go back to the usual way next year. GH

  12. #1302
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    Has anyone bothered to watch the Ultimate Tennis Farce? This is a product of Patrick's ego.
    It's completely ridiculous.

    I saw Patrick being interviewed the other day, and he was basically saying that he wants to change the game... that there is too much 'down time'... he wants tennis to 'speed up'. So he's come up with a completely different scoring system - one whose emphasis is on speeding things up as much as possible. There is endless gimmickry. It's painful to watch.

    Patrick is one of a disturbingly growing number of people who are trying to turn live sports into a video game - for those whose attention span is about 3 seconds. Catering to those with short attention spans is the worst thing one can do.
    Tennis is a cerebral and creative game. It's bad enough that a significant degree of the thought process and creativity disappeared in the 2000s with the introduction of lighter, stiffer racquets and polyester-based strings - now some clowns want there to be even less thought and creativity in the game (playing faster inherently brings less thought and creativity).

    We've seen a disturbing trend of late of trying to significantly change the game of tennis. When the umpire announces "4-2 for The Greek God (Tsitsipas)", there is something very, very wrong (from the Ultimate Tennis Farce). This BS is targeting 13 year old kids. It's placing quantity ahead of quality, and style well above substance.
    It's not a good direction in which to be moving at all.
    Last edited by Deuce*; 06-15-2020 at 09:03 PM.
    * Yes, it's me (last seen on TW boards in 2009).

  13. #1303

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    I read about it, and saw the plans he had for that exhibition. My thought was: now, there is something I am really NOT interested in watching.
    But I have said it before. Tennis, the way we love it, is not for the new people. I will grant him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he is really looking at who will be watching tennis in 10 years and what they will want. One hour matches, with cheerleaders. Which of course I will not watch, but what do I know? I am antediluvian, by now.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  14. #1304

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    I would've loved to watch Paire vs Brown under other circumstances.

    I agree that this is aimed at kids. Mouratoglou was quoted opining that the average age of tennis fans is 61.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  15. #1305

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    I agree that this is aimed at kids. Mouratoglou was quoted opining that the average age of tennis fans is 61.
    That number is not supported by any evidence
    Roger forever

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