2020 Tennis

Discussion in 'Tennis' started by Shadowlight, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Shadowlight

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    Roger Federer will miss the French Open due to minor knee surgery. He is expected back for Wimbledon. He will turn 39 this summer and he may even opt to play in the Olympics late this summer. Not a total loss. He would likely wear himself out trudging around in the clay ( his worst surface) and needs to be fully rested for Wimbledon.

    The last time he had knee surgery was in 2016 and didn't play well in his brief return but after a six month break he came back and won the Aussie Open in 2017 and Wimbledon in 2017 and the Aussie again in 2018.

    Last year he came within a hair of winning Wimbledon. Obviously grass is his best surface and I keep thinking when he does finally retire I can't think of a better place to hang it up than Wimbledon. It would be a very emotional scene and perhaps it will take place there in 2021? I can't envision him playing too much longer.

    Kim Clijsters at 36 is making her second comeback. She was able to win two US Opens after having a baby (2009, 2010) but she hung it up in the fall of 2012 and has decided to come back again.

    Well about a thousand pizzas latter Kim is back. She is huge. But her father was a star soccer player and her mother was a gymnast so she has great athletic pedigree so even at her bulk without seeing her play I imagine she still has some athletic talent leftover.

    I guess she figured that the women's game is so far down she could make a move but that won't be easy.
     
  2. BeyondFedUp

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    Good points Shadowlight. I wish Roger would bow out at the end of this year. I know he'll want to play the US Open, but his glorious times at Wimbledon almost dictates he finish there. So, your probably right it will be next year at the All England Club. He is the greatest prime against prime tennis player ever in my opinion. I know we've been blessed to see the Big Three for so many years. I can tell stories to youngsters if they'd only listen to epic tales of Roger's 17-15(!) 5th set Final over Roddick along with other incredible feats of greatness. Wimbledon and The US Open will be interesting with Djokovic the runaway favorite and Nadal will win the French unless he meets, who else, Djokovic. The Women's side at all the Majors left is up for grabs.
     
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    To do justice to Maria Sharapova I would post one of the longest posts in the history of Caste Football. But I will spare everybody. Maria announced her retirement at the age of 32.

    In my opinion the sexiest and prettiest winning female tennis player in my lifetime Maria set the tennis world on fire by upsetting in her prime Serena at the 2004 Wimbledon. One of those golden moments that I will never forget.

    Maria won five grand slams but her career arc never followed the expected grand slam pattern apart from the fact she took the 2006 US Open by storm with a brilliant commercial capped off by winning the whole thing. She won the Australian in 2008 and surprisingly won two French Opens later in her career in 2012 and 2014. A grass/hard court power player no one thought she would ever be a major factor on clay but through grit and guile she mastered it against all odds. Her mental toughness and focus were much celebrated.

    For years she was always in the running playing deep into the majors. She won a whopping 36 career titles.

    Another oddity is after her magnificent 2004 Wimbledon triumph she pretty much couldn't beat Serena losing over 20 times to her and I think winning only one more time against her.

    A great biography I suspect awaits and sadly the later stages in her career were marred by injuries and a 15 month suspension which started in 2016. The rest of the tour treated her like an outcast mainly due to blatant jealousy. They didn't like her but they would have traded places with her in a heartbeat.

    Her shoulder injuries and other assorted ailments ruined her last ride around the block and in a sports world that has moved on her retirement feels as quiet as her last several years on the court.

    But make no mistake. Maria is a pivotal and historically important Hall Of Fame player that for many years was one of if not the biggest face in tennis. With her cute dog commercials and her 5th Avenue high fashion sense Maria really hit the spot. God do I miss those halcyon days!!

    I remember the long list of snapping photographers at the 2004 US Courtside desperately trying to get pictures of Maria. She stood above everyone else in beauty, class and style.

    Will we ever see another beauty like Maria who takes over the sport?
     
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    Goodbye Maria! I am picking up a New York Times tomorrow who I am sure will have a nice write up.

    Below is a photo of her after her 2008 Australian Open championship. She wins the Grand Slam and the Beauty Contest. That is what is called a real Daily Double!

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    And Maria away from the court looking quite fetching. Good Lord!

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  5. BeyondFedUp

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    Good thoughts Shadowlight. I agree 100%. And that 2004 Wimbledon win over the Linebacker is my absolute favorite moment in Women's Tennis history. I watched the entire match like a smitten schoolboy! I cheered like one too!:aaaaa:
     
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    Breaking news. The tennis tournament at Indian Wells, one of the biggest outside a major that routinely draws 450,000 fans over a two week period has been called off due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus. It was scheduled to begin this week so this is a late last minute announcement.

    I am not going to speculate on the virus because it seems to me the authorities are still wrestling with it and apparently not making any progress on it since the number of people who are known to have it climbs everyday.

    This tournament is a big deal so it doesn't take a genius to extrapolate from this cancellation that more big sporting events could get cancelled or adjusted in one way or another. Players like Nadal, Djokovic, Serena and Coco were scheduled to play.

    And of course with the Summer Olympics looming this summer you can cut the world wide anxiety with a knife right now.

    Stay tuned and hope for the best.
     
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    Pure, unadulterated, media-generated hysteria. They decide what makes a story or what fear-inducing crap gets nonstop cycling. The string-pullers in high places have their reasons for doing this I'm sure. They always do. It's a distraction and it is nefarious no doubt.
     

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