I will settle for more interesting tennis. I am very much not a fan of the Raonic/Cilic/Isner model that has been fashionable for awhile. Giant serves from giants, followed by not much else, has been killing tennis.
I think such a set-up would be Good For Us, and make quarterfinals and up more interesting—even if fans felt like they had to “settle” for five players collecting only a handful of trophies apiece instead of Fedal’s and Serena’s hauls.
So as any syrup-blooded Canadian I watched the Rogers Cup despite not really ever watching any tennis at all - partly because a scrappy young Canadian somehow got to the Semis where he got trounced by Zverev.
Tennis coverage has been oustanding lately. Keep it up.
Marcos Baghdatis wins. The resurrection begins.
My solution to fixing tennis’ woes: shorten the season and put more time between the Grand Slams, heretofore:
For God’s sake, Stan, that tweet is something else.
Can anyone think of a single sport that wouldn’t benefit both the fans and athletes by being at least 25% shorter? I used to say football, but not anymore. NBA and MLB are interminable. But soccer and tennis are the worst. They really don’t ever end.
Lost in the outrage over Sharapova,is the fact many of the GS WC’s (particularly at the USO and French Open) every year are Journeymen and Women getting subsidized 50k paychecks every year based on country of birth. I would be pissed if I was the 1st guy/girl in qualifying and seeing some of the names on that WC list.
You care way too much about this. I’m a big MS fan and I guarantee you, Maria Sharapova can take care of herself. This post isn’t even remotely negative. Conserve your outrage energy. You might need it later today for something else crying out for anonymous internet commenters to adjudicate.
Yet you didn’t even bat an eyelid upon hearing Errani’s fairy tale
I totally disagree with this. The tennis tournaments bill themselves as competitions between the best in the world. If she served her suspension, WC her to the qualifiers and make her play her way in. If she deserves to be in the draw after the layoff, she should have no issue in the qualifiers. The only reason to…
Yeah, it just opens the door to inconsistency and bias, and the potential for even more controversy down the road. Nip it in the bud.
She got off the hook based on the correct adaptation of what she did. There were no special privileges granted.
I think this is something that the ATP and WTA need to explicitly address when doling out punishments. There is just too much gray area here, and, given the controversy around every decision this year, it obviously needs clarification.
You did say we should get ready for the takes.
What? They want to sell tickets? How Gauche!
Long live the one handed backhand! That highlight doesnt even include some of his best shots against Nadal, but what was really impressive was how he kept his composure in the final set and tie-breaker. Nadal was waiting for him to succumb to fatigue and abandon those wild powerful groundstrokes. And it seemed to…
Even as a Rafa supporter, hoping this injury doesn’t impact him at the USO.