The Tennis Thread

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Arnoldtoo, May 16, 2014.

  1. Gbspurs

    Gbspurs Gatekeeper for debates, King of the plonkers

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    My dad used to say black players shouldn't be playing for England because their heritage isn't truly English. Your argument sounds equally ridiculous. Keep up with the times.
     
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  2. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    But not your home?
     
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  3. Archibald&Crooks

    Archibald&Crooks Aegina Expat Admin

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    Venus 3/1
    Djokovic 11/4

    Very puntworthy
     
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  4. aliyid

    aliyid Well-Known Member

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    It's a tricky one and I fall on a few different sides depending on the background.

    Mainly if they were schooled in GB and turned pro while GB then yes it's fine but if they're professional elsewhere and only come to GB for a Wimbledon wildcard and LTA funding then I don't agree with it.

    Example where I agree:
    • Jo Konta - Relocated in early teens (14) schooled in GB turned pro in GB
    • Laura Robson - Relocated even younger (think 4)

    Example where I disagree:
    • Aljaž Bedene - Born Slovenia, raised Slovenia, represented Slovenia in Davis Cup, moved to GB when 19 in order to get funding from LTA as felt the Slovenian LTA didn't support him enough.
    • Greg Rusedski - Born Canada, raised in Canada, represented Canada, moved to GB when 22

    Only scenario for me that falls outside this is marriage like the Italian long jumper who used to represent GB but married an Italian guy and relocated over there (she was pretty good too but can't remember her name)
     
  5. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    I don't even have an issue with the Bedene and Rusedski switches to be honest because I think they were both UK citizens when the switch was made.

    In terms of funding from the LTA, there's an argument to say the players shouldn't be getting that funding until they are eligible to represent Britain, but it's not as if there's a crash of young British tennis players who they were preventing from getting funding.

    I think the old days in many sports where you could just switch allegiances at the drop of a hat were a bit daft, but if you're a citizen, and that's the choice you make, I really don't understand why people have a problem with it.

    Patriot: Our country is the best ENG-ER-LAND.

    Foreigner: I agree. I wish to be part of this marvelous country and am prepared to live here and move my family here for at least five years due to the fact that it is such a great country.

    Patriot: Nah fuck off. We're the best!!!!!
     
  6. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    Meanwhile, back at the tennis, Djokovic is serving even slower than Murray was. He isn't going to finish the match by the look of it.

    Edit: No. No he isn't.
     
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  7. markiespurs

    markiespurs SC Supporter

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    Wimbledon looks likes it's Federers tournament to lose now.
     
  8. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    I might enter. I reckon I can last a few sets.
     
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  9. BSJ93

    BSJ93 Active Member

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    Stuck £10 on Cilic at the start, thought he had a really good chance.

    As much as it would be nice to win some money, would love to see Fed do it again.
     
  10. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    I think he'll make the final. I think he'll lose it.

    So, glory for Querrey then!
     
  11. gloriousbillynich

    gloriousbillynich Active Member

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    Grow up.

    Who are you to decide who or what someone represents. I suppose, to you, Mo Farah is Ethiopian, not British??
     
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  12. gloriousbillynich

    gloriousbillynich Active Member

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    Would like to see Federer go on and win it
     
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  13. Gbspurs

    Gbspurs Gatekeeper for debates, King of the plonkers

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    I hope Murray takes a real break now and aims to come back for the Australian. Its a tournament he can still win if he gets his body right.
     
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  14. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    Did you manage to get the money down on Djokovic before he lost?
     
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  15. Gbspurs

    Gbspurs Gatekeeper for debates, King of the plonkers

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    I hope Konta didnt decide to have her lunch at the start of that match! Muguruza clearly in a rush.
     
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  16. robbiedee

    robbiedee Mama said knock you out

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    She hasn't even got time for a last minute tip out!
     
  17. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    Not looking good for Konta. Venus playing well.

    Edit: That's it for Konta. Venus played well.
     
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  18. Arnoldtoo

    Arnoldtoo The thinking ape's ape

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    Well done Cilic.

    Querrey I think played pretty much as well as he can in this tournament.
     
  19. talkshowhost86

    talkshowhost86 Mod-Moose Staff

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    Cilic wins the battle of who loses in the final.

    Fair play though...he dug down well after losing the first set.
     
  20. Partizan

    Partizan Well-Known Member

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    He beat Federer on the way towards his US open win
     

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