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  1. Cashman

    Wimbledon nets more than $120MILLION coronavirus cancellation payout ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Course it is. You’re avoiding the fact that a private millionaire’s club skims off tens of millions of pounds that in other countries goes to organisations that run grassroots tennis.
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    Wimbledon nets more than $120MILLION coronavirus cancellation payout ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    90% is a nice headline, but the All England Club siphons off a huge proportion of the revenue into a holding company via sale of debentures and exorbitant facility charges before handing over any profits to the LTA. If the LTA ran the event the way other national associations do, they would net...
  3. Cashman

    Wimbledon nets more than $120MILLION coronavirus cancellation payout ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    That’s a nice deflection. Tennis Australia, FFT and USTA do far, far more for grassroots tennis in their country than the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club does for tennis in Britain.
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    Iconic pictures of former players thread

    Looks like the Wimbledon Boys' trophy.
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    Iconic pictures of former players thread

    To me, this one is far more iconic:
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    Most Impressive "hard-luck" Runner Ups

    Edberg, 1990 Australian Open. Best player at the tournament by far, and had Lendl on the ropes in the final before pulling a stomach muscle in the second set.
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    Wimbledon nets more than $120MILLION coronavirus cancellation payout ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Wimbledon leaves $60M on the table so that a very small, very rich group of private members can continue to enjoy their personal plaything in accordance with their own sensibilities. The other Grand Slams are owned by their national associations, so they are run for the benefit of the sport in...
  8. Cashman

    Alexander Zverev suspects he contracted virus late last year

    What is theoretically possible and what is remotely likely are not the same thing. Poor Lexi had a sore throat, end of.
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    Wimbledon nets more than $120MILLION coronavirus cancellation payout ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    That’s a lot of whisky and cigars for the Club members.
  10. Cashman

    Which Matches had the most iconic atmospheres ?

    Probably the most memorable match I ever attended atmosphere-wise was Hewitt v Federer in DC at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in 2011. It was late on a Friday afternoon, and the dappled light through the gum trees on an immaculate old-school grass court - soft and low-bouncing - was perfect...
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    Do the Older gen generation use the same racquet tech from their time? Ha racquetring technology not changed drastically since introduction of poly ?

    Early 2000s, but it took several years for people to work out how to use it properly, and players to develop techniques that took proper advantage of it. Scientists didn’t even understand how it worked until 2004. Federer sort of lucked into it because he played very differently to most of his...
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    Do the Older gen generation use the same racquet tech from their time? Ha racquetring technology not changed drastically since introduction of poly ?

    Whilst racquet technology has not substantially changed, copoly strings have made it possible to play with much bigger and more powerful racquets without sacrificing effective control.
  13. Cashman

    Let the virus die before my last stroke - Shelter in Place Tennis

    Two handed on both sides can definitely be successful. A forehand on both sides, as you’re playing in the video, I’m not so convinced. The changing of bottom hand is quite a disadvantage.
  14. Cashman

    Insane tennis facts and statistics that shouldn't be possible

    I think you may be confusing this with another activity partaken by celibate men stuck in an all-male environment.
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    Let the virus die before my last stroke - Shelter in Place Tennis

    There's been a few ambidextrous pro players on tour with two forehands, none of them very highly ranked. When you see them play against other pros, it's really evident that the extra time required to change hands is quite a disadvantage.
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    The ATP & WTA announced the continued suspension of the tour until July 13

    Nobody will be playing in Laver Cup, or RG, or anything else. This season is a write-off. If it resumes at all, it won't be in the format we are familiar with - even if the outbreak is under control by summer, until a vaccine is available no country will allow hundreds of players/coaches/support...
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    Will tennis need to move to fan-less tournaments?

    This is the correct answer. Unlike most professional sports, the players coming into a country for a tournament are almost as much of a health risk as spectators given how much they travel internationally. More so, in some ways. I think that when tennis does come back, it may be in a very...
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    Rafa thanking Novak in Serbian for his contribution

    Little does Rafa know, the Serbian is word for ‘contribution’ is a euphemism for ‘racial cleansing’.
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    Enlighten us with your tennis thoughts

    Bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce...
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    Most recent men’s tennis player to become a household name?

    Of active tennis pros, most non-tennis fans I know can name Federer and maybe Nadal. Because I’m in Australia a lot can also name Kyrgios and/or Tomic, because they regularly make the non-tennis media for their antics. Other than that they struggle. A lot might recognise that Djokovic is a top...
  21. Cashman

    Nalbandian influenced by Mecir?

    I don’t think Nalbandian needed any inspiration to eat junk food and not exercise.
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    Do pro players play tennis through this time?

    I suspect Nadal is ‘isolating’ with his buddy Paire. They will probably have time for some practice sessions in between other recreational activities.
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    Punishment for RG? No points for 2020 and 2021 if they hold it in Sept.

    That’s not really true. Everyone knows there’s an asterisk over the early pro AOs because of field strength. A half-strength FO would be similarly regarded by history.
  24. Cashman

    Last match you played?

    Yeah the latter. I’m in the subtropics so playing in winter is quite pleasant. January is very hot and can also be quite wet and humid, so it’s a good opportunity to get good growth on the courts at a time when it’s not super nice to play. It also coincides with summer school holidays when a...
  25. Cashman

    Are Borg and Graf still the best?

    I just think he has the most efficient and precise movement of any of the players you list. It is his major asset. The other players you mention were generally more athletic and covered more ground, but that’s not really my definition of ‘good movement’. Federer gets to balls that a man of his...
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    Are Borg and Graf still the best?

    I hate people who just answer “Federer” for everything, but this is probably one area where I’d say he the best I’ve seen. His movement is perhaps the number one reason why he’s able to remain competitive at 39 in a sport that has only become more physical and gruelling over the years.
  27. Cashman

    Could this break help the big three on some level?

    Since when is Djokovic taking MTOs evidence of him being less than 100%? :laughing: That’s SOP.
  28. Cashman

    Last match you played?

    Our club shuts for about six weeks over summer when we scarify and top-dress the courts, so the last important match I played was probably before Christmas. Was an inter-club tie at home on grass - we won the rubber 5 sets to 2. I went 1-1 in singles, as did my partner, but we swept the doubles...
  29. Cashman

    Punishment for RG? No points for 2020 and 2021 if they hold it in Sept.

    No points in 2021 is big though. Also, if the ATP were to schedule an alternative event in the same slot with points allocated it would severely impact the strength of the RG field. Djokovic and Nadal may not care about points but most other players do not have that luxury. If a player was to...
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