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    LWOT ('Last Word on Tennis') website demonstrating strong bias towards Federer

    https://lastwordontennis.com/2019/08/24/roger-federer-the-legend-continues/ I woke up this morning to see yet another pro Fed article on the LWOT website which publishes news and analysis/predictions of both ATP & WTA matches. This has come a couple days after they published an article...
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    Greatest Athlete of All Time? The Case for Roger Federer

    https://lastwordontennis.com/2019/08/23/roger-federer-greatest-athlete/ The above article presents the argument of why Roger is the true GOAT of the Big 3. Although I agree that his longevity is a major strength in this argument, and definetly, puts him ahead of Nole & Rafa. However, I...
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    What does Venus have to do in order to beat Elina Svitolina (in a projected R2 match at the US Open)

    Venus Williams will face Saisai Zheng in the first round, which could be a tricky opening round given Saisai's variety and ability to counterpunch. If she does make it through, she is projected to face Svitolina in R2, who beat her in R1 of the French Open this year. Svitolina is also able to...
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    What does 'inspired tennis' actually mean?

    I've read a countless number of articles which have mentioned that a player was 'inspired'. Does inspired just mean that a lower ranked player, was determined to beat a higher ranked player, and therefore caused an upset. In what circumstances can this term be correctly used. Could it be said...
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    Nadal's US Open 2019 outfit unveild

    http://www.fedaltennis.com/rafael-nadal-outfit-for-us-open-2019-check-it-out.html Rafa's outfit for this years US Open has just been confirmed (see above link), and Nike has designed a black sleeveless shirt and shorts (night time) and purple one (day time) with white shorts. I actually really...
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    Federer's US Open outfit unveiled.

    https://www.perfect-tennis.com/roger-federers-outfit-for-the-us-open-2019/ The outfit that Fed will wear at this years US Open has just been revealed. I really like the simple black and white design. In my opinion, its probably the best looking outfit since he joined UNIQLO and definitely for a...
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    Venus debuts new service motion at Rogers Cup

    In her first round loss to Suarez Navarro, Venus Williams displayed a slightly different service motion, to her usual one and is also rumored to be using a new, lighter racket. I wonder if this change in motion is a last ditch attempt, to alter her game and try and gain more consistency in terms...
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    High number of DF's in WTA Rogers Cup matches.

    Looking at the stats for the first/second round matches it appears that players are serving quite a high number of double faults so far, with usually good servers such as Pliskova having 9 and still managing to win the match. Also, players such as Bencic, Azarenka, Gorges and Yastremska all...
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    Will Camila Giorgi ever win a grand slam?

    Giorgi has had some success in grand slams, making it to the QF of Wimbledon last year. She also had decent wins over players such as Azarenka & Sharapova in the past. She has currently made it to the final of the Citi Open in Washington. Her aggressive power game is quite streaky, with her...
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    Why Venus Williams should consider retirement.

    As a diehard Venus Williams fan, it pains me to say this, but I think Venus should seriously consider retirement, after the US Open or next year. Watching the highlights and live scores of her match against Mattek Sands today, she really appeared a shadow of her former self. Although she...
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    Why do so many people HATE Djokovic?

    I was gonna use the word 'dislike' for the thread title, but I think 'HATE' is much more appropriate. This Wimbledon final has really exposed the extent to which users on this forum hate Djokovic for no apparent reason. I don't mind if you dislike his game/playing style, but some of the comments...
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    How important is a players winning percentage in slam finals to their legacy?

    I'm curious as to whether a player who has reached more grand slams finals, but has a lower winning percentage would have less of a legacy to another player who has reached less finals (or the same number), with a higher winning rate. For example, Stan Wawrinka has reach 4 finals and won 3 of...
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    Sam Querrey will meet and beat Nadal in Wimbledon QF.

    Querrey clearly has the game to make it deep at Wimbledon, and I feel that if both players are able to make it to this stage, then Querrey has the potential to cause a major upset. His serve (as with many other big servers), requires Nadal to stand even further back from the baseline than he...
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    Is it better to have a higher ball toss when serving?

    WTA Players such as Sharapova, Steffi Graf and Venus Williams have been able to win slams, largely due to the power generated from such high ball tossess. On the mens side, Berdych also has quite a high ball toss. I watched the highlights of Coco Gauff's second round match and her ball toss...
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    Who will retire first, Venus or Sharapova?

    Both players continue to experience declines in form, as it appears that age is finally catching up with them. I am curious as to who will retire first out of the two. I feel that Venus may retire sometime next year at the age of 40 and Sharapova potentially at the end of this year. Don't get...
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    Prediction: Serena to defeat Kerber in projected 4th round

    If both players are able to reach the 4th round, then they will end up playing each other. I feel that Serena will be desperate to avoid another repeat of last years final, and will raise her level. It would be a tougher match (if it does eventuate). But I think Serena should have enough to...
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    Kygrios can beat Nadal, if he is there both physically and mentally.

    We all know that Kygrios has the talent to beat Nadal, but to be successful in a projected R2 matchup at Wimbledon, he will have to be there both mentally and physically. He's had alot of time off, due to withdrawing from the French Open, so should be fairly fresh. However, his R1 match against...
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    R1: Venus Williams v Cori Gauff

    The youngest player in the main draw is set to face off against Venus Williams at Wimbledon on Monday. Im not very happy about this match up and feel it demonstrates how organisers tend to manipulate draws, by pitting the youngest and oldest players against each other, in the first round. I...
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    Can Nick Kygrios win Wimbledon 2019?

    After withdrawing from this years French Open, Nick Kygrios has had a few weeks off to gather his thoughts and prepare for the grass court season. I think, if he is there both mentally and physically, there's no questioning the he can go deep in the tournament, but is it realistic to say that he...
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    "Why the French Open is the Worst Grand Slam"

    https://lastwordontennis.com/2019/06/11/four-reasons-french-open-worst-grand-slam/ I just read this article, which outlines 4 reasons why the french open is the worst grand slam, and I support all of them to be honest. The issue regarding the roof, lack of hawkeye, attendance and also...
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    RG 2019 Prediction: Amanda Anisimova to defeat Halep in QF.

    At only 17, she has the mental strength, power and controlled aggression to be a future no.1 in the WTA, her defeats of Kvitova and Sabalenka (2-0 H2H) demonstrated her ability to stay composed in high pressure moment (although, i'll admit playing in a GS quarter is pretty different). If she is...
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    RG 2019 Prediction: Azarenka to defeat Osaka in R2.

    So far, Naomi's performance at RG has been somewhat underwhleming, and shows that she is still not 100% on clay. In comparison, Azarenka is starting to show signs of her peak play. If she can't improve her first serve, then I think that she has a good chance of beating Osaka in their second...
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    What's with all the withdrawals at Roland Garros this year?

    I've noticed that a significant number of players, (on the womens side in particular) have withdrawn, following their opening round;, including Bianca Andreescu, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens,, Kateryna Kozlova and Felix Auger-Alissame, to name a few. I can't remember the last time so many players...
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    FO 2019 Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Elina Svitolina in R1.

    Both players have had a pretty average 2019 so far, but Venus appears to be the stronger player, in the few tournaments she has entered following the AO. She has used her wealth of experience to make decent runs, including to the QF of Miami. Whereas Svitolina is struggling to find form since...
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    Top players with the worst serve mechanics

    All this talk about shot making, has me thinking, which top players would you say have the worst serve mechanics, and by that I don't mean visually or aesthetically, I mean point of contact, speed, disguise, etc. There's already a thread about the best, but in terms of the worst, I would...
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    Could the end be near for Maria Sharapova?

    Maria Sharapova has just announced her withdrawal from this years French Open. She has withdrawn from numerous tournaments leading up to this slam and it seems like this could be the end of her tennis career. I feel like she may announce her retirement at the end of this year, he game is not...
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    The lack of good Wimbeldon finals

    Over the past 3-4 years, ive noticed that the Wimbledon finals on both the mens and womens finals have not been the most interesting in the open era. On the womens side, there has not been a 3 set final since 2012, when Serena beat Radwanska. In the ATP, the last time the final was not straight...
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    Roger Federer - winner of French Open 2019?

    Federer's straight set defeat of Richard Gasquet displayed that he still has what it takes to do well in clay tournaments as well, despite having skipped the clay season for the past few years. Although Gasquet is obviously not in his prime, he was once a top 10 player. Roger cannot be ruled...
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    "Thiem doesn't have any weapons"

    I'm sick of reading threads, saying that Dominic Thiem doesn't have any weapons. I feel like his backhand is solid and his movement/ability to sustain long rallies is a weapon in itself and could definitely help him with a major one day (possibly this year's french open). Even though he's not a...
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    Will Naomi Osaka lose number one ranking before the French Open?

    Historically, clay has never been Osaka's best surface and her projected road to the Madrid final, features several tough opponents, some of whom are more accomplished on clay than Osaka. Whereas defending Madrid champ and AO runner up Kvitová seems to have more momentum leading up the next...
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