Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by TonLars, May 6, 2007.
Good, you've got him on the defensive already! Shame I have to leave work now.
Tony's semifinal match on now against Michael Sicora, who plays at the U of M.
Tony made it through the Northern section US Open qualifying tournament. He would need to win multiple matches at the National qualifier (single elimination tournament of the 16 winners of the sectional tournaments) in order to advance to the qualifying tournament of the US Open.
I am also watching online right now.
She meant he has to win the national qualifier which is the pool of winners of the sectional qualifiers. Nothing to do with this tournament. I'm not sure if that gets him into the main draw or the qualies of the Open. Maybe Tony can answer that.
Tony, online it seems like your forehands are really banging! They just sound different than other shots.
Darn weather! Some lightning was spotted so they are moving the match indoors to the U of M facility. So Tony's match won't be broadcast online.
It would get him into the qualifying tournament, not the main draw. Last year Blake Strode won the national qualifier. He's currently ranked just inside #500 on the ATP tour.
I think Strode won the first round once he qualified for the US Open, and then fell to Dodig of Croatia in the 2nd round.
Looks like Tony won his semifinal match 6-2, 6-2 over Sicora. Finals against winner of Andres Osorio / Harsh Mankad, both former Gophers players.
I think Harsh has played Davis Cup for India, if I recall correctly.
hey tony, you not playing mb opoen?
Thanks guys, went good today! Its cool you can watch online with the streaming, too bad it rained today and got moved elsewhere. Osorio got me in the finals here in 2008 but Ive improved alot since. Harsh was recently about a top 100 doubles player, and not too long ago was top 200-something in singles. Should be an interesting semi with those two. Harsh and I are also in the doubles final, both finals are Thursday back to back starting at noon.
SuperDuy im playing in Thunder Bay this coming weekend, alot more money and the draw is really tough. Hopefully ill be back another year if you guys can get the money back to what it used to be.
If Tony does qualify for USO, I'm gonna root for him all the way!
Maybe he can be the darkhorse of the tourney
Beat you to it.
Yeah, pretty neat watching Tony improve from a few years ago and now competitive and beating some top college players and lower ranked ATP pros!
Congrats tony and good luck in both finals! I'm gonna try to catch the feed tomorrow
Watching the men's semis and at 1-0 in the first set, they have a problem with the court that is causing a long delay.
Stream? Or are you in person
they are playing again. took about 1/2 hour to fix (maybe more).
these guys are good.
troicki is going to have a tough match in the finals
Both guys you are watching played #1 singles at the U of M.
Osorio has a really huge serve and dominating on his service games. He leads 6-3 1-1*
Osorio retired when he was leading 6-3 *3-4.
He took medical time out, then lost two points in a row on serve and decided to give up. I hope it's not serious.
Good luck to Tony in the final, he should able to done it in easy two sets.
Dang your good, how old r u?
Just curious tony, how often do you train/practice? How much of it do you spend doing different things?
Good luck today Tony (not sure if you'll see this).
I'll be coming down to watch a bit of the match. The weather seems to be playing along nicely.
Watching Tony live right now. I love the sound of the ball as it comes off his racquet. The other guy looks pretty darn good, but my guess is Tony will win handily.
Uhoh looks like Tony is down an early break. The guy he is playing has a wicked forehand.
Id love to see Tony play, link plz?
looks like Tony broke the court!
Same link another poster posted earlier: http://usta.qwikcast.tv/
I'm watching at work on and off so I'm not aware of how the match is going. They're not updating the scores on the page I'm viewing either. Right they're fixing the court.
Oh yah, that other guy looks REALLY good, but I still have no doubt Tony will pull it off. After all, it's just one break.
The other guy is definitely going for more it seems.
Do you know what the score is as they're just resuming play after fixing the court?
I think Tony is down 3 - 2
The other guy does look like he's going for more, but I'd wager Tony's shots are just as big. I'm imagining myself playing and there are some shots that just fly through the court. I wouldn't be able to react since I'm not used to consistently seeing balls like that. Depth is amazing too.
They are definitely hitting it big, but I think the other guy is going for more risky shots, lines, etc.
Break back for Tony!
What's the score right now?
I can see why Tony wants to fix his serve. I know it gets him by, but he's not getting the same stretch as the other guy and other professional players. I can only imagine how more fearsome he would be if he could improve that serve. I have the same problems in that I think my upper arm is forming a 90 angle with the side of my body, but it doesn't. The elbow drops just like Tony's.
Wow, they're only just updating the score now.
Do not underestimate Tony's opponent. Harsh was once ranked in the top 5 in NCAA's when he played at the U of M, and also hovered between 200-300 on the ATP tour a few years ago.
Totally agree. Tony is a big guy, not huge, but big enough that he should be able to control more points with his serve.
How old is Tony?
I'm not, in fact, if I didn't know about Tony's history, I would be betting on the other guy. Mankad looks amazing, but Tony has incredible experience and moves like a monster. He's already proven he can beat top caliber players because he is one himself.
I think he's 26ish.
P.S. love your sig: "In the next round, for me the important thing is to keep picking my butt, fistpump on opponents mistakes, and state injury when i lose" /Rafael Nadal
Not sure, but I thought I remember him saying 29 or 30.
Tony just hit a sweet FH the last point. Is the score currently on the webpage accurate?
I think Tony just won the first set 6 4
No, they're doing a p|ss @$$ job of updating the score. I keep running back and forth so I don't know what the score is, but they might be on serve now.
edited: n/m, John knows what the score is.
Mankad was a heck of a player 5 years ago. He had a very serious knee injury and some thought he would never play again. Good to see him back out there trying to play, but obviously not close to what he was when he was 220 ATP a few years back.
Still room for improvement then, the link is unfortunately so slow for me...
Yeah, lets just say he is not my favourite
great running FH
Tony was a senior in 2006? So that would make him 27? 28?
Tony is 27.
I can see that. His strokes look very fluid and I just looked up his age and he's not doing too shabby for a 31-year old against a younger, faster, physically stronger opponent. Tony's no slouch as he mows through his opponents routinely.
Its a tough life isn't it? One day you are heading up the rankings and hope to make a living in tennis, the next you are rehabbing and slugging it out in $4000 events.
Mankad comes from a family of famous athletes in India.
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