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Well it is time for the annual tennis thread to get underway, with an exciting 2016 season coming up! The first tournaments of the year are beginning this weekend, with qualifying matches already being played. Here are the links to the first tournaments of the 2016 calendar:

 

Mubadala World Tennis Championships ( ATP Exhibition Event) http://www.mubadalawtc.com/

Shenzhen Open Tennis (WTA International Event) http://www.shenzhenopentennis.com/2016/eng/index.php

ASB Classic, Auckland (WTA International Event) http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/

Brisbane International (WTA Premier Event and ATP 250 Event) http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/

Qatar Exxon Mobil Open (ATP 250 Event) http://www.qatartennis.org/tournaments/index/90

Aircel Chennai Tennis Open (ATP 250 Event) http://www.aircelchennaiopen.org/2016/news/view/aircel-chennai-open-2016

 

Enjoy everyone, I know I will!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Great to see this thread open now...

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Will copy my regular start of season post..

Tennis is surprisingly for some people one of the most popular sports in the UK and yet because very few tournaments are televised, most people only focus on the French/British Open section of the season.

My reports will tend to be based towards following..
 
Nadal - World number 5 and the most successful player to have ever played on clay (14 Grand Slams with 9 French Opens) 
Djokovic - World number 1 and 10 time grand slam winner, the only guy who's ever really been able to match Nadal physically
Murray - World number 2 and 2 time grand slam winner, notably won the Davis Cup at the end of last season and one expects will be Djokovic's main rival this season.
Del Potro - Former world number 4 and the only person to have ever beaten Nadal and Federer in the same grand slam, all the more incredible a feat considering 2009 was still the height of the 'Fedal' rivalry. Expected to be back very soon, probably in Feb.
Federer - Quite simply the greatest player to have ever played. A 17 times grand slam champion and 6 times ATP final champion. All the more amazing is how beautiful his game looks. World number 3.
Raonic - Up and coming he reached his first Masters final in 2013 and is now world number 14.
Tomic - At 18 years old he became the youngest person to reach a Wimbledon quarter final since Becker, since then he has proved unpredictable but with a proper mental game he could be a future champion. World number 18 with a much more consistent season in 2015. 
Dimitrov - Another promising young gun who reached the SF at Wimbledon. World number 28. 
Nikishori - The best of the 'Young Guns' he reached world number 4 and made the US Open final in 2014. Currently ranked world number 8.
Warwinka - Currently world number 4 and experiencing a late surge in his career he has won both the Australian and French Opens. A threat to anybody on his day.
 

To expand on points and surfaces there are three types of surface to consider, Clay, grass and hard courts.

These are split into 5 groupings..

1) 250 tournaments, generally minor but do attract big players in advance of a grand slam

2) 500 tournaments, one can generally expect a couple from the top 10

3) Masters 1000, one can expect all top ten players to attend 

4) Grand Slams, worth 2000 points over 2 weeks these are the creme de la creme of tennis.

5) World Tour finals, for the top 8 over the season only the winner has a potential 1500 points.

The ranking system works in such a way that points are accumulated over a rolling 12 month period and so you must equal or beat your effort a year previous to avoid losing points.

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Of the 3 bigger tournaments this week..

Doha - Both Nadal and Djokovic entered and will play the first final of the year.

Chennai - Warwrinka is the most notable player here and the number 1 seed however notably for Britain, the British number 2 Aljaz Bedeneis in the SF.

Brisbane - Federer, Dimitrov, Nikishori, Tomic and Raonic are all playing here. Nikishori and Dmitrov lost in the QF to Tomic and Federer who will now meet in the SF. Raonic is also in a SF with a nobody.

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Djokovic, Warwinka and Raonic all won. 

This week has seen Auckland and Sydney.

Aukland - Nobody of note.

Sydney - Tomic and Dimitrov. Tomic retired while Dimitrov has reached the final.

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Going to be interesting if theirs any fall out from the cheating scandal. Some of these players originally named are still playing.

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The scandal looks to have substance do we have a whistleblower

Tennis match-fixing 'a secret on the tour everybody knows'

 

 

A South American tennis player has told the BBC that match-fixing is commonplace and even some elite players are "a little bit dirty in some way".

He also claimed fixing is not just limited to lower-ranked professionals and is "a secret that everybody knows".

The player, who requested anonymity, said tennis authorities "know who is doing it" but are unwilling to stop it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/35356550 

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Didn't take long for questions to be asked about Nadals defeat. A proper investigation is needed so people can watcg the game without wondering if the result is predetermined or not.

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There have been accusations that certain injuries for long periods of the season are related to doping (Nadal, Cilic ect..) so it's possible if that implication is correct that the governing body has known for some time.

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Andy Murray's father in law Nigel Sears has collapsed while watching a woman’s match at the Aussie open he was rushed to hospital with Jamie Murray said later: “He is conscious, sitting up and breathing.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/tennis/6881331/Andy-Murray-rocked-by-news-his-father-in-law-collapsed-at-the-Australian-Open.html

I wish him a speedy recovery

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Yesterday's play  was a treat to see.  :)

Great that both British number 1's are through to the Australian quarter finals.  Andy Murray and Jo Konta.

The last British woman to play in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam was Jo Durie, at Wimbledon in 1984 !

So it is Andy Murray v David Ferrer (esp)   and Johanna Konta v v Shuai Zhang (Chn)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/35398263

B.  :)

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Konta has a good chance there, I had written her off as I had put Keys in final! huge upset Keys losing, can Konta take advantage? such a winnable match

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hope so Ed! Federer v Djokovic in other semi, picking Djokovic to win that one, but I don't really think he has been at his best this event

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Murray now 5-1 in the 5th set.

Edited by knocker

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So we have Miss S Williams (USA) v Miss A Kerber (Ger) in the ladies final

And after a 5 set semi-final battle with big M. Raonic (Canada) , our Andy Murray v the mighty Djokovic (Serb). 

In the men's doubles, Jamie Murray is through to the final with his new partner, Brazilian, Bruno Soares.

In the singles wheelchair final, Scot, Gordon Reid will play Belgian, Joachim Gerard.

All in all it has been a great Aussie open for the Brits  .

B.  :)

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1 hour ago, Beverley Lass said:

So we have Miss S Williams (USA) v Miss A Kerber (Ger) in the ladies final

And after a 5 set semi-final battle with big M. Raonic (Canada) , our Andy Murray v the mighty Djokovic (Serb). 

In the men's doubles, Jamie Murray is through to the final with his new partner, Brazilian, Bruno Soares.

In the singles wheelchair final, Scot, Gordon Reid will play Belgian, Joachim Gerard.

All in all it has been a great Aussie open for the Brits  .

B.  :)

Gordon Reid has also reached the wheelchair doubles final

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Yay, big congrats to Scotsman Gordon Reid, winner of the wheelchair singles  !

He plays in the doubles final later as Jonboy mentioned above.

 

B.  :clapping:

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And it was fab to watch Jamie Murray and doubles partner Bruno Soares win their

final.  Great stuff  :)

B.  

jamie-murray-and-bruno-soares.jpg

Edited by Beverley Lass

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Aww, Andy Murray is runner up yet again in Melbourne.

Dratted Novak, he's just sooo good !

B.  :)

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Still only 28, has a good chance of beating Federer's grand slam wins with Federer and Nadal on the decline and Murray proving easy to beat for Djokovic. No real up and coming world class players to challenge him too.

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