Wimbledon tennis 2017

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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » July 7th, 2017, 3:37 pm

Nope. They very much didn't. :o
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 7th, 2017, 4:01 pm

Go Jo !!!! :woohoo:

I was watching that while knitting on five needles ......... very complex :? :lol:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 7th, 2017, 4:30 pm

Nadal! Not over Murray, of course! Love Nadal's style of play though. How does a player go from two seasons out (?) to such bulldog fitness?
He has the heartwarming aggression of a Grand Slam champion as does anyone with a will to win. His little head, leg, shorts, forehead, ball bouncing, head touching, ear stroking, headband wiping, forehead, sleeve touching ahead of every ball bounce have me intrigued and good if it gets him focussed on his game. C'mon Rafa! Would love a Rafa Murray final.
I hope they both do well.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 7th, 2017, 4:34 pm

Five needles?????!!!!! :kneel:

My Nan taught me knitting early on two needles. Thicket here could only manage a curled inwards scarf! :oops:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 7th, 2017, 5:38 pm

After lovely soup tonight with added chilli sauce, am trying to hold my breath on tonight's GB result. I might need to hold my breath anyway!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » July 7th, 2017, 5:45 pm

What are you on Teresa?
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 7th, 2017, 6:23 pm

Mushroom soup. I get so excited about GB in a tournament! Still panting here! :lol:

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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 7th, 2017, 8:05 pm

An excited outburst......eeeeeeeeeh!

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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby StokeySue » July 7th, 2017, 8:13 pm

Sir Andy :kneel:
Took a few years off my allotted span :lol:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 7th, 2017, 8:28 pm

In the face of most of us needed to be flustered, he doesn't fluster. Controlled control. Just brilliant. Love his brilliance. So looking forward to Monday.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Luca » July 7th, 2017, 9:19 pm

It was noisy in the garden!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2017, 6:40 am

I just wish that sometimes, just sometimes, he didn't need to have his back right up against the wall before he really focusses and switches up a gear .... :terrified:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Ratatouille » July 8th, 2017, 9:29 am

I expect, like me ,you heard yourself doing the Andy version of "Oh Timmmmmmmmm" and before that "Oh Soooooooooooo"
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2017, 9:31 am

I was definitely saying 'Oh! something ....... not something I'd type in polite company tho' :oops:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 8th, 2017, 12:20 pm

What is it with a lot of players wearing massive headphones? Is it music or motivational chat with trainers? I have never seen this before. I am going to miss tennis today as nipping out but have to agree with suffs (I think) that having Today At Wimbledon straight after televised Wimbledon is just not the same as having it later in the evening. It's like there is a massive gap later on that feels like a big flop. I bet if enough people protest to the BBC they will switch it back for next year (hint hint).
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2017, 12:29 pm

Think the headphones are a way of shutting out the roar of the crowd so they can remain 'in the zone' and not lose focus as they walk on court.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Catherine » July 8th, 2017, 1:51 pm

I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with Andy on court yesterday. There were moments of the immature Andy of a few years ago that resulted in Lendl walking, and is one of the reason why he isn't really one of my favourite players on the tour. Sometimes he needs a good kick up the backside.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby beldubby » July 8th, 2017, 2:10 pm

Thank heavens for Catherine! I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world who isn't a fan of Andy Murray - never have been keen on him!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2017, 2:24 pm

I have to say I've always been more of a fan of Roger's tennis, and over the years Nadal has grown on me too ... but Andy is British so of course I watch him too and am pleased/relieved when he wins ... if he''s playing one of the other two then I'm happy whatever the outcome. :D
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » July 8th, 2017, 2:33 pm

I love Andy. He's so human.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby beldubby » July 8th, 2017, 2:35 pm

Never been a fan of Federer either! Nadal now - he's a different matter altogether! I have to admit that I am not at all patriotic, so hardly ever seem to support any British player or team! Sorry folks!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Catherine » July 8th, 2017, 2:41 pm

I have to say the only reason I ever wanted Murray to win Wimbledon was for the much needed boost it gave to British tennis. With his win the LTA got a lot more government funding and money has been invested into kids at grass routes levels. As coaches we were given funding to go and coach in schools etc for free. I don't think any more financial gain will be made if he wins this year, British tennis is not going to benefit and therefore, sorry, but there are other players I'm rooting for. Would have liked to have seen Tsonga achieve his full potential. Novak is quietly making his way through. As for the women, its wide open
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 8th, 2017, 4:51 pm

I have never been a fan of Federer or his game. I mean, he is an excellent player but there is something so pristine, clean cut, nicey-nicey about him. I felt the same about Sampras. Faultless, almost too faultless and to the point of boring perfection. No excitement.
When Murray first came on the scene, me and a good friend and work colleague would discuss Wimbledon at great length each day it was on. She was a massive Federer fan and always remarked on his smart and perfect appearance whilst I would comment I preferred them rough and ready like Murray. :lol: She thought he was a scruffy sod! I'd say I wouldn't want him any other way. :lol:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 8th, 2017, 6:26 pm

I'm watching the tennis ... not what they're wearing :lol:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Luca » July 10th, 2017, 6:40 pm

Some amazing tennis being played today. Nasal v Muller (ongoing) is an excellent match!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 10th, 2017, 6:44 pm

A lovely five setter! Nadal seems to be going from strength to strength. I am fascinated by his ritual shoulder tugging, brow and headband and nose wiping before each point and the number of ball bounces for most players before serving. When I played tennis every day I developed my own rituals, mainly making sure of an even number of ball bounces before service. Anything else just wouldn't have been tennis!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 10th, 2017, 7:14 pm

Nadal - three balls, one in hand, one in pocket, one slung back to the ball girl/boy, pull shorts away from bum crack, left shoulder, right shoulder, left ear, nose, right ear, entire brow and headband area. Concentration. He looks so fierce when he is doing his job but I reckon he is a sweetheart if you had the chance to get to know him. :luv:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 10th, 2017, 7:29 pm

Actually, it's shorts out of bum, shoulder, shoulder, nose, left ear, nose, right ear, no brow. A little touch of the nose just before serving. It must be such sweaty work in this heat. I have just noticed he does these things when the opponent is about to serve. I wish Nadal would just win this now as guaranteed if it goes over darkness tomorrow it will rain and we will be left hanging by a thread!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby StokeySue » July 10th, 2017, 8:20 pm

Well it's all over now
Much as I think he's a wonderful player, I find the face touching ritual really annoying, reminds me of those old ladies who have to cross themselves before they say anything. But he's not an old lady!
Murray and Konta through, poor Djokovic having to wait until tomorrow, just 1/16 matches outstanding
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Ratatouille » July 11th, 2017, 8:40 am

Re Nadal's twitches. I can remember if they were always quite as marked but so many sportspeoplae of all sorts seem to develop rituals. Some for instance always wear the same socks or underpants :lol: I seem to remeber in the dim and distant past that Nadal did used to cross himself so maybe the whole thing started with that and also he used to have very long unruly hair which he was always pushing back and away from his clothing.

It doesn't bother me as much as the grunting.

It was a fascinating match though wasn't it?
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 8:51 am

Amazing to watch ... I felt totally exhausted afterwards ... and I only watched the final set as I'd been out ... I can put up with his little twitches ... sort of OCD ish ... probably to do with the level of concentration he needs ... I find that sort of thing fascinating too :) Can you tell I used to work in the field of ASD ;)
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby StokeySue » July 11th, 2017, 8:59 am

Most rituals are in private. Nadal's is so much on display, and the camera always zooms in on it :(
Konta gets Halep today, which could be a worry, both are on a mission to prove they can win a slam, but all the women's quarters look interesting if the rain allows, I like the look of Coco vanderWeghe and she plays Ribarikova
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Ratatouille » July 11th, 2017, 9:10 am

I don't know if you saw this incident. Was it an omen?

http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/10/rafael-na ... r-6768113/
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby StokeySue » July 11th, 2017, 9:45 am

Yes, they showed that on the BBC, doubt it had an influence, but who knows? If it did thank heavens it was 100% self inflicted, or the wrangling would go on for ever.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 10:27 am

Don't think it's a ritual so much as a tic. He probably couldn't stop it if he tried.
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Luca » July 11th, 2017, 10:53 am

I'm sure he couldn't Suffs. He has plenty of them too.

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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 11:29 am

Hope we get some play today ... we're out tomorrow so I'll have to set record ...
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Catherine » July 11th, 2017, 12:22 pm

Coaches often introduce a 'ritual' as part of the concentration training. Having a ritual especially before serve gets the player to focus and block any outside distractions. Sharapova always turns her back to the court before receiving. It is a practiced ritual
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Luca » July 11th, 2017, 12:23 pm

The heavens have opened here! No need to water the garden. It is very black....
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 12:24 pm

I'm watching Djokovic and Mannarino ... the roof is closed :D
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Luca » July 11th, 2017, 12:28 pm

Thank goodness for the roof! Let's hope they get a move on on the roof for No 1 court. :D
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 11th, 2017, 1:09 pm

I have o Ly just got in from my daily walk in the rain to watch Wimbledon, wondering if it would be raining on centre court. Then I remembered the roof. Djocavic is going to be hard to beat.

The top ten Nadal rituals had me chuckling. I hadn't noticed most of those, especially not the trophy biting! Put my teeth on edge!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 11th, 2017, 1:10 pm

I have only just got in from my daily walk in the pouring rain to watch Wimbledon, wondering if it would be raining on centre court. Then I remembered the roof. Djocavic is going to be hard to beat.

The top ten Nadal rituals had me chuckling. I hadn't noticed most of those, especially not the trophy biting! Put my teeth on edge!
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 1:13 pm

Ouch! Are you supposed to be able to do that with your shoulder??????????????? :scared: Mine wouldn't do that even before I injured it ....
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby TeresaFoodie » July 11th, 2017, 1:30 pm

That did seem uncomfortable! Anyone touch my dodgy shoulder I would whack them with my racket. :lol:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 1:34 pm

I don't suppose his physio will suggest that he serves underarm, like mine did :rolleyes: :lol:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Catherine » July 11th, 2017, 4:57 pm

I used to turn my back briefly before receiving serve. when serving I bounced the ball 3 times. Change ends I HAD to have a sip of coke then just drink water. My rackets also had to be in the racket back with the knots from the string all facing up. Just little superstitions but the did help me focus. It can be so east to lose concentration and be distracted. I also has superstitions about certain umpires, some I saw as bad luck etc. They were silly ones though as you don't get to pick and choose, you have to just get on with it. To be honest my rituals and superstitions got worse the higher up I got
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby suffolk » July 11th, 2017, 5:55 pm

:woohoo: :clap: :clap: :clap: :kneel: :hi5:

Wonderful match .... right result :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby StokeySue » July 11th, 2017, 6:06 pm

I feel wrung out... yikes! :D
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Re: Wimbledon tennis 2017

Postby Pepper Pig » July 11th, 2017, 6:06 pm

Shame about the scream at the end. :(

Halep is a sulky little so and so isn't she?
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