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    Good idea, I think, to have a single thread for this topic rather than one (very) small thread for the occasional big tournament.

    Wanted to start by pointing out how Kyle Edmund is doing... he is now certain to break into the top 20 next week, having beaten Djokovic in Madrid and backed it up by knocking out Gofin, the world number 10, in the 3rd round. Kyle seems to like clay - looking forward to seeing how he does at the French next month. In fact, it's not completely impossible for him to climb the rankings far enough to get a top 16 seeding, which should be very helpful in the draw.

    With tennis players blooming later nowadays, at 23, Kyle Edmund only has only one younger player above him in the world rankings, and he's the world's fourth best player under the age of 25.

    Keep an eye out for him.

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    Originally posted by Regardless View Post
    Good idea, I think, to have a single thread for this topic rather than one (very) small thread for the occasional big tournament.

    Wanted to start by pointing out how Kyle Edmund is doing... he is now certain to break into the top 20 next week, having beaten Djokovic in Madrid and backed it up by knocking out Gofin, the world number 10, in the 3rd round. Kyle seems to like clay - looking forward to seeing how he does at the French next month. In fact, it's not completely impossible for him to climb the rankings far enough to get a top 16 seeding, which should be very helpful in the draw.

    With tennis players blooming later nowadays, at 23, Kyle Edmund only has only one younger player above him in the world rankings, and he's the world's fourth best player under the age of 25.

    Keep an eye out for him.
    Tennis has never been a particularly popular sport here, but a few more people are taking note now that Stefanos Tsitsipas is showing promise. Only 19, but steadily moving up the rankings and reaching finals.
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    • #3
      I am going to Wimbledon this year for the first time ever...... I am not a massive tennis fan , but my wife and i have taken a conscious decision to go to a few sporting events that we have never previously attended - Tennis, Rugby League, Greyhound racing, Horse racing.................

      We entered the ballot last November and have been drawn out to attend Wimbledon on the first day ( July 2nd ) on court one... should be a good experience !

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ando60 View Post
        I am going to Wimbledon this year for the first time ever...... I am not a massive tennis fan , but my wife and i have taken a conscious decision to go to a few sporting events that we have never previously attended - Tennis, Rugby League, Greyhound racing, Horse racing.................

        We entered the ballot last November and have been drawn out to attend Wimbledon on the first day ( July 2nd ) on court one... should be a good experience !
        Sounds a good idea, would love to do wimbledon one year. Did the Grand national a few years ago, glad I did but wont again. Did the open at royal Lytham St Annes, that was a tiring but brilliant day. Went to a Wigan RL match, thoroughly enjoyed enjoyed that one and have been a few times since.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ando60 View Post
          I am going to Wimbledon this year for the first time ever...... I am not a massive tennis fan , but my wife and i have taken a conscious decision to go to a few sporting events that we have never previously attended - Tennis, Rugby League, Greyhound racing, Horse racing.................

          We entered the ballot last November and have been drawn out to attend Wimbledon on the first day ( July 2nd ) on court one... should be a good experience !
          That's brilliant Ando, you lucky git! I'll be amazed if you don't love it! Take a bit of time out of court to wander around the other outside courts - on day one there should be some fairly big names out there and it's amazing how close you can get to the action. Even a match between two players you've never heard of is amazing.

          Good win for Edmund again tonight against world no 16. He's a bit unfortunate to face Zerev in the last 16 now... but if he happened to win, he'll probably climb the rankings further... maybe scrape into the top 16 himself.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Regardless View Post
            That's brilliant Ando, you lucky git! I'll be amazed if you don't love it! Take a bit of time out of court to wander around the other outside courts - on day one there should be some fairly big names out there and it's amazing how close you can get to the action. Even a match between two players you've never heard of is amazing.

            Good win for Edmund again tonight against world no 16. He's a bit unfortunate to face Zerev in the last 16 now... but if he happened to win, he'll probably climb the rankings further... maybe scrape into the top 16 himself.
            Cheers Regardless.... Thanks for the tips.

            I am definitely looking forward to strolling around the " Out Courts "

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            • #7
              Zerev is giving Nadal a real test in the final....

              It s currently one set all and Zerev leads in the 3rd.....

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              • #8
                Nearly time for Wimbledon then.

                Itís great Ando.

                First time I went, it was the first day and about 85 degrees. Play went on until about half 9 and youíre more or less sat next to the players on the outside courts.

                Konta continues to fail to endear herself the the great British public. I find her service routine to be nigh on unwatchable.

                Have had the warm up tournaments on whilst iíve been working from home recently.

                I trust Mrs Ando doesnít object to womenís doubles?

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                • #9
                  Goerges v Puig will be worth a watch Ando - scheduled for about 6pm on Court 18.

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                  • #10
                    How did you enjoy Wimbledon Ando?

                    Just watching Katie Boulter on TV now, up against Osaka, the 18th seed. Katie has been making great strides amongst a little clutch of British girls who got into or near the top 200.

                    She's playing some super stuff at times but not quite steady/consistent enough and just lost the first set 6-3. Hopefully early nerves (which took her to 0-3 at the start) that can be overcome to provide more of a threat.

                    Boulter looks like she's heading for top 50 for sure... then who knows?... would not shock me to see her in the top 20 in a couple of years. In fact, as a 21-yr-old, if you filter out all players >22yrs, she's 16th ranked in the world - and we have three other girls in the list of "under 22 yr olds" in the world, so hopefully at least one of those four young players can really kick on as they mature... my guess is either Boulter or maybe Taylor.

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                    • #11
                      I don't understand how Ben Stokes gets to play in the ladies singles.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Regardless View Post
                        How did you enjoy Wimbledon Ando?

                        Just watching Katie Boulter on TV now, up against Osaka, the 18th seed. Katie has been making great strides amongst a little clutch of British girls who got into or near the top 200.

                        She's playing some super stuff at times but not quite steady/consistent enough and just lost the first set 6-3. Hopefully early nerves (which took her to 0-3 at the start) that can be overcome to provide more of a threat.

                        Boulter looks like she's heading for top 50 for sure... then who knows?... would not shock me to see her in the top 20 in a couple of years. In fact, as a 21-yr-old, if you filter out all players >22yrs, she's 16th ranked in the world - and we have three other girls in the list of "under 22 yr olds" in the world, so hopefully at least one of those four young players can really kick on as they mature... my guess is either Boulter or maybe Taylor.
                        It was absolutely brilliant regardless...... we were on Court one and saw Liam Broadby get thumped by Raonic and also we saw Serena won her first round game... the whole atmosphere was magnificent !

                        We will definitely be applying again for next year.....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Ando60 View Post
                          It was absolutely brilliant regardless...... we were on Court one and saw Liam Broadby get thumped by Raonic and also we saw Serena won her first round game... the whole atmosphere was magnificent !

                          We will definitely be applying again for next year.....
                          I was gobsmacked when I first went. Glad you had such a great day.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Regardless View Post
                            I was gobsmacked when I first went. Glad you had such a great day.
                            It's all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes as well that make it so magical...

                            The walled garden, the beautiful flowers, all the service people so wonderfully turned out in their uniforms, the politeness of everyone.. it truly was a wonderful day !

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                            • #15
                              Turning attention to the future of British tennis... two of our really promising young singles players, Jay Clark (19) and Harriet Dart have teamed up in the senior mixed doubles and have made it through to semi-final. They've got it tough against Jamie Murray & Azarenka in the next hour or so.

                              Even though Murray and Azarenka are more likely to deliver a grand slam for GB, I think it would be great if the two youngsters got through to the final.

                              In Boys' singles, we've got Jack Draper playing in the semi-final right now. I've watched a couple of his games, and he looks really competent and he's currently battling 4-5 in the second set, after he took the first one on a tie-break... not been a break of serve in the match yet.

                              Draper's only 16 too, a year younger than most.

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