PARIS – As it is written, Wednesday is Mailbag Day. If you didn’t catch it, here’s it Some confused thoughts In the last match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, starting from Tuesday.
And now, onwards…
What’s next for Djokovic?
It will be a year now since Djokovic won a major. I have changed coaches. He has the entire COVID chaos, which clearly affected him. It didn’t look like his confidence had fully returned. What then for him?
There was a moment during the quarter-final match on Tuesday that crystallized for Djokovic for me. Nadal beat Djokovic in the third set to rise by two sets to 1. The crowd was intense against Djokovic. Perhaps he should have lost the group he reigned in. Best-case scenario, Djokovic had to go five sets, a place he wasn’t in 2022. And he’s against Nadal, without a foot injury. on the clay. In Roland Garros (ed.). However, there was a clear feeling that Djokovic could easily win the match. respect.
What’s next for Djokovic? Short answer: Wimbledon, the event he won in 2021 and which I would make the favourite even if he fails to defend in Paris. In time, when we tell the story of Djokovic, this will be the 12-month interregnum. When he left Wimbledon in ’21 in a three-way tie with Nadal and Roger Federer with twenty Grand Slam titles, he was the youngest of the Big Three. According to every investment criterion – momentum, number of “draws” left, live records – it was where the smart money was. After that, he lost in the US Open final and lost the Grand Slam table. He missed this year’s Australian Open for preventable reasons, an event that Nadal won. After an initially sporadic return to the workforce, he fell in Paris against Nadal.
These tennis plots…
However, for now, I will buy into Djokovic when snorkeling. Like, download Djokovic. After dusting off rust – or its clay-court equivalent – he suddenly returned to playing heavenly tennis. He won Bromma and his first four matches here without dropping a set. Losing to Nadal 13 times on clay – winning a set he should have lost and losing a set he should have won – is not a disgrace. His timing is back. His conditioning appears to be back. He just turned 35 years old. Look at Wimbledon’s draws over the past decade and you won’t find a more successful player. Then comes the hard court. Keep in mind that the man who beat Djokovic in 2021, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, will be banned from Wimbledon and will face his own “return to the workforce” issues.
Djokovic will be fine.
When will we see the return of Serena and Federer?
Hello John ,
Remember the man who bet Roger Federer would win 20 majors by 2020? As we all know, he was right. Do you know a similar bet regarding Nadal? Surely someone would have credited 22 major slams in 2022. It looks like Rafa could match or even surpass Serena. unbelievable.
It is considered,
Ali right. If you are there, reveal yourself. And I look at that bet it doesn’t look bad.
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Will Serena and the Fed announce they are retired? Or will they pretend to be still active players? At least a year has passed. They will not return.
I would caution against putting both 40-year-olds in parentheses. Federer says he will be back. He posts videos of his workouts. We know he is recovering. We still don’t know yet if he’ll return in 2022, but he’s committed to making sure he doesn’t play his last game.
Serena is more than a puzzle. She is younger than Federer by a few weeks. In playing a best of three games, she has fewer concerns about conditioning and durability. But by all accounts, she hasn’t played much in the past 11 months.
My opinion: why should they or why should they retire? What will they gain by closing the window? Aside from those financial interests – which are not insignificant, as many deals are contingent on players doing actual play or activity – what’s the incentive to advertise? Even if they feel like they can’t play now but are open to the possibility of them coming back, why not stay active?
Signs, signs, signs everywhere
Please shed some light on the slogan that Roland Garros is promoting this year. Did they figure out how to switch a court from tennis to pickle ball and back? Is there a new and superior way to change the rules of the game? I know those must be wrong, but I can’t quite tell what the motto is: “Move the lines with style”. I know a few billion things are more important, but it’s still a mystery.
John Campbell, Portland, Oregon
So there are two logos. The one you’re pointing at and the other decorated on the roof of the main stadium – something along the lines of a victory that belongs to the most steadfast. Everything is somewhat derived from Wimbledon citing Kipling’s poem, if. whatever. win banners.
Pickleball has not yet blessed Europe. Similar is PADIL. I heard that Djokovic’s father was among those who converted to Islam.
Is the punishment commensurate with the crime?
Why did Rublev or Peugeot not default? They made occasional mistakes, as did Novak, but not as serious. Novak hitting the referee’s line in the throat was a mistake at the US Open. The written judge was injured. I understand that actions have consequences. if Rublev ball hits French Open staff member Instead of hitting his hat would he have been knocked out of the tournament? Peugeot racket hit a kid who started crying. Nowadays, when players hit balls or throw rackets out of rage that hurts fans, they give fans the rackets or take pictures with them to try to save face. Do the ATP and WTA look at players’ actions after the fact of determining whether to suspend them for future tournaments and what fine players have to pay?
The short answer: This is similar to the old line of the Criminal Code, which differentiates between the initiation of an act and its actual execution. If either player’s misdeed had resulted in physical contact, both players would have bounced. Corollary: Had Djokovic not hit the lady in the neck and instead missed her by an inch, he could have had 21 major titles.
It’s easy how this can be seen as unfair and arbitrary, but I find it hard to come up with a better differentiator, other than automatically defaulting to this kind of recklessness. Djokovic’s fans covered it all, pointing – as do fans – to hypocrisy and double standards. I can’t say I blame them.
Coaches, on-demand or off-demand?
So far people have pointed out that Tsonga actually won the first set in the tiebreak. And he didn’t get hurt until the last game before the final tiebreak! sad. I had to look for “verkakte” – it’s a guard!
New definition of verkakte: Uncle – and longtime teacher – the star who is now coaching a younger rookie player. This player and the mentioned star meet in the fourth round of a major tournament. Uncle is understandably conflicting. He declared that he was unlikely to attend the match unless he could present a conventional ticket. Then he appeared sitting in the best seat in the house behind the baseline. who – which is verkakte.
I was surprised by Patrick Moratoglu’s comment after Simona Halep’s loss. How important is a tennis coach in your opinion? What about players who do not have coaches?
(Let’s save Patrick and Simona For another time, though, this topic sparked a lot of chatter and concern in the school cafeteria tennis version.)
What is the importance of coaches? It’s important enough that players need it, but in the end it’s an extra element. They don’t train during a match – they’re not supposed to do that anyway. And while their preparation and motivation techniques are important, the players end up hitting the damn ball and controlling the pressure. “Two percent,” a Hall of Fame player just said.
As for players without coaches, Emma Raducanu may top the list, but a number of players are looking to bolster their training arrangements. Among them is Denis Shapovalov. (He and Jimmy Delgado parted quietly against Roma.) Some players need coaches more than others. We wish there was a way to measure – the coach is good to make +/- additional gains per season – but, as with most companies, it’s hard to see the benefits when he’s consistently dealing with staffing needs at the expense of the time allotted to the core product. Speaking of Raducanu, her reception in her hometown of Wimbledon will be something to watch.
The fans in the stands
What is this nonsense? So yesterday NBC has exclusive rights to tennis (so TTC obviously can’t show anything live) and they’re showing a late iteration of Swiatek’s match that was shown live on TTC. Then they showed part of the day before Nadal-Aliassime match instead of the Medvedev-Cic match which was currently being played live!!! What is this nonsense???? If they were expecting fans to be lured by this blackmail to buy Peacock’s broadcast, they are deeply wrong. Is there any other sport that treats its fans this way??? Thank God my favorite tennis player rarely plays these days. I would have been pissed if this had happened during Federer’s prime.
Why does no one watch the Fernandes match? Women’s tennis at a new low.
Here’s the problem. I was on the field for that match. Upstairs was packed. The seats for the fat cats were vacant, which is unfortunately what we see on TV. It looks like a ghost town in the women’s quarterfinals, when in fact there are 10,000 fans at home.
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Can you ask anyone anchoring the OSC in Paris to say “great voice, there” when sending the broadcast to the folks at the Whoop broadcast booth? Thanks.
Believe me. It happened on the first day.
If a player makes a lot of fouls while playing Jabeur is this considered a forced foul?
“Come Tuesday. We have a slot. Give me 10 tight minutes.”
Is there any moment on any day when a tennis agent doesn’t wear the uniform of a tennis agent? It’s always crazy to me when they cut into a player chest and there’s one goofy with a hipster shade and a button down and a blue jacket.
Sometimes you are allowed to accessorize with a leather case.
Enjoy your last weekend, everyone!
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