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  1. #326

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    ah, thanks Etienne. Just checking that I'm following the logic there for the "more points" - is the idea that, as the provision of accommodation makes participation cheaper for players, that will make the tournament more popular with players and hence increase the likely average standard of competition?

  2. #327
    It's accommodation and subsistence, i.e. a players restaurant isn't it?

    And yes, same deal as with the higher prize money = higher points because each element like this should attract a stronger field. A $100k+H doesn't give that many more points than a $100k, just an extra 10 for the winner. The notable difference is a futures level between a basic $15k and a $15k+H - the latter is more than double the points of the former. Breakdown here:-

  3. #328
    Boulter's final is at 11:00, btw. There will be a live stream from Southsea on the ITF website, btw. Linky.

    On this match, I find it odd that Kirsten Flipkens lists her favourite playing surfaces as clay and hard on the ITF website. She is one of a dying breed, a serve-volleyer. Her most notable result came on grass, when she made the Wimbledon Semi a few years ago, and she has also made two WTA finals on the surface. Flipkens' current ranking is 51 to Boulter's 150-odd and rising.
    Last edited by Janik; 29-06-2018 at 10:00.

  4. #329
    Boulter and Flipkens into a third hour in Portsmouth. Flipkens is 5-2 up in the deciding set, but that is only one break.

  5. #330
    It finished 6-3, so no $100k title for Katie.

    In terms of who will be the British No.2 woman after Wimbledon, Boulter is in pole position but it's close between her, Watson and Broady. And in that order, i.e. Boulter just needs to match Watson and Broady's results in SW19 to be in the spot, whilst Watson needs to match Broady but go a round further than Boulter.

  6. #331

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    ,,,, and of course the British post-Wimbledon no.2 woman could be none of the three of them if Dart, Taylor, Swan or Dunne puts together a deep run! Yeah, I know, rather unlikely.

  7. #332
    Given that Jo Konta will only have >2000 points if she makes the final, technically the no.1 spot is up for grabs.

  8. #333
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    Peter Lorre
    Has Murray announced which US hard court events he will definitely play?

  9. #334
    He only seems to be on the entry list for Washington at the moment.

  10. #335
    He was also on the entry list for Rosmalen until a few days prior to it starting. It remains a play-it-by-ear situation, I think.

  11. #336
    Post-Wimbledon rankings. Top 20s for Singles and top 10s for doubles with selected others and Brits in top 250 (singles) and top 100 (doubles). Race positions in brackets, with the doubles ones being the best team spot rather than individual.


    1. (1) Halep
    2. (3) Wozniacki
    3. (6) Stephens - new career high (nch) on rolling rankings
    4. (2) Kerber
    5. (5) Svitolina
    6. (15) Garcia
    7. (9) Muguruza
    8. (4) Kvitova
    9. (8) Pliskova
    10. (11) Goerges
    11. (12) Ostapenko
    12. (16) Keys
    13. (7) Kasatkina
    14. (41) V.Williams
    15. (10) Mertens
    16. (19) Barty
    17. (13) Bertens
    18. (14) Osaka
    19. (71) Vandeweghe
    20. (27) Strycova

    21. (21) Sharapova
    25. (18) Buzarnescu - nch
    28. (17) S.Williams
    50. (33) Konta
    109. (69=) Azarenka
    117. (98) Boulter - nch
    133. (122=) Watson
    139. (145) N.Broady
    146. (134=) Bouchard
    168. (127=) Dart - nch
    176. (151) Swan - nch
    177. (125) Taylor
    220. (168) Dunne - could do with moving up to ~200 to be comfortable of getting into US qualies

    Notable things:-
    Caro Wozniacki is 831 points behind Halep on the rolling rankings, and Angie Kerber is 499 adrift of Simona on the Year To Date.
    CoCo Vandeweghe has a big chunk of points to defend in the American summer, not least US Open SF from last year, hence the difference between her rolling and YTD rankings.
    Serena Williams fans can now rest easy about her being seeded for the US Open. But she should still be a non-seed in Montreal and Cincinnati if those events get typical entry lists and the Tournament Directors follow the rules.
    A seeding for Jo Konta in New York is unlikely, she would need some excellent results in the warm-up tournaments above how she has generally been playing this year. However her lack of points to defend from last summer/autumn means continuing as she was should just about sneak a seeding for the ’19 Aussie Open.
    I believe Vika Azarenka has now either used up all her protected ranking entries, or they have expired as her comeback has been so stilted (they only last 12 months from the players return to the court). If so, she is on the cusp of making the US Open cut with her rolling ranking and might need a wild card. Which she ought to get in the circumstances.
    Katie Boulter’s ranking is lower than we were projecting. This is due to four reasonable high value ITF events (2 x $100k, 2 x $60k, three of the four on clay) taking place concurrently with the second week of Wimbledon. Players picked up enough points there to push Boulter down to the point where she is now pretty unlikely to make the New York main draw cut, sadly.
    Continuing on the same theme, Genie Bouchard will be heading for the qualifiers in New York based on her ranking. That is unless the organisers feel a different moral obligation than that with Azarenka and give Bouchard a wild card on the basis that her career has gone into free-fall ever since the slip and concussion in their locker room, an accident the legal settlement of which says was 75% the USTA's fault. I guess some will be wondering why I still talk about this player, given her current status as a no-mark. Well, despite all that, she was still one of the top 10 earning female athletes in the World in 2017, according to Forbes. I can't see that being repeated in the new dawn and new day of 2018. I mean, did you even know she played one of those ITF tournaments mentioned above last week? The $100k in Contrexeville, France with no line judges and a small stand capable of holding a couple of hundred, in front of which Bouchard lost in R1 to Paula Badosa Gibert. Who? Well someone ranked 10 places higher than her beaten foe that day! The full match is available on YouTube if you want a mighty fallen vibe.
    Talking of New York cuts, Katy Dunne could do with pushing her ranking up by ~20 spots in the next month to be comfortable about making the US Open qualies.


    1. (2) Babos - nch
    2. (1) Siniakova - nch
    3. (17) L.Chan
    4. (1) Krejcikova - nch
    5. (3) Makarova
    6. (3) Vesnina
    7. (8) Sestini Hlavackova
    8. (8) Strycova
    9. (4) Dabrowski
    10. (2) Mladenovic

    25. (29) Safarova
    49. (23) Watson
    52. (36) Smith
    80. (63) Broady
    81. (44) Mattek-Sands

    Timea Babos has known for a week that she would be becoming World No.1 for the first time in this ranking update, but today it is finally official, so well done to her. She is the first Hungarian to be World No.1 in Tennis. She leads Katerina Siniakova by 275 points on the rolling rankings, but Babos and regular partner Mladenovic are actually 1087 points in arrears of Krejickova/Siniakova on the YTD (well the Czechs have just won Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back).
    Former No.1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands is beginning her comeback up the rankings. Good luck to her. Presumably now she is back the Safarova/Mattek-Sands partnership will be back in regular operation.


    1. (1) Nadal
    2. (2) Federer
    3. (3) Zverev
    4. (4) del Potro
    5. (8) Anderson - nch
    6. (13) Dimitrov
    7. (7) Cilic
    8. (9) Isner - nch
    9. (6) Thiem
    10. (5) Djokovic
    11. (21) Goffin
    12. (14) Schwartzmann
    13. (20) Carreno Busta
    14. (154!) Sock
    15. (18) Fognini
    16. (11) Edmund - nch
    17. (17) Bautista Agut
    18. (27) Kyrgios
    19. (23) Pouille
    20. (10) Nishikori

    77. (97) Norrie
    177. (303) L.Broady
    199. (125) Wawrinka
    225. (179) Clarke
    323. (233) Evans
    839. (682) A.Murray

    Following Nadal defending in Paris and improving in London and Federer skipping the French and not defending at Wimbledon, Nadal now leads Federer by a good chunk on both rolling and YTD. 2230, i.e. more than a Slam on the rolling, 1740 on the YTD (Nadal is the reigning US Open champion)
    Jack Sock’s win-loss record (in singles, the doubles is going OK… if being Wimbledon champion counts as just ‘OK’) for 2018 so far is 5-13, which is hideous. He is yet to win more than two singles matches in any one tournament. And despite that, his R1 in SW19 somehow saw him move up the rolling rankings by a spot from 15 to 14! Reality will bite hard at the end of the season though as ~66% of Sock’s singles ranking points date back to two 2017 tournaments, the Paris Indoor and the Tour Finals. He is the defending champion at Bercy so can only hold station if he wins again, and as that is a Masters Series event of course that should draw most of the top players it sounds highly unlikely. Even a runner-up spot would wipe out a good chunk of his points. There is no way he will get to defend his SF points from the O2 last year. It’s urgent that he gets some wins to avoid a ranking collapse of epic proportions.
    Jay Clarke is in the same boat as Katy Dunne in being on the ragged edge of making the US Open, and could also do with climbing up to ~200 to be confident in his scheduling.


    1. (2) M.Bryan
    2. (1) Pavic
    3. (1) Marach
    4. (2) B.Bryan
    5. (13) Peers
    6. (13) Kontinen
    7. (5) Mahut
    8. (5) Herbert
    9. (8) Kubot
    10. (8) Melo

    13. (7) J.Murray
    28. (14) Inglot
    41. (23) Salisbury - nch
    45. (22) N.Skupski
    57. (22) K.Skupski
    83. (55) Bambridge
    87. (55) O'Mara

    Mike Bryan is back at no.1 aged 40. Well done he. Mike has now topped the rankings for 16 weeks more than brother Bob. He leads Mate Pavic by 1340 on the rolling ranks, though Marach/Pavic are 1575 ahead of Bryan/Bryan on the YTD (well that pair isn’t playing at the moment due to injury!).
    Joe Salisbury’s run to the Semis of Wimbledon has rocketed him 40-odd places up the rankings. At #41 he can realistically hope to make the cut for Masters Series events. He certainly should be upgrading to playing the main Tour regularly and needs to talk to a travel agent about flights and accommodation for New York and for the Far East after that.
    Last edited by Janik; 16-07-2018 at 14:33.

  12. #337
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    Peter Lorre
    Venus Williams needs a good US hard court season looking at her YTD.

  13. #338
    Venus doesn't play much, given her age. She had deep runs at most of the Slams last year but not this so far, and the Slams are really how her ranking is built these days. I don't think Venus is particularly bothered if she is seeded or not, as she knows that if she is fit and firing that she can beat anyone (maybe baring Serena). And if she is run-down, well it's not going to happen even if she has an easier R1/R2 draw as a seed. As long as she is in the top 50 so can play whatever events suit her, she is fine.

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