Hmm, somewhere in between? Tsitsipas played very well for most of the final two sets, but both were a bit sloppy in the second set tiebreak, and Tsitsipas made one more mistake. Then he came back and broke Novak in the first game of set 3, but proceeded to give it right back the next game, two of the only three breaks of the match. Basically Tsitsipas needed to play incredibly and he mostly did, but a few too many mistakes in crucial moments.Certainly not surprising. I wasn’t able to see any…was this match more a case of Tsits folding or djoker just exerting his will?
Remember that the main physiological advantage of men is a higher VO2Max. They can simply play harder, move faster, change direction faster, hit harder. Women have the same endurance - they could play 3/5 sets no problem, they reason they don't is a combination of tradition and TV scheduling - in fact in some respects they shed heat better, etc. But mens' shots would just take too much time away from them.Interesting, thank you! Is that because of movement, conditioning, what?
Yes, I remember this, I think this was in Australia too, right? I was curious because I agree from what I can tell with what jezza said:Back when Serena was young she bragged she and Venus could beat any guy outside the top 200. This French guy who was ranked #203 at the time took them up on it, basically double bageled them with a cigarette in his mouth the whole time. He estimated they'd be ranked #500, tops.
And I was just curious by how much, but evidently nowhere near what my friend and I thought.the gap has tightened somewhat
Yeah the levels thing is wild. I haven't competed since I stopped (euphemism for "QUIT") playing D1 back in 2002. I have a buddy who played tennis a bit as a kid, but got more into it as an adult and plays on a USTA 4.0 team. He insists on competing with me once a summer...by USTA standards I am a 5.0 because of the college background, but because I barely play I'm much closer to a 4.5. Our scores are similar to yours, I have a lot of fun - he doesn't. On the flipside my older brother still competes a lot and is still definitely a 5.0, maybe a 5.5, and the only way Im getting any games against him is if I get lucky with a few service winners/aces. UTR - https://www.universaltennis.com/ - should eventually be the norm, puts literally everyone on the same scale.One thing I really love about tennis is how many levels there are, it is endless. Even at the highest levels, Khachanov is a very good player who knocked out Tiafoe and Korda here and is up to #13, but he has now lost his last 23 in a row to top 10 players. I never played seriously as I mostly just fenced from 7th grade on, but in my twenties I would play my friends and work people and always win, self-taught bad form but a reasonably good athlete still and having watched a billion hours of the top players already and really understanding strategy. So I set up a match with a guy from work, a few years older and in a league in Connecticut, but not any serious athletic background I knew about, and so I figured how much better could he be? He beat me 6-0, 6-0, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2, and I'm not sure it was really that close.
While the gap has tightened somewhat, my hunch is top 500 is probably not even attainable. I’ll ask people that are still actively involved for their opinion as well and report back but I’m basing it on a couple things:
1. While it was 15-20 years ago, I know a couple males who didn’t even crack top 1,000 and would be hitting/practice set partners for top 10 women and the men would often take sets
2. On the mens side the difference between the guy who is ranked 1000 and the guy who is ranked 150 is often financial, not skill. People with the financial backing to grind through a couple years on lower levels where you are typically losing money each week have a greater chance of breaking through eventually.
here is a response from a high level D1 womens coach (top 15 team in nation) who is a female: “Could get a few points here and there in 15 Ks.
From a high level d3 womens coach (who has coached d1 mens before, and currently coaches a woman who is top 100 in dubs)…this is a male: “Virtually impossible any woman could be top 1000”
I’ve asked a few others and will get those responses up if I hear back
One more, agent for a top 20 wta player: “definitely not top 500. Probably not top 1,000.”From a male coach who has coached numerous juniors (both male and female) who have played top level D1 and/or accumulated points on the atp or wta tours:
I’m giving the context of who each responder is because clearly this is all very much opinion based, so trying to give you how informed each opinion is.
bummer. Kyrgios also out, after an injury sustained during a robbery!
Raducanu is also out of the French Open, and Wimbledon due to surgery for bone spurs apparently on both wrists, and a cleanup on her ankle.bit rough to see Raducanu struggle like this (some grand prix tournament in Stuggart Germany on Tennis Channel right now)
Looks like he has been playing majors since 2018.Is it just me or does it seem like Davodich-Fokina has been around forever already? I was coming into post that he's had a bit of an underwhelming career but realized he's still only 23 (for a few more days anyway).
Still has plenty of time of course, but needs some more consistent results in non-slams in order to have more consistent runs at the slams. Only made it to the 2nd week of a slam 3x, but when you are seeded outside top 16 it makes it that much tougher. Anyway, this match has leveled out and now back on serve...these guys bash from the baseline and it's fun to watch.Looks like he has been playing majors since 2018.