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  • fooubar (Champ) 
    148 (22461) Aces +$4,565 ROI:+3.8% 84% 
    Jan 20 2017 11:57:39
    Maria's sentence has been reduced by 15 months.
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  • PumperKing (Mod) Ace Leader #2
    4723 (4723) Aces +$1,713 ROI:+0.4% 54% 
    Jan 14 2017 09:15:09
    Can someone please tell me why I can't find this very promising player on the AO list. I think she is a gem
  • 100percenhit (Champ) 
    948 (13102) Aces -$23,371 ROI:-22.1% 44% 
    Jan 7 2017 15:49:04
    Grigor Dimitrov starts the new season like he ended previous one, on a positive note. The Bulgarian player reached the final in Brisbane beating Milos Raonic 7-6 6-3. He had prepared well this match: 'It's just one of those matches that you just need to be ready', Dimitrov said. 'Milos is one of the biggest servers out there. I knew what to expect, so I just had to execute the right way. I felt everything went pretty well in the first set for me. From then on, I had a different mentality and different approach towards the second set, and I was just focusing on my game. After that, that first break played a big role for me. I felt mentally I was strong. I was hitting the ball well enough. I think this is where I had the match in my hands.'

    Dimitrov is satisfied with how he started the year: ''It's always good to come in the first week and being in the final, of course, that's the best-case scenario. But my goals are completely different. I have a different approach, I think, in a way for the year. I'm really focused on the first six months of the year and the way that I'm going to sort of perform. Also, my schedule is pretty much based on that, so I'm just focusing on the matches and what I have to play. I'm not thinking, okay, if I win this tournament, I'm going to get that amount of points and I'm going to be better in the ranking. If you keep winning and keep improving, everything comes with it.
    So, for sure, I give myself credit to be in the final for the first week. As I said, it's never easy, always a bit of nerves, you're a little insecure in yourself, you haven't competed for over a month. In the same time, I think that's what we live for is to compete and perform. When you have a good start like that, you just have to appreciate it and just get on with it.'

    Speaking about his off-season, the World No. 17 said: 'I felt I was working hard. I just wanted to keep that fine line, as simple as that, simplifying other things, simplifying, for example, my fitness sessions, the way I was practicing, what I was practicing on. So I think that's about it. I was not trying to think how I'm going to start the year, or let's, you know, keep that momentum. It kind of just happened to be that way. I had quite a few tough weeks of work, but then you need to have the right people around you to tell you that you maybe do good work. Because I'm very hard on myself. And even in the offseason, after brutal sessions, I was never happy with myself. There was people that, from my team, that had to set me down, like, Man, relax. What are you doing? Yeah, I understand a little bit better what they mean.'
  • 100percenhit (Champ) 
    948 (13102) Aces -$23,371 ROI:-22.1% 44% 
    Jan 7 2017 06:38:48

    Rafael Nadal

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

    R. NADAL/M. Zverev

    6-1, 6-1

    THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

    Q. You looked very good tonight. How pleased were you with the way you played?
    RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, happy. No, I played a great match, I think. Difficult say something negative, because in general I saw after, on the video screen, like, 30 winners and just a few unforced errors.

    Returning very well, I think. A lot of great passing shots. Not, you know, mistakes. Only thing, I am not sure about my percentage of serves. I think was not that good tonight, was the only thing. But for the rest, I think I played great.

    Q. You must be pleased, particularly going into what will be a really tough match against Milos tomorrow.
    RAFAEL NADAL: For sure. Yeah, he's one of the toughest opponents on tour today, without a doubt. He's the third in the world.

    His serve is huge, and he improved a lot from the baseline, too. It's a match that you cannot do mistakes if you want to really have any chance.

    You need to be really focused with your serve and then try to play aggressive on the return. I gonna try to make it happen, knowing that it's going to be extremely difficult match.

    Q. You probably haven't heard, but today an 18-year-old player has been charged with match fixing in a minor tournament in Victoria. As a senior player, particularly after last year's episode at the Australian Open, does it bother you that things like that are still happening in the game?
    RAFAEL NADAL: I didn't know anything about that. I didn't heard.

    But, no, if he's arrested is because we are doing the right job, you know. That's the most important thing. At the same time is obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen. Talking stories about our sport always before the Australian Open, and that's something, you know, I have been a lot of years on tour and happen almost every year. You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kind of things. And he's young?

    Q. 18. Yeah.
    RAFAEL NADAL: That's even the worst part.

    Q. Do you hope that there can be a life ban for situations like that? Do you think tennis is doing enough to combat match fixing?
    RAFAEL NADAL: I think -- you know, I have, being honest, I have been on the tour for 12, 13 years, and I really don't spend a lot of time in the lower categories of our events, you know, in challengers and in futures. I spent just months, so I cannot talk much about it.

    But on the professional ATP World Tour, I can talk. I don't know if this happened here, but for sure is not happening very often, no? If it happened, it has been just very few times, because I see every match people fights, you know, people don't want to lose.

    I don't see matches that people give up or throw the match, you know. Maybe the lower tournaments maybe is another story, but I don't want to talk about it, because I really don't know much.

    But I know in Spain it happened a couple of weeks ago that few people gets arrested, a group that dedicates to that. And it's great that, you know, I think that the sport is doing the right things to fight against that and, you know, all the people that are not doing the things right, now they are in trouble.
  • 100percenhit (Champ) 
    948 (13102) Aces -$23,371 ROI:-22.1% 44% 
    Jan 7 2017 06:37:58
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

    S. WAWRINKA/K. Edmund

    6-7, 6-4, 6-4

    THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

    Q. Would it be fair to say it just took a little bit of time to warm up today, or was it that Kyle came out of it harder, faster than you thought?
    STAN WAWRINKA: No, I think I was playing really well. I think the match in general was high level, especially for first time. He was playing really aggressive. I was looking for my game a little bit, hesitating a little bit from few shots.

    But then I think he start to be a little bit tired, went a little bit down when I start to accelerate a little bit more, when I start to took a little bit more my forehand and start also to be a little bit more aggressive. I was dictating a little bit more. It changed the game.

    Q. You spent quite a bit more time on court today than your semifinal opponent. Do you think that will play into your semifinal against Kei?
    STAN WAWRINKA: I don't think so. I think in general I'm feeling good. Was a tough match, for sure, today. Long match. Quite humid, also. Also tough physically. But, in general, I think I'm feeling good and ready.

    I know it's going to be a tough match. We always play a really tough match against Kei. I beat him US Open. I lost World Tour Final quite easy. Also lost in Toronto tough semifinal. We played each other few times already last few months, so it's going to be interesting to see. We practiced here this week. I'm sure it's going to be a good match.

    Q. Are you getting out of Brisbane what you want? Only week away from a Grand Slam, are you getting out of Brisbane what you want?
    STAN WAWRINKA: So far it's been good. For sure, I want to win more matches here and not stop now.

    But so far it's been great. I had some great practice few days before the tournament, a lot of practice, tough condition, and so was really sunny and hot, so was great to arrive in those conditions.

    And now it's a tournament week, match week, so you focus on the match, trying to win, for sure. Today was a tough one, but really happy to get through and give me a chance to win and play the semifinal tomorrow.

    Q. There has been some match-fixing allegations around Australia today in some low-level tournaments. What are your thoughts when you hear that sort of thing going on?
    STAN WAWRINKA: I heard a bit. I didn't read all the story yet, so I don't know exactly all the story yet. I just heard about that.

    I think that they are trying to fight against that, and that's good. They are trying to fight again those players who are doing match fixing, that's for sure, and that's the most important.

    Q. Do you think there is too much pressure on young players at times?
    STAN WAWRINKA: Which pressure?

    Q. Like pressure to make money, pressure, you know, from coaches.
    STAN WAWRINKA: I don't know. I think it's a chance to have pressure. I think it's a chance in your life, in your job, to have pressure of playing tennis, of winning matches, of going into nice city, traveling the world, playing in front of people.

    I think it's quite a nice job to have.

    Q. You seem to turn the match around when you turn on your power game, and yet Kyle Edmund is a powerful player. Do you think it's a bit ironic, that one?
    STAN WAWRINKA: Yeah, for sure. I think first set he was the aggressive player. He was playing a little bit faster than me, taking the ball early. Was not easy for me to find my game.

    I start to, as I said, to dictate a little bit more in the second, to take a little bit more the forehand, to make him run a little bit more. That's made the difference in the score.
  • kingy9494 (Mod) Ace Leader #1
    4987 (99512) Aces +$15,031 ROI:+3.0% 60% 
    Jan 5 2017 22:56:35
    The Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson is the latest tennis player to be charged by police with match-fixing, according to reports in Australia. The talented 18-year-old was named by the Age newspaper in Melbourne as being approached to throw the first set of his first-round match at the Traralgon Challenger tournament in October against another Australian, Harrison Lombe.

    Victorian police confirmed they had charged an 18-year-old man with "engaging in conduct that corrupts a betting outcome", adding that they had worked closely with bookmakers in their investigation. They did not reveal the name of the player but said he would appear at the Latrobe Valley magistrates court on 2 March.

    In the match which forms the centre of the allegations, Anderson was broken at 4-4 in the first set after two double faults and went on to lose the first set. However, he recovered to win the match by taking the next two sets 6-0, 6-2.
  • 100percenhit (Champ) 
    948 (13102) Aces -$23,371 ROI:-22.1% 44% 
    Jan 4 2017 15:18:37
    Jeremy Chardy would like to improve the net game under Nicolas Escude's guidance.

    Former French tennis player Escude has been added to Chardy's team just recently.

    The 29-year-old Chardy said Escude had a ''really agressive game on the front, on the net'' while he was a pro. ''That's something that I want to try to improve in my game, to be able to come more to the net,'' added the Frenchman to France Bleu Bearn, reveals Tennis Actu.

    Chardy failed to win an ATP title in 2016 and his rankings dropped to number 69 in the world. He'll certainly be hoping to experience better season in 2017.

    It could be said the world number 69 looks forward to collaborating with Escude.

    ''I'm very happy with my choice and that he wanted to work with me,'' confessed Chardy.
  • 100percenhit (Champ) 
    948 (13102) Aces -$23,371 ROI:-22.1% 44% 
    Jan 4 2017 15:07:52
    Petra Kvitova's recovery from surgery after a knife-wielding intruder attacked her inside her home and injured her playing hand has been going well, according her spokesman Karel Tejkal.

    Petra Kvitova released from hospital after knife attack
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    Tejkal said the two-times Wimbledon champion has gradually started doing exercises with her injured fingers and "all have been going according to the plans and expectations".

    Kvitova had surgery on 20 December following injuries on her left hand in the attack at her home in the town of Prostejov the same day. She is expected to be out for up to six months.

    Kvitova's fellow players from the Prostejov tennis club have offered a reward of 100,000 Czech crowns (3,150) for information leading to the arrest of the attacker, who still remains at large.
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