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Tennis Thread 2017 - US Open

Postby Chicken Run Supreme on Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:38 am

Cracking match going on with Konta trying to become the first GB player in a Womens Grand Slam Qtr Final since Jo Durie back in 1984. Currently 6-6 in final set.

Gotta love BBC text feed:

So, here we are, the British number one, serving for the match to become the first British female to reach the last eight of a major since 1984. Elton John was married to a woman 31 years ago. A lot has changed in the last three decades

Meanwhile, Andy Murray has just won the first set against Tomic as he bids to reach a 7th successive Aussie Qtr Final. This tournament is one Murray has targeted this year having been runner up four times already - along with retaining his Olympic Title in Rio.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Chicken Run Supreme on Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:39 am

STOP PRESS!!!

Konta wins final set 8-6 and is through to Quarter Finals - a fantastic achievement.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Mr_Rook on Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:00 am

Happy for Jo Konta, but let's face it. she's about as British as that can of Fosters which has set up residency in my fridge. Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, lives in Spain represented Australia until 2012 and is now British :lol:
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby White Goodman on Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:04 am

Yes precisely. Nice for the Aussies to have a home quarter finalist.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Happyhammer93 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:57 pm

Murrays got an excellent chance of going on now and making the final after Stan was knocked out early... would be great to have him finally claim the Aussie open

As for Konta she's got a great chance of going om and becoming a semi finalist for the first time
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Crouchend_Hammer on Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:28 pm

Mr_Rook wrote:Happy for Jo Konta, but let's face it. she's about as British as that can of Fosters which has set up residency in my fridge. Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, lives in Spain represented Australia until 2012 and is now British :lol:


I kind of agree, but she has lived here (at least as a resident) since she was 14 which is over ten years now. She spent a fair amount of secondary education in our school system

Admittedly she only came to live in UK for tennis reasons but we have had enough of them in cricket over the years so may as well get behind her, esp as it may help raise development of other younger players
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby -DL- on Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:05 pm

Mr_Rook wrote: lives in Spain


She lives in Eastbourne. Her training base is in Spain.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby stu1 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:47 pm

Mr_Rook wrote:Happy for Jo Konta, but let's face it. she's about as British as that can of Fosters which has set up residency in my fridge. Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, lives in Spain represented Australia until 2012 and is now British :lol:


This.

Fair play to her on getting to the quarter finals but she isn't british in slightest. The first british women to get to a grand slam quarter final...do me a favour.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby westham,eggyandchips on Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:32 pm

-DL- wrote:
She lives in Eastbourne. Her training base is in Spain.


That's some commute.

British......? An eastern European sheila more like. Jumped on the bandwagon of our 2012 sporting summer.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Happyhammer93 on Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:06 am

Congrats to Konta! Through to the semi finals for the first time and has netted a pay cheque of over 300k... quite remarkable considering year ago she was struggling to take home any money from ITF events... She's also set to break into the world top 30 at least for the 1st time

Murray a set up but break down im the second
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby smuts on Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:36 am

Murray through to the semis.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Chicken Run Supreme on Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:46 pm

Murray to line up vs Raonic, and Djokovic vs Federer in other semi-final. Looking like a Djokovic - Murray final on Sunday but you never know.

Turning into quite a tournament for British tennis: Konta and Murray both through to Semi's and Jamie Murray also through to Mens Double Semis. If Konta and Murray were to win their respective games, it would be the first time since 1935 that there was a British man and a British woman making the final of the same Grand Slam event.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby sendô on Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:39 pm

About as British as Greg Rusedski.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Chicken Run Supreme on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:00 pm

It happens in most sports:

Mo Farah
Chris Froome
Mike Catt
Kevin Pieterson
Alan Lamb
Robin Smith
Tony Greig
Manu Tuilagi
and even new England rugby captain, Dylan Hartley, was born in NZ
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby antony on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:32 pm

To be fair, some of the above had English parents (off the top of my head I think Mo's dad is and KP's mum...might be wrong). Guess it depends how someone is brought up and who they feel attached to.

Konta is a different story though. I've got to say it bugs me more when people that were born in England, lived here all their lives, parents born here and have lived here all their lives & they've never left the country but they support someone else. You get it a lot with the Indian cricket team and it seems to happen a lot with the Italian football team
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby sendô on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:37 pm

I'd agree that Konta is different to some others.

See moved here specifically for her tennis. At 14 I'd say she was close enough to being an adult that it's fair to say she "grew up" an Australian. Handing someone a British passport, in my humble view at least, does not make them British.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby White Goodman on Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:11 pm

Agree Sendo .

Doing a bit of paperwork doesn't make you British. It's the media that get a hard on for these types 'britishness' without ever raising the fact that they aren't anything of the sort.

Chris Froome is way worse though and I can't actually see why he decided to race as a Briton? His link to GB is about as tenuous as it gets . I'm guessing there must be a good reason that isn't his overwhelming love for us but not sure what it is
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Hammer110 on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:45 pm

White Goodman wrote:Agree Sendo .

Doing a bit of paperwork doesn't make you British. It's the media that get a hard on for these types 'britishness' without ever raising the fact that they aren't anything of the sort.

Chris Froome is way worse though and I can't actually see why he decided to race as a Briton? His link to GB is about as tenuous as it gets . I'm guessing there must be a good reason that isn't his overwhelming love for us but not sure what it is


Aren't his parents and grandparents British?
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby White Goodman on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:57 pm

Technically yes but he wasn't born here , has never lived here and continues to have no presence here at all.

So his connection really is his grandparents place of birth and they chose to leave a long while ago.

Not British , he's Kenyan or if being generous a Saffer.
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Re: Tennis Thread 2016 - Aussie Open

Postby Hammer110 on Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:20 am

His father was born in Britain and represented England at Hockey as a teenager, his mother was born in Kenya of British parents and held a British passport, so like it or not his parents and grandparents were British.

Which is more than can be said of some footballers, you can qualify for a country based on grandparents. if memory serves me correct our own Welsh boy Jack Collison was born in Watford and his link to Wales, his maternal grandfather.
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