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Remarkable non-GB performances


Of course, Kim Clijsters was unranked in 2009 when she came out of retirement to win the title as a wild card.

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Sloane Stephens having some few weeks.

SFs in Toronto and Cincinnati beating some very good players and through to the US Open QF.

All after being first injured at the Rio Olympics and no WTA or ITF competition for nearly 11 months until Wimbledon.



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17yo Yibing Wu wins US Open juniors singles and doubles and then a week later wins the Shanghai challenger, over 7000 miles and a 15 hour flight away. Played final in New York on Sunday and first round in Shanghai on Tuesday. Fair to say he didn't overdo the celebrations in New York too much.



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On a smaller scale, Elliot Benchetrit winning two futures in two weeks at the age of 18. He is not a name that I had noticed before this.

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=100209684



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Well done to Marton Fucsovics who won all 3 rubbers in the Hungary v Russia tie to take Hungary into the 2018 World Group. Hungary where up against a strong and talented Russian team, winning 3 live rubbers was no mean feat and individual DC performance of the week.

And also to Netherlands - after day one of the tie v Czech Republic they were 2-0 down and looking likely to lose but turned it round and won 3-2.

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I'd like to give another shout out for Ash Barty who is now LR 33 from 325 at the start of the year. Ash is still only 21, so I have high hopes for her especially as she seems like a well grounded kid. Sadly, it was our loss as the success of her second top 10 scalp was Jo.

tennismash.com/2017/09/26/barty-powering-towards-top/

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Watched quite a bit of Kyrgios and Sasha Zverev today and have to say, Kyrgios was impressive. Mixed his game up superbly , some brilliant points and first point of the second set when he took a first serve return on the rise at the edge of the box was one heck of a point. If he can continue to play like that he could be an outsider for the O2. Well done Nick K, hope he can push Rafa in the final tomorrow

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Caroline Garcia's 11 wins in a row to take the titles at Wuhan Premier 5 and Beijing Premier Mandatory would be impressive for an elite player at their peak, quite how Caroline managed to beat Svitolina then Kvitova and finally Halep is beyond me, given by normal logic she should barely have been able to stand up at that stage.

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Nick Kyrgios says he has found his passion, and something to give meaning to his tennis.

Seemingly, he is setting up "a facility for disadvantaged and underprivileged kids where they could hang out, be safe and feel like they were part of a family. Thered be tennis courts and basketball courts and a gym and an oval to kick the footy. Thered be things to eat and beds to sleep in. A few months ago, I discussed this with my Mum, Norlaila, and my Brother, Christos. Its all Ive been thinking about outside of tennis since then. When Im not playing, training or traveling, Im working on this. We are currently in the process of scoping out land in Melbourne and looking for organisations and businesses to partner with us. This dream is going to become a reality. For the first time, I feel like there is a reason for me to be doing what Im doing. Tennis is a great life were well paid and the perks are pretty good but it can feel empty if youre just doing it for the money."

Read more at www.playersvoice.com.au/nick-kyrgios-ive-found-my-purpose/

www.playersvoice.com.au/nick-kyrgios-ive-found-my-purpose/

Good luck to him, in getting it off the ground, and in his tennis too.

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All power to him. Sounds a fine idea. Thanks for sharing that, CD.

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Coup Droit wrote:

Nick Kyrgios says he has found his passion, and something to give meaning to his tennis.

Seemingly, he is setting up "a facility for disadvantaged and underprivileged kids where they could hang out, be safe and feel like they were part of a family. Thered be tennis courts and basketball courts and a gym and an oval to kick the footy. Thered be things to eat and beds to sleep in. A few months ago, I discussed this with my Mum, Norlaila, and my Brother, Christos. Its all Ive been thinking about outside of tennis since then. When Im not playing, training or traveling, Im working on this. We are currently in the process of scoping out land in Melbourne and looking for organisations and businesses to partner with us. This dream is going to become a reality. For the first time, I feel like there is a reason for me to be doing what Im doing. Tennis is a great life were well paid and the perks are pretty good but it can feel empty if youre just doing it for the money."

Read more at www.playersvoice.com.au/nick-kyrgios-ive-found-my-purpose/

www.playersvoice.com.au/nick-kyrgios-ive-found-my-purpose/

Good luck to him, in getting it off the ground, and in his tennis too.


All sounds fantastic but it didn't stop him walking off court today against Johnson after losing a 1st set TB.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/41564893



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Julio Peralta, of Chile, is playing in the Shanghai Masters with Santiago Gonzalez (his normal partner is Horacio Zeballos, but they were outside the pre-tournament cut, I think). Peralta is 36 and gained his first ranking in 1998. Prior to 2016, in a (somewhat intermittent - he had some very bad injuries) 18-year career on the singles and doubles tour, he had earned a total of $118,022. In 2015, however, his doubles career began to take off, and since June 2016 he has specialised in doubles. Last year, he earned just under $100,000. This year, he has reached already a career high of 32 (and will go higher this week, in all likelihood) and will earn (from the looks of things) at least $200,000. Rather lovely to see injuries overcome and persistence rewarded.

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Every year from 2009 when the tournament points were increased to their current levels the end of year men's #1 has had over 10,000 points. Highest #1 was Djokovic in 2015 with 16,585 points and lowest Federer in 2009 with 10,550 points. Andy finished last year on 12,410 points. In three years the WR 2 has also had over 10,000 points,

However, with Andy and Novak struggling and unconvinced that Federer and Nadal could keep going anywhere near their early year pace I boldly suggested quite a few months ago that this could be the year the WR 1 ended the year with less than 10,000 points.

Err, Rafa has at the QF stage in Shanghai moved onto 10,045 live points ranking points with nothing further to drop after Shanghai and quite a lot more to possibly add this year and indeed from his current tournament.



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