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Postby Verity » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:19 am

First big upset already; Nadal out 1st Round in 5 sets. I think his gone as a top player.

Hewitt on centre court as we speak.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Katto » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:28 am

He cant get roids into Australia is his problem.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:06 am

There you go I never knew of Nadals suspicious drug history.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Katto » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:39 am

really?

EPO is another useful drug in tennis. Especially in the oppressive conditions of the Australian Open.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GpeL » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:18 pm

verity is naive.. the williams sisters are not only juiced up, they are actually men.. (may be they got castrated but still are men).

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby raja » Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:48 pm

The hottest news right now in the tennis world seems to be about fixing.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:53 am

Hewitt out in straight sets, rapid decline, definitely under achieved probably due to his injurys though.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby raja » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:14 am

Lost interest in tennis ever since Brits began doing well in Grand Slams events. :-)

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:19 pm

Suck shit Tomic; Effing asshole, stupid cunt had a dig at Federer in the media then loses in straight sets; Federer was right his not a top 10 player yet. Absolute wanker as well.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Katto » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:48 pm

raja wrote:Lost interest in tennis ever since Brits began doing well in Grand Slams events. :-)


hehe

Andy Murray is ok

I lost interest when I realised it was the same thing every year. Tennis doesnt evolve much and its too simple for over 25's.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:22 pm

Katto wrote:
raja wrote:Lost interest in tennis ever since Brits began doing well in Grand Slams events. :-)


hehe

Andy Murray is ok

I lost interest when I realised it was the same thing every year. Tennis doesnt evolve much and its too simple for over 25's.


It's been the same Top 4 players for the past 10 years; Federer, Djockavic, Nadal, Murray. Nadal is past it, Federer still makes the finals and semis but is in decline, Murray and Djockavic are at there peaks but what annoys me is there's no one else that has really joined the big 4 and announced themselves as the next big thing.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:38 am

:lol: Williams has a faster first serve then Novak the commentators just said
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Loose halo » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:01 am

Be quite simple to test Venus's testosterone levels. Bet they're higher than Bruce McAvaney's :P

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Going South » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:31 am

You mean Bruce Jenner ?

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GpeL » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:09 am

Loose halo wrote:Be quite simple to test Venus's testosterone levels. Bet they're higher than Bruce McAvaney's :P



She allegedly has a bigger dingdong too..

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:05 am

Loose halo wrote:Be quite simple to test Venus's testosterone levels. Bet they're higher than Bruce McAvaney's :P


Serena is the good one*
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GpeL » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:13 am

Verity.. even serena has a bigger dingdong than the average us (not counting me of course).

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Boycs » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:16 am

Lungi your forgetting about Marismo or whatever "her" name is

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GpeL » Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:18 am

Who? Navaratilova was the first one with a dingdong.. dunno who you are on about.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:52 pm

Federer v Novak will be a cracker!
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:23 am

I think Novak is about the only bloke Federer can't beat on tour at the moment. Effing 6-1 in the first set :lol:
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Thu Jan 28, 2016 9:26 am

& now 4-1 2nd set....
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:26 am

Federer makes it 2 sets to 1.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby bolero » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:24 am

hahaha Serena Williams lost.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby raja » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:41 am

Didn't watch the women's final, didn't even follow it.
Was very surprised when I saw the news that Serena lost.
So what was it? Fantastic play by Kerber or Serena just having a very bad day with unforced errors?

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Katto » Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:12 am

raja wrote:Didn't watch the women's final, didn't even follow it.
Was very surprised when I saw the news that Serena lost.
So what was it? Fantastic play by Kerber or Serena just having a very bad day with unforced errors?


I just saw some highlights - it looked like the latter

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GiantScrub » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:10 am

raja wrote:Didn't watch the women's final, didn't even follow it.
Was very surprised when I saw the news that Serena lost.
So what was it? Fantastic play by Kerber or Serena just having a very bad day with unforced errors?


I saw the whole thing. I described it later as "Serena played about 80%, Kerber played 110%, so it was about even." It was a pretty good game to be honest, Serena's backhand wasn't firing that well but otherwise the standard was quite high. Kerber was smoking groundstrokes all night.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:11 am

Lerner played some amazing drop shots. Womens Final should be 5 sets.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Katto » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:11 am

Verity wrote:Lerner played some amazing drop shots. Womens Final should be 5 sets.


Serena would be in trouble then
imagine carting that weight around for a longer period

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GiantScrub » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:54 am

She only weighs 70kg apparently. I know, I was surprised too.

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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:58 am

GiantScrub wrote:She only weighs 70kg apparently. I know, I was surprised too.


She doesn't look that big in real life :lol:
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Verity » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:41 am

:lol: Djokovic is a freak.

He'll win just about everything these next few years because there's no one to challenge him.
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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby Katto » Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:55 am

another doper goes down (tip of the iceberg)

Maria Sharapova failed drugs test at Australian Open

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"I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," said Sharapova at a news conference in Los Angeles
Former world number one Maria Sharapova has revealed she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open.

Sharapova, 28, tested positive for meldonium, a substance she has been taking since 2006 for health issues.

The five-time Grand Slam champion is provisionally suspended from 12 March pending further action.

The sportswear company, Nike, announced that it was halting its relationship with the player until the investigation is complete.

"I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," said Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old in 2004.

"For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received a letter from the ITF [International Tennis Federation] I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know."

Sharapova's lawyer, John Haggerty, told Sports Illustrated he was attempting to speak to the ITF because "we think there is a laundry list of extremely mitigating circumstances that once taken into consideration would result in dramatically reducing any sanction that they might want to impose on Maria".

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Test failed on day of Williams defeat

Sharapova, who lives in Florida, provided the anti-doping sample in question on 26 January, the day she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) analysed the sample and returned a positive for meldonium, leading to the Russian being charged on 2 March.

"It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on Wada's banned list and I had been legally taking that medicine for the past 10 years," said Sharapova.

"But on 1 January the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known."

She added: "I received an email on 22 December from Wada about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items - and I didn't click on that link."


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Maria Sharapova wins Wimbledon in 2004
'I made a huge mistake'

Sharapova has been the highest-earning female athlete in the world in each of the past 11 years, according to the Forbes list. Her career earnings from tennis alone amount to almost £26m.

She first reached world number one in August 2005 and is currently seventh in the rankings - but she has played just four tournaments since Wimbledon last July as she struggled with an arm injury.

Nike, which has long sponsored her, released a statement early on Tuesday saying: ""We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova.

"We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues."

Sharapova, who turns 29 in April, hopes to be able to return to tennis in the future.

"I made a huge mistake," she said. "I have let my fans down, and let the sport down that I have been playing since the age of four that I love so deeply.

"I know that with this I face consequences and I don't want to end my career this way. I really hope to be given another chance to play this game."

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Sharapova won the last of her five Grand Slam singles titles at the French Open in 2014
What the Sharapova camp is saying

Haggerty said Sharapova started to take meldonium after her doctor did "an extensive battery of tests to determine what medical conditions were causing her to be sick on a frequent basis".

She had "abnormal electrocardiogram readings" and "some diabetes indicators", which prompted the doctor to recommend medication, including meldonium.

He added: "She took it on a regular basis as recommended by her doctor. He told her what to take and when to take it, and then continued to test her and confirm that it was giving her the desired improved medical condition."

Wada placed meldonium on its monitoring programme in 2015 before adding it to the banned list this year "because of evidence of its use by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance".

Haggerty said: "Regrettably, when they added this to the ban list on 1 January of this year, she did not pick that up."

What happens now?

Sharapova could apply for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

A TUE allows a player to use a banned substance, without committing an anti-doping rule violation, if they have a medical condition that requires it.

Sharapova's lawyer Haggerty added that she has waived the testing of a B sample.

How long could she be banned for?

Up to four years, according to Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and Wada guidelines.

But Jeff Tarango, Sharapova's former coach and an ex-Tour professional, said he doubted she would be banned for that long.

"I think it immediately falls under two years but with these circumstances probably one year," the American told BBC Radio 5 live.

"She can apply for a TUE. If it really is something she had to take for her heart and diabetes then it falls under a TUE.

"If it is something where her heart in 120C weather would just give out without taking this then I'd rather she took it."

Has anyone else been suspended for a doping violation?

Several high-profile Tour players have been suspended for anti-doping violations - including Marin Cilic, Viktor Troicki and Barbora Strycova, who all had the length of their bans later reduced.

However, each of these offences were committed under different circumstances to Sharapova's case.

The ban for 2014 US Open champion Cilic, for taking a glucose tablet bought at a pharmacy in France, was reduced from nine to four months in October 2013.

Troicki was suspended for 12 months on appeal after refusing to take a blood test at a tournament in Monte Carlo in 2013, claiming he was feeling unwell and had a phobia of needles.

Also in 2013, Czech player Strycova was given a back-dated six-month ban after saying a banned stimulant entered her system via a weight-loss supplement.

Former Grand Slam winners Martina Hingis and Andre Agassi are among those who have been previously banned for testing positive for recreational drugs.

Was this news a surprise?

Completely. There had been speculation Sharapova was going to announce her retirement at a Los Angeles news conference, which was streamed live online.

"I know many of you thought that I would be retiring today but if I was ever going to announce my retirement it would not be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet," she said.

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What is meldonium?

It is meant for angina patients but athletes like it because it helps their endurance and ability to recover from big efforts.

It is on the banned list now because Wada started seeing it in lots of samples and found it does have performance-enhancing properties. It was then added to Wada's 'watchlist' for over a year. The decision to ban it was communicated last autumn and it was added to the banned list on 1 January.

Made in Latvia, it is widely available - without prescription and at low cost - in many east European countries but it is not licensed in most western countries, including the United States.

It is widely thought that hundreds of athletes have been using it and there are a lot more cases in the pipeline.

'Hammer blow to the sport'

BBC tennis commentator Andrew Castle said: "After the betting revelations, this Sharapova news is a hammer blow to the sport.

"Wada issue their list of banned substances and you don't look? Nor do management?"

Without naming Sharapova, three-time Grand Slam singles champion Jennifer Capriati said she was "extremely angry and disappointed" and "never opted to cheat no matter what".

The American, whose own career was ended by injury, added: "If this medication helped me to come back again would everyone be all right with me taking it?

"In my opinion, if it's all true every title should be stripped. This is other people's lives as well."

Women's Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon said he is "very saddened" at Sharapova's failed test.

"Maria is a leader and I have always known her to be a woman of great integrity," he added.

"As Maria acknowledged, it is every player's responsibility to know what they put in their body and to know if it is permissible.

"This matter is now in the hands of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and its standard procedures. The WTA will support the decisions reached through this process."


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Re: Australian Open 2016

Postby GpeL » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:01 am

GiantScrub wrote:She only weighs 70kg apparently. I know, I was surprised too.


ONLY? that is 4 times my weight!!