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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:31 am

Didn't even know he played and lost yersterday. :) Heard Nadal lost to an 18-year old Russian Sharapovalov or something like that. :)

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Post by Grossefavourite » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:31 am

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He hinted at an injury which might keep him out of Cincy.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:32 am

meanwhile, Kvitova survives the 2nd set. Hope she'll run with the 3rd.
don't want to see her exit this early.

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Post by djmm1962 » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:38 am

What was Roger's injury, shoulder, back, hip or knee?? I couldn't tell, but he wasn't moving or serving like the GOAT. Very weird!!

Sasha reminds me of Gustavo :)

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Post by djmm1962 » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:39 am

LOL @ Rafa :)

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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:45 am

I'd like to see Taylor take out Puig "Chicago style". :)

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Post by rex » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:53 am

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You're in the wrong thread, Ace......... :lol:

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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 11:55 am

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LOL... sorry. .  

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Post by djmm1962 » Aug Mon 14, 2017 12:59 pm

LOL!!

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Post by Grossefavourite » Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:23 pm

Eighteen-year-old Israeli-Canadian tennis player Denis Shapovalov made history at last week’s Rogers Cup tournament in Montreal as the youngest player ever to make the semi-final round, and made headlines for beating superstar Rafael Nadal en route.

Born in Tel Aviv, Shapovalov also became the first Israeli-born player to earn a berth in the Rogers Cup semifinals since Harel Levy finished as a finalist in the 2000 Rogers Cup in Toronto, then called the Tennis Masters Series Canada.

Shapovalov and Levy have more than just a tournament statistic in common — they also shared the same coach. Oded Jacob, a former Israeli now working with Tennis Canada, helped develop both athletes’ careers, along with those of fellow Israeli tennis stars Dudi Sela — who was ranked #90 internationally going into the Rogers Cup this year after a banner performance at Wimbledon — and Shahar Pe’er, who retired this year with a career peak rank of #11 in singles in 2011.

Under Jacob’s tutelage, Shapovalov won the prestigious 2015 Junior Davis Cup in Madrid.

Shapovalov’s parents came from the Soviet Union to Israel in the 1990s, and he was born in Tel Aviv in 1999. His mother, Tessa Shapovolova, who is Jewish, wanted to emigrate to Israel despite being an elite tennis player from the Soviet Union.

“Although my husband Viktor [and father of Denis] is Greek Orthodox and not Jewish, he was just as eager as I was to go to Israel,” said Tessa Shapovalova.

Tessa competed in tennis tournaments in Israel and coached Israeli youngsters while she was there. Denis’s older brother Evgeniy was born in Israel as well.

“We decided to move to Toronto before Denis was one because it was too dangerous to continue living in Israel,” Shapovalova said.

The family chose Toronto because of the large Jewish population there, among other reasons.

Tessa taught tennis for 10 years at the Richmond Hill Tennis Club before opening her own academy, Tessa Tennis in Vaughn, a suburb of Toronto. She taught Denis his potent one-handed backhand that along with his powerful serve generated enthusiasm from his fans in Montreal last week.

“I have many Jewish players as my students. Also, I wanted Denis to compete for Canada at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, had he not had huge prominence as a professional tennis player,” said Tessa.

Although born in Israel, it is unclear how tied to the Holy Land — or Judaism — Shapovalov is since he left as a baby.

“My parents had a hard life and I respect what they had to do. I love playing for Canada, but am friendly with the Israeli tennis players I met, such as Dudi Sela [who also competed last week at the Rogers Cup],” said Shapovalov.

Shapovolov wears a cross around his neck while playing matches.

“Denis identifies with his father’s religion, but I consider him Jewish,” said Tessa.

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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:27 pm

Shapovalov : first time I saw the time, it sounded like Sharapovalov ... lol lol

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Post by Grossefavourite » Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:31 pm

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Makes me wonder if Maria is Jewish too, on the DL? Here when I say someone is Russian, I get corrected: You mean Jewish. There's a belief that almost all Russians in the USA are really Jewish. Even Russians say so. And in Russia, you cannot be Jewish and Russian. You're either one or the other even though you were born there.
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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:38 pm

I thought Jewish was like muslim, christian; not a nationality.
So you mean someone cannot be Russian and catholic? or Russian and muslim?

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Post by Grossefavourite » Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:45 pm

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A woman in my office from that region was explaining it to me. She said in the states we lump everyone as Russian but there are few actual Russians in the USA. The vast majority are Jews from Russia who cannot be Russian. Even in their Russian passport it says Nationality: Jewish. I'm assuming it's the same for the other religions? No idea.
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Post by Ace2Ace » Aug Mon 14, 2017 2:51 pm

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 The vast majority are Jews from Russia who cannot be Russian.
Sorry but that sounds like pure BS

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