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Reflections So Far On Laver’s Cup

sockDid they have to make it World v Europe? Couldn’t they have made it like World plus Western Europe against Eastern Europe? Then with a little free geographic license, we could’ve had teams like Rafa, Kyrgios, Tsonga, Kev Anderson, Qball and Shapovalov v Fed, Zverev, Berdy, Cilic and I don’t know a couple of other players. But to put Nadal and Fed on the same team to be matched up against Qball and Sock is almost criminal. I mean you have four Americans on the World Group and America can’t even get past the second round of Davis Cup.

Borg looks a lot older than Johnny Mac. I know he is a couple of years older actually, but the way he moves (maybe its his preternatural broad shoulders), Borg looks a bit awkward in old age while Johnny Mac still looks nimble.

Before the Nadal v Sock match, Johnny Mac was trying to give Sock a pep talk (pretty hard to do when a guy has only won 2 sets out of 11 against his opponent), but Borg said absolutely Nada to Nadal.

Here’s another idea, they should’ve had a World v Europe of older players, Mac, Rafter, Sampras, Agassi and Cash play Borg, Wilander, Edberg, Safin and Moya.

How does Sock get to play Nadal in the Laver’s Cup when he just lost first round to Jordan Thompson at the US Open.

Kokkanaikis is a wild dude. The guy always seems to be joking and yukking around during the Laver’s Cup.

Does Pat Mac look a little out of place and awkward sitting in the World Group circle while guys like Kokkanaikis, Tiafoe and Shapovalov are messing around. Good line by Gimel just now, “The European Group might be winning on the scoreboard, but the World Group is winning in the shenanigans and tomfoolery.”

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  • Scoop Malinowski · September 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Mandlikova was a unique talent. I just happened to type up her comments about Facing Graf for that project. She now has her two daughters playing serious junior tennis, one was in the US Open junior qualies. I have heard she is a no nonsense pretty serious woman. What was she like during her playing days? Why was she considered an enigma?

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Hartt; I wouldn’t normally watch Kerber but I did tune it at Wimbledon and that marathon three setter she won from the brink was one of the best matches of the entire tournament and one of the best of the year. Any former no. 1 is a major attraction to watch and so is Kerber. Certain no. 1s don’t get the respect they deserve. And the get lost in the shuffle behind Fed Rafa etc.

  • catherine · September 27, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Scoop – I’m away for a couple of days but when I’m back I’ll fill you in on Mandlikova as much as I knew her as a player. I did write a couple of pieces on her which I’ll look up.
    BTW – Garbine actually won that W’don 3 setter but I think as we agreed at the time the match fired her up to go on and win the title – so Kerber won by proxy :)

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 27, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Okay thanks Catherine. It would be cool if you could post your articles about Hana if you have them handy on text. Kerber was the match the previous round in three sets in a battle but I can’t remember who she beat. The Garbine three setter was also another fantastic slugfest.

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