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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Murray said she would be number one in the world
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    Makedonas got a reaction from thepharoah in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    I am silent but unfortunately some Greeks are celebrating today, Maria has many haters in Greece now due to being the girlfriend of the Prime Minister's son. Honestly it is really unfair for her, she is a good girl and never made any political statements yet she is under constant attack. During the Olympics even they were complaining about everything with her.
     
    She is top 10 now and people are still saying she isn't good and is a "loser." Sometimes it is embarrassing having people like this in our country. No matter what they always complain...
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    I am silent but unfortunately some Greeks are celebrating today, Maria has many haters in Greece now due to being the girlfriend of the Prime Minister's son. Honestly it is really unfair for her, she is a good girl and never made any political statements yet she is under constant attack. During the Olympics even they were complaining about everything with her.
     
    She is top 10 now and people are still saying she isn't good and is a "loser." Sometimes it is embarrassing having people like this in our country. No matter what they always complain...
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    I am silent but unfortunately some Greeks are celebrating today, Maria has many haters in Greece now due to being the girlfriend of the Prime Minister's son. Honestly it is really unfair for her, she is a good girl and never made any political statements yet she is under constant attack. During the Olympics even they were complaining about everything with her.
     
    She is top 10 now and people are still saying she isn't good and is a "loser." Sometimes it is embarrassing having people like this in our country. No matter what they always complain...
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    Makedonas got a reaction from NMQ in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    I am silent but unfortunately some Greeks are celebrating today, Maria has many haters in Greece now due to being the girlfriend of the Prime Minister's son. Honestly it is really unfair for her, she is a good girl and never made any political statements yet she is under constant attack. During the Olympics even they were complaining about everything with her.
     
    She is top 10 now and people are still saying she isn't good and is a "loser." Sometimes it is embarrassing having people like this in our country. No matter what they always complain...
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    Makedonas reacted to rybak in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Double crown for Hurkacz in Metz, he win in both singles and doubles with Jan Zieliński, its Zieliński's first ATP title 
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Our Greek friend is silent so you probably can guess Anett Kontaveit won the Ostrava tournament
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    Makedonas reacted to Federer91 in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    In other news, one of the pinnacles of the tennis season, the Sofia Open started today.   The tournament intended, organized and meant for Grigor Dimitrov and the tournament in which Grigor Dimitrov never plays.  At least it allows some of our low ranked players to taste a match with the elite of the tour. 
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    At the time Stosur had 0 WTA MD wins herself Her first came two weeks later in Australian Open R1 vs Conchita Martinez.
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    @Monzanator Yes, I am just happy she made it to her third WTA final, hopefully she wins her second title. She lost many semifinals since winning Rabat 2019. From memory she lost in the semifinals of Rome 2019, San Jose 2019, Saint Petersburg 2020, Ostrava 2020, Abu Dhabi 2021, Melbourne 2021, Miami 2021, Roland Garros 2021 and US Open 2021. I might be forgetting one or two more. 
     
    So yeah it seemed like she always lost semifinals so I am happy she finally won one. Sorry for Iga but she will also move to a new career-high.
     
     
    I always loved tennis but never imagined to have a Greek player in the top 10 for both ATP and WTA at the same time. It seemed like a wild dream. Some years ago I hoped for players in the top 100 of both and even that seemed unrealistic. Good things happen to those who wait I guess 
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Maria is number 5 in the WTA race...in late September! 
    Honestly she deserves the top 10 and more. She did great this year. Semifinals at two Grand Slams, also semifinals at the big tournament in Miami, now final in Ostrava, also she made the semifinals of two other 500 tournaments (Abu Dhabi and Melbourne).
     
    In total she has 7 wins against top 10 players this year! I could be wrong (I only did quick research) but I think is the most of any player, tied with Barty. I don't think anyone else has more than 4 (Krejcikova).
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    It was from Casablanca quals in March 2003 until Boca Raton ITF in January 2004. It was at the start of her career (2003 was the first time she won a WTA MD match). She obviously did a lot better in the late 00s and even won WTA title in 2011.
     
    Scheepers' first WTA MD win was vs a certain wild card named Samantha Stosur in Gold Coast: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Uncle_Tobys_Hardcourts_–_Singles
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Meanwhile former RG junior champion Whitney Osuigwe lost her 17th match in a row (Chicago Q1). She's three losses away from tying the WTA Open Era record (Channelle Scheepers in 2003/04 & Abigail Spears 2005/06 both lost 20 matches in a row).
     
    Osuigwe was basically on par with Cori Gauff in the summer of 2019 and she's completely fallen off since the COVID break.
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    @Monzanator Yes, I am just happy she made it to her third WTA final, hopefully she wins her second title. She lost many semifinals since winning Rabat 2019. From memory she lost in the semifinals of Rome 2019, San Jose 2019, Saint Petersburg 2020, Ostrava 2020, Abu Dhabi 2021, Melbourne 2021, Miami 2021, Roland Garros 2021 and US Open 2021. I might be forgetting one or two more. 
     
    So yeah it seemed like she always lost semifinals so I am happy she finally won one. Sorry for Iga but she will also move to a new career-high.
     
     
    I always loved tennis but never imagined to have a Greek player in the top 10 for both ATP and WTA at the same time. It seemed like a wild dream. Some years ago I hoped for players in the top 100 of both and even that seemed unrealistic. Good things happen to those who wait I guess 
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    @MakedonasYes, reaching the deep end of these Premier/500/1000/GS events is worth more than winning three-four Internantional/250 events. Obviously the lack of tournament wins is a problem but Eugenie Bouchard reached Top 5 while only winning Nuernberg Internantional event which remains her only WTA trophy.
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Sakkari beat Swiatek and Kontaveit beat Kvitova so Sakkari will be Top 10 on Monday.
     
    As for Raducanu's new coach, Darren Cahill split with Simona Halep few days ago. I wouldn't be surprised to see these two hook up next.
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Sakkari now guaranteed to go up to at least number 11 on Monday.
     
    Soon I think Greece and Spain will be the only countries to have players in both the men's and women's top 10!
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Summer Olympic Games 2024 Team Sizes   
    Thank you 
     
    Of course I will probably be totally off and we will have something like 70 athletes in Paris 
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    Makedonas got a reaction from maestro in Summer Olympic Games 2024 Team Sizes   
    I hope to see  with 100+ athletes again and I think it is very possible but we'll see.
     
    Water polo we will certainly qualify our men's team. Between men's basketball, women's water polo and women's basketball (we have many good young players so I'm not sure if 2024 will be too early or 2028 more realistic but you never know), I think we can get another 1-3 teams although men's basketball and women's water polo are always one game away and then choke. Same thing happened this year.
     
    I don't think we'll qualify a full team in artistic swimming again (which is so sad because our girls didn't get to compete in Tokyo because half of the team got covid) but we will definitely qualify a duet.
     
    Many sports like cycling, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, fencing, wrestling we will probably qualify 1-3 athletes in each sport like usual. Weightlifting and archery we are hoping for 1 in each just as in Tokyo.
     
    Tennis we had 2 in Tokyo, hoping for another 1-2 in Paris but we will see. Petros Tsitsipas is close to top 200 in doubles and Valentini Grammatikopoulou is getting close to top 100 in doubles so maybe they can join our other two players. Grammatikopoulou/Sakkari would've made it this year if they stayed on the alternates list until the last minute. They had a higher combined ranking than Brazil and Chinese Taipei 2 but then again so did dozens of other potential teams from other countries that also weren't on the list.
     
    Some sports we haven't been in the Olympics since 2012 (beach volleyball, canoeing, diving) or 2008 (boxing). Of those I think we have the best chances in boxing and diving, hopefully to get about 1-2 in each of those sports.
     
    Sailing we had 8 in Tokyo and that's usually about what we have so I think it will be the same in Paris, somewhere between 6 and 11 sailors or so for us.
     
    Swimming we had 17 in Beijing, 14 in each of London and Rio, and 12 in Tokyo so we keep going down but I think we can go up again to about 15-18 in Paris. The problem is women's swimming has gone downhill. That is where we see decreases. We had 7 in Beijing, 6 in London, 4 in Rio and 2 in Tokyo. I don't think it is possible to keep going down, the only way is up so I am hopeful some of our young girl swimmers will do better.
     
    Shooting we usually have 2-3 shooters (at least the last few Games that's how it was) but the sport has grown a little and we have some young athletes that came close to qualifying for Tokyo, so I think in shooting we should aim for 4-5 quotas for Paris and based on results it seems realistic.
     
    Gymnastics we only had 1 athlete in Tokyo after having 9 in each of Beijing, London, Rio. A lot of this is because we didn't qualify in the rhythmic group as we usually do, and no other individuals qualified in artistic or rhythmic even though some were expected to. I think 3-4 is realistic for Paris.
     
    Rowing we also went down with only 4 athletes, we had 10 in each London and Beijing. But the ages of our rowers in Tokyo were 20, 20, 22, and 24 so we have a very young team and I expect more in Paris.
     
    We had 20 in athletics which was the lowest we had in a while, but most expressed desire to continue to 2024 except for two who will retire in 2022, but both of those athletes only qualified after withdrawals anyways (Tsiamis and Vasiliou). We have some up and coming athletes, also a lot of female race walkers and with the new 35km team event I guess that will give us more quotas. So maybe we can aim for 30 in Paris?
     
    I will say this for Greece should be our targets:
    36-Team Sports (men's water polo + two other teams in basketball/water polo)
    1-Archery
    2-Artistic Swimming
    30-Athletics
    2-Boxing
    3-Cycling
    1-Diving
    2-Fencing
    4-Gymnastics
    3-Judo
    15-Rowing
    10-Sailing
    5-Shooting
    18-Swimming
    2-Table Tennis
    2-Taekwondo
    3-Tennis
    1-Weightlifting
    3-Wrestling
     
    So in total that equals 143. Probably seems very optimistic but time will tell.
     
    @Ted @maestro @George_D
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    Makedonas reacted to Ted in Summer Olympic Games 2024 Team Sizes   
    I can't help but be impressed. A GREAT, accurate, comprehensive analysis as usual. Μπράβο!
     
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    Weird, I didn't see that part of the match but saw the ending/handshake and it looked quite friendly.
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Summer Olympic Games 2024 Team Sizes   
    I hope to see  with 100+ athletes again and I think it is very possible but we'll see.
     
    Water polo we will certainly qualify our men's team. Between men's basketball, women's water polo and women's basketball (we have many good young players so I'm not sure if 2024 will be too early or 2028 more realistic but you never know), I think we can get another 1-3 teams although men's basketball and women's water polo are always one game away and then choke. Same thing happened this year.
     
    I don't think we'll qualify a full team in artistic swimming again (which is so sad because our girls didn't get to compete in Tokyo because half of the team got covid) but we will definitely qualify a duet.
     
    Many sports like cycling, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, fencing, wrestling we will probably qualify 1-3 athletes in each sport like usual. Weightlifting and archery we are hoping for 1 in each just as in Tokyo.
     
    Tennis we had 2 in Tokyo, hoping for another 1-2 in Paris but we will see. Petros Tsitsipas is close to top 200 in doubles and Valentini Grammatikopoulou is getting close to top 100 in doubles so maybe they can join our other two players. Grammatikopoulou/Sakkari would've made it this year if they stayed on the alternates list until the last minute. They had a higher combined ranking than Brazil and Chinese Taipei 2 but then again so did dozens of other potential teams from other countries that also weren't on the list.
     
    Some sports we haven't been in the Olympics since 2012 (beach volleyball, canoeing, diving) or 2008 (boxing). Of those I think we have the best chances in boxing and diving, hopefully to get about 1-2 in each of those sports.
     
    Sailing we had 8 in Tokyo and that's usually about what we have so I think it will be the same in Paris, somewhere between 6 and 11 sailors or so for us.
     
    Swimming we had 17 in Beijing, 14 in each of London and Rio, and 12 in Tokyo so we keep going down but I think we can go up again to about 15-18 in Paris. The problem is women's swimming has gone downhill. That is where we see decreases. We had 7 in Beijing, 6 in London, 4 in Rio and 2 in Tokyo. I don't think it is possible to keep going down, the only way is up so I am hopeful some of our young girl swimmers will do better.
     
    Shooting we usually have 2-3 shooters (at least the last few Games that's how it was) but the sport has grown a little and we have some young athletes that came close to qualifying for Tokyo, so I think in shooting we should aim for 4-5 quotas for Paris and based on results it seems realistic.
     
    Gymnastics we only had 1 athlete in Tokyo after having 9 in each of Beijing, London, Rio. A lot of this is because we didn't qualify in the rhythmic group as we usually do, and no other individuals qualified in artistic or rhythmic even though some were expected to. I think 3-4 is realistic for Paris.
     
    Rowing we also went down with only 4 athletes, we had 10 in each London and Beijing. But the ages of our rowers in Tokyo were 20, 20, 22, and 24 so we have a very young team and I expect more in Paris.
     
    We had 20 in athletics which was the lowest we had in a while, but most expressed desire to continue to 2024 except for two who will retire in 2022, but both of those athletes only qualified after withdrawals anyways (Tsiamis and Vasiliou). We have some up and coming athletes, also a lot of female race walkers and with the new 35km team event I guess that will give us more quotas. So maybe we can aim for 30 in Paris?
     
    I will say this for Greece should be our targets:
    36-Team Sports (men's water polo + two other teams in basketball/water polo)
    1-Archery
    2-Artistic Swimming
    30-Athletics
    2-Boxing
    3-Cycling
    1-Diving
    2-Fencing
    4-Gymnastics
    3-Judo
    15-Rowing
    10-Sailing
    5-Shooting
    18-Swimming
    2-Table Tennis
    2-Taekwondo
    3-Tennis
    1-Weightlifting
    3-Wrestling
     
    So in total that equals 143. Probably seems very optimistic but time will tell.
     
    @Ted @maestro @George_D
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    Makedonas got a reaction from Ted in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    And now Kvitova in the semifinals too. This is looking stronger than many slam semifinal lineups 
     
    Sakkari could've made the top 10 if Kvitova and Bencic both lost today. Still a chance this week. But I like Kvitova and Bencic too. I think Maria will make the top 10 regardless, she is very close and has few points to defend while others have many points to defend over the next few weeks.
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in Tennis 2021 Discussion Thread   
    First two QF in Ostrava are over so we have a vs semi-final. Swiatek vs Sakkari @Makedonas
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    Makedonas reacted to Monzanator in [OFF TOPIC] Politics Thread   
    USA is so desperate to get rid of immigrants they ship them back to Haiti by plane. So much for Joe Biden being any different with the immigrants than Trump 
     
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58650753
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