Tennis (only Luke cares)

Favorite thing about Kyrgios is the Australian cheering section that goes wild every time he wins a point.

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If he keeps playing like this, it’ll be more than just the aussies cheering.

https://twitter.com/JamieMac/status/885189154128224257

Every time I think I’m doing well in life I remember Roger Federer always has been, and always will be, a year and 18 days younger than me.

Every time I get upset about other’s accomplishments I remember that that’s a facile argument. Julius Caesar famously lamented that he was already older than Alexander the Great and hadn’t conquered as much. So… I mean you’ll always have not conquered macedonia, persia, egypt, and, asia, therefore you too can sit and feel like Caesar.

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Tennis after the era of the Big 4 is going to be weird. This last week in the Paris Masters tournament, Nadal withdrew part way through due to a knee injury. Federer skipped it. Djokovic and Murray are out until next year with various injuries.

This is what tournaments are going to be like in the future, I guess. Now it feels like a series of coin flips to see who is getting through to the final, and the winner doesn’t have to beat a top 10 player to get there. Jack Sock winning a 1000 level tournament? Only when nobody has to beat Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, etc.

Tennys Sandgren is called Tennys and is a tennis player from Tennessee! And he’s through to the quarter-final of the Australian Open! How cool is that?

This happens a lot. Someone who spend their whole life practicing something like “hit ball good” doesn’t have a lot of time left to level up in other areas. Specialists should only be consulted regarding their specialty.

The most common example I see are people taking special notice when Stephen Hawking shares an opinion about a non-physics or non-science topic.

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What’s amazing is how often a popular specialist isn’t even actually very knowledgeable about their ostensible area of specialization.

A lot of youtube channels with tons of subscribers around “Retro tech” or “gaming” are run by people who clearly don’t know much of anything about technology or gaming.

Well, when it comes to just knowledge, anyone can pretend to be knowledgeable. In the eyes of someone less knowledgeable, they are a genius. I am not anywhere near an expert at… Gundam modeling, but I can amaze people who have never seen actual professional work.

When it comes to sports at least there is a meritocratic mechanism of competition that is sorting people. You can’t fool people into thinking you are are a tennis genius when you’ve got no slams.

How good can a non specialist be at even determining what constitutes a specialists specialty?

re: your Stephen Hawking example, to a lay person the difference between the exact kind of radiation theoretical physics predicts a black hole will emit probably isn’t meaningfully distinguishable from the existence of god, both of which Hawking has spoken on.

You have to trust someone. It’s a logical fallacy to somehow judge the message based on the messenger, but you have no realistic alternative. You have to trust the medical opinion of doctors based on your evaluation of the doctor themselves. But if a doctor starts giving you financial advice, just smile and nod.

Simona Halep wins her first Grand Slam in her fourth final. It’s been a pretty crazy ride being a Halep fan over the last few years!

Halep and Wozniaki both have to be happy to shake the best player without a major title this year. Now it’s probably Pliskova or Svitolina.

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I guess those are the next best players without a slam, and Pliskova was briefly number one, but there isn’t any where near the same kind of pressure compared to Wozniacki and Halep.

Wozniacki was at number one for 71 weeks, which is the 9th longest of all women’s tennis players since the start of the rankings. Compare that to Venus Williams, who spent a total of 11 weeks at number one. Halep has been number one for 31 weeks, 10 more than Sharapova ever managed.

Once Pliskova and Svitolina get up to 30 weeks at number one, then we can start talking about the stigma of not winning a major. For now, with Halep and Wozniacki ticking the box, it’s not really an issue in women’s tennis.

Isner is at it again! Already in the top 5 longest singles matches ever… and it’s still going! Currently 23-23 in the fifth.

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John Isner now holds the first and third records for longest singles match in tennis history. He won in 2010 but lost in 2018 to Kevin Anderson. What an epic!

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Wimbledon 2010, 1st Round: United States John Isner def. France Nicolas Mahut, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68 (3 days).

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Davis Cup 2015, 1st Round: Argentina Leonardo Mayer def. Brazil João Souza, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–5), 5–7, 5–7, 15–13 (1 day).

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Wimbledon 2018, Semifinals: South Africa Kevin Anderson def. United States John Isner, 7-6(8-6), 6-7(5-7), 6-7(9-11), 6-4, 26-24 (1 day).

OMG, I have to watch this game later.

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Turns out this tweet is already out of date. In set two Halep only made ONE MORE unforced error, for a total of three for the entire match. That’s insanely good tennis!

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https://leonardofed.io/blog/nadal-game.html