13 thoughts on “Yahoo!: Cramping Raonic bounced from Open

  1. You are correct, Stephanie. I have been a fan of yours back in the days you were with The Gazette.

    Your sound knowledge of tennis games, and your analysis of the tennis game after each major match were exceptional.

    Except for some of your articles on Eugenie Bouchard which I found lacked of objectivity, I think you are well above of others.

    • Thanks for the kind words.
      The thing about Bouchard is that I probably know more about her, especially off the court and what she deals with on so many levels, than anyone else who writes about her. So of course it may appear that way when you’re reading. But generally if she deserves criticism, I don’t shy away. I try not to, anyway.
      But essentially, I don’t think my life philosophy involves trying to tear down 22-year-old girls who are just trying their best to deal with everything that’s coming their way. I don’t think that’s a bad character trait. 🙂

  2. I think you gave a very good assessment of this match. Raonic emphasizes how much attention he pays to every detail but I wonder if that can be overthinking things and especially in a match get in the way of playing his best tennis.

    Harrison did play very well for the most part, outside of so many double faults. Now I see why some of the American tennis writers are so big on him.

      • On Tennis Prose the writers who run the site have been going on about Harrison for the past few days, before the Raonic match, and were also excited about him earlier this summer. I was getting tired of hearing about him. One of the posters predicted Harrison would win his match against Raonic and of course I replied that was highly unlikely. So I’ve had to eat my words, even though there was no way to predict Raonic cramping.

    • I’ve always liked him. A lot of people don’t – at least on social media. Which probably makes me like him even more 🙂

      • I didn’t like the fact in his post match comments he gave no acknowledgement of Milos’ physical problems during the match, which anyone with a touch of grace would normally do. Not classy. If you just tuned in after the match for the post game interview you would have though he just won a tough match playing great tennis. That’s not what I saw. Baghs will flatten him. Moving on, Go, um, DelPo!!

        • To judge someone on what they don’t say after they’ve just won a huge match (and make no mistake, Raonic didn’t cramp in a vacuum) and advanced to the third round of their home Slam for the first time ever, is crazy selective as a judgment. Especially as the questions during those things are the worst – especially by an American, to an American, at America’s Slam. Players only respond, generally, to what they’re asked. And plenty of players in the same situation would “fail” to “mention” it. I’ve seen it plenty of times.

          In his press conference, he was terrific about it. Too bad that doesn’t count for you.

          • Some of the american media did really spin this as if Harrison beat Raonic in a tough match, barely mentioning Milos injury. It’s amazing how things can be spun — like you describe – by an American to an American at American slam. I was incredulous reading some of the immediate articles after the loss…not mentioning Raonic cramps/stress/injury.

            I mean yes Harrison has fought through qualifiers and is on a good run, but Raonic was basically standing in one spot, swatting at balls in the 4th set.

          • Happy to hear Harrison was terrific about it in the pressie. And while I agree many players don’t mention opponents physical issues post game, many do. You know, the ones with some class.

            Crazy Selective Judgemental guy.

          • Totally depends on the questions, and the circumstances. I really don’t think it’s “class” related. It was pretty damn hot out there and I know I had trouble just forming a complete sentence afterwards just SITTING out there all day for Pospisil and Raonic. 🙂

            As I mentioned, athletes learn early to answer what they’re asked. Safer that way. Listen to Serena – often she just parrots the person’s statement/question right back at them in her answer because she knows that’s what they’re going to write anyway, regardless of what she says. So why waste her breath?

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