Del Potro beats Thiem 7-6, 6-3 in Madrid. Del Po was very emotional afterwards- he knows what a good, tough opponent Thiem is so for him, I'd guess, this win is the best gauge of how far he has come since his return.
I read a very long form piece that talked about his creepy writings. It sounded like something that would come from the brain of a very intellectually stunted adolescent- except it was from a 30-something year old grown man!
That video footage of Fiorina falling and Cruz not even helping her, oh boy!
From what I saw, it was quite stripped down and basic as @Gray Bunny said. This is pretty much an Emmys awards befitting the state of daytime. I was prepared for worse, having lowered my expectations over the years so it wasn't as bad as I had braced myself for. The good part of it being uploaded was that I could fast forward through any acceptance speeches that didn't interest me, but otherwise, they kept that ceremony moving (maybe a shorter distance to the stage? smaller stage= less wandering around on the way to the stage to collect the statuette).
The segment on "Issues" that soaps addressed contained clips with actual dialogue, unlike the acting clips- I still can't figure out why the acting clips don't have actual scenes with intelligible audio . Seeing a bunch of crying faces or wild gesticulations does nothing to convince me that so and so deserves the prize for performance and I'm not going to bother going to a separate website to look at submission reels. It kind of diminishes the moment for the actor and even writing/directing categories when you can't fully take in the scenes contained in the clips, JMO. In total, it would probably add an extra 7-10 minutes to the program but it's the part I used to enjoy the most from the Daytime Emmys- I don't watch any of the shows left so I'm not pressed about it like I would've been 8 or 9 years ago.
Does anyone know why the online soaps get their own category? I think they should just compete with the network shows but I'm sure the likes of ABC, CBS and NBC wouldn't have it. Part of the reason why I think much of the mainstream soap press was hostile to the TOLN/PP soaps was because the networks and the stars that they had courted for years looked at the PP soaps as threats- shows with history that may have posed a challenge to the primacy of the network daytime soaps. With only 4 soaps, it seems like one of those pee-wee league competitions where everyone gets a trophy, if the web soaps were allowed to compete at least it would resemble something that looks like an actual competition with some suspense, even superficial.
That immediately came to mind for me too. Would kind of be funny, if Deacon Sharpe were to tease Dylan about almost becoming either his stepfather or his almost brother in law (fling w/Victoria) but does Y&R still have the imagination to do this?
I agree but she had lost a lot of confidence and she has to rebuild it somewhere. I'd prefer her rebuilding her confidence on the ITF circuit than to be playing on the WTA tour, chalking up loss after loss and losing her confidence piece by piece.
I remember when Agassi in his late 20s, returned to pro-tennis after a long layoff (and a significant ranking drop) and was playing Challenger tournaments to rebuild his game. Kind of makes sense. Townsend has a very versatile, effortless game but she's not exactly a power player so she can't really hit her way through opponents and gain confidence the way the Williams Sisters did at her age.
I have been watching a group of episodes from the 1990s are realize that both Allison Janney (West Wing) and Kristin Johnson (Third Rock from the Sun) both had small roles on the show around '93-94. So fun to see them in bit parts before they had bigger success.
I might expect that behavior from a play transitioning from juniors to the ATP but not someone like Dimitrov, who has had some years of experience behind him. Time for the sports psychologist (lol)! Seems like it was not poor officiating but self inflicted. Other than taking the grievance to whoever strung his racquets, it seems like he may have something going on with him personally. Is he carrying a pre-existing injury? Or is there emotional strain? Very odd for him, who is not known for tantrums.
Thiem lost to Kohlschreiber, surprising even Kohl's fans (lol). Phillip has won this tournament at least twice before, it's kind of his thing (lol).
Yes, I remember reading a NYT article about Gimelstob where he mentioned going through a divorce. I guess he read it and saw in the article that he was doing ten things at once (while defending his ability to do so to the reporter) and thought it probably wouldn't look good for his prospects of even dual custody unless he cut down on some of his activities.
Taylor Townsend won an ITF tournament today and she does look to be a bit trimmer than when I last saw her.
Isner and Gimelstob parted ways, I imagine it may be interesting the next time Gimelstob provides commentary on one of Isner's matches. The only U.S. man that I've seen in Madrid (in pictures) is Jack Sock. Before Madrid, none of the U.S. men were in Europe on clay.
I can't blame you but at least with ESPN3, you don't have to listen to the regular ESPN commentary, it's from the world feed, so generally the same commentators as TennisTV. And no Justin Gimelstob either.
The Madrid tournament has already started, Sloane Stephens had a match today where she beat Teliana Pereira of Brazil in three sets. Definitely not a qualifying match.
At least ESPN3 is finally covering a clay court tournament on red clay. It's my only recourse besides those bootleg streams, some of which are blocked by my antivirus software. Last year, ESPN3 livestreamed Monte Carlo, the Family Circle Cup, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome. This year, the only clay court tournament they've streamed prior to Madrid was the Family Circle Cup. And streaming begins tomorrow, not today.