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Tennis at Commonwealth Games

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For several athletes from smaller nations the Commonwealth Games provides a rare opportunity to represent their country on the international stage. Particularly for the individual sports (such as tennis) it also offers the chance to compete as part of a team, which is really special. [Mhairi Brown]



Unfortunately, the Delhi Games have been plagued by well-reported problems which have caused some high profile names not to participate, but the feeling is that they'll probably still go ahead.  Hopefully they will, for the sake of India and for the sake of the competitors who have trained hard for them.  It'll also be interesting to see how representatives of the tennis community in the Commonwealth fare in the first appearance of that sport in these Games.

Running from 4-10 October, tennis will consist of five events – Singles (Men and Women), Doubles (Men and Women) and Mixed Doubles – and will be held at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Complex.  Raj Kumar Khanna was a former president of the All India Tennis Association.  For further info - http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/sport/tennis

Sadly, Elena Baltacha has understandably withdrawn from Team Scotland due to health concerns and, because of the imminence of his wedding, Jamie Murray will make his decision at the end of this week.  Should Jamie not take part, Scotland will have only 3 players - Colin Fleming, Mhairi Brown and Jocelyn Rae

Meanwhile Team England have lost Richard Bloomfield through injury and he's been replaced by Josh Goodall.

Wales has a sole representative in 20-year-old Joshua Milton (#428)

Jamie Murray still to make his mind up about Delhi  [Scotsman, 28 Sept]

http://sport.scotsman.com/tennis/Jamie-Murray-still-to-make.6553402.jp





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Wales has a sole representative in 20-year-old Joshua Milton (#428)
Wales have Chris Lewis as well. Though he was announced later than Milton.
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Good.  The more competitors from the UK nations the better.  Still no word from Jamie.  It'll be bad news for Scotland as he and Fleming could do well in the doubles.
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Glad Jamie made it to Delhi.  According to his website tweet "Everything's fine - except the heat".  Doesn't look very good in a kilt, though.  He's too tall and thin! Very Happy
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Men's singles QFs:
(1) Somdev Devvarman (IND) WR 97 v (6) Rubin Statham (NZL) WR 353
(7) Josh Goodall (ENG) WR 395 v (3) Matt Ebden (AUS) WR 165
(4) James Ward (ENG) WR 227 v (5) Greg Jones (AUS) WR 234
(8) Josh Milton (WAL) WR 400 v (2) Peter Luczak (AUS) WR 133
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There's an English pairing in each of the mixed doubles SFs.
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The remaining Brits went out of the singles today.
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No surprises there.
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Scotland (Fleming and Rae) into the mixed doubles final. cmon yeah yay England guaranteed bronze.

England (Skupski/Hutchins) beat Indian 2nd seeds (Bopanna/Devvarman) to reach the men's doubles final.
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Hot stuff Allan.  Have you managed to see any of the tennis at the Games?

Also - while on questions - did you get your Blackberry for your B.day?
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Hot stuff Allan.  Have you managed to see any of the tennis at the Games?
I have watched: a set of mixed doubles on Monday; Jamie Murray's singles win on Tuesday and the final 3 games of Fleming's mixed win this afternoon. Would have watched more matches but I've either been sleeping, at uni or it hasn't been broadcast.

Also - while on questions - did you get your Blackberry for your B.day?
Yes. Smile
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I have watched: a set of mixed doubles on Monday; Jamie Murray's singles win on Tuesday and the final 3 games of Fleming's mixed win this afternoon. Would have watched more matches but I've either been sleeping, at uni or it hasn't been broadcast.
Yes. Smile

I haven't managed to see any of it.

I'm guessing that you love your Blackberry !!  How about Uni - how's that going?  Are any of your old school friends at the same University?
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I'm guessing that you love your Blackberry !!  How about Uni - how's that going?  Are any of your old school friends at the same University?
The Blackberry's great. Much easier to follow things like tennis when not at home. Uni's going fine so far but the workload is starting to increase. I've not met anyone from school at uni but I have met some on the train on the way home.
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The Blackberry's great. Much easier to follow things like tennis when not at home. Uni's going fine so far but the workload is starting to increase. I've not met anyone from school at uni but I have met some on the train on the way home.

I was coveting a Blackberry from when they first came out ... I'm just about over it now .. Very Happy

Yes, the workload will get to be heavier - less time for tennis ...  Frown
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Scotland (Fleming and Rae) into the mixed doubles final. cmon yeah yay England guaranteed bronze.

England (Skupski/Hutchins) beat Indian 2nd seeds (Bopanna/Devvarman) to reach the men's doubles final.
Great news for F & R.  Wish them the best of luck against the Aussie pair. clapping

Also well done England in the men's doubles and good luck too in the final.


EDIT: Seems there was a bit of controversy in the Skupski/Hutchins match.

Opponent Rohan Bopanna's has an angry exchange with the umpire after he claims he and partner Somdev Dewarman had been distracted by a cry from Hutchins.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/9074652.stm
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